Posted by Teresa Liu
Diversity, Inclusion and Equity - On Thursday 29th September, along with a number of Rotary Club in Boroondara, I was honored to attend the Boroondara Citizenship Ceremony at the Hawthorn Art Centre. Witnessing 119 new citizens, from 29 countries, making their Australian citizenship pledge of commitment, and sharing their joy of becoming an Australian citizen, I felt how lucky I am to live in this vibrant, multicultural country. Australia is home to one of the world’s oldest continuous cultures, as well as Australians who identify with more than 270 ancestries: everyone comes with his/her own story, and everyone comes to work hard for a better life and contribute to building a continuously diverse society.
Our club members come from more than 14 countries originally, including Poland, Britain, Sri Lanka, Germany, Vietnam, Iran, Russia, France, India, Italy, China, Sierra Leone, India and Latvia which is not exceptional. At Rotary Glenferrie, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive club culture is essential. We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of our members from all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, colour, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. As well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs.
Rotary Four Way Test - As with any family or service organisation, there can be some disagreements between our members on various issues in the club. As the president of Glenferrie, I want to encourage our members to use the power of the Rotary Four Way Test to guide our decision-making in Rotary and provide service to others, promote integrity and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace. It asks four questions:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
 AGM - The Board had its October meeting last week. It has accepted four reports which will be presented to our members at the AGM on Tuesday 15 November. They are the President’s Report for 2021-2022, Treasurer’s Report for 2021-2022, Board Nominations for 2023-2024, and Nomination for the President for 2024-2025. Dear Glenferrie Rotarians, please come along and join us to have your say. Together, we’ll build a better Glenferrie.
Pulim Win Project The club will welcome two guest speakers, Rennie and Robyn Schmid, to talk about the Pulim Win Project via zoom on Tuesday 11 October. Rennie is from the Lower Blue Mountains Rotary Club and Robyn is Head of the Neonatal section at Westmead Hospital in Western Sydney. They will speak about the work they have been doing helping to save the lives of newborns in PNG.
President Teresa