Posted by Mark Ellis AM

“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.”  John F. Kennedy

Having attended another Citizenship Ceremony representing our club, I was again fascinated by the pure joy of these people (100 people from 33 countries) to become Australians. A fact that we are so lucky to be already accepted here as Australians.

I read that quote the other day thinking how appropriate for our club with our increasing diversity of members. Our little community has many people of diverse ideas, but we seem to all be able to volunteer our services to the community together.

Sadly, this week, we note the passing of one of our stalwart Rotarians - Terry Rolleston.  

The Board did meet last Tuesday. As asked and promised, the issue of email use was discussed and recorded in the minutes. The Board recognizes that emails are now a part of life and excess emails can be irritating. Most people just simply hit the delete button. No one has been able to supply a simple solution, so we ask that you think before adding people to the CC list. It was noted that most members requested repeatedly to be updated on meetings especially during the COVID lockdown, where we were forced to go online.
Some people use the rules system in their email to move incoming emails into folders and one could consider setting up a rule to move our club’s emails into a folder away from the general mailbox. The board thought it might help to arrange a talk on the subject.
New members – Thanks to the efforts of the membership committee, I hope to be inducting Wendy Cross and our second family Dr Weranja Ranasinghe and Mahroo Parsi into our fold soon.
Lift the Lid golf day – This is the next major event for the club. It will be a great event for Elizabeth Dumonic and her task force of Richard Blakeman, Thelma Hutchison, Don Heath, Don Moore and Rob Hogan. I am certain that we will require volunteers on the day, so please watch out for announcements closer.  
Our club night is to be a BBQ on the day at Kingston Heath and you can book in to not miss being involved. There is a raffle with terrifically sourced prizes by Elizabeth, which will be drawn at the changeover June 14th.
District Assembly – May 28th on Zoom 9.00 AM – 12.00 PM.  This president is having the telecast at his residence. Suggested that this would be a good morale booster and a way of getting new members to be involved. Please mark in your diaries. Details closer to the event. Please note the change of date since the original date was on election day May 21st.
Changeover Date – Our Changeover is June 14th. Please place this date in your diaries for the big social event on our calendar.  The flyer has gone out last week. I would appreciate people booking soon and not just a last minute thing.
Camberwell Art Show – This year is to be held at the Advanced Technology Centre of Swinburne University. The RC of Camberwell is proposing a Super Cluster event on Monday June 27th from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Entry fee is $15, and wine and cheese are provided. It has been suggested that we could then meet at a local restaurant after. The Board thought that this should be supported instead of our last meeting for this Rotary Year on the 28th of June at Kooyong. More details later.
Auburn Probus Club - On last Monday, I was honoured to be able to address this club on the Sumba Eye Program.  I was delighted to catch up with many past and present members of the RC Glenferrie including both Trevor Mackey, who is their President, and John Hudson both of whom have been to Sumba as self funding Rotarian volunteers in 2009 and 2010.
“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time”. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Enjoy another week of Rotary.
President Mark