Posted by Mark Ellis AM
I buried my mother a couple of days ago. At 90 she had “lived a good life”. Contemplating on how to “live a good life” made me think of how Rotary gives people a chance to “live a good life” by allowing people to socialise and work within our community to improve both our minds and of the lives of others. Certainly, I would never have met or had the opportunity to work with such lovely energetic people as the club members of the Rotary Club of Glenferrie and other Rotarians as well, if I had not made that big decision to join our club.
So, it was with great pleasure to induct Sudha Saina to our flock. We wish her every success and that she finds the contentment that I have in my work within this club and our clusters.  As usual, the talk on the Rail Trails had me in raptures and wanting to go explore ASAP.
Points to take in, please.
Terrace Party – We are conducting on March 29th our annual BBQ on the terrace. Outside so COVID friendly. Keep in your diaries since it is always a great social fellowship night. Lynette Spencer is in organising mode and we will need to know numbers intending to come a couple of weeks prior.
Changeover Date – We have set the date for our Changeover as June 14th. Please place this date in your diaries for the big social event on our calendar.
Lift the Lid Charity Golf Day – On May 24th is the inaugural Kingston Heath Golf Day set up by our  member Elizabeth Dumonic, with proceedings going to Australian Rotary Health. We as a club really need to get behind her and support this. I thank the committee formed to assist Elizabeth realise her dream. The flyer is out, and the day is aimed at corporate as well as Rotarians, so please spruik the event. Yes, I hear the “expensive” word often repeated but there is a tax relief built in. Golf at a very popular club is never cheap. We have asked other clubs to help spread the word about this event. The question of whether we hold our usual meeting at Kooyong TC is up to the Board. I, for one, will be playing golf and supporting the event. There is a separate ticket for the dinner only and a special price for members. See Lift the Lid Charity Golf Day for details.
Afghan Music Event – We are still after members to take the challenge to run this event. These shows will be an opportunity to welcome the over 4000 people recently evacuated to Australia from Afghanistan, and to recognize the efforts of Australian Defense Force members and public servants who helped get them out. Most likely for Aug 26th to coincide with the anniversary of the Kabul evacuation.  Please ask David or Mark Howlett for information.
District Conference – Albury 22 to 24th April.  Please consider coming especially the new members, since this is best way to gain insight into the immense exciting world of Rotary. On the Friday night we have booked a restaurant for the club in the main street, so please let us know who is coming so we can share the details. Click here for more information and to book.
Rotary leadership learning and development – Dates of the next Rotary Leadership Institute Part 1 and 2 on 20 March at 11.00 am. Part 3 on 27th march at 11.00 am and Part 4 on 3rd April. Please register with by 11thMarch. Details via the District 9800 Website (gaining access via Member’s resources on our Glenferrie Website.)  This presents a wonderful opportunity for experienced Rotarians, new members and interested people.
International Women’s Day Breakfast is on Tuesday 8th March from 7.30 am to 9.00 am. The cost is $42 per head and members of Cluster clubs are cordially invited to attend. The guest speaker is Ms Susan Campbell, President/Chair of the Board of the Olive Baden-Powell Society. This Society is a dedicated supporter of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting. Susan is also member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) Capacity Building Team.  
President Mark