Posted by Mark Ellis AM
Wasn’t it an exciting night.  Last Tuesday night we inducted face to face (and not on zoom) 5 new members and welcomed back Jane Gilchrist.  I was exhausted with nervous tension, since I have not had the pleasure to be involved in so much goodwill.  We welcome these new members and wish them every success.  “Fresh blood” is always good to see things differently and lead our club into areas not thought of.  “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” To quote Anaïs Nin  (American-French – Cuban diarist).  Hence, welcome to adding to our club.
I am looking forward to our Changeover on July 13th.  The  District Governor Dale Hoy is now coming to our event along with past DG Philip Archer.  Thanks to Richard Blakeman’s video presentations, we will have an enjoyable night with time for fellowship.  For those who haven’t come to one of these events, it is a chance to celebrate our past year and glimpse to the new year coming.  Also, a chance to see the workings of Rotary at its best.  To assist planning, please book early and not the usual last minute.  John Hudson will be sending reminders.  Also, the District Changeover is on July 10th.  Teresa Liu, myself and some members will be there, so please consider joining us.  I will have had my booster jab by then.  I do understand that some people are nervous about mixing.
Big events coming 
August 8th – Commencing at noon on August 8th, there will be the grand official opening of the Yarra Bank Reserve playground by the Mayor of Boroondara Garry Thompson and Rotary District 9800 Governor 2021-2022 Dale Hoy.  We are celebrating the installation of a unique Rotary Interactive Play Sculpture.  This is our Super Cluster achievement to mark the 100 years of Rotary in Australia. Five clubs will be involved – Glenferrie, Hawthorn, Camberwell, Canterbury and North Balwyn.  We wish to make it a family day with entertainment for all.
October 5th – There will be a larger fundraiser for Lift the Lid, masterminded by our club member Elizabeth Dumonic.  It will be at Kooyong Tennis Club and plans are in the making already.  Please support her initiates and if you want to be involved, contact Elizabeth now.
Rosters for Farmer’s Market and the Salvos Bread Run need more volunteers so get cracking and be in the groove!  You need to volunteer more than once per 6 months but at least 2 to 3 times for both, please.
“The beginning is the most important part of the work” – Plato.  Let’s make this year’s beginning a great success.  Get involved.