Posted by Mark Ellis AM
“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”  Mark Twain’s quote comes to mind with this week’s riots, although much would appear alcohol fuelled!
What a week – Riots, Earthquakes and a Perth Grand Final for two Melbourne based teams - at least a good feeling with Melbourne winning providing a silver lining. Lots of entertainment for last week but for all the wrong reasons. I am used to watching TV riots usually from somewhere overseas, but not in our own backyard. I guess the same for the earthquake!
As I have pointed out in the past where vaccinations for diseases like Polio, thanks to Rotary have been nearly eliminated. It would be in our dreams to have the same happen to COVID-19!!
Issues current – 
The Board will meet on the 4th Oct via zoom with quite a bit to discuss. After Susie Cole’s presentation, it would be helpful to know what the club feels about joining RIMERN (Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network.). This could provide hands on work for our volunteering as well as the financial assistance. Please let Alex Marshall, our Community Director your feelings.

I have asked Richard Blakeman to give small Club Runner Tutorials in our regular club meetings. Please let us know what he can present. especially where you are having trouble using Club Runner. 
There are new members to be approved by the Board and they will be announced after due process is achieved.

The Farmer’s Market is still going strong and providing a fresh source of food and social life for many in the community. We do ask members to volunteer via Clubrunner and not to leave it for a few to carry the can, as I don’t want to be overbearing in this matter. Richard Blakeman’s tutorial at our last meeting showed how easy it is to volunteer. Even though we are getting a good response of people tuning into the Zoom meetings, we note a regular absence of certain people, so I ask all the mentors to check that their mentees are okay, please?
  • Note that the Grand Official Opening of the Yarra Bank reserve playground is on Nov 21st. Hopefully all playgrounds will be open so we can celebrate the tremendous amount of work this project has generated. Please watch the Bulletin for announcements.

  • “Lift the Lid Golf Day” Unfortunately is being postponed to next year. Poor Elizabeth Dumonic has put a lot of effort into this and hopefully we can be in a situation to get behind her effort to raise money for LTL next year. The new date is now Tuesday 24 May 2022 with a 12.30pm shotgun start.

  • Please note that the AGM is coming up in late November and the Board is getting ready to proceed with its commitments.
  • The Parkinson’s walk has again been cancelled. During the pre-pandemic years the funds raised by the Rotary Club of Glenferrie BBQ in the City Square were donated to Parkinson’s Victoria. As spring is upon us we now have the opportunity be active with the goal of raising funds for Parkinson’s Victoria. We therefore invite you to join the Glenferrie Rotary Harriers, a rather optimistically named group with the aim of being active in some form for the first 27 days of October. Being active may include cycling, running, walking or merely reducing one's consumption of alcohol! So please click on the link to join the group and encourage friends, family and others to be part of the action.
  • You have a choice to join the team or donate (or both).
Well, that is it for another week – Stay alert and Negative(?)
President Mark