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I must be one of the happiest new Club Presidents in our District! We had such a fantastic partners' night, celebrating Christmas in July at the MCC Sports Club in Kew last Monday. Forty-five members, partners, family and friends feasted on a delicious and bountiful carvery; thoroughly enjoyed each others company; and joined in all the games with such gusto. I will never forget our champion elves proudly receiving their medallions for being the fastest to load their toys into Santa's sleigh without their frost-bitten fingers. I won't mention the shameful chin-groping of some of our naughtier elves. We'll be back at this wonderful venue on the 30th March 2015 when it's a bit warmer, for another partners' night with barefoot bowls and another yummy dinner.
Medals for champion elves
One of the real strengths of our Club is the way our partners are included in everything we do. They are the backbone of our Club. Partners come on our medical mission to the Philippines each year, they run parts of our event program, help to pickup goods for Donations-in-Kind, join in with our meetings and provide so much support to our members. I wouldn't be able to do my job as your Club President so well, without all the behind-the-scenes work carried out by Judy. But I salute you all! I hope you all feel welcome to join in any time.
Why do we join Rotary and what is it that keeps us coming back? This is something that I have thought about quite a bit since our last Membership committee meeting. I think our members have a variety of reasons, but the three key ones must be:
• to learn something new - hence the need for our outstanding speaker program;
• for the wonderful fellowship we share - like what we all did last Monday;
• to serve others - we certainly lift above our weight here with all our projects.
It makes my job quite easy when we have such a vibrant Club, where we all enjoy what we do together so much. The more we get involved, the more fun we have.
With thirty-four members now active in our private Yammer networking communications site, it's becoming an important facility for communication in our Club. All our documents and reports are now being stored here. This replaces the member login area of this club website. Remember that we all now have a new Club email address which you use to connect to Yammer: firstname.lastname@ canterburyrotary.org. Any emails sent to this new Club email address will be forwarded to your normal email address - this is a convenient way of communicating with other Club members using a standard email address format. Log in or sign up with the link in the email that contained your latest bulletin (club members only).
Next Monday we welcome our new District Governor, Murray Verso and Irene, to our Club meeting for their annual visit. Board members and Committee Chairs are reminded of our meeting with Murray at 5:30pm in the Board Room upstairs. I hope many of our partners will join us from 6.15pm for this special Club meeting, to help welcome Irene and hear what our new Rotary District Leader has to say. Murray and Irene are both medical doctors and really lovely people. It is a great year for Rotary in our District 9800, under Murray's enthusiastic leadership.