Newsletter for the Rotary District 9455 - Issue No.: 46 Issue Date: 20 Apr, 2014

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As we are now entering the last quarter of our Rotary year it is important for us to look at our goals for the year, we at district are still working on starting a couple of new Rotary clubs, and also a new Rotaract club possibly in Mount Lawley and also in Geraldton.

So how are your club goals going for the Rotary year, how is your membership growth, how is your retention and how are your programs for the year, as I have been through the district this year I have been amazed at the amount of work that you do in your local community as well as overseas.

How are your donations to the Rotary foundation for this Rotary year, as you know it is important for us to support the Rotary foundation as this will enable us to do more good in the world both locally and overseas.

We are hoping to start a new program which you may have heard off which was introduced by Dolly Parton the imagination library, we are hoping that some clubs will take this up in the coming Rotary year, I will send out information to do clubs in the next month in relation to this program, you will love it.

The month of March has been amazingly busy with two conferences one in district 9465 which was held in Mandurah, this conference was very well attended and had a great program started on Friday night March 21 and finished on Sunday the 23rd, this gave me the opportunity to pass on my best wishes to you our neighbours in district 9465 and I mentioned to them that we are one Rotary and we are one Western Australia and the general public does not see us as two district and that we should continue to work together to make Western Australia a better place.

The second conference was of course our own “Diversity” conference, I congratulate PDG Paul Gianatti and the conference team for bringing this together they did an absolutely amazing job, for those that missed it I'm sorry, several people mentioned to me what a great conference it was and have had quite a few e-mails congratulating us on a great conference, the above photo shows myself with two of our main speakers, Michael McQueen who spoke about engaging the next generation in Rotary and Carolyn Strauss spoke about the different genders and women in Rotary, we also had speakers from all of our youth programs, we also had a number of speakers on a diversity of Rotary programs, if you were there I'm sure that you would agree that it was well worth attending and am hoping that you have taken this back to your club and put some off the learnings into practice.

By now you would have put in your form for presidential citation and I am now looking for clubs that believe they should be recognised of their membership development initiatives I need this information during the month of April so few have increased your membership through new initiatives please let me know.

During the month of March DGE Angus Buchanan organised a strategic planning meeting which was attended by the incoming board, incoming AG’s and several presidents and presidents elect, this will be followed up and we will have a new strategic plan by July 1.

I am looking forward to the remainder of this Rotary year as there is still so much more to do, look forward to seeing you at some stage before the end of this Rotary year.

Remember that time is a gift, that's why they call it the present, so use it well.


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Hank de Smit

District Governor 9455

"I alone cannot change this world but I can cast a stone across the water and create many ripples."
Mother Theresa
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