Dear Rotarians and Friends
Welcome to a very different Bulletin, in a very different world!
This update provides information on the actions we can take to keep in touch with each other and ensure that the Rotary Club of Adelaide and its members continue to thrive in uncertain times.
The government and health authorities have asked us all to maintain a social distance from those around us. This is an important measure to ensure the health and wellbeing of all of us. But I believe that it is vital that we do not “socially distance” ourselves too much.
I prefer to think about “Spatial Distancing”, or “Extra Personal Space”, as we keep up our social contacts and engagement with others, albeit in different ways.
What a week!
We started by suspending our weekly meetings, a tough decision but in hindsight an appropriate one.
We also saw other functions and gatherings cancelled, postponed or suspended. These include our District Conference and others in Australia & NZ as well as the international conference in Honolulu, The Science & Engineering Challenge, District Assembly, District Changeover and RYPEN. And Rotaract Clubs have started mostly meeting online.
DG Jane Owens communicated with all members on Friday. Here is a link https://rotary9500.org/Stories/covid-19-and-rotary-meetings-and-events .
DG Jane's advice is well considered and we have endeavoured to follow her recommendations.
On a personal note, Annabel and I are delighted that our son Xavier has returned safely from College in Buffalo NY, to isolation for 2 weeks. It was a very sad trip back home for Xavier, not being able to even say goodbye to some of the friends, teachers and mentors he has spent the last 4 academic years with. On the Q94 LA to Melbourne flight the Captain stressed what a sad day this was, being one of the last A380 flights from the States for a while with thousands of Qantas staff now without a job.
Watching some of the footage shared by Xavier on WhatsApp made me feel very sad indeed! However, we are delighted to have him back home and lucky to have my mum’s holiday house here in Adelaide that he can stay in quarantine for 14 days! With his own countdown tickets!
Where to from here?
Your Board met this week to review the threats and opportunities impacting on our Club as we proceed in these unchartered waters. The tighter restrictions on numbers and space in a room
, mean our ability to hold regular meetings is going to be limited. We have been looking at ways of conducting online meetings using one of the many options open to us.
Our “Mother” Club, Rotary Melbourne conducted an online meeting this week hosting Professor Doherty, an honorary member of theirs. This was timely, given the world leading work done by the Doherty Institute into COVID 19. Click here to view his presentation.
However, we realise that this form of meeting may not suit all, so the team is looking at ways of keeping in contact with you in addition to the Bulletin and our Social Media.
I have also spoken with Treasurer Nick Handley today (Saturday) and we are still considering options to meet at Adelaide Oval in the Magarey room, with much increased spacing between each of us, as well as the capability to stream our meeting with a professional setup supplied by Adelaide Oval.
Have we given up?
Are we absolutely concerned about the welfare and health of everyone?
If there is a reasonably safe way forward, we will find it, it is a promise.
Take a look in our Directory and think about contacting a fellow Rotarian, just to say hi and to stay in touch.
What we can all do right now
Please let me know if you hear of any member being unwell or needing a hand and I will relay this to our Wellbeing Team for a follow up.
If you are a convener of a committee and are needing to hold a meeting, contact your Director for support to find an alternative way to meet.
At times like these, we need to bring our community together and Rotary Adelaide is best placed to do this. After all we’ve been doing it for almost a century in Adelaide
If you have any ideas, suggestions or requests, please email me and we will follow up.
We will try to keep in touch as much as we can in coming weeks. In the meantime, please take care, look after yourselves and your family.
Yours in Rotary,