Regular readers of this missive (yes, both of you) would have noticed its absence last fortnight. I admit I have been a smidgen busy and it fell off my radar. Just to indicate I have not been slacking off entirely, the events and meetings I have attended in the last month include:
Rural Pride of Workmanship at Kariong Somersby, Penninsular Presidents meeting, Policeman of the Year, Carlingford's 40th birthday, Eastwood meeting with their local member, Sydney Peace Prize Presentation, Redistricting Committee, Conference Committee, Zone and Membership Mentor AGs' meeting, the ROMAC concert, Youth Exchange Outbound briefing and the Pride of Workmanship at North Rocks.
In between times, I have assisted both of my daughters to buy alternate apartments, James has his 21st last weekend and Janelle is laid up at the moment having had an arthroscopic clean out of her ankle. I am not feeling the best about the last as I had to leave Janelle at home for the surgery so I could come to Adelaide (see below). I have also run a dozen court cases, including a full week in the Supreme Court. Pretty long excuse for missing one newsletter.........
I am writing to you from the Australian Rotary Institute in Adelaide where I will be for the week. The last few days have been full on in the DGs' Symposium where I have been very pleased to have adopted the changes to the Probus South Pacific Constitution I have been working on for the last six months, a concept for and Australia wide Media and Marketing Unit for Rotary, and I even had the head of the National Insurance Committee conceded that the committee has not sought one alternate quote for our Public Liability Policy for more than six years, resulting in a directive to his committee to get and provide some alternate quotes - may not seem much, but may save Rotarians across Australia $50,000 to $100,000.
Each of these issues has required a lot of back room work and politicking to get accepted. I am lucky with my legal and insurance background as most Rotarians simply have no grasp of these issues. I felt I was of some service being able to distill down the issues and present them in intelligible form. A significant development has been the start of the "G-train", with there being a real emphasis on continuity between DGs, DGEs and DGNs. This is essential to ensure long term perspectives are taken on vital issues (and gives rise to many jokes involving "G-something"). We also approved a long term membership plan which I will be briefing my team with straight away.
Tomorrow is your last day to get the early bird pricing for the Conference next year. It only needs a deposit of $50 to book. The program is almost complete with Past RI President Bhichai Rattakul to give two major addresses, Professor of Peace Studies at Sydney University Stuart Rees to speak on Peace through Service, many more keynote speakers and all the usual events of Vocational Excellence Award, 4-way Test Speaking Competition Final and GSE presentation. We have a great MC in Chris Jocselyne (who MCs about six conferences each year) and the Night at the Museum dinner/dance giving your club the opportunity to dress up as their favorite historical characters. Please take the opportunity of the early bird discounts: I fear the numbers could be limited.
After returning from the Institute, only another dozen events before the end of the year, including the Christmas Presidents' Meeting on 7 December (make sure you have checked in with Gina). Then, I must admit I am looking forward to a bit of a break, so I can catch up with the paperwork.
Yours in Rotary
District Governor 2012-13