Hello everyone.

Well, another fortnight and we are experiencing a Melbourne winter with a difference.  The incidence of influenza is way down due to our isolation, and the COVID infections are slowly decreasing.
Your Board has been busy and at the last meeting we reviewed Occupational Health & Safety, especially in relation to the two Op Shops and COVID.  We have also been very grateful to the landlords of the 2 Op Shops who have provided 50% rent reductions again, that is through to October when we hope to be able to re-open.
Anne McMahon, Edith and I continue to work on plans for the 2021 Art Show; hoping for the best and panning for the worst.  The Art Show will now reflect our community and be known as the Rotary Flem-Ken Art Show on Gallery 247.

Edith & I have been busy as is everyone on Zoom meetings to support our local communities.  The Kensington Network reported collection of excess produce from local community gardens which has been distributed to families via the Venny.  More than 34 kg of fresh food distributed so far and additional crops planted in first lockdown close to being ready to harvest and distribute.  The City of Melbourne funding for an expanded garden program has ended and the Kensington network is now working on grant application to expand local food production with existing community gardens.
Items have been delivered to the homeless & those in need at the high-rise flats
At this week's meeting we heard from Fabienne Nichola and John McCaskill about the new District Committee focussing on the 7th Area of Focus - Environment and Sustainability.  Jon Temby and Lesley McCarthy lead our team in this area.
Plans are in process for the Rotary 100 Tree Planting event in April/May next year in conjunction with MVCC.
Stay safe and healthy; and ring a fellow Rotarian and say hi!
Your President,                                                              Anne
Bacchus Marsh Rotary's Time Capsule unearthed!
The Time Capsule was buried in 1976 and opened in 2020 to coincide with the club's anniversary of 65 years.
Also 100 years of Rotary.  
Members of the Club and Community were asked to buy an envelope and place something inside. Many had letter written by grandparents and parents.  
The Historical Society have published their offers already with a newspaper from 1973 and a Formal Ball invitation.  
School also were given a big envelope to have their students participate: the theme was "What do I want to be when I grow up?"
Charles Dickens: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness.
Charles Dickens‘ famous words appear in the opening paragraph of his novel A Tale of Two Cities. He is referring to two cities, Paris and London, during the tumultuous environment of the French Revolution, a time of controversies and contradictions.
It tells of a time of chaos, conflicts, and despair, as well as happiness. His words could apply today as we live in uncertain and challenging times.
The highly infectious Covid-19 virus is spreading across the globe, overwhelming healthcare systems, decimating economies and forcing us into lockdown. It is a time of contrasts. Some countries have handled the pandemic well and others have not.
Fortunately, we Rotarians tend to be positive optimistic, community minded people. People of Action.
Supporting the Environment - a Challenge for everyone.

In the past, when a child was born in Bangladesh, the elders planted a tree in the baby’s name so that the tree would grow with and help the baby, eventually providing fruit and shade. The plant was nurtured and cared for, as was the newborn. The elders said, “A child and a plant can be no one’s enemy. The two go hand-in-hand, in innocence and life.”


Rotary’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) progress

The COVID-19 pandemic and anti-racism movements around the world are calling attention inequalities and the need for social justice. It’s essential that Rotary be inclusive of all cultures, experiences, and identities.

Watch the breakout session from the Virtual RI Convention on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Rotary: How Are We Doing? In it, you’ll hear from Rotarians at the forefront of change, learn about Rotary’s DEI progress, and be equipped with the tools to help create a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization.

Afterward, explore Rotary’s DEI resources for clubs and programs.


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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Nicole Marshall
August 20
Robert Lawrence
August 29
Robert Lawrence
August 29
Jonathon Temby
Robyn Temby
August 31
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Allan Bruno
August 1, 1989
31 years
Lorry Rowe
August 1, 2018
2 years
Anne McMahon
August 24, 2016
4 years
Jonathon Temby
August 31, 2011
9 years
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