Our Official Visit by District 9830's Governor Michael Cooke took place tonight and as requested by Michael and Corrina we enjoyed a Partner's Night. With Assistant Governor Biddy Fisk and District Photographer Michael Quinn from Rotary Club of Glenorchy also present, it was wonderful to have eight guests in total. We did miss our members who were busy or enjoying warmer climes. Also, we were sad to hear that Corrina was unwell today, but Michael has promised we'll see her later in the year, when we host the Group Forum in October.
We really enjoyed welcoming Michael to our meeting room at the Black Buffalo. Even though he has worked with RCNH in the past when the Claremont club supported our RAM project in Kumudini, Bangladesh, he had not visited a normal meeting before tonight.
Michael brought us the RI President's priorities for 2019-20 but rather than reflect on the theme Rotary Connects the World, he talked to us about his intentions for the clubs of Tasmania to get together more, to enjoy our Rotary friends and to share our Rotary stories proudly. Of course he was true to the Rotary International Strategic Plan and explained that in a down to earth manner, but he spent most of the time talking about his own projects for District 9830.
Michael and Corrina are passionately committed to the Purple House and the service provided by manager Sarah Brown whom they met when they attended the Australia-New Zealand Zone Conference in Darwin in 2017. Sarah will be attending our District Conference next year.
Our club was pleased to give a donation of $250 towards Corrina's project. PRID John Thorne reported that he has begun planning for our Veterans Tribute Night in honour of Armistice Day, as the DG has requested all clubs to do. He encouraged us to think about engaging members so that everyone is welcome, respected and valued and he wants to make this year one of Family-Friendship-Fulfilment and Fun. Our club has heard and next week when our committees and board meet properly we'll see what we come up with in response to the challenges Michael has set us.
In closing, may I say what a pleasure it was to welcome Angela Urosevic, Shirley Thorne, Denise Thompson and Ralph Teirney to the meeting tonight. We look forward to celebrating as a whole family of the Rotary Club of North Hobart as frequently as possible this year.
Last week, our guest speakers were Kaye Payne and Christine Bailey, two divas of the world of entertainment in Hobart, who came to promote the Hot August Jazz festival. A North Hobart fixture for fifteen years, the day of jazz is coming up on Sunday August 25. Free entertainment in venues right along the North Hobart strip. Christine penned new words to a Cole Porter classic to celebrate our sponsorship this year.
It’s been so nice to be with you
It’s been great to be here tonight
So nice to dine
And enjoy a wine
The Jazz future’s sure lookin’ bright
It’s been so nice to be with you
We’re glad you’re joining the team
Your support’s a boon
And we’ll see you soon
In North Hobart, you’re part of the scene.
Kaye Payne, President of the Hobart Jazz Club, spoke about the jazz movement in Tasmania and Christine Bailey, Convenor of the Hot August Jazz festival, spoke about that event. Our Club is supporting the festival with a donation. Kaye told us that Jazz had started in Hobart in the 1940s as the Hobart Jazz Club. The aim of the association is to promote Australian Jazz and Jazz in Australia. Projects include: Researching Jazz in Tasmania; a Monthly Jazz Concert; Monthly Jazz Jams; An Annual Jazz Fest; Annual Hot August Jazz event; Various scholarships; and International Jazz Day.
Christine spoke about the Hot August Jazz event,which is a free one day event in the North Hobart area. There will be 250 musicians playing in 400 performances at 10 venues. The Rotary Club of North Hobart is (for the first time) an official sponsor of this event.
The State Cinema is putting on a jazz-blues film, the biopic of Paul Butterfield, which will be shown on Thursday 22 August at the usual prices. If you are free on that evening, why not socialise with the Jazz set and connect with our community?
As George Gershwin said “Jazz will always be your friend.”
Thanks to Brian Claridge for setting up the collaboration and to the members of the club who volunteered their service on Sunday 25 August to assist with bumping in and out and/or Front of House duties.
Rotary International now requires all clubs to consciously tell the local community about our local club - and to tell the world about Rotary.
Rotary has launched a global campaign to ensure that we present a united image to the world. The more clubs that join in, the further our message carries.
That's why we now use the logo above to identify our club.
This Rotary year we have also a member of the board of Rotary Club of North Hobart who is the Director of Public Image. Past President Jenny Kerrison has been editing out club's bulletin and managing the Facebook page for several years and she is now in charge of all our marketing. Thank you, Jenny.
With the support of the board, we have organised two banners to identify our club during our meetings and when we are working at certain events in the community. We share only "teasers" so far as they will be launched in a few weeks, when they arrive.
We acknowledge with gratitude the permission of copyright State Cinema owner John Kelly, who allowed us to use their image of the North Hobart streetscape on our website, Facebook page and pull-up banner.
We have 227 people who follow our Rotary Club of North Hobart Facebook page at the moment. Please LIKE the page yourself and SHARE it with your friends and family if you are on Facebook.
Our posts on Facebook are a mix of North Hobart news, news of Rotarians in our club and especially updates of projects our club has been involved with, so people are aware of the impact of our Rotary service.
We are #peopleofaction and we take action to inspire, empower, transform and save lives.
In the future, we hope to have Rotary Club of North Hobart mentioned in the newspaper and on the radio airwaves. In the meantime, our best PR is word of mouth, so please do your part to share what is happening at Rotary by telling your friends.
Do you have ideas for improving our public image? Please let us have them.
Sunday 30 June was our Rotary Tasmania District Changeover when 2018-19 District Governor Ross Carlyle summed up the "Be the Inspiration" year and welcomed new District Governor Michael Cooke to lead District 9830.
On the day, Rotary Club of North Hobart was represented by Past Rotary International Director Dr John Thorne, Shirley Thorne, PE Roslyn Teirney and Ralph Teirney.
PRID John introduces PE Roslyn to the audience and kindly tells them how long we have known each other through Rotary.
Shirley and John pictured arriving at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. The Thornes sponsor an award to encourage Rotary clubs in Tasmania to actively contribute to The Rotary Foundation.
PE Roslyn has just completed a year working as District Secretary and editing DG Ross's weekly O&N Newsletter. She is pictured after receiving a sapphire pin for her Paul Harris Fellow badge.
Past Rotary International Director, Dr John Thorne and his wife Shirley present the John and Shirley Thorne Award to Rotary Club of Sandy Bay. The award, for the most active club in contributing to The Rotary Foundation, was accepted by President Bob Calvert while District Governor Ross Carlyle watches proudly on.
In the new Rotary year PE Roslyn will continue to serve as District Secretary, working for DG Michael. The toughest part of the job is out of the way now. I hope everyone enjoys their District Directories. Michael and Corrina Cooke will visit the Rotary Club of North Hobart on Tuesday 30 July and they warmly invite partners to join Rotarians on this occasion.
President David Emmett and Heather Emmett (pictured working at the Greek Festival) appear in the 2019-20 District Directory to promote End Polio Now.