At Rotary this week, we didn't linger over our delicious Black Buffalo meals, as it was down to the business of deciding which projects would be supported this year and sorting out budget requests and practical plans. This week it was Committees and Board meetings - in other words, the directors working with their committees then the board listening to all the ideas and discussing priorities and actions.
Traditionally, Rotary Club of North Hobart committees have been structured around the five avenues of service in Rotary - Club Service, Community Service, Youth Service, Vocational Service and International Service.
This year we have had to restructure, to be compliant with Rotary International's instruction to have a director of Membership and a Director of Public Image and committees to support those directors. We now have our 27 members spread over six committees rather than four, but we are trialling a "paired" set-up, to take account of the freedom members need to come and go from meetings.
So we now have Club Service (chaired by Immediate Past President David Emmett) paired with Membership (led by President Elect Brian Claridge, who is also our club's Treasurer). Youth and Vocational Service (led by Past President David Clinch) is working alongside Community Service (with Tony Thompson as director). Then our Public Image committee (led by Past President Jenny Kerrison) is paired with International and The Rotary Foundation (which has Past President Howie Oh as director). Although the link between these two may not be so obvious as the other two, given the major projects our leads overseas, it makes sense that the people publicising the work of our club are well informed on those.
sA big thanks to our members for all their contributions and deliberations this week. Read the board minutes in the Members Only section of the website.
As president, I just "floated" during the committee meetings, doing my best not to interrupt, but going home, it was more like "floating on air" to know the club is in such great hands with this team.
A request has come in to list all members of all committees in each club bulletin, so we get used to knowing who is on which team this year. Any more suggestions to improve club systems are most welcome.
Finally, a note that our Director of Public Image, Jenny Kerrison, is missing in the above photo as she was in Melbourne. She's pictured elsewhere on this site, in the About Us section. Jenny is very busy as National Chair of RAM (Rotarians Against Malaria). Their national conference is in only a few weeks.
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Roslyn Teirney is Director of Membership at Rotary Club of North Hobart.