Tonight’s Speaker is our own Dr Suren Krishnan who will give us an update on Maranatha Health in Uganda, his recent visit to DIK and what he found there, which might be suitable for Maranatha and other overseas projects with which our club is involved.
District Governor Elect, Peter Schaefer shared with us a look into his life. Peter is a member of The Rotary Club of Alice Springs and has lived and worked in the Northern Territory over a number of years.
There is much to tell, but we’ll begin with when he moved from his home in Sydney in 2000. Peter and his wife, Jennifer (a medical practitioner) and their son, began an adventure in Outback Australia, in the remote Aboriginal community of Kintore in the Gibson Desert. Jennifer became the community doctor there for two and a half years, whilst Peter was a tutor for School of the Air and home tutor for their son, as was the Health Services Manager.
Nhulunby in East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory was where they continued their outback experience. Peter became a lecturer for the Charles Darwin Universality, teaching literacy and numeracy to adult indigenous mine workers. It’s also where Peter first joined the ranks of Rotary, becoming a member of the Rotary Club of Nhulunby in 2003.
Both Jennifer and Peter have had much to do with indigenous Australians and are warmly welcomed into the communities of those with whom they have contact. Peter has had the privileged of being allowed into the world of “secret men’s business.” Jennifer has worked within the same communities where she has enjoyed much of the culture and “women’s business”. They both feel honoured to have been accepted into the rich culture of “the first Australians.”
People of the Northern Territory are different, they do things differently and they are fiercely loyal, calling themselves Territorians.
Peter is now semi-retired and volunteers through Rotary and the local Church and is the Board Chair of Holyoake, an NGO counselling service for persons affected by addiction or abuse.
Although already widely travelled in Australia and overseas, Peter is ready to begin another exciting journey as the 27th Governor of District 9500. Thanks for sharing, Peter. We enjoyed your talk.
We wish Peter and Jennifer safe and happy travels as they visit all Rotary clubs in District 9500!
Membership - it's not just a word
The need for clubs to learn and provide what members want from Rotary for their personal, professional and service fulfilment, and to provide value is vitally important. We need to add heart and focus on member engagement over attendance.
We accept that each member is unique, with his or her reasons for joining Rotary, things that engage them, and causes that they connect with. Each also has different family demands, professional obligations, time constraints, and financial situations.
Problems? No ~ opportunities! By embracing this diversity, we make it easier to engage more members in club activities and projects that appeal to them, and create a more active club.
The Rotary membership experience is about connecting with other Rotarians for professional and personal growth, and service to others. Simply, it’s the activities, experiences and projects across all Six Avenues of Service that comprise the heart and soul of the club’s life.
It’s these Rotary experiences that enhance member engagement and commitment to the club and Rotary overall. Membership ~ it’s not just a word. Think about it.
The above is adapted from an article written in 2012 by DG Steve Sandbo, Rotary Club of Upper Arlington, OHIO (District 6690)