Gail welcomed DG Brian Peters who spoke about returned Youth Exchange Students 16- early 20’s briefly but mentioned Tiana Lacey was to explain more about it later.
Brian spoke about how Rotary Connects the World. On End Polio Now which started in 1985, now $1.2 billion people have been immunised. 53 cases of polio have been confirmed currently with Pakistan having 40 and in Afghanistan only 13. If we don’t knock off polio in 10 years well have 200000 cases again. This is not just the work of Rotary, but it was started by Rotary.
Another example of connecting the world was a Rotarian in Bribie island organise a global grant $1000 and then got another 99 clubs to join the program making it $US100,000 and then the district made contributions and it became a global grant. Then Rotary foundation made a matching grant and all up raised $USD328,000 from that first idea. This meant that 28,000 women were vaccinated against HPV because of that one idea.
In 1973 Ian Scott who joined Rotary and took an idea to the Rotary Club of Mornington who was distressed about babies dying from SIDS. It took several years, but this idea became Australia Rotary Health. The incidents of SIDS was reduced 84%, all because one person took it to his Rotary Club.
These are just a few examples of how Rotary Connects the World.
He mentioned that we don’t get the word out there enough to let people know what Rotary is.
Rotary members are declining so we need to ask ourselves why.
2015 – 1900, 2017 - 1800, 2018 - 1640, 2019 - 1583
Even though we are bringing in new members, members are leaving as well for one reason or another. We can improve our numbers in 4 ways. Increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance our engagement and increase our ability to adapt.
Brian then introduced Tiana Lacey, who was a past exchange student who went to Taiwan. She spoke about how Rotex was formed because of a lack of communication between Rotarians and past exchange students. Rotex saw this and formed a group, giving a support network for these students. It’s a growing association of 24 members aged between 16 to 25 year olds and exchange students from 2011 – 2019
It allows a way to help exchange students for the future and offering support while they are on exchange and taking them on safaris, special events and learning about our culture. They are partnering this year with HeadSpace supporting mental health in youth. 75% of mental health issues fall between the ages of 12 and 25 years old.
Gail thanked DG Brian Peters and Tiana Lacey for their presentation.
AG Greg Paull from Diamond Creek Rotary Club also blessed us with his presence.
[ AG Greg Paull, Diamond Creek RC, DG Brian Peters Albury RC & Tiana Lacey - Rotex