Guest Speaker - Mark Anderson
An amazing presentation from the Rotary Foundation executive.  Mark started his Rotary life through Interact, Rotoract and his local club to his current position within the Rotary organisation.  Mark’s presentation explained Rotary Foundation’s work nationally and internationally and provided facts and figures that most members were not aware of.  He explained how to maximise the funding for grants and gave examples of many successful projects.  It was clear that those present were so much better informed after Mark had demonstrated how we must use the Foundation.  He also emphasised the need to prioritise the Foundation as our preferred charity and the benefits that flow all way down to our Club from this.
The Presidents summarised that we need to maximise Mark’s advice and the need to engage with other clubs within our District.  They thanked Mark for his wonderful speech.
Susie M. announced further development and correspondence with the recommended suppliers of the “ZAPSTAND” Defibrillator Public System, and with confirmation from John S. on available club funds, Board Member approval of the potential project, that the club proceed to work with council on the project.  It is agreed that as there are no current club projects for consideration and the health benefits provided by the units on the Corso, this opportunity to promote our Rotary brand in a prominent position adds up to a worthwhile initiative.
Susie M said we have missed the deadline for State Government Community Building Partnerships funding this year and also Rotary District Grants for this year but should proceed to work with council as quickly as possible.