Club News
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8 May, 2020
Hello to my fellow Rotary Club of Stirling members (and any spouses / partners who may also read this bulletin).
It was really nice to connect with so many club members on Zoom almost two weeks ago. Some were able to stay the whole time and others joined for a short time. Board members gave a short report and we heard a little about what others were doing. 
I then went on to a broader Zoom meeting run by RC of Campbelltown.  Following on from the way in which theirs was organised (albeit for 80plus people), we are modifying a couple of procedures.
One of the things about the current situation is that it is stretching us to do things we have never done before.  Having now been on a few meetings, I am starting to feel much more confident as I am sure you all will very quickly.
First of all we are having a meeting on Monday 11th May at 5pm to 6pm on Zoom. We will have a guest speaker, our very own Nic Kentish whose topic will be “Defining Regenerative Agriculture".  
There will be an opportunity for questions at the end of the talk.
Make sure you have your drinks and nibbles ready for the start of the meeting.
Dan will begin admitting people to the meeting from 4.50pm.  The meeting will then begin punctually at 5pm.  This worked well with Campbelltown.  So get in any time after 10 to 5.
As a courtesy to Dan and the whole meeting when you get the joining instructions, please please confirm whether or not you plan to attend..
If you have any good news to share, keep it to about 1 minute and please advise me (Susanne) by text or email before Monday 12 noon.  Board members, could you also advise me if you wish to do a short report on any progress in your area.  Please make every effort that you can to be present at this meeting.
In the past week I have moved in to a cute little cottage in Mount Barker...
Home sweet home! most of my week has revolved a around packing and unpacking.  House sitting has basically dried up with the current situation, so not sure where I go to next with that.
See you on Zoom on Monday
Yours in Rotary
Susanne Marie   President
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North Sumatra Schools’ Upgrading Project

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Robert Koehne, Director - International, has an update on progress in two international projects his committee is working on, even with COVID-19 restrictions in place.
As you know, in January, the Club made a donation of $1,200, through Sue Delaney (Sinclair Gully Wines) to renovate primary school classrooms in Porli, North Sumatra province, Indonesia; internal walls, ceilings and sections of the roofs were replaced as well as some minor plumbing.
The Club is now considering a larger project, in the village of Selayang, renovating and upgrading the Primary School and the Middle School. The estimated cost is around $20,000 and we are looking to raise the funds in two ways:
By seeking a District Grant: the Club has committed $2,000 and if successful that will attract a matching grant of $2,000
By getting the project listed on the Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) website. If we are successful that will attract donations from Rotary clubs all around Australia; hopefully, totalling $16,000, which will provide the balance of the funds for the project.
The Club’s commitment will, therefore, be limited to $2,000.

North Sumatra COVID-19 education project

Indonesia faces a huge challenge in containing the COVID-19 virus. In order to pre-empt the arrival of the virus in the villages in which she has been active in North Sumatra, the energetic and committed Sue Delaney has established a funding mechanism to finance a COVID-19 education project– thousands of explanatory leaflets about the disease, banners and the provision of soap.
Sue asked if the Club would like to contribute; the Club, in view of the earlier and current schools’ upgrading assistance, promulgated the request amongst members to give them the opportunity, as individuals, to contribute to the project. Club members have contributed generously; at the time of writing, it’s estimated that they have contributed funds of the order of $700.
Sue Delaney has asked me to pass on to the Club and its members her heart-felt thanks for their generosity.
Robert Koehne

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Upcoming Events
Regular ONLINE Meeting (Rtn Nic Kentish)
May 11, 2020
4:50 PM – 6:30 PM
Board Meeting (ONLINE)
May 17, 2020 5:00 PM
Regular ONLINE Meeting
May 25, 2020
4:50 PM – 6:00 PM
Regular Club Meeting (ONLINE)
Jun 08, 2020
4:50 PM – 6:30 PM
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Dick Wilson
May 22
Robert Koehne
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May 20
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May 1, 1979
41 years
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May 1, 1992
28 years
Mark Higgins
May 2, 2011
9 years
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May 15, 2017
3 years
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May 28, 2012
8 years

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