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What is an eClub? An eClub is like any other Rotary clubs: it carries out service projects, supports The Rotary Foundation and members connect with each other as well as with members of other Rotary clubs. The difference is that we connect regularly online, not necessarily at the same time but at a time that’s convenient to each member.

How does an eClub operate?
The eClub's website is the meeting place where the weekly meeting is posted (see below), club project details are displayed and regularly updated and suitable videos and other material is available to enhance your Rotary knowledge in the area of community service. Some eClub members also meet in person at service projects, social activities, district conferences or the Rotary International Convention.
What do I commit to as a member of the Rotary club of Latitude 38?
You will be encouraged to:
  • Work through the weekly meeting below and if appropriate make comments on the club's facebook page (this should take about 30 minutes each week);
  • Participate in club projects (see projects page), engage with a project of a local Rotary Club or local community organisation and tell the other members about it on the Facebook page;
  • Spend at least 12 hours a quarter on Rotary related activities;
  • Support the Rotary Foundation; and
  • Plan to attend an annual Rotary Conference or Rotary International convention.
Who can join an eClub?
Each eClub is based in a specific district but its members can be from anywhere in the world. Some eClubs focus their membership in a particular region or community.
An eClub could be right for you if you:
  • Have a busy schedule and need a flexible meeting time
  • Live in different places throughout the year
  • Travel frequently
  • Have limited mobility
We welcome your enquiry.
Brian Norris

Welcome to Meeting No. 155 of the Rotary eClub of Latitude 38 

President's Message

Kerrie and I are sailing between Taiwan and Hong Kong at the moment (Friday 12 Oct).
I hope all is well with you all. 
Just a reminder that we will be having a general meeting for all members on Monday 22 October at 7.30pm when we will hear about Australian Rotary Health from Viv Armstrong. I hope you all will be able to join us. more details next week.
I am sure we are all supportive of our Secretary/Treasurer, Ian Sayers with the news about Laurel’s illness recently diagnosed. We are thinking of them both.
I look forward to joining the meeting with you all on 22 October from Ho Chi Minh City.


Brian Norris


This week's meeting material

Australian Rotary Health

On the next general meeting we will be joined by Vivienne Armstrong from Australian Rotary Health

Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia.
We also provide funding into a broad range of general health areas, provide scholarships for rural medical and nursing students, as well as Indigenous health students. Australian Rotary Health provides funding into areas of health that do not readily attract funding, and promotes findings to the community.
Australian Rotary Health is a project of the Rotary Districts of Australia and is supported by Rotary Clubs.  We have a broad vision to improve the health and well-being of all Australians. For further information visit Australian Rotary Health website


Rotary Club Project Spotlight - Rotary Club Apia

The club was chartered on 28 September 1970. In its proud 48 year history the club has been involved in many projects which have benefited the local community as well as undertaking overseas projects.  Prominent in the local area has been its annual Melbourne Cup Fundraiser that serves as a opportunity for the community to gather together.

Visit the Rotary Club of Apia Facebook page where there is some fascinating information about the installation of computers at Salamumu primary school which were donated by the RC of Parkes, books for a school library program at Fasitoo Uta primary school and tools donated by RC Sunnyhill Banks for a renovation project at Aleisa primary school.


Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) 19 - 21 October

Our Rotary Club wishes to send two disadvantaged young people to a Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) weekend at a cost of $480 each.  RYLA helps participants gain a better understanding of their own strengths, passions and values. Click here to go to our Go Fund Me page to learn more about how to support developing youth leadership skills.

October is Economic and Community Development month
1 October – Service Award for a Polio Free World nominations are due
1 October – Polio Pioneer Award nominations are due
1-7 October –Alumni Reconnect Week
24 October – World Polio Day
This officially ends meeting No.155. Let me know on our Facebook group what you thought of the meeting material. Serious, leave a comment. It helps to get some feedback on the meeting and also to hear your thoughts and ideas. For club members go to the closed group here Closed Group Facebook page and for non members please leave a comment on our public Facebook page, like, and share.
If you have an interesting topic, or project to share please contact Pete at
Thank you for joining us, we appreciate your feedback, hope you will return soon and invite a guest.

Pete Showell



Membership of Rotary, like any other activity in life, works better if you have a personal plan about how to get the most out of it. At the beginning of every Rotary year (1 July), or at any other time, why not sit down and plan how you will maximise your membership. In an eClub this is especially important as we don’t have the impetus of a weekly face-to-face meeting to give us a “push along”.
Here are some suggestions. You may think of other things you might do.
·         Run your eye over Rotary Basics to refresh yourself about what Rotary is about.
·         Work through the weekly meeting on the website and make comments on the club’s Facebook page.
·         Make regular posts on the Facebook page and respond to posts already there.
·         Look at the club’s projects page to see what projects you might become involved in.
·         Commit to contributing $A100 to the Rotary Foundation during the year through the Centurion
          Program. The club can organise this for you.
·         Commit to attending the District 9820 Conference or the district conference where you live.
·         Make suggestions on how the club can work better.
·         Participate!