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Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Latitude 38

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.
Deanne Smith

W elcome to Meeting No. 140 of the Rotary eClub of Latitude 38



President's Message
I hope you are all well and that you finding time for relaxation and time for yourselves and families.In the last two weeks I have been using every spare moment to help with the second biggest Irish Dancing Feis in Australia, solely run by my daughter Brydie's dance school and held in Langwarrin. My husband Paul and I just spent the whole weekend feeding teachers/adjudicators, cleaning, sorting out crises, etc. I have no idea how many steps we did but we were so busy. 200+ dancers, and like most events minimal full-time helpers but it is over for another year. Well sort of..Paul and I have put our hands up to be the key organisers so the current ones can retire from the role when their daughter finishes dancing. 

Incoming President, Brian has sent out suggested club roles and positions for all members for the new Rotary year commencing on 1 July as well as a draft calendar and goals. He has received some positive responses which is pleasing. Keep them coming in even though you may want to say "not this year".


Have you joined a Rotary Fellowship yet? If not go click here for more information.


Remember that the club changeover is approaching (8 July, 12.30pm, online) and we still expect to have an annual report available for all members before the day. 




Deanne S.

President 2017-18


This week's meeting material 
Join a Rotary Fellowship 
What about the Travel and Hosting?
Farmers are key to a better future - Anika Molesworth - As a farmer, Anika Molesworth understands many of the challenges facing farmers – who are all trying to create more with less. Increasing populations, ecosystem degradation and climate change ask more of farmers than ever before, which is why farmers need our support – to help them make the necessary changes, to do what they do best. 

Anika splits her life between her family’s arid outback sheep station in Far Western NSW, her PhD crop trials in Griffith, and lush green rice paddies in Southeast Asia working as a researcher in international agricultural development.

She was awarded the 2015 Young Farmer of the Year, 2017 NSW Finalist for Young Australian of the Year, and most recently the NSW Young Achiever Award for Environment and Sustainability. Anika is a passionate advocate for sustainable farming, environmental conservation and climate change action. She helped founding Farmers for Climate Action, and connects land managers to researchers through her platform Climate Wise Agriculture in order to build resilience into farming communities. She is also keenly interested in the conservation of natural and cultural heritage in farming communities and manages the International National Trusts Organisation’s Sustainable Farms program.


Brian Norris
Website Manager
This officially ends meeting No.140.
If you have an interesting topic, or project to share please contact Brian Norris at
Thank you for joining us, we appreciate your feedback, hope you will return soon and invite a guest.
Have a personal Rotary Membership Plan
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!