President's Message NOVEMBER 2013
November 1, 2013
Did you know
these things about Australia?
Australia is the
only nation to govern an entire continent and its outlying islands.
mainland is the largest island and the smallest, flattest continent on Earth.
Australia is the
driest inhabited continent on earth. Its interior has one of the lowest
rainfalls in the world and about three-quarters of the land are arid or
With only 22
million people, Australia has a low population density yet it is one of the
world’s most urbanized countries, with about 70 per cent of the population
living in the 10 largest cities.
known for its geographical density. 12%
of the country is desert and yet there are great beaches and fertile land.
That the 2014
Rotary International Conference will take place in Sydney, Australia June 1-4th
and will be a great time for eClub members to connect and grow together.
Did you also know
that you will want to plan way ahead to experience Australia?
According to our Treasurer,
Joe Spears, “The best place for US Citizens to get information is http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_954.html#entry_requirements.There all the entry requirements are
spelled out including how to use SmartGate if you are US Global Entry Program
Member. Link to the Electronic Travel Authority (Visa) website is there
as well and yes US Citizen can apply electronically.
immediate past secretary, Cheonhee Sohn
suggests “Please note that the VISA requirement mentioned on the
following link page, http://rotary2014.com.au/plan-your-trip/visas/ which I found from the
Organizing Committee section in the RI Convention website at least six
months prior to the Sydney Convention".
We hope to see
you all at the Rotary International Conference and do plan ahead. Also don’t forget to sign up by November 8th
for the most amazing tour coordinated by our own Angus Robinson. Not only do you get to be part of the best
tour you can take, you can meet eClub celebrities, Carol and Robert Steen,
Angus Robinson, Chris Joscelyne as well as Carol and Robert Steen. https://www.rotaryeclubone.org/clubhouse/discussion/australianspeciald
In other club
news, there is much going on. First, the
lifeblood of Rotary is membership and in October, we welcomed two new members, Diego Mazzeo and Peter Zwicky. If you haven’t
done so, say hello to them on our website.
And speaking of
our website, there is much to enjoy- the discussions and the forums are a great
way to keep us connected. Please join us
there. It is part of your Rotary commitment
and ties us together. Thank you to our
Club secretary and website liaison, Emmanuel
for your work on the site.
As I read the
forums, many of you write on the power of Rotary to do incredible things. This month, our Service Committee Chair, Jeremy Penner guided us through some
terrific International Service Grants.
This fall your eClub funded two Global grants one from a member Pamela Gilbert and another with Joni
Ellis of the Rotary Summit County. We
also funded three members International District Grants. Thanks to-‘Buchi Akpeth, Chris Joscelyne, and Jane
Fletcher. Thanks to all who put so
much into our world community. We look
forward to reading more about these grants at our website.
In December, I will update you on the progress
of our Community Service Grants. Jason Griffith has let us know that
members are encouraged to apply.
Thanks for all you do in the name of Rotary
President, Rotary eClub One
Nov 1, 2013