Dear members and friends of the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour,
I’m breaking format today to provide a few important updates. At our most recent evening meeting, board meeting and morning meeting the Club has been focussed on one subject – it’s future. In the new world that COVID has ushered in, our previous ways of doing business are no longer as relevant. To that end, the Club will be implementing the following changes during a pilot period, which will last until the end of the year.

Firstly, the Club is moving to Evenings. With members no longer working in the city each day, there’s no morning wherein most members are nearby. Given that, moving to evenings is to make attendance more convenient, and something you can look forward after a day of work. Meetings will occur at 6PM, on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

We will be retaining the current schedule of one physical, one virtual meeting per month. That’s based on member feedback. However, we will also be introducing a Club Happy Hour on the last Friday of each month, which is an informal catch-up at a CBD bar. We’ll talk Rotary, we always do, and we’ll doing in person.

Meetings will change format slightly, with a greater focus on projects and events. Project managers and event co-ordinators will be given an opportunity to speak about what’s coming up, regular members will also be able to talk about initiatives they’d like us to be more involved in. This is direct member feedback, in that we want a greater emphasis on the business of doing Rotary.

Project groups will also be initiated for projects. These groups will run as is appropriate for each group (it might be email, it might be a coffee catch-up, it might be Zoom), but these will all be advertised on the website with clear instructions as to how to get involved. If you’ve gone to a Rotary BBQ, Comedy night or garbage clean up and wanted a look behind the curtain, it will now be easier than ever before to do so. This is also aimed at making easier to initiate projects.

For now, the Club begins the important work of moving our bookings to evenings, and restucturing its meetings. For this reason, look forward to a second newsletter later this week with our upcoming events.

For now, thank you for involvement in the Club and your feedback in the survey, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Until later this week,
Drew Sturgiss
Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour