This was last done a few years ago so the time seems ripe to relook at the things that make the club what it is and what members want it to be.
The lockdown, social distancing and the barring of most meetings have made such a process a bit of a challenge, but Julian says members can soon expect a 2-page communication from him to set the ball rolling.
This will start with a SWOT Analysis (what members see as the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats to the club), followed by a more general questionnaire about what your vision of the club and its activities is.
Ian has stressed that it is important that everybody in the club gets involved.
Hopefully it won't be too long before members can have a physical meeting so that we can have proper debate on what the future of the club should look like.
|Socks for Africa ... Margaret Lediga, Sarah Sunker, myself and Pastor Mike Sunker with some of the socks we delivered to 5 Cees|
In her new role Abi has pledged to try to get the word out about what New Dawn is, what the club's goals are and how we live up to those expectations.
She says we'll get the most out of a presence on the ubiquitous Facebook as well as Instagram and we'll have a New Dawn presence on LinkedIn as well.
At a minimum there will be postings on Wednesdays and Sundays, so keep an eye open for them and disseminate the posts as widely as possible.
Ian wants to take a personal interest in the website, which has also been left behind a bit over the years.
|The new-look website, thanks to Carol Stier and Steve du Plessis|
It includes information on membership trends, highlights some of our projects and has links to other important Rotary sites such as Rotary International, the End Polio Campaign and District 9400.
President Ian says we'll be hearing more about the strategic planning and social media at upcoming meetings.
He was very excited by the quick whip-around to collect money from members for winter socks for the people at Woodside and the Christ Church Christian Care Centre (5 Cees).
|Itumeleng Sekhu and Kgotso Pedi delivering the socks|
Itumeleng is the author of a book about her recovery from almost life threatening burns she sustained as a child, titled What do you see?
The money members raised was enough to buy 82 pairs of socks, after initially aiming for 67 pairs to commemorate Nelson Mandela's birthday on 18 July.
|Linda Vink handing socks over to Jane Mkhwanazi of Woodside Sanctuary|
Pastor Mike Sunker thanked the club on behalf of the children and said they'd be handing the socks out today already. After a quick count he seemed to think there were enough for all the kids in Berea.
Pastor Mike says the lockdown has come with many challenges for the Berea home and that two children have had to go into isolation already. Not all the schools that children attend are open yet, which also causes problems.
The current load shedding is causing further headaches and he said the most pressing need they have is for a proper generator that can handle 3-phase power to keep the lights on and the children warm and safe.
If anyone has a contact for such a beast, I can put you in touch with Pastor Mike.
|Tamzin Botha with a packet of seeds for a pilot gardening project|
One of the beneficiaries was a group of volunteers who run a community garden in Parkhurst.
|From seeds grow plants at the Parkhurst garden|
Amongst other recipients of seeds was Tamzin Botha, who is working on a pilot gardening project with informal reclaimers in Brixton. She also thanked the club for the seeds that were donated.
Helene Bramwell says seeds were also donated to Paul Channon for projects in Alexandra.
|Lee Roebeck, who'll be speaking at the Zoom meeting on Wednesday|
A Thought for the Week: When one burns one's bridges what a very nice fire it makes. - Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953)