A good turn up of club members shared a light breakfast at the Uniting Church Community Centre in Ivanhoe, plus another two Rotarians participating remotely via ZOOM. See off-screen snip below.

President Jeff gave us a taste of the year to come.

Jeff reminded Board members their meetings will be on the first Tuesday of the month at 5.30 pm via ZOOM.

Jeff explained how he would like a thematic approach to the Club’s programs during the forthcoming year, with speakers linked to each theme invited to contribute over a number of meetings to build on our knowledge of relevant issues. There are many good initiatives already happening in Banyule and we need to build on them instead of starting from scratch.

Some focus project areas for our club include Honouring Indigenous People in Banyule, the Seven Women food growing project in Nepal, Youth Exchange (when it restarts), the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), local projects with 3081 Angels, working with Council on tree planting projects, local markets and food swaps.

Speaking of food, there is an abundance of lemons at this time of the year!

Some ideas for using surplus lemons:

  • Freeze them, either whole, in slices or just the zest.
  • Make lemon slices, lemon chicken, lemon cake, lemon anything.
  • Here’s a tip to make them last longer after picking from the tree: Wash them and follow up with wiping the skins with a dilute solution of bleach.

Treasurer Judith gave a run down on club finances. The important point is the Board decision to slightly increase annual subs to $290. This will ensure that all mandatory expenses such as insurance and venue hire are fully covered.