Rotary eClub of Brindabella
Opportunity Knocks

September 2023 | Issue 1

Welcome to Opportunity Knocks - the bulletin of the Rotary eClub of Brindabella. 
Meet a Member: Sarah Le Fevre
My name is Sarah Le Fevre and my hometown was Campbelltown located in Sydney’s South West. After pursuing my retail career and snapping up an opportunity of a promotion to a Store Manager position, I packed my bags and relocated to Bathurst in regional NSW.
While in Bathurst I had the pleasure of working and becoming friends with Meghan Barrell and meeting her husband Travis Holland. It was through Meg and Travis that I was introduced to Rotary in 2022 and became a member of the Brindabella E-Club.
During my time in Bathurst I was lucky enough to meet my partner Patrick and together we have relocated to Wagga Wagga with our 4 furry companions.
I dedicate a lot of my time to work (some would say too much) as my passion is leading, coaching and developing others and have been lucky enough to do this for the last 16 years with the JB HI-FI Group.
Whilst my work commitments consume a lot of my time I would love to offer support where I can to current projects being worked on and help support the members running them.
Each edition of the newsletter will feature a different club member, chosen randomly by the newsletter editor! 
Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group

By PDG Una Hobday, Chair, Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group.

Are you aware that the largest killer of children 5 years and under is malnutrition and its effects?  Do you know that a Rotary Action Group has been battling malnutrition for over 15 years? 

Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group has a global reach to all continents but is working with most partnerships in Africa and Asia where the affliction is greatest. Our answer is simply to grow the right plant in the right place and this is done through science and education.

Apply to be the District Environmental Lead

by Tony Maple, D9705 Service Projects Lead
Are you interested in applying to replace PDG David Brawn as the District 9705 Environmental Leader (also known as District Environmental Envoy Team Leader). David’s environmental area falls within my District portfolio of community services.
David was appointed by then District Governor Michael Moore to launch the new Rotary Area of Focus – Protecting the Environment – in District 9705 in March 2021. 
The launch program was called the Environmental Envoy Outreach program, and it has successfully raised the profile of the new Area of Focus in clubs in our District and helped drive new environmental project initiatives. 
The program initially involved recruiting District representatives (called District Envoys) to help facilitate the creation of environmental projects in clubs around the District, and Club presidents were invited to appoint club environmental representatives (now called Club Envoys). There are now 57 Club Envoys in 80% of clubs and 10 District Envoys. In addition, there are now 7 Project Envoys and 4 Partner Envoys supporting the 11 significant projects that were recommended to clubs earlier this year at PETs.
In Rotary year 2022/23, District 9705 clubs participated in 122 environmental projects, including those promoted and supported by the Envoy Team and those initiated within clubs. 
David has been in the role for over two and a half years. He wishes to stand down later this year to allow a new leader to build on the encouraging progress and to help initiate more environmental activity. He plans to continue to support the Envoy family, and he will also remain a Board Director of the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) and lead its Volunteer Engagement program. So his successor will still have his help and support
The Role of District Environmental Leader requires the following key attributes:
  • An experienced and well-regarded Rotarian
  • A person who is knowledgeable and passionate about protecting the environment
  • A good manager and communicator 
  • A well-motivated self-starter
Applications for this position should be sent to me by Friday, 22 September, and include information about your suitability for the role.  Ideally, an application need be no more than 2 pages.
David Brawn and I will assess the merits of the applicants and recommend the successful one to DG Andrea for endorsement. 
If interested, discuss with President Jenny and email
Our Next Meeting
Our next club meeting is Thursday September 14 at 8pm via Zoom. 
To access the meeting, simply click the following link. 

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Meeting ID: 919 9792 8247
Passcode: 489653
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  1. Apologies:
  2. Welcome: Jenny to Welcome everyone, members will be put into chat rooms for a 5-minute catch-up with other members. Chosen person to share, something that made them laugh in the chat when returned to the group.  
  3. Review of Planning night that was held on 8th June 2023
  4. General Business
  5. Reports from any Directors
    1. Youth
    2. Foundation
    3. Community 
    4. Membership
  6. Guest Speaker - Rotary 9705 - Area 5 Governor Gary Davis
  7. Next meeting 28 September 2023 Guest speaker. Ella Sutton - Labour exploitation in Australia. 
  8. Close of Meeting
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