Networker Conference Wrap Up Edition


This edition of Networker has some great stories from the recent District Conference in Warrnambool. Thanks to the over 700 who attended and participated in some way as delegates, partners, speakers, volunteers, etc. We aimed to have a fun conference which had interesting and diverse speakers, Rotary ideas, some local tours and events as well as plenty of social interaction. The feedback has been very positive on these aspects and will help planning the Multi District Conference in Feb 2019. Anne and I would like to thank the many volunteers and participants who made it such a good event. 

The 22nd of April is Earth Day and marks the end of the formal period of Rotarian tree planting that Rotary International World President Ian Riseley has encouraged. If your club hasn’t yet done a tree planting, there is no reason not to do so still. Planting conditions vary around the world and the world needs more trees. 

The April 2018 “Rotarian” magazine has a special focus on trees. Most Australian Rotarians receive the “Rotary Down Under” magazine in hard copy delivered to their home or work. However both are available online for no cost. If you wish to read the “Rotarian” magazine you can click on the following link:

The article “When is a tree like a Rotarian? All the time” by forester Peter Wohlleben is well worth a read. If like me, you thought a forest was made up of individual trees, think again! He explains that: 

  • Tree roots find roots of other trees of the same species 
  • Trees then interconnect and exchange nutrients, including at times of individual need 
  • Trees identify not just their own species but other individual trees, building social networks 
  • Trees interconnect to better cope with weather, environmental and other threats and to create a favourable microclimate 
  • Tree branches grow respectfully of other adjacent connected trees’ branches 

Sound familiar? 

When we grow up we strive for independence. As we grow wiser we understand the need for interdependence. Collectively we are stronger and we can reach out to help others. Sometimes we will need help and others will reach out to help us. 

Peter Frueh 

District Governor 2017-2018

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