Can you believe so much has happened this year? I have been privileged to work with the ARC and its committees in several areas over the last few months.
We have managed to keep our Rostrum community connected throughout a very difficult time thanks to the efforts of many of our members, especially our National Webmaster and his team that assisted clubs during the transition. Many clubs have experienced higher attendance rates during this period. This pandemic has shown the value of Rostrum in our community as members worked hard to keep their clubs connected.
In need of some good news? Freemen from across Australia joined the Queensland Management Committee to welcome our newest Freeman Rosalie Roberts at her induction this July. While we had no formal dinner we were able to gather together representatives from several states to help make this an important occasion.
Are you looking for new program ideas to liven up your meetings? If yes, subscribe to the Priceless Programming Ideas & you'll receive a regular emails with links to program ideas from Rostrum clubs around the country.
Freeman David Price, our National Training and Marketing Manager has collated many programing ideas over the years. 104 Exercises To Make Your Rostrum Meetings Fun and Exciting is a popular download on the Rostrum website (members-only - you'll need to log in).
With the Priceless Programming Ideas email you'll receive a new idea every four or so days.
At the meeting of Burnside Rostrum Club 32 last night, President Phil Heath inducted Nick Cooper as a member. A school teacher at Seymour College, Nick was previously an Engineer, but despite his academic record, felt he needed to brush up on his public speaking. An ideal new member, wouldn’t you say? Anyway Nick and our members are delighted that has has joined us.
SA Rostrum Club 9 enjoyed a wonderful Zoom meeting with well loved Centurion, Stan Blackford. On the 26th of May 1920, Stan Blackford was born in Calcutta (now Kolkata). He emigrated to Adelaide after conspicuous service as a Captain in the Indian Army during the Second World War. In fact, he wrote a book about his experiences and as Tom said, it is a great read. Now out of print, it is titled “One Hell of a Life: An Anglo-Indian Wallah's Memoir” and many copies were sold (or given away by Stan).
An organisation's vision is the big picture of what they want to achieve. Core Values are the principles and values leaders will follow, when they carry out activities. A federated structure gives responsibility and accountability, but can we unite around a common Rostrum vision and core values?
Draft Rostrum Vision: ---- Seeking your ideas.
Rostrum values could be as simple as 'mutual respect and advancing Rostrum fellowship'. What do you think?
Try it as a Rostrum Club exercise. Then tell the 'Rostrum movers and shakers team' at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even write a letter to the Editor.
Congratulations Rosalie Roberts inducted as Freeman of Australian Rostrum on 1st August 2020 by Australian President Fmn Jenny Blain.
Thanks also for Rostrum Club articles and the leadership demonstrated by the research for the 'movers and shakers' team.
Seeking feedback through your letters to the Editor for the September 2020 Edition (closes 12th September 2020).
Paul Halliday, Editor Rostrum Taking ACTION
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