Forest Lake Rotary Club update

by Alan Greig

The incoming President for 2020/21, Brad Chipper, was installed on July 1, at which he promised a very active year (unless COVID-19 restrictions are still in place). Unfortunately the Corona Virus has adversely affected the Club’s activities (and membership) but we are hopeful that normal times will return in the not too distant future.

Scraping in just before the global lockdown, more than 1,000 men and women came together in March to celebrate the ninth International Women’s Day Breakfast at Crown Palladium in Melbourne.

They were greeted with music and a variety of colourful marketplace stalls featuring Rotary projects and Women’s Health. The Moderator, Dr. Gael Jennings, led the event with an inspiring panel discussion, including Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Deb Platz, CEO of the Committee for Economic Development Melinda Cilento, Lord Mayor Sally Capp, Author David Leser and Chancellor of Federation University, Terry Moran, on how to implement gender parity in our daily lives and fight gender inequality.

It was notable that male participation at the breakfast is increasing each year making up more than 40% of guests at this year’s event which raised more than $45,000 for the selected charities, including Violence Free Families, Interplast, Rotary Youth Suicide Prevention and Family Life.

If any reader would like to know more please call me, Alan Greig, at 0407 377 715.

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