President Swapna's Notes
Hello everyone,

It's certainly nice to have some heavenly sunny days even though there is a cold breeze to warrant a warm coat!

This week, we had a lovely young lady Emma Dawson, from Mary McKillop International talk to us about their work in East Timor- predominately working in education.  They provide educational literacy of the Tetun local language including health and music.

Emma shed light on this very special area so close to us- approx 610km northwest of the Australian City of Darwin.  She spoke of the trauma that the people of this poor country have endured and how their work provides hope for rebuilding their lives.

We thank Emma for providing a very interactive presentation whereby members were able to ask questions and learn more about this country that has a very strong Australian Military connection.

This week, we dedicated our International Toast to the Rotary Club of Thorpe Bay,Essex, England

A reminder, we have our Past President Bruce de Graaf's Giving Night on the 18 May, please come along and see us give!  It should be a good night to celebrate our good and make a difference.

Finally, I am not sure if you read the article in the RDU this month, there was a wonderful message from Simon Manning, District Governor Elect, District 9940 - which amplified the urgent need for diversity at the highest level of Rotary - a woman President at RI.  It was a truly inspirational article.

Have a lovely weekend and a very Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful mums on Sunday.