Vir­tual Ro­tary sees face-to-face

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RO­TARY District 9790 La Trobe ‘eClub’ mem­bers gath­ered for a lunch meet­ing in Wan­garatta’s Ri­nal­dos Casa Cucina at the end of last month.

The on-line, in­ter­ac­tive ser­vice club – launched in 2014 – was es­tab­lished for peo­ple with busy lives who wanted to con­tinue as Ro­tar­i­ans but can­not al­ways at­tend faceto-face meet­ings.

E-Club mem­ber Paul Con­roy – on a fam­ily visit to Beechworth from Ja­pan – said the Wan­garatta get-to­gether pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to meet in­ter­est­ing peo­ple in the flesh when e-Club meet­ings were held on-line.

The former Beechworth res­i­dent, who is as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of English at Shumei Univer­sity in Chiba, not far from Tokyo, said the e-Club was a prac­ti­cal way to be con­nected with Ro­tary time-wise when peo­ple had other com­mit­ments.

E-Club pres­i­dent Heather Red­mond, from Wan­garatta, said con­ver­sa­tions in per­son over lunch were a wel­come so­cial as­pect of the group.

The club wel­comed to the lunch district gov­er­nor Bernie Bott, past pres­i­dent and a mem­ber of the Yar­ra­wonga-Mul­wala Ro­tary, and as­sis­tant gov­er­nor Kaye Gauci from Broad­mead­ows Ro­tary.

District 9790 has 64 clubs, in­clud­ing the e-Club, and ex­tends from Co­bram in the north, to Nathalia in the west, Cor­ry­ong in the east and Sun­bury in the south.

E-club mem­bers trav­elled from Beechworth, Myrtle­ford and Kil­more to at­tend the lunch.

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