Virtual Rotary sees face-to-face
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.