New Rotary club starts on the Peninsula
A new Rotary club has been formed on the Peninsula.
With the philosophy of "come when you can, do what you can", the Rotary Club of Brisbane Water is aimed at people from all walks of life and ages, who may have struggled to juggle the formalities of more traditional Rotary clubs with a hectic schedule.
The club was formed by long-time Woy Woy Rotary Club members Mr and Mrs Peter and Jayne Mote and Ms Paola Liverani.
Mr Mote is president of the new club and said he and the other founding members had been eager to bring a more relaxed style of Rotary to the Peninsula for some time.
Attracting around 25 interested people from a range of backgrounds, the club got the tick from Rotary International at the beginning of July.
"The club will appeal to people who want to join the Rotary family but have always thought it may be too much of a commitment, financially and time wise," Mr Mote said.
"Rotary is no longer just about dinner meetings of professional men and women.
"It is for anyone who wants to make a difference in their community or with some of Rotary's international projects.
"It is also about meeting like-minded people and having fun," he said.
The club has the support of Ettalong Diggers Club, where members will meet, either or for coffee mornings or evening non-dinner meetings.
"Members can choose either the morning meetings or evening, or both, to allow for people's different circumstances, twice a month," Mr Mote said.
"The emphasis will be on doing Rotary in a slightly different way, with members contributing in any way they are able to, but the Rotary commitment to helping local and overseas communities is still the guiding light of the Brisbane Water Club," Mr Mote said.
The club already has already rallied behind local charity Coast Shelter.
The club is actively looking for new members and welcomes everyone of all ages and walks of life to get in touch.
The Peninsula's two existing Rotary Clubs have welcomed the announcement that a third Club has launched at Ettalong.
Both the Rotary Clubs of Umina Beach and Woy Woy have welcomed the news that the Rotary Club of Brisbane Water is now active.
The new Club launched at the beginning of July and currently meets at Ettalong Diggers.
Club president Mr Peter Mote said the new Club was putting a new spin on the classic approach to Rotary to attract potential members that are interested in joining the movement but were hesitant due to the associated formalities of Rotary membership.
The new approach caters to a more casual Rotarian with the emphasis on doing what you can when you can.
Mr Mote said the structure is less formal than that of a traditional Rotary Club with the emphasis on coming together to engage in community projects and other projects that fall under the banner of Rotary International.
"The club will appeal to people who want to join the Rotary family but have always thought it may be too much of a commitment, financially and time-wise," Mr Mote said.
Woy Woy Club president Mr Don Tee and Umina Beach Club secretary Mr Michael Curley both agreed the new club was a boon to Rotary.
"Umina Beach Rotarians have no problem whatsoever with the formation of this new club," said Mr Curley.
"In fact, we welcome it, as any increase in Rotary membership on any Peninsula Club means an increase in engagement with the Rotary movement in the area which is a good thing."
Mr Tee agreed.
Rotary membership has been in decline on the Peninsula in recent years with both existing clubs actively seeking new members and doing their best to engage more with young people in an effort to see the movement grow.
Both Mr Tee and Mr Curley acknowledged that they could see why a more casual approach to Rotary might appeal to some people but did say the new club was not operating too differently from either of theirs.
"As far as I'm aware, the only thing Brisbane Water Rotary Club does differently than Woy Woy or Umina Beach is meet fortnightly instead of weekly.
"All Rotary Clubs have taken on a more project-focused approach as of late," Mr Curley said.
Mr Tee said, while it was encouraging to see Rotary growth on the Peninsula, it did come at the expense of his club, with some members opting to join Brisbane Water Rotary Club.
"Rest assured. We still have 35 active members and will be continuing with our community work," Mr Tee said.
Mr Curley said no members of Umina Beach Rotary Club had joined the Brisbane Water Club.
Media release, 17 Jul 2019
Di Bartok, Rotary Club of Brisbane Water
Interviews (Dilon Luke), 18 Jul 2019
Don Tee, Rotary Club of Woy Woy
Michael Curley, Rotary Club of Umina Beach