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Time to Smile
The Current Covid-19 Crisis
     Current Covid Crisis                             
was the subject of our last Zoom meeting.
This  meeting attracted more than 15 guests . The drawcard was that the guest speaker was our well known Dr Tony Bartone  Dr Tony has been seen on TV almost every day lately giving update on the current Covid pandemic .At this zoom meeting we had visitors from many sources including Torquay, and at least 2 visitors  had attended our meetings previously . and we hope that they may develop the interest to see us more regularly
Covid-19 means that many of us are staying home more and have more time available and can tackle all those issues that have been shelved in the ‘when I’ve got time’ basket! 
We need to see visiting faces more often
Now is an ideal opportunity for developing a Public Image plan for the 2020-21 Rotary Year
Dr Bartone gave us permission to record his address so if  you missed it and would like to view it  , the link is
Who is Dr Tone Bartone
Our visiting speaker . Dr Tony had visited our Club a few years ago and we also have the good fortune that  our member Michael Schiavello  knows him quite well.  Both are sourced from Calabria and Michael happened to be his godfather . Tony does some of his general practice work in Niddrie and we have a good relationship with him
Dr Bartone was elected Federal President of the AMA in May 2018, and at the 2016 AMA National Conference, he  was awarded Fellowship of the Association in recognition of his outstanding services to the AMA and as a mark of the high esteem in which he is held by Fellow members.                        
Dr Bartone also completed a Master of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School in 2004 with First Class Honours average
 Covid-19 Current News
Dr Bartone detailed the history of Covid dating from its birth in China last year to the gradual spread around the world .  For months Australia has felt optimistic about containing Covid-19, but a resurgence of the virus in Melbourne has put those efforts at a critical stage.
About 300,000 people were ordered back into lockdown this week amid a military-assisted operation to "ring fence" 10 postcodes at the centre of the outbreak.
The problem has escalated in the past fortnight - there were  482 active cases in the state of Victoria.
The numbers remain below Australia's March peak, but what's concerning to authorities is that local transmission which is now the key source of infections.
Previously, most cases were coming from travellers returning from overseas. Australia's curve flattened rapidly three months ago with the enforcement of lockdowns and mandatory hotel quarantines for people
entering the country. It has had about 8,000 cases in total and 104 deaths.
In every other state, the virus has been dramatically slowed or eradicated. So what's gone wrong in Victoria?
There has been failures in hotel quarantine
Premier Daniel Andrews has pinpointed the origin of many infections to workers who were overseeing hotel quarantines breaking the rules. More than 20,000 travellers have gone through 14-day quarantine in the state.
A report which traced Covid-19's mutation in Victoria found that hotel staff cases were the "ancestors" of ones found later in suburban homes.
So how did the virus spread? Allegations of blame have been levelled at private security firms contracted to operate the state's quarantine. Neighbouring New South Wales took a different approach - using the police force.
Below it the graph of cases this year
Victoria has faced accusations of systemic failures such as guards being improperly trained or not given enough PPE.
Mr Andrews has also described cases of illegal socialising between staff, listing examples of workers sharing a cigarette lighter or car-pooling. Local media also reported claims of sex between guards and quarantined travellers.
The government has ordered a judicial inquiry into their quarantine operation and fired the contractors.
Unlike in many states, the virus had been 'seeded'
In early May - during Australia's lockdown - authorities expressed concern about a virus cluster among workers at an abattoir in Melbourne's west.                                               About 111 cases were eventually linked to the site, which had been the subject of a rapid trace-and-track response from authorities. Lockdown restrictions eased a month later, allowing people to again visit friends and family, and enjoy other freedoms such as eating out at restaurants.
But experts believe that secondary cases from that cluster - and possibly others - were still festering undetected in the community.
At the end of his speech, Dr Tony was flooded with questions
It was a stimulating Rotary meeting
New Opportunities for Rotary Clubs

 Posted by PDG Gina Growden- Public Image Coordinator

 In keeping with our new International Theme: "Rotary Opens Opportunities",   the start of a new Rotary year is always an opportune time for all of us to re-assess how we do the things we do in Rotary.
Covid-19 means that many of us are staying home more, have more time available and can tackle all those issues that have been shelved in the ‘when I’ve got time’ basket! 
Now is an ideal opportunity for developing a Public Image plan for the 2020-21 Rotary Year. As you all know, without a plan there is little chance of achieving any significant results. Public Image is a vital component of everything we do in Rotary and a plan that is written down and adopted by all members of the club and has clear and achievable goals will ensure that positive outcomes are reached. 
An effective public relations plan for our club will: 
  • Enhance the club’s public image
  • Gain support and resources for projects
  • Build links with other community organisations
  • Attract qualified members
  • Recognise Rotary members for their contribution to the
  • Correct misconceptions about the club and Rotary. 
Now is also an ideal time to look at our club branding and make appropriate changes to ensure that you comply with Rotary International’s standard. Regardless of whether or not you ‘like’ the compliant Rotary logo (it’s not ’new’ any longer after 7 years! Who calls their 7-year-old car a “new car”?) the decision to change to the logo was made by the Rotary International Board back in 2013, and as Rotarians it is our responsibility to abide by that decision and to make sure that we comply. Does your website display the compliant logo and have all, outdated International themes been replaced by the current 2020-21 theme: Rotary Opens Opportunities? Now is a good time to make those changes. 
Now is also the time to do an audit on your club merchandise—are your banners up to date—if not, order new ones; are your club polo shirts and name badges displaying the correct logo—if not, order new ones—and destroy the old ones—they keep reappearing if you don’t! 
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