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February 2021  DG Newsletter

                                        Dear fellow Rotarians and friends of Rotary,
                                        A new year generally brings a sense of hope and new life. While we still struggle with
                                        the effects of COVID-19 our organisation has demonstrated a continued willingness to
                                        learn and adapt.

        Lyn and I have resumed visiting the remainder of clubs we could not visit in the
        first 6 months, some due to COVID-19 restrictions. In January, we took delight in
        attending the Victor Harbor Art Show (Victor Harbor) and Goolwa Markets
        (Encounter Bay), a couple of great club projects. The Art Show, in its 42nd year,
        won the City of Victor Harbor ‘s Community Event of the Year in recognition of its
        longevity, contribution to culture and regional recognition. 2020 Art Show Chair
        Tim Shierlaw and President Julie Irwin were proud to be able to accept the
        Australia Day Community Event of the Year Award.

        Congratulations to our Rotarians who were Order of Australia
        recipients as well as those who received Civic Awards.

        So much has changed since Rotary was formed in 1905. The world population
        then was 1.7 Billion, and today it is just over 7.7 Billion. There were 4 telephones per 100 people and now
        it is estimated that 94 percent of the world’s population owns a telephone (either mobile or fixed) and
        China and India have more than one Billion mobiles in use at any one time. In the nearly 116 years since
        Rotary was founded, seemingly everything has changed except our Rotary Values. We began, committed to
        Fellowship, Integrity, Service, and Leadership, and while our (Service Above Self) motto dates back to 1911,
        the ethos behind these words have been ingrained into everything we do by our Rotary’s founders. As the
        pace of change worldwide continues to accelerate partly due to COVID-19, the need for our Rotary Service
        is greater than ever. It is one thing to read about service projects, quite another to witness them in action
        and see the grateful faces of people who have benefited from them and how those people's lives have
        been changed forever.

                                    February is Peace & Conflict Prevention / Resolution Month

                                    As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone of our mission. We believe when
                                    people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.

                                    Millions of people all over the world are currently displaced by armed conflict or
        persecution. In fact, 90% of casualties in armed conflicts are civilians, half of which are children.
        Through service projects and Rotary programs, the Rotary family is committed to pursuing projects that
        address the structural causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to
        education, and unequal distribution of resources.

        During February, Rotary Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month, we’re celebrating our
        commitment to build peace and mitigate conflict.

        The Rotarian Action Group for Peace gives Rotary members resources and support to advance peace efforts
        and turn ambitious ideas into life-changing realities.
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