Welcome Rotarians to a new month.  Last week I said hello to a few members at Festivale – very fickle weather but generally not as bad as predicted by the weather bureau. Thank you to members who attended last week’s meeting for completing the questionnaire.  Eight of the nine suggestions had the over whelming support of members.  The suggestion that had an even vote related to dispensing with Rotary Grace.  The board has decided to implement all suggestions except dispensing with Rotary Grace.  There will be a review to determine their workability after a number of months.  The next step in the process is a meeting with the Grand Chancellor. Provided there are no unexpected problems, we should be able to implement the changes later this month. As a reminder the changes will be: .. every 4th Thursday of the month we will have friendship (including family) meetings at different venues other than the Grand Chancellor.  They may be picnics in the park, at a pub, bring and share at a private event or vocational visit. ..simplify regalia by erecting a Rotary District flag. ..retain directors reports, guest speakers, sergeant’s session and raffle. ..dispense with the National Anthem. ..implement a more formal president’s message at the conclusion of the meeting. The membership committee who recommended these changes to the board (and consequently to members) will meet in the coming weeks to discuss initiatives to ‘grow membership’ and ‘increase participation and stimulate interest’. I hope to see you at Thursday’s dinner meeting. President Harry.