As you are all aware, the theme for this year is “Rotary Opens Opportunities”.
It certainly has for our Rotary Action Group. Since July 1 2020, I have had the pleasure of speaking, via Zoom, to over 30 Rotary Clubs around the world, to tell the story of Food Plant Solutions. In Australia I have been interviewed by radio stations and spoken at Probus groups, at an International Peace day dinner and to the southern region of Order of Australia Committee. We have made a video and worked with the other members of our DISC to support clubs.
I have enjoyed meeting Rotarians from around the world doing extraordinary things in their communities. We have prepared Brief Guides for many communities, who are all trying to make a difference. We know that gardening, not only supplies food for a family but that is good for the mental health of a community.
Earlier this month I had the privilege of presenting an address at a primary school in Hobart, which in 2020, the Rotary Club of North Hobart had facilitated a school garden, using our Event Guidelines; “Fresh Food For Families.” This school has added a Peace Pole to their garden and the children had worked hard to develop the formal unveiling of the Peace Pole. What a joy it was to be there and remind the children that many wars are begun because of the lack of food and their garden has connected Peace and Food. Imagine how great it would be if this could happen in all communities.
I spoke of my dream that with each of the water wells Rotary facilitates in countries where families walk miles for water that a community garden be developed, so that not only the community had water, but that they also have nutritious food for their children, and the garden went on to produce food for generations to come.
You could ALL make this happen in your communities.
What a wonderful way you could make a difference and “open the opportunity” to fulfil our dream of ensuring long term food security for all members of your community.
Yours in Rotary
PDG Una Hobday OAM, PHF
Chair – Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group