Taking your Club Online for Meetings
As many Clubs are cancelling face to face meetings, and practising social distancing as part of the Covid 19 Action Plan, the District IT Team have put together some suggestions on how you can still meet and stay connected to each other, but in the online space. You can click here to download this information.
We are suggesting that you consider Zoom as your online meeting platform. It is free, can connect up to 100 people at a time and has a meeting time limit of 40 minutes. Click HERE to download a Quick Guide for Using Zoom There are also paid versions that will have additional features if you feel you need them.  Below are some links and answers to commonly asked questions, you can also visit the Zoom website for more information https://zoom.us/  
Other online Platforms to stay connected
As well as meeting online, you may want to consider using a chat app so that all Club members can connect easily.  We are suggesting you consider two of these apps, that you can download from App Store or Play Store, onto your phone.  
Whats App is a free online messaging system that works through your home wifi or mobile data plan. Click on https://www.whatsapp.com/ to learn more.  With this app you can create groups that are large or small – your whole club, your board, your committees, project groups etc. and is simply a texting system similar to the one you may use now.  Click HERE for a Beginners Guide to Whats App
Viber is a similar app.  Click here to learn more https://www.viber.com/ 
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District Assembly has now been cancelled
To protect the health and wellbeing of all Rotarians during the Covid 19 outbreak, DGE Philip has decided to cancel District Training Assembly which was to be held in Ararat on 26 April.
Further details about an online opportunity for learning will be advised shortly.
Rotary Clubs of Australia Drought appeal
Our Farmers are in crisis. Record-high heat and record-low rain mean their livestock is starving. Their crops are dying. Many farmers and their families are suffering in silence.
The Rotary Clubs of Australia have partnered with Channel 9, Great Northern Brewing Co. and Bendigo Bank to raise funds and in-kind donations for the drought affected communities across Australia. The appeal is administered by Bendigo Bank’s charitable arm, Community Enterprise Foundation™. Click the image below for full details of this appeal
How to Make Donations
1. Donations can made on line via the following link: https://www.bendigobank.com.au/rotarydrought
2. In person by visiting any branch of the Bendigo Bank: https://www.bendigobank.com.au/locate-us/
3. Or by Cheque. Cheques to be made payable to “Community Enterprise Foundation” and posted to Community Enterprise Foundation, PO Box 480, Bendigo, VIC 3552