President’s Press – 01 May

Our speaker last Tuesday, Professor Tom Smith informed us on how rapidly cards and digital payments are replacing cash as the most common everyday payment method.  Cash has dropped to 37 per cent of consumer payments  while “Tap to Pay” has grown exponentially in Australia , with contactless card payments now accounting for 60 per cent of point-of -sale transactions in 2016.  Members and visitors to our weekly club breakfast meetings still pay by cash but in the future we may need to offer other payment options! By the way when was the last time you either paid by cheque or received such?


On Saturday morning, 27 April, I attended a Redistricting Workshop at Hornsby RSL to hear from PDG Ian Scott as to why we should proceed with discussions to amalgamate with the other Sydney Rotary District 9675.  His initial introduction stated that Rotary membership in the western world has been decreasing over the last 20 years and continues to decrease.  Australia is no different and under Rotary International rules a district requires a minimum of 1100 members. If current trends continue D 9675 will be required to redistrict in 5 years and D 8685 will be required to redistrict in 12 years.


At the President’s meeting to be held at the same venue on Saturday, 11 May a vote will be taken to decide if club’s in our district wish to proceed with amalgamation discussions. After consultation with our club members.  I will be voting YES on behalf on North Sydney Sunrise Club.


On Tuesday, 7 May we will hear from Stephanie Heighes on the wonderful work being  done by the Nusa Tenggara Association.