Wow, did you come away from that presentation last night with a new appreciation of how hard some businesses are doing it when they consider cash flow? Were you as surprised as I was to find out that the average age of business owners in Australia is 55?
Lisa Gissing from the Davidson Institute which is the educational arm of the Westpac Branch gave us a rivetting presentation on Cashflow: The Lifeblood of Your Business". What could have been a dry topic actually turned out to be interesting and she had us engaged because she gave us real life stories and examples of business owners who we all could relate to. She had the knack of asking questions to us that made us think about our own business situations.
Thanks also to Merv Ericson who also gave us a short presentation on what Rotary has provided him in personal, professional and business development in his 46 years in the banking and finance industry. I do hope that what he said resonated with all of us. It certainly did with me - that's why I'm in Rotary. I'd like to believe that my knowledge and skills can be used for projects that serve the greater good.
We all congratulated John Perry for the Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. John contributed during October when the massive Global Polio Eradication Program was in full force and his contribution will go a long way to source more vaccine and continue to eradicate polio from this world once and for all. Congratulations John!
This morning I had a lovely surprise. Sarah from Sarah Belle Designs (who attended our first presentation) had mailed out to me a beautiful 'Friendship Card' that thanked Rotary for the Business Event. She mentioned that she had a really good time and everyone being so lovely. Here is the photo of the card and the message:
Next week, we have more people signed up to attend (up to 9 guests) so I would encourage you again to we welcoming hosts and enjoy the last of our business events for this month.
Our next set of Business Events are all locked in for February 2012 and promises to be great... here's a rundown:
Feb 6th: Priya Chandra, Online Marketer will talk on, "How to Engage with Your Customers Using Social Media" followed by Snigdha Gurrala talkin on 'My Experience on the National Youth Science Forum"
Feb 13th: How to Make Your Business Sustainable and Save Money followed by Rotarian in Business, Pat Armstrong, consultant on environment talk about "The Professional and Personal Value of Rotary in my Life"
Feb 20th: Roger James, Small Business Mentor will talk on: "The Value of Business Mentoring" followed by Rotarian in Business, Diane Fisher who is a business coach and change management consultant talk about "The professional and personal value of Rotary in my life"
feb 27th: Vocational tour of Cell Care in Heatherton followed by social evening at a local restaurant