Congratulations to the newly-elected Glenorchy Citizen of the Year, John Ward. A Friend of Rotary member John was chosen out of five nominees and is a worthy winner due to his dedication to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Many years ago John and his late wife Ruth were left with four young grandchildren to raise and the need to return to work in his late sixties to support the family. Realising many others were in the same situation he set up the statewide organisation Grandparents Raising Grandchildren to lobby Government assistance for Carers allowances. Despite his own ill health he is still on call 24/7 to sort out any problems or to offer support when needed. Well done John, a well deserved accolade.
Last Sunday Eric and Belinda Graudins hosted a BBQ for fellow members at their new Mangalore property. Greeted by their two dogs Merlin and Holly along with the stunning views over the Derwent Valley we were then all treated to a rather bumpy four wheel drive tour of the 40 acres of tracks and bushland. Eric will never have to worry about firewood! The bbq was then fired up and we enjoyed a pleasant afternoon of wine and wisdom. A lovely property and many thanks to Eric and Belinda for their hospitality.
Ho Ho Ho! It’s Xmas again and this year members enjoyed a terrific lunch at Drysdale House. An exceptional menu to choose from and the meals and service did credit to the Hospitality students training there. Wishing everyone a joyous and safe festive season shared with family and friends and looking forward to an exciting 2017 with existing and new projects planned.
After our successful Festival of Wheels event last month we were pleased to invite two researchers, Leisel and James from the Menzies Centre to our meeting to receive the donation towards Men’s Health research. Leisel talked of her work in Genetic Studies in relation to Prostate cancer and the work going into better testing to enable earlier diagnosis. The common test used is the PSI blood test but is not always reliable. Four to five hundred males are diagnosed each year and about one hundred die. Interestingly Tasmania is perfect for genetic studies as there are various genes that are specific to Tasmania alone. President John presented Leisel with a cheque for $1200 towards the wonderful work being done into Men’s health.
Nine members of Sullivan Cove Rotary Club joined us to hear our guest speaker Jeremy Scott talk of his journey from London to New Zealand on his bicycle travelling 50,000 kms over two and half years. Born with a hole in his heart Jeremy had deteriorating health until an operation at age seven changed his life allowing him to do everything other kids could. It was while living and working in the UK that he was inspired to take on this epic journey. He met many challenges but also many amazing people which made for interesting and awe inspiring stories. He decided that his ride would raise money for the Heart Foundation and has produced a beautiful book complete with beautiful photos selling for $65 which would make a wonderful Christmas gift. Muriel helped sales with her great sales pitch. We wish Jeremy well on his next adventure planned from Alaska to the bottom of south America. Hopefully he will return to share the stories again.
Moonah Rotary Club’s inaugural “Festival of Wheels” was held on November 6th at Tolosa Park, Glenorchy. The event was a great success with over 100 vehicles attending and the unpredictable weather didn’t deter a good crowd of visitors. There was plenty to eat with the BBQ and Food Vans and the children were entertained by Jimbo the Clown and PP Peter Hall organised a “Throw it and Whack it” ball game. Pennants were sold to elect the favourite cars for the “Peoples Choice” and a a number of prizes were awarded to the enthusiastic car owners. Money raised will go to the Menzies Institute for research into Men’s Health and after such a positive response another bigger event is planned for next year. A huge thank you to Wally for the idea and his tireless work to organise this event and to all the sponsors and volunteers involved.