President of North Hobart Rotary Club and Chair of Rotary Against Malaria (RAM)- Jenny Kerrison returned to the club to update us on the ongoing endeavour to eliminate Malaria which is still endemic in 104 countries. It claims the life of one child every two minutes. Yet Malaria is entirely treatable and preventable with targeted help. RAM started in our Pacific region 20 years ago and now partners with PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Timor Leste. It also has the support of Global Fund and the Ministry of Health. Initiatives such as Adopt a Village in PNG and Healthy Villages in Timor Leste have helped reduced mosquito breeding and improved village hygiene. Jenny has a special affiliation with Timor Leste having lived there and is pleased that the country is in the phase of no Malaria and is on track to eliminate the disease by 2020. RAM engages in many activities to help control and eventually eliminate malaria including breeding ground destruction, distribution of long-lasting treated bed nets and surface insecticides, provision of diagnostic equipment and research. In 2015 Bill Gates together with the United Nations put forward a plan for the eradication of Malaria by 2040. Jenny has been busy over the last year with endeavours to attain a Global Rotary Grant. She has gained the support and partnership of 15 clubs and is now waiting to hear in August if the bid is successful for a matching grant. We wish her well and congratulate her on her ongoing dedication to this cause. Jenny is also looking for interested members to join her committee.
President Wal presenting a donation to support Inscape
It is not always that our Guest Speaker is accompanied by pleasant guitar music. Such was the case when Leigh Teach and musician Will came to talk about Inscape. A not -for-profit group set up in 2015 to entertain and involve patients in hospital and palliative care through the use of music and art. Staff and families notice improvement in the well being of many patients. The program is funded from grants and fundraising efforts and the club was pleased to donate $500 to this worthwhile group offering such cheer and support.
The sun shone down on the large crowd who were at the Glenorchy War Memorial yesterday for the Anzac Commemorations. President Wal Van Schie and President-elect Barry Titmus were amongst those who placed a wreath on behalf on the club. Special thanks to Glenyse Russell for her work on making the lovely wreath. Lest We Forget.
The Tasmanian leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay came to an exciting end with a party on the Hobart waterfront. The Baton Relay is a prelude to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. The torch passed through Clarence, Bellerive and Glenorchy before being carried by boat from Constitution Dock to Sandy Bay. It then continued by foot along Sandy Bay Rd, through Battery Point to the community event at Princes Wharf. It was a great honour to be chosen to carry the Baton and many worthy Tasmanians were awarded the privilege. Included was our own Friend of Rotary John Ward. A tireless worker for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren John was also a nominee for the 2018 Senior Australian of the Year. John proudly joined the other Baton bearers on his Scooter. The torch will now be taken to Victoria for the next leg of its journey around Australia.
BBQ Queen Glenyse
The Salamanca Inn was the venue for this year’s Xmas Party and a good attendance ensured that those members not yet ready for Christmas certainly soon felt the spirit of the festive season. We welcomed partners and special guests the DG Tony Colman and his wife Liz and DG nominee Michael Cooke. DG Tony presented PDG Muriel with a beautiful bouquet in recognition of 25 yrs of Rotary service. Two special awards were also presented to President Wally and Glenyse Russell. In recognition of their contribution to Rotary they were both awarded a Sapphire Pin which is indeed high praise for their tireless efforts for the Rotary cause. Glenyse was also crowned BBQ Queen and after the initial shock of her Sapphire Award wore her tiara with pride! Everyone then enjoyed a generous buffet lunch before leaving full of Christmas Cheer. Merry Xmas Everyone! See you in 2018.
The festive season wouldn’t be complete without Carols by Candlelight. This year the club were at Ogilvy High School along with Lindisfarne Rotary to help feed the many families who turned up to join the various artists in singing the Carols that add to the wonderful spirit of Christmas. Glenyse, David, Wally, Michael, Barry and Kate all brought along their singing voices and a merry time was had whilst the sausages sizzled. Santa arrived and the squeals of delight from the many children only added to the merriment of a lovely event.