Another successful Rypen (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) was held again this year with twenty three Year 10 students participating in a programme aimed at developing teamwork, leadership, communication and social skills. Held at the Lea Scout Centre the students participated in a variety of group workshops and presentations. The outdoor challenges were led by Steve Dimsey from Life Be In It and Tony Coleman from the Scouts. This year ‘s camp was held over two nights at the suggestion of last year’s students and the Rypen Commitee are thrilled with the positive feedback from students. Thanks to the Rotary clubs who support and sponsor this worthwhile programme.
Last Saturday the Wobbly Boot Winery held another Wine and Woofs afternoon to raise funds for the Hobart Dogs Home. Over a hundred dog owners enjoyed an afternoon of wine and entertainment whilst their happy pooches were able to play and make new friends. There was even an opportunity for a Paw Portrait to take home. Moonah Rotary is always pleased to support the Dog’s Home and members enjoyed the sunshine and Canine activities whilst providing the BBQ.
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.