A big thank you to Senator Lisa Singh for giving her valuable time to share with us her experience as an Australian Representative to the United Nations. Along with the Liberal Representative Senator Corey Bernardi from South Australia, Lisa was the first Tasmanian and the first woman selected to spent three months in New York from September to December attending numerous official events and also presenting a statement on our resolve to confront the challenge of climate change. A visit to UNICEF provided her with the knowledge that the vast amounts of small foreign change donated on International Flights does indeed be put to good use. Lisa also commented on the support we receive from our Pacific neighbours at the U.N. particularly Fiji and resolves to get more support from the Australian Government for these countries and especially womens’ health issues. We enjoyed hearing of her numerous other experiences and members will be able to read the comprehensive report she has compiled and printed herself despite not being required as a government representative to report on her visit.
Last week we had an eye-opening presentation from a former R.A.F. navigator who flew during the Cold War. Joining the R.A.A.F in 1973 he later transferred to the R.A.F. and became part of the U.K. Air Defence watching the USSR flights from Northern parts of Russia on their flight paths to Spain and Cuba. The R.A.F. helicoptor pilots played a large and dangerous role in protecting the shipping lanes and in any of the war zones such as the Falklands War they would be used as targets to deflect the ICBN missiles. The detailed and often amusing presentation gave members an insight into the lives of theses heroes who still today continue to endanger their lives to keep our country safe. Thanks to Wally for inviting Greg to speak to us.
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.