Our Guest Speaker PP Ted Burton was introduced to talk about Smart Aid and the Safe Water Program. Smart Aid is an initiative of Disaster Aid Australia which was established to provide emergency relief aid. Tents were provided for shelter but eventually the tent cities became a problem. Smart Aid was then introduced to involve the affected community in the solution to their needs and then responding accordingly. Building supplies etc are sourced locally giving the locals a sense of purpose and supporting the local economy. Safe Water Solutions: Ted gave a fascinating demonstration as to the use of the SkyHydrant Water Filtration system. Australian made, the SkyHydrant is a proven sustainable method of removing all bacteria and dirt, produces 1000 litres of safe water an hour and will last 10 years. Villages using them have a proven decrease in dysentery. 120 schools in Bhutan have been identified as needing safer water to prevent widespread illness. Costing $5000 to provide each school, the project is needing to raise $1 million dollars and Disaster Aid is looking for sponsorship from clubs and organisations. Muriel thanked Ted for making the long journey down from Youngtown to update us on another wonderful humanitarian project initiated by Rotary.
Another successful year for the RYDA program held at the showgrounds again this year. Over the three week period 2,500 Year 10 students participated in workshops and demonstrations aimed to devise strategies on the road safety issues of speeding, alcohol and drugs, fatigue, distractions and the wearing of seat belts. “My Life, My Choices” addresses the social aspects of being a driver and passenger and lowering personal risks by making better decisions. Thanks to all the volunteers who make this important program possible. Special thanks to the District Governor Ross Carlyle who made time from his busy schedule to facilitate the Breaking Distance demonstration.
The Annual Grandparents Xmas in July Lunch could not be possible with out the continued support of the many Rotarian volunteers and sponsors.A combined project for the Rotary Clubs of Moonah, Glenorchy and Claremont and in its seventh year it provides a wonderful day out for the many Grandparents who care full time for their grandchildren. Often struggling themselves with financial and health difficulties a day out where they are can enjoy companionship and laughter is a welcome event. The children are entertained by a variety of craft activities as well as Balloon Animals and Face painting. Thank you once again to Glenview Nursing home. Each year they have given their time to provide a fabulous Xmas Lunch. This year they and the volunteers had the extra challenge of the lift not working and having to bring all the food and equipment up four flights of stairs! Of course Xmas has to have a visit from Santa who with much “Ho Ho Hoing” gave all the children and grandparents toys and gifts. Thank you to Toy world for their ongoing support. Everyone left with big smiles and full tummies looking forward to next year’s event.
How wonderful to see all our members and partners both present and past celebrating both the end and beginning of another successful Rotary year. We were also pleased that outgoing IPDG Tony Coleman and Liz chose to be with us after their busy year also. The Glenorchy RSL provided a choice of meals and members enjoyed fellowship and catching up with past members Merv Floyd, Frank Hill and John Parr.
President Wal was proud to present a report detailing our various projects and fundraisers before handing over to PP and now our new President Barry Titmus. No surprise he started with a joke loosely based on the new Rotary motto of “Be the Inspiration” and introduced his new committee in his typical humuorous manner. He reminded us that his last role as President was 22 years ago and Rotary has seem many changes since then, mostly positive, but the growth of all clubs needs to continue. DG Ross Carlyle has set us three challenges for his year. Generational – invite someone from a younger generation. Cultural – encourage a culture within Rotary of “Welcomed, Respected and Valued” – Inspire – what can you do to be the inspiration to others
President Barry has committed to be our Inspiration. What a fun year it will be!
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.
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.