At Tuesday’s meeting Muriel introduced guest speaker Lisa Blackwood, Manager of Eureka Clubhouse. Run by Colony 47 and based in Moonah it was established in 1994 following the closure of the Royal Derwent Hospital. The purpose of the Eureka Clubhouse is to help develop friendships, understanding and equality in a working environment for adults who have or have had mental health issues. The focus is also on workplace training. There is three paid staff and many volunteers. Members of the public are also welcome to visit for a coffee and a chat at any time. Lisa gave an interesting presentation on the operations and objectives of the Clubhouse.
It was a pleasure to welcome Anne Cameron as our Guest Speaker. Anne and her husband have been working to improve conditions for families in Cambodia since 2011. Last year they spent three months there working in an extremely poor area. Although there is a school it is often flooded in the monsoon season as are the flimsy houses they live in and recently a large fire that destroyed a village. The money earned is from scavenging on the rubbish dumps and children as young as two help collect anything that may be sold or reused. No government assistance is provided and even the Fire Brigade require payment before attending a fire. Anne’s work includes helping to establish vegetable gardens, a library and housing. Moonah’s own PP President Charmaine who is now working as a dentist in NSW is also involved taking a dental team each year to provided basic dental care. The teeth are bad due to poor diet and hygiene and toothbrushes and lessons in using them are provided. It was a most informative and eye-opening talk moving several members to donate to Anne’s cause. We look forward to another visit with updates.
Another successful year for the RYDA programme held at the Showgrounds again this year. Over 2000 Year 10 students participated in workshops and demonstrations to devise strategies focused on the key government ‘Big Five’ road safety issues of speeding, alcohol and drugs, fatigue, distractions and wearing seatbelts. “My Life, My Choices” addresses the social responsibility aspects of being a driver and passenger and lowering personal risks by making better decisions. Thanks to all the Volunteers who make this programme possible.
As part of our Cup Cake Drive we invited Peter West the CEO of RSPCA to join us on Tuesday. Bringing along two furry friends he gave an interesting talk on the history and work of the RSPCA in Tasmania. An expensive organisation to run it relies on bequests and fundraisers such as Cup Cake Day and the Million Paws Walk to fund the $3 million dollars needed each year. A 24 hr call centre operates from Queensland for emergencies and 100% of calls received for neglected and injured animals are investigated. We raised $218 from the sales of our cupcakes and the club will match each dollar and forward a cheque to RSPCA.
Last week members were invited to join Salamanca Club for a rare behind the scenes tour of our Government House. Tour guide was Howrah rotarian and ADG Glen Woolley who now works as an aid to the Governor. We visited the kitchen and dining rooms, the magnificent ballroom and the Clocktower which housed the oldest working clock in Australia. Those courageous enough tackled the steep staircase to take in the spectacular view. Thanks also to Salamanca rotarian Ainstie Wagner who is the also the Executive Chef at Government House for sharing the interesting stories of the workings “downstairs” and whose staff provided an enjoyable afternoon tea for us all.
District Governor Gerard Blizzard his wife Fiona and Assistant Governor Glen Wooley joined us for our Changeover Lunch to mark the end of another Rotary year. President John Green thanked all the members who supported him and looks forward to another year as President. He spoke of the loss of our last founding member PP Harold Carter aged 92 years. He issued the Annual report and commented on the busy year we have had despite the small membership. PP Muriel presented a Rotary ‘Job Well Done’ plaque to Beverley Challenger from the Carlyle who organises our needs for the meeting each week. PP Elisabeth has been working on a ‘Friends of Rotary’ initiative and presented the first badge and certificate to former Rotarian Lorilee Yeates in recognition of her continued support of the Rotary club of Moonah. President John also presented a certificate to Glenyse for her tireless work with the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren’s Lunch now in it’s fourth year. District Governor Gerard gave us an update on the plans for the coming year and the District Conference to be held in April 2017. He encouraged us all to continue doing what we do in spite of the difficult times for all volunteer clubs.