This year was Hobart’s turn for the Special Children’s Xmas Party. The Derwent Entertainment Centre was transformed into a giant fun park by a large number of volunteers enabling several hundred disabled and disadvantaged children and families to have a fun packed afternoon. In support of Make a Wish Foundation the many sponsors included 7HO FM and ToLL. The generousity of various local businesses was amazing with the Coffee Club making dozens of cups of coffes and the Cake Angels baking and providing a fantastic selection of sweet treats. The Rotary Club of Howrah barbequed and Moonah Rotary Club prepared over 700 sandwiches. The children could all choose toys to take home and had photos taken with Santa. What an an amazing achievement and many thanks to all those involved in providing such a happy experience.
The Glenorchy City Council once again hosted the Dad’s Day Out family fun day on the Montrose Foreshore. A variety of entertainment was provided for all age groups and of course wouldn’t have been complete with out a BBQ cooked by the Rotary Club of Moonah. Despite the windy weather the day was a great success.
Our last meeting was held at the newly built Moonah Arts Centre and a delicious lunch was catered by the Old Chapel Tea Rooms. The club took this opportunity to acknowlege the hard work of two of our members. David Devereaux was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of the time he spends helping the community. As well as being an active member of our club he is also a founding member of the Lenah Valley Fire Brigade and a volunteer with St. Vincents De Paul.
Denis McKercher “the tomato man” raises several thousand dollars each year from the sale of his tomato plants. The money raised supports the School of St Jude in Tanzania and the club’s Micro loans Project.In recognition of his many years of service to the Rotary Club as well as the above mentioned projects the club presented Denis with a Sapphire Paul Harris Sapphire Fellow pin to add to his earlier award. Congratulations Denis and many thanks from your fellow members.
Last week we had the pleasure of a visit from this years District Governor John Dare and his wife Lesley. He first met with the the board before joining the other members for lunch and addressing the club with his overview of plans he would like to see happen during his year as Governor. Growing and retaining membership is still crucial and there is suggestion that satellite clubs could be formed to attract younger members who are interested in coming together to undertake a particular project. DG John also spoke of the District Conference to be held in Deloraine on the 8th, 9th and 10th of April next year. He left us with the reminder to follow the lead of the World President of Rotary International with the theme of “Rotary needs to be a gift to the World”
‘My Life, My Choices” was the theme for another successful RYDA programme held this year at the Showgrounds. Over 2000 students participated in workshops and demonstrations to devise strategies focused on key government ‘big five’ road safety issues of speeding, alcohol and drugs, fatigue, distractions and wearing seatbelts. The programme also addresses the social responsibility aspects of being a driver or passenger and lowering personal risks by making better decisions. Young people aged between 17 and 25 represent less than 15% of the population yet account for roughly a quarter of deaths and injuries on our roads.
The Good Guys Electrical and Home Applicances store really were the ‘Good Guys” this morning when they donated $200 Gift Vouchers to a number of Hobart Charities. The Moonah Rotary Club were one of the lucky ones to benefit and the money will be put to good use over the next twelve months. THANKYOU GOOD GUYS!