The Club enjoyed a Vocational and Community Service visit to the Old Chapel Tearooms in Glenorchy last week. Members enjoyed a delightful lunch of soup, sandwiches and scones provided by the committed staff with disabilities.The craft work on display attracted some of the members with purchases being made before leaving.
On Tuesday our guest speaker was from Reptile Rescue. Justin brought along several of his cold-blooded friends including two tiger snakes, a copperhead and white-lipped (whip snake). He gave an interesting presentation on their differences, habits and habitats. Justin has been handling snakes from a very young age and has never been bitten. Members, notably seated at various distances, found the presentation informative. Muriel, brave enough to touch the tiger snake, was surprised at how cold it felt. It is breeding season now and snakes are out and about. Reptile Rescue should be called if one needs to be removed from an area around your home rather than try and kill it.
Last week we welcomed Zoe and Dexter from the Royal Guide Dogs for the Blind. As Public Relations spokesperson, Zoe explained how the organisation has been assisting the blind and visually impaired for 50 years without government assistance. All money raised stays in the state. Puppies are placed with volunteer foster families until they are 18 mths old when they are returned for training for their important role. The cost of a Blind Assistance dog from birth to age 2 yrs is $30,000. There are 22 guide dogs in Tasmania. Dexter, who was beautifully behaved and enjoyed many cuddles, is the Ambassador dog for the organisation..
December is the time for the schools to hold their end of year Assemblies and acknowledge student achievement. It is with pleasure that Moonah Rotary sponsors an award for those students that not only achieve academically but demonstrate attributes such as responsibility, honesty and respect for others in the school community. Students at Goodwood Primary, Bowen Road Primary, Springfield Gardens and Cosgrove were presented with Certificates and Gift vouchers by Glenyse and Kate.
Guilford Young College was the venue for this years Junior Neighbourhood Support Awards. Now in its eighth year, this program is backed by the Glenorchy City Council, Glenorchy Police, Moonah Rotary and Glenorchy Safer Communities. Sixty-two students from thirteen schools in the Northern Suburbs were awarded Certificates of Merit. These students are nominated by their respective schools for their strong sense of community spirit and display of strong personal qualities of respect, responsiblity and honesty.
Glenyse Russell proudly represented Moonah Rotary.