A warm welcome to District Governor Ross Carlyle and First Lady Penny for their first visit to our club. The DG gave a very informative Power Point Presentation addressing the important issues for Rotary. It is currently undergoing significant change as it seeks to become more relevant to contemporary society and attractive to the next Rotary Generation. His wife Penny has been running a Food Drive for the City Mission. Over the last year 4 million Australians, many of them the “Working Poor”, have needed help from Charity Organisations. It is a credit to Penny and the many Rotarians who have already donated over 3000 food items. Another example of ROTARY – PEOPLE IN ACTION
Rotary International World President Ian Riseley’s 2017-2018 presidential theme involved environment and sustainability. He said “the time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern – it is, and must be, everyone’s concern” President Ian’s challenge to all Rotary Clubs of Australia was to plant a tree for each Rotarian. Many clubs have involved local schools as a reminder to students of the importance of caring for the environment. Our club decided on a Magnolia tree to be planted on behalf of the whole club at Kennerley Childrens Home(KCH) in recognition of nearly 150 years of service to children in the community. It was great timing as Ian was in Hobart attending the Rotary Australia/New Zealand Conference and was able to do the honor of planting the tree. The rain let up and members and friends gathered with Club President Barry Titmus, Past District Governor 2017 -2018 Tony Colman, the Chairman of KCH Robin Jacques OAM and General Manager KCH Andrea Sturges. As the Magnolia grows and flourishes it should be a continual reminder of our need to protect this precious environment of ours for the future generations. Rotary again being the Inspiration.
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!