The club is pleased to support the Literacy project instigated by the DG’s wife, Liz Colman. There was a collection of new books to distribute to a variety of local schools and centers to help with the encouragement of children’s reading skills. Elisabeth and Kate met with the Librarian and three school representatives of Bowen Road Primary to present a collection of books and a cheque for $1oo for books of their own choosing to add to the library. Books were also given to Kennerley and the Goodwood Community Centre. Poor Literacy is still a problem in Tasmania and congratulations to Liz Colman for her work with Rotary to help raise the awareness.
The Special Children’s Christmas party was held at the Derwent Entertainment Centre again this year. Moonah Rotary was there to supply sandwiches and fruit salad for the disadvantaged families who come along for a great action packed day. Lots of tired but happy faces as the children left with a large bag of Christmas gifts each. Thanks to those volunteers who gave their time.
Moonah Rotary was again involved with the Safe Communities Young People Awards during Children’s Week 2017. This program, organised through the Glenorchy City Council, involved 64 students from 15 primary schools in the Northern suburbs. The students are nominated by their schools for showing outstanding effort in a range of different projects. A presentation is held at the Guildford Young Centre where they receive a Certificate of Appreciation watched by parents and friends.
The Glenview Nursing Home catering staff received a donation of appreciation from the combined Rotary clubs of Moonah, Glenorchy and Claremont. These items will be used by the residents in their cooking program. Each year the three clubs hold a Christmas in July for Grandparents who raise Grandchildren. The Glenview catering staff give generously of their time to cook and serve a Christmas Roast lunch.
Congratulations to John Ward for his nomination as Senior Tasmanian for the Australian of the Year Awards. John is a familiar face at our meetings and BBQs as a Friend of Rotary. He was nominated by member Glenyse Russell for his work with the Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren Network which he set up over 20 years ago to offer much needed support to these wonderful carers. John and his wife raised five grandchildren themselves. An award ceremony was held at Government House last Friday.
Magnificent weather promised a good start to the Festival of Wheels Classic Car Show held last Sunday. The Derwent Entertainment Centre proved a perfect venue for the 150 vehicles. Along with a a diverse range of classic and exotic vehicles were Coaches and Fire tenders from yesteryear. There was a range of motorcycles including one from 1910 with a wicker sidecar whose elderly owner had ridden around the world five years ago. Over a thousand people attended the event and enjoyed the sounds of the Ecplipse Duo entertaining with a great repertoire of music. A big thank you to Peter Gee for giving his time as our MC and interviewing many of the car owners throughout the day. Of course the Judges were busy and after a performance by the Taiko Drummers a number of awards were presented to the deserving owners. The day was organised to raise money for the Menzies Centre and research into Men’s Health. A big thank you to the many Sponsors who supported us and of course such a day could not happen with out the many volunteers needed. Along with the small committee who spent months planning, the able assistance on the day from a mixture of sources including Hash House Harriers, North Hobart Rotarians, friends and partners made for a successful and enjoyable event. No doubt we will be gearing up again next year for an even bigger Festival of Wheels.