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.
The club is “gearing up” to hold it’s second Festival of Wheels on Sunday November 5th at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, Brooker Highway, Glenorchy. The DEC provides an ideal setting to showcase a range of vehicles including motor cycles, cars, buses and trucks. There will be Food Vans and a sausage sizzle. The Eclipse Duo will be entertaining with a mixture of country music and popular sounds from the 70s, 80s and 9os and there will also be a performance from the Taiko Drummers before the prizes are awarded. Sponsors will have Trade Displays during the day. Funds raised will support the University of Tasmania Menzies Centre and assist in research into Men’s Health. Registrations are now open. Click the following link to go the the web site – www.rotarywheels.com
Another successful year for the RYDA programme 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 seatbelts. “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 programme possible.
How fortunate we were to have as our guest speaker Elizabeth Fleetwood, author of ‘Crying in the Wind.” A ten year labour of love it has been described by historian Professor Henry Reynolds as a”big saga tracing it’s people through centuries of Island life -fascinating and well informed by in depth historical research” Following four groups of Tasmanians – Indigenous, a Dutch immigrant family, a Scottish Family and Convicts it covers 200 years of of a violent transformation of the original “paradise ‘ to the Tasmania we know today. Although the central characters are fictitious it is rich in historical facts, many unknown to most Tasmanians, and written in such away to not be as dry as most records of history are. The book has been accepted by senior schools for their programs and it is likely that this will happen Australia wide. Elizabeth’s love of Tasmanian history came after years of running her own business, Tasmanian Historical Tours. We wish her well for the ongoing success of her book and look forward to reading the stories.
Ho Ho Ho! The special Xmas in July lunch held annually for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren was held for the fifth year at the Showgrounds. A well deserved day out for the many grandparents who are sole carers of their grandchildren and many thanks to the volunteers from Moonah, Glenorchy and Claremont clubs. A fabulous lunch was again provided by Glenview Nursing Home and the many gifts brought by Santa were donated by Toyworld. The children were entertained with face painting and a very clever Balloon Lady. Most families took the opportunity to have a professional portrait photo taken and a many thanks to the Hobart Photographic Society. A special thanks to the Hon Elise Archer MP and Josh Willy MLC for making time in their busy schedules to attend. President Wal did a great job as MC and sent everyone home with a smile and anticipation for next years event.