District Governor Gerard Blizzard his wife Fiona and Assistant Governor Glen Wooley joined us for our Changeover Lunch to mark the end of another Rotary year. President John Green thanked all the members who supported him and looks forward to another year as President. He spoke of the loss of our last founding member PP Harold Carter aged 92 years. He issued the Annual report and commented on the busy year we have had despite the small membership. PP Muriel presented a Rotary ‘Job Well Done’ plaque to Beverley Challenger from the Carlyle who organises our needs for the meeting each week. PP Elisabeth has been working on a ‘Friends of Rotary’ initiative and presented the first badge and certificate to former Rotarian Lorilee Yeates in recognition of her continued support of the Rotary club of Moonah. President John also presented a certificate to Glenyse for her tireless work with the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren’s Lunch now in it’s fourth year. District Governor Gerard gave us an update on the plans for the coming year and the District Conference to be held in April 2017. He encouraged us all to continue doing what we do in spite of the difficult times for all volunteer clubs.
Ho Ho Ho! Xmas came early again for many special grandparents at the Elwick showgounds last Sunday. Our club joined with Claremont and Glenorchy Rotary clubs to host the annual Xmas in July for grandparents raising grandchildren in recognition for the huge commitment they undertake.A funfilled afternoon was enjoyed by all with thanks again to the staff at Glenview for the wonderful Xmas lunch provided to the 120 guests. Children were entertained with games, face painting and balloon sculptures. Of course it wouldn’t be Xmas without Santa who arrived safely courtesy of the Glenorchy Fire Brigade. Gifts were distributed and each family went home with gift bags and big smiles. Many thanks to all the generous sponsors and volunteers who make this great day possible.
Thanks to Wally for organising a visit to Drysdale House last week where students are trained in the hospitality industry. We began with a tour of the facilities and the fully operational commercial kitchen where students were busy preparing lunch. We certainly weren’t disappointed with the two course meal that we were served in the dining room. The standard was excellent and Drysdale House should be proud of it’s achievements. Open to the public for lunch and dinner at certain times of the week it is certainly worth a visit.
Last week our guest speaker was Alina Thomas from SHE (Support, Help and Empowerment) an organisation supporting victims of domestic violence. Operating in Tasmania for 30 years it has become a specialist counselling service in areas of self esteem and guidance in financial matters thus helping woman to gain control over their circumstances. Recent attention on domestic violence issues has resulted in an increase in need for assistance. There is also a special focus to aid women with disabilities. President John presented Alina with a cheque for $625, proceeds from our Fashion Night held last month at Strutt Fashions in Moonah.
Great to see Lowilla and his wonderful smile again to report on the Young Seeds Project supporting children in South Sudan to receive education. Currently the project supports 11 girls and 10 boys who are doing well with one of the Year 12 girls hoping to go to University next year. Unfortunately the students are living in a hut which badly needs replacing and a new dormitory building with a tin roof that won’t collapse will cost around $2000. Mosquitoe nets are also a necessity as Malaria is a huge problem. President John thanked Lowilla and pledged our continued support sending him home with this weeks Lucky Door prize. Always great when the guest speaker wins.
The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (Rypen) was held again this year at the Lea Scout Camp. Twenty-one students from a various schools in southern Tasmania took part in the two day camp participating in a number of activities aimed at developing communication, leadership and social skills. The focus was on Teamwork and identifying individual strength and weaknesses to better understand the contributions each student can make. The focus was on fun whilst challenging students to think outside the square. Activities were led by Scout Leaders and Life be in It. There were a number of guest speakers including Greg Irons from Bonorong Wildlife Park. The feedback again this year was positive with with an expression of interest for a longer camp. All students were sponsored by Rotary Clubs and organised by a committee of hardworking Rotarians.