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.
It was with fond memories that the club joined with his family at a service to honour and farewell Harold Carter. Harold passed away last week at 94 years old and was the last of the Club’s Charter members. After serving in the Australian Navy during WW2 he trained as an accountant where he formed a friendship with Merv Floyd another long time member of Moonah Rotary. Over the years he worked hard for Rotary, held many positions and was still attending meetings until a few months ago. Harold was much loved by all members and will be sadly missed by all of us.
Many of our members remember when trams were a familiar sight in Hobart so it was with great interest that we welcomed Tony Coleman as our guest speaker last week. Tony who is our District Governor Nominee is also responsible for the restoration of three old Hobart trams dated from 1915, 1917 and a 1919 double decker. At a cost of $1 million there is still discussion as to whether the trams will run again, realising the dream of the late alderman Darlene Haigh to see trams running around the waterfront to the Botanical Gardens .As part of the 150th birthday celebrations of the Hobart Town Hall the trams will be on display at PW1 on the last weekend of April. Tony’s talk also gave rise to a lively discussion from members on Hobart’s increasing traffic problems.