Vocational visit – Drysdale House

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.

Supporting Victims Of Domestic Abuse

Alina thomasLast 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.

The Young Seeds Project

Guest Speaker - Lowilla

Guest Speaker – Lowilla

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.

Rypen South 2016

Students on the Ropes Course at the Leas.

Students on the Ropes Course at the Leas.

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.

Fond Memories

Fond memories Harold CarterIt 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.

Tram Restoration

Tony Coleman with a model tram

Tony Coleman with a model tram

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.


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We now meet at the Carlyle Hotel, 232 Main Road, Derwent Park. (Next door to the Metro Bus depot)
Our meetings are on Tuesdays at 1pm in the upstairs function room.
Excellent meals at affordable prices are available.