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.
On Saturday 16th January members of Moonah Rotary attended the opening of Stage 2 of the Molesworth Community Centre. Money was donated from the Bush Fire appeal established by the District Governor in 2014. Funds raised from the 24hr Relay organised through Kennerley Children’s Homes in conjunction with Barry Titmus, Nigel Hyland and Moonah Rotary Club enabled an extra water tank to be installed as well as special flooring for the new extension. The Centre is central to life in Molesworth and was a devastating loss to the town during the 2014 fires. Now many community activities can once again be enjoyed in the fabulous new centre. Club members enjoyed meeting the locals and enjoyed a BBQ lunch not cooked by themselves!
The final lunch for the year saw members in Christmas Spirit as we enjoyed a Xmas lunch with all the trimmings. Our local News knowledge was also tested with a quiz from Elisabeth. and Santa provided a lucky dip gift basket. Our raffle was drawn, with the second prize won by President John who was not able to attend but am sure will be happy to share the basket of goodies at our next Directors meeting!! Wishing everyone an enjoyable festive season and a New Year of health and happiness.
This Awards program is run in conjunction with the Glenorchy City Council, Tasmanian Police and Moonah Rotary. Sixty certificates were presented to students from thirteen Northern Suburb primary schools for their outstanding contribution to either the local or school community.
The Club has been busy selling raffle tickets for our Xmas Raffle. First Prize is a luxury Electical Package and second a generous Xmas Hamper. It will be drawn at our Xmas Lunch on 15th December. Good Luck everyone!
This year was Hobart’s turn for the Special Children’s Xmas Party. The Derwent Entertainment Centre was transformed into a giant fun park by a large number of volunteers enabling several hundred disabled and disadvantaged children and families to have a fun packed afternoon. In support of Make a Wish Foundation the many sponsors included 7HO FM and ToLL. The generousity of various local businesses was amazing with the Coffee Club making dozens of cups of coffes and the Cake Angels baking and providing a fantastic selection of sweet treats. The Rotary Club of Howrah barbequed and Moonah Rotary Club prepared over 700 sandwiches. The children could all choose toys to take home and had photos taken with Santa. What an an amazing achievement and many thanks to all those involved in providing such a happy experience.