Another successful year for the RYDA program 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 seat belts. “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 important program possible.
The Rotary Club of Moonah warmly welcomed Dr Jenny Kerrison, National Manager of RAM (Rotarians Against Malaria) who joined us to give an update on the Rotary Global Grant project for Timor Leste. This Grant has been made possible through multi district donations from 15 of 21 Districts and 15 Rotary Clubs in Australia. The eighteen month project commenced in December 2018 and is jointly managed by the Rotary Club of North Hobart (D9830) and RAM. Key Grant activities have been 40,000 long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) for pregnant women, and 80 Hudson Sprayers for indoor residual spraying. These donations are distributed for use throughout Timor Leste. The Grant also includes important training programs for community volunteers, midwives and Rotarians. The next step is to take the program into West Timor for cross-border elimination. Our Club was pleased to present Jenny with a $5oo donation to assist with the ongoing work to eradicate Malaria, which kills one child under five every two minutes.
President Barry Titmus welcomed Garry O’Byrne, the State Co-ordinator of DMT (Driver Mentoring Tasmania) to our meeting last week. DMT offer driving experience, under volunteer supervision, to help Learner Drivers having difficulty accessing a vehicle or supervisory driver to gain their 50 hours of driving on their way to gaining their provisional licence. Programs are run all over the State, and DMT works side by side with Road Safety programs such as Rotary’s own RYDA. Although some funding is provided by the State Government, Mentors are desperately needed as there is a long waiting list of learner drivers needing assistance. An induction for Mentors is provided, as is a car for each driving session. More information can be found on www.drivermentoringtasmania.com.au
A fun filled day of games, competitions and races. Prizes for the best decorated bike, cleanest bike etc, the youngest competitor, and the school with the most students attending. Food stalls, drinks and coffee and of course a Rotary raffle and BBQ. The day is open to all primary school students and their families, as well as the general public. So decorate your bike and come along and join the fun.
When – Sunday September 8th
Where – New Town Oval and Bike Track
Time – 10am to 3pm
Admission – $2.00 per person.
The Annual Grandparents Xmas in July Lunch could not be possible with out the continued support of the many Rotarian volunteers and sponsors. A combined project for the Rotary Clubs of Moonah, Glenorchy and Claremont, and in its seventh year, it provides a wonderful day out for the many grandparents who care full time for their grandchildren. Often struggling themselves with financial and health difficulties, a day out where they are can enjoy companionship and laughter is a welcome event. The children are entertained by a variety of craft activities as well as Balloon Animals and Face Painting. This year lunch was provided by Roving Roast. Of course Xmas has to have a visit from Santa who, with a big ‘Ho Ho Ho’ gave all the children and grandparents toys and gifts. Thank you to Toy World for their ongoing support and to sponsors, Harris Scarfe, Moonah, Zone Ten Pin Bowling and Woody’s Skate and Play. A special thank you to our special guests, the Hon Elise Archer MP, Josh Willie MLC and his Executive Assistant Elle Coleman and Sandra Fagan, Executive Assistant, on behalf of Sue Hickey Liberal Member for Clark. A special acknowledgement to Co-ordinator, Glenyse Russell for her tireless efforts and John Ward, a constant support to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Everyone left with big smiles and full tummies looking forward to next year’s event.
Our Changeover Lunch each year marks the end of a Rotary year and the beginning of a new one, celebrating the club’s achievements and plans for the coming year. It is also an opportunity for fellowship with partners and former members. There was a special welcome for the new District Governor Michael Cook and Assistant Governor Biddy Fisk. It was also
the opportunity to award a surprised Kevin Quon with a Sapphire Paul Harris Pin and Certificate, recognising 52 years of Service to Rotary and the Rotary Club of Moonah. President Barry Titmus 2019-2020 announced the Directors would continue for another year, thanking them for their work. Fundraising efforts with monthly BBQs and a successful Fashion Parade were supported by our members. The club supported Youth Projects RYDA, RYPEN and MUNA, with our Ogilvy team being the winners this year. Club donations were made to various charities, Rotary Foundation and Rotary Health etc. We look forward to another rewarding year with a new a new event planned for our Calendar. A Community Service event called Ride for Life. Aimed at Primary School students it will be held at the New Town Oval on Sunday September 8th.