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
Dg Michael Cooke presenting Kevin with Paul Harris Sapphire Pin
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.
Glenyse with her Award
Congratulations to our Glenyse Russell for her well deserved Volunteer Award. Presented by the Mayor of Glenorchy Kristie Johnston, Glenyse was awarded a Special Contribution Award for over 40 years of Community Service in the Glenorchy Area. A member of Rotary for thirteen years she has also been awarded a Paul Harris and Sapphire Pin for her service. Glenyse is the Co-ordinator of the annual Grandparent’s Raising Grandparents Xmas in July Lunch and has been involved with the Safe Community Young People Awards for twelve years. She organises all the club’s Fundraising BBQS and runs Monthly Sports Cards to raise funds for Xmas Gifts for Mara and Flint House. Before joining Rotary, Glenyse was involved in many other voluntary activities and still knits baby clothes and crafts for local disadvantaged families and overseas organisations. Glenyse’s ongoing enthusiasm and generosity in helping others is an inspiration, and she is a valuable member of our club and community. Well done Glenyse.
The Rotary Club of Moonah presents FASHION AND FIZZ. An afternoon of fashions from Fella Hamilton, Sandy Bay. Australian made clothes in fine fabrics, a glass of wine and a delicious afternoon tea. Lucky door prizes and a giant raffle. Proceeds to aid local and overseas Rotary projects.
Saturday June 8th at 2pm. Mather’s House, 180 Bathurst Street, Hobart Tickets $30
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: Tickets available from the store or by phoning Elisabeth Ardern on 62727067, Muriel Heron 0419 404 937 or Glenyse Russell 0438 281 552
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THE ROPES COURSE
The RYPEN SOUTH weekend was very successful, with twenty four Yr 10 students attending the weekend camp at the Leas Scout Centre. Seven students from the Migrant Resource Centre also attended. The theme was “How do I fit into a Team” with team challenges, motivational and goal setting presentations. The Ropes course was run by Rotarian and Scout leader Mike Paton. There was a special visit from the Playback Theatre, who cleverly improvised interpretations of the students reflections of the weekend. Sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Southern Tasmania, the weekend is aimed at developing teamwork, leadership and social skills in a safe and supportive environment.
Rotary Down Under magazine featured the following article in the March Edition on the Club’s involvement with Micro Loans.
“For the past ten years, the Rotary Club of Moonah, Tas, has scattered Microcredit loans across the globe. The club started with a pool of AU$100 on the Kiva website, beginning with a loan of $25. Usually repaid quickly, funds are then recycled towards another worthy recipient with the a great entrepreneurial business idea or pressing need. The club has been involved in every type of venture imaginable-including the funding of livestock to breed or sell by-products from, such as milk, eggs and fleece; vegetable seeds to plant crops to sell or barter with; sewing machines to allow mothers to offer mending and dressmaking services in order to hep feed their families; ingredients or materials to support manufacturing and more. Some of the club’s recent loans have included $50 to assist a Cambodian woman buy pesticides for her cashew farm, $100 towards building a sanitary toilet for a family in the Philippines, and $100 to an individual in Vietnam to help buy a cow. with only a little money, and dedicated club member Denis McKercher reviewing and accepting applications, it is a simple but effective international project helping people help themselves”
Knitted Bears for students
Guest Speaker – Our member Kate shared her recent Cambodian trip. Travelling with three school friends including Past President of Moonah, Charmaine White, they were able to visit the two schools and village that Anne and her husband support through their charity Raise Cambodia. The country is still recovering from the Pol Pot genocide in the seventies. Most of the middle class intellectuals were murdered, leaving a “Brain Drain” and the encouragement of education is much needed to alleviate the generational poverty that still exists. Taskor village is across the river from Phnom Penh city, often floods and has no fresh water.
Family living in Dump Community
Raise has installed a water pump to bring fresh water from the underground spring and a toilet, which has to service 50O homes. The SALT School is run by a married Cambodian couple and twenty of the 100 students live at the school and are cared for by this amazing couple. RAISE funds this school since the organisation that originally built the school withdrew its support. The School of Hope in Phnom Penh is a small school run a young Christian couple to provide basic education to the local children that live and work in the Dump Communities. These families scavenger through rubbish for salvage to sell. Parents are slowly allowing the children to attend the school a few hours a week. The children enjoy the interaction and many are encouraged to continue on with education. It was a busy week and included a visit to the amazing Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap. However, without doubt the highlight was the interaction with the beautiful Cambodian children and seeing what great work Raise is doing. Our suitcases were full of donated uniforms, knitted bears and the much needed educational items. Many thanks for the support of the Club with a $200 donation to Raise. It will be used wisely and with much gratitude.