The Tasmanian leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay came to an exciting end with a party on the Hobart waterfront. The Baton Relay is a prelude to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. The torch passed through Clarence, Bellerive and Glenorchy before being carried by boat from Constitution Dock to Sandy Bay. It then continued by foot along Sandy Bay Rd, through Battery Point to the community event at Princes Wharf. It was a great honour to be chosen to carry the Baton and many worthy Tasmanians were awarded the privilege. Included was our own Friend of Rotary John Ward. A tireless worker for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren John was also a nominee for the 2018 Senior Australian of the Year. John proudly joined the other Baton bearers on his Scooter. The torch will now be taken to Victoria for the next leg of its journey around Australia.
The Salamanca Inn was the venue for this year’s Xmas Party and a good attendance ensured that those members not yet ready for Christmas certainly soon felt the spirit of the festive season. We welcomed partners and special guests the DG Tony Colman and his wife Liz and DG nominee Michael Cooke. DG Tony presented PDG Muriel with a beautiful bouquet in recognition of 25 yrs of Rotary service. Two special awards were also presented to President Wally and Glenyse Russell. In recognition of their contribution to Rotary they were both awarded a Sapphire Pin which is indeed high praise for their tireless efforts for the Rotary cause. Glenyse was also crowned BBQ Queen and after the initial shock of her Sapphire Award wore her tiara with pride! Everyone then enjoyed a generous buffet lunch before leaving full of Christmas Cheer. Merry Xmas Everyone! See you in 2018.
The festive season wouldn’t be complete without Carols by Candlelight. This year the club were at Ogilvy High School along with Lindisfarne Rotary to help feed the many families who turned up to join the various artists in singing the Carols that add to the wonderful spirit of Christmas. Glenyse, David, Wally, Michael, Barry and Kate all brought along their singing voices and a merry time was had whilst the sausages sizzled. Santa arrived and the squeals of delight from the many children only added to the merriment of a lovely event.
Due to a successful Festival of Wheels President Wally was proud to present a cheque to Dr Leisel Fitzgerald to contribute to the research into Men’s Health. Dr. Leisel gratefully accepted the donation of $8,158.07 and updated the club on the work that is being done to save the lives of many Tasmanian men. A great effort from the many volunteers who made the Festival of Wheels the success it was and such a generous donation possible.
The club is pleased to support the Literacy project instigated by the DG’s wife, Liz Colman. There was a collection of new books to distribute to a variety of local schools and centers to help with the encouragement of children’s reading skills. Elisabeth and Kate met with the Librarian and three school representatives of Bowen Road Primary to present a collection of books and a cheque for $1oo for books of their own choosing to add to the library. Books were also given to Kennerley and the Goodwood Community Centre. Poor Literacy is still a problem in Tasmania and congratulations to Liz Colman for her work with Rotary to help raise the awareness.
The Special Children’s Christmas party was held at the Derwent Entertainment Centre again this year. Moonah Rotary was there to supply sandwiches and fruit salad for the disadvantaged families who come along for a great action packed day. Lots of tired but happy faces as the children left with a large bag of Christmas gifts each. Thanks to those volunteers who gave their time.