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Thoughts from the DG - Week 5
Home visits. It is good to be home for a week and I enjoyed my own club meeting on Wednesday morning. An exciting event for our club this week – we had our first baby! Well at least our club member, Renee Verrier, produced her first child; Max Edward will be a future Rotarian we hope. RYLARians will know Renee as Renee Smoother, and she and husband Peter are a bit chuffed with themselves right now.
President of Armidale Central, Kristyn Barker, is one of our Rotaract Champions, and is working towards this goal. It seems that Armidale, like Tamworth, had a Rotaract club in the past as well. A few of their club members (David and Kerrie Stellar and PP Brett Campbell) have been in New Guinea with PDG Greg Moran and Sue, working with a RAWCS team on the Kokoda Hospital project. Greg came up with this beautiful idea to beat the borers and white ants up there – they converted the big steel shipping containers into living quarters for the nurses – how clever is that? I've asked Greg to give us a report of what they achieved this time in PNG. The photos Sue posted on Facebook looked as if they were all 'having fun in the service' with their PNG friends. Armidale Central also provides breakfast weekly to students at Newling Public School, and of course, they sponsor our one and only Interact club in Armidale at Duval High.
Monday night was a club visit and meeting with the board of Armidale North. After quite a few years, they have a YEP student this year. Sophie is from Switzerland, and speaks five languages. The club has some great plans for a few different projects this year, and President Lynette Bruce and her team are enthused and rearing to go. It was nice to see so many partners at their meeting – familiar friendly faces.
Youth Exchange. Last weekend, we travelled to Uralla, to meet up with our out-bound YEP students (and their parents). This was their first training session, and they seem like a great bunch of students, intent on preparing themselves for the year that lies ahead in a foreign country. I asked them to be brave; especially in their first three months. Our Aussie kids don't have the advantages of European and Scandinavian countries, where kids all have at least two languages (English and their own) and are used to skipping over borders and experiencing new cultures over a weekend. Our kids, for the most part, have only one language (Australian at that) and have probably never left Australia. For this reason, our kids going out don't settle as well as those coming in, and those first three months are crucial for them; homesickness is one thing, but not understanding, and having to learn a new language is another. Our training team, led by incoming Chair, Bev Bartlett, did a wonderful job of preparing them. And Armidale's own re-bounder, Sophie Wicks, did a great job of painting a picture of the challenges they would all face, from her experiences in Denmark a number of years ago.
Vacancy for France. I was amazed to discover that the committee still had a vacancy for a student to go to France. So I have circulated this as well. It's not too late if you know someone who would like to be included in our out-going team. Contact Allan Brown 0438 619 962.
An update on Polio. Year to date figures are:-
Afghanistan : 9 cases
Pakistan: 3 cases.
Nigeria: No reported cases since 21 August, 2016.
We are all asked to contribute $1,500 per club to the Polio Program; 450 million kids still have to be vaccinated every year. PSAs we go to press, we are advised that one more case has been reported in Afghanistan, bringing the total to 13. " It is important to emphasise that our Polio campaign has been an outstanding success, but we must understand total eradication is almost impossible until we have access to all remote areas, and conflicts in various war zones come to an end". Bob Aitkin.
Our Drought Relief program, set up by RAWCS Chair, Reg Pierce, continues. I have sent this to all my cohorts around Australia. Reg has helped Narrabri and Gunnedah set up their own appeal to benefit their area. I've had some great stories coming through on this front – Coonabarabran Rotary was asked to help distribute a truck-load of non- perishable goods to their district, donated by a family and friends from Wyong. Another comes out of Murgon in Queensland, where the President of their Rotary club sent out a plea for a young farming couple (who were former residents of Murgon) doing it tough near Tamworth. Another young Murgon farmer has donated 800 bales of hay and 'Little Aussie Helpers' are sending a truck to pick it up. And some of our Tamworth Rotarians will help unload it at this end. How good is that?
Remember, this week is Donate Life Week. I hope you have sent the Press Release to your community newspapers. It is so easy for people to go on line and register, and make sure you let your family know you have done this. By registering, you really are 'Donating a Life' to someone else. I did this some time ago, but have a little concern now about the age of my body parts.
Inner Wheel As promised, I spoke to our Inner Wheel President in Tamworth, Josie Cox. We are trying to set up a time that I can come to one of their meetings; not easy. It looks like it might be next year before this is achieved, as they only meet once a month. We will persevere.
Until next week my Rotarian friends - will be off out west again.
2018 Drought Relief Fund for Australian Farmers - RAWCS Project
Dear District Governors,
I'm delighted to advise that a partnership has been formed between Rotary Australia, Channel 9 and the National Farmers' Federation to help our drought-stricken farmers. A fundraising appeal will be launched on Channel 9's Today show, tomorrow morning, Thursday, 2nd August.
It would be appreciated if you would advise your Club Presidents and District Team members of the launch and ask that the message be circulated to as many Rotarians as possible within your District this evening. The message and details of the link for donations follows:
Message to accompany graphic:
In Australia, farmers are the lifeblood of our country and they are in crisis. Record breaking heat and lack of rain means farmers are struggling to feed sheep and cattle, and keep crops alive. Families on the land are suffering and they need our help. Channel 9 and Rotary Australia have partnered with the National Farmers' Federation, launching an appeal to big business and everyday
Australians, so we can provide some emergency relief. 100% of donations goes to the farmers and is tax deductible via Rotary and RAWCS. Every dollar counts.
My sincere appreciation goes to DGN Philip Archer and his team from District 9800 for making this possible!
PDG Gina Growden
Rotary Public Image Coordinator 2018-19
Rotary International Zone 8 (Australia)
D9650 RYLA 2019 – Leaders
The D9650 RYLA Committee met this week to choose Leaders for RYLA 2019.
This is one of the more difficult tasks the committee undertakes due to the high standard of applications.
The Leadership role is a continuation of the personal & professional development program.
RYLA 2019 will be held again at Yarrahapinni, near Macksville from Saturday 30th March – Saturday 6th April 2019.
Liam Tattersall – RC Wauchope
Saraswati (Sara) Sarungallo – RC Tamworth First Light
Benjamin Clarke – RC Port Macquarie West
Sheridan Lewis – RC Gunnedah West
Jordan Hanlon (Leader's Leader) – RC Inverell East
Louise Matthews – D9650 RYLA Committee
Central West Rotary Golf Trip
The Rotary Club of Tamworth First Light is staging their first Golf Trip in the Central West
A RAWCS volunteer team travelled to Kokoda Hospital in PNG in July 2018 to complete a nurse's home project and continue with computer, literacy and sewing classes as well as distributing the contents of a container.
The team of 9 people led by Greg Moran PDG, consisting of 6 men and 3 women from throughout the D9650, spent almost 3 weeks in PNG and returned home in late July to the frosts of the regional areas.
The various facets of the project were a resounding success including the distribution of goods from the shipping container which consisted of 7 tonnes of donated medical and educational goods from various clubs and organisations in the district. Donated tools and building equipment were also donated for distribution and these were given to the new Skills Training centre in Kokoda.
The new nurses home built from 2 shipping containers and insulated to provide a very liveable environment was 95 % completed with only a small amount of work to finish the building. The house incorporated a new rainwater tank to ensure good drinking water under SWSL Team members along with 12 apprentices from the Skills Centre as well as several other local men worked together on the house.
The ladies program consisted of adult literacy using computers, hand sewing, an early learning programme with children and elementary teacher training was also an amazing success with many local people taking advantage of this opportunity. Eighteen computers were then distributed to various schools and agencies to assist them in their work.
Many friendships were made and skills imparted to the literacy groups as well as the apprentices working with the men's team.
Greg Moran PDG (D9650 PNG Project Manager)
Australia New Zealand Rotary Conference
The Australia New Zealand Rotary Conference (formerly the Rotary Zone Institute) will be held in Hobart, Tasmania on the weekend of the 14 – 16 September 2018. This will be a combined conference for Australia and New Zealand.
It is terrific that we will have then Immediate Past President of Rotary International Ian Riseley and Juliet attending the Conference as representatives of then President Barry Rassin and his wife Esther.
As the Convenor for this Conference I would like to extend a personal invitation to all Rotarians to attend and participate in the weekend. I would like all past officers of Rotary International to invite those Rotarians who are new to Rotary as well as those long time Rotarians.
I am sure if all Rotarians can experience this Conference they will leave enthused and motivated to become more involved in Rotary.
The Organising Committee have organised a great venue and the programme will be of interest to everyone. Plus this year we will have a number of breakout sessions on a wide range of topics.
The Darwin Conference was special and everyone really enjoyed themselves, Hobart promises to be just as exciting and enjoyable.
Sue and I look forward to welcoming you all to Hobart in 2018.
Rotaract at Luminosity
Five Rotaractors had the pleasure of attending the 2018 Luminosity Youth Summit in Port Macquarie from July 25-27. The summit is three days of incredible speakers and masterclasses designed to inspire the next generation of leaders to go out and do good in the world.
Harley Lindley, Sally Foster, Ben Clarke, Pa Jiaoram and Laura Telford listened to solo sailor Jessica Watson, ninja warrior Jack Wilson, domestic violence survivor and doctor Angela Jay, amputee Mike Rolls and so many more who each told their own personal stories and instilled a fire in each delegate.
It was also a chance for our Rotaractors to meet with over 350 young people aged 15-25 and president of Hastings Rotaract Harley Lindley actually stood up and spoke during one of the speakers Q&A's about the District's Drought Relief appeal which was fantastic. as a result of the summit we actually have a few curious faces expected to attend some upcoming meetings to think about joining us. This just goes to show that there are young people out there who want to help and give back to the community and it is up to everyone to ASK them to join us in the Rotaract/ Rotary sphere.
Hastings Rotaract are going on the road for the first district Rotaract Roadshow from August 27 - September 2. We are wanting to share the magic of Rotaract with as many clubs and clusters in the district and to assist in any way we can to get more Rotaract clubs in the region. The trip to your club/cluster can take any form YOU want. From us talking more generally about Rotaract to getting into the specific of what needs to happen to form a club.
At this stage we are locking in dates to be in towns/meet with clubs so PLEASE get in touch with Laura by August 7.
Harley and Sally with Mike Rolls at his masterclass
It is with pleasure I write to advise of the total funds and donor clubs received from D 9650 during the financial year 2017-18, listed below.
Your role as Interplast District Chair is vital to the strong and enduring relationship between Interplast and Rotary. It is through your role that many clubs and individual Rotarians learn of Interplast and our work across the Asia Pacific region,
and on behalf of all involved with Interplast I thank you sincerely for your efforts in driving these results.
If you have any questions about this listing, please don't hesitate to contact me at your earliest convenience as we will soon be preparing information for the annual report.
Again, thank you for your ongoing support and dedication to Interplast. Together, we are truly changing futures.
Rotary Club of Tamworth
Rotary Club of Gunnedah
Rotary District 9650
Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour Daybreak
Rotary District 9650
Rotary Club of Gunnedah
District 9650 Total
Rotarian Coordinator│ Interplast Australia & New Zealand
Join us at the Hamburg RI Convention
June 1 – 5, 2019. Register today at riconvention.org
Dennis and I would love you to join us at the next International Convention in the beautiful Harbour City of Hamburg.
If you haven't been to an International Convention before, you will be inspired and delighted to meet so many Rotarians from around the world. And the speakers are always wonderful, along with the entertainment.