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Next week’s meeting will be a vocational visit to Valley Industries. We will start at 5:30pm and the cost will be $10 per person plus drinks.
Ken Patterson reported on our club’s special projects. The CCTV program is progressing and is now well accepted by Greater Taree City Council. The development of exercise equipment at the Taree Recreation Grounds needs further funding and there are discussions around reducing the costs.
A welcome was also extended to Murray Difford, Rod Lattimore, visiting Rotarian Maurie Stack from the Rotary Club of Taree On Manning and June & Geoff Harrison – guests of Fr Keith.
Reminder: that our Change-Over Dinner is to be held on Friday 20 June 2014. As we are having our Change Over on this date we will not hold a meeting on Monday 23 June 2014. See following invitation.
Joy queried any concerns regarding the change of Dinner Arrangements, with only two concerns which we will look into.
Funding from the Newman’s Own Foundation of $30,0000 which was applied for has now come through. This grant was applied for in conjunction with IGA and is to provide funds for the Courtyard Shelter Project at Manning River Referral Hospital.
Aussie Hero Quilts - At the President’s Cluster Meeting last Thursday Night, the Rotary Club of Old Bar (of which Bill Griffiths is now President) requested assistance to raise funds for quilts to be made for the Aussie Hero Quilts Project. It was agreed by all Presidents within our Cluster (and incoming Presidents) to support this Project by contributing $120 each Club. Therefore our Club is more than happy to contribute to such a worthwhile project.
Visiting Rotarian DGN Maurie Stack spoke on the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) reminding everyone that this year the Rotary Manning Valley Schools Spectacular will be held midweek. This being Wednesday 27 August 2014. Again two sessions – Matinee and evening performances and to keep this date free. Maurie also reminded us of all the wonderful achievements this program has made within our Schools and to the benefit of the community. He discussed the sponsorship opportunity where businesses, organisations and individuals in the Manning Valley are invited to sponsor the Rotary Manning Valley Schools Spectacular.
Ken Patterson gave an update on the CCTV program. He has met with a consultant regarding the design of the CCTV system and is in the process of negotiating with various building owners in Taree. The plan is for the proposed design will be put before council in their April meeting.
Mark Drury reminded members of our vocational visit in 2 week’s time (23rd Feb) to Honeycomb Valley farm at 3736 Wallanbah Rd Nabiac. The start time will be 5:30pm. The cost will be $35 pp and drinks will be available for purchase. Please advise Mark if you are attending (if you haven’t done so already) ASAP to 65521193 or Mark.Drury@fcnsw.com.au . Partners are welcome. A map is attached after the last page of the bulletin.
Please note your diary for the Change Over Dinner to be held on Friday 20 June 2014. As we are having our Change Over on this date we will not hold a meeting on Monday 23 June 2014.
Change of Dinner Arrangements tonight. How did everyone find the change. If there are any problems that you can see please let myself or Mark know.
Cluster Meeting: We have our Final Cluster Meeting this Thursday at Forster. This will be a joint meeting with the incoming Presidents for 2014 / 2015. A very big thank you to AG Bruce Moy for all his hard work during the year.
“Newman’s Own Foundation” have advised that the grant we applied for of $30,000 in conjunction with IGA to provide funds for the Courtyard Shelter Project at Manning Rural Referral Hospital was successful and we should receive funds over the next couple of weeks.
President Joy welcomed members and guests to our meeting, with a warm welcome to Murray Difford again for visiting our meeting.NEW MEETING ARRANGEMENTS:
Thank you to everyone for your patience on Monday night with respect to the new dinner arrangements. Favourable comments made, but we still need to “fine tune” a couple of areas.
Don’t forget if you are having a meal at prior to the meeting could we please have this finished by 6.45pm we can then commence our meeting without interruptions.
National Palliative Care Week runs from 25 May to 31 May 2014. In the Lower Mid North Coast area there will be a showing of the movie “A Song for Marion” (starring Vanessa Redgraves and Terence Stamp) at the Manning Entertainment Centre on Monday 25 May 2014. Time 6.30 for 7.30pm. Admission is free, although a gold coin donation would be appreciated. This is a chance for everyone to support Palliative Care. As this is a Monday evening it was agreed to make this event our meeting.
Rotarian Barry Hicks spoke to us about Edufund and also a request received from the Balay Mindanaw Foundation for assistance with disaster relief. See the report on page 3 of this bulletin. Members’ consideration and thoughts on this proposal would be appreciated. Please contact Joy with any thoughts you may have regarding this proposal.
Laurie gave an update on the CCTV program. Our Rotary club is seeking a consultant to advise on the next step in the project.
The next Bunning BBQ is on Friday 13th February and volunteers are required for this excellent fundraiser for our club.
Kevin Sharp (International) reported on the Golf Day. He thanked the committee members for their help. $9400 was raised through this event and there are ideas and plans to make 2016 an even better event.
Rotarians were reminded that the Public Speaking semi-finals are in Walcha on 21st February. All Rotarians are encouraged to attend.
The next Incubator meeting will be held at the Bean Bar on the 19th February at 6:00 for 6:30pm.
The Rotary Club of Taree North are hosting the premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (see page 2 for details). Our club has 60 tickets. Tickets are $20 each and you can pay by direct deposit into the Rotary Club of Taree Project Account (BSB:032587, Acc:108171).
Don’t forget it is 5 weeks till the District Conference to be held in Inverell on 13th and 14th March. Please register now
President Laurie welcomed Rotarians and theirs guests to our meeting. Laurie also welcomed our guest speakers Graham Brown from Tidy Up Taree and Kyle Brown from the Manning In Motion Festival.
President Laurie called for a minutes silence to acknowledge the passing of June Godwin, beloved wife of Ralph Godwin.
Mark Drury (Club Administration) reminded members of our vocational visit next week. Details are on page 2. There are also vocational visits planned for 16th of February to Honeycomb Valley and 9th March to Valley Industries.
Neil Hannington reported on behalf of Felicity George (Community Services) and thanked those that volunteered for the Bunnings BBQ last week. We have two further dates for Bunnings BBQ’s. The first on Friday 13th February and the second on Saturday 16th May.
Kevin Sharp (International) reminded members of the District Conference in Inverell to be held 13-15 March. Most motels are now fully booked so make your accommodation arrangements soon. For those wishing to travel further afield the Rotary International Convention will be held in Brazil on 6-9 June 2015.
President Joy welcomed members and guests to our meeting, with a warm welcome to Keith Atkinson on his first meeting as a member of our Club. A special welcome to Tim Gilchrist our NYSF student (see separate story under Youth) and his mother Tania. A big welcome back to David Denning. Also to Murray Difford, visiting Rotarian and a very special welcome to our Guest Speaker, Bob McDonnell.
Bob Newling gave us an overview of what was happening in RAWCS.
RAWCS Ltd is a big business with donations to the Rotary Australia Overseas Aid fund of over $24.3 million (almost half from Eastern Region) as well as $11 million in donated goods (DIK) and with 1,067 volunteers in 154 teams providing service to 26 countries in 2012-2013.
During 2013-2014 FAIM/RAWCS celebrated its 50th Anniversary.In Eastern Region, it was decided to recognise original FAIM members and prolific volunteers nominated by each District of the Region.
Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS
The ability to provide tax deductibility on donations to projects which help people in Australia is welcome. While RABS is not well known by Rotary Clubs yet it is expanding exponentially and we will continue to see the number of new RABS project registrations grow. Currently there are 5 RABS Projects registered by Eastern Region clubs (all registered this year). Clubs which undertake projects to help incapacitated people in their communities should avail themselves to the benefits of RABS
Donations in Kind:
The DIK contract with the Salvation Army has been confirmed, so DIK will be remaining at the Minchinbury Depot with the Salvation Army. Thanks to all the volunteers that have helped Miriam during the year. DIK cannot survive without the generosity of so many people. The total hours worked this year amounted to 1506 hours. Over the last year goods delivered into the warehouse included 80,000 biros, 8 pallets of clothing from Fitness First, 10 Pallets of clothing and sports uniforms from many schools as well as hospital and school equipment.
Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM):
Overseas delegates to the 24th – 25th August 2013 Annual Conference (the May 2013 Conference had been cancelled) came from PNG, Solomon Islands and Timor Lestѐ, informed attendees that in PNG 544,000 nets had been distributed in one quarter; that the Santa Isabel Island infection rate is down to 0.4 per 1,000; in Timor Lestѐ the infection rate is improving at a rate beyond expectations and is now below the Millennium goal of 30 cases of malaria per 1,000.
RAM in PNG has now distributed 5.2 million long life Insecticided Nets (LLINs) since 2010 and are endeavouring to meet their target of 7 million nets
by the end of September 2014 to have covered the whole of PNG twice. The Global Fund has allocated $44 million for Malaria in 2015-16.
President Joy advised that unfortunately the Pride of Workmanship Awards to be hosted by our Club has had to be cancelled due to lack of support in organising these Awards.
The Science and Engineering Challenge held this past week was hugely successful. A big thank you to everyone who helped out during the week and for all those who attended the Dinner and Challenge on the Thursday night. Taree Rotary Club once again won the challenge. This is three years in a row. So well done to us.
The Rotary Manning Valley Schools Spectacular will be held on Wednesday 27 August 2014. Again two sessions – Matinee and evening performances. So keep this date free. Please keep this date free and help support this wonderful project.
The Combined Rotary Clubs meeting was held on Friday April 4, 2014 at St John’s Memorial Hall. This was a very successful and fun night, with a bit of drama when the lights when out, but Father Keith came to the rescue and provided candles for us. A big thank you to Mark Drury and his team, particularly Alison Hockey-Lee and Susie Ploder, for all their hard work in organizing this event. Well done to everyone who helped.
We have been lucky enough to secure loans as a result of the Rotary Foundation District Grants for 2013-2014.
· The first is a grant for $ 4,669.50 towards the Scholarship for Martin Abbott. As you will recall Martin applied for and was accepted into a two year Masters Degree, “Growing a Large Metropolis”, at Sciences Po University in Paris. He approached Rotary Club of Taree to seek support through the Rotary Foundation. It was acknowledged that “the program is a good fit for a Global Grant scholar”, with the primary Area of Focus being Economic & Community Development, with strong linkages to Peace & Conflict Prevention, Disease Prevention, and Water & Sanitation. Our Board has agreed to round up the Grant figure of $4,669.50 to
· The second grant that we have been successful in obtaining was a District Grant for ACMF funding. This was lodged on behalf of the Rotary Clubs Taree, Taree on Manning, Taree North and Wingham and we were successful in obtaining $3,319.80 towards this worthwhile project.
I finally arrived in Manila on the 29th of November, after a day’s rest and several meetings during that week I flew on to Mindanao on the 3rd December and have not stopped running since.
Thanks to a quite famous GP in Taree and my niece Dr Mel whom I stayed with in Newtown for three months before leaving for Mindanao I am very relieved to report that I am in relatively good shape health wise, improving each day and functioning well, (some days maybe near 70% capacity), so I am very pleased about that, the best I have been for some time. My simple diet with the kindly supervision of my assistant Irish is keeping my sugar levels under control and stable, she is a tyrant when it comes to my diet, medications, organising my twice daily foot and leg massages and weekly whole body massages, (eat your heart out guys), exercises and anything else to do with my health but trying to fit in time to do my 30 minute walk each day is tricky but I know is essential. Thank you to all those who show so much interest in my activities here and who often enquire about my wellbeing, I really appreciate the warmth of your care, concern and encouragement.
President Joy welcomed members to our meeting and also welcomed visiting Rotarian Keith Atkinson, Beverley Whitmore, Member for Myall Lakes, Steve Bromhead and his wife Sue to our meeting and gave a special welcome to our Guest Speaker Peter Epov.President’s Report
Club Assembly: Joy thanked members for their input and support for the upcoming changes to our meeting. These changes will commence on Monday 5 May, 2014.
Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF): The first meeting of the ACMF was held last Thursday night. This year the Rotary Manning Valley Schools Spectacular will be held mid week. This being Wednesday 27 August 2014. Again two sessions – Matinee and evening performances. So keep this date free.
Combined Clubs Meeting: The Combined Rotary Clubs Function was held on Friday April 4, 2014 at St John’s Memorial Hall. This was a great night, even if we did have a blackout as we were eating our meal. But this was all in good fun. Fr Keith came to the party providing lots of candles. Tim Bale was an excellent speaker on the night. A big thank you to Mark Drury and his team for all their hard work. Well done to you all.
National Palliative Care Week runs from 25 May to 31 May 2014. In the Lower Mid North Coast area there will be a showing of the movie “A Song for Marion” (starring Vanessa Redgraves and Terence Stamp) at the Manning Entertainment Centre on Monday 25 May 2014. Time 6.30 for 7.30pm. Admission is free, although a gold coin donation would be appreciated. This is a chance for everyone to support Palliative Care.
Leonie Melder – Advised that she requires 3 more volunteers for the Science and Engineering Challenge to be held on 9th, 10th and 11th April. We need one
additional volunteer per day as Neil Hannington will be attending every day. On the 10th there will be a dinner and challenge night.
President Laurie welcomed Rotarians to our meeting.
It was decided to hold our Christmas party at Bower’s Café next Monday (15th December). It will be at 6pm for a 6:15pm start. The cost is $38. Bower’s is BYO so bring your own beverages and don’t forget some poems to recite.
Residents of the Greater Taree City Council area are invited to submit nominations for the 2015 Australia Day Awards.Award categories are:
· Citizen of the Year - for persons aged 25 years and over at 26 January 2015
· Young Citizen of the Year - for persons under 25 years of age at 26 January 2015
· Ken McDonald Memorial Sportstar of the Year Award - open to all ages
· Community Event of the Year – open to all events held in the Greater Taree City area during 2014
Nominees and finalists will be recognised at the annual Australia Day Ceremony in Taree on 26 January 2015. All nominations must be submitted on the official nomination forms which are available online at www.taree.cc/australiaday
President Laurie welcomed Rotarians and our guests Tim Gilchrist and Tania Gilchrist.
Laurie gave an update on some of our members who have been unwell. Bruce Moy is recovering well after heart surgery and should be home by the weekend. David Fisher was due to have a hip replacement but the surgery has been delayed by a few days as he was unwell. Harvey Else, Bob Newling and Beverly Whitmore are also unwell at this time.
Laurie also thanked both Liz Kempers and Peter McKay for their work in putting the Bulletin together each week.
Phil Streatfeild (Treasurer) reminded those members that pay their fees on a 6 monthly basis, that they are now due.
Kevin Sharp (International Services): Australia Day will be held at the MEC, with advertisements being run promoting this event. Volunteers will be required at 7am to put up marquees. The free breakfast opens at 8am, with bacon and eggs on bread. Rotary Clubs of Taree have donated $200 each towards this. 9am the presentation starts with the raising of the flag, speeches being spoken by the High School Captains of Taree and the Ambassadors. 10am Morning Tea with entertainment for the children will be held. Tea, coffee and a lamington will be available. There is scope for a choir to be the entertainment and for the Manning
Aquatic Centre being opened for the children to swim.
The Golf Day is also held on 26th January and needs support. Please keep this in mind as it is the largest fundraiser in the year for our Club.
Mark Drury (Club Administation/President Elect): Mark advised that a full board in now in place for the 2015/2016 year with Ross Tingle taking up the Directorship for International Services and David Denning to be Director for Club Administration. Thank you Ross and David.
The Christmas party will be held on 15th December and will be a sit down dinner at Club Taree. Please bring your partners. This will be a poetry night and we are
looking for as many members to get up and recite their favourite piece of poetry. The social event at Rotary Park on the following week has been cancelled.
Susie Ploder (Fundraising): The Bunnings gift wrapping now has a full roster. Those who volunteered their time will be emailed with details prior to the date.
Joy took the opportunity of thanking Mark Drury and Warren Blanch for organising the vocational visit to Jacana Motorhomes last week, followed by dinner at the Aquatic Club. This was such an interesting visit and it is good to see a small business thriving and doing so well. Essential Energy has now opened Applications for
their Community Support Program. This is support for short term programs (<6 months), events or fundraisers that support the general community. Guideline range is $1 - $5,000. We will be looking to make application and Kevin Sharp will give further information regarding this.
A reminder that the Combined Rotary Clubs meeting is to be held on Friday April 4, 2014 at St John’s Memorial Hall at 6:00pm. Don’t forget that this will be a transfer from our meeting for 7 April. There will be no meeting on 7 April.
PRIDE OF WORKMANSHIP AWARDS: There will be a meeting after our general meeting next week to discuss organising the Pride of Workmanship Awards. In the meantime if you have any thoughts or ideas please contact Joy.
Mark Drury advised that organisation of the Combined Clubs Meeting to be held on 4 April is coming along. Mark took a roll call for those who can attend. If you wish to attend please let him know prior to Friday 28 March.
Kevin Sharp advised that an application has been sent to Essential Energy for their Community Support Program for a grant of $4000 to replace the barbeques at Rotary Park. Rotary will also be doing in-kind work eg providing some of the labour. Kevin also reminded members that the Rotary Convention is on in Sydney on 1st – 4th June 2014 and it is still not too late to register to attend.
He also advised that the Bowel Scan Coordinator is Max Carey. Volunteers will be needed to distribute the kits and to educate the public in how the kits are
different to earlier kits.
Barry Hicks advised that under the Edufund Program two young women have graduated from Edufund with one completing her law degree and the other becoming a Public Accountant.
Laurie Easter advised that the Men’s Health Seminar held at the RSL Club earlier during the week was worth attending with doctors donating time and putting together informative presentations. With respect to the RYDA Program most schools are now on board. Emails will be sent out to volunteers. Dates that have been selected are Thursday 2nd May, Tuesday 17th May and Tuesday 24th May, 2014. Volunteers are required. Laurie advised that regarding the CCTV Project Things are moving along the next meeting will be held in April and will focus on ongoing costs relative to operating a CCTV system as proposed by our club. At this meeting a GTCC IT staff member will provide an overview of the assessment of ongoing maintenance.
The District Assembly for incoming presidents and boards is to be held on 25th May in Port Macquarie, venue to be advised. Can all incoming directors please make an effort to attend.
Leonie Melder - Volunteers are required for the Science and Engineering Challenge to be held on 9th, 10th and 11th April. On the 10th there will be a dinner
and challenge night. We need one additional volunteer per day as Neil Hannington will be attending every day.
This week we were so lucky to attend a Vocational Visit to Jacana where we were shown the versatility in motor home construction. This was a really interesting visit which was enjoyed by many of our members. Please see further information on the Home Page under Stories
President Joy then advised everyone that next Monday night will be a Club Assembly night. The main topic is to discuss and decide on arrangements for future Monday Meetings. So if you wish to make a contribution or if you have any thoughts or ideas on how these meetings may be improved it is imperative that you attend.
The Science and Engineering Challenge will be held on the week commencing 7 April and will run for the whole week. We are seeking volunteers to assist over this period. Two members from our Club are required each day. Please advise Leonie Melder if you can assist on any of these days.
A big congratulations to Alan Small on winning the business category of the 2014 Myall Lakes Seniors Week local achievement awards. Well done.
President Joy welcomed members and guests to our meeting. She particularly welcomed Nick Dwyer, guest of Don Phillips and Lance Foster, guest of Peter Dahdah to our meeting. She also welcomed Dr Alan Johnson who is to introduce our guest speaker for the night.
She gave a very big welcome to our guest speaker Dr Seshasayce Narasimhan – Cardiologist who will be speaking on the subject of Cardiology & Equipment Available in Our Local Hospitals.
It was with sadness that Joy advised of the passing of Rex Solomon OAM. Rex was a Charter President of the Taree On Manning Rotary Club. His funeral will be at 11.00am on Friday 14 March at the Catholic Church Albert Street Taree. Our sincere condolences and thoughts are with his family at this time.
Joy reminded everyone on the Wingham Rotary Krambach Night. To be held Tuesday 11 March 2014 6.15 for 6.45pm at the Krambach Hall. Guest speaker will be Andy Hall former Australian International Soccer Player. This is always an excellent night. Our vocational visit is set for Monday 17 March which is to Jacana -Versatility in Motor homing Construction. 5Pm for 5.15 Start, 118 Manning River Drive. Taree South.
Warren Blanch spoke to members about the vocational visit and particularly where we would have our meeting and dinner afterwards. It was agreed to meet at the Aquatic Club, Macquarie Street, Taree at 6.30pm.
The Combined Rotary Clubs of Taree is to be held on Friday April 4, 2014 at St John’s Memorial Hall at 6:00pm. We to a change of meeting and make this our meeting for 7 April. Mark Drury reminded everyone of the Combined
Rotary Clubs Meeting asking for names of those attending. If you have not already done so, please advise Mark whether you are attending.
Peter Dahdah updated members on the welfare of those who are unable to be with us.
We are so proud to invite you to Blandina’s Form 6 Graduation, on !
In nine months’ time, we will see our very first Form 6 graduating class at The School of St Jude - a momentous occasion that we would love for you to share with us! You are warmly welcomed, karibu sana, to celebrate this monumental achievement for our students, staff and supporters alike at St Jude’s, where Blandina’s journey first began! We are so proud of our students and we know you are, too.
Blandina and her peers will be celebrating the end of almost 13 years of education, dedication and hard work, something that could not have been accomplished without your generous support. We are thrilled to have come so far, thanks to your support over the years, to be able to see our inaugural Form 6 class graduate, set to go on to the next, exciting chapter of their lives beyond the walls of St Jude’s!
We’ve attached your personal invitation to Blandina’s graduation. If you would like to come and celebrate with us here in Tanzania, please fill out the Visitor registration form also attached with this email and send it along to our friendly Visitors Team at email@example.com. This will ensure that we can provide you with priority accommodation at St Jude’s during this auspicious and busy time of year. Our friendly Visitor Team can help with creating your very own, personal itinerary and answer any questions you may have planning for this very special event! You can also find more information about visiting us here at St Jude’s at http://www.schoolofstjude.co.
Thank you once again for your incredible support of St Jude’s and we look forward to seeing you in 2015!
Sponsor Relations Team
PO Box 11875, Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa
For Forms See Events 30 May 2015
Joy expressed her thanks to David Fisher for kindly standing in as President last meeting on her behalf.
COMBINED CLUBS MEETING: With respect to the Combined Rotary Clubs of Taree which is to be held on Friday April 4, 2014 at St John’s Memorial Hall at 6:00pm. It was agreed to transfer our meeting from 7th April 2014 to the date of the Combined Rotary Clubs meeting on the 4 April.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Wingham Rotary Club are holding an International Women’s Day breakfast to be held on Saturday 8 March 2014 at 8am at the Wingham Golf Club. Cost $25 per person.
WINGHAM ROTARY KRAMBACH NIGHT: This night has been set down for Tuesday 11 March 2014 6.15 for 6.45pm at the Krambach Hall. Guest speaker will be Andy Hall former Australian International Soccer Player. This is always an excellent night.
MARTIN ABBOTT: President Joy asked Ian Dyball to give an overview of where our grant application is up to. Ian advised that Martin Abbott is a local Taree boy who completed his schooling through Taree High. He was sponsored by the Taree Rotary Club on Student Exchange and has recently contacted the Club, asking for funding to complete studies in Paris. The District Grant that was sought has been approved for $4500. Martin passes on his best wishes to the Club.
Ashley Cleaver advised that Beverley Whitemore will be inducted soon.
He reminded everyone of the Aviators Ball to be held 15 March 2014. This should be a great night.
Mark Drury reminded everyone of the Combined Rotary Clubs Meeting. He asked for volunteers for this night with several people generously donating their time. The Guest Speaker will be Tim Vaile. Bruce will introduce him. There will also be a Local Produce Raffle.
Warren Blanch advised that there will be a vocational visit on 17th March to Barry Drury’s bus building business. Rotarians are asked to arrive as close to
5pm as possible. Dinner will be at an outside venue. Warren will back to us with details.
Thank you for your continued sponsorship of Blandina Allen Msumary! We hope that you have enjoyed receiving her letters and class photos to date. Blandina is now studying in Form 5 at our Smith Secondary Campus and taking their Advanced-Level studies! We are very proud of her hard work and determination to come so far at St Jude’s.
The School of St Jude’s is still growing. We now educate over 1,650 students spread across three amazing schools, two boarding campuses and employ over 400 local staff. Our Form 5’s are leading the way as our eldest year group and are in a very exciting chapter of their lives! All of this would not be possible without the enormous contribution and generosity of supporters like you!
We are very pleased to present your Form 5 Update for Blandina, filling you in on her latest interests, the choices they have made for their future and their opinions on life. We hope that you enjoy the attached document. We have also included our most recent Student Sponsorship FAQ’s document, for all the ins and outs of sponsorship.
Thank you once again for your incredible, ongoing support of Blandina , and ultimately, standing with us in our fight against poverty!
Sponsor Relations Team
PO Box 11875, Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa
See Download Files for "Form 5 Update for Blandina"
Home Page Stories
Guest Speaker – Stephen Bromhead
We did not have an official guest speaker this week. However our Honorary member, Stephen Bromhead (Myall Lakes MP) took the opportunity to address the club. Stephen advised that if the Government is re-elected they will spend $20 million on upgrading the Manning Hospital.
Photo: Secretary Belinda Crossingham with Stephen Bromhead
President Laurie with our newest member Alister Currie
from Wiseberry Real Estate Taree
Guest Speakers – Libby Bleakley & Teresa Beck
Introduction by Brian Beasley.
Libby and Teresa are both ex-Police Officers.
With the Australian Federal Police, both Teresa and Libby worked overseas with offenders living in third world countries. Teresa’s first mission was to Cyprus, and Libby’s was to the Northern Territory, with both meeting for the first time on a mission to East Timor. In East Timor, Libby and Teresa were based in the jungle, with a toilet that sometimes flushed, running water, and food (mostly tuna) that they brought in each month, with a limit of 20 kgs each.
There were 39 Police under the command of Teresa, with other cultures feeling challenged with having a female Officer in such a high rank. There were also issues between the Police and the public. The solution was that bridges needed to be built between the two.
To build these bridges, the Police worked with the children. They did this by teaching children boxing. There were rules around these boxing lessons, with an example being no weapons allowed. There were no class rooms for these, with classes being held in the open jungle, and these classes were run 6 afternoons a week, proving very popular. The age ranged between 7 and 38 years old, and eventually, peer pressure from the children themselves started to cut the crime rate. It became uncool to break the law.
With boxing, positive changes were made in the face of huge poverty. The boxing led to afternoon tea being provided, and then to counselling, and then to supporting these children socially.
Guest Speaker – Daniel Brauer – Mid Coast Water introduced by Neil Hanington
Daniel is the Planning and Development Manager at Midcoast Water and entertained us with his speech on the Manning Water Supply Scheme and Nabiac Water Supply Scheme.
Currently, Midcoast Water is working on it’s Next 30 Year Strategy, titled “Our Water, Our Future”.
Just some statistics:
40 000 water connections are looked after by Midcoast Water, 36 000 sewage connections also come under Midcoast Water’s care. There are 9 recycled water schemes, 12 000 kms of water mains and 800 kms of sewage mains. Midcoast Water supply 8 billion litres of water, and have a budget of $100 million. The most significant scheme is the Manning Scheme, which covers 90% of the customers of Midcoast Water.
The water supply comes from a weir in the Manning River, situated a km above where the salt water turns into fresh.
Mondays meeting was a Vocational visit to the Eagle Ridge Arabian Farm at FireFly. President Laurie welcomed 45 Rotarians, partners and children to our first vocational visit for 2015 and also welcomed Alister Currie and his wife Lesley along with Father George, visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Taree on Manning.
President Laurie then mentioned several items for members to consider over the next month firstly, the pre release screening fundraiser for the End Polio Now fundraiser to be held on Thursday the 26 February 2015 at Fays Twin Cinema with the showing of the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. This is a joint fundraiser with Taree North and Taree On Manning Clubs with profits split equally between each participating club.
More details will be published over the next week with numbers required.
Also the Hat Party supporting Rotary Mental Health Research Foundation being run by the Rotary Club of Taree On Manning on Saturday 28 February 2015.
Guest Speakers – Kyle Brown, Belinda Crossingham and Graham Brown
Laurie introduced Graham Brown who spoke about Tidy Up Taree and Kyle Brown and Belinda Crossingham who spoke about the Manning In Motion
Tidy Up Taree
Graham blames the Rotary Club of Taree for starting the Tidy Up Taree campaign. A newspaper article, complete with photos, was published in the Manning
River Times after he last spoke at our club. This enthused the Taree Community to start taking responsibility for the heart of Taree.
A strongly held belief of Graham is that the community needs to be empowered, and to take control, instead of letting Council determine the future of Taree. This belief was inspired by a speech by The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison who said “the standard you walk past is the standard you set.”
The Tidy Up Taree campaign grew out of the business community, and, with support from the GTCC, has achieved a much more presentable City Centre. The community has been inspired to paint the median strips (paint donated by GTCC), taken down the sign over Valley Fair, empowered Kent’s Pharmacy and Centrelink to clean their building facsades, and helped paint the building across the road from the GTCC Library, white.
Feeling encouraged, the Taree Community then installed the goanna and new seating in Victoria Street. The new timber seats were made by the Taree /
Manning Men’s Shed. Individuals are now taking pride in this town, with one man involved with the Men’s shed skiting to his wife that he was one of the workers responsible for the new seating.
Kids have been seen playing on the goanna, with parents now stopping instead of driving through Taree. The GTCC are also very supportive, as was
demonstrated by Ron Posselt confirming his support by providing white pebbles for the main street within 35 minutes of being approached with the idea.
Our Annual Christmas party was held on Monday 15th December. By all reports it was a fun evening.
Rob Keene was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by President Laurie and Past President Joy McCaffrey.
Our next meeting will be on the 12th January 2015 at Club Taree.
There are more photos to be found in the Photo Album.
Member Talk – Ian Woollard - - Introduction by Laurie Easter
Ian is a local boy, whose ancestors come from around the Manning / Comboyne area. Ian’s grandfather owned a farm at Marlee.
Ian was born in Taree in Manning Street to Mervyn and Marion Woollard from the Bulga. His parents ran the Post Office in Glenwarrin, before relocating to the
Mervyn’s work in the Manning Valley involved making sleepers, poles, and other similar equipment from felled timber.
Starting school at Taree Public, Ian continued his education at Taree High School. His first job was with the Commonwealth Bank, where everything that is now computerised was done by hand. Transferring from Belligen, Ian then worked at Macksville, Lithgow and North Ryde, before he worked for the Australian
Government in the 15th intake for National Service. Ian quickly discovered how well the Commonwealth Bank was operated and re-entered this as his workplace.
When Ian started working for the Commonwealth Bank again, he entered the IT area. He moved from general computer work into IT Operations. When the IT
Operations were outsourced in 1997, Ian worked for the company that the IT Operations were outsourced to, and ended the last seven years of his career
working for IBM.
Among his accomplishments, Ian competed his Bachelor of Commerce at university between 1995 and 2002, proving that anyone can achieve anything at any time during life.
Ian’s neighbour invited him to a Rotary meeting. As our organisation has a good reputation and is a very good organisation, Ian decided to stay, citing that he enjoys the fellowship of the Club.
Ian is now retired, enjoys playing golf, lawn bowls and working at the Men’s Shed. He and his wife enjoy ballroom dancing, and although Ian is capable of many things, he cannot sing.
Guest Speaker - Tim Gilchrist - Introduction by Warren Blanch
Tim Gilchrist was the student selected from our District to participate in the National Youth Science Forum. He has just completed Year 12 at the Taree Christian Community College and is hoping to study science at ANU in Canberra.
After being selected at national level to represent Australia internationally, Tim was sent to the Heidelberg based Max Planck Institution of Astronomy. Here, he studied exoplanets. Exoplanets are planets that orbit stars outside our immediate galaxy. There are over 1800 that have been discovered, with 11 billion habitable planets that are Earth-like.
President Laurie with Tim Gilchrist
The finals for the Cluster 4 Public Speaking competition were held last Tuesday. The winner, representing Rotary Club of Taree, was Evelyn Foxwell from Taree High School. The standard was exceptionally high, and Evelyn prevailed in both the prepared speech and the impromptu.
PDG Ian Dyabll, Evelyn Foxwell and President Laurie Easter
This week’s meeting was a vocational visit to Tinonee Orchids followed by dinner at Artisans Retreat.
There was only one Directors report from Felicity George (Community Services). Bunnings have offered $200 to our club if we can wrap gifts over Christmas. I
believe that there were enough volunteers to fill the roster but please contact Felicity if you are able to be a reserve.
By all accounts it was a great evening. Don’t forget the AGM is on this coming Monday.
Top David Fisher thanking Ray Clement - Tinonee Orchids and Bottom Ian Woollard on the pole lathe at Artisan's Retreat, watched by Peter Calabria.
Induction – Catherine Wendell
It was the privilege of President Laurie Easter to induct Catherine Wendell to the Rotary Club of Taree. Catherine will be given the classification of Community Services and will be a member of the youth services committee. I know all members will warmly welcome Catherine to our club.
Member Talk - Keith Atkinson
President Laurie introduced Keith Atkinson to give a talk on his life’s experiences this far. Keith has worked and lived in many places. He was born in February 1945 in Auburn, Sydney. He began his education at Willoughby and his family moved to Ballina when he was seven. Keith was brought up in the Salvation Army.
Upon finishing school Keith worked for the Post Master General (PMG) in Surry Hills, Paddington, Edgecliff, Merrylands, Coraki and Gloucester. During this time Keith developed an interest in dairying.
Jackie was introduced by DGE Maurie Stack
Jackie is a former lawyer who now provides a wellness program to lawyers and other professionals through laughter yoga. Laughter yoga was first started in India in 1995, by Dr Madan Kataria.
Studying under Dr Kataria meant that Jackie could then start teaching laughter yoga in Port Macquarie. In 2004, Jackie was driving between Newcastle and Port Macquarie, when she prayed for guidance on what to do with her life. She immediately had the concept to start a laughter club. Since she didn’t know what a laughter club was, she Googled what one was, and found laughter yoga.
Dr Kataria was a Medical Doctor, who, on 3rd March 1995, held the world’s first laughter yoga class in a park in India. He had researched laughter and realised it had health benefits. Amongst these are the boosting of the immune system, relieves pain, brings hope, improves brain function, enhances communication skills, and develops the community.
Realising that he didn’t spend much time laughing, Dr Kataria decided to start a laughter club. Now, there are over 60,000 laughter clubs in the world, spread through out more than 60 countries.
Jackie attended a seminar and felt amazing after spending time rolling around on the floor with laughter. She felt like a new person, and wanted other people to benefit like she had. She started Port Macquarie’s first and only laughter club and has found the practice transforming.
There is a scientific method behind the laughter club. After the class, people tend to feel more connected to themselves and to others, they reported less physical pain and it has even helped someone move their arthritic and normally frozen hand. Lives change due to laughter.
Jackie realised the effects of laughter when her daughter destroyed her best sheets, and her response, when she found out, was to burst out laughing.
Laughter is an anti-depressant and has been known to help in curing cancer.
There are three distinctions behind laughter yoga
1. No reason is behind the laughter
2. You don’t need to have a sense of humour
3. You don’t need to be happy
Building a laughter club in Taree may interest Rotary as it is a practice that builds community.
Guest Speaker: Tamara Campbell – Vocational Training Team
Col Rose introduced Tamara Campbell to talk about her experience on the Vocational Training Team’s visit to Louisiana earlier this year.
Tamara’s team were mostly aquaculture and agriculture orientated, with the exchange being between Districts 9650 and 6200. Tamara is from Port Macquarie and works for Forestry, looking after road maintenance in an area that stretches from Kempsey and Walcha to the Hunter Valley. While Tamara spends much of her time in front of a computer, she does sometimes, have the opportunity to work in the field.
The Vocational Training Team consisted of four members and a team leader – Michelle Webb who is a free range pig farmer, Cameron Wood who is a sheep farmer, Paul Arnott from Armidale who works for UNE in genetics, Tamara, and Lindsay Wilkin who was the Team Leader.
Rotary programmes such as the VTT Exchange foster goodwill around the world. The common thread throughout the group was an interest in sustainable farming, with the Exchange being the first between the two districts. The team were chosen based on their vocation.
Louisiana is mostly delta and is therefore very different from Australia. The land is very flat and swampy, with rivers following many different veins to the sea. Australia grows different crops and livestock and has a strong forestry focus. Bayou country, in Louisiana, is flat and swampy, with problems inherited from heavy logging in the early 20th Century. It is a sensitive ecosystem.
Guest Speaker Tamara Campbell with our Secretary Belinda Crossingham
The meeting was commenced with a toast to Rotary International given by Past District Governor Ian Dyball. Ian highlighted the achievements of Rotary International including the the work to eradicate polio, the development of schools and hospitals in the South Pacific, malaria eradication programs, and other humanitarian efforts.
President Laurie Easter gave a warm welcome to District Governor Greg Moran and his wife Sue, District Governor Elect Maurie Stack and his wife Dee and their guest Linus Faustin, Assistant District Governor Bruce Moy, visitors Catherine & Scott Wendell, visiting Rotarian Judy Richardson from Myall Coast
Rotary Club, honorary members Mavis Jones and Alan & Judy Cowan, and Rotarians and their partners.
President Laurie advised that he has spoken to council on Monday about the CCTV project. Council is currently engaging in community consultation regarding the Community Safety Plan which encompasses the CCTV project.
President Laurie congratulated Bruce Moy who was awarded the Premier’s Community Service Award over the weekend.
President Laurie advised that Harvey Else is currently unwell and in hospital at the Mayo.
Laurie thanked Kaye Whitelaw for the table decorations at tonight’s meeting.
Sergeant at Arms Warren Blanch led an efficient fine session.
Greg acknowledged the warm welcome he had received from the club and President Laurie. He also thanked District Governor Elect Maurie Stack and Assistant DG Bruce Moy for their ongoing assistance.
Greg and his wife Sue have been travelling through the District since the middle of July. Greg congratulated the board and the club for the projects they are undertaking. He also commended the club on the website. He appreciated the clubs’ efforts including the Golf day, Rotary Park rejuvenation, the CCTV project and the School Music Spectacular. Greg was inspired to see the way that individual clubs are working together with other Rotary
clubs in their area.
PDG Ian Dyball opened the public speaking, noting that the Cluster Competition is on 11th November in Wingham, and the Semi Finals in Walcha. The prize is sponsored by Travel 195, and is a return flight to New Zealand, where the winner is hosted by Rotarians, while in the country of the Long White Cloud.
Evelyn Foxwell – Taree High School - Winner
Evelyn spoke about how social networking is building goodwill and helping people and families stay connected. Twitter gives a voice to people who would otherwise, not have an outlet, and it creates a stronger democracy as it better reflects what the current public opinion is.
Montana – MVAC
ISIS uses foreigners and children as suicide bombers, and their tactics are currently making them the most successful Jihadist group in the world. If measures are not put in place, how can we ensure Australia will remain safe? Why can we not build a world built upon goodwill and friendship?
Thomas Freeman – MVAC
Thomas spoke about an asylum seeker, who migrated to Australia at the age of 15 and who, after completing his HSC, formed Chill Out, an organisation that is lobbying for children to be kept out of detention. Australia needs to go back to what is fair and right, and build a refugee intake programme that perpetuates goodwill and friendship.
Guest Speaker – Greg Crisp – History of Surveying in the Manning
Greg Crisp was introduced by an envious Bruce Moy, who has aspired to be a Surveyor.
Greg Crisp is a surveyor and owns the practice “McGlashan and Crisp” in Taree. The practice was established in 1850 by John Hall who operated his practice in Wingham. In the 1930’s Stewart McGlashan purchased the practice and employed Brian Crisp (Greg’s father) as an articled pupil in 1948. In 1954 Brian Crisp became a partner in the firm and remains one of the present principals. Greg joined the firm in 1991 after nine years managing a survey firm in Queanbeyan.
The Australian Agriculture (AA) Company was granted land up to the south bank of the Manning River around 1830. In 1827, one of the staff surveyors form the AA company, John Armstrong, led a party from Port Macquarie to find the Manning River. They climbed to the top of South Brother and both explored and surveyed the Manning River. Cedar, also known as “red gold” was marked on their first survey.
In 1830 William Wynter was granted land. The survey for this was performed by James “Jazz” Ralfe. At that time there were only five licenced surveyors in NSW. From about this time land grants became more frequent.
In 1841, Lewis Gordon purchased 709 acres near the Dawson River, which were subdivided into 10 to 12 acre properties. These made up the suburb, “Chatham.” In 1843, Gorman surveyed Wingham, with Tinonee being surveyed by Henry Carmichael and John Hall in 1854. These two towns were government owned, but Taree was privately owned by Henry Flett.
During the 1800s, compasses were main tool used to survey. Early survey maps were hand drawn. We are lucky that the Land Titles Office has scanned the original plans, so that not only they are now preserved but also accessible to the public.
Reference trees were blazed as markers. This means that part of their bark was cut to reveal a place where a mark could be chiselled into the tree. This would identify the tree for future surveying purposes. The Government symbol used to be a broad arrow at the top of the plate or mark.
In the early days, surveying parties would use horses and take a dray into remote areas. Today surveyors use GPS and electronic distance measuring equipment.
Vote of thanks by Mark Drury.
Mark Drury and Greg Crisp
Club Speakers – First Rodney Lattimore
Rod gave a presentation on his dairy farm at Taree. He was born in 1968 and educated at Taree West Primary School and Taree High School. He bought back the family farm and started dairying in 1988.
The farm consists of approximately 350 acres which includes 155 acres of effective milking area situated adjacent to the Manning River in Taree Estate. Rod has a passion for managing his property in an environmentally and efficient manner. He employs techniques to manage nutrient leaching, recycle waste and
maximising returns. He has invested in large farm shedding, concrete bunkers and feeding equipment to minimise the wastage of feed. Rod strongly believes in animal welfare and treats his animals well. As a result his herd are happy and friendly.
The farm produces 900,000 litres of milk a year with a milk fat content of 4.2% fat.
Rodney’s father, John Lattimore, was a long serving member of the Rotary Club of Taree and this was a significant influence in his decision to join Rotary. Rodney answered a number of questions from the club.