Posted by Joy McCaffrey on Nov 04, 2018
On Tuesday night our Club hosted the annual visit by our District Governor, Lorraine Coffey at Club West.
The DG updated our members on the happenings in our District and shared with us some of her observations on visits to the clubs in District 9650. Her partner, Dennis Chellingworth, gave a presentation on his partners project for a research grant into Motor Neuron Disease (MND).
 
Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead MP, District Governor Lorraine Coffey and President Ian Woollard
Our club has had a significant past and present focus on the Youth portfolio and we have reason to celebrate some of our achievements on this night as well.
Lorraine presented an Intro video by the President of RI Barry Raissin and his focus and wish that we engage more fully with the youth in our society and the efforts with the formation of new Rotaract clubs around the world. Lorraine advised us of the Rotaract activity within our own District. The DG also presented a report overview on the Drought Relief efforts of the District.
The second part of the meeting themed as a “Focus on Youth’ in support of the above and presented by Murray Difford. MurrayI had invited past Youth Ambassadors Mitchell Brown and Marylyn Sendah to our meeting and they were presented with Certificates of Service.
Following them, he introduced Ashly Selibio of Chatham High and Cayley Cribb of St Clares as our new joint Youth Ambassadors and inducted them with a presentation of a Certificate of Appointment, a polo shirt and badges to wear during their duties. Ashly and Cayley then presented their joint projects with a prepared powerpoint and speech. They had agreed to focus on three areas:
  • A local project entitled ‘My school, my friends’ that engaged in their own peer group and that would address self awareness issues. It is planned to develop a program and engage a suitable speaker to deliver the messages within the schools.
  • The next area of interest would be for them to engage with the external Manning Youth Action and Interact (Rotary) team which is an existing Taree community initiative with Council and the YMCA.
  • The next area of interest would be for them to engage with the external Manning Youth Action and Interact (Rotary) team which is an existing Taree community initiative with Council and the YMCA.
  • The third part of their plan involved a global focus on 'Women’s Empowerment’ and here we are planning to engage with 'The Little Blue Shed’ - the Ugandan project started by our member Tanja Curcic.
Murray thanked the attending 'support teams’ comprising of parents (and grandparents!) of the students.
Next to be introduced was our NYSF student, Miguel Guthridge of St Clare’s, who will be attending the Forum next year in Canberra. Miguel also received his Nomination Certificate plus shirt and badges.
We then welcomed and introduced Curtis Jones who was a recent RYLA attendee and was sponsored by the Taree on Manning club. Curtis will speak to the club at a future date on his RYLA experience.
Our 'Focus on Youth' segment concluded with acknowledging our YEP student to Denmark, Baillee Pinnock, and Mitsuko Misawa our Okayama Chuo Japanese sister club exchange student.
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