Posted by Joy McCaffrey on Nov 27, 2017
President David welcomed everyone to the meeting and gave a special toast to Alan Small for all his help and assistance to our Rotary Club.
David also read a letter of thanks from our Past Youth Ambassador Mitch Brown where he thanked our Club for our support of his project the Hunter Wind Ensemble.
President David gave his report what has occurred since he has been Pr3esident, particularly highlighting special projects, guest speakers and vocational visits. He thanked everyone for all their help to date.
Mark Drury then spoke on Club Administration and expressing his thanks to his team for their hard work.
On 15 January 2018 we have a special guest speaker a Retired Brigadoon for the Pakistan Army. This should be a very interesting night.
Ross Tingle spoke on Vocational Service, noting the vocational visits to date and advising that there are more to come in the future.
In light of the fact that unfortunately our Community Service Director Neal Hannington was an apology for tonight. Max Carey and David Denning detailed some of the happenings within this portfolio. Max spoke of the work carried out at Rotary Park and David noting the CCTV Project, RYDA and the Gym Equipment Project.
Phil Streatfeild spoke on International Service and the Rotary Foundation. He advised that our support for the School of St Jude continues. Blandina Allen our student continues to do well and is now at University. Regular updates on her progress will be noted in the bulletin and on our website.
Our Sister Club, the Rotary Club of Okyama Chuo, had members visit our Club in September, this visit went extremely well
The Kokoda Hospital Project saw members from our Club team with members from other clubs to build a nurses quarters at Kokoda. Great job and well done to everyone participating in this fine achievement.
Our Rotary Exchange Student, Bailey Pinnock, leaves for Denmark next year. Bailey will be at our meeting on 8 January 2018 to give her presentation. This presentation will be used by Bailey when she attends various functions whilst in Denmark.
With respect to the Rotary Foundation, particularly the Centurion Program, we have 18 members who continue to support this Program. This is a great achievement by our Club.
Murray Difford spoke to us on the Youth Portfolio. Murray advised that Mitch Brown in his capacity of Youth Ambassador for our Club raised approximately $6,500 for the Hunter Wind Ensemble Project. Well done Mitch.
Marylyn Sendah is this yearsā€™ Youth Ambassador and we will see wonderful things from her also.
Murray also spoke on the following Projects:
  • The Football Canteen continues to do well. Murray thanked all those who assisted in getting this project off the ground and giving their time in order to see this project thrive. Well done everyone. Unfortunately, the weather was not kind to us early in the piece and hindered the project slightly. But all came good in the end.
  • Battery Muster ā€“ This project is now up and running, with publicity etc to commence shortly. Murray also expressed thanks to everyone helping and participating in getting this project up and running.
Our Annual General Meeting then commenced.