Posted by Joy McCaffrey on Apr 23, 2018
President David welcomed everyone to our meeting.
David gave the President’s toast to Club Member Peter Tinney for being an all round good bloke.
Reminder that our Club’s Change Over Dinner will be held on 6 July 2018 at the Winning Post Function Centre, Manning Valley Race Club. This is just twelve short weeks away. Please note your diaries.
 
The Rotary Club of Port Macquarie will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary with a dinner to be held on Wednesday 23 May 2018. Please advise if you wish to attend. There are already some members who will be attending. Ian Woollard advised that he will be attending the District Assembly in Port Macquarie on 29 April 2018 together with the incoming Board. Neil Hanington advised that the Scientific Challenge is coming up. Will take numbers for volunteers next week. Max Carey advised that the flag pole in Fotheringham Park needs to be repainted. Volunteers were called for to assist Max and Kevin next Thursday morning to paint this flag pole. Phil Streatfeild advised that RAWCS Fundraiser Stickers were still available for anyone wanting one. These are $10 each and funds go towards helping many of our RAWCS projects. He also advised that our Exchange Student Bailie Pinnock is doing well in Denmark. Phil also asked members to think about hosting an incoming Exchange Student for three months. Mark Drury advised that the GSE Team left for Uganda on Sunday and we wish them well. President David advised that Max Carey has prepared a brochure on Rotary for handout at the Football Canteen. Well done Max.
 
RYDA CLARIFICATION
Just to clarify comments in last week’s bulletin about Laurie Easter no longer undertaking the role of co-ordinator for RYDA. Please note that Laurie will still be continuing in that role until after the 2018 program is completed in June 2018. He will work with any member who may be interested in taking on the role as from 2019 and he would continue to work with them into the future to ensure that the program continues. The RYDA program has gone through a lot of change since Laurie took it over and coordinating and running it is now almost a 5 month continuous role, dealing with 10 High Schools, organising presenters and facilitators as well as Rotarians and transport for students, not to mention ongoing dealing with the program owners, Road Safety Australia re session training and ensuring the required equipment to run the program is ordered picked up, set up, packed up and returned, liaison with police and council re permits to conduct road closures plus a lot of correspondence in between is now taking up more time than I am able to provide to this ongoing activity. The behind the scenes work certainly pays off and to be able to provide this service to youth within our community is very much worth the effort and is extremely satisfying. May I extend my sincere thanks to Laurie and his team for all their hard work over the years. We are so fortunately that people like Laurie and his team continue to work selflessly in the background. This program is a credit to everyone involved.
 
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Members would you please give some thought to hosting a Rotary Youth Exchange Student At this week’s Rotary Club Assembly Meeting members will be asked if they would be prepared to host an “Incoming Rotary Youth Exchange Student”. If any member is interested in hosting an “Incoming Rotary Youth Exchange Student” the commitment would involve looking after a Youth Exchange Student in their home for 3-4 months. Members who have previously hosted a Rotary Youth Exchange Student all say the experience is a wonderful one for both the student and the host family.
Phil Streatfeild
 
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