President Ross opened the meeting, welcoming members and guests. He introduced Dr Grace Maano and Ivan Shandanski and their family and reminded us that Grace and Ivan were to be inducted as new members at this Cocktail Party/Membership evening.
Ross proposed his toast which this week went to Neil Taylor for his great new members talk last week.
David Denning reminded members about programmed events, particularly the BBQ’s. He also advised us that there would be some special attendees at the Rainbow Flat BBQ this Thursday with the CEO of the National Australia Bank, and the President of Lions International Australia joining us.
The lower Midcoast Rotary will be doing the BBQ and assistance is needed to purchase local business vouchers to help support local businesses. The vouchers are to be distributed via the Taree Lions Chocolate Wheel at the BBQs.
David also mentioned the District Conference which is at South West Rocks on the weekend of 21st -22nd March.
ADG Murray Difford spoke about the Bushfire Appeal through RAWCS, which had raised $350K, with RAWCS providing an additional $35K for
fencing and water tanks.
Youth Director Colin Rose spoke enthusiastically about a trial program linking 15 young children (pre-schoolers) with 42 Elderly residents of Storm Village. It is hoped to extend the program in the future. Challenges are transport and permissions, but the plan is to repeat the event over our Wednesdays about a month apart at this stage although Colin felt they may work better closer together. Well Done Dr Col! He also spoke about his hope to re-vamp RYLA “Rotary Youth Leadership Awards”. Targeted at 18-27 year olds, the program lasts for a week and costs $950 per person. We should all consider and pass on names of prospective participants, (family members, friends and acquaintances) to Dr Col.
Community Service Director Neil Hanington spoke about the financial challenges of delivering the Science and Engineering Challenge, and impost of $480 per school. He made the observation that we may not be able to go ahead with Discovery Days, which are focussed on Primary aged children.
Susie Ploder (Fundraising) talked about the 100 Club and tickets being sold.
PDG Ian Dyball talked about Bobin School and an appeal from Past Rotary International Director Noel Trevaskis. (Members see download files)
Bruce Moy led a fine session.
President Ross inducted Dr Grace Maano and her partner Ivan Shandanski into membership of the Taree Rotary Club, supported by Susie Ploder
and Ian Woollard.
Peter Tinney was invited by President Ross to speak about the Samaritans Disaster Recovery Training which is to occur on Saturday 29th February
at St John’s Memorial Hall. If you are interested, please register at or 6551 3849 - (see separate story)