Posted by Joy McCaffrey on Feb 05, 2018
President David welcomed members and guests to our meeting.
He gave a special welcome to Judy Richardson and Glen Stevens to our meeting.
He gave a special toast to Club member Kevin Sharp for his services to Rotary and in particular for all the work that has gone into coordinating and planning the Golf Day which was once again hugely successful.

He also advised that our International night will be held on 16 February 2018 at St John’s Church Hall.  More details to follow in this bulletin.

Our speaker next week will be Fiona Tinney who will give her Member’s Talk.

Youth Services Director, Murray Difford advised of the plans to merge our District.  More information in E-News which has been forwarded to all members.  Ian Dyball also gave a summary of this proposal.  This issue will be discuss further at our meeting on 12 February 2018.

Treasurer, Ian Woollard gave an overview of the financial situation for our Club and a breakdown of our Golf Day income and expenditure.

Vocational Services Director, Ross Tingle advised that the proposed visit to the Quarry has been put off for a little longer.   Ross is currently making arrangements to visit Services NSW on 19 February 2018, where we will also have a BBQ.

International & Foundation Director, Phil Streatfeild reported that our Rotary Youth Exchange student, Bailee Pinnock, is going well in Denmark, but noted that it was only 2 degrees.  Very cold indeed.

Phil also advised that the Ladies Morning Tea Meetings will now be held once a month and instead of morning tea these will be luncheon meetings.  Dates to come shortly.

Our School of St Jude’s student Blandina Allan is now entering her second year of University.  We will keep you posted as we receive information from Blandina.

Community Services Director, Neil Hanington advised that next year the Scientific Challenge will go to Western Australia.  Hopefully it will come back to NSW the following year.

Kevin Sharp gave an overview of the Australia Day proceedings noting that for the Australia Day Awards there seemed to be a much smaller crowd than in previous years.  There were not as many Awards handed out this year either.  He also advised that the Rotary Charity Golf Day went well, although we were down on numbers this year due to the recent hot days and other golf days being held during this week.  Even so we had 80 sponsors who received excellent exposure over 10 days.  Next year this event will be held on the Saturday.

Kevin gave a breakdown of funds explaining our arrangement with Club Taree and their affiliation with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and how raised funds from the day are divided.  He advised that no-one won the major prize for scoring a hole in one, which was the golf cart.

Murray Difford advised that the Battery Muster is going well.  He recently visited Old Bar and Nabiac markets. No batteries collected, but this was great advertising.  Well done Murray and crew.

The Interact Meeting was held on Wednesday night with representatives from our Club, Taree on Manning and Darren Mumford from the YMCA.  Local schools will also be heavily involved.  This was a strategy planning session on how to go forward.  This will be a multi club project.