Sergeant at Arms Warren Blanch commenced the meeting by leading the invocation and toasts.
President Murray Difford gave his toast to the Golf Committee for their excellent work on the Golf Day. Murray also welcomed our guests and Rotarians to the meeting.
President Murray read a letter from Blandia Allen. She is excited to start her university life after her year of community service. Blandina thanked the Rotary Club of Taree for supporting her studies and her success.
Director Elizabeth reminded us of the visit to Coocumbuc Island next week. We are to meet at 5:30pm at the Rowing club. The coast is $10 incl BBQ.
Director David advised that a club calendar has been distributed by email. He encouraged us to consult the calendar to check when you are on meet & greet or introducing a guest speaker. David gave an update on the working bee to PNG. There are 5 people from our club who are going. There is room for only one more. The project entails maintenance and repairs to nurses accommodation at the Kokoda Hospital. David also advised the Rotary International theme for the 17-18 year is “Rotary Making a Difference”.
Kevin Sharp reported on the Golf Day. We had 115 players, 75 sponsors and more money raised compared to last year. He thanked all those who volunteered to make the day a success.
Director Phil reported on Martin Abbott whom we sponsored for Peace studies several years ago. He is now Cornell University in New York State. Martin expressed his gratitude for the support he received from Rotary Club of Taree. Phil reminded us there are still RAWCS stickers for sale. He also gave a reminder for Gemma Sisia visit on 9 March. Please get your $40 to Phil.
Director Susie reminded us that she has Raffle tickets for sale for the partners project and would like to sell more tickets. The prizes are an Opal and a quilt. This raffle is to be drawn at the District Conference in March. There is also a raffle to raise money for the School of St Jude. First prize is 5 nights accommodation at Kingscliff with 3 other quality prizes. This will be drawn during the visit of Gemma Sisia in March.
Sergeant at Arms Warren Blanch ran an extensive fine session.