BulLetIN, MARCH 5, 2015
FUTURE MEETINGS AT ‘TOMPKINS ON SWAN’
Monday, March 9th, 2015 5.30pm for 6.30pm
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Host: Abby Parsons Chair: Mick Donnes Set Up: Patricia Robertson and Nick O'dorisio
Monday, March 16th, 2015 5.30pm for 6.30pm
Guest Speaker: Jan Ross - 'Pathfinder Investigations'
Host: Gail McCulloch Chair: Winston Marsh Set Up: Alan Morcombe and Don Rodger
APOLOGIES: PLEASE NOTE THIS REVISED PROCEDURE
If you will not be attending the meeting please email the acting Attendance Officer, Gillian Baker, before midnight on Sunday or if you need to apologise on the Monday please phone before 10.00am on Mob 0437 146 849 (Emails may not get read on Monday and cannot therefore guarantee that your apology is received).
Unless Gillian receives an apology by 10.00am on the day of the meeting the meal will need to be charged to you, and the procedure to recover costs for non apology will be:
a) Attendance officer to report to Treasurer at end of each meeting names of those who didn’t show and didn’t apologise
b) Treasurer to submit all Attendance Officer reports to monthly Board meeting to authorise recovery – valid excuses accepted
c) Treasurer to issue invoices to members monthly following Board meeting based on b).
OFFICE BEARERS 2014 / 2015
Rotary District 9465 for more information visit: http://rotary9465.org.au/
President Mick Donnes welcomed all Rotarians, our guest speaker Colette Lappin and Tony Stanbridge to the meeting.
He also congratulated "Grangran" Patricia Robertson on the arrival of her granddaughter.
Mick read a letter of thanks he had received from Ronald at the Salvation Army, saying that due to the generous support from the RCA they were able to help a huge number of people.
Mick invited Patricia to tell members about some projects Rotary is involved in:
RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. It is an intensive training program that brings together youth and young adults, aged 14-30, to further develop character and leadership skills and learn about Rotary.
RYLAs often take the form of a seminar, camp, or workshop, generally 3-10 days in length, organized by Rotarians at the club, district, or multi district level.
Participants are nominated by local Rotary clubs, which often cover all expenses. For these young adults, this recognition offers the opportunity to build self-confidence, gain exposure to a variety of issues and people, meet active community leaders, and learn valuable information and career skills.
RYPEN stands for The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment. It is a Rotary sponsored District New Generations program. Year ten and eleven students, from schools, attend a weekend long camp, designed at developing their potential through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning.
Its aim is to communicate to young people a series of ideas, problems and social experiences which will assist them in forming their own values and moral standards. A program of thought provoking speakers, social situations and personal challenges is offered.
A Rotary club acts as the host club for the camp and provides the catering for the weekend while enjoying an excellent fellowship opportunity for its members. Camps are held in October and March each year.
NYSF stands for National Youth Science Forum and is for students moving into Year 12.
Its mission is to provide community minded and science focused young Australians, an opportunity for network development and insight into skills, careers and a lifetime of achievement in science, engineering and technology.
The flagship event of the NYSF is the January Forum. Until recently this event had been held exclusively in Canberra and hosted by The Australian National University. In 2010 the NYSF introduced a third session, in Perth, co-hosted by the Curtin University and The University of Western Australia.
Cassie Howell will be coming to our meeting to thank the RCA for giving her the opportunity to attend the NYSF.
Ian told us about Handicamp. It is an annual, week long, live in camp for 18-35 year olds with a disability. It provides them with an opportunity to take part in a range of stimulating and fun activities.
Support is provided by the organizing committee and 20 young carers or “buddies”, who get a lot out of their participation in the event.
Handicamp's purpose is to pair people with a disability with able-bodied 'buddies' for a week, to enjoy activities with, to grow through new experiences and develop greater understanding of others needs and challenges.
All participants are sponsored by a Rotary club for their accommodation, meals and activities.
Handicamp 2015 will be held from the 18th - 24th of January at Point Walter Recreation Camp, 1 Stock Rd, Bicton.
Mick thanked Colin for his expertise in photography, providing us with fabulous photos of the crabbing day and also for his culinary expertise in providing the meeting with chocolate chip biscuits.
Jim requested that those people who have not yet paid for their fund raising wine to please pay their money to John Sharpe.
Carole announced that in preparation for next year she would like to put forward a motion to the AGM on March 9th, 2015, to have a position of President Nominee to come after President Elect and asked if anyone had any objections, to which there were none.
Carole also asked that if anyone wanted to take a position on the board to please let her know. She also wanted to have a planning committee for next year and asked for volunteers.
Gillian reminded us of the fund raising movie event on March 29th. There will be CD prizes for those who sell the most tickets.
John enlightened us on another Rotary acronym ARHF, Australian Rotary Health Foundation. Jeff Spickett raised $370 for this foundation by requesting that instead of gifts for his recent birthday, people might like to donate to this foundation.
Jim conducted a humorous fines session and finished with a game of Heads and Tails that was won by Gillian.
The door prize was won by Mal Bennett and John Sharpe was not able to find the joker worth $700.
Mick announced the roster for the Bush Dance to be held at the Bicton Primary School this Friday 20th Feb from 4.00 - 8.00pm.
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Colin thanked everyone who helped at the Bush Dance particularly Betty and Martin for their great work cooking and selling sausages and drinks.
He felt it was a successful social occasion that helped to raise the profile of Rotary.
He also borrowed the Neighborhood Community Trailer from Melville Council for the event and learnt that the council will contribute up to $250 to people within the City of Melville who apply to hold a street party.
Greg was selling raffle tickets for the Rotary Club of Katanning. There were only 1000 tickets to be sold at $25 each. First prize was a return trip for two to Italy, which included air flights, two weeks accommodation, two weeks hire car rental plus travel insurance.
Second prize was a return trip for two to Tasmania, which included air flights and seven nights accommodation.
Third prize was two cartons of wine. Fourth and fifth prizes were $100 cash.
As all the prizes were donated this was an excellent fun raiser for the club.
Patricia introduced Cassie Howell to the meeting.
Cassie, who was financed by the RCA to attend the National Science Youth Forum in January, shared some of her experiences with us.
Instead of going to Canberra she was delighted to be one of six Australians to be selected to go to Auckland.
She met many amazing people and the experience opened her eyes to many career paths.
Cassie thanked Patricia and the RCA for enabling her to have such a fantastic life-changing experience.
Colin put on a very entertaining and clever slide show of "Grangran" Patricia's new granddaughter.
Jim had a quick fines session followed by a game of Heads and Tails that was won by Colin.
Gillian reminded people that the movie on March 29th starts at 3.30 pm. As the time is not on the tickets would members please write it on them.
The door prize was won by Ian.
create a statewide umbrella organisation capable of influencing public health policy and political agendas.Melissa has worked for a diverse range of organizations including Aid Agencies in Africa and the Pacific, local and state government agencies and universities.
She spoke to the meeting about Unstructured Children's Play outdoors and in nature..
People are concerned for children's safety which results in limiting their play experiences
Unstructured play outdoors (nature play) is founded on the understanding that it is fundamental to a full and healthy childhood. Nature play is, of itself, an intrinsic good and from it flow benefits in health, cognitive, physical, social and emotional development and in the building of resilience and creativity.
The key goal of Natureplay is to work primarily with families of children aged 0-12 years to raise awareness of the importance of nature play in children’s lives.
Interventions, media and communication strategies are planned State-wide to work in opposition to the trend of modern children spending more time indoors than any other generation in history.
Jim announced that there were six people with outstanding payments to be made for the recent wine fundraising venture and asked for payments to be finalized in the next week.
He also thanked Colin for cooking ginger biscuits to be enjoyed with coffee.
Mick thanked the guest speaker for her talk and said that she had brought back memories of his childhood and how he used to play.
He thanked Cassie for coming and sharing her experience with us.
Bicton Primary School Bush Dance
The Bicton Bush Dance went off with a "Yee Ha!" and a rollicking good time was had by the crowd of over two hundred children and parents.
The Numguts Bush Band did a tremendous job with good music well suited to the audience and clear, easy-to-follow instructions for the well chosen dances.
The sausage sizzle and drinks were well organized and added to the occasion.
For our first bush dance in collaboration with one of our local schools this was a great start and certainly encourages us to do more. With our 60/40 profit sharing the Bicton P & C received $973.26 and RCA $648.84. Apart from the profits we raised the profile of Rotary and RCA in the community and hope to do it 'bigger and better' at Bicton next year and in other schools as well.