The Key – 24th February 2014

This Monday

On Monday 24th February we are having a travel night so members are invited to bring along their photos (on memory stick) to share your recent adventures. We will hold our meeting in the Boardroom of the Soccer Club.

Last Monday

Last Monday night it was a pleasure to welcome again our first successful National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) nominee, Erin Westley, who was accompanied by her father, Peter.

In thanking the club for its support, Erin spoke in support of her formal and extensive written report, brief extracts of which are below.

“I would like to thank all the members of your club for providing me with this amazing opportunity. It has been fantastic to see first-hand Rotary’s incredible efforts that enable the National Youth Science Forum to run.

“The science program for me was special because I had opportunities not normally open to me. I was also able to gain insight in the role of science in other areas such as law and policy. The people in NYSF are all incredibly supportive – the staffies and the other students – and there were many instances where we were encouraged to meet new people while having a lot of fun. We also had sessions on communication, body language and public speaking and throughout the course of NYSF I have grown as a person and grown in confidence.

“I have come out of NYSF with a renewed passion for science, a greater understanding of where my future career could take me and am prepared, in fact excited, to now tackle Year 12 and begin making decisions about university.”

At our meeting, Erin spoke with confidence and candour about her experience and made several suggestions for the club, and district, to consider when planning NYSF.

BBQ Successes

The continuing success of our BBQ’s is due to our members, families and friends happily volunteering for these events that provide an excellent opportunity for our Club to be seen in our local community of Gungahlin. Over the coming months we will be kept busy with several BBQ’s at Magnet Mart in Gungahlin and plans are underway for opening of the new Gungahlin Sports Centre on 29 March.

Late News

District 9710 Birthday Bash, Canberra, planned for Sunday 23 February has been cancelled.

Other Important Rotary Dates for the Year

Members are reminded to register early for these great opportunities;

  • District Assembly, Bega (3-4 May 2014)
  • Rotary Peace Scholars visit Canberra (3-6 May 2014, formal dinner 5 May) Rotarians who are interested in helping should email the Convener:
  • Annual Rotary International Conference in Sydney (1-4 June 2014)