The Key – 26th May 2014

This week

On Monday night we will welcome our Guest Speaker: Mr Nick Terrell, Chief of Staff (aka Office Manager) to the Hon. Dr Andrew Leigh, Member for Fraser.

This is part of our exploration of vocational service in the ACT as many Canberrans work directly, or indirectly, as part of the national political process. Nick may be able to describe the nature of this ‘behind the scene’ vocation – entry pathways, working conditions, highs and lows, aspirations and the role of
‘staffers’.

This is an opportunity for members and guests to ask about what happens when sound office procedures and ethics come under pressure politically and how staff manage a member’s workload in terms of priorities, potential pitfalls, etc. If he doesn’t raise it himself, perhaps a question on what drew Nick into
politics, might be useful.

Last week

Last Monday night we held a Club Assembly & Board Meeting and worked through our Agenda and updated the Action List.

Club Updates

BBQ

Members reported that they had been busy at Magnet Mart last Sunday. Terry will take over the preparation of The Key while Liz is on holidays June & July.

ShelterBox

Members will be aware that earlier this year our Club donated $US1,000 to the ShelterBox Fund. Our box, no 12369 (Australia), was delivered to Bolivia on 7 April 2014 to assist victims of recent major flooding.

This is the locality of Clisa, in Cochabamba flooded by heavy rains.

Y Engage

Following our joint meeting with Aurora Gungahlin on 12th May when we welcomed speakers who work with youth in the area, more information can be found on the Y Engage facebook page and the relevant section of Northside Community Service, which give a good look into the day-to day activities of the program, are www.facebook.com/Y.Engage.ACT and http://www.northside.asn.au/young-people/young-people

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The Key – 19th May 2014

This week

Monday night will be a Club Assembly and Board Meeting.

Last week

Last Monday night we held a joint meeting with Aurora Gungahlin Club and we welcomed Shyanne (Anglicare ACT) and Daniel (Northside Community Service) who manage the consortium that runs youth engagement in the North/Gungahlin region, and Alistair (Youth Engagement Team in the Anglicare/Northside Consortium).

Their visit to our Club was organised by Sarah Jewell, who was the 2012/13 ambassadorial scholar our District sent to Dublin. Sarah is now the deputy director of the ACT

Youth Council. Our speakers explained the roles they play in delivering services to youth in the community. They are confident that their qualified and experienced team are well-positioned to establish and implement programs that deliver services that are proven to work long term and believe that government funding will continue.

They spoke of particular groups of youth that can be identified, then targeted appropriately, which may involve something as straightforward as ensuring a stranded young person has a bus ticket to get home, or a situation much more complex which may take months to resolve and require the services of other agencies, such s the Police, schools and health workers.

It was interesting to hear of cases that have required workers to seek out local intelligence in order to understand and respond to the particular needs of an individual.  It is often family and friends that provide the most helpful guidance to workers, enabling more effective and timely assistance for vulnerable youth.

Sometimes workers are able to help youth establish sustainable skills enabling them to cook healthy meals, or to socialise to have fun and feel included, or to learn to look out for those around them.   Programs are now typically outreach rather than drop-­‐in resulting in the programs being highly mobile.

It may be a school breakfast club, or a place where youth socialise, eg McDonalds, where their presence is supported by the business.  Many of the programs are funded by voluntary organisations, which was of great interest to our members.  There is a system for supporting projects:  small, eg purchase of basketballs to start a conversation ($100), medium, eg one-­‐off program/class for a trip to the surf or a weekly class ($500), large, eg hip-­‐hop classes, or a creative program ($1,000).

Other Important Rotary Dates

  • Members are reminded to register for the Annual Rotary International Convention in Sydney (1-4 June 2014)
  • Club Changeover Dinner Monday, 23 June at H20 Restaurant, Nicholls Shopping Centre, 6.30 for 7pm, (details to follow)

The Key – 5th May 2014

This week

On Monday night we will not meet at the Soccer Club for our usual meeting as many members and their guests will be attending the Rotary Peace Fellows’ Dinner at Regatta Point, 6.30 for 7pm. Dinner is $60pp. To register visit http://www.rotaryd9710.org.au.

Last week

Last Monday members had a very productive Club Assembly and Board Meeting, progressing many important matters.

In keeping with the spirit of Anzac Day commemorations when we remember those that served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations, members shared thoughts about its significance. In particular, Member Bob shared with us the very personal significance of the day for him, which was appreciated.

BBQ

We had a very successful BBQ at Magnet Mart last Saturday (photo below), requiring replenishment of supplies by lunchtime.

ROMAC News

Last weekend, Member Sandra and her ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children Ltd) Vanuatu “family” were invited to Prof David Croaker’s home for afternoon tea. Sandra’s family includes Tourana (mother of Leon who had successful surgery last year), Reedly (who is currently undergoing medical treatment) and Reedly’s mother Juliette. Both families are from the same village near Port Vila. Prof Croaker has led his medical team to look after both boys who have had bowel surgery that could not be done in their own country.

At our meeting last Monday night, we toasted the Rotary Club of Port Vila, District
9910.

Other Important Rotary Dates

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 Monday 5th May at Regatta Point, instead of our usual club meeting. Dinner is $60pp at Regatta Point, Parkes. To register visit
    http://www.rotaryd9710.org.au. Rotarians who are interested in helping with the visit should email the Convener: garth.britton@netspeed.com.au
    • Annual Rotary International Conference in Sydney (1-4 June 2014)

The Key – 5th May 2014

On Monday night we will not meet at the Soccer Club for our
usual meeting as many members and their guests will be attending the Rotary Peace
Fellows’ Dinner at Regatta Point, 6.30 for 7pm. Dinner is $60pp. To register visit
http://www.rotaryd9710.org.au/
Last Monday members had a very productive Club Assembly and Board
Meeting, progressing many important matters.
In keeping with the spirit of Anzac Day commemorations when we remember those
that served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations, members
shared thoughts about its significance. In particular, Member Bob shared with us the
very personal significance of the day for him, which was appreciated.
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We had a very successful BBQ at Magnet Mart last Saturday (photo below), requiring
replenishment of supplies by lunchtime.