The Key 25th August 2014

Welcome to the latest edition of The Key, the weekly newsletter for Rotary Gungahlin.

Last Monday night we had a very busy and productive Club Assembly/Board Meeting, working through many matters requiring our attention. We also wished Sandra a wonderful holiday and look forward to hearing about her adventures upon her return.

The Board laid out a club diary a few months ahead in order to rebalance and enhance our meeting program.

Upcoming guest speaker next Monday

St John Ambulance and First Aid Training

Our guest speaker will be Gemma Wood from St John Ambulance, who will speak about the organisation, its role in the community and the free first aid training offered. St John Ambulance is internationally recognised as a First Aid Trainer and national medical and technical advisory committees ensure they teach the latest techniques and revise their course content regularly to meet both international and Australian standards. The course she will focus on looks at a range of medical emergencies which we could confront in everyday life and how we should respond.

New Director! Welcome Emma Hales

The resignation from Rotary of a Board Member in June created a casual vacancy, which the Board filled under Bylaw A3, Sect 6 (Casual Vacancies).

Newsflash!

At 3.40pm on Wednesday 27th August make sure you tune into Radio ABC666 to hear Kim Lester interview Pres Ian and also a pre-recorded interview with Sandra. This program is one of a series highlighting the role volunteering plays in our communities.

24th October – World Polio Day the opportunity for our Club to raise community awareness of Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio and to seek their involvement.

Good Luck Nerida and Shane !

Secretary Sandra recently visited PP Nerida to see how life with two young twins is going. They have decided to move to Nowra later in the year and have their house in Amaroo on the market, with an auction this weekend. All is good with them and the twins and the older children are all well. Members and friends should note that their previous phone numbers and email addresses are no longer operative.

Correction: RFS Rotary Vocational Excellence Award

In last week’s edition of The Key the item on our Club’s presentation to the volunteer Rural Fire Service incorrectly referred to Mr Peter Beutel as the Brigade Captain, however Peter is the RFS President and Simon Butt is the Brigade Captain.

Upcoming joint meeting in Yass

Tuesday 7th October Joint Meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Young, Yass and Gungahlin and it will be a Partner’s night. This will be a makeup for us as our Monday meeting is cancelled (public holiday). Members are asked to put it in their forward plans. The venue will in Yass and details are to be confirmed.

Good News-Bad News

The Jamison Trash & Treasure last Sunday was cancelled due to heavy and persistent rain. We were due to do the cleanup and Ian called in at about 11 am and spoke with the Belconnen rep. Both agreed that those still stubbornly trading were not creating enough mess to warrant a cleanup. So Gungahlin Club missed out on money and Ian and Liz missed out on pneumonia.

Be Careful What You Wish For ……Information Table at The G

A few weeks ago the Club decided to seek permission for an information/membership table at The G shopping centre in Gungahlin and members indicated their willingness to help staffing it. Well, we have gained permission and it begins NEXT SATURDAY, and monthly thereafter! Members and Friends are welcome to come along and say hello from about 9.30 – 2pm.


The Key, is edited by Liz Friend, pr.rcgungahlin@gmail.com Contributions from members are very welcome. Please send them to me so they can be inserted on Wednesdays and edited on Thursdays, for distribution before the weekend.

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The Key – 18th August 2014

Next Monday

Next Monday we will hold a Club Assembly/Board meeting in the dining room
of the Soccer Club. Members are asked to advise the Secretary, Sandra, if
they are unable to attend.

Last week

Last Monday – PP Kiri Tennent was our Guest Speaker. Kiri works with the
organisation Just Better Care, a provider of in-home support services, that
enables people to live independently, maintain their personal and social
connections and enjoy a better quality of life. Specifically, Kiri’s role involves
coordination of services for clients with disabilities to ensure they receive the
support they need.

Kiri was able to explain the complexities of the National Disability Insurance
Scheme and answered a wide range of questions. It was interesting to learn
more about the roll-out in the ACT which commenced on 1 July 2014 and will
continue for two years. The ACT is the first region that will roll out to all groups
and this will be staged across the two-year program.

Y-Engage

Y-Engage (Gungahlin Youth) Members of our Club and the Aurora Rotary
Club will recall an excellent meeting when we welcomed youth workers from
Northside Community Service and Anglicare ACT who gave a presentation on
their youth service, the Y-Engage program.

Following that meeting, our Club agreed that a significant donation received
from a generous member of our local community would be given to the YEngage program to address identified service gaps for young people in the
Gungahlin region and improve long term outcomes.

Northside Community Service has expressed their appreciation of the donation and will report back on their achievements. Our members are keen to continue to build the relationship with the organisation.

Rotary Club of Gungahlin Vocational Excellence Award

President Ian was pleased to present a Vocational Excellence Award certificate to our local volunteer Rural Fire Service. Late last year our members were pleased to have several members of the Brigade speak at our Club. Also, earlier this year the Brigade arranged for members and guests to visit them at the Joint Emergency Services Centre to see their vehicles and equipment located in their headquarters.

Below is Simon Amalos receiving the certificate on behalf of the Brigade
Captain, Peter Beutel.

Important Dates to put in your diary

Rotary Learning Initiative

The program is conducted across three sessions and is designed for learning to be a shared experience through interactive as well as informative sessions. The opportunity to share that learning with Rotarians from different clubs further enriches the experience and gives access to new personal connections.

Session 1 covers: Insights into Leadership, The structure of Rotary, How to
Engage Members, What Rotary Foundation is all about, Ethics and Vocational
Service and how to go about planning and executing a Service Project.

Session 2 covers: Using Strategic planning and analysis to make improvements to your club, Understanding how to use Rotary Foundation and the key concepts of Rotary programs, Good Club Communications, Team Building and how to attract New and Effective Members

Session 3 covers: International Service and making connections around the
world, Effective Leadership Strategies, Exploring opportunities for personal,
community and professional growth and development, Public Image & Public
Relations, Undertaking meaningful Vocational Service Activities, and finally,
Making a Difference using your own experience and growth through RLI to help improve the path for others to follow.

Dates for Session 1 are as follows:

31 August (Merimbula), 7/8 February (Shoalhaven) and 21/22 February
(Goulburn).

24th October – World Polio Day

The opportunity for our Club to raise community awareness of Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio and to seek their involvement.

Our Youth, Our Future – Combined Districts’ Conference,14-16 November.

National Convention Centre, Canberra. Districts 9710 and 9675 are bringing together over 100 Rotary Clubs for this Conference.

Registration:

http://www.rotaryd9710.org.au/2014-district-conference/registration.html

Tuesday 7th October Joint Meeting

Joint Meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Young, Yass and Gungahlin. This will be a makeup for us as our Monday meeting is cancelled (public holiday). Members are asked to put it in their forward plans. The venue will be near Yass, but details to be confirmed asap.

The Key – 11th August 2014

Next Monday

Next Monday 11 August – Disability Support Services in the ACT.
PP Kiri Tennent will be speaking about the work of Just Better Care, and her
own role as a facilitator. At a time when support for our disabled is a major
focus of public policy we are fortunate to have a member closely involved.
Members may wish to invite friends with an interest in this field.

Last week

Last Monday – Social Ten-pin Bowling, with UC Rotaract

Sandra organized for our two clubs to have a joint night at the Belconnen Bowling Alley. We had Kiri, Jaxon, Darci, Emma, Christian, Sandra and Ian and UC Rotaractors had Sandi, Jen,Nick, Erinn, Francis, Emma, Josh and Mich. Techniques were variously described as being tentative, bold, erratic, injurious and plainly aggressive and questions were raised by the use by some of lane guards that prevented gutter balls entirely.

Despite earth shuddering impacts on the lane surface at times (a Richter Scale reading anybody?) patterns began to emerge and it became clear that the ranks of the Rotaractors included a very practiced hand at this sport and Josh (UC) was awarded the prize as best player.

It seems unlikely that any permanent damage has been done to the bowling
lanes or to the backs of Sandra or Ian and the whole night was very successful – well done Sandra!

Rotary Foundation News – New options for District Grants

News recently came through that the guidelines for District Grants had been expanded to include further options – some quite relevant to our own club. Most recently, the eligibility guidelines for district grants were expanded.

District grants can now fund youth programs (including Youth Exchange, RYLA, Rotaract, and Interact), construction (including low-cost shelters), travel for staff of cooperating organizations, scholar orientation seminars, grant management seminars, and activities primarily implemented by an organization other than Rotary.

See the current version of grant terms and conditions on the RI website (via the Member Access log on), which includes these changes.

Pres Ian

A request from Member Sandra for sponsorship

Plan International Australia was founded in 1937 to protect children from war.
Since then it’s grown into one of the world’s largest children’s development
organisations, reaching more than 56 million children.

As part of the fundraising effort, Sandra is setting off in a few weeks to climb Mt Kilimanjaro and her goal is to raise $1,500 to help continue the important work and would really appreciate help by sponsoring through her Supporter page https://sama2014.everydayhero.com/au/sandras-kili-climb-page

Sandra says it would also be great if you could spread the word about what she doing by sharing the link above with friends and family. The more people that know, the more money they can raise!

Sandra thanks those who have already donated and thanks others in advance for their generosity – it means a lot!

The Key – 4th August 2014

Next Monday

Next Monday we will not be having a meeting but instead there will be a social night ten-pin bowling with family & friends.

  • Location: AMF Bowling Centre, 1 Emu Bank Dr, Belconnen.
  • Cost for 2 games: students & seniors $19.90 (plus $2 shoe hire) and for adults
    $21.90 (plus $2 shoe hire).
  • Time: 6.45pm for 7pm start and we should finish before 9pm.
  • Contact: Sandra Mahlberg secretary.rcgungahlin@gmail.com

Last week

Last Week it was a pleasure to welcome DG Rowley Tompsett and his wife,
Denise, and AG Graeme Kinraid, who have been frequent guests of our Club.

Denise spoke about an existing project in Timor Leste that she has nominated
for this Rotary year, encouraging members to join other District clubs to raise
funds for this worthwhile project. The project support mothers with infants,
educating them about nutrition and helping them establish good practices
before they return to their communities to educate others about all aspects of
food production and preparation. It was interesting to learn that verbal
communication is key to the success of the project because posters and
brochures have limited effectiveness, particularly in remote villages. A huge
raffle will be the major fund-raiser with prizes having a total value of $5,000.

All prizes have been generously donated. Our members agreed we are very
happy to sell as many tickets as possible over the next 12 months.

DG Rowley stated that was pleased to have the opportunity to talk to our Club
about his objectives for his year as District Governor and also reminded
members that he is always happy to provide support to Clubs. He has been
very busy and our Club was the seventeenth visited since Changeover. With
this year’s theme “Light up Rotary” Rowley emphasised the power of one
person, noting that in 1979 Sir Clem Renouf, RI President (and a Foundation
Member of the Nambour Rotary Club) had a dream to rid the world of polio.

As individuals and organisations around the world became inspired by the
commitment, we now see that his dream is close to being realised.

Rowley also spoke about our District Conference which has been combined
with District 9645 to bring together over 100 Rotary Clubs. The theme is Our
Youth, Our Future and with this focus, it was decided that Interact and Rotaract members will have the registration fee waived for this Conference to ease the financial burden of attending.

The Rotary Leadership Institute’s program is also a topic that Rowley was keen to discuss. Our District’s program, Rotary Learning Initiative, is run by Jacqui Page, member of the Rotary Club of Berrima, and involves a commitment to attend three sessions, although there is no requirement to complete the program within a given timeframe. Members who have either attended or facilitated these sessions recommended that others consider participating in this excellent program to learn more about Rotary in an informal environment with the added benefit of sharing experiences and ideas with other Rotarians.

Over the next 12 months these sessions will be held in Canberra, Merimbula, Shoalhaven and Goulburn. Session 1 covers insights into leadership, the structure of Rotary, how to engage members, what Rotary Foundation is all about, ethics and vocational service and how to go about planning and executing a service project.

Finally, Rowley put the challenge of our RI President, Gary C K Huang (Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan) to Light Up Rotary, reminding us the power of lighting a single candle.

Important Dates to put in your diary

Rotary Learning Initiative

Rotary Learning Initiative dates for Session 1 are as follows:

10 August (Canberra), 31 August (Merimbula), 7/8 February (Shoalhaven) and

21/22 February (Goulburn)

Combined Districts Conference

14-16 November (Canberra) Our Youth, Our Future – Combined Districts’
Conference, National Convention Centre, Canberra. Our DG Rowley and
DG Barry Antees (District 9675) are bringing together over 100 Rotary Clubs for this Conference.

Registration: http://www.rotaryd9710.org.au/2014-district-conference/registration.html

A request from Member Sandra for sponsorship

Plan International Australia was founded in 1937 to protect children from war.
Since then it’s grown into one of the world’s largest children’s development organisations, reaching more than 56 million children.

As part of the fundraising effort, Sandra is setting off in a few weeks to climb Mt Kilimanjaro and her goal is to raise $1,500 to help continue the important work and would really appreciate help by sponsoring through her Supporter page: https://sama2014.everydayhero.com/au/sandras-kili-climb-page.

Sandra says it would also be great if you could spread the word about what she doing by sharing the link above with friends and family. The more people that know, the more money they can raise!

Sandra thanks those who have already donated and thanks others in advance
for their generosity – it means a lot!