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

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.


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:

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!