The Key – 15th September 2014

Next Monday

We will hold a Club Assembly and Board Meeting in the dining area of the Boardroom. Members are asked to forward items for discussion to President Ian.

Last Monday

140915-the-key-adele-yatesLast Monday night we welcomed Dr Adele Yates PhD, BSc (Hons) who was a NYSF (National Youth Science Forum) participant nearly 20 years’ ago and now works as a Microbiologist/Food Scientist with Food Standards Australia New Zealand. After graduating from ANU, Adele worked in the ANU School of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and organised and ran the Siemens Science Schools for Year 9 students, before moving to the Food Standards Australia New Zealand in 2007. It was extremely interesting to hear Adele describe how NYSF provided an exposure to so many areas in the field of science, which most Year 11 students would never have.

passionate about. Adele shared stories about her Honours’ project “Shigella as a
potential vector of rotaviral antigens for mucosal immunity”, explaining in everyday
terms how she undertook her research, the challenges she faced and the outcome.
Not surprisingly, Adele has also received Awards in her field.

Rotary Peace in Action

140915-the-key-peaceThe September issue included the following article (and photo) on the Peace Fellows’ from the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, which will be of interest to readers.

Chulalongkorn Fellows’ Study Peace Process in the Philippines

It’s rare that a student of peace gets to study a peace process up close. But Rotary Peace Fellows from Chulalongkorn University recently had that opportunity. They traveled to the Philippines to investigate the longtime conflict in Mindanao at a highstakes point: during the final stages of promising peace negotiations. The fellows met with members of Congress, representatives of the president, indigenous leaders, and the chairman of the Mindanao Islamic Liberation Front, among others. Classroom
study can provide the perspective necessary to understand the theoretical framework for conflict resolution, but there’s nothing quite like studying the challenges and opportunities of the process on the ground.

Important Dates for your Diary

  • 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 is open at http://www.rotaryd9710.org.au/2014-district-conference/registration.html
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