The Key 4 January 2016

This week’s edition of The Key is here: The Key 4 January 2016

I love the fresh start a New Year brings. If you’re making New Year’s Resolutions, check out this post.

Have a happy and safe New Year!

Emma

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Rotary Gungahlin 2015 in Review

For a small club, we sure do achieve a lot. It has been a very productive year, and we are looking forward to 2016 being even bigger and better. Small clubs face many challenges, but I am proud that we do not let our size scare us off getting involved and making a great difference in our local and international community. We each have our own reasons for being a Rotarian, but when it all comes down to it, we all want to make a positive difference in the world and we do that so well as a team. I’ve put together a list of highlights from the year, which gives you an idea of how busy we have been but also how much good work we have done.

January

  • Sponsored Alison Cantwell to attend RYLA
  • Several members hosted NYSF students
  • Catered the Y.Engage Block Party BBQy engage block party

February

  • New member Robyn Pearson inducted into the club
  • Held an information stand at the Gungahlin College Market Daymarket day
  • Provided $300 which allowed 3 children with disabilities and their carers to attend Bowlarama through the Lara Jean Association

 

March

  • Reedly from Vanuatu came and had his 8-hour operation thanks to ROMAC. Gungahlin Rotary Club was his sponsor club, and Reedly and his mum stayed with Sandra during the recovery time.

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  • Continued selling raffle tickets to raise money for HIAM Health, breaking the malnutrition cycle in Timor Leste.
  • Collected donations at our regular monthly BBQ for the devastation of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

 

April

  • Our whole club was involved in running the BBQ and info stand at the inaugural Celebrate Gungahlin festival with money from the BBQ going back to Communities@Workcelebrate gungahlin
  • Several members attended the District Assembly in Tumut
  • Special visit from the club’s 2010 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from the USA, Michelle Jester
  • Vocational Excellence award presented to Nikita Jubb recognising her excellent customer service at Australia Post

 

May

 

June

  • New member Gordana Morphett inducted into the club
  • Supported the Motor Neurone Disease walkathon, raising $400 at the event’s BBQmnd walkathon
  • Paul Harris Fellow recognitions to members Emma Hales and Terry Howard
  • Steve Bell Rotary Award presented to Liz Toussaint from Poetry in Flowers for her Random Acts of Kindness program

 

July

 

August

  • Moved to our new meeting venue, Tribe Hotel – a great space with awesome meals!

 

September

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  • New member Katie inducted
  • Sponsored two students to attend RYPEN
  • Attended the Amaroo School Duke of Edinburgh celebrations to witness the achievements of this program that we are supporting.

 

October

  • Enjoyed a social night of bowling with the Brindabella Rotaract ClubBowling2015
  • Some members assisted at the Berrima Gaolbreak weekend
  • Some members attended the District Conference in Jindabyne
  • Some attended the Polio Eradication movie night
  • Some hosted midwives that were here from Samoa, Fiji and Tonga with a Vocational Training Team
  • Our club received a Membership Development Award recognising our increase in membership

 

November

  • Club approval of our new International Project, an early childhood development program in Timor Leste
  • Began discussing the implementation of a new local Interact club
  • Two RYLA candidates nominated and approved for sponsorship in the January 2016 program

 

December

  • Presented Community Service awards to local school studentsAmaroo Presentation
  • Enjoyed our Christmas party
  • Some members will be assisting at the Boxing Day BBQ at Bunnings, organised by Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin.

 

 

We’re pretty amazing, don’t you think?! Now, go and have a relaxing, fun and safe Christmas and New Year. See you in 2016 for more adventures.

 

Emma xx

The Key 28 December 2015

For a small club, we sure do achieve a lot. It has been a very productive year, and we are looking forward to 2016 being even bigger and better. Small clubs face many challenges, but I am proud that we do not let our size scare us off getting involved and making a great difference in our local and international community. We each have our own reasons for being a Rotarian, but when it all comes down to it, we all want to make a positive difference in the world and we do that so well as a team. In this week’s edition of The Key I’ve put together a list of highlights from the year, which gives you an idea of how busy we have been but also how much good work we have done. Please click here to have a read: The Key 28 December 2015

 

 

The Year You Make a Difference

Over the next couple of weeks you may start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. Lemme guess… lose weight, get organised, get fit, save more money… OF COURSE they’ll be on your list. They are every year! But THIS year, why not consider something new, something fresh, something exciting and inspiring… In 2016 I’m going to Make a Positive Difference.

Maybe you’ll set a goal to perform a random act of kindness in your community once a week. Maybe you’ll help out with some school activities. Maybe you’ll Join a Rotary Club. Ooh, now there’s an idea!

Rotary gives you the chance to get involved in causes you’re passionate about. You can support young people to access amazing opportunities like Leadership Programs; recognise local community members for excellence in their field of work; be part of international projects that interest you, and so on. The opportunities are absolutely endless – whatever you’re excited about, there is a good chance that your Rotary Club might be excited about it too!

And besides making a positive difference to the world you live in, you’ll of course experience a positive difference in your own life. You’ll make new friends, you’ll learn something new every week, your self-esteem will soar as you contribute your own knowledge and skills to the club, and most importantly, you will have fun.

If this sounds a little daunting, why not at least make it your goal to visit a club as a guest for one meeting. Get out of your comfort zone and just hear a bit about what your local club is doing in the community. From there you can decide whether it’s worth coming back for another visit, or if you’ll find some other avenue to make a positive difference in the world.

How do you intend to make a difference in 2016?