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.


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


  • 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



  • 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.


  • 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



  • 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





  • 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





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




  • 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.



  • 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



  • 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



  • 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