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 BBQ
- New member Robyn Pearson inducted into the club
- Held an information stand at the Gungahlin College Market 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@Work
- 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
- Some members attended the Rotary World Peace Fellows Dinner
- Donated $1000 to the Nepal Earthquake relief efforts
- Sold 349 Bowelscan kits, raising $5235 for the cause
- New member Gordana Morphett inducted into the club
- Supported the Motor Neurone Disease walkathon, raising $400 at the event’s BBQ
- 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
- District selections for National Youth Science Forum
- Member Brian Goldstraw transferred to our club
- Moved to our new meeting venue, Tribe Hotel – a great space with awesome meals!
- Several members attended the Rotary Success Conference, learning about strengthening our clubs
- 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 Club
- 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 students
- 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.