19TH August 2019 - Jim was a Victorian teacher who decided late in his career to take a job in a Darwin school. The opportunity was the caring for indigenous students who were from remote communities and boarding at the school, far from home and culture.
While we are only just beginning to recognise the needs of indigenous people, Jim sees our times optimistically. We have been tackling the problems of violence towards women, racism in its many forms, gender stereotyping and many other community issues. There is a growing awareness of the needs and the respect due to our first Australians.
12th August 2019 - Fred Sartori run a music trivia night for us. It gave us a chance to hone our skills for our Trivia night coming up on the 26th October. Thanks Fred, we are all smarter thanks to your efforts.
5th August 2019 - It is always great to hear from our new members, their life history and work life. Their I stories allows us to get to know the person. We are extremely lucky to have a club of diverse, interesting, caring and passionate Rotarians. Thankyou Janina and Megan for sharing with us.
29th July 2019 - It was a pleasure to welcome Michael & Lindy Laker back to give us an update on their recent trip to Bali. Our club sponsored an eye clinic to go into the mountains and help the villagers in need. In 2 days they issued 200 pairs of prescription glasses and did 16 cataract surgeries. Lindy also taught 100 school children how to brush their teeth, and gave out clothes, toys and food hampers to the remote villages. In the words of one of the Balinese people who were helped, "it is nice to see the world again" Being able to give the gift of sight is a powerful reminder of what we can achieve when we work together to help the poor and needy in our world. Congratulations to the Lakers, you guys are inspiring and we will look forward to the next adventure.
22nd July 2019 - Tonight was John's first official meeting as President. We were asked to get into our committees and do some brainstorming and getting the year on track.
15th July 2019 - It was with great delight we farewelled last year and welcomed in our new Rotary year. Thank you Mariam for doing a marvelous job as President. It was very rewarding to see all our fundraising efforts being given to various organisations as disbursements at the end of the year, It was fantastic to be able to support Seymour Youth & Fitness, Karingal, Goulburn Options, Red Dust, Angel Flight and Beyond Housing. Congratulations to John Keeffe on being inducted by DG Brian Peters as our club President for the 2019-2020 year. Congratulations must also go to Michael & Lindy Laker who were both awarded a PHF (Paul Harris fellow) recognition for their tireless work providing aid, hope and dignity to the villagers in the highlands of Bali. PP Ruth Byers was also recognised with a PHF Sapphire for her ongoing commitment to our club and community for the last 10 years. Honorary member Alison Ridley was presented with a gift as a thank you for running the lunch on the river outings for the community.