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Weekly News for 19 June 17

Judging is currently underway for the 2017 Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards. In keeping with Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, the awards acknowledge and celebrate outstanding community service of NSW Emergency Services Personnel. Funds raised through the event support two important Rotary initiatives: (1) an Australian Rotary Health, PhD Research Scholarship investigating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Emergency Services Personnel and (2) a Rotary Vocational Training Team to travel to Vanuatu to conduct Emergency and Disaster Preparedness training.

The training team will comprise five senior NSW Emergency Service Trainers and will be led by Kiama Rotarian, Ian Johnston. Their goal will be to educate Vanuatu Emergency Service Professionals regarding the latest thinking and best practices relating to disaster preparedness and response.

According to the United Nations University World Risk Index, Vanuatu is the world’s most at-risk country for natural hazards. In the event of a major disaster occurring, local emergency service agencies are on their own for at least the first 48 – 72 hours before foreign aid can begin to arrive. Therefore, they need to be well trained and self-sufficient to cover this critical period.

Rotary Supporting Scouts and a Dementia Friendly Kiama

The Rotary Club of Kiama is once again acknowledging the great work taking place in all sectors of the community by presenting cheques this week to the Kiama Scouts and the Dementia-Friendly Kiama Initiative this week.

Dave Smark, President, Rotary Kiama stated that “the club has had a long and rewarding relationship with the Kiama Scouts since Kiama Rotary assisted with the construction of the Scout Hall in 1952, our clubs first community project in Kiama.”  The Scouts contribute greatly to the community both through the learning and development of Kiama’s youth through to supporting many community initiatives.

Kiama Scouts Group Leader Mr Greg Crofts stated that Rotary’s generous donation will assist the Scouts in purchasing a new oven for the kitchen.  The new oven will not only benefit the Scouts but many community groups that use the hall on a regular basis including local charity Homestead of Hope for providing lunch to those in need every Tuesday and Thursday.

President Dave Smark presented an additional $1,000 to Nick Guggisberg, Manager Community & Cultural Development for Kiama Council.  This funding is for Rotary’s continued support of the Dementia-Friendly Kiama initiative.  Mr Smark stated “Rotary is pleased to support this important initiative.  Dementia, although more prevalent in the elderly can strike at anyone at any time.”

Through the development of this project, Kiama is able to listen to what is important to people living with dementia in the Kiama community.  The Kiama Local Dementia Alliance includes people with dementia and representatives from local government, community organisations, businesses and schools. Kiama’s Local Dementia Alliance meet regularly to support, discuss, provide advice and promote the dementia-friendly Kiama initiative. It supports local organisations and businesses to become dementia-friendly with training and resources developed by Alzheimer’s Australia for staff.

The project helps raise awareness of dementia with information sessions, public lectures and educational opportunities for all members of the community; and works with organisations to promote volunteering, employment and other social engagement opportunities for people with dementia. It also works to improve the physical environment in Kiama and surrounds, such as providing better signage in public areas.

If you are interested in learning more about Rotary’s programs and how you can get involved please contact the Rotary Club of Kiama on 0401 177 799 or visit  and follow us on Facebook – .

Weekly News for 5 June 17

Kiama Rotarians joined our Berry colleagues last weekend at their annual Celtic Fair held at Berry Showground. As well as cooking our usual barbeque fare, we also served a variety of Celtic cuisine including haggis, blood pudding and Scottish sausage. Club members Bill Humphreys and John Kenny participated with the Kiama Pipe Band while stalwart member Ray Thorburn served as a judge.

Minister for Emergency Services, The Hon Troy Grant MP announced the 24 finalists in the 2017, Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards at Parliament House on Tuesday. The awards recognise and celebrate outstanding community service performed by NSW Emergency Service Personnel. Funds raised support two important Rotary initiatives namely, PhD Research to investigate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Emergency Service workers and an Emergency Services Team going to Vanuatu later this year to conduct training in emergency and disaster preparedness.

Family, friends, supporters and the general public are invited to attend the Awards Presentation Dinner to be held at the Bankstown Sports Club on August 4th. Tickets can be purchased online at:

Weekly News for 14 May 17

Apples, apples and even more lovely, pink-lady apples freshly picked and delivered direct from Batlow.

Rotarians Alan Waterworth and Joe Mura drove down to Batlow and back on Tuesday to collect this year’s supply of apples straight from the orchard. This annual fundraising event is a much-anticipated delicacy for local apple fanciers.

Rotary family and friends were on hand to receive delivery and spent a strenuous but enjoyable few hours bagging the apples ready for sale around town.  We have been able to keep the same price of $5 per bag – the same as previous years.

The apples will be available at various outlets around town including Kiama Newsagency, Kiama Leisure Centre and more. Funds raised will help support our various local and international projects.

Rotary Supports Local Youth Projects

Last week, the Rotary Club of Kiama celebrated its ongoing involvement in several local youth projects by holding a special Youth Service dinner at Kiama Leagues Club.

Special guests included: Kiama High School’s Student Wellbeing and Engagement Teacher Ms Jane Littrich, Mr Andrew Chatfield from Kiama Youth Centre and Rotary Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) students Bridget McCormack and Jade Vidilini accompanied by their families.

RYPEN program is for young people aged 14 – 16 years and caters for teenagers who have shown qualities of decency, courage, persistence, sincerity and application in everyday life, which deserve further development.  RYPEN uses the common bonds of learning, co-operation and friendship to design activities while facilitate trust and self-esteem. RYPEN seeks to broaden each participant’s horizons culturally, socially and academically, providing the inner foundations for a strong future.

If you are interested in learning more about Rotary’s Youth programs, please contact the Rotary Club of Kiama Youth Director Heather Morton on 0401 177 799 or visit  and follow us on

Mal Bracken, Kiama Rotary Acting Youth Director presented Kiama High School with a cheque for $1,800 to support of the introduction of the Junior Top Blokes “Crossroads” Program at Kiama High. The program will be delivered by the Top Blokes Foundation and will deliver an innovative social education program to empower teenage boys to make healthy life choices and improve their health and wellbeing.

Mal also presented $1,000 to the Kiama Youth Centre to assist the funding of Young Women’s and Men’s Programs which help build resilience, capacity and encouraging positive approaches to life.  Andrew Chatfield said: “The financial contribution from Kiama Rotary is really going to help more local, young men and women than we can currently serve.  With the various issues that are prevalent amongst young people within the community, I think as a community and working together in partnership we can start addressing some of these issues.”

Miss McCormack and Miss Vidilini spoke enthusiastically about their recent experiences at RYPEN and how it provided them with a positive experience including: a heightened sense of self-confidence, knowledge and skills regarding stress management plus making many new friendships.  

The 2017 Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Service Awards

The 2017 Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Service Awards will remain open for an additional week due to the delayed opening of the nomination period.  Unfortunately, the planned opening coincided with the recent floods on the North Coast. Members of the public and fellow officers are encouraged to submit entries online at Nominations now close on Friday 19 May 2017.

2016 Winners

In line with Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, the Awards acknowledge and celebrate selfless Community Service of NSW Emergency Services Personnel while supporting two important Rotary initiatives: (1) an Australian Rotary Health – PhD Research Scholarship investigating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Emergency Services Personnel and (2) a Vanuatu Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Vocational Training project.

The Awards are open to all emergency services personnel (both paid and volunteer) from the six official NSW emergency service agencies, namely Fire & Rescue NSW, Marine Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Volunteer Rescue Association.

Kiama Rotarians have been actively involved in managing this event since its inception.