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Weekly News for 26 July 17
It is amazing to see what Kiama Rotarians get up to when they are not running one of their famous barbeques or other fundraising events. Following is a list of just some of the activities that club members were involved in last week.
- Assembly of new signage for Saddleback Mountain Lookouts,
- final preparations for the Emergency Services Training Team deployment to Vanuatu next month,
- co-ordination of Rotary Australia World Community Service’s Eastern Region Conference in Kiama,
- selling raffle tickets for the Kiama Car Spectacular in support of Melanoma Research, organisation of the upcoming Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards presentation dinner in Sydney,
- assisting Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children in bringing sick kids to Australia for much needed medical treatment,
- planning the upcoming Festival of Choirs,
- communications with the Rotary Club of Madang, Papua New Guinea regarding unpacking the shipping container we recently sent,
- development of a new Youth Mental Health program at Kiama High School and finally,
- eight members spent one morning helping a friend who is having some medical
The club is certainly living up to this year’s international theme – Rotary: Making a Difference.
Weekly News for 23 July 17
Kiama Rotary will have the pleasure of hosting the Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) Eastern Region’s, Annual and General Meeting in Kiama during the weekend of 5 – 6 August 2017. RAWCS Eastern Region spans much of NSW and ACT.
RAWCS supports Australian Rotarians and Rotary Clubs in assisting disadvantaged communities and individuals around the world with humanitarian aid projects. In 2016, RAWCS provided more than $31.3 million for overseas humanitarian aid projects and undertook 408 overseas aid projects in 22 countries. 147 of those projects were undertaken by clubs in Eastern Region.
Our club has a long history of supporting RAWCS projects. Many of our members have worked on overseas humanitarian projects. Particularly in Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste.
Current Kiama Rotary President, Lloyd Chatfield is Eastern Region’s Volunteer Co-ordinator while Past President Graham Morphet and Rotarian Bobbie East both remain very active in supporting RAWCS projects.
Weekly News for 7 July 17
Past President Trevor Phillis presented a cheque for $500 on behalf of Kiama Rotary to the local SCARF (Strategic Community Assistance for Refugee Families) refugee support group last week. The club has been supporting this program for several years and is part of our ongoing commitment to helping the local community.
SCARF facilitates a range of targeted programs to help refugee entrants navigate the practical and personal challenges of resettlement. Their mission is to see refugee families happily settled and participating fully in the life of the wider community.
President Lloyd Chatfield and four Kiama members attended the District changeover event in Sydney last weekend. District 9675 comprises over 60 clubs located from Sydney CBD in the north, west to the foothills of the mountains and south to Kiama. As well as contributing thousands of hours of voluntary work in local communities, district clubs also raised several million dollars for various local and international humanitarian projects. This was helped make possible through the generous support of our many supporters and friends. We thank you.
Weekly News for 2 July 17
President David Smark handed over leadership of Kiama Rotary to incoming President Lloyd Chatfield at our Changeover Dinner last week.
David reported that the club had another very successful year and as well as having a very enjoyable time, we distributed over $57,000 to various local and international projects. This was in addition to the $50,000 grant previously allocated for the refurbishment of the Saddleback Mountain Southern Lookout and opened in November 2016. It was great to see the new lookout featured nationally on a recent Channel 9 Today Show broadcast from Kiama.
David commended Past President David Chambers for his co-leadership of the club prior to his relocation to Tasmania earlier this year.
Congratulations go to Past President Trevor Phillis who received the Robert East Award for being elected Rotarian of the Year as voted on by fellow members.
Past President Mal Bracken and Rotarian Bobby East were each awarded a Paul Harris Fellow with Sapphire Pin for their ongoing dedication and commitment to helping others through Rotary.
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