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Weekly News for 20 Feb 2018

Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant  launched the 2018 Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA) on February 6.

Service Above Self:  Kiama Rotary's Ian and Carole Johnston (left) were presented with Paul Harris Fellow recognitions by Governor of NSW, General David Hurley, and his wife Linda.

Service Above Self: Kiama Rotary’s Ian and Carole Johnston (left) were presented with Paul Harris Fellow recognitions by Governor of NSW, General David Hurley, and his wife Linda.

 Since 2015 the Rotary Districts and Clubs of NSW have acknowledged and celebrated the achievements of emergency services personnel across the state and this year the expanded awards will include the four emergency services agencies in the ACT.

Mr Grant thanked Rotary for establishing the awards, which highlight the invaluable work undertaken by emergency services personnel and volunteers, who often go above and beyond the call of duty.

“The men and women in our emergency services epitomise the traits that bind and strengthen our communities,” Mr Grant said.

“Our emergency services have proudly chosen to devote their time to the service and protection of the community. They are often the first on the scene in times of crisis, and are the lifesaving hands that work to rescue or assist those in desperate need.

“As first responders their contribution to this state is immeasurable and these awards highlight their actions and service.”

In line with the Rotary motto of Service Above Self, the Emergency Services Community Awards recognise emergency services personnel for their community service beyond the call of normal duties.

The awards are the only time that all emergency services personnel, both paid and volunteer, are recognised in a combined awards ceremony.

The expansion of the Awards for the ACT will be the first step in initiating a National Awards recognition, with each State and Territory using the NSW model to recognise and celebrate their unsung heroes.

The Rotary Clubs of Illawarra piloted this very successful project over three years with the support of the local community and emergency services.

On the night it was an opportunity to recognise the services of two Rotarians who have worked tirelessly and shaped the project since its inception – Ian and Carole Johnston of the Rotary Club of Kiama.

Ian and Carole are moving to Canada in April.  This was an ideal opportunity to recognise their dedication and service through the Award of Rotary International’s very prestigious Paul Harris Fellow – PHF – Recognitions, two each from the Rotary District and from the Committee of the Awards.

These added to existing PHF recognitions for each of them.  The Governor of NSW, His Excellency, The Hon David Hurley, Patron of RESCA, pinned the PHF sapphire presented to Ian; while Mrs Hurley presented it to Carole.  

Members of the public and emergency services workers are encouraged to act now,  submit online nominations via the awards website at

Nominations will close at midnight on Wednesday, March 28. A panel of independent judges from Rotary Districts will assess nominees on three key criteria:

  • Community service above and beyond the call of normal duties, which best exemplifies Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self;
  • Personal attributes; and
  • Contribution to their organisation.

Finalists will be announced on April 11, and an awards dinner will be hosted on Friday, June 1.

For further information, contact Dot Hennessy on 0412 130 314 or by email:

27th Annual Antiques Fair comes to Kiama

Kiama Rotary’s 27th Annual – Antiques and Retro Charity Fair was held on the 20th and 21st of January 2018 at Kiama Leisure Centre.

The Fair is the club’s largest single fundraiser of the year and has become a fixture on Kiama’s event calendar for locals and visitors alike. Funds raised help support important Rotary projects such as: polio eradication, international humanitarian aid and various local youth programs.

Local and out-of-town dealers offered a wide selection of items for sale including: furniture, jewellery, silver, china, porcelain, textiles, books, toys, Asian artefacts and many other interesting collectables at the Fair.


Photos courtesy of NEG Photography


Weekly News for 24 Nov 2017

Last week, we heard a very informative presentation from Helen Zwicker, CEO of the Kiama Community College. The College is a not-for-profit, community-based centre for adult education and provides courses for a wide range of clients. Helen spoke of Vocational and Education Training courses in subjects such as beauty and haircare, Certificate 4 courses to train people for vocational opportunities in subjects such as bookkeeping as well as art/craft courses that allow people to make the most of their lives embracing creativity, teamwork and fellowship.

Kiama Rotarian John Kenny is Literacy & Numeracy Co-ordinator at the college while Rotarians Marilyn Jarret and Tonia Barnes volunteer to assist students who struggle with their learning.

Two Kiama Rotarians were recently recognised for their community service. Peter Maitland was presented with a special award by Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward MP, in recognition of 50 years of community service as a Justice of the Peace while Carole Johnston was presented with the Robert East Memorial Award for Community Service by Kiama Council.

These are five great examples of how Kiama Rotarians are making a difference in our community.

Weekly News for 13 Nov 2017

November is Rotary Foundation Month when we focus attention on the history and work undertaken by Rotary’s major humanitarian fund.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

The foundation celebrated its 100th anniversary earlier this year and during that time, the Foundation has spent over $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. The largest single project is its polio eradication project where 99.9 percent of all international polio cases have been wiped out.

We had a very enjoyable dinner with family and friends at Kiama Golf Club last week and had all hands-on-deck with Gerringong Rotary for the Kiama Car Spectacular in support of Melanoma research at the Showground on the weekend.

Next weekend we will run our famous barbeque at the Kiama Seaside Markets in support of our various humanitarian projects, including the Rotary Foundation. Drop by and enjoy a tasty meal while supporting a worthy cause at the same time.


Weekly News for 2 Nov 17

Despite recent exciting successes in melanoma therapy, there is still no cure for this devastating disease once the tumour has spread.
An important PhD research study is currently being supported by the Rotary Clubs of Kiama and Gerringong and aims at exploring proteins responsible for tumour growth, spread and response to anti-cancer drugs. In order to make a tumour grow, its cells must divide quickly – i.e. the cell cycle must be fast. But there are also ‘dormant’ cancer cells that do not divide or do so very slowly. The fast-dividing cells are more sensitive to drugs than the slow ones.
The research will use a cell culture model that imitates human tumours and allows the study of cell cycle and its effects on drug sensitivity in real-time.
Our two local Rotary Clubs will run the annual Kiama Car and Bike Spectacular at Kiama Showground from 9:00am to 2:30pm on Sunday 12 November in support of this important project.
This family day will include all things automotive plus fun activities for the whole family. Free skin care checks will also be available onsite. Entry is a $5 donation per person (under 12 years free).