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Expressions of Interest for Jamberoo Probus
 
Consideration is being given to the formation of a new Probus Club in Jamberoo as an avenue for retired and semi-retired people to keep their minds active and expand their interests. Probus Clubs generally meet once a month for fun activities or excursions. They are social clubs and generally include both men and women. There are no fund raising activities. The regular gatherings offer an opportunity to develop new friendships and engage in new and interesting activities.
Retired or Semi-Retired residents of Jamberoo who are interested in new friendships and fun activities please register your interest with Mal Bracken of Kiama Rotary at

mbracken37@gmail.com

or by telephone 42323828. Your name, address and telephone number are requested.

If there is sufficient interest in the Jamberoo area, at least 30 -40 people, then a meeting will be held to discuss the establishment of a club.  Setting up of Probus clubs is a community service provided by Rotary. Mal is a member of Kiama Rotary and has founded a number of Probus clubs in other districts.

Please share this request with senior members of the Jamberoo Community.

 
Kiama Rotary News for 14 June 18
This week we farewelled Carole and Ian Johnston. They have been key members of the Kiama Rotary Club offering exceptional skills in public relations and events. Unfortunately, this month they have returned to Carole’s country of origin, Canada.  We will miss their energy, enthusiasm and commitment. There will be no shortage of Rotary visitors once they reestablish in Vancouver.

Ian and Carole  were part the team who initiated the Rotary Emergency Service Community Awards. This awards program was initially developed in the Illawarra and has now been rolled out statewide. These awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding service, sacrifice and spirit of all emergency service personnel, both volunteers and paid, who are at the front line of emergency response.

In 2017,  Ian Johnston initiated a vocational training project in Vanuatu. Surprisingly, Vanautu has one of the highest risks of natural disasters anywhere in the world and until now has been ill equipped to respond. Tsunamis, cyclones and earthquakes are just some of the natural risks. Ian led a multi disciplinary team of senior trainers from NSW organizations; SES, Fire and Rescue, Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA). They visited and educated over 40 personnel from Vanuatu’s emergency services teams and will be following up with further training, equipment and maintenance support.

We wish Carole and Ian all the best in the next era of lives together and look forward to updates on their travels and continued leadership in humanitarian programs.

 
Kiama Rotary News for 5 June 18

Last week Rotary Club of Kiama was addressed by Australian Paralympian wheelchair basket baller Brett Stibners.  He resides in the Illawarra and is part of the WorkCover Paralympian speakers program designed to share personal experiences about the impact accidents can have on work and life and the importance of constant vigilance about safety at work.

WorkCover’s Paralympian Speakers Program sponsors  athletes who have suffered permanent disabilities but gone on to achieve outstanding sporting success.

Brett was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, when he was just 20 years old, on Picton Rd in 2001. It resulted in his left leg being amputated at the knee and his right leg being seriously and irreparably damaged. The accident happened at 11am when he had a nano sleep while traveling between jobs.  He had started work early that day but had not had a night out or late night before.   A simple lapse of a couple of seconds had a dramatic impact on his life.

Brett was an elite athlete in hockey prior to his accident and had just been informed of his selection to an Australian representative team. Brett’s transition to success in wheelchair basketball did not come easily. Once he had been convinced to give it a go, and realized it filled a gap in his life, he had a long hard road to his eventual selection to represent Australia. Advised he was unlikely to make the representative team he relocated to Spain where there is more opportunity to compete regularly and develop his skills.

Eventually, he was invited to represent Australia, Brett was part of the the wheelchair basketball team, the Australian Rollers, who won the Gold Medal in Bejing and the Silver Medal in the London in 2012. Representing Australia has given him the opportunity to travel the world and he continues to be an advocate for workplace safety.

 
66 Years of Service to the Community
 
The Rotary Club of Kiama is commemorating 66 years of service to the community. May 2nd is the anniversary of the first meeting of 28 provisional members. On July 19, 1952 the club was chartered. Since then the club has been working tirelessly to make a difference locally and overseas. This month we reflect on the value of Kiama Rotary Club’s contributions to the community.
 
Kiama residents and visitors enjoy the benefits of local works projects undertaken by the club such as the Lookouts on Saddleback Mountain, Minnamurra Falls walk, the Robert East Reserve at Bombo headland, Rotary Park at Storm Bay,  the floodlighting of the Kiama Lighthouse and the stunning stone walls that mark the entrances to Kiama, Gerringong, Minnamurra and Jamberoo.
 
Over the last four years Kiama Rotary together with Gerringong Rotary Club has taken the lead on Melanoma and Skin Cancer Prevention. Sponsoring a Phd student to complete a 4 year research project and more recently developing a free skin screening program in our community, to save lives, through early detection of skin cancers and melanomas.
 
The development and delivery of a two day Mental Health First Aid course for members of our community is a second local community health initiative that has been in place for some time. Rotary Club of Kiama has also provided ongoing financial support to Kiama High School to provide mental health and anti bullying programs for students in years 8 and 10.
 
The Kiama Rotary Club has a long history in assisting  younger members of our community through a number of Rotary youth development programs and scholarships.  RYPEN (14-16 yrs), RYLA (19-27 yrs), Science Scholarships and Youth Exchanges are some of the opportunities that many local youth have been able to enjoy with the support of our club. Heather Morton and Mal Bracken have lead the youth programs for the last 4 years.
 
ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for children) is a Rotary Multi District Project for Australia and New Zealand, which provides life saving and dignity restoring medical procedures for children from the South West Pacific area. Two members, Barry Wilson and Peter Maitland, have been heavily involved with ROMAC since 2012 and each year around forty children are brought to Australia and/or New Zealand who would not able to receive treatment in their home country.
 
RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service),  co-ordinates the activities of thousands of volunteers working on projects all over the world. The current president, Lloyd Chatfield, is an active member of RAWCS supporting and co-ordinating the volunteer community focusing primarily on clean water, health, education and sustainable economic initiatives.
 
For thirty years Kiama Rotary has worked closely with the Rotary club of Madang, PNG, to improve health and education outcomes. Assisting with schools, hospitals and the distribution of birthing kits that are proven to reduce infant mortality. Regular visits between the Rotary Club of Madang and Kiama have developed life long friendships.  The current project is the upgrade of the Modilon Hospital kitchen using a second hand kitchen no longer needed at the old Kiama Hospital.
 
 In 2017,  Ian Johnston from the Kiama Club initiated a vocational training project in Vanuatu. Surprisingly, Vanautu has one of the highest risks of natural disasters anywhere in the world and until now has been ill equipped to respond. Tsunamis, cyclones and earthquakes are just some of the natural risks. Ian led a multi disciplinary team of senior trainers from NSW organizations; SES, Fire and Rescue, Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA). They visited and educated over 40 personnel from Vanuatu’s emergency services teams. 
 
Ending Polio Now a global Rotary project which is well supported by Kiama Rotary. Year to date there have be only 8 cases of polio reported in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 1988, when this program started, there were 350,000 cased per year of this crippling and potentially fatal disease. Victory will be declared when the world has been polio free for three years.
 
 The Rotary Emergency Service Community Awards was initiated in our region and is now being expanded into a national program. These awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding service, sacrifice and spirit of all emergency service personnel, both volunteers and paid, who are at the front line of emergency response.
 
Kiama Rotary’s major community and fund raising activities are the Car Spectacular in November, the Antique Fair in January, the Festival of Choirs in October, an annual apple drive in May and regular BBQs each month at the Kiama Markets. Community support for these events is greatly valued and makes it possible to support programs like Shelterbox and water treatment in Thailand as well as the programs outlined above. Many other local service groups and community groups have been assisted to reach their goals through volunteer efforts or financial support from the Kiama Rotary Club. 
 
Kiama Rotary Club is a vibrant club with over 40 members and around 30% women. New  members who are interested in friendship, professional development and service to the community are welcome. Kiama Rotary Club meets at the Kiama Leagues Club on Monday at 6.30pm for 7pm.  Visitors are welcome at any meeting and can contact John Kenny on 0434 989 253 to attend.