News Archive

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.

The New Board



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.


Weekly News for 10 April 17

The NSW Minister for Emergency Services the Hon Troy Grant MP, launched the 2017 Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards last week.

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.

Members of the public and fellow officers are encouraged to nominate Emergency Service Personnel who they think have performed community service above and beyond the call of their normal duties by submitting entries online at: Nominations close on Friday 12 May 2017.

Weekly News for 3 April 17

Last week we heard from Kiama Rotarian, Barry Wilson who provided an update on the wonderful work being performed by ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children).

ROMAC was founded in 1988 to provide specialist treatment for children from developing countries, in the form of life saving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their home country. Since then, ROMAC has changed the lives and in many cases saved the lives, of over 500 sick children at no cost to their families.

We are very proud to say that Kiama Rotarians hold two of the five national ROMAC Board positions; with Barry serving as Operations Director and Peter Maitland as Secretary.

ROMAC’s key objectives include: providing hope and restoring dignity to transform children’s lives; providing the best possible surgical and medical expertise; engaging Rotary and the community at all levels to fund and support the ROMAC cause; maintaining and improving the quality of the management process and ensure high quality governance of the ROMAC program.

The ongoing fundraising work performed by our members together the generous support provided by family and friends, help make projects such as this possible.

Two-year-old Junitalia from Timor-Leste was a very sick little girl. She was diagnosed with a Tetralogy of Fallot (ToF) which meant her little heart had multiple problems and required urgent open heart surgery. Junitalia was referred to ROMAC for assistance. She has since had very complex heart surgery and is recovering well. “Aunty was very grateful for ROMAC’s help and she wants to talk to families in Timor-Leste, on what to expect when they come to Australia and not to be afraid,” Maria added “it reinforces the huge value of ROMAC’s voluntary work and the very positive effect it has on providing Life-Giving surgery for a child”. This positive message is taken back home to a small village environment and provides hope for other families who children may have similar life-threatening conditions.

Teretoriano was referred to ROMAC by the Biro Pite Clinic in Timor-Leste. He had been diagnosed with a Wilm’s tumour of the kidney. As his mother had suffered TB,

Teretoriano’s grandmother Claudina had to accompanied him. He arrived very ill and had to have immediate surgery at Monash Children’s Hospital, Melbourne as the tumour was so large it was pressing on his other vital organs, including his heart.

Thanks to the amazing effort of the surgical team from Monash Children’s hospital lead by Prof Kimber plus Teretoriano’s own fighting spirit, he was able to come through this enormous ordeal.

Weekly News for 20 March 2017

In March, Rotary observes Water and Sanitation Month. This area of focus has long been high on many Rotarians’ service agendas, and for good reason – 663 million people do not have access to clean water, and one-third of the world’s population live without access to a toilet.

Think about how different life would be if you had to spend hours each day fetching water or worrying about the threat of dysentery, cholera, Guinea worm, and a host of other waterborne diseases.

Kiama Rotary has helped with the installation of multiple clean water filtration systems in schools located in remote rural areas of Ubon Ratchatani in north east Thailand. Families living in these remote areas do not have access to clean drinking water which amongst other things, causes serious health issues resulting in loss of school days and non-completion of school studies.

Projects such as these are made possible through our various fundraising activities and the generous support of the local community. Come and join us at our BBQ at the upcoming Seaside Markets at Black Beach.

Weekly News for 6 March 17

More than thirty people attended Kiama Rotary’s, Mental Health First Aid Certificate Course last week. This is the first of two courses to be held this month.

The second course will be held on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29, March 2017 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Kiama Pavilion.

There is no cost for Kiama residents to attend these certified courses but the purchase of a $35 course manual is required for completion. A certificate of attendance will be issued upon completion of the course. A fee may be charged for representatives from organisations or those who receive government funding for mental health first aid training.

This is an excellent opportunity for the public and professionals to gain a better understanding of how to help and comfort persons suffering a mental illness. Please contact Rotarian Helen Stirling at 0438 093 178 or email for more information or to make a booking.

These certified courses are made possible through the generous support of the local community at our various fundraising events and donations from the IMB Community Foundation.

Weekly News for 20 February 17

Members, family and friends enjoyed a beautiful late-summer evening at Jones Beach with a pizza party at Kiama Downs Surf Life Saving Club. It was a great way to relax after a very busy Christmas/New Year period.

President David Chambers recently advised that now he has retired, he will be moving back to Tasmania next month to be closer to his children. We are sad to see David go but wish him well in his retirement. Past President David Smark will step in as President until the end of the year.

Two Daves

David Chambers had the pleasure of inducting Alan Schofield as an Honorary Member of the club. It was a great opportunity to recognise Alan and thank him for his many years of dedicated service. David also awarded Alan Waterworth a Paul Harris Fellow with a Sapphire Pin and Ian Johnston with a second PHF Sapphire Pin. David commended both members for their service to the club.

Congratulations Alan

PHFs and new Honourary Member Alan

Cogratulations Ian

The evening closed on a delightful musical note with our newest member, Karen Fuller showing that she is a very accomplished acoustic guitarist.

Karen on guitar


Weekly News for 13 February 17

We had a triple celebration at last week’s dinner meeting. Firstly, we welcomed Karen Fuller as the newest member of the club. Karen’s induction continues to strengthen our club’s age and gender balances with well over one third of our members being female. Karen will join our Youth Service Team.

Secondly, Tonia Barnes was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow for her selfless contributions to Rotary over many years. Congratulations Tonia and thank you for your dedicated service to Rotary and the communities in Kiama, Canberra and overseas.

Lastly but certainly not least, we had the pleasure of hearing from our latest National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) student Danyon Farrell. Each year we hear of how NYSF changes the lives of young people who have attended. This year is no different. Danyon we wish you great success as you finish your HSC and work towards your science degree.

Congratulations to each of you for achieving great things in your personal lives and with Rotary. We look forward to watching your journeys continue.


Visit by our Melanoma PhD Research Student – 6 February 17

Last week we heard from PhD Research Student, Sheena Daignault who is being co-sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Kiama and Gerringong Sunrise to conduct Melanoma Research at the University of Queensland.

Despite the recent exciting successes in melanoma therapy there is still no cure for this devastating disease once the tumour has spread. This project aims at exploring proteins responsible for tumour growth, spread and response to anti-cancer drugs. To make a tumour grow, its cells must divide quickly. 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.

Sheena said, “Our research is directly relevant as we have developed a laboratory model to test cancer cell drug sensitivity in real-time. Using this model and the knowledge gained from my project I expect to translate our findings from the laboratory bench to bedside treatments and eventually to contribute to improved clinical strategies”.

This important project is made possible through the generous support of our local community at Rotary’s annual Kiama Car Spectacular scheduled for November each year.


Tenille and Aaron Shelley, PP Dave Smark, Craig Higbid, Pippa Spence
Draft editorial: Tenille and Craig will be joining the Melanoma March community event during March to raise awareness & funds for melanoma research

Gerringong Rotary Club member Pauline Thwaites, Sheena and Kiama Rotary Club IPP Marilyn Jarrett

IPP Marilyn presents Sheena with a Certificate of Appreciation for her visit. The Certificate denotes a donation to ROMAC in her name 


Saddleback Mountain Southern Viewing Platform opened on 10th December by Kiama Rotary.

Work is almost complete on the refurbishment of the Saddleback Mountain Southern Viewing Platform and access track.  The Official Opening of the Southern Saddleback Lookout by Gareth Ward MP – Member for Kiama, Councillor Mark Honey – Mayor of Kiama and David Chambers – President Rotary Club of Kiama occurred on Saturday 10 December.

This project celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the original Saddleback Mountain northern lookout which was a joint venture between Kiama Council and Kiama Rotarians, and dedicated to the memory of past Rotarians.  Funding for the restoration has been provided by the NSW State Government and work have been undertaken by Kiama Rotarians and friends and Kiama Council.

This project is just the latest of many community projects undertaken by Kiama Rotary since its inception in 1952.  Rotarians have been involved with Saddleback Mountain since the mid 1950’s when they assisted Council in clearing and building the first road to the summit. 

Other significant community projects Kiama Rotary has been involved with over the decades include: Construction of Kiama Scout Hall in 1952, Saddleback northern lookout opened in 1966, Saddleback southern lookout opened in 1978, Kiama Stone Wall Markers and Old Saddleback Road stone walls restoration during the 1990s and the opening of Robert East Reserve in 2008.

This project continues 64 years of dedicated service in the local community and many thanks go out to family and friends who have supported us along the way. Long may it continue.

For more information and photos click here



Kiama Rotary News 19 Jan 2017

Kiama Rotary will hold its annual Australia Day barbeque at Coronation Park, Surf Beach on the morning of January 26. We will be getting an early start and should be ready to start serving hot breakfasts by about 7:30 am. Come and join us as you head out for an early morning run, jog, swim or just a leisurely stroll. Kiama Council will provide entertainment for the children including a jumping castle and face painting. It is always a fun way to kick start Australia Day celebrations.

December-January has been a very busy period for the club and we are looking forward to getting back into a more regular routine in February. Activities included: The Club’s AGM, Opening of the new Saddleback Mountain Southern Viewing Platform, Rotary Christmas Party, Easts Beach barbeque, New Year’s Eve barbeque, 26th Annual Antiques and Retro Fair, Australia Day Breakfast barbeque and two Seaside Market barbeques.

As you can see, we are a very active club and have a lot of fun while serving our local community.  For more information regarding how to join in, ask one of us at a barbeque or Like us on Facebook.

New Year message from our President David

Happy New Year to all Rotarians and family and a big thanks for your ‘service above self’ during 2017. I am confident that 2017 will be as rewarding and fun to be part of our club as we approach the Antique Fair and many other projects both locally and internationally.
Last week whilst in Fiji visiting the Koriapita Village and Ami Chandra Memorial Primary a school reinforces why I joined Rotary 30 years ago. The growth of a young family who were given an opportunity through Rotary for shelter, water and security in the
mid 2000’s has changed their journey in life to being educated, employed and responsible adults with a bright future.
‘Rotary serving Humanity.’
Regards in Rotary


‘Service above Self’ awards to local Yr 6 students

Throughout early December, 4 local Yr 6 students, who have exhibited Service Above Self in their school or community, were recognised by our Club.
Congratulations to Charlotte Whisson of St Peter & St Paul’s Catholic School, to Shayleen Mawbey of Jamberoo Public School, to Travis Dickson of Minnamurra Public School, and also Emilia Kadwell of Illawarra Christian School, Tongarra.

2016 Triple Care Farm Students Graduate (Dec 14)

Triple Care Farm, funded by Sir David Martin Foundation thanks to the support of generous members of our community, and run by Mission Australia, saves the
lives of young people aged 16-24 years, from all over Australia. Situated in Robertson NSW, the farm offers young people both drug/alcohol rehabilitation and
mental health services – providing them the support they need to address these issues and assist young people in returning to education and training to find pathways to employment and a healthy productive life. Students and parents shared the journey they have experienced and the challenges they have faced through addiction and mental health issues and the positive sense of hope and pride now felt by many as we celebrated the achievement of each of the young people who completed the three month residential
program in 2016.
Our Club gave $500 as the Fred Wynne Memorial Award and $250 as the Kiama Rotary Encouragement Award.

Rotary Youth Exchange visitor to the Club

Youth Exchange student Chris Nobel was our guest speaker at ourmeeting on 21 November. Chris came to Australia in July from Denmark. He enjoys sports and travelling, so is fulfilling a passion by coming to our country. He attends Woonona High School and has two years schooling to complete when he returns home. His father is a Rotarian and they have hosted 8 exchange students, so he has had a rotation of brothers and sisters and now has ‘relatives’ all over the world. Chris is enjoying the opportunity to improve his English here, though New Zealand was really his first choice because of our reputation for venomous spiders and snakes. He said the tick is the most dangerous creature at home. He lives one hour from Copenhagen in the city of Soro, which has approx 20,000 people.


Chris talked about their Royal family, and said the Danes like Princess Mary. Denmark is well known for LEGO, windmills and turbines, cargo ships and Hans Christian Anderson (though most people are disappointed with the statue of his “Little Mermaid” when they see it in real life). Chris said the Danes are also pleased that Utzon designed the Sydney Opera House. Since his arrival, he has fed kangaroos, visited the blowhole (when it was actually blowing), walked over the harbour bridge and visited a farm in western NSW. He has helped at a number of BBQs for the Corrimal Club and is looking forward to more adventures here before he returns to Denmark in June 2017.


Rotary News 15th Nov 2106
The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.

The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”

The announcement came on 15 November, known to industry professionals since the 1980s as National Philanthropy Day. The award will be presented in early 2017 at the AFP’s annual conference in San Francisco.

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Paul Netzel is set to accept the award on Rotary’s behalf, and Eric Schmelling, director of fund development at Rotary, will speak at the conference. The event is expected to draw more than 3,400 senior-level fundraising professionals from 33 countries.

“While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much of an impact Rotary and The Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities across the globe,” says Jason Lee, AFP president and CEO. “On behalf of the entire charitable sector and people around the world, all of us at AFP are honored to be able to recognize The Rotary Founda-tion as our 2016 Outstanding Foundation.”

AFP’s committee of judges cited Rotary’s comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major driver of the selection. They also mentioned that Rotary applies a methodical, purposeful approach to support a wide variety of causes, from providing clean water to educating the next generation of peace professionals.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Rotary Car & Bike Spectacular


Great day at the Rotary Car and Bike Spectacular. Here is a shot compliments of @elev8 aerial images. Thanks to everyone for coming out and helping Rotary raise funds to support a PhD Research Student investigating further research into Melanoma Research.

Rotary supports Kiama Surf Life Saving Club

On 24 October, the Rotary Club of Kiama presented Kiama Surf Life Saving Club with a new 4m x 4m walled marquee at Surf Beach Kiama in front of many Nippers and family members.
Rotary Club of Kiama President David Chambers said “it is great to be able to provide the marquee. It is community support going to one volunteer organisation from another volunteer organisation. The fact that it is supporting youth is great and Rotary has a strong focus on fostering youth through its many programs.”
Chris Moore, President of the Kiama Surf Life Saving Club stated that “the beauty of this is that we will now have a tent for the juniors to go to all carnivals. Whether it is the Sydney Water Carnival or any of the local or country carnivals it will provide weather protection and great branding for KSLSC with thanks to Rotary.”
Moore stated “the fact that this tent has four sides unlike other tents makes it secure so it will allow us to go down to Gerroa for a bonding weekend away providing the children with a great experience and a place to sleep. It’s ideal for children to learn and grow”.
“Rotary is looking to forge our community partnerships stronger, and as you can see today, some of the Rotarians have grandchildren in nippers. What is impressive about the young nippers is it starts our young at an early age learn about community service and being good corporate citizens and I think that is a really good thing” stated Chambers.

Things we all should know about Dementia

Last week our guest speaker, Paddy, opened her talk by congratulating Kiama Council’s Dementia Friendly initiative, which has recently been recognised with both national and international awards. Paddy spoke about dementia, stating it is a word, not a sentence, and that people with dementia still have much to offer to our community. Her work centres around education, provision of services to those with dementia and their careers, and empower-ing those with dementia to live fulfilling lives.

Paddy spoke about dementia, stating it is a word, not a sentence, and that people with dementia still have much to offer to our community. Her work centres around education, provision of services to those with dementia and their careers, and empowering those with dementia to live fulfilling lives.

alz-02One of the services available is called “safely home” and provides a bracelet with a number on it to someone with dementia. If they are found wandering and do not know where they live, the police can be contacted with the number and they hold a register of their details, so they can be returned home.

One of the benefits of being involved with support groups is that others have been there before you and have advice about things that work and things that don’t work.

The brain is a very complicated organ with different parts for recognising, understanding, reasoning, planning, controlling automatic functions, short term and long term memory and more. There are normal changes that occur as we age, but dementia is not a normal change. People should not think they will get dementia because they are getting older. Some people get dementia in their thirties or even younger. There are factors which affect memory – tiredness, stress or anxiety, pain, grief, depression, nutrient deficiencies, dehydration and dementia. We should not presume a person has dementia because they are experiencing some memory loss. There is a very big difference between forgetting where you put your keys, and forgetting where you live or what a key is used for.
Dementia is the term we use for a range of symptoms that we see. Alzheimer’s’ is responsible for approx 2/3 of dementia. Dementia symptoms include general memory loss, but can be specific. For example someone might lose their memory in relation to counting and this would become obvious in their handling of money or their lack of relationship to time. Others might lose their memory in the area of language and this would be seen in their inability to recall the word for familiar items or the names of people they have known for a long time. Dementia could affect their special awareness which would be seen in the way they walk or drive. It could affect their personality , so someone who has always been quiet might become outgoing or someone who has always been gentle might become aggressive.
Dementia is the second leading cause of death and it is the leading cause of disability. There are over 350,000 people living with dementia in Australia at present and this number is expected to increase to one million by 2050. There are approx 8,000 new cases every week, so it has a huge impact on communities. There are changes in the brain a long time before there are symptoms of dementia in a person. There are five simple steps people can take to ward off dementia and these have been put together in a booklet alz-03
Step One – Look after your heart
Step Two – Be physically active
Step Three – Mentally challenge your brain
Step Four – Follow a healthy diet
Step Five – Enjoy social activity

More Information is available through the website:

Prestigious Rotary Award to  Ian Johnston – 2 July

IJ2At the Rotary District 9675 Changeover,  Ian  was presented with a Vocational Service Leadership Award by District Governor Graham Wilson for his years of work in co-founding and growing the Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards and heading up a team of Emergency Services workers to Vanuatu.

All members of Kiama Rotary Club are delighted that Ian’s work has been recognised. Well done, Ian.

Ian departed on Sunday morning for Vanuatu to undertake a scoping mission for a Rotary Vocational Training Team to assist in putting together a disaster preparedness plan for the islands.

Club of the Year Award to Kiama Rotary Club – 2 July

At the District Changeover DG Graham Wilson presented the Rotary Club of Kiama with the District 9675 Club of the Year Award.
DG Graham said the club has consistently had a well balanced program over all avenues of service and particularly commended the Club Bulletin, website and facebook.

Congratulations to all members of the Rotary Club of Kiama.

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Photo PP Ian Johnston, DG Graham Wilson and Director of PR & Marketing Carole Johnston.



Kiama is one of many towns aiming to become Dementia Friendly through the Universtity of Wollongong  program. On Friday 24th June, PP Marilyn represented our Club at the Dementia Friendly Showcase held at the Kiama Anglican Church and presented a cheque from our members to Mayor, Brian Petschler.
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Marilyn with Steve Warrick from the Kiama Chamber, Brian and Toby Dawson from the IRT Foundation during the cheque presentations

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64th Changeover Night – 20 June

Gareth Ward MP talked about Rotary as an International Organisation with approx 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries. He thanked our Club for the work we do locally, especially the recently begun path to the lookout and the lookout platform at Saddleback Mountain. He congratulated President Marilyn and wished the incoming Board well, looking forward to the new Rotary year.
President Elect (PE) David Chambers proposed a toast to Rotary International and his in reply, District Governor (DG) Graham Wilson spoke of the advances made in the battle against Polio, with only 17 cases this year, compared with over 35,000 when we first started that journey.

President Marilyn said one of the highlights of her year has been the friendships formed and working alongside some „seriously dedicated Rotarians‟. Marilyn thanked Graham Morphett for tireless work locally, at District level and Internationally, over 59 years in Rotary. She said that between us, members of our club have 720 yrs of service and have contributed nearly 8000 hours to our local community this year.
Marilyn went on to thank our BBQ Coordinator, Alan Waterworth and those who have been on “the Shed Team” as well as others who have contributed in the roles of Sergeant, Program Director, & Bulletin Editor.


Marilyn announced that the recipient of the Robert East award for the Club Member of the Year is Bobby East.


She awarded two Paul Harris Sapphire Pins. The first to Barry Wilson for his 1250 plus hours as Operations Manager in ROMAC, and the second to Trevor Phillis for his willing support and ongoing service to the Club, not just as Treasurer, but also in his role as Project Manager on the Saddleback work.

Marilyn introduced David Chambers, a retired Policeman from Tasmania who now works  with the SES. He is a Rotarian of nearly 30 yrs experience who was one of the youngest to be on a GSE team. Dave has been a volunteer with RAWCS to Fiji 5 times, and has been a President in his previous club.


Marilyn handed over the chain of office and officially ended her time as our President.


Dave thanked her for her work in that role, but then went on to talk about her contribution to Rotary over 19 years in 3 countries. He said Marilyn has been spent well over 50% of those years in executive roles in each club. He surprised her by awarding her a PHF (Paul Harris Fellow) for her many years of active service.


Dave and Bill

Dave went on to present certificates to the outgoing executives, and a Past President‟s pin to Bill Humphries who has not received it following his year in that office.


The Board for RY 16-17

Dave outlined some of his goals for the coming year, made in conjunction with the incoming Board who have already met twice to look at the risks, potential opportunities and priorities of 2016-2017.

He emphasized that every Rotarian‟s contribution is important and valued. He unfurled the new banner, and gave Marilyn the banner from her year as a memento. Marilyn & Dave joined together to cut the cake.

Click this link for the  KR2015-16 Annual Report


Congratulations on your AM

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In the 2016 Queen‟s Birthday Honours list, published this week, our recent guest speaker, Commodore Vincenzo Emilio Di Pietro received an AM for his exceptional service as the Commander of the RAN fleet Air Arm from Jan.2013 to Jan.2016 and as the Australian Naval Attaché to the US from June 2007 to June 2010. Congratulations, Vince.

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Two Kiama Ambulance officers were selected as finalists for the 2016 Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards at Parliament House last week. The announcement was made by the Minister for Emergency Services, The Hon. David Elliott MP. Rotarian Ian Johnston said “we received over 100 RESCA nominations from across the state with entries from as far afield as Lightning Ridge, Murwillumbah and such. 4 finalists were selected from each of the 6 NSW Emergency Service Agencies with 17 of the 24 finalists coming from outside of the Sydney metropolitan area – a wonderful result. It is a great achievement for Kiama to receive two finalists.”

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Kelvin Milne – Station Officer – Kiama Kelvin Milne, an acting duty operations manager with the NSW Ambulance Service and a volunteer with the State Emergency Service, based at Kiama, started his career in 1994 and worked throughout the Sydney metropolitan area before arriving at the Illawarra in 1991. Among numerous management roles, he has been acting station officer and acting district inspector from Helensburgh to Eden. His tasks have included bus accidents at Jamberoo and Kangaroo Valley, the Canberra bushfires, floods in Dubbo and a racing yacht accident at Port Kembla. He has gone to great lengths to help fellow members in distress, and going public on television on a recent occasion obtained a $10,000 gift to an officer undergoing cancer treatment.

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David Kay – Paramedic – Kiama David Kay has plenty of testimony to his more than 10 years of work as a paramedic, not the least from one man who found himself paralysed with a broken neck after a mountain bike accident at Kiama Downs. David’s quick and efficient response helped stabilise him and get him evacu-ated by helicopter to the Royal North Shore Hospital where extensive surgery restored the man almost to normality and averted quadriplegia. David, a Baptist churchgoer, who coaches junior soccer, raises thousands of dollars a year for charity, helps run a Christian surfers’ clinic and travels to Poland each year to help build a youth refugee camp, is described as “a real asset to the NSW Ambulance Service and the community”.

Rotary Meeting – 30 May

President Marilyn welcomed our speaker: Professor Andrew Miller, who was once a secondary Science teacher and is now a radiation oncologist and co-director of UOW’s Centre for Oncology Infomatics. He launched the Bowelscan program in the Illawarra last month and was very entertaining so Helen invited him to come and speak to us.

Professor Andrew entitled his talk:

Bowel Cancer—who gives a s**t?

We care about the statistics related to road deaths—1156 people died in 2014 and 34091 were hospitalized due to a road accident, so we SHOULD give a s**t about the statistics for bowel cancer—4120 people died and 17,070 were hospitalized.


With bowel cancer—if the disease is found early, in 90% of cases it is treatable and people go on to live long and fulfilling lives.

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The problem is people don’t want to talk about poo. It is a yucky subject which Andrew made completely hilarious. He proposed that the “police” become the “poolice” – complete with “stool pigeons” who can dob in their neighbor if they haven’t had their scan. Andrew asked “what is your plan P?” and encouraged us all to pick up a kit and be tested. He explained that the diet of most Western people does not contain enough organically grown vegetables. He said that the new scans detect human blood in the poo, the results go to your nominated GP and you are then referred to have a colonoscopy. That test checks for polyps which are pre-cancerous growths in the bowel. He explained that people can have those without symptoms such as bleeding they notice in the toilet bowl, and that the kit is the best early detection device available. Andrew said many people are grateful to Rotary for a kit which has potentially saved their life. He recommended that we all get tested regularly in this non-invasive way, especially if there is a history of bowel cancer in our family.


Rotary Meeting – 21 May

President Marilyn welcomed guests: Mark Honey and our speaker, Mark Burns. Mal introduced our speaker, Mark Burns, a local physiotherapist, who talked to us about the role of Physios in preventative treatment as well as the more widely known treatment of sports injuries. . He stated that physiotherapists are one of the core evidence-based treatment providers in Australia, and explained some of the specific therapies for conditions such as vertigo and asthma conducted through his clinics. Mark stressed the importance of building strength to maintain balance and improve capacity, especially as we age, so that we can continue to do ‘the fun stuff’. He outlined a weekly plan including flexibility training such as yoga or pilates, strength building such as using light therapy bands or weights, and endurance activities such as swimming or walking. He said that maintaining a good weight is simply a matter of burning more calories than you eat, and recommended that we be aware of our posture, keeping balance equally on both feet. When answering questions, Mark gave advice on quick things we can all do as we watch TV, and said he puts together 8-10 minute fitness circuits for people to do at home using items they already have or can readily attain. He told us we should all be proactive and seek to improve our level of fitness and build strength around our joints—use it or lose it. Mal vouched for his services following his ladder fall last year, as he thanked him.

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Mal Bracken thanks Guest speaker Mark Burns

Marilyn recommended that we invite partners next week to listen to our speaker, who she said is very entertaining despite bowel cancer being a ‘dodgy’ subject.

Rotary Meeting – 16 May
President Marilyn welcomed our speakers, members: Peter Maitland and Barry Wilson, and guests of Brian & Sue Petschler: John & Kay from Moree. She announced that Dave Chambers has been in Rotary 30 years this week. Marilyn then read a letter from the CEO of the League‟s Club outlining possible rewards for our members who show their membership cards at the front desk upon entry. And another piece of information from Rotary International which allows Clubs to have more flexibility around meeting times and membership requirements from July 1st this year. Following the last meeting’s talk on social media, Marilyn reported that Carole posted photos of last week‟s Saddleback Working Bee on our Facebook page and she put them onto the Kiama Community page, and there have been a lot of very positive comments encouraging our Club for the work we do in the local community.


Peter & Barry gave us the latest information about ROMAC. This great Rotary initiative started in 1988 when an Australian doctor holidaying in Fiji, found out about a child who needed surgery that couldn’t be done in country. He approached Rotary when he returned and they helped to raise the funds and fly the child to Australia. In the early years ROMAC handled 4-5 cases a year, now some 40-50 children from the Oceania region go to hospitals in many states of Australia or to New Zealand for life-saving and dignity-restoring surgery. Peter outlined the governance of the organisation and explained the impor-tance of those who look after the child‟s guardian throughout the time the child is in hospital.


They often do not speak English and experience culture shock and anxiety during their stay. He stated that most of the funds given by Rotary Clubs come from one or two wealthy clubs, and that only 24.6% of Rotary Clubs support ROMAC. He expressed gratitude for the NZ chair who has successfully applied for a number of Global Grants in partnership with Clubs in South Korea. Peter is currently the Secretary and finishes up at the end of next year. He stressed that everyone in ROMAC is a volunteer, even Barry who is the Operations Manager, and often puts in 8 hours a day, 6-7 days a week. The ROMAC ambassador is Rosie, a young woman from Fiji who benefitted from the program when she was 9 years old, having surgery on her face, arm and hand.

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Barry gave us a very moving picture of the children and their families, recounting actual cases, includ-ing his heartache that a child in Bougainville PNG may not survive because the Rotarians who have tried to help did not turn to ROMAC quickly enough. He explained the process of acquiring passports and visas, organising hospitals and surgeons, coordinating flights and transfers, contacting local vol-unteers and completing the necessary paperwork.

Barry showed us before and after pictures of a number of children who have been assisted through ROMAC and shared stories of their journey. He expressed his gratitude for the doctors who work pro-bono, the hospitals that cap their fees and the many volunteers who make his role easier. He explained that the organisation is about to launch “friends of ROMAC” which will see people able to join via Facebook for $100 per year. It is hoped that each person will include that they are a friend of ROMAC in their status and that their „followers‟ will be encouraged to also join.
On behalf of our members, Marilyn thanked both Peter and Barry for their work in ROMAC as well as for their presentation to us.


Become a ‘Friend of ROMAC’ for only $100 per year
and help children such as these have a ‘before’ and ‘after’ story.

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On Saturday 14 May, the incoming Board all attended the Rotary District Training Assembly at Greystanes High School in Sydney. DG Graham Wilson welcomed us to a day of information and networking.
We watched an extract of the incoming RI President‟s address, introducing the logo: “Rotary Serving Humanity”. He said that nobody should ever have to ask „What is Rotary?‟ because all Clubs should be making their local communities aware of who we are and what we do.
Rotary gives us an opportunity to serve. He said the effects of our decisions and our work will ripple out to people we may never meet and impact their lives. He reminded us that no other organisation effectively brings people together in a way that serves humanity.
There were a number of keynote speakers. Tony Brenner talked about Public Image & Awareness, stressing the importance of ensuring Rotary is given credit for Rotary’s many outstanding achievements. Chris Evans outlined the ten principles of good governance including the importance of recognising and managing risk, especially in the areas of youth, finance and projects. Charles Mille spoke about the five avenues of service and following morning tea we went to two break out groups for the avenue of service of which we will be Director.
Thank you to all members of the incoming Board for setting aside the time to benefit our Club in this way.

Rotary Meeting – 9 May

Heather introduced our speakers: members Geoff, Ian & Carole who did a triple act talking about the methods we use in our Club for both internal and external communication.
Ian opened the session with an outline:
IJInternal communication is that used between members and a small group of Rotary friends and comprises of our Bulletin and emails. He said we could certainly make better use of group SMS texts in situations such as a BBQ being cancelled due to bad weather.
External communications are those that inform the wider communicate, attracting sponsorship to partnership and new members. The right kind of communication is vital to the health of the Club.
There are times when traditional print media is appropriate for example in creating posters to put up around the town for an event. We also place a weekly article into the Kiama Independent and Ian is the one to contact to place information into the paper. At times, we have a half page which is a joint Rotary venture of the clubs of the Illawarra. The RDU (Rotary Down Under) is our Australia wide Rotary magazine, and members are encouraged to place these into local doctors or hairdressers venues in order to increase the awareness of the local community about the wider work of Rotary. Digital media which reaches non-members includes the Bulletin, Websites, and Facebook.
GCWe have a Club website that is maintained by Geoff. He too needs interesting information and a steady supply of photos to keep this up to date. On the home page one can access Club news and events. We have the capability to have a private “members only‟ section as well. Our District has a website and every member can log in to update their own data. Rotary International also has a site and members can sign up to access “My Rotary‟ for data specific to them.

CJCarole organises our Facebook page and appreciates photos and little bits of information for this digital communication. There are over 1.09 billion users of Facebook daily and this is fast becoming the way to reach the younger generations. This form of digital media can be a public or private as the user wishes to make it. You can communicate with family and friends, or you can post information to all your contacts. Carole has also set up a Facebook site specifically for our Choirs event, and others can be set up for targeted audiences without it costing much money. The sites can be set up with an „action‟ button which allows people to make a booking or a donation. With Facebook there are ways to measure your reach, the number of people you engage. This happens when people “like‟ your site, post a “comment‟ or “share‟ your site with others. Carole is happy to help people set up a Facebook site if they would like to. Marilyn thanked them all for sharing their expertise.


Marilyn—”bag lady”