New Local Youth Author: Nomiki Thomas

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13-year-old student Nomiki Thomas published a fictional children’s book called “Goodbye” for her Year 7 personal project last year.

President Alan & Nomiki Thomas

Tonight, at our club meeting (#1732), Nomiki presented her journey of writing the book and becoming a published author by the age of 13! An amazing achievement for someone so young and we happily support such passion.

As part of the Year 7 curriculum at her old school in 2021, students were required to complete a Personal Project. Nomiki decided that for her Personal Project she wanted to write and publish a book and donate part proceeds from the sale of her book to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Since the publication of her children’s book “Goodbye”, Nomiki has been invited to speak at numerous clubs, invited to speak at Prospect Council’s Children’s Writing Completion presentation ceremony, and won the 2022 Walkerville Council Young Volunteer Award for her sense of social responsibility and her regular involvement in a vast range of fundraising activities and leadership attributes.

“Goodbye” is about Anne – a public school student, who is told her father has died when it is not actually the case. Anne’s adventure begins when she finds a letter addressed to her.

“Goodbye” is written for children aged 8-12 years old, and available for sale at Dymocks Bookstore Adelaide, and Dillon’s Bookstore Norwood.

Well done Nomiki. We look forward to your next publication!

Happy New Rotary Year 2022-23!

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The NEW Presidential Theme for 2022-23: Imagine Rotary

Incoming RI President Jennifer Jones imagines a Rotary where members act to make their dreams become reality and they make the most of their club experiences. She urges members to engage more with each other and use these connections to build partnerships that change the world.

Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.

“Imagine, a world that deserves our best,” Jones told incoming district governors on 20 January, “where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”


The 2022-23 presidential theme logo was designed by renowned Australia-based Indigenous artist Riki Salam to represent RI President Jennifer Jones’ theme and initiatives.

The logo represents key elements of Rotary while honoring the Indigenous culture:
The circle signifies connections to one another.
The dots around the circle represent people, one for each of our areas of focus.
The circle and the dots together become a navigation star, which signifies Rotary’s guiding light.
The solid line underneath signifies a digging stick used for hard work —
a tool that Rotary’s people of action use to get things done.

Please respect the logo and we ask it doesn’t get altered in any way.

We Imagine this New Rotary Year is going to Amazing!


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Watch this video from President Elect Alan Howard-Jones about RYPEN

Rotary’s RYPEN provides a group of young people aged 14-17 years an opportunity to develop self-awareness and valuable leadership skills. RYPEN 2022 will be held between Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October at Nunyara retreat centre in the Adelaide Hills.
Applications for sponsorship and attendance are now open!
Visit to learn more and to apply.

Guest Speaker- Jo Baxter from Drug Free Australia

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Jo Baxter

Club Meeting #1730

Thank you to our guest speaker Jo Baxter, from Drug Free Australia.
Jo is a former member of Rotary Club of Modbury and is currently on the board of the Rotary Action Group for Addiction Prevention. Her presentation tonight was about her work with DFA, an organisation that supports and educates young people, their families and communities to help prevent the use of illegal drugs and the illicit use of harmful substances.



Jo announced the launch of a new website by DFA ‘Save Your Brain’, an interactive online resource for Schools Years 5-12 about Drug Prevention and supports the mental health & wellbeing of youth. The launch coincides with the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking- 26th June 2022. The aim SYB is to change the culture that ‘drug use is normal’, young kids need to know that drug use is PREVENTABLE. The site is also available for parents, grandparents and the community in general to learn and develop strategies in stoping drug use in our children and hopefully prevent adult addiction.

She also shared some stories and books behind SYB, one in particular ‘Golden Haze’ which was originally supported by the former RC of Modbury.

Jo also talked about her involvement with the Rotary Action Group for Addiction Prevention. Founded in 2013 and recognised by Rotary International in 2016, which now operates in more than 42 countries ad 45 districts. It’s aim is to encourage all Rotarians to be active in the prevention of substance abuse and addiction, such as seeking out agencies that are working in prevention and support their projects in their local community.

Substances abuse and addiction of illicit drugs is a global problem and can only be addressed by the joint efforts of all worldwide organisations including governments.

If you wish to learn more, please follow the links below: