Youth Awards August 2017

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At our meeting held on the 28/08/2017 at the Golden Grove Tavern, we were able to recognise and award three special youth representatives from our community.

Simon Awramenko is our sponsored outgoing student on the Rotary Exchange Program for 2018. He is going to Finland for the next 12 month, and will be a very good ambassador for our club and our community in general.

Amber Blakeley was our winner of the Good News Award for July 2017. Amber collected 145 warm jackets for homeless people to cope with the bitterly cold weather this winter. A great initiative – thank you Amber.

Basbibi Zaheer was our Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) representative. She is from Afghanistan and wants to work with displaced persons, and is currently working as a volunteer at the Australian Migrant Resource Centre.

Assistant Governor (Group 6), Peter Perkins and Club President Ron Kelley presented the three recipients to the meeting.

Club Activity

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We again sponsored a student for the ‘Rotary Youth Leadership Award’ this year, the program is designed to give the opportunity to explore leadership skills for young 18-25 year olds.

Our student was Basbibi Zaheer and she and 24 other awardees attended a six day course to refine their skills, explore pertinent topics with their peers and elders and share valuable expertise.

At the Anstey Hill Recreational Park, club members assisted with planting nurtured seedlings in a selected area of the park. Almost 500 plants have been planted over two planting days a few weeks apart.

New Horizons

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The Changeover Dinner for 2017/18 was held on the 26th of June at the “Golden Grove Tavern”. We celebrated our 1600th meeting, as well as inducted our new board for the 2017/18 Rotary year.

Rotarian Rob Carthew was presented with his “PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIP AWARD” for his outstanding service to the club and the wider community.

President Ron Kelley introduced, Otto Baumgartner (Secretary), Rob Carthew (Treasurer), Wayne Stevens (Vice President) and Keith Rendell (Immediate Past President), to serve
on the board for 2017/18.

2017-18 District Governor Visit

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It was pleasure welcoming new District Governor Peter Schaefer along  with Group 6 – Assistant Governor Peter Perkins to the dinner meeting on 11/07/17.  As a member of Alice Springs Rotary, Peter is the first District Governor to be chosen from the Clubs in Central Australia.  After a brief introduction about his background and family, DG Peter Schaefer outlined and talked about his vision & goals for the rotary year.

As encapsulated in the rotary theme for the year 2017-18, Peter has vowed to make the difference to the lives of others in his rotary year. His goals and vision includes improving cohesive relationship between clubs and the district, encouraging Clubs to take up environmental projects, such as tree planting at Calperum Station in the district, increasing membership for the clubs and the district, encouraging Rotarians to engage in voluntary projects than purely focusing on club meeting attendance, encouraging clubs to involve regularly in International projects. He also briefly mentioned about the amalgamation of two districts (9500 & 9520) which is happening in 3 years time, by 2020 and his involvement in this project.

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