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Program Activities 2015-2016

Community Service

Firstly many thanks to committee members John, Kerry, Lyn and Peter for their advice deliberations and contributions during the year.

Ramingining:

The Club has been a long term supporter of this cultural indigenous exchange program between Cockatoo Primary School and the Ramingining community school in Arhnem Land, N.T. Early in the year we were able to contribute $1500 to this very positive program that promotes better understanding between indigenous and local children.

Christmas Hampers

We donated $500 each to St Marks and St Luke’s whose program supports needy families in the community at Xmas time. It was also good to see Barry Plant playing a significant role providing a collection point for community contributions to these hampers.

Community Support

We were able to provide some personal support for an individual in Selby who was a bit overwhelmed with her circumstances. This was effective and acknowledged with an appreciative letter of thanks. Thanks to Marjolein for her assistance here.

Community networking

Representatives of PROBUS and LIONS attended as guest speakers for a community networking meeting, and the membership generally appreciated getting to know a bit more about fellow service clubs in our community. More interaction was encouraged.

Youth Driver Awareness

Following a tragic car crash last year, initial need for action was addressed to Community service who made some enquiries about RYDA. Later discussions at board level indicated a crossover with Youth service. Working with Gloria we set up a meeting with Emerald Secondary Staff and discussed their program of driver awareness and road safety. Subsequently we were able to provide financial support for students with particular financial or family problems to participate in the METEC all day driver awareness program. ESC will further evaluate program effectiveness including RYDA and would seek to continue with a program of driver awareness and education.

Emerald Funfest/PAVE

Previously we have made a donation to help with running costs however this year we decided manpower would be more useful. Also we saw the potential to raise the Rotary presence in this community celebration. Yours truly attended some Funfest Organizing committee meetings and helped out with some preparations. Also many thanks to Peter and Bonnie who made a very early start to help out as stall marshals on the Sunday. We also had the traditional donut van which had a very good day in terms of fundraising. A tea and cake stall with a reusable Rotary Photographic display , while not making a lot of money at least garnered the interest of a couple of new members. Many thanks to Marg Anderson for support on the day and donating some lovely cakes, and again to Bonnie for sticking it out for most of the day. Many thanks to all of the helpers who did time on the Donut Van and assisted with the tea and cakes. Being adjacent to the vacant Rotary BBQ it was generally agreed that a sausage sizzle would be a better proposition if we were to be involved next year.

Emerald SES

The club is to continue supporting a fundraising website for the SES thanks to Kris Ash.

Looking forward to more community networking and support in coming years,

Russell Marnock

Chair, Community Service Chair