Rotary’s Youth Programs

Program Activities 2015-2016



The Rotary Club of Emerald & District has continued to support the youth in our community. Many students at the local Primary Schools and Emerald Secondary College have greatly benefitted from participating in our Rotary youth programs.

This year our Club initiated a new Youth Service activity. The Primary Schools Speech Contest was a great success and I have already been approached by a couple of Principals requesting that we stage it again in the new Rotary Year. I was delighted to see that the Final which was held at our Emerald Primary School in October involved nearly all of our members in a number of different capacities.

Once again a cheque was presented to Emerald Primary School as we wished to continue our financial support of their RACV Energy Breakthrough Challenge. The $250 assisted in the building of a solar powered vehicle designed by their students and their car competed in a number of challenges throughout the State.

At the end of last year, club members made the following presentations

  • “Marie Ranger Memorial Scholarships” were presented to 2 Year 6 students at the Macclesfield Primary School at their Grade 6 Graduation Night
  • Two Year 9 students from the Emerald Secondary College were presented with “Les Smith Scholarships” at their end of year Award Night
  • At the Year 12 Valedictory Dinner, Citizenship Awards in the form of engraved watches (one boy and one girl) were presented to two deserving recipients at Emerald Secondary College.

Three Year 10 students from Emerald Secondary College participated in the Conoco Phillips Science Experience in January that was held at the Parkville Campus of the University of Melbourne. Feedback from these 3 young people was very positive as was the reaction of the 2 Year 9 students who attended this year’s Camp Awakenings in April. This camp is for students who may not have realised their potential and the participants move through a series of activities that aim to encourage resilience and promote leadership skills.

The Youth Committee were very pleased to arrange a contribution of $800 to a very worthy little girl at Menzies Creek Primary School. The money was to help cover the cost of a specially designed wheelchair that would better meet her extensive needs.

In May assistance was provided by a number of our members at the mock job interviews which is part of the Connect Program for Year 9 students at Emerald Secondary Colleges.

As a joint project of Youth Service and Community Service Russell and I went to the College to offer our support for their Road Safety Awareness Program for Years 10-12 and talk about the benefits of RYDA (Rotary Youth driver Awareness) for Year 11’s. We subsequently presented them with a cheque for $500 to help any families who needed assistance in paying for their Year 10 son/daughter to participate in the METEC Program. It was pleasing to hear that the school was going to include RYDA in their Safety Program in 2017 as it is a perfect follow on from what the Year 10’s experienced this year.

Youth Service has had a busy year. Sincere thanks to my Committee (Artie, Vicki, Tom and Sunil) for your support and for helping to make this year a very rewarding and productive one


Gloria Hargreaves

Chair, Youth Service Committee