Its always great to have participants return to our club after attending a youth program. Camp Awakenings is a camp for Year Nine students which is focused on building support networks through friendship and trust. Our participants Sage and Eve spoke at our club meeting and gave a glowing account about how their lives have been changed for the better.
Charity Golf Day
The 23rd Charity Golf Day at the Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club was held recently with perfect weather and a good line up of players. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors and donors for helping us achieve a great result. Funds raised will assist our club in funding local programs, particularly youth programs.
President of The Historical Radio Society of Australia
Our club was fortunate recently to have Kevin Poulter as a guest speaker. Kevan took us all back down memory lane with photos of gramophones, record players and of course radios of all types, sizes and age. We are very fortunate that such as society exists with so many interested members with fantastic collections. Hopefully our history is safe in the hands of such enthusiasts.
Guest Speaker Kevin Poulter and President Heather Winch
June is the End of the Rotary Year
June is the month when we our club takes stock and celebrates all that we have achieved in both our local and international community. Each year we are amazed by all we have managed to achieve. It is also a time when we celebrate the achievements of our Rotary District. The Rotary year ends and begins at Changeover, where those at the helm handover to the next eager group of volunteers. Our outgoing District Governor Carol Lawton passed the baton on to Malcolm Chiverton at the District Changeover held at the Southern Golf Club recently. A great night was had by members of our club.
May is Rotary’s Youth Month
Members, partners and friends joined the Rotary Club of Noble Park and Keysborough at St Johns Regional College Hospitality school in Dandenong. We were treated to a lovely meal and exceptional table service all courtesy of the hospitality students.
Left Image: Hospitality students
Right Image: The lucky patrons of the hospitality school
May is Rotary’s Youth Month – Camp Awakenings
Our club recently welcomed as guest speakers four exceptional young ladies who had recently attended Rotary Youth events. All students at Mentone Girls Grammar: Sophie Wightman, Zoe Whitney and Meaghan Sheehan recently attended Camp Awakenings and Rebecca Prince was the key note speaker at this year’s Dingley Village ANZAC Dawn Service.
ANZAC Public Speaking Competition
An exceptional group of young people represented their schools at the ANZAC Public Speaking Competition. The judges has a tough decision with Rebecca Prince from Mentone Girls Grammar being declared the winner. Other participants included Ryan Buckler from Mentone Grammar, Nicholas Gale from St Bede’s College and Rick Wang from Lighthouse Christian College. Rebecca will be the key note speaker at both the ANZAC Schools and Dawn services. Congratulations Rebecca!
Wear a Hat in Support of ‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness’
At a recent club meeting to support the Australian Rotary Health initiative we all wore hats to raise funds. our President Gregg Wragg and Helen looked particularly dapper.
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
At our recent Change Over evening, immediate Past President Gail Robertson was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow for her tireless work in Rotary over many years in many Rotary clubs, including our own club where Gail had just completed a 2-year stint as club President.
Image Left: President Greg Wragg presenting Gail Robertson with her Paul Harris Recognition
MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Along with almost 600 Australians who were recognised for their contribution to the community in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours, Rotarian Greg Wragg was awarded with an OAM for service to the International community Fiji. Congratulations Greg we are so proud of you.
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
Local Bendigo Community Bank Manager, Anne McAllister was recently recognised by our club as a Paul Harris Fellow for her outstanding contribution to her local community.
L to R – President Gail Robertson with Anne McAllister
Youth Exchange Student Arrives Home
After a year in Brazil Natasha Pizzi arrived home on 17th January after a very long flight. We look forward to hearing all about Natasha’s exchange year in the near future when she will be the guest speaker at out club.
Natasha Pizzi met at the airport by club counsellor Pam Davies
Vocational Month – Student Award
Our club recently visited the Cilantro Restaurant for a Vocational evening. Cilantro is the training restaurant at the Moorabbin Campus of Holmesglen TAFE, where hospitality trainees receive hands on instruction in cooking, waiting, and bar service. Our club has supported the trainees in the past, and during the evening President Gail Robertson presented an award to Liam Hutchins, one of the trainees, to assist him with his studies and efforts to gain employment in this field. Liam is an enthusiastic member of the current group in training, and a worthy recipient of this award. We wish him well in his future endeavours.
A great night was had by our Rotary club members, partners, family and friends.
President Gail presenting Liam Hutchins with his award
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
Our club recently posthumously awarded a Paul Harris Fellow to Gary Davies which was accepted by his son Campbell. Gary’s wife Pam Davies was also awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of both her wonderful support of Gary, but also for her own wonderful contribution to Rotary through the partners’ Jewellery project which over the years has raised tens of thousand of dollars which has been donated to worthy local and International humanitarian projects.
District Governor David Tolstrup presents Paul Harris Fellows to Campbell Davies and Pam Davies
Guest Speaker Stacey Currie
Guest speaker Stacey Currie (right) with chairman Sue Hilton
According to the usual script, Stacey should be living on the streets, in jail, on drugs or dead. She ticks all the boxes when it comes to risk factors, having experienced no mum throughout her life, bought up in housing commission, child sexual abuse, aged 13 and living in a shed, 15 and pregnant, 19 with 2 babies and homeless, 21 with 3 kids and living in a domestic violent relationship.
But remarkably Stacey managed to defy the odds in a spectacular way by getting up when everyone had counted her out. She has gone on to become a successful business owner and international speaker of acclaim.
Fast forward 10 years…
Often referred to as the “rough diamond” by colleagues, clients and friends and recently featured as a guest reporter on the Channel Nine Morning Show, featured on The Circle, The Kerri-Anne Show, A Current Affairs, ABC’s 7:30 Report, The Herald Sun, The Age, BRW magazine, and many more; this lady is living proof that you CAN overcome the odds and lives by her motto that “if you are powered by passion all things are possible”.
Stacey is now 36 years old and has five wonderful children, and a beautiful and supportive partner. She is an author, international speaker, and runs a successful business Brand Print Australia. The most exciting part of Stacey’s life right now is being the official Ambassador for the Lighthouse Foundation and Brave Hearts Inc which has seen her nominated for the 2012 Pride of Australia Award.