President Brian opened the meeting with final updates for Wings, 252 tickets were sold, workers were ready to ‘man’ their stalls, assist with parking and set up for the Swing into Wings Dinner. Elaine then added to the excitement, announcing that $22,000 has been sent to UNI Research, from Race Day proceeds. Then Peter introduced our Guest Speaker, Dr Michael Davey. Michael rode a pushbike 14,000 kms around Australia (Including Tasmania) to help children suffering…
Our Guest Speaker, Lisa Norman flew the first new Dreamliner that Qantas has and gave an excellent talk about aviation. I also had the enormous pleasure of presenting a memento to each of the Captains of Qantas involved in the record breaking first flight of a Boing 747-400 registered VH OJA from London to Sydney, the world’s longest flight and also the Captains of the last flight also a record of the shortest flight on the same plane. That flight was 11 minutes. To have all those who flew those two epic flights in the one room at the same time was a great coup for Tony. As well as that HARS has the aircraft that flew those flights, and many more, at Albion Park.
I would like to report that the survey about our club has been sent to all members and I request that you complete that survey and return it for compilation. The second thing that I would inform all members is that I now have three completed “Rotary Youth Volunteer Information and Declaration Form 3” and will have to report by the end of the month on this matter
We appointed Peter Rixon to be Sarg & lead the Toast to Australia.
Edith brought birthday cards for Isla & one for Rhys ( Elaine Hart dropped that one to the Gray household for Rhys’s return).
We had a lively update on HARS at Albion Park Airfield & the Swing into Wings Dinner. Tony McAdam is very excited about the dinner with its links this year to Qantas.
Attendance at our own meeting is still a very strong concern with only 10 members at our last meeting. We must be able to do better than this, having some 35 members in the club. When each of us joined there was a commitment from us to serve and be a good Rotarian. A part of that commitment was to attend the meetings each week.
Secretary Isla who is busy tramping the Queen Charlotte Track in NZ with our IT guru Michael sent out a please be there reminder to members because we had an interesting morning coming up with a trio of guest speakers. And for those who read the fine print it was a most interesting morning because we learnt the Novotel is planning to turn the Windjammers into a Function Centre.
My last week was all about District Conference. We made a bit of a trip of it staying one night in Bathurst then one at Orange, three nights in Mudgee and one night in Cowra on the return trip. The conference was of equal standing with the previous conference at Wollongong with excellent speakers from a wide range of people
A big 20 days in Fiji, but kicked some good goals. The house is base for the women’s project I set up – solar to start pearl jewellery business. That women’s project suddenly has 6 other women wanting to take the concept to their communities all round Fiji – pretty powerful stuff for the small group of women who kicked this off with a little mentoring and support from here http://healthyresilient.com Also relocated one solar system on…
District Primary School Literacy Project. Rotarians and partners were able to support two projects for a small donation of $2. We were able to hand over 50 books to one primary school in each AG Group these books were secured from the donations. School recipients in our area were: Tarrawanna Public School and Warilla Public School