Rotary clubs all over the world are undertaking the Changeover from 2011 office bearers to those newly elected for the 2011/12 Rotary year. The Rotary Club of Moruya's Changeover meeting, attended by about 100 members, partners and guests, was held at the Moruya Bowling Club on Wednesday 29th June 2011.
Guests included Past District Governor Phil Mewett, representing the District Governor Bill Seelis. In responding to a toast to Rotary International, Phil Mewett emphasised the international aspects of Rotary. Globally, he said, 1.2 million Rotarians from 34,000 clubs in 210 countries are working to the principle of "service above self". While the work of Rotary clubs in local communities is well known, Rotary is very active internationally with Ambassadorial and Peace scholarships, international student exchanges and various aid projects funded through the Rotary International Foundation. Referring to Rotary's major international project, Polio Plus, he said that after 25 years of hard work Rotary and its partners, the World Health Organisation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are on the brink of eradicating polio, but a strong push is needed now to eliminate it once and for all.
The highest award Moruya Rotary Club makes in recognition of outstanding service is the award of a Paul Harris Fellowship. This year it presented three such fellowships for service above self to Kaye Shephard, Jan Young, Rotarians partners and Rotarian Gerry Bussa.
Kaye Shephard, who was recently honoured with an Order of Australia Medal for her services to the community, which include assistance to the visually impaired through audio services, contribution to community radio and playing the organ at Bodalla Church, and her work with Rotary. Moruya Rotary Club raises most of its charity funding by catering at the kiosk at the Moruya races. Kaye has, for many years, been one of the stalwarts of the team that keeps up the flow of food to hungry race goers
Jan Young is another stalwart of the catering team and has been a Brownie leader, has been a very active volunteer in both Primary and High School canteens, even 13 years after her daughter left school! She has also assisted slow readers at the Primary School and was a founder of the scheme operated by Moruya, Batemans Bay and Narooma Rotary Clubs to present each new-born child with a book to foster an interest in reading. Some 2500 books have now been presented.
Gerry Bussa is a very active participator in any of the Club's hands-on projects. If the Club is spreading mulch, Gerry will turn up with a back-hoe or bob-cat. If there is concrete to be spread, Gerry will be there. If the Club catering van is about to sink into a quagmire, a bit of gravel will magically appear. Generally in the community Gerry is very generous with raffle prizes etc. and may hire out his portable toilets, free of charge for events such as AAMPLIFY.
Outgoing President Derek Anderson, reviewing the last year, said that the Club had continued to serve both the local and broader international communities fitting in with Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith's theme for this year "Building Communities - Bridging Continents ".
The Club's involvement with the Asha Foundation had resulted in the approval of a Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) project in Nepal and a Rotary Foundation matching grant of $5,550 in association with the Rotary Club of Sussex Inlet and the Rotary Club of Dillibazar Kathmandu in Nepal. Other notable successes had been: financial support from both the club and the local community for the Queensland flood and cyclone damage early in 2011; recognition of 15 local Volunteer Emergency Service organisations with a Certificate of Appreciation and a cash donation in October; and the visit in November from the Chilean Ambassador His Excellency Senor Pablo Pedro Diaz and his wife Veronica.
The Club had also provided a sausage sizzle to raise funds for the local radio station EAR, assisted at the Australia Day Celebrations at Riverside Park, participated in the Clean Up Australia Day and coordinated Bowelscan.
It provided catering at Careers Day, South Coast Nationals, Race Meetings, Surf Club Ball, Rotary Youth Driver Awareness RYDA program, AAMPLIFY and Cameron's Hardware.
Rotary volunteers had sanded and re-stained the tables and seats at Chesher Park, painted the John Gilmore Pavilion at Quarry Park, cleaned up and upgraded the toilet block at Quarry Park and provided a helping hand to our own Rotarians in time of need.
This year the Club had awarded two tertiary education scholarships and participated in Youth Exchange by sending two students overseas this year. It had also assisted at events such as the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN); Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs across the globe and the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA).
President Derek Anderson then passed the presidential chain of office to incoming President Terry Young and wished him and his Board every success for the forthcoming Rotary year
The newly elected members of the Moruya Rotary Club Board for 2011/12 are:
|Vice President||Clare Hack|
|President Elect||Clare Hack|
|Immediate Past President||Derek Anderson|
|Club Service/Admin.||Keith Armstrong|
|Meal Numbers||Roger Bayley|
|Public Relations||Huw Owen-Jones|
|Bulletin Editor||John Sewell|
|Vocational Service||June Mills|
|Community Service||Col Jay|
|Youth - New Generations||Rohan Gleeson|
|Rotary Foundation||Ken McLeod|
At the District level, the new District Governor for 2011/12 is Rob Woolley and the Assistant Governor is Roger Bayley from Moruya.
Any body interested in becoming a Rotarian should contact Allan Veness on 44743112.
Left to right: Allan Veness, Ken McLeod, Rohan Gleeson, Col Jay, June Mills, Keith Armstrong, Clare Hack, Steve Young, Terry Young, Derek Anderson, Tony Armstrong, Huw Owen-Jones
Left to right: Allan Jennaway, Alan Shephard, Kaye Shephard
Left to right: Steve Young, Jan Young