Club Bulletin – Meeting 926: Sandy Morey

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From President Colin Hill:

A great final club meeting for my Rotary year. Very pleasing indeed to have visitors Megan Weber from Cando 4 kids, Steve Wright from Headspace as well as Jeff Neale from the Rotary Club of Campbelltown (where I took the opportunity to advise him that our Board of Directors at the Board meeting last week nominated him as an Honorary Member).

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The thought provoking speaker was Sandy Morey, a member of the Rotary Club of Hyde Park and an Inspector with the South Australia Police. In his current role as SAPOL Operations Inspector for the Strategy, Policy and Programs Section, Sandy oversees a number of portfolios including youth programs, crime prevention and multiculturalism; with a component of this work involving overseeing development of ideas and engagement with the community to prevent extremist behavior.

He said that in our heightened security environment with, amongst other things, new laws focusing on potential and returning recruits associated with overseas Jihadist campaigns, and in the light of the Sydney Lindt Cafe Siege and the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, Rotarians should ask ourselves, can we do anything to help prevent terrorism, and does Rotary have a role in preventing terrorism? His well understood answer was that Rotary can play a role through the building of relationships across all communities, engaging youth in RYPEN and RYLA and the pursuit of peace.

The Reel Event

Mina and I both presented proceeds to the primary beneficiaries of The Reel Event, Megan Weber and Steve Wright. Once again my congratulations to all who ran and helped with The Reel Event and enabled us to benefit the community.

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National Youth Science Forum

On Wednesday, I had the privilege of helping Siony with interviewing three most impressive year 11 students from Mary MacKillop as nominees for next year’s National Youth Science Forum (NYSF). Also helping us with the interview was our last year’s successful NYSF student and past club guest speaker Elyse Gambell, who was able to fill the gaps with some very well thought out questions and advice.

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Club Bulletin – Meeting 925: Peter Christopher

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Another enjoyable meeting with a great guest speaker, Peter Christopher Director from the Clipper Ship City of Adelaide Ltd., dedicated to preserving the historic clipper 1864 City of Adelaide and making it the centrepiece of a seaport village in Port Adelaide.

A copy of the presentation shown by Peter is at this website.

However, some of the points that I picked up on are:

  • The campaign to rescue the ship has taken over 14 years by a small team of dedicated volunteers.
  • The clipper is approximately the same length as a Boeing 747, however while the 747 carries up to 500 passengers, the clipper only carried about 300.
  • The 14 first class cabins actually had “ensuite” toilets via a direct hole to the ocean. Pity about the 2nd class fare payers who had to make use of the less than private, or comfortable, ship’s “heads”
  • 250,000 Australians can trace their ancestor’s immigration to Australia back to this ship.
  • Once the good citizens of Sunderland in the UK (where the City of Adelaide was built in 1864) woke up that Peter Christopher and his friends had ideas of transporting the hulk to Adelaide, they put in a counter proposal and then a law suit in an attempt to keep the remains in the UK. Before they could counter with legal action Peter’s team spirited the ship out of British jurisdiction in the Netherlands for decontamination before the journey to Australia.
  • If you have ever watched ‘Big Moves’ on Fox then none of those could compare with the City of Adelaide’s journey from Scotland to Adelaide. Having Prince Philip as sponsor was another factor that helped the process.
  • The City of Adelaide, along with Cutty Sark in London are the only 2 remaining clippers from 19th Century.

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Magill Sunrise Market

Last Sunday’s Rotary Club of Magill Market was a great financial success for the Club. Thank you for the continued hard work by all involved.

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Club Bulletin – Meeting 924

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From President Colin Hill:

924_imageWe had a great meeting Tuesday morning; starting with a first class breakfast prepared once again by Leonie and Gary, followed by an induction of our new Friend of Rotary, Rosita Howell.

In lieu of a guest speaker, President Elect Mina presented her ideas regarding the concept of a smaller Board structure for the Club, with regular club committee meetings every 2nd Tuesday, preceding the monthly Board meeting the day following. Mina asked for responses from every club member after reviewing her proposals, which were distributed via hard copy as well as email.

On another topic, Mina also sought feedback on options for a new style club dinner plaque/badge.

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Club Bulletin – Meeting 923

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From President Colin Hill:

923_imageGreg Love from the Rotary Club of Kent Town representing Shelterbox gave an interesting talk supported by a video outlining the organisation.

Established in 2000 in the UK, Shelterbox has provided emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis. Responses to some well known disasters have included the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the Indonesian-Javanese earthquake in 2006, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the Syria crisis, and the biggest storm to ever make landfall – Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. More recently, the Vanuatu cyclone and the Nepal earthquake emergencies have been supported by Shelterbox.

Not quite as well known, Shelterbox has also helped many thousands of people displaced by disasters that are not featured in the media. Simply put, if there are families in need of emergency shelter, Shelterbox does everything they can do to help them.

Sponsoring a box costs $AUD 1,000, including delivery direct to those who need it. Each box bears its own unique number so a donor can track their box all the way to its recipient country via the website. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local communities and support organisations. At the end of the emergency, the recipients keep the box and its contents. Where a box needs to be replenished Shelterbox also has a top-up kit.

Boxes are stored at many locations around the world ready for instant despatch – the Australian repository at a Toll owned Geelong located (Vic) bond-store. Typical contents include:

  • A disaster relief tent for a family of up to 10 people and designed to withstand winds up to 100 Km/hr.
  • A children’s pack containing drawing books, crayons and pens.
  • Water purification equipment.
  • A basic tool kit containing a hammer, axe, saw, trenching shovel, hoe head, pliers and wire cutters.
  • A wood burning or multi-fuel stove.
  • Pans, utensils, bowls, mugs and water storage containers.

Rather remarkably, almost all the effort is done by volunteers, with only one paid employee in Australia. Our club of course, has been a great supporter of Shelterbox over the years.

If you would like to donate to Shelterbox on line then click onto: http://www.shelterboxaustralia.com.au/ Donations are tax deductible and from $200 upwards you can track the final destination of the Shelterbox that you have helped purchase.

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Sturt Rotaract Charter Night

The Sturt Rotaract Club Charter night at the Hackney Hotel was great fun with everyone dressed up to the nines. Our gift of club shirts to the Rotaracters was well received and I think we will see them being worn proudly on many occasions in the future.

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