Club Bulletin: Meeting 974 – Helping Hand

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From President Mina Ward:

One keynote speaker and one special guest featured at last Tuesday’s breakfast meeting. Linda Sweeney from Somerton Park Sunrise spoke on the Helping Hand Project while Jacqui van Ruiten, newly appointed Principal of Norwood Morialta High School gave us an update on both campuses and the unique characteristics of NMHS.

Linda Sweeney’s Presentation

The Helping Hand Project was started by an American Ernie Meadows, who wanted to help children of the world after the death of his daughter. From this kernel of an idea came prosthetic hands for the victims of land mines and warfare. What makes these prosthetics hands different is that they are not cosmetic, but functional. Linda told us that there are 2,000 land mine accidents each month. 95% are civilian and 75% of survivors have at least one amputation.

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The Helping Hand Project spread to Rockhampton Qld and is a registered with RAWCS. From 1st July 2016 Sally Charlton of Tailem Bend club will be taking over as Project Leader in SA.

Prosthetic hands are assembled and quality checked by Rotarians and then taken overseas by Rotarians at their own expense and fitted free of charge. Each hand costs $500 and can remain serviceable for about 6 years.

Linda told us of the recent work done in Sri Lanka and how the prosthetic hands have restored dignity to the lives of those who can now drive a car, ride a bike, type, eat and wash themselves. Many land mine victims are double amputees as well as being blind.

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Jacqui van Ruiten’s Presentation

We (Norwood Morialta High School) are a large, multicultural school with an enrolment of approximately 1550 students located on dual campuses (at Rostrevor and Magill). The school has a long tradition of academic excellence supported by a broad range of curriculum offerings. In particular, our school is known for our language program (with 5 languages), our international program (with over 150 international students who actively seek to study in Adelaide and at NMHS) and we enjoy a strong Performing Arts program with outstanding musicals and short-film festivals.

The school has also built on the success of its Mathematics, Science and Computer programs to implement an innovative STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) program that integrates learning across the disciplines and connects with real-world application. In particular, the school is focusing on three articulated pathways:

  • Aviation
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Computational Science and Engineering

As the newly appointed principal and a former Maths teacher I am passionate about STEM pathways and we are actively working to strengthen our STEM program in collaboration with industry and UniSA. We recognise that partnerships with industry, business and the community will assist in the authentic development and promotion of these pathways and would value any support.

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Visit to the Hutt Street Centre

Those who were available attended the Hutt Street Centre on Thursday. The Hutt Street Centre is one of our designated charities for the coming year. More on this later.

NOTE: sponsorship and donations for Mina’s Chanel Swim go to the Hutt Street Centre. If you wish to donate to donate to Mina’s swim go online to:

See you all on Sunday for the Changeover meeting at The Maid!

Download the Club Bulletin for meeting 974 here.


Download the Club Bulletin for meeting 973 here.

From President Mina Ward:

I had the double act of presiding over last Tuesday’s meeting as well as being Guest Speaker. Bulletin Editor Mark T had been at me for some time to speak on my area of expertise as a Physiotherapist; Visceral Massage.

I am an adherent of the Jean-Pierre Barral method and for those who were not present and heard my presentation, click onto the link:

I must also thank Greg, who ‘volunteered’ as my demo mannequin and allowing me to peg (literally) various areas of his body. It’s a pity that he ended up looking a little like Quasimodo.

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Well done Kirsty on making it as the feature article for the Advertiser’s Business Section. Is this an omen of bigger things to come? Let’s hope one day we can say, ‘We knew Kirsty when…..’.

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Visit to the Hutt Street Centre

We are booked in for a visit to the Hutt St Centre this coming Thursday 23rd at 10am. I understand this will not suit everyone, but this is the best time to visit, as most of the facility is open then and being used. I need to get back to the Centre to confirm numbers on Monday, so please let me know ASAP if you plan on attending.  Thanks, Mina.

New PA System for Club

The photo below says it all. Thanks you Federal Government for funding our new public address system and thank you Member for Sturt, Christopher Pyne for sharing breakfast with us and handing over the cheque. Carol had difficulty presenting it at the bank!

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Club Bulletin: Meeting 972 – Club Assembly

Download the Club Bulletin for meeting 972 here.

From President Mina Ward:

Club Assembly last Tuesday morning produced the following thoughts when members were asked to express their future vision for the club in no more than 3 words:

Enthusiastic, fun, innovation, vibrant, trust/friendly, community minded, active, dynamic, Magill Market, Reel Event, engaged locally, supportive, happy, productive, inclusive, diverse, creative, members dedicated to attendance, continue and improve youth initiative involvement.

Here are member thoughts on our Mission statement:

  • ‘working to make the world shine’
  • ‘a club with a SA profile’
  • ‘being dedicated to being a friendly, welcoming community involved club, while being true to Rotary
  • ideals’
  • ‘the four-way test’
  • ‘support the community while having fun’

Upcoming One Thousandth Meeting (17th Jan)

It was suggested that we have breakfast in Nightingale Park, whilst burying a new time capsule.

Mark T suggested raising $1,000 for a worthy cause to commemorate our One Thousandth Meeting.

David Dew: Honorary Member

It’s a mother and son double act in the kitchen now and David Dew has filled the breach left by the ill health of Gary. David is now an honorary member of Rotary Club of Magill Sunrise.

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Download the Club Bulletin for meeting 971 here.

From President Mina Ward:

Sky Kim and Sarah Brodie re-told their experiences from the recent RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) at this week’s meeting. Both girls broke into laughter as they recalled group experiences such as playing capture the flag in a glow stick lit forest as well as making new friends.

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RYPEN provides young people aged 14-17 with an opportunity to develop valuable leadership skills. The weekend long program sees them engage with like-minded people, while having fun and learning new skills in areas such as problem solving and public speaking. In addition to the theory they had the opportunity to put their new skills into practice through debate and physical activity. This year saw the first Sunraysia RYPEN, as well as the metro one. Both programs where a great success and will run again in April 2017.

Thanks to Sky and Sarah for their fantastic talks, and to their mum’s for transporting their girls. A special thanks to Sarah’s mum who celebrated her birthday that morning.

It has been a crazy couple of weeks in the world of Magill Sunrise, what with the club’s 20th birthday, The Reel Event and of course friend of the club, Susan Gascoine completing her mammoth walk from Renmark to Adelaide. Susan has raised over $15,000 as well as huge awareness about Cystic Fibrosis. A huge congratulations to Susan, and her husband Chris- great team effort!!

Just a reminder to anyone wanting to attend Christine and Wayne’s social gathering at their new house on 13th June, please let me know by 5th June. Thanks.

Next meeting will be a club assembly – watch your email inboxes for details!

Download the Club Bulletin for meeting 971 here.