CLUB BULLETIN: MEETING 995 – IAN CARMAN

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From Acting President Ian Coat:

I had the pleasure of standing in for President Kirsty last Tuesday morning. We also had a couple of special visitors with German Exchange student, Marie Hermanns and Peter Poulton (RC Norwood) joining us for breakfast. Marie gave us a brief update on her activities to date. The few months she has been in Australia so far have been packed, and the next few months include camping in the Flinders Ranges, and surfing at Port Lincoln. Sgt Mark’s Quiz Questions on all things Herman went a bit far with questions Herman Munster and Family.

Ian Carman provided us an update on the current discussions on Renewable Energy and important decisions that need to be made to avoid having global climate temperature increases above the two degree Celsius limit. Ian addressed the need for base load renewable energy sources that can directly replace coal-fired power sources and is of particular importance to South Australia. These sources need to storage large amounts of energy so that we can have electricity when the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing. Advances in battery technology are well published. Ian described a relatively new approach called pumped hydro that involves pumping water from a lower holding dam to an upper holding dam, when the sun is shining and the solar cells can provide the energy. At night when the sun is not shining, the water falls back down through a hydro-electric generator. Ian stated that there are sites in the lower Flinders Ranges that look promising for such a venture.

Why the Need for Renewable Energy? Ian reminded us that 2010 -20 is the critical decade. Our choices today will lock in our children’s future pathway. Further he highlighted the hard evidence of global warming we are currently experiencing with the prognosis that 2016 will attain the status of being the planet’s hottest year since the start of human inhabitation.

The Paris Agreement Agreement came into force on 4 November and Australia became a party on 18 November. Australia’s initial commitment to reduce emissions by 26-28% on 2005 levels by 2030 is considered weak, given the challenge facing humanity. There is an expectation that international commitments will ratchet up requirements after at each five yearly review.

Members noted that the lowest hanging fruit for reducing greenhouse gas emissions was in the electricity generation sectors and that there have been 5 major independent studies showing how Australia can transition to 100% renewable energy. Ian asked members to join him in:

  • Believing that 100% renewable electricity is technically and economically achievable and that it is one essential step for decarbonising our country and way of life.
  • Demanding a bipartisan commitment to a new National Energy Market based on renewable energy and new distribution options.
  • Demanding a strong bipartisan commitment to the Paris Agreement and the 1.5 degree aspiration.

In response to the current Electricity Debacle in South Australia, Ian said that sadly there has been lack of planning on a state and national level.

Mary MacKillop Graduation and Club Awards

Siony Gardner attended Mary MacKillop’s Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday evening. The Service Above Self Awards (SAS), sponsored by Magill Sunrise Rotary, are presented to the students who displays commitment to serve others in the School and/or the Broader Community. Rotary’s vision for the SAS Awards is to promote high ethical standards, to advance world’s understanding, goodwill, peace and fellowship.

Siony is seen with Renee Caprioli. The other recipient, Isabella Carubia, was unable to attend the ceremony.

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CLUB BULLETIN: MEETING 994 – RAPID FIRE PRESENTATIONS

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From President Kirsty Stark:

At Tuesday’s meeting we had ‘Rapid Fire Presentations’ from three of our members about unique experiences they have had in their lives. First cab off the rank was Julie Carman, who spoke about the trip she took with husband Ian on the Trans-Siberian Railway in the 70s. This involved many interesting experiences, including being pulled onto a moving train when it took off from one of the stations along the way, and cooking dinner on the floor of the cabin with other tourists after most of the train restaurant’s stock was sold out of the window on the black market.

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Next was Susan Gascoine, who was stuck in a traffic jam in Lyon France with husband Chris on Valentine’s Day, and – seeing no rhyme or reason to the way traffic was moving Susan decided to jump out and direct traffic. Not speaking French, she somehow managed to make herself understood with a series of hand gestures, clearing the traffic jam and then jumping back into the car to continue on the journey.

Finally, we heard from Mark Thompson, whose exciting story from the Vietnam War in Saigon War involved a highjacking on a plane with a bomb. Mark, a Military Policeman, was sent in to defuse the situation (pun intended) because the offender was an Aussie soldier who wanted a quick return to Oz. The highjacker could fool our American allies, but not ‘one of his own’. Mark sorted out (another intended pun) the situation with some straight talking, to find that the “bomb” was in fact a box of socks and jocks. Mark then escorted the man from the aircraft, and order was restored.

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It was fantastic to hear some unknown stories from club members, and I hope we can enjoy more of these sessions in future!

We also welcomed Tyler, who we sponsored as a RYLA student several years ago. Tyler has been heavily involved in Rotary youth programs since, and dropped in to let us know about the plans for RYPEN in the coming year. They are increasing their intake of students from 45 to 90, so it will be a fantastic program, and one that Magill Sunrise is proud to support. Great to see you again, Tyler!

Weekly Challenge:

After last week’s wine challenge, I’ve instigated a food challenge this week. Send through a photo of a meal you enjoy during the week, and we’ll show them off at next week’s meeting.

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