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).
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.
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.