Last weeks meeting was a busy one with Clare & Renee Demeo speaking about their experiences at the National Youth Science Forum, presentation of our cheque to Ben Scott our second apprentice for the Fiji housing project trip and Katie from "Assistance dogs to help Children with Disabilities" Katie arrived with the most adorable 8 week old black Labrador pup Tara who was a big hit with everyone present.
There are reports on these speakers elsewhere in this bulletin. We also bode farewell to Ed Hunter who was with us for the last time this summer, thanks Ed for all of your help whilst you were in town.
We have two more big events approaching fast, this Monday the annual Golf day is being run at the RACV, the Golf committee have put in a lot of work on this and we hope that the event is a success for them and our Club.
Following the golf, this Monday's meeting will be focused on briefing all members on their tasks for the Dog Walk Event. It is important for all members involved to be present at this briefing to ensure that everyone understands their tasks for the following weekend which make for a successful event on the 30th.
Also don't forget that District Conference is coming up quick on 11-13th April in Bordertown for anyone interested in attending. Accommodation will be tight so you will need to act quickly.
We were very lucky to have our NYSF sponsored student Clare Demeo ,with her identical twin Renee (sponsored by RC of Ocean Grove) ,both of whom attended the 2014 Canberra sessions and were enthusiastic reporters about their respective experiences.
Clare was involved with various Biological experiences via Florey group, and Renee with Einstein Physics based trips and lab visits.
They recounted many experiences- both social and academic which will remain as life long memories , with new friends from all around Australia and Internationally.They believe NYSF will give their future life choices in Science greater clarity and the challenges of Year 12 greater relevance .
They were very appreciative of the financial support given by the RC of Torquay, as it allowed each girl to attend separate sessions, and gain a unique experience- difficult as very close identical twins!
I believe they will be great promoters of Rotary and the NYSF ,and certainly already have excellent public speaking skills - which will be needed for their future School and Rotary presentations
This week has been very exciting, on Monday at 10.30 am I went to Torquay College Secondary School and met the Principal Peter Radmie, soon after, a charming lady Katie arrived with the most adorable 8 week old black Labrador pup Tara.
Tara had flown from Queensland on Thursday to become a part of the training programme for Assistance dogs to help Children with Disabilities
Tara will go to a foster family for twelve months and will be introduce to a variety of situations that are encountered in normal life, she will travel on trains, trams and go to shopping malls, and engage in many activities with both adults and children.
Her next step will be full on training, she will learn to respond to and help children that are disabled or have autism, these kids seem to have a terrific response with the dogs and the dogs have a calming effect on the kids, who often are isolated and have no friends.
We had a terrific response at Torquay college plugging the event and encouraging student to get their parents to go and dogs to join in the competitions and races.
Next it was on to St. Therese primary, we did five sessions with all classes at the school, they all got to pat little Tara and she certainly was a big hit, by the time we had completed the second session Tara was out cold but still willing to let the kids have a pat.
What a great little pup. We wound up and 1pm so Tara and Katie could have some rest before going to the Rotary meeting Monday night, where I think she was popular.
To wind up the week Gayle Evans visited Bellbrae Primary, and Torquay College in Grossman's Road to promote our event.
Hopefully the children who saw our presentations at school will encourage their families to attend our event next weekend.
At last Mondays meeting I had the pleasure of presenting Ben Scott with a cheque from our Club. Ben is the second of the apprentices who will be accompanying our Clubs' work team on the trip to Fiji to participate in the Rotahomes Project in May. As Ben was unable to attend our meeting at the Jan Juc Surf Club 2 weeks ago his presentation was held over until this week. The $2,000 given to Ben has come from special fundraising events by our Club and will cover his travel expenses for the trip.
As an apprentice in the local building industry Ben will have much experience to offer the work team and it is hoped that through his participation on the team he will gain a greater understanding of the work of Rotary as well as pride in knowing that he has assisted people who struggle with the basic essentials of life.
By now you will all be aware that this event is fast approaching on the 30th March. You will have received an email from Secretary Gayle (5th March) with a request to fill one or more of the many tasks that our Club is committed for, both on the Saturday (setting up) and across most of Sunday during the event.
If you have not yet looked at the email then please do so, and remember that partners and friends of the Club are most welcome to assist as well. If you would like any further details please contact Trevor Brown, Jeanette Crowther or Gayle Evans.
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See Events for details
Mon 24 Mar
Club Golf Day
Meeting as usual - Dog Walk Briefing
Sun 30 Mar
Spring Creek Common
Mon 31 Mar
Due to Club
Participation at Dog Walk
Mon 7 Mar
Gerard McNamara - East Timor Project Report
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