President's Message

Mitch Brown
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Nga mema kotahi me te katoa,

Geoff Croad reports that the Containers for Change program is starting to bear fruit for the Club's fundraising efforts. During 2022 some 62,000 plus containers were recycled from four sites, raising several thousand dollars for the Club. Thanks to the people driving this initiative - Geoff, Paul and Johnny. The outcome shows this is a fantastic passive fundraising venture.

If you have contacts at a body corporate scheme where the Club could get a foothold to expand the scheme, please pass those details on.

Mario reports the x-ray and pathology equipment for the Mauna Hospital has been ordered and things are progressing well to have the facility built and operational by 30 June 2023. The building is to be dismantled during the period 11 - 19 February 2023 for shipment to Vanuatu later that month. Watch this space for further updates.

Board meeting this Wednesday and refreshing beverages at BTs on Thursday starting at 4.30 pm.

Enjoy your week.    
Mitch Brown
We have two participants in the current RYTS camp
This weekend, our District 9640 is running the Rotary Youth Transition Seminar (RYTS) at Camp Bornhoffen. Our club has sponsored two participants: Zahra Forbutt (you may remember her: she attended the RYPEN camp last year and also spoke at our club - left picture ) and Chelsea Owen (right). Hopefully, we'll see the two young women at one of our future meetings to relate their experiences.

RYTS is a transition program with a focus to assist the transition from one area of study into the next phase of life. The program is delivered at a 6 day residential camp for students who are in the senior years of school (Year 11-12) or who are aged between 17-18 if not within a school system.

Participants will hear from inspiring guest speakers and participate in activities that will challenge them on many different levels.  Our program covers personal growth, teamwork, self awareness and practical skills for life after school.  Participants will also develop lifelong friendships and connections that will help them later in life.  A key element of RYTS is that the full details of the program are not shared pre-camp.  This allows participants to head to camp with an open mind and increases the value of the activities that are undertaken.

Shed Volunteers run their own Bunnings Sizzle
No flies on these guys... On Sunday, volunteers from our project shed manned [is one permitted to use this term these days, particularly as a lady was part of the team too? Ed.] the bulk of the shifts at the Sausage Sizzle tent at Bunnings Olsen Avenue. Well done guys! Paul O'Neill took this photo, from left: Don Ferguson, Ron Thomson, Bryan Tuesley and Ann O'Connor (who is a regular at just about all our sizzles). In addition to the aforementioned, there also were Uwe Seifert, Brian Pearson, Geoff Croad, Adrian Crowe, Ross Augustine, Ben Loots and Matt Hayward
Last Wednesday's guest speaker: Denna Szwajkowski
Whew..! that was close! Regrettably, Tash and Adam had to cancel at the last minute, but fortunately, they were able to arrange a replacement speaker for our meeting last Wednesday: Denna (she will forgive you if you opt to omit her surname... ☺), who is the National Marketing Manager of an Australian registered charity, Global Glamping, accepted the challenge at very late notice. 
Now, there are some 55,000 charities registered in Australia, but Global Glamping certainly has a different approach.  Here is a brief write-up Denna provided me with. You can obtain full details on their website, or you can contact her directly - see her contact details at the end of this article.
What does the Charity do?
Our primary purpose is to solve homelessness in all of its formsThis includes people facing the real potential of economic homelessness from the gap between real wages and the cost of living; those affected by natural disasters and women that are fleeing domestic and family violence.
Regardless of where you are today, homelessness is only a circumstance or two away.
While we appreciate donations towards our cause, we would prefer to add value to the world than be a drain upon it. 
How does the charity help? 
  • We work with industry and manufacturing to create mobile, relocatable homes for those left homeless
  • We work with people at risk of homelessness as a result of Domestic Violence.  This includes the distribution of safety devices
How does the charity operate?
  • To fund our projects, we partner with Australian businesses to offer marketing, I.T., and promotional services to increase profitability, customers, and employment opportunities for mutual success. 
  • We primarily do this through our membership offering.
How can you get involved?
It’s the new way for humanitarian businesses.

Denna Szwajkowski
Direct: 07 4800 7071
Mobile: 0412 942 285
District Conference is just a bit over 7 weeks away
Our District 9640 Conference in Yamba is just a bit over 7 weeks away!
When: from 10 - 12th March 2023
Where: Bowlo Sports and Leisure Yamba
44 Wooli Street Yamba NSW 2464
You need to register (registration is free and includes Morning Tea, but - fair enough - meals and the dinner dance incur a fee.
Click here for details and to register:
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change - please check every week.  Note: Fellowship duty also is expected to be at the Project Shed on the Saturday following the meeting
DateDoorChairmanFellowship/Project Shed (following Saturday)
18/01/2023N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Paul Smith (Saturday, 21st January at the shed)
25/01/2023Paul SeymourAshleigh SymesCharles Thomasson
01/02/2023N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Ross Augustine (Saturday, 4th February at the shed)
08/02/2023Andy BellSimon BrookTrent Belling
15/02/2023N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)
Johnny Bueti (Saturday 18th February at the shed)
22/02/2023Dean CastellDarrell BrownNick Cole
Inspirations  - well, sort of... 181123
When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind. Patrick Rothfuss – The Name of the Wind.
Positively last items relating to New Year:
I ordered a pizza five minutes before the new year and when it arrived I said, “I ordered this last year!” 
New Year is a time to start afresh, to start things all over again, but you realize things are too complicated and you can’t start.
May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.
A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.
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