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Whyalla , SA 5600
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Our guest speaker this evening was Alek Sims, Alek is part of a team that goes to Nepal to volunteer his time helping those with vision issues.
 
He has been going since his final year at uni, where he was selected by one of his lecturers and mentors to attend.  The team go for 2 weeks at a time and is a mix of Rotarians and non-Rotarians.  So far, they have covered 5 different regions, Nepal has a population of approx 30 million people and poverty is prominent in their country.  
 
The team of opticians and assistants provide glasses and check cataracts, and also do basic screenings for vision issues.  The team bring large amounts of pre-made glasses and also small amounts of single vision donated lenses that can be reused.  They are also connected with local Nepalese Rotary clubs and businesses.  The team collaborate with the local hospitals do perform cataract surgery and repair approximately 100 eyes per trip.
 
Alek discussed that his trips are fully self-funded and Rotary facilitates the project.
 
 
Club President, Brian Herd thanks Alek for an extremely interesting presentation.
Rotarian Jari presented our guest tonight - Devin Davenport. Devin is a Process Engineer at Steelmaking, working at Liberty GFG.  Jari had heard snippets of Devin's story and wondered how Devin's journey in life had lead to he and his family now living and working in Whyalla.
 
Devin was born in the United States, in the state of Arizona.  He grew up in the desert like climate, where there are cacti in place of trees.
 
When Devin was school age, he joined the Arizona Boys Chorus and travelled around the States performing.  Once graduated from high school, he went on to study linguistics in college, while working at Krispy Kreme, among other jobs.  When he discovered that linguistics did not lead to a career, he left college and joined the marines.
 
While stationed in Hawaii, a strike of fate lead to meeting his now wife in a bar while she was on holiday.  While their first night ended in her being carried over the threshold, later Devin did it officially when they were married in Hawaii.
 
Once out of the Marines, Devin moved to St Louis to complete his Engineering Degree. He went on to have a baby and then complete his masters in chemical engineering. 
 
In 2018, after having their 2nd child, Devin's wife received bad news that her dad was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.  The prognosis was not good, so the family decided to relocate to Australia.  While waiting for the visa process to enable Devin to work in Australia, he stayed at home caring for the kids and his father-in-law.
 
Finally, once able to return to the workforce, Devin worked in a plastics company and later a heat exchanger business.  However these jobs did not provide the challenge he sought in his professional career.  He saw an advertisement for Liberty GFG and took the plunge.  Now 2 years later, he has settled his family here.
 
Devin then showed us his Marines certificate (because no one believes him that he was in the Marines!) and then we were treated to some awesome rope tricks.
 
 
Devin displaying his rope tricks.
Immediate Past President, Michele Hart, was presented with the 2021 - 2022 Rotary Citation by Past District Governor, Jane Owens, at our last meeting for 2022.  To achieve the Rotary Citation, the Rotary Club of Whyalla reviewed the 25 available goals, selected 13 of these, achieved these goals and then report your achievement in Rotary Club Central.
 
Considering the environment the Club had to work in for the year, it was a very successful Year.
 
 
Michele receiving the Citation on behalf of the Members from Jane.
 
 
Club Members with Michele and the Rotary Citation.

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