New Members Induction

Last meeting we had the pleasure to welcome two new members and two "Junior" members into our club, Lauren and Sihivvan are our newest members.
 
 
Lauren and Shivvan at their Membership induction with Peresident Michele and PDG Jane Owens.  Their son Nikhil received his "Junior" Membership as well.
 
 
We also had a "Junior" Membership presentation to our long term visitor Cassandra Herd, seen in the photo with President Michele.
New Members Induction Bob Norman 2021-11-15 13:30:00Z 0

Anne Evans -Standby Support After Suicide

The Guest Speaker for Tuesday 9 November 2021 was Anne Evans from Standby Support After Suicide.
 
Standby is aimed at supporting people impacted by suicide and has 24 hour support available on 1300727247.  They offer a range of services and Anne covers SA Country North  and their website is www.standbysupport.com.au.
 
 
PDG Jane with Anne.
Anne Evans -Standby Support After Suicide Bob Norman 2021-11-08 13:30:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting at  Bedford Day Options Centre

 
On last Tuesday night we were given a meal and a guided tour of the Bedford Day Options Centre. The Centre is managed by Shelley Jonker who treated us to a 3-course meal prepared by the clients. It was also an opportunity to present them with a brand new Cricut machine which was purchased with funds raised by Rotary at the Whyalla Show. A Cricut is a digital die-cutting machine that can cut many different materials for use in a plethora of craft projects. You can cut materials such as paper, viny into complicated shapes and letters.
The Day Options Centre was added to Bedfords existing site in April this year and is a huge expansion of facilities. It Comprises an extremely large workshop where many projects such as commercial embroidering as well as packaging and assembling products for Bunnings occurs, The centre also comprises an art studio, and a ‘Craft, Sewing and Chillin’ room.
The Centre seems a very positive space and encourages clients to become productive members of the community. Shelley has a staff of six who supervise and assist the clients of which there are 24. Shelley explained that the Centre aims to ‘’Do with, not for” the clients.
 
 
President Michele Hart presents Shelley with the Cricut die-cutting machine.
Rotary Meeting at Bedford Day Options Centre Bob Norman 2021-10-18 13:30:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Penny Mackenzie From the RAA

The guest speaker for this week was Penny Mackenzie from the RAA, she kindly ran a Road Rule Quiz for members, it was very informative, developed a lot of questions, reactions and comment.
 
 
Penny being thanked for her Quiz and coaching on answers by Bob Norman
Guest Speaker Penny Mackenzie From the RAA 2021-10-12 13:30:00Z 0

District Governor & Santos Science Experience

District Governor, Jeff Neale and his wife Jenny had their visit to Whyalla Last week and took the opportunity to go to the Santos Science Experience which the Rotary Club of Whyalla supports.
 
  
 
Jeff, Jenny and Whyalla President Michele Hart at the Santos Science and Engineering Experience.
 
 
District Governor & Santos Science Experience Bob Norman 2021-09-27 14:30:00Z 0

Visit to Uni SA Campus Whyalla

University visit with Lauren Shivvaan. Lauren teaches Foundation Studies at the University College, which is still part of the Univerity. Foundation studies is a pathway to university for people who did not achieve a sufficient entry score. It is mainly focused on social work but along the way improves the student's literacy capabilities and prepares them for university expectations and life. As a general statistic, 85% of people who undertake the Foundation Studies program go on to study at University. No surprise however that due to Lauren’s dedication and leadership that Whyalla achieves 100%. Our recent Glen Eden Excellence in Mental Health Award winner Melissa Schenck is a graduate of the Program.
 
Visit to Uni SA Campus Whyalla Bob Norman 2021-09-06 14:30:00Z 0

Tour of the New Whyalla Secondary College

Principle Trish Richman led us through the building site for the new Secondary College, The building is in its second stage of construction with all of the internal walls completed and the second-fix carpentry under installation. Much planning and thought have gone into the design and layout of the school which is unique. Some areas were well ahead in their completion which gave us a better understanding of how the finished product will look. The layout is unique and not a copy of any other school. Trisha will move in during November and the school is on track for completion and readiness for the start of the 2022 School year. There are photo’s on our Facebook page but none from inside, as that was not allowed.
 
 
Tour of the New Whyalla Secondary College Bob Norman 2021-09-06 14:30:00Z 0
Guest Speaker - Mel Schenck, Glen Eden Award Recipient. Bob Norman 2021-08-09 14:30:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0