IPP Ross Brown 2017-2018
Rotarians, Partners and special guests:
Well what a year!
Our International Theme for 2017/18 was:
“Rotary: Making a difference”
I would like to think that in the past year we have made a real difference in our community.
Some of the highlights of our year:
July – we held our annual “Stomp”, this year with the assistance of David Reid of Bachata Spring with the theme “Latin Winter Wonderland”. Again another very successful event with the organising committee doing an amazing job. Over $12,000 was raised from the event. The Jerrabomberra Wetlands and the Japanese Snipe project were the major recipient from the stomp profits.
Graeme Howieson again was our clubs key person behind the scenes putting in a huge effort, supported by John Little, Wayne Duke and Liz.
August – We again assisted the Canberrang event by providing food and bar services. We supported the Boorowa Central School, to send students to the Annual MUNA event at old Parliament house.
October – A very busy month with another very successful Candle festival event, amidst all the Candle festival planning on the 16th October a very historic moment. With the aid of our Gold shovel we turned the first sod of soil to start construction of the Peace Bell Pavilion.
November – We held our Inaugural Trivia Night to help raise funds for the Peace Bell project, over $3,000 was raised on the evening, with the golden Shovel being auctioned off for $1,000. We had great support from Tim Beard an avid Trivia Buff who ran the night with upmost professionalism.
January – Our club supported a student from Canberra Grammar (Dimitri) to attend the National Youth Science Forum. Thanks again to Stephen McMillan for interviewing and vetting the applicants.
February – By far our busiest month this year, with the official opening Ceremony for the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell. The organising committee spent numerous hours planning and executing the event. Thanks go to the committee, in particular to Linda Wilkinson; a brand new of the club member thrown head first into the deep end – she swam like Shane Gould.
March – Ride for Peace II, no better way to relax after our busy February than to go on a bike ride. Over 70 riders attacked the cycle paths and roads around Canberra, raising over $2,000 for the Peace Bell. Thanks again to the team at LJ Hooker for their involvement in making the ride a success.
We have provided financial support to the tune of $5,000 for the Scout group at O’Connor to assist with maintenance and repairs to their ageing 1920’s hall.
We are keen to develop our relationship with the scouting groups with mutually benefitting projects.
We have held several Nara Park Clean up days to keep the grounds surrounding the Peace Bell in tip top shape.
We also have a very hardworking team working on our Indigenous and Environmental projects.
They are currently searching for a project that will see the club provide assistance to an isolated rural community to help improve the lives of the residents. George and his team are flying out west tomorrow to scope out our next possible project.
Our Membership Committee this year have truly thought outside of the Rotary Box. In May the club passed the By-law amendments necessary to allow the club to have corporate memberships. This membership will include embassies and Business. We already have three new corporate members and one embassy ready to sign the dotted line. This avenue opens exciting opportunities for Rotary with the possibility of new areas of service to the community and access to corporate funds for our projects. Huge thanks go to Juris, Bill, Michael and Greg for their work on these changes. The peace bell is proving to be an invaluable tool in our exposure to the community and is getting the name of Rotary on everyone’s lips. This exposure is to a whole new group of people and Community groups and is providing huge opportunities for new membership.
Guest Speakers, Once again the club has been most fortunate to be exposed to some simply amazing guest speakers, ranging in subjects from Frogs, Bees, Sustainable farming, Nordic Walking and talks by an Ambassador on a Green world.
George Wilson has done an amazing job putting the program together with high quality speakers week after week, well done George.
Yes we have been a very busy club this year and without the support of the management team it just would not have happened.
Thank you to the Board of 20178/18 – you guys and Gals are the best, it has been a very hectic year and one I feel places our club in a very strong position for the challenging years ahead for Rotary.
Yes I think we have made a real difference this year.