by Rosie Pounsett for 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
The Millicent Rotary Club has had a very busy start to their new “Light Up Rotary” year. President Chris Skeer has been delighted to be able to make some significant donations to local community groups in his first month as President.
The first donation was $2000 to the Rivoli Bay Sailing Club to assist with the purchase of a rigid inflatable rescue/training boat for use on their successful Discover Sailing days and Learn to Sail programs. These programs help develop boat handling skills, fitness, water safety and awareness as well as encouraging team building and co-operation. Both programs are run under the Australian Yachting Federation National Training Scheme and are run by fully accredited instructors. As Youth is a main focus for Rotary both locally and internationally, the Millicent Rotary Club actively supports many programs supporting the education and development of young people. The Club is pleased to be able to support such a worthwhile initiative from the RBSC, and President Chris Skeer and his wife Josie attended the AGM luncheon of RBSC to hand over the cheque. The cheque was presented to the Commodore, Mr. Evan Steele, with Phil Golding, a life member of the RBSC, and Brad Mann the Junior Sailing Instructor both looking on.
Another initiative that attracted a $500 donation was The Science and Engineering Challenge. This outreach program was founded by the University of Newcastle in conjunction with Rotary. It commenced in 2001 and has grown to involve over 100 Rotary clubs and 30 Universities reaching over 720 schools and 19,000 students nationwide. The Challenge aims to address our skills shortage in science and engineering by inspiring young people to study senior Maths, Physics and Chemistry. It provides students with an exhilarating day where they compete with other school groups in engaging and demanding activities. The Challenge gives students an appreciation of the complexities of a career in the science and engineering fields. 16 students from Millicent High School took part in this year’s challenge which was held in Mount Gambier.
After a recent informative talk from Jenny Norman on the developments at the new Boneham Aged Care Facility, it was decided to donate $3,800 for a resident lifting device. These devices enable the staff to lift residents safely and securely whenever required without the need for dangerous manual handling. As the Millicent Rotary Club has for many years held an annual Christmas party at Boneham Cottages, much to the delight of the residents, it was with a sense of belonging to the new facility that the donation was made.
“Light Up Rotary” is the theme for this new Rotary year, and the Millicent Rotary Club is certainly lighting up some local community organisations.
If you are interested in finding out more about Rotary talk to a member, or come along to a meeting. Dinner meetings are held at the Millicent Community Club every Thursday night at 6.00pm