New Rotary Members

We warmly welcomed two new members, Bill Young and Brian Baker, to our Rotary Club at last Monday night ‘s meeting. Both of these gentlemen will bring a wealth of experience to our club and we certainly look forward to working with them. Our membership numbers are now at 32 which is almost to our...

June – Fellowship Month

On the Rotary calendar June is Fellowship month. It is a time when Rotarians recognise the importance of international fellowship and goodwill among Rotarians with similar recreational and vocational interests, promote increased participation in fellowships, and increase understanding of the Rotary programs. When we talk about “Rotary Fellowships”, we refer to the groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses and Rotaractors who join together to: Share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities (sports, hobbies, etc.); Further their vocational development through acquaintance with others of the same profession; Make new friends around the world; Explore new opportunities for service; and Have fun and enhance their experience in Rotary. Fellowship provide opportunities for Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside their own Club, District or country. Fellowships contribute to the advancement of world understanding and peace. Also, Fellowships serve as an incentive for attracting new members to Rotary and retaining our existing members. Indeed, Rotary Fellowship, together with the Rotarian Action Groups, serve as an effective tool in promoting membership development and should be actively promoted in our Districts. To find out more about Fellowships in Rotary please contact our Club (info@rotarypisr.org.au) or come along to one of our Monday meetings. Visitors are always...

May – Youth Services Month

May on the Rotary calendar is Youth service month. Youth Service recognises the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, service projects and exchange programs. It aims to provide innovative and practical opportunities to assist and motivate young people in our communities to acquire learning and life skills. Youth Service is an investment in the future. A commitment to Youth Service within and through our clubs is a commitment to the next generation of potential Rotarians and the ongoing future and health of our clubs. Clubs need to engage with young people and this is frequently via schools with which the club has an association. It is usually through these schools that students are sourced or recommended for our many Rotary Youth Service programs. Some Youth Programs our club is involved with include: Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a week-long camp aimed at encouraging and developing leadership, personal development and social skills in young people in the age group of 10 to 25 years of age. RYLA is lead and staffed by Rotarians. Rotary Youth Progarm of Enrichment (RYPEN) is a weekend camp for years 10 and 11 students aimed to develop the student’s potential through lecture style sessions and adventure based learning thereby assisting the student in forming their own values and moral standards. Rylarians and Rotaractors act as camp leaders with Rotarians as supervisors. Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) simulates the workings of the United Nations and is aimed at building bridges of goodwill for work peace and understanding through students’ personal involvement in the acceptance of situations that reflect opinions of an “adopted” country,...

April – Maternal and Child Health Month

April is Maternal and Child Health Month “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”  Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa Three mothers and twenty babies die every five minutes; the majority of these deaths occur in Africa and the Indian subcontinent.  Many of these deaths are preventable. Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) runs projects throughout much of the developing world and there are a multitude of opportunities for volunteers to get involved in overseas RAWCS projects. Rotarians make a difference throughout the world. For examiple, Bo Childrens Hospital in Sierra Leonne, built by the Rotary Club of Turramurra, is one of many projects through which we provide care, equipment, and training opportunities for health care staff to improve maternal and child health. Maternal and child health support the Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea Renovation & refurbishment of Reproductive Health Clini awareness program for parents. Solomon Islands Kenya. Aspects of birthing and nutrition receive support. Choose how you want to make a difference and start changing lives today. Click here to explore projects you can contribute...

March – Water and Sanitation Month

Sanitation and Hygiene 2.6 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. 6,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by lack of sanitation and unsafe water. What you can do Improve sanitation facilities by providing toilets and latrines that flush to a sewer or safe enclosure. Promote good hygiene habits through education. Proper hand washing, with soap and water, can reduce diarrhea cases by up to 45%. Improve Access to Water and Water Quality 6 hours per day are spent by women in some rural parts of Africa collecting water from a remote source. 884 million people don’t have clean drinking water. What you can do – Implement rainwater harvesting systems to collect and store rainwater for drinking, irrigation, or recharging underground aquifers. Build water wells to extract groundwater from underground aquifers. Provide point of use home water filters, such as ceramic or sand filters, to make drinking water safe. Promote low-cost solutions, such as chlorine tablets or plastic bottles that can be exposed to sunlight, to improve water quality. World Water Day is 22nd March. It is a good time to remember how fortunate we are and consider how we can help others less...
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