Rotary Club of South Launceston District D9830
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Club Meetings:
Thursday for fellowship at 6pm followed by Dinner at 6:30pm
Hotel Grand Chancellor, 29 Cameron Street, Launceston, Tasmania

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St Vincent de Paul Society - Maryanne Singline

Friday, 17 Aug 2018

Maryanne Singline who is the Fundraising and Communications Manager at St Vincent de Paul Society (Tasmania) spoke to us last night on the many areas of assistance offered to the community.

Maryanne has been an employee of Vinnies in Tasmania for twenty one years and it is obvious that Maryanne enjoys working in this sector and co-ordinating fundraising and community events.

She told us that the St Vincent de Paul Society in Tasmania has more than 1,400 members and volunteers, who assist people in need.

She told us many stories of need in Tasmania, many of which were heartfelt.

She touched on a few of the many services that she has been involved such as Homelessness Accommodation, CEO Sleepout,  Food Vans, and Vinnies Shops (35 shops in Tasmania).

We thank you Maryanne for your speech and the dedication shown and wish you and Vinnies all the best.


Dr John Whettenhall - Tackling Malaria

Tuesday, 14 Aug 2018

Dr John Whettenhall spoke to the club last week about his attendance at the 1st Malaria World Congress held in Melbourne from 1st –5th July this year.
The congress featured 200 speakers including Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. The congress was sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and research institutes such as the Burnett Institute and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.
500 delegates attended from 50 countries. 200 posters featuring re-search projects were displayed.
Attendees at the congress were not just medical personnel. The problem of malaria, as well as be-ing a medical one, is also a social and economic one.
In 1900 few countries in the world did not have malaria present. In 2018 many countries now have not had malaria present for the last five years.
However, the disease is still a major world problem. For example, Papua New Guinea had 478,000 cases in 2016 resulting in 306 deaths.
Tackling malaria requires a multi-pronged approach.

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Mary Gill talking about Recycling

Monday, 06 Aug 2018

Mary Gill from Launceston Recycling spoke to our members last Thursday evening.

She explained that contamination in the bins, such as food, nappies, lawn clippings and plastic bags hamper the recycling process and cause hazards for the sorting staff at the Materials Recovery Facility.

To help with letting households learn what can and cannot be recycled,  recycling auditors have been getting elbow deep in rubbish to help out.

The assessment process is as follows:

Each kerbside recycling bin is been checked three times and stickers for a pass, improvement required or fail sticker has been left on each bin after each inspection.

She said that people do have concerns that recycling actually goes to landfill, but she said that it doesn’t here in Tasmania. The recycling here does get sorted and is sold off.

There were plenty of questions about what is recyclable and what is not, so a lot of Rotarians went from the meeting better informed. Thank you Mary.


History of Dentistry - PP Craig Mitchell

Thursday, 02 Aug 2018

Club member Craig Mitchell gave a very interesting and entertaining account of the history of dentistry over the centuries last Thursday evening.

In his usual humorist way he took us on a journey that had the room in laughter and some of the primitive methods over the centuries were enough to make the next visit to the dentist a trip to remember.

Craig said that these days’ dental mechanics are mainly making mouthguards for young sportspeople, who present with a full mouth of teeth and no fillings.

We thank you Craig for a most entertaining talk, and you could tell by the questions that all members appreciated your humour.  


Rotary Youth Leadership Award - Courtney Greisbach

Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018

Our speaker last week was Courtney Greisbach, the editor of ‘The Examiner.”
Courtney spoke about ‘the two minutes that changed my life’.
She explained that the life-changing experience came about through her attendance at RYLA—the Rotary Youth Leadership Award programme.
Courtney was at the time working as a journalist at ‘The Advocate’ in Burnie.
A friend gave her the information about RYLA and she shared it with her boss, with the thought that that the paper might run a story about the event.
Her boss returned two minutes later and said, “You are given a week’s paid leave and you will be attending!
Courtney confessed that she really didn’t want to go, but she was glad she did, as it proved to be a life-changing experience and set her on a career path that she might not otherwise have dared to follow.
Courtney said her uppermost thought at the time was to leave Tasmania and pursue opportunities elsewhere.

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Our District Governor Ross Carlyle and wife Penny visit

Monday, 16 Jul 2018

Our District Governor Ross Carlyle and wife Penny visited our Club last Thursday evening.

As well as talking about the Rotary Theme ‘Be The Inspiration’ he spoke about his three challenges for every Rotarian those being 1.The Generation Challenge, 2.The Culture Challenge and 3.The Inspiration Challenge.

Penny Carlyle also gave us a challenge concerning items of food and explained that there are many people who need food and during a recent visit to Hobart City Mission it showed that the pantry was nearly bare.

The Hobart City Mission (HCM) has been serving the people of Southern Tasmania for over 165 years. Launceston City Mission has been operating for over 160 years and now supports all local communities in Northern Tasmania.

Items need to be in date and non-perishable. Suitable items would be muesli bars, pasta, food items in ring pull cans such as baked beans, canned meat and fish products, sauces including pour-on pasta sauce, flour, sugar, powdered egg mix, baby formula, long life milk, evaporated milk, powdered milk, oatmeal, noodles  and more.  Basically, anything that is ready to eat and preferably doesn’t require a can opener.  Pet food is also welcome.

Any donations would be much appreciated.

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Rotarian behind the Badge - Judith King

Wednesday, 11 Jul 2018

Last week’s meeting features Judith King in a Rotarian Behind the Badge’ segment.

Judith was born in Bethlehem Hospital, Caulfield Victoria, which obviously immediately sparked in her a love of hospitals, spending much of her subsequent life in such places!

She said she can trace her family tree on her mother’s side back to 1024AD. One of her ancestors was a First Fleeter and became one of the founders of the Bank of New South Wales and a pioneer in the development of the Australian merino wool industry. Her family soon moved to the Northern Territory, where her father became and Air Traffic Controller at Daly Waters. Judith grew up with many aboriginal friends, being the only white child in her school. She became friends with several members of the Namatjira family. One notable achievement during her childhood was being instrumental in starting a bushfire with significant consequences.

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Guided Fly Fishing - Simone Hackett

Wednesday, 13 Jun 2018

We were indeed entertained last Thursday evening, especially if you were a keen trout fisherman, by Simone Hackett who is a fly fishing guide in one of the most picturesque areas of Tasmanian high countries.

This is where the water starts from springs in the mountains and runs down the rivers over granite sandy bottoms and gives great clear water trout fishing, this is mostly sight fishing and leads to exciting catches.

People from all over the world come to try their luck at our cunning trout and will stay in Tassy for long periods to take in this beautiful scenery.

Simone showed us a video which even if you were not into the fishing side of the sport, should not have been missed for the scenery of the lake country.

Thank you for your talk and I feel that the questions fielded by most Rotarians were an indication of how important this sport is to Tasmanian Tourism.  

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Max Burr - Talking about Photobiomodulation

Tuesday, 05 Jun 2018

On a crisp and clear fall day two years ago, retired federal politician Max Burr was sitting in front of his computer at home in Launceston, Australia, desperately seeking some help.

Burr, who was a member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1975 to 1993, had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012. Much to his dismay, he had recently been told by his geriatrician, Dr Frank Nicklason, that his condition was deteriorating and he needed to increase the dosage of his medication even further.

“I said to Frank, ‘No, I’ll find other methods’,” Burr told me.

To see more on this fascinating subject

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Trip to Middle East-PP Dale Luck

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Rotarian Dale Luck went recent on holiday with 30 people to the Middle East taking in Jordon, Israel, Jerusalem and the West Bank just to name a few of many interesting places.

Last week he gave the Club a very informative and interesting talk from this trip. As usual his travels were photographed with a wide range of subjects covered.

He explained that his trip was an experience of cultural differences that proved more difficult and interesting with the political field in these areas.
Dale mentioned some of the places he visited and their significance in relation to some biblical and political events.

 Thanks Dale for your presentation, taken with short notice, and we can be sure that his upcoming trip to Natusara Primary School  in Fiji will be as interesting as this trip.

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Rotarian Sonia Morganti- Experiences as a Life Celebrant

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Rotarian Sonia Morganti spoke to us last Thursday evening about her experiences as a Life Celebrant

We found out that she indeed creates personal ceremonies for many more areas of life such as Weddings, Vow Renewals, Commitments, Anniversaries and Elopments.

From her website she states “I create personalised ceremonies for couples to capture the essence of who they are and their love for each other; reflecting their hopes and aspirations”

It was obvious from her video and her following passionate speech that she enjoys this calling as a Celebrate, and is dedicated to always offering a warm, personal, relaxed ceremony to what every her clients do request.

Thank you Sonia for sharing your experiences with us and we wish you all the best in this field.

Visit her website


Rotarian behind the Badge - Josh de Groot

Wednesday, 25 Apr 2018

Last week our Rotarian behind  the Badge  was presented  by Rotarian  Josh De Groot. This is another insight into our members lives before they joined our Rotary club. He told us about his service in the Army and about his adventures into the world of the printing business when he commenced his own printer business. His life with hobbies such as fishing and boating were of interest to members also.

He told us that he has taken up the travelling bug with a van and is just planning his next journey with Karen very soon.

You have certainly packed a lot into your life Josh and we thank you for your presentation and learning a bit more about you.

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Rotarian behind the Badge - Harry Galea

Friday, 06 Apr 2018

“Rotarian behind the Badge” is a way for our members to give us an insight into their personal life and Rotarian Harry Galea spoke about his ethnic heritage and being the eldest son of Maltese immigrants, he also gave a interesting talk about Malta has a nation.
He listed his Community and voluntary Work with St John Ambulance Brigade, his education from Primary up to College, plus Councils and Committees right up to present day the Rotary Club of South Launceston.
His personal interests which included a sporting career as an umpire.
He told us that since graduating with an Engineering Bachelor Degree he has been employed within local governments.
Indeed a very interesting life Harry and we thank you for sharing it with us.


Rotarian behind the Badge - PP Ian Smith- Holiday to Iceland & Zanzibar

Friday, 30 Mar 2018

Rotarian Ian Smith went on holiday to Iceland and Zanzibar in 2017 and last week he gave the Club a very informative and interesting talk from his trip. As usual with Ian his travels are nicely photographed with a wide range of subjects covered.
These presentations by Rotarians always give us an insight into the life and travels of our members and are always well received.
Thanks Ian for the presentation and we wonder where your next adventures will lead you.

Ian smith

My trip up to summit of Mt Everest - John Zeckendorf

Saturday, 10 Mar 2018

We were privilege to welcome John Zeckendorf to speak to us at the meeting this week on his adventures at mountaineering.
John, according to the Himalayan Climbing Database, last year was the first Tasmanian to summit the world’s highest mountain Mount Everest
He explained that climbing Everest is a staged approach through a series of four camps with a final assault, the timing of which depends on the weather.
He said that “Climbing Mount Everest is arduous at the best of times but even more so when you're enduring a bout of high-altitude gastro. It's tremendously inconvenient when you've got a onesie on and a harness and you are on a 45-degree ice slope,"
He told that help from the Sherpa people made a big difference on Mount Everest, who set up the team’s camp at the end of each day. John stressed, they do absolutely everything
I would say that this talk was that best received from all our Rotarians and John’s hope to inspire people to challenge themselves to try new things was evident in the numerous questions he received from all in attendance.
If you get a chance to hear John speak in the future grab that chance or go to his Facebook page...

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National Youth Science Forum- Fraser Sutton

Wednesday, 07 Mar 2018

At the last meeting our sponsored student Fraser Sutton spoke to us about his adventures at the National Youth Science Forum in January this year.
He gave us a brief overview of some of the informative and entertaining talks that he attended during the program. He spoke very highly of all aspects of his experiences and came away with a better idea of his future aims.
Great talk Fraser and we wish you all the best for the future.
This is an incredible opportunity for young people going into year 12 to get awesome experience and see a lifetime of opportunities.
Rotary is the Founding Partner of NYSF and today the 21 local Rotary districts across Australia continue to conduct selections for the NYSF Year 12 Program on behalf of the NYSF.
2018 marks the 35th anniversary of the National Youth Science Forum Year 12 Program
Apply now for NYSF 2019

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Camp Director for Camps Tasmania- Natalie Dell.

Friday, 09 Feb 2018

Last week club members met Natalie Dell, a most enthusiastic young lady who is the Camp Director for Camps Tasmania.

The Holiday Camps have been specially designed for 12-16 year olds with all ages and interests in mind. These camps are in high demand and encourages youth to get involved, stay off technology, make new friends, try new things and have some good old fun.
They have an encouraging and positive environment where Youth feel comfortable and are free to be themselves at Camp.


District Nurses - Kim Macgowan

Saturday, 25 Nov 2017

Kim MacGowan, Chief Executive of the District Nurses, spoke to us about this important organisation on Thursday evening.
She told us that the Hobart District Nursing service which began in 1896 and at 120 years old is still going strong.
The organisation provides nursing, support workers for overnight respite, personal care, domestic support and on-call services, as well as access to equipment.
Her enthusiasm was evident about the services the District Nurses provide and her talk was very well received.

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Wayne Higgs - Condensation in Modern Buildings

Friday, 24 Nov 2017

Our own member Wayne spoke on condensation in modern buildings, especially residential last week.
This has become a problem with the introduction of lightweight and engineered timbers instead of the old growth eucalypt timber, and also the higher requirements for insulation.
The latter has moved the dew point in walls, roofs and floors, so that moisture collects closer to the internal surfaces. When coupled with the lesser durability of modern timber framing, a real problem is occurring in both excessive condensation, and consequential rotting of relatively new timber framing. The Tasmanian Government has recognised this problem, which has essentially been caused by requirements of the National Building Code, and has sponsored research to address it, and take recommendations to the national body.
He also discussed what measures we can take in the meantime.
A very informative and interesting talk from, once again, one of our own.

Wayne mentioned a guidance/advice booklet last week and here is the link for you all to download the PDF.


Wine Connoisseur Auction

Tuesday, 07 Nov 2017

I read somewhere that "Whether you hit the books or hit the bottle, the best way to refine your palate is to taste, taste, taste"

Well after the Wine Auction last week expertly conducted by Craig Mitchell and his sidekick Les Grant, there was a few Rotarians who took home plenty of bottles of wine to get on the way to refining their palates.

I hear that the duo managed to take $871.00 from the gathered and some of the buyers will be looking at enlarging their cellars.

A great fun night and a very healthy fund raising event.

Thanks to all the donors and buyers for making it a success.    

Wine auction

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