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

Latest News | Guest Speaker


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.

District nurses

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

Dr Paul Hanson - “Changes in General Medical Practice over the past 30 Years”

Thursday, 26 Oct 2017

Last week Dr Paul Hanson was our guest speaker, and his topic was Modern General Practice. Dr. Hanson has postgraduate training in a wide variety of presentations to general practice. He is competent in the full breadth of medical problems. He has an interest in training medical students and young doctors. He keeps fit by walking and riding a push bike.
He spoke briefly on the following, Cervical Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Obesity (Aust is the 3rd most obese country in the world), vaccinations (covering polio, small pox, whooping cough etc), and most especially meningococcal.
The talk was also enjoyed by the 7 visiting members of the Rotary Club of Kings Meadows.

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Sleep Apnoea - Liz Lethborg CPAP Tasmania

Saturday, 30 Sep 2017

Sleep Apnoea

Frustrated with your partner’s snoring? Well we were fortunate that our guest speaker on Thursday evening could give us some information on this area. Liz Lethborg is a trained and fully qualified CPAP Consultant and owns CPAP Tasmania in Launceston. She has Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and uses CPAP Therapy every night herself. CPAP Therapy once tolerated and compliant can be life changing for sufferers and help solve many health issues.

This was an interesting talk Liz and I am sure there were some who could relate to the subject.

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Club Visit - DG Tony Coleman and wife Liz

Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017

District Governor Tony Coleman and his wife Liz visited our club last week. Tony met with the Board before the dinner meeting and obviously was our guest speaker for the evening. He ran a video showing a speech from RI President Ian Riseley. DG Tony asks that we all make sure that we promote Rotary as much as possible. We are out there in the community doing good things but we must tell people about the good Rotary is doing.  He highlighted the importance of remembering that we also all have life outside of Rotary. His aim this year is to keep a steady ship.

Dg tony visit

John Glover Society- Mark Wells

Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017

Mark Wells from the John Glover Society spoke last Thursday evening about the importance to Tasmania and especially Evandale, of the Glover Prize which is an annual award for a landscape painting of Tasmania.

The project was initiated in 2004 by the John Glover Society, a group of enthusiastic people from Evandale. The prize is named after painter John Glover (1767-1849) who was an early colonial resident of the plains.

Mark gave us an excellent insight to this event and the topic was very well received by all in attendance.

Thank you Mark and we look forward to the continuing success of this award.


Rotarian behind the Badge - Nicholas Butler

Wednesday, 06 Sep 2017

~Considering the short notice for this talk and being up to the wee hours of the morning in preparation (so we were told), we learnt a lot about this Rotarian.
We found out that his first car was a VW beetle somewhat modified and it was lucky to do 60mph downhill with a wind behind.
The first Butler landed in 1822 and was a lawyer and this occupation carried forward for another six generations with Nic’s father being the last in this profession.
He told us about his exploits in sailing, viticulture, winemaking, fishing and aquaculture.
He finally told us his latest venture is to find the source of the Tasmanian Nile.
These presentations by Rotarians always give us an insight into the life of our members and are always well received.
Thanks for a great talk Nic, which from the banter around the tables, it was obvious everyone at the meeting really enjoyed.


Norfolk Island - PP Ian Smith

Tuesday, 29 Aug 2017

The tour was organised by a local group, and they did virtually everything.

Firstly, the history of Norfolk Island in brief: First settled in 14th or 15th Century by Polynesians, and lasted for several generations before disappearing. The British claimed it after that, and started a settlement. In the mid 19th Century, the Pitcairn Islanders were relocated there, where they have been ever since.

The island is an Australian territory, but the locals are represented in Parliament by the Member for Canberra. This apparently does not sit well with them.
While it is an Australian territory, the only flights are via Air New Zealand, which means it is classed as an international flight!

A great time was had by all, including meeting the new Governor, Eric Hutchinson - yes - one of the '3 Amigos'. He was very welcoming to the visitors, and made them feel very much at home.


Migrant Resource Centre - Ella Dixon CEO

Wednesday, 09 Aug 2017

Ella Dixon spoke to us last Thursday about her role has the CEO of the Northern Branch of the Migrant Resource Centre.
She gave us a brief history of her life where she was born in the Philippines and came to Australia as a child migrant in 1981 from Manila to Smithton.
Obviously being such a small community they were noticed as a new family and there a lot of people who helped in their settling in even if they had some difficult times in the beginning.
Ella explained that she knows exactly what it feels like to be a migrant arriving in a new country - she went through the experience herself.
In her role with the Centre she now finds herself welcoming new families to Tasmania as her family was welcomed in the early 1980s and she feels a connection to them.
The Migrant Resource Centre Northern Tasmania (MRC North) is the leading organisation for the delivery of services and support to humanitarian entrants, migrants and culturally and linguistically diverse communities in northern Tasmania.
Its mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and resources, so that culturally and linguistically diverse people can contribute to the social, economic and cultural development of the community.
We wish her well in this role and thank her for giving us a brief insight to the work that is carried out at the Migrant Resource Centre.

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Medicinal Cannabis - PP Les Baxter

Friday, 04 Aug 2017

Past President Les Baxter gave a very informative talk on Thursday evening about a subject that has had much discussion in the community of late, namely medicinal cannabis.
He informed us that Tasmanian Alkaloids and AusCann have been granted a medicinal cannabis cultivation licence and a research and development licence.
He explained that the current limited evidence suggests that medicinal cannabis may be suitable to treat:
• severe muscular spasms and other symptoms of multiple sclerosis
• chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
• some types of epilepsy with severe seizures
Patients will be able to choose from many forms including oral drops, pills, capsules, topical applications and mouth sprays.
You will have to book an appointment with your doctor or a designated doctor and explain why you need it. The doctor will have to apply to the Tasmanian Health Department for approval to prescribe it to you.
Les said that the security around this product will be extremely robust with many tiers of security.
This topic received many questions from the members and definitely showed the interest it deserves with the possibility of helping many suffering patients in the community


Shekinah House Inc - Louise Cowan-

Sunday, 16 Jul 2017

Louise Cowan from Shekinah House spoke to us on Thursday evening about the blight in Launceston for the many homeless people in our city and around Australia. Her intention is to be able to self fund (without 'hoping' for Government assistance) a homeless shelter in Launceston.
Launceston does already have shelters, but the need is far greater than is currently being met.
She told us about their Charity Shop at 293 Wellington which is a way to raise funds for Shekinah House which should provide a portion of the funds to cover the basic ongoing costs of the shelter.
We wish her all the best with this venture.


Care for Africa -Diana Butler OAM

Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017

Care for Africa
Their Mission Statement is: Fostering growth and self-sufficiency in communities, through clean water, health, education and economic well-being.

We were fortunate last Thursday evening to have our club member Diana Butler OAM speak to us and give an update on her and the many volunteers and donors activities and show a video. Diana is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Care for Africa and we always look forward to these updates.

She told that on September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you.
She also told us that The World Bank estimates that over 75 percent of Tanzanians do not have adequate sanitation, while nearly 50 percent don’t have water that is guaranteed to be clean.
She spoke about the eight Water Wells that CFA are working with the communities.
CFA have started a Breakfast Program that will ensure children at schools will have at least breakfast to supplement their daily food intake.
We are always amazed at the excellent work that Diana and her willing band of workers seemed to achieve and we wish them all the best in their endeavors


BlueLine Laundry-Grant Coker-Williams

Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017

Last week, Grant Coker-Williams from BlueLine Laundry Inc. spoke to us about this very important service which operates a commercial business laundry in Hobart and Launceston. They employ around 25 people with supported employment. The business owns 99.9% of the linen it supplies and could be fully automated but has chosen to support people with disability to work toward achieving a relevant industry certificate. Their employment falls under the Supported Service award. Wage assessment is ongoing as personal productivity, quality, learning and improvement occurs. overtime, at their own pace, building capacity at a safe level for individuals.  BlueLine employees become part of working community by integrating supported and unsupported workers. The work place is internationally diverse with 10 different nationalities represented and 15 different languages spoken.
BlueLine Laundry provides a quality commercial laundry service to the following industry groups:
• Hospital linen
• Nursing homes
• Manufacturing
• Hospitality


Beacon Foundation- Lynda McKay

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Beacon Foundation, established in 1988 in Tasmania, has grown to become a national not for profit organisation, operating in all Australian states and territories.

We believe every young person has the right to hope, a job, financial opportunity and the sense of personal success this provide them. Beacon focuses on disadvantaged communities and areas of high youth disengagement and unemployment, where the risk and the need are greatest. We work with schools, businesses and communities to help bring relevance to the curriculum, and inspire young people to think about careers and experience the workplace, long before they leave school. This helps school retention rates and teaches real-life skills, preparing them for the workplace.

Beacon will assist over 15,000 young Australians from just over 120 schools and communities in 2015.

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Games Night-  Ian Smith, Games Master Extraordinaire

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Last week was a really Fun Night. What with the game of quoits, throwing dice to make up a beetle, a game of mini basketball and dice scrabble, the room was awash with noise and laughter. Ian Smith, Games Master Extraordinaire, excelled at this event and he seemed to have control of all the competitors. Everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves. Thanks Ian for a great evening.

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Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Peta Daley

Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017

Peta Daley, Executive Officer of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service spoke to us last Thursday evening about this service in Tasmania. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is an integral part of Tasmania’s emergency services, and is available to anyone who finds themselves in a dangerous situation. Their highly skilled crew are called out daily for a variety of assignments - from bushwalker rescue missions in Tasmania’s rugged World Heritage Areas to motor vehicle accidents or extracting an injured fisherman from a trawler.
 This topic proved to be well received by our members by the amount and scope of questions asked and answered.

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Rotary Youth Exchange - Corrado Vitali

Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017

Our Club last Thursday evening was fortunate to host Corrado Vitali, an inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Cremona, Italy District 2050. He has been in Tasmania since 14 July and gave a brief overview of his family and life in Italy. He was asked many questions about his time in Tasmania and was glowing about his time spent with host families and his travels.
 A very well spoken young man and our club wishes him all the best for the rest of his visit.

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Ash Dunn, cinematographer

Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017

~Ash Dunn, cinematographer
Last Wednesday evening our Club attended the dinner meeting as guests of the Rotary Club of Kings Meadows at the Launceston Golf Club.
The guest speaker was Ash Dunn, cinematographer from WFD production who presented his incredible journey filming the Sea Shepherd Australia, Westpac Rescue and Outback Wrangler.
Ash has worked in the Television Industry since 1994 and has received recognition for his camera work on Animal Planet’s “Whale Wars” Season 1, Season 2, and Season 3 in the form of 3 Emmy Nominations for “Outstanding Cinematography in a non-fiction
What an interesting and exciting life style and we were privileged to share some of the highlights.


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