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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President Glenda’s Notes- 6th Apr 2017

Sunday, 09 Apr 2017

Hello Rotarians,

Wow what a great weekend I had along with 11 other Rotarians  and their partners at Rotary  Conference  held at Smithton.

Our accommodation  at Stanley was wonderful and  what more could you ask for to start the weekend sitting around a wood fire laughing, talking  and eating.

Saturdays  guest speaker kept us entertained with laughter, tears and pride in our Rotary not just internationally but locally as well. It's  moments like this when you go "yes we are doing a great job and we are making a difference ".

We heard from Youth Exchage, Roteract, NGSE inbound and outbound team Germany and the Professional  Development  Exchange team that went to India.
We also heard from an amazing woman Rabia Siddique. Rabia's experiences as a fkrmer terrorist and war crimes prosecutor, international  humanitarian,  retired British Army officer, hostage survivor  gave us avaluable insight on how to make the most of our lives. Google her name and you will be amazed like we were.

In the afternoon we were entertained by the Youth Exchange with a funny performance. They are all the more richer for their experiences  in Tasmania.

Our next guest speaker was Allana Corbin. Once again I along with 200+ Rotarians  was held mesmerized by this lovely lady  who had endured so much in her short life. Allana's life was turned upside down in 1990, she survived a tragic plane crash and was told she would never walk again. Allana proved them wrong and with determination  learned to walk again with the aid of calipers. Allana also batteled depression  and even contemplated  suicide during her recovery and overcome her fear of flying to become the first woman to circumnavigate  Australia solo in a helicopter.

Saturday  evening  we all enjoyed the night at the Circular Head Community  Centre where we wined, dined and danced the night away.

Sunday morning  started with a Remembrance  Service in honour of our dearly departed Rotarians  and partners. I had the honour of placing a flower in memory of Rotarian  David  Bartholomew.

Our next speaker  was Dianne Holland who I am sure educated most of us about Disaster Aid Australia. It was very informative and interesting especially when this team goes in to help and how everything  is set up.

I would encourage  all Rotarians  to at least once in their life time to attend a Rotary Conference as you will come away with a whole new understanding  of Rotary.

Thursday  evening of the 20th April we will once again  have 2 guest speakers. I would like all Rotarians  to  be seated by 6.15pm as our first guest speaker is from Rotary  Youth Exchange. Corrado Vitali is from Ceremona Italy and our club had the honour of sponsoring  Corrado on the Tassie Tour. I met this young man at Smithton  and found to be charismatic.  We will have a very brief questions  section at the end of Carrados presentation. Our next guest speaker is Peta Daley from the Westpac rescue  service.

Next week there is no meeting at the Hotel Grand Chancellor  as we will be guest at  the  Kings Meadow Rotary club on 12th April. The hotel has also informed me that they will not be serving tea and coffee to the tables. At the end of the night there will be tea and coffe available on a table at the back of the room. 

I will leave you with a quote that was given to us at the convention from Rabia Siddique

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples"
Mother Teresa.

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