President Glenda’s Notes- 6th Apr 2017
Sunday, 09 Apr 2017
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.
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"