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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Beaconsfield Mine Visit

Tuesday, 28 Nov 2017

We went off on another Club Social Event yesterday to the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre in Beaconsfield. This was a place where you could lose yourself in mining history.
 Obviously the Mine rescue in April 2006 was a huge feature but the Centre houses over 10,000 objects in its heritage collection so there was plenty to interest all who went along.
 Our tour guide Nigel, from the West Tamar Historical Committee really knew all about this history and conducted a really great tour. Thank you Nigel from all.

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Climbing Cradle Mountain

Thursday, 26 Oct 2017

~The Mountain climbers were:
Lance Pfeffer, Lachlan Schneider, Inaki Sanchez, Shannon Evans, Bjork Hanson and Henk kortekaas.
The climb was organised by Lance and Henk for a clear and sunny Saturday in October. This really was the case
when we left Launceston at 7 am on Saturday, October 21st. During the trip on the very winding road to the
Cethana Dam, Inaki got car sick and after changing seats the remainder of the trip had to be a little slower to
prevent Inaki's stomach contents ending up in Thea's car. The weather changed more and more, the closer we
came to Cradle Mountain. A slight drizzle did not deter the climbers and with great determination we started
conquering Marions Lookout. Admiring the view from there as much as we could, regained our strength and
slogged-on towards Cradle Mountain. The amount of snow was fascinating and a "snowball war" could not be
prevented by the leaders of the Pack. Eventually we arrived at Kitchen Hutt for a short lunch break under a
musical background produced by Inaki on his ukulele. However, the weather was not kind to us and there was
not enough time left for the six-hour climb to the top and back. Alas, subdued we had to return back to the car
park in order to be back in Launceston at 6 pm. Stiff and sore but happy with this great achievement.
We have to do this again when the sun is with us all the way.

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Police Checks lineup

Thursday, 17 Aug 2017

PP Dale Luck conducting the Police Checks with members.

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Our Exchange student Bjork started her first day at St Patrick’s College

Friday, 04 Aug 2017

Bjork started her first day at St Patrick's college. This is the first time she has ever worn a school uniform and was obviously a nervous day.

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VELKOMINN….We welcome Exchange Student Bjork Hansen to our Club

Wednesday, 26 Jul 2017

Bjork is sixteen years old and is from the Faroe Islands and her hometown is Klaksvik which is the second largest town with approx 15,000 people. The main industry is fishing, and 98% of their export is fish.

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St Patrick’s College students - stage show- ‘Footloose’

Thursday, 30 Mar 2017

Tonight our club was fortunate to be given a preview of the stage show Footloose. Thank you to all the wonderful students at St Patrick's college and their teachers for taking the time out of your busy schedule to spoil us.


“Soggy Bottom” Cardboard Box Boat Regatta

Sunday, 05 Mar 2017

The soggy bottom regatta was a wonderful event and alot of fun. Thank you Rotary Youngtown a successful event raising money for chilren with diabetes in Tasmania.

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Welcome to a New Year BBQ

Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017

~~Thanks Patti and Craig for hosting our New Year BBQ.
 What a great turn up and really was enjoyed by all.


BBQ Lunch at Sharman’s Vineyard

Saturday, 03 Dec 2016

~What a wonderful way to spend Sunday afternoon with friends.
Beautiful weather, unlimited amount of refreshments, delicious food, amazing
entertainment and oodles of prizes up for grabs.
Well Rotarians, that is what we experienced on Sunday at Sharmans Vineyard.
We had over 200 people support us on Sunday and already I’m being asked about next
year’s event as people want to bring friends who could not make it along this year.
The Gate sales and Raffle taking’s totalled $7,900.00. Once we deduct our costs
we will be able to report how much our two chosen charities (Holman Clinic and Donate
Life) will receive.
This event would not have been possible without the support of the following businesses
and individuals:
Touch Up Guys Allans Nursery
John McKenna Priceline Pharmacy
Capital Chemist (Kings Meadows) Mr Dingo (Riccardo Morganti)
Bayliss Rugs-Roberts Mobile Carpet CARLTON United Breweries
Lara Alexander Banjos Bakery
ToyWorld Young’s Vegie Shed
Regal Press Reece Plumbing
Damsel in Dis’ Dress Sonia Morganti
Lake Leather Sharmans Vineyard
The Cheesecake Shop Phil Niejalke
Our thanks go out to the Rotarians who freely gave their time on Sunday to help in setting
up, Parking, Raffle ticket sellers, BBQ attendees, Salad and Sweet servers, all those that
provided salads, bread rolls, suppliers of sauces. and those that stayed behind to clean
Special thanks to Rotarians Craig Mitchell and Kevin Preece for their efforts in transporting
all the gear from the Rotary container and erecting the Gazebos.
As you can see with the assistance of many a GREAT time can be had a great deal of
good fortune can be shared.


District Grant - Care for Africa

Wednesday, 23 Nov 2016

~Please find attached a brief report for the Care for Africa
medication & breakfast program sponsored by a $2,000 Rotary
District Grant.
Thank you so much for all your support and interest with our work
in Tarime, I really appreciate all you do for myself and our people.
Warmest regards

Care for Africa
 $2,000 District Grant

  •  $1,000 spent on medication for many exotic diseases, which presented to the Care for Africa School Rural Health Clinics in 6 outlying rural communities.

 The main diseases seen and treated were malaria, tinea capitus, chest infections and scabies. Care for Africa also dewormed all children that presented to the clinic.

Over 3,000 school children were seen, referred & treated during this program.

  •  $1,000 spent on a breakfast program in the school of Mtana, Tarime Tanzania. The land was cleared; ploughed, certified maize seed was sewn, harvested and stored. A 2-year supply of grain for over 700 children was harvested through this incredibly successful program. The children are now being fed porridge daily.

Bingo Night Fund Raiser - Rotaract Club of Tamar Valley

Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016

The Rotaract Club of Tamar Valley is calling on the community to come along to one of its major fundraising events. Club president Blaze Barker said the Rotaract group was hosting a bingo night, which would include a silent auction and a raffle, by helping to provides young people with experiences they may not otherwise have.

“The event is primarily about raising money for Edmund Rice Camps, which one of our members is heavily involved with and we support an activity day and we are hoping to build on that in the future,” she said. “It will also go towards other projects that we sponsors as a club, like our Phillipines scholarship.”

The bingo evening will be held on Friday, October 21 at 7pm at the Grand Chancellor Ballroom. Entrance to the event is $20  and includes finger food and a bingo dabber. More details and ticketing information can be found at

Bingo Night Fundraiser! Edmund Rice Camps.

  •  Friday, 21st October @ 7pm
  •  Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston.
  •  $20 Food + Accessories
  •  $10 Bingo Books

“The Tassie Tenor” A day in the Vines at Sharman’s Vineyard

Wednesday, 05 Oct 2016

Rotary Club of South Launceston are spending a day in the vines on Sunday the 27th November 2016 and they would like you to come. The Tassie Tenor will be entertaining us. The day starts at 12pm food is included in your ticket price and drinks can be purchased at the bar. Sharman's Vinyard is the venue at 175 Glenwood Road Relbia. Tickets are $25. Sharman's is an exceptionable venue and this will be a great day to enjoy it. Get a group together, bring your picnic rug or chairs. If you can picture yourself enjoying a superb view, reclining in a chair, enjoying wine and music, barefeet in the soft grass, friends, fresh air, sunshine this is the event for you.


Bring a Friend Evening

Wednesday, 05 Oct 2016

Great casual night at our club meeting lastThursday evening. We welcomed Rotaract of Tamar Valley to host a presentation to our Cub and it was a bring a guest night. Rotaract of Tamar Valley will be holding a Bingo fundraiser after our Club meeting on the 21st October at the Grand Chancellor.


Group 4/5/6 Rotary Forum

Thursday, 22 Sep 2016

Last night a Group 4/5/6 Rotary Forum was held Boathouse with 120 Rotarians from 18 club from the Launceston region in attendance.
The Theme for the night was Health.
Guest speakers spoke about AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators), the pending first aid upgrade at Ben Lomond, Australian Rotary Health and the key speech was on the Big Red Kidney Bus current touring the state.
This is a mobile dialysis unit and more can be read about this bus on its journey.


Building Future Leaders- Invitation to Participate

Monday, 12 Sep 2016

Invitation to Participate
The mission of The Rotary Leadership Institute is to provide an educational
opportunity for Rotarians identified as potential leaders by their clubs.
Rotary needs a constant influx of leaders as club officers, since they mostly
change every year. It is often difficult at the club level to learn enough about the
exciting world of Rotary and it is also important to remember that leadership skills in
volunteer organisations are often different from business leadership skills.
The Rotary Leadership Institute, through ‘Building Future Leaders’ can help
with both.

  •  more about the what/where/who/why of Rotary
  •  where they fit in the Rotary world
  •  about developing their leadership skills
  •  how to develop projects, local and international
  •  how to bring about change
  •  about being a part of the future of Rotary

Banner Presentation - Howard Bridgman Rotary Club of Newcastle Enterprise

Friday, 26 Aug 2016

President Glenda presented Howard Bridgman from the Rotary Club of Newcastle Enterprise with our Banner.

Howard is visiting our State for a few days. He was a Assistant Governer (2015) and is District Secretary this year for District 9670. 


Care for Africa Presentation

Friday, 26 Aug 2016

Rotarian Diane Butler OAM was presented a cheque for $1,000 from our Club for Care for Africa Foundation. The cheque was presented by our President Glenda Iles. 


‘Life jackets for LIFE’ project, Fiji.

Monday, 08 Aug 2016

Merilyn Briggs told us about her grandchildren, Evan, Cohen and Rahni who have a new project in Fiji and they need your HELP.
 They are asking for donations... of good quality, new or preloved life jackets for their school friends at the Natusara Primary School. This is a boarding school located on Ono Island, a small island of the Kadavu Group, 100km south of Suva. There are no roads, cars or horses on the island with boats being the only mode of transport, both off or around the island.
 The grade 1 to grade 8 students travel from either Bulia Island, 6 km away or Dravuni Island, 12 km away. The students return home twice during each school term for weekends and also when cyclonic weather is imminent.
 The boarders travel these distances in 23 feet open fibreglass boats, without lifejackets.
 Vinaka Vakelevu (Thank you very much) from Evan, Cohen and Rahni for supporting them to make a difference for their friends at Natusara Primary School, Fiji.
 Please share this post.

Please contact Merilyn through messenger if you have any questions and Thank you, Merilyn Briggs.

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Paul Harris Fellow presentation - Diana Butler OAM

Thursday, 21 Jul 2016

Diana Butler AOM was presented tonight with a Paul Harris Fellow for her work with Care for Africa Foundation. Diana is the CEO of the Foundation and is the founding member. This Rotary award is well deserved, congratulations from all your fellow Rotarians Diana.

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DG Gerard Blizzard

Thursday, 21 Jul 2016

~~Photo taken after the meeting of District Governor Gerard and wife Fiona and our President Glenda Iles.

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