Saturday, 17 May 2014

13th May Meeting - Derek Jones - NYSF


Chair
A mysterious stranger took centre stage and announced “I’m Helen Fox”
A few were tricked, but some with better memories recognized Helen
from the dim distant past and welcomed her back.

and happy Mothers Day all

Visitors
Guest speaker (on short notice) Derek Jones,
RC Mitchelton Brisbane on his second of two meetings.
PDG Nevell & Linley McPhee -
I saw Nevell & Linley as I drove in, with Nevell beautifully turned out in his suit & tie,
and wondered if we were supposed to dress Hawaiian this morning
Jan Conti, RC Darwin Sunrise
Heidi Solymosi



International Toast
Special thanks Darryl for emailing it in

ROTARY CLUB OF MUYENGA / KAMPALA----- UGANDA  DISTRICT 9211

CHARTERED 1988
DINNER CLUB MEET AT THE INTERNATIONAL HOTEL KAMPALA
110 MEMBERS
70 MALE
30 FEMALE
10 DECEASED

THEIR DISTRICT GOVENOR –EMANUAL KATONGLE -
his area covers both Uganda and Tanzania
HE WILL BE VISITING CALOUNDRA WITH 20 OTHER FELLOW UGANDAN ROTARIANS ON FRIDAY 30 MAY

I WILL BE PROVIDING A FREE LUNCH WITH BEERS AT HAPPY VALLEY @ 1PM ON THAT DAY

Can you please formalise an invitation to all members of our club and their partners.   I will need numbers for catering purposes so could they all please advise me direct-

-- hope they all read the blog

Fat chance Darryl - suggest carbon copy via carrier pigeon
and, FYI, Norm rates your toast at 7/10

Apologies 

Ron, Mark, Ann

Makeups
Board
Derek at Caloundra
Helen on her cruise

Presidents Report
A special welcome to Heidi, who works with Coronis Real Estate
Heidi hunted us down, and we hope to see more of her in the future.














Welcome Nevell, Linley, Jan & Derek

Joint meeting at USC on Wednesday next week
No meeting at Oaks on Tuesday morning
pay $25 into the general account ending in …-000
(if anyone is reading this - please inform Julianna by email)


Anyone wishing to carpool on Wednesday let me know

- sometime a bit hard to park at the uni - Deb

Area Changeover 28 June @ Bribie Island

Christmas in July - await info

Changeover will be on 27 June at the Caloundra Bowls Club -
already in your diary if you read and acted on last week’s blog

Friday 23rd May - 4:30 - 5:00pm, drinks & nibbles at Golden Beach Tavern

Speaker
Alf was caught off guard in introducing Derek Jones as Derek had hastily been drafted to replace Janelle Rees speaking on Climate Change.

Undeterred, Alf soldiered on for another 15 minutes (leaving only five for Derek)

Alf recounted the life changing experience of our 1913 student Kate Smith and the subsequent talk by her mother Carol Smith

From our news archive...
Good Afternoon Derek,
I am writing to express my absolute and unequivocal thanks to you and all those involved in providing Year 11 students the opportunity to participate in the NYSF. As a parent who is revelling in watching the cocoon crack and the butterfly emerge, I can assure you that Kate’s experiences in Canberra assisted the metamorphosis to an extent that has been truly remarkable. An uncertain young girl who was doubting her abilities to be a part of such a smart group left on the Canberra bus and returned two weeks later conspicuously transformed. She has made friends with a group of students with whom she has maintained constant contact via skype and email and there are plans afoot to meet at Easter. Oh dear more travel costs! Kate’s focus on science has leapt a notch or two, her energy to make a difference in the world reinvigorated.  Her assessment of the time was something like “Mum, I found my niche, I felt accepted for who I am, there were no popularity contests, there were lots of challenges and I now feel a part of a big family”.

Derek, I know that this process could not occur without the support of many committed people. I am extremely grateful to all involved who have given the students the opportunity to participate in their journey of discovery in the big world away from school.

If there is anything I can do to assist the promotion of the program I am only too willing to help.
Sincere thanks
Carol   

Derek has been District representative on NSYF (the National Science Youth Forum) for 14 years.

When Derek finally got to speak, he reminded us that he was hoping to be replaced at the upcoming 27 July meeting of the National Science Summer School Council, and for us to give consideration to prospective candidates.

“Life Changing” sums it up.  Although Derek thinks science is “dead boring and a waste of time” his dedication would suggest otherwise.

Derek also runs the Staff Leadership program orientation sessions, as students have the opportunity to return the year after as staff.  It is the Easter before, and includes a ten day trek (does budget not stretch to public transport?)  Recent trip was to the Kimberleys. 
Four return again as senior staff.

There is also an international program with prestigious locations including MIT and Stockholm, which includes attendance at the Nobel Prizes, dinner & ball. - Students need to be 18 plus.  Two from Sunshine Coast visited Pretoria recently - Check Anna’s radio station 8:30am tomorrow? morning  (double her audience)

There is a program for science teachers - a week of “real science”

The Indigenous Youth Science Forum, sponsored by Rio Tinto in WA pays for 30 students at Perth Uni for two weeks.  It’s similar to NYSF.  Derek suggests we approach Clive Palmer or Nevell McPhee to fund a similar program in Qld

Problem with venues with Perth now out.  Sydney, Melbourne Adelaide? UQ?

 
Helen thanked Derek and handed the floor to Deborah
 

who had the pleasure of giving two
Honorary Memberships
Firstly Alf was given the honour of introducing Nevell & Linley
(we’re slow learners here in Rotary) 


 
Alf had inducted Nevell when he transferred from Toowoomba.  He has completed 50 years of 100% Rotary membership from 1963 - 2013.  He has been President of Maryborough and Rockhampton Clubs.  He was District Governor when Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin and Nevell & Linley coordinated donations.  Nevell has three Paul Harris fellowships.

Deborah recalled being invited by Nevell to join Rotary.

In the five seconds remaining Nevell expressed his amazement at the unexpected honour.  Thanks to Alf & to Linley for her enormous support through 2800 meetings and 40 District conferences since 1963.  Back then in Maryborough it was men, and suits & ties only.

 
Gerry (also in suit & tie!!) presented Jan who has “given me some great pleasure”.
Jan has been a major supporter of ROMAC in her home club of Darwin Sunrise.  She has hosted patients in transit and also in her Darwin home,  She has been International Director twice, receive a PHF in 2009, and in 2013 received a Certificate of Appreciation from ROMAC.  Her hard work for Caloundra is also legendary.

Jan responded “I didn’t intend staying so long”

Directors

Darryl, for Lauren - something about about RYLA & RIPEN - help!

Alf announced the new honoury member induction course to be run by Keith.

Sergeant Gerry sorted us out.

Re: Invitation - Caloundra's Biggest Morning Tea
Yes good idea

Anyone interested?  See Pam’s answer below

Deb

On 17 May 2014, at 12:31 pm, Pam Snyman wrote:
How about we try and get a whole group to go?
Pam

On 16 May 2014, at 3:54 pm, Deborah <deborahandjeff@westnet.com.au> wrote:

FYI
Please RSVP directly to Mark’s office if you are able to attend.
Deb

Begin forwarded message:
From: Caloundra Electorate Office <Caloundra@parliament.qld.gov.au>
Subject: Invitation - Caloundra's Biggest Morning Tea
Date: 16 May 2014 3:09:30 pm AEST
To: "deborahandjeff@westnet.com.au" <deborahandjeff@westnet.com.au>

Dear Deborah,
 Please find attached an invitation to you from Mark regarding our Biggest Morning Tea event on Friday, 20th June.
We hope to see you there.
Kind regards,
Michelle.

Michelle French I A/Electorate Officer (Media and Liaison) Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays
Office of Mark McArdle MP
Minister for Energy and Water Supply for Queensland
Member for Caloundra
Ph (07) 5491 2780








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