Monday, 21 September 2015

22nd September Meeting - Neha Chandrasekar - NYSF candidate

Apparently the plovers have blown a hole in Stewarts lawn neatness fetish by making a nest in the middle of it.  And he reckons Judy is breathing a sigh of relief as her Rotary Presidency is definitely for a fixed term.

International Toast
Norm proposed a toast to the Rotary Club of Peja in Kosova, chartered June 2006, and supported by Indio Sunrise in California.  Peja contributed to the Hurricane Katrina appeal for New Orleans.  They are committed to cleaning up the city centre and giving residents clean water & hygiene kits.

Neha and her dad Chandra, & Donna Brand from Nth Minnesota - braving our chilly Spring weather.  Watch out Sergeant, Donna’s into operational & procedural compliance issues… and her son is marrying into Noel’s family.


John & Pauline are on the Gold Coast “getting their car fixed”, and Genta’s “gone fishing”.
None of the rumours are true.  Also missing us are the Strongs, Heidi, Iain, Merv & Mila 

President’s Address
Judy reported on 'Tranquility Garden' planting of the 'Friendship Rose' and gardening on Thursday & major cleaning on Saturday. - scroll down for the full story.

Melbourne Cup Tickets - we need an organizer for this important fundraiser.  We made $2,600 last year ... & Deborah says yes.

BBQ rosters coming round.

Helen introduced Neha, our National Youth Science Forum candidate. Her family have been living on the Coast for five years  She has just been through a tough selection process with flying colours. she is 15 years old and attends Matthew Flinders Anglican College.

Neha thanked the Rotary Club for the opportunity to participate in the Forum.
She’s into maths, science, debating, nippers, Duke of Edinburgh awards.  and did I say chemistry, biology physics.  If you were wondering where the next generation of leading scientists will come from I think Neha may be able to help.

Her journey started when five NYSF students spoke at her school’s assembly.  One had been to the international forum in Canada.

Application is an online process and a need to find a sponsoring Rotary Club, which involves a letter  and meeting with a friendly Youth Director, in this case Helen.  Regional selections involve a half hour interview with a panel of three.  They are not looking for “exact” answers, and questions were around topics as diverse as Google cars and live cattle exports.  There were also questions on Neha’s specific topic, which is biology, and included probing on stem cell research ethics, publishing false information, thinking/talking on the spot.  She says her debating experience helped and she learnt a lot.

Wait … 2016. Medical research future?  Ian Frazer.  Develop leadership skills.

 - well, that’s what I wrote down.

Neha finished with another thank you to the Club and especially to Helen.
Stuart thanked Neha & Chandra

Chandra got a few words in.  He looks like he might make a good Rotarian.

Anna will be the Shelter Box Ambassador for the Club.  A very necessary endeavor given the problems in Europe and the Middle East.
Judy spoke about hat day

Ian took a very strict line with us - sorta matched his shirt

New arrival at 8 Campbell St
and this could even be his last home
(remember Gnomeo, rust never sleeps)

and more TRF from Darryl
“The Rotary Foundation is not to build monuments of brick and stone. If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work on brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds, if we imbue them with the full meaning of the spirit of Rotary . . . we are engraving on those tablets something that will brighten all eternity.” Arch C. Klumph, President of Rotary International, 1916-1917 
(this is heavy stuff for architects)

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