Monday, 1 February 2016

2nd Feb Meeting - Solomons Project


International Toast
by Norm to RC London Downtown, established 1915.  There are 18 Rotary Clubs in London  
AG Gordon Watson
Bill Laverty, guest of Merv
Bridget Dwyer & Natalie Carey, Deborah’s guests
Anne Paddison, Merv’s partner
Frank van der Laan
Yvonne Porter, Alf’s guest
Jan Conti who is not really a guest as she is an honorary member

Board last night, and Global Grants meeting last Wednesday

Genta, Alan, Mark, Rudy, Ron

President’s Address
President Judy welcomed our guests and presented Deborah with a pin
Neville obtained a $25,000 grant from TMR for the next three years of RYDA plus $9,000 from Council.
Our Club members have paid for two Shelter Boxes

Ian introduced Merv, Darryl (our local trouble agent) and Bill Laverty.

The project was funded via a Global Grant organised by Gordon & Leo and Presidents Ross & Deborah.  $10k each from Caloundra and Caloundra Pacific, $5k by Sydney Cove.

The team constructed three tanks and two toilets at the hospital, and one tank and two toilets at the high school.  After $1m in Aus Aid, additional toilets were not required.
Merv gave a run down of travel arrangements to Choiseul, which is by Dash 8 to Gizo, stay overnight, then boat or Twin Otter to to Taro Island, then one and a half hours by boat.
Gizo now has a $21m new hospital courtesy Japan 

The accommodation had all the mod cons, but no power or water.

 Yulandi from Rotary Gizo.
Birthing kits from Inner Wheel
No local workers by 7:30am, but six including carpenters by 9:30
A church visit was a precursor to get local workers
Testing times
Merv took some high-vis shirts for the guys.  No truth to the rumours they slept in them
Drums were $60 delivered
AG Gordon Watson presented the team with certificates
Gordon getting Win tv involved in the Golf Day - $1,000/hole sponsorships available
Sergeant Gerry did his worst

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