Graeme's message, 25 September 2014

Dear Rotarians and friends,

This is the final week of New Generations (NG) month and at this week’s meeting we will acknowledge our club’s involvement in this avenue of service. Catriona Robinson one of the club’s NG alumni will attend and speak of the value of her experience at National Youth Science Forum.

Rotaract is an arm of NG and focuses on the 18-30 year age group. Within D9800 there are 4 Rotaract clubs and the only one in our region is Gateway (formerly Tullamarine) sponsored by RC’s of Keilor and Tullamarine. Last Tuesday RC of Essendon had a combined meeting with Gateway Rotaract and I attended and heard the Caterina Sciva PP Gateway Rotaract speak of their activities. This group of 20 enthusiastic young people demonstrate “service above self” by supporting :

  1. Ptea Teuk Dong Crisis Centre in Cambodia’s Battambang Provence. PTD is a Street Family Centre for poor families who have no home and/or land as well as no means of income.
  2. Ronald McDonald House, Parkville is the major community project with monthly baking sessions and biannual dinners.
  3. RYPEN camps - sponsoring students in years 9-11 to attend a weekend long camp. It is aimed at developing the potential of average students, through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning. District 9800 Rotaractors act as facilitators for the camp, leading groups of students and running the sessions.
  4. Raising funds for neuroblastoma research.

During the week Kevin Field and I interviewed 3 candidates for the Evan Phillips Scholarship for apprentices. This award is a joint venture between RC Footscray and Skilling Australia for apprentices from the Western suburbs of Melbourne. Next Thursday the award will be presented to Billy Papadopoulos from Seddon who is a second year apprentice at Brighton Automotive.