Welcome to the Rotary Club of Umina Beach
club meets at the Everglades Country Club in Dunban Road Woy Woy each
Wednesday evening from 6:30pm until 8:00pm. We enjoy a meal together,
friendly fellowship, and are addressed by an interesting guest speaker
on an extremely varied range of public interest topics.
Visitors to our club meetings are welcome at any time
This week's TORQUE
See all of our MOST UP TO DATE HAPPENINGS in all of our weekly Bulletins, The Torque, in NEWS above.
8th February 2017 Club 41st Birthday
11th February 2017 BBQ Bunnings West Gosford
15th February 2017
Kirralie Smith Halal Choices
22nd February 2017
Michael Blanchflower CC Mountain Bike Tours
28th February 2017 12:15pm Visit to Sydney Rotary Club Castlereagh Boutique Hotel
1st March 2017 2017
Russell Grove Tales from Parliament House
8th March 2017
Kangaroo Court "Case of the stolen identity"
15th March 2017
Woy Woy Little Theatre 5pm Backstage Tour
22nd March 2017
29th March 2017
1st and 2nd April 2017 BBQ Umina Bunnings
3rd and 4th June 2017 BBQ Umina Bunnings
27th and 28th May 2017 Red Shield Appeal
27th May 2017
Woy Woy Little Theatre 8pm Performance Rumors
Four of our members are currently (August) on Vakuta Island in Papua New Guinea installing solar panels and fresh water to the local school. Encouraged by teacher, Grace Hull, and club member, Steven Gagau, the club raised funds and gained a grant from the Rotary Foundation to make a difference for students and community in this beautiful place. As well as carrying out building, our members also took with them school materials, football boots and footballs, clothing, and Days for Girls kits.
Shane Johnson, Ryan White, and Peter Doherty displaying gifts for children.
Teacher, Grace Hull, and team leader, Steven Gagau
Valentine proves to be a great "Corporal" during the fines session.
Our Newest Member!
Our club was delighted to welcome our newest member at our meeting last week. Ryan White is a local builder, family member, and highly skilled player in the sport of floorball. Welcome Ryan!
Ryan White New Member
PDG Tony Castley, President Shane Johnson, and Nominating Member, Clyde Marshall, raise a glass in celebration with Ryan
Community Service Awards
This is one of our favorite nights of the year. This year we recognised the outstanding efforts of three local women who have contributed tirelessly to our community, and another who has shown amazing skill and effort in leading and teaching the students of the Brisbane Water Secondary College Cattle Club.
Julie Aitchison has researched the recent history of Umina and featured this in a 77 minute film titled, Umina First 50 Years, which has recently played to a packed audience at Ettalong.
Robyn Carr is a police officer who in her "spare" time has an amazing record of voluntary service to Ocean Beach Surf Club (45 years!), church, school and sporting groups, Crime Stoppers, and Golf and Surf Championships.
Kylie-Ann "Selkie" Scott has done an outstanding job in revitalsiing the Woy Woy Sea Scouts group, increasing its membership substantially, renovating the Scout Hall beautifully, and re-equipping the depleted resource stack.
Louisa Briggs is the Co-ordinator of the Agriculture Department of Brisbane Water Secondary College and has worked brilliantly with the students of the Cattle Club as they raise, groom and prepare livestock for many Agricultural Shows around the sate and in Brisbane and Canberra. The Club regularly achieves outstanding success with both animals and students winning multiple ribbons.
Julie Aitchison with Community Director Clenn Scorer and President Shane Johnson
Robyn Carr with Community Director Clenn Scorer and President Shane Johnson
Kylie-Ann Scott with Community Director Clenn Scorer and President Shane Johnson
Kylie-Ann Scott with Community Director Clenn Scorer and President Shane Johnson
DRSABC? and COWS?
Down on the Farm
Our club has had a wonderful week of vocational learning and fellowship this week with the Cattle Club at Brisbane Water Secondary College. These young people and their dedicated teachers have develped outstanding knowledge and skills in raising and showing Prize winning Limousin cattle and shared that with us at the college farm and at the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza at Scone.
Teacher, Louisa Briggs, and some of the Cattle Club students at the farm.
Students display their cattle and their show skills to assembled guests.
Student, Billy Sharp, demonstrates his cattle showing skills
Club members assemble as dinner is cooked by students in the background
Animals from many schools and breeders assemble for judging at Scone
BWSC taking their turn in the ring
Excellent style from parader and beast
Billy and his steer parading for the judges
Relaxing after a hot day at the show
President Shane does the honours at the BBQ
Our Impressive Speakers List
Dr June Anderson spoke to us about Youth Suicide
Ray Wiles, Kevin Schrieber and Peter Hartley from RC of Central Blue Mts spoke about their project helping drought stricken farmers and their communitiues in Queensland
Cycling Classic promoter, Kent Williams, spoke on the many fund raising cycling events he organises
Physiotherapist, Russell Tuckerman, spoke on Prostate cancer and recovery from surgery
Students to Commemorate Remberance Day
Put this date in your diary and keep an eye out for this one. Senior high school students from Brisbane Water Secondary College, Kincumber High School, and Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College will be hosting a special Rembrance Day commemoration at The Entrance Memorial Park on 11th November this year. The ceremony will begin at 8:15 with the last post being played by buglers from the Menin gate in Ypres, Belgium, sounded at 9:00pm to co-incide with 11:00am on the Western Front. All welcome. You could also feel more involved by purchasing a Remember Me or Peace rose from Brisbane Water Secondary College to help with the costs of this event.
Club's New Arrival!
President Shane has become the first President (or even member) in memory to increase the size of his family while in office. Shane's wife, Michelle, recently presented him with their first child, Charlotte Kate. At present the whole family is doing well, with the new baby a lot more quiet and co-operative than her father! Congratulations Michelle and Shane.
Welcome New President Shane!
A very well attended Changeover function farewelled our outgoing Board for 2014-15, which was superbly lead by PP Geoff Melville, and welcomed the new Board and President 2015-16, Shane Johnson. As well as the installation of our new President and Board, the evening featured several prestige presentations - the induction of new Rotarian, Simon Darwin, the presentation of the club Award of Excellence to Treasurer Kevin Williams, the award of a Sapphire Pin to PP Rob Meyer, and the award of Rotary International's prestigious Service Above Self Award to Rod Radford. Sadly, we also said farewell to our wonderful Exchange Student, Clara del Fosse, who has now returned home to Belgium.
President Geoff and Outgoing 2014-15 Board
New President Shane and Incoming 2015-16 Board
President Geoff introduces new Rotarian Simon Darwin and his wife Jenni in the presence of MC PP Mike Curley and PDG Harold Sharpe.
President Geoff presents PP Kevin Williams with the club Award of Excellence
PP Rob Meyer receives his Sapphire Pin from PDG Graeme Davies
PP Rod Radford proudly displays his Service Above Self Award
MAN DRIVES CAR INTO WATER AND SURVIVES!
Long, long ago, Ettalong's first pharmacist, Rod Radford, had a problem: how could he get to his pharmacy in Ettalong from his home at Wagstaffe when there was no Rip Bridge? SIMPLE - just drive his car across the water!
Imagine him getting the chance to do it all again at our club meeting.
DOWN ON THE FARM
Our Annual Visit to the farm at Brisbane Water Secondary College was again a sensational success with great weather allowing us to see the students demonstrate their prize winning cattle and their skills at raising, growing, and showing them at prestige cattle shows across the state and in Brisbane.
Our club has bid a very warm welcome to our 2014-15 Exchange Student, Clara Delfosse, from Belgium. Clara arrived in July and will be with us until July 2015. She has enrolled in the Senior Campus of Brisbane Water Secondary College. This week we celebrated Clara's 18th birthday.
Clara leaves home for Australia
In her first meeting, Clara is put straight to work!
There had to be a cake!
And a present!
OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW
Our Annual Changeover Dinner was a great event with the room filled to capacity. Outgoing President, Clyde Marshall, passed over the chains of office to incoming President, Geoff Melville. Geoff was the 9th Prersident of our club and this year becomes our 39th President! Well done Geoff!
Geoff gets his new badge
The President speaks
2014-15 B0ard + DG and ADG
New Paul Harris Fellow Graham Johnson
Presentation to Louisa Briggs of BWSC Ag Farm
Presentation to Julie Morgan of Umina Publis School
Award of Merit to Bob Jennings
Graham Johnson and BWSC students who walked the Kokoda Track
YOUTH EXCHANGE WEEKEND
This year we were blessed with great Central Coast weather and all had a wonderful, memorable time
BINGOs and BBQs
Meeting and Serving our Community, and Fundraising
Meet us for Bingo at Umina Beach Caravan Park in school holidays, and for BBQs at Umina Bunnings
Adults and children alike all enjoyed the visit by Bob Turner with his native fauna show.
A wonderful address from local historian, Julie Aitchison, informed us of the history of the Woy Woy Peninsula and surrounds
BACK TO THE COURSE FOR A GREAT START TO START THE NEW YEAR
RED SHIELD APPEAL
Our RED SHIELD roadside collectors did a great job along Brisbane Water Drive (and met some interesting people at the same time!!).
FUN AND FELLOWSHIP
These are foundation elements of Rotary and what better place to exercise them than at the local pizza joint!
THE WAY IT WAS
Once again we have used the resources within our club to listen to a wonderful and interest filled presenation.
Our own Rod Radford (PP PHF Sapphire Pin x2 63 years in Rotary), and a pioneer of the Peninsula, enthralled us all with his reminisences of the early days of our area. These included the changes in the streets and houses, the people, his own home in Wagstaffe, and his unique amphicar in which he drove across the water to his pharmacy in Ettalong before the Rip Bridge was built.
DISTRICT 9680 LAST CONFERENCE
15 of our members and ladies enjoyed a wonderful and informative weekend in Nowra at the last Conference for District 9680. Of course next year we become District 9685 when we include clubs from the Blue Mountains.
YOUTH EXCHANGE WEEKEND
WE DID IT!! (despite the rain!) - the annual Umina Beach Rotary Youth Exchange Weekend was again a fun weekend of sun (sorry, rainy Saturday), dancing, aussie wildlife, and exploring our world - see below!
What a GREAT way to have a vocational visit!! Use the expertise within your own club.
Our recent meeting with our own WAYNE DOWDLE and his friend PAUL TEW showed us all of the ins and outs of SURVEYING
WHAT IS ROTARY ?
Rotary is a group of community members just like you who enjoy social networking and serving and supporting their local community and the broader international community. We also enjoy social outings for the enjoyment of members and their partners.
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