Port Lincoln Rotary Club
                    A network of professional and business
                     leaders who volunteer their time to serve the
                         Eyre Peninsula of South Australia
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October 2016
Port Lincoln Rotary Club Information

Port Lincoln Rotary Club Inc. Bendigo Bank BSB 633000 A/C 144382454

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
Ravendale Community Sporting Club
40 Stamford Tce
Sec.08 8682 1274 or Pres. 08 8682 1390
Port Lincoln, South Australia  5606
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Congratulations to Michelle Herron from PLHS on winning selection (not an easy task) to the Science Forum in Canberra in Jan. 2017. Two students in two years, and three in seven years from Pt Lincoln. If I'm not mistaken all from PLHS.


Claire spoke to us recently regarding her Rotary vocational Training Trip to USA and Canada. Those members away missed one of the most animated speakers we have experienced for some time; a dynamic talk complete with live sound effects and visuals to support her presentation.
It was difficult for me to both enjoy the moment, and to make some notes to pass on to you.
Some of the highlights were;
Yahoo's data farm - 6 times the size of Ravendale oval, where among other things your emails are stored multiple times to safeguard against accidental loss.
Marijuana Farms - Max. of 1 hectare each with high fences.
Pine Forests - where the pine beetle is destroying whole forests.
Winery Visits - winery visits, winery visits!
Canada's Largest Cattle Ranch - 1 million acres, 8% irrigated. 20,000 cattle, and cowboys!
Well done Claire!

Juliane was welcomed to Pt Lincoln last Thurs by an enthusiastic group of Rotarians and Host Family.
The group comprised; Noel Welfare, Rosa and Branco Franco, Erica, Abby, Charlotte, Greg, and Lucy Nicholls, JULIANE, David Johnston, Dave Gillies and John Myers. The face near the bottom of the photo is Josie Nicholls.

Mike Munro takes over as President
Mike Munro takes over as President of the Port Lincoln Rotary club for 2016/17 at the annual changeover dinner held on the 5th of July.

The Port Lincoln Rotary Club, Pride of Workmanship Awards were held on Tuesday the 10th May and presented Certificates to 11 awardees from 9 local employers. The awardees were nominated for service above and beyond the norm and their qualities were read to the 110 members and guests who attended the evening awards ceremony.
The guest speaker John Lynch CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service central division likened the awardees dedication to their respective jobs to the dedication that all of the people who make up the RFDS have to that organisation.
The RFDS make an average of 11 flights per day just to the Eyre Peninsula, the organisation has some 64 aircraft Australia wide.
The Pride of Workmanship awards were instigated in 1975 by the Rotary Club of Pennant Hills in Australia, and spread through the Rotary Clubs throughout the world with the Port Lincoln Rotary Club joining in the late 1980s.  The Pride of Workmanship Program enables managers in our society to help employees achieve the goal of job satisfaction, and publicly recognize them for their efforts.  The objective of the program is to provide employers with an opportunity to recognize employees who display the qualities worthy of an Award, and epitomise the Pride of Workmanship theme which is "Do it once- do it well". 

Rotary honours past members
President John Myers presented past members,  Allan Smith, Chris Stone and Terry Doyle with service awards that recognized their service to the community and to Rotary.  These 3 past members have a combined service of over 100 years to the Port Lincoln community.

Robert Forster certainly cooked up a storm last Tuesday night. First class operation and first class hosts. Thanks Debi and Robert.

Announced on Sat. night last our Club won the District Vocational Service Award for our involvement in the Boat training project with the High School. Congratulations to Mike Munro and his team for their work; and to Glenn Karutz for putting together a winning report.




Harvest at Boston Bay Wines


Harvest in the Boston Bay vineyard is achieved in the old traditional way and the 2016 pick started Sunday the 31st of January. Grapes are picked by hand when the grapes are just right for harvest.

Rotary along with other local clubs are invited to participate by providing a team of enthusiastic pickers. Returns to the clubs are generous, being a reward for the amount of effort that clubs provide. 

The Rotary Club of Port Lincoln generally has about twenty or so members participate in the harvest each year. We have been a part of the Ford family vineyard harvests since its inception over 30 years ago. 

Harvest has been on Sundays and has been taking around 3 to 4 hours and is then followed by a light lunch and refreshments kindly organised by the Ford family.  

This year saw us picking a good crop of grapes over five weeks. A better crop we haven't seen for some time. Thanks to all who put in some time to assist.





The Tunarama festival made it possible for Rotary to raise $7100 to go toward its ongoing programs, some of which are the Pinery fire recovery effort and the Youth drop in centre behind the Flinders Theatre. This would not have been possible without the  magnificent support of Tony’s Tuna, Cleanseas, Australia Bight Seafoods  and Odyssey Oysters and many hours of Rotarians time.
It is a big job preparing, setting up selling and then cleaning up, the public obviously appreciate the alternative to carnival food or our stall would not be so well supported, a number of visitors come regularly for the only chance they have to have a Tuna or Kingfish meal, they are only available at such reasonable prices because of the generosity of our sponsors who do it year after year.
Now the visitors have gone and the dust has settled it is back to normal and time to get on with what we do for the rest of the year, anyone interested in becoming involved can contact any Rotarian. Our current major project is grape picking at Boston Bay Wines for the next few weeks.  

Pictured are Rotarians from left Dave Gillies, Bill Stenson  and John Hancox       

On Tuesday 8th December Grace Franco was formally farewelled before her departure for Saint Pol sur Ternoise a town of some 5,500 people 240 kilometres north of Paris, for a twelve month study exchange.
Grace who is already an accomplished world traveller has undergone a twelve month preparation for this trip. Having undergone a rigorous selection process Grace was chosen for a number of reasons not the least being capable of representing herself, her family, Rotary and Australia.
Grace admitted to being a tad nervous as she will turn sixteen the day after she arrives in France, so she will obviously be giving up an important year of her life to further her education, after all this is what it is about. Her desire is to return and study to be a teacher, possibly of French and possibly in a regional school.
Grace’s grandfather Branco has been a Rotarian for more than forty years and between them the Franco’s senior and junior have hosted six exchange students over the years. Grace attends St Josephs School and has been Dux this year and last year as well as her academic achievements she is an active sportsperson.
When she returns she will return to years eleven and twelve at St Jo’s then onto University.
Rotarian past President Adrian Glover is Grace’s councillor and in his introduction pointed out that grace has been diligent in her preparation for her exchange. Club members wish her well and look forward to hearing about her adventures when she returns in twelve months.

On Tuesday 17th November Sandra Lukin and Deb White were the guest speakers at the Rotary dinner meeting; they will be a hard act for anyone to follow.
Sandra has competed in ten variety bashes and Deb four, the primary aim  of the organisation is to raise money that is ultimately distributed to children  and their families that are either disabled, isolated or somehow are missing out on what everyone else accepts as normal.
The organisation has raised in excess of $2 million for the past two years and that is a result of the ongoing efforts of the volunteers who work all year raising money and then the years culminates in an outback bash, and how.
It is obvious that participants have some fun but on the other hand they do an immense amount of good and bring a lot of relief to children and families that may otherwise miss out.
Sandra has raised over $250,000 over the years and at the time of writing is looking for two more interested women to participate in 2016. Each car is themed and her car is filled with Run Away Brides who seem to keep coming back, they are currently running a raffle for a camper trailer if you see it out and about please support this eminently worthwhile cause.

Max Anderson was the winner of the Rotary Melbourne Cup sweep, the prize was one thousand dollars. Max was delighted as it is his wife’s birthday soon and his property suffered a bit of flood damage in the recent downpour. For a number of years Rotary has conducted a sweep based on the result of the Melbourne Cup. It is one of the many ways that the club raises money to continue the benevolent and other works that we undertake. The support of the local community in this regard is appreciated and makes the operation of Rotary Club easier when people contribute so readily. Some $3,000 was raised from the sweep and the Club will probably run it again next year. On some occasions the prize has gone out of town but this year it landed here.
Photo  Rotary Pres John Myers right congratulating Max Anderson

President John congratulating Jackson Davey.

Author Ron Carey
On 27th October Rotary President John Myer presented local student Tobias Threadgold with a cheque for $1500.00 being approx half the cost of Tobias attending the national Youth Science Forum summer school.
The summer school is an intensive 10 day course run in Canberra for advanced students, to gain admission students undergo a rigorous entry application, many students nominate but only a few are accepted, it is some years since a student from Port Lincoln has been accepted.
The course is designed to allow participants to engage with leading scientists and companies to give them some idea of where their career paths may take them. The course initiated with rotary participation has been running for many years, it is always interesting hearing from the students when they return; they are exposed to many facets of science that they don’t experience at school.
Tobias is a student at the Port Lincoln High School and has just returned from a ten month student exchange in Japan where he was mainly concerned with the Japanese language but was able to participate in science classes, as a result of the exchange he is now doing some year eleven classes and some year twelve and will continue at school next year to make up for the missing ten months.
Rotarians look forward to hearing from Tobias when he returns from the summer science school and wish him well in his future endeavours.
Tobias is pictured with Rotarian Noel Jenkins left and President John Myer right

On Tuesday 29th Local boy Ayo Ajao donated $350.80 that he had raised to the Port Lincoln Rotary Club President. He chose as his year four project to raise money to aid the fight against Polio, he filled a jar with jellybeans and sold guesses as to the number of beans in the jar.
He sold these at the Navigators College which he and his sister Abby attend and at a Rotary Club meeting on the night that he handed the money over. It happens that Rotarian David Forbes had the correct guess at 375
It happened to be a night that the Rotary District Governor Doug Layng attended so he was able to see community participation in action. It is probably not a surprise that Ayo chose Polio as his target and Rotary as his partner, what is a surprise is that one so young has the foresight to participate in the ongoing battle against Polio.
His parents are Dr Kay Ajao and Nike Ajao who is a nurse at the Port Lincoln Hospital, Dr Kay is a very committed community supporter and for a man who is so busy is an active Rotarian often attending working bees and the like.
President John Myers was able to announce that there have been no new cases of Polio reported in Africa in the last twelve months and that the remaining trouble spots are Iran and Afghanistan, with the help of the Gates Foundation and a number of Governments Rotary International is still taking the fight right up to the remnants of the Polio threat, whatever support the local community feels it is able to give is greatly appreciated.

As you are aware many communities throughout Queensland have been suffering from  ongoing drought compounding over the last three to four years. Families are now really struggling to meet the financial expenses of raising and educating  their  children.  This crisis is extending beyond the farm gate into the kitchen and school rooms. 
Longreach School of Distance Education has 190 students from E-Kindy to Year 10 living in a  large catchment area of Central Western Queensland.  As the school community struggles with day to day worsening pressure of dealing with drought, the LSODE P&C came up with a fundraiser called “Beds for Bush Kids” to support our students to attend mini-schools and school events
during these very challenging seasons. 
Thank you for you help of the $1000 donation towards our ‘ Beds for Bush Kids’.!



 Puckridge Park

Have you had a look at our beautiful park? Rotary have kept this little package of native bushland for the enjoyment of everyone. 

Functions can be booked to take advantage of the spectacular view over Boston Bay. There is everything provided from just a short time with the kids in the playground to a BBQ with the family on a balmy winters day. Two gazebos with electric BBq's provide the best spots for groups.

The native garden area is extensive with gravel paths providing long walking trails.



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