As the new format for bulletins is a little challenging I am writing the report this week until I can get some time to go over the details with our editor Bob Cherry.
 
 
At our meeting tonight we all wore our new club shirts that Madeleine arranged for us, they really looked the part.  Thankyou Madeleine for your efforts.
 
We discussed many items during the meeting; Clubrunner, combined meeting and the Charter night for the new Rotary Club Of Lake Macquarie, our role in the "The light up Rotary Lantern Walk " on the harbour foreshore. Registrations for this event went out last night, so when you see it please accept or decline so we can get jobs organised.
 
Bob Main had recently been to Denman club for a visit to speak on Rotary Leadership.  Whilst there he was reminded of our past association with Denman club and brought back greetings from them. Maybe we should think about a visit one day, I'm sure they could arrange a visit to a horse stud.... make it a picnic day.
 
Guest Speaker:
Our guest speaker tonight was Dr John Tierney OAM, President and National Patron of Polio Australia.
John was born in Cooma, and prior to entering Parliament was a Senior Lecturer in Education at The University Of Newcastle. He holds the degrees of Ph.D., M.Ed., & B.Ec., (Sydney and Newcastle University).
John served as a Senator for 14 years in our National Parliament where he served on many committees. He has led Parliamentary delegations to South Africa, Nigeria and the European Union and to the United Nations in new York where he addressed the General Assembly.
 
The topic tonight was (LEoP), Late effects of polio. Unfortunately for John he contracted polio at birth during delivery, he calls himself a polio survivor. He made mention of Rotary's role as far back as the 1920's and 30's where Rotary at that time was assisting children with the disease & in those days they were called crippled children.
 
Mention was made of hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and naturopathy all being very important to survivors.
 
John is looking for a group of Rotary Clubs or similar organisations  to help a funding shortfall of around $200,000 to assist survivors, as there is no Government assistance to hand  and as this group grows older the burden on the government will be greater without early intervention.
 
Acting President Doug was also able to give us an insight into his situation with cerebral palsy and his success with physiotherapy while he had a stint in hospital a few years ago.
 
All in all great guest speaker, good attendance, and good night of fellowship.
 
Chrislaugh