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Welcome to Sunrise!
Wagga Wagga Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Gardens Cafe & Function Centre
43 Tom Wood Drive
Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650
So we adhere to COVID-19 restrictions, we require an advice of attendance by 11:00 am on Monday immediate prior to our breakfast
Sunrise Key Dates
October 2022
Sunrise Key Dates

A total of 15 Rotarians and 6 partners gathered at Wagga Beach around noon on Sunday 28th June for a catch up – with appropriate ‘social distancing’ of course. The menu was BYO lunch

Attendees were: President Jo (& Dennis) Wilson, Dave (& Donna) O’Grady, Max (& Sue) Chapman, Colin (& Alison) Wiese, Fred (& Rae) Loneragan, John (& Anne) Wood, Kim Baker, Anne Egan, Jenny Groch, Joan Skews, Dawn Smith, Sandra Rootes, Alan Sharp, Bob Martin & David Brady.
After all the great rain we have been receiving, the weather on the day was perfect for a winter’s day. Sitting around in very pleasant sunshine, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to catch up ‘face to face’.
President Jo provided some light hearted entertainment concerning how she & Dennis are coping (or not) with possums in their ceiling. Plenty of advice was forthcoming from various people as well as some recalling their own possum adventures from the past.
The beach gathering wound up around 1.30pm as the shade from the nearby trees turned the air a bit fresh. A few members however moved to a warmer sunny spot and continued with a bit more fellowship for another half hour or so before heading off. Overall, a great get together enjoyed by all
David Brady introduced Yomith, a year 12 student at Kooringal High, and a participant at the NYSF at Brisbane.
Yomith thanked Sunrise for the opportunity to attend NYSF held at the University of Queensland in January 2020.
He gave an excellent presentation on this wonderful program for Australia’s scientifically talented final year school students. He was allocated to an Engineering interest group and attended all lectures, workshops and site visits in this group, named Mirzakhani, after an prize winning Iranian female mathematician.
In their college accommodation, he was a member of a floor group, whose “staffie” a former NYSF student ran events like toothbrush parties in the bathroom to get friendships developing.
Yomith visited a range of STEM focussed facilities eg the Centre for Hypersonics where he learned more about Engineers without Borders, and QUT research facilities looking at development of batteries. His favourite was the Boeing Test Centre, which trains pilots from familiarity with basic panels and switches up to experiencing full control systems in moving simulators. Students had a go, too.
Eminent lecturers from backgrounds in biodiversity, biomedical engineering, neuroscience and sustainability and physics spoke with passion about their chosen fields. Yomith was interested how the different subjects converge.
Practical workshop activities included the preparation of coding instructions for robots to go in circles (not as easy as it looks, apparently). In another workshop teams had to offer a solution to cleaning up the amount of space debris in space. The team had 30 minutes to prepare their response and Yomith had 1 minute to present it: a space ship with AI which could track the rubbish and fling it into the atmosphere so it would burn up.
In a third workshop, “Passion Pitches,” students practiced their public speaking skills and presented their special interest to all their fellow students. Yomith spoke about “vertical farming” a way of improving farming and yield by setting up layers of garden beds in a building.
Social activities included NYSF Olympics which involved running from station to station and solving puzzles at each station and “Marvellous Minds” with fast paced trivia questions for floor groups to answer.
At the “Nerds’ Night Out,” students could show off their talents such as one student whose talent was solving Rubiks cube in 12 seconds.
Yomith summed the whole experience as amazing in opening up the STEM pathways. He affirmed his interest in megatronics which links electrical engineering, software design and mechanical engineering. His aim is to develop robots with the encoding to do the functions we physically can’t.
David Gilbey praised Yomith’s organisation of his talk in his vote of thanks on behalf of the club and proffered the black box (mug) and certificate of appreciation
Val Samuelson was captured on the Jolly Old Christmas Bus charter with member John Woods and President Jo Wilson. Jo presented Val Samuelson with her Paul Harris Fellowship Sapphire Pin.
A fantastic achievement for Val's long and dedicated record of community service over 20+ years..
Sue Chapman and Di Cutler (pictured right with Max Chapman), Sue Brady, Phillip Tome, Ron Walter and Rae Loneragan joined fifteen members to hear Kay Humphries (case worker and therapist for the past 22 years) describe the specialised counselling that Linden Place offers to children who have been sexually abused or are showing inappropriate sexualised behaviour.
Linden Place also offers capacity building to foster parents to care for children who may have been in up to 12 homes in one year, and reparative parenting programs for non-offending parents to enable them to support their children through the trauma of abuse.
Following the 2019 AGM DG John McKenzie presented Marilyn Walter (left) with a certificate recognising her as a member of the Paul Harris Society. Marilyn referred to three life changing experiences seeing the work of the Rotary  foundation which inspired her to make regular donations. Firstly at the School of St Jude in Tanzania, secondly when part of an international Rotary medical team in the slum settlements of Nairobi and thirdly at a medical clinic in Hout Bay.

She respects the work of the Foundation because its projects are set up and managed on a community basis, in the six areas of focus such as education, health and economic development, and finally their funds are accountable, so she knows her donation is being used wisely and appropriately.
DG John McKenzie presented President Jo Wilson & Fred Loneragan with a banner signifying that Sunrise was No 1 in D9700 for foundation giving, as well as in the top 7 clubs for End Polio donations.
(Right: Jo Wilson and Fred Loneragan with DG John

Peter (pictured with Darren Verus [on left] and Fred Loneragan [on right]) is the author of Terrorism in Australia. The Story of Operation Pendennis.

Peter provided a broad picture of the events which raised Australian awareness of the possibilities of terrorism, namely the September 2001 attacks in the USA and the Bali bombings in 2002 (where 88 Australians died).