Wow! What a year.
The Rotary Club of Hall (RCH) continues to kick some
We can be proud of our successes as we see the results of many years of hard work by members, past and present, in the creation and
A mainstay project of the Rotary Club of Hall, the CRFM
Just last weekend, I received a first-hand lesson in the value our market-goers place on their Saturday morning ritual at the CRFM when regular market-goer, Angela approached me at the Rotary Information stand just to thank the club for the markets and what we achieve with the funds raised.
The profits from the CRFM support a vast array of projects every year. To give you an idea of the breadth of donations made possible, check out the 2018-19 Project Report and Donation Summary.
But there is so much more to each of these donations than the numbers – it is the stories and our “WHYs” – the things that keep us engaged and coming back when we consider the time and energy we voluntarily put into Rotary. We all have our own favourite projects and our own WHY.
The club hit the ground running early in the Rotary year, when members of the Community Services Committee saw the urgent plight of farming communities as they travelled the country, with severe drought continuing without let-up. After some research into how we might best assist those families so much in need in our local area,
It really hit home to me how powerful a
The farmer from Tarago was in tears as he thanked me for the gift his family received. It meant he
We will never know the impact of this gesture and just how it influences her future.
For the first time in 15 years, we had bucket collections over 3 of our markets, raising over $6,500 dollars from the community towards the drought relief project.
We are all aware of the challenges for the Farmers’ Market community over the last couple of years – there has been the massive hit our growers have had to face from the drought; our longer-term stallholders aren’t getting any younger; and there have been many site access difficulties associated with the Canberra Light Rail construction.
Despite this, the CRFM committee has reassessed and adapted; continuing the success of the markets as a very important supporter of small scale primary producers; as a community service project with a recovering public attendance after the challenges of light rail; and as our primary fundraising source.
The Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra has provided invaluable
The District 9710 Rotary marquee at Floriade, recognising Rotary’s 90 years in Canberra was no small exercise and involved many Rotarians from throughout the district over the whole of the Floriade event.
Much of the project concept, planning and implementation
Our Major Projects team continue to support “End Trachoma”, Barnardo’s, the Abundant Water project in Timor
We have had
We had some significant wins in our Youth Services portfolio, with all three of our year 11 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) applicants successfully gaining places in the highly sought-after holiday program in January, and
It was one
A special memory I have as her host Mum over the Christmas and New Year period is of her absolute delight in spending a summer’s Christmas Day on Melbourne’s Brighton Beach followed by New Year’s Eve OUTSIDE on the banks of the Yarra River with crowds of happy revellers.
The club’s relationship with our partner Rotaract Club of UC is strong and continues to grow as we see their membership thrive and joint activities like bare-foot bowling and collecting bottle tops for the Helping Hands project create opportunities to blend the generations.
This year we set up a separate Vocational Services portfolio to review the structure of our Scholarships and Apprentice Awards program. This exercise has proven to be more difficult than expected with high UC staff turnover and
The CIT Apprentice Chef’s Awards night
A rock in our club calendar has long been the fun and social first meeting back in January – ‘Kingsley’s Train night’. As a club, we held meetings at Gold Creek Station and had
There has been one challenge that stands out for me this year – not having a Secretary meant an increased workload and we
We farewelled a few members this time last year, sadly they included two of our Charter members, both of
I would like to recognise the efforts of all members of the club, with a special thanks for those who joined me on the Board and in the roles of Committee Chairs. I am proud to be a member and it has been a privilege to be the President of the Rotary Club of Hall.
I am also very relieved to be handing the Presidency over to Fiona and moving on to other things in work and family,
Please take some time to explore the website and stories of a few of the projects the Rotary Club of Hall members are so proud to have supported over the years.