Summary 1996 - 1997

1996-97

President................... Peter Caddy Club Service.................. Garth Zerbe

Secretary................... Alan Paterson Community Service....... John Rowe

President Elect......... Garth Zerbe International.................. Gordon Chivell

Vice President........... Bruce James Vocational...................... Bob Ward

Treasurer.................. Dennis Coad

 

President Peter set his goals for his year and with the help of all members, particularly the Board members, the club achieved his goals without fuss and in a way that made him extremely pleased with his year. His project for the year was to refurbish the World War o Gates at Memorial Oval. This will be completed when they are unveiled in November, 1997. The World President set out guidelines for his Presidential Citation and our club was only one of four in District 9500 which was awarded this Citation. This award was a fitting conclusion to the year.

o The disbursement of funds to the local community, Rotary Foundation, the Australian Rotary Health Foundation and to our ongoing project in the Philippines were the major beneficiaries from funds raised. The Rotary-Anns also had a very busy year and were ably guided by Jenny. Peter was also rewarded by a 100% attendance meeting.

o During the year there were a number of regular functions including the Rotating Dinner, Intercity Meeting at Port Broughton, Bowls Night, Ten Pin Bowls and an attempt to revive the Annual Picnic between Port Augusta and our Club at Mambray Creek.. The revival of our Annual Picnic on Mick & Joan Prest’s property was a great family gathering. The Bush Tucker Night was a fabulous social gathering. There were many visitors including DG John Downing and his wife Yvonne, the G.S.E. Team from Norway, APEX members and Dilly & Jamshed Mirza from USA. Dilly was an Exchange Student from India in 78-79 and returned for a visit with her husband and 2 children. Numbers swelled to about 100. Bryant & Gerry Chivell and their helpers excelled with their Bush Tucker and thanks go again to Joan & Mick Prest for providing an ideal venue amongst the pepper trees.

o Again with Apex we held a Food Festival and did the catering for the Pasminco 400 Off Road Racing Event. We were also involved in the Smelters Picnic, Christmas Parade, New Years Eve Picnic in the Park BBQ, Athletics Carnival and the Football gate. There were numerous ‘hirings out’ of our marquee and BBQ. Mothers Day flowers were also distributed. Support was also given for ACRE for rabbit eradication and a contribution for a shower bed at St Joseph’s House.

o Our usual involvement in Student Exchange continued. Melissa Guarino returned home to Brazil. We did not have any nominations for outgoing Exchange Students so accepted .Danica Horder from Angaston for Canada in January 1998. Som Viriyachevakit, a 16 year old from Thailand will arrive in July 1997. John Banfield and Brian Richards were assisted by Tyffany Miller, an Ex R.E.S. who was working at the ABC in Pirie at the time, during their campaign to schools in Pirie, Booleroo Centre & Gladstone.

o Our local applicant Rodney Hunt for the District 9500 Group Study Exchange Team was accepted to go to Norway but a health problem forced him to withdraw. The G.S.E. Team from Norway voted our Bush Tucker Night as one of the highlights of their tour.

o Nicci Staritski, a journalist with ABC Radio in Port Pirie, was accepted by the District as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. She departed for The University of Syracuse in New York State USA in June 1997 where she will Major in Journalism. She was ably guided through her preparation by Past President John Banfield.

o Our continuing association with the Rotary Club of Dau in the Philippines saw a Matching Grant of $6,000 come from The Rotary Foundation to match $3,000 from Port Pirie & Dau Clubs. These funds were used to purchase material to make free clothes for orphan children at the Pandan Orphanage and the inmates of the Bahay Ampunan Old Folks Home.

o The Vocational Committee chose a successful RYLA Awardee, Jarrett Nunan, for the April workshop. Three students were also sent to the Siemens Science School at the Flinders University. Farm Accident Education & Prevention was discussed and a project was “born” to develop an educational game on CD ROM. A considerable amount of work and research was done and contact was made to both Federal and State Primary Industry Ministers. There was some enthusiastic support from Government ranks and this project will continue into the next rotary year.

o Over 11,00 copies of the 19th Biennial Edition of our Directory of Rotary Clubs were prepared and distributed by our Club in December 1996. Chairman of the Directory Committee Brian Richards and Financial Liaison Officer Frank Whitworth have been busy recording and banking cheques. Profit up to the end of May 1997 was in excess of $6,000. The next edition will be prepared and distributed at the end of 1998 for the years 1999-2000.

o The Annual Changeover dinner was attended by a large number of Rotarians and guests. District Governor John Downing who gave us considerable support during the year was present with his wife Yvonne. District Governor Elect Peter Thomas and his wife Beverly also graced us with their presence. One of the highlights was the presentation of the Presidential Citation to the Club for our overall achievements.

o AWARDS:—

President Peter awarded a Paul Harris Sapphire Pin
to Past President John Banfield.

o Paul Harris Award to Philip Johns.

o John Banfield, Gordon Chivell, Brian Condon, Owen Crocker, Philip Johns, Ron Johns, Warren Johns, Gordon Martin, Tom Skewes and Garth Zerbe were rewarded for attaining a perfect attendance record of 100%.

o The Rotarian of the Year award was given to Past President John Rowe.