Summary 2006 - 2007

Year Summary 2006 - 2007

  • President Owen’s year commenced with a combined changeover dinner and the clubs 50th birthday celebration. Ahead was hosting the district 9500 conference in April and numerous local and international projects.

  • DGE John Rowe was inducted as 9500 District Governor in July. John had a very busy year, supported by his wife Lynne and Rtn John Brazel, as district secretary, serving Rotary with enthusiasm and dedication. John oversaw the incorporation of the district, initiated two new District Coordinator positions: membership and public image, plus promoted awareness of The Rotary Foundation within the clubs of the district.

  • In August a National Science Week was sponsored at two venues in Port Pirie to foster interest in science amongst students from Port Pirie and nearby towns. This was followed up in June with the Science and Engineering Challenge coordinated by PP John Banfield. Schools attended from Burra, Kadina, Roxby Downs, Whyalla and Port Pirie. The teams from Whyalla and St. Marks College went on to participate in Adelaide during a National Science Week.

  • The installation of 15 new sewing machines and four thread machines was arranged at the Training Centre in Dau, in the Philippines, supporting our sister club. This was an extension of a similar project initiated 10 years ago. The total cost for the new project was US$ 10,450, made possible by a Matching Grant, DDF Grant, and the Rotary club of Port Pirie.

  • November is Rotary Foundation Month and the RC of PP donated $5,000 to the foundation. At this dinner PP Brian Condon Received a Rotary Foundation District Service Award, recognising his generous support of the foundation over past years.

  • In December the RC of PP assisted in the Christmas pageant, hosted the Youth Exchange Briefing Weekend and published the 50 Year History book, collated and edited by PP Brian Richards. A job well done Brian.

  • The GSE Team went to District 3790, Philippines, in February for four weeks. PP Bob Ward was the team leader and the RC of PP sponsored two local members to the team of five. A reciprocating visit by a GSE Team from District 3790 occurred during the District Conference in April.

  • The Community Project culminated in the donation of an Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring Unit to the Port Pirie Regional Health Centre, by PP Graham Nichols. This was made possible by raffling goods supplied by PP Dene Cretan and a Matching Grant of $2000 organised by PP Andy Hern.

  • From April 13th to 15th the RC of PP hosted the District Conference. Hosting a conference is a major undertaking for any club. We had hosted in 1984 and wished to do so again in supporting DGE John Rowe. The conference was a resounding success, chiefly due to the management skills of Conference Chairman PP Philip Johns and his competent team, well done all.

  • The Directory of ANZO Rotary Clubs was published again. PP Andy Hern was chairman of the committee. 18,000 directories were printed 6546 directories were posted to 704 clubs, 2400 to R.D.U. and samples to 487 other clubs, a big mailing list! Andy has managed this project with discipline and patience! The reward to him, his committee and the club should be a $9000 profit.

  • A shipping container load of medical and educational goods to the Rotary club of Dau, was also made possible by a matching grant, again organised by PP Andy Hern.

  • Routine projects throughout the year included manning football gates, bowls night, Driver Reviver, Christmas pageant, Mother’s Day flowers distribution, manning gates at go kart meeting, Lealholme feat and barbecue. All making for a busy year!