Summary 2008 - 2009

  • President Neville promoted recognition of the RC of PP within the community, with media attention promoting our projects, including the knitting project, provision of hospital fans, donations of a blood warmer to the Port Pirie Hospital and blood pressure units to St Josephs, and ABC interviews with PP Philip Johns. Additionally there were the Rotary Health projects, the Shelter Box project, which continues to be well supported and promoted by RC of PP, and the Science and Engineering Challenge. International Student Exchange is thriving in our club, as well as RCs of Pt Lincoln and Pt Augusta, yet, disappointingly, the rest of District 9500 does not participate.

  • PP Philip Johns has been selected to lead the District 9500 GSE team to Wales.

  • A successful spring picnic was held at Wirrabarra Forest in September, while the intercity meeting in March was a luncheon in Clare, followed by a tour and wine tasting at the Sevenhills Winery. Both were great fellowship events.

  • Community connection was strong this year. Fans were provided in ‘C’ Ward at Port Pirie Hospital, as well as a blood/fluid warming machine being donated, the combined cost being $5,360. With this we were assisted by a Rotary Foundation Simplified Grant, plus a Telstra Foundation Community Connection Grant. St Josephs House Aged Care benefited from the donation of 2 blood pressure monitors. A steering committee was formed to oversee the rollout of the Bowel Screen Program within District 9500, to commence initially in Group 7 of District 9500, aided by a Matching Grant with District 3790 in the Philippines.

  • Knitted items are still pouring in, with 10 trailer loads being shipped overseas, ably coordinated by PP Bob Ward.

  • Beach cricket was held again, this time in April, with 12 teams participating. Pt Germein Primary School was involved with catering, and many local businesses helped to sponsor the event.

  • RC of PP assisted with community events, such as Relay for Life, Afghan Cameleers and Pioneers Cultural Festival, and the Producers Market, by catering for each event and donating funds raised to local charities and projects.

  • 6 Christmas hampers were donated to St Vincent de Paul for distribution to needy families in Pt Pirie.

  • A seafood night has been planned for August with proceeds to go to the Shelter Box Project.

  • ANZO Directories are to be published again this year, continuing to be profitable with $11,000 projected.

  • The National Science and Engineering Challenge was held in June, with 300 Year 9 students from 7 schools participating.

  • During National Science Week in August, the club held the Science Expo, with 1500 attendees from the surrounding district present.

  • We were, again, unsuccessful in obtaining any nominations for RYLA or RYPEN, as has been the pattern for the last few years.

  • RC of PP supported Jamie Keane to attend the SA Regional Community Leadership Program, and also supported Booleroo High School with a donation of $250 for their Driver Education Program.

  • Our continued support of Boystown enabled Daniel Wheatley to attend the Australian Technical College.

  • PDG John Rowe was instrumental in attaining a number of Matching Grants for club projects. John’s considerable knowledge of Rotary Foundation is a great asset to our club.