Activities September – October 2010

  • Wood Raffles
  • Living Treasures of Oberon books sent to all local schools for their presentation nights.
  • A poster complete with a plastic collection bag for used stamps has been prepared for Oberon Businesses. This will support the “Sight for Sore Eyes” programme being run in the NT
  • Guest Speaker Kevin McGrath – Kevin addressed the Club on the Early European History of the Tuglow Caves Area which was extremely interesting as there were many family names that are still present in the district. The discovery of the Jenolan Caves was made by the Whalan family whilst pursuing a bushranger, one McKewan. First settlements were made in 1813 when the settlers arrived via Burragorang. There is an interesting history in the Hogan family when Henry Hogan was accused and found guilty of killing his first wife by drowning. He spent time in Port Arthur but was released when he saved the prison warders life. He returned to the farm, remarried and produced another 6 children. Further articles can be located on the internet by searching Early European History of the Tuglow Caves by R & E Price.
  • GSE News – that Oberon applicant Joanne Barton had been selected in GSE to go to Philippines.
  • Guest Speaker Suzanne Glennon Martin – Suzanne describing how she obtained her Olympic Village house. Bravely, Suzanne purchased the house, sight unseen and without a piece of land on which to put it. There were two basic designs from which to choose but there was no inspection of the specific house. Suzanne also felt that the contract of purchase was very much in the seller’s favour. The house arrived in three pieces and, in a typical Oberon event, it was snowing and raining. The initial house had four bedrooms and not much of a kitchen. Suzanne had two bedrooms combined to form a much better living, kitchen area. Suzanne did the project management herself as an “owner – builder”
  • The Club authorised the purchase of a seat for Hathaway Cottage. Sue has located a suitable outdoor seat at Currembena for $400. A small plaque is to be affixed to denote Rotary’s contribution. Graham and Sue to purchase this week.
  • Guest Speaker Julie Stott – Julie gave us two films on Aboriginal health which were very informative. Graham gave a brief update on the Aboriginal Health system in Greater Western Area Health.
  • Guest Speaker Anne Jackson who spoke on “nursing in the Sudan”. Anne’s role was to assist in training local staff at a nurses’ training school in a remote hospital in Mapuordit, Lakes Province. Sudan is the largest country by area in Africa, and has a population of around 40m of whom approximately 15m live in the South. Anne has a blog here – her talk was very interesting and inspiring.
  • Visited The Rotary Club of Blayney to attend a Rotary Foundation Meeting. The hospitality was very good, the food fine and the address on the Rotary Foundation inspiring. The main thrust of the Rotary Foundation is still the elimination of polio throughout the World. One of the three strains of the disease has already been eliminated and the other two strains are limited to two areas in the world, one in Africa and the other in the Pakistan Area. As a tribute to Rotary the Bill Gates Foundation has committed $355,000 to the campaign.
  • Busy few weeks coming up –
    • Mayfield Open Gardens catering on 23/24th October, 30/31st October and 6/7th November, we have asked the Bathurst Rotary Clubs to help out. Money raised for this catering effort will be used to provide Australian Rotary Health Indigenous Health Scholarships. Photos can be see here
    • Shooters Hill car rally catering on 30th October, Rotarians and friends and GSE participant Joanne Barton will help out.
    • Chatham Valley Open Gardens – 7th November – money raised from this fundraising effort will be used to purchase Orphan Rescue Kits. More details here
  • Membership forum was conducted by our membership director, Bob Conners. Lots of good ideas came out of the forum.
  • Club 55 fundraiser is progressing well – all proceeds will go to PolioPlus.
  • Combined meeting and darts competition with the Rotary Club of Bathurst East, proceeds from the night also went to PolioPlus. Photos can be seen here

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