Rotary Club of Inverell

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We meet Thursdays at 6:15 PM
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68-76 Evans St.,
Inverell, N.S.W  2360
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Fifty eight students from around District 9650 descended on Inverell on the weekend of 16th May representing countries from around the world to debate many current issues at MUNA. Alliances were formed to gain support when the vote finally happened and a great deal of fun was had taking on the perceived persona of the country.
This year's Science Challenge was held on 20th March. Again it was hotly contested by students from surrounding schools including a combined team from Ross Hill and Inverell Public. Rotarians from Inverell, Inverell East, Warialda and Glen Innes supervised the activities put together by staff from the University of Newcastle. A major sponsor was Engineers Australia.he winning school this year was Danthonia. Congratulations and well done to Danthonia and all competing schools.
 Thea Batterham  was recently nominated by the Rotary Club of Inverell for the NSW and ACT Inspirational Women’s Award for 2015. At a gala lunch at Doltone House, Pyrmont, Sydney on Sunday 8th March attended by over 500 people, Thea was named the awardee for Rotary District 9650 and presented with a trophy by Past District Governor, District 9675, Garry Browne.
Greg left Brisbane on Tuesday 31st March bound for Vanuatu following the devastating Category 5 typhoon that ravaged Vanuatu. He met with three other response team members replacing a previous team that had done much of the groundwork determining the type of aid required, where the areas of need were and the logistics. Greg has continued liaising with other aid agencies and has commenced distribution work. Pictured are Greg (centre) with two other SRTs with the shelter kits which contain tarps and repair equipment for people repairing their homes.
Palmera and Jacinta, early childhood teachers from East Timor have been living with Bob and Jenelle Neich for the last eight weeks while attending school at Gilgai under the supervision of club member Debbie Halliday, principal of the school.Pictured are the two teachers with host mum, Jenelle Neich
Our annual mystery tour was held on Thursday 20th November and this year's certainly kept everyone guessing as to the final destination for dinner.

ImageHat Day was celebrated at our club with Rotarians and guests wearing a hat to Rotary and paying fines to go towards Austalian Rotary Health supporting mental health. Winner of a bottle of wine for the best hat went to Kim Davidson who wore a very glamorous red fascinator. Pictured are Gordon O'Brien, Robin Archer , Kim Davidson and Tony Ditchfield.


ImageOur club was presented with a banner at the meeting on 23rd October for donating the largest amount of money in District 9650 to the Rotary Foundation. This amount came to over $600 per member, Much of this money was due to the generosity of one member of our club but a number of members each donated over $100. Pictured above are Vice President David de Ferranti and DG Greg Moran.


ImageOn 10th, 11th and 12th October our club ran its annual book sale. Many months of hard work was spent collecting, sorting and packing these books into boxes ready for sale at the Masonic Hall.


Josephine Kelly was inducted as President at the 79th Changeover of Inverell Rotary Club on Thursday 26th July by Past District Governor Ian Dyball from Taree. The board for 2014-15 were also inducted.Image


ImageAt the District Changeover held on Saturday night at Opal Cove, Resort, Coffs Harbour Greg Moran was inducted as District Governor by outgoing District Governor, Rob Anderson. Looking on is DG partner Sue and Kerry Anderson.


ImageA team led by Bob Neich completed the work they have been doing on Hera Orphanage, near Dilli in East Timor. The other members of the team were construction boss, Fred Noble, Robin Archer, Cale Prosser, Peter Grills, Rod Bradley (Barry Bradley's son from WA) and Jack Everingham.


Jonathan's year as a YEP student is almost over and he returns home to Norway on 7th July. His last months in Australia have been power packed with three weeks on his Safari and a trip to the International Rotary Convention in Sydney, Jonathan tells his story.......Image


Eight young people spoke at our rotary meeting last night about the recent events that they have attended being sponsored by our club. These included RYLA, the North Ryde IT excursion and our exchange student Jonothan spoke about his safari trip.


Robin and Cynthia Archer and Greg and Sue Moran thoroughly enjoyed the 105th annual Rotary International Convention which was only the fourth convention to be held in Australia. The venue was the Olympic Park and over 20 000 Rotarians from around the world attended.


The 2014 Model United Nations Assembly,MUNA, was this year held in Inverell. Josephine Kelly has been very busy organising this weekend for many months and her efforts have been rewarded with a highly successful and enjoyable weekend for participating teams from secondary schools in District 9650. Pictured is Josephine Kelly front, far right. Seated next to her is her very valuable assistant Cindy Beveridge who worked very hard on administrative duties prior to the event and all weekend with some of the participants.Image


Beautiful Sanananda, near Buna is a very significant war site in PNG and has largely been ignored by people wishing to visit such places. The FAIM team which has just returned from working in PNG spent four days relaxing at the Sanananda Village resort and remembered the thousands of US, Japanese and ANZAC soldiers who fought and died in the jungle and on the beach at an ANZAC day ceremony at dawn on 25th April 2014.Image


As part of the FAIM team to PNG Kate George and Sue Moran left the building to the men and concentrated on an often neglected aspect - reaching out to the women in the community, teaching them some valuable skills and ensuring that an ongoing programme of self-help continues. Pictured is Kate George with three of the ladies with their completed bags.Image


The final four members of the seven person FAIM team returned to Australia on Monday 28th April after a highly successful and enjoyable three weeks away.Image


Twenty-five baby kits which were packed by members of the Sunrise Group were delivered to Kokoda Hospital by Sue Moran and Kate George. The Sunrise Group have decided to continue collecting baby clothes, wraps and nappies as the current kits will last only about two months. 


This year nine people from our club travelled to Coffs Harbour on the weekend of 29th and 30th March. It was a very enjoyable and well-run conference and our club came away with four trophies in recognition of our achievements for the year.

Members of Inverell Rotary's Sunrise group met recently at Sue and Greg Moran's house to pack baby kits to be taken to Kokoda when the FAIM team led by Greg Moran travels to Papua New Guinea. Pictured are Rotarians Carissa Rainger and Maree Butler.

This year's Science Challenge was held at the RSM on Friday 21st March. The students competed with great enthusiasm and the overall winner after the bridge breaking competition was Macintyre High! Well done Macintyre. Pictured below are Macintyre student Kristen Tom and her team in the bridge competition.

This year members of the incoming executive attended the District training at Walcha on Sunday 5th May. Club members who attended were Debbie Halliday, Robin Archer,  Sue Moran, Peter Lloyd, Chris Newbigin, Neil Eigland, and Hugh Holland. Greg Moran also attended and presented one of the sessions.
ImageDavid (at left) is a primary teacher and is married with three small children. America (at right) works in the health industry and is also married with young children.
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