How marvelous to be awarded this in 2015. We got the certificate but the project is a result of many other people's and organisations input. Thanks to Orica on Kooragang Island and their Community Support Program, to Local Land Services, to the Kooragang Volunteers, to National Parks and Wildlife, to Kooragang Wetlands and to DG Gerard for deeming it the best for the Rotary year. We were the instigators but we didn't do it alone. Big Thanks to everone.
Friday April 10th; Jill is sitting with Free Spirit Aboriginal Art gallery owner Elsie Randall. See the art, experience the art, hear what the artist was expressing. Using traditional techniques to create art pieces which you will truly connect with.
Connecting was what we did for the rest of the evening. At Jan Graces Antiques and Collectables we chatted to each other and to other visitors to the shop (Jan is a generous welcoming person who welcomes all comers with tea and biscuits). An Aladdin's Cave of treasures old and a bit newer.
Dinner was at The Bahkti Tree. After a half an hour of meditative chanting Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Rama Rama with visitors joining in with a variety of small percussion instruments we were told why. It was all about connecting, the word Yoga meaning to connect and the chanting as a way of connecting with the universal spirit. The vegetarian food was absolutely scrummy and it rounded off a marvellous evening.
Rotary Club Myths Busted!!
Half the members of Rotary Club of Newcastle Enterprise are women and have been President for four of the past ten years. Women are making a huge impact within Rotary and their community and work places as they develop their personal confidence and influence.
Rotary is an open book. Anyone who wants to can come to a Club meeting. Even the newest of members and visitors are made to feel welcome. They are introduced to the members to sit with them ask all the questions they want to. More questioning has revealed that members have a lot of fun together and have social get-togethers just because they can.
Members come from diverse backgrounds, cultures, faiths or have no faith. Teachers, Real Estate agents, accountants, postal workers, taxi drivers, writers, shop owners, cabinet makers you name it, they are all represented in Rotary. Work from home? Just starting out in business? Moving up through the ranks? Made it to the top? Retired? There is a role for anyone in Rotary.
The majority of annual fundraising has been spent on community projects which are about service to others and nothing else. Young people’s health and welfare have been the major beneficiaries.
The Rotary Club of Newcastle Enterprise has busted many common myths about Rotary and Rotarians. Members of the public are welcome and are invited to attend any meeting as a guest.