This week we had a joint meeting with, and hosted by, Hoppers Crossing Apex to Launch the 2014 Wynspeak Competion
Our speakers for the evening were winners from the 2013 Competition.
Firstly Junior Winner Sonika Prakash from Marian College in Sunshine.Whose winning speach was about growing up in Australia with an Indian Background.
She explained how entering the competition had improved her self confidence and helped with her studies
Next came Joshua Ferguson the Senior Winner from Hoppers Crossing Secondary School.
Joshua’s Winning Entry had been an ammusing taalk about “What life would be like if we took song lyrics literally”.
As well as explaining how the competition had helped both with work and studies Joshua told us about his experiences in the Victorian Public Speaking Competition.
Finally teacher Leah Christou from Hoppers Crossing Secondary School was able to give us a teachers perspective of how Wynspeak helped develop students.
We recently ran a School Essay Competition about citizenship for Grade 6 Students.
The subject for this year was ‘What I would do if I was the Mayor of Wyndham’
The winner was Honey Bui who is pictured here with Wyndhams Mayor, Councillor Bob Fairclough
Honey read her essay at the clubs meeting and received a gift voucher from the club.
Honey’s suggestions included:
- Planting more trees to make Wyndham shadier
- Having a Graffiti Park
- Providing a 2nd Hospital.
At the 19th February meeting Norm Begg talked about his adventure with Rotary sponsored Humanitarian Travel in Cambodia.
This Project of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) combines conventional tourism with Rotary Development Projects.
It also gives you the opportunity to visit the Cambodian people in there own villages and provide volunteer assistance to the projects. One of the volunteer tasks undertaken by Norm was spending time teaching the local children.
All proceeds from the tour are used for Rotary International Projects ( All administration is by volunteers)
The next trip is 5th-20th January 2015 …….Interested? ….Go to www.WOD.org.au
Want to find out more? . . . .
The last meeting of January had the different venue of Avalon Airport as a vocational visit. Just a short drive from Hoppers Crossing.
We were welcomed by the CEO Justin Giddings who gave us an interesting talk about the plans for Melbourne’s 2nd Airport. For more on the plans see Major Projects
It sounds like the next few years at Avalon could be very interesting.
Following the talk we were given a tour of the facilities including a drive along the runway.
For our final meeting in October our District Governor Ross Butterworth met with the Board and afterwards talked to the meeting about what Rotary means to him.
This included his experience of the ‘Magic’ of Rotary when as Club Chairman of International Service he was successful in helping the club raise a substantial amount of money for eye operations in developing countries.
The magic was:
- The multiplying effect of Matching Grants.
- The fact that Rotary’s efforts had a ripple effect on the whole communities of the people who had their sight restored.
The club recently visited the Breathometer Factory in Tullamarine.
This was a celebration of our partnership with the TAC, Breathometer, and the Hoppers Club to create more awareness of the dangers of driving while affected by alchol.
These neat wall mounted units enable customers to check the amount of alcohol in their system for a $2 payment.
During the visit we were able to here how the police had found in other towns that once these units were installed the number of over 0.5 results detected in Random Breath Tests had significantly declined.
Student from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College visited us to give a presentation on their exchange visit with their sister school in Costa Messa, California,
As well as learning about the education system in America the students had learned about:
- Emergency services
- The Commercial Centers
- Local Industry
- And not least some of the Theme Parks!
The students felt that the exchange program had helped their confidence and increased their motivation to do well in their studies,
At the conclusion of the presentation President Terri gave the school a cheque to help continue this important program.