Our club is very proud to announce that our nominee, Dominic (Dom) Hall from Brisbane Water Secondary College, has been accepted to attend the 2022 National Youth Science Forum in January. NYSF attracts outstanding STEM students from throughout Australia. This will be an great step for Dom towards his career goal of Engineering. NYSF will be a 12-day program from 10-25 January via a combination of in-person and digital STEM experiences. Participants will experience everything the NYSF is famous for, including keynote speakers, lectures, hands-on workshops, debates, expos and enriching social activities. Dom is an outstanding young man who has just returned in January from a one year Rotary Youth Exchange program in Slovakia. We again wish him well in this next Rotary Youth program.
Shelter Bags for homeless people have now been passed onto St Vinnies and Mary Mac’s on the Peninsula for distribution to those in need. These bags provide warmth and shelter for recipients where they currently have no permanent place of residence.
Thank you to all who joined us for our successful return to Bunnings WestGosford on Saturday. 13 members, including cook Steve Hall, cooked up a serious lot of sausages raising precious funds for our local projects.
Our club has joined with the Rotary Clubs of Woy Woy and Brisbane Water to present Blue Wave Living aged care services with $1000 to secure entertainment for residents. We wish residents much enjoyment from these performances. Pictured are Robert Meyer (Umina Rotary), Cherie Simpson (BW Rotary), Bruce Croft (Umina Rotary), Michelle Nicholas (Blue Wave), Matthew Downie (Blue Wave CEO) and Ross Pearce (Blue Wave Chair).
Our club is very proud to announce that we have selected JENNA WOODHOUSE , formerly of Gosford High School, to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) in January of 2022. RYLA is an awe-inspiring program aimed at empowering Australia’s next generation of superstars. Participants will meet life changing people, be enthralled by inspiring stories and develop skills through challenges and activities designed to put their leadership into practice, in a supportive and encouraging environment. Jenna is an outstanding young woman who demonstrated her leadership potential during her senior school years as well as in her year long Rotary Exchange in Mexico where she experienced an earthquake there and joined in fundraising drives for support of victims. She is now studying at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in Sydney.
Our club is very sad to advise the passing of one of our longest serving and best loved Rotarians. Kevin Williams passed away peacefully on Monday night leaving a hole in our club and our hearts which will be very hard to fill. Kevin was an Active Member of Rotary International and our Club for 37 years. He was Club President in 1989/1990 and his dedicated service had been recognised along the way by the awards of a Paul Harris Fellow and a Sapphire Pin. Kevin was Club Treasurer for 11 years, had been the Attendance Officer for many years, and served on the Board for over 15 years. Kevin was always one of the first to volunteer for each local project of Umina Rotary. His presence among us was always as a thorough gentleman with a wicked smile and a twinkle in his eye. As a tribute to his contribution to our club Kevin was recently awarded our club’s first ever Life Membership Award. The award was made at a special ceremony at his home in Empire Bay which was attended by Kevin’s daughters Tracey and Melissa and his son Brad. Kevin was also actively involved in Probus. He was the inaugural Secretary of the Probus Club of Umina Everglades when it was formed by Umina Rotary in 2002. He was the second President of that Probus Club and served on its Management Committee for many years.
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Our members were out in force at the end of May with 14 members and ladies conducting roadside collections for the Salvation Army’s Annual Red Shield Appeal. Operating on both sides of the road outside Empire Bay Public School and on Brisbane Water Drive we were very appreciative for the generosity of the drivers who pulled over and made their contributions. $6256 was collected which will help the Army in providing the vital services they offer communities and individuals in need throughout the year.