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Exemplary Rotary Community Service concept

Burnie Rotary club recently received this information from the Philadelphia (USA) Rotary Club …

  • Can you imagine an in-school experience for Philadelphia students to be exposed to an ongoing series of presentations from a host of individuals who have had success in their chosen careers? How valuable it would be for these pupils to be able to interact with these visitors?
  • Added to this, suppose students got to hear anecdotes of motivation and inspiration being skillfully shared by their adult guests!

Well, those “career” presentations by Rotary Club of Philadelphia volunteers have been and are continuing to occur with great success at Philly’s Liguori Academy.  A few examples:  High-level City and University Police leaders; A digital technology expert; An attorney for major league baseball player contracts; A voice over specialist; A United States Air Force pilot; The owner of an entertainment-hospitality company; A national security expert; Educators; Financial service experts; A construction  company owner; An environmental educator; Non-profit organization leaders; A software engineer; A paint company owner; a professional photographer; and a management consultant.

The third consecutive year of this project has just been completed, coordinated by Liguori Academy workforce faculty leader Mary Theresa Killion and Philadelphia Rotary member Joseph Batory. 

A photo from 1949

A 1949 photo showing early members of Rotary Club of Burnie when one of the first US Foundation Scholars, Emmerson Lynn, visited Burnie.
        Back from left: Keith Tattersall, Jack Cherry, Stan Gill, Alf Pease. Front: Lyn Stephens, Reg Plummer, Jack Hyland, Emmerson Lynn, T.M (Mac) Crisp.   [Apology for the low quality image.]

Star STEM student – Ryan Jones

Burnie Rotary Club is impressed with the achievements of Ryan Jones, seen at right with our most distinguished member Past District Governor Ken Moore. 
         Ryan was a guest at our meeting on April 8th. He is 17 years old and currently at Hellyer College  in Year 12, after finishing his high school education at Burnie HS. He has been granted a place in the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF), a 15-day event held annually in London, England.

[LIYSF is an impartial, accredited not-for-profit social enterprise established in 1959 to provide students with a deeper insight into science (STEM) and how science can be applied for the benefit of all humankind. LIYSF brings 500 of the world’s leading young scientists aged 16-21 years old from more than 70 participating countries to learn about each other and our different cultures through a shared passion for science. LIYSF is held at Imperial College London and The Royal Geographical Society – with day visits out to other leading UK research centres, including Oxford and Cambridge Universities. See https://www.liysf.org.uk/about-us/about-liysf]

Ryan said the event itself costs $6,000 (this includes meals and accommodation). On top, of course, is the travel cost of around $2,000. Ryan has raised approx. $3,000 so far and is actively seeking financial support. He can be contacted by email ryan.jones.06@education.tas.edu.au 
         Ryan envisages attending Monash Uni, which seems to have very top-notch science facilities. At present, his interests lie in quantum maths, physics and chemistry.

Rotary Charities Golf Day

On March 2nd, Burnie Rotary Club held its annual Charities Golf Day event at Seabrook Golf Club in East Wynyard. Burnie Rotary has organised these events for over 30 years and this 2024 event proved very successful.
Thanks to our many generous sponsors (below) and also to the players, who gladly ‘chipped in’ when asked, the day raised around $9,000.

Major Sponsor    Ratho Farm, Bothwell

Top Movie – Must See

Burnie Rotary is supporting the Burnie Works organisation. Books in Homes provides books of choice to families and children. The program aims to inspire young people to develop a love of reading. It also prepares them for school and helps them develop reading skills for life. Books in Homes is available to children who attend a government primary school in Burnie or at the Burnie Child and Family Learning Centre.
Each term, children can choose three books and they will receive them in a personalised book bag.

The movie to be shown is The Boys in the Boat, about the 8-oared rowing crew from the University of Washington in America, who had struggled to survive the Depression years; they heard that the university would provide board and meals if they were good enough to get into a rowing crew. Eventually, they won the final at the 1936 Berlin Olympics [the first three crews finished that race within one second of each other!  Italy was second and Germany came third.]

Successful Rural Medical School student

Laura Sliskovic is the newly chosen recipient of Burnie Rotary Club’s two-year Rural Medical School scholarship.

Laura is seen at right with Club President Barrie and Club Secretary George. She hails from Bicheno and has found Burnie to be ‘just right’; a quiet town, with friendly, welcoming people and great beaches. She says she is glad to have escaped from Hobart. Laura has a very ‘bubbly’ personality and clearly she is absolutely no fool! 

Laura is welcome to attend any of our fortnightly meetings .

Yoo Hoo ALL Golfers

Attention please‼️

To all golf lovers, 🏆    
🎉We are back again🎊

    Burnie Rotary Club’s  Annual Golf day

When? Saturday 2nd March, 2023
Where? Seabrook Golf Club

The golf will be great – as always – with GREAT PRIZES!

For example: 

Ratho Farm is a boutique accommodation, golf course, wedding and function venue situated in the Central Highlands in Tasmania, Australia. www.rathofarm.com 
Ratho Farm is more than just Australia’s oldest golf course.

Burnie Rotary Club is pleased to announce that Ratho Farm has donated🎁 a package of one night’s accommodation and a round of golf for up to 6 people, valued at $1,200. This will be the subject of a raffle 🎖️ conducted by the Rotary Club of Burnie and drawn on Saturday 2nd March at our Annual Golf Day at Seabrook Golf Club.

Tickets, which cost 💰$5 each or 3 for $10 may be purchased from Rotarians George Austin 📞0438 450 801 or Paul Kearney ☎️0407 310 059

Mark the date – Sat. 2nd March – in your diary.🖊️

We’d love to see you👋🏻😃

OUR LAST MEETING FOR 2023

It has been an annual tradition of our club for its last meeting prior to the Christmas break to be a breakfast meeting instead of an evening meeting.
With our President and Secretary at the head table (not shown), we had 16 members present. There were, though, 11 no-shows. [The Bulletin Editor took the photos.]

We take the first (small) step

Burnie Rotary Club was formed in 1942, thus it is now 81 years old. It has always been a ‘traditional’ club; however it has been abundantly clear for at least a decade now that such clubs will soon die out.

Burnie RC has been showing all the traits that will prove fatal, unless significant changes are made.

The first – small – step has now been taken: From Jan. 1, 2024 the club will meet every other Monday (ignoring those Mondays that are Public Holidays).

Thus our Jan. 2024 meetings will be on Jan. 8 and Jan. 22.

Dr. John Parker – From Cholera to Ebola

Dr Parker described his 20+ years of experience as a medical volunteer in war zones and other disaster zones around the world. He travelled as a team member of groups such as: International Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Aspen Medical.
Zones visited:
          Rwanda-Zaire. He helped the millions of refugees fleeing the genocide there in 1994. John returned home with signs of his having PTSD, though he ignored these. Eventually his marriage ended and he headed to a war zone.
            Afghanistan (northern provinces). In 2000, the Taliban was in a civil war with the Northern Alliance.

Back in Australia, John became an alcoholic, lost his medical practice and was desperately unhappy. He found that nobody ‘back home’ cared to hear of his experiences. They had not changed, but HE had!  He was very fortunate to secure a job mucking-out horse stables. The horses sensed his unhappiness and they would nuzzle his neck to show that they understood. He married again.
          Nigeria There was a meningococcal outbreak in the northern area in 2006. From there, John went to Uganda to help organise a medical clinic dealing with AIDS.
In 2008, John went to a major burns hospital in eastern Iraq near the Iran border, where he risked being abducted; foreign doctors were worth $500,000 each. Hence, security was extreme.

Back home again, his house burned down!

In North Sudan, he helped Christian groups in this Arabic country. The medical mission there was clandestine, but random bombing was always a threat. It was here that John had his two most devastating medical failures. Two children had epiglottis (a swelling of the valve between the gullet and the windpipe – caused by an infection). John could only look on as they died, helpless, because he lacked the necessary surgical instrument to save them.

It took two years before John recovered sufficiently to become a functioning doctor again.

In 2015, John’s team went to Sierra Leone to combat an Ebola epidemic. In the four months he was there not one staff member died.

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John ended his talk by saying; ‘When you live on adrenaline, you know you are alive!’