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November 2018
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Rotary Serving Humanity

We meet Wed@ 6pm (phone for info 0412 878 721)
Williamtown Community Hall
2 Sandeman St.
Williamtown, NSW  2318
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There are numerous stories in Rotary about how the vision and determination of a few people can lead to extraordinary outcomes.  This is one such story.
In 1999 the Rotary Club of Williamtown NSW (chartered in 1996) determined that the youth of Medowie, near Newcastle, would benefit from additional recreational activities.  The nearby Grahamstown Dam was under utilised by the community and sailing was selected.
The Club, as a community service project, restored five second hand catamarans.  A storage
compound, storage shed and containers were organised to house equipment.  In 2000 it was proposed that the focus of this endeavour be changed to provide an opportunity for disabled people to experience sailing.  The Rotary "sailing project" was handed over to the community to manage.  On 1st February 2001 Sailability Port Stephens was granted branch status by Sailability NSW, and the Grahamstown Sailing and Aquatic Club was incorporated to manage the venture.
Sailability Port Stephens grew with the continued support of the Rotary Club of Williamtown.  Additional boats and equipment were obtained and interest from schools and disability organisation increased.  Sailability later organised regattas with participants from NSW, Victoria and Queensland attending.
Today Sailability Port Stephens has 20 sailing craft, mainly the non capsizeable, non sinkable Hansa dinghies and is struggling to meet the demand for its services.  During the summer months three sailing programs are run each week, with 40-50 sailors, mainly with disabilities, participating in the sailing experience.  Servo assist equipment is used to allow even the most severely disabled to experience the joy of sailing a boat on the dam.
Several Sailability club members have followed the pathways available, allowing them to compete in  State, National and Olympic racing competitions, including the Paralympics and Special Olympic World Summer Games.
The Rotary Club of Williamtown's current project is to replace the pontoon on Grahamstown Dam as the old one was damaged by a storm.  This large project has been made possible with funds received from District 9670 Rotary Foundation Grant, a Federal Government's Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Grant, as well as funds from the Rotary Club of Williamtown and Sailability Port Stephens.  The new pontoon is expected to be installed in the coming months.
Thanks to the continued support from the Rotary Club of Williamtown, Port Stephens Council, the Hunter Water Corporation and a band of volunteers and supporters, Sailability Port Stephens has been able to provide successful sailing programs for over 15 years.  A number of members from the Rotary Club of Williamtown are also office bearers and members of Sailability Port Stephens.
Time to think about Santa Photos for the children/grandchildren & pets, yes pets! Take this opportunity to support Rotary. The Rotary Club of Williamtown will be taking photos from 10am-4pm on 9 & 10 December as per poster, in MEDOWIE. Additional photos of the one you select available at a lower cost. We spend time with the children/pets, not just a production line and you select the photo.
Funds raised will go to Shelterbox Australia
Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia. They also provide funding into a broad range of general health areas, provide scholarships for rural medical and nursing students, as well as indigenous health students. Williamtown Rotary has always supported ARH and tonight we donated some of the funds raised at our very successful Rainbow Bricks Brickfest@Medowie event last weekend. We had our annual Hat Night to raise awareness for ARH and the money donated has been specified for mental health research.
A huge thankyou to Rainbow Bricks for bringing Brickfest @ Medowie, to Medowie today. A huge success. Sincere thanks to all the exhibitors for their amazing displays enjoyed by all. Thanks also to Wirreanda P&C volunteers for their catering and assistance. As promised many more photos coming very soon.
At our meeting on Wednesday 14th September our guest speaker was Libby Rogers-McPhee from the Hunter Medical Research Institute. Libby presented past President Peter Jones with a certificate in appreciation of the donation from our club in Peter's year.
The District 9670 Bowelscan Committee had decided to donate an additional $10,000 to HMRI following the $30,000 they had donated to sponsor a PHD student working in the area of Bowel Cancer research. As the treasurer Ian Mackay presented a cheque to Libby at our meeting .
Our Club sponsored Emma Cutmore to attend the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment Course in 2014.  News has come through that Emma has received an offer to attend the Australian Defence Force Academy for 2017 and her role of RAAF Joint Battlefield Airspace Controller.  Congratulations Emma
Our District Governor Steve Jackson made his scheduled visit to our club on Wednesday 24th August together with his partner PDG Janette Jackson.
After a meeting with the Board prior to our meeting Steve and Janette joined our members and partners at our meeting. DG Steve addressed the club and spoke about the relationship of our club with the District. PDG Janette also gave a presentation on her DG's Partner's Project "End Polio Now" fund. President Geoffrey then presented PDG Jantte with a cheque for her project.
This was then followed with a presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow to Dave Thomas which was a great surprise to both Dave and his wife Gladys and was received with both humility and brevity.
The Rotary Club of Williamtown held its 20th Changeover Night at the Greenhouse Restaurant, Pacific Dunes Golf Club on Wednesday 29th June.
We celebrated President Peter’s achievement in 2015-16. The highlights included:
  • The induction of Neville Smerdon & Geoffrey Hamilton  transferring from the Rotary Club of  Kenthurst.
  • Steve & Dorene’s RAWCS trip to Papua New Guinea.
  • Thomas Ellis' presentation about his experiences attending the  International Youth Science Forum in London.
  • The visit by the District Governor Adrian Roach and his wife Christine.
  • The 2015 Christmas Carols.
  • The end of year Christmas party.
  • The Sailability Trivia Night
  • The District 9670 Conference at Mudgee
  • The many Guest Speakers arranged by Steve Merritt.
  • Rod Starr receiving his OAM for service to Veterinary Science.
  • Australia Day celebrations with Jo Giddey finally becoming an Australian.
  • ANZAC day service
  • 20th Celebration of the Chartering of the Rotary Club of Williamtown.
We then joined with Past President Peter in wishing President Geoffrey a successful Presidential year in 2016-17.