Message from our Club President (Jun 12)

Last Wednesday, our club ran our sixth Primary Schools Speech Contest, this time hosted by Templestowe Valley Primary School. This was a fantastic evening for this event which continues to grow in popularity. Fourteen students from seven local primary schools participated and they were all absolutely fantastic, giving the Toastmasters judges some difficult decisions to make.

Prize winners were: First – Gemma Angerosa from St Charles Boromeo P.S.; Second – Zahra Currie from Serpell P.S.; and Third – Otylia Jasinska-Walisz from Templestowe Heights P.S. Congratulations to the three winners and to all the students who participated in this great event. We look forward to welcoming the three winners and their families at one of our club meetings soon (see more on page 5 of this newsletter).

The current Rotary year is rapidly drawing to a close. The District Changeover has already occurred and our own changeover will be held in four weeks time. Honorary member Helen Lewtas is still busy sorting stamps for the District and the group has made $9,700 this Rotary year so far for End Trachoma, with one more year to go. However, did you know, that since the District Stamps Project commenced in 1991, they have raised a total of $113,457 for eighteen different causes including Polio, Wheelchairs for Kids, the Fred Hollows Foundation, ROMAC and now, Trachoma! Thank you to Helen and the stamps team and please keep up the great work!

This week we very much look forward to welcoming the new Principal of Templestowe College, Peter Ellis, to present at our club meeting. Templestowe College is the secondary school assigned to our Rotary Club in the cluster. Our exchange student Neele Huebner is currently a student there and our new student from Switzerland will also attend Templestowe College. We look forward to working closely with Peter and the school in the future to undertake some mutually beneficial activities.

Yours in Rotary “Making a Difference”,

Janis McFarland
Club President