Rotary Club of Manly 
2 February 2016 Meeting
  • Janice Shipway Rotarian from South Africa
  • Gudrun Walla Rotarian from Sweden
  • Pat Todd Rotarian from USA
  • Robyn Waters, the much better half of Member Ted Waters
FUN RUN - 22nd May 2016
Our Major fund raiser.  Registrations opened 6th February.  Early bird rates apply please see for details.
GUEST SPEAKER - Pat Todd, visitng Rotarian from Connecticut, USA
Visiting Rotarian Pat Todd spoke on the history of her club and the different projects Pat’s club is or has undertaken.
One project that Pat is passionate about is raising funds for Kidney Cancer Research. With Pat and a friend organising two-piano concerts across the USA to raise funds for Kidney Cancer Research.
Pat also spoke on Donald Trump phenomenon as he is a strong contender as the Republican nominee for President. He has touched on a number of issues that concern Americans, including immigration issues and political correctness. Pat also spoke of the frustrations experienced by many Americans when considering the future outlook of their political system, which has in previous years been paralysed by gridlock. A very interesting and informative talk on the American political system.
Visiting Rotarians Janice Shipway South Africa and Gudrun Walla Sweden spoke of the history of their clubs and the projects they are undertaking. They also spoke of the issues facing their communities at present including the economic toll of the AIDS epidemic and refugees. It is always interesting to hear the history and projects from overseas Rotary Clubs.
Andrea Hogan reports on Manly Rotary's nominees for the Rotary Youth Leadersheap Awards (RYLA) and the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN):
I’ve had excellent feedback from our participants who attended both RYLA and RYPEN recently.
Emma Watson who attended RYLA has offered to come back and speak to Rotary about her experience. An extract of her email reflecting on her week is below;
After I saw you at the Formal Dinner on the Tuesday night of RYLA, we did so much at the camp in such little time. It just kept getting better and better. There were many speakers, though the one I found the most interesting was Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace. She is in charge of the gang squad in Western Sydney. She was such a fantastic speaker, and I was captivated by her for her entire time section.
As part of the fines committee, we auctioned off people’s lost property that got left behind after sessions, which results in many laughs, and then someone paid $100 for one can of energy drink. We ended up raising just over $3000 for Bear Cottage which was great!
Some of the activities definitely tested our skills and patience. I found that I learnt the most from these sessions where I struggled rather than those I excelled at. I feel like over the entire week I developed a lot more self confidence in my ability, which has already helped me afterwards!
In addition last week two year 9 girls from Stella Maris attended the RYPEN weekend they returned full of praise for the course and I’ve been promised a written update from the girls by the head of Year 9 who was extremely grateful to have had the girls the opportunity.