Find out what Rotary does beyond barbecues

Rotary Club of Kiama members Peter Maitland, Mal Bracken, Dick Groom, Tonia Barnes, Helen Stirling, David Russell and Barry Wilson.
Rotary Club of Kiama members Peter Maitland, Mal Bracken, Dick Groom, Tonia Barnes, Helen Stirling, David Russell and Barry Wilson.

The Rotary Club of Kiama wants members of the public to join them at Kiama’s Old Fire Station from August 24-26.

The invitation is to all who would like to know more about the Rotary Club, their members and their projects. 

The Rotary Cub of Kiama is a growing, dynamic club with more than 40 men and women members. The engaged membership results in a shared workload for wide variety of projects reflecting the many different interests of the club members.

President Tonia Barnes said the members were looking forward to the open days.

“We have access to the Old Fire Station to be able to demonstrate to the community what Rotary does and specifically what Kiama Rotary does,” she said.

“We’re looking forward to being able to do that, to ensure the public get a better idea of what Rotary is outside of just barbecues and demonstrate our international projects and other local projects.”

Dick Groom said all 44 members of the club get a great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment from serving the community. 

“We hope to be able to highlight the friendship and fellowship that being a member brings to each of us, as well as show the residents what we have achieved for our town,” he said.

Some of the projects that the club has been involved in over recent years include:

  • Restoration of the Saddleback Mountain Lookout, Robert East Reserve and the dry stone walls that mark the entries in to the local communities
  • Youth development programs including RYPEN (Junior Leadership), RYLA (Senior Leadership) and National Youth Science Forum (YR11-12)
  • Mental Health First Aid courses provided to the local community as well as ongoing support for Kiama High School’s mental health program
  • Support for the hospital and schools in Madang, Papua New Guinea (PNG) for over 30 years and assembly and distribution of birthing kits to reduce infant mortality rates in PNG.
  • The establishment of Emergency Service Awards program recognising the outstanding contributions or emergency workers in the Illawarra and throughout NSW.
  • Provision of life saving and dignity restoring operations for children in the pacific region who could not access the surgery by any other means other than through a Rotary group called ROMAC,Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children.
  • A melanoma detection and skin cancer prevention program which includes free skin screening and support for a PhD Research Student in this area of health.
  • Development of Emergency Services capability delivering multi services on the ground training in Vanuatu, one the highest risk areas for natural disasters anywhere in the world.
  • Support for drought effected farmers through our Rotary District 9675.
  • Imagination Library providing disadvantaged children in the Illawarra Region with an age appropriate, high quality book to children each month, from birth until their fifth birthday.
  • Establishment of Probus clubs including the Jamberoo Probus Club which is in the process of formation.
  • Financial support for local clubs including Scouts, SLSC, Men’s Shed, Dementia Friendly Kiama
  • Assistance to International Rotary programs such as Shelterbox, End Polio Now, End Trauchoma 2020, Rotarians against Malaria and Rotary Peace.

At the open day, visitors will also get the opportunity to win a Furniture One $200 voucher provided by Rotarian Greg Davies.

DETAILS: Old Fire Station, August 24-26, from 10am-4pm.

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