KIAMA LIONS CLUB
We had a great dinner meeting at the Scout HQ last week. This was to show members the Lions Den which was a derelict part of the Scout Hut that had a leaking roof and was unusable. Some Lions members repaired everything and renovated the area so that is a great asset to the Troop. In appreciation it has been called the Lions Den and it is used by Scout leaders and has extra storage facilities. We were also given a tour of the Surf Club's rescue launch and dinner was provided by the Scouts.
This month we will be doing a BBQ at the market with Kiama High school P&C. We like to do these in conjunction with small Community groups who have the manpower but not the hardware, thus it is a win win situation for both groups. We are doing a BBQ at Bunnings on Friday, December 7, so will probably see many of you there! Our Christmas party will be at the Olive and Vine on December 13. It will be a partners night and there is a rumour that Elvis may be in the building.
KIAMA ROTARY CLUB
The Rotary Club of Kiama has an extensive history of enriching the development of younger members of our community through a number of scholarships and youth development programs. Heather Morton and Mal Bracken have led the youth programs for the last four years actively engaging with Kiama High School reviewing applications and interviewing candidates for the youth programs.
During last week’s meeting Mal Bracken introduced Chloe Burg and Emilio Goytizolo, this year’s nominees for the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) program. The NYSF Year 12 Program is a 12-day residential event designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields.
NYSF is run by youth for youth in January each year. Participants visit science and technology related laboratories and facilities, go on site tours, listen to lectures, take part in workshops, go to social events, and participate in group activities that improve communication and presentation skills. They also take part in sessions on entrepreneurship, critical thinking and how to work together effectively, and more.
Chloe and Emilio both spoke to the club of their enthusiasm about the opportunity to participate in NYSF. Chloe spoke of her ‘passion and curiosity’ for the science. She expressed her intention to pursue a vet science degree and her love of animals. She is to attend the NYSF in Canberra.
Emilio, who is currently the School Captain at Kiama High, spoke of his migration from Peru in 2003 with his family. He plans to study medical science at UOW, asking the questions ‘How and Why’ things are as they are. He will attend NYSF in Brisbane. Mal pointed out that there was a rigorous selection process for this prestigious forum, with something like 6,000 applications made for the 600 finally accepted to attend Canberra and Brisbane Universities.
Our final meeting of the year on Tuesday, December 11, is our official "Christmas afternoon tea” at CWA hall, 70 Shoalhaven St, Kiama starting at 1.30pm. Our first meeting for 2019 is on February 19. Our CWA hall is available for hire. Please email on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Cheryl on 4232 4680 for more information. Visitors and new members are most welcome to all our meetings.