Kiama service club news

KIAMA ROTARY CLUB

Yesterday, I was discussing with a potential Rotarian the reasons why I joined Rotary, and it caused me to reflect on a couple of recent experiences which then became linked to our discussion. The first was the wish on my part to be involved in activities that make a difference within the community in which I live.

One of our Club's projects this year has been engagement with the Parkinson's Support Group of Kiama by part-funding an exercise initiative designed to slow the progression of their disease. As a result, I've made a difference and connected with a group of great people.

The second experience involved a regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Kiama and the part of the meeting where we listen to a local success story; seeking a better understanding of what this individual does, as well as looking for personal motivation such tales often contain.

You may or may not know of Clayton Comber and his creation "Bouquiniste"; Clay spoke at last week's meeting and blew us away with his "life-to-date" story; a tale filled with amazing examples of individual achievement. From his early "band" days; to his becoming "hooked on" creative writing through to his first novel "Shooting Stars". Then the "torturous" path to his graduation from Oxford College, England with a Masters in Creative Writing with Distinction.

As you can see from my two examples, Rotary is a two-way street; we give and receive. So why don't you give me a call and we can set up a date for you to experience all that it means to be a Rotarian. John Clarke, M: 0419 546 094.

KIAMA LIONS CLUB

Last week we learnt with great sadness of the passing of one of our older members, David Kirkman, who will have been known to many folk in the town as he was once the Postmaster here and was a member of the Sts Peter and Paul community.

Last Sunday we were unable to help Rotary at their show with our caravan as our Team leader and driver of the vehicle that tows the van had a sudden family bereavement. This has been a tragic period for his family that has suffered much.

Many of our members worked at Kembla Grange Racecourse for the "Gong Day". It was very busy and some returned for the clear up on the following Monday

This week the District Governor's visit takes place and a recent tradition has been that dinner meeting taking place at Jamberoo Pub. We will be inducting three new members which is always good news. We are grateful to Kiama Council who will be offering the District Governor's representative a Mayoral Reception. Our Christmas dinner will be at the Olive and Vine on December 5, with a cabaret performance allegedly by Tina Turner!

KIAMA CWA DAY BRANCH

Our last meeting of the year is earlier in the month on Tuesday, December 10, at 70 Shoalhaven St, Kiama at 1pm for a 1.30pm start. We resume our meetings next year on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Congratulations to our members who entered in the Kiama CWA Day Branch Land Cookery judging. At Group judging Margaret Carmichael won first prize for her Date Loaf and that will be going on to the judging at the CWA State Conference in Newcastle next year. Cheryl Pearce won second prize for her Rich Fruit Cake. New members and visitors are most welcome to our meetings and all other activities.

The CWA hall is available for hire. Please email on kiamacwa.daybranch@gmail.com or phone 4232 4680 for more information.