Kiama service club news

KIAMA LIONS CLUB

While we are all defined to some extent by our working lives and occupations often the more satisfying parts of our lives revolve around family and the broader links we have within our community, such as while our children are young (for example,school P&C and sporting club involvement). Meeting people with work and other situations quite different to our own can be a source of great personal satisfaction and development. One of the great strengths of our Lions club is the great diversity amongst its members. Some of the men and women are working full-time, some part-time and others are retired.

Our range of occupations include plumber, teacher, engineer, marine officer, builder, banker, doctor, pharmacist, pilot, business manager, crane driver, solicitor, to name just a few. Membership of a Lions Club allows us to regularly interact with people of diverse backgrounds, overlain by a commitment to community service. We have a lot of fun along the way with a great variety of interesting meetings, social events and service projects. If you are at a stage where you would like to expand your horizons why not come along to sample a Lions meeting? Your dinner will be complimentary and our President Jim McNeilly (0411 883 296) would welcome your call.

KIAMA ROTARY CLUB

In February each year, Rotary Clubs of the World celebrate "Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month" or "World Understanding Month" as it is sometimes known. It is a time for Rotarians around the world (all 1.3 million of us) to use our birthday (23/02/1905) as a time to rededicate ourselves to one of Rotary's key messages. As an organisation, we focus on a broad spectrum of service activities such as hunger, the environment, violence prevention, illiteracy, drug abuse prevention, polio eradication, youth, the elderly, and AIDS awareness and education.

However, in February with peace and conflict prevention/ resolution at the forefront of our thinking an opportunity is presented to every club to plan and promote Rotary's continued quest for goodwill, peace and understanding amongst the people of the world. There are six Rotary Peace Centres at seven prestigious universities throughout the world, offering Rotary Peace Fellows a rigorous program of study and applied field experience in areas relating to peace and conflict resolution. Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully-funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at a Rotary Peace Centre.

The University of Queensland has hosted up to 10 students annually, from around the world in their School of Political Science and International Studies Faculty as an accredited Peace Centre. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centres program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals or practitioners to become experienced and active catalysts for peace. More information is available at rotary.centre.uq.edu.au/