year 6 1997 – 1998
RI President Glen W.Kinross (Hamilton, Qld, Australia)
RI Theme 'Show Rotary Cares for your community, for our world, for its people'
President Rod Mackenzie
President Elect Steve Sampson
Vice President Ern Wardell
RI President Glen Kinross set the theme for the year when he asked all Rotarians to 'Show Rotary Cares". The Rotary Club of Diamond Creek certainly did that in year 6.
With an emphasis on projects that would benefit young people in the community, the club directed its energies to a number of school based programs and these were extremely beneficial for those students who participated.
But the club was very aware that it was also important to reach young people who were no longer in the education system. A very successful Youth Suicide Prevention Workshop was organised by the club. This was a two day, hands on course attended by twenty two participants. All who attended were extremely appreciative of the training and had a great deal of praise for the course. As a result of the workshop, the club formed a committee from interested organisations: these included representatives from the Police, local Churches, Schools, Venturers and Nillumbik Shire Council. It was decided that the Youth Suicide project would be on-going and under yearly review.
The Service to Youth Committee was involved in eight major projects which directly benefited students from local Secondary Schools: Diamond Valley Secondary College, St. Helena Secondary College and Ivanhoe Grammar School.
Youth in Science was a focus for the club and a number of highly motivated young people were interviewed for the opportunity to participate in one of several programs. The club again supported the National Youth Summer Science School and Rory Carson was selected by the District to participate in this. For the first time, the club selected students to be interviewed for the National Engineering Summer Science School and Adam Ritzinger was successful in being selected to attend the Siemens Science Experience program in late October.
Six participants from two local schools, (Ivanhoe Grammar in Mernda and St Helena Secondary College) participated in the debating competition and represented the Rotary Club of Diamond Creek in the Ian Murphy Debating Competition.
Another first for the club was support of a participant in Operation Livewire, Ryan Jeffrey. He was successful in reaching the State Final on his submission of plans for a multimedia sports information kiosk.
Rotary resources were used to assist in supporting a joint proposal by Diamond Valley Secondary College and St. Helena Secondary College for their cultural tour to Italy in the second term of 1998.
A pilot interview and resume programme designed to assist in the development of basic resume writing and interview skills was trialled at Diamond Valley Secondary College and the advice given here would certainly benefit the students upon entering the workforce.
Whilst there was a strong concentration on youth, this did not mean that the club was not active in other areas. Diamond Creek was very pleased to host a Group Study Exchange team from District 2520 Iwate in Japan. A team of five participants enjoyed a week with the club and met the District Governor, Geoff McIlvenna and his wife Marilyn. During their time here, they made a number of vocational visits as well as enjoying great sightseeing and much fellowship from the members.
The international project effort was to obtain and pass on through Rotary, school books, stationery and medical supplies to third world countries.
Again this year the club received a Presidential Citation for achieving in excess of the required criteria.
The Diamond Creek Town Fair was the club’s major fundraiser. A total of $3,400.00 was raised on the day with a ‘Hole in One’ competition and the annual Jam Stall. Financially this was a great result for the club but another outcome of the Town Fair was the great publicity which was gained from the Rotary signage at the fair.
Increased community profile over the past couple of years doubtlessly assisted in a valuable increase in membership numbers in year 6. Tony Maggs, Michael Hall, Steve Crosling and Colin Doyle all joined the club, increasing the total membership to 20 and achieving the club’s goal.
It was very clear that this year the Rotary Club of Diamond Creek went from strength to strength, contributing to local youth projects, increasing and consolidating its membership and becoming well recognised in the local community.