On February 16th 149 year 12 students from Bellarine Secondary College and Geelong Lutheran College experienced RYDA at Beckley Park Corio. RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) is a whole day school excursion that provides Year 11 and 12 students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will contribute to their safe and responsible behaviour as drivers and passengers. Over 500,000 students across Australia and New Zealand have now attended this outstanding program. Members Wayne & Karen Pecar are on the RYDA Geelong organising committee and Rod Stewart is a volunteer facilitator. Well done all!
The Christmas Tree lights are down again but not soon enough - the flock of corellas that swept into town in the past week took a liking to the globes and leads and there is substantial damage to be repaired before next year's light up. Perhaps the corellas think the globes are fruit? Pictured are some of the damaged globes and fittings together with a telltale feather from the culprits. The lighting of the Christmas Tree (a 40m Norfolk Island pine) is a community project auspiced by our club and supported by local Lions and community members.
Our Rotary exchange student, Hannah Luck, has returned with many stories about her year in rural Denmark (and also a New Zealand accent!). Hannah can now read and speak Danish, has experienced very short (and cold) winter days and an education system where people of all ages are welcomed into the classroom. She also began some lifelong friendships. Welcome back Hannah!
Friend of Rotary and Paul Harris Fellow Fay Agterhuis was recognised for her community work at the Borough of Queenscliffe Australia Day celebrations when she received a joint Citizen of the Year award. Here is Fay with club member Marianne Deacon handing out flags and programs before the event. Congratulations everyone on keeping the award secret - Fay was truly surprised!