Rotary Club of Darwin President's report 2014-2015
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11 National Youth Science Forum (Prath Prathapan) $2,500 A very prestigious grant which allows top science students in the greater Darwin area to attend this National science forum in January of each year. The Rotary Club of Darwin manages the selection process on behalf of several other clubs in Darwin and the cost of travel/accommodation is split up between all these clubs. Ladies Long Lunch (Chris Tuck/Peter Hopton) $100,000 Held on Friday 29 May, this was the first in what is planned to be many years as a major fundraiser for the club. With the capacity to raise many tens of thousands of dollars a year, the recipient of the funds this year was the Menzies School of Healths Pop Up HealthLAB project. This has the potential to significantly cut the cost of health care in the Territory by early diagnosis of potential problems and suitable intervention programs. Kidsafe NT Travel Safe Open Days (Paul Simon) $500 4 of these were held and they were designed to advise parents on car child restraints and more general safety matters. Aid to victims of Cyclone Lam (Ray Fauntleroy) $5,000 Funded from the club's Emergency Fund, this project was done in conjunction with the RC of Darwin North and the Arnhem Land Progress Association to assist victims in northern Arnhem Land of Cyclone Lam. It consisted of 4 pallets of bedding and 24 mattresses. Darwin Toy Library (Wayne Taylor) $2,300 Shelving was provided and installed in the Darwin toy library premises by the club to enable a safer and more practical environment for customers and staff. Club Governance As the club website was being populated with information in March and April 2014, it became apparent that a number of club processes had never been documented. I agreed with the recommendation that we form a Governance Committee from July 2014. Its taken a lot of work by the committee but the results have proved invaluable in improving our overall club governance. We now have all our major functions documented in terms of why they exist and how they operate. This is certainly a first for district 9550 and several other clubs are now in the process of adapting the Directors Kit we have developed for their own use.
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