NYSF - National Youth Science Forum - is a programme for students keen on science. It is operated by Rotary clubs in Canberra and Queensland and runs seminars in Canberra (ANU) and Brisbane (UQ) in January each year.
 
For this round our club had the privilege of sponsoring two students, one from Pine Rivers State High School, and one from St Benedict's College. Prior to January they attended a club meting and spoke about their aspirations for the course, and what they hoped to gain from it.
 
 
They returned to the club recently and spoke about the course and how it had affected them.
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NYSF 2019 Ron Heitmann 2019-02-15 14:00:00Z 0 NYSF,Rotary,STEM,Science
The Rotary Club of Pine Rivers was chartered in May 1959. We are planning a celebration event for our 60th anniversary on Saturday 25 May 2019.
During the past 60 years the club has conducted a large number of projects and been involved with many people. The club has hosted and sponsored many Rotary Youth Exchange students, sponsored students to RYLA, NYSF, RYPEN, and many more. We have hosted Ambassadorial Scholars and Rotary Peace Fellows.There are also all of the past members and their families who have been involved with the club.
 
We are seeking to contact as many of these people as possible, so if you know of someone, please let them know. Give the club this information by using the contact link on this web site.
 
Seating will be limited at the function so you are asked to contact us sooner rather than later if you would like to be a part of our celebration.
 
 
Pine Rivers Rotary
Pine Rivers Rotary is almost 60! Ron Heitmann 2019-02-15 14:00:00Z 0 Pine Rivers,Rotary
Each year, as part of the Australia Day events, the Federal Dickson electorate calls for nominations from the community for a number of categories of awards. This year, our club was pleased to receive the Dickson Community Group of the Year Award.
Dickson Award The citation reads:
Rotary Club of Pine Rivers – Community Group of the Year
 
The 2019 community group of the year is an organisation that has worked hard for our district for many years, fundraising and providing services to support those in need.
 
One of their well-known services is a food van that has operated in the Pine Rivers area since 1994. The van is hired by organisations to assist with catering and has been a great asset for the community.
 
This organisation has also assisted a number of different causes in 2018 including fundraising to support villages and communities in need in Papua New Guinea.
 
Another fantastic initiative closer to home, was their charity golf day held at Wantima Golf Club in November 2018. This event raised over $47,000 for the Queensland Brain Institute. A phenomenal effort.
 
The event took place despite poor weather requiring it to be rescheduled from the original date at the last minute, effectively meaning the volunteers had to organise it twice.
 
These are just some of the achievements of this organisation over the past 12 months.
 
I am pleased to recognise the Rotary Club of Pine Rivers by awarding them Dickson Community Group of the Year for 2019.
 
Congratulations to the club, and sincere thanks to all the members of the public who have supported us in our fundraising projects. We appreciate your support.
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2019 Dickson Community Group Award Ron Heitmann 2019-01-30 14:00:00Z 0 Awards,Community,Dickson
At the end of 2018 the club supported the Wesley Mission Queensland Red Bag Appeal. Members were given red bags to take and fill with non-perishable food, toys, and other items suitable for less fortunate families over Christmas. Jo Mitchell, our Youth Service Director, managed the project on behalf of the club. She recently received this thank you from Wesley Mission:
Red Bag Appeal Donate Now
 
 
Wesley Mission Red Bag Appeal Ron Heitmann 2019-01-21 14:00:00Z 0
As the sponsoring club, the Pine Rivers Rotary club congratulates the Kallangur Probus club on their 20 years of service to the retired people of our community.
 
Congratulations to all past and present members of the club. We wish you all well, and also for a successful club into the future.
Kallangur Probus 20th Anniversary Ron Heitmann 2019-01-20 14:00:00Z 0
Our club has operated our current food van since 1994. It has been hired by many groups within the Pine Rivers area, and has proven to be a great fundraiser for the club.
For some time we had recognised that the small steps used to access the rear of the van were not satisfactory.
Now, with the assistance of a workplace safety company, we have secured a new set of safe steps for the van. This will make access to the van much easier and safer.
Thank you to Workplace Access & Safety for your generous assistance with the steps!
New Food Van Steps Ron Heitmann 2018-11-08 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 22, 2018
What a great day! Just an update following the Pine Rivers Golf Day two weeks ago. .
 
Our wonderful sponsors:
The Clem Jones Group; and
        
 
 
 
Charity Golf Day Greg Bushnell 2018-10-21 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 22, 2018
Jo Ehrlich is a club member who is on a long trip around Australia.She has travelled down the coast of Western Australia and is heading east along the bottom. One of the pretty towns on the WA coast is Esperance. While there she found a long-standing project of the Esperance Rotary club. If you get there, please check it out.
 
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Posted on Oct 22, 2018
Our club is one of the participants in a Rotary Global Grant to assist communities in Papua New Guinea.
 
To give you a small idea of the efforts of the organisers, see here a photo of the office of Mr Osivo Ombuano, a Rotarian from the Goroka club, and a villager who will benefit from the project.
 
 
Global Grant Project Update Ron Heitmann 2018-10-21 14:00:00Z 0
Anja Anders is the club's current outbound Youth Exchange Student. She is spending a year in Austria, hosted by Rotary families from her host club. She reports:
 

How is everything going on back home?

I'm currently now 5 months into my exchange and still loving it. I've learnt so many amazing things and seen so many incredible places. We recently went on a Europe Tour and we travelled through France, Monaco, Italy and Croatia. It was absolutely amazing and I think I am now in love with Italy (largely due to great food). I got to know a lot of other exchange students who are all sadly on their way back home now as they are finishing their exchanges. Even though I only got to know these people for such a short time, we still were able to become close and share really memorable experiences whilst travelling through Europe. 

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Update from Anja Ron Heitmann 2018-08-06 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary,Youth Exchange
Jo is continuing her travels through South Australia and is soon heading up the middle to Alice Springs. What a great trip - and time of year to do it!
Back in March she was in Mt Gambier. Always on the lookout for Rotary projects, many are found.
Rotary Wishing Well - A Wish A Coin A Worthwhile Deed Will Help Another Soul In Need.
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More from our traveller Ron Heitmann 2018-05-13 14:00:00Z 0 Projects,Rotary
Some time ago our club applied for a District Grant to obtain funds to assist a group of blind cricketers, started by the local Brumbies cricket team. We obtained the grant, which was half the value our club had spent to purchase the equipment.
 
On 20 March we had Paul from Brumbies Blind Cricketers to receive the goods that Tricia had purchased.
 
He told us that they now have eight teams of cricketers, all attached to existing cricket clubs, from Bracken Ridge to Gympie.
 
An invitation will be coming, to invite us to the season opening.
 
President Stephen, assisted by Tricia, had pleasure in presenting the equipment to Paul.
Most of the gear
Apologies for the focus.
We look forward to seeing it in use.
Blind people Cricket Pine Rivers Rotary Sport
Brumbies Blind Cricketers Ron Heitmann 2018-03-25 14:00:00Z 0 Blind people,Cricket,Pine Rivers,Rotary,Sport
Posted on Mar 15, 2018

How did the push to rid the world of Polio start?

Watch this excerpt of Dare to Dream.

Then spend some money and buy a copy. It will cost you $US25, but $18.75 of that will be a donation to Polio eradication, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will add double that amount, so your donation will be worth almost $57. That is good value for money!

Dare to Dream - the movie Ron Heitmann 2018-03-14 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 15, 2018
ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS (RYLA)
RYLA is a 7 day program sponsored by Rotary Clubs to develop leadership and social skills in young people aged 18 – 26 years. It assists those who are destined to be future community leaders or business leaders.
 
This year the camp will be held at Luther Heights, Coolum Beach.
 
See the RYLA Brochure here.
 
The cost for this week-long leadership training seminar is $850. The speakers are high profile leaders of their field in the community, and many observers have rated the cost of this course on a commercial basis at around $5,000. It is definitely good value for money.
 
If you are a young person in this age group and feel that you would like to take part in this program, please contact us.
Are you an employer, or do you know a young person who would benefit from this program? Contact us for more information.
 
Be quick! Applications close on 3 April 2018.
Read on for more information.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award Ron Heitmann 2018-03-14 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 19, 2018

NYSF SPEECH: ROTARY MEETING 06/02/2018

 

Good Evening Rotarians of the Pine Rivers Rotary Club,

 

As you may know, my name is Joshua D’Souza and I am now a Year 12 student at St Benedict’s College. I would like to share with you my exciting experience in the annual National Youth Science Forum for 2018. NYSF Session A was a highly extensive 12-day program in our nation’s capital, attended by over 200 high-achieving and well-rounded Year 12 students. This program made a platform designed to provide a broader understanding of career pathways and interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics or STEM, for interested students. NYSF has empowered students to explore the vast horizons of the scientific world through interactive workshops, meet and learn from renowned research academics and professionals, and become inspired by the current and future developments in internationally recognised research facilities.

 
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Joshua D'Souza - NYSF student Ron Heitmann 2018-02-18 14:00:00Z 0 NYSF,Science
Posted on Jan 15, 2018
This morning I joined the Traralgon Central club for an informal 3 km walk followed by breakfast at a local restaurant.It was a lovely experience, despite the fine, light rain.Past President, Maree spoke about a couple of their projects as we walked:* “Give a Damn; Give a Can”, which collects non-perishable food for those experiencing difficulties during the harsh winter;* Hostel near hospital: the club raised the funds to build several small units to support the families of patients (often with cancer or other chronic / terminal illness).Club members continue to maintain the units and yard, with one of the members heading there from breakfast.A very interesting and pleasant bunch.Cheers Jo
Our Wandering Rotarian Ron Heitmann 2018-01-14 14:00:00Z 0
Ms Jo Ehrlich is our most recent club member, and she is on an 18 month tour of our great country in her camper van. Every now and again we hear from Jo as she travels around and meets up with Rotary clubs where she is visiting. Just recently she has spent some weeks in the Dapto area of southern New South Wales. The Rotary club there is similar to ours. They enjoy lots of fun and fellowship while doing good projects to assist the local community.
 
During this time she joined in a combined meeting of several Rotary clubs in the Woolongong and Shoalhaven area. On another occasion they visted Don's Farm, a rural hideaway for relaxation and fellowship. On another occasion the club met at a local retirement village.
 
Read her full report and see her photos...
Our Wandering Rotarian 2018-01-06 14:00:00Z 0
Geoff Wright, member of our club for 20 years, became ill almost two years ago. After a raging battle in which he was not prepared to surrender, he succumbed on 30 December 2017. Around 250 people assembled on the morning of Sunday 7 January 2018 at Shangri-La Gardens to say farewell to Geoff. All who could were wearing (loud) floral shirts in accordance with Geoff's wishes, and he was clapped into the room by those in attendance. Tributes were delivered from the SSSI (Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute), the CEO of the Clem Jones Group (which has a number of arms, including the Clem Jones Foundation and the Clem Jones Centre), the Brisbane Strikers, Pine Rivers Rotary, and members of his family.
At the end of the service our members were fortunate to have the opportunity to form a Guard of Honour as the pall-bearers moved the coffin to the front door of the complex. This was followed by a moving farewell as he was transported from the building. Farewell, Geoffrey Philip Wright.
Farewell to Geoff Ron Heitmann 2018-01-06 14:00:00Z 0
Joshua attends St Benedict's College, Mango Hill. He has been selected in Session A in Canberra in January. He loves to do research and is interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and their environmental and social factors.
 
He hopes that NYSF will give him guidance. He is currently aspiring to do Medicine, but his future is open to engineering and science. After hearing about NYSF from school, he understands it will provide resources, as he wants to work on a greener and healthier future for our world. He wants to expand his horizons in all aspects, and thanked the club for the opportunity to attend the course. [Editor - sorry didn't get more info from his talk - it was very fast, I don't do shorthand.]
NYSF Candidate Joshua D'Souza Ron Heitmann 2017-11-27 14:00:00Z 0
Caitlin thanked the club for the financial support. She is very excited, with only 34 days to go - Session A in Canberra. Her passions are Maths and Sciences. She has the same teacher for Maths A and B, and she credits the teacher for her enthusiasm for the subject. The teacher wanted her to turn down her excitement.
 
In Physics she is interested in waves, particularly sound waves. While most people her age are saving for a car, she was saving to buy her first full-sized violin. She just loves the sound and knows a lot about the structure of violins.
 
In maths and science, the classes are male dominated, with about 2/3 boys. She insists that the girls can hold their own in that sphere. She has found the journey to this point of NYSF very entertaining. She spoke to her Mum, as she had not done a job interview. She felt she can't do this, and can't do that, but she is here today, so that is good. At school, she is looking towards health and medical sciences, but is hoping that NYSF will give her some more ideas. She is looking forward to taking to the meeting again after her return. (Her violin is a 2012 model.)
NYSF Candidate Caitlin Svehla Ron Heitmann 2017-11-27 14:00:00Z 0
Background
Each year our club advertises for potential candidates to attend the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF). They are in Year 11 when they apply, and the Forum is held in January of the following year. Venues are the Australian National University, Canberra (where all our candidates will attend), and the University of Queensland, St Lucia. The applicants undergo an interview with their host club and, if successful, will undergo an interview with the Rotary District selection team. After that the successful candidates are informed about which forum they are to attend. Only highly motivated and qualified science students are selected, as the competition level is very high.
 
This year, our club was in the fortunate position of being able to select three potential candidates, all of whom passed the District selection process and were given positions in a Forum.
 
Our speaker for this meeting was Zoe Roetteler,
Zoe opened her remarks by thanking the club for the opportunity and for the fee support. She has a strong passion for science, and an obsession with the sky since she was young. She would lie on the driveway or on the trampoline and look at the sky - moon and stars. When he grandpa died and she was quite young, she was told that he had gone to live on the moon, so she watched the moon.
 
As time went on she started studying astronomy charts, and finding stars. She decided that she wanted to be an Astrophysicist, and attended everything she could. The World Science Festival was visited every year. She read Science Illustrated from cover to cover, and did research. In addition, she followed every science related social media outlet she could find. The ANU provided a free online course so she did that as well. It involved Cosmology, Hubble, and such topics.
 
In Grade 10 she started to do various branches of science, including Chemistry. She asked herself why should she shut herself off from other aspects of science? She put a chemical element chart on her wall beside the astronomy pictures. Then she did biology. She decided to extract DNA from strawberries and bananas in the kitchen. She tried to make a bananaberry.
 
Now she is here. She has done years of research and has a head full of useless facts. She doesn't know what to do. She is hoping that NYSF will help.
 
The club encouraged her, saying that she is on the right track by going to NYSF, and that she will see lots of things she has not even thought of before. The best thing is to go with an open mind and let the Forum talk to her. We congratulate Zoe on such an inspiring talk.
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NYSF Student Zoe Roetteler Ron Heitmann 2017-11-25 14:00:00Z 0 NYSF,Science

Brian Springer, from the Pine Rivers Daybreak club, is the District 9600 ShelterBox co-ordinator. He told us about the operations behind the deployment of ShelterBoxes.

In the first instance, Rotary is on the ground after a disaster. The local clubs provide the initial answers and supervision. The ShelterBox first response teams follow soon after. They receive three weeks of training in Cornwall, UK prior to being part of a team. Because the conditions at a disaster are rarely good, the teams get military type training. One essential prior to their deployment anywhere is to get the Government of the receiving country to grant them safe passage and protection. The environment can be quite unfriendly.

Around the world today, over 85 million people are homeless - so there is a huge need for the boxes. Each box can weigh up to 55kg. Teams have seen local women carry the boxes on their heads over mountains and through rivers. For example, in Haiti, over 30,000 boxes have been delivered.

The equipment in the boxes is changed as necessary to meet the local needs of the disaster survivors. Items like solar powered lights have been introduced, as well as thirst aid stations, capable of providing a family with drinking water. Another option is a ShelterKit - containing tarps, ropes, pegs, tools and all the fixings to make a covered area to live under.

When a ShelterBox is delivered to a family, they are given a Certificate of Ownership - they own the gear, and can look after it for their needs. Often this is the only thing they might own.

In the UK, Tom Henderson started the project. Teams of around 400 volunteers can be called upon to pack the boxes - about 400 per night. From the UK, they are transported by DHL. In Australia, the boxes are held in Bond, and they can be sent with the first aircraft into a zone, usually a RAAF aircraft. Being held in bond means that the boxes can not be sent to a location in Australia. If we need boxes, as has been the case at Bundaberg and the Victorian bushfires, the boxes need to be sent from another country - usually New Zealand.

ShelterBox has Ausaid recognition, and is a Designated Gift Recipient (DGR), which means that any donations are tax deductable. For additional information on the Australian operation, see ShelterBox Australia.

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ShelterBox Australia Ron Heitmann 2017-11-25 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary,ShelterBox
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