The Science and Engineering Challenge is a major success story in what has become a depressing history of STEM participation in Australia.
For a very long time now enrolments in engineering at the University of Newcastle had been falling and in the year 2000 the Engineering faculty decided to do something about it. In combination with the Rotary Club of Gosford put on the very first Science and Engineering Challenge and it has grown every year since then.
Now it is an event with participation from every rotary club on the Central Coast, all 14 of us. Rotary clubs provide the bulk of the finance, nearly all the volunteers, while the Uof N do the hard yards of inventing the challenges, supplying the materials and providing a core group of well qualified professional educators.
Almost 480 of the best year 9 and 10 students will thoroughly enjoy the event again this year with the winning school going on to a state final and eventually a national final.
Dr Chris Hendry will speak to Gosford Rotary on April 27 to update us on what is now a 17 year success story of encouraging participation in Science, Technology,Engineering and Maths....a rare event in Australia.
Feel free to come along and challenge yourself, and hear Chris' update on rates of participation in STEM subjects. Contact us for dinner arrangements.
There seems no limit to the detailed knowledge of our own member, Jim Katrikilis, when it comes to military history. He has spoken at length on many areas of strategic and political interest in WW1 and on April 20 he is going to describe the defining role the use of aircraft carriers had in WW2.
Of course this was the first major conflict in which they were so decisive so come along and hear PP PHF and now PE Jim tell us how they were so influential.
Visitors welcome, as always.
Dr Vanessa has been a registered and practicing chiropractor for 18 years and in that time has learnt a thing or two. You may think chiropractors are good for straightening skeletins and that is pretty much the sum of it...........but you would be wrong.
Vanessa has quite a story to tell about her experience in treating the body as a whole, not just a symptom, and in the process getting the most out of the our bodies. She can't actually reverse the aging process...or can she! Come along and find out.
As always, visitors welcome, just let us know you are coming.
Gosford Rotary comes together for dinner then proceeds to the Laycock Street Theatre for the Gosford Musical Society's production of EVITA. The Gosford Musical Society is the premiere musical society in the entire nation and we have been privelidged to enjoy a long association with their continuous ascent. Another great night out for Gosford Rotary.
Your average tourist may have taken a cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam without consideration of the great river disconnect that entails. But Gosford Rotary's Don Wiseman was not so easily diverted and he will reveil what his studies have shown. The connection of the Danube and the Rhine Rivers is a great engineering achievement and one that carries a long and interesting history.
Come along and hear what Don has discovered when he and Nanette took the waters.
We hear a great deal about the shortcomings of health care in this country but things are very different in our near neighbour, East Timor. At its most basic, healthcare must surely begin with childbirth. Young mums in Australia can expect the services of fully trained Doctors ,hospitals and midwives but it isn't the same for young East Timorese at their most vulnerable time.
Come along and hear how volunteers from Erina Rotary set about changing things for the better. Visitors always welcome.
In Australia costs of supporting the homeless are considerable, yet the risks of being homeless are not nearly as great as being homeless in Thailand. Sharon Green and Dominique Brown from ADFA, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, are going to speak about how the risk/cost balance is completely reversed in Thailand.
Girls at great risk and others who are already victims of abuse need to be, and can be given shelter and food for as little as $200 pa.
Visitors are welcome to come along on Feb 2 and hear how a group of volunteers have achieved this remarkable result.
Australia Day this year falls on a Thursday so there will be no evening meeting. Gosford Rotary doesn't meet on public holidays in the normal course of events but many members will be joining the Somersby CWA for brunch, from 0930.
Our long association with the CWA has its culinary benefits and this will be no exception.
All members and guests are welcome to celebrate Australia Day with a morning of good food and fun. RSVP Jan 20 and remember.....guests really are welcome both at the CWA and Gosford Rotary.
For many children in Tanzania a primary school education in a state run school would be more than they could expect. But that is not the case for Brenda Mushi.
Brenda is a pretty smart young lady---smart enough to be accepted into Tanzania's School of St Jude and so to receive a standard of education which will equip her to play a leading role in Tanzania's future. Established 12 years ago the School of St Jude has grown from a few to an enrolment of 1800, with many of those in full boarding accommodation. The School of St Jude does not receive government funding and a high proportion of its students are funded through Rotary Clubs or ancillary bodies.
Brenda's education fees are met by this club, The Rotary Club of Gosford. We pay for her education fees, uniforms, full board and equipment costs and so we are absolutely thrilled that she has graduated from primary school with an average A pass in all subjects, particularly mathematics.
It doesn't end here though as Gosford Rotary is absolutely committed to funding her 6 years of secondary education and we can hardly wait to see where it leads her.
Well done Brenda!
It was a foot tapping performance from Aubrey and Martin that set the tone as Gosford Rotary enjoyed a great Christmas Party at the East Gosford Art Centre. Despite the ongoing inability of the MC to consistently remember names in pairs, Aubrey and Martin ignored wild references to Torvill and Dean, Laubman and Pank or Black and Decker and showed how 40 years in entertainment have made them so successful.
After dinner we were treated to some great music in their well honed country+rhythym-blues style before a stumbling entrance from Father Christmas. It seemed the North Pole facility had been taken over by an administrator, a low cost model sleigh operation had resulted in a pretty rough ride for our venerable good cheer guy. A shocked rotary club tried its best to avoid looking at his outfit, which revealed more than we wanted to know about the low cost model.
Once again Aubrey and Martin were able to save the day with a round of Christmas Carols with unprecedented audience participation. This was a night to remember with over 50 attendees including a very welcome small group from the Somersby CWA, with which we share a common bond of projects, events and tradition.
On December 15 Gosford Rotary President 2016-17 Dennis Allen will reveal his amazing account of how he was able to simultaneously enjoy an extended driving holiday to Western Australia's Indian Ocean coast and also manage his Presidential duties in Gosford, on the Pacific Coast.
His close relative, the famous singer, Peter Allen, wrote a smash hit song called Bi-Coastal (although it referenced his life in New York and Los Angeles) and it seems the idea took root in their close knit family.
President Dennis will not be singing, there will be no marraccas, instead it will be a slide show of his trip.
This evening should be compulsory attendance for all Presidents and President Elects as Dennis reveals his extraordinary powers of delegation.
Gosford Rotary has long enjoyed a close association with the Gosford Musical Society.
On Nov17 Daryl Davis visits Gosford Rotary to talk about how GMS started as a small but enthusiastic group and now, through the construction of the wonderful Laycock Street Theatre, has risen to become Australia's premiere regional musical and theatrical group.
Come along to hear how it can so regularly produce musicals which would challenge those in major cities.
In another busy week for Gosford Rotary six members spent Friday, Sept2, collecting for Legacy. Members were very impressed with the public recognition of Legacy and the willingness to donate to such a cause. Legacy was very well organised for its annual Legacy Day and our members were very pleased to be of assistance.
Andrea Spencer-Cooke, as she is known professionally, has a long and distinguished backround in the field of environmental sustainability. With professional qualifications in anthropology and a Masters in Environmental Science few can boast such a backround. For many years Andrea was a contributing journalist to a business oriented environmental magazine emanating from Sweden, eventually rising to the position of editor of that magazine. Today she lives here in Australia but remains a principal of her own company, providing environmental sustainability advice and reviews to multinational companies such as Erikson and many others. Her passion is the belief that multinationals can be responsible global citizens and enhance profitability at the same time. She speaks to Gosford Rotary on Sept 8. Contact us if you would like to be there. $30 includes a 2 course meal.
On August 31 Gosford Rotary met at the Preview Restaurant, on the Ourimbah Campus. We enjoyed a really splendid 3 course meal produced by the apprentice chefs and served by students enrolled in the Hospitality course.
Then it was time to present 2 of our clubs favourite awards. The "Jimmy", named after legendary rotarian Jim Kirkness was presented by his son, Tim Kirkness to Nathan Cooper as the best final year apprentice in the building trades.
The "Milty",named after Milton Fraser was most appropriately awarded for the best all round contribution to his course, and was presented to Kyran Vermey by our MC and stand-in President David Nichols.
It can be said that Craig Deakes, justly proud head of department, literally oversaw both presentations.
We cooked 330 magnificent Egg and Bacon rolls in 2 hours and 30 minutes to feed a mixture of homeless persons and those who work or volunteer in related support areas. Coast Connect is a very large scale day for those workers and volunteers. It is both a tool for networking and a reward for efforts in the field. Gosford Rotary is proud of our own rotarian, Bob Thomas, who is the Chairman of the organising committee.
Gosford Rotary started another year in its 70+ year history on July7. Over 50 people turned up to see outgoing President Don Wiseman preside over his last meeting then hand the baton to incoming President Dennis Allen. Before standing down Don reviewed and thanked each of his directors in what was a fantastic year of achievment. In a long list of events Gosford Rotary moved the school desks and furniture from the old Gosford Public School all the way to Poppondetta in PNG (a shared project with Gosford North Rotary which provided much of the initiative and most of the man power). We sent year 10 students to RYPEN and another year 12 student to the National Youth Science Forum, a full 2 week live in event at the ANU. We built 3 waterfront shelters in a heavily used park on Gosford's waterfront and we continued our association with Gosford's wonderful Musical Society with numerous theatre outings. In association with 12 other Coast Rotary clubs and the Uni of Newcastle we organised the Science and Engineering Challenge for the 16 th year, engaging nearly 500 of the Central Coast's most promising year 10 science and maths students. The Gala Concert was a great success once again. And we had a lot of fun at the same time.
Before standing down Don presented Robyn Kapp with a cheque fro $1000 to fight Huntington's Disease, and another $1000 cheque to Nancye Booth of the Inner Wheel for their continued research into the use of cord blood. Don topped that with a great big cheque of $25000, presented by treasurer and chief fundraiser David Boardman, to Laurie Maher of Coast Shelter for their relief of victims of domestic violence.
The evening closed on a high note when incoming President Dennis made a Don a very well deserved Paul Harris Fellow.
The 19th annual gala concert was again a wonderful success, featuring the Central Coast Brass Band, Central Coast Concert Orchestra, Central Coast Youth Orchestra, Central Coast Philharmonic Choir and a special guest appearance from members of the Gosford Musical Society. It proved to be a great antidote to what was a wet and windy day with patrons asking for the dates for concert number 20. Once again Gosford Rotary will donate all the funds raised to the participating musical groups. W are proud to have once again presented the premier concert of the year for the Central Coast.
Gosford Rotary is the oldest Rotary Club on the Central Coast of NSW and for around 70 years, the club has served the region, and contributed to local organisations
It has instigated projects such as Pioneer Park at Point Frederick, Bradys Gully Park at North Gosford and the memorial steps and fountain near the Gosford waterfront. It also built and subsequently refurbished Rotary Lodge at Gosford Hospital.
The Rotary Club of Gosford meets every Thursday at 6.15pm at the Gosford Golf Club. If you'd like to attend, please contact us. You will be most welcome.
Postal Address PO Box472,Gosford,2250,NSW,Australia