History of The Rotary Club of Galston, Inc.  RI CLUB ID 18019


The Rotary Club of Galston came into being through the efforts of the members of the Rotary Club of Dural who set up an interest meeting in November 1977 and on 1st February 1978 the organisational meeting of the Rotary Club of Galston was held when twenty-six men accepted the invitation to join Rotary International in District 9680.

 Meetings were held weekly as the Provisional Rotary Club of Galston until the Charter Night on 12th April 1978 at the Dural Country Club where the Charter was presented by District Governor John Carrick.

 There were 461 Rotarians, wives and friends present with representatives from the Rotary Clubs of Baulkham Hills, Beecroft, Berowra, Campbelltown, Carlingford, Castle Hill, Dural, East Gosford, Eastwood, Epping. French's Forest, Gladesville, Gosford, Gosford West, Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Kenthurst, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Lindfield, Manly, Mosman, North Sydney, Parramatta North, Pennant Hills, Richmond, Rydalmere, Ryde, St. Leonards, Sydney, Tara (Q1d.), Terrigal, Turramurra, Wahroonga, Warringah, Windsor and Wyong.

The Rotary Club was guided through its first twelve months by the District Governor's Special Representative Jim Cleary, Past President of Dural Club, with George Addison the Charter President.

Charter President George Addison proudly displays the Club's Official Charter

 

Charter Night Induction of Members:

(l to r): Wal Aldwinckie, Claude Harvey, Albert Jolly, Knox GeeIan, Charles Elliot, Fred Kench, John Knight, Ken Newby, Fraser Moore, Bob Payne, Peter Williamson, Trevor Turner.

 

 

SERVICE

There are four Avenues of Service which reflect the elements of Rotary's objectives. The first of these is Club Service which involves the duties each Rotarian must be prepared to take to assist in the smooth running of a Club. These duties cover attendance, fellowship, membership development, bulletins, publicity and social activities.

 A Rotary Club should always be aware of the surrounding community with attention paid to membership development. Good publicity of Club activities within the community should always be a top priority within the Club Service activities.

Club Service and Fellowship

Since the Charter of the Rotary Club of Galston by the then District 9680 Governor John Carrick on Wednesday 12th April 1978, the small rural community of Galston has seen the benefits of having a vigorous Service Club in their midst. The members have always worked harmoniously to bring about improvements and assist many less fortunate people and families within the community and surrounding area. However, in all service clubs is it very important to have good fellowship and involve members and their families, as well as friends, in as many functions as possible.

Galston Rotary Club has achieved this in many ways. The Club's annual Christmas party has always been very popular, being held at a number of different venues over the years. On occasions a New Year "Desert Island Shipwreck Party" has been organised and during the summer holiday season it is usual for one or two family barbecues to be held.

There have been tennis days, swimming pool parties, progressive dinners, a fun night at "Aunt Molly's", the Robbie Burns night, a theatre restaurant evening at The Burning Log, and theatre parties to see "Hello Dolly" and "My Fair Lady." Weekends away have included a very pleasant trip to George Cromie's property at Quirindi.

Other fellowship evenings and fun days have been visits to the Dural Musical Society shows, an Australiana night, The Black Stump Restaurant for an Exchange Student's birthday, a Chinese restaurant and the Hills District Memorial Club. The District 9680 sailing competition on Pittwater has been enjoyed by members as has the annual Rotary Awareness Race Day held at Rosehill Gardens.

A number of inter-Club fellowship nights have been organised with surrounding Clubs including Berowra, Dural and Kenthurst.

Galston members have participated in fellowship nights and debates with surrounding Clubs, organised outings and functions for our Rotary Exchange Students including the District Conference, International Day at "Camp Breakaway" and the annual International night held by the Rotary Club of Berowra. The Club also received the District Award for "Best Bulletin for a Small Rotary Club" in 1992.

 

Achievements of The Rotary Club of Galston

 COMMUNITY SERVICE

 Rotary's third avenue of service, Community, has been a top priority with Galston Rotary. Members have always been very much involved over the years, either with the donation of funds to community groups or individuals, or through their direct "hands- on" approach. Both ways have always given a real sense of achievement to all. A good coverage of these activities is listed in the following pages.

 From the very beginning the members were to the fore being involved in Door Knock Appeals for the Red Cross, National Heart Foundation, and distribution of leaflets for the Kidney Foundation. Money was raised and donated to Arcadia and Galston Primary Schools, Vision Valley Camps for Underprivileged Children and the PIPI Storm Children's Circus.

The new Galston Community Health and Resources Centre received a donation, as well as assistance through the clearing of its property. Other "donations-in-kind" were a deep freeze unit and two hot drink dispensers to Arcadia Bush Fire Brigade, and the donation, through George Cromie, of a pedigree Hereford bull to Galston High School.

 In 1979-1980 the Club worked in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill and Kenthurst, raising funds for a small bus. Involvement in "Nearly Anything Goes", the television game show, at Castle Hill High School raised funds for the purchase of a small bus to be donated to the Baulkham Hills Council for the use of "Frail and Aged" groups in the area. A dinner dance and raffle to aid the Galston Health and Resources Centre, a mini fair and auction, and sale of Birthright Flags allowed further distribution of money to the local community. Members participated in the Red Shield and Freedom From Hunger Door Knock Appeals. Donations went to the Health and Resources Centre, the Underprivileged Children's Camp, and Galston High School received funds to cover expenses of the Hereford bull. Material donations included a State Flag to Galston High School.

 In the following Rotary year, 1980-81, the Club was again involved in "Nearly Anything Goes" for funds for the "Frail and Aged". A Rodeo was organised and held at Castle Hill Showground with Australia's best riders participating. Although a successful event, bad weather reduced the public attendance. Members commenced moving the original School House from the School of Arts grounds to the Galston High School grounds. A solar powered battery charger was donated to Galston Bush Fire Brigade to maintain the charge of batteries at the watch tower. Distribution of funds included $1,000 to the Galston Health and Resources Centre, as well as cheques to the Spinal Injuries Research Foundation, Clarke Road School for the Mentally Disabled and the Shephard Centre.

In 1981-82, members were involved in Door Knocks for the Freedom From Hunger and the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeals. Community Service recognition was given to Bruce Fagan with his induction as an honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Galston. Setting up of the Galston Probus Club for retired men was organised. Funds were raised at a Charity night in aid of the Clarke Road School for the Disabled. Rotary projects through George Cromie's efforts included earth works at Mid Dural School oval, levelling and cleaning up the site at Galston High School ready for the old school house re-location. Also there were a cow and a calf for Trevor King's Rehabilitation Farm and stockfeed for Galston High Agricultural Science section. Removal and relocation of the original Galston School House to the High School grounds continued with a costs so far of $1,368. Monetary donations included $300 to David Bevan towards a new wheel chair, and $100 to Glenorie Scout Group Jamboree Fund.

This year of service, 1982-83, involvement continued with the old Galston School House in the form of new piers being supplied and fitted, and the timbers being sprayed against white ant infestation. A free Health Screening from the Department of Health was organised, of which two hundred local residents took advantage. Member involvement in the annual door knock appeals for the Red Shield and Freedom from Hunger charities took place and the Club donated a large freezer (value $500) to Galston Bush Fire Brigade.

This year also saw the initiation, organisation and running of the "Small Farms Expo" at the Nurserymen's Association grounds at Rouse Hill. 12,000 people passed through the gates over the two days making it a very successful project. The presentation of Community Service Awards in the area by Galston Rotary was inaugurated in 1983. The first such awards were presented to two deserving recipimts in Les Geelan and Ted Burgess for their services to many organisations which benefit all residents.

Commencement of organisation for the Galston Primary School Centenary Celebrations in 1983-84 saw Galston Rotary Club represented on the planning committee. Support was given to "Camp Breakaway", when a dependent young adult was sent for a holiday "break away" from home. Members were involved in the Red Shield Door Knock, and three Community Service Awards were presented.

 During 1984-85, in conjunction with Dural Musical Society, $1,000 was raised and donated to the Microsearch program. A further donation was made to Galston Health and Resources Centre towards purchase of a mini bus for use by the Senior Citizens. This brought a total of donations to $10,000 from Galston Rotary Club. The Club took part in the organisation of "Safety House" for school children in this district and donated funds to help cover costs of setting up the program. The Club was also involved in a Youth Employment Scheme, as well as the Red Shield Door Knock Appeal. Seven Community minded people received recognition at the Club's annual Awards night for their efforts in making our area a better place to live.

 In 1985-86, the Rotary Club supported "Camp Breakaway" again with a donation, as well as funds towards construction of a playing field at Arcadia Primary School. Assistance was given to this project through the efforts of George Cromie, Knox Geelan and his boys. Members assisted with sales of books and spoons for the Galston Centenary Committee. One novel project for members was the job of "Santa" at the Galston Pre-School Kindergarten. Recognition by way of Community Service Awards was given to three local people.

 In conjunction with Dural Musical Society, a charity night raised a further $1,000 for Microsearch in 1986-87. Assistance was given through support for completion of a widow's partially built house. "Hands-On" contributions included distribution of large Christmas hampers to five needy families. Parties were held at Christmas and June for the district's older folk and the Club continued its part in the Red Shield Door Knock Appeal. There were two deserving recipients of Community Service Awards at the annual presentation night.

During the Club's tenth year, 1987-88, "hands-on" service was in the form of distribution of brochures and a working group was formed to carry out maintenance and minor repairs for local needy citizens. A Christmas hamper was made up and distributed to a family in need. Repairs were made to a lawn mower for a local disadvantaged family. A Community Fair in Galston Park was organised with community organisations being invited to participate in raising monies for themselves. Community awards were presented to two locals residents for their help and service in the district.

 In the Rotary year of 1988-89 some changes in Club's support in the community took place with the commencement of what would eventually become a massive effort to raise money for the Cheryl Johnston Appeal. This appeal involved other Rotary clubs as well as area service and licensed clubs, collections and fund raising drives by local school children and church groups, street and shop-front appeals, local banks and other commercial groups. The aim was to send Cheryl, who suffered from cystic fibrosis, with her parents to England to undergo a life-saving heart lung transplant and rehabilitation.

It was also in this year that members and wives, led by Jim Adams, organised the "Oldies Annual Singalong" which saw a lot of community involvement with the Club. Other Club fund raiding projects included a games night, the Small Farms Expo and Musical Society nights. We were once again involved in the Salvo's Red Shield Appeal and distribution of Christmas hampers.

 The massive drive for the Cheryl Johnston Appeal continued in 1989-90. Cheryl and her parents were now in England and being looked after by the Rotary Club of Rickmansworth. In the Hills District and elsewhere the drive for funds had now extended to inmates of the Bathurst Jail in the form of a marathon run. Further fund raising took place at Bathurst showground which was supported by several Galston Rotarians. Len Knight attended the jail to provide entertainment for the prisoners. In December 1989, Cheryl's two sisters were sent to England enabling the family to spend Christmas together. This was aided by Qantas once again with cut-price travel. Cheryl's heart-lung transplant operation was successful and she was progressing well with convalescence and rehabilitation. However, a short time later she developed complications. The community was devastated when Cheryl passed away.

Surplus funds of $169,000 raised by the community were presented to the Prince of Wales Hospital and Camperdown Children's Hospital to be used to purchase equipment specifically for the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis.

 The Club also supported the people of Nyngan after the floods in that area. Other projects were the community fair, trailer raffle, seniors singalong, the painting of a house for a needy family, Christmas hampers, a progressive dinner for funds and fellowship, and support for "Camp Breakaway".

 During 1990-91 the Club followed its usual projects which included presentation of a number of Christmas hampers, organisation of a successful "Oldies Singalong" and involvement in the annual Salvation Army door knock. Fund raising was in the form of a games night, the trailer raffle and a successful community fair. The Club supported the set up of the Red Cross Bone Marrow Register, gave a donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, presented Australian Geographic publications to local schools, and donated to Camp Breakaway. Assistance was given for the refurbishment of playing fields at Galston Public School and the cleanup of a local residence after rain and winds had caused extreme damage. Two Community Service Awards were presented at the Annul Awards Night.

 In 1991-92, Community Service came in the form of Hay Rides at Berrilee Primary School, holding a barbecue and fireworks at Galston Primary School, support to the Dural District Eisteddfod competition and the annual collection for the Red Shield Appeal. The Club presented a talking Book machine to the Royal Blind Society, distributed hampers to local needy families, gave pleasure in playing "Santa" at local schools, kindergartens and the Tuesday Club, and the annual "Oldies Singalong” was held.

 Fund raising for the year was through the Community Fair, a trailer raffle was held and a Giant Plant Sale was organised in conjunction with the Galston Chamber of Commerce and took place in the local shopping centre. Seven Community Service Awards were presented including two very deserving plaques to Galston and Arcadia Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades for their efforts over a number of years.

The 1992-93 Spring Fair was held at Galston Park once again, after which the Planning Committee for the 1994 fair suggested a change of venue. The trailer raffle was again successful, as was the presentation of five Christmas hampers and playing "Santa" at local schools and other venues. The Club was able to donate a substantial amount to "Camp Breakaway", and also participate in the Red Shield Door Knock Appeal.

 Rotary year 1993-94 brought changes in direction to some Club projects. The annual fair was organised and held at Fagan Park for the first time in the form of a Spring Festival. This proved to be very successful financially and excellent profits were also made by other local charities that participated, and it showed promise for further expansions. Included in the fair was a raffle for support to "Netherby Cottage" homestead which is situated in the Park. The driving force behind revamping and successful changes giving the Festival a higher and more prominent profile was Past President John Knight. John contributed an enormous amount of time and effort into the unquestionable success the Festival has now become.

Other fellowship and fund raising events were a dinner at The Burning Log, the trailer raffle, and a harbour cruise. A very successful Carols by Torchlight evening was held and the Club participated in the Red Shield Appeal which involved Galston Rotaract and both Galston High and Northholm Grammar Schools. The "Oldies Singalong" was held and members gave and received pleasure in playing Santa during December. A night at the Dural Musical Society was also well attended.

Financial support was given to a number of charities which included the Warrah School for the Disabled, Hornsby Hospital, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. The Dural Rotary Club project of installation of a hoist to David Bevan's van also received monetary assistance. The District 9680 drive to raise money for the Rachel and Sarah Trust (local Dural twins), The Gaucher Syndrome Appeal, was well supported by Galston Rotary. Support was given to the LAMP Project with the erection of notice board at the Post Office, which display photographs and descriptions of lost and missing persons. The annual Community Awards were given by the Club for outstanding service. Galston Rotary Club received a "Significant Achievement Award" for the staging of the Galston Spring Festival from Rotary International President Robert R Barth.

A new fund raising project for the Club took place in the 1994-95 Rotary year in the form of a Melbourne Cup Day. This function had all the cup day trimmings, and proved quite a finiancial success. A very successful fund raising night was held, with the assistance of Ann Tapp, for the Hornsby District Hospital Appeal. Other successful events during the year were the Fagan Park Festival, two Dural Musical Society nights, a theatre party to "Hello Dolly", the annual Trailer Raffle, Carols by Torchlight, and the Red Shield Appeal Collection.

 Support was given to the Drought Relief fund raising efforts, Dural District Eisteddfod, Christmas hampers for the needy and setting up of a Home Invasion Committee to give assistance with this problem. Club efforts with "hands on" service allowed a new fence to be erected around the property of a local resident, members played "Santa" for the local children, and Community Awards were presented to a number of nominees.

 Organisation of the Festival in 1995-96 included a novel idea in the form of a "Cow Pat Lotto". The Westmead CareFlight Helicopter was on display on the day and these, along with the usual stalls and entertainment, proved to be quite popular. A very successful "recycled clothing" stall was held at the Festival and funds raised went to aid a charity selected by the ladies. The Club assisted a local lad to attend the Handicap Athletics Camp.

 Members also participated in two Dural Musical Society nights, the Valentine's day bash, and the trailer raffle. Help was given to fund and erect a safety fence at Galston High School, and a donation was made to the Westmead Hospital CareFlight Service. The Club participated in the Red Shield Appeal, and organised a successful Carols by Torchlight evening for the local community. Support and financial assistance was given to the combined Hills District Rotary Clubs' project to purchase and fit out a "Drug Arm Van". This van allows volunteers to find and assist unwanted and vulnerable young people in the area and try to get them back into a more suitable society.

There were eight community awards presented to deserving people.

In 1996-97 the Club was involved in a number of community projects. A very substantial amount was donated to the "Drug Arm" project.

Educational videos relating to the benefits of organ transplants were distributed to Redfields Grammar, Northholm Grammar and Gaiston High Schools. The Club was also involved in the annual trailer raffle, the Salvation Army Red Shield Doorknock, and Carols by Torchlight which was very ably organised by Jim Adams once again.

The Awards night was held in April with a number of deserving recipients being recognised.

A very successful Galston Community Festival was organised and staged at Fagan Park.

The Spring Festival at Fagan Park for Rotary year 1997-98 had a completely novel format. A Country Music Festival together with a poets' breakfast and a number of other attractions proved to be very successful. Further promotion of the Festival was gained with fine food, wine and buskers who entertained in Galston Village on the Saturday morning. Dural Country Club, Hills District Memorial Club and Glenorie RS.L. Club held special events in keeping with the country music-poetry recitation over the same weekend.

Included in the Festival was a very profitable stall run by wives of members and money raised from this effort went to assist a local child who suffers from Spina Bifida.

Funds raised through the combined talents of Jim Haynes and Len Knight with their show of  "It's Nothing Serious" held at the end of June 1997 at the Dural Country Club enabled a large donation to be made to the "Drug Arm" project.

The annual Carols By Torchlight organised by Jim and Edith Adams with help of other members, wives and friends proved to be a very enjoyable Galston Rotary Club's resident community event. entertainer Len Knight.

A successful combined evening with Galston, Dural and Kenthurst Rotary Clubs was held at Dural Country Club. This night was for the official presentation to David Bevan of an electric wheelchair, the donation of which was a joint project of all three Rotary Clubs.

 

VOCATIONAL SERVICE

The Second Avenue of Service has also played a part in the Rotary Club of Galston's activities. Some of the projects the Club has been involved in follow.

In the Club's initial year of service specialised careers talks for Galston High School students were held. Students were also placed into work experience employment positions for one week.

The Club took part in the Rotary Careers Spectacular at Castle Hill Showground which catered for 5,000 students, advisers and teachers from twenty four schools. A booklet "Get That Job" was prepared and distributed at the Careers Spectacular.

In the 1979-80 Rotary year, a "Pride of Workmanship" award was promoted. Plaques with the inscription "Do It Once - Do It Well - Build a Better Australia" were distributed. Job Finder Boards were set up in Galston and Dural shopping centres and Galston High School resulting in permanent and casual employment for some residents, Involvement in the Careers Advisory Market continued.

In 1980-81 further promotion was given by members to the Job Finder Boards and involvement in the Careers Advisory Market at Castle Hill continued.

The Club worked in conjunction with Galston High School advisers making phone call enquiries for students seeking employment.

1981-82 was the year that the "Young Achievers" company was implemented at Galston High School. Set up as a fully formed enterprise independent of the school, "Young Achievers" allows the sale of shares, manufacture and sale of products and winding up at the end of each year, when dividends are paid to shareholders. Involvement also continued in the Careers Advisory Market.

The Club organised the "Young Achievers" company again in 1982-83. Assistance in conjunction with Berowra Rotary was given in setting up a Personal Development Course after which twenty nine persons graduated on completion of the course. "Pride of Workmanship" awards for efforts in employment went to four nominees.

Rod Tallis Memorial Award: Rod Talus was a young man who was a foundation member of the Rotary Club of Galston and its second secretary. He was a successful nurseryman, a board member of the Nurserymen's Association of NSW and one of the designers of the Nursery Trade Course at Ryde School of Horticulture.

Upon Rod's death in his 36th year, Galston Rotary felt that his ability and help to other should be remembered in the form of the Rod Tallis Memorial Prize. This award is presented to the highest aggregate marks winner in the final year of the three- year Nursery Trade Course at the Ryde Horticultural College.

In 1983-84 the Careers Advisory Market continued with Galston Club involvement. The "Young Achievers" company was again organised at Galston High School. A donation was made to the "Bridging The Gap" project run by Ted Cox which assisted unemployed persons. A "Pride of Workmanship" award was presented to one nominee and the Rod Tallis Memorial Award was presented on the annual awards night.

Further organisational involvement in the "Young Achievers" company took place in 1984-85, with two companies being formed this year. Managing Director, Brook Carter was winner of the inaugural Australia-wide "Young Achiever of the Year" which earned him a trip to the USA.

The Club set up an index listing employment qualifications with copies given to Galston High School. Involvement in the Careers Advisory Market continued, this year it was held at Oakhill College for the first time. Three recipients of "Pride of Workmanship" Awards were honoured by the Club, and the Rod Tallis Award for 1984 was presented to the top apprentice at Ryde College of Horticulture.

A reprint of the booklet "Get That Job" was carried out then re-issued to Galston High School students in 1985-86. The Careers Advisory Market received support, and the "Young Achievers- company was set up for the 1986 school year. The Rod Tallis Award went to the top apprentice in horticulture at Ryde College in 1985. This year's "Pride of Workmanship" plaques were presented to three employees of local businesses.

During 1986-87 the Club organised a Small Business Seminar. The Rod Tallis Shield along with three "Pride of Workmanship" awards for outstanding work in local business houses were again presented.

A second Small Business Seminar was organised in 1987-88 and the "Young Achievers" company continued at Galston High School. "Pride of Workmanship" awards went to three deserving recipients including Sue-Ellen Lovett who received commendation for her work as a Public Relations Officer with Riding For The Disabled as well as for her fund-raising efforts.

The period between 1989 and 1998 mostly saw an annual format for Vocational activities within the Rotary Club of Galston. These activities included the recognition by annual awards for "Pride of Workmanship" and the Rod Tanis Memorial Shield to a number of local conscientious employees in the various businesses in the Galston area. The National Science Summer School was well supported by the Club with nomination and sponsorship of local outstanding High School students in science subjects.

An important part of Vocational service within Rotary Clubs is the meetings which are held at business premises and work sites. Galston Rotary has been fortunate over the years to have a number of members who have been able to conduct tours of their various places of employment. Included in these have been very interesting visits to the Hills District Community Centre at Castle Hill with the help of Richard Young, and an inspection of John Knight's injection moulding and paste processing factory at Granville, Members also visited the Rheem manufacturing plant at Ermington which proved interesting, and in 1989-90 the Club organised an Educational tour of the Hunter Valley vineyards which proved to be a very enjoyable visit.

The "Young Achievers" companies continued to be organised at Galston High School for a short while only after this, due partly to cost and also the time needed by Rotarians to set up and oversee the project each year.

Vocational Service continued over the next few years with similar projects including a Small Business Seminar and Trial Job Interviews with local High School children in 1990-91. Two awards for Vocational Service were given and the Rod Tallis Shield was presented. Davidson's Nurseries Pty. Ltd. was judged to be a worthy recipient of the inaugural Small Business Award.

Although little activity was carried out in 1991-92, one Rotary Citizenship Award for community awareness was presented to Galston Public School and the Rod Tallis Shield was awarded.

A vocational night was held at Guildford in 1992-93 where members inspected the premises of Kevin Adamson's Independent Brake Services business. A barbecue was held to assist in fund raising for Vocational projects. The Rod Talliss Shield was awarded, two plaques for Pride of Workmanship and two awards for Vocational awareness were presented at the annual awards night.

In 1993-94 the Permaculture Weekend Seminar at Galston High School was inaugurated. This proved to be not only very popular but also a good fund raising project. Two vocational talks were given and a vocational visit was made by members to Hornsby Hospital. Three "Pride of Workmanship" awards were made and a Small Business award was presented to Greenshades Nursery.

The Vocational Committee organised visits to Alan Clarkson's Kwik Kopy Printing business at Liverpool, Greenshades Nursery, Galston and CareFlight Headquarters at Westmead during 1994-95. The Permiculture Seminar continued this year and a number of awards were presented.

Excellent Vocational evenings were organised in 1995-96. Members enjoyed visits to the NSW Small Business Advisory Office in Sydney and the Club also attended a night and dinner at the Eastern Suburbs Catering School based in the old Darlinghurst Jail. A number of Vocational awards were given at the April Awards Night.

Again in 1996-97, the Permaculture Seminar successfully took place at Galston High School and the annual awards night was held in April.

A new project in the form of seeking full time or part time jobs for underemployed Rotarians and members of their family was taken up in 1997-98. A vocational inspection meeting to Carnilleri's Stockfeed factory was organised with members going on to a nearby restaurant for dinner. The annual Awards Night was well into the planning stage with nominations being called for and a guest list compiled.

 

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

International Service covers many avenues to which the Rotary Club of Galston has always contributed. The different sections include The Rotary Foundation, F.A.I.M., 3H Program, and PolioPlus. International Service covers that portion of Rotary's object' "To encourage and foster the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through the world fellowship of professional men united in the ideal of service."

The Rotary Foundation is a trust supported throughout the world. Its objects include, Educational Awards, Group Study Exchange and Special Grants. Recipients of The Foundation's awards act as Rotary ambassadors in the regions to which their study or mission takes them.

Contributions from the Rotary Club of Galston of US$1,000 have seen a number of Paul Harris Fellowships conferred on a number of local people for their services to the community. The first recipient from Galston Club was Claude Harvey and then Les Geelan in 1983, George Addison in 1984, George Cromie in 1986, and Len Giblin in 1988.

A number of other recipients have been excellent and deserved selections in following years and these include, John Knight, Kevin Adamson, Alex Lee, Graeme Catt, Len Knight, Jim Udy, Jim Adams, Ward Aitkens, Anne Tapp, Ron Payne and Harley Newham.

F.A.I.M, (Fourth Avenue In Motion) aims to assist people in Third World Countries to help them to learn modern skills in health, education and cultural activities. F.A.I.M. also sends people of trade, business and professional expertise to these countries to supervise construction of hospitals, schools and airfields, to establish co-operatives, community centres or any other project which will help sustain life and build dignity. Galston has had a number of members and other volunteers included in teams which have travelled to our neighbouring countries. Alex Lee travelled to Kar Kar Island which is off Madang, Papua New Guinea in October 1981where he assisted in the construction of Gaubin Hospital. In March 1984 he joined another team going to Manus Island to assist in construction of a library and administration block.

The 3H Program's objective is to improve HEALTH, alleviate HUNGER and enhance HUMAN and SOCIAL development of all people as a means of advancing international understanding, goodwill and peace. In 1978 Galston Rotary made a substantial contribution to the program even before it was officially chartered. One aspect of the 3H program is to raise the level of immunisation of children, particularly in Third World Countries. This ideal has always been well supported by Galston Club.

Group Study Exchange: Foundation member Phillip Hockley was nominated and selected to travel to Ohio, U.S.A. as a member of the 1977-78 Group Study Exchange. Leader of the team on this occasion was Past President Ted Atkinson of the Rotary Club of Dural.

Galston Rotary Club has assisted in sending Group Study Exchange Teams to Brazil, Japan, Canada/U.S.A., Germany, Malaysia and Italy. Hospitality has been given by way of Welcome and Farewell Evenings to visiting G.S.E. teams from Sweden, Texas, India. Scotland, Canada/U.S.A., Malaysia, Italy, and a further welcome evening to the 1997 visiting team.

F.A.I.M. Harley Newham visited New Gunea on three occasions in 1996-97 where he assisted in the construction of community buildings, hospitals and aid stations in and around Kebara, Hanau, and Gona Hospital in the Kokoda area. Later Brian Weaver joined Harley to assist in sinking a well, the installation of a solar power panels and pump, as well as an above ground water storage tank to provide clean drinking water for Buna village in the same area.

Special Grants: Part of The Rotary Foundation Special Grants are for projects of an educational or charitable nature. In 1985, Galston Rotary made a donation of $1,000 towards a study tour of Youth Camps by John Hooton, after which he wrote a report to assist running of Australian Youth Camps.

A Carl Miller Discovery Grant was applied for and received to send P.P. Claude Harvey on a mission to Ambattur, Madras in India in 1990-91, The aim was to build a community hospital in the slum areas of that part of the country and allow Claude to inspect the project. Money was raised by the Rotary Clubs of Galston and Ambattur, and the Special Matching Grant allowed the project to go ahead. Although initial donations by Gaiston started in 1989-90 the project, with help from Kevin Adamson who had business interests in the area, and Jim Udy through his many contacts, the project took about four years to complete.

Contributions by Galston Rotary came from a number of fund-raising activities, including an excellent evening held at Dural Country Club with Doug Walters as guest speaker, Len Knight who entertained all present, and a large memorabilia auction. An amount of $8,600 was raised on this night.

During his stay in India, Claude was made very welcome and billeted by members of the Rotary Club of Ambattur. Further fund raising was achieved when he was able to give a number of talks at other Rotary Clubs in District 9680 on his return to Australia. Rotary year 1993-94 saw the finalisation of The Rotary Community Hospital In Ambattur. Galston Rotary had contributed $14,000 to the project with a similar amount from the Rotary Club of Ambattur. The matching Carl Miller Discovery Grant amounted to $28,000.

The PolioPlus Program has grown out of the 3H Program where the one objective is to raise the level of immunisation of children throughout the world. The aim is to wipe out polio world-wide before the year 2000. This programme has been extended to include a number of other childhood diseases and is particularly aimed at Third World Countries.

During the 1991-92 Rotary year, contributions from Galston Rotary Club were made to the CEBU Marathon which raised funds for three projects in the Philippines including safety and drug education. The Hagan Heart Foundation to fund a heart operation for a thirteen year old girl in Papua New Guinea also received financial support.

The Rotary Club of Galston assisted in the 1994-95 District 9680 project to bring a two year old Mongolian girl to the Sydney Adventist Hospital at Wahroonga where she was to undergo a life-saving operation for a hole in the heart.

The District 9680 international project to supply Anti Malaria Nets to Pacific Islands and other tropical areas received support in 1995-96. Financial support was also given to the Fish Farm nutritional project being carried out in a number of villages in Thailand.

An invitation open day at "Camp Breakaway" was attended by the Club's Youth Exchange Students along with their host families.

In 1996-97 much needed funds for the International Service committee were raised by staging an "African Night" at which the Club was fortunate to have good African entertainers and all those present joined in the spirit of the evening. Money raised at this function was used for the purchase and shipment of thirteen solar powered batteries for an electricity project for the 250 bed Mvumi Hospital in central Tanzania. This project was completed in the early part of the 1997-98 Rotary year.

The International Service Committee gave support to the District 9680 project of "Rotary Against Malaria" as part of their 1997-98 activities.

 

YOUTH SERVICE

Youth Exchange Program:

One of the most successful projects of Rotary International. The Rotary Club of Galston has actively participated in this program since the Club was chartered, accepting and sponsoring for one year a number of overseas students. In addition, the Club has sponsored a number of students in the New Zealand/Australia Twin Matched Exchange program. This involves a one school term in New Zealand for an Australian student and then a second term for the host New Zealand student in Australia.

Youth Exchange Students have been:

            1978-79:        Cheri Whitmeyer from the U.S.

                                Linda Aldwinckle to the U.S.

            1979-80:        Julie Hermyati from Indonesia

            1980-81:        Merryn Turner to Indonesia

            1981-82:        Andrew Hill to South Africa

                                Friederike Heynen from Germany


            1983-84:        Rivi Jawhir from Indonesia

                                Anne Galea to the U.S.

            1984-85:        Kelly Conklin from the U.S.

                                Jenny Martin to Canada

            1985-86:        Mette Grundt from Denmark

            1985-86:        Helen Jolly to Japan

            1989:            Lisa Mitchell from South Africa

            1990:            Stephen Coad to Norway

            1990-91:        Carl Stenson from Sweden

            1992:            Kylie Diacoloulos to Canada

            1991-92:        Anna Westerberg from Sweden

            1993:            Melanie Storrie to Thailand

            1993-94:        Cathie Mortin from Canada

            1994:            Chad Alpert to Turkey

            1994-95:        Enriko Fujii from Japan

            1995:           Audrey Duncan Watt to England

            1995-96:        Jutmard (Kate) Nookeaw from Thailand

            1995-96:        Akira Sawabu from Japan (7 months)

            1996:            Kelly Bellamy to England

            1997-98:        Ceren Topaktas from Turkey

            1998:            Marianne Allan to Turkey

The N.Z./Australian Twin Matched Exchangees

During the early years of Galston Rotary a number of Exchangees were selected to participate in this program:

            1984-85:          Gayle Morris            Sharon Wiggins

            1985-86:          Suzi Cantrell            Joanne McIntyre

            1987-88:          Melinda Bowerman    Alison Grooby

            1989-90:          Kim Parson

R.Y.L.A. (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards):

Originating in Queensland this project has now been adopted throughout the Rotary World.

Each year the Rotary Club of Galston selects two young people aged between 18 and 22 years who have been active in a community organisation such as Scouts, Church Fellowships, Rural Groups, Rotaract, etc., and have shown good qualities of leadership potential. They undertake a week's course at Vision Valley, Arcadia with awardees from other Rotary Clubs in District 9680.

Led by visiting volunteer lecturers, the awardees study and discuss a wide range of subjects including group dynamics, techniques of leadership, interpersonal relationships, public speaking, chairmanship, programing as well as considering contemporary questions such as morality, youth protests and attitudes to minority groups.

In 1980, the Rotary Club of Galston hosted the District 9680 R.Y.L.A. Seminar at Vision Valley. In the past twenty years Galston Club awardees have been:

1978-79:

Keith Jarrett

Derek van Rijn

1979-80:

Elizabeth Cascun

John Valencic

1980-81:

Suzannah Aldwlnckle

David Jolly

1981-82:

Maree Mandell

Mark Bennett

1982-83:

Mitzi Dewhurst

Andrew Jolly

1983-84:

Lyndell Joss

Michelle Reed

1984-85:

Tracy Bright

Gary McMurray

1985-86:

Sally Henson

Gerard Bennett

1986-87:

Christine Shore

James McArtile

1987-88:

Elissa Hockley

Rchelle Geelan

1988-89:

Melissa Windybank

Dean Carter

1990-91:

Wendy Trulove

Nichola Talintyre

1991-92:

Alison Brown

 

1993-94:

Shane Newman

Ben Hargraves

1994-95:

Sarah Clark

Michael Knight

1995-96:

Jacqueline Beasleigh

Simon Edwards

1996-97:

Lisa Howard

Adam Lear

1997-98:

Kate Phillips

Karla Douglas

 

Youth Merit Awards:

Each year Galston Rotary Club selects one or more young people from the community who have succeeded in academic, cultural, sporting or vocational fields, and have shown leadership potential and has served as an example to their peers. Recipients have been:

            1983:    Alison Morris

            1984:    Michelle Reed

            1985:    Floria Simring    Ruth Adamson

                        Neil Gleeson

            1986:    Elissa Hockley    Fiona Colburt

            1987:    Ian Marriott

            1988:    Freya Males    Bronwyn Davis

            1990:    Tiana Westbury

Between 1992-1998: A number of Merit Awards have been presented to local outstanding nominees.

 

The Rotary Club of Galston has undertaken a number of youth projects over the past twenty years. These have included:

Rotaract

The combined efforts and sponsorship by Galston and Dural Rotary Clubs saw the formation of Galston/Dural Rotaract Club in 1983. Later, in 1988. sponsorship by the Club and enthusiasm from Fiona Colburt saw reformation of Rotaract in this area as the Rotaract Club of Galston. In addition the Club has sponsored Lynn Swanson - 1981, Maria Fotiades - 1982, Judy Henson and Vince Wall - 1983, and Fiona Colburt - 1985 to take part in the Rotaract Leadership Course.

For some years members of Galston Rotaract were very active organising and taking part in activities such as group picnics for underprivileged children from "Inala" Handicapped School, helping at Riding for the Disabled and supporting the "Insearch" Disabled group. The Rotaract Club also joined in Rotary activities such as the Red Shield Appeal, assistance with the annual Galston Fair and other projects as well as the annual cricket match against Rotarians.

Again, due to lack of numbers for various reasons the Rotaract Club went into recess.

Interact

The formation of Interact Clubs at High Schools allows groups of students to meet and work together in a world fellowship dedicated to service and understanding. Galston Rotary formed one such club at Galston High in 1981.

Children's Camps

Since 1981 Galston Rotary has sponsored between two and four underprivileged children each year to the children's camps at Vision Valley.

The Club also gave support to a District project named "Operation Hope" from 1995. In 1996-97 the Club sponsored six underprivileged children to holiday camps.

Peer Support Program

This program was established in many high schools in Australia and New Zealand and was instigated through Rotary sponsorship and with help from the late Elizabeth Campbell, a prominent social worker of the 1970's. She noted that many young people were accepting drugs unquestioningly, as well as ignoring advice from teachers and adults. Teachers were trained in counselling techniques. They in turn trained senior students to communicate to younger students and to help in responsible decision making on moral and social issues. In 1982 the Peer Support Program was established at Galston High, and in 1986 at Northholm Grammar School.

Around 1994 it was felt that there was a need for such a program to be set up and encouraged at the Galston Primary School. Later, it was felt that teachers and other staff at Galston High and Northholm Grammar Schools should control and run this program and therefore the Club's involvement was discontinued.

PRIME (Program of Rotary's International Music Exchange)

A number of local youths have been chosen and sponsored to further their development and education in their chosen field of music. One awardee was selected by Galston Club in 1989-90 and Adam Tomkins was also given this opportunity in 1990-91.

"Young Achievers"

The "Young Achievers" project was implemented at Galston High School in 1982 and continued for a number of years. 1985 proved to be a highlight when Brook Carter, Managing Director of "Waddell Cottage Industries", was chosen as Australian Young Achiever of the year. Brook had interviews published in every national daily newspaper in this country.

Veronica and Viktoria Klymenko

In 1991-92 Galston Rotary Club gave support to Veronica and Viktoria Klymenko, two Russian citizens who became refugees in Australia. Unable to receive government support Rotary gave the mother and daughter assistance in their application for Australian citizenship. Viktoria, a fine professional pianist from the Ukraine, agreed to allow the Youth Committee to stage a concert with young musicians from Berrilee Public School, Galston High School and Northholm Grammar School. The concert raised $2,000 and was donated to the Galston and Arcadia Bush Fire Brigades.

Y.O.T.S. (Youth of The Streets)

A 'Tri-District project set up with the assistance of Father Chris Riley, to help and advise unwanted and homeless youths of the city and suburbs. Vulnerable youths are identified by various aid centres and then invited to join a training program on one of a number of farms administered by Y.O.T.S. Whilst there, they are taught respect, how to carry out chores of everyday living as well as those around a farm, and a number of other basic activities to help them readjust and rejoin society.

M.U.N.A. (Mini United Nations Assembly)

In the years 1990, the Club selected and sponsored a team to the M.U.N.A. seminar which is held by District 9680 at The King's School, Parramatta each June.

Science Summer Schools

Galston Rotary Club has sponsored a number of outstanding school students to the Science Summer Schools over a number of years. This seminar, held in the January vacation each year, gives an opportunity to promising students to further their knowledge and thus to go on to university better prepared for science studies. Students who have been sponsored include David Gibbs, Michael Ip and Alex Cameron.

The Bill Mollison Shield

Inaugurated in 1995-96, The Bill Mollison Shield is awarded to a Galston High School Year 10 student who excels in Agriculture each year. The first recipient was Janet Wilkins.

The Rotary Club of Galston has given support to a number of other District 9680 Youth Programs over the years which have included:

RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment), R.L.T.A. (Rotary Leadership Training Award), and R.Y.T.S. (Rotary Youth Training Scheme).

As well, "Insearch" and "H.A.Y." (Hills Accommodation for Youth) have received financial support at various times during the last few years.

Agricultural Science Excursion:

A unique project at Galston High School was established in 1985 when Year 9 Agricultural students travel each year by coach on what is now an annual tour of the Quirindi farming district. Envisaged and managed each year by George Cromie, with help from some Quirindi and Galston Rotarians, it allows the students to see first hand a large variety of Australia's primary industries.

This annual excursion has continued since its inauguration and has grown stronger each year with the largest number of Galston students travelling to Quirindi in 1997. In 1994 Galston Club members were very excited by the organisation of a reciprocal excursion for students from the Quirindi area. This allowed Quirindi students who were billeted in the Hills District for five days, to have a taste of our kind of lifestyle. Not surprisingly, this has became a very popular annual event with both visitors and Rotarians alike.

...to be continued...