THE Salamander Bay Rotary Club’s Annual Changeover Dinner was one of inspiration and celebration.
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The Club has indeed lived up to the Rotary theme for 2017/2018 of making a difference.
Internationally this club funds the truly inspirational and lifesaving Save the Kula Babies program in Papua New Guinea which provides safe birthing kits and family planning for women.
This program is inspiring not only because it is saving women’s lives but because it is doing so right on our doorstep.
Wendy Stein spoke passionately about the program which allows women to choose when they are ready to extend their families.
The positive family planning has reduced the number of babies abandoned and left to die on jungle pathways.
Wendy Stein told News Of The Area, “We really need so many things, especially underwear for children.”
The Rotary Club also supported Port Stephens Koalas, Port Stephens Suicide Prevention Network, The Real Futures Foundation as well as the Tomaree Neighbourhood Centre and other community groups.
A change of leadership sees Ina George as incoming President and she is keen to start work on improvements to George Reserve.
Incoming President Ina George told News Of The Area, “I’m excited and passionate about my year ahead as President of Salamander Bay Rotary. With our International theme of ‘Be the Inspiration’.”
“I want to inspire my members, inspire them to find their passion within Rotary, to challenge themselves, be innovative and evolving, within our Club, within our community,” she said.
Member for Port Stephens Kate Washington said, “I’m very grateful to Salamander Rotary Club and its members, for their enormous contribution to our community, I see the club members everywhere I go, working hard to raise funds which then go towards supporting important local and international initiatives.”
“They go about their work quietly, making a difference in many ways.”
Ms Washington believes that the Club’s newly inducted President, Ina George, will work well to this year’s Rotary theme, Be the Inspiration.
“I look forward to working with Ina and the Club over the next year, to help make our community stronger,” she said.