Acting President Jackie opened the meeting at 7.02 a.m., and Vivien led the affirmation and toast.
Rambutso Sanitation Project:
Maggie advised that Tony Abbot will be travelling shortly to Papua New Guinea. She will contact his office to see if he will support/publicise Lynne’s PNG sanitation program.
Lynne reported that there had been some delays in shipping toilets, tools etc for this project, but that the boat  carrying this equipment is due to leave  on Saturday next.
Guest speaker:
Our Guests for the Day were Jessica Warner and Paris Busby from the Wesley Mission. Jessica was the guest speaker for the day.
Jessica and  Paris work for Wesley Mission and coordinate a program called Adventure Therapy.
Jessica originally  got experience with this type of work from time spent working with troubled youth in Chicago. There, a program was started called Adventure Education. She brought the program back to Australia under the name of Adventure Therapy. Various stakeholders refer youths (12 -17 years) to this program. Paris is one of the program leaders who arranges to contact these referrals. She works hard to  find out their personal goals and then takes them on activities, such as high ropes courses,  that lifts them right out of their normal comfort zone. The idea of these programs is to instill a sense of trust in these young people. An aim of the program is to  connect these youth to the appropriate community resources. Hopefully with the right intervention and with access to resources many will go on to lead a worthwhile and fulfilled life. The program is funded by Wesley Missions and financial assistance is provided by a number of Rotary Clubs.