President’s opening comments
President Richard opened his first solo club meeting by inducting Sue Morgan into Manly Rotary. When she spoke briefly Sue made touching remarks about the poverty she had seen in neighbouring countries and the contribution Rotary makes in helping Australia’s neighbouring countries.
  • The Zone Dinner will be held on 30 July at Wakehurst Golf Club, commencing at 7.00 pm. RSVP by 18 July
  • The club’s 80th birthday dinner, to be held on Wednesday 14 December 2016, has an organising committee already in place.
    • Maggie is working on a 80 page booklet covering the years since the publication of the club’s 75th anniversary book.
  • Richard also reminded club members that the club needs to start the formal process for organising the 2017 Fun Run.
  • John Shanahan advised that he had prepared a summary of the recipients of donations from Manly Rotary/Many Sunrise combined and he will provide soft copies to club members.
  • Speaker
    As Richard’s PA at Kina Petroleum, Tahina Booth, will play an important part in the club business throughout 2016-17. So it was timely that she was the speaker at the club’s first meeting of the year. 
     
    Born in Australia (two months premature!), she lived in Bougainville, the Solomon Islands and Lae in PNG, before setting in Australia when she was ten years old. 
     
    Tahina made a lot of friends and admirers in the club as she gave a lively and very enjoyable account of her life journey to this point. Her account of “awful things” and the tension and perils for girls and women in every day life in PNG was very sobering. Plus her account of her athletic life was highly entertaining.
     
    After only a year in the sport, Tahina is in serious training to develop the natural talent she has in weightlifting. Her goal is to be on the Australian team for the next Commonwealth Games. We wish her well in her training, and promise to try not to be too much of a nuisance!