Rotary Club of Manly
1 December 2015
 
 
Visiting Guests: Anna Horowitz, Raphael McGowan from the Clontarf Foundation, 2 teachers and 10 students from Wagga Wagga.
 
Guest speakersGloria Larman, CEO, and Dennis Van Someren, volunteer, from Shine for Kids Foundation
 
Gloria Larman and Dennis Van Someren spoke about the services offered by the SHINE for Kids Foundation. SHINE supports the children of those incarcerated, on the basis that the children suffer significantly whilst they have not committed any offense.  Gloria advised that five percent of all Australian children experience parental incarceration, and approximately 60,000 children in Australia have a parent in prison.  
 
SHINE supports childcare facilities near prisons and focuses on mentoring children so they are able to form positive relationships within the community.  
 
Rotarian Stephen Russell advised that the court system does not consider the effects sentencing an adult might have on their children.  There are many families from across the socioeconomic spectrum who are affected by an incarcerated parent, ranging from white collar crimes committed to violent crimes. SHINE provides support for children irrespective of the type of crime committed by a parent. 
 
Dennis spoke with great passion from his experience as a the child of a parent incarcerated and the impact that it had on his life.  This was the driving reason that he now mentors young people and volunteers his time with SHINE. He advises children affected by parents who have incarcerated to 'keep on going.'
 
CLONTARF FOUNDATION - STUDENT VISIT
 
Raphael introduced 10 junior students from Wagga Wagga along with staff who are currently visiting Manly as a reward for their attendance rates at school in Wagga Wagga.  One of the mentoring staff members originally from Wagga Wagga had been a Junior player with Manly Warringah and had lived at Collaroy during his stay here.  He is now back in Wagga Wagga supporting students in the Clontarf Foundation as a student mentor.
 
SERGEANT SESSION
 
PP Ted Waters excelled as the Sergeant. Of note was the cross fine for PP John Pack for his assistance in the Christmas Hamper packing at Blackmores in Mona Vale, along with PP David Brown and PP Ken Hopley.
 
PP David Brown has chalked up 35 years organising the packing, on his advice.  It was noted that PP David Park, present at the meeting, had started the program in his year as President in 1980-81.
 
***PLEASE NOTE our final meeting for 2015 will be 15 December. We will resume after the Christmas break on 12 January 2016.