David Post and Karen Walsh paid a visit to the Canmore Rotary club in Canmore Alberta Canada.  The club is the home club of the late Dr Brent Pickard who for many years made Wagga his home and was an adopted member of Wollundry. 
 
David and Karen were especially pleased with the welcome they received from the 75 members that were present for their Christmas meeting.   David told the members about the Canmore Festival of Trees in the halls of the beautiful Malcolm Hotel.  Local businesses or individuals purchase a tree for from 300 to 3000 dollars and decorate it according to their business theme.  The project brings in $100,000 a year for the club.
 
In the above photo they are on the deck of the Canmore Golf and Curling club, holding Rotary club exchange banners.
 
 
The Wollundry Saturday Markets have returned to the Wagga Wagga civic precinct with markets being held (as in the past), on the second Saturday of the month, started on 10th February 2024.
 
The trading times are 9am to 1pm.
 
Cost per site, including marquee, is $50. Power is an additional $10 per site.
 
 
We welcome stallholders selling all of the common markets sale items (produce, retail items, bric brac, etc).
 
Enjoy a social setting on the banks of the beautiful Wollundry Lagoon in the centre of the city.  Plenty of vehicle parking. Enjoy a cup of coffee or other drinks. Sausage rolls, Bacon and Egg and sausage sandwiches available.  Jumping castle to entertain the kids. Music from local artists.
 
Entry is free, however a gold coin donation would be greatly appreciated.  All funds raised are distributed to worthy charitable organisation supporting the disadvantaged within our local community.
 
For all additional information send an email to:   markets@wollundryrotary.org.au
 
 
Our speakers at Tuesdays meeting were from STARTTS (NSW Services for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trama Survivors).  Specifically they were Ali Reid and Yazidi refugee Rasheed Shanibaqi.
 
Ali was the first speaker giving an overview her past work with refugees in the Riverina and the work of her organization.  STARTTS NSW Service for the treatment and rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors ... it is a part of the Rural and Regional services.  STARTTS provides assistance to refugees and other people from refugee like backgrounds living in NSW who have experienced torture and other traumatic events prior to arrival in Australia.  STARTTS mission is to facilitate the healing process of survivors or torture and refugee trauma and to assist and resource individuals in other agencies who work with them.  STARTTS services provide a holistic range which have evolved in response to client needs and incorporate the latest development in the treatment of trauma.
 
 
Rasheed arrived in Wagga from Iraq in 2017, however his involvement with STARTTS officially began just a few days ago. He spoke of personal experiences and experiences of other refugees.
 
Some of their services: culturally appropriate counselling and therapy, group work.  Activities for young people including camps and trips. Referral and Case Management.  Community liaison and consultation.
 
STARTTS is responsive to changing client's needs and uses a multi-disciplinary approach.
 
David Benn and David Pyke both related stories to the club in their involvement with refugees on a personal basis.
 
President Darren thanked them for giving the members a well prepared overview of the STARTTS organization and presented them with gifts of local olive oil.
 
 
 
President Darren introduced our guest speaker Garth Perkins. Garth has been President of Coolamon Rotary Club twice, is still an active member and has been involved in some amazing projects which he is going to speak about. He is a Rotary Assistant Governor. He has been to Nepal, Cambodia and India with Rotary and has recently walked the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia to raise $27,000 for Shelter Box In his spare time he is a Councillor on Coolamon Shire Council and sings with the Rugby Choir.
 
Garth began with the words: How good is Rotary! But then he posed the question: How relevant do you feel as a Rotarian? He then went on to tell us what has inspired him in his Rotary Vocation.
In 2013, after being declared legally blind, the result of years of dust and hay in his eyes from farming, he went to visit Alok Sharma, Rotarian and Eye Surgeon. Over lunch Alok advised him that he required cataract removal. Once he had the operation Garth was invited to go to India with Alok on one of his regular trips to his native country, where he did cataract operations for the poor. Prior to the Indian Trip, Garth helped to raise $72.000 in one night to fund the Rotary sponsored enterprise.
 
Garth was blown away by what he saw and witnessed in India. With his team, Garth included, Alok assessed 2,500 people for eye surgery and 370 people had operations to remove cataracts and insert a lense, enabling the recipient to see clearly for the first time in many years.
The surgery was done in conditions that would horrify us here in Australia, but the surgeries were successful. Garth was even asked to assist by inserting anaesthetic needles into the back of the eye. (Shudders around the room). He also had the task of removing eye patches after a day or two.
 
Toward the end Garth decided to go and say goodbye to a number of the patients who had come along with members of their families. Garth was alarmed when an old man dropped to his knees in front of Garth and then prostrated himself and began crawling toward Garth mumbling in his language. Garth asked one of the team what is he saying? To which they replied he thinks you are a god! This was an extremely emotional moment for Garth. How can it be, he asked, that for the sake of a $25 surgery cost he could be regarded as someone who had the power to restore sight!
 
This Garth told us, is the power of Rotary and an example of how much good that can be done with energy and organisation.
 
Our Club veteran Peter Crozier shared his story of going to India on another occasion with Alok and how rewarding it was to see the outcome of this wonderful Rotary Project.
 
Darren gave a vote of thanks to Garth and presented him with a bottle of Olive Oil as a token of appreciation for his very enlightening talk.
 
 
Sister Kaye Bryan and Sister Carmel Wallace were named Paul Harris Fellows for their outstanding work as creators of Erin Earth. They are pictured with President of Wollundry Rotary, Phil Burgess and Kathy Wallace.
President Phil said that a Paul Harris Fellow award is the highest honour that can be granted by the International Rotary Foundation. It is an honour reserved for those who have met the ideals of Rotary: Service to others; Promotion of Integrity and Advancement of World understanding, Goodwill and Peace.
The ideals of Erin earth are entirely consistent with Rotary Ideals and the work of Erin Earth, and the Sisters, is an outstanding example of these ideals in practice. An honour truly well deserved.
President

Darren Wallace

Welcome to Wollundry Rotary
We meet Tuesdays at 12:30 at Romanos
Cnr of Fitzmaurice St & Sturt St, Wagga Wagga

Postal Address:  PO Box 229 Wagga Wagga 2650

Email address: secretary@wollundryrotary.org.au

Wollundry Rotary is home to the Saturday Markets (now at the Showgrounds 1st and 3rd Sat), the Wagga Food and Wine Festival, 
the Gears and Beers Festival and the Wollundry Photo Competition.

 

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