Past District Governor Una Hobday describes herself as a proud Rotarian. She is married and has four grown children. Una was a Registered Nurse and also held a Graduate Diploma in Health Education and a Graduate Diploma in Professional Management. She worked in Victoria, WA and Tasmania and retired as the Manager of Adoption Services in Tasmania.
My Rotary Life
Why did I join Rotary International?
I had been a speaker on the changes to Aged Care to many Rotary Clubs in Perth WA, and I had heard about all the projects clubs were involved in, such as Polio Eradication, the Bali Eye Clinic, pre-school education and wheel chairs for the handicapped. I decided that If I was asked, I would be privileged to join such a dynamic organisation.
A Rotary Club in Perth wanted to charter an all-woman Rotary club. They approached me and asked if I could help them charter a club of 25 women. After some work, the Rotary Club of Hollywood began in May 1990.
I was the first woman President in that district. From there to Charter another Rotary Club in a town I had moved to for a job.
I was the First Woman Assistant Governor, District 9450.
I was the first female District Governor in Australasia - one of 21 women out of 540 Governors internationally, that year 1999- 2000
But why stay in Rotary?
Bali Eye Clinic
A DG came back from a holiday in Bali, being really concerned about the numbers of people that had cataracts in the poorer areas of Bali. He put a proposition to his Rotary Club that they look to providing a mobile van for the purpose of cataract surgery. The Rotary Foundation assisted with this;
I was a member of that Committee as my first district Committee and helped with the training of nurses in sterilising instruments.
How could you not be moved by seeing an old lady brought by her granddaughter to the clinic and the smile on the old ladies face when she came out of the van and could see her granddaughter for the first time.
Now it is a community owned project. They have a Hospital which now does corneal transplants etc and it was the first hospital that took badly injured Australians in the Bali Bombing. - the power of 1 person to make a difference.
During my 29 years in Rotary, I have had an amazing opportunity to do more with my life than I had dreamed possible. This is a quote from Clem Renoir, a past world president of Rotary International.
And I would like to finish with a quote from Winston Churchill;
What is the use of living if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?
Una is pictured with International Service Director, Howie Oh.
A big thank you to PDG Una Hobday for your clear and inspirational presentation about Food Plant Solutions and Fresh Food for Families when you visited our club.
PRID John Thorne of Rotary Club of North Hobart had a role in the development of the Fresh Food for Families project of Food Plant Solutions. Our club is proud of this.
Another full and fulfilling meeting. We had time for a lot of fellowship, which is always appreciated, we had three tables of Rotarians in attendance and two substantial reports as well as our guest speaker. Plus it was Book List and we shared our list of what we've been reading lately. Our speaker Jo Matthews is a music therapy volunteer for the Roy Fagan Centre. Jo spoke eloquently and passionately about the value of music to unlock memories and assist in calming patients who are suffering from dementia. Chair for the night Jim Colley heads our Community Service committee. Jim delegated the management of the Dementia project to a subcommittee made up of Murray, Jill and Jenny, who each have professional experience and expertise to offer.
Jo was in a sense preaching to the converted as Rotarians elsewhere have been paving the way to show the value of music to assist in the treatment of dementia. The Music for Dementia project was pioneered by the Rotary Club of Geraldton-Greenough in Western Australia, which gained national publicity for the cause. As you can see on the banner in the above picture, they brought Jaycar on board as a sponsor, enabling us to immediately benefit from their good work.
Jaycar Electronics customer service is tops! When we ordered these headsets our customer service agent Jaye put two and two together. He knew of the Rotary project to treat dementia with music. Word travels fast! Their company training had included awareness of Rotary’s interest in this approach and Jaye was proud to assist us get underway with bringing the Music for Dementia project to Tasmania.
Big thanks to Helen Shield of ABC Radio for telling this Rotary story as part of Dementia Action Week. Both Rotary Club of North Hobart and Rotary Club of Howrah have adopted the pioneering Music for Dementia project of the Rotary Club of Geraldton- Greenough in WA, at the request of two residential facilities. Helen is pictured with Roslyn Teirney and Bob Hardy trying on the Bluetooth headphones for comfort.
The headsets purchased by our club have now been delivered to the Roy Fagan Centre. Staff there are enthusiastic and keen to see how this project goes. We can but wish them luck.
Rotary values education so in National Science Week, Rotary Club of North Hobart took the opportunity to make the purpose of our meeting this week to celebrate Science. We were delighted that in such a busy week, two highly distinguished educators were willing to make time to come to our meeting.
We warmly welcomed Diana Nahodil, Head of Science at our aligned school Sacred Heart College and Dr Deborah Beswick, Head of Science at Elizabeth College and member of the Royal Society of Tasmania, our guest speaker for the evening. They are pictured with Youth Director David Clinch and Chairman Ian Geard. Thank you all for your input into a very satisfying meeting.
Deborah has for many years used Science Week to celebrate science as a whole school effort and recounted how in her Cosgrove High days her top students included members of the Claridge family. At Elizabeth College, Science Week now has fifty different workshops in the program so many that the "week" has had to be extended. In his introduction and vote of thanks, Chairman Ian Geard affirmed what an honour it was to have Deb come and visit us to share her passion and enthusiasm for science.
Diana came to teaching from a background of science advocacy and management, where she had had previous exposure to Rotary's programs that extend and motivate science students.
Thank you to both of these inspiring guests for identifying worthy and promising students for Rotary to support through the Science Experience, The Science and Engineering Challenge and the National Youth Science Forum. We believe that the meeting this week has strengthened the bonds of professional support and mutual respect between our club and "our" schools.
... but for Rotary Club of North Hobart, there was more ...
Wednesday saw us back to the Black Buffalo for a family friendly bonus Rotary event, a Brain Break Morning Tea, ninety minutes of Science demonstrations and "blowing the cobwebs" off our conceptual grasp of a few interesting Science topics. This was a success thanks to demonstrator Ralph Teirney's preparation and the support of some club members, notably the two Ians, and a dozen guests.
Rotary International President Mark Maloney has called for Rotary events to be family friendly so for the Brain Break we included some activities simple enough to engage a toddler. Thank you to attendees for allowing family members to join in.
One-off events like the Brain Break give an opportunity for us to invite people who may later join Rotary or tell people about our programs. Two of our non-Rotary guests on Wednesday had reasons to feel connected to the Rotary Club of North Hobart. We had sponsored a family member of Lynne to NYSF and Chris was the sister of Past President Ruth.
The Brain Break quizzes and answers are available if you would like to have a copy. Youth brochures can also be downloaded from the Rotary Tasmania website.
Thanks to all attendees, Black Buffalo staff, our sponsor George Kalis of Island Chai and especially to Ralph for a most enjoyable change of routine on Wednesday.
The raffle yielded $24 for Youth Projects.
At Rotary this week, we didn't linger over our delicious Black Buffalo meals, as it was down to the business of deciding which projects would be supported this year and sorting out budget requests and practical plans. This week it was Committees and Board meetings - in other words, the directors working with their committees then the board listening to all the ideas and discussing priorities and actions.
Traditionally, Rotary Club of North Hobart committees have been structured around the five avenues of service in Rotary - Club Service, Community Service, Youth Service, Vocational Service and International Service.
This year we have had to restructure, to be compliant with Rotary International's instruction to have a director of Membership and a Director of Public Image and committees to support those directors. We now have our 27 members spread over six committees rather than four, but we are trialling a "paired" set-up, to take account of the freedom members need to come and go from meetings.
So we now have Club Service (chaired by Immediate Past President David Emmett) paired with Membership (led by President Elect Brian Claridge, who is also our club's Treasurer). Youth and Vocational Service (led by Past President David Clinch) is working alongside Community Service (with Tony Thompson as director). Then our Public Image committee (led by Past President Jenny Kerrison) is paired with International and The Rotary Foundation (which has Past President Howie Oh as director). Although the link between these two may not be so obvious as the other two, given the major projects our leads overseas, it makes sense that the people publicising the work of our club are well informed on those.
sA big thanks to our members for all their contributions and deliberations this week. Read the board minutes in the Members Only section of the website.
As president, I just "floated" during the committee meetings, doing my best not to interrupt, but going home, it was more like "floating on air" to know the club is in such great hands with this team.
A request has come in to list all members of all committees in each club bulletin, so we get used to knowing who is on which team this year. Any more suggestions to improve club systems are most welcome.
Finally, a note that our Director of Public Image, Jenny Kerrison, is missing in the above photo as she was in Melbourne. She's pictured elsewhere on this site, in the About Us section. Jenny is very busy as National Chair of RAM (Rotarians Against Malaria). Their national conference is in only a few weeks.
Our Official Visit by District 9830's Governor Michael Cooke took place tonight and as requested by Michael and Corrina we enjoyed a Partner's Night. With Assistant Governor Biddy Fisk and District Photographer Michael Quinn from Rotary Club of Glenorchy also present, it was wonderful to have eight guests in total. We did miss our members who were busy or enjoying warmer climes. Also, we were sad to hear that Corrina was unwell today, but Michael has promised we'll see her later in the year, when we host the Group Forum in October.
We really enjoyed welcoming Michael to our meeting room at the Black Buffalo. Even though he has worked with RCNH in the past when the Claremont club supported our RAM project in Kumudini, Bangladesh, he had not visited a normal meeting before tonight.
Michael brought us the RI President's priorities for 2019-20 but rather than reflect on the theme Rotary Connects the World, he talked to us about his intentions for the clubs of Tasmania to get together more, to enjoy our Rotary friends and to share our Rotary stories proudly. Of course he was true to the Rotary International Strategic Plan and explained that in a down to earth manner, but he spent most of the time talking about his own projects for District 9830.
Michael and Corrina are passionately committed to the Purple House and the service provided by manager Sarah Brown whom they met when they attended the Australia-New Zealand Zone Conference in Darwin in 2017. Sarah will be attending our District Conference next year.
Our club was pleased to give a donation of $250 towards Corrina's project. PRID John Thorne reported that he has begun planning for our Veterans Tribute Night in honour of Armistice Day, as the DG has requested all clubs to do. He encouraged us to think about engaging members so that everyone is welcome, respected and valued and he wants to make this year one of Family-Friendship-Fulfilment and Fun. Our club has heard and next week when our committees and board meet properly we'll see what we come up with in response to the challenges Michael has set us.
In closing, may I say what a pleasure it was to welcome Angela Urosevic, Shirley Thorne, Denise Thompson and Ralph Teirney to the meeting tonight. We look forward to celebrating as a whole family of the Rotary Club of North Hobart as frequently as possible this year.
Last week, our guest speakers were Kaye Payne and Christine Bailey, two divas of the world of entertainment in Hobart, who came to promote the Hot August Jazz festival. A North Hobart fixture for fifteen years, the day of jazz is coming up on Sunday August 25. Free entertainment in venues right along the North Hobart strip. Christine penned new words to a Cole Porter classic to celebrate our sponsorship this year.
It’s been so nice to be with you
It’s been great to be here tonight
So nice to dine
And enjoy a wine
The Jazz future’s sure lookin’ bright
It’s been so nice to be with you
We’re glad you’re joining the team
Your support’s a boon
And we’ll see you soon
In North Hobart, you’re part of the scene.
Kaye Payne, President of the Hobart Jazz Club, spoke about the jazz movement in Tasmania and Christine Bailey, Convenor of the Hot August Jazz festival, spoke about that event. Our Club is supporting the festival with a donation. Kaye told us that Jazz had started in Hobart in the 1940s as the Hobart Jazz Club. The aim of the association is to promote Australian Jazz and Jazz in Australia. Projects include: Researching Jazz in Tasmania; a Monthly Jazz Concert; Monthly Jazz Jams; An Annual Jazz Fest; Annual Hot August Jazz event; Various scholarships; and International Jazz Day.
Christine spoke about the Hot August Jazz event,which is a free one day event in the North Hobart area. There will be 250 musicians playing in 400 performances at 10 venues. The Rotary Club of North Hobart is (for the first time) an official sponsor of this event.
The State Cinema is putting on a jazz-blues film, the biopic of Paul Butterfield, which will be shown on Thursday 22 August at the usual prices. If you are free on that evening, why not socialise with the Jazz set and connect with our community?
As George Gershwin said “Jazz will always be your friend.”
Thanks to Brian Claridge for setting up the collaboration and to the members of the club who volunteered their service on Sunday 25 August to assist with bumping in and out and/or Front of House duties.
Rotary International now requires all clubs to consciously tell the local community about our local club - and to tell the world about Rotary.
Rotary has launched a global campaign to ensure that we present a united image to the world. The more clubs that join in, the further our message carries.
That's why we now use the logo above to identify our club.
This Rotary year we have also a member of the board of Rotary Club of North Hobart who is the Director of Public Image. Past President Jenny Kerrison has been editing out club's bulletin and managing the Facebook page for several years and she is now in charge of all our marketing. Thank you, Jenny.
With the support of the board, we have organised two banners to identify our club during our meetings and when we are working at certain events in the community. We share only "teasers" so far as they will be launched in a few weeks, when they arrive.
We acknowledge with gratitude the permission of copyright State Cinema owner John Kelly, who allowed us to use their image of the North Hobart streetscape on our website, Facebook page and pull-up banner.
We have 227 people who follow our Rotary Club of North Hobart Facebook page at the moment. Please LIKE the page yourself and SHARE it with your friends and family if you are on Facebook.
Our posts on Facebook are a mix of North Hobart news, news of Rotarians in our club and especially updates of projects our club has been involved with, so people are aware of the impact of our Rotary service.
We are #peopleofaction and we take action to inspire, empower, transform and save lives.
In the future, we hope to have Rotary Club of North Hobart mentioned in the newspaper and on the radio airwaves. In the meantime, our best PR is word of mouth, so please do your part to share what is happening at Rotary by telling your friends.
Do you have ideas for improving our public image? Please let us have them.
Sunday 30 June was our Rotary Tasmania District Changeover when 2018-19 District Governor Ross Carlyle summed up the "Be the Inspiration" year and welcomed new District Governor Michael Cooke to lead District 9830.
On the day, Rotary Club of North Hobart was represented by Past Rotary International Director Dr John Thorne, Shirley Thorne, PE Roslyn Teirney and Ralph Teirney.
PRID John introduces PE Roslyn to the audience and kindly tells them how long we have known each other through Rotary.
Shirley and John pictured arriving at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. The Thornes sponsor an award to encourage Rotary clubs in Tasmania to actively contribute to The Rotary Foundation.
PE Roslyn has just completed a year working as District Secretary and editing DG Ross's weekly O&N Newsletter. She is pictured after receiving a sapphire pin for her Paul Harris Fellow badge.
Past Rotary International Director, Dr John Thorne and his wife Shirley present the John and Shirley Thorne Award to Rotary Club of Sandy Bay. The award, for the most active club in contributing to The Rotary Foundation, was accepted by President Bob Calvert while District Governor Ross Carlyle watches proudly on.
In the new Rotary year PE Roslyn will continue to serve as District Secretary, working for DG Michael. The toughest part of the job is out of the way now. I hope everyone enjoys their District Directories. Michael and Corrina Cooke will visit the Rotary Club of North Hobart on Tuesday 30 July and they warmly invite partners to join Rotarians on this occasion.
President David Emmett and Heather Emmett (pictured working at the Greek Festival) appear in the 2019-20 District Directory to promote End Polio Now.
CAN YOU HELP JOSHUA& LUCAS?
Joshua (12 years) and Lucas (9 years) are two beautiful boys who have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) – a progressive disease. They will lose functions such as: mobility, eating, speaking, experience weakening heart muscles and, eventually, have breathing difficulties. Life is short with expectancy at most, 20 – 30 years. They also are affected by Autism.
Michael and Yasna Baric, parents to the two boys, are full time carers. Their lives are put on hold while they care for the boys and maintain some normality in lives shaped by the advancing disease.
Rotary Tasmania hopes to raise $15,000 towards a hydrotherapy pool and spa for Joshua & Lucas. Hydrotherapy can improve mobility, strength, flexibility and cardiopulmonary fitness for children with muscle wasting (such as DMD) (Hind et al., 2017). The money will be matched 100% by RACG. Donations are tax deductible and can be made via https://donations.rawcs.com.au/124-2017-18