February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month


Barefoot Bowls Sunday 25th Feb at 3 p.m.

Join us for fun, fellowship, barefoot bowls and even a BBQ meal at Fairy Meadow Bowlo on Sunday 25th February at 3 p.m.

If you've ever wondered what Rotary and Rotarians do or you are considering joing Rotary come and find out more in an informal setting.


2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the Inspiration

By Hank Sartin Photos by Monika Lozinska

Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.

Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”

2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin announces his presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, at Rotary's International Assembly.

Rassin stressed the power of Rotary’s new vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” This describes the Rotary that leaders must help build, he said.

To achieve this vision, the president-elect said, Rotarians must take care of the organization: “We are a membership organization first. And if we want to be able to serve, if we want to succeed in our goals — we have to take care of our members first.”

Rassin asked the incoming district governors to “inspire the club presidents, and the Rotarians in your districts, to want to change. To want to do more. To want to reach their own potential. It’s your job to motivate them — and help them find their own way forward.”

Rassin noted that one source of inspiration has been Rotary’s work to eradicate polio. He described the incredible progress made over the past three decades. In 1988, an estimated 350,000 people were paralyzed by the wild poliovirus; just 20 cases were reported in 2017 as of 27 December. “We are at an incredibly exciting time for polio eradication,” he said, “a point at which each new case of polio could very well be the last.”

He emphasized that even when that last case of polio is recorded, the work won’t be finished. “Polio won’t be over, until the certifying commission says it’s over—when not one poliovirus has been found, in a river, in a sewer, or in a paralyzed child, for at least three years,” he said. “Until then, we have to keep doing everything we’re doing now.” He urged continued dedication to immunization and disease surveillance programs.
Sustaining the environment

Rotary has focused heavily on sustainability in its humanitarian work in recent years. Now, Rassin said, Rotarians must acknowledge some hard realities about pollution, environmental degradation, and climate change. He noted that 80 percent of his own country is within one meter of sea level. With sea levels projected to rise two meters by 2100, he said, “my country is going to be gone in 50 years, along with most of the islands in the Caribbean and coastal cities and low-lying areas all over the world.”

Rassin urged leaders to look at all of Rotary’s service as part of a larger global system. He said that this means the incoming district governors must be an inspiration not only to clubs, but also to their communities. “We want the good we do to last. We want to make the world a better place. Not just here, not just for us, but everywhere, for everyone, for generations.”

Source: Sartin, H 2018, '2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the Inspiration', Rotary International, Accessed 16th January 2018, https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-international-president-rassin-theme-2018


Support The Imagination Library project during January!

The Illawarra Imagination Library has been selected to participate in Local Matters at Grill’d Wollongong this January!

The Illawarra Imagination Library project donates free age-appropriate books to 0 to 5 year olds in the Illawarra area to help them  foster a love of reading and prepare them for Primary School. $300 would provide three children with a book a month for just over a year.

Local Matters is the Grill’d community donation program that sees each Grill’d restaurant donate $500 back into the community every month. The donation is split between 3 local community groups $300 / $100 / $100.


We’d love your support in receiving the highest $300 donation! Simply head to Grill’d Wollongong during January for a burger and pop your Local Matters token in our jar. 

The group with the most tokens at the end of the month receives the largest donation.

It’s a simple (and delicious) way to show your support!

You’ll find us on a jar at Grill’d Wollongong, Ground Lvl, Wollongong Central cnr Crown & Keira St Wollongong.


Razzamatazz 2018 at Woonona-Bulli RSL

Members of The Fairy Meadow Rotary Club would like to announce the names of the organisations who will be supported in 2018 with the proceeds from our next Razzamatazz shows to be held at Woonona-Bulli RSL. The provisional show date is Thursday 19th April 2018 which is during school holidays.

Sponsorship by local businesses provides tickets for the children to see the shows and the Festival also raises invaluable funds for local and overseas causes. 
Hundreds of local children will be thrilled by the antics of the performers at one of the three Razzamatazz shows put on by International Entertainers.

This fantastic, international variety show delights the children with magic, clowning, juggling, balancing, puppetry, acrobatics and exceptional comedy routines. 

Many of the audience have to deal with illness, physical disability, emotional trauma and/or severe financial difficulties on a daily basis so an outing like this really lifts their spirits and brings them well needed joy and laughter.

If your community group is not receiving tickets to one of the shows please apply to the secretary at secretary@fairymeadowrotary.org.au  

Proceeds this year will also benefit:

Fairy Meadow Demonstration School Sensory Garden Project. 

The school has been developing a sensory garden along the Princes Highway fence line over the past few years. Children with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorders find challenges with socialisation, communication, play and imagination. Sensory play playgrounds attract children and encourage exploration and discovery, and provide a "just-right" experience for those seeking sensory stimulation.

The Rotary Club of Fairy Meadow will be providing Astro-Turf for the next phase of the sensory Garden project and looks forward to being a long-term partner with the school and other sponsors.

Imagination Library for SCARF Illawarra.

Rotary Clubs in The Illawarra have been sponsoring many children in the 0 - 5 years age group with a free age-appropriate book each month for some years now. 

The Rotary Club of Fairy Meadow is expanding the reach and including children who have arrived as refugees in this country and are being supported by Strategic Community Assistance for Refugee Families (SCARF).

The Imagination Library project was started by Dolly Parton.

School of St Jude Tanzania.

 At 22 years old Gemma Sisia travelled to Uganda to volunteer as a teacher, where she taught girls science and sewing. This experience led to a fervent belief that a free, high-quality education should be the right of all children in the world and that education is the strongest weapon in the fight against poverty, corruption and political instability. 

Upon returning to her native Australia, Gemma fundraised to help underprivileged children in East Africa complete their schooling. She would raise enough money to start an official fund to invest in the education of East Africa’s poorest children. Along with the gift of a small plot of land in Arusha, Tanzania, Gemma began to build The School of St Jude with the help of friends, family and Rotary groups.

That was over a decade ago and The Rotary Club of Fairy Meadow, along with many others, continues to support the school financially and the school now provides free education to over 1,800 children a year.

Members of The Rotary Club of Fairy Meadow would like to thank all the local businesses who sponsor tickets for these shows and bring so much pleasure to so many children and their families as well as supporting other worthy local and overseas organisations.


January is Vocational Service Month


December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month


Useful information...

The RC of Fairy Meadow
P O Box 124
Fairy Meadow NSW 2519

More useful information

ABN 91 030 033 840

Charitable Fundraising Number 14939 (valid until 13/03/2022).

To check this registration go to https://www.onegov.nsw.gov.au/publicregister/#/publicregister/search/Charities

and enter either 14939 or Rotary Club of Fairy Meadow in the box provided and press search

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