President’s Report 2012-2013

It has always been said that your year as president rushes by and I cannot believe that it has been twelve months since changeover night at the Hotel Crown. During the last twelve months I have really enjoyed my position as president. The members and friends of the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay are so supportive, so dependable and such good people to be around that it makes the job of leader an absolute pleasure.

We have enjoyed an excellent year of service both to our local community, and to the wider national and international community.

At the beginning of the Rotary Year I said that I wanted to concentrate on the three C’s – Communication, Commitment and Co-operation. – and I believe that this club has shown that it has embraced these concepts. Most members are familiar with the club website and use it effectively to keep in touch with club happenings, there have been excellent attendances at club events and meetings and members have co-operated efficiently to keep the club functioning well.

I was very proud to present the club’s inaugural Wally Bradley Award in December. This award was created in conjunction with the Fleurieu Community Foundation to support a young person who shows initiative and commitment in their field of training but may be experiencing difficulty in continuing their studies due to disadvantage or hardship. I presented the first award to Andrea Mills who is a very worthy recipient. She has continually expressed her gratitude to the club and has kept in touch during her studies and even attended a meeting to demonstrate her skills.

There have been members who have been willing to extend their Rotary experiences beyond the club and we have had Encounter Bay members taking part in inter club visits, District Assembly, District Training days, the Foundation Dinner, the Combined Services Club Dinner, Rotary Leadership Institute, Calperum Station activities and the District Conference as well as many members “making up” at clubs around the country and around the world.

I would like to sincerely thank all the board members who have met regularly and kept the club informed about issues and events.

Our club has been busy with community service activities under the able directorship of Brenton Abbott. He has kept in touch with many local organisations and has furnished the board with information about projects ranging from assisting with the Victor Harbor and Franklin Island triathlons to delivering flowers to nursing home residents on Mothers’ Day and cleaning up a back yard for an elderly citizen.

Club service is always a big portfolio and this year it has been in the very capable hands of incoming president Gill Houlihan. She and her subcommittees have kept the club functioning efficiently.

Michael Kelly has organised an interesting and varied programme for weekly meetings while Peter Manuel continues to work tirelessly on our wonderful website which almost won the district award for the second time. The fundraising team under Graham Brown ran another successful Boat Raffle and wine sale and we enjoyed some great social fellowship ´╗┐´╗┐events including bowls night at Port Elliot, a weekend away in Clare and a combined meeting with Victor Harbor at Tim and Kate Sheirlaw’s house.

Although we lost 2 members during the year we were able to introduce 4 new members into the club, Brian and Velma Jones and Phil and Jackie Walsh and these new Rotarians are enjoying the fellowship and opportunity for service that Rotary offers.

Kevin Sorrell looked after the Vocational portfolio this year and through his efforts we have been able to experience such things as a visit to the new Toyota / Mitsubishi / Hyundai dealership, have a tour of Urimbirra Fauna Park and hear from several vocational guest speakers.

International Service is always a broad spectrum portfolio and this year Marilyn Shaw has made sure the club is aware of the international aspect of Rotary. She is also RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd) chair for Promotions & Marketing in the Central Region which consists of Districts 9500 & 9520, and she was able to bring her expertise and knowledge to her club portfolio.

Our club has always prided itself on its support for youth and this year Peter Francis chaired the New Generations Committee with confidence. We sent two students to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) courses and a further two to RYPEN (Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment) courses as well as coordinating the RYDA (Rotary Young Driver Awareness Scheme). Peter also served on the district youth exchange committee and was therefore able to bring a wider understanding to the club.

Secretary Phil Beckett has made sure that all the reports, agendas and activities are completed successfully and I would like to thank him for his efficiency and constancy in this demanding position.

Likewise our treasurer, Alan Kluske has looked after our club funds and his sage advice is always well received by the board. His long experience in our club is appreciated and respected.

I would also like to sincerely thank Immediate Past President Bob Sedunary. He has been a fount of knowledge and advice to me and has always been understanding and approachable.

We have been fortunate, too, to have an Assistant Governor in our club. Past President Deidre Hughes has always been a great support and a great link to the wider Rotary world. It was great to see her presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship at the last Changeover dinner.

Long term member, Past President and Paul Harris Fellow, Mike Price deservedly received his first Sapphire Pin at the same dinner.

I would also like to sincerely thank my wife Kathy for her unceasing support during this year. She has shown that she has shared my enjoyment of the year even through hosting board meetings, putting up with Rotary clutter and fielding late night phone calls. We both thank the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay for the friendship and support that has been shown to us, not just during my presidential year but through all my years as a club member.

Now all that remains is to congratulate Gill Houlihan on being elected to lead our club through 2013-14 and I hope that she enjoys the experience as much as I have.

Ken Carter
President 2012-2013


President                                                  Ken Carter
President Elect and Vice President       Gill Houlihan
Treasurer                                                 Alan Kluske
Secretary                                                Phil Beckett
Immediate Past President                   Bob Sedunary
Club Service Director                             Gill Houlihan
Community Service Director               Brenton Abbott
International Service Director                Marilyn Shaw
Vocational Service Director                     Kevin Sorrell
New Generations Director                     Peter Francis