Firstly I would like to thank President Ken for the opportunity to take on this portfolio during the past year. I would also like to thank members of the committee and the club for the support that has been given to me during the year.

Some of the projects and donations that have been carried out during the year are as follows:

Early in the year we donated $500 to the Victor Sharks for their annual Tri-State Games. We have supported this event for handicapped children in previous years.

The club also received a letter from past member Phil Hollow who wanted to undertake the John O'Grates Cancer Cycle Challenge in the UK during 2013 and the club donated $500 towards the fund raiser for the very worthwhile research being undertaken at Flinders University each year.

We had one project left over from the previous Rotary Year and that was providing a cheque for $268 to purchase a bench for the Victor Harbor High School Special Education Unit.

The club also helped with the annual Franklin Island and Tri-State Games events during the year - helping with set up, marshalling and packing up after the events.

At Christmas time we provided a cheque for $450 to South Coast Christian Community Care to make up 10 hampers to distribute to needy families,

We were also approached by the Victor Harbor Yacht Club to assist with the running of the national sailing titles over the Christmas to New Year period and we also had the opportunity to sell our boat raffle tickets at the same event.

THis year Brian Heyes introduced the idea of giving out flowers to mothers residing in the local nursing homes on Mothers' Day. The idea was given the full support of the Board and the club at large and I would like to thank Brian for taking on the leg work of getting quotes and organising the delivery of flowers. By all reports they were greatly appreciated.

Recently the club assisted the local Zonta club assembling birthing kits in record time and on the same day we had two teams driving around Victor Harbor and surrounds picking up e-waste. Two weeks later we did another e-waste pick up with almost the same amount collected.

And to top off a very busy year we had a back yard clean-up at Erin Johnson's house, and I would like to thank Des Schirmer, Bob Hall and Bob McFarland for their invaluable help with this project and thank you to Des and Bob Hall for returning last week to spray the weeds.

Yours in Rotary,

Brenton Abbott

Director 20/12/2013