Guest Speakers Penny and Kelly - Antarctic Visits
Within 5 weeks of each other, we had 2 YRC members undertake a wonderful and memorable cruise experience to the Antarctic. Penny and Kelly gave an informed and humorous account of their journeys! Flying from Melbourne with several stops, to the port city of Ushuaia, southern Argentine, to commence the cruising journey into the deep southern waters via a crossing of the rough Drake Passage.
Penny and Marvin travelled in November/December, experiencing weather temperatures of –2 to –10 degrees, and Kelly, travelling in January with Greg and her mother Joy, reported temperatures of 1 to 5 degrees Celsius. Amazing the difference 4 weeks makes!
The thrill of seeing their first iceberg, many species of penguins (some very close up), breaching hump-back whales, and being able to cross from ship to shore via zodiacs, visiting historic whaling stations and immersing in the history of our heroic explorers, were just part of the fascinating voyage.
Penny and Marvin generously donated some memorabilia from their cruise to auction, raising funds for Rota-ry. A print on canvas, in a spirited auction, raised $40 with David Anderson the winner bidder. Marvin donated his warm red safety jacket, with John Sinclair outbidding members, raising a grand sum of $200 Thanks Penny and Marvin, and big thankyou to Darryl for donning his auctioneer's hat!
3 minute speaker Fabio - our exchange student. The school term has resumed after the Christmas break and Fabio has commenced Unit 3 VCE. Amanda, Gary and family, current hosts, ensured that their guest was kept busy — water skiing at Lake Eildon and a fabulous tour of the Great Ocean Road, stopping at all the surfing and tourist sights along the way.  During his first exchange student weekend at Dookie, Fabio learnt of Paying It Forward volunteer pro-gram, offering assistance with maintenance, education and first aid to Pacific Island nations and other countries in need. Fabio expressed interest in volunteering straight away and will be one of 4 ex-change students travelling to Vanuata to make a difference.
Yea Rotary Club has offered sponsorship of $1,000 towards Fabio’s travel costs for the program.