Guest Speaker:  David Anderson
David spoke about the REAL project, which he first heard about when he was at District 3310’s Conference in May this year. It is the Signature project of the RC of Kota Kinabalu Pearl and its aim is to help students in schools become more proficient in English and thereby, improve employment opportunities for youth.
David spoke about the How (by introducing Malay—English dictionaries to grades 4,5 and 6 students, training teachers and having ‘English corners’ in schools) and said the program has grown from 3 schools to now 10 schools.  He talked about the methodology, how partnerships have been formed, and how the effectiveness of the program is being monitored. He stressed that schools choose to take part, and that the project is gaining momentum. There are 300 primary schools in the area and the Rotary Club running the program is looking to apply for a Rotary Foundation Global Grant to expand the program to more schools.
David would like the Cluster of our clubs (Alexandra, Kinglake Ranges, Mansfield, Seymour, Southern Mitchell and us) to join forces enabling the cluster to support two schools with each club to put in $835. A submission has already gone to the District for a grant and four of the six clubs are already on board.
After answering quite a few questions, David was thanked by Elaine for his presentation and also his vision and skills in bringing the clubs together for an international project.
3 minuter: Kimberley
Kimberley gave the club an update on her holiday travels. Great Ocean Road with Sandy and her grandchildren, as far as Warrnambool; Melbourne Show with Sandy and John Bett, and Bendigo and Echuca with Julie and Ian. Including Historic tram car ride and Deborah Mine at Bendigo and Paddle Steamer ride in Echuca. Kimberley also visited Kyabram Fauna park where she got up close to some Aussie animals before a stop on the way home to say hello to Black Caviar at Nagambie.
Sgt. Will in action fining members                                    Kimberley collecting the fines