Rotary Club of South Launceston District D9830
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Club Meetings:
Thursday for fellowship at 6pm followed by Dinner at 6:30pm
Hotel Grand Chancellor, 29 Cameron Street, Launceston, Tasmania

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Bjork’s 18th Birthday

Friday, 15 Jun 2018

In July last year we welcomed our Exchange Student Bjork Hansen to our club.
Bjork, as most of our Rotarians are aware, is from the Faroe Islands and her hometown is Klaksvik.
Well last night we were proud to all celebrate her 18th Birthday which is today.
This year has been a whirlwind year for her and it is great to see her grow into a lovely young adult.
We all wish her all the best for today and the future wherever it may take her


The Science and Engineering Challenge

Wednesday, 13 Jun 2018

The Science and Engineering Challenge was held over 3 days this past 2 weeks and saw around 500 students from the local area compete for the opportunity to go to Darwin in September. The event has students doing practical hands on activities encompassing many science and engineering concepts.  It's great to see the varying creativity in ideas and solutions coming from our future leaders.   Day 2 was won by Riverside high school, while Launceston Christian School won day 1 and went on to also win the Super Challenge and are heading off to Darwin later in the year.


St Patricks College Ball - Bjork Hansen

Sunday, 20 May 2018

You really looked stunning Bjork. The whole Club hope you enjoyed your special night.

We know your family would have been proud.

School ball

New Paul Harris Fellow - Merilyn Briggs

Sunday, 13 May 2018

The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs.

Last Thursday evening, one of our members were chosen by the Club to receive this important recognition for her achievements in their Rotary life.

Merilyn Briggs joined Rotary in May 2008 and has contributed both within our Club and at a District level. She has always been keen with all things Rotary and helping the community.

Congratulations Merilyn and we look forward to many more years of your committment to Rotary.

Phf briggs

Rotarian Lance Pfeffer- Soggy Bottom Cardboard Box Boat Regatta

Friday, 11 May 2018

Homemade boats were launched for the second annual Soggy Bottom Cardboard Box Boat Regatta on March 4 and organisers the Rotary Club of Youngtown raised funds for the purchase of insulin pumps for Tasmanian children with Type 1 diabetes.
The Rotary Club of South Launceston piloted by our Youth Director Lance Pfeffer participated this year and here is a video showing the fun and games on the day.



Wednesday, 09 May 2018

The Rotary Clubs of South Launceston and West Launceston had a successful time at Agfest this year cooking up some great food and having some fun raising money for the community.

The two clubs working together with volunteers from St Pats High and Missiondale.

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Here we go on a 3 week Aussie Safari

Tuesday, 10 Apr 2018

The Rotary Youth Exchange Tassie group as they depart Hobart Airport.


Spectacular sand sculpture at District Conference

Tuesday, 10 Apr 2018

This sand sculpture was shown at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart.

Conference 3

Bjork had a day out - Bjork Hansen with Rotarian Lance & family

Friday, 30 Mar 2018

Bjork had a day out with Rotarian Lance and his family.
A trip down to Ashgrove Dairy Farm for some lovely cheese and a game of Ten Bin bowls. Bjork got a couple of spares and with a very consistent approach won the second game against Lance and his son Nate.

Bowling 1s

A visit to the Rotary Community Men’s Shed

Tuesday, 27 Feb 2018

he Rotary Community Men's Shed Project is a joint project between the Youngtown and Kings Meadows Rotary Club, The shed was opened on 19th Nov 2016 and has been a success since that day. Our club paid a visit on Monday 19 Feb and were taken on a tour in small groups and were impressed by the work that is being down at this Shed. After the tour we strolled over to the Kings Meadows golf club for a Rotary meeting and a very nice meal.

Thank you to all the volunteers for showing us through this great project.

Mens shed 3

Associate Professor Neville King named an Officer of the Order of Australia

Wednesday, 31 Jan 2018

As a child, Associate Professor Neville King was chased by dogs on his way to school at Railton Primary.
The experience created a fear of canines that, in later years, was his motivation for studying and researching
childhood anxieties.
Dr King, who is now retired and living at Hillwood, is credited as one of the experts who introduced Cognitive
Behaviour Change to Australia.
Cognitive behaviour therapy is a type of psychosocial therapy designed to help people change unhelpful or
unhealthy habits of thinking, feeling and behaving, and is now the main psychological approach to care worldwide.
It was this, as well as other significant work as an academic, researcher and author, that led to Dr King’s
appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to medicine and medical education,
particularly in the field of cognitive and behaviour therapy.
His wife, Judith, said Dr King was overwhelmed when he was notified of the award and had “no inkling” that it was
in the works.
“His national and international colleagues had worked together for the submission in secret, even I kept the secret
for 18 months,” Mrs King said.
“He stared at the envelope wondering why he had received a letter from Government House in Canberra, when he
opened the envelope and read its contents he said ‘hooley dooley’ … and then sat down and stared quietly at the
letter for about 10 minutes taking in the contents.”
Born at Latrobe, Dr King started his education in the state’s North-West and he believes the work of “a wonderful
teacher” was significant during those formative years.
“Miss Meers instilled in her students that they could achieve anything they dreamed with hard work,” Dr King said.
“One of my classmates was former premier Michael Field and we have both been inducted into the Railton Wall of
Honour, so Miss Meers made a great difference by inspiring her students.”
After matriculating from Devonport High, Dr King went to UTAS for his initial psychology studies before moving to
Melbourne for his PhD in psychology at Latrobe University.
He has a continuous list of publications from the 1980s to 2007 and held a number of distinguished positions at
Monash University.
While working on international research and publications, Dr King continued to lecture in all aspects of psychology
and education in Australia.
As an academic, he was awarded $3.6 million during the course of his career to research various aspects of child
behaviour, including fears and phobias, school refusal and truancy, as well as sexual counselling for people with
spinal cord injuries.


A drive to another Tassy beautiful place.

Wednesday, 31 Jan 2018

President Glenda and Geoff took Bjork to Little Blue Lake over the Australia day
weekend. Little Blue Lake, between Derby and Gladstone, is a natural phenomenon
resulting from the pioneering mining days of South Mount Cameron and the
surrounding areas of the Far North East of Tasmania. Originally a mine hole, the lake
reflects a vivid aqua blue from the minerals in its base.
When the miners packed their bags and left town, the pit was filled with water to become a recreational spot.

Little blue lake

Toilet duties at Red Hot Summer concert at Country Club Casino

Tuesday, 23 Jan 2018

Toilet duties at Red Hot Summer concert at Country club Casino. We recieved so many complements and hugs for doing a great job.

Red hot 1-2

Great turn out at Harley-Davidson Iron Horse Bar and Grill.

Monday, 15 Jan 2018

25 Rotarians and their families enjoying a great meal at the Iron Horse Grill

Jan 2018

Beaconsfield Mine Visit

Tuesday, 28 Nov 2017

We went off on another Club Social Event yesterday to the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre in Beaconsfield. This was a place where you could lose yourself in mining history.
 Obviously the Mine rescue in April 2006 was a huge feature but the Centre houses over 10,000 objects in its heritage collection so there was plenty to interest all who went along.
 Our tour guide Nigel, from the West Tamar Historical Committee really knew all about this history and conducted a really great tour. Thank you Nigel from all.

Mine 1

Climbing Cradle Mountain

Thursday, 26 Oct 2017

~The Mountain climbers were:
Lance Pfeffer, Lachlan Schneider, Inaki Sanchez, Shannon Evans, Bjork Hanson and Henk kortekaas.
The climb was organised by Lance and Henk for a clear and sunny Saturday in October. This really was the case
when we left Launceston at 7 am on Saturday, October 21st. During the trip on the very winding road to the
Cethana Dam, Inaki got car sick and after changing seats the remainder of the trip had to be a little slower to
prevent Inaki's stomach contents ending up in Thea's car. The weather changed more and more, the closer we
came to Cradle Mountain. A slight drizzle did not deter the climbers and with great determination we started
conquering Marions Lookout. Admiring the view from there as much as we could, regained our strength and
slogged-on towards Cradle Mountain. The amount of snow was fascinating and a "snowball war" could not be
prevented by the leaders of the Pack. Eventually we arrived at Kitchen Hutt for a short lunch break under a
musical background produced by Inaki on his ukulele. However, the weather was not kind to us and there was
not enough time left for the six-hour climb to the top and back. Alas, subdued we had to return back to the car
park in order to be back in Launceston at 6 pm. Stiff and sore but happy with this great achievement.
We have to do this again when the sun is with us all the way.

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Police Checks lineup

Thursday, 17 Aug 2017

PP Dale Luck conducting the Police Checks with members.

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Our Exchange student Bjork started her first day at St Patrick’s College

Friday, 04 Aug 2017

Bjork started her first day at St Patrick's college. This is the first time she has ever worn a school uniform and was obviously a nervous day.

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VELKOMINN….We welcome Exchange Student Bjork Hansen to our Club

Wednesday, 26 Jul 2017

Bjork is sixteen years old and is from the Faroe Islands and her hometown is Klaksvik which is the second largest town with approx 15,000 people. The main industry is fishing, and 98% of their export is fish.

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St Patrick’s College students - stage show- ‘Footloose’

Thursday, 30 Mar 2017

Tonight our club was fortunate to be given a preview of the stage show Footloose. Thank you to all the wonderful students at St Patrick's college and their teachers for taking the time out of your busy schedule to spoil us.


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