Our Rotary Exchange student, Lisa van Someren, left for Canada on January 14th, 2017 to join her first host family live in a town called Sweaburg, just south of Woodstock, Ontario.
Lisa's family have received an email from Frances Stevens in Canada and sent advice on her family and on Lisa's schooling in Woodstock which commences on 6th February.
The host family sent photos of themselves as well as a photo of their backyard showing much snow at this time of the year. Frances and her husband, Ian, have three children - Scott (17), John (15) and Alison (12). SEE PHOTOS BELOW.
The Stevens' family enjoy reading, games, movies and .....Outdoor activities:Warm weather – camping, soccer, biking, walking, canoeing, swimming; Cold weather – skiing (both downhill and cross country), tobogganing, curling, not much skating but it is popular in Woodstock and many of their friends participate regularly. Being an active sportsperson, Lisa is set for a very entertaining stay.
Lisa arrived safely and sent the following report to our Club Exchange Coordinator, John Clue.
I made it to Canada alright. I did miss one flight (Vancouver to Toronto) due to the a big line up in immigration but I rebooked a new flight and made my way to Toronto where I met my family.
They are all really nice. After meeting them we went back to their ski house for the night.
On day two I went and watched my siblings ski and Frances (my host mum) signed me up. So I get to snowboard next weekend!!
It hasn't got to cold yet. It was about 0 but then dropped to -6. There is snow everywhere so that is cool:
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy celebrated two milestones at the Limestone Gallery & Cafe on the evening of 12th December when 37 members and guests sat down to a Christmas meal to mark the end of the 2016 Rotary year. It was a light hearted meeting with minimal business other than the special presentation made to Lisa van Someren who is being sponsored by the Club to participate in a 12-month, Rotary Youth Exchange program and will be leaving for Ontario, Canada on 14th January 2017.
At the dinner, Lisa was presented by President, Adrian Crosier, with her official Youth Exchange blazer and a cheque for $1,000 to help defray the cost of her overseas trip.
This was the last opportunity for Lisa to meet with Club members as a whole and all present wished her luck on her 12 months away from home. We all look forward to receive reports on her progress in Canada where she will be hosted by a number of Rotary-based families as well as attending school in Woodstock Ontario.
January 14th, 2017 is a significant date in the life of Lisa van Someren who the Rotary Club of Port Fairy has sponsored to travel to Canada as part of the 2017 Rotary Youth Exchange Program. This is the day Lisa leaves Melbourne to travel to Woodstock, Ontario in Canada to spend 12 months away from home being hosted by a number of Rotary-connected families in Canada as well as attending school in Woodstock.
As part of her development, Lisa gave members of the Port Fairy Club a preview of the presentation she will eventually give to her host club in Canada, the Rotary Club of Woodstock. The presentation will give her new found, overseas friends an insight into her family life and home in Waroon (near Port Fairy) details on Melbourne and Australia as well as information on the local cultures, animals, landmarks and overall life in Australia.
Members of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy were among the hundreds of guests attending the memorial service held 23rd November 2016 to celebrate the life of Rob Baker.
Rob was a "larger than life" character that who was widely known and loved by his many friends in Port Fairy. Rob, a former member and Past President of the Rotary Club, passed away after suffering a stroke on 20th November.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Pam, along with their three children - Nigel, Daniel and Heidi - and Rob's grandchildren who despite all having to travel from overseas were present at his passing and at the service held at the Port Fairy Surf Club.
Rob was, until recent years, a very active member of the Rotary Club and his smiling face and happy-go-lucky attitude will be be greatly missed in Port Fairy. The best wishes of all Rotarians are extended to Pam and her children.
Some images of Rob from the Rotary archives are presented below.
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy held a very successful Open Gardens Day on Sunday 20th November 2016 which raised $5,754 for the Bandari Project to assist the building and maintenance of school facilities in the Tanzanian town of Mto Wambu.
Run in conjunction with the Bandari Committee, Rotarian, Margaret Whitehead, organised nine gardens to be open in Port Fairy's iconic "Albert Road" district. In all, some 174 patrons visited the gardens on the day which was blessed with fantastic weather. In all, $4,350 was raised by ticket sales supplemented by $952 for a raffle with plants and produce sales together with donations, raised a further $452.
An afternoon tea on offer at Korongah House was included in the entry price. All up some 24 volunteers assisted on the day.
At its Dinner Meeting on 14th November, members and guests of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy learned about the sport of Vaulting when its nominee for the Rotary Youth Exchange program in 2107, Lisa van Someren, gave a presentation on her chosen sport which is likened to gymnastics on horseback.
Lisa has been involved in the sport for over 6 years and is the head coach at the Vaulting Club that bears the family name and operates from the family farm at Warrong near Kirkstall. The vaulting club is one of only four vaulting clubs operating in Victoria which means that Lisa has to travel interstate often in order to compete.
Members of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy have been active during October 2016 by providing a host of volunteers for catering duties at the recently launched, Port Fairy Community Lunch being conducted at the local Community House.
Each Tuesday in October, up to six Rotarians are helping with the lunch program by planning and cooking meals, serving the guests and cleaning up after the meal.
The Rotary Club concluded its Spring Raffle on Saturday 4th October when the proprietor of Brookes Timber & Hardware, Ken Brookes, drew the winning raffle ticket for the prize of a wheelbarrow load of gardening products and equipment.
The winner was Sue Robertson of Port Fairy.
In total, $1,643 was taken and after an outlay of goods for the prize from Brookes Timber & Hardware, the net profit was approximately $1,350.
The proceeds will go towards Rotary projects in the community.
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy traditionally holds its weekly Dinner meeting at the Star of the West Hotel. However, to slightly change the "flavour" of the meetings, President, Adrian Crosier, has arranged for a special meeting on 17th October 2016 to be held at the Limestone Gallery & Cafe in Port Fairy. The meeting will start at 7pm with roll up from around 6.30pm.
Past President, and current director of Youth Affairs for the Rotary Club, John Clue, was proud to announce that the Club's nominee for the 2107 Rotary Youth Exchange Program, Lisa van Someren, was selected by the District 9780 Exchange Committee to be part of the 2107 program.
Following informal interviews held in Hall Gap in May and more intensive interviews held on 4th June in Ballarat, John was pleased to receive news that Lisa was successful in her bid to join the program and will now leave for Canada in January 2017.
Port Fairy is a historic, intimate harbour village in the south west region of Victoria in Australia. The town is famous for its annual Folk Music Festival, held in March each year, which has been running for nearly 40 years and has expanded to include not just folk music but blues and roots music to suit all ages.
Port Fairy is a friendly town that relies greatly on tourism and therefore welcomes visitors from all parts of the globe. Therefore, if you are visiting Port Fairy, then we invite you to join us at our weekly Rotary Club Dinner meeting held each Monday evening. Details on meeting times and venue are on the Home page.
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