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On December 15 Gosford Rotary President 2016-17 Dennis Allen will reveal his amazing account of how he was able to simultaneously enjoy an extended driving holiday to Western Australia's Indian Ocean coast and also manage his Presidential duties in Gosford, on the Pacific Coast.
          His close relative, the famous singer, Peter Allen, wrote a smash hit song called Bi-Coastal (although it referenced his life in New York and Los Angeles)  and it seems the idea took root in their close knit family.   
President Dennis will not be singing, there will be no marraccas, instead it will be a slide show of his trip.
         This evening should be compulsory attendance for all Presidents and President Elects as Dennis reveals his extraordinary powers of delegation.
 
 
Gosford Rotary has long enjoyed a close association with the Gosford Musical Society.
         On Nov17 Daryl Davis visits Gosford Rotary to talk about how GMS started as a small but enthusiastic group and now, through the construction of the wonderful Laycock Street Theatre, has risen to become Australia's premiere regional musical and theatrical  group.         
        Come along to hear how it can so regularly produce musicals which would challenge those in major cities.
 
In another busy week for Gosford Rotary six members spent Friday, Sept2, collecting for Legacy.                   Members were very impressed with the public recognition of Legacy and the willingness to donate to such a cause.                 Legacy was very well organised for its annual Legacy Day and our members were very pleased to be of assistance.
Andrea Spencer-Cooke, as she is known professionally, has a long and distinguished backround in the field of environmental sustainability.        With professional qualifications in anthropology and a Masters in Environmental Science few can boast such a backround.                    For many years Andrea was a contributing journalist to a business oriented environmental magazine emanating from Sweden, eventually rising to the position of editor of that magazine.                Today she lives here in Australia but remains a principal of her own company, providing environmental sustainability advice and reviews to multinational companies such as Erikson and many others.               Her passion is the belief that multinationals can be responsible global citizens and enhance profitability at the same time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    She speaks to Gosford Rotary on Sept 8.      Contact us if you would like to be there.     $30 includes a 2 course meal.
 
On August 31 Gosford Rotary met at the Preview Restaurant, on the Ourimbah Campus.             We enjoyed a really splendid 3 course meal produced by the apprentice chefs and served by students enrolled in the Hospitality course.
Then it was time to present 2 of our clubs favourite awards.                The "Jimmy", named after legendary rotarian Jim Kirkness was presented by his son, Tim Kirkness to Nathan Cooper as the best final year apprentice in the building trades.
The "Milty",named after Milton Fraser was most appropriately awarded for the best all round contribution to his course, and was presented to Kyran Vermey by our MC and stand-in President David Nichols.
         It can be said that Craig Deakes, justly proud head of department, literally oversaw both presentations.
 
 
 
We cooked 330 magnificent Egg and Bacon rolls in 2 hours and 30 minutes to feed a mixture of homeless persons and those who work or volunteer in related support areas.     Coast Connect is a very large scale day for those workers and volunteers.      It is both a tool for networking and a reward for efforts in the field.     Gosford Rotary is proud of our own rotarian, Bob Thomas, who is the Chairman of the organising committee.
The changeover evening was a good time to review the year just finished, and our incoming board takes a serious view of their responsibility to keep up the good work.
Gosford Rotary started another year in its 70+ year history on July7.        Over 50 people turned up to see outgoing President Don Wiseman preside over his last meeting then hand the baton to incoming President Dennis Allen.          Before standing down Don reviewed and thanked each of his directors in what was a fantastic year of achievment.       In a long list of events Gosford Rotary moved the school desks and furniture from the old Gosford Public School all the way to Poppondetta in PNG (a shared project with Gosford North Rotary which provided much of the initiative and most of the man power).      We sent year 10  students to RYPEN and another year 12 student to the National Youth Science Forum, a full 2 week live in event at the ANU.         We built 3 waterfront shelters in a heavily used park on Gosford's waterfront and we continued our association with Gosford's wonderful Musical Society with numerous theatre outings.         In association with 12 other Coast Rotary clubs and the Uni of Newcastle we organised the Science and Engineering Challenge for the 16 th year, engaging nearly 500 of the Central Coast's most promising year 10 science and maths students.        The Gala Concert was a great success once again.                                                                                   And we had a lot of fun at the same time.
Before standing down Don presented Robyn Kapp with a cheque fro $1000 to fight Huntington's Disease, and another $1000 cheque to Nancye Booth of the Inner Wheel for their continued research into the use of cord blood.                Don topped that with a great big cheque of $25000, presented by treasurer and chief fundraiser David Boardman, to Laurie Maher of Coast Shelter for their relief of victims of domestic violence.
               The evening closed on a high note when incoming President Dennis made a Don a very well deserved Paul Harris Fellow.
 
 
The 19th annual gala concert was again a wonderful success, featuring the Central Coast Brass Band, Central Coast Concert Orchestra, Central Coast Youth Orchestra, Central Coast Philharmonic Choir and a special guest appearance from members of the Gosford Musical Society.       It proved to be a great antidote to what was a wet and windy day with patrons asking for the dates for concert number 20.      Once again Gosford Rotary will donate all the funds raised to the participating musical groups.      W are proud to have once again presented the premier concert of the year for the Central Coast.
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
An optimist is the human personification of spring.
 
 
 
Gosford Rotary is the oldest Rotary Club on the Central Coast of NSW and for around 70 years, the club has served the region, and contributed to local organisations
 
‚ÄčIt has instigated projects such as Pioneer Park at Point Frederick, Bradys Gully Park at North Gosford and the memorial steps and fountain near the Gosford waterfront. It also built and subsequently refurbished Rotary Lodge at Gosford Hospital.
 
The Rotary Club of Gosford meets every Thursday at 6.15pm at the Gosford Golf Club. If you'd like to attend, please contact us.  You will be most welcome.
Postal Address PO Box472,Gosford,2250,NSW,Australia
 
 
 
 
 
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