Region and Club News
When regrettably, the Y Service Club of Geelong returned its Charter during 2019, the principal beneficiary was the YMCA of Geelong. The amount involved being A$35,000.
A$5000 was provided to upgrade air-conditioning in staff rooms at the Centre in Geelong while the remaining A$30,000 was used to provide staff facilities at Camp Wyuna which, in normal times, hosts numerous school and community camps throughout the year.
The Club was retired due to both the ageing and health of most of the members however, due to the long and productive association with the local YMCA, generous donations from the Clubs funds were contributed to provide essential support both at the main YMCA Centre in Geelong and the YMCA Camp Wyuna located at the coastal town of Queenscliff , some 30 kilometres from Geelong.
There were no specific staff facilities at the Camp with staff having to share with groups attending the facility. Staff now have a dedicated facility for meetings and breakouts.
These pictures show the new facility, which will be officially opened once this COVID-9 epidemic is brought under control.
The First Area Asia Pacific Area Council Meeting and Officer Installation Ceremony was held on the 15th & 16th August. Our International President Jacob Kristensen was present to install Area President David Lau and his team of Regional Directors and Regional Service Directors. This was the first time that this was done using online media communications to meet and carry out this program. In all 85 participants took part using Zoom to communicate with each other
Port Pirie is a Regional City about 230 kms north of South Australia’s capital, Adelaide. The city services a large farming and fishing community as well as processing minerals from Broken Hill in New South Wales. Port Pirie also provides a gateway for tourists to the beautiful Flinders Ranges nearby and further to the “outback”.
The Port Pirie Y’s Men’s Club has been chartered for over 50 years now, with a strong presence being recognised in the community over that time, while working closely with the local YMCA until recently when the YMCA closed down.
Because Covid-19 conditions in South Australia are not so prevalent or severe at the moment, the Port Pirie Club decided to hold their Changeover in mid-July. Although not large, the local club comprises a very close bunch of long-time friends, showing solid support for each other and the causes that they have donated to and helped out over a long period.
Over the years, this club has developed a reputation all around the Australian clubs for cooking delicious fish lunches. A large group of members from the Adelaide club joined in the enjoyment and Changeover celebrations, sitting outside in the winter sunshine, noting that the usual high standard of cooking was still maintained, with generous servings of whiting, squid and calamari to share around.
Most of us returned to our homes feeling satisfied in more ways than one, feeling privileged that here “down under”, we were able to celebrate the joy of meeting together, share lovely food and be able to look forward with hope of seeing YMI rebuild and reshape through these challenging days.
IPIP Jennifer Jones
Immediate International Past President Jennifer Jones conducted the Installation Ceremony for the new officers for 2020-21, as DG Ron Farquhar from Broken Hill was unable to attend, because of current border restrictions.
The new office-bearers are Peter Club President, Bob Vice-President, Allan Club Secretary and Daryl Club Treasurer. We wish them all the best as they lead their club through uncertain and unusual times over the coming year.
IP Jacob Kristensen was officially installed on Saturday by PIP Henry J. Grindheim in a ceremony in Ringkøbing, Denmark which was broadcast to our worldwide family of YMI club members through Facebook and our website.
International president Elect Kim Sang-chae, Immediate Past International President Jennifer Jones, International treasurer Philips Cherian, International Treasurer Elect T.M. Jose & International Council Members were also installed.
The broadcast recording is available on our International Website.
Congratulations to 2019/20 recipient of the Harry M. Ballantyne Award, Mr Murray Stevens from Ballarat, Australia. The announcement was made by Immediate Past President Jennifer Jones at the International Executive Officers & International Council Meeting Installation Ceremony.
Each year, the comprehensive International Brother Club Directory is carefully assembled by its dedicated editor, Murray Stevens, who has been maintaining it since 1983.
Thank you so much and congratulations, Murray!
A most-deserving recipient of the highest honour that can be awarded to any club member.
The Australian region members are very Proud that Murray has received this award
Click on the link below to read the Past international Presidents Presentation Speech and the Citation presented to Murray
As a result of Coronavirus COV-19 pandemic, it was decided that GP required protective wear in their own clinic. The issue with this was there was no single use gowns available. Supplies of single use gowns are being kept for Hospital and COV-19 Clinics which meant doctors in their own clinics had nothing. Even around 27th April, Dr Brendan Murphy admitted that the National medical stockpile has no gowns.
In late March Dr Nicole Townsend and Dr Kirby White, decided they needed to do something, and it was expected that places could reach peak numbers with the virus in a matter of weeks. Gowns for Doctors being their initiative Dr Kirby White and Dr Nicole Townsend decided to start a community project to make 1000 reusable gowns for General Practitioners in Bendigo and broader regional area
The $1000 donation from Y Service Club of Kangaroo Flat, is enough funds to make 75 gowns. It is expected that each gown will be used for 6 months that is around 120-130 times per gown. This equates to around 10,000 single use gowns, which are not available.
Collectively the 6 Y Service Women's Clubs have raised $18,000 for the Australian and International Community.
Of this $15,000 was raised and spent within Australia and $3,000 was sent to Y Service International for various International Projects and Programs
A new headstone now identifies our founder’s previously unmarked grave. Delegates were invited to place single-stemmed roses on the grave and were joined in this commemoration by the
grandson of Judge Alexander, Alan Otwell and his wife, Sandy.
Pictured: (L-R) IP Jennifer Jones, PAP Debbie Redmond, Mr Alan & Mrs Sandy Otwell, IPIP Moon Sang-bong, Mr Brad Toft, ISG Jose Varghese, IPE Jacob Kristensen
Occ/Health and Safety Project at the Y Community Hall
The front steps at the Hall became quite slippery when wet so it was decided to replace the existing tile with Wet area traffic tiles. Total cost of the project was $2,500 for siet permits, use of dust extraction machine and purchase and laying of tiles.
Geelong Y Service Club donates $20,000 for new Floor for YMCA Gymnastics Centre.
Geelong YMCA CEO Shona Eland receiving cheque from President Terry Cliff
We had the privilege of having in attendance the two most senior leaders of our movement in that Y Service International President Elect Jennifer Jones and International Director for Y Service Women Jennifer Cameron. We also had the Australian Regional Director for Y Service Women Michelle Janssen as well as Australian Regional Director Bill Schmidt.
Canberra Club has been active this year with $1670 raised for local charities.
An excellent start for a new Club. Well done.
Above is a photo of them cooking and serving at a charity home in Canberra
The Y Service Club of Kangaroo Flat's Major project to refurbish the external parts of the Building have been completed.
The refurbishment consisted of the following, Repairs to plumbing ,Repair and restoration of Foundations on the West side of the Building. Removal of peeling paint and sealing and minor repairs to surfaces of the Brickwork.
Painting of External Walls and some new external Signage
The works carried out were funded by the Y Service Club of Kangaroo Flat and overall costs were close to $26,000.
These works will see the building in good stead for the next 20+ years.
The Kangaroo Flat Y Service Women donated $500 to assist the Righteous Pups Program.
Member Jennifer with grandson Micka visited the Lockwood site of Righteous Pups to hand over the Cheque for $500 to Kellie and Jim the dog to assist with this excellent program..
Pictured : (L to R ) Kellie, Jennifer, Jim and Micka
The Paul William Alexander Legacy initiative is a series of projects to honour the founder of Y's Men International as we approach the 100th anniversary of our Movement in 2022. Help us to develop and strengthen our organisation Towards 2022 and Beyond. Donate today as an individual or a club.
IP Moon Sang-bong joined co-chairs Debbie Redmond and Kim Sang-chae on a tour of Toledo, Ohio (USA) which included visits to homes that the founder of Y's Men, Judge Paul William Alexander had lived in. The team also went in search of of numerous other landmarks significant to his life - and death.