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Vocational & Youth Service

Vocational & Youth Service Committee Report for 2016 - 2017

The Committee commenced the year with a membership of six: John Pollock (chair), Bill O'Halloran (Deputy Chair), Olivia Shao, Lois Sparke, Brian Summers and Ron Turner. At the final meeting Florin Pintilie attended. From time to time Barrie Williams was a welcome visitor.

The committee met on a monthly basis throughout the year. A proposed Budget / Strategic Plan was prepared and for the most part used to guide spending. A problem that emerged with this approach was that it failed to provide for worthy but unplanned causes that came up from time to time. It would seem to be sensible to have a broad discussion within the club over priorities between different projects while allowing for contingencies that might arise throughout the year.

Projects For The Past Year

Interact:
Under the guidance of P.P. Brian Summers and teacher Ms. Selma Pasic the group at Charles La Trobe College continues to meet. It has undertaken several local projects. Including the collection and distribution of used clothing and food to assist disadvantaged families.

Preliminary discussions have been held with the Principal at Macleod College on the desirability of starting a group there.

District Debating:
P.P. Bill O'Halloran carried out enquiries at a number of local schools to discover the interest in establishing a debating competition. He found that there was not sufficient interest in going further with the plan.

Ralph Ragazzon Bursary: $1,000.00
This year awards were made to two students from the same family. At St. Martin de Tours Primary School. Members who attended the presentation night were impressed by the articulate coherence of each of the recipients.
This program attracted a grant of $600 from the District Foundation Educational Grants Committee.

Scholarships at Charles La Trobe College: $5,000.00
Again we awarded scholarships at each year level within the school to assist families continue their children's education.

Pre-Employment Mentoring at Macleod College: $ 250.00
A four week program held at the school for year nine students was meant to prepare them with job application and interview skills. We were capably assisted in this by staff of McArthur Recruitment and The Mercy Hospital Education Service. The students who completed the program were awarded certificates that the club was invited to present at the school's Award Night at the Centre in Ivanhoe.

Melbourne Polytechnic Awards (formerly N.M.I.T.) $2,000.00
The Jim Lloyd Memorial Award for the plumbing apprentice of the year was made to Harry Vincent. The Carpentry Apprentice Award was made to Stefan Mazzarella and the Bricklaying Apprentice Award was made to Dylan Gibbs.

Macleod College "Count Basie" Night $1,200.00

John Pollock
Vocational and Youth Service Chair

2015-2016

14th September 2016

Deputy Chair PP Bill O’Halloran told the Members that the Student mentoring at Macleod College will begin in October. Currently investigating the possibility of having an “in house” debating competition in 2017. The Principals of eight local Secondary schools have been approached with the possibility of getting at least four schools to participate.

PP Brian Summers reported that the Charles Latrobe College Interact Club is functioning well with approximately 25 members. The Club is working to help disadvantaged families with food and used clothing

2014-2015

From Glenda Coswello – Thank you to the wonderful committee of Brian Summers, Lois Sparke, Don Munro, Rona McLaughlan & John Pederson who attended meetings, who shared their ideas and experience, and worked cooperatively to achieve the following outcomes to help young people grow in Melbourne and Victoria.

I would also like to thank John Pollock for getting the project started on Mentoring at Macleod Secondary College & Stan Gore, who assisted Brian with for their expert bus driving skills on the Macleod Secondary College trip to Mercy Hospital in Heidelberg. Thank you to Lois Sparke, John Pollock, Stan Gore & Brian for being at other meetings at the school with the Year 11 students.

Services undertaken

Primary Education

Ralph Ragazzon Award, a Primary to Secondary transition scholarship presented to a St Martin of Tours student. This award was presented at our club by Luana Raggazon to Bonnie Osborn who came along with her parents Grant & Laura Osborn. The award is in honour of Ralph Ragazzon who was a respected member of our club who passed away in 2003. This award assists in the purchasing of uniforms and school book of a primary school student entering into secondary school.

 Secondary Education

  • The Vocational Mentoring Project at Macleod College continued and improved with 4 members involved, 4 workshops and 1 excursion to the Mercy Hospital.
  • A strong relationship with the Charles Latrobe College has been established with the school, through the efforts of our Past President Stan Gore initiating a scholarship program ($5000pa),
  • The continued efforts of Brian Summers who established an Interact Club.
    • Brian and Stan have used our BBQ on a few occasions at the school to raise money.

 Tertiary Education

  • The Jim Lloyd Memorial scholarships ($2000 total) were awarded to NMIT trade students at NMIT.

 

Leadership

  • We were able to sponsor two Rylarians this year being Suraj Upadhyay & Yashodhan Lonkar, from Bundoora & Heidelberg respectively who attended the 7 day 2014 Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp in November.

We all know from the talk at my home in January that they had a great time, but also learned a lot from the experience.  This is something that must continue and be encouraged not only by us Rotarians, but from the Rylarians themselves. – Glenda Coswello

GLENDA COSWELLO, Chairperson.

2013-2014

Thank you to the wonderful committee of John Pollock, Brian Summers, Ian McLaughlan, Peter Little, Don Hamilton, & Ian Richards who attended meetings, gave willingly of their ideas and experience and worked cooperatively to achieve the following outcomes for young people in Melbourne and Victoria.

And thank you to all Rosanna Rotary members, for supporting and participating in these projects.

Primary Education

  • Ralph Ragazzon Award, a Primary to Secondary transition scholarship presented to a St Martin of Tours student.

Secondary Education

  • The Vocational Mentoring Project at Macleod College continued and improved with 6 members involved, 4 workshops and 1 excursion to the Austin Hospital.
  • Two vocational trips to the Northern Metropolitan Institute of TAFE for yr 9 Macleod students involving 3 members.
  • A National Youth Science Forum application is under way for this year and a Macleod College student participated in The Science Experience camp.
  • A range of opportunities were offered to local schools and not taken up so work is being undertaken to improve our marketing.
  • A music concert to give performance opportunities for VCE students is underway for September.
  • A strong relationship with the Charles Latrobe College has been established through a visit to the school, the efforts or our President Stan Gore initiating a scholarship program ($5000pa), and the establishment of a school Interact Club.

Tertiary Education

  • The Jim Lloyd Memorial scholarships ($2000 total) were awarded to NMIT trade students.
  • Strong links have been established with Latrobe University and our club was represented at the Uni. Volunteer Expo. Day. It is a likely outcome that we will have the establishment of a Latrobe Uni Rotaract Club later in 2014, gain students to assist with the Farmer’s Market, and have our club marketed on the Latrobe University website.
  • A donation was made to assist students attending the Melbourne University Summer School for VCE students.

At Risk Young People

  • The club’s support of the Evolve organization at Typo Station has continued with two club visits (12 attendees) to participate in working bees and considerable funds being donated to ensure adequate plumbing for a commercial dishwasher.
  • Club members will have continued to participate in mentoring young men through a fencing project at Typo and the fence should be finished in June.

Leadership

  • Chris Issa from Bundoora was supported to attend the 7 day 2012 Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp.
  • Links between RYLA and Latrobe University were established which will supply more RYLArians.

A total of $9508 in funds disbursed

ROS SMITH, Chairperson.