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Ipswich, Queensland  4305
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June 2017
Tuesday October 10 2017 is Hat Day, an initiative of Australian Rotary Health, one of the largest not-for-profit funders of mental health research in Australia.

100% of the money raised during this year's Hat Day campaign goes directly to research helping the one in five Australians affected by depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and many other illnesses.

You can help by simply registering your Hat Day event here on our website. It could be for your company, club, sport team, friends, family – whatever!

Once your Hat Day event page is set up you can share the link and let everyone know how they can help by making an online donation.
You’ll be able to set a ‘Hat’s Off’ target to reach by October 10 2017 and keep track of the progress whilst you plan for a big celebration on the day.

On the first of April, a torrent of mud, debris and water tore through the town of Mocoa in Colombia destroying homes and sweeping people away as they slept. Over 250 people have been reported dead.
The landslide was strong enough to completely destroy houses, uproot fully grown trees and wash away vehicles. More than 1/3 of the monthly average rainfall fell on Friday alone. As a result of this landslide, power has been cut off and sanitary conditions are a serious concern as drinking water has been contaminated. Access will also be an issue as 80% of the roads are in poor condition currently. More rainfall is also expected.
ShelterBox already has aid stored in Colombia, and a team is on route now. ShelterBox has responded in Colombia before, and we have been in touch with local Government, Rotary and charity contacts to see how we can assist. We are ready to provide shelter, water purification, solar lights, mosquito nets, cooking equipment and whatever else is needed to ensure families can survive and recover from this devastating disaster.
Two ShelterBox Response Teams are currently in Peru assessing the need for shelter following extreme flooding. One team is working in the north-west of the country with Rotary International and the government, while the other team is in Lima investigating our logistical and importation options.
Through the next critical days, the teams will gain a clearer understanding of the needs of those displaced, the governmental shelter strategy, gaps in shelter provision and the coping capacities of the affected population.
Disasters don't stop. Neither do we.
Please donate now to ensure we are able to help families in both Colombia and Peru as well as other locations around the world affected by disasters.

Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria


The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016.

The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include emergency vaccination campaigns to boost immunity in impacted and at-risk areas, and reinforced surveillance activities to ensure we detect all strains of polio. Because polio knows no borders, steps will also be taken to protect surrounding countries, to ensure all children are vaccinated and to reduce the risk of the spread of the disease.

This news is disappointing for all Rotary members - and particularly those in Nigeria - who worked so hard to help the country stop polio. However, Rotary remains steadfast and fully committed to fighting polio anywhere children remain at risk, including Nigeria and Africa.

Rotary members remain resilient in the face of challenges. Today, we roll up our sleeves and redouble our effort to rid the world of this devastating disease. Rotary members in Nigeria are already hard at work to support the outbreak response, and our network will also be tapped to quickly protect children in surrounding countries.

The World Health Organization is confident Nigeria can end polio. The program has overcome outbreaks before, and we have the tools to do so again in Nigeria. Rotary will not stop its efforts to ensure that every child is born into a polio-free world where they are safe from this paralyzing disease.

Michael K. McGovern, International PolioPlus Chair

Guest Speaker Tuesday 30th August 2016
How proud we all felt listen to Katelin tell us her story and how we as Rotarians were part of that story.
National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a project that Ipswich North has support over many years. Well back in 2006 we received a nomination from a student at West Moreton Anglican College to attend the 2007 NYSF. President Richard Horne and his board approved the application and now the rest is history. 
This is what appears on Katelin's Linkedin page as part of her profile.
The University of Queensland

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied
Professions, 2012 - 2016

Activities and Societies: TRI Long Night of Science Volunteer 2014; EKKA 2014 stand – UQDI, TRI
Volunteer; SPARQ-ed program Tutor 2014; UQDI Research Partners Reception Speaker 2013; Kelvin Grove
State High Science Fair Judge 2013; Wynnum State High Careers Day Speaker 2013, 2014; I’m a scientist
get me out of here! 2013; ASMR QLD Postgraduate Conference Committee 2012; Junction Park State School
Science Fair - Judge 2012, 2014; ATSE Young Science Ambassador 2012

The University of Queensland
Bachelor’s Degree, Biochemistry, 2008 - 2011
Grade: First Class Honours
Activities and Societies: BioFutures 2008-2012 Chair; Society for Undergraduate Science Students - Secretary
2011; Advanced Study Program in Science Mentor 2011; The Science Experience 2006-2011 - Officer in
Charge, QUT campus, iGEM 2009

Volunteer Experience
Chair at BioFutures
2010 - 2011
- Chair the BioFutures organising committee (~20 people)
- Project management, particularly determining and achieving deadlines
- Oversee all details of the forum
- Financial management, budget creation and financial viability
- Secure sponsorship
- Create marketing strategies, to advertise for both students and mentors
- Field all general enquiries
- Manage BioFutures Facebook page
Student Coordinator at BioFutures
2009 - Present
Volunteer Staff at The Science Experience
2006 - 2011
Katelin is a great ambassador for science and Ipswich North is excited to have had a small part in her story.
Rotary Club of Ipswich North Youth Speak 2016
Annually the Rotary Club of Ipswich North offer the opportunity for secondary school students in the Ipswich region to take part in a public speaking competition, Youth Speak.  The competition has been a highlight of the Rotary calendar for over 20 years.
Rotary International has an ongoing commitment to Youth, as they are the future, not only for the world but also for Rotary.  For this reason, each year the topic chosen is the theme for the particular Rotary year, as is nominated by the Rotary International President. This year RI President John Germ has chosen the theme “Rotary Serving Humanity”.
Emma Clayton, Ethan Gallager, Madelene Taylor, Jackson Statham, President Sandra Logue, Wyatt Cook-Revell, Cheryl Lukritz,
Aiden Russell, Dayna Drysdale, Rtn Maurie McGuire, Dipanshu Sharma
Eight students spoke for 4 minutes on this topic on Tuesday 18th October at the Rotary Club’s weekly meeting. The students were each able to incorporate their own thoughts and views while reflecting on the achievements of Rotarian around the world.  The competition has not only honed the students public speaking skills, it has also extended their knowledge of Rotary and its programs.
Students from West Moreton Anglican College, St Mary’s College, Springfield Central State High School, Rosewood State High School, Ipswich Grammar School, Ipswich Girls Grammar School, Bundamba State Secondary College and Bremer State High School competed in the competition. Youth Speak was adjudicated by a highly qualified Toastmaster Ms Cheryl Lukritz. Ms Lukritz praised all the students for their efforts and stated she had a very difficult task in deciding the prize winners.
First place this year was awarded to Madelene Taylor from Ipswich Girls Grammar School while second place went to Ethan Gallagher from Springfield Central State High School. Ethan is only in Year 8; the Rotary Club looks forward to Ethan attending many more Youth Speak competitions over the coming years. Third place was awarded to Emma Clayton from St Mary’s College.
President Sandra Logue presented certificates to all competitors and the prizes to the winners of the competition. She offered her sincere congratulations to all students and thanked the schools for their support. The Rotary Club of Ipswich North look forward to conducting the completion again in 2017.
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