Gary C. K. Huang
Update from the Service Director's Desk
Members of your mighty Club have over time done so much for so many. Some members have indicated interest in the Flying Doctor Service and the chance of being involved. The following sets out one such wonderful opportunity which we have enjoyed your interest in.
Message 1 - General Statement.
The Flying Doctor Service is an Australian icon providing a unique and essential service particularly to outback Australia.
The Rotary E-Club of NextGen is a 2 year old Rotary Club that meets on the internet, has members throughout and beyond Australia and sees Australia as its ‘local community’.
It is therefore a privilege for Rotary to be able to serve such an important service provider as the Flying Doctor Service.
The Red Centre Tag Along Tour is one way we can meet and support Flying Doctor Service people and facilities and bring people together that would not normally meet to further understanding and goodwill.
Other projects in support of the Flying Doctor Service are also in progress.
Message 2 - Charleville Project.
IPP Peter Cory of Goondiwindi Club has agreed to head up the Charleville RFDS Project.
It will take place September 1 to 10 at Charleville.
RFDS have built a new facility at the Charleville airport.
Details of work follow:
A 3 bedroom house and grounds are at our disposal. Bring own linens.
Anyone interested can email both Ian Yarker: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Peter Cory: email@example.com
This is good clean easy work in a great location for an amazing organisation.
Please consider a touring visit with a service purpose.
RFDS General Manager – Strategic Projects wrote:
The scope of activity for your team is still under development (in terms of detail) however I will give you a high level overview here to enable you to start thinking about your tasks and people.
1. Landscaping the new base and Visitor Centre
- Includes laying drip irrigation
- Planting ground cover / shrubs etc
- Distributing rocks / gravel / bark as required
- Moving rock mounted plaques from the old base to the new (photo attached)
- Installing a garden seat
- Removing & renovating old wrought iron exterior logo signage & gate & reinstalling at new facility (photo attached)
- Constructing a stone representation of the existing Alan Vickers memorial entry with gate at current base.
2. Constructing flat pack furniture at the new base
3. Constructing flat pack furniture at the new accommodation units (5)
4. Unpacking crockery/cutlery etc & setting up kitchens (5 units / 1 Base)
5. Dismantling remainder of current Visitor Centre (VC) display & packing for archiving & storage in new base facility. Some items will have already been removed for inclusion in the new VC
I hope that this high level list doesn’t bring too many surprises to you. I’m not sure just what information Ian has passed on. I intend to be on site as well to assist with coordination of the actual works. I’d leave it to you to manage the volunteers. Once I have some more detail around the landscape design I’ll share this with you. The above info though should help you kick off in terms of understanding the broad scope of works.
3. Birdsville Project.
Birdsville Race week is the first week of September every year.
Town of 120 population swells to 6000.
RFDS are major beneficiaries.
Rotary through a relationship with Flying Doctor Service Queensland Section have become active supporters.
We have a catering 6m x 9m Marquee, Cocktail Party assistance, Fun Run help and general supporting roles for this iconic week of festivities.
Volunteers are welcome to assist with any aspects of our role.
Bring your own ‘everything’ – accommodation, sustenance, happiness.
Anyone interested can email Ian Yarker: firstname.lastname@example.org
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