Rotary Club of Balclutha

18 October 2018

Thursday 25th October service meeting
for firewood at Andrew's is postponed due to forecast bad weather. No meeting at T&C. Takeaways at Tania and Phil’s at 6:00pm, please bring a chair.
President Donna welcomed members and guests to the ‘Purple Polio’ themed meeting - the raffle and ‘Sunshine Fund’ (Rotary member ‘fines’ + President’s discretionary fund) this week will be contributed from our club to the Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Project
Donna request members to fill in the clipboard if you are interested in the Saturday 10 November Rotary District Car Rally. As an addition to this event, the Highlands Museum will be a free entry that day for attending Rotarians.
Donna requests to please contact Fergus for further details as you require if you are going to be assisting as a marshal for the Rally of Otago – Hillend stage on Wednesday 24 October.
Wayne requests that members contact him and fill in the clipboards as you are able to volunteer for the following:
Saturday Oct. 27 – End Polio collection day
Saturday Nov. 24 – South Otago A&P Show
Saturday Dec. 1 – Clutha Christmas Parade
Tania reminds us that the Polio Eradication Project is this month’s Rotary focus.
Those that helped with Salmon, Peter B requests a ‘catch up’ meeting or please get in touch with him with feedback on plus/minus/interesting with the latest Salmon sales venture. Income thus far from shared sales with the Mosgiel Rotary Club is @$5000.00. Donna thanks Peter B and the team for all their time and efforts.
Phil thanks those members that were able to support the Rhododendron Dell visit for the founding members of the Balclutha Beautification Society. The dell visit and afternoon tea following was enjoyed by all. 4WD transport by Kevin and his sons, Peter V and Cliff was appreciated.
Mary reports there has been a lot of positive community feedback for our club during this week from this connection and interaction with the more senior members of our community.
Phil has liaised with Donna in regards to a ‘Sunshine Fund’ contribution towards groceries to support a local family in need who have a young family member with ongoing high health needs. Phil reports the family were most appreciative of this gesture from our club with the challenging situation they are facing.
Don reports there have been 4 recent items in our local and district newspapers publicising Balclutha Rotary’s involvement. Don is happy to continue to draw reporters’ attention to Rotary events in our community if you would let him know in a timely manner.
Peter B presented Cliff with the Sergeant’s ‘Rotarian’ award this week.
 25 present | 2 guests | 10 apologies
Thursday 25th - no meeting
Saturday 27th - collecting for End Polio at The Warehouse
(contact Wayne to volunteer)
Thursday 1st - Trustees meeting
Saturday 10th - District Car Rally Fun Day in Cromwell
(final numbers needed by 2nd November)
Saturday 24th – South Otago A&P Show
(contact Wayne to volunteer)
Saturday 1st – Christmas Parade (contact Wayne to volunteer)
from Tania
"Everything in life is temporary – so if things are going good, enjoy it, it won’t last forever. And if things are going bad, don’t worry – it can’t last forever."
Thanks to Christine C for typing up the meeting notices and speaker for the bulletin this week!
International Community

After sponsoring 5 students, Vanuatu Little Stars Summer School has mentioned our club in their latest quarterly newsletter "We’d like to say a massive thank you to Rebecca Hastie and the Rotary Club of Balclutha for their efforts in supporting VLSSS." see more on VLSSS Facebook or read the full newsletter at


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Speaker of the Evening
Tania introduced Jamie Tremaine, Cedar Tree Lodge Manager to tonight’s meeting.
Jamie purchased Cedar Tree Lodge (old Balclutha Hospital) as a lifestyle and long term investment and has been the 24/7 manager there for the last 6 years.
Jamie has a diverse employment and entrepreneurial background across many sectors which has led him to the position he is in today. A period of employment with IDEA services working with clients with disabilities had a marked influence on Jamie – he particularly attributes working in this field as a platform that has given him the skills and experience to perform in this challenging role.
Cedar Tree Lodge is a 24/7 much needed community halfway house/homeless shelter for those in need in and around our community. People who experience some level of hardship due to the circumstances they find themselves in, whether this is financial, domestic, an accommodation need or as a ‘stepping stone’ environment. The facility offers support and helps people in need alongside social services.
At any one time, Cedar Tree Lodge accommodates between 20-120 people who are responsible to self manage their day-to-day needs whilst staying there. The residents are mostly male, a few mature females.
‘Emergency stays’ of up to 7 days at no charge also occur with the availability of 4 ‘community’ beds. Older teenagers (16-18y), of which there are many social service ‘gaps’ across the board for them, can often reside in this situation also.
No government funding runs this facility as it is neither in a trust nor partnered with a social service agency such as the Salvation Army. Income is generated through accommodation fees, most of which are garnered through accommodating employees who are in the district for the 8 month freezing work season.
Cedar Tree Lodge is completely run by volunteers who assist and support with tasks such as cleaning, painting, gardening and small repair work, transporting employees to and from the Freezing Works.
Donations of household contents and goods such as microwaves are always welcomed.
Funding for projects to create a better living environment such as building maintenance is an ongoing need alongside other ongoing challenges, such as safety and compliance issues to keep Cedar Tree Lodge running as a viable concern.
Through finding himself in a position requiring accommodation when he came to Balclutha and seeing the poor state of operation of Cedar Tree Lodge, Jamie’s huge passion and caring for people in need is moving this facility from tentative beginnings towards a valuable service benefiting the community and many people in need depending on it.
Susan thanked Jamie for drawing our attention to this valuable community facility and service he provides.
Susan passed on our Club’s good wishes to Jamie and his teenage daughter.
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Peter V - 15yrs
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Lynda - 4yrs
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