Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) April 2019

Youth Newsletter February 2018

Youth Newsletter October 2017

Youth Newsletter June 2017

Outgoing Youth Exchange 2017

Batemans Bay Youth Foundation 2016 Annual Grants Presentation Dinner

Youth Newsletter February 2016

Batemans Bay Youth Foundation Newsletter November 2015

Youth Newsletter Term 4, 2015

Rotary Youth Services

Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)


Batemans Bay Youth Foundation

Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)

Youth Exchange

Youth Exchange Safari 2016









Rotary Youth Services

The Youth Services portfolio offers a broad range of exciting and challenging Rotary sponsored programs designed specifically for local High School students between the ages of 14 and 17. Program topics include:

• Science and Engineering,
• Leadership and Personal Development,
• Public Speaking and Debating,
• International Youth Exchanges, and
• Road Safety Driver Awareness.

Conducted by professionals in their field, all programs are designed to be highly interactive and developmental. Importantly, there is also time for fun! Examples of our fully sponsored local programs are:

• Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN), and
• Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA).






Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)

RYPEN is a 3 day camp conducted twice a year (generally in April and September) and held at Old Mogo Town, Mogo.

The objective of this program is to communicate a series of ideas, challenges and social experiences which assist participants in forming their own values and to broaden their horizons culturally, socially and academically.

It is an action packed and entertaining program that continues to attract over a 100 participants each year.











Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA)

Rotary brings Road Safety Education program to Moruya

1,146 lives were lost on Australian roads in 2018. This is the equivalent of more than 3 people dying on our roads every day of the year. A sobering statistic.

Even more sobering is the fact that young people continue to be over represented in road crash statistics, with 226 young lives being lost last year. But, for every life lost, another 30 lives are forever changed due to serious long term injuries.

Road safety authorities have implemented a range of initiatives including increased restrictions for new drivers and minimum log book hours which has seen a significant reduction in the youth road toll over the last decade. However, with the 17 – 25 year age group still overrepresented in road deaths, communities are realising that more needs to be done to protect our vulnerable road users, helping to keep everyone safe on the roads, not just those within the car being driven by a young driver.

Recognising that education is a critical element in reducing road trauma, especially for young drivers and their passengers, the combined Rotary Clubs of Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma are continuing their partnership with industry leader, Road Safety Education Limited (RSE) and are once again bringing the award-winning youth road safety education program RYDA to the community.

Held locally at the Moruya Jockey Club, RYDA has been embedded in the local community for 12 years. In this time over 2,200 local students have had the opportunity to receive the life saving messages of the RYDA program. 2019 will see over 300 students from all five local schools attend the program on 1st and 2nd April.

RSE, a national not for profit organisation, is the provider of the RYDA program which runs at around 90 venues across Australia and New Zealand. Over half a million students have attended the program to date.

“RYDA is a series of practical and powerful workshops for high school students that challenge students to change the way they think about road safety and lay the foundation for safe road use throughout their lives”, said Greg Rappo, RSE Program Director.

“RYDA focuses on building and increasing social competency and resilience and motivating low-risk driver behaviour. Trained facilitators work with students to develop and practice personalised strategies which will help them respond positively to challenges on the road, both as drivers and as passengers.” Mr Rappo continued, “This education doesn’t come from driving lessons, or the school classroom.”

RYDA is made possible through the strong support of corporate partners, BOC, Toyota Australia, Bridgestone, MTAA Super and Boral Limited as well as community partner, Rotary.

Neil Simpson, RYDA Co-ordinator in Eurobodalla says “One of the great things about RYDA is that with the support of local Rotary Clubs, it can be run in all communities, by local volunteers, including road safety and education professionals and the police”.

“Youth Road Trauma is a community problem that needs a whole of community response” he said. “Our local rotary clubs and RSE are in a unique position to bring together all the essential elements to provide an effective and highly successful road safety education program our for young people.” “We look forward to challenging every Year 11 student in the Shire to become a safer passenger or driver from the day they attend RYDA.”

Further information can be found at www.rse.org.au

Contact: Neil Simpson – 0418 668 194 or Eurobodalla.ryda@gmail.com



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Our Club has been regularly sponsoring people to the following events

• National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)
• Honeywell Engineering School
• Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)

We have also supported schools through regular donations to encourage programs which assist all students. We have given grants for,

• 2012...Numeracy
• 2013...Literacy

These donations enable us to offer assistance to all young people in our area. Information on all Youth Services Programs including event calendar, selection criteria and more - click on www.rotaryd9710.org.au



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Batemans Bay Youth Foundation

A Foundation for the purpose of providing financial assistance to local youth to pursue personal development and advancement in an unlimited range of worthwhile fields of endeavour.

The Foundation was established by the Rotary Club of Batemans Bay in 1994 and financing was provided by the Club, supplemented by donations obtained from sporting and service clubs in this area as well as from some individuals.

Since inception the Foundation has made grants to 157 students, valued at $428,000. Current target is 10 students per year, but with more financial support this can be increased. The level of grant at $3,000 will be annually reviewed.

The Full Story: Click here

Website: www.bbyf.org.au

Batemans Bay Youth Foundation Committee

from left to right: Keith Brewster, Tricia Wheeler, Neil Simpson, Ennio Morello, Garry Gray, Peter Wood.

Youth Foundation Awards night on 5 February 2015

from left to right: Rotary District Governor Rowley Tomsett, former awardee and special guest speaker Tiana Barenaba, Hon Peter Hendy MP, Chairman of the Batemans Bay Youth Foundation Peter Wood and Hon Andrew Constance MP.






Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)



Youth Exchange

BATEMANS Bay Rotarians are encouraging the travel bug in the young through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, and the results are already evident.

Fifteen-year-old Magnus Zarling recently arrived from Denmark for his exchange year on the South Coast. Staying with Eurobodalla families, Magnus is in Year 10 at Batemans Bay High School. A love of travel and a desire to learn about Australia inspired Magnus to apply to the program.

The middle of three sons, Magnus recently introduced himself to Batemans Bay Rotary through a slide presentation and informing the Rotarians, in fluent English, about his home country of Denmark, its geography, history and culture. He says he dreams of becoming a pilot. Magnus flies with his grandfather and is also a glider pilot. However, the quiet of the skies gives way to another passion, his love of Formula 1 motor racing.

One of Magnus’s first experiences in Australia was at the Rotary-sponsored Model United Nations Assembly held recently at Old Parliament House in Canberra. Alongside fellow Batemans Bay students Frances Kerkham and Abbey Francis, Magnus represented the views of South Sudan, the newest nation in the UN, in a debate of global issues. The team finished fourth, an amazing effort considering the students were competing against teams from around Australia.

Joining Magnus at the Rotary meeting was 14-year-old St Peter’s Anglican College student Taryn McDonald. Taryn has been selected to travel to Germany in January for her year away from home. She is the youngest representative from the Batemans Bay Rotary District and after an impressive interview application was quickly offered an exchange. “Batemans Bay Rotary is delighted to be supporting Taryn as she seeks to learn another language and experience another culture,” Batemans Bay Rotarian Alan Russell said.

Magnus and Taryn will attend Rotary meetings throughout the year as contributors and are looking for ways to serve the community. “Batemans Bay Rotary is keen to encourage others to follow Taryn,” Mr Russell said. Rotary will invite interested students to apply early next year for the 2017 program. “Magnus and Taryn are great examples of how young people are seeking to learn and share with others and this can only be good for international peace and understanding,” Mr Russell said.

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Our 2015/2016 Rotary Youth Exchange Program student Magnus Zarling participated in the Youth Exchange Safari 2016.

During Safari 2016 , while in the outback the Safari students combined and made a donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Attached is a Certificate from RFDS.

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29 March 2017

"These past few months that I have been living in Denmark; have been the most wonderful months in my life. It almost feels like a dream. I keep waiting to wake up and be back in my bed in Australia. I have to look around and remember where I am. Coming here was the best decision I have ever made. Being here, I have come to know who my real friends are, I have already lost friends because I don't contact them. This year is my year, no-one can take that from me; but on that note I have made a heap of new friends that respect me for me. I don't have to hide in the shadows, I'm living the life. Denmark has already changed my point of view on everything, the Danes have an interesting life style, they don't believe one person being the alpha, and everyone is treated equally. It makes school, easier to learn and teenagers, not sneaking and keeping secrets from their parents. The entire atmosphere in Denmark is beautiful. So what have I been up to these last few months? I have started my pre- season soccer games unfortunately we went down 2-1, but it is only the start. Next game will be better. A soccer mum took me to a real match Manchester City vs Fortuna Hjorring women’s league. The game was amazing, watching the teams played was just... no words can describe what it was like. School is still exceptional and positive. My class mates are still extraordinary, they teach me something new every day. I recently gave a presentation about Australia, they loved the Aussie language I taught them and Spoke about it for the rest of the day. I also gave a presentation about the ANZACS, I went out of my comfort zone a spoke a little Danish to them, which they were very surprised as I kept that part of my speech to myself. The look on their faces when I opened with Danish was priceless ha-ha. The language front is coming along substantially. I have a long way since I first arrived. Every day I learn a new word and I write it down so I remember what it is. I brought a couple of books in Danish to extend my knowledge. As my time with my host family is coming to an end, I feel an unpleasant feeling as I have gotten to know this family and they are the most amazing people; they remind me of my own family, they have just the right craziness in them to make me feel at home ha-ha. But this appealing excitement to get to know the next family and become a part of their family, is a comforting feeling. I'm ready for the next chapter to my life in a year adventure in Denmark, its great knowing that when I wake up every morning not knowing what the day may bring for me. SAMANTHA"