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)

Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA)


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)

Batemans Bay Rotary, in conjunction with the Moruya and Narooma Rotary Clubs has been running the successful Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) program for ten years.

RYDA targets Year 11 students from all High Schools in the Eurobodalla Shire, presenting six 30 minute sessions in a day out of school. The course content represents current best practice in road safety education for Learner Drivers.

The theme of the day is “My Life, My Choices” and covers a broad range of topics including hazard perception, fatigue, stopping distances, vehicle safety and the opportunity to listen to and speak with a crash survivor.

RYDA is written and resourced by Road Safety Education (RSE) Ltd (www.rse.org.au) and is presented to 50 000 students annually from 600 schools in 82 venues across Australia. Batemans Bay Rotary is proud to be one of 346 Rotary Clubs across Australia who participate in RYDA each year.

2017 marked our tenth RYDA program in the Shire, and in 2018 we will see our 2000th student attend the program.

RYDA is a significant youth project for our club and each year it involves many club members and partners in organising the event, presenting sessions, supervising groups and catering on the day.

RYDA is held in April each year at the Moruya Jockey Club and is only successful with the support of our many volunteers and Eurobodalla Shire Council, Moruya Jockey Club and Coastal Auto Group.



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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"