Community Service Team report - April 2024

Community Service Committee Report - April 2024


1. Introduction

The Community Service Committee will be responsible for all local community activities of the club.  This includes the 2023 Christmas Carols.
The following activities are being considered or pursued.

2. Christmas Carols

Closed for the 23/24 year, funding agreed with Council

3. Food on the Table

Successful dinner there although numbers were touch and go.  We may look at ways to have some form of working time there.

4. Shelterbags

As budgeted, these bags have now been paid for.  I am awaiting info on delivery and who they are distributed to.  Still waiting.

5. Shopping Centre Food Donations

Holdfast Bay Rotary have held regular Food Drives where they ask shoppers to consider extra purchases from specific supermarkets on scheduled collection days.  The days are supported by Rotarians who collect donations.  These are then provided to local church organisations for distribution to needy families.
Their collections have regularly raised foodstuffs to a value exceeding $20,000.
No change, we are considering a similar activity.  Still being considered as we are following up options for such an event at the Unley shopping centre.

6. Fund Raiser

Long tea.  Will be set up as a whole of club activity.  Probably late this year or early 2025.

7. Calperum

More furniture donated and deivered to Calperum.  Would like to see us do more here but it would depend on funding.

8. Budget

A preliminary Budget was approved but since amended given Unley Council’s decision to fund the losses:-
Community Service Preliminary Budget 2023-24
Council to cover lossses following cancellation of the event
Food on the Table
Being held pending other options
10 Bags invoiced and purchased
Second Chances
Money presented
Amount promised two years ago
For projects not foreseen at this stage
Variety Club
Shared costs with Campbelltown RC. Lower than budget

9. Non Community Service Activities


No further news related to Phillip Andrews, other than the Gasworks store on Unley Road has closed
Decisions Required
I am prepared to write to him if the Board so desires.  I believe that if the outcome of the trial is as I expect we will need to write to say his application has been cancelled.
McLaren Vale Rotary
As members will probably know the McLaren Vale members have decided to hand in their charter at year end.
They have offered to give us free of charge a number of items. Items paid for and now the club’s property.  Research options for replacing club name with Unley.

10. Upcoming BBQs

Sunday March 24th – State Government – Julia Farrr Centre Closure.  Successfully held and the State Government has been invoiced.  Profit $2114.90 once paid.
Tuesday March 26th – Variety Club Zoo Visit for Special Needs Schools.  Again successfully held, good support from both clubs.  Did not use all stock and we have sausages and bread frozen for future use.
Sunday 31st March – Bunnings.  Poor attendance, profit $1084, to be confirmed.  Bread wasted but sausages all frozen, no loss.
Chicken Patties – I have cleared the freezer of the chicken patties left from the failed multi-cultural event.  Approx 51 packs dumped.  Nine months old and past safe freezer storage.

11. Shelterbags

Shelterbags have been delivered to Melbourne and will be shipped to the RARE warehouse at Edinburgh.  It is up to us to determine how we distribute same.

12. Medical Information Booklets


At the Conference there was a stand selling the Medical Information Booklets.
SA and other ambulance staff, State Wide are trained to look for these on refrigerators, etc., in patients homes.
The books sell for $2.50 but cost $2.
I have bought 250 books which have been labeled with Unley Rotary on the front.  I will be taking this to community as a project to sell them via club members.  5 books per member.  If they agree I will seek inclusion in our budget and reimbursement if granted, otherwise I will take costs from sales.
If we sell them all we make $125.