GISBORNE ROTARY PARK
In the earlier days of the Club, members were successful in transforming an area on the banks of the Jacksons Creek, Gisborne, into a peaceful leisure park on the fringe of the township.
THE GISBORNE FOUNTAIN
Several Club members were on the community committee that was formed to find, purchase and install a Fountain in the Gisborne township to replace one removed many years ago. The Club also assisted financially in the fund-raising over several years, until a replacement fountain was installed in March 2001.
The Club worked with Save the Koala Society and the Macedon Ranges Shire to conduct koala count surveys in the local area. We provided a shade house in which koala habitat trees were cultivated, and donated it to the children of the Macedon Primary School. Our efforts were rewarded when in 2001 Rotary District 9800 presented the Club with the Rotary Environment Award for that year.
DEFENSIVE DRIVING PROGRAM
Until 2005, the Club sponsored an annual Defensive Driving Day program for all ages at Calder Park for almost ten years, courtesy of Bob Jane. In collaboration with Calder Park Motorsport, the driver training was under the supervision of former Racing Driver Marshall Brewer.
THE GISBORNE SKATE PARK
Again working with a local Committee, the Club sponsored the fund-raising program which culminated in a Skate Park being built in 2002/3.
THE CHAPLAINCY COMMITTEE
The Club financially supported the Chaplaincy Committee of the Gisborne Secondary College, through one of our members on the committee. This was a major part of the club's annual donations for many years.
ROTARY SUMS IT UP
Gisborne Rotary Club members have worked together to collate 240 sets for The Rotary Calder Cluster's Numeracy Project which the Club is supporting financially and distributing within our community. The project aims to provide each kindergarten and child-care-centre with a numeracy kit for each enrolled child of 4-years of age. The project theme is -
IT ALL ADDS UP! - Experience + Fun = Knowledge
The kits are being provided to two kindergartens in Gisborne, one in Macedon, and to child-care-centres in Gisborne and New Gisborne, catering in all for more than 200 four-year old children (with spares for new enrolments).
The project has been devised by Rotarian Bronwen Scarffe who has spent 36 years in Australian educational institutions as a primary and early years teacher, school leader, University lecturer and educational consultant and writer. Bronwen is President of the Rotary Club of Daylesford.
Included in the kit is a booklet for parents and carers with ideas and tasks to help the pre-schoolers experience practical and meaningful games and activities, toward encouraging and developing a real interest in numbers/mathematics with relevance to their everyday lives.
Also included in each kit is a small calculator for the children as a numeracy tool to play with and to learn from. The Gisborne Foodworks management kindly assisted in the provision of the calculators, for which the Club sincerely thanks them.
One of the suggestions in the pamphlet is to teach the children to recognise and name numerals, e.g. House numbers, Phone numbers, Car number-plates, Footy jumper numbers, speed zones, TV stations, School numbers, as well as the numeral pads on the calculator, mobile phones, calendars, etc. etc.