Kiwanis Club of East Maitland

Newest Kiwanis Club in Australia

East Maitland wishes to congratulate Kiwanis Club of Western Sydney on their Charter held on 21st June and welcomes them to the Kiwanis family. Our picture shows President Yvonne receiving the gong and gavel from Governor John Bromilow.

White Ribbon Day Event

White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male-led campaign to end men’s violence against women. This Friday – in recognition of White Ribbon Day – Karleen Jones will host a women’s pampering event at Emelle Hair Salon, Maitland, between 4pm and 8pm to raise money for the cause. Karleen was the best friend of Marika Ninness (daughter of Bob Funnell). For more information phone (02) 4933 6884.

Guest Speakers

At our June 16 meeting Melissa Sanders, from to the Maitland Tutorial Centre spoke to members about their school. The school offers a specialised program designed to assist students with challenging behaviour learn the skills that will enable them to re-enter the mainstream education system or work toward alternative pathways to continue their education. To try and encourage positive attitude they reward the kids with excursions but because they have limited funding the staff pay for these excursions out of their own pockets. Kiwanis will consider a donation to relive this burden on the teaching staff.

The speakers for our last meeting were Youth Leaders from the Salvation Army. Our club sponsored them to go to a camp held in Western Sydney during the school holidays, for disadvantaged youth. The 3 young adults that spoke at our meeting were very confident and a credit to their organisation. We have agreed to support other programs this group run as it fits well with Kiwanis service goals and we have asked them to assist us with projects that we run.


Kiwanis continued to back Maitland Family Support Scheme by providing members to cook the BBQ lunch at their open day on 23 June at Woodberry. Services such as Centerlink, Medicare and women’s refuge staff are on site to assist families experiencing difficulties. Entertainment and face painting were provided for the children. Thanks Steve, Tony and Peter. We have provided games and croupiers for 2 Casino nights this month. The Tenambit Sharks soccer team and Camp Quality held very successful fundraising events for their organisations while we are paid $650 for each event. Not bad for a few hours’ work.

Judy and Rae supported a fundraising luncheon for The Royal Flying Doctor Service. Doug Roser travelled from Sydney to give a very informative talk on how the service started, how it has expanded into every state and how they continue to operate on a day to day basis.

Meetings for September/October

Due to the long weekend and our Changeover Dinner it is proposed to change the meeting nights over this period. Additional meeting 29th September (in lieu of first meeting of October).

  • Our Changeover night is on Friday 17th October (social event)
  • Our "second" meeting for October will be on Monday 27th October

Keep your eye on our online calendar.

Celebrate 100 years of Australian Red Cross

An invitation has been received from Maitland District Red Cross branch to a celebratory luncheon

Date: Thursday 14th August
Venue: Scarborough Room, East Maitland Bowling Club
Time: doors open 11.30am – lunch 12.30pm
Cost: $30 includes lunch and entertainment

Bookings essential – payments to be made at time of booking.

RSVP by 7th August to: Mrs B Cameron, 49333271

The Eliminate Project - Latest News

As of June 16, 2014, Kiwanis worldwide has raised more than US$54.2 million in cash and pledges, which will help save or protect at least 30 million lives. Newborns and mothers’ lives are now free from the anguish of tetanus in Madagascar. The World Health Organization’s validation survey shows the country has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus. While this is great progress, 24 countries and millions of lives are still at risk.

Knitted Knockers

Ted brought this project to our attention – knitted prosthesis for ladies who have had a mastectomy. I have approached the group to see if they are looking for knitters, materials or funding. It sounds like a great initiative.


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