President Ross was introduced by Sgt at Arms Warren.
President Ross gave a tribute to past member Barry Hicks who passed away recently. Barry spent time as a missionary in PNG and as an insurance representative in the UK. He held a pilots licence and drove a Brabham Special racing car at one time. He was a member of Lae Rotary Club and Mudgee Rotary before joining Rotary Club of Taree.He spent a  lot of time doing social work in Philipines where he passed away. An active life.
Director David Denning gave an account of Australia Day celebrations organized by Rotary and Lions Clubs in Queen Elizabeth Park. 
He also mentioned "Take a break on Us" held in Krambach and indicated the next would be at Kilabakh.
Kevin Sharp reported on the successful Golf Tournament held on  Australia Day which raised over $9,000 for local Childrens charities and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Kevin thanked members of  his committee for their diligence. We were fortunate to have had some rain to freshen  up the grass on the fairways, however more is needed. (See Photo Album)
Thanks to Rotary Club Okayama Chuo for their donation of $3,000 to our Rotary Bush Fire Appeal. A letter of thanks, composed by Alan Small will be sent to them.
The Coastal Zones Public Speaking Semi Finalists were:
Jorjabelle Munday from Rotary Club Port Macquarie and Elizabeth Howarth from Rotary Club of Gloucester. Another entrant couldn't be with us.  
Both spoke very well and will proceed to the Final at the Conference in South West Rocks in March.
Robert Weller and Steve Foxwell adjudicated and complimented them on their presentation and then made some helpful suggestions.