Ro­tary hears from Navy Cadets

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach was treated to a pre­sen­ta­tion about the Whit­sun­day Navy Cadets at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel on Mon­day night.

Ro­tary pres­i­dent Al­lan Robin­son said the club aimed to have guest speak­ers at 80 per cent of its meet­ings and in this in­stance had asked to hear from the Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of New Train­ing Ship (NTS) Whit­sun­day, Sub Lieu­tenant James Lang.

Sub Lieu­tenant Lang was af­forded a gen­er­ous half hour for his pre­sen­ta­tion and slide show, which he de­scribed as a com­pre­hen­sive brief­ing about the ca- dets, “and what we do and how we do it”.

“I ba­si­cally talked about our ethos and com­mit­ment to youth devel­op­ment, how the kids have fun and how we give them chal­lenges and ed­u­ca­tion in sea­man­ship through var­i­ous camps,” he said. Mr Robin­son said he and the other Rotarians were very im­pressed by what they saw and heard.

“They’re a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion who look af­ter the youth of the town and we get be­hind that,” he said.

“We’ll cer­tainly keep an eye on their progress and pos­si­bly as­sist with some fundrais­ing – we’ll see what hap­pens down the track.”

Sub Lt Lang said he was very grate­ful to the Ro­tary Club for the op­por­tu­nity to present the cadets.

“And in the fu­ture we hope to be able to at­tend more Ro­tary events as well as those of other or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Proser­pine Ro­tary Club or Lions,” he said.

Navy cadets are open to boys and girls aged 13-19 who meet once a week for ei­ther a Fri­day pa­rade or Satur­day ac­tiv­ity. For in­for­ma­tion con­tact Sub Lt James Lang on 0402 479 483.

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