Rotary hears from Navy Cadets
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.