Our Major Club Projects
Food Plant Solutions
This program is an initiative of The Rotary Club of Devonport North to address malnutrition throughout the world by developing a program to grow the best local foods to meet nutritional needs.
Devonport Motor Show
This annual event has grown significantly in size each year since inception. The Show is held at Devonport's Roundhouse Park, Victoria Parade, a wonderful location, on the foreshore of the Mersey River.The event is open to presenters of all appropriate vehicles, including hot rods, vintage, classic, modern, modified, and motor bikes, we welcome all. Exhibits are judged by a panel and awards are given for various categories, top ten and overall. Fun competitions are held on the day and prizes will also be won in lucky draws for the public. A good range of food and refreshments is available. Motor industry and related trade displays will be at the show. There are activities for the children, including a vehicle poster colouring in competitions. This great motor enthusiast, club and family day has gained recognition throughout Tasmania as one of the major auto shows. The automotive industry and business is a great financial supporter of this event and money raised is used for Rotary projects.
A Charity Golf Day is held each year with the proceeds being donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia for research purposes. This event is held on the fourth Saturday in October. Capacity fields have always ensured a very successful day with several thousands of dollars donated each year to this very worthy cause. The 2020 event will be held on Sunday October 25 at the Devonport Country Club, Woodrising Avenue, Spreyton and the major sponsor is Shadforth Financial Group. Tasmanian Alkaloids is also a significant contributor to this event. The event in the past has attracted a number of AFL stars includig, Jade and Brady Rawlings and Grant Birchall, in 2013 touring professional, Jarrod Lyle was our special guest for the golf day. Sadly Jarrod passed away in August 2018.
Breakfast in the Park
Breakfast in the Park this year will be held on Thursday December 24 from 7am. This is held at Victoria Parade on the foreshore of the Mersey River, just north of the Cenotaph. Members of the public, both private and corporate citizens are invited to attend this event for breakfast with the option of bringing their own breakfast or enjoying a hot breakfast cooked and served by club members. Santa Claus pays a visit during the morning handing out sweets to guests and various competitions are held for those attending. Face painting is available for children and this has proved very popular over the years the event has been staged. Guests can dress in Christmas attire and there are prizes for the best dressed person, and also the best decorated table. This event is growing in popularity each year and patrons look forward to starting the Christmas celebrations with this event. Tasmanian Alkaloids has been the major sponsor for this event for a number of years and the club is very appreciate of this support.
Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Program (RYDA)
This program targets “awareness” and “attitudinal change” and seeks to encourage year 10 students, who are on the verge of driving or at least are actively thinking about it, to take a more responsible attitude to motoring. Comprising six sessions, it is a one-day event held either on campus or at a non-school site. The programme co-ordinates the efforts of local road safety experts, driving instructors, the Police, recovering victims of road accidents, and drug & alcohol educators in such a way that students are made aware of the privilege and responsibilities of owning and driving a motor vehicle. Counsellors from the Road Trauma Support Group are in attendance each day to assist with students who may need some guidance.
This programme is for grade 10 secondary school students and is held each year at several locations around Tasmania. The Rotary Club of Devonport North coordinates and conducts sessions each year at Queenstown, Smithton, Camp Clayton and every second year on King Island with approximately 20 schools participating. Over 70 schools state wide participate in the program. All 9 Rotary Clubs from Latrobe to Wynyard are invited to be involved by providing group leaders and road marshals for each day at Camp Clayton over the eight days the program is presented there. The Rotary Clubs of Queenstown and Smithton also assist with organisation and catering.
Our motto for this programme is "If we can save just one life or serious injury, the program is worthwhile"