Today, we were joined by Martin George, Manager of the QVMAG Planetarium with a presentation on Modern Advances in Astronomy.
Martin was born in the UK and educated in Tasmania, gaining an honours degree in Physics at the University of
Martin George is Collections and Research Manager at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and is Manager of the QVMAG Planetarium, also known as the Launceston
Planetarium. Martin is a Fellow and former President of the International Planetarium Society, and continues to serve as its Chair of International Relations.
Martin is a member of several other astronomy-related professional organisations, including the International Astronomical Union (the IAU). At the 2006 IAU meeting, he took part in the controversial debate about the planet Pluto, which resulted in Pluto being demoted to 'dwarf planet' status.
Martin makes regular appearances on radio and television to discuss astronomy and space research. This includes several regular radio programmes such as monthly timeslots on ABC Northern Tasmania, frequent talkback programmes on ABC radio in Hobart, and fortnightly programmes
on ABC Local Radio nationally. Included in his many other activities are regular newspaper columns.
Martin has kept close links with the University of Tasmania and on many occasions has presented undergraduate courses in astronomy at the University's Launceston
Campus. He frequently speaks to community groups and the public on astronomical topics.
Martin is also administrator of the Grote Reber Medal for Radio Astronomy, the world's major award for lifetime innovative contributions on this topic.
Martin is passionate about travel, having visited over 70 countries. He has been a tour leader for astronomical tours within Australia and overseas.
Stan spoke about leadership qualities and self development and shared some great AFL insights. I found this particularly impressive, given he coached the team I follow, the MIGHTY SAINTS!
Robyn facilitated a seminar about dealing with adversity and achieving the most from life. This was a message delivered exceptionally well, given her involvement in numerous charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Although a heavy message at times, Robyn inspired us when talking about some of the ‘wishes’ she has been involved in granting. This included the story of a young boy who wanted to go fishing on a boat and actually catch a fish. The Make-A-Wish Foundation made that happen alright ... They had a diver under the boat with a bag full of them! Each time that rod went in, out came another fish. How amazing!
Some of the team activities we participated in included rock-wall climbing; high wire challenges, up in the air 10+ meters, making it from one point to another on large cables (harnessed in thankfully); obstacle courses and spending an afternoon at the Quite Cone, practicing some relaxation techniques. There were too many tasks to name but they all held a common goal – achieving great outcomes through team work.
All in all, this was an action-packed week which I thoroughly enjoyed and learnt from. It is great to see the Rotary clubs collaboratively put on such a great event and invest in young Tasmanians. If you ever get a chance to attend – take it!
I’d like to thank the Rotary Club of Tamar Sunrise for sponsoring me to attend this event.
A wonderful start to the day at Rotary Club of Tamar Sunrise with the informative Michael Bailey as Guest Speaker. Michael studied management/marketing at UTAS and is currently studying Masters of Business. His career in marketing included working with The Examiner Newspaper, WIN Television (youngest station manager ever, based in Queensland), marketing management with the Australian Maritime College and Country Club Tasmania with the Federal Group. Currently, as the Executive Officer of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, he sits on:
Regional Economic Development Board (Ministerial appointment)
Business Sustainability Roundtable
UTAS Business Faculty Board
Launceston City Council Economic Development Board
Growing wealth generating business across our region.
Reducing red tape and government intervention relating to economic development.
Reducing government barriers to successful business.
He is passionate about Launceston and the region.
Family – wife and two children
Cycling – race road and track
Music – still plays in a band and does some solo work although at a much lower level than previously.
The Launceston Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1849 and is the oldest Chamber in Australia.
The Launceston Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting a dynamic business community to achieve sustainable economic prosperity for Launceston and the region.
In pursuit of this vision The Launceston Chamber of Commerce
Acts as independent voice for business
Fosters innovation and promote growth
Is pro-active and professional
Values its Members and responds to their needs
Work collaboratively with partners
Provides strong leadership and independent thinking
Provides lobbying, business support, networking and information for Members
Focus on growth opportunities across industries
Enhance strategic alliances and partnerships
Foster industry and business innovation
Improved planning and land use outcomes
Improve regional infrastructure
Collect and disseminate information on matters of importance to businesses in the region
Create an effective networking and referral service for Members
Today we welcomed Penny Terry (Marshall) to Tamar Sunrise.
Penny is the statewide Afternoons Presenter on ABC.
Just like a lot of rural or regional Australians, Penny was born listening to ABC radio.
Growing up on a farm in the Fingal Valley, Penny's not scared of a cold frosty morning, is comfortable yelling at machinery and can throw a fleece (although she won't comment on how it lands).
After attending the local primary school, Penny moved to the big smoke of Launceston and spent her school days running round a hockey field, in the art room or trying to win downball at recess.
With school done, she ventured across the Strait to the bright lights of Melbourne where she revelled in the university lifestyle, earned some pocket money playing the guitar and singing in pubs and managed to graduate from RMIT University with a degree in Media.
Penny began her career in Melbourne working in creative advertising. Before long she'd saved enough for a ticket overseas where she wandered for a couple of years and found a temporary home on a Greek island, but the Tasmanian lifestyle eventually called her home.
After doing the rounds of the ABC in Tasmania, where she filed stories for the news room and produced local radio programs, Penny found herself in Tropical North Queensland as a rural reporter. Following a few fights with an air conditioner Penny cut her losses with the tropical weather and moved back to home.
After three years presenting the breakfast program for ABC Northern Tasmania, Penny's finally turned off the alarm and swapped the cold frost mornings for a spot on your wireless in the afternoon.
Penny's looking forward to being out on the road and discovering the stories of the everyday people who make Tasmania such a wonderful place to live.
Penny had her worst haircut in Turkey, likes 90s music a little too much and maintains there's nothing better than fresh flathead for breakfast at the beach.
Penny's stories were fabulous and we wish her all the best in her mission to entertain and inform our afternoons, well into the future.
Rotary Club of Tamar Sunrise