Rotary in Action: Bakery skills rewarded

Students currently enrolled in the Certificate III in Retail Baking at Wollongong TAFE excelled in a challenge presented to them to support the local Rotary Clubs in the Illawarra to celebrate their 90 years of Rotary Service to the Illawarra.

Students Morgan Brown, Luke Fowler, Gaby Hahn, Holly Arellano, Jaidyn Siddle and Megan Milekovic with TAFE trainer/facilitator Pierre Masse and Rotary Club of Wollongong Youth Director, Debbie Petreski.

Students Morgan Brown, Luke Fowler, Gaby Hahn, Holly Arellano, Jaidyn Siddle and Megan Milekovic with TAFE trainer/facilitator Pierre Masse and Rotary Club of Wollongong Youth Director, Debbie Petreski.

Teachers April Hook and Pierre Masse worked with the students to prepare, create and present a really ‘decadently delicious’ chocolate mud cake, measuring 70cm x 40cm which took pride of place at the ceremony.  The cake was cut by the longest serving and current presidents of the local clubs. 

Rotary chose to connect with the TAFE teaching staff to invite the students to be given the opportunity to showcase TAFE and their skills for such an event and, in turn, for Rotary, through this type of connection, to present to the students, currently in the  second year of their trade training, “Pride of Workmanship Awards” in recognition of their skills and commitment. 

Youth Director of the Rotary Club of Wollongong Debbie Petreski, presented the teachers and students of the Baking Section with their awards on the last day of class this year.

Members of the community and industry are invited to join Rotary through their various vocations. Rotarians use their vocations to share with their colleagues in their particular vocation and industry the commitment to Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self”.

Rotarians initiate and support community projects by using their particular vocation, raising funds to make a difference, over and above their normal role, and to use those funds to sponsor local youth to a wide-range of programs.

As an example, a Rotarian who is a TAFE teacher, in addition to his/her role, often commits to other industry and community projects and programs where they use their skills as volunteering hours to train young trades students to compete in industry and WorldSkills – WS - competitions to challenge their personal best. 

WS operates on a two-year cycle where local and regional competitions are conducted, mainly in the trades, to recognise the best of the best, awarding gold, silver and bronze medals. Those successful at the regional level may compete at a national competition, then on to an International challenge also known as the “Skill Olympics”. 

Recently, local Rotary Clubs supported two young “tradies” in Heavy Plant and Metal Construction. Six local industry experts and TAFE teachers have worked tirelessly, volunteering in their own time over the last 12 months, training for the opportunity to represent their country in Abu Dhabi.   

For more information about Rotary and Rotary projects, contact Dot Hennessy on 0412 120 314 or dothennessy@gmail.com