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When 15 year old Kathy
Klade left her hometown in
Austria in July she felt she
was heading into a very dif-
ferent year . . . but she never
expected, three months in,
that she would be enjoying
herself so much.
“I feel very lucky. Every day
is different and there are so
many things to do!” she said.
Kathy is a Rotary Youth Ex-
change student and is spend-
ing twelve months on Phillip
She will be hosted by a
number of families in that
time who have an association
with the Phillip Island and
San Remo Rotary Club.
At present Kathy is living
with non Rotarians, Nick and
Kylie Carlson in Cowes, and
attending Newhaven College
with their two teenage daugh-
ters Brittany and Emily.
From the moment she flew
into Melbourne at the end of
July, Kathy has not looked
“I thought I may be home-
sick but that hasn’t hap-
pened. I skype my family and
friends each week so that
helps me to keep in touch.
I’m too busy doing other
things!” she said.
As a point of interest,
Kathy’s home town is similar
in size and tourism numbers
to Cowes, and is called Bad
Aussee (pronounced Bad Ow-
As can be imagined, this
provides plenty of laughs to
those she now meets.
The Rotary Youth Exchange
Program is an opportunity
for young people around the
world to experience living in
another country for a twelve
It is a connection between
individual clubs with one
sponsoring the outgoing
student and the other look-
ing after that student for the
In this case, Kathy is spon-
sored by a club back home
and the local Phillip Island
and San Remo Rotary Club.
Kathy and her family are
non Rotarians (as is the ba-
sis of the program) but tak-
ing part in this program she
comes under the banner of
Rotary while on the island.
“I’m so glad I chose the
Rotary program and I highly
recommend it to anyone. I
think that Rotary is more
than just an exchange pro -
gram, as it offers you a lot of
involvement within the club
and in the local community.
It’s not just living with a fam-
ily but being part of the Ro -
tary family,” said Kathy.
Interest in travelling and
living overseas has been a
lifetime dream for Kathy.
She has always wanted
to do this and has been en-
couraged by her parents and
friends and especially by
others who have been a part
of this global experience.
Although she wasn’t sure
where she wanted to live, she
knew that it would be easier
to go to a western country
where the lifestyle and cul-
ture would be similar to that
Her excitement was height-
ened when she received no -
tice that she was selected for
Australia and specifically for
“I couldn’t be happier!”
said Kathy who enjoys liv-
ing with her host family, go -
ing to school in Year Nine at
Newhaven College and the
opportunity to do and see
things she had never done
One of the standout differ-
ences is wearing a uniform
to school each day.
“I think it’s great as we don’
have to do this back home.
It’s such a good idea, ” she
Looking ahead Kathy is
waiting for a hot rather than
a white Christmas and is
taking up every invitation
she receives to see more of
our beautiful country and its
warm, friendly people.
In March next year she will
join fellow Rotary exchange
students and other club
members cycling to a dis-
trict conference in Hobart;
and then travelling through-
out Australia with other stu-
dents before they all head
home in June.
The Phillip Island and
San Remo Rotary Club are
inviting young people in the
district to take up this life
changing opportunity and to
consider being a part of this
It is open to all students
aged between 15 -17 years.
Applications for next Janu-
ary’s outgoing group are now
open and interested students
need to apply by the end of
This program is ongoing
and coincides with the Aus-
tralian school year.
Further enquiries in the
youth exchange program can
be sought from club member
Brian Holloway on mobile
0408 524 800.
Kathy Klade is pictured with fellow international exchange students sponsored by Ro-
tary soon after her arrival here. Kathy is standing behind the red and white Austrian flag.
A year like no other
Fifteen year old Austrian Exchange student Kathy Klade is having a wonderful time
on Phillip Island, as a guest of the Phillip Island and San Remo Rotary Club. She is pic-
tured here with host sisters Emily and Brittany Carlson, during a sight seeing trip to the
mountains with the Carlson family.
Phillip Island has an entrant in the Australian
Supermodel of the Year 2016 competition.
She is 21 year old Brittany Watters, a love-
ly young lady who works at the Phillip Island
Medical Clinic, who was encouraged to try her
hand at modelling by friends.
While a student at Wonthaggi Secondary Col-
lege, Brittany obligingly modelled for friends
taking photography as a subject, and loved the
Friends Angie and James Lawes, who run the
Wonthaggi Photography Enthusiasts Club, also
invited Brittany to model for them, and imme-
diately recognised her natural talent.
At the end of Year 12, in 2012, they encouraged
Brittany to pursue modelling as a career, and of-
fered invaluable assistance by setting up a port-
folio of photographs for her to use in this quest.
It was a wonderful start for Brittany.
A portfolio is expensive to compile, and be-
yond Brittany’s means at that stage of her life.
The couple encouraged Brittany to sign on to
the talent website “Star Now” which is used by
the entertainment industry.
She did, and there was a great response.
Brittany was invited to participate in beauty
pageants, modelling competitions, and com-
mercial work, including TV advertisements and
In the following year, she competed in the
Miss Universe Australia quest, Miss World Aus-
tralia quest, and was a finalist in the Queen of
the Melbourne Latin Summer Festival.
It was there Brittany was spotted by a model
agency representative, which led to six months
work on the catwalk modelling clothes.
A further exciting development was an invita-
tion to a casting call for work on the Brittany
Spears Intimate Collection.
Brittany has worked in the last twelve months
at Fashion Design Week with both David Jones
and Zanta Zanta.
Currently a freelance model, and working at
the Phillip Island Medical Clinic, Brittany has
been invited to enter the Australian Supermod-
el of the Year contest.
The competition has been designed to source
Australia’s best talent and give them a chance
to kickstart their careers on a national and in-
Should she go through, this amazing oppor-
tunity would launch her career into the interna-
tional arena, a dream that she holds dear.
Brittany has already competed in a number of
categories as part of the audition process, and
is in the final 26 for her state of Victoria.
She will hear on October 25 if all of her
hard work has paid off, and if she has made it
through to the next stage.
As part of the Supermodel competition, Brit-
tany is seeking sponsorship, which would offer
marketing opportunities to any local business
interested in taking up this offer.
Packages range from $350 through to $950
and are fully tax deductible.
Benefits for businesses include their logo
displayed prominently throughout the competi-
tion, in advertising and marketing associated
And organising a promotion for the business
or a photographic shoot with Brittany as a great
way of returning the favour.
And who knows . . . Brittany could well be
crowned the next Super Model of the Year, and
wouldn’t that be a great achievement for this
lovely young Phillip Islander.
Our next supermodel?
The Bass Coast Health (BCH) Hospital Ladies
Auxiliary bounced into spring this year with
their Spring Luncheon and Golf Ball Drop,
which excitingly raised over $10,000 to reach
the target of $22,000 for the purchase of a
much needed ECG machine for the hospital’s
Short Stay Unit.
The Wonthaggi Gold Club was filled on Sun-
day with community members enjoying cham-
pagne, a two course luncheon, raffle and door
But the draw card was the popular Golf Ball
Drop (following the obligatory official ball scru-
tineering), which was won by local Optometrist
The Auxiliary extend their heartfelt thanks
and appreciation to the community for its sup-
port, the businesses who contributed the many
amazing prizes and the staff at the Wonthaggi
Golf Club, who were the perfect hosts.
The Auxiliary has been in existence for over a
hundred years, raising funds for equipment for
the Wonthaggi Hospital and its allied services.
Over recent years, fund raising events have
included regular fetes and special efforts, such
as hosting Navy and Police Band performance
(very popular with locals), cent days, trivia
nights, fashion parades and street raffles.
The BCH Hospital Ladies Auxiliary meet on
the first Thursday of every month and new
members are very welcome.
Enquiries can be made by calling Barbara
Hallett (President) on 5672 1476 or Barbara
Culph (Secretary) on 5674 4658.
luncheon all heart
Winner of the BCH Golf Ball Drop, held to raise funds for the purchase of an ECG machine,
was Malcolm Gin, pictured here with BCH Executive Director of Primary and Community
Services Paul Greenhalgh and organiser of the fundraiser Kathy Geyer.
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