Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Geraldton Greenough - Issue No.: 594 Issue Date: 21 Sep, 2020

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Dr Carolyn Johnson

Our Guest Speaker

Laurie Dines then returned to his feet to introduce Dr. Johnson, Social worker extraordinaire.       You can follow her story and work on familicide by connecting with;

Carolyn Harris Johnson understanding familicide-ABC;                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/carolyn-harris-johnson

At the commencement of her talk Dr. Johnson asked Club members if we had ever taken the time to analyize the outcomes and results of the community initiatives we had undertaken. 

The reason for her question soon became evident and she displayed a great talent for story-telling as she told the story of a conversation she had with a prisoner during a work related project.          

The prisoner had spent her teenage years being abused by her father. When she left home her father followed her and the abuse continued.  Eventually, the girl found a boyfriend and they were very happy together. But, when they got married serious abuse started again.     

President Phil and Dr Carolyn Johnson

Phil the fixit man

The prisoner planned her husbands demise, committed murder, and was charged with a premeditated offence and was sentenced to 17 years in prison.  

During a subsequent visit to the prison Dr. Johnson discovered that the prisoner was now seriously doubting her self worth. Dr. Johnson explained that she had commenced her studies as a mature student and then obtained her Doctorate. 

Dr. Johnson explained that the opportunities for further study were available in prison and that the prisoner could change her life if she followed this path.       

Ten years later, at a Conferance which had a number of speakers, Dr. Johnson recognised one of the speakers as the prisoner she had councelled. The prisoner had taked the Doctors advice and gained qualifications through her studies.

And in this case Dr. Johnson was not " making a difference".                                            Dr. Johnson "was" the difference!

Carpe Diem.                                                                                                    

Author: Bill Frazer

Published: 2 August, 2020

 


Meeting Rosters
Date
Setup & Door
Setup & Door
Guest Speaker Host
Invocation & Toast
Raffle & Rotary Cor
Guest Speaker Thanks
Fines Master
Student
23 Sep, 20
Douglas Bruce
Tom Maina
Scott Bennett
Peter Sukiennik
Kim Stokes
Laurie Dines
Kerryn Horo
 
30 Sep, 20
Steve Muir
Peter Sukiennik
Jo Clarke
Grant Woodhams
Jim Dillon
Peter Svensson
Raj Mavath
 
07 Oct, 20
John Gooch
Bruce Ralph
Jason McCarthy
Hugh Lavery
Geoff Wood
Viki Fennell
Geoff Watson
 
14 Oct, 20
Laurie Dines
Lew Hills
Bill Frazer
Douglas Bruce
Scott Bennett
Kerryn Horo
Tony Emmott
 
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