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I am always impressed with locals who work hard to support their community. This week, we are celebrating 80 years of service by the Tully Rotary and 31 years of fighting the good fight to support his community from Graham Maifredi. 

I have a constant nagging thought: “How did one community (The one I grew up in😊) produce such an amazing support network for itself?”

Proverbs 22:6 ‘Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.’

Having a strong Christian network around the community, I always assume this has been taught for generations and I can confirm that this is best practice from a neurobiological perspective. The most worrying thing I observe when it comes to raising children is how little (if any) influence parents have over their child’s development parents. So please make sure you do not rely on other people to parent your kids. 

To get down to basics, educational facilities cannot do for children what their parents can do. They cannot hug the children and they cannot socialise with them. 

I studied the Neurosequential Method of Therapeutics in my last job in Sydney and, from my studies, I can state that fixing the damage of poor parenting and/or abuse that occurs before the age of six is what we need to do. We need to find out the child’s age when damage occurred and then help them complete tasks to counteract the damage.

To ensure we continue to produce good people, we need to make sure we retain community standards, such as those upheld by the members of our Tully Rotary Service Club. We need to make sure that we are focused on supporting the attributes that contribute to a person being a good member of the community.

The best thing about the church is that it gives you an excellent list of ten fundamental rules: 

Do not lie. Do not cheat. Do not steal. Do not commit adultery. Do not bear false witness. Do not covet your neighbour’s wife. Do not covet your neighbours’ goods. Honour your father and your mother. Do not take the Lord’s name in vain. And remember to keep the Holy Sabbath day.

I am sure there will be those who will immediately think, but I do not believe in God. That may be, but one can nonetheless learn from these fundamental Judeo-Christian teachings that establish a good baseline of how to live your life. 

For example, you may choose to think that recuperating on the weekend from a hectic week as ‘keeping the holy sabbath day.’ And it is up to you if you do or do not say the Lord’s name in vain, but respect for others who do goes a long way as well.

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