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We meet Thursdays at 6:00 PM
Dining Hall,
Raglan House, Raglan St.
Maryborough, Victoria  3465
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What's Happening at Maryborough Rotary?
Over twenty members attended Maryborough Education Centre last week to have a "hands on" exploration of our Club Web Site, the District Web site and "My Rotary" - the Rotary International website. A number of members used the opportunity to update their login details as well as familiarize themselves with the huge amount of Rotary information available to members. A PowerPoint presentation was used to guide participants through the websites, and this PowerPoint will be available to every member from the downloads section of our own website.

Director of Library Services, Maree Stephenson, shared the story of our local library at last Thursday's meeting.  Her insights into the history of the library and the changing needs of library users inspired those present to plan a meeting at the library during our Summer break from formal meetings. 

Rotarian Kate Ashton raised money for club projects by auctioning off several jars of Marmalade at last Thursday's meeting. The Marmalade was made and kindly donated by Rotarian Karen McCarthy.

PP Garry Higgins proposed a toast to the Rotary Club of Adelaide on Thursday - they meet at one of the best venues in Australia.

{01} Fellowship Duty is now different from Set Up Duty
•    Set up for meetings done by permanent Set-up team of 2-3
•    Fellowship duty is by a rostered team of 4
•    One member is added and one is removed each week
•    Each member is on duty for 4 meetings in a row
{02} How Organized
•    Both groups co-ordinated by Meeting Host (Esther)
•    Process is monitored by Admin. Committee
•    Bulletin editor administers and publishes the Fellowship roster
{03} Who is excluded
•    President
•    Secretary
•    Treasurer
•    Sergeant
{04} Reason for Change
•    Set up needs to be complete by 6pm
•    Too early for many
•    Permanent team knows where items go and how to set up PA – doesn’t need training
•    Permanent team knows when consumables need replacing
•    However, Fellowship team is good for all members to be part of
{05} Set Up team duties (a)
•    Arrive around 5.30pm
•    Put “Welcome” Sandwich Board outside Raglan St. door
•    Place movable cupboard between head tables with lectern on top
•    Place theme banner on lectern
•    Place microphones beside lectern (1 on stand)
{06} Set Up team duties (b)
•    Set up small amplifier on table under TV – switch on
•    Set up powered speaker on stand by power point at the join between rooms – switch on
•    Set up Australian & Victorian flags behind head table
•    Set up any two pull up banners behind head table
{07} Set Up team duties (c)
•    Check that Club charter, Club banner & 4 way test banner are still on display behind head table – can be left there
•    Check that microphones work
•    Check that we have a present for the guest speaker, “swindle” items (cards, tin with raffle books, consolation prizes) and prize for fun event e.g. H
{08} Fellowship duties (a)
•    Arrive at 6pm
•    2 members take money & record attendance (write amount received – not just a tick)
•    1 member sets up the bar in the corner behind the head table and sells drinks (prices on laminated sheet)
•    1 member assists meeting host to welcome attendees
{09} Fellowship duties (b)
•    Ensure visitors feel welcome & know about meal costs, meal tokens & drinks
•    Guest speakers & a partner sit at the head table with Chair-person, don’t pay, and get a free drink
•    Link other visitors with a local member to show them to a seat and sit with them
{10} After the Meeting
•    Fellowship team assists Set up team to put everything back in our storage room
•    Don’t forget Sandwich Board!
•    Club charter, Club banner & 4 way test banner remain on display

On Thursday we watched a Facebook video of International Rotary President John Germ and Vice President Jennifer Jones talking live to Rotarians around the world. They covered topics such as the new flexibility options for Rotary clubs, getting women into Rotary, the relaxing of attendance rules, and how we can make it easy for prospective members to ask to join Rotary.

PP Thea recently visited Thailand with Terry and encountered past Principal of Highview College, Dr Peter Harris at the Rotary Club of Patong. Her toast was to that club which has raised over 1.5 million dollars to support reconstruction work after the Tsunami.

{01} Know what an elevator speech is?
•    Concise, engaging explanation of an organization or project
•    Delivered in less than 1 minute
•    Learnt by heart but…
•    Delivered as if fresh
{02} Know what it is for
•    In answer to, "What is Rotary?"
•    We like info. in short bites
•    A way to start a conversation
•    Useful for Social media profiles
•    Pitching stories to media
{03} Include phrases that resonate
•    Doing good in the world
•    Making a difference
•    Making the world a better place
{04} Include unique qualities of Rotary
•    World’s 1st service club in 1905
•    World’s Biggest service club – 1.2 million members in 200 countries
•    Comprising Community leaders
•    Helped to shape United Nations
{05} Include Rotary’s work
•    Develop leadership skills
•    Promote Ethical practices in Vocations & living
•    Help Locally
•    Do good Globally
•    E.g. Ridding world of polio
•    E.g. Working for world peace
{06} Include benefits
•    Develops leadership skills
•    Provides a support network
•    Enriches Business contacts
•    An opportunity to give back
•    Fun & Social events
{07} Include some local action
•    Family violence awareness
•    Brian Dowie park
•    Vocational & School Scholarships
{08} Deliver effectively
•    Inject energy & share passion
•    Be proud but avoid bragging
•    Be warm & engaging
{09} Consider Examples
•    Read other Elevator speeches
•    Available on District Web site or Google “Rotary Elevator Speech”
•    Combine the elements you like best
•    Or make your own from scratch
{10} Practice & Edit
•    Try it out & get feedback
•    Edit and trim

Past President and current Secretary Derrick presented Greg Nugent with a copy of the Four Way Test after Greg's informative story about changes currently taking place at our Golf Club.

President Martin proudly presented Rotarian John Hazledine with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition at last week's meeting. Well done, John!

{01} Have a Club Membership Plan
•    Set goals
•    Set strategies
•    Communicate
•    Progress reports
{02} Explain the Recruitment Process
•    Selection criteria
•    Process
•    Club assembly
•    Flier for members
{03} Encourage a Culture of Asking
•    80% never ask
•    Targets…
•    “Each One Reach One”
•    One a week
•    All responsible
{04} Find the Gaps & Target
•    Club should reflect Society
•    Check Classifications
•    Check Ethnic balance
•    Check Gender balance
•    Check Age balance.
{05} Hold Membership Events
•    Selected individuals or targeted groups
•    Present Rotary’s mission & program
•    Mention Benefits
•    Follow up prospects
{06} Training for Elevator Speeches
•    Elevator Speech = One minute explanation
•    Practice at meetings
•    Include in Bulletin
•    Coming soon to an “Ink Spot” near you
{07} Provide Opportunities for Sharing
•    Wear Rotary pin always
•    Display Bumper stickers
•    4 way test on display at work
•    Have a tent card, “Ask Me About Rotary”
{08} Use Variety
•    Variety of recruitment methods
•    Everyone’s different
{09} Try Reward Programs
•    Rewards for bringing members?
•    Make rewards timely and meaningful.
{10} Consider Friendly Competition
•    Club committees or teams
•    Points for team when they bring prospective members
•    Club updated with results
{11} Ensure Meetings are Fun
•    Fun components
•    Social events in the program
{12} Really Welcome Prospective Members
•    Every member introduces themselves to prospect
•    Make prospective members feel valued and important

Peter Haywood gave the toast to a Queensland Rotary Club encountered on the Priceline Bike Ride two years ago.

Around a dozen members turned up for the Shed Working Bee on Sunday including this dubious lot finishing off things inside the shed, and Louise showing off the great job completed on the garden area. Thanks for your efforts everyone!

Margaret's speech and handout at the Club meeting on 18 August inspired Bryce to pledge our fines and raffle monies immediately to the cause and many Club Members to consider how we can assist in this cause.  Donations of money and fabric, a sewing day were means of supporting Days for Girls which construct and send sanitary wear and underwear in packages to girls in Third World countries whose education is otherwise disrupted by menstruation.  The project then supports communities to manufacture their own products.   Margaret shared her insight into the cultural preferences of the recipients (there being colours and designs that were to be avoided) and we were interested to hear that the education program that accompanies the delivery of the packages includes lessons in reproductive health and self defence.  

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