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What's Happening at Maryborough Rotary?
Posted by Thea Allan
Week: 15 October 8, 2015
As I write this I am conscious that our district is coming into the fire danger season.
I hope everyone has done or is about to do, their annual spring clean up.
Our local disasters bring to mind disasters in other parts of the world. Floods, tornadoes and fires and I remember that
Aquabox and Shelter Box are two ways Rotarians can help others in distress.
I hear people say, but all this help goes out of Australia. Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland have had help from both these organisations over the years.
If you have a spare dollar or two, consider donating to Rotary projects where you know all the money goes to the cause.
There is also ARH - Australian Rotary Health; RAWCS - Rotary Australia World Community Service and ROMAC - Rotary Oceanic Medical Aid for Children as well as The Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus.
Terry and I chose to put our charity dollar into Rotary programs with my anniversary donation going to Polio Plus and Terry’s to Foundation. We see this as one of our opportunities to Be a Gift to the World.
DG Jane was very surprised with the Birthday cake, good wishes and Geoff’s ukulele playing last week.
Breakfast at Peppa’s from 7am onwards a good way to start the day on Thursday 8th
A quote about Be(ing) a Gift to the World
“The Gift of Truth excels all other Gifts.” ― Gautama Buddha
At last week's meeting, President Thea inducted another new member, Barbara Hilder. Barbara has previously been a speaker for us, telling us about GELC. Barbara is keen to get in and help with projects. Her clients are raising money to help with the #SayNo2familyviolence campaign. Please introduce yourself to Barbara if you have not already done so. Welcome to the fold, Barb.
The International Toast this week was done by our International Director, Meryl James.
The Rotary Club of Honolulu.
The club was chartered on the 1st of July 1915. It is the oldest and largest club in Hawaii with 170 members. They have high quality speakers such as the Australian Consul General, RI Presidents, Nobel Laureattes and the like. The meeting is held at the Waikiki's Royal Hawaiian Hotel otherwise known as the Pink Palace. There are amazing views down Waikiki Beach. All visitors are welcomed and presented with a Lei.
Their projects have included an addition to a women's shelter, Literacy projects such as providing dictionaries for students, Meal services for kids at risk, providing mobile clinics with medical supplies, $706,000 spent in the Philippines where 159 members have been to do hands on work.
Thank You Meryl.
On October the 10th we are having a "Girls Night In" at Barb Hilder's as a welcome to Rotary. All Ladies in the club, whether a member or spouse/partner are welcome to attend. Please bring a plate to share on the night. Details will be emailed out to members closer to the event. This will be a purely Social night with an opportunity to get to know the newer people in the club, and they can get to know us.
Last week we had the committee meetings, with the board meeting this Monday 21st Sept. Reports will come to the club members next week.
Tuesday the 15th of September saw President Thea Allan planting some of the Tilly Aston Roses at the Memorial in Carisbrook. All the local media were there including yours truly capturing the moment in time for all to see. These roses were donated by the Rotary Club of Maryborough and are aptly named the "Tilly Aston Rose". They have a beautiful colour and it is yet to be determined if they have a scent. A handful of people were there to see these important roses bedded in time for the upcoming rose season. They will be beautiful once they are in flower.
On Friday the 11th of September, the official opening of the Wellness Centre at the hospital was a gala affair. The Premier, Daniel Andrews and his wife came to perform the official duties. Many local politicians and members of the public were there to witness both the official opening of the centre and to be able to have a tour of the facility. Our members were on hand to cook the free BBQ for the hospital, and to watch the three local celebrities have a "cook off" the show that healthy meals can be created in 15 minutes. Just as well we don't have to rely on the local boys in blue to cook our dinner.
This week, the stickers have been placed on the back of the local buses. Unfortunately, we are unable to place them on the back of the V/Line buses. Hopefully, local Taxi's will also sport the new look. Stickers will also be placed where patrons entering the bus can see a smaller version as well. We hope this will get the conversation started in families where it is needed. Thanks go to Big Cat Printing here in Maryborough where the signs were made.
Posted by Geoff James
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