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Upcoming Program
District Governors visit
Oct 19, 2017
Partners, Spouses and Significant others are all invited to attend
World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2017
A stand will be outside the Newsagents on High St from 9am till 4pm
Service Committee meetongs
Oct 26, 2017
Starts at 6pm also the AGM
Bonfire night at the Presidents House
Oct 28, 2017
BBQ if you let us know you would like to participate at $15 meat and salads from 6pm
Group 7 meeting at Beaufort
Oct 30, 2017
asking for names of those who would like to attend
Nov 02, 2017
Trivia with a Twist at the Highland
Nov 04, 2017
This is instead of the meeting on the 2nd of November please book your table with Trace or Harold
Rotary Harness Racing NIght
Nov 08, 2017
Maryborough Race Track
Walking the Kakoda Trail
Nov 16, 2017
Bill Johnson
Energy Breakthrough Set Up
Nov 23, 2017
Princes Park near the pool
Dec 14, 2017
Christmas Function on Saturday night
Christmas Function
Dec 16, 2017
Invitations sent out mid Nov
Dec 21, 2017
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October 2017
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Ink Spot
James, Geoff
International Toast
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Butterfield, Robert
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What's Happening at Maryborough Rotary?
Three impressive young women shared their visions for a better Maryborough at last Tuesday's Vocational Scholarship evening. Kym Skyring, Kelsey Chandler, and Judith Sproule are pictured with President Karen and Guest speaker, Emma King, the CEO of the Victorian Council of Social Services.
Over 30 Rotarians and friends spent some productive time cleaning up Dowie Park last week. President Karen thanked everyone for their attendance and particularly PP Brian Thomas for organizing the event.
What a terrific event!  Over 200 riders entered the event and participated in either the long ride(114km) or short (46km).  The feedback from riders was how fantastic the day was accept for the wind for the last 8 - 10km. Unfortunately that was something that we couldn't change.
Congratulations Peter on the excellent organisation and to Rotarians who supported the event on Friday.  Many riders were certainly interested in competing again next year and also the proposed ride in March of the 3 reservoirs.
Photos show cyclists in the long version of the Pyrenees Bike Ride last Friday stopped at Landsborough for a morning tea of bananas, muesli bars, fruit cake and lamingtons served with tea, coffee or water - well deserved after an hour or more of country riding across hills and plains!
The last photo was at the picturesque Blue Pyrenees Estate where the ride started and finished.
On Tuesday, the 10th of October, the Club will be presenting its International Vocational Scholarship to a candidate to study worlds’ best practice in a field that will have ongoing benefit to our local community. This will be our fourth such scholarship.
The event will be conducted at the Highland Society starting at 6-00 pm and will be chaired by Ross Abbey Fellow, PDG, Geoff James.
Guest speaker will be Ms. Emma King, CEO, Victorian Council of Social Service.
Cost is $35 per head which includes entrée and main course.
This will be a partners and guests evening and we encourage members to invite those who are working or who have an interest in the development of our community to attend.
Numbers to Rt. Garry Higgins. Phone 0418473669 or email pvb1@westnet.com.au
The Paul Harris Fellow is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905.
The Paul Harris Fellow was established in his honour on 1957, to express appreciation for a contribution of US$1000, to the humanitarian and educational programs of the Rotary Foundation.
These programs include an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding.
The Foundation programs provide educational opportunities, food, potable water, healthcare, immunizations and shelter for millions of persons These activities are funded, implemented and managed by Rotarians and Rotary clubs around the globe.
Rotarians also designate a Paul Harris Fellow to recognise another person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objective and mission of the Rotary Foundation to build world peace and understanding.
In honouring Joan Hartley, we are also honouring the Home and Community Care (HACC)program and its role in the Council and Maryborough District Health Service.
The specific recipient is also recognised for her work within the wider community generally.
Joan arrived in Maryborough with her family form Wangaratta in 1962.  She has four girls, Jenny, Wendy, Lynette and Susan.
Joan soon became involved in the Community activities. Her initial involvement was with netball, where Joan has served for more than 50 years. She has coached Methodist, Exies and founded the United clubs and spent many years umpiring too.
Joan has been president of the Association and is a life member. She also managed the complex canteen for 30 years, providing healthy food and much needed funds for the Association.
Joan is also Treasurer for the North Central Netball region.
Joan served as treasurer of Cal Gully kindergarten and is just on of two Life members.
Tome passed and Joan became an employee of the local council and is still employed at age 78 with Meals on Wheels, because she enjoys it.
Joan also worked diligently for Guiding in Maryborough and is currently the Treasurer of the Girrahween Trefoil Guild
Joan has been supporting her beloved Bombers for many years as fundraiser and president of the Bendigo Bombers, which is part of the Essendon Football Club.
Joan is not afraid to get her hands dirty and has worked hard for many organizations, thus exemplifying her Community spirit. She is well respected iin her lcal community.
It should be stated that a Paul Harris recognition is NOT an award, but an acknowledgement of the payment of $US 1000 for each recipient.
A world of peace and goodwill comes closer to reality today as Joan becomes a Paul Harris Fellow. It has because of gifts like the one made in her honour, that The Rotary Foundation can carry out an array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world; improved living conditions, increased food production, better education, wider availability of treatment and rehabilitation for the sick and disabled, new channels for the flow of international understanding and bright hopes for peace.
A contribution to the Rotary Foundation is an investment in an ideal held high by Rotarians the world over and one that Joan clearly shares. Working with such individuals of goodwill, we believe the ideals can and will become closer.
Joan, it gives Rotary great pleasure to present you with the emblems of appreciation given to a Paul Harris Fellow – a certificate and pin.
Our congratulations and sincere thanks for your commitment to our common goals of world understanding and peace.
Last week our guest speaker was Cheryl Griffin - who spoke of her visits and support with fundraising for Kenya. Cheryl told us so many facts about Kenya it was extremely interesting. Kenya gained independence in December 1963 and that was when their flag was adopted
One of the most interesting I thought was regarding the colours of the flag and why they were chosen;
  • Green - colour of leaf of the tea they import
  • Red - colour of blood spilled to gain independence
  • Black - colour of their native skin
  • White - colour of peace
There will be a meeting at Karen Mc Carthy's (32 Menzies Drive, Daisy Hill) on Wednesday 4th October - 7.00pm to commence planning a Gourmet Food and Cider Festival as a fundraiser in February 2018.
Three Paramedics and the Ambulance Auxiliary President for the last five years were each presented with a Pride of Workmanship award at last Thursday's meeting. From top left, are paramedics, Isla Douglas, Joseph McCallum and Caitlin Murphy, and bottom right is President Dianne Mullins. Our club has been presenting these awards in different vocational areas for over three decades. The awards recognize exemplary workers who take pride in their work and demonstrate the motto "Do it once, do it well"
Each year we select a different vocational area to be the focus of these annual awards.

What an exciting night for all Thursday night.

President Karen McCarthy surprised both the club members and PDG PHF Geoff James with a Royce Abbey Award. The award was established in recognition of Royce Abbey's contribution to Rotary as an inspirational leader from 1954 to 2014 and as President of Rotary International 1988 - 89. The Royce Abbey Award is available to Rotary Clubs wishing to recognise Rotarians showing enthusiasm and commitment to the Ideals of Rotary.  The presentation was made once Geoff had finished presenting the Vocation Awards. The distraction of doing that allowed President Karen to make sure Geoff's daughter Catherine had arrived from Castlemaine in time for the presentation. The arrival of Catherine surprised him so much that he was speechless. He was presented with an artwork that was donated by Karen and previously owned by Past RI President, Royce Abbey. 

The artwork was sculpted by Gilles Peltier. Gilles was a Rotarian that died almost a year ago this month. The artwork sculpted on plexiglass was done for a Canadian Rotary Club for use as a fundraiser. In 1988-1989 Rotary year Australian Royce Abbey was RI President, one of the many gifts he was given was the Artwork “Sculpture on Plexiglass” it is of the Ursuline Monastery in a Canada.


Geoff was chosen for his dedication, commitment and the endless hours he puts into Rotary both seen and unseen

Congratulations Geoff from all Rotary members on such a prestigious well earned award

Brian, Derrick, Geoff,  Karen, Malley, Martin, Peter, Terry, Thea and their daughter Sarah with sons Billy and Max cleaned up Ballarat Rd on a beautiful Sunday morning.

Max (6) told his mum he enjoyed his role in cleaning up the environment. 

This program is a key part of Rotary’s Vocational Avenue of Service
It was launched in 1975 as a Rotary Project at the Rotary District 9680 Conference
Its aim was to encourage pride in performance in the work- place, and help create a positive national attitude
PDG Les Whitcroft, Rotary Club of Ryde, produced the first  plaques - “Do it once, Do it well. Build a Better Australia”
Rotary Club of Pennant Hills followed up with the promotion of annual Pride of Workmanship Awards and the sale of plaques
The program has been adopted by over 600 Rotary Clubs in Australia, NZ, the South Pacific, Canada and the US.
The program has 5 Objectives
1. To promote Vocational Service.
2. To encourage Pride of Workmanship in all vocations
3. To provide  employers with an opportunity to recognise employees who display those qualities which are worthy of an award
4. To encourage favourable employer/employee relationships and a sense of community pride in individual achievement.
5. To provide an opportunity for Rotary to be involved in the Community, particularly the Business Community.
Maryborough Rotary has been running Pride of Workmanship Awards Since the 1980’s
Our Approach has been to choose one Vocational area in the community each year, but in other communities the awards are open to all vocational areas each year.
<1> August is Membership Month
▪    Membership Retention is a problem for Rotary
<2> Sad Retention Statistics
▪    Rotary has gained and lost 1.2 million members in the last 7 years
▪    Only 7% leave for involuntary purposes
▪    Most who leave are newer members i.e. have been in Rotary less than 3 years
<3> Why newer members stay
▪    New members indicate they stay in Rotary to…
–    Serve the community
–    Network
–    Represent their vocation
–    Develop leadership skills
<4> What we can do
▪    1)   Set up a Member Services  Committee
–    To monitor membership
<5> What we can do
▪    2)   Measure & Examine  Club’s History of Engagement and Member Retention  Rate
<6> What we can do
▪    3)   Provide Pre-Induction Orientation  Program
<7> What we can do
▪    4)   Greet – Assign a Job –  Introduce
<8> What we can do
▪    5)   Develop a Mentor & Education  Program
<9> What we can do
▪    6)   Conduct a Reception for New  Members
<10> What we can do
▪    7)   Log New Member Activities  during the first year
<11> What we can do
▪    8)   After Year One- Recognize & Interview
<12> What we can do
▪    9)   Advocate New Member Opportunities in Rotary
<13> What we can do
▪    10) Provide Networking  & Professional Development Opportunities
<14> What we can do
▪    11) Spot Danger Signs  and Remedy Engagement Problems
<15> What we can do
▪    12) Be Innovative – Highlight  the Reasons We Stay in Rotary
Ideas from Rotary Leadership Institute Booklet Part 1: 2015-18
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