Maryborough Rotary
November 2014

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Here is our hard working District conference committee planning for the conference on March 20th to 22nd 2015. The committee has been meeting approximately monthly for 18 months or so and now is meeting every fortnight. Many thanks to all participants for their commitment to this big task of running a District Conference in Maryborough.

Hi Rotarians,
During last weekend Maryborough was home to more than 110 District Youth Exchange Committee Members, Youth Exchange Students (Inbound Outbound and Short term), Parents, Family, Friends, Counsellors and Rotexians.
This was the Final Outbound Briefing prior to the student’s departure in January 2015.
Following selections in May and June, the Outbound Students with their Parents and Counsellors had a preliminary briefing in July. They have been preparing in various ways for their departure in January, and come together this weekend for a thorough final briefing on all aspects of their preparation, departure, and year overseas.
The venue during Saturday all day and Sunday morning was the MEC Auditorium where topics covered were: Travel & Departure, Flight Delayed, Airport Security; The Exchange Experience: Three Different Perspectives:- Parents        Rebound       Inbounds; Culture Shock; Smart Packing: The Packing Challenge, Excess Luggage; Counsellor Information and Club Counsellors; Insurance, Stolen Luggage, Accident; Dress Code; Meeting Host Families; Language Barrier; Final Briefing Program Maryborough 2014; Ambassador Role & Responsibilities; Health – Home Sickness, Death in Family; Safari – Inbound Students; Survival Strategies; Country Session - Country Group Coordinators: Switzerland, Chile and Japan; USA, Canada and Brazil; France and Germany, Denmark and Finland and New Zealand; Summaries and Farewell 
On Saturday evening Maryborough Rotary hosted a gala dinner meeting at the Highland Society where more than 150 Rotarians, Exchange Students Parents and guests enjoyed:-
  • Pre – Dinner Fellowship
  • Dinner: Including Flag Ceremony - Students bring in flags of all countries and they are displayed
  • A highly entertaining and motivational address by the Key Note Dinner Speaker - Claudia Trave (MSc. Italy) Research Assistant and Lecturer at James Cook University Estuary and Coastal Wetland Ecology Laboratory
  • Presentation of Jackets to Outbound Students – District Youth Exchange Chair Graeme Cox
  • Presentation of District badges to students – DG Geoff James
  • Presentation of name badges to students– AG Youth Services Sue Williams
Our DG Geoff and the District Youth Exchange Committee and I would like to thank the local Rotary families and other community members who hosted students; and other Rotarians who assisted in making the weekend very successful.
This is the first time that Maryborough Rotary has undertaken hosting a District Youth Exchange Briefing Weekend. The experience stands us in good stead for the coming District Conference in March 2015.
A quote related to “light” to reinforce the International theme of “Light Up Rotary
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you”.  ~ Maori Proverb

Our District Conference Website is now up and running and Rotarians around the world can check out what is planned for Maryborough on March 20th to 22nd 2015. The site contains a detailed program, notes on the speakers, accommodation options with booking details and a page to make an online booking. Go to and book now!


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