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Maryborough Rotary

Service Above Self

Every Thursday, 6 for 6.30PM.
Dining Hall,
Raglan House, Raglan Street
(But Always Check under Heading, "Upcoming Speakers & Events" on website)
Maryborough, VIC  3465
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To do good in our local community, for needy international communities, for the environment and to promote peace on our planet, whilst enjoying each other’s company and making a positive difference in our own lives.
Upcoming Program at Maryborough Rotary
March 2018
Meeting Responsibilities
Ink Spot
James, Geoff
International Toast
State of My Vocation
Butterfield, Robert
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Community Service
Vocational Service
International Service
Rotary Foundation
Public Relations
Bulletin Editor
Youth Service
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What's Happening at Maryborough Rotary?
Hugh Delahunty, Central Goldfields Administrator and past Parliamentarian shared his story with our club members on Thursday.
Our Club Board has been concerned that our Club is sometimes forced to make decisions about involvement in events without having accurate information.
The membership committee has come up with a system to try to remedy this problem.
Every member in our club has been allocated to one of nine Contact Groups. Each group is managed by a Group Coordinator
The Group Coordinators have been chosen by the membership committee. Most coordinators are members the Membership committee or members of the Club Executive who are reasonably regular attenders at meetings. They have all agreed to do this role.
The Role of each coordinator is to simply contact absent members in their group (usually by phone) when the club requires feedback e.g. when collecting volunteers for a Barbeque or Bike Ride event etc.
People running events will usually ask at a meeting who is available for some event, and the Group coordinators have agreed to contact those members who aren’t at the meeting to ensure they are given the opportunity to participate.
For this to work, it is important that a full list of club members is used when collecting volunteers for events – we can then indicate to group coordinators the people who are absent. We will make these sheets available in the cupboard here.
The coordinator will certainly not put pressure on anyone to participate – their approach will be, “The club wants to know who’s available for a Barbeque on April 7th at 8am – if you’re interested and available, would you please contact Thea sometime this week – or I can tell her if you like.”
Group 1 – Coordinator: Mallee
Group 2 – Coordinator: Harold
Group 3 – Coordinator: Peter
Group 4 – Coordinator: John C
Group 5 – Coordinator: Garry
Group 6 – Coordinator: Geoff
Group 7 – Coordinator: Martin
Group 8 – Coordinator: Derrick
Group 9 – Coordinator: Thea
Every member will be sent a list of all the groups with contact details in this coming week
If a Group Coordinator is absent when a list of responses is required, we would ask one of the group members to take over the role. In most cases, it simply means a couple of phone calls.
Once it is up and running, we would value your feedback on how this system is working
Our presentation last Thursday was a video talk from Susan Pinker given at a Ted Conference last April. Susan shared  the latest research on why people live longer, and she concludes that the two key factors are that you have at least 3 close relationships in your life, and that you interact socially with other people on a regular basis - e.g. talking to the postman, chatting with shopkeepers, playing cards with friends, coming to Rotary etc. Our brains release all kinds of positive chemicals when we have to interact, face to face with others. The talk is entitled, "The Secret to Living Longer May Be Your Social Life" and it is available on Youtube.
PP Martin took the reins for last Thursday's meeting due to our President not being well. We wish Karen a speedy return to pain-free health.
At our meeting on Thursday last week, as part of our "Share Your Vocation" segment, PP Brian Thomas shared his fascinating story of making beautiful boxes out of Australian Cedar and distributing them world wide. Part of his enjoyment from this was joining the Bendigo Woodworking group for networking.  Brian did this for about 15 years, whilst at the same time also experiencing flower growing of proteas.  Brian couldn't stress enough how important networking is in your chosen career or interests. Brian has provided his Australian cedar boxes to the President of the USA, Royalty in England and the RIPA from Bangladesh.
Thank you to Brian for such an interesting vocational talk
A wheel has been the symbol of Rotary since our earliest days. The first design was made by Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver.
  • He drew a simple wagon wheel, with a few lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was said to illustrate "Civilization and Movement."
  • Most of the early clubs had some form of wagon wheel on their publications and letterheads.
  • Finally, in 1922, it was decided that all Rotary clubs should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. Here is one proposal considered.
  • In 1923, the present gear wheel with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted by the "Rotary International Association."
  • The gear teeth around the outside represent the fact that work is to be done. The six spokes represent the inner direction and path of our Vocational Service, through the representation of our membership via the classification system.
  • Similarly, these same spokes represent an outward distribution path of Rotary's ideals of service and the Four Way Test… going out toward the community, vocations and businesses that our members represent.
  • A group of engineers advised that the gear wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a "keyway" in the centre of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So, in late 1923 the keyway was added
  • The keyway signifies that the wheel was a "worker and not an idler". It also represents the individual Rotarian member, who is the key factor in every club.
  • Quality members are the keys, needed for the hub to engage with the shaft and turn, putting the energy into motion and creating the power for the gears to do their work.
  • At the 1929 Rotary International Convention, it was determined that blue and gold would be the official colors of the organization, so the wheel was designed with these colors.
  • The four blue bands within the outer radius of the gear represent our four avenues of service. And the design which we now know was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.
  • In 2011, as a result of an extensive research campaign, Rotary decided that the word “Rotary” should be added to the wheel, and that has now become the “Masterbrand Signature” of Rotary
  • The wheel as a single colour can be used by itself (known as the “Mark of Excellence”) but only if the Masterbrand Signature is on the same page somewhere
  • Club and Rotary organization names must now be included in the design when used publicly
  • In 2016, the “Voice and Visual Identity Guidelines” document was distributed to Rotarians with the understanding that the new guidelines would be phased in as soon as practicable
President Karen made a presentation of a framed "Four Way Test" to Vocational Scholarship winner, Kelsey Chandler and wished her well as Kelsey heads off to the UK to learn about World's Best Practice in her Vocational Area. We look forward to hearing about her travels and studies when she returns.
Last Thursday, PP and Past Principal, John Caulfield shared his vocational experiences since retiring as Principal of the Maryborough Education Centre. Like many of our members, John has continued to make a difference to the world through family, community and Rotary service.
February is Rotary's Peace and Conflict Resolution Month
The Problem
Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year. Half of those killed in conflict are children, and 90 percent are civilians.

What Rotary Does
  • We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.
  • We address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
  • Rotary’s People for People Foundation, has helped 10,000 families afford food, clothing, rent, utilities, medications, and other necessities.
  • Rotaract clubs in the Philippines conduct antibullying campaigns in schools to teach children how to handle conflict peacefully from an early age.
  • In Louisiana, Rotary tacked violence against women by helping a shelter provide food, clothing, legal advocacy, and counseling to over 500 women in one year.  
  • In Australia, Rotary clubs raise awareness and funds to prevent domestic violence and support its victims.  
  • In Nigeria, a university president and Rotary Club  fight Boko Haram by educating and feeding victims
  • Rotary members in a small town of Nova Scotia, Canada, took action to bring two families from war-torn Syria to their country, where the refugees are starting a new life.
  • $US142 million has been raised by Rotary to support Peace
  • 1000+ Peace Scholars have been trained and distributed to needy areas around the world
Thank You Rotary

What a sensational day weather wise for the local Central Goldfields Shire Council Australia Day Service.  After some very hot conditions in the days leading up to the day the weather was extremely pleasant for the breakfast.  The local Lions Club cooked up a storm on the BBQ whilst the Rotarians cooked several hundred pancakes.  Special thank you to Robyn Jennings and Derrick Marsden for the magnificent effort to cook so many pancakes.  Of course the pancakes were cooked to perfection because of the magnificent mixing of the batter by Harold Breitinger,  Murray Henderson and Graeme Rogan. All of these gentleman did their special part in the mixing process to ensure just the right consistency.  All Rotarians in attendance enjoyed the morning and it was a pleasure to see so many people to enjoy the service.
Congratulations to the many award recipients in particular;
Joint Citizen of the Year winners - Dan and Dianne Mullins
Community Activity of the Year - Street Harvest Program
Young Citizen of the Year - Rohan Mackay
and finally
Annie, Christopher and Lian Marquez (originally from the Philippines) were made Australian citizens.
Every ticket needs to be accounted for by Ballarat South Rotary otherwise a Stat Dec is required.
If you are not coming to the breakfast on Friday please contact President Karen on 0428 697 823

It was delightful to see and hear the passion from Maggie Tranter, our latest NYSF attendee.  Maggie was so excited and a pleasure to listen to about her time and experiences whilst attending the two week camp in Canberra. The possible one down side was the 14 hour bus trip to actually arrive there. Once arrived the students were divided into groups - Maggie's was Health and Medical and there were 14 in her group for the time.

Some of the places of interest that Maggie attended were;

  • Parliament House
  • Animal Referral Hospital - observed surgery on a pug dog, a golden retriever
  • Canberra Hospital - visit to Pathology Labs and viewed the results of infectious diseases on humans - of particular interest were how the Chemistry and Biology knowledge work together to complete a diagnosis
  • Observed a Biomechanics workshop
  • Participated in a workshop regarding Thinking Big - and how to use stress for better
  • War Memorial Institution
  • Dress up for the disco as baby sharks
  • A break day on the middle Sunday - watched movies and had some down time
  • ACU campus
  • Observed a video conference of Physics in the USA - one in particular resonated with Maggie from a great speaker who was the first lady scientist in Physics
From this Maggie thinks she had decided her future path in Medical area - pathology
Thank you to Maggie for such a wonderful presentation and good luck for Year 12 this year and your chosen career path
Terry and Thea's grandchildren, Max and Billy received a certificate of appreciation from President Karen last Thursday. Max and Billy have been regular helpers at our Roadside cleanup and at Dowie Park.
DGE Anthony and Kerry spent some relaxed time with International President Elect Barry Rassin and his wife, Esther at the recent International Assembly. No doubt, Anthony was inspired!
Rotary International President Elect, Barry Rassin has just announced his theme for 2018-19 - it is, "Be the Inspiration".
Apart from urging us to be inspirational during the next Rotary year, this will be the theme we need to address at the D9780 Conference here in Maryborough.
Last Thursday, President Elect Meryl introduced members to the new Rotary theme for 2018-19.
Meryl reminded members that this will be the theme for DGE Anthony's year, as well as for our club.
Let us all be an inspiration to each other and to our community.
Our Rotarians and spouses were inspired by their visit to the MDHS last Thursday. After being hosted by MDHS for a delicious dinner, members were shown through the brand new Centre of Inspired Learning by CEO Terry Welch. This is a dedicated learning centre where nurses can be trained using state of the art simulated training methods using fully functional medical equipment and personal video feedback of everything they do. It is the first centre of its type in Victoria, and is likely to inspire many other country hospitals to follow in its path.
Due to circumstances beyond the control of the club, we must unfortunately postpone our Taste of Gold Cider Festival until another suitable time, late this year or early next year. All patrons who have paid money will have it refunded.
Rotarians enjoyed a fun night out at the Maryborough Golf Club last Thursday. After a generous three course meal, some of our members tried their hand at lawn bowls - with varying degrees of success.
Almost ninety Rotarians and guests rocked in 2018 at the Maryborough Town Hall on New Year's Eve. Participants danced to the music of "Seriously Sixties". The "Lucky Draw" winner was Andrew Harman from Ballarat, and "runner-up" prizes went to Bob Osborne and Ben Haywood. Others won prizes for the "Lucky Door" and "Lucky Spots". A big "thank you" to PE Meryl for organizing the event, to those Rotarians or friends who helped to set up and dismantle the hall - including Jackie Dellavedova who mopped the whole floor, as well as Shane, Derrick, Karen, Rod, Peter, Geoff & Meryl, to Margaret Rumpff who set up the winning hamper, to Derrick and Karen, Geoff and Meryl and the new Paramount Theatre for prizes, and to the band - some of whom donated their time and others who played for significantly reduced amounts. A good time was had by all, and we should raise well over half a grand for our Club Youth Programs. Pictures show the band in action, Rodney and Sue, Tom and Rosemary and PDG Jessie Harman who was part of a large table from Wendouree Breakfast Rotary.
Members are urged to look for the updated list of "State of My Vocation" talks that will be sent to everyone around the same time as this week's bulletin. It lists SUGGESTED times for the next six months for members who, as far as we know, might still be willing to do a 3 minute talk on what is happening in their vocational area at the moment (if they are in employment) OR what they are currently doing to fill in their days (if in retirement). If you do NOT want to do one of these talks and your name is on the list, just send Geoff James an email saying you'd like to be crossed off the list - no problem whatsoever. If you have already told Geoff you don't want to do a talk and your name is still on the list, please email him again.