Maryborough Rotary
April 2015

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Raglan House, Raglan St.
Maryborough, Victoria  3465
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What's Happening at Maryborough Rotary?

Chamika Sadler spoke at our club last Thursday and she referred to a video in her address. The link to that talk is as follows. Double click on the link and you should be able to see Chamika's video:

Our two speakers at our Family Violence Review on March 5th

Learning Instruction For Teens (LIFT program) to be held on Thursday, March 5. There are 24 students from both M.E.C. and Highview for a full day of exciting learning and activities with presenter Shane Green.
It will be held in the Hub rooms 4 & 5.
  • Program commencement: 9.15am for a 9.30am start (or earlier if all students present)
  • Morning tea: 10.30 – 10.45am
  • Lunch: 12.15 – 12.45pm
  • Afternoon stretch: 1.45 (5 minutes)
  • Program concludes 3.00pm (to allow students time to return to schools to catch buses)
Any members who would like to attend during the day will be very welcome


Maryborough Rotary would like to invite you to an evening with us as we hear from Rotary Pride of Workmanship recipients, David Scott and Liz Albanese.

David will present his work and training in regards to the Men’s Behavioural Change program. Liz will be giving us highlights from her trip to Penn green Children’s Centre in the UK.

The evening will commence at 6.30pm sharp on Thursday March 5, at Raglan House,


Learning Instruction For Teens (LIFT program) is to be held on Thursday, March 5. There are 24 students from both M.E.C. and Highview for a full day of exciting learning and activities with presenter Shane Green.
It will be held in the Hub rooms 4 & 5.
  • Program commencement: 9.15am for a 9.30am start (or earlier if all students present)
  • Morning tea: 10.30 – 10.45am
  • Lunch: 12.15 – 12.45pm
  • Afternoon stretch: 1.45 (5 minutes)
  • Program concludes 3.00pm (to allow students time to return to schools to catch buses)
Any members who would like to attend during the day will be very welcome

Community Service Projects
  • SayNo2FamilyViolence Strategic Planning Sessions
  • The Maryborough & District Horse and Pony Club (MDHPC) Hickstead raised more than $400 donated to our #SayNo2Family Violence program
  • HALT Program (Hope Assistance Local Tradies – Mental Health Program), Rotary served the local Tradies with a ‘Save your Bacon’ brekky.
  • M/B Rotary Travel Raffle major fund raiser all prizes won by locals
  • Maryborough Rotary, Carisbrook and Maryborough Lions donated funds to purchase a custom made wheelchair/stroller a 9 year old who suffers from cerebral palsy.
  • Oaks Day A wonderfully entertaining afternoon of fun and frolics with the Chaplaincy Oaks Day Luncheon and celebrations, at which Rotary assisted where 100 + punters,  sweeps, lucky prizes and a series of bidding wars during the "auctions' raised more than $3000 for Chaplaincy at MEC.\
  • The Beacon Christmas Dinner at MEC attended by Rotarians partners and friends. The Christmas Dinner was catered for by students. Beacon helps inspire and motivate students to either stay in school and increase their educational engagement and attainment or choose a positive pathway that enables a successful transition to employment, further education or training. Maryborough Rotary supports Beacon whenever and wherever possible.
  • Planning for the District 9780 Conference to be held in March 2015 is in full swing. This is a mammoth undertaking and will involve full club participation along with assistance from other Group 7 clubs.
  • Australia Day 26th January 2015
    Cooked pancakes for attendees
    2. Highlight of the morning was the Club being awarded the Central Goldfields Shire Community Award for the work undertaken via the #SayNo2FamilyViolence Project.
    3. Rotarian Alison Teese received an Order of Australia Medal for her environment and conservation work. Alison farms at Moolort and set up a philanthropic trust to preserve the nation's eucalypts; and has been honoured for her service to conservation and the environment in Victoria.
Youth Activities
  • Maryborough hosted more than 110 District Youth Exchange Committee Members, at the Maryborough Education Centre. A combined Rotary/ Youth Exchange meeting held at the Maryborough Highland Society had 150 in attendance.
  • The RACV Energy Breakthrough and once again Rotarians acted as Marshalls and provided 24 hour catering.
International Service Activities
  • Rotary Foundation Polio Plus fundraising film night for 26th February 2015
    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, at the Regent Cinema, Lydiard St Ballarat
Vocational Activities
  • Maryborough to host Rotary Southern Districts D9780, D9790, D9800, D9810, D9820 Shine On Awards on May 24, 2015 at Maryborough Highland Society.

PP Ian Pitt from RC Beaufort with his Canadian Host Stuart Jackson from Vancouver Island at our meeting last week.
Kathie and Ian stayed with Jane and Stuart on the Canada Rotary Friendship Exchange in 2010.
Maryborough Rotary was fortunate to have them come and visit as it was the only meeting that fitted in with their time here.

Children's author, Susan Day, spoke at Maryborough Rotary last night about her current project to write a book for 8 to 11 year olds that will provide them with strategies for dealing with depression.

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
Our guest speaker was Chamika Sadler from MEC. Chamika is a 17 year old indigenous sports star and has a real talent for Aussie rules football. She is a member of the Maryborough LIONS Women’s Football Team and plays as full back. 

Chamika has recently been drafted into the Victorian girl’s squad and proudly displayed her number 9 AFL Guernsey. She can’t wait until she is famous, sign it for posterity and display it proudly in a prominent place.
Chamika explained that initially she had to play in all boys teams to further her skills and love of the game, and there was no quarter asked or given.
She also spoke about the unique opportunities playing football has provided her: - travel, meeting famous footballers/coaches, experiencing differing playing styles, leadership and communication methods/techniques, but most importantly the value of teamwork.
Chamika spoke about the AFL and its two women’s teams: The Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs and how both teams actively mentor and are role models for younger female players. Growth of the women’s competition is a priority for the Australian Football League and Chief Executive Officer Gillon McLachlan has plans in place for rapid expansion over the next few years.

The club ran a special effort “swindle” to further assist Chamika in her pursuit of playing football at the top level and we wish her well in her endeavours.
Our Club welcomed visitor (and potential member) Judy Rinaldi.
Coming up:
Learn, Plan, Lead - District Assembly

Stawell Secondary College 77 Patrick St, STAWELL May 3rd 9:30 am- 03:30 pm

Group 7:  Stawell - 28th April 6:00pm Golf Club, Stawell. Leaving 4.45pm

2014 Rotary Southern Districts Shine on Awards
Sunday May 24th from 1 pm to 4:30 pm – Lunch 12 to 1pm

A quote related to light to reinforce the International theme of Light Up Rotary:  
“Never fear shadows.
They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby”. ~
Ruth E. Renkel
100th ANZAC Anniversary Saturday 25th April 2015
We honoured the memories of those brave Aussie and NZ soldiers who fought and died and did not return home from Gallipoli 100 years ago.
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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