What's Happening at Maryborough Rotary?
Posted by Graeme Rogan
Due to the inability of our guest speaker to attend, this provided an opportune moment for all members to be updated of what is happening in and around the club; and believe me there is plenty.
Committee Chairs provided a summary of current happenings within their respective portfolios:-
- “Get up and Go” Family Fun Day – Sunday, October 26, featuring: “Spring into Summer” Stroll around Lake Victoria, come and try Physical Activity Expo and Goldfields Hunt for the Golden Shoe.
Rotary assisted by providing a healthy BBQ lunch
On Tuesday morning 28th as part of the HALT Program, Rotary served the local Tradies with a BBQ Breakfast at PJ’s Timber and Hardware – HALT (Hope Assistance Local Tradies – Mental Health Program).
- On Wednesday 29th Oct the Family Violence Awareness Committee Strategic Planning second session occurred. Focus on Community Awareness and final version of Plan will be ready mid November.
Oaks Day at the Highland Society next Thursday, Nov 6– all welcome in your finery and frippery. Annual event which is a highlight of the local social calendar with funds to Chaplaincy
- Combined Rotary Clubs of Ballarat have invited Maryborough to display /promote our SayNO2FamilyViolence campaign during “Springfest” on Sunday 2nd Nov.
- Pyrenees Magic Bike Ride Sunday 9th Nov.
- Meeting of Thursday, November 13, will now be held on the Saturday evening 15th at the Highland Society, as part of the club hosting the Outbound and Inbound Youth exchange students.
- RACV Energy Breakthrough Weekend 21st – 23rd Nov Marshalling and BBQ
- District Conference – whilst not happening until March 2015 planning activities and formation of committees for all aspects of the Conference is really starting to ramp up and will involve all members. The Town Hall is a great venue for our conference, but it does have limitations in terms of available space for some aspects of the conference. The use of Tren Du Bourg Hall to alleviate congestion in and around the Town Hall is being examined.
- A quote related to “light” to reinforce the International theme of “Light Up Rotary.”
- “You can't have a light without a dark to stick it in”. ~ Arlo Guthrie
Like our site on Facebook
Restoring vision to hundreds in China
Seeing an elderly Tibetan woman weep with joy when cataract surgery restored her vision after 10 years is the kind of moment Dave Razo will never tire of. For several summers Razo, a member of the Rotary Club of Warner Robins, Georgia, USA, traveled to rural northwest China with a team from Georgia-based nonprofit Gansu Inc., to provide free sight-restoring cataract surgery to some of the country's poorest residents. In 2012, after 22 years and 6,000 successful procedures, Gansu's founder, ophthalmologist William Conrad, retired and discontinued the organization's operations. But Razo didn't...
World Polio Day: Health officials laud polio eradication achievements, point to disease’s endgame
After a year of shrinking polio cases worldwide, the crippling disease is now on the cusp of being eradicated, said top health officials at Rotary's second annual World Polio Day event on 24 October. At a special Livestream program -- World Polio Day: Make History Today -- Rotary leaders joined global health experts and celebrity singers to hail the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. After nearly 30 years, the GPEI, which includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is on...
Dynamic young club uses social media to grow
Erin Mills had just finished teaching for the day in Montevideo, Uruguay, when her smartphone buzzed with a message. An impromptu gathering to watch Uruguay's World Cup soccer match was being organized. Through the power of a mobile messaging app, a majority of the Rotary Club of Plaza Matriz had soon assembled at a member's home to munch on baked goods and chips while rooting for their national team. That enthusiasm and ability to draw a crowd has made the club, which just received its charter in July, a success in the country's capital city. Made up almost entirely of young professionals,...
Previewing the World Polio Day Livestream event
Rotary celebrates World Polio Day on 24 October with a Livestream event featuring expert speakers and celebrity performers. Hosted by Time magazine science and technology editor Jeffrey Kluger, the Chicago event also includes a global status update on the fight to end polio and the challenges that remain, as well as information about joining Rotary's historic campaign. The program, being held before a live audience at 18:30 Chicago time (UTC-5), includes a performance from Tessanne Chin, 2013 winner of the TV show "The Voice," an introductory message and videotaped performance by reggae star...
Creating works of art helps refugee children repair their lives
When asked to describe his future, a refugee child from Iraq draws a picture of himself as a doctor. Another child uses colorful paints to depict happy memories of his former life in Iraq. Both children are among the 200,000 displaced Iraqis who now live in Jordan, a country that has become a safe haven for those fleeing oppression and war in neighboring Palestine, Syria, and Iraq. Alexandra Dawley, a former volunteer with the Collateral Repair Project in Jordan, emphasizes how something as simple as an art project can help young refugees adjust to their new lives in a foreign country. With...