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What's Happening at Maryborough Rotary?
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.
Thursday night was an exciting night. President Karen McCarthy surprised both the club members and PDG PHF Geoff James with a Royce Abbey Award, once he had finished presenting the Vocation Awards. The distraction of doing that allowed President Karen to make sure Geoff's daughter Cathy had arrived from Castlemaine in time for the Presentation. The arrival of Catherine so surprised him that he was speechless. He was presented with an artwork that was donated by Karen and previously owned by Past RI President, Royce Abbey. It was done by Gilles Peltier, a past Rotarian from Canada who produced the Artwork on Plexiglass in 1987 to be auctioned to raise money for a Canadian club. Along the way, it was presented to Royce Abbey in his year as RI President in 1988- 1989
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
Rotarian Harold gave members a review of our recent debate with the Maryborough Education Centre students and also a preview of our LIFT program with Indigenous students.
Ink Spot 29: Rotary’s Famous 711
Rotary History
<1> Why is 711 significant to Rotary?
▪    Number 711 is significant – why?
▪    Not the Store Chain
▪    Room 711, Unity Building
▪    127 North Dearborn St. Chicago
▪    Birthplace of RI in 1905
<2> The Room
▪    Room belonged to Gus Loehr, Engineer
▪    Location of “the” first Rotary meeting
<3> A Meeting of 4 Friends
▪    A meeting between Paul Harris
▪    …and 3 friends
<4> Room 711 Preserved as a Museum
▪    Originally, preserved as a mini museum
▪    By Rotarians around the world…
▪    …contributing to the “Paul Harris 711 Club”
<5>           Unity Building Destroyed
▪    1989 - Unity Building was to be torn down
▪    Members of 711 club dismantled the room piece by piece
▪    Placed contents in storage
<6> Room Re-created
▪    1994, Room 711 re-created after painstaking research…
▪    …at RI Headquarters in Evanston
<7> Now a Mecca for Rotarians
▪    Now visited by Rotarians around the world
<8> A Fitting Reminder
Toby seemed to have great delight in toasting, on Thursday, an International Rotary club near Seattle with the same name as his surname - the Rotary Club of Bainbridge!
PP PHF Derrick shared his experience of going back to work in his "3 Minute State of My Vocation" talk on Thursday. For Derrick, the big difference has been dealing with "the Cloud" in most of his tasks. Members thought that meant he was off with the fairies!
What would you do with an extra 30 hours a month?
Busy Lifestyle syndrome and the Boiling Frog
  • You can be working away, trying to manage several things and not realise that the water is getting hotter and hotter. Soon it becomes boiling and you’re cooked! You have run out of time and energy
Most people’s pain points
  • Interruptions- 70%
  • Lack of focus-53%
  • Not enough time – 36%
  • Not enough control – 23%
  • Managing priorities – 9%
  • Easily distracted – 9%
Top 10 Time saving Tips
{01} Make a To Do list
  • Within this list, schedule deadlines for yourself and others
{02} Energy batch
  • Identify when you are at your peak
  • Complete harder tasks during this time
{03} Schedule “Me time” and breaks
  • Your busy life must include some down time and time for yourself to do the things you enjoy
{04} Reject all of the following:
  • Multi-tasking – studies show this is not productive
  • Interruptions
  • Procrastination
  • Not setting priorities
  • Open deadlines
  • Saboteurs
  • Your own inner saboteur
{05} Control emails and phone calls
  • Batch
  • 4 – D’s (Drop unimportant tasks. Delay less important. Delegate where you can. Do)
  • Triage phone calls
  • Use smart messages
  • Use voicemail – control when you can ring back
{06} Control meetings
  • Always have an agenda and try to stick to it
  • Ask for items of business prior to meeting and don’t include new ones without notice
  • Identify meeting time – be clear about start and end times and consider how long it needs to be
  • Set meeting protocols
{07} Decide Once!!
{08} Outsource
  • Check if this is the best option and use of time
  • Ensure you consider your time per hour when deliberating your options
{09} Insource
  • Seek others assistance if necessary and when available
  • Consider other staff who may have time and the particular skills required
{10} Reject Piling –
  • put things away
  • only touch paper once
  • deal with it
Maggie Tranter attended the District National Youth Science Forum selection day in Ararat on Sunday the 6th August.
The day was full of interviews, impromptu speeches and debates in a process designed to allow the District NYSF representatives to select those students who displayed a keen interest in the sciences to represent District 9780 at the Canberra or Brisbane Science Forum.
Maggie was very excited about the day and talked about it most of the way home.
At 8.30pm on Sunday night, Maggie was contacted and advised that her application and nomination by the Rotary Club of Maryborough was successful and she will be attending the NYSF in either Canberra or Brisbane in January 2018.
Maggie wished to express her appreciation to the Club for nominating her and genuinely thanked those members who had helped prepare her for the day
Congratulations Maggie.  
We were privileged and excited to see and hear from Angus Mc Pherson (STEM coordinator) and passionate students from MEC; Deacon Farrow, Rose Mc Nabb, Alix Ford and Will Macdonnell.
STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  The idea of the program is to enthuse, motivate and challenge students into these fields of study.
MEC staff have two goals;
  • STEM for all students - think creatively; more experiments in science; design process for trade subjects and increased digital technologies
  • STEM opportunities for interested students - Excursions, camps, clubs and Industry visits
The students have attended various programs;
  • Alix - spent 3 days at Monash University experiencing Electrical challenges - robo moths on day 1; making a spaghetti bridge on day 2 and experiencing the STEM camp
  • Deacon - my digit experience attended DigIT provided by Macquarie University - Sydney; over two days (one in January and another in July) and completing amazing projects involving coding and design                 
  • Will, Rose and Deacon attended a program provided by University of Newcastle (in Bendigo). They competed in teams with different challenges again; they made a car which repeatedly crashed without breaking the 3 eggs it was carrying inside the frame, also made a prosthetic hand to enable it to pick up items and an electrical challenge; Deacon participated in a major project designing a car to go over rocky terrain and designing a fidget and then using a 3D printer to print it in plastic.  The other main purpose for program was that the students showed initiative, were encouraged to experience collective impact and collaboration to complete 3 tasks.  This program is an annual event and was funded mainly by Rotary.

“A day at the races”at the Maryborough Harness Racing Club, to promote awareness of our #SayNO2familyviolence campaign, was very successful with an estimated 10 million views world wide of the event. In addition the event was screened into over 3500 clubs and pubs throughout Australia; such great visibility of our Club’s program.

Over $2300 was raised out of the event which was a great result.

Special mention must go to Rotarians Bob Butterfield, Chris Frahn and PP Martin Mackay for putting this event together and to President Karen, assisted by Rotarian Terry Allan, for “flogging” all those raffle tickets supplied by Big Cat Printing which netted about $1000.

Thank you also to Country Trends for prizes.

The “Brownlow” would have to go to PHF Bob Osborne for spending the whole day on the microphone hosting the day. Not a bad effort for one of our longest serving Rotarians who hasn’t been in the best of health lately.

Again, another great example of the power of Rotary.

Finally a special thanks to Les Chapman and the Maryborough Harness Racing Club for their continued support of the #SayNO2familyviolence campaign.

Club members voted for a new set of rules last Thursday (July 27th) which clariufy our membership area, increase the size of the Board, and bring our club into line with changes made at the most recent Rotary Council of Legislation.
Murray Henderson shared the story of the changes in his vocation at Thursday's meeting. After being the manager of a large farm and dealing with pasture improvement and producing elite animals, and serious accident changed his life. Now he delivers bread to district bakeries and loves it - apart from running into kangaroos which is definitely a work hazard!
Rotarian Tracey Smith won the prize for Heads and Tails last Thursday - and members should note that prizes have been significantly improved!
On Saturday night, Martin Mackay handed over the Presidential chain of office to Karen McCarthy who becomes our 2017-18 Rotary Club President. Over 130 people from numerous Rotary, and other Service clubs witnessed the handover. Thanks for a great year, Martin, and all the very best for your year, President Karen. Also pictured are the new Board members for this coming year.
PP David Hare gave an interesting review of the changes in the Optometry industry over recent years. These changes include Optometrists being able to prescribe more medications to assist clients with visual problems, and using cameras that can provide images of the eyes without the need for eye drops etc.
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