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Upcoming Program
NOTE! Meeting moved to Saturday Night
Jun 03, 2017
International Dinner at Highland Society on June 3rd
(Guides Hall) Visit to Guides Hall
Jun 08, 2017
Guiding in Maryborough
(Raglan) Plan Affirmation Night
Jun 15, 2017
Confirming Goals for the Coming Year
(TBA) President Martin Mackay
Jun 22, 2017
Martin's Final Night
NOTE! Meeting moved to Saturday Night
Jul 01, 2017
Changeover Dinner at Highland on Saturday July 1st
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May 2017
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State of My Vocation
Butterfield, Robert
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President Elect
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President Martin gave a report on our recent Group 7 meeting at Beaufort where the guest speak was a gentleman working with a men's behavioural change program in Ballarat. he was originally from New Zealand and started his speech with a fascinating "prayer" to the local spirits.
The District 9780 "Code of Conduct" document has been passed by the District Board and clubs are invited to include the document in all new member packages from now on. This is the text of the document:
The Rotary D9780 Code of Conduct sets the standard of behaviour expected of all Rotarians, partners and volunteers in District 9780 and is underpinned by Rotary’s Guiding Principles and the Four Way test. It is designed to ensure that all Rotarians and volunteers are aware of their obligations and responsibilities.
As a Rotarian or volunteer in Rotary District 9780, I will;
  • Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviours and activities,
  • Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary
  • Conduct all of my personal, business and professional affairs ethically, encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others
  • Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings.In particular,
    • I will not act unlawfully by discriminating against any Rotarian, volunteer or member of the public on the basis of age, gender, marital status, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation , mental or physical ability, political or religious beliefs, social background or health
  • Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society
  • Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others and to improve the quality of life in my community
  • Honour the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything that will bring disfavour or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians. In particular,
    • I will represent Rotary International in a positive light;
    • I will support an environment in which all persons are safe from emotional, physical, verbal and sexual abuse; and
    • I will respect other’s rights to privacy and the confidentiality of their personal information.
  • Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship.
Rotarian Leigh proposed the toast to an International Rotary club on Thursday, and chose a club from the town where his new acquired "in-laws" live.
Chairs and Directors presented their updated Strategic plans to club members last Thursday. These revised plans will be  listed in an updated Strategic Plan document to be emailed to all Club Members in the next few weeks. 2018-2019 promises to be an exciting year.
PP David Hare proposed an International Toast to a Rotary Club he had visited in New Zealand the last time he was there.
DGN Anthony shared a video presentation of current thinking about our club's application to obtain funds from the Potter Foundation to distribute information about our Family Violence Program to the world. Central to the presentation is the concept of a distribution hub that would provide a mechanism to assist the sharing of information as well as providing some form of quality control over what goes out. It seemed to be quite a sophisticated concept and there were a number of questions from members attempting to grasp exactly how the hub might work. The Family Violence committee is looking for further feed-back that might assist them in going forward with this exciting venture.
At Thursday's meeting, Rotarian Bob Butterfield provided a fascinating insight into his vocations as a tennis player and coach as part of our "State of My Vocation" series. Pictured is a group of players who attended one of Bob's many clinics.
Bob challenged those present to consider the state of our local tennis courts which have greatly deteriorated from the state in which he played competetive tennis as a young player and which he then considered to be amongst the best courts in the State.  He suggested that while a lack of qualified tennnis coaching may diminish the prospects of younger players joining the game, the greater variety of sports available to young people to play was also responsible for a drift away from the game by potential new players. 
{01} Not For Profit Organizations
•    Most Rotary clubs are incorporated as “Not for Profit” (NFP) organizations
•    This status has some legal advantages, but also involves responsibilities to the law
•    These responsibilities sit alongside our Rotary Obligations
{02} Role of the NFP Board
•    Makes decisions about strategic directions, goals and activities of the organization
•    Monitors the performance of the organization in relation to its goals
•    Oversees Risk Management
•    Oversees the financial sustainability of the club
•    Makes decisions about disciplinary actions
•    Reports to members
•    Ensures the organization operates within the law
{03} Role of Each NFP Board Member
•    Understand the business of the club
•    Attend Board meetings
•    Be active in the organization e.g. attend events
•    Attend the Annual General Meeting
•    Provide advice to inform Board decisions
•    Declare actual or perceived conflict of interest
•    Govern & oversee the club’s operations
{04} Board Role C/F Other Roles
•    Board member role is strategic
•    Has to do with Governing the Club
•    NOT the management or operations
•    Projects and activities are run by committees, chairs and co-ordinators - NOT the Board
•    Board NOT involved in day to day running of the club – but it delegates authority to Chairs
{05} 4 Legal Obligations of NFP Board Members - Obligation 1
•    1. Duty to Act in Good Faith and For Proper Purposes
•    Act honestly, fairly and loyally
•    Put interests of club first – above self interest
•    Only act for proper purposes i.e. to benefit the organization
•    Be familiar with the Club Constitution
{06} 4 Legal Obligations of NFP Board Members – Obligation 2
•    2. Duty to Act with Care, Skill and Diligence
•    Monitor and make decisions about strategic direction of club
•    Be serious – give the role sufficient time, thought and energy
•    Use your specialized skills to assist the Club
•    Be diligent: keep up to date on developments, ask for more information when required, make your own independent decisions after hearing experts
{07} 4 Legal Obligations of NFP Board Members – Obligation 3
•    3. Duty not to dishonestly use your position or information
•    Board members have a position of power and trust and access to confidential information
•    Board members must not use their position to gain advantage for themselves
•    Every decision must benefit the club
•    The position cannot be used to benefit yourself or to in any way harm the club.
{08} 4 Legal Obligations of NFP Board Members – Obligation 4
•    4. Duty to avoid conflicts of interest
•    Conflicts of interest are common – having one is not the problem
•    The problem arises when the Board member prefers their own interests (or family interests) above the interests of the club
•    ALL Conflicts of interest must be disclosed as soon as you are aware of them – the Club Board must then decide whether you can continue in the decision making process
{09} Liability of Board Members
•    Board members are typically NOT personally liable (i.e. legally responsible) for the debts or consequences of the organization
•    Personal liability MAY apply when:
•    a Board member doesn’t take reasonable care to minimize risk of harm
•    A member knew, or is reckless about, and could have prevented contravening of environment laws
{10} More Information
•    www.nfplaw.org.au (Not for Profit law resources)
•    www.acnc.gov.au (Australian Charities and Not For profits Commission)
•    Associations Incorporation Act 1964, 1981, 1985, 1991, 2001, 2009, 2012, 2015,)
•    A Document with all this information and more will be sent to all Board members
Last Thursday, legendary Age photographer, Bruce Postle enthralled an audience of over one hundred Rotarians and locals with his stories behind some of his most famous photographs. We saw amazing photographs of sunrises, bushfires, floods, sporting greats, entertainers, politicians, royalty, ordinary Australians and iconic Australian events. The event was a fund raiser for our Family Violence program.
On the left, some of the Maryborough team at Sunday's District Training Assembly - preparing for another year of service above self. On the right is the District Governor team for the next Rotary year - Governor Nominee Rosanne Kava, Governor Elect, Anthony, and Governor Ray Herbert
On Thursday the 27th, Service committees met and chairs reported on progress as we head towards the end of this Rotary year. Meryl reported on the International committee's Dinner coming up on June 4th and a plan to have another, "Days for Girls" event. Tracey reported on the Youth Committee plans, and Noel outlined the Community Service program.
Last weeks Round 6 FNFF result was 75-73 so the winner was 5-3 and Bob Butterfield had the lucky square. This was a square Bob purchased on Thursday night with his winnings from the week before. Well done Bob.
Acting Sergeant Murray gave Shane the opportunity to tell his favourite joke, and it certainly rang a bell with members!
Rod Brown presented his "State of My Vocation" talk on the 27th and painted a compelling picture of key changes in the transport industry since he started working in this area in the 70's. Truck engines are now almost 4 times as powerful as they were in the 70's and yet they are more fuel efficient. Many different kinds of fuels are being tried and the most promising is liquid gas, but it requires a lot of superstructure changes to make it viable.   The Club thanked Rod for painstakingly explaining the source of his capacity to pay the large and many fines he faced after he finished speaking.  
On Thursday, past Rotary member, John Sedunary shared his own recent journey since leaving Maryborough, and also the work of the Compassionate Friends organization of which he is currently CEO in Victoria.  It was an engaging presentation.  Compassionate Friends delivers support to bereaved parents, irrespective of the age or circumstances of the child who passed away and includes support for those whose children were miscarried.  Grants from State and Federal Government sustain the organisation.  One insight John shared was that the 'stages of grief' with which members may be familiar may not be experienced sequentially but simultaneously, retrospectively and repetitively.   
Rotarian Harold kept members engaged with his "State of My Vocation" talk on his work as an Engineering Timber Tester. It was fascinating to hear how Harold's small, private business has been successfully competing against Governments and Universities around Australia for the niche market of testing the quality and strength of timber products. Next week's "State of My Vocation" speaker will be Rodney Brown.
We've already had some changes to the "State of My Vocation" talk roster, so Version 2 will be emailed to members soon - please get rid of the old version. Here are the dates and names for the next 6 weeks:
Harold Breitinger
Rodney Brown*#
Bob Butterfield
Tony Coyle
Organize your tickets, table and chosen country now for the International Dinner at the Highland Society on June 3rd. Get tickets from the Highland society and tell Meryl your country.
PP and current Secretary Derrick revealed some of his experiences as a Camp Parent (with Karen) at the recent District RYLA camp at Kangaroobie. He said at least 10 young lives were significantly changed for the better by the RYLA experience and he encouraged our club to always make the effort to send a young adult to the camp each year.  Aside from these comments Derrick reminded Club Members that 'what happens at RYLA stays at RYLA'.  
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