What's Happening at Maryborough Rotary?
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
1. Cooked pancakes for attendees2. 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.
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
- 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.
Posted by Graeme Rogan
With no guest speaker available Rtn John Williamson graciously stepped into the breach and provided everyone present with an impromptu “job talk”.
The “job talk” covered many topics including primary and secondary schooling, graduating from University of New England, traveling to Australian Farm Management Society annual conference meetings with Thea and Terry, where he met and wooed his wife of many years, Alison, taking over the running and management of the family farm “Lochinvar”.
John declared that farming has changed radically. Agronomic applications such as various soil and plant sciences to soil management and crop production and scientific agriculture in the areas of plant genetics, plant physiology, cereal chemistry (grain quality) and meteorology are now common place.
Along with the above there is also the change in weather patterns over the years (or is it climate change) all interspersed with the good years; the hard dry years of drought - particularly the millennium drought. Overall a fascinating overview of life on the land.
Several thoughts spring to mind:-
“A farmer’s life for me ...” "One man and his dog went to mow a meadow ... ”
“A farmer’s life for me ...” "One man and his dog went to mow a meadow ... ”
“Light is good from whatever lamp it shines”. ~ Author Unknown
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 http://www.rotary9780conference.com.au/ and book now!
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