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Raglan House, Raglan St.
Maryborough, Victoria  3465
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What's Happening at Maryborough Rotary?
District Governor Stephen Lamond visited our club last Thursday and challenged us to keep up our good work and especially our efforts to work with other District Rotary Clubs and other local service clubs.

PP Derrick Marsden was presented by DG Stephen with the Crystal plaque and a badge for being our club's second member of the Rotary Bequest Society by promising $10,000 to Rotary from his estate. Well done, Derrick for your efforts to see that Rotary's good work continues into the future.

Last Thursday, Rotarian Louise Hanby D'Wynn proposed a toast to the Rotary Club of Colombo in Sri Lanka, and then presented President Martin with a club banner from the Sri Lankan club.

1. 1951: The Suggestion
•    1951 Hans Ebling (Rotary Club of Ballarat) suggested to incoming President, Bert Stohr that Maryborough could support a new club
•    Ebling appointed as Governor’s Rep. for the new club by DG Len Clarkson
2. 1951: Interviews
•    Ebling & Tom Boyle (recently moved to Maryborough from Ballarat) started interviewing prospective members
3. 1952 Feb. 14th: Organizational Meeting
•    Several Ballarat members attended first Organizational meeting
•    The Group met weekly up until Charter    
4. 1952 July 14th: Charter
•    Charter meeting on evening of July 14th 1952 in Maryborough Town Hall
•    Chaired by Bert Stohr (Ballarat)
•    Part of Rotary District 33
•    201 attendees saw 22 members inducted
5. First President(s)
•    Vern Benjamin elected as first president but had to resign
•    Frank Lowery took over and continued into next Rotary year
6. First Meeting Location
•    First meetings held at Harris’s Café in Nolan Street – next to Paramount Theatre
7. 1957: Move to the RSL
•    As numbers grew, meetings were transferred to RSL Hall in High Street in 1957
•    Meals provided by RSL Ladies for 60 years\
8. 1957: Became part of District 250
•    Linked with Castlemaine, Daylesford and many Melbourne Clubs
9. 1977: Rejoined District 978
•    Linked with Ballarat and Western Victoria again
•    District 978 became 9780 in 1991
10. 1980: First District Governor
•    Frank Lowery installed as District Governor of District 978 on July 1st
•    District Conference was held in Ballarat in 1981
11. 2002: First Female member
•    Sharon Fanning was inducted as the club’s first female member on December 5th 2002
•    Sharon transferred from a Rotary Club in the Northern Territory
•    Pieta McNaught was the first female nominated by our members and was inducted in 2005
12. 2006: Construction of "The Shed"
•    A “Hangar” built at the airport to store our trailers and equipment
•    The brainchild of past Rotarian Noel Quaife
13. 2006: Havilah Catering
•    When RSL Ladies disbanded in 2005, the club looked at alternative venues and catering options
•    Havilah Volunteer Catering Group was selected to provide meals at RSL
14. 2012: Move to Raglan Street
•    As RSL catering facilities deteriorated, club meetings moved to the Community Room at Havilah’s Raglan Street premises
15. 2015: First District Conference in Maryborough
•    The Club hosted the first District Conference in Maryborough at the Maryborough Town Hall during March, 2015

On 17 August 2016 (9am to 3pm) we have about 22 MEC students looking to participate in the 'mock interview' process with our Club.  This coming week we are going to request commitment to volunteers to take part as 'mock employers'.  

On Sunday 28th of August there will be a Working Bee at the Rotary Shed at the Airport from 10am. Lunch will be supplied in the form of a BBQ for those who attend.
For catering purposes, could those attending please let Karen McCarthy know, or mark your name on the sheet at a meeting.

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