To do good in our local community, for needy international communities, for the environment and to promote peace on our planet, whilst enjoying each other’s company and making a positive difference in our own lives.
Upcoming Program
(Raglan) Committee Meetings & Reports (April)
Apr 27, 2017
Service Committees
(Highland) Bruce Postle
May 04, 2017
An Evening with Bruce Postle
To Be Advised
May 11, 2017
(Raglan) All Committee Chairs
May 18, 2017
Strategic Plan Review
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
Upcoming Events at Maryborough Rotary
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April 2017
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Ink Spot
James, Geoff
International Toast
State of My Vocation
Breitinger, Harold
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Community Service
Vocational Service
International Service
Rotary Foundation
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Youth Service

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What's Happening at Maryborough Rotary?
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. It was an engaging presentation.
Rotarian Harold kept members engaged with his "State of My Vocation" talk on his work as a 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.
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.
New member, Sam and wife, Rosa shared their story at our club on Thursday morning at Bristol Inn. Sam was a politician in India, and Rosa was studying food processing when they decided to take a leap of faith and try living in Australia. After a time living in Melbourne, they moved to Maryborough to set up an Indian Restaurant and have been very happy with their move. Rosa noted that one of the biggest differences between life in India and life in Australia is that in Australia, wherever you go, the language and culture is basically the same. In India, the language and culture changes dramatically from village to village! At first, Sam and Rosa's two children found it hard to adjust to life in Maryborough, but now they don't want to leave. Our club feels very fortunate to now have some different cultural perspectives in our mix of members.
Rotarian Shane, Jacqie and other club members were active last week end as our club hosted the District 9780 Rypen Camp for 13 to 18 year olds. This year, there was only one camp in the District, so we had young people from all over Western Vistoria. Shane reported that a good time was had by all, and many young people got a lot out of the event. Here is the group waiting for the Personality Workshop on Sunday morning. Thanks again Shane and Jacquie for all your hard work in keeping this event going.
Not only did our club host RYPEN this year, but we also hosted RYLA and PP Derrick and Karen were the Camp Parents for this event. President Martin and Toby made the three and a half hour journey through flood waters to Kangaroobie to attend Wednesday's final dinner on behalf of the club. A big "thank you" to Derrick and Karen for being Camp Parents, and to Martin and Toby for attending the dinner on the Wednesday night. This is a picture of the entrance to the camp.
The State of My Vocation spot is only meant to be a couple of minutes long and is not the same as a "Job Talk" or "Member Talk". Briefly, members share how things are currently going in their CURRENT vocation, focusing maily on how things are changing and why. If the member is retired, the talk can be about what the member is CURRENTLY doing in their retirement, or how things are changing in ONE of their previous vocations. If a rostered member is not going to be present, please arrange for someone else to do the talk. Previous talks have been given by Graeme Rogan, Chris Frahn, Thea Allan, Mallee Rowe
April 20th: Harold Breitinger
April 27th: Rodney Brown
May 11th: Rob Bursill
May 18th: Bob Butterfield
Sergeant Chris Frahn shared his "Two Minutes on the state of (his) Vocation" last Thursday. Chris explained how his "Big Cat Print" business came about after he had lost his car and livelihood in a car accident. After successfully running his new business in Nolan Street for many years, he had an offer from someone in Melbourne to purchase the business, but when the sale fell through at the last minute, Chris and Sue recently moved to their home in Timor where running costs are less. The move doesn't seem to have greatly affected their clientele.
Last Thursday, our own member, Louise Hanby D'Wynn, presented members with some stimulating ideas about possible areas for growth in Maryborough organizations, and particularly our Club. In her sights were Board members of organizations who need to be trained in proper governance skills, Boards that in their composition don't properly represent the age and ethnic groups of members in the organization, and organizations that have poor preparations in place for succession planning. In the lively discussion that followed, most people present seemed to agree that our town and our club needs to do more to make migrants from different cultures feel really welcome, and explore ways our club can be more welcoming for young adults.
{01} Why Rotary Cares
•    Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.
{02} Why Rotary Cares
•    We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.
{03} Rotary Helps Mothers Take Control
•    So, Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.
{04} Example - Education
•    Rotary members teach mothers how to breast-feed, promote immunizations and regular checkups, and distribute insecticide-treated bed nets.
{05} Example - Improved Access to Care
•    Rotary programs improve women’s access to skilled health personnel: doctors, nurses, midwives, or community health care workers.
{06} Example - Clean Birth Kits
•    Rotary members distribute clean birth kits and train health workers in safe delivery of babies.
{07} Example - Mobile Pre Natal Clinics
•    Haiti has the highest maternal and infant mortality rate of any country in the western hemisphere. Rotary provided a fully equipped medical Jeep to volunteers and midwives to reach mothers and children in remote areas.
{08} Example - Cancer Screening
•    Rotarians provided a mobile cancer screening unit and awareness trainings around Chennai, India, where there is a high mortality rate of women with breast and cervical cancer due to late diagnosis.
{09} Example - Safe Home Deliveries - Nigeria
•    Rotary members launched a $3 million, five-year pilot to save lives of mothers and children during home deliveries in Nigeria. Since 2005 — restoring dignity and hope to vulnerable mothers
{10} Summary - We Empower Mothers
•    "If mothers are empowered and healthy, so are their families, leading to an alleviation of poverty and hunger.” - Robert Zinser, co-founder of the Rotarian Action Group for Population and Development and retired president for Asia at chemical giant BASF
{11} So Spread the Word
•    Rotarians are urged to spread the word about Rotary’s work empowering mothers & children
On a recent visit to Portland Rotary several Members of the Maryborough team attended to deliver information to the local club and members of the Police, and other interested partied. The meeting was well attended and the information shared with passion and enthusiasm since the program was started. 
First Photo L-R: Wayne Barrett, PP Garry Higgins, Mayor Anita Rank, Portland Rotary President Richard de Konig, DGN Anthony Ohlsen, Maryborough Rotary Martin Mackay & Bob Butterfield.
Second Photo, L-R: Police )fficer Paul Phelan, PP Garry Higgins &  Wayne Barrett
Much discussion  was held and the audience was absorbing all the information given, they were already with a barrage of questions which were promptly answered. Adaption of what Maryborough has done to fit the new community has been thought through with much work to be done by the community taking on the project with the guidance of PP Garry Higgins and his very enthusiastic team. 
Celebrity Chef, Jeffrey Tan shared his remarkable story at our club last Thursday. He started his working life as an Accountant, but has always had a passion for cooking and made sure he followed that passion. Now he is a cooking consultant and has raised over 3 million dollars for charity with his Charity dinners.
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