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What's Happening at Maryborough Rotary?
Our club was well represented at the District Changeover in Mount Gambier last Sunday. One big but pleasant surprise was that our club was awarded the "Best Project of the Year" award for our Family Violence work. Outgoing DG Stephen presented the award to President Martin. Later in the afternoon, Anthony Ohlsen was confirmed as DGE for 2017-18 - only one year to go before we have our third District Governor at the club. President Martin was also confirmed by incoming DG Ray Herbert as a new Assistant Governor for Group 7. All in all, a very big day for our club.
PP Garry Higgins was guest speaker at the Stawell Changeover on Tuesday night and provide everyone with a great overview of how Maryborough has developed its family violence program. There was a lot of interest from all in attendance.
Due to a power blackout caused by a road accident on the Highway near Beaufort, the Beaufort Rotary Club Changeover Dinner was held in Candlelight. The candles created a great atmosphere, and a good roll up of guests saw Past President George Kirsanovs inducted for a second year in the job. Guest speakers were a couple of Year 11 girls from the Beaufort Secondary College who spoke about their experience coming second to many big Melbourne schools at the Model United Nations event at Parliament House recently.
All members are urged to complete the Engagement survey and get it to PDG Geoff OR Secretary Derrick as soon as possible. So far, 24 surveys have been submitted which is just 50% of members. We need to have feedback from everyone if we are to make use of this tool and improve the Rotary experience for everyone. You can either complete the survey form in Word and email the form to us, or print it out, fill it in by hand and give it to Secretary Derrick at a meeting. Let us know if you have mislaid your copy, and we'll get you a new one - the survey only takes 3 minutes to complete.
President Martin completed his year in style last Thursday when he presided over a "Rotary is No Joke" night and almost all members tried their hand at sharing a funny story of three. Martin also proposed an International Toast to the Rotary Foundation as a celebration of the Foundation's 100 year anniversary last week. Thanks for a great year, Martin!
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.
Last meeting, Rotarian Shane gave a brief report on the recent RYPEN camp organized by our club. 25 students attended and all had a good time, but around a third were young people with Special needs. With the upcoming change to the managers of Adekate, and the increasing difficulty of finding supervisors, Shane suggests it might be time for our club to have a break from this program.
At Thursday's meeting, Rotarian Toby shared his experience with book publishing twenty years ago compared with today.
PDG Geoff presented the club's updated Strategic plan to members on Thursday. The plan was emailed to all members during the week and will form the basis of our club's service to the world over the coming 12 months. Members were also asked to complete an engagement survey (also emailed to members) and include their name so the membership committee can advocate for club projects that better engage members in service that suits their skills and interests. If you haven't completed or handed in your survey yet, please complete it in Word and email it to Geoff as soon as possible - or alternatively, print it out and fill it in by hand and then hand it in at one of our next couple of meetings. It only takes 2-3 minutes to complete. We'd really like surveys in before the end of this Rotary year. Thanks for your assistance in this and thanks to those who have already handed in their sheets.
On Thursday, President Martin presented Centurion certificates to most of our club members for contributing over $100 to the Foundation in 2015-16. Some members, like Bob Butterfield were so appreciative they just had to kiss our President. PP Garry used the opportunity to show how well his new knees work. And Rotarian Leigh found it hard not to look down on the experience. At least the Foundation has benefitted greatly from the generosity of our club members!
PP Derrick announced that our updated club Rules and Bylaws have been prepared by a Melbourne Legal firm (to incorporate all the new changes in Rotary) and will be sent to club members in the coming week. Members have 7 days to request changes before the rules are declared as official and the countdown starts to the Special club meeting (30 days later) when they are officially adopted by the club.
At last week's meeting, Rotarian Murray proposed an International toast to the Rotary Club of Juno in Alaska, and also reported that our club has raised $176.00 from the sale of almost 500 Bowelscan kits during May.
Some members have been asked what the Plan Affirmation night is about. Actually, it shouldn't take up the whole night, but it will be a time when we announce that the new plan has been sent to members, when we thank those who have been involved in its production, when we get people to complete their engagement surveys (or hand them in if already completed), and when we announce the roles that are yet to be filled and which need to be filled before we abandon their related goals for this year. We need as many members at this meeting as possible to enable this process to work well. This week, we'll be also handing out the Centurion certificates for those members who have qualified.
Rotarian Shane provided a concise, informative and fascinating insight into the current state of farming in our area at last Thursday's meeting.
Last Thursday, our club members met at the Maryborough Guides Hall, enjoyed a wonderful home-cooked meal and heard about the history of guiding in Maryborough from leader, Lyn Curry.
June 22nd: David Hare
Our club will assist with costs - contact Geoff or PE Karen if interested.
Over a hundred Rotarians, friends and members of the community enjoyed a fun night on Saturday to raise funds for our club's International projects. As a result of door takings and generous contributions to the many fun competitions and activities on the night, Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC), Donations in Kind (DIK), Days for Girls and Australian Rotary Health (ARH) Indigenous Scholarships will benefit. A big "thank you" to all those members who gathered tables for the night, or assisted with the running of the event. Most attendees got into the spirit of the event and dressed up in costumes related to their chosen country of the world. A special "thank you" must go to Vice President Meryl who organized the event and negotiated numbers with the Highland society right up until the day of the event. The picture shows some of the crowd learning and enjoying an International dance.
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 newly 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.
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