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Week 52     June 30, 2016
Hello Rotarians.
This is my last message and I want to sincerely thank, every one of you, for taking on a task and doing it to the best of your ability. This effort has made our club stronger.
I hope you all enjoyed our warm welcome to the Guide Hall in Napier St and our beautiful 3 course dinner. The casseroles were very tasty and the desserts divine. My grateful thanks to my friend Lyn Curry, District Manager, who organised this event for us.
The Family Violence Awareness project is about to progress again as we look for funding to set up a program to replicate this away from our district.
I am a great believer in our Rotary Leadership Institute program and encourage all who have not done it to at least look at it on the district9780.org website. Don’t take my word for it, look yourself and see if it is for you.
Remember if you are travelling, look for a Rotary club to visit. It does not always need to be for a makeup. And they are all doing amazing things
Martin has put together a good team to lead us into the next year and I wish him and his team every success in the coming year. I hope he has as much fun as I have enjoyed.
Continue to enjoy Rotary under Martin’s leadership and we will welcome him in our usual Maryborough Rotary style.
On Be(ing) A Gift to the World: 
 “It's not the gifts you don't have that hold you back as much as the gifts you do have that you don't use.” -
Orrin Woodward
President Thea (for the last time)


International Toast.


Homer is a city of about 6000 people located in South western Alaska  and on the South west of Lake Kaschemak  which is  a fantastic lake and the worlds greatest Halibut fishing area.  There are two Rotary Clubs in Homer, Downtown  and Homer Kachemak Bay.  , both part of District 5100   which includes  part of Russia. The Club is   very active , especially in International affairs and Youth programs.  The Club meets on Thursdays  and this week the speaker is Steve Yoshida  who hosted us to   Dinner during   our Rotary Fellowship Exchange  to Alaska  in   June 2007.  Steve is speaking on  his visit to Health Fairs in  Mexico.

Please join me in a toast to  the Rotary Club of Homer Kachemak Bay !



Last week we were lucky enough to hear from 2 of our own members, learning something of what brought them to this point in their lives,
Louise Hanby D'Wynn: from the when Louise was a little girl she wanted to be a "Bank Man" because they made her parents frightened, but despite that it was clear when Louise spoke how much she loved her mother. Coming from Parents that migrated in 1963 and believed in education, she had a great but narrow education growing up. Eventually turning to a Law degree and though she considered giving up at one point when she volunteered for a legal firm she realised for the first time how she could help.
After working for many years in Melbourne  (and being late on her first day of paid work) Louise wanted new challenges and a breath of fresh air, so opened her Practice in Maryborough.
In her life she has had to learn to say "no" to people including her mother, after a major stroke the relationship with her mother changed to Louise being the carer, something that debilitated her mother but has not stopped her. One thing that shone through Louise's talk was how much she cares about people.
Martin Mackay: Has had various work places in his Civil Engineering past including working for the Board of Works, his Dad, Gippsland water then his Dad. Martins Parents have played a big part of his life both working for them and then caring for them after retiring to look after them. Since retiring Martin has joined various clubs and committee's around Maryborough, finding out that many meetings coincide and has been busier than when he worked full time.
Martin explained to us the various reasons why soil is  tested   when you build houses, sheds etc between soil types to even whether the soil gets wet and how that affects a structure after building, Water being the main problem for any building
Both had given very detailed talks though very different and if you  would like to know more please talk to them or any of the members, we all like a good chat.
Alison Teese (Program director) has promised more in the coming year, your turn will be soon laugh

Sunday saw 4 brave souls leaves the warmth and comfort of their nice cosy beds to help at the BBQ  for  the Maryborough 103rd annual golf tournament. After setting up the BBQ trailer 2 of the crew decided to "cook" but we took that to mean we are going to stay near the warmth of the cooking plate. Golfers abounded on a clear sunny morning with a brilliant sunrise to start the day. What better way than to start with a Bacon and Egg roll to warm them up before they hit off. Not having a shotgun start eased the pressure to have the food ready but a steady flow of hungry golfers kept us alert. Once they had all hit off more was cooked to leave in the bain marie for them to help themselves after their first 9 holes.
I will say it was a pleasure to do the BBQ for the Golf Club, thanks to Sandy for making us a coffee, it was most welcome.

As usual, we change the "look"of our club website for each new Rotary year. Over the next three weeks we're going to try out some new themes to see what our members think of possibilities for next year. Pop over to rotarymaryboroughvic.org and check out this week's version - in a couple of weeks, I'll ask for your preferences. This week's theme is MILLENIUM - BLUE GOLD. Keep your score out of 10.

Past President Garry Higgins was recently awarded a Carlton Community Champion award for his work to raise awareness of Domestic violence. Here is his interview shown  on the screboard at a recent AFL football fixture.

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