Maryborough Rotary
Upcoming Program
Dec 03, 2015
Industry Visit to True Foods
meet 6.30 pm outside administration building
Dec 10, 2015
Maryborough District Health Service
Wellness Centre, 2 course dinner 6.30pm
Dec 17, 2015
Presidents Christmas Function
more details soon, FAMILY NIGHT
Dec 17, 2015
Presidents Christmas Function
more details soon, FAMILY NIGHT
Dec 17, 2015
Presidents Christmas Function
more details soon, FAMILY NIGHT
Dec 24, 2015
Dec 31, 2015
Jan 14, 2016
Club Night
BBQ at Havilah on Palmerston, Tai Chi
Jan 21, 2016
Local Industry Visit
Mortlock's Hydroponics Carisbrook - Parnters Night
Jan 28, 2016
Feb 04, 2016
Feb 11, 2016
November 2015
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Community Service
International Service
Foundation Director
Membership Director
IPP / Grievance Officer
Youth Service

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What's Happening at Maryborough Rotary?
Week: 22 November 26, 2015
Greetings Rotarians,
What a weekend we have just experienced at the RACV Energy Breakthrough. The weather was mostly kind with just a smattering of rain. Food sales were rather slow on Friday but picked up on Saturday, and on Sunday the chicken skewers were a hit when that was all we had left.
I am very thankful to our Zonta friends and Friends of Rotary for all their help. Your efforts are much appreciated.
PDG Geoff and Meryl have been attending Zone 8 Institute in Melbourne this weekend and PP’s Garry and Anthony manned our #SayNo2familyviolence stand at the mini House of Friendship.
We will be pleased to welcome PDG Jessie Harmon to our meeting this week. Jessie is always an inspiring speaker.
A quote about Be(ing) a Gift to the World
“There is a difference between talented people and gifted people. Talented people are good AT something; Gifted people ARE that something.”  -
 Keep Safe


Guest Speaker – PDG Jessie Harmon –RC Wendouree Breakfast

(Do Jessie’s qualifications now include “Empress of India” and “Keeper of the Swans”?)

Jessie spoke of her day job – yes she can fit one in!- Director of Partnerships and Commercial Engagement at Federation University, Ballarat. International education is a huge contributor to Australia’s and particularly Victoria’s economy and broadens both our and the student’s vision and experience.

Travel being an important part of Jessie’s role and having been a late starter in the travel field, Jessie had some interesting insights into it.

She told us that “People are more alike than different” and that places and cultures are “Not better – not worse, just different.”

It is important to look further than the chaos and rubbish to find the richness of life and culture beyond. On the other hand “You cannot trust everyone” but “The worst travel experiences often make the best stories.”

Great lines, Jessie!

Thea and I, when challenged by something we find overseas, often say to each other: “That’s what culture is all about … if we wanted it to be the same as home, we would have stayed at home.”

As always, Jessie was an inspiring speaker.


A New Source of Guests?
Susan Calleija is a local lass, completing a teaching degree at ACU, Ballarat, following education at Talbot PS and MEC. She spoke about her hankering to make a difference with kids. 
Susan came to our Club on the encouragement of Ballarat West Rotary as part of the programme that links each student with the Rotary club closest to the placement school with a view to attend a meeting and to consolidate links with Rotary.  
What a good idea! Could Maryborough Rotary do this with other professionals placed in our city?  Heaven knows, anything we can do to make our community more comfortable and attractive to new people must be worthwhile.

Rotarian Esther Waters proposed a toast to the Rotary Club of Munich International. After a flowery description of the elegance and sophistication (and a lock of the oompah-ness), Esther admitted that Munich is her birthplace. A very cosmopolitan city (15% foreigners) with some high profile sons and daughters, one of whom now lives in Talbot, Rotary in Munich has had some low times and some significant events, including the first woman Rotarian in Germany in 1991. The Club formed in 2002, has 74 active members, 39% women; 21% non-German and celebrates its city with scholarships for young musicians. Maryborough Rotarians and guests toasted Munich International Rotary with gusto and no oopah!

Maryborough Rotary was again very "present" at this year's Energy Breakthrough event in Maryborough on November 20th to 22nd. Our #SayNO2familyviolence banner reminded everyone of our current campaign, our members worked diligently as Marshalls on one of the corners, and many of our members helped out on our our food stand which ran non-stop for dozens of hours. The event always requires a huge commitment from our club members, and we keep delivering! Well done, Maryborough Rotary!

This year's Rotary Zone 8 Institute was held in Melbourne at Etihad Stadium. Current, future and past District Governors from Rotary Zone 8 and 7b (Australia, New Guinea, Phillipines and Solomon Islands) attend along with future leaders, Rotary Foundation District chairs and other invited Rotarians to get a report of how Rotary is doing in our area, to train for roles, and to listen to stimulating speakers. Around four to five hundred people attended this year and they heard some fantastic speakers including John Germ (the incoming RI President for 2016-2017 from the U.S.A.), Australia's Ian Riseley (the RI President in 2017-2018), Tom Gleisner (writer, producer and actor in films such as The Castle and the Dish, and television shows such as Utopia, Frontline, and The Panel), Marcus Akuhata-Brown from New Zealand (very funny and endearing), RI Director Jennifer Jones (a very stimulating speaker), Innovative surgeon, Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld, Kate Carnell the CEO of Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and at least half a dozen others. Entertainment was provided by Mike Brady who wrote and performed "Up There Cazaley", Colleen Hewett and the Melbourne Gospel Choir. We heard about many of the new ideas being discussed in Rotary circles such as allowing clubs to determine how often they meet and other ideas too radical to mention here. Apart from PDG Geoff and Meryl, our members Anthony Ohlsen and Garry Higgins attended to look after a District 9780 Pop Up Stand and fly the flag for our Family Violence program. All in all, it was an exciting week-end of Rotary. One great bit of news is that as from next year (in September), ALL Rotarians will be invited to attend.

The bike ride is over for another year, raising $5,000. Well done to Peter Haywood and his loyal team of helpers. A fantastic effort from all concerned.

And just because I can, this was taken on Sunday, at the Blowhole in Bicheno, Tasmania. The best shot I have of it - and a tourist off a bus decided to walk out where they were told not to go because the waves can be unpredictable. The ensuing shots looks like he is getting drowned -munfortunately Clubrunner will only allow 1 photo per story. Use your imagination and see the direction of the water, it looks stunning. We have been to one Rotary meeting, maybe another this week, have sold loads of raffle tickets often to random people like the restaurant owner tonight, and a tourist at a nearby table. Unfortunately, we will miss Jessie's talk. I am  sure you will enjoy it.

Prior to deployment Stephanie spent considerable time in Northern Australia, Malaysia and Thailand doing real time field training and preparation as a Medic. Whilst based in Darwin, she often assisted patients involved in 4x4 rollovers in remote areas requiring “medi-vacs”; and also spent considerable time training in remote jungle conditions in Thailand and Malaysia.
Stephanie has done a tour of Afghanistan based at Tarinkot; a Provincial Centre in south central Afghanistan. Tarinkot is also isolated: its only airstrip is on the military base of the NATO-led ISAF Provincial Reconstruction Team on the outskirts of the town; and the only ground access to the outside is a road to the regional center of Kandahar to the south, which can be subject to Taliban attacks sometimes, and washouts. During her tour of duty, on the occasions when she went ”outside the wire” of the military compound to administer to the local population, she said that she always felt safe due to the professionalism of her comrades in arms. Stephanie worked alongside US Naval doctors and nurses at the field hospital whilst based in Tarinkot and spoke highly of the regard that Australian military personnel are held on by our allies.
She is currently based in Adelaide firstly as a reservist performing admin type duties (arranging transport/accommodation for senior officers) and secondly completing a Degree in Health Science. Stephanie is considering another deployment when she qualifies.  


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