Maryborough Rotary
September 2014

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Maryborough, Victoria  3465
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Hello Rotarians,
The club was addressed by a MEC expert panel, Belinda Dennis – School leader
Ashley Williams – Maths Science student year 12, Amalea Prunell – year 11 and former Beacon Ambassador and Ashlynne McInnes – Year 12 student.
Mr Terry Hillier was also in attendance. 
Their topic: “What keeps kids in Maryborough?”
All four speakers presented their views skilfully. Whilst they had some similar issues of interest, they also provided differing viewpoints on issues affecting their demographic ranging from:
  • Lack of regular public transport (buses) to our nearest regional centres particularly to coincide with start/finish times at the movies
  • Without a car or a dedicated driver it is difficult to get around “Tyranny of distance” typically associated with rural living
  • If you are not a sporting type there are few alternative activities
On a positive note:
  • Maryborough is the ideal place to raise a young family - everyone knows everyone, increased safety. Several students intend returning here once completing studies/training, to work and raise family.
  • Quality of lifestyle – much more relaxed than Melbourne, where it is always hustle and bustle. Several students had resided in Melbourne before moving to Maryborough. Of note is that they were unanimous in stating that Maryborough is the friendliest town they have ever lived in.
  • MEC is regarded by the students as a leader in education delivery and will only get better with time
We had the pleasure of a visit from the “Roaming Rotarians” DG Geoff and Meryl where we heard firsthand about their travels around D9780; as well as planning for the District Conference in March 2014. This will require a whole of club commitment. It was a pleasure to hear Meryl say how much she loved coming back to her home club and that “Maryborough Rotary rocks”.
It was my pleasure to bestow DG Geoff with a sapphire Paul Harris Fellow pin. The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.
Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of the Rotary Foundation. Congratulation from us all DG Geoff.
A quote related to light to reinforce the International theme of “Light Up Rotary.”
“There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.”  Leonard Cohen, Selected Poems, 1956-1968


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