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
Nov 03, 2016
John Hazledine
Volunteering Overseas
Nov 10, 2016
Maryborough Rotary Membership Night
All About Rotary for New Members
Nov 17, 2016
Nov 24, 2016
Defy the Drift Participants
Defy The Drift Camp
Nov 24, 2016
Committee Meetings
Rotary Foundation Presentation
Dec 03, 2016
Christmas Party
Party on at the Moonlight Inn (Cost $40)
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October 2016
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Community Service
Vocational Service
International Service
Rotary Foundation
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Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 6:00 PM
Dining Hall,
Raglan House, Raglan St.
Maryborough, Victoria  3465
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What's Happening at Maryborough Rotary?
At Thursday's meeting, Dylan Jacobs, a year 9 student at Highview College, shared his concern for Family Violence in our community. As part of the school's "STRIVE" project, Dylan researched the issue by speaking with PP Garry Higgins of the local #SayNO campaign, the local police, and also a person who had experienced family violence first hand. As an response, Dylan arranged for policeman, David Scott to speak to the year 9 students about family violence, organized a casual clothes day at the school that raised $474.50, ran 170km during October to raise $656.65, and then presented a cheque for $1131.15 to our club president, Martin, to put towards our family violence efforts. All members were moved by Dylan's commitment to the cause and very impressed by his public speaking debut.

PP John Caulfield did a great job of conducting our Annual General Meeting last Thursday. The main business of the night was to confirm officers for next year's team, and John congratulated President Elect Karen on having people signed up for every position in time for this AGM. Officers confirmed for the 2017-2018 Rotary year were:
President: Karen McCarthy
Immediate Past President: Martin Mackay
President Elect: Meryl James
Vice President: Leigh Williamson
Secretary: Derrick Marsden
Treasurer: Peter Haywood
Membership Director: Garry Higgins
Public Image Director: Bob Butterfield
Foundation Director: Derrick Marsden
Fundraising Director: Rod Brown
Community Chair: Noel Jennings
International Chair: John Hazledine
Vocational Chair: Geoff James
Youth Chair: Harold Breitinger
Thank you to all these members who have agreed to give their time and energies to lead our club in the coming year.

Members were reminded about several upcoming events:
  • On Sun Nov 6th, we will be hosting the Blue Pyrenees Bike Ride and Peter Haywood still requires volunteers for the Barbeque - please contact him.
  • Our Defy the Drift talk from participants will now be held on November 24th. after Committee meetings
  • Next week, we need all members to join us at the Energy Breakthrough track as we prepare for our involvement in this big event.

{01} Board
•    Significant interest in protocols – maybe hold a club assembly on what is stale or what can be added? (Is a Strat. Plan item)
{02} Administration
•    39% want to give presentations to members – build into program? e.g. Ink Spots, State of Industry talks?
•    25% like setting up for meetings – part of set up team?
•    32% want to plan fun activities – a Fun team?
{03} Program
•    Strong interest in more fun event meetings e.g. snooker, shooting etc.
•    Strong interest in visits to other clubs
•    Strong interest in regular breakfast meetings
{04} Membership
•    Whilst most say “engaged”, over 10% under-engaged - we need to tap this energy
•    At least 1 member unhappy – are we aware?
•    Strong interest in more education for members – Ink Spots? Fire-side chats? Active mentors?
{05} Promotion
•    36% want to plan promotional activities – need to tap their ideas
•    Interest in having more people involved in club promotions – look wider than committee?
•    At least 5 photography lovers – let’s use them
{06} Fundraising
•    Strong interest in more fundraising programs – justifies this committee
{07} Community
•    43% + want to do hands-on projects: need a brainstorm on possibilities – another Manse type project?
•    39% want to work at Dowie Park – need to find times to suit
•    64% want to cook on the Barbeque
•    25% want to to plan Family Violence activities
•    Strong interest in more community projects
{08} Vocational
•    39% like doing mock interviews – book us in for next year – both schools?
{09} International
•    Interest in hands on programs overseas – can we direct these interests?
{10} Members
•    Don’t wait to be asked – indicate interests to committee chairs
•    We need to support each other – talk about how we feel in the club – ensure that info. gets to planners – anonymously
•    Share what you “read” from survey with committee chairs

Our speaker this week was Neil Ludscombe who spoke about the John Logan Foundation - a business based charity raising money to assist families with members suffering from gastrointestinal cancers.

Members! WE NEED YOU to ask others to come along to our membership night on November 10th (NOT the 8th as previously announced) because we want to say to them "WE NEED YOU" to join us doing good in the world. Please give the names of prospective members to Garry or any member of the membership committee as soon as possible. Most members in Rotary never ask another person to join - so be different, original and buck the trend! Simply ask someone to come along to our night for a free meal with no pressure.

The Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews stands behind the #SayNO sign at the Hospital.

Thanks to our local Advertiser, we have been able to spread the word about World Polio Day on Monday, October 24th.

{01} What is World Polio Day?
•    October 24th is celebrated as World Polio Day
•    A day to celebrate the great work attempting to rid Polio from the World
•    Work has been spearheaded by Rotary with their PolioPlus program
•    The timing in late October is in honour of the birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk, who led the team that developed the first polio vaccine
{02} What is Polio?
•    A paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that mainly threatens children under 5 in some parts of the world
•    The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours
{03} What Is PolioPlus?
•    In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children
•    Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.
{04} Global Polio Eradication Initiative
•    The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership that includes Rotary
•    Other partners include the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world
{05} Polio Today
•    Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan
•    Less than 75 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2015
•    This is a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 new cases per day (360,000 per year)
{06} The Challenge Remains
•    The polio cases represented by the remaining one percent are the most difficult to prevent, due to:
•    geographical isolation,
•    poor public infrastructure
•    armed conflict
•    cultural barriers
•    Until polio is completely eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks
{07} Ensuring Success
•    Every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to $35 million a year through 2018. These funds help to:
•    provide much-needed operational support
•    medical personnel
•    laboratory equipment,
•    educational materials for health workers and parents. Governments, corporations
{08} This Close Campaign
•    Many celebrities have got on board with the PolioPlus “This close” campaign:
{09} What we can do
•    We can donate to PolioPlus as individuals
•    Our Club can donate money raised from a fund raiser
•    Individuals can travel to an infected country and help with vaccinations
•    We can make others aware of these facts

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