Rotarian Kate Ashton is this month's new meeting chair, and last Thursday, she took the opportunity to show a video (see link below) and share details of her forth coming marathon bike ride across Thailand to raise funds for children affected by the 2005 Boxing Day Tsunami. The program is run by the "Hands Across the Water" organization. Kate will provide more details, and you can check out this video:
Kate Ashton to Ride for the Kids 2019-11-09 13:00:00Z 0
As part of our "Best Connections" series, PP Rob (Malee) Rowe provided members and guests with an entertaining overview of no less than 14 "best" connections he has made in his career in various Central Victorian Shires - finishing up with a nod to John Kelly.
Mallee Shares His Best Connection (s)! 2019-11-09 13:00:00Z 0
Around a dozen Rotarians and spouses attended the Family Violence Race meeting at the Carisbrook Trotting Complex on Sunday. Apart from sharing a meal together, members were involved in running the Spinning wheel, presenting trophies to winning owners and having a flutter or three. There was great support from community sponsors, including some of our own members, and as a result, our family violence project should benefit to the tune of a few thousand dollars from the event. Thank you to the Family Violence committee for their organization, and to members for their assistance. More details to come.
Family Violence Race Meeting Report 2019-11-02 13:00:00Z 0
Connection 17 (Oct 27) 23  members opened the Connection.
Connection 18 (Nov 3rd) 24 members opened the Connection.
Connection 19 (Nov 10th) 25 members opened the Connection
It's going up, (yay!) but we need to get to 31 to achieve the goal of 70% by the end of the year
If you are a member and you're reading this, THANK YOU! (again) Spread the Connection!
Connection Reading Update 2019-11-01 13:00:00Z 0
3/11/2019:[SUN] Family Violence Race Day - Carisbrook
5/11/2019:[TUE] Melbourne Cup Holiday Luncheon at the Jennings Home - $20 PH
7/11/2019: *Meeting (Raglan) Defy the Drift Participants
7/11/2019:[THU] Oaks Day Fundraiser "Rick Sierer" $35 Luncheon
8/11/2019 [FRI] MATS Fund Raising Dinner and Launch (Highland Society)
11/11/2019: [MON] Board Meeting (Raglan-7pm) 
14/11/2019: *Meeting (Raglan) Insp. Donna Mitchell - Community Protection/ Club AGM
21/11/2019: *Breakthrough Set Up (Separate arrangments for judging and marshalling)
21-24/11/2019:Energy Breakthrough BBQ (Own arrangments for Marshalling)
28/11/2019: *Meeting (Raglan) Committees - Service & Governance
Calendar of Events from November 3rd 2019-10-31 13:00:00Z 0
Seven of our members travelled to the Raglan Hall for the October meeting of our Group 7 clubs (Ararat, Beaufort, Maryborough and Stawell). Those in attendance enjoyed the reports given by all club Presidents, and a delicious meal whilst being impressed by the way the Raglan Hall has been recently refurbished - with some support from the Beaufort club. The meeting followed a site visit to the Cave Hill Creek Australian Tourism Award winning group accommodation, event & outdoor recreation venue. See "Read more..." for pix of other Presidents.
Great Group 7 Night at Raglan Hall 2019-10-31 13:00:00Z 0
Thursday's committees had a ghoulish twist when members donned Halloween gear and hats to celebrate Halloween as well as raising funds for Rotary Hat Day. A considerable amount in fines was collected and that will go to the very worthwhile cause of mental Health research. A big "Thank You" to Fun Co-ordinator Tracey who provided Halloween decorations for the night as well as ghoulish lollies for the table - the eye-balls were yum! The night was also the last night for October Chair Murray who topped off his great month with a seriously funny joke about an in-built fax machine! More Halloween pic by clicking "Read more..."
Committees with a Ghoulish Twist 2019-10-31 13:00:00Z 0
28/10/2019:GROUP 7 Meeting at Beaufort - Visit to Cave Hill Creek - 110 The Glut Rd, Raglan.
31/10/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) Committees - Service & Governance (Hat Day & Halloween)
3/11/2019:[SUN] Family Violence Race Day - Carisbrook
5/11/2019:[TUE] Melbourne Cup Holiday
7/11/2019: Meeting (Raglan)*Defy the Drift Participants
7/11/2019:[THU] Oaks Day Fundraiser "Rick Sierer" $35 Luncheon
8/11/2019 [FRI] MATS Fund Raising Dinner and Launch (Highland Society)
11/11/2019: [MON] Board Meeting (Raglan St-7pm) 
14/11/2019: *Meeting (Raglan) Insp. Donna Mitchell - Community Protection/ Club AGM
21/11/2019: *Breakthrough Set Up (Separate arrangments for judging and marshalling)
21-24/11/2019:Energy Breakthrough BBQ (Own arrangments for Marshalling)
28/11/2019: *Meeting (Raglan) Committees - Service & Governance
Calendar of Events from October 27th 2019-10-26 13:00:00Z 0
Yes, we look stupid, but it's all for a good cause! Remember that this coming Thursday is Halloween (as well as Committees) and we're asking members to wear Halloween gear as a variation on Australian Rotary Hat day - money raised will go to Australian Rotary Health for this great cause. Our 2 Halloween hats cost us 2 bucks each at a certain Department store in our town, so it doesn't take much of an effort to "get in the spirit"!
Get your Hats and Halloween Gear Ready! 2019-10-26 13:00:00Z 0
The Highlander Haven was at full capacity last Friday evening for our Sri Lankan Feast to raise funds for our Sri Lankan Village project. Those present enjoyed some great, authentic Sri Lankan food cooked by Chanaka and his family as well as a background talk by Rotarian David Tynan on the visit to Sri Lanka after the 2004 Tsunami by a team of doctors and others from Maryborough. Funds raised on the night will go towards the refurbishment of a community house partly constructed by the original Maryborough team. Thanks to all who assisted - see President Leigh's "Periodical" for details. More pix by clicking "Read more..."
Sri Lankan Feast a Great Success 2019-10-25 13:00:00Z 0
Plaques recognizing the contributions of the Bendigo Bank and our club have been prepared for the raised garden beds now installed and operating at Raglan House. Last Wednesday, Past Presidents Thea and Meryl joined Peta and Nancy from the bank to display the plaques before they are fixed to the beds. The project had its beginnings after the 2015 Conference, and it is great to see it finally "put to bed".
Recognition plaques prepared for the planting beds at Raglan House 2019-10-17 13:00:00Z 0
Members are warmly encouraged to sign up for the MATS Gala Fundraising night on November 8th at the Maryborough Highland Society. Not only will you be supporting this great cause by your attendance, but you'll witness the presentation of our club's significant donation of $10,000 to this cause. Tickets available from the Highland society.
MATS Fundraiser Gala Night 2019-10-17 13:00:00Z 0
Defy the Drift Graduates 2019 2019-10-17 13:00:00Z 0
24/10/2019 [THU] No Meeting Today BUT it is World Polio Day
25/10/2019: *[FRI] Sri Lankan Dinner (Highlander Haven) 
28/10/2019:GROUP 7 Meeting at Beaufort - Visit to Cave Hill Creek - 110 The Glut Rd, Raglan.
31/10/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) Committees - Service & Governance (Hat Day & Halloween)
3/11/2019:[SUN] Family Violence Race Day - Carisbrook
5/11/2019:[TUE] Melbourne Cup Holiday
7/11/2019: *Meeting (Raglan House) Defy the Drift Participants
7/11/2019:[THU] Oaks Day Fundraiser "Rick Sierer" $35 Luncheon
8/11/2019 [FRI] MATS Fund Raising Dinner and Launch (Highland Society)
11/11/2019: [MON] Board Meeting (Raglan St-7pm) 
14/11/2019: *Inspector Donna Mitchell - Community Web Protection
21/11/2019: *Breakthrough Set Up (Separate arrangements for judging and marshalling)
21-24/11/2019:Energy Breakthrough BBQ (Own arrangements for marshalling)
28/11/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) Committees - Service & Governance
Calendar of Events from October 20th 2019-10-17 13:00:00Z 0
Almost all of our regular attendees turned up at Brian Dowie park last Thursday to participate in a general spruce up of the area. Thanks to the rain holding off, great progress was made. After the work, members enjoyed a barby tea together and a meeting led by President Leigh in his high vis jacket. Both Leigh and Dowie park coordinator, John Williamson thanked members for their efforts.
Productive Night at Dowie Park 2019-10-17 13:00:00Z 0
Look Behind the Hedge Next Saturday! 2019-10-10 13:00:00Z 0
14/10/2019: [MON] Board Meeting (Raglan St-7pm) 
17/10/2019: *Meeting (Site Visit): Dowie Park
18/10/2019:[FRI] Zonta Mexican Night at Fire Station
24/10/2019 [THU] No Meeting Today BUT it is World Polio Day
25/10/2019: *[FRI] Sri Lankan Dinner (Highlander Haven) 
28/10/2019:GROUP 7 Meeting at Beaufort - Visit to Cave Hill Creek - 110 The Glut Rd, Raglan.
31/10/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) Committees - Service & Governance (Hat Day & Halloween)
Calendar of Events and Meetings From October 13th 2019-10-10 13:00:00Z 0
As part of our "International Toasts" program, PP Meryl James toasted the Rotary Club of Vancouver. The club has raised US $2 million for a hearing charity, and has, over the years, shipped $89 million dollars worth of used good in containers to needy countries. They have a five tier membership fee system, and expect members to pay for both their membership costs and meals a quarter in advance - around US $495.
Meryl Toasts the RC of Vancouver 2019-10-10 13:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, local CEO of Edlyn Foods, Windsor Main gave a brief overview of the upcoming KIndness Men's Retreat at Lockwood on October 19th. The intention is for men to be introduced to men’s health and well-being processes in a safe guided way. This gathering is for adult Men of any age and is being facilitated by Men who want to create a network of supportive, positive, masculine influences in their lives. Relax, have fun, take off the mask, and connect deeper with yourself and the men around you. Members interested in attending can contact Windsor or book on the website.
Windsor Main Introduces the Men's Retreat 2019-10-10 13:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, due to the Havilah AGM, we met at Peppas and heard a fascinating talk from the President of the Sikh Council of Australia, Ajmer Singh Gill. Ajmer Singh provided us with an overview of his history and the beliefs of the Sikh Religion. Ajmer came to Australia in 1981, and settled in Western Australia, but has since moved around quite a bit. The Sikh council is concerned with both the well being of Sikh people in Australia, as well as general; humanitarian concerns such as issues of poverty, religious freedom and domestic violence. (The Sikh's tackle this with a program called "Domestic Bliss") The Sikh religion is the 5th largest in the world, and it is a fairly young religion with a focus on spirituality. They believe in one God for all religions - "If you don't see God in all, you don't see God at all". They emphasize that followers should share what they earn, remember God in all that they do, and honour the family. Ajmer Singh showed us the symbolic items that all Sikhs carry, including the sacred knife or "kirpan" for which Sikhs have official permission. After his talk, Ajmer Singh presented Chair, Peter Haywood with a book explaining the Sikh beliefs. See "Read more" for more pics.
Ajmer Singh Gill on the Sihk Religion 2019-10-10 13:00:00Z 0
At Thursday's meeting, PP PHF Derrick Marsden presented his 3 minute talk on the "Best Contact" he made in his career. He mentioned a Mr. Wolsoncroft who lived in his neighbourhood and had a beautiful putting green at his home. Derrick was invited to use the green on occasions, and Mr Wolsoncroft also invited him to join the local cricket team. Along with encouraging Derrick's interest in sport, this man provided Derrick with valuable life skills and values such as the importance of being friendly and welcoming to others.
Derrick Shares his "Best Contact" 2019-10-10 13:00:00Z 0
3/10/2019*Meeting (Raglan St) Engaging Young People: Elissa Richie and Chris McGlynn
5-6/10/2019:[SAT]/[SUN] Breakfast at "Chopped" Event (Carisbrook)
6/10/2019:[SUN] Daylight Savings Starts
8/10/2019:[TUE] Rotary Hosts "Ride Like a Girl" at Paramount Theatre
10/10/2019 [THU] Havilah AGM so our Meeting is moved to Peppas.
10/10/2019*Meeting (Peppas) Ajmer Gill "Global Sikh Council"/ Also Windsor Main.
11/10/2019:[FRI] ARH Rotary Hat Day
14/10/2019[MON] Board Meeting (Raglan St-7pm) 
17/10/2019*Meeting (Site Visit): Dowie Park
18/10/2019:[FRI] Zonta Mexican Night at Fire Station
24/10/2019 [THU] No Meeting Today BUT it is World Polio Day
25/10/2019*[FRI] Sri Lankan Dinner (Highlander Haven) 
28/10/2019:GROUP 7 Meeting at Beaufort - Visit to Cave Hill Creek - 110 The Glut Rd, Raglan.
31/10/2019*Meeting (Raglan St) Committees - Service & Governance
Calendar of Events for October 2019 2019-10-05 14:00:00Z 0
The next Group 7 Meeting date coincides with the Beaufort Club's visit to Cave Hill Creek, 110 The Glut Road, Raglan (off the Raglan-Elmhurst Road), on Monday, 28th October.
This date is prior to the next District Meeting, allowing time for our President's Reports to be submitted to DG Rosanne.
Tim Chandler, owner of Cave Hill Creek is more than happy for members of Maryborough, Ararat and Stawell to join the Beaufort Rotarians for the tour of this Australian Tourism Award winning group accommodation, event & outdoor recreation venue.
The tour will commence at 5.30pm for approximately 40 minutes after which we will adjourn to the Raglan Hall (10 minutes drive) where we will have our Group 7 Meeting and a meal.
Our Rotary Club has recently auspiced a funding grant from the Bendigo Bank for the Raglan Hall Committee, so it will be an opportunity to find out what has been planned for the funding and see the recent improvements made to the Hall.
Cost of the meal will be $25.00. BYO beverages, tea and coffee will be provided.
Could Clubs please advise the numbers of all members attending by Monday 21st October, so the caterers can be advised.
Please email your numbers to PP George Kirsanovs (
It is important that we get exact numbers as the cost of all meals ordered will have to be paid for, so if you cannot attend, early cancellation notice would be appreciated.
Our Group 7 Meetings are a highlight of our Rotary year and the Beaufort Club is looking forward to welcoming everyone to Raglan on 28th October.
If there are any questions or you need further information, please contact PP George as I will be away for the next few weeks.
President Anne Beer
Rotary Club of Beaufort
All Our Members are Invited to the Next Group 7 Meeting 2019-10-04 14:00:00Z 0
Join Us in Supporting the MATS Fundraiser Nov 8th  2019-10-03 14:00:00Z 0
Tracey Smith shared her best career connections at last Thursday's meeting and mentioned Jude Southcombe who provided her with considerable support when Trace first started work in Bendigo, and also the late Bob Osborne who assisted Trace in working her way up the ranks in Netball.
Trace Shares Her Best Connections 2019-10-03 14:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, Elissa Richie and Chris McGlynn from different Ballarat Rotary clubs shared their ideas for generating new younger members in Rotary clubs. A month or so ago, they conducted an event for potential "Young Friends in Rotary" with the idea of developing projects that were of interest to young people. They held the event in a pub, offered $300 of free food and attracted 60 young people to attend. On the night they learnt that young people are less into Facebook and emails than Instagram and text messaging. The concept of a "project" is a little foreign, but young people are interested in causes such as the environment and youth mental health. A recent follow up event wasn't as successful due to coinciding with University holidays, but the pair intend to do another follow up next year. Some lively discussion followed the presentation by Chris and Elissa, and included comments by our new younger potential members, Thomas and Clare, and members from the Lions club who attended on the night.
Elissa and Chris Share Ideas 2019-10-03 14:00:00Z 0
3/10/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) Engaging Young People: Elissa Richie and Chris McGlynn
5-6/10/2019:[SAT]/[SUN] Breakfast at "Chopped" Event (Carisbrook)
6/10/2019:[SUN] Daylight Savings Starts
8/10/2019:[TUE] Rotary Hosts "Ride Like a Girl" at Paramount Theatre
10/10/2019 [THU] Havilah AGM so our Meeting is moved to Peppas.
10/10/2019: *Meeting (Peppas) Ajmer Gill "Global Sikh Council"/ Also Windsor Main.
11/10/2019:[FRI] ARH Rotary Hat Day
14/10/2019: [MON] Board Meeting (Raglan St-7pm) 
17/10/2019: *Meeting (Site Visit): Dowie Park
18/10/2019:[FRI] Zonta Mexican Night at Fire Station
24/10/2019 [THU] No Meeting Today BUT it is World Polio Day
25/10/2019: *[FRI] Sri Lankan Dinner (Highlander Haven) 
31/10/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) Committees - Service & Governance
Calendar of Events and Meetings as from October 6th 2019-10-03 14:00:00Z 0
This is a big shout out to congratulate all the volunteers who help make our recent Blue Pyrenees Magic Ride a success,
If I have missed anyone, I apologise as my silly new computer has lost a lot of contacts.
Firstly, I have a friend who is looking for photos of the penny farthing riders who cycled the short ride.
If you have any photos please forward to me.
If you have any ideas to improve the ride please forward that as well.
Improvements could be variety/quantity of food, communication, or ways to make it easier to manage.
How do you measure success? Is it positive feedback from sponsors, customers, volunteers, money made.
I would say our recent event ticks sponsors, customers & volunteers. Many thanks to Malley & Butch who worked
the most hours.
So to money. I have one account to come so as an overall summary. With around 270 riders, the event should raise $9000.
Breaking this down further this is a profit of $35/entry and over $170/volunteer hour ( on the day) . Regards, Peter.
We got an email from a couple of competitors who wrote:
My friend Melissa Ireland and I just want to thank you all for a fantastic day and a beautiful ride today. It was such a pleasure meeting you, and thank you for all the great organisation and food/ drink at the rest stops.
We thought you might like to see some photos from our day with you. It was good to know that our registration for this event supported the great work that you are doing. 
With best wishes,
Wendy and Melissa
Wendy & Melissa's photos and others can be seen by clicking, "Read more..."
Blue Pyrenees Bike Ride a Great Success 2019-09-28 14:00:00Z 0
PP Grame Rogan reported on his 3 day attendance at this year's "Defy the Drift" Camp at Longrenong. Our club assisted 6 students to attend this camp, and every one of them really enjoyed their experience. Graeme reported that the students were, "An absolutely brilliant bunch" and similar comments came from the Principal of Longrenong Agricultural College.
Successful Defy the Drift Event  2019-09-28 14:00:00Z 0
Our Service and Governance Committees met last Thursday and reported that plans are under way for many upcoming club events. During the meeting, we had a brief report from Ken Pedlow from the Rotary Club of Mt Waverley, and enjoyed the company of two younger visitors who may be considering membership.
September Committee Meetings 2019-09-28 14:00:00Z 0
3/10/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) Engaging Young People: Melissa Richie and Chris McGlynn
6/10/2019:[SUN] Daylight Savings Starts
8/10/2019:[TUE] Rotary Hosts "Ride Like a Girl" at Paramount Theatre
10/10/2019 [THU] Havilah AGM so our Meeting is moved to Peppas.
10/10/2019: *Meeting (Peppas) Ajmer Gill "Global Sikh Council"/ Also Windsor Main.
11/10/2019:[FRI] ARH Rotary Hat Day
14/10/2019: [MON] Board Meeting (Raglan St-7pm) 
17/10/2019: *Meeting (Site Visit): Dowie Park
18/10/2019:[FRI] Zonta Mexican Night at Fire Station
24/10/2019 [THU] No Meeting Today BUT it is World Polio Day
25/10/2019: *[FRI] Cooking for a Cause Sri Lankan Dinner (Highlander Haven) 
31/10/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) Committees - Service & Governance
Calendar of Events as from Sept 29th 2019-09-28 14:00:00Z 0
The Mendigo Organization asked us to include this info. in our Bulletin:
Basically, they will be running a not for profit weekend to support men by introducing them to wellness processes to help them connect deeper with themselves and other men.
You may know the terrible rates of male suicide and also the outpour of domestic violence.
Helping men open up and talk is key to releasing the tension within and allow it to flow in a healthy way.
The weekend is strictly no drugs and alcohol.
Ideally, I am looking to see if a couple of men from rotary would come and join in the process.
It’s great to be able to borrow the BBQ if that’s possible.
The Lions Club have organised sponsorship for the weekend and also their BBQ and maybe a couple of men to come.
The intention is to start processes in our community to support men to connect deeper and healthier 
Kindness Men's Retreat 2019-09-25 14:00:00Z 0
Thirteen Maryborough Rotary members travelled to Ballarat last Tuesday evening to meet, and hear Rotary International President Mark Maloney speak to around 350 Rotarians from District 9780 and neighbouring Districts. This was a great opportunity for our members because this event was the first time a sitting Rotary President has visited our District. Both Mark and his wife, Gay,  spoke well and inspired everyone in attendance. They make a great team. At the end of the night, our members got a chance to get photographed with Mark and Gay.
Maryborough Rotary Meets Mark Maloney 2019-09-24 14:00:00Z 0
Gather your friends and relations to come and see this great movie on October 8th whilst supporting our club programs. Tickets are available at Country Trends or contact Leigh on 0419585603
Ride Like A Girl Movie Night 2019-09-21 14:00:00Z 0
If you haven't already made you plans, prepare now to be at one of our club's highlight events for the year - the annual "Oaks Day Luncheon". Tickets are $35 at The Highland Society.
Save the Day for Oaks Day 2019-09-19 14:00:00Z 0
Jenna Townsend, head chef at the Highland Society Pipe Bistro, started her life in the small town of Taree in northern New South Wales. Her mother enjoyed cooking, so Jenna started at about age six. Her cooking eventually led her to the Hilton Hotel in Melbourne, where she honed her skills working 80 hours per week. This left very little time for a life! On coming to Maryborough with her partner about four years ago, Jenna has come to love Maryborough and her new life of 45 hours per week. When the Wednesday evening jackpots started, about 120 meals were set down. This rose to 640 one night in a two-hour period, albeit with a limited menu, due to the monster Interclub draws. Jenna turned the dining room around in three months, and in 2018, was awarded Chef of the Year,  selected from 1300 country clubs. Jenna paid tribute to the improved equipment, bigger ovens, and the people on mysterious Table 14, who have become her cheer squad. Jenna also attributed much of the success of the club to the staff, and particularly the diligence of the Nepalese staff, who proved to be willing workers. She encouraged us to engage fully with people new to the town. Jenna described her travails with extending Maryborough appetites to dishes other than the ubiquitous schnitzel (380 per week) "I love to tempt people’s taste buds” Jenna said. Congratulations Jenna on a job well done! In closing, Jenna also promoted the 60th Australian Pipe Band Championships to be held in Maryborough on 4-5th April 2020. It is expected over 4000 people will attend with 40 bands and $1200 in prizes. Are we ready for so much Scottishness?
Jenna Townsend Shares Her Story 2019-09-19 14:00:00Z 0
On Thursday, Kate Winkelmann from Highview College talked about her recent trip to the University of Michigan to participate in a special Science experience for students from around the world. Kate was only one of five chosen from Australia to take part in this experience and our club assisted with her costs. Kate worked for about 6 hours each day on various science projects and really enjoyed the classes, the making of new friends, and being able to ride in one of the famous yellow school buses we see in US movies. She didn't so much enjoy her first ever air flight - without any sleep, and the actual ride in the rather uncomfortable yellow buses! Despite that, she can't wait to get back to the US sometime to continue her studies and she is extremely grateful to Rotary for helping her have this once in a lifetime experience.
Kate Shares Her US Experience 2019-09-12 14:00:00Z 0
Recently, Youth Chair, Graeme Rogan made a presentation to MEC student, Deacon Farrow who has been selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra. The program is supported by Rotary clubs across Australia, and is a 12-day residential program run in January each year  for Year 12 students. It is designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields.
Deacon Farrow Selected for NYSF 2019-09-07 14:00:00Z 0
DG Rosanne Kava presents the President of Ararat Rotary with a certificate from the District, and a letter from RI President, Mark Maloney on the occasion of the club's 90th Anniversary. Well done, Ararat!
Ararat 90th Anniversary 2019-08-31 14:00:00Z 0
Kate Winkelmann Thanks the Club 2019-08-29 14:00:00Z 0
*Meeting (Raglan St) Committees - Service & Governance
[SAT] Ararat Rotary 90th Anniversary
*Meeting (Raglan St) Angela Tucker (Advertiser)
[MON] Board Meeting (Raglan St-7pm)
*Meeting (Raglan St) PDG Anthony Ohlsen "Engaging Younger People In Rotary"
*Meeting (Raglan St) Chef Jenny Townsend "Chef of the Year"
[FRI] Setting up for Rock n Roll Dance at Town Hall
[SAT] World Peace Day
[SAT] Rock n Roll Dance (Town Hall)
[SUN] Barbeque at Bunnings in Kangaroo Flat (See Brian Reed)
[MON]-[WED] Defying the Drift Camp
[TUE] Mark Daniel Malony meets with District Rotarians in Ballarat (Mercure)
*Meeting (Raglan St) Committees - Service & Governance
[FRI] Public Holiday - Blue Pyrenees Magic Bike Ride
Club Calendar of Events as from August 25th 2019-08-25 14:00:00Z 0
Celebrate Ararat Rotary's 90th Anniversary 2019-08-24 14:00:00Z 0
At Thursday's meeting, our club said "Farewell" to long standing member, PP Brian Thomas and his wife, Alison. As part of the occasion, President Leigh presented Brian with an additional Sapphire for the Paul Harris recognition Brian already enjoys. Leigh also thanked Alison for her considerable support to the club with a bunch of flowers. Several members spoke about the positive influence Brian has had on the club and on their Rotary lives in particular. Brian joined Rotary in Sydney, 30 years ago, and joined our club not long after. He was a key player in setting up Brian Dowie Park, and he has always been a passionate supporter of that project. Almost every tribute mentioned Brian's commitment to the Four Way Test and his efforts to keep our club true to that Rotary ideal. In response, Brian said, "This club is on a great trajectory", and "Community really happens in places like Maryborough." We wish Brian and Alison every happiness as they move to South Australia to be closer to their daughter's family.
We Say Farewell to PP Brian and Alison 2019-08-22 14:00:00Z 0
President Leigh and 7 other of our members met with members from the other Group 7 Clubs last Wednesday in the Victoria Hotel, Ararat to hear the offical message from our District Governor, Rosanne Kava. Each club gave a report of their year so far, and DG Rosanne outlined the message of International President Mark Maloney along with the new Strategic Priorities of our District.
Group 7 Meets the DG 2019-08-01 14:00:00Z 0
We got this picture back from PP Derrick whilst he was in Nepal recently. Derrick and Karen had a great time meeting and working with the locals. Derrick and Karen have now moved onto India to catch up with a mate he met during the Cricketing fellowship event earlier this year. We look forward to hearing more when he returns.
Derrick Enjoys Nepal 2019-07-30 14:00:00Z 0
Nine Standing Committees met during last Thursday's "Christmas in July" meeting and started making their detailed plans for the coming Rotary year. The Havilah Catering team did a great job of setting up the Christmas decorations and providing us with a delicious 3 course Christmas meal - Thank you Havilah Team!!! A number of members got into the Christmas spirit with silly hats or big, white, fluffy facial hair - see "Read more" for more pix.
Committees Start The New Rotary Year 2019-07-25 14:00:00Z 0
31/07/2019:[WED] (Ararat) Group 7 Meeting/Official DG Visit
1/08/2019:[THU] (Raglan St) 5pm Board meets with DG
1/08/2019*Meeting (Raglan St) Celebrate Women in Rotary/ DG Attends [PARTNERS]
6/08/2019:"Polish" Program (See Graham Rogan)
6/08/2019:[TUE] (Louise's Office) International Committee meets 
8/08/2019*Meeting (Raglan St) Rebecca Murray & Giselle Port "Newcomer's Club"
12/08/2019[MON] Board Meeting (Raglan St-7pm) 
15/08/2019*Meeting (Raglan St) PDG Anthony - "Membership Magic"
22/08/2019*Meeting (Raglan St) CA Noel Harvey "Empowering the Poor in Bangladesh"
23/08/2019:[FRI] Book Sale to Raise funds for DIK (See Alison)
29/08/2019*Meeting (Raglan St) - Committees - Service & Governance
Club Calendar as at July 28th 2019-07-25 14:00:00Z 0
Adult Unisex Christmas Xmas Novelty Hat Party Wear - Tree Rudolf Santa It's that time of year to ferret out one of those stupid Christmas hats or maybe an outrageous Christmas pullover to wear at our Christmas in July meal this coming Thursday. The Havilah team have promised to come up with some Chrissy decorations and provide nothing less than the standard Christmas fare for our meal. So join in the Christmas spirit and wear something jolly. Remember that Service committees start just after 6pm and finish at 10 to
Christmas in July This Week 2019-07-22 14:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, around 50 members and friends enjoyed a meal at Rammy Dessert, and after that, over 60 attended the special Rotary screening of the movie, "Yesterday". Whilst we didn't sing the outro of "Hey Jude" (or was it, "Hey Dude"?) while the credits rolled, everyone enjoyed a great social night whilst raising funds for our "Defy the Drift" sponsorship.
Club Movie Night a Success 2019-07-18 14:00:00Z 0
25/07/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) - Committees - Service & Governance 
31/07/2019:[WED] (Ararat) Group 7 Meeting/Official DG Visit
AUGUST: Membership & Development Month - Chair 
1/08/2019:[THU] (Raglan St-5pm) Board meets with DG
1/08/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) Celebrate Women in Rotary
8/08/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St)
12/08/2019: [MON] (Raglan St-7pm) Board Meeting 
15/08/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St)
17/08/2019 Foundation Seminar (Ararat)
22/08/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St)
29/08/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) - Committees - Service & Governance
Club Calendar as at July 21st 2019-07-18 14:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, members experienced 20 engaging minutes from the 2019 International Assembly when new Rotary International President, Mark Daniel Maloney introduced his new theme for the 2019-2020 Rotary year - "Rotary Connects the World". Even though he was talking to the world's District Governors at the event, Mark's message is a challenge to us all to help adapt our clubs to better meet the challenges of the modern world. The video is readily available for watching or download at
RI President Mark Challenges us to Adapt 2019-07-11 14:00:00Z 0
After last week's success with one joke, Meeting Chair for July, Louise Hanby d'Wynn continued developing her new career as a stand-up comic by delivering no less than 5 jokes at Thursday's meeting! At this rate, the meeting at the end of the month will be a complete 40 minute routine!
Louise Develops Her "Stand Up" Routine 2019-07-11 14:00:00Z 0
Our members attended the Stawell and Beaufort Changeovers this week. On Tuesday, we saw John Launder (Stawell President) hand over to Scotney Hayter (2nd picture) and on Friday, we saw George Kirsanovs (Beaufort President) hand over to Anne Beer, (1st picture). We wish both new Presidents a successful year.
Group 7 Changeovers 2019-07-06 14:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Louise Hanby d'Wynn is our chair for the month of July, and she performed her duties admirably last Thursday. Pictured are the "Joke Judges" giving her score for her first joke as chair. If you can zoom in, you'll see she's scored pretty well from most judges! Well done, Louise!
Louise Features as Meeting Chair 2019-07-04 14:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, new President, Leigh Williamson launched the 2019-2020 Rotary year at Maryborough Rotary. We watched a video of slides from the 2018-19 year and reminded ourselves of how much we achieve and do in a Rotary, and we completed an "Engagement Survey" which will assist the Board to organize the year and determine priorities. The survey has been emailed to all members, so if you weren't there last Thursday, please complete it and email it back to within the next week. See more pix by clicking "Read more..."
Leigh launches the 2019-2020 Rotary Year 2019-07-04 14:00:00Z 0
As usual, Maryborough Rotary held a fantastic Changeover Dinner last night, and I thank Thea and everyone involved with the organisation, as well as members, past members, family and friends who attended.
 It was a pleasure to be part of the ceremony to present seven of our members and one Friend of Rotary with a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition, some sapphire or double sapphire, Congratulations again to those very worthy recipients.
It was also a pleasure to congratulate and thank our own District Governor, Anthony ( and Kerrie), for representing our club and District 9780 so well during his year of office. and also to give a certificate of Appreciation to PP PHF Rod Brown for his many years of "Service Above Self".
As I said in my report last night, my job was made easy by having a wonderful, hard working and supportive Board  during this last year, and I thank all members in general for the encouragement and support I have received.
The list of our achievements is inspiring. Those present last night were amazed and inspired by what good in the world can be done by one small club. 
I believe we have lived up to the challenge of Rotary International President Barry Rassin to "Be Te Inspiration" this year, and I wish President Leigh and his Board a successful year ahead as "Rotary Connects The World".
Finally, can I thank PP PHF Brian Thomas for his hard work getting this Bulletin to us all every week, which takes great diligence and dedication. Thank you also to my personal inspiration, Geoff, who was always there with his love and encouragement.
Be Proud to be a Rotarian!
Meryl's Moment 49 Meryl James 2019-06-29 14:00:00Z 0
On Saturday night, in front of over 120 people from the local and district communities, Maryborough Rotary changed over it's administrative team to the team chosen by new President, Leigh Williamson. Outgoing President, Meryl James, outlined the amazing list of projects completed by our club over the last 12 months, and thanked her team for their great work in living out the 2018-19 Rotary theme of, "Be the Inspiration". In taking over the reins, Leigh indicated he intended to keep things running pretty much as they have been, with a few new variations of projects. He encouraged members to embody the new 2019-20 Rotary theme of, "Rotary Connects the World". During the evening, our club presented no less than eight Paul Harris recognitions to members who have well and truly exemplified the Rotary motto of "Service above Self". Rotarians Rob Bursill and David Hare, as well as Rotary friend, Robyn Jennings are new Paul Harris Fellows. PP Thea Allan, PP Garry Higgins OAM, PP Derrick Marsden, DG Anthony Ohlsen, and PP Graeme Rogan all received an extra sapphire on their Paul Harris recognition badges. President Meryl also presented a certificate of Appreciation to past member, Rodney Brown. Pictured are members of the new Board (left) and receivers of Paul Harris recognitions (right). See more pictures of the night by clicking "Read more..."
Maryborough Rotary Changes Over 2019-06-29 14:00:00Z 0
On Saturday night, in front of over 120 people from the local and district communities, Maryborough Rotary changed over it's administrative team to the team chosen by new President, Leigh Williamson. Outgoing President, Meryl James, outlined the amazing list of projects completed by our club over the last 12 months, and thanked her team for their great work in living out the 2018-19 Rotary theme of, "Be the Inspiration". In taking over the reins, Leigh indicated he intended to keep things running pretty much as they have been, with a few new variations of projects. He encouraged members to embody the new 2019-20 Rotary theme of, "Rotary Connects the World". During the evening, our club presented no less than eight Paul Harris recognitions to members who have well and truly exemplified the Rotary motto of "Service above Self". President Meryl also presented a certificate of Appreciation to past member, Rodney Brown. See more pictures of the night by clicking "Read more..."
We Change Over 2019-06-29 14:00:00Z 0
Around 25 members and spouses gathered at the Highland Society Sports bar for the final Social event of the 2018-19 Rotary year. Some came and had a drink with Rotary friends and then went; others stayed on and enjoyed a meal together, and a few even stayed on until 10pm planning the Changeover! A nice way to end our Rotary Thursdays for 2018-19. More pix in "Read more..."
Rotary Takes Over the Sports Bar 2019-06-27 14:00:00Z 0
What   a  fun  night !!  A night to remember, thanks to the organisers.
Murray's  great  effort with Bowelscan  resulted in 325 kits being sold. This amounts to $4875  being  collected by the Pharmacies ...local, Dunolly, Inglewood etc  who sold them at $15 each.  While a  sum of   $125 was raised for our Club  we hope that maybe this saves  someones life...!
Brian Reed won the raffle and while $73 of prizemoney was winnable , the Joker stayed in place.
On this , the last Club night under  President Meryl's   leadership ,  it was a  time to  enjoy the inspiration  that  was evident throughout the year  and , on behalf of all  members,  PE  Leigh thanked and congratulated Meryl on  all she has done for the Club in  her year as President.
The Community  committee  meets  again this Monday night (24h) at 7.00pm  at John Caulfield's home at  30 Barker Street, Maryborough.
FNFF was won this week by Harold with 2-3  congrats, Harold, 
This will be the last issue carrying my name as editor,  in fact  the real work has been done  through out the year .by PP Geoff . He does so much work  organising our information  and this  applies not only  to the Bulletin.  Thanks a million Geoff, a great Rotarian.  But also great he will be the Editor for Leigh's year!
E&OE....did you hear.....? Brian Thomas 2019-06-22 14:00:00Z 0
It is with sorrow that we announce the passing on Saturday of Honorary member, PP PHF John Selmon. John joined our club in 1965 with the classification of Tyre Salesman. He was a very active member for many years including being President in 1976-7, and Club Secretary from 1991-4. John was recognized with a Paul Harris Fellow in 1992. He will be sadly missed by his Rotary family.
Vale John Selmon 2019-06-22 14:00:00Z 0
My final meeting night at Raglan House was a lot of fun, music and games last Thursday, and I thank all the members and partners who came along to make it a memorable night for me. Thanks also to Malley, Geoff and Trace for their great input.
I was also pleased to be able to present a Certificate of Appreciation and thank the Havilah volunteers who look after us so well each week. They certainly perform "service above self" and we look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial relationship.
The fun continues this week, so please join me for drinks at the Highland Sports Bar and optional meal from 5.30pm on Thursday 27th June.
We now look forward to our Club Changeover and induction of President Elect Leigh next Saturday, and if you haven't informed Thea that you will be attending, please do so asap.
I will write my final Meryl's Moment next week , when we will leave behind our "Be The Inspiration" theme and  work towards "Rotary Connects the World'.
Meryl's Moment 48 Meryl James 2019-06-22 14:00:00Z 0
A  good crowd along last week to engage in a full Rotary evening.  Not often do we hear  the story of one of our membrs hiking to the Everest Base camp.....who said the Club is getting old?  A  great story David.
It was also a surprise to hear of Malcom's  participation in our  Youth programs and to hear of his  appreciation for the  help . We trust we can be of help in  getting students at FLO  to greater opportunities ,  BDPark  does provide an opportunity .
 A    10% increase in Polio  events  in the last year  caused D9780   to  allocate $100,000  to Polio Plus from its unallocated funds , this will be  a great help.......this from the weekly D9780    E news...
FNFF  was won last week by  Lee Ditchfield  and this week by our own Louise.
Much fun with Heads and Tails   and the Raffle  but not much in the way of winnings.
PDG Geoff James   will take over the Bulletin  production  next year.   I have to say that most of the Bulletin    was  as a result of Geoff's tremendous work, thank you Geoff.
Toby Bainbridge has been in hospital in Melbourne, we wish you a speedy recovery, Toby.
The club has lost a great member  with the resignation of Rod Brown.  Best wishes, Rod.
Did You hear.......E&OE Brian Thomas 2019-06-15 14:00:00Z 0
Last week we had the pleasure of David Hare sharing his recent adventure to Nepal with us, and Malcolm Solomano  informing us about the Flexible Options program that MEC are running. Thank you to them both.
Here are a few issues from the final Board meeting for this Rotary year which was held last Monday night, with a drink and nibbles afterward to celebrate our year. We welcomed PE Leigh's new Directors as well.  
           We were saddened to accept the resignation of Rod Brown, who has been a valued member for many years. We hope he will attend a future meeting to receive a certificate of recognition and appreciation.
            It was decided that PHF recipients should be informed before the Changeover Dinner so they they can invite family and friends to share the evening with them.
            The new Strategic Plan will be adopted at the July Board meeting, as a couple of Committees are are still working on their Action Plans.
                                       It was passed that the Administration Director should in future be the immediate Past President.
                                      It was agreed that the Club Planning Committee would be responsible for linking fundraising activities with specific projects.
         A few reminders:
  • Remember Club fees are now due and payable by 21st June to receive the $20 discount.
  • Remember weekly Dinner fees will be $22 from July 1st.
  • 2018-2019 Chairs should be preparing their annual reports. Thanks to Toby for again offering to collate these.
  • Bring your partners on June 20th for a fun social night. My FINAL FLING!! Be sure to inform Derrick of numbers.
  • Join me for drinks at the Highland Sports Bar and optional meal from 5.30pm on Thursday 27th June.
  • Keep the 29th June free for our Club Changeover Dinner. Pay online or to Treasurer Graham by next week.
  • Try to attend another Group 7 Changeover. I need numbers by this week.
Be inspired to be social over the next few weeks and attend as many occasions as you can!
Meryl's Moment 47 Meryl James 2019-06-15 14:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, Malcolm Soloman from the Maryborough Education Centre introduced members to the school's Flexible Learning Options (FLO) Program. This program is designed to engage students who would otherwise be disengaged in education. One of the FLO activities is to have the students do some work at our Brian Dowie Park. During his talk, Malcolm suggested other ways our club might work with the FLO program and some of these options may be explored in the future.
Malcolm Solomano Introduces us to FLO 2019-06-13 14:00:00Z 0
At last week's meeting, Rotarian David Hare shared his recent, adventurous trip to the Everest Base Camp. He completed the trek with his son, and the two of them certainly enjoyed the challenges provided by the journey. Our members were fascinated to hear about David's encounters with the people of Tibet, the conditions endured on the way and his (relatively) close encounter with a Himalayan avalanche!
David shares his journey to Base Camp 2019-06-13 14:00:00Z 0
This week is your last chance to attend this coming year's sessions of RLI. See the poster at left for venues and dates. The club will pay half of the $180 course fee which includes meals and materials for three sessions. Contact PDG Geoff if interested THIS WEEK. We already have two members attending - why not join them? But hurry! Do it now!
Are You Interested in RLI? 2019-06-08 14:00:00Z 0
It was great to hear from some of our members last week, about their involvement in Rotary Fellowships and the pleasure they get from them. I am sure there would be one of interest, amongst the 80, to us all!
We welcomed Derrick as our Meeting Chair for June and thank him for his input.
This week we will hear from David Hare about his recent adventure in Nepal, and we welcome, as guest speaker, Malcolm Solomano from MEC, to tell us how we might help with the Flexible Learning Options program in the coming year.
It was a pleasure for Anthony and I  to attend the 25th Anniversary Luncheon of Maryborough Ladies Probus Club last Monday, and to convey congratulations from their founding Rotary Club. Rotary is proud of having initiated this program Australia wide.
A few reminders:
  • Remember Club fees are now due and payable by 21st June to receive the $20 discount.
  • 2018-2019 Chairs should be preparing their annual reports. Thanks to Toby for again offering to collate these.
  • Bring your partners on June 20th for a fun social night. My FINAL FLING!!
  • Join me for drinks at the Highland Sports Bar and optional meal from 5.30pm on Thursday 27th June.
  • Keep the 29th June free for our Club Changeover Dinner. Pay online or to Treasurer Graham by next week.
We are being inspired to be social over the next few weeks, so take advantage of every opportunity!
Meryl's Moment 46 Meryl James 2019-06-08 14:00:00Z 0
Members are invited to attend the Changeover dinners of all the District Group 7 clubs - the first of which will be on June 26th at Ararat (See poster).
Our own club will be holding its own Changeover Dinner at the Highland society on Saturday, June 29th. Stawell Rotary will hold there event on Tuesday, June 2nd. and Beaufort will have their event on Friday, June 5th. Apart from showing your support for the outgoing and incoming presidents, attending these events is a great way to renew acquaintances with District members and remind ourselves that we are part of the big Rotary family.
Invitations to Group Changeovers 2019-06-04 14:00:00Z 0
Thank you to the Chairs and members of our 2019-2020 Committees, who worked  hard last Thursday night to finalise their plans for the coming year. It was a very productive meeting.  Thank you also to Malley Rowe for having been our Meeting Chair during Youth Service Month. It's always a fun time when he is in charge and last week was no exception. Congrats on the swindle win Malley!!
Next month is Fellowships Month, with PP Derrick Marsden in the Meeting Chair. We know he has certainly had a lot of experience with a Fellowship recently, and look forward to hearing more at our Fellowships night next week.
Perhaps you will learn about a fellowship that you would like to join yourself!
 About 200 people attended the MATS fundraising Dinner last night, with our own members acting as spotters for the auctions. Sorry to hear that Malley was unwell and couldn't be the auctioneer. Get well soon Malley. 
We will be presenting our considerable Club donation to this worthy Community project at the official launch in early July.
A few reminders:
  • Remember Club fees are now due and payable by 21st June to receive the $20 discount.
  • 2018-2019 Chairs should be preparing their annual reports. Thanks to Toby for again offering to collate these.
  • Bring your partners on June 20th for a fun social night. My FINAL FLING!!
  • Keep the 29th June free for our Club Changeover Dinner.
We have one month left to "Be The Inspiration" before the theme changes to "Rotary Connects The World".
Meryl's Moment 45 Meryl James 2019-06-01 14:00:00Z 0
Phew.... what an exciting round of FNFF it was this week with a lot riding on the outcome. I am relieved to announce that the winner of this weeks FNFF, with a winning square of 9-2 was Tracey Smith. Thank you so much Tracey for playing and your winnings will be coming your way.Robert Rowe))
In March 2019, Kate  Winkelmanwas selected by the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) to attend the Michigan Math and Science Scholars (MMSS) in late June and early July this year.
The NYSF aims to encourage young people to continue studying science related subjects in university and to build careers in the various science technology and engineering fields and has been operating for more than 30 years. 
Each year the NYSF facilitates participation in a number of similar International Programs for young Australians in Year 12.
Kate has been selected as one of six students from Australia to attend the MMSS
Kate's fundraising goal is $5000 and she leaves for Michigan on the 20th June.
If you are interested in making a donation to the NYSF to assist Kate attending the Michigan Math and Science Scholars:-
By Direct Deposit/Credit
Account Name: National Youth Science Forum
BSB: 062907
Account Number:  00906360
Descriptor:   Donation Winkelmann   
Please email advising:
  •         Date you made the deposit
  •         Who the donation is for
  •         Your return postal address
  •         Whether you would like a receipt (Donations are tax deductible)
If you wish to make a donation using a credit card over the phone or if you have any questions regarding fundraising or donations please contact the NYSF on (02) 61252777 or by email at
Thanking you in anticipation
Malley Rowe - Chair Youth Committee
Remember to drop  your unwanted RDU magazines off at our  meeting  so we can  have  them  placed in waiting rooms etc  for the public to learn about Rotary.
Next weeks Meeting   June 6th....subject is Fellowships  with Derrick Marsden  in the Chair.
Meeting on  June  13 th  we have  a guest speaker Malcom  Solomano  who will discuss with us   the  Flexible Learning Options  training Centre which he leads for MEC.  
On Fellowship Duties......This week....John Stewart, Alison Theese  and John Williamson.
Did You Hear....E&OE Brian Thomas 2019-05-31 14:00:00Z 0
Another really busy meeting  with a great roll up of community members receiving the D.G.s thanks for sponsorship.  Also  a  bonus for the Club  with Callum winning the FNFF   and   thus some more tickets sold ...our thanks to the Rowe family!
David Hare  is back from his great experience hiking to the Everest Base camp....toughest thing he has ever done and lost 3.9 kilos  along the way...great work, David!
Also great to see John Hazeldine  back, had a rough time but so good to see you, John.  Had the pleasure of catching up with  Charles and Fay  Townsing  last week, they are both doing well  and Charles still enjoys his "e" Rotary Club  although he is also  now joining the Rotary Club of Broken Hill.
PE  Leigh and PP Brian met  with a rep. of Council , working to get the roles re Brian Dowie Park  clarified.
Did you hear...E&OE Brian Thomas 2019-05-25 14:00:00Z 0
I have just returned from a fun-filled weekend in Swan Hill, where we celebrated our own DG Anthony and Kerrie's successful year, at the District Changeoever Luncheon.  Anthony was thanked and the DG for 2019-2020, Rosanne Kava, from the Rotary Club of Swan Hill, was inducted.  The official handover date is July 1st, so we will still have the opportunity to congratulate and thank Anthony and Kerrie at our Club Changeover on 29th June. Be sure to keep the date free!
Last week it was a real pleasure to hear from one of  our RYPEN students, Natalie Murray. Natalie shared that she had been "terrified" when she first arrived at the camp, but has found a new self confidence, as was evident from her speech. Well done Natalie! We hope that confidence continues to grow in the years ahead.
It was also a pleasure to thank the wonderful sponsors of our District Conference for their valued support. They all enjoyed their evening with us. DG Anthony also thanked members of the Conference Committee for all their hard work which lead to such a successful Conference.
If you haven't chosen your preferred Committees for next year, be sure to be early for the meetings next week. PE Leigh will be wanting to finalize his lists, so Action plans can be completed by each committee.
Also, if you haven't purchased your tickets for the MATS Dinner this coming Saturday, do so asap under Rotary's name. Friends are welcome.
June Reminder notices are out, and I ask you to bring your partners on June 20th for a fun social night. My FINAL FLING!!
We have one month left to "Be The Inspiration" before the theme changes to "Rotary Connects The World".
Meryl's Moment 44 Meryl James 2019-05-25 14:00:00Z 0
On behalf of the District Conference Committee, DG Anthony thanked 15 of the 28 Conference Sponsors at last week's Rotary meeting. Each sponsor was presented with a "Thank You" certificate and reminded that our conference could not have happened without their support. Anthony remarked that our community is very fortunate to have such a group of willing and generous sponsors. DG Anthony also thanked and presented certificates to the members of the Conference Planning Committee, who worked for over two years to bring the various aspects of the Conference together. See more images by clicking "Read more..."
We Thank Conference Sponsors 2019-05-23 14:00:00Z 0
PDG Jessie Harman guided over 25 of our members in the second stage of our new strategic plan last Thursday. With Jessie's assistance, our members came up with with a huge range of possible objectives for the 2019-2020 Action Plan - around 35 butcher's pages full of suggestions were pasted up around the walls! Thank you Jessie! At the end of this month, committees will take those plans and shape them into a manageable set of actions to be achieved in the coming twelve months. See more pics by clicking "Read more..."
PDG Jessie Guides Our Planning 2019-05-18 14:00:00Z 0
A huge thank you to PDG Jessie Harman for taking time to come and facilitate our Strategic Plan Meeting last week and to all who attended.  A lot of ideas came forward and Jessie made it a fun night, as well as encouraging us to think of our Club's future. Thank you also to Geoff James for all his pre-planning and to Peter Haywood for offering to collate all the sheets into a manageable format. Committees will look at the results on May 30th and make their recommendations to the Board of their goals for next year.
Thank you to the Club for appointing me to vote on their behalf at the Special District General Meeting in Swan Hill next Saturday morning. I will vote to approve the new suggested  structure of the District Board.
Next Sunday, DG Anthony hands over charge of the District to Roseanne Kava from the Rotary Club of Swan Hill at the District Changeover Dinner, although he will still be officially DG until July 1st. As a club, we can be proud of the job he has done representing us, and those of us going will be sure to show our obvious appreciation and support at this event.
Next week we will thank our Conference Sponsors for their generous support and also hear from our two RYPEN representatives.
Bring your Partners for a good night, but be sure to let Derrick know numbers before Wednesday lunchtime, as we will have quite a few visitors.
Remember we are booking tables for the MATS dinner on June 1st. Buy your tickets at the Highland Society front desk under Rotary. Our own Malley Rowe is the Auctioneer on the night!
We have much to be inspired by!
Meryl's Moment 43 Meryl James 2019-05-18 14:00:00Z 0
The following issues were discussed and recommendations passed at last week's Board Meeting.
  • Graeme Rogan was appointed Child Protection Officer for our Club.
  • We will donate $500 to Kerrie Ohlsen's DG Partner project to support Motor Neurone Disease, through RAWCS.
  • We will pay our Havilah volunteers an extra $2 a head for our meals from July 1st, which means weekly dinner fees will be $22.
  • Our Club Honour Boards will be given to Chris Frahn to complete asap and be put up at Raglan House.
  • The garden bed project for Raglan House will be completed asap, with Carramar Nursary's quote to supply and fill with soil accepted.
  • The Club Planning Committee's recommendations, as came out at the Strategic Plannning Meeting and were sent to all members, were accepted.
  • A discussion was held with regard to Club fees and absent members and investigations are being made before the June meeting.
  • The Foundation Committee's PHF recommendations, to be given at the Club Changeover, were accepted.
Brief Board Report Meryl James 2019-05-18 14:00:00Z 0
Did You hear…..E&OE
District Governor’s Changeover……on  Sunday 26th May   at Swan Hill……Book now …to do so , go to   District  Changeover   Luncheon…..web site.
Also   District 9780 Weekly news has a lot of news for Rotarians…..have  a look you  will  certainly    learn something extra.
There is nothing quite like the service  our Fire Brigades  give to the Community. Many  members  give  years and years  of on-call service in addition  to  the regular efforts  to be trained  and to maintain the equipment , families go back two and three generations  of service  so  no wonder it was a very special night . We heard  lots of good stories.
FNFF  ….. last week was again a “blank”  winner so  this week the prize  is  thirty dollars….and it was  won by Chanaka  with 7/2...congratulations. It was good to see Rhys Hendricksen, the young CFA member, win the Heads and Tails. 
The Recreational Vehicle Fellowship is off to Swan Hill this week, there will  be about 70 attendees for a full weekend of activities.
The Club is having interaction with sections of  MEC  in the next couple of weeks in  regard  to students who are , or have been, involved in  the Flexible Learning Options program.
Graeme advised us that Kate Hinkerman  (Our NYSF student) is one of six who has been invited  to go to  Michigan USA  to attend the  Michigan  Maths and Science Fair at the end of June, she does need help  to raise the $5000 cost  so  any donations  will be gratefully  received, chat  with   Graeme.
Did You Hear.........E&OE Brian Thomas 2019-05-11 14:00:00Z 0
What a fantastic night we had last week, with members, partners and friends there to see me induct our newest member, Brian Reed. We welcome Brian and Robyn to our club and look forward to sharing many times of fun and service with them.
It was also an honour to present our Pride of Workmanship Awards and congratulate the very worthy recipients from local CFAs. We greatly value these awards and being able to recognize  those who work so hard for our local community. Thank you to Geoff and the Vocational Committee for organising the event.
On Tuesday night, 6 members attended the last  Group 7 meeting for the year in Stawell. Thank you for travelling on such a wet, cold night. It is always great to meet up with Rotarians from other clubs and to hear all the things they are doing in their communities.
Don't forget May is Bowelscan month as well as Youth Service. Remember to collect your kits. It could save your life!
Remember also, to register for the District Changeover in Swan Hill on Sunday 26th May and see Trace to book accommodation if you want to stay overnight.
We are also booking tables for the MATS dinner on June 1st. See Robyn Jennings to book. Our own Malley Rowe is the Auctioneer on the night!
I hope to see you all at our important Strategic Planning meeting this week. Jessie Harman will be a great facilitator. Remember our late finishing time of 9.30.
This week you need to Be the Inspiration as we look at planning the next 5 years!
Meryl's Moment 42 Meryl James 2019-05-11 14:00:00Z 0
Six club members travelled through the wind and rain to Stawell last Tuesday to attend the final gathering of our Rotary Group 7 Clubs for the 2018-19 Rotary Year. Pictured are current presidents of the four clubs giving their reports: John Launder  (Stawell) Bo Munro (Ararat) George Kirsanovs (Beaufort) and our President Meryl.
Final Group 7 For This Rotary Year 2019-05-10 14:00:00Z 0
At last Thursday's meeting, 6 members of the local Goldfields Group of the CFA were awarded Pride of Workmanship Awards by our club (one in absentia) Pictured from left, PDG Geoff (Vocational Committee Chair), Group Captain Robert Ipsen AFSM, Rhys Hendrickson, President Meryl, Simon Coutts, Ian Burt and Ian Boucher. Rachel Brooks was an apology for the night. President Meryl commented after the event, “It was very inspiring for our members to hear of the amazing work our fire fighters do on the behalf of our community. This is the very reason we have these awards!” For lots more pictures of the night, click "Read more"
Pride of Workmanship Awards for CFA 2019-05-09 14:00:00Z 0
[MON] Board Meeting (Raglan St-7pm)
16/05/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) Strategic Plan with PDG Jessie Harman (Until 9.30pm) 
23/05/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) Speaker: RYPEN students/ SPONSOR THANK YOU NIGHT
30/05/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St-6pm) Committees - Action Plans Prepared
6/06/2019: Arch C Klumph Birthdate (1869)
6/06/2019: *Meeting - Fellowships Night
10/06/2019: [MON] (Holiday) Board Meeting (Raglan St-7pm) - Strat. Plan Confirmed
Club Calendar as at May 12th 2019 2019-05-09 14:00:00Z 0
PP Brian Reed was inducted by President Meryl as our newest member last Thursday. Brian, and his wife Robyn, come to us from the Rotary Club of Bundoora where Brian was President for two years. Brian's Rotary Classification is Plumbing services and we look forward to Brian and Robyn sharing their knowledge and skills with our club. Brian brings our current membership number to 46.
Brian is Inducted as our Newest Member 2019-05-09 14:00:00Z 0
Our Board will consider a proposed set of Strategic Priorities for 2019-23 on Monday night and if approved, the document will be emailed to members for further comment and tweaking in the next week. Once approved by the club, this document will form the first half of our new Strategic plan for the next five years. It will contain Vision and mission statements (in line with the latest Rotary International statements), a small set (e.g. 4) of overall goals (or strategic priorities) based on Rotary International's priorities and a set of general strategies for our club drawn from RI's own strategies and the recent strategies of our District. These general guidelines will firstly provide some ideas for our Visioning session next Thursday, and then will provide a framework within which we can develop our club Action plan of specific objectives for the coming year. The annual Action plan forms the second half of of our Strategic Plan document, and it will be updated each year as has happened over the last decade. So look out for this general document in your email this week, see what you think and have your say. And then be sure to attend next Thursday night when PDG Jessie Harman will guide us in developing some specific objectives for our club - this will be the important "pointy end" activity when we convert the general stuff (determined by RI and the District) into what we want to do in our club during Leigh's year as President.
Look out for the draft Strategic Priorities this week 2019-05-09 14:00:00Z 0
If members wish to read the Board minutes or other "Member Only" files, you need to log into the Club (Clubrunner) Website and click on the "Members" link at the top right hand corner of the page. You will be taken to the "Admin" page, and under the heading "My Clubrunner", click on "View Club Documents". A list of available documents will come up including the Board meeting minutes and when you click on one of them, it will download to your computer. You can then click on that file to open it and view it. Contact Derrick or Geoff if you have any problems.
How to View Board Meeting Minutes and Other Member Only Files 2019-05-07 14:00:00Z 0
Meeting on Thursday 9th May...Fellowship duties.
Garry Higgins. Barbara Hilder and Noel Jennings.
Fellowship duties MAY. 2019-05-04 14:00:00Z 0
FNFF.......had no winner again this seek  so the club benefits by ten dollars and next week's winner by ten. Robert reminds us that there are still more squares available for sale.
From this week  a box will be available for  your RDU magazine to be dropped off at the weekly meetings., we  will then see that they get to waiting rooms or public areas for the public to see more of what Rotary does. Thank you for your co-operation.
Vocational Service Awards are  a great way to  promote the Club , the plaques which are awarded  usually end up on permanent display in the recipients  office , shop or workshop  for all to see.  This weeks program is dedicated to  awarding the next set of awards, please make sure you are there to  greet the awardees.
Did You Hear.....E&OE. Brian Thomas 2019-05-04 14:00:00Z 0
May is Youth Service Month and last week our Youth Committee Chair, Malley Rowe, became our Meeting Chair for the month. Thanks Malley! We look forward to some fun times ahead.
May is also Bowelscan Month. Many thanks to Murray for all his hard work collecting and distributing kits around the area. We appreciate the time he gives to this important Rotary program.
Thank you to those who were able to attend the final Service and Governance Committee Meetings for this year. We now look forward to President Elect Leigh forming his new committees and working towards our new Strategic Plan for the next 5 years. Remember that  on May 16th, Jessie Harmon will be facilitating this and that we will have an extended meeting time.
A big thank you to Bob Butterfield, Rob Bursill, Murray Henderson, Peter Haywood, John Caulfield and Martin Mackay who cleaned up out at the Rotary Airport shed last Friday. A job well done. Great service guys!!
A reminder that if you intend to go to the District Changeover in Swan Hill on Sunday 26th May, registrations are open and Trace is organising Motel bookings.
Another reminder that the Group 7 Meeting is at Stawell this Tuesday 7th May, NOT 14th as previously advised. Can those attending please let me know asap for numbers and if you require a ride.
This week we welcome partners to our Pride of Workmanship awards. this year recognising members of the CFA in our District. Please let Secretary Derrick know numbers by Wednesday 12pm.
I look forward to seeing you on Thursday as we continue to "Be the Inspiration".
Meryl's Moment 41 Meryl James 2019-05-04 14:00:00Z 0
Our new meeting chair for May is PP Mallee Rowe, and he obviously enjoyed his time fining members for their indiscrepancies last week!


Mallee is our Chair for May 2019-05-04 14:00:00Z 0
The "Boom Time" group (remember the drumming experience at Conference?) presented our Conference Committee with a framed photograph of Conference attendees in full flight during their Boom time segment. Pictured are DG Anthony, with Conference Chair John, Boom Time Coordinator Tracey and President Meryl holding the framed photo.
Photo of Conference from Boom Time 2019-05-04 14:00:00Z 0
Our final group of committees for the 2018-19 year met last Thursday, to round off their business for the year. The next committee meetings will be with the new committees for the 2019-20 year, so members are encouraged to start thinking about which committees they will join in the next week or so.
Final Committee Meetings for this Year 2019-05-04 14:00:00Z 0
On Fellowship Duty this Week... Brian Thomas 2019-04-28 14:00:00Z 0
 The  winner of this weeks round FNFF $40  in the  jackpot was Megan Buttsworth. Megan has very generously bought 2 more squares with her jackpot winnings. Thanks for playing Megan.. This is the second time Megan has won FNFF this year, both times with the winning square of 8-2, both Jackpot rounds and she has purchased more squares each time so, thanks from the Sri Lanka project as well.  Robert Rowe.
About 200 Rotarian attended the District Assembly in Ararat.....a  large group   and quite well organised.
Members  have been busy  in the last two weeks,  international travel, weddings, interstate travel plus  Easter and Anzac  celebrations.....not to mention AFL.   So now it is back to work for most of us  and that means  getting our projects finished or under control for changeover.
Would you be prepared to hand  your  RDU  bulletin in  each month , to the Club, to be placed in  waiting rooms for the public to read? Lots of good information in them  and if not used could be a good plan  which some clubs do as a matter of course....lets   know....... 
Did You Hear..........E&OE Brian Thomas 2019-04-28 14:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, 20 members enjoyed a Chinese or Fish/Chips/Salad meal, ordered in due to ANZAC Day commitments of our Havilah volunteers. Garry also supplied some delicious apple slices for sweets. We thank Stuart for setting up the room for us and organising cutlery. Those who attended filled in the Rotary Club Health Check, which is the beginning of information for our new Strategic Planning meetings coming up in a few weeks. This is your chance to have input on the next 5 years, so be sure you put the dates in your diary.
Thea and I layed wreaths for Rotary at the ANZAC Day Services in Maryborough and Carisbrook. Thank you Thea for representing our club.
PP Noel put a proposal that we register our members with a new Highland Society fundraising scheme. This was approved by all present and I will put it to the next Board meeting to ratify the idea. Thanks for a good idea Noel.
Six members are heading to the District Training Assembly in Ararat tomorrow, and I thank them for their time. It is a great way to meet other Rotarians from around the District and gather new ideas and information on roles for next year.
As Maternal and Child Health month finishes, we thank our April Meeting Chair, Rob Bursill, for keeping us all on track and in order during the meetings, and providing some fun moments.
Next week sees the final Service and Governance meetings for this Rotary Year. President Elect Leigh will be wanting you to choose for next year very soon.
Continue to  "Be The Inspiration".
Meryl's Moment 40 Meryl James 2019-04-27 14:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, attending members completed the Rotary Club Health Check quiz as the first stage of our new Strategic planning process. The quiz has been emailed to all members, and we encourage those members who couldn't attend last Thursday to complete the test this week. You can either print the quiz out and complete it by hand, or complete it in Word and email it to by next Thursday (May 2nd). Pictured are Harold and Thea completing the quiz, and members having their Chinese or Fish and Chip take-away meals - the Havilah team were already booked with Anzac day commitments.
We start our Strategic Planning Process 2019-04-25 14:00:00Z 0
Our club laid wreaths at both the Maryborough and Carisbrook services on Anzac Day. Pictured are President Meryl and President Elect Leigh at the Maryborough service, and we thank PP Thea for attending the Carisbrook service on behalf of the club.
Our Club Participates in Anzac Day 2019-04-25 14:00:00Z 0
2/05/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) Committees - Service & Governance (Final for this year)
9/05/2019: *Meeting (Raglan) Pride of Workmanship Night PARTNERS
13/05/2019: [MON] Board Meeting (Raglan St-7pm)
14/05/2019: [TUE] Group 7 Night (Stawell) 
16/05/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) Strategic Plan with PDG Jessie Harman (Until 9.30pm) 
23/05/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) Speaker: RYPEN students/ SPONSOR THANK YOU NIGHT
30/05/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St-6pm) Committees - Action Plans Prepared
Club Calendar as at April 28th 2019-04-25 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Fellowships  can be  a great way to extend your  Rotary network. For example  the Recreational Vehicle Fellowship extends  across all of Eastern Australia  and as a member you can  attend  adventures  across most of  the country  with fellow Rotarians , in Victoria alone there are more than 100 members  and they meet at least three times a year.  If you have a caravan or motor home all you have to do is to join on line  and begin a whole new adventure. If you prefer cricket speak to Derrick  whose life practically revolves around the  fellowship and the  guys he has met.
Last  weeks meeting at Peppa's was  a pleasant change  and so will next week"s meeting be  at Havilah  but  a change in  format.
David Hare will be away for a few weeks....what an to Nepal with his son  hiking to the  Mt Everest base camp. Good on you , David.
Did you hear...........E&OE Brian Thomas 2019-04-20 14:00:00Z 0
Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying a very Happy Easter and that the bunny found you!
We had a very enjoyable breakfast meeting at Peppa's last Thursday morning, where we celebrated Easter and Herbert J Taylor's Birthday. Thank you to Esther , Geoff and the Vocational Committee for leading us in a reflection on the continuing significance of the 4 Way Test in all areas of life. It was an interesting discussion! Thanks also to Carolyn and Bob for the great breakfast.
Please take note that our Service and Governance Committees have been postponed until May 2nd , and that at our meeting this week on 25th April, we will be completing a very important survey on our club, as a lead in to our new Strategic Plan.  Be sure to be there to have your opinions registered. We will be ordering in a meal on that night so please try to be there before 6.30 to choose your meal so we can collect them and eat by  7pm.
Thea and I will be laying wreaths at Carisbrook and Maryborough on ANZAC day on behalf of the club.
Keep in mind, also, that District Training Assembly is on Sunday 28th April in Ararat. Please register online on the District Website and the club will refund you the $25.
This week we remember those who have inspired us with their bravery and sacrifice in the past. "Lest we Forget".
Meryl's Moment 39 Meryl James 2019-04-20 14:00:00Z 0
We thank Graham Farey for updating us all on CPR and the use of a defibrillator last week. His time and expertise were much appreciated. I was also very pleased to receive a posthumous certificate of recognition in honour of PP PHF Bob Osborne from the Shine On Awards. Thank you Thea and Terry for attending the award afternoon on behalf of the club.
Thank you also to Thea and her helpers, who have organised and are attending the RYPEN camp at Creswick this weekend. The 25 or more young people attending will receive valuable life and leadership skills. We look forward to hearing, in the near future,  from the two students our club sponsored to attend.
Please take note that our Service and Governance Committees have been postponed until May 2nd , and that at our meeting on 25th April, we will be completing a very important survey on our club, as a lead in to our new Strategic Plan.  Be sure to be there to have your opinions registered. We will be ordering in a meal on that night and will take orders this week.
Keep in mind, also, that District Training Assembly is on Sunday 28th April in Ararat. The club pays and names need to be given to Martin asap.
I look forward to seeing you at breakfast at Peppa's next Thursday.
Stay safe over Easter and inspired.
Meryl's Moment 38 Meryl James 2019-04-13 14:00:00Z 0
PP Thea attended the recent Shine On Awards ceremony in Melbourne on behalf of our club. At that ceremony, a posthumous recognition was given to PP Bob Osborne OAM, and a special acknowledgement was presented to our club. PP Thea passed on this certificate to President Meryl at Thursday's meeting.
PP Thea Passes on Shine On Acknowledgement 2019-04-11 14:00:00Z 0
Herbert J Taylor's Birthdate (1893)
18/04/2019: *Breakfast Meeting (Peppas - 7am): 4 Way Test/ Herbert Taylor Celebration
19/04/2019: Paul Harris Birthdate (1868)
19/04/2019: [FRI] Good Friday
22/04/2019: [MON] Earth Day
25/04/2019: *(ANZAC DAY) Meeting (Raglan St - 6.30pm) Special Event
28/04/2019:[SUN] District Training Assembly (Marion College, Ararat)
2/05/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) Committees - Service & Governance (Final)
9/05/2019: *Meeting (Raglan) Pride of Workmanship Night PARTNERS
13/05/2019: [MON] Board Meeting (Raglan St-7pm)
14/05/2019: [TUE] Group 7 Night Stawell 
16/05/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) Strategic Plan with PDG Jessie Harman (Until 9.30pm) 
Club Calendar as at April 14th 2019-04-11 14:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, Manager of St John's Ambulance in Maryborough, Graham Farey, provided members and guests with an important and engaging update on the latest guidelines for saving lives. His first piece of advice was that any emergency assistance is better than none - many untrained people have saved lives. But, it is better to have some knowledge such as the latest version of the acronym for responding to an emergency situation: D.R.S. A.B.C.D. (Danger/ Response/ Send for help/ Airway/ Breathing/ CPR- Mainly Compressions/ Defibrillation). The key difference is that we need to get onto chest compressions as soon as possible if the victim is unresponsive, and if at all possible, use a defibrilator - safely! See the chart by clicking "Read more...".
Graham Farey Shows Us How to Save Lives 2019-04-11 14:00:00Z 0
On Sunday 21st April....The  South Pacific Veteran Cycling Club  need a  marquee and BBQ  in Sturt Street  as they did last   year.  We need t   some volunteers to make it happen.  We know it is Easter  but  would  you please contact Thea urgently so that this can be resolved?  An EZY -Up small marquee must be put up on Saturday  and small BBQ  will need a couple of people on Sunday..we need  volunteers! Please talk to Thea.
The Conference.....We  are sorry we  missed  the promised to be  a great event with  much community and Club involvement  and   the result  was exactly that , something to go in our History Book.
My thanks go to all who made Rotary on Show work and especially Mark Edmondson and Stephen Broad whose efforts enabled the whole  thing to work.  We could not believe how healthy Peter H looks after his marathon effort!
The FNFF  is going well... Robert   announced that   last weeks winner, Annabelle  Ong   is   in  London...a truly international event.  It is fun but also supports the Club's International Committee with its Sri Lankan  effort at Welgama Community....still a few squares!
Our new member Brian  has invited members  to attend Robyn's  birthday celebration on April 20th at 5.00pm....thanks Brian  we hope  quite a few members  will be able to attenfd. There will be an anarray of their old friends from Heidelberg  so it will be   a great  day!
PP Garry Higgins had a great experience at Government House where he was presented with his OA medals,  They were  somewhat surprised at the efficiency with  which the Governor made the presentations , from memory about 1500  lined up!
Our   on-duty Rotarians  have  in the past  done the set-up and pull downs  for our meetings...lately it seems that  much of the work  is done  by the time  the on-duty guys arrive...maybe I am wrong but  I am sure  you will agree that that the worload should be shared!
Do you miss the presence of some of our Rotarians at the weekly meetings...we  know john Hazedine has not been well ( best wishes, John) we hope that with the end of daylight savings maybe Tom Davies and  Tony Coyle  may make it  more often.  We hate  to lose touch with these guys.
Brian (T)
Did You Hear........E&OE Brian Thomas 2019-04-05 13:00:00Z 0
At Thursday's club meeting, PP Garry Higgins OAM shared his recent experience of receiving his OAM regalia from the Governor of Vistoria at Government House. Members were also given the opportunity to see the OAM medals "up close and personal" in their presentation case.
Garry shares the experience of his OAM Presentation 2019-04-04 13:00:00Z 0
Conference Committee Thanks Guides for First Aid Service 2019-04-04 13:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, club members enjoyed the hospitality of the local Girl Guides group as we met in their recently refurbished hall. CEO of Guides in this area, Lyn Curry (pictured), outlined the history of the Guide hall and of the recent renovations costing over $83,000.
Club Enjoys the Hospitality of the Guides 2019-04-04 13:00:00Z 0
It was great to see the slideshow of the Conference that Geoff prepared last week. We can look forward to videos as well. Thanks Geoff. Congratulations and thanks again to the Committee and anyone who helped in any way to make the Conference such a success.  A special thanks to the wonderful partners and friends for their hard work and support, and to Anthony for giving us the opportunity to "Be the Inspiration".
We have had many messages of congratulations from inspired Rotarians!
Congratulations to Garry and the Family Violence Committee for the successful Gender Equality Forum they ran with Go Goldfields last week. We continue to be inspired by the work you do.
Thanks to Chris and Sue for the great Water and Sanitation monthly page in the Addie. Maryborough Rotary is certainly keeping up its Public Image!
Yesterday I had the privilege of being a judge for the District Final of the Lions Youth of the Year. Rotary and Lions have much in common and the five young women certainly exemplified all the qualities we would want  to see in our young people. I thank Lions President Lorraine for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful event.
Next Thursday we share our meeting with the local Girl Guides and get the opportunity to thank their leaders for their help manning the First Aid table at the Conference. Thankfully they were not called upon to use their skills! Please be sure to let Derrick know numbers for catering.
Thank you to the team of members who provided the barbeque for the Maryborough Education Centre Fair on Friday evening. A great community service.
Also, could Committee Chairs be sure to get reports to Secretary Derrick by Wednesday, so he can prepare for the Board meeting next Monday.
I continue to be inspired by you all!
Meryl's Moment 36 Meryl James 2019-03-30 13:00:00Z 0
Over 40 representatives from local businesses and organizations attended last week's Gender Equality Forum conducted by the #SayNO committee in our club. This is part of the new phase of education aimed at the prevention of Family Violence. Culture, Living the Values and Flexible Hours are some of the things that companies can work toward to achieve Gender Equality in the work place.
Some good questions arose, one being, as most of our staff are women, and the majority of school drop-off and pick-up and child sickness falls on the mother’s shoulders and affect our bottom line! What can we do to make this more even?
Pictured are PP Garry and champion of our #SayNO propgram, along with the CEO of Maryborough Health, Terry Welch, and the CEO of the Shire, Lucy Roffey.
Club Conducts Gender Equality Forum 2019-03-30 13:00:00Z 0
Guest speaker and Nobel Prize winner, Dimity Hawkins sent us some ideas to share with Rotarians on what could be done to free our world of nuclear weapons. She writes...
Probably the most topical right now is a council focused initiative which asks communities to request their council or city to join the ICAN Global Cities Appeal:
The appeal is worded simply and clearly:
"Our city/town is deeply concerned about the grave threat that nuclear weapons pose to communities throughout the world. We firmly believe that our residents have the right to live in a world free from this threat. Any use of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for people and the environment.
Therefore, we warmly welcome the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the United Nations in 2017, and we call on our national government to sign and ratify it without delay."
There are easily downloadable linked resources on the ICAN Australia website here for the Australian signatories: and here for the international website: You can see there are a growing number of cities and towns all over Australia and the world joining this appeal, and it is a simple and positive action any citizen can take.
For those who might want to learn more about the impact of nuclear weapons in Australia in particular (as many Rotarians' spoke to me after the talk saying they had not known that history) this webpage gives some of the stories I touched on in my talk.
I hope these might be of use to you and your members. If I can offer any other information in follow up please don't hesitate to ask.
A Message to Rotarians from Dimity 2019-03-30 13:00:00Z 0
On Saturday afternoon and evening, President Meryl was part of the judging panel used to judge the District final of Lion's Youth of the Year program. Five very impressive young women from Melbourne, Bendigo, Ballarat, Sunbury and Wedderburn answered very tough questions and spoke about their passions during the evening. It was great to see the local Lions group invite Rotarians to be part of one of their signature programs.
President Meryl Helps Judge Lions Youth of the Year 2019-03-30 13:00:00Z 0
As well as Service and Governance Committee gatherings, last Thursday's meeting was spent reviewing our club's involvement in last week-end's District Conference here in Maryborough. A slide show of images was shown, whilst District Governor Anthony and President Meryl thanked members for putting their golden hearts into preparing, setting up and running this year's event. Everyone seemed to agree that we could call the conference a "complete success!" Pictured are Rotarian Peter completing, with assistance from Bronwen, their amazing 2000km plus ride around the District, the hall as people gather for the start of one of the sessions, the very successful "Rotary on Show" in full swing, Meryl and Marj just before the Gold Rush Dinner in an impressively decorated Highland Society, and the dessert at the dinner - a delicious, and apt golden heart.
The Golden Hearted Conference 2019-03-27 13:00:00Z 0
A willing and able crew turned up on Thursday night, 21st March to start the process of setting up for this year's Rotary District Conference in the Town Hall and Tren du Bourg Hall - Thank you to everyone for your valued assistance!
Setting Up For Conference 2019-03-27 13:00:00Z 0
1/04/2019: [MON] Conference Debrief (Raglan St)
4/04/2019: *Meeting (Guide Hall) - An Evening with the Guides PARTNERS
7/4/19-12/4/19: [THU to WED] RYLA Camp (Kangaroobie)
8/04/2019: [MON] Board Meeting (Raglan St-7pm)
11/04/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St)  Graham Farey: CPR & Defibrilator PARTNERS
12/04/2019: [FRI to SUN]: RYPEN Camp (Adekate)
18/04/2019: Herbert J Taylor's Birthdate (1893)
18/04/2019: *Breakfast Meeting (Peppas): 4 Way Test Debate
19/04/2019: Paul Harris Birthdate (1868)
19/04/2019: FRI: Good Friday
22/04/2019: MON: Earth Day
25/04/2019: *(ANZAC DAY) Meeting (Raglan St) Committees - Service & Governance
Club Calendar as at March 31st 2019 Geoff James 2019-03-27 13:00:00Z 0
Last week the Conference Committee inspired us to be part of our District Conference, by running through the program for next weekend and reminding us of the help needed before and after the event.
Thank you to the members and partners who helped put booklets into plastic pockets and attach lanyards. Dinner numbers are now closed and final details being seen to.
Peter and Bronwen are well on their way riding around the District. Be sure to send them an encouraging text or follow them on Facebook!! AND don't forget to keep a record of your exercise activities to report to Malley next Thursday!!
We are about to reap the rewards for all the hard work that has been done over the last two years, but there are still a lot of final preparations to be done.
Please  join us some time on  Thursday or Friday morning to help with setting up. I know most of you have filled in the roster. In lieu of a meeting, Garry is bringing tea to the Town Hall from the bakery at 6.30pm, but we will start working from 5.30pm onwards.
Thank you all for playing your part, and again, a huge thank you to the Committee, who have certainly exemplified "Service Above Self". I know we will all be educated and inspired by an enjoyable and fun-filled event.
Everyone is welcome to join us at Rammy Dessert at 6pm on Sunday night for a debrief.
Come on Maryborough Rotary, "Be the Inspiration"!!
P.S. There will be no Bulletin next week.
Meryl's Moment 35 Meryl James 2019-03-16 13:00:00Z 0
14/03/2019:[THU] Peter & Bronwen set off to cycle around District 9780
14/03/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) - Conference preparation
17/03/2019: St Patrick's day
19/03/2019:[TUE] Conference Committee (Raglan St-6.45pm)
21/03/2019: *Meeting (Town Hall) Conference Set up
22 to 24/03/2019: [FRI to SUN]: D9780 Conference March 22nd to 24th
24/03/2019: [SUN]: Conference Debrief social meal (Rammi Dessert)
28/03/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St) - Committees - Service & Governance
4/04/2019: *Meeting (Guide Hall) - An Evening with the Guides
7/4/19-12/4/19: [THU to WED] RYLA Camp (Kangaroobie)
8/04/2019:[MON] Board Meeting (Raglan St-7pm)
11/04/2019: *Meeting (Raglan St)  Graham Farey: CPR and Defibrilator information
12/04/2019: [FRI to SUN]: RYPEN Camp (Adekate)
Club Calendar as at March 17th 2019-03-16 13:00:00Z 0
Peter and Bronwen Haywood are on their way riding over 2000km around District 9780 and they've already checked in from Ballan, the Fairy Park, Ballarat where they caught up with past Maryborough Rotarian (now Wendouree Breakfast), Trevor Lea, and Torquay - where they caught up with past member, Ray Hannan. Travel safely folks! Click "Read more..." for 10 more pictures of other locations.
Peter and Bronwen on their Way Around District 2019-03-14 13:00:00Z 0
At Thursday's meeting, PP Mallee Rowe introduced this year's Footy Frenzy competition and already, a number of squares have been purchased. Proceeds from this year's effort will go to a new International project in Sri Lanka. The first stage of this project is to connect electricity to a community  hall built back in the post Tsunami days when a group of Maryborough people went there on a working bee to assist recovery efforts.
Mallee Cranks Up a New Footy Frenzy for Sri Lanka 2019-03-14 13:00:00Z 0
Which way to the Conference? Maryborough Rotarian Peter, and Bronwen Haywood are just about to set off on the Great Inter-Club Exercise Challenge. Next Thursday, they set off to travel over 2000 kilometres in the 9 days before the District 9780 Conference to remind all Rotarians of the importance of activity in their lives. The challenge is out to all clubs to keep a record, in hours and minutes of the amount of exercise-level activity their members complete during those same nine days. The activity can be walking, running, bike riding, dancing, skate-boarding, house-work, gardening, in fact anything that gets the heart level raised to at least mild exercise level. The total number of hours in each club will be divided by the number of members to give a score that is to be officially registered at conference. Being Rotarians, we know the estimates will be truthful. We've even had a special trophy commissioned to present to the winning club on the final day of the Conference. Pictured are Peter and Bronwen in front of the Town Hall along with DG Anthony, President Meryl and Past President Heather. If their directions are anything to go by, Peter and Bronwen could end up travelling a long way further than two thousand kilometres!
Peter and Bronwen off on the Great Inter-club Exercise Challenge 2019-03-09 13:00:00Z 0
 Last week we welcomed Noel as our meeting Chair for March, which is Rotary Water and Sanitation Month. More importantly for us, IT IS ONLY TWO WEEKS UNTIL DISTRICT CONFERENCE!!!
I am sure you will all have registered by now, but if you haven't, cut off date is next Thursday, especially for the Saturday night dinner. If you are having trouble registering on line, tell us, we will do it for you.
Next week's meeting is dedicated to Conference preparation and organisation, so please make every effort to be there. Malley Rowe will be chasing you to register for the Great Activity Challenge which starts from that day. It is only a matter of keeping record of any physical activity you do in the 9 days up to Conference. Good luck.
Peter and Bronwen set off on their epic ( and unbelievable) bike ride that morning, riding over 2000 km around the District. We wish them a safe journey and will be excited to welcome them back at the Conference on Friday night.
Thank you and congratulations to Kate Winkelman, for her excellent report on her visit to NYSF in January. Kate certainly proved herself a worthy recipient of our support and an admirable young woman. She has offered to bring friends and help with Conference setup in 2 weeks time and is also interested in starting an Interact Club! Thank you Kate. We look forward to future ventures with you.
Finally, can I again give a huge vote of thanks to the Conference Committee members, who have given and are still giving so much of their time  to "Service Above Self". Now it is time for all club members to rally behind them with their support.  Remember it was the whole club who nominated Anthony for District Governor and in so doing, took responsibility for the running of a successful District Conference.
Stay Inspired!!
Meryl's Moment 34 Meryl James 2019-03-09 13:00:00Z 0
Thank you to the Chairs and members who attended the Service and Governance Committee meetings last week. It is always interesting and inspiring to hear reports about their projects and fund-raising events for our club.
We thank Alison for her great job as Meeting Chair during February, especially for introducing us to the music of the Young Australian of the Year, and we look forward to Noel's leadership during March. Each monthly Chair brings her/his own style to our meetings. What a bonus!
Congratulations and thanks  to our District Conference Committee members, who continue to work hard on the final important details in all areas needed, to ensure we provide an enjoyable, inspiring  and  fun-filled event for attendees from around the District.
Be sure to read the Conference Booklet which you will receive by email shortly, to see just how much work has gone into the planning and organisation!!
With less than 3 weeks to go, be sure you are registered, especially for the Saturday night dinner, and have your name on the duty rosters for the event.
As I said last week, Maryborough Rotary must "Be the Inspiration" from 22nd to 24th March!
Meryl's Moment 33 Meryl James 2019-03-02 13:00:00Z 0
Club committees met last Thursday to plan projects for the coming month or so - there are still many things to get through before this Rotary year ends. Pictured are PP Thea giving the Community committee report, and AG Martin giving an entertaining Public Image report that actually wasn't a report at all!
February Committees Report on Progress 2019-02-28 13:00:00Z 0
We celebrated Rotary's 114th Birthday with a thought provoking Peace Forum  last week. Thank you to Geoff for preparing the night and leading us in thinking about what peace means to us in all aspects of life.  Thank you also to Garry for organising the  delicious cake. 
The Ballarat Swap Meet is done and dusted, and we must thank Thea for all her hard work organising the BBQ roster, and the members, partners and friends who served, manned the till, displayed their expert cooking skills or carried out other useful jobs. As usual, these are times of great fellowship and there are always funny stories to be told and remembered.
It is now only 4 weeks to our District Conference and the Conference Booklet is about to go to the printers, sponsors are finalised and being thanked and final details are being checked. Make sure that you register soon! Also,  be prepared to volunteer for the help required at our meeting this week. Again, a huge thank you to the Committee who have worked and are still working so hard to make it a success.
Maryborough Rotary must "Be the Inspiration" from 22nd to 24th March!
Meryl's Moment 32 Meryl James 2019-02-23 13:00:00Z 0
 We had an informative and fun-packed meeting last Thursday with a "love" theme for Valentine's day. Our members always enjoy, and do a great job of singing, whether it be the national Anthem or "All you need is love". A good song for Peace Month, as well as Valentine's day!!
Thank you to Jenny Bacon for sharing her interest and passion for textile art. We were in awe of her talent and the pieces she showed us. We look forward to seeing the display at the Art Gallery in the near future.
Be sure not to miss our Peace Night next week, when we  will look at the meaning of peace in our own lives, the community and the world, as well as celebrate Rotary's Birthday. Something worth celebrating!
Thank you for volunteering to work at the BBQ at Ballarat Swap Meet next weekend. It is another good fundraiser for our Club.
It is only 5 weeks to our District Conference, so make sure that you register soon! Also,  be prepared to be inundated by information and requests for help from now until then. A huge thank you to the Committee who have worked and are still working so hard to make it a success.
We are all called to "Be the Inspiration".
Meryl's Moment 31 Meryl James 2019-02-16 13:00:00Z 0
Around 50 members and guests from the four D9780 Group 7 clubs heard reports from each of the Presidents last Thursday. As always, it is great to hear about the different ways each club serves their local community and the wider world. We had hoped to also hear from Nobel Peace prize winner, Dimity Hawkins, but unfortunately she was unable to attend due to illness. Instead, those attending enjoyed two short videos showing Dimity in action, and another one celebrating the reason why Dimity got her award - a world wide treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Pictured are the four presidents: Bo Munro (Ararat), George Kirsanovs (Beaufort), John Launder (Stawell) and Meryl James (Maryborough).
Group 7 Night Features Peace Theme 2019-02-09 13:00:00Z 0
Around 60 people attended our Trivia with a Twist event last Saturday night, and a good time was had by all. Whilst we had hoped for more attendees, we anticipate making over $600 for the Youth Committee to put towards their various projects. Thank you to the Youth Committee members and especially Tracey for organizing the event, many thanks to our sponsors and thanks to our members who organized tables or attended on the night. Pictured is the table that won the "best dressed" prize - an energetic group of "Village people" in uniform!
Trivia With a Twist Goes Well 2019-02-09 13:00:00Z 0
 What a great start to Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution Month we had last Thursday, with Alison as our February meeting Chair! It is always a pleasure to welcome members from our Group 7 Clubs, and hear about the wonderful service they are doing in their communities,  and also welcome partners and visitors to share our meeting with us. It was unfortunate that Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Dimity Hawkins, was unable to be with us due to illness, but the short videos she sent were inspiring. We wish her well and look forward to hearing her speak at the District Conference. Thank you to Geoff for his INK spot on Peace fellowships and for leading us in the singing of John Lennon's "Imagine". Let's all stay inspired to work for peace in our world!
Congratulations to Trace and the Youth Committee for running a successful Trivia night last night. There was a lot of fun, laughter and fellowship throughout the night and around $600 was raised for our Youth projects. These events take a lot of organising and we thank them for their efforts.
Thank you also to Thea for finalising the Ballarat South raffle books, and to Malley for delivering them on Friday.  Thea has also finalised the roster for the Ballarat Swap Meet. Well done Thea! Thank you to those members, partners and friends who are supporting this fund-raising effort .
Have a peaceful week!
Meryl's Moment 30 Meryl James 2019-02-09 13:00:00Z 0
 Thank you to the Chairs and members of our Service and Governance Committees for their valuable input and reports last week. It was a productive start to the new year and many plans are in place. Thank you also to Murray for filling in at the last minute as Meeting Chair. Great job Murray!
Welcome back to Secretary Derrick after his big week at the International Rotary Cricket Fellowship  event in Melbourne. It took an incredible amount of organising,  but was evidently a huge success. Congratulations on  all your efforts Derrick!
This week we launch into Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution Month at our Group 7 meeting, with a great speaker. It is always good to hear the reports from other Club Presidents too. Please let Derrick know if you are bringing a partner or guest. We need accurate numbers for Havilah.
 Remember that Thursday is the last day to return your Raffle Tickets, and to fill in the roster for the Ballarat Swap Meet. Make every effort to help as it is an excellent club fundraiser and a good social event.
Talking of social events, I hope you have organised a table for the Trivia night next Saturday, 9th February. It should be a fun night and the Youth Committee need your support.
Finally, we meet to farewell our friend PP PHF Bob Osborne OAM at 2pm on Wednesday at the Town Hall. Please wear a Rotary badge and be part of the Guard of Honour. Bob was an inspiration to us all and will be sadly missed.
Meryl's Moment 29 Meryl James 2019-02-02 13:00:00Z 0
As members will be aware, one of the spin offs from our hosting of this year's District Conference is the Activity Challenge championed by Rotarian Peter Haywood. Peter and his wife, Bronwyn plan to ride over 2000km around our District in the 9 days before Conference to raise awareness of the need for us all to be more active in our lifestyles. Our club is sending out the challenge to all other clubs in the District to add up the total amount of time their members spend being active in those 9 days leading up to the Maryborough conference, and the most physically "active" club will win a trophy to be presented at the Conference. The total number of hours will be divided by the active members in each club to determine the winner. Pictured are some of our club's members getting psyched up for the challenge. "Activity" can be anything that demands physical exertion and movement such as scooting, weight exercising, playing croquet, riding your bike, playing bowls, walking or jogging, yoga, swimming, dancing, mowing the lawn, active housework, shopping etc.
The Big Conference Activity Challenge 2019-01-31 13:00:00Z 0
Service and Governance committees met for the first time last Thursday and clarified plans for the 2nd half of this Rotary year. Pictured are Mallee (Youth) and Alison (International) giving their reports.
First Committee Gatherings for 2019 2019-01-31 13:00:00Z 0
I am in the process of making digital copies of Maryborough Rotary History so that we can store records "in the cloud" and also have access to resources for a future history volume e.g. our 70th anniversary in a few years. I am wondering if any members or past members have digital copies - particularly Microsoft Word files - of the following annual reports for the whole club: any year up to 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015. In other words I only have digital files of reports for 2011. 2012, 2016,2017 and 2018.
I'm also looking for a digital copy in Word or PDF format of Daryl McLeish's book, "50 Years of Service" - does anyone know where I might get that?
Could you please email me a copy of any files you have to:
Club History Request 2019-01-27 13:00:00Z 0
It is with mixed feelings that I write this today. I am saddened by the passing of my friend and mentor, PP PHF Bob Osborne OAM, who will be greatly missed within our club and the wider community. Vale Bob.
But I am thrilled to congratulate PP PHF Garry Higgins who can now also add OAM to his name. Such a well deserved honour, Garry. You are an inspiration to us all and Bob would have been so pleased to acknowledge that.
We had a very interesting and informative vocational visit to the CFA Command Centre last week. Thank you to Group Officer Robert Ipsen for giving us his time and to the members who braved the heat cooking our BBQ meal in the searing heat, while we sat waiting in air- conditioned comfort! Service above Self at its best!
Thank you also to those who helped at the Australia Day breakfast yesterday, especially the pancake chefs, our friends of Rotary, Trevor Clarke and Robyn Jennings
I hope all members can make our first important meeting for the year of Service and Governance Committees this week, so that we can make a flying start to the next six months. Remember to return your Raffle Tickets, Make up a table for the Trivia Night and be ready to fill in the roster for the Ballarat Swap Meet.
The reminder notices for February are now available and please invite your partners to the Group 7 night on Feb 7th where we have one of our Conference speakers launching us into Peace Month.
 We are lucky to  be inspired by the example of our own members.
Meryl's Moment 28 Meryl James 2019-01-26 13:00:00Z 0
We had a good team of members and friends available to serve pancakes to the (less than) masses at the Australia Day event on Saturday. Numbers of community members attending seemed to be down a little on previous years, but the pancakes still tasted great! Thanks to those members and friends who were able to help us out.
Members serve up the Pancakes for Oz Day 2019-01-26 13:00:00Z 0
PP Garry Higgins was named as a recipient of the Order of Australia medal in the Australia Day Honours list for his significant community work particularly related to the #SayNO campaign. We send our Congratulations to Garry for this thoroughly deserved honour. He is pictured here at the Australia day gathering with District Governor Anthony, President Meryl and the convener of the submission, PP Graeme Rogan.
Congratulations Garry Higgins OAM! 2019-01-26 13:00:00Z 0
We regret to inform members and friends of our club that PP PHF Bob Osborne OAM passed away in the early hours of this morning (January 27th 2019). Bob was a huge supporter of Maryborough Rotary, and a larger than life character and contributor to the wider community. He joined Rotary on April 30th 1981, and was the only member who has been President on two separate occasions, the first in 1990-91, and the second in 2012-13. He was our Club Probus representative for many years, and a champion for the Bowelscan program and Shine On Awards. Just recently, our club nominated him as a Shine on recipient for the upcoming 2019 awards - unfortunately, he will not be there to receive that recognition. Bob was a significant contributor to the Rotary Foundation and last year, was presented with a Major Donor recognition. Bob served on numerous local, district and even National committees for a variety of sporting and humanitarian causes. His contribution to our world has been significant, and he will be sadly missed.
Vale Bob Osborne 2019-01-26 13:00:00Z 0
Over 20 Rotarians and guests visited the CFA Headquarters in Maryborough last Thursday, and heard a fascinating account from Group Officer, Rob Ipsen on how the CFA operates in this area. This was the first of our planned Vocational visits for 2019. A big "thank you" to John C, Terry, Brian and Noel for sweltering over a hot barby in over 40 degree heat to provide our meal.
Fascinating Visit to CFA Headquarters 2019-01-24 13:00:00Z 0
It was a very busy meeting last week, with members and guests enjoying Senior Detective Sgt Andrea Turner’s informed talk on new police strategies to handle Family Violence.  Thank you Andrea.
We thank the Bendigo Bank representatives for their interesting presentation also.
It was a pleasure to induct our new member, Heather Blackman too . Welcome to Maryborough Rotary Heather. We look forward to working and sharing with you.
We also welcomed Brian and Robyn Reed, honorary members of Bundoora Rotary, who have recently moved to Bet Bet. We hope you enjoyed our meeting and come again. 
We now look forward to our vocational visit to the CFA next Thursday and please remember we are cooking pancakes for the free community breakfast on Australia Day.
February reminder notices should be out next week. Another busy month ahead! Stay tuned. 
Keep selling the raffle tickets. They must be returned the first week in a February.
Stay inspired!  We need you all as countdown continues to the District Conference. 
Meryl's Moment 27 Meryl James 2019-01-19 13:00:00Z 0
Two members from the Avoca Community Bank (Maryborough Branch) and St Arnaud Agency of the Bendigo Bank, Manager Peta Dodson and Zoe spoke to our club members last Thursday about the community work being done by the Bank in our area and shared their enthusiasm for continued co-operation with our club - our club currently banks with the Bendigo, has recently raised money for the Queeensland Drought with the group and they will be a Bronze sponsor at our District Conference.
Bendigo Bank Reps Highlight Links with our Club 2019-01-17 13:00:00Z 0
President Meryl inducted new member, Rev. Heather Blackman into our club last Thursday. Heather comes to us from the Rotary Club of St. Arnaud and we wish her well as she shares her skills here in Maryborough.
President Meryl inducts new member Heather  2019-01-17 13:00:00Z 0
A large attendance of members and guests was enthralled by Detective Sergeant Andrea Turner last Thursday as she spoke about the challenge of Family Violence in our area. She shared the disturbing news that despite progress being made on this front in every other area of the country, Family Violence cases are rising in the Central Goldfields area.
Large group enthralled by Andrea 2019-01-17 13:00:00Z 0
Rotary International President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney explained his vision for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership models. A member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, Maloney unveiled the 2019-20 presidential theme, Rotary Connects the World, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s annual training event, the International Assembly, in San Diego, California, USA.
New Rotary Theme for 2019-20 2019-01-14 13:00:00Z 0
As some members will know, someone has stolen many of our Family Violence signs from around the town - including this one at the Hub and the signs at the entrance to the town. The Shire Council will soon make a statement to the Addy about being very disappointed (as we are) by this costly act of vandalism, and the fact that the Police are looking into the issue
Who took our signs? 2019-01-12 13:00:00Z 0
What a great night we had at the croquet club last week, where some hidden talents were found! Thank you to Martin for his organisation, to Graeme for his help coaching, to our BBQ chefs and all who contributed to the meal, especially the suppliers of the icecreams!
Our sights are now firmly fixed on the District Conference. The next Conference meeting is this Tuesday at 6.45pm at Raglan House and we ask all members to start considering what contribution they will be able to make. A list of help needed will be out shortly. 
A reminder also, to keep selling the Ballarat South raffle tickets and return them to Thea ASAP. Remember we make $ 1.60 from each ticket sold.  A volunteer to help Thea with the final collection and recording would be appreciated.  
Finally, we all wish PP Secretary Derrick every success with the International Rotary Cricketing Fellowship event next weekend in Melbourne.  It has been a mammoth task of organisation and has taken a huge amount of his time over the last year or longer. Congratulations and good  luck from us all, Derrick! 
There are some inspiring times ahead for us all! Be proud to be a Rotarian!
Meryl's Moment 26 Meryl James 2019-01-12 13:00:00Z 0
Image result for we're almost there We have now just about finalized our Bulletin Subscribers list i.e. the list of non-members who receive our Rotary Club Bulletin each week. This current bulletin (January 14th) is going out to those 30 or so people as well as to active members who automatically receive it as part of being a member. If you are NOT a current, active member of Maryborough Rotary, and you DO NOT want to keep receiving this bulletin each week, there is obviously still something amiss with our subscriber list - so my apologies! Please contact PDG Geoff at and I'll ensure you don't receive any more - no questions asked. If anyone receiving this bulletin knows of someone who WANTS to receive our bulletin and is not currently receiving it, again, please let me know.
Attention Bulletin Subscribers! 2019-01-10 13:00:00Z 0
Members and friends enjoyed a great night at the Maryborough Croquet Club last Thursday. Thank you to AG Martin for arranging the night, and to Croquet player Graham for assisting. More pictures by clicking "Read more"
Great night at Croquet for Members and Friends 2019-01-10 13:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year to you all! I trust you are feeling refreshed and ready to face  the very busy, but exciting months ahead. We are now on countdown to the District Conference, and we will need the help of every member to ensure it is a huge success.
We certainly rocked in the New Year at the Town Hall, raising valuable funds for our Youth projects,and getting great publicity in the Addie. I would like to personally thank Geoff, Peter, Shane, Martin, Harold, Anthony and our Friends of Rotary, Jackie Dellavedova and Marg Rumpff for their invaluable support. Thanks also to the band members, who took little or no reward for sharing their talents for 5 hours. 
In contrast, a very relaxed, social and enjoyable BBQ meeting was held at the home of Garry and Julie Higgins last Thursday. We sincerely thank them for their generous hospitality. 
Next week Martin has organised a visit to the croquet club, so wear your flat shoes and bring a salad or sweet to share with the BBQ. It should be a fun night! 
January is Vocational Service month and we have a visit to the CFA on 24th, fires permitting!
So, let’s continue to “Be the Inspiration” into 2019. We have much to inspire us. 
Meryl's Moment 25 Meryl James 2019-01-05 13:00:00Z 0
Around 120 Rotarians, friends and followers converged on the Town Hall on new Year's Eve to rock in 2019. We expect to raise over $1500 from the event for our Youth Projects. Thank you to President Meryl for doing most of the organization, to Rotarians who helped set up and clean up the hall, and to the non-Rotarian members of the band who played for a reduced rate on the night.
Rotarians and friends Rock in the New Year 2019-01-03 13:00:00Z 0
Members enjoy a relaxed start to 2019 Geoff James 2019-01-03 13:00:00Z 0
We finished the year with two great nights of fun and fellowship, which I am sure were enjoyed by all who attended.
Thanks again to Carolyn and Bob for being such good hosts at Peppa's. A delicious meal in relaxed surroundings.
We already have about 90 booked for our New year's Eve Dance. Contact Jackie or myself after Christmas if you want to join a table , or if you can help set up the Town Hall on 31st at 1pm or clean up January 1st at 11am.
On a more sombre note, Brian has informed me that Elizabeth Shaw, wife of PP David Shaw has passed away. We send our sincere condolences to the family at this sad time.
May the spirit of Peace and Joy be with you all over the festive season.
We meet next on January 3rd at the home of Garry and Julie Higgins for a social BBQ. Please bring a salad or sweet to share.
Meryl's Moment 24 Meryl James 2018-12-19 13:00:00Z 0
Almost 40 Rotarians, spouses and guests attended last Saturday's Rotary Christmas party at Peppa's Restaurant and it seems a good time was had by all. It was great to touch base with Rotarian Frances Clarke and Trevor again, and also have PDG Jessie Harman and Andrew in attendance. Apart from the great food provided by Peppa's, Rotarians discovered how difficult it is to hum a Christmas carol on a kazoo whilst everyone is laughing at you.
Fun Times at the Christmas Party 2018-12-19 13:00:00Z 0
Around 20 Rotarians met in the Highland Society members lounge for Christmas drinks before heading over to the Chinese Restaurant for a shared meal last Thursday. It was great to welcome back Rotarian Marion Walters and husband, Daryl for the event.
Members Enjoy Christmas Drinks and a Meal Geoff James 2018-12-19 13:00:00Z 0
What a fantastic meeting to finish the formal meetings for the year, which saw  Bob Oz as Chair! We were able to thank the fantastic Havilah volunteers (and Esther) for their support with meals during the year, and CEO Barb spoke of the valuable funds they raised also. A mutually successful arrangement.
Thank you to Jessie Harman for the inspiring talk on her Camino experience, which set the scene for fun and frivolity for the  rest of the night! We look forward to Jessie and Andrew joining us at our Christmas Party next Saturday.
Thank you to the five members who participated in the assessment panels at MEC on Thursday. From all reports, it was an interesting and rewarding experience to see the efforts of the young people involved.
Thank you also, in advance, to those who are helping cook pancakes for the Carols By Candlelight next Sunday from 5pm till 7pm. It's a busy time of year to give your time.
Our baskets of donations were delivered to the Salvation Army last Friday. Thank you for your contributions.
I look forward to seeing you next Thursday at the Highland Society members' Lounge for drinks from 5.30pm and  at our Christmas Party next Saturday at Peppa's, 6.30 for 7pm. I need to confirm numbers, so please contact me if you haven't yet given me your name to attend on Saturday.
Books of Raffle tickets are still available from Thea to sell over the holidays and please join a table for the New Year's Eve Dance or consider helping with the setting up of the Town Hall or cleanup the next morning. Names to Jackie or myself.
Let's stay inspired to pray for peace and goodwill as we enter this festive season.
Meryl's Moment 23 Meryl James 2018-12-09 13:00:00Z 0
Bob Osborne chaired our last formal meeting for the year  and as usual did a good job. Great work , Bob.
Jessie Harman gave quite an inspiring talk regarding her long walk , no doubt she would have been  also inspired by the hilarity, chatter and business  of our  last meeting for the year. 
The Club team who went to MEC to assist with student presentations  on Thursday 6th also had an interesting day.   The projects they presented were all valuable tasks accomplished, but it was pleasing to be able to help the students expand their experience in presenting their ideas. We could learn more of what is happening in our own area.
Rotarians are travellers...John and Alison are no doubt enjoying  lots of  curries at the moment.
In the  new year, we could  make the bulletin a greater tool  for members if  all events  involving Rotarians could  be emailed to the editor with specific purpose, place and time for inclusion in the  bulletin.
Did You Hear...E&OE Brian Thomas 2018-12-09 13:00:00Z 0
PDG Jessie Harman enthralled members with her entertaining account of her recent 800km walk along the Camino Trail in Spain. She might have completed the "Chardonnay" version, but it was still a fantastic effort!
PDG Jessie Shares Her Long Walk 2018-12-06 13:00:00Z 0
PP Terry Toasts the Rotary Club of Elmira 2018-12-06 13:00:00Z 0
Club Presented with Government Volunteer Award 2018-12-06 13:00:00Z 0
President Meryl presents the Rotary Award for the best Large Industrial or Commercial Garden to the Cemetery Trust at this year's Garden Club Awards .
Rotary Award at Garden Club 2018-12-06 13:00:00Z 0
Thank you to the Committees for working hard last week to finalise this year and and plan ahead. 
A big thank you to David Hare for adding his flavour to the role of Meeting Chair during November. We appreciated your fun and good humour David.
We welcome Bob Osborne up front this week and look forward to Jessie Harman telling us about her recent adventures.
  • This will be our last formal meeting for the year, as next week, we have drinks at the Highland Society Member's Lounge from 5.30pm.
  • Remember this week to book and pay for our Christmas Party which is on 15th  at Peppa's, and please bring some Christmas goodies to put in the Tub for the Salvation Army.
Books of Raffle tickets are still available to sell over the holidays and please join a table for the New Year's Eve Dance or consider helping with the setting up of the Town Hall or cleanup the next morning.
The January Reminder notices are out tonight, so be sure to take one home and be ready to be inspired for the New Year.
Meryl's Moment 22 Meryl James 2018-12-02 13:00:00Z 0
As I write, the tiring, but very successful Energy Breakthrough weekend is behind us. A huge thank you to Thea for her hard work organising the roster and making sure everything ran smoothly, not an easy task. Thank you also to those members who worked hard manning (womaning?) the Barbeque and marshalling, especially those who worked extra shifts (did Trace really do 10 hours straight?) and those who cleaned up. (I would recommend Chris to anyone  as a cleaner of greasy pans under difficult conditions!)We also appreciated the help of family and friends. The family of Rotary working together is inspiring.
 Congratulations  to our SayNO2family violence team  who accepted our National Volunteer Award for this project from Minister Dan Tehan on Thursday.  We are proud of the passionate work of this inspiring group.
I hope you all saw the great page spread in the Advertiser on Friday for Foundation Month. We have to be inspired by the amazing work done by our own Rotary Foundation. Our thanks to Chris and Sue for designing the page and helping us promote Rotary to the public with our monthly pages.
Only 2 more formal meetings for the year, so be sure to collect your book (or 2) of Raffle tickets to sell over the holidays and  bring donations of Christmas goodies for the Salvation Army tub.
Also, be sure to check the December Reminder notice. December 6th is a special Partners night, as is our Christmas party on December 15th. Please book and pay at one of the next two meetings, and get a table of friends together for our New Year's Eve Dance.
Fun times ahead to celebrate being the inspiration!
Meryl's Moment 21 Meryl James 2018-11-25 13:00:00Z 0
Did You Hear....E&OE
 Pres. Meryl has gone missing...a proceedure to  improve her athletic  capabilities....all the very best Meryl.
With   RACV missing , the Energy Breakthrough  seem ed to be as good as ever.....BBQ set up  was a bit of a challenge but all   expert  hands to the pump saw the  water working, gas flowing and the  cool room  working well. 
The  Marshalling  was  handled well,  at 3.00 am  on Sunday Garry and Julie were looking forward to going home to a nice warm wonder it was winter in spring !
Our program is set out for the end of the year, put the dates in your can not   be Xmas yet  but   Daniel thinks so!
The RVFR (Recreational Vehicle Fellowship of Rotarians)  had a muster in Horsham, the country-side may be  doing it tough  but  there are great  attractions in the country , silo paintings, great agricultural museums and the  great Stick Shed at need to go anywhere a great , hospitable Rotary Club  in  Horsham.
Brian Dowie Park has had the grass cut again  it looks good for the summer season !?? 
We  have about sixteen bookings for  Rotary on Show at our 2019 District far!
Attendance at our last two meetings was  20 members  or 44.44 %  and  31.11%  or 14 members...
Did You hear......E&OE Brian Thomas 2018-11-24 13:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to all of our Breakthrough Volunteers - those who worked on the Corner and those on the Barby. A special "thank you" to Thea for handling all of the organization - a huge task in itself. Pictured are Saturday's "Lunch time" team with great asset, Joe ( a friend of PE Leigh's) and then the afternoon team. Tracey was on deck from 7am until 5pm on Saturday - and still smiling!
Breakthrough Action 2018-11-24 13:00:00Z 0
PP Garry, PP Thea, PP Graeme, PN Bob, and Chair Chris attended a presentation at Ararat on Thursday where the club received an "Australian Government Volunteer Award" for its Family Violence Program from MP Dan Tehan. Congratulations FV Team!
Family Violence Program Honour 2018-11-22 13:00:00Z 0
Rotarians donned their Winter woolies and braved the elements to attend last week's meeting where we fine tuned the setup for the Energy Breakthrough. In the absence of President Meryl, PP Thea gave the notices and thanked all those who had volunteered to go on the barbeque or work on a "Corner" for the big race.
Setting up for the Breakthrough 2018-11-22 13:00:00Z 0
Our meeting this week is a barbeque at Princes Park, to set up and get ready for our busy weekend at the Energy Breakthrough. We look forward to supervising corners and earning valuable funds on the barbeque. Thank you to all who have put their name down on the rosters, including spouses and friends. Your help is very much appreciated.
All members should have received the comprehensive report from the Family Violence committee. We thank them for all their efforts and wish them well at Ararat on Thursday, when they accept the club's National Volunteer Award for this project from Minister Dan Tehan.
Our President Elect, Leigh, enjoyed his first Leadership Development day in Ararat yesterday and was able to make connections with others who will hold office in his year.We look forward to your leadership year Leigh.
Please keep in mind the donations of Christmas goodies for the Salvation Army. The tub will be out again next week.
Also, be sure to take home the December Reminder notice, book and pay for our Christmas party and get a table of friends together for our New Year's Eve Dance.
Continue your inspiring efforts!
Meryl's Moment 20 Meryl James 2018-11-17 13:00:00Z 0
  • From the ABC of Rotary by Past RI President, Cliff Dochterman
  • One of the colorful traditions of many Rotary clubs is the exchange of small banners, flags or pennants. Rotarians traveling to distant locations often take banners to exchange at "make-up" meetings as a token of friendship.
  • Many clubs use the decorative banners they have received for attractive displays at club meetings and district events.
  • The Rotary International board recognized the growing popularity of the banner exchange back in 1959 and suggested that those clubs that participate in such exchanges give careful thought to the design of their banners in order that they be distinctive and expressive of the community and country of which the club is a part.
  • It is recommended that banners include pictures, slogans or designs that portray the territorial area of the club.
  • The board was also mindful of the financial burden such exchanges may impose upon some clubs, especially
  • in popular areas where many visitors make up and request to exchange. In all instances, clubs are cautioned to exercise discretion and moderation in the exchange of banners in order that the financial obligations do not interfere with the basic service activities of the club.
  • Exchanging club banners is a very pleasant custom, especially when a creative and artistic banner tells an interesting story of community pride.
  • The exchange of banners is a significant tradition of Rotary and serves as a tangible symbol of our international fellowship.
  • Our club hasn't used banners for a while - should we get back into this tradition? Or should we give something like a memory stick of information on the club?
Ink Spot on Club Banners 2018-11-15 13:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Murray provided us with some background and proposed a toast the the Rotary Club of Cape Town in South Africa last Thursday. Murray had visited the club and the area during his visit to Africa a year ago.
Murray Toasts Cape Town Rotary 2018-11-15 13:00:00Z 0
PDG Terry Davies was in town last Thursday to assist DG Anthony with negotiations for the Australian Rotary Health Golf Day here in Maryborough next March. Terry is a very experienced Rotarian who for over a decade, trained District Governors about the Rotary Foundation. He was also instrumental in bringing from Texas, and adapting the Centurion Program for Australian Rotarians.
A Visit from the Rotarian who Introduced the Centurion program 2018-11-15 13:00:00Z 0
The attention of Rotarians was certainly grabbed by the imposing figure and story of ex-Prison Officer, Bruce Kaye last Thursday. Bruce did start his talk with a powerpoint, but not the kind we're used to - he started his working life as an Electrician, so he brought out his version of powerpoints - a double power point wall socket! Bruce described some of the highlights of his 28 years at the Ararat prison, at the Malmsbury Youth Facility and the Barwon prison. He described encounters with notorious underworld criminals, showed us a chilling collection of weapons that prisoners had ingeniously fashioned out of ordinary, everyday items and verbally sparred with some of our more verbose members. All quite gripping!
Bruce Kaye Grabs our Attention 2018-11-15 13:00:00Z 0
Image result for Lions Convention Carisbrook 2018Lions International Convention, Carisbrook 2018
Lions International held their District Convention at the Maryborough Trotting Complex, Flagstaff November 9,10 and 11.  150 people registered, and they had a Free Public Health Forum from 12 -2pm on Saturday.
There were many stalls showing Lions programs, very similar to those that Rotary run: Exchange, Peace, Health Lions cakes etc as well as Allied Health stalls for Diabetes, Children’s Cancer, Eye Health and Vision screening, Alzheimers, Crime Watch Disaster Response and Hair Library. There were also a couple of CPR dummies to step over or stop and learn
There was a Tai Chi demonstration which was enjoyed by all. More information in "Read more..."
Lions Convention in Carisbrook Thea Allan 2018-11-11 13:00:00Z 0
An Event for your Social Calendar 2018-11-10 13:00:00Z 0
Did You Hear…..E&OE.
This week's guest speaker, Prison Officer Bruce Kaye was introduced by his past teacher PP Bob Osborne. Bruce's school and footy mates included Garry Higgins, Rob Bursill and Graeme Rogan!
President Elect Leigh attended his first training event for his Presidential year last Saturday
PDG Jessie Harman is returning to the club in a couple of weeks to talk about her Camino Trail experience
Did you Hear......E&OE Brian Thomas 2018-11-10 13:00:00Z 0
Around 100 people attended last week's Oaks Day event raising in the vicinity of $2000 for the Maryborough Education Centre Literacy programs. As well as the crowd, pictured is PP Garry Higgins, with posy of flowers in one hand and a mike in the other interviewing an impressive Florist on how to attach flowers to a lady's hat - if only some of his Carlton team-mates could see him now.
PP Garry Impresses at Oaks Day 2018 2018-11-10 13:00:00Z 0
Our important AGM was held last Thursday, and it was exciting to all be piped in by  Hamish Hare. Thank you Hamish. It was a real treat!
We thank those members who agreed to hold positions for 2019/20 in our club. Can I encourage others to see PE Leigh and consider nominating for those positions still vacant. We all have a part to play in  ensuring our club runs smoothly.
We were also honoured to receive a "Community Partnership Recognition" certificate from Terry Welch, the CEO of Maryborough District Health Service at the meeting.  It has been great to have their involvement and support in our #SayNO2familyviolence project.
Can I thank again, Esther and Alison and other members who helped run the successful Oaks Day fundraiser for Literacy at MEC. Over $2000 was raised. A fun day with a great result!
Please be sure to choose your times on the Energy Breakthrough roster. It is only a week away and we need all hands on deck so we can share the load. This is a great community service as well as a major fundraiser for our club .
Thank you to those who have already placed donations of toileteries in the Tub for the Salvation Army. We will keep it running into next year, but we are collecting Christmas treats in the Christmas Tub over the next few weeks to brighten someone's Christmas. Please make sure spouses are aware of this collection.
Finally, can you consider booking and paying for our Christmas breakup party over the next few weeks, which is at Peppa's Restaurant on December 15th.  Also, plan to bring family and friends to our New year's Eve Dance, to 'Rock in the New Year"!
Let's all be proud and inspired as Rotarians!
Meryl's Moment 19 Meryl James 2018-11-10 13:00:00Z 0
PP John Caulfield was called upon to officiate at the club's 2018 Annual General Meeting last Thursday. The main business of the 10 minute meeting was to receive a financial report on the club's financial status - which is fine -  and appoint the officers for the 2019-20 Rotary Year. Officers elected were Leigh Williamson as President, Bob Butterfield as President Elect, Thea Allan as Secretary, Graeme Rogan as Treasurer, Derrick Marsden as Foundation chair, Garry Higgins as Membership Chair, Chris Frahn as Public Image Chair, Martin Mackay as Community Chair, Alison Teese as International Chair, Mallee Rowe as Youth Chair and Geoff James as Vocational Chair. We still need a Fundraising Chair and a President Nominee (to become President in July, 2021) - Interested? Please see Leigh ASAP.
Club holds its AGM 2018-11-08 13:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, Terry Welch, CEO of the Maryborough and District Health Service thanked Rotary for its support through the Family Violence Program. Terry reported to members that it was largely because of the #SayNO program that the hospital recently received its "High Commendation" status in the State wide awards for Hospitals. Terry also presented to President Meryl and our club a "Community Partnership Recognition" certificate for our general support and collaboration over the last year.
Hospital Thanks Rotary for Support 2018-11-08 13:00:00Z 0
Past President Derrick provided an interesting review of the history and work of Rotary's Foundation at last Thursday's meeting. He reminded members of the fact that we are in sight of ridding the world of Polio, and providing millions of dollars to support projects of peace, economic development, provision of clean water, literacy and education and maternal and child welfare. He then showed an inspiring video of Rotary's work through the Foundation - a video that could be heard clearly through our new Soundbar speaker.
PP Derrick leads us in a celebration of the Foundation 2018-11-08 13:00:00Z 0
Rotarian David Hare commenced his period as Meeting Chair in style last Thursday, when he employed his son Hamish to play the bagpipes as our "call to order" music for our meeting. That's going to be a hard act to follow! Thank you, Hamish, please come again!
David employs Hamish to Pipe in his period as Chair 2018-11-08 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Meryl James
The following recommendations from committees were approved at the October Board meeting:
  • Membership Committee: the purchase of 20 Promotional kits and 10 new Member kits.
  • Youth Committee:  That the Youth debate become an annual event
  • Youth Committee:  That $300 be donated to Highview College for Woodwind and Contemporary Music packs
  • Youth Committee:  That the end of year Art and Community Service scholarships to MEC, Highview and GELC, named after former Rotarians, be continued.
  • International Committee: That a Disaster Aid Box be donated now, rather than as planned next year, given the present need.
  • Community Committee: That $30 be provided for the annual Rotary Garden Club Trophy
  • Community Committee: That $100 be donated to PROBUS for their Bowls day
  • Community Committee: That we submit an Application for the Wannon Community Service Awards for our FV Project.
  • Club Planning Committee: That the Board review the Club Guidelines Booklet
  • Administration Committee: That we purchase a speaker for the TV to enhance sound.
October Board Report Meryl James 2018-11-03 13:00:00Z 0
Our #SayNO2familyviolence committee held another of their fundraising and awareness raising days at the Maryborough Harness Racing club on Sunday. The races as well as the #SayNO message were spread far and wide through television coverage. Each race name had an ant-family violence message.  Pictured are our Rotarians, Terry and Thea presenting their trophy to the winners of the race they sponsored called the "#SHOWTOLERANCE PACE".
Family Violence Harness Racing Day 2018-11-03 13:00:00Z 0
Quite a number of Rotarians and supporters attended the Paramount Cinemas on Thursday night to see the "World Premiere" screening of "Bohemian Rhapsody" - an enthralling biography of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen. The movie apparently took almost eight years to produce and I reckon quite a bit of that time would've been spent by the lead actor getting the idiosyncrasies of Freddie down pat. Also the sound and technical expertise of the guy playing the lead guitarist part would have taken a lot of time to perfect - it was all very impressive. Also impressive would have been the amount raised for Polio by those who attended. Around 15 Rotarians met for tea at the Chinese Restaurant before the movie and that was also a very pleasant gathering. Thanks to Karen and the Foundation committee for organizing the event.
Club Members Go to See "Freddie" 2018-11-03 13:00:00Z 0
Our Club has just received an announcement from Minister for Education, Dan Teehan, that we have received a National Volunteer Award in relation to our #SayNO2familyviolence project, which will be presented in Ararat on November 22nd. What wonderful news!
Congratulations to Garry and members of his Committee for the amazing work they have done in this area and are still doing. They are certainly "Being the Inspiration". A well deserved recognition of their persistence and passion.
Thank you to Graeme Rogan for his hard work in submitting the application.
The whole Club basks in the recognition of the efforts of these members.
New Award for Maryborough Rotary Club Meryl James 2018-11-03 13:00:00Z 0
November is Rotary Foundation Month, and we started the month with a fundraiser for the "End Polio Now!" campaign; an early Chinese meal and the film "Bohemian Rhapsody". Thank you Karen for organising the event. We now have a nice donation that will be matched 2 to 1 by Bill and Melinda Gates. Details to follow.
We welcome David Hare as our November Meeting Chair and look forward to him adding his own flair to our meetings. Our thanks to Thea for keeping us on our toes last month. A job well done!
Last Monday night, eight members travelled to Beaufort for  the Group 7 meeting. It is always a good opportunity  to meet friends and hear reports from other clubs. It is also a great reminder of how much our own club is doing! I encourage all members to visit another club next year.
We have another busy month ahead, with the #SayNO2familyviolence Harness Racing Day today, Oaks Day fundraiser next Thursday and , of course, our commitment to the Energy Breakthrough. Be sure to put your name on the roster this week, if you haven't already,  to help those organising this big event.
Also, be sure to pick up a raffle Book for the Ballarat South Raffle from Karen and keep December 15th free for our Christmas Breakup Party at Peppa's.
As I haven't been able to present the October Board Report at a meeting, I have included a brief summary below.
Thank you all for continuing to "Be the Inspiration".
Meryl's Moment 18 Meryl James 2018-11-03 13:00:00Z 0
The Movie night was quite well attended and  was  possibly enjoyed  much more than expected (at least by some) - it was  an enthralling movie.
A busy  day at the trots Meeting  and  a busy  week coming up with Oaks Day on again and our AGM on Thursday night.  This is also Foundation night, so we need to review our participation in giving to the Foundation.
Did You Hear........E&OE 2018-11-02 13:00:00Z 0
John Strachan   Ararat Rotary Club ….Wednesday  31st October   6.30 for 7.00pm  Speaking on  Prostate cancer  Reasearch and Awareness.  You are invited,  book  with  Jenni  0409211576  RSVP 30th October.
Attendance Figures 18/10….19  attended equals  42%....25/19  21  attended…..46%
Next District Conference Committee   Meeting  on   Friday  November 9th at  6.45pm  in room  7.
Shirts  for the Conference need to be ordered now, it is the plan for Maryborough Rotary Club members to wear a gold shirt with the Heart  logo on it, we need to have the correct sizes.
Our Club’s AGM is coming up , don’t wait to be asked , if you are interested in a new role ….put your hand up….by letting Sec Derrick  or Pres. Meyl    know…if in doubt remember the 4 Way test….is it Fair if you don’t?
Vocational Service  wishes us to participate in the Shine on awards…..if you know  a potential candidate…some -one who, despite their disability…has  contributed signifigantly to our community…….please   speak to Graeme!
The Group 7 meeting  in Beaufort is  on Monday 29th of  October, car pooling is the best way ….call Graeme Rogan , he will help you .
Polio is at a difficult stage with four countries left with 15,16, 18 and thirteen cases last reported and  multiple strains of Poilo are making the task even more difficult, they need our help!   Tracey advises us to  look up the article  at

Did You hear....E&OE Brian Thomas 2018-10-27 13:00:00Z 0
On Sunday, eight Rotarians (Terry and Thea, Garry, Chris, Martin, Leigh, Meryl and Geoff) provided sausages and hamburgers to the masses as part of this year's Spring Fling Carnival down at the Hockey field. We also reminded people about the programs of Rotary.
Rotarians in the Fling Geoff James 2018-10-27 13:00:00Z 0
It was good to see our Service and Governance Committees working hard last week , and to hear reports of plans and achievements. Thank you to all members who attended these important meetings. Your input is valued.
Our Rotary information and barbeque morning, as part of the Spring Fling event today, went very well, both socially and financially. I was able to promote our club and the work of Rotary in a radio interview on 99.1FM too. Thank you to Chris, Thea, Terry, Martin, Garry, Geoff and Leigh for working and supporting the event.
We look forward to a social evening; an early Chinese meal and then the World Premiere of the Movie, "Bohemian Rhapsody", next Thursday at 6.30pm. Contact Karen if you need more tickets, or purchase them at the theatre. All profits are for the "End Polio Now" campaign.
It would be great to see support for our Family Violence Committee next Sunday 4th November at the Harness Racing event, which highlights our Family Violence campaign. Much planning and effort goes into these days. Well done to all concerned.
The Oaks Day luncheon at the Highland Society on 8th November  will also be a great event, in aid of Literacy at MEC. Buy your tickets at the Highland and bring your partners for a fun day out.
Don't forget our AGM and Foundation night is also on the 8th November. A must to attend.
What a busy time we are having! Our great organisation is certainly inspiring us to "Service Above Self"!
Meryl's Moment 17 Meryl James 2018-10-27 13:00:00Z 0
Image result for dimity hawkins The Conference committee, under the new chairmanship of PP John Caulfield, has been working hard and has already met 19 times to make plans for next year's District Conference in March. Many aspects of the conference are already in place such as the venue, the themes, the Saturday night event, public address and media systems, and (almost) the program. At last week's meeting, Rotarian Alison OAM provided a brief overview of one Conference speaker, Dimity Hawkins who was part of the team that won the Nobel Peace Prize last year. Her story is quite inspiring. We will provide information on other speakers as we move closer to the event. Our next major task is to finalize the costings and set up the Conference website to take applications.  Stay tuned to this space for the latest on how you can "Be Inspired" by the Golden Heart of Rotary next March 22nd.
Conference Committee Update 2018-10-26 13:00:00Z 0
It was a pleasure for Geoff and I to call at the Bluelight Camp in Maldon today and meet the indigenous young people who had enjoyed their weekend, and benefited from the experience Maryborough Rotary supports. Special thanks to Graeme and Martin, who continue to give their time and energy to this project.
Thanks also to Trace, Leigh, Rob, Murray and Derrick, who helped Kate in the smooth running of the Auction last Friday night at the Ploughman's and Pav Fundraising event at the Highland Society. Great effort at extracting funds  Kate! Thanks also to all members who attended or sold raffle tickets. It was a hugely successful and enjoyable evening, and a pleasure to work with other community organisations. Can't wait to hear the final amount raised for our farmers!
More details of our involvement in the Spring Fling on Sunday 28th October will be available this week, so be sure to attend your Committee meetings and hear how you can help. I will also need names of members who plan to attend the Group 7 meeting at Beaufort on Monday 29th.
Be sure to collect and check the Reminder notice for November too. Another busy month!
Karen will be selling tickets for the Polio fundraiser film, Bohemian Rhapsody, which is on November 1st. Bring along your family and friends to this world premiere.
Keep inspiring each other!
Meryl's Moment 16 Meryl James 2018-10-20 13:00:00Z 0
AG Martin, President Meryl and PP Graeme pictured with some of the young people at the Leadership Instruction for Indigenous Teens (LIFT) camp at the Blue Light Camp site at Maldon - conducted from October 19th to 22nd by the Police and supported by our club.
Maryborough Rotary at the Camp for Indigenous Young People 2018-10-20 13:00:00Z 0
Over 200 people attended the Ploughman's and Pav night last Friday, and raised thousands of dollars for the Drought stricken farmers in Northern Australia. The event was a joint project between Rotary, Lions, the Highland Society and the Bendigo Bank in this area. Rotarian Kate Ashton conducted the auction, ably assisted by several other Rotarians from our club and a member of the Lions club. Attendees enjoyed great food, an engaging talk by Troy Hendy who organized convoys of hay to be taken north, auctions, a bottle-toss and a wide range of entertainment throughout the evening. More pictures by clicking "Read more".
Very Successful Ploughman's and Pav Event 2018-10-20 13:00:00Z 0
Did you Hear….E&OE
Another interesting meeting with impressive talks by the three young  people..well done to all concerned and  thanks to Graeme, Martin  and Co. for  transport and caring for and organising   them. They experienced Flower Farming , Green egg  production, olives,  Wi  Fi  Cropping and much more.
Please note that our Xmas Break-up will be at Peppa’s   Restaurant on December 15th, please put it in your diary 
Ploughman’s and Pav night was an outstanding  community event, the attendance was much higher than expected , the donations for  auctioning and raffle was also really outstanding,  Maryborough got right behind the event and Highland Society made a great effort ,the  talk on the trucking of hay  was very informative and Kate and her helpers did  a great job of raising funds with the Auction of 38  donated  items. 
I think that we will see Garry head off to the USA after Leigh’s  enthusiastic  Friday night  discussion on  football     ( including Aussie Rules) as it is played over there. Sounds  great fun.
Meryl will have a tub at the door of our next meeting , this will  enable  the ladies to dispose of the  surplus items they bought at the Auction on Friday night…seriously it will be there for us to drop off toiletries for the Salvoes  to  supply to those  in need of a bit of help….so don’t forget!!
The Maryborough District Hospital received  an  award  for supporting the  No Family Violence  program….also interesting that  Govt .is funding a Cat Scan Machine for them!
Peter Haywood has graced TV this week,,did you see him?  You could  be on Tv   on Sunday  November 4th  at 1.00pm at the Race track for  the Say No To Family Violence Race day….another for your diary.
Maybe RACV has given up on the Energy Breakthrough but we have not…..the roster is now  at our meetings please put your name down early to help with planning.. November 22nd  to 25t.
Finally , Fiji will never be the same with our Maryborough  foursome spending 10 days  there relaxing…enjoy Guys!
A separate article from Thea and Terry is included, it  tells  how they have benefitted from  visiting other Rotary Clubs, worth reading….pity we no longer call for make-ups!
Did You Hear......E&OE Brian Thomas 2018-10-19 13:00:00Z 0

You have to eat and Rotarians also eat, so look for them everywhere.

We have been to Rotary on the Gold Coast, Taree (pictured), Numurkah, Shepparton, Eaglehawk, Castlemaine, Ballarat South and West, Warrnambool, Mount Gambier, Bordertown, Smithton, Launceston, Devonport, Scottsdale in Tasmania and two in Perth. We have also been in some exotic locations: Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand, Ubud in Bali, Beijing and Shanghai and Warsaw.

We have had breakfasts, lunches and dinners and been entertained as well. One Rotary club held the final of their youth public speaking, another had a guest speaker with a disability who performs on his custom guitar and was about to go to the USA with his carer and friends. We have learnt about fencing, not the post and wire type, how a club raises an awesome amount of money to help more than 350 children with heart disease. The Ubud club has only a few members, but when projects are due, an influx of Rotarians from Brisbane and California arrive to help. In NZ the Auckland club held a party for us (it was their birthday) and their guest speaker was past PM David Lange at his last public appearance!

On Rotary Friendship Exchanges at Rotary meetings we learnt that some clubs meet in Castles; it is good to put cracked pepper on fresh strawberries; that clean water and education projects are part of most Rotary clubs in India and that in the USA, some clubs do not have fines, but give Happy Dollars for good things which have happened to themselves or other Rotarians or friends. Those were all very happy, positive meetings,

A little bit of history, in Perth one club did not want women members, so decided they would start a breakfast club for women. Now this club, called Hollywood, is a very hardworking club. At the time of our visit they had three male members and had raised vast amounts of money for all their projects with which they make a difference. (I have since heard that it has folded!)

All these visits have enriched us and we have spread the word of Maryborough Rotary doings over the past 18 years.                                Thea and Terry Allan
When Travelling, Consider Dining with a Rotary Club Thea Allan 2018-10-19 13:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, our members enjoyed presentations by three impressive young people from Year 11 at Highview College. Kate Winkelmann provided an update on her preparation for attendance at the National Youth Science Forum next January, whilst Sam Matthews and Keltyn Rinaldi provided us with a review of their recent attendance at the Defy the Drift program. Click "Read more" for more pix.
Young People Impress 2018-10-18 13:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Carolyn and Bob Butterfield for hosting us so well at Peppa's Restaurant for our meeting last week, and to those who wore hats for Australian Rotary Health Hat Night.(and those who paid a fine to borrow one if they had forgotten!) Trace, Geoff and Kate added to the fun with games, music and an egg auction and Thea had plenty of fines. Along with the proceeds of the raffle, we should have a nice amount to send off to help support mental health.
Six Rotarians attended the Havilah AGM after our meeting and it was great to hear that our own Rtn PHF Shane Dellavedova  will be Chair of the Board of this great organisation for the coming year. Congratulations Shane.
Don't forget to buy your tickets for the Ploughmans and Pav dinner for Drought Relief next Friday, and thank you in advance to those members who offered to help on the night. This Thursday will be your last chance to return raffle tickets.
We still have the Indigenous Youth Leadership Program this month and our Rotary Promotion Day as part of the Spring Fling on 28th. The Group 7 Meeting is at Beaufort on Monday 29th.
November Reminder Notices should be out next Thursday. Another busy month, with the Polio Film night on !st, Family Violence Race day on 4th and Energy Breakthrough the weekend of 23rd to 25th.
Plenty to keep us inspired to Be the Inspiration!
Meryl's Moment 15 Meryl James 2018-10-14 13:00:00Z 0
Did You Hear?...,,,,,,E&OE
It was  a  good fun night at Peppa's  and the food was great!   Fund raising was in full flight  with lots of fines  and Kate managed to  auction a dozen eggs  for $20...she is in the right business!
Without Garry attending ,  news is lacking least his good stories were missing. 
Pres. Meryl has listed all of the activities  on our program  in  coming weeks and there is plenty  happening.
On Wednesday October 30th  Ararat  Rotary is  having a dinner meeting at which   John Strachan,  State Manager of  Prostate Cancer  Research and Awareness Support   will be speaking.  You are invited to Chalamar Golf Club,   7.00pm start, contact  Jenni 0409211576
Rotary  World polio Day be held in Philadelphia   on 24 October can live stream  from your computer or smartphone  starting at 6.30pm Philadelphia time  or view afterwards on
We are pretty good at about entering some  taken since  1 st January 2018.  in the Rotarian magazine  photo contest ,and have them published in the Rotarian magazine ( World equivalent to RDU)  ....closes   on December 15.
Rotary was represented at the funeral of past member Trevor Potter  last Friday.   A very  thoughtful  service  indicated how  much Trevor  was valued as a family member and friend, the facilities were packed with family and friends joining together to farewell Trevor.
Did You Hear?.......E&OE Brian Thomas 2018-10-13 13:00:00Z 0
Members enjoyed a fun night at Peppa's Restaurant last Thursday whilst raising funds for Australian Rotary Hat Day. Fun coordinator, Tracey Smith provided a program which included drawing competitions and making up verses to songs, along with an auction for a dozen eggs! Click "Read more" for more pictures.
Fun Night at Peppa's 2018-10-11 13:00:00Z 0
As his Vocational talk, PP Derrick shared his intense experiences with organizing the upcoming festival for the Fellowship of Cricketing Rotarians. Originally expecting around 100 Rotarians, mostly from Australia, Derrick finds himself planning for well over 200, most of whom are from India. This has brought with it a whole range of extra expectations and duties. We know he is looking forward to the event, but we also know Derrick will be glad when it is over!
Derrick Shares His Experience with the ICFR 2018-10-10 13:00:00Z 0
Attend the World Premiere whilst Supporting "End Polio Now" 2018-10-07 13:00:00Z 0
October is Economic and Community Development Month and we welcomed Rtn David Allman as our guest speaker, who spoke to us about his role as Captain  in the Salvation Army, the needs in our local community and ways we might help. More details in the near future.
PP Thea Allan is our new Monthly Meeting Chair and we look forward to her leading the fun this month.
We also welcomed PP Karen Mc Carthy back from her leave of absence.
Don't forget to buy your tickets  for the Drought Relief Dinner on October 19th at either the Bendigo Bank  or the Highland Society and please return any outstanding raffle tickets next week.
Remember we meet at Peppa's next week and that it is ARH Lift the Lid night, so prepare to be generous with the raffle and wear your hats. Fines for non compliance are likely to be big! Partners are invited and Trace has some fun in store. The Havilah AGM is at 8pm at Raglan House that night and it would be good to have some members in attendance if you are able to make it.
Have a good week and stay inspired!
Meryl's Moment 14 Meryl James 2018-10-07 13:00:00Z 0
Ploughman's & Pav Fundraiser Brian Thomas 2018-10-06 14:00:00Z 0
Did You Hear........E&OE
There is a lot going on.....Thea was Sergeant for our last meeting which was a very busy night.
Captain of the Salvation Army  in Maryborough  and Rotarian David Allman's talk was really interesting, especially to  hear how the Salvo's bring together their service to Jesus and   for mankind. David and his wife and two employees  plus volunteers offer a wide range of assistance to many people each week in a wide variety of ways.  This includes presence at Court each Thursday to  assist and counsel those in need. One of the special things they do is to give out care packages, they are short on Deodorant and  shampoo and children's toothbrushes and would welcome any donations you may like to give.
That next week's meeting is at Pepper's  Restaurant, Hats night and also dinner fee $22.00.
 The Pyrenees bike ride was quite a successful event and financially added about $4,400 to Club funds....great effort !!
A recommendation will go to the Board proposing that our Shelter Box go this year to  the Indonesian Tsunami appeal. Don't forget to get the raffle tickets for the drought appeal back to  Pres. Meryl asap.
The Friday night Footy Frenzy raised approximately $1000, while the Rock and Roll dance raised $650. These projects enable us to go our important work ...well done organisers!!
Derrick is flat our organizing the ICFR Festival in Melbourne, he mentioned some of the night mares involved in organizing 255  visitors....especially the names of Indian cricketers!!
There is very sad news that  past member, Trevor Potter passed away on Saturday night. Trevor was  a Rotarian for many years, a  great but quiet worker, and he will be sadly missed.  His  great brick work will always be a  reminder of  his excellent craftsmanship.
Attendance: last week was 64.4%  which is 29 out of  45........pretty good!
Did You Hear.......E&OE Brian Thomas 2018-10-05 14:00:00Z 0
It was great to see our Service and Governance Committees working and planning last week. Thank you to all members for their valued input.
A special thank you to Peter Haywood for his amazing organisation of the Pyrenees Magic Bike Ride on Friday, which was a huge success. From all reports, both riders and volunteers had an enjoyable day.
Thank you again to Graeme Rogan for his support of our Defying the Drift participants. We look forward to hearing from them at our meeting on October 18th.
Our Conference Chair, John Caulfield, reminded us last week of the tight timeline as the District Conference is now only 6 months away. A lot of hard work and organisation has already been done, but we will all be called on in the near future to support the committee and play our part where needed.
Can I remind those members with Raffle books for the Drought relief Dinner on October 19th to return them to me as soon as possible and please remember to buy your tickets for the night at the Highland Society or Bendigo Bank. It will be a great night of entertainment and Rotary is running the Auction. There is certainly plenty happening to keep us "inspired"!
Meryl's Moment 13 Meryl James 2018-09-29 14:00:00Z 0
Here is the new #Say NO sign at the entrance to the Hospital. Yet another way to get the message out there.
New sign for #Say No 2018-09-29 14:00:00Z 0
Did You Hear……….E&OE
Committees were in full swing on Thursday night, not bad to have eight committees meet  on the one night. There is plenty happening and the reports were  short and sweet.
The  Monthly Reminder Notice put out each month by  Pres. Merl is a great reminder of what is coming up, we trust you have room for it on your fridge door!, in particular there are calls for help for  the  Mock Interviews at MEC  on Oct 8th, Drought relief Dinner  on Saturday  Oct 19th and  the Spring Fling on  Sunday  Oct 28th.
We heard  that Fay Townsing is out of hospital and backin Broken Hill where  she and Charles will be living in future….great!
PP Garry wore his Carlton Footy Club jumper on Thursday night, we are not sure if he was looking to sell it as an heirloom or  for a crowd funder to replace it….but it did look pretty good as did Peter H in his old jumper. By the way Garry called the winner  the moment  our young guest  won the raffle , he was absolutely sure he would take away the prize ….as have a number of visitors before him.
We have another film night coming up on November 1st  so  reserve the night!
We have five  offers to host an incoming Rotary Friendship exchange so our name has been put forward as a possible host Club.
A full page  in the Addy  coming up…keep your eyes open! 
Also the Maryborough District Hospital has  excess equipment coming up for disposal and   Donations in Kind is being considered.
Energy Break Through is coming up rapidly and we will be on the job again
Did You Hear....E&OE Brian Thomas 2018-09-29 14:00:00Z 0
The first big group of bike riders arrive at the Landsborough Hall - the half way point of this year's very successful Pyrenees Bike ride. Nearly 170 riders braved the light showers and winds to complete either the 110km course or the 40km course - all for the causes of Rotary. Thank you Peter Haywood for your great organization, and to all Rotarians who helped out at Pyrenees Winery or along the way.
Successful Bike Ride 2018-09-29 14:00:00Z 0
Once again our Service and Governance committees were hard at work last Thursday planning upcoming events. Thursday was also the final night for Meeting chair, Peter Haywood who completed his month with a very funny joke. He also managed the "Swindle" when the jackpot prize was finally won by yet another visitor to the club, this time, a grandson of Thea and Terry's. Thanks for a great month, Peter.
Committees in Full Swing Geoff James 2018-09-29 14:00:00Z 0
It was great to have DG Anthony with us last week, who brought with him a Presidential Citation for our club, for the 2017/18 year, which he presented to PP Karen. Congratulations everyone! A great achievement!
Be sure to read details below of all the fun and successful activities of the past week and those coming up in the near future. There is quite a list. Thank you to all members who organised, helped at and supported these events and who have volunteered for those to come.
Please remember to collect your October Reminder Notices and thank you to those who have taken raffle tickets to sell for the Drought Relief Dinner on October 19th. I have more for anyone who would still like a book to sell.
See you in your footy colours at the Committee Meetings next week, where we can plan to continue to "Be the Inspiration"!
Meryl's Moment 12 Meryl James 2018-09-23 14:00:00Z 0
A dozen ladies from Rotary, Zonta and Red Cross worked with Margaret Cunningham to produce 100 kits for the "Days for Girls" program last Saturday! Our club donated $200 to the program - money raised from our recent Movie night. Well done, girls!
Days for Girls Event Productive 2018-09-22 14:00:00Z 0
120 expert rockers enjoyed a great Rock n Roll dance last Saturday managed by Jackie and Shane Dellavedova for Rotary. The Town Hall was filled to capacity as rockers enjoyed the great rock music of Melbourne's, "Fender Benders".
Rock and Roll Dance Booked Out 2018-09-22 14:00:00Z 0
Image result for Did you hear Did you hear members will be dressing up in footy colours at next week's meeting?
Did you know that the Rock'n'Roll Dance for Saturday night was booked out? Thanks Jackie and Shane!
Did you hear that Peter Haywood has a good roll up of members to help out with the Pyrenees' Bike Ride on September 28th?
Did you see our club's great Full Page spread in Friday's Advertiser to celebrate Rotary Education Month? Thanks Chris and the PI team!
Did you know PP Graeme is off to the Defying the Drift camp this coming Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday?
Did you hear...E&OE Geoff James 2018-09-20 14:00:00Z 0
Want to help the drought-stricken farmers and have a great night? Maryborough Rotary along with the Bendigo Bank, The Highland Society and Maryborough Lions are holding a "Ploughman's and Pav Dinner" on Friday 19th October at the Highland Society commencing at 6.30pm. There will be 6 bands, great entertainment, good food and a satisfied feeling that you're doing some good at the same time. We're running the auction, and also selling tickets for the raffle on the night - see Meryl if you're looking for a book to sell.
Ploughman's and Pav Event 2018-09-20 14:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Bob, Chris, Leigh, Esther, Heather, Jan (all pictured), Terry and Meryl for helping out with the Commonwealth Bank Barbeque for Cancer Research last Thursday at lunch time.
Bank Barbeque Goes Well 2018-09-20 14:00:00Z 0
Image result for AFL Footy coloursRegardless of how your team performed during the year, it's time to show your true colours at next week's Rotary meeting. Members are encouraged to wear as much footy paraphernalia as you can dig up to the meeting as a fun way of celebrating the National game before the Grand Final next week-end.
Wear Your Footy Gear for our Meeting on September 27th Geoff James 2018-09-20 14:00:00Z 0
District Governor Anthony was on hand at Thursday's meeting to present our club with the International President, Ian Riley's Citation for the 2017-18 Rotary year. Only a handful of clubs in our District were able to achieve the necessary goals for this citation, so "Well Done" members and PP Karen!
Our Club Receives a Presidential Citation Geoff James 2018-09-20 14:00:00Z 0
At our last meeting, PP Karen presented President Meryl and our Club with a finely crafted and beautifully boxed gavel as an expression of Karen's appreciation for her year as President. Meryl seemed rather keen to put it into action at our next Board meeting!
PP Karen presents the club with a Gavel Geoff James 2018-09-20 14:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, members and guests enjoyed a fascinating presentation of two men's journeys to the Mt Everest Base camp. Raj Muker and Brian Morrison made the trek during March this year and at their highest point, reached 5500 metres above sea level - see Raj pictured with Mt Everest in the background (the darker mountain). The quest was not without it's challenging moments. Raj injured his ankle 2 weeks before the trip and had to have intensive therapy before he could proceed. To reach the start of their journey, they had to land on one of the world's shortest runways (half the length of our Maryborough runway). And once into the journey, Raj became very ill and had to catch up with the rest of their party after a day and a half's rest. Brian interspersed Raj's narrative with interesting facts about Nepal and Mountain trekking e.g. 8500 people have reached the summit of Everest, but 235 people have died in the attempt.
The Journey to Base Camp Geoff James 2018-09-20 14:00:00Z 0
Did You Hear?....E&OE.
What a great night  we had at Park View Bakery. Garry  showed not only that he was a great baker but  a real entertainer as well. We all enjoyed his great demo and also the explanation of  precisely how  the pastry was made and cooked, the cake  making was  very artistic and the food (especially the pies) was  tasty. The tastiest vocational night ever....thanks to Garry, Julie and staff.
 The Girls Day at MEC  is   on Saturday 22nd  at 10.30 am for all who can be involved.
Saturday next is the big night  at the Town Hall and help is needed  on Friday morning  at the Hall for set up  and again on Sunday am for clean up...and  call up Jackie with your table booking for Saturday evening, we are looking for a table of ten at least!
Next Friday 21st  is our next meeting for the   2019  District Conference. Committee.
The Pyrenees Bike Ride has 110 riders  registered and Peter  H . has the roster for all volunteers  for the big day so  make sure you check with him.
Mallee has sold all squares for the  FFF.
Did You Hear.......E&OE Brian Thomas 2018-09-15 14:00:00Z 0
Around 35 members enjoyed a fascinating Vocational visit to Parkview Bakery last Thursday when PP Garry Higgins and his team hosted our club at his business. Members witnessed the complete cycle in the making of Parkview's award winning pies, got a close up view on how the firm decorates their famous cakes, and then consumed a delicious meal together. Thank you to the team at Parkview, and particularly Garry and Emma for your great presentations. More pix by clicking on the link.
Vocational Visit Cooking with Gas! 2018-09-13 14:00:00Z 0
This little snap of PP Graeme Rogan suggests he is in need of a few friends to join him at his 70th Birthday party! But all is not as it seems - his other table members were all off ordering their meals!
Graeme is Seeking Friends! 2018-09-11 14:00:00Z 0
Rotarians were impressed last Thursday when students Siri Peteti (Year 7) and Erin Holland (Year 8) from Highview, and Harmony Martin-Binks  and Lillian Normington (Year 11 and both pictured) from Maryborough Education Centre joined with Rotarians  Martin McKay, Alison Teese, Shane Dellavedova  and Garry Higgins to present the "Great Debate". The teams debated topics dealing with facilities for young people in Maryborough and the effects of Global Warming on Central Victoria. Well done to all!
The Great Debate Impresses Geoff James 2018-09-11 14:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Trace Smith for organising such a great debate, involving Rotarians, MEC and Highview students last week. All participants performed admirably and everyone present enjoyed the fun filled,  social atmosphere. It is certainly worth keeping as an annual event and  was a great way to start Education and Literacy Month!
We now look forward to being educated about pie and pastry making at Parkview Bakery next week and, of course, trying the finished products.  Don't forget to invite your wives/partners to join us.
September is a very busy month, with a barbeque for the Commonwealth Bank, Days for Girls Workshop, Rock 'n Roll Dance, Defying the Drift Program and Pyrenees Bike Ride. Thank you in advance, for the contributions you will make to the success of all these service and fundraising events.
An inspired and inspiring month!
Meryl's Moment 10 Meryl James 2018-09-09 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Thomas
Did You Hear………….E&OE.
It was good to welcome back  Ted Edwards, he had a fall and was rescued  and now is doing pretty  well,    also  Leigh Williamson back from overseas travel. We missed Thea and Terry due to Terry’s medical procedure which seems to have been very successful.
The meeting  on Thurs. was  very busy, and the debates  were  good fun .Thank you to students  Siri Peteti , Erin Holland, Harmony  Martin-Binks  and Lillian Normington  and to Rotarians  Martin McKay, Alison Teese, Shane Dellavedova  and Garry Higgins   for debating two difficult topics  with skill and respect. We learned that young ones need help and facilities and that Maryborough provides them, that the Environment is changing but that   the climate is still the  in good shape.
Welcome to Marion  and Darryl Walters  and  Rev. Heather Blackman..
John Sedunary is back in town after 4-5years away, we look forward to catching up with John and …..
Our next meeting is  at Park View Bakery , this is  a partners night  and  maybe a pie making demo!  Let secretary  Derrick know  re attendance as usual. Meeting is 6.30pmm for 7.00 but a Membership Committee meeting will be held at 5.00pm .
On Thursday 20th  we have a fund raiser  at the Commonwealth Bank ,cook and sell from 11.00am to 1.00pm.  On October 28th at the Soccer Field  a  Meet and Greet  day where we offer a free BBq.
Rtn Alison Teese gave a  very  interesting  vocational talk , especially her great interest in trees  and especially eucalypts  and including her role  in the Bjarne K Dahl Trusts special events, scholarships . Alison has been committed to many areas of Environmental management.
Have you booked your table for the  big event…our Rock ‘n  Roll  Dance is  coming up quickly  on Saturday 22nd September…have you booked your table yet, have you  donated a prize…if you can help call Jackie  Dellavedova on 5461 4264…  a  great event !!
The Pyrenees Bike ride is coming up fast …September 28th,  Peter  still needs volunteers  so please call him.
Did You Hear....E&OE Brian Thomas 2018-09-08 14:00:00Z 0
Finals Footy Frenzy
FFF Game 1 winner, Garry Higgins has decided to “let her ride baby” when I took his winnings to him on Friday. Thanks Garry and I’ll choose 4 more squares for you. 
FFF Game 2 winner in that thrilling game between Demons and Cats was Bob Osborne a in the FFF Game 3 between the Swans and Giants Thea had a winning square. FFF Game 4 between the Eagles and the Pies over in the west saw Kade Rowe hold the winning square. Kade has decided to follow Higgins lead and “let her ride” (not the first time a Higgins Rowe combination has set out for bigger things.... more on that later)
Thanks for playing everyone.......And there are now only 4 squares left. 
9-5, 9-8, 7-9 and 5-9...... favourite numbers anyone?
Footy Frenzy Brian Thomas 2018-09-08 14:00:00Z 0
Family Violence Forum Keynote Address 2018-09-05 14:00:00Z 0
Thank you to all the members who worked hard and gave great input into our Governance and Service Committees last week. Your contributions are truly valued, so we we can all own and help organise our activities and projects. We start September , which is Basic Education and Literacy Month, with our Rotary/Student Debate. It should be a fun night. We hope the Rotarians involved are preparing well, in order to to support their younger team members!
 September is a very busy month, so keep the dates free when help will be needed. My thanks to those planning and organising all the various events and activities.
If you missed my report from the Board last week, see details below and September Reminder Notices will still be available this week. We want all members to feel that they are fully aware of what is planned and what decisions have been made.
Have an inspiring week!
Meryl's Moment 09 Meryl James 2018-09-02 14:00:00Z 0
  1. We included a donation of $2000 US to the Foundation in our Club Goals
  2. We are sourcing information to upgrade the info Boards at Brian Dowie Park
  3. We adopted the recommendations from the Club Planning Committee regarding the Procedure for New Projects and the running of the Changeover Dinner.
  4.  We agreed to frame and preserve the old Chain of Office of our Club.
  5. We agreed to Donate $500 to the End trachoma project to honour our gift certificates to speakers from last year and the DG partner’s project.
  6. We agreed to support the Bendigo Bank’s Drought Relief event at the Highland Society on October 19th.More details to come.
Report from the Board Meryl James 2018-09-01 14:00:00Z 0
Did You Hear…………E&OE
We had a special guest   along on Thursday  night,the   Rev. Heather Blackman the Anglican Priest from Maryborough. Heather has visited us  before , she was at one time  President of St Arnaud Rotary Club.
The Pyrenees Magic Bike ride is coming along well, good enrolments to date. Remember it’s on Friday 28th September. Peter  needs volunteers and needs names now for planning so please call him.
The  Rock and Roll dance is coming up  rapidly (Saturday September  22nd at the Maryborough Town Hall) and Jackie Dellavedova is seeking donations for the raffle which is a big part of the fund raiser. If you can help, please call her on 5461 4264.  As indicated on the flyer,  pre-paid tickets would be great. However, Rotary does not have a table booked  and obviously we should be well represented at our event  and give Jaclie  our how about it  ??
Graeme Rogan blew out the candles on his  70th birthday cake on Thurs. night  .
The Membership committee  is having an important meeting at Park Bakery on Thurday 13th  September at 5.00pm.
If you were a Girl Guide or a Boy scout, you will remember how important your motto, “Be Prepared” was to you…..I  found that the Rotary motto  “ Service above Self”  was  a succinct definition of what Rotary means…it is worth promoting!
John Caulfield reported that Ted Edwards has not been well - he has had a couple of falls. If you get a chance to visit him, that would be great!  We hope you are well soon, Ted.
The  Friendship Exchange  opportunity is still open, Alison Teese would be pleased to hear from you if you are interested in hosting members of the team from Canada in March next year.  While effort is needed to host and entertain a group, it is  a really worthwhile effort to get to know Rotarians from another country.
Robert Rowe is to be commended for his efforts with the Footy Frenzy, good fun but a great fundraiser too. Thanks,  Mallee.
Water and Sanitation Action Group  (WASRAG)  have great projects  around the world…please Google WASRAG  newsletter  to  learn  what they are doing.
Ballarat Is hosting an event featuring Dr Vladimir Donskoy at the Ballarat Institute on  Sunday September 18th at 6.30 pm. Dr Donstoy has been a Rotarian since 1990, has held many roles , is the co-founder of Rotary in Russia, and is a professor at the University of Irkutsk, Russia.  Should be a most interesting event. For more information, contact Secretary Derrick.
Alison Teese is our Vocational  Speaker this week....3 minutes on  your Vocation Please.
There is much information we need to know about, please email me with any material.  BT.
Did You Hear....E&OE Brian Thomas 2018-08-31 14:00:00Z 0
Our Service and Governance committees met last Thursday and completed some serious planning towards their annual objectives. It promises to be a busy year.
Committees Start Ticking off Objectives Geoff James 2018-08-30 14:00:00Z 0
Our esteemed Treasurer, Graeme Rogan reached a birthday milestone last Thursday, and celebrated in style with Rotary friends at our weekly meeting. Congratulations on your 70th, Graeme!
Our Treasurer Reaches a Milestone Geoff James 2018-08-30 14:00:00Z 0
It was lovely to enjoy a social meal together last week and then be joined by friends and other community group members for the movie.  My thanks to the Paramount Theatre for their friendly support. We raised $266 for  our Days for Girls project in September.      
Last night Terry Allan and myself attended the dinner to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Ambulance Auxiliary. Other notable Rotarians were present in varying roles, including David Hare and our DG Anthony and Kerrie. Our congratulations to Di Mullins and her Committee for organising a wonderful and successful day of celebration.
A reminder to Board members  of our meeting at 7pm tomorrow night, 27th August.
Please be sure to pick up a Reminder notice for September events , if you haven't got one yet. We have a busy, but I'm sure, enjoyable month ahead, so make note of when help will be needed.
Let's stay inspired by all the volunteers who do so much for our community!
Meryl's Moment 08 Meryl James 2018-08-26 14:00:00Z 0
The Vocational  3 minute talks  are on again,  on 6/9/2018  will be Alison Teese, on 20/9/2018 Brian Thomas, and on 4/10/2018  will be Derrick Marsden.
Alison Teese  attended the  RAWCS  ( Rotary Australia  World Community Service)  information day  last Sunday,  she learned of the Rotary Project with UNICEF  to innoculate 100,000 children across the Pacific, the "We can't wait" project in India to provide sanitation for all in India,   the "End Trachoma  by 2020 " project and Dr David Goldsmith of  Ballarat West Rotary on  dental  projects  in the Solomon Islands.  
Attendance at  last week's film night was  26  out of 45 members  or 57% .   Four of our members were   home again, Karen and Derrick and Thea and Terry, all looking  good!
Australian Rotary Health Research is   working to raise funds  for mental health research  with a project called  "Lift the Lid  on mental  illness"  by   having a fundraiser with coffee shops, the  plan is for clubs to seek the help of local coffee shops  by having a donation jar at the counter,  donating $1 per coffee sold,  or asking customers to add $1 to the cost of their coffee   to fund the research. 
Did You Hear....E&OE Brian Thomas 2018-08-25 14:00:00Z 0
STORY HEADING ARIAL BOLD 16 Geoff James 2018-08-23 14:00:00Z 0
What a great night of celebration last week! It was a pleasure to hear Coral Giles speak , and then to see PP PHF Bob Osborne OAM present her  with a PHF recognition, for all the wonderful volunteer work she has done in the community over many years. Congratulations Coral!
Then, I was able to present Toby Bainbridge with A PHF Sapphire for his continuing contributions to the Foundation. Well done Toby!
Finally, I had the honour of presenting A Major Donor Recognition to Bob Osborne himself. Bob has supported Rotary's charity over many years and we congratulate him for his generosity. The needy in our world will benefit greatly from all these donations to the Foundation.
We look forward to our social evening next week, in lieu of a meeting, and hope our wonderful Havilah volunteers enjoy an evening off from catering. We thank them for their efforts each week.
Thank you also to Kate for being a lively and enthusiastic meeting chair this month. It was great to have you there Kate!
 Let's all continue to be inspired this week!
Meryl's Moment 07 Meryl James 2018-08-19 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Thomas
Our Thursday  night meeting was a busy, interesting and  entertaining night with at least 10   peole contributing ...
Ted Edwards and  Bob Butterfield were  absent due to meducal conditions, we  wish them speedy recoveries..,Terry and Thea   and   Leigh and Jan    and I believe  Tom and Rosemary  , Derrick and Karen   are all travelling  interstate or overseas.... so  attendance was about 40%.
Graeme  advised that our candidate  for National Youth Science  Forum to be held in January next year, Kate Winkelmann  performed well and was  successful in the  selection  process on Sunday  and will  come along and meet the Club in due course.   Great work Graeme!
Alison Teese  told us of the opportunity  to host a Friendship Exchange team  from Ontario Canada   in March next year.......not only  are friendship exchanges a great way to meet peole   but because they are exchanges you could be part of the return process.. the Board  needs  to know if the Clib wishes to participate  in order to make an application to District. so please contact Alison. if  you  wish to join in.
Alison also invited   members  to join her  at  a RAWCS  information day  on Sunday 19th , meeting at  Hotel near  Melbourne Airport.......we hope  some took up the offer.
PSThe International committee have allocated $500  to   Rotary Foundation for  Polio Plus.
We knew John  Stewart  was  a very busy man. Its great that he enjoys  so much  helping people  and he has been doing it so long, some good advice re pre paid funerals and  his advice  to be careful  where you end it can be complicated to get back home. We enjoyed your  Vocational talk , John , Thank you
It was  our honor to have two legends , Bob O and Coral Giles  together. They represented  the real meaning of Community Service  and why Maryborough is such a great lace to live.  The PHF award  was great recognition  for Coral's efforts , her contribution to Carols By Candlelight, the Maryborough Football Club and  Maryborough Theatre Company  have been unique.  Life was not easy but  she learned from her mum to 'just do it!"   Carol's  acknowledgement  of  Rod Brown's long term and critical  help with Carols by Candlelight with provision of the stage for so many years was appreciated.   
 Bob's contribution to  the Rotary Foundation was  recognised with the  Major Donor  Level  1
recognition  and Toby's    with the award of the Sapphire  Pin.  Great to see!
On a different note .......What we do matters.....even  fines sessions hae a purpose....last night disclosed that three members this year had positive bowelscan results.....however  subsequent tests  showed all clear for all three.....Rotary matters!!
Murray won the swindle  but  could not find  the right card and David Hare won Heads and tails  and went home with a bottle of wine.
Community Service comes in many forms.....our outing to  the MBO Theatre  on Thursday  is just part of  that support...but fun!
The Conference Committee is  making progress , venues, speakers, programs, sponsors, publicity all needing  attention,  but time is getting  shorter and no doubt  we will be seeking help from Club members soon!
Please   remember  that   we have no  meeting on Thursday , the   Film night is   on instead!
Jackie Dellavedova is  seeking  donations of  prizes for the raffle  for the Rock and Roll night......please contact  her if you can help.
The FNFF  winner this week was  Kade  Rowe  with squares  1 &3,  thank you for  playing, your winnings will come  to you soon.  R.R.
IF   YOU HAVE  AN ITEM OF INTEREST  OR ANY  ACTIVITY  WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT  PLEASE  EMAIL OR CALL  ME.......sharing information is the key to success!
ps.     What  does E&OE   mean.........Errors and Omissions  Excepted !  It means don't blame me!!!
Did You Hear.....E&OE Brian Thomas 2018-08-18 14:00:00Z 0
For the past week   DG  Anthony has been to Bordertown and Nhill with full intention of also visiting Ballarat Young Ambition but alas they  have changed their meeting schedule .  So  back to Maryborough  Thursday night  and to the Conference  meeting Friday night.
On Sunday is  the  District 9780  Board Meeting in Ararat, the first one for this Rotary year, then off  to Beaufort, Stawell and Hamilton North, The following week it’s Geelong’s turn with Belmont, Geelong Central, Geelong, Geelong East, Kardinia, Lara District and Corio Bay all in 4 days.  A  busy schedule!  
The Dg this week.... Brian Thomas 2018-08-17 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Thomas
Drought Relief Fundraiser...........Channel 9  and Rotary  through  RAWCS.
Garry's great  generosity in offering a $1  donation for every  pie sold  on  the fundraising day  saw  1200 pies  sold in MBO and  250 in St  our  tin shakers lead by Meryl    raised  $1500 plus  Ladies Probus donated  $500 and  Highland Soc with a fundraiser  another $500.........the Bendigo Bank is looking to run a fund raiser   from a small  beginning  we  are seeing  about  $4-5000  to go to the fund  to assist farmers  and that fund will be administered at no cost by  the RAWCS ( Rotary Australia World Community Service)   committee.  Well done !!
Drought Relief Fundraising. Brian Thomas 2018-08-17 14:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, PP John Stewart provided members with a intriguing collection of stories about his many years as a Funeral Director in Maryborough. His account prompted numerous questions and comments.
John Shares the State of His Vocation 2018-08-16 14:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Toby Bainbridge was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire pin by President Meryl at Thursday's meeting to recognize his ongoing donations of over $US2000 to the Rotary Foundation. Well done, Toby!
Toby recognized with PHF Sapphire Pin 2018-08-16 14:00:00Z 0
President Meryl was delighted to present PP Bob Osborne OAM with the Rotary Foundation Major Donor Level 1 recognition at last Thursday's meeting. As a symbol of his significant contribution to the Foundation over the years, Bob received a crystal plaque and a Diamond studded pin. Congratulations Bob!
Bob is now a Major Donor 2018-08-16 14:00:00Z 0
At Thursday's meeting, local legend, Coral Giles provided a fascinating history of her work in live theatre around Maryborough and district over the last 40 or so years. After her talk, PP Bob Osborne OAM presented Coral with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition in honour of Coral's great work for the community
Coral Shares her Story 2018-08-16 14:00:00Z 0
We had a fun meeting last week, celebrating and reminiscing with past members Graeme Costello and Maureen, and Gerry Wendels. Thank you to the Membership Committee for their organization and great slides of past events.
Thank you also to Garry and Parkview Bakery staff, who managed to bake, sell or deliver over 1000 pies and pasties last Friday and to the people who bought them and who filled 2 large tins with donations. Also to all those other businesses and organisations who contributed or ran other events. What a wonderful community response to the plight of our drought stricken farmers! More information to follow of the amount raised.
If you haven't bought your movie tickets for 23rd August yet, please see me this week and also let me know if you would like to join us for an early Chinese meal beforehand. Should be a relaxed social event.
Finally, can I encourage you to be at our meeting this week, as I have some very special awards to present.
Let's continue to inspire each other!
Meryl's Moment 06 Meryl James 2018-08-12 14:00:00Z 0
August is Membership Month, and our new monthly Meeting Chair, Kate,  certainly brightened and enlivened us all with her own particular style of running the meeting. Thanks Kate. We look forward to future meetings this month.
Thank you to our members and the The Board,  who agreed to support the national Drought Relief for Farmers Appeal, launched last Thursday by Rotary Australia, Channel Nine and the National Farmers Federation. 
Next Friday, Parkview Bakery are donating $1 from every pie/pastie sold and Maryborough Rotary are going to match all funds raised and add more, up to $2000. In addition, the Maryborough Highland Society have joined in and will donate $1 from all meals, proceeds of their Happy Hour raffle and have a Parma for Farmers event. The Advertiser is giving its support and other service Clubs in the town may join us, as we rattle tins and encourage donations at the bakery next Friday.
So be sure to buy a pie, or eat a meal at the Highland or simply drop by to make a donation.
Rotary being the inspiration!
Meryl's Moment 05 Meryl James 2018-08-05 14:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Martin Wilke and partner Louise Verden from the Rotary Club of Hilarys, W.A., a beautiful  place  on the coast  near Wannrooo, a special attraction is the Dolphin Wishing Well.......They are   housekeeping in Maryborough and joined us for the meeting...we think they particularly enjoyed Kate's STYLE!
Mallee's Grand=daughter in the Uk  has  gone home after 51/2 months in Hospital ...did you see the beaming smile  on his face? We smiled also when we saw the attached photo taken back in the 1970' you recognise these two Rotarians?  Garry and Mallee do!  
I believe I heard that Chris has two daughters  in Dubai on the way to Ireland.
Thea was lucky..tripped on her way out of the kitchen and landed on her serious injury to stop them heading off this week to Port Mcaquarie  for a weeks rest and recuperation in that beautiful spot.
Peter  Haywood looked pretty fit after his trip  out  in the  desert !.....Now busy working on the great bike ride to Conference  next March,
You had to be in the right corner to hear the stories of failed towballs...the trailer that flew past while the driver was  peacefully driving along  and also the caravan that  was not on the car when the family arrived at the  township.....and we wonder why we are now so regulated!  All started with the return of my ancient towball from Harold  who was an apology .
Noel won the raffle and a bottle of wine, Rob Bursill won Heads and tails and got to draw a card  but no luck!!
 Charlie Townsing won't be with us his week...they ran out of  time...we wish Fay well as she heads off for an Op. 
The    winner of   FNFF  was  Kane Palmer with  a  5/2   square....Your winnings are on the way!
DID YOU HEAR........E&OE Brian Thomas 2018-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
Previously, we learned about the goals of the Community Committee, and last Thursday, members were introduced to the goals of the Youth Committee, and also the International Committee. Over coming weeks, our Ink Spots will introduce members to all the goals of this year's Strategic Plan. They are, of course, in the Strategic Plan document sent to all members recently, and they are also available in the meeting templates that are now available for download on our web site. Any chair or member can download the Agenda for their committee meetings at any time from the "Public Download Files" link shown under the "LINKS" heading at the bottom left of the web site. You don't even need to log in.
Ink Spots on our Club Goals 2018-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Kate Ashton started her month as Meeting Chair last Thursday and her enthusiasm was certainly contagious. She started of with the music of "Peace Train" by Cat Stevens and kept us on track and interested all the way down the line. She also gave her "State of my Vocation" talk which drew a huge amount of interest from members. Among many fascinating facts, we learned that Maryborough house prices have risen significantly in the last year and that there are huge differences between commissions received by Melbourne Real Estate agents compared with those in Regional areas.
Kate starts her month as the Real Estate Chair 2018-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
Past President John Caulfield provided members with an enjoyable "Guess the City" quiz as he made a toast to the Rotary Club of Belfast last Thursday.
John Toasts Belfast 2018-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, General Manager of the Maryborough Highland Society, Malcolm Blandthorn provided members with a fascinating overview of the present and future developments at our city's major club. He outlined a number of recent awards won by the club, and provided images of the new Sports Bar to be completed later this year.
Malcolm Shares Happenings at the Highland Soiciety Geoff James 2018-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
Our first Service and Governance Committees for the 2018/19 year were, on the whole, well attended last Thursday, and I certainly observed plenty of discussion and planning for the year ahead.  Thank you for all your hard work, and can I remind Directors to send their minutes to Derrick as soon as they can, in time for him to prepare the Agenda for the Board meeting. A reminder too, to check dates for future activities with the Program Committee or myself, before entering them on the calendar.
The first month has really flown by, and I must thank Shane for his great job as Meeting Chair during July, as well as being MC at the Changeover.
We look forward to having Kate Ashton as Meeting Chair in August, Membership Month, when we will be welcoming back past members, listening to great speakers and socialising at our Movie night. Be sure to collect a Reminder Notice if you haven't got one yet. Partners are invited and welcome to attend any meeting of interest.
There will be plenty to inspire us this month!
Meryl's Moment 04 Meryl James 2018-07-29 14:00:00Z 0
Last meeting was committes ,everyone arrived  enthusiastic    and   settled into  work!
Murray  was  away on special duty...his  Grand-daughter's about that!
On Friday  night we had  a  meeting on 2019 Conference......good turn-up at Havilah  and  great progress! 
Just as well  the year is disappearing is shaping up to be  a really  good  conference....22 to 24th March   .. keep the dates clear.
Prior   to  the Conference meeting   Thea ,Terry , Trace   and I  had dinner  at the Bull and Mouth .....most enjoyable ....and  we learned lots from Tracey about her career and  the  effects of  the Gonski   Report  on MEC.....she is now a  candidate to speak to the Club on her   vocation !!
We mention  Rotary Fellowships quite often  but did you know  there are fellowships for  those interested in Beer or Yoga  or Whiskey???  Google Rotary Fellowships.....or just come along  and ask  about RVFR or Cricket  Fellowships!   But seriously  Rotarians can share interests  with likeminded people all round the world.  Rod   will probably join the skiing  Fellowship when he gets back from his skiing  trip.
Glancing at the RCM  2002-2012 History, I saw  a photo of President Anthony in his  year   of 2002/3 presenting Jessica Hurse with her National Science award...time flies....if  you have an outstanding    Committee  report    for the   2018  Annual report  ....... ..please  get it tot Toby. 
ed. Brian
Did you hear........E&OE Brian Thomas 2018-07-27 14:00:00Z 0
New club committees for the 2018-19 Rotary year commenced their planning at last Thursday's meeting. New Directors included Mallee Rowe for Youth, Alison Teese for International, and Bob Butterfield for Administration. Others remained unchanged from last Rotary year. More pix in "Read more"
New Committees for the New Rotary Year 2018-07-26 14:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Garry and all members of the Family Violence Committee on the huge success of the Family Violence Forum last Friday. Everything ran very smoothly and all present were impressed by the  program and the quality of the speakers and panellists. The wonderful four page supplement in the Advertiser was the icing on the cake! Thank you Trace for being a great MC, all Rotarians who helped fill the presentation bags after last week's meeting, and all who supported or funded the event in any way. We can all be proud to be members of Maryborough Rotary, because we certainly have been challenged to "Be the Inspiration" with this campaign!
Can I encourage all members to try to attend this week's meetings of the Service and Governance Committees, the first of the new 2018/19 year. The Directors would appreciate your support, as we launch into our new Strategic plan. 
Remember to stay inspired!
Meryl's Moment 03 Meryl James 2018-07-22 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Thomas on Jul 22, 2018
PP Brian Thomas - The plan is to publish the Bulletin each Monday, so would you please send inputs by email to by Sunday evening. Please send  information on all activities in order to keep all members informed.
Editor Brian Thomas 2018-07-21 14:00:00Z 0
PP  Charles Townsing  will be in town in a couple of weeks...we look forward to catching up!             Ran into  PP Peter McRae  at Parkview......looking great and working hard  !
 Thea presented $400 to the Board for Polio . She  had requested  no presents at  her 70th Birthday luncheon  and asked  guests to donate in lieu of presents. What a great effort ! 
Have you completed  your Bowelscan test?  Having done tests for about 15 years   last month  I received the letter advising of a positive least I know to take about you ???
      PP  Karen  has requested , and been granted,  indefinite leave of absence for personal          reasons..our  very best wishes, Karen.
          John Williamson has had a fall and is on crutches, have a speedy rceovery John!
                     John Caulfield has accepted the role of Grievance Officer.
                Peter Haywood  is out  in   the Simpson Desert for two weeks !   Go Peter.
Are you interested in helping with a Friendship Exchange team From Canada ?  Talk to Meryl.
Did You Hear........(E&OE) Brian Thomas 2018-07-21 14:00:00Z 0
Our Board approved of our new Strategic Plan for 2018-19 at the July Board meeting, so members are advised that they will receive an emailed copy of the Plan in the next day or so. This is for members reference, and there is no expectation that members must read the whole 20 or so pages, or that they print it out! We plan to go through the goals at our club meetings over the next few weeks so members are informed, but for those who are interested in such documents, read away. Contact Geoff if you have questions.
Strategic Plan Documents To Be Emailed to Members Geoff James 2018-07-21 14:00:00Z 0
We hope all members got to see the impressive 4 page spread on Family Violence in the Maryborough Advertiser on Friday. Rotarian Chris gave us a sneak preview at Thursday night's meeting and the Public Image committee is to be congratulated for it's great work in keeping this issue out there in the public eye.
Impressive 4-Page Spread on Family Violence in Addie 2018-07-19 14:00:00Z 0
Members help prepare Forum Bags for FV Forum 2018-07-19 14:00:00Z 0
Over 120 people from around Victoria attended Friday's Family Violence Forum partly sponsored and organized by our club. Keynote speaker Mary Barry, Former CEO of "Our Watch" organization and also Melbourne Rotary Club spoke in the morning's session, and the afternoon was given over to a very informative Panel session. Rotarian Tracey did an expert job as MC, President Meryl gave a great welcome address, and PP Garry gave an inspiring overview of our FV story. Congratulations to Garry and the Family Violence team for organizing such a great event for Maryborough. More pics in "Read more".
Family Violence Forum a Great Success 2018-07-19 14:00:00Z 0
At our meeting on Thursday, Family Violence Lawyer, Dr Rob Southgate from the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre gave us a great introduction to the extent of the Family Violence problem in Rural Victoria - a curtain raiser to Friday's Family Violence Forum.
Dr Rob Southgate Speaks at Club 2018-07-19 14:00:00Z 0
As part of the DG visit, our club held a "Christmas in July" Fun Night. The tables were beautifully decorated by Sue Edmondson of Havilah, some members wore Christmas hats and our Fun Coordinator, Tracey Smith organized a Rotary "Pass the Parcel" and a "Musical Balls" game. More pics by clicking "Read more".
Christmas in July Fun Night 2018-07-13 14:00:00Z 0
New District 9780 Governor, Anthony Ohlsen visited our Maryborough club last Thursday, the first of 58 visits to our District Clubs. Enjoy the journey, DG!
DG Visits Club 2018-07-13 14:00:00Z 0
Did You Hear.....?   (E&OE).
 Ted Edwards  has been  39 years in Rotary....great work, Ted.
 Louise is on leave of absence for 12 months......we will miss her!
Noel has a little machine that tells him he does up to  10.000 steps per day ...(  10Km    without  trying!)
Harold  is  going to go  re-invent himself ....going sailing in Spring in his newly acquired SABRE!
 Tom  Davies and friends discovered  the Shires largest white ant nest......guess where?
Karen has had her operation on her back, .......we pray it all goes  very very well!
 Bob  Butterfield sat up  until about 3.00am  watching every stroke  in Federers  Wimbledon match!
What luxuries  some ladies absorb...three hours  at the  Hairdressers. and they didnt stop  talking once!
Our Speaker  next Thursday is Dr Rob Southgate who will also be at the  SNTFV Forum on Friday.

Our  official thank you has been sent to Graeme Iskov  , a volunteer from Flagstaff who has done great work cleaning up at Brian Dowie Park.
What have you heard.... tell the Editor!
Did you hear....? (E&OE) Brian Thomas 2018-07-12 14:00:00Z 0
We had three Rotarians  directing our night of Fun,   
Shane was in charge. , Tracy was the Fun Co-Ordinator and Anthony ( Our New DG ) delivered the serious message of the evening.
PDG Geoff  James introduced DG Anthony  by advising that he joined Rotary in 1994 was President in 2002/3 and AG  in 2013/14.
Anthony's presentation covered information regarding the  membership of our District and related to messages  given by incoming President Barry Rassin - those messages included age trends, public image, brand and of course the  great work which we do and which is still to be done.
Following the talk and the audio visuals came Tracey with her fun evening. The activities included all members and guests and  many won mouth watering prizes!
This was the first Club meeting for Anthony and he expects to visit all  58 clubs by Melbourne Cup Day. More pictures by clicking "Read more"
A  Fun night of Rotary.  Brian Thomas 2018-07-12 14:00:00Z 0
Our new President, Meryl James, was inducted by Past President Karen last Saturday evening at the Highland Society. Over 120 Rotarians, Community Leaders and Guests enjoyed a night of ceremony, presentations for significant community work, music and fun. We thank PP Karen for a year of "Making a Difference" and wish Meryl all the best as she leads us to "Be the Inspiration" in 2018-19. Pictured is Meryl being congratulated by our new District Governor, DG Anthony Ohlsen. More pix by clicking "Read more"
Meryl Inducted as President 2018-07-08 14:00:00Z 0
Our club is very privileged to have the new District Governor as a member, and we are also very privileged to be the first club he "visits" on his journey around all 58 clubs in District 9780. Anthony and Kerrie will be with us this coming Thursday to share the message of Rotary International President, Barry Rassin, and we urge all members to attend with their spouses / partners. This will be an "official" Spouse/Partner event, and it will have a "Christmas in July" theme complete with a Christmas Decorations, Roast and plum pudding, as well as some Christmas music and fun events. Please plan to be there with your Christmas hats or any other Christmassy items.
Christmas in July with the New DG 2018-07-08 14:00:00Z 0
Members are encouraged to attend the Family Violence Forum conducted at the Highland Society on Friday July 20th in conjunction with Go Goldfields and the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre. There will be fantastic speakers who are experts in the field so this will be a great chance to get your head around the Family Violence problem in Regional Victoria. Lunch is provided, and registration is free for the first 100 attendees - however, you MUST register online at "Eventbrite" by clicking the link below. Find more information by clicking the "Read more" link below.
Please Attend the Family Violence Forum 2018-07-08 14:00:00Z 0
PP Garry Higgins made two presentations at last Saturday's Changeover for significant service to our Family Violence program. Hannah Frahn was honoured for her work in helping to set up the new Family Violence web page, and Sue Bates was commended for her efforts in designing promotion materials for the program. Garry spoke briefly about the way the new web site will eventually provide vital, relevant and timely information for family violence victims in communities all over the world.
Presentations for Service to our Family Violence Program 2018-07-08 14:00:00Z 0
On behalf of our club, DG Anthony presented Paul Harris Fellow recognitions to four of our members at last Saturday's Changeover Dinner. PP John Caulfield, PP Martin Mackay, Rotarian Shane Dellavedova and Rotarian Peter Haywood were all congratulated for exemplifying the Four Way Test and the values of the Rotary Foundation in their lives, and each received the PHF badge and Certificate as a reminder of the honour. PP Rod Brown provided very thoughtful and inspiring citations for these four worthy recipients. The world will benefit even further from the service of these gentlemen because our Rotary charity, the Rotary Foundation will receive US$1000 for each of them. Congratulations John, Shane, Peter and Martin!
Four New Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions 2018-07-08 14:00:00Z 0
Around 25 Rotarians and spouses celebrated the commencement of the new Rotary year at the home of President Meryl and Geoff on Thursday night. Members started arriving at 5.30pm and some were still chatting on at 8 45pm! There is always so much to say about Rotary! More pics by clicking "Read more".
Drinks and Chat to Start the New Rotary Year Geoff James 2018-07-05 14:00:00Z 0
A sample for test Brian Thomas 2018-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
A fun time was had by all at our club's final meeting for the 2017-2018 year when Rtn Tracey led members in a series of games including a famous faces quiz (and nobody knew Enid Blyton!), rock, paper and scissors in a conga line, a jigsaw puzzle involving four competing groups, and a word competition thinking up unusual words in key categories starting with a particular letter of the alphabet. Thanks, Trace, for a very enjoyable night. More pics by clicking "Read more".
Fun Night to Complete the Year 2018-06-28 14:00:00Z 0
Family Violence Forum 2018-06-28 14:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Beaufort held their changeover at the Beaufort Football Clubrrooms last Monday and half a dozen Maryborough Rotary members attended. They saw PP George Kirsanov inducted for the third year in a row, and heard some great rounds sung by a choir from the Beaufort Secondary College and participated in a sing a long with Meryl and Geoff. More pics by clicking the "Read more" button.
Beaufort Rotary Changeover 2018-06-22 14:00:00Z 0
A group of Maryborough members also attended the Ararat Rotary Chnageover on Friday night at Chalambar Golf Clubrooms in Ararat. They saw Bo Munro inducted as President along with a Club Person of the Year Award as well as a Paul Harris Sapphire Recognition presented to PP Ron McCormick and a Paul Harris Sapphire recognition to Ivor McGibbon. They also witnessed an amusing Ararat Rotary performance of Little Red Rotary Hood. More pics by clicking the "Read more"
Ararat Rotary Changeover 2018-06-22 14:00:00Z 0
Around 22  Rotarians had a good "catch up" at the MDHS Wellness Centre last Thursday. Technical difficulties caused the cancellation of the planned link up with an Armenian Rotary Club, but that didn't stop local Rotarians from having a good chat, and meal from the Chicken place.
Fellowship at the Wellness Centre 2018-06-21 14:00:00Z 0
Last Tuesday, seven Maryborough members attended the Stawell Rotary Changeover Dinner where Past President John Launder was inducted as President for the 2018-19 Rotary year
Stawell Rotary Changeover 2018-06-16 14:00:00Z 0
President Karen held her "Final Rotary Night as President" event at the Bull and Mouth Hotel last Thursday. Guest artist was past member, Bryce Rawlings and a great night was had by all. For lots more pictures, click the "Read more" link below.
Karen's Final Night as President 2018-06-16 14:00:00Z 0
Almost 50 members and guests attended our meeting last Thursday to hear our club's Vocational Scholarship awardee, Kelsey Chandler share her story. Kelsey travelled to Ireland and Scotland to discover world's best practice, and attend a training course on setting up "Nurture Groups" in schools. The nurture group program has been developed in the United Kingdom to support students who perform poorly in school as a direct result of trauma (such as family violence) in the home. Targeted students are placed in small groups with a caring adult who leads them through "bonding" activities on a regular, predictable basis, and this element of stability in their lives has a huge impact on their capacity to learn. Great results have been achieved in the UK, and Kelsey hopes that similar results can be achieved here in Maryborough. Due to Kelsey's dedication, and the support of the Maryborough Education Centre, this will be the first of such programs in Australia. We thank the Central Goldfields Shire for their generous donation of $5000 to enable this program to occur, and congratulate Kelsey for her inspiring presentation and commitment to making the world a better place through this Rotary venture. Thanks must also go to the Vocational Scholarship coordinator, PP Garry Higgins who is pictured here with Kelsey after her talk.
Kelsey Shares Her Journey Geoff James 2018-05-10 14:00:00Z 0
Six potential members attended our club meeting last Thursday to experience a typical Rotary weekly meeting. This event is our club's latest method of conducting membership information nights. As our Membership committee chair, PP Garry Higgins explained when welcoming the potential members, instead of having a whole meeting dedicated to membership information and promotion, we want potential members to experience a typical meeting in action. The plan was to choose a night when we have an interesting guest speaker, and deliberately invite a targeted group of half a dozen potential members who have expressed some interest in joining Rotary. Basic information about Rotary's history, aims, principles and programs was presented by PDG Geoff as an extended "INK" spot, but otherwise, all the other elements of the night were "typical" Rotary.
Potential Members Experience Rotary 2018-05-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geoff James
During Thursday's meeting, Rotarian Tracey provided an excellent summary and visual record of each item at our recent District Conference in Mt. Gambier. By the end of the meeting, all in attendance had an excellent idea of the main thrusts of each speaker and a feel for the ambiance of the event. Thank you, Tracey!
Tracey Summarizes District Conference Geoff James 2018-04-21 14:00:00Z 0
Next year's Directors are reminded that the District Training Assembly is on at Marian College in Ararat on Sunday, APRIL 29th. The hope is that all incoming directors may attend because there are specific sessions for every portfolio plus new Rotarians:
President Elect Session - For Club Presidents 2018 -19
President Nominee Session - For members who will be Club President 2019-20
Club Secretary Session - For Club Secretaries 2018-19
Club Treasurer Session - For Club Treasurers 2018-19
Rotary Foundation Session - For members who will be Club TRF Chair 2018-19
Membership Session - For Club Membership Chair/Director or representative
Social Media -For Club PR Chair, Facebook Administrators, Social Media representatives.
Public Image Resources -For PR Chairs, Bulletin Editors, Website Administrators, Event Organisers
Service Projects Session -For Club Directors/Chairs responsible for Community, Vocational or International Projects.
Youth Services Session -For Club Youth Services Director/Chair
Club Administration Session -For Club Administration/Service Directors/Chair or representative.
Strategic Planning - Includes Club Visioning
New Rotarians Session -For Club members without previous Board position experience.
The club will pay for your fees and lunch will be included. Please plan to be there.
Have You Planned to attend District Training Assembly 2018-04-16 14:00:00Z 0
We were to have a debate on the Four Way Test at our meeting this week, but we plan to take the opportunity to provide a review of the District Conference including showing a short video of the most inspiring speaker at the event, Gillian Hicks who was almost killed in the bombings in London a few years ago. We'll also have scintillating video of the Maryborough presentation - how can you miss that!
Change of Program this Week Geoff James 2018-04-16 14:00:00Z 0
Our Club Board has been concerned that our Club is sometimes forced to make decisions about involvement in events without having accurate information.
The membership committee has come up with a system to try to remedy this problem.
Every member in our club has been allocated to one of nine Contact Groups. Each group is managed by a Group Coordinator
The Group Coordinators have been chosen by the membership committee. Most coordinators are members the Membership committee or members of the Club Executive who are reasonably regular attenders at meetings. They have all agreed to do this role.
The Role of each coordinator is to simply contact absent members in their group (usually by phone) when the club requires feedback e.g. when collecting volunteers for a Barbeque or Bike Ride event etc.
People running events will usually ask at a meeting who is available for some event, and the Group coordinators have agreed to contact those members who aren’t at the meeting to ensure they are given the opportunity to participate.
For this to work, it is important that a full list of club members is used when collecting volunteers for events – we can then indicate to group coordinators the people who are absent. We will make these sheets available in the cupboard here.
The coordinator will certainly not put pressure on anyone to participate – their approach will be, “The club wants to know who’s available for a Barbeque on April 7th at 8am – if you’re interested and available, would you please contact Thea sometime this week – or I can tell her if you like.”
Group 1 – Coordinator: Mallee
Group 2 – Coordinator: Harold
Group 3 – Coordinator: Peter
Group 4 – Coordinator: John C
Group 5 – Coordinator: Garry
Group 6 – Coordinator: Geoff
Group 7 – Coordinator: Martin
Group 8 – Coordinator: Derrick
Group 9 – Coordinator: Thea
Every member will be sent a list of all the groups with contact details in this coming week
If a Group Coordinator is absent when a list of responses is required, we would ask one of the group members to take over the role. In most cases, it simply means a couple of phone calls.
Once it is up and running, we would value your feedback on how this system is working
Ink 39: What to know about Our Club’s New “Contact Groups” 2018-03-15 13:00:00Z 0
Hugh Delahunty, Central Goldfields Administrator and past Parliamentarian shared his story with our club members on Thursday.
Hugh Delahunty Speaks at Rotary 2018-03-15 13:00:00Z 0
Group 7 Presidents Share Their Club Action  2018-02-22 13:00:00Z 0
Our presentation last Thursday was a video talk from Susan Pinker given at a Ted Conference last April. Susan shared  the latest research on why people live longer, and she concludes that the two key factors are that you have at least 3 close relationships in your life, and that you interact socially with other people on a regular basis - e.g. talking to the postman, chatting with shopkeepers, playing cards with friends, coming to Rotary etc. Our brains release all kinds of positive chemicals when we have to interact, face to face with others. The talk is entitled, "The Secret to Living Longer May Be Your Social Life" and it is available on Youtube.
Susan Pinker Shares Her Research on Living Longer 2018-02-08 13:00:00Z 0
At our meeting on Thursday last week, as part of our "Share Your Vocation" segment, PP Brian Thomas shared his fascinating story of making beautiful boxes out of Australian Cedar and distributing them world wide. Part of his enjoyment from this was joining the Bendigo Woodworking group for networking.  Brian did this for about 15 years, whilst at the same time also experiencing flower growing of proteas.  Brian couldn't stress enough how important networking is in your chosen career or interests. Brian has provided his Australian cedar boxes to the President of the USA, Royalty in England and the RIPA from Bangladesh.
Thank you to Brian for such an interesting vocational talk
Brian Shares His Journey with Cedar Boxes 2018-02-08 13:00:00Z 0
A wheel has been the symbol of Rotary since our earliest days. The first design was made by Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver.
  • He drew a simple wagon wheel, with a few lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was said to illustrate "Civilization and Movement."
  • Most of the early clubs had some form of wagon wheel on their publications and letterheads.
  • Finally, in 1922, it was decided that all Rotary clubs should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. Here is one proposal considered.
  • In 1923, the present gear wheel with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted by the "Rotary International Association."
  • The gear teeth around the outside represent the fact that work is to be done. The six spokes represent the inner direction and path of our Vocational Service, through the representation of our membership via the classification system.
  • Similarly, these same spokes represent an outward distribution path of Rotary's ideals of service and the Four Way Test… going out toward the community, vocations and businesses that our members represent.
  • A group of engineers advised that the gear wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a "keyway" in the centre of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So, in late 1923 the keyway was added
  • The keyway signifies that the wheel was a "worker and not an idler". It also represents the individual Rotarian member, who is the key factor in every club.
  • Quality members are the keys, needed for the hub to engage with the shaft and turn, putting the energy into motion and creating the power for the gears to do their work.
  • At the 1929 Rotary International Convention, it was determined that blue and gold would be the official colors of the organization, so the wheel was designed with these colors.
  • The four blue bands within the outer radius of the gear represent our four avenues of service. And the design which we now know was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.
  • In 2011, as a result of an extensive research campaign, Rotary decided that the word “Rotary” should be added to the wheel, and that has now become the “Masterbrand Signature” of Rotary
  • The wheel as a single colour can be used by itself (known as the “Mark of Excellence”) but only if the Masterbrand Signature is on the same page somewhere
  • Club and Rotary organization names must now be included in the design when used publicly
  • In 2016, the “Voice and Visual Identity Guidelines” document was distributed to Rotarians with the understanding that the new guidelines would be phased in as soon as practicable
Ink 36: A History of Rotary's Emblem 2018-02-08 13:00:00Z 0
A wheel has been the symbol of Rotary since our earliest days. The first design was made by Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver.
  • He drew a simple wagon wheel, with a few lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was said to illustrate "Civilization and Movement."
  • Most of the early clubs had some form of wagon wheel on their publications and letterheads.
  • Finally, in 1922, it was decided that all Rotary clubs should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. Here is one proposal considered.
  • In 1923, the present gear wheel with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted by the "Rotary International Association."
  • The gear teeth around the outside represent the fact that work is to be done. The six spokes represent the inner direction and path of our Vocational Service, through the representation of our membership via the classification system.
  • Similarly, these same spokes represent an outward distribution path of Rotary's ideals of service and the Four Way Test… going out toward the community, vocations and businesses that our members represent.
  • A group of engineers advised that the gear wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a "keyway" in the centre of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So, in late 1923 the keyway was added
  • The keyway signifies that the wheel was a "worker and not an idler". It also represents the individual Rotarian member, who is the key factor in every club.
  • Quality members are the keys, needed for the hub to engage with the shaft and turn, putting the energy into motion and creating the power for the gears to do their work.
  • At the 1929 Rotary International Convention, it was determined that blue and gold would be the official colors of the organization, so the wheel was designed with these colors.
  • The four blue bands within the outer radius of the gear represent our four avenues of service. And the design which we now know was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.
  • In 2011, as a result of an extensive research campaign, Rotary decided that the word “Rotary” should be added to the wheel, and that has now become the “Masterbrand Signature” of Rotary
  • The wheel as a single colour can be used by itself (known as the “Mark of Excellence”) but only if the Masterbrand Signature is on the same page somewhere
  • Club and Rotary organization names must now be included in the design when used publicly
  • In 2016, the “Voice and Visual Identity Guidelines” document was distributed to Rotarians with the understanding that the new guidelines would be phased in as soon as practicable
Ink 36: A History of Rotary’s Emblem 2018-02-08 13:00:00Z 0
PP Martin took the reins for last Thursday's meeting due to our President not being well. We wish Karen a speedy return to pain-free health.
PP Martin Takes a Meeting 2018-02-08 13:00:00Z 0
February is Rotary's Peace and Conflict Resolution Month
The Problem
Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year. Half of those killed in conflict are children, and 90 percent are civilians.

What Rotary Does
  • We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.
  • We address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
  • Rotary’s People for People Foundation, has helped 10,000 families afford food, clothing, rent, utilities, medications, and other necessities.
  • Rotaract clubs in the Philippines conduct antibullying campaigns in schools to teach children how to handle conflict peacefully from an early age.
  • In Louisiana, Rotary tacked violence against women by helping a shelter provide food, clothing, legal advocacy, and counseling to over 500 women in one year.  
  • In Australia, Rotary clubs raise awareness and funds to prevent domestic violence and support its victims.  
  • In Nigeria, a university president and Rotary Club  fight Boko Haram by educating and feeding victims
  • Rotary members in a small town of Nova Scotia, Canada, took action to bring two families from war-torn Syria to their country, where the refugees are starting a new life.
  • $US142 million has been raised by Rotary to support Peace
  • 1000+ Peace Scholars have been trained and distributed to needy areas around the world
Thank You Rotary
Ink 35: 11 things to know about Rotary’s Peace & Conflict Programs 2018-02-01 13:00:00Z 0
Maggie Tranter Shares Her Time at NYSF 2018-02-01 13:00:00Z 0
President Karen made a presentation of a framed "Four Way Test" to Vocational Scholarship winner, Kelsey Chandler and wished her well as Kelsey heads off to the UK to learn about World's Best Practice in her Vocational Area. We look forward to hearing about her travels and studies when she returns.
We Wish Kelsey Well on Her Journey 2018-02-01 13:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, PP and Past Principal, John Caulfield shared his vocational experiences since retiring as Principal of the Maryborough Education Centre. Like many of our members, John has continued to make a difference to the world through family, community and Rotary service.
PP John Shares His Vocational Experiences 2018-02-01 13:00:00Z 0
DGE Anthony and Kerry spent some relaxed time with International President Elect Barry Rassin and his wife, Esther at the recent International Assembly. No doubt, Anthony was inspired!
DGE Anthony Chats with IPE Barry 2018-01-21 13:00:00Z 0
Rotary International President Elect, Barry Rassin has just announced his theme for 2018-19 - it is, "Be the Inspiration".
Apart from urging us to be inspirational during the next Rotary year, this will be the theme we need to address at the D9780 Conference here in Maryborough.
Last Thursday, President Elect Meryl introduced members to the new Rotary theme for 2018-19.
Meryl reminded members that this will be the theme for DGE Anthony's year, as well as for our club.
Let us all be an inspiration to each other and to our community.
Meryl Introduces New Rotary Theme 2018-01-18 13:00:00Z 0
Terry and Thea's grandchildren, Max and Billy received a certificate of appreciation from President Karen last Thursday. Max and Billy have been regular helpers at our Roadside cleanup and at Dowie Park.
Max and Billy Presented with Certificates 2018-01-18 13:00:00Z 0
Rotary International President Elect, Barry Rassin has just announced his theme for 2018-19 - it is, "Be the Inspiration". Apart from urging us to be inspirational during the next Rotary year, this will be the theme we need to address at the D9780 Conference here in Maryborough.
Be the Inspiration in 2018-19 2018-01-14 13:00:00Z 0
Our Rotarians and spouses were inspired by their visit to the MDHS last Thursday. After being hosted by MDHS for a delicious dinner, members were shown through the brand new Centre of Inspired Learning by CEO Terry Welch. This is a dedicated learning centre where nurses can be trained using state of the art simulated training methods using fully functional medical equipment and personal video feedback of everything they do. It is the first centre of its type in Victoria, and is likely to inspire many other country hospitals to follow in its path.
Rotarians Inspired at the New MDHS Centre 2018-01-11 13:00:00Z 0
Due to circumstances beyond the control of the club, we must unfortunately postpone our Taste of Gold Cider Festival until another suitable time, late this year or early next year. All patrons who have paid money will have it refunded.
Cider Festival Postponed 2018-01-11 13:00:00Z 0
Latest Report on our #SayNO Program 2018-01-08 13:00:00Z 0
Members are urged to look for the updated list of "State of My Vocation" talks that will be sent to everyone around the same time as this week's bulletin. It lists SUGGESTED times for the next six months for members who, as far as we know, might still be willing to do a 3 minute talk on what is happening in their vocational area at the moment (if they are in employment) OR what they are currently doing to fill in their days (if in retirement). If you do NOT want to do one of these talks and your name is on the list, just send Geoff James an email saying you'd like to be crossed off the list - no problem whatsoever. If you have already told Geoff you don't want to do a talk and your name is still on the list, please email him again.
Update of State of My Vocation Roster 2018-01-04 13:00:00Z 0
Rotarians enjoyed a fun night out at the Maryborough Golf Club last Thursday. After a generous three course meal, some of our members tried their hand at lawn bowls - with varying degrees of success.
Fun Night at the Golf Club 2018-01-04 13:00:00Z 0
Almost ninety Rotarians and guests rocked in 2018 at the Maryborough Town Hall on New Year's Eve. Participants danced to the music of "Seriously Sixties". The "Lucky Draw" winner was Andrew Harman from Ballarat, and "runner-up" prizes went to Bob Osborne and Ben Haywood. Others won prizes for the "Lucky Door" and "Lucky Spots". A big "thank you" to PE Meryl for organizing the event, to those Rotarians or friends who helped to set up and dismantle the hall - including Jackie Dellavedova who mopped the whole floor, as well as Shane, Derrick, Karen, Rod, Peter, Geoff & Meryl, to Margaret Rumpff who set up the winning hamper, to Derrick and Karen, Geoff and Meryl and the new Paramount Theatre for prizes, and to the band - some of whom donated their time and others who played for significantly reduced amounts. A good time was had by all, and we should raise well over half a grand for our Club Youth Programs. Pictures show the band in action, Rodney and Sue, Tom and Rosemary and PDG Jessie Harman who was part of a large table from Wendouree Breakfast Rotary.
Rotarians Rock in the New Year 2018-01-01 13:00:00Z 0
Remember We Meet At The Golf Club This Week for Barefoot Bowls 2018-01-01 13:00:00Z 0
A Healthy and Happy Christmas 2017-12-24 13:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, club members were very impressed by presentations made by our two participants in the recent "Defy the Drift" program at Marcus Oldham College. Jordan Ward and Bryley Salmon from Highview College shared their exciting and sometimes smelly experiences of visiting sites connected with careers in Agriculture, and their sincere appreciation for the opportunity provided by Rotary to help shape their futures as young people living in the country.
Members Impressed by Defy the Drift Participants 2017-12-07 13:00:00Z 0
DGE Anthony and Kerrie will be farewelled at a special meeting of D9780 College Governors on Sunday. "Where is he going?" you may ask. Well, later this month, DGE Anthony and Kerrie head over to the United States to participate in the International Assembly in San Diego (in January) and training for his upcoming role of District Governor. Before that, Anthony and Kerrie will participate in the Milt Mathews Governor Elect Hospitality Week in District 7120 (around the Rochester area in Northern USA) - a great time to meet other District Governors from around the world. We wish Anthony and Kerrie all the best during this exciting time of preparation for Anthony's big role which starts in just over 6 month's time.
DGE Anthony to be Farewelled on Sunday 2017-12-07 13:00:00Z 0
The Problem
  • 400 million people in the world can’t afford, or don’t have access to basic health care.
  • That results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions more.
What Rotary Does
  • Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and polio.
  • We set up temporary clinics, blood donation centres in communities struggling with disease
  • We build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients and governments to work together.
  • We prevent disease by providing education and routine hearing, vision, and dental checks
  • We are helping to produce a malaria-free world through treatment and prevention.
  • Pakistan & Rotary are overcoming cultural barriers to vaccinate children against Polio
The Impact of What We Do
  • There has been a 99.9% reduction in cases of wild polio
  • We have reduced the impact of HIV infections in Liberia by 95%
  • We have provided more than 80% of Ghana’s clean water to fight worm disease
Thank You Rotary!
Ink 34: 11 things to know about Rotary’s Disease Prevention Programs 2017-12-07 13:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Louise Hanby D'Wynn made a delicious toast to the Rotary Club of Colombo in Sri Lanka last Thursday. The club is notable for its fine dining experiences (see pic) and Louise is looking forward to a visit the next time she and Chanaka are back in Sri Lanka.
Louise toasts the Rotary Club of Colombo 2017-12-07 13:00:00Z 0
Join us on NYE in aid of our Youth Programs and for a good time! 2017-11-21 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geoff James
There are three current experts on making presentations with Powerpoint - check them out on Youtube…
  • Jean-luc Doumont
  • David J. P. Phillips - Mr "Death By Powerpoint"
  • Pat Flynn
Whilst these experts disagree on a few things, there is general agreement on most
  • They agree that ineffective Powerpoint slides have too much information on them (more than 5 items)
  • Ineffective slides have text that is too small to read, and not organized into a short sentence of no more than two lines - one sentence per slide
  • Ineffective slides are confusing and do not direct the audience's attention to the ONE key point of the slide
  • Ineffective slides contain distracting animations and/ or transitions - unless used for a special effect
  • They agree that the emphasis of a presentation should be on the presenter – not the slide
Here is a summary of the seven things they agree should be part of an effective presentation:
  • 01. We need to eliminate any “noise” or confusion that gets between us as presenter, and our audience
  • 02. We need to avoid bullet points unless they form a self-contained package - the audience will start reading doen the points and miss our current message
  • 03. Instead, each slide should have just one topic sentence of 2 lines (max) and a relevant, helpful image that illustrates the point of the slide
  • 04. When presenting slides, we should use redundancy - our speech should repeat the essential point of the slide so...
  • 05. Each slide should be understood by a blind person who can hear our speech, and a deaf person who can read the slide
  • 06. If we need to tell a short story or anecdote, we should turn the slides off, or put up a plain black slide so the attention is on the presenter telling the story
  • 07. Finally, we should avoid distracting transitions and animations – unless for a special effect – they are usually “noise” - but they can be fun!
Experts are still debating whether we should have dark backgrounds with light text (which is easier to read) or plain white backgrounds (apart from images)
  • The preference seems to be that charts and images usually look better on white backgrounds, and white slides are far easier to print as a handout - so plain white is the way to go
Ink 33: Top 10 Guidelines for Effective PowerPoint Presentations Geoff James 2017-11-20 13:00:00Z 0
Those in attendance received a real treat last Thursday when Rotarian Bill Johnson presented an account of his recent trip along the Kokoda Trail in New Guinea. By the end of the night members had a good idea of what the trip looked like and felt like, and they were either inspired to sign up and do it themselves, or thankful that someone else had been there and brought back great photos to save us the trouble. Bill is a keen member of the Rotary Cricketing Fellowship and a friend of Secretary Derrick.
Bill Johnson Shares his Kokoda Experience 2017-11-19 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geoff James
At Thursday's meeting, Trace Smith provided a fascinating account of her story as a Bursar and Business Manager in the State Education system over the last three decades. Trace worked her way up through the ranks to become the most experienced member of the Business management team in Maryborough, and a "go-to" person for fellow business managers in the State. Our community received confirmation of her talent when she won the "Business Manager of the Year" award a couple of years ago. Thanks for your story, Trace.
Tracey's State of Her Vocation Geoff James 2017-11-19 13:00:00Z 0
Could all Rotarians please think of who we could send to RYLA, if we have too many applicants we can let another club within the district sponsor them. We are sponsoring 2 this year. So please put your thinking cpas on and let Youth Director Harold Breitinger know. Thank you.
RYLA 2017-11-14 13:00:00Z 0
Our club was pleased to welcome Rotarian visitors, Roslyn and Ralph Tierney from the Rotary Club of Hobart last Thursday. Roslyn shared with us some interesting facts about her club, and praised our club for its mission to attempt to meet the needs of our local community. Here are Roslyn and Ralph with acting president for the night, PP Martin Mackay.
Visitors Join Us From Hobart Rotary 2017-11-11 13:00:00Z 0
Ink 32: How to Discover More About the Rotary Foundation
It is Foundation Month! Do you want to know what the latest news is on Rotary’s Polio initiative?
Go To:
Or Type “polioeradication”Into “Google” and the Polio site Site will come up…
Do you want to know how much you have contributed to the Rotary Foundation?
Log into My Rotary, go to Manage, Reports, and Click on “Donor History Report
The Donor History Report provides details of all donations reported to District Fundraising Chair Peter.
Do you want to know more about the Rotary Foundation in general?
Click on “The Rotary Foundation” tap on the site and many options become available on the white drop down section.
Scroll down the page and learn about programs, how funds are spent & awards. Learn about how Rotary Foundation funds are distributed. Learn about the history of the Foundation which started in 1917
Want to learn even more? Simply go to “youtube” and type in “Rotary Foundation” in the search box. Many Rotary videos will be available to watch. e.g.
Video Segment: Thank You “Rotary Foundation”
Available on Youtube:
Ink Spot 32: How to Find Out More About Our Foundation 2017-11-11 13:00:00Z 0
PP Mallee Rowe presented an engaging 3 (plus) minute talk on the state of his very new vocation, doing basically the same job that he had plus loads of other responsibilities that had been previously looked after by other people in the Pyrenees Shire. He now seems to be manager of everything that moves and every bridge around the state - and of course, he will do them all extremely well in his own unique style, but we wonder whether he is going to have any time at all left to do a bit of Farnarkling!
Mallee Shares The State of His (New) Vocation 2017-11-11 13:00:00Z 0
PP John Caulfield thanked the nine Maryborough Rotarians who assisted the Chaplaincy committee conduct a very successful Oaks Day event at the Maryborough Highland Society last Thursday. John singled out the fantastic efforts of Rotarians Esther Waters and Alison Teese who were the main drivers behind the event - and a great time was had by all.
PP John thanks team for the Oaks Day event 2017-11-11 13:00:00Z 0
One of our local Medical Trainees, who was Miss Universe Australia in a past life, shared her fascinating story with us on Thursday. Olivia Wells is an Australian charity worker and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe Australia 2013 and represented Australia at Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow, Russia on 9 November 2013. She originally entered the contest at the end of her year 12 as a bit of a joke, but actually won her way through to be Australia's Miss Universe. She is currently training to be a specialist in Palliative care.
Miss Universe Australia 2013 Visits us 2017-10-26 13:00:00Z 0
President Karen flew the flag for Polio Day on October 24th by painting people's pinkies purple for polio in front of the local newsagent.
President Karen Promotes Polio Day Geoff James 2017-10-24 13:00:00Z 0
Present Karen flew the flag for Polio Day on October 24th by painting people's pinkies purple for polio in front of the local newsagent.
President Karen promotes Polio Day Geoff James 2017-10-24 13:00:00Z 0
DG Ray Herbert shared his message and that of International Rotary President Ian Riseley at our meeting on Thursday. It was also Hat Night in aid of Australian Rotary Health, so Rotarians donned hats to get in the spirit. Winner of the most inspiring hat was Rotarian Esther Waters. During the night, PP Bob Osborne proposed a toast to the Rotary Club of Melbourne - the first Rotary club in Australia in 1921, and DG Ray presented President Karen with a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. At the end of the night there was a line up of a DG, DGE, DGN, PDG and AG with President Karen - what a load of acronyms!?
DG Ray Shares His Message 2017-10-20 13:00:00Z 0
Over 30 Rotarians and friends spent some productive time cleaning up Dowie Park last week. President Karen thanked everyone for their attendance and particularly PP Brian Thomas for organizing the event.
Rotarians and Friends Clean Up Dowie Park Geoff James 2017-10-12 13:00:00Z 0
Three impressive young women shared their visions for a better Maryborough at last Tuesday's Vocational Scholarship evening. Kym Skyring, Kelsey Chandler, and Judith Sproule are pictured with President Karen and Guest speaker, Emma King, the CEO of the Victorian Council of Social Services.
High Caliber of Participants for Vocational Scholarships Geoff James 2017-10-12 13:00:00Z 0
What a terrific event!  Over 200 riders entered the event and participated in either the long ride(114km) or short (46km).  The feedback from riders was how fantastic the day was accept for the wind for the last 8 - 10km. Unfortunately that was something that we couldn't change.
Congratulations Peter on the excellent organisation and to Rotarians who supported the event on Friday.  Many riders were certainly interested in competing again next year and also the proposed ride in March of the 3 reservoirs.
Photos show cyclists in the long version of the Pyrenees Bike Ride last Friday stopped at Landsborough for a morning tea of bananas, muesli bars, fruit cake and lamingtons served with tea, coffee or water - well deserved after an hour or more of country riding across hills and plains!
The last photo was at the picturesque Blue Pyrenees Estate where the ride started and finished.
Successful Pyrenees Bike Ride Geoff James 2017-10-02 13:00:00Z 0
Three Paramedics and the Ambulance Auxiliary President for the last five years were each presented with a Pride of Workmanship award at last Thursday's meeting. From top left, are paramedics, Isla Douglas, Joseph McCallum and Caitlin Murphy, and bottom right is President Dianne Mullins. Our club has been presenting these awards in different vocational areas for over three decades. The awards recognize exemplary workers who take pride in their work and demonstrate the motto "Do it once, do it well"
Each year we select a different vocational area to be the focus of these annual awards.
Pride of Workmanship Awards Night 2017 GJ 2017-09-14 14:00:00Z 0
Four members of Ambulance Victoria were presented with Pride of Workmanship awards at last Thursday's meeting. They included, from top left, Paramedics Isla Douglas, Joseph McCallaum, and Caitlin Murphy, and Ambulance Auxiliary President for the last 5 years, Dianne Mullins. Our club has been providing these awards for over three decades, and each year we select a different vocational area to be the focus of these annual awards.
Pride of Workmanship 2017 GJ 2017-09-14 14:00:00Z 0
This program is a key part of Rotary’s Vocational Avenue of Service
It was launched in 1975 as a Rotary Project at the Rotary District 9680 Conference
Its aim was to encourage pride in performance in the work- place, and help create a positive national attitude
PDG Les Whitcroft, Rotary Club of Ryde, produced the first  plaques - “Do it once, Do it well. Build a Better Australia”
Rotary Club of Pennant Hills followed up with the promotion of annual Pride of Workmanship Awards and the sale of plaques
The program has been adopted by over 600 Rotary Clubs in Australia, NZ, the South Pacific, Canada and the US.
The program has 5 Objectives
1. To promote Vocational Service.
2. To encourage Pride of Workmanship in all vocations
3. To provide  employers with an opportunity to recognise employees who display those qualities which are worthy of an award
4. To encourage favourable employer/employee relationships and a sense of community pride in individual achievement.
5. To provide an opportunity for Rotary to be involved in the Community, particularly the Business Community.
Maryborough Rotary has been running Pride of Workmanship Awards Since the 1980’s
Our Approach has been to choose one Vocational area in the community each year, but in other communities the awards are open to all vocational areas each year.
INK 31 Pride of Workmanship 101 2017-09-14 14:00:00Z 0
Pride of Workmanship This Thursday - Partners Night 2017-09-09 14:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Harold gave members a review of our recent debate with the Maryborough Education Centre students and also a preview of our LIFT program with Indigenous students.
Harold keeps us Up to Date with Youth 2017-09-03 14:00:00Z 0
Suzanne Rea tells about her World Famous Rotary Program 2017-09-03 14:00:00Z 0
<1> August is Membership Month
▪    Membership Retention is a problem for Rotary
<2> Sad Retention Statistics
▪    Rotary has gained and lost 1.2 million members in the last 7 years
▪    Only 7% leave for involuntary purposes
▪    Most who leave are newer members i.e. have been in Rotary less than 3 years
<3> Why newer members stay
▪    New members indicate they stay in Rotary to…
–    Serve the community
–    Network
–    Represent their vocation
–    Develop leadership skills
<4> What we can do
▪    1)   Set up a Member Services  Committee
–    To monitor membership
<5> What we can do
▪    2)   Measure & Examine  Club’s History of Engagement and Member Retention  Rate
<6> What we can do
▪    3)   Provide Pre-Induction Orientation  Program
<7> What we can do
▪    4)   Greet – Assign a Job –  Introduce
<8> What we can do
▪    5)   Develop a Mentor & Education  Program
<9> What we can do
▪    6)   Conduct a Reception for New  Members
<10> What we can do
▪    7)   Log New Member Activities  during the first year
<11> What we can do
▪    8)   After Year One- Recognize & Interview
<12> What we can do
▪    9)   Advocate New Member Opportunities in Rotary
<13> What we can do
▪    10) Provide Networking  & Professional Development Opportunities
<14> What we can do
▪    11) Spot Danger Signs  and Remedy Engagement Problems
<15> What we can do
▪    12) Be Innovative – Highlight  the Reasons We Stay in Rotary
Ideas from Rotary Leadership Institute Booklet Part 1: 2015-18
Ink 30: 12 Things We Can Do About Membership Retention 2017-09-03 14:00:00Z 0
Ink Spot 29: Rotary’s Famous 711
Rotary History
<1> Why is 711 significant to Rotary?
▪    Number 711 is significant – why?
▪    Not the Store Chain
▪    Room 711, Unity Building
▪    127 North Dearborn St. Chicago
▪    Birthplace of RI in 1905
<2> The Room
▪    Room belonged to Gus Loehr, Engineer
▪    Location of “the” first Rotary meeting
<3> A Meeting of 4 Friends
▪    A meeting between Paul Harris
▪    …and 3 friends
<4> Room 711 Preserved as a Museum
▪    Originally, preserved as a mini museum
▪    By Rotarians around the world…
▪    …contributing to the “Paul Harris 711 Club”
<5>           Unity Building Destroyed
▪    1989 - Unity Building was to be torn down
▪    Members of 711 club dismantled the room piece by piece
▪    Placed contents in storage
<6> Room Re-created
▪    1994, Room 711 re-created after painstaking research…
▪    …at RI Headquarters in Evanston
<7> Now a Mecca for Rotarians
▪    Now visited by Rotarians around the world
<8> A Fitting Reminder
Ink Spot 29: Rotary's Famous 711 2017-08-24 14:00:00Z 0
Toby seemed to have great delight in toasting, on Thursday, an International Rotary club near Seattle with the same name as his surname - the Rotary Club of Bainbridge!
Toby Toasts the Rotary Club of Bainbridge 2017-08-24 14:00:00Z 0
PP PHF Derrick shared his experience of going back to work in his "3 Minute State of My Vocation" talk on Thursday. For Derrick, the big difference has been dealing with "the Cloud" in most of his tasks. Members thought that meant he was off with the fairies!
Derrick is Back at Work 2017-08-24 14:00:00Z 0