#29 We Help Out at Australia Day

Instead of our Mill House meeting on Thursday, Rotary members turned up early on Friday, January 26th to assist the Shire celebrate Australia Day at the local Community Hub. Our role was to hand our free muffins as part of the Australia Day breakfast provided by the Shire. Out at Carisbrook, one of our members, PP Thea Allan (second from the right) was awarded the Tilly Aston Award for her contributions to the local and district communities.
#29 We Help Out at Australia Day 2024-03-09 13:00:00Z 0

The October Service Committees Report

At last Thursday's breakfast meeting, Directors provided a brief summary of the October Service Committee meetings. Vocational Director Meryl reported that the November planned Vocational visit would be postponed until January and that names had been mentioned for next year's Shine On Awards. Youth Director Martin mentioned that plans were underway for Rotarians to participate in Mock Interviews at the Maryborough Education Centre. Contact Martin if you are interested in being involved. Shane (pictured right) reported that the Melbourne based "Donations in Kind" group had offered to come to Maryborough to collect donations of equipment currently being organized and vetted by our International Committee members. Community Director Leigh reported that a number of projects were on the go and that the committee would be recommending to the Board that $1000 be donated to the Salvation Army to support their efforts in dealing with local homeless people, $1000 would be donated towards next year's local Pride Festival and that funds would be provided to support the publication of the new Family Violence booklet produced by Rotarian Dr. Lowen Clarke.
The October Service Committees Report 2023-10-19 13:00:00Z 0

Our Second Breakfast Meeting

Sixteen members and friends attended our club's second breakfast meeting at the "Daily Dose" Cafe on Thursday, October 19th. Some good food and fellowship was enjoyed by all, and Service Committee Directors provided a brief summary of discussions at the previous week's Service Committee meetings. See the article below for details of their reports.
Our Second Breakfast Meeting 2023-10-19 13:00:00Z 0

Service Committees Get Serious

Service Committee members wore silly hats to commemorate "Lift the Lid" Day last Thursday, but at the same time, they made some serious inroads into planning their projects and fund raisers for this Rotary year. "Lift the Lid" is the latest variation of "Rotary Hat Day", a day for Rotarians to consider supporting Australian Rotary Health's efforts to improve mental well-being in our communities. See more pix by clicking "Read more..."
Service Committees Get Serious 2023-10-12 13:00:00Z 0

DG Ian Visits the Bristol Hill Area

On Friday, DG Ian McKay visited the Bristol Hill Tower area and Pioneer Cemetery to check out the club's vision to work with other community groups and develop the area and possibly use it, in the future, as some form of Peace Park. Ian is pictured standing beside the Pioneer's memorial cross imagining the area as a future peace park or possibly a memorial to victims of family violence.
DG Ian Visits the Bristol Hill Area 2023-09-21 14:00:00Z 0

DG Ian Presents PHF Multi-Recognitions

Whilst at the club last Thursday, DG Ian (left) made PHF Multi-Recognitions to four of our club members. Multi-recognitions are presentations to people who have continued to donate money to the Rotary Foundation - in amounts of US $1000 - after receiving their initial Paul Harris Fellow recognition. PP Alison Teese and Club Treasurer John Williamson (middle) were both presented with Double Sapphire pins, and President Geoff and PP Meryl (right) were presented with Major Donor pins and the accompanying crystal trophy for Major Donors.
DG Ian Presents PHF Multi-Recognitions 2023-09-21 14:00:00Z 0

DG Ian Inspires us to Create Hope in the World

District Governor Ian McKay visited our club last Thursday and inspired members to follow the theme of Rotary International President Gordon McInally - "Create Hope in the World". Ian challenged us to keep up the effort to rid the world of Polio once and for all, and to give due attention to the world-wide crisis in anxiety and depression by supporting research programs like Australian Rotary Health. See "Read more..." for more pix.
DG Ian Inspires us to Create Hope in the World 2023-09-21 14:00:00Z 0
Wendouree Breakfast Trivia Night 2023-09-21 14:00:00Z 0
Join Our Tri Distance Ride 2023-09-21 14:00:00Z 0

Olly Is Seeking a Buyer for "Ring pulls"

"Olly" Maher has collected over 44kg of ring pulls from drink cans to support the supply of wheelchairs to young disabled people who are struggling to afford such necessities. Last Thursday, he sought feedback from Rotarians on where his bags of ring pulls could be sold and suggested that Rotarians might join him in collecting the pulls for this cause. Ring pulls may be left with PP Noel Jennings at the Country Trends store in High Street, Maryborough.
Olly Is Seeking a Buyer for "Ring pulls" 2023-08-24 14:00:00Z 0

Rob Shares His Concerns for Koalas

Wildlife Rescuer, Rob Armstrong shared at last week's meeting, his passionate concerns about the fate of Koala Bears in our area. Rob argues that Koalas are not as plentiful and safe as a species as is suggested in some "official" channels, so he wants farmers, landowners and service groups in the Maryborough area to consider the idea of growing the appropriate gum trees in the form of access corridors between known Koala feeding areas. He also wants our Council to consider launching a public awareness campaign to encourage drivers to slow down to 80kph in areas where koalas may cross main roads.
Rob Shares His Concerns for Koalas 2023-08-24 14:00:00Z 0
Goldfields Community Safety Forum 2023-08-08 14:00:00Z 0
Rivergum Support Open Day 2023-08-08 14:00:00Z 0
Membership Development Seminar: Sept 9 and 10 2023-08-07 14:00:00Z 0

Anthony Engineers His Classification Interview

Rotarian Max interviewed PDG Anthony about his Vocational Classification at Thursday's meeting and members discovered that Anthony's vocational journey initially revolved around civil engineering. Anthony's first employer was the late PP Jeff Mackay - father of PP Martin, and he first employed Anthony and Martin to work for the Maryborough Shire in 1974. Anthony's job was to be one of only two active engineers in the town at the time - the other one being his employer, Jeff Mackay. See "Read more..."
Anthony Engineers His Classification Interview 2023-08-03 14:00:00Z 0

Quotations of Hope

"Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.” — Roy T. Bennett

"Hope is a waking dream.” — Aristotle

"In fact, hope is best gained after defeat and failure, because then inner strength and toughness is produced.” — Fritz Knapp

Quotations of Hope 2023-07-20 14:00:00Z 0

PRID Jessie Shares Her Experience as an RI Director

Our club was privileged on July 20th to  have a visit from Past Rotary International Director, Jessie Harman. Jessie has visited us a number of times before, but only completed her service on the Rotary International Board of Directors on June 30th. Jessie started with three reflections of her time as Director. She mentioned the "incredible internationality of Rotary", how impressed she was with the way Rotary stewards the funds with which it works, and the amazing way Rotary moves into action when it responds to a world crisis - such as the Ukraine war. See "Read more..." for further reflections.
PRID Jessie Shares Her Experience as an RI Director 2023-07-20 14:00:00Z 0

What's the Goss?

Rotarian Toby has just celebrated a very special birthday with a zero on the end. Congratulations Toby on reaching the big 8 0, and may you have many more. "You wear it well" as Rod Stewart sings.
 
Rotarian Lowen has just been appointed as the Acting Chair of the Victorian Health Department Ethics committee. Congratulations Lowen! You'll find the full story in last Tuesday's "Addie".
 
Past District Governor Anthony was recently appointed for another term as the District Foundation Chair. It's always great to have a District Rep on our Board. Congratulations Anthony.
 
We understand Trace is about to start her new job this week after her warm holiday up north. Hope it all goes well, Trace!
What's the Goss? 2023-07-08 14:00:00Z 0

First Working Bee at the Tower

27 members of the "Friends of the Tower" group spent some time on Sunday to clean up rubbish and weeds from the tower area. Thanks to club members Garry, Anthony, Harold, John Caulfield, Lowan, Adrian, Martin and Riley for representing the club at the event. The next clean up is planned for July 29th.
 
PDG Anthony has discovered an article on the establishment of the Tower that appeared in the "Argus" Newspaper in 1933. The article starts...
 
MARYBOROUGH, Sunday. – On an autumn day 79 years ago three wandering fossickers found gold at the White Hills, then portion of a vast run controlled by the Simson family of squatters in Central Victoria. Within a few months the rich goldfields of Maryborough, Dunolly and Alma were opened. Today, in brilliant sunshine, descendants of the diggers of the 50's a and 60's gathered in thousands at Maryborough for the unveiling of a striking memorial to the men and women who laid the foundations of a thriving town.
See "Read more..." for the rest of the article and more pix of the working bee.
First Working Bee at the Tower 2023-07-08 14:00:00Z 0

Hopeful News from our Governance Committees

Governance committees will meet next Thursday to finalize their lists of objectives, allocate organizers to each objective and where applicable, suggest a time of the Rotary year for the implementation of those objectives. If you haven't chosen your Governance committee yet, please contact President Geoff before Thursday so you can be listed on the committee lists.
Hopeful News from our Governance Committees 2023-07-08 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Donations Help the Ukraine

The Rotary Foundation so far has awarded more than 375 disaster response grants, totaling more than US$17.3 million, to help those affected by the war in Ukraine. Your generous donations have made it possible to provide refugees with food, water, and clothes. Grants have kept electricity flowing to hospitals, allowed wounded civilians to receive care, and found shelters for displaced families.
Rotary Donations Help the Ukraine 2023-06-30 14:00:00Z 0

Owen Macer Reports on Vocational Guidance For Senior Students
 

On Thursday evening, Maryborough Education Centre Teacher Owen Macer provided our members with a clear, engaging and comprehensive understanding of Vocational Pathways available to local young people. Owen explained how the updated Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) now includes an opportunity for students to complete vocationally based subjects as an integral part of their studies. Vocationally based subjects such as Automotive mechanics, Engineering and Catering are called "Vocational Majors" (VM) and are studied alongside traditional subjects like Mathematics and Literacy. For students who require a less demanding pathway, the Victorian Pathway Certificate (VPC) is available. See "Read more..." for more pix.
Owen Macer Reports on Vocational Guidance For Senior Students  2023-06-15 14:00:00Z 0

Harold Tests His Classification

Rotarian Harold Breitinger shared the story of his vocational classification at our meeting on June 15th. His story started with the development of his knowledge and the honing of his research writing skills at the CSIRO and has led to him setting up his own successful business as a timber stress tester here in Maryborough. His reports and expertise are particularly valued because of the thoroughness and detail of his written reports which provide his clients with a clear understanding of the capabilities of timbers used in manufacturing and construction. It sounds like Harold follows the Rotary way of "doing it once and doing it well".
Harold Tests His Classification 2023-06-15 14:00:00Z 0

Raising Funds for our Projects

The Barbeques at Bunnings continue to be a great way of raising funds for our Club's many projects and service customs. Thank you to this team of Terry, Shane, Louise, Martin and Harold who recently ran the barbeque at Bunnings in Kangaroo Flat.
Raising Funds for our Projects 2023-06-12 14:00:00Z 0

Our Tower Efforts Become Front Page News

Our club's efforts to generate community support for the regeneration of the Bristol Hill Tower received a boost recently when our meeting to start up a "Friends of the Tower" group became front page news in the local Maryborough Advertiser. Pictured are Rotarians Anthony, Lowen, Adrian, Martin, President Garry, Harold, and Max along with other locals interested in the idea.
Our Tower Efforts Become Front Page News 2023-06-12 14:00:00Z 0

Martin Shares His Classification with Intrigue

PP Martin shared his "Classification talk" at our June 8th meeting. This series of talks gives members an opportunity to share the common themes and aspirations that have driven or guided their working lives and range of careers. Members heard that Martin's aspirations and common themes are quite complex, and intriguing.
Martin Shares His Classification with Intrigue 2023-06-08 14:00:00Z 0

Surprize Visit and Gifts From DG Kathy

Members received an unexpected visit from DG Kathy and David on June 8th, who wanted to pay a compliment to Maryborough members for their efforts in dressing up for the Travel Themed Dinner Dance at the District 9780 Conference back in March. As arranged by our Fun Coordinator, Trace, we dressed up using the theme of "Around the World in 80 Days", and DG Kathy thought we deserved a bottle of sparkly each for our efforts even though we didn't win a prize on the night. Being a true Rotarian, Kathy thought that wasn't "fair to all concerned". Many thanks, Kathy!
Surprize Visit and Gifts From DG Kathy 2023-06-08 14:00:00Z 0

President Garry Introduces New Say NO Website

Last Thursday, President Garry introduced to members the new Say NO 2 family violence website that has recently been produced by the ARC Ventures company. Garry showed a YouTube video that explains how the site works, and he added that the site is designed to be copied and modified by Rotary Clubs in any community around the Western world. Consequently, its influence will reach far beyond the boundaries of Maryborough. You can watch the video by copying and pasting or clicking the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BFO6TbxuRo&t
President Garry Introduces New Say NO Website 2023-06-08 14:00:00Z 0

New Service Committees Develop Action Plans
 

Our 2023-24 Service committees met for the first time on June 8th to produce their action plans for the coming Rotary year. Action plans were, for the first time, based on members' preferences as expressed in the revised form of the club engagement survey. The Governance committees will form their plans in early July. If any members have yet to submit their Engagement surveys, please get them in to PDG Geoff during the coming week. 
New Service Committees Develop Action Plans  2023-06-08 14:00:00Z 0

A Visionary Tale From Sue Tully

Our members gained some real insights into legal blindness when "Vision Australia" worker, Sue Tully shared her experiences with this organization on June 1st. Sue explained that there are many levels of legal blindness caused by a whole range of different factors, and each legally blind person requires different kinds of support. Groups like Vision Australia provide this valued support on an on-going basis. As part her presentation, Sue provided our members with spectacles that simulated the various kinds of legal blindness. As a result, members are now better able to "see" and appreciate what it is like to suffer from this condition. See "Read more..." for pictures of members in specs.
A Visionary Tale From Sue Tully 2023-06-01 14:00:00Z 0

Shane Shares His Classification

On June 1st, long time Rotarian, Shane Dellavedova shared his understanding of his Vocational Classification with our members. It was no surprize to those present that Shane understands his vocation in terms of serving the world through agriculture. As a young boy on the family farm, Shane loved to work outdoors on the land, knowing that the results of his labour were helping to feed the world. Today, that vocational service through agriculture is expressed through his management of the Dellavedova fertilizer business.
Shane Shares His Classification 2023-06-01 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Takes Over Melbourne

The Marquis of Linlithgow Governor General monument and surrounding gardens in Melbourne announce to the world that Rotary has taken over Melbourne for the coming week. Over 13,000 Rotarians from around the world will "Imagine Rotary" and explore ways our organization can grow and develop in the coming years as part of trhe Rotari International Convention. Several of our members will be attending various aspects of the event, and we look forward to reports in the coming weeks.
Rotary Takes Over Melbourne 2023-05-26 14:00:00Z 0

Members "Buy-in" To The 2023-24 Program

Around twenty members ignored the cold and the rain to participate in the club's "Buy-in" Night on May 25th. As part of the evening, they considered a comprehensive list of our club's objectives (the Engagement Survey) planned for the 2023-24 Rotary year and indicated firstly, whether they supported the club pursuing those objectives, and secondly, whether they were prepared to actively assist or even help to organize the implementation of those items. A big "thank you" to those who were able to attend or who handed in their completed Engagement Surveys before the meeting. The picture doesn't actually show the process in action although it might look like Bec and Murray are "standing up" for what they believe - rather, they were the last two standing in "heads and tails"! Members who weren't able to make last night's meeting are invited to complete the Engagement Survey forms emailed to them recently, and email or pass them to PDG Geoff in the next couple of days.
Members "Buy-in" To The 2023-24 Program 2023-05-25 14:00:00Z 0

Final Service Committees for 22-23

Our Service committees for this Rotary year met for the final time on May 18th. Next month, the plan is that next year's committees will meet and develop working action plans for the 2023-24 year. A big "thank you" to all those members who have attended committee meetings over the past year to ensure that our programs can continue and that our club is able to "do good" in the world. Pictured in the International Service committee chaired by Louise Hanby D'Wynn. See "Read more..." for pics of the Community, Youth and Vocational committees.
Final Service Committees for 22-23 2023-05-18 14:00:00Z 0
Defying the Drift Now Open 2023-05-13 14:00:00Z 0
Bristol Hill Tower Peace Park Meeting 2023-05-11 14:00:00Z 0

We Celebrate Pride of Workmanship

Around 80 members and guests gathered at the Highland Society on May 11th to celebrate Pride of Workmanship in our community. On behalf of the club, the MP for Ripon, Hon Martha Haylett presented official trophies to six awardees chosen by six different local businesses. Unfortunately, two of the actual awardees were ill on the night, so trophies were passed on to colleagues. Pictured from left to right, Sue-Ellen Wright (Maryborough News and Lotto), Councillor Grace LaVella (Mayor), Julie Driscoll (Avoca Co-operative), Kelly Mason (Bounce Australia), Hon Martha Haylett (Member for Ripon), Tanya Miles (receiving the award for Kylie Monk of the Maryborough District Health Service), Linda Parry (receiving the award for Julie Nicholson of Rinaldi's Fashions) and Matthew Doherty (Little Produce Box). Congratulations to the award winners, thank you to all those who attended and to the Rotarians who helped out on the night. Click the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe-WurN8ONE  to see a slideshow of pictures. Click "Read more..." for more pix.
We Celebrate Pride of Workmanship 2023-05-11 14:00:00Z 0

Info. on Regionalization Pilot

Regionalisation Pilot for our Region (Zone 8) update
With the approval of the business case and budget by the Rotary International Board for the Regionalisation Pilot to run in our region, DGE Ian McKay and DGN Lesley Shedden provided updated information for all Clubs and members in District 9780 during an online session on 10 May.
Ian and Lesley appreciate it was not possible for everyone to attend this session which is why it was recorded.  Here is the link to that recording for you to watch in your own time.  https://youtu.be/lf0mQDTDy8k
It runs for just over 40 minutes and includes a presentation and questions and answers.
If you have any questions or would like to comment, please contact Lesley on Lesley.shedden@rotary9780.org or Ian on ian.mckay@rotary9780.org and look out for future updates.
Info. on Regionalization Pilot 2023-05-11 14:00:00Z 0
Is this the sign of things to come? 2023-05-04 14:00:00Z 0

Our Members Attend District Assembly

On a very pleasant Sunday at the end of April in Hall's Gap, Rebecca, Trace, Thea, Meryl, Martin, Anthony and Geoff all represented our club at the District 9780 Learning Assembly. It was a day packed with relevant information that will assist our club to approach the 2023-24 Rotary year with confidence. Pictured is District Governor Elect Ian McKay outlining one of the major thrusts planned for the coming year in every one of the 600 Rotary clubs in our Rotary region - yes, a thrust with which we are quite familiar - "Say No To Domestic Violence" See Read more... for details and pics.
Our Members Attend District Assembly 2023-05-04 14:00:00Z 0

Our Club Visits the Guides

Twenty club members enjoyed the hospitality of the Girl Guides for our "May the Fourth Be With You" meeting and were very impressed with presentations made by two of the current senior guides, Elizabeth Lewington (left) and Harriet Thoroughgood (right). Both girls have completed tasks for the Baden Powell award and are in the process of completing tasks to be designated as a "Queen's Guide". One of Harriet's tasks was to write an engaging poem about the value of belonging to a Guide's group, and she read it out to members. We can certainly have some hope for the future when we encounter young leaders like Elizabeth and Harriet. See "Read more..." for more pics.
Our Club Visits the Guides 2023-05-04 14:00:00Z 0

Thea Shares Her Passion for Clouds

When our planned guest speaker was not able to attend due to illness, PP Thea stepped up and entertained members with her passion for clouds. PP Thea and PP Terry have been collecting images of clouds for many years and now have an extensive collection. Those in attendance now know about the three levels of clouds, the names of many of the types, and have a far greater appreciation of the wonderful vistas that clouds provide as a backdrop to our country lives. See "Read more..." for more images.
Thea Shares Her Passion for Clouds 2023-04-27 14:00:00Z 0

Contact Meryl to Attend Pride of Workmanship

Members are reminded that they need to inform PP Meryl if they plan to attend our Pride of Workmanship event at the Highland Society on Thursday, May 11th.  Cost per person is $40 for a two-course meal. We must confirm numbers with the Highland Society by Wednesday, May 3rd.
Contact Meryl to Attend Pride of Workmanship 2023-04-20 14:00:00Z 0
April is Rotary Maternal & Child Health Month 2023-04-20 14:00:00Z 0

Committees Plan For Next Rotary Year

Both Governance and Service Committees reviewed their 2022-23 programs and made draft plans for the next Rotary year at our meeting on April 20th. These plans will be turned into a draft action plan that will be emailed to members, and presented to the club at our May 25th meeting when members will be invited to "buy-in" to the proposed projects and customs that interest them. A big "Thank You" to all members who attended early last Thursday to enable us to fit in the two groups of committee meetings!
Committees Plan For Next Rotary Year 2023-04-20 14:00:00Z 0
Get Your Ideas to Committee Chairs Before Wednesday 2023-04-14 14:00:00Z 0

Members Reflect on the Value of Truth

The April 13th club meeting celebrated the upcoming birthday of Herbert J Taylor (April 18th 1893), the creator of the four way test. After listening to some ideas about the value of truth from renowned Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Jordan Peterson, members shared their responses and own ideas on the topic in small groups. See "Read more..." for more pictures and a synopsis of the video.
Members Reflect on the Value of Truth 2023-04-13 14:00:00Z 0
Support Our Pride of Workmanship Awards 2023-04-13 14:00:00Z 0

Early Start Next Week

Early Start - GraphisNext week's meeting will start at 5.45pm so we can fit in two lots of committee meetings to plan our draft programs for the next Rotary year. Governance meetings will run from 5.45pm to 6.30pm. Service committees will run from 7pm until 8pm. Please plan to attend to have some input and ownership of the programs our club pursues in 2023-24. 
Early Start Next Week 2023-04-13 14:00:00Z 0

The Conference Review

Our members who attended the 9780 District Conference last week-end each provided a summary of one of the main talks or events over the week-end. Pictured is PP Terry talking about the Vocational Training Team event on the Sunday. All agreed it was a wonderful conference and well worth the effort to attend. There were several world class presentations, a great dinner dance on the Saturday night and plenty of opportunities to network with fellow Rotarians from our District clubs. Trace has already made a block booking for the Mt Gambier conference next year, so plan to be there on March 15th to 17th, 2024! See "Read more..." for more pix and details.
The Conference Review 2023-03-30 13:00:00Z 0

Rebecca Shares Her Classification

Rebecca Lowery shared her classification of her Rotary service at our meeting on March 30th. She explained that all of her employment positions have centred around dealing with people. She feels most at home when she is attempting to improve the culture of the workplace for those people and the clients who interact with those workplaces. They are the kinds of positions that require high EQ (emotional intelligence) where one has to pick up on the emotional states and needs of others and react in supportive and engaging ways.
Rebecca Shares Her Classification 2023-03-30 13:00:00Z 0

Around the World at the Conference

Nine Rotarians and partners attended the District 9780 Conference in Ballarat over the March 25-26 week-end. This pic shows the nine who attended the Saturday day program which was quite outstanding. See "Read more.." for more pix and information.
Around the World at the Conference 2023-03-24 13:00:00Z 0

Centre State Asphalting Visit

16 Rotarians ventured out to 370 Tullaroop Road on Thursday to enjoy a fascinating visit to the Centre State Asphalting Works. The company was started in 2003 by Barry Trait, and was acquired by the VSA Group in 2014.  In 2015, the site was upgraded with specialized asphalting equipment to make processing quieter and more efficient, and thanks to the assistance of a state government sustainability grant, the company constructed a new Recycling Facility. In 2018, they replaced aging bitumen storage tanks with new, large capacity and highly efficient Benninghoven tanks and can now produce over 135,000 tons of asphalt a year. The site employs around 40 people and has a turn over of 3 million dollars a month. See "Read more..." for more pix.
 
 
Centre State Asphalting Visit 2023-03-23 13:00:00Z 0

Planning for Next Rotary Year Will Commence in April

The Year Is Half Over...Do You Know Where Your Strategic Plan Is? | CO2  PartnersWe haven't completed our projects for this Rotary year yet, but we need to at least start thinking about how we want things to develop in our standing committees after July 1st this year. Accordingly, the committees' meetings next month will involve both the Governance and Service Committees in making a list of the projects and issues they want to address in the 2023-24 Rotary year. All members are encouraged to think about how you would like our programs to be tweaked in the coming year, and ensure that the chair of the relevant standing committee hears about your thoughts.
 
Please note that we are not looking for huge changes this year since we are finishing off the previous Strategic planning period. A completely new plan will crank up around this time in 2024. Having said that, this is the time for final tweaking of our current plan.
 
Look out for emails about the planning process in the near future, and the new Planning Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 28th. The new planning committee volunteered at our meeting on Thursday, and currently includes PP Garry, PDG Anthony, PP Thea, PP Martin, Rotarians John Williamson, Rebecca and Adrian, and PDG Geoff. 
Planning for Next Rotary Year Will Commence in April 2023-03-16 13:00:00Z 0

Max Describes His Classification

In what will be the first of many "Classification" 3-minute talks, Rotarian Max Berry shared how he currently sees his Rotary classification and how he came to adopt that understanding. All members are invited to participate in this 3-Minute Talk Series where you get a chance to describe how your employment shapes the way you do good in the world with Rotary. Please be ready to volunteer for one of the sessions which will feature in coming meetings. The complete text of Max's talk can be read by clicking "Read more..."
Max Describes His Classification 2023-03-16 13:00:00Z 0

Service Committees Review Their Progress

Service committees met on Thursday March 16, and after planning upcoming projects, considered three questions posed by President Garry. 1. How have we been going as a committee? 2. What have we actually achieved over the last year in terms of doing good in our community and the world? How could we do better in the future? Some valuable discussions followed and the fruits of those discussions will be seen in the club's plans for the next Rotary year. More photos in "Read more..."
Service Committees Review Their Progress 2023-03-16 13:00:00Z 0

Our Women Fly the Flag

Three of our members, Alison Teese, Meryl James and Thea Allan attended the gathering at the Maryborough station for International Women's Day - on the day itself. Here they are with organizer, Marg Flowers. I wonder if members have noticed that the three colours on this year's Rotary Theme banner are Purple, Green and White - the colours of International Women's Day! Imagine a woman being World President of Rotary!
Our Women Fly the Flag 2023-03-09 13:00:00Z 0

Members are Encouraged to Encourage Nominations for POW

PRIDE OF WORKMANSHIP AWARDS | Rotary Club of ArmadaleMembers are encouraged to have a word with any employers they currently know and suggest they think about nominating an employee for the Pride of Workmanship award this year - particularly for work done during the Covid Pandemic period. An article was in the advertiser last Friday, and an advertisement in the week before that. Nomination forms are available from PDG Geoff James, and they need to be completed before Easter.
Members are Encouraged to Encourage Nominations for POW 2023-03-09 13:00:00Z 0

The Toilet Warrior Impresses!

Members who attended Rotary on March 9th experienced a real treat - all to do with toilets! Mark Balla, aka the "Toilet Warrior" shared his moving and amazing story via Zoom, and everyone in attendance went away impressed and inspired. Largely as a result of Mark's efforts, thousands of young people in India and other developing countries, especially girls, have a greatly improved chance of being properly educated and living healthy lives than they did before Mark's work started. See "Read more... for more details and pictures. Mark has given this talk over one hundred times and you can find one example on YouTube at this link: 
The Toilet Warrior Impresses! 2023-03-09 13:00:00Z 0

We Enjoy A Social Evening at the Henderson's

On Thursday, March 2, members and spouses enjoyed a relaxing evening at the home of Murray and Sally Henderson with good conversation and great food. Thanks for your great hospitality, Murray and Sally. More pics in "Read more..."
We Enjoy A Social Evening at the Henderson's 2023-03-02 13:00:00Z 0

We Celebrate Rotary's Birthday and Peace

On February 23rd, our club members celebrated the 118th Birthday of Rotary with a cake and an exploration of the importance of peace within the world and within ourselves. Small groups reflected on how we find peace in our lives and how the world might become a more peaceful place. Members found peace in their gardens, in the bush, by the sea, with family members, through absorbing manual work, by playing cards, self-reflection, having a sense of purpose, having a sense of self worth, being supportive and unconditional giving. Click Read more... for more pix and text.
 
We Celebrate Rotary's Birthday and Peace 2023-02-23 13:00:00Z 0

Members Clean Up The Shed

15 or so members gathered at the club's storage shed on February 9th. to clean out accumulated garbage and trim the surrounding weeds and occasional bits of grass. It was a great effort by all, and it didn't take long to fill a truck with land fill or items that might be sold on ebay. Thanks to Tyson Ohlsen for bringing the truck and to all members who helped clean up or cook the barbie meal enjoyed at the end of the night. Pictured is President Garry thanking members for their efforts and a tidy shed. See "Read more..." for a picture of the truck.
Members Clean Up The Shed 2023-02-09 13:00:00Z 0

Thank You For Selling Sunflower Seeds

Morning All
 
It has been a couple of months since I last wrote to you all and I hope that I have not missed anyone on the ever growing list of supporters.
 
It is now almost 12 months since this war began in Ukraine and it is still going unfortunately.
 
We have come to the end of our initiative for now.  I have done a "final" newsletter for your perusal.
 
My main problem is work and lots of it is not Rotary related, such is life.
 
Anyhow my sincere thanks to all of you who contributed and supported the Sunflower Seeds for Ukraine above all our thanks to Doug Bruckner for the seeds last March!
 
Yours in Rotary
PDG John Glassford
See Read more for the newsletter.
Thank You For Selling Sunflower Seeds 2023-02-09 13:00:00Z 0
Random Acts of Kindness Day 2023-02-09 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Commitment to Peace

At our February 2nd meeting, PP Alison reminded members of Rotary's significant commitment to peace in the world. She highlighted the work of Rotary Peace Scholars, the move to create Peace Parks in various cities of the world (See the pic of the Peace poles on the TV screen) and the ever-present urgency of banning nuclear weapons. 
 
 
The photo's below are of the launch of the Rotary Peace Square in the centre of Kyiv, Ukraine. The project was completed in March 2021 Tree planting commenced in the Spring of 2021 and continued throughout the Summer and Autumn.There was a grand opening which was attended by all the Rotary clubs based in Kyiv and the District Governor of D2232 officiated.
In the Spring of 2022, Ukrainians in Kyiv planted Pink Apple Blossom Trees which signify Peace. They planted these trees a few weeks after Kyiv was bombed. It gave all those who participated in the establishment of the Peace Square a lot of hope for the future of Peace in Ukraine.
 
 
Rotary's Commitment to Peace 2023-02-03 13:00:00Z 0

Support Kate and Graeme for their Bike Ride

You may recall that last year Rotarian Kate Ashton went on a 500 km bike ride in Thailand to support a charity called "Hands Across The Water", well Kate's on the go again, this time with friend Graeme plus quite a few others who support this charity. They intend riding 535 km's over 5 days.
As a preliminary event Kate and Graeme are organizing a free bike ride from Maryborough to Dunolly and back to Maryborough, around 50 km, joining Kate and Graeme will be Peter Baines OAM, the man behind the charity. Peter is a NSW Police forensic scientist with an incredible background and reason for the charity. The date of the ride is the 19th of February
As well as the bike ride there is an evening with Peter on the preceding Saturday night.
Kate and Graeme are also having a fundraising trivia night on the 3rd of March.
 
 
Support Kate and Graeme for their Bike Ride 2023-02-03 13:00:00Z 0

Oz Day - Muffins and the New Marquee

A remarkably sprightly bunch of members turned up at the Maryborough Hub on Australia Day to hand out muffins to attendees and try out the club's brand-new smaller marquee. Members and marquee all performed beautifully! Thanks to all members who helped out, and the muffins were great, Garry and Julie! More pics...
Oz Day - Muffins and the New Marquee 2023-01-25 13:00:00Z 0

The Fellowship Roster Returns

Older members will remember the Fellowship Roster system pre-covid. Three members are rostered on each week to assist with the administration of the club meeting. Each week, one of those members will be removed from the list and the next one on the club's alphabetical list will be added to complete the Fellowship team. Two of the members will collect meeting fees from members and welcome them to the meeting, the other member will manage sales at the bar. At the end of the meeting, all three will be responsible for cleaning up - i.e., putting away the club lecturn trolley, the public address system, the club calendar, and returning unsold drinks to the refrigerator. If a member is not able to fulfill their rostered spot, it is their resposibility to swap their time with another member. Those on duty will be included in each week's bulletin. Since the Administration committee is responsible for the roster, they will start the process. Geoff, Murray and John Williamson will start next week - from then on, the roster will move through club members alphabetically by surname.
The Fellowship Roster Returns 2023-01-19 13:00:00Z 0

Service Committees and a New System

There was much discussion after January 19th club meeting as members considered the Service committee plans put in place for the second half of this Rotary year. There was also discussion about the new catering system to be trialed by the club. One member from each dining table will need to collect food from the chef and assist its distribution to those at the table. At the end of each meal, the table members are responsible for cleaning the table and returning items to the kitchen area. This trial is part of a new catering agreement being negotiated with our hosts, the Mill House. Pictured are recent members, Grace, Lowan and Adrian talking with PP Meryl about the changes.
Service Committees and a New System 2023-01-19 13:00:00Z 0

Vocational Visit to the Addie

Around twenty Rotarians and friends visited and toured the Maryborough Advertiser premises last Thursday to hear a fascinating account of how the local paper publishing process occurs from our own Rotarian, Riley Upton (pictured). One surprising fact we learned was that often, the paper is actually printed in Morwell, and then transported to Maryborough overnight. After the tour, participants adjourned to the Bangkok Thai Restaurant for a delicious meal together.
Vocational Visit to the Addie 2023-01-12 13:00:00Z 0

#25 Barbeque at the Higgins' Residence

Twenty Rotarians and partners enjoyed a great night of dining and chat at the home of President Garry and Julie Higgins on January 5th. The get together was the first Maryborough Rotary club meeting for 2023. All present agreed that Garry and Julie's brand new barby worked a treat! Thanks to both of you for your hospitality! See "Read more..." for more pix.
#25 Barbeque at the Higgins' Residence 2023-01-06 13:00:00Z 0

New Year's Eve Performances

Around 20 Rotarians and partners enjoyed a meal at the Bull and Mouth Hotel on New Year's Eve and then adjourned to the home of Meryl and Geoff to see out 2022 and welcome 2023. A few couples danced, a number watched the muso's, everyone had a good chat and three talented Rotarians got up and performed a couple of songs (pictured). You can even watch a video of their performances if you click on the following YouTube link: https://youtu.be/pCdnbqmyowo 
New Year's Eve Performances Geoff James 2023-01-06 13:00:00Z 0

January is Rotary Vocational Service Month

January is Rotary Vocational Service month and as this new image from Rotarian Debbie Vance says, this month focusses on the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, high ethical standards in business and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society. As part of this focus, next week we will visit the workplace of Rotarian Riley Upton, so gather at the Maryborough Advertiser office carpark by 6pm next Thursday. A meal will follow at a venue yet to be confirmed. Look out for the details via text or email.
January is Rotary Vocational Service Month 2023-01-06 13:00:00Z 0

The Christmas Meeting
 

A jolly crowd of around 40 gathered at the Railway Cafe and Tracks Bar last Thursday to celebrate the Christmas season and the first half of our 2022-23 Rotary year. Members and guests enjoyed good food, great company and a Christmas "Pass the Parcel" from our Fun Co-ordinator, Trace, (Thanks Trace!) and a "Sing the Next Line of This Christmas Carol" game from PDG Geoff.  The club will take a two week break from weekly meetings and will resume again on the first Thursday in January for a social event at the home of President Garry and Julie.
The Christmas Meeting  2022-12-15 13:00:00Z 0

Capt. Ron's Powerful Message

On December 8th, members witnessed a very powerful message from local Salvation Army Captain, Ron Stobie. Ron thanked members for the boxes of food provided over recent weeks and then went on to paint a concerning picture of the current needs of the poor and the declining number of volunteers to do something about the problem in our Central Goldfields area. See "Read more..." for more information and pictures.
Capt. Ron's Powerful Message 2022-12-08 13:00:00Z 0

Please Let Meryl or Geoff Know This Week If You're Planning to Attend the NYE Event

All Maryborough Rotary members and their partners are invited to our get together's on New Year's Eve, but we need to know numbers this week and by the latest, next Thursday night at our Christmas party. We plan to have dinner at a local Restuarant - to be confirmed - from 6pm to 8pm and then have a night of fun and dancing from 8 to 12.30am. Please let Meryl or Geoff know if you're coming to firstly, the dinner, and /or if you're coming to Meryl and Geoff's for the party. We need both sets of numbers. Call Geoff on 0407 684 619.
Please Let Meryl or Geoff Know This Week If You're Planning to Attend the NYE Event 2022-12-08 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary is thanked at the MATS Opening

A pleasingly large crowd attended the opening and dedication of the Maryborough Aeromedical Transfer Station at the Maryborough Airport on Friday, December 9th. Major donors, including Maryborough Rotary Club were thanked on the day and President Garry responded on behalf of the club saying that when the issue was raised with members, there was no hesitation in the club committing $10,000 of its funds to the venture. Local Paramedics informed those in attendance that the Transfer Station will be a fantastic asset to the community, although we all hope we never have to use it. See "Read more..". for more pics.
Rotary is thanked at the MATS Opening 2022-12-08 13:00:00Z 0

Join Us for New Year's Eve

Maryborough Rotary Members and partners are invited to join us for New Year's Eve at Meryl and Geoff's place on December 31st. We plan to optionally eat at a local eating place beforehand (place to be confirmed) and then gather for a night of fun and dancing until 2023. BYO Drinks and a plate of nibbles to share. Please let Meryl or Geoff know if you plan to attend by our Rotary Christmas party night on Dec. 15th.
Join Us for New Year's Eve 2022-12-02 13:00:00Z 0

Please Reply for the Christmas Party by Tuesday

Members are reminded to reply to Secretary Anthony by TODAY (Monday 5th) or TOMORROW (Tuesday 6th) at the latest if you plan to attend our Rotary Christmas party on Thursday, December 15th at the Railway Station.
Please Reply for the Christmas Party by Tuesday 2022-12-02 13:00:00Z 0

Cr Geoff Lovett and the Tower

On December 1st, members were treated to a fascinating talk about the history of the Bristol Hill Tower by local historian and Councillor, Geoff Lovett. Geoff reported that he was delighted when he heard that our club was interested in seeing the tower area restored to its former glory, and he encouraged members to follow up their interest with a commitment to seeing the job through as an important Rotary project. See "Read more..."
Cr Geoff Lovett and the Tower 2022-12-02 13:00:00Z 0

URGENT - Bring your items for the Salvo's This Coming Week

Members are reminded that this coming week will be your last chance to bring items for our Salvation army boxes, and Cpt. Ron Scobie will be attending to collect them. Bring along items such as cans of spaghetti, corn, peas, carrots, fruit salad, tuna, soup, or ham; jars of pasta sauce or simmer sauce; packets of pasta, custard, instant mashed potato, 2-minute noodles, jelly, gravy, rice, or biscuits; boxes of fruit mince pies, cereal, or Christmas bon-bons or any Christmas treats. 
URGENT - Bring your items for the Salvo's This Coming Week 2022-12-02 13:00:00Z 0

Salvo's Christmas Boxes Are Here

Thanks to PP Meryl and PP Alison, we now have at the Mill House during meeting times a number of Christmas Boxes from the Salvation Army, and members are invited to bring along non-perishable food and household goods and place them in the boxes to be delivered to those in our community who are struggling this Christmas. Suitable items include cans of spaghetti, corn, peas, carrots, fruit salad, tuna, soup, or ham; jars of pasta sauce or simmer sauce; packets of pasta, custard, instant mashed potato, 2-minute noodles, jelly, gravy, rice, or biscuits; boxes of fruit mince pies, cereal, or Christmas bon-bons or any Christmas treats. Please bring along a few items to each of the next couple of meetings.
Salvo's Christmas Boxes Are Here 2022-11-24 13:00:00Z 0

Lowan Reports on Trauma Conference and Garden Club

At the November 24th meeting, Rotarian Dr. Lowen Clarke reported on the conference that he and Rotarian Adrian recently attended on the effects of Trauma on individuals. At the event, Lowan was honoured with a crystal plaque for his written work on Trauma and Dissociation. (See Read more... for photo). Congratulations Dr. Lowan! Lowan also reminded members of the 16 Days of Activism event (pictured) and of his and Adrian's success in having their garden featured in the latest edition of Gardening Australia. (See Read more...for a photo)
Lowan Reports on Trauma Conference and Garden Club 2022-11-24 13:00:00Z 0

Acknowledgement of Our Donation to the Gippsland Fire Appeal

At Thursday's meeting, Secretary PDG Anthony displayed a banner he recently received acknowledging our club's generous donation to the Gippsland Fire Appeal. Thank you again to all those members who contributed to this effort in various ways.
Acknowledgement of Our Donation to the Gippsland Fire Appeal 2022-11-24 13:00:00Z 0

Ellie Walks For Activism

Eight Rotarians and members of local and district organizations accompanied "Ellie", the elephant in the room, in a walk to Phillips Gardens last Friday for the official launch of the 16 days of Activism event. After the launch, Ellie was moved to the foyer of the Library centre. More pictures in "Read more..."
Ellie Walks For Activism 2022-11-24 13:00:00Z 0

Our New Marquee In Operation

The club's new marquee was set up for the first time, last Thursday morning in readiness for the Energy Breakthrough. The picture shows members gathering around the tent during our Thursday night meeting. 
For more Photo's see "Read More"
Our New Marquee In Operation 2022-11-18 13:00:00Z 0
Club Program_November & December 2022 2022-11-16 13:00:00Z 0

PP Meryl provides outline of the Current State of Polio

At our last meeting, Foundation committee member PP Meryl provided members with an update on the latest Polio figures before we heard from Polio sufferer, Gillian Thomas. 
As of November 10th, there 29 Wild Polio Cases in the world compared to 6 at the same time last year:
2 in Afghanistan
20 in Pakistan
7 in Mozambique, Africa.
Africa had been declared was declared Polio free about 20 years ago, and it technically still is, but these cases were genetically derived from cases in Pakistan. These cases are concerning when we consider that there was a 22 year old male in New York who contracted Polio in a community that had a low Polio vaccination rate and polio has also been identified in the sewerage systems in London and in Jerusalem as well. According to the Regional Polio expert, Dr Murray Versoe, the reason is increased travel since the Covid lockdowns.
 
PP Meryl provides outline of the Current State of Polio Meryl James 2022-11-12 13:00:00Z 0

Gillian Thomas - Polio Survivor

On November 10th, members heard a talk via video from Gillian Thomas, President of the Australian Polio Survivors Organization. Gillian provided a detailed outline of her Polio journey from contraction of the disease as a young child, to becoming President of the Australian Polio support group up to her recent crippling battle with the onset of long-term symptoms of Polio. Along the way she provided a clear description of the different types of Polio vaccine, how Polio attacks the body, and what can be done to support current survivors. 
Gillian Thomas - Polio Survivor 2022-11-12 13:00:00Z 0

Grace La Vella Inducted by DG Kathy

Whilst visiting the club on November 3rd, District Governor Kathy Rivett inducted our newest member of the club, Grace La Vella. Grace was proposed by President Garry, will have the classification of "Local Government - Councillor", and PP Thea Allan will be her mentor. A warm welcome to Maryborough Rotary Club, Grace!
Grace La Vella Inducted by DG Kathy 2022-11-05 13:00:00Z 0

Hawthorn Rotary's Efforts to Stop Family Violence

 
 
So much positive news for those who want to "change the story" of abuse and stop being passive bystanders because we don't know what to do! Do we want our children or grandchildren to continue the story of being abusers or being the victims of abuse?  This is our responsibility to "change the story"! See "Read more..."
Hawthorn Rotary's Efforts to Stop Family Violence 2022-11-05 13:00:00Z 0

DG Kathy Challenges us to be "Imagineers"

District 9780 Governor, Kathy Rivett visited our club meeting on November 3rd and inspired members to move into our Rotary future as "imagineers". Following the challenge from Rotary Interenational President Jennifer Jones to "Imagine Rotary" as this year's Rotary theme, Kathy believes that if we use our imaginations, we can go a long way towards solving the current problems facing our organization as we move forward. Click "Read more..." for more details.
DG Kathy Challenges us to be "Imagineers" 2022-11-05 13:00:00Z 0
Welcome to Maryborough 2022-10-08 13:00:00Z 0

Maryborough Rotary Literacy Project

On September 29, Rotarian Dr Lowan Clarke outlined details of the Maryborough Rotary Literacy Project and the work that he and Rotarian Adrian Masterman-Smith have been working on for a number of years. The full text and images from Lowan's presentation can be seen by clicking "Read more...".
Maryborough Rotary Literacy Project Geoff James 2022-10-08 13:00:00Z 0

Service Committees Plan Their Year

Service Committees met last Thursday and planned their service activities and projects for the coming year. Pictured is the new Director of International Service, Louise Hanby D'Wynn sharing the committee's plans with members. Other Directors, PP Leigh Williamson (Community), PP Martin Mackay (Youth) and PP Meryl James (Vocational) also presented reports which will be published in the near future. See "Read more..." for more pictures.
Service Committees Plan Their Year 2022-08-19 14:00:00Z 0

Bec Shares Her Vocational Story

On Thursday, August 11th, over twenty members and guests gathered at the Mill House for our club's first face to face meeting for three weeks due to Covid concerns. We were also joined by three members online via Zoom. The topic of the night was an engaging presentation by new member, Bec Lowery, who shared her vocational story - so far. Click "Read more..." for more details and photos.
Bec Shares Her Vocational Story 2022-08-13 14:00:00Z 0

Bec Shares Her Three Pieces of Advice

Bec Lowery's Three Pieces of Advice are ...
1. Always say "Yes" and give it a go - you never know what you'll be able to achieve. You might think you're out of your depth, but jump in anyway and you'll grow as an individual.
2. Enjoy the people around you at work because they become your second family - when you're at work, you're with your colleagues as much as with your own family. They're all different, all at different levels, and you can all get the best out of each other if you treat each other as if they were family members you care about.
3. When you have a problem, and you have to go for help, come with a solution or an idea that might help - it is so important that you think for yourself and try to solve your own problems, but also vital to check to see if your idea is OK, and whether wiser people think you're on the right track.
Bec Shares Her Three Pieces of Advice 2022-08-13 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Leadership Institute Opportunity

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a Rotary inspired training and education program conducted by independent groups of Rotarian leaders in many Rotary Districts around the world. Our District 9780 has had an active RLI team for many years, and this year, starting this month, they are offering the first of a series of 3 sets of sessions (Levels 1 & 2 online, & Level 3 face to face) to district Rotarians - especially new Rotarians and those about to take on positions of leadership. See "Read more ..." for our club's special opportunity, dates, times and locations.
Rotary Leadership Institute Opportunity 2022-08-06 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Moments of Three members

President Garry Higgins OAM, PDG Anthony Ohlsen, and PDG Geoff James all shared their "Rotary Moments" with members at our first meeting during Rotary's Membership and Development month of August last Thursday. A "Rotary Moment" is regarded as the time when a Rotary member feels sufficiently committed to the mission of Rotary to call themselves a "Rotarian". Click "Read more" for more details.
Rotary Moments of Three members 2022-08-06 14:00:00Z 0
What Rotarians are Saying About Regionalization 2022-07-30 14:00:00Z 0
Creating Tomorrow Rotary 2022-07-30 14:00:00Z 0

Members Discuss the Program on Zoom

25 members joined together on Zoom last week to explore ideas for the 2022-23 Program and also to start some thinking about the Regionalization of Rotary issue. Links to the two videos shown on Regionalization may be found on the home page of the Club Website - down the left hand side under the "Links" heading and the sub-heading, "Club Videos on YouTube".
Members Discuss the Program on Zoom 2022-07-29 14:00:00Z 0

Back to Zoom For Club Meetings

Due to concerns about and indicated absences due to the increasing spread of Covid, the Flu and other bugs around the community, our members met online by "Zoom" last Thursday. Members moved off to Breakout Rooms for Governance committees and then returned for a plenary session. This picture shows some of the members chatting after the meeting last Thursday - some members have left the screen. Decisions about Zoom will be made on a week by week basis because we need to be sure of twenty in attendance for a face to face meeting.
Back to Zoom For Club Meetings 2022-07-23 14:00:00Z 0

Mentor and Mentee Presentation Last Friday

On Friday evening, several club mentors met with their new member mentees to explore the structure of our club's Standing Committees. The presentation was an expanded version of the "Ink Spot" given at the club a couple of weeks ago and included this new slide that brings together Rotary's two mottos, the 5 avenues of service and the 7 areas of focus. See "Read more..." for more details.
Mentor and Mentee Presentation Last Friday 2022-07-23 14:00:00Z 0
Maryborough Rotary Club Pyrenees Magic Tri Circuit Ride 2022-07-18 14:00:00Z 0

Download links for the Meeting Powerpoints

Members who would like to re look at the information presented last Thursday on how to navigate our club, district and RI websites, can find all the slides in a single PDF file in the "Download Files" section down the left hand side of this home page. By clicking on the link you will be taken to a list of downloadable files including the PowerPoint (in PDF format). The previous week's PowerPoint is also there in the same list.
Download links for the Meeting Powerpoints 2022-07-16 14:00:00Z 0
Check out the New Club Website 2022-07-12 14:00:00Z 0

John Williamson's advice for a Young Person About to Start Work on a Farm

For a young person about to work on a farm...
1. Be punctual, and if you are going to be a "no show", communicate this as soon as possible.
2. Be observant, particularly with regards to livestock. Are they happy, or marching up and down the fence suggesting they might be thirsty. Keep an eye on the troughs. Do they have enough feed? Are the fences OK, or has a limb fallen on a fence which could lead to livestock getting out? Learn the paddock names and the Road names so you know where you are in an emergency.
3. For a young person likely to inherit the farm, make sure you are on top of the finances and financial management. Know what the structure is, what is the will, what is the succession plan? Spend your capital wisely, conserve it as much as possible, and where possible use contractors
.
 
John Williamson's advice for a Young Person About to Start Work on a Farm 2022-06-02 14:00:00Z 0

Harold's Advice to a Young Person Just Starting Out

1. Have a mentor. Try and find someone who has been in the game for a while to help you get to know the ropes and how to best work in the company.
2. When ideas are required, don't be too shy and think, "I've just started, so I'll just listen." A lot of ground-breaking discoveries have been made by people outside their area of expertise. So offer your suggestions because you might just have a novel way of looking at things or doing things that solves a problem.
3. Be on time. It's sign of respect for other people - when you're on time, you respect their time.
4. Stay alert. Especially in repetitive jobs because if you don't stay alert, you could make costly errors and cause damage. To help stay alert, keep asking yourself, "What am I doing here?" "Is there a better way of doing this without sacrificing quality?"
5. Enjoy your job. But remember that there are very few jobs where it is interesting all the time. There will be times when the job is challenging, or when it will be repetitive and even boring. Just wade through these stages until you get to the more interesting bits, and try to enjoy every aspect of your job.
Harold's Advice to a Young Person Just Starting Out 2022-06-02 14:00:00Z 0

It is Fellowships Month

June is designated as Fellowships Month on the Rotary Calendar, and our last meeting , members heard a short overview of Fellowships from PDG Geoff. Rotary Fellowships are groups of any interested individuals who connect to explore shared interests in such things as Recreational Activities, Hobbies, Sports, Vocations or Rotary History & Culture.  Click "Read more..." for more information.
It is Fellowships Month 2022-06-02 14:00:00Z 0

We  Meet at the Guides Hall

As part of an annual custom that has been continuing for fifteen years, more than 20 members and prospective members met at the Maryborough Girl Guides Hall last Thursday. During the evening members heard from a long serving Guide leader, Christine Greenwood who talked about her continuing support of the Guides through the Trefoil organization. (Trefoil members are former Girl Guides, Guiders and Local Association/Support Group members, who though no longer active, want to keep the camaraderie going.)
 
Chris started up the Ranger Guide unit in the 1990’s after a number of years when it had been closed. She mentored five Queens Guides during her time as Ranger leader.
Chris said her husband Greg was a great support to her as she steered the Ranger Guides into the wider world. Hiking to Tarli Karng uphill from Licola; bus trip to Queensland, hiking in Tasmania are some of the highlights she spoke about.
 
Our hard-working chefs for the evening, Guide leaders Vanessa Parker and Lyn Curry. Provided us with an excellent 3 course meal which was enjoyed by all
We  Meet at the Guides Hall 2022-05-26 14:00:00Z 0

Austin Taylor's 3 Pieces of Advice

1. Treat people like you would like to be treated yourself - treat them with respect, learn from the people you respect, listen to them and hear what they say. But as you listen, filter out whether they are genuine or whether they've got their own hidden agendas. Ask yourself, "Has this person got something I really need to pay attention to,  or do they simply want me to follow their idea of how things should be?"
 
2. Don't take everything as you see it - look at things carefully, especially if they seem a little "off". Austin shared a sad story of a client who lost their home because their son had been "tickling the till" without their knowledge - they just couldn't see it because they didn't check things carefully.
 
3. When you start a job, don't get caught up in the politics of the place - especially comments and behaviours that might be sexist or misogynistic. Treat all other colleagues, male or female, with the same level of respect. Then you will be able to enjoy everybody's company, and enjoy your job.
Austin Taylor's 3 Pieces of Advice 2022-05-19 14:00:00Z 0

PP Brian and Alison Thomas Pay Us a Visit

It was great to catch up at our last meeting with long serving past member, Brian Thomas and his wife, Alison, who visited us from their new location in South Australia. Brian and Alison shared a little of what they've been doing in South Australia and it was interesting to hear of Brian's involvement with his South Australian Rotary Club. We presented Brian and Alison with a copy of our new club History book since Brian had previously been our club historian, and we congratulated him on his recent 90th Birthday whilst still being an active Rotarian!
PP Brian and Alison Thomas Pay Us a Visit 2022-05-19 14:00:00Z 0

Murray Henderson's 3 Pieces of Advice

1. Some advice from a farmer who had to sell some prized sheep even though the market wasn’t at a stage when he would get the best price – “You’ll never go broke by taking a profit.”
2. Advice from another farmer, “One hour in the morning is worth two later in the day.” If you start early, get up before everyone else, you’ll always be that little bit in front, you’ll never be chasing your tail, you’ll do things safer and better with a whole lot less stress.
3. Have a good work ethic, be proud of what you do even if it seems to be the most mundane job in the world, do everything to the best of your ability and take pride in it.
Murray Henderson's 3 Pieces of Advice 2022-05-12 14:00:00Z 0

Noel Jenning's 5 Pieces of Advice

1. Advice from a Bank Manager to Noel when he was just starting out…”When you’ve got a whole lot of jobs ahead of you, always do the worst one first and it will make you feel good for the rest of the day.”
2. Turn up on time, look smart, look interested and remember the names of those who can assist you, especially the first person you are assigned to work with.
3. You catch more bees with honey – be “nice” and take everything from there.
4. Never judge people; always look at them with an open mind and remember the old scruffy guy who came in to buy a Mercedes and no one in the car dealership would talk to him – so he went down the road and bought a Mercedes from the rival dealer and parked it in front of the first dealer’s shop.
5. Be ethical – if something doesn’t seem right, put it to the “pub test”, or if you’re a Rotarian, the “Four Way Test”.
Noel Jenning's 5 Pieces of Advice Geoff James 2022-05-12 14:00:00Z 0

Latest Rotary Council on Legislation Decisions

The Council on Legislation is Rotary’s governing body that amends its constitutional documents. Every three years the Council on Legislation meets to debate and vote on proposed enactments. Each district sends one representative to the Council on Legislation, and any club and district may propose enactments. To see a report on this year's Council, click "Read more..."
 
Latest Rotary Council on Legislation Decisions 2022-05-11 14:00:00Z 0

Dr Lowen Clarke on His Literacy Program

Last Thursday evening, our members were treated to a fascinating talk on literacy research by Dr. Lowen Clarke who currently works at Maryborough's Mill House. For well over a decade, Lowen has been developing a special literacy program to assist young, and even not so young children who have suffered trauma in their lives. See "Read more..." for details.
Dr Lowen Clarke on His Literacy Program Geoff James 2022-05-06 14:00:00Z 0

3 More Sets of 3 Vocational Tips

Members enjoyed three sets of Vocational Advice tips last Thursday from 3 different Rotarians: PP Martin Mackay, current President Garry Higgins OAM, and Rotarian Shane Dellevedova.
 
PP Martin Mackay...
1. Always make sure that you prepare well for any presentation or activity that you are assigned, and ensure that you know what you are talking about - so prepare well!
2. If you are asked to do something, always say "Yes" even before you think about whether you can actually do it. The people who asked you to do the job will have considered whether you are capable or not, and there are always people around you to whom you may go for guidance.
3. Take the time to reflect on any task you have been assigned - don't jump in head first until you have got your head around what is required of you and what is expected by the people you are talking to.
See "Read more..." for talks by Garry and Shane.
3 More Sets of 3 Vocational Tips Geoff James 2022-05-06 14:00:00Z 0

We Try Out the Mill House

Over twenty Rotarians gathered at Maryborough's "Mill House" Community House last Thursday to enjoy the venue's fine hospitality and try our the facilities as a possible future home. Next week's meeting will be in the same location and after that, negotiations will continue.
 
 
We Try Out the Mill House 2022-04-21 14:00:00Z 0
Updated Roster for 3 Pieces of Vocational Advice 2022-04-21 14:00:00Z 0
3 Pieces of Advice - Geoff James 2022-04-16 14:00:00Z 0

3 Pieces of Advice - Alison Teese OAM

Three pieces of advice for someone getting involved in an industry for which they had no experience - based on Alison's experiences of getting into the B&B accommodation business:
1. People do not worry about things being "old" as long as they are clean
2. The key to get people coming back to your business is to get very good bed linen and towels.
3. Get connected to a professional support group specializing in your industry and feed off their wisdom and support.
3 Pieces of Advice - Alison Teese OAM 2022-04-16 14:00:00Z 0

3 Pieces of Advice - Geoff James

  • P - Pursue “what is good for all concerned” - in all your work places.
  • A - Apply the habits of a professional to all work situations. (See "Read more...")
  • T - Take opportunities for effective leadership.
  • H - Hone your negotiation skills.
  • S - Share your vocational story with others
3 Pieces of Advice - Geoff James 2022-04-16 14:00:00Z 0

Rebecca Buchanan on Pre-school Education

On Thursday, April 7, club members were treated to a powerful presentation by Rebecca Buchanan, the Director of Kindergartens in the Central Highland Shire. Rebecca shared with members the desperately needed strategies being planned and used by local Kindergartens and Pre-school centres to improve the literacy, learning and living skills of pre-schoolers, as well as the parenting skills of some parents. See "Read more..." for Rebecca's talk.
Rebecca Buchanan on Pre-school Education 2022-04-07 14:00:00Z 0

Maryborough Rotary on Goldfields FM

In early April, two programs connected to Maryborough Rotary Club were aired on local radio station, Goldfields FM 99.1. The first was the second program in the series, "Rotary Rhythms" which highlights the musical as well as volunteer interests of local Rotarians, and eventually, members of other Service clubs. In this program, Chris Frahn interviewed PDG Geoff James. The other interview was with President Garry and PDG Geoff about our recent "7 Decades of Service" Dinner and the launch of our new History book. Both programs are available for download on our club website.
Maryborough Rotary on Goldfields FM 2022-04-07 14:00:00Z 0

We Celebrate Seven Decades of Service

Last Thursday, 110 Rotarians and guests celebrated Maryborough Rotary Club's Platinum Anniversary with the "Seven Decades of Service Dinner" at the Maryborough Highland Society. The guest speaker for the night was long time supporter of our club, Past District Governor (PDG) Jessie Harman, the Rotary International Zone Director for the Australian and New Zealand regions. The evening also saw District 9780 Governor, John Clue, launch our club's brand new history book, "Service Above Self 1999-2022". Pictured is President Garry Higgins OAM, the club's longest serving member, Tom Davies (who joined in 1982-83), and Zone Director Jessie Harman cutting the 70th birthday cake. See "Read more..." for more details and pictures.
We Celebrate Seven Decades of Service 2022-04-01 13:00:00Z 0

St Patrick's Day Fun

A select group of Rotarians and one guest celebrated St Patrick's Day in style on Thursday, March 17 at the Highland Society. Members sang some classic Irish songs, told some great Irish jokes, and heard some fascinating history about the Irish connections of the Williamson family and the history of their property at Carisbrook from both John and PP Leigh Williamson as well as PP Alison Teese. See "Read more..." for more photos and details.
St Patrick's Day Fun 2022-03-16 13:00:00Z 0
Haven't Booked For the 70th Anniversary Yet? 2022-03-12 13:00:00Z 0

This Week - St Patrick's Day Meeting

Our club meeting this Thursday will be a special St Patrick's Day Celebration. We ask you to wear something green. We'll be singing some Irish songs, we'll have Leigh and John Williamson talking about their four leafed clover er, farm heritage, and we'll have a (clean) Irish Joke competition. It will be fun, to be sure, to be sure!
This Week - St Patrick's Day Meeting 2022-03-12 13:00:00Z 0

Malley Shares His Three Pieces of Advice

“Malley shared two sets of advice for a young person just starting out on their career. 
The first set was: 
 These actual bits of advice were given to him by his first City Engineer on day one at his first job: 
1. Don't let anyone know who you vote for 
2. Don't let anyone know what religion you are and,
3. If you barrack for Collingwood, don't even bother unpacking your bags.”
 
After more reflection, Malley would look to share these couple of things with someone just starting out
1. You can get a job anywhere, but what makes a job enjoyable are the people you work with and the people you can help along the way . Take the time to develop friendships and relationships.
2. "Put your All” into it and whatever you do, always put your best foot forward by showing respect, integrity, compassion and be worthy of trust.
3. Each day, try to tick something off someone else’s list.
 
Malley Shares His Three Pieces of Advice 2022-03-10 13:00:00Z 0

Meryl Reminds Us Of Rotary's Probus Project

Last week, PP Meryl was inducted as the incoming President of the Maryborough Ladies Probus Club by PP Thea who was standing in for President Garry. At our last meeting, Meryl explained how Probus is actually one of Rotary's most successful projects, and how our four Goldfields area Probus clubs have actually been some of the most beneficial community service projects undertaken by our Maryborough Rotary Club. Meryl is pictured with her incoming Probus Board and President Thea. See "Read more..." for more pics and details.
Meryl Reminds Us Of Rotary's Probus Project 2022-03-10 13:00:00Z 0

Havilah CEO Designate - Craig Young
 

On Thursday, March 10, around twenty members enjoyed a presentation by the incoming CEO of Havilah, Craig Young. Craig provided members with a fascinating outline of his early life, an overview of his adult working life and previous appointments - including some highly engaging stories, and shared his previous Rotary experiences.
Havilah CEO Designate - Craig Young  Geoff James 2022-03-10 13:00:00Z 0

Report on the Tower /Peace Park Project

PP Robert "Malley" Rowe and Tracey Smith both provided an overview of the latest developments with the Tower Peace Park project. The Tower Committee met with local historian Geoff Lovett at the Bristol Hill reserve last Tuesday and learned some eye-opening facts. See "Read more..."
Report on the Tower /Peace Park Project 2022-03-10 13:00:00Z 0

History Books Now Available For Sale

The club's new history book, "Service Above Self 1999-2022" has been officially launched at our 70th Anniversary Dinner on March 31st. We have already sold over over two thirds of the copies, so contact Treasurer John or PDG Geoff if you want to make sure you don't miss out on a copy. The book is designed around each of the Presidential years of the club from 1999 up until this year, 2022. Each year includes a summary of the service provided by club members in each of the Avenues of Service, as well as a full listing of the Board for the year. There are some interesting tables at the back of the book including a detailed list of every member who has been a member of the club (from 1952 - 2022). There are also at least two photographs on each page illustrating some aspect of our Rotary service. These books could all be gone soon, so don't miss out!
History Books Now Available For Sale Geoff James 2022-03-05 13:00:00Z 0

Service Committee Reports

Family Violence (Garry): Two current members have left the Family Violence committee due to other commitments, but we have been pleased to welcome  Sharon Huggett and Tania Miles as new members. It was interesting to talk recently to ex-local policeman Paul Huggett who is currently working in the La Trobe Valley. Paul reported that there are around 450 cases of family violence a week in his area, whereas in the Central Goldfields, last year we had 360 cases over the 12 months - hopefully, our message is having an effect.
 
Tower Project (Trace and Malley): The Tower project committee met last Tuedsay and actually had more non-Rotarian members than Rotarians. In the meantime, Malley met with local historian Geoff Lovett who is very excited about the prospect of doing something about the Tower area.
 
Bike Ride Fundraiser (Brian): 67 people have already signed up for the ride and preparations seem to be going well.
Service Committee Reports 2022-03-03 13:00:00Z 0

John Caulfield Shares His 3 Pieces of Advice

PP John Caulfield gave his 3 pieces of advice for a young person just starting out on their career/ working life:
1. When you arrive, make sure you listen carefully and hear the expectations of your workplace - that wisdom will be invaluable.
2. Showcase your values e.g. respect for others, taking responsibility, showing initiative etc.
3. Seek out a mentor - look for a champion of the workplace to guide you.
 
 
John Caulfield Shares His 3 Pieces of Advice 2022-03-03 13:00:00Z 0

John Sedunary Shares A Very Special Community Project

John is currently the new chair of the "Committee for Maryborough" and he shared with our members a fascinating current project that the committee is exploring.
John asked members to imagine a situation where you opened up a serious discussion with your children where you seriously shared your story and history with them - your feelings, attitudes and the important decisions you made when you were their age. John asked members, "What do you think your children would learn from that situation?"  (See "Read more...")
John Sedunary Shares A Very Special Community Project 2022-03-03 13:00:00Z 0

The Deep Meaning of Peace for Rotarians

With this week’s invasion of Ukraine by Putin’s Russia It immediately brought to mind an article titled “The Deeper Meaning of Peace" for Rotarians written by PDG Geoff James that we published earlier this month and present again for you to read and reflect upon.
 
There are over 50 Rotary Clubs and 24 Rotaract Clubs in Ukraine. The image we have used was posted on our social media pages this past week and was originally created by the Rotary club of Morisset who generously allow other clubs to use their images and substitute their own signature (with acknowledgement) we appreciate their work and for allowing us to use their material.
 
Peace is usually translated as a state without disturbance, or an absence of war (Oxford Dictionary).  Unfortunately, this rather passive definition doesn’t do justice to the rich layers of meaning that are embedded in that word, but thanks to the Judeo/ Christian tradition, we have available to us a far more dynamic and rich definition of peace that can inspire us all.
 
continue reading by clicking "Read more..."
The Deep Meaning of Peace for Rotarians 2022-03-03 13:00:00Z 0

Our Members At The Swap Meet

Last Friday and Saturday, six teams of volunteers from Maryborough Rotary prepared food for some of the thousands of participants at the 2022 Swap-meet in Ballarat. The Saturday Lunch Time shift is shown. Due to a lack of volunteers, some of our members stayed for double four-hour shifts, and PP Derrick and Karen Marsden amazingly stayed for the whole six shifts! See more pics by clicking "Read more...".
Our Members At The Swap Meet 2022-03-03 13:00:00Z 0

We Celebrate Rotary's 117th Birthday

Last Wednesday, February 23, at the Bull and Mouth Hotel, around 30 Rotarians and spouses enjoyed each other's company and good food whilst celebrating the 117th Birthday of Rotary International. Thanks to President Garry Higgins OAM and Parkview Bakery, we had a magnificent, decorated mud cake for sweets. See more pix by clicking "Read more..."
We Celebrate Rotary's 117th Birthday 2022-03-03 13:00:00Z 0

Maryborough Rotary at the Swap Meet

Last Friday and Saturday, six teams of volunteers from Maryborough Rotary prepared food for some of the thousands of participants at the 2022 Swap-meet in Ballarat. The Saturday Lunch Time shift is shown. Due to a lack of volunteers, some of our members stayed for double four-hour shifts, and PP Derrick and Karen Marsden amazingly stayed for the whole six shifts! See more pics by clicking "Read more...".
Maryborough Rotary at the Swap Meet Geoff James 2022-02-26 13:00:00Z 0

Members Celebrate Rotary's Birthday

Last Wednesday, February 23, at the Bull and Mouth Hotel, around 30 Rotarians and spouses enjoyed each other's company and good food whilst celebrating the 117th Birthday of Rotary International. Thanks to President Garry Higgins OAM and Parkview Bakery, we had a magnificent, decorated mud cake for sweets. See more pix by clicking "Read more..."
Members Celebrate Rotary's Birthday Geoff James 2022-02-26 13:00:00Z 0
You're Invited To Our Platinum Anniversary 2022-02-26 13:00:00Z 0

Proposed International Projects

On Thursday February 17, chair of the club's "Overseas Aid Select" Service Sub-Committee, PP Meryl James provided a progress report on proposed International aid projects to be supported by our club this Rotary year.
The committee will recommend to the Board that, subject to available funds,...
1. $1000 be provided to the RAWCS Aid for Tonga Project as soon as possible
2. $1000 be used to purchase and deploy a Shelter Box in a place of need.
3. $550 be used to support the Rotary Club of Bendigo South Sponsored MEC Project listed on the RAWCS website to provide counselling and life changing surgery for children afflicted with Meningoecephalocoele at the Children's Surgical Centre Phnom Penh in Cambodia.
4. $1000 be provided to Disaster Aid Australia to go towards the provision of clean water using their "Sky Hydrants" in communities currently without access to clean water.
Members are invited to share any concerns about these proposals with chair, Meryl, otherwise Service Projects Director, Harold will take this list to the next Board meeting in March.
Proposed International Projects 2022-02-26 13:00:00Z 0
You're Invited to Join Us! 2022-02-18 13:00:00Z 0

Proposed International Projects For The Club

 Last Thursday, chair of the club's "Overseas Aid Select" Service Sub-Committee, PP Meryl James provided a progress report on proposed International aid projects to be supported by our club this Rotary year.
The committee will recommend to the Board that, subject to available funds,...
 
1. $1000 be provided to the RAWCS Aid for Tonga Project as soon as possible
 
2. $1000 be used to purchase and deploy a Shelter Box in a place of need.
 
3. $550 be used to support the Rotary Club of Bendigo South Sponsored MEC Project listed on the RAWCS website to provide counselling and life changing surgery for children afflicted with Meningoecephalocoele at the Children's Surgical Centre Phnom Penh in Cambodia.
 
4. $1000 be provided to Disaster Aid Australia to go towards the provision of clean water using their "Sky Hydrants" in communities currently without access to clean water.
 
Members are invited to share any concerns about these proposals with chair, Meryl, otherwise Service Projects Director, Harold will take this list to the next Board meeting in March.
Proposed International Projects For The Club 2022-02-18 13:00:00Z 0

Service Committees Update

Guiding Principles | Rotary club, Rotary international, RotarianAt our last meeting, club members heard progress reports from all current service committees in the five  avenues of service:
COMMUNITY AVENUE OF SERVICE
Easter/ Community Fair (Chair Garry Higgins) – Postponed until November 2022
Tower/ Peace Park (Chair Trace Smith) 4 committees are in process. The “Park” may not end up at the tower, and the Tower may not necessarily be a Peace Park, but there will be community consultation to find out what people want and how whatever eventuates is sustainable and doesn’t require ongoing maintenance by Rotarians.
Family Violence Committee (Chair Garry Higgins) In the process of finishing off the new combined Web Site and the package of materials for other communities.
Community Clock: (Chair Anthony Ohlsen) Still a work in process.
Club Sponsorships: (Chair Martin Mackay) Sponsorships will occur towards the end of this Rotary year. They include the Four Way Test Scholarships (for local Secondary schools), assistance to Probus, and Assistance to the Garden Club)
Bowelscan: (Chair Murray Henderson) All ready to go in May
INTERNATIONAL AVENUE OF SERVICE
Overseas Project Select: (Chair Meryl James) Using the RAWCS Web site as a basis, but other projects will be considered. Committee meeting this week to select 2-3 projects from RAWCS (and others) which will be put to club members and donations will be made to the selected causes in the next month or so. Possibilities so far include Tonga, Shelterbox, Peace Fellows.
VOCATIONAL AVENUE OF SERVICE
Academy of Excellence: (Chair Robert Rowe) Posponed until next Rotary year.
Let’s Get Ethical: (Chair Geoff James) Already had one discussion; another one planned for April or May – maybe Easter morning?)
Three Pieces of Advice: (Chair Geoff James) We have already had talks by Terry, Thea and Toby. Updated Roster to be sent out this week.
Young Professionals Networking Group: (Chair Kate Ashton) In process of being planned.
YOUTH AVENUE OF SERVICE
LIFT Program: POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT ROTARY YEAR
Mock Interviews: POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT ROTARY YEAR
Say YES 2 Literacy: (Chair Garry Higgins & Alison Teese) Project in process
RYLA Support: (Derrick Marsden) Depends on Covid impact on RYLA
Defying the Drift: POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT ROTARY YEAR
Science Programs: POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT ROTARY YEAR
CLUB AVENUE OF SERVICE
Ink Spots: (Chair Meryl James) Ink Spots to return at meetings where we have access to a Data Projector.
Service Committees Update 2022-02-18 13:00:00Z 0
Reports From Governance Committees Last Thursday  2022-02-18 13:00:00Z 0

Join Us For Rotary International's 117th Birthday Wednesday

 
Rotary International will be 117 this coming Wednesday, so members, spouses and partners are invited to celebrate at the Bull and Mouth Hotel at 6 for 6.30pm for a Social Evening. It is essential that you let Robyn Jennings know by Tuesday if you plan to attend. Numbers will be limited.
Join Us For Rotary International's 117th Birthday Wednesday 2022-02-18 13:00:00Z 0

Report on Service Committees

Guiding Principles | Rotary club, Rotary international, RotarianAt our last meeting, club members heard progress reports from all current service committees in the five  avenues of service:
COMMUNITY AVENUE OF SERVICE
Easter/ Community Fair (Chair Garry Higgins) – Postponed until November 2022
Tower/ Peace Park (Chair Trace Smith) 4 committees are in process. The “Park” may not end up at the tower, and the Tower may not necessarily be a Peace Park, but there will be community consultation to find out what people want and how whatever eventuates is sustainable and doesn’t require ongoing maintenance by Rotarians.
Family Violence Committee (Chair Garry Higgins) In the process of finishing off the new combined Web Site and the package of materials for other communities.
Community Clock: (Chair Anthony Ohlsen) Still a work in process.
Club Sponsorships: (Chair Martin Mackay) Sponsorships will occur towards the end of this Rotary year. They include the Four Way Test Scholarships (for local Secondary schools), assistance to Probus, and Assistance to the Garden Club)
Bowelscan: (Chair Murray Henderson) All ready to go in May
INTERNATIONAL AVENUE OF SERVICE
Overseas Project Select: (Chair Meryl James) Using the RAWCS Web site as a basis, but other projects will be considered. Committee meeting this week to select 2-3 projects from RAWCS (and others) which will be put to club members and donations will be made to the selected causes in the next month or so. Possibilities so far include Tonga, Shelterbox, Peace Fellows.
VOCATIONAL AVENUE OF SERVICE
Academy of Excellence: (Chair Robert Rowe) Posponed until next Rotary year.
Let’s Get Ethical: (Chair Geoff James) Already had one discussion; another one planned for April or May – maybe Easter morning?)
Three Pieces of Advice: (Chair Geoff James) We have already had talks by Terry, Thea and Toby. Updated Roster to be sent out this week.
Young Professionals Networking Group: (Chair Kate Ashton) In process of being planned.
YOUTH AVENUE OF SERVICE
LIFT Program: POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT ROTARY YEAR
Mock Interviews: POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT ROTARY YEAR
Say YES 2 Literacy: (Chair Garry Higgins & Alison Teese) Project in process
RYLA Support: (Derrick Marsden) Depends on Covid impact on RYLA
Defying the Drift: POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT ROTARY YEAR
Science Programs: POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT ROTARY YEAR
CLUB AVENUE OF SERVICE
Ink Spots: (Chair Meryl James) Ink Spots to return at meetings where we have access to a Data Projector.
Report on Service Committees Geoff James 2022-02-10 13:00:00Z 0

The Deeper Meaning of "Peace" for Rotarians

With this week’s invasion of Ukraine by Putin’s Russia It immediately brought to mind an article titled “The Deeper Meaning of Peace" for Rotarians written by PDG Geoff James that we published earlier this month and present again for you to read and reflect upon.
 
There are over 50 Rotary Clubs and 24 Rotaract Clubs in Ukraine. The image we have used was posted on our social media pages this past week and was originally created by the Rotary club of Morisset who generously allow other clubs to use their images and substitute their own signature (with acknowledgement) we appreciate their work and for allowing us to use their material.
 
Peace is usually translated as a state without disturbance, or an absence of war (Oxford Dictionary).  Unfortunately, this rather passive definition doesn’t do justice to the rich layers of meaning that are embedded in that word, but thanks to the Judeo/ Christian tradition, we have available to us a far more dynamic and rich definition of peace that can inspire us all.
 
continue reading by clicking "Read more..."
The Deeper Meaning of "Peace" for Rotarians 2022-02-09 13:00:00Z 0

The Depper Meaning of "Peace" For Rotarians

Peace is usually translated as a state without disturbance, or an absence of war (Oxford Dictionary). So, now that the kids are going back to school, without any home schooling, many parents are looking forward to some “peace”. And according to this definition, the Ukraine is “at peace” at the moment. Unfortunately, this rather passive definition doesn’t do justice to the rich layers of meaning that are embedded in that word, but thanks to the Judeo/ Christian tradition, we have available to us a far more dynamic and rich definition of peace that can inspire us all. 
The Depper Meaning of "Peace" For Rotarians Geoff James 2022-02-04 13:00:00Z 0

It's time for Decisions About Club Service Projects

All members were sent an updated club "Committee Plan" last Thursday which listed all the club's committees (Governance and Service) and the members who signed up for them last year. If you have deleted that email and list, you can still download the document on our website or by clicking this link:https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000001951/en-au/files/homepage/maryborough-rotary-club-committee-plan-v9/Maryborough-Rotary-Club-Committee-Plan-V9.pdf
The Service committees planned for this year are listed in white on the black panel, and at this coming week's meeting (February 10), as a whole club, we need to decide which of these projects we're going to try and complete or run with in the next 4 to 5 months. Chairs of these committees will be asked to very briefly describe what progress has been made so far, whether you think it's realistic to try and complete these projects this Rotary year and what support you need to do that.
 
Where there is no chair yet, or no progress, we'll be asking if anyone feels passionate about the issue and wants to run with the project from now on. 
 
Whilst the committees are listed under the 4 Avenues of Service, you will remember that we have no overall chairs for these Avenues, but separate chairs for each project.
It's time for Decisions About Club Service Projects Geoff James 2022-02-04 13:00:00Z 0

#29 Amazing Visit to SONAC Factory

 
Fourteen Rotarians and friends were treated to an amazing site visit at the Maryborough SONAC Factory on Thursday January 27. Prior perceptions about the place were completely blown away by the informative talks and tour through the facilities. Click "Read more..." for details and a gallery of photographs.
#29 Amazing Visit to SONAC Factory 2022-01-27 13:00:00Z 0

70 Days of Service Countdown

Members who follow the club's Facebook and Instagram pages will be aware that last Thursday signified exactly 70 days to the date of the Club's Platinum (70th) anniversary. Maryborough Rotary Club was chartered on March 31, 1952 and to celebrate the lead up to the anniversary, we are posting pictures of club service over the past couple of decades. See the example. To catch them all, make sure you follow our Facebook and Instagram pages.
70 Days of Service Countdown 2022-01-27 13:00:00Z 0

70 Day Service Countdown Continues

Maryborough Rotary Club was chartered on March 31, 1952 and to celebrate the lead up to the anniversary, we are posting pictures of club service over the past couple of decades. PDG Geoff James has done an outstanding job in compiling and captioning the historic photos which are being posted each day to Instagram and Facebook. 
To see them all, make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Already we are getting many likes on both social media sites
 
70 Day Service Countdown Continues 2022-01-22 13:00:00Z 0

New Rotary Theme for 2022-23

Rotary International President Elect, Jennifer Jones has just announced her new theme and logo. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, revealed the 2022-23 presidential theme, Imagine Rotary, as she urged people to dream big and harness their connections and the power of Rotary to turn those dreams into reality.
New Rotary Theme for 2022-23 2022-01-22 13:00:00Z 0

Australia Day 1

As we know Australia Day is this coming Wednesday and as has been for the last few years CGSC is having a ceremony at the Hub and providing breakfast.
As was the case last year we have been asked to participate by being the keepers and handerouters of the "MUFFINS"
 
The Shire has asked that we arrive at 8:00 am to put out table/s and chairs and to be ready to give out the muffins from 8:30 am.
 
If you are able to help out please contact PP Thea by SMS on 0428 590 405 or by email.
 
Thank you.
 
Australia Day 1 Anthony Ohlsen 2022-01-22 13:00:00Z 0

Goldfields Community Festival

Local groups Go Goldfields, Committee for Maryborough and Rotary Maryborough have joined forces to create a new community festival for the Central Goldfields, the Goldfields Community Festival – Connect & Celebrate to take place on Saturday 19th March, from 10am to 3pm in the beautiful Phillips Gardens, Maryborough.
Goldfields Community Festival 2022-01-21 13:00:00Z 0

Platinum Anniversary on March 31st

The Platinum Anniversary of Maryborough Rotary Club will be celebrated at the Highland Society 6.30PM for 7PM on Thursday, March 31 2022. Set aside the date on your calendar and plan to be there - Covid permitting!
Platinum Anniversary on March 31st 2022-01-21 13:00:00Z 0

#26_Social Gathering at the Allan's

Around 15 members, spouses and Rotary friends gathered at the home of Terry and Thea Allan on January 6th to celebrate the start of the second half of the club's 21-22 Rotary year. There was much talk about Christmas and New Year experiences as well as the sharing of Covid stories. For more pix and information, click "Read more..."
#26_Social Gathering at the Allan's 2022-01-21 13:00:00Z 0

"Imagine" Theme for 2022-2023

"Imagine Theme Transposed onto Australian Outback by Evan Burrell.
 
Imagine Rotary the theme for 2022-2023 as explained by incoming President Jennifer Jones.
 
The theme graphic was designed by an Australian indigenous artist to link with the Melbourne convention in 2023.
 
Circle - connections to one another
Dots around it - Our People
There are 7 Dots because of our Rotary's 7 areas of focus
Circle + dots around it- Navigation star, our guiding light
Green solid line - digging stick (used when doing hard work); for us it's People of Action, represents the tools for getting things done
Colors: Purple, Green & White
Celebrate  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Freedom to express ourselves differently but still with a special connection.
Purple- Polio
Green- the Environment
White – Peace
Represents Empowerment and Newness and also the colours
were utilised for the women's movement giving us the opportunity to grow our female membership.
 
 
 
"Imagine" Theme for 2022-2023 Austin Taylor 2022-01-20 13:00:00Z 0

#26_Social Gathering at the Allans

Around 15 members, spouses and Rotary friends gathered at the home of Terry and Thea Allan on January 6th to celebrate the start of the second half of the club's 21-22 Rotary year. There was much talk about Christmas and New Year experiences as well as the sharing of Covid stories. For more pix and information, click "Read more..."
#26_Social Gathering at the Allans Geoff James 2022-01-06 13:00:00Z 0

#24 Visit by DG John Clue
 

Our final formal meeting for 2021 took place last week and coincided with District Governor John Clue’s visit to the club where he presented Paul Harris Foundation recognitions to Murray Henderson for his many years of work on Bowelscan, Chris Frahn for his untiring work as Public Image Chair as well has his work on the #Say NO to Family Violence committee, and guest Raelene Williams for her work with the Say NO to Family Violence committee.
While the club came through 2021 with no member catching Covid-19, we lost out on many fundraising activities aside from the Bunnings BBQ’s organised by the ever resourceful Brian Reed. Brian has also arranged our final 2021 fundraiser “Pancakes at the MTC Carols by Candlelight” in the domain on Sunday the 19th of December. If you can help out, let Brian know asap.
Finally, don’t forget the end of year function at the Golf Club next Friday the 17th.
As this is our final bulletin for 2021,
May you, your family and friends have a wonderful, safe Christmas and New Year.
#24 Visit by DG John Clue  2021-12-21 13:00:00Z 0

"Ellie" Raises Awareness of Family Violence

A number of Rotarians joined members from other local groups to create a local spectacle by moving "Ellie" the Elephant from the hospital down Tuaggra Street to Parkview Bakery at the beginning of the "16 Days of Activism" period. At the Bakery, Ellie will remind patrons and visitors that family violence is still the "elephant in the room" that needs continual exposure until all domestic situations across the world are safe.
"Ellie" Raises Awareness of Family Violence 2021-12-21 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary Helps Catering For the Carols

Eight Rotarians ventured to the Carisbrook Trotting Complex on Sunday December 19th to help cater by selling pancakes to the large number of local citizens who attended the annual Carols by Candlelight event. A large number of pancakes were sold and we all had a good time listening to the carols and chatting with locals.
Rotary Helps Catering For the Carols 2021-12-21 13:00:00Z 0

#16 The Castlemaine-Maryborough Rail Trail

This week’s meeting, being  Economic and Community Development month, our guest speaker was Janice Simpson whose topic was the Castlemaine Maryborough Rail Trail. It’s an incredible project and once completed will be an excellent eco-tourism asset.One of the wonderful things about the trail is that it will be equally enjoyable no matter which direction you start from!
Start at Maryborough and you can alight from one of Australia’s grandest old railway stations. Start at Castlemaine station and you will be right where the story of the goldfields began.
#16 The Castlemaine-Maryborough Rail Trail 2021-12-21 13:00:00Z 0

#19 Back Face to Face

November 2020 - This Is Rotary Foundation Month | District 7070This week’s meeting, our first face-to-face for quite some time took place at the Highland Society and was preceded by the Membership group planning meeting with facilitator Windsor Main. That group then joined the rest of the members for a joint meeting via Zoom with Warrnambool Rotary club who were also having a face-to-face meeting. Both clubs enjoyed a presentation by Secretary Anthony about the Rotary Foundation.
 
Despite some minor technical difficulties caused by trying to link various devices, the meeting was enjoyed by all who were happy to be together again.
#19 Back Face to Face 2021-12-21 13:00:00Z 0

October Social Media Results

Our social media presence continues to improve in both reach, likes and comments. During October, the passing of Graeme Rogan had the highest reach in Facebook with over 4,600 views. The Bendigo Bank contribution  was the second highest in both Facebook & Instagram. While we have only had an Instagram presence since early October, we already have 72 followers. If you are not already on Instagram please sign up and follow our club.
October Social Media Results 2021-12-21 13:00:00Z 0
Merry Christmas and a Safe New Year To All! 2021-12-21 13:00:00Z 0

Meeting 19

This week’s meeting, our first face-to-face for quite some time took place at the Highland Society and was preceded by the Membership group planning meeting with facilitator Windsor Main. That group then joined the rest of the members for a joint meeting via Zoom with Warrnambool Rotary club who were also having a face-to-face meeting. Both clubs enjoyed a presentation by Secretary Anthony about the Rotary Foundation.
 
Despite some minor technical difficulties caused by trying to link various devices, the meeting was enjoyed by all who were happy to be together again.
Meeting 19 Austin Taylor 2021-11-03 13:00:00Z 0

3 Minute Vocational Talks Roster

All members should have received an email with a "Suggested Roster for this year’s 3 minute Vocational Talks".
The topic is: “Three pieces of Wisdom/ Advice You Would Give To A Young Person Just Starting Out on their Working Life/ Career”

Please check the attached roster for your name...(Click "Read more...")
3 Minute Vocational Talks Roster Geoff James 2021-10-09 13:00:00Z 0

HELP! Old Club Bulletins Needed

Ask for Help to Reduce Stress > WithoutStress.com
As I'm writing our history of the last 20 years of the club for next year's 70th Anniversary, I'm finding I need to refer to old Bulletins for detailed information that is missing from the Annual Reports. Do you still have any Paper Bulletins for 1999-2000 (Pres. Don Bruce); 2005-6 (Pres. Malley); 2006-7 (Pres. Grant Kennedy); and 2007-8  Pres. Derrick Marsden.
HELP! Old Club Bulletins Needed Geoff James 2021-09-04 14:00:00Z 0

How vaccination was discovered

Smallpox used to kill millions, But a chance discovery led to the first Vaccine.
 
Around 1/3 of adults infected with smallpox would die, and 8 out of 10 infants.
 
In 1721 in Boston smallpox wiped out 8% of the population. One treatment was to give the patient 12 bottles of beer every 24 hours. The intoxication might have at least dulled the pain. Click "Read more..."
 
How vaccination was discovered Austin Taylor 2021-09-04 14:00:00Z 0

Join in the Hat Day Spirit - September 30th

Australian Rotary Health mental health research grant recipients Professor Tracey Wade and Dr Simon Wilksch from Flinders University are getting into the Hat Day spirit! Hat Day is officially in October, but this year, our club will celebrate Hat Day on September 30th.
Join in the Hat Day Spirit - September 30th 2021-08-22 14:00:00Z 0

Maryborough's "Mask-erade" Parade

Members moved very easily into "fun" mode last Thursday as the club held its very first "Mask-erade Parade". Masks ranged from the Covid-19 variety to full-on Venetian Masquerade masks, but "Mask Judge", Esther determined that the most exciting masks were those worn by PP Thea and Rotarian Trace.
Maryborough's "Mask-erade" Parade 2020-09-03 14:00:00Z 0

Radio Survey - Last Chance

create your radio program - Introduction At our last "normal" meeting at Havilah, members were given a survey on the possibility of our club setting up a Rotary radio program. If you plan to participate in that survey, please return it by Wednesday, April 8th. A copy will be sent to all members over the next day - only complete it if you haven't already done so. The really important issue is to include your name if you would like to learn how to be an announcer and participate in the presentation of the program. We require sufficient members to sustain a regular production.
Radio Survey - Last Chance 2020-04-04 13:00:00Z 0

Anyone Interested in Being on the Pandemic Committee?
 

Coronavirus pandemic likely, PM says as central Victorian councils ... My name is Kym Murphy.  I am the Manager Community Partnerships at Central Goldfields Shire Council and recently appointed as Council’s Pandemic Coordinator.
 
Last week Central Goldfields Shire Council activated its Pandemic Plan and Pandemic Response Working Group.  The role of the Working Group is to plan for imminent pandemic, respond to the current situation, and plan for recovery.  The Working Group is establishing a Pandemic Relief & Recovery sub-group to coordinate relief and recovery efforts to reduce duplication and ensure community members, including businesses, requiring support receive appropriate support for their situation.
 
You are receiving this email because your agency, service or group work closely with the community and/or businesses.  You may already be supporting the community during these early stages of the pandemic.  We are planning the first meeting for this Friday 27 March 3pm to 4pm.  Can you please identify the most appropriate representative for your agency, service or group and send through their email contact details to me asap so I can send a meeting invitation.  Note: this will be a large group so please nominate only one representative to ensure it remains manageable.  
 
The meeting will be conducted using Zoom which can be accessed by telephone or computer.
 
Looking forward to hearing from you and working with you J
Cheers
Kym
NOTE: The next meeting of this Committee will be on Tuesday at 2.30PM. Please contact President Leigh if you are willing to represent Rotary on this committee
Anyone Interested in Being on the Pandemic Committee?  2020-03-28 13:00:00Z 0

Ink Spot 62: Changing our Constitution

•All members received an email today giving notice of a Special General Meeting to be held at 7PM on Thursday April 4th, Raglan House to adopt an updated Constitution
•As you know, each 3 years the Rotary Council of Legislation updates the "Rules" of Rotary based on recommendations from members all around the world.
•Some of these rules affect the Standard Constitutions of all Rotary clubs
•So, the Constitution documents need to be updated to reflect the new rules.
•In our State of Victoria, our Rotary Constitutions also have to comply with the Rules for Non-profit organizations.
•In the past decade, most of our District clubs have paid a Melbourne based Law firm to make these changes
•But this year, a solicitor from Melbourne, who is also a Rotarian, has, without charge, produced a standard constitution document that complies with the 2019 Council of Legislation changes as well as the Victorian Government guidelines for Non Profit Organizations - thus saving our club over $300.
•We will vote to implement the new Constitution document on April 2nd
•Please try to be there because we need a quorum
•If you can’t make it, you can nominate another member to vote for you by proxy.
•You must write and sign a note naming the person who will represent you – you can optionally write down how you want them to vote: FOR or AGAINST the motion to adopt the changed constitution.
•For your information, our District is currently looking for ideas from clubs for any suggested changes to the way we should do things - to be decided at an online meeting they will hold at the end of this year
•The District is also looking for a Past District Governor to be our Representative at the next Council of Legislation in 2022 – this person will be confirmed at the District Conference in a week
Ink Spot 62: Changing our Constitution 2020-03-12 13:00:00Z 0

We Provide Pancakes for Australia Day

Almost a dozen members and friends turned out at the Station Domain area to help provide pancakes for "the masses" on Australia Day. Thanks to all those involved in setting up the Barbeque trailer, cooking or supporting.
We Provide Pancakes for Australia Day 2020-01-25 13:00:00Z 0

Heather Reports from the Fire Areas

Rotarian Heather Blackman has recently spent some time up in the fire areas at the Wangaratta Evacuation Relief Centre - she writes: I am currently providing Chaplaincy at the Wangaratta Relief centre. I have dropped in on Wangaratta Rotary who are providing meals for those at the Evacuation Center. See photo. Thanks for your great work, Heather!
Heather Reports from the Fire Areas 2020-01-25 13:00:00Z 0

New Rotary Theme for 2020-21

RI President-elect Holger Knaack’s theme for 2020-21, Rotary Opens Opportunities, asks Rotarians to create opportunities that strengthen their leadership, help put service ideas into action, and improve the lives of those in need. Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, revealed the 2020-21 presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, to incoming district governors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, on 20 January. Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join, but rather “an invitation to endless opportunities,” said Knaack, who becomes president on 1 July. He emphasized that Rotary creates pathways for members to improve their lives and the lives of those they help through service projects.
New Rotary Theme for 2020-21 2020-01-20 13:00:00Z 0

Mallee Fills Us In on Farnarkling

PP Mallee Rowe enlightened all members in attendance from the Group 7 Clubs last Thursday of the forthcoming World Farnarkling Championships to be held in Beaufort in 2021. Some people seemed a little dubious, but as he usually does, Mallee backed up his presentation with facts and direct reference to the official Farnarkling Website which all members can visit at their leisure (I certainly did over the week-end), Check it out and be enlightened.
Mallee Fills Us In on Farnarkling 2020-01-18 13:00:00Z 0

Details to Donate to Rotary Bushfire Appeal

We have all seen the disastrous fires that have erupted, taking lives as well as destroying hundreds of homes and properties across Australia.

Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) is once again taking the lead and looking to provide support for families in need. To this end several Rotary Districts and Clubs have established projects which are ready and able to accept donations from you. All of those projects can apply for funds from this appeal.

Make your tax deductible donation by going to: https://donations.rawcs.com.au/68-2019-20

 

Details to Donate to Rotary Bushfire Appeal 2020-01-02 13:00:00Z 0

Calendar of Events from November 24th

NOVEMBER: ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH - Chair Kate Ashton
25/11/2019:[MON] Launch of 16 Days of Activism Program (10AM Phillips Gardens)
28/11/2019: *Meeting (Raglan) Committees - Service & Governance/Deferred Club AGM
_____________________________________________________________________________
DECEMBER: DISEASE PREVENTION & TREATMENT MONTH - Chair 
5/12/2019:[THU] Using Creativity & Voice (12 PM Art Gallery)
5/12/2019: *Phelan's Park Development Site Visit (Phelans)
9/12/2019: [MON] Board Meeting (Raglan-7pm) 
12/12/2019: *Christmas Breakup Meeting (Peppas)
19/12/2019: *NO Rotary Meeting
26/12/2019: *NO Rotary Meeting
Calendar of Events from November 24th 2019-11-21 13:00:00Z 0

Kate Ashton to Ride for the Kids

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:  https://vimeo.com/369450898
Kate Ashton to Ride for the Kids 2019-11-09 13:00:00Z 0

Mallee Shares His Best Connection (s)!

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

Family Violence Race Meeting Report

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 Reading Update

Connection 22 (Dec 1st) 27 members opened the Connection
Connection 23 (Dec 8th) 28 members opened the Connection.
Connection 24 (Dec 15th) 23 members opened the Connection
Oh well, we tried, and we nearly got to 30 members opening the Connection before the end of this year, but not quite. We will periodically provide statistics in the "What's the Goss" segment next year.
If you are a member or a friend of the club, and you're reading this, THANK YOU! Continue to Spread the Connection!
Connection Reading Update 2019-11-01 13:00:00Z 0

Calendar of Events from November 3rd

NOVEMBER: ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH - Chair Kate Ashton
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

Great Group 7 Night at Raglan Hall

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

Committees with a Ghoulish Twist

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

Calendar of Events from October 27th

OCTOBER: ECONOMIC & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT MONTH - Chair Murray Henderson
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)
_____________________________________________________________________________
NOVEMBER: ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH - Chair Kate Ashton
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

Get your Hats and Halloween Gear Ready!

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

Sri Lankan Feast a Great Success

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

Recognition plaques prepared for the planting beds at Raglan House

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

MATS Fundraiser Gala Night

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

Calendar of Events from October 20th

OCTOBER: ECONOMIC & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT MONTH - Chair Murray Henderson
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)
_____________________________________________________________________________
NOVEMBER: ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH - Chair Kate Ashton
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

Productive Night at Dowie Park

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

Calendar of Events and Meetings From October 13th

OCTOBER: ECONOMIC & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT MONTH - Chair Murray Henderson
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

Meryl Toasts the RC of Vancouver

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

Windsor Main Introduces the Men's Retreat

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

Ajmer Singh Gill on the Sihk Religion

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

Derrick Shares his "Best Contact"

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

Calendar of Events for October 2019

OCTOBERECONOMIC & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT MONTH - Chair Murray Henderson
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

All Our Members are Invited to the Next Group 7 Meeting

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 (george.kirsanovs@bigpond.com).
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.
Cheers
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

Trace Shares Her Best Connections

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

Elissa and Chris Share Ideas

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

Calendar of Events and Meetings as from October 6th

OCTOBER: ECONOMIC & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT MONTH - Chair Murray Henderson
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

Blue Pyrenees Bike Ride a Great Success

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:
Hello! 
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

Successful Defy the Drift Event
 

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

September Committee Meetings

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

Calendar of Events as from Sept 29th

OCTOBER: ECONOMIC & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT MONTH - Chair 
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

Kindness Men's Retreat

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

Maryborough Rotary Meets Mark Maloney

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

Ride Like A Girl Movie Night

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

Save the Day for Oaks Day

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 Shares Her Story

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

Kate Shares Her US Experience

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

Deacon Farrow Selected for NYSF

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

Ararat 90th Anniversary

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

Club Calendar of Events as from August 25th

AUGUST
:
MEMBERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT MONTH - Chair John C
29/08/2019
:
*Meeting (Raglan St) Committees - Service & Governance
31/08/2019
:
[SAT] Ararat Rotary 90th Anniversary
_______________
__
____________________________________________________________
SEPTEMBER
:
BASIC EDUCATION & LITERACY MONTH - Chair Graeme Rogan
5/09/2019
:
*Meeting (Raglan St) Angela Tucker (Advertiser)
9/09/2019
:
[MON] Board Meeting (Raglan St-7pm)
12/09/2019
:
*Meeting (Raglan St) PDG Anthony Ohlsen "Engaging Younger People In Rotary"
19/09/2019
:
*Meeting (Raglan St) Chef Jenny Townsend "Chef of the Year"
20/10/2019
:
[FRI] Setting up for Rock n Roll Dance at Town Hall
21/09/2019
:
[SAT] World Peace Day
21/09/2019
:
[SAT] Rock n Roll Dance (Town Hall)
22/09/2019
:
[SUN] Barbeque at Bunnings in Kangaroo Flat (See Brian Reed)
23-25/09/2019
:
[MON]-[WED] Defying the Drift Camp
24/09/2019
:
[TUE] Mark Daniel Malony meets with District Rotarians in Ballarat (Mercure)
26/09/2019
:
*Meeting (Raglan St) Committees - Service & Governance
27/09/2019
:
[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

We Say Farewell to PP Brian and Alison

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

Group 7 Meets the DG

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

Derrick Enjoys Nepal

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

Committees Start The New Rotary Year

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

Club Calendar as at July 28th

JULY (2019)NEW ROTARY THEME: ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD - Chair Louise
31/07/2019:[WED] (Ararat) Group 7 Meeting/Official DG Visit
_____________________________________________________________________________
AUGUSTMEMBERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT MONTH - Chair John C
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

Christmas in July This Week

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 7.pm.
Christmas in July This Week 2019-07-22 14:00:00Z 0

Club Movie Night a Success

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

Club Calendar as at July 21st

JULY (2019): NEW ROTARY THEME: ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD - Chair Louise
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

RI President Mark Challenges us to Adapt

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 https://vimeopro.com/rotary/2019-international-assembly/video/310884339
RI President Mark Challenges us to Adapt 2019-07-11 14:00:00Z 0

Louise Develops Her "Stand Up" Routine

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

Group 7 Changeovers

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

Louise Features as Meeting Chair

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

Leigh launches the 2019-2020 Rotary Year

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 merylandgeoff@bigpond.com 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

Meryl's Moment 49

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

Maryborough Rotary Changes Over

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

We Change Over

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

Rotary Takes Over the Sports Bar

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

E&OE....did you hear.....?

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

Vale John Selmon

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

   Meryl's Moment 48

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

Did You hear.......E&OE

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

  Meryl's Moment 47

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

Malcolm Solomano Introduces us to FLO

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

David shares his journey to Base Camp

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

Are You Interested in RLI?

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

  Meryl's Moment 46

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

Invitations to Group Changeovers

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

 Meryl's Moment 45

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

Did You Hear....E&OE

 
    
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   
 Then
Please email programs@nysf.edu.au 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 programs@nysf.edu.au
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

Did you hear...E&OE

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

 Meryl's Moment 44

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

We Thank Conference Sponsors

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 Guides Our Planning

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

 Meryl's Moment 43

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

Brief Board Report

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

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

Meryl's Moment 42

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

Final Group 7 For This Rotary Year

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

Pride of Workmanship Awards for CFA

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

Club Calendar as at May 12th 2019

MAY
13/05/2019
:
: 
YOUTH SERVICE MONTH - Chair Rob Rowe
[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
_____________________________________________________________________________
JUNE: ROTARY FELLOWSHIPS MONTH - Chair Derrick Marsden
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

Brian is Inducted as our Newest Member

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

Look out for the draft Strategic Priorities this week

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

How to View Board Meeting Minutes and Other Member Only Files

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

Fellowship duties MAY.

Meeting on Thursday 9th May...Fellowship duties.
Garry Higgins. Barbara Hilder and Noel Jennings.
Fellowship duties MAY. 2019-05-04 14:00:00Z 0

Did You Hear.....E&OE.

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

  Meryl's Moment 41

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

Mallee is our Chair for May

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

Photo of Conference from Boom Time

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

Final Committee Meetings for this Year

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

Did You Hear..........E&OE

 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

 Meryl's Moment 40

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

We start our Strategic Planning Process

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 merylandgeoff@bigpond.com 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 Participates in Anzac Day

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

Club Calendar as at April 28th

MAY: YOUTH SERVICE MONTH - Chair Rob Rowe
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

Did  you  hear...........E&OE

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 adventure...off 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

Meryl's Moment 39

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

 Meryl's Moment 38

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 Passes on Shine On Acknowledgement

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

Club Calendar as at April 14th

APRIL
18/04/2019
:
: 
MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH MONTH - Chair Rob Bursill
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)
_____________________________________________________________________________
MAY: YOUTH SERVICE MONTH - Chair Rob Rowe
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

Graham Farey Shows Us How to Save Lives

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

Did  You Hear........E&OE

 HELP NEEDED.....
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 Conference...it 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

Garry shares the experience of his OAM Presentation

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

Club Enjoys the Hospitality of the Guides

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

 Meryl's Moment 36

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

Club Conducts Gender Equality Forum

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

A Message to Rotarians from Dimity

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: www.icanw.org/au/cities/ and here for the international website: nuclearban.org/cities/getinvolved#cities-list. 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. www.icanw.org/black-mist/
 
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

President Meryl Helps Judge Lions Youth of the Year

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

The Golden Hearted Conference

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

Setting Up For Conference

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

Club Calendar as at March 31st 2019

APRIL: MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH MONTH - Chair Rob Bursill
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

 Meryl's Moment 35

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

Club Calendar as at March 17th

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
_____________________________________________________________________________
APRIL: MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH MONTH - Chair Rob Bursill
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 on their Way Around District

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

Mallee Cranks Up a New Footy Frenzy for Sri Lanka

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

Peter and Bronwen off on the Great Inter-club Exercise Challenge

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

 Meryl's Moment 34

 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

 Meryl's Moment 33

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

February Committees Report on Progress

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

Meryl's Moment 32

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

  Meryl's Moment 31

 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

Group 7 Night Features Peace Theme

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

Trivia With a Twist Goes Well

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

 Meryl's Moment 30

 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

 Meryl's Moment 29

 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

The Big Conference Activity Challenge

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

First Committee Gatherings for 2019

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

Club History Request

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:  merylandgeoff@bigpond.com
Club History Request 2019-01-27 13:00:00Z 0

 Meryl's Moment 28

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

Members serve up the Pancakes for Oz Day

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

Congratulations Garry Higgins OAM!

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

Vale Bob Osborne

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

Fascinating Visit to CFA Headquarters

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

Meryl's Moment 27

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

Bendigo Bank Reps Highlight Links with our Club

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 inducts new member Heather
 

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.