Lions International Convention, Carisbrook 2018
Lions International held their District Convention at the Maryborough Trotting Complex, Flagstaff November 9,10 and 11.  150 people registered, and they had a Free Public Health Forum from 12 -2pm on Saturday.
There were many stalls showing Lions programs, very similar to those that Rotary run, Exchange, Peace, Health Lions cakes etc as well as Allied Health stalls for Diabetes, Children’s Cancer, Eye Health and Vision screening, Alzheimers, Crime Watch Disaster Response and Hair Library. There were also a couple of CPR dummies to step over or stop and learn
There was a Tai Chi demonstration which was enjoyed by all.
David Heath is a Nurse Practitioner from Bendigo Health and he spoke about Prostate Cancer. . Men need to be proactive, especially if there is any family history of breast or prostate cancer Lions are raising funds for a Trans Perineal Ultrasound machine to be placed in Bendigo This will help country people enormously and mean they won’t have to go to Melbourne or Adelaide for care.
Professor Ralph Martins AO spoke passionately about Maggie Beer‘s cookbook Recipes for Life for Aged Care facilities. Maggie says our elderly still need good food, so they can participate in activities which keep them moving. Maggie’s cook book is available.
Julie Davey wrote her “A is for Attitude” book in 1998. She sold two printings and then offered it to Random House, who printed 10,000 copies, sold 3.000 and were going to sell the rest on the throw-out table. Julie sold her house, bought the remaining books, a four-wheel drive and a caravan and has been tasking her books to schools around Australia. By working with Grade threes, Julie is helping them to build resilience and skills, so they can cope with their teenage years.  The book has been taken up by a Singapore publishing house and is in available in 15 counties and many languages.
Belinda Hogg an Exercisologist in Maryborough spoke about Diabetes and how a good diet and exercise can prevent diabetes and help those who have it. About 10% of the population has Type 1 Diabetes which is treated with Insulin, Type 2, affecting about 85% of those with Diabetes is the fastest growing and Gestational Diabetes is also on the increase. iet and exercise helps here too
I commend Lions International for making this session open to the public. Terry and I enjoyed it and learnt something new.

Lons Conference Thea Allan 2018-11-11 13:00:00Z 0
Did You Hear…..E&OE.
The RDU Magazine is under threat!
On page six of  the November RDU ….The end of our magazine as we know it?  Two  proposed amendments  will go to the 2019 Council on Legislation in April………Read about it in your RDU  magazine….we may need to say what we think.
Jean Ritchie, wife of  PP  John Ritchie  and long time community member of Maryborough  passed away last week.   Jean  lived in Ballarat but was still a member of  the  group of ladies who  constituted Inner Wheel for many years.
Attendance  was up at our last meeting…53.33%   or 24 members attending.
You should all have received The Rotary Club Of Maryborough 2017/18 Annual report by Email from Secretary Derrick..  Good reading and worth saving!
On Wednesday, Rotarians from around Victoria  hitch up their caravans and head off to Horsham for the November Muster, at least 70 people will be there and much fun and fellowship will be enjoyed…!
Did you Hear......E&OE Brian Thomas 2018-11-10 13:00:00Z 0
Around 100 people attended last week's Oaks Day event raising in the vicinity of $2000 for the Maryborough Education Centre Literacy programs. As well as the crowd, pictured is PP Garry Higgins, with posy of flowers in one hand and a mike in the other interviewing an impressive Florist on how to attach flowers to a lady's hat - if only some of his Carlton team-mates could see him now.
PP Garry Impresses at Oaks Day 2018 2018-11-10 13:00:00Z 0
Our important AGM was held last Thursday, and it was exciting to all be piped in by  Hamish Hare. Thank you Hamish. It was a real treat!
We thank those members who agreed to hold positions for 2019/20 in our club. Can I encourage others to see PE Leigh and consider nominating for those positions still vacant. We all have a part to play in  ensuring our club runs smoothly.
We were also honoured to receive a "Community Partnership Recognition" certificate from Terry Welch, the CEO of Maryborough District Health Service at the meeting.  It has been great to have their involvement and support in our #SayNO2familyviolence project.
Can I thank again, Esther and Alison and other members who helped run the successful Oaks Day fundraiser for Literacy at MEC. Over $2000 was raised. A fun day with a great result!
Please be sure to choose your times on the Energy Breakthrough roster. It is only a week away and we need all hands on deck so we can share the load. This is a great community service as well as a major fundraiser for our club .
Thank you to those who have already placed donations of toileteries in the Tub for the Salvation Army. We will keep it running into next year, but we are collecting Christmas treats in the Christmas Tub over the next few weeks to brighten someone's Christmas. Please make sure spouses are aware of this collection.
Finally, can you consider booking and paying for our Christmas breakup party over the next few weeks, which is at Peppa's Restaurant on December 15th.  Also, plan to bring family and friends to our New year's Eve Dance, to 'Rock in the New Year"!
Let's all be proud and inspired as Rotarians!
Meryl's Moment 19 Meryl James 2018-11-10 13:00:00Z 0
Two Events for your Social Calendar 2018-11-10 13:00:00Z 0
PP John Caulfield was called upon to officiate at the club's 2018 Annual General Meeting last Thursday. The main business of the 10 minute meeting was to receive a financial report on the club's financial status - which is fine -  and appoint the officers for the 2019-20 Rotary Year. Officers elected were Leigh Williamson as President, Bob Butterfield as President Elect, Thea Allan as Secretary, Graeme Rogan as Treasurer, Derrick Marsden as Foundation chair, Garry Higgins as Membership Chair, Chris Frahn as Public Image Chair, Martin Mackay as Community Chair, Alison Teese as International Chair, Mallee Rowe as Youth Chair and Geoff James as Vocational Chair. We still need a Fundraising Chair and a President Nominee (to become President in July, 2021) - Interested? Please see Leigh ASAP.
Club holds its AGM 2018-11-08 13:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, Terry Welch, CEO of the Maryborough and District Health Service thanked Rotary for its support through the Family Violence Program. Terry reported to members that it was largely because of the #SayNO program that the hospital recently received its "High Commendation" status in the State wide awards for Hospitals. Terry also presented to President Meryl and our club a "Community Partnership Recognition" certificate for our general support and collaboration over the last year.
Hospital Thanks Rotary for Support 2018-11-08 13:00:00Z 0
Past President Derrick provided an interesting review of the history and work of Rotary's Foundation at last Thursday's meeting. He reminded members of the fact that we are in sight of ridding the world of Polio, and providing millions of dollars to support projects of peace, economic development, provision of clean water, literacy and education and maternal and child welfare. He then showed an inspiring video of Rotary's work through the Foundation - a video that could be heard clearly through our new Soundbar speaker.
PP Derrick leads us in a celebration of the Foundation 2018-11-08 13:00:00Z 0
Rotarian David Hare commenced his period as Meeting Chair in style last Thursday, when he employed his son Hamish to play the bagpipes as our "call to order" music for our meeting. That's going to be a hard act to follow! Thank you, Hamish, please come again!
David employs Hamish to Pipe in his period as Chair 2018-11-08 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Meryl James
The following recommendations from committees were approved at the October Board meeting:
  • Membership Committee: the purchase of 20 Promotional kits and 10 new Member kits.
  • Youth Committee:  That the Youth debate become an annual event
  • Youth Committee:  That $300 be donated to Highview College for Woodwind and Contemporary Music packs
  • Youth Committee:  That the end of year Art and Community Service scholarships to MEC, Highview and GELC, named after former Rotarians, be continued.
  • International Committee: That a Disaster Aid Box be donated now, rather than as planned next year, given the present need.
  • Community Committee: That $30 be provided for the annual Rotary Garden Club Trophy
  • Community Committee: That $100 be donated to PROBUS for their Bowls day
  • Community Committee: That we submit an Application for the Wannon Community Service Awards for our FV Project.
  • Club Planning Committee: That the Board review the Club Guidelines Booklet
  • Administration Committee: That we purchase a speaker for the TV to enhance sound.
October Board Report Meryl James 2018-11-03 13:00:00Z 0
Our #SayNO2familyviolence committee held another of their fundraising and awareness raising days at the Maryborough Harness Racing club on Sunday. The races as well as the #SayNO message were spread far and wide through television coverage. Each race name had an ant-family violence message.  Pictured are our Rotarians, Terry and Thea presenting their trophy to the winners of the race they sponsored called the "#SHOWTOLERANCE PACE".
Family Violence Harness Racing Day 2018-11-03 13:00:00Z 0
Quite a number of Rotarians and supporters attended the Paramount Cinemas on Thursday night to see the "World Premiere" screening of "Bohemian Rhapsody" - an enthralling biography of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen. The movie apparently took almost eight years to produce and I reckon quite a bit of that time would've been spent by the lead actor getting the idiosyncrasies of Freddie down pat. Also the sound and technical expertise of the guy playing the lead guitarist part would have taken a lot of time to perfect - it was all very impressive. Also impressive would have been the amount raised for Polio by those who attended. Around 15 Rotarians met for tea at the Chinese Restaurant before the movie and that was also a very pleasant gathering. Thanks to Karen and the Foundation committee for organizing the event.
Club Members Go to See "Freddie" 2018-11-03 13:00:00Z 0
Our Club has just received an announcement from Minister for Education, Dan Teehan, that we have received a National Volunteer Award in relation to our #SayNO2familyviolence project, which will be presented in Ararat on November 22nd. What wonderful news!
Congratulations to Garry and members of his Committee for the amazing work they have done in this area and are still doing. They are certainly "Being the Inspiration". A well deserved recognition of their persistence and passion.
Thank you to Graeme Rogan for his hard work in submitting the application.
The whole Club basks in the recognition of the efforts of these members.
New Award for Maryborough Rotary Club Meryl James 2018-11-03 13:00:00Z 0
November is Rotary Foundation Month, and we started the month with a fundraiser for the "End Polio Now!" campaign; an early Chinese meal and the film "Bohemian Rhapsody". Thank you Karen for organising the event. We now have a nice donation that will be matched 2 to 1 by Bill and Melinda Gates. Details to follow.
We welcome David Hare as our November Meeting Chair and look forward to him adding his own flair to our meetings. Our thanks to Thea for keeping us on our toes last month. A job well done!
Last Monday night, eight members travelled to Beaufort for  the Group 7 meeting. It is always a good opportunity  to meet friends and hear reports from other clubs. It is also a great reminder of how much our own club is doing! I encourage all members to visit another club next year.
We have another busy month ahead, with the #SayNO2familyviolence Harness Racing Day today, Oaks Day fundraiser next Thursday and , of course, our commitment to the Energy Breakthrough. Be sure to put your name on the roster this week, if you haven't already,  to help those organising this big event.
Also, be sure to pick up a raffle Book for the Ballarat South Raffle from Karen and keep December 15th free for our Christmas Breakup Party at Peppa's.
As I haven't been able to present the October Board Report at a meeting, I have included a brief summary below.
Thank you all for continuing to "Be the Inspiration".
Meryl's Moment 18 Meryl James 2018-11-03 13:00:00Z 0
The Movie night was quite well attended and  was  possibly enjoyed  much more than expected (at least by some) - it was  an enthralling movie.
A busy  day at the trots Meeting  and  a busy  week coming up with Oaks Day on again and our AGM on Thursday night.  This is also Foundation night, so we need to review our participation in giving to the Foundation.
Did You Hear........E&OE 2018-11-02 13:00:00Z 0
John Strachan   Ararat Rotary Club ….Wednesday  31st October   6.30 for 7.00pm  Speaking on  Prostate cancer  Reasearch and Awareness.  You are invited,  book  with  Jenni  0409211576  RSVP 30th October.
Attendance Figures 18/10….19  attended equals  42%....25/19  21  attended…..46%
Next District Conference Committee   Meeting  on   Friday  November 9th at  6.45pm  in room  7.
Shirts  for the Conference need to be ordered now, it is the plan for Maryborough Rotary Club members to wear a gold shirt with the Heart  logo on it, we need to have the correct sizes.
Our Club’s AGM is coming up , don’t wait to be asked , if you are interested in a new role ….put your hand up….by letting Sec Derrick  or Pres. Meyl    know…if in doubt remember the 4 Way test….is it Fair if you don’t?
Vocational Service  wishes us to participate in the Shine on awards…..if you know  a potential candidate…some -one who, despite their disability…has  contributed signifigantly to our community…….please   speak to Graeme!
The Group 7 meeting  in Beaufort is  on Monday 29th of  October, car pooling is the best way ….call Graeme Rogan , he will help you .
Polio is at a difficult stage with four countries left with 15,16, 18 and thirteen cases last reported and  multiple strains of Poilo are making the task even more difficult, they need our help!   Tracey advises us to  look up the article  at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Rotary Does
  • We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.
  • We address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
  • Rotary’s People for People Foundation, has helped 10,000 families afford food, clothing, rent, utilities, medications, and other necessities.
  • Rotaract clubs in the Philippines conduct antibullying campaigns in schools to teach children how to handle conflict peacefully from an early age.
  • In Louisiana, Rotary tacked violence against women by helping a shelter provide food, clothing, legal advocacy, and counseling to over 500 women in one year.  
  • In Australia, Rotary clubs raise awareness and funds to prevent domestic violence and support its victims.  
  • In Nigeria, a university president and Rotary Club  fight Boko Haram by educating and feeding victims
  • Rotary members in a small town of Nova Scotia, Canada, took action to bring two families from war-torn Syria to their country, where the refugees are starting a new life.
  • $US142 million has been raised by Rotary to support Peace
  • 1000+ Peace Scholars have been trained and distributed to needy areas around the world
Thank You Rotary
Ink 35: 11 things to know about Rotary’s Peace & Conflict Programs 2018-02-01 13:00:00Z 0
Maggie Tranter Shares Her Time at NYSF 2018-02-01 13:00:00Z 0
President Karen made a presentation of a framed "Four Way Test" to Vocational Scholarship winner, Kelsey Chandler and wished her well as Kelsey heads off to the UK to learn about World's Best Practice in her Vocational Area. We look forward to hearing about her travels and studies when she returns.
We Wish Kelsey Well on Her Journey 2018-02-01 13:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, PP and Past Principal, John Caulfield shared his vocational experiences since retiring as Principal of the Maryborough Education Centre. Like many of our members, John has continued to make a difference to the world through family, community and Rotary service.
PP John Shares His Vocational Experiences 2018-02-01 13:00:00Z 0
DGE Anthony and Kerry spent some relaxed time with International President Elect Barry Rassin and his wife, Esther at the recent International Assembly. No doubt, Anthony was inspired!
DGE Anthony Chats with IPE Barry 2018-01-21 13:00:00Z 0
Rotary International President Elect, Barry Rassin has just announced his theme for 2018-19 - it is, "Be the Inspiration".
Apart from urging us to be inspirational during the next Rotary year, this will be the theme we need to address at the D9780 Conference here in Maryborough.
Last Thursday, President Elect Meryl introduced members to the new Rotary theme for 2018-19.
Meryl reminded members that this will be the theme for DGE Anthony's year, as well as for our club.
Let us all be an inspiration to each other and to our community.
Meryl Introduces New Rotary Theme 2018-01-18 13:00:00Z 0
Terry and Thea's grandchildren, Max and Billy received a certificate of appreciation from President Karen last Thursday. Max and Billy have been regular helpers at our Roadside cleanup and at Dowie Park.
Max and Billy Presented with Certificates 2018-01-18 13:00:00Z 0
Rotary International President Elect, Barry Rassin has just announced his theme for 2018-19 - it is, "Be the Inspiration". Apart from urging us to be inspirational during the next Rotary year, this will be the theme we need to address at the D9780 Conference here in Maryborough.
Be the Inspiration in 2018-19 2018-01-14 13:00:00Z 0
Our Rotarians and spouses were inspired by their visit to the MDHS last Thursday. After being hosted by MDHS for a delicious dinner, members were shown through the brand new Centre of Inspired Learning by CEO Terry Welch. This is a dedicated learning centre where nurses can be trained using state of the art simulated training methods using fully functional medical equipment and personal video feedback of everything they do. It is the first centre of its type in Victoria, and is likely to inspire many other country hospitals to follow in its path.
Rotarians Inspired at the New MDHS Centre 2018-01-11 13:00:00Z 0
Due to circumstances beyond the control of the club, we must unfortunately postpone our Taste of Gold Cider Festival until another suitable time, late this year or early next year. All patrons who have paid money will have it refunded.
Cider Festival Postponed 2018-01-11 13:00:00Z 0
Latest Report on our #SayNO Program 2018-01-08 13:00:00Z 0
Members are urged to look for the updated list of "State of My Vocation" talks that will be sent to everyone around the same time as this week's bulletin. It lists SUGGESTED times for the next six months for members who, as far as we know, might still be willing to do a 3 minute talk on what is happening in their vocational area at the moment (if they are in employment) OR what they are currently doing to fill in their days (if in retirement). If you do NOT want to do one of these talks and your name is on the list, just send Geoff James an email saying you'd like to be crossed off the list - no problem whatsoever. If you have already told Geoff you don't want to do a talk and your name is still on the list, please email him again.
Update of State of My Vocation Roster 2018-01-04 13:00:00Z 0
Rotarians enjoyed a fun night out at the Maryborough Golf Club last Thursday. After a generous three course meal, some of our members tried their hand at lawn bowls - with varying degrees of success.
Fun Night at the Golf Club 2018-01-04 13:00:00Z 0
Almost ninety Rotarians and guests rocked in 2018 at the Maryborough Town Hall on New Year's Eve. Participants danced to the music of "Seriously Sixties". The "Lucky Draw" winner was Andrew Harman from Ballarat, and "runner-up" prizes went to Bob Osborne and Ben Haywood. Others won prizes for the "Lucky Door" and "Lucky Spots". A big "thank you" to PE Meryl for organizing the event, to those Rotarians or friends who helped to set up and dismantle the hall - including Jackie Dellavedova who mopped the whole floor, as well as Shane, Derrick, Karen, Rod, Peter, Geoff & Meryl, to Margaret Rumpff who set up the winning hamper, to Derrick and Karen, Geoff and Meryl and the new Paramount Theatre for prizes, and to the band - some of whom donated their time and others who played for significantly reduced amounts. A good time was had by all, and we should raise well over half a grand for our Club Youth Programs. Pictures show the band in action, Rodney and Sue, Tom and Rosemary and PDG Jessie Harman who was part of a large table from Wendouree Breakfast Rotary.
Rotarians Rock in the New Year 2018-01-01 13:00:00Z 0
Remember We Meet At The Golf Club This Week for Barefoot Bowls 2018-01-01 13:00:00Z 0
A Healthy and Happy Christmas 2017-12-24 13:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, club members were very impressed by presentations made by our two participants in the recent "Defy the Drift" program at Marcus Oldham College. Jordan Ward and Bryley Salmon from Highview College shared their exciting and sometimes smelly experiences of visiting sites connected with careers in Agriculture, and their sincere appreciation for the opportunity provided by Rotary to help shape their futures as young people living in the country.
Members Impressed by Defy the Drift Participants 2017-12-07 13:00:00Z 0
DGE Anthony and Kerrie will be farewelled at a special meeting of D9780 College Governors on Sunday. "Where is he going?" you may ask. Well, later this month, DGE Anthony and Kerrie head over to the United States to participate in the International Assembly in San Diego (in January) and training for his upcoming role of District Governor. Before that, Anthony and Kerrie will participate in the Milt Mathews Governor Elect Hospitality Week in District 7120 (around the Rochester area in Northern USA) - a great time to meet other District Governors from around the world. We wish Anthony and Kerrie all the best during this exciting time of preparation for Anthony's big role which starts in just over 6 month's time.
DGE Anthony to be Farewelled on Sunday 2017-12-07 13:00:00Z 0
The Problem
  • 400 million people in the world can’t afford, or don’t have access to basic health care.
  • That results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions more.
What Rotary Does
  • Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and polio.
  • We set up temporary clinics, blood donation centres in communities struggling with disease
  • We build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients and governments to work together.
  • We prevent disease by providing education and routine hearing, vision, and dental checks
  • We are helping to produce a malaria-free world through treatment and prevention.
  • Pakistan & Rotary are overcoming cultural barriers to vaccinate children against Polio
The Impact of What We Do
  • There has been a 99.9% reduction in cases of wild polio
  • We have reduced the impact of HIV infections in Liberia by 95%
  • We have provided more than 80% of Ghana’s clean water to fight worm disease
Thank You Rotary!
Ink 34: 11 things to know about Rotary’s Disease Prevention Programs 2017-12-07 13:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Louise Hanby D'Wynn made a delicious toast to the Rotary Club of Colombo in Sri Lanka last Thursday. The club is notable for its fine dining experiences (see pic) and Louise is looking forward to a visit the next time she and Chanaka are back in Sri Lanka.
Louise toasts the Rotary Club of Colombo 2017-12-07 13:00:00Z 0
Join us on NYE in aid of our Youth Programs and for a good time! 2017-11-21 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geoff James
There are three current experts on making presentations with Powerpoint - check them out on Youtube…
  • Jean-luc Doumont
  • David J. P. Phillips - Mr "Death By Powerpoint"
  • Pat Flynn
Whilst these experts disagree on a few things, there is general agreement on most
  • They agree that ineffective Powerpoint slides have too much information on them (more than 5 items)
  • Ineffective slides have text that is too small to read, and not organized into a short sentence of no more than two lines - one sentence per slide
  • Ineffective slides are confusing and do not direct the audience's attention to the ONE key point of the slide
  • Ineffective slides contain distracting animations and/ or transitions - unless used for a special effect
  • They agree that the emphasis of a presentation should be on the presenter – not the slide
Here is a summary of the seven things they agree should be part of an effective presentation:
  • 01. We need to eliminate any “noise” or confusion that gets between us as presenter, and our audience
  • 02. We need to avoid bullet points unless they form a self-contained package - the audience will start reading doen the points and miss our current message
  • 03. Instead, each slide should have just one topic sentence of 2 lines (max) and a relevant, helpful image that illustrates the point of the slide
  • 04. When presenting slides, we should use redundancy - our speech should repeat the essential point of the slide so...
  • 05. Each slide should be understood by a blind person who can hear our speech, and a deaf person who can read the slide
  • 06. If we need to tell a short story or anecdote, we should turn the slides off, or put up a plain black slide so the attention is on the presenter telling the story
  • 07. Finally, we should avoid distracting transitions and animations – unless for a special effect – they are usually “noise” - but they can be fun!
Experts are still debating whether we should have dark backgrounds with light text (which is easier to read) or plain white backgrounds (apart from images)
  • The preference seems to be that charts and images usually look better on white backgrounds, and white slides are far easier to print as a handout - so plain white is the way to go
Ink 33: Top 10 Guidelines for Effective PowerPoint Presentations Geoff James 2017-11-20 13:00:00Z 0
Those in attendance received a real treat last Thursday when Rotarian Bill Johnson presented an account of his recent trip along the Kokoda Trail in New Guinea. By the end of the night members had a good idea of what the trip looked like and felt like, and they were either inspired to sign up and do it themselves, or thankful that someone else had been there and brought back great photos to save us the trouble. Bill is a keen member of the Rotary Cricketing Fellowship and a friend of Secretary Derrick.
Bill Johnson Shares his Kokoda Experience 2017-11-19 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geoff James
At Thursday's meeting, Trace Smith provided a fascinating account of her story as a Bursar and Business Manager in the State Education system over the last three decades. Trace worked her way up through the ranks to become the most experienced member of the Business management team in Maryborough, and a "go-to" person for fellow business managers in the State. Our community received confirmation of her talent when she won the "Business Manager of the Year" award a couple of years ago. Thanks for your story, Trace.
Tracey's State of Her Vocation Geoff James 2017-11-19 13:00:00Z 0
Could all Rotarians please think of who we could send to RYLA, if we have too many applicants we can let another club within the district sponsor them. We are sponsoring 2 this year. So please put your thinking cpas on and let Youth Director Harold Breitinger know. Thank you.
RYLA 2017-11-14 13:00:00Z 0
Our club was pleased to welcome Rotarian visitors, Roslyn and Ralph Tierney from the Rotary Club of Hobart last Thursday. Roslyn shared with us some interesting facts about her club, and praised our club for its mission to attempt to meet the needs of our local community. Here are Roslyn and Ralph with acting president for the night, PP Martin Mackay.
Visitors Join Us From Hobart Rotary 2017-11-11 13:00:00Z 0
Ink 32: How to Discover More About the Rotary Foundation
It is Foundation Month! Do you want to know what the latest news is on Rotary’s Polio initiative?
Go To:
Or Type “polioeradication”Into “Google” and the Polio site Site will come up…
Do you want to know how much you have contributed to the Rotary Foundation?
Log into My Rotary, go to Manage, Reports, and Click on “Donor History Report
The Donor History Report provides details of all donations reported to District Fundraising Chair Peter.
Do you want to know more about the Rotary Foundation in general?
Click on “The Rotary Foundation” tap on the site and many options become available on the white drop down section.
Scroll down the page and learn about programs, how funds are spent & awards. Learn about how Rotary Foundation funds are distributed. Learn about the history of the Foundation which started in 1917
Want to learn even more? Simply go to “youtube” and type in “Rotary Foundation” in the search box. Many Rotary videos will be available to watch. e.g.
Video Segment: Thank You “Rotary Foundation”
Available on Youtube:
Ink Spot 32: How to Find Out More About Our Foundation 2017-11-11 13:00:00Z 0
PP Mallee Rowe presented an engaging 3 (plus) minute talk on the state of his very new vocation, doing basically the same job that he had plus loads of other responsibilities that had been previously looked after by other people in the Pyrenees Shire. He now seems to be manager of everything that moves and every bridge around the state - and of course, he will do them all extremely well in his own unique style, but we wonder whether he is going to have any time at all left to do a bit of Farnarkling!
Mallee Shares The State of His (New) Vocation 2017-11-11 13:00:00Z 0
PP John Caulfield thanked the nine Maryborough Rotarians who assisted the Chaplaincy committee conduct a very successful Oaks Day event at the Maryborough Highland Society last Thursday. John singled out the fantastic efforts of Rotarians Esther Waters and Alison Teese who were the main drivers behind the event - and a great time was had by all.
PP John thanks team for the Oaks Day event 2017-11-11 13:00:00Z 0
One of our local Medical Trainees, who was Miss Universe Australia in a past life, shared her fascinating story with us on Thursday. Olivia Wells is an Australian charity worker and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe Australia 2013 and represented Australia at Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow, Russia on 9 November 2013. She originally entered the contest at the end of her year 12 as a bit of a joke, but actually won her way through to be Australia's Miss Universe. She is currently training to be a specialist in Palliative care.
Miss Universe Australia 2013 Visits us 2017-10-26 13:00:00Z 0
President Karen flew the flag for Polio Day on October 24th by painting people's pinkies purple for polio in front of the local newsagent.
President Karen Promotes Polio Day Geoff James 2017-10-24 13:00:00Z 0
Present Karen flew the flag for Polio Day on October 24th by painting people's pinkies purple for polio in front of the local newsagent.
President Karen promotes Polio Day Geoff James 2017-10-24 13:00:00Z 0
DG Ray Herbert shared his message and that of International Rotary President Ian Riseley at our meeting on Thursday. It was also Hat Night in aid of Australian Rotary Health, so Rotarians donned hats to get in the spirit. Winner of the most inspiring hat was Rotarian Esther Waters. During the night, PP Bob Osborne proposed a toast to the Rotary Club of Melbourne - the first Rotary club in Australia in 1921, and DG Ray presented President Karen with a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. At the end of the night there was a line up of a DG, DGE, DGN, PDG and AG with President Karen - what a load of acronyms!?
DG Ray Shares His Message 2017-10-20 13:00:00Z 0
Over 30 Rotarians and friends spent some productive time cleaning up Dowie Park last week. President Karen thanked everyone for their attendance and particularly PP Brian Thomas for organizing the event.
Rotarians and Friends Clean Up Dowie Park Geoff James 2017-10-12 13:00:00Z 0
Three impressive young women shared their visions for a better Maryborough at last Tuesday's Vocational Scholarship evening. Kym Skyring, Kelsey Chandler, and Judith Sproule are pictured with President Karen and Guest speaker, Emma King, the CEO of the Victorian Council of Social Services.
High Caliber of Participants for Vocational Scholarships Geoff James 2017-10-12 13:00:00Z 0
What a terrific event!  Over 200 riders entered the event and participated in either the long ride(114km) or short (46km).  The feedback from riders was how fantastic the day was accept for the wind for the last 8 - 10km. Unfortunately that was something that we couldn't change.
Congratulations Peter on the excellent organisation and to Rotarians who supported the event on Friday.  Many riders were certainly interested in competing again next year and also the proposed ride in March of the 3 reservoirs.
Photos show cyclists in the long version of the Pyrenees Bike Ride last Friday stopped at Landsborough for a morning tea of bananas, muesli bars, fruit cake and lamingtons served with tea, coffee or water - well deserved after an hour or more of country riding across hills and plains!
The last photo was at the picturesque Blue Pyrenees Estate where the ride started and finished.
Successful Pyrenees Bike Ride Geoff James 2017-10-02 13:00:00Z 0
Three Paramedics and the Ambulance Auxiliary President for the last five years were each presented with a Pride of Workmanship award at last Thursday's meeting. From top left, are paramedics, Isla Douglas, Joseph McCallum and Caitlin Murphy, and bottom right is President Dianne Mullins. Our club has been presenting these awards in different vocational areas for over three decades. The awards recognize exemplary workers who take pride in their work and demonstrate the motto "Do it once, do it well"
Each year we select a different vocational area to be the focus of these annual awards.
Pride of Workmanship Awards Night 2017 GJ 2017-09-14 14:00:00Z 0
Four members of Ambulance Victoria were presented with Pride of Workmanship awards at last Thursday's meeting. They included, from top left, Paramedics Isla Douglas, Joseph McCallaum, and Caitlin Murphy, and Ambulance Auxiliary President for the last 5 years, Dianne Mullins. Our club has been providing these awards for over three decades, and each year we select a different vocational area to be the focus of these annual awards.
Pride of Workmanship 2017 GJ 2017-09-14 14:00:00Z 0
This program is a key part of Rotary’s Vocational Avenue of Service
It was launched in 1975 as a Rotary Project at the Rotary District 9680 Conference
Its aim was to encourage pride in performance in the work- place, and help create a positive national attitude
PDG Les Whitcroft, Rotary Club of Ryde, produced the first  plaques - “Do it once, Do it well. Build a Better Australia”
Rotary Club of Pennant Hills followed up with the promotion of annual Pride of Workmanship Awards and the sale of plaques
The program has been adopted by over 600 Rotary Clubs in Australia, NZ, the South Pacific, Canada and the US.
The program has 5 Objectives
1. To promote Vocational Service.
2. To encourage Pride of Workmanship in all vocations
3. To provide  employers with an opportunity to recognise employees who display those qualities which are worthy of an award
4. To encourage favourable employer/employee relationships and a sense of community pride in individual achievement.
5. To provide an opportunity for Rotary to be involved in the Community, particularly the Business Community.
Maryborough Rotary has been running Pride of Workmanship Awards Since the 1980’s
Our Approach has been to choose one Vocational area in the community each year, but in other communities the awards are open to all vocational areas each year.
INK 31 Pride of Workmanship 101 2017-09-14 14:00:00Z 0
Pride of Workmanship This Thursday - Partners Night 2017-09-09 14:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Harold gave members a review of our recent debate with the Maryborough Education Centre students and also a preview of our LIFT program with Indigenous students.
Harold keeps us Up to Date with Youth 2017-09-03 14:00:00Z 0
Suzanne Rea tells about her World Famous Rotary Program 2017-09-03 14:00:00Z 0
<1> August is Membership Month
▪    Membership Retention is a problem for Rotary
<2> Sad Retention Statistics
▪    Rotary has gained and lost 1.2 million members in the last 7 years
▪    Only 7% leave for involuntary purposes
▪    Most who leave are newer members i.e. have been in Rotary less than 3 years
<3> Why newer members stay
▪    New members indicate they stay in Rotary to…
–    Serve the community
–    Network
–    Represent their vocation
–    Develop leadership skills
<4> What we can do
▪    1)   Set up a Member Services  Committee
–    To monitor membership
<5> What we can do
▪    2)   Measure & Examine  Club’s History of Engagement and Member Retention  Rate
<6> What we can do
▪    3)   Provide Pre-Induction Orientation  Program
<7> What we can do
▪    4)   Greet – Assign a Job –  Introduce
<8> What we can do
▪    5)   Develop a Mentor & Education  Program
<9> What we can do
▪    6)   Conduct a Reception for New  Members
<10> What we can do
▪    7)   Log New Member Activities  during the first year
<11> What we can do
▪    8)   After Year One- Recognize & Interview
<12> What we can do
▪    9)   Advocate New Member Opportunities in Rotary
<13> What we can do
▪    10) Provide Networking  & Professional Development Opportunities
<14> What we can do
▪    11) Spot Danger Signs  and Remedy Engagement Problems
<15> What we can do
▪    12) Be Innovative – Highlight  the Reasons We Stay in Rotary
Ideas from Rotary Leadership Institute Booklet Part 1: 2015-18
Ink 30: 12 Things We Can Do About Membership Retention 2017-09-03 14:00:00Z 0
Ink Spot 29: Rotary’s Famous 711
Rotary History
<1> Why is 711 significant to Rotary?
▪    Number 711 is significant – why?
▪    Not the Store Chain
▪    Room 711, Unity Building
▪    127 North Dearborn St. Chicago
▪    Birthplace of RI in 1905
<2> The Room
▪    Room belonged to Gus Loehr, Engineer
▪    Location of “the” first Rotary meeting
<3> A Meeting of 4 Friends
▪    A meeting between Paul Harris
▪    …and 3 friends
<4> Room 711 Preserved as a Museum
▪    Originally, preserved as a mini museum
▪    By Rotarians around the world…
▪    …contributing to the “Paul Harris 711 Club”
<5>           Unity Building Destroyed
▪    1989 - Unity Building was to be torn down
▪    Members of 711 club dismantled the room piece by piece
▪    Placed contents in storage
<6> Room Re-created
▪    1994, Room 711 re-created after painstaking research…
▪    …at RI Headquarters in Evanston
<7> Now a Mecca for Rotarians
▪    Now visited by Rotarians around the world
<8> A Fitting Reminder
Ink Spot 29: Rotary's Famous 711 2017-08-24 14:00:00Z 0
Toby seemed to have great delight in toasting, on Thursday, an International Rotary club near Seattle with the same name as his surname - the Rotary Club of Bainbridge!
Toby Toasts the Rotary Club of Bainbridge 2017-08-24 14:00:00Z 0
PP PHF Derrick shared his experience of going back to work in his "3 Minute State of My Vocation" talk on Thursday. For Derrick, the big difference has been dealing with "the Cloud" in most of his tasks. Members thought that meant he was off with the fairies!
Derrick is Back at Work 2017-08-24 14:00:00Z 0
Friends of the Earth Share Their Passion 2017-08-13 14:00:00Z 0
What would you do with an extra 30 hours a month?
Busy Lifestyle syndrome and the Boiling Frog
  • You can be working away, trying to manage several things and not realise that the water is getting hotter and hotter. Soon it becomes boiling and you’re cooked! You have run out of time and energy
Most people’s pain points
  • Interruptions- 70%
  • Lack of focus-53%
  • Not enough time – 36%
  • Not enough control – 23%
  • Managing priorities – 9%
  • Easily distracted – 9%
Top 10 Time saving Tips
{01} Make a To Do list
  • Within this list, schedule deadlines for yourself and others
{02} Energy batch
  • Identify when you are at your peak
  • Complete harder tasks during this time
{03} Schedule “Me time” and breaks
  • Your busy life must include some down time and time for yourself to do the things you enjoy
{04} Reject all of the following:
  • Multi-tasking – studies show this is not productive
  • Interruptions
  • Procrastination
  • Not setting priorities
  • Open deadlines
  • Saboteurs
  • Your own inner saboteur
{05} Control emails and phone calls
  • Batch
  • 4 – D’s (Drop unimportant tasks. Delay less important. Delegate where you can. Do)
  • Triage phone calls
  • Use smart messages
  • Use voicemail – control when you can ring back
{06} Control meetings
  • Always have an agenda and try to stick to it
  • Ask for items of business prior to meeting and don’t include new ones without notice
  • Identify meeting time – be clear about start and end times and consider how long it needs to be
  • Set meeting protocols
{07} Decide Once!!
{08} Outsource
  • Check if this is the best option and use of time
  • Ensure you consider your time per hour when deliberating your options
{09} Insource
  • Seek others assistance if necessary and when available
  • Consider other staff who may have time and the particular skills required
{10} Reject Piling –
  • put things away
  • only touch paper once
  • deal with it
INK 28_10 Top Time Management Tips GJ 2017-08-12 14:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Tracey Smith won the prize for Heads and Tails last Thursday - and members should note that prizes have been significantly improved!
Tracey wins Heads and Tails 2017-07-27 14:00:00Z 0
Murray Henderson shared the story of the changes in his vocation at Thursday's meeting. After being the manager of a large farm and dealing with pasture improvement and producing elite animals, and serious accident changed his life. Now he delivers bread to district bakeries and loves it - apart from running into kangaroos which is definitely a work hazard!
Murray Shares the Changes in His Vocation 2017-07-27 14:00:00Z 0
Club members voted for a new set of rules last Thursday (July 27th) which clariufy our membership area, increase the size of the Board, and bring our club into line with changes made at the most recent Rotary Council of Legislation.
Club Votes on New Rules 2017-07-27 14:00:00Z 0
Rotarians and their partners are invited to attend our #SayNO2familyviolence race meeting this Sunday (30th July) at the Maryborough harness racing club. Last week the #SayNO2familyviolence sign was erected in a prominent place on the wall around the Maryborough Harness Racing track. Each race has been sponsored with the name of a key message about our family violence. The Maryborough harness racing club, through its manager, Les Chapman, have been great supporters of our program.
The meeting will gain 10 million views worldwide and will be screened into over 3600 TABs and clubs throughout Australia.  Come along with your partners and family and have a great day at the races.
#SayNO2familyviolence TLS 2017-07-22 14:00:00Z 0
Last week we had Wayne Belcher, Terry Hillier and two lovely young ladies who were the Ambassadors for the program. Tegan Dixon  & Kody Parker (Year 10 MEC students) gave a very captivating presentation with this being Kody's first time speaking in front of an audience outside of the programme. They outlined the benefits they have received by being a part of the programme

The Beacon Foundation, established in 1988 in Tasmania, has grown to become a national not for profit organisation, operating in all Australian states and territories.

We believe every young person has the right to hope, a job, financial opportunity and the sense of personal success this provides them. Beacon focuses on disadvantaged communities and areas of high youth disengagement and unemployment, where the risk and the need are greatest. We work with schools, businesses and communities to help bring relevance to the curriculum, and inspire young people to think about careers and experience the workplace, long before they leave school. This helps school retention rates and teaches real-life skills, preparing them for the workplace.

Beacon will assist over 15,000 young Australians from just over 140 schools and communities in 2017. Pictured is L-R Terry Hillier, Kody Parker, Tegan Dixon, Wayne Belcher and chair for the night PP PHF Thea Allan.

Beacon Ambassadors at Rotary KMM 2017-07-22 14:00:00Z 0
The debate between Rotarians and the students of Highview & MEC  will be taking place on the 17th of August and will be a PARTNERS NIGHT. Catering will be provided by Parkview Bakery. A sheet will be coming around the meeting for you to mark your attendance on, plus your partner if they are also attending.  Members of the public and schools are most welcome to attend. Any family and friends are encouraged to come along to watch this spectacular event.
Any suggestions for topics and any Rotarian who would like to be involved on the night please let Harold Breitinger or Graeme Rogan know.
Rotarians - Highview/MEC Great Debate KMM 2017-07-22 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Ballarat South Invitation 2017-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
District Conference in 2018
The Conference for DG Ray Herbert is in Mt Gambier at the Civic Centre in the Cave Gardens Precinct April 6-8th 2018.
District Conference Karen McCarthy 2017-07-09 14:00:00Z 0

Drysdale Rotary Club  has just launched its IGKNITE project - knitting beanies for Lifeline and raising funds for ARH.

If any members (or friends and family) who are knitters, or have yarn they would like to donate to a good cause, we would be delighted to accept the beanies and pass them on for you. The yarn would go to our volunteer knitters, to make the beanies. Drysdale Rotary knitters are also looking for sponsors.

We were delighted to donate 50 beanies to Lifeline at our meeting last Monday. Please give all donations to your President to pass on. 

Any assistance would be very much appreciated

Many thanks
Catherine Eagleson
President 2017-2018
Drysdale Rotary Club

IGKNITE 2017 - Drysdale Rotary Club Karen McCarthy 2017-07-09 14:00:00Z 0
On Saturday night, Martin Mackay handed over the Presidential chain of office to Karen McCarthy who becomes our 2017-18 Rotary Club President. Over 130 people from numerous Rotary, and other Service clubs witnessed the handover. Thanks for a great year, Martin, and all the very best for your year, President Karen. Also pictured are the new Board members for this coming year.
Maryborough Changeover Dinner 2017-07-01 14:00:00Z 0
PP Garry Higgins was guest speaker at the Stawell Changeover on Tuesday night and provide everyone with a great overview of how Maryborough has developed its family violence program. There was a lot of interest from all in attendance.
Garry Shares the #SayNO Story at Stawell Changeover 2017-06-27 14:00:00Z 0
Our club was well represented at the District Changeover in Mount Gambier last Sunday. One big but pleasant surprise was that our club was awarded the "Best Project of the Year" award for our Family Violence work. Outgoing DG Stephen presented the award to President Martin. Later in the afternoon, Anthony Ohlsen was confirmed as DGE for 2017-18 - only one year to go before we have our third District Governor at the club. President Martin was also confirmed by incoming DG Ray Herbert as a new Assistant Governor for Group 7. All in all, a very big day for our club.
Maryborough at the District Changeover 2017-06-26 14:00:00Z 0
All members are urged to complete the Engagement survey and get it to PDG Geoff OR Secretary Derrick as soon as possible. So far, 24 surveys have been submitted which is just 50% of members. We need to have feedback from everyone if we are to make use of this tool and improve the Rotary experience for everyone. You can either complete the survey form in Word and email the form to us, or print it out, fill it in by hand and give it to Secretary Derrick at a meeting. Let us know if you have mislaid your copy, and we'll get you a new one - the survey only takes 3 minutes to complete.
PLEASE Complete your Engagement Survey 2017-06-26 14:00:00Z 0
Due to a power blackout caused by a road accident on the Highway near Beaufort, the Beaufort Rotary Club Changeover Dinner was held in Candlelight. The candles created a great atmosphere, and a good roll up of guests saw Past President George Kirsanovs inducted for a second year in the job. Guest speakers were a couple of Year 11 girls from the Beaufort Secondary College who spoke about their experience coming second to many big Melbourne schools at the Model United Nations event at Parliament House recently.
A Candlelight Changeover at Beaufort 2017-06-26 14:00:00Z 0
President Martin completed his year in style last Thursday when he presided over a "Rotary is No Joke" night and almost all members tried their hand at sharing a funny story of three. Martin also proposed an International Toast to the Rotary Foundation as a celebration of the Foundation's 100 year anniversary last week. Thanks for a great year, Martin!
Martin's Last Night &amp; A Toast the Foundation 2017-06-22 14:00:00Z 0
PP David Hare gave an interesting review of the changes in the Optometry industry over recent years. These changes include Optometrists being able to prescribe more medications to assist clients with visual problems, and using cameras that can provide images of the eyes without the need for eye drops etc.
PP David shares his Vocational Changes 2017-06-22 14:00:00Z 0
Last meeting, Rotarian Shane gave a brief report on the recent RYPEN camp organized by our club. 25 students attended and all had a good time, but around a third were young people with Special needs. With the upcoming change to the managers of Adekate, and the increasing difficulty of finding supervisors, Shane suggests it might be time for our club to have a break from this program.
Shane Reports on RYPEN 2017-06-22 14:00:00Z 0
PDG Geoff presented the club's updated Strategic plan to members on Thursday. The plan was emailed to all members during the week and will form the basis of our club's service to the world over the coming 12 months. Members were also asked to complete an engagement survey (also emailed to members) and include their name so the membership committee can advocate for club projects that better engage members in service that suits their skills and interests. If you haven't completed or handed in your survey yet, please complete it in Word and email it to Geoff as soon as possible - or alternatively, print it out and fill it in by hand and then hand it in at one of our next couple of meetings. It only takes 2-3 minutes to complete. We'd really like surveys in before the end of this Rotary year. Thanks for your assistance in this and thanks to those who have already handed in their sheets.
New Strategy Plan Affirmed with Survey 2017-06-16 14:00:00Z 0
At last week's meeting, Rotarian Murray proposed an International toast to the Rotary Club of Juno in Alaska, and also reported that our club has raised $176.00 from the sale of almost 500 Bowelscan kits during May.
Murray toasts Juno &amp; Praises Bowelscan 2017-06-16 14:00:00Z 0
On Thursday, President Martin presented Centurion certificates to most of our club members for contributing over $100 to the Foundation in 2015-16. Some members, like Bob Butterfield were so appreciative they just had to kiss our President. PP Garry used the opportunity to show how well his new knees work. And Rotarian Leigh found it hard not to look down on the experience. At least the Foundation has benefitted greatly from the generosity of our club members!
President Martin Presents Centurion Certificates to Members 2017-06-16 14:00:00Z 0
PP Derrick announced that our updated club Rules and Bylaws have been prepared by a Melbourne Legal firm (to incorporate all the new changes in Rotary) and will be sent to club members in the coming week. Members have 7 days to request changes before the rules are declared as official and the countdown starts to the Special club meeting (30 days later) when they are officially adopted by the club.
Derrick Introduces our New Rules and Bylaws 2017-06-16 14:00:00Z 0
Toby Shares His Publishing Vocational Journey 2017-06-16 14:00:00Z 0
Some members have been asked what the Plan Affirmation night is about. Actually, it shouldn't take up the whole night, but it will be a time when we announce that the new plan has been sent to members, when we thank those who have been involved in its production, when we get people to complete their engagement surveys (or hand them in if already completed), and when we announce the roles that are yet to be filled and which need to be filled before we abandon their related goals for this year. We need as many members at this meeting as possible to enable this process to work well. This week, we'll be also handing out the Centurion certificates for those members who have qualified.
What is the Plan Affirmation Night? 2017-06-12 14:00:00Z 0
Upcoming State of My Vocation Talks 2017-06-08 14:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Shane provided a concise, informative and fascinating insight into the current state of farming in our area at last Thursday's meeting.
The State of Shane's Vocation 2017-06-08 14:00:00Z 0
Enrol Now for Rotary Leadership Institute 2017-06-08 14:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, our club members met at the Maryborough Guides Hall, enjoyed a wonderful home-cooked meal and heard about the history of guiding in Maryborough from leader, Lyn Curry.
Guiding is Alive and Well 2017-06-08 14:00:00Z 0
Over a hundred Rotarians, friends and members of the community enjoyed a fun night on Saturday to raise funds for our club's International projects. As a result of door takings and generous contributions to the many fun competitions and activities on the night, Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC), Donations in Kind (DIK), Days for Girls and Australian Rotary Health (ARH) Indigenous Scholarships will benefit. A big "thank you" to all those members who gathered tables for the night, or assisted with the running of the event. Most attendees got into the spirit of the event and dressed up in costumes related to their chosen country of the world. A special "thank you" must go to Vice President Meryl who organized the event and negotiated numbers with the Highland society right up until the day of the event. The picture shows some of the crowd learning and enjoying an International dance.
A Great Night at the International Harmony Dinner 2017-06-05 14:00:00Z 0
Leigh Proposes Toast to International Club 2017-05-25 14:00:00Z 0
The District 9780 "Code of Conduct" document has been passed by the District Board and clubs are invited to include the document in all new member packages from now on. This is the text of the document:
The Rotary D9780 Code of Conduct sets the standard of behaviour expected of all Rotarians, partners and volunteers in District 9780 and is underpinned by Rotary’s Guiding Principles and the Four Way test. It is designed to ensure that all Rotarians and volunteers are aware of their obligations and responsibilities.
As a Rotarian or volunteer in Rotary District 9780, I will;
  • Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviours and activities,
  • Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary
  • Conduct all of my personal, business and professional affairs ethically, encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others
  • Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings.In particular,
    • I will not act unlawfully by discriminating against any Rotarian, volunteer or member of the public on the basis of age, gender, marital status, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation , mental or physical ability, political or religious beliefs, social background or health
  • Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society
  • Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others and to improve the quality of life in my community
  • Honour the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything that will bring disfavour or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians. In particular,
    • I will represent Rotary International in a positive light;
    • I will support an environment in which all persons are safe from emotional, physical, verbal and sexual abuse; and
    • I will respect other’s rights to privacy and the confidentiality of their personal information.
  • Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship.
INK 26_D9780 Code of Conduct 2017-05-25 14:00:00Z 0
President Martin gave a report on our recent Group 7 meeting at Beaufort where the guest speak was a gentleman working with a men's behavioural change program in Ballarat. he was originally from New Zealand and started his speech with a fascinating "prayer" to the local spirits.
Martin Reports on Group 7 Meeting 2017-05-25 14:00:00Z 0
tracey  Trace Smith 2017-05-21 14:00:00Z 0
Chairs and Directors presented their updated Strategic plans to club members last Thursday. These revised plans will be  listed in an updated Strategic Plan document to be emailed to all Club Members in the next few weeks. 2018-2019 promises to be an exciting year.
Plans Proposed for Next Rotary Year 2017-05-18 14:00:00Z 0
David Shares Toast to New Zealand Club 2017-05-18 14:00:00Z 0
{01} Not For Profit Organizations
•    Most Rotary clubs are incorporated as “Not for Profit” (NFP) organizations
•    This status has some legal advantages, but also involves responsibilities to the law
•    These responsibilities sit alongside our Rotary Obligations
{02} Role of the NFP Board
•    Makes decisions about strategic directions, goals and activities of the organization
•    Monitors the performance of the organization in relation to its goals
•    Oversees Risk Management
•    Oversees the financial sustainability of the club
•    Makes decisions about disciplinary actions
•    Reports to members
•    Ensures the organization operates within the law
{03} Role of Each NFP Board Member
•    Understand the business of the club
•    Attend Board meetings
•    Be active in the organization e.g. attend events
•    Attend the Annual General Meeting
•    Provide advice to inform Board decisions
•    Declare actual or perceived conflict of interest
•    Govern & oversee the club’s operations
{04} Board Role C/F Other Roles
•    Board member role is strategic
•    Has to do with Governing the Club
•    NOT the management or operations
•    Projects and activities are run by committees, chairs and co-ordinators - NOT the Board
•    Board NOT involved in day to day running of the club – but it delegates authority to Chairs
{05} 4 Legal Obligations of NFP Board Members - Obligation 1
•    1. Duty to Act in Good Faith and For Proper Purposes
•    Act honestly, fairly and loyally
•    Put interests of club first – above self interest
•    Only act for proper purposes i.e. to benefit the organization
•    Be familiar with the Club Constitution
{06} 4 Legal Obligations of NFP Board Members – Obligation 2
•    2. Duty to Act with Care, Skill and Diligence
•    Monitor and make decisions about strategic direction of club
•    Be serious – give the role sufficient time, thought and energy
•    Use your specialized skills to assist the Club
•    Be diligent: keep up to date on developments, ask for more information when required, make your own independent decisions after hearing experts
{07} 4 Legal Obligations of NFP Board Members – Obligation 3
•    3. Duty not to dishonestly use your position or information
•    Board members have a position of power and trust and access to confidential information
•    Board members must not use their position to gain advantage for themselves
•    Every decision must benefit the club
•    The position cannot be used to benefit yourself or to in any way harm the club.
{08} 4 Legal Obligations of NFP Board Members – Obligation 4
•    4. Duty to avoid conflicts of interest
•    Conflicts of interest are common – having one is not the problem
•    The problem arises when the Board member prefers their own interests (or family interests) above the interests of the club
•    ALL Conflicts of interest must be disclosed as soon as you are aware of them – the Club Board must then decide whether you can continue in the decision making process
{09} Liability of Board Members
•    Board members are typically NOT personally liable (i.e. legally responsible) for the debts or consequences of the organization
•    Personal liability MAY apply when:
•    a Board member doesn’t take reasonable care to minimize risk of harm
•    A member knew, or is reckless about, and could have prevented contravening of environment laws
{10} More Information
• (Not for Profit law resources)
• (Australian Charities and Not For profits Commission)
•    Associations Incorporation Act 1964, 1981, 1985, 1991, 2001, 2009, 2012, 2015,)
•    A Document with all this information and more will be sent to all Board members
INK 25: 10 Things to Know About Being a NFP Board Member 2017-05-14 14:00:00Z 0
DGN Anthony shared a video presentation of current thinking about our club's application to obtain funds from the Potter Foundation to distribute information about our Family Violence Program to the world. Central to the presentation is the concept of a distribution hub that would provide a mechanism to assist the sharing of information as well as providing some form of quality control over what goes out. It seemed to be quite a sophisticated concept and there were a number of questions from members attempting to grasp exactly how the hub might work. The Family Violence committee is looking for further feed-back that might assist them in going forward with this exciting venture.
Anthony Shares Current State of our Family Violence Development. 2017-05-14 14:00:00Z 0
At Thursday's meeting, Rotarian Bob Butterfield provided a fascinating insight into his vocations as a tennis player and coach as part of our "State of My Vocation" series. Pictured is a group of players who attended one of Bob's many clinics.
Bob challenged those present to consider the state of our local tennis courts which have greatly deteriorated from the state in which he played competetive tennis as a young player and which he then considered to be amongst the best courts in the State.  He suggested that while a lack of qualified tennnis coaching may diminish the prospects of younger players joining the game, the greater variety of sports available to young people to play was also responsible for a drift away from the game by potential new players. 
Bob Shares His Tennis Journey 2017-05-14 14:00:00Z 0
On the left, some of the Maryborough team at Sunday's District Training Assembly - preparing for another year of service above self. On the right is the District Governor team for the next Rotary year - Governor Nominee Rosanne Kava, Governor Elect, Anthony, and Governor Ray Herbert
Maryborough At Assembly 2017-05-07 14:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, legendary Age photographer, Bruce Postle enthralled an audience of over one hundred Rotarians and locals with his stories behind some of his most famous photographs. We saw amazing photographs of sunrises, bushfires, floods, sporting greats, entertainers, politicians, royalty, ordinary Australians and iconic Australian events. The event was a fund raiser for our Family Violence program.
Bruce Postle Enthrall's His Audience 2017-05-04 14:00:00Z 0
Last weeks Round 6 FNFF result was 75-73 so the winner was 5-3 and Bob Butterfield had the lucky square. This was a square Bob purchased on Thursday night with his winnings from the week before. Well done Bob.
Friday Footy Frenzy Results 2017-05-02 14:00:00Z 0
Rod Brown presented his "State of My Vocation" talk on the 27th and painted a compelling picture of key changes in the transport industry since he started working in this area in the 70's. Truck engines are now almost 4 times as powerful as they were in the 70's and yet they are more fuel efficient. Many different kinds of fuels are being tried and the most promising is liquid gas, but it requires a lot of superstructure changes to make it viable.   The Club thanked Rod for painstakingly explaining the source of his capacity to pay the large and many fines he faced after he finished speaking.  
Rod Shares His Vocational Journey with Trucks 2017-04-27 14:00:00Z 0
Acting Sergeant Murray gave Shane the opportunity to tell his favourite joke, and it certainly rang a bell with members!
Shane rings up a great joke 2017-04-27 14:00:00Z 0
We've already had some changes to the "State of My Vocation" talk roster, so Version 2 will be emailed to members soon - please get rid of the old version. Here are the dates and names for the next 6 weeks:
Harold Breitinger
Rodney Brown*#
Bob Butterfield
Tony Coyle
State of My Vocation Roster Take 2 2017-04-24 14:00:00Z 0
PP and current Secretary Derrick revealed some of his experiences as a Camp Parent (with Karen) at the recent District RYLA camp at Kangaroobie. He said at least 10 young lives were significantly changed for the better by the RYLA experience and he encouraged our club to always make the effort to send a young adult to the camp each year.  Aside from these comments Derrick reminded Club Members that 'what happens at RYLA stays at RYLA'.  
Derrick Reveals RYLA 2017-04-20 14:00:00Z 0
On Thursday, past Rotary member, John Sedunary shared his own recent journey since leaving Maryborough, and also the work of the Compassionate Friends organization of which he is currently CEO in Victoria.  It was an engaging presentation.  Compassionate Friends delivers support to bereaved parents, irrespective of the age or circumstances of the child who passed away and includes support for those whose children were miscarried.  Grants from State and Federal Government sustain the organisation.  One insight John shared was that the 'stages of grief' with which members may be familiar may not be experienced sequentially but simultaneously, retrospectively and repetitively.   
John Sedunary Shares Compassionate Friends 2017-04-20 14:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Harold kept members engaged with his "State of My Vocation" talk on his work as an Engineering Timber Tester. It was fascinating to hear how Harold's small, private business has been successfully competing against Governments and Universities around Australia for the niche market of testing the quality and strength of timber products. Next week's "State of My Vocation" speaker will be Rodney Brown.
Harold's Riveting Wood Testing Story 2017-04-20 14:00:00Z 0
Organize your tickets, table and chosen country now for the International Dinner at the Highland Society on June 3rd. Get tickets from the Highland society and tell Meryl your country.
International Harmony Dinner 2017-04-17 14:00:00Z 0
The State of My Vocation spot is only meant to be a couple of minutes long and is not the same as a "Job Talk" or "Member Talk". Briefly, members share how things are currently going in their CURRENT vocation, focusing maily on how things are changing and why. If the member is retired, the talk can be about what the member is CURRENTLY doing in their retirement, or how things are changing in ONE of their previous vocations. If a rostered member is not going to be present, please arrange for someone else to do the talk. Previous talks have been given by Graeme Rogan, Chris Frahn, Thea Allan, Mallee Rowe
April 20th: Harold Breitinger
April 27th: Rodney Brown
May 11th: Rob Bursill
May 18th: Bob Butterfield
State of My Vocation Roster 2017-04-17 14:00:00Z 0
Not only did our club host RYPEN this year, but we also hosted RYLA and PP Derrick and Karen were the Camp Parents for this event. President Martin and Toby made the three and a half hour journey through flood waters to Kangaroobie to attend Wednesday's final dinner on behalf of the club. A big "thank you" to Derrick and Karen for being Camp Parents, and to Martin and Toby for attending the dinner on the Wednesday night. This is a picture of the entrance to the camp.
Our Club Hosts RYLA 2017-04-13 14:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Shane, Jacqie and other club members were active last week end as our club hosted the District 9780 Rypen Camp for 13 to 18 year olds. This year, there was only one camp in the District, so we had young people from all over Western Vistoria. Shane reported that a good time was had by all, and many young people got a lot out of the event. Here is the group waiting for the Personality Workshop on Sunday morning. Thanks again Shane and Jacquie for all your hard work in keeping this event going.
Our Club Hosts Rypen Again 2017-04-13 14:00:00Z 0
Plan to Be at the Bruce Postle Event 2017-04-13 14:00:00Z 0
New member, Sam and wife, Rosa shared their story at our club on Thursday morning at Bristol Inn. Sam was a politician in India, and Rosa was studying food processing when they decided to take a leap of faith and try living in Australia. After a time living in Melbourne, they moved to Maryborough to set up an Indian Restaurant and have been very happy with their move. Rosa noted that one of the biggest differences between life in India and life in Australia is that in Australia, wherever you go, the language and culture is basically the same. In India, the language and culture changes dramatically from village to village! At first, Sam and Rosa's two children found it hard to adjust to life in Maryborough, but now they don't want to leave. Our club feels very fortunate to now have some different cultural perspectives in our mix of members.
Sam and Rosa Share Their Story 2017-04-13 14:00:00Z 0
{01} Why Rotary Cares
•    Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.
{02} Why Rotary Cares
•    We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.
{03} Rotary Helps Mothers Take Control
•    So, Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.
{04} Example - Education
•    Rotary members teach mothers how to breast-feed, promote immunizations and regular checkups, and distribute insecticide-treated bed nets.
{05} Example - Improved Access to Care
•    Rotary programs improve women’s access to skilled health personnel: doctors, nurses, midwives, or community health care workers.
{06} Example - Clean Birth Kits
•    Rotary members distribute clean birth kits and train health workers in safe delivery of babies.
{07} Example - Mobile Pre Natal Clinics
•    Haiti has the highest maternal and infant mortality rate of any country in the western hemisphere. Rotary provided a fully equipped medical Jeep to volunteers and midwives to reach mothers and children in remote areas.
{08} Example - Cancer Screening
•    Rotarians provided a mobile cancer screening unit and awareness trainings around Chennai, India, where there is a high mortality rate of women with breast and cervical cancer due to late diagnosis.
{09} Example - Safe Home Deliveries - Nigeria
•    Rotary members launched a $3 million, five-year pilot to save lives of mothers and children during home deliveries in Nigeria. Since 2005 — restoring dignity and hope to vulnerable mothers
{10} Summary - We Empower Mothers
•    "If mothers are empowered and healthy, so are their families, leading to an alleviation of poverty and hunger.” - Robert Zinser, co-founder of the Rotarian Action Group for Population and Development and retired president for Asia at chemical giant BASF
{11} So Spread the Word
•    Rotarians are urged to spread the word about Rotary’s work empowering mothers & children
INK 23: 10 Insights Into Maternal &amp; Child Health Month (April) 2017-04-06 14:00:00Z 0
Sergeant Chris Frahn shared his "Two Minutes on the state of (his) Vocation" last Thursday. Chris explained how his "Big Cat Print" business came about after he had lost his car and livelihood in a car accident. After successfully running his new business in Nolan Street for many years, he had an offer from someone in Melbourne to purchase the business, but when the sale fell through at the last minute, Chris and Sue recently moved to their home in Timor where running costs are less. The move doesn't seem to have greatly affected their clientele.
Chris Shares His Vocational Journey 2017-04-06 14:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, our own member, Louise Hanby D'Wynn, presented members with some stimulating ideas about possible areas for growth in Maryborough organizations, and particularly our Club. In her sights were Board members of organizations who need to be trained in proper governance skills, Boards that in their composition don't properly represent the age and ethnic groups of members in the organization, and organizations that have poor preparations in place for succession planning. In the lively discussion that followed, most people present seemed to agree that our town and our club needs to do more to make migrants from different cultures feel really welcome, and explore ways our club can be more welcoming for young adults.
Louise Tells It Like It Is 2017-04-06 14:00:00Z 0
Members are reminded that we'll have service committee meetings (International, Vocational, Community and Youth) from 6pm next Thursday in the usual spaces around Havilah, so please plan to arrive as early as possible. Committee chairs should be sending out agenda notices during this coming week. Chairs of committees not meeting next Thursday (Fundraising, Membership, Administration, Foundation and Promotion) may like to plan a meeting after the meeting - or at some other time.
Remember Committee Meetings This Week! Please attend the meeting at 6pm sharp! 2017-03-23 13:00:00Z 0
At Thursday's meeting, club members were introduced to Jasmine King, our sponsored RYPEN participant for 2017 from the Maryborough Education Centre. Jasmine told club members about her interests and goals for the future and thanked the club for the opportunity to participate in the upcoming RYPEN camp. Certainly, an impressive young lady.
We Meet Our RYPEN participant 2017-03-23 13:00:00Z 0
For this week's "Two minutes on the State of our Vocation", PP Thea shared her story of work with the Carisbrook "Mercury" newspaper. She has been working with the paper on a voluntary basis for over a decade.
The State of Thea's Vocation 2017-03-23 13:00:00Z 0
VP Meryl shared the Ink Spot on Water and Sanitation
{01} WHY Clean Water?
•    Clean water and sanitation is a human right.
•    Clean water leads to healthier and more successful lives.
{02} HOW: Water Linked with Education
•    Rotary doesn't just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.
{03} HOW: The Water & Education Challenge
•    So, Rotary has issued a global challenge to its members, asking them to work collectively to improve education quality and access — particularly for girls — by working with communities to improve teacher training, curriculum, and water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities.
{04} HOW: Pilot Programs in 5 Countries
•    Education projects (WASH) are being piloted in five countries: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, India, and Kenya.
{05} HOW: Working with UNESCO
Rotary and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education have teamed up to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis by training professionals to devise and implement solutions in developing and emerging countries.
{06} HOW: Long Term Projects with U.S.
•    Rotary  has partnered with the U.S. Agency for International Development to implement sustainable, long-term projects to improve water supply, sanitation, and hygiene in the Dominican Republic, Ghana, and the Philippines.
{07} AIM 1 – Strengthen Local Communities
Strengthen the ability of communities to develop, fund, and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems.
{08} AIM 2: Equable Community Access to Water
•    Provide equitable community access to safe water, improved sanitation, and hygiene.
{09} AIM 3: Enhance Awareness
•    Support programs that enhance communities’ awareness of the benefits of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene.
{10} AIM 4: Support Research
•    Support career-minded professionals’ studies related to water and sanitation.
{11} AIM 5: Provide Tools
•    Create tools and resources that facilitate, measure, and enhance high-quality water and sanitation projects worldwide.
$24 – One person’s safe water
23 Million now have safe water thanks to Rotary
21 million have access to sanitation thanks to Rotary
By 2030, Rotary wants everyone to have clean water
{13} So Spread the Word
•    Rotarians are urged to spread the word about Rotary’s work for clean water
INK 21: 13 Insights Into Water &amp; Sanitation Month (March) 2017-03-23 13:00:00Z 0
Through the convenience of online video, Harvard Professor of Ethics, Michael Sandel shared with members his concerns about the Moral Limits of Money on Thursday. Sandel argues that it is not in the common good for society to not put some limits on the things we can purchase with money. He gave examples of wealthy prisoners being able to buy an upgrade for their prison cell, people being able to buy their way to the front of a queue, and schools and parents paying children to read books and get good grades. He asked, "Is this the society we really want - where the wealthy can effectively live separate lives from those with fewer resources?" He argues that for democracy to work well, people of all income levels should mix freely and share their perspectives of community problems so that the whole society benefits. Whilst it's perfectly fine for those with the resources to be able to buy more expensive "things" (the value of which doesn't change), it becomes a problem when we can buy services like education because money then changes the value and nature of the experience. As an example, Instead of reading a book for the sake of personal growth or fun, we'd be encouraging children to treat it as a money making venture. This session was the first in a planned series of program events organized by our Vocational Committee on Rotary Ethics.
The Moral Limits of Money 2017-03-23 13:00:00Z 0
On a recent visit to Portland Rotary several Members of the Maryborough team attended to deliver information to the local club and members of the Police, and other interested partied. The meeting was well attended and the information shared with passion and enthusiasm since the program was started. 
First Photo L-R: Wayne Barrett, PP Garry Higgins, Mayor Anita Rank, Portland Rotary President Richard de Konig, DGN Anthony Ohlsen, Maryborough Rotary Martin Mackay & Bob Butterfield.
Second Photo, L-R: Police )fficer Paul Phelan, PP Garry Higgins &  Wayne Barrett
Much discussion  was held and the audience was absorbing all the information given, they were already with a barrage of questions which were promptly answered. Adaption of what Maryborough has done to fit the new community has been thought through with much work to be done by the community taking on the project with the guidance of PP Garry Higgins and his very enthusiastic team. 
#SayNo2familyviolence Awareness visits Portland Rotary Club Karen McCarthy 2017-03-23 13:00:00Z 0
PP Mallee Rowe provided an entertaining and informative overview of his vocation maintaining Shire assets at Thursday's meeting. Unfortunately, with several unannounced Government budget cuts over recent years, it has become increasingly difficult to look after Shire assets. Mallee joked that his budget works best when there are floods, because flood relief can be used to repair roads and bridges!
Mallee Shares the State of His Vocation 2017-03-19 13:00:00Z 0
{01} Code of Ethics - 1915
  • At the 1915 Convention in San Francisco, Rotary Adopted a “Code of Ethics” - included 13 Principles
{02} The Four Way Test
  • In 1943, the Rotary Board promoted the 4 Way Test as an additional ethical guide to Rotarians.
  • But never officially adopted as a Code of Ethics.
{03} Revising the Code
  • In 1977, the Rotary Board decided to revive the Code of Ethics, but found business had changed too much so they dropped the idea, and in 1980,removed it from Rotary’s By Laws
{04} Redrafted as a Code of Conduct
  • 1988 Code of Ethics, RI President Chuck Keller had it re-drafted as the “Declaration of Rotarians in Businesses and Professions”
  • This declaration defined a set of values that were appropriate for the personal conduct of Rotarians in businesses or professions.
  • Now Known as the “Rotary Code of Conduct” – has 8 statements
{05} Integrity
  • 1. Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviors and activities.
{06} Using Vocational Talents
  • 2. Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary.
{07} Ethical Behaviour
  • 3. Conduct all of my personal, business, and professional affairs ethically, encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others.
{08} Respect & Fairness
  • 4. Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings.
{09} Respect all Occupations
  • 5. Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society.
{10} Serve the Community
  • 6. Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community.
{11} Not Reflect Adversely on Rotary
  • 7. Honour the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything that will bring disfavour or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians.
{12} No Privileges as a Rotarian
  • 8. Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship.
INK 20: 8 Principles of the Rotary Code of Conduct 2017-03-19 13:00:00Z 0
Celebrity Chef, Jeffrey Tan shared his remarkable story at our club last Thursday. He started his working life as an Accountant, but has always had a passion for cooking and made sure he followed that passion. Now he is a cooking consultant and has raised over 3 million dollars for charity with his Charity dinners.
Jeffrey Tan Speaks at Maryborough Rotary 2017-03-19 13:00:00Z 0

{01} What are Networking Groups?
• Global Networking Groups are one of Rotary’s seven official Structured Programs – The other 6 are Youth Exchange, Rotaract, Interact, RYLA, Friendship Exchange and Community Corps (RCC)
{02} What do they include?
• They include Rotary Action Groups (Groups focussed on service activities and Rotary Fellowships (Vocational and Recreational Interest Groups)
{03} How Many & Who For?
• There are almost 100 programs…
• …Open to Rotarians, Spouses of Rotarians and Rotaractors.
{04} Examples of Rotary Action Groups
• Alzheimer’s & Dementia
• Blindness Prevention
• Dental Volunteers
• Endangered Species
{05} More Examples of Action Groups
• Literacy
• Malaria
• Blood Donation
• Peace
{06} Examples of Fellowships
Antique Automobiles
Bird Watching
Cruising Rotarians
{07} More Fellowships
• Magicians
• Flying Rotarians
• Rotarian Singles
• Global History
{08} Dozens More…
{09} Benefits of Action Groups & Fellowships
• Opportunities to engage in meaningful service outside the club
• Club/district gains access to expertise around the world
• Development of Global Friendships
• Access to further funding for projects
{10} How to Join
• Talk to Local Members
• Search for the Action Group or Fellowship on Google – go to the site and look for the contact name and email address
• Simply email the contact expressing your interest
• They will send details & costs (If applicable)
{11} Part of This Year’s Presidential Citation
• Ensure that at least one club member belongs to a Board-recognized Rotarian Action Group (
• Report in Rotary Club Central
{12} How to Start One
• Contact: for details
• Groups are subject to approval by the Rotary Board
INK 18: Eleven Slides Explaining Rotary’s Global Networking Groups 2017-03-09 13:00:00Z 0
Public and Rotarians can Now Donate to Family Violence Through RAWCS on our Website 2017-03-09 13:00:00Z 0
On Thursday, the four District 9780 Group 7 Presidents (or representatives) - Todd, George, Martin and John - gave an outline of their club's work over the last 3 months. As always, it is quite amazing to see the huge amount of service going into these central Victorian communities of Ararat, Beaufort, Maryborough and Stawell.
The Group 7 Clubs Check In 2017-03-09 13:00:00Z 0
At our Thursday meeting, District Foundation Chair, Geoff, presented a banner to last year's President of the Maryborough Club, Thea Allan. The banner indicated that our club was the District's third highest giver to the Foundation last year.
Maryborough Third Highest Giving Club in D9780 in 2015-16 2017-03-09 13:00:00Z 0
Mallee Gives an Update on our Overseas Project 2017-03-06 13:00:00Z 0
Graeme Proposes a Toast and Gives the First Vocational Spot 2017-03-06 13:00:00Z 0
Treasurer Peter Haywood outlined his vision of a series of Cycling Fundraisers for our club at last Thursday's meeting. Judging by the follow up committee meeting, there was a lot of enthusiasm for his proposal.
Peter Outlines Vision of Cycling Fundraisers 2017-03-06 13:00:00Z 0
Inspiring Health Week Karen McCarthy 2017-03-02 13:00:00Z 0
A sizable number of Maryborough Rotarians have spent time on the barbeques at this year's Ballarat Swapmeet to raise funds for our club whilst helping to feed the thousands of visitors who attend the event. Pictured are some of the shift on from 6am to 10am on Saturday. Thank you everyone for your assistance and a big "thank you" to Karen and Derrick for all their organization of our participation.
Maryborough at the Swapmeet 2017-02-24 13:00:00Z 0
Our big Travel Raffle was drawn last Thursday by CEO of the Maryborough Health Centre, Terry Welch. Results are as follows:
1st prize:Tix 2493--- Aaron Hassah
2nd prize Tix 2494---Mark Ness
3rd prize Tix 1844 Mary Keeffe.
Congratulations to all prize winners and especially to members who sold tickets. We need to make a special mention of PE Karen who sold 30 books of tickets!
Travel Raffle Won By Ballan Resident Geoff James 2017-02-23 13:00:00Z 0
VP Meryl shared last week's "Ink Spot" and "International Toast" on Rotary Peace Centres.
INK 18: Nine Questions Answered On Rotary Peace Centres:
{01} What do we celebrate today?
•    Rotary's Birthday
{02} What is Rotary Mainly About?
•    The ultimate part of the Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the advancement of International understanding, goodwill and peace
{03} What is the Rotary Foundation’s First Area of Focus?
•    Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
{04} How Does Rotary Promote Peace?
•    Apart from Global Humanitarian work, Rotary has set up “Peace Centres” to train people to be “Peace Makers”
{05} Where are The Peace Centres?
Peace Centres are set up at Universities in:
•    USA,
•    Japan,
•    England,
•    Sweden and the
•    University of Queensland in Australia.
{06} How Do They Work?
•    Each year, Rotary International selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of their peace centers.
•    These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
•    Programs last 15 to 24 months
{07} What Happens to the Graduates?
•    Graduates become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution in their communities and around the globe. They…
•    are reintegrating refugees in Sudan
•    are creating jobs for disadvantaged women in India
•    are supporting reconstruction in devastated regions of the world
{08} What has been achieved?
•    In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building
•    Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.
{09} What we can do?
•    We can donate to Peace Centres as individuals
•    Our Club can donate money raised from a fund raiser
•    We can invite Australian Peace scholars to speak to us
•    We can make others aware of these facts
Meryl Shares Ink Spot on Rotary Peace Centres 2017-02-23 13:00:00Z 0
Sergeant Chris won $70.00 on the club swindle last Thursday. Here he is with the winning ticket and the not so elusive "Joker". Congratulations, Chris!
Sergeant Chris Wins The Swindle 2017-02-23 13:00:00Z 0
Maryborough Rotarians celebrated Rotary's birthday in style last Thursday complete with balloons, a cake and candles kindly supplied by PE Karen McCarthy.
Rotarians Celebrate Rotary's Birthday 2017-02-23 13:00:00Z 0
Almost 50 people from Rotary and the Ambulance Auxiliary attended the Ambulance station on Thursday night to hear member, Dr. David Tynan and an Ambulance Paramedic talk about the history and work of Maryborough's Ambulance service.
Attendees enjoyed a dinner prepared between both groups and learned of the history of ambulances in Maryborough, the comparatively recent professional development of ambulance crews and the value to our community of the auxiliary's fundraising.  'Cecil' the recusitation maniquin has enabled our local ambulance staff to signficantly improve their recusitation techniques.  Funds are now being raised for a belt like device that can consistently provide cardiac massage at a greater standard than a person can provide - while freeing the ambulance officer to treat other injuries.  Patients trapped in positions in which cardiac massage may be difficult to administer would also be assisted by this device.  
Maryborough Rotary presented the Maryborough Ambulance Auxiliary with $300 towards their fundraising efforts.  
Members Enjoy Ambulance Station Visit 2017-02-16 13:00:00Z 0
Female Rotarians and female partners of Rotarians are invited to consider attendance at one or two special events to celebrate International Women's Day on Wednesday March 8th. One is an Afternoon Tea organized by the Women's Out and About Group to be held at "Ripples" at 3pm. The other is a Dinner organized by ZONTA to be held at the Station at 7pm. Please contact Meryl ASAP if you'd like to join other Rotarians and friends attending one or both of the events.
International Women's Day Invitation 2017-02-16 13:00:00Z 0
Members are asked to consider whether their family would be willing to host a couple from India during the period, April 28th to May 13th. this year. 7 families from District 3053 are visiting our District during that time and all clubs have been asked to submit expressions of interest. Please contact VP Meryl as soon as possible if you are able to assist.
Assistance Required: Hosts needed for Friendship Exchange Visit 2017-02-16 13:00:00Z 0
On Thursday, Caitlyn Allan provided members with a fascinating insight into her experiences at the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra recently. Caitlyn spoke really well and revealed that the event clarified and focussed her intentions as a future worker in the field of medicine. Members can feel confident that this Rotary program is certainly fulfilling its purpose.
Caitlyn Shares Her NYSF Experiences 2017-02-09 13:00:00Z 0
Celebrate the Foundation Centenary 2017-02-04 13:00:00Z 0
Around 30 members and partners enjoyed an informative visit to the Maryborough Resource Centre on January 19th.  We toured and heard about the tourist area, the Library area and the new Children's book room. Members showed a lot of interest in the Centre's capacity to obtain books, movies, music CD's, audio books in hard copy or digital format from Resource centre's all over Australia. The group then moved over the road to Rammy Dessert, Sam's Restaurant, for a delicious meal of Indian food.
Enjoyable Visit to the Resource Centre and Rammy Dessert 2017-01-28 13:00:00Z 0
Almost 20 Rotarians and partners turned up at the Hub on January 26th to provide pancakes for the masses at the Australia Day celebration. Robyn Jennings did a great job at the cooking and we had a team of enthusiastic stirrers and hander-overer's. 
Large Team Provides Pancakes on Australia Day 2017-01-28 13:00:00Z 0
Around twenty Rotarians and local residents attended the screening of the Australian movie, "Backyard Ashes" last Saturday night. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the movie and lamented that others missed out on the opportunity. Organizer, Derrick explained that he had met the film producer at one of the Rotary Cricket events and the producer gave him a copy of the movie and the permission to hold a public showing in Maryborough. Derrick and Karen are to be congratulated for organizing the event and going to the trouble of providing popcorn, ice creams, drinks and lollies etc. to make the night a great movie experience. Hopefully, we can run another one at a time when there are not so many competing events.
A Fun Night of Backyard Cricket 2017-01-28 13:00:00Z 0
Reputedly hilarious,  details of the screening as follows: 
When;           Saturday 28th January 2017
Where:         Maryborough Education Centre, Theatre.
                        102 Balaclava Road, Maryborough. Vic 3465
Cost:              $15.00 Per Head – Proceeds going to #ENDPOLIONOW.
                        Refreshments and Nibbles available at intermission.
Tickets:         Available from Country Trends, Parkview Bakery & Bi-Rite Electrical
                       or by contacting Secretary, Derrick at or ring                              0487 392 233.
Please invite your family and friends.
This Saturday - Backyard Ashes Movie Fundraiser at MEC 2017-01-23 13:00:00Z 0
President Elect Ian Riseley Announces the New Rotary Theme 2017-01-16 13:00:00Z 0
Members and friends of Rotary enjoyed a night by (and in) the pool at Terry and Thea's home last Thursday. A big "Thank you" to Terry and Thea for making their home available for this event.
January Barby is a Cool Event 2017-01-16 13:00:00Z 0
Over 70 people gathered at the town hall on New Year's Eve to "Rock the Foundation". Everyone enjoyed dance music classics from the 50's to 70's whilst raising over $1000 for Rotary's own charity, the Rotary Foundation. Our thanks must go to Meryl James for handling most of the organization, to Parkview Bakery for supplying most of the food at cost price, to members of Seriously Sixties for playing at no, or reduced cost, to Thea, Priceline and Meryl for raffle prizes, to Havilah for supplying cutlery and to Rotarians Esther and Karen for serving tables, to Peter (and Bronwyn) for managing the door, to Derrick, Martin and Karen for Cooking, to Esther and Karen for managing the kitchen, and Derrick, Karen, Esther, Rodney (and Sue), Martin, Garry, Shane (and Jackie), Thea and Terry, Meryl and Geoff for assistance in setting up and/or cleaning up on Saturday and Sunday. Thanks also to those who attended and organized groups for tables. With another 30 people, we would have raised an extra $1000, so there is talk that we might do this event again next year and aim for 100.
Rock the Foundation a Social and Financial Success 2017-01-09 13:00:00Z 0
We trust all our current members, past members and friends have enjoyed the Christmas Season and that you will all enjoy a 2017 of peace and fulfillment. There will be no Bulletin for the next few weeks until after our meeting on January 12th which will be a barbeque at Terry and Thea's place.
Merry Christmas &amp; Happy New Year 2016-12-26 13:00:00Z 0
All those members who have been considering the possibility of Rocking the Foundation with us on New Year's Eve are encouraged to purchase tickets or at least inform us of numbers before Wednesday. We need your co-operation in this matter to confirm catering requirements by that time. It's still not too late to join us in having a great time dancing to classic songs from the 50s to the 80's, enjoying good food, participating in fun competitions for great prizes, and at the same time, doing some good for the world by supporting Rotary Foundation projects in its centenary year (i.e. after midnight). For those who have already made eating arrangements, why not come and join us after your meal - we have a reduced price available, and savoury plates will be available for purchase later in the evening. Remember to BYO drinks. Tickets may be purchased from Parkview Bakery or Country Trends, or contact Meryl on 54605474
It's Time to Rock the Foundation - Join Us on New Year's Eve 2016-12-22 13:00:00Z 0
Thanks for the great work so far, Chris 2016-12-22 13:00:00Z 0
As an international organization, Rotary offers each member unique opportunities and responsibilities. Although each Rotarian has first responsibility to uphold the obligations of citizenship of his or her own country, membership in Rotary enables Rotarians to take a somewhat different view of international affairs. In the early 1950s a Rotary philosophy was adopted to describe how a Rotarian may think on a global basis. Here is what it said:
Responsibility 1
A Global Minded Rotarian…
• looks beyond national patriotism and considers himself as sharing responsibility for the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace;
Responsibility 2
A Global Minded Rotarian…
• resists any tendency to act in terms of national or racial superiority;
Responsibility 3
A Global Minded Rotarian…
• seeks and develops common grounds for agreement with peoples of other lands;
Responsibility 4
A Global Minded Rotarian…
• defends the rule of law and order to preserve the liberty of the individual so that he may enjoy freedom of thought, speech and assembly, and freedom from persecution, aggression, want and fear;
Responsibility 5
A Global Minded Rotarian…
• supports action directed toward improving standards of living for all peoples, realizing that poverty anywhere endangers prosperity everywhere;
Responsibility 6
A Global Minded Rotarian…
• upholds the principles of justice for mankind;
Responsibility 7
A Global Minded Rotarian…
• strives always to promote peace between nations and prepares to make personal sacrifices for that ideal;
Responsibility 8
A Global Minded Rotarian…
• urges and practices a spirit of understanding of every other man's beliefs as a step toward international goodwill, recognizing that there are certain basic moral and spiritual standards which will ensure a richer, fuller life."
INK 16: 8 Responsibilities of an International Rotarian 2016-12-21 13:00:00Z 0
The Proposal:
At the 1917 convention in Atlanta, around July 17th, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.”
The First Donation:
A year later, in 1918,  the "Rotary Endowment Fund," as it was first labeled, received its first contribution of $26.50 from the Rotary Club of Kansas City, which was the balance of the Kansas City Convention account
Named the Rotary Foundation:
A decade later, The Rotary Foundation was formally established at the 1928 Minneapolis Convention and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International. In the next four years the Foundation fund grew to $50,000.
The Foundation’s First Gift:
In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.
The Paul Harris Memorial Fund:
When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.
Evolution of Foundation programs:
1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.
More New Programs:
1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.
3-H Grants:
1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.
Polio Plus:
1985: The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.
Peace Forums:
1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.
Future Vision Plan:
2013: New district, global, and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs. These are now called “Rotary Grants”
Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totalling more than $3.8 billion. In 2014-15, $26 million was given to the Foundation
INK 15: A Dozen Steps in the History of the Foundation 2016-12-12 13:00:00Z 0
Secretary Derrick reminded members on Thursday that in the wake of the Royal Commission into the abuse of young people, Rotary Australia has decreed that all members of all Rotary clubs need to confirm their status as suitable people to work with youth. This means that each member has to complete a declaration form and ensure their working with children card is up to date. Details of exactly what needs to be done will be emailed to all members in the next week or so.
Derrick Shares the Need for Youth Safety 2016-12-12 13:00:00Z 0
Almost 40 members gathered together at the Moonlight Inn on Saturday night for the club's Christmas Party event. 
A Big Thankyou to Robyn Jennings for organising the event and Geoff and Meryl for their Moonlight Music - and those who contributed to the Christmas Hamper won by Derrick Marsden.  
Members Enjoy a Night at the Moonlight Inn 2016-12-04 13:00:00Z 0
On Thursday, December 8th the Maryborough Rotary Club and Maryborough Harness Racing Club will again present a day of racing in support of the elimination of family violence in our community.
Maryborough Harness Club has generously named the event #SAYNO2FAMILYVIOLENCE and created an annual slot on their calendar.  Through the event, #SAYNO2FAMILYVIOLENCE has the opportunity to impact on the national level through television coverage.  With increased awareness and discussion Rotarians hope to eliminate family violence, so the youth of today can enjoy a healthy life.
Maryborough Rotary Club thanks all race sponsors who have contributed to the event, enabling Rotary to continue the fight.
Join Rotarians and the harness racing community at Thursday's race meeting.
 Please note, our meeting will be as usual on Thursday night.
#SayNO Trotting Event on this Thursday 2016-12-04 13:00:00Z 0
PP Gary Speaks at Launch of the Shire's Commitment to the Family Violence Cause. 2016-11-27 13:00:00Z 0
Five impressive young people entertained us on Thursday. All of them had been recent participants in the "Defy the Drift" camp conducted by members of the Rotary Club of Beaufort, and they shared their thoughts, feelings and experiences of the event.
Defy the Drift Participants Share Their Stories 2016-11-27 13:00:00Z 0
It was great to see long time Rotarian and honorary member John Selmon when he visited our tent at the Breakthrough. Pictured with John is current President, Martin Mackay.
Great To See Honorary Member John Selmon 2016-11-21 13:00:00Z 0
Mallee, Rob and Peter all doing their bit at our new marshalling location at the exit of one of the Pits. Thank you to all members who did one (or more) stints at this location during the Energy Breakthrough.
Our members marshalling at Energy Breakthrough! 2016-11-20 13:00:00Z 0
The new set-up worked well and apart from the demise of our hot water service, the trailer worked well at the Breakthrough. Thanks to all those who set up, cut up onions (thanks Graeme ), cooked and served throughout the event (some like Derrick, getting no sleep at all) and cleaned up. A huge team effort!
Review of our Member's BBQ efforts through the Breakthrough... 2016-11-20 13:00:00Z 0
During the Breakthrough, we put up a display of a Disaster Aid Box in the main street of Maryborough. If you have never seen the contents of these boxes have a look - the display will be up until Friday.
Disaster Aid Box On Display in Main Street 2016-11-20 13:00:00Z 0
Rock the Foundation on New Year's Eve 2016-11-13 13:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday evening was a special membership night in our club where we invited potential new members to come along and hear about Rotary and our club's programs. PDG Geoff started with an overview of Rotary's history, the Objects of Rotary and Avenues of Service, The Motto, the 4 Way Test and busting come common Myths about Rotary. Rotarian Meryl (pictured) then presented images of many of our club's programs in the 5 avenues of service - quite an impressive list. Finally, PP Gary Higgins gave a quick overview of our #SayNO2FamilyViolence program and showed the video being used to promote the program in the community. We hope our potential members received an accurate idea of our great organization and enjoyed the evening. We look forward to seeing them take the next step.
Potential New Members Hear About Rotary 2016-11-13 13:00:00Z 0
Members were very pleased to welcome Shyam (Sam) Sundermalik as our newest member last Thursday. Here is Sam with President Martin and Sam's sponsor and mentor, Thea Allan. We look forward to hearing about Sam's journey during a later meeting.
New Member Sam Inducted 2016-11-13 13:00:00Z 0
Check out the recently added article on how men can reduce family violence. You can download the file from the Family Violence link in the left column of the club Home page. The file is found in "Press Releases".
Men's Role in Ending Family Violence 2016-11-09 13:00:00Z 0
  • On Tuesday, our members are invited to attend the Group 7 meeting in Stawell. Please come along and experience another club whilst supporting one of our smallest clubs in the District. Contact President Martin if you plan to attend.
  • Remember we are having a Membership Night next week (November 10th) - please ask someone in your friendship or business circles to come along and learn about our great organization.
  • On November 10th, we're invited to attend the K-Mart Giving Tree launch - see Martin for details
  • On November 11th, we're involved with a Barbeque at Country Trends - contact Noel for details
  • On November 13th many of our ladies are heading to Melbourne for a swanky "High Tea" - see Robyn Jennings for details
Reminders of Upcoming Events 2016-11-06 13:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, fellow Rotarian, Dr John Hazledine presented a fascinating account of his experiences as a volunteer Dentist in Vanuatu. John went with Ballarat Rotarian and Dentist, David Goldsmith and two young dental assistants. David had been responsible for getting a fitted out Dental van to Vanuatu and they drove that around to a number of villages. They needed to run a generator to power their dental equipment so it meant a two hour lunchtime while the generator charged things up again. On average, they provide urgent pain management to around 30 patients a day. On another visit, they got dressed up and presented a pantomime called "Ratbag and Scatterbrain" for young people on the island about the need for the proper care of teeth - John wore his costume on the night (he doesn't usually come to Rotary in a top hat!). 
John Shares His Volunteering Story From Vanuatu 2016-11-06 13:00:00Z 0
{01} Everyone does it
•    Most community leaders will be called upon to use a microphone at some time
•    Knowing a few key facts about microphones can make the experience painless
{02} Microphones Differ Greatly
•    Microphones differ in many different ways
•    The most important difference concerns the direction from which microphones receive sound
•    There are two main types: omni-directional microphones and uni-directional
{03} Omni Vs Uni
•    Omni – receives voices from two or more directions.
•    Uni – receives voice from one direction
•    Most Public Address microphones are Uni-directional
{04} Why use Uni-Directional?
•    Uni-directional less likely to feed-back when loud-speakers are in the same room
{05} Speaking into a Uni-Directional Mike
•    Speak really close to the microphone
•    Tone & volume is lost the further you move away from mike
•    But don’t speak too loud >>> Distortion
•    Keep a constant distance between your mouth and the mike
{06} Keep the mike beside or behind the loud speaker
•    Ensure you don’t have the mike directly in front of the loud-speaker – leads to feedback squeal
{07} Don’t “cup” the microphone
•    Don’t “cup” the microphone or place hands around the “head” – causes feedback
{08} How To Test a Microphone
•    Never blow or tap a microphone to test it – destroys fragile diaphragm – remember paper test
•    Speak words e.g. “check” or “testing”, which also test the tone of the “s” sound
{09} When to replace batteries for a cordless mike
•    The sign that a microphone battery is dying is intermittent operation, static and distorted sound
•    Change the battery or batteries imediately
{10} Microphone etiquette
•    Remember the mike picks up everything you say – even your whispers
•    Always assume the mike is on – be respectful of others in the room
{11} Preserving Microphones
•    Avoid tapping and blowing
•    Avoid placing a mike on a sloped table or bench – use a cradle if you have one
•    Remove batteries after use (cordless microphones)
{12} Why Use A Mike at All? (if you have a loud voice)
•    Even if you can speak loudly, it can be advisable to use public address support
•    It minimizes strained vocal cords
•    It saves you raising your voice – your register can be kept at a normal level
•    A PA voice may be more easily distinguished by those who are hard of hearing
INK 13: A dozen things to know about microphone use 2016-11-06 13:00:00Z 0
Our members, Alison Teese and Esther Waters were the driving force behind last Thursday's Oaks Day fundraiser for the local Chaplaincy committee held at the Highland Society. Rotarian John Williamson looked after the money and provided the Sweep tickets for the day. PP John Caulfield and Jill Stewart kept the show moving with their entertaining compering, and President Martin Mackay, Terry Allan, Harold Breitinger, and Geoff James sold the sweep tickets for each race. An entertaining day was enjoyed by all who attended, and a substantial amount will now go to support the work of Chaplaincy at Maryborough Education Centre.
Our Members Conduct the Oaks Day Fundraiser 2016-11-06 13:00:00Z 0
Several of our members joined members of Zonta and other community groups to make kits for the "Days for Girls" program last Saturday. Around twenty people worked hard to produce 30 complete kits for this valuable program that provides girls in developing countries with a re-usable sanitary pad to enable them to continue their schooling. We thank Rotarian, Barbara Hilder for organizing the day and particularly thank Margaret Cunningham for travelling from Melbourne to provide materials and show us how to put the kits together.
Members Participate in Days For Girls Program 2016-11-06 13:00:00Z 0 Members are reminded that our club members are attending and also helping out at the Oaks Day event at the Highland Society, this Thursday from Noon. Tickets can be obtained from the Highland Society and proceeds go towards Chaplaincy.
Remember Oaks Day on Thursday 2016-10-30 13:00:00Z 0,h_353,al_c,q_80,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/1150cf_261cef38249c4d5c98e166d61419f47b.jpgOur members, along with members from Zonta and other friends will gather at the Maryborough Education Centre on Saturday from 10am until 4pm to make packs for the "Days for Girls" program. We need sewing people (not sewers) and non-sewing people to assist in the production of the packs. Margaret Cunningham will be there to guide us.
Join Us to Make Packs for the "Days For Girls" Program 2016-10-30 13:00:00Z 0
Just a quick note to members, as I need some information about past annual BBQ events. It is wonderful that the BBQ is being used and I applaud those who do use it, however we ask that anyone who either needs a BBQ organised or who needs to use the BBQ, please let me know as soon as possible because the BBQ could have been booked for another occasion. There are also permits to be obtained to be allowed to trade. Without this information, we cannot apply for the necessary permits. If we are using parking spaces, we have to apply to the council to "Block" these, otherwise we can be fined.
If you do know of any annual BBQ's that are coming up in the future, please let me know the details so we can be prepared. I thank you all for your co-operation - Karen McCarthy (BBQ Captain)
BBQ Protocols Karen McCarthy 2016-10-27 13:00:00Z 0
PP John Caulfield did a great job of conducting our Annual General Meeting last Thursday. The main business of the night was to confirm officers for next year's team, and John congratulated President Elect Karen on having people signed up for every position in time for this AGM. Officers confirmed for the 2017-2018 Rotary year were:
President: Karen McCarthy
Immediate Past President: Martin Mackay
President Elect: Meryl James
Vice President: Leigh Williamson
Secretary: Derrick Marsden
Treasurer: Peter Haywood
Membership Director: Garry Higgins
Public Image Director: Bob Butterfield
Foundation Director: Derrick Marsden
Fundraising Director: Rod Brown
Community Chair: Noel Jennings
International Chair: John Hazledine
Vocational Chair: Geoff James
Youth Chair: Harold Breitinger
Thank you to all these members who have agreed to give their time and energies to lead our club in the coming year.
Annual General Meeting of our Club 2016-10-27 13:00:00Z 0
Members were reminded about several upcoming events:
  • On Sun Nov 6th, we will be hosting the Blue Pyrenees Bike Ride and Peter Haywood still requires volunteers for the Barbeque - please contact him.
  • Our Defy the Drift talk from participants will now be held on November 24th. after Committee meetings
  • Next week, we need all members to join us at the Energy Breakthrough track as we prepare for our involvement in this big event.
Reminders on the Night 2016-10-27 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geoff James
{01} Board
•    Significant interest in protocols – maybe hold a club assembly on what is stale or what can be added? (Is a Strat. Plan item)
{02} Administration
•    39% want to give presentations to members – build into program? e.g. Ink Spots, State of Industry talks?
•    25% like setting up for meetings – part of set up team?
•    32% want to plan fun activities – a Fun team?
{03} Program
•    Strong interest in more fun event meetings e.g. snooker, shooting etc.
•    Strong interest in visits to other clubs
•    Strong interest in regular breakfast meetings
{04} Membership
•    Whilst most say “engaged”, over 10% under-engaged - we need to tap this energy
•    At least 1 member unhappy – are we aware?
•    Strong interest in more education for members – Ink Spots? Fire-side chats? Active mentors?
{05} Promotion
•    36% want to plan promotional activities – need to tap their ideas
•    Interest in having more people involved in club promotions – look wider than committee?
•    At least 5 photography lovers – let’s use them
{06} Fundraising
•    Strong interest in more fundraising programs – justifies this committee
{07} Community
•    43% + want to do hands-on projects: need a brainstorm on possibilities – another Manse type project?
•    39% want to work at Dowie Park – need to find times to suit
•    64% want to cook on the Barbeque
•    25% want to to plan Family Violence activities
•    Strong interest in more community projects
{08} Vocational
•    39% like doing mock interviews – book us in for next year – both schools?
{09} International
•    Interest in hands on programs overseas – can we direct these interests?
{10} Members
•    Don’t wait to be asked – indicate interests to committee chairs
•    We need to support each other – talk about how we feel in the club – ensure that info. gets to planners – anonymously
•    Share what you “read” from survey with committee chairs
INK 12: 24 things Committees can Learn from Our Engagement Survey Geoff James 2016-10-27 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geoff
At Thursday's meeting, Dylan Jacobs, a year 9 student at Highview College, shared his concern for Family Violence in our community. As part of the school's "STRIVE" project, Dylan researched the issue by speaking with PP Garry Higgins of the local #SayNO campaign, the local police, and also a person who had experienced family violence first hand. As an response, Dylan arranged for policeman, David Scott to speak to the year 9 students about family violence, organized a casual clothes day at the school that raised $474.50, ran 170km during October to raise $656.65, and then presented a cheque for $1131.15 to our club president, Martin, to put towards our family violence efforts. All members were moved by Dylan's commitment to the cause and very impressed by his public speaking debut.
Dylan Works for the #SayNO Cause Geoff 2016-10-27 13:00:00Z 0
{01} What is World Polio Day?
•    October 24th is celebrated as World Polio Day
•    A day to celebrate the great work attempting to rid Polio from the World
•    Work has been spearheaded by Rotary with their PolioPlus program
•    The timing in late October is in honour of the birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk, who led the team that developed the first polio vaccine
{02} What is Polio?
•    A paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that mainly threatens children under 5 in some parts of the world
•    The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours
{03} What Is PolioPlus?
•    In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children
•    Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.
{04} Global Polio Eradication Initiative
•    The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership that includes Rotary
•    Other partners include the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world
{05} Polio Today
•    Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan
•    Less than 75 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2015
•    This is a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 new cases per day (360,000 per year)
{06} The Challenge Remains
•    The polio cases represented by the remaining one percent are the most difficult to prevent, due to:
•    geographical isolation,
•    poor public infrastructure
•    armed conflict
•    cultural barriers
•    Until polio is completely eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks
{07} Ensuring Success
•    Every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to $35 million a year through 2018. These funds help to:
•    provide much-needed operational support
•    medical personnel
•    laboratory equipment,
•    educational materials for health workers and parents. Governments, corporations
{08} This Close Campaign
•    Many celebrities have got on board with the PolioPlus “This close” campaign:
{09} What we can do
•    We can donate to PolioPlus as individuals
•    Our Club can donate money raised from a fund raiser
•    Individuals can travel to an infected country and help with vaccinations
•    We can make others aware of these facts
Nine things to know about PolioPlus 2016-10-20 13:00:00Z 0
Our speaker this week was Neil Ludscombe who spoke about the John Logan Foundation - a business based charity raising money to assist families with members suffering from gastrointestinal cancers.
Neil Ludscombe on the Logan Foundation 2016-10-20 13:00:00Z 0
Spreading the Word about World Polio Day 2016-10-20 13:00:00Z 0
Members! WE NEED YOU to ask others to come along to our membership night on November 10th (NOT the 8th as previously announced) because we want to say to them "WE NEED YOU" to join us doing good in the world. Please give the names of prospective members to Garry or any member of the membership committee as soon as possible. Most members in Rotary never ask another person to join - so be different, original and buck the trend! Simply ask someone to come along to our night for a free meal with no pressure.
We Need You to Ask Others to attend on November 10th 2016-10-20 13:00:00Z 0
Victorian Premier identifies with #SayNO 2016-10-20 13:00:00Z 0
Members meet for Breakfast 2016-10-16 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geoff
Rtn Louise together with Shea Stewart from Winn Legal informed us of the recent changes to the Power of Attorney process at this week's meeting. Members found the presentation very interesting and, as a result, a number of members are planning to update their details. Thanks, Louise and Shea.
From Shea and Louise:  We frankly didn't know how these changes would impact upon our clients before they were introduced in September 2015.  We have learned from implementing them and we have also enriched our knowledge in response to questions put when we present our information to community groups.   We thank members of Maryborough Rotary who contributed to our earlier presentation at the Community Centre and who again asked insightful questions at the Club Meeting at which we presented.   This opportunity has reinforced our experience that our knowledge and insight is increased by the very generous response to our efforts.  Thankyou for this opportunity. 
Louise Hanby D'Wynn & Shea Stewart:  The new Power of Attorney Rules Geoff 2016-10-06 13:00:00Z 0
To celebrate and raise money for ARH Hat Day, members wore hats during our meeting. Rotarian Meryl was very enterprising and brought a stack of hats to hire out - she raised $80.00 from this venture and further funds were added from the night's "swindle" and fines sessions.
Members Wear Hats to Celebrate ARH Hat Day 2016-10-06 13:00:00Z 0
{01} What It Is
•    A national, not-for-profit organisation which funds health research and provides community education about health in Australia
•    A project of the Rotary Districts of Australia
•    Supported by Australian Rotary clubs
{02} What it isn’t
•    Not an “official” or structured program of Rotary International
{03} What Is Its Mission?
•    Supporting healthier minds, bodies and communities through research, awareness and education
{04} What does ARH do?
•    One of largest providers of mental health research in Australia
•    Provides Scholarships for Rural medical and nursing students
•    Provides scholarships in health fields for indigenous young people
•    Provides funding for health projects not usually funded in other ways
{05} What is the History of ARH?
•    ARH was founded by Ian Scott, a member of the Rotary Club of Mornington in 1981
•    Scott was moved by the impact of SIDS on parents and set up a fund to support research in that area
•    Originally called “Australian Rotary Health Research Fund”
{06} How Is It Funded?
•    Mainly donations from Rotarians
•    ARH launched “Hat Day” in 2011 to seek funds from the general public
•    The latest version of this program is called “Lift the Lid” on Mental Health Issues
{07} Why Hat Day?
•    Hats help heads
•    Hat day funds go directly to research helping the one in five Australians affected by depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and many other illnesses.
{08} Who are the key people?
•    CEO: Joy Gillett OAM
•    Chairman of the Board: Jeff Crofts
•    Patrons: Glen Kinross AO, Rotary International President 1997-98; Sir Clem Renouf AM, Rotary International President 1978-79; His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd)
INK 10_Eight Things to Know About Australian Rotary Health 2016-10-06 13:00:00Z 0
25 members completed and handed in their annual engagement survey at last night's meeting. If you didn't attend last night or haven't handed your survey in, please do so in the next week. You can email the completed survey sheet to PDG Geoff or hand the physical form to a member of the membership committee.
Please Hand In Your Engagement Survey Geoff 2016-10-06 13:00:00Z 0
Over twenty members attended Maryborough Education Centre last week to have a "hands on" exploration of our Club Web Site, the District Web site and "My Rotary" - the Rotary International website. A number of members used the opportunity to update their login details as well as familiarize themselves with the huge amount of Rotary information available to members. A PowerPoint presentation was used to guide participants through the websites, and this PowerPoint will be available to every member from the downloads section of our own website.
Members Explore Rotary Websites 2016-09-18 14:00:00Z 0
Director of Library Services, Maree Stephenson, shared the story of our local library at last Thursday's meeting.  Her insights into the history of the library and the changing needs of library users inspired those present to plan a meeting at the library during our Summer break from formal meetings. 
Maree Shares the Story of our Local Library 2016-09-08 14:00:00Z 0
{01} Fellowship Duty is now different from Set Up Duty
•    Set up for meetings done by permanent Set-up team of 2-3
•    Fellowship duty is by a rostered team of 4
•    One member is added and one is removed each week
•    Each member is on duty for 4 meetings in a row
{02} How Organized
•    Both groups co-ordinated by Meeting Host (Esther)
•    Process is monitored by Admin. Committee
•    Bulletin editor administers and publishes the Fellowship roster
{03} Who is excluded
•    President
•    Secretary
•    Treasurer
•    Sergeant
{04} Reason for Change
•    Set up needs to be complete by 6pm
•    Too early for many
•    Permanent team knows where items go and how to set up PA – doesn’t need training
•    Permanent team knows when consumables need replacing
•    However, Fellowship team is good for all members to be part of
{05} Set Up team duties (a)
•    Arrive around 5.30pm
•    Put “Welcome” Sandwich Board outside Raglan St. door
•    Place movable cupboard between head tables with lectern on top
•    Place theme banner on lectern
•    Place microphones beside lectern (1 on stand)
{06} Set Up team duties (b)
•    Set up small amplifier on table under TV – switch on
•    Set up powered speaker on stand by power point at the join between rooms – switch on
•    Set up Australian & Victorian flags behind head table
•    Set up any two pull up banners behind head table
{07} Set Up team duties (c)
•    Check that Club charter, Club banner & 4 way test banner are still on display behind head table – can be left there
•    Check that microphones work
•    Check that we have a present for the guest speaker, “swindle” items (cards, tin with raffle books, consolation prizes) and prize for fun event e.g. H
{08} Fellowship duties (a)
•    Arrive at 6pm
•    2 members take money & record attendance (write amount received – not just a tick)
•    1 member sets up the bar in the corner behind the head table and sells drinks (prices on laminated sheet)
•    1 member assists meeting host to welcome attendees
{09} Fellowship duties (b)
•    Ensure visitors feel welcome & know about meal costs, meal tokens & drinks
•    Guest speakers & a partner sit at the head table with Chair-person, don’t pay, and get a free drink
•    Link other visitors with a local member to show them to a seat and sit with them
{10} After the Meeting
•    Fellowship team assists Set up team to put everything back in our storage room
•    Don’t forget Sandwich Board!
•    Club charter, Club banner & 4 way test banner remain on display
INK 08_Ten Things to Know About Set Up and Fellowship Duties at our Club 2016-09-08 14:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Kate Ashton raised money for club projects by auctioning off several jars of Marmalade at last Thursday's meeting. The Marmalade was made and kindly donated by Rotarian Karen McCarthy.
Kate Auctions off the Marmalade 2016-09-08 14:00:00Z 0
Garry gives a toast to the RC of Adelaide S.A. Geoff 2016-09-08 14:00:00Z 0
PP Thea recently visited Thailand with Terry and encountered past Principal of Highview College, Dr Peter Harris at the Rotary Club of Patong. Her toast was to that club which has raised over 1.5 million dollars to support reconstruction work after the Tsunami.
PP Thea Toasts the Rotary Club of Patong in Thailand 2016-09-01 14:00:00Z 0
On Thursday we watched a Facebook video of International Rotary President John Germ and Vice President Jennifer Jones talking live to Rotarians around the world. They covered topics such as the new flexibility options for Rotary clubs, getting women into Rotary, the relaxing of attendance rules, and how we can make it easy for prospective members to ask to join Rotary.
John & Jennifer on Facebook 2016-09-01 14:00:00Z 0
{01} Know what an elevator speech is?
•    Concise, engaging explanation of an organization or project
•    Delivered in less than 1 minute
•    Learnt by heart but…
•    Delivered as if fresh
{02} Know what it is for
•    In answer to, "What is Rotary?"
•    We like info. in short bites
•    A way to start a conversation
•    Useful for Social media profiles
•    Pitching stories to media
{03} Include phrases that resonate
•    Doing good in the world
•    Making a difference
•    Making the world a better place
{04} Include unique qualities of Rotary
•    World’s 1st service club in 1905
•    World’s Biggest service club – 1.2 million members in 200 countries
•    Comprising Community leaders
•    Helped to shape United Nations
{05} Include Rotary’s work
•    Develop leadership skills
•    Promote Ethical practices in Vocations & living
•    Help Locally
•    Do good Globally
•    E.g. Ridding world of polio
•    E.g. Working for world peace
{06} Include benefits
•    Develops leadership skills
•    Provides a support network
•    Enriches Business contacts
•    An opportunity to give back
•    Fun & Social events
{07} Include some local action
•    Family violence awareness
•    Brian Dowie park
•    Vocational & School Scholarships
{08} Deliver effectively
•    Inject energy & share passion
•    Be proud but avoid bragging
•    Be warm & engaging
{09} Consider Examples
•    Read other Elevator speeches
•    Available on District Web site or Google “Rotary Elevator Speech”
•    Combine the elements you like best
•    Or make your own from scratch
{10} Practice & Edit
•    Try it out & get feedback
•    Edit and trim
INK 07: Top 10 Steps Towards a Great Rotary Elevator Speech 2016-09-01 14:00:00Z 0
Around a dozen members turned up for the Shed Working Bee on Sunday including this dubious lot finishing off things inside the shed, and Louise showing off the great job completed on the garden area. Thanks for your efforts everyone!
Thanks to the Clean Up Team 2016-08-28 14:00:00Z 0
{01} Have a Club Membership Plan
•    Set goals
•    Set strategies
•    Communicate
•    Progress reports
{02} Explain the Recruitment Process
•    Selection criteria
•    Process
•    Club assembly
•    Flier for members
{03} Encourage a Culture of Asking
•    80% never ask
•    Targets…
•    “Each One Reach One”
•    One a week
•    All responsible
{04} Find the Gaps & Target
•    Club should reflect Society
•    Check Classifications
•    Check Ethnic balance
•    Check Gender balance
•    Check Age balance.
{05} Hold Membership Events
•    Selected individuals or targeted groups
•    Present Rotary’s mission & program
•    Mention Benefits
•    Follow up prospects
{06} Training for Elevator Speeches
•    Elevator Speech = One minute explanation
•    Practice at meetings
•    Include in Bulletin
•    Coming soon to an “Ink Spot” near you
{07} Provide Opportunities for Sharing
•    Wear Rotary pin always
•    Display Bumper stickers
•    4 way test on display at work
•    Have a tent card, “Ask Me About Rotary”
{08} Use Variety
•    Variety of recruitment methods
•    Everyone’s different
{09} Try Reward Programs
•    Rewards for bringing members?
•    Make rewards timely and meaningful.
{10} Consider Friendly Competition
•    Club committees or teams
•    Points for team when they bring prospective members
•    Club updated with results
{11} Ensure Meetings are Fun
•    Fun components
•    Social events in the program
{12} Really Welcome Prospective Members
•    Every member introduces themselves to prospect
•    Make prospective members feel valued and important
Ink 06: Twelve Top Tips to Recruit New Members 2016-08-28 14:00:00Z 0
Peter Toasts a Queensland Rotary Club 2016-08-28 14:00:00Z 0
Greg Nugent Shares the Development Story of our Golf Club 2016-08-28 14:00:00Z 0
President Martin proudly presented Rotarian John Hazledine with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition at last week's meeting. Well done, John!
John Hazledine Recognized with PHF 2016-08-28 14:00:00Z 0
Please note there is a change to the entry into URGENT CARE at the Maryborough District Health Services, the entry is now through the Main entry into the hospital whilst the renovations to the regular Urgent Care centre at the Hospital, this change is from Monday  22nd of August until further notice. Please tell your family and friends. 
Change of entry into Urgent Care at the Hospital Karen McCarthy 2016-08-18 14:00:00Z 0
District Governor Stephen Lamond visited our club last Thursday and challenged us to keep up our good work and especially our efforts to work with other District Rotary Clubs and other local service clubs.
DG Stephen Urges Us to Collaborate 2016-08-14 14:00:00Z 0
PP Derrick Marsden was presented by DG Stephen with the Crystal plaque and a badge for being our club's second member of the Rotary Bequest Society by promising $10,000 to Rotary from his estate. Well done, Derrick for your efforts to see that Rotary's good work continues into the future.
Derrick is our Second Bequest Society Member 2016-08-14 14:00:00Z 0
1. 1951: The Suggestion
•    1951 Hans Ebling (Rotary Club of Ballarat) suggested to incoming President, Bert Stohr that Maryborough could support a new club
•    Ebling appointed as Governor’s Rep. for the new club by DG Len Clarkson
2. 1951: Interviews
•    Ebling & Tom Boyle (recently moved to Maryborough from Ballarat) started interviewing prospective members
3. 1952 Feb. 14th: Organizational Meeting
•    Several Ballarat members attended first Organizational meeting
•    The Group met weekly up until Charter    
4. 1952 July 14th: Charter
•    Charter meeting on evening of July 14th 1952 in Maryborough Town Hall
•    Chaired by Bert Stohr (Ballarat)
•    Part of Rotary District 33
•    201 attendees saw 22 members inducted
5. First President(s)
•    Vern Benjamin elected as first president but had to resign
•    Frank Lowery took over and continued into next Rotary year
6. First Meeting Location
•    First meetings held at Harris’s Café in Nolan Street – next to Paramount Theatre
7. 1957: Move to the RSL
•    As numbers grew, meetings were transferred to RSL Hall in High Street in 1957
•    Meals provided by RSL Ladies for 60 years\
8. 1957: Became part of District 250
•    Linked with Castlemaine, Daylesford and many Melbourne Clubs
9. 1977: Rejoined District 978
•    Linked with Ballarat and Western Victoria again
•    District 978 became 9780 in 1991
10. 1980: First District Governor
•    Frank Lowery installed as District Governor of District 978 on July 1st
•    District Conference was held in Ballarat in 1981
11. 2002: First Female member
•    Sharon Fanning was inducted as the club’s first female member on December 5th 2002
•    Sharon transferred from a Rotary Club in the Northern Territory
•    Pieta McNaught was the first female nominated by our members and was inducted in 2005
12. 2006: Construction of "The Shed"
•    A “Hangar” built at the airport to store our trailers and equipment
•    The brainchild of past Rotarian Noel Quaife
13. 2006: Havilah Catering
•    When RSL Ladies disbanded in 2005, the club looked at alternative venues and catering options
•    Havilah Volunteer Catering Group was selected to provide meals at RSL
14. 2012: Move to Raglan Street
•    As RSL catering facilities deteriorated, club meetings moved to the Community Room at Havilah’s Raglan Street premises
15. 2015: First District Conference in Maryborough
•    The Club hosted the first District Conference in Maryborough at the Maryborough Town Hall during March, 2015
Ink Spot 4: 15 Key Events in the History of Maryborough Rotary 2016-08-14 14:00:00Z 0
Louise Presents Martin with a Banner After Her Toast 2016-08-14 14:00:00Z 0
Over 30 members and friends of the club spent an enjoyable evening completing a Victorian Government food handlers course online using computers at Maryborough Education Centre last Thursday. Our club would now have to be one of best qualified caterers in the District!
Club Members Update Food Handling Qualifications 2016-08-07 14:00:00Z 0
On Sunday 28th of August there will be a Working Bee at the Rotary Shed at the Airport from 10am. Lunch will be supplied in the form of a BBQ for those who attend.
For catering purposes, could those attending please let Karen McCarthy know, or mark your name on the sheet at a meeting.
Working Bee at Rotary Shed Karen McCarthy 2016-07-31 14:00:00Z 0
President Martin presented Rotarian Karen with a crystal plaque on Thursday in recognition of Karen's very generous bequest to the Rotary Foundation of ten thousand dollars. Karen also received a diamond studded Paul Harris Fellow pin for her commitment. This world will become a better place when Karen's donation is used to improve the lives of people in one or more of the six areas of focus of the Foundation. A wonderful gesture, Karen, in this year when we celebrate the Foundation's 100 years of doing good in the world.
Karen Receives Bequest Recognition 2016-07-31 14:00:00Z 0
Bendigo Senior High student, Caitlyn Allman has been nominated by our club to attend the Science Experience during the upcoming Summer Holidays. On Thursday, she shared her significant passion for science and excellent communication skills and certainly convinced members that she will get a lot out of her participation in the event.
Caitlin Impresses With Her Love of Science 2016-07-31 14:00:00Z 0
Visiting Rotarian, Bruce, shared information about his Rotary Club in South Australia - a club that runs a very big Vintage Car Rally with over 1000 cars involved.
Bruce Shares his SA Rotary Experience 2016-07-31 14:00:00Z 0
Thursday the 4th of August is the night we are doing the Food Handlers Certificate at MEC, this is a free course is free and the usual cost of $20 as per any Rotary meeting. The Menu has been emailed to you. Money to be Prepaid as the meal has to be paid before delivery.
The night is going to run as follows: Course can be started from 6PM onwards with the meal being served at 7PM, the course can be finished after the meal if needed. Members who have their certificates already will be roaming to help those who would like some aide. By Having this certificate it will enable us to put our hand up for the Bendigo swap meet and earn a "Share" of the profits not per hour. This is in November.
Please consider doing this for the strength of Our Club
If you still need to order your meal please contact PE Karen McCarthy on 0428 697 823 ASAP
Food Handlers Certificate Night at MEC Karen McCarthy 2016-07-27 14:00:00Z 0
Last week, Dr Brian Humphrey of RI Geelong East grabbed our attention with a powerful story of the history and significant needs of Cambodia, his message on this occasion being: Fresh Water Changes Lives!   Dr Humphrey is visiting the District's Clubs in a quest to raise $60,000 to establish well, low tech water purification, improve rainwater collection and build a larger water purification plant to change the lives of thousands of Cambodian families.  
Call For RI Maryborough to Help Change Lives in Cambodia 2016-07-17 14:00:00Z 0
1. Know the difference: SPONSOR Vs MENTOR
•    Sponsor
•    Short term – identify new member, introduce to club and get them to induction.
•    Mentor
•    Long term settling into club
•    Comprehensive Knowledge
•    Trusted advice
•    Without Sponsors we would have no Rotary clubs.
•    Without effective Mentors, we can lose our new members
2. Relate to member and communicate regularly
•    Be readily available to answer any questions as they arise.
3. Ensure member feels comfortable & valued
•    like a real asset to club
•    comfortable with their committees & roles – talk to them about this
4. Sit with them and Introduce to others
•    Personally introduce them to all members over time (sit at different spots each week)
•    Invite to all social events
5. Ensure OTHER family members FEEL WELCOME
•    Invite to all social & special events
•    Invite to working bees
6. Help MEMBER with their address to the club
•    15 to 20 Mins About their life and work
•    Negotiate with Program Director (Alison)
•    Working with children check
•    Getting bulletin
•    Getting onto Club Web site & Facebook
•    Ensure bulletin editor has bio & photo
8. Invite them to another Rotary club
•    as a make-up (explain)
•    or Group 7 combined club meeting.
9. Invite them to attend District events & CLUB BOARD
•    Conference
•    District Training Assembly – New Members Course
•    Group 7 meetings
•    Sit in on Club Board (explain procedures)
10. monitor the new member’s attendance and engagement
•    discuss progress /concerns with the Welfare and Engagement coordinator (currently PP John Caulfield)
•    or the chair of the membership committee (currently PP Garry Higgins).
11. provide additional reading or viewing materials
•    to help expand the new member's knowledge of the club and Rotary International
•    See Club Secretary OR Mentoring & Development Coordinator for info.(Currently PDG Geoff)
Jeff James' Inkspot: 11 Top Tips to Be A Great Mentor 2016-07-17 14:00:00Z 0
A Bastille Day Toast to the Rotary Clubs of France 2016-07-17 14:00:00Z 0
Some equipment is missing from the BBQ Trailer.  If you have helped at any BBQ's eaarlier this yeaar and at the EBT please look for the following: 
* Stainelss Steel Trays * Fire Extinguisher * Small Ezy-Up *Anything else you took home to clean 
It would be great to find these items.  If you ahve them or know where they are please contact PE Karen McCarthy on 0428 697 823 or bring them to a meeting.  Thanking you in anticipation of your help to find these items!  
Seeking return of BBQ Items 2016-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
At last week's meeting, Rotarian Shane Dellavedova riveted the Club with his insights as to Fertiliser and Cropping Developments in recent years, accompanied by a drone.  The number of questions indicated the depth of interest in the subject matter and Shane's views on productivity and improvements.
Shane Fascinates with Agriculture 2016-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
Members and the public can now access our new and impressive dedicated Family Violence web site by clicking on the Family Violence logo on our club web site, or by going to - For more information about the web site, contact PP Garry Higgins, or Chris Frahn.
New Family Violence Web Site 2016-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
PDG Geoff introduced members a new weekly meeting segment called "Ink" Spots.
-INK is an acronymn for Info Need to Know - for best practice by Rotarians in our club.
-When & Who? Presented in strictly 3 minutes each week by any member who is interested
-What Topics? Rotary programs, Rotary history (club, District, RI), public speaking skills, ethical issues, ANY best practice ideas
-Why? Inform new members, remind existing members, ensure Rotary has a consistent message, useful for mentors, gives practice for public speaking with a time limit
-How? Use a catchy title listing the number of points to be shared in 3 minutes e.g. 10 Best ideas for Mentors, 8 Tested ways of Getting New members, 6 Fascinating Facts about Paul Harris etc.
-How? Use a simple PowerPoint or a chart or a hand held prop or just enthusiasm
-Where? Samples will be on the District Web site or just contact PDG Geoff for more info.
10 Essential Questions Answered About "Ink Spots" 2016-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geoff James
The then AG Douglas Ball presented the then President Thea with a District Citation certificate at our recent Changeover Dinner. The Citation recognizes that our club achieved the goals of the District 9780 Strategic Plan during the 2015-16 Rotary year. Thea thanked all members for their contributions towards the realization of this award.
Club Receives District Citation Geoff James 2016-07-10 14:00:00Z 0 is the address of a fantastic site for new members. It is part of the Rotary International web site and will encourage your use of the page, increase your Rotary knowledge and ultimately make your Rotary world easier to understand. Click here to visit the page. If you are unsure what your login is, contact Secretary Derrick Marsden by email at
A Great Web Site for New Members 2016-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
IPP Thea Allan raised approximately $1,500 for the Polio eradication fund at last Saturday's Changeover. This translates into $4,500 with 2 for 1 matching money from the Gates Foundation. Thea is now sporting a new look, although she'll be wearing a hat around most of the time during this weather. We congratulate you Thea for your great contribution to the cause of a Polio free world.
IPP Thea Raising funds for Polio Plus Karen McCarthy 2016-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
Changeover Dinner 2nd of July 2016
 On Saturday night, PP Thea handed the reins over to President Martin who spoke well and introduced his new board.
Top row: Treasurer - Peter Haywood, Secretary - Derrick Marsden, Membership - Garry Higgins, Fundraising - Rod Brown, Community - Noel Jennings and Youth - Graeme Rogan
Front row: IPP - Thea Allan, President - Martin Mackay, President Elect - Karen McCarthy and Vice President - Meryl James.
Absent: Public Image - Bob Butterfield
There was musical entertainment by PDG Geoff James and Vice President Meryl James. A Raffle was won by 2 Rotary Club of Ararat Rotarians. 1st Prize was a $100 voucher from Caramarr Nursery and 2nd Prize was a $50 voucher from the  Highland Society.
A lot of fellowship and catching up was done by everybody, a fabulous menu kept everybody well fed, and drinks flowed aplenty!
PP Thea also raised some funds for Polio - see the story below for that one!
John Caulfield was an excellent Master of Ceremonies who kept the show running to schedule. 2 new Paul Harris fellows were introduced, with a 3rd receiving a 4 Sapphire pin Paul Harris fellow status (Photo's below)
Pictured left is IPP passing the reins over to President Martin. Part of the induction was to pin his President's badge on his lapel. After being inducted, President Martin presented PP Thea with a bunch of flowers and the banner from her year as President - a wonderful memento  for years to come for her to look at and remember a great year as President achieving a foray of successful goals on the Strategic Plan across all the focus areas.
We as Club members look forward to supporting President Martin during his year in office, and coping with the changes that occur in any year for the betterment of the Club. By all going in the same direction we will achieve much this year.
Welcome President Martin Mackay.
Changeover NIght 2nd July Karen McCarthy 2016-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
Some pictures from the night 2016-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
Please note that apologies are to go to Rtn Karen McCarthy by noon Wednesday's please. Phone Karen on 03 5460 5924 or 0428 697 823.
Bryce is away for that time. Happy holidays Bryce
Apologies Karen McCarthy 2016-06-26 14:00:00Z 0

In 2016-17, our Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating.

Through our Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. We’ve also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide.

The centennial is the perfect time to share this impressive record with the world. Join us in making sure that every Rotary member and people in every community know about the vital work of Rotary and its Foundation.


We are marking the centennial with a year of festivities beginning with the 2016 Rotary Convention in Korea. Make a note of these celebration opportunities:

At the Korea convention

  • Visit the Centennial booth in the House of Friendship
  • Attend the breakout session The Rotary Foundation: 100 Years of Doing Good in the World
  • Have your copy of “Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation’s First 100 Years” signed by its author, David C. Forward (you can purchase the book at the Rotary Resource Center)

At the Atlanta convention:

  • Register for the Atlanta convention, 10-14 June 2017, so you can take part in the Foundation’s 100th birthday party
  • Join past and current Rotary leaders and author David Forward for a book signing
  • Visit The Rotary Foundation centennial exhibit in the House of Friendship

Ways to celebrate

Here are just a few ways you can join in and commemorate this historic milestone:

  • Plan a special Rotary Day and invite everyone in your community to participate. It can be anything from a concert to a race to a birthday party with a giant cake in the shape of the Rotary wheel.
  • Hold a fundraiser in your community to support a Foundation grant project, the Rotary Peace Centers, or PolioPlus.
  • Organize or participate in a global grant or district grant project.
  • Promote your club or district projects that are funded by the Foundation.
  • Dedicate some club meetings to Rotary Foundation topics.
  • Challenge members to increase your club’s contributions to the Foundation.

See more ideas for a Rotary Day event in the Centennial promotion kit.

Publicize your events

Promote your centennial events and projects by contacting local media and by using #TRF100 on social media. List the events on Rotary Showcase for more exposure.


Make your gift to The Rotary Foundation

Give Now

The Rotary Foundation 2016-06-25 14:00:00Z 0
A Very big Thank You,
Firstly to President Thea for asking me to be her Bulletin Editor, it has been challenging at times with the Clubrunner Bulletin program and with PDG Geoff's help I survived much the wiser. Thank you Geoff it was a pleasure working with you in so many ways. I also thank Geoff for stepping in and doing the bulletin when I have been away, a Honeymoon would not have been the same if I had to do the bulletin on board the ship. A thank you must also go to my dear husband Derrick for putting up with the frustration at times you were a very calming influence.
Lastly thank you for reading the bulletin each week, that alone made it worthwhile doing. Just knowing that it was valuable to you and at times funny. Just as well I didn't get fined for all the mistakes within them. I wish Louise well with doing her bulletins and enjoying knowing what is happening with our members.
Thank You Karen McCarthy 2016-06-25 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thea Allan
Week 52     June 30, 2016
Hello Rotarians.
This is my last message and I want to sincerely thank, every one of you, for taking on a task and doing it to the best of your ability. This effort has made our club stronger.
I hope you all enjoyed our warm welcome to the Guide Hall in Napier St and our beautiful 3 course dinner. The casseroles were very tasty and the desserts divine. My grateful thanks to my friend Lyn Curry, District Manager, who organised this event for us.
The Family Violence Awareness project is about to progress again as we look for funding to set up a program to replicate this away from our district.
I am a great believer in our Rotary Leadership Institute program and encourage all who have not done it to at least look at it on the website. Don’t take my word for it, look yourself and see if it is for you.
Remember if you are travelling, look for a Rotary club to visit. It does not always need to be for a makeup. And they are all doing amazing things
Martin has put together a good team to lead us into the next year and I wish him and his team every success in the coming year. I hope he has as much fun as I have enjoyed.
Continue to enjoy Rotary under Martin’s leadership and we will welcome him in our usual Maryborough Rotary style.
On Be(ing) A Gift to the World: 
 “It's not the gifts you don't have that hold you back as much as the gifts you do have that you don't use.” -
Orrin Woodward
President Thea (for the last time)
Thea's Theory Week 53, 30th June 2016 Thea Allan 2016-06-25 14:00:00Z 0

International Toast.


Homer is a city of about 6000 people located in South western Alaska  and on the South west of Lake Kaschemak  which is  a fantastic lake and the worlds greatest Halibut fishing area.  There are two Rotary Clubs in Homer, Downtown  and Homer Kachemak Bay.  , both part of District 5100   which includes  part of Russia. The Club is   very active , especially in International affairs and Youth programs.  The Club meets on Thursdays  and this week the speaker is Steve Yoshida  who hosted us to   Dinner during   our Rotary Fellowship Exchange  to Alaska  in   June 2007.  Steve is speaking on  his visit to Health Fairs in  Mexico.

Please join me in a toast to  the Rotary Club of Homer Kachemak Bay !


International Toast - Rotary Club of Homer Kachemak Bay Brian Thomas 2016-06-18 14:00:00Z 0
Robyn Jennings is asking for RSVP's for the High Tea in Melbourne Scheduled for November 13, numbers and payment are required now please. If you have missed your invitation, or it hasn't arrived and would like to come, please contact Robyn ASAP
Also RSVP's are required for the Changeover Dinner on the 2nd July at the Highland Society.
Thank you for your co-operation
RSVP's Karen McCarthy 2016-06-16 14:00:00Z 0
Inspiration for the Week 2016-06-12 14:00:00Z 0
Sunday saw 4 brave souls leaves the warmth and comfort of their nice cosy beds to help at the BBQ  for  the Maryborough 103rd annual golf tournament. After setting up the BBQ trailer 2 of the crew decided to "cook" but we took that to mean we are going to stay near the warmth of the cooking plate. Golfers abounded on a clear sunny morning with a brilliant sunrise to start the day. What better way than to start with a Bacon and Egg roll to warm them up before they hit off. Not having a shotgun start eased the pressure to have the food ready but a steady flow of hungry golfers kept us alert. Once they had all hit off more was cooked to leave in the bain marie for them to help themselves after their first 9 holes.
I will say it was a pleasure to do the BBQ for the Golf Club, thanks to Sandy for making us a coffee, it was most welcome.
BBQ news Karen McCarthy 2016-06-12 14:00:00Z 0
Last week we were lucky enough to hear from 2 of our own members, learning something of what brought them to this point in their lives,
Louise Hanby D'Wynn: from the when Louise was a little girl she wanted to be a "Bank Man" because they made her parents frightened, but despite that it was clear when Louise spoke how much she loved her mother. Coming from Parents that migrated in 1963 and believed in education, she had a great but narrow education growing up. Eventually turning to a Law degree and though she considered giving up at one point when she volunteered for a legal firm she realised for the first time how she could help.
After working for many years in Melbourne  (and being late on her first day of paid work) Louise wanted new challenges and a breath of fresh air, so opened her Practice in Maryborough.
In her life she has had to learn to say "no" to people including her mother, after a major stroke the relationship with her mother changed to Louise being the carer, something that debilitated her mother but has not stopped her. One thing that shone through Louise's talk was how much she cares about people.
Martin Mackay: Has had various work places in his Civil Engineering past including working for the Board of Works, his Dad, Gippsland water then his Dad. Martins Parents have played a big part of his life both working for them and then caring for them after retiring to look after them. Since retiring Martin has joined various clubs and committee's around Maryborough, finding out that many meetings coincide and has been busier than when he worked full time.
Martin explained to us the various reasons why soil is  tested   when you build houses, sheds etc between soil types to even whether the soil gets wet and how that affects a structure after building, Water being the main problem for any building
Both had given very detailed talks though very different and if you  would like to know more please talk to them or any of the members, we all like a good chat.
Alison Teese (Program director) has promised more in the coming year, your turn will be soon laugh
Job Talks - Louise and Martin Karen McCarthy 2016-06-12 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geoff James
Members are reminded that this Thursday, on June 16th (after a short EGM), we'll be finalizing our goals and budget amounts for the 2016-2017  Rotary year as part of our Club Strategic Plan Review. We will be breaking into TEN separate committees, NOT our usual Service committees, so some members will not be in their usual places. We'll work out who goes where in the first part of the meeting. Directors and Chairs are reminded to prepare an estimated total budget amount (of funds required to run programs) for the coming year (in "ball park" figures), and to finalize the goals to be listed on the Club Planning document. Suggested goals were sent to all Directors and Chairs on May 20th, so simply check if any changes need to be made to those goals. If members have extra goals they would like to propose, please contact the Chair or Director of the appropriate committee. If anyone needs those goals to be sent again, please contact me ASAP.
Strategic Plan Review THIS Week Geoff James 2016-06-12 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Recreational Fellowship
Founded by Robert Sutcliffe in 1967

A Brief History of the Fellowship

In 1967 a party of 22 Rotarians from RIBI led by Robert Sutcliffe caravanned to the RI Convention at Nice in the South of France. They enjoyed the fellowship and friendship so much that on their return and with RI approval, they founded ICFR - The International Caravanning Fellowship of Rotarians.

Caravanning with Rotary has grown in popularity through the years, far and wide. Today there are approaching 1500 members in the United Kingdom and many more in associated fellowships in New Zealand, Holland, France and South Africa.

Fellowship and Friendship remains the main aim and this is achieved through an extensive programme of rallies held throughout the British Isles and overseas tours to Continental Europe, New Zealand, South Africa and USA/Canada.

The wide ranging programme includes Rallies at every RI and most Inner Wheel Conventions within Europe, every RIBI and Inner Wheel Conference and a number of District Conferences within the United Kingdom.

There are ICFR groups in nearly every RIBI District and members are invited to all the functions that take place within their District.

Rotarians with Caravans or Motorhomes are invited to join, there is an application form which can be printed out from a later page. The current annual subscription is £10 per family and if you join after 1st September in any year, your first subscription will carry you through to 1st January in the year after next. Subscriptions are payable by Bankers Standing Order.
Although the link to the Australian Recreational Vehicle fellowship is HERE   Below is a photo of the group at Bathurst, I would encourage you to have a look at their website if you own a caravan or other recreational vehicle
Fellowship Month Karen McCarthy 2016-06-11 14:00:00Z 0
As usual, we change the "look"of our club website for each new Rotary year. Over the next three weeks we're going to try out some new themes to see what our members think of possibilities for next year. Pop over to and check out this week's version - in a couple of weeks, I'll ask for your preferences. This week's theme is MILLENIUM - BLUE GOLD. Keep your score out of 10.
New Web Theme for 2016_17 Geoff James 2016-06-11 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geoff James
Members are reminded that this Thursday, on June 16th (after a short EGM), we'll be finalizing our goals and budget amounts for the 2016-2017  Rotary year as part of our Club Strategic Plan Review. We will be breaking into TEN separate committees, NOT our usual Service committees, so some members will not be in their usual places. We'll work out who goes where in the fiirst part of the meeting. Directors and Chairs are reminded to prepare an estimated total budget amount (of funds required to run programs) for the coming year (in "ball park" figures), and to finalize the goals to be listed on the Club Planning document. Suggested goals were sent to all Directors and Chairs on May 20th, so simply check if any changes need to be made to those goals. If members have extra goals they would like to propose, please contact the Chair or Director of the appropriate committee. If anyone needs those goals to be sent again, please contact me ASAP.
Strategic Review THIS week Geoff James 2016-06-11 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Meryl James
Our International Harmony Dinner lst Saturday (June 4th) at the Highland Society was a fun night of competitions, music, dancing and information was enjoyed by all according to the positive feedback we received. The 112 people who attended included a good mixture of local and District Rotarians along with non-Rotarians from Maryborough and other areas. There were 13 tables of different nationalities with the "Indian" table winning the best table award. We raised 1800 for our International projects. I would like to thank Lochinver B&B Accommodation, and Peppa's Restaurant for the fabulous Raffle prizes, also Dellavedova Wines, Maryborough Golf Club,  Ballarat Regent Cinemas and Maryborough Highland Society for their generous sponsorship of prizes. Finally, my thanks to the International Committee for their help and support, especially Geoff James for his great organization of the competitions, music and Powerpoint.
Keep SATURDAY, JUNE 3RD 2017 free in your diaries for next year's event.
A Successful International Harmony Dinner Meryl James 2016-06-11 14:00:00Z 0
Past President Garry Higgins was recently awarded a Carlton Community Champion award for his work to raise awareness of Domestic violence. Here is his interview shown  on the screboard at a recent AFL football fixture.
Carlton Community Champrion, Garry Higgins 2016-06-05 14:00:00Z 0
The International Harmony Dinner
The inaugural International Harmony Dinner that was ran by the International Committee was a HUGE success, I am sure that Rtn Meryl James will give a report in the weeks to come. Many members attended the event with their Partners/wives/husbands and families. Other members of the community and beyond came to enjoy the great food and entertainment, even when the entertainment was themselves competing in the competitions. PDG Geoff did a great job on the quizzes.
I am sure that Meryl will thank those that sponsored, attended or outright donated gifts that were used for the Raffle and prizes.
More details in the Bulletin next week. There are photo's up on the Facebook site please log in to go and like them, lets make this go viral. If you are friends on Facebook of someone in the pictures please feel free to tag them. laugh
I would like to than both Meryl and Geoff James for the time and effort that was put into making this event possible
The International Harmony Dinner Karen McCarthy 2016-06-04 14:00:00Z 0
If you have not yet submitted your annual report to President Thea, please do so ASAP.
Annual Reports Please Karen McCarthy 2016-05-29 14:00:00Z 0
District Changeover is on the 26th of June, Registration closes on the 6th of June

Stawell Rotary: Tuesday, June 28, at Diamond House Stawell.   

Ararat Rotary: Wednesday, June 29, TBA.           

Beaufort Rotary: Friday July 1, at the Bendigo Bank Complex, Skipton Rd.         

Maryborough Rotary: Saturday July 2, at Maryborough Highland Society,   6:30 for 7pm


Please book with the appropriate club when visiting for their changeover, some require pre-payment others on the night/day it might pay to ask at time of registration

District and Club Changeovers. 2016-05-29 14:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday night it was my pleasure to give a toast to the Rotary Club of Auckland.
The Rotary Club of Auckland is one of the longest serving clubs in Australasia. It was founded on June 13th, 1921 with 55 Charter members by Special Commissioner, Jim Davidson, from  the Rotary Club od Calgary. The core project each year is bringing the World Press Photo Exhibition to Auckland and has been run since 2010. They also run a Golf Invitational fundraising tournament. The club also supports many good works around their city. if you wish for more information please visit their Facebook page.
Pictured is:

RCA President Elect Craig Horrocks joined RI President Elect Gary Huang last week for a tree planting in the Auckland Domain’s Rotary Grove of Friendship.

International Toast to the Rotary Club of Auckland Karen McCarthy 2016-05-29 14:00:00Z 0
Here's what happens if you misbehave at a Rotary meeting in Maryborough - PP Mallee pays the price for mischief with some "Corner time".
Don't Misbehave in Rotary! 2016-05-23 14:00:00Z 0
Tickets for the Interplast Raffle are available from Rtn Karen McCarthy, they are $10  and it is drawn at the District Changeover on June 26th. There is only 1500 tickets available with 2 prizes to be won
Interplast Raffle Karen McCarthy 2016-05-22 14:00:00Z 0
May is Rotary BOWELSCAN month
Kits are available from Chemists in Town, if you are over a certain age it is an easy test for you to do in the privacy of your own home. You are even the one to post it back, no more taking it back to the Chemist for them to be collected then sent away. The time to testing is not as delayed this way.
Do yourself a favour and pick one up today...............
Picture borrowed from RC Nhill ( I will give it back when I am finished -- Ed)
May is Bowelscan Month Karen McCarthy 2016-05-21 14:00:00Z 0
There are several ways of giving to The Rotary Foundation
Bequest Society member,
is merely another way

When you give $10,000 or more via your estate plans. Bequest Society members are recognized with an engraved crystal recognition piece and a Bequest Society pin. Recognition items commemorate giving at these levels:

  • Level 1: $10,000 to $24,999
  • Level 2: $25,000 to $49,999
  • Level 3: $50,000 to $99,999
  • Level 4: $100,000 to $249,999
  • Level 5: $250,000 to $499,999
  • Level 6: $500,000 to $999,999
  • Level 7: $1,000,000 to $2,499,999
  • Level 8: $2,500,000 to $4,999,999
  • Level 9: $5,000,000 to $9,999,999
  • Level 10: $10,000,000 and above
Foundation Giving Karen McCarthy 2016-05-21 14:00:00Z 0
Hi All,
The program for my President’s night June 23 is as follows.
We will be meeting at the Guide Hall in Napier St.
6.00 for 6.30pm
Soup, casseroles and sweets for $16pp
We can have alcohol if Rob would like to bring some along.
They have wine glasses, which we can use.
There will also be some entertainment.
I have long wanted to do something with the Guides and I thought this can be it.
I also wanted something we had not done previously.
Last Dinner for President Thea Karen McCarthy 2016-05-15 14:00:00Z 0
Carlton players recently visited Maryborough and made a commitment to support the Family Violence awareness program. The players are Matthew Cruiser, Simon White and Kerrien Byrne who undertook “take a stand” training with members from Maryborough and District Hospital, the Central Goldfields Shire Council and Maryborough Rotary.
Carlton Players Support Family Violence Program 2016-05-14 14:00:00Z 0
The invitations for District Changeover has been sent out by email to those who have it, otherwise it will be in the snail mail (and it really is snail mail these days)
District Changeover Invitations are Out 2016-05-09 14:00:00Z 0
Happy Mother's Day 2016-05-09 14:00:00Z 0
Calling on all of our fellow Rotarians to please help make this public and save the date in your calendars.
Casterton On Display
Art, Food and Entertainment in local Gardens 
An Initiative of the Rotary Club of Casterton
Enquiries: 0418 373 086
Casterton's M.A.G.I.C. Event 2016-05-09 14:00:00Z 0
The invitations for District Changeover has been sent out by email to those who have it, otherwise it will be in the snail mail (and it really is snail mail these days)
District Changeover 2016-05-07 14:00:00Z 0
Happy Mothers Day 2016-05-07 14:00:00Z 0
Members will be receiving a letter this week regarding their contribution to their Centurion status, each week $2 of your dinner fees goes to The Rotary Foundation. If you have missed a meeting or two you have the opportunity to add to the amount you have already paid to make it  up to the $100 AUD.
FOUNDATION UPDATE Karen McCarthy 2016-05-05 14:00:00Z 0
Calling on all of our fellow Rotarians to please help make this public and save the date in your calendars.
Casterton On Display
Art, Food and Entertainment in local Gardens 
An Initiative of the Rotary Club of Casterton
Enquiries: 0418 373 086
M.A.G.I.C 2016-05-05 14:00:00Z 0
On Tuesday the 3rd of May several members went  to the Group 7 meeting hosted by Stawell. The Diamond House was the lovely venue for the meeting, this is where the Stawell RC meets every week. Pictured is the Group 7 Presidents ( Ron McCormack, Thea Allan, Pauline Sherriffs and Tony Sutherland)  with Douglas Ball AG (Centre) attending the meeting for the last time in his official role as AG for Group 7. Next Year we have Penny Flynn as AG and she is from the Rotary Club of Horsham East.
The Last Group 7 meeting with Douglas Ball AG Karen McCarthy 2016-05-05 14:00:00Z 0
This week coming we have Lesly Sheddon speaking about ROMAC which provides help for a range of medical problems that cannot be fixed without specialist help that is not found in a lot of countries. Will be a very interesting talk and PARTNERS ARE VERY WELCOME TO COME ALONG, PLEASE INFORM BRYCE OF YOUR ATTENDANCE.
Lesley Sheddon and ROMAC Karen McCarthy 2016-05-05 14:00:00Z 0

Working Bee Saturday 7th May  at 9.30 am  for a clean up.


The Carisbrook CFA   are going to burn of the fallen pines and heaped rubbish  shortly( have been waiting for some moisture)... we need to  get the other fallen limbs and  bushes piled up so that we can get a good clean up.


I reckon an hour would do a great job if we could get 6/8 people along  for just  about an hour .   You don't have to let  us know  we will be there anyway bit it would be great if we could get a small team ....the time  and date is pretty much forced on us due to Mothers 

Day  and we do need to  take maximum advantage of the CFA 's help which was volunteered to us.


WORKING BEE 2016-05-01 14:00:00Z 0
Please note and update your records/computers/phones etc
Karen McCarthy has changed her email address but not her name, please use .This has come about through difficulties of receiving some emails and having had it hack previously. I will not be using the Yahoo email for personal nor Rotary any more
Thanks in advance
New Email Address Karen McCarthy 2016-05-01 14:00:00Z 0
This week Members are going to the meeting in Ballarat with the Alfredton Rotary with Colleen Hewett as guest speaker, then on Tuesday some members are off to the Group 7 meeting in Stawell, as well as having already attended District Assembly or the Carlton Football Game.
On Thursday is the normal meeting at  Havilah and then the weekend will be here before you know it
Some members are busy organising their tables and decorations in the theme of the country they have chosen, even if you can't fill a table talk to Meryl or her team and they will be able to place you on a table not yet full, but please consider coming to join in with the fun.
A Busy Week Karen McCarthy 2016-05-01 14:00:00Z 0

One of the messages from The District Assembly that was held in Stawell yesterday was the message of giving to The Rotary Foundation, whish allows the Global and District Grants to happen. It is one of the most important things that our clubs and members can do. Getting married last month means my will  had to be redone, part of which I am leaving a Bequest to the Foundation, by doing so I know that the money will do good in the world and will be my legacy to the world my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will live in.

Below is a snapshot of what our gift does for the world community

What your giving supports

Your giving promotes peace, fights disease, provides clean water, saves mothers and children, supports education, and grows local economies through grants that:

  • Bring peace-building seminars to 200 teachers and 1,300 students in Uganda.
  • Distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets and medical services that help prevent malaria in Mali.
  • Train teachers who are establishing an early-childhood education centre in South Africa.
  • Provide water filters, toilet blocks, and hygiene training to prevent fluorosis in a community in India.
  • Fund a scholarship for a medical professional to research ways to minimize mortality rates among premature babies in Italy.
  • Protect children around the world from polio.
Please consider how we can donate to The Rotary Foundation as a club, and how we raise the money to do so - ED
The Rotary Foundation Karen McCarthy 2016-05-01 14:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Murray and Sally (on the left) were among the Rotary families represented at this year's Anzac Services around the Shire. Members attended the dawn and the well attended mid morning service in Maryborough, and others attended at other venues such as Carisbrook.
Members Attend ANZAC Services 2016-04-24 14:00:00Z 0
All members are invited to join the team visiting Alfredton Rotary at The Ballarat Community Health Centre on Monday, May 2nd. to hear Colleen Hewitt talk about her involvement with family violence. If you're interested in going, and you were NOT one of the 11 who gave their names to Thea on Thursday night, please contact Deb Robertson on 0438 720 197. The team will car pool and leave from the RSL clubrooms just before 5pm on Monday May 2nd.
Alfredton Family Violence Night 2016-04-22 14:00:00Z 0
GELC Students are opening their Pre Loved Store next Thursday, April 28th. at 11am. Members are invited to go along and view their stuff and show your support for this great local venture by GELC students. The store will be staffed by GELC students and be open from Tuesday to Friday each week from 9.30am until 3pm. Contact PP John Williamson for more details.
Red Cat Relics Celebrates Their Opening 2016-04-22 14:00:00Z 0 PP Bob and Harold travelled to Ringwood last Sunday to represent Harold's daughter, Pepper, who was nominated by our club for a Shine On Award this year. Pepper received a commendation for her great work for the community despite her challenges. Congratulations, Pepper! And thanks to Bob and Harold for representing the club.
Pepper Receives Commendation at Shine On Awards 2016-04-22 14:00:00Z 0
Plan to gather some friends to join us on June 4th for our International Harmony Fundraising Dinner at the Highland Society. Proceeds will help fund our Aquabox, Disaster Aid, Polio, Surabaya Orphanage and Peace Centres projects. Choose a country theme for your table and let Meryl know what you've chosen.
Get your table for the International Harmony Dinner 2016-04-22 14:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, we were pleased to welcome to our shed, Ramesh and Asher from the Pondicherry Rotary Club in District 2980, India. Ramesh and Asher are out here on a Rotary Friendship Exchange visit and were staying with DGND Anthony. Ramash brought greetings from his club and presented President Thea with a banner from Pondicherry Rotary. We were at pains to assure Ramesh that we don't usually meet in a shed, but Ramesh observed that his club usually starts at 8pm with a lot of procedural and club business announcements, followed by greetings and then supper. They only have a meal once a month. After Maryborough, Ramesh, a Principal of an Agricultural College, was off to Horsham to look at Longerenong College and then to Naracoorte and Mount Gambier.
Ramesh and Asha from District 2980 Visit Maryborough 2016-04-22 14:00:00Z 0
Come to Our International Harmony Dinner 2016-04-21 14:00:00Z 0
PDG Geoff announced some of the new resolutions passed at the International Council of Legislation for Rotary this past week. Clubs will now be able to run meetings less frequently than each week, and they will be able to set their own "rules" regarding attendance (within limits). The Council also passed legislation allowing clubs to ignore the Classification system and choose members who, (quoting from the resolution) "demonstrate good character, integrity, and leadership; possess good reputation within their business, profession, and/or community; and are willing to serve in their community and/or around the world". Clubs may now have e-meetings instead of face to face meetings, and the concept of separate "e-clubs" has been abolished. They are all now Rotary clubs. Rotaractors can now hold joint membership in a Rotary club. Search in Google for "Rotary Council of Legislation 2016" to find the other changes.
New Changes for Rotary Announced 2016-04-16 14:00:00Z 0
PP Bob reminded members that Rotarian Harold's daughter, Pepper, has been nominated for a Shine On Award this year. Awards will be presented on Sunday in Ringwood, and Bob hopes to be able to get there to represent the club. Congratulations to Pepper for this honour.
Bob also mentioned that May is Bowelscan month, and our club will once again be involved in the distribution of kits - although due to the increased cost of the kits, there won't be any financial rewards for the club. Of course, the important thing is the service provided to the community because the evidence is clear that these kits can save lives. The kits will be available from the usual chemist outlets and will cost $15.00. Participants DO NOT return the kits to the chemist though - instead they post the completed kit straight to the pathology group doing the tests. The picture shows the new kit.
Shine On Awards and Bowelscan 2016-04-16 14:00:00Z 0
PP John Caulfield proposed a toast to the Rotary Club of Bristol at least week's meeting.John was in Bristol 6 years ago and can remember being impressed by the huge changes happening as the city makes the transition from an old industrial city into the modern world. Bristol Rotary was the first club in the SW of England, and now has 60 members including a dozen or so women. The club is active in supporting earthquake victims, runs an annual concert for senior citizens, and has raised 280,000 pounds for Prostate Cancer research.
A Toast to the Rotary Club of Bristol 2016-04-16 14:00:00Z 0
 Last week we had Lesly Sheddon speak about ROMAC which provides help for a range of medical problems that cannot be fixed without specialist help that is not found in a lot of countries. Will be a very interesting talk and they are looking for families to host even for a weekend to give the carers in the city a break, whilst we cannot host for the duration of a stay that is required for some patients the Little that we can do would seem huge to those involved, please contact ROMAC directly if you can help on ROMAC
PO Box 779
Parramatta, NSW
Australia 2124
by Phone
Brendan Porter
(Board Chairman)
Ph: 0488 768 279

Bruce Robinson
Ph: (02) 9836 3044
Lesley Shedden and ROMAC 2016-04-10 14:00:00Z 0
Members will be receiving a letter this week regarding their contribution to their Centurion status, each week $2 of your dinner fees goes to The Rotary Foundation. If you have missed a meeting or two you have the opportunity to add to the amount you have already paid to make it  up to the $100 AUD.
Foundation Giving Update Geoff James 2016-04-10 14:00:00Z 0
On Tuesday the 3rd of May several members went  to the Group 7 meeting hosted by Stawell. The Diamond House was the lovely venue for the meeting, this is where the Stawell RC meets every week. Pictured is the Group 7 Presidents (Ron McCormack, Thea Allan, Pauline Sherriffs and Tony Sutherland)  with Douglas Ball AG (Centre) attending the meeting for the last time in his official role as AG for Group 7. Next Year we have Penny Flynn as AG and she is from the Rotary Club of Horsham East.
The Last Group 7 With AG Douglas Ball Geoff James 2016-04-10 14:00:00Z 0
PP Mallee Rowe announced that the Footy Frenzy is on again this year and that we still have 36 squares to sell. The project has already raised $240, but it would be great to sell the rest of the squares to maximize our profits in support our International Projects. Contact Mallee if you would like to take advantage of this offer.
Footy Frenzy On Again 2016-04-03 14:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to PP Anthony Ohlsen who has moved to the next stage on his way to becoming the District 9780 Governor in 2018-2019. Anthony has been provisionally nominated by a District committee to become District Governor Nominee on July 1st 2016. There will be the usual two week period in which objections may be lodged about the process used by the District, and once that period is over, Anthony's name will be forwarded to Rotary International and he will be inducted as DGN at the District Changeover on June 26th. Our club is certainly fulfilling the challenge made to all Rotary clubs to produce leaders beyond the club level.
Congratulations to Anthony Ohlsen - on the DG pathway! 2016-04-03 14:00:00Z 0
Recent member Frances Clark shared her fascinating job talk at last week's meeting. She grabbed our attention by claiming that we spend all of our life running away from our environment or giving into it.
Frances' father was a priest, and her mother was a local school teacher. Her mother took one look at her father and fell for him because he had clean hands! Frances' mother had been brought up on a sugar cane farm, and she hated the way that that lifestyle produced filthy hands. The couple married to a small town in the Riverina - even smaller than Tarnagulla. Given the nature of her dad's work as a clergyman, Frances, by the age of 5, had moved 3 times and been in an aircraft 500 times. Moving around became an integral part of life for her. Frances' Father was on his 3rd career by the age of 28, and he was dead by 50 - his first job had been as an engineer in the in the James Hardy factory. Frances lived in the Riverina for 3 years when her dad got itchy feet - he thought being a Vicar was boring, so he was head hunted to Melbourne in 1970 and became a Vicar in Collingwood - helping to integrate migrant people into the community. The family lived in inner city, around the Hoddle Street area. According to Frances, this location contributed to her becoming "feral" in her teenage years, so she has much empathy with many students at our local GELC where she now works. Still, Frances finished Form 6 at a Melbourne Grammar school and went to uni, completing her degree in eight years! The reason why, according to Frances, was that she was "feral and stupid"! However, she DID complete her degree and then went and had babies. Frances had worked at numerous occupations by the time she was 26, and thought she had done nothing useful - she reckons she had 400 jobs on her resume by the age of 25! However, having children made her realize that she needed a more permanent career.  One of her father's many occupations was to be a psychologist in Broadmeadows working with under-privileged families and this was also to influence Frances. By the age of 26, Frances consolidated her career using her extensive experience of customer service and business and she decided to become a trainer. Her first job was in fact here in Maryborough at GELC, teaching customer service. Frances then became a corporate educational consultant back in Melbourne - but the people she worked with didn't really appreciate how difficult it is for some people to obtain an education. So, after 15 years at the job, mainly to ensure that her kids were fed and clothed, she came back to Maryborough and ended up doing the same sorts of things as her parents. She thanks her father for teaching her that we need to take risks in seeking our careers, and we need to pursue what we really want to do as a vocation.
Currently, Frances has one son as a marketing executive in USA, the other son is on his 15th job at the age of 22. Both boys are taking after their parents just as Frances has been driven by her experiences with her own parents. Frances believes that many children today are under parented, and some haven't been parented at all - e.g. coming to school with no breakfast, no clean uniforms etc. She argues that we need to support parents to actually be parents or better parents, and she believes Rotarians could be good role models for students at GELC. She is very proud of her students at GELC, many of whom still pursue an education every day despite their difficult personal experiences and backgrounds. Thank you Frances for an honest, challenging