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Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
Numurkah Golf & Bowls Club
Tunnock Rd.
Numurkah, Vic.  3636
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Carolyn Ryan

Carolyn Ryan proprietor of Cafe@3641 in Strathmerton was guest speaker on Monday 17th July.
Parents started Strathmerton Bakery in 1987.
Carolyn was educated at Numurkah Secondary College with interest in graphic design, but followed passion for cooking by becoming a patrycook. Attended trade school in Melbourne with a class of 129 with only 4 girls.
Parents tried their best to give children best education with family values of determined to be the best.
Grandmothers a huge influence as great role models being community minded. Aunt establishing a similar business was an influence and local influence would be Bernie Ryan.
In 1987 married Michael and have 5 children 23-14 years.
Michael and Caz heavily involved in the community.
4 1/2 years ago started Cafe after 24 years in bakery.
We live in an amazing food bowl producing a great variety of food.
Passion to use local fresh food in menu at Cafe.
High Teas very popular with some flying in from interstate.
130 year old hose restored and garden setting established.
Has been a wonderful journey so far.
Determined to succeed, and work hard to achieve are Carolyn's work ethos.

The recipient of the year's Jack Duncan Vocational Service Award was Bernadette Steward.
In presenting the award Vocational Service Director Jeff Buzza said Bernadette is very professional, caring, gentle and always has time for her patients.
Born in Numurkah and educated at St Joseph's and Numurkah Secondary College. Nursing training at Repatriation General Hospital and GV Bas Hospital. Worked at Numurkah War Memorial Hospital as a district nurse then charge sister of general ward for 10 year.
Commenced work at Numurkah Medical Centre 31 years ago as the practice nurse.
She would have treated most people in our community and would know her patients better than many would know themselves.

The recipient of this year's Col McPherson Community Service Award was presented to Isobel Hodge by Melva and Duncan McPherson.
Community Service Director Jacque Phillips in announcing the award said Isobel is a big part of our community who not only embraces her own family with great pride but embraces all aspects of her community with generosity and care for others.
A talented musician Isobel has been Musical Director of Numurkah Singers, founder and musical director of Numurkah and District Choristers for 10 years, musical director of the Numurkah Town Band member of Shepparton Symphony Orchestra. Isobel has a long involvement with disability services , Ladies Probus Club and Numurkah Agricultural Show.

Sadhana Smiles was the guest speaker at this years Rotary Business Breakfast.
Sadhana gave an inspirational presentation.


Grant Deppler

Grant Deppler spoke to the club on his recent experience on the Turia Pitt's Everest Trek to the Mt Everest Base Camp.
The expedition was a fundraiser for Interplast.
A 14 day, 157 km trek with highest altitude 5401 metres. 28 trekkers, 14 porters, 5 Sherpa's, with the Sherpa's as guides.
Started at Kathmandu, visiting the Monkey Palace, and witnessing an open crematorium, where bodies have to be cremated 3 hours after death,
Kurtirur Hospital visited which treats 35,000 children each year with deformities.
Lukla Airport, the most dangerous airport in the world with a 250m long runway and take off rises over 10 storeys.
Food included Vegetable Dak Bha, Momos, Curried Vegetables, Curried Rice, Curried Pasts.
Right of way on the track, Yak Trains, Mule Trains, Sherpa
Base Camp not a town but a tent camp site on a glacier, Porters, anything else, then tourists.


Heather Kelly 

Heather Kelly was guest speaker to the 29th May meeting.
Now employed at Numurkah Leader selling advertisements.
Enjoying the challenge of creating advertisements.
Numurkah Leader a family business with a circulation of 2,000 with digital expanding. 
Enabled to do something of interest.
Fascinating to create a Women In Business feature highlighting the engine room behind the business where women are trying to do something better than other. Feature shows what is going on behind the front doors featuring caring, conscientious women in business.
Next feature planned will highlight Men at Work with Adrian Connolly to be featured.
Heather concluded by saying Numurkah is a small town punching above its weight.


Gail Jenkins

Gail Jenkins spoke on the Victorian Police Blue Ribbon Foundation.
The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation perpetuates the memory of members of the Victoria Police killed in the line of duty through the support of worthwhile community projects within Victoria.

In total, 159 Victoria Police members have
been killed in the line of duty. Of these, 30
have been murdered, which underlines the
dangers police members face on a daily basis.

We can do nothing to bring them back but as a grateful community we can take steps to honour their memory and ensure their sacrifice is acknowledged through a range of projects that benefit the wider community.

29th September is Blue Ribbon Day. Foundation is volunteers community based with 17 Regional Branches. Main work is the installation of new or improvement of existing emergency services in hospitals. In Greater Shepparton providing support for re-development of G.V. Health.
Gail spoke on her father Ray Denman tragically killed on police duty in Numurkah.
Ray joined police force in 1952 and in 1956 posted to Numurkah. Established Police Youth Club and taught swimming. Swimming pool named in his memory.




Carl Walters
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA)
Job in water sustainability - been in different roles over 35 years
Area covered from Swan Hill to Numurkah, with 15,000 farms and 650,000 Ha
Irrigation use in Australia = 6 million megalitres water
In Goulburn Murray Catchment Area = 6 million megalitres
GMW Connections Project is 9,000 km of channels, with a plan to reduce this to 6,000 km
Basin Plan = environmental water, plan to save 2750 Gigalitres of water
Currently modernising channel supply system in GMID costing over two billion dollars with the plan for irrigators to have access to higher and more uniform flow rates and automation of irrigation systems
The aim is for modernising sysyems, saving water and labour, increase production, more flexibility and make it attractive to younger farmers
German Exchange Student
Just returned from Safari "Rock to Reef''
47 exchange students went on safari from mostly German speaking nations
Left from Wodonga on 26th March and travelled to:
Adelaide (wraps everyday for lunch)
Coober Pedy
Alice Springs (bush tucker tour)
Mt Isa
Charters Towers
Cairns (held up for two days due to cyclone Debbie)
Great Barrier Reef
Gold Coast
Byron Bay
Had a great time in Austarlia, heading back home on Sunday 29th April.
Thanked the Rotary Club for their support

Mikaela Wood & Chloe Smith

Mikaela Wood and Chloe Smith were guest speakers at the clubs meeting on Monday 10th April.
MIKAELA WOOD spoke on her National Youth Science Form journey.
Arrived in Canberra overwhelmed and nervous.
Seasons jam-packed. Visited Science Dome, Parliament House and Physics Labs, NASA Deep Space Communications Center, Acceerometer,.
Passionate and inspiring speakers and role-models.
Formal visits included a Rotary club, formal dinner, tour of Canberra including War Memorial.
Evening activities included a disco and Quest-a-thon.
In the 12 days grown as a person, and opened up many doors.
One of six accepted into the National University of Singapore science summer camp
Thanked Rotary for assistance.
CHLOE SMITH: As a St Mary's Secondary College student attended the Sandhurst Alternative Schoolies Trip to Philippines.
Six girls from Diocese undertook the trip from 30th November to 4th December. Other students from Bendigo, Echuca and Shepparton.
Based at Cebu undertaking community visits to Umapai and Janssesnville, visiting and participating in community projects to break the poverty cycle.
Distributed Christmas gifts with the Missionaries of Charity.
Moved onto Compostela Housing Project community garden, then San Pio village interacting with children.
Formed strong relationships with other students. Visit formed desire to help other


sadhana Smiles

It is with pleasure the Rotary Club of Numurkah announces the guest speaker at this year's Business Breakfast will be Sadhana Smiles.
Sadhana is the 2013 Victorian Telstra Business Woman of the year
2016 AFR 100 Women of Influence
Author of People Power, did you have them @ hello and more recently a personal development journal based on her own experiences – I want what she’s having
CEO of the 2nd largest fastest growing franchise group in Victoria over the past 4 years...
Vocal advocate for gender equality, the end to gender based violence and women’s health
In 2008 Sadhana founded Links Fiji, a not for profit, with a focus on women’s health, conducting pap smears in remote and rural Fiji


Tim Gleeson

Tim Gleeson Sergeant in Victoria Police has been stationed at Numurkah Police Station for 16 months was the guest speaker at the clubs meeting.
Came from Echuca previously serving in Shepparton and Melbourne.
Tim commenced by stating Numurkah is no different to most country towns, and does have a drug problem.
With the massive growth of the internet it has introduced a new crime - Cyber Crime.
Cyber crime has an impact on many of us, happening in every country town. Hacking, On-line fraud, Identity Theft, Privacy violated, On-line predators many of the issues.
SPAM - electronic junk mail with offers of free goods, offers of money, inheritance scams, fake charities, unexpected winnings, dating and romance, jobs, on-line predators  - never respond. If too good to be true, it usually is!
Money lost to scammers $6.8million each year.
Never send personal details, bank account details. Think about it, take a step back, and be wise. Do research either Google or Acorn website


Kate Hodge

Kate Hodge was guest speaker at the Rotary Clubs meeting on Monday 27th March.

Kate together with Chris Sutton and Linda Boyd undertook the "Ride to Conference"

Ride to Conference in District 9790 was the inspiration of Corowa Past President Graham Brown, who had seen similar events in neighbouring Rotary Districts and was sure a like event could take place in D9790.

To research how the event was run and discern the necessary organisation required, Graham took part in three Rides to Conference with D9800 - in 2003, 2005 and 2008.

Graham encouraged the Rotary Club of Corowa to adopt the ride as one of its projects and the Club has been supportive from the start.

The Inaugural D9790 RTC took place in 2009 – Shepparton to Geelong with a team of 8. There were 7 cyclists and 1 road support representing three Rotary Clubs – Diamond Creek, East Shepparton and Corowa.  The team cycled 450 km and raised $5,000 for Polio Plus and $600 for the Bushfire Appeal.

Since then the team has grown in number, the distances increased and the amounts raised increased. In 2015, the team comprised 31 participants from 14 Rotary Cubs and raised $16,500 for ARH. When one of the original cyclists had knee troubles, she continued to participate in the event by swimming laps at local pools. In 2015 she swam 51 km in the 6 days – a wonderful achievement!

The 2017 Ride to Conference "Strathbogie Saunter" was a six day ride starting in Shepparton 11th March finishing in Shepparton on Thursday 16th March.

Kate took up road cycling in December, with a heavy training programme.

Joined on ride with 5 from Albury North, 1 from Bright, 6 from Corowa (including support staff), 1 from Deniliquin, 3 from Eltham, 1 from Mooroopna, 3 from Rutherglen, 2 from Seymour, 1 from Shepparton, 2 from Yarrawonga/Mulwala, 1 from Yea.

Overnight stops in motels with swimming pools for recovery.



Lissy is a short term exchange student from Germany, speaking to the club with a powerpoint display on her background.
Lives in an idyllic little village Rodigsdorf population 250. First documented in 1136 and until 1990 shaped by agriculture.
Town surrounded by fields and meadows.
Church built before the Reformation and reconstructed in 1990.
Mother a carer for elderly, father a carpenter, grandma and aunt are neighbours.
Hobbies include horse riding, painting and singing.
Attends school at Apolda with 500-600 students. Commence at 8am with periods of 45 minutes for 5 - 9 hours finishing at 3pm.



Catherine Church & Pam Humphries

Catherine Church is the Education Coordinator at Numurkah District Health Service since 2014.
Coordinates the graduate nurse program, in 2015 1 graduate nurse, 2 in 2016, 3 in 2017.
Graduates rotate around the facility in six areas including Acute Care, two Aged Care facilities Pioneer Lodge and Karinya, District Nursing, Theatre.
Pam Humphries is one of the three graduate nurses in the 2017 program.
Lives in area and chose Numurkah being a fantastic hospital as offered six rotations whilst other hospitals offer only two rotations.
Rotations enable graduate nurses to choose future direction.
Enjoys aged-care and palliative care.

The Rotary Club of Numurkah 37th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition was held over the weekend from Friday 10th March to Monday 13th March.
The official opening on Friday by Damian Drum MP also heard the art judge, Terry Jarvis announce the award winners plus his comments on the award paintings.
In his opening remarks, art judge Terry Jarvis commented “Art empowers the Community”. Art brings communities together, and that this exhibition demonstrates this.  Terry spoke of a trial study, which confirmed that including art in the curriculum lead to better academic results in non-art subjects for students.
Damian Drum M.P. in officially opening the exhibition said art is important in any community. Tastes may vary over a variety of styles, and this exhibition of high standard illustrated there is something for everyone, thus bringing people together.
Terry Jarvis selected “Upon a Blue Vase” by Gregory Smith as Best in Show. “A message and story in blue invites you into the painting and allows it to embrace you as the viewer. A disciplined piece, it is well balanced with a good variety of colour, tone and edges”.
Runner Up was “Last Vestiges of Autumn” by Barbara Beasley-Southgate. Terry commented “What a wonderful pastel. The autumn light that dances through the golden beauty of the poplar draws you into the picture”.
Best Watercolour was Lorraine Lewitska’s “Dancer”. Terry Jarvis commented “Watercolour at it’s best! Lovely washes, great strong balanced tonal areas”.
Best Oil was awarded to “Out of the Bag” by Gregory Smith. Terry Jarvis comments “A disciplined well painted oil, The different textures of onion peel, paper bag, and pottery connecting together to tell a wonderful story of kitchen”.
Best Pastel was “A Jewel in the Forest” by Barbara Beasley-Southgate. Terry commented “A beautifully painted pastel – tells a story of the sunlit path in the rainforest, Tells the story of lush growth, cooler tones receding darkly into the forest, whilst the sunlit fronds of the tree palms shine forward to the warm tones of the foreground”.
Best Regional Artist was awarded to David Hardiment for “Lazy Palms”. Terry commented “I love the sense of summer’s light shining through the palm fronds connecting the viewer to the large expanse of sky”.
Moira Art & Culture Inc. Encouragement Award was: Empress: by Tanya Phillips. Terry commented “I enjoyed the work in the dress cape and the hair and the softness of skin tones”.
Photographic Award was “Billy Buttons” by Dennis Rickard. Terry commented “A wonderful photograph of the well-known Billy Buttons, well thought out from background to lighting revealing the simplicity and yet the intriguing complexity of nature”.
Junior Photograph Award. “Wired Simplicity” by Sophie Hodge. Terry commented “A wonderful portrait of the land. A single strand of barb wire, rusted, twisted and softening into the distance”.
The Craft Section was judged by Cindy McKenzie.
Fibres, Threads or Beads Award was won by Barb Dealy with “Hardanger Tablecloth” with Honourable Mention to Shona Thomas for “Multi-coloured Shawl”.
Framed Needlework Award was awarded to Liz Bosma with “Needlework London”. Honourable mention Arie Inglis with “Lilac & Roses”.
Quilt Award was awarded to Linda Ball with “Floral Hexquilt”. Honourable mention to Margaret Andrew with “Just in Time”.
Art Quilt Award was awarded to Vicki Le Quesne.
Craft Award was awarded to Fiona Carruthers with “Sweet Pea Stole”. Highly Commended was Melinda Lempia with “Along the Murray”.Carry Bags Award was awarded to Pam Brennan and Highly Commended was Jeanette Steel.
Pam Borchard won an award for “re-born Baby”.
The exhibition was well attended with good sales.

John Dean

John Dean was guest speaker at the Monday 20th February meeting.
John Dean CEO of MHA Care. John has been 5 1/2 years with MHA, last 3 1/2 as CEO, 12 months as acting CEO serving as Manager of Corporate Services prior to that.
Moira Health Alliance formed when shires amalgamated with representatives of the four hospitals and shire on the board. MHA took over the shire's Home & Community Care (HACC) services. It now has a turnover of $5M per year with 90 staff.
Dramatic changes as people are living longer with support in their own homes.
Jointly funded by State and Commonwealth.
Steps in aged care: Home-care, Home Care Packages 1, 2, 3, 4, then residential facilities.
To commence services must register on Myagedcare website, MHA Care will carry out an assessment, then when approved service commences.
Suggested to talk to MHA Care first, who will talk you through the registration process.
Services include Meals on Wheels with 400 volunteers across the shire, Domestic Home-care, Personal Care, Respite for carer, Home Maintenance, Social Support Group.
Quality review evert three years to gain accreditation.
From February client chooses provider.
MHA Care will remain relevant to service.



Jacque Phillis was the guest speaker at the clubs meeting providing a Heath Service update.
Jacque has been CEO for 81/2 years with many ups and down but still loving the organisation.
Beginning with photos of hospital prior to inundation on 4th March, with photos of the flooded wards and hospital
The initial tent Temporary Urgent Care Centre then the Interim Urgent Care Centre. Demolition of old hospital and $23.8M rebuild.
Service Profile:
Acute Care - Hospital. - Urgent Care - Operating Theatre.
Occupancy 60% with growth in urgent care. Operating theatre with 6 day beds 4 days a week treating 90-100 cases a month.
Aged Care - Residential - Karinya with 30 beds and Pioneer Lodge with 36 beds
Home Care -  District Nursing - Occupational Therapy.
Primary Health - Dietician - Diabetes Educator - Physiotherapy - occupational therapy - podiatry - dental clinic - G.P. Clinic
Community Engagement - Obesity prevention - health promotion - early childhood literacy.
Mental Health - counselling - psychologist.
Maternity Care - Midwife clinic - specialist obstetrician.
Palliative Care - across Moira Shire.
Community Rehabilitation - cardiac rehabilitation - healthy habits group.
How can you be involved: Board of Management, Consumer liaison committee, feedback, volunteer, auxiliaries, subscribe to newsletter, donations and bequests, like on Facebook, visit website



Julie Hall was guest speaker at the clubs meeting on Monday 6th February.
Julie introduced her subject "Cactus Country" with a video presentation.
Cactus Country was an inspiration of husband Jim and has been an interesting journey.
Julie a local girl had no interest in gardens, but Jim's father had an interest in cacti which resulted in Jim buying his father's collection 28 years ago and planting on a half acre.
Grew broccoli for 4 years but after 4 floods tempted to walkaway.
Undertook growing yellow button squash with a contract to a food processor.
Unfortunately the contract was terminated so sent to markets.
Loxton family from S.A. sold their cactus collection to Jim.
Julie thought Jim would get over it - but did not happen.
Jim was very passionate and determined to achieve what they have today. Grown from a half acre to 10 acres
Son John joined the business 8 years ago and has brought new enthusiasm to business developing social media and online.
Visitor numbers have tripled over 3 years with 12,000 over January


Grant Deppler

Grant Deppler was guest speaker at the Monday 30th January meeting.
Grant undertook walk along Kokoda Track during May/June for Interplast.
29 in group with Turia Pitt.
Ultimate test mentally, physically and emotionally and was a complete life changing milestone.

The Kokoda Trail or Track is a single-file foot thoroughfare that runs 96 kilometres (60 mi) overland – 60 kilometres (37 mi) in a straight line – through the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea. The track was the location of the 1942 World War II battle between Japanese and Allied – primarily Australian – forces in what was then the Australian territory of Papua.

The track runs from Owers Corner in Central Province, 50 kilometres (31 mi) east of Port Moresby, across rugged and isolated terrain which is only passable on foot, to the village of Kokoda in Oro Province. It reaches a height of 2,190 metres (7,185 ft) as it passes around the peak of Mount Bellamy.

First day of trek to Hoi taking 2 hours in 32 degrees and 95% humidity. Joseph was porter for the trek.

Day 2 to Isurava a six hour climb out of Hoi. Member of party injured.

Day 3 Templetons Crossing where Australia suffered biggest loss of life. Moyola Lakes, off Kokoda Track drop zone for Australia.

Rest day at Naduri, undertaking 3 hour walk down to local school.

Efogi and Brigade Hill largest fighting with 74 lives lost.

Menare swampy terrain. Only two memorials for Japanese along track.

Iroribaiwa Ridge was the southern most point Japanese made.

Uaule last night camp - emotionally, physically, mentally exhausted.

Supportive group learning how to live with what you have, not what you want.

$343,878 raised for Interplast.

Planning trip to Base Camp on Mr Everest which has already raised $60,000. Turia Pitt has tremendous attraction for corporate world to support Interplast.

Congratulations to Rotary Club of Numurkah - Moira Shire Community Organisation of the year for 2017! The club has an increasing and active membership and wide community involvement.
Congratulations to Rotary Club of Numurkah - Numurkah Community Organisation of the year for 2017.


Caitlin Bourchier

Caitlin, dressed in traditional Mongolian costume spoke to the club on Monday 23rd January on her recent trip to Mongolia.
Mongolia is the most sparsely populated country in the world with a population of 3 million.
The country contains very little arable land, as much of its area is covered by grassy steppe, with mountains to the north and west and the Gobi Desert to the south. Ulaanbaatar, the capital and largest city, is home to about 45% of the country's population.
Camping in Mongolia easy - just find a spot with water, as there are no fences.
Traditional home is a tent "Ger". As part of culture Mongolians welcome strangers into their homes.
Cows and Yacks and hybrids milked by hand.
Traditional festival in "Naadam", consisting of horse races, wrestling and archery.
Party under took horse riding in north of country, with a pack-horse expedition into reindeer country. Reindeer used as pack-horses and for riding.
A most interesting story of an extraordinary adventure.

Grant Deppler was inducted into the Rotary Club by President John Watson.
Grant Deppler moved to Numurkah approximately 10 years ago from Gippsland.
Grant owns and operates his own Fire Protection Services business called Pozest Fire Systems and operates both in Victoria and New South Wales.
Grant is marries to Angela and they have one son Will.
He has been involved in the Rotary project Interplast, for which he raised funds and accompanied Turia Pitt on the Kokoda Track last year and is planning to participate in another Interplast fund raiser this year accompanying Turia Pitt to the Mount Everest Base Camp.
Grant and Angela are both well regarded in the community and have been involved in many community activities over the year.

Tom Brown

Tom Brown is Environmental Sustainability Officer with Moira Shire.
Shire spends $1M each year on electricity and only 19% of houses in Moira Shire have solar panels.
Looking at ways to stimulate regional development of renewable energy.
Received grant for virtual renewable power station to feed into grid for Moira Shire use.
Concept of Solar Community Garden where MSC and homes without solar, instead of selling back to grid, share power generated. Moira Shire and community would be stakeholders with a community co-op to run.
Technically and legally feasible. Plan to be taken to Council, if supported will apply for government funding.
Need to gather enough momentum for community to participate in.


Congratulations to the 96 voucher winners. Pick up your winning voucher, by presenting your calendar number, at Melville Street Market, 92 Melville Street, Numurkah.


If you were not a winner with the daily voucher draw hopefully you were a winner with the discounts offered by business houses.


Thank you for your support.


Big thank you to the sponsors for ensuring the success of the Rotary Advent Calendar.


Special thanks to Sieg Seiter who introduced the concept to Numurkah.


The Rotary Club of Numurkah wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year. Have a relaxing, safe and most enjoyable festive season. Take time to reflect what is really important …. health, family and friendship.

                                                   DAY 11
News X Press
VOUCHER $50.00
Cactus Country
VOUCHER $25.00
Ryan & Bau
VOUCHER $25.00
Numurkah Hotel
                                     DAY 9
VOUCHER $100.00
Clydesdale Hotel
VOUCHER $50.00
Flowers On
VOUCHER $25.00
Magic Mirror
VOUCHER $25.00
Butlers Pantry
                                          DAY  8
Misting Ring $99.00
Numurkah Elec Motors
VOUCHER $50.00
Lou Hamon Pharmacy
VOUCHER $25.00
Shamrock Hotel
VOUCHER $25.00
Ryan & Bau Butchers
                                     DAY 7
VOUCHER $180.00
Auto Repairs
15% Disc Till 31.1.17
Numurkah Antique
& Collectables
VOUCHER $25.00
VOUCHER $25.00
Numurkah Bottle-O
                                         DAY 6
VOUCHER $50.00
Cactus Country
$50 Numurkah Eazy$
L&J Webb Fencing
VOUCHER $30.00
Monichino Wines
VOUCHER $25.00
Food Pack
Murray Goulburn
                             DAY 5
VOUCHER $130.00
Clem Mayberry
VOUCHER $50.00
Seiters Timber
& Hardware
VOUCHER $35.00
Turkey Supplies
VOUCHER $25.00
Jung Sarn Harbour
                                  DAY 4
1 Nights Accommodation
2 Persons $120
El Toro Motel
VOUCHER $50.00
Numurkah Hire & Sales
VOUCHER $25.00
& Function Studio
VOUCHER $100.00
Numurkah Antiques
& Collectables
                                     DAY 3
VOUCHER $70.00
Davies Garage
Gift Basket
VOUCHER $50.00
The Big Strawberry
VOUCHER $50.00
Numurkah Plumbtec
VOUCHER $25.00
Butlers Pantry
                                                            DAY 2
Rotation Wheel Alignment
VOUCHER $99.00
Numurkah Tyrepower
VOUCHER $50.00
Goods & Services
Numurkah Vet Clinic
VOUCHER $25.00
Brereton’s Bakery
& Coffee Lounge
VOUCHER $25.00
Railway Hotel
                                   DAY 1
      VOUCHER $100
       VOUCHER $50.00
  VOUCHER $50.00
  VOUCHER $25.00


The Remembrance Ride project was jointly run by Numurkah Rotary and the Numurkah RSL to highlight the issue of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Military personnel, veterans and their families and to raise funds to support a scholarship enabling a PhD student to study treatment.


The three monuments visited were the Numurkah Mob, symbolising mateship, the three Victoria Cross statues at Euroa, representing the importance of recognising heroes and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Seymour representing the importance of service to country.


44 riders registered and almost $2000 was raised. All arrived home safely and had a wonderful experience,




Only days to go before winners are drawn for each day.
You will have 24 chances to win or more of 96 prizes.
Calendars available from local shops.


John Pettigrew

John Pettigrew was guest speaker in Monday 14th November.
John interested in the environment, horticulture, irrigation and Landcare.
Last invited to speak in Numurkah was a decade ago at a combined service clubs dinner.
Presentation weighed differently but message the same. More time now spent on actions to meet challenges.
Many local environment groups, Landcare, Goulbourn Valley Environment Group, Beneath the Wisteria, Slap Tomorrow, Transition Tatura, G.V. Community Energy which concentrates on solar energy.
G. V. Environment Group has links with Shepparton, Mitchell, Strathbogie and Benalla councils and liaises with Murray Darling Basin.
Most local government councils have environment committees and the G.V. Environment Group has request to sit on these committees to advise.
Issues: salinity, iron ore mining, planning issues with clearing of natural vegetation for irrigation designs to get maximum irrigation.
Waste is an issue. Need to manage waste to keep it out of landfill.
Goulburn Valley Environment Group not just tree huggers, but developing sustainable regional development.
Solar farm possibility for area.
Will see enormous changes in the future. 

The Rotary Club of Numurkah visited the Western Composting Technology facility on Monday 7th November.
Chairman Terry Brennan introduced Ken Martin site manager of Western Composting Technology.

Ken welcomed Rotarians to the site.

Councils need to look at alternatives to landfill with EPA setting high dollar value on tips, and the fact 1 tonne of waste generates 5 tonnes of gas.

The site was chosen away from residential area, and was built with European technology but using local tradesmen.

The plant is audited every year with an external audit every four years.

The organic waste material is mainly from kerbside collections from Shepparton, Moira, Wangaratta, Strathbogie, and Benalla Shires.

Abattoirs, law enforcement agencies, food processors and orchards waste is also processed at plant.

Trucks on arrival are weighed, identified, then dump load.

Load is then de-contaminated to remove non-organic waste. Contaminated waste is weighed and data sent to councils, before being compacted and sent to landfill.

35% of labour time at plant spent on de-contamination.

Organic waste is then moved to a tunnel for processing. The tunnel technology allows the controlling of temperature, moisture and oxygen levels and is a completely closed system, which minimises odour.

Maintained at 55 degrees for at least 3-5 days to start the compositing process.

Material then put into maturation rows and aerated to refine the product.

End product of compost sold for $16 cubic metre.


President John Watson inducted Judy Newman into the Rotary Club of Numurkah at an unusual venue, on the clubs visit to Western Compositing Technology.
Welcome Judy. 



Pip Cowan was the guest speaker at the meeting on Monday 24th October.
Pip spoke on his project "Busking my way to Mississippi". Attempting to raise money through busking with cigar box guitar to travel to Mississippi the home of the blues.
Ryan Coonan a film maker will accompany Pip filming a documentary on the trip.
Pip visited Mississippi last year where he ended up in hospital.
Desire to return and have a bit of an adventure.
Figured out back-story to present to see if public interested in supporting trip.
  1. Personal objective to go and learn as much as possible.
  2. Using music as a social tool, and see how far it takes him.
  3. Become a musician.
Playing at Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival.
Pip ended talk by playing a number on his cigar box guitar for the club.



Mark Bunny was guest speaker at Monday 17th meeting.
Mark began by saying he was experiencing personal growth tonight. To grow within ourselves, going outside comfort zone pushing boundaries, by public speaking to Rotary tonight.
Brought up on a dairy farm, then share farmed, 22 years ago ended back on the family farm, building up farm from 190 to 295 cows.
Looked at entering business and 19 years ago took over Numurkah Bearings. Built up showroom and within 18 months outgrew shed and moved to present premises in Melville Street.
Set up a business outlet in Cobram.
Staffing presented problems so developed a training/working manual to assist staff.
Bought an oil business to expand business, and being passionate about service bought Numurkah Hire & Sales.
Philosophy is to keep business as simple as possible focussed on the customers.
Making a positive out of a negative.

The Rotary Club of Numurkah were fortunate to hear from three guest speakers at their meeting on Monday 10th October.

Michaela Wood

Michaela is a year 11 student at St Marys Nathalia, and has been selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra during January.
Passionate about science since early childhood.
Science is in the forefront of creating future leaders.
Lives in Katamatite studying maths and science subjects at St Marys in Nathalia with physics the preferred subject.
Community minded with volunteer work and likes drawing, reading and cycling.
Curious about flight, intending to undertake aero-space engineering at university.
Looking forward to National Youth Science Forum to met with people of similar interests and making friends. Hoping to learn about science in this changing world and  the hope it will make her more dedicated to succeed.

Rowan Herman

Rowan is a grade 6 student at Nathalia Primary School, a member of the Baulkamaugh Scout Group. Attended the Australian Jamboree January 2 - 14 2016 with six other scouts from Baulkamaugh.
Travelled by bus to Sydney. Offsite activities included city sights, ferry ride, opera house. Following day badge swapping.
Cirque de Scout was a great on-site activity with circus tricks, face painting etc. Another on-site activity was Challenge Valley, an obstacle course.
Final night a concert and fireworks.
"Really cool memories".

Rachael Hoey

Rachael from Katunga is a year 12 student at the Goulburn Valley Grammar.
Was a member of the Baulkamaugh Scout Group, now a member of the Yullaba Venturer Unit.
Attended the World Jamboree in Japan in July - August last year.
Activities included cultural sights, religious sites, white water rafting and hiking.
Over 33,000 in total attended representing almost every country.
Motto of Jamboree was "Spirit of Unity and Harmony".
Highlight was being selected to represent Australia at a tea-party with the Crown Prince of Japan.
Wonderful experience, kept in touch with many friends made
After Jamboree, home-stay experience.
Gained Queen's Scout Award, with presentation at Government House.
Queen's Scout Award based on four areas, leadership. community service, personal growth and outdoor activities.
Takes 3 years and 300 plus hours to achieve.


David Menadue

David Menadue was guest speaker at the Monday 3rd meeting.
Grew up in Wunghnu, attended Melbourne University to become a teacher, whilst at university became editor of university magazines.
Taught at Rochester then back to Melbourne "a place where you can be yourself".
Rewarding career in children's publishing.
In 1984 diagnosed with HIV.
Scared of rejection by family so distanced himself.
Born an optimist, tragedy into a triumph, positive about being positive.
Autobiography published in 2003.
AIDS stigmatised, took guts to cope, so easy to get depressed.
Family were supportive when taken into confidence.
Mother found solace with religious support groups.
Father accepted as "you are my son, that is all that matters"
Set up a peer support group. Government had foresight to see need to educate those at most risk.
Spoken to state and federal politicians and media.
In 1995 awarded an Order of Australia Medal.
Epidemic has been reduced to something manageable.

President John assisted by Past President Chris Sutton acknowledged the work done for the Art & Craft Exhibition by the Craft Section Co-Ordinators. Jennifer Routley, Margaret Canobie and Pam Brennan by presenting them with Paul Harris Fellowships.
Since its inception in 1981 the Art & Craft Exhibition has raised over $232,000 for Rotary projects. The craft section has been an integral part of the exhibition since the beginning with the craft section coordinators being partners of Rotary club members. The initial coordinator was Heather Thornton for many years, followed by Dorothy Clark, followed by Jennifer Routley who was joined by Margaret Canobie and Pam Brennan to form a hard working team.
The craft section display has always been a highlight of the exhibition creating much local interest.


Marie Lee

Marie Lee was guest speaker at the Rotary club meeting on Monday 26th September.
Member of the Victorian Quilters, which is the state patchwork & quilting Guild for Victoria, which has 600 members and 120 group members.
Very Snuggly Quilts and Wrapped in Love Auxiliary are run by the Victorian Quilters. The program has two arms, one coordinating the making of the quilts and the other the distribution of the quilts via the Wrapped in Love Auxiliary.
The Wrapped in Love Auxiliary was formed in 2004, it is a unique and privileged Auxillary, not raising funds, but gifting a quilt to children with a life threatening illness.
All quilts received are registered with a number, the name of the maker and then the day it is distributed. Records are not kept of the details of the children who receive the quilt.
The label on the quilt reads:
"Very Snuggly Quilt.
The quilt has been made, with love, by a member of Victorian Quilters.
We hope you will enjoy sleeping under it or wrapping it around yourself when you need some extra warmth and comfort".
 Since November 2013, the hospital is visited on the second Tuesday of the month, and the Auxiliary is privileged to have access to the wards, where they personaaly give the child or a family a quilt.
The quilts are a gift for the child to keep.
The day before the visit, each ward clerk is contacted and they give the gender and the age of the child that is a patient
With approximately 200 quilts given on the day, it is not possible for the child to choose a quilt.
Family and children are often surprised that quilters will spend considerable time making a quilt and give it to someone they do not know. The quilts bring joy to the recipients and also brighten their beds and become treasured family items.
Sine November 2013. the Auxiliary has given more than 6,000 children the gift of a quilt with an approximate value in excess of $1 million.
Each quilt is made with love and it our way of letting the child and their family know that, we the community, care and are thinking of them in this stressful time.


Justin Sullivan was guest speaker at the 19th September meeting of the club.

Justin is Director Aged Care and Support Services Manager at Numurkah District Health Service.

Born in Merrigum, attended Melbourne University at 18 to do a science course, then changed courses for nursing.

Living in Kyabram and for last 3 years was NDHS Project Officer for re-building program.

Justin began his talk by introducing one of his great loves HUG - Help Us Grow.

A not for profit organisation with focus on establishing partnerships between two different cultures.

Raising money and awareness for people of Uganda.

Firstly built a community centre then medical centre and finally a secondary and vocational college.

RAWCS have assisted by processing donations.


Aged Care in Australia - 7.8% of population aged 65 and over, or 270,559 people were in residential aged care in the 2013-14 financial year.

Home care: 2.4% or 83,481 receive home care.

$14.8 billion spent by Australian Government of Aged Care Services.

Growth of aged Residential Aged Care increasing by 3.5%

One out of two facilities have more than 60 residents.

67% require high-level care to manage behaviour, with 47% for activities of daily living.

To enter Aged Care a person has to be assessed by Aged Care Assessment Team.

Assessment provide recommendations on need and wishes of person.

Basic daily fee of $48.20 per day.

User pay system based on ability to pay 85% of aged care pension.

Means tested care fee an additional contribution based on income and assets.

Paid as a refundable accommodation deposit paid into a trust fund.

Justin concluded by thanking the Rotary club for supporting the Music & Memory Program, a powerful tool for all residents but particularly those with dementia.



Bernadette Steward

Bernadette Steward was the guest speaker at Mondays meeting talking on the changes to nursing
Spent 45 years caring, at school intended to be a librarian, but won a nursing scholarship.
 In 1971 commenced at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, first duties sponging.
 By third year, in ward, on own, in charge.
 Returned to Numurkah as a District Nurse. Then for 10 years as charge sister in general ward Numurkah District Hospital.
 In 1985 became practise nurse at Medical Centre.
 Many changes over the years - in hospital daily routine for all patients was shower, bath sponge before breakfast, pan round, after breakfast doctors rounds, clean wards, lunch, sponge and  back to bed with theatre on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Social work dealing with family issues.
 In General Practise emphasis on preventative medicine, screening and management.
 Over the years medications have changed, and chronic disease addressed differently.
 Screenings for cancers and genetic diseases.
 Vaccinations and immunisations. Herpes (shingles) vaccine will be available for 70 - 80 year olds.
 Emergency presentations and triage.
Other changes - open heart surgery and key-hole surgery, chemotherapy and cancer treatment and MRI, and tele-health.
In 45 years dealt with those who are forever grateful, those forever grumpy and those unable to help, whatever.
Enjoyed being there for others.


June & Bill Hewson

June & Bill Hewson were guest speakers at the club's meeting on Monday 5th September
June and Bill recently travelled to Blackbutt to visit June's only living cousin in Australia.
Flew from Melbourne to Brisbane and onto Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport Toowoomba.
Blackbutt, population of 250 in the South Burnett region, south east of Kingaroy.
European settlement began in 1842, with town named after Eucalyptus Pilularis, commonly known as Blackbutt.
Originally timber industry, now nob-existent.
Bunya Mountains National Park have 600 year old Bunya Palms up to 25 metres tall.
Visited many tourist attractions in the district.


Mary Walkinshaw

Mary Walkinshaw was guest speaker at club's meeting on 22nd August.
Mary visited South Sudan as a teacher trainer summer school for two months.
South Sudan is the newest country in the world. Officially 193rd country in the world.
Prior to 1956 Sudan administered by both England and Egypt.
Independence granted in 1956. Post 1956 Sudan and South Sudan were at war for 40 years.
In 2005 peace brokered. 98.83% voted for independence for South Sudan, with capital Juba.
North is Arab,  Arabic language, Islamic religion, South is African with English the main language, mainly Christian.
98% of South Sudan economy dependent on oil, with 75% of oil in South refined in the North.
In July 2011 independence granted with 10 states based on tribal regions.
Civil war broke out 18 months after independence, with 7 cease-fires declared.
As a solution the 10 states were divided into 28.
Two thirds of country need aid.
In 2005 Catholic Bishops of South Sudan asked help from Vatican with teacher training, nurse training, agriculture training and pastoral training.
In January 2016 Mary became a teacher trainer in Abyei. Students were current teachers attending summer school to work towards graduation. Subjects taught included English, Maths, Science, Social Studies and Religion, Professional studies. 67 teachers graduated after 4 years of summer school.
Only 32% of population are literate with a ratio of 1 teacher to 85 students in a class.


Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson was the guest speaker to club's meeting on 15th August.
Now a P.E. teacher at Numurkah Secondary College mentoring young students.
At school would have liked to play football, but due to stature encouraged by Assistant Principal at Ararat School to take up running.
Competed in school cross-country then joined running group.
Gained an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship. Moved to Canberra where AIS provided support for young athletes including medical. sports science, physio, massage and recovery programs. AIS established to develop athletes for Olympics.
Achievements - Athletics - Middle Distance
2004 - 7th in 10,000m Olympic trials.
2000 - 8th in 5000m Sydney Olympic Trials.
1998 - 4th in 5000m at World Junior Championship.
1997 - 2002 Athletics Scholarship holder at AIS
1996 - Australia U/18 record holder over 5000M
1996 - 1st in 1,500M and 5000M at Pacific School Games.
Achievements Cross-Country.
2003 - 3rd Australia cross-country championships
2002 - Represented Australia at World Cross-Country Championships
2002 - 1st Place National Cross-Country Championships
Road Running.
2008 - 6th Sun Herald Run for Kids.
2005 - 4th in Sydney Morning Herald half marathon.
2003 - 2nd in Sydney Morning Herald City to Surf.
At AIS training 7 days a week with daily 20k runs.
At AIS inspired by hard work and commitment of fellow athletes.

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Date: MONDAY 24h JULY 2017
Mills, Stephen