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Numurkah

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
Numurkah Golf & Bowls Club
Tunnock Road
Numurkah, VIC  3636
Australia
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Tam Joyce a Chaplain at Numurkah Primary School for last 2 1/2 years. Enjoying role working 2 days a week.
Role is to provide pastoral support for school, not only students but also parents and families.
Demand on teachers to not only educate but care for wellbeing of students puts teachers under stress.
As Chaplain takes on board issues teachers do not have time for. Presence always available to students who often need an adult support.
Issues:
1. Friendship and peer issues.
2. Mental Health issues.
3. Family bread-down causes emotional distress impacting education.
 
Breakfast program Monday & Thursday with baked beans, cereal and toast to up to 50 children.
Kitchen garden established to provide provisions to be utilised in kitchen.
Community connections important. "Takes a village to raised a child".
 
Drum Beat Program building resilience through drumming. 11 children participate bringing changes in children from not engaged to teamwork as a member of a team.
 

 
 
 
Due to unforeseen circumstances the Rotary Business Breakfast with Rachael Robinson has regrettably been cancelled at this time.
An alternate speaker is being sought by Rotary.
Rotary apologises for any inconvenience.

 
 
Craig Beamish was guest speaker at club meeting on 6th August
Craig moved to Numurkah in 2005, applied for posting in Shepparton posted to Numurkah.
Passion is community engagement.
GOOD SAM developed in UK to develop community resilience.
Operating Internationally, GoodSAM (Smartphone Activated Medics) incorporates the world's most advanced emergency alerting and dispatching platform with a community of over 40,000 highly governed trained and trusted responders. The GoodSAM Cardiac system integrates with ambulance service CAD (computer aided dispatch) systems to trigger bystander response while the ambulance service is on route. GoodSAMPro provides a Community First Responder (CFR) dispatch system dispatching advanced care beyond cardiac arrest. Now with "Instant-On-Scene" - the emergency services can see the scene/patient via a video link. The system is now used by police, fire and other services for a host of emergency situations.
Runs in background on smart phones alerts health care professionals and gives closest AED.
AED (automated External Defibrillator) 18 in Numurkah but only 2 registered, most only accessible 9 to 5. Plan to install at Information Centre, Courthouse on exterior walls for 24 hour access.
Ambulance Victoria second in world on out of hospital cardiac arrest care.
Triple 000 has a filtering system with some addresses flagged not to attend unless with police back-up.

 
 
 
Marilyn Damm OAM guest speaker.
Spent career as a teacher working with deaf children, 11 years working in research with Cochlear Ear.
 
 - Implication:
Language forms basis of who we are and eventually group up to be. Deafness effects education and ultimate job.
 
 - Understanding: 
Normally child begin to hear in 25th week. Mother's voice important. In first year normal children learn to understand which is necessary for speech development.
 
- Communicate:
Need to speak to others to develop speech and understanding ready for school.
 
- Ability to think.
Children talk as they play. Previously not diagnosed till 18 months. At school four years behind normal child with a poor outcome.
 
- Times have changed:
New born hearing screening tests with hearing aid at 10 months.
Most debilitating handicap now with normal results.
Working one day a week at Taralye working with parents with early intervention.
 
Passionate about Parent-Child Mother Goose program, which uses enjoyable activities to support attachment and interaction between parents and their children. Promotes children's health, wellbeing and achievement throughout later life, forming a strong foundation for life.

 
 
District Governor Malcolm Kerr and Jill Kerr official D.G. Visit to club.

D.G. Malcolm reported he has met with Board and was impressed how the club was working for the community.

"Be The Inspiration"

Who, What, Where and Why?

Who - Inspire non-Rotarians, inspire community. Most importantly inspire yourself to influence others.

What - Rotary Values: Service, Diversity, Integrity, Fellowship.

How - Show others we love what we do, service above self.

Keep Rotary Meetings fun.

Show by example Rotary is the service club to join.

 

Jill Kerr spoke on her chosen Partner's Program for the year.

"Rural Aid" Financial and emotional support to the rural community to assist mental health.


 
 
 
Kevin Moreland, assistant Manager of the Numurkah Golf & Bowls Club made a presentation of a cheque for $2000 to President Stephen Mills.
Kevin stated the Numurkah Golf & Bowls Club welcomes the Rotary Club each week and supported the Rotary Club in their community projects.
Kevin would like to attend a meeting later in the year to give an insight into the Numurkah Golf & Bowls Club, but raised the possibility of the Rotary Club hold a Golf Day, or Bowls Day to raise funds for Rotary. 
President Stephen Mills accepted the cheque stating the Rotary Club has a good relationship with NGBC and thanked the NGBC for their support.

 
 
 

IMMEDIATE PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR BERNIE BOTT:

Bernie thanked the club for allowing AG Chris Sutton to serve on the District team.

Bernie made a presentation to Chris thanking and congratulating her for her service to the District.


 
 
The Koala Rescue Project has been developed by shelter owners and volunteers at Dutch Thunder Wildlife Shelter in Koonoomoo.
Over the last few year the shelter has seen an increase in the number of koalas suffering and dying of the highly contagious sarcoptic mange aka "scabies". So far the Shelter has had 85 cases from along 30km stretch of the Murray River.
At this stage the shelter has no effective treatment for scabies. The most common and humane outcome is euthanasia.
The primary aim of the Koala Rescue Project is to eradicate scabies and save the koalas.
When found the koalas are usually in he later stages of infestation with thickened and crusted skin. They are malnourished, dehydrated, weak and sometimes semi-conscious.
Project Objectives:
  • Raise awareness.
  • Inform the public.
  • Map and estimate of our local koala population.
  • Seek support, co-operation and financial assistance from government agencies
  • Develop a network of carers.
  • Form partnerships with veterinarians and researchers.
  • Build examination and treatment rooms
Saving one animal won't change the world, but it will change the world for one animal.

 
 
Geoff Spencer spoke on the centenary of the battle of Le Hamel 4th July 1918.
Historical context, terrible conflict with outmoded tactics of British with unacceptable deaths and causalities.
In 1917 1st Australian Army Corp commanded by an Australian Lt. Gen Sir John Monash who questioned traditional approach, did proper risk assessment and understood modern warfare with the role of infantry to advance under the maximum possible protection.
Comparing the Battle of Fromelles, under British command, and the Battle of Le Hamel, under Lt. Gen. Sir John Monash command.
Fromelles worst single night in Australian Military history, whilst Le Hamel was a perfect battle. Fromelles duration 14 hours, Le Hamel 93 minutes. Outcome Frommels a failure with 7,000 casualties with no ground won, Le Hamell successful with 250 killed and ground won.
Le Hamel was meticulously planned, consultative conferences and intense training.
Success of Le Hamel helped change the mind-set from defense to offence.
46,000 died on Western Front, with 21,000 buried in beautifully kept cemeteries, with 15,000 bodies still lie undiscovered.

 
 
 
 
 
Vocational Service Director Jeff Buzza presenting the Vocational Service Award to Paul Tozer Principal of the Numurkah Secondary College, 
Paul was selected due to his excellent leadership and development of the college as well as his encouragement of the College to engage with the community.
 
 
The Col McPherson Community Service Award was presented last week to Terry Brennan by Duncan McPherson.
 
 
DGE Malcolm Kerr inducting Stephen Mills as President 2018-2019.
 
 
President Stephen Mills with the Board for 2018-2019. Immediate Past President Jacque Phillips, Vocational Service Director John Watson, Treasurer Jeff Buzza, Secretary Jennifer Rodger, PR Director Lou Hamon, President Elect & New Generations Director Lorraine Greenwood, Rotary Foundation Director Julie Andrew. Absent: Membership Director Kate Hodge and Service Project Director Grant Deppler.

 
 

Appointed in January 2018 to Numurkah District Health Service as a Community Development Worker Dairy Industry Support. 

Aim is to build resilience in dairy industry.

Talked to community members and the dairy community. Dairy farmers indicating the need to catch up with one another.

Awareness Raising:

  • Dairy Industry Service
  • Raise awareness of local services
  • Provide information about community events
  • Devise a community list of community members
  • Share support services information on local social media pages.
Social Connection Activities:
  • Dairy industry BBQ lunch
  • Women in Farming Morning Tea
  • Men's Health Nigh.
Aim to improve awareness of importance of health and remove stigma of mental health. Men's Health Night well supported with nearly 200 in attendance, reaching the community. Guest Speaker Heath Black had a profound impact as he talked about AFL culture and how he tackled his depression.
 

 
 
 
 
The night will provide an opportunity for men to learn some general information about their health, have a good laugh with mates and listen to our special guest speaker Heath Black. Former Fremantle Dockers player Heath Black has had his fair share of battles on and off the field. This inspirational speaker uses his own experiences to motivate audiences to overcome the obstacles that life puts in their way.

 
 
Adele gave a passionate, personal account of her life, history and philosophy.
Studied teaching at Melbourne University, working at Safeway. Took up a corporate role of compliance training with Safeway. Moved to Vancouver for 2 years working in hospitality, returning home Adele joined a not for profit organsation Skills Plus coordinating a training program.
On holidays met Wayne Dyson who was moving to Numurkah to join his father's business.
Employer gave Adele an eight week challenge to set up a business and training program.
Stepping back into trainingship seeking training opportunities in rural Victoria.
ADM Training Solutions runs RSA courses and social media training in Numurkah and region.
Made a "Little Bag of Magic" for her daughter which has developed into a business and shop.
Gym studio established out the back of the shop for "Fitness 3636". Three years ago designed a travel journal, discovering caravaning which became a platform to sell journal
Important for people to shop locally. 45% leaking out of town. Live local, shop local, helps business owners.
 
 

 
 
Induction of Marie Austin by president Jacque Phillips. Pictured Membership Director Kate Hodge, Marie Austin, husband Geoff Austin and President Jacque Phillips.
Marie and Geoff have resided in Numurkah for 20 years, Maree a primary school teacher now teaching English at TAFE to migrants.
Became interested in Rotary after visiting St Jude School in Tanzania.
 

 
 
 
 

James Miller is a 16 year old student at St Marys is seeking financial support to compete in Canada.

In 2017 entered school, zone, region sports with success, then state championships where without coach won first place in the high jump.

Invited to compete in Canada. Set up go-funding, applied for several grants, an "Out of Uniform" day at school to raise the necessary funds.

Coaching difficult to access in the country but has found a coach in Bendigo who is assisting with technique. Highest recorded jump 1.81 m.

Leaving for Vancouver on27th June.

 


 
 
 
 

Phil Ashton a garden designer spoke on his gardens.

Phil commenced by saying gardening is a disease, and he can not help himself.

Phil showed phots from his first garden a 1 acre block in South Gippsland.

Starting with a blank canvas to create a large garden, photos showing progress. Use of herbaceous borders as wind breaks (and because he from England), cut into rooms. Woodland garden under planted with bulbs.

Phil suggested in garden design look for views and long perspectives, repeat planting in odd numbers, using next door as a borrowed landscape.

In 2011 made a fresh start on a 1/4 acre block in Mirboo North.

Phil suggested if you do not have a green thumb grow succulents.

Three things to remember:

1. Put some autumn colour into garden.

2. Plant perfume or aromatic plants.

3 Plant for wild-life.

When buying natives, buy in tubes.

2018 starting all over again in Numurkah.

Phil concluded with Greek Proverb:

"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in"

 
 
 

 

Guest speaker – John Taylor, Director of Taylor & Whitty, Solicitors. John holds a Bachelor of Arts & Law degree. John has 30 years of experience in all aspects of law.

Born in Finley, son of a lawyer.

Discussion Wills & Powers of Attorney.

A Will is a document that only has effect after you die. You appoint executors to carry out your intent as defined in the will, together with Guardians & beneficiaries. Binding nominations are often referred to with superannuation & insurance companies and can override details in a will. Joint proprietors & tenants in common – different terms when purchasing property. Joint proprietors the interest automatically passes to the survivor, whereas tenants in common share the property.

If a will is challenged when one is defending a claim on an estate, the costs are generally awarded against the party that is unsuccessful in the claim.

Generally Executors are usually family members, whereas if State Trustees are appointed there are fees involved, often Executors think they should be paid to carry out their role to carry out the wishes of the testator.

By listing someone as a Power of Attorney you are primarily giving people power to make financial & personal decisions for you, whereas the appointment of a medical treatment decision maker you are appointing someone to make decisions regarding life support. It is a powerful document where you are giving power to someone to act as you, purchasing property etc. They can have a limiting effect or total effect in the event that you develop mental issues or physical issues, if there is no power of attorney people are required to apply for guardianship which can be expensive. The most bitter cases John has worked on are estates, where litigation chews up all the funds in an estate and can fragment families.

 
 
 
Alastair Wittington guest speaker at club meeting.
Spent two years working on a dairy farm in Saudi Arabia.
Flew to Canberra to obtain visa, told could take 6 months, but returned in 2 hours and received visa.
Flew to Singapore then Riyadh, greeted by a temperature of 54 degrees at airport. One and a half hours travel to reach dairy farm.
10 milking units each with 2,500 cows, a total of 25,000 on farm
Staffing mainly third world countries, Pakistani, Nepalese and some from Philippines, a total of 4,500.
Management of 30 mainly from Australia, New Zealand Britian, oversaw the operation and running.
Fully integrated farm with milk processed on the farm.
Arrived in April 1989 and was assistant supervisor on one of the dairy units. Moved to young stock unit.
Production 45 litres per day from each cow.
In august 1990 commencement of Gulf War where "Desert Shield" turned into "Desert Storm" in July 1991.
Hence the "I've been scudded in Riyadh" on shirt.

 

Neville Atkinson Indigenous Facilitator with the Catchment Management Authority spoke to the club about Aboriginal framework in the Goulburn Valley.

Rumbalara Co-op established in 1959 as a site for housing Aboriginal people. Policy of the Government of the time to relocate Aboriginal people, not just Yorta Yorta people.

1968 Sir Douglas Nicholls (uncle) led social and economic inclusion, driving away from welfare and benevolence.

Rumbalara now provides community services, looking after the needs of Aboriginal people.

Yorta Yorta Nation driving quality of inclusion and respect to first nation people.

Need to start practising responsibility with expectation for people to manage own affairs and have better relationships with wider community.

Personally works with CMA as Indigenous Facilitator and in spare time pursues economic development with private and business sector for Aboriginal people.


 
 
Despite the weather a very successful trip enjoyed by all 34 participants to Buckland Valley on weekend of 13-15th April.
Some of Joan Barkers photos capturing the sceneary and spirit of the 4WD Trip.
All Joan's photos will be posted to Photo Album.
 

 
 
 
 
 

Jen Parer from Rotary Club of Holbrook spoke to the club on "RAM" Rotarians Against Malaria.

Malaria is still endemic in 91 countries.

Chronic malaria causes poverty and poor education.

Estimates there are over 210 million cases annually with 445,000 deaths reported last year (65% of all deaths are children under five).

Anopheles mosquito bites infect people and spread malaria rapidly through communities.

How to interrupt cycle:

1. Person focused control - preventive therapies.

2. Vector (mosquito) control - healthy villages, bed nets, spraying.

3. Development such as better housing and water.

RAM Programs:

  • Chasing Malaria in PNG - testing, treating, prevention.
  • Bed Net Distribution - insecticide treated bed nets.
  • Healthy Villages - equip villages with tools.
  • Support vaccine development.
  • Support a PhD student.

 Malaria Awareness Day 30th April

 
 
 
As an introduction to the guest speaker, chairman Geoff Stewart spoke about polio.
Polio is an infectious disease causing permanent muscle weakness, paralysis, and in sever cases, can be life-threatening..
In 1979, RI launched a 5 year polio immunization project.
Polio Plus has reduced the number of cases from 350,000 annually to fewer than 400 in 2014, and 22 in 2017.
 
Sue the daughter of Audrey Hendy, shared her mother's polio story.
At the age of 30 with a 3 year old child and pregnant, stricken down with polio. Spent 9 months in an isolation ward at Mooroopna Hospital, discharged with calipers to both hips. Told she would not walk again.
Moved to Melbourne and lived with her sister for 18 months.
Audrey lived an amazing life, but 20 years ago suffered Post Polio Syndrome, which is a recurrence of symptoms usually 30-40 years after an initial episode pf polio. The symptoms include general tiredness, as well as weakness and pain affecting the muscles, and often coupled with depression.
Long journey - but lived life to fullest.

 
 
The Rotary Club of Numurkah sponsored debating team from St Mary of the Angels competed in the grand final debate against Albury at the District Conference and were named runners up.
A superb job by the team Jesica Camm, Ayla Armstrong, Riley Wilson and coach June Hando.
 

 
Club Members Friends and Guests visited Katunga Fresh for a tour with Peter van den Goor.
 
 
FRANK MALCOLM described his early days which could be called "Malcolm's World Of Pain"
Born in Sale, father a dairy farmer. At the age of 9 moved to Melbourne and was educated in Melbourne.
Commenced work with Telstra, married Pam and have 5 sons and a daughter.
Back to Sale with Telstra as a supervisor, then Warrugul.
Spent next 14 years on a dairy farm in Leongatha, recounting several accidents. Property had a sawmill on it involving further accident mishaps.
Then moved to a dairy farm in Naring.
 
JENNIFER RODGER: Jennifer took long service leave and drove around Australia in her motor-home travelling 26,000 km in six months.
Jennifer showed pictures of her courageous adventure.
Different lifestyle, meeting people doing the same thing.
 
TERRY BRENNAN: Born in Numurkah, educated at St Josephs Primary School and Numurkah High School, leaving school at 14 tears old.
Became a apprentice motor mechanic at Hurrens Motors working there for 7 years before buying own business. Considered on-farm work, but did not eventuate.
Married Pam and has raised 2 girls and 3 boys.
Joined Rotary in 1975. Rotary taught him alot.
After 15 years working in own backyard bought a propertry opposite across the road.
After 49 years sold business and retired,
 

 
38th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition
A high quality show is how the art judge described the 38th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition staged by the Rotary Club of Numurkah in the Numurkah Town Hall over the weekend.
In welcoming those attending the official opening on Friday night, president of the Rotary Club Jacque Phillips said The Art & Craft Show brings together the community giving us the opportunity to appreciate art and craft created by artists from near and far.
Susannah Sheed MP officially opened the exhibition stating “The value of art to community cannot be understated. It can entertain us, challenge us, it can move us, it can inspire us. It is a record of who we are at a point in time, and – often – it is a signal of who we want to be”.
Art judge Ted Dansey selected Ross Paterson’s “Summer Morning – Sheans Creek” as The Best in Show. Ted commented “The painting shows the artists great affinity with the subject – coupled with sound technique and a quality that only comes from spending thousands of hours at the easel and a driving passion to paint”.
Runner Up was “Trash and Treasure” by Barbara Beasley-Southgate from Lilydale. “Has all the things a judge looks for in a painting – technique, design, colour, tones etc.”.
Best Watercolour was awarded to “Bonding” by Joel Magpayo from Delahey. “Shows a great use of the medium, use of colour and tone, and has good clarity”.
Best Oil was “Violin Romance” by Lorraine Lewitzka from Victor Harbour. “This painting has good design and technique and, importantly, shows honesty and feeling”.
Best Pastel “The Lilypond” by Nancy Thurlby from Glen Iris. “This painting shows the artist feeling for the subject combined with her abilities in technique, design and colour sensitivity”.
Best Pencil “Seated Nude:” by Richard Stork from Baranduda. “An unusual and brave composition. Shows good drawing skills and quality rendering”.
Best Regional Artist: Glenda Cornell from Kyabram. “The strong colours compliment the abstractness of the work”.
Moira Art & Culture Inc. Encouragement Award was “Couleur Rougeoyante en R’esine” by Janet Tett. “Good design and use of mixed media”.
Craft Judge Claire Reid commented on the variety of entries making a great display.
Fibres Threads and Beads
Winner: Valerie Pendlebury “Tenerife Lace”
Highly Commended  No 485 Dianne Schmidt –Turner “Behind the Mask 5”
Framed Needlework Award
Winner: Debbie Seen. “Walter”
 Highly Commended  Lyn Jones “Shearing the Rams”

Quilt Award
 Winner: Fiona Carruthers “Claire’s Flower Garden”
Highly Commended  Vikki Le Quesne “Affairs Of The Heart”
Art Quilt Award
Winner: Therese Cossens “Finke Desert Race”
Craft Award Section A
Winner: Margaret Blackburn “Red Childs Jumper”
Highly Commended Fiona Carruthers “Nuts About Ice”
                                     Fiona Carruthers “Waves of Fire and Ice”
Craft Award Section B
Winner: David Jackson  “Pepper grinder” (made from an old house stump)
Cushions
Winner: Pam Brennan “Shades of Grey”
Highly Commended Therese Cossens “Twin Chevrons”
The exhibition was well attended over the weekend with excellent sales.
Raffle winner: L. Boyd.
Peoples Choice: "Celeste" Ben Winspear.
 
 

 Louisa Li a dietitian at Numurkah District Health Service spoke to members about back to basics guide to healthy eating.

Main groups: Vegetables: Use at least three different coloured vegetables per meal. This will provide a wider range of nutrients. Have at least one serve of green vegetables daily for folate.

Protein foods: To meet nutrient needs, have different protein foods at lunch and dinner including 3 -4 red meat meals per week for iron and zince and 2 fish meals per week for omega-3

Carbohydrate foods: Get your dietary fibre from a variety if carbohydrate foods. Legumes twice a week important for gut health. Wholegrain, high fibre and lower GI foods. If using white pasta and rice for dinner, choose wholegrain, high fibre or lower GI choices for breakfast and lunch.

Portion size according to age and gender.

 

 
 
President Jacque inducted Kay Moodie, Chris & Ross Hardman into the Rotary club.
Pictured President Jacqie Phillip, membership director and sponsor Kate Hodge, Kay Moodie, Chris & Ross Hardman and Stephen Mills sponsor.
 
 
 
 
Trinity & Mariea were city folk in the hotel business when wanting a change in 1980 found land at Bearii with growing possibilities. Land had one tree on it, thus the Scotch name "Aintree Farm"
Established orchard planting 200 almond trees, then later a further 2000. Computerised irrigation system installed which registers soil moisture content and waters to trees by drip irrigation, water required.
Almond trees need cross pollination and required hiring bee hives. Because of cost, established own hives to be used in orchard and also hired out, and became an aviarist.
Diversified by planting 700 olive trees.
Almonds and olives harvested with a converted harvester with almonds sent to SA for cracking, due to transport costs bought own cracking machine.
Established value added products which are sold on the orchard, through speciality shops and markets.
Considering retirement but had second thoughts and diversified again by growing hemp.
Trinity concluded by saying "Diversification has meant survival".
 

 
 
Peter Sprunt and Kerry Swan, members of the Numurkah Floodplain Community Reference Group spoke to the club.
Peter born in Kaarimba, educated in Numurkah now on a dairy farm in Katunga spoke with passion on the flood mitigation options.
Moira Shire relatively flat country with Numurkah the bottle neck in Moira Shire during the 2012 floods.
Usually takes 4 days for flood waters to arrive from Katamatite, in 2012 it took 24 hours, taking 10 days to subside. Local knowledge was bypassed by authorities.
Numurkah Flood Action Group formed by concerned citizens.
After 5 years modelling a Floodplain Management report has been published with three options for community consultation.
Public meeting March 1st in Numurkah Town Hall planned. Politicians will be present. The meeting will gauage the community response.
Peter stressed this is the only chance to do something - community must drive, otherwise nothing will happen.
Peter spoke to Option A, with minimal impact outside levee giving security to those inside levee.
Open day on Sunday at Visitor Information Centre.
Submissions can be lodged with Moira Shire before option decided.
 

 
 
Debbie Oliver principal of Numurkah Primary School.
Born in Nagambie, family sheep farmers, educated at St Josephs School Nagambie, Sacred Heart Seymour then Technical School in Seymour.
Avid reader, believing reading and literacy key to life.
After graduating deferred 12 months working as a clerk in Taxation Office.
Entered Rusden College graduating with a Batchelor of Education.
First posting to Goroke for 2 years, then Mooroopna Secondary College followed as Assistant Principal at Shepparton High School.
At Numurkah Primary aim to lift literacy and numeracy standards as well as social skills. Passionate in building leadership skills in teachers as well as students.
Numurkah Primary a vibrant school where students want to learn and be ready for transition to High School.
Debbie still passionate and enjoys teaching.

 
 
 
 
 
Stephen Mills updated members on the Soldier Settlement Project.
Aim to install a 2.5 metre map on the NAB south wall and  turning walkway into a history walk.
The map will have each farm numbered with name of settler underneath.
Consulting community members to verify information with all approached willing to share information.
Research led to several maps State Rivers, Moira Shire and G.V. Water.
Numurkah Historical Society booklet, and Nathalia "Blockies" booklet as well as memorials in Nathalia, Katunga and Yarroweyah providing useful information.
Soldier Settlers had to qualify on a point system, aim to gain 100 points.
War Service 20 points, Farm Experience 30 points, Personal Attributes 30 points, Evidence of Thrift 10 points, Marital Status 10 points, and attend an interview.
Hoping to make a joint project with Historical Society and RSL.
Six soldier settlers still alive.
 

 
Gary & Barb. Duke were guest speakers at club meeting Monday 29th January.
 
Gary and Barb Duke combine their love of cycling, both locally and internationally with humanitarian work. Travel on a tandem bike with trailer.
Visited the highlands of New Guinea to assist with rebuilding of the hospital. Locals are easy going, lovely people but tribal system prevails. Gary found that dealing with them you had to be strong and firm.
Hospital staffed by doctors is the main training hospital for remote areas. Student doctors choose to come to make a difference.
Naracoorte Rotary Club financed installation of water tanks and visited and worked hard.
Gary & Barb looking to do something, to be a help over longer period without being burdensome to others.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lauren a St Mary's student gave a passionate account of her alternate schoolies week in the Philippines.
One of 6 students from St Mary's, Lauren travelled to the Philippines on an immersion program visiting and assisting at housing projects and orphanages.
Difference between Australia and Philippines is that they have no social security.
Big impact was meeting people, always happy and smiling, making the most of what they have. This experience did not make Lauren happy with situation and challenged her to look at situation of fellow human beings.
Heartfelt experience was joining Brother Paul on his nightly visits to women on the street. A humble man, trusted by the women as he handed out medical supplies, condoms and comfort.
Trip impacted on Lauren's future. She was considering entering nursing, now she can not wait to pursue her goal of nursing and return with these skills.
Lauren was grateful she was able to contribute to the situation, thanking Rotary for their contribution.
 
 
 
The annual first meeting of the year was a combined BBQ with the Lions Club & partners in Apex Park.
An enjoyable meal with good fellowship commenced the year on a high note for the new year.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
LAUREN HARRIS:

Year 12 student at St Mary of the Angels undertaking an "Alternative Schoolies" trip to Philippines.

One of 6 students from St Marys will travel to the Philippines on 3rd December returning on 13th December, Students raised $3780 to be distributed in Philippines to organisations such as orphanages, day-care centre and schools. 

A two way experience with lots to learn and appreciate. Lauren always wanted to go on this trip, feeling a duty to contribute and help our neighbours by improving poverty and lifestyle. Lauren concluded by thanking the Rotary Club for its sponsorship of the trip.

 

AMIE HODGE & TIM CONNOLLY:

Amie & Tim thanked the Rotary Club for sponsorship to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp at Malmsbury which was a rewarding and life changing experience,

Focus on self improvement, development of leadership, communication skills and project management.

Challenged to find out who you are and what you can be, Week long camp included ice-breaking games, boot camp, exercises, guest speakers.

Amie & Tim felt the camp was enriching and felt a clarity on their future.

 


 
 
Home Page Stories
 
Tam Joyce a Chaplain at Numurkah Primary School for last 2 1/2 years. Enjoying role working 2 days a week.
Role is to provide pastoral support for school, not only students but also parents and families.
Demand on teachers to not only educate but care for wellbeing of students puts teachers under stress.
As Chaplain takes on board issues teachers do not have time for. Presence always available to students who often need an adult support.
Issues:
1. Friendship and peer issues.
2. Mental Health issues.
3. Family bread-down causes emotional distress impacting education.
 
Breakfast program Monday & Thursday with baked beans, cereal and toast to up to 50 children.
Kitchen garden established to provide provisions to be utilised in kitchen.
Community connections important. "Takes a village to raised a child".
 
Drum Beat Program building resilience through drumming. 11 children participate bringing changes in children from not engaged to teamwork as a member of a team.
 

 
 
 
Due to unforeseen circumstances the Rotary Business Breakfast with Rachael Robinson has regrettably been cancelled at this time.
An alternate speaker is being sought by Rotary.
Rotary apologises for any inconvenience.

 
 
Craig Beamish was guest speaker at club meeting on 6th August
Craig moved to Numurkah in 2005, applied for posting in Shepparton posted to Numurkah.
Passion is community engagement.
GOOD SAM developed in UK to develop community resilience.
Operating Internationally, GoodSAM (Smartphone Activated Medics) incorporates the world's most advanced emergency alerting and dispatching platform with a community of over 40,000 highly governed trained and trusted responders. The GoodSAM Cardiac system integrates with ambulance service CAD (computer aided dispatch) systems to trigger bystander response while the ambulance service is on route. GoodSAMPro provides a Community First Responder (CFR) dispatch system dispatching advanced care beyond cardiac arrest. Now with "Instant-On-Scene" - the emergency services can see the scene/patient via a video link. The system is now used by police, fire and other services for a host of emergency situations.
Runs in background on smart phones alerts health care professionals and gives closest AED.
AED (automated External Defibrillator) 18 in Numurkah but only 2 registered, most only accessible 9 to 5. Plan to install at Information Centre, Courthouse on exterior walls for 24 hour access.
Ambulance Victoria second in world on out of hospital cardiac arrest care.
Triple 000 has a filtering system with some addresses flagged not to attend unless with police back-up.

 
 
 
Marilyn Damm OAM guest speaker.
Spent career as a teacher working with deaf children, 11 years working in research with Cochlear Ear.
 
 - Implication:
Language forms basis of who we are and eventually group up to be. Deafness effects education and ultimate job.
 
 - Understanding: 
Normally child begin to hear in 25th week. Mother's voice important. In first year normal children learn to understand which is necessary for speech development.
 
- Communicate:
Need to speak to others to develop speech and understanding ready for school.
 
- Ability to think.
Children talk as they play. Previously not diagnosed till 18 months. At school four years behind normal child with a poor outcome.
 
- Times have changed:
New born hearing screening tests with hearing aid at 10 months.
Most debilitating handicap now with normal results.
Working one day a week at Taralye working with parents with early intervention.
 
Passionate about Parent-Child Mother Goose program, which uses enjoyable activities to support attachment and interaction between parents and their children. Promotes children's health, wellbeing and achievement throughout later life, forming a strong foundation for life.

 
 
District Governor Malcolm Kerr and Jill Kerr official D.G. Visit to club.

D.G. Malcolm reported he has met with Board and was impressed how the club was working for the community.

"Be The Inspiration"

Who, What, Where and Why?

Who - Inspire non-Rotarians, inspire community. Most importantly inspire yourself to influence others.

What - Rotary Values: Service, Diversity, Integrity, Fellowship.

How - Show others we love what we do, service above self.

Keep Rotary Meetings fun.

Show by example Rotary is the service club to join.

 

Jill Kerr spoke on her chosen Partner's Program for the year.

"Rural Aid" Financial and emotional support to the rural community to assist mental health.


 
 
 
Kevin Moreland, assistant Manager of the Numurkah Golf & Bowls Club made a presentation of a cheque for $2000 to President Stephen Mills.
Kevin stated the Numurkah Golf & Bowls Club welcomes the Rotary Club each week and supported the Rotary Club in their community projects.
Kevin would like to attend a meeting later in the year to give an insight into the Numurkah Golf & Bowls Club, but raised the possibility of the Rotary Club hold a Golf Day, or Bowls Day to raise funds for Rotary. 
President Stephen Mills accepted the cheque stating the Rotary Club has a good relationship with NGBC and thanked the NGBC for their support.

 
 
 

IMMEDIATE PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR BERNIE BOTT:

Bernie thanked the club for allowing AG Chris Sutton to serve on the District team.

Bernie made a presentation to Chris thanking and congratulating her for her service to the District.


 
 
The Koala Rescue Project has been developed by shelter owners and volunteers at Dutch Thunder Wildlife Shelter in Koonoomoo.
Over the last few year the shelter has seen an increase in the number of koalas suffering and dying of the highly contagious sarcoptic mange aka "scabies". So far the Shelter has had 85 cases from along 30km stretch of the Murray River.
At this stage the shelter has no effective treatment for scabies. The most common and humane outcome is euthanasia.
The primary aim of the Koala Rescue Project is to eradicate scabies and save the koalas.
When found the koalas are usually in he later stages of infestation with thickened and crusted skin. They are malnourished, dehydrated, weak and sometimes semi-conscious.
Project Objectives:
  • Raise awareness.
  • Inform the public.
  • Map and estimate of our local koala population.
  • Seek support, co-operation and financial assistance from government agencies
  • Develop a network of carers.
  • Form partnerships with veterinarians and researchers.
  • Build examination and treatment rooms
Saving one animal won't change the world, but it will change the world for one animal.

 
 
Geoff Spencer spoke on the centenary of the battle of Le Hamel 4th July 1918.
Historical context, terrible conflict with outmoded tactics of British with unacceptable deaths and causalities.
In 1917 1st Australian Army Corp commanded by an Australian Lt. Gen Sir John Monash who questioned traditional approach, did proper risk assessment and understood modern warfare with the role of infantry to advance under the maximum possible protection.
Comparing the Battle of Fromelles, under British command, and the Battle of Le Hamel, under Lt. Gen. Sir John Monash command.
Fromelles worst single night in Australian Military history, whilst Le Hamel was a perfect battle. Fromelles duration 14 hours, Le Hamel 93 minutes. Outcome Frommels a failure with 7,000 casualties with no ground won, Le Hamell successful with 250 killed and ground won.
Le Hamel was meticulously planned, consultative conferences and intense training.
Success of Le Hamel helped change the mind-set from defense to offence.
46,000 died on Western Front, with 21,000 buried in beautifully kept cemeteries, with 15,000 bodies still lie undiscovered.

 
 
 
 
 
Vocational Service Director Jeff Buzza presenting the Vocational Service Award to Paul Tozer Principal of the Numurkah Secondary College, 
Paul was selected due to his excellent leadership and development of the college as well as his encouragement of the College to engage with the community.
 
 
The Col McPherson Community Service Award was presented last week to Terry Brennan by Duncan McPherson.
 
 
DGE Malcolm Kerr inducting Stephen Mills as President 2018-2019.
 
 
President Stephen Mills with the Board for 2018-2019. Immediate Past President Jacque Phillips, Vocational Service Director John Watson, Treasurer Jeff Buzza, Secretary Jennifer Rodger, PR Director Lou Hamon, President Elect & New Generations Director Lorraine Greenwood, Rotary Foundation Director Julie Andrew. Absent: Membership Director Kate Hodge and Service Project Director Grant Deppler.

 
 

Appointed in January 2018 to Numurkah District Health Service as a Community Development Worker Dairy Industry Support. 

Aim is to build resilience in dairy industry.

Talked to community members and the dairy community. Dairy farmers indicating the need to catch up with one another.

Awareness Raising:

  • Dairy Industry Service
  • Raise awareness of local services
  • Provide information about community events
  • Devise a community list of community members
  • Share support services information on local social media pages.
Social Connection Activities:
  • Dairy industry BBQ lunch
  • Women in Farming Morning Tea
  • Men's Health Nigh.
Aim to improve awareness of importance of health and remove stigma of mental health. Men's Health Night well supported with nearly 200 in attendance, reaching the community. Guest Speaker Heath Black had a profound impact as he talked about AFL culture and how he tackled his depression.
 

 
 
 
 
The night will provide an opportunity for men to learn some general information about their health, have a good laugh with mates and listen to our special guest speaker Heath Black. Former Fremantle Dockers player Heath Black has had his fair share of battles on and off the field. This inspirational speaker uses his own experiences to motivate audiences to overcome the obstacles that life puts in their way.

 
 
Adele gave a passionate, personal account of her life, history and philosophy.
Studied teaching at Melbourne University, working at Safeway. Took up a corporate role of compliance training with Safeway. Moved to Vancouver for 2 years working in hospitality, returning home Adele joined a not for profit organsation Skills Plus coordinating a training program.
On holidays met Wayne Dyson who was moving to Numurkah to join his father's business.
Employer gave Adele an eight week challenge to set up a business and training program.
Stepping back into trainingship seeking training opportunities in rural Victoria.
ADM Training Solutions runs RSA courses and social media training in Numurkah and region.
Made a "Little Bag of Magic" for her daughter which has developed into a business and shop.
Gym studio established out the back of the shop for "Fitness 3636". Three years ago designed a travel journal, discovering caravaning which became a platform to sell journal
Important for people to shop locally. 45% leaking out of town. Live local, shop local, helps business owners.
 
 

 
 
Induction of Marie Austin by president Jacque Phillips. Pictured Membership Director Kate Hodge, Marie Austin, husband Geoff Austin and President Jacque Phillips.
Marie and Geoff have resided in Numurkah for 20 years, Maree a primary school teacher now teaching English at TAFE to migrants.
Became interested in Rotary after visiting St Jude School in Tanzania.
 

 
 
 
 

James Miller is a 16 year old student at St Marys is seeking financial support to compete in Canada.

In 2017 entered school, zone, region sports with success, then state championships where without coach won first place in the high jump.

Invited to compete in Canada. Set up go-funding, applied for several grants, an "Out of Uniform" day at school to raise the necessary funds.

Coaching difficult to access in the country but has found a coach in Bendigo who is assisting with technique. Highest recorded jump 1.81 m.

Leaving for Vancouver on27th June.

 


 
 
 
 

Phil Ashton a garden designer spoke on his gardens.

Phil commenced by saying gardening is a disease, and he can not help himself.

Phil showed phots from his first garden a 1 acre block in South Gippsland.

Starting with a blank canvas to create a large garden, photos showing progress. Use of herbaceous borders as wind breaks (and because he from England), cut into rooms. Woodland garden under planted with bulbs.

Phil suggested in garden design look for views and long perspectives, repeat planting in odd numbers, using next door as a borrowed landscape.

In 2011 made a fresh start on a 1/4 acre block in Mirboo North.

Phil suggested if you do not have a green thumb grow succulents.

Three things to remember:

1. Put some autumn colour into garden.

2. Plant perfume or aromatic plants.

3 Plant for wild-life.

When buying natives, buy in tubes.

2018 starting all over again in Numurkah.

Phil concluded with Greek Proverb:

"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in"

 
 
 

 

Guest speaker – John Taylor, Director of Taylor & Whitty, Solicitors. John holds a Bachelor of Arts & Law degree. John has 30 years of experience in all aspects of law.

Born in Finley, son of a lawyer.

Discussion Wills & Powers of Attorney.

A Will is a document that only has effect after you die. You appoint executors to carry out your intent as defined in the will, together with Guardians & beneficiaries. Binding nominations are often referred to with superannuation & insurance companies and can override details in a will. Joint proprietors & tenants in common – different terms when purchasing property. Joint proprietors the interest automatically passes to the survivor, whereas tenants in common share the property.

If a will is challenged when one is defending a claim on an estate, the costs are generally awarded against the party that is unsuccessful in the claim.

Generally Executors are usually family members, whereas if State Trustees are appointed there are fees involved, often Executors think they should be paid to carry out their role to carry out the wishes of the testator.

By listing someone as a Power of Attorney you are primarily giving people power to make financial & personal decisions for you, whereas the appointment of a medical treatment decision maker you are appointing someone to make decisions regarding life support. It is a powerful document where you are giving power to someone to act as you, purchasing property etc. They can have a limiting effect or total effect in the event that you develop mental issues or physical issues, if there is no power of attorney people are required to apply for guardianship which can be expensive. The most bitter cases John has worked on are estates, where litigation chews up all the funds in an estate and can fragment families.

 
 
 
Alastair Wittington guest speaker at club meeting.
Spent two years working on a dairy farm in Saudi Arabia.
Flew to Canberra to obtain visa, told could take 6 months, but returned in 2 hours and received visa.
Flew to Singapore then Riyadh, greeted by a temperature of 54 degrees at airport. One and a half hours travel to reach dairy farm.
10 milking units each with 2,500 cows, a total of 25,000 on farm
Staffing mainly third world countries, Pakistani, Nepalese and some from Philippines, a total of 4,500.
Management of 30 mainly from Australia, New Zealand Britian, oversaw the operation and running.
Fully integrated farm with milk processed on the farm.
Arrived in April 1989 and was assistant supervisor on one of the dairy units. Moved to young stock unit.
Production 45 litres per day from each cow.
In august 1990 commencement of Gulf War where "Desert Shield" turned into "Desert Storm" in July 1991.
Hence the "I've been scudded in Riyadh" on shirt.

 

Neville Atkinson Indigenous Facilitator with the Catchment Management Authority spoke to the club about Aboriginal framework in the Goulburn Valley.

Rumbalara Co-op established in 1959 as a site for housing Aboriginal people. Policy of the Government of the time to relocate Aboriginal people, not just Yorta Yorta people.

1968 Sir Douglas Nicholls (uncle) led social and economic inclusion, driving away from welfare and benevolence.

Rumbalara now provides community services, looking after the needs of Aboriginal people.

Yorta Yorta Nation driving quality of inclusion and respect to first nation people.

Need to start practising responsibility with expectation for people to manage own affairs and have better relationships with wider community.

Personally works with CMA as Indigenous Facilitator and in spare time pursues economic development with private and business sector for Aboriginal people.


 
 
Despite the weather a very successful trip enjoyed by all 34 participants to Buckland Valley on weekend of 13-15th April.
Some of Joan Barkers photos capturing the sceneary and spirit of the 4WD Trip.
All Joan's photos will be posted to Photo Album.
 

 
 
 
 
 

Jen Parer from Rotary Club of Holbrook spoke to the club on "RAM" Rotarians Against Malaria.

Malaria is still endemic in 91 countries.

Chronic malaria causes poverty and poor education.

Estimates there are over 210 million cases annually with 445,000 deaths reported last year (65% of all deaths are children under five).

Anopheles mosquito bites infect people and spread malaria rapidly through communities.

How to interrupt cycle:

1. Person focused control - preventive therapies.

2. Vector (mosquito) control - healthy villages, bed nets, spraying.

3. Development such as better housing and water.

RAM Programs:

  • Chasing Malaria in PNG - testing, treating, prevention.
  • Bed Net Distribution - insecticide treated bed nets.
  • Healthy Villages - equip villages with tools.
  • Support vaccine development.
  • Support a PhD student.

 Malaria Awareness Day 30th April

 
 
 
As an introduction to the guest speaker, chairman Geoff Stewart spoke about polio.
Polio is an infectious disease causing permanent muscle weakness, paralysis, and in sever cases, can be life-threatening..
In 1979, RI launched a 5 year polio immunization project.
Polio Plus has reduced the number of cases from 350,000 annually to fewer than 400 in 2014, and 22 in 2017.
 
Sue the daughter of Audrey Hendy, shared her mother's polio story.
At the age of 30 with a 3 year old child and pregnant, stricken down with polio. Spent 9 months in an isolation ward at Mooroopna Hospital, discharged with calipers to both hips. Told she would not walk again.
Moved to Melbourne and lived with her sister for 18 months.
Audrey lived an amazing life, but 20 years ago suffered Post Polio Syndrome, which is a recurrence of symptoms usually 30-40 years after an initial episode pf polio. The symptoms include general tiredness, as well as weakness and pain affecting the muscles, and often coupled with depression.
Long journey - but lived life to fullest.

 
 
The Rotary Club of Numurkah sponsored debating team from St Mary of the Angels competed in the grand final debate against Albury at the District Conference and were named runners up.
A superb job by the team Jesica Camm, Ayla Armstrong, Riley Wilson and coach June Hando.
 

 
Club Members Friends and Guests visited Katunga Fresh for a tour with Peter van den Goor.
 
 
FRANK MALCOLM described his early days which could be called "Malcolm's World Of Pain"
Born in Sale, father a dairy farmer. At the age of 9 moved to Melbourne and was educated in Melbourne.
Commenced work with Telstra, married Pam and have 5 sons and a daughter.
Back to Sale with Telstra as a supervisor, then Warrugul.
Spent next 14 years on a dairy farm in Leongatha, recounting several accidents. Property had a sawmill on it involving further accident mishaps.
Then moved to a dairy farm in Naring.
 
JENNIFER RODGER: Jennifer took long service leave and drove around Australia in her motor-home travelling 26,000 km in six months.
Jennifer showed pictures of her courageous adventure.
Different lifestyle, meeting people doing the same thing.
 
TERRY BRENNAN: Born in Numurkah, educated at St Josephs Primary School and Numurkah High School, leaving school at 14 tears old.
Became a apprentice motor mechanic at Hurrens Motors working there for 7 years before buying own business. Considered on-farm work, but did not eventuate.
Married Pam and has raised 2 girls and 3 boys.
Joined Rotary in 1975. Rotary taught him alot.
After 15 years working in own backyard bought a propertry opposite across the road.
After 49 years sold business and retired,
 

 
38th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition
A high quality show is how the art judge described the 38th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition staged by the Rotary Club of Numurkah in the Numurkah Town Hall over the weekend.
In welcoming those attending the official opening on Friday night, president of the Rotary Club Jacque Phillips said The Art & Craft Show brings together the community giving us the opportunity to appreciate art and craft created by artists from near and far.
Susannah Sheed MP officially opened the exhibition stating “The value of art to community cannot be understated. It can entertain us, challenge us, it can move us, it can inspire us. It is a record of who we are at a point in time, and – often – it is a signal of who we want to be”.
Art judge Ted Dansey selected Ross Paterson’s “Summer Morning – Sheans Creek” as The Best in Show. Ted commented “The painting shows the artists great affinity with the subject – coupled with sound technique and a quality that only comes from spending thousands of hours at the easel and a driving passion to paint”.
Runner Up was “Trash and Treasure” by Barbara Beasley-Southgate from Lilydale. “Has all the things a judge looks for in a painting – technique, design, colour, tones etc.”.
Best Watercolour was awarded to “Bonding” by Joel Magpayo from Delahey. “Shows a great use of the medium, use of colour and tone, and has good clarity”.
Best Oil was “Violin Romance” by Lorraine Lewitzka from Victor Harbour. “This painting has good design and technique and, importantly, shows honesty and feeling”.
Best Pastel “The Lilypond” by Nancy Thurlby from Glen Iris. “This painting shows the artist feeling for the subject combined with her abilities in technique, design and colour sensitivity”.
Best Pencil “Seated Nude:” by Richard Stork from Baranduda. “An unusual and brave composition. Shows good drawing skills and quality rendering”.
Best Regional Artist: Glenda Cornell from Kyabram. “The strong colours compliment the abstractness of the work”.
Moira Art & Culture Inc. Encouragement Award was “Couleur Rougeoyante en R’esine” by Janet Tett. “Good design and use of mixed media”.
Craft Judge Claire Reid commented on the variety of entries making a great display.
Fibres Threads and Beads
Winner: Valerie Pendlebury “Tenerife Lace”
Highly Commended  No 485 Dianne Schmidt –Turner “Behind the Mask 5”
Framed Needlework Award
Winner: Debbie Seen. “Walter”
 Highly Commended  Lyn Jones “Shearing the Rams”

Quilt Award
 Winner: Fiona Carruthers “Claire’s Flower Garden”
Highly Commended  Vikki Le Quesne “Affairs Of The Heart”
Art Quilt Award
Winner: Therese Cossens “Finke Desert Race”
Craft Award Section A
Winner: Margaret Blackburn “Red Childs Jumper”
Highly Commended Fiona Carruthers “Nuts About Ice”
                                     Fiona Carruthers “Waves of Fire and Ice”
Craft Award Section B
Winner: David Jackson  “Pepper grinder” (made from an old house stump)
Cushions
Winner: Pam Brennan “Shades of Grey”
Highly Commended Therese Cossens “Twin Chevrons”
The exhibition was well attended over the weekend with excellent sales.
Raffle winner: L. Boyd.
Peoples Choice: "Celeste" Ben Winspear.
 
 

 Louisa Li a dietitian at Numurkah District Health Service spoke to members about back to basics guide to healthy eating.

Main groups: Vegetables: Use at least three different coloured vegetables per meal. This will provide a wider range of nutrients. Have at least one serve of green vegetables daily for folate.

Protein foods: To meet nutrient needs, have different protein foods at lunch and dinner including 3 -4 red meat meals per week for iron and zince and 2 fish meals per week for omega-3

Carbohydrate foods: Get your dietary fibre from a variety if carbohydrate foods. Legumes twice a week important for gut health. Wholegrain, high fibre and lower GI foods. If using white pasta and rice for dinner, choose wholegrain, high fibre or lower GI choices for breakfast and lunch.

Portion size according to age and gender.

 

 
 
President Jacque inducted Kay Moodie, Chris & Ross Hardman into the Rotary club.
Pictured President Jacqie Phillip, membership director and sponsor Kate Hodge, Kay Moodie, Chris & Ross Hardman and Stephen Mills sponsor.
 
 
 
 
Trinity & Mariea were city folk in the hotel business when wanting a change in 1980 found land at Bearii with growing possibilities. Land had one tree on it, thus the Scotch name "Aintree Farm"
Established orchard planting 200 almond trees, then later a further 2000. Computerised irrigation system installed which registers soil moisture content and waters to trees by drip irrigation, water required.
Almond trees need cross pollination and required hiring bee hives. Because of cost, established own hives to be used in orchard and also hired out, and became an aviarist.
Diversified by planting 700 olive trees.
Almonds and olives harvested with a converted harvester with almonds sent to SA for cracking, due to transport costs bought own cracking machine.
Established value added products which are sold on the orchard, through speciality shops and markets.
Considering retirement but had second thoughts and diversified again by growing hemp.
Trinity concluded by saying "Diversification has meant survival".
 

 
 
Peter Sprunt and Kerry Swan, members of the Numurkah Floodplain Community Reference Group spoke to the club.
Peter born in Kaarimba, educated in Numurkah now on a dairy farm in Katunga spoke with passion on the flood mitigation options.
Moira Shire relatively flat country with Numurkah the bottle neck in Moira Shire during the 2012 floods.
Usually takes 4 days for flood waters to arrive from Katamatite, in 2012 it took 24 hours, taking 10 days to subside. Local knowledge was bypassed by authorities.
Numurkah Flood Action Group formed by concerned citizens.
After 5 years modelling a Floodplain Management report has been published with three options for community consultation.
Public meeting March 1st in Numurkah Town Hall planned. Politicians will be present. The meeting will gauage the community response.
Peter stressed this is the only chance to do something - community must drive, otherwise nothing will happen.
Peter spoke to Option A, with minimal impact outside levee giving security to those inside levee.
Open day on Sunday at Visitor Information Centre.
Submissions can be lodged with Moira Shire before option decided.
 

 
 
Debbie Oliver principal of Numurkah Primary School.
Born in Nagambie, family sheep farmers, educated at St Josephs School Nagambie, Sacred Heart Seymour then Technical School in Seymour.
Avid reader, believing reading and literacy key to life.
After graduating deferred 12 months working as a clerk in Taxation Office.
Entered Rusden College graduating with a Batchelor of Education.
First posting to Goroke for 2 years, then Mooroopna Secondary College followed as Assistant Principal at Shepparton High School.
At Numurkah Primary aim to lift literacy and numeracy standards as well as social skills. Passionate in building leadership skills in teachers as well as students.
Numurkah Primary a vibrant school where students want to learn and be ready for transition to High School.
Debbie still passionate and enjoys teaching.

 
 
 
 
 
Stephen Mills updated members on the Soldier Settlement Project.
Aim to install a 2.5 metre map on the NAB south wall and  turning walkway into a history walk.
The map will have each farm numbered with name of settler underneath.
Consulting community members to verify information with all approached willing to share information.
Research led to several maps State Rivers, Moira Shire and G.V. Water.
Numurkah Historical Society booklet, and Nathalia "Blockies" booklet as well as memorials in Nathalia, Katunga and Yarroweyah providing useful information.
Soldier Settlers had to qualify on a point system, aim to gain 100 points.
War Service 20 points, Farm Experience 30 points, Personal Attributes 30 points, Evidence of Thrift 10 points, Marital Status 10 points, and attend an interview.
Hoping to make a joint project with Historical Society and RSL.
Six soldier settlers still alive.
 

 
Gary & Barb. Duke were guest speakers at club meeting Monday 29th January.
 
Gary and Barb Duke combine their love of cycling, both locally and internationally with humanitarian work. Travel on a tandem bike with trailer.
Visited the highlands of New Guinea to assist with rebuilding of the hospital. Locals are easy going, lovely people but tribal system prevails. Gary found that dealing with them you had to be strong and firm.
Hospital staffed by doctors is the main training hospital for remote areas. Student doctors choose to come to make a difference.
Naracoorte Rotary Club financed installation of water tanks and visited and worked hard.
Gary & Barb looking to do something, to be a help over longer period without being burdensome to others.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lauren a St Mary's student gave a passionate account of her alternate schoolies week in the Philippines.
One of 6 students from St Mary's, Lauren travelled to the Philippines on an immersion program visiting and assisting at housing projects and orphanages.
Difference between Australia and Philippines is that they have no social security.
Big impact was meeting people, always happy and smiling, making the most of what they have. This experience did not make Lauren happy with situation and challenged her to look at situation of fellow human beings.
Heartfelt experience was joining Brother Paul on his nightly visits to women on the street. A humble man, trusted by the women as he handed out medical supplies, condoms and comfort.
Trip impacted on Lauren's future. She was considering entering nursing, now she can not wait to pursue her goal of nursing and return with these skills.
Lauren was grateful she was able to contribute to the situation, thanking Rotary for their contribution.
 
 
 
The annual first meeting of the year was a combined BBQ with the Lions Club & partners in Apex Park.
An enjoyable meal with good fellowship commenced the year on a high note for the new year.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
LAUREN HARRIS:

Year 12 student at St Mary of the Angels undertaking an "Alternative Schoolies" trip to Philippines.

One of 6 students from St Marys will travel to the Philippines on 3rd December returning on 13th December, Students raised $3780 to be distributed in Philippines to organisations such as orphanages, day-care centre and schools. 

A two way experience with lots to learn and appreciate. Lauren always wanted to go on this trip, feeling a duty to contribute and help our neighbours by improving poverty and lifestyle. Lauren concluded by thanking the Rotary Club for its sponsorship of the trip.

 

AMIE HODGE & TIM CONNOLLY:

Amie & Tim thanked the Rotary Club for sponsorship to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp at Malmsbury which was a rewarding and life changing experience,

Focus on self improvement, development of leadership, communication skills and project management.

Challenged to find out who you are and what you can be, Week long camp included ice-breaking games, boot camp, exercises, guest speakers.

Amie & Tim felt the camp was enriching and felt a clarity on their future.

 


 
 
Home Page Stories
 
Tam Joyce a Chaplain at Numurkah Primary School for last 2 1/2 years. Enjoying role working 2 days a week.
Role is to provide pastoral support for school, not only students but also parents and families.
Demand on teachers to not only educate but care for wellbeing of students puts teachers under stress.
As Chaplain takes on board issues teachers do not have time for. Presence always available to students who often need an adult support.
Issues:
1. Friendship and peer issues.
2. Mental Health issues.
3. Family bread-down causes emotional distress impacting education.
 
Breakfast program Monday & Thursday with baked beans, cereal and toast to up to 50 children.
Kitchen garden established to provide provisions to be utilised in kitchen.
Community connections important. "Takes a village to raised a child".
 
Drum Beat Program building resilience through drumming. 11 children participate bringing changes in children from not engaged to teamwork as a member of a team.
 

 
 
 
Due to unforeseen circumstances the Rotary Business Breakfast with Rachael Robinson has regrettably been cancelled at this time.
An alternate speaker is being sought by Rotary.
Rotary apologises for any inconvenience.

 
 
Craig Beamish was guest speaker at club meeting on 6th August
Craig moved to Numurkah in 2005, applied for posting in Shepparton posted to Numurkah.
Passion is community engagement.
GOOD SAM developed in UK to develop community resilience.
Operating Internationally, GoodSAM (Smartphone Activated Medics) incorporates the world's most advanced emergency alerting and dispatching platform with a community of over 40,000 highly governed trained and trusted responders. The GoodSAM Cardiac system integrates with ambulance service CAD (computer aided dispatch) systems to trigger bystander response while the ambulance service is on route. GoodSAMPro provides a Community First Responder (CFR) dispatch system dispatching advanced care beyond cardiac arrest. Now with "Instant-On-Scene" - the emergency services can see the scene/patient via a video link. The system is now used by police, fire and other services for a host of emergency situations.
Runs in background on smart phones alerts health care professionals and gives closest AED.
AED (automated External Defibrillator) 18 in Numurkah but only 2 registered, most only accessible 9 to 5. Plan to install at Information Centre, Courthouse on exterior walls for 24 hour access.
Ambulance Victoria second in world on out of hospital cardiac arrest care.
Triple 000 has a filtering system with some addresses flagged not to attend unless with police back-up.

 
 
 
Marilyn Damm OAM guest speaker.
Spent career as a teacher working with deaf children, 11 years working in research with Cochlear Ear.
 
 - Implication:
Language forms basis of who we are and eventually group up to be. Deafness effects education and ultimate job.
 
 - Understanding: 
Normally child begin to hear in 25th week. Mother's voice important. In first year normal children learn to understand which is necessary for speech development.
 
- Communicate:
Need to speak to others to develop speech and understanding ready for school.
 
- Ability to think.
Children talk as they play. Previously not diagnosed till 18 months. At school four years behind normal child with a poor outcome.
 
- Times have changed:
New born hearing screening tests with hearing aid at 10 months.
Most debilitating handicap now with normal results.
Working one day a week at Taralye working with parents with early intervention.
 
Passionate about Parent-Child Mother Goose program, which uses enjoyable activities to support attachment and interaction between parents and their children. Promotes children's health, wellbeing and achievement throughout later life, forming a strong foundation for life.

 
 
District Governor Malcolm Kerr and Jill Kerr official D.G. Visit to club.

D.G. Malcolm reported he has met with Board and was impressed how the club was working for the community.

"Be The Inspiration"

Who, What, Where and Why?

Who - Inspire non-Rotarians, inspire community. Most importantly inspire yourself to influence others.

What - Rotary Values: Service, Diversity, Integrity, Fellowship.

How - Show others we love what we do, service above self.

Keep Rotary Meetings fun.

Show by example Rotary is the service club to join.

 

Jill Kerr spoke on her chosen Partner's Program for the year.

"Rural Aid" Financial and emotional support to the rural community to assist mental health.


 
 
 
Kevin Moreland, assistant Manager of the Numurkah Golf & Bowls Club made a presentation of a cheque for $2000 to President Stephen Mills.
Kevin stated the Numurkah Golf & Bowls Club welcomes the Rotary Club each week and supported the Rotary Club in their community projects.
Kevin would like to attend a meeting later in the year to give an insight into the Numurkah Golf & Bowls Club, but raised the possibility of the Rotary Club hold a Golf Day, or Bowls Day to raise funds for Rotary. 
President Stephen Mills accepted the cheque stating the Rotary Club has a good relationship with NGBC and thanked the NGBC for their support.

 
 
 

IMMEDIATE PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR BERNIE BOTT:

Bernie thanked the club for allowing AG Chris Sutton to serve on the District team.

Bernie made a presentation to Chris thanking and congratulating her for her service to the District.


 
 
The Koala Rescue Project has been developed by shelter owners and volunteers at Dutch Thunder Wildlife Shelter in Koonoomoo.
Over the last few year the shelter has seen an increase in the number of koalas suffering and dying of the highly contagious sarcoptic mange aka "scabies". So far the Shelter has had 85 cases from along 30km stretch of the Murray River.
At this stage the shelter has no effective treatment for scabies. The most common and humane outcome is euthanasia.
The primary aim of the Koala Rescue Project is to eradicate scabies and save the koalas.
When found the koalas are usually in he later stages of infestation with thickened and crusted skin. They are malnourished, dehydrated, weak and sometimes semi-conscious.
Project Objectives:
  • Raise awareness.
  • Inform the public.
  • Map and estimate of our local koala population.
  • Seek support, co-operation and financial assistance from government agencies
  • Develop a network of carers.
  • Form partnerships with veterinarians and researchers.
  • Build examination and treatment rooms
Saving one animal won't change the world, but it will change the world for one animal.

 
 
Geoff Spencer spoke on the centenary of the battle of Le Hamel 4th July 1918.
Historical context, terrible conflict with outmoded tactics of British with unacceptable deaths and causalities.
In 1917 1st Australian Army Corp commanded by an Australian Lt. Gen Sir John Monash who questioned traditional approach, did proper risk assessment and understood modern warfare with the role of infantry to advance under the maximum possible protection.
Comparing the Battle of Fromelles, under British command, and the Battle of Le Hamel, under Lt. Gen. Sir John Monash command.
Fromelles worst single night in Australian Military history, whilst Le Hamel was a perfect battle. Fromelles duration 14 hours, Le Hamel 93 minutes. Outcome Frommels a failure with 7,000 casualties with no ground won, Le Hamell successful with 250 killed and ground won.
Le Hamel was meticulously planned, consultative conferences and intense training.
Success of Le Hamel helped change the mind-set from defense to offence.
46,000 died on Western Front, with 21,000 buried in beautifully kept cemeteries, with 15,000 bodies still lie undiscovered.

 
 
 
 
 
Vocational Service Director Jeff Buzza presenting the Vocational Service Award to Paul Tozer Principal of the Numurkah Secondary College, 
Paul was selected due to his excellent leadership and development of the college as well as his encouragement of the College to engage with the community.
 
 
The Col McPherson Community Service Award was presented last week to Terry Brennan by Duncan McPherson.
 
 
DGE Malcolm Kerr inducting Stephen Mills as President 2018-2019.
 
 
President Stephen Mills with the Board for 2018-2019. Immediate Past President Jacque Phillips, Vocational Service Director John Watson, Treasurer Jeff Buzza, Secretary Jennifer Rodger, PR Director Lou Hamon, President Elect & New Generations Director Lorraine Greenwood, Rotary Foundation Director Julie Andrew. Absent: Membership Director Kate Hodge and Service Project Director Grant Deppler.

 
 

Appointed in January 2018 to Numurkah District Health Service as a Community Development Worker Dairy Industry Support. 

Aim is to build resilience in dairy industry.

Talked to community members and the dairy community. Dairy farmers indicating the need to catch up with one another.

Awareness Raising:

  • Dairy Industry Service
  • Raise awareness of local services
  • Provide information about community events
  • Devise a community list of community members
  • Share support services information on local social media pages.
Social Connection Activities:
  • Dairy industry BBQ lunch
  • Women in Farming Morning Tea
  • Men's Health Nigh.
Aim to improve awareness of importance of health and remove stigma of mental health. Men's Health Night well supported with nearly 200 in attendance, reaching the community. Guest Speaker Heath Black had a profound impact as he talked about AFL culture and how he tackled his depression.
 

 
 
 
 
The night will provide an opportunity for men to learn some general information about their health, have a good laugh with mates and listen to our special guest speaker Heath Black. Former Fremantle Dockers player Heath Black has had his fair share of battles on and off the field. This inspirational speaker uses his own experiences to motivate audiences to overcome the obstacles that life puts in their way.

 
 
Adele gave a passionate, personal account of her life, history and philosophy.
Studied teaching at Melbourne University, working at Safeway. Took up a corporate role of compliance training with Safeway. Moved to Vancouver for 2 years working in hospitality, returning home Adele joined a not for profit organsation Skills Plus coordinating a training program.
On holidays met Wayne Dyson who was moving to Numurkah to join his father's business.
Employer gave Adele an eight week challenge to set up a business and training program.
Stepping back into trainingship seeking training opportunities in rural Victoria.
ADM Training Solutions runs RSA courses and social media training in Numurkah and region.
Made a "Little Bag of Magic" for her daughter which has developed into a business and shop.
Gym studio established out the back of the shop for "Fitness 3636". Three years ago designed a travel journal, discovering caravaning which became a platform to sell journal
Important for people to shop locally. 45% leaking out of town. Live local, shop local, helps business owners.
 
 

 
 
Induction of Marie Austin by president Jacque Phillips. Pictured Membership Director Kate Hodge, Marie Austin, husband Geoff Austin and President Jacque Phillips.
Marie and Geoff have resided in Numurkah for 20 years, Maree a primary school teacher now teaching English at TAFE to migrants.
Became interested in Rotary after visiting St Jude School in Tanzania.
 

 
 
 
 

James Miller is a 16 year old student at St Marys is seeking financial support to compete in Canada.

In 2017 entered school, zone, region sports with success, then state championships where without coach won first place in the high jump.

Invited to compete in Canada. Set up go-funding, applied for several grants, an "Out of Uniform" day at school to raise the necessary funds.

Coaching difficult to access in the country but has found a coach in Bendigo who is assisting with technique. Highest recorded jump 1.81 m.

Leaving for Vancouver on27th June.

 


 
 
 
 

Phil Ashton a garden designer spoke on his gardens.

Phil commenced by saying gardening is a disease, and he can not help himself.

Phil showed phots from his first garden a 1 acre block in South Gippsland.

Starting with a blank canvas to create a large garden, photos showing progress. Use of herbaceous borders as wind breaks (and because he from England), cut into rooms. Woodland garden under planted with bulbs.

Phil suggested in garden design look for views and long perspectives, repeat planting in odd numbers, using next door as a borrowed landscape.

In 2011 made a fresh start on a 1/4 acre block in Mirboo North.

Phil suggested if you do not have a green thumb grow succulents.

Three things to remember:

1. Put some autumn colour into garden.

2. Plant perfume or aromatic plants.

3 Plant for wild-life.

When buying natives, buy in tubes.

2018 starting all over again in Numurkah.

Phil concluded with Greek Proverb:

"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in"

 
 
 

 

Guest speaker – John Taylor, Director of Taylor & Whitty, Solicitors. John holds a Bachelor of Arts & Law degree. John has 30 years of experience in all aspects of law.

Born in Finley, son of a lawyer.

Discussion Wills & Powers of Attorney.

A Will is a document that only has effect after you die. You appoint executors to carry out your intent as defined in the will, together with Guardians & beneficiaries. Binding nominations are often referred to with superannuation & insurance companies and can override details in a will. Joint proprietors & tenants in common – different terms when purchasing property. Joint proprietors the interest automatically passes to the survivor, whereas tenants in common share the property.

If a will is challenged when one is defending a claim on an estate, the costs are generally awarded against the party that is unsuccessful in the claim.

Generally Executors are usually family members, whereas if State Trustees are appointed there are fees involved, often Executors think they should be paid to carry out their role to carry out the wishes of the testator.

By listing someone as a Power of Attorney you are primarily giving people power to make financial & personal decisions for you, whereas the appointment of a medical treatment decision maker you are appointing someone to make decisions regarding life support. It is a powerful document where you are giving power to someone to act as you, purchasing property etc. They can have a limiting effect or total effect in the event that you develop mental issues or physical issues, if there is no power of attorney people are required to apply for guardianship which can be expensive. The most bitter cases John has worked on are estates, where litigation chews up all the funds in an estate and can fragment families.

 
 
 
Alastair Wittington guest speaker at club meeting.
Spent two years working on a dairy farm in Saudi Arabia.
Flew to Canberra to obtain visa, told could take 6 months, but returned in 2 hours and received visa.
Flew to Singapore then Riyadh, greeted by a temperature of 54 degrees at airport. One and a half hours travel to reach dairy farm.
10 milking units each with 2,500 cows, a total of 25,000 on farm
Staffing mainly third world countries, Pakistani, Nepalese and some from Philippines, a total of 4,500.
Management of 30 mainly from Australia, New Zealand Britian, oversaw the operation and running.
Fully integrated farm with milk processed on the farm.
Arrived in April 1989 and was assistant supervisor on one of the dairy units. Moved to young stock unit.
Production 45 litres per day from each cow.
In august 1990 commencement of Gulf War where "Desert Shield" turned into "Desert Storm" in July 1991.
Hence the "I've been scudded in Riyadh" on shirt.

 

Neville Atkinson Indigenous Facilitator with the Catchment Management Authority spoke to the club about Aboriginal framework in the Goulburn Valley.

Rumbalara Co-op established in 1959 as a site for housing Aboriginal people. Policy of the Government of the time to relocate Aboriginal people, not just Yorta Yorta people.

1968 Sir Douglas Nicholls (uncle) led social and economic inclusion, driving away from welfare and benevolence.

Rumbalara now provides community services, looking after the needs of Aboriginal people.

Yorta Yorta Nation driving quality of inclusion and respect to first nation people.

Need to start practising responsibility with expectation for people to manage own affairs and have better relationships with wider community.

Personally works with CMA as Indigenous Facilitator and in spare time pursues economic development with private and business sector for Aboriginal people.


 
 
Despite the weather a very successful trip enjoyed by all 34 participants to Buckland Valley on weekend of 13-15th April.
Some of Joan Barkers photos capturing the sceneary and spirit of the 4WD Trip.
All Joan's photos will be posted to Photo Album.
 

 
 
 
 
 

Jen Parer from Rotary Club of Holbrook spoke to the club on "RAM" Rotarians Against Malaria.

Malaria is still endemic in 91 countries.

Chronic malaria causes poverty and poor education.

Estimates there are over 210 million cases annually with 445,000 deaths reported last year (65% of all deaths are children under five).

Anopheles mosquito bites infect people and spread malaria rapidly through communities.

How to interrupt cycle:

1. Person focused control - preventive therapies.

2. Vector (mosquito) control - healthy villages, bed nets, spraying.

3. Development such as better housing and water.

RAM Programs:

  • Chasing Malaria in PNG - testing, treating, prevention.
  • Bed Net Distribution - insecticide treated bed nets.
  • Healthy Villages - equip villages with tools.
  • Support vaccine development.
  • Support a PhD student.

 Malaria Awareness Day 30th April

 
 
 
As an introduction to the guest speaker, chairman Geoff Stewart spoke about polio.
Polio is an infectious disease causing permanent muscle weakness, paralysis, and in sever cases, can be life-threatening..
In 1979, RI launched a 5 year polio immunization project.
Polio Plus has reduced the number of cases from 350,000 annually to fewer than 400 in 2014, and 22 in 2017.
 
Sue the daughter of Audrey Hendy, shared her mother's polio story.
At the age of 30 with a 3 year old child and pregnant, stricken down with polio. Spent 9 months in an isolation ward at Mooroopna Hospital, discharged with calipers to both hips. Told she would not walk again.
Moved to Melbourne and lived with her sister for 18 months.
Audrey lived an amazing life, but 20 years ago suffered Post Polio Syndrome, which is a recurrence of symptoms usually 30-40 years after an initial episode pf polio. The symptoms include general tiredness, as well as weakness and pain affecting the muscles, and often coupled with depression.
Long journey - but lived life to fullest.

 
 
The Rotary Club of Numurkah sponsored debating team from St Mary of the Angels competed in the grand final debate against Albury at the District Conference and were named runners up.
A superb job by the team Jesica Camm, Ayla Armstrong, Riley Wilson and coach June Hando.
 

 
Club Members Friends and Guests visited Katunga Fresh for a tour with Peter van den Goor.
 
 
FRANK MALCOLM described his early days which could be called "Malcolm's World Of Pain"
Born in Sale, father a dairy farmer. At the age of 9 moved to Melbourne and was educated in Melbourne.
Commenced work with Telstra, married Pam and have 5 sons and a daughter.
Back to Sale with Telstra as a supervisor, then Warrugul.
Spent next 14 years on a dairy farm in Leongatha, recounting several accidents. Property had a sawmill on it involving further accident mishaps.
Then moved to a dairy farm in Naring.
 
JENNIFER RODGER: Jennifer took long service leave and drove around Australia in her motor-home travelling 26,000 km in six months.
Jennifer showed pictures of her courageous adventure.
Different lifestyle, meeting people doing the same thing.
 
TERRY BRENNAN: Born in Numurkah, educated at St Josephs Primary School and Numurkah High School, leaving school at 14 tears old.
Became a apprentice motor mechanic at Hurrens Motors working there for 7 years before buying own business. Considered on-farm work, but did not eventuate.
Married Pam and has raised 2 girls and 3 boys.
Joined Rotary in 1975. Rotary taught him alot.
After 15 years working in own backyard bought a propertry opposite across the road.
After 49 years sold business and retired,
 

 
38th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition
A high quality show is how the art judge described the 38th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition staged by the Rotary Club of Numurkah in the Numurkah Town Hall over the weekend.
In welcoming those attending the official opening on Friday night, president of the Rotary Club Jacque Phillips said The Art & Craft Show brings together the community giving us the opportunity to appreciate art and craft created by artists from near and far.
Susannah Sheed MP officially opened the exhibition stating “The value of art to community cannot be understated. It can entertain us, challenge us, it can move us, it can inspire us. It is a record of who we are at a point in time, and – often – it is a signal of who we want to be”.
Art judge Ted Dansey selected Ross Paterson’s “Summer Morning – Sheans Creek” as The Best in Show. Ted commented “The painting shows the artists great affinity with the subject – coupled with sound technique and a quality that only comes from spending thousands of hours at the easel and a driving passion to paint”.
Runner Up was “Trash and Treasure” by Barbara Beasley-Southgate from Lilydale. “Has all the things a judge looks for in a painting – technique, design, colour, tones etc.”.
Best Watercolour was awarded to “Bonding” by Joel Magpayo from Delahey. “Shows a great use of the medium, use of colour and tone, and has good clarity”.
Best Oil was “Violin Romance” by Lorraine Lewitzka from Victor Harbour. “This painting has good design and technique and, importantly, shows honesty and feeling”.
Best Pastel “The Lilypond” by Nancy Thurlby from Glen Iris. “This painting shows the artist feeling for the subject combined with her abilities in technique, design and colour sensitivity”.
Best Pencil “Seated Nude:” by Richard Stork from Baranduda. “An unusual and brave composition. Shows good drawing skills and quality rendering”.
Best Regional Artist: Glenda Cornell from Kyabram. “The strong colours compliment the abstractness of the work”.
Moira Art & Culture Inc. Encouragement Award was “Couleur Rougeoyante en R’esine” by Janet Tett. “Good design and use of mixed media”.
Craft Judge Claire Reid commented on the variety of entries making a great display.
Fibres Threads and Beads
Winner: Valerie Pendlebury “Tenerife Lace”
Highly Commended  No 485 Dianne Schmidt –Turner “Behind the Mask 5”
Framed Needlework Award
Winner: Debbie Seen. “Walter”
 Highly Commended  Lyn Jones “Shearing the Rams”

Quilt Award
 Winner: Fiona Carruthers “Claire’s Flower Garden”
Highly Commended  Vikki Le Quesne “Affairs Of The Heart”
Art Quilt Award
Winner: Therese Cossens “Finke Desert Race”
Craft Award Section A
Winner: Margaret Blackburn “Red Childs Jumper”
Highly Commended Fiona Carruthers “Nuts About Ice”
                                     Fiona Carruthers “Waves of Fire and Ice”
Craft Award Section B
Winner: David Jackson  “Pepper grinder” (made from an old house stump)
Cushions
Winner: Pam Brennan “Shades of Grey”
Highly Commended Therese Cossens “Twin Chevrons”
The exhibition was well attended over the weekend with excellent sales.
Raffle winner: L. Boyd.
Peoples Choice: "Celeste" Ben Winspear.
 
 

 Louisa Li a dietitian at Numurkah District Health Service spoke to members about back to basics guide to healthy eating.

Main groups: Vegetables: Use at least three different coloured vegetables per meal. This will provide a wider range of nutrients. Have at least one serve of green vegetables daily for folate.

Protein foods: To meet nutrient needs, have different protein foods at lunch and dinner including 3 -4 red meat meals per week for iron and zince and 2 fish meals per week for omega-3

Carbohydrate foods: Get your dietary fibre from a variety if carbohydrate foods. Legumes twice a week important for gut health. Wholegrain, high fibre and lower GI foods. If using white pasta and rice for dinner, choose wholegrain, high fibre or lower GI choices for breakfast and lunch.

Portion size according to age and gender.

 

 
 
President Jacque inducted Kay Moodie, Chris & Ross Hardman into the Rotary club.
Pictured President Jacqie Phillip, membership director and sponsor Kate Hodge, Kay Moodie, Chris & Ross Hardman and Stephen Mills sponsor.
 
 
 
 
Trinity & Mariea were city folk in the hotel business when wanting a change in 1980 found land at Bearii with growing possibilities. Land had one tree on it, thus the Scotch name "Aintree Farm"
Established orchard planting 200 almond trees, then later a further 2000. Computerised irrigation system installed which registers soil moisture content and waters to trees by drip irrigation, water required.
Almond trees need cross pollination and required hiring bee hives. Because of cost, established own hives to be used in orchard and also hired out, and became an aviarist.
Diversified by planting 700 olive trees.
Almonds and olives harvested with a converted harvester with almonds sent to SA for cracking, due to transport costs bought own cracking machine.
Established value added products which are sold on the orchard, through speciality shops and markets.
Considering retirement but had second thoughts and diversified again by growing hemp.
Trinity concluded by saying "Diversification has meant survival".
 

 
 
Peter Sprunt and Kerry Swan, members of the Numurkah Floodplain Community Reference Group spoke to the club.
Peter born in Kaarimba, educated in Numurkah now on a dairy farm in Katunga spoke with passion on the flood mitigation options.
Moira Shire relatively flat country with Numurkah the bottle neck in Moira Shire during the 2012 floods.
Usually takes 4 days for flood waters to arrive from Katamatite, in 2012 it took 24 hours, taking 10 days to subside. Local knowledge was bypassed by authorities.
Numurkah Flood Action Group formed by concerned citizens.
After 5 years modelling a Floodplain Management report has been published with three options for community consultation.
Public meeting March 1st in Numurkah Town Hall planned. Politicians will be present. The meeting will gauage the community response.
Peter stressed this is the only chance to do something - community must drive, otherwise nothing will happen.
Peter spoke to Option A, with minimal impact outside levee giving security to those inside levee.
Open day on Sunday at Visitor Information Centre.
Submissions can be lodged with Moira Shire before option decided.
 

 
 
Debbie Oliver principal of Numurkah Primary School.
Born in Nagambie, family sheep farmers, educated at St Josephs School Nagambie, Sacred Heart Seymour then Technical School in Seymour.
Avid reader, believing reading and literacy key to life.
After graduating deferred 12 months working as a clerk in Taxation Office.
Entered Rusden College graduating with a Batchelor of Education.
First posting to Goroke for 2 years, then Mooroopna Secondary College followed as Assistant Principal at Shepparton High School.
At Numurkah Primary aim to lift literacy and numeracy standards as well as social skills. Passionate in building leadership skills in teachers as well as students.
Numurkah Primary a vibrant school where students want to learn and be ready for transition to High School.
Debbie still passionate and enjoys teaching.

 
 
 
 
 
Stephen Mills updated members on the Soldier Settlement Project.
Aim to install a 2.5 metre map on the NAB south wall and  turning walkway into a history walk.
The map will have each farm numbered with name of settler underneath.
Consulting community members to verify information with all approached willing to share information.
Research led to several maps State Rivers, Moira Shire and G.V. Water.
Numurkah Historical Society booklet, and Nathalia "Blockies" booklet as well as memorials in Nathalia, Katunga and Yarroweyah providing useful information.
Soldier Settlers had to qualify on a point system, aim to gain 100 points.
War Service 20 points, Farm Experience 30 points, Personal Attributes 30 points, Evidence of Thrift 10 points, Marital Status 10 points, and attend an interview.
Hoping to make a joint project with Historical Society and RSL.
Six soldier settlers still alive.
 

 
Gary & Barb. Duke were guest speakers at club meeting Monday 29th January.
 
Gary and Barb Duke combine their love of cycling, both locally and internationally with humanitarian work. Travel on a tandem bike with trailer.
Visited the highlands of New Guinea to assist with rebuilding of the hospital. Locals are easy going, lovely people but tribal system prevails. Gary found that dealing with them you had to be strong and firm.
Hospital staffed by doctors is the main training hospital for remote areas. Student doctors choose to come to make a difference.
Naracoorte Rotary Club financed installation of water tanks and visited and worked hard.
Gary & Barb looking to do something, to be a help over longer period without being burdensome to others.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lauren a St Mary's student gave a passionate account of her alternate schoolies week in the Philippines.
One of 6 students from St Mary's, Lauren travelled to the Philippines on an immersion program visiting and assisting at housing projects and orphanages.
Difference between Australia and Philippines is that they have no social security.
Big impact was meeting people, always happy and smiling, making the most of what they have. This experience did not make Lauren happy with situation and challenged her to look at situation of fellow human beings.
Heartfelt experience was joining Brother Paul on his nightly visits to women on the street. A humble man, trusted by the women as he handed out medical supplies, condoms and comfort.
Trip impacted on Lauren's future. She was considering entering nursing, now she can not wait to pursue her goal of nursing and return with these skills.
Lauren was grateful she was able to contribute to the situation, thanking Rotary for their contribution.
 
 
 
The annual first meeting of the year was a combined BBQ with the Lions Club & partners in Apex Park.
An enjoyable meal with good fellowship commenced the year on a high note for the new year.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
LAUREN HARRIS:

Year 12 student at St Mary of the Angels undertaking an "Alternative Schoolies" trip to Philippines.

One of 6 students from St Marys will travel to the Philippines on 3rd December returning on 13th December, Students raised $3780 to be distributed in Philippines to organisations such as orphanages, day-care centre and schools. 

A two way experience with lots to learn and appreciate. Lauren always wanted to go on this trip, feeling a duty to contribute and help our neighbours by improving poverty and lifestyle. Lauren concluded by thanking the Rotary Club for its sponsorship of the trip.

 

AMIE HODGE & TIM CONNOLLY:

Amie & Tim thanked the Rotary Club for sponsorship to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp at Malmsbury which was a rewarding and life changing experience,

Focus on self improvement, development of leadership, communication skills and project management.

Challenged to find out who you are and what you can be, Week long camp included ice-breaking games, boot camp, exercises, guest speakers.

Amie & Tim felt the camp was enriching and felt a clarity on their future.

 


 
 
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