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Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 6:30 pm
Numurkah Golf & Bowls Club
Tunnock Road
Numurkah, VIC 3636
President Julie introduced a fun night of bingo with Bingo master Judy McDonald.
All members joined in the fun with winners, Andrew Watson, Allen Canobie and Marie Austin.
Dinner was a buffet finger food offering.

Nathan Shannon spoke to the club about J & M Shannon Pastoral.
J&M Shannon Pastoral Company, a 4th generation family owned & operated dairy farm in the Goulburn Valley, milking over 1000 cows in a recently commissioned free stall barn.
Nahan son of Bryan and Lindy always had a passion for farming and dairy.
Educated at St Joseph's, Numurkah Secondary College, G.V. Grammar and Melbourne University studying agricultural science. Spent 7 years with the Department of Agriculture before returning to the farm.
In 2012 returned to farm to experience floods. This was followed by a dry season with high water prices.
2016 a wet season with cows contained and hand fed. 2017 toured US to investigate different systems to achieve goals.
75% of dairy farms in the world have confined under-cover protection from elements with cows being more efficient.
Past eight years there have been three major changes.
Cost and availability of water.
Land values doubled.
Premium for milk increased.
Choice was to relocate or be more efficient with resources on hand.
Further trip to USA and engaged a barn designer. Aim to minimize cows exposure to extreme elements, increasing operation capacity by utilising free stall practices.
Moved to first barn in September, now building a second.
Reflecting whether it was worth it, some days he questions it, other days wondering how they did it. Milking 1500 cows is sure to have its challenges but Nathan is looking forward to it.

Paul Lloyd , Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell was guest speaker to the club on LEMUR relief project for Madagascar.
This Southern Mitchell Rotary international project is designed to support 1,100 Primary School children and their teachers at St. Vincent de Notre Dame de l'Androy (St. Vincent's) Primary School in Ambovombe, Androy Madagascar.
The area has suffered 6 years of successive drought in addition to the Covid-19 pandemic which is forcing families in rural communities to resort to desperate measures to survive.
Donations will be used to provide food, clean drinking water, medicine and school equipment to help parents keep their children fed and to stay at school.
Target is$36,000 to enable sourcing of stationary items, currently waiting for new quotes to source new books, school bags, pencil cases, source new kitchen equipment.
Donations of $27,283 received.

Mark Warpole, awarded "The Best Dairy Farm of the Year" spoke to the club about his dairy farm.
Parents bought a farm in 1978 with dream of eventually milking 200 cows. In 1987 built a rotary dairy and milked 230 cows. In 2012 Mark and Kate visited the USA inspecting dairies and gathering ideas, returning and taking over three farms. Returned to the USA in 2019 inspecting farms and methods.
In 2021 built new dairy and in 2022 started construction of two barns, each housing 1,000 cows in free stall system.
Milking 2,000 cows three times a day, commencing at 2.30am, second milking at 11am and final milking 7pm.
Family work on the farm which employs 38.
Plans for a third barn to increase to 3,000 cows.

The 44th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition of the Numurkah Rotary Club was staged in the Numurkah Town Hall from Friday 8th March to Monday 11th March.
The art exhibition displayed a variety of styles and techniques of excellent standard and was appreciated by the public during the weekend.
Rotary Club President Julie Andrew welcomed all in attendance at the official opening Friday night, to an event that promises to be a celebration of creativity, community and collaboration. Julie added that art has the remarkable ability to transcend boundaries, evoke emotions, and spark meaningful conversations.
The exhibition was officially opened by Phillipa Schapper, chair GRAIN Store Nathalia. Phillipa said artists do not work in isolation, they depend on exhibitions like this to display and sell their work.
Art judge, Thel Cardwell congratulated Rotary on staging the exhibition, and announced the winners in each section.
Best in Show was awarded to Kasey Sealy for her painting “Macquarie River”. Thel commented “The river leads the eye through to the middle distance and beyond. Good tonal balance with overall harmony and balance”.
Runner Up was awarded to “Garden Reflections by Do Noble. Thel commented “A great use of colour, tonal values good and lovely colour harmony”.
Best Watercolour Ross Paterson’s “Tree and Sheep Mansfield”. “A great use of watercolour depicting the Australian landscape”.
Best Oil was awarded to “Gothic Arch, Barcelona” by Glen Hoyle. Thel commented “Lovely oil painting, depicting light and shade beautifully”.
Best Pastel “Shady Glade” by Lynda Robinson. “A simple subject with lots of impact”.
Kevin Davis Regional Artist Encouragement Award awarded to Maryann Jenkins for “Three on a log”.
CAN Hub Encouragement “Award Waiting to Work” by Jeanette Graham.
Leigh Teitz was the photographic judge and announced the following awards.
Framed Photographic Award, Shirley Colwell with “Wallaby”. Leigh commented “The author has nailed the technical aspects here and produced a tack sharp image with plenty of detail”.
Framed Photographic Award – Runner-up, went to  “Morning Glory” by Joan Barker. “An engaging composition with framing elements either side”.
Digital Art Photographic Award, “Suspended #2” by Dennis Rickard. “Love the simplicity, a great example of less is more” commented Leigh.
Themed Photographic Award – A Touch of Red, Shirley Colwell with “Recap Robin”. “Very nice capture of this little bird with good feather detail, pleasing diffused light and unobtrusive background”.
Claire Reid the craft judged commented on the high standard and wide variety of craft forms in announcing the winner.
Best Craft Entry Gary Phillips with “Windsor Chair”.
Best Knitting and Crochet Justine Georges with “Looming Berries”.
Best Quilt Award Anne Boase with “Nature’s Beauty”.
Best Woodwork, Metalwork and Pottery was awarded to Gary Phillips with Windsor Chair.
Highly Commended was Heather Campbell with “Silk Thread Embroidery Bag”.
Chris Sutton, chair of the Art & Craft Committee of the Rotary Club of Numurkah said, “The club was incredibly please with the standard of work on display, the support of local sponsors and the public attendance during the weekend”.

Stephen Homes was the guest speaker at the Rotary meeting.
Stephen grew up in Numurkah, leaving school early and worked for Kel Sidebottom, Gerry Green, abattoirs, drove trucks, leaning work ethic at each, then the Telegraph Hotel where he discovered he was born for hospitality. Changed from a worker to a businessman.
In 1986 bought the buses, still single, thought Numurkah was too small for him at 30.
In 1990 purchased a Yarrawonga Hotel and went to Airlie Beach working in a 160-room resort, starting as barman ending up running the resort. For 4 years worked hard and purchased a restaurant, selling after 6-7 years,
In 2000 purchased a restaurant in Brisbane. Purchased another restaurant which did not go well, getting ahead of himself at the time.
An amazing business life with many ups and downs, spending 25% of time in Numurkah, 25% in Brisbane, 25% on trucks and 25% on holidays.
Loves Numurkah and suggested a project of large signs on highway to attract tourists.
Bev Bell spoke to the club about the Narioka Clydesdale Stud run by the Mahncke family in Picola.
Bev has served as secretary of the Victorian Branch of the Commonwealth Clydesdale Horse Society for 10 years.
The Goulburn Murray area has a rich history of quality Clydesdale horses with teams used in developing the irrigation system network of channels and the Waranga Basin.
Great grandfather had two teams delivering bricks to building sites in Melbourne. Grandfather had a market garden and served on the Federal Clydesdale Council and also served as a judge.
Father is a gifted showman, sharing skills to younger generation. Served on state committee and judged and is an Honorary Member.
Mother also horsewomen was the first women to lead the parade at the Royal Melbourne Show.
At its peak Narioka had 50 Clydesdales, now a more manageable twenty.
Royal Melbourne Show is the biggest clydesdale show with the horses judged the first day then parading each day.
Commonwealth Clydesdale Horse Society has 236 financial members and sponsors events and run their own events.
Bev concluded by saying she considers herself fortunate to work with these animals and it is magical to be close up and personal.

The door is slightly ajar for late entries for the art, craft and photographic sections of the Rotary Club of Numurkah Annual Art Exhibition so get your dancing shoes on and get them in ASAP!
President Elect Linda Boyd reported on President Elect Training attended. Theme for the next Rotary year is "The Magic of Rotary".
With so many avenues of service, Rotary can make a difference.
District Assembly for President Elects and incoming board on March 24th at Benalla.
Linda then asked the club to contemplate the year ahead listing activities month by month.

John Shrimpton and Peter Bilston from the Numurkah CFA spoke to the club about the Good Friday Royal Children's Hospital Appeal.
Royal Children Hospital established in 1870 due to infant mortality. In 1962 moved to Parkville and in 2011 new purpose built hospital built opposite the Parkville site.
In 1931 Sporting Globe newspaper held a sporting carnival to raise funds for the hospital. In 1942 the Good Friday appeal started with radio 3DB holding a full day appeal. In 1957 Channel 7 took over the appeal.
Numurkah CFA in early 70's started a collection on Good Friday raising $1067. In 2023 $21,000 was collected for the RCH appeal.
This year introducing EFPOS and an online virtual tin.
A Family Fun Day will be held on 23rd March with amusements, music, face painting, NCN Health and scouts participating. Aim is to raise $25,000. 
The Royal Children's Hospital is a significant provider of children's health with every second person having a connection with the Royal Children's Hospital.


Speaking with passion, Steve Arnold explained to the visiting Rotary members and guests the role the farm played in producing ingredients for Messina Ice-Cream.
Steve had a background as a chef, food sales, real estate before investing in gelato shops and becoming a farmer.
Saw property for sale in, and purchased.
Philosophy is to produce the best product, and anything you do is driven by that, including all aspects of the farm.
Setting out to be a market maker with a competitive edge.
Beside dairy, chickens lay 1,100 eggs a week in a chicken caravan and a mint farm in greenhouses on the property.
Extract from Messina website:
"Erindale Farm is home to 450+ beautiful jersey cows which supply all the milk for our gelato, plus we bottle it for you to buy in stores. We also follow sustainable farming practises to keep our cows as happy as possible and to produce the highest quality milk:
  • We only milk our cows once a day meaning they produce milk which is even higher in fat content. Perfect for gelato making!
  • Calves are left with mothers while they are milked and kept side by side in the paddocks until they are weaned.
  • We don't feed our cows any grain — they only eat fresh grass and pastures in the fields.
  • When we extract our fresh milk at the dairy farm, it's immediately chilled to four degrees, meaning there is no chance for bacteria growth. It's pasteurised straight away and sent to Sydney via chilled transport for gelato processing within the next 48 hours".

Background in music industry management, then with partner attracted to dairy industry. Became aware of the ugly truth of dairy where 5 days old calves were being slaughtered.
While the world was going crazy for free ranged eggs, grass fed beef and crate fee pork, had a passion for an alternative.
Set out on a journey for calves to stay with their mums.
Starting with a herd of 18, the calves came into the dairy with their mums as they were being milked.
Established a production dairy in Numurkah, supplying selected outlets. Cheese proven to be a money-maker.
Involved in the community as president of Love Our Lifestyle.
The Numurkah Baala Creek Festival proved a tremendous success, this year moved to March 16 and hopefully better weather. Festival will be seeking community support.

How Now Dairy


NCN Health are proud to be sponsoring the Rotary Club of Numurkah Lift The Lid walk on Sunday May 19.
The Lift The Lid walk has been running since 2017 raising awareness of the 1 in 5 aussies who suffer from Mental Health concerns. 2024 sees the first year it will make it's way to our region.
Tickets are on sale now through the Lift The Lid walk website
All proceeds go to Mental Health Research through the Rotary Health Foundation.
Join us and the Rotary Club of Numurkah on May 19 - bring the family, grab some friends and make a day of it.

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗕𝘂𝘀 𝗛𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗼𝗮𝗱!
The NCN Health Community Bus has arrived and is a hit with residents, staff and volunteers. The 11-seater all-abilities access bus accommodates wheelchair access, offers handrails and a modified step entry.
It will be used by residents of Numurkah Pioneer Memorial Lodge and Karinya Nursing Home to participate in community activities and events. The bus will also be made available for community groups in Numurkah who support isolated and aged people.
The new wheels are thanks to Rotary Club of Numurkah who led the fundraiser in partnership with Bendigo Bank and NCN Health. Launched in 2022, the fundraiser was such an enormous success, enough money was raised to purchase a second bus which has not yet arrived.
Rotary Club of Numurkah will host a launch event in the coming months to celebrate all sponsors who donated to the fundraiser to make this bus a reality. In the meantime Thank You!
Pictured are Rotary Club of Numurkah checking out the new bus.

Guest Speakers – Jeff Buzza. 35 years ago Gayle, himself & 3 year old Chris spent 3 months, on horseback after reading the National Trial Guide. This was before mobile phones, digital cameras, solar panels, satellite phones etc. The trail runs from Cooktown to Healesville & covers 5330 km following the Great Dividing Range. At the time Jeff had a high pressure job & decided it was time to spend the time with family. 2 horses were for riding & 1 was a packhorse. Each of them had a saddle bad for personal belongings. The horse carried a tent, 2 mattresses, 3 sleeping bags, cooking gear, outdoor shower, water canteens. Fantastic experience making them realise you don’t need all the luxuries in life & they were able to experience the kindness of others they encountered.

The Rotary Club and Lions Club held their combined dinner meeting at the Bowls Club.
Representing the Numurkah Historical Society, Jeff Blackley, spoke on planning the 150th anniversary of the gazetting of Numurkah and Wunghnu on 8th February 2025.
Planning is underway following a community meeting seeking program ideas.
The Historical Society is seeking assistance from service clubs, organisations, schools, churches, sporting clubs in arranging a program of events over the year.
Commencing with a celebration at Rotary Park on the actual date including opening the time capsule, which has been buried for 25 years and replacing with another today's capsule. Entertainment and a BBQ, and video display are planned.
Easter will see a planned back to school, combined church service and a steam train visit.
Historical walks, tours will be organised.
The Historical Society can not do this on its own and is seeking input and assistance from community groups.
The year will not only reflect on the past history but will also look to the future.

As we gather together in the spirit of joy and goodwill, I am reminded of the core values that define Rotary - service above self, fellowship, and the commitment to making a positive impact in our communities.
Christmas is a time of reflection, gratitude and giving. It is a season that brings us closer to out loved ones and encourages us to extend a helping had to those in need. In the true spirit of Rotary, let us take a moment to appreciate the power of collective action and the difference we an make when we come together with a shared purpose.
As Rotarians, we are united by a common goal - to create positive, lasting change. During this festive season, let us renew our dedication to service and kindness. Whether it's through charitable projects, acts of kindness, or simply spreading love and joy, let us be the embodiment of the Rotary spirit.
May this Christmas be a time of unity, compassion, and hope. Let us continue to work together, inspired by the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self", and make a meaningful impact in the lives of those less fortunate.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas filled with warmth, laughter, and the joy of making a difference. Thank you for your dedication to Rotary and the communities we serve.
Let's look forward to spending time with our own family and loved ones and also taking some time for ourselves.

John Watson and Michael Tymensen spoke to the club about the establishment of a charitable foundation, registered as a not for profit charity with Australian Charity and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) and ATO.
To be an incorporated entity, structured as a company or trust in accordance with articles.
Requirement to audit statements and forward to ACNC and ATO every year
Significant liabilities and responsibilities on directors.
Require legal advice in establishing foundation.
As a registered charity can take donations with the donor able to gain tax exemption, Funds distributed in activities according to adopted articles.

Rotary Club of Numurkah Christmas meeting at the home of Linda and John Watson.

Evening commenced with a garden tour led by Linda Watson.

 Followed by fellowship and a dinner with main course ham, pork and chicken with salads, followed by dessert of pavlova, cheesecake, apple crumble and ice-cream.


Entry forms for the Rotary Club of Numurkah 44th Annual Arts & Craft Exhibition are now available.
Offering $10,000 in prize money the exhibition will be staged in the Numurkah Town Hall from Friday 8th March to Monday 11th March 2024.
Entry forms are being posted to last year's exhibitors and are available from the Numurkah Visitor Information Centre, Numurkah Library and Numurkah Home Hardware.
Forms can also be found on the club's Facebook page and Website below. under Entry Forms.


John Head a podiatrist from Shepparton actively involved in SAM and STAG, spoke to the club. John has written several books and plays, and spoke on his play "Journey to Dookie"

Presented as a play at Dookie Hall in 2016 to a sell-out audience and as "Dookie the Musical" in 2018 at Westside Theatre, again to a sell-out audience.

Play about war, honoring the 16 men from Dookie who lost their lives in WWI.

John highlighted the details of several soldiers. William Blair a stock agent actively involved in the community died in 1917. John Henry Taylor migrated to Australia in 1913, enlisted in 1914, died in 1917.

John visited the graves of 14 in Belgium. Yres destroyed during the war, but since rebuilt has 54,900 names on the Menin Gates memorial, of which 6,000 were Australian.

AIF discipline was poorer than other dominion countries, desertion rates in 1918 British 1 in 1000, Canadians, New Zealand and South African 1 in 16 and Australia 1 in 9.

Indiscipline behind the lines compensated by excellent battle service.

John now serving on the Calder Woodburn Memorial Avenue committee. The avenue was a memorial to an Arcadian farmer who died aged 24. The Memorial is the longest eucalypt memorial avenue, spanning 20 km with over 2,400 native trees commemorating the names of 99 names of local servicemen who lost their lives in WWII.


Stepping in as guest speaker, Michael Tymensen spoke to the club on his family's participation in the Oxfam Trail walker.
Oxfam Trail walker began in 1981 as a military training exercise for the elite Queen's Gurkha Signals Regiment in Hong Kong.
It has since grown into one of the world's leading team endurance challenges with over 250,000 people taking part and more than $210 million raised in support of Oxfam's work.
In 2007 Michael together with his father, at 62, and two brothers entered the 100km walk, where you had 48 hours to complete the walk.
The walk started in Jells Park in Ferntree Gully and made its way through the Dandenong's and finished at Wesburn Park, near Warburton.
Walking as a team with check points evert 10 km's they had a support crew who provided meals, the team raised $8,000.
In the heat of the day, with the temperature reaching 35 degrees, Michael's father suffered heat exhaustion, but drinking plenty of fluids recovered.
Half way through the walk, Michael's two brothers started to develop blisters.  His older brother decided to rip the skin off, and when he did it, passed out cold for a few minutes, then came good and was fine for the rest of the walk.
They finished the walk just on daylight at about 6 am, the walk taking just under 24 hours.
Michael said it was a great experience and to complete the walk with family made it even more special.

Guest Speakers – Geoff & Marie Austin & Garry McNamara. Left on 02/04/23 & returned 03/11/23 – 7 months travelling 20,500 km. Crossed the Nullabor & headed up the coast to Darin, to Mt Isa, Atherton & then inland to Brisbane, Lennox Heads & then Garry headed home & Geoff & Marie stayed on for a while longer with family.
Geoff spoke about the Gloucester tree in Pemberton WA. 200 ft tall tree with a staircase made of spiral pegs climbing 120 steps which he completed.
Garry spoke about Exmouth WA which he expected to be like Port Hedland but found to be completely different. The Information Centre contained a 3 story fully stocked aquarium plus there was   living museum where you could experience a cyclone. The town was established in 1967 by the Americans.
Geoff – Broome WA – beautiful sunsets, camels on cable beach & then headed across the Kimberley & were able to use the temporary crossing erected to cross the Fitzroy River which had been taken out by the floods. A 2 year project for the new bridge to be completed.
Marie – Mt Isa has an underground hospital which was constructed during the war fully equipped with beds/costs & medicine which is now open to the public. The big mine is 5 km long, 1 km wide & mines copper, lead & zinc. A replica mine has been built by miners & is available for tourists to experience.


PRESIDENT JULIE ANDREW welcomed members and guests to the Melbourne Cup Eve meeting of fun, feasting and fellowship, in the beautiful garden setting of Sue Church and Megsy Steel.
A treasure hunt enabled guests to explore the gardens, with a draw for The Melbourne Cup Seep, and prizes for the best dressed.


Mick Hogan was guest speaker at the Rotary Club meeting. Mick grew up in Waaia, attending St Mary's in Nathalia. Left school aged 15 years and commenced an apprenticeship at Konigs in Shepparton. During his mechanical apprenticeship completed year 10.

Returned to family dairy farm but was more interested in machinery side. Branched out into hay contracting but was impacted by the drought. Took up laser driving, started earth moving, considering it better then milking. Bought an excavation business in Waaia, later moving the business to Numurkah.

Worked with Goulburn Murray Water on their water efficiency program. Business grew working on G.M. Water $2.2billion future flow connection program, replacing wheels with meters making outlets more efficient. 

Strategies include everything from channel maintenance, channel lining, lasered channels, polypipe systems through to a fully automated pipe and riser system using patented Hogan Pressure Seal Riser system.

Business now has 40 employees from initial 4. Transitioning forward with developers, with focus to keep work force employed.


Cathy Booth, a Rotarian from Bundaberg on holidays in Kenya touched by the dire situation of abandoned and orphaned babies and children due to AIDS and poverty.
Established Umoja (togetherness) Orphanage, which became a RAWCS Project in 2011.
Expectations of visiting was:
  • To see firsthand and experience working and passing on skills.
  • Experience a third world country, not as a tourist.
  • Meet and work with other volunteers with same motivation.
Worked on-site for 10 days. Currently building a second home with 12 children in first home.
Group consisted of:
  • Jim, a retired executive director of DPI NSW.
  • Tony, a retired medical supplies consultant.
  • Julie, nurse and farmer.
  • Charlotte, student.
Work Needed to be done included:
  • Hydroponic collection system for recycling.
  • Painting workers house.
  • New curtains for worker's house.
  • Health Clinic.
  • Chook shed repaired.
  • Build new table and shelving for new house.
  • Paint external doors of first house
Numerous animals on site, included 4 milking cows, 3 guard dogs, many cats. Staff had limited knowledge of husbandry skills. Plan to be self-sustainable with garden and livestock.
What we got out of the visit:
  • Friendship with locals.
  • Meeting volunteers.
  • See how locals live.
  • Feeling a part of the project.
  • Learnt to be flexible, tolerant and patient.
Charlotte said she did not expect the locals to be so friendly and happy. Roads were hectic. Changed her perspective, realising how lucky we are with education provided. Locals grateful for what they have.
Hoping to return.


The Rotary Club held a vocational visit to Dan Buzza Furniture. Commencing with a BBQ, Dan Buzza, after the meal, spoke to the members and showed them around the workshop.

Dan served his apprenticeship in Shepparton, opening his own business in a loft at the back of the hardware store. Eventually moving to premises with Diverse Builders in Meiklejohn Street, before expanding and purchasing the entire building.

Uses computer generated 3D software to discuss plans with clients, begore producing a workshop plan. Business has an apprentice and another tradesman.

Dan explained he loves working in wood, and the business has grown reaching Finley to the north and Nagambie to the south.


After a successful "scatter night" where members of the Numurkah Rotary visited several Rotary clubs in the area, a reverse scatter night was help when representatives from several clubs in the area visited the Numurkah club meeting. Each club spoke on their club and its activities and enjoyed a night of fellowship.
RICHARD SPEEDY: Rotary Club of Mooroopna. Club of 25 members, will be celebrating 60th anniversary next year. Projects include the Car Raffle which raises funds for Foodshare and other community projects, Back to 80's Fundraiser 21st October to raise funds for a Cambodian clean water and toilet project, and a sculptural community tree project.
CHRIS MOTTON: Rotary Club of Kyabram. Club has 14 members with a focus on youth, providing funding for scouts and school scholarships. Participating in the Mooroopna Car Raffle.
JAN MARSHALL: Central Murray Sunrise Club (Yarrawonga). Club formed two years ago, breakfast meeting 7am to 8.30am, the format attracting younger members. Run market to support projects, wheelchairs for kids, Albury Cancer Centre, drive for blood bank, RSL Home and water purification project in Indonesia.
WAYNE LIMBRICK: Shepparton Central Rotary Club. Lunch time meeting with a core of business people. Club cause focused with annual Golf Day with funds to post graduate courses at G.V. Health,  a G.V. Hospice Breakfast Dinner, In conjunction with Gowrie Street Primary School create life experiences mentored by Rotarians as well as books to prep students.
JOHN CRAWFORD: Cobram Rotary Club. The club has a membership of 23 meeting four times a month, two dinner meetings in a hotel and two morning meetings at cafe on Thompson's Beach. Club 70th Anniversary next year.  Seeking major fundraiser, swap meet in the past. Organised a recent get together with SES, CFA and RFDS. After a swot awareness 5 years ago, dropped back to two formal meetings, and less formal. Donate scholarships to schools and organise a highway clean up.
RON SAMPSON: Tocumwal Rotary Club. Club of 11 members, major fund raiser is a local op shop opened three half days a week. Raised $80,000 last year. Looking to man gates at local football club games next year expecting to raise $3,500. With grants have made improvements to a creek walk with seats and picnic tables. Planning to support "Say No to Domestic Violence" campaign.
ANTHONY OLIVER: Nathalia Rotary Club chartered by Numurkah Rotary in 1963, has a membership of 8. Annual Show & Shine raises $5,500 each year, participating in Mooroopna car raffle. Maintains and manages Heart to Heart respite home in Barmah. Organises an annual school debate, with view to expand to include more schools in area. Provide school scholarships.
STEPHEN MILLS: Numurkah Rotary Club has a membership of 34. Recent major project was to raise funds to purchase a community bus, aim to raise $95,000. With community support enough was raised for two buses. Rotary donated $41,000 to the campaign. This year a campaign to have 24/7 defibrillators available to the public with Rotary purchasing and installing two, resulted in other organisations joining in, to now have 9 available 24/7. Harry Ferguson tractor project with Numurkah Secondary College to rebuild a tractor with Rotary providing mentors. Unveiled a Soldier Settler Memorial, provide laundry vouchers for those in need, breakfast club at Numurkah Primary School. Major fundraiser annual Art Show. Club has great community support.
During the evening LORRAINE GREENWOOD drew attention to several Rotary projects.
Shine on Recognition Award. A multi-district program to recognise and celebrate community work of volunteers who give their time despite living with disabilities.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award - RYLA, An intensive program that brings young adults together from ages 18-30 to further develop character and leadership skills and learn about Rotary.
Rotary Community Service Awards recognising outstanding service to the community across 13 agencies, paid or voluntary.

Wendy Alford spoke to the Rotary club about the Tocumwal Chocolate School.
Moved to Tocumwal from Melbourne, whilst building home, rented in Numurkah, just prior to COVID.
Established Tocumwal Chocolate School where participants explore and discuss the types of chocolate and the origins of the beans, temper chocolate and mould chocolate and explore simple decoration techniques.
The classes lasting 5 hours with lunch included, are attracting interest from tourists.
Cocoa beans are grown in Central and South America, Philippines, West Indies and West Africa.
The egg shaped cocoa pods, measuring between 15 and 30 centimeters, each contain 30 to 40 beans about 1 cm in length. Once cut from the tree, left to ripen before opening. The beans are heaped onto the ground and fermented, which can take 2 to 9 days. Before being shipped the beans are dried then placed in sacks. The beans are then cleaned by sieving, dedusted, destoned then roasted.
The beans are then crushed to release the kernels, which are ground, resulting in a mixture, this is then treated using different processing techniques producing a pure cocoa powder.
To make milk chocolate, milk powder is added, while white chocolate consists of only cocoa butter and sugar. The mixture is passed through a press to produce a smooth and creamy texture.

Rotary District Governor Neta speaking at a combined meeting of the Numurkah and Nathalia Rotary Clubs commencing by introducing herself, a member of Tatura Rotary Club, living in Tatura since 1997. Four adult children and 8 grandchildren.
Aunty in aboriginal community.
Work full time as a counsellor/therapist with children.
Two partner projects suggested by her four children, as her partner.
Family history with daughter giving birth to premature twins, rushed to Royal Melbourne Hospital where one did not survive.
Daughter discovered "Life's Little Treasures Foundation". Australia's foremost charity dedicated to providing support, friendship and information, specifically tailored for families of premature or sick babies.
Family assistance program provides parents with food and fuel vouchers to ease some of the financial pressures so that they can concentrate on spending their time bonding and caring for their baby.
Now a RAWCS project with aim of raising $50,000. Each club asked to donate to foundation.
"Say No to Domestic Violence" a second project with function or walk in early December to raise awareness in community and not be silent.
Yes, to respectful relationships.
Neta concluded by saying Rotary International is worldwide, we are all RI, without us RI would not exist. We have skills, compassion, engaged in community - we are Rotary International.
Guest Speaker – Graeme Hendy. Katamatite Lions Club has a small club of only 15 members who decided to form a sub committee to run a rodeo. They needed 1500 to attend to cover costs. McPhee’s ran the rodeo & they did the set up & organised 120 competitors. They hoped for 2500 to attend but ended up with 4500 which caused some traffic chaos & EFTPOS machines went down from overuse. Part of the profits provided funding of between $10,000 - $12,000 back into the local community through grants. They will run the event again on 06/01/24 with a cap of 4000 attending & all tickets will be online.
Lions Club also took on the Silo Art project in 2018 with the aim to raise $50,000. The silo has now been painted & the Shire had an official opening last week. Follow on effects from visitors stopping to view the Silo & then supporting the café/op shop & donation tins.


1st Baulkamaugh Scouts presentation to the Rotary Club.
Scout Leader Jason Andrew thanked the Rotary Club for their support and introduced a power point 
presentation, where each of the 19 scouts spoke on a different activity undertaken by the scouts, illustrated on the screen.
Activities included rafting, camping, billy carts, rocker cover races, bridges over the creek, cardboard box ovens, survivor camp, dairy farm visit, visit to gelato messina, Father's Day BBQ and campfire, burning villages, water safety, canoeing, VicJam at Elmore.
Congratulations to all the scouts on their presentation. Congratulations to the leaders for the amazing range of activities.
President Julie presented a cheque for $1000 to the 1st Baulkamaugh Scouts, the proceeds from a clearing sale BBQ at Yabba, which was assisted by the scout families.

Sarah Peters a vet nurse at Numurkah Vet Clinc spoke to the Rotary Club.

Lived in Tocumwal since 2017, with two boys, a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old, and many pets. Worked at Numurkah Vet Clinic as a nurse since 2020.

Left school early and worked at a Trail-riding Centre where she fell in love with horses. Undertook training at Box Hill Tafe Institute in hospitality and horse breeding.

After 10 years commenced working back in the industry at the Jerilderie Vet Clinic as a vet nurse, then offered work at Numurkah Vet Clinic.

Privilege to get up each morning and know what you are doing is making a difference.

Numurkah Vet Clinic employs six vets and 5 nurses and 4 other staff offering high quality service at a reasonable price.

Staff love the pets as much as they love their own children.


Guest Speaker – Sonke Tremper – Giz a Break.
A registered charity for short term experiences for youth clients. Sonke’s previously worked in health care & then set up this charity 4 years ago. They will provide 24 camps over the next 12 months. Programs include 4WD & hiking over 4 – 7 days. 4 casual staff plus a youth worker/social worker about to come on board. They have provided this experience to more than 150 students with 99% of the students showing improvements afterwards. The organisation provides extensive training for staff for 4 wheel driving, wilderness, mental health etc. They could do with the donation of small defibrillators for the 4WD vehicles which are $400/each.
Click on link to You Tube video.

Guest Speaker – Reginna Vasi Team Leader Vdea works & Ethan Rowley. Both grew up in the area & are very happy working for Wdea Works which is a non profit organisation which was originally established in Warrnambool 30 plus years ago. West District Employment Access which specialises in disability employment service, school leaver support program plus plan management. 21 staff in Shepparton office which also services an outreach program traveling all over the district. The School Leaver Support (SLS) established in 2020 through NDIS supports school leavers up to 2 years as a link into open employment. Reginna is the Team Leader & Ethan assist with students participating in group development, training in social networks & community access & business links. Currently have 12 participants to 6 employees. Quarterly reports required to NDIS. Reginna regularly attends 16 schools in the area to identify students they can assist plus through contacts, support workers & occupational therapists.

Jamie and Gareth spoke to the Rotary Club on The Olde Creamery, which is a farm stay by day, oasis by night. House is a Soldier Settlement house, set on a 3-acre hobby farm with a home that is now stylish with a modern yet rustic feel.
The Olde Creamery is situated at 1333 Rendall's Road Numurkah.
With a passion for food, creativity and gardening which work together to create the oasis that The Olde Creamery is.
Home of their Gourmet Pantry range dahlias and seeds. Products available at Ritchies IGA and Farmer Markets.
The Olde Creamery has its own array of animals, including Wispa & Skye, border collies, Kylie the cat, Dani the parrot, Ramsay the goat plus livestock.

Ken Faulkner from the Rotary Club of Mooroopna addressed the club on the Rotary Club of Mooroopna annual car raffle, encouraging the club to participate.
The car raffle has been going for 40 years, originally drawn at Mooroopna Madi Gra, started in main street, then moved to recreation reserve and name changed to New Years Eve Festival.
Tickets originally $2 with just the Rotary Club, with Mooroopna Lions and Kiwanis later participating, which has now been extended to other clubs.
After 2019, increased ticket prices to $5 with 60% going to organisations and 40% to Mooroopna Rotary
15 on selling organisations last year raising in total $123,000.
Cost nothing to other clubs except time, as  Mooroopna Rotary pay for prizes, tickets and supply poster.

David Woolley spoke to the club on his participation in the Hattah Desert Bike Ride.
Hattah 60km south of Mildura, North West Motorcycle Club established a motor-bike race in 1998 with 70 riders. In their 25th year some 800 riders.
The course is 37km long on loose sand with many tight corners.
In preparation watched the race last year as a spectator to prepare. Fitness and nutrition important adopted over 12 months gym and diet program, racing in 3 to 4 meetings prior to Hattah.
Bike preparation: a new Beta 610 fitted out.
Race entries in April for race in July.
Friday: Scrutineering day, where details are checked.
Saturday: Prologue Day. Race in pairs with finishing times determining starting position.
Sunday: Race Day. 37km long starting at 9am. Aim was to complete first lap safe and comfortable on bike. Track rapidly deteriorates with some 400 riders.
410 riders with 70 not finishing, taking 4 to 5 hours for the 8 laps with 25 finishing in lead lap.
Finished 326 out of 410, managing 4 laps.


Stacey Willaton, Principal of Numurkah Primary School spoke to the Numurkah Rotary Club.

Lives in Shepparton, husband a teacher, three boys, all into sports, eldest 18 years, youngest 10 years.

Born in Bendigo, father a builder, mother a teacher, lived in a caravan.

Building their third house with father assistance. Spending time with family, coffee with grandmother weekly, travelling and camping with family main interests.

In 2016 spent 6 months travelling Australia,

Studied at Monash University for a science degree, from 2000 - 2007 taught biology and maths at Northcote High School. In 2008 moved to Shepparton High School, then spent 12 years at Shepparton East Primary School, Acting Principal during COVID, teaching science and art. School grew from 117 students to 280.

In 2022 decided to branch out and applied for Principal position at Peranbin Primary College in Violet Town. The College has 4 campuses, Violet Town, Strathbogie, Baddagine and Swanpool.

Successfully applied for Principal at Numurkah Primary School, now in 11th day.

Goal is for Numurkah Primary School to be a safe and happy place for everyone, and an inviting place for students, teachers and parents.

Working to get to know each student and their families.

John Tanner appointed chair of the panel of administrators for Moira Shire, spoke to the Rotary Club. Appointed in March, John has a wealth of experience in local government.
The Commission of Enquiry Report was released in March, with councilors dismissed by the Minister.
The findings of the Commission of Enquiry found that the council was not operating properly with a decline in governance and best practices. Short cuts were being made and dealing with people varied with double standards becoming the norm, thus losing respect of the community.
The Panel of Administrators will perform all the functions, powers and duties of a Councillor as set out in the Local Government Act 2020 (the Act)including representing the interests of the Moira Shire community.
In addition, the Panel Chair must perform all the functions, powers and duties of the Mayor of the Moira Shire Council as set out in the Act.
Administrators appointed, John Tanner AM chair, Suzanna Sheed and Graham Emonson, all with local knowledge.
Re-set required to address communications within council and outside to communities.
Align and engage with health and education in community vital.
Acknowledge frustration of locals with the flood plan for Numurkah. Now up and running with Stage 1 to commence shortly.
Opportunity in the five year term to look at strategy of whole area, building community capacity, high standards of governance and transparency, and nurture future leaders.
Return of elected council in 5 years.

President Julie invited all Club members to participate in a Club Assembly, to help plan our year ahead, Creating Hope in Our World.   
President Julie divided members into five groups to discuss Community Service, Club Service, Youth, Membership, International.
Points raised by each group noted on white board.


Steve Neff a Shepparton boy, after education went to Melbourne for 5 years before returning to Shepparton. Steve has spent 18 years with Berry Street, Cutting Edge and 9 years with Rumbalara.

A "Lifeline" volunteer operating out of Bendigo and casual support for "Standby".

Lost son, at 18 years of age, to suicide, blaming himself, suffered depression and considered suicide.

Signs are not always visible, with change of behavior and withdrawn, vital signs.

Need to ask question RUOK, frequently.

Post suicide groups are available such as "Standby" which is dedicated to supporting people and communities across Australia bereaved or impacted by suicide.

"Standby" help with person-centered support and follow-up, contactable 24/7 to arrange face to face or telephone support, locally tailored community workshops, connect and coordinate local support that fit individual need.

Last year ran a Neffy's Walk in Shepparton with over 70 attended, with talks, music, emergency services and a candlelight vigil.

Aim to establish support group and a walk in Numurkah.

Neffy's Walk has a Facebook page.

Steven Neff can be contacted on 0400 314 858

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Beyond Blu: 1300 22 4636

Standby: 1300 727 247

President Rex Shields President's Report
District Govenor Neta Kirby presenting Paul Harris Fellowships to Kate Hodge & Mark McNamara.
Col McPherson Community Service Award presented to Rob Elliott.
Jack Duncan Vocational Service Award presented to Jason Stevenson.
Julie Andrew inducted by D.G. Neta Kirby.
2023-2024 Board.
Chris Sutton presented with Paul Harris Fellowship by District.

The defibrillator training session conducted by Ambulance Victoria officer, organised by the Rotary Club of Numurkah at the Golf Club was attended by 30 members of the public.
Craig Beamish, Team Leader, Chris Opie paramedic led the training assisted by paramedics Julia and Hayley.
The message to save lives if unconscious is  1. Call, 2 Push, 3 Shock. Call triple zero, Push on the chest hard and fast and Shock if a defibrillator is available.
Those attending were instructed as they learnt CPR on mannequins.
The importance of defibrillators availability was illustrated this week when used by a Numurkah business to save a life on Wednesday.


Jeff Buzza spoke to the club on accepting the Push-up Challenge.

The challenge started in 2017 by Nick Hudson and a bunch of mates to get into shape with the challenge of 100 push-ups a day.

In 2018 participants in challenge totaled 1,000.

In 2018 Nick underwent heart surgery and was hit with depression.

2019 saw 50,000 participants and in 2022 there were 153,000 participants who raised $10M

The Push-up Challenge runs from June 1 to 23 with participants required to complete 3,144 push-ups, varying from 84 to 219 a day. Able to catch up, but cannot bank for future.

Fund raising is optional with the choice between, Push for Better Foundation, Lifeline or Movember.

All participants have an App on their phone which sets daily targets, keeps track of daily totals, ability to see how members of your team are doing, learn about mental health, start push-up preparation, fundraising tips and a message for the day.

Jeff found Push-up Challenge through his participation in Movember, Participants can undertake challenge on their own or join a team.

The challenge is good fun, keeping you healthy and fundraising for a good cause.

Jeff accepting club challenge.


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