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Numurkah

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 6:30 PM
Numurkah Golf & Bowls Club
Tunnock Road
Numurkah, VIC 3636
Australia
 
Sonia Strahan Prostrate Cancer Specialist Nurse with G.V. Health as guest speaker.
Position funded by the "Biggest Blokes Lunch" a fundraiser for men's health which has grown from 90 to 700 attendees over the years.
After 15 years as a palliative care nurse Sonia in 2014 took on the role of Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse based in the Peter Copulus Cancer and  Wellness Centre at G.V. Health.
Looking after men being diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer.
Men when diagnosed know little about the disease. The nurse ensures patients are well-informed about their diagnosis and treatment opportunities. Patients have a high level of anxiety and stress, a nurse is in an optimum position to support the men and their partners by providing information on treatment and become primary point of contact.
Estimated 220.000 living with prostate cancer with only 16,000 diagnosed. Early diagnosis essential as 3,000 dying each year.
Service provides coordinated approach to pre and post operative care locally whilst surgery in Melbourne. Have good working relationship with Melbourne hospitals. 
With another nurse appointed, now cover every day of the week.
Implore men to have yearly check ups with their local G.P.

 
Cathy Booth, spoke on her founding of Umoja Orphanage in Kenya.
Started from nothing, in 2011 holidaying in Kenya was impacted by the poverty and the need for a children's home, returned three times before purchasing 15 acres of land after many meetings in Kenya.
134 volunteers, mostly Rotarians, backbone of project, raising money step by step.
Except for houses, everything built by volunteers. First structure was a caretaker's house in 2014 commenced building the first house, which was finished and ready to receive children in 2016. In 2018 commenced fundraising for second house, a family home, not a dormitory.
Orphanage is involved with community assisting in medical treatment and workshops in agriculture.
Proceeds from farm cattle and chickens and vegetable gardens providing funds for orphanage.
Children have been abandoned or sexually abused and chosen by Government Department to attend orphanage.
Last year drought followed by floods lost crops. COVID-19 Safari Business had no clients, sponsorship decreased.
Seeking contributions towards second home and sponsorship of children. Slowly the farm is recovering and able to sell harvest.
In Kenya every 15 seconds a child is orphaned, with 2 million orphans. Vulnerability of orphaned children to abuse.
Pride in staff.
"We are achieving the extraordinary".
 
Chairman John Watson with guest speaker Cathy Booth via Zoom frpm Queensland.
 

 
 
Colleen O'Hara spoke on The School of St Jude in Tanzania.
Gemma Sisia graduated with a Dip. Ed. in Armidale NSW and in 1995 flew to Uganda and on safari to Tanzania. Returning home Gemma opened a bank account to pay for the education of a student, then with donations from Rotary started a East Africa Fund.
In 2002, opened The School of St Jude with 3 students and a big dream to provide a free, high quality education to children living in poverty. Today St Jude's is a pioneering leader in charitable education within Africa, educating 1,800 students across three primary and secondary campuses,  achieving among the top results in the region, and support hundreds of graduates through tertiary education.
In Tanzania 74% of children will not be enrolled in secondary education, an adult averages 5.8 years of schooling.
70% of the population live on les than $2 a day with over 12 million Tanzanians living in poverty. Education can lift an entire population out of poverty, creating stable and growing economies. For every year of education a child receives, their adult earnings can increase by an average of 10%.
80% 0f St Jude's graduates' families overcome extreme poverty.
St Jude's empower their students to transform their community, challenge the status quo and find solutions for the 12 million Tanzanians living in poverty.
 
 

 
 
Josh Brear currently working with Australian Border Force as an Inspector. Role to inspect border cargo and people providing security for Australia, acting as a "gatekeeper".
In 1990 joined the Air Force for ten years before joining maritime security, monitoring cargo, cargo vessels and crews entering Australia.
In 2015 ABF evolved from Custom service providing coast watch and maritime surveillance.
ABF functions 24/7 co-operating with other agencies such as Department of Defense and supporting law enforcement agencies under Home Affairs.
Duties include collection of excise for Commonwealth.
Government policy changes means adaptation of policy on the run, not without challenge.
Focus getting people and cargo in and out of the country, holding, detention or allow people to arrive.
Not without risk, with intelligence push risk out with a more considered approach.
COVID-19 has thrown up challenges.
 

 
District Secretary Chris Sutton presented a Silver Presidential Citation to Past President Lorraine Greenwood acknowledging the achievements of the Rotary Club of Numurkah during Lorraine's year as President.
 

 
Rotary Club of Numurkah meeting 12th October was held in person at the Numurkah Golf & Bowls Club and also on Zoom.
 
 

 
Jenny Green lost her 26 year old daughter to suicide. Not wanting other families to suffer as she did the Rock It Foundation was formed.
The Rock It Foundation, helps those in need of immediate psychiatric treatment by paying for their psych appointments right away instead of being on the public systems waitlist potentially causing a lot more pain.
As her daughters passion was pole dancing a fundraising gala is organised.
This pole dancing extravaganza is in memory of Jacklyn Louise Williams, who on September 28th 2017 took her own life. Jacklyn was an extremely talented dancer and in honour of her, multiple dancers from all across Victoria came together to put on a show to raise funds for the Rock It Foundation.
The aim is to raise awareness of mental health and stop suicide.
Jenny asked members to make time to ask are you OK. Covid is making people go into their shells with no interaction. Step into their shoes for a day and be there for them.
 
 

 
t’s been a long time between drinks for the members of the Rotary Club of Numurkah who are meeting outdoors at the Golf Club tonight.. With COVID-19 restrictions the Golf Club can accommodate 10 indoors or 50 outdoors. The staff at the Golf Club were excellent hosts.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Celebrating "Lift the Lid" Mad Hat day for mental health, Leah Farnham from Headspace in Shepparton was guest speaker.
Leah Farnham has an eight year involvement with Headspace Shepparton which works with 12 - 25 year olds providing early intervention.
1 in 5 youth experience a health issue: Anxiety 15-20%. Substance Misuse 10%, Depression 7%.
Impact of poor mental health: Poor school or work attendance, Social withdrawal or isolation. Adopting negative coping strategies.
Adolescence a period of great change. change in the way we think, change in relationships, change in the way we feel.
Normal for adolescents to argue for sake of arguing, jump to conclusions, be self-centred, constantly find fault in adults, be overly dramatic.
Signs of depression: unexplained or prolonged feelings of sadness, sadness or anger, mood swings,  change in behaviour.
Headspace is youth friendly looking after physical health, mental health, alcohol and drug dependence, vocation and education.
Managed by G.V. Health, only address mild to moderate conditions, valuing youth and family involvement.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Josh West was born to parents addicted to drugs, adopted by foster parents at 6 months.
Suffering Asperger's Syndrome picked on at school. Met grand parents at 18 years
Commenced playing basketball at 19 years, had tried other sports but basketball became his passion, playing with Australian Paralympic Team, Australian Boomerangs. Team members are able bodied but with intellectual disabilities. Captain of the team has travelled the world, Japan, America, South America, Turkey and Italy.
Team is not sponsored, all paid from own pocket. Basketball has changed his life, giving him focus and meeting some wonderful friends.
Now coaching, plays several days a week and trains in Melbourne 5 - 7 times a year when allowed. Zoom training during COVID.
Success in life goes back to foster parents who gave him a second chance at life.
 
 

 

As guest speaker Geoff Holmes conducted an entertaining quiz from recent articles featured in the Numurkah Leader. 

Winners received prizes from Geoff's vegetable garden.

 
 

 
 
GUEST SPEAKER: ALICE GLACHEN:
Alice  a member of the Rotary Club of Albury Hume, Director of Capital Fundraising Campaign for Albury Hilltop Accommodation Centre, part of Fight Cancer Campaign.
Hilltop providing motel style accommodation for regional cancer patients.
Background, grew up in a Rotary family, an exchange student then followed father as a Rotarian. Husband and herself owned Beacon Lighting in Albury and served as Mayor of Albury. Following sale of business joined Hilltop as Fundraising Director.
Planned December launch, then bushfires, then when smoke settles COVID, cancelling media events.
Need for accommodation for regional community, over $1M raised during the planning of Stage 1 which is now complete. Cost $5,122,129, budget $5,400.00.
Large rooms providing sanctuary and safety in comfortable quality rooms. A home away from home. Caters for all ages, space for children, library, community board room.
Over 56,000 room nights available, over 2,700 families assisted, occupancy now nearing capacity.
32 Local Government Areas in footprint with Moira #1 user.
Stage 2 in planning with additional 10 suites, library and quiet room, gymnasium. laundry, an additional admin. area.
Stage 2 Cost & Funding. Cost $3,808,000, Commonwealth Government $1,904,000, Cash on hand $1,134.796, with a shortfall of $769,204.
Preliminary planning for stage 3.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Trudi Pratt guest speaker.
Trudi Pratt Emergency Management with City of Greater Shepparton and Moira Shire, responsible for emergency planning and relief.
Background as a trained nurse and a soldier.
Covid pandemic not a typical emergency such as flood, fire and wind events. Covid an unseen enemy.
Moira Shire spread over a large area without vast congregation of people thus not compacted by Covid, with only one case, which was someone out of town.
Typical day, attend meetings and planning if an out break, Understanding legislation from two states.
Sate border shut down causes no end of problems with permits.
Preparing for a Class 1 or Class 2 Emergency involves planning evacuation and movement of people to ensure safety with closure of channels or roads and the setting up of relief centres.
Meeting with local organisations with need to listen and engage with local people.
Advance warning of installation and test of temporary levees at Nathalia for maintenance. SES volunteers trained in sand bagging.

 
D.G. Bruce ensured the club he  will try and visit in person, prioritising those not visited in person.
  • District Conference current plan is Wangaratta March 18-20. Options include a May date or Conference with District Handover if unable to proceed.
  • Baton Relay to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand. If unable to proceed will pass on to AG to reach each club.
  • District project to celebrate 100 years of Rotary is an immunisation campaign in the Pacific Region.
  • Membership levels discussed with reasons for decline from 44 to 35, mental health, expecting too much, not educating members, business commitments, death and age. Bruce commented harder to keep everyone engaged and active in larger clubs.
  • District to revamp programs such as RLI with introduction of a Basic Introduction to Rotary, which would be less confronting to new members, with RLI for more experienced members.
  • Review of club; good emphasis on youth, community, website. Club in good shape,
  • Constitution and By-Laws are comprehensive, keep up to date.
  • Role of District is to help clubs to do what they do best.
 
 
 
Marilyn introduced the "Partners Project"
Partners Project - Rotarians Against Malaria.
Mascot "Aussie the Mozzie".
To mark 100 years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand publish a booklet celebrating achievement of each club with short history and a current picture of club, with a project to mark R100 in community.
 
 
 

 

Another innovative and entertaining meeting organised by President Jennifer.

A virtual tour of Werribee Open Range Zoo with our guide taking members on a drive through the park, describing the animals encountered.

Tour prompted much conversation from members regarding the animals later in the meeting.

 
 

 
CHAIR: MICHELLE SQUISH DAVIS:
Squish began the night with a musical quiz, "Name the Tune". the tunes played on her melodica.
The members were then divided into "Break-out Rooms".
Room #1 Chris Hardham, Ross, Lou, Terry and John
Update on members activities including ladder accidents.
Room #2 Gary, Ivan, Jennifer and Kate.
Talked rubbish!
Room #3 Allen, Chris Sutton and Rex.
Poems and music. "Don't worry everything going to be alright". Kate quoted a poem by Tammy Muir and Chris sang a song with her ukulele .
Room #4 Sally, Lorraine and Stephen.
Lorraine quoted from "Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only"
 
Link to Tammy Muir's poem as quoted by Kate.
 
 
 
 

 
The Club Assembly held via zoom on Monday 3rd August was an opportunity to talk about moving forward within the confines we are in.
 
 
 

 
 
Nicole Wells community Development Officer with NCN Health was guest speaker at zoom meeting.
Difficult to access farming community with current restrictions as support services unable to undertake face to face consultations.
Women are home schooling as well as farm duties, and farmers will not access support until too late. Nicole wishing to work with community groups to be more innovative and proactive.
Farmers first to lend a hand to neighbours, hope to build on this to help themselves.
Farmers are not doing well with depression, stress, high anxiety and transitioning to other fields as worn down.
Hope to build capacity to resilience with conversation to help themselves and family.
A case by case as go through intake to access financial and mental health then to link with relevant consultants.
 
 
 

 

At two months, son Ned tested positive to Down Syndrome. A scary time, but further tests showed no issues with heart.

Ned brought an enormous amount of joy to the family.

In 2014 decided to organise a bike ride to create awareness on World Down Syndrome Day 2st March.

Many offers of help from friends keen to ride, with a parents support car.

With 3 weeks notice organised ride from Cobram to Mulwala, Yarrawonga, Chiltern, Wangaratta, Benalla, Shepparton, Numurkah Cobram. BBQ at finish to celebrate. Encouraged to make it an annual event. Now riding the route in reverse in order to avoid strong head winds. Raised over $17,000 for Cobram Special School and Down Syndrome.

Established a Facebook page 321 Ride for Down Syndrome.

On a personal note after 23 years in munitions manufacture became Business Services Manager for PALS, supporting others with needs.

 

 

Bernadette Steward secretary of the Numurkah Wunghnu Cemetery Trust gave an interesting talk on the history of Numurkah and the Numurkah Cemetery.
Wunghnu Cemetery established in 1879 and contains graves of Numurkah residents before the Numurkah Cemetery was established in 1883.
Entrance erected in 1909, and recently refurbished.
The Numurkah Lawn Cemetery was created in 1978, with enough ground for 3 years before expansion required.
Bernadette organises "Cemetery Walks" illustrating the history of the cemetery and its past residents.
Photos of Numurkah 1888 were shown.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CLUB CHANGEOVER MEETING 29th JUNE 2020

The Rotary Club of Numurkah Changeover Dinner for 2020, held at the Numurkah Golf Club was a changeover with a difference.
Due to COVID-19 limit restrictions only the previous board members and the incoming board members attended, with other club members joining the meeting by Zoom.
 
 
 
President Lorraine Greenwood delivered her President's Address Annual Report outlining the activities for the year.
 
 
Community Service Director Julie Andrew presented the Col McPherson Community Service Award to Adam Drust.
 
 
Vocational Service Director Sally Rose presented the Jack Duncan Vocational Service Award to Anna Corazza.
 
 
President Lorraine presented the President's Award to A.G. Chris Sutton.
 
 
Incoming President Jennifer Rodger was inducted at 2020-2021 President by A.G. Chris Sutton.
 
 
Incoming President Jennifer Rodger oulined her vision for the club.
 
 
President Jennifer introduced the 2020-2021 Board.
 
 
 

 
 
Tinja Nakki Farewell.
The Rotary Club of Numurkah held a farewell for exchange student Tinja Nakki at the home of Kylie & Wayne Jackson. Tinja from Finland has spent the last 12 months with the Rotary Club as a Rotary Exchange Student.
Kate Hodge on behalf of the club spoke on the delight of having Tinja with us for the last 12 months and thanked the host families Renee, Bruce and Tenille for the first six months and Kylie Wade and Cody for the last six months.
Both families expressed the pleasure they had in welcoming Tinja into their homes and families.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions Tinja missed out on many events and experiences, but assured all she was returning home, not thinking of the experiences she missed, but the experiences she enjoyed.
Tinja's personality and charm delighted all she met, and was a wonderful ambassador of Finland and the Rotary Youth Exchange program.
The club wish Tinja all the best in her life's journey.
 
 
 

 
Suggested and organised by President Lorraine, the club held several dinner parties, hosted by club members with small numbers attending.
19 Rotarians attended plus 5 partners. The hosts were Terry and Pam, Judy and Rex, Phil and Fiona, and Lorraine.
An enjoyable evening was had by all members who participated, as the photos show.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Leanne Rawson spoke via Zoom on the concept of a Numurkah parkrun.
Event is for whole family, started in England in 2004 and Australia in 2011.
Leanne explained she was a single mother and a P.E. teacher at St Mary of the Angels.
Ex runner and Little Athletics coach
Investigated a Numurkah parkrun over 2 to 3 years.
Reasons for Numurkah, Love of Exercise, Location, Fitness, Social and Obesity issues.
Why? Create a healthier and happier activity, Inclusive fun, Different way to stay active, Free community led social focus, Prams children and dogs on leads allowed and wheelchair accessibility.
Held in a public open space.
Not a race, 5km event for walkers, joggers, runners and spectators.
Event would start on a Saturday at 8am finishing at 9am with option of post event coffee and catch up.
Start date TBC, June 22nd the earliest.
Would commence in Rose Gardens, across wooden bridge along walking track to steel bridge then to carpark, back to Kinnairds Road then return to Rose Gardens.
Registration online, once registered can do any event anywhere.
Cost of $7,500 to establish event, covers all expenses for establishing for lifetime of event and AED defibrillator.
Volunteers required, five from Rotary for first 2 months.

 
President Elect Jennifer Rodger was guest speaker at the club's Zoom meeting. Using a Power point presentation Jennifer revealed the results of the online survey of members and her plans for the next Rotary Year,
There was a positive result to meetings and content, with improvement in planning, involvement and monitoring of members highlighted.
More social and fun activities with more local community service projects with closer communication were also highlighted in the responses
Jennifer then detailed her plans for activities next Rotary year.
 
 

 
Annette Cope was guest speaker to the Numurkah Rotary Club online Zoom meeting.
Annette Cope Treasurer of St Vincent de Paul Conference spoke to the club via Zoom.
St Vines is part of the Catholic Church assistance for people who need help with shop and conference available for those with specific needs. Shop staffed by volunteers.
Funds from shop support conference.
Conference meet with people in need using funds from shop and appeals. $100,000 assistance given annually to local needs. Food, clothing and fuel assistance provided with vouchers, do not give money.
Emergency assistance given for house fires, domestic violence. medical treatment, transport for medical appointments and funerals. All assistance confidential with cases documented.
COVID-19 assistance to solve needs with contacts available.
Most are genuine and help given to solve problem. Generally there to help with a hand-up not a hand-out.
Support required for shop with goods, (which have to be quarantined) or financial with money banked into local bank account.
 
 

 
At the club's Zoom meeting Dominique spoke to the club about her role as journalist with the Numurkah Leader.
Gained diploma in professional writing and editing. born a writer, always told stories. Worked at Shepparton News writing and editing but with global financial crisis all work disappeared. Part time at Uniting Care as media rep for 4 years, then worked as a kitchen hand.
Applied for position at Numurkah Leader bur unsuccessful and worked on tomato line at SPC.
Numurkah Leader phoned for an interview - the rest is history!
Best job ever had, accepted into the community which was well suited. People best and worst part of anything. Quickly learnt communities are self-supporting, that keeps the town going.
With COVID-19 all sporting events cancelled which contributed 75% of paper content.
Do need occasional car chase or ambulance chase because that is news.
Numurkah Leader has never not published its weekly edition in 120 year.
Local paper is the only place you get local focus. Numurkah Leader here to sell the story of Numurkah.
Sports Profile and Cuppa stories hard responsibility but learning the common denominator is hard work.
Advertising keeps the doors open and government advertising on Covid-19 helps.
Believe in the power of free press.
Pride in our work.
 

 

 
 
As part of the Drought Relief Project the Rotary Club of North Balwyn donated boxes of cosmetics for distribution by the Rotary Club of Numurkah.
President Lorraine wrote to Nth Balwyn Rotary.
Thank you so much for obtaining the hair products and organising to deliver them to us last Thursday. We are astounded by the amount you sent and know they will be greatly appreciated by the recipients. They were certainly well received by staff at each of the schools.
We had a very busy day on Friday, delivering all the boxes to a number of different places.
* We gave 10 boxes of each type to the secondary school; they are preparing packs to send to families and the hair shampoo, etc can be included in them.
* Eight boxes of each type went to the catholic primary school; they will be given to school families in need.
* We made up 80 gift bags, each containing a shampoo, conditioner and hairspray, for the primary school - they will add to them for Mother's Day if possible.
Otherwise they will give them out when the students return to school. We also gave the primary school eight boxes of each product for distribution.
* All the remaining boxes were given to the Community House. The products will be distributed to families in need through the House, the Learning Centre
and from the home of one of the coordinators.
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Numurkah has launched an Instagram account.
numurkahrotary.
 

 
The Rotary Club of Numurkah Facebook page contains weekly posts reporting on the guest speakers at regular weekly dinner meetings.
In these uncertain times, with meetings suspended, reports will be posted highlighting the club's proud history with "Flash-backs" drawing on the resources of the Photo Album column on our website homepage.
Changeover Meeting 2019, and Business Breakfast featuring Susan Alberti have been posted.
To come, Club's 60th Anniversary Meeting, 4WD Trips, combined meetings with Lions, vocational visits.
The wider community can read these and realise the club is still alive and active.
 

 
The Rotary Club of Numurkah has cancelled its weekly dinner meetings until further notice.
President Lorraine has asked for a scaled down version of the weekly bulletin to be published to keep members connected and informed during this period.
These bulletins will be emailed as usual, and can also be read under "Bulletins" in the panel above.
 

 
 
Bridget Goulding attended the Drought Relief public meeting and was asked by the North Balwyn Rotary Club to speak to the club giving a first hand account of the challenges facing farmers in Numurkah and district.
Bridget repeated her address for the benefit of the Numurkah Rotary members.
Born in Rotorua, met and married Tim and commenced farming in New Zealand. Inspected dairy farms in Gippsland before choosing irrigation district in north Baulkamaugh. Several good years before a cascade of disasters over two decades. Millennium drought where average rainfall of 16-18 inches was reduced to 3. Lack of Murray River flows forced to refine management. Modernisation of channels took place to rationalise water usage. With the unbundling of water from the land, on the advise of consultants half farmers sold permanent water to buy temporary water after drought.
14% of water owned by investors not connected to the land. Temporary water going to highest bidder with almond trees requiring much of the temporary water. 
Last 2 years of drought man made problems including the Fonterra claw-back.
117 dairy farmers have ceased trade. Drop off of social interaction as all too busy.
2015-2016 season improved and built a new house. Industry in turmoil, but do not regret the move.
Involve in the community with CWA, UDV and delegations to ministers to get message across.
District producing a product of high standard, with demand growing and sustainability improving.
Drought Relief Program is a shot in the arm.
 
 

 
Rotary Club of Numurkah 40th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition.
The Rotary Club of Numurkah 40th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition attracted outstanding entries from around Australia.
At the well attended official opening on Friday Club president Lorraine Greenwood said to those present “you will be amazed and inspired by the outstanding array of exhibits”.
Rotary District Governor Brian Peters spoke on he work of Rotary, locally and internationally, mentioning the Polio Plus campaign to eradicate polio in the world.
Jeff Buzza, the major sponsor from Home Hardware said “Art is important. Looking at the entries some are pleasant, some are spectacular and some even confronting”. He believed each work revealed a little about the artist and maybe what they felt and if we might learn a bit more about how other people see the world and be better off for it. Summing up Jeff said maybe that is why art is important.
Art judge Ben Winspear praised the exhibition as being one of the best regional art shows.
Bed Winspear announced the winning entries, commenting on each art work.
Best in Show was awarded to Ross Paterson “Tumut River”. Ben said this painting has everything going for it, clean colours, accurate tones, a semi-panoramic composition coming together in a synergy that he found compelling.
Runner Up was awarded to Glenn Hoyle “Sunset in Tumut”. The beautiful harmony well composed work kept me coming back for a second and third look.
Best Watercolour was Linda Bryan “First Light”.  The simplification and design were what initially drew me to this work stated Ben.
Best Oil “Forgotten Ledge” by Geoffrey Smith. Ben said this is one of my favourite subjects, dust, bottles, spiderwebs. Making the ordinary, extraordinary.
Best Pastel “Winter Sunrise” by Deborah Lynch. Painted not only with skill and a knowledge of the medium but also with plenty of feeling and sensitivity too.
Best Pencil was awarded to “Boots” by John Stevens. Ben said I’m always pleased when I see a well executed drawing like this, with very good tonal control, composition and a well developed technique.
Best Regional Artist was Judith Waite with “Galah’s”.  This one I chose because of the artists unusual and clever composition of the galah’s flying across the canvas like musical notes. Lots of movement accurately portrayed.
Moira Arts & Culture Encouragement Award was awarded to Bev Williams with “Tradescantia & Tiny Blue Dragonfly”. A delightful little watercolour study of the nature world. Painted with care and intricated detail.
Photographic Award “Bridge in Smoke by Adrienne West. The photographer has pushed the medium and subject almost to abstraction. A work full of intrigue and mood.
Claire Reid the craft judge congratulated the entrants on the quality of their work.
Best Craft Entry was “A Country Journal” by Yvonne Visser.
Fibres, Threads or Beads Award was awarded to Shona Thomas with “Purple Lace Shawl”.
Framed Needlework Award was awarded to Jenny Barnes with “Noah”.
Quilt Award winner was Yvonne Visser with “A Country Journal” Second place was “Dragon Quilt by Patricia Grotaers.”
Craft Award was “Mosaic Tile” by Tonina Hore.
Australiana Award was “Koala” crochet
 
Chris Matthews and Duncan McPherson representing "Love Our Lifestyle" were guest speakers.
Love Our Lifestyle was created by combining the Numurkah Chamber of Commerce and Numurkah Tourism. Membership has been declining and last year re-launched LOL with new members and committee. Embracing business, community and tourism, aiming for growth in membership and promotion of shopping events, and community events.
Biggest achievement is the launch of LOL Cards which can be redeemed at local businesses.
Why Leave Town Promotion has different sponsorship levels for businesses, organisations and clubs ranging from $7,500 to $165, community groups from $80.
Benefits include design and advertising assistance for social media, regular social media posts.
 
 

 
 
Annual bowls match between Numurkah Rotary and Nathalia Rotary held at Nathalia Bowls Club. Photo Hazel Boschetti (widow of Les Lawrence) with Lorraine Greenwood, president of the Rotary Club of Numurkah and Anthony Oliver president Rotary Club of Nathalia.
 
 

 
Tickets selling fast for Samuel Johnson "Love Your Sister" dinner. There is only one table left for sale @ $45/ticket. Due to demand tickets are available for purchase @ $20/ticket for viewing from the balcony. This ticket price does not include dinner. Tickets can be purchased from the Numurkah Community Learning Centre. 99 Melville Street.
 

 
 
Chris Motton from the Rotary Club of Kyabram spoke of his Rotary & business experiences.
A member of a 2012 Group Study Exchange visit to Orlando Florida. 14 clubs visited with cultural and vocational activities. Rotary clubs mainly breakfast meetings being professional or social clubs. On return spoke to many clubs on experience and has revisited 5 times.
At the time a young family, growing business, unable to commit to meeting times.
Joined Rotary in 2016 and enjoy putting on Rotary hat in a small friendly club.
Business "Advance Computing" helps businesses and organisations achieve more using I.T.
I.T. workforce will need 81,000 jobs within 15 years. Jobs across 40 companies in three states.
 
 

 
 
Georgia Dixon sponsored by Rotary club to attend the Canberra Youth Science Forum then onto the London International Youth Science Forum.
The London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) is a two week residential student event held at Imperial College London & The Royal Geographical Society, with lecture demonstrations from leading scientists, visits to world class laboratories and universities combined with cultural interaction, with 500 students aged 16-21 years old from 70 countries including 36 Australians.
Sightseeing of London and Stonehenge and visits to factory where design and manufacture of A380 aircraft wings and also production line of BMW Mini cars.
Georgia thanked the club for their support.
 
 
 
Kathryn Watson a registered nurse with NCN Health heads the Moira Respiratory Project.
1 in 7 Australians over the age of 40 has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
COPD is a progressive lung disease which is the third leading cause of preventable hospitalisations in Australia.
No cure, early diagnosis and management can slow disease.
A quick and easy lung function test performed using a machine called a spirometer measures the amount of air that you breathe in and out of your lungs.
Those who should be tested include smokers, worker in a job exposed to dust, gas or fumes, coughs several times most days, coughing up phlegm or mucus most days, out of breath.
Tests carried out at NCN Health campuses at Numurkah, Nathalia and Cobram and also Yarrawonga Health, with reports sent to doctor or specialist.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation available with one 1-2 hour session a week for 6-8 weeks has been shown to help people breathe easier and improve their quality of life and mood and help stay out of hospital.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Numurkah Drought Relief Program.
Working with the Rotary Club of Numurkah, the Rotary Clubs of North Balwyn and Balwyn have developed a project to support farmers in our local area.
The main objective are to:
1. Reinvigorate the local economy.
2, Provide metal wellbeing programs.
3. Inspire the region.
The key strategy of the program is for these Melbourne clubs to provide financial support to farming families in Numurkah and district.
Vouchers to be issued by Rural Finance Counsellors.
Vouchers to be redeemed at selected Numurkah businesses.
An information session was held on January 15th..
 
 
 
 

 
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