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We meet In Person
Mondays at 6:30 PM
Numurkah Golf & Bowls Club
Tunnock Road
Numurkah, VIC 3636
John Rhodes from the CFA spoke to the club on CFA Property Advice Service.
John has been a CFA member for 40 years, following the footsteps of his father, with son and wife also in the CFA.
CFA provide property advice visit service, whether it be street corner meetings, property site visits, bushfire planning workshops, developing a fire safe plan, community fire guard risks and stay and defend workshops.
New fire danger rating system adopted telling likelihood of CFA stopping a fire.
Moderate: Most fires can be contained. Plan and prepare.
High: Fires can be dangerous. Be ready to act.
Extreme: Fires will spread quickly and be extremely dangerous. Take action to protect life and property.
Catastrophic: If a fire starts and takes hold, lives are likely to be lost. 
CFA recommend preparing an "Emergency Kit" containing photo ID, passport, photos, will, jewelry, insurance papers, medical prescriptions, USB stick containing important files, medicines and first aid kit, battery powered radio and torch, mobile phone with charger.
Prepare property for bush fires by reducing risks. Your guide to survival, have a leave early plan, property assessment of risks.


Omen Volovu, manager homelessness program of Salvation Army was guest speaker to the club.

Malaga House, in Nathalia, was formerly owned and run by the Aboriginal Advancement League but fell vacant when services were transferred to Rumbalara Shepperton.

Homelessness is a human structural challenge caused by domestic violence, finance, relationship breakdowns.

As house prices shot up, social housing reached used by date and not replaced.

Salvation Army acquired Malaga House in Nathalia to be used to shelter women 55 years and above as six out of ten homeless are women.

Women facing challenges from housing crisis, financial crisis, gender gap in wages, and marriage breakdown are offered one year accommodation.

During that time, they are taught life skills and linked to business, assisting in getting jobs. The women find who they are and who they might be.

Malago House has 12 self-contained bedrooms with two living areas. The bedrooms are complete but living areas require dining room sets, TV's.

Aim is to pick them up and walk with them.


 After they married they started with cropping & sheep farming on 2000 acres. In 1999 bought another farm which had a dairy which they farmed with other family members until 2006 & they dissolved the partnership between themselves & bid on farms & assets they wanted. They restarted with 280 dairy cows with 1000 acres plus they leased 500 acres for cropping until 2010 when Paul suffered bowel disease. Over the next 12 months whilst Paul was undergoing treatment Robyn, plus a worker & one of their sons ran the business. In 2011 they were nominated & won Red Sky Dairy Business of the Year for 2010. From 2011 – 2017 they went on to buy another property each year ending up with 5300 acres milking 700 cows. They took on their first visa holder in 2017 to cover staff shortages. Now have 9 visa holders all from Phillipines with Ag Science degrees. Housing is provided by them & eventually most want to bring their families out but there is no guarantee that after 4 years on 482 visas that the visa holders will qualify for residency status. Sam Birrell, local MP to look into the issue.


Mark Peterson spoke to the club on Bio-Dynamic Farming.
Undertook a farm apprenticeship after schooling in Nathalia. After a visit to a bio-dynamic farm where he was amazed at the quality of the farm and the animals started bio-dynamic farming in 1987.
In common with other forms of organic agriculture, biodynamic agriculture uses management practices that are intended to "restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony". Central features include crop diversification, the avoidance of chemical soil treatments and off-farm inputs generally, decentralized production and distribution, and the consideration of celestial and terrestrial influences on biological organisms. 
In 2008 launched milk onto market, although more expensive, with most going to health food shops and a quarter to coffee shops.
In a newspaper blind taste test, bio-dynamic milk came out on top.
Bio-dynamic farming enhances the soil and soil structure with humus and organic levels raised.
Producing a sustainable product as the consumer wants a better tasting product.
Bio-dynamic farming under stringent standards with environmental best practices and welfare of animals at a high standard.
Horn Manure 500 is the original biodynamic soil spray and is made from fresh cow manure, buried in cow horns over winter. It is a powerful soil activator helping root development and growth of the plant as well as humus formation in the soil.

Deb Fowler awarded the Rotary Club of Numurkah "Jack Duncan Vocational Service award" by Chris Hardham, Vocational Service Director.

Deb Fowler on previous occasions had spoken to the club on the her work with Bohollow Wildlife Shelter and The Numurkah Community Learning Centre, choosing this time to speak to the club on her role as a community visitor with the Office of Public Advocate.
The Public Advocate is an independent statutory officer, with considerable legislative power to promote and safeguard the rights and interests of people with disability.
Like the Ombudsman, the Public Advocate has significant powers to investigate allegations of abuse of vulnerable Victorians, reporting directly to Parliament.
The Public Advocate was established under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986 and continues under the Guardianship and Administration Act 2019.
The Public Advocate is supported by around 100 staff and more than 650 volunteers.
OPA's vision is for a just and inclusive society that respects and promotes the dignity and human rights of all people.
OPA's purpose is to promote and protect the rights and interests of people with disability, and work to eliminate abuse, neglect and exploitation.
In all activities and relationships, OPA strives to demonstrate:
Respect: treat everyone equally and with dignity and justice, accept each person's individuality, acknowledge diversity and promote self-determination
Compassion: accept people as they are and understand, acknowledge and have empathy for their circumstances
Inclusiveness: strive to empower all people to contribute and participate
Ethical behaviour: act at all times in a principled and informed manner, treat people fairly, accept accountability and uphold justice
Independence: be free-thinking, unbiased and impartial, and challenge the status quo.
As a community visitor, visits group homes and residential facilities, listens, observes and reports.

Wayne Limbrick, a passionate and dedicated supporter of Umoja Orphanage in Kenya spoke to the club on his involvement, and gave a 2022 update on the orphanage, using a PowerPoint presentation.
Umoja Orphanage, Kenya, is located south of Mombasa on east coast of Kenya, founded in 2011 and it is a RAWCS project. Wayne and partner Pam have been involved since 2012.
As a member of a volunteer group erected fencing around the farm compound. In 2015 returned and re-wired the fence replacing the rusted wire.
In 2019 returned with grand-daughter, which was a life changing experience for her, whilst there, Wayne was busy teaching locals how to use tools correctly.
2022 update:
  • Chicken shed completed.
  • Tank stand completed, which also provides two levels of accommodation.
  • Employing 7 full time employees plus casuals.
  • Food production for orphanage with excess for sale.
  • Second children's house practically completed.
  • New hydroponic greenhouse almost completed.
  • Second water tower being constructed for solar pump.
  • Workshop established in container.
  • Second house primed and one coat of paint.
Next Step:
  • Install solar pump.
  • Re-fence compound.
  • Final paint of new house.
  • Repaint existing house.
  • More training on tractor.
Wayne and Pam planning to return in October.
"Together we can make a difference".

Dominique Cosgriff, proprietor and editor "Numurkah Leader" spoke to the club.

A story of a single mum, triumphing over adversity. Attended Shepparton High School, moved to Melbourne, them travelled the world, married, then single mum to two children.

Son a cabinet maker, living at home, daughter in Melbourne, Masters in International Development. Being a single mum hard, but rewarding.

Completed a writing and editing course at TAFE, free-lanced at Shepparton News, other jobs included kitchen-hand, SPC tomato line. Applied unsuccessfully for a job as a journalist at Numurkah Leader, after three months re-interviewed and offered job.

Every day different, meeting lots of people. Ownership of Numurkah Leader offered with plan to purchase in 2020, then COVID hit, with pause in plans. Eventually taking over in March 2021, the beginning of a new chapter.

Right opportunity came at the right time. Accepted role because of local community spirit and terrific team at Leader.

Major hick-up when new CEO of Moira Shire unwilling to accept any article exposing anything about Shire not favorable.

All hell broke loose! Unique job running a small country newspaper, being independent, tenuous position when on own. Moira Shire pulled advertising, but readership rose up in support. A David and Goliath struggle, but community support unbelievable. Broke a rule for newspapers, in not to become the story. Struggle showed staunch community and staff  appreciation of free press.

Since then, one year on things going well. Still loving every minute.


A.G. Lorraine Greenwood made a presentation on the  Regionalisation pilot scheme, in itself a work in progress, to the combined meeting of Numurkah and Nathalia Rotary Clubs.
Rotary International is considering a project to address membership, public image, communication, leadership and fundraising challenges to help define a more sustainable future for Rotary.
With a membership decline of 24%, to realise our future, change is required. 
Must face challenges of: ageing, attracting and retaining members, public lack of understanding and complex structure.
The project seeks to develop and test a streamlined governance approach to:
  • Allow clubs sharing geography, culture to organise on ways that suit them.
  • Eliminate duplication, to make more responsive and cost effective.
  • Best resources easily accessible to every club.
  • Improve communication to enhance club and member engagement.
  • Grow membership.
  • Attract more community, corporate and government sector support by communicating with one voice.
  • Foster more diverse perspectives in decision making.
  • Enhance leadership and personal development activities to better suit our modern world.
  • Reduce the burden of administration responsibilities placed upon leaders.
The overarching aim of the project is to provide better and more direct support to Rotary clubs through a less layered and more developed contemporary approach.
Principles of Regionalisation structure:
  • Democratically elect Region Council.
  • Area leader elected by 10-25 clubs
  • Any Rotarian can nominate themselves.
  • Representation important - geography, gender.
  • 2-4 year term.
  • Collect best resources to help support each club.
Clubs and Districts to vote on are we interested in taking part in designing Rotary for the future.

Craig Beamish, Ambulance Victoria Team Manager at Numurkah spoke to the club about community AED.
AED's save lives of patients with cardiac arrest. CPR and defibrillators important, as longer wait the brain cells start to die off.
Cardiac arrest is often unexpected. For every minute a patient doesn’t get CPR/defibrillation, their chances of survival fall by 10%.
External defibrillators designed for community members to use with minimal training. Internal computer analysis rhythm and instructs actions to be taken.
Currently 16-18 defibrillators registered in Numurkah with only one accessible 24 hours at the Senior Citizen Club.
GoodSAM is a free global smartphone app that alerts responders to someone nearby in cardiac arrest. GoodSAM is linked to the Triple Zero (000) communications centre, so as soon as an ambulance is dispatched, a GoodSAM alert will notify responders.
How does it work?
How to help a stranger in cardiac arrest? It’s easier than you think.
  1. A Triple Zero call (000) triggers an alert to be sent to a GoodSAM Responder.
  2. The responder is told the location of the patient and the nearest available defibrillator (AED).
  3. At the same time, the closest available ambulance is simultaneously sent to the patient, and in some parts of Victoria, the fire brigade is also dispatched.
  4. Meanwhile, the GoodSAM Responder can provide CPR and, if possible, make use of the nearest available defibrillator. This gives the patient a greater chance of survival. 



Paul Arnel, principal St Joseph's Primary School, spoke to the club reflecting on the school community over the last two years.

Started on high anxiety, with school closed, called on all resources, issuing lap-tops. Youngest staff members showed prowess with technology and ability to stay connected.

Role of school shifted from academic to social and connectiveness for students and families.

Best possible staff managing own family life, managing students on-line and assisting their families.

Rotated staff through lockdowns, rotating students and families through school.

Families that had been struggling, struggled more through COVID. Tried different strategies to maintain links, providing food hampers, games and social contact, with focus on social aspect.

Frustration towards the end with families sick of home learning.

On return, students had to cope with masks, air-purifiers and cleaning.

A year and a half on, students found it difficult to fit in, extra staff engaged to assist students struggling.

Vigilant in practices, conservative, flexible and adaptive and always hopeful. 


District Governor David McPherson in making his official visit to the club, spoke on his goals for the year.
Rotary Strategic Plan is to increase impact, expand our reach and enhance participants engagement, and development of equality and inclusion.
  • Diversity - welcome people of all backgrounds, cultures, experiences and ideals.
  • Equity - ensure each person has access to resources, opportunities, network and support.
  • Inclusion - create a culture where each person knows they are valued and belong.
 Different Kinds of Rotary clubs:
  • Satellite - members with sponsor club choose their own structure.
  • Passport - members attend any club.
  • Corporate - members work for same employer.
  • Cause-based - members unite to address a particular cause.
Club culture number one reason members leave, care and comfort in club is important.
Rotary born 117 years ago with need to be evolutionary and at times revolutionary.
Partners Project: Wheelchairs for Kids.
David concluded by screening a video presentation by R.I. President Jennifer Jones.


– Stacey & Michael operate Deadly Art which displays & sells indigenous artefacts, didgeridoos & art works from local artists including their own. They first opened in March in Meiklejohn Street but have recently moved to Melville Street.
Stacey spoke of her Pop, Cecil Clayton who served in the Australian Army as a Soldier & was a Rat of Tobruk. After he returned from war 9 of his 13 children were taken.
Michael demonstrated an Emu Caller to imitate the mating calls from emus, a whacking stick, digging stick & a Yorta/Yorta walking stick which can be become a weapon. The indigenous motto is “what you take from the land you must use” – no wastage.
An invitation was extended to Michael & Tracey to join next year’s Art Show to display their works.
Michael attempted the digeridoo.

A successful Rotary Club Changeover Meeting was attended by 57 members, guests and partners, with District Governor Elect Netta Kirby.
President Gary Phillips delivering the President's Report.
District Governor Elect Netta Kirby presenting a Paul Harris Sapphire recognition to Lou Hamon, with Chris Sutton.
Col McPherson Community Service Award presented to David Geddes by Duncan McPherson with Community Service Director Julie Andrew.
President Rex Shields with incoming board members.

Jennifer Rodger spoke to the club on her new vocation as a Marriage Celebrant.
To be a Marriage Celebrant must have completed a Certificate IV in Celebrancy and be registered with the Attorney General's Office. Became official on 17/05/2022.
Celebrants bound by a Code Of Conduct and performance review. There are approximately 10,000 authorised celebrants practicing in Australia, and in 2020 80% of all marriages were conducted by a celebrant.
The Marriage Act became legislation in 1961 and amended in 2017 to provide for marriage equality in Australia. The Marriage Act defines marriage as the union of 2 people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
A marriage occurring in Australia may be solemnised on any day, at any time and at any place. with the marriage registered in the State or Territory where the marriage occurred within 14 days.
Celebrants have an important role not only because of the legal consequence of marriage, but also because of their central significance to the parties.
It is the responsibility of each party to a marriage to satisfy the celebrant that they are free to marry.
A Declaration of No Legal Impediment must be signed by the couple before the celebrant as to their conjugal status and belief and that there is no legal impediment to the marriage. This usually occurs at the wedding rehearsal.
The celebrant liaises with the couple to organise the ceremony and is usually responsible for providing the PA system, and if music is played the necessary copyright obligations.
 A wedding ceremony must have both parties present, a celebrant and two witnesses and takes 20-30 minutes.
Jennifer then conducted a mock wedding ceremony with Rex Shields and Judy McDonald.

Dorothy and Peter Heard spoke to the club about the history of the Numurkah Town Band.
As far back as 1883 Numurkah had brass bands, but in 1903 musician John Tracey moved to Numurkah and was asked to form a band of young students which a debut as the Numurkah Town Band in 1904, playing at a dance in the Mechanics Institute.
Prior to TV, the band provided entertainment and amusement for the town, In 1908 a band rotunda was built for the band to perform concerts monthly. The rotunda has been moved and modified several times, since.
In 1909 the band made 106 appearances. During World War I the band played at the railway station for departing troops. 1939 band was in recess during World War II, reforming under George Paterson in 1949 with new grey uniforms.
Highlights of those years were the massed band competition with up to a dozen bands competing. The band has had many band masters including George Paterson after the war, Col McPherson, Arthur Smith and present leader Isobel Hodge, the longest serving as director of music with Michelle Davis as assistant.
Membership has fluctuated going down to 10, then 5 in 2007, presently 25. Spasmodic attendances and shortage of money have always been a problem, with Moira Shire, Rotary & Lions and business houses assisting, and regular Bunnings BBQs held, to raise funds to repair old or purchase new instruments.
Initially the band rehearsed in various shops and venues. In 1883 the Railway Hotel built a dinning room which was later purchased for $200 in 1977 and moved to current site. Unfortunately the hall became a target for vandalism. When the Shire amalgamated, Moira Shire took over ownership and increased security.
Peter has been a member for 60 years with lots of memories, with many highlights and some sombre days.
Numurkah Town Band exists to serve the community by providing entertainment and opportunity for locals to join and learn.

David Forman guest speaker having grown up in Molyullah near Benalla with a love of rural communities. Home schooled and at age 16 commenced training as a diesel mechanic. Mechanics core of being, buying a Honda motorbike when 14 years old.
After a year farming joined Hauslers in Shepparton, wanting a change from mechanics to retail became salesman, spare parts for 6 years at Peter Hill Honda.
Eventually purchasing the business, a large undertaking with long hours but fulfilling a passion to own own business.
Business employs 10, with the last few years challenging, but able to continue trading as deemed an essential business.
Supply a problem, although on-line sales not a problem, as able to back-up and service what is sold.
Service what we sell, there for the long term.
Changed name of business to Peter Hill Power to enable business to sell other brands as well as Honda.

Fay Scadden was guest speaker talking to the club on the Nathalia Boarding Kennels & Cattery.
Established in 2000 by Maddy Kiel, leased in September 2016 and purchased April 2017 by Fay, husband David and daughter Vanessa.
Main Services: Dog boarding (150), cat boarding (50), doggy day care and doggy day out and BYO. Dog training, grooming and boarding pocket pets - rabbits, birds, pigs, guinea pigs.
Sub Services: Taxi service for boarding customers with Shepparton pick-up 2 days a week and Echuca pick-up 2 days a week. Photographs and Play-n-vaccine.
Kennels are open plan socialization, with 12 staff, 2 full time, 3 part time, 3 casual and 2 newbies.


Terry Brennan spoke to the club on his background as an A Grade Automotive Engineer. From 1924 to 1998 the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce trained and certified A Grade Automobile Engineers.

Terry, an apprentice with Rod Hurren, undertook the course with requirement, must be over 21 years, minimum of 7 years experience 2 year night school then sit for exam, which required a 70% pass rate.

In general, the candidate is expected to have a knowledge of the construction, operation, diagnosis, maintenance and repair of the various automotive systems and components. The syllabus included, Fitting and Machining, Welding, Electric Arc, Precision Tools and Trade Calculations, Engine Reconditioning, Transmissions, Final Drives, Electrical, Carburetors, Tuning, Adjusting & Diagnosis.

Examination is practical and theory written paper. with a 4 hour and another 8 hour theory exam.

Numurkah had a strong showing of A Grade Engineers, including among others, Doug Grenness, Doug Allchin, Frank Coonerty, Arnold Hern, Russell Blake, Don Chandler, Don Wilson and Adrian Doody. Numurkah had 44 mechanics when Terry started his apprenticeship.



Dr. Jennifer Coller, Cardiology lead G.V. Health, attended Melbourne University in 1997, with elective in fifth year served in Madras, India and Samoa. Returned for internship at RMH, then a year in UK. Returning for cariology training with PhD in Heart Failure at St Vincent's, then G.V. last seven years and in 2021 Cardiology Lead.

Cardiology Disease causes 1 in 4 deaths at a great cost to the Australian economy.

Patient story of a 62 year old women with Heart Failure.

  • complex medical history, heart disease, arterial fibrillation and heart failure.
  • managed by multiple specialists with multiple presentations to E.D.
  • educated around heart failure.
  • fluid retention.
  • clear action plan devised.
  • advanced care planning.
  • no recent hospitalisations.

Outpatient consultation at G.V. Health consultation suites with establishment of two outreach clinics, consultations 1000/year. Specialties: heart failure, AF/arrhythmias,  interventions, congenital heart disorder. Connected Cardiology with monthly outreach clinics focus on heart failure and echocardiography fortnightly.

Rapid Access Atrial Fibrillation Clinics with aim to early review of E.D. presentations.                      Cardiac Ambassadors Project with aim co-ordination of care.                                                                      Heart Failure Collaborative with aim to reduce heart failure re-admissions.

300,000 in Australia with Heart Failure 1.5% of population.                                                                Symptoms - breathlessness, fatigue, waking up in night with very short breath, feeling breathless when lying down, swollen ankles.


The Rotary Club of Numurkah just held a very successful 15th annual Environment & Heritage trip into the High Country at Frys Flat, with a chilly Bluff Hut being our lunch stop destination on Saturday. Lots of work goes on behind the scenes to ensure all goes smoothly so well done to all involved.


John Watson guest speaker spoke on Incitec Pivot and his involvement.

Pivot was formed in 1919 as a phosphate co-operative producing superphosphate with farmers only as shareholders, farmers initially purchasing shares at $10.

In 1997, corporate raider Doug Shears began buying shares to gain control of the company, with a move to demutualize the company. At that time, the company had 45,000 farmer shareholders and was the biggest co-op in Australia. Having 3 to 4 directors on his side, he ran candidates for the board to gain control.

John Watson and Allan McCallum ran a campaign opposing David Spears candidates, gaining 75% of votes cast. Chair and Deputy Chair controlled AGM and declared John & Allan lost on a technicality. Taking the case to the Victorian Supreme Court, John & Allan won. Following board meeting John was elected chairman.

New directors were recruited, but management was still a problem. Down the track, the CEO made a financial blunder, with banks moving to declare the company insolvent. Working through this in 2003 Pivot merged with Incitec.

In 2006 Southern Cross Fertilisers was purchased and in 2008 Incitec Pivot purchased Dyno-Nobel explosives business, becoming listed in the top 24 companies on the ASX.

In 2011 John retired. Of note, Incitec Pivot is the only manufacturer of urea in Australia, with Ad Blue now produced for the trucking industry.

The unveiling of the Murray Valley Soldier Settlement Scheme in Numurkah today was a huge success, with many children of the settlement returning back home. Three surviving widows had the honour of unveiling the memorial, with the assistance of the Baulkamaugh Scouts. Three years in the making, the effort was worth it, given the huge smiles from all those who made it. Well done to Stephen Mills and John Watson who got the project off the ground and all those who assisted along the way. 


Fr Joe Taylor as a young priest volunteered to serve in Papua New Guinea. PNG close to Australia, was a Dutch Colony and German Colony, with Australia administrating from World War II for 60 years before PNG established its sovereignty in 1975.

Based in Southern Highlands, 2,700m high in rugged country. RAAF used area for high level landing and take-off training. 

Population of 5M with 780 different languages with Pidgin the predominant language. Parliament is in three languages, Pidgin, English and Huli.

Job was to set up schools, whilst in PNG he set up four primary schools. Within PNG education is becoming more important with assistance of four Nuns literacy, nutrition and health are emphasised.

In the six years in PNG, Fr. Joe learnt about himself, what is important and what is not important.

Beautiful country, with population rapidly growing and western clothing being adopted.


The Rotary Club of Numurkah 42nd Annual Art & Craft Exhibition held in the Numurkah Town Hall over the weekend 11th to 14th March was an outstanding success with excellent attendance.


Claire Birch, Community Engagement Officer from Indigo Power, spoke to the club on community energy in our region.

Power hubs are organised and run by volunteers with the aim of 100% renewable energy.  Groups formed to carry out a variety of projects in type and size.

Benefit to communities include enabling equal access to the benefit of renewable energy, whilst combating and improving economies in regional towns. Projects provide a lasting legacy for future generations and provide management in times of emergency and disaster.

Community Power Hubs collaborate and support community engagement for communities to organise and implement renewable energy projects that benefit communities.

Projects underway in the North East include EV chargers and community storage batteries


Margaret Crisp spoke to the club on Bushfire Recovery following the devasting bushfires in Upper Murray in 2019/20.
Rotary and Lions proved to be flexible in getting into areas, with over 100 hay trucks, in a convoy, providing feed.
After feed, the next problem was fencing to contain the livestock. Team spent 4 1/2 weeks in area before Blaze Aid and Uniting Church fencers arrived.
Teams spent 18 months in Cudgewa recreational reserve where in the area, 308,242 hectares were burnt, 55 residences destroyed, over 200 buildings destroyed and over 18,000 head of cattle lost.
Over 10,000 volunteer hours spent fencing, book packs provided for school students, Albury Wodonga Health case management supported families in crisis. Bushfire Recovery Victoria, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Uniting Church are some of the organisations helping people move on.
It became apparent that Rotary needs a dedicated Recovery Committee, learning from impact of past disasters.

Nicole Wells, Community Development Officer with NCN Health, spoke to the club about the Farm Community Connect Project.
Project managed by Deakin University with partnerships Moira and Strathbogie Shires.
Farm Community Connect Project supports farmers and farming families many who have lost connection and do not seek support, as well as supporting women and children.
Isolation and remoteness causing 56% Victorian farmers feeling they could cope.
Aim of project is to build resilience, develop social networks and foster a sense of belonging.
Intention is to deliver social events, family fun days and on farm workshops.
Rotary can support Farm Community Connect by volunteering support at activities and events, promote activities, catering at events and activities.

Community Bus Fundraising Launch Saturday 26th February in Newman Square Numurkah.

Geoff Austin spoke to the club giving an overview of the aviation industry.
After 16 years with Virgin, Geoff has now been retired for 4 years.
Aviation Industry heavily regulated by CASA, Civil Aviation Safety Authority. All segments of the industry, flight crew, cabin crew, engineering and flight control must be qualified for their respective duties.
Flight crew undergo a license test every six months. Cabin crew trained to be competent in an emergencies, skilled in people management and trained in martial arts.
Planes are certified every day by licensed engineers.
One hour before take off, flight crew undertake flight planning, consider the weather, loads and decide how much fuel. They then undertake a physical inspection then in the flight deck do a 30 minute system check. The cabin crew inspect all equipment in the cabin before take off. Ground staff, luggage handlers, fuel handlers all attend to their duties to enable plane to take-off.


Jacque Phillips, CEO of NCN Health spoke to the club on Aged Care Services.

NCN Health has four residential aged care facilities. Pioneer Lodge and Karinya in Numurkah, Irvine House in Cobram and Banawah in Nathalia.

Short term respite offered in residential aged care facilities as well as transitional care beds in hospitals for up to 18 weeks.

What is offered: Home Care Packages, Home Support, Planned Activities Groups, In home Respite and Career Support available as well as a Retirement Village - Gwandalan Court in Numurkah. 

Residential aged care short stay respite up to 63 days per year offered.

Commonwealth Home Support offers support at home for those over 65 years with careers, housework, personal care, meals, transport, shopping, allied health and social support available..

Home Care Packages with four levels. Must be assessed by My Care, referrals will be made, free assessment with Aged Care Assessment Services.

Australian Government subsidised Aged Care Homes, residents contribute to cost if they can afford to do so. Financial assessment is only valid for 120 days.

Basic daily fee is $53.56 per day. Some accommodation costs paid in full by the Government with a means test based on your income and assets. Accommodation costs can be paid in lump sum, daily or combination of both.

You can apply for as many homes as you like, all providing, all care needs, doctor, transport and social activities.

You choose a Home Care Service Provider that is right for you. Government pays provider on four package levels, Basic, Low Care, Intermediate and High Care. You are expected to contribute up to three levels.


Entries to the 42nd Annual Art & Craft Exhibition closing this week.
Entry forms available at Community Learning Centre, Library, Home Hardware and at Art Show Raffle sellers at IGA.


Squish Davis conducted an entertaining Trivia Quiz, with results in 3rd Place: "Scratch Maker" and "Bikers Plus One" Tables, 2nd Place: "Yes" Table, 1st Place: "Distinction" Table.



Mark McNamara got into photography by necessity in real estate. Enrolled in a Night Photography Class at TAFE to develop skills. 
Focused on taking local photos over the last 18 months. Allows camera to source available light, either street light or moonlight, does not use flash.
Using a power point presentation Mark showed some of his "Numurkah in darkness" photos which he has posted on Facebook during COVID pandemic to be an uplifting distraction.
Numurkah Australia Day 2022 with Rotarian Squish Davis leading the town band and Lou Hamon master of ceremonies. Arts, Culture / Environment Project Award recipient Rotary Art Show, Event of the Year Rotary Love Your Sister Dinner. Katunga Football Netball Club Organisation of the Year and joint Citizens of the Year Deb Fowler and Jeff Stanyer.

Zoe Ludington, guest speaker, spoke to the club about herself and setting up a physiotherapy clinic, Spark Physio Co, in Numurkah.
Attended school in Numurkah and Nathalia, always interested in sport, and when suffering an injury considered physiotherapy as a career.
Enrolled  at Charles Stuart University Albury, graduating after four years with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with distinction.
Moved to Melbourne working at different clinics to gain experience, started Pilates classes, and was head physio with Whittlesea Soccer Club. Worked as a sports physio with Volley Ball Association.
Wed Nick Ludington 2 days prior to first COVID lockdown. During pandemic worked reduced hours.
Pursuing her dream, to open her own clinic, Zoe and Nick considered several towns after investigating services offered. 
In July 2020 settled on Shepparton and Numurkah, working 2-3 days in Numurkah, and several days in Shepparton.
Originally a one man show, business grew in Numurkah and offered Pilates, now employ a receptionist, physiotherapist and a massage therapist.
Pilates has grown with Reformer Pilates, aiming to reduce musculoskeletal pain, improve posture and balance. Traditional Classes  full body strengthening/stretching class. Tailored Classes  individualised programs developed to meet the need of each client. Pre and post-natal classes also available.
Now have 100 Pilate clients a week, with 15 physio consultations a week.
Business sponsors tennis and football clubs.
Hopefully expand to neighboring towns.
Grateful for town support and hope to give back to the community.

Induction of new member Michael Tymensen by President Gary Phillips, pictured with sponsor Kate Hodge and Michael Tymensen.

Ivan Routley, using a pictorial presentation, spoke to the club highlighting the changes to orchards.
Stages are preparing the soil, planting with the assistance of machinery, protection of plantings with milk cartons, erection of trellis, training of plantings on trellis.
New irrigation pumps installed, powered by diesel generator awaiting power connection.
Self propelled platforms instead of ladders.
No longer supply cannery, all fruit now goes to fresh fruit market with higher returns.


PRESIDENT GARY PHILLIPS welcomed members and our guests, Lions Club members, to the annual combined first meeting of the New Year held in the Numurkah Bowls clubrooms due to heat.

Gary thanked Geoff Holmes for organising the meal with thanks to Geoff Holmes, Gary Phillips and Ivan Routley as chefs.

The meal and fellowship was enjoyed by all present.



A relaxed evening on a beautiful night at the home of Rex Shields and Judy McDonald. After nibbles and drinks an entertaining floor show of "Celebrant in training", secretary Jennifer Rodger, presided over the renewing of vows on their 50th Wedding Anniversary, "played" by our hosts Rex and Judy.

A gourmet meal of ham, chicken, salmon and salads followed by pavlova, fruit salad and trifle dessert, was enjoyed by all.



Janine Connolly spoke to the club on her visit to India in 2020, the first time leaving Australia. After daughter Jade finished a two week surgical course in Ooty, India, Jade was joined by her mother Janine and brother Tim for an eleven day tour of India.

Spending time in Southern India,  Sindita, Karnantaka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, then flew to Delhi in the north for three days visiting the "Golden Triangle" of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Travelled by car, boat, jeep safari and houseboat, visiting Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, Jaipur the pink city and Amber Fort, and Great Backwaters - 900km of waterway.

If travelling by car must have, good brakes, good horn and good luck, and watch out for the cows.



Presentation of Club Officers for 2022/2023 by President Elect Rex Shields.

President: Rex Shields.

Immediate Past President: Gary Phillips.

President Elect: Julie Andrew.

Secretary; Jennifer Rodger.

Treasurer: Stephen Mills.


Youth: Michelle (Squish) Davis.

International: Kate Hodge.

Foundation: Geoff Austin.

Vocation: Chris Hardham.

Club Service; Gary Phillips.

Community: Julie Andrew.

Public Relations: Lou Hamon.

Michelle Squish Davis guest speaker Rotary meeting.
Squish advised club that she had completed her Masters of Music Therapy with Melbourne University. In 2022 will be teaching at Numurkah Primary School for two days each week and Verney Road Primary, Shepparton two days each week.
Squish then continued as guest speaker explaining that Music Therapy is a research base allied health profession in which music is used to actively support people to improve health, functioning and well-being.
It can help people of all ages to manage their physical and mental health and enhance their quality of life.
You don’t need to be musical to take part in or benefit from music therapy. Qualified music therapists plan and provide musical experiences for their clients. Each session is tailored to the needs and goals of the client.
Music Therapy improves mental health and well-being, reducing stress, improving memory, speech, communication, social skills, body movement, co-ordination and physical function.
Music Therapy is used in hospitals, schools, palliative care facilities, aged care homes, prisons and detention centres.
Squish had the members on their feet moving to the beat of a drum and providing words describing Rotary with which Squish composed and sang a song celebrating Rotary.


October 2022
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