Katrina Donaldson presented with certificate of appreciation. 2021-10-18 13:00:00Z 0

Chris Matthews Guest Speaker

Chris Matthews told the club about herself and Duncan McPherson purchasing Dubuque at auction in 2013, with Duncan working full time over four years restoring the inside rooms.
Originally built in 1887 by John Claude Trengrove and his wife Sara Jane.
John was born in Cornwall, being brought to Australia as an infant settling in Geelong. John served as an apprentice in a drapery business, sent to London, then he moved to America, where he met and married Sara Jane Barnett. The couple came to Australia after the great fire of Chicago, where they lost all their possessions. 
In 1887 they moved to Numurkah and built what was to be their family residence, Lakeview, now known as Dubuque, and established the business Brown & Corke.
The house has 13ft ceilings, each room took two weeks to wash down the walls. Baltic pine ceilings with pressed metal ceiling, with a different pattern in each room. Noted to be the first house in Numurkah to have fly screens.
A lot of time, effort and love has gone into the restoration of Dubuque and it is with great pride she has been opened up to the greater community so that they can appreciate the house in all its glory.
Now open to the public as a "Bed and Breakfast", where bookings can be made for accommodation or small functions.

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Fizz Mayberry Guest Speaker


Fizz Mayberry spoke to the club about his involvement with KidsFix Rally.

In 1998 participated in a Camp Quality Rally with a 1962 Pontiac wagon. Present Commodore last nine years. All donations go to the cause, with members of rally paying own expenses as well as car expenses. Originally Camp Quality had 5 on staff with 2 paid employees. After 15 rallies it had grown to 132 paid staff. Decided to do their own thing, starting a foundation dedicated to support sick and disadvantaged kids. First rally in 2013, from 2014 to 2020 raised over $750,000, with Board receiving requests for projects each year, with five selected.

Rally provides an instruction "Bible" with directions but no maps.

Last 2 years still fundraising as committed to projects, although no rally was able to be held.

Numurkah hospital has been the recipient with a children's playground and portable ultrasound equipment.

Other recipients have been Broken Hill Hospital, Gympie Hospital, Dental Outreach, Western Area Hospital NSW, Shoalhaven Hospital, Milton Ulladulla Hospital, Latrobe Regional Hospital, Dubbo Base Hospital, Bendigo Health.

Make many life-long friends, with participation the reward.


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Lou Hamon guest speaker

Utilising "Share Screen" on Zoom, Lou Hamon embarked on a voyage of discovery as he demonstrated to members the ClubRunner Rotary Club of Numurkah website, explaining its features and resources.

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Marissa Daly guest speaker.

Marissa Daly, Communication Officer with NCN Health was guest speaker via Zoom.
Grew up in Kilmore at Assumption College where her parents were boarding masters, had access to school facilities.
Spent weekends with friends at Berrigan, where her parents later bought and renovated an old church in 1990, moving to Berrigan in 1995.
Gained an arts degree at Monash University, then headed off to France for 2 years as an au pair. 
Returning to Australia working as a journalist with Southern Riverina News in Finley. Role of newspaper important and the role of a journalist has its responsibilities.
Moved to Mackay in Queensland, where she loved the weather, working as a communications officer in a agency for remote nursing.
February last year returned and joined NCN Health as communications officer.
Purpose is to bring the three campuses together, aligning communications, pamphlets, websites etc. The task to bring three together as one.
Positive of COVID pandemic is it has brought staff together facing the challenges of the pandemic.
Role is to develop a strategic strategy of forming relationships with communities, although difficult with social distancing at the moment.

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Clare Keenan guest speaker.

Clare Keenan, CEO Moira Shire, spoke to the club on the "Rise of ISIS in the Middle East".
Employed by Accuweather in the United States met with 4 Dubai business men in Las Vegas seeking agents to expand business in the Middle East.
In 2012 went to Qatar, working from the Libya TV offices. At that time hard line Islamic parties commenced creating uprising and revolution, with many ex-pats planning to leave. With temperatures rising to 50 degrees Ramadan commenced with alcoholic parties, as alcohol not consumed during Ramadan. Ramadan a time for family and feasting.
Friends deported, texts censored so after 12 months returned home to Barcelona.
Enticed back to Jordan to work for Arab 24 Media, the largest anti-ISIS propaganda media outlet with 200 men in the war zones.
The Islamic State, or ISIS, is a militant organization that emerged as an offshoot of al Qaeda in 2014. It quickly took control of large parts of Iraq and Syria, raising its black flag in victory and declaring the creation of a caliphate and imposing strict Islamic rule.
Clare was moved to Aqada for safety, then Istanbul then moved to Australia.
Clare told her fascinating story of her experience working in the Middle East, with detail and humour, engrossing a captive audience.

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Wayne Limbrick guest speaker.

Wayne Limbrick commenced by updating the club on Umoja Orphanage, Kenya. Completion of second house held up with COVID. House will accommodate 12-14 children, bringing the total of children at Umoja to 25-26. Children are safe and well. Wayne & Pam had planned to visit this year, but more likely next year, when painters will be required to finish the second house.
Wayne then spoke about being a Moira Shire Councilor.
Always interested in the community, serving on various community organisation committees, in 1990's served as a councilor on Nathalia Shire.
Considered time was right to stand for Moira Shire, and was elected number three of the nine councilors.
Having been involved with local tourism for 25 year, serving as Western Moira chair, was frustrated with consultation by Moira Shire.
Wayne's main concerns were water security, changing land use, impact of waste management. Easy to sit back and complain, but felt need to be pro-active. Campaigning during COVID required a different approach.
Challenge in first 6 months, a baptism of fire, spending 3-4 days a week, research, reading, meetings.
Major Shire projects in hand include Multi Sports Complex Yarrawonga, Yarrawonga Library, Numurkah Flood Mitigation Plan, which with the appointment of a project manager is now proceeding. A $25M project which will take some time.
Tourism Advisory important to local communities, need to lobby Government on water management, need to be more responsible with waste and resource management. As contamination is high, introduction of 4 bin system to get glass out of other bins.
Aim in 4 year term is to improve consultation process, it is a two way process. Council should be respected.

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Carl Walters guest speaker.

Carl Walters from Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority was guest speaker.
The Catchment Authority guides efforts to ensure land and water resources are protected and enhanced as well as improving the region’s social wellbeing, environmental quality and productive capacity in a sustainable manner.
The Broken Creek has had issues.
Catchment Authority responsible for delivery of irrigation water and quality of water in the Broken Creek water supply.
Broken Creek fed from channel system from Murray River with a flow rate of 400-500 ML/d daily.
Environmental water added from Goulburn and Murray Rivers. Water quality improving in Broken Creek with creek kept fresher with flows.
During winter reverts to natural state with low levels exposing mud flats, flows restored with irrigation.
Ongoing removal of barriers to fish passage. Mechanical clearing not allowed, by keeping water flow and quality improving, weeds kept under better control.

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Zoom Meeting

Due to lockdown another virtual meeting via Zoom led by President Gary Phillips.

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Wendy Raleigh Guest Speaker

Wendy Raleigh from Orange Door was guest speaker. Wendy grew-up in Undera then spent 30 years in Queensland, 26 years policing.
2015 Royal Commission into Family Violence made 227 recommendations, which have been accepted by Government.
Findings were that agencies were struggling to support women and children, with victims not knowing where to go for services, and perpetrators were not kept in view. Victims often having to re-tell, and relive their traumatic experience over and over again to different agencies. 
2016 Road Map to Recovery aim was to keep families together.
Orange Door aim is to provide safe consistent approach with one visible entry point with a  wholistic, integrated approach.
28th April opened doors in Shepparton, serving 5 LGA, Moira, Mitchell, Strathbogie, Shepparton and Murrindindi, at 210 Corio Street Shepparton.
Staff of 65 building to 80.
Out Posting of staff planned to child care health service, and other services.
In Reach: Agencies will use building to assist clients, such as legal aid, financial services, mental health services.
Six agencies set up in Orange Door working together to provide a service no longer fragmented.
Screening/Triage Team work out predominant factor which could be housing, health, finance.
Assessment Teams plan referrals and case management.
Practice Leaders provide insight and overview.
60% referrals from police, remaining referrals from professionals.
Unique service with six work-forces coming together in the one space.

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Nick Raleigh guest speaker

Guest Speaker Nick Raleigh spoke to the club on Go Farm, an Australian owned agriculture investor and developer.
Purpose is to improve Australian agriculture, create wealth for investors, generate a positive impact for properties, communities and industries.
Aim to select, acquire and develop each asset.
In Victoria, the Murray above the choke, offers lower water risk, lower development costs and more headroom for development.
Strategy is to aggregate, re-configure, re-position and develop.
Development process entails, property, water, soil, people, to develop production and profitability.
Go Farm has one of southern Australia largest, most secure and low cost portfolios of irrigated land and water.
Proposed crops in Moira Shire include almonds, mandarins and broccoli.
Institutional investors and their managers are now awakening to the opportunities in the Murray Valley and Goulburn Valley, with pace of investment gathering momentum.

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Paul Harris Fellow presentation.

District Governor Nominee David McPherson presented a Paul Harris Award to Jacque Phillips.
Jacque joined the Numurkah Rotary Club in 2009 and served as President 2017.
Stephen Mills was presented with a Sapphire pin.

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Jack Duncan Vocational Service Award


The Jack Duncan Vocational Service Award was presented to Debbie Oliver.
Debbie Oliver is in her fifth year as principal of Numurkah Primary School. As principal Debbie has implemented various initiatives around teaching and learning, student well-being, and generally fostering a desire to learn in all students.

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Col McPherson Community Service Award

The Col McPherson Community Service Award was presented to John Decker, pictured with Community Service Director Julie Andrew and Duncan McPherson.
John has dedicated the last 44 years as a member of the Numurkah SES unit, with a desire to help his local community, he has attended hundreds of incidents. John has been involved in the mentorship of the L to P driving program for 10 years.

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Induction of Gary Phillips

District Governor Nominee David McPherson inducted Gary Phillips as President 2021-22, pictured with Past President Jennifer Rodger.
In her President's Report Jennifer Rodger summed up the year by saying "Our results this year have exceeded expectations and are reflective of a combined effort and couldn't have been achieved without the involvement of each and every member, and for that, you all have my eternal appreciation and gratitude".
In his incoming President's Address Gary said it was a humbling experience, and indeed a privilege and great responsibility.
His aim is to nurture club and re-engage with the community, exploring ways to serve our community together.

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Housetide Support Services

Kellie King and Daniel House were guest speakers from Housetide Support Services.
Kellie King introduced herself, living in Numurkah for 10 years with two children with disabilities. Struggled to access support services.
Daniel House, based in Albury with 15 years involvement in aged care, disability support, youth and homelessness. Starting in February 2019, now have seven respite houses and 12 vehicles.
Some of services offered:
  • In Home Self Care - Assistance in the home with showering, feeding, household duties and more.
  • Assistance In The Community - Assistance with trips to the shops, cinema or just getting pampered.
  • Appointments - Assistance with transport to and from appointments and attendance if required.
  • Short Term Accommodation - 24 hour overnight respite care. Either in home or out of home.
  • Holiday Assistance - 24 hour assistance from day trips to extended holidays.
Seven Respite Houses provide double beds, WIFI, Netflix, ducted heating and cooling and outdoor activities. Houses available for adults and kids on weekdays, weekends, short term. medium term and long term.
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Informal pizza night.

PRESIDENT JENNIFER RODGER welcomed members to an informal night of fellowship at the Numurkah Bowls Club.
Due to COVID restrictions the planned indoor bowls competition with the Nathalia Rotary Club was postponed to later in the year.
An informal, pizza night was held, followed by a combined board meeting of this year's board and next year's board to discuss disbursements for the year.

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Numurkah Ukulele Club

GUEST SPEAKER: Numurkah Ukulele Club.

KATE: Established 3 years ago bringing people together with a common interest. Group has 25 members and supports community with performances.

CHRIS: Good for health and wellbeing, relaxes, improves breathing and circulation.

ANNE: 57 performances in 2019, with COVID only 3 via Zoom in 2020. Have performed in Numurkah, Cobram, Nathalia, Strathmerton and Shepparton, mainly at aged care facilities.

The club entertained members with a medley of numbers.

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Club Assembly

President Jennifer and President Elect Gary using the white board listed what the club does and what the club could do.
Listed under "Would Like To Do" were:
Golf Day.
Environmental - clean up lake.
Welcome to Numurkah function.
Business information board at free camping sites.
Drive showcasing district to medical students.
Social Activities: visit zoo, BBQ's.
Vocational Site Visits.
With Shire hold public meeting on lake.

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Jacque Phillips guest speaker.

Jacque Phillips CEO NCN Health was guest speaker. NCN moving from COVID reactionary to vaccination. Hesitancy was real but demand increasing. NCN Cobram a vaccination centre able to do 200 per day. G.V. Health centre at McIntosh Centre at Shepparton Showgrounds. For over 50, two jabs, 12 weeks apart. Flu vaccine 2 weeks prior or after.
Under 50 preferred vaccine Pfizer with prioritized vaccination. Under 50 can consent for Astra Venica, an informed personal choice.
NCN Strategic Plan: 1.7% aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders. 18.3% born overseas. 12.1% language other than English. 47 median age with 25% 65+. Close knit community 74.8% . 7.4% diabetics. 32% obese, 22% smokers. 11.8% experiencing stress. 55% not physical exercise.
Over 3 campuses NCN Health has 116 aged care beds with 95 - 100% occupancy. 34 acute beds with 2 operating theatres.

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Half Penny key rings presented by Garry McNamara

In a nice gesture, Garry McNamara presented each member with a half penny coin, minted in the year of the members birth, which he had fashioned into a key ring. Pictured with Lorraine Greenwood. Thanks Garry.

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Garry McNamara Guest Speaker

Garry McNamara acted as chairman and guest speaker.
Left school early and became an apprentice jockey, on becoming too big worked on race courses.
In 1972 called up for National Service, although wanting to drive large vehicles was taught how to cook.
On discharge worked in racing industry in Ballarat for 12 months, then Brisbane for 3 months before enlisting in Army.
Posted to Townsville promoted to Lance Corporal, posted to Portsea for 2 years. Completed a clerk administration course and posted to Army Reserve in Hobart for 2 years and promoted to Sergeant. Next post was Lithgow ammunition's depot. Promoted to Staff Sergeant and posted to Bendigo, promoted to Warrant Officer and posted to Broadmeadows, after 3 years posted to Port Moresby PNG for 2 years.
Promoted to Warrant Officer 2 and posted to Canberra, then Darwin for 2 years in Armored Regiment, finishing in Defence Public Service at Lavington for 4 years.

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Vocations Night

Chairman John Watson introduced three members who spoke on their vocation.
Desired to take up nursing, but not to be, staying home to care for sister. Change of direction with secretarial work, then another change to computerised book-keeping. Husband died of cancer at 57 years. Met Rex Shields, which was interesting and moved to Numurkah. Still doing books for son's business.
Chairman John Watson introduced three members who spoke on their vocation.
Grew up in Katunga on a dairy farm. Graduated from Bendigo Teachers College, first school Knox Park, brand new but no resources, Yarragon Park before heading off overseas for 12 months. Returned to teaching at Heatherdale, met Ross and moved to Selby. Spent 9 years away from teaching with family, returning to Kalista then 141/2 years at Wandin Yallock before returning home. Relief teaching at Numurkah Secondary College retiring at the end of last year.
Grew up in Western Suburbs of Melbourne, completed Year 12 in 1999, graduated with a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education. In 2005 came to Numurkah as Drama and Music teacher at Numurkah Secondary College, living the first 12 months with Dorothy & Peter Heard. Took 12 months leave returning 3 days and NSC and 2 days Guthrie Street Primary School. Then commenced 5 days at Numurkah Primary School, at present 4 days with 1 day studying Masters of Music Therapy.
Stressed the importance in having children read and engage in conversation. Music Therapy is a tool in mental health, youth and aged care.
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Love Your Sister

Love Your Sister featuring Samuel Johnson presented by the Rotary Club of Numurkah with snack box dinner prepared by Numurkah Secondary College students.

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Malcolm Watt chair RYPEN - Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment, first became interested in RYPEN a weekend program for young people in 1990. 
Teenagers today benefit greatly from opportunities to develop "life skills" and motivation to help them cope with the challenges of a very competitive future.
Pressure is put on students to perform academically and their results are the benchmark of success. However other skills are needed for the next stage of a student's growth, be that further education or the workplace.
During an intensive residential weekend, young people aged approximately 14 to 16 years will develop increased motivation, improved life skills, better self-image, pride in themselves and an understanding of setting and achieving goals.  At the same time, participants are interacting with peers from different backgrounds, and different parts of our district, improving their teamwork skills and having fun!!  All this done in an informal atmosphere, where questions and debates are encouraged.
Waranga Basin was the venue for the weekend camps from 1991 to 1995. Now in its 31st year, and 27th year at Lake Nihacoote.
This year 21 students from 12 clubs attended, with incredible feedback.
Chairman Allen read a letter from Nathan, one of two students sponsored by the Rotary Club of Numurkah.
Learnt so many new skills, try everything and teamwork. Rock climbing wall a challenge, made new friends, thoroughly enjoyed the camp, only dislike was leaving.

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Lesley Hills guest speaker

Lesley Hills, born in Yorkshire, nearly a "local" after 27 years in Deniliquin. In 1991 spent a year in Sydney, returning 18 months later to a dairy farm in Blighty.
Three years ago fell in love with yoga and trained as a Laughter Yoga Leader. Has sessions at two aged care facilities, a pre-school and a community group, youngest 3 years, oldest 103 years.
Multitude of health benefits from laughter exercises. 10 minutes of continuous laughter equivalent of 30 minutes on a rowing machine. Laughter for health and wellbeing improves mental and physical health, lowers stress levels, improves lung capacity and regulates blood pressure.

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41st Annual Art & Craft Exhibition

The 41st Annual Art & Craft Exhibition was officially opened by Rotary District Governor Bruce Anderson, who congratulated the Rotary Club of Numurkah for staging an excellent exhibition.
The art judge, Geoff Paynter, commented on the diversity, creativity and the technical abilities displayed by the artists.
Geoff announced the winners in each section he had selected with comments on the artwork.
Best in Show was awarded to Tim Redfern from Mulwala, “Jukaliatas”, “Large, impressive image with an interesting interchange of shape and line, based on natural forms”, were Geoff’s comments.
Runner Up was “Impression” by Sally Sidebottom from Tallygaroopna. Geoff commented “Spontaneous feel to this painting, strong contrasts with shape and colour”.
Best Watercolour awarded to Be Gosler  with “Fun in the Sun”, “Creative interpretation, good use of watercolour medium”.
Best Oil was “Tranquil Autumn” by Do Noble from Doveton. Geoff’s comments “Reads well, good impression, with soft use of colour”.
Best Pastel awarded to Linda Finch from Donvale with “Waiting for a Friend”. “Great use of pastel - broad in application. Subject based, which carries well”.
Best Acrylic was “summer Waratahs” by Melanie Jamieson from Finley.
Best Pencil was awarded to “Leucadendron” by Louise Adams from Temora. “ A creative image with excellent execution”.
Best Regional Artist was Janet Tett from Yarrawonga with Mystic Mountains”. “Great overall in use of colour and creative interpretation”.
Moira Arts & Culture Inc. Encouragement Award was awarded to Victor Casha from Cobram with “Playing Hide & Seek”. “Technically well done with a sentimental attachment”.
Photographic Award was awarded to Dennis Rickard from Numurkah with “Patterns”. “Great contrast, with natural patterns.”
Claire Reid was the craft judge stating precise skill was very evident – the entries were judged on the skill of the craftsperson, not just their aesthetic qualities. Claire also noted contributors to the show continue to display ever improving skills.
The winners were:
Fibres.Threads and Beads Award was awarded to Margaret Blackburn from Burramine South with a mauve crochet beaded milk jug cover. “This piece is exquisitely delicate and precise”.
Quilt Award was awarded to Ann Fagan from Katunga. Tribute to William. The quilt is a tribute
 To William a fabric and furnishings designer. Ann has used elements of his designs with close attention to detail in maintaining points and seam intersections.
Craft Award was awarded to Vita Janssens from Koonoomoo with “Violet China Painted Plate”. “A delicate combination of back and foreground elements as well as a subtle wash”.
Best Craft Entry was awarded to Ann Fagan for her quilt “Tribute to William”.
Chairman of the Art & Craft Committee of the Rotary Club of Numurkah said “the club was incredibly pleased with the standard of work on display and the attendance numbers during the weekend. A team effort from members ensured the exhibition was such a success under COVID requirements”.
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The World's Longest Taxi Fare

Peter Heard spoke to the club on "The Worlds' Longest Taxi Fare" an account of his grandfathers brother Charlie Heard driving Miss Ada Beal and two companions to Darwin and back in 1930.
Charlie Heard was born in Rochester and at 18 served with AIF in France, settled in Geelong in 1928 and established a taxi business in 1930 with a Hudson tourer.
Accepting the fare, Charlie modified the car by fitting extra tanks for petrol and water, spare parts and coconut matting.
Departed June 30, ladies had shopping excursions at every stop. In Port August Charlie fitted extra springs, staying overnight at hotels, stations or set up camp. Charlie had organised petrol to be at designated spots during the trip, and used a compass to keep on course. 
By the time they reached Alice Springs, people had heard, by bush telegraph, of the excursion, and came out to greet them.
Katherine to Darwin usually undertaken by rail, but Charlie decided to continue by car. Reached Darwin with hot baths and comfortable beds. After several days commenced return trip via Brisbane and Sydney.
On fifth day reached NT, Queensland border, then onto Brisbane and the east coast. Travelling along the Pacific Highway to Sydney Final leg through Gippsland to Melbourne and Geelong.
The Hudson weighed 3 tons, travelled 7,003 miles, used 505 gallons of petrol and only had one puncture over the trip lasting 3 months.
Out of proceeds Charlie purchased a garage, passing away in 1951.

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Geoff Limper & Bruce McEwan

GEOFF LIMNER & BRUCE MCEWAN from the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central spoke on "Operation Cleft" which provides free cleft lip and cleft palate repair surgery for underprivileged children in Bangladesh.
More than 5,000 children are born with  cleft lip or cleft palate each year. Through the generous support of Rotary Clubs, over 12,000 cleft repair surgeries since inception of the program in 2005.
Geoff presented Paul Harris Fellowships to John Watson and Linda Watson for their generous support of the program.

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Wilow Hoskin guest speaker.

Wilow Hoskin told of her "most amazing" year in Finland as a Rotary Exchange Student.
Using a power point and video presentation Wilow showed pictures of her 12 months in Finland.
Lived in a town of 8,000 with two host families.
Due to COVID could not undertake much travel, but visited Lapland in winter, ice-sating and skiing, -18 degrees. Visited again in summer, no snow but hiked.
Summer sun does not set, winter sun does not rise.
Schools are set up for 3 year levels. Attended a traditional high school dance, similar to our deb balls,
Favorite food: reindeer soup, blueberry pie, bread cheese & cloudberries, black pudding.

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Jeff Blackley guest speaker.

Jeff Blackley, president of the Numurkah Historical Society was guest speaker.
The Numurkah Historical Society has been part of the Numurkah Community since 1964.
The vision of the Historical Society is to be a vibrant welcoming organisation committee to preserve artefacts and records of the past for current and future generations.
Using a power point display Jeff showed artefacts and links to the past providing background stories.
  • Aim: To collect, store and/or display and use for research.
  • Society is a Public Records of Victoria Place of Deposits.
  • Record interviews with older members of the community provide insight into our past.
  • Window into History collate artefacts to share our history.
  • Share specific research information with public.
At the moment: stocktaking, digitising of the collection, labelling of display items, regular change of displays with more permanent displays in other rooms, permanent record of our servicemen, opening up of the breezeway to the public, setting up a railway pergola, opening up a tool shed.
How you can help: visit, spread the word, donate items, join the Society, helping with displays or cataloguing.
History is about people, locations and artefacts etc, used to tell the story of people and how they lived and interacted.

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Cemetery Walk

Rotary members met at the Numurkah Cemetery for a Cemetery Walk led by Bernadette Steward, secretary of the Numurkah Wunghnu Cemetery Trust.
The evening commenced with a BBQ.
Numurkah Cemetery established in 1883 and has 8,000 graves. In 1978 Lawn Cemetery established, which is nearly full, but trend is towards cremation.
Community consultation to be held on future expansion and development.
Right of Interment Holder has say on use of plot and erection of memorial.
Role of Trust at funerals to ensure correct person is being buried. During COVID ensure capacity restrictions and recording of attendees.
Bernadette then led a walk through the cemetery with fascinating stories of the graves, particularly those relating to the early history of Numurkah, with one unannounced visitor.

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Australia Day 2021

In lieu of a regular meeting Rotary Club members provided the BBQ at the Numurkah Australia Day Celebrations.

Photos courtesy Mark McNamara.

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Combined meting with Lions Club


Traditional first meeting of the year combined with Lions Club at Numurkah Bowls Club.

Lions Club president Keith Nicholl welcomed members, wishing all a happy new year.

A delicious meal was served by the Lions Club, in a relaxed evening of fellowship.



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Entry forms for the Rotary Club of Numurkah 41st 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 5th March to Monday  8th March.
Entry forms have been posted to last year's exhibitors and are available from the Numurkah Visitor Information Centre and Numurkah Library, and Cobram Visitor Information Centre.
Forms can also be found on the club's Facebook page and Website.
Exhibition subject to Sate COVID-19 restrictions and directives.


Christmas Break-Up

Glorious weather, excellent  company and a delicious gourmet dinner prepared by Gary Phillips, Geoff Holmes an Fay Holmes with salads and desserts supplied by members, made for a fitting climax to a year like no other.
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Robyn Sprunt & Catherine Church guest speakers

Robyn Sprunt Manager Primary Health and Catherine Church Director of Clinical Services from NCN Health Numurkah on local experience with COVID-19.
Community Testing Clinic:
  • Daily testing of symptomatic clients. Over 1,000 tests since June.
  • Re-usable masks, 4,000  distributed to vulnerable community members.
  • Shepparton outbreak 14th October testing team supported Shepparton.
Communication is the key:
  • Clear and concise messaging.
  • CEO daily updates.
  • Department huddles.
  • Letters to clients.
  • Phone calls to clients.
  • Facebook information..
  • Information sessions at local pharmacies and pamphlets and information in stores,
Impact on Community:
  • Increase in anxiety, fear and worry.
  • Increase incident of mental health issues.
  • Increase in family violence.
  • Decrease in routine health screening.
  • Less theatre presentations.
  • Increase in social isolation.
Continued service and support:
  • All services have been maintained.
  • Alternate models of care - telehealth.
Group based activities:
  • All group based activities ceased.
  • Alternate models of care explored.
  • Clients more socially isolated.
  • Increase in mental health concerns.
  • Increase in support - counselling/psychology.
Supporting the community:
  • Food hampers.
  • Newspaper deliveries.
  • Blood test in the home.
  • Flu vaccination in community.
  • Linking clients with services.
Moving to COVID Normal:
  • Group based services return.
  • Increase in face to face service.
  • Visiting outreach services.
Aged Care:
  • Visitors return.
  • Outings recommenced.
  • Group activities recommenced.
  • Volunteer program recommence.
Mental health and wellbeing:
  • Caring for both residents and staff.
  • Balancing new normal.
  • Daily screening of residents.
  • Monthly COVID swabbing of staff.
  • Outbreak management plans in place.

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Club AGM

The AGM of the Numurkah Rotary Club was chaired by Gary Phillips.
Election of office bearers for 2021-2022 by ballot.
  • President: Gary Phillips
  • Secretary: Jennifer Rodger
  • Treasurer: Jeff Buzza.

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Back "home" in Bistro 2020-11-23 13:00:00Z 0

Sonia Strahan guest speaker

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.

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Quiz with Terry Brennan 2020-11-16 13:00:00Z 0

Cathy Booth Guest Speaker.

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.

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Colleen O'Hara guest speaker

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.

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Josh Brear guest speaker

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.

Josh Brear guest speaker 2020-10-19 13:00:00Z 0

Silver Presidential Citation.

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.

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This week's meeting.

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

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Jenny Green Guest Speaker

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.

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Rotary meet at Golf Club

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.

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Leah Farnham guest speaker.

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.

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Josh West guest speaker

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.

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Geoff Holmes guest speaker.

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.


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Alice Glachen guest speaker.

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.

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Trudi Pratt guest speaker

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.

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D.G. Bruce Anderson visit.

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.

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Virtual Tour of Werribee Open Range Zoo

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.


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Fancy Dress Night.

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.

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Club Assembly

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

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Nicole Wells guest speaker.

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.

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Paul Quinane guest speaker.

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.



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Bernadette Steward Guest Speaker.

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.
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Changeover Meeting 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.

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Tinja Nakki Farewell

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.

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Members Dinner Parties

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.

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Guest Speaker Leanne Rawson

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.

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President Elect Jennifer Rodger Guest Speaker

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.

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Annette Cope Guest Speaker

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.

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Dominique Cosgriff guest speaker

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.


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Rotary online Zoom meeting 2020-05-04 14:00:00Z 0

Drought Relief Cosmetics

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.
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The Rotary Club of Numurkah has launched an Instagram account.

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Facebook Posts

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.

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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 Guet Speaker

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.

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Rotary Club of Numurkah 40th Annual Art & Craft exhibition

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
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Chris Matthews and Duncan McPherson Guest Speahers

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.

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Les Lawrence Shield 2020

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.

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Samuel Johnson "love Your Sister"

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.

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Chris Motton Guest Speaker

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.

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Georgia Dixon guest speaker

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.
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Lung Function Spirometry Testing

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.

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Numurkah Drought Relief Program

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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Christmas 2019

The Rotary Club celebrated their Christmas Break Up at the home of Ross and Chris Hardham.

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Numurkah Golf & Bowls Club Sponsorship


KEVIN MOYLAND from Numurkah Golf and Bowls Club presented a cheque for $2000 to President Lorraine Greenwood.

President Lorraine said the kind sponsorship would be used to offer Swimming Pool Family Passes to needy families selected in conjunction with the Primary Schools.


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Numurkah Drought Relief Program


Geoff Kneale, Rotary Club of Balwyn North presented the concept of a drought relief program for the district.

Numurkah Drought Relief Program a proven model adapted 8 years ago from a Queensland program, successful in St Arnaud.

Rotary Club of Balwyn North has 68 members, Rotary Club of Balwyn 53 members. have combined on a successful drought program.

Based on a program in Queensland, work with local Rotary clubs.

Provide vouchers to local farmers, redeemable at selected local retailers.

Arrange well-being program of Comedy or Rock Legends.

Other support activities include child book-drive, school excursions, lady pamper packs, hand-made children's toys.

Rural Finance Councillors distribute the voucher.


  • Official engagement between club presidents.
  • Town Hall meeting February 2020
  • Commence voucher planning February.
  • Store signage
  • Distribute to RFC
  • Commence planning community events in February
Roll out in March.

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Combined meeting with Rotary Club of Cobram at Cactus Country 2019-11-27 13:00:00Z 0

Ashleigh Rodger Guest Speaker

Ashleigh Rodger completed last placement of medical degree with a six weeks placement in Samoa in Paediatrics. 
Samoa has declared a state of emergency, closing schools, due to a measles epidemic.
Measles is a highly contagious, with fever, fatigue, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis and rash.
Serious complications occur in 30% of cases. 90% transmission rate, 9 out of 10 developing measles.
Hospital has limited resources allowing only 2 minutes per patient on ward round.
Audit summary of children admitted to the Paediatric Ward: 86% admitted dehydrated, 65% severe pneumonia, 50% croup. Most children under the age of 1 year with 700 confirmed measles cases. International assistance being sought.
Ashleigh graduates at Deakin University in 3 weeks with first rotation surgery.

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Swimming Pool Working Bee & BBQ

The Rotary Club held a working bee and BBQ at the Numurkah Swimming Pool, organised by Julie Andrew with a Bendigo Bank grant the First Aid Room was cleaned out and upgraded.
Chefs Geoff Holmes and Gary Phillips provided a tasty meal.

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Faye Holmes Guest Speaker

Faye Holmes spoke to the club on her concern for some primary school children
Spent many years as Assistant Principal, now retired but now  considers herself a "Fly in - Fly Out" with no responsibilities, but looking at things differently..
Although great things are happening in the world, Australia and Numurkah there have been many changes over the last 10 years. Children growing up before they should, seeing and doing things they should not in disengaged families. Children should be children but are growing up as adults dealing with family stress, agitation and neglect. Many have health issues, anger, lack of ego.
There is a need for family support. The Smith Family and St Vinnies, Lions and Rotary give support.
Many families do not have money for sporting clubs membership, sports uniforms, education trips or camps. 
A child is not born bad, but are being brought up under horrific circumstances.
"Takes a village to raise a child".

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Jeff Stanyer Guest Speaker

Jeff Stanyer was guest speaker at the combined Rotary Club, RSL Club meeting.

He joined the Navy in 1964 & served for 21 years. The well known Cerberus ship was launched in 1868. It was never used as a combat ship but as a guard ship & was finally towed to Black Rock where she remains today.

 After Federation in 1901 the Commonwealth Navy Force came into existence & took over the Colonnial ships. In 1911 the Australian Navy came into being.

 Jeff joined the Navy in 1964 doing an apprenticeship. His first sea posting was on a destroyer going to Vietnam. He served on a gun line, doing 2, 6 month rotations doing naval bombardment. Jeff recalled his memories of battle on the Hobart Ship & provided an extensive history of the Ships during the WWI, WWII, Malaysian, Korean & Vietnam wars.


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Bill Winters and John Decker spoke to the club on the L2P Learner Driver Program
The L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program was an initiative of the Rotary Club of Sunbury in 2007 with a pilot program. Supported by Government in 2008.
The program provides an opportunity for young people, who face significant barriers, to obtain their drivers licence with the support of a mentor. Program helps a young person to develop their confidence and skills, and assist them in reaching the required 120 hours of supervised on-road experience. With a drivers licence, a young person will have a better chance to access education, training and job opportunities.
Program is community driven with support from agencies such as Berry Street.
John Decker has been a mentor for 8 years, finding it a worthy cause, giving opportunity to young people.

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DG Visit and Lift the Lid

Visit of District Governor Brian Peters was celebrated with "Lift the Lid" mad hat day for Mental Health.

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Paul Harris Fellowship - Stephen Mills. 2019-10-08 13:00:00Z 0

Lift the Lid BBQ

Rotary Club of Numurkah BBQ for "Lift the Lid" on mental health.

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Kitarna Smith guest speaker.


Kitarna Smith a year 10 student at Numurkah Secondary College participated in the 2019 Cultural Kimberley Exchange.

Exchange left a strong impression as part of her, learnt about Australian, its history and its past.

Flew to Broome, then visited a crocodile farm where the group of 9 learn about the history of the Kimberley's, and about crocodiles and their temperament and aggression. Next visited Mt. Anderson Station and the Lilianceane sacred site. Explored the caves with cave paintings. Visited Gee Gee Gorge and the Fitzroy River. Met with indigenous communities sharing their culture and food, told stories of the land and people.

Learnt a lot about regions and its people, which you do not learn at school. Trip was life-changing. Kitarna finished by thanking Rotary for making it possible.


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1st Baulkamaugh Scout Group visit


Rotarian Jason, Scout Leader of the 1st Baulkamaugh Group welcomed Rotarians, and with assistance of scouts explained the activities and award system of Scouts section.

Cub Leader Judy Stedman with assistance of the cubs explained the activities and award scheme for the Cub section.

Group Leader Stuart Hodge gave a brief overview of the history of the 1st Baulkamaugh Scout Group.

A delicious roast meal, cooked in camp ovens, was served.




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Linda Ryder Guest Speaker


"Need for Feed" was established by the Pakenham Lions Club in 2006 when founder Graham Cockerell donated and delivered one truck load of hay to farmers burnt out by fire. Only able to deliver 5 bales to each farmer Graham returned determined to help make a real difference.

Over the time "Need for Feed" has been a major supplier of emergency fodder and transport. In last 18months 5,000 requests for assistance with 5 runs including to Queensland floods. with 4 road trains, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.

Majority volunteers, with trucks coming from all states. Create depots, not individual drop-offs, with farmers collecting from depots. Used helicopters to deliver during Queensland floods.

Letting people know that someone cares.

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Ian Murphy Memorial Debate

Second heat of Ian Murphy Memorial Debating Competition with two teams from St Mary's. one sponsored by Nathalia Rotary Club, the other sponsored by Numurkah Rotary Club.
Adjudicators John Watson, Squish Davis and Carolyn Drennan.
Topic of debate: "Worrying Serves No Useful Purpose".
Each speaker has 4 minutes with a warning bell at 3 minutes.
Speaking on behalf of the adjudicators, Squish Davis made the following comments. All speakers spoke well with excellent research, followed structure with good timing. Although made eye contact with audience suggested the speakers relax more and engage with audience rather than being entrenched in their speech.
The winner was the St. Mary's Negative Team.

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Geoff Limmer P.P. Box Hill Central Rotary Club spoke on "Operation Cleft".
Operation Cleft mission is to provide 1000 free cleft repair surgeries each year to underprivileged children in Bangladesh - enabling them to live normal and meaningful lives.
More than 5,000 children are born with a cleft lip and/or palate in Bangladesh each year.
Children born with a cleft have difficulty feeding, may suffer malnutrition, and are susceptible to ear, nose and throat infections. They are often ostracized and discouraged by the school system, leading to social isolation and depression.
A cleft repair operation gifts the child a smile, restores their dignity, improves their health, and provides the child with a brighter future and an opportunity to achieve their full potential.

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A.G. Chris Sutton gave a PowerPoint presentation on "Our Rotary"
First club formed in Chicago in 1905, the name Rotary from rotating meetings, the logo represents civilisation movement and service in action.
Structure in 3 parts 1. Our Club, 2. R.I. 3. Rotary Foundation.
1,000 clubs in Australia,
Rotaract 18-30 age group, 10,904 clubs with 200,792 members in 184 countries.
Interact 12-18 years in High Schools 20,372 clubs with 458,556 members in 159 countries.
Inner Wheel - women with connections to Rotary.
Probus active retirees to come together in a club
R.I. Support clubs worldwide.
Avenues of Service: Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service and Youth Service.

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Paul Quinnane Guest Speaker

Paul Quinnane was guest speaker at a special dinner meeting at PALS. Paul joined PALS 18 months ago after working in munitions. Born in Barooga second child born with Downs Syndrome, thus interest in PALS.
Tr1-State Games in Adelaide, 30 to 40 teams of eight competing in a variety of sports and activities.
2020 - 2021 games to be hosted in Moira and Berrigan Shires with events in Yarrawonga, Barooga and Cobram.
  • Local transition
  • Most PALS clients now funded by the NDIS
  • Typically people have more funding.
  • Increase in 1 to 1 support and small group activities
  • Greater focus on education and work opportunities
PALS Recruiting Disability support workers and volunteers.

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Bruce McIntyre Guest Speaker

Bruce McIntyre, District Chair of Youth Exchange spoke to the club on the essentials for success with Youth Exchange for our club. Looking around the room the club had the ingredients for success..
1. Rotary Club involved.
2. President Lorraine on District Youth Exchange Committee.
3. Kate Hodge as a counsellor.
4. Youth Exchange Student.
5. Host Family.
District 9790 home of Rotary Youth Exchange beginning in 1958.
2020 District have 18 outbound students.

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Tinja Nakki Guest Speaker

Tinja Nakki spoke to the club about her homeland Finland.
Finland in Northern Europe has a population of 5.5 million, with Helsinki as its capital, euro is the currency and the country has a president.
Seasons: Winter at beginning of year, long and cold -30 degrees. Spring March to April, Summer short 2 months June-August +20 degrees. Autumn beautiful.
Sports include Ice Hockey (National sport), Soccer, and Finnish games.
Education system 6 year old Preschool, 7 years to 16 years School, followed by Upper Secondary - General or Vocational 3 years, then University.
Food: Rice Bread, fish, fruit pies, reindeer and mash potatoes.
Language: Finnish & Swedish.
Interesting facts: 187,000 lakes, ranked number three as the happiest country in the world, average consumption of coffee per person per year 12k, more saunas than cars,
Family consists of mother, father and older sister.
Inspiration to become an exchange student was love of travel, opportunity to come to the other side of the world.
Interests include different languages, dancing, singing and piano.

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Dale Atkins Guest Speaker

Dale Atkins Rotary Club of Eltham spoke to the club on Aquabox.
Aquabox is a project of the Rotary Club of Eltham to provide timely provision of clean water and basic humanitarian aid to disaster areas.
It began in 1990 with the Rotary Club of Wirksworth, U.K.. in 2001 became a project of the Rotary Club of Eltham.
Two Aquabox models, "Family" has the capacity to produce 2,000 litres of drinkable water. Comes with 2 filters, water purifying tablets, taps, strainer, blankets, mosquito nets.
"Aquabox 30" has the capacity to produce 30,000 litres of drinkable water, the equivalent of a petrol tanker of water. Prefilled with 30 filters, 30 packs of water purification tablets.
Factory in Eltham where boxes are packed by volunteers, then stored or shipped overseas.
2.000 boxes shipped last year to Cambodia, Manila, Nepal, South India.
Boxes are now pre-positioned in Philippines and Fiji.
Way forward is to pursue further pre-positioning options, increase funding, review of Aquabox models and continue the life-saving work of Aquabox into the future.

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Nicole Wells Guest Speaker

Nicole Wells president of Numurkah Community House spoke to the club.
Nicole introduced herself as a "bit of a gypsy" attending 11 different schools and living in 35 different houses meeting and making some beautiful friends. Found people need connection to enhance their self-worth.
Community house at 13 Murray Avenue has a garden in the back-yard where anyone can come in, plant or pick and make it their own.
Out front of house is a free pantry with food for vulnerable people and providing sustainability by reducing waste.
House itself is functional but not inviting needs to be comfortable and homely.
Work planned is the creation of a sand pit for kids and updating the kitchen and convert a storeroom into a walk in pantry.
Food share is available, and the Community House uses Facebook to publicise its activities

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Julie Andrew Guest Speaker


Julie provided a powerpoint presentation on the history of the Umoja Orphanage in Kenya which is a RAWC project. Julie first went as a volunteer in 2015 with Kate Hodge. Cathy Booth was holidaying in Kenya when she developed the idea of building an orphanage. Julie attended again in 2017 with Steve Mills & Kate Mills to do various jobs including erecting 15 acres of barbed wire around the boundary. It is Cathy’s intention that the project will eventually be self sufficient. They assisted with running a health clinic & assisting at a feeding station which is run by a Hindu family which feeds up to 5000 children weekly. These children often walk up to 15-20km to get the food, when they attended there was only enough food for 4000. Each child received a hot meal & received a bag to take home which contained a bottle of soft drink, banana, big bun & some maise flour & some lollies for the week. Corruption was ripe in Kenya, it is not easy doing business & the Government wants a cut out of all aid work that comes into Kenya. Another tour with volunteers is going over this September. The second house is nearly finished with 12 children currently in the first house. Cathy’s biggest vision is that it is a children’s home until they can go back to their own families if possible, or learn skills rather than being an orphanage. The Government Children’s Department determine which children are placed at the home. An Australian mining company is mining titanium near by & they have made the furniture for the home & have helped with the permaculture courses. The Manager, Patrick, was previously a safari driver & in safari season they hire out their trucks etc for $100 to raise additional funds. All the children are sponsored, cost is $100/month $1200/year.

Another container is nearly ready to be shipped over which is hopefully expected to leave in mid August which holds numerous goods including a tractor, clothing etc.


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Barb Sinclair Guest Speaker


Barbara Sinclair – Secretary & Treasurer of Numurkah Film Society. Officially began in 2016 & first movie screening in October 16 to coincide with the Foodbowl Festival. Movies screened every month. 127 members & 16 screenings in first year, 141 memberships in 2017, they sourced movie seats from Melbourne for free & they obtained a grant from Shire & were then able to source a new screen from America & with fundraising they have also sourced a new projector. In 2019 membership was down & participants in attending movies were also down they were facing some hard decisions earlier this year. Another grant has been provided by Shire of Moira & other venues for funding for community events. Some extra special events are planned for later on this year. Membership is important to keeping the Society viable. It costs $4,500/year to run the Society. Membership is $25 for a single or $50 for a family for the year. Equipment is available for use by other community groups.

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Social Night at Telegraph Hotel 2019-07-15 14:00:00Z 0

Lyn Cooper Guest Speaker


Lyn Cooper. Moira Shire Team Leader, Community & Recreational Development.

Lyn spoke on the Moira Shire Aquatic Facilities Strategy 2018-2027, a 9 year strategy to save our pools.

Stage 1 (years 1-3) focus on operational improvement to increase attendance.

Stage 2 (years 4-6) focus on review of service.

Stage 3 (Years 7-9) undertaking capital investment to meet current and future needs of this community.

Attendances declining, cost per visit Numurkah $14.10, Cobram $11.36, Nathalia $11.79, Strathmerton $31, Yarrawonga $5.

Numurkah pool rated: Community Involvement 30%, Fit for Purpose 40%. Total rating 47.1, needs to be 60+

Last year saw a 23% increase in attendance with 2,746 school students and 282 end of year pool party.

Challenges: Changes to the way we spend leisure in summer, increase in backyard pools, sun safe.

Need to know what will attract people to pool by talking to community groups, community members, schools and swim club.

Time to start the conversation.

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Club Changeover 2019

Rotary Club of Numurkah Changeover Meeting. President Stephen Mills gave the Presidential Report and DG Malcolm Kerr inducted Lorraine Greenwood at President.
Community Service Award presented to Duncan McPherson, Vocational Service Award presented to Paul Arnel.

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Club Changeover Meeting 2019

Rotary Club of Numurkah Changeover Meeting. President Stephen Mills gave the Presidential Report and DG Malcolm Kerr inducted Lorraine Greenwood at President.
Community Service Award presented to Duncan McPherson, Vocational Service Award presented to Paul Arnel.





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Baulkamaugh Scouts attend Jamboree


Eight scouts and leader Jason Andrew attended the 2019 Murraylands Jamboree at Tailem Bend S.A.

The scouts Rohan, Coby, Gemma, Charlotte, Pim, Jake, Brayden and Tameyh with leader Jason Andrew presented a power point presentation on their experiences at the Jamboree.

Six patrols of six scouts with 4 adult leaders in each troop. 12,000 scouts attended from Australia and International Countries. The site was dusty and rocky.

Activities included The Cube, Bang, Splat, Trade Mall, Shooting, Mud Pit and Market Day with evening performances with fireworks at beginning and end of Jamboree.

Post Jamboree met up with fellow troop members from Melbourne.

Jason was assigned to busing as each day 4,000 scouts left site for day activities.

The scouts thanked the Rotary Club for their support in enabling them to attend this outstanding event in their Scouting Life.


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Certificate of Appreciation

President Stephen presented Julia Arho a Certificate of Appreciation to the Bendigo Bank for their support in renovating the Community Kiosk.



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Meritorious Service Award


Allen Canobie presented award to Lou Hamon. Lou joined Rotary same year in 1987.

Well respected, stable, conservative with a sense of humor Lou has an appreciation of the arts. Leader in Scouting for 45 years,, many years ago produced Apex Bulletin, now producing the weekly Rotary Bulletin. He has brought the club from dark ages with Club Runner and electronic communication thus enhancing the club. Another great passion has been the Numurkah Singers producing 30 shows and has been chair of Art Show for over 20 years. Lou has played a leading part in his church and is a board member of Moira Arts & Culture Inc. Lou received the Order of Australia Medal and the club is proud of his service to the club.


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Lindy Crowther & Linda Ball Guest Speakers



1 in 2 Australians struggle with mental health, yet half to not seek help.

80% loneliness is increasing, 2/3 felt lonely, 1/2 did not feel need seek help.

Every day 6 suicides plus 30 attempts at suicide.

"Grow" established in 1957 as "Recovery" is a caring abd supportive, community based organisation which has developed a unique program for improving and maintaining mental wellbeing.

Value of peer support to reduce social isolation. Offers hope, collective wisdom, leadership development, affordable and accessible.

4 essential features: 1. 12 step program, 2. Group Method, 3. Caring and sharing community, 4. Organisational structure.

No cost, anonymous with a two hour weekly meeting with 3-15 members per group.


Linda spoke on her experience. Several breakdowns, but proud to have got through it, difficult life but found people understanding and caring in "Grow".


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Umoja Orphanage Dinner

Cathy Booth, Founder of Umoja Orphanage Kenya, will be in Nathalia on July, 28th and we are arranging a dinner for supporters and those interested in our project, to hear from Cathy, about the project and where it is up to and what is planned for the future. Tickets at $30- are now available on Trybooking following the link below. Tables of 10 are also available if you want to organise a group.
Our Container will have just left Australia for Kenya and it will be a chance for Cathy to thank our supporters who have given so generously toward the Container contents. Ticket price includes a 2 course Roast and sweets Dinner, catered by Nathalia Football and Netball Club and drinks available at bar prices.
Profits from the night will go toward the transport of the Container from the port and to pay for the tractor.
Trybooking link:

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Nadene Donnelly Certificate of Appreciation

President Stephen Mills presented Nadene Donnelly with a Certificate of Appreciation for assistance to the club in producing and printing flyers, tickets etc. for Business Breakfast.

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Geoff Austin Guest Speaker

Geoff Austin flew as a Captain with Virgin Australia
Attended flying school single engine course then twin engine and instrument training. Experience as a charter pilot flying 2,000 hours before airlines consider you. Other sources of pilots Air Force or Cadets.
To keep license tested over 2 day every 6 months with 4 hours in simulator each day. Cover engine failure, engine fire.
Flew 737 on domestic routes short or medium haul. International have up to 16 hours flight, 737 6 hours maximum. Flight of one and a half hours will have fuel for 2 hours Fuel is refined kerosene.
Lithium batteries a big threat as a fire in cargo hold will require an emergency landing. Cabin depressurisation have 15 seconds of useful consciousness. 
Typical routes two way. Holding points over Heathcote and Berrigan.
Captain responsible for departure procedures, landing procedures and arrival procedures.

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Grant Duffy guest speaker

Grant Duffy was the guest speaker at the Combined Services Dinner hosted by Lions.

Angel Flight is a charity which coordinates non-emergency flights to assist country people to access specialist medical treatment that would otherwise be unavailable to them because of vast distance and high travel costs. All flights are free and may involve travel to medical facilities anywhere in Australia.

Angel Flight, launched as an Australian charity in April 2003, is the initiative of Bill Bristow AM a successful businessman, experienced pilot and very proud winner of the Australian of the Year Award – Queensland 2005.

A third of population live in rural areas where distance and cost of medical treatment is stressful.

46,000 missions in a year with a staff of 3,000 volunteer pilots and 4,000 volunteer Earth Angels.

85% of funding goes to service with no Government funding, service relies on charitable donations.

Patients are referred by doctors or nurses. Assumed patients come from the "back of Bourke" but service available free of charge to anyone outside of capital cities. 

Grant has been a volunteer pilot with Angel Flights for six years.


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Cherie Laumen guest speaker.

Cherie spoke about a community agency known as Healesville Interchurch Community Care Inc. (HICCI). HICCI commenced in 1989 when the churches in Healesville felt challenged to address the needs of people in the community struggling to cope with the everyday demands of living, or who, faced with a sudden crisis in their lives.
Started with a small food cupboard in a back room of one of the churches, now operates from a purpose build building..
Committee of Management drawn from the seven churches with five part time professional staff running the three programs with 120 volunteers, last year providing 9.074 services.
Grants received from government, plus support from individuals, service clubs and clients.
Emergency Relief Program provide food hampers and provide practical assistance. Also provides assistance with clothing, education costs and medicine.
Transport & Social Support program assists clients to access services and social activities in the community.
Community Meal program provides a weekly two course dinner which promotes social inclusion in the community.
Cherie concluded by stating she feels blessed to work in her own community doing a job she loves and working with a great team.

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Thang Danh Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker – Thang Danh. Hometown Mekong Territory in Vietnam. House surrounded by rice fields, his family including 4 siblings grow bananas, coconut & casaba. Parents work in rice fields hard to make a living. During university undertook some army activities, soccer & dancing. Spent 1 year being a research assistant in laboratory growing embryo rice & developed an interest in growing straw mushrooms. After graduation he undertook an internship in Hezava, Israel working in a tomato shade house & then travelled to Tel Aviv, Dead Sea & Jerusalem.  He then returned to Vietnam to start growing mushrooms but unfortunately he burnt the sporn for the mushroom bag so he travelled to Saigon to learn English & then onto Minnesota, USA & where he experienced snow for the first time. Then back to Vietnam as a mushroom technician when a friend introduced him to employment in Australia for Flavourwave & he was accepted & has been here for 6 months where he is a crop care worker required to clip 400 plants per hour. He enjoys the work & is able to make enough to send money back to his family.

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Graham Cocks Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker – Graham Cocks (Bright Rotary Club)
Congratulations to Numurkah for taking on Bowel Cancer Awareness for month of May. Screening tests detect any traces of blood you can’t see. If you see blood, go to your Doctor. Program started in 1981 in Lismore Rotary Club, Graham is the district co-ordinator. 31 clubs in the district are involved, 49 townships & suburbs consist of mostly country clubs. He became a district program in 2008/2009 prior to that only 3 clubs were involved in the district, 14 the next year, now up to 31. Rotary scheme 50% of sales are within age of 50-75 price range which is generally covered by Govt scheme. He suggests scans be done every 12 months rather than every 2 years. 41% return rate on Govt scheme – the aim is to reach 60%. 90% chance of bowel cancer can be cured if detected early. Program is encouraged to utilise pharmacies to sell the scans. Sally Rose to be the club co-ordinator. Club provides the kits to the pharmacy, club collects $1 for each scan sold. Kits only have a 2 year lifespan – check useby dates, sell the older ones first. Kits can be purchased for $18.00 via internet, but in May we are selling for $15.00 each. 4,000 die each year from bowel scan, second to lung cancer. Awareness month is May, price through pharmacy $35-$40. Samples to be put in an envelope & mailed off for testing. Results of testing to be provided to clubs when completed.  Suggest an ad to go into local paper to advertise we have these scans available. Reminder letters sent to all participants each year to remind them to test.

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Bernadette Steward Guest Speaker

Bernadette Steward as secretary of the Numurkah Wunghnu Cemetery Trust spoke on the Past the Present and the Future.
Numurkah gazetted in 1876 with cemetery gazetted in 1882 with 15 burials in first year. Previously buried in Wunghnu Cemetery.
Trust was formed with original trustees being representatives from each section. Present day Trust has 8 appointed voluntary trustees with chairman appointed for 5 years. The Trust employs a secretary and contractors such as grave diggers.
Trust undertaking improvements with Pavillio restored, thanks to Rotary and Lions, planning a new entrance, new fence and signage.
"Right of Interment" allows that person to decide who can be buried in plot and whether there is to be a head-stone.
Plots can be reserved in general section not in Lawn section.
Lawn Cemetery established in 1978 nearing capacity with land set aside for expansion.
Trust conducting "Cemetery Walks"  giving information on pioneers and their stories.
Change in burials to Green Interments, without coffin and buried upright with no plaque on site. Diverse cultures also requesting different types of burials.
Trust is seeking grants and donations to carry our improvements and expansion.

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Brian from the Rotary Club of Albury West spoke on Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation transforms gifts into projects that change loves both close to home and around the world.

Donations are invested for three years and the income earned pays for the Foundation's operating and administrative expenses. At the end of three years 100% of every dollar is available for Foundation programs.

$50 - 60,000 available for District Grants.

Examples include Cervical Cancer Vaccination in PNG where 28,000 girls aged 9-13 were vaccinated.

Polio Plus: Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two polio endemic countries - mainly due to tribal customs.


To recognise the contributions made by individual Rotarians and Friends of Rotary, we have several recognition levels.
  • Centurion: members A$100 annually
  • Paul Harris Fellow US$1,000
  • Paul Harris Society Members US$1000 annually
  • Major Donor Level 1: $10,000, Level 2: $25,000 Level 3: $50,000 Level 4: $100,000 (USD)

Routley's Orchard

Ivan Routley spoke to members on-site at the Routley Orchard in Carrs Road.

Due to cannery reduction in canning fruit intake no longer sustainable so have switched to fresh fruits.

Planted 15 varieties of plums, trees on trellis enabling closer planting thus more profitable.

Marketed through a group, exporting to China. Established a commercial nursery.

Life span of trees 20 - 30 years becoming productive in their third leaf. Picking December to March picking for colour.


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Rosemary Freeman Guest Speaker


Rosemary Freeman District representative on Australia Rotary Health was guest speaker. 

Australian Rotary Health is governed by a Board of Directors from every District, administered from Paramatta HQ by volunteers.

Aim is to support healthier minds, bodies and communities through research, awareness and education.

Research projects include SIDS, Mental Health, Bowl Cancer, Ross River Fever.

In 1985 $45M granted to research and education programs unique to Australia. 

Major program "Lift the Lid" with 1 in 5 Australians suffer a mental illness every year. $1.7M spent on Mental Health Research.

Small and large grants given to research projects, Mental Health of Young Australians, PTSD PhD Scholarship, Rural Medical Scholarships, Rural and Indigenous Nursing Scholarships, Indigenous Health Scholarships with $2.6M ranted in 2018.

Rosemary spoke at a special meting with The Ride to Conference riders ans support.




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2019 Business Breakfast

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Rotary Club of Numurkah Business Breakfast has been rescheduled to FRIDAY 5th April.

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39th Annual Arts & Craft Exhibition

Rotary Club of Numurkah 39th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition
President of Numurkah Rotary Stephen Mills said at the official opening of the 39th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition “We are consistently amazed at the quality of work on display at our shows, and this year the works are of exceptional standard”
The official opening on Friday 8th March was well attended with entertainment from the Numurkah Ukulele Club providing a pleasant atmosphere with their enthusiastic and engaging performance.
Suzanne Sheed MP Member for Shepparton in officially opening the exhibition said “The value of art to the community cannot be understated. It can entertain us, it can challenge us, it can move us, it can inspire us. It is a record of who we are at a point in time, and – often – it is a signal of who we want to be”.
Art judge Ross Paterson congratulated the artists for entering paintings of such high standard as he announced the awards.
Best in Show was “Bridge over Namoi” by Kasey Sealy from Berowra Heights. Ross commented “Kasey has developed a skill in capably understanding the light, form and mood of the Australian landscape”.
Highly Commended: Walter Magilton “It’s Dry in the Gramps”, Do Noble “Marysville Garden”, Di King “All on a Summers Day”.
Runner Up was “Spanish Onions” by Gregory Smith. “Greg has a great ability to interpret form and light. Beautifully painted and presented”.
Best Watercolour: “Where to Now” by Ann Grogan from Pyramid Hill. “Ann has produced a vitally fresh watercolour.”
Highly Commended: George Deeble “Afternoon Walk”.
Best Oil: “A Bag of Fruit” by Glen Hoyle from Langwarrin. “Great understanding of the subject”.
High Commended: Cheryl Manders “The French Blue Jug”, Heather McKean “Dried Proteas”.
Best Pastel: “Kakadu Dreaming” by Nancy Thurlby from Glen Iris. “Notable is the beautiful gradation in the water reflections”.
Best Regional Artist: “Nasturtiums” by Christine Broersen from Shepparton. “A classical example of a painting which doesn’t require a story or narrative, just light”
Highly Commended: John Stevens “Sand Shoes”, Bev Williams “Torquata Gum Leaves”, Glenda Cornell “Rugged Beauty”.
Moira Art & Culture Inc. Encouragement Award: “Real Estate Building Numurkah” by Geoff Lugg. “A very descriptive version of an architectural study”.
Photographic Award: “Stalking” Dennis Rickard.
Highly Commended: “Dust Devil” Les Addison.
Craft Judge Claire Reid commented on the variety of entries making a great display.
Best Craft Entry: Valerie Pendlebury “Ayrshire Embroidery”.
Fibres, Threads and Beads Award: Valerie Pendlebury “Ayrshire Embroidery”. Highly Commended Fiona Caruthers “Jade Scarf” and Margaret Blackburn “Matinee Jacket & Bonnet”.
Framed Needlework Award: Joy Knight “Framed Needlework, Highly Commended Joy Knight “Footstool”.
Quilt Award: Anna Newham “Maple Star Quilt”. Highly Commended Helen Collins “Milly’s Garden Quilt”, Linda Ball “Machine Crazy Quilt”.
Craft Award: Dennis Hooker “Car Enthusiasts Lamp”.
Toys Award: Jenny Barnes “Croched Grey Koala”

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Home Hardware Visit

Jeff and Gayle are proud of business and their achievement with the Home Hardware business.

Jeff is a CPA qualified accountant previously working for Kraft and SPC before becoming disenchanted with corporate life.

Bought the hardware business which was under-performing and under new management grew considerably.

Most complex business he has been in. Traded 8 yeas under Thrifty-Link banner then moved to Home Hardware group.

Home Hardware was a John Danks business before being bought by Woolworths who later sold to Mitre-10

Spent 5 years in old premises before purchasing present premises from Goulburn Murray.

Home Hardware a lose franchise allowing use of a number of suppliers with charge-back.

Jeff & Gayle's strategy has been to have the right stock giving good customer service.

Employee's are all trade people with various trade expertise. 


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Liam Trigg Guest Speaker


Liam grew up at Pakenham on a hobby farm, developing interest in animals. As a child watched nature documentaries on television.

Graduated with a science degree in animal science and became a part time zoo keeper at Gumbuya zoo and park. Experienced raising baby animals. After renovations at Gumbuya World became full time zoo keeper specialising in training, display and programs for school children.

Now working with Government department in Agricultural Science with focus on sheep and cattle.

Liam illustrated his enthusiastic and passionate presentation with a power point display.

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Les Lawrence Shield

The annual bowling competition between the Numurkah and Nathalia Rotary Clubs was held for the Les Lawrence Shield, with Nathalia the winners.


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Maryanne Black Guest Speaker


Maryanne Black Rural Financial Counsellor spoke on the plight of farmers in the district.

Very dry Autumn resulted in farmers having to purchase hay, followed by a dry Spring putting pressure on water market.

With increase in hay, water and grain prices farmers culled milking cows to reduce herd numbers.

Farmers have access to Household Allowance and increase their borrowings.

Milk production decreased by 23%

Future strategy: further culling and cut feeding to milking herd.

Now focussed on Autumn break, a week by week scenario. Lots of exits with 3,000 stock sold in one week, with farms selling at reduced price.

Support available is Household Allowance, Regional Investment Loans, and some lump-sum payments from charities.


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Marie Austin Guest Speaker



Teaching English to migrants and refugees at TAFE for 14 years, originally in Cobram and in Shepparton for last 8 years.

 Migrants come from many different countries all ages from 20 to over 65, men and women.

Initial assessment, taking 2 hours and graded "Pre" no English, then Level 1 to 4.

Curriculum assessment also undertaken with further assessment after 200 hours.

Enrolled in 510 or 800 hours free education with free child-care and free accommodation for 4 weeks.

Students are required to attend 4 days a week.

Marie initially taught 3 days a week, now only 1 day a week.


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Induction of Phil Ashton & Greg Moralee 2019-02-18 13:00:00Z 0

Anzac Day donation

 Anzac Day Ceremony.
President Stephen Mills presenting a $500 cheque to Stuart Hipwell President Numurkah RSL Sub-branch for Anzac Day Ceremony.

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Elvis (John Read) spoke on his trip to Parkes for the Elvis weekend.

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Bridgette & Bronte Guest Speakers.


Bridgette and Bronte students from St Mary of the Angels participated in the Sandhurst Diocese Alternate Schoolies Trip, a once in a lifetime experience.

Arrived in Cebu in the Philippines and met by University of San Carlos students who acted as guides.

First day were tourists as they toured and shown the sights.

The following day community work began with a visit to a dump site, where locals scavenged through waste for a living.

Next day visited a housing community where up to 400 families housed in a small one room houses for shelter. Families engaged in crafts.

This was followed by a visit to a cemetery where families lived seeking shelter among the tombstones.

Another day was spent visiting sick orphans.

Also accompanied Brother Paul who at night visits the street workers providing food, medicine and counselling.

During the trip the students were encouraged to see the beauty as well as the poverty.

The $14,000 raised by the students, which included a donation from the Rotary Club of Numurkah, was divided between communities visited.

Both Bridgette and Bronte said they will never forget this lifechanging experience.



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Kinnairds Wetland Walk

Carl Walters from CMA was guest speaker and tour guide at a walk through Kinnaird Wetland.

Kinnairds Wetland is part of a larger natural wetland covering an area of nearly 100 hectares of natural and constructed wetland designed to provide major regional benefits for land in the Muckatah Surface Water Management Scheme beginning in Yarrawonga.

In 1992 GMW proposal had 187 objections, consultation with community resulted in change to the design to improve water quality and flows, and included replacement of 10 weirs on the Broken Creek. Approval was gained and project has won environmental awards.

The natural and constructed areas of the wetland act as  a retarding basin which aids in filtering sediment and minimises the rate of flows entering the Broken Creek which eventually flows into the Murray River at Barmah.

The diverse area provide habitat for a variety of wildlife including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish.



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39Th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition

Entry forms for the Rotary Club of Numurkah 39th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition to be held March 8th to 11th are now available.
Offering $10,000 in Prize Money the exhibition is one of the best art exhibitions in Regional Victoria.

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Linda Boyd & Peter Clark


Linda and Peter reported on the "Pals Panthers" participation in the Tri-State Games in Adelaide.

Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia compete in games with 35-40 teams and over 300 athletes.

Pals Panthers came 2nd in athletics, 2nd in swimming and 3rd overall.

Thanks was expressed to the Rotary Club for providing sponsorship.

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Jade Connolly Guest Speaker


Jade Connolly currently studying for a degree in Veterinary Science attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), a 7 day experienced based conference for young adults aged 18-30 to further develop character and leadership skills, empowering young people to lead.

RYLA aims to:

·         Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth;

·         Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders;

·         Encourage leadership of youth by youth;

·         Recognise publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities.

Every RYLA program covers the following core topics:[1]

·         Fundamentals of leadership

·         Ethics of positive leadership

·         Importance of communication skills in effective leadership

·         Problem-solving and conflict management

·         Rotary's purpose and service to the community

·         Building self-confidence and self-esteem

·         Elements of community and global citizenship

Leaders are persons who guides or directs not dictates. Learnt to be part of the solution not part of the problem in teamwork.

Discovered self by portraying positive emotions,. Must believe in yourself.

Jade concluded by screening a short video of the conference.

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Padman Stops


John had a sheltered but awkward life growing up on a dairy farm in Albury. Always making and inventing things. With the creation of the Albury Wodonga Development, the river flats were purchased and family moved to Mulwala.

Developed irrigation equipment inventing a stop that works with automation. With the drought irrigation became more efficient, with less time needed for better crops. Save 1/3 water by watering faster.

Today Australia has the most efficient surface irrigation in the world. Cotton industry now has 3 times yield with GM cotton. To survive on world markets have to get smarter.

Padman Stops the biggest pre-cast industry in Australia.

John now works on research and development with son Shaun running the business. Challenge is to take something complex and make it simple.

After the suicide of a worker John became involved with mental health promising to help prevent suicide.

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St Mary Secondary College "Alternate Schoolies"

Bridgette, Elisha and Bronte participating in St Mary Secondary College "Alternate Schoolies" from 28th November to 16th December.

Will travel to the Philippines at act as volunteers in needy centres.

Each student had to raise a minimum of $500 to be spent on the needy in the Philippines.

Thanks to Rotary for their support.

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Darren Smith Guest Speaker.


Darren Smith lived in Numurkah most of his life attending Numurkah Primary School and Numurkah High School.

Apprentice at Newport Railway Workshop for 2 1/2 years, returning to Numurkah to complete trade. Moved to Emerald Qld. then back to Numurkah.

In 1991 started up a tyre shop, business grew nd employed local people, Joined the Tyre Power Group, an independent co-op where the business is run by the owner.

In 2015 decided to sell business and moved to Calandra with wife Elizabeth working at the Cairns hospital as unit manager for 2 1/2 years with himself working for a Chinese tyre company,

Decided to return to Numurkah. Old business came up for sale, taking-over in October.

Gone a full circle.

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G.V. Water Plant visit.



Dan from G.V. Water welcomed Rotary to the treatment plant.

10 years ago the old plant had reached capacity and water quality was not always the best.

Options were to build new plant in town, which was not recommended due to lack of space and nearby houses. Second option was to build on a new site out of town with GM Water channel being source of water.

New site provides 300 mega litres of storage. Old plant delivered 6 mega litres per day new plant 10 mega litres a day.

Cost of plant was $12M.

G.V. Water services 54 towns from Marysville to Cobram.

Possibility of plant supplying water to Nathalia if their old plant has to be decommissioned.

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Guest Speakers Andrea Holmes & Kate Reghazani


Kate Reghazani & Andrea Holmes  discussed their new business of Rush food & travel.


Andrea advised that they hope to open soon, perhaps within the next 3 weeks.  They are both local girls who grew up in Katunga, love netball, football clubs, Hawks & being involved on local committees. Andrea was educated locally & moved to Melbourne for a career in finance until she returned to start a family. She went into business with her Husband & brother in law by buying the Telegraph 2005 where Kate started working for them. Andrea & her Husband juggled family & business & subsequently purchased the local Newsagency in 2009. Following the closing of The Common Thread, Andrea & Kate came together to brain storm to consider a business niche for Numurkah. They hope to create a relaxed atmosphere, where customers can enjoy a great coffee, purchase a gift & plan a holiday.


Kate’s aspect of Rush has been there for sometime. Kate first worked at Regent Café & then Dairy Delights where food was taken to another level. She then became second cook at the Telegraph & then worked the bar. She then travelled to America as a summer camp counsellor in Tuxedo in North Carolina where she worked for the next 5 summers & subsequently became an assistant Director. In 2010 she travelled around the world to the United Kingdom, Europa & South America. In 2014 Kate joined Escape Centre in Shepparton where she attained a Cert III in travel. She quickly became a Team Leader but was keen to travel again to America to work in the summer camps.

Now opportunity has arisen for them to commence their new business for travel advice. Opening a business has taken longer than they expected, but they look forward to commencing soon & provide a business that will be open 7 days a week.


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Induction of Geoff Austin

President Stephen Mills inducted Geoff Austin into the Rotary Club of Numurkah.
Pictured: Steve Mills, Membership Director Kate Hodge, Geoff Austin and Marie Austin.

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Mad Hat Day


Sergeant Tim Gleeson from Numurkah Police Station talked to the club about the Head to Head Walk from Gippsland and Mildura to Wangaratta to raise money and awareness of  Mental Health Issues amongst retired police members. They are hoping to raise $500,000. PP John Watson announced that the Board had approved a donation of $250 to the project and Jeff Buzza was presenting the cheque to Sergeant Gleeson the next day.

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Presidential Citation


Past District Governor Bernie Bott presented PP Jacque Phillips and the Numurkah Rotary Club with an International Presidential Citation for 17/18 Rotary year. PDG Bernie Bott announced that as the President for that year we had met 26/27 goals set for the year.

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Website Workshop

Lou conducted a Club Runner Workshop illustrating the features of the Numurkah Rotary website.
Thanks to Mat and Deb from the Numurkah Community Learning Centre for the use of the NCLC lap-top computers and arranging the use of the facilities and room, and Mat for his guidance to members.
A big thank you to Gary Phillips for the pizza dinner and Stephen Mills for the drinks.
Responding to the challenge to send an email, when I arrived home the following were in my inbox.
Kate 7.25pm, John 7.27pm, Jennifer 7.32pm. Gary 7.32pm, Sally 7.35 and Rex 7.40.
Well done, and the night achieved the milestone of all members logging in to Club Runner.

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Paul Arnel Guest Speaker


Paul Arnel, Principal St Joseph's Primary School and President of Numurkah Football Netball Club was guest speaker.

President of Numurkah Football Netball Club for six years with wife Jodie and five children involved in the club.

The club has 500 members and participants fielding 18 teams, providing opportunity for families to engage at a level of their choice

Football teams AusKick, Under 10, Under 12, 4th, 3rds, Reserve and Seniors.

Family orientated, perception of a boys club and grog shop wrong as club serves the community. With 11 netball teams and 7 football teams the club is female dominated. days of boys club has changed.

Club has a turnover of $300,000 to $400,000 with club striving to improve facilities with spin off a benefit to community. Plans to build a new netball facility, install new lighting and a car park.

Relationship good with community is good with club providing monetary and physical support to families in need.

Murray League looking to move into two divisions.

Culture and environment of club is to serve the community.


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Susan Alberti speaker at Business Breakfast


Secured Susan Alberti to be guest speaker at Business Breakfast Wednesday 3rd April.

Philanthropist, businesswoman and women's football league pioneer Susan Alberti has been crowned Victorian of the Year. The well-known Melburnian, who has helped raise millions for charity through her medical research foundation. It comes after Ms Alberti won 2017 Melburnian of the Year. The prominent philanthropist is known for her charity work, in particular raising funds for diabetes research, and for her work in helping to develop the women's football league. Her passion for medical research developed after her daughter Danielle was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the 1980s and later died from complications associated with the disease. Ms Alberti is the former vice-president of the Western Bulldogs Football Club, which she has barracked for since she was a child. Her work to nurture and financially support the AFLW competition has been a focus for decades. In 1997 she received an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for her contribution towards the cause of diabetes research, and was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Award in 1997 and in 2009. She was awarded an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) in 2007, and the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) Award in 201

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Gerrard Daniel Guest Speaker


Gerrard Daniel founded Nu Genes in 1989 with two partners, with the aim to respond to peoples needs offering herd testing, artificial insemination, de-horning, milk testing DNA testing.

Now has 51 employees and 40 vehicles and branches in Gippsland in Maffra and Western District in Terang.

In 1974 Australia had 7,926 dairy farms, in 1986 14,986, 2000 7,926 and today 6,000.

Need to change with the times with the introduction of huge corporate dairy farms, and employ staff willing to travel. Servicing farms from Forbes to S.A. and all over Victoria.

Has made mistakes along the way, if you think everything is going to go your way - you are dreaming.

Meet challenges by responding in a realistic way.

Past not so bad, future exciting.

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Karen & Sam Paramedics

Karen & Sam paramedics with Ambulance Victoria stationed at Numurkah. spoke on heart attacks and strokes.
Heart Attacks occur when blood vessels are blocked. Symptoms include chest pain. discomfort in arms, back, jaw, neck, shortness of breath.
Call 000 if in doubt, do not leave to following day as time frame is short with death of heart muscle cells occurring causing permanent damage.
When calling 000 a series of questions will be asked.
Administering aspirin helps break up the blood clot. When paramedics arrive an ECG and blood test will be taken. MICA has other thrombolytic drugs available to break up the blood clot. Transportation to hospital will be arranged .
Strokes can be caused by clots in the brain - Ischemia, where loss of blood will cause cells to die.
Haemorrhagic stroke is bleeding in the brain causing pressure.
Symptoms are unsteady gait, slurring of words, difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness.
Code 1 to Shepparton or helicopter from Bendigo to transfer to Melbourne.
Thanks to Karen & Sam for an excellent presentation and answering the many questions from members.

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James Miller guest speaker


James Miller spoke to the club prior to travelling to Canada to compete. Competing at school, zone, region and state levels with success James was invited to compete in Vancouver.

James returned to the club to speak on his visit to Vancouver to compete in school athletic competitions.

Flew from Sydney to Vancouver on a 14 hour flight with fellow competitors then to Kelowna Campus of the University of British Columbia. Competition was amazing coming 3rd in long jump, 6th in 100 metres, 4th in javelin.

Returned to Vancouver touring city and Mt. Whistler then competitions at week-end. 5th in high jump, 5th in long jump and 5th in javelin. Training day with excellent coaches.

Visited Universal Studios and Disneyland.

Since returning has competed in School Zone Athletics achieving firsts in long jump, 100 metres, high jump and relay. Was awarded the Age Champion Award.


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Russell & Bruce Harris guest speakers


Russell and Bruce Harris spoke to the club about the Numurkah Fishing Club's proposal for the construction of a jetty in the lake for fishing.

Seeking support from Rotary for the project.

Plans have been drawn up by the Shire with need to dredge part of the lake and to bring in a pylon driver. The jetty will be constructed of Murray pine and be an all ability jetty designed for wheel chair access.

Approaching all service clubs and community groups for support, as jetty for everyone, not just the fishing club. 11,000 fingerlings released into lake so is well stocked, just needs access.



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Neville Atkinson guest speaker


Neville is passionate about indigenous involvement in community.

Goulburn Murray Catchment Authority charter to include aboriginal participation.

Model of inclusion of aboriginal people in society with economics bringing about a common ground, not benevolence, but inclusion for social change.

Murray River corridor an opportunity to be inclusive and diversify as other Catchment Management Authorities form a tri-state alliance collaborating to do it better in managing resources and allowing people to develop to their best potential, not relying just on welfare.

Education, health and economics parity so the aboriginal people can look after themselves and not depend on other and be empowered to help others.

Doing it the same way for so long, with nothing changed.

Neville enlisting private sector involvement to bring about business disciplines.

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Wayne Dyson Guest Speaker


Commenced a musical career after school, touring Asia with an orchestra as a percussionist.

On return commenced a cadetship with Coles and in 2000 joined father with IGA for 18 months.

Moved onto Woolworths for 5 years in various management positions. Then became a rep on the road with Coca Cola for a year. Met Adele and committed himself to father's business for 5 years, still with business after 14 years.

Extensions needed as over trading in area. Took 10 years with Shire to obtain permit, final paper-work on-going.

Proud of achievement, most up-to-date store under the IGA Banner.

Wayne then conducted a tour of the supermarket.

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Ross Abberfield Guest Speaker


Ross Abberfield Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Fruit fly Coordinator stated fruit fly was a massive issue in the Goulburn Valley being a threat to horticulture where 50% of Australian apples, 70% of pears and 100% of canning pears are grown.

Community involvement through Councils, growers and community groups have responded well.

Ross spoke on his experiences as a member of the Rotary Vocational Training Team visiting Canada and touring farms and processing and research facilities.

East Coast of USA and Canada was an historical area with generational roots with large scale horticulture. Visited the Great Lakes, and Amish farms, and exchange team members who visited Australia last year.

Cornell University research into fruit fly, new styles of horticulture developing new varieties.

Diversified farms with big acreage leading the way in robotics, packing sheds automated with new generation equipment.

Trip enabled partnerships and relationships to be developed with industry representatives with view for exchange of information and tours, building a network across three nations.

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Tam Joyce Guest Speaker

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

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Successful Farmers Drought Relief BBQ 2018-08-10 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Business Breakfast

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

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Farmers Drought Relief BBQ 2018-08-06 14:00:00Z 0

Craig Beamish Guest Speaker

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

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Rachael Robinson guest speaker at Business Breakfast 2018-07-30 14:00:00Z 0
Phil Ashton inducted as "A Friend of Rotary" 2018-07-30 14:00:00Z 0

Marilyn Damm OAM Guest Speaker

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

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

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

"Be The Inspiration"

Who, What, Where and Why?

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

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

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

Keep Rotary Meetings fun.

Show by example Rotary is the service club to join.


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

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

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Presentation of Sapphire Paul Harris 2018-07-23 14:00:00Z 0

Numurkah Golf & Bowls Club presentation

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

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Guest Speakers: Kylee Donkers and Louise Greenwood.

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

Guest Speakers: Kylee Donkers and Louise Greenwood. 2018-07-09 14:00:00Z 0

Immediate Past District Governor presentation.



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

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

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Geoff Spencer guest speaker

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

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Changeover Dinner 2018

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

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Emma Knapp Guest Speaker


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

Aim is to build resilience in dairy industry.

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

Awareness Raising:

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

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Men's Health Night

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

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Induction of Marie Austin

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

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Adele Dyson Guest Speaker

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

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James Miller


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

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

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

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

Leaving for Vancouver on27th June.


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Guest speaker Phil Ashton


Phil Ashton a garden designer spoke on his gardens.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three things to remember:

1. Put some autumn colour into garden.

2. Plant perfume or aromatic plants.

3 Plant for wild-life.

When buying natives, buy in tubes.

2018 starting all over again in Numurkah.

Phil concluded with Greek Proverb:

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


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John Taylor Guest Speaker

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

Born in Finley, son of a lawyer.

Discussion Wills & Powers of Attorney.

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

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

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

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

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Alastair Whittington Guest Speaker

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

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Neville Atkinson guest speaker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4WD Trip 2018

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

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Jen Parer Guest Speaker


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

Malaria is still endemic in 91 countries.

Chronic malaria causes poverty and poor education.

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

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

How to interrupt cycle:

1. Person focused control - preventive therapies.

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

3. Development such as better housing and water.

RAM Programs:

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

 Malaria Awareness Day 30th April

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Induction of new members Rex Shields & Judy McDonald 2018-04-09 14:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker - Sue Hendy.

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

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Debating team Runners Up.

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

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Jane Wilson inducted as a Friend 2018-03-26 13:00:00Z 0

Katunga Fresh Visit

Club Members Friends and Guests visited Katunga Fresh for a tour with Peter van den Goor.
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Guest Speakers Frank Malcolm, Jennifer Rodger & Terry Brennan

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

Guest Speakers Frank Malcolm, Jennifer Rodger & Terry Brennan 2018-03-19 13:00:00Z 0
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38th Annual Arts & Craft Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

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

Portion size according to age and gender.


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Induction of new members.

President Jacque inducted Kay Moodie, Chris & Ross Hardman into the Rotary club.
Pictured President Jacqie Phillip, membership director and sponsor Kate Hodge, Kay Moodie, Chris & Ross Hardman and Stephen Mills sponsor.
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Trinity & Mariea Richards Guest Speakers

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

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Peter Sprunt and Kerry Swan guest speakers.

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

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Debbie Oliver Guest Speaker

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

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Stephen Mills Guest Speaker

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

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Gary & Barb Duke Guest Speakers

Gary & Barb. Duke were guest speakers at club meeting Monday 29th January.
Gary and Barb Duke combine their love of cycling, both locally and internationally with humanitarian work. Travel on a tandem bike with trailer.
Visited the highlands of New Guinea to assist with rebuilding of the hospital. Locals are easy going, lovely people but tribal system prevails. Gary found that dealing with them you had to be strong and firm.
Hospital staffed by doctors is the main training hospital for remote areas. Student doctors choose to come to make a difference.
Naracoorte Rotary Club financed installation of water tanks and visited and worked hard.
Gary & Barb looking to do something, to be a help over longer period without being burdensome to others.
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Lauren Harris Guest Speaker

Lauren a St Mary's student gave a passionate account of her alternate schoolies week in the Philippines.
One of 6 students from St Mary's, Lauren travelled to the Philippines on an immersion program visiting and assisting at housing projects and orphanages.
Difference between Australia and Philippines is that they have no social security.
Big impact was meeting people, always happy and smiling, making the most of what they have. This experience did not make Lauren happy with situation and challenged her to look at situation of fellow human beings.
Heartfelt experience was joining Brother Paul on his nightly visits to women on the street. A humble man, trusted by the women as he handed out medical supplies, condoms and comfort.
Trip impacted on Lauren's future. She was considering entering nursing, now she can not wait to pursue her goal of nursing and return with these skills.
Lauren was grateful she was able to contribute to the situation, thanking Rotary for their contribution.
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Rotary/Lions BBQ

The annual first meeting of the year was a combined BBQ with the Lions Club & partners in Apex Park.
An enjoyable meal with good fellowship commenced the year on a high note for the new year.














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Allanah Wallace inducted as a Friend of Rotary. 2017-11-27 13:00:00Z 0

Guest Speakers: Lauren Harris, Amie Hodge & Tim Connolly


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

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

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



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

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

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

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


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Steve McKewen Guest Speaker

Steve McKewen was guest speaker at meeting on Monday 20th,
Steve is District Membership Director.
Steve challenged the club members to think positively about membership.
Key to membership depends on your club, if not a fun club, people will no come along.
What do you like about Rotary, why are you not sharing it with others?
Do you tell people about Rotary? Why are you not proud to talk about Rotary?
Convince people it is better than doing something else - here has to be better.
Meetings must be good value, plan like a dinner party not a board meeting.
If you do not like meetings, consider change.
Rotary is a way to meet friends.
Fundraising good for community, but members must be happy to participate
Evaluate and discuss club, review and manage.

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Hayley Napier Guest Speaker

Hayley Napier was guest speaker at the clubs meeting on Monday 13th November.
A qualified allied health health professional specialising in delivery of exercises for the prevention and management of chronic disease and injury.
62% Australian adults overweight with 34% with high blood pressure.
Adults with BMI above 30 and physically inactive leads to risk factors.
50% Australians have a chronic disease of which 34% preventable.
What can we do? Quit smoking, limit alcohol, have a good social network, decrease stress, eat healthy diet and get enough sleep, and participate in physical activity or exercise.
How do I exercise? The F.I.T.T, principle.
Frequency: Eliminate sedentary behaviour where possible and aim to be active every day in as many ways as possible with at least 30 minutes of light to moderate intensity activity per day OR 15 minutes of vigorous intensity per day.
Intensity: Include muscle strengthening exercises.
Time: Develop a routine.
Type: Resistance exercise, aerobic or endurance exercise.
Progression to ensure that you are gradually challenging your body to become fitter.
When does it stop? Never. 
Movement is Life and Life is Movement.
Look at exercise as an opportunity no an inconvenience.
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60th Anniversary photos 2017-10-29 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Numurkah 60th Anniversary

Rotary Club of Numurkah celebrated their 60th Anniversary on 28th October 2017.
Past Rt. Gerald Green reflected on the early days, Past Rtn Kevin Hansen recounted being an Exchange Student and AG Chris Sutton spoke on the club as it is today.
DG Bernie Bott presented a Paul Harris Fellow to Betty Seiter and an Outstanding Service Award to Sieg Seiter.
Clare West cut the 60th Anniversary cake.

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Report on Umoja Orphanage Kenya.

At short notice a presentation from Julie, Kate and Stephen on their Umoja Orphanage visit, with photos taken by Stephen - some of 4,000 taken.
Stephen spoke on his impressions gained from the visit to Kenya.
Learnt that the need is great in Kenya, but with passionate people great things are being done at Umoja.
94% of donations to the orphanage makes it to on ground care.
Kenyan government agencies place children at Umoja, with majority of orphans having being sexually abused.
Jobs at orphanage included fencing, building cow shed, health clinics.
Assisted at Feeding Station, feeding 4,000 children with cooked maize, beans, rice, spinach.
Health clinics conducted by the 5 nurses in the group of 16. Kate and Julie noted an improvement in general health.
Spent 4 days in Rwanda for "Walk with the Gorillas". Visited genocide memorial, which was confronting.
Stephen concluded by saying although there for only 10 days, hopefully made a difference.
Julie added there was a vast improvement in health of villagers since last visit. Kate looked after the animals. Vegetable gardens doing well, with extra produce being sold to assist sustainability.
Built a shaded areas to enable year round crops.

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Club Runner Night

With the assistance of laptop computers and facilities in President's Room arranged by Deb Fowler from Numurkah Learning Centre members had a hands on information session on Club Runner.
Lou presented a session on the club's website illustrating the wealth of details available for perusal and reference. The Members Only section was explained, illustrating the various functions, looking at members profiles, email communications, events plus details on the club's member age range, gender and service and inactive members.
Photo from last year's session.

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Pip Cowan Guest Speaker

Pip Cowan spoke to the club about his "Busking to Mississippi" trip, thanking the club for their support.
Departed early June arriving in Memphis the home of Elvis. Stayed a couple of days in Memphis, on the Mississippi in Tennessee.  Toured the Sun Studios used by Elvis.
Set up base in Clarksdale, the mecca for blues music
A cigar box guitar was made for and presented to Pip after following Pip's story on the internet.
Enrolled in a guitar workshop, which also had classes in piano, harmonica and recording.
Met some amazing characters, all die hard music enthusiasts such as Watermelon Slim and Deak Harp who set up a harmonica shop.
Not all plain sailing, but was a great experience for over a month learning about becoming a blues performer.
Pip showed photos and videos of his experience.
Would he do it again - Yes!

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Ian Murphy Memorial Debate

The Rotary Club hosted the Ian Murphy Memorial Debating Competition.

The debating competition was conceived by Rotarian Ian Murphy of the Rotary Club of Corryong and provides a platform for secondary school students in year 11 to develop debating skills by competing against other schools of District 9790.

The Rotary Club sponsor a team from St Mary of the Angels Secondary College, who in heat one defeated Notre Dame, and debated the topic "That sport should be compulsory in all schools" against a team from Marian College Myrtleford.

Adjudicators were David Geddes, John Watson from Numurkah and Bernard Soodyk from Myrtleford.

St Mary's debating the affirmative narrowly won in a close debate. St Mary's team was Jessica Kam,, Ayla Armstrong and Riley Wilson, supported by teacher Jabe Hando and several parents. The Marian College team was Erin Bourke, Alice Whitford, Louise Saric supported by Evan Jones and Vanessa Leonard from the Rotary Club of Myrtleford.

David Geddes in announcing the winner commented on the debaters. Jessica Kam opening for St Mary's clearly defined the topic, was precise and outlined the plan. Ayla Armstrong the second speaker started strong with good voice modulation. Riley Wilson challenged on rebuttal, summary was good and maintained good eye contact.

For Marian College Louise Saric concentrated too much on school and pre-school, outlined plan. Alice Whitford the second speaker had good voice modulation with good continuity. Erin the final speaker used the microphone the best, presentation excellent with debate well covered. David Geddes commented that all speakers from both teams tried to fit too much into the time they had.

Rotarian Jason Andrew, the chairman, concluded by thanking the students, teachers, parents and supporters in what was an excellent, and very positive debate.

St Mary's Ayla Armstrong, Riley Wilson, Jessica Kam and Jane Hando.

Marian College: Erin Bourke, Alice Whitford, Louise Saric with Wvan Jones and Vanesa Leonard from Rotary Club of Myrtleford.