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August 2014

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Our first key note speaker for the Rotary year was local police Sergeant Gary Walters. Gary has nearly 30 years’ experience as a Police Officer and is President of The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation - Maryborough Branch. 
The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation perpetuates the memory of 157 members of the Victoria Police killed in the line of duty through the support of worthwhile community projects within Victoria.
One of these was a local policeman: Senior Constable Maurice Moore No. 22471
At approximately 2.15 am on Saturday, 27th September, 1986 Senior Constable Maurice Moore, was alone in a police vehicle in Brougham Street, Maryborough, when he intercepted a vehicle being pushed along the street, by two men. One man decamped prior to Senior Constable Moore’s arrival.
Moore detained the other man, and commenced to make inquiries over the police radio as to the ownership of the intercepted vehicle. Prior to a reply being received, the detained man overpowered Moore, and took possession of his .38 police issue revolver. He then shot Moore in the face and four times in the back.
The man who killed Senior Constable Moore was later convicted at the Ballarat Supreme Court of his murder, and sentenced to a lengthy prison term.
The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation was incorporated in 1998 after several committees, all working to memorialise members of the Victoria Police killed in the line of duty, combined to form one organisation.
The Foundation has volunteer business units that manage and implement all of our fundraising events plus there are 17 regional branches in country Victoria (includes Maryborough) that provide focus and fundraising in their local communities under the Blue Ribbon Foundation's mission statement.
We can do nothing to bring them back, but as a grateful community we can take steps to honour their memory and ensure their sacrifice is acknowledged through a range of projects that benefit the wider community.
The club donated $100 to “Blue Ribbon” Maryborough
A quote related to “light” to reinforce the Rotary International theme of “Light Up Rotary”.
A great flame follows a little spark” ~ Dante Alighieri

On Monday morning I had the pleasure of seeing our esteemed President, Garry, take the White Ribbon Ambassadors pledge, along with Barney Healey Principal of MEC and Mick Reid. Rotarian and White Ribbon Ambassador Matt Broad also renewed the pledge.
Zonta was represented by Mrs Lyn Symons, with the wonderful White Ribbon tree. Made at the Arts Space, this tree will spend several days in each of several prominent locations over the next 16 days.
Interestingly, apart from the four male police, the Mayor, Matt and the three White Ribbon Ambassadors, and one elderly man, there were seven women present. Lyn from Zonta, Ann from Genesis Church which runs the Mothers of Preschooler (MOPs) program, Councillor Wendy McIvor, Sharon fraser from Go Goldfields , two other women, one with her young son and I. Where are all the men?


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