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April 2014

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What's Happening at Maryborough Rotary?

Hello Rotarians


A contingent of 20 from our Maryborough Rotary took the long trek to Bordertown for District Conference at the weekend. 
We heard inspiring stories of individuals who not only managed to survive but go on to achieve great success within our community. We also heard of how Rotary is changing lives all over the world.
Our fight against polio was also highlighted and how we are so close to eradicating this disease from the plane, but we still need $19 billion over the next five years. Last year in India, Rotary administered 125,000,000 doses in just one day; an amazing logistical effort but one that will change the lives of thousands of kids.
I was honoured to accept the Lange Award on behalf of the Club, for the most growth in membership in District 9780 in 2012/13; a great effort, but one that must continue and one that requires all our members to “JUST ASK THE QUESTION
We were also mentioned by PDG Jessie Harmon as one of the great examples from a national perspective. Well done troops!
Our own DGE Geoff did a great job talking about his term next year and our Club can be more than proud of having Geoff as our DG. Our team presented our promotion for Conference next year in Maryborough and I must admit that I had visions of the “We are the World” performance. We didn’t have Stevie Wonder or Michael Jackson but we did have Bob and Graeme!!!


Engage Rotary: Change Lives.



President Garry.



Well after what can only be described as a shaky and damp, and yes, wet start, the first Rotary/MDHVC Car show got underway with the arrival of Neil Collicoat's orange Charger.

Can't say the same for the coffee machine, seems someone left it out in the damp the night before, but with some persistence and assistance the coffee machine got going.

Then the cars started to role in; in all we had around 44-47 cars turn up, some for the whole day, some late in the day.

The public also started to arrive and there was a fairly constant stream of car enthusiasts, all for a gold coin entry.

The BBQ was fired up and an egg and bacon sandwich was supplied to all of the car owners followed by burgers and sausages till the end.

As for our outside vendors, the Pizza man and the Gelati lady, business for them was unfortunately (very) slow, but I'm sure they will be back.

The coffee man (Kel Noonan for MFNC) was quite happy.

Where to next? Well the day was an outstanding success, we have already identified some improvements, have listened to some suggestions from car owners, mainly constructive. Soon we will look for more people to be on the CAR SHOW Committee

To all Rotarians who contributed to the day, a huge thank you.

I would also like to thank Jim Dewar for his tireless input and help.

Thanks must also go to Shire staff Matt Walker and Stewart Jones for their help at fairly short notice.

Anthony Ohlsen
Maryborough Rotary


District Conference 11-13 April, 2014
This is coming upon us quickly.
If you have accommodation and have not registered for the Conference, please do so on reading this.Can be accessed through Conference website on District 9780 website.
District RYPEN Camp 11-13 April 2014
We appear to have a full complement of applicants for RYPEN this year. That’s 40 young people. With District Conference being the same weekend, that puts some adult helpers away from RYPEN for this year.
If you have a Working With Children permit, please contact Shane and offer your help. Ladies are particularly needed, as Jackie Dellavedova is the only female at this stage. Perhaps you can give one night Friday 11th or Saturday 12th. It is a great weekend for adults as well as the kids and we get to live it too!
District Training Assembly 5 May, 2014
Please consider attending this wonderful learning experience if you are a new Rotarian or will be supporting Graeme next year when President. Secretary Anthony will be wanting to register members so please consider carefully. It is very inspiring. (Ed. I went to my first after only three weeks as a Rotarian. I learnt a great deal that day.)
Partners Night
April 24 at Raglan House. Yvonne Greenhill will speak about he pre WW2 Europe and being a soloist with the Royal ballet. Will be entertaining no doubt.


Found by Rotarian Alison Teese

More than 100 years after the first International Women’s Day, in 1911, Australian women still face serious problems. The national rates of family violence are terrifying, and gender equity in the workplace is an ongoing battle. Zoe Nikakis explores the issues.

Last year in Victoria alone, more than 61,000 incidences of family violence were reported. Professor Cathy Humphreys of the Department of Social Work researches family and domestic violence.,says there is a clear relationship between gender equity and more respectful relationships between men and women. The more unequal those relationships, the more power being held by one gender over the other, the more likely the abuse of that power.

“There have been massive strides around gender equity, but the levels of violence indicate we’re still in very problematic territory,” she says.
“We’re not going to be able to treat our way out of this social disaster.
“It’s clear when we look at the huge number of incidents of domestic and family violence that are occurring, and the number of family violence-related murders, that we need to be working on prevention fronts.”

Professor Humphreys’ team just completed an Australian Research Council (ARC)-funded project that looked at issues of intervention, issues around governance and the intervention system itself.
“Women with a disability are much more vulnerable to family and domestic violence, as are aboriginal women and particularly young women,” she says.


Our launch of awareness materials is very timely. We hope it really helps people to know what is a healthy relationship


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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