Upcoming Events at Maryborough Rotary
PARTNERS Visit to new Salvation Army Facility
Wills StMar 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Making Young Leaders Better Leaders Program
MECMar 15, 2014
PARTNERS District 9810 “Ride to Conference)
Maryborough Highland SocietyMar 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Launch of Family Violence Posters
The HubMar 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Rotary Promotion Opening Day @ Information Centre
Resource CentreMar 22, 2014
Arts CentralMar 29, 2014
Club Executives & Directors
What's Happening at Maryborough Rotary?
Due to inclement weather our meeting was held in the Carisbrook Fire station meeting room, instead of Brian Dowie Park.
Rotarian Chris Frahn wrote “It is with reluctance that I am taking the notes. (Ed: and a fine job he made of it too! This is how he [mostly]wrote it)
Mallee arrives 6.35
PP Brian Thomas again welcomes guests
Sue and John Tully (Lions, Native Horticulturalist and Local Historian, Geoff Park (former NCCMA) Phil Leech (Fire Brigade), Christine Longmuir (School), Lyn Symons, Disaster Relief Committee), Alister Dowie (Family Member) and later Mrs Jean Dowie (Family
Member). School principal Matthew Pearce sent apology
The Brian Dowie Conservation Park (BDCP) Rotary committee went to the Carisbrook community for input and new members. The park is about 47 years in service and a meeting with Friends to determine direction of the park.
This discussion evening was to impart information to the Community.
John Tully: historian, asked what the country had been like?
Not many trees and natives would be eating emu eggs
Sue Tully: Looking to transplant smaller native grasses and other plants to the Park. Roundup may stay in the ground for three years. (reference to a case in the French courts). The Moolort Plains were grass rather than forests, even had white paper daisies.
Geoff Park begs forgiveness for being from Newstead. He is very please that a group in the Community is preserving a natural landscape
Shane arrives 6.47
This week there were 60 birdwatchers staying in Newstead to twitch on the Moolort Plains.
Take time to encourage discussion and to participate of the park. There are few public lands available and this is a special place. Maps are available to show the landscape 150 years ago with mostly sheokes and banksia. Notice how the landscape has changed in the last 100 years. Still a lot of native plants.
Need to survey and map the native plants on site. Wonderful that Rotary has a custodial role. PP Terry Allan asked if pines should stay or go. Committee to choose. History to consider.
Brian: Continue maintenance and address issue of history and original status.
PE Graeme Rogan asked about the birds. Many birds in the Park, but not rare
Rotarian David Hare asked is it beneficial to burn the Park? Probably do experimental small burns and record and map results.
PP Terry mentioned being aware of the area becoming a fire dangers. Work in conjunction the CFA.
Absence of toilets is an issue. Christine says the absence hinders the school using it more. The school is also hamstrung by the Australian curriculum, but they will do what they can.
Toilet erection may be a possibility; sewerage and water are adjacent to the Park. There may be a cheaper alternative to erecting toilets..
7.05 Meal time. Great BBQ by Kate and Murray was appreciated by all
7.40 Back again
Brian stressed communications on all aspects There is virtue in having Friends of Brian Dowie Park. Need to develop plans for signage, interpretation, history, toilets, working with the school, building an sign maintenance.
Interested parties, Men’s Shed, Plant factory
Alister Dowie reminded everyone of the plaque and its doctrine, stressed communications, and let anyone wanting to be involved be a Friend. Use print media and have a website/Facebook page.
Rotarian John Williamson spoke about his childhood memories of large rows of mullock heaps unofficial dump for car bodies etc. Then Apex was involved. John and Murray Henderson have drawn up a draft management plan
Alister asked John if he was part of the pines? No!
Rotarian Leigh Williamson however said his father may have been.
PP Rodney Brown suggests identifying the elements and offering benefits to interested parties. Elements: birds, mine, flora, fauna etc.
PE Graeme said “Hasten carefully” Custodians of natural and cultural heritage brian
Prez Garry congratulated Brian. “Well Done”
Rotary generally undersells its ability to encourage community!
Next week pride of Workmanship at Highland
Friday Dec 6, our Christmas party at MEC
Havilah AGM: Thursday October 10 at 8pm
Brian Dowie Park: BBQ same night followed by the October Board meeting at Martin’s
Pride of Workmanship: Guest Speaker Margaret Augerinos form Bendigo’s Centre for non-violence has accepted. If you were not at Rotary this week, please contact PE Graeme with your acceptance or apology as you read this.
Pyrenees Magic Cycling event: Applications have gone out to about 500 riders, Locals can still apply for the 100km jaunt.
Heads and Tails: Matt Broad in 3
Swindle: Thea Allan, with no luck this week!
First Preliminary Final: Hawthorn v Geelong – 2-7, jackpot
Second Preliminary Final: Fremantle v Sydney – 9-4, jackpot
Half of unclaimed prize pool goes to the club with remainder added to next game prize pool
Next game result was the Bonus Game where all punters playing Finals Footy Frenzy, were asked to pick the two teams to play off in the Grand Final.
Hawthorn and Fremantle are the protagonists
Three players picked this combination; Andrea Coates, Bendigo; Narelle Rowe, Carisbrook; Geoff Pearce, Beaufort.
Their names were placed in a box and the winners name was drawn by Pyrenees Office Staffer, Damien Day
Andrea Coates is the winner! $15.00 + $7.50 + $7.50 for a total prize of $30.00 will be sent her way.
Four FFF prizes remain.
First, second and third quarter FFF scores at $$20 each and the final quarter FFF winner will receive $60
Thanks to all who played FFFF and FNFF
It was an honour to represent the Rotary International Cricketing Fellowship at the recent National Over 60/70’s Cricket Championship on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
Thirty-t wo teams, in four divisions participated in four 40 over games over five days. Division 1, 2 & 3 being over 60’s sides and division 4 made up of over 70’s players.
One member of the over 70’s was Eighty Two years of age and completed in all four games and was name man of the match for the fourth game of his series, not a bad fete for and eighty two year old.
Whilst not a Rotary event I did meet up with many fellow IFCR members, and I can assure a great time was had by all.
Each bowler was only permitted to bowl 6 overs and each batsman was required to retire after making 35 runs, this fostered participation by as many members as possible.
I was a bit gobsmacked to be tossed the new ball in each game and am pleased to report that I bowled my allowed 24 overs in the series with figures of 7 wickets for 46 runs.
I also batted in each innings, with two not out’s and man of the match in the last game.
Our team won two out of the four games and were very unlucky not to win all four.
Next year’s event will be held in Victoria in the outer suburb of Casey, south of Melbourne
Over 60’s cricket is alive and well, even if we are a bit slower than we used to be.
Chair Graeme Rogan
In a Maryborough family, Matt’s father is a local bricklayer. Matt said in his young years he was not very keen on school. His father’s advice was simply “Do well at school or get a job”. He relocated to Mildura for 2 years.
He then returned to Maryborough and worked laying bricks for 6 months. Laying bricks on Black Saturday in 46 degree heat, he decided there must be easier ways of making a living
Matt joined an employment service, but found it also had some challenges with many of the job applicants having no idea what the word Work means.
Matt now works with “Go Goldfields MEC” and spoke about how he finds it rewarding being able to make a difference to young people’s lives.
Matt works through Go Goldfields and MEC using World’s Best Practice to decide how to help and what can de done to improve the young peoples educational outcome within the Central Goldfields Shire.
He stated that it is normal for a child starting school to know 15,000 words, but some know only a few hundred.
Literacy, language and behaviour are areas which require parental engagement in learning. Children spend 6 hours at school and 18 hours with parents and require a consistent message from the parents as well as from school.
Parents are often not sure of their ability to help and have had a bad school experience themselves and or lack of a role model from their parents.
Helping can be simply reading with the child or making a space in the home for learning away from interruptions, TV etc.
Matt concluded by saying that good literacy skills and education can prevent a lot of problems with money and dealing with other people later in life.
In thanking Matt, Chair Graeme, said that he had upheld the high standard that had been set by previous job talks.
An information evening and Barbeque will be held on Thursday October 10, at Brian Dowie Conservation Park commencing at 6.30pm sharp.
Rotary will provide a BBQ and interested persons are invited to attend. Please bring a chair and advise Brian Thomas on 5475 2862 for catering.
A committee comprising interested Carisbrook residents and Rotary members has been formed to develop an on going plan and manage the Park.
Members of that committee will give their views of possible developments and usage and others are invited to do the same.
A walking tour will be conducted following the discussion explaining some of the ideas.
All are welcome to join in this opportunity to further the conservation and recognition of the history, heritage and natural environment of our region at Brian Dowie Conservation Park.
Fellowship Duties, This week: 10 Oct: Kate Ashton, Toby Bainbridge, Harold Breitinger.
Fellowship Duties, Next Week: 17 Oct: Kate Ashton, Toby Bainbridge, Harold Breitinger
Fellowship Duties, Week After: 24 Oct, Matt Broad, Rodney Brown, John Bryant
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