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Guest Speaker – Stephen Bromhead

We did not have an official guest speaker this week. However our Honorary member, Stephen Bromhead (Myall Lakes MP) took the opportunity to address the club. Stephen advised that if the Government is re-elected they will spend $20 million on upgrading the Manning Hospital.

Photo: Secretary Belinda Crossingham with Stephen Bromhead



Guest Speakers – Libby Bleakley & Teresa Beck

Introduction by Brian Beasley.

Libby and Teresa are both ex-Police Officers.

With the Australian Federal Police, both Teresa and Libby worked overseas with offenders living in third world countries. Teresa’s first mission was to Cyprus, and Libby’s was to the Northern Territory, with both meeting for the first time on a mission to East Timor. In East Timor, Libby and Teresa were based in the jungle, with a toilet that sometimes flushed, running water, and food (mostly tuna) that they brought in each month, with a limit of 20 kgs each.


There were 39 Police under the command of Teresa, with other cultures feeling challenged with having a female Officer in such a high rank. There were also issues between the Police and the public. The solution was that bridges needed to be built between the two.

To build these bridges, the Police worked with the children. They did this by teaching children boxing. There were rules around these boxing lessons, with an example being no weapons allowed. There were no class rooms for these, with classes being held in the open jungle, and these classes were run 6 afternoons a week, proving very popular. The age ranged between 7 and 38 years old, and eventually, peer pressure from the children themselves started to cut the crime rate. It became uncool to break the law.

With boxing, positive changes were made in the face of huge poverty. The boxing led to afternoon tea being provided, and then to counselling, and then to supporting these children socially.



President Laurie with our newest member Alister Currie

from Wiseberry Real Estate Taree



Guest Speaker – Daniel Brauer – Mid Coast Water introduced by Neil Hanington


Daniel is the Planning and Development Manager at Midcoast Water and entertained us with his speech on the Manning Water Supply Scheme and Nabiac Water Supply Scheme.

Currently, Midcoast Water is working on it’s Next 30 Year Strategy, titled “Our Water, Our Future”.

Just some statistics:

40 000 water connections are looked after by Midcoast Water, 36 000 sewage connections also come under Midcoast Water’s care. There are 9 recycled water schemes, 12 000 kms of water mains and 800 kms of sewage mains. Midcoast Water supply 8 billion litres of water, and have a budget of $100 million. The most significant scheme is the Manning Scheme, which covers 90% of the customers of Midcoast Water.

The water supply comes from a weir in the Manning River, situated a km above where the salt water turns into fresh.



About $9,000 was raised on the day with proceeds going to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Australian Children's Music Foundation and the Children's Ward at Manning Base Hospital.



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Mondays meeting was a Vocational visit to the Eagle Ridge Arabian Farm at FireFly. President Laurie welcomed 45 Rotarians, partners and children to our first vocational visit for 2015 and also welcomed Alister Currie and his wife Lesley along with Father George, visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Taree on Manning.
President Laurie then mentioned several items for members to consider over the next month firstly, the pre release screening fundraiser for the End Polio Now fundraiser to be held on Thursday the 26 February 2015 at Fays Twin Cinema with the showing of the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. This is a joint fundraiser with Taree North and Taree On Manning Clubs with profits split equally between each participating club.
More details will be published over the next week with numbers required.
Also the Hat Party supporting Rotary Mental Health Research Foundation being run by the Rotary Club of Taree On Manning on Saturday 28 February 2015.


Guest Speakers – Kyle Brown, Belinda Crossingham and Graham Brown


Laurie introduced Graham Brown who spoke about Tidy Up Taree and Kyle Brown and Belinda Crossingham who spoke about the Manning In Motion
Tidy Up Taree
Graham blames the Rotary Club of Taree for starting the Tidy Up Taree campaign. A newspaper article, complete with photos, was published in the Manning
River Times after he last spoke at our club. This enthused the Taree Community to start taking responsibility for the heart of Taree.
A strongly held belief of Graham is that the community needs to be empowered, and to take control, instead of letting Council determine the future of Taree. This belief was inspired by a speech by The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison who said “the standard you walk past is the standard you set.”
The Tidy Up Taree campaign grew out of the business community, and, with support from the GTCC, has achieved a much more presentable City Centre. The community has been inspired to paint the median strips (paint donated by GTCC), taken down the sign over Valley Fair, empowered Kent’s Pharmacy and Centrelink to clean their building facsades, and helped paint the building across the road from the GTCC Library, white.
Feeling encouraged, the Taree Community then installed the goanna and new seating in Victoria Street. The new timber seats were made by the Taree /
Manning Men’s Shed. Individuals are now taking pride in this town, with one man involved with the Men’s shed skiting to his wife that he was one of the workers responsible for the new seating. 
Kids have been seen playing on the goanna, with parents now stopping instead of driving through Taree. The GTCC are also very supportive, as was
demonstrated by Ron Posselt confirming his support by providing white pebbles for the main street within 35 minutes of being approached with the idea.



Our Annual Christmas party was held on Monday 15th December. By all reports it was a fun evening.


Rob Keene was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by President Laurie and Past President Joy McCaffrey.

Our next meeting will be on the 12th January 2015 at Club Taree.

There are more photos to be found in the Photo Album. 



Member Talk – Ian Woollard - - Introduction by Laurie Easter
Ian is a local boy, whose ancestors come from around the Manning / Comboyne area. Ian’s grandfather owned a farm at Marlee.
Ian was born in Taree in Manning Street to Mervyn and Marion Woollard from the Bulga. His parents ran the Post Office in Glenwarrin, before relocating to the
Manning Valley.
Mervyn’s work in the Manning Valley involved making sleepers, poles, and other similar equipment from felled timber.
Starting school at Taree Public, Ian continued his education at Taree High School. His first job was with the Commonwealth Bank, where everything that is now computerised was done by hand. Transferring from Belligen, Ian then worked at Macksville, Lithgow and North Ryde, before he worked for the Australian
Government in the 15th intake for National Service. Ian quickly discovered how well the Commonwealth Bank was operated and re-entered this as his workplace.
When Ian started working for the Commonwealth Bank again, he entered the IT area. He moved from general computer work into IT Operations. When the IT
Operations were outsourced in 1997, Ian worked for the company that the IT Operations were outsourced to, and ended the last seven years of his career
working for IBM.
Among his accomplishments, Ian competed his Bachelor of Commerce at university between 1995 and 2002, proving that anyone can achieve anything at any time during life.
Ian’s neighbour invited him to a Rotary meeting. As our organisation has a good reputation and is a very good organisation, Ian decided to stay, citing that he enjoys the fellowship of the Club.
Ian is now retired, enjoys playing golf, lawn bowls and working at the Men’s Shed. He and his wife enjoy ballroom dancing, and although Ian is capable of many things, he cannot sing.



Guest Speaker - Tim Gilchrist - Introduction by Warren Blanch
Tim Gilchrist was the student selected from our District to participate in the National Youth Science Forum. He has just completed Year 12 at the Taree Christian Community College and is hoping to study science at ANU in Canberra.
After being selected at national level to represent Australia internationally, Tim was sent to the Heidelberg based Max Planck Institution of Astronomy. Here, he studied exoplanets. Exoplanets are planets that orbit stars outside our immediate galaxy. There are over 1800 that have been discovered, with 11 billion habitable planets that are Earth-like.


President Laurie with Tim Gilchrist


The finals for the Cluster 4 Public Speaking competition were held last Tuesday. The winner, representing Rotary Club of Taree, was Evelyn Foxwell from Taree High School. The standard was exceptionally high, and Evelyn prevailed in both the prepared speech and the impromptu.


PDG Ian Dyabll, Evelyn Foxwell and President Laurie Easter



This week’s meeting was a vocational visit to Tinonee Orchids followed by dinner at Artisans Retreat.
There was only one Directors report from Felicity George (Community Services). Bunnings have offered $200 to our club if we can wrap gifts over Christmas. I
believe that there were enough volunteers to fill the roster but please contact Felicity if you are able to be a reserve.

By all accounts it was a great evening. Don’t forget the AGM is on this coming Monday.


Top David Fisher thanking Ray Clement - Tinonee Orchids and Bottom Ian Woollard on the pole lathe at Artisan's Retreat, watched by Peter Calabria.




Induction – Catherine Wendell


It was the privilege of President Laurie Easter to induct Catherine Wendell to the Rotary Club of Taree. Catherine will be given the classification of Community Services and will be a member of the youth services committee. I know all members will warmly welcome Catherine to our club.

Member Talk - Keith Atkinson

President Laurie introduced Keith Atkinson to give a talk on his life’s experiences this far. Keith has worked and lived in many places. He was born in February 1945 in Auburn, Sydney. He began his education at Willoughby and his family moved to Ballina when he was seven. Keith was brought up in the Salvation Army.
Upon finishing school Keith worked for the Post Master General (PMG) in Surry Hills, Paddington, Edgecliff, Merrylands, Coraki and Gloucester. During this time Keith developed an interest in dairying. 


Jackie was introduced by DGE Maurie Stack


Jackie is a former lawyer who now provides a wellness program to lawyers and other professionals through laughter yoga. Laughter yoga was first started in India in 1995, by Dr Madan Kataria.
Studying under Dr Kataria meant that Jackie could then start teaching laughter yoga in Port Macquarie. In 2004, Jackie was driving between Newcastle and Port Macquarie, when she prayed for guidance on what to do with her life. She immediately had the concept to start a laughter club. Since she didn’t know what a laughter club was, she Googled what one was, and found laughter yoga.
Dr Kataria was a Medical Doctor, who, on 3rd March 1995, held the world’s first laughter yoga class in a park in India. He had researched laughter and realised it had health benefits. Amongst these are the boosting of the immune system, relieves pain, brings hope, improves brain function, enhances communication skills, and develops the community.
Realising that he didn’t spend much time laughing, Dr Kataria decided to start a laughter club. Now, there are over 60,000 laughter clubs in the world, spread through out more than 60 countries.
Jackie attended a seminar and felt amazing after spending time rolling around on the floor with laughter. She felt like a new person, and wanted other people to benefit like she had. She started Port Macquarie’s first and only laughter club and has found the practice transforming.
There is a scientific method behind the laughter club. After the class, people tend to feel more connected to themselves and to others, they reported less physical pain and it has even helped someone move their arthritic and normally frozen hand. Lives change due to laughter.
Jackie realised the effects of laughter when her daughter destroyed her best sheets, and her response, when she found out, was to burst out laughing.
Laughter is an anti-depressant and has been known to help in curing cancer.
There are three distinctions behind laughter yoga
1. No reason is behind the laughter
2. You don’t need to have a sense of humour
3. You don’t need to be happy
Building a laughter club in Taree may interest Rotary as it is a practice that builds community.



Guest Speaker: Tamara Campbell – Vocational Training Team

Col Rose introduced Tamara Campbell to talk about her experience on the Vocational Training Team’s visit to Louisiana earlier this year.
Tamara’s team were mostly aquaculture and agriculture orientated, with the exchange being between Districts 9650 and 6200. Tamara is from Port Macquarie and works for Forestry, looking after road maintenance in an area that stretches from Kempsey and Walcha to the Hunter Valley. While Tamara spends much of her time in front of a computer, she does sometimes, have the opportunity to work in the field.

The Vocational Training Team consisted of four members and a team leader – Michelle Webb who is a free range pig farmer, Cameron Wood who is a sheep farmer, Paul Arnott from Armidale who works for UNE in genetics, Tamara, and Lindsay Wilkin who was the Team Leader.

Rotary programmes such as the VTT Exchange foster goodwill around the world. The common thread throughout the group was an interest in sustainable farming, with the Exchange being the first between the two districts. The team were chosen based on their vocation.

Louisiana is mostly delta and is therefore very different from Australia. The land is very flat and swampy, with rivers following many different veins to the sea. Australia grows different crops and livestock and has a strong forestry focus. Bayou country, in Louisiana, is flat and swampy, with problems inherited from heavy logging in the early 20th Century. It is a sensitive ecosystem.


Guest Speaker Tamara Campbell with our Secretary Belinda Crossingham


Greg acknowledged the warm welcome he had received from the club and President Laurie. He also thanked District Governor Elect Maurie Stack and Assistant DG Bruce Moy for their ongoing assistance. 

Greg and his wife Sue have been travelling through the District since the middle of July. Greg congratulated the board and the club for the projects they are undertaking. He also commended the club on the website. He appreciated the clubs’ efforts including the Golf day, Rotary Park rejuvenation, the CCTV project and the School Music Spectacular. Greg was inspired to see the way that individual clubs are working together with other Rotary 
clubs in their area. 


The meeting was commenced with a toast to Rotary International given by Past District Governor Ian Dyball. Ian highlighted the achievements of Rotary International including the the work to eradicate polio, the development of schools and hospitals in the South Pacific, malaria eradication programs, and other humanitarian efforts.


President Laurie Easter gave a warm welcome to District Governor Greg Moran and his wife Sue, District Governor Elect Maurie Stack and his wife Dee and their guest Linus Faustin, Assistant District Governor Bruce Moy, visitors Catherine & Scott Wendell, visiting Rotarian Judy Richardson from Myall Coast 
Rotary Club, honorary members Mavis Jones and Alan & Judy Cowan, and Rotarians and their partners.

President Laurie advised that he has spoken to council on Monday about the CCTV project. Council is currently engaging in community consultation regarding the Community Safety Plan which encompasses the CCTV project. 
President Laurie congratulated Bruce Moy who was awarded the Premier’s Community Service Award over the weekend.
President Laurie advised that Harvey Else is currently unwell and in hospital at the Mayo.
Laurie thanked Kaye Whitelaw for the table decorations at tonight’s meeting.
Sergeant at Arms Warren Blanch led an efficient fine session.



PDG Ian Dyball opened the public speaking, noting that the Cluster Competition is on 11th November in Wingham, and the Semi Finals in Walcha. The prize is sponsored by Travel 195, and is a return flight to New Zealand, where the winner is hosted by Rotarians, while in the country of the Long White Cloud.
Evelyn Foxwell – Taree High School - Winner
Evelyn spoke about how social networking is building goodwill and helping people and families stay connected. Twitter gives a voice to people who would otherwise, not have an outlet, and it creates a stronger democracy as it better reflects what the current public opinion is.
Montana – MVAC
ISIS uses foreigners and children as suicide bombers, and their tactics are currently making them the most successful Jihadist group in the world. If measures are not put in place, how can we ensure Australia will remain safe? Why can we not build a world built upon goodwill and friendship?
Thomas Freeman – MVAC
Thomas spoke about an asylum seeker, who migrated to Australia at the age of 15 and who, after completing his HSC, formed Chill Out, an organisation that is lobbying for children to be kept out of detention. Australia needs to go back to what is fair and right, and build a refugee intake programme that perpetuates goodwill and friendship.



Club Speakers – First Rodney Lattimore
Rod gave a presentation on his dairy farm at Taree. He was born in 1968 and educated at Taree West Primary School and Taree High School. He bought back the family farm and started dairying in 1988.
The farm consists of approximately 350 acres which includes 155 acres of effective milking area situated adjacent to the Manning River in Taree Estate. Rod has a passion for managing his property in an environmentally and efficient manner. He employs techniques to manage nutrient leaching, recycle waste and
maximising returns. He has invested in large farm shedding, concrete bunkers and feeding equipment to minimise the wastage of feed. Rod strongly believes in animal welfare and treats his animals well. As a result his herd are happy and friendly.
The farm produces 900,000 litres of milk a year with a milk fat content of 4.2% fat.
Rodney’s father, John Lattimore, was a long serving member of the Rotary Club of Taree and this was a significant influence in his decision to join Rotary. Rodney answered a number of questions from the club.



Guest Speaker – Greg Crisp – History of Surveying in the Manning

Greg Crisp was introduced by an envious Bruce Moy, who has aspired to be a Surveyor.
Greg Crisp is a surveyor and owns the practice “McGlashan and Crisp” in Taree. The practice was established in 1850 by John Hall who operated his practice in Wingham. In the 1930’s Stewart McGlashan purchased the practice and employed Brian Crisp (Greg’s father) as an articled pupil in 1948. In 1954 Brian Crisp became a partner in the firm and remains one of the present principals. Greg joined the firm in 1991 after nine years managing a survey firm in Queanbeyan. 
The Australian Agriculture (AA) Company was granted land up to the south bank of the Manning River around 1830. In 1827, one of the staff surveyors form the AA company, John Armstrong, led a party from Port Macquarie to find the Manning River. They climbed to the top of South Brother and both explored and surveyed the Manning River. Cedar, also known as “red gold” was marked on their first survey.
In 1830 William Wynter was granted land. The survey for this was performed by James “Jazz” Ralfe. At that time there were only five licenced surveyors in NSW. From about this time land grants became more frequent.
In 1841, Lewis Gordon purchased 709 acres near the Dawson River, which were subdivided into 10 to 12 acre properties. These made up the suburb, “Chatham.” In 1843, Gorman surveyed Wingham, with Tinonee being surveyed by Henry Carmichael and John Hall in 1854. These two towns were government owned, but Taree was privately owned by Henry Flett.
During the 1800s, compasses were main tool used to survey. Early survey maps were hand drawn. We are lucky that the Land Titles Office has scanned the original plans, so that not only they are now preserved but also accessible to the public.
Reference trees were blazed as markers. This means that part of their bark was cut to reveal a place where a mark could be chiselled into the tree. This would identify the tree for future surveying purposes. The Government symbol used to be a broad arrow at the top of the plate or mark.
In the early days, surveying parties would use horses and take a dray into remote areas. Today surveyors use GPS and electronic distance measuring equipment.
Vote of thanks by Mark Drury.


Mark Drury and Greg Crisp




Guest Speaker – Shane McLeay - Embracing Change
Shane McLeay was introduced by Ashley Cleaver. While Shane was born in Sydney, he claims Macksville as his home town. His career started at Berrigan’s Music Shop, selling Yamaha Organs and musical instruments. Eventually, Shane operated two business in Taree, one being Infinity, which he ran for 10 years, and Betta Electrical for 5 years.
Shane currently works in Sales and Marketing for Channel 10. Shane and his wife have two children and they live locally.
The Webster dictionary of 1913 defines change as being “to alter; to make different; to cause to pass from one state to another; or to change the character, position or appearance of a thing.”
Change happens to us on a daily basis. Rotary is facing a world where people’s values are changing. Shane’s own Rotary club recently faced closure as they were down to five members. So they are in the process of merging with the Rotary Club of Old Bar.
Change brings us to where we are today. Human nature dictates that we feel the urge to distance ourselves from change, but power lies in embracing change, and using it to our benefit. We need to take ownership of change.
Change can lead to a better place than where we are now. The changes we make now determine where we end up tomorrow.
Jim Frazier is a friend of Shane’s, and they both share a love of butterflies. The lives of a butterfly reflect the lives of people. The caterpillar must make a decision to become a butterfly.

There are 50 trillion cells in a body, and they all change every day. The cells of a caterpillar know to go into hibernation and turn into a butterfly. The caterpillar slows, stores energy, and makes a chrysalis. The cells that are not necessary choose to die, while the rest of the cells change to make way for the butterfly.
Change is a choice. An individual can choose to die with the caterpillar, or change into the butterfly.
Embrace change. Things don’t become better by themselves; they become better because there is change.

We need to “honour the past, and secure the future.”
The Vote of Thanks was offered by Murray Difford





David Denning reported that we had a very good turn up on Saturday with nine members. The rain held off and we completed the planting and mulching.
We would like to thank the following:
- GTCC and Valley industries for some of the plants
- Valley Industries for two loads of soil
- GTCC for the mulch
- Rod and Mescal Dever of Pampoolah , plant growers for providing about 25 plants, wetting agent and Osmocote
- Rotary members: Neil Hanington, Murray Difford, Leonie Melder, President Laurie Easter, Father Keith Dean-Jones, David Denning,  Robert Keene and Max Carey, (as in photo above) plus Felicity George and Bruce Moy,
We still have some more work we want to do later in the year, Max will keep you informed.



Guest Speaker – Sharon Fowle


Neil Hannington with Guest Speaker Sharon Fowle

Sharon Fowle is the Executive Officer of the Manning Valley Business Chamber (MVBC) following an appointment at the Forster Tuncurry Business Chamber. Sharon runs a successful business, Big Green Leaf, manufacturing and distributing Vertical Garden Trellis. Sharon was previously involved in international business development and marketing of high end computer hardware and software solutions. Sharon originally came from Dublin, has 4 girls, and has been living in Australia for 18 years. 
Sharon presented an entertaining video of how geese are a good example of how an organisation can operate to a higher capacity. Sharon spoke about "Women in Business” and the local Business Awards.
Anybody who is successful in business is successful, in part, because of the people who have supported them, and who, they in turn support. The MVBC has managed the Women In Business events since March 2013 and the events continue to grow month on month. They are held on the first Thursday of every month (except January). Speakers for the group have included business women like Wendy Machin, and usually attract 30 – 45 attendees from areas as far afield as Port Macquarie and Smiths Lake. Traditionally, women earn less than men, which is one of the reasons why the Women in Business group is important.
The Manning Gloucester Great Lakes Business Awards are open to all businesses in the Manning Valley, Gloucester and Great Lakes Region. The Awards celebrate our region’s business success with a range of judged and popularly voted categories. While there can be complaints made about who receives the Business Award, it needs to be noted that the system may not be perfect, but the fact that the Awards go ahead each year means that there are many positive outcomes. Participating in the Business Awards boosts staff morale, and publicises the businesses and the regions where they operate. This encourages external investment, boosting visitors and economic growth. The aims of the Awards include supporting the business in the region as well as providing encouragement to those who are starting or relocating their businesses. 
There were plenty of questions and comments for Sharon.
The Vote of Thanks was offered by Bruce Moy.

New Member Induction – Brian Leggett


It was with great pleasure that President Laurie Easter inducted Brian Leggett to membership of the Rotary Club of Taree. Brian is the Chief Executive of the Taree-Wingham Race Club. He moved to Taree from Sydney last year. Brian has been given the classification of Hospitality Management and assigned to the Vocational Service Committee under the care of Leonie Melder. Brian took a few moments to express his reasons for joining and how the late Don Hopkins had inspired him to support our Club.



Guest Speaker – Noel Gogerly
Rotarian Bruce Moy introduced our Guest Speaker for the evening Noel Gogerly.
Noel has been a professional fisherman for 43 years. He is also a Grazier. He is a Director of the Wallis Lake Fish Co-op and a past chairman. Noel’s topic is about lobsters and fishing in the local area. The fishing area they take in is from Ulladulla to Coffs Harbour.
Our local fishermen are the shareholders of the Wallis Lake Fish Co-op and therefore own it. It works in their best interest to sell the products locally and then send the remaining catch to the markets in Sydney. Not only do they save on transport costs, they can also ensure that the freshest and best quality product is kept here in their local community. Product is sent to Sydney 4 times per week and our seafood is known to buyers on the auction floor as one of the highest quality products.
He advised that his current boat is the “White Winds. He has also in the past built his own trawler.
Noel noted that the late 1970’s and early 1980’s nearly saw the collapse of the fishing industry due to over fishing. These days’ professional fishermen use quotas or tags, with criteria having to be met to qualify for quota. With respect to lobsters you own shares. Anyone can own lobster shares, with these shares being linked to quotas. One share equals 15.9kg. Noel advised that he personally owns 273 shares. He advised that professional fisherman have to meet rigid compliance conditions and government and industry criteria.
He showed us the tags that professional fisherman must use and advised that they must also use log books which must be kept up to date. 
Rotarian John Doust gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the Club.


ADG Bruce Moy with Noel Gogerly




Mar 30, 2015
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