June 2018
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District Governor Elect Malcolm Kerr and Jill will attend our Club's changeover dinner on Saturday 16th. June. 
A report of the activities of the club over the past year will be presented by President Bruce Nicholls  and Rotarian Ian Dempsey will be inducted as President for the 2018-2019 Rotary year. After his induction, President Ian will introduce the members of the Board for the coming year.
 Bookings are still open as detailed below.
This week  week our guest speaker will be The Kilmore International School Year 11 student Lachlan Heywood whom our club  part sponsored Lachlan to attend the  The Rotary Adventure in Citizenship (RAIC) program held in Canberra during Budget Week.
Lachlan will report on his experience at the program which is conducted in partnership with the Parliamentary Education Office. RAIC is an intensive and fun filled week-long program to help prepare young adults for full participation as citizens of Australia.
The continuing revelation of what appears to be a cultural immorality within the finance sector may serve to remind us of the Induction Charge for each new member of Rotary which includes the following:-
"The community will know and judge Rotary by your actions and ideals as associated with your business and we commend as your guiding light the Rotary Four Way Test
One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics, The 4-Way Test was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy.
 In the 1940s, when Taylor was an international director of Rotary, he offered the Four Way Test to the organization, and it was adopted by Rotary for its internal and promotional use. Never changed, the four way test remains today a central part of the permanent Rotary structure throughout the world, and is held as the standard by which all behaviour should be measured. The test has been promoted around the world and is used in myriad forms to encourage personal and business ethical practices.
"of the things we think, say or do
  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?"
Addressing the club last week, Past President Elizabeth McCormick proposed that we should commence work on the compiling a history of our club  with a view to publication in time for the 50th anniversary of our charter which will occur in December 2022. Her proposal received enthusiastic support. It was noted that we have a considerable collection of archival material including that collected for our 40th celebrations. It was also noted that the Kilmore Historical Society have a collection of material relating to Rotary.
Below is the cover of a 1973 Bulletin
Each year, our club is pleased to acknowledge publicly the great service provided by local members of the Police Service and to present an award for outstanding service to one of their number. This year's award function  was organised and chaired by Rotarian Kit Holland.
Nominations were received from the officers in charge of  Wallan and Kilmore stations  for Senior Constable Penni Clark, Acting Senior Sergeant Karen Arthurson, Senior  Brett Houguet  and  Acting Sergeant Rhonda Coates.
The Community Police Officer of the Year was awarded to Karen Arthuson.  Karen takes a very active interest and leadership role in general policing duties, intelligence gathering, family violence and social justice. She chairs the Wallan and district Community Network meetings and is an inaugural member of the Mitchell Shire Social Framework Committee.
Runner up was Rhonda Coates. Rhonda has a special interest in Neighborhood Watch.  She is the Kilmore spokesperson at NHW meeting, maintaining regular contact with the group offering advice and assistance.
President Bruce Nicholls presented certificates to Karen and Rhonda together with the Peter Twomey Shield for display at the Wallan Police station.hild
Speaking after the presentations, Acting Inspector Ross Brittain,  Local Area Commander Mitchell Police Service Area, expressed his thanks to Rotary and commented  that the Police Service and Rotary have  complementary  roles in community service.
This week we will be hosting members of the local police service for the presentation of the 2018 Police Community Awards.
The Award recognises exemplary service on or off duty in the Southern Mitchell  community and is open to all serving police in the Southern Mitchell area, including uniform, detectives and traffic members, irrespective of their rank or length of service.
At our club meeting last week, we heard some  lyrics of the  Lerner & Low  song Another  Autumn . The setting for the song was the coming of winter in Canada's Yukon as depicted in the musical Paint your Wagon and included the haunting lines "I've known the chill before but every autumn I feel it more and more." At our meeting, the words were quoted in a light-hearted vein but there are many in our community for whom they may be only too real. There are families who know that they are facing another winter without the means to afford warm clothing and who struggle to pay winter heating bills. Perhaps our club should consider how we can help.  Recently we were addressed by Barbara Radford from Love in Action and we are of course aware of the good works of the Salvation Army and the local St Vincent De Paul Society each of which would be a worthy conduit for any support we might offer.
We were delighted to welcome Rose King as a member at an induction ceremony conducted by President Bruce last Tuesday.
Rose, in company with her husband Dr Francis Payne, received her membership Certificate and badge at the ArExpo BBQ..a suitably festive occasion for her induction.
Presented jointly by the Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell and The Kilmore Art Society, the eleventh annual Kilmore Art Expo was judged  a great success both by those attending and the organising committee. Close to 300 art works were on display together with craft and outdoor sculpture exhibits. Despite the bad weather on Saturday, the show attracted about 400 patrons over the weekend and a good level of sales together with income from the busy cafe will result in a further injection of funds for use in community and international projects.
On Tuesday last, organising committee member and former Director of the Expo, Andrea Willis, invited members of Rotary and the Art Society to celebrate the success of the show and to express te committees thanks for the hard work of or members in staging the event.
On a historical note, a catalogue of the inaugural Rotary Art Show held in 1988 was shown at the Expo.  Our Club presented the Rotary Art Show from 1988 until the mid 1990's.
Community energy enterprises are becoming widespread across Australia and loom as disrupters in the energy market.
This week's guest speakers will bring us up to date with what is happening in the Mitchell Shire. 
Eleven members of our club together,  several accompanied by their spouse, attended the Disrtict 9790 Conference held at Mulwala last weekend.
The conference was voted a great success both from a business and social viewpoint. The District Governors next newsletter will no doubt provide an extensive report but meanwhile, here are some photos to whet your appetite.
 At the recent conference your roving reporter caught up with David Mellor, the effervescent  and ever present ambassador  for Donations In Kind. David says that a lot has happened in the 18 years since the West Footscray DIK store was established in 2000 and proudly shared the following statistics.
$ 3,400,000 raised for Store and shipping costs
$ 4,725,000 the value of volunteering allocated as Overseas Aid
$52,000,000 worth of top quality material given to overseas people who deserve help
$60,125,000 the combined total of Overseas Aid
5.5 Kilometres the length of containers end to end
31,000 Cubic Meters of good recycled
1,600% the return on investment $3.4 million freight of the $52 million shipped
525 containers shipped.
A  great project in which our club has participated in the past and hopefully will in the future.
Our club was well represented at the Rotary Club of Whittlesea Trivia Night last Saturday. A highlight of the event was the Dummy Spitting Contest at which Gary Gradsack won First, Second and Third place...truly an outstanding performance. Vital statistics:- 9meters 45 cm...a world record . Gary was supported by Tony, Kim, Pasquale, Rina, Diana, Kit and guest Gloria King
On Wednesday 14 March 2018 Melissa Ryan and Ian Dempsey attended a function at the Greenvale Rotary Club. This incorporated a regular weekly Rotary meeting with the inclusion of a talk from Mr Charlie Italia – a masseur and trainer with the Essendon Footy Club. Charlie gave a talk about how the game has evolved over the past 40 years. How coaching  staff have become professional members of the team rather than part-time of volunteer roles. He explained the use of GPS to record the time a player is on the ground and how their heart rate is measured to establish when they needed a rest. Charlie also told some funny stories about his years at Essendon. He related a story about how one of his early roles was to wake up players after a late night session in the Windy Hill car park and he indicated one of the most consistent in this situation was a large Dutch decent chap. Charlie asked a question – which I will ask Melissa to ask at our next Club meeting – Melissa got the right answer and was presented with an Essendon indigenous game jumper – congratulations Melissa. It was a great night and I would strongly encourage Club members to take the opportunity to visit another Club.
 Psychologist Dominie Dale, our guest speaker last week, seized our attention  with a graph illustrating the alarming rates of Icelandic  teenage use of alcohol, cannabis and tobacco which in 1998 were by far the worst in Europe.
Something had to change and the government embarked on a comprehensive  program based on "behavioural addiction"  and the orchestration of a social movement around natural highs: around people getting high on their own brain chemistry.
 Today, Iceland tops the European table for the cleanest-living teens. The percentage of 15- and 16-year-olds who had been drunk in the previous month plummeted from 42 per cent in 1998 to 5 per cent in 2016. The percentage who have ever used cannabis is down from 17 per cent to 7 per cent. Those smoking cigarettes every day fell from 23 per cent to just 3 per cent.
Dominie went on to talk of the remarkable success the Melbourne based Oxygen Youth Health organisation and  and the program she initiated in Wallan last year.
Unfortunately, technical difficulties with the audio - visual system interrupted her presentation but the message shone through and President Bruce invited Dominie to submit a proposal for assistance by our  club in a future local Youth Health program.
The Rotary Business Breakfast held at Carlsberg last Friday morning was well supported with about 45 local business people in attendance.
Guests included Mayor  Rhonda Sanderson, local ward Councillors Bob Humm and David Atkinson,  Shire executives Mary Agostino, Director of Community Services and Advocacy, Chris Cheal, who heads up the Shire’s Economic Development Unit and Jemma Dockerty, from Tourism and Promotions.
After an inspiring address by David Doherty OAM, which could not fail to inspire our business community to rise to the challenge to create a prosperous future for the whole Mitchell community, Bruce Nicholls, our Rotary President and Chair of the Mitchell Business Network reported on the work done to date in setting up the network. He said that since launching, the focus has been on on building a strong platform for business advocacy and that every business is precious to us, from the home based sole trader to the large corporation, as we try to give voice to your business concerns and to influence the direction of public policy. Bruce went on to say  "Our board is working on a strategic vision for Mitchell, which will seek to both inspire and to instruct legislators. We will publish it shortly. We are progressively taking up the cudgels on behalf of our local business community on a range of public policy issues. You will begin to see editorials about Kilmore traffic congestion, about the need to improve local business amenity and about other issues. If you have legitimate, well framed concerns, we want to hear from you. We plan to establish local business ambassadors to focus on issues in each major township & feed them back into the Network’s policy loop".
Bruce said that with funding from Nestle and Bendigo Bank, and thanks to good work by Lee Day & Ellie Nicholls the website www.mitchellbusiness.com.au will shortly go live, creating the first comprehensive Mitchell business directory & referring new business inquiries directly to local businesses. He said that the committee is  working on a package of other Network membership benefits to reward membership generously, including a ‘buy local’ campaign.
The Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell is indebted to Annie, Ellie and Bruce Nicholls who invited us into their home for this event and in particular to Ellie and Annie who took on the role of caterers.
Tony Cozzolini reports as follows on the Rotary Information Breakfast event held at the Community Bank Adventure Playground held in Wallan on Saturday morning.
We are happy to report that even though we didn’t have the numbers coming through that we would have liked,  the people that did approach us were very interested and thought that Rotary’s presence on the day was a great way to showcase our club”.
The morning was delightfully interesting with a visit from Gordon Hastie, Ian Lee, with Kit Holland serving up the delicious egg & bacon rolls with a special visitor in the Mayor on Southern Mitchell Cr Rhonda Sanderson also enjoying a bite of breakfast.
Thank you “ Pasquale &Gary  G” 
As the Conference is 3 weeks away I thought I would present this update!
Based at Club Mulwala
Bookings are via Try Booking
Full program - please refer to the Conference Website
Bookings: We have a great number of members registered and the final date for joining Bernie’s Conference is FRIDAY 9 MARCH.
Saturday Night ANZAC Centenary Dinner: Bookings are nearly full. RUSH TO BOOK A PLACE!
Transport: There will be shuttle buses provided for movement to and from the Conference venue
1pm Gala Opening
4pm program closes
5pm Paul Harris Cocktails
From 4.30pm onwards Club Fellowship and BBQ at Bella Vita, 39 Ely Street, Yarrawonga (map to follow).  Please BYO Chair, drinks and glasses. Food details to follow
The house has a covered outdoor area/BBQ and large enclosed back garden.
7am President & Presidents’ Elect Breakfast
9am program begins
3.30pm Program closes for dinner set-up
4.30pm Resolutions Session (Bruce)
6.30pm for 7pm dinner
9am program begins
Finishes about 1pm
“What Can Rotary Do?” Club Stand at the Mulwala Golf Club:
Pasquale has been updating our photo boards and we will display our activities and provide further information about our signature events. During Conference breaks we are encouraged to have Rotarians at the stand – 2 chairs are provided.
This week well know Broadford thesbian Barry Withers will be our guest speaker.
To say that Barry Withers is immersed in theatre would be the understatement of the century.
Barry's involvement in the performing arts reaches all the way back to the 1950's but it was in 1969 that he first graced the stage in Broadford when he joined the Broadford Drama Group which disbanded in 1975 and re-formed in 1980 as the Broadford Amateur Theatrical Society (BATS).
Since that time, Barry has been a mainstay of the company appearing in close to  eighty productions ranging across drama, musicals, melodrama and pantomime. In addition he has been in demand for featured and  extras parts in close to 50 TV and film productions and TV commercials.  He has also found time to appear in various community events and has been much in demand to reprise his role of Father Christmas.
Off stage, he has served as President and Secretary of BATS and has had numerous organisational roles.
"Although Rotary is continuously evolving it remains true to its core values" was the message delivered by Past District Governor Philip Clancy when he addressed our club last Tuesday. Philip outlined the many changes he had witnessed during his time as a Rotarian spanning the years since the nineteen seventies. Notable advances include opening membership to women, introducing more flexible attendance requirements and focusing Rotary's attention to specific areas of world and local  community service.
Philip reminded us that the "Object of Rotary" and "The Four Way Test" remain at the core of Rotary and guide us in all we do as Rotarians
and he went on to outline Rotary's avenues of service.
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