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Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 06:00 PM
Duart Homestead
20 McLean Street
Maffra, VIC  3860
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For catering purposes, please ensure that you notify Nathan or Natasha Smith, at Duart Homestead of all apologies and guest attendances prior to 1 pm on the day of the meeting or event.   Ring 03-5147-1985 or email - or by written entry in the Meeting Apology Book.
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KING GEORGE VI CENTRE – April 2017 Newsletter
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We will be celebrating our 60th anniversary on 20th & 21st July 2017.  Come and join us!
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As it is our 60th anniversary this year this newsletter is going to be all about our success.  Whilst writing this letter I have realised that what we are celebrating is people, the KGVI family both near and wide.  Join us, this is special!
Why are we making such a big thing about 60 years, in some parts of the world this would seem a tiny drop in time.  For us it is huge and we need to celebrate.  Firstly to have survived all that our beleaguered country has thrown at us over the years requires acknowledgement.  Secondly as this same country falls even more apart we need to cheer ourselves up, encourage ourselves, and give ourselves courage to face the chaos to come.  But we don’t need to cheer just ourselves up we also need to send a message out to our fellow countrymen – it is possible to not just survive but to thrive – don’t give up, in fact, ‘never give up’!  Finally of course we need to celebrate the impact we believe we have had on disability awareness in Zimbabwe not to mention the success of so many of our graduates. 


A fascinating and wide ranging talk that kept everyone enthralled.

Karen was born and raised on a Newry dairy farm. She was a Girl Guide, winning a Baden Powell Award. She also took part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. She is married to Rob and they have 4 children.
Karen began her medical career in 1989, doing her internship at Melbourne University and then Geelong and Warrnambool Hospitals. She did her physician training at St Vincent’s in Renal Medicine and Nephrology from 1999 to 2001. A PhD in 2002 was followed by a move to Boston to attend Harvard Medical School from 2004 to 2006. She also ran the 2005 Boston Marathon.
In 2006, she returned to St Vincent’s and in 2011 became the Co- Director specialising in Research of Kidney Disease and transplantation. Currently Karen is Deputy Head of the School of Medicine at Deacon University and a Professor of Medicine.
Currently Karen is a clinician researcher. Her work consists of 10% Clinical work, 30% research and 60% leadership and education.
In March 2011, she led the team that performed the first hand- transplant in Australia.  
Rotary Club of Maffra
Guinness World Book of Records
Most people throwing Wellington gum boots at the same time!
Maffra Recreational Reserve, Gibney St Maffra, 30th April 2017
Throw-off at 12 noon precisely.
On April 30th, the Rotary Club of Maffra will make an attempt on a world record for the most throwers of gumboots.
At 12 noon precisely, the signal will be given by the Maffra Fire Brigade and everyone assembled around the oval at the Maffra Recreational Reserve will throw their gumboot.
The most people throwing Wellington boots simultaneously is 431, achieved by Burwell Village College Primary (UK), in Burwell, UK, on 1 July 2016.
The Rotary Club of Maffra is aiming to beat this record with the help and participation of keen and interested community participants.
While this will be a lot of fun, it is also for a world record attempt, there are rules and there will be stringent documentation and recording of the event to satisfy the requirements for recognition of a world record.
Guinness World Records have given their approval for this attempt.
A certificate of participation will be emailed to each thrower.
Bring your own gumboots or purchase a new pair at a greatly reduced price.
There will be market stalls, food and entertainment for both young and old. Trade and allied services stalls will also be on display.
For the children, there will be plenty for them to do such as carnival rides, face painting and a jumping castle. They could even place an entry into the best decorated gumboot section or participate in the egg and spoon race wearing gumboots, or the three-legged race also wearing gumboots!
All the family is invited to join in the fun and throw a Wellington gum boot.
Be part of history on this day by attending and participating.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact
Dianne Honey on 0413 569 954
or Veronica Dwyer on 0439657123
Registration will be online to avoid the queues! 
We highly recommend pre-registration if you wish to avoid the very long queues that may form on the morning.
For pre-registration go here:
Please be aware that this event is being photographed.
Your image may appear in articles or GWB advertising.
Go to: to find out more about Guinness World Records.
Recycled Sound
Jan Sigley, a member of the Rotary Club of Toorak, was introduced by Dianne Honey. Jan first paid tribute to Dianne and the club for their heavy involvement in supporting the programme which recycles hearing aids.          
Jan’s involvement in Recycled Sound came about through a chance remark she made to a guest speaker from Blamey Saunders about how good it would be if all old hearing aids could be recycled. It has grown from there with 1700 hearing aids worth $4 million placed into the community for those in need.
Recycled Sound is a Community Service Project initiated by the Rotary Club of Toorak to collect, clean, reprogramme and recycle hearing aids for people in our community with a special need and unable to meet the expense of hearing aids in the private market.
The Rotary Club of Toorak has partnered with audiologists Blamey Saunders hears and Better Hearing Australia to undertake specialist cleaning and reprogramming to enable the hearing aids to be recycled.
The cost of a pair of hearing aids through the private market ranges from $5000 to $10,000. Many are unable to meet this expense.
Available Federal Government programs allow limited options for accessing a hearing aid. This means many people simply struggle to live with their hearing loss. The issue mainly affects people in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, who represent our community’s most marginalised and disadvantaged. Between the ages of 24 to 65 there is no subsidy for hearing aids.
Restricted access to hearing aids can also force many people to leave the workforce early. We know hearing aids play a critical role in overcoming hearing loss and can greatly influence quality-of-life and the ability to gain and keep employment.
An unaddressed hearing loss inevitably leads to isolation and in many cases a reliance on social services for support, which then impacts the broader community and the economy.
The Victorian Hearing Aid Bank contributes at least $650,000 to the Victorian economy each year through recycled heading aids, the contribution to the economy through improved economic participation remains unmeasured.
With the help of Recycled Sound BHA will now be able to help more people in need. This is an exciting opportunity to empower more Victorians to take control of their hearing loss.
If you have any old hearing aids that are no longer of use, please donate them to the Rotary Club of Maffra for recycling.

Rotary International Memorial Scholarship

Then President Ross Neilson, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Maffra, put together a proposal at the beginning of his presidential year, 2015-16, and submitted it to The Rotary Foundation to establish a memorial recognition program to honour those Rotary aid workers who have been killed in performing Rotary's Polio Eradication humanitarian programs.


It has taken some time and a number of discussion points between the Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Club of Maffra, but the outcome for the establishment of Rotary International Memorial Scholarships has been approved.


District Governor Lynne Westland said that Ross Neilson, Past President, and the members of the Rotary Club of Maffra are to be congratulated on this wonderful initiative.


From Ross Neilson (past president of Rotary Club of Maffra)

I have just received confirmation from Carol Pandak from the International PolioPlus Committee that Rotary Foundation has approved the establishment of 10 scholarships




Dear Ross, the Polio Plus Memorial Scholarship was approved.  We will begin by selecting up to 10 Nigerian and Pakistani scholars in calendar year 2017 to study at selected universities in their home countries to obtain masters-level degrees in Public Health.   While I realize the final concept was not exactly as originally envisioned, I hope that you and your club members are pleased.  Have a lovely day.  Best regards, Carol 


I think this is a fantastic outcome and the Rotary Club of Maffra would like to DG Lynne Westland and the district executive for their assistance.


Best regards

Ross Neilson

President 2015-16

Rotary Club of Maffra 
About Our Club...
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Maffra!
Rotary Club of Maffra members, with Sarah Saarino, Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Finland,  prior to returning home in July 2016.
Back Row Left to Right; Peter Quennell, Hans Van Wees, George Duursema, Logan Connolly, Iain Stewart, John Osborn, Rob Noble, Ted Mitchell, Roger Malouf, Shane Smallwood.
Middle Row Left to Right; Dianne Honey, Helen Lanigan, Sandra Houghton, Lynne Malouf, Brian Gray, Pauline Hitchins.
Front Row Left to Right; President Ross Neilson, Neil Wishart, YEP Sarah Saarino, Sue Gray, Sharon Knight, Graeme Hemming.
Our Club was Chartered on 29th May, 1947. The sponsoring Club was the Rotary Club of Sale.
Our Charter President was Ken Davies, along with Secretary Norman Webster and the Treasurer Frank O'Dea.
Our current president is Sue Gray
Our Club is situated approximately 20 minutes north/north west of Sale in the Macalister Irrigation District. Dairying, cropping, vegetable growing, retail and tourism are all important to our district.
We are situated approximately 1 hour from the 90 mile beach, 1 & 1/2 hours from the snowfields and less than 30 minutes from the high country for 4 wheel driving.
Our Club plays an important part in our community supporting various local organisations.
We run the annual Rotary Club of Maffra Mardi Gras, the oldest street event in Wellington Shire.
We are involved in many Rotary youth programs and support other Rotary programs such as the eradication of polio, literacy, and our own Rotary Foundation.
If you are visiting the area, come along to one of our dinner meetings which are held at Duart from 6pm each Thursday.
Please book in for dinner with Nathan or Natasha at Duart Homestead  before 1pm on Thursday; Ph 03 51471985;  Email
We will be pleased to meet with you!
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April 2017