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We meet Thursdays at 06:00 PM
Duart Homestead
20 McLean Street
Maffra, VIC  3860
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Bjarne's Farewell Meeting

 BJ thanked his host families for being present, and started his report by saying it was ‘life at the max’ at the Nicholls farm. Coming from Germany, where there is very little open space, he found Munro very quiet and peaceful, lots of birds and native animals, able to walk 7km and not see another person, be driven on unsealed roads, always something to do e.g. collect firewood, feeding animals – chooks, pigs, sheep, introduced to sheep shearing.

When BJ was living with the Smith’s he had trip 6 sisters, always something happening. Nathan took him 4-wheel driving and mountain bike riding, became a Richmond supporter, snorkelling at Cairns and other outdoor activities.

Enjoyed school, made a lot of friends, talked about interaction between teachers and students in Australia compared to home. Large range of subjects available here, at home there was 15 fixed subjects plus sports and homework. More focus on the student in Aust. Christmas with the Nicholls family was a new experience – no snow, large family gathering, backyard cricket and water fights. Played Volleyball with the Maffra Club including the National Competition in Melbourne, played D grade cricket for Sale College, there is no cricket in Germany. “Gave football ball a crack” but ‘did his knee’.

The Rock to Reef was an amazing experience: The Outback, 12 hours driving and not seeing any buildings, only sand and scrub, staying underground at Coober Pedy, the landscape and rock formations, especially at King’s Canyon.  Visited Uluru and Kata Tuta (Ayers Rock and Olgas), had Aboriginal paintings explained. Tried throwing a boomerang, went bungy jumping and snorkelling, was in the background on Sunrise Morning TV Show. Also took part in the Ride to Conference in Tasmania.

Values he learnt: believe in yourself, always someone to help- family or friends, seek advice from others, surround yourself with people who you are able to learn from, able to laugh at/about yourself, 3 good mates better than lots of friends.

 BJ thanked Maffra Rotary Club, special mention to Sharon, Ted and Roger for their support, to his host families for hosting him and allowing him to have ‘the adventure of a lifetime’. He then presented his host mums with a bunch flowers each.

Rotary Club of Maffra Celebrates 70 years of service to the Community

A wonderful meeting to celebrate the club’s 70th anniversary of Charter as a Rotary Club.


Appropriately enough there were 70 members, partners, guests and friends of the Rotary club present on this gala occasion.


District Governor Lynne Westland, District Governor Elect Don Ripper and District Governor Nominee Janne Spiers headed the list of dignitaries representing other Rotary clubs and Lions clubs from the area.


District Governor Lynne Westland read a letter from R.I. President John F. Germ congratulating the club on reaching this important milestone. That letter has been archived as part of the clubs long and illustrious history.


Chairman for the evening was President Elect Graeme Hemming who ran the meeting smoothly and with a touch of style. He introduced Neil Wishart, past member Ron Graham and Rob Noble who all spoke on different aspects of their time in Rotary and what they had learned from it. Neil also gave a brief overview of the club history.


A highlight of the evening was the announcement that the International Scholarship envisaged and promoted by past member Ross Neilson has come to fruition and 5 scholars have been selected in Pakistan for further study.


Three swindles were drawn and won by Rob Noble, Sharon Knight and Dianne Honey.


The raffle was won by Shane’s guest Greg Smith, who chose the Moet et Chandon champagne (why wouldn’t you). Second prize to Neil Wishart and third prize to Wendy (a visitor who escaped before I could get her last name).


The luscious birthday cake was made by Natasha from Duart, and all the photos from the evening are in the album to the right on our website.

Rotary Club of Maffra Guinness World Book of Records
Most people throwing Wellington gum boots at the same time!
Call them what you will — Wellingtons, galoshes or gumboots, but when the siren sounded just after noon on Sunday, the sky above Maffra Recreation Reserve was a sea of them.
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
Guinness World Records gave their approval for this attempt
The most people throwing Wellington gum boots simultaneously is 431, achieved by Burwell Village College Primary in Burwell, UK, on 1 July 2016.
The Rotary Club of Maffra was aiming to beat this record with the help and participation of keen and interested community participants.
NO records were broken, but a lot of fun was had by all.
Hundreds flocked to Maffra Recreation Reserve on Sunday to be part of the Rotary Club of Maffra’s attempt to beat the gumboot throwing record and score a spot in next year’s Guinness Book of Records, but the tally of 333 was almost 100 too few.
The carnival atmosphere and sensational autumn weather made for a fun day out, and there wasn’t too much disappointment at not having beaten the record.
The event put Maffra on the map and helped raise about $1000 after costs, all of which goes towards community projects.
Rotarian and event organiser Dianne Honey said the Wellington community had embraced the record attempt wholeheartedly, most coming early to browse the market stalls and enjoy the jumping castle, music, food and games.
For the children, there was 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!
There were families, singles, old and young, and even a set of eyes watching from above, as a drone flew overhead to record the occasion and make the record attempt legitimate.
“Everyone had a great day and that was one of the things we wanted to see happen” Ms Honey said.
She said the club was now planning on selling some of the gumboots generously donated by dairy equipment specialists Daviesway, to boost the fundraising total.
“It was a great success, and we are now thinking of doing something next year so we have another reason for a family day out.”
P.P. Shane Smallwood PHF
Rotary Club of Maffra.

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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June 2017