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Welcome to our Club!

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 06:00 PM
Duart Homestead
20 McLean Street
Maffra, VIC  3860
Australia
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Apologies and Guest Attendances
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 - duart@maffra.net.au or by written entry in the Meeting Apology Book.
 
 
 
 
 
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Our Latest News Stories!
The Reverend Sandra Houghton was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow at our Changeover dinner on 6th July, 2017 for service to her communities.
Sandra has been a Uniting Church Minister in Maffra for twelve years. Recently, as well as looking after her Maffra parish members, she is also attending to the needs of the Heyfield community who are currently without a Minister of their own. Sandra provides pastoral care to many in the two towns, including food parcels. In 2011 Sandra commenced the breakfast club at the Maffra Primary School where cereal, toast and a hot milo were provided to the children. Some of the children who had arrived by bus were tired after their long journey. Sandra said she noticed the change in the children after having something to eat and drink prior to entering the classroom. Occasionally a special breakfast of pancakes is prepared for the children. Sandra was instrumental in helping to organise community volunteers who provided a hot evening meal for Blazeaid volunteers after the Black Saturday fires. The community rallied to help Sandra and her committee feed the numerous volunteers who travelled to Maffra to help the fire affected farmers and residents. Sandra and her volunteers support the Rotary club of Maffra Mardi Gras by running a pancake stall as a fund raising activity. Sandra and her volunteers can be found supporting St Vinnie's at the Jack Kelly market cooking barbeque sausages, raising funds for the breakfast club at the Maffra Primary School.
Sandra joined the Maffra Rotary club in 2002. Sandra has served on most of the Club's committees and has run Arthurs Swindle. Sandra provides a valuable link between the Maffra Rotary club and the community through her position as a Minister of the Uniting Church. Congratulations and Well Done Sandra!
Ross Neilson, a Past President of the Maffra Rotary club was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow at our recent Changeover dinner. Ross has over 20 years worth of experience in Rotary serving on most committees. He instigated the initial Duck Cup and commenced the Maffra Sunday Market BBQ with assistance from Cath Noble. Ross has also been involved with several visiting vocational exchange teams including teams from the USA, Colombia in South America and more recently, Turkey. Recently Ross was instrumental in overseeing and building a shelter for the Rotary street stall caravan.
Ross has a passion for cars which is reflected in his interests. He was a founding member of the Maffra and District Car club, and the Gippsland Vehicle Collection. He has a passion for restoring cars and was one of the early organisers of the Maffra Hill Climb club. He has twice been in the Repco Around Australia rally, and has participated in the Variety Bash numerous times. Ross was on the Maffra Cemetery Trust for seven years and coordinated Maffra Rotary club members to assist at the cemetery in tidying up the grounds.
Ross served as President in 2015-2016. During this year Ross put a proposal to Rotary International for the establishment of a Memorial Scholarship to honour and remember those who died while serving out in the field helping to eradicate polio. From Ross's passion and persistence the Rotary International Memorial Scholarship came to fruition. The Rotary International Memorial Scholarship is being run by Rotary International Polio Plus Committee with the first applicants being selected from Pakistan and Nigeria. They will receive post graduate training in the field of infectious disease. Congratulations and well done Ross!
 
Our annual Changeover dinner was on Thursday 6th July with DG Don Ripper conducting the formalities. President Sue Gray commenced the evening with presentations to Roger Malouf for his role with the Vic Pol mentoring program, Graeme Hemming for his 5 years as Treasurer, and the Tap award to Ted Mitchell for working in the background and supporting her. Two PHF were awarded to PP Ross Neilson and Sandra Houghton and a PFH Sapphire pin to Dianne Honey.  President Graeme Hemming presented his Board for the 2017-2108 year. The Board comprises of IPP Sue Gray, Dianne Honey Secretary, Helen Lanigan Treasurer, Shane Smallwood Director of Service Projects, Veronica Dwyer, Roger Malouf and Ted Mitchell.
 
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 Graeme Hemming
 
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   duart@maffra.net.au
 
Visitors always welcome!
 
 
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