Maffra Rotary Club utilises District Grant for project Dianne Honey 2017-11-10 13:00:00Z 0
Polio Plus Scholarship Dianne Honey 2017-10-21 13:00:00Z 0
Roger Malouf receives Certificate of Appreciation Dianne Honey 2017-09-28 14:00:00Z 0
Changeover 2017 Dianne Honey 2017-07-11 14:00:00Z 0
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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. 
King George VI April Newlsetter Shane Smallwood 2017-04-26 14:00:00Z 0
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GUEST SPEAKER PROFESSOR KAREN DWYER

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.  
 
Professor Karen Dwyer 13.04.2017 Shane Smallwood 2017-04-15 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 18, 2017
 
Congratulations to the Maffra Football and Netball Club and their entrant Meg Knobel who raised over $35,000 in the Rotary Club of Maffra Mardi Gras event. Meg was the sole entrant in this year's Rotary Club of Maffra Mardi Gras. Well done to Meg and her band of supporters who have helped raise over $35,000 for their local football and netball club.
Rotary Club of Maffra Mardi Gras 2017 Dianne Honey 2017-03-17 13:00:00Z 0
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.
Recycled Hearing Shane Smallwood 2017-03-11 13:00:00Z 0

2017 YEP Student - Hannah Nicholls

At the club meeting on Thursday December 1st, Hannah Nicholls who the club is sponsoring to Austria as our 2017 YEP Student and who is shown here receiving Maffra Rotary Club banners from President Sue Gray, gave an excellent presentation which included an overview of our country, her home town, and the geographical and political aspects of Australia.
 
This is the presentation she will be making to her host clubs while she is overseas and as such was well received by all present at the meeting. We are confident that she will be a credit to our club wherever she goes.

Hannah lives in Stratford with her parents, sister, brother and two dogs. Hannah was introduced and thanked by Youth Director Sharon Knight, the club members showed their appreciation in the usual manner and talked with Hannah and her mother after the meeting closed.
 
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Heritage Truck Show Shane Smallwood 2016-11-20 13:00:00Z 0

Hat Day Meeting in recognition of Mental Health

Steve McNulty with President Sue Gray

Our meeting on 6th October was in recognition of Hat Day, which draws attention to mental health.

Guest Speaker Steve McNulty was a welcome addition to the evening, sharing with us an eye-opening presentation on Mental Health.

Steve’s background is in psychology and school counselling.

 

Some of Steve’s key points were:

Alcohol use is most influential in mental disorders in youth, apart from the greater expectations placed upon them by modern society.

Dignity in Mental Health comes through Mental Health First Aid. Through training our community will have the skills to assist others.

More information can be obtained from: https://mhfa.com.au/

Hat Day Meeting in recognition of Mental Health Shane Smallwood 2016-10-06 13:00:00Z 0

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

 

17/09/2016

 

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 
Rotary International Memorial Scholarship Shane Smallwood 2016-10-03 13:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Tim Clark,

a pharmacist from Traralgon, gave an interesting talk on various aspects of the pharmacy industry and how it has progressed over the years.
 
Tim got off to a shaky start by detailing his friendship with Steve Dwyer, and how they had acted together in various plays over the years with the Sale Theatre Company.
 
We forgave him though, and listened intently as he delved into the past and produced a couple of interesting books; an old prescription book from over 50 years ago, and a formulations book which was about 20 years old.
 
Tim told us that he rarely mixes formulations now, and they are mostly creams. He believes the future of pharmacy will be a centralised data base, which would hopefully prevent patients doctor shopping and getting more than their prescribe dose of medications.
 
A typical day for Tim would involve filing approximately 450 prescriptions, making up 2 preparations, talking to doctors around 4 to 5 times, and visiting nursing homes to talk to patients and keep up to date on their medications.
 
A number of questions followed, which showed how interesting his talk had been, and he was warmly thanked in the usual manner.
Guest speaker Tim Clark Shane Smallwood 2016-09-17 14:00:00Z 0
 
WORLD POLIO DAY — START PLANNING NOW
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year.
 
Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will be available for viewing anytime at www.endpolio.org Download the World Polio Day toolkit for information and resources on planning and promoting a successful World Polio Day event, such as a viewing party or fundraiser:
  • Register your event here for a chance to be recognized in Atlanta, or to be featured on our website and social media pages.
  • Use our graphics to craft engaging social media posts, and use #endpolio to follow and join the global conversation.
  • Write to local media and government officials: Pitch a story about your club's contributions to the campaign, and remind them why it's important to keep fighting.
World Polio Day Shane Smallwood 2016-09-17 14:00:00Z 0

Bjarne Gienaap

Our new Rotary Exchange student, Bjarne Gienapp (BJ)gave his presentation to the club on Thursday 1st September. Bjarne is sixteen years old, he is sponsored by Gifhorn-Wolfsburg Rotary Club in Wolfsburg, Germany and he hopes to study medicine or dentistry in the future.
 
Both of Bjarne’s parents are dentists, so he should be right at home talking to Roger Malouf. His father, Thorsten, is a member of the Lions Club New Generation Wolfsburg, and his mother, Claudia, is the youth exchange officer of the Rotary Club Gifhorn-Wolfsburg.   His sister, Amelie, is a model, and BJ also does part time modelling. Wolfsburg is a city of some 120,000 and is where Volkwagen have their head office.   In Germany, Bjarne attends the Theodor-Heuss-Gymansium (THG) in Wolfsburg where he studies Music, Sport, Maths, Chemistry, Art, Religion, Biology, English, Latin, History, Physics, Geography, German, Politics. He finished Grade 10 in June before leaving on his exchange. This school has approximately 900 students.
 
Bjarne has travelled extensively including to China, Canada, USA, Namibia and South Africa. He also likes every kind of food and is looking forward to how Australia “Tastes”. Bjarne says that “in my  free time I like to go wake boarding and kitesurfing. I am quite sporty that is why I play Volleyball too. But listening to music is also a nice way to calm down from a busy day. My genres are pop and rap.” He has chosen Collingwood as his footy team!! His first host parents are Nathen and Natasha. We all welcome Bjarne to Australia and in particular to Maffra and the Maffra Rotary Club.
 
 

Welcome Bjarne Gienapp Shane Smallwood 2016-09-05 14:00:00Z 0

Weekly meeting July 21, 2016

Tonight, Graeme, Dianne and Ted were presented with their Paul Harris Medallions, making a week of celebrations for these worthy recipients of this honour.
 
 
 
Exchange Student Emma Chrisp in Poland
 
Tonight we had the privilege of participating in a SKYPE session with our exchange student in Poland, Emma Chrisp. Emma’s parents, Cyndi and Richard, along with her sisters Chelsea and Kayla and French exchange student Lucie, were at the club to facilitate the session.
 
 
This is an image of Emma during her Skype conversation, a summary of which is in this weeks Bulletin.
Paul Harris Fellows July 27 2016 Dianne Honey 2016-07-26 14:00:00Z 0

Presentation of Rotary Clock to President Sue Gray

President, Ross Neilson presented Sue with the clock which was made for the club’s 50th birthday. Each future club President will host the clock for their year.
 
 
 
The inscription on the back of the clock tells us it “was crafted and manufactured in Geelong in 1997. The clock case is from local forest red gum nearly 100 years old. The timber was from the former home of a charter member of R.C. of Maffra Rtn. A.G. Beech at 15 Queen St”. Many thanks to Neil Wishart who has, since this photo was taken, refurbished the clock and painted the clock hands blue.
President Ross reminded us of our club changeover next week and the Maffra Farmers Market on next Sunday 3rd July.
 
Changeover night July 2, 2016 2016-07-26 14:00:00Z 0
Maffra Mardi Gras 2016 has begun the fundraising season with 5 entrants competing for the honor of being Miss Maffra Mardi Gras 2016.
 
There are five entrants this year in the 2016 Rotary Club of Maffra Mardi Gras. They are (Back LtoR) Katie Armistead representing Sale City Football & Netball Club, Jess Humphrey representing Groundwork Youth Theatre,  Emma Jones representing Maffra and District Car Club, (Front L) Kelly Cairns representing Maffra Gymnastics, and Courtney Savige representing Maffra District Hospital. The launch of the Rotary Club of Maffra Mardi Gras was launched by Wellington Shire Counsellor Darren McCubbin (Front Centre) on Thursday 4th February at Duart Homestead. 
Rotary Club of Maffra Mardi Gras 2016 Launch! 2016-02-18 13:00:00Z 0
French Canadian Exchange Student thanks Host Families 2015-06-11 14:00:00Z 0
DEDICATION TO THE MEMORY OF PAT CAMERON.
Pictured: Pat Cameron's children, David and Peter Cameron and Beth Lanigan with the Rev. Graham Knott and Maffra Rotary President Brian Gray.
Maffra Childrens Cemetery Dedication SMG 2015-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Youth Exchange Students return and depart! PH 2015-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Mardi Gras Launch 2015 PH 2015-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
                                                               
 On behalf of the Rotary Club of Maffra, Past President Dianne Honey accepts Past District Governor Tim Moore’s Presidential Citation from Current District Governor Charlie Speirs, in recognition of Dianne sponsoring 6 new members to the Rotary Club of Maffra. 18 September 2014

 
Citation for past President Dianne Honey Pauline Hitchins 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
The end of the Rotary year is fast approaching with only 2 months to go. There are some important dates to keep in mind including the trial of the car boot sale on May 10th, the School of St Jude fundraising dinner on Thursday 19th of June, the District Changeover dinner & our own Changeover dinner.
We have welcomed four new members to our club this month. They are Veronica & Stephen Dwyer, Eddie Alvarez & George Duursema. We look forward to a long, and happy association with them and their families.
The proceeds from the car boot sale will go toward our Youth projects. The fundraising for the School of St Jude includes a raffle for a portrait sitting & a framed african photo both kindly donated by Kerryn Gannon. The Tinamba Hotel have donated a meal voucher for two.
 
A busy month DJH 2014-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
01st May Pauline Hitchins Rotarian behind the badge
              Induction of 4 new members
04th Maffra Farmers Market
05th May Graham Knott Rotarian behind the badge
              AGM Mardi Gras committee
              Committee meetings
10th May Car Boot Sale & Woolworth BBQ
15th May Club forum & Board meeting
22nd May TBC
29th May  Partners & Friends night. L2P guest speaker
               RI conference Sydney
01st June Maffra Farmers Market
19th June School of St Jude fund raising dinner
29th June District 9820 Changeover
03rd July  Our Changeover
 
 
Mark Your Calendars! Dianne Honey 2013-12-29 00:00:00Z 0
Who could forget our first "Is It The Truth?" held earlier this year? A night of intrigue as we listened to three speakers spin a plausable yarn about an object that was displayed before our eyes. We had to decide who was speaking the truth and who was spinning a good yarn! The object was something that isn't seen very often if at all today in the form presented to us. It was very intriguing. Next Thursday 7th of November is our next  "Is It The Truth?" night. Come watch, listen and try to pick the yarn spinners! A good funny and enjoyable night for sure. 
"Is It The Truth?" DJH 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Our next Partners & Friends of Rotary night is being  held on Thursday 31st October, 2013. A guest speaker will be presenting on the topic of "Understanding Organ & Tissue Donation". This presentation will give us all a better idea on the what, how and why of donating your organs and tissue.
Organ and Tissue Donation DJH 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Understanding Organ and Tissue donation is the very interesting topic for our next Partner's and Friends of Rotary evening. This special evening is scheduled for Thursday 31st of October, 2013. Bring along prospective members, partners, wives, husbands and friends to listen our guest speaker explain this delicate, emotional and complicated issue.
Tissue and Organ Donations DJH 2013-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
The Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour will be in Maffra next weekend. Since 2003 the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour has provided rural,  regional and metropolitan communities across Australia and New Zealand a chance to experience the magic of this iconic trophy.
There will be an afternoon viewing of the Cup at Duart between 2-5pm on Saturday 12th of October. Entry will be a gold coin donation with a light afternoon tea available.
Apart from the Cup being on view,there will be local racing memorabilia on display, a raffle with tickets to the Sale Cup to the winner and an address by an ambassadoor from Victorian Racing Club.
During the evening there will be a Cocktail party from 6.30-8.00pm at Duart. Tickets are $25 per head which includes a light supper. During the evening the raffle will be drawn, heats and a final to a human powered horse race will be also be held.
The Maffra Rotary Club invites everyone to attend one of these events. This is a major fund raiser for the Maffra Rotary Club youth programs.Further information can be obtained from Cath Noble on 0427149253 or Dianne Honey on 0413569954 or speak to a Rotarian in Johnson St on Thursday 10th October.
Emirates Melbourne Cup Dianne Honey 2013-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Dianne Honey 2013-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Dianne Honey 2013-07-25 00:00:00Z 0