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Blanch, Warren
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Lattimore, Rodney
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Sergeant at Arms Les Hogarth commenced the meeting with the invocation and toasts.
President Mark gave his Toast to the people of Paris following the tragic events of the weekend.
Max Carey updated us on the Rotary memorabilia and records he collected from the office of Geoff Whatman. Max is in the process of organsing these items to determine what needs to be kept and what needs to be disposed. 
President Mark welcomed all Rotarians to the meeting.
President Mark reminded us of the premiere of the next James Bond movie “Spectre” this Thursday at 6:30pm. The cost is $20 and we need as many people to attend for movie premiere’s to remain a future fundraising option. 
Acting Sergeant at Arms Les Hogarth commenced the meeting with the invocation and toasts.
President Mark welcomed all Rotarians and our guests Ken and Marney Johnson. 
Acting Sergeant at Arms Les Hogarth commenced the meeting with the invocation and toasts.
President Mark Drury gave the President’s Toast to Ian Dyball for his excellent work as club trainer and his role as facilitator for last week’s visioning exercise.
Acting Sergeant at Arms Les Hogarth commenced the meeting with the invocation and toasts.
President Mark Drury gave the President’s Toast to Ted Gauntlett for his years of service at the door.
President Mark Drury welcomed Past District Governor Neville Parsons who was present to facilitate the visioning process.
President Mark reported on the Rotary Muster at Tamworth. Bruce Moy, Murray Difford and Mark attended and found the weekend positive and productive.
The premiere of “Bridge of Spies” will be on this Thursday 21 at Fay's Cinema. See Susie for tickets ($20). Canapes will be served at 5:45 pm and all proceeds go towards the End Polio campaign.
Acting Sergeant at Arms Ian Woollard commenced the meeting with toasts to Australia and Rotary International. President Mark Drury welcomed Rotarians
to this week’s meeting.
President Mark advised that the exercise equipment is now completed and is already getting used by the local community. Markalso thanked Murray Difford for acting as President last week.
Acting President Murray Difford welcomed Rotarians to this week’s meeting.

Assistant District Governor Bruce Moy spoke of the recent cluster meeting where planning has commenced for a Local Produce Breakfast to be organised by the
Taree Rotary clubs at the District Conference next year.
President Mark Drury welcomed Rotarians and guests to this week’s meeting. A special welcome was given to our public speaking competition participants Macey Browne and Crystal Nolan along with their mother and grandmother. Theresa Llyod, a teacher from Manning Valley Anglican College was also welcomed as well as our adjudicator, Robert Weller.
The winner of the Public Speaking competition will present at our meeting in two week’s time.
President Mark advised that last week’s meeting raised $390 for the Biripi dancers. Mark also advised on progress of the CCTV program with testing of the camera system underway. Progress has been slowed with a workplace accident involving the contractor.
President Mark Drury welcomed Rotarians and guests to this week’s meeting including Mark Searles and Anita Su. A President’s toast was given to Peter McKay for his work on the bulletin.
President Mark Drury welcomed Rotarians and guests: Judy Richardson and Karenne Norling.
President Mark advised that organisers of the Old Bar Festival are looking for volunteers to direct traffic for car parking. This will be on Saturday 3 October. We also
have a Bunnings BBQ on the same weekend so our resources will be stretched but both ventures have the potential to be good fund-raisers for our club. Please consider if you can help with either of these activities.
This week’s meeting was chaired by Murray Difford who stood in for President Mark Drury who was ill. Sergeant at Arms, Les Hogarth, led toasts to the Commonwealth of Australia and Rotary International.
Acting President Murray Difford advised of the vandalism to the Lone Pine at Rotary Park (further details below). Murray also advised that we have been asked to man the gates at this year’s Taree Show on the weekend of the 10th and 11th October. 
Sergeant at Arms Les Hogarth called the meeting to order with the Rotary Invocation. President Mark Drury gave a Presidents toast to Ashley Cleaver. Mark thanked Ashley for his photography and media work especially in the last weeks with the CCTV program. President Mark welcomed back Debbie Purse and John Doust who have both been away for a while.
President Mark advised that construction of the CCTV network has commenced. Workers were in the main street today installing the system. Mark commented that he was impressed by the equipment and its capabilities. 
President Mark welcomed members and our guest speaker, Peter Johnson, to the meeting.
Mark advised Rotarians that there will be extensive media coverage of the CCTV project in the coming week. The contracts for construction of the CCTV network have been signed and our club will be responsible for managing the infrastructure for the next 5 years. 

Dear All at Rotary Club of Taree,

Greetings from St Jude’s!

We are delighted to be writing to you with some very exciting news regarding Blandina Allen Msumary and her Form 6 National Examination results.


President Mark welcomed members and our guest speaker, Megan Lewis, to the meeting. Mark also thanked Ross Tingle for the bespoke Rotary clock that he has produced for our meetings.
President Mark advised that there will be a Youth Summit in Seoul as part of the International Conference in late May next year. We can send 5 young people from this district. They will get free accommodation and our district has agreed to subsidise their transport and registration. Put your thinking caps on and nominate someone by 31 August 2015. See Murray for an application form. 
President Mark Drury welcomed all Rotarians to the meeting including District Governor Maurie Stack. This week’s meeting was a Club Assembly hence there was no guest speaker.
President Mark advised that new Rotary badges are being ordered. It was agreed that the club would purchase partners badges for members whose partners were currently ‘badgeless’. Members are to advise Murray on this. 
President Mark Drury welcomed all to the first meeting of his year.
Secretary Murray Difford reported on correspondence received including a fundraiser to be held by the Rotary Club of Old Bar for Old Bar Public School on 28th July. The Rotary Club of Taree North are holding a Christmas in July on 29th July. We received a letter of thanks from the Anglican Church of Taree for the donated BBQ. 
President Laurie welcomed all to his last regular meeting as President. A special welcome was extended to guest Dylan George.
Laurie requested two more volunteers for tomorrow’s RYDA program at Taree Racecourse. Volunteers were confirmed for the RYDA program next Tuesday and
Thursday. Those who are assisting need to arrive at 8:45am.
The CCTV program is progressing well. A preferred contractor has been selected and is visiting Taree shortly.
David Denning advised that work on the exercise equipment at Taree Recreation Ground will commence this week. Several Rotarians volunteered for this Thursday to assist in setting out with work commencing at 7am. Further names were taken for next Monday to commence construction of the form work (starting time 8am).
John Doust advised that he has some books relating to the early years of the Rotary Club of Taree from 1937. Warren Blanch has offered to collect this memorabilia for storage. Sergeant at Arms Warren raised some revenue with an extensive fine session.
Acting Sergeant at Arms Les Hogarth called the meeting to order.
President Laurie advised that Murray Difford is unwell and in hospital.
President Laurie reported that the first day of RYDA was held at Tuncurry last week with 180 students attending. Dates for RYDA in Taree are Tuesday 16 June,
Tuesday 23 June and Thursday 25 June. Six volunteers will be required for each day. Names were taken at the meeting.
Phil Streatfeild (Treasurer) reminded Rotarians to pay for the changeover dinner now.
Mark Drury (Club Administration) advised that planning for the changeover dinner on 19 June is well underway. Mark also advised that Group Study exchange is back next year. The exchange will occur with District 1890 of North Germany. The exchange departs in May 2016 and lasts 5 weeks. Please advise Ross Tingle if you know of a suitable candidate or group leader. See the latest District E-News (on the website) for more information.
David Denning advised on the progress on the exercise equipment at the Recreation Grounds. There is a slight delay as we wait for council to location existing services. David will advise on new dates for work on the site.
Les Hogarth (Welfare) advised that Ken Raison is ill. He also reported that Bruce Tully, who was a member of this club, died on 30th May. Acting Sergeant Les raised some revenue and told a joke.
David Fisher and Ashley Cleaver explained the processes of social media and the workings of our club website. A demonstration was given of our facebook
and web pages. See and
President Laurie Easter welcomed guest speaker Ken Johnson and his wife Marnie. Laure also welcomed honorary member Mavis Jones and reminded Rotarians that it is our club’s 78th birthday today.
President Laurie advised that the Science and Engineering challenge which was held last week was very successful. Laurie thanked those who participated with a special thanks to Neil Hannington who gave up his whole week.  
President Laurie Easter welcomed Rotarians and Guests to our meeting. A warm welcome was given to our Guest speakers Kath Donovan and Pilar McGechan from Taree Youth Refuge and Jason McLoughlin from Manning Support Services. Laurie welcomed visiting Rotarians Karenne Norling and Judy Richardson. It was also great to see Debbie Purse who has recently returned from Tasmania.
President Laurie Easter welcomed Rotarians and guest Dylan George to the weekly meeting.

Laurie mentioned the latest changes in the Club Taree dining area mean we may need to get to our meetings about 5 minutes earlier. Laurie reminded everyone of the need to have a “Working with Children Check” if you wish to perform volunteer work which involves contact with persons under 18 years of age. Laurie reported that ten of our members attended the Wingham Rotary Club’s 70th anniversary last Saturday night. By all reports it was an enjoyable night.
President Laurie Easter welcomed honorary member Steve Bromhead. Laurie advised that the BBQ at the dispersal auction at the old UGL site last week raised a little over $1200. It was an excellent effort by all who assisted. Laurie also advised that he has been able to source a Lone Pine sapling to be planted at Rotary Park during a ceremony this ANZAC Day. Details of this will be emailed to members.
This meeting was a Club Assembly.
A letter was received from the District Governor regarding Shelter Box. This is available on the website. It explained that while Shelter Box had issues a few years
ago, these had since been resolved and our Club will continue to support this project.
President Laurie Easter welcomed Rotarians to the meeting. A warm welcome was extended to our guests, Sharyn Munro, Christine Stanton, Ruth Tingle, Karenne
Norling, Glendon Jones, and the kids (Fraser, Tully, Alex & Dylan).
President Laurie welcomed members and our honorary Rotarian, Stephen Bromhead, to the week’s meeting.

Next week’s meeting will be a vocational visit to Valley Industries. We will start at 5:30pm and the cost will be $10 per person plus drinks.

Ken Patterson reported on our club’s special projects. The CCTV program is progressing and is now well accepted by Greater Taree City Council. The development of exercise equipment at the Taree Recreation Grounds needs further funding and there are discussions around reducing the costs. 

President Joy welcomed members and guests to our meeting and gave a special welcome to our guest speakers Ian Shaw (AGL) and Karyn Looby (AGL). 
A welcome was also extended to Murray Difford, Rod Lattimore, visiting Rotarian Maurie Stack from the Rotary Club of Taree On Manning and June & Geoff Harrison – guests of Fr Keith. 
President’s Report: 
Reminder: that our Change-Over Dinner is to be held on Friday 20 June 2014. As we are having our Change Over on this date we will not hold a meeting on Monday 23 June 2014. See following invitation. 
Joy queried any concerns regarding the change of Dinner Arrangements, with only two concerns which we will look into. 
Funding from the Newman’s Own Foundation of $30,0000 which was applied for has now come through. This grant was applied for in conjunction with IGA and is to provide funds for the Courtyard Shelter Project at Manning River Referral Hospital. 

Aussie Hero Quilts - At the President’s Cluster Meeting last Thursday Night, the Rotary Club of Old Bar (of which Bill Griffiths is now President) requested assistance to raise funds for quilts to be made for the Aussie Hero Quilts Project. It was agreed by all Presidents within our Cluster (and incoming Presidents) to support this Project by contributing $120 each Club. Therefore our Club is more than happy to contribute to such a worthwhile project.

Visiting Rotarian DGN Maurie Stack spoke on the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) reminding everyone that this year the Rotary Manning Valley Schools Spectacular will be held midweek. This being Wednesday 27 August 2014. Again two sessions – Matinee and evening performances and to keep this date free. Maurie also reminded us of all the wonderful achievements this program has made within our Schools and to the benefit of the community. He discussed the sponsorship opportunity where businesses, organisations and individuals in the Manning Valley are invited to sponsor the Rotary Manning Valley Schools Spectacular.

President Laurie welcomed members and DG Elect Maurie Stack to our meeting. Laurie also welcomed Harvey Else who has returned after a few weeks away recuperating from surgery.

Ken Patterson gave an update on the CCTV program. He has met with a consultant regarding the design of the CCTV system and is in the process of negotiating with various building owners in Taree. The plan is for the proposed design will be put before council in their April meeting.

Mark Drury reminded members of our vocational visit in 2 week’s time (23rd Feb) to Honeycomb Valley farm at 3736 Wallanbah Rd Nabiac. The start time will be 5:30pm. The cost will be $35 pp and drinks will be available for purchase. Please advise Mark if you are attending (if you haven’t done so already) ASAP to 65521193 or . Partners are welcome. A map is attached after the last page of the bulletin.


President Joy welcomed members and guests to our meeting, a special welcome to our guest speaker Dr Romney Newman & his wife Christine. A welcome to Ian Wollard – guest of David Denning, also a welcome to Jocelyn & Robert Caddies – guests of Fr Keith. Finally a big welcome to Rhonda Blanch, Lillian Else, June Braithwaite, Kay Whitelaw and to Murray Difford again for visiting our meeting. 
Please note your diary for the Change Over Dinner to be held on Friday 20 June 2014. As we are having our Change Over on this date we will not hold a meeting on Monday 23 June 2014. 
Change of Dinner Arrangements tonight. How did everyone find the change. If there are any problems that you can see please let myself or Mark know. 
Cluster Meeting: We have our Final Cluster Meeting this Thursday at Forster. This will be a joint meeting with the incoming Presidents for 2014 / 2015. A very big thank you to AG Bruce Moy for all his hard work during the year. 
“Newman’s Own Foundation” have advised that the grant we applied for of $30,000 in conjunction with IGA to provide funds for the Courtyard Shelter Project at Manning Rural Referral Hospital was successful and we should receive funds over the next couple of weeks.

President Joy welcomed members and guests to our meeting, with a warm welcome to Murray Difford again for visiting our meeting.


Thank you to everyone for your patience on Monday night with respect to the new dinner arrangements. Favourable comments made, but we still need to “fine tune” a couple of areas.

Don’t forget if you are having a meal at prior to the meeting could we please have this finished by 6.45pm we can then commence our meeting without interruptions.

National Palliative Care Week runs from 25 May to 31 May 2014. In the Lower Mid North Coast area there will be a showing of the movie “A Song for Marion” (starring Vanessa Redgraves and Terence Stamp) at the Manning Entertainment Centre on Monday 25 May 2014. Time 6.30 for 7.30pm. Admission is free, although a gold coin donation would be appreciated. This is a chance for everyone to support Palliative Care. As this is a Monday evening it was agreed to make this event our meeting.

Rotarian Barry Hicks spoke to us about Edufund and also a request received from the Balay Mindanaw Foundation for assistance with disaster relief. See the report on page 3 of this bulletin. Members’ consideration and thoughts on this proposal would be appreciated. Please contact Joy with any thoughts you may have regarding this proposal.

President Laurie welcomed members and their guests to our meeting.

Laurie gave an update on the CCTV program. Our Rotary club is seeking a consultant to advise on the next step in the project.

The next Bunning BBQ is on Friday 13th February and volunteers are required for this excellent fundraiser for our club.

Kevin Sharp (International) reported on the Golf Day. He thanked the committee members for their help. $9400 was raised through this event and there are ideas and plans to make 2016 an even better event.

Rotarians were reminded that the Public Speaking semi-finals are in Walcha on 21st February. All Rotarians are encouraged to attend.

The next Incubator meeting will be held at the Bean Bar on the 19th February at 6:00 for 6:30pm.

The Rotary Club of Taree North are hosting the premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (see page 2 for details). Our club has 60 tickets. Tickets are $20 each and you can pay by direct deposit into the Rotary Club of Taree Project Account (BSB:032587, Acc:108171).

Don’t forget it is 5 weeks till the District Conference to be held in Inverell on 13th and 14th March. Please register now


President Laurie welcomed Rotarians and theirs guests to our meeting. Laurie also welcomed our guest speakers Graham Brown from Tidy Up Taree and Kyle Brown from the Manning In Motion Festival.

President Laurie called for a minutes silence to acknowledge the passing of June Godwin, beloved wife of Ralph Godwin.

Mark Drury (Club Administration) reminded members of our vocational visit next week. Details are on page 2. There are also vocational visits planned for 16th of February to Honeycomb Valley and 9th March to Valley Industries.

Neil Hannington reported on behalf of Felicity George (Community Services) and thanked those that volunteered for the Bunnings BBQ last week. We have two further dates for Bunnings BBQ’s. The first on Friday 13th February and the second on Saturday 16th May.

Kevin Sharp (International) reminded members of the District Conference in Inverell to be held 13-15 March. Most motels are now fully booked so make your accommodation arrangements soon. For those wishing to travel further afield the Rotary International Convention will be held in Brazil on 6-9 June 2015.



President Joy welcomed members and guests to our meeting, with a warm welcome to Keith Atkinson on his first meeting as a member of our Club. A special welcome to Tim Gilchrist our NYSF student (see separate story under Youth) and his mother Tania. A big welcome back to David Denning. Also to Murray Difford, visiting Rotarian and a very special welcome to our Guest Speaker, Bob McDonnell.

Bob Newling gave us an overview of what was happening in RAWCS.

RAWCS Ltd is a big business with donations to the Rotary Australia Overseas Aid fund of over $24.3 million (almost half from Eastern Region) as well as $11 million in donated goods (DIK) and with 1,067 volunteers in 154 teams providing service to 26 countries in 2012-2013.

During 2013-2014 FAIM/RAWCS celebrated its 50th Anniversary.In Eastern Region, it was decided to recognise original FAIM members and prolific volunteers nominated by each District of the Region.

Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS
The ability to provide tax deductibility on donations to projects which help people in Australia is welcome. While RABS is not well known by Rotary Clubs yet it is expanding exponentially and we will continue to see the number of new RABS project registrations grow. Currently there are 5 RABS Projects registered by Eastern Region clubs (all registered this year). Clubs which undertake projects to help incapacitated people in their communities should avail themselves to the benefits of RABS
Donations in Kind:
The DIK contract with the Salvation Army has been confirmed, so DIK will be remaining at the Minchinbury Depot with the Salvation Army. Thanks to all the volunteers that have helped Miriam during the year. DIK cannot survive without the generosity of so many people. The total hours worked this year amounted to 1506 hours. Over the last year goods delivered into the warehouse included 80,000 biros, 8 pallets of clothing from Fitness First, 10 Pallets of clothing and sports uniforms from many schools as well as hospital and school equipment.
Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM):
Overseas delegates to the 24th – 25th August 2013 Annual Conference (the May 2013 Conference had been cancelled) came from PNG, Solomon Islands and Timor Lestѐ, informed attendees that in PNG 544,000 nets had been distributed in one quarter; that the Santa Isabel Island infection rate is down to 0.4 per 1,000; in Timor Lestѐ the infection rate is improving at a rate beyond expectations and is now below the Millennium goal of 30 cases of malaria per 1,000.
RAM in PNG has now distributed 5.2 million long life Insecticided Nets (LLINs) since 2010 and are endeavouring to meet their target of 7 million nets
by the end of September 2014 to have covered the whole of PNG twice. The Global Fund has allocated $44 million for Malaria in 2015-16.

President Joy welcomed members to our meeting and also welcomed Keith Atkinson, Keith’s wife Christine and May Sharp. 
President’s Report 
President Joy advised that unfortunately the Pride of Workmanship Awards to be hosted by our Club has had to be cancelled due to lack of support in organising these Awards. 
The Science and Engineering Challenge held this past week was hugely successful. A big thank you to everyone who helped out during the week and for all those who attended the Dinner and Challenge on the Thursday night. Taree Rotary Club once again won the challenge. This is three years in a row. So well done to us. 

The Rotary Manning Valley Schools Spectacular will be held on Wednesday 27 August 2014. Again two sessions – Matinee and evening performances. So keep this date free. Please keep this date free and help support this wonderful project.

The Combined Rotary Clubs meeting was held on Friday April 4, 2014 at St John’s Memorial Hall. This was a very successful and fun night, with a bit of drama when the lights when out, but Father Keith came to the rescue and provided candles for us. A big thank you to Mark Drury and his team, particularly Alison Hockey-Lee and Susie Ploder, for all their hard work in organizing this event. Well done to everyone who helped.

We have been lucky enough to secure loans as a result of the Rotary Foundation District Grants for 2013-2014. 
· The first is a grant for $ 4,669.50 towards the Scholarship for Martin Abbott. As you will recall Martin applied for and was accepted into a two year Masters Degree, “Growing a Large Metropolis”, at Sciences Po University in Paris. He approached Rotary Club of Taree to seek support through the Rotary Foundation. It was acknowledged that “the program is a good fit for a Global Grant scholar”, with the primary Area of Focus being Economic & Community Development, with strong linkages to Peace & Conflict Prevention, Disease Prevention, and Water & Sanitation. Our Board has agreed to round up the Grant figure of $4,669.50 to 
· The second grant that we have been successful in obtaining was a District Grant for ACMF funding. This was lodged on behalf of the Rotary Clubs Taree, Taree on Manning, Taree North and Wingham and we were successful in obtaining $3,319.80 towards this worthwhile project. 

Update from Barry Hicks

I finally arrived in Manila on the 29th of November, after a day’s rest and several meetings during that week I flew on to Mindanao on the 3rd December and have not stopped running since.

Thanks to a quite famous GP in Taree and my niece Dr Mel whom I stayed with in Newtown for three months before leaving for Mindanao I am very relieved to report that I am in relatively good shape health wise, improving each day and functioning well, (some days maybe near 70% capacity), so I am very pleased about that, the best I have been for some time. My simple diet with the kindly supervision of my assistant Irish is keeping my sugar levels under control and stable, she is a tyrant when it comes to my diet, medications, organising my twice daily foot and leg massages and weekly whole body massages, (eat your heart out guys), exercises and anything else to do with my health but trying to fit in time to do my 30 minute walk each day is tricky but I know is essential. Thank you to all those who show so much interest in my activities here and who often enquire about my wellbeing, I really appreciate the warmth of your care, concern and encouragement. 


President Joy welcomed members to our meeting and also welcomed visiting Rotarian Keith Atkinson, Beverley Whitmore, Member for Myall Lakes, Steve Bromhead and his wife Sue to our meeting and gave a special welcome to our Guest Speaker Peter Epov.

President’s Report

Club Assembly: Joy thanked members for their input and support for the upcoming changes to our meeting. These changes will commence on Monday 5 May, 2014.

Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF): The first meeting of the ACMF was held last Thursday night. This year the Rotary Manning Valley Schools Spectacular will be held mid week. This being Wednesday 27 August 2014. Again two sessions – Matinee and evening performances. So keep this date free.

Combined Clubs Meeting: The Combined Rotary Clubs Function was held on Friday April 4, 2014 at St John’s Memorial Hall. This was a great night, even if we did have a blackout as we were eating our meal. But this was all in good fun. Fr Keith came to the party providing lots of candles. Tim Bale was an excellent speaker on the night. A big thank you to Mark Drury and his team for all their hard work. Well done to you all.

National Palliative Care Week runs from 25 May to 31 May 2014. In the Lower Mid North Coast area there will be a showing of the movie “A Song for Marion” (starring Vanessa Redgraves and Terence Stamp) at the Manning Entertainment Centre on Monday 25 May 2014. Time 6.30 for 7.30pm. Admission is free, although a gold coin donation would be appreciated. This is a chance for everyone to support Palliative Care.
Director’s Reports
Leonie Melder – Advised that she requires 3 more volunteers for the Science and Engineering Challenge to be held on 9th, 10th and 11th April. We need one
additional volunteer per day as Neil Hannington will be attending every day. On the 10th there will be a dinner and challenge night.


President Laurie welcomed Rotarians to our meeting.

It was decided to hold our Christmas party at Bower’s Café next Monday (15th December). It will be at 6pm for a 6:15pm start. The cost is $38. Bower’s is BYO so bring your own beverages and don’t forget some poems to recite.

Residents of the Greater Taree City Council area are invited to submit nominations for the 2015 Australia Day Awards.

Award categories are:

· Citizen of the Year - for persons aged 25 years and over at 26 January 2015

· Young Citizen of the Year - for persons under 25 years of age at 26 January 2015

· Ken McDonald Memorial Sportstar of the Year Award - open to all ages

· Community Event of the Year – open to all events held in the Greater Taree City area during 2014

Nominees and finalists will be recognised at the annual Australia Day Ceremony in Taree on 26 January 2015. All nominations must be submitted on the official nomination forms which are available online at


President Laurie welcomed Rotarians and our guests Tim Gilchrist and Tania Gilchrist.

Laurie gave an update on some of our members who have been unwell. Bruce Moy is recovering well after heart surgery and should be home by the weekend. David Fisher was due to have a hip replacement but the surgery has been delayed by a few days as he was unwell. Harvey Else, Bob Newling and Beverly Whitmore are also unwell at this time.

Laurie also thanked both Liz Kempers and Peter McKay for their work in putting the Bulletin together each week. 

Phil Streatfeild (Treasurer) reminded those members that pay their fees on a 6 monthly basis, that they are now due.

Kevin Sharp (International Services): Australia Day will be held at the MEC, with advertisements being run promoting this event. Volunteers will be required at 7am to put up marquees. The free breakfast opens at 8am, with bacon and eggs on bread. Rotary Clubs of Taree have donated $200 each towards this. 9am the presentation starts with the raising of the flag, speeches being spoken by the High School Captains of Taree and the Ambassadors. 10am Morning Tea with entertainment for the children will be held. Tea, coffee and a lamington will be available. There is scope for a choir to be the entertainment and for the Manning
Aquatic Centre being opened for the children to swim.
The Golf Day is also held on 26th January and needs support. Please keep this in mind as it is the largest fundraiser in the year for our Club.
Mark Drury (Club Administation/President Elect): Mark advised that a full board in now in place for the 2015/2016 year with Ross Tingle taking up the Directorship for International Services and David Denning to be Director for Club Administration. Thank you Ross and David.
The Christmas party will be held on 15th December and will be a sit down dinner at Club Taree. Please bring your partners. This will be a poetry night and we are
looking for as many members to get up and recite their favourite piece of poetry. The social event at Rotary Park on the following week has been cancelled.
Susie Ploder (Fundraising): The Bunnings gift wrapping now has a full roster. Those who volunteered their time will be emailed with details prior to the date.

President Joy welcomed members to our meeting and also welcomed visiting Rotarian and guest of Kevin Sharp, Keith Atkinson to our meeting. 
President’s Report 
Joy took the opportunity of thanking Mark Drury and Warren Blanch for organising the vocational visit to Jacana Motorhomes last week, followed by dinner at the Aquatic Club. This was such an interesting visit and it is good to see a small business thriving and doing so well. Essential Energy has now opened Applications for 
their Community Support Program. This is support for short term programs (<6 months), events or fundraisers that support the general community. Guideline range is $1 - $5,000. We will be looking to make application and Kevin Sharp will give further information regarding this. 
A reminder that the Combined Rotary Clubs meeting is to be held on Friday April 4, 2014 at St John’s Memorial Hall at 6:00pm. Don’t forget that this will be a transfer from our meeting for 7 April. There will be no meeting on 7 April. 
PRIDE OF WORKMANSHIP AWARDS: There will be a meeting after our general meeting next week to discuss organising the Pride of Workmanship Awards. In the meantime if you have any thoughts or ideas please contact Joy. 
Director’s Reports 
Mark Drury advised that organisation of the Combined Clubs Meeting to be held on 4 April is coming along. Mark took a roll call for those who can attend. If you wish to attend please let him know prior to Friday 28 March. 
Kevin Sharp advised that an application has been sent to Essential Energy for their Community Support Program for a grant of $4000 to replace the barbeques at Rotary Park. Rotary will also be doing in-kind work eg providing some of the labour. Kevin also reminded members that the Rotary Convention is on in Sydney on 1st – 4th June 2014 and it is still not too late to register to attend. 
He also advised that the Bowel Scan Coordinator is Max Carey. Volunteers will be needed to distribute the kits and to educate the public in how the kits are 
different to earlier kits. 
Barry Hicks advised that under the Edufund Program two young women have graduated from Edufund with one completing her law degree and the other becoming a Public Accountant. 
Laurie Easter advised that the Men’s Health Seminar held at the RSL Club earlier during the week was worth attending with doctors donating time and putting together informative presentations. With respect to the RYDA Program most schools are now on board. Emails will be sent out to volunteers. Dates that have been selected are Thursday 2nd May, Tuesday 17th May and Tuesday 24th May, 2014. Volunteers are required. Laurie advised that regarding the CCTV Project Things are moving along the next meeting will be held in April and will focus on ongoing costs relative to operating a CCTV system as proposed by our club. At this meeting a GTCC IT staff member will provide an overview of the assessment of ongoing maintenance. 
The District Assembly for incoming presidents and boards is to be held on 25th May in Port Macquarie, venue to be advised. Can all incoming directors please make an effort to attend. 
Leonie Melder - Volunteers are required for the Science and Engineering Challenge to be held on 9th, 10th and 11th April. On the 10th there will be a dinner 
and challenge night. We need one additional volunteer per day as Neil Hannington will be attending every day. 


This week we were so lucky to attend a Vocational Visit to Jacana where we were shown the versatility in motor home construction. This was a really interesting visit which was enjoyed by many of our members. Please see further information on the Home Page under Stories

President Joy then advised everyone that next Monday night will be a Club Assembly night. The main topic is to discuss and decide on arrangements for future Monday Meetings. So if you wish to make a contribution or if you have any thoughts or ideas on how these meetings may be improved it is imperative that you attend.

The Science and Engineering Challenge will be held on the week commencing 7 April and will run for the whole week. We are seeking volunteers to assist over this period. Two members from our Club are required each day. Please advise Leonie Melder if you can assist on any of these days.

A big congratulations to Alan Small on winning the business category of the 2014 Myall Lakes Seniors Week local achievement awards. Well done.

Meet Juliana, an incredibly bright and ambitious 6-year-old starting at St Jude’s in January. In this video, see the look of determination in her eyes - we certainly have a future leader here!

President Joy welcomed members and guests to our meeting. She particularly welcomed Nick Dwyer, guest of Don Phillips and Lance Foster, guest of Peter Dahdah to our meeting. She also welcomed Dr Alan Johnson who is to introduce our guest speaker for the night.

She gave a very big welcome to our guest speaker Dr Seshasayce Narasimhan – Cardiologist who will be speaking on the subject of Cardiology & Equipment Available in Our Local Hospitals.

It was with sadness that Joy advised of the passing of Rex Solomon OAM. Rex was a Charter President of the Taree On Manning Rotary Club. His funeral will be at 11.00am on Friday 14 March at the Catholic Church Albert Street Taree. Our sincere condolences and thoughts are with his family at this time.

Joy reminded everyone on the Wingham Rotary Krambach Night. To be held Tuesday 11 March 2014 6.15 for 6.45pm at the Krambach Hall. Guest speaker will be Andy Hall former Australian International Soccer Player. This is always an excellent night. Our vocational visit is set for Monday 17 March which is to Jacana -Versatility in Motor homing Construction. 5Pm for 5.15 Start, 118 Manning River Drive. Taree South.

Warren Blanch spoke to members about the vocational visit and particularly where we would have our meeting and dinner afterwards. It was agreed to meet at the Aquatic Club, Macquarie Street, Taree at 6.30pm. 

The Combined Rotary Clubs of Taree is to be held on Friday April 4, 2014 at St John’s Memorial Hall at 6:00pm. We to a change of meeting and make this our meeting for 7 April. Mark Drury reminded everyone of the Combined

Rotary Clubs Meeting asking for names of those attending. If you have not already done so, please advise Mark whether you are attending.

Peter Dahdah updated members on the welfare of those who are unable to be with us.



We are so proud to invite you to Blandina’s Form 6 Graduation, on Saturday 30th May 2015!


In nine months’ time, we will see our very first Form 6 graduating class at The School of St Jude - a momentous occasion that we would love for you to share with us!  You are warmly welcomed, karibu sana, to celebrate this monumental achievement for our students, staff and supporters alike at St Jude’s, where Blandina’s journey first began! We are so proud of our students and we know you are, too.


Blandina and her peers will be celebrating the end of almost 13 years of education, dedication and hard work, something that could not have been accomplished without your generous support. We are thrilled to have come so far, thanks to your support over the years, to be able to see our inaugural Form 6 class graduate, set to go on to the next, exciting chapter of their lives beyond the walls of St Jude’s!


We’ve attached your personal invitation to Blandina’s graduation. If you would like to come and celebrate with us here in Tanzania, please fill out the Visitor registration form also attached with this email and send it along to our friendly Visitors Team at This will ensure that we can provide you with priority accommodation at St Jude’s during this auspicious and busy time of year. Our friendly Visitor Team can help with creating your very own, personal itinerary and answer any questions you may have planning for this very special event! You can also find more information about visiting us here at St Jude’s at

Thank you once again for your incredible support of St Jude’s and we look forward to seeing you in 2015!


Kind regards,


Rachael Hewes

Sponsor Relations Team


PO Box 11875, Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa


For Forms See Events 30 May 2015

 President Joy welcomed guest speakers Stephanie Coomber and Kelli Young who will be speaking on the Christ Faith Home (India) Plus India Experiences 2013 Trip. She also welcomed visiting Rotarians Clive Woolcott (Taree North) and Karenne Norling (E-Club) and also gave a very special welcome to Manual Zaunders. 
President’s Report 
Joy expressed her thanks to David Fisher for kindly standing in as President last meeting on her behalf. 
COMBINED CLUBS MEETING: With respect to the Combined Rotary Clubs of Taree which is to be held on Friday April 4, 2014 at St John’s Memorial Hall at 6:00pm. It was agreed to transfer our meeting from 7th April 2014 to the date of the Combined Rotary Clubs meeting on the 4 April. 
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Wingham Rotary Club are holding an International Women’s Day breakfast to be held on Saturday 8 March 2014 at 8am at the Wingham Golf Club. Cost $25 per person. 
WINGHAM ROTARY KRAMBACH NIGHT: This night has been set down for Tuesday 11 March 2014 6.15 for 6.45pm at the Krambach Hall. Guest speaker will be Andy Hall former Australian International Soccer Player. This is always an excellent night. 
MARTIN ABBOTT: President Joy asked Ian Dyball to give an overview of where our grant application is up to. Ian advised that Martin Abbott is a local Taree boy who completed his schooling through Taree High. He was sponsored by the Taree Rotary Club on Student Exchange and has recently contacted the Club, asking for funding to complete studies in Paris. The District Grant that was sought has been approved for $4500. Martin passes on his best wishes to the Club. 
Director’s Reports 
Ashley Cleaver advised that Beverley Whitemore will be inducted soon. 
He reminded everyone of the Aviators Ball to be held 15 March 2014. This should be a great night. 
Mark Drury reminded everyone of the Combined Rotary Clubs Meeting. He asked for volunteers for this night with several people generously donating their time. The Guest Speaker will be Tim Vaile. Bruce will introduce him. There will also be a Local Produce Raffle. 
Warren Blanch advised that there will be a vocational visit on 17th March to Barry Drury’s bus building business. Rotarians are asked to arrive as close to 
5pm as possible. Dinner will be at an outside venue. Warren will back to us with details. 

Dear All at Rotary Club of Taree,


Thank you for your continued sponsorship of Blandina Allen Msumary! We hope that you have enjoyed receiving her letters and class photos to date. Blandina is now studying in Form 5 at our Smith Secondary Campus and taking their Advanced-Level studies! We are very proud of her hard work and determination to come so far at St Jude’s.


The School of St Jude’s is still growing. We now educate over 1,650 students spread across three amazing schools, two boarding campuses and employ over 400 local staff.  Our Form 5’s are leading the way as our eldest year group and are in a very exciting chapter of their lives! All of this would not be possible without the enormous contribution and generosity of supporters like you!


We are very pleased to present your Form 5 Update for Blandina, filling you in on her latest interests, the choices they have made for their future and their opinions on life. We hope that you enjoy the attached document. We have also included our most recent Student Sponsorship FAQ’s document, for all the ins and outs of sponsorship.


Thank you once again for your incredible, ongoing support of Blandina , and ultimately, standing with us in our fight against poverty!


Best wishes,




Emilia James

Sponsor Relations Team


PO Box 11875, Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa


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Sergeant at Arms Les Hogarth commenced the meeting with the invocation and toasts.
President Mark gave his Toast to the people of Paris following the tragic events of the weekend.
Max Carey updated us on the Rotary memorabilia and records he collected from the office of Geoff Whatman. Max is in the process of organsing these items to determine what needs to be kept and what needs to be disposed. 
At our Annual General Meeting last week the following members were elected to the positions shown below. Regrettably there was no President Elect for 2016-17 elected.
Board for 2016 -17
President                   -    Murray Difford
Secretary                   -   Joy McCaffrey
Treasurer                   -   Les Hogarth
Community Service    -   Neil Hanington
Vocational Service       -  Elizabeth Kempers
International              -   Phil Streatfeild
​Youth                         -   PDG Ian Dyball
​Fundraising                 -  Susie Ploder
Membership                -  Ashley Cleaver 
Public Affairs               -  Ashley Cleaver

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Rotarian Murray Difford was our last minute stand-in as guest speaker. He gave an outline of the Youth Frontiers Program in which we were recently involved.
The program was focused to Year 8 and 9 students with fifteen (15) participants chosen by class teachers. The program was based on the students engaging in a community project. The participants received up to 30 hours mentoring. The students would meet with their mentors once a week. Every mentor was responsible for ensuring their students was able to be involved in a community project of their choice. 
Our guest speaker was introduced by Phil Streatfeild. Ken Johnson, supported by Marney, gave their talk based on the “Economic Future of our Area”. He presented comprehensive program on a backdrop entitled “The Gloucester Project NSW North Coast - Food Future Economy”. This highly skilled and researched outlook has gained significant recognition with governments, research bodies and planning authorities.
Topics included climate mitigation, water usage and improvement in soil so that local produce could be grown and marketed to a wider area. He gave an example of Tucker Patch in Gloucester where a wide variety of vegetables were grown.
Ken suggested that local marketing meant profits remain in our area as opposed to going to larger external organisations. External capital meant external profits. Ken had recently addressed Australian Regional Development Council in Albury. He suggested Rotary club’s local experience made them ideal organisations to initiate local programs.
Ken was thanked by Ross Tingle. 

L to R     Youth Director Gloucester  Sam deWitte, Kylie Nielson- St Clairs, Cohan Durbidge- Gloucester High, Ellen Hayne [winner] - Great Lakes College, Crystal Nowlan- Manning Valley Anglican College, Grace Callaghan- Wingham High School and hosting President Gloucester Sharee Abeysekera.
District Governor Maurie Stack addressed Rotarians at the meeting.
DG Maurie noted on the various projects our club has been involved including the CCTV program, the RYDA project and our sister club relationship with Rotary Club of Okayama. Maurie congratulated the club on recently completing the Visioning exercise.
PDG Neville Parsons and PDG Ian Dyball facilitated the “Club Visioning” process with active input from many of those present. Areas covered included Club Attributes,
Administration, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service, Youth, Fundraising, The Rotary Foundation and Public Relations. The results of the process will provide guidance for the current and future leaders of our club.

President Mark commented “ The enthusiasm and wide range of good ideas/visions for our club was impressive on Monday evening. The board are having a special meeting to review the results and put together a strategic plan for our club based on these results and an annual plan for the year ahead.”

The NSW Police Officer of the Year Awards is a Rotary Clubs of NSW supported event to be held at the Dockside Pavilion, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney on Friday 6th November.
These awards provide statewide community recognition to sworn and unsworn officers for excellence in Police service. A total of seven awards are made at this event and nominations are taken from the NSW Police, Rotary and the public.
Our presentation last night was to recognise the two local NSW Police nominees for the State Awards and to acknowledge our club’s appreciation for the two officers who have participated in our local Rotary Youth Driver Awareness program.
Flagpole before and After 
Past District Governor Ian Dyball introduced the CLUB VISION Facilitation Process.This is a Vision Management tool for each member to participate in for forward planning to strengthen Rotary Clubs. Each year a new executive is elected which can make it difficult to maintain continuity of activities.

The exercise equipment was installed at Taree Recreation Ground this week. There to lend a hand were Phil Streatfeild, Ross Tingle, David Snell,, David Denning, Ken Patterson, Rod Lattimore and Kevin Sharp.

The first round of the public speaking competition was held at our meeting. We initially had four entrants however, due to exam pressure, two candidates withdrew. The competition format was thus changed and it was agreed that the two competitors would each deliver a 5 minute prepared speech. The winner would be asked to prepare for the finals by participating in a 5 minute prepared speech and a 2 minute impromptu speech at our meeting on 28 September. 
President Mark Drury welcomed Rotarians and guests to this week’s meeting following the toasts and Acknowledgement of Country. A special welcome was given to the Biripi Dancers, Peter and Denise Dahdah, David and Bonnie Howard, Bob and Jennifer Newling, and partners of Rotarians. 
Our guest speakers were introduced by Neil Hanington. Mark Searles is a Registered Surveyor practicing in the Manning Valley for over 20 years. Mark’s offices are based in Old Bar and he provides project management, engineering design and planning services to a wide range of projects.. Mark is currently President of the Old Bar Festival. Anita Su is a qualified Civil and Electronics Engineer who has lived in Old Bar for the last 11 years. She works full time as a nurse and also works for Mark as a cultural consultant.
Introduced by Ross Tingle.
Karenne spoke about her visits to Bwindi in Uganda and a number of charitable projects planned and currently underway.
Manning Valley Times article

At a quiet ceremony on Anzac Day the Rotary Clubs of Taree dedicated a Lone Pine in Rotary Park to the memory of those who participated in Gallipoli Battles as well as all those other Australians who participated in wars over the years. This Lone Pine had been obtained by Past President of Rotary Club of Taree Laurie Easter from Yarralumla nursery in Canberra.
It was a sad moment when it was found this week that the Lone Pine, as well as some other Grevillea Shrubs, had been torn up and discarded at Rotary Park, such vandalism is to be deplored and is hard to understand why people would do such a thing. Over the years since Rotary Park was established in 1980 there has been very little vandalism prior to this. 
Past President Laurie Easter, Max Cary, Father Keith and Father George at the dedication. 

Craig Evans was introduced by Murray Difford and spoke about being a Franchisee of McDonalds Restaurants.
Craig owns both the Taree McDonalds. He is married to Amanda, who he met while working at McDonalds, and has three boys. Currently, Craig lives on Dumaresq Island.
Craig was born in Sydney but grew up in Taree. He attended school at both St Joseph’s Primary and St Clare’s High School. 
Ian Woollard introduced Rotarian Alister Currie.
Alister was born in Scotland in 1957. He is one of two boys. Alister moved to England when he was 12 and met his wife, Lesley, when he was 14. Alister had two children. His daughter, Lorna, passed away in a car accident at the age of 17 and his second daughter Dawn works in the business with Alister. Alister’s first job was a junior in a foreign exchange dealing room. He progressed to become a foreign exchange dealer, working in London and New York. Alister had a career in foreign exchange which lasted over 20 years.
Max Carey introduced Peter Johnson who is the CEO of the Mayo Hospital. Peter has a background in aged care, hospital management, hospital accreditation and hospitality. He is a previous Rotary International scholarship recipient. 
Laurie Easter and Peter Johnson- CEO Mayo showing planned development of hospital site.

Megan has spent 18 years working as a communicator across a range of industries before attaining her qualifications as a mediator. She has held positions in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors with responsibilities across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Megan’s day to day work involves dispute resolution. Dispute resolution is helping people have difficult conversations and proactively manage change by mediation, training, and conflict management. Megan Lewis with Catherine Wendell
Nov 30, 2015
Vocational Visit - Speaker from Men's Shed
Old Bar Men's Shed, Meal in Club Old Bar
Dec 07, 2015
Ron Posselt - GM - GTCC
Council Being for the Future & Council Funding Changes
Dec 11, 2015
Santa Claus
Christmas Party @ The Function Centre, Taree-Wingham Racecourse
Dec 14, 2015
Craig Colvin & John Surtes
Hockey in our Area
Dec 21, 2015
Dec 28, 2015
Feb 01, 2016
Herb Beer
Feb 08, 2016
Louise O'Neil
Disability Services
Feb 15, 2016
Father George
International Night
May 02, 2016
Mother's Day Dinner + Partners
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