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Meet and Greet
Woollard, Dianne
Meet and Greet Assistant
Sharp, Kevin
Room Set Up
Blanch, Warren
Introduce Guest Speaker
Woollard, Ian
Thank Guest Speaker
Woollard, Ian
Room Pack Up and Tidy
Blanch, Warren
Club Executives & Directors
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Director Service Projects
Director Vocational Service
Immediate Past President
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Director Youth Service
Director International
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Acting Sergeant at Arms welcomed everyone to our meeting.
President Ian gave his toast to David Denning for his input and hard work on the sets of Les Miserable.
President Ian gave his toast to Ross Tingle who has now taken up the position of President Elect. Well done Ross. Our support is with you.
He also welcomed back Col Rose, Bianca Adimari and Joy McCaffrey who have all been away on leave.
As this night was our Club Assembly night some of our Directors spoke to us on their various portfolios.
 Ashley Cleaver spoke to us on Membership and Public Relations
 Bianca Adimari spoke to us on Youth Compliance Protocols and Insurance. Bianca is also our District Insurance Officer.
 Murray Difford – gave us an overview of where we are at and what is happening in Youth. Particularly where the Youth Ambassador program is at.
Murray also informed members of the Movie Fundraiser being put on by the Rotary Club of Taree on Manning.”Bohemian Rhapsody” at Fays Twin Cinema on Wednesday 14 November 2018. Please see attached flyer.
Kevin Sharp spoke on our Golf Day to be held on 26 January 2019. Please ensure you mark this in your diary to assist with this awesome fundraiser for our Club. Your help is needed.
Susie Ploder also advised that from a Fundraising point of view there will be a Bunnings BBQ to be held on 15 December 2018. Please note this in your diary and lend a hand to this fundraiser.
Members please do not forget the District Governor’s visit to our Club. This coming Tuesday 30 October 2018 (Not Monday 29 October 2018) at Club West for 6.00pm.
President Ian opened the meeting and reported on his attendance at opening of Oncology Unit at Manning District Hospital as part of hospital additions.
President Ian and Dianne also attended concert at Entertainment Centre featuring Manning Valley Concert Band and featuring Mitchel Brown celebrating 100 years of Anzac.
President Ian welcomed members and guests to our meeting, particularly our guests PDG Brian Beasley and his lovely wife Heather. Visiting Rotarians Paul & Elizabeth Tollis, Geoff & July Fuller and Judy Northam from the Rotary Club of Taree on Manning. It was also good to see our friend Judy Richardson back again and to also welcome Ashley Selibio who is a nominee for our Club’s Youth Ambassador position. A bonus was to have visiting Rotarians Regina and Vim from the Rotary Club of Springfield, Queensland at our meeting.
President Ian welcomed members to our meeting, which is our Membership Meeting.
His toast for the night was to Past President Murray for all his hard work with respect to our Battery Muster Project. This Project has taken off and is a credit to all the hard work put in by Murray and his team. Congratulations and well done. 
President Ian welcomed David Denning back from his trip to Kokoda and noted that we look forward to hearing of his trip later in this meeting.
President Ian reported on the successful visit of our Japanese Exchange student Natsuko who enjoyed her time her immensely.

President David welcomed everyone to our meeting.
David gave the President’s toast to Club Members Max Carey, Kevin Sharp and Neil Hanington for all their hard work and time given to paint the flag pole in Fotheringham Park. A job well done.
Reminder that our Club’s Change Over Dinner will be held on 6 July 2018 at the Winning Post Function Centre, Manning Valley Race Club. Please note your diaries.
President David welcomed everyone to our meeting.
David gave the President’s toast to Club Member Peter Tinney for being an all round good bloke.
Reminder that our Club’s Change Over Dinner will be held on 6 July 2018 at the Winning Post Function Centre, Manning Valley Race Club. This is just twelve short weeks away. Please note your diaries.
Monday evening saw us putting our heads together to look at ways to increase membership into our Club. This evening was conducted by Alan Small in Ashleigh’s absence and as part of the Membership Committee. Alan commenced the meeting with the following opening words:
President David welcomed members and guests to our meeting.
He gave a special President’s toast to Club Member Phil Streatfield for his involvement with International Service and his work with our Exchange Student Bailee Pinnock.
President David advised that member Tanja Olwoch (formerly Curcic) will be leaving for Uganda on Wednesday.
We have received an invitation from the Probus Club of Old Bar to attend their AGM to be held on Thursday 22 March 2018.

President David welcomed members and guests to our meeting.

He also welcomed visiting partners to our meeting. He gave a special President’s toast to our Club Member Rod Latimore, our quiet achiever, for all his efforts in assisting and helping our Club.

President David welcomed members and guests to our meeting.
He gave a special welcome to Judy Richardson and Glen Stevens to our meeting.
He gave a special toast to Club member Kevin Sharp for his services to Rotary and in particular for all the work that has gone into coordinating and planning the Golf Day which was once again hugely successful.

President David welcomed members and guests to our meeting.

He gave a special toast to member Susie Ploder for all the work she does for our Club, particular in the area of fundraising. Well done Susie.

He welcomed Peter and Fiona Tinney to their first meeting as members.  Peter will also give his new member talk tonight which we look forward to.


It was with pleasure that President David inducted three new members into our Club.
Firstly, Peter Tinney was inducted with his classification being Anglican Priest. Secondly, Fiona Tinney was inducted, with her classification being Business and Communications Management, and thirdly Tanja Curcic was inducted with her classification being Educator International.
Our Club and its members welcome, Peter, Fiona and Tanja as members to our Club and looks forward to working on many projects, events and the like into the future. The experiences and ideas you bring to our Club will be greatly appreciated.
President David with Peter and Fiona Tinney, after their induction as members to our Club.
President David welcomed members and guests to our meeting. As well as a special welcome to our guest speaker Barry Lambert whose topic tonight will be “Cannabis / Hemp – Why has this opportunity been hijacked?”. We look forward to hearing from Barry regarding this subject.
He also welcomed Peter and Fiona Tinney and Tanja Curcic, Chris Olwoch and Debbie Callinan to our meeting as well as member partners.
He advised that there will be three inductees into our Club tonight, which makes this a very special night for us indeed.
It was truly amazing night, and it raised more than $27,000 for the Manning music program in schools.
Organised by the Rotary Clubs of the Manning Valley, the Christmas cocktail party was held on the stage of the Manning Entertainment Centre.
“What a blast,” said Murray Difford, Rotary Assistant Governor for the MidCoast area. “There we are finally onstage at the Manning Entertainment Centre sipping wine, enjoying delicious finger food from Rotarian JulieAnn Booth (Centrepoint Café) and musicians and dancers appear from nowhere in our midst. Just amazing”.
For those who missed the AGM recently, following please see where we currently stand with Office Bearers and Directors for the 2018 / 2019 Rotary year. Anyone who would be interested in taking on a vacant role please contact Ian Woollard.
President David gave a toast generally to the Rotary Club of Taree and all its members for being an outstanding Club and one it is a privilege to be associated with.
David also gave a big welcome to our guests for the evening, the new Rector at St Johns Church, Rev Peter Tinney and his wife, Fiona.
President David welcomed everyone to the meeting and gave a special toast to Alan Small for all his help and assistance to our Rotary Club.
David also read a letter of thanks from our Past Youth Ambassador Mitch Brown where he thanked our Club for our support of his project the Hunter Wind Ensemble.
President David Denning welcomed everyone to our meeting. A special Welcome to our Youth Ambassador Marylyn Sendah, her family and friends. Marylyn will be doing her Public Speaking Speech tonight as part of the Rotary District 9560 Public Speaking Competition.
President David then made a toast to our Vocational Services Director Ross Tingle for the great effort he put into organizing our 80th Charter Anniversary night and for co-ordinating and organizing for Japanese visitors whilst they were here. Great effort Ross and team a great time was had by all.
He advised that the Million Dollar Dinner is on target and should be a good night. This will be held on 18 November 2017.
Our meeting this week was held at the Taree West Bowling Club (Club West).
President David reported on the work program at Rotary Park and Director Neil Hannington thanked all those members who were able to assist.
Past President Murray welcomed members to the meeting. He also gave a special welcome to Di Rose.

The Hunter Wind Ensemble event held last Thursday evening was an excellent night. This concert was held at St. John’s Church, Taree. There was an excellent turnout to support the Ensemble. This was a fund raiser to help raise enough funds to help send these wonderful musicians to Spain and Portugal next year.
Past President Murray welcomed members and PDG Maurie Stack.
President David and Sandi together with President Elect Ian and Dianne are at present at Kokoda building a new nurses quarters at Kokoda Hospital from shipping containers. Looking forward to pictures!
Noted that Public speaking will be held in Gloucester November 2, nominations from clubs from Gloucester, Forster Old Bar, Wingham and Taree will be speaking. Also Club has been invited to cater at Quarry B B Q 21 October, volunteers needed.
The Battery Muster is now on track. Club members also assisted with gates at show.
President David welcomed all members and guests to the meeting.
He also welcomed our guest speaker for the night George Hoad – who spoke to us on “Inspirational Gardens”.
President David reminded us that our 80th Anniversary Dinner is being held on 23 September. Please RSVP to Ross Tingle prior to 15 September 2017. Dress: Coat and tie for men and dressy for women.
You can register via ClubRunner or contact Ross. Funds to be paid either direct to Phil Streatfeild or direct credit.
He also reminded us that there would be no meeting on the 25 September due to our 80th Anniversary Dinner being held on the 23 September 2017.
The Rotary of Taree received an application in March 2017 from Bailee Pinnock for the OUTWARD-BOUND ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAM for 2018.

Bailee was interviewed during March by the Club’s selection panel and found to be a very suitable candidate.
President David welcomed members and guest, Jenny Fisher to our meeting. He gave a special welcome to our guest speaker District Director, Rotary Foundation – Jo Wilkin. 
The primary aim of the Model United Nations Assembly is, like so many programs of Rotary International, the building bridges of goodwill for world peace and understanding.
MUNA simulates the workings of the United Nations General Assembly by having teams of senior high school students represent a particular United Nations country in debates on matters of world political and social concern.
Students are provided in advance of the topics they are to debate, and must research the policies and opinions of their “adopted” country, which may well be, and often are, very different to those held by the students or of contemporary Australia. Students are encouraged to make sympathetic and informed comments on world issues.
Students are encouraged to dress in the style of their adopted country, and do so with great imagination.

Thank you to Bruce Moy, Max Carey, Ian Woollard, Warren Blanch, Ross Tingle, Murray Difford, Mark Drury and David Denning for all their hard work.
A big thanks to Mark Drury for providing the 40 Tallowwood trees, water tanker and plastic covers and to Max and Valley Industries for the 50 stakes. Of course an equally big thanks to the children from MVAC School.
President David welcomed members and guests to the meeting.
He extended a warm welcome to our special guests for the night DG Bob Ryan and his wife Margaret.
Sergeant at Arms, Warren Blanch, made the toasts to Rotary, Australia and the Queen.
President David welcomed members and Guests to the meeting.
He extended a warm welcome to our guest Speaker for the night PDG Maurie Stack.
He advised that today he, Kevin Sharp and Bruce Moy painted the demountable at Manning Valley Anglican College. It is hoped that this will be completed tomorrow.

President Murray welcomed all members to the meeting and especially two Rotarian guests –

Ken and Julie Hatfield – RC Darwin Sunrise, NT

Johnnie and Janet Hall – RC Cookeville, Tennessee, USA.



Sergeant at Arms Warren Blanch commenced the meeting by leading the invocation and toasts.
President Murray Difford gave his toast to the Golf Committee for their excellent work on the Golf Day. Murray also welcomed our guests and Rotarians to the meeting.
President Murray read a letter from Blandia Allen. She is excited to start her university life after her year of community service. Blandina thanked the Rotary Club of Taree for supporting her studies and her success.
Acting Sergeant at Arms Ian Woollard commenced the meeting by welcoming our guests and leading the invocation and toasts.
President Murray welcomed Rotarians and guests and gave apologies for those who could not be with us. Murray acknowledged the hard work of several Rotarians who, with much effort, installed recycled seating at Manning Valley Anglican College.
President Murray opened the meeting at 6:40pm as directed by time-keeper Herb Beer.
Director David Denning advised that the banners for Golf Day on Australia Day are being collected and would be erected at Golf Club at 8 am Wednesday. Benches supplied by Council will be installed at Manning Valley Anglican College on Thursday at 8.30 am. All welcome to assist.
The next BBQ at Bunnings will be Saturday February 11, volunteers are needed.
Meeting Responsibilities
Meet and Greet
Woollard, Dianne
Meet and Greet Assistant
Sharp, Kevin
Room Set Up
Blanch, Warren
Introduce Guest Speaker
Woollard, Ian
Thank Guest Speaker
Woollard, Ian
Room Pack Up and Tidy
Blanch, Warren

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Service Above Self

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Club Taree (Taree RSL & Golf Club)
121 Wingham Road
Taree, NSW  2430
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On Tuesday night our Club hosted the annual visit by our District Governor, Lorraine Coffey at Club West.
The DG updated our members on the happenings in our District and shared with us some of her observations on visits to the clubs in District 9650. Her partner, Dennis Chellingworth, gave a presentation on his partners project for a research grant into Motor Neuron Disease (MND).
Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead MP, District Governor Lorraine Coffey and President Ian Woollard
It was a very wet but happy Taree Show today. Rain glorious Rain for the Manning Valley. Courtney Robertson won Taree Showgirl 2018 and Bruce Moy was awarded a medal of recognition Royal Agricultural Society of NSW for 48 years of service to Manning River Agriculture and Horticulture Society. Great news from State Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead, $151,000 for the Show Society to complete stage 2 of the Cattle Exhibitors Pavilion.

Members of Rotary Club of Taree gathered at Rotary Park to celebrate the unveiling of a montage which features photographs of development of the Manning Valley over last 200 years.

These photos were collected by photographer and businessman, Alan Small over many years and are now are mounted for display at Rotary Park.

The montage was printed by Jeff Chambers of Barrier Signs as his contribution to recording some of the history of Taree. The Rotary Club of Taree much appreciated his support.

Members of Rotary Club Taree who assisted in  manning the Gates for Taree Show .  One of our members Brian Braithwaite unfortunately had a fall early in shift and was taken to emergency to have three stitches in his eyebrow by a kindly nurse. However Brian returned to the gates to complete his shift. SERVICE ABOVE SELF ! 
Kevin Sharp, Suzie Ploder, Di Woollard, Warren Blanch and Ian Woollard at the gates at the Taree Show.
The club's first Incubator meeting for this Rotary Year, focussed on our five year plan and the role and objective of directors, was most successful.  

Our night of 27 August was very special in that we had the pleasure of having another member induction into our Club.
We were lucky to have Dianne Woollard inducted into our Club on this night, with Di’s classification being Catering.
President Ian Woollard introduced our speaker for the night PDG Brian Beesley who spoke to us about Australian Rotary Health.
Brian provided us with an Australian Rotary Health Facts Booklet which held some very interesting information on what Australian Rotary Health is all about.
Australian Rotary Health (ARH) is a national, not-for-profit organisation which funds health research and provides community education about health in Australia. The organisation supports work on a broad range of health problems, but specialises in mental health. It is supported by Australian Rotary Clubs.
This is Mural that will be attached to wall of toilets at Rotary Park. It was designed by Alan Small and printed courtesy Barrier Signs It will be erected in next couple of weeks. The Mural is an historical Kaleidoscope of settlement in the Manning Valley .

It features the logging industry and various buildings as well as cream boats and ships on the river.
Max Carey
Neil Hanington, Susie Plode, Bianca Adimari, Wayne Robards, PP David Denning, President Ian Woollard, Mark Drury, Ross Tingle and Murray Difford
RI President Barry Rassin focuses on the need to make changes in our organization, and the importance of public image, in his video message for Membership Month. "To serve our communities well, we need to represent our communities in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, and background. We need to start reaching out to people who may not know about Rotary." Watch Rassin's message to learn more about how you can help build Rotary's membership so we can be more effective People of Action.
President Ian introduced Past President David Denning who spoke on his visit to Kokoda to continue with the building of the cottage for the nurses with the RAWCS Team (pictured).

Our Club Incubator Meeting held last Thursday night went well with lots of ideas and thoughts being put forward.  Max Carey gave an overview of the history of the Rotary Club of Taree which was well received.  We need to hear more of our history.  Well done Max.
I’m sure you’re all familiar with the conversation you have on meeting someone for the first time and they ask “so how long have you been in Taree”. My standard answer is that I’m a local. So what does being a local mean?
In my case it means that my paternal great great grandparents arrived here from Sussex in 1838 and settled on land at Dingo Creek and are buried at the Wingham Cemetery.
As you may recall the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie celebrated their 70th Anniversary with a dinner which was held on Wednesday 23 May 2018.
Our very own Brian Hole made the toast on the night.  Following in his father’s footsteps when his father made a toast to the Club in 1948 on the night of the presentation of the Club’s Charter.
Following for your information is Brian’s speech to the Club on their 70th Anniversary.
President John, Members of the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie and all those special guests with us tonight.

Club Member Bruce Moy introduced our guest speaker for the night, Deborah Willis, who has been a primary producer for 36 years, farming in dairy, beef cattle, Australian Stock Horses and Private Native Forestry.

She is also an Industry Representative on the NSW Farmers Association Cattle and Welfare Committees, Cattle Council of Australia and past Dairy Farmers Association being involved for approximately 20 years.  She is now a Board Member of the Hunter Local Land Services and a Regional Weed Committee Representative.

Our Speaker for this meeting is PDG Ian Dyball who spoke to us about ending Trachoma by 2020.
He explained that Trachoma is the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. The disease disappeared from Australian cities and towns over 100 years ago. We remain the last developed country in the world where Trachoma is endemic in Indigenous communities in regions of Western and Central Australia.
Last Sunday I attended the District 9650 assembly at Port Macquarie for incoming board members along most of our board for 2018/2019.

At Port Macquarie, our District 9650 DG Bob opened the Assembly with a brief message and then introduced our DGE Lorraine Coffey and her partner Dennis Chellingsworth.
This week we had a Vocational Visit to Service NSW. Manager Greg and his team made us feel very welcome to what was an interesting and informative evening. Once everyone had arrived we were invited to register for a My Service NSW Account so that we will be able to easily access NSW Government transactions online.
Around 15 Rotarians and partners attended the vocational visit to Croker Oars.
Croker Oars operates from its factory on Oxley Island where it has done for the last 50 years or so.
Howard the founder of the Company led us through the factory and gave us an insight into the humble beginnings of the business which started out making timber oars. No timber is used these days as carbon fibre has taken over as the preferred material for the various products made onsite. Croker Oars, among other things, designs and constructs the blades for various rowing, surf and ocean and sculling craft and has established itself as one of the world leading suppliers of oars for international competition rowing.
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Dec 03, 2018
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Dec 10, 2018
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Alister Currie
    November 5
  • Dianne Woollard
    November 11
  • Murray Difford
    November 18
  • Sadiq Saeed
    November 22
  • Joy McCaffrey
    November 27
  • Ken Henry, AC
    November 27
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Dianne Woollard
    November 20
  • Fiona Tinney
    Peter Tinney
    November 7
  • Peter Tinney
    Fiona Tinney
    November 7
Join Date:
  • Ian Dyball
    November 1, 1976
    42 years
  • Phil Streatfeild
    November 1, 1989
    29 years
  • Ian Woollard
    November 6, 2009
    9 years
  • David Denning
    November 11, 2013
    5 years
  • Ross Tingle
    November 12, 2007
    11 years
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