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Mondays at 6:00 PM
Club Taree (Taree RSL & Golf Club)
121 Wingham Road
Taree, NSW 2430
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THIS MONDAY 4th April 2022
Time:  6pm for 6:30pm start
Venue: Club Taree
Chair:  President-Elect Grace Maano
Meet & Greet:  Alan Small and Brian Hole
Guest Speaker/s:
1. Past President of Rotary Club of Salamander Bay, currently a member of Rotary Eclub Serving Humanity, Wendy Stein OAM will come to our club to present her RAWCS Project "Save the Kula Babies" in Papua New Guinea.
"The biggest killer in PNG is childbirth. They lose five women per day in Papua New Guinea and it is needless. The solution is to help save babies from abandonment by their families through offering family planning information and contraceptive implants which allow mothers to plan around the size of their families. Delivering “safe birth kits” so that women are not having their children born on a dirt floor.
Cervical cancer is the next biggest killer and we need help and money for a program to vaccinate against cervical cancer. Upskilling local health workers and training communities will save lives."
2. Darcy Geale, also a member of Rotary Eclub Serving Humanity is coming to our club with Wendy to present his RAWCS Project "Rotary Solar Suitcases for Remote Births"
3. Guest:  PDG Maurie Stack to receive our Club Donation from Golf Fundraising Day towards Australian Children Music Foundation
LAST MONDAY 28th March 2022
 GUEST SPEAKER PETER EPOV cancelled at the last minute due to computer trouble and bad weather.  Fortunately we had our own members Kevin Sharp and Alan Small able to fill in.
Insight and Call to Action from  KEVIN SHARP:
I would like the RC of Taree Board to support the request delivered last Meeting on helping the Country of Ukraine to gain maximum support from Rotary Nationally through the United Nations.
Together in History
Rotary has a seat in the General Assembly of the United Nations in recognition of the efforts of its membership to foster goodwill and peace across national boundaries. Rotary is the world's largest Non-Government Foundation providing educational and humanitarian aid.
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. The United Nations (UN) serves as a global forum where countries raise and discuss the most difficult issues, including problems of health, climate, education and peace.
Rotary and the United Nations have a shared 75-year history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world. In April 1945, representatives of 50 nations gathered in San Francisco to finalize and approve the UN Charter. 27 Rotarians served as delegates or technical advisors, and five of them served as chairs for their delegations.
The United States delegation invited 42 non-governmental organizations to participate in the United Nations Conference on International Organization, in San Francisco (often known as the San Francisco conference) in an official consultative capacity—Rotary International was among the organizations.
Today, Rotary holds he highest consultative status offered to a nongovernmental organization by the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which oversees many specialized UN agencies. Rotary International is formally associated with the Department of Global Communications (DGC) as a DGC-associated Civil Society Organization. The Rotary Representative Network maintains and furthers Rotary’s relationship with several UN bodies, programs, commissions, and agencies.
Western nations call it an aggressive war of choice and have imposed punishing sanctions on Russia aimed at crippling its economy.
The Mariupol bombardment has left buildings in rubble and severed central supplies of electricity, heating and water, according to local authorities.
Rescue workers were still searching for survivors in a Mariupol theatre that local authorities say was flattened by Russian air strikes on Wednesday. Russia denies hitting the theatre.
Mr Zelenskiy said the siege of Mariupol was a war crime. “To do this to a peaceful city … is a terror that will be remembered for centuries to come,” he said in a late-night broadcast.
Still, he said, peace talks with Russia were needed although they were “not easy and pleasant”.
Air raid sirens sounded across Ukrainian cities on Sunday 20/March and Russia’s defence ministry said cruise missiles were launched from ships in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea, as well as hypersonic missiles from Crimean airspace.  (Australia is sending 70,000 tonnes of coal to Ukraine!)
The hypersonic missiles travel faster than five times the speed of sound and their speed, manoeuverability and altitude make them difficult to track and intercept.
Officials in a besieged Ukrainian city say up to 4500 residents have been sent to Russia against their will.
Russian news agencies have said buses carried several hundred people Moscow calls refugees from Mariupol to Russia in recent days.

United Nations Charter: Preamble


to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and

to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and

to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and

to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,


to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and

to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and

to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and

to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,


ROTARIANS; IT IS ABOUT TIME WE ACTION HELP through our connection of Rotary and the UNITED NATIONS on behalf of UKRAINE.


Rotary Club of Taree members through our current District Governor and DG Elect to our Rotary International President.

Rotary Information; Google info. As of July 2014, there are 46 Rotary Clubs in Ukraine, approximately 850 Rotarians. As of today, there are 127 Rotary Clubs in Russia, 1,200 Rotarians.

Presented to Rotary Club of Taree at meeting Monday 21st March 2022.

Rotarian PP Kevin Sharp

Until 2014, Australians generally knew little of Ukraine.  They are much better informed now.  In my case, it was after a member of my family was sent  there (as a senior investigator with the Federal Police)  to assist several other investigators into the crash of Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777, - July 2014 –  caused by a missile.  All 298 passengers and crew died in the crash of MH17 – 38 were Australian citizens, which account for Australia’s intense interest in the matter.
Our family member, Ian, married to daughter Nicole, is now in the Hague completing all the matters, after living in Ukraine for some years, and he and Nicole will return to Australia at the end of this year.
Because of that connection I have learned a great deal about the Ukraine
and the Ukrainian people.
First of all, there are over 40-million of them - industrious, friendly, clever people renowned also for being tough.  That toughness is demonstrated now since they were invaded, for no stated reason, by the Russians.
It should be noted that the Ukrainians are not Russian or of Russian descent,
although there are some Russians living in the Ukraine, many of them Russian separatists.
The Ukraine, second largest country by area in Europe, also has, or did have, some of the most beautiful cities in Europe.  The Capital, Kyiv a city of almost 4-million people, Lviv, Kharkiv, Mariupol (now almost destroyed), Dnipro and the wonderul  ‘Paris’ of the  Black Sea, historic  and stunning Odesa.
The war in the Ukraine has been very costly for the two countries concerned.
Thousands killed, (according to NATO, between 8,000 and 15,000 Russians killed, injured or taken captive since the invasion began.  More than 500 Russian tanks
destroyed or captured, more than 35 fighter aircraft destroyed - 77 aircraft of all  types –more than 1,200  Russian military vehicles, around 15 gunship helicopters,  3 naval vessels – and so the list continues.  These are grave losses for a country that clearly thought the war would be short and completely successful.
This war will have long-term effects on the world.  For example, a very rare
gas necessary for the production of computer chips, was made not far from
Mariupol.  These factories accounted for 40% of world production.  They are of
course no longer in production.  The world cannot operate without computer chips – they are everywhere from smart phones, the family car, TV’s , aircraft, your personal computer - to almost everything that allows us to live as we do.
A lot of specialised manufacturing was carried on in Ukraine including parts for motor cars, including Volkswagen, but in addition, Ukraine  produced much of the world’s food including as much wheat as Australia.
We are very fortunate that the cities of Kyiv and Odesa are largely undamaged at this stage.  These are precious and historic cities that is some way, we all own.
Although we don’t know the full effect of this war, we do know that it will
touch all of our lives for years to come.
Alan Small.
3.GUEST: TIM STACK OF TAREE EISTEDDFOD received our Club Donation  of $3,000 raised from our Annual Golf Day last Jan 2022.
Tim expressed sincere gratitude towards Rotary Club of Taree and assured the club that the funds will be used in the club's name towards providing "Smile Scholarships" at $750 per scholar.   He further illustrated how Smile Scholarship had helped many young people realize their dreams!
One young lady wanted to go to the National Ballet in Melbourne but didn't think her parents could afford it - the Smile Scholarship allowed her exactly to do this. 
One young Speech/Drama winner went to a State Camp for publicly educated students, supported by this Scholarship, another young man attended a Gondwana Workshop for choirs.  Some Scholarship grantees have used the fund to attend dance weeks at McDonalds College or Sydney Dance Company Workshops or attend Australian Ballet School Associate activities in Melbourne.
Another young lady was able to have a lesson with the top vocal coach in Sydney and purchased a ticket to the opera; another one was able to improve musical knowledge skills in the electric keyboard;  a young man purchased a computer program for composing music, and another one went to Australian Institute of Music for a musical theatre course.
The 3 schools who won the Dance Group point score were presented with Scholarship each and one school purchased beautiful costumes for one group.
The most exciting one was a young man from Newcastle who used his money towards his fare to Canada to compete in an International competition and won Gold in Ballet!
THese scholarships are not only for children but also for adults - but they certainly help Taree Eisteddfod find these 'diamonds'!! Taree Eisteddfod is now 55 years going strong!
Lastly, Tim invites all other Rotarian club members and friends to further support Taree Eisteddfod  - “ give a smile"  - for $250 and be forever recognised  in their Programs plus funds locked in an account with the resultant interest on those funds producing the approximate 10 annual Scholarships.   
For donation form, please visit their Website:
From President Susie Ploder:
BBQ at Bunnings was scheduled for this Saturday but had to be cancelled due to not enough volunteers.  There will be another Rotary BBQ at Bunnings on the 7th of May - volunteers needed.
Rotary Board Meeting this coming Wednesday 6th April 2022 6:30pm at usual meeting place, Anglican Church.
Message from  PP Ross Tingle:
26th March 2022
Hello all.
Further to my  message.  It was quite a shock to hear the news of Fiona and Peter Tinney leaving the area and I wish them all the very best for their ministry in another parish.
Thanks so much for the invitation to continue on from Fiona as your membership director for the rest of the Rotary year.
It humbles me to be asked as I do believe membership is a vital area of service running along side by side with the other directors and indeed with the whole club.
I accept your invitation and will be pleased do my best in service to the club for the good of the community.
It will be a challenge to follow in the steps of Ashley Cleaver who has selflessly served our club as membership director for many years, and l will be looking to him for guidance and inspiration.
Cheers ,
NEXT MONDAY 11th April 2022
Guest Speaker will be CEO of MSS
Meeting Chair: Ian Dyball
Meet And Greet:  Phil Streatfeild and Di Woollard
Laughing at a lady

A lady about 8 months pregnant got on a bus. She noticed the man opposite her was smiling at her. She immediately moved to another seat. This time the smile turned into a grin, so she moved again. He seemed more amused. When on the fourth move, the man burst out laughing, she complained to the driver and he had the man arrested.

The case came up in court. The Judge asked the man (about 20 years old) what he had to say for himself.

The man replied...

"Well, your Honour, it was like this: When the lady got on the bus, I couldn't help but notice her condition. She sat under a sweets sign that said, "The Double Mint Twins are Coming" and I grinned.

Then she moved and sat under a sign that said "Logan's Liniment will reduce the swelling", and I had to smile.

Then she placed herself under a deodorant sign that said "William's Big Stick Did the Trick", and I could hardly contain myself.

BUT, your Honour, when she moved for the fourth time and sat under the sign that said "Goodyear Rubber could have prevented this Accident" I just lost it.


Apr 04, 2022
Save the Kula Babies (RAWCS Project in Papua New Guinea)
Apr 11, 2022
Update from CEO of MSS
May 09, 2022
Conservation and Land Management
May 30, 2022
Aboriginal Community Development Officer MCC
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment (RYPEN)
Apr 01, 2022 – Apr 03, 2022
Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)
Apr 01, 2022 – Apr 03, 2022
Rotary BBQ at Bunnings Taree
Apr 02, 2022
8:00 AM – 4:24 PM
Anglican Church - Taree
Apr 06, 2022 6:30 PM
Free Community BBQ at Muscio Park in Wingham
Apr 08, 2022
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
President-Elect Learning and Development, Port Mac
Apr 09, 2022 – Apr 10, 2022
Club Assembly
Club Taree
Apr 11, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Easter-Public Holiday-No Meeting
Apr 18, 2022
ANZAC Day-Public Holiday-No Meeting
Apr 25, 2022
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)
Apr 30, 2022 – May 07, 2022
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Grace Maano
March 22
John Roetman
March 28
Spouse Birthdays
May Sharp
March 18
Grace Maano
March 22
Join Date
Greg Gilbert
March 9, 2020
2 years
Alan Small
March 28, 1966
56 years
Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Task 4th April 2022
Meeting Chair
Maano, Grace
Meet & Greet
Small, Alan
Meet & Greet
Hole, Brian
Meeting Task 11th April 2022
Meeting Chair
Dyball, Ian
Meet & Greet
Streatfeild, Phil
Meet & Greet
Woollard, Dianne
Meeting Task 9th May 2022
Meeting Chair
Minett, Anna
Meet & Greet
Ploder, Herbie
Meet & Greet
Blanch, Warren
Meeting Task 16th May 2022
Meeting Chair
Rose, OAM, Col
Meet & Greet
Richardson, Judy
Meet & Greet
Denning, David
Meeting Task 23rd May 2022
Meeting Chair
Blanch, Warren
Meet & Greet
Shandanski, Ivan
Meet & Greet
Roetman, John
Meeting Task 30th May 2022
Meeting Chair
Carey, Max
Meet & Greet
Dyball, Ian
Meet & Greet
Maano, Grace
Meeting Task 6th June 2022
Meeting Chair
Ploder, Herbie
Meet & Greet
Woollard, Ian
Meet & Greet
Sharp, Kevin
Meeting Task 13th June 2022
Meeting Chair
Connolly, Gerard
Meet & Greet
Fishwick, Sandra
Meet & Greet
Anlezark, Matthew
Meeting Task 2nd May 2022
Meeting Chair
Denning, David
Meet & Greet
Tingle, Ross
Meet & Greet
Woollard, Ian
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