Thank you from Ukraine

Dear Rotary Club of Taree and Supporters,
We thank you again for the fundraiser your Club made for Ukraine. As planned, we bought Israeli bandages. Thanks to the local company and bulk order we were able to buy 170 instead of 120 pieces. Here I attach pictures and video. We are distributing them now, I will update you later with those pictures as well.
Thank you so much!
Tetiana Godok
President 2022-23
Rotary eClub of Ukraine
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Supporting PCYC's "Second Chance" Youth Program

Supporting PCYC “Second Chance Program”
12th September 2022: Our first Vocational Visit for "Imagine Rotary" Year 2022-23 was held with a tour of PCYC Taree. Around 14 Rotarians conglomerated at PCYC for a tour led by Donna Lumantas-Hooke who replaced Justin Hayes as PCYC Manager.  Donna patiently explained and answered all questions regarding the various Youth Programs happening in PCYC - which stands for Police Citizens Youth Clubs. 


PCYC programs aim to give young people practical, real life skills that they can apply to work, family and their community. Their sports and youth programs aim to build on young people skills and character through training and mentoring, creating young leaders of the future. 

1.  "Fit for Life Program" is an early intervention program designed to engage youth ages 10 to 17 who are at risk of poor choices and anti-social behaviour. Through physical fitness, nutrition and social engagement, Fit For Life aims to improve overall wellbeing as well as prevent and divert youth from offending behaviours. Currently involves 15-25 kids per day, and is provided 3x/wk in Taree and 2x/wk in Forster. 

2.  "Fit For Work" is a program designed to holistically address a young person’s disengagement from their family, education and employment opportunities, to help reduce and prevent their involvement in anti-social behaviour and/or crime. This will ultimately lead to increased employment opportunities for a cohort that traditionally is reflected in high unemployment statistics. Aimed at youth aged 15-17 years.

3. " Fit Together" is a co-designed program developed with each local community to prevent and reduce reoffending, as well as encourage positive relationships between local Police and the Aboriginal community. Fit Together aims to instil confidence, increase self-esteem and help Aboriginal youth reach their full potential. Aimed at youth aged 10-17 years.
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200 Dignity Bags Donated for Women in Refuge

200 Dignity Bags donated for Women in Refuge
23 September 2022 :  Rotary Club of Taree turned over the remainder of total 200 Dignity bags to Suzanne Rowe (Manager) and Kiarni McFawn (Case Worker) of Samaritan Foundation.  
From left:  Community Service Director David Denning, Suzanne Rowe and Kiarni McFawn of Samaritan Foundation,Youth Director Susie Ploder.
Thanks to Jean Hailes Foundation for the bags and to 111 Registrants to our recently concluded Women’s Health Week Gala Dinner (Sept 5th) - part of each one’s registration fee went towards the cost of filling up these dignity bags.  Hiraya MidCoast Women's Health Clinic staff Rebecca Lewis and Jane Wright along with Friends of Rotary Linda Elliott and Hannah Evenden helped organize the event with Rotary CLub of Taree project committee.
From left:  David Denning, President Grace Maano, Susie Ploder.

We also thank Woolworths and Coles for donation of $50 voucher each which were used to buy more toiletries and personal hygiene products to go in the dignity bags.  Priceline Pharmacy in Taree and Blooms Chemist donated goodies and freebies to go in the dignity bags. 
It is a longstanding big social issue –there is not enough accommodation for women victims of domestic violence and homelessness. Currently Taree Women Refuge which has 5 bedrooms is at full capacity.  The have around 5-10 families at different times being housed in motels having to rent at least $300/wk which is not affordable for single parent with a number of children.
Sept 19th Club Meeting initial turnover of 10 dignity bags.  From left: Grace Maano, Suzie Rowe, Kiarni McFawn, David Denning
In our own little way, we hope the Dignity bags alleviate the suffering of these people.  10 bags were initially turned over at the Rotary Club of Taree meeting on the 19th of September and Suzie Rowe reported that 4 of these dignity bags were already put to use within less than a week.  We are very happy to learn that not only Taree refuge will benefit but the dignity bags will be shared with other agencies such as Great Lakes Women's Shelter, Manning Support Services, Youth Services, Catholic Care, Home in Place and Manning Hospital Social Work Department.
For more information, visit
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You are Invited to a Masquerade Ball

Christmas in July Masquerade Ball on July 23rd 2022 at Club Taree
RSVP on or before July 19th by email to or text 0146745156
Witness the enjoyment and reveal all the secrets behind all those mischievous masks.  After couple of year of covid retriction and lockdown, it’s finally time for some excitement and what better way to celebrate than to hold a Masquerade Ball to celebrate Christmas in July!
Rotary Club of Taree is inviting Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike to our first-ever  Christmas in July Masquerade Ball.  Come and support this fundraising event whilst having fun, to benefit our local Rotary Youth Project aiming to empower our youth with skills that will keep them out of jail!
Featuring  the “Band with no Name”, vocalist Lady Popera, Classic Pianist Riley Brown – we will surely have a ball.  Come in your favorite masquerade mask and  outfit and get the chance to win the Night’s Best Masquerade Award!

Tickets available for booking by sending email at Payments of ticket required on or before 19th July to Club account indicated on ticket.
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We Love Rotary - Valentines Dinner 2022

On the 14th of February at Club Taree, 50 red-dressed guests enjoyed Valentines Dinner with Rotary Club of Taree while also raising much needed funds for ROMAC.
From left:  PDG Harold Sharp OAM, PDH Maurie Stack, PDG Gina Gowden, PDG Helen Ryan, President of Rotary Club of Taree Susie Ploder
Guest Speaker Past Rotary District Governor Harold Sharp OAM with wife Gina Gowden, from Central Coast, enlightened and inspired us with stories of over 500 children whose lives were saved and changed for the better by ROMAC!    The event raised $2,500 and this will  help many more children from our neighbouring Pacific Islands awaiting surgeries that otherwise, are not accessible in their home countries!   For more info and to support ROMAC, please visit

Check out photos of our “Rotary Valentines Dinner - Feb 14th 2022 at Club Taree”  and Manning River Time article of the event on the link below:

We Love Rotary - Valentines Dinner 2022 Grace Maano 2022-02-13 13:00:00Z 0

Adopt an Emergency Department in Kenya

                                                                                                                      A typical Emergency Department in Kenya

ADOPT-AN-ED in KENYA (Registered as RAWCS Project #61/2020-21)

PROJECT OVERVIEW: Funding one or more Emergency Care Centres in Kenya to have an oxygen gas manifold installed that would provide basic oxygen (oxygen is needed in the A-B-C of resuscitation), as part of the overall goal to develop the current emergency care services in destitute county referral hospitals in Kenya, also currently battling with the covid pandemic.

We continue to receive support for our RAWCS Project: Adopt-an-ED in Kenya (some values had been corrected):

1. $ 500 -  Rotary Club of  Lower Midcoast 28/5/2021
2. $ 500 -  Rotary Club of Ararat Victoria   30/5/2021
3. $1,000 - Rotary Club of Walcha     11/6/2021
4 $1000 Rotary Club of Armidale Central  18/6/2021
5.  $500 - Rotary Club of Laurieton  23/6/2021
6.  $2000 - Member, Rotary Club of Taree, Grace 30/6/2021
7. $100 - Member, Rotary Club of Taree, France 14/7/2021 
8. $100 -  Member, Rotary Club of Taree, Neil
9. $ 500 - Rotary Club of Narrabri 
10. $235 - raffle tix for submission from Grace                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          11. $1,146 - raffle ticket sales and other donation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     12.  $100 - GP Doctor donation Wingham                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 13. $500-OneMile state school Gympie Qld                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Total so far: $8,181 to date - 30th August 2021

We can now fund one oxygen manifold in a county hospital in Kenya for $6,700. The DAK Foundation will fund a 2nd oxygen manifold. Now raising funds for a 3rd oxygen manifold. The 3 Emergency Care Centre in Kenya identified to receive the 3 oxygen manifold are Lodivan, Moi and Nyeri County Hospitals.  We are hopefully able to apply for a District Designated Fund and a Global Grant to potentially add additional oxygen manifolds.  There are 25 county hospital in Kenya needing our help!

Raffle ticket selling at the mall had been postponed until covid lockdown had been lifted.
Members encouraged to continue to sell raffle ticket for submission at end of September.
2 nights free resort accommodation at Wyndham Wanaka in New Zealand
2 nights free resort accommodation at Seven Mile Beach in Tanzania
$300 shopping voucher
Tickets at $5 each or 3 for $10
Raffle to be drawn on 13 December 2021 at the Rotary Club of Taree Meeting at Club Taree.
You can also make a tax deductable donation at the following link;
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84th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

Dinner held at Jin Hong Chinese Restaurant to Celebrate 84 years of Service
Max Carey, our longest serving member of 60 years cutting the anniversary cake
On Monday the 24th May the Rotary club of Taree held a celebratory Dinner at Jin Hong Chinese Restaurant Taree. The meeting was opened by Pres David Denning who welcomed members and guests. Herbie Ploder was inducted as new member. Rotary Club of Taree was chartered on the 25th of May 1937 after holding its first meeting on Wednesday April the 21st, and at that time was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Newcastle. This meeting was attended by Rotarian Roy Hughes, from Rotary Club Newcastle and Governors Special Representative P D G Ted Doran of Rotary Club of Sydney. Taree then had a population of 4,500 and today, 2021, our population is now over 20,000.
The first President was a Dentist, Mr. F. Cuthbert Haddan, and there were 19 Charter members. These members were;
Cuthbert Haddan, Dentistry
C. C. (Johnnie) Walker, a pharmacist as vice President,
W. Brian Davidson, Life Assurance as Secretary,
Merv V. Williams, a Bank Manager as Treasurer,
Hugh G. Scribner, a Jeweller as Sergeant at Arms,
Norm W. Barnes (manager Petrol Depot),
William R. Boyce (Manning River Times),
Ron S. Butterworth (Lawyer),
Alex Herberte (Motor Garage),
W. Percy Chapman (Alderman),
Frank G. Hole (Real Estate),
Reg A. Page (Taree High School),
Charles H. Peel (Drapery Retailer),
A. T. Dolph Saxby (Cordial manufacture),
W. A. Bill Scahill (Royal Hotel),
C. Hilton Soden (Newsagencies),
Doctor Allen Muscio (Medicine),
Charles H. Woolcott (Tyre Repairs).
The Charter Dinner for Rotary Club Taree was held on September 25 1937 and Charter was presented by Tom Armstrong, Immediate Past District Governor of District. Charter Dinner took place in Belmore Hall then in Pulteney St, with representatives from Rotary Clubs Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, West Maitland, Manly, Armidale and Tamworth as well as Inverell, Wellington, and Cessnock. Sir Robert Garran, District Governor Elect gave the address, recalling that it was only a generation ago that Rotary was started by Paul Harris. Dinner Gong (still in use) was presented at this meeting. During the year following Charter a number of additional members were inducted. Hiram Cowan (Law), Walter Sneddon (Grocery Retail), Doctor Frank Stokes (Medicine), George Burrows (Engineer), Eric Pengelly (Refined Oil Distributing). Fred Burrows (Clothing Retail) Robert Roulston (Banking), Reginald Slaughter (Postal Services), Stewart McGlashan (Surveying), John Carson (Motion Pictures),
The Rotary Club of Taree now has around 40 members with the Rotary Club of Taree North (Chartered 1967) and the Rotary Club of Taree on Manning (Chartered 1991) both being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Taree. Our Club also sponsored the Rotary Club of Kempsey in 1938, the Rotary Club of  Wingham in 1944, the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie in 1947 and the Rotary Club of Tuncurry Forster in 1956. Rotary Clubs of Great Lakes was chartered in 1983 and and Forster on Wallis in 2002. 
Herbie Ploder being inducted as the newest member of Rotary Club of Taree
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Frances Rosamond - "Mathematics - Queen of the Sciences"

My story picks up on the dairy farming story given by Rob weeks ago. I grew up on a small farm in rural Michigan. Michigan is in the United States, up near the Canadian border. If you ever meet anybody from Michigan they will lift up their hand - because Michigan is said to be shaped like a mitten surrounded by the Great Lakes. You can always remember those Great Lakes because their first letter spells out the name HOMES: Lake Huron, Ontario,
Michigan, Erie and Superior.
I grew up in a tiny little farm of about 180 acres about 73 hectares right in the middle of the map. The nearest town was about 40 km away and was smaller than Taree, and is much smaller now for the same reasons that Rob talked about.
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About our President David Denning

CHILDHOOD - Born end WW2 – in Concord and lived in Concord - parents Horace and Mavis Denning – dad did not go to war as he worked making war machinery as a die Caster.
School- North Strathfield primary and Ashfield secondary Technical college - left in year 9 (3rd Class Intermediate Certificate passed all subject) - 1960
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Meeting of 02 March 2015

Posted by David Fisher on Mar 07, 2015
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. 

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Meeting 02 March 2015

Posted by David Fisher on Mar 07, 2015


Guest Speaker – Stephen Bromhead

We did not have an official guest speaker this week. However our Honorary member, Stephen Bromhead (Myall Lakes MP) took the opportunity to address the club. Stephen advised that if the Government is re-elected they will spend $20 million on upgrading the Manning Hospital.

Photo: Secretary Belinda Crossingham with Stephen Bromhead

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Meeting 16 February 2015

Posted by David Fisher on Feb 21, 2015

Guest Speakers – Libby Bleakley & Teresa Beck

Introduction by Brian Beasley.

Libby and Teresa are both ex-Police Officers.

With the Australian Federal Police, both Teresa and Libby worked overseas with offenders living in third world countries. Teresa’s first mission was to Cyprus, and Libby’s was to the Northern Territory, with both meeting for the first time on a mission to East Timor. In East Timor, Libby and Teresa were based in the jungle, with a toilet that sometimes flushed, running water, and food (mostly tuna) that they brought in each month, with a limit of 20 kgs each.


There were 39 Police under the command of Teresa, with other cultures feeling challenged with having a female Officer in such a high rank. There were also issues between the Police and the public. The solution was that bridges needed to be built between the two.

To build these bridges, the Police worked with the children. They did this by teaching children boxing. There were rules around these boxing lessons, with an example being no weapons allowed. There were no class rooms for these, with classes being held in the open jungle, and these classes were run 6 afternoons a week, proving very popular. The age ranged between 7 and 38 years old, and eventually, peer pressure from the children themselves started to cut the crime rate. It became uncool to break the law.

With boxing, positive changes were made in the face of huge poverty. The boxing led to afternoon tea being provided, and then to counselling, and then to supporting these children socially.

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Meeting of 09 February 2015

Posted by David Fisher on Feb 12, 2015
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.


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Newest Member

Posted by David Fisher on Feb 12, 2015


President Laurie with our newest member Alister Currie

from Wiseberry Real Estate Taree

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Meeting of 02 February 2015

Posted by David Fisher on Feb 08, 2015
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

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Meeting 02 February 2015

Posted by David Fisher on Feb 08, 2015

Guest Speaker – Daniel Brauer – Mid Coast Water introduced by Neil Hanington


Daniel is the Planning and Development Manager at Midcoast Water and entertained us with his speech on the Manning Water Supply Scheme and Nabiac Water Supply Scheme.

Currently, Midcoast Water is working on it’s Next 30 Year Strategy, titled “Our Water, Our Future”.

Just some statistics:

40 000 water connections are looked after by Midcoast Water, 36 000 sewage connections also come under Midcoast Water’s care. There are 9 recycled water schemes, 12 000 kms of water mains and 800 kms of sewage mains. Midcoast Water supply 8 billion litres of water, and have a budget of $100 million. The most significant scheme is the Manning Scheme, which covers 90% of the customers of Midcoast Water.

The water supply comes from a weir in the Manning River, situated a km above where the salt water turns into fresh.


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Golf Day - 26 January 2015

Posted by David Fisher on Feb 01, 2015

About $9,000 was raised on the day with proceeds going to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Australian Children's Music Foundation and the Children's Ward at Manning Base Hospital.



More Photos in Photo Album

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Meeting 19 January 2015

Posted by David Fisher on Feb 01, 2015

Mondays meeting was a Vocational visit to the Eagle Ridge Arabian Farm at FireFly. President Laurie welcomed 45 Rotarians, partners and children to our first vocational visit for 2015 and also welcomed Alister Currie and his wife Lesley along with Father George, visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Taree on Manning.
President Laurie then mentioned several items for members to consider over the next month firstly, the pre release screening fundraiser for the End Polio Now fundraiser to be held on Thursday the 26 February 2015 at Fays Twin Cinema with the showing of the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. This is a joint fundraiser with Taree North and Taree On Manning Clubs with profits split equally between each participating club.
More details will be published over the next week with numbers required.
Also the Hat Party supporting Rotary Mental Health Research Foundation being run by the Rotary Club of Taree On Manning on Saturday 28 February 2015.

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Meeting of 12 January 2015

Posted by David Fisher on Jan 19, 2015

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.


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Meeting 12 January 2015

Posted by David Fisher on Jan 16, 2015

Guest Speakers – Kyle Brown, Belinda Crossingham and Graham Brown


Laurie introduced Graham Brown who spoke about Tidy Up Taree and Kyle Brown and Belinda Crossingham who spoke about the Manning In Motion
Tidy Up Taree
Graham blames the Rotary Club of Taree for starting the Tidy Up Taree campaign. A newspaper article, complete with photos, was published in the Manning
River Times after he last spoke at our club. This enthused the Taree Community to start taking responsibility for the heart of Taree.
A strongly held belief of Graham is that the community needs to be empowered, and to take control, instead of letting Council determine the future of Taree. This belief was inspired by a speech by The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison who said “the standard you walk past is the standard you set.”
The Tidy Up Taree campaign grew out of the business community, and, with support from the GTCC, has achieved a much more presentable City Centre. The community has been inspired to paint the median strips (paint donated by GTCC), taken down the sign over Valley Fair, empowered Kent’s Pharmacy and Centrelink to clean their building facsades, and helped paint the building across the road from the GTCC Library, white.
Feeling encouraged, the Taree Community then installed the goanna and new seating in Victoria Street. The new timber seats were made by the Taree /
Manning Men’s Shed. Individuals are now taking pride in this town, with one man involved with the Men’s shed skiting to his wife that he was one of the workers responsible for the new seating. 
Kids have been seen playing on the goanna, with parents now stopping instead of driving through Taree. The GTCC are also very supportive, as was
demonstrated by Ron Posselt confirming his support by providing white pebbles for the main street within 35 minutes of being approached with the idea.


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Meeting of 15 December 2014 - Barry Hicks Update

Posted by David Fisher on Dec 26, 2014
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. 

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Meeting of 15 December 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Dec 22, 2014

Our Annual Christmas party was held on Monday 15th December. By all reports it was a fun evening.


Rob Keene was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by President Laurie and Past President Joy McCaffrey.

Our next meeting will be on the 12th January 2015 at Club Taree.

There are more photos to be found in the Photo Album. 

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Report From Meeting of 08 December 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Dec 15, 2014

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

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Meeting of 08 December 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Dec 15, 2014

Member Talk – Ian Woollard - - Introduction by Laurie Easter
Ian is a local boy, whose ancestors come from around the Manning / Comboyne area. Ian’s grandfather owned a farm at Marlee.
Ian was born in Taree in Manning Street to Mervyn and Marion Woollard from the Bulga. His parents ran the Post Office in Glenwarrin, before relocating to the
Manning Valley.
Mervyn’s work in the Manning Valley involved making sleepers, poles, and other similar equipment from felled timber.
Starting school at Taree Public, Ian continued his education at Taree High School. His first job was with the Commonwealth Bank, where everything that is now computerised was done by hand. Transferring from Belligen, Ian then worked at Macksville, Lithgow and North Ryde, before he worked for the Australian
Government in the 15th intake for National Service. Ian quickly discovered how well the Commonwealth Bank was operated and re-entered this as his workplace.
When Ian started working for the Commonwealth Bank again, he entered the IT area. He moved from general computer work into IT Operations. When the IT
Operations were outsourced in 1997, Ian worked for the company that the IT Operations were outsourced to, and ended the last seven years of his career
working for IBM.
Among his accomplishments, Ian competed his Bachelor of Commerce at university between 1995 and 2002, proving that anyone can achieve anything at any time during life.
Ian’s neighbour invited him to a Rotary meeting. As our organisation has a good reputation and is a very good organisation, Ian decided to stay, citing that he enjoys the fellowship of the Club.
Ian is now retired, enjoys playing golf, lawn bowls and working at the Men’s Shed. He and his wife enjoy ballroom dancing, and although Ian is capable of many things, he cannot sing.

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Report From Meeting of 01 December 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Dec 08, 2014

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.

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Meeting of 01 December 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Dec 08, 2014

Guest Speaker - Tim Gilchrist - Introduction by Warren Blanch
Tim Gilchrist was the student selected from our District to participate in the National Youth Science Forum. He has just completed Year 12 at the Taree Christian Community College and is hoping to study science at ANU in Canberra.
After being selected at national level to represent Australia internationally, Tim was sent to the Heidelberg based Max Planck Institution of Astronomy. Here, he studied exoplanets. Exoplanets are planets that orbit stars outside our immediate galaxy. There are over 1800 that have been discovered, with 11 billion habitable planets that are Earth-like.


President Laurie with Tim Gilchrist

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Zone Public Speaking Finals Wingham 11 November

Posted by David Fisher on Nov 21, 2014

The finals for the Cluster 4 Public Speaking competition were held last Tuesday. The winner, representing Rotary Club of Taree, was Evelyn Foxwell from Taree High School. The standard was exceptionally high, and Evelyn prevailed in both the prepared speech and the impromptu.


PDG Ian Dyabll, Evelyn Foxwell and President Laurie Easter

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Meeting of 17 November2014

Posted by David Fisher on Nov 21, 2014

This week’s meeting was a vocational visit to Tinonee Orchids followed by dinner at Artisans Retreat.
There was only one Directors report from Felicity George (Community Services). Bunnings have offered $200 to our club if we can wrap gifts over Christmas. I
believe that there were enough volunteers to fill the roster but please contact Felicity if you are able to be a reserve.

By all accounts it was a great evening. Don’t forget the AGM is on this coming Monday.


Top David Fisher thanking Ray Clement - Tinonee Orchids and Bottom Ian Woollard on the pole lathe at Artisan's Retreat, watched by Peter Calabria.


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Meeting of 10 November2014

Posted by David Fisher on Nov 06, 2014

Induction – Catherine Wendell


It was the privilege of President Laurie Easter to induct Catherine Wendell to the Rotary Club of Taree. Catherine will be given the classification of Community Services and will be a member of the youth services committee. I know all members will warmly welcome Catherine to our club.

Member Talk - Keith Atkinson

President Laurie introduced Keith Atkinson to give a talk on his life’s experiences this far. Keith has worked and lived in many places. He was born in February 1945 in Auburn, Sydney. He began his education at Willoughby and his family moved to Ballina when he was seven. Keith was brought up in the Salvation Army.
Upon finishing school Keith worked for the Post Master General (PMG) in Surry Hills, Paddington, Edgecliff, Merrylands, Coraki and Gloucester. During this time Keith developed an interest in dairying. 

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Meeting of 03 November2014

Posted by David Fisher on Nov 05, 2014

Jackie was introduced by DGE Maurie Stack


Jackie is a former lawyer who now provides a wellness program to lawyers and other professionals through laughter yoga. Laughter yoga was first started in India in 1995, by Dr Madan Kataria.
Studying under Dr Kataria meant that Jackie could then start teaching laughter yoga in Port Macquarie. In 2004, Jackie was driving between Newcastle and Port Macquarie, when she prayed for guidance on what to do with her life. She immediately had the concept to start a laughter club. Since she didn’t know what a laughter club was, she Googled what one was, and found laughter yoga.
Dr Kataria was a Medical Doctor, who, on 3rd March 1995, held the world’s first laughter yoga class in a park in India. He had researched laughter and realised it had health benefits. Amongst these are the boosting of the immune system, relieves pain, brings hope, improves brain function, enhances communication skills, and develops the community.
Realising that he didn’t spend much time laughing, Dr Kataria decided to start a laughter club. Now, there are over 60,000 laughter clubs in the world, spread through out more than 60 countries.
Jackie attended a seminar and felt amazing after spending time rolling around on the floor with laughter. She felt like a new person, and wanted other people to benefit like she had. She started Port Macquarie’s first and only laughter club and has found the practice transforming.
There is a scientific method behind the laughter club. After the class, people tend to feel more connected to themselves and to others, they reported less physical pain and it has even helped someone move their arthritic and normally frozen hand. Lives change due to laughter.
Jackie realised the effects of laughter when her daughter destroyed her best sheets, and her response, when she found out, was to burst out laughing.
Laughter is an anti-depressant and has been known to help in curing cancer.
There are three distinctions behind laughter yoga
1. No reason is behind the laughter
2. You don’t need to have a sense of humour
3. You don’t need to be happy
Building a laughter club in Taree may interest Rotary as it is a practice that builds community.

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Meeting of 27 October 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Oct 30, 2014

Guest Speaker: Tamara Campbell – Vocational Training Team

Col Rose introduced Tamara Campbell to talk about her experience on the Vocational Training Team’s visit to Louisiana earlier this year.
Tamara’s team were mostly aquaculture and agriculture orientated, with the exchange being between Districts 9650 and 6200. Tamara is from Port Macquarie and works for Forestry, looking after road maintenance in an area that stretches from Kempsey and Walcha to the Hunter Valley. While Tamara spends much of her time in front of a computer, she does sometimes, have the opportunity to work in the field.

The Vocational Training Team consisted of four members and a team leader – Michelle Webb who is a free range pig farmer, Cameron Wood who is a sheep farmer, Paul Arnott from Armidale who works for UNE in genetics, Tamara, and Lindsay Wilkin who was the Team Leader.

Rotary programmes such as the VTT Exchange foster goodwill around the world. The common thread throughout the group was an interest in sustainable farming, with the Exchange being the first between the two districts. The team were chosen based on their vocation.

Louisiana is mostly delta and is therefore very different from Australia. The land is very flat and swampy, with rivers following many different veins to the sea. Australia grows different crops and livestock and has a strong forestry focus. Bayou country, in Louisiana, is flat and swampy, with problems inherited from heavy logging in the early 20th Century. It is a sensitive ecosystem.


Guest Speaker Tamara Campbell with our Secretary Belinda Crossingham

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District Governopr Greg Moran's Visit - 20 October 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Oct 24, 2014

Greg acknowledged the warm welcome he had received from the club and President Laurie. He also thanked District Governor Elect Maurie Stack and Assistant DG Bruce Moy for their ongoing assistance. 

Greg and his wife Sue have been travelling through the District since the middle of July. Greg congratulated the board and the club for the projects they are undertaking. He also commended the club on the website. He appreciated the clubs’ efforts including the Golf day, Rotary Park rejuvenation, the CCTV project and the School Music Spectacular. Greg was inspired to see the way that individual clubs are working together with other Rotary 
clubs in their area. 

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Meeting of 20 October 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Oct 24, 2014

The meeting was commenced with a toast to Rotary International given by Past District Governor Ian Dyball. Ian highlighted the achievements of Rotary International including the the work to eradicate polio, the development of schools and hospitals in the South Pacific, malaria eradication programs, and other humanitarian efforts.


President Laurie Easter gave a warm welcome to District Governor Greg Moran and his wife Sue, District Governor Elect Maurie Stack and his wife Dee and their guest Linus Faustin, Assistant District Governor Bruce Moy, visitors Catherine & Scott Wendell, visiting Rotarian Judy Richardson from Myall Coast 
Rotary Club, honorary members Mavis Jones and Alan & Judy Cowan, and Rotarians and their partners.

President Laurie advised that he has spoken to council on Monday about the CCTV project. Council is currently engaging in community consultation regarding the Community Safety Plan which encompasses the CCTV project. 
President Laurie congratulated Bruce Moy who was awarded the Premier’s Community Service Award over the weekend.
President Laurie advised that Harvey Else is currently unwell and in hospital at the Mayo.
Laurie thanked Kaye Whitelaw for the table decorations at tonight’s meeting.
Sergeant at Arms Warren Blanch led an efficient fine session.

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Meeting of 13 October 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Oct 16, 2014


PDG Ian Dyball opened the public speaking, noting that the Cluster Competition is on 11th November in Wingham, and the Semi Finals in Walcha. The prize is sponsored by Travel 195, and is a return flight to New Zealand, where the winner is hosted by Rotarians, while in the country of the Long White Cloud.
Evelyn Foxwell – Taree High School - Winner
Evelyn spoke about how social networking is building goodwill and helping people and families stay connected. Twitter gives a voice to people who would otherwise, not have an outlet, and it creates a stronger democracy as it better reflects what the current public opinion is.
Montana – MVAC
ISIS uses foreigners and children as suicide bombers, and their tactics are currently making them the most successful Jihadist group in the world. If measures are not put in place, how can we ensure Australia will remain safe? Why can we not build a world built upon goodwill and friendship?
Thomas Freeman – MVAC
Thomas spoke about an asylum seeker, who migrated to Australia at the age of 15 and who, after completing his HSC, formed Chill Out, an organisation that is lobbying for children to be kept out of detention. Australia needs to go back to what is fair and right, and build a refugee intake programme that perpetuates goodwill and friendship.

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Blandina’s Form 6 Graduation, on Saturday 30th May 2015!

Posted by David Fisher on Oct 01, 2014

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

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Meeting of 22 September 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Sep 26, 2014

Club Speakers – First Rodney Lattimore
Rod gave a presentation on his dairy farm at Taree. He was born in 1968 and educated at Taree West Primary School and Taree High School. He bought back the family farm and started dairying in 1988.
The farm consists of approximately 350 acres which includes 155 acres of effective milking area situated adjacent to the Manning River in Taree Estate. Rod has a passion for managing his property in an environmentally and efficient manner. He employs techniques to manage nutrient leaching, recycle waste and
maximising returns. He has invested in large farm shedding, concrete bunkers and feeding equipment to minimise the wastage of feed. Rod strongly believes in animal welfare and treats his animals well. As a result his herd are happy and friendly.
The farm produces 900,000 litres of milk a year with a milk fat content of 4.2% fat.
Rodney’s father, John Lattimore, was a long serving member of the Rotary Club of Taree and this was a significant influence in his decision to join Rotary. Rodney answered a number of questions from the club.


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Meeting of 15 September 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Sep 18, 2014

Guest Speaker – Greg Crisp – History of Surveying in the Manning

Greg Crisp was introduced by an envious Bruce Moy, who has aspired to be a Surveyor.
Greg Crisp is a surveyor and owns the practice “McGlashan and Crisp” in Taree. The practice was established in 1850 by John Hall who operated his practice in Wingham. In the 1930’s Stewart McGlashan purchased the practice and employed Brian Crisp (Greg’s father) as an articled pupil in 1948. In 1954 Brian Crisp became a partner in the firm and remains one of the present principals. Greg joined the firm in 1991 after nine years managing a survey firm in Queanbeyan. 
The Australian Agriculture (AA) Company was granted land up to the south bank of the Manning River around 1830. In 1827, one of the staff surveyors form the AA company, John Armstrong, led a party from Port Macquarie to find the Manning River. They climbed to the top of South Brother and both explored and surveyed the Manning River. Cedar, also known as “red gold” was marked on their first survey.
In 1830 William Wynter was granted land. The survey for this was performed by James “Jazz” Ralfe. At that time there were only five licenced surveyors in NSW. From about this time land grants became more frequent.
In 1841, Lewis Gordon purchased 709 acres near the Dawson River, which were subdivided into 10 to 12 acre properties. These made up the suburb, “Chatham.” In 1843, Gorman surveyed Wingham, with Tinonee being surveyed by Henry Carmichael and John Hall in 1854. These two towns were government owned, but Taree was privately owned by Henry Flett.
During the 1800s, compasses were main tool used to survey. Early survey maps were hand drawn. We are lucky that the Land Titles Office has scanned the original plans, so that not only they are now preserved but also accessible to the public.
Reference trees were blazed as markers. This means that part of their bark was cut to reveal a place where a mark could be chiselled into the tree. This would identify the tree for future surveying purposes. The Government symbol used to be a broad arrow at the top of the plate or mark.
In the early days, surveying parties would use horses and take a dray into remote areas. Today surveyors use GPS and electronic distance measuring equipment.
Vote of thanks by Mark Drury.


Mark Drury and Greg Crisp


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Meeting of 08 September 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Sep 11, 2014

Guest Speaker – Shane McLeay - Embracing Change
Shane McLeay was introduced by Ashley Cleaver. While Shane was born in Sydney, he claims Macksville as his home town. His career started at Berrigan’s Music Shop, selling Yamaha Organs and musical instruments. Eventually, Shane operated two business in Taree, one being Infinity, which he ran for 10 years, and Betta Electrical for 5 years.
Shane currently works in Sales and Marketing for Channel 10. Shane and his wife have two children and they live locally.
The Webster dictionary of 1913 defines change as being “to alter; to make different; to cause to pass from one state to another; or to change the character, position or appearance of a thing.”
Change happens to us on a daily basis. Rotary is facing a world where people’s values are changing. Shane’s own Rotary club recently faced closure as they were down to five members. So they are in the process of merging with the Rotary Club of Old Bar.
Change brings us to where we are today. Human nature dictates that we feel the urge to distance ourselves from change, but power lies in embracing change, and using it to our benefit. We need to take ownership of change.
Change can lead to a better place than where we are now. The changes we make now determine where we end up tomorrow.
Jim Frazier is a friend of Shane’s, and they both share a love of butterflies. The lives of a butterfly reflect the lives of people. The caterpillar must make a decision to become a butterfly.

There are 50 trillion cells in a body, and they all change every day. The cells of a caterpillar know to go into hibernation and turn into a butterfly. The caterpillar slows, stores energy, and makes a chrysalis. The cells that are not necessary choose to die, while the rest of the cells change to make way for the butterfly.
Change is a choice. An individual can choose to die with the caterpillar, or change into the butterfly.
Embrace change. Things don’t become better by themselves; they become better because there is change.

We need to “honour the past, and secure the future.”
The Vote of Thanks was offered by Murray Difford


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Cleaning Up Rotary Park Taree

Posted by David Fisher on Sep 04, 2014


David Denning reported that we had a very good turn up on Saturday with nine members. The rain held off and we completed the planting and mulching.
We would like to thank the following:
- GTCC and Valley industries for some of the plants
- Valley Industries for two loads of soil
- GTCC for the mulch
- Rod and Mescal Dever of Pampoolah , plant growers for providing about 25 plants, wetting agent and Osmocote
- Rotary members: Neil Hanington, Murray Difford, Leonie Melder, President Laurie Easter, Father Keith Dean-Jones, David Denning,  Robert Keene and Max Carey, (as in photo above) plus Felicity George and Bruce Moy,
We still have some more work we want to do later in the year, Max will keep you informed.

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Meeting of 01 September 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Sep 04, 2014

Guest Speaker – Sharon Fowle


Neil Hannington with Guest Speaker Sharon Fowle

Sharon Fowle is the Executive Officer of the Manning Valley Business Chamber (MVBC) following an appointment at the Forster Tuncurry Business Chamber. Sharon runs a successful business, Big Green Leaf, manufacturing and distributing Vertical Garden Trellis. Sharon was previously involved in international business development and marketing of high end computer hardware and software solutions. Sharon originally came from Dublin, has 4 girls, and has been living in Australia for 18 years. 
Sharon presented an entertaining video of how geese are a good example of how an organisation can operate to a higher capacity. Sharon spoke about "Women in Business” and the local Business Awards.
Anybody who is successful in business is successful, in part, because of the people who have supported them, and who, they in turn support. The MVBC has managed the Women In Business events since March 2013 and the events continue to grow month on month. They are held on the first Thursday of every month (except January). Speakers for the group have included business women like Wendy Machin, and usually attract 30 – 45 attendees from areas as far afield as Port Macquarie and Smiths Lake. Traditionally, women earn less than men, which is one of the reasons why the Women in Business group is important.
The Manning Gloucester Great Lakes Business Awards are open to all businesses in the Manning Valley, Gloucester and Great Lakes Region. The Awards celebrate our region’s business success with a range of judged and popularly voted categories. While there can be complaints made about who receives the Business Award, it needs to be noted that the system may not be perfect, but the fact that the Awards go ahead each year means that there are many positive outcomes. Participating in the Business Awards boosts staff morale, and publicises the businesses and the regions where they operate. This encourages external investment, boosting visitors and economic growth. The aims of the Awards include supporting the business in the region as well as providing encouragement to those who are starting or relocating their businesses. 
There were plenty of questions and comments for Sharon.
The Vote of Thanks was offered by Bruce Moy.

New Member Induction – Brian Leggett


It was with great pleasure that President Laurie Easter inducted Brian Leggett to membership of the Rotary Club of Taree. Brian is the Chief Executive of the Taree-Wingham Race Club. He moved to Taree from Sydney last year. Brian has been given the classification of Hospitality Management and assigned to the Vocational Service Committee under the care of Leonie Melder. Brian took a few moments to express his reasons for joining and how the late Don Hopkins had inspired him to support our Club.

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Meeting of 25 August 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Aug 30, 2014

Guest Speaker – Noel Gogerly
Rotarian Bruce Moy introduced our Guest Speaker for the evening Noel Gogerly.
Noel has been a professional fisherman for 43 years. He is also a Grazier. He is a Director of the Wallis Lake Fish Co-op and a past chairman. Noel’s topic is about lobsters and fishing in the local area. The fishing area they take in is from Ulladulla to Coffs Harbour.
Our local fishermen are the shareholders of the Wallis Lake Fish Co-op and therefore own it. It works in their best interest to sell the products locally and then send the remaining catch to the markets in Sydney. Not only do they save on transport costs, they can also ensure that the freshest and best quality product is kept here in their local community. Product is sent to Sydney 4 times per week and our seafood is known to buyers on the auction floor as one of the highest quality products.
He advised that his current boat is the “White Winds. He has also in the past built his own trawler.
Noel noted that the late 1970’s and early 1980’s nearly saw the collapse of the fishing industry due to over fishing. These days’ professional fishermen use quotas or tags, with criteria having to be met to qualify for quota. With respect to lobsters you own shares. Anyone can own lobster shares, with these shares being linked to quotas. One share equals 15.9kg. Noel advised that he personally owns 273 shares. He advised that professional fisherman have to meet rigid compliance conditions and government and industry criteria.
He showed us the tags that professional fisherman must use and advised that they must also use log books which must be kept up to date. 
Rotarian John Doust gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the Club.


ADG Bruce Moy with Noel Gogerly

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Meeting of 18 August 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Aug 20, 2014

Guest Speaker - Celine Tanieres

Celine Tanieres was introduced by Alan Small. She was previously a French Exchange Student who visited Taree in 2002. She is now travelling around Australia.
As a 17 year old teenager, Celine had many new experiences in Australia. She had mixed feelings about returning home. She knew that a unique opportunity was coming to an end. She was not sure if she would ever have another opportunity like it, and she was sad when it was over.
Celine was originally living in Strasbourg when she left for Australia, and she was worried about moving back to her old place of residence with a changed outlook. Her fears were allayed by her parents moving to Orleans, so she was able to start her new life and new outlook from a new location.
Wanting another overseas challenge, Celine enrolled in Business School in Paris so she could travel. Her first internship was in Mexico, her second was in Singapore, and her last and most significant internship was with an international transport company. Her final choice was so she could travel further, and what better place than with an organisation that travelled the whole world. Celine graduated in 2010, and then continued her studies specialising in International Logistics in Bordeaux where she met Pierre. 
Following the completion of their studies, Celine and Pierre moved to Paris to find employment, and it wasn’t long before they fell into the Metro – Boulot – Dodo routine (Public Transport – Work – Bed). Wanting a change, Celine and Pierre have sold everything they own, and are moving to New Zealand for a year. Being so close to Australia, Celine wanted to visit her old friends in Taree. Celine & Pierre rented a campervan in Alice Springs and have travelled over 9000 kms. They ended their time with the campervan in Brisbane before travelling down to Taree via Byron Bay. Celine thanked Taree Rotary Club and the Youth Exchange Program for taking care of her twelve years ago and for everything that the program had given her.
The Vote of Thanks was completed by Bob Newling.

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Meeting of 11 August 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Aug 13, 2014

Guest Speaker – Alex Cudlin
Alex Cudlin was introduced by Belinda Crossingham. Alex is the youngest of three, with an older brother and sister. Born in Blacktown, he moved to Taree in his first year and his father, Shane, started a motorcycle business called Fine Line Motorcycles. Shane was a Police Officer in Blacktown and worked in Highway Patrol. It was this early exposure to motorcycles that gave Alex his inspiration. Growing up on an 11 acre property gave him plenty of space to ride.

Alex started riding motorcycles at the age of 3, with the Old Bar Bike Track being his first race track. Alex started racing at the age of 6. At his very first television interview at 8 years old, he told the reporter that he was going to grow up to be a motorcycle rider. Alex achieved his first Australian title at the age of 10, and started racing on road bikes when he was 11. His first Senior Race was when he was 16 at Eastern Creek, and he won it. This Senior Race is against adults and professionals from all around Australia. At the age of 17, Alex, and his now wife, Amy, moved to England, opening up opportunities to compete in Europe. He has plenty of injuries, with the latest being a dislocated elbow. This happened off track.

Alex is now competing in the World Endurance Championship and the Qatar Superbike Championship. In 2010, Alex won the Superstock Endurance FIM World Cup, and in 2013 won the FIM World Championship. Alex has won the Qatar International Road Racing Championship 4 years in a row. 2014 will see Alex compete in the World Endurance Championships and in the Qatar Superbike Championship. Alex is sponsored by Ausmulch and is an ambassador for the Manning Valley. He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at Taree Motorcycle Club, alongside Troy Bayliss. When he is in Taree, Alex still works in his parent’s motorcycle business.

Alex was thanked by Belinda Crossingham.


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Meeting of 04 August 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Aug 09, 2014

The meeting of 4th August was a Club Assembly. 
Our meeting on 11th August will be held as usual with guest speaker Alex Cudlin.
A reminder that we have an International Night on the 18th August. Our special guest will be Celine Tanierses who was a Youth Exchange Student from France in 2001-2002. We will need numbers at the next meeting. The venue is to be confirmed.
An evening for new members will be held on 7 August at the Bean Bar at 6:30pm.These meetings will be held every 2 months and will be known as Incubator meetings. 
There is to be a working bee at Rotary Park on Saturday 16 August. Bring your gloves, buckets and garden tools ready to clean up the gardens. Image

David Denning and Rob Keene at Rotary Park preparing for "Working Bee".

Don’t forget the ACMF Schools spectacular is on 27 August 2014. Get your tickets now – see information in the website Calendar.

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Doing Good in Fiji

Posted by David Fisher on Aug 04, 2014

You may already know the story of Rotary Scholar Kelsi Cox, who spoke at the Rotary International Convention in June about the good work she and local Rotarians did for the children of Fiji. We invite you to watch the video that was featured during the convention and share it with friends. It illustrates the impressive work that Rotary Foundation grants make possible.


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Meeting of 28 July 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Jul 30, 2014

Guest Speakers – Max Carey & Harvey Else - Taree Rotary Park

President Laurie introduced Max Carey and Harvey Else.
In 1979 Taree Council was establishing their playing fields. There was a small section which seemed to be going to waste. So the Rotary Club of Taree suggested that it could be a good place to build a park. The council agreed the Rotary club put in an application. The council were very cooperative and contributed $10, 000 and built the road. A number of shelters and a BBQ area were planned. The club decided that shingle roofs would be appropriate for the shelters in recognition that most of the earlier settlers in the area built their homes with shingles roofs which they split themselves. The shingles for Rotary Park were sourced from Timbertown at Wauchope. Over the last few years the shingle roofs have been replaced with Colourbond by Rotary Club members with the expert assistance of Rob Keene.
In 1979, Wilf Connors was given the task of supervising the choosing and planting of the trees in the Park, later being given the task of planning Endeavour Park near Browns Creek. Keith Griffin, another Rotarian from Taree, had a crane, and so lifted rocks from Lansdowne. These rocks are part of a feature in Rotary Park. Norm Jones designed the shelters and they were put together by Rotarians at Valley Industries.
Originally, there were swings and play equipment for children, but over the years, these have deteriorated, removed, and not replaced.
The park was completed in the 1979/1980 year.
Some of the gardens have been overtaken by weeds and perhaps could be the focus of a club project this year. Harvey presented a short film documenting that replacement of the shingle roofs about 5 years ago.

Induction – Ian Woollard
President Laurie inducted Ian Woollard into our Rotary Club.
Ian is sponsored by David Denning. His classification will be Information Technology and he has been appointed to Youth Services headed by Ian Dyball.
We extend a warm welcome to Ian and his wife Dianne into the Rotary Club of Taree.


Ian Woollard and President Laurie Easter

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Meeting of 21 July 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Jul 25, 2014

Guest Speaker - Peter Bolte

Peter Bolte is the owner of Leading Edge Appliances in Manning Street Taree (the old Emertons Retravision). He was introduced by Belinda Crossingham. Peter gave an overview of the challenges and strengths of small businesses like his own.
Peter is originally from Cowra. Taree and Cowra are very similar so he moved to Taree in 2009. His father was a wholesale butcher and through Peter’s contact with his father’s job, he learnt three things –

(i) Swearing,

(ii) Joking and

(iii) the ability and importance of being able to talk to anyone at any level.

This has helped him adjust to Taree as there is such a huge cross section in Taree’s community. Retravision was started in 1960 by several Electricians who thought to sell electrical goods through stores. Noel Emerton was one of the original people involved.. In 2006 there were over 505 stories in Australia. In October 2006 Retravision NSW was placed into voluntary administration. In 2012 Retravision Southern (the support office for stores in Victoria, Tasmania and NSW) was placed into voluntary administration. It was planned that all of Retravision’s stores would migrate to Retravision Western (the support office for stores in WA).
However, Retravision Western sold the name of Retravision to “National Associated Retail Traders of Australia” with the condition that no Retravision stores exist on the Eastern Seaboard. This meant that Leading Appliances was brought into existence.
Large stores like Masters are designed as supermarkets. This means that little emphasis is placed on customer service. If a customer would like service they tend to approach a store such as Leading Appliances.These smaller stores exist because they can provide the customer service that the larger companies don’t deliver. Customer service is about assisting customers in making the right decision in buying a product that suits their needs.
Leading Appliances are able to compete with prices, even with the larger stores like Masters, and it is important to support these smaller businesses. When a local company is supported, the money remains in the local economy.
On 12th September, all television frequencies are being changed. Leading Appliances aim to re-tune 1000 televisions by close of business that day.


Herb Beer with Peter Bolte

EduFund Foundation - A registered Rotary Project


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Latest St Jude's News

Posted by David Fisher on Jul 23, 2014

Hi Everyone,

I recently returned from my trip to Australia. I loved going home to see my Australian family and friends, however it is so good to be back in Tanzania to be with my husband, Richard, and the kids. I have attached a photo I took of them below. A lot has been going on since my return, with one of the highlights being our annual Cultural Day, and I must say it was spectacular this year. There were so many talented performances and creative fashion designs. You can see pictures of them for yourself in our latest newsletter. (See Downloads)

Also in this edition, you can read about:

  • the installation of our new fibre optic cable (faster Internet for our students and teachers!)
  • a visit from a group of American teachers 
  • some engaging excursions our students have been on thanks to generous donors
  • a soccer opportunity for one of our Form 2 students, plus much more

I hope you enjoy catching up on all the St Jude's action, and don't forget to save the date for our first ever Form 6 graduation to be held on May 30th 2015.



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Meeting of 14 July 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Jul 17, 2014

Club Speaker – Warren Blanch

Warren gave a brief overview of the National Broadband Network which is now available for connections in large areas of Taree. An optical fibre network has been installed in the Taree area. To connect your house to this network, you need to contact your service provider and they can connect you. The service provider will offer you a range of services when you contact them. Unless you are proactive, the NBN will not be connected to your house. When looking into this, be thorough. 
Eventually, the television will also be connected through the NBN, not just your computers and phone. The NBN will be connected to the outside of your house and will need a constant supply of electricity to work, and this will be permanent. Warren will updated the Taree Club as more information becomes available. There were many questions and discussion about various aspects of the NBN.

Club Speaker – Felicity George

Felicity George from our Club spoke about her work in Bankstown with NSW Police and Family & Community Services for the last eight months. She has been working specifically on domestic violence. Bankstown Local Area Cmmand has the highest reported rate of domestic violence in NSW.
Felicity gave an interesting talk on her inter-agency work.


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Our Board for 2014-15

Posted by David Fisher on Jul 06, 2014


Back Row: Ashley Cleaver, Leonie Melder, Kevin Sharp, Felicity George, Mark Drury, PDG Ian Dyball

​Front Row: President Laurie Easter, IPP Joy McCaffrey, Susie Ploder. Absent: Phil Streatfield

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Meeting of 30 June 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Jul 05, 2014

President Laurie welcomed members and guests to our meeting.
President’s Report:
A Club Assembly will be held at the next meeting.The aim is for every member to be engaged and involved in Rotary. RYDA needs a director. Please consider if you are able to take on this role. There is one RYDA program left for the year before it starts up again next year. 
The District changeover took place in Port Macquarie. The new District Governor is Greg Moran from Inverell. He is travelling to Taree and will be here on Thursday 14th August. The meeting will be combined with the Rotary Club of Old Bar and the venue will be confirmed.
The major programme being undertaken by Rotary this year is the CCTV installation. Peter Epov is no longer on the Committee and has been replaced by David West. 
Working With Children Checks need to be undertaken by all Rotarians. This is important. The next bulletin will have details on how to obtain and submit the forms. 
Laurie also expressed his appreciation to Ian Dyball who put together the Annual Report. An additional thanks has been expressed to Belinda Crossingham
and David Fisher for their assistance in this as well. The Annual Report has been emailed due to costs of printing. If anyone would like a hardcopy version,
please contact Laurie.
If anyone has any potential guest speakers, please contact Warren Blanch or Belinda Crossingham.
Directors Reports:
Treasurer (Phil Streatfeild) –The cost of membership is now $220. The price has increased due to the added GST and the International Rotary Fee. Please pay by 1st August. An alternative option is to pay half now and half in January 2015. 
International (Kevin Sharp) – Thank you once again to all members of the Committee who assisted in the past 12 months.

Indigenous Drivers Program – Jennifer Rumbel

An indigenous drivers program is being started in Taree. It aims to make available drivers lessons to Indigenous people so that they can obtain their licence. 30% of serious accidents involve Indigenous people even though they only make up 10% of drivers. The program works by the Indigenous person obtaining
their Learners and then being mentored and given drivers lessons. NRMA has donated a car. The hope is that after 2 years of recorded success, the program gains government funding. Rotarians are being asked to spend an hour a week or more to mentor these Indigenous people. All interested, please contact Laurie.

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Meeting of 02 June 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Jun 12, 2014

Club Guest Speakers

- David Denning

Rotarian David Denning spoke to our Club and gave us an overview of his background. 
David is a Building Contractor by trade (retired). He was born in Concorde NSW. 
He started his career as a carpenter / joiner. Undertaking many courses including a Trades Course, Clerk's Course, Health & Building Inspector Course to - name a few. 

In 1974 he started Denning Constructions. He worked for the Western University – Hawkesbury Campus for 30 years. 

We are so pleased that David is now a member of our Club and know that his past experience will be invaluable to us.

- Murray Difford

Our latest inductee Murray Difford gave us an interesting insight to his background. Murray was born in South Africa. His career path changed somewhat in that he initially wanted to be a teacher but ended up doing Accounting at University. 
He started by advising that there are two things in life dear to him, these being cars and animals. 
He has had an amazing career in the automobile industry having worked for BMW, Volvo and Jaguar to name a few. 
He came to Australia and worked as National Manager for Jaguar Australia. Murray has had interesting and colourful life experiences and we look forward to hearing more from Murray in the future.

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Report From Meeting of 19 May 2014

Posted by David Fisher on May 26, 2014
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.

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Meeting of 19 May 2014

Posted by David Fisher on May 26, 2014

Guest Speaker – Ian Shaw & Karyn Looby - AGL 

PP Bruce Moy introduced Ian Shaw from AGL, together with Karyn Looby, Marketing Co-ordinator for AGL. Both are from Gloucester. Ian spoke to us regarding Coal Seam Gas (CSG) and the AGL Gloucester Gas Project. 
The Gloucester Basin is an emerging CSG supplier to the NSW market. 
The Gloucester Gas Project is a CSG project located near Stratford, NSW, approximately 100 kilometres north of Newcastle. The project is wholly owned and operated by AGL. The project is situated within Petroleum Exploration Licence (PEL) 285, which fully encompasses the Gloucester Geological Basin in New South Wales. This PEL was issued under the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991. In March 2011, the independent NSW Planning Assessment Commission approved the Gloucester Gas Project. The Gloucester Gas 
Project includes: 
> The Stage 1 gas field development area, including 110 gas wells & associated infrastructure; 
> A central processing facility to treat gas and water; 
> A gas transmission pipeline between the central processing facility and the existing gas supply network at Hexham; and 
> A delivery station at Hexham to connect the transported gas to the existing Sydney-Newcastle trunk pipeline. 
AGL’s exploration activities in Gloucester have included seismic surveys, core holes and production test pilot wells. All of AGL’s exploration activities are subject to EAs and strict statutory regulatory approvals. 


PP Bruce Moy, Karyn Looby and Ian Shaw



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Report From Meeting of 12 May 2014

Posted by David Fisher on May 15, 2014
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.
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Meeting of 12 May 2014

Posted by David Fisher on May 15, 2014

Guest Speaker – Dr Romney Newman – Karios Prison Ministry

Dr Romney Newman was introduced by Fr Keith on behalf of our Club. 
Dr Newman advised that Kairos is about changing lives. Kairos is a local community-based Christian ministry that serves both those in prison and the families and friends of those in prison. 
Kairos is a ‘hands-on’ activity helping bring: 
· rehabilitation to the incarcerated through the possibility of hope and positive choices, and 
· support and encouragement to those affected 
· Kairos, through over 2,000 volunteers around Australia reaches out to 
· male and female inmates saying “You have a choice”. 
· family and friends of those inmates, saying “You are not alone”. 
· juvenile offenders, saying “There’s a better way ahead” 
At Kairos, they know they can’t fix their problems or solve the causes, as people have to be allowed to make their own decisions. But they can help them to recognise, choose and live new lives. 
Kairos is making a difference… 
· to individuals, families and friends with whom we come in contact. 
· to the environment of the correctional centres we access. 
· to the next generation as they experience a change in the family members who begin, and therefore model, a lifestyle without crime. 
· to the wider society, by helping to reduce the recidivism rate, and therefore reducing the cost of further imprisonment. 
· to local communities as the ripple effect of someone making positive life choices flows out through their daily life to those with whom they come in contact. 


AG Bruce Moy with Dr Newman


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Report From Meeting of 5 May 2014

Posted by David Fisher on May 12, 2014

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.

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Meeting of 5 May 2014

Posted by David Fisher on May 11, 2014

President Joy McCaffrey introduced our speaker Peter McKay who gave a presentation on his trip to India in November last year.
Peter travelled to India with one of his optical dispensers, Trudi Everingham, to see the work of the LV Prasad Eye Institute and to teach Optometrists, Optical
dispensers and students about optometry and the dispensing of spectacles. Peter explained the link his practice has to “Optometry Giving Sight” (OGS) and their link to the LV Prasad Eye Institute. There are 625 million people in the world that are vision impaired just because they don’t have a pair of glasses. OGS work to raise funds to solve this problem.
Peter explained the structure of LV Prasad Eye Institute and the magnitude of work they undertake in India. At the main campus in Hyderabad, over 40,000 eye surgeries are performed every year. The institute was established in 1987 and has grown to over 120 centres. Whilst in India Peter travelled throughout the state of Andhra Pradesh. Trudi & Peter gave 8 lectures on Optometry and dispensing.They also engaged in one-on-one training with the staff.
LV Prasad Eye Institute is now being used as a model for the delivery of eye care all over the world.


5 Minuter – Chris Cooper
Chris was kind enough to give us 5 minutes of his time wherein he gave an overview of his earlier years and how he and his family came to live in the Manning Valley.
We are glad you made the choice to stay in Taree Chris.

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Report From Meeting of 28 April 2014

Posted by David Fisher on May 03, 2014

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.

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Meeting of 28 April 2014

Posted by David Fisher on May 02, 2014

Guest Speaker – Bob McDonnell – Acid Sulphate Soils & Cattai Wetlands

Bob Newling introduced our special guest speaker Bob McDonnell who gave a presentation on Acid Sulphate Soil problems and Cattai Wetlands.

Bob explained that once farmland suffering the effects of land clearing, weeds and acid sulphate soils, Council purchased the property in 2003 to restore the natural beauty and ecological value of the wetlands. While the primary goal was on improving the water quality of the Manning River through the remediation of acid sulphate soils, a range of other environmental benefits have also been achieved including the rehabilitation of coastal wetlands and other endangered floodplain communities.
Acid Sulphate soils is one of the major environmental issues that the Cattai Wetlands project set out to address due to the adverse impacts caused by the
generation and export of acid and acid related products from the site into our waterways. 
Acid sulphate soils can impact upon water quality, aquatic ecosystems, and the productivity of our oyster and fishing industries.
Fortunately nature is working with us to assist in the remediation of the site with natural blockage and sedimentation of artificial drains reducing the volume of acid water leaving the site.
Through extensive plantings and weed control, Cattai Wetlands now also provides an important habitat link between Crowdy Bay National Park and the Lansdowne escarpment. All this has been achieved in partnership with various organisations and government agencies, indigenous green groups and community volunteers.
The project area is bounded by Cattai Creek and Crowdy Bay National Park to the east, Tappin Creek and Manning River to the south, the Pacific Highway to the west and Moorland and Big Swamp to the north. Peter McKay gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the Rotary Club of Taree.


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Report From Meeting of 14 April 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Apr 27, 2014
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. 

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Meeting of 14 April 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Apr 27, 2014
Ken Patterson - RYDA

Ken gave us a presentation on RYDA – The Presentation covered the concept of RYDA and those that it helps. It was mainly to give newer members joining Rotary over the past two years knowledge on its ideals. 

What is RYDA? 
The RYDA program is a road safety education program aimed at reducing death and injury amongst young people on Australian roads. The program targets 16 to 17 year olds who are at the stage of their lives where they start to drive or ride in a vehicle driven by their peers.

RYDA is a community-based initiative of Rotary Clubs, partnering those organisations in our community that have a responsibility for, or interest in, road safety for our youth. It has been developed in consultation with the RTA and the NSW Government Departments of Education and Training, Health and Police and is designed to compliment and supplement the school curriculum and government road safety messages.

The Program 
RYDA focuses on attitude and awareness with the aim of helping young adults become better people on the road. The program highlights the privilege and responsibilities of owning and driving a motor vehicle and also illustrates their rights and responsibilities as passengers and pedestrians. It is a one-day event held at a non-school site which co-ordinates the efforts of local road safety experts, driving instructors, the Police, recovering survivors or road crashes, drug & alcohol educators and financial services personnel.


President Joy McCaffrey and Ken Patterson

Induction: Keith Atkinson 

It gave President Joy much pleasure in inducting Keith Atkinson into our Club. 
Keith is sponsored by Rotarian Kevin Sharp. 
Keith will carry the classification of Religion and will serve on the Community Services Committee headed by Laurie Easter. 


We extend a warm welcome to Keith into the Rotary Club of Taree.


Kevin Sharp and Keith Atkinson

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Report From Meeting of 31 March 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Apr 10, 2014

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.

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Report From Meeting of 24 March 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Mar 28, 2014
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. 

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Meeting of 31 March 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Mar 27, 2014
Guest Speaker – Peter Epov, Manning Alliance – Coal Seam Gas

Guest Speaker, Peter Epov was introduced by Rotarian Ross Tingle.

Peter is Chairman of the Manning Alliance Group and spoke to us on the important issue of Coal Seam Gas.
Peter advised that many people who have been living in fear that one day a CSG drilling rig may show up at their gate and insist on exploration on their property.

The primary stated objective of the Manning Alliance has always been to extricate the potential of coal seam methane gas extraction from the Manning Valley. Their focus is directed towards protecting the Manning River from the potential ravages of the “dirty process” of coal seam methane gas extraction in Gloucester.

Peter advised that the NSW Government cannot continue to issue Coal Seam Gas Exploration licences over areas that have no coal!

This outcome for the Manning Valley is potentially another precedent that may have state-wide ramifications for many other regions where CSG exploration licences have been issued, but there is no coal.

The communities impacted are paying a heavy and unacceptable economic and social price. Property values decline, people do not wish to relocate to the region and there are serious social and emotional consequences unnecessarily thrust onto communities.

CSG exploration licences should be issued judiciously, as they have serious implications on regional economies, tourism, and land values, in addition to the known environmental and social consequences. They should not be used as revenue raisers at the expense of communities, and people should not be forced to live in a climate of fear; waiting for that knock on the door that a mining company may be coming on to their property for CSG exploration, as we have already seen with the social devastation in Gloucester.

The Alliance will now focus on the protection of the Manning River and maintain our campaign for fair and equitable landholder rights in the 21st Century. They will be lobbying with the NSW Premier and the NSW National party and others, to secure the right for landholders to refuse access to mining and exploration companies entering their properties for the purpose of exploration.

Bruce Moy gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the Club.


Ross Tingle, Peter Epov and PP Bruce Moy


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Report From Meeting Of 17 March 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Mar 21, 2014

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.

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Meeting of 17 March 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Mar 21, 2014
Vocational Visit: Jacana – Versatility in Motorhoming

On Monday night we were lucky enough to visit the site of Jacana. An industry here in Taree who build elite motorhomes. Owner, Barry Drury, kindly took us through this factory and we were able to experience these motorhomes upfront and see the work involved in outfitting these motorhomes by seeing them in
various stages of rebuild.
The list of services they offer in the motorhome and RV industry include:
· Manufacturing of new and used motorhomes & RV's featuring complete customization
· Upgrades, Modifications and additions to all of your existing Motorhomes, RV's and caravans
· All Commercial and corporate fit-outs
· Repairs to all makes and models of Motorhomes, RV's and Caravans
· Sales of parts, components and appliances
· Solutions to all of your solar, generator and air conditioning needs
· Insurance work and all repair work associated
· Floor planning, body fabrication and vehicle modifications designing and manufacturing
They pride themselves on the adaptability, quality, durability and the stunning aesthetics they produce at Jacana Motorhomes. All the fit-out work produced by them is 100% Australian made by their trades people. These trades people all have a great deal of experience and are all very passionate about what they do and
the industry in general!

Mark Drury gave the vote of thanks on behalf of our Club. Our members then attended Dinner at the Aquatic Club and enjoyed great fellowship on this night. A big thank you to Mark Drury and Warren Blanch for organising this visit and dinner.


Barry and Mark Drury

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Report From Meeting Of 10 March 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Mar 14, 2014

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.


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Meeting of 10 March 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Mar 14, 2014

Guest Speaker: Dr Seshasayce Narasimhan, Cardiologist - Cardiology & Equipment Available in Our Local Hospitals

Dr Alan Johnson introduced our guest speaker, Dr Seshasayce Narasimhan giving a quick overview of his achievements.
Dr Seshasayce Narasimhan (Dr Sesh) moved to the Taree area in October 2012. He is credited with holding the titles of Chair, Internal Medicine, Manning Base Hospital. Director of CCU, Manning Base Hospital. Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Rural Medicine, University of New England and Director of Cardiology, May Private Hospital.


Dr Seshasayce Narasimhan and President Joy

(See Links - For the latest Newsletter from The School of St Jude look under St Judes in Action)

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Meeting of 3 March 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Mar 07, 2014
Guest Speakers: Stephanie Coomber and Kelli Young 
Stephanie Coomber and Kelli Young were introduced by Ross Tingle. Stephanie was born in Sydney, and moved to Taree to take up the position of Director of Nursing at Storm Village. There, she met Kelli and they have been close friends ever since. 
Stephanie helped establish the Christ Faith Home for Children (Home) in India and has been to the country several times, with Kelli accompanying her on her last visit. 
Towards the end of 2013, Stephanie and Kelli travelled to India and found that it has become very Westernised since Stephanie’s last visit in 2000. Where there was desert, there are new Japanese built universities, hotels, and hospitals. 
The Home was started in 1986 by Mrs Maida with 5 children and was moved to it’s current site in the 1990s. In 1996 a concrete building replaced the hand made original, with the Home accommodating women and children with no social support. In 2004 the Home was granted the licence necessary for intercountry adoption. 
Stephanie accompanied the ABC as their consultant, when she met Mrs Maita. Very few children are adopted by Indians as social background and caste are very important and are unknown when adopting abandoned and orphaned children. 
The Home is a primary school during the day and is a sleeping quarters at night. There is also a crèche for poor working mothers. In the Tsunami, the Home raised funds and set up support for relief. 
Kelli knew little about India before the trip. She spoke about how there are babies who will need to be housed at the Home for life due to disabilities. 
The Boys Home has 3 storey bunks wedged close together and no privacy. The Boys Home is trying to become self sufficient. 
There is a leprosy service, with Colin Rose informing the Meeting that leprosy can be rendered safe for family members and friends so that people can now live with relatives and others uncontaminated. 
The future of the Home involves it becoming financially secure, building a separate residence for school girls and a building for elderly women. 
The Home attained the best Social Worker award and Mrs Maita has been awarded an honorary degree. 
The Vote of Thanks was given by Don Phillips. 

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Report From Meeting Of 3 March 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Mar 06, 2014
 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. 

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Meeting of 24 February 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Feb 28, 2014

David Fisher welcomed Beverley Whitmore (guest of Sandra Fishwick), Robert and Joyce Caddies.

David put in an apology on behalf of President Joy who could not make the meeting tonight.

A banner was presented to Taree Rotary Club by Dylan (Felicity George), from Bankstown Rotary Club, and Felicity was given a banner from Taree to present to Bankstown Rotary Club. Bankstown has a small Club of 6 members, they meet in the Bankstown Sports Club and have raised over $6000.
Director’s Reports
Ashley Cleaver (PR)
Please continue to bring guests to the meetings. 150 people on Facebook viewed the image of Laurie and Karen from last week. When Facebook was started,
only 50 views were made of uploaded photos. The more people view Facebook, the more people see Facebook. It’s the multiply effect.
Laurie Easter (Community Services)
Quota, on the 8th March is holding a Gourmet Lunch for $15.00. Margaret’s Underfashions and Manning Valley Collectibles in Taree and Ashlea Road Boutique in Wingham are the places where bookings can be made. Quota is also holding a St Patrick’s Day Dance. Tickets are $50.00 each.

Thank you to all who volunteered their time at Rotary Park. Shingles were fixed, woodchip moved and nails pulled out. (See story under Community Service)
Leonie Melder (Youth)
Leonie attended the Science Competition Meeting. two people per day will be needed to volunteer from the Club, $200 will be requested from the Club’s
Treasury, and the event runs from 8th to 11th April. On Thursday, there will be Dinner, which is well worth attending.
Mark Drury (Administration)
4th April at 6pm there will be a Local Produce night. The event is being held in conjunction with the Lions Club and the night starts at 6pm at the St John’s Hall.
Volunteers will be needed.


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Meeting of 17 February

Posted by David Fisher on Feb 21, 2014

President Joy welcomed members, honorary members and guests to meeting. She gave a big welcome to Narelle Reed, daughter of Mavis Jones, Beverley Whitmore, guest of Sandra Fishwick.

President’s Report:

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION – SYDNEY – The Host Organising Committee for the Rotary International Convention 2014 are looking for volunteers to help before, during and after the convention. They will need approximately 700 volunteers. If you would like to offer your support please obtain an application form from Joy McCaffrey or the website for the Convention.

DISTRICT CONFERENCE: Just another reminder that the District Conference is to be held in Coffs Harbour from 28 - 30 March 2014. So if you are considering going now is the time to start getting organised as time is running out.

DISTRICT AWARDS: This also means that if we want to be considered for a District Award then we need to get applications in for such a trophies. Let Joy know if you need an application form or download this from the District website.

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. Bruce Moy then auctioned the Telstra 4G Mobile Phone which was made available to us as a result of the Charity Golf Day. Bruce was in fine form as he auctioned this phone with the winning bid being $160.00 and with the phone going to Warren Blanch.

Ashley Cleaver discussed membership and advised that at present we have 51 members, with a couple of new prospects looking good to join. Ashley also issued an invitation for members to attend the Aviators Hangar Charity Ball - Manning River Aero Club - Taree Airport on 15 March 2014. A flyer following in this bulletin.

Laurie Easter gave an overview of the meeting held recently with respect to the CCTV project.

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The First Four Rotarians

Posted by David Fisher on Feb 14, 2014

The first four Rotarians. From left: Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram E. Shorey, Paul P. Harris. Between 1905 and 1912. Courtesy of Rotary International.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rotary International.



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Meeting of 10 February 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Feb 14, 2014

President Joy welcomed members, honorary members and guests to meeting. She gave a big welcome to Lance Forster, guest of Peter Dahdah, Heather Hole, Mavis Jones and our newest member Chris Cooper.

Joy advised of the passing of Honorary Rotarian, Bob Berry. A minute’s silence was held out of respect for Bob. Max Carey then said a few words about Bob. He will be sorely missed by all.

President’s Report

Joy advised that unfortunately our guest speaker for the evening was not able to be with us and it was decided to have a night of fellowship instead. A reminder that the District Conference is to be held in Coffs Harbour from 28 - 30 March 2014. So if you are considering going now is the time to start getting organised.

This also means that if we want to be considered for a District Award then we need to get applications in for such a trophies.

Wingham Rotary Club are holding an International Women’s breakfast to be held on Saturday 8 March 2014 at 8.00am at the Wingham Golf Club. Cost $25 per person. So please pass this information on to your partners.


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Meeting of 3 February 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Feb 06, 2014

New Member: Chris Cooper

It was with pleasure that President Joy inducted Chris Cooper into our Club. Chris will hold the classification of Mechanical Services whilst in our Club.

His sponsor and mentor is Ashley Cleaver. Chris will be joining the Community Services Committee under current leadership of Laurie Easter.


President Joy and Chris Cooper

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David Denning in Hospital

Posted by David Fisher on Feb 03, 2014

Ashley and Kylie visited David Denning in hospital, where he'll be for about another three weeks. Visitors welcome. he'll then be heading off to rehab.


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Meeting of 20 January 2014 - Dr Harry

Posted by David Fisher on Jan 26, 2014
President Joy gave the introduction for Dr Harry.Image

Dr Harry has worked in veterinary practices in Australia and the United Kingdom. He is also an author. But most of all he is loved by millions of TV viewers around Australia as their favorite vet.

Dr Harry began his media career as the vet expert on a local Sydney chat show. He also had a spot on Don Burke's radio program, and later joined Don on Burke's Backyard. A few of the shows he presented include Talk to the Animals, the series Harry's Practice and currently he presents a veterinary segment on the lifestyle program Better Homes and Gardens.

He is an animal welfare advocate and reputedly a keen gardener and was once voted as the fifth most trustworthy Australian and we are lucky enough to have him living in our neck of the woods.


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Meeting of 13 January 2014

Posted by David Fisher on Jan 17, 2014
Guest Speaker – Rotarian Alan Small
Facts On Modern Aircrafts, Communications & How the Aircraft Has Shrunk The World.
Alan spoke to our meeting regarding not only aircraft throughout the ages but also on flight.

Photos are time machines. They freeze moments in time. Aircraft are anti-gravity machines. The Wright Brothers’ first flight lasted 12 seconds and they travelled 125 metres. On 17th December, 1903 they did not know what they had achieved for humankind.

Alan, as a 6 year old child on a farm, had a pilot land a plane in the family paddock. His family allowed the pilot stay the night, and Alan has been fascinated with aircraft ever since.

Right now at this point in time approximately 1.5 – 1.7 million people are airborne, the same as the entire population of Perth. This evolution has happened over 110 years. Alan promised himself he would one day fly an aircraft, and, with some help from Ray Burns, Harvey Else and others, he has achieved this goal.

Aircraft have made the world much smaller. Right now, 5000 – 7000 airliners are airborne in the world, and this will probably double in 10 years’ time. 10% of aircraft are retired each year, with many more being manufactured.

Aircraft are one of the major leaps forward humankind has made in their evolution. Boeing (USA), Airbus (France) and Embraer (Brasil) manufacture aeroplanes. Why is Australia not involved? It is because Australia has lost its “mojo”, and as a country has many tough questions to answer.

A320 (Airbus) and 737 (Boeing) are the most famous airliners. The 737 was manufactured and started flying in the 70s and 80s, and have been flying ever since, with a few refurbishments. 500 – 600 aircraft are manufactured each year.

The Airbus A320 is the most major aircraft ever to be built. Several countries have been involved in its development and manufacture, with the first one rolling out of production in 2007, as a test model. This is a machine made with high science. There are 4 million parts to this marvel.


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Meeting of 9/16 December 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Dec 20, 2013

Thank you everyone who attended our Christmas Meeting on 9 December it was so good to see so many members and partners there.

On the night funny film provided a glimpse of what goes on at our meetings where members were dressed as elves and dancing up a storm. This was all done and accepted in good fun and merriment.

At our Christmas Meeting President Joy also made a special mention again to Rob Keene on making our new Badge Box. A lovely plaque has been placed on this box to commemorate this. A very big thank you to Max Carey for organising this for our Club. Thank you Max.

She advised that with regards to the concern over the current state of Rotary Park that as of Thursday this has now been mowed and that some of the tables and seating has been cleaned.

It is proposed that we hold a working bee sometime over the Christmas / New Year break so visitors to our area are met with tidy facilities. An email will be sent to all members regarding this.

Our Aero Club meeting was a fun way to just sit back and relax and enjoy each other’s company. A big thank you to Laurie, Mark and Les for organising this event. It was also great to see Manual Zaunders who came along with a guest to help celebrate our end of year get together.

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Come Join Us

Posted by David Fisher on Dec 10, 2013


Then come along to a meeting and see if we offer what you want.

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Meeting of 2 December 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Dec 08, 2013

President Joy welcomed all members to our Annual General Meeting.

She also mentioned the successful Charter Dinner held by the newly formed Rotary Club of Old Bar. They currently have 26 members with Jono Frost as the first President of the Club. Our congratulations to their President and Members on this great achievement.

Please also don’t forget our Christmas Party is being held next week so please bring partners and friends for a good time.

The Rotary Club of Taree Annual General Meeting
Chaired by Bruce Moy
Minutes of last year’s AGM were confirmed and accepted.
Financial Report was presented and accepted.
Directors’ Reports were presented and accepted.
President Joy McCaffrey took the opportunity to thank the Board for their support and hard work to date. She also had a special thank you to Secretary David Fisher for his ongoing support.
She also thanked those members who help out week after week to ensure the smooth running of the Club and those members who help out when they can at our Fundraisers and functions.
Election of Officers and Directors for 2014-2015 was conducted.

President – Laurie Easter (as seen on Friday evening at "A Taste of India"
Past President – Joy McCaffrey
President Elect 2015-2016 – Mark Drury
Treasurer – Phil Streatfield
Secretary – Belinda Crossingham
International Service – Kevin Sharp
Youth Services – Ian Dyball
Club Administration – Mark Drury
Community Service – Felicity George
Membership / Public Relations - Ashley Cleaver
Vocational Services – Leonie Melder

A big thank you to Bruce Moy for chairing the AGM and congratulation to all nominees. Well done and we look forward to only good things from you all.

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Meeting of 25 November 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Nov 28, 2013

President Joy welcomed all Rotarians and guests to the Rotary Cluster Public Speaking Finals, particularly the public speaking students.
Joy gave an overview of how the meeting would proceed whilst all students, adjudicators and competition organisers met to be briefed on the rules, timing and to then conduct the draw on order of speakers.
The students spoke on the topic of their choice (in line with the Rotary 4 Way test) in the following order.
1. Joel Hedge - RC of Wingham (speaking on The Alternative to Apathy)
2. Sophie Kingston – RC of Gloucester (speaking on the Duke of Edinburgh Award)
3. Saul Brady – RC of Tuncurry-Forster (speaking on Competition)
4. David Sweeney – RC of Great Lakes (speaking on A Fair Go)
5. Carly Walker – RC of TOM (speaking on The Concept of Happiness)
6. Lilly Minihan – RC of Taree (speaking on Asylum Seekers)


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Meeting of 18 November 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Nov 21, 2013

President Joy welcomed all members and guests.  She particularly welcomed our guest speaker Kim Lawrence and special guests Glen King and his grandmother Marion. 

She thanked Kevin Sharp and the International committee for all their hard work in organizing the International Dinner last week.  It was a great night and a credit to them all. 

She advised that Sue Bell (Taree North), Maurie Stack (Taree on Manning) and herself had attended Manning Gardens School last Wednesday and participated in a music class as part of the promotion of the Australian Children Music Foundation and the upcoming school spectacular. She advised that it was a lot of fun and the Rotary Clubs were presented with thank you letters from students.  (see later in this bulletin). 

There are still tickets available for the Manning Valley Rotary Schools Spectacular.  The matinee session in particular requires more ticket sales. Your support for this event would be appreciated. 

The Rotary Club of Old Bar Charter Dinner registrations close today.  If you have missed the RSVP date and still want to attend please contact Bill Griffiths.

Directors Reports:

Kevin Sharp advised that the International dinner raised $220. He thanked everyone who contributed to the night which ensured its success.

Please keep in your thoughts the Philippines Typhoon Appeal. A collection will be going around next Monday night, when all the Clubs meet for the Public Speaking Competition.

A reminder that the Sydney Rotary Convention will be held on 1st – 4th June 2014.

Mark Drury advised that he and Jamie participated in the Kayak Day organised by Taree North. They were ahead of the pack, making it between Wingham and Taree in 3.5 hours. Hopefully, this will become a yearly event.

Ashley Cleaver advised that the Schools Spectacular will be recorded.

With membership at the 50 mark, members are asked to invite guests to the Meetings.

Bob Newling spoke of the Golf Day and so far we have a few more new contributors on board. The Committee will be meeting next Monday night.


Kim Lawrence (Great lakes Community Options), Glen King and Peter Dahdah

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Meeting of 11 November 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Nov 14, 2013

President Joy welcomed all members, partners and guests to our International Night.  She particularly welcomed Graeme Gunn – guest of Kevin Sharp, Stephen Emerton and Lyn Emerton, Charlie Blomfield visiting Rotarian from Bega, Barbara Whitely, Kylie Nelson and David Denning – guests of Ashley Cleaver. As well as a big welcome back to Manuel Zaunders.

Herb Beer then made a Toast to our International Friends, our Sister Rotary Club in Okayama Chuo Japan, Past Youth Exchange Students, Group Study and Friendship teams.

Laurie Easter then lead us in a minutes silence for Remembrance Day.

Joy then read an email received from our Sister Club, the Okayama Chuo Rotary Club

Joy then called upon Rotarian Kevin Sharp to talk to us about the concept of the International Night.

Kevin read messages of congratulations and best wishes as well as reading letters from Rotarian Barry Hicks and from former Japanese Exchange Student – Mari.

Kevin then gave an explanation of the International Cake and what it symbolized.  Susie and Herby Ploder then had the honour of cutting the cake.

President Joy took this opportunity of extending thanks to Kevin Sharp and the International Committee for all the hard work and effort put into organising the International Night.

She also thanked everyone who provided information and artefacts for the wonderful displays.  As well as thanking everyone who participated in sharing their international travel experiences.

This night was filled with the parting of information, friendship and fellowship as well as lots of fun.

David Fisher thanked everyone who supported the musical “Cabaret” advising that we made a clear profit of $165.

David then advised that he had received a letter from Stephen Bromhead MP acknowledging our Rotary Club and providing extracts from the NSW Legislative Assembly Hansard and Papers, with a copy of the extract going to members of the Rotary Club for their information.

Photos of the night see Photo Album

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Meeting of 04 November 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Nov 08, 2013

President Joy extended a warm welcome to our guest speaker Ivana Agapiou who is the Youth Director for District 9650 and her husband Tony. She also welcomed our Public Speaking contestants Lily Minihan and Montanna Dowden as well as Montanna’s mother Janet as well as David Denning a guest of Ashley Cleavers.

President’s Report

A reminder of the Rotary Schools Spectacular which is being held on 23 November at the MEC. Cost is $30 per person. Get in early so you don’t miss out. The The Rotary Club of Old Bar’s Charter Dinner will be held on 20th November. The Rotary Club of Wingham will be hosting Alex Cudlin, as their guest speaker on Tuesday 12 November 201, for those who are interested in attending please contact Alan Brown.

Secretary’s Report - David Fisher advised that there are eight (8) tickets left for the Cabaret. Tickets are $40 each and include supper. The night starts at 8pm.

Friday Bunning BBQs are going ahead. Date selected is 20th December before Christmas. Any help that can be given on this day would be appreciated.

Director’s Reports - Kevin Sharp – Director of International Services: 11th November International Dinner. Individuals attending are asked to wear international dress. People are asked to bring in an artefact from travels overseas on the night. This will be a partners’ and friends’ night. If bringing a partner or friend, please contact Ralph.
Laurie Easter – Director of Community Services: CCTV is going ahead, with Council forming a Community Safety Committee. Funding is being sought, with Ken Patterson to talk with David Gillespie. Care Flight is an organisation that flies children from MRR Hospital to Sydney for treatment. They are seeking $150 in donations. It would be a positive cause for Taree Rotary to support.

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Meeting of 28 October 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Nov 03, 2013

President Elect Laurie Easter extended an apology on behalf of President Joy who could not be at the meeting due to a family commitment. He welcomed Mavis Jones Beth Fuller, Clive Woolcott, Kerrie Wood and Tim Gilchrist and his mother Tanya to our meeting.

President’s Report:

Email has been sent to Members asking for donations for the bush fires. School Spectacular is on 23rd November and costs $30 per person. Get in early so you don’t miss out. A reminder that the Rotary Club of Old Bar will be having their Charter Dinner on 29th November.

Secretary’s Report

Lukewarm response to Cabaret. Tickets are $40 each and include supper. The night starts at 8pm. Friday Bunning BBQs are going ahead.
Director’s Reports
Kevin Sharp: 11th November International Dinner. Individuals attending are asked to wear international dress. People are asked to bring in an artefact from travels overseas on the night. This will be a partners’ and friends’ night.

Ken Patterson gave an update on the CCTV. Max Carey informed the meeting that Manuel Saunders has regained much of his memory. Bob Berry is being looked after by Calvary Care, Patricia Reece is now back home.


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Meeting of 21 October 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Oct 24, 2013

President Joy welcomed all members and guests to the meeting. Particularly welcoming Mavis Jones, Gabriel Darzi and Montanna Dowden and her mother Janet.

President’s Report

Joy also advised that with respect to the Rotary Schools Spectacular that tickets are now on sale. Please support this very worthwhile project. The Car Observation Rally Day held in conjunction with the Taree Historic Motor Club was held on Sunday. Unfortunately participation was low. For those who did attend, the weather was good and a great day was had by all. An amount of $275 was raised. Joy also gave a big thank you to Don Phillips for organizing the day and also for the help and assistance given by Ian Dyball and Kevin Sharp. Joy reminded everyone of the Charter Dinner to be held by the Rotary Club of Old Bar on Friday 29th November 2013. Time: 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm. Registration to be on line – no payment at the door. A date to remember.

The Rotary Club of Wingham has now rescheduled Alex Cudlin as Guest Speaker for 12 November 2013. This will be an Open Meeting and an invitation has been issued for our Club members to attend. This will be a 6.00pm for 6:30pm start at Wingham Golf Club. Please let Club Secretary Allan Brown know numbers by 4 November.

Joy advised members that the Christmas Party, which includes partners and family will be held on 9 December 2013, with the Club’s final meeting to be held at the Aero Club on 16 December 2013.

President Joy McCaffrey with new member Gabriel Darzi

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Meeting of 14 October 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Oct 17, 2013

This meeting was the District Governor’s meeting. President Joy welcomed all members and guests to the meeting giving a special welcome to our guests District Governor Rob Anderson and his wife Kerrie. She also gave a special welcome to the Rotary Clubs of Taree on Manning, Taree North and Old Bar as well as other members and guests.

Joy thanked everyone involved in Hat Day for taking the time to do a walk around the streets of Taree to raise funds for mental health.

She also thanked those members for their support in helping with the show gates at the Taree Show. Well done to everyone.

Joy reminded the Clubs of the Car Rally to be held on Sunday 20th October and to be held in conjunction with the Taree Historic Motor Club. This is an observation rally. Departure from the Tourist Information Centre, 9:00am for 9:30am. Bring your own morning tea, drinks to have with lunch, chairs & a pen. Lunch is a sausage sizzle to be held at Rotary Park. Entry fee is $20 per car, which includes two sausage sandwiches. Extra sandwiches can be purchased for $2.50. All proceeds to the Maternity Ward of the Manning Rural Referral Hospital. Any Enquiries to Don Phillips on 0408652119. 

She advised every one of the International Night to be held on 11th November and issued an invitation to the other Rotary Clubs to come along. Rev. Helen Holiday is looking for volunteers to be Car Wardens at the PCYC on Wednesday, Community Connect Day.

Sue Bell, President of the Rotary Club of Taree North reminded all present of the following:
· Book Sale at the Hub.
· 10th Nov. Kayak Day
· 29th November Old Bar have their Charter Dinner.

Elizabeth Tollis from the Rotary Club of Taree on Manning reminded all present of the School Spectacular, on 23 November 2013. Dusty Walkom advised that everyone was also invited to the Taste of India night on 6th Nov, the venue being Dusty’s house. Funds raised go to Polio Foundation (see attached flyer).

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Vale - Don Hopkins, OAM, PHF

Posted by David Fisher on Oct 17, 2013

We lost a truly wonderful friend with the passing of Don Hopkins.


The following article appeared in the Manning River Times on Wednesday 16 October.

DONALD Edmond Hopkins OAM will be fondly remembered as a kind and passionate man who devoted his life to helping others and serving his community.

Don passed away peacefully at his home on October 13, marking the end of an era in local and State racing, but his legacy will live on across the four sectors to which he devoted his life.

Best known locally for his many years with the Taree and Taree Wingham race clubs, Don also focussed his passion in other areas, including education, Rotary and local government.

The racing stalwart, often referred to as the Manning's 'Mr Racing', was formally recognised for his achievements in 2008 when he received a Medal of the Order of Australia, for service to horse racing in New South Wales through executive roles in industry organisations, and to the community of Taree.

"The entire racing industry in NSW as well as the Manning community are much poorer for his passing," said Taree Wingham Race Club chairman, and good friend Greg Coleman.

"He was a very special man and he will be dearly missed."

Don is survived by his wife Trish, along with his three children and their families who have witnessed his drive and passion for his varied commitments.

An eternally humble man, when he was awarded his OAM, Don instead chose to acknowledge all the people who had assisted him in his achievements over the years.

"You think about the other people involved with you that played a big part in making what you've done work," Don said at the time.

"It's the support that makes it successful."

That 'teamwork' concept was especially evident in his work for the education system, in which he was involved from 1960, where he served as district superintendent of Taree district from 1995 to 1997 as well as director of schools at Maitland, cluster director for the Manning district, principal at Taree High School, deputy principal and head teacher of science at Kempsey High School and a teacher at Gunnedah over the years.

Don's achievements in education were many, including the groundbreaking 'Ten Per Cent on Top' program at Taree High School that improved Higher School Certificate performances and was subsequently launched in other schools.

He was also involved in the establishment of vocational education training with TAFE in 1978, a totally new concept that has now become common place.

Don also helped with many community projects through the Rotary Club of Taree, of which he was a member since 1978. A minute's silence was observed for Don at the club's meeting on Monday night.

Over the years he served as club director and a number of roles on the committee, while the driver awareness programs were something he was particularly passionate about.


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Meeting of 07 October 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Oct 10, 2013

Guest Speaker - Judi Dargie nee Brill  (former exchange student from South Africa)

Colin Rose introduced Judy, explaining how special and life transforming student exchange can be. 

Judy started by congratulating Joy on being the first female President that Taree Rotary has had. As an excited 18 year old, Judy touched down in Australia for the first time in 1977. The Exchange changed Judy’s life in four ways:

Travel: Judy has seen more of Australia than “most Australians”. She has travelled to Coffs Harbour, Canberra, seen Taronga Zoo, Melbourne, Ballarat and Adelaide, and many more places in between. On this particular trip, she landed in Perth, saw Adelaide and drove the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne.

Learning: Judy learnt about how the international community viewed South Africa at a very contentious time in South Africa’s history. The Australian culture confronted Judy’s ideas of the world and challenged her regarding apartheid and freedom, and changed these very radically.

Friendship: Developing lifelong friends was one of the advantages Judy gained on her exchange to Australia. She arrived a complete stranger and left with many lifelong friends, many of whom she is still in contact with via Facebook.

Career: Originally, Judy wanted to study Human Development and to become a teacher. After visiting the Flying Doctors, she changed to studying Nursing. Within the field of nursing, Judy changed her career several times, including general nursing, psychiatric nursing, occupational nursing and midwifery.

A fifth way the Australian Exchange changed Judy’s life was that it contributed immensely to her personal growth. She learnt the Australian way of giving everyone a “Fair Go”, and she has used the Four Way Test in trying circumstances to help her.

Vote of Thanks by Kevin Sharp.


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The School of St Jude - Start a Ripple

Posted by David Fisher on Oct 07, 2013

Here's a story worth reading from Gemma:

The School of St Jude

Hi Everyone,

Have you considered the huge ripple effect you can create when sponsoring a student?

Imagine this… a child called Selemani is given a free education at St Jude’s. His parents are thrilled as he will receive a high-quality education, get a good job and help his whole family who are currently struggling to survive on a few dollars a day.

When Selemani and his classmates start school in January we will need teachers, bus drivers, cooks and cleaners; tradesmen to make more boarding room furniture; tailors to turn out more uniforms; local shops and businesses to supply stationery, food supplies, fuel and text books … and all these people will have increased earnings so their families benefit, too!

I want to introduce you to Selemani, one of our 150 new students.Watch this videoto meet him.


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Meeting of 30 September 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Oct 03, 2013
Club Speaker: Max Carey

There are three periods in Max’s life, these being his schooling and university life, his marriage to Joyce, and retirement and travel.

Born near Taree, in the Mayo, Max grew up on a dairy farm and rode a pony to school. He boarded in Taree during the week once he started his high school education at Taree High, until he became an apprentice Pharmacist.

After spending two years apprenticed to Tom, Max moved to Sydney for his university education, where he spent his spare time touring on a motorcycle around the Sydney area. In 1952, he qualified as a Pharmacist and moved back to Taree. In Newcastle, Max met Joyce who worked at TAFE, and in 1955 they married, moving to Burleigh Heads soon after.

Max, in 1957, opened a Pharmacy at Chatham and joined the Taree Rotary Club. He was President in 1979/80, and gained his private pilot licence.

Eventually, Max sold out to Michael Keen, and was involved with the Mayo when it moved from Manning Street to Potoroo Drive. In 1967, Max kept his promise to Joyce and they spent six weeks in England, drove around Europe, visiting countries such as France, Spain and Belgium and flew home via the USA.

Club Speaker: Kevin Sharp
Kevin’s father was born 104 years ago, the Sunday before the meeting (29th Sept). In 1942, Kevin was born during the drama of the Japanese shelling Newcastle. Five weeks after his birth, his father was recruited into the Army and it was not until Kevin was 2 years old that he would see his father again.

Playing footy and belonging to the Scouts kept Kevin busy until he was apprenticed in 1958 in cabinetry and joinery. In 1965, he married May. He gained a scholarship to study at TAFE for his Building Certificate, and applied to teach cabinetry and joinery. Upon his success, Kevin taught in Sydney at the North Sydney Technical College, and May had their first child.

At this time in Australia, teachers did service in the country for five years. Kevin was sent to Wagga Wagga, where he enjoyed his time so much that he had his second child.

In 1972, Kevin and May moved to Papua New Guinea, where they had their third child. 1975 saw the Sharps move to Deniliquin where they stayed for eight years, and Kevin became a member of Rotary. Moving to Taree in 1984, Kevin again joined Rotary.

Kevin’s volunteer career also includes a stint as a Fireman and a Scout Master.

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Meeting of 23 September 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Sep 26, 2013

Guest Speaker: Fr Luke Hopkins

Speaking on the World Youth Day and the World Anglican Youth Gathering

Fr Luke was introduced by Fr Keith Dean-Jones. At the age of 24, he has been a reverend for 2 years, and was privileged to be the Australian representative at the World Anglican Youth Gathering in Rio de Janeiro.

Fr Luke opened with photos of the City of God, named because the Brazilian Government had originally built this housing commission slum as a paradise for the poor. The photos and descriptions prove that the Government has failed in its vision.

With all available funding being redirected into building stadiums for the World Cup, vital services such as garbage collection are being starved of money.

The Anglican priest for the City of God does not live in the slum as he would be a target for crime.

Children in the slum are given three hours of education a day, with high school being available only at night. Police patrol City of God with machine guns due to the drug trade. The population within the slums is as big as Sydney’s. Despite the disadvantage, the people are hopeful and, with the Christians, are working to strengthen the community.

3.5 million Christian youth gathered for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro on Copacabana Beach. World Youth Day was a Catholic event, with the World Anglican Youth Gathering piggybacking on this.

It is important that youth are given a place within the community and Church. Fr Luke’s contribution to the Christian gatherings in Brazil was “Don’t lose your sense of humour.”

Vote of Thanks was given by Ian Dyball. 



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Meeting of 16 September 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Sep 19, 2013

Lilly Benjamin – Former Exchange Student

Lily Benjamin was introduced by Max Carey who advised that Lilly who is from Indonesia was an exchange student in 1979 - 1980.
Lilly advised how she was flown out to Australia by Mavis Jones’ family for Mavis' 90th birthday celebrations. She entertained us all with her description of being reunited with Mavis Jones on her special birthday. She survived being squished into a box, rolled around on a trolley, with the box almost falling apart, until she was finally unwrapped by a very surprised Mavis. Lily is now an Editor with the Salvation Army in Indonesia, where her English is being finely honed by writing for the Salvation Army magazine.


Guest Speaker: Daryl Hancock – Dundaloo Centre

Neil Hanington introduced Daryl Hancock tonight, giving a description of Daryl’s roots in the Barossa Valley, until he joined Midcoast Water, being appointed Executive Manager of Corporate Services in 2011.

Daryl advised that he is on the Board of Directors for Dundaloo which was established in 1953 by families
concerned for their children with an intellectual disability. The Dundaloo Foundation became a part of the Challenge Foundation and was typical of it’s time when the staffing structure was like a hospital, with a Matron appointed to oversee the operations, and with the Service Users being viewed mostly from a perspective focused on their disabilities.

Currently, Dundaloo operates two Hostels in Taree, known as Cedar Lodge and Machin House. Two group homes are also in Taree and owned and operated by Dundaloo. Overall, Dundaloo provides a mixture of support and accommodation for 62 women and men in the Manning, Great Lakes, and Gloucester areas, with a total staff of approximately 55.

Many changes have occurred since the early days of Dundaloo, with more emphasis now placed upon not only planning how to accommodate and service people with an intellectual disability, but with listening to these people and their families. This is far removed from the previous paternalistic model. The person is now at the centre of all policy and service development.

The Vote of Thanks was given by Les Hogarth on behalf of our Rotary


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Meeting of 9 September 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Sep 13, 2013

Guest Speaker – Belinda Crossingham – The Changing Face of Funerals

Fr Keith introduced Belinda, praising her way of handling the emotions of the bereaved, and emphasising her compassion.

Founded in 1922, WT Howard Funerals is still in business today. Trust is essential in organising around such a significant event, meaning that Belinda and her team put much effort in making each funeral special.

Funerals are held to assist the living in saying goodbye. While a life has passed away, the relationships people had with the deceased are still intact.

WT Howard Funerals have records going back to 1922, are an accredited member of the Australian Funeral Directors Association and are one of the best companies in the industry ranging from the QLD border to Sydney. Belinda, being the General Manager, has been nominated to the NSW Council of the ADFA, for her outstanding service.

In 2012, just under $20 000 was donated back to the community by WT Howard Funerals.

Belinda’s motto focuses on the fact that how an individual makes another person feel is something that is never forgotten.

The vote of thanks on behalf of the Club was given by Laurie Easter.



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Blandina Allen Msumary in 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Sep 04, 2013
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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Meeting of 2 September 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Sep 04, 2013

Guest Speaker – Lilly Minihan – Public Speaking Student

Lilly was introduced by Ian Dyball who also gave an overview of what Public Speaking was all about.

Lilly spoke on “The Boat People”, whilst Ian Dyball and Wayne Robards acted as adjudicators.

Wayne Robards then gave an overview of Lilly’s performance and thanked her for her for talking at our meeting.




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Meeting of 26 August 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Aug 27, 2013

Our Members Talk

Phil Streatfeild

Streatfeild is a surname that originated in England. All Streatfeilds in Australia are related. Phil’s great grandfather was a barber.  His grandfather was able to complete high school in a time where this was a privilege, and Phil’s father became a Printer. Upon purchasing W.T. Wills Printery, Phil’s father changed the name to Streatfeild Press and it was once located near Darling Harbour.

Phil talked of his childhood.  He was awarded a Scholarship to study at Sydney Teachers’ College, where he graduated with a Diploma. A little while later, he moved to Perth to complete a university degree in Physical Education. With much experience from working in a number of different schools, he moved to Taree, where he was the Headmaster at Taree High School.

Phil and his wife Robyn have two children.  His daughter lives just out of Melbourne and his son lives in America.

Phil also noted that these days there is a lot of criticism of children.  But that in his opinion 99% of children are good kids, and the future is in good hands with the newest generations being well educated and intelligent.


Brian Braithwaite

Brian talked of his interest in trains and in particular how they run.  He advised that he was “let loose” at TAFE where he learnt how to use a lathe. He built a locomotive called a Blow Fly. The gauge of his model is 5” and weighs 50 – 56 kgs.

The fire and boiler need to be monitored while the locomotive is in action. The engines were often hard to manoeuvre due to their shape and to turn so a number of different solutions were invented. Locomotives were shipped in pieces and then assembled by local blacksmiths, with the designs being quite crude.



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Meeting of 19 August 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Aug 21, 2013

President Joy welcomed members and guests to our meeting. A special welcome was given to our guest speaker for the evening Narelle Penman. Also a big welcome back to Honorary Member Manuel Zaunders, and a big welcome to Honorary Member Mavis Jones and visiting Rotarian Maurie Stack.

Joy thanked everyone who was able to attend the Combined Clubs meeting last week in support of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF). Don Spencer was most impressed with the turnout and is truly grateful to our Rotary Clubs for our support of this very worthwhile venture.

We have received a letter from the Manning River A & H Society Taree asking for our support in manning the gates for the Show in October. We will proceed with this and Laurie will organise a roster prior to the Show. Unfortunately our National Youth Science Forum student, Caitlin McLeod, did not make it through to the next level of interviews but we wish her well in her future endeavours. At this time we have already been approached about taking on another candidate who we will look into.

Rotary International will be updating and revitalising their website which is set to launch on 26 August. From here on in all members visiting the site will have to register and sign in. There will be quite a few changes to the site. President Joy will ask David Fisher send these details on to members for their information.

Peter Paff, District Secretary, has requested that if we have any big news we wish to share to let him know that we can put it in the District Newsletter and E-News.

Bob Newling gave an overview of RAWCS advising of what happens to the funds raised. These assist in funding the following programs:

  • Donations in Kind Program
  • Safe Water Saves Lives Work
  • Rotarians Against Malaria Education Program
  • Timor Leste Solar Lights installation
  • Pacific Training Aid

Your support would be greatly appreciated. He also advised that the RAWCS Eastern Region will be meeting at Gloucester over the weekend of the 24 & 25 August if anyone would like to attend. Bob also reported that the Golf Day will be held on 26 January, which is a Sunday. It is suggested that funds from this event now be split three ways between the MRR Hospital – Children’s Ward, the Australian Music Foundation (ACMF) and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

Fr Keith spoke about the Homelessness Sleepout and his experience. He advised that Rev Helen Holliday and he are now collecting the sponsorship funds and donations owing.

Visiting Rotarian Maurie Stack from Taree on Manning advised that the Combined Clubs Meeting held on 12 August, where Don Spencer was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow on behalf of the four Rotary Clubs, was a great success. He also advised that the Taree On Manning Rotary Club will be holding a fundraiser for the ACMF, which is a viewing of the movie Red 2, to be held on Thursday 29 August at 6pm at Fays Twin. Tickets are $20 each and the film is an adaptation
of a comic on espionage.

International and Foundation Director, Kevin Sharp advised that the Japanese Committee would be meeting to organise a fundraising dinner if anyone else would like to be on this committee please stay on after the meeting

Guest Speaker - Narelle Penman


Our Guest Speaker was introduced by Neil Hanington. She has had a diverse career, until now, where she is revolutionising the role of Reverend.
The Uniting Church in Taree is losing $25,000 in income due to making its premises available to welfare groups. The welfare programmes operated by the Uniting Church in this area are 100% dependant on donations.
One group of needy people assisted by the Rev Narelle’s Church are the Mentally Ill. Developing budget training for these people opened an insight into their need to learn to shop and cook food in one frying pan. Donations are given to individual clients of food and frying pans. Through the cooking programme, social interaction was developed where clients support each other.
A Community Garden is being started at the Uniting Church Hall in Cundletown. Several groups use the premises including an Indigenous Group who maintain the grounds, Richmond PRA, and Uniting Care.
The Vote of Thanks was given by Stephanie Coomber.

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Combined Meeting of 12 August 2013 (ACMF)

Posted by David Fisher on Aug 14, 2013

A combined meeting was held with the Rotary clubs of Taree on Manning, Taree North and Wingham. The meeting was chaired by Maurie Stack (President of Taree on Manning). Guests were entertained by the Manning Valley Youth Concert Band prior to the meeting.


The evening was opened by a wonderful performance of “Les Poissons” from the film “The Little Mermaid” by Charlotte Reece. Guests included Mayor Paul Hogan, District Governor Rob Anderson, Founder of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) – Don Spencer OAM.

Don Spencer spoke of the importance of music and how it is an incredible thread through our lives. He spoke of his experiences when he first started working with children in juvenile detention centres and the impact his work had on these children. Out of this work he went on to found the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF). More than 75% of public schools in Australia do not have funds for a music teacher or instruments. The ACMF is a charity that provides free music education and instruments to disadvantaged and Indigenous children and youth at risk. The ACMF has now been running for over 10 years and has programs in every juvenile detention centre in Australia and will soon be helping young asylum seekers. The ACMF currently has programs at Taree High School, Chatham Primary School, Taree Primary School & Manning Gardens Primary School.


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Meeting of 05 August 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Aug 05, 2013
Guest Speaker – Dr David Gillespie

Our guest speaker for the night was Dr David Gillespie who was introduced by Harvey Else.

David is a candidate for the seat of Lyne in the federal election. He spoke about why he became involved in politics and answered several questions.

Bruce Moy delivered a Vote of Thanks on behalf of the club.


Rotarian Harvey Else with Dr David Gillespie

Our "Photographer Extraordinaire" - Ashley Cleaver attend the "Flair Awards last Saturday. You can see his photographs at:


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Meeting of 29 July 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Aug 02, 2013

Combined Clubs Meeting: – President Joy reminded members of the Combined Clubs Meeting to be held on 12 August 2013 and to please have numbers to Ralph Godwin by Friday 2nd July 2013.

CCTV: – President Joy advised that the first meeting of the Community CCTV Committee was held at Council Chambers on 24 July. Not all representative organisations were in attendance and it was agreed to issue an invitation to additional community groups for participation on the committee.

RAWCS Supporters Stickers 2013/2014: – President Joy also called for someone to sell the RAWCS Supporters Stickers next week. Susie Ploder volunteered to do this.

Bulletin:- Joy also advised that unfortunately Stephanie is unable to do the bulletin just at the moment as she is so busy with work etc and called on someone to help out. Elizabeth Kempers will assist in the meantime.

Numbers for Club meetings: – A reminder that all members need to advise Ralph of their nonattendance at meetings.

Kevin Sharp gave an overview of what International Service / Rotary Foundation has planned for the coming year. These include:

· The set up of a committee to continue to support our association with the Rotary Club of Okayama Chuo. Also the organisation of an International Themed Dinner with all funds to the Japan Account.

· Continue with the establishment of the PDG Bob Young Memorial Scholarship to honour and perpetuate Bob’s memory. The Scholarship will bring nurses from the Kokoda/Poppondetta health district of PNG to Australia for specialist training and experience to take back to benefit their own communities.

· Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) – continue to seek rotary leaders and suitably qualified applicants from young professional and business (non Rotarians) to participate in an international, educational, vocational and cultural exchange.
· School of St Jude - continue to sponsor Blandina Allen as a student at the School of St Jude. Blandina is now in Form 5. At present we continue to receive reports from her on a regular basis.
· Promotion of the up and coming Annual Rotary International Convention to be held in Sydney from 1st – 4th June 2014. Please put this date in your diary.
· The Rotary Foundation – continue our strong support for the Foundation.
· Centurion Membership – continue to develop and encourage members to join.
· Seek interest in Youth Exchange Programs, including New Zealand.

Treasurer: - Phil Streatfeild advised that we had a large number of members who did not advise that they would not be at the meeting on Monday night. We had eight spare meals which the Club has to pay for. Unfortunately Members who do not advise Ralph that they are not attending a meeting (unless exempt) will have to pay the following week.


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Meeting of 22 July 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Jul 26, 2013

President Joy McCaffrey welcomed members, visiting speakers and guests to a busy evening, including three inductions.

The first induction of the evening was conducted. Steve Attkins, sponsored by Leonie Melder will hold the classification “Tourism”

President Joy reminded members that numbers for the combined Rotary Clubs’ dinner on 12th August are needed by 2nd August. A welfare roster was published in the bulletin last week. Please check for your name.

Joy had a meeting with Paul Allan of Club Taree during the week about the number of dinners being ordered. Please let Ralph know if you are not going to be present at the meeting. If you have any complaints about the meals please direct them to Mark Drury or Joy.

Message from Phil Streatfeild – please pay your dues if you haven’t already.

The second induction; Sandra Fishwick was sponsored by Ian Dyball. Sandra’s classification will be “Primary Producer – Avocadoes”

Speaker: Rev. Helen Holliday - Homelessness Support. On the 8th August there will be a sleepout in the GTTC car park to raise funds for homeless people of the Manning Valley. In October 2012 there were over 500 people who identified as homeless in the Manning Valley.

They accessed information about services at the Community Connect Day. Fr Keith Dean-Jones and Rev Helen Holliday are accepting sponsorship for sleeping out on the night.

Third induction: Collette Eadnedel. Sponsored by Laurie Easter. Collette’s classification is “Education – Information Technology”


New member Steve Attkins and his sponsor Leonie Melder.


New member Collette Eadndel and her sponsor Laurie Easter.

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Meeting of 15 July 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Jul 20, 2013

President Joy McCaffrey welcomed members and guests and especially RoseAngela Paias, her husband Fabio and two daughters.

Secretary David Fisher displayed his Rotary theme tie and invited those men wanting to buy the ties to visit our website.

There is a new roster in this bulletin for visiting those members who are sick or unable to attend any more due to infirmity.

There is a combined clubs’ meeting on 12th August 2013 to raise funds for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation – DG Rob Anderson will be present and the night is open to partners and friends. The District Directory is available on our website for downloading if you want a copy.

Thank-you letters have been received from the RAWCS treasurer for donation and from Steve Bromhead for fellowship at our changeover dinner.

Caitlin McLeod is our sponsor student for the Science and Engineering Challenge. She addressed the meeting and said how she is trying to get to the National Science Forum. She said how she loves science but is still unsure what she wants to study at university. A talented young lady, she plays sport and also plays the piano and sings. We wish Caitlin all the best for the challenge.

Induction of New Member Debby Purse
This was Debby’s second time as a member of The Rotary Club of Taree. She was inducted by President Joy. Seen below with her sponsor on left Stephanie Coomber.



Guest Speaker: RoseAngela Paisas
RoseAngela, then 17 years old, was our first exchange student. She was hosted by The Rotary Club of Taree in 1980, and this time is accompanied by her husband and two daughters. She spoke of the love and care given to her by her host families while here, and how the experience was life-changing – everything prepared her for the next challenges in life. She has been working in Brazil for the past 20 years as an English teacher.
RoseAngela was thanked by Col Rose.





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Meeting of 8 July 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Jul 11, 2013

President Joy McCaffrey welcomed members and guests. She mentioned a special combined clubs’ meeting is being organised for 12th August with a children’s choirs and fundraising  for the Australian Children’s Musical Foundation. It will be a partners’ and friends’ night. It was decided to hold a meeting on the October long weekend Monday to hear a past exchange student. A cheque has been sent to Manning Entertainment Centre for purchase of a defibrillator. Les Hogarth is organising a visiting roster for our members who are frail or hospitalised.


President Joy McCaffrey with Tracey Laidlaw, Nurse Unit Manager, Children’s Ward, MRRH, who was presented with a cheque for $3,345.00 by Bob Newling. This was half the money raised from our golf day held earlier in the year. The other half going to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service in Newcastle.

Our guest speaker, Jo Meldrum was introduced by Belinda Crossingham

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Report From Meeting of 1 July 2013

Posted by David Fisher on Jul 03, 2013

President Joy McCaffrey welcomed members and guests to her first meeting as President and introduced her new board. Members stood for a minute’s silence to remmber our friend John Latimore. The meeting was a Club Assembly whereby, following dinner, members split into groups according to their interests and were led by the Directors of those groups into a discussion of what projects the Club can take on for the next year and beyond.

Fruitful discussions were held and the ideas generated will be put to the members at our next meeting.

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Three New Paul Harris Fellowships Awarded at Changeover

Posted by David Fisher on Jun 23, 2013

President Howard Whitelaw announced the awarding of three new Paul Harris Fellowships at the Clubs Changeover Dinner on Friday evening.

The Fellowships were awarded to Rtn Barry Hicks, Rtn Harvey Else and PP Phillip Streatfeild by District Governor Brian Beesley.


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Taree Welcomes Their First Lady President

Posted by David Fisher on Jun 21, 2013

Mrs Joy McCaffrey was installed this evening as the Club's First Lady President. Joy was handed the Collar of Office by the outgoing President Howard Whitelaw. Read below Joy's acceptance speech.Image

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"Five Minuter" Sudipta Sarker

Posted by David Fisher on Jun 09, 2013

Sudipta was born in Bangladesh and studied medicine at Delhi University in India. After several years working in hospitals in India he went back to gain his Fellowship in Emergency Delhi.

In 2007 he was offered a job at Griffith Base Hospital where he went, taking his father with him. Sadly his mother died just before this move.

He moved to Gosford Hospital before marrying his lovely wife Lipika. In 2012 Sudipta and his family moved to Taree as he had been offered a full-time position in Emergency Department of MRRH.

Sudipta is a new Rotarian and has expressed his commitment to work for Rotary, especially in his own area of specialty.

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Guest Speaker - Felicity George - 27 May 2013

Posted by David Fisher on May 30, 2013

Our guest speaker was introduced by her mother, Stephanie Coomber.

Felicity is actually our newest Rotarian. She was adopted as a tiny baby from Sri Lanka and grew up in Windsor. She attended University of Western Sydney where she graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science. She has a passion for social justice and has worked for AUSAID in Tonga, Red Cross in Darwin, and with a number of programmes for disadvantaged youth. For the past 3 years Felicity has worked for Dept. of Community Services as a child protection caseworker. Felicity gave an interesting presentation about foster care in NSW with a call for more carers. She spoke of the current changes in foster care where other organisations are taking on some of the cases from DOCS, but unfortunately the numbers of children coming into DOCS care has not decreased.

Felicity was thanked for her presentation by Bruce Moy.


Felicity with Fr Keith Dean-Jones

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Guest Speaker: David Pearson (RAWCS)

Posted by David Fisher on May 09, 2013

David was introduced by Bob Newling. David spoke of the Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) program, which he became personally interested in because of his work experiences as a geologist working in South-East Asia.

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Guest Speaker – Trent Jennison, CEO Valley Industries.

Posted by David Fisher on May 09, 2013
Trent was born in Scone and after school trained as a woolclasser before training as a nurse, after which he obtained a Bachelor of Health Administration. He moved to Taree to take the position of CEO Mayo Hospital where he was for 15 years and then moved to Valley Industries 3 years ago.


Trent with Max Carey, who introduced him.

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Chris Dunn - Our First Exchange Student 1970

Posted by David Fisher on Apr 16, 2013

Chris Dunn, our first "Inbound" Exchange Student in 1970 was tracked down in Atlanta. He has written to us and his letter can be viewed in 'Downloads'.

Regrettably it could not be read out at our recent Conference. Below is a photo of Chris and one of his family.




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Dave Dundas and Owen Rogers - CCTV

Posted by David Fisher on Apr 11, 2013
Dave Dundas of Advance Coast Security is the Regional Area Manager for Manning / Great Lakes area.
Dave advised of Advance Coast Security’s role in providing security by way of CCTV systems. He gave an overview of the Company and what they provide. They have provided over thirty years experience safeguarding commercial, industrial and residential properties. He believes that the CCTV proposal for our area is long overdue and will benefit the town greatly. Dave was previously in the Police Force and knows of the violence happening on the local streets of Taree and he knows how important security and safety within communities is. Dave then handed over to Owen Rogers to continue the discussion.


Owen Rogers and Ken Patterson with Ashley Cleaver taking photo

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New Member - Jason Potter

Posted by David Fisher on Apr 11, 2013
President Howard undertook the induction of our newest member Jason Potter.

Leonie Melder introduced Jason to our Club and Leonie will be Jason’s sponsor and counsellor. Jason is the Branch Manager of the Greater Building Society, Taree. He is married to Rebecca and they have three (3) children.

Jason’s classification will be Finance – Building Society. He has been appointed to the New Generations Committee under the chairmanship of Elizabeth Kempers.
A big welcome to you Jason into the Rotary Club of Taree and the world wide fellowship of Rotary International.


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