Welcome to Our Club
The Rotary Club of Murray Bridge meets at the Murray Bridge Golf Club
41 Ritter St, Murray Bridge on Tuesday evenings
With fellowship from 6.00pm and meeting starting at 6.15pm.
All guests and apologies must be confirmed with the Golf Club
by 12.00pm on the same day.
Please call the Golf Club on 08 85311388 or email

The Four-Way Test

 1.  Is it the TRUTH?
 2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?
 4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Speakers - Click at Bottom For Duties
Jun 20, 2023 6:15 PM
An Indian Wedding adventure


Chairperson: Speakers

Fellowship & Invocation: Gordon Schultz

Reserve: Peter Seals

Sergeant: Lisa Sherri

Jun 24, 2023 6:00 PM
The Rotary Club of Murray Bridge
Jun 27, 2023 6:15 PM
Jul 04, 2023 6:15 PM
Autism & Mikayla’s Journey
Jul 11, 2023 6:15 PM
Committee Meetings
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Smith Family Meeting Report

The Smith Family was the topic for Tuesdays Rotary Club of Murray Bridge meeting with Graham Jaeschke via Zoom. Graham is the Gen Manager SA & NT of the Smith Family. joining in June 2008 . Since that time the Smith Family has more than tripled the number of students on their Learning for Life scholarship with around 7,000 students sponsored and around 24,000 students assisted. The Smith Family has identified seven major areas in SA which have the highest concentration of families living in economic disadvantage. Playford, Salisbury, Port Adelaide, Port Augusta, and Whyalla are the main areas of focus in SA. The Smith Family believe that education is one of the worlds most powerful change agents and that is why the focus is on helping young Australians to overcome educational inequality caused by poverty. Today there are more than 1.2 million Australian children living in poverty. Disadvantaged students have significantly lower, 30%, year 12 completion rates and are two plus years behind in reading and maths. Programs on offer by the Smith Family include Arts Programs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Community, Financial, Learning for Life, Lireracy, Mentoring, Numeracy, Technology and Work Experience. John Scarvelis

ROMAC Newsletter Extract

Things are really moving again on the ROMAC front. We are currently treating 7 children in New Zealand and Australia and we have at least another 20 under consideration.  We are updating our systems and processes. We have recently completely revised our By Laws which, in line with Rotary practice, now clearly limits the time our office bearers can hold a particular position to 4 years.

In this regard, two of our long-serving Regional Chairs, Jill Oliver (Southern) and Wayne Litherland (Northern) have recently been replaced by Minh Nguyen and Adele Hughes respectively. Our sincere thanks go to Jill and Wayne for their outstanding contributions to ROMAC over the last five years and we welcome Minh and Adele.  We also thank Jim Prokhovnik, who after five years, is standing down as our Meeting Secretary.

We have recently been advertising another 6 Zone 8 positions, some new roles and some filling casual vacancies. It is very pleasing to see the level of interest in these roles, and to announce the following appointments:
  • Medical Director - Dr Nigel Stewart (South Australian Paediatrician and former Central Region Medical Adviser)
  • Meeting Secretary - Brendan Kenny (former Central Region Secretary)
  • HR, Recruitment & Training Coordinator (new position) - Jim Prokhovnik (former Meeting Secretary)
  • Australian Operations Manager (new position) - Jill Oliver (former Southern Region Chair)
We thank and congratulate these 4 people and welcome them in their new roles. We are currently working though the selection processes for the remaining 2 vacancies.

I want to point out that most Regional Committees are still looking for volunteers with a variety of skills in areas like fundraising, communications and media, hospital liaison, club involvement, patient care and hosting, and any other roles like Secretary and Treasurer.  Please contact your Regional Chair if you would like to volunteer and help ROMAC continue to provide life saving and/or dignity restoring surgery to children from our Oceania neighbours.

As we get even closer to the end of this Rotary year, I make one last plea for donations to ROMAC if any Rotary club has any surplus funds. They will be well used to help mothers and children in need.

Yours in Rotary

Ian D'Arcy Walsh

Kim from Vietnam

Born in Vietnam with a Tessier Cleft in 1995, Kim was a ROMAC patient of Plastic Surgeon Prof. Tony Holmes at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne in 2001. Prof. Holmes reconstructed her face, reducing her brain deformity, rebuilding her forehead and moving her eye sockets together over several operations.

In December 2021, Kim graduated from college with a major in Tourism and Travel Management, aged 25. She has a job at the College, recruiting students to the school. She says she really enjoys the job and has a good life with the love of friends and family. 
Photos: Kim age 6. Kim at her graduation ceremony in 2022 age 25.

Melenaite Update

It was a very early 4am check in on 8 April at Mascot Airport for baby Melenaite and her mum Michelle. But it was well worth the effort as they were flying home after 9 months of treatment at the Canberra Hospital and Sydney Children's Hospital to be reunited with father Sione, whose only contact has been by phone and Zoom.
Melenaite underwent two major surgeries to remove a 2.5kg teratoma (growth) on her lower back, first in Canberra and then in Sydney when regrowth of the teratoma occurred. As a result of the teratoma, she also has lost bladder control and has been receiving treatment for that as well.
Melenaite will be closely monitored over the coming months by her Tongan paediatrician, Dr Toa. A MRI scan, most likely in Auckland, will also be required in a few months.
In all, a great effort by the Medical Teams at the Canberra Hospital and Sydney Children's Hospital, supported by the ROMAC teams in both cities. A very big thank you to Sandra Goldstraw and Debbie Whitfield in Canberra who shouldered most of the support effort, and to Richard Woodburn, Bob Richards and Anita Robinson in Sydney. Photo (l to r): Richard Woodburn, Michelle, Melenaite & Anita Robinson.

Senri Update

Thirteen-year-old Senri, from the Solomon Islands, is our latest patient at the Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick. Senri was badly burned in 2021 when an old WW2 phosphorous grenade exploded as he was playing with it. He suffered full-thickness burns to his left hand, leaving it dysfunctional, and partial-thickness burns to his right hand.
Dr Sarah Tolerton, a Plastic Surgeon who specialises in hand and reconstructive surgery, and Registrar Dr Phaethon Karagiannis successfully operated on both his hands in a nearly 8-hour operation in April.

In a further blow to Senri and his family, his mother, who was to accompany him to Sydney, sadly passed away. Then his older sister agreed to step in but found she was pregnant and unable to travel. Rotarian and Past District Governor Ros Kelly stepped into their shoes and agreed to act as Senri's guardian for the trip to Australia.
The surgeons are very happy with Senri's progress to date. He will have a lot of physiotherapy over the next few weeks, with more surgery in about a month to "tidy up" his wounds. Photo (l to r): Anita Robinson & Semri.

Centenary Celebration Dinner

The District Community Impact Expo was held on 3rd June in Bonython Hall, North Terrace. The aim to connect Rotarians and the community was successful with many Rotarians and some community visitors attending. The keynote speakers were excellent and outlined many of the changing trends we are seeing in Australia today.
Following the Expo was the Celebration Dinner.
Guests at the Dinner included the chair of SAMHRI Board, Hon. Hieu Van Le AC, President Elect of Rotary International, Gordon McInally and the current RI President's Representative, Bryn Styles.
The evening was a celebration of the last twelve months and a time to reflect on those Rotarians who have died since our last Conference. We were entertained during the evening with music provided by Dr Kim Burley and later by the Hon. Hieu Van Le AC. MC for the evening was the effervescent Tony Pilkington OAM.
As Rotary approaches its Centenary of establishment in SA, a District Committee outlined a Centenary Project to which we are all encouraged to contribute.
The Project is to establish a Legacy Program to provide two PHD Scholarship for Aboriginal health workers to provide and promote culturally appropriate health care to our first nations communities with a view to reversing the trend of increasing chronic disease.
We will hear more of this over the coming months. 

14th June

Draw Date
Winning No.
Sold by
Chq No.
   John & Yolly Kane
 Balga (W.A.)
Strath. Darts Club
  Andrew & Kylie Pavy
Strath. Darts Club
  Gary Nikkelson
Rotary Club of Murray Bridge Facebook Summary
April 2023- Spot Check
Total People reached for April 6,827
59 Posts for the Month of April
 Twenty of these posts reached over 100 people each.
1st April Rotary Club of Murray Bridge BBQ for MB Skate Park Event
1st MB Art Show Preview103
3rd Mongolian Playground Project609
4th Murraylands Yuntu-Walun Multicultural Festival Event413
4th Ukrainian Dancing Video from the Festival135
5th Annie Williams Breast Care Nurse Rotary Meeting246
5th  MB Rotary Art Show563
5th Rotary Club of MB 3,500th Meeting and New Member Inductions580
5th Veloo Foundation146
6th Eastside Billabong Flooding  & Sunset104
8th Rotary Club of Goolwa Markets196
13th Leigh Anne Payne-Rathburn Past Exchange Student104
14th Sixth Street Market and Rotary Art Show155
15th Nina Rademacher Past Exchange student143
17th Banksias growing in MB178
19th Lift the Lid John Campbell  MB Rotary Meeting229
21st Rotary Golf Day MB Golf Club352
23rd Arid Lands Botanic Gardens Sculpture Competition Prize100
26th Why English is so hard to Learn Australian Migrant Resource Centre132
27th MB Recycling Project Kitchen Caddies at the Market Place264
Which ones did you miss ? You can go back to find them if you wish on facebook. Also the Rural City of Murray Bridge has just released a new Promotional Video which includes the last two Murraylands Yuntu- Walun Multicultural Festivals. It is currently pinned at the top of the Rotary Club of Murray Bridge Facebook Page which you can also access via our Webpage. This is our 7th Year on Facebook. Rotarian John Scarvelis                      

Ambrose Golf & Lift The Lid

Lifting the Lid on Mental Health was the focus and financial recipient of the Rotary Club of Murray Bridge Golf Day held on 20th April. Mental Health is an important program for Rotary Clubs with research being the main resulting action and in particular the 0 to 12 age year group. The course was in fantastic condition and the weather perfect for the 88 starters in the ambrose competition starting at 8am. Rotarian Jenny Phillips reports that a quick tally of volunteer hours by Rotarians and partners notched up 104 hours of work yesterday to put on the event. The day started with a cooked breakfast with lunch after midday followed by drinks and fellowship. There were lots of prizes and winners adding to the enjoyment of the day. Prize Winners included Peter Young Nearest to the Pin 11th hole, Don Cohrane 4th' Naga P Murton & B McDonald, 1st Best Nett Score M McDonagh & J Charters, 2nd Nett Score Past DG David Jones, & J Charters, A Grade !st Best Nett Score J Morgan & Greg Lannan, 2nd A Purdie & R Maynard, B Grade 1st G Purdie & R Maynard, 2nd D Maloney & T Turner, C Grade 1st P Cameron & Phil Westover 2nd D Moegan & D Stanes, Longest Drive 8th hole M Howard, T Kite Ladies !st Best Nett Score D Decelis & W O'Connor 2nd R Teadsdale & E Peach, Longest Drive 8th Hole W O'Connor. A special Thanks to all the sponsors including Drakes MB, Golf Pro Steve, MIS Insurance, Monarto Safari Park, Development Answers, Rural City of Murray Bridge, Bridgeport Hotel, Mario McDonagh Breathalyser, Bunnings and Bleasdale Wines, MB Golf Club and Nutrimedics. John Scarvelis.
Australian Rotary Health is a major program of Rotary Clubs in Australia that provides funding for research in areas that do not readily attract funding. Some 33million $ has been allocated since the program commenced in 1981, all of which was spent in Australia. In 2023 $1,905,842 has been allocated to Research, Scholarships, Education, and Awareness. The main focus is on Mental Health research of 0 to 12 year olds for up to 3 years per project. Other areas funded include Mental Health of young Australians, Post Doctoral Fellowships, Indigenous Health Scholarships, Rural Medical Scholarships, PhD Scholarships, and Rural Nursing Scholarships. Rotarian John Campbell from the Adelaide Light Club is Chair of the Program in District 9510 and was our after dinner speaker last night at the Murray Bridge Golf Club. The Rotary Club of Murray Bridge has been a strong supporter of the program and had donated $46,000 to the program over the years with $4,500 over the past two years. Nina Hartman who works at the Meninge Hospital is a recipient of the Indigenous Health Scholarship and will be graduating next year. The Rotary Club of Murray Bridge Golf Tournament tomorrow in Murray Bridge has a full number of golfers participating and the proceeds will be going to Australian Rotary Health. Rotary's Lift the Lid Promotion highlights the number of Australians that are affected by this disease. One in five directly affected with over 80% of the population affected indirectly. The highest proportion is in the birth to 12 year old group. John Scarvelis

Paul Harris Fellow Recognition

Drakes Tags

Our Club has received another "gift card" from Dakes in the amount of $125.00 through their Community Dollars programme. Thank you to all members who have shopped at Drakes and registered their barcode. Please keep on doing this as it helps pay for groceries bought for bbqs etc. Any members who havn't a Drakes tag please see me. The tags are not just for members, you can give them to friends and family. You can use them at any Drakes store in South Australia.
Jenny Alexander-Walters

Food Business Notification Number
Rural City Of Murray Bridge

Trading Business Name: Rotary Club of Murray Bridge
Food Business Notification Number: RCMB118
This business is now notified with the Rural City of Murray Bridge. If there are any changes to the food business notification details, such as a change in address or ownership, please ensure Council is notified with the appropriate form.
While Council has a responsibility for the administration of the Food Act 2001 to ensure compliance with standards and food safety requirements, we consider our primary role is to provide support. We can provide advice and guidance on all Food Standards Code matters.

Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.


Rotary Work Shirts

Darryl Webb has arranged with Grandisons to supply Bisley Rotary work shirts in various configurations.
Please visit Grandisons and select your shirt which will then be embroided with our Club logo.
Pay for the shirt and retain your receipt.
Upon presentation of the receipt to Sam Cozens, you will be reimbursed $20 as a subsidy

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Upcoming Events
Kookaburra Homes BBQ
Adelaide Road
Jun 24, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Murray Bridge Rotary Changeover Dinner
Bridgeport Hotel
Jun 24, 2023
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Brenton Nicholson
June 1
Stephen Walker
June 17
Kevin Prosser
June 18
Spouse Birthdays
Vicki Mason
June 11
Bob Scerri
June 17
Join Date
Gary Frazer
June 1, 1991
32 years
Jim Cundy
June 9, 2009
14 years
Sherida Campbell
June 12, 2019
4 years

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