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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 1.00pm on the same day. 
Please call the Golf Club on 08 85311388

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 4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Upcoming Meetings
Jun 22, 2019
Club Changeover Dinner

June - Rotary Fellowship

Area of Focus: Rotary Fellowships Month, Rotary clubs indulge in fellowship activities, thanks giving and like.


Meeting: 3314

Jun 25, 2019
Jul 02, 2019 6:00 PM
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Please note there is no meeting on Tuesday 25th June.

This is because of the Change Over Dinner that is on this Saturday 22nd June.

Meeting Report 3313

Robyn Follett described as a Jill of All Trades with a special interest in Marketing wines by Jack Reddin in his introduction was our guest at yesterdays Rotary Club of Murray Bridge Dinner. In the 1840's Alfred Langhorne drove cattle to Melbourne from the area now known as Langhorne Creek. Frank Potts could see the opportunities for the growing of vines and was one of the early settlers in what was primarily a dairying district. Wines from the area are unique due to relatively cool temperatures in the summer due to the breeze from the lakes leading to early ripening, the alluvial rich soils, annual flooding, no frosts enabling production of soft wines, soft in tannins, which cellar really well. The Bremer River floods have occurred annually contributing by renewing the already rich alluvial soil. Water can also be sourced from the Lake and from Silver Sands near Murray Bridge. The Lake Breeze winery was built in 1998 and Robyn's husband Greg Follett is the Winemaker. They have 90 hectares with some of the vine plantings of Cabernet and Shiraz over 50 years old.

Parliament of South Australia Economic and Finance Committee

Inquiry into economic contribution of Migration to South Australia

John Scarvelis  Chair Murraylands Multicultural Network  13th June 2019 Murray Bridge

 The Murraylands Multicultural Network is an important group currently supporting the diverse immigrant groups in the Murraylands and has its origins in 2005 with a partnership formed by the Australian Migrant Resource Centre, Local Government and the Rotary Club of Murray Bridge. This was in recognition of the needs for services for new settlers in the region. The new settlers are drawn to the region for employment opportunities and the associated lifestyle. The MMN assists new migrants to understand and participate in governance, volunteering, working across cultures, managing funding and the organization of social, educational and cultural events for their and the wider community benefit. The MMN aims to highlight the contributions the variety of cultures make to the community and supports the services the AMRC provides to individual migrants and their communities. The MMN provides opportunity for the migrants to have a direct voice, forward their agendas, learn from each other, and about the community at large.
Many of the new settlers come from countries where they experience village or small town living and are not suitably assimilated in the larger cities. Australia’s history has shown that migrants tend to come in waves, the 1920’s, the 1950’s the 1980’s and the 2000’s till current. Although different there are many commonalities that we can learn from. Currently in Murray Bridge we have Filipino, Indian, Chinese, Iranian, Indonesian, Zimbabwean, Maori, Congolese, Italian, Greek, Irish, Sri Lankan members with migrant backgrounds. This tends to fluctuate pending on individual circumstance.  Issues of regional importance being addressed currently include transport, education, housing, social, health, cultural, the aged, language (both English and language of origin) and ethnic.
 South Australia is at a critical stage that requires further input into Regional Development. The Murraylands is one of those fortunate regions with climate, environment and land availability to enable this to occur. It will have short term, long term economic and social benefits if appropriate infrastructure can be made available in partnerships between all levels of government, business and the community. Funding for AMRC and Local Government is critical for short and long term development for services, staff, and infrastructure.
The short term economic benefits are more obvious and include providing a skilled and motivated workforce for industry or project development. As a good example in the current Murraylands Chinese Community when they first arrive you see those riding cycles to work. Within a short period of time they have then purchased a car which they share with others. Again in a relatively short time after they rent they seem to purchase a house. This pattern follows the migrants of the 50’s who were set up by the role models of the 1920’s. Family is high priority in their culture so education for the young and inclusion of the aged becomes important. This model has a very high economic impact within a short period of time and needs to be encouraged.
In the long term the needs change as many are motivated for personal development for themselves and their off-spring. This means provision of adequate training and education to enable regional development and remaining in the community. Being brought up in Australia makes a significant difference to loyalty and motivation this land of opportunity and a fair go provides.
South Australia already has the best lifestyle living of any of the Australian States. Regional Development is the key to developing this further. Over the past 30 years we have had a major shift of trained professionals to other States due to job opportunities which requires investment to turn around. Our Economic development has been dependant on business development in the region and this requires an adequate, well trained and happy workforce. New industries like digital technology, the space industry, robotics and manufacturing will have a major impact in addition to our traditional green clean produce industries in agriculture and horticulture. Mining although very important at the moment has a limited shelf life. The AMRC has recently formed a Murraylands Connecting Settlement and Community Services Group which includes all the relevant partners providing a regular forum for service providers, community and business leaders to progress linkages and engagement of the diverse cultural groups living and working in the Murraylands, supporting population growth, economic and civic development.
Maintaining transparency in all matters relating to migration will be a major contribution to development of the Australian workforce and community. Promotion in other countries, States and locally is also a key to a successful outcome. The process of selection prior to migration can have the greatest impact.  A good process and outcome will provide a united peaceful community we all aspire to be part of. Diversity of population is one of Australia’s greatest assets.  It allows those who are multilingual and or have lived or have connections in other countries to think in a variety of different ways, enabling trade and better world understanding in a global environment. It also brings a diversity of experience to the local community providing harmony. It supports mutual respect, tolerance and understanding regardless of background. The recent Multicultural Legislative Review initiated by the State Government highlighting the Multicultural Principals and Legislation is both timely and necessary. It’s very important for new settler migrants to understand the laws and governance in Australia.

World News

Nepal Water Project

The Rotary Club of Pokhara-Fishtail, Nepal, together with the local School Council, instigated an engineering report into the feasibility of running pipeline from a nearby spring to the school. At the time, the school and village in which the students lived had no easily accessible water for drinking or sanitation – the only option was to walk the 8km round trip to the spring.

The Rotary Club of Pokhara-Fishtail approached their friends at the Rotary Clu...b of Grovedale Waurn Ponds, Vic, to help fund the project. The US$38,000 required was beyond the Rotary Club of Grovedale’s means, however, with some ingenuity they managed to acquire the full amount using contributions from their district’s fund and a global grant.
The Rotary Club of Grovedale Waurn Ponds personally contributed $4000, with an additional $3000 put in by the neighbouring Rotary Club of Highton. The Rotary Club of Pokhara-Fishtail added an additional $400. Through applications for matching grants from district and global grants, an additional $31,000 was received.

The pipeline was laid, and water connected to an existing toilet block and houses in the community. A number of school staff along with selected locals were trained in basic plumbing to enable them to do maintenance and repairs. Locals were to be paid for their work, creating a new form of employment in the community. All students and staff were provided with hygiene education and the importance of proper sanitation practices.
The Rotary and Rotaract clubs of Pokhara Fishtail both helped oversee the project’s implementation. Now, over 1200 students and teachers and nearly 1500 local villagers have water for drinking and sanitation needs.
Paul Desbrowe-Annear, of the Rotary Club of Grovedale Waurn Ponds, travelled to Nepal to attend the official handover ceremony with his friend Leon. Leon, who had previously had little to do with Rotary but saw firsthand how valuable and life changing the project was for the community, ended up joining the Rotary Club of Grovedale Waurn Ponds on his return to Australia.



The Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023

GPEI statement on the strategy to achieve and sustain a polio-free world


Today, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) launched the Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023, which will guide the programme and its partners to overcome the final hurdles to eradication and move toward sustaining a polio-free future.

The new plan hones in on addressing today’s most pressing obstacles to end poliovirus transmission imminently, integrate polio programme resources into health and development programmes globally, and certify the world polio-free. In addition to building on the programme’s core strategies to expand access to vaccination and improve surveillance around the world, the 2019-2023 Endgame Strategy offers responsive and innovative solutions tailored to communities’ needs. These include establishing a regional hub in Amman, Jordan to enhance coordinated support to Afghanistan and Pakistan and creating permanent Rapid Response Teams to accelerate the programme’s response to outbreaks.
The programme will also work to improve immunisation coverage and support basic development needs through strengthened collaboration with immunisation partners such as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the humanitarian and emergency response communities.
To reach its goals and achieve eradication, the Endgame Strategy requires a US$4.2 billion budget, of which US$3.27 billion is to be raised by the GPEI. In support of the Strategy and to encourage additional commitments, a pledging event will be hosted this November at the Reaching the Last Mile Forum in Abu Dhabi, a gathering of leaders from across the global health space held once every two years. The pledging event will be hosted by the GPEI, with the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, a long time champion of the polio programme.

The 2019-2023 Endgame Strategy builds on the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan, which brought the world to the brink of polio eradication. Despite this impressive progress, the last steps to eradication have proved to be the most difficult.

Wild poliovirus transmission continues in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus outbreaks are ongoing in several countries across Africa and Asia. To overcome these challenges, the new Strategy must be fully implemented with sufficient resources and commitments from governments, donors, multilateral organisations, and local communities.

The Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023 was discussed at the 2019 World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland during the week of 20 May.



2019 Changeover Dinner

Celebrate the year of President David & welcome President Lesley at our changeover dinner on 22nd June at the new Murray Bridge Race Course event centre.
It is essential that all who intend being present or are an apology advise incoming President Lesley ASAP.
Cost is $50 per person and must be paid prior to the evening. Final numbers need to be with the caterers 7 days prior to the event.

RYLA Needs You

The annual RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is now accepting nominations from young adults aged 18 to 25 to attend an inspiring leadership camp this coming September 21st.
If you know of a young person who may benefit from this program, please direct them to http://ryla9520.org.au/ or contact Robin LeGallez (Director of Vocational Committee) ASAP.
RYLA produces tomorrows leaders

Calendar Winners 18th June 2019

1 st prize.   $100     No  524        Holly Brown   (M. B.)                                                              (sold by S. Sickerdick )
2nd prize     $30      No. 400         Ian & Christine Zadow (Zadows Landing.)                              (sold by J. Mason)                              
3rd  prize     $20      No   423       Kate Nicholson & Steven Curnow   ( Beaumont)                     (Sold by B. Nicholson) 

Rotary Wine Sales

Following our successful wine labelling event, our Club is now able to offer the exceptional Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon for the unbelievably low investment of $120 per dozen.
To purchase simply pay in advance via EFTPOS or cash at a regular meeting and then arrange collection with Rotarian Ian Elston

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