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

The Four-Way Test

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


Zoom Meetings to Replace Regular Meetings


Link For Next Meeting

Tuesday's Rotary Meeting will again be a Zoom Meeting with our speaker being Darryl Webb
Darryl's topic will be "Centenary Commemoration of WW1". 
To join the meeting at 7pm on Tuesday the 21st April, please click on the link below.
Meeting ID: 873 5787 0257
Password: 930221
Should you have any queries relating to Zoom, please contact Robin or Sam.


The Rotary Club of Murray Bridge is ZOOMING Connecting locally, interstate and internationally. Our focus has been on training and coordinating our members to use the technology and twenty five of our members participated in our second club ZOOM virtual get together yesterday evening. Most of our members have now attended either the first or second meeting. Keeping connected has been high on our priority right from the start of the Corona crisis. We are using emails, phone connections,our Webpage and Facebook, plus including Zoom and this week decided to also meet virtually in a social sense on Fridays at 5pm starting this Friday 14th April in a weekly wine or wind down Zoom get together as well. Supporting Mental Health in our members and community by staying connected is an important issue and strategies to achieve this aim will continue to be explored. Next Tuesday's Zoom meeting will feature Darryl Webb one of our Rotarians with a historical perspective of Anzac Day. Robin reported that over 500 participated in the Virtual Webinar meeting sponsored by Adrian Hoggatt District Governor District 9820 in Victoria featuring The Hon Greg Hunt MP discussing Covid 19. Its also interesting to look at what the Rotary E Clubs have been doing on line for many years now. I recently looked at the Rotary Club of Silicon Valley again particularly in how they invite non members to their meetings and their format. We need to turn this to our advantage in attracting new members, particularly younger ones.



I write to you as we all find ourselves in the midst of an unexpected time.

I must start my communication by saying that I hope you are all safe and well and coping with this medical crisis.  Regardless of how the COVID-19 is affecting our lives, I would like to bring you up to date with the present state of play with ROMAC and our patients.

As you are aware, currently only Australian citizens and residents may enter the country; and New Zealand is similar.  As a result, ROMAC is unable, at this stage, to accept any new patients needing surgery or medical procedures.

For your information, there are two patients still in Australia receiving medical attention.

Firstly, there is Vincent from the Solomon Islands who arrived in July 2019 diagnosed with "complete eosophageal T3-T4 level with no fistula between the oesophagus and trachea / bronchus" as well as "immediate respiration pneumonia" requiring treatment.  Vincent turned 11 months old on the 3rd April 2020.  After many operations and procedures under the direction of Professor Croaker at Canberra Hospital, Vincent is now taking milk from a bottle and oral foods and his weight has now increased to 7.3kg.  He is now crawling and getting into mischief!  Vincent and his mother, Cosinta, are being cared for at the home of Sandra and Brian Goldstraw, with assistance from her ROMAC team.  Hopefully Vincent and Cosinta will be able to return home in July this year.

Secondly, there is Germaine.  Also from the Solomon Islands, Germaine arrived at the Westmead Children's Hospital in early March to be diagnosed with rheumatic aortic and mitral valve disease.  Her operation was successful and she was discharged from hospital at the end of the month.  She is currently staying with her mother and friends in Wollongong, NSW.

Here in Australia and New Zealand, so much is still uncertain.  But one thing we at ROMAC know, is that in the coming weeks and months ROMAC will be needed by sick children in the Islands of Oceania like never before.

Please consider supporting ROMAC so that we can continue our much needed work with children from our neighbouring countries in Oceania.

Please donate now to help.

Keep safe and keep well.

Harold Sharp

11-month old Vincent is recovering slowly from his surgeries and is now able to take milk from a bottle and food orally.   He is gaining weight and is now over 7 kg.

He is crawling and is developing into a typical mischievous youngster, and he loves his Easter Bunny suit! 

It is hoped that Vincent will be well enough to return home to the Solomon Islands in July this year.

Germaine is a 16 year old from the Solomon Islands who was successfully treated for a heart condition in Sydney's Westmead hospital in March. 

She is currently living in Wollongong with her mother, Goretti (pictured with Germaine) who is completing her nursing degree at Wollongong University.

Zoom Data Useage

I have been asked “how much data does Zoom Use”.
The answer depends on the resolution you receive and send. Looking at the information below, a normal one hour session at 720p will consume approximately 1.08gb or when on  a group connection approximately 1.35gb
Our version of Zoom does not allow connection at high definition or 1080p.
Netflix at standard definition consumes about 1gb per hour as a comparison.
Zoom uses a little more as it is both receiving & sending.


The Rotary Australia World Community Services Donation in Kind at Edinburgh Park South Australia loaded the last of seven truckloads of Medical equipment for the SA Health COVID-19 Hospital being setup in the old Wakefield Hospital. This in addition to 120 beds to the SA Health Collinsgrove site last week & 6 Ventilators to the Royal Adelaide Hospital earlier this week. The Donations in Kind team feel privileged to be able to help in this time of need.

Rotary’Australia World Community Services Donations in Kind facility in South Australia is working with the South Australian State Government to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past two months, Donations in Kind has taken delivery of 140 beds from the old Calvary Wakefield and Rehabilitation Hospitals as they move to the new Calvary Adelaide Hospital. South Australia Health is opening parts of the Calvary Rehabilitation Hospital (now ECH College Grove facility) at Walkerville, the old Calvary Wakefield Hospital and, later the Repatriation Hospital in Edwardstown as specific facilities to handle potential mild-case coronavirus patients and to support non coronavirus sub-acute patients, what is missing in these two hospitals is beds!

Donations in Kind has consequently been asked by South Australia Health for the Calvary beds for this, as most of the beds are still at the Donations in Kind warehouse facility at Edinburgh Parks. The setting up of these facilities in these hospitals frees up beds in other State hospitals, with serious cases still to be handled by the major State hospitals.

So far, 108 beds and mattresses have been moved to the old Calvary Rehabilitation Hospital. In addition to the beds, SA Health are also looking at a range of other equipment for the pandemic contingency that Donations In Kind can supply to be transported immediately. These include ventilators, monitors, drip stands, bedside cabinets, trolleys and over-way tables.

Donations In Kind gets a lot of donated goods, mainly medical and schooling, the bulk of which is destined for needy communities throughout the world. The program likes to be able to assist those in need locally, so it is especially pleasing for this Rotary program to be able to provide a substantial contribution to the local community in this time of unprecedented community health need.


- Where there is darkness, Rotary shares light.

- Where there is loneliness, Rotary shares love.

- Where there is illiteracy, Rotary shares education.

- Where there is ignorance, Rotary shares knowledge.

- Where there are problems, Rotary shares solutions.

- Where there are unearthed talents, Rotary shares opportunities.

- Where there are needs, Rotary shares new horizons of living.

- Where there is a tear, Rotary shares smiles.

- Where there is pain, Rotary shares the agony.

- Where there are failures, Rotary shares success supplements.

- Where there are orphans, Rotary shares the family.

- Where there are elders, Rotary shares time.

- Where there is childhood, Rotary shares values of life.

- Where there is youth, Rotary shares the ladder of leadership.

- Where there is unemployment, Rotary shares career choices.

- Where there is lack of awareness, Rotary shares vocational training.

- Where there is despair, Rotary shares hope.

- Where there is depression, Rotary shares inspiration.

- Where there is weakness, Rotary shares strength.

- When there is chaos, Rotary shares harmony.

- Where there is illness, Rotary shares curing.

- Where there are disabilities, Rotary shares ability.

- Where there are contingencies, Rotary shares might.

- Where there is poverty, Rotary shares ways to wealth.

- Where there is nothing, Rotary shares something.

- Where there is everything,
Rotary sources it and shares it with those who have nothing.



Calendar Winners 7th of April

1st    $100                   No. 135          Perry Bozzetti  (M.B.)                                   (Sponsor)
2nd    $30                      No. 118        Longs Sand & Metal   (M.B.)                         (Sponsor)     
3rd      $ 20                     No 838       Noel Prosser  (Tintinara)                     (Sold by  Grandisons )  
Thanks Rotary E-Club of Melbourne

Rotary Wine Sales

What a great opportunity to sample our famous red wine. If you are needing a top up, email Ian and arrange remote collection.
Perhaps there is a red lining to the COVID-19 cloud!
The latest wine has now been labelled and is selling fast!
Our Club is able to offer the exceptional Lake Breeze 2016 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

Murray Bridge Rotarians

People of Action

Whilst we are not meeting as a group, we can still be a valuable part of the community.
There has been a new menu item added to our website www.murraybridgerotary.org.au which allows our members to post their thoughts of the ways we as a Club can still function and provide service to our community.
Simply visit our site and click on the menu item "Members Page", login and leave a comment. If you dont know your login, please contact Robin on 0408813295 for assistance.
Please ensure you continue to communicate with each other during these difficult times.

Protocol Reminder

Just a couple of Protocol reminders -
If you are unable to attend a meeting please contact the Murray Bridge Golf Club before 1pm on 85311388.
If it is last minute please still contact the Golf Club and also contact either Gordon 85324563 or Gary 0418813474.
If your going to be away for any length of time please let either Gordon or Gary know plus Jenny Alexander-Walters.
When asking questions of a guest speaker, please stand and direct your question via the Chair

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Upcoming Meetings
Apr 21, 2020 7:00 PM
Centenary Commemoration WW1


Chairperson: Gary Frazer

This will be a Zoom Meeting

Apr 28, 2020 7:00 PM
May 05, 2020 7:00 PM
South Georgia (not the USA)
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Murray Bridge Changeover Dinner 2020
Jun 27, 2020 6:00 PM
No Rotary meeting tonight
Jun 30, 2020 6:00 PM
Ambrose Golf Tournament- Murray Bridge
Nov 19, 2020 8:30 AM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Sue Foster
April 4
Lyn Sickerdick
April 14
Wayne Jackson
April 21
Roger Wickes
April 24
Margaret Whitehead
April 29
Spouse Birthdays
Barbara Elston
April 13
Lyn Sickerdick
April 14
Sue Westover
April 24
Gary Frazer
Sue Frazer
April 3
Lyn Sickerdick
Simon Sickerdick
April 26
Simon Sickerdick
Lyn Sickerdick
April 26
Join Date
Samuel Cozens
April 2, 2002
18 years
Wayne Jackson
April 8, 2008
12 years
Jenny Phillips
April 9, 2001
19 years
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