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?

Upcoming Meetings
Mar 10, 2020 6:00 PM
Murray Darling Basin Authority


Chairperson: John Scarvelis

Fellowship & Invocation: Sherida Campbell

Reserve: Jan Colwell

Mar 17, 2020 6:00 PM
Vocational Visit to Aussie Apricots
Mar 24, 2020 6:00 PM
Thomas Foods Rebuild
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Meeting Report 3348

Rotarian Jim Mason introduced Murray Bridge Rotarian Roger Wickes as after dinner speaker at the Rotary Club of Murray Bridge meeting on Tuesday evening.
Roger had a brilliant career as a top public servant in Agriculture retiring as Director Sustainable Resources, part of the Agriculture Executive and is currently coordinator for SA of the Crawford Fund and Chair of the Murray Mallee & Coorong NRM Group.
He suggested there were many commonalities between Rotary International and the Crawford Fund.
The Crawford Fund has a focus on water and Agriculture. It's a non government organisation and charity that promotes and supports international agricultural research for developing countries. There are over 800 million undernourished people in the world and two billion overweight from poor nutrition. Issues include land degredation, forest clearing, wetland reclemation and biodiversity decline.Also the empowerment of women who are mostly involved in agriculture.The Fund provides opportunity for scientists to work in developing countries, and to improve knowledge of food security issues throughout the world. He illustrated examples in Myanmar training in nematology, Forestry in Nepal, Irrigation technology in India, Pesticide use training for women and children, Business training in Samoa and PNG, Phosphorus nutrition in Cameroon, Mentoring in Timor Leste and growing Moringa for household food nutrition and commercial production.
There were numerous questions and Roger was thanked by Rotarian Jim and President Lesley
Thanks Rotary E-Club of Melbourne

Important 17th March Meeting Information

Thanks to all who have indicated their intentions regarding this meeting.
If you have not yet advised me, please do so ASAP.
This is a copy of an email distributed to all members & friends.
Our meeting to be held on 17th March will be at the Aussie Apricots factory & "Revelution Museum", 286 Carawartha Drive, Mypolonga.
Both the Rotary Club of Tailem Bend and Rotary Club of Mobilong have been invited to join us.
As numbers are limited, it is important that you confirm your attendance with me or via the circulated sheet at a meeting to ensure we can cater for the meal which will consist of BBQ steak/burgers, chicken and salad.
The normal price of $22 will apply or $12 for those choosing not to have a meal.
Starting time will be 6pm sharp so please arrive a little earlier.
This will be a great opportunity to view the manufacturing process of a local icon and also visit the Museum.
Direction are below but basically turn right after you have passed the Mypolonga Oval and Aussie Apricots are on your right.
RSVP no later than Friday 13th March
HAVE you registered?
HAVE you booked your accommodation?
Sandors Motor Inn, Mildura  0499 901 382
HAVE you advised Trevor 0408 813 250 or
Phil 0417 827 848
DON'T miss out!

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
Arhh!! the Relief . I now have a weeks supply

School of St Jude - Anania

Dear All at Rotary Club of Murray Bridge,
As a sponsor of an academic scholarship for a Standard 7 student at The School of St Jude, you have been playing a significant role in changing the life of a disadvantaged student – thank you!
This is an important year for Anania being the final year of his primary school education culminating with the Standard 7 National Examinations and St Jude’s secondary school entrance exam. You are invited to join us, along with Anania’s family, in encouraging him to continue working hard and to appreciate the importance of this year.
Why is it so important?
This is a milestone year for Anania as it will determine the direction of his journey for secondary education and beyond.
Tanzania has an educational crisis - too many students and not enough places at the schools for all. The National Examinations Council of Tanzania (NECTA) sets national examinations at key academic milestones to identify students with the ability to continue to secondary school and higher education. 
Students must achieve the Tanzanian Government’s designated pass ranking in the national examinations to progress to the next stage of education. This requirement, and the limited capacity and resources in the education system, means many will not be fully educated. It’s the unfortunate reality of life in a developing country.
In Tanzania there are over 16,500 primary schools and for secondary education over 4,500 ordinary-level schools (Forms 1 – 4), but only 540 advanced-level schools (Forms 5 – 6). Proceeding onto secondary school is a highly competitive process favouring the students with the greatest potential to utilise this privileged opportunity.
The School of St Jude’s Board, our Primary School Committee and Secondary School Board similarly see access to the high-quality education provided by St Jude’s as a privilege because receiving an education at St Jude’s gives our students a much sought after opportunity to change their lives.
They believe privileged opportunity should be matched with determination and ability – hence the competitive approach they drive for our academic scholarships and the entrance examination that both our current students and the new candidates from government schools sit to be shortlisted for one of our coveted scholarships.
What does St Jude’s competitive approach mean for Anania?
For our current Standard 7 students, transferring onto our secondary school is not automatic. To be offered an O Level scholarship, Anania will have to achieve the required examination results throughout this milestone year and most importantly, in the St Jude’s secondary entrance examination at the end of the year. With a limited number of places available for our secondary school the competition for academic scholarships is fierce. Tough we know, but our school boards believe this is a transparent and fair approach for selecting for potential.
You are invited to learn about the opportunities and challenges that the final year of primary education creates for Anania and the results he must achieve to be eligible to proceed from our primary school onto our secondary school and be offered an O Level academic scholarship. To find out more please open the attachment – Reaching a Milestone!
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about Anania’s final year of primary school and our Standard 7 Graduation at the end of the year. We are truly appreciative of your generosity and dedication towards fighting poverty through education with us - together we are educating the future leaders of Tanzania.
Read the St Jude brochure here 

Social Media Guidelines - Update

Rotary District 9520
Social media policy guidelines. January 2020.
Social media offers the opportunity for people to create, share and consume content connecting and engaging with others in the community, across the district and around the world.
The global popularity of social media has grown to the point where it is often a primary source of information and interaction.
Rotary embraces social media is an important tool to assist their public image as well as attracting potential members and community partners. Social media enables like-minded people and organisations to connect and create opportunities to serve.
Rotary also recognises the value of social media on a personal level enabling the sharing of information and ideas with family friends and communities.
With the rapid growth in the impact of social media, district 9520 recognises the need to provide policy guidelines. This ensures members understand the district expectations and standards when communicating about its services, people and program partners.
Under these guidelines social media includes any online tool, platform, website or digital publishing medium that allows individuals to interact, upload, share or engage online.
These tools include, but are not limited to
            Social networking sites-Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp, LinkedIn.
            Video and photo sharing sites-Flickr, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo.
            Microblogging sites-Twitter, Tumbler.
            Blogs-corporate, personal or media hosted.
            Forums and discussion boards-Whirlpool, Yahoo! groups, Google groups.
            Information portals-Wikipedia, Answers.com.
            Review websites-Trip advisor, Yelp.
            Crowdfunding websites-GoFundMe, Kick Starter, MyCause.
These guidelines recommend that Rotary clubs research which platforms best suit their needs, the capability of their members and how best to utilise them for their objectives.
Applications of the guidelines.
These guidelines are intended for all clubs and Rotarians in district 9520.
Clubs are encouraged to apply these guidelines, ensure that they are circulated and understood by their members.
Clubs may wish to develop these guidelines further as being relevant to specific club activities or to address concerns raised by members.
Club develop guidelines should be circulated to all club members.
As Rotarians, we always hold ourselves accountable to a high standard of conduct and we must be mindful of this even in new and unfamiliar forums. Clubs are expected to maintain the same core principles and values as they would do in any off-line social interaction.
If you become aware of any social media interaction that is detrimental to Rotary, regardless of whether it is your club social media site or others, do not respond but make your President aware of the incident who may wish to seek district guidance to develop a plan to address the matter accordingly.
Social media guidelines.
The three pillars of social media engagement to protect the interest of Rotary and members are
Considering you are a Rotarian 24 hours a day, your conduct must always reflect the values upheld by Rotary.
You are required to.
            Identify yourself as a Rotary member if commenting on a matter linked to Rotary
            Ensure you do not imply any way that you are authorised to speak on Rotary’s behalf unless authorised to do so.
            Ensure you do not knowingly use the identity of another Rotary member.
            Be mindful during your media engagements of the importance of not damaging Rotary's reputation and interests or bring Rotary into disrepute.
You are personally responsible for the content of your online activity. In this context, you have a responsibility to ensure.
            Any information about Rotary provided is informed and factually accurate.
            If you wish to express your own opinion, please ensure you state that they are your personal opinions.
            If you're offering your perspective on a matter related to Rotary, ensure that your commentary and opinion does not cause or have the potential to cause, damage to Rotary, its interests or its official opinion.
You are required to
            Use a simple disclaimer to ensure that the views are your own and not those of Rotary D9520 or Rotary International.
            Ensure you do not post material that is obscene, threatening, hateful, defamatory or discriminatory to any other person or entity including Rotary, its members' volunteers and partner organisations.
            Think before you post and carefully consider the text and images from the perspective of those who may see them and react to them.
            Be wary of student photographs and ensure they comply with the relevant privacy provisions and Rotary youth protection policies, as well is required school parent permission is.
You are required to be
         Respectful of the district, its clubs and members in everything you post online.
            Be respectful of other individuals and communities you interact with online.
            Be polite and respectful of other opinions and we counsel against engaging in heated discussion or debate on social media
            Adhere to the terms and conditions of the social media channel you are using and conform to cultural and behavioural norms.
            Respect copyright privacy and other applicable laws.
The four way test.
Keep the four way test in mind when engaging on any social media or other online activity. Inherent values of the code have stood the test of time in an era long before the advent of computers. At the press.
The Law.
Over and above these guidelines, there are national and state laws and regulations that apply to online activity. These include but are not limited to.
Commonwealth of Australia.
Broadcasting services act 1992.
Copyright act 1968.
Crimes act 1914.
Privacy act 1988.
Criminal code act 1995.
Spam act 2003.
Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales vary in their Data Protection, Equal Opportunity, Defamation, Electronics Transactions and Consumer and Business Laws. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with the relevant State and Commonwealth laws while online.
You must keep in mind that your online activities must remain within the law. It is recommended you do your research or consult your electronic Information Systems committee if you are in any doubt.
Misuse and legal consequences.
Some considerations with a legal consequence are noted below.
Misuse of social media may involve.
            A breach of Rotary obligations.
            Sexual harassment.
            Unlawful discrimination.
Infringement of the privacy of Rotarians.
Exposure to legal liability.
A criminal offence*.
*This will be regarded as a serious matter and appropriate action may be taken where there is a reasonable belief illegal activity has occurred. The district Governor may report suspected illegal activity to the police.
Offences and criminal charges.
State and Commonwealth legislation creates criminal offences for the misuse of social media and such offences include.
Menace harass or offend.
It is a criminal offence under the criminal code act of 1995 to use a carrier service to members, harass or cause offence.
If a person publishes information that identifies a person in the published content, lowers the person standing, brings that person into hatred ridicule or contempt or causes others to shun that person the publisher may find themselves personally defending an action of defamation.
Copyright is a legal protection of literary, dramatic, artistic and musical works and performances. It provides creators with legal right to control the use of their creations. Publishing such works without permission from the creator may mantle breached the Copyright act 1968.
If you have any concerns or questions about the above information please contact the District Governor, the district protection and compliance officer or the district public image chair.
Social media is a powerful tool for the promotion and development of Rotary goals. We encourage all Rotarians to become actively engaged and participate in this flexible and engaging medium.

Calendar Winners 3rd March

1st    $100         642        Rose Simmonds  (M.B.)                                 Sold by Rot.Club of  Mobilong
2nd    $30           852        Lisa Whitbread-Bulling (Mitchell Park)           sold by  Strath. Darts Club
3rd      $ 20         885       Marion Jennings  (M. B.)                                Sold by Rot.Club of  Mobilong       

Rotary Wine Sales

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

  What's happening on our Facebook page
John Scarvelis has been posting up a storm with some great content.
Follow the link below to see more...

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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
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March 3
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March 8
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Spouse Birthdays
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March 13
Gordon Schultz
Merilyn Schultz
March 4
Philip Westover
Sue Westover
March 4
Jerry Wilson
Kerry Wilson
March 5
John Scarvelis
Beverley Scarvelis
March 9
Malcolm Blight
Jan Blight
March 9
Heather Muirhead
Duncan Muirhead
March 13
Bruce Frazer
Ruth Frazer
March 19
Join Date
Trevor Curtis
March 4, 1997
23 years
Ron Jericho
March 14, 1978
42 years
Jan Colwell
March 15, 2016
4 years
David Altmann
March 24, 2009
11 years
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