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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
Please Note
All meetings at the Golf Club are currently suspended

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Zoom Meetings to Replace Regular Meetings

Upcoming Meetings
Jun 09, 2020
Club Assembly


Chairperson: Simon Sickerdick

Fellowship & Invocation: 


Jun 16, 2020 7:00 PM
Rotary projects in Papua NG (RAWCS)
Jun 23, 2020 7:00 PM
An Indian Odessy
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Rotary Clubs Supporting Future Science Leaders

Rotary Clubs around the state and country are encouraging students heading into year 12 next year to sign up for January’s National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) with applications to close on 14 June.

NYSF CEO Dr Melanie Bagg, who grew up in Tailem Bend, encourages students to apply for the once in a lifetime opportunity.

"We take 600 students from all over Australia and they get the chance to spend 10 days living together in Canberra or Brisbane, completely immersed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)," Dr Bagg said.

Rotary is the Founding Partner of the NYSF and 21 local Rotary districts across Australia volunteer their time to conduct participant selections for the NYSF Year 12 Program on behalf of the NYSF with around 47 per cent of participants from remote and regional areas.

Rotary also provides financial assistance to a number of students to head along to the events with some students from Murray Bridge High School having already secured Rotary support for the 2021 event.

Find out more and apply on the NYSF website: nysf.edu.au.


Link For Next Meeting

Our next Rotary Meeting is this coming Tuesday evening beginning at 7pm.
This is our final Club Assembly for President Lesley's year.
Rotary Meeting 3361
Time: Jun 9, 2020 07:00 PM Adelaide
Meeting ID: 895 6526 1391
Should you have any queries relating to Zoom, please contact Robin or Sam.


During this last week, Jenny Lenman of Radio 5MU again promoted the Rotary NYSF program.

Meeting Report 3361


My name is Christina Brunbauer and I am the new ADRR North East (Assistant District Rotaract Representative) for Vienna and Lower Austria.

I first got to know Rotary when I was invited on a Rotary Long Term Youth Exchange to Australia in 2012. Ever since then, I wanted to continue my Rotarian Path with the same commitment and fascination as it had started off. In 2014, I became member of the Rotaract Club Blue Danube Niederösterreich and I had the honor to be their president for the last year.
During my last two and a half years in Rotaract I could already experience so many wonderful Rotaract moments and I am excited to add many more to them with you all in the next year.

Besides Rotaract I am a student at the Medical University of Vienna and just finished my Bachelor degree in Economics at the WU Vienna. When I have some free time at my hands, I love to travel or be outside doing sports, long boarding or anything fun.

One of the great things about Rotaract is that so many young people work together towards a greater goal and get to know each other on the way. Just in our North Region we are already 14 clubs and in the next year, I am going to support these clubs the best I can and bring them even closer together. Through a better interaction between the clubs, we can tap the full potential that rests in this area. Particularly district projects like for instance „Ich helfe laufend“ or „KidsCamp Österreich“ or joint social projects between clubs are perfect examples for amazing activities which not only have a great impact but also bring our Rotaract family closer together. Also joint club meetings or district get-togethers during the next year will offer the opportunity to better connect, exchange ideas and build new friendships.

The Multi District 1910/20 does a truly great job to best promote and support the active engagement of each Rotaract Club. With all my heart, I am really looking forward to contribute personally to further enhancements of our Multi District and to support our new MDRR and all our Rotaract clubs with their great social engagement. I believe that there is a huge potential in Rotaract Austria and together, we will be able to move mountains.

All the best and see you soon,
Christina Brunbauer


Food Bank

The Rotary Club of Murray Bridge contributed to Foodbank this week with a 55 kg donation of foodstuff. There is now a large purple Foodbank SA wheelie bin at Drakes Murray Bridge Supermarket for donations. Please consider donating any long life groceries. The project is jointly operated by the two Murray Bridge clubs and the Rotary Club of Tailem Bend and for the shopping public to contribute. Its convenient all you have to do is buy something long life extra in your weekly shopping to help another local in need. Please participate if you can. We are all in this together. Foodbank SA will be opening in Murray Bridge soon.

Rotary Support for Farmers in Drought

For nearly two years a husband and wife from Cobar have been raising funds to support drought-affected farmers across western NSW, but say their job isn't over yet.

Gordon and Therese Hill and The Rotary Club of Cobar have raised almost $800,000 for the Drought Relief Program since September 2018.

The program provides fodder, groceries, bill relief, water, working dog food, fuel to farmers.

Mr Hill said it was always a great feeling when you are able to help those in need, but that is just what Rotary does, whether that be to individuals or community groups.

"But the thing that was unusual for us was the scale of this particular fundraiser event. We're used to holding barbecues to raise funds... but to be involved in raising nearly $800,000 that's a major thing," he said.

The Drought Relief program reaches more than 150 farming properties in the Cobar Shire and in the adjoining Bourke, Bogan, and Central Darling Shires.

Except for the funds spent on fodder, the other expenditure has gone to purchases from local businesses to help them to stay viable during the drought and now during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They've recently secured another $35,000 from charity support service, Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) to further support bill relief, living expenses and child education.

Mr Hill said those funds are currently being distributed to farming families across the region.

The Cobar volunteer said he is lucky enough to know about two-thirds of the farmers they've helped, which makes the support even more worthwhile.

"We've had people tell us that if it wasn't for the assistance from Rotary they probably wouldn't be on their property... they would have had to walk off," Mr Hill said.

Mr and Mrs Hill first put their hand up to be a part of the local Rotary Club after retiring in 2011.

There are a total of eight active members and three absentee members.

"Our job isn't done yet. Rotary sees a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change in our communities so even when the drought breaks in western NSW it will be some time before our farmers can bring stock numbers back, normal farming practices can resume and income can be generated," Mr Hill said.

Since being a part of the Drought Relief Program, the Rotary Club of Cobar have distributed about 490 grocery packs, 19 pallets of dog food, 326x$100 fuel vouchers, more than 222x$50 fresh meat vouchers and thousands of dollars worth of IGA grocery vouchers.

Mr Hill said all the money has been donated to locally purchase the products for farmers.

"And what that does is it helps to keep the local businesses ticking over as well... it all adds up," he said.


Covid-19 effect on Polio's Progress

THE WORLD’S TOTAL number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is closing in on 5 million. But an accidental side effect of the pandemic—an indefinite pause in the worldwide campaign to eradicate polio—could dwarf its toll by allowing the almost-vanquished disease to get a fresh start.

At the end of March, on the advice of a World Health Organization panel of experts, mass vaccination campaigns against polio and measles were put on hold to prevent spreading the virus. As a result, says Dr. Michel Zaffran, WHO’s director of polio eradication, “we have several millions of children below the age of 5 who remain susceptible and have not had the chance to be vaccinated.”

The pause benefits the fight against the coronavirus: Approximately 3,700 WHO employees, consultants, and lab personnel who staff the polio campaign in 55 countries have been loaned to the Covid-19 effort, according to Zaffran. But it is a serious operational hazard for the three-decade campaign. “Our community is concerned,” says Dr. John Sever, the vice chair of the International PolioPlus Committee of Rotary International, a partner in the campaign; its members have delivered more than 2 billion polio vaccinations. “But we recognize the importance of the Covid problem. We’re willing to take a pause in the immunization program with the idea we’ll return to it full throttle as soon as possible.”

The forced pause comes on top of a bad year for the polio campaign. After its inception in 1988, when approximately 350,000 children were paralyzed by the disease each year, the multinational effort had nearly wiped polio out of existence. In 2018, there were only 33 naturally occurring cases in the world, and an additional 25 in which a weakened virus used in some vaccine formulas reverted to virulence and caused paralysis.

But in 2019, polio began bouncing back, with 176 cases of the naturally occurring type, which spreads from child to child through fecal particles and contaminated water, and an additional 366 cases of what is called vaccine-derived polio. By May 13 this year, there had been 59 cases of wild polio and another 104 cases of vaccine-derived polio—and that’s with the tropical rainy season, traditionally the riskiest part of the year for infection, still to come.

Those numbers are bad, but they could be far worse. Since the campaign began, the annual number of polio cases has been kept down in the hundreds thanks to relentless rounds of vaccination. Why it takes so many rounds requires a little explanation.

There actually are two polio vaccines, or at least two types: an injected one that uses a dead virus to evoke an immune response, and an oral vaccine that uses weakened live viruses. To create immunity, both require several doses in the first months of a child’s life, plus boosters later. (The reason there are two traces back to a ferocious long-ago rivalry between two scientists: Jonas Salk, creator of the first, injectable vaccine, and Albert Sabin, who devised the oral version a few years later.)

The injectable version is more expensive to produce and to administer, because you need trained health care workers to give shots, along with an established system for disposing of all those needles afterward. Most industrialized countries use that one. But the polio campaign relies on the oral vaccine, which is cheaper to make and also uncomplicated to give; it just requires dripping the vaccine into a child’s mouth.

Using a weakened but living virus comes with a benefit and also some risks. The benefit is that, because it is still living, the virus reproduces itself in the intestines after it is swallowed, latching onto receptors in the lining of the gut. That means the immunity-provoking virus can exit the body in feces and—in places with poor hygiene—migrate to other children and then reproduce in their systems, creating protection in them as well.

One of the risks, though, is that if the virus doesn’t latch on in the gut in quantities sufficient to create full immunity, it leaves these children partially vulnerable. And in rare circumstances, the vaccine virus mutates as it reproduces, reverting back to the virulence of the wild form and creating a polio paralysis that is indistinguishable from the original infection.

So children in areas where the polio virus still circulates, or where a vaccine-derived virus pops up unexpectedly, might be at risk in several different ways: They might never have been vaccinated, because religious pressure or civil unrest makes it impossible to bring kids and vaccinators together, or their vaccine protection might be incomplete.

To reach children who have never been vaccinated, as well as to keep up immunity in kids who haven’t fully developed it, countries where polio is still extant—Afghanistan and Pakistan, and a dozen African nations—stage mass campaigns with the help of the global initiative. (Its main supporters, in addition to the WHO and Rotary, are the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.) On those campaign days, children and parents gather so that kids can receive the vaccine drops; on one day, the gatherings can total millions of families in a country. Those are followed by mop-up days in which thousands of vaccinators comb through neighborhoods, from house to house, to track down children who were missed.

Those mass campaigns, which can occur multiple times a year in vulnerable countries, are the ones that have been suspended. Large gatherings are considered too dangerous, and sending vaccinators into neighborhoods risks them carrying an unrecognized coronavirus infection with them, or picking the virus up from one house and transferring it to another.

Those kinds of calculations posed an agonizing choice for the polio campaign, according to Dr. Steven Cochi, a senior adviser in the CDC’s Global Immunization Division and its liaison to the global polio campaign. Suspending the mass campaigns takes away the ability to put a ring fence of vaccination around an outbreak, and deprives kids who have already started the vaccine regimen of an opportunity to keep their immunity up. “How do you find the sweet spot between the risk of reopening society, and staying so shut down you’re not able to protect children?” Cochi asks.

The biggest risk is that the pause leaves vulnerable any children whose families are in remote or conflict-ridden areas, who rely on the mass gatherings for their kids’ earliest vaccinations because they cannot safely reach a clinic or doctor. While vaccination efforts are on hold, children will keep being born—and while newborns retain some immunity from their mothers, that doesn’t last. “Between 6 and 12 months of age, children lose the protective antibodies they get from their mothers,” Cochi says. “That erosion of population immunity—against polio, measles, any vaccine-preventable disease—erodes pretty quickly. The longer this goes on, the more of a cohort of susceptible people gets built up.”

The math behind these decisions is tricky. In April, a modeling project at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine tried to calculate the hazards of taking children to be vaccinated, and potentially exposing them, their families, and health care workers to Covid-19, versus leaving them unvaccinated, and thus risking them catching these preventable diseases. In a paper that is still online as a preprint (not yet peer-reviewed), researchers in the Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases estimated that some deaths from Covid-19 exposures would happen—but anywhere from 37 to 549 other deaths would be avoided, because children would not develop diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis, meningitis, or yellow fever.

Amid Covid-19’s social distancing, the polio campaign and the national health care systems it partners with are struggling to keep routine vaccinations going at clinics. In Nigeria, the country that has been hit hardest by vaccine-derived polio, there is an aggressive effort to persuade clinic workers that it is safe to stay on the job.



1st    $100                   No. 531            Sue Morgan  (M.B.)                           ( sold by L. Walding)
2nd    $30                      No. 696         Elysia Wilby (M.B.)                            (sold by Mobilong Rotary Club)    
3rd      $ 20                     No 738       Chris  Lynch  (Mt. Gambier)                 (sold by Meals on Wheels)
The D9510 Conference Committee wishes to announce that the inaugural D9510 Conference will be held from the afternoon of Friday 16th April 2021 to 12:30pm Sunday 18th April 2021 in Bendigo.
The Conference Committee headed up by Rotarian Arthur Manser from the Rotary Club of St Peters is promising to deliver a dynamic line up of interesting speakers and entertainment that we know you will enjoy and provide many opportunities for fellowship.
After 42 years apart, our two Districts are re-joining on 1st July. Fittingly, our theme for the inaugural 9510 Conference is Moving Forward Together.
Registrations will be open in the new Rotary year once our Districts’ ClubRunner databases have been merged into one. Until then we suggest you secure your plans to join us in Bendigo.
To make the Conference a great success we welcome any offers of advertising sponsorship or in kind contributions from your business networks.
Please do not hesitate to contact Conference Chair, Arthur Manser amanser@bigpond.net.au  or myself if you wish to discuss.
The latest conference details will be updated on the new D9510 website and we are hoping by April 2021 our conference will be free of COVID restrictions.
Best Regards,
David Jones
District Governor Elect 9510 (2020-21)
Rotary Club of Mitcham
Mobile: 0427 026 887

Rotary on Zoom

MURRAY BRIDGE IS ZOOMING. With our 5th Rotary Club of Murray Bridge ZOOM club meeting this week we have taken nearly all of our members with us in participation. In addition we have significant welcomed guests who are also participating. Alumini are particularly welcome especially past exchange students, RYLA, RYPEN, ROTORACT, INTERACT and past members partners.

- 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.



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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June 9, 2009
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