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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. 
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Meetings at the Golf Club have resumed

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Replace Regular Meetings Resumed

Upcoming Meetings
Sep 22, 2020 6:15 PM
From Hero to Zero


Chairperson: Gary Frazer

Fellowship & Invocation: Sam Cozens

Reserve: Jim Cundy

Sep 29, 2020 6:15 PM
Social Evening
Oct 06, 2020 6:15 PM
Inner Wheel Club of Mobilong
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For Those Not Attending In Person

Link For Next Meeting

Regular "In Person" Meeting have now resumed. 
For those not yet ready to resume meeting at the Golf Club we will continue to offer attendance via Zoom till the beginning of November however guest speakers may continue to join us via Zoom when needed.
Normal notification of apologies to the Golf Club has now resumed.
Rotary Meeting 3375
Time: Sep 22, 2020 06:00 PM Adelaide
Meeting ID: 863 6015 4691
Passcode: 023960
Should you have any queries relating to Zoom, please contact Robin or Sam.

Meeting Report 3374

The District Governor of Rotary District 9510 David Jones and his wife Lyn with Area Governor Sherilee Judge were special guests of the Rotary Club of Murray Bridge last night at the Murray Bridge Golf Club. David elaborated on Rotary International World President Holger Knaack's Theme of Rotary opens up opportunities locally and internationally. Rotary has provided David with many opportunities on his Rotary journey joining ROTORACT in 1978, attending RYLA in1980, going on a GSE Exchange to India for three weeks in 1981, joined the Mitcham Club in 2003, was President in 2007/8, participated in a youth Exchange Safari in Australia in 2009 and was Team Leader of a GSE Exchange to Sweden. Rotarians see a world where people unite and take ACTION to create lasting change across the globe. Rotary is about leadership, service, fellowship, diversity and integrity. Rotarians engage in meaningful volunteering roles within the community and this has been significant in its image. The District has 85 clubs takes in all of SA, and parts of Victoria, NSW and NT with a total of 2152 members. In 2021 Rotary in Australia will be celebrating 100 years starting in Australia with the Rotary Club of Melbourne. Lyn Jones who taught at Murray Bridge North Primary School for 4 to 5 years presented on the Rotary Health Foundation's project on Mental Health. The Australian Rotary Health Foundation is one of the largest non government funders of Mental Health. They commissioned Professor Tony Jorm and Betty Kitchener to develop the Mental Health First Aid Program which is a very useful resource. Telling our personal Rotary Story is a powerful tool in who we are and what we do.


African Region Declared Free of Wild Polio Virus

Rotary and its GPEI partners celebrate a monumental achievement, say global eradication of wild polio is possible with the continued dedication and persistence of Rotarians

The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.

After decades of hard won gains in the region, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) — WHO, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the vaccine alliance — are proclaiming the milestone an achievement in public health. They offer it as proof that strong commitment, coordination, and perseverance can rid the world of polio.

The certification that the African region is free of wild poliovirus comes after the independent Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) conducted thorough field verifications that confirmed no new cases and analyzed documentation of polio surveillance, immunization, and laboratory capacity by Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nigeria, and South Sudan. The commission had already accepted the documentation of the other 43 countries in the region.

The last cases of polio caused by the wild virus in the African region were recorded in Nigeria’s northern state of Borno in August 2016, after two years with no cases. Conflict, along with challenges in reaching mobile populations, had hampered efforts to immunize children there.

Now that the African region is free of wild poliovirus, five of WHO’s six regions, representing more than 90 percent of the world’s population, are now free of the disease. Polio caused by the wild virus is still endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean region.

The African region’s wild polio-free certification was celebrated during a livestream event. Speakers included Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Bill Gates, Rotary International President Holger Knaack, Nigeria PolioPlus chair Dr. Tunji Funsho, and representatives of other GPEI partners. The celebration was followed by a press conference.

In the program, Knaack spoke about people needing good news during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “The challenges ahead are formidable,” Knaack said. “That’s why we must recognize this great achievement and commend all the people who played important roles in reaching this milestone. It took tremendous effort over many years.”

An achievement decades in the making

Not detecting any wild poliovirus in Africa is in stark contrast to the situation in 1996, when 75,000 children there were paralyzed by the disease. That year, at a meeting of the Organization of African Unity in Cameroon, African heads of state committed to eradicating the disease from the continent.

To bolster the effort, also in 1996, Rotary, its GPEI partners, and South African President Nelson Mandela launched the Kick Polio Out of Africa campaign. Using soccer matches and celebrity endorsements, the campaign raised awareness of polio and helped more than 30 African countries to hold their first National Immunization Days. Mandela’s call to action helped mobilize leaders across the continent to increase their efforts to reach every child with polio vaccine.

Since 1996, countless Rotary members from across Africa and around the world have raised funds, immunized children, and promoted vaccinations, enabling the GPEI to respond to and stop polio outbreaks. More than 9 billion doses of oral polio vaccine have been provided throughout the region, preventing an estimated 1.8 million cases of paralysis. Each year, about 2 million volunteers help vaccinate 220 million children against polio multiple times in the African region.

Rotary members have contributed nearly $890 million toward polio eradication efforts in the African region. The funds have allowed Rotary to issue PolioPlus grants to fund polio surveillance, transportation, awareness campaigns, and National Immunization Days.

Dr. Tunji Funsho, chair of Rotary’s Nigeria PolioPlus committee, noted Rotarians’ tremendous contributions to polio eradication efforts in Africa: “From raising funds and immunizing children, to providing ‘polio plusses,’ such as soap and health kits, Rotary members have shown resilience and steadfast dedication to our top priority of ending polio.”

Rotary members have helped build extensive polio infrastructure that has been used to respond to COVID-19 and, in 2014, the Ebola crisis, as well as to protect communities from yellow fever and bird flu.

Challenges still ahead

The GPEI’s challenge now is to eradicate wild poliovirus in the two countries where the disease has never been stopped: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Additionally, routine immunization in Africa must also be strengthened to keep the wild poliovirus from returning and to protect children against circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus, which is rare but continues to infect people in parts of the African region.

To eradicate polio, multiple high-quality immunization campaigns must continue to be given priority. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s necessary to keep children vaccinated against polio while also protecting health workers from COVID-19 and making sure they don’t contribute to its transmission.

Global health officials and experts say that sustained fundraising and advocacy are still crucial, not only to protect gains in Africa, but to reach the ultimate goal of a world without polio. Rotary members still have a critical role to play in keeping the African region free of wild poliovirus and eliminating the virus in the two countries where polio remains endemic.

As Knaack said, “This is a big step in our journey to a polio-free world, but the fight is not over yet. We still need the support of our Rotary members, donors, and heroic effort of health care workers to finish the job.”

Visit endpolio.org to learn more and donate.


Training Day for Emergency Relief Centre

Dear Rotary Partners.

In preparation for the forthcoming fire season, SA Housing Authority as the lead agency for community response in the time of a declared disaster, is convening a training day to ensure its staff and partners in the delivery and operationalisation of an Emergency Relief Centre have a full understanding of the context in which the Centre is formed and operates, the various roles undertaken and services provided. Rotary under an MOU with SAHA is invited to provide support in the administration of the Waiting Hub and completion of exit interviews. However, these roles may vary due to the nature of the event.

For now, please ensure the dates are in your diaries and where possible you have members attend. 

The Murray Bridge session - Adelaide Hills and the Murray Lands
Tuesday 6 October 2020
Ramblers Football Club 
1 Ramsay St. Murray Bridge 

Morning Tea and Lunch will be provided

More information and formal request for participation will be provided by John Fischer, Chair Disaster recovery Committee, D 9510

Virtual Jobs Fair

The Australian Government is hosting the Adelaide and Murraylands Virtual Jobs Fair on Tuesday, 22 September 2020 between 9.30 am to 1.30 pm to help businesses connect with people looking for work.

RDAMR are proud to be showcasing the Murraylands and the incredible opportunities available to live, work and play in the region.

If you are looking for staff or looking for a new opportunity register now.

Find out more: https://lnkd.in/gpCgJ2v

Bunnings Fund Raiser

The Bunnings BBQ first shift team from last Sunday's Rotary Club of Murray Bridge sausage sizzle in Murray Bridge. We will be back again on Sunday 27th. Call in and say hello and have an easy meal cooked by our Rotarians. Proceeds are spent locally in local projects. Working within Covid guidelines.

CALENDAR WINNERS 15th September 2020

1st    $ 100       No. 759         Vito Bruno     (Glenata.)               (sold by K. Prosser)   - ch. no. 3835
2nd    $30        No.  136         Power FM      (M.B.)               (sponsor) 
3rd    $ 20        No   381         Julie Dohnt      (M.B.)             (sold by Bridge Patches & Quilters)      

Apologies 8th September

Wayne Jackson, Brenton Lewis, Malcolm Blight, Ron Lehmann, Gordon Schultz, Darryl Webb, Rodger Wickes.


We have it from a reliable source that we currently collect 5% of bread tags in Australia, so for every bread tag we collect, there are twenty out there waiting for us - now that's a challenge!
And we now have 397 collection points, so there is probably one near you, ..... or you could host one and help us get to 400!
So get your family, school, child care centre, retirement village, church, community centre, bakery, cafe, or fast food joint collecting, and find a collection point on our map, or post your tags to us. It's all on our website : https://ozbreadtagsforwheelchairs.org.au/

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