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
Nov 26, 2019 6:00 PM
Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter


Chairperson: Jenny Phillips

Fellowship & Invocation: Jack Reddin

Reserve: Roxanne Rowland

Dec 03, 2019 6:00 PM
Club Annual General Meeting
Dec 10, 2019
Club Christmas Party - Murray Bridge Lawn Tennis Club
View entire list


Meeting Report 3335

There was a real country feel about the Rotary Club of Murray Bridge vocational visit to new local business Drakes Supermarket yesterday. Rotarian Sherida Campbell introduced store Manager Randall Myers and Mel and the passion for community involvement became immediately evident. The Drake philosophy led by 70 year old Mr Drake was apparant in purchasing from local producers. Local honey, Aussie Apricots, Thomas Foods, vegetable producers combined with the Community Chest Program to benefit local sporting clubs and community groups.The Cheese Bar was a specific product to cater for the houseboat market. A Juicer enabled fresh juice to be available and a popcorn machine for the youngsters. The fridges run on CO2 gas with a view to efficiencies and the environment. There are 21,000 items in the store and it employs 95 staff. Some of the younger staff are on school based traineeships through the Murray Bridge High School. Pre order meals are available and our members and their partners had a great meal there for $10 per head. Another new major investment in our city.

Tribute to Dave Mellen

By Phil Westover
I am honoured to be asked by the family to speak to you today about David Mellen’s service to his community through Rotary International. What I say may sound clinical and dull in the telling, but I can assure that over the 33 years it was not.
David Mellen gave service to his community in several ways during his lifetime and one of those ways of service was through his membership of Rotary International. It was a big part of his life.
David joined Rotary in 1986 and over the next 33 years served Murray Bridge and the wider community.
David held various offices at club level and at District Level in Rotary.
He was a director of the Rotary Club of Murray Bridge on several occasions, and at various times he was the secretary and the president and the vice president.  He participated in many programs of our club and of particular note was his participation in the International Youth Exchange Program.
Through his previous membership of APEX and subsequently through his membership of Rotary, David and his family hosted several international exchange students.  One of these students was a young girl from Denmark named Sisse Rasmussen who formed a special bond with the Mellens and with others in Murray Bridge.  It was a highlight for David and others of us to attend Sisse’s wedding in Sweden in 2009.
David was also very active in Rotary at the District Level.  He was an Assistant Governor.  He chaired a District Committee that promoted literacy programs and another committee that concerned students at risk.  He was involved in the Group Study Exchange program which is a Rotary program that enables young adults to visit other countries to observe how their jobs are carried out in those countries.
For a Rotary Club to conduct its programmes it needs cash.  David was also a very active member of our club at that grass roots level, cooking barbecues, selling wine and raffle tickets and doing whatever else needed to be done to raise money.
Not all of David’s activity in Rotary was serious.  There are many of us who attended a Rotary District Conference in Mildura some years ago, and who will never forget the sight of David Mellen at about 6 foot 4 inches in height and weighing in excess of 16 stone, wearing a ballet tutu, a blue singlet, and work boots performing a ballet  with a somewhat shorter Ron Lehman and others, also wearing the same style of costume.  They danced to the tune of “Nobody Loves a Fairy when she is 40”, and their performance was hilarious.  I may not have been able to paint that picture adequately with words, but I understand there is some video footage available which will be shown later which will redress my shortcomings.
David was a well-respected and highly valued member of our Rotary club, and we valued his wisdom. David was awarded Rotary’s highest honours.  He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2001, a Paul Harris Fellowship Sapphire Pin in 2013, and the Avenues of Service Citation in 2013.
Rotary has what it calls the Four Way Test, which is to be applied to the things that we think and say and do.
The first step of the test is to consider if whatever we think, say or do is the truth.
The second step is to consider if it is fair to all concerned.
The third step is to consider if it will build goodwill and better friendships.
The fourth step is to consider if it will be beneficial to all concerned.
I think that David Mellen, whether consciously or sub consciously, observed those principles in all aspects of his life.
David Mellen was a good man.  He was our friend and we will miss him.

Rotarians in Cambodia

Relaxing this week-end after busy 10 days of teaching English and visiting Rotary projects in Cambodia. Beautiful Thank You ceremony at the school and the school supplies we donated. Elderly music teacher overwhelmed with new drumsticks and speaker. Amazing markets and food. Sunrise over Angkor Wat this morning. Temples are so beautiful and peaceful ...until the bus loads of tourists arrive.
We visited a poor area around Kork Chork Pagoda today. Very thankful to Chheang Sopheak along with the village ‘chief’ who is a wise and respected woman, for their advice on which families would most benefit from having a Water well or Sand filter. We met a family that had recently lost a child in a road accident on her way to school. Another where the mother has been burnt severely with boiling water thrown by her husband. Heartbreaking stories.

Calendar Winners 12th November

1st Prize $100 - No 729 Gary Bald (MB), sold by Murray Bridge Lawn Tennis Assoc.
2nd Prize $30 - No 195  Joseph Alcantara (MB), sold by Murray Bridge United Lodge
3rd Prize $20 - No 203 Lamorna Pearce (Pernola), sold by J. Alexander - Walters

Rotary Wine Sales

Current wine stock is getting low but good news, we have now secured another pallet of the same vintage! 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

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.

  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...

Put These Events in your Diaries
No Rotary meeting tonight
Dec 24, 2019
No Rotary meeting tonight
Dec 31, 2019
Swap Meet
Feb 16, 2020
5:30 AM – 3:00 PM
PETS Seminar
Mar 14, 2020
PETS + Specialty Training
Mar 15, 2020
District 9520 Conference
Mar 27, 2020 - Mar 29, 2020
Rotary Art Show
Murray Bridge Regional Gallery
May 01, 2020 6:00 PM –
May 17, 2020 4:00 PM
District Assembly
May 03, 2020
Murray Bridge Changeover Dinner 2020
Jun 27, 2020 6:00 PM
View entire list
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bruce Frazer
November 19
Roxanne Rowland
November 21
Spouse Birthdays
Sue Frazer
November 3
Kirsty Bagshaw
November 10
Karen Eckermann
November 12
Elizabeth Cozens
November 18
Glenn OBryan
Karen Eckermann
November 4
Kevin Prosser
Deanna Prosser
November 10
Don McLean
Mary McLean
November 11
Ian Elston
Barbara Elston
November 11
Ron Lehmann
Bronwyn Lehmann
November 18
Wayne Jackson
Marg Jackson
November 28
Join Date
David Mellen
November 1, 1986
33 years
Sue Foster
November 15, 2016
3 years
Please add mailservice@clubrunner.ca to your safe sender list or address book.
To view our privacy policy, click here.
102-2060 Winston Park Drive, Oakville, ON, L6H 5R7
ClubRunner Mobile