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
Apr 02, 2019
"Jay's Longest Melanoma March"

Meeting: 3302

Apr 09, 2019
Lyn Sickerdick is organising
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Meeting Report 3301

Our guest speaker for meeting 3301 was Damian Leach.
Damian is the D9520 Youth Service Co-ordinator 2017-2020 & D9510 Youth Service Chair-Nominee.
But what are our youth programs?
  • EarlyAct*
  • InterAct
  • Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment
  • ConocoPhilips Science Experience
  • Science and Engineering Challenge
  • Health of the River Forum
  • Rotary Citizenship Experience*
  • Long Term Youth Exchange
  • Mock United Nations Assembly*
  • National Youth Science Forum
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award
  • Rotaract
  • New Generations Service Exchange
  • Roadsafe Youth Driver Awareness
  • Rotary Youth WELLbeing
  • Plus Club Based Programs
The following outlines some of our programs. Those with an asterisk are not RI programs but are managed by Districts.
  • EarlyAct*
  • 5-13 years old
  • Opportunity to gain awareness of local and global community.
  • Involves character building activities and prepares them for leadership.
  • Interact
  • 12-18 years old
  • Self guiding and self-supporting. The local Rotary club provides an advisor.
  • Can be school or community based.
  • Cost: Depends on your club
  • Contact: Damian Leach
                    0438 294 563
  • Interact
  • 12-18 years old
  • Self guiding and self-supporting. The local Rotary club provides an advisor.
  • Can be school or community based.
  • Cost: Depends on your club
  • Contact: Damian Leach
                    0438 294 563
  • Long Term Youth Exchange
  • For students between 15 and 17 years old.
  • Rotary District to Rotary District exchange.
  • 12 month exchange
  • Cost is dependent on club, and clubs can share student.
  • Contact: Andrew Hardy
                  0419 807 967
  • Long Term Youth Exchange
  • For students between 15 and 17 years old.
  • Rotary District to Rotary District exchange.
  • 12 month exchange
  • Cost is dependent on club, and clubs can share student.
  • Contact: Andrew Hardy
                  0419 807 967
  • Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)
  • RYPEN is a weekend-long program for those aged between 14 and 17.
  • Focusses on personal development and “life” skills.
  • Held in October School Holidays
  • Cost: Approx $300 per student.
  • Contact: Stephany Martin
                    0439 572 495
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)
  • RYLA is a week long program for those aged between 18 and 25.
  • Focusses on leadership skills and personal qualities.
  • Held in September university break.
  • Cost: Approx $900 per candidate
  • Contact: Stephany Martin
                    0439 572 495
  • Rotary Youth Wellbeing (RYWELL)
  • Programs provided for youth who are disadvantaged as a result of family circumstances and seeks to provide them with opportunities for enjoyable recreational activities.
  • The Committee has formed a liaison with Families SA over recent years to organise holiday programs of activities for young people who live in Government Accommodation Units under the responsibility of the Minister.
  • Contact: Peter Gapp
                  0414 442 265
  • One and All program
  • This program sends young people with initiative who could otherwise not afford it on training voyages on the tall ship “One & All”.
  • On a five day training trip young people, under stringent supervision and guidance, are required to run the ship, standing watches 24 hours a day, climb the rigging, set and trim the sails and take the helm. With the power of the wind and the size of the sails, the strong forces generated compel the group to work together as a team. For many the overall experience can be life changing.

    Contact: David Binks
                   0438 221 937
  • ConocoPhillips Science Experience
  • Provided for Year 9 and 10 students.
  • 3 or 4 day experience within a local university.
  • Held in November/December
  • Cost: Approx $180
  • Contact: Roxanne Rowland
                  0427 406 58
  • National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)
  • Applications open for Year 11 students.
  • Week-long program in Canberra or Brisbane.
  • Our district is only able to send 20 participants, so it is a very competitive process.
  • Cost: Approx $3,100 (but participant is asked to contribute half).
  • Contact: Bob Basedow
                  0449 606 001
  • RoadSafe Youth Driver Awareness
  • Road Safety Education Limited is the leading provider of road safety education for youth in Australia.
  • The flagship RYDA Program is delivered each year to over 50,000 senior high school students from more than 650 participating schools.
  • Students attend six interactive sessions at a dedicated venue over the course of a school day
  • Cost: depends on numbers
  • Contact: Brad Silby
                   0418 833 286
  • How we can attract young people to Rotary
  • No silver bullet
  • Continue the “spiral of engagement”
  • Build a partnership
  • Be proud of your club
  • Be confident in what you do
  • Seek out young people to help on your programs


The Rotary Club of Murray Bridge hosted 5 members of the Group Study Exchange Team from D6040 Missouri from 17th to 22nd March. 
The itinerary and program for the visit was a joint effort between the International and Vocational Committees. 
D6040 provided 5 excellent representatives from their District:
Melissa Koch, Susanne MacCambridge, Ashley Starrett, Cutter Gale and Lisa Deatherage.
Our Club provided hosts for the visitors and we sincerely thank Sam and Liz Cozens, Ron and Sabine Jericho, Lesley and Steve Murray, Rob and Jenny Walters and Sue Foster for opening their homes to our visitors. 
We greeted the visitors at Sturt Reserve on Sunday 17th March and then met at the Murray Bridge Golf Club for a late morning tea/early lunch provided by the hosts.  We thank the Golf Club for their hospitality.  Our visitors were then taken on a tour of the Railway Cottages (thanks to Ken Wells) and the Roundhouse (thanks to RCMB volunteers) for a brief overview of the history of our Rural City.  The rest of the afternoon and evening were free.
On Monday 18th, our guests were welcomed to the Rural City of Murray Bridge by Mayor Brenton Lewis.  Following this, they were taken to Monarto Zoo for a “behind the scenes” look at our open range zoo and also observe the many projects taken on by our Rotary Club.  Our thanks to the staff at Monarto Zoo for providing the guided tour behind the scenes and the great commentary on the Zoo Loop bus.
A shared evening meal with our visitors and hosts was held at the home of Jack and Jill Reddin.  A beautiful setting outdoors overlooking the swamps and River Murray.  Thanks to Jack and Jill and host families for providing a typical Aussie style bbq, plus the entrée of Seafood Chowder in a crusted roll.
Our visitors were taken on their first vocational visits to various locations on Tuesday morning –
Melissa – Housing SA with Wendy Gaborit,
Lisa – Insurance with Simon Sickerdick,
Ashley – Equine Dentistry with Jack Reddin and Nick, visiting Equine Dentist,
Cutter – Rural City of Murray Bridge and Rob Walters,
Susanne – Tailem Bend Community Centre, with CEO Tammy Shepherd. 
Meanwhile at the Golf Club, our Club members were busy setting up for the GSE Inter-City Dinner that night.  87 Rotarians, partners and visitors from 7 Clubs attended our dinner, where we celebrated not only the GSE visitors, but our Club’s 3,300th meeting and Bruce and Ruth Frazer’s 70th wedding anniversary.  It was a lot to pack in to our evening’s program, but we managed it very successfully.  Our thanks to the Golf Club staff for providing an excellent two course, alternate drop meal, our Club members who helped in so many different ways, Kevin Prosser and Marg Whitehead for providing an overview of our Rotary Club’s activities over 65 years in less than 10 minutes, to Robin for being MC for the evening and to our GSE visitors for giving us a wonderful insight to their home state of Missouri. 
Wednesday saw our visitors enjoying their second vocational experience. 
Cutter - environmental tour of Morphett Reserve at Woods Point, Pangarinda Arboretum at Wellington and Tolderol Bird Sanctuary at Langhorne Creek with Jack Reddin, Peter Phillips and Rob Walters
Melissa and Susanne – Resthaven with Marg Whitehead
Ashley – SA Dental Service with Lesley Murray
Lisa – Rural City of Murray Bridge
All our visitors and some hosts enjoyed a late lunch at Lake Breeze Winery.  President David and Petrina provided valuable vocational information for Cutter Gale over dinner at their home, whilst Ron and Sabine entertained our GSE guests and hosts to a Pool Party and pizzas that evening,
Our final day on Thursday saw our GSE guests and hosts enjoy a delightful cruise and lunch on the Captain Proud.  This allowed our guests to just sit back and enjoy our Murray River and the scenery.  Thanks to Sue Foster for hosting a gathering of guests and host families at her home on Thursday evening.  The weather was perfect and our guests were treated to a wonderful array of Australian cuisine, including mulloway, Coorong mullet, kangaroo, camel, goat and crocodile tastings., followed by pavlova and fruit salad.
Our visitors departed on Friday morning, 22nd March to spend a couple of days of rest and recreation at Glenelg. 
Our thanks go to the members of our International and Vocational committees who helped in a variety of ways. It was a great team effort. Thanks also go to Dave Mellen, who offered words of wisdom from his hospital bed, when Robin and I were preparing the program late in 2018.
Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the experiences we had to offer them.  We believe we had the right balance of vocational and cultural experiences for our guests from Missouri.
Many thanks to Robin for his “behind the scenes” work in coordinating the program, the Inter-City dinner and bookings on line. His communication to all concerned in the management of this project was continuous and everybody involved knew what was happening every day.
Our Club has proved once again, that we can coordinate “an event” and do it extraordinarily well.
Jenny Phillips, International Director            Robin LeGallez, Vocational Director

30th Murray Bridge Rotary Art Exhibition

It was a wonderful and happy crowd that filled the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery for the 2019 Murray Bridge Rotary Art Show Gala Opening Night on Friday Night.... The works on display were of a high standard and a credit to the artists who display them. Rotary Club of Mobilong President Adrian Pergilini opened the proceedings The relatively new Murray Bridge Regional Art Director Fulvia Martinelli introduced herself to the crowd and Judge Richard Heathcote commented on the works in an entertaining and informative way. The Murray Bridge Children's Choir were fantastic in their performance and there was plenty to eat and drink as the crowd enjoyed the exhibition. Rotary Club of Murray Bridge President David Altmann thanked all of the sponsors, the Regional Gallery, the Rural City staff, the Rotarians on the Art Show committee, and the large audience for their support.

Congratulations to the 2019 Prize winners:
2D Painting. Prints. Drawings

$1000. 1st Prize. Lynette Anstey - Murray in Flood
$250 2nd Prize - Carol Bann - ...Skeleton
$100. 3rd Prize - Maxine Williams - Cave Spirit

3D - Sculpture, Ceramics

$1000. 1st Prize. Anna Couper - Blooming
$250. 2nd Prize. Stephen Oatway - Donald
$100. 3rd Prize . Connie Berg - Meeples

Andrew Hay Memorisl Phot Prize

$1000 1st Prize. Carol Coventry - Windmill Sunrise
$250 2nd Prize. Leanne Walding- Army of Fungi
$100. 3rd Prize. Carol Coventry -  R U OK

Digital Art sponsored by CDW Studios
Prizes entitle the awardees to participate in workshop
$695. 1st Prize. Mark Richards - Oasis In, Motel & Cafe
$295 2nd Prize Penny Parker - Frances’s Faerie
$190. 3rd Prize. Thuy-Anh-Le - Putting Their Weary Bones to rest .





Mobilong Joint Dinner

Seventeen members of the Rotary Club of Murray Bridge and several from Tailem Bend joined the Rotary Club of Mobilong at the Murray Bridge RSL to hear SAPOL's Kim Ide talk about staying safe on the Internet. She led us through some of the scams, the language, and made suggestions for parents and grandparents on protection of themselves and the young.
She illustrated several scenario's during her talk. It finished with an interesting and stimulating discussion period.

Calendar Report

Jim Cundy reported on the 2019 Calendar
Firstly a big thankyou to the committee; 
David Price, Rob Walters, Kevin Prosser, Don McLean, Malcolm Blight, Sue Foster and Jack Reddin. 
Also a big thankyou to Leanne Walding and the photographers for their contribution.
There were 850 calendars sold, resulting in a profit of $13,000
A total of $10,080 was added to the Rotary Club of Murray Bridge Projects. This money will be used to further our support of the local community.
The following organisations all helped by selling calendars and all received a share of the ($2,920) profits.
Strath Woodshed
Bridge Patches & Quilters
MB United Lodge No 44
Murray Bridge Pistol Club
Murray Bridge Lawn Tennis
Strathalbyn S.E.S
Murray Bridge Water Activities Club
Meals on Wheels MB
Kiwanis Club
Mypolonga Primary School
Murray Bridge Golf Club
Lutheran Church
Unity College
Mens Shed
Anglican Church
Mypolonga Rotary Club
MB City Lions

Calendar Draw 26/3/2019

1st - $100 No.272 Wayne Freeman (MB) sold by I. Elstan
2nd - $30 No.756 Ady Wright (MB) sold by R.C of Mobilong
3rd - $20 No.439 Dale Beck (Bordertown) sold by G. O'Bryan

Apologies Meeting 3301

Michael Bagshaw, Wayne Jackson, Brenton Lewis, Peter Seals, Dave Mellen, Heather Muirhead, Jerry Wilson, Christine Willisdorf, GarryWilson, Ron Jerico, Ron Leahmann, Don Mc'Clean, B. Nicholson, Jenny Phillips, Marg Whitehead, Leanne Walding, Darryl Web, B Frazer.

Breakfast Meeting

The breakfast meeting will be held on the 30th April 2019 starting at 7am to about 8.30am.
Guest Speaker will be Riding For The Disabled.
Location to be finalised.

Rotary Wine Sales

Following our successful wine labelling event, our Club is now able to offer the exceptional Lake Breeze 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


Magdalina Graduation

Dear All at Rotary Club of Murray Bridge

We are just months away from Magdalina’s Form 6 graduation from The School of St Jude and the completion of her Secondary academic scholarship.

The Form 6 Graduation will be happening on Saturday of 25th May 2019 at our secondary school Usa River campus just outside Arusha.

With less than 2% of students in Tanzania completing their secondary education, we invite you to join us in recognising this incredible achievement and what it symbolises for both Magdalina and her family. 

At present, our Form 6 students are getting ready for their coming final examinations; a challenge that Magdalina has been able to embrace because of your generosity and dedication towards her education.

If you’d like to wish Magdalina congratulation, please feel free to reply to this email before Monday 20th May and we will pass on your congratulations and best wishes. 

If you are joining us for the graduation event, we look forward to welcoming you to St Jude’s in May.

Even when our Form 6 students have been very busy preparing for the National Examinations, we made sure to capture a few final shots of them in their St Jude’s uniform. Attached is a photo of Magdalina in the final days as a secondary student at St Jude’s.

Best wishes,

The School of St Jude
We're just around the corner!
Hi all
Get ready Adelaide, Godwin and I are coming your way! Be sure to get along and see us at the main event happening in your area - it's free but tickets are almost gone!
I’m especially excited this year because I'm travelling with an exceptional St Jude’s graduate who I can’t wait for you to meet. Godwin is an aspiring electrical engineer who has overcome so much in his journey out of poverty and will soon be on his way to university.
He'll be sharing with you his inspiring story and showing you firsthand the impact you are making here in Tanzania! Read more about Godwin's story.
Visit our website by clicking HERE
Please help us to spread the word, tell your friends to come along too so they can learn about St Jude’s and what we're achieving.
We can't wait to see you!
Gemma and Godwin
Fighting poverty through education
P.O Box 11875, Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa
Phone: + 255 755 106 058 or +255 686 049 142

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