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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

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 1.  Is it the TRUTH?
 2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?
 4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Upcoming Meetings
Jul 16, 2019 6:00 PM
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Chairperson: Jenny Phillips

Fellowship & Invocation: David Altmann

Reserve: Malcolm Blight

Jul 23, 2019 6:00 PM
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Meeting Report 3316

Tuesday night's Rotary Club of Murray Bridge Dinner Meeting featured our own Rotarian Jack Reddin, a Veterinarian by profession, who updated us on the spread of African Swine Fever and also the effects of feral cats on native marsupials and birds. Swine Fever is a major threat to our pig industry. It's now in Europe, Thailand, Vietnam, North Korea, and China. Vietnam has culled 2 million pigs. In Germany they tested Passengers on air flights by going thru their luggage and found infected meats. The disease is not transmissible to humans, but we are the main mechanism of spreading it. Nearly all infected pigs die, the virus is a survivor with a three week incubation and 70% of the population in many Asian countries get their protein from pig meat. There is research on the way to develop a vaccine. The red tailed Phascogale, a small native marsupial related to the famed extinct thylacine is now also under threat of extinction resulting from predation from feral cats. The species has been recorded in Central Australia near Tennant Creek, the great Sandy Desert, SW Western Australia and parts of southern South Australia. Its a beautiful little marsupial weighing about 60gms with a long tail with a blackish patch in front of the eye and reddish coloured ears. It's generally nocturnal, but also feeds during the day. A survey in the Piliga Forest in WA showed that feral cats range up to 250 km in the wild. On Kangaroo Island the population of feral cats has been surveyed to be 1 cat per square kilometre. Even in the dry Tanami Desert the cat population is one per two square kms. Cats have to have food every day as they are obligate carnivores and their preference is to eat live animals in the 50 to 200gm range. Feral Cats generally weigh between 2 to 3 Kg in weight. Birds are also a food source for them from the little wrens to the cockatoos. KI is currently trailing methods of eradication of the feral cat.

World News

Hope for Peace in Mexico


Following the most violent year on record in Mexico, the second national Positive Peace workshop united 150 young peacebuilders in Hidalgo.

The aim of the program was to provide both a deep knowledge of peace cycles as well as the skills required to make change within the local system to create and sustain systemic peacefulness.

Many participants highlighted their acute awareness for daily acts of normalised violence.

While the headline figures about organised crime and trafficking may seem intangible to grassroots peacebuilders, shifting consciousness to micro-violence observed daily offers a new framework for action.

“What impacted me the most was the hard evidence presented and the presentations that explored violence in many spheres, where sometimes it is invisible,” said one participant in the in the workshop’s evaluation survey conducted by True Roots International.

“It made me change my perspective and be more aware of normalised behaviours that we have as a culture.”

The workshop encouraged participants to look at interpersonal peacebuilding as well as big picture goals.

After the first Positive Peace Encounter in Mexico, returning participant Yesenia Uribe was equipped to action small environmental changes in her community to promote peacefulness.

Ms Uribe went on to paint murals reflecting peaceful ideals to “open minds, develop resiliency, and to promote leadership.”

“Before the workshops, I had the idea that it was very hard as individuals to help and collaborate in the construction of peace,” said Uribe.

“Ever since, I have realised all the tools and opportunities that we have to build peace in our communities.”

The majority of participants were aged 22-29 and brought a diversity of expertise to the workshop, including conflict resolution, education and economic empowerment.

Prior to the workshop, 58 per cent of participants had not received formal training related to the themes of peace or peacebuilding before.

Upon the completion of the workshop, 98 per cent of participants felt they had a solid foundational understanding of the pillars of Positive Peace.

Ninety-seven per cent reported feeling equipped to explain what they learnt to others, according to the preliminary evaluation report conducted by True Roots International.

The ability to relay the Positive Peace framework is important to implementation as peacebuilding alliances cooperate on the same goals.

The opportunity to strengthen alliances and forge networks with fellow peace practitioners has been highlighted as one of the most valuable takeaways the program offers.

Sixty per cent of participants were members of Rotaract, 32 per cent were members of civil society organisations, 27 per cent were university students, and 19 per cent were involved in social impact projects.


“What impacted me the most was the group of young people with diverse identities in terms of personal histories, places of origin, and accents, as well as diversity in their projects that covered different sectors. Across this diversity, there was a common interest in improving conditions.” – Workshop participant

Ninety-six per cent of participants felt that they made valuable connections thanks to their participation and 87 per cent of participants reported a commitment to connect with peers from their region to maintain future communication.

The vast majority (94 per cent) of participants learned of new organisations in their line of work at the event, and almost as many plan to collaborate with those new organisations.

Vision of Humanity will report on the initiatives and successes of the workshop’s participants as they go on to build peace in their communities with the guidance of the Positive Peace framework.

Mexico is ranked 140 out of 163 countries in the latest Global Peace Index (GPI), making it the least peaceful country in the Central American and Caribbean region.

Despite the 2019 Mexico Peace Index revealing the highest homicide rate on record and a $268 billion cost of violence, a firm foundation of Positive Peace has been established in Mexico, which provides a hopeful path forward.

In 2017, IEP’s Positive Peace Index (PPI) showed that Mexico ranked 59 out of 163 countries, with an overall score better than both the global and the Central America and Caribbean regional averages.

When a country ranks higher in the PPI than in the GPI, it is said to have a “Positive Peace surplus”, indicating that Mexico has the potential to improve its levels of peacefulness.

Mexico has the second highest potential for improvement in peace in the world

The program is supported by the American Rotary Club of Chattanoonga Hamilton Place District 6780 and local Mexican Rotary District 4170. The preliminary evaluation cited in this article was produced by Nicola Coakley and Summer Lewis from True Roots International. 

Why the Rotary year begins 1 July

Ever wonder why 1 July is the beginning of the Rotary year? Initially, our conventions played a key role in determining the start date of our fiscal and administrative year.

Rotary’s first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on 18 August 1910. The 1911-12 fiscal year also related to the convention, beginning with the first day of the 1911 convention on 21 August.

The next August, the Board of Directors ordered an audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs’ finances. The auditors recommended that the organization end its fiscal year on 30 June to give the secretary and treasurer time to prepare a financial statement for the convention and board, and to determine the proper number of club delegates to the convention.
The executive committee agreed and, in April 1913, designated 30 June as the end of the fiscal year. This also allowed for changes to the schedule for reporting club membership and payments. Even The Rotarian changed its volume numbering system to correspond to the fiscal year (beginning with Volume 5, No. 1, in July 1914).
Rotary continued to hold its annual conventions in July or August until 1917. Delegates to the 1916 event in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, approved a resolution to hold future conventions in June, mainly because of the heat in cities where most of them occurred. The next one was held 17-21 June in Atlanta, Georgia.
The term “Rotary year” has been used to signify Rotary's annual administrative period since at least 1913. An article in The Rotarian that July noted, “The Rotary year that is rapidly drawing to a close has been signalized by several highly successful joint meetings of Clubs that are so situated as to assemble together easily and conveniently.”
Since the executive committee’s decision in 1913, the end of the Rotary year has remained 30 June.

Calendar Winners 18th June 2019

1 st prize.   $100     No  651         Bruce Mitchell  (Strathalbyn)                          (sold by Strath. Woodshed)
2nd prize     $30      No. 122         Flight Centre  (M. B.)                                        (Sponsor)     
3rd  prize     $20      No  106         Beks Pet Grooming   (M.B.)                             (Sponsor) 

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

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