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
Please Note
All meetings at the Golf Club are currently suspended

The Four-Way Test

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


Zoom Meetings to Replace Regular Meetings


Link For Next Meeting

Our next Rotary Meeting is this coming Tuesday evening beginning at 7pm.
Our Speaker will be Sherida Campbell who will be discussing Covid-19 in a Banking Environment
Murray Bridge Rotary Club is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Rotary Meeting 3357
Time: May 12, 2020 07:00 PM Adelaide
Meeting ID: 899 3367 4623
Should you need to join using the meeting ID, you will need a password. Please contact Robin for the password prior to the meeting.
Chair for the evening will be John Scarvelis.
Should you have any queries relating to Zoom, please contact Robin or Sam.



Meeting Report 

24 Rotary Club of Murray Bridge Rotarians and 5 guests participated in the Club's zoom meeting yesterday to hear MB Rotarian adventurer Jim Cundy speak about his two facinating trips to South Georgia Island. Its one of the planets most stunning & pristine wilflife reserves but has had a dark past. It was discovered by Captain Cook in 1775 who claimed it for the British. In 1786 the seal industry commenced with a skin being worth a weeks wages. It ended in 1925 resulting in the harvest of 1.2 million seals. In 1904 whaling commenced providing oil for lighting, and lubricant resulting in 175,000 whale deaths by 1965 when humanity prevailed and we started to question what we were doing and found other solutions. Now the area is a wildlife reserve and flourishing. Jim noticed only two Pipits among the local bird population on his first trip in 2016. In his 2019 trip there was an abundance. This was duplicated with the Pinktail Duck. The Macroni Penguin colony on South Geogia Is now have a colony of 2 million. There are also Chinstrap Penguins, Gentro and the King Penguins number over 1 million. Jim's photography was excellent and was able to get very close as the wildlife had no fear of strangers. We saw Brown Skua, Giant Petrel, Fur Seals, Elephant Seals, Black Browed Albatross, Weddel Seals, Humpbacked Whales, and Orchas. The Wandering Albatross is the largest flying bird in the world, with its 3.7 m wingspan enabling it to follow the Southern Ocean to circumnavigate the world. The surrounding seas are full of krill and other subsequent feeders and are where the nutrient rich Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans converge. Jim and Maria travelled in a relatively small boat with 50 passengers. 

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.

Message from Madgalina

"Dear Rotary Club of Murray Bridge
     How are you? I hope that you are fine and I am fine too together with my family. 
    I have been receiving the club bulletin every week and I have been reading them every week.i am very pleased to be knowing what's going on within the club and it's interesting to be reading the bulletins every week.
    This week has been so had for me as my Aunt was very sick and she passed away on Thursday and she was buried yesterday on Friday.
   We are still at home now due to Corona virus and currently we have about 480 patients with corona virus.thus it's rapidly increasing in our country.And most of the people are dying of the desease.
     All in all we pray to God to end the pandemic and the world to be at peace again.
     Thanks for your email and may God protect you all and your families.
     Greetings from my family,and I hope to hear from you soon.
     From Lina"

Paris or the Bush

"Paris Or The Bush" is being screened this Sunday at 12:30pm on channel 9.


The remarkable story of how one third of Australia's 1924 team for the Paris Olympic Games came from a single town in South Australia's Mallee region has made its way onto the silver screen.

The new documentary, Paris or the Bush, tells the story of the men's eight rowing team from Murray Bridge that overcame multiple hurdles to qualify for the Games.

"It is a fairytale," said director Wayne Groom, whose film received its world premiere in Murray Bridge on Saturday night.

"It is the classic Cinderella story of a crew with no money, no boats and no clubhouse versus wealthy, privileged, city teams."

The Murray Bridge Rowing Club, nicknamed The Cods, won the national men's eight championship in 1913 but the team's success was stalled by World War 1.

A majority of its members served overseas.

One was killed in action, another was wounded at Gallipoli and a third was wounded but returned to rowing, despite persistent pain from shrapnel still lodged in his back.

After the war, the crew overcame both injury and age to win the King's Cup title in 1920, 1922 and 1923.

Their final ambition was to represent Australia at the Olympic Games in Paris.

Despite their formidable reputation, they faced challenges from interstate and from within South Australia.

One of the crew members, Wally Pfeiffer, had been a conscientious objector during the war and became the target of a campaign to have him disallowed from Olympic selection.

His teammates, including those who had fought in the war, declared they would not go to the Games without him.

Eventually a race was held at Port Adelaide where the Cods faced the best crews from other states to determine who would wear green and gold.

The Cods won the tight race lengths after responding to their coxswain's cry that it was "Paris or the bush".

Mr Groom began working on a film script seven years ago but the more he researched, the more he saw the need to document the story.

"The true story slowly began to emerge and it was better than the fictional story. It allowed me the freedom to set the Cods record straight," he said.

Mr Groom and Carolyn Bilsborow spent a year trawling old newspapers, tracking down relatives and searching archives for rare scraps of footage.

They began filming in 2014 and traced the steps of the team from Murray Bridge to Paris.

Fittingly, the premiere of the film is being held in Murray Bridge where the audience was greeted by a guard of honour formed by members of the military and the Murray Bridge Rowing Club.

In the audience was relatives of the original Cods including 97-year-old Ron Graetz whose father was part of the team in Paris.

He dismissed the critics who labelled the rowers the "raggedy eight".

"They weren't rough," Mr Graetz said. "They had good balance, good timing and they had power through the water."



Calendar Winners 5th Of May

1st    $100                   No. 119           MIS (M.B.)  (Simon & Lyn)                  (Sponsor)
2nd    $30                      No. 751           Randell Meyers (M.B.)                         (Sold by K. Prosser)     
3rd      $ 20                     No 460        Edward  Reddin  (M.B.)                          (Sold by  J. Reddin ) 

- 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.


Thanks Rotary E-Club of Melbourne

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

  What's happening on our Facebook page
John Scarvelis has been posting up a storm with some great content.
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COVID 19 affect on the banking industry


Chairperson: John Scarvelis

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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Glenn OBryan
May 8
Samuel Cozens
May 18
Spouse Birthdays
Mary McLean
May 18
Marg Jackson
May 23
Dean Walding
May 24
Merilyn Schultz
May 25
Roxanne Rowland
Wayne Rowland
May 8
Roger Wickes
Dianne Wickes
May 25
Join Date
Brenton Nicholson
May 1, 2001
19 years
Darryl Webb
May 1, 1988
32 years
Jerry Wilson
May 1, 1992
28 years
Jim Mason
May 1, 1986
34 years
Philip Westover
May 1, 1988
32 years
David Price
May 14, 2013
7 years
Gordon Schultz
May 20, 1997
23 years
Glenn OBryan
May 21, 2013
7 years
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