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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
May 07, 2019
Doing my bit for the birds, small mammals and reptiles

Meeting: 3307

May 14, 2019
Students reflections on their weekend
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Meeting Report 3306

Riding for the Disabled


The Rotary club of Murray Bridge had a Breakfast Meeting at the Riverview Café in the Mall overlooking the River yesterday morning. Our guests were Ella Nance, Lisa Brinkworth, and Kathy Angel and the focus was on the Murray Bridge Riding for the Disabled Program on Coolabah Drive Eastside in Murray Bridge. Ella Nance has 5 acres and runs the Program with volunteer supporters, starting some 32 years ago. There are about 20 riders currently in the program with programs running on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The children learn new abilities and build confidence within themselves while being able to bond with the horses. The horses also provide physical therapy. Being able to see the difference in the rider development is what drives the volunteers. NDIS supports the riders and has encouraged all Riding Schools to participate in Mounted Games with their students with the first of such games to start soon at O'Halloran Hill. Ella has stated that all the increase in students is wonderful it also means more problems. The riding school desperately needs another arena as 20 students on horse back is over crowding the single arena in use at the moment. To do this will require approximately $1000 in fencing materials plus the erection of the fence itself. President David mentioned that it sounds like a great project for Rotary to take on and get their hands dirty. There is also a great need for volunteers on Tuesday at 1pm till 2pm and Thursday from 10am till 11am. Full training is provided for all volunteers and it is a fantastic way to get some exercise while also helping children in need. For more information please contact Ella Nance on 0437590850.


  It was a very enjoyable breakfast meal and added variety to the Rotary schedule as well as supporting another local business and hopefully will be the first of more to come.


Rotary World News

Celebrating 30 years of women in Rotary

Rotary Clubs got their start from the visions of Chicago attorney, Paul Harris, who formed the first Rotary Club in February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and give back to their communities, while forming meaningful, lifelong friendships.

Although the clubs have been dedicated to the idea of service for more than 100 years, many were not always fond of the idea of allowing women to join the clubs.

Grafton Rotary Club (Australia, District 9640) member Brenda Thompson, as the fourth female member to be in the Grafton Rotary Club, gave a brief history of the long process that took place in order for women to be allowed to join Rotary Clubs across the nations, during their meeting on Wednesday, as the club celebrated the 30th anniversary of women in Rotary.

According to Thompson, it was in 1950 that the first step was taken by a Rotary Club in India, who made a proposal that the word “male” be deleted from the Standard Rotary Club Constitution.

The Council on Legislation for the Rotary International (RI) Convention voted for the proposal to be withdrawn, this would also be the outcome for the next two proposals, made in 1964, to allow women into the clubs.

By 1972, more women began reaching high positions in their professions, and more clubs began lobbying for female members. It was in this same year that a United States Rotary Club proposed admitting women into Rotary at the Council on Legislation.

In 1977, despite three more proposals being made, women where still not permitted to be members. The Rotary Club of Duarte, California chose to admit women as members in violation of the RI Constitution and Standard Rotary Constitution. Because of the violation the club was terminated in March 1978.

Between 1980-1986, more and more clubs from all over the world began pushing to allow females to join their clubs, and the Duarte Club filed a lawsuit against Rotary International, who won the case.

In 1986, a breakthrough finally came for women wanting to join Rotary, when the California Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s decision.

The California Supreme Court refused to hear the case, and the appeal was moved to the United States Supreme Court, where the Duarte club was reinstated.

37 years after the first proposal to allow female members into Rotary, on May 4, 1987, the US Supreme Court ruled that Rotary Clubs could no longer exclude women from membership on the basis of gender.

That same year the Rotary Club of Duarte elected the first female club president.

With women being welcomed into Rotary Clubs around the world, by 1990 there were approximately 20,200 female Rotarians, worldwide.

“By 1995, there were eight female Rotary District Governors, and by 2005, a female had been appointed as a trustee of The Rotary Foundation,” shared Thompson.

Today, there are well over 200,000 female Rotarians, working alongside their male club mates, to serve their community.

“We’ve come a long way, as women in Rotary. It may not have been done as quickly as I would have liked, but I am very thankful that the decision was made to allow women to join,” expressed Thompson.

Thompson revealed that her reason for joining Rotary was the want to get back into community service work.

“I can’t provide irrigation to Haiti by myself, and I can’t feed the hungry by myself, but together we can, and you’ve given me the opportunity to be a part of that together,” she proclaimed.

Fellow female club member, Aleesha Tocco, shared that her reasoning for joining the Grafton Rotary was also a desire to give back to her community.

“I heard about the club and began asking about it, and it seemed like the best and most organised way to volunteer my time to the community,” commented Tocco.

The women of the Grafton Rotary Club were treated to cookies, and presented with a gift from Rotarian Pat White.

In addition, club president Boyd Vanhorn presented each female Rotarian with a wooden rose.

“We sure do appreciate the women of our club. I think maybe they keep us men in line, and some of them even work a little harder than the men,” joked Vanhorn. 


There is a Facebook page for Women in Rotary if anyone is interested  https://www.facebook.com/WomenInRotary



Letter from New Zealand


Get Active - Beat Dementia

Dear Sam,
Thank you to you and all the members of your club for the donation of $1200. These funds are greatly appreciated and will go towards supporting us to continue to provide support and services for people living with dementia, families, friends and carers. In 2019, there is an estimated 447,115 Australians living with dementia and in South Australia over 37,000.
A receipt will be sent to you shortly from our finance team. Thank you again for your generosity!
Kind regards,

Lyn Bermudez

Community Fundraising Coordinator – South Australia
Dementia Australia

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea


Green Sheet

Currently our Green Sheet only is seen by those who are actually at our meetings and sometimes it does not get to all tables.
In an effort to enable ALL MEMBERS TO BECOME ENGAGED, the Volunteer Module within ClubRunner has been activated.
All members will have recently received an email generated from within ClubRunner inviting you to volunteer for the upcoming Murray Bridge High School Catering. Once you click the sign up button you will be asked to select either or both of the time slots available.
This system is working well in other Clubs and enables ALL ROTARIANS to contribute to the projects of their Club.
Please give it a try and provide feedback next meeting.
Robin LeGallez
Vocational Director

Calendar Winners 16th April 2019

1 st prize.   $100     No716            Kathy Gambling  (Cumberland Pk)   (sold by Strath. SES)
2nd prize     $30      No.786            Simon Stimpson    (Mypolonga)   (Sold by  Mypo. Prim.Sch.)          
3rd  prize     $20      No.665           Sue Nelson  ( Vict.)     (Sold by  R.C. of Mobilong)     

Apologies Meeting 3306

Brenton LewisJim Mason                                                        David Price
Wayne JacksonDavid Mellen                                                   Steve Walker
Michael BagshawBrenton Nicholson                                         Bruce Frazer
Heather MuirheadGary Wilson                                                     Ian Elston
Christine WillersdorfGordon Schultz                                               Sue Foster
Ian ColemanPeter Seals                                                      Phil Westover
Darryl WebbRob Smyth                                                       Jenny A.Walters
Ron LehmannJenny Phillips

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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