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
Sep 24, 2019 6:00 PM
Rotary Youth Exchange Australia Conference


Chairperson: Jack Reddin

Fellowship & Invocation: Ron Lehmann

Reserve: Jim Mason

Oct 01, 2019 6:00 PM
Social Night - Trivia Quiz
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Rotary meeting held on 17th September.
Our Guests for the evening were Richard & Vicky Baird who established Bali Care.
Following is an outline of the project as supplied by Richard
• We are a retired couple living in Adelaide who have a heart for people in need.
• Richard served in SA Police for 42 years and Vicky was the Manager of Camp Quality SA for 10 years.
• We visited Bali in 2004 and saw that many families were struggling to find the funds to pay for their children's education.
• In 2005 we formed BaliCare and initially had 20 children sponsored. We now have just over 250.
• In 2009 we had a school built at the rubbish dump. This was the equivalent of Kindergarten in Australia (known as TK in Bali). Children generally must attend this level of education before they are accepted into Primary School.
• 30 children were enrolled when the school opened. 108 children who commenced their school at the school at the dump are still attending school with the first group of students now in the 4th year of High School.
• Due to a conflict (corruption) with the lady who was overseeing the school we severed ties with her in 2016 and gave the school to a highly reputable charity in Bali (BaliLife Foundation) who now run it as a Community Centre, providing all their support to the families at the dump totally free of charge.
• We rely totally on the kindness of others who share the same desire to help those whose lives are a constant struggle.
• We visit Bali at least twice a year to check on the program and are kept up to date with all
aspects of the program through our contact people in Bali who we have known and trusted for many years.
• As finances permit, we endeavour to assist in the allocation of funds for the medical needs of poor families.
Our primary focus is securing sponsorship to assist in the education of children from poor families, however we also endeavour to secure funding to support an orphanage (Kingdom Kids' Home) which is home to 25 children. All of the school aged children living at the orphanage are sponsored through BaliCare. Positive outcomes from sponsorship have resulted in some of the children from Kingdom Orphanage now pursuing careers in medicine, mechanical engineering, nursing and ministry.
Education of their children is often a dream for some very poor families in Bali. Through our Sponsorship Program and the wonderful support received from our sponsors, we are helping to turn dreams into reality for many children in Bali.

Community Director Sue Foster advised us that future Food Handling courses are being organised by TAFE and should be booked directly with TAFE. These courses are free.

The Skate Park BBQ which was postponed due to poor weather has now been rescheduled and will now be held on 28th September between 11am and 3pm. Assistance is required.
Please Contact Sue to volunteer.


Kevin Prosser outlined the assistance our Club is providing to the Salvation Army. The Connect program sees a number of Service Clubs providing assistance in serving meals, clearing up and providing company for the many clients who need the services of the Salvos.
Rotary’s next involvement is on the 3rd of October beginning at 4.30pm.
Contact Jan Colwell to volunteer for this worthwhile project.


John Whimpress provided an entertaining interlude as he struggled to toss the coins to everyone’s satisfaction.


School of St Jude


In June I asked if you could help me on my quest to find the perfect social impact analyst to work with us at St Jude’s and you really came through!

Thanks to you, we found the right person (in fact we found two!) and are so excited for them to start crunching the data and help us make an even bigger impact in the future.

So how could I not send another call out now, when it worked so well last time?

We’ve got a big expansion just around the corner opening our new girls’ secondary school in January and we’re seeking experienced communications people who have worked at a senior level in the not-for-profit or corporate sector to replace some of our outgoing team. 

If you have (or someone you know has) significant experience working collaboratively across multiple teams to produce inspiring communications and campaigns, can think strategically and are knowledgeable about organisation governance, then you’re just what we’re looking for! 

As you know, our focus is to give our students a free, quality education and the best opportunity to fulfil their potential. With 1,800 students and over 350 graduates in our Beyond St Jude’s program, it takes a lot of money to make sure we can carry on doing this year after year. And raising the money falls to our fundraising and communications experts. Without them, we just couldn’t continue. 

If you have experience in marketing, communications or fundraising and are looking for a position where you will truly make a difference to thousands of students and their communities, then I’d love to hear from you. 

You can look at the full job descriptions on our website or you can email me with any questions.

Please share this as widely as you can, I just know that you’re going to pull through for us again!

Thank you,



World Mental Health Day is only 4 weeks away and that's when Australian Rotary Health will be celebrating Hat Day as part of its national Lift the Lid on Mental Illness fundraising campaign.

You can get involved with your friends, colleagues or Rotary Club this year by hosting a Hat Day on Thursday October 10 or anytime during Mental Health Month in October.

Your support will help the 1 in 5 Australians who suffer a mental illness every year. 100% of funds raised will go towards vital mental health research at universities across Australia.

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.

Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 12th consecutive year

By Rotary International

For the 12th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

The Foundation earned the recognition for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only one percent of the organizations Charity Navigator evaluates have received 12 consecutive 4-star evaluations.

"Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that The Rotary Foundation exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work", says Michael Thatcher, president and chief executive officer of Charity Navigator. "This exceptional designation sets the Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."

The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.


Calendar Winners 17th September

1st  prize.   $100     No 489       Ruth Mussger  (M.B.)                                                          (sold by  R. Rowland )
2nd prize     $30      No. 073      Daniel Tynan  (Elizabeth Grove)                                       (Sold by MB. Water Activities Club) 
3rd  prize     $20      No  178      David Coulter    (Cumberland Park)                                 ( Sold by M.B. United Lodge) 



APOLOGIES 10th September

Brenton Lewis, Wayne Jackson, Michael Bagshaw, Heather Muirhead, Garry Wilson, Dave Mellen, Trevor Curtis,  Brenton Nicholson, Ron Lehmann, Jan Cowell, John Scarvelis, Darryl Webb, Christine Willersdorf, Jack Reddin, David Altmann, Rob Smyth, Ian Elston, Ron Jericho, Malcolm Blight.

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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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Darryl Webb
September 1
Ron Lehmann
September 18
Robin LeGallez
September 21
Leanne Walding
September 24
David Mellen
September 27
Don McLean
September 29
Spouse Birthdays
Wayne Rowland
September 13
Petrina Altmann
September 15
Deanna Prosser
September 18
Jim Mason
Vicki Mason
September 13
Leanne Walding
Dean Walding
September 25
Join Date
Ian Elston
September 5, 2003
16 years
Peter Seals
September 23, 2014
5 years
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