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No.44 15th May

Fellowship (greeting visitors) Mark Hillis
Reception (helps Treasurer)  David Hodge
Furniture (setup & pack away): Tim Hutchings

Rotary Information: Rick Priest

Speaker: Noel Trevaskis - RI Director - Depression/Suicide

Bulletin Editor







May 15,22,29      Paul Murray

Jun 5, 12, 19     Doug Sutton

Jun 26 Jul 3, 10 John Egan

Peter Mackinnon

Paul Murray 

Michael Knight






David Pyke -   May 15
Geoff Breust -   May 22
John Flynn -     May 29
Mark Hillis -      June 05.
Peter Crozier June 12.
Peter Clucas -   June 19.
Laurie Blowes -
John Gray -      
Changeover - June 26.
 Market Rosters
Next Sprout and About Market is May 12th 2018.
OIC - David Hodge has swapped with Pat Ingram
Team - Tim Barter, Laurie Blowes, Graham Burmeister, Doug Conkey, Peter Crozier, David Foster, Phil McIntosh, David Pyke.
Wal Paton has swapped with Frank Fuller.
James Ross has swapped with Richard Rossiter. 
Market Roster for Saturday June 9th
OIC - Pat Ingram
Team - Geoff Breust, David Byfield, John Egan, Gerry Gerlach, Peter Green, Tim Macgillycuddy, Peter MacKinnon, Robert Pearson,
Jeremy Riethmuller, Doug Sutton, Darren Wallace.
May 15, 2018
May 22, 2018
May 29, 2018
Outreach Program. Ashmont Public School.
Jun 05, 2018
Employment Opprotunitiesin Agriculture
Jun 12, 2018
Jun 19, 2018
One Day in the Life of a Paramedic.
Jun 26, 2018
Induction of New President James Hamilton.
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Darren Wallace
May 2
Timothy Macgillycuddy
May 2
James Ross
May 9
David Foster
May 13
Tim Barter
May 13
Adrian Whiting
May 15
Richard Baguley
May 15
David Benn
May 19
John Smith
May 26
David Hodge
May 27
Geoff Breust
May 30
Peter Green
June 3
J Gray Gray
June 6
John Hawkins
June 6
Paul Murray
June 10
James McNaughton
June 19
Paul Milde
June 20
Spouse Birthdays
Nola Pinto
May 26
Susan Macgillycuddy
May 26
Lynette McIntosh
June 2
Jenni Duff
June 7
June 13
June 17
June 19
Dawn Georgiou
June 22
Lou Shuter
June 22
Graeme Obst
Carol Obst
May 6
Paul Milde
May 7
Doug Sutton
Kay Sutton
May 16
Michael Georgiou
Dawn Georgiou
May 22
Neil Pinto
Nola Pinto
May 24
Join Date
James McNaughton
May 2, 2017
1 year
John Hawkins
May 11, 2010
8 years
Graham Burmeister
May 13, 1978
40 years
Ken Cook
May 13, 1978
40 years
Laurie Blowes
May 13, 2008
10 years
James Ross
May 20, 2003
15 years
Geoff Breust
May 27, 2008
10 years
Frank Fuller
May 29, 2001
17 years
Darren Wallace
June 1, 2010
8 years
David Byfield
June 2, 1979
39 years
Peter Mackinnon
June 18, 2002
16 years
Timothy Macgillycuddy
June 19, 2012
6 years
Timothy McMullen
June 21, 2016
2 years
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Presidents Report May 08 
Congratulations to Michael Georgiou on receiving a Paul Harris Fellowship today. Michael certainly displays a commitment to 'Service Above Self' to benefit local and international communities. Well done Michael!
Our guest speakers today Sharon, Peter and Liz Crean are great examples of humanity at it's best. We wish them well with their project BeyondWater in East Africa. 
Thank you to all the members who attended the District Conference in Leeton on the weekend. Congratulations to George Weston and his team for a top Conference. Next year's conference is being held in Griffith.
Jindabyne Trip 18/5 to 21/5. Please advise Rob or Mark if you are going. Will be a trip to remember.
Tree Planting Project Sunday 24th June. Change Over 26th June.
Next week's Guest Speaker is Noel Trevaskis RI Director. Don't miss his presentation.
Once again thank you for your support. See you next Tuesday at the Commercial Club 12.30 pm.
Secretary's Report 09th May
Rosters are printed in the left hand column of this Bulletin.
Please find a Replacement if any of your rostered duties cannot be fulfilled.
Please register an Apology by Monday pm if you are going to be absent from the next meeting.
Makeups do matter and there are plenty of opportunities to register a Makeup for a meeting absence, so please do so whenever you can.
Next Sprout and About Market:  This Saturday 12th May.
OIC : David Hodge has swapped with Pat Ingram 
The Team : Tim Barter, Laurie Blowes, Graham Burmeister, Doug Conkey, Peter Crozier, David Foster, Phil McIntosh,
David Pyke.
Wal Paton has swapped with Frank Fuller
 James Ross has swapped with Richard Rossiter
Dates for your Diary:
Next Rotaract Club meeting is on Monday 21st May at Farmers Home Hotel. We need a volunteer to represent our club.
Jindabyne Trip:  18th - 21st May 2018
Fernanda De Barba visit:  25th May, 10.00am at Infuso.
Rotary Tree Planting:  Postponed further from May to 24th June due to lack of sufficient rainfall.
Our Changeover date Tuesday 26th June. 
As Paul has already said, thank you for everyone who attended District Conference. Next year will be even better. Please consider coming especially if you have never been to one, you will not be disappointed.
Our Meeting 8th May 2018
We opened our meeting by observing a minutes silence for reflection on the death of Hilda Bragg. She was the widow of charter member and Past President Ron Bragg.
Guests were introduced, with a good roll up of different faces. 
Paul reported that we had 12 representatives at the District Conference, and we don't know why he was on the defensive, but he claimed that "what happens at conference stays at conference", but Paul was there with Margo - not much scope for playing up!!!!
District awards to Paul Murray and Doug Sutton were announced to the members, and recognised with enthusiastic applause. A presentation on Gears and Beers put together by Paul Murray was provided to the conference, and well received. The Conference next year will be in Griffith, in the year of DGE John Glassford.
The trip away to Jindabyne is getting closer,  Mark Hillis and Rob Nicholson need commitment and final numbers.
Our tree planting exercise is now on Sunday June 24, but the venue has changed. New will now plant 1100 trees at the travelling stock reserve at Wallacetown, and after some rain, the ground will be softer and survival of our plantings more likely.
There is positive news on participation in Youth Exchange for 2018/19. We have four host families and await information on the student that we will host. The host families is only the first step - Rotary members that get involved by arranging activities like trips to cities, cultural or sporting activities and holidays spread the load. Congratulations to Darren Wallace for getting the project over the line.
Rick Priest wore the Rotary Information hat, and developed the theme along Rotary Experiences. He related his stories, then threw the tag line to John Gray - a great anecdote about former member Bill Zacharia getting a make up in Athens. Tim Barter had more to add, before Rick warned about makeups at Oxford UK.
Peter Clucas, as Sergeant was on early. He inspected dress standards of John Gray, and found them wanting. Those with Ties paid, and Richard Rossiter was fined for having removed his for the occasion. Doug Conkey came to the Sergeants notice - very slow to balance the Food & Wine Festival books. Richmond supporters paid, especially David Hodge.
Peter is travelling soon, needed travel insurance, and took out a policy that he had only recently become qualified - with Australian Seniors Insurance.
There was a cryptic reference to "how many bottles of wine between Milde and Mozart?" no further reference followed, so we await eagerly for a punchline.
Paul told us that there was an announcement pending about "dinners at Lillier Lodge". If we're cooking, I want to do some curries.
Paul Harris Fellow - Michael Georgiou
David Byfield came to the microphone, and used those code words for Paul Harris award - "special presentation". Soon we knew that Michael Georgiou was to be recognised for an extraordinary involvement in the civic, religious and community life of his adopted home city. David told us the story of Michael coming to Wagga from Cyprus, his family and business history, and about his involvement in public life in Wagga Wagga.
The list was extensive.
The family business - the Ritz cafe
Michaels Delicatessen, with Dawn for 35 years
Wagga City Council for fifteen years.
Deputy Mayor of Wagga Wagga.
School Boards. Tatton, St Michaels.
Multicultural Council of Wagga Wagga
Greek Orthodox Church. President of Community Cmtee.
South Wagga Apex Club.
Prostate Cancer Council.
Justice of the Peace.
Member of Police Constabulary Committee.
Power of Attorney for High Commissioner of Cyprus.
Centrelink interpreter for Greek language.
Community Radio Greek language presenter.
Life Member of 2AAA - 30 years involvement.
Wollundry Rotary for 20 years @ 100%
Michael's acceptance speech was a reinforcement of the man's values. He learn't the english language the hard way - numbers one to twenty were just a starting point. Now he appreciates that Wagga is where his journey led him, and he responds with loyalty to the opportunities that he has seized.
He promises to "tell no jokes", just as he reaches a time where he could get away with a few salacious yarns.
Congratulations Michael, this award is a well deserved recognition of all your achievements.
Report from the Conference
We sent a good contingent of representatives to the ROXY theatre in Leeton for the District 9700 conference in the year of the Governor George. The Master of Ceremonies was Elijah Ingram - what a story. He is in year 12 at Leeton High School, a Military cadet for five years, one of six children, has completed a Rotary youth exchange year in Belgium, expects to study Law and is an aboriginal man.

The first session before "smoko" on Saturday morning dealt with youth activities, especially exchange with five students from around the district on stage to report on their experiences. These were inspiring young people, and each gave some insights into  the experience so far. All five head home in July.
Clare Lawlor reported to conference delegates on the progress of Rotaract at CSU, and its activities.

After morning tea, Sarah Brown was the first speaker. She is the CEO of the Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Polyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (my spellcheck has underlined all these words in red!!!!) She has a master of Nursing degree, a graduate diploma in Aboriginal Education, and a Graduate diploma in Health Service management. Prior to this career, Sarah was a remote area nurse, a university lecturer and in 2017,was recognised as "Nurse of the Year"
It was worth the drive to Leeton just to hear this lady speak - she was inspiring.
Renal Dialysis has been the focus of her delivery of health services, and having identified that having a relative from remote Aboriginal families on Dialysis caused severe disruption and family relocation to Alice Springs, and usually to camps on the outskirts of town.
The solution was to provide the medical service to remote locations, and in addition to Alice Springs, facilities have been established in Kintore, Yuendumu, Ntaria (Hermannsburg), Lajamanu, Warburton, Kiwirrkurra, Yirrkala, Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) and Wanarn. A mobile unit in a truck, the purple truck gets to many more locations.
Sarah had a great collection of stories and jokes to tell. As an example: Why did the mermaid use sea shells (to cover her bosom). Because the B shells were too small. 

The next speaker was a former member of Wollundry Rotary, but few of us will remember him.
Richard Woodburn is the Eastern Region Chair of ROMAC. (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children) He coordinates ROMAC activities within NSW.
He was in our club for a few years during his tenure as Lieut Colonel at Kapooka around 1980. He was a member and past president of the Rotary club of Parkes, has been a D9700 Assistant Governor, and currently in Randwick Rotary Club. (Does he know Bill Zachario??)
ROMAC is effectively a partnership between Rotary and the Royal College of Surgeons, to treat Children from remote South West Pacific nations born or afflicted with medical conditions beyond the scope of local facilities. We saw remarkable photos of Before and After treatment cases and learned about the gratitude of the families involved.
An interesting facet of ROMAC work, is that the early cases treated were often from Fiji and New Guinea, but now these countries have caught up, often as a result of training to local doctors. These days, most of the children treated are from Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands.

Peter Wilkins launched straight into his presentation, and it was not all sport blood and guts. Last year, he had walked the Kokoda track, with his daughter, seventeen other men, and their daughters. The common thread was that all the girls were students at Frencham school at Bowral.
The theme that Peter developed was about teamwork, and the strength that grows from challenges being faced by teams with a common purpose. He gave many examples including media coverage of sport, with large groups of people involved to get one person on air, and looking good. Sports stories flowed, and there were many memories flowing back to consciousness.

The next speaker was Abel Guterres, the Timor-Leste ambassador to Australia. He was grateful for the assistance provided by Australia as his country gets established, and acknowledged the recent treaty on sea boundaries between Australia and Timor. There is more to be done, and Timor is very keen for processing facilities to be built in their country. This is a campaign to be argued with the oil companies.
Rotary has been involved in many projects in Timor, and Abel was keen to recognise these in his presentation.

District Awards followed. Some great acheivments by clubs all around the district were recognised, and two individual Rotarian members of Wollundry were given "gongs".
Doug Sutton was  recognised for the work on Dr Luc's project in The Congo.
Paul Murray was awarded "Rotarian of the Year" for D9700 in 2018.

The Saturday evening Dinner was a well attended affair with the theme being "water" and all those attending were asked to wear blue or green to celebrate the impact on clean water locally and throughout the world.  Wollundry had 9 members at the evening dinner.  Ken Ensmyre from Parkes Rotary Club joined us.  He spoke at Wollundry last year and is the district representative for ROMAC.
On Sunday morning one of the keynote speakers was Brendan Farrell, the trucker who organized and runs the Burrumbuttock Hay Runs.  He was a plain speaking, sincere and dedicated fellow who has paid a price for all the notority he received.  One of the best speakers at the conference.
Beyond Water
Our guest speakers were a family, originally from New Zealand, moved to Australia, and then to Kenya to pursue a passion for helping develop remote areas in that country. The focus of their work relates to safe water and sanitation, and they have worked to help local communities have access to these basic requirements.
Peter and Sharon Crean are in Australia to alert Rotarians and the wider community to the desperate plight of the Kenyan people, and how effective their organisation can be in delivering aid. Their slide presentation was very professional, and illustrated both the depressing conditions that exist, and the improvement that can be made with modest investment.
The delivery points in the villages are Schools and Hospitals, where a bore can access water at little over 100 feet, and hand pumps at the well head are secure and simple mechanisms for watering a village.
There was much detail on the need of the East African people, and the passion of this family for the people that they help. The table of African artefacts on sale was near empty because all the stock had been sold, but our members were supporting the Creans by buying what they could.
Almost a make up
Three members of Wollundry Rotary missed the Vocational Visit to Erin Earth, but had their lunch together at Broken Hill Airport Cafeteria. Does this qualify as a makeup?
We were en route to Arkaroona for some outback discovery experiences, rubbing shoulders with motoring journalists testing tough 4 x 4 utes, Big men, with names like "Large", working away from families, Social Anthropology graduates taking Antarctic meteorologists on five hour tours of the Flinders Ranges, up rugged tracks at giddying angles to the horizontal. Rugged Individuals are drawn to this territory, and that's why we went.
Arkaroona is "off the grid" but they have been generating their own power for fifty years. They don't throw old equipment away - they stockpile it for a future museum, and Col Duff could get a call up to recommission this panel.
We took a tour, called the Ridge Top tour that went 30 km out into the ranges. The track was challenging - white knuckle stuff to hold on in the back of the Landcruiser.
After Arkaroona, we flew in cloud to Port Augusta. An aerial tour of Wilpena Pound was on the agenda, but poor visibility prevented our plan A.
We refuelled and had lunch, then headed for Renmark, arriving in fading light. We stayed in the only Hotel in town - a remarkable community owned enterprise. The founding fathers of Renmark were not drinkers, and stipulated that only one hotel was sufficient. The irony is that there are wineries everywhere, and a distillery too.
Along the riverbank there was a range of boats, paddle steamers, houseboats, Motel and Function facilities, but there was one eccentric barge that caught our attention. It was................indescribable, so here is a photo.
Back into Wagga Wagga on Friday afternoon, in good time for a drive to Leeton for the conference.Thank you to our pilot. If he had any misgivings, we never saw them.
Meeting Attendance
Max Burmeister
Nick Georgiou and Dawn Georgiou
Club Guests:
Sharon and Peter Crean, and daughter Liz.
Wade Garter - guest of David Benn
Laurie BlowesCraig Bromley
Geoff Breust
Ken CookJohn Ferguson
Gerry Gerlach
John HawkinsJohn MasonNeil Pinto
Andrew PuckeridgeDavid PykeJeremy Reithmuller
Darren WallaceDoug SuttonBob Willis
Make Ups:
David Benn- District ConferenceDoug Conkey- District Conference
John Egan- District ConferenceJohn Gray- District Conference
James Hamilton- District ConferenceMichael Knight- District Conference
Paul Milde- District ConferencePaul Murray - District Conference
David Pyke - District Conference 
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