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Albury, N.S.W.  2640
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AG Glenys Hall inducted our latest member, Debbie Cations.
AG Glenys Hall did the honours of inducting our newest member Debbie whilst visiting our club, Glenys was our keynote speaker for the night and
gave us a rundown of what is happening in our district, in surrounding districts and what Rotary Australia has achieved  this year.
At the conclusion of her speech Glenys then assisted our President, Jean Burke, to induct our newest member Debbie.
Debbie was sponsored by one of our oldest members, PP Ken, and he introduced Debbie and gave us a quick snapshot of why Debbie will be a fantastic
Debbie joins a number of young, compared to the rest of us, group that has recently joined our club, which is fantastic to see, and all of the members
hope that Debbie has a wonderful time with us, as she starts her Rotary journey.
Graham Turner Bursary recipient’s presentations
Three of the medical students from the University of UNSW came to give us a presentation of their trips for their medical exchange program,
giving us an insight into their experience when they went to two hospitals each.  
They all also took the chance to have a great holiday, which was a good chance to unwind before they headed back to Australia
to finish the last 6 months of their medical training.
The first, Edward Rose, went to Malta and then Iceland.
Ed explained it was a real experience with two very varied medical tasks.
Malta was predominantly water based issues, from swimming to snorkelling accidents, to serious diving related problems,
the most common was Nitrogen  Narcosis, or as commonly known as the bends,
as such the Hospital has a decompression chamber for such issues.
Ed told us he had a go in the chamber, 5 minutes of pressurisation and then 3 hours for the decompression.
Not very exiting after all, however a good experience for what the patients have to go through.
Ed then went to Iceland, a similar size and population to Tasmania, where he is from,
but here the general hospital had not a lot of accidents to deal with, so the Paramedics were also the firefighter,
and the first call that Ed went on was to a fire.
So he said he learnt a whole new set of skills, as the paramedics were happy to let Ed fight fires as well.
Second presentation was Katherine Grellman, she went to the sports medicine facility for the Sydney Swans,
which she said was state of the art and a real experience, as she got to go to the game as a player support doctor,
and get involved with the whole rehabilitation program for the players.
Katherine then went to a equivalent sports medicine hospital in England, which was a public hospital,
set up before the Olympics and aimed at increasing the support for sports in general.
Katherine said that the public sports medicine would soon be going to a similar model as we have here,
more orientated towards clubs running their own.
Third student was Hannah Bruce, she went to South Africa and then the Solomon Islands, working in the hospitals in the emergency wards and in the operating theatres.
Hannah went to the Tygerberg  Hospital Cape Town , where she had a great time working with lots of other medical students,
and seeing some great sights as a tourist.
Next Hannah went to Honiara, where she was very committed to trying to improve the general conditions
and the equipment that the Solomon Islands Hospital had, as she expected it to be less than Australia but it was worse than she had thought.
She had a great time and learnt lots of things from the medical staff and other visiting doctors,
but was well aware that they could do so much more with additional / better equipment.
Hannah also spent a time as a patient, as she contracted Dengue Fever whilst she was there,
but thankfully she recovered quite quickly and was able to work in the hospital.
This is the Dengue Fever Ward, outside the Hospital. Many die in the Solomon Islands from Dengue fever,
due to poor conditions and lack of medical knowledge and equipment/medicine.
There was a great lack of support and lots of equipment missing that she would have expected in an  operating theatre and the hospital,
as such she was very keen to get our club involved with supplying any equipment we could get through a DIK program. More to follow.
All of our members were impressed with the quality of these young doctors to be, and we were very happy to be able to help
them in their journey to becoming doctors, we wish them all the very best and hope they will all have success in the last six months of their training,
and their medical careers, where ever they pursue it.
Rotary Club of Albury 89th Changeover Dinner
President Ken Curnow
Read out the Apologies:  
            Greg Aplin MP Member for Albury
            Susan Ley MP Member for Farrar
RCA Members:
            Geoff Emerson, Russell Hook, Trevor Kells, Ivo Mol, Brett Perston, Pam Jowett and Debbie McMillan
Welcomed all the guests to our meeting which included:
            Assistant Governor of District 9790 - Glenys Hall
            Albury City Deputy Mayor - Councillor Amanda Conn
            Club Guest - Inductees Bryce McNair and Shaun Taylor
            Guest Speaker Cody Hastings and his parents Craig and Jaqui Hastings
            Honorary Member - Cliff Swatton
            Kevin Walker - RCA RYLA nominee 2016
            Club members were invited to introduce their Guests
Amanda Conn responded on behalf of the visitors by thanking Ken for his welcome and in turn mentioned she was a Graham Turner Bursary recipient a few years ago which helped her complete her medical degree here in Albury.
Guest Speaker
In December 2016, our guest speaker, Albury High School student Cody Hastings set off on his World Challenge Adventure which was originally planned to go to Sri Lanka, but due to political unrest there, was redirected to Cambodia.
Cody explained that World Challenge provides school trips that are designed to inspire students to take on the world through teaching life skills and expanding minds outside the class room. These expeditions truly provide a life changing experience with over 7000 students all over the world being involved each year visiting over 40 counties.
Nineteen other students from Albury High were in the team and they experienced adventure hiking, camping out, face to face contact with younger local students by reading them books and building playground equipment for them. Cody had prepared a PowerPoint presentation which he showed the members.
Cody thanked Albury Rotary very much for their financial support.
RCA Member Helen Grills presented President Ken with a banner from her visit to the twelfth oldest Rotary Club in the world. The question for members is what club did Helen visit?
Induction of New Members
President Ken inducted two new members into the club. These were (Left to Right) Bryce Ian McNair (Educational Services) and Shaun Taylor (Project Management International). The Rotary Club of Albury members welcomed these new members with their right hand offered in friendship.
Induction of President Jean Burke by Ken Curnow
President Jean Burke's acceptance speech
"Thank you, Ken, and your board for all the good work you have achieved over the past year.
 I am honoured to be your president for the coming year especially as our club will be celebrating a significant anniversary on the 2nd November – 90 years of continuous service to the community.  Rotary International President Ian Riseley’s theme this year is 'making a difference' and I will be challenging all members to come up with and participate in new ideas. As well as the important community service work that we do and I also want to have some good fellowship and fun."
Jean presented a gift to Ken and Loraine in appreciation for Ken's leadership over the last twelve months.
Presentation of the 2017/18 Board
Left to right: Brett, Michael, Val, Ted, President Jean (front), Hany, Charlene, Ken and  Mike.  
Absent: Pam Jowett.
Positions Held:
Past President (Rotary Foundation and Membership)           Ken Curnow
Secretary                                                                                 Hany Hanna
Treasurer                                                                                Ted Thompson
President Elect and Community Service                                Mike Burke
Club Service/RCA Foundation                                              Charlene Gehrig/Gleeson
Vocational Service                                                                 Val Symons
International Service and Media                                            Michael Colegrove
Administration                                                                        Pam Jowett
New Generation                                                                      Brett Bament
President Ken presents our exchange student, Madeline, a gift on behalf of our club, for her 17th birthday.
Madeline will be heading back to France soon, she has had a wonderful time here in Australia, and hopes to come back to Albury to live one day.
On behalf of our club, we wish  her all the best, and to thank her for being a great ambassador for her country, and that we would love to have her back in Albury as soon as she can get here.
 Rotary Club of Albury helps out at the City Band event in QE2 Square.
Rotary club of Albury ran a sausage sizzle at the Albury’s City Band’s 150th years of contributing to the life of Albury and surrounding districts.
On Saturday 20th May, Albury City Band took over QEII Square from 11.00am – 4.00pm and, with others bands,
presented music from four stages throughout the day.
The City Band invited the community and visitors to come and celebrate by listening to the musical performances.
Bands included The Army Band, Kapooka; Footscray/Yarraville Brass Band; Canberra Big Band; Monash Concert Band;
The Murray Conservatorium Big Band; and Wodonga Brass.
Donations on the day will be going to the Albury Wodonga Cancer Centre.
8 of our members, cooked nearly 500 sausages for the large crowd.
Our club donated $250.00 on the day, and will discuss if we can donate more at our next board meeting.
We have already donated a large amount to the Cancer centre, but we are always trying to help with the day to day running costs, as much as we can.
Thanks to all the band members that played on the day.
Rotary Donations In Kind

Rotary Donations In Kind is a major recycling operation, run by volunteers, that gives suitable goods to people in need, for free.


A Donations In Kind (DIK) project is often the most practical and cost effective way to help people in developing countries and it also provides excellent opportunities to help local communities.

It provides Rotarians, the Public and Corporate Sector with the chance to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people who need our help.

It provides Rotarians with opportunities to use all of their resources; their intellect, skills and contacts, their labour and their ability to raise funds.

There is an opportunity for everyone no matter where they are located or the time available, to get involved and make a difference.


DIK’s roots go back 50 years, when Australian Rotarians began hands-on projects overseas and it became obvious that surplus material in Australia would be very valuable. It is part of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) a group that assists with practical projects in developing countries. Click here for more information on RAWCS and DIK nationally

Donations from Albury

A big thank you needs to given to Albury Wodonga Health (AWH)


for donations to date, 15 pallets of medical supplies, which would have been otherwise thrown away.

These pallets contained medical gowns, gloves, gauze, bandages, maternity care packs, and lots of other useful and sometimes desperately needed

supplies in other countries.

This is an ongoing donation, the great staff at AWH assembling pallets of donated supplies as it becomes available.

Our club, then picks up the pallets and takes them to Border express.

Border Express then kindly delivers the pallets, for free, to the DIK storage facility in Melbourne.

The wonderful staff at Border Express are super helpful and always happy to load and unload the pallets whenever we drop them off.

They make, what would be a difficult problem, of delivering these donated supplies to Melbourne an effortless process.


On behalf of our club, the Donation in Kind organisation and the hospitals all over the world whom receive these badly needed supplies, we thank

these two companies for their generous donations and support, which of course would not happen without them.

Deb's Kids in Kenya
Debbie McMillan is back in Australia and came to the club to give everyone an update on how thing are going, and some of the new kids she is trying to supporting as well. 
Debbie also explained to the club members about some of the businesses she has started to help the Kenya children to learn how to be self supporting, as well as giving some of her other kids a chance to get work.
Most of all Debbie showed her love and caring for her kids in Kenya.
It is a never ending challenge, but Debbie is doing her best to help as many people in Kenya that she can.
But, as Debbie said many times, it's not just enough to give money or care for the kids. Debbie wants these kids to grow up with hope and a ability
to learn to be self sufficient by giving them skills and the means to not only look after themselves but also their families.
So part of Debbie's focus is getting her kid's jobs or to start up small businesses that will make them money and help to employ others.
President Ken at the end of Debbie's presentation, thanked Debbie for her commitment and her selflessness in trying to change the lives of her kids,
and on behalf of all our members and our club, thanked her for making us a small part of the program which allows us to help as well.
We wish Debbie all the best when she returns to Kenya, and hopefully more Australians will see her good work and help as well.
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