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Nepal - Covid 19 RAWCS -community project

RAWCS – Nepal Covid 19 Community Relief Fund.
After being part of a number of RAWCS construction projects in Nepal you build up relationships, make great friends and feel a sense of association with the country. Unfortunately, it is one of those countries who regularly feel the brunt of nature – floods, earthquakes and this year to compound matters the viral disease of coronavirus has struck. Our fellow Rotarian, Suresh Singh, RC of Kathmandu, recently emailed me. “COVID 19 cases are increasing in Nepal and Kathmandu is the worst. Everyday about 1000+ new cases and death 10+ are recorded. So not very good news. Right now, again we are in lockdown and extended one more week.” Luckily, health authorities in Australia have been able to “flatten the curve” and the number of cases is reducing to a manageable level – Nepal is the opposite, case numbers have increased to 59,573 and rising quickly. The Nepal Public Health Advisor Dr. Suresh Tiwari recently said, “Nepal has entered the phase of community transmission in 12 Districts including the capital Kathmandu”.
Following the lead by Rotary Club of Albury, a number of Clubs have banded together to raise funds in partnership with RC of Kathmandu to help finance community assistance programs including –
· Purchase and distribution of medical PPE
· Installation of foot operated "wash stations"
· Distribution of food to disadvantaged people, homeless, families who have lost employment.
· Provide education and public awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic.
At present, COVID-19 has spread all over Nepal, with a rapid increase in the number of new cases and deaths, which is alarming in a low-income country with an inadequate healthcare system like Nepal. Although the government implemented early school closure and lockdown, the management to contain COVID-19 does not appear to be adequate. During the lock down depression has rapidly increased and 1200 suicide cases have been recorded. Kathmandu Rotary Club have developed a video focusing on mental health, depression and suicide prevention to help those affected in this coronavirus pandemic.
Further to this the Club has been running online training session for schoolteachers to enable E-Classes to be run while schools are closed. Suresh said “At this pandemic situation this e-learning is the only tool to give education and reach with the students. And the best part is it doesn't cost and be popular and effective”. With the pandemic worsening in Nepal donations are sought and can be made through the RAWCS project online:
The RAWCS project has raised just under $20,000AUS which has greatly assisted the RC of Kathmandu in its efforts to assist the local community. Providing food, medical PPE and wash stations help minimise the spread of the contagious coronavirus. In addition to these valuable programs funding from the RC of North Sydney went directly into a hospital renovation project to convert a disused section of the Kathmandu maternity hospital into a covid testing and isolation ward.
The fund raising is ongoing with support from a number of Clubs – Wagga, The Entrance, North Sydney, Preston and Alice Springs. In addition, DAA – Disaster Aid Australia have generously contributed towards the community covid programs. The government has commenced a covid vaccine roll out ahead of us here in Australia, but it faces many more hurdles due to remote locations, access to facilities to administer the shots, cost and availability of sufficient quantities of the doses. 
Nepal - Covid 19 RAWCS -community project Peter Elias 2021-03-12 13:00:00Z 0
New Co-President Rebecca Cooper 2020-08-02 14:00:00Z 0

C Bag

Learning about the C-Bag.
C Bag Rebecca Cooper 2020-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Fellow Rebecca Cooper 2020-08-02 14:00:00Z 0

Day for Girls

Melissa Munz from Days for Girls in Albury attended our zoom meeting and told us about the good work that they do. 
All over the world girls and women suffer isolation, indignity, shame, risk infection, lost opportunity and are even put at risk of exploitation
due to a lack of access to affordable, dependable feminine hygiene.
A Days for Girls Hygiene kit changes that.
Day for Girls Rebecca Cooper 2020-05-31 14:00:00Z 0
Parklands Albury Wodonga Rebecca Cooper 2020-03-02 13:00:00Z 0

New Member Induction

It was wonderful to induct a returning Rotarian Peter Fraunfelder. You have already achieved so much we look forward to future projects with you.
New Member Induction Rebecca Cooper 2020-03-01 13:00:00Z 0

Fire tools to Corryong Rotary Club

Presentation of wire spinner, wire strainer and motorized post driver to the Rotary Club of Corryong, accepted by President Peter Humphries. Presented by Albury Rotarian Bob Walker as part of the Rotary Club of Albury. Total commitment to the fire recovery effort in the Corryong area.
Fire tools to Corryong Rotary Club Rebecca Cooper 2020-02-29 13:00:00Z 0
Youth Exchange Project Rebecca Cooper 2020-02-25 13:00:00Z 0

Funds from Circus Quirkus

ROTARY SUPPORT FOR CYCLING PROGRAM: Mr Geoff Emerson from the Rotary Club of Albury presented a $5000 cheque today on assembly. The money was raised from Rotary's participation in "Circus Quirkus", and will assist our learning support program based on cycling at the school.
The program started in our multi-cat class and now has developed to be a school sports program on Wednesday. The program has assisted students to make greater connections throughout the school and raise awareness of this cycling for wellbeing.



Funds from Circus Quirkus Rebecca Cooper 2020-02-24 13:00:00Z 0

Fencing gift to Huon Creek Landcare Group

Peter Elias, who has been instrumental in the joint Rotary 9790 fencing project in Corryong is pictured presenting fencing equipment to Huon Creek Landcare group. Paul James (President) with Sam Maloney and John Dwyer(PP). Members of the Huon Group have been working up in Corryong with the Rotary team and have plans to continue volunteering to assist over the coming weeks and months. The motor star picket driver and wire spinner will be of great value for the fencing work which will continue for some time on the Upper Murray.
Fencing gift to Huon Creek Landcare Group Rebecca Cooper 2020-02-21 13:00:00Z 0

Mikayla in Denmark

Update from Mikayla in Denmark 🇩🇰
This is me with my first host family ( My host mum Louise, My host dad Steen and my little host brother Christian) at the airport on the day i arrived in Denmark. On my first day here i meet all my host families and had a very beautiful breakfast.
I live in a small city about 15 minutes away from Aalborg and I visit Aalborg almost every day as I attend school there and I like to visit friends and other exchange students in the city.
I have been shown around Aalborg and I have fallen in love with all the beautiful and cute streets and houses. I have visited many beautiful places and cant wait to visit many more. I started school at Aalborg Katedralskole. It is a very hippie like school , I was placed in an A level math and Biotechnology class which can be challenging but there are some very amazing and friendly people.
Everyone was so welcoming and I have made some amazing friends. I attend Danish Lessons 2x a week for 2 hours with other exchange students. Danish is a very difficult language to learn and understand but I am sure I will get the hang of it soon. I am loving my stay so far in Denmark!!!!
Mikayla in Denmark Rebecca Cooper 2020-02-16 13:00:00Z 0

Sisters Who Shine

At our meeting, Caitlin Olsson and Owen Dunlop came and spoke to us about Sisters Who Shine. Which is a great initiative to inspire girls to learn and achieve. We also learned about Wirraminna in Burrumbottock.
Sisters Who Shine Rebecca Cooper 2020-02-16 13:00:00Z 0

Boys to the Bush

Another great meeting tonight. Our guest speaker was Adam Demamiel from Boys to the Bush. Amazing work is being done to change the lives and outcomes for troubled teens. Please check out their website at
Boys to the Bush Rebecca Cooper 2020-02-02 13:00:00Z 0

Corryong School Bags

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With the support of clubs, district 9790 and private donations the big task of packing school bags for kids has begun.
Corryong School Bags Rebecca Cooper 2020-01-21 13:00:00Z 0
Fencing Head Quarters Rebecca Cooper 2020-01-21 13:00:00Z 0

Bushfire Recovery Meeting

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The guest speaker was Fiona Roden talked about the possible psychological effects of the bushfires on individuals and communities as well as possible support strategies that might prove useful for us when planning upcoming support projects.

Margaret Crisp gave us an update on what district 9790 has been doing and our future planning.

Karin from ALBURY Hume also joined us.

Pictured are also some of the team who will head to Corryong in Wednesday to pack school bags for children and view the work that is being done by the fencing crews.
Bushfire Recovery Meeting Rebecca Cooper 2020-01-20 13:00:00Z 0

Fencing efforts in Corryong area

Volunteers on Saturday 18/01/2020 - we had 110 (approx) volunteers out in the field spread across 10 teams completing fencing plus catering / admin etc. Great effort for District 9790. An absolutely fabulous response to the fire damage restoration. Vehicles in the photo are supplied by Rebuild Upper Murray group and Army staff are reservists who are contributing to the work.
Fencing efforts in Corryong area Rebecca Cooper 2020-01-19 13:00:00Z 0

Fencing Funding

The Rotary club of ALBURY has committed to purchasing $10,000.00 of essential equipment for fencing. Working with District 9790 to assist in the Corryong area.
Fencing Funding Rebecca Cooper 2020-01-06 13:00:00Z 0
Life Memberships Rebecca Cooper 2019-12-18 13:00:00Z 0
Christmas Party Rebecca Cooper 2019-12-18 13:00:00Z 0
Outgoing Rotary Youth Excange Rebecca Cooper 2019-11-23 13:00:00Z 0
Step Out Against Violence Rebecca Cooper 2019-11-22 13:00:00Z 0
AGM and Nominations for Board Rebecca Cooper 2019-11-17 13:00:00Z 0
Melbourne Cup Rebecca Cooper 2019-11-11 13:00:00Z 0

Violet Town Market Coach

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A very successful outing to the Violet Town Market today fundraising for Deb’s Kids in Kenya. We had two coach’s of very happy passengers who returned home with bags full of gifts and goodies.

A big thank you to Martin’s Travel Group Albury for their support and Rotarians Rosalie, Helen, Jean, Karen, Serena, and President Bryce.
Violet Town Market Coach Rebecca Cooper 2019-11-08 13:00:00Z 0
Rotary Helping Carevan Rebecca Cooper 2019-10-23 13:00:00Z 0

Squirrel Glider LAMP Project

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Lou Bull did a wonderful presentation on the Squirrel Glider LAMP Project in the Burrumbuttock area. Lou has been working with local landholders to monitor and connect habitats for the local Squirrel Glider population as they are now listed as Vulnerable in NSW. They have been doing large planting and fencing in the area to enable movement of the gliders from nearby habitats.
Squirrel Glider LAMP Project Rebecca Cooper 2019-10-20 13:00:00Z 0

Meeting 30th September 2019



President Bryce welcomes two new members inducted into the club, welcome and congratulations Serena and Lauren.



Special recognition to Michael Burke for 30 years of service to Rotary. Congratulations Mike! 



Special guests tonight included DG Brian Peters, Assistant Governor Stephen O’Connell, and Rotex member Nat Hood.

Meeting 30th September 2019 Rebecca Cooper 2019-09-29 14:00:00Z 0

Carevan September 2019

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Our Rotary Carevan team out last Thursday night in Wodonga serving a delicious meal and having some fun.

Carevan September 2019 Rebecca Cooper 2019-09-25 14:00:00Z 0

Danish exchange student


Danish Exchange Student

Tonight the club farewelled Caroline our Danish exchange student. She will be heading home soon with her jacket well and truly loaded up with Aussie pins and other memories. It was lovely having you here and thanks for the Danish treats. We wish you a safe journey home.
Danish exchange student Rebecca Cooper 2019-06-02 14:00:00Z 0


MHERV - Men's Health Education Rural Van comes to Albury
MHERV Michael Colegrove 2018-11-13 13:00:00Z 0

Our latest Exchange Student visits our club

Our latest exchange student visits Rotary Club of Albury
Our latest exchange student, Caroline Hvid has just arrived in Australia and came to visit with her host family.
President Mike Burke handed her our banner and took possession of her sponsoring club in Holland.
Caroline looks forward to seeing Australia and we hope she visits us as many times as she can while she is here.
Our latest Exchange Student visits our club Michael Colegrove 2018-08-02 14:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker Jeremy Scott

Guest speaker JEREMY SCOTT
Jeremy told us of his inspirational Journey of just under 52 000klms from London to NZ.
This was his first attempt at long distance bike riding, and his greatest joy from the ride
was the people he met, the kindness he received along the way and his personal journey that
enabled him to complete the trip. Diagnosed with a hole in his heart at 2years old. Had an
operation at 4yrs old, before the operation he had no energy, after he became an avid
sportsman. He was living in London and was thinking about raising money for heart disease,
He saw a story about cyclist riding short trips to raise money. It was
then he decided to ride from London to NZ to get home, and raise money as he went. When he
first got his bike, he had never ridden a fully loaded bike with paniers before. So he started with
a goal to just get to Amsterdam, then to Prague and then Budapest.
It took him 10 weeks to ride across Europe. He then started across Turkey which was the
hardest riding he ever did. In winter the temperature got down to -40 Deg and had to wait till
mid-morning for it to warm up enough to ride, about -10 deg.
He found Iran the most beautiful place and met lots of friendly helpful people. He told of one night he met a shepherd in a field, who gestured for him to join him in a meal, which was very basic but the man gave him all the food he had cooked.
He then rode through Kyrgyzstan to Asia, through lots of sand storms which was very difficult.
He then rode through China to south east Asia , and then Vietnam. Once he got to Darwin his Aunt & Uncle
met up with him and rode with him to Cairns. Down the coast to Melbourne, flew to Christchurch, then around
NZ till he got home. To date he has raised $55,000 dollars and has now started his new challenge,
writing and promoting his book and donating 10% of the book sale to heart charities.
His book has some fantastic photos and you can get one from his website.
Guest speaker Jeremy Scott Mike C 2018-06-01 14:00:00Z 0

Newest member induction

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.
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Graham Turner Bursary students 2017

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.
Graham Turner Bursary students 2017 Michael Colegrove 2017-08-04 14:00:00Z 0

Great night at our Change-over

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
Great night at our Change-over Michael Colegrove 2017-07-06 14:00:00Z 0

Our exchange student celebrates her birthday with the club

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.
Our exchange student celebrates her birthday with the club 2017-05-31 14:00:00Z 0

City Band BBQ and Cancer centre fundraiser

 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.
City Band BBQ and Cancer centre fundraiser Michael Colegrove 2017-05-20 14:00:00Z 0

Good Friday Appeal - Albury

The Rotary Club of Albury conducted another Good Friday Appeal count
10 members, 4 friends and many of the staff of the Hume bank, spent the day at the Albury Hume bank counting the money
collected by the volunteers on the day.
They dropped off all the collection buckets to the Hume bank, and then we check, sort, count and then register each area that has been collected.
The counting started about 11.30 when the first RFS truck dropped the first lot of collection buckets off, and finished around 6pm.
On the day approximately $68,000.00 dollars was counted.
A wonderful effort by all that participated in the appeal.
Good Friday Appeal - Albury Michael Colegrove 2017-04-14 14:00:00Z 0

Donation in Kind, medical supplies bound for Africa

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.

Donation in Kind, medical supplies bound for Africa Michael Colegrove 2017-04-14 14:00:00Z 0

Debbie McMillan gives the RC of Albury an update on Deb's kids in Kenya

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.
Debbie McMillan gives the RC of Albury an update on Deb's kids in Kenya Michael Colegrove 2017-03-26 13:00:00Z 0

Australia Day breakfast BBQ

     Rotary club of Albury celebrated Australia day
with their traditional breakfast BBQ at Australia park.
Members and their families with special guests, Kevin Mack - Albury Mayor and Nancy Rooke - a Wiradjuri elder, enjoyed good food and great weather at
Australia Park for our Australia Day breakfast BBQ.
Special thanks to Rosalie, Jean and Mike for organising this years event.
Both Kevin Mack and Nancy Rooke thanked our club for a wonderful morning and spoke about Albury and Australia day and what made it special for them.
Nancy also demonstrated, with the help of Kevin and Ken, the possum coat that was worn by the Wiradjuri elders at special occasions.
We look forward to next years event, we're sure it will be just as enjoyable.
Australia Day breakfast BBQ Michael Colegrove 2017-01-29 00:00:00Z 0

Happy New Year - 2017, Christmas break update

smileyHAPPY NEW YEAR!!smiley
Update from last month, during the Christmas break:
Breakfast meeting – Café Borella
Brett, Gemma and Dominic Bament
Madeline Jolly
Rob and Deb Emmett and family
Marie Hook
Cliff Swatton
President Ken –
Four events over the past couple of weeks –
Fred Heath Award – presentation at Albury High School
Ronald McDonald House – invitation to Christmas Party for volunteers
YES – presentation of cheque from Circus Quirkus
Flying Fruit Fly Circus – invitation to performance and presentation
Jean – Circulated the framed pictured presented at Flying Fruit Fly Circus
Three drafts of template RCA Banner for members to peruse. 
To email to members for comments prior to presentation to the Board.
Geoff – Astor Raffle collected $1000.  Jackpot did not go off.  Will be worth $9000 this week.
Induction of new member – Brett Bament
Introduced by Rotarian Bob Walker, will be on New Generations Committee
Dominic Bament
Our outgoing exchange student, leaving on 19th January 2017. 
We were a captive audience to Dominic’s presentation in German to the host Rotary Club in Switzerland. 
The speech and visual display was very well done.
Ken presented Madeline with a Christmas gift – a brooch made by Shirley Crawford
Happy New Year - 2017, Christmas break update Michael Colegrove 2017-01-09 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Michael Colegrove on Aug 22, 2016
The Official Bulletin of….              
P.O. Box 389
District 9790
Chartered in 1927
Banksia Room, Commercial Club Albury,
618 Dean Street
Fellowship from 5.40pm
6:00pm for 6:30pm
Ken Curnow
Vice President:
Jean Burke
Rotary International President: John Germ
District Governor District 9790: Tony Bramley
Hany Hanna
Ted Thompson
AUGUST Membership and Extension
For good food, good fellowship and the opportunity
to serve through Rotary, we give thanks.
22nd August 2016
29th August 2016
Meeting - Rotary Exchange Student
5th September 2016
Meeting - RSL Fromels visit
12th September 2016
19th September 2016
Meeting – speaker TBA
Club Rosters for July - August 2016
Sgt at Arms
Rotary Information
Greetings Table
22nd August – Geoff
Russell and Ivo
29th August – Hany
Mike Egan
Val and Ted
5th September – Russell
Bob and Mike Burke
12th September – Pam
Jean and Molly
19th September – Lalit
Mike Colegrove and Charlene
Astor Hotel Camp Quality Roster (6.30pm to 7.30pm)
Friday 19th August 2016
Mike Colegrove
Friday 26th August 2016
Friday 2nd Sept 2016
Friday 9th Sept 2016
Harvey Norman BBQ
3rd September  2016
9.15am – 12.30pm
12.30pm – 3.30pm
NB: If any of these times do not suit, please arrange your replacement.

Meeting 15th August –
Guest Speaker – David Martin OAM
PP Mike Colegrove – apologies from President Ken unable to attend meeting.
Letter from Hume Public School together with thank you letters from students for Circus Quirkus tickets.
Invitation from IFCR (Cricketing Rotarians) to the Bi-Annual IFCR Australian Festival in Wagga Wagga from 16th to 21st October 2016.
Time on Air
Jean – Astor raffle last Friday.   $360 collected.  Jackpot did not go off; will be $4500 next Friday.
Ivo –    Exchange student Madeline doing well, her english is improving, involved in swimming, has been to Beechworth and Hume Weir. 
            News about Ivo’s brother Eric, he has been involved in a traffic accident.  Has a broken
            ankle.  Motorbike and car both written off.
Rotary Information
Mike Colegrove spoke about “My Rotary” and the District Booklet as information resources for anything Rotary. 
Raffle -                                 1st Rosalie            2nd Mike Burke                  3rd Jean Burke
Speaker – David Martin OAM – CEO of Murray Valley Centre, Wodonga
After a very detailed history of his life.  After 21 years in the army he started work at the Murray Valley Centre in 1985 as Administrator.  In 1998 he became CEO.  MVC was started by a group of parents and local citizens for a place for children in the area with a intellectual disabilities and over the years has become a day training and support centre for people with disabilities.   With the donation presented by RCA , two bikes have been purchased
DIRECTOR                   PORTFOLIO                 COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Ken Curnow                 Public Image               Brett Perston
Jean Burke                  Club Administration    Jim Crawford, Brian Maginnity
Hany Hanna                Club Secretary
Ted Thompson            Club Treasurer
Geoff Emerson            Membership/
                                    Rotary Foundation      Mike Egan, Molly
Mike Burke                 Service Projects          Jan Marshall, Rosalie Martin, Alan Morcombe
Charlene Gehrig         RCA Foundation          Ken Curnow, Russell Hook, Ted Thompson
Bob Walker                 New Generation          Lalit Kumar, Ivo Mol
Michael Colegrove     Vocational Service      Val Symons, Winston Romey
                                    International               Pam Jowett Trevor Kells
Club’s 90th Birthday     Jean Burke, Trevor Kells, Pam Jowett
Other Rotary Club Meetings
Albury Hume                         @ The Albury Club                       1 00pm.    Wednesday         6021 2511
Albury North                          @ Nth Albury Sports Club           6 00pm     Tuesday                6025 8877
Albury West                           @ The Albury Club                       6.30pm     Wednesday         6021 2511
Lavington                                @ Nth Albury Sports Club            12.30pm   Tuesday              6025 8877
Belvoir Wodonga                  @ Café Grove, High St                  6.00pm     Wednesday        6024 5655
Wodonga Central                 @ German Austrian Club             6.00pm     Tuesday               6024 6905
Wodonga West                     @ Café Grove, High St                  6.00pm     Thursday             6024 5655
Corowa                                   @ RSL Club                                      6.30pm     Thursday             6033 1022
Holbrook                               @ RSL Club                                      6.30pm     Thursday             6036 2199
Rutherglen                             @ Parker’s on Main                       6.30pm     Wednesday         6032 9517
Bellbridge/Lake Hume         @ Thurgoona Golf Club                6.30pm     Tuesday                6043 1411
Bulletin Editor: Jean Burke       
PS – Remember to bring in empty glass jars and sauce bottles with lids and margarine tubs and similar with lids that we are collecting for St Stephen,s Uniting Church, Wodonga.
Bulletin Michael Colegrove 2016-08-22 00:00:00Z 0

Exchange Student visits club

Madeline Jolly visits our club for the first time.
Madeline Joly has just arrived from France, as part of our exchange student program, she dropped in to our club to fill us in on
her plans and to thank our club for the sponsorship.
President Ken also gave Madeline some allowance, and invited her to come back and give us a presentation of her home.
Madeline is currently staying with Ivo and his family and has already talked her into playing hockey.
Everyone at the club wishes her a great year and we look forward to her next visit.
Exchange Student visits club Michael Colegrove 2016-08-21 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Albury's Student exchange Student helps out

Rotary club of Albury had help from Dominic Bament (Albury High School student) to assist raising money prior to leaving in January 2017 as part of the Youth exchange program.
Dominic will be going to Switzerland and came to the BBQ to meet some of the members who were rostered on the BBQ.
Some of the members have been to Switzerland and were happy to pass on some advice to Dominic, who by all accounts, is
thoroughly excited about heading overseas and committed to help our club raise money, whenever he can, before he goes.
The club will also be addressed by Dominic, at one of our meetings, to fill us in on his plans and his hopes for the trip,
sometime between now and January next year.
All members wish him the best when he finally goes, and we are all sure he will have a great time.
Rotary Club of Albury's Student exchange Student helps out MC 2016-06-26 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Albury helps out A / W Foodshare

Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare and Rotary Club of Albury help put breakfast on the table for Lavington East Public School children 2016
BORDER primary school students are learning about good health and the social benefits of the shared table all before the morning bell sounds.
It is part of the Schools Healthy Food and Breakfast program, which is being rolled out this year by the region’s largest emergency food provider, Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare.
Up to 50 students have attended the program at Lavington East Public School daily since it was introduced at the start of term.
School chaplain David Reeks said benefits were wide-reaching with positive impacts on students’ learning.
“It’s a great opportunity for children to be fed to provide them with the energy they need for school and for their concentration and ability to be engaged in the classroom,” he said.
The school’s relieving principal, Carolyn O’Connell, said the children also benefited from eating together in a settled way before classes.
“The social skills are a lovely spin-off and the younger students are being mentored by the older kids too,” she said.
GOOD START: Students Kritika Poudel, Riley Costello and Lilly Patten, all 8, enjoy a bite to eat at the breakfast club. Picture: JODIE BRUTON

GOOD START: Students Kritika Poudel, Riley Costello and Lilly Patten, all 8, enjoy a bite to eat at the breakfast club. Picture: JODIE BRUTON

FoodShare manager Peter Matthews, Rotary Club of Albury president Charlene Gehrig and FoodShare's Vic Citroen visit Lavington East Public School.
Schools Healthy Food and Breakfast program 2016
Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare manager Peter Matthews said the FoodShare program was based on the use of predominately locally-grown fresh food, and was for both breakfast and other meals.
“FoodShare will provide healthy eating program support as requested, connect schools with producers, facilitate guest speakers at schools and arrange excursions to develop children’s understanding of where their food comes from,” he said.
The Rotary Club of Albury donated $10,000 to FoodShare, which allowed the breakfast program to be expanded to a whole-of-school approach to good nutrition and food security.
President Charlene Gehrig said the club was delighted to support the program. 
She said since 1990 the club had donated more than $600,000 to local organisations offering community programs. 
“We are especially excited to partner with the Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare and we will continue to assist where we can,” Ms Gehrig said.
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Visit to the Uniting Care building in Wodonga

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Rotary Club of Albury Foundation donates money to help Unitingcare Wodonga to prepare food for the needy
UnitingCare Wodonga cooks up 250 meals every Monday for needy people in Albury-Wodonga
Each Monday morning six to eight volunteers produce 250 meals at UnitingCare Wodonga for needy people in Albury-Wodonga.
By Wednesday most of the meals have been donated such is the demand for this service.
UnitingCare Wodonga emergency relief co-ordinator Catherine Byrne said what started as a community cookery class for former clients had blossomed into a vital emergency relief program.
In 2015 the kitchen prepared 10,622 meals for needy families on the Border.
“It’s nice to be able to send people away with a meal or two already prepared and also with fruit and veg,” she said.
“Having a couple of easy-ready, nutritious meals they can pop in the microwave is amazing.”
The meat is donated by Border supermarkets and fresh fruit and vegetables come from varied sources
Members from the Rotary club of Albury received a tour of the facility and given some insight into the needs of the centre, and how our money will go to buying much needed equipment to ensure making and storage of safe, nutritious food .
After the members left the centre, the club then went on to Elgine's for a meal and fellowship.
This tour was a nice change to our normal Monday night meeting, and gave the members a chance to see the benefits that the donations bring to community service providers first hand.
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V for Volunteer Day

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Rotary Club of Albury helped out and participated in this event.
Around 10 members and family showed up on behalf of the club to help cook sausages
Unfortunate the weather didn't help encourage a big turnout, with around 500 VOLUNTEERS showing-off their important role by attempting a Guinness World Record.
Red tiles were held overhead to form a giant ‘V’ at Albury Sports Ground, which was lit up from 5.30pm.
Thurgoona Men's Shed collected four tonnes of timber, which was cut up into 4000 sheets for the event.
On Tuesday, the men began to paint the rectangles in the national volunteer colour, red. Albury-Wodonga Volunteer Resource Bureau chief executive Jemma Toohey said they were hoping for 3000 people.
 Jemma Toohey & Ricky Taylor
“The record is for the most people making a letter,” she said.
“It is currently held in Japan at 2100 for the letter ‘M’.
“We thought we'd do a ‘V’ for volunteer and we will have a plane fly overhead to take photos.”
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Men's Shed garden manager Ricky Taylor, who helped make the 4000 odd tiles, said it was an “enormous job”.
“It is a big benefit for the people who do it,” he said.
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National Youth Science Forum

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The National Youth Science Forum, in Australia and overseas, “aims to give a deeper insight into science and its applications for the benefit of all mankind: and to develop a greater understanding between young people of all nations (NYSF). Students are selected based not just on their academic achievements, but also on their other interests and their social and communication skills. In the January NYSF fora, and throughout their NYSF experience, these young scientists will acquire additional skills that will allow them to take their place as tomorrow’s leaders
The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a 12 day residential program for students entering year 12 who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The NYSF program aims to show participants the wide variety of study and career options in STEM fields.
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Circus Quirkus

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The Rotary Club of Albury is very proud to once again be hosting Circus Quirkus! It’s time to get excited Albury/Wodonga because clowns, jugglers and acrobats performing death-defying stunts are coming our way at the end of July! Circus Quirkus  is presented by International Entertainment and is a contemporary take on your favourite traditional circus!
We greatly appreciate the support of our generous local Border businesses who are supporting this wonderful event. If you are able, please show your kind support by purchasing tickets for local special needs and disadvantaged children to attend this eclectic and entertaining Circus event.
The Rotary Club of Albury provides proceeds from tickets sales to local area schools to benefit disadvantaged children and young people. Funding is provided for a range of wonderful projects and programs, which have previously included music and cooking programs, sporting equipment, specially designed indoor and outdoor learning spaces and much more!
Two performances will be held at the Commercial Club in Albury on Sunday July 30th.
For more details and to find out how you can purchase tickets to support local special needs and disadvantaged children to attend the performances please contact the event promoters on 1800 727 857
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Rotary Youth Exchange

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Rotary Youth Exchange
Each year thousands of young people worldwide are given an opportunity to experience the cultures and accomplishments of people in other countries.
During the exchange, they will grow considerably in self-confidence, tolerance and self-reliance.
They'll also learn to accept greater responsibility in their everyday life.
The student will have to adapt to unfamiliar and different surroundings and ways of life that are different from home.
For some this will be the first extended period of separation from their family. This will bring about many trials and tribulations which they will need to overcome and by so doing develop many "survival skills".
To live away from home for the 50 weeks duration of the exchange is a demanding yet rewarding experience. It is not always smooth sailing and requires a great strength of character, tolerance and an understanding of the acceptance personal responsibility.
The exchange provides a unique opportunity for young Australians to experience at first hand the many cultures of a different country, a new way of life and in some instances another language. Often, the friendships they make will be life long and important in achieving the aims of the exchange - the building of goodwill and understanding between countries.
As a Rotary Youth Exchange student they'll have:
  • An opportunity to develop a personal self confidence and maturity
  • An opportunity to develop a lifetime of international friendships
  • An opportunity to develop a real understanding of many different cultures
  • An opportunity to develop new language skills
  • An opportunity to develop a base for future education and career goals
  • An opportunity to develop in many ways
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Camp Quality - Their vision

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Camp Quality’s purpose is to create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia.
We build optimism and resilience for kids living with cancer and their families. We live by our motto: laughter is the best medicine.
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Horrie Harrison

Horrie Harrison was a prominent citizen of Albury and founding member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Albury.
The Club named its 30 year service award in Horrie's honour.
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Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Ivo Mol 2014-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Ivo Mol 2014-02-21 00:00:00Z 0