MINUTES FOR GO TO MEETING THURSDAY 23rd JULY 2015   APOLOGIES:  Rob McDougall,  Tanya Burke,  Rachael McGregor

Welcome to new member – Christie Galloway

  • Correspondence discussed as per Agenda list. Two other items were presented, having arrived in the post after the Agenda was compiled and emailed.
  • John Mackay advised that the ASIC Registration of Business Name for e9650 Rotary Club had been completed on our behalf by Phil Lyon. Accordingly the club is registered until 03/02/2016 as advised in the email attached to the documentation. It will need to be renewed in February 2016.
  • Ken Hall suggested that there was no need to seek an “approval to fund raise” at this stage because the club was just getting started.
  • Dorothy Barwick indicated that the name of our club (Rotary Club of Tamworth North Trading As e9650) was cumbersome. Dorothy had some discussions with Jenny Coburn re changing the name. It was decided that we should wait until we have 20 members or more before making the change.
  • John Mackay advised that he had received a letter from Australia Post requesting that we supply an ABN for our Post Box. It was decided that John Mackay should do a Google Search for the relevant ABN for Tamworth North and draft a letter advising Australia Post of the outcome.
  • The RDU Invoice and Merchandise were discussed. Ken Hall advised that RDU do not print the “welcome to new member kits”, but this kit was sold by an American Company. Ken Hall advised he would investigate the matter and order 10 kits for the club. The club would reimburse any costs incurred. John Mackay will Draw a cheque to pay the RDU Invoice and arrange for Ken Hall to countersign it prior to mailing.
  • It was suggested that members be asked to contribute $5.00 per week to the Project Account in lieu of the meal charge that most Rotarians incur when attending the weekly meeting.
  • It was decided that we should order name badges for every member in the club. These would be used at social functions within the club and when members attended interclub or district gatherings. Dorothy Barwick suggested that we should support the local firms when sourcing the badges. It was decided that the badges would be ordered from New England Engraving. The Club name would be E9650 Rotary Club. It would have the member’s name and classification, be rectangular in shape, black on white and feature the Rotary Wheel. Ken Hall will contact New England Engraving and present the final details to the club.
  • It was decided that John Mackay would email the links for all the relevant Rotary Club websites to the new members. These links would include: Rotary Club of E9650, Rotary International, Rotary District 9650 and Rotary Down Under.
  • It was decided that our Club would lend support to the purchase of a “Shelterbox” for display and fundraising purposes in the Tamworth region. Accordingly, John Mackay would draw a cheque for $200.00 payable to “The Combined Rotary Clubs of Tamworth”, have it countersigned by Ken Hall and he and Ken would take it to the Combined Presidents meeting on Thursday 6th August at 6pm.
  • It was decided that our Club would donate $50.00 to the “Homeless Connect” program, however it has since been revealed that a donation is not necessary since “The Brethren are meeting the cost of the event.
  • Ken arranged with Christie to meet on Thursday 30th July at Alsops Signs with a view to updating the Club Website. I think he was going to see if Tanya would like to be involved as well.
  • We discussed the recording of Guest Speakers and the possibility of putting them on the website. This may be something we could revisit after Ken, Christie and Tanya have discussed the new website. It was agreed that Ken could present a talk on the “Stop Hunger Now” program that is coming to Australia in September. This could be our first “trial run” and it could be placed in the “public space” on our club website.
  • John Mackay will circulate the “enews bulletin” to all club members each week.
  • Next “Go To Meeting” is scheduled for Thursday, 13th August 2015 at 7pm



District 9650 Weekly enews #3 17 July 2015

From District Secretary Elizabeth Tollis, email: elizabeth.tollis@gmail.com.au Please circulate this information to all club members. The archive of this communication is available on the District website www.rotary9650.org.au
•18 July: 27th Annual Rotary Cartoon Awards 6.00pm Cartoon Bunker John Champion Way Coffs Harbour – MC is Jean Kitson. Contact Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour City
•18 July: Woolgoolga Christmas in July Nepal Earthquake fundraiser 6.00pm “Mud Hut building
•25-26 July: NYSF Interviews Walcha
•1 and 2 August: NAB Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge , contact Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour City
•2 August: Gloucester Golf Day Gloucester Country Club contact Valda 6558 2992
•2-9 August: DonateLife Week to support organ and tissue donation
•25 August: District Lunch with RI Zone Director Guiller Tumungan 12.30pm Waterfront Room Exchange Hotel Taree
•30 August: Public Speaking Competition Clubs to have held selections for next round
•5 and 6 September: National Rotary Success Conference Canberra
•8 to 11 October: RyMarine Coffs Harbour Daybreak
•On or about Friday 9 October: Hat Day – all clubs , Australian Rotary Health
•17 and 18 October: District Muster 17 and 18 October in Tamworth
•Friday 6 November: RCs of NSW Police Officer of the Year Awards, Darling Harbour Sydney
•15 November: Coffs Harbour City Rotary Charity Golf Day 11.00am start
•28-29 November: Nambucca River Festival joint project of Macksville/ Nambucca Heads clubs
•19 March 2016: Opera By the Lake Rotary Club of Great Lakes
The Rotary Club of Great Lakes is staging Opera by the Lake on 19th March 2016. Tickets sales on-line will be available through Great Lakes Tourism on 20 July 2015. There has already been considerable interest and currently 55% pre-booking ticket sales are being held. If you are interested in coming you should book sooner rather than later. Go to the website www.operabythelake.com and the Club’s Facebook page. Let them know that you “like” the event. “This is going to be a fabulous day listening to great music in a beautiful setting” writes Brian Bruton, President of the Rotary Club of Great Lakes.

Lightning Ridge Drought Relief Fund The Rotary Club of Lightning Ridge is asking every club in District 9650 (and beyond) to dig deep and make a donation to their Drought Relief Fund. The aim is to assist 50 families with a gift of cash to ease their financial situation after 3 years of drought. They need help to pay the bills and put food on the table. The Club has already assisted with “hay drops”, handed out bags of dog food, and “Pamper Packs” which have been most gratefully received. Now the request is for cash . Cheques can be forwarded to the Rotary Club of Lightning Ridge – Drought Relied Fund, P O Box 1029 Lightning Ridge NSW 2834 or Direct Deposit to Westpac branch Lightning Ridge, BSB 032561 A/C number 209839, specify for the Drought Relief Fund and provide your identity.

Australian Rotary Summit 5-6 September 2015

Headline News from ROMAC Margie Abbott, wife of the Prime Minister Tony Abbott, has accepted the role of Patron for ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children) and will be featured in an article in the August edition of Rotary Down Under. ROMAC Chairman Brendan Porter has described ROMAC as one of Rotary Down Under’s Jewels and he looks forward to the support for this program from all Districts in 2015-2016. Mrs Abbott wishes to be an active patron and you can read about this in the RDU magazine next month.

Request from the College of Country Music

A request to the combined Rotary Presidents meeting.
Some years ago, as Coordinator of the (then) College of Country Music, we assembled a group of corporate and community supporters to enable us to deliver this world-first program for aspiring young writers and performers.
One of those support sponsorships was provided by the combined Rotary clubs of Tamworth.
Now that I’m Chair/President of the CMAA and Academy again, I’m hoping to reinstate that support.
I’m grateful for your offer to present a proposal to the Presidents.
Brief Background: The Academy (previously College) of Country Music has been running for 18 years.  It was, and continues to be, a world-first program for those setting out on a career in country music. The original program involving 25 over-18 year old youngsters, has been augmented in recent years with a Junior Academy of similar size. The students spend two weeks living at Calrossy and are tutored by our leading performers and industry practitioners in song writing, instrumental and vocal skills, performance and stagecraft, teamwork and business skills. The students work in groups (bands) with a dedicated group leader and ‘graduate’ at a public concert at the beginning of the annual Tamworth Festival.
It is the best thing that the CMAA does, and the record of achievements by graduates is outstanding.  A number of our current stars – The McClymonts, Sara Storer, Adam Eckersley, Ashleigh Dallas, The Sunny Cowgirls, Amber Lawrence, Drew McAlister … have graduated from the program, as have the great majority of StarMaker winners and Best New Talent Golden Guitar winners over the last decade.
Many of the graduates return yearly to share their skills as guest lecturers, tutors and group leaders. We are very excited that Lynn Bowtell, one of our most awarded graduates and a long-time group leader will, this year, assume the role of Academy Director.
The Request: We are committed to providing the very best experience we can for these incredibly talented youngsters – most importantly at their Graduation Concert. This event is commonly reported as “one of the best shows of the Festival”, and will continue to be so. We want to make sure as many people as possible get a chance to see these stars of tomorrow at this stage of their development.
What we’d like the combined Rotary Clubs to do is help us deliver the audience they deserve:
We are requesting a combined commitment to purchase 150 tickets at $15 dollars each ($2250 in total).  We would be happy for the clubs to on-sell them at a premium to aid their own fundraising should they want to. It’s a wonderful show and deserves a large audience. I hope you’ll agree to help.
Dobe Newton OAM, Chair/President, Country Music Association of Australia & Academy of Country Music.


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