Opera by the Lake


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APOLOGIES: Alison Leckie, Ken Hall



  • Jill Forsyth
  • John Barwick
  • Christie Galloway
  • Dorothy Barwick
  • John Mackay
  • Tanika Douglas


  • Motion: That the minutes be accepted as read.
  • John Mackay advised that two new bills were outstanding ($121.00 for use of Post Box, and $20.00 to Rotary Down Under for subscriptions). At the time of the meeting John Mackay was unsure why we had another bill from RDU when we had just paid the last one. I have since determined that the subscription was for Alison Leckie who joined on 6th January, just after the issuance of the first bill for the January – July period. Cheques have been written, signed and posted for these two bills and also for the $1000.00 (AUD) donation to the Rotary Foundation “Annual Fund – SHARE”
  • Dorothy Barwick has had further discussions with the Westpac Bank and has been advised that the “appropriately labelled” cheque books for our club have been re-ordered and I will let you all know when they arrive.
  • I was a bit slack and had not prepared a treasurer’s report at the time of the meeting, so I promised to include it in the minutes. The result (as at 01/03/2016) is as follows:
  • Administration Account                                                $1,361.63 less unpresented cheques
  • Post Office Box                             $121.00
  • RDU subscriptions                         $20.00
  • RECONCILED BALANCE       $1,220.63
  • Project Account                                                  $2,202.90   less unpresented cheque
  • Donation to Rotary Found’n    $1,000.00
  • RECONCILED BALANCE       $1,202.90
    • Dungowan Fair Account                                  $2,820.00   Cheque from Dungowan         Fair Committee deposited in the Dungowan Fair Account.
  • Dorothy Barwick advised that the Rotary Theme for next year is “Rotary Serving Humanity”
  • Dorothy Barwick advised that trophies are to be presented at the conference in Taree and our club might be in the running for the club with the most new members, Dorothy may be the Rotarian who nominates the most new members.
  • Dorothy spoke to Morrie Stack and has arranged for our club to have a table at the conference to promote our club.
  • Dorothy Barwick announced that she is getting a sample Club Tee Shirt made up so that club members can see what is being proposed.
  • John Mackay has advised that he will contact Bill Warburton to see if he is prepared to act as auditor. My intention was to have MYOB accounting facilities in place before contacting him. I have since discovered that MYOB is no longer a “buy it and own it forever” program – they now make their program available on a “cost per month” basis. This is not acceptable to me as it represents an ongoing cost to the club. I am investigating alternatives.
  • The Armidale Tech Fest is on from the 31st of March to the 2nd of April. It is an interesting presentation of up and coming developments in technology for people interested in technology or even for parents who want to ponder the sort of future, pressures, careers, opportunities and threats our children will be exposed to in the future.
  • The Rotary Club of Tamworth are holding a fundraising dinner for “the School of St Jude”. This school provides a western style education for 1900 students. The school is located in Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa. The dinner is at The Grand Ballroom at West Diggers Club on Wednesday 30th March. Time 6:30 for 7:00pm. The cost is $50.00 for a two course meal. Wine, water and juice on the tables.
  • There is a website for the Dungowan fair. If you want to look it up yourself, then go to the following link :       http://www.dungowanvillagefair.com.au/
  • Next “Go To Meeting” is scheduled for Thursday, 10h March 2016 at 7:00 pm.




  • Christie Galloway
  • Jill Forsyth


  • Moved: “That the Minutes of the last meeting be accepted as read.”

o   Moved: Kylie Pollard

o   Seconded: Rachael McGregor

o   Carried


  • John Barwick outlined Dungowan Fair details (15 – 16 October 2016) including proposed activities and some of the feature exhibits and handcrafts that will be on display. John Harlow is assessing the project to qualify for Rotary Insurance. Our main role will be in manning the gates. It was suggested that the admission charge would be a nominal fee of $5 per adult and a concessional rate for children (cut-off age to be decided at a later date).
  • It is intended that we promote display and raise funds for a Shelterbox as part of our promotion at the fair. It was suggested that we get emails or promote a website location so that “donors” could see where their Shelterbox was deployed. The objective was to give donors a feeling of involvement and maybe bring our club activities to the fore at the same time.
  • John Barwick advised that mobile phone coverage at the fairground site was poor. This is of interest because we (as an eClub) will not be able to use the internet on site as part of our club promotion.
  • Tanika Douglas advised that she would source a shirt catalogue for consideration as part of our “uniform” at the fair. Other possibilities include shirts from RDU. It was decided that we should source the information and a decision on this matter could then be made at our next face to face meeting; possibly in late February (2016).
  • Ideas are invited for a Club logo that we can get monogrammed onto our shirts.
  • Tamworth Rotary Club are running a food store over the Country Music Festival. Details will be finalized in the coming weeks, however it is anticipated that the food store will run 10am until 8pm (2 x 5 hour shifts) over the period 15th to 24th January. We are invited to assist and liaise with the Tamworth Rotary Club to determine suitable shift times. Ken Hall will advise further details as they come to hand and I will distribute the information by email as soon as I get it. Presumably they will give us a contact name and we can ring that contact if we want to put ourselves on the roster.
  • Next “Go To Meeting” is scheduled for Thursday, 11h February 2016 at 7:00 pm.





  • Nominations were called for Club Positions for the 2016 – 2017 Financial Year. The outcomes were:

o   PRESIDENT:                              Dorothy Barwick

o   PRESIDENT ELECT:                Kylie Pollard

o   SECRETARY:                            Tanika Douglas


o   TREASURER:                            John Mackay


  • The meeting closed around 7:30pm.

District leaders set to celebrate Foundation’s centennial

District leaders set to celebrate Foundation’s centennial

The Rotary Foundation has been improving lives since 1917. Learn about our work and help us celebrate 100 years of doing good in the world.

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith asked district governors in training at the International Assembly to lead the celebration of the year, 2016-17.

“You are the primary contacts between the Foundation and our 34,000 Rotary clubs in the world. The success of the centennial celebration is largely in your hands,” said Klinginsmith at a 19 January general session. “Catch the spirit and spread the word about the importance of celebrating our success.”

Since the Foundation was established in 1917, it has spent more than $3 billion on programs and projects to improve the lives of millions worldwide, said Klinginsmith.

The centennial celebration officially kicks off in May at the Rotary Convention in Korea and culminates at the 2017 convention in Atlanta.

District plans for the centennial

Governor-elect Tom James Markos of District 5100 in Oregon, USA, says he is proud to be serving during such a historic year. He plans to promote the centennial not only to his district’s members, but also through local media.

“We need the public to be aware of what we’ve accomplished,” says Markos, who has set a district goal of raising $1 million for the Foundation during the centennial year.

Bill Proctor, incoming governor of District 7080 in Ontario, Canada, believes the centennial year is an opportunity to “refocus and reeducate” members on the importance the Foundation’s work.

“We have so many accomplishments to celebrate,” said Proctor. “We need to use the momentum of the celebration to strengthen the Foundation’s future.”

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Germ reveals ‘Rotary Serving Humanity’ as 2016-17 presidential theme

Germ reveals ‘Rotary Serving Humanity’ as 2016-17 presidential theme

Rotary International President-elect John F. Germ announces his presidential theme ‘Rotary Serving Humanity.’

Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.

Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

“I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” said Germ.

Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide, he said.

After a historic year in which transmission of the wild poliovirus was stopped in Nigeria and all of Africa, Germ said we are closer than ever to ending polio.

“We are at a crossroads in Rotary,” he added. “We are looking ahead at a year that may one day be known as the greatest year in Rotary’s history: the year that sees the world’s last case of polio.”

Last year’s milestones leave just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the virus still circulates. Polio would be only the second human disease ever to be eradicated.

When that moment arrives, it’s “tremendously important” that Rotary is ready for it, said Germ. “We need to be sure that we are recognized for that success, and leverage that success into more partnerships, greater growth, and even more ambitious service in the decades to come.”

Germ, a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, encouraged attendees to return to their clubs and communities and spread the word about Rotary’s role in the fight for a polio-free world.

“People who want to do good will see that Rotary is a place where they can change the world. Every Rotary club needs to be ready to give them that opportunity,” Germ said.

Enhancing Rotary’s image isn’t the only way to boost membership. “We need clubs that are flexible, so our service will be more attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people.”

He added: “We need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward.”

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Foundation honouree creates opportunities for the poor

Susan Davis shares a photo with school children in Pakistan. Davis co-founded BRAC USA to advance the mission of BRAC — Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee — which is dedicated to fighting poverty.

For her work to mitigate extreme poverty around the world, Susan Davis has received many honours. But the 2015-16 Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award has special significance.

“It feels like a circle of completion,” says Davis, who was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar in 1980-81, doing graduate studies in international relations at Oxford University in England. “Rotary invested in me when I was young, and now is celebrating the harvest.”

A decade ago, Davis co-founded to advance the mission of BRAC — Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee — the world’s largest nongovernmental development organization, which was founded after Bangladesh’s partition from Pakistan in the 1970s. The U.S. branch is dedicated to fighting poverty and to creating opportunities for the poor in Africa and elsewhere.

Fulfilling that mission hasn’t been easy. Davis’ work has been disrupted by floods, cyclones, earthquakes, and war. Even worse was the sudden and deadly Ebola epidemic in 2014 in West Africa.

“I wasn’t sure how to protect our staff and clients and accompany these vulnerable communities out of this tragic situation,” says Davis, who served as BRAC USA’s president and chief executive officer until her departure this month. She quickly contacted Ebola experts and connected them with BRAC USA’s representatives in affected countries. “I lost sleep and cried with each death,” she says.

Two of those deaths were particularly painful. Ophilia Dede, a BRAC credit officer in Liberia, and her husband succumbed to the virus, leaving behind a little girl. Davis helped set up a scholarship fund for her education.

But she doesn’t allow such painful experiences to deter her.

“The urgency of the need and the tangible opportunities to make a difference keep me going,” she says. “And I have been blessed by seeing two big ideas — microfinance and social entrepreneurship — take root globally.”

From 1987 to 1991, Davis championed microfinance while working as a program officer with the Ford Foundation in Bangladesh. She developed a consortium that raised $175 million, increasing the availability of microloans in Bangladeshi villages to 44 percent from 5 percent, she says. Though debates endure over how much credit microfinance should receive for the country’s progress, conditions in Bangladesh have improved significantly: According to The Economist, life expectancy in the country rose from 59 to 69 during a 20-year span ending in 2010.

Davis also is co-author, with journalist David Bornstein, of the book “Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know.”  And she is involved with Ashoka, a nonprofit organization that supports social entrepreneurship; as a director, she oversaw its expansion to the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia.

A resident of New York City, Davis is widely recognized for her work in the field of international development. She was appointed to the board of the United Nations Fund for International Partnership in 2012, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has served on the boards of the Grameen Foundation, the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund, and the African Women’s Development Fund USA.

Davis has come a long way from the small town in southwest Louisiana, USA, where she grew up. The Rotary scholarship provided her first opportunity to live abroad. She believes that her Oxford experience allowed her to be taken seriously, and credits it with helping her land a job with the Ford Foundation.

Perhaps most importantly, says Davis, that Rotary-sponsored year gave her an entirely new perspective on power and privilege.

“Oxford was larger than life in my imagination,” she recalls. “But when I became a part of Oxford and got to know the dons and the students, I realized that, whether rich or poor, we were all just human beings and all of us were vulnerable and full of imperfections.”

Davis will be honored at the Rotary International Convention in Korea in June.

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Interplast: you can change a future these holidays

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Dear all,

At this time of year, it can be hard to come up with truly life-changing gift ideas.

But what if you could give a gift that would change someone’s future? What if you could give someone whose hands were damaged by burns the ability to use them again? Or a medical trainee the chance to learn new skills that would benefit their community?

This festive season, you can do that by giving your friends and family an Interplast donation gift card.

Your gift will give someone the chance to receive life-changing surgery, and help us provide medical education and mentoring in 17 countries across the Asia Pacific region.

Our surgical teams restore function – and hope – to people affected by burns, tumours, hand and foot injuries, congenital anomalies and more.

In Australia and New Zealand, we sometimes take it for granted that if we needed to, we could have these conditions treated by well-trained medical professionals, in a timely manner.

But in many of our neighbouring countries they often can’t be treated effectively or at all, impacting on people’s ability to live a fully-functional life free from stigma and social exclusion. Lack of training and equipment means health systems in the countries where Interplast works are not always able to help enough.

You can make a huge difference.

Interplast’s volunteer surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals have changed the futures of hundreds of people and their communities this year.

There is so much more to do, and you can be a part of it. This holiday season, give friends and family a gift like no other – the knowledge that someone’s future is so much better thanks to them.

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Cyclists raise nearly $3 million in Miles to End Polio ride

Cyclists raise nearly $3 million in Miles to End Polio ride

Riders set off on the 2015 El Tour de Tucson in Arizona, USA.
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The Miles to End Polio team (top left) joins other riders at the starting line of the 104-mile (167 km) ride.
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Rotary General Secretary John Hewko speeds through a turn near the beginning of the race. Hewko completed the 104-mile course for the fourth straight year.
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Billboards along the route promote Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio.
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A Rotary member refills a cyclist’s water bottle at a rest stop. Many local Rotary members served as volunteers along the route.
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Riders who have already finished cheer on fellow cyclists along the final stretch of the ride.
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The Miles to End Polio team and Rotary riders from Arizona take a selfie after the grueling ride.
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Marga Hewko, wife of Rotary General Secretary John Hewko, and other team members cross the finish line after completing 104 miles.
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The Miles to End Polio team gathers at the starting line before sunrise.
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The fight to eradicate polio got a major financial boost from the annual bike ride that took place 21 November in Arizona, USA. Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and a team of eight RI staff members helped raise $2.9 million. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match the funds 2-to-1, bringing the total contribution to PolioPlus to nearly $9 million.

This is the fourth year in a row that Hewko has biked in the 104-mile (167 km) El Tour de Tucson ride, one of the country’s top cycling events. More than 100 Rotary members from Arizona and around the world hit the pavement with the Evanston team.

The RI staff riders have been training together since September. “In the beginning, riding 104 miles seemed impossible,” says Jean Stanula, Rotary’s Global Events supervisor. “But we came together early Saturday mornings and rode 20, 40, 60, and 80 miles. After a while, it felt like we could do anything.”

Contributions of District Designated Funds (DDFs) were a big part in this year’s fundraising effort, with more than $1.4 million collected. Districts can continue to donate DDFs to support the fundraiser through 30 November. President-elect John Germ will visit the district that donates the most DDFs, and the top five contributing districts will be recognized onstage at the 2016 Rotary Convention in Seoul.

Rotary members have taken part in the ride since 2009, when the End Polio Now campaign was designated an official beneficiary of the race, allowing Rotary cyclists to gather pledges for the campaign. In the first year, 27 cyclists raised $35,000. The number has grown exponentially ever since.

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Stop Hunger Now

Join the fight against hunger on #GivingTuesday

Dear Ken,

On December 1, 2015, Stop Hunger Now is participating in #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back during the busy holiday season. Click here to join the fight against hunger.

We are making progress in that fight, but we need you.

Nearly 800 million our global neighbors are chronically malnourished. That number is big — too big — but each of those people has a name, a story, and a life. Just like you.

Like Anna in Armenia. Before her school started providing Stop Hunger Now meals, Anna was the only member of her family who attended school. Now, her sister and cousins attend, and they are all happier and healthier. In fact, Anna has gone from having the worst test performance in her class to having higher test scores. She hopes to have the highest grades in her class one day. 

Stop Hunger Now sends meals to children around the world like Anna, children who have dreams and plans for their futures. Give to Stop Hunger Now on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1, by clicking here. There, you can sign up to become a monthly donor and celebrate #GivingTuesday every month.

And, through the generosity of SanDisk Corporation, gifts to Stop Hunger Now made by Dec. 31, 2015, will also be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000.

Double your impact and give to Stop Hunger Now on December 1st by clicking here. Together, we can create a world without hunger.

Thank you!

Rod Brooks, President and CEO


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