Club Information
Welcome to our Rotary Club
Alexandra

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
Alexandra Golf Club
Gordon st
ALEXANDRA, VIC 3714
Australia
First, third & fifth Wednesday 7.00pm Apologies/Guests John Allcock by mid-day Monday at the very latest SMS 0414 397 376 or landingear1991@hotmail.com Secretary Helen Gibb 0419893370
Home Page Stories
Our guest speaker this week was DG David McPherson.
 
David is a member of the Rotary Club of Deniliquin and has been a member of many service clubs. He is also a keen sportsman and has represented Australia at the Paralympics and the Commonwealth Games. He is a medical scientist by profession but has now retired to put more time into Rotary.
 
David told us about the new Rotary logo and its colours.
It was designed by Australian indigenous artist, Riki Salam. 
The circle represents the meeting circle, our connection to others; the seven dots are the people and the seven Rotary areas of service. The solid line is the digging stick which does the hard work. The colours have various interpretations.
 
The new International President is Jennifer Jones, the first woman to attain this position. Jennifer emphasizes respect, caring, empowering women and girls, raising the profile of Rotary, encouraging new Club models eg. Satellite, Passport, Corporate or Cause - based. Jennifer’s video encouraged us to consider all the above in our everyday activities.
Diversity is an aim of Rotary. We try to recruit people of many cultural backgrounds, ages, genders, interests and abilities.
 
David’s experience as a paraplegic since childhood has made him very aware of the benefits of inclusion. David’s message was that we should celebrate the past but look to the future.
His family project, along with his children Lily and Liam, is to help provide wheelchairs for children in disadvantaged countries, world-wide.   See: https://wheelchairsforkids.org/ 
They are made in a factory in Perth where volunteers construct simple adjustable wheelchairs which are perfect.
COMMUNITY SERVICE REPORT
Director 2021 – 2022 Helen Gibb
The Committee had our usual busy year and wonderful participation from the whole Club when required.
JULY / AUGUST – our regular winter activities are firewood raffles, supply of wood to referred community members and helping with the Beanie Festival. Thanks Sharon Fox for the lovely red gum! Also our regular suppliers on local properties. Ian Gibb and his band of wood cutters did a great job.
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER – Our biggest effort for the Spring was assisting the Alexandra Medical Centre with covid vaccine clinics. Nearly every weekend we erected marquees, supervised patients and manned the door. Hundreds of people were vaccinated by the excellent medical staff and we were spoiled with excellent afternoon teas. Thank you to all who contributed to this mammoth effort (especially Debbie Skinner and Meg Dunn).
DECEMBER – JANUARY – We all thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas Tree Festival and the Christmas Carols run in conjunction with other community groups. After Christmas saw the usual Alexandra Rodeo and Australia Day Celebration. We assisted on the gates at the Rodeo and played a big part in organising the Australia Day festivities (thanks to Bob Flowers and Bruce Hyatt).
MARCH – APRIL – this is our busiest time with Music in the Park and the Easter Art Show taking many hours to prepare and present. Noel McIlwraith does an amazing job with Music in the Park and Melinda Jackson is exemplary in her Art Show organization.
MAY we take a break and in JUNE some members assist with the Truck and Ute Show.
Community activities are our main source of publicity in the Community. It is important that we are visible and attract new members. Publicity by Tom Farrell and Bulletin by John Cannon are also essential to the Club.
Helen Gibb
Community Service Director
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Rotary Changeover
This year the COVID regulations were relaxed enabling the club to undertake an almost full program of events. The increased face to face communication at meetings and informal gatherings was welcome after the long haul of lockdowns.
My year as President of Rotary Alexandra has been busy and enjoyable. The club and I in particular have been so very fortunate to have such a capable, efficient and energetic board. Tom Farrell and Ian Gibb have been exemplary in their roles as secretary and treasurer respectively. To the other board members Helen Gibb, Ross Thompson, Chris Jackson, Debbie Skinner, Sharon Fox and John Cannon my grateful thanks for all your work throughout the year. John, you have kept us all well informed and up to date with the fortnightly bulletin.
Rotary Alexandra has been very fortunate to also have a band of willing volunteers who have given freely of their time to assist with a number of events. Thank you.
As a club we have been responsible for events throughout the year - Christmas Carols, Australia Day celebrations in Alexandra, the annual Art Show, Bowel Scan, Lift the Lid (funds for mental health) and Music in the Park. We also organise Cycle Dindi with the Rotary Club of Yea and provided assistance with the vaccination clinics and the rodeo.
This list clearly shows that our club ‘punches above its weight’ in this community and is well respected as a result.
These events, together with the sale of berry jam (thanks to Vera and John Bassett and Pam Thompson) and the wood raffles (Ian Gibb and company) have enabled the sponsorship of and donations to programs outlined in the treasurer’s report.
Membership is a concern to all organisations in this day and age. Three of our members resigned during the year and extended leave was granted to another. However, we have had four new members inducted into the club.
Welcome John Wainwright, John Allcock, Bruce Macdonald and Geoff Proctor. Other good news is that there are three more prospective members in the wings.
The program of events during the year has been coordinated by John Sharwood. Well done John on the wide variety of speakers and social events. The Changeover Dinner, Christmas breakup and social night in January were highlights.
The District Conference held in Marysville in March was well attended with an entertaining and informative program. Congratulations DG Anne and committee for pulling off a successful and difficult task.
In conclusion I thank all Rotarians, volunteers and family for their friendship, guidance and assistance throughout the year.
Best wishes to Sharon Fox, President 2022 - 2023, and the Board for a successful and enjoyable year.
Bob Flowers
President
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Ian Gibb, Sharon Fox, Bob Flowers, Helen Gibb and Chris Jackson
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A BIG Thank you to Alexandra Rotary Club for their support of the festival with supply of tables, packing & unpacking of chairs and helping during the festival. Events like these need volunteers and the support given by the Rotarians was very much appreciated 👏👏👏👏
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Guest Speaker Damien Galagher
Damien Gallagher, Deputy Mayor Murrindindi Shire, councillor representing Redgate riding. Damien was born in 1977 to a nurse and a soldier. As a member of a Defence family, there were lots of moves, Brisbane-> Sydney-> Melb> Brisbane-> Sydney-> Melb etc.
By year 9,Damien as enrolled at his 7th school.
His first University experience, studying Computer Science & Electrical engineering at Melbourne Uni was not a good fit.
Damien spent weekends on the MCG cleaning crew, and enjoyed orchard work at Ardmona before further studies in computer science and software engineering, which led to working with VICPOL during Covid, managing issue and return of firearms and PPE.
He has been promoted to chief technology officer of that company now.
Since finding his own piece of paradise in Alexandra in 2010, Damien has been involved with the Truck and Ute Show, setting up Alexandra Events, and the running of pro Rodeo and ‘Eildon Big Fish’ events.
Covid provided a unique opportunity to work from home, and home school children by relocating the family to their Alexandra weekender.
A decision was made to run for Council, where his portfolio covers community engagement and wellbeing. Working with passionate people has been a joy. Access and inclusive opportunities are a focus.
Speakers
Sam Hicks
Aug 17, 2022
Pool
Nina Lunde
Aug 31, 2022
Regionalistaion
TBC
Sep 07, 2022
TBC
Seymour Footy night at Seymour Monday
Sep 19, 2022
Seymour Footy night at Seymour Monday. No meeting Wednesday
Through the Hat
Oct 05, 2022
Wear outlandish Hat $2
TBC
Oct 19, 2022
TBC
TBC
Nov 02, 2022
TBC
TBC
Nov 16, 2022
TBC
TBC
Nov 30, 2022
TBC
Students maybe
Dec 07, 2022
Proposed night for School awards TBC
Santa
Dec 21, 2022
Christmas Celebration
Members
Jan 18, 2023
Social night . Welcome to 2023
TBC
Feb 01, 2023
TBC
 
Club Leaders
President
Treasurer
Secretary
Community Service
Vocational Services
International Service
Rotary Foundation
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Membership
New Generations
Art Show
Music in the Park
Australia Day
Bowel Scan