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President’s Message

Last week’s meeting we had a lovely presentation from Kellie’s daughter Tess Kadoui who is our outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student for the next year. Tess heads out to Denmark in January – remember to pack your winter woollies Tess. Kellie’s son Jack was our outbound a couple of years ago and I’m sure that Tess will enjoy her experience as much as Jack did.  We also had a visitor at the meeting – Rotary Youth Exchange student from France, Kilian Vele, who also joined Rod and the Paying it Forward team on their recent excursion to the Yasawa Islands to help with the painting of some community buildings. Rod tells me that they all had a great time and the interaction with the local village was better than last...

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  Noel Jackling was born in Albury, and lived next to Ian Harrison (!) but  was only there until the age of three. War-time meant family removal to Melbourne when his father Stan Jackling joined the RAAF. The family unit never returned to Albury, leaving Stan with a law business in Albury and a family in Melbourne, a disjunction that he resolved by becoming a weekly commuter between the two cities. For Noel, with grandparents in Albury and Wodonga, Albury-Wodonga became a wonderful holiday venue in his younger years. Following the death of his father in 1994 he donated his father’s Albury Choral Society and ABC International Celebrity Concert programs to the Albury LibraryMuseum and wrote a book to interpret them. In 1998 Noel became executor of the deceased estate of a former Albury Choral Society chorister Ruth Whyte, whose residuary estate of $1.2m was equally divided between the Albury Wodonga Regional Art Foundation and the Charles Sturt University Murray Conservatorium of Music, a bequest that remains the largest cash donation to the Arts in Albury. In the late 1960s, Noel became the lawyer for Arthur Newnham, the ABC radio 2CO announcer who called on cars to go to the Albury Racecourse to illuminate a landing strip for the Uiver. As a result of this connection, Noel has in recent years developed a keen interest in the Uiver, an interest that has led to him securing major donations of Uiver-related objects for the Albury LibraryMuseum, and with others, to ensure that Albury’s memorial DC-2 Uiver remained in Albury for restoration here. Noel successfully advocated for the Uiver collection at...

President’s Message

If you go onto the Club’s facebook page you will see that there have been several posts from Club Members Rod & Kellie with this year’s “Paying it Forward” team. It looks like they have all settled in well with their Fijian Village on one of the Yasawa Islands where they are helping with the re-painting of some of the community buildings. Last week I talked about the meeting with Stuart Gordon Landscaping and Albury City to discuss the plans for a memorial area at Brown’s Lagoon. This week I will be talking about the fact that it is done. PP Dennis has been keeping a close eye on the proceeding this week sending us a photo of the completed project on Friday. We are planning to have our last meeting of the year at the site so we can all get a good look at it and early in the new year we will arrange the placing of a plaque. A big thank you to all those involved but especially PP Dennis for his drive on this project, Peter Lee for arranging the funds from Foundation and Albury City for their grant of...

President’s Message

This week myself, Roger Lescun and Dennis Martin met with representatives of Albury City Council and Stuart Gordon Landscaping at Brown’s Lagoon to discuss the Rotary Memorial area to be developed there. With the passing of Rob Burns and Derek Beveridge this year I can’t think of a better year for this project to be completed. The Club received a lovely note this week from Derek’s wife thanking us for our contribution to Derek’s service. I’m hoping that the plague will be placed early in the New Year. This project commenced back under the Presidency of Dennis and has been funded by way of a grant from Albury City Council, lots of sausages sold by you guys and a grant from Foundation. Talking of Foundation (as it is still Foundation month for another week) .. this week Alice Glachin came to the Club meeting with a $100 to be donated to Foundation. Alice and Nick keep a tin at the counter of Beacon Lighting and the $100 has come from loose change being contributed to the tin. Simple idea and one that benefits all. Remember that 50% of all funds donated to Foundation come back as grants to our Club. Recently we have benefitted with a contribution to the Brown’s Lagoon Memorial Area and funds for our River of Stories...

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Guest speakers will be Julie Amos (General Manager and Co CEO) and Lyn Wallis (Artistic Director and Co CEO) of Hothouse Theatre spoke to us about what is coming up in the 2018 season. Hothouse Theatre has recently celebrated their 20th year of bringing original Australian works here to the Border for our enjoyment and they have eight shows booked in for 2018 including 2 shows suitable for the kids (in my case the grand kids). We are lucky to have such a theatre company in our area and I’m proud to say that I have been a regular subscriber since moving to the area in...

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Kylie Doherty from Delta Therapy Dogs spoke about Our world class program is the largest of its kind in Australia with over 1000+ volunteers and their special dogs making regular visits to health care facilities to offer the wonderful benefits of pet therapy, spend time with patients and offer a chat, a floppy ear to listen and a paw to shake.There are currently over 850 facilities involved nationally ranging from aged care through to acute care hospitals for children and adults as well mental health, prisons and dementia                                                     specific...

Youth

Youth Exchange: Our inbound  exchange student (Katrine Lundsgaard) has now been in Australia for 3 months and has settled in very well to Australian life. She has been well looked after by her first host family, the Cranage family (Peter and Karen). She is now at Mittagundi for a week long camp with other inbound students. This is always a highlight of the youth exchange calendar. On her return on 5th November, Katrine will move to her 2nd host family (Alice Glachan and Nicholas Little). Our current outbound (Lauren Murphy) continues to have a wonderful year which is fast coming to an end. She will return to Australia in January when Tess Kadaoui will depart for her exchange year in Denmark. Fiji Schoolies Project: We have 10 confirmed students (7 girls and 3 boys). These comprise 5 local students and 5 inbound Rotary exchange students. We initially had more local applicants, but some withdrew putting the program at risk for this year. We were given permission by the district youth exchange committee to offer the program to inbounds, subject to usual club and parent permissions. This resulted in 5 inbounds applying. Kellie and I will chaperone together with 1 Rotex (ex Rotary exchange student). Flights and accommodation all booked. We depart on 26th November and return on 6th...

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Rotary Foundation District Chair, PDG David Cooke, spoke 0n The Rotary Foundation is Rotary's own charitable fund and is operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes throughout the world. The purpose of The Rotary Foundation can be found in it's motto: "Doing good in the world".  Rotary is working to improve the lives of children, by providing access to health care, education, adequate food, shelter and clean water. Rotarians are saving and changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of children. The mission of the Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of...