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Alexandra

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Every Wednesday 6.30pm for 7.00pm
Alexandra Golf Club
Gordon St. Alexandra
P.O.Box 76 Alexandra
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Our Club has an established custom of toasting a Rotary Club from another country at our weekly meetings. This broadens our knowledge of clubs around the world.

Reason for Toast

Today, 12 July, Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, celebrates her 21st birthday. Malala was born in Minigora in the Swat Valley of northern Pakistan which became under the rule of the Taliban in 2008. The Taliban made its opposition to a proper education for girls a cornerstone of its terror campaign.
 
Malala spoke out about the injustice of life under the Taliban particularly regarding the right to an education. In 2012, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban while on a bus heading home from school. Malala survived the attack and continued to campaign for the right for all children to have an education.
 
In 2014, Malala at age 17, was named a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
 
Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai was a member of the in Swat which was established in June 2013. Projects have included purchasing new equipment for a local hospital, a water filtration plant and establishing a mobile clinic to supply prosthetic limbs to victims of bombs.
 
Ziauddin Yousafzai said, “I dream of a time when we will go back to Swat, our dream valley, and I will ask Malala to join our Rotary club."
The Rotary meeting on the evening of June 28 was the last for the 50th year off the Rotary Club of Alexandra and for President Richard Lovett.  The Golf Club was packed with Rotarians and their guests including Rotarians from Yea, Seymour and Euroa.  There were representatives from the Probus clubs and Lions including Alexandra, Eildon and Marysville.  Past President Richard’s report  mentioned past Rotarians including Roy Fox who was a foundation member and passed away a year ago to the day, the very dependable and very active Rotarian Bob Tate  who passed away earlier this year and the changeover dinner did not seem to be quite the same without these two present.  Another loss during the year was Rex Tate, always full off enthusiasm and passionate about making his community the very best it could be and although Rex retired from Rotary several years ago he was still active in the community right up to his death, the murals around Alexandra are a testament to his work.  Some of the widows of past members were able to come and join in the celebrations of a great Rotary year, it was a real treat to meet up with them on such an occasion.  Maurie Pawsey lit a candle in memory of the over 90 past Rotarians who were members of the Alexandra club over the last 50 years. Rotarian John Sharwood proposed a toast to Rotary International during which he  mapped out the history of Rotary including the first Australian Club in Melbourne and the the formation of the Alexandra Club by Seymour and Euroa Rotary Clubs.  The response to the toast was given by  Past District Governor, David Anderson, fresh from the world conference of 1.2 million Rotarians at Atlanta USA, who shared the excitement when he was present for the  announcement  that  Gates Foundation  had donated 1.2 Billion dollars to totally eradicate Polio from the world.  David said that almost immediately from the floor of the conference this massive sum was matched by Rotary Clubs from around the world.
Rotary Park Revamp
Rotary presented $1500 to John Sharwood representing the Open Gardens’ Committee towards re-developing the gardens at Rotary Park. This is a joint project of the Alexandra and District Open Gardens, the Rotary Club of Alexandra and the Alexandra Events Truck Show.
To date $6200 has been spent on design plans. To date the picnic BBQ has been modified with removal of brick walls and installation of new furniture.
A contract has been negotiated with local contractor Darrell Hedger Contractors to upgrade the garden including site preparation, pathways, rock seats, stump seats and planting scrubs. This will be supervised by John Canny from the shire works department.
The upgrade will commence after the 2017 Truck show in June and should be completed in 8 weeks-weather permitting!
This project fulfils the stated aim of Rotary in the forthcoming Rotary year: Rotary Making a Difference.
Rotary keeping informed
This week Rotary Alexandra members had an informative talk by  Suzanne Miller. She has been CEO of Nexus Primary Health for four and a half years, and lives with a menagerie on 30 acres at Broadford.
Nexus evolved from Mitchell Community Health, and employs 180 staff over 4 main sites in Mitchell, Murrindindi and Strathbogie Shires with a turnover of $12,000,000 per yr. Nexus offers lots of services at minimal cost to client,; their biggest footprint is the GP clinic at Kinglake Ranges Medical Centre, which is expanding into allied health services such as occupational therapy and dietetics to try to make it more viable.
Alcohol and Drug services visit Alexandra weekly; detox can be done in local hospital.
Family Violence Service covers women's outreach on referral from police, men's behavioural change group, and children's services -important as childhood exposure to violence may lead to neurological changes.
Women’s outreach service receives 70 referrals a month.
Underage drinking- kids report feeling unsafe walking past adults who are drinking. This has led to changes such as bylaws in Alexandra naming public drinking, so that Alex is now a 'dry town'
Aged care services- now difficult to negotiate as all access is through the 'My Aged Care' site, which is 'hopeless'. This will change only if communities talk about how difficult the site is to navigate.
A new focus of Nexus will be helping clients to access NDIS services. Working conditions for aged care workers are being eroded; Nexus chooses to employ staff under awards rather than EBAs.
Disability care will be the new 'manufacturing industry' and needs a stable healthy workforce. US model not the way to go.  
Family Violence services- in rural situations, concern for animals is often a reason for delay in leaving an abusive relationship. The RSPCA has recently come on boarded- as family pets may also be subject to abuse. Best option may be removal of perpetrator from family home; safety may be improved by installation of CCTV, changing locks etc.
If help required locally, contact Police in first instance, they will refer to Nexus. The most dangerous time is when victim attempts to leave a violent relationship. Ambulance membership is important.
NEXUS Broadford: Phone: 1300 77 33 52 Email: info@nexusprimaryhealth.org.au
Rotary takes Flight
Liz Derrick, flying instructor and member of Rotary Club of Seymour gave an instructive talk to members of the Alexandra Rotary club last Wednesday. Liz has had over 30 years of flying experience, including as a lecturer at Edith Cowan University WA, night freight flying, low level surveying and parachute operations, racking up 5950 flying hours.
In answer to the question of why do we fly- for the practicality of shorter travel times, and improved function for fire fighting, ambulance (medical evacuation) and police function.
Flight has evolved over the centuries from hot air balloons in the 1700s to box kites then gliders, as seen at Benalla. These are launched by tow plane, or being towed by a car or winch apparatus.
Recreational pilots are limited to 2 seater aircraft under 500kg, may only fly in daytime, not in cloud and are governed by Recreational Aviation Australia.
Micro lite  and Ultralites are powered hang gliders.
Landing gear is appropriate to the area where craft is to be flown- may be wheels, skis or floats. Engines have developed from propellers to jets - Whittles initial design is still in use in the RFDS fleet.
Medical requirements for general aviation pilots (recreational) are much the same as for a car driver’s licence.
A general aviation licence is required to fly 4-seater and larger aircraft.
A commercial licence is required to fly up to 15 seaters.
Then for larger craft an Air Transport licence is required.
Air Force and Civilian qualifications are comparable and transferable.
Liz has been involved in training for many Chinese pilots at Mangalore, Texas, Florida and Canada How safe are overseas airlines? Liz suggested that a good rule of thumb is to check whether airline is approved to land within Australia. If not, suggest giving them a miss. 
 
 
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