John Cannon
Mar 01, 2017
Pride of Workmanship
Mar 04, 2017
Alexandra 150th Centenary
Doug Carney
Mar 08, 2017
Angel Flight
Ron Sinclair
Mar 15, 2017
Seymour Golf Challenge
Tony Pammer
Mar 22, 2017
Thinking outside the Box
Melinda Jackson
Apr 01, 2017
Cycle Dindi Registrations 8am to noon
Apr 05, 2017
Proposed Dame Pattie night
Apr 12, 2017
No Meeting
Anne Reid
Apr 13, 2017
May 10, 2017
Club Assembly
Linda Robinson
May 17, 2017
Jun 11, 2017
Truck & Ute Show
Richard then David
Jun 28, 2017
Changeover Dinner-Partners night
Club Information

Welcome to our Rotary Club


Service Above Self

Every Wednesday 6.30pm for 7.00pm
Alexandra Golf Club
Gordon St. Alexandra
P.O.Box 76 Alexandra
Apologies/Guests to Sandra on 5772 1869 or 0418108487, VIC  3714
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The Rotary Club of Alexandra is having their third automotive swap meet and historic truck muster on 8 October 2017 at the Alexandra Showgrounds.

On site at the Alexandra Automotive Swap Meet will be up to 50 historic trucks, classic cars, vintage motorbikes, hot rods, food stalls, bric a brac and the all important automotive swap meet stalls. Find that hard to find spare part and other bits and pieces.

Alexandra is a great place to visit with Lake Eildon and the National Parks at our doorstep.

Traders can arrive from 6am and buyers from 7.30am. 

Price per site is $26. Entry for buyers is $5. Children under 15 have free entry.

Bookings/enquiries David Dimech 0428 630 022

The National Youth Science Forum
Melita Laurie-Rhodes was guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Alexandra this week was her experience.
“Arriving at the NYSF was possibly one of the most nerve wracking experiences of my life: being the only student from my school, and not having previously met any students meant that I was walking into a program in which I would be living with 200 total strangers. This ‘stranger’ status was quick to change, however. Meeting almost 200 other students, with whom I shared a passion for science, excitement for Year 12 and University and common goals and interests, we were quick to become great friends. The Staffies, with their exuberant natures, were quick to energise us and facilitate excitement, as well as initiate an atmosphere of friendship and family amongst us all. Outside of my interest group and floor group (who were perhaps my closest friends), I was able to speak to almost all of the other participants at mealtimes and during free time, and this was such a valuable experience: being able to meet other likeminded students from all over Australia and connect almost instantly was incredible.
The laboratory visits were, as I had heard, incredibly unique and gave us an insight into science that most others would never be able to experience. Being in the Health and Medical Science interest group, I visited many groundbreaking research facilities, including the John Curtain School of Medical Research, the labs at ACT pathology, and university laboratories at the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University. We were able to see stem cells stored in liquid nitrogen tanks, thin sheets of mouse brains, meet scientists, professors and nurses participating in research at the forefront of their field, and see state of the art facilities and equipment, all of which I am sure I would never have been otherwise able to witness without having attended the NYSF.
Other notable activities at the NYSF included lectures from esteemed professors, doctors and scientists, ‘critical thinking’ and ‘what happens next’ workshops, a swing dancing lesson and a video conference with CERN in Switzerland. We were also able to participate in sports, music and swimming nights, as well as a visit to the Telstra Tower on Black Mountain. A day was dedicated entirely to the partners of the NYSF, both corporate partners and universities, and we were lucky enough to hear from the major partners about their initiatives, values, projects and career or study opportunities. We then had the opportunity to ‘speed date’ the representatives from these partners, which was an absolutely invaluable experience for all those involved. The day concluded with a dinner at the National Museum of Australia, which was a wonderful night filled with further discussion and even a speech from Dr Emma Johnston.
Overall, my time at the NYSF, whilst quantitatively being only a few days, has been perhaps the most enlightening and eye-opening 12 days of my life. Never before had I considered the sheer magnitude of opportunities available in year 12, university and beyond, nor had the opportunity to converse with 200 others who were just as excited about these opportunities as I was. I would like to express a very big thank you to my local Rotary Club, Alexandra, for their continuing support of myself and the NYSF, as it was thanks to them that I was able to experience the magic of attending the NYSF. I am now very excited to complete year 12 and hopefully go on to University to study science, as well as continue to endorse the NYSF to ensure students are able to experience the NYSF for many years to come.”
Over the Hills and not too far away
A Family Friendly bicycle event encompassing the Great Victorian Rail Trail in Murrindindi Shire and the townships of Yea and Alexandra.  
Saturday 1st April  - first weekend of the school holidays.
The event will be centred on the lovely township of Yea and will involve a ride along the Great Victorian Rail trail to Cheviot Tunnel Molesworth and Alexandra.  
Alternatively, register at Alexandra and ride to Molesworth and Yea.  
The Hashes are back!
Yes, the feature of many Australia Day celebrations in Alexandra the Hashes will be contested this year.  The Hashes will be run at the conclusion of the children's fun events at the Australia Day Celebrations in Rotary park on January 26 beginning at 8:00am with a community breakfast.  The Alexandra Scout Group will be the Hashes contestants,  in the 150th year of the Township of Alexandra it is the young adults of the community who have taken upon the Hashes cricket challenge and with the enthusiasm of youth it will be an event not to be missed.  The Rotary Club of Alexandra  in Collaboration with the Murrindindi Shire Council, the Alexandra Band, Alexandra Light and Sound and Lions Club of Alexandra have arranged a program for all ages to Celebrate Australia day in the best possible family friendly way.  The celebrations begin with a free breakfast followed by fun time for the under 12 year olds, the Hashes and then the Flag raising and the presentation by the Australia Day ambassador and concluding at 10:15am.
The Australia Day Ambassador is Fabian Dater, Social Entrepreneur.  She's a speaker, educator and social entrepreneur and a regular commentator in the media on leadership and ethical issues in Australia today and the role of women in building a sustainable future.  She is has been three times a finalist in the TELSTRA Business women’s awards (last in 2016) and has been selected as one of the NAB 2016 100 Women of Influence
Come on down to Rotary Park on January 26 and join in the Celebration of Australia day and the return of the Hashes, what better way to start to celebrate Australia Day ?
Richard Lovett's Service to the Community Recognised.
Richard Lovett, President of the Rotary Club of Alexandra, was presented with a sapphire pin for his Paul Harris Fellowship at the Rotary Club of Alexandra’s Christmas meeting in 2016.  The sapphire pin acknowledges by Richard’s continued service to the community, by the Rotary Club of Alexandra contributing  $1000 US on his behalf to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  2017 marks the centenary of the Rotary Foundation which has grown from the first donation of $26.50 US  to over $157 million US dollars and by June 2017 the goal is $300 million US dollars.  The foundation is the powerhouse that resources Rotary Projects all over the world including the elimination of Polio through the Polio Plus Project. 
Richard was taken totally by surprise by the presentation of the sapphire pin but it was no surprise to the Rotarians and their guests as Richard is the energy of Rotary Service in our community always ready to put in what ever is required.  One highlight of the recent years has been his commitment to the Bowel Scan project, not an easy project to get enthusiastic about until the results are in and of the 100 plus kits sold last year there were 6 positive results or 6 people who may have bowel cancer in an early stage where it can so easily be eliminated.  Richard acknowledged that this project has ben particular rewarding as we do not know names of those involved but we do know that the community is healthier and those at risk are on a program to eliminate the pain and suffering of serious disease.
Richard in thanking his fellow Rotarians also acknowledge the fantastic support from his wife Jeanette without which he could not do the things he does.  He also said that he was not going to stop and called on everyone to actively support our community and commit to "service beyond self” as a basis for all enterprise.                       
Rotary Club of Alexandra President Richard Lovett and his wife Jeanette recovering from the surprise of the presentation of  a sapphire pin to go with his Paul Harris Fellowship.  Congratulations Richard and thank you for your service to the community
Record high crowds attend the annual Rotary carols in Rotary park Alexandra,  The feature of the carols was the large numbers off family groups and Children who chose to picnic in the park and join in the Carols service.  Over 200 Children enjoyed their brief visit with santa.  Santa’s helpers were pressed and had to return to the North Pole and Santa’s workshop to top up his bag of goodies. Thank you CFA!   A big thank you to John Sharwood (Linda Robinson) and the team of Rotarians who made the evening happen and bringing Christmas Joy to the festive season.  What a great start to Christmas!  Thanks also to Mr K who dropped in to help.
The 30 plus degrees at the start of the evening soon became a very pleasant 20 or so as the southerly breeze took effect
A fun night was had by all with Olivia Turner giving her vision of the new murals at the BBQ area in Rotary park. A selfie wall, activities for the kids and promotion of our town. This is to be completed with help form the Secondary College and finished by Easter 2017.
2016 Rotary Student awards night.
Rotarians, teachers, students, families  and friends gathered at the Alexandra Golf Club to celebrate the 2016 Rotary Club of Alexandra Student award night.   Each awardee was introduced to the gathering by their teacher who explained why the student had been selected for the award.  The citations acknowledged the student’s ability to grow within themselves developing a realistic self image and the courage to step up to the mark when circumstances required.  Every awardee had displayed a range of skills and interests in their lives often involving service to their fellow students and the winder community.  when accepting the award each student  spoke with clarity and poise thanking their families and their teachers for the support they had received.  The universal feature of all citations was the leadership skills the students displayed, leaving no doubt that this  generation is both willing and able to be dynamic leaders well into the 21st century.  The first awards were made to the male and female Citizens of the year from the Alexandra Secondary College and they were introduced by Nigel Lyttle.  Nigel first thanked the Rotary Club of Alexandra for its continued support of students at all levels and in particular those at the Secondary College.  Nigel explained that Olivia Twining, the female citizen of the year for 2016, was absent as she was on a leadership development course in New Zealand and that her sister Evonnie  would accept the award on Olivia’s behalf.  Nigel explained how both Olivia and Brenton Doyle-Smith, the male citizen of 2016, were committed students who had a wide range of interests and were very active in school life. Both showed outstanding leadership skills and were both worthy of the award of a gold Citizen watch and a certificate acknowledging them as Rotary Citizen of the Year  for 2016.  Richard Lovett, president of the Rotary Club of Alexandra, in making the presentations congratulated both Olivia and Brenton on their commitment to their community and to their studies.  In introducing the primary school awards Richard explained that earlier in the day he had made the presentation to Blake Lewindan in Marysville as he could not attend the Rotary evening as it was Marysville Primary School presentation night.   The primary  school encouragement award comes with a certificate and  $300 to assist the student in their secondary school studies.  In turn Taggerty Primary School Jack Devos, Alexandra Primary School Caitlin Turner, Eildon Primary School Lariza Sacrang-Robinson, St Mary’s Primary School Toby Prothero, Buxton Primary School Daisy Birtchnell were introduced by their teacher. Cooperation, positive attitude, commitment to other students, leadership, active in a wide rage of activities both at school and in the wider community and a desire to do their best at what ever they tried were the constant comments in all citations.  There is no doubt that these young people will do their very best in the next stages of their lives and the community of the Cathedral Cluster can be justly proud of the students, teachers, family and  the wider community who have been involve in their growth and development.   In closing the evening Richard Lovett again congratulated the students on their awards and wished them all the very best in the future.
Members from the Rotary club of Alexandra were joined by ex-members and representatives form local Lions and district Rotary club for a wonderful lunch at El Kanah  on Sunday November 20. 
Ian Dunn speaking on November 16th 6.30pm. Book in for an informative night.
Ian has been an Ombudsman at the Financial Ombudsman Service since 2010. Since 2003, Ian has been an Adjunct Professor in Law at La Trobe University and is a nationally accredited mediator. A high proportion of mediations handled have been in medical law and practice.
Rotary winning Against Malaria
Rotary District 9790 International Service Chairman, Dr Bruce Anderson in addressing a joint meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Alexandra and yea last Wednesday night explained how Rotary Against Malaria (RAM) has made serious inroads into the control of Malaria in out near South East Asian neighbours.  In Particular  a 96% reduction in the incidence of malaria from 2006 to 2013.  It has been a massive effort by RAM in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, National Malaria Control Program and Local Authorities.  The campaign’s success  has mainly been due to the focus on simple, low cost and practical action that anyone can do.   The research into vaccines and vector (mosquito) control continues while the simple education programs in the field have focused on eliminating mosquito habitat and most of all not getting bitten by the mosquito.  The most effective tool is the mosquito net which can be delivered into the remotest village at minimal cost and each net lasts for a least three years protecting whole families while they sleep.  The most effective action is to cover-up and avoid being out-and-about at dawn and dusk when the mosquitos are most active.  Bruce said the community engagement and eduction program  has gained almost universal acceptance, again because the message is simple and the use of appropriate technology available everywhere - how hard is it to drain puddles and empty containers full of stagnate water?   None of this  would be possible without the support of the community and Rotary Clubs like Alexandra who have been active supporters of RAM for many years.   So some of your hard earned dollars that are spent on Rotary fund raising projects  go directly to RAM, thank you.  Bruce concluded by saying that at the current rate of adoption malaria will all but eliminated in the world within our lifetime.   After fielding a barrage of questions and a vote of thanks enthusiastically carried by acclamation, Rotary Club of Alexandra International Service Chairperson, Sandra Sinclair presented Bruce with a cheque, being the annual donation from Alexandra to Rotary Against Malaria.  Bruce also reminded the Rotarians and their guests that malaria is only one of the diseases carried by mosquitos and this year with all the surface water about he encouraged everyone to take precautions especially if travelling in areas when some of the more debilitating diseases are present - including international travel to tropical areas (malaria).
The Rotary Club of Alexandra takes its hat(s) off to the Alexandra for their support of Rotary Hat day on Friday October 7.   $500 was raised to and 100% goes directly to research helping the one in five Australians affected by depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and many other mental illnesses.  This year there will be a special focus on projects that support veterans and their families.  Project coordinator Jeanette Lovett said that the funds raised is only part of the program the other important part is for people to talk a bout how they feel.   Hat day allows the community to have some fun and begin the conversation about “how are you” .  A very special thank you for the strong support from Reddrops Foodworks, Essence Coffee Lounge,  Alexandra Pharmacy, Footsteps Shoe Store, Alexandra Hotel, Yenckens Hardware, Grant Street Grocer and the Staff at The Murrindindi Shire Offices that ensured Hat Day was well promoted.
Guest Speaker: Anna Baker, More Murals project.
The Alexandra Murals project was initiated by former Rotarian Rex Tate, who is currently in Alexandra Hospital awaiting transfer to Darlingford UGNH.
Over a Probus lunch, Rex encouraged Anna to start the More Murals committee, 6 members including David Dimech. 3 of 4 grant applications lodged thus far have been successful and there are more in the pipeline.
It is with great sadness that we said goodbye to one of our members, Roy Fox.
Not far off 100 years old, Roy was still attending Rotary Meetings up to a few
weeks ago.
Roy was a committed Rotarian and loved to serve his community.
Our thoughts are with Sharon Fox and family. Roy will be missed by all who new him.

Wood Collection in Progress

Part of the community service work undertaken by Rotary in preparation for the Winter months. Wood is collected for the Rotary Wood raffles, wood auction and to provide for the disadvantaged in our community. Our youth programmes and other local service organisations such as the CFA also participate.

Bilbies for Childrens Cancer Research

Rotary Alexandra in conjunction with Mr. Ernie Hunt are selling these hand crafted Bilbies in support of the Royal Childrens Hospital Childrens Cancer Research.
A donation of $10.00 for each bilby will be made in full to the RCH which will be timed to coincide with the annual Good Friday appeal. 
Bilbies can be ordered through Ross Thompson 0409 794 816 for collection after January 20. For those unable to collect personally, an additional charge will be made for postage.
As each bilby is an individual piece the numbers available are limited and dependant upon Ernie's available time & energies.
Get in early and help this great cause by securing your own bilby or for gift giving.
Monday June 20 at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville Ernie Hunt handed over a cheque for $1430 to Amanda Caldwell, the Royal Children’s Hospital Fundraising  Coordinator. The money was raised from the sale of wooden bilbies to go toward assisting research into Children’s cancer.  
The project  began in mid 2015 when Ernie was undergoing treatment for cancer and he met too many children who were very seriously ill with cancer.  The bibles were an instant hit and with the assistance of the Alexandra Community Shed & Eildon and District Woodworkers Guild bibles were rolling off the production line.
Ernie sought the assistance of the Rotary Club of Alexandra  to help distribute the bibles and manage the financial side of the project.  The project gathered energy during the 2016 annual Good Friday Children’s Hospital Appeal and the Rotary Easter Art Show. 
In receiving the donation Amanda response was: "It was a real pleasure to meet with you both  and hear your story.”  "This is the best part of my job getting to meet our community supporters and thank you for the images of the Bilby and Angel – how clever are they! I am going to share these with my fellow colleagues". Amanda went on to say "I did take some time  to have a look at the Rotary Club of Alexandra website and also the Alexandra Community Shed Facebook page. You do such amazing work within the community, what an incredible contribution. We are very proud to have you as part of our community fundraising family".  Ernie assured Amanda that he will be back, the bilbies are on-going Rotary supported project. 
Remember 100% of the selling price is a donation to Childrens Cancer Research
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