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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 0417 390 266 John Monteath : jmonteath@bigpond.com BY Monday noon. Secretary Tom Farrell 0431887842 tfarrell@dkc.net.au
Home Page Stories
Geoff Leslie is almost a local, currently resident in Yea, who served as Baptist pastor in the Barham - Koondrook parish for nineteen years from 1993.
Geoff spoke of his experiences supporting his rural community through the challenges of the millennial drought, collapse of the dairy industry, creating sustainable farming systems and providing social support for local communities. Farming systems in the Barham - Koondrook- Wakool areas had to adapt to zero water allocation and lack of fodder. In the red gum forests near Barham, the trees are drought-deciduous, losing leaf in dry times, leafing up again when it rains sufficiently. But the drought cycles are shortening - no longer thirty years apart. Half the red gums in the forest died.
Geoff was instrumental in establishing ‘Your Community Cares’ organisation which facilitated community events to bring people together (and off the farm) to build community cohesion, to gather the isolated, to inform and educate the community about drought support, and improved farming systems, etc .
‘Your Community Cares’ applied for and received a $300,000 Federal Government grant which has been used to support the football club, Scouts, local schools, men’s and women’s mental health nights and a community theatre group. The latter staged seven performances of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at $5 per head to an audience of 1400, in a township with a population of 1200!
Geoff’s presentation included recitation of Banjo’s Clancy of the Overflow, followed by his own re-imagining of the city-country comparison in present day, and musical items.
 
President 2020 – 2021 Helen Gibb
Following the disappointments and restrictions imposed by Covid 19 during the early part of 2020, my year as President began more hopefully in July 2020. The cancellation of the previous Easter Art Show and Cycle Dindi left our bank balance depleted and threw us into disarray. Gradually over 2020/21 we learned to enjoy zoom meetings, thanks to Sharon Fox,
John Cannon and Tom Farrell; and devised other ways of keeping in touch. The Bulletin continued thanks to John Cannon.
Post bushfire fencing also continued when permitted in North East Victoria. Our hardy team of Ian Gibb, Ross Thompson, Bruce Hyatt, John Cannon and Bruce Walker (Rotary Club of Benalla) travelled to Dandongadale to stay on a property and assist with fencing there and visit other farms in the area.
The first face to face meeting we held was an outdoors Christmas Picnic at Rotary Park on Dec 16th2020. Joe and Pamela Talia accepted Paul Harris Awards for their help with musical events over the years and their support of Rotary. It was very exciting to be back as a group.
Our first public event was Christmas Carols on December 18th. This was carried out behind security fencing, with extensive covid restrictions. Noel McIlwraith and team worked with the indefatigable Andrew Embling to allow this lovely evening to occur. It was so appreciated by the community that they were reluctant to go home and had to be encouraged to leave!
This was followed by a successful Australia Day Celebration. Bob Flowers and Bruce Hyatt combined with the Murrindindi Shire Council and Andrew Embling to stage an excellent event despite the rain.
Life slowly started to return to normal as we presented Music in the Park on March 13th 2021. When rain was predicted it was decided to move to the Shire Hall. The community turned out with a spirit of determination to enjoy talented local musicians including Soloman and Lacey, Tayla Arnett, Mark Robinson and Pans on Fire. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this free community event.
Our biggest achievement for the year was the Easter Art Show, which provides us with funds for all our other projects. Artists, visitors and buyers alike were thrilled to participate in a cultural event during the Easter long weekend. Melinda Jackson and her team of Chris Jackson, Chris Barry, John Cannon, Tom Farrell, Steve Costley, Helen Gibb, Melissa Lowe, Ian Gibb and curator Cindy Ferguson deserve special thanks, and also the generous Friends of Rotary, members and their partners who helped with the many tasks.
Cycle Dindi has become a much-anticipated event on the cycling calendar.  Melinda Jackson, Ian Gibb, John Cannon and team once again liaised with the Rotary Club of Yea to produce an event with a friendly atmosphere in glorious autumn weather on April 17th. Thanks to everyone who helped. This is also a good enjoyable fundraiser.
Berry jam was again profitable for Rotary and our thanks go to John and Vera Bassett and Pam Thompson who organised the harvesting of the berries and the cooking of the jam. This precious little luxury is sold in local cafes, and over the years at least $8,000 has been made. Unfortunately this will not continue as the berries are too hard to prune and care for.
The Rodeo went ahead this year on 6th March and Rotary assisted on the gates.  We also participated in the Christmas Tree Festival and will be present at the Truck, Ute and Rod Show in September.
Our Annual Golf Challenge against the Rotary Club of Seymour was held on 3rd March. It is always fun to get together with this friendly bunch of Rotarians to share an activity and a meal.
Thank you to my wonderful Board and the Directors of 2020/2021. Without Tom Farrell as Secretary and Ian Gibb as Treasurer my job would have been impossible.  Directors have had a difficult year and have been unable to carry out all their projects, but I thank Bob Flowers, Lynda Robinson, David Dimech, Ross Thompson, John Cannon and Debbie Skinner for their efforts.
Congratulations to Bob Flowers, President 2021/2022. Also congratulations Anne Reid on her position as District Governor.
Helen Gibb President 2020/21
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Jo Cavill guest speaker at Rotary Alexandra 
 
Jo Cavill drew heavily from History of Kellock Lodge, compiled by Rotarian Maurie Pawsey in researching her talk to Alexandra Rotarians. This is available in hard copy, or eBook for revised edition.
 
Kellock opened in 1984 with 29 beds, on land gifted by the Kellock family, under the guidance of a board which over the years has included Rotarians Ian Davis, Maurie Pawsey, John Sharwood, Bill Rollason (who was the first Board Chair of Kellock Lodge, from 1986-1996) and Ian Gibb. It was one of the most ambitious projects undertaken in the town, which over the years has grown to 50 beds, plus independent living units.
 
Ageing in place policies have changed the resident demographic. It is no longer viable for a facility to have only low care residents, so Kellock transitioned from providing hostel accommodation to nursing home type care.
 
In 2018 the community rallied for local ownership of the facility in the face of proposed merger with St John’s Village Wangaratta, initiated by the Anglican Diocese of Wangaratta.
Jo was appointed CEO under the new board in Jan 2019, and by July 2019 Kellock Lodge achieved Approved Provider status and was able to become independent; Jo feels honoured to have played a part in the transition.
 
Residential Aged Care is complex as it involves providing a home together with the medical management of 50 people with differing needs, and navigating funding arrangements with the Commonwealth.
 
Since Independence Day, Kellock has achieved accreditation, and is due for an unannounced 3-day site visit any time now. Accreditors will talk to staff, residents and family members during their visit.
 
Occupancy currently sits at 98%, after a lull due to Covid last year. Rooftop solar has been installed, beneficially affecting power bills. Kellock is in receipt of a $375,000 grant for systems improvements which will be used for IT upgrades, and overhead tracking for all rooms to facilitate safer manual handling.
 
Staff management is also important - need the right number of skilled staff. Students from VET and VCAL do placement at Kellock, and we also participate in Murrindindi Age and Disability Workforce Development Program, that involves training of Personal Care workers (PCAs) and hosting of PCA apprentices.
 
The Royal Commission into Aged Care has exposed failings at many facilities, problems which are not present at Kellock. Complying with the Commission recommendations will see changes to the workforce structure, as more Registered Nurses (RNs) are employed. Providing 200 minutes of care/resident/day, including 40 minutes of RN time to comply with Royal Commission recommendations will create some headaches in terms of employing the right mix of staff. At Kellock Lodge we have employed some overseas born/ trained RNs and PCWs who meet this need.
 
During COVID-19 the safety of residents and staff has been of utmost importance. A by-product of the isolation has been a decrease in the number of cases of flu. All residents have been vaccinated against Covid, and staff immunisation is proceeding.
 
On the maintenance front, IT system upgrades are on the horizon, as well as providing residents with a greater range of TV options including Netflix.
 
The Future: Financial Benchmarking exercise shows that more than 58% of aged care facilities face financial stress. Hopefully recognition of this may lead to more govt funding. Kellock employs over 70 staff, supports local education, purchases food and supplies locally where possible. Pre-Covid, volunteer services were used, and it is hoped this can be resumed.
 
A very informative talk, appreciated by all.

This week Rotarian Debbie Skinner presentation was on Rotarians against Malaria.  Rotary This week Rotarian Debbie Skinner presentation was on Rotarians against Malaria.  Rotary Alexandra has always supported overseas causes through our contribution to the  Rotary Foundation. Since the foundation was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. These include Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development.
Debbie’s talk concentrated on how Rotary was combating malaria in Papua New Guinea , Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. 
Malaria is not only a significant cause of death in the poorer nations of the world but it is also a significant direct cause of poverty. Chronic malaria leaves sufferers listless, house bound and unable to contribute to productive work to sustain their families and contribute to their communities. In the case of children it interrupts their education and leads to poor concentration even when they are able to attend school. Working to control and eliminate malaria is a good fit with Rotary’s ideals and areas of focus.
In Papua New Guinea, RAM funded and distributed 250,000 nets prior to the arrival of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and since then has been involved in the distribution of a further 7 million nets as a designated agent for the Global Fund in PNG since 2009. There has been an overall 45% reduction in the incidence of malaria since 2009 and >70% reduction in some provinces.
In the Solomon Islands, RAM provided 180,000 nets before the Global Fund, Australian Government and Solomon Islands Ministry of Health took over operations. In 2002, RAM constructed (or rebuilt) 18 houses and 11 storage sheds for the malaria program in the seven provinces of the Solomon Islands with the assistance of RAWCS volunteers; five of these houses were fully-funded by Rotarians with AusAID providing material costs for the remaining buildings. RAM has since developed the Healthy Villages program to complement net distribution. The Healthy Villages program involves the supply of tools to villages with Ministry of Health-approved programs to conduct activities to limit areas for mosquito breeding. There has been a 75% overall reduction in malaria incidence since RAM’s involvement with the Solomon Islands and two provinces are at the pre-elimination stage.
RAM became involved with Timor Leste in 2006 when the incidence was 220 cases per 1000 people. RAM has provided 75,000 nets to assist the National Malaria Control Program and compliment the work of the Global Fund and the World Health Organisation. The incidence of malaria has been reduced to less than 1 in 1000 since RAMs involvement with Timor Leste and 5 of the 13 health districts are at the pre-elimination stage.
An extremely interesting thought provoking talk by Debbie revealing that something can be done to eradicate malaria. has always supported overseas causes through our contribution to the  Rotary Foundation. Since the foundation was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. These include Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development.
Debbie’s talk concentrated on how Rotary was combating malaria in Papua New Guinea , Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. 
Malaria is not only a significant cause of death in the poorer nations of the world but it is also a significant direct cause of poverty. Chronic malaria leaves sufferers listless, house bound and unable to contribute to productive work to sustain their families and contribute to their communities. In the case of children it interrupts their education and leads to poor concentration even when they are able to attend school. Working to control and eliminate malaria is a good fit with Rotary’s ideals and areas of focus.
In Papua New Guinea, RAM funded and distributed 250,000 nets prior to the arrival of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and since then has been involved in the distribution of a further 7 million nets as a designated agent for the Global Fund in PNG since 2009. There has been an overall 45% reduction in the incidence of malaria since 2009 and >70% reduction in some provinces.
In the Solomon Islands, RAM provided 180,000 nets before the Global Fund, Australian Government and Solomon Islands Ministry of Health took over operations. In 2002, RAM constructed (or rebuilt) 18 houses and 11 storage sheds for the malaria program in the seven provinces of the Solomon Islands with the assistance of RAWCS volunteers; five of these houses were fully-funded by Rotarians with AusAID providing material costs for the remaining buildings. RAM has since developed the Healthy Villages program to complement net distribution. The Healthy Villages program involves the supply of tools to villages with Ministry of Health-approved programs to conduct activities to limit areas for mosquito breeding. There has been a 75% overall reduction in malaria incidence since RAM’s involvement with the Solomon Islands and two provinces are at the pre-elimination stage.
RAM became involved with Timor Leste in 2006 when the incidence was 220 cases per 1000 people. RAM has provided 75,000 nets to assist the National Malaria Control Program and compliment the work of the Global Fund and the World Health Organisation. The incidence of malaria has been reduced to less than 1 in 1000 since RAMs involvement with Timor Leste and 5 of the 13 health districts are at the pre-elimination stage.
An extremely interesting thought provoking talk by Debbie revealing that something can be done to eradicate malaria.
Speakers
Board
Jul 28, 2021
Directors
someone
Aug 04, 2021
mystery
No Meeting
Aug 11, 2021
Meet 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday 6-30pm
Andrew Embling
Aug 18, 2021
Truck and Ute September 11 & 12
Board
Aug 25, 2021
Directors
Rachel Noble
Sep 01, 2021
Alexandra Library
TBD
Sep 13, 2021
Footy
Board
Sep 22, 2021
Directors
TBD
Sep 29, 2021
Footy
Hat Day and CEO Murrindindi Ms Livia Bonazzi
Oct 06, 2021
Our Shire. Wear outlandish Hat
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Oct 13, 2021
Meet 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday 6-30pm
TBD
Oct 20, 2021
Vocational visit
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Oct 27, 2021
Directors
TBD
Nov 03, 2021
Show
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Nov 10, 2021
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Nov 17, 2021
Helicopters
Board
Nov 24, 2021
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TBD
Dec 01, 2021
Prime
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Dec 08, 2021
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Dec 15, 2021
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Dec 29, 2021
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Jan 05, 2022
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Jan 12, 2022
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Jan 19, 2022
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