Have you registered for the Rotary District Conference yet?

The Rotary District 9700 Annual conference is held in a different location each year with this years event being held right here in Wagga Wagga.   Lock in April 22nd to the 24th for a great weekend of Rotary extravagance.

You will hear from fantastic speakers including two past Rotary International presidents, Bill Boyd and Kalyan Banerjee. 2015 Young citizen of the year and Chilout Ambassador, Sarah Yahya, Garry Browne CEO of Stuart Alexander & Co, Fran Raymond and Steve Killelea to name just a few.

There will also be a great performance by the Beatnix, the worlds best Beatles tribute band.   A weekend certainly not to be missed.

 

To get your tickets, simply click here

Tom Black From AustYouth speaks to Murrumbidgee Rotary about the scourge of youth homelessness

14427958431442797985 Tom Black gave an astonishing speech about his time as a young homeless man and the troubles he faced.  His life was turned around by Father Chris Riley and the Youth off the Streets program.

 

Tom decided to give back some of the good will given to him when he was in trouble by creating the Austyouth program.  His current mission is to provide a number of caravans around the Riverina to be used for housing suitable homeless youth.  The vans will be purchased, refurbished, made safe then strategically positioned as suitable locations around the area.  Whilst homeless youth are staying in these vans they will be provided with education, budgeting advice and given the necessary information to get back on their feet.

 

Here’s a snippet from one of Tom’s websites

“Austyouth has grown, both in my head and in my heart, over many years.

Being the founding Director of Austyouth is a deeply rewarding experience. It allows me to do what I love, and to help people who are just like me. Many years ago, in the early 1990’s, I was a homeless youth on Sydney’s streets.
Yes – I have seen the dark side of what our young people are faced with. I bashed people, I robbed, I drank, and I took drugs. I saw people that I knew, and had shared many journeys with, forced through their own desperation to become prostitutes. Friends committed suicide, overdosed and were found lifeless with wracked expressions of suffering. I saw people turn to selling drugs and wind up with long term prison sentences. I saw the doors of homes that I could once enter turn closed, and could only look from a distance through their windows. In the end though, I was lucky enough to be helped. Someone put their hand out to me and told me that I was worth it, that my life did matter. They told me that I could have a future, a home, and, hope.

Friends around me also fled to the streets – either sleeping rough or trying to catch naps on the never ending circles of Sydney’s train system. They left for all the reasons you know but do not want to admit. They were sadistically beaten, they were raped at home, or they were forced out because of heavy drug and alcohol abuse by their caregivers. Their stories range from a girl being made live under the floor of a partially stilted family ‘home’ after the sexual abuse abated, to a lad regularly having bones broken by his frustrated adoptive father.

Like them, I ran from home and stumbled blindly into the night. I did not know what to do or where to go. The open night air just somehow seemed like the only refuge open to me. It took four months of HELL before that hand was put out – offering me hope and lifting me back up to the everyday world. My return to normal life did not happen instantly, and was a rocky road, but it was a road well worth the effort.

Like me some of my friends were saved – but others are no longer with us. In time I became a butcher and started a family. I then went on to do a second apprenticeship as a cabinet maker. Years down the track I even started a small business and ended up employing people.

I have always remembered where I have come from, and the streets that I have walked. I have wondered what would have become of me if I had of known earlier about the services and people out there all along – and that could have helped me. Would I have been to jail after robbing a place for food? Would I have had to fight to survive? Yes… street fighting for your life is a real thing that many young homeless people actually have to do. Did I really have to go through the beatings and abuse? Probably not. As a child I did not know what was out there. but now as an adult I do,

After asking friends of my children, and the wider community, I realised that still – all these years later – kids still don’t know about the help that is out there. I have started Austyouth to teach kids about services available to them and ways to prevent becoming homeless. I dream of taking my program to every school in Australia, and teaching youth that there are better ways and better days to come. We cannot reduce the growing number of homeless youth in Australia until we start to teach young people where to get the help they need, and how to survive. We need to do that before it is too late and they run blindly like I, and others that I knew, did.

I love working for Austyouth, and I will continue to do so. Every day that I try to save a young person from the darkness of walking the streets alone is a good day.”

 

To find out more about Austyouth or how the club is looking to help Tom, why not come along to a meeting.

 

2016 Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Day

The RYDA program was held in Wagga at the Showground on the 16, 17 and 18 March 2016. Four of the main high schools in Wagga and five small schools from the outlying areas attended on Friday. Approximately 550 year 11 students participated in RYDA this year.

RYDA is a one day program chosen to highlight crucial road safety messages. Supporting the graduate licensing schemes, the program focuses on the key government “big five’ road safety issues of speeding, driving under the influence, fatigue, seat belts and distractions as well as the importance of driving as a social responsibility.
Students take part in six interactive sessions Speed & Stopping, Hazards & Distractions, The Personality Test, Rights & Responsibilities, After the Crash, Genevieve’s Story. A number of locals are invited to present at the day including local Police highway patrol officers, driving instructors, insurance officers, counselors and crash victims.
The students are very enthusiastic and are encouraged by the different facilitators to get involved in each session.
This program has been running in Wagga now for 10 years and is supported by the 6 local Rotary clubs.
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Hats off for mental health trivia night 12th February 2016

The 2016 Hat day Trivia Night was another fantastic success for the Murrumbidgee Rotary Club. This night is always a fun event with all profits going the the Australian Rotary Health organisation for funding mental health scholarships. This year we were able to raise $1500 which will go directly to Australian Rotary Health.

The host and quiz master for the night Mr Jamie Way kept the questions rolling and the crowd in stitches all night. A Huge thanks once again to our sponsors, without them we wouldn’t be able to put on such a great event. Gary Roberts the Family Chiropractor, Amanda Tilyard Raine and Horne real estate, Lake Village Food Works, Ian Fyfe pest control and the Wagga Commercial club.

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Mental Health Trivia Night

 

 

Murrumbidgee Shelterbox delivered to those in need

Over the last couple of years the Murrumbidgee Rotary Club have been feverishly cooking sausages and lamb burgers to raise funds to purchase a shelterbox!

What’s a Shelterbox I hear you ask?

Shelterbox is a Rotary initiative designed to be delivered rapidly to areas affected by natural disaster and conflict during times of need.

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The shelterbox contains cooking equipment, basic tools, water containers and filtering equipment, a large durable family sized tent, mosquito nets, thermal blankets and much much more.  Shelter boxes have been delivered all around the world to support victims of Earthquakes in New Zealand, Tsunamis in Thailand, Cyclones in the Pacific Islands, Floods in Pakistan, Fires in Australia and most recently war torn parts of Iraq and Syria.

Every Shelterbox purchased is given a unique number and can be tracked around the world from it’s centralised storage locations around the world to the location it’s deployed.   For more information or to track our Shelterbox, click here Murrumbidgee Rotary Club Shelterbox delivered to Iraq Kurdistan.

Welcome to the Murrumbidgee Rotary Club

The Murrumbidgee Rotary Club involves a mixed group of all ages, who organise a wide variety of fundraising activities in order to support programs run by groups or individuals in our local community and overseas. We believe in assisting the community whilst having fun.

Rotary is the world’s oldest service club, and is made up of over 32,000 clubs in 168 countries. Its members form a global network of men and women of all ages and backgrounds, who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities. Rotary’s motto, ‘Service Above Self’, exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organisation’s more than 1.2 million members world-wide.

Belonging to a Rotary club gives men and women an enjoyable and organized way to make a contribution to their community. Rotary members meet weekly to plan club, community, and international service activities. By using their skills and expertise globally, members also enhance their professional network, career development, and cross-cultural understanding.

Rotary clubs are nonreligious, non-governmental, and open to every race, culture, and creed. Members represent a cross section of local business and professional leaders. Rotary builds understanding through international scholarships, exchange programs, and humanitarian grants.

If Rotary sounds like something you may be interested in why not come and join us. The Murrumbidgee Rotary Club meets weekly at 6:30 Tuesday nights at the Wagga RSL Club in Dobbs St.

 

Teddy Bears Picnic

The Teddy Bears Picnic is a great family event hosted by the Murrumbidgee Rotary club. All proceeds from the day go to Ronald McDonald House. Sunday the 26th of October Collins Park will come alive with music, a teddy bear parade, games, face painting and lots of fun. The day kicks off at 10am with the raffle being drawn at 2:30pm. There will be a coffee stall for the mums and dads as well as plenty of food stalls for the whole family.

Over the last 5 years, the Murrumbidgee Rotary club has raised around $10000 for the local Ronald McDonald House. The house provides accommodation for families of sick children and has helped out 1000’s of families from around the Riverina. For more information about Ronald McDonald House click here

Teddy Bears Picnic 2014

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The Teddy Bears Picnic is a great family event hosted by the Murrumbidgee Rotary club. All proceeds from the day go to Ronald McDonald House. Sunday the 26th of October Collins Park will come alive with music, a teddy bear parade, games, face painting and lots of fun. The day kicks off at 10am with the raffle being drawn at 2:30pm. There will be a coffee stall for the mums and dads as well as plenty of food stalls for the whole family.
Over the last 5 years, the Murrumbidgee Rotary club has raised around $10000 for the local Ronald McDonald House. The house provides accommodation for families of sick children and has helped out 1000’s of families from around the Riverina. For more information about Ronald McDonald House click here

What is Rotary?

Rotary is the world’s oldest service club, and is made up of over 32,000 clubs in 168 countries. Its members form a global network of men and women of all ages and backgrounds, who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities. Rotary’s motto, ‘Service Above Self’, exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organisation’s more than 1.2 million members world-wide.

Belonging to a Rotary club gives men and women an enjoyable and organized way to make a contribution to their community. Rotary members meet weekly to plan club, community, and international service activities. By using their skills and expertise globally, members also enhance their professional network, career development, and cross-cultural understanding.

Rotary clubs are nonreligious, non-governmental, and open to every race, culture, and creed. Members represent a cross section of local business and professional leaders.Rotary builds understanding through international scholarships, exchange programs, and humanitarian grants.

In 2002, Rotary launched the Rotary Centres for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution, an innovative program designed to educate tomorrow’s peacemakers.Rotary clubs participate in a broad range of humanitarian, intercultural, and educational activities designed to improve the human condition.

Rotary’s humanitarian grants support club projects that provide health care and medical supplies, clean water, food, jobtraining, youth development, and education to millions of people in need —particularly in the developing world.Rotary also provides more than 200 grants each year to fund the work of Rotary volunteers, who travel to parts of the world where their technical expertise and knowledge are most needed to alleviate hardship and solve problems.

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Sunflower House

Sunflower House is a Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Centre in Wagga Wagga especially assisting people with Schizophrenia. Sunflower House runs on a very strict budget and therefore fundraising is a very important component of keeping the doors open and keeping their programs going. Murrumbidgee Rotary is keen to do what it can to help.

Saving the world one beer at a time