Ronald McDonald House

Childhood illness can have a devastating effect on families. As well as all the fear and uncertainty, there are the practicalities of managing the family when a child is away in hospital, often for extended periods of time. At Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), we have been making life easier for seriously ill children and their families in Australia since 1981.

RMHC has a wide range of programs to help seriously ill children and their families across Australia, all focused on making the journey to recovery as easy as possible.

Ronald McDonald House Wagga Wagga opened in March 2005.

Since opening, we have welcomed families from throughout the Riverina, South West Slopes and beyond while their children receive medical treatment in Wagga Wagga.

We are located at 300 Edward Street Wagga Wagga one block from Wagga Wagga Base Hospital and Calvary Hospital and the Calvary Day Procedure Surgery.

The House is also located in close proximity to specialist consulting rooms and the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital Dental Clinic.

Our special House provides a home away from home for families with sick or injured children, and expectant mothers, receiving medical treatment or attending medical appointments in Wagga Wagga, enabling families to stay together. Day use of the house is also available for families.

You can find out more here about our programs, our team, the families we help and how you can help us assist more families who need it.

Together we can make a difference!

The Teddy Bears Picnic 2011

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Sunday the 20th March 2011 saw us run the second annual Teddy bears Picnic. A fantastic day out for the family with all procedes donated to Ronald McDonald House. Visitors to the Wagga Botanic gardens were treated to a jumping castle, face painting, finger painting, games, teddybears hospital, coffee, plaster bear painting, sausage sizzle and mini dutch pancakes. The weather was fantastic and the club raised $2000 for the Ronald McDonald house kids kottage appeal.


Science & Engineering Challege

Science & Engineering Challenge

In an effort to encourage more students to enter the Science and Engineering fields, Rotary clubs in Wagga are liaising to bring the Challenge to our region. Students from local high schools will compete in fun hands-on activities designed to encourage students to think outside the square. The Challenge took place on the 1st of March 2011 with Wagga High School winning on the day, progressing to the next level of this national (+Singapore) competition. For more information, click here. We are looking forward to an even bigger and better event next year. If you are interested in helping sponsor the event please contact our Club secretary.

Beautifying Wagga Wagga

Clean-up Day

It’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it! Luckily we have some great members who turned out on a sunny day in August to clean up the area around the North Wagga Flats. clean-up-day.jpg


Beautifying Gardens at the Museum of the Riverina

In May 2009 we helped staff from the Botanic Gardens plant shrubs and groundcovers around the front of the Museum. Our goal was to encourage bird life and create a relaxing area where members of our community and visitors to our region may enjoy the sights of our beautiful city. The plants are thriving and are a fantastic back-drop to the stunning bronze crow statues that are a feature of the garden.

Ryda Student Driver Awareness

Members helped supervise Year 11 students from the local area as they participated in a program designed to raise driver awareness. Representatives from police, ambulance and other community interest groups were on hand to educate students of the dangers on the road in an effort to encourage younger drivers to drive responsibly.

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Vocational Talks

This program series will introduce you to the members and friends of Murrumbidgee Rotary, by sharing their Vocational Talks, a traditional part of new member induction. From the Object of Rotary: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his/her occupation as an opportunity to serve society.

Some Focus Questions:

  • Tell us what you do for a vocation, something about how you got to this point in your career.
  • What are some of the major challenges in your vocation/career and how do you deal with them?
  • What are the major satisfactions you derive from your vocation/career?
  • How do you view the future, short term and long term, for your vocation and career?
  • When did you join Rotary; what positions have you held; what have been highlights of your experience thus far?
  • Why did you join Rotary; and how do you see it supporting your career and your objectives as a Rotarian?
  • And of course, we would like to know as much as you care to share about your personal interests, hobbies, and those who are in your immediate family circle.
  • The Rotary Foundation

    The mission of The Rotary 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 poverty. The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

    The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International’s sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary “to do good in the world.” It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$117.9 million contributed in 2004-05. Its event-filled history is a story of Rotarians learning the value of service to humanity.

    The Foundation’s Humanitarian Programs fund international Rotary club and district projects to improve the quality of life, providing health care, clean water, food, education, and other essential needs primarily in the developing world. One of the major Humanitarian Programs is PolioPlus, which seeks to eradicate the poliovirus worldwide. Through its Educational Programs, the Foundation provides funding for some 1,200 students to study abroad each year. Grants are also awarded to university teachers to teach in developing countries and for exchanges of business and professional people. Former participants in the Foundation’s programs have the opportunity to continue their affiliation with Rotary as Foundation Alumni.

    Rotarys Four Way Test

    One of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world is the…Rotary 4-Way Test The 4-Way Test was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932. Taylor drew up a 24-word code of ethics for all his employees to follow in their business and professional lives which was subsequently adopted by Rotary in 1943, and has since been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways.

    The four-way test of the things we think, say, or do:
    1. Is it the TRUTH?
    2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
    3. Will it build GOOD WILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?
    4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

    The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
    Firstsly:- The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
    Secondly:- High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.

    Thirdly:- The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life.
    Fourthly:- The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

    More About Rotary

    Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world

    Rotary is the world’s first service club. The first Rotary club was founded in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on February 23, 1905.Rotary is some 1.2 million service-minded men and women belonging to nearly 29,000 Rotary clubs in virtually every nation in the world.</p> <p>Rotarians meet weekly for fellowship and interesting and informative programs dealing with topics of local and global importance. Membership is by invitation, and reflects a wide cross-section of community representation.Rotarians plan and carry out a remarkable variety of humanitarian, education and cultural exchange programs that touch people’s lives in their local communities and world community.Rotary is The Rotary Foundation, which each year provides some US $60 million for international scholarships, cultural exchanges, and humanitarian projects large and small that improve the quality of life for millions of people.Rotary is Polio Plus, Rotary’s commitment to work with national and international health organizations on the goal of polio eradication by the year 2005, Rotary’s 100th anniversary. More than one-half billion children in the developing nations have been immunized against polio through Polio Plus grants.


    Become a Member

    The process for being a member of the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga Murrumbidgee is simple! Firstly, come along to a few meetings and decide if Rotary and our club in particular is for you. If you think you’d like to join, talk to our Membership Director, Catherine Conroy, for more information.

    Alternatively, many new members are ‘introduced’ by current members – this means that they attend a few meetings with their host, who may then nominate them for membership. Ask the Secretary for a copy of the RI brochure on proposing a new member or go the RI download centre.

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