Jenny and Rick Robertson have managed their 1200 hectare merino sheep and fine wool property “Gracemere” at Bengworden, near Bairnsdale in East Gippsland for over thirty years. There have been many farming challenges during that time and in 2009 Jenny and Rick introduced changes in their practices and management of the property. In 2011 they received a Victorian Landcare Sustainable Farming Award, and in 2013 they were presented with a Department of Primary Industry Science Award. Jenny, a fourth generation farmer, will share with us the challenges they faced at “Gracemere” and their approach and belief in a regenerative agriculture system.
It was all laughter and not much violence at all as the club program resumed with a fun croquet evening at the MCC Croquet Club in Hawthorn. The first event for the year was pure fellowship and friendship as 23 members and partners, plus representatives from the MCC Croquet Club combined on a warm (at first) Tuesday evening. One or two members displayed unusual talent, while many others showed promise at a sport that has its roots in the 17th century, when it was imported to England from France. The game became hugely fashionable under Charles II, when it was called paille-maille (anglicised as pall-mall).
Very special thanks to organisers Wayne Worladge and Peter Harries for a resoundingly successful first get-together for the year, and to the members of the MCC Croquet Club. You had us jumping through hoops!
I am delighted to announce that our Club has been successful in our application for a District 9800 Foundation Grant of $2500 for the BikeRescue project at the Yiyili Aboriginal Community School. The School Principal Lewis Mulvey assures me that with our donation of $2500 too this project can now be started and will certainly be of great benefit to his students.
The Yiyila Aboriginal Community School is a very poor school between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek in the Kimberley in the north of Western Australia. They have 60 students from Kindergarten to Year 10. They have six teaching staff. They have an innovative vocational service program where the students are taught to dismantle and re-assemble bicycles. BikeRescue is an award-winning accredited program that uses bike mechanics as a vehicle for outreach, engagement and mentoring.
Describe the role of your Club in the design and implementation of the Project
The Rotary Club of Glenferrie Community Service Committee has initiated this project. Our members will liaise with the Principal of Yiyili Aboriginal Community School to determine which services and equipment would most enhance their project. Our members will investigate costs of purchase and delivery of the items.
How will it meet the needs of the Community and how will they be involved?
Vocational training is a very important part of the education of these students and this program will certainly aid their transition into community life. The dynamic workshop environment will provide unique experiences that assist teachers and students to overcome behavioural and emotional challenges that can be presented by at-risk youth.
Glenferrie Rotary Club
will again take part in a clean-up of Patterson Reserve and surrounding
streets as part of Clean Up Australia Day
When: Sunday 1st March, 9.30am to 12.00 noon
Where: Patterson Reserve, 484 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, Vic
Meet: at our Rotary Container at 9.30am (bring gloves, hat & sunscreen)
BBQ: to follow at 12.00 noon with food and drink supplied
Register: this must be done for legal reasons and it is preferably done online. However, paper enrolment is available on the day.
Successful registration will result in an email sent to you.
Please join us for some hands-on Community Service work.
“Be the inspiration” to make a difference to the environment in our own backyard.
For many December and January holiday makers on the eastern seaboard these events brought an early end to their planned vacations. It has also been a disaster for the businesses that rely on the Christmas/New Year tourism for their survival. Rotary clubs have responded in a range of different ways to support communities and individuals affected. We have been working closely with the East Gippsland Rotary Cluster Clubs and have scheduled the weekend of March 14 and 15 for members who would like to be involved in a hands-on project. This is the club’s bushfire recovery weekend with Don Heath.
We started the year last Tuesday with an evening of Croquet at the MCC Croquet Club. Congratulations and sincere thanks to Wayne Worladge and Peter Harries for initiating and organising this terrific event.
Our first dinner meeting for the year will be 11th February 2020 about which there is more in this Bulletin.
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