Friends of Rotary
The Rotary Club of Corowa has started a Friends of Rotary group, this is for people who wish to be involved in community projects, but don't think they have the time to commit to full membership in Rotary.
The group also allows people to have a look at how we work and what we do.
If you are interested to know more about Friends of Rotary please download the above document.
Ride to Conference 9790
The seventh Rotary District 9790 ride to Conference is taking place from February 20th to 26th.
This is a project of the Rotary Club of Corowa and each year the ride raises funds for Rotary Charities, this year it is Australian Rotary Health. Funds raised will go to help fund an indigenous medical scholarship.
Over the last six years’ keen cyclists, mostly Rotarians from all over the district have raised over $100,000.
Each year participants ride from the previous year's conference venue to the current year’s venue in time for the start of the District Conference.
This year’s route is 675 kilometres staring at Wangaratta on February 20th and ending in Bendigo on the 25th. Riders arrange sponsorship from individuals and organizations to go towards the charity.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to Ride to Conference can do so by direct deposit into the Australian Rotary Health bank account BSB 112 879, account number 065433595 and tagging the donation with RTC D9790. Alternately cheques can be sent to Australian Rotary Health, PO Box 3455, Parramatta 2124, with “Attention Jenny Towe – RTC D9790” on the envelope, or back of the cheque.
For further information please go to the Ride to Conference 9790 website, or call Graham or Margaret Brown 0427 689 429.
Rotary for Beginners
Club Hosts visit by Migrant Women to the Country
On the weekend of September 4th, 33 migrant women, many with refugee backgrounds and now living in Sydney, along with their driver, came to Corowa to get a taste of the country.
Martin Clarke of Rutherglen approached the Corowa Rotary Club to co-ordinate the weekend. The Community Migrant Resource Centre and African Women’s Group both from Sydney had in turn approached Martin about organizing a weekend in the country.
The Rotary Club then put out an appeal for host families and we were fortunate enough to receive more responses than we needed from families from as far away as Rutherglen and Burrumbuttock.
The ladies came from 17 countries, which included China, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Palestine, Peru, Kenya, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ghana and Congo and were aged between 15 and 80 years.
After arriving on Friday our guests spent Friday night with their host families ready for an early start on Saturday morning. Saturday saw a trip to Rotarian David Talbot’s farm for a shearing exhibition followed by a tour of the farm, then back to Corowa for a Rotary BBQ lunch. The afternoon was a bus trip to All Saints Winery, a stop at the Corowa Whisky and Chocolate Factory and a quick tour of the highlights of Corowa.
Mid afternoon everyone met back at Corowa IGA to buy food for our visitors so they could prepare traditional meals to serve to host families and guests that night at the Corowa Civic Centre.
A total of about 100 people attended the night, enjoying a wide variety of traditional dishes from the countries represented by our visitors. The Sing Australia Choir and Will Johnston and Matt Toy of Squid Doctors Band, provided some Australian themed entertainment. Later in the evening we heard stories about how the ladies came to be in Australia and many of them also performed some traditional songs and dances.
One thing that came over from all the stories was how our guests were to be in Australia and how much they loved their new country.
The weekend concluded with a visit to the Corowa Rotary Federation Market, on Sunday morning, before everyone departed for Sydney.
Special than must go to the host families for opening their homes to our visitors, Martin Clarke and Gary Poidevin for their work in organize the weekend, Graeme Brown who helped Gary with the tour guide duties, and Corowa Shire for the use of the Civic Centre.
Corowa Rotary Club Inducts New Members
Janet and Chris McLean became the Rotary Club of Corowa's newest members when Club President John Law presided over their official induction on Thursday August 6th.
Janet and Chris, came to the club via Probus, as they were looking to get involved in Rotary's activities and projects within the local community and further afield
Upcoming Speakers and Events
All meetings are at the Corowa RSL Club unless specified
7 July - Assembly and Committees - members only
14 July - Zoe Downing - Rebound Exchange Student
21 July - Glarece Giersch - Fred Taylor Memorial Scholarship Winner
4 Aug - Tony Bramley - DG's visit
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