News, Speakers & Upcoming Events

Upcoming Speakers

Listed below are our upcoming speakers and weekly program, if you are interested in hearing any of the speakers please contact us via email or by phoning 0499 878 529.

  • Wednesday the 1st July is our Changeover Dinner meeting which will be held at the Corowa RSL Club. Due to current restrictions to the number of diners, this meeting is by invitation only. We regret any inconvenience to those who would normally attend. 
  • Our regular monthly Federation Markets will recommence in July! The first market for many months will be Sunday the 5th of July. Our Covid-19 Safety Plan will be in place.
  • Contact us for stall bookings - Phone Graeme on 0490 126 311

Federation Festival Weekend

The weekend began with the Federation Dinner. This was the fifth annual Rotary Club of Corowa Tim Fischer Oration at the Oddfellows Hall and the first since Tim's passing last August. Rotary Club President, Paul Miegel, proposed a toast to the Late Tim Fischer AC who has generously allowed the use of his name to be associated with the Federation Dinner since its inception in 2016.


The guest speaker at the 2020 Tim Fischer Oration was Ms Catherine McGowan AO, former Member for Indi. Ms McGowan said she loved Tim, "not in the romantic way - he was married to my cousin Judy Brewer and form the early days of that romance - he became a trusted friend". She went on to describe Tim's wonderful support for farming women and how he mentored her not so much on the politics, rather around how to be an effective representative. "He was courageous. He had vision. He was a great and good leader. He was a mentor. He reached out across the political divide". "The boy from Boree Creek never forgot his roots and his knowledge that it is a community which is a key building block for a successful nation."

Building on from 1893, Australia's history, young people, leadership and the contribution of rural and regional Australia to the nation are crucial for the sound future of the nation. Ms McGowan spoke of the original public meeting held in the very same hall in 1893 which moved the 'people's federation' motion and how those people had a vision for what they wanted. She spoke in detail about the local aboriginal history, leadership and the need to teach and mentor young leaders. She finished with "The Australia we want - the Australia I want - won't just happen." "It needs all of us - rural people, country people, and especially our young people - working from the bottom up as well as top down, actively using our voices and working together to build the road knowing together we could do more."

Ms McGowan's full oration is excellent reading and can be accessed by the link below. 

Catherine McGowan AO Tim Fischer Oration 2020
Tim Fischer orationcorowa 240120.docx
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As the fireworks were cancelled due to the Bush Fires this year, the next events were on Sunday, Australia Day. Over 25 floats made up the Federation Parade which captured the appreciation of the big crowd along Sanger Street leading into Bangerang Park, where the Federation Market was well underway. 

Float winners were St. Mary's Primary School, Corowa Historical Society, Corowa Rutherglen Relay for Life and the Corowa Lions Club. Wangaratta Pipe Band, Albury Wodonga Drums and Pipes and the Albury Scots School Pipe Band were all  marvelous and continued to entertain visitors at the Federation Market in Bangerang Park until the early afternoon. The large number of market stalls were well patronised by locals and visitors and the children particularly enjoyed the free face painting, Apex miniature steam train, jumping castle and the new playground in Bangerang Park. 

District Governors Partners Charity

Each year our District Governor's partner selects a charity for which clubs raise funds.  This year DG Brian Peter's has selected Rotex as his partner and their chosen charity is Headspace. Rotex are Returned Rotary Youth Exchange Students who have successfully completed a year studying overseas during their high school years. They are aged 17 to 30 and have a close connection to Youth Mental Health in particular. 

Weekly Bulletin

Below is our weekly bulletin, which is a report on our last meeting, as well as information about current Club events, upcoming meetings and everyone's favourite "the jokes page".


 The bulletin below is for the current week, if you wish to look at past bulletins please go to the bulletin archive section above.


If you wish to receive a copy of the bulletin please email

Bulletin for 24th June, 2020
Guest Speaker - New Member, Kerrie Crawford
Bulletin 46.pdf
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Save the Date


Our weekly meetings have recommenced:


  • 1st July - Changeover night at the Corowa RSL Club. Bookings essential due to Covid-19 number restrictions.
  • 5th July - Our regular monthly markets are back!!  Please contact us for a stall or come along and enjoy all that the stall holders have to offer. Phone Graeme on 0490 126 311 to book a stall.
  • 8th July - we will meet at the Royal Hotel, Sanger Street, Corowa.