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.

  • Unfortunately our Rotary Club meetings have been suspended until the lifting of the current Coronavirus restrictions regarding gatherings.

    Our regular monthly Federation Markets are also cancelled until further notice. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

    We hope that everybody stays safe and well during this time.

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
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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 11th March, 2020
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Save the Date


Below are the dates of upcoming events we have on our calendar, however in order to restrict the spread of Covid-19 and protect the community all of the below have been CANCELLED.


  • 20th March - Set up for Relay for Life - 5pm RSL Park 
  • 5th April - First Sunday of the Month, Federation Market at Bangerang Park Corowa 8:30am-1pm
  • 11th April - Easter Saturday:
  • Billicart Races and Market in Sanger Street 9am 
  • Fireworks in RSL Park from 8:30pm. FREE community event sponsored by Corowa RSL Club and Rotary. 
  • 12th April - Easter Sunday Market 8:30am-1pm