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It’s a special time. Rotary in Australia and NZ celebrates the First 100 years of Service in 2021. In 1921, four Rotary Clubs were created in Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington and Sydney. From there, Rotary and Rotaract clubs were created everywhere across Australia and NZ. We all share a centenary in 2021. We can come together and create a common legacy. Tackling community issues. Taking on nation building projects. Accelerating health problems for the disadvantaged. Expanding the horizons of young people. Creating vocational excellence. Helping local communities enjoy local fellowship. You name it, we have done it! Let’s build something bigger for the next century.
This weeks club meeting (22 Feb 2021) was a guided tour of the Men’s Shed construction followed by an excellent dinner at the Tuckshop.

Work on the new Shed commenced in early 2020 and when finished in the winter of 2021 it will enable Margaret River Mens Shed to expand its activities, its membership (including ladies), its skills base and its offering to the Margaret River community as a whole. Rotary Margaret River as a core sponsor of the Men’s Shed, recently pledged a further $100,000 towards the final stage of the building program.

The tower which had previously supported a water tank has been preserved and will become an important part of the new
building. Congratulations to all involved in this long process, A wonderful achievement.

Full details of the construction can be found on the Margaret River Mens Shed web site. https://www.margaretrivermensshed.com.au
Thanks for the wonderful Facebook post from Sean Blocksidge of the Margaret River Discovery Company yesterday....
"Spotted these absolute Margaret River legends yesterday putting the finishing touches on installing the Rotary Pontoon at Gnarabup.
For most people that pontoon just magically appears every year.  But the reality is a core group of local Rotary volunteers have been keeping that
local tradition alive, year after year after year.
It's worth noting these two blokes, Brian Middleton and Gordon Temby, have contributed more volunteer hours and varied community service to this town than probably 1000 of us combined.  
It blows my mind to realise how much some people contribute to this community in a volunteer capacity.
Love ya work fellas!"
Rotary Elizabeth Quay (Perth) recently visited Margaret River Rotary Club for a wonderful weekend of fellowship and camaraderie. Beginning with a
working bee at the Rowing Club, followed by a satisfying lunch at Rotary Park and an afternoon removing invasive weeds in the bush surrounding the park. In the evening both clubs met at the Brewhouse for dinner.
Sunday morning started early setting up for the Community Walk event in Rotary Park at the conclusion of which both clubs enjoyed a joint lunch around the BBQ wrapping up the weekend before the visitors travelled home to Perth.

Community Walk - Rotary Park

Sunday 29th November - Start anytime between 8.30am and 10.30am
Enjoy the health benefits of community connection and exercise and walk around the Margaret River starting and finishing at Rotary Park.
*Families welcome *Walk at your own pace
Bring a water bottle, hat and comfortable walking shoes. Celebrate completing the walk with a complimentary coffee and a chat. There is no entry fee but gold coin donations in the Rotary wishing well are always welcome.

Shayla Meiklejohn has been inducted this week as a new member of the Rotary Margaret River.

Shayla’s background is assisting disadvantaged and disabled youth. Before coming to Margaret she has worked in Broome with Broome Aboriginal Legal Service, particularly with children in the Youth Crime area.

President Brian was pleased to invite Shayla to join Rotary because it is evident that she will observe the ethos of Service Above Self and contribute in a positive way to the fellowship of the club - people concerned about people. Secretary Marilyn presented Shayla with her club badge and Rotary pin.

Shayla has kindly consented to join the club Youth Committee as her interest lies in that area. Shayla is married to husband Rowan.
Want to know what the new Margaret River Community Mens Shed will look like when its completed?
An architectural artist’s impression (animated) as a fly-through of the new Shed has been created by the Shed’s architect, Chris Wilcox and his team. Thanks to Chris and his group for their outstanding efforts.
Rotary Park is always busy with Margaret River residents and visitors to the town making use of the playground, BBQ's and open areas looking out across the river. Whilst we were working in the park the number of locals and visitors who stopped to chat and express their gratitude for the work Rotary does was wonderful.

The Margaret River Rotary Club invites you to the launch of the provenance.org.au - a new online community marketplace for the Margaret River Region. Provenance is a Rotary Directory Program driving COVID-19 recovery and prosperity for the Margaret River Region. The Provenance web app combines online purchasing features of websites like Amazon, Airbnb, Eventbrite, UberEats, GoFundMe and Airtasker.

Our local businesses and community groups can now trade goods, services, bookings, tickets, donations and quotations online.

Attend the event if you'd like to:
Learn more about the Rotary Directory Covid19 Recovery Program
Meet the First Sellers on the Market Place
Sign up to start Selling or Buying local online
Enjoy Local Refreshments and Canapes

When: 17 September, 2020 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Margaret River HEART, 47 Wallcliffe Rd
Dress Code: Smart casual
RSVP: 10 September, 2020


It our pleasure to announce that the African region has just been certified wild poliovirus-free.
Rotary members have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio.
They should be proud of all the hard work they have done to eliminate the wild poliovirus throughout Africa and in nearly every country in the world. This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region. It has involved millions of health workers traveling by foot, boat, bike and bus, innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict and insecurity, and a huge disease surveillance network to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus.
The Rotary Club of Margaret River was one of the first local groups to back Radio Margaret River (RMR). Pip Mattiske spoke to the club on Tuesday 21st July and thanked the Club for their support saying she was pleased to call the club a founding partner.
RMR will be the first internet radio station in the south west and will be accessible from any computer with an internet connection and from anywhere, world-wide. Programmes will be community guided and will evolve as the community participates.
Travellers returning from overseas bring back with them leftover coins and bank notes. Small amounts of coins and small denomination notes in particular cannot be converted back to Australia currency. Rotary however can collect foreign coins and notes from hundreds of people across the community and convert these into funds for Rotary projects supporting health, education and welfare of people especially children. Over the last eight years over $300,000 dollars has been raised across Australia by the coin and note collection program. Please help us by dropping your unwanted currency into the collecting bucket at the Beach Life Surf Shop at 121 Bussell Highway on Margaret River Main Street.
Yes it's here.  Collect your directory from the Post Office or from our major sponsor, Margaret River Mitre 10 in Station Road.
Check out pages 2 and 3 - Mindful Margaret River have timely information as to who to contact to get help if you are finding things difficult at the moment.
Don't forget there is also an online version at https://www.margaretriverdirectory.com.au/
Thank you to all our advertisers. If you missed out and want to organise your online entry now, just visit the directory website or email admin@margaretriverdirectory.com.au
Guest speakers – Rotary Youth leadership Awards (RYLA) participants Kate Mann, Tess Mann and Louise Dumpleton very recently returned from the RYLA camp. They spoke about what they felt they gained from the RYLA experience

They showed a video taken by one of the leaders which was valuable for the Rotarians as it gave a taste of some of the activities that took place at the camp. The enthusiasm of the three girls, who thanked Rotary for sponsoring them was particularly rewarding to club members who now have a better understanding of the value of the activity and whether it is worth continuing to promote RYLA. The answer is a resounding YES!
UPDATE 10/12/19.... The raft is now back in water and moored in its normal place off Gnarbup beach.
The club would like to give a very large thank you to Gareth Edwards of
PVP Signs for donating his services to paint the Rotary logo on the Rotary raft.
This was no small job, involving four separate on-site visits and represents a donation valued at $650.
The raft will be back in place moored off Gnarabup beach in a couple of weeks and will stay in place through the summer months. Once again thank you Gareth.
Margaret River Rotary Club have recently been working with Margaret River Hockey Club, plus local service clubs and companies to create funding for a new sports facility in the community. $300,000 has been raised so far including a $50,000 donation from Rotary Margaret River towards the new synthetic surface training turf for the hockey club.
10/12/19: Thanks to Maxine Williams for her presentaion to the club this week about the progress with the development of the Hockey Training facilities. It will be situated next to the Bowling Club, within walking distance of four schools. It will consist of synthetic turf, with lighting and will be managed by the Shire which has provided strong supported the project. Construction will begin as soon as a State Grant is received.
Three crates of clothes, materials and equipment has been sent off on it’s journey to Timor. Gordon Temby came up with the idea to support the fire brigade in Dili, and collected one and a half crates of fire protective clothing and helmets no longer used by the Wallcliffe bushfire brigade. In addition to the fire protective clothing and helmets, other goods collected included sewing machines for women’s cooperative groups in Timor, full bedding sets (sheets, towels, pillow cases) for clinics and schools courtesy of the Lions Club of Boyup Brooke, children’s sports uniforms from Lions MR, material to make kits for the Days for Girls program, and some non-perishable medical supplies for the clinic in Baucau. It is impossible to thank all the donors individually as many of the goods were donated anonymously. However the goods have been packed and are on their way after an extended collection and organising program.
Premier Mark McGowan was in Margaret River on Friday to present a Lotterywest grant to the Margaret River Men's Shed to support the construction and fit-out of the new shed for the community group. A grant of $311,500 is being made available for stage 1 and a further $68,500 as matched funding for money yet to be raised locally for the second stage of the project making a total  grant of $380,000.
The Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research South West Bike Trek started on October 13th in Perth and ended 600km later in Augusta on October 19th. The riders visited Margaret River on the last day of their ride and were treated to afternoon tea in Rotary Park and the Club President Brian Middleton presented them with a cheque in support of their cause.   
Margaret River Rotary Club are proud to be platinum sponsors of Strings Attached 2019 - The West Australian Guitar Festival. Running for three days from 11th to 13th October with over one hundred events at venues in the town and across the surrounding area. The festival is attracting guitar players, makers and enthusiasts from across Australia and further afield.  Full details on the Strings Attached 2019 web site. https://www.stringsattachedfestival.com.au/ 
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