15th June 2020 -
1st June 2020 - Stuart Locke, the General Manager of Seymour Passenger Services and Chairman of the Seymour Business and Tourism Group zoomed with us this week. At the beginning of the year transport needs had increased with the fires and the economy was on the boil. Then came the pandemic, Stuart had been looking to employ more staff but now needed to reduce staffing levels and was grateful to the full-time staff who offered to take their holidays during the lock-down to save jobs. Business is slowly coming back. The trainee pilots are returning to Mangalore, the town is reviving and the schools have re-opened. The buses are needed to supplement the train services and social distancing makes for reduced numbers able to be carried in a bus or train, and hence more buses needed. Stuart is confident that Seymour Passenger Service will come back strongly. Other areas of Seymour’s economy, particularly the hospitality sector has had a massive down turn. Even as we return to normality, it will be a different normal with fewer people per venues allowed, hygiene standards are what we would have previously thought extreme. To kick-start the economy projects are needed such as the redevelopment to the shops in Anzac Ave. Other rejuvenation projects such as the entrances to Seymour, including the Weighbridge are on the drawing board. Funding will need to be acquired from all three tiers of government for any of these projects to go ahead.
25th May 2020 - Jane Challis told us about her experience during the lockdown at Puckapunyal Primary School. The lockdown started late in Term 1 with the teachers scrambling to learn new ways of inter-acting at a distance with their students, and how to help parents and students cope with home learning through the technology. Zoom, Google Classroom, Google Meet, Skype, Jam Board and email quickly became familiar with extraordinary work put in by all levels of staff with research and sharing.
Students without access to computers had hard copy material made ready, delivered, and later picked up and marked by staff.
Some 30 to 40 students were on site, children of essential workers. These were divided between four home rooms and supervised by rostered staff. Each sat at their own table with their own equipment, well separated from the other students. The practice of frequent handwashing, no sharing of food or equipment, restricted use of bubble taps to fill personal bottles and other hygiene safeguards soon became familiar.
Jane observed that the whole experience has been extremely challenging and entailed a huge workload. It has also added to her arsenal of teaching expertise.
May 18th 2020 - Tonight the members met over zoom for another catch up. Fellowship was the highlight of the evening, while celebrating the club's 66th birthday. John took the opportunity during the evening to present the findings of the club survey that had been conducted at the end of last year. On the whole the members are happy with the way the club is going, but a few interesting suggestions will be considered in the coming year to further enhance our Rotary experience and our Rotary Club.
May 11th 2020 - Ag Marg Crisp gave us a graphic description of the horror of the fires as they swept through the Corryong area over 7 days around the 29th of December.
While the town escaped major damage there was much loss and devastation in the area.
Some help came quickly with hay trucks beginning to arrive within three days of the fires. Rotary organised back-to-school packs for the youngsters. Fencing groups have put in 10,000 hours of volunteer labor, until stopped by the Coronavirus.
Donations are needed to support the provision of containers for farm storage where sheds are gone. District has 20 containers but needs 16 more.
Simple things like re-establishing gardens and getting power back to pump water for people subsisting on bottled water are needed. The biggest on-going problem is mental health, especially as COVID-19 adds to an intolerable situation.
4th May 2020 - DGE Bruce Anderson a world renowned scientist talked to us about the Covid19 pandemic and what we can expect moving forward. Dr Bruce Anderson presented a very informative presentation and the possible future pathways for dealing with the Coronavirus.
Our major weapons are hygiene and social distancing. While disinfectants and handwashing are very effective in killing the virus, there is little sign yet of a vaccine or a medicine that we can inject that will seek out and destroy the virus in the body.
27th April 2020 - Zoom meeting No. 2. We again got updated by the various chairs, the most important was an update on the IGA project. We now have 30 people requesting deliveries of their groceries from IGA so they do not have to leave their homes. This service is being delivered to our elderly and most vulnerable in our community. Thanks to Ewan and Tony Watson for setting this up as a club activity. It feels good to be able to link up with IGA and provide this much needed community service while Covid19 is such a threat.
20th April 2020 - Zoom Meeting No. 1 Eighteen members met digitally via Zoom in a successful experiment.
President John led the discussion resulting in the decision to continue Zoom meetings each Monday at 7:00 pm.
Community Service Director Ewan reported on the IGA project. He and Tony Watson have carried the weight for the time being, with Fiona McCarthy volunteering to join the effort. Twenty five people have benefited. Their happy feed-back makes it a feel good operation.
3rd April 2020 - Rotary Clubs around the world have had to go into recess is a small problem. Certainly we are not in a position to do a great deal to help our community given the government’s recommendations and requirements.
Your Board has considered a great deal of information to see how we can keep our membership involved in Rotary, recognising that it is now a small part of our lives. It will however help our overall well-being to have this interest in Rotary maintained.
So, to specific issues.
Meetings Simply put there will be no face-to-face meetings of committees, board or club for the foreseeable future.
The Board’s work will continue using email and telephone.
We anticipate keeping in touch with members the same way.
23rd of March 2020 - Tonight we had a fun night with a music quiz run by Fred Sartori. There was a lot of laughs and cheating but everyone enjoyed themselves. Then the best news of the night was that the winner of the Seymour Police Award, First Constable Jason Crossing, has gone on to win the Victorian State Award.
16th March 2020 - Our guest speaker tonight was Peter Holland a Rotarian who conducted a Gift of Music drive in our local area. The Gift of Music program run by Rural Aid aims to collect used instruments through community donations, have the instruments returned to their former glory and then donated and gifted to children in need in rural or remote areas. We ended up with over 100 items, including over 80 musical instruments. Donations included 22 guitars both acoustic and electric, 2 drum sets, i cello, 2 violins and 10 recorders. Thank you to our local community for getting behind this initiative and supporting our club with donations and a very big thanks to Peter for all the work he put in.
March 11th 2020 - Tonight our members travelled to Alexandra for our annual golf challenge. A fun night was had by all and our members enthusiastically battled for the trophy. Congratulations to our team who came home victorious.
2nd March 2020 - Tonight we had a blast with Fred doing a music trivia. It is an important part of Rotary, enjoying each others company and building friendships.
24th February 2020 - A number of Rotarians and guests, including the Assistant Governor Elizabeth McCormack, gathered at Goulburn Options for the Rotary Information Night. We were fed a generous amount of interesting finger food which gave everyone the chance to mingle before the information sessions began.
17th February 2020 - The Cherry Tree wind farm project will comprise 16 wind turbines, a substation, access tracks and an electrical collection system of underground and overhead cables on the land of four host landowners.
The wind farm will have an installed capacity of 57.6MW, which can generate enough electricity to supply 37,000 Victorian homes .Sixteen wind turbines will be installed with the last pylon going into place on the night of our meeting. The expectation is to be online by late May or early June.
10th February 2020 - Rosey Panelli welcomed the club to Goulburn Options and their new kitchen, built by community support and their own fund-raising via the Op Shop and other activities. The meeting room was impressive and it had been rapidly changed from its normal set-up to one more suited to our needs. The Op Shop is a wonderful recycling effort where they accept all donations. The clothing is sorted into three levels: 1. The best of the best for sale in the shop. 2. Rags. 3. White bags for material to be shipped to developing countries. This leaves about 3 cubic metres of rubbish to be sent to the tip each month.
3rd February 2020 - Our club members would like to thank the Seymour Goulburn Lions for their company at barefoot bowls.
20th January 2020 - Mary has donated the re-imbursement money from our first dinner of the year to the District Bushfire Appeal. We are able to express a preference for where the money goes, and the Club has nominated Corryong and in particular, the back-to-school kits for Corryong Secondary College students. The Board donated $3000 for this purpose. Mary mentioned that locals had donated a truckload of hay to Corryong. District is taking the attitude that it will not rush into action but what and see what needs arise. Lions are taking a similar stance.
13th January 2020 - Another evening was spent enjoying each others company at the Royal Hotel. Our members happily raised money for the Corryong bushfires.
6th January 2020 - Welcome to 2020 May our vision for the road ahead be clear and bright with achievement.
Our first meeting was at Mary Greenshield’s lovely home. We dined on a generous smorgasbord of meats and salads, followed by a variety of desserts, all served on elegant crockery and fine silver cutlery.
The proceeds from tonight’s meeting will go to the District Fire Fund and members are asked to consider personal donations.
The Club is investigating the gathering of pine posts to use in replacement of external fencing. They could go to BlazeAid or the District fire refencing team in Benalla. Peter, Viv and Denis are busy on this.
16th December 2019 - The end of the calendar year is a good time to give a brief progress report:
• The Club has been very active with Community Service projects doing well.
• The Board has decided to donate $1000 to Rural Aid for Christmas hampers to help lift the spirits of rural people battling.
• Australia Day preparations are coming along well. We will need all hands on deck to carry it through.
• Mitchell Shire hosted a Fire Emergency Meeting involving the local volunteer and community groups to see what part they might play in any future emergencies.
• Trivia Night will next be held in February/March 2021 to restore it to a time earlier in the year.
A new member has been indicted tonight Tony Watson who is here with his wife Suzan.
9th December 2019 - The Shitbox rally went from Melbourne, via • Wentworth • White Cliffs • Noccundra • Birdsville • Jundah • Hughenden and then to Townsville which was a total of 3500km. During the event 15 cars failed. To qualify cars had to have a purchase price of less than $1000. Each team had to raise at least $5000 and Gary was grateful for sponsors who helped him raise a total $7000. Well done to Gary Doherty and all the other participants.
2nd December 2019 - The Seymour Community Police Award recipients background of roles in the Army and the Police are very different, something that Robert Peel in establishing the London Police Force was at pains to point out. He noted 14 principles of difference and underlined it by dressing his Force in blue, the colour of the community when the Army was dressed in red.
First Constable Jason Crossing, formerly Army Sgt Crossing was an example of someone who has made a successful transition.
Inspector Peter Kroger commented on the aim of the Police to work with the community and the role of Rotary in helping this. Another initiative is the ‘coffee with a copper and councillor’ throughout Mitchell Shire.
He gave a strong endorsement for the award going to Jason.
Senior Sergeant Clayton Munroe gave a brief background on Jason. He has been a policeman for three years, following 10 years in the Army where he rose to the rank of Sergeant. He has seen active service with three tours overseas and received many commendations.
25th November 2019 - Happy birthday President John.
Tonight's guest speaker Frankie Doig is the project officer for the Mitchell Youth Outreach Project and she came to talk to the Club seeking volunteers to work with the project.
Across our Shire there are many young people needing help to cope with their mental health problems, physical health, accommodation stress and family violence. They need mentors to help these young people cope.
There are two SUVs available and the project needs volunteer drivers to help take young people to places like Shepparton for Head Space and other places they need to be for, say, employment opportunities.
The project is in the early stages, consulting with the community, gathering support and seeking funding.
18th November 2019 - It was decide a few years ago to create this award. The Club felt that this would be a chance to recognise some of the volunteers in our Community who often go unsung.
Community Service is an integral part of any community and indeed, community organisations would find it impossible to operate without volunteers.
Volunteers commit to community service for all manner of reasons, and most would agree that they get as much in return from their service as they give, other learning new skills and developing lasting friendships. The first award was presented to Cynthia Lim for all her tireless work within Seymour FM, running the Tallarook, Avenel and Nagambie Farmers markets and involvement with many other community organisations and the second award went to Margaret Shepperd who has served in many roles, within Goulburn Options, Seymour Cancer Council, Tallarook Pool and many many more.
Junior Community Awards were presented to Chloe Thompson and Sophie Munro by Rotarian Fiona McCarthy. Chloe and Sophie were supported by their families at the event. It was also the last night for the students of GoTafe before they graduate as exceptional hospitality trained young men and women. Thankyou for looking after us for the last twelve months, it is much appreciated.
11th November 2019 - Today was remembrance day, so tonight we heard from Rotarian Don Wilson. Don talked to us of the involvement of Seymour as a training area for Australian troops in the early twentieth century, of the visit of Lord Kitchner and the parade of 4000 men and 2000 horses at the Seymour racecourse for his inspection in 1910. Many of the troops who went to Egypt, to Gallipoli and to the Western Front trained here in Seymour.
Tonight we had the pleasure of visitors from the Frankston Rotary Club, a great night of fun and fellowship was enjoyed, it was a pleasure to host them and until we meet again.....
28th October 2019 - Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, Rotary Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
Its mission is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the mitigation of poverty. For a donation of as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio. $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness. $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.
Trevor attended a conference on Foundation and brought back some salient points.
Apart from discussion of Foundation at the conference other Clubs mentioned international projects that they had initiated and there were invitations to join them.
President John expressed some caution about these international service projects. Although they may be excellent the safeguards that are built into Foundation projects may not be so easily implemented. Foundation is Rotary’s charity and it has the ranking as one of the outstanding charities in the world.
21st October 2019 - Tonight's fun night was where wars were fought for a Mars Bar. At the end of the night I am not sure who won or lost and I do not think anyone cared. Lots of fun.
14th October 2019 - Members of the Seymour College Energy Breakthrough Teams visited to say thanks for our support for their project. There are 2 Primary School teams and three Secondary. They spend the year preparing their vehicles to compete in the Energy Breakthrough competition in Maryborough. Schools from all over Victoria take part.
Following on Bryan Tehan spoke of a Rotary that has evolved over forty years to match the community it serves. Bryan gave us a glimpse into Rotary forty years ago and some of the changes that have occurred, the most notable being that women were allowed to join Rotary as originally it was a men's only club.
7th October 2019 -China Southern Airlines is a rapidly emerging airline. In 2011 it was awarded four-star status by SKYTRAX, has won many other awards including the 2018 title of ‘World’s Most Improved Airline.’ China Southern uses MAS as its Australian training facility, having a preference for Australian-trained pilots.
The climate at Mangalore is very suitable for flying. There are 27 instructor pilots at Mangalore and 125 students. Students spend 16 months at the school and are accommodated in 27 houses around Seymour.
30th September 2019 - Leigh Bushell took us on an entertaining trip, on the chequered history of the Royal Hotel starting with John Clarke, the first liquor licencee in inland Victoria who set up his ‘house of entertainment’ in Mitchelltown.
In 1839 he moved to Seymour where the crossing place across the Goulburn River was established. He moved to near the current site and later built what is now the rear section of the hotel in 1848. The middle section was built in 1855 and the front in the 1890s.
There were encounters with bushrangers.
Captain Melville was refused passage across the Goulburn by proprietress Emily Clarke.
Dan Morgan was hunted down and killed near Seymour and his body was brought to the morgue at the Royal. His head was removed for study, a death mask was made and it revisits the Royal on special occasions when paranormal tourists come to experience the supernatural with Limelight Tours.
There is a rich accumulation of services the Hotel provided at different times. In the 1850s it was the Court House, the Police Station, the Jail, the Morgue, The Post Office and the Cobb and Co station. It was the retail centre for Seymour and surrounds.
A ballroom was once the glory of the Royal but is now derelict.
The Royal was once known as Moody’s Pub and became a national icon in 1941 when it was painted by Russell Drysdale.
The pub lost its verandah in 1969 following a car accident which took out some of the supports, but one old feature that has survived is the two Jacaranda's that are just stunning in the beer garden at the rear of the Royal, revelling in their hundred years of existence.
23rd September 2019 - What can I say, tonight was the annual handball and quoit challenge against the Rotary Club of Alexandra. Alex retained the trophy after some hard fought battles and everyone had a marvellous time. Thankyou to the members of Alexandra Rotary for making the journey down the hill.
16th September 2019 -
This week our guest speaker was Sean Fanning from Nexus Health who called in to talk to us about their plans to increase their presence in Seymour. Sean is an Access and Support Worker who job is to help patients connect with the correct service or practitioner within Nexus Health.
Nexus Health provides access to general practitioners, alcohol and drug counselling, psychological support, aged care and in-home services and nutritional advice. As a local employer, Nexus Health has about 250 staff in total and thereby forms an increasingly important part of our local community and the Shire. I
9th September 2019 -The Seymour Cemetery and Pioneer Park are managed by the Seymour Cemetery Trust, a group of 11 volunteers with one vacancy.
In the original burial ground near the lagoon in Kings Park about 50 people are buried.
In 1850 Governor LaTrobe commissioned the Pioneer Cemetery that served the community until the present cemetery replaced it in 1916.
The Pioneer Cemetery was in a poor state until legislation allowing cemeteries to be converted to parks. With grants and a lot of voluntary work, Pioneer Cemetery became Pioneer Park with the final memorial plaque in place by 2000.
2nd September 2019 - Des Callaghan OAM is the Vice President of RSL Victoria. He is a former Councillor for Mitchell Shire and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, largely for his work in rebuilding the RSL clubrooms in Broadford after they were destroyed by fire. The Medal is the RSL’s highest award.
The RSL now welcomes all service personnel and veterans. Its mission statement says the RSL in Victoria will continue to be the most relevant, sustainable and recognised ex-service organisation promoting mateship and providing outstanding advocacy, welfare, commemoration and community services. Mental health is a substantial need amongst returned service personnel and the RSL is well aware of that need. One measure adopted has been its support of the Invictus games. The Invictus games uses the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.
26th August 2019 - District Governor Brian Peters visited the club this week. Brian is a very laid back bloke who has been a Rotarian for 7 years. Brian is a member of the RC of Albury West and is loving his journey on the G-train. Brian spoke about the huge growth of population at both ends of the Hume Freeway and the fact that planning is in place for anticipated future expansion. Is our planning in place to increase our Rotary population?
Rotary membership is in decline and more so the percentage of population is less. We are confident within our clubs and know the value of Rotary, but is Rotary sufficiently well known in the wider community? Are we looking to increase our diversity? Are we being inclusive? Are we asking? DG Brian definitely gave us food for thought.
19TH August 2019 - Jim was a Victorian teacher who decided late in his career to take a job in a Darwin school. The opportunity was the caring for indigenous students who were from remote communities and boarding at the school, far from home and culture.
While we are only just beginning to recognise the needs of indigenous people, Jim sees our times optimistically. We have been tackling the problems of violence towards women, racism in its many forms, gender stereotyping and many other community issues. There is a growing awareness of the needs and the respect due to our first Australians.
12th August 2019 - Fred Sartori run a music trivia night for us. It gave us a chance to hone our skills for our Trivia night coming up on the 26th October. Thanks Fred, we are all smarter thanks to your efforts.
5th August 2019 - It is always great to hear from our new members, their life history and work life. Their I stories allows us to get to know the person. We are extremely lucky to have a club of diverse, interesting, caring and passionate Rotarians. Thankyou Janina and Megan for sharing with us.
29th July 2019 - It was a pleasure to welcome Michael & Lindy Laker back to give us an update on their recent trip to Bali. Our club sponsored an eye clinic to go into the mountains and help the villagers in need. In 2 days they issued 200 pairs of prescription glasses and did 16 cataract surgeries. Lindy also taught 100 school children how to brush their teeth, and gave out clothes, toys and food hampers to the remote villages. In the words of one of the Balinese people who were helped, "it is nice to see the world again" Being able to give the gift of sight is a powerful reminder of what we can achieve when we work together to help the poor and needy in our world. Congratulations to the Lakers, you guys are inspiring and we will look forward to the next adventure.
22nd July 2019 - Tonight was John's first official meeting as President. We were asked to get into our committees and do some brainstorming and getting the year on track.
15th July 2019 - It was with great delight we farewelled last year and welcomed in our new Rotary year. Thank you Mariam for doing a marvelous job as President. It was very rewarding to see all our fundraising efforts being given to various organisations as disbursements at the end of the year, It was fantastic to be able to support Seymour Youth & Fitness, Karingal, Goulburn Options, Red Dust, Angel Flight and Beyond Housing. Congratulations to John Keeffe on being inducted by DG Brian Peters as our club President for the 2019-2020 year. Congratulations must also go to Michael & Lindy Laker who were both awarded a PHF (Paul Harris fellow) recognition for their tireless work providing aid, hope and dignity to the villagers in the highlands of Bali. PP Ruth Byers was also recognised with a PHF Sapphire for her ongoing commitment to our club and community for the last 10 years. Honorary member Alison Ridley was presented with a gift as a thank you for running the lunch on the river outings for the community.