President Tony:

Congratulations to members who were such worth recipients of recognition in the Murrindindi Shire 2024 Community Awards, which were announced at the presentation night on Saturday 25 May.
Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Darryl King, who is very active in our community, not only with Rotary, but also in his Murrindindi/Woodbourne Hub community, Murrindindi CFA, Goulburn Valley Suicide Awareness group and Yea Community Cancer Group fundraising.
Senior Volunteer of the Year award went to Julie Lynch (thanks Glenda for accepting it on Julie's behalf in her absence, being away at Conference). Julie was recognised, not only for her tireless involvement in Rotary, but also for her volunteering with the Teach of English as a Foreign Language to students at Seymour TAFE, and her work with Yea Wetlands.
Guest Speaker - Fabio (Our Exchange Student)
In May, Fabio travelled to Vanuatu, volunteering in the Paying It For-ward program, part of a group of 20 young volunteers from the Albury Rotary Club.
They departed from Albury airport, travelling via Sydney to Port Villa, Vanuatu, where they were greeted with a traditional welcome from the local chief, and stayed in tent ac-commodation. The project the group were working with was “Bridging Health”, which required them to work in health clinics in remote communities, taking blood sugar and blood pressure readings, distributing educational materials on personal hygiene and sex education, with the aim to create awareness to prevent teenage pregnancies. From Port Villa the group travelled to Tanna Island, a remote island of 30,000 population, where Fabio very quickly learnt to cut down coconuts and enjoyed the fresh produce. Accommodation was basic, but very close to beach. They assisted with health clinics in the remote north section of the island, as well as enjoying the adventures of swimming in blue caves, cliff jumping and a visit to an active volcano area.
Whilst on Tanna Island, Vanuatu Airlines, the main form of transport, went into liquidation, leaving the group stranded, and making international headlines! Finally, the group travelled back to Port Villa on a small aircraft, and then a P&O Cruiser offered to “rescue” the group and a 7 day cruise ensured fun times on the high sea back to Sydney, extending the adventure!
Fabio summed up the Paying It Forward opportunity -

• Does good in the world
• Young volunteers get to see the real world
• Potential for personal growth
• Young people get in touch with Rotary
• Working with local projects

“Thank you to Yea Rotary Club for sponsoring me, it has inspired me to keep doing good things”.
Three minute speaker - Paul Kellett
Paul told us about his recent adventures in New Zea-land, flying into Wellington, travelling the east coast up to the Bay of Fires and then departing for home from Auckland. It was a fun trip, catching up with friends, and having to master the hybrid car was the first challenge!

Darryl thanked our caterers, Deb Baynes ,
assisted by Sharon, for the lovely roast dinner.