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AT A recent meeting of Korumburra Rotary,
Richard Jones, the President of Foster Rotary
was the guest speaker.
Richard spoke about the Relay for Life. Last
year there were 530 participants and $78,000
was raised for Cancer research. Richard en-
couraged as many people as possible to partici-
pate, and he also invited us to the BBQ that the
Rotary Club of Foster is holding at the Foster
Museum at 6pm on Monday, February 13.
In other news, Ken and Marilyn Sim said
goodbye to a very excited out-going Rotary Ex-
change Student, Bridget Keily, as she left home
on Friday morning to go to the airport to fly to
Frank and Louisa had very mixed emotions!
She is staying at Burgosotollo and her host club
is Brescia, east of Milan.
Alwyn Michie has agreed to coordinate the
roster for the club’s participation with the
‘Meals on Wheels’. Rotary has been rostered for
Bernie Watt spoke about the Tour de Back-
yard. He has organised a two-course meal for
$30 on Saturday night March 4 and breakfast
for Sunday morning March 5.
Allan Perks reported that Bob Newton recent-
ly took 50 RV owners to the Skip Walking Track
and they were impressed. Bob has offered pipes
to put in the two gullies that need them.
The roster for the Working Horse and Trac-
tor Rally (March 18-19) was passed around and
most time slots were filled. Peter Biggins will
email this to Rotarians to seek a couple more
volunteers to fill gaps.
Ted Burley has a new jockey wheel for the
Food Van. John Moor and Ken Sim worked on
the Cool Room leak.
There was a robust discussion about our Bul-
letin being quoted in a local newspaper.
The club also recently met at the Bass Valley
Estate Winery for a BBQ salad.
Coming events include: February 10, 11, 12
Korumburra Rotary Club’s Annual Art Show,
February 13 Foster Rotary Club BBQ at the Fos-
ter Museum, February 21 the club will host a
joint meeting with Inverloch and Leongatha Ro-
tary Clubs when Burra Foods’s Manager, Glen
Falcke will be the guest speaker, March 4–5
the club’s self-drive mystery Tour d’Backyard,
March 11 Loch Rock Festival, March 18-19 Ko-
rumburra Horse and Tractor Rally at Nyora,
March 24- 26 District 9820 Conference at the
Wrest Point Casino in Sandy Bay.
Celebrations at Dumbalk
DUMBALK’S Australia Day
Celebration at the RSL Park
was again a great social eve -
The park was decorated
with Aussie banners and
flags and the music was pro -
vided by Danny and Barb
MC Walter Aich handled
the proceedings. He acknowl-
edged the original land own-
ers, and welcomed guests
including local MP Melina
Bath, Deputy Mayor Maxine
Kiel, Cr Meg Edwards, Cr
Andrew McEwan, Cr Don
Hill and South Gippsland
Citizen of the Year Bev Han-
Walter introduced Derrick
Ehmke, the guest speaker,
former CEO of the Mirboo
North and District Commu-
nity Foundation. The foun-
dation has funded many
projects in Dumbalk some of
which are the Notice Board
in Farmers Road, money
towards the upgrading of
Dumbalk Hall Kitchen, IT
equipment for the Commu-
nity Centre including a data
projector, large screen, lap
top and reverse cycle air con-
Derrick gave an interesting
address about his life as a
migrant from South Africa in
1970, being involved in Mel-
bourne’s city life then moving
to Mirboo North to purchase
the Lavender Farm.
He explained about the
sale of the Mirboo North
Bush Nursing Hospital
from which the proceeds
enabled the Mirboo North
and District Community to
be formed. The Foundation
has since given an enormous
amount of funding to various
organisations in the area. He
also spoke of the importance
of people working together
in this wonderful free living
country. Toine Bovill Presi-
dent of the Dumbalk Prog-
ress Association presented
Derrick a gift in appreciation
of his interesting speech and
thanked his wife Bev for at-
tending the celebrations.
Toine congratulated Bev
Hanley on winning the Citi-
zen of the Year award and
presented her with a native
Thanks were extended
to people who helped with
the cooking of the BBQ, the
lovely salads and nibbles. All
present agreed the food was
The winners of the Aus-
sie theme were Steve Jones
for his Australian Flag head
which was painted by Karen
Lawson and Carmen Corrie
and Noel Grayden in Tradi-
tional Australian gear.
The Dumbalk and District
Progress Association would
like to thank the Shire for
their support of the celebra-
South Gippsland Shire Citizen of the Year Bev Hanley, MP Melina Bath, Colin and Cr
Maxine Kiel, Toine Bovill, Bev Cook, Cr Meg Edwards and Brian Cook at Dumbalk’s Aus-
tralia Day celebrations.
Sophie Kenney, local MP Melina Bath and guest speaker Derrick Ehmke at the Dumbalk
Australia Day celebrations.
Going all the way with the Australia Day theme at
Dumbalk last Thursday was Steve Jones with Australian
flag painted on his head by Karen Lawson.
Busy schedule for Burra Rotary
Richard Jones, the President of Foster Ro-
tary was the guest speaker at a recent Ko-
rumburra Rotary meeting.
Remembering the original
People on Australia Day
A PICNIC at Kongwak on Australia Day was at-
tended by about 35 Bass Coast/South Gippsland
Reconciliation Group members and their
It was a great success with wonderful company,
pleasant weather and so much delicious food.
A ‘Thanksgiving and Remembering by the Peo-
ple’ was perhaps the most important part of the
It was composed by one of the Reconciliation
members, Florence Hydon, and was spoken by
Florence, with some of the other members recit-
ing small parts, with the whole meeting uniting
to read some lines.
In essence, the narration remembers the origi-
nal people of this land “who came over the sea
and encountered this ancient land from tropical
north to cool south island; they established com-
plex cultures in response to eons of changing cli-
mate. The land, seas and rivers, the animals and
all the growing things, nurtured them. They re-
sponded with cosmic stories, the ancestor spir-
its wove in creation time, celebrated in dance,
song and ceremony”.
The recitation ends with an honouring of ‘the
sacred land, Australia’ and a recommitment to
“nurture our small part of this ancient land in
the coming year”.
Everyone made new friends after being en-
couraged to think about why they chose to come
to this gathering on Australia Day and then dis-
cuss their answer with someone who they didn’t
For another interesting activity the group were
told that, in a recent news report, Peter Dutton
called the citizenship test on Australian history
and government “trivia”.
The article was shown to the group and those
gathered were informed that Dutton would like
the questions to reflect ‘Australian values’, in-
stead, but that he does not state what these val-
It was then suggested the group could take
some time to write down their thoughts about
what they would like to be Australian values and
what Australians have in common.
Fairness, inclusion, unity and tolerance were
some of the popular responses, and the chosen
values were pinned to a map of Australia.
In a follow up discussion it was concluded
that these were not uniquely Australian values,
instead what binds us together as Australians is
the land itself. This tied in well with the Thanks-
Bruce Hydon pins his ‘Australian value’ onto the map of Australia.
John and Mary Mutsaers joining in Thanks-
giving and Remembering by the People.
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