Woodend President Changeover

It was a busy and productive year for Woodend Rotary. There have been many new projects and fundraising ideas, all of which have been successfully implemented.

Over the last 12 months Woodend Rotary excelled at their tried and true activities such as The New Woodend Star, community Luncheon, Halloween community event, and Australia Day with the RSL.

These new achievements include;

  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Avenue of honour memorial wall fence and picnic setting
  • Vanuatu water tank
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid programs in Woodend
  • Live 4 Life awards support
  • Books for Vanuatu schools
  • Blankets for the homeless
  • New members ‘EQUAL’ project with the MRSC Youth Ambassadors
  • Walking group continues weekly activities

Grant and AG David certificatesThe club received a District recognition and a Rotary International recognition.

Youth director Jenny Zimmerman was awarded the Darryll Crozier Award as best club person for 2015-16 for her outstanding and consistent efforts in supporting Woodend Rotary over the year.

Howard Bradfield was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) recognition for his service to the club locally and internationally via Disaster Aid. Jim Noy was recognised with a PHF sapphire for services to Rotary and the community.

Vici Funnel, Daniel and JennyMembers did well in achieving most items of the strategic plan and many more throughout the year. Overall $40,000 was put to good use to support the community locally and internationally. Woodend Rotary made donations to Disaster Aid Australia, Woodend SES, CFA, Landcare and Mens shed as well as to Operation Cleft which performs cleft palate repairs in Bangladesh.

Outgoing President Grant was also awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) Sapphire recognition  by the District for roles at district level over the last 4-5 years.

Grant thanked everyone for their support and participation in club activities over the year. Josephine Falzarano was inducted as President for the next 12 months.

Josphine, Grant and Cr Jennifer Anderson


HALT Comes to Woodend

13177610_947528845360222_8879111601577608125_nWoodend Rotary Hosted a HALT ‘Save Your Bacon’ breakfast on May 10th.

Woodend Rotary, making a difference in your community recently hosted the HALT (Hope Assistance Local Tradies) breakfast this morning with Jeremy Forbes from HALT and tradies lining up for the bacon and egg rolls, coffee, tea, juice and fresh fruit.

Great to see the community support and from MP Mary-Ann Thomas, local councillors Jennifer Anderson and John Connor, Dr Bills and Ferguson and Mental health Nurse Louise from Brooke St Medical centre, as well Gina from Cobaw health. Thanks to Steven from Mitre 10 Wooded for the use of the store.

13178585_947528922026881_7002477227732758123_n‘HALT’s ‘Save your Bacon’ brekkies are an important initiative to bring the community together to talk about the tough stuff. Let’s face it, no matter how strong we are – life happens. Someone close to us dies, we have relationship issues, we’re lonely, our business goes through a rough patch, we struggle to get out of bed and don’t know why. When things aren’t quite right, it’s good to know where to turn for help. Its’ great that HALT are showing people where they can turn to for help.’
Brendan Maher, General Manager, R U OK?

Macedon Ranges Youth – Live 4 Life

Woodend Rotary are proud to support Live 4 Life, a fantastic mental health promotion initiative targeting young people in the Macedon Ranges.

Live for Life

The Live4Life initiative was developed in 2009 as a community-wide response to a reported increase in depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide in the Macedon Ranges Shire, particularly at Year 8 level (13-14 years). The Youth Development Unit at Macedon Ranges Shire Council, along with schools and community leaders, identified a need for a coordinated, collaborative response with a focus on seeking solutions prior to the need for crisis intervention. Live4Life is an innovative, evidence-based, local community driven response to youth mental illness. The initiative aims to provide a local solution to a global problem by adopting a whole of community approach to increase knowledge, reduce stigma and improve mental health service pathways that are appropriate for young people.

5 Secondary Schools across the Shire participate in a series of Mental Health Education Sessions, an annual Competition and a Celebration event.  View the 2015 Competition Winners here!

The 5 schools and community partners have focuses on mental health education and promotion that targets all young people, their families, schools and community, not just young people with identifiable problems or a diagnosed mental illness.

For more information or to book your place for the next Youth Mental Health First Aid course follow the link or the Macedon Ranges Youth Facebook page.

Woodend. Men’s Only course. Run over 4 Wednesdays from 13th July to 3 August 6:00PM – 9:30PM. http://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/Council_the_Region/Things_to_See_Do/Upcoming_Events/Youth_Mental_Health_First_Aid_2016_Mens_Course

Gisborne Two day course. Run over two Saturdays 13th August – 20th August 9am-4:30pm. http://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/Council_the_Region/Things_to_See_Do/Upcoming_Events/Youth_Mental_Health_First_Aid_2016_August



Vanuatu Water tank completed by Woodend Rotary

Members of Woodend Rotary recently completed the installation of a water tank at the AOG church in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
12993339_931475583632215_1181497458598917531_nThe church is also the local evacuation center and during cyclone Pam last year housed over 300 men, women and children. During the cyclone the church lost its roof and everyone huddled at one end of the church. The roof has been replaced but what also happened was that the council turned off the water supply for a few days.
This new tank will ensure a steady supply of drinking water for days for hundreds of people in the community and at the centre.
Great project for Woodend Rotary which was appreciated by Pastor Youen and the community.
IMG_7349Thanks to Allan and Shirley Cann, Daniel Rigoni, Grant and Melissa Hocking who dedicated many days work to install the tank and new cyclone fence to help protect it from flying debris in the next storm.