The Rotary Club of Wodonga West is a small and active Rotary club
All members participate in fundraising events and community support activities. The club operates in a friendly and supportive environment. If you feel that you would like to help out and put your bit in for the benefit of the community and at the same time enjoy the fellowship, please contact the club and we will ensure you are made welcome.
by: PP Dr. Charu C Mistra
President RCWW July 16 to October 16
Well, this is a bit unusual that the responsibilities of President were shared by three former club Presidents, each carrying out their role for four months.
I took charge of the Presidency for 4 months from 25 June 2016 till 28 October 2016.
The Rotary Clubs of Belvoir Wodonga , Wodonga West, Wodonga Central and Albury-Wodonga Sunrise supported the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners 2016 to help the stricken farmers and families of QLD and northern NSW.
Lead by our Club, a multicultural fund raising night was held at the SS&A club in Albury in May 2016, featuring multicultural performances. This happened just before I became the President. We raised a substantial amount of money.
The proceeds were dispersed to the Hay Runners through the Rotary Club of Sydney. In a very well attended combined Rotary Club’s meeting on the 21 July 2016 at the Wodonga Golf Club, Mr. Alex Shaw, President RC of Sydney was presented a cheque of $ 21,500.00 The cheques was part of $ 71,500.00 sum raised by all 4 local Rotary Clubs of Wodonga. Past President Matt Burke, OAM, organized an additional donation of $ 1,000.00 from the Albury Wodonga 4WD club which was also presented to Mr. Shaw that night.
Mr. Warren Davies, author of the book: Unbreakable Farmers, joined as our guest speaker adding much sought attention to our resilient and unbreakable farmers.
Again this year the 4 local clubs of Wodonga have eventuated in another combined effort presently on its way to build a special life skill house at Belvoir Special School, Wodonga. I am proud to report that it is worthwhile for our club to be a part of this great Rotary community involvement.
A strategic plan was prepared for the first time for RCWW. Thanks to Rtn. Marianne Warren who led the club in preparing this plan and a final copy was ready and presented to DG when he met the club on 13th October 2016
After a long time for about 15 years the club has not sent a RYLA candidate. Many thanks to Ex Rtn. Bryan Winnett for his efforts in finding suitable candidates for the club. Thankfully the candidate is now one of our newest members.
Lift The Lid ( LTL) went very well at Wodonga RSL club on 15th October. It went even better that what many of us thought. Mr. Dale Skinner was excellent as MC. PDG Terry Grant, District 9790 and Chair ARH; Lt. Gen Ash Power ( Ret’d) AO, CSC; Rtn Bryan Winnett and Mr. John Jarret, President Dogs for Diggers spoke about their first-hand experiences dealing with the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( PTSD) sufferers and highlighted the great need for research finding better management for PTSD. That night we raised funds for the Australian Rotary Health and The Black Dog Institute working for PTSD.
Thanks Bryan, Peter L and Clive for putting their great combined efforts to make this a grand success.
My term came to an end and we celebrated the combined change over and International night on 28 October 2017. Dr. Bruce Anderson, PHF, a career scientist, President of the Rotary Clubs of Strathmore, a Paul Harris Fellow,a member of the Paul Harris Society, a member of the District 9790 Foundation Committee and chair of the District 9790 International Service was our Guest of Honour for the international part of the night. African drummers added colours to our International Night.
PP Matt Burke, OAM, took charge to be the president for the next 4 months.
I am fortunate to get help and cooperation at all times from both elected Presidents: Matt and Brian and my esteemed Rotary friends
PP Dr. Charu C Mishra
President July 16 to October 16