The Great Duck Race -  November 2022

The Great Duck Race - November 2022 - CANCELLED
With much reluctance, The Rotary Club of Strathalbyn has decided not to hold The Great Duck Race, in November 2022.  Coming out of COVID restrictions with still many questions regarding monitoring crowd numbers, we have made the difficult decision not to proceed with the event this year.  However, all is not lost - we will be doing a 'deep dive' into all things Duck Race, with a view to bringing the event back in November 2023 with a new look and new community feel.  We will be looking to partner with other Community Organisations to give the event a new look and involve as many groups as possible.  
If you club or organisation thinks they may want to be involved in organising and participating in this event with us please send your expression of interest and thoughts to we would love to hear from you. 
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2022 Strathalbyn Antiques & Collectables Fair

The Rotary Club of Strathalbyn is once again teaming up with The Strathalbyn Tourism Association to bring the 2022 Strathalbyn Antiques and Collectables Fair (and other stuff) Weekend on the 20th and 21st of August.

The Strathalbyn Tourism Association is coordinating the fair with an exceptionally good value entry cost of $10 per day. This will give you entry to the Town Hall, the Show Hall, the connecting shuttle bus and the award- winning Gilbert’s Motor Museum.

The Rotary Club of Strathalbyn is excited to be hosting the ever-popular Sunday Treasure Market starting at 7:30am at the Strathalbyn Oval, Coronation Rd Strathalbyn.  Entry fee is $2.00.  (U16 accompanied by an adult are FREE)..

There will be more than 50 stall holders for visitors to browse through and food available from vendors around the oval.

Spend a day or the whole weekend in beautiful Strathalbyn. Enjoy the halls and Gilbert’s Motor Museum, the antique, homewares and specialty shops and the cafes and pubs. Come along and Find Something Fabulous!

If you would like to participate as a stall holder please email or 0438 166 528, registration is now open - but you must be quick.

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Greg Page talks about Rotary and Heart of the Nation Viv 2022-08-04 14:30:00Z 0

Rotary’s Response to the 1918 Flu Pandemic

An estimated 500 million people worldwide became infected. Many cities closed theaters and cinemas, and placed restrictions on public gatherings. Rotary clubs adjusted their activities while also helping the sick.

This is how Rotary responded to the influenza pandemic that began in 1918 and came in three waves, lasting more than a year.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California, USA, meets in John Hinkel Park during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Photo by Edwin J. McCullagh, 1931-32 club president. Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.

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Rotary at the Start of the United Nations

Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet “From Here On!” and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter. 

Many countries were fighting the war when the term “United Nations” was first used officially in the 1942 “Declaration by United Nations.” The 26 nations that signed it pledged to uphold the ideals expressed by the United States and the United Kingdom the previous year of the common principles “on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.” 


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History of Women in Rotary

Women are active participants in Rotary, serving their communities in increasing numbers and serving in leadership positions in Rotary. The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.
 “My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world,” said Frank J. Devlyn, who would go on to become RI president in 2000-01. 
The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.
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Young Inventor Eco-Friendly Bricks Come Full Circle

Every hero has an origin story. “I was 10 years old when the entire journey started,” explains Binish Desai. It began with a cartoon called Captain Planet, an animated TV series from the 1990s about an environmentalist with superpowers. Desai can still recite the show’s refrain: Captain Planet, he’s our hero / Gonna take pollution down to zero! “That tagline stuck in my mind,” he says. “I wanted to do something to help Captain Planet.”

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First Club in Philippines Opens Door to Rotary in Asia

In early 1919, Rotarian Roger Pinneo of Seattle, Washington, USA, traveled to the Philippines to try to organize a Rotary club in Manila. Leon J. Lambert, a Manila business leader helped Pinneo establish the club. Several months later, on 1 June 1919, the Rotary Club of Manila was chartered and became the first Rotary club in Asia.

The club would be the only one in the country for more than 12 years. Eventually, Manila club members organized Rotary clubs in the Philippine cities of Cebu (1932) and Iloilo (1933). Iloilo club members then started a club in Bacolod (1937), and Rotary continued to expand across the country.

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