Club Stories
Last Saturday night (13/7/24) we celebrated our 2024-25 Changeover dinner at the Murray Bridge Greyhound Racing Club.
Rotarians, partners, guests, family & friends saw outgoing President Sally Willoughby induct Sadie Podger as President for the 2024/25 year, under the Rotary theme of "The Magic of Rotary".
Table & room decorations depicted this theme.
IPP Sally Willoughby presented Jillian Reddin, Barry Stacey & Simon Gliessert with PHF Sapphire pins for their long standing commitment to Rotary.
Cecily Graetz, Brian Rainey & David Heard were presented with Honorary Membership.
President Sadie Podger presented IPP Sally Willoughby with a PHF.
Music was performed by Rotarians & family members with lyrics to popular songs honouring Rotarians in a fun way.
The past 12 months was reflected upon & Pres Sadie Podger highlighted her wish list for the coming year.
A great night combining formalities & fellowship was had.
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The Rotary Club of Mobilong was proud to be asked by the Rural City of Murray Bridge to cook the community lunch for NAIDOC Week today. It was a privilege to be a part of the celebrations today

Calling all young creatives aged 12-25
This exhibition is a platform to amplify the important voices of young creatives in expressing their views about personal and collective experiences.
Total Prize Pool valued at over $4,500!
For more information and a copy of an entry form please click the link below.
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Please follow & support our friend and Rotarian Shiralee (& Jason) as they embark on this life changing journey
🌟✨ Our Why ✨🌟
We would like to take a moment to share the heartfelt reason behind our upcoming journey with Miss Annabelle the Kombi later this year.
My journey with Metastatic Breast Cancer began in May last year, altering our lives in ways we never imagined.
Amidst the hustle of everyday life, a persistent numbness and pain in my right forearm led to a life-altering diagnosis. The MRI revealed 12 lesions on my cervical spine, and further testing uncovered the cancer's presence with additional tumours in my spine, breast, liver, shoulder, sternum, and hip - a shattering revelation.
Navigating through a whirlwind of tests and treatments during a 19-day hospital stay, the diagnosis of Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer emerged, sparking a rollercoaster journey of ups and downs.
Despite the challenges - days feeling like I've been hit by a bus balanced by precious moments with family, frequent medical appointments, and various treatments, I have remained positive. I have also been fortunate enough to connect with a McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse, Annie, in my local area who has provided me with unwavering support.
Unable to work or volunteer due to my diagnosis, my passion for helping others and a long-held dream of owning a VW Kombi merged into a purposeful endeavour. Enter Miss Annabelle, a 1974 VW T2 Transporter Kombi, soon to be transformed into a beacon of hope, painted pink.
Together with my loved ones, we're embarking on a journey from Mt Barker, SA to Sydney, NSW, traversing townships across SA, VIC, ACT & NSW. Our mission: to make a difference, spread awareness, and offer support to those on a similar journey.
The McGrath Foundation holds a special place in my heart, and by rallying behind it, we're extending a beacon of hope to those facing similar battles. Each kilometre we travel and the funds we raise is a testament to our unwavering commitment to make a meaningful difference.
Please join us on this heartfelt journey of solidarity, as we turn kilometres into tangible contributions toward brighter tomorrows for all touched by breast cancer.
Feel free to spread the word about Miss Annabelle the Kombi on your socials! Let's Pink it Up Together!
Take care, Shiralee 💕

Mobilong Rotary Inc is happy to have had some connection to seeing this project move ahead.
The Year 10 Visual Art and Design students from Mrs. Brunato's and Mr. Perriman's class worked hard to complete a 5-panel mural for the Lerwin Nursing Home in Murray Bridge. This project was generously offered to us by the Murray Bridge Lions Club and Combined Services Club.
The students successfully finished the mural last week, and it turned out wonderfully. We hope the residents and families of our local nursing home enjoy viewing this mural for many years to come.
This morning we had the privilege of being asked to cater for breakfast at the HD - HR Holden National's that were held in Murray Bridge over the Long Weekend.
14 members & partners braved the cold at 6.00am at Sturt Reserve in readiness for the 280 participants and their vehicles, before they headed off for a day of sightseeing. We hoped you all enjoyed your stay in Murray Bridge.
Was great to see an array of vehicles on display.

On Friday evening a group of Mobilong Rotarians and friends attended Murray Bridge High School’s production of the School of Rock. Held over 3 nights with a matinee Sunday, this was a stand-out production and makes us proud that our Club is one of the sponsors of the MBHS Music department under the leadership of Choo-Lee Long. It was obvious that there are students with great potential for careers in music and acting and this is just the place to bring out those talents. So well done!
Doctor John is on his way to undertake the wonderful work that he does to help repair the
sight to others. Please help Dr John by supporting our Visions of Islands project.
RAWCS | Donation   (Tax Deductible Donations) 
Dr John Willoughby and wife Margaret left today with 24 boxes of medical supplies to load into the Spirit of Tasmania
They will leave Hobart where the yacht is moored and head to Tonga via New Zealand.

🌟 Sponsor Shout-out 🌟
A huge shout-out goes to The Rotary Club of Mobilong who have donated $500 to Bridge Burlesque to support our charity show in August. This will have a huge impact on our fundraising efforts for NBCF 💕
Thank you so much to The Mobilong Rotary Club. I’d also like to personally thank Bronwyn Heard, who has not only brought BB to the table of The Rotary Club, but has also supported us by providing invaluable advice & guidance when I started this whole ‘event-planning’ process this year xx

Wednesday evening Mobilong Rotary and Murray Bridge Rotary supported and attended the Murray Bridge High School presentation ‘Winter Sounds’, a creative showcase of music, visual arts, design, media arts and technology studies. Year 7 to 12 students entertained a full house with some great talent which will continue to grow with the school’s fantastic music program.
Youth is our future and music a universal language.

The Rotary Clubs of Mobilong, Murray Bridge & Tailem Bend came together to assist the
Wellington Hall Community to purchase and install an AED which has now been installed near the office of the local
caravan park at Wellington. Pictured at the handover TB President Phil, Bob from Wellington Hall,
Mobilong President Sally, MB Community Director Jim and Mobilong Community Director Bronwyn.

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Jane Intini 
Our new members bring to our Club unique and diverse skills, and above all, a strong commitment to help raise funds
to help our Communities here and abroad.
Mobolaji Akinbo & Seun Akande 

RC of St Peter’s - with Chair John George & Secretary & PE Wendy Gaborit (& P DG, P President RC of   Mobilong) 
Give a substantial donation to Vision of Islands. 

Ski for Life 2024
The Rotary Club of Mobilong have over the last 11 years cooked and served Egg and Bacon sandwiches to the participants and officials participating in the 3-day event where teams water ski from Murray Bridge to Renmark along the beautiful Murray River covering 455+ kms.
Along the way teams raise funds and promote Emotional Well-being and raise the awareness of Suicide Prevention.
Over the years we have watched this event grow and this year there was 410 people registered to participate.
With the challenge of having to cook and serve 430 egg and bacon sandwiches in an hour and a half we asked the Rotary Club of Murray Bridge for their assistance. We sincerely thank them for the 4 members who assisted to cook all the eggs on their BBQ trailer whilst Mobilong members cooked the bacon, a great team effort to serve the breakfast.
This is an annual event that we are always happy to support and is now one of our annual community activities.
We thank Randell from Drakes Murray Bridge for organising to get the bread donated as well as providing a large box of apples.
We look forward to continuing this wonderful community partnership.

On Saturday 25 November Murray Bridge and Mobilong Clubs participated in the Walk for Respect in Adelaide city, and carried the same banner. Rotary has a proud history of leading the way with social issues. With banners from many sponsors and Clubs, and placards citing examples of Domestic Violence and Coercive Control, 1,000 Rotarians, Sponsors and other passionate advocates walked peacefully side by side down King William St to the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Gardens where we heard powerful speeches from our DG Craig Dowling, Minister Katrine Hilyard, and 5 others, some of whom spontaneously asked to speak. It was a moving and confronting experience and we now wait for a Royal Commission into Domestic and Family Violence and the promised legislation making Coercive Control a crime.

Last night we had the pleasure of inducting 2 new members into our Club.
Seun Akande & his wife Mobolaji Akinbo became the newest members of Rotary International.
They attended our meeting with their 3 young children and a few friends to witness this special occasion.
Seun & Mobolaji were also our guest speakers, giving us a presentation on their journey from Nigeria 🇳🇬 to Murray Bridge 🇦🇺
They spoke of their home country struggles, what inspired them to move, why they chose Australia/Murray Bridge & the challenges they faced once they arrived.
But after many years in MB, they now have good jobs, many friends and are proud to call Murray Bridge home.
We welcome them both and their children into the Rotary Club of Mobilong

The local Place of Courage event (Friday 24 November), had to be moved at short notice from Sturt Reserve to the Railway station due to the threat of thunderstorms and inclement weather. This, however, did not detract from the significance of the gathering, nor numbers attending. There were 180 present to hear testimonies from several speakers and a call for action from MC Linda Martin and Cr Karen Eckermann who are each involved in bringing this social disease to our attention. Mobilong, Murray Bridge and Tailem Bend Rotary Clubs, together with Council, sponsored the local DV groups (see a photo of the banner) and we cooked a BBQ funded by Council and provided free to all who attended.

Nov 24, 2023 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Murray Cods Drive
Sturt Reserve
Murray Bridge SA

Place of Courage, Ripples Across SA is a state-wide initiative led by Spirit of Woman which has been brought to Murray Bridge by the Murray Bridge Collaboration on Violence Against Women and Children (MBCVAWC), with the support of The Rural City of Murray Bridge and a community grant. Following 18 months of hard work, a commemorative artwork by CHEB Art has now has been installed along with a bench near the end of Murray Cods Drive on the riverfront at Sturt Reserve. The official launch will take place 11am Friday 24 November 2023, at Murray Cods Drive, Sturt Reserve and will include a Ngarrindjeri Smoking Ceremony, live music, guest speakers and free Community BBQ.


SHELTER BAG PROJECT: assisting the Homeless
A combined project between Mobilong & Murray Bridge Rotory Clubs 

RYLA Graduation Dinner
22 Graduates

(Young Rotarians) abseiling to raise funds for Metal Health
Photos by Bob Gloyn Photography

Veloo Foundation           
The container filled with much-needed donations, including stationery, blankets, toys, books, and playgrounds, has finally arrived all the way from Australia to our community this past Saturday. The Interacts from the Rotary Club of Gerege kindly assisted us in unloading and organizing these donations.
These essential items are crucial for children to thrive, grow, and learn, whether it be at the kindergartens, summer camp, or even a kindergarten in Zavkhan province, where basic resources were scarce.
We are so grateful to the Rotarians of Rotary Club of Murray Bridge, Mobilong Rotary Inc, and Kidman Park Rotary Club. Your contributions are making a significant difference in the lives of Mongolian children.

Well done to Cian Yakas who recently was judged the overall winner of the 2023 MB Youth Art Show.
Cian’s work impressed the judges and was awarded $1000 for his winning entry called “Six of Spades”
He also came 3rd in the 18 - 20 year old category with his entry called “Star Gaze”

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