COONAMBLE ROTARY SIGNS DELIVERED!

20200204 200859

 Don Eather, Keith Cain our host, Emily Ryan President, Brian Chapman

Last June, when we helped with catering at the COONAMBLE RODEO, I was concerned about the lack of ROTARY signage on their food vans. 
 I consulted with the Coonamble Rotary Club and organised some signs to be made by a fellow Tamworth West member. He made them at the right price and our zone paid for them.  
Accompanied by Don Eather, I delivered those signs to Coonamble Rotary last Tuesday, 4th February. They thanked us (RVFR) for the gesture and are thinking about painting their vans before putting on the signs. Our District Governor was also on a club visit. He thanked me for helping to promote Rotary and complimented the RVFR for volunteering to help the Coonamble Rotary Club.
Don and I got caught in an almighty dust storm while there. Having to drive through a gale for 20 kms -  occasionally down to about 4 metres of visibility AT NIGHT-  was NO fun. It is now raining in the area so that will improve things. 
 Brian Chapman 

  

Nelligen October 2019

20191021 095116

David Ashford from the Rotary Club of Batemans Bay escorted us on a tour through the hills at the back of Nelligen. Here we are at Shallow Crossing on the backwaters of the Clyde River. We saw some wonderful views along the way.

Collette and Peter McArdle have written a report of the National Muster. Click here.

Rotary Assists Drought Stricken Coonamble in D9650

Fifteen members from the Eastern Zone (NSW) of the Recreational Vehicle Fellowship of Rotarians (RVFR) conducted a muster in Coonamble over the Queen’s Birthday weekend. Their aim was to assist the Rotary Club of Coonamble, in District 9650, with their two food vans at the monster rodeo. With a club membership of about twelve and an expected crowd of around 6000 they needed all the help they could get. (click for rest of story)

 Coonamble Jun19

The photo shows - Loading cooking oil into a food van, PP Brian Chapman from Tamworth West Rotary, PP Brian Irvin from Kempsey West Rotary, PDG John Barwick President of the Rotary E-Club of D9650 and PDG Barry Hacker President of the Eastern Zone of the RVFR.

IMG 20181217 201434

Brian Chapman presenting a cheque to the President of the Rotary Club Tamworth West.

Congratulations Stan and Southern Zone for getting your donation to the farmers in north-west NSW, via the West Tamworth Rotary Club.

And congrats too to Brian and the Tamworth West President for your quick response in getting funds out to needy farmers at this particular time of year. I’m sure your actions will help to make Christmas a lot more enjoyable for quite a few families.

It’s wonderful to see that the Rotary network can be used to deliver help in this way. As individuals, we may not feel we want this kind of publicity but making this donation more widely known may help other Rotarians to use their personal Rotary contacts to offer similar help where needed.

Best wishes for the Christmas season.

Ken Linfoot

National President, RVFR-Aus. 

 

2018 NATIONAL AGM and Muster - Ballarat October 2018

Morning tea at the Collectors

Morning Tea at The Collectors

Sunday tagalong at Mt Macedon 

Sunday Tagalong at Mt Macedon

Sunday morning coffee

Sunday Morning Coffee (Does anyone know where we are?)

Click Here for Full Report from Lindsay Florence

More Photos in Photo Gallery

 

National AGM Woolgoolga October 2017

20171014 184954 640x360 

Do you recognise anyone? For Full Report Click Here

National AGM Tamworth October 2016

Lucy Haslam made a promise to her son, Dan. She aimed to achieve legal access of Medicinal Cannabis for all Australians. On the first anniversary of his death from cancer in February 2015, the Federal Government passed legislation which would allow Medicinal Cannabis use by sick Australians.

The National AGM of the Recreational Vehicles Fellowship of Rotarians (RVFR) held in Tamworth included a dinner with Lucy Haslam as guest speaker.  She captivated her audience, from three States, with her story of courage and persistence to realise Dan’s legacy to us. Dan is the reason for “not for profit” UNITED IN COMPASSION which has established a scientific advisory council. UIC, through education and patient support, hopes to promote Medicinal Cannabis as an acceptable treatment option.  The Hummingbird “symbolises great courage, determination and is a totem of fearlessness and represents lightness of being.  The Hummingbird is a symbol of all things good.”  This logo honours Daniel Haslam.

The RVFR attendees were so impressed with Lucy Haslam, she was invited to return to receive some thousands of dollars, collected among the members and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship, a very prestigious honour.  

Lucy Haslam1

 Rotary Past District Governor, Barry Hacker, RVFR National Secretary, John Spath, pinning on Lucy Haslam’s Paul Harris Fellow badge, watched by Lucy’s husband Lou.

Click here - to see news report

===================================================================================================

 

IMG 3506a

Well here we are in Bathurst at our National Muster. Bathurst incidently are celebrating their 200th Anniversary. A great program has been organised by the Central West Zone, headed up by Boss Drover Brian Burke. Yesterday we headed off to Orange. We all met at the "Two Fat Ladies" Cafe at Lucknow, then headed off on a Tag-Along Tour of Orange, visiting their beautiful Botanic Gardens and A.B. Pattersons bitrh home, which has recently been restored. From there we headed through town to Lake Canobolas for a picnic lunch. We then headed up Mt Canobolas to see the wonderful view of the surrounding country and photo shoot. See photo above.

From there home via Millthorpe where most of us enjoyed a delightful afternoon tea. Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves though one well travelled Rotarian seems to be having trouble with his plumbing. Though with the help of numerous other travellers he seems to be getting on top of it. Ask him about "Gardenias"! 

So watch out for more information and photos. 

PH 73A2373 OH On Friday 30 May 2014 prior to the Rotary International Convention over 100 Rotarians and partners, all members of RVFR or their guests undertook a dinner cruise aboard Captain Cook Cruise's John Cadman. As well as having a wonderful meal we also enjoyed the spectacular Sydney Vivid Lights Display. Sydney's buildings including the Opera House and Harbour bridge and Pylons were illuminated in startling changing colours.

Above is a picture of the Opera House in one of its many transformations with a yacht coming into view, taken by our own member Peter Hamilton.

A Visitors Thanks on Sydney and Beyond

G’day all,

Well the great adventure is over and the jet lag is now diminishing.
 
We got back safely to the UK, only to be greeted by a garden that was two feet high in grass and weeds. The English summer had come early and following our ‘Wettest Winter Ever’ things just grew and grew while we were away.
 
Eillen and I just want to put on record our greatest thanks to all that participated in the Sydney experience and afterwards on the RVFR Tagalong Muster - both Aussies and those from further afield. It was an experience never to forget, made more memorable by the efforts of the Aussie Brigade to ensure that we had a good time - whether we wanted to or not!
 
Of course, John and Heather Spath deserve special mention for all their efforts in making the Tagalong go so smoothly, but, on a personal level both to David and Kesley Court and Lis and Brian Chapman for being our personal ‘guides’, giving service above and beyond the call of duty!
 
For those who are interested, I have some photos taken at the Sydney ‘Yellow bag packing’ day and also at the Paella night., I will make these available via my Dropbox, please feel to to copy these out if you need them. Here is the link... click here
 
So, once again, many thanks to all concerned. 
 
If you are in UK, you are always welcome at our house - and also on a ICFR caravan / camper van rally. Just shout!
 
Looking forward to the ‘reunion’ in Atlanta 2017.
 
Best wishes,
 
Stewart & Eileen

Stewart Gilbert

Rotary Club of Hereford Wye Valley

 
Rotary RPIC Zone 18a (Southern England) 2012-2015
Rotary International Alumni Committee 2014-2015
PDG Rotary District 1100

 

Photo Gallery

The Photo Gallery has been revamped.
New photos would be appreciated - please email them to webmaster@rvfr-aus.org.au with a brief description, date and name of photographer.

2020 RVFR AGM & MUSTER

The 2020 AGM and Muster will be held at Toowoomba Qld N.S.W.,  7-14 October 2020, arranged by the Northern Zone.

Toowoomba Showground

 

RVFR 20 YEAR HISTORY by Bob Blanch

The Twentieth Anniversary of RVFR (Aust) was celebrated in Sydney on 3 June 2013.

To vIew Book

Beware Large File Takes Time to Download