Speaker 6/9/21 Dr Michael Moore

Dr Michael Moore AM PhD

Inaugural & Past District Gov: D9705 (2020-21)

Past Pres: World Fed Public Health Assoc (2016-18)

Distinguished Fellow: George Institute for Global Health

DR MICHAEL MOORE, Rotarian, and Friend, in answering the question – What was he doing now? – said it didn’t take long for work to disappear & for access to certain aspects of My Rotary to be denied.  Michael’s most recent joy being his 1966 Austin Healey Sprite, which he proudly drove to DG Leo’s to deliver carry-over Rotary material.

Michael has been involved in the Global Task Force on Immunisation, which he has been asked to chair, currently working on policy & webinar on polio. Sri Lankan representative negotiated with Tamal for 2 days inoculation of children which resulted in a ceasefire for two days and was considered the beginning of the peace process. Taliban also allowing polio vaccinations.

The task force was also focusing on community education, equitable distribution, combatting misinformation, stopping the spread, and encouraging preparedness.

Michael is still involved with public health advocacy.

30/8/2021 Guest speaker: Mary-Ann Biersteker

MARY-ANN, in a most unassuming way, shared with us different ideas of fundraising which her own Rotary Club undertakes, showed us a map of the area where she lives and works; and introduced us to the game of 5 pin bowling. Mary-Ann’s career starting as a secretary, worked on the railroads, and in a photocopying office. She was sought out to be a trainer and then later owned 4 UPS (mailbox) businesses.

Mary-Ann joined the Rotary Club of Collingwood South, Georgian Bay, Ontario CA in 2015 and was the recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship award in 2017. Mary-Ann’s Rotary club focusses very much on youth programs supporting a Youth Centre and hosting exchange students generally from Scandinavian countries. The Club sponsors a hockey team, a community garden, and a youth radiothon. Their big fundraiser was the Taste of Town which gave local vendors the opportunity to display their wares & produce while raising funds for their Rotary projects. They sponsor a Santa breakfast for the children and grandparents. They support World Polio Day, Back to School projects in the Philippines and bought a container which was shipped to Tanzania and transformed into a library. Mary-Ann’s RC Club draws from a population of 22,000 where there are two Rotary Clubs. The average age is 55-60.

Meeting 2484 – 3 September 2018

Governor of Rotary District 9700, John Glassford of the Coolamon Club, made his official visit to the Temora Club meeting on Monday night.

Mr Glassford gave an informative address to the members on his vision for the Rotary District during his term of office.

He is pictured here with Temora president Rob Oliver (left) and Tony Sinclair (right).

Meeting 2482 – 20th August 2018

This week’s guest speaker was our President, Rob Oliver who has recently returned from a trip with his wife Helen to Alaska and Canada. Tonight, he wanted to tell us a little about just one part of his trip which was a visit to the Hutterite community in Canada.

The Hutterite’s originally came from Austria to Russia last century but were persecuted for their religious beliefs so emigrated to the USA and ultimately settled in Canada. They speak lower German, follow strict religious beliefs and dress codes.

Upon arriving at their farm, Rob couldn’t believe how much new farm machinery they had – the machinery yard covered 7 acres and was full of new John Deere equipment including headers, spray rigs, tractors – everything you could imagine.

There are no more than 125 people in the community – as the population grows, members break away and settle a new community. They share communal kitchens and dining rooms, but each family has their own home even through no house has a kitchen. All homes look the same and it is a cashless society.


Rob was struck with the fact that they are really just like us – but their life does adhere to some strict guidelines. For example, the role of women is cooking, housework and gardening while men make furniture and work the land. When girls turn 15 they receive a cupboard and when they marry they rec


eive a bed. When women marry, they leave their family and community to join their new husband’s community.

The Hutterites do all their own mechanical work, grow food in gardens, operate a dairy, raise chickens and sell fruit and vegetables at the markets. They accept technology such as telephones and the internet and were very interested to hear about farming practices in Australia. They grow wheat, canola and peas and pay tax.

Meeting 2481 – 13th August 2018

This week’s guest speaker was new member Lyn Jefferis. As a new member of our club and also new to town we were all keen to learn a little bit more about Lyn and she had some interesting stories to tell.

Lyn was born in Wollongong, living there until recently relocating to Temora. She has been married to Jack (also a new member) for 44 years and they have two son

s – Paul (40) and Glen (38). Lyn lamented that over her lifetime she has seen big changes in Wollongong as it has morphed from a beautiful safe town into an extended suburb of Sydney with the associated crime. She remembers the beginning of this change being the Wanda Beach murders in the 60’s.

Lyn’s first job was as a Christmas casual at David Jones and they placed her in the china and glassware department. Her family thought it hilarious as she considered herself to be very clumsy and they used to visit her to see what she had broken that day. When she finished school, Lyn completed Business Studies and began employment with Armaguard where one of her duties was to look after the pay packets for BHP – real cash in envelopes. We were entertained with stories of cash falling off backs of trucks – quite literally!

After a personal experience with a struggling neighbour and her children, Lyn was inspired to go back to school and study Social Work and Welfare. She wanted to help children and do what she could to improve the situation for many who had no voice – but the reality of the working environment soon took its toll, and eventually Lyn had to walk away from this work. Lyn lamented that she can only imagine that for social workers the situation must be so much more difficult now that the drug ICE is having an impact on families.

Lyn worked at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a Security Guard at Olympic Park and says it was the most rewarding and interesting experience of her life. She volunteered for every position possible and worked around all parts of the venue. She got to meet celebrities and sports people and imparted a few impressions of those encounters.

Lyn is happy to be able to look back on a wonderful life as a wife and mother and is really happy to be able to move to this wonderful town. Everyone has been so helpful and friendly. Having always been community minded, Lyn believes that to help in community and do community things is helpful to self.

We are glad to have you with us Lyn.