The Rotary Satellite Club of Mooroopna – Kialla, is an initiative of the Mooroopna Rotary Club. Its objective is to provide a chapter of Rotary that caters for people who do not fit well within the existing local Shepparton area clubs.
Initially, the Ethnic Council based in Shepparton was approached and information sessions held to ascertain if there were enough people interested in joining a club that was able to meet their specific needs. For example, not all people feel comfortable about meeting in a hotel – the reasons vary between religious beliefs, dietary requirements or lifestyle restrictions which make attending a hotel uncomfortable for them.
The Satellite Club is a growing club. We are inching towards the 20 members required to establish a club in our own right with a core group of 8-10 people. The majority of our members were born outside Australia and are very keen to give back to the local community. We have members from India, Iraq, Iran, Scotland, Afghanistan, Mauritius and Australia, to name a few. We also have a good representation of female members.
Over the past twelve months we have been involved in many and varied fundraising and community events. We have assisted at the Shepparton Triathlon, DanceSports, Mooroopna New Year’s Eve Festival, St Georges Road Food Festival and Clean Up Australia. Our Club has also organised and run a Business Breakfast, supervised an interschool project to raise awareness and manufacture and distribute bags of toiletries to local homeless people and served on the obligatory sausage sizzle at Bunnings. Currently, we are waiting delivery of a custom built dual BBQ trailer to provide halal and vegetarian food at local events.
We are still a small club but increasing in numbers gradually. We are very appreciative of the support and guidance the Mooroopna Rotary Club has provided us and we are looking forward to becoming a Club in our own right within the near future.
Anyone interested in coming along to our meetings is always welcome. We meet on Wednesdays, usually at 6:30 for 6:45 currently at McGuire College Shepparton but please check out our Facebook page – Rotary Club of Mooroopna – Satellite Club for confirmation of meeting times.
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