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The Rotary Club of MILAWA OXLEY

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Our Mission

The Rotary Club of Milawa Oxley is all about community and connection. Located in the heart of Milawa and Oxley, we welcome everyone with open arms. Our club has a special focus on youth and families, and we're here to support, empower, and have a great time together. Join us as we build relationships, create opportunities, and make a positive impact in our vibrant community.

Contact Us

Email: milawaoxleyrotaryclub@gmail.com

Phone: 0408 597 451 Patti

Our President

Emma McLaughlin

Our Treasurer

Colin Dayman

Our Secretary

Chadia Bastin

Our Meetings

First & third Tuesdays of the month at

St Pauls Hall, Snow Road, Milawa

Second and fourth Tuesdays at The Wangaratta Club, Victory Parade Wangaratta.

Community members welcome.

20th Feb

Guest Speaker

Stephen O’Connell DGE

St Paul’s Hall


No need to book, bring a plate to share

2024 Upcoming Events

27th Feb

Strategic Planning Meeting

St Paul’s Hall


No need to book, bring a plate to share

12th March

Youth Exchange Evening

St Paul’s Hall


No need to book, bring a plate to share

2nd April

A Taste of India

St Paul’s Hall


Bookings Essential $20 per person

Click here to book or find out more


12 March 2024

Know someone between 15 and 18 years old who wants to travel and have the experience of the lifetime? Tell them to come along and hear from our current exchange students Sofia (Argentina) and Maria (Germany) who have been here with our club for the past 8 months. As well as the recently returned Abbey (France) and Ruby (Switzerland). Special appearance from Leo live from his current exchange in Japan!

No need to book! Turn up and bring a plate to share.

2nd April 2024

This event is open to the community - so tell your friends.

Melissa will provide a presentation of the work Rotary are doing to eradicate Polio and will speak about her recent journey to India to help Immunise children in under-developed communities.

Melissa will update us all on recent progress to rid the world of polio as well as the experience‘s she and Peter shared in their time visiting the sub-continent.

Bookings are essential

Our Trivia Night on Saturday was fantastic, great vibes and entertainment plus a great range of questions based on the youth exchange students countries plus our club member questions on food & animals.

Many attendees made a huge effort to dress up which provided great laughs. Big thank you to our sponsors for this evening and our community members who came along.

Changing of the Baton 2023

The Rotary Club of Milawa Oxley came together at the Wangaratta Gateway for a truly special occasion. President Patti Bullus passed the baton, or rather, the bell, to the capable hands of President Elect Emma McLaughlin. The evening was graced by the presence of distinguished guests, including Patti Bulluss, Past District Governor and Past President of the Rotary Club of Milawa Oxley, as well as Neta Kirby, District Governor of Rotary District 9790, and Melissa Hebbard, Past President of the Rotary Club of Milawa Oxley.

Amidst the joyous celebration of this handover, we also took a moment to reflect on the passing of two remarkable Rotarians, Lance Bullus and Warren Sanderson. Their contributions to our club will forever be remembered and cherished.

This past year has been filled with incredible accomplishments, thanks to the leadership of President Patti. We've had numerous highs to celebrate, and today, we stand proud of our achievements. We also take immense pride in Abbey and Ruby, who are currently representing Australia in the Rotary Exchange Program, stationed in France and Switzerland. They are shining examples of our club's commitment to fostering international understanding and goodwill.

The changing of the baton dinner was a lovely event, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended. Your presence made the evening even more special. As we embark on a new chapter, we are excited for the promising future that lies ahead for our club.

Pitcher This Event

Our club participated in the "Pitcher This" event and stepped up to the challenge with our memorable pitch - an enchanting Ode to the sausage. It might sound peculiar, but we secured 2nd place in the event! Winning a prize of $750, we are now able to breathe new life into our beloved BBQ trailer, ensuring that it is in safe working order for future community gatherings.

The success of our pitch wouldn't have been possible without the dramatic talent of Amanda who brought our "Ode to the Sausage" vision to life. Her captivating performance added an extra layer of excitement and left a lasting impression on everyone present.

The Oxley Primary School, with a fantastic presentation by the students claimed the top prize of $1000. St. Paul's Church and the Milawa Squash & Racquetball Club were the beneficiaries, receiving $500 and $250, respectively, to aid in their repairs and coach training. But beyond the competition and prizes, Pitcher This! event was a testament to the generosity and unity within our community.

High Tea - Polio Fundraiser

What an absolutely spectacular day it was at the Milawa Oxley Rotary Club's High Tea Fundraiser! Thankyou to everyone who joined us in making this event truly remarkable.

A heartfelt thank you to all our wonderful guests, community members, and supporters for your support. Your enthusiasm and generosity are the driving force behind our mission to eradicate polio and make the world a better place.

A massive shoutout to Melbourne's sensational A Cappella group, "The Velvetones"! Your beautiful melodies added a magical touch to our afternoon.

Together, we are transforming lives and communities!

Youth Exchange Program

Inbound Student: Sofia

TA warm welcome to Sofia from Argentina who flew in this week!

Pictured below with future hosts sisters Eloise and Joh. We are absolutely thrilled to have you join us this week. Despite an unfortunate luggage mishap, we are sure your stay with us will be memorable and unforgettable.

We can't wait to all meet you, Sofia!

Youth Exchange Program

Inbound Student: Maria

This month we greeted Maria all the way from Hamburg, Germany to our beautiful land of Australia!

The welcome crew consisting of host sisters Jemima & Bridget Pizzini and first host "mum" Christina Pizzini, as well as Chadia & Allen who will also be hosting Maria during her stay.

Jemima is also heading Outbound to Germany in 2024 and Bridget is now a Rotex after her recent return from 12 months in Germany.

Outbound Student: Leo

Leo is having the time of his life in Japan!

From a warm welcome by his host family and Rotary Club members at the airport to enjoying the flavours of Japanese cuisine, he has been embracing the experience.

Leo’s really enjoying his new school, especially his drama classes.

Last week he had the honor of exchanging Rotary banners and being part of a Japanese tradition.

His host father has taken him skiing a couple of times already and he is loving it!

He sends his thanks to everyone at the club.

Outbound Student: Abbey

Abbey in France

"First two months have gone slow but fast at the same time. Have had some ups and downs but all is good now. I love my host family and school is definitely different from Australian school but it’s pretty good

I went skiing for a week in the Pyrenees with my first host family and a few other exchange students, it was my first time skiing and i loved it and with definitely do it again.

I went to Paris for a long weekend with Rotary and have gone to small towns and cities in the area with my host families.

Highlight is definitely the other exchange students in the district, they are awesome and I love hanging out with them and I can’t wait for the up coming bus trip around France with them.

Have been having a great time and am so excited for what the rest of the exchange year has to offer!!

So grateful for The Rotary Club of Milawa Oxley for making this happen and a big shoutout to Grace and Kristy for helping me through some rough patches."

Outbound Student: Ruby

Ruby in Switzerland

"It has been 2 months since I arrived in Switzerland and I love it so much

I have been many places and experienced new things.

My host family are amazing and I couldn’t be more grateful to have them.

The language is quite hard to learn but I am improving. School is also a little bit hard but I have managed.

The food, people and culture has been a great new experience and I feel like I have adjusted really well.

Thankyou to everyone that made this exchange year possible for me."