President Deborah Rowe took the chair for her first term as President of the Rotary Club of Corowa. The District Governor was Anne Reid and our AG was David Barrat from the Rotary Club of Yarrawonga-Mulwala.


The Club enjoyed the company of 28 members at the start of the year, finishing with a total of 32 members.



The 2021-22 Board:

President – Deb Rowe

Vice President – Norm O'Flaherty

Secretary – Margaret Brown

Treasurer – Paul Miegel

President Elect – Stephen Apps

Community Service – Stephen Apps

Federation Festival - Gary Poidevin

The Rotary Foundation - Neil Davis

Membership - Robyn Rhodes

Public Relations - Kerrie Crawford

Changeover Photos

 President Deb with the

2021-22 Theme Banner

President Deb and Past President Norm with the Corowa Rotary Club Charter

Past President Norm giving President Deb the gavel












 2021-07-14 Tonight we welcome

Dr David Moniz into our

Corowa Rotary family

President Deb Rowe was delighted to induct new Rotarian David Moniz who was supported by his wife Anthea. David was brought forward by his sponsor Neil Davis. President Deb inducted David and presented him with dinner badge, new member folder and visiting dinner badge and a bottle of her president’s Muscat. After the official part of the evening, members were invited to welcome David and Anthea to the Rotary Club of Corowa.

President Deb with the newly installed member David Moniz.

David was accompanied by his lovely wife Anthea on the evening.

David with his sponsor

Rtn Neil Davis

David with his complimentary bottle of the President's Muscat.

2021-08-04 President Deb Rowe inducted our latest member Sally Batten this evening. Sally was sponsored by Kerrie Crawford. Sally joins us as a much more youthful member of our team. Along with David Moniz, as a collective we are bringing down our average age! We welcome Sally to the Rotary Club of Corowa

Pictured: Sally with President Deb

President Deb, Sally and Sponsor Kerrie Crawford

2021-08-14 Reptile Habitat

Rotarians Neil Davis and Graham Brown enjoyed a wonderful morning at the Whitehead Street Wetlands.

The morning was facilitated by Sally Hughes from Corowa District Landcare, being part of a program initiated by the 'Youth, Create and Celebrate' group of Corowa youngsters.

There were about 15 school students present, along with representatives of Corowa District Landcare, Rotary, Apex, Community Gardens and interested teachers and community members. There was also a wildlife ecologist, herpetologist and environmental consultant from CSU - Dr Damien Michael - who was very knowledgeable about reptiles and had written some books on the subject.

The lizard habitat was established - the Apexians assisted the children with the heavy work of lifting and placing of logs and the spreading of bark chips.

Neil and Graham were busy digging holes and planting many Billy Button daisies, Melaleucas and Hardenbergias near the bird hide and the picnic seats.

2021-11-27 Clean up the Highway - Bulletin Article

We had a perfect morning for our Clean Up of the Highway Project on Sunday. Great effort from all who attended. It is interesting to note that money attracts money….. David Talbot found $50 & Graeme Campbell found $20, but the actual rarest find was found by Paul and it was a worn out battered device used to treat the old fashioned “hysteria”. Big thanks to Gary & Christine for their hospitality at Gunna-B-Dun.


2021-11-27 Free Press Article

Rotarians clean up the highway

By Adrienne Hartnett

The Rotary Club of Corowa spent last Sunday picking the rubbish from a section of the Riverina Highway as part of their Clean-Up the Highway project.

Rotarians were greeted with perfect weather conditions and a great day had by all who participated.

The Corowa Clean-up the Highway project was inspired by the Keep Australia Beautiful campaign. Rotarians Graeme Campbell and David Talbot thought it would be a good idea for the Club to adopt a section of the highway with the aim of keeping it clear of litter and presenting a better look for the town.

It has proven to be a great success and has had the added bonus of lifting the town’s profile.

2021-11-15 Christmas Giving Tree

Corowa Rotary Club, St Vincent de Paul and Waldron's Fresh on River once again have our giving tree set up for our wonderful community to donate non perishable food items, so that we all can have a great Christmas. Thank you. 🧑‍🎄🤶🎅

Induction 12 Jan 2022 - Stacey Price and Mel Robinson

Induction Night

What a fabulous night for our Rotary Club to induct to new members into our fold, using our Rotary Rotunda in Rowers Park as a venue. What an incredible mix of members we have at our Club and together we are able to make things happen!!! Our newest recruits are Stacey Price - a registered nurse from Corowa Allied Health - and Mel Robinson who is an advocate for disability services.

The Free Press, Wed 26th January. 2022

Rosalie Ham delights all

By Adrienne Hartnett

Residents of Corowa and surrounds were treated to a spectacular night last Friday with acclaimed author Rosalie Ham delivering a fascinating and heart-warming address at the seventh annual Tim Fischer Oration Federation Dinner.

Held at the Corowa Civic Bowls Club, it was the perfect start to a big Federation Festival weekend with over 70 guests in attendance including Member for Albury Justin Clancy.

Born and raised in Jerilderie, Rosalie now calls Melbourne home. She published her first novel ‘The Dressmaker’ in 2000 which was so successful that it was made into a film starring Kate Winslet, Hugo Weaving, Liam Hemsworth and Judy Davis.

The novel female celebrates fashion and draws attention to the small-mindedness of small-town communities, the injustice of bullying, and the satisfaction of revenge.

The Dressmaker has also been an established presence on the VCE Literature List and the English Studies reading list.

While she is best known for her debut novel, Rosalie has also written four other best-selling novels including ‘The Year of the Farmer’ and ‘There Should Be More Dancing’.

Rosalie recounted her experience growing up in country NSW, her studies, travels, journey to becoming an author, and the success of The Dressmaker.

The audience related to Rosalie’s experience growing up in a small town and shared a few laughs with the dynamic author.

“As a teenager I realised I was writing short stories as a form of therapy because I was killing off the main protagonist who would be one of my siblings or someone in the neighbourhood who had offended me”, she said.

“Coming from Jerilderie, that’s where the landscape of my imagination was formed. As far as I am concerned, that’s the only thing that’s relevant in my life.”

“The ability to go back to where I came from, to look at the landscape, the people in it and make sense of everything. All my stories come from there and all my stories feature strong women.”

Having sold over 300,000 copies of her novels in Australia and internationally, Rosalie’s story also touched on the power of overcoming rejection.

Rosalie’s speech was well-received by the audience with Master of Ceremonies Gary Poidevin proudly proclaiming, “now I know why you’re the favourite daughter of Jerilderie!”

“Thank you for inviting me to Corowa. It’s a joy and a pleasure to be here in the name of Tim Fischer AC who I never met but I thought was a lovely politician”, Rosalie replied.

Rotary Club of Corowa President Deborah Rowe thanked Rosalie for sharing her story before presenting her with a gift to remember Corowa by.

“Thank you for sharing with us tonight, it was absolutely wonderful,” Ms Rowe said to rousing applause.

The Free Press, Wed 26th January. 2022

Spectacular 42nd Federation Festival

By Adrienne Hartnett

The 42nd annual Federation Festival weekend has been hailed a success evidenced by the great crowd numbers and smiling faces across the three-day extravaganza.

Traditionally held in January each year, the Federation Festival was first held in 1980 and celebrates Corowa’s place in history as the ‘birthplace of Federation’.

Celebrations kicked off on Friday night with the Tim Fischer Oration Dinner at the Corowa Civic Bowls Club.

Federation Festival Director Gary Poidevin OAM said Friday night’s dinner with guest speaker Rosalie Ham was a hit, followed by the Corowa Rotary Club’s fireworks on Saturday in RSL Park and the “fantastic” Federation Festival parade down Sanger Street on Sunday.

“It was a very successful Federation Festival weekend organised by the Rotary Club of Corowa. People who attended the dinner, the fireworks and the parade all said they had a wonderful time,” Mr Poidevin told The Free Press.

Much to the delight of locals, temperatures remained in the mid 20’s for Sunday’s Grand Parade and monster market in Bangerang Park. Hundreds gathered in the shade to watch the floats and pipe bands come down Sanger Street with vintage cars and colourful floats delighting young and old.

The parade was led by the Corowa RSL Sub-Branch, with local pipe bands adding vibrancy to the atmosphere.

Member for Albury Justin Clancy and Member for Farrer Sussan Ley were also in attendance and took the role of parade judges very seriously as they watched the affair from the Royal Hotel Balcony.

Essential Energy sponsored the major prizes for the best floats on show including $1000 for the winning float.

“We cannot thank Essential Energy enough for sponsoring the prizes for our winning floats,” Mr Poidevin said.

Country Buddies were awarded “Best School Float” while Corowa and District Historical Society were crowned “Most Humorous Float” for a second year in a row.

The judges were extremely impressed by Gyles Newsagency who created an outstanding float honouring 130 years of business in Corowa. For their efforts, Gyles were awarded “Best Themed Float” in the parade.

Meanwhile, the enthusiastic Corowa Rutherglen Football Netball Club were awarded overall Best Float for 2022.

Following the parade, locals were able to cool down and enjoy the Rotary Club’s Federation Market in Bangerang Park with plenty of local produce and unique creations.

“In these tough times, it was great to see so many people come out and support the Federation Festival,” Mr Poidevin said.

“A special thank you to people who participated in the parade. It takes time and effort to enter and prepare floats and we are hugely appreciative to those who put their hand up to be part of the fun.”

Ms Ley also gave a shout out to Mr Poidevin for his tireless work creating an incredible event for the community over many years.

“Gary has been part of the Federation Festival for 42 years which is just outstanding,” she said.


“Well done Gary! And well done to all the participants and the Rotary Club of Corowa for continuing to organise this long-standing and wonderful tradition.”

2022-02-23 - Induction Rotarian Bill and Friend of Rotary Dee Pentney

Welcome Bill & Dee Pentney into our Corowa Rotary family

President Deb Rowe was delighted to induct new Rotarian Bill Pentney who was supported by his wife Dee. Deb presented Bill with dinner badge, new member folder and visiting dinner badge and a bottle of her president’s Muscat.

After the official part of the evening, members were invited to welcome Bill and Dee to the Rotary Club of Corowa.


2022-06-29 At the Changeover, David Talbot was presented with his Sapphire PHF by President Deb, and Bill Bott was presented with his PHF from his brother PDG Bernie Bott