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In his presentation to the recent International Assembly of incoming District Governors from around the world, RI President Elect Gordon McInally introduced the Rotary theme for 2023-2024 'Create Hope in the World'.
If you haven't seen it, Gordon’s entire presentation is well worth a watch and listen. It runs for just 22 minutes.

The 2023 Torquay Motor Show IS ON!!
The show will be held on Sunday 12th February 2023. Competitor and Vehicle Entry display is by pre-payment only via trybooking here.  For more information visit the Torquay Rotary Motor Show website
Spectator Entry
Adults $5 and Children(Under 16) FREE
Spectator Access is via 3 Entry Gates on the Esplanade
a. Opposite Zeally Bay Rd (EFTPOS available)
b. Opposite Gilbert St (EFTPOS available)
c. Opposite Anderson St (NO EFTPOS)
If you would like to download an Entry Form or the Cruise Instructions click here to be taken to the downloads section.
Entry forms will only be required to be filled in on the day. 
Join us on the Saturday (11th of Feb) preceding the show for our Great Ocean Road Cruise. For the latest information go to the cruise tab. 
Competitor Instructions
  • Competitor and Vehicle Display entry will be by pre-payment only by Trybooking - book here to enable us to manage vehicle numbers on-site.
  • Travelling South along The Esplanade, eligible display vehicles (refer to the Conditions of Entry) will be directed by the traffic marshals, turning left into the Reserve (Refer to Directions Tab).
  • Please have your entry ticket on hand upon arrival.
  • Entry Forms for judging will be available upon arrival. However there is NO obligation to have your vehicle judged.
  • Once inside the Reserve, drivers must follow the directions of the marshals and park where allocated. 
  • Vehicles (and clubs) wishing to park together MUST coordinate their travel to the reserve and arrive together. (see details on the Directions tab)
Congratulation to our winners!
Thank you to our sponsors and everyone who entered pets or made donations. Your generosity has helped us raise much need funds to assist with Hearing Screening for Primary School Year 1 and 2 Children in Tonga. 
As there is currently no routine screening or monitoring of hearing or ear health of young children in Tonga, the objective of this project is to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health through focused training and provision of specialist equipment, to enable them to undertake screening the hearing of the young population in Tonga on a regular basis.
Congratulations to our winners!
Cutest Cat
Charlotte Hogan
Cutest Cat
Paul Watson
Beach Dog
Claire Cook
Beach Dog
Kristie Turner
Funniest Dog
Charlotte Hogan
Funniest Dog
John Oswald
Non Traditional
Charlotte Hogan
Non Traditional
Best Friends
Alan McKenzie
Best Friends
Allan Hillgrove
A Polio Free World is so close
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we’ve reduced polio cases by 99.9% since our first project in the Philippines in 1979.
Today polio remains endemic in only Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio free.  If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyse as many as 200,000 children per year.
Walk With Us to End Polio
This is an invitation for you to join Team Torquay Rotary as we raise funds to End Polio by walking throughout the month of October. 
What is Rotary #walkwithus?
This October, we are challenging you to walk, run or roll 10, 20 or 50km throughout the month and raise vital funds that will help eradicate and prepare us for a Polio free world.
How does it work?
1. Sign up with Team Torquay Rotary – Sign up to walk or run as many km’s as you like through the month of October.
2. Get a team together – Getting on the journey with friends, family or colleagues will be more fun.
3. Walk with Us! Track your journey goal and aim to get yourself on our leader board.
When and where is Rotary Walk With Us 2022?
Rotary Walk With Us 2022 is an online fitness challenge which runs for one month from 1st October 2021 to 31st October 2022. You decide where and when to walk.
A reminder to all clubs that District 9780’s flagship Agricultural Careers and Leadership program – Defying the Drift, will be held again this year at Longerenong College Sept 20-22.
Early bird pricing $250 per student ends 31st July, reverting to $350 after this date, so please contact your local school/s to see if there are Year 10 or 11 students wanting to attend, or if you know of someone who may be interested please contact Youth Director Amanda Hough.
Sometimes being a volunteer brings surprises.
As the Rotary District 9780 representative for End Trachoma over the years many Clubs were involved in producing hygeine bags which were delivered to school children in Northern Territory.
Part of the program has been collecting used stamps which have raised over $30K for a water trailer.
Thank you to the Rotarians and friends for collecting used stamps and contributing to the Rotary Club of Torquay's collection which PP Michael Reed delivered to me on Friday.
An amazing 275 old hearing aids were also delivered. These will be delivered to a business in Melbourne which refurbishes hearing aids and provides them to disadvantaged people (many are indigenous) in Australia.
Thanks you to Michael Reed, the Rotary Club of Torquay and everyone else involved in the collection. Reflect on how something so simple as collecting an old hearing aid or a used stamp can provide a significant improvement on the quality of life of disadvantaged people in Australia.
In this week especially we remember and celebrate the life of our past Rotarian Mary Elliott . Mary worked tirelessly on asking people to register to donate their organs and tissue to give this gift of life to others
Right now, there are around 1,750 Australians waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. But there are around 13 million people aged 16+ who are eligible to register as organ and tissue donors who haven’t yet signed up.
Have a look at this video and see how donating organs saves lives https://www.donatelife.gov.au/sites/default/files/2022-07/DLW%20new%20lives%20TVC%20-%2015%20sec_0.mp4
Transplant recipients, and their carers, are required to spend three months in a mandatory rehabilitation/recovery program at The Alfred in the immediate aftermath of surgery following the transplant.
At the Torquay Rotary Club we have established the Mary Elliott Legacy where we give donated funds to the Heart Lung Transplant Trust to use to support transplant recipients and their families in” second chance accommodation program” near the Alfred Hospital.
Please talk to your friends and families about registering for Organ donor
Monday 4th July saw, our now Past President Michael Reed hand over the reins of the Club to Incoming President Ben Featherston and his management team for 2022-23. Congratulations to all concerned and may this be another successful year for Torquay Rotary as Ben and his team embraces this year's theme "Imagine Rotary"
To view the full Photo Album from Changeover go to Changeover Pics
   The team from Great Ocean Road Nursery won the Retail Award
   Customer Jack Hannan for Modest Folk Cafe accepted the Cafe award on their behalf
    Rachel Parker from Ocean Mind, Winner of Community Service Award
   Award winners with President Michael Reed and Sponsor Warwick Brown from The Times News Group
Last Monday, 9th May, night saw the culmination of the Vocational Service sub committees Business Excellence Awards project with the presentations to the winners for 2022.   
The evening commenced by thanking the board and club members for their assistance in helping establish this new initiative.
Many Thanks to the Sponsors of the awards, Surf Coast Times who provided advertising for the winner of the Café /Restaurant category and Rip Curl who provided two $500 gift vouchers for the Retail and Community Service categories.
The first award winner in the Café / Restaurant category was the Café Honest Folk. This trophy was presented to Jack Hannan by Warwick Brown Managing Director of Times News Group.
Mike Reed then  presented the Community Service category winner to Rachael Parker from Ocean Mind, followed by the Retail category winner to Great Ocean Road Nursery, accepting this award were Brian, David and Lauren Brennan.  
The evening concluded with photos of the winners in preparation for an editorial article in this week’s Surf Coast Times.
To view a video of the Awards Presentation  CLICK HERE

Another great article in the Surf Coast Times on Thursday capped of our highly successful Torquay Rotary Motor Show
To view 100's of pics from the Show CLICK HERE
Our Outright Show winners - Michael Penney with his 1930 Harley Davidson V took out the Hallam Award for Best Bike in Show and Ian Wallers 1928 Auburn Boat Tail Speedster was the RACV Best Car in Show. Congratulations to he both and their amazing condition of their 90 +year old vehicles. See the full Show Results Below

Pets on Parade is in its second year after being introduced as an online event last year in response to the difficulties we and so many other organisations faced with fundraising due to the Covid Pandemic.
We extend our thanks and appreciation to the following sponsors for their generous support of Pets on Parade:
  • Bunnings Torquay
  • Torquay Stock Feeds
  • The Torquay and Surfcoast Cattery
  • Torquay Animal House
  • Geelong Mobile Vet
  • Walker Safety Solutions
  • Bianca Pinnuck from Fur Life Vets
  • Torquay Toys
  • Coastal Pets
Of course an event like this would not be possible without support from our entrants and donors, who have helped make this such a successful fundraiser. We had a fantastic collection of amusing, creative and heart-warming images for this year’s event. The funds that have been raised, close on $1,300 (a slight increase on last year) will be forwarded on to the Rotary End Trachoma Program. The following quote highlights why we are directing our funds to the End Trachoma Program …….. “Australia is the world's only developed country with trachoma, an infectious eye disease that can be prevented with good hygiene practices. The World Health Organisation had a global goal to eliminate trachoma by 2020. Whilst there has been success in a number of countries, trachoma is still present in remote Aboriginal communities and can lead to permanent blindness.”
I would also like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the judges Jan Emmett, Kate Gittings and Trevor Brown who had the unenviable task of sorting through the entrants to select the winning entries. If you’ve had the chance to check through the videos and images, you’d have to agree that this can’t have been easy.
Cutest Cat
           1st Place:            Rupert entered by Alfie with his grandmother Vivienne Harris’ help
2nd Place:           Misty entered by Julie Smith
Pets in Action
1st Place:            Ryder entered by Kristie Turner
2nd Place:           Luna entered by Sean Tilley
Funniest Dog
1st Place:            Albert  entered by Suzie Farthing
2nd Place:           Evie entered John and Val Oswald
Golden Oldie
1st Place:            Max entered by Jan Emmett
Best non-traditional pet
1st Place:            Gorgeous Gals (real honeys, you'll need to look close to see them) entered by John Morrison
Best Friends
1st Place:            Ralph & Keeley entered by Lesley Thomas
2nd Place:           Ziggie   entered by Brigid Kearns
Presidents Choice
Milo entered by Holly Kearns
Congratulations all our winners, we will be in touch with each of you soon to arrange delivery of your prizes. Thank you all once again for your support and a special thanks to the members of the Pets on Parade Committee.
Thanks to the Torquay Community for the overwhelming support of our Pop-Up Art Sale. We have SOLD OUT in only 2 Days with takings in excess of $4,500 so the Sale is now ended and the shop closed.
Thanks to all the Rotarians who assisted with the Sale, so all those who were rostered for tomorrow and Tuesday can now enjoy a couple of days offlaugh
Mal Slater
Call President Lesley on 0417 112 034 for more information on how YOU can join Torquay Rotary.
Commonly held myths about Rotary are hereby BUSTED!!!

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Torquay's website (based in Torquay, Victoria, Australia).  Our Club was formed in 1988.  It has a strong, local community focus.  At any one time, the Club supports a range of local, district, national and international projects. www.torquayrotary.org.au

The town of Torquay is the starting point of the world famous Great Ocean Road (click here). Many Rotarians who are on holiday from around the world often visit our Club, where they are always made most welcome.

If you would like to do a make-up at our Club, or would like to become a member of Rotary in the town of Torquay, you are always welcomed! 

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Club Meeting Details

We meet In Person & Online
Mondays at 6:30 PM
The Community Centre
Kithbrooke Park Country Club
350 Grossmans Road
Torquay, VIC 3228
Our Club now holds a mixture of Face to Face Meetings and Microsoft "Teams" Meetings. If you are interested in joining us for any of our meetings please call President Ben on 0447519017 to book in or for further details.

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