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Tuesday was a bit cold and a little damp when the six of us set off for our 10am walk up Gilbert Street and Bristol Road, then came down around past Woolworths and then down Gilbert to The Esplanade and back up to Mavis Mavis for a lovely hot coffee. 
A huge thank you goes out to David from Geelong East Rotary Club, who joined us. 
Next walk - there has been a change of plan. We will meet at the Torquay Hotel - there is plenty of car parking there and hopefully we will have coffee at Blackmans Brewery. The walk will encompass Bell Street and maybe some of The Espanade. Let's see if we could have a big roll up as this is our final May walk. Hopefully we will be very visible and get lots of questions from the community.
Thank you to those who have become involved in this worthwhile project. If we can help one victim, they seek help and are removed from that environment, then our walks will have been worth it.
Next month (May) is Domestic/Family Violence Prevention Month. In an attempt to raise awareness of this we are undertaking weekly walks in different areas of Torquay and Jan Juc.
  • Week 1 - 7th May - Meeting at Ginger Monkey in Baines Court at 1000 am. The walk will be around Baines Court and down to Spring Creek. On returning to Baines Court you are all welcome to finish the walk of with a well deserved coffee at the Ginger Monkey.
  • Week 2 - 14th May - will be along the waterfront, meeting at 1000am. The meeting point will be decided at the first walk. Maybe your favourite Coffee Shop
Taylor Park-The beautiful green oasis in the middle of our town celebrated its 100th birthday on Saturday24th February, and the hardworking caretakers of the park -The Friends of Taylor Park held a picnic in the park to mark this special occasion.
The Torquay Rotary Club was invited to set up a display of our activities and a number of Rotarians were involved on the day.
Maggie Isom was asked to MC the day, and Rhonda Anchen helped with the Rotary stand as well as activities for the children with the Torquay Community House display.
Robyn O’Loughlin looked after the Rotary display and explained the PNG project to a number of people.
A day for the Rotary Club of Torquay to be proud of!! With 34 Torquay members, 7 Grovedale members and 34 “friends of Rotary” joining together to produce another very successful event. We certainly could not even consider taking on a project of this size without knowing we have the support of these volunteers.
The weather seemed to be in our favour as we approached the weekend with very promising forecasts, however as the weekend got closer it seemed like Sunday could get a little too warm for motoring enthusiast. Numbers of participants joining in on the Saturday Cruise were still good with the temperature sitting in the mid 20’s. Now a regular feature of the “Motor Show Weekend”, this year’s cruise took drivers and their passengers on a scenic route commencing in Birregurra, travelling through Deans Marsh to Lorne then heading up the Great Ocean Road to Torquay. On arriving at Elephant Walk, the drivers were welcome by a nicely grassed area where the vehicles were placed on display and participants could either relax and have a chat or wander across to the main street for a relaxing coffee or cold drink.
Sunday would see predicted temperatures of mid to high 30’s which, although better than having rain, would see a slight drop in vehicle numbers with our total falling just short of usual figures. Spectator numbers however were still high with volunteers on the gates kept very busy processing over 4500 spectators across the three entry points. The quality and variety of vehicles on display was one of the best to date, ensuring our spectators had lots to appreciate. Add to that the range of food vendors, merchandise and attractions such as the Mobile Zoo we were guaranteed to have happy visitors.
Bar Fridges Australia Value $800
Cat McKonky
$100 Voucher
Alissa Starritt
Joshua Koroneos
$50 Voucher
Allan Kirk
$50 voucher
Clive Edwards
$50 Voucher
Jeff Harper
$50 Voucher 
Sue Hall
Value $99
David Vastbinder
VALUE $100
David Vastbinder
On Monday 16 we had 52 members and guests join us at Kithbrook Park for the formal presentation to the category winners of this year’s business excellence awards .
Past president Kelly Binyon took on the role of MC for the night and welcomed everyone. Followed by Greg Birchall who provided a short summary explaining the formation of Rotary followed by its goals and achievements, he then proposed a toast to Rotary International.
After the meal was served the award presentation commenced following are the results

Thank you to our sponsors


Category Winners & Sponsors

A 40 foot shipping container has now been successfully delivered to the school site with great fanfare and excitement. The container was full of school desks and chairs, primary school reading books, Days4Girls supplies and other items donated through DIK Geelong to be distributed to Lese Oalai and other villages in the Gulf Province. The container will then be converted into the first ever library for the school and is the first step in the program to redevelop the Lese Oalai school.
A laboratory worker in Pakistan testing for the presence of polio virus in the sewage in high-risk locations.

Is it worth our while to raise millions of dollars for polio eradication?

Article by PDG Murray Verso, End Polio Now Coordinator
Each year, Rotary members organize events, hold special club meetings, seek media publicity, and encourage donations from Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike to reach our annual End Polio fundraising goal of US 50 million dollars. Raising $50 million enables us to maximize the 2:1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Is it worth our while going to all this trouble to raise $150 million? How does Rotary spend this money?
The End Polio funds raised by Rotarians are used to support the activities of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and are targeted at the geographical areas of greatest need. Expenditure is not only used to provide polio vaccines but also to fund polio vaccinators and vital disease surveillance activities.
Each year, Rotary’s International Polio Committee, chaired by Past RI Director and Past Foundation Trustee, Michael McGovern, determines how the $150 million will be spent. Most of our funds are channelled through the World Health Organization and UNICEF, the implementing partners of the GPEI.
As can be seen from the accompanying pie chart, in 2022-23, Rotary funds supported polio eradication efforts in the two endemic countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Funds also supported polio outbreak response activities and vaccines in many countries in Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean Region including Chad, Ethiopia, Zambia and Somalia, to name a few. The “other” category represents Rotary support for surveillance, research, and technical experts at the World Health Organization.
Please join us! - Tickets $30, BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL - www.trybooking.com/CKPLD 
You know we have more fun when we're in a group so why not get your members, family and friends together for a great night out and raise funds to end polio. Each club can run their own fundraising effort with this movie event, so I encourage you to get behind this fabulous opportunity to make it a success in the lead up to World Polio Day in October. 
Teacher-in-a-box (TIAB), established by the Rotary Club of Paddington D9620, to be used in Lese Oalai and franchised to RARE in Geelong, meets the deficiencies highlighted in the attached report, and at a fraction of the cost. Here, Rotarian Jeanette Johnson manager of TIAB places answers (in red) to the problems faced by the Global Education Monitoring Team in their recent report to UNESCO.
On Tuesday 25/7  Torquay Rotary Club provided a delicious lunch for the 40 hungry students and helpers who had worked so hard planting 400 shrubs. Working In Collaboration with other groups is a delight.
Thank you to Bunnings for their very generous sponsorship and the wonderful partnership with Torquay and District Land care who are doing amazing work in the Environment space. 
Thank you to all members involved.
Last Tuesday evening PP Maggie “zoomed in” on the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group online seminar titled ‘End Plastic Soup’.
I am certain that Maggie will engage with us about this important environmental issue.
Please check out this link for further information: https://endplasticsoup.nl/

Feeling Hungry??

Checkout this YouTube clip, titled “Plastic Soup – the biggest soup in the world”
PP Maggie
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)

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