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The annual function for the changeover of the Club Management Team was held on 4th July. We were most fortunate to have both current District Governor John Clue along with Past District Governor Phil Beasley join us for the handing over of the Presidency from now Past President Jan Emmett to incoming President Michael Reed. It was a busy afternoon with the induction of 2 new members Martin Duke & Claire Slocombe and Paul Harris Fellows being presented to Marg Isom, Kelly Binyon & Michael Reed. Local Kithbrooke park resident Bev Close received a Community Service Award for her contribution to a recent End Trachoma Project.
2021: we celebrate the Centenary of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand!

The Geelong Clubs Rotary Centenary Baton Relay began   in Torquay today , with many Club members  walking with President Jan Emmett and District Governor Phil Beasley  to the Rob Emmett Play ground President Jan  then travel through the Bellarine Peninsular into Geelong , with a display and an afternoon of activities in the garden at Christ Church  cnr Moorabool & McKillop Streets, Geelong. 
The celebrations and formalities in the Christ Church garden included our very own Trevor Pickles and the Shy Boys playing the music, and was an enjoyable afternoon to celebrate this momentous year in Rotary Down Under .
2021 Donate Life Week 25th July – 1st August
For three hundred and sixty-five days a year, we should be thinking about organ donation, not just focus on it for a week. Because it can touch us personally at any time. That could be losing a loved one and making that very unselfish decision of organ donation. Or it could be a family member or friend receiving that gift of life.
Did you know there are more that 1600 Australians are on the waitlist for a life-saving transplant, every new registration counts.
Bayside Rotarian Ian understands the importance of organ donation when losing his wife Heather in a dreadful car accident in 2019, he and his family made the decision to say YES
Consider the ripple effect this had on so many families. It isn’t just the 5 organs that were donated to those 5 people. It is the other lives that are touched because a family in their time of grief made the decision to say Yes
This picture shows the Aranyosi family. Ian with his children their partners and his grandchildren.  This Sprint car was dressed to bring attention to the Donatelife campaign and to remember Heather, it was displayed and raced January 2020 at the Warrnambool Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic, which is the second largest event of its kind in the world.
Never assume you are too old, too young, or not healthy enough to become a donor. Register now, simply click https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/australian-organ-donor-register/how-register
This year, the goal is to have 100,000 registrations. Please check your registrations to see they are still current, chat with your family and friends - and encourage them to check theirs.
If updating is required, or registration is needed ---- register using the above link.

As COVID restrictions have relaxed the Torquay Rotary will still be meeting every Monday excepting Public Holidays using a mixture of Face to Face, Social events and Zoom online meetings on at 7:00pm. Please pay close attention to the Bulletin and "Coming Events" section for the   


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Developing Rehabilitation Departments in the Western Pacific
The Rotary Club of Torquay and Motivation Australia (MA) have been working together for 18 months on a project to advance orthotic and prosthetic services in our adjoining Pacific neighbours. The project, financed by a $50,000 (AUD) Global Grant, will enable the first of three teams of volunteers to conduct an initial workshop in Tonga in April 2020. With a further two workshops to follow later in the year." 
has been working with staff in Pacific Island hospitals “rehabilitation” departments for the last 13 years, supporting them to become appropriate and sustainable providers of a wide range of rehabilitation and assistive technology services. 
Over this time Motivation Australia has supported many different nations including Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, the Cook Islands, the Marshall Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. 
In April 2019 MA convened a conference in Fiji to explore the most pressing needs of these Pacific Island nations. Service providers, disabled persons organisations, and users of rehabilitation or mobility device services, development partners and donors from each of these countries, and from Australia and the US were invited to participate in the conference.
Representatives from Pacific Island organisations and service providers presented on their strengths, success stories and areas of focus in the coming years. 
The Rotary Club of Torquay sent two representatives,
Past President Gaynor Schols and Rotarian Ben Featherston,
along to this conference to develop a community needs analysis
in order to be able to initiate a Global Grant application from
the Rotary Foundation. 
Essentially, service providers requested a program of Continuous
Professional Development (CPD) to support and expand the skills, knowledge and confidence of their teams. Through their presence and commitment to the Pacific Islands Motivation Australia was already providing a newfound hope.
Following the conference Motivation Australia and the Rotary Club of Torquay decided to partner and apply for a series of Global Grants to deliver Continuous Professional Development programs to each of these nations. The Rotary Foundation has awarded a Global Grant for our first program -a series of Volunteer Training Teams to the Vaiola hospital in Tonga - subject to a contingency clause (to furnish the names/details of professionals on the team, and to provision of a detailed training plan). Motivation Australia is currently advertising for volunteer professionals.
We expect to start delivering the first pilot program in April of this year and then follow with additional Global Grants for the remaining nations in need.
John Oswald (International Service Committee, The Rotary Club of Torquay)
Robyn O’Loughlin (Chair, International Service Committee, The Rotary Club of Torquay).
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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Mondays at 6:30 PM
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Kithbrooke Park Country Club
350 Grossmans Road
Torquay, VIC 3228
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