Upcoming Events
Graeme Cox: District 9780 Youth Protection Officer
Kithbrooke Park & online
Dec 04, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Lili Teichman: Activating volunteers of all ages
Online via MS Teams
Dec 11, 2023
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Festive celebration
Torquay Angling Club (opposite Boat Ramp)
Dec 18, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
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President's Message

Philip Beasley
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Presidents Report 02 December 2023
Hello Members and Friends,

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

Last Saturday 25th November, Judy and I, Linda Neale and Rotarians from Bayside Geelong, Ocean Grove, Highton, Bellarine North attended Zonta Geelong’s Rally to Say No to Family and Domestic Violence. This rally kicked off the 16 Days of Activism which runs through to Sunday 10th December (Human Rights Day)
It was a lovely morning in Geelong, with a short walk from the Barwon Water Building to Johnstone Park where the rally was held. We listened to speakers from Zonta Geelong, City of Greater Geelong and The Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre in Geelong.
The startling statistic for me was that 2 in every 5 women are subjected to or suffer from some level of domestic violence daily within our very own community. Just let that startling statistic wash over you and soak in.
But what can I do? You may well ask.
Well, my suggestion is to at least become better informed and use the remainder of the 16 Days of Activism to become better informed.
Here are a couple of links to get you started:
Zonta International
The Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre

At Our Last Meeting

This week’s speaker was PDG Anthony Ohlsen who is the District Rotary Foundation Chair. Anthony gave us an update on how the Foundation works including Fund Raising, Contributions and the provision of Grants, both District and Global.
Here’s the breakdown for the previous Rotary Year 2021-22. Our Contributions at work!
I would also like to share with you an enjoyable You Tube clip about how global Grants are funded. Enjoy!

Next Meeting

Our Next Meeting, Monday 4th December will be a hybrid meeting at Kithbrooke Park and online.
We have two guest speakers:
Nash Cox, who is our Out Bound Rotary Youth Exchangee to Denmark. Nash will make his presentation which is part of his preparation for his exchange which kicks off in January.
PP Graeme Cox, who is the District Youth Protection Officer, who will update us our responsibilities and requirements.
Please consider attending this meeting in person to provide Nash with a worthy audience to present to. Partners are also most welcome.
May We Join with Others to:
Create Hope in the World
Philip Beasley
President 2023-24

Christmas Pudding Fundraiser

Christmas is just around the corner and if you need a little help getting organised for the big event here is your opportunity. We will once again be placing an order for Rotary Christmas Puddings and Cakes. You will need to have your order in by Tuesday December 5th as the order will be placed on Wednesday December 6th. Refer to the flyer below for more information on available items. If you would like to jump on board please send your order to
Your purchase will be supporting The Rotary Foundation as well as supporting our donation of Christmas Puddings to Torquay Food Aid. I will give you payment details in my reply to your order.

Community Service

BBQ Report:
Cowrie Market – Sunday 17th December
  • AM – Kelly Binyon, Daryl Lee, Marg McPherson, Linda Neale (trailer delivered by Neil Henderson)
  • PM – Martin Duke, John Oswald, Richard Hawker (return trailer), Bruce Smith
As you can see these are now fully staffed, but please let Richard Hawker know if you are available to go on to an emergency list and if you have a time preference - phone 0407 610 414 or email
Resale Shed – Saturday 23rd December
  • Volunteers to date are: Bruce Turner; Garth Symington 9:30 – 12:00; Lesley Shedden 9:30 – 12:00; John Oswald 12:00 – 2:30; Erika Turner 12:00 – 2:30;
It would be good to have an emergency for this event for either morning or arvo shift, please notify Bruce Turner if you are available for this event. Phone 0414 840 910 or email

Shelterbox Christmas Appeal

Bunnings Christmas Family Event

This community event is on Thursday December 7th at Bunnings Torquay.
We have been asked to run the BBQ for the evening again; they are obviously impressed with our BBQ skills. We could probably use one more to keep an eye on donations coming in so if you are available to help us out that would be fantastic and you can let Richard Hawker know via his email or phone 0407 610 414.
  • John Oswald; Michael Reed; Christine Sims; Bruce Turner

Art Exhibition - Our Stories of Change

Give Blood in Torquay - Book your spot now
We’re excited to let you know that soon you will be able to give blood in Torquay.
1 in 3 people in the Surf Coast Shire will need blood, and they need people like you to give it. Australian Red Cross Lifeblood will be in town from 15 to 19 January 2024.  
So, what are you waiting for? Be the Lifeblood of our community. Give blood. Book your appointment at, on the DonateBlood app or call 13 14 95.

Future meetings 

December: Disease Prevention & Treatment
Mon 4 Dec
Graeme Cox: District 9780 Youth Protection Officer
Amanda Hough
Kithbrooke Park & online
Mon 11 Dec
Lili Teichman: Activating volunteers of all ages
Bruce Turner
Online via MS Teams
Mon 18 Dec
It's time to celebrate the season!
Rotary International Key Links

Rotary District 9780 Website

Rotary International Website

Donate to Rotary International 

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