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No Meeting due to Dog Walk
Mar 31, 2014 at 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Greg "Plugga" Plumridge

Dear Members,
This is just a quick report to say a huge thank you to every member of the Club who helped to make yesterdays Surf Coast Dog Walk such a success, and to remind you all that there is no meeting this week as a result of yesterdays hard work.
We have another busy month coming up in April, on Tuesday we have the Strathewen School coming for their annual beach visit. If you are interested in assisting with this event please contact Greg Plumridge.
For anyone interested in attending District Conference on 11-13 time is running out to book.
Mal Slater has offered to fill in as Community Service Director for the remainder of the Rotary year in Chris Fryar's absence and he will be putting out the call for helpers for all of the usual tasks on Anzac Day Friday 25th April, and of course we will be busy over Easter wth Bains Cres BBQ's.
As we will also miss another meeting due to Easter on the 21st April we will have quite full programs at the next 2 meetings so I encourage you all to attend.
Enjoy your night off tonight and I look forward to seeing you on the 7th April

Please remember that there will be NO MEETING this Monday 31st March due to the massive Club effort at yesterdays Surf Coast Dog Walk which serves as a Make Up for this week.
Please enjoy a night home with your families and we will see you next Monday 7th April at the Lions Village.

Strathewen School Beach Visit

As has been a regular Club event since the Black Saturday Bush Fires, we will again be hosting the Strathewen Primary School for a beach visit tomorrow, Tuesday 1st April. Any members who are interested in assisting on the day with the BBQ lunch please contact Greg Plumridge on 0418 521321

Surf Coast Dog Walk a Great Success

What a great for the Surf Coast Dog Walk. The weather couldn't have been better and the people and dogs turned out in force.

Pre Event Registrations were good with 129 Adults, 24 Children, 106 Dogs, 24 Families. Another $410 of registrations were taken on the day.

There was a massive effort by all of the Club to prepare the site starting on Saturday afternoon with erection of the perimeter fence and main arena enclosures.

On the day we had assistance from a group of students from Sacred Heart College doing community service hours as well as some Bunnings staff.

 The dogs participated in a 4 klm walk around the Torquay Golf Course to Bells Beach and back to the common. Upon their return there were Sheep Dog and Search & Rescue Dog demonstrations. In the other arena entrants were able to enter novelty events for "Most like their Owner" and best Costume Dog. Dog Races were held and Gail Chrisfield even collected a prize in that event.

Katie Hunter from Dogs for Kids with Disability had a display with more cute DKD dogs on hand and raised a lot of interest in her Charity. Mayor Rose Hodge attended to represent the Shire who were the major supporters of the event.

It will be a few days before all of the funds have come and the final calculations be made on how much the event has made.

So a big thank you Must go to all club members and the organising committee members who contributed to make the event such a success.

Thanks also to Rudi Schols, Mary Elliot & Greg Plumridge for a great collection of photos, if you would like to view all of them CLICK HERE


Julie Smith



Congratulations to the Girls

This year the Annual Torquay Rotary Golf Day notched up a gear and was run as a Stableford Event. Whilst this is a more serious competition than has been held in recent years I am sure that Graeme Price would be proud to see the changes that have been made to both the course at which he spent much time playing the game, and the competition held in his honour.
Congratulations go to the team of Gail Rooney and Mary Armstrong who won this years event pictured here with the Graeme Price Perpetual Trophy. Thanks to the Event Organising Committee who ensured the success of the event this year and have plans to grow it going forward . We will provide a report to the club at a coming Club meeting detailing the profits from the event and the plans for next year

On the road with Gaynor & Rudi




Due to an accident the ROMAC CENTRAL REGION MANAGER (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) – Mr OLEH BILYK was unable to attend and man the ROMAC stand at District 9820’s Annual Conference held in Warrnambool.

Gaynor Schols (PHF) received a call 2 weeks ago and was asked to deputise on his behalf, which she gladly accepted.

Ably assisted by her driver and confidante Rudi (also a Torquay Rotarian) we tootled over to Warrnambool, some 2.5 hours drive away.

We were wonderfully billeted at the home of the ADG Judy Ross and husband Phillip for the 2 night stay.

Many fine speakers and presenters were witnessed on stage in between breaks Gaynor manned the ROMAC stand.

It was great to see that Rotary is so well represented by many friendly and dedicated Rotarians, even if they do live so far to the west of us.

An excellent BBQ closed the conference at 1pm on Sunday 23 Mar 2014.

Our District 9780 Conference will be held in Bordertown on 11-13 April. Anyone who is interested in attending will need to move quickly, as accommodation in the Bordertown region is very limited

Register Now !

… or print off a form & mail in.
Accommodation is still available in Bordertown,
Motels and Home Hosting.

For home hosting please email Monica -


To help with catering it would be appreciated if registrations

could be made before 4th April.

Details on the Conference can be found on the event website. To go to the website CLICK HERE

BBQ Roster -

Coming Events - We're nearly done! Only Easter  & Anzac Day to go
April.  Easter         19,20 & 21

         Anzac Day   25th


To check your BBQ commitments the Roster attached it can be found on Clubrunner under "Club Documents" or simply follow this link CLICK HERE

As per previous years it will be your responsibility to swap dates if you are unavailable for the date that you have been rostered on. 




Mal Slater & John McDonald





Rotary International Convention 2014

Sydney is delighted to be hosting the 2014 Rotary International Convention in June 2014


The International Convention provides a great opportunity for likeminded Rotarians to connect, gives you a chance to hear quality speakers , update yourself on Rotary world events 


 As Sydney is only   "up the road" it is an ideal opportunity for Club members to experience an international Rotary Convention


The Convention will be held at Sydney Olympic Park, June 1-4, 2014.


Make sure you book your accommodation soon , as this will be tight


For further information CLICK HERE to view the Convention Website

Maggie Isom


Weekly Assigned Duties:

 If you cannot meet one of your assigned duties, it is your responsibility to arrange for another member to take your place. 

 The duty team should arrive no later than 6:00 p.m.  Besides the below duties, the assigned team is responsible for Room Setup, Greeting Members and Guests, and Room Tidy at the end of our meeting - see checklist in storeroom or click here .





Duty Team














See Events for details


 Mon 31 Mar 



Due to Club 

Participation at Dog Walk

Mon 7 Apr       Gerard McNamara - East Timor Project Report
Mon 14 Apr       Sarah Oxford - Rotary Peace Fellowship
Mon 21 Apr No Meeting Due To Easter


Please note The assigned Chairperson for the evening is responsible for writing a short review on the topic presented by the guest speaker of the night and for emailing the review to the Bulletin editor by noon of the following Wednesday



MEETING APOLOGIES are your responsibility...   

Our meetings have catered dinners, so if you are unable to attend a meeting, or if your partner is unable to attend a designated Partner's Night, YOU MUST ADVISE us of your absence.


There are two ways to do this:

1. filling out in advance the "Apology Book" that is available at each meeting,

2. telephone 03-5222-2022.   an answering service operates our of hours 

  • Apologies must be made no later than 9.00AM , on the Monday of the meeting (unless other arrangements were addressed in the Bulletin). 
  • NOTE an answering machine operates at all times
  • If no apology is recorded by that time, the absentee member willl be sent an invoice to pay the Club the dinner fee ($25) for your non-attendance, and/or that of your partner if it is an official Partner's Night.
  • REMEMBER on "Partners Nights" it is assumed that you partner IS attending unless you apologise for them!

Also note, if you are bringing a guest or partner (to a non-partner night), you need to notify us of the extra number of persons who are attending.



Note Change of time and day for Rotary Radio

Rotary Radio is on 94.7 the Pulse the first Tuesday of every month at 12-1.00 pm.

If you are having trouble getting to a radio to listen to Rotary Radio on a Tuesday, then you can subscribe to this program as a Podcast for free. You can then listen to the programs any time you wish. You can also listen to individual episodes?  If so then simply  Click Here and play the session you choose. 


This program is supported by the District Public Relations grant for all clubs in District 9780 to promote their projects.  Live streaming means that this can be listened to globally via your computer.  Click below to listen live....

Listen Live via the Internet

The program is intended to provide a platform for the Rotary clubs to present to the community the activities of Rotary. All clubs will be invited to to provide speakers and media releases for upcoming events.  Interviews can be conducted by telephone right across the district at NO charge to your club.
Meet District Governor Ken McInerney
 Here are some links where you can find all of the Latest news from District 9780
  • District 9780 is now on facebook to view the facebook page "Click" the icon      Image
  • To go to the District 9780 Website Click Here
  • Get to know your District Governor Ken McInerney Click Here
  • To read District Governors March Newsletter Click Here
To Read Rotary Down Under March e-Newsletter Click Here