Upcoming Events
Club Dinner /social night
Beach Hotel , Jan Juc
May 18, 2015
6:30 PM – 9:21 PM
The Rotarian behind the Badge
Lions Village
May 25, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
2015 Geelong Kokoda Youth Program
Lions Village
Jun 01, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:01 PM
Jun 08, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Presidents Report




Another big night for the Club.  As a direct result of members' efforts on ANZAC Day a cheque for $6,531.30 was presented to the Torquay RSL.  The Club also donated $4,000.00 to Disaster Aid Australia for the purchase of five Family Survival Packs for cyclone devastated Vanuatu; and a donation of $1,650 was made to the Spring Creek Community Centre to assist with the distribution of their periodic  Springboard Newsletter.  None of this could have been possible without the hard work by Club members throughout the past year.  I would like to offer a personal vote of thanks to all of those who contributed to this effort and to James Taylor and the Team at the Surfcoast Times for the great article in last weeks paper(see above)

 Our new Sergeant-at-Arms did an excellent job of fleecing us all once again.  Of course all money raised during fines sessions will be donated to the Aquabox project at the end of this Rotary year.
 Our speaker this week was Andrew Pipkorn, the District Chair for Australian Rotary Health.  He gave an excellent presentation.  Further information about his presentation appears elsewhere in this edition.
 Remember the meeting on 18th may will be held in the Bistro at the Jan Juc Hotel.  That's all from me this week.

Yours in Rotary Service,


Gerard McNamara
Rotary Club of Torquay



Strathewen School Beach Visit

Thanks to all Rotarians who assisted with the Strathewen Primary School beach visit last Tuesday. 37 students and 13 adults made the journey this year. We were blessed with an amazingly warm and sunny day which made it a really enjoyable day for the kids.
The only disappointment was that there was not a lot of surf! But that certainly did not detract from the amount of fun that the Kids were having.
This year the the teachers managed their own activities for the kids for the other half of
the day while they were not having their surfing lesson. These included a rock pool ramble, sand sculptures, and searching for creatures in the lagoon.
As usual we provided a BBQ Lunch with salads, fruit & Cakes by Lorraine Sullivan. At the conclusion of the day the kids were presented with some lovely Back Packs and caps which had been kindly donated by Quicksilver. A very big thank you to Quicksilver for their generosity.
Rotarians who have assisted on these Strathewen Days have had the opportunity to talk to the Strathewen parents and teachers about the long slow recovery process from the trauma of Black Saturday. They tell us that the Torquay Beach Day is the highlight of their school year. 
As the children file onto the bus proudly bearing their new back packs ready for the long trip home it is hard not to become a little choked with emotion as we say farewell.
It is rewarding to know that through our investment in providing these days we have made a valuable contribution to their healing process of the Strathewen community

Surf Coast Dog Walk a Great Success

What a great dayfor 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

Good Friday Appeal Needs Your Help!

Kevin Egan from Lions Club & RSL is Urgently seeking collectors to help man the Surfcoast Highway/Darian Rd Intersection for the Royal Childrens Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
He needs 6 People from 10am - 12Noon, and 6 People from 12Noon - 2pm.
If you can spare 2 hours on Good Friday in either of these time slots can you please contact Kevin on 0412 359317

The New Team for 2104-15

Big finish as another Rotary year comes to an end in Torquay at today's annual changeover of office bearers event. Retiring President Jeanette Crowther was presented with both a Presidential Citation and "Club Central" awards by Assistant Governor Ross Taylor. These awards recognise our Clubs achievements within Rotary District 9780. Gerard McNamara was then inducted as President for 2014-15 presented his management team to everyone present.
If you would like to view all of the photos from the function please CLICK HERE
So that you all know "who's who in the zoo" for this year here is a list of all office bearers on the new committee

President:                Gerard McNamara

Vice P :                     Peter Bollen

Secretary:                Lloyd James

Treasurer:                Michael Reed

Community:            Darrel Brewin

International:         Graham Gill

Club Service:           Jill Evans

Vocational:              Trevor Pickles

Youth:                       Jenny Oscar

President Elect:       Jill Evans

Imm. Past Pres.:      Jeanette Crowther

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! 

Please watch for an email this week detailing tasks for ANZAC Day




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, Please contact Maggie Isom to advise. 

 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






Event details


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




Notifying someone about changes to your meeting attendance is 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 or your partner’s absence.  This also applies if you are attending the meeting but not dining.
There are two ways to do this, either record the information in advance in the "Apology Book" that is available at each meeting or telephone 03-5222-2022.  An answering service operates out of hours.
  • All apologies must be made no later than 9.00AM on the Monday of the meeting (unless other arrangements were addressed in the Bulletin). 
  • If no apology is recorded by that time, the absentee member will be issued with an invoice to pay the Club the dinner fee of $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!
Remember if you are bringing guests or your partner (to a non-partner night) you need to notify us of the extra number of persons who will be attending.
Absence on travel is not an excuse.  It must be recorded beforehand in the “Apology Book”.    


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....

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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 Geoff James
Our new District Governor Geoff James & his wife Meryl, are members of the Rotary Club of Maryborough.  To read about their background and learn a little more about them, click on GET TO KNOW YOUR DISTRICT GOVERNOR in the section below
 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 Geoff James Click Here
  • To read District Governor Geoff James  Illumintions MAY 2015 District Newsletter Click Here
To Read Rotary Down Under MAY e-Newsletter Click Here