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President's Report No 2
Hello All
Unfortunately I was unable to attend last weeks Travelogue of Peter & Cynthia Bollens trip to Egypt so my first "Real" Report will appear in next weeks Bulletin
See you all tomorrow night
Warm regards,
Report Peter & Cynthia's Trip to Egypt
18 days Jordan and Egypt March 2019
Peter and Cynthia Bollen

Jordan is a diverse country, lush green pastures in the North, desert country in the South.
In the North we travelled to the border that Jordan shares with Syria, where we looked out onto the Golan Heights, a parcel of land Syria and Israel have been fighting over for many years. Israel has occupied the Golan Heights since the 6 day war in 1967.
From Mt. Nebo we looked out over The Holy Land, towards Bethlehem, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.
A highlight in Jordan was spending 9 hours exploring the Lost City of Petra, with its many caves, Royal Tombs, the famous Treasury, and the hike up 800 steps to The Monastery.
In the South we explored Wadi Rum by jeep and camel.
Our dream of floating in the Dead Sea was thwarted by rough weather, however we did get to dip our toes in.
Egypt’s capital Cairo was a crazy, busy, noisy city. 4 lanes for traffic clearly marked on the roads, but there were always 6 lanes of vehicles.
The famous Pyramids and Sphinx were of course a wonderful sight. Construction began on the Pyramids 4,500 years ago, hard for us Aussies to imagine.
In the South of Egypt, we visited the Temple of Isis on Philae Island, the Aswan High Dam, Abu Simbel, Temple of Horus, Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple.
We cruised the Nile from Aswan to Luxor, 3 very enjoyable days witnessing local Egyptians going about their everyday lives, tending to stock, crops and fishing.
This tour was in 5 star accommodation (the only way to go in Egypt) a highlight being the magnificent Old Cataract Hotel on the Nile in Aswan, where Agatha Christie wrote Death on the Nile.
Fabulous trip, made all the more special by our guide in Egypt who was an Egyptologist, amazing knowledge for dates and names etc.
 Sorry……no historical dates in this report, OLD covers it all.
Peter & Cynthia Bollen
Chairman's Report - Up the Nile with the Bollens
We had a lovely night Monday enjoying all that is Egypt. 
Peter & Cynthia Bollen gave us an extensive view of their 18 day trip around Jordan and Egypt a trip that was fully escorted by Geelong Travel with travel companions from Geelong, Torquay & Barwon Heads.
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Their travel guide throughout Egypt was an Egyptologist by the name of Eman.
Their first stop was Jordan although it might have been Torquay as the weather was cold, wet, windy and 7 degrees for 3 days but this didn't deter the travellers.  Despite 'no go zones' and littered streets and rivers they still were able to enjoy beautiful scenery and interesting towns, visit places that were still being unearthed and visiting Mt Nebo of which on a clear day you can see the Dead Sea, Bethlehem & Jerusalem. 
They then travelled to Petra to the lost city, and visiting the amazing 'Treasury' temple which was one of the many temples built thousands of years ago and carved out of stone by hand literally from the top down.  The next day was a day through the desert on camels stopping for afternoon tea in a real Bedouin tent, then to the Dead Sea which apparently has 4 times more salt in than any ocean but unfortunately again the weather didn't allow them  to have a 'float' in as it was too windy. 
Next stop Cairo and to the famous Pyramids of Giza of which some had caps/covers on due to thieves stealing stones from these Pyramids and selling them to tourists, their tour included, of course, a visit to the mythical creature the Sphinx, what a sight that would have been, the Egypt I want to see sometime in my lifetime..!
A short flight to Aswan a city on the Nile to visit the famous Aswan Dam which supplies the whole of Egypt with power & irrigation and is under very high security to protect the structure. After a short cruise along the Nile they were off to see the Temple of Isis and other memorable Temples. 
This led to one of the many highlights of their trip, reaching the famous Hotel, The Old Cataract Hotel, that Agatha Christie stayed in and was inspired to write the book 'Death On The Nile'..! after travelling along the river and seeing all the little villages along the way they learnt a side of life of Egypt not often seen.  The fields of crops grown to support themselves and animals, fishermen fishing off small boats, life was very busy along the Nile. 
Then on to visit the Temple of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings to finish off their trip.. phew very busy.. 
Thank you Peter & Cynthia.
Chairman:  Jan Emmett
Changeover 2019 
 The Annual Changeover Luncheon was held on Sunday 23rd June 2019 at the Sands  with 62 people witnessing 
President Trevor Pickles handing over the to the new President Kelly Binyon 
The Mayor of the Surf Coast Shire Rose Hodge , a Paul Harris Fellow , opened the day with an acknowledgement of the traditional owners of the land.
We were fortunate to have Guests  from Rotary Clubs of Geelong East, Grovedale , Alfredton,  Bayside, Geelong Central and  Darwin North in attendance 
District Governor Elect  Phil Beasley proposed the Toast to Rotary International & Past District Governor Alan Anderson responded to the Toast 
After the buffet luncheon - President Trevor presented his report  and thanked all members for their support throughout the year
  Assistant Governor Judy Beasley installed new President Kelly Binyon , who accepted her role & introduced her Board members for the 2019 - 20 year  with the Rotary theme of " Rotary connects the World" 
Invite to RC Grovedale 40th Birthday Celebration 14th August
Our Club has been invited to attend RC of Grovedale/Waurn Ponds (our Charter Club) 40th Birthday on 14th August. There will be a number of us attending so we will get enough for a table if anyone is interested give Lesley or Greg P or Michael a call
Who's Up To What?

                    6 Degrees of separation definitely do not exist in this Country
                 There we were ordering our Camel Sausage Egg & Bacon sandwich for Breakfast
                in Bedourie Yesterday and who strolls up to do the same  but the Slaters and Fitzes…..but wait it gets better

………..and there we are at the Bedourie Camel Races later in the day, having a chat with the guy who
runs Noah's Pig Races who tells us he's from Sea Lake so we ask if he knows our President Kelly?
…….KNOW HER! turns out Kevin "Twinkle Toes" Kiley was Kelly's Deb partner back in the day.....can you believe it
I'm sure there's more stories to be told than he was giving up

Helen & Alison learning about Indigenous Language and Nation Groups around Australia
from Jeremyt, our Guide at the Alice Springs Desert Part

No Mal in this pic....I'm guessing he was taking the Pic of Debbie at the Daly Waters Pub

  Here is the only Recent Pic of Amanda from Africa....obviously more than a little dusty                        Although there is clearly awesome scenery to greet at every turn

                     Neil & Mary Hendo in the Endless Pool at :Lake Argyle Resort

RI President to visit D9780

2019-2020 Rotary International President to Visit District 9780.

That's correct, RI President for 2019/2020, Mark Daniel Maloney, of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, will be visiting Ballarat.

As part of his visit there will be a Dinner to be held at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre on Tuesday the 24th September 2019.
More details and information are to follow.


2019-20 Entertainment Book Now on Sale 

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We are thrilled to be launching the NEW 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Memberships! Entertainment is turning 25 this year and Entertainment Publications have been working hard to make this the best edition yet.

Please order now so you can take advantage of bonus Early Bird Offers, while they last. Not only will you get to enjoy valuable bonus Early Bird vouchers but also you will receive a $20* Woolworths online offer and $50^ Cellarmasters online offer! (*$20 off your total shop when you spend $220 or more at Woolworth online. ^$50 off your total shop when you spend $120 or more at Cellarmasters online. *^Terms & conditions apply) 

Please click this Order Now link to order your membership.
Please be sure to use this link to ensure our Club receives the Club fundraiser donation.
If you opt for the book rather than a digital membership and wish to collect the book from me, specify 'Pick Up' as the Delivery Option for your order.
Should you need any help or further information, please contact me by phone (0408-331-661) or e-mail (

Kind Regards,

Vernon D’Souza

Mobile: 0408-331-661

Rotary Global Rewards Program
Rotary Global Rewards, our member benefits program, offers discounts on products and services from local and global
merchants, along with opportunities to give back to Rotary. 

Over 33,000 members have signed in to use Rotary Global Rewards. To raise awareness of this program, you can:
  1. Recommend Rotary Global Rewards to all club members. They can visit from a computer or download the Rotary Club Locator App to use the program on mobile devices.
  2. Post a "Rewards" link to on your club and district websites. This gives members easier access to Rotary Global Rewards.
  3. Encourage club members to post offers on Rotary Global Rewards. 
  4. Suggest that club members help the program grow in their communities by asking local merchants to post offers. 
You can find instructional videos, how-to-guides, and promotional materials on the Rotary Global Rewards page of My Rotary.  If you have any questions about the program, write to 
VERY IMPORTANT - Whoozin our Weekly Meeting Book-in System 

We are now fully operational with our new system for registering for our weekly dinner meetings. Called Whoozin, this program is used by other local Rotary Clubs with great success.
To make it easy for everyone I have prepared a Whoozin User Manual which is stored on Clubrunner under "Club Documents" that you will be able to print off if you wish.
In Summary the way it will work is:-
  • You will receive an initial email invitation each Monday for the following week's meeting.
  • You can immediately accept or decline, leave until later.
  • You will receive a reminder email on the Friday Prior
  • You will have until Midnight Sunday to register your RSVP and can change your decision right up until the closing time.
  • You can register up to 5 guests
  • You can specify any Special Dietary requirements
  • Please Note that if you do not register your intentions you will be charged for the dinner fee.
If you have any problems please free to contact myself Greg Plumridge 0418521321 or Michael Reed 0418524315 for details on how to work the program.
Future Meetings & Duty Roster

Weekly Assigned Duties:

 If you cannot meet one of your assigned duties, Please contact Maggie Isom ( 0412713102 ) 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
Mon 15 July
Rotarian Story
President Kelly 
Gerard McNamara
Brian Mynott
Tom Fratantaro
Rotarian behind the Badge 
Mon 22 July
Nicky Angus
President Kelly
Peter Bollen
Gerard McNamara
Surf Coast Shire Community Project Development Officer
Mon 29 July
Christmas in July 
President Kelly
Jan Emmett
Maggie Isom
Social Evening
Kithbrook Park 
Mon 5 Aug
District Governor Visit
Roseanne Kava 
RSL Belmont
DG Multi Club  visit 
Mon 12 Aug
Membership night 
Gaynor Schols
Venue TBC
Mon 19 Aug
Fireside chats 
Various Homes 
Mon 26 Aug
Club Assembly 
President Kelly
Committees & Goals 
















Dinner Meeting Registration & Apologies


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.
How to Book in for our Dinner Meeting?
For Members, Partners and guests of Members
  • you will receive email invitations to each meeting via Whoozin.
  • It will be your responsibility to RSVP using Whoozin by Midnight on the day prior to the meeting.
  • The only exception to this will be if you are expecting to be out of internet connectivity for an extended period. 
  • In this instance you can notify Richard Mierzejewski at LET Surfcoast on 03-5261 2777 by 4.00pm on the Saturday prior to the Monday Meeting.
  • Please Note there is NO Answering Service on this number.
  • Remember if you are bringing guests or your partner (to a non-partner night) you need to RSVP for the extra number of person/s who will be attending.
  • If no RSVP is registered as per the above process, the absentee member will be issued with an invoice to pay the Club the usual dinner fee of $25 for your non-attendance, and/or that of your partner if it is an official Partner's Night.
For Visitors to the Club
  • Any Visitors not being registered as a guest of a Member must call Richard Mierzejewski at LET Surfcoast on 03-5261 2777 to Book in.  RSVP's must be made no later than 4.00PM on the Saturday  prior to the Meeting
  • Please Note there is NO Answering Service on this number.
Rotary International & District 9780 Info
Rotary International President for 2018-19 is Barry Rassin from the Rotary Club of East Nassau
CLICK HERE to read more

District 9780 Governor for 2018-19 is Anthony Ohlsen from Rotary Club of Maryborough 
CLICK HERE to learn more about Anthony
To read District 9780 weekly  eNewsletter CLICK HERE
Rotary Down Under Oct 2018 Edition 610 CLICK HERE
District 9780 Directory 2018-19 (D9780 Rotarians Only)
Rotary Club of Torquay Annual Reports for 2017-18
<----- Click here  for the 2017-18 Annual Report Part A  
<----- Click here  for the 2017-18 Annual Report Part B (2016-17 Audited Financials)  
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