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An Introduction to the New Epworth Hospital - Dami
Lions Village Community Centre
Jun 18, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Attracting Younger Members - Brendan Holland
Lions Village Community Centre
Jun 25, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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President's Message
Gaynor Schols
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President's Report No 49
I have very little to report this week as we have had no meeting.
Please remember to bring socks for the homeless on Monday night - either good quality second-hand pairs or preferably new ones.
18th June
An Introduction to the New Epworth Hospital – CEO Damian Armour 
This is a high-profile speaker so we would like a good turn-out. Please bring along spouses and other guests (Don’t forget to register them in Whoozin!)
Please also to bring along any socks that you may have available for the
Here is a Trivia Quiz pilfered from “Lara Hearsay”:
1 How many people attended the first Rotary meeting on Thursday evening, February 23, 1905?
2. What was the first Rotary Club community project?
3. Who was the first president of a Rotary Club?
4. At the first Rotary Convention in 1910, keynote speaker Daniel Cady of the Rotary Club of New York told the audience that Rotary, then with 16 clubs, would have 1,000 clubs around the world within 80 years. When would Rotary add it’s 1,000th club?
5. Where were the first five Rotary Clubs
6. What is the greatest distance from Chicago that a Rotary Club banner has been displayed?
7. In what country was the first Rotary Club outside of the United States?
8. Young Exchange is one of Rotary’s most popular and successful programs. When and where was the first exchange?
9. How many Rotary clubs in our District?
10. Which was the first Rotary club in Australia?
1 Four: Paul Harris, Silvester Schiele and Hiram Shorey met in Gustavus Loehr’s office.
2 A “comfort station” in downtown Chicago. Public restrooms were typically found only in saloons at that time, and unaccompanied women were not permitted to enter saloons.
3 Paul Harris nominated Silvester Schiele because Paul preferred to work behind the scenes to attract new members.
4 The 1,000th Rotary Club was added in 1921, only 11 years after Cady’s speech.
5 Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle and Los Angeles.
6 Astronaut Frank Borman, of the Rotary Club of Space Center Houston, took a club banner on his orbit around the moon in Apollo 8.
7 The first non-USA Rotary Club was in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1912.
8 The first youth exchange was when the Rotary Club of Copenhagen (Denmark) arranged to host several American boys in 1921.
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10. Rotary Club of Melbourne
Message from the Editor
May I explain the reason why this Bulletin continues to show Gaynor as President of the Club when clearly our Changeover function was held more than one week ago. Unfortunately the wonderful technological world of Clubrunner that we use as the platform to manage all of our communications ie. Bulletin, emails and Reports automatically rolls over the Office Bearers on the 1st July which is the official  of the new Rotary year and does not allow for this to be performed manually prior to that date.
So whilst Trevor has been inducted as our new President this will not be displayed on our Club website or Bulletin until that time. The reality, as you are all aware, is that Trevor will be away until 22nd July anyway which is the reason we held our Changeover early.
40 Pairs of Socks Appeal 

President Gaynor mentioned at a recent meeting about collecting socks for the homeless and that the Salvation Army Officers would distribute to those in need

I am happy to collect as many pairs of socks as we can contribute at this Monday night's meeting and get them to the Salvation Army.


On their last visit to Elstoft House the Salvation Army informed us that there were up to 80 homeless within our region. I for one know that I have found the nights to be pretty chilly of late and I am extremely grateful that I have warm clothes and a roof over my head

The staff and residents at work are busy knitting beanies and have already sent in over thirty scarves. They decided that we could make up Care Bags with a scarf, beanie and socks, for the homeless. A lovely idea I thought

I will arrange to get the Salvation Army to come and collect these bags from Elstoft House.

With your amazing generosity do you think we could collect 40 pairs of socks?

Hoping you can help us to achieve this goal.


Linda Neale

(ed....FYI I discovered today there are many socks heavily discounted at Woolworths Nth Torquay)


2017-18 Club Annual Report - Links to download
           <----- Click here  for the 2017-18 Annual Report Part A  This is a full report and pics of the Clubs activities and acheivements

     <----- Click here  for the 2017-18 Annual Report Part B (2016-17 Financials)  
Many thanks to Lesley Shedden for preparation and layout work.
Headspace Lunch -Thank you from Belmont Rotary


On behalf of our entire team and me personally, we wish to thankyou for your ongoing great support of our 2018 Headspace Business Lunch. It was a terrific occasion to reflect on the mental challenges many of our local youth are experiencing whilst having fun and raising important funds.  

The magnificent support and participation we received resulted in us raising $65,000 to further support the Belmont Rotary "Social Inclusion" project. 

We are all so proud of the team effort that resulted in this great outcome, thanks to our Community Partners who joined with Belmont Rotary, Bendigo Business Bank, Morris Finance, GFC and BCYF working tirelessly over many months.

Peter Drummy

Rotary Club of Belmont

Thank You from Louis Hehir

Hello All!
Thank you all so much for helping out with the Petition. It is now closed and we have about about 430 signatures. Your Help made it so much easier for us with balancing school and this.
We are hoping to have Richard Marls MP present this.
Once again, Thank you Ever so much.
Kind Regards
Jed Castle
Campaign Media Advisor
Club 30th Anniversary Photos
Most of you were quite captivated with the Photos that were shown at our Clubs 30th Anniversary Party and expressed an interest in obtaining a copy of the presentation.
Whilst we could upload these pics to the cloud so that you can access them I'm sure you will agree that there's nothing quite like having a copy of your own on a USB memory stick. So.....we have purchased a quantity of 16gb Memory Sticks and Rotary Club of Torquay etched Key Tags (see pic below)
These will be available at a cost of $10 and will be able to pick up at our Changeover Lunch next weekend.

Travelling Rotarians

           Bruce at the Spanish Steps                                                          Julie at the ….you know where.

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John & Maggie


           John & Maggie with friends in Halifax                                   Cheers from John in Halifax

Last Chance to Contribute to Foundation this Year

Time is running out for clubs and Rotarians to contribute to Our Rotary Foundation for this 1718 year. Last year we had a great response with nearly every club and nearly one in two Rotarians directly contributing to our Rotary Foundation. So far this year, we are behind in contributions to support our Rotary Programs; Polio eradication, etc and remember 50% of annual fund contributions fund our district programs as DDF. We need your contributions in my hands by 21st of June at latest to accrue them in this club year, so please allow for postage time which unless send express post, normal mail will take days. Forms are available from district web site. then download the required form from Foundation Giving & Recognitions on LHS. One of the highlighted forms below will meet your needs.


If contributing via credit card, complete and email back to me please.

If sending with cheque, please mail back ASAP to the address below or on the form.

PP Peter B. Simons
District 9780 Foundation Fundraising Chair 2017-18
For all contribution forms go to: then download from FILES from Foundation Giving & Recognitions on LHS

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Rotary Club of Shepparton Raffle Closes 30 June

Family Getaway for $5.00

7 Nights accommodation only in 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment fully self contained with laundry etc.
Sleeps 4 adults or 2 adults 2 kids.
Complex has secure parking and 25metre lap pool.
Apartment is on the top floor of the building with panoramic views over the ocean and along the coast to Surfers Paradise and South Stradbroke Island.
                                                                          GET YOUR TICKETS ONLINE HERE
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 The New 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 Bruce Smith 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 18th JunDamian ArmorAlan AndersonDavid MitchellBrian MynottIntroduction to the Epworth Hospital
Mon 25th JunBrendan HollandAmanda HoughMal SlaterChris SimsAttracting Younger Members to Join Rotary
Mon 2nd JulClaire DaltonJan EmmettGarth HammondsGail ChrisfieldCows for Cambodia














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 2017-18 is Australian Ian Riseley from the RC of Sandringham
CLICK HERE to read more
District 9780 Governor for 2017-18 is Ray Herbert from Rotary Club of Mt Gambier West
CLICK HERE to learn more about Ray
To read District Governor Ray's No 11 May Newsletter CLICK HERE
Rotary Down Under June 2018 Edition 606 CLICK HERE
District 9780 Directory 2017-18 (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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