Upcoming Events
Club Assembly - President Kelly's First Meeting
Lions Village Community Centre
Jul 01, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Peter Bollen - Travelogue of Egypt Trip
Lions Village Community Centre
Jul 08, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
The Rotarian Behind the Badge
Lions Village Community Centre
Jul 15, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Lions Village Community Centre
Jul 22, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Christmas in July - Venue TBN
Kithbrooke Park
Jul 29, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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President's Report No 1
Hello All,
Welcome to the new Rotary Year and to this year’s theme “Rotary Connects the World”.
Firstly, it gives me great pleasure to announce that we will be Hosting an inbound Youth Exchange Student – LIN Ting who hails from Taiwan.  She will be arriving in August and will attend the Geelong Lutheran College.  Host families are Alanna Begg & Paul Westaway and yours truly (as our children keep leaving home!). We are all very excited!

To get us started with planning and focussing on the year ahead I sought the services of our own club member, Howard Randall, who just happens to be the AG Learning & Development.  Howard is a very skilled facilitator and I was very impressed with how he guided us through what can be “heavy” work.  I came away with a strong sense of what the members are thinking and where we can improve.  The main area of service that we focussed on was Membership and I look forward to developing this area with Director Gaynor, her committee and all members.

Speaking of Committees – we will discuss more at our meeting Monday 15th July.
In my first week as President I had the pleasure of attending the Grovedale/Waurn Ponds Rotary Club to witness their Exchange Student - Erik from Germany, present his Final Presentation.  It was a lovely evening and a reminder to all that RC G/WP will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary in August (further details later in Bulletin).
The following night Lesley and I attended the Torquay Lions Club Changeover Dinner at the Lions Village.  It was a very pleasant evening and interesting to know that they face the same challenges as us and we look forward to working with them to help serve our community.
It’s been great seeing what our members are up to on their travels….please send us some warmth!
Unfortunately, I am away next meeting but have asked President Elect Jan Emmett to chair the meeting.  See you on the 15th!
Warm regards,
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?

                    The Fab 4 on the Road again...….pretty obvious where                                                                  Palm Valley  

           Mike united with his namesake's plaque

There's no 6 degrees of separation here  Mal Slater & Neil Henderson travel 4,000klm and
unexpectedly bump into each other for a beer at El Questro Wilderness Station in the Kimberley


   Amanda and Alans first pics of their adventure from Windhoek Namibia....                          Africa tall tales and true. Lured him out with a slice of Camembert and quince paste.

                              Home Sweet Home (on wheels)                                                                                                   Third world problem, solved with first world thinking

Joke of the Week

Sign seen by the traveling 4some Michael, Alison, Helen & Greg in Hermannsburg NT

Beggars belief really, an Arse Burning Burger made by a Barista????? I wonder what the Chefs coffee is like?


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 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 8 JulyPeter Bollen 
Kelly Binyon
Brian MynottGreg BirchallPeter & Cynthia Bollen travelogue of  Eygpt 
Mon 15 Rotarian storyPresident Kelly Gerard McNamaraBrian MynottRotarian behind the Badge 
Mon 22Nicky AngusPresident KellyPeter BollenGerard McNamaraSurf Coast Shire Community Project Development Officer
Mon 29Christmas in July President KellyJan EmmettMaggie Isom
Social Evening
Kithbrook Park 
Mon 5Gaynor Schols   Membership Night or Report on International Conference - TBN
Mon 12Rosanne KavaTO BEHELD ATRSL BelmontMulti club DG Visit
















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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