Upcoming Events
NO MEETING - Labour Day Holiday
Mar 11, 2019
Club Assembly - Planning Meeting- At Anglers Club
Torquay Angling Club
Mar 18, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Strathewen Primary School Beach Visit
Rotary Rotunda
Mar 19, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
District Conference
Maryborough Town Hall
Mar 22, 2019 5:00 PM –
Mar 24, 2019 12:00 PM
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President's Report No 37

Hello all,
Monday’s meeting commenced with a minute’s silence in respect of the appalling events in Christchurch, New Zealand – thank you for your participation.

The positive item of the meeting though was the induction of Tom Fratantaro. who was accompanied by his wife Josie.

Tom was formerly a Member of the Shepparton Central Rotary Club so he is already familiar with the Rotary way.
Welcome Tom and Josie, we hope you have a long and enjoyable association with not only our Rotary Club but with
Torquay itself.

Next week, the meeting will again be held at the Angling Club and Rhonda Anchen will host a forum on this years Book Fair and will also begin planning for the event in 2020.

A number of Torquay Rotarians will be attending the District Conference in Maryborough over the weekend and it will be interesting to hear any reports from that.

Looking forward to catching up with you all on Monday.


2019 Strathewen School Beach Visit

Huge thanks once again for all your help with today's Strathewen Primary School community visit. Despite less than perfect whether necessitating a relocation to Cosy Corner, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

This year we hosted 47 children, four staff, 18 adult helpers, plus 3 surf coaches, 2 bus drivers and of course a Team of Rotarians and friends/partners

Give yourself a big pat on the back for a job well done.



Gail and Kaz


District Conference - Update

Maggie flying the Donate Life flag - Mary's Legacy - at District Conference at the weekend.

No doubt we will receive reports on District Conference at tomorrow nights meeting
Combined Meeting with Bayside at Curlewis Golf Range

Monday 1st April we will be having a Joint Social Meeting with Bayside Rotary Club at The Range at the Curlewis Golf Club 1201 Portarlington Rd, Curlewis (Note that this is before the Golf Club main entrance)
The two activities to chose from are either Mini Golf or The Driving Range and there are Packages for both of these as follows (note if we have 16 people for each activity then the package offers better value as the Club Hire is free and there is a choice of 3 meals
Please note that RSVP's on Whoozin  for this event will close on Friday 31st March to enable final arrangements to be made. When you RSVP could you please nominate your preference for MINI GOLF or DRIVING RANGE

Invitation From RC of Grovedale/Waurn Ponds 27th March 
Would you like to get the inside mail on the Geelong Football Club Team Selections??
Our Club has been invited to hear Geelong Football Club Recruiter, Steven Wells speak at a coming meeting of The Rotary Club of Grovedale/Waurn Ponds.
WHEN:- Wednesday 27th March
WHERE:- Rice Village Community Room Marshalltown Rd, Marshall
TIME:-6:00pm for 6:30 Start6:00pm for 6:30 Start
COST:-$25/head (TBC)
DRINKS:-at Bar Prices
It would be great if we can get a few of us together to join our Sponsor Club. Please let Greg Plumridge know if you are interested in attending on 0418521321
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

District News DGN Announcement


Thursday 14th March 2019

To all D9780 Club Presidents and Secretaries and the College of Governors.

In accordance with the Bylaws of Rotary International and in particular, Article 14, Section 14.020.2 the candidate named below was nominated, and in a selection, process conducted on Sunday 24th February 2019, was selected by the District 9780 Governor Nominating Committee as nominee for District Governor 2020-2021.

Past President John Clue

of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy Inc.

No objections were lodged in accordance with the protocols set down in the Manual of Procedure.

As no objections were received by the deadline, I District Governor District 9780 Anthony Ohlsen, declare Past President John Clue, of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy Inc. to be the official District 9780 District Governor 2021-2022.

Yours in Rotary Service

DG Anthony Ohlsen D9780 District Governor 2018-2019

PDG Geoff James Chair, D9780 Governor Nominating Committee



Following the selection process and also the period allowed for objections and having been no objections that he, PP John Clue of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy has been declared the District Governor of District 9780 for the 2021-22 year.


Please join me in congratulating John and Heather on John's appointment and wish them every success for their upcoming Rotary journey


Yours in Rotary



DG Anthony Ohlsen (Kerrie)

Rotary Club of Maryborough Inc

Rotary District 9780 

0427 428 168

RC of Port Fairy Golf Day 20th April

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BBQ's and Events updates

Please check your roster for our next BBQ Event which is the Cowrie Market on 21st April


Please note that to avoid any confusion what was previously known  as the BBQ Roster has now been rebranded as the "Events" Roster. to reflect that it includes all events such as Night Jar Parking, the Book Fair etc.


If you make any more swaps please let me know and I will update the roster which can be found in documents in club runner


To see the 2018-19 Events Roster  CLICK HERE


If you do  require to swap a date for any reason you will now need to find someone to do this with yourself. I would suggest that you send the request to Greg who has offered to advertise on a BBQ Roster Trading Post in the bulletin  


Mal Slater


District Training Assembly 2019




All members are welcome and encouraged to attend but it is essential that the incoming board members attend. This a great opportunity to learn more about Rotary.


The venue this year will be MARIAN COLLEGE, 304 Barkly St ARARAT.

Registration is at 9.30am and we should finish around 3.30pm


Watch this space for registration details as they come available


We will arrange car pooling once we establish who is attending.


Kelly Binyon (President Elect) 


Rotary International Conference - Hamburg 2019

Join Rotary President Barry Rassin at the 110th Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June 2019. The historic port city of Hamburg offers something for everyone. Germans call it “The Gateway to the World” — and the 2019 convention will be your gateway to the world of Rotary. At the convention, you’ll connect with people of action from across the globe while learning the latest news and strategies for keeping clubs strong.
As a past convention attendee, you know that every convention is an opportunity to learn. Not only will you be inspired by the energy and enthusiasm that surrounds you, you’ll also make new, unforgettable memories that can last a lifetime.
Join your Rotary friends in Hamburg at the 2019 Rotary Convention where together, we’ll Capture the Moment.

Share the excitement by downloading the promotional kit or by sharing the official promotional video to your social networks.
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 25th Mar    Book Fair Wrap-up - at the Angling Club
Mon 1st AprilJoint Meeting withRC of Bayside Curlewis Golf Driving Range
Mon 8th AprilDarren RoskoschJan Emmett  
Torquay Coast PS Visit
Dinner after at Town & Country Pizza
Mon 15th April    Vocational Visit to Geelong Mums














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 Governor Anthony No 2 July/August final Newsletter 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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