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Well last week's meeting was another successful one.  Our stand in sergeant did a great job on short notice.  It was great to welcome back Vern D'Souza and thanks must go to him for immediately stepping into the Secretary's role seeing as Lloyd is heading off for a long vacation.  

Thanks to all those who put their names on the volunteer lists that floated around the room we will run the list around again to ensure that all those not present last week can register their interests.  

On behalf of the Club I would like to  offer our condolences to DG Geoff James following the sudden death of his brother Colin.


Remember to let the right people know if you won't be able to get to a meeting so that Lorraine (the Caterer) can get the numbers right each week. See you tonight


Yours in Rotary Service
Gerard McNamara

Chairman Report 25th Aug

Last Monday Night was Members Night when we discussed many of the projects for this Rotary year. Members were invited to nominate the projects and activities that they are most interested in participating in so as to provide Club Directors a team with which to work.
Greg Plumridge gave an update on the "Ride the Bellerine", one of the potential projects that our club will be involved in.
If you were unable to attend last weeks meeting then please be sure to get your name on the list at a coming meeting when it will again be circulated.
Amanda Hough provided one of the inspiring "Ted Talks" from Ed Gavagan: "A story about knots and surgeons"
If you missed last weeks meeting you can view Eds talk by following the link below

Rotary's International Day of Peace on 21 September

Millions of individuals and organizations will mark the International Day of Peace on 21 September by creating practical acts of peace, advocating for peace, and building public awareness. Here are five ways you can commemorate the annual day of global ceasefire and nonviolence:

1. Engage co-workers, students, and your community in Peace Day events. Check out The Pocket Book of Peace and International Day of Peace websites.

2. Watch the inspiring Ted talk by Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley.

3. Organize friends, co-workers, or your community to observe one minute of silence at noon local time on 21 September, uniting in solidarity with millions around the world.

4. Learn about the important work of these peace groups: Rotarian Action Group for Peace, Peace Direct, Alliance for Peacebuilding, Peace and Collaborative Development Network, Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, Institute for Economics and Peace.

5. Share photos of, or thoughts about, your peace work and your plan for commemorating Peace Day to this post; use hashtags #Peaceday and #Rotarypeace.

For more information and resources CLICK HERE to read the entire pdf.



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”.    
District 9780 is holding a Supper Dance for World Peace please read the flyer below or contact President Gerard for more details

Parkinsons - Walk in the Park

Beautiful weather preailed for the annual Parkinsons "Walk in the Park" today in Melbourne.
Peter Bollen with his team of "Bollens Babes" joined some 4,000 people who participated in the walk raising a total of $215,000 towards Parkinsons Research. A great day was had by all.
Pic left "Bollens Babes":- Tayla, Lyndsey, Cyntia, Jordan, Adele, Peter Jason & Jasmine.

TORQUAY ROTARY CLUB is again joining in the global fight against cancer.


We are getting together a TEAM representing our Club to participate in the

Relay For Life 2014 at Surf Coast on November 8/9 at Banyul-Warri Fields


Please come and join us on that weekend with family & friends - its a great event !


I will be sending a timetable soon for you to complete when you will be available.


If you wish to participate in the Relay you will first be required to register for the event.Registration will cost you $20 for which you will receive your 2014 RFL shirt to wear on the day.

To Register CLICK HERE




Last weekend we returned from 5 days in Paradise (Surfers) last night, where Gaynor attended a ROMAC board meeting.

Unfortunately we took the Melbourne weather with us and left 3 wonderfully sunny days behind.

Much ROMAC business was discussed at these meetings and updates on children that were being helped was provided.

Are you interested in volunteering for a District Committee?

Would you like to join the District Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (aka RYLA) Committee?  You would only have to attend 4 meetings per year.  If the answer is yes then please contact  PP Barry Burnett by email at

Do you have an? interesting Hobby

Our Vocational Service Director, Trevor Pickles, is looking for those RETIRED members who have an interesting hobby, what he calls your 'Retiree Vocation'.
It could be anything - Underwater Basket Weaving,  Duct Tape Art, Handcuff Collecting or even Javelin Catching (see attached pic), doesn't matter.
Talk to Trev so he can book you in!
A presentation of say 1/2 hour would be ideal.


Weekly Assigned Duties:

 If you cannot meet one of your assigned duties, Please contact Jill Evans 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






See Events for details

Mon 1 Sep
David Mitchell
LLoyd James Gayle Evans

Lyn Grech - Winchelsea Primary School

Mon 8 Sep Greg Birchall Amanda Hough Maggie Isom Catherine Brooks – Surfcoast Shire Young Person of the Year.
Mon 15 Sep Gail Evans Peter Hehir Kathryn McNamara CFA – update on fire protection.
Mon 22 Sep Maggie Isom Jeanette Crowther Geoff Dawson TBN


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

Not all of us were able to make the trek to District Changeover in June, however I am sure that members of our Club would prefer not to have to wait until DG Geoff's Club visit on 6th October to get to know more about him and his vision for District 9780.
........well  thanks to District Media Guru Tony Stewart and modern technology you can hear DG Geoff James acceptance speech by CLICK HERE or follow the link below (Please Note:- you may need to view this bulletin in your web browser to see the link below)
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 Reflections Newsletter Click Here
To Read Rotary Down Under SEPTEMBER e-Newsletter Click Here