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President's Message
Gaynor Schols
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President's Report No 36
Monday 12th March, 2018
I hope you all enjoyed your Labour Day holiday last Monday.

Reception for RIP Ian Riseley (RC Sandringham)
On Tuesday President Elect Trevor Pickles and Gail accompanied Rudi and myself to represent our club at Government House. The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, spoke briefly about the great contribution that Rotary makes in Victoria and what an honour it is for Australia to have a Victorian Rotary International President. This was followed by a short speech on “Making a Difference” by Rotary International President Ian Riseley, who is back in Australia for a short visit. We then looked around the state rooms and had tea and sandwiches (yes, cucumber sandwiches!) by the fountain. We were honoured to represent The Rotary Club of Torquay amongst the hundreds of Rotarians attending.
BNI (Business Network International)
As you know, BNI Coastal Connections has offered our club the sole “Charity seat”. Our fees will be sponsored by BNI. The board will make a decision about this on 19th March but if anyone has opinions on the matter please talk to a board member. If we take on this opportunity it means one Rotarian will have to attend the BNI meeting from 7.30-9am every Thursday so we will need a roster in place. This member will be asked to speak for 45minutes on what our club is doing each week.
Book Fair (8-11 June)
We still need a lot more volunteers if this is to be a success. Please can you let me know if you are available (if you have not already responded) and also if you have family, friends or students who might help out – especially for unpacking and clean up.
Happy Hour
We look forward to seeing many of you at our home for drinks and nibbles on 23rd March. Please note that 14 Headland Drive is near the corner of Centreside Drive, as first-time visitors tend to get lost.
Monday 19th March
Our speaker will be Dr Laura Walsh, a local osteopath, who will talk to us about “Positive Exercises as we Age”. Laura is also president of BNI Coastal Connections.
I look forward to seeing you there!
President Gaynor Schols
Relay for Life 2018 
Relay for Life is over for 2018. Fortunately the weather was ideal and just held until the end.
A big thank you to all who walked over the almost 24 hours of the event. Without the tremendous support of the extended Gill family the Torquay Rotary Team probably just wouldn't happen, and Jan Emmett was also a big support to the Team.
I am sure that everyone who walk had opportunity the lives of friends and family that have been affect by or taken by this cruel disease.

Happy Hour 23rd March

President Gaynor and Treasurer Rudi Schols have kindly invited us all to their home
at 14 Headland Drive, The Quay on the 23rd March 2018 from 6.00pm.
The Usual Rules apply,
  1. Feel free to bring Friends, Family and potential new members
  2. Please bring your own drinks and nibbles
  3. Don’t stay all night!!   lol
District 9780 Conference 6 - 8 April 2018

District Conference is coming up quickly CLICK HERE to find out everything you need to know about the event including
It's time to Party.....We're about to turn 30

Revised BBQ Dates extra volunteers needed.



We have been offered some additional dates for Bunnings BBQ's, our next events are as follows



Bunnings - March 31

9 till 12.30

Mal Slater, Tervor Brown, Gail Chrisfield,Chris Sims, Terry Charlton


12 till 3.30

Alan Anderson, Lelslie Shedden, G & H Mc Donald


BUNNINGS - April 1 

9 till 12.30

J Oswald,G Gill,A Hough,D Mitchell

12 till 3.30

H Randall,T Pickles,G Birchall,B Smith


Strathewen  26/3/18 (9.30 till 3)

J Mcdonald, G & L Gill, M Slater, C Sims


Peace of Mind 13/4/18 ( Anglesea 5 till 6.30)

G& G Birchill , L Neale ,G& L Gill 


Please note that the Cowrie Market 15th April is the same day as Ride the Bellarine so check if you are rostered on for the Cowrie Market BBQ before volunteering for RTB 



You have received a completed 2017-18 BBQ Roster Spreadsheet via email. The Roster is also saved in Clubrunner Club Documents or just Click this link BBQ ROSTER If you are unable to do your rostered session then please find someone who you can swap with and advise me of the change.

Thanks Mal
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Ride the Bellarine Registrations are Now Open


Brian Mynott has again registered to participate in this years Ride and will be our Club's representative in the Ride. We will commence a sponsorship program to support Brian in coming weeks. Awesome job Brian.



Ride the Bellarine is a District Fundraising Event, run by the 15 combined Rotary Clubs of Geelong.  This event, now in its 4th year, raises funds to support the End Polio Now Campaign.


Registrations for Ride the Bellarine 2018 now open!. Click to register today. This unique ride, on 15 April 2018, will take you around the beautiful Bellarine, enjoying amazing scenery while you raise funds to End Polio.

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

Frid 16 Sat 17 
Darrel Brewin 
 Graham Gill 
Polwarth Oval   
Banyule Warri Fields 
 Wadawurrung Drive 
Mon 19th March Jess NowsonLesley SheddenTerry CharltonPositive Exercises as we Age -
Mon 26th March Rudi ScholsDarrel BrewinGeoff DawsonLorne P-12 College VCAL Project - Jace Healey
Mon 9th AprilTREVOR BRITTANAmanda HoughRhonda AnchenRobyn O'LoughlanSurf Coast Shire Positive Ageing Service Review













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 7 January Newsletter CLICK HERE
Rotary Down Under Sept 2017 Edition 597 CLICK HERE
District 9780 Directory 2016-17 (D9780 Rotarians Only)
Rotary Club of Torquay Annual Reports for 2016-17
<----- Click here  for the 2016-17 Annual Report Part A  
<----- Click here  for the 2016-17 Annual Report Part B (Financials)  
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