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Presidents Report


Last week was the first round of our Fireside Chat meetings for the year.  On behalf of the Club I would like to thank all of the hosts for their wonderful hospitality.  From what I hear a good time was had by all who attended.  The planned theme for discussion at the meetings was originally about developing a recruiting strategy to attract new members, although I understand that some discussions ventured into other territory.  I will be interested to receive written comments from each group so that the material can be collated and discussed at a later Club meeting.


This coming week we have Jonathon Clarke, CEO of the Geelong Foodbank, coming to talk to us.  Having had some association with such organisations through my work with another charity, I will be very interested to hear his presentation.  We will also be having a visit from our Assistant Governor, Ross Taylor.  Please make him welcome as well.


Well that's all from me at the moment.  I hope to see all of you there on Monday night
Yours in Rotary Service
Gerard McNamara

Fireside Chats

The Dawson Report

President Gerard and Kathryn McNamara, Rob and Caz Harris and Peter and Sue Hehir joined the Dawsons at 3a Jetti Lane for last Mondays fireside chats.

A lovely three course meal was served by hostess Karan and washed down with several bottles of red, to make for an entertaining and enjoyable evening.

After discussing and solving many of the world’s problems, the talk got to matters of Rotary. The always discussed topic of profile in our town was raised, with late PP Graeme Price’s Tide Clock being mentioned again as a potential project at the entrance of our town. Another idea raised, was the beautification of Grass Tree Park at the entrance of Torquay, a Good place for a Rotary Wheel to have pride of place on the highway. Then the conversation shifted to membership. We all know somebody that would make a good Rotarian. Don’t be afraid to ask! The evening finished with many questions about the meal and the Thermomix helper in the kitchen.   

Photo above of happy group of Rotarians after they left! Host too slow with camera

Co Host and dish pig Geoff.

McDonald/Isom Report
We had a great night at Maggie & Johns and there was much constructive discussion of things “Rotary”. The hosts were joined by Trevor & Gail, the Plumridges and  Lesley & Rob Sheddon also joined us, which gave us all an opportunity to get to know them both better. The Sheddons took the theme for the Fireside Chats discussion of of "Let’s find one new member for our Torquay Rotary Club"  quite literally, bringing their membership applications with them to the dinner. With such dedication I am sure that they will be prove to be valuable members of our club (subject to the usual application process of course). Maggie produced a magnificent Indian dinner (watch out Charmaine D'Souza you now have competition!)  and the discussion was held over some lovely red wines.
Further Report on the discussion to follow at Monday's meeting
The Brewins
Darrel & Pamela hosted the Smiths, Mynotts and Jenny & Roger. see lovely pic at left  of the mood lit dining room!
No doubt Pamela cooked up a storm but we will have to wait for Monday's meeting to glean what was discussed!

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.


Alan D.Shaw Music Award

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


If you can't make it to walk with Team "Bollen's Babes" on Sunday 31st don't stress you can still Sponsor Pete and his Team! To go to the website to sponsor Pete CLICK HERE



Registrations for Parkinson’s Victoria A Walk in the Park 2014 on are now open!

Join us for a leisurely, non-competitive 4km walk, or 2km short-course, along Melbourne’s picturesque Yarra River and celebrate the lives of family and friends who have been touched by Parkinson’s.


To register visit or click here.

Once you have registered you will automatically be set up with a fundraising page.

To help us in reaching our fundraising target, everyone who reaches $25 will receive a limited edition A Walk in the Park 2014 t-shirt. If you are fundraising together as a family or group then the equivalent of $25 per member needs to be reached in order for all members to receive a limited edition A Walk in the Park 2014 t-shirt.




Geelong Small Business Festival


12 months ago, our club moved to 'Xero', a 'Cloud Accounting' software program.

During the month of August, there is the Geelong Business Festival.

Genevieve Sutherland, our Xero trainer and mentor, is holding a business development workshop on the 30th August, as part of this festival.

Genevieve has asked me to pass this on to all members, and encourage anyone interested to attend.

Please  CLICK HERE for the details      

Thanks, Michael

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 18 Aug
Brian Mynott
Jill Evans
Jonathon Clark - CEO Geelong Foodbank + AG Ross Taylor
Mon 25 Aug
Stan Rogers
John McDonald
Greg Birchall
Members Night
Mon 1 Sep
David Mitchell
LLoyd James Gayle Evans TBN
Mon 8 Sep Greg Birchall Amanda Hough Maggie Isom 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)


MEETING APOLOGIES are 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 absence.


There are two ways to do this:

1. filling out in advance the "Apology Book" that is available at each meeting,

2. telephone 03-5222-2022.   an answering service operates our of hours 

  • Apologies must be made no later than 9.00AM , on the Monday of the meeting (unless other arrangements were addressed in the Bulletin). 
  • NOTE an answering machine operates at all times
  • If no apology is recorded by that time, the absentee member willl be sent an invoice to pay the Club the dinner fee ($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!

Also note, if you are bringing a guest or partner (to a non-partner night), you need to notify us of the extra number of persons who are attending.


Note Change of time and day for Rotary Radio

Rotary Radio is on 94.7 the Pulse the first Tuesday of every month at 12-1.00 pm.

If you are having trouble getting to a radio to listen to Rotary Radio on a Tuesday, then you can subscribe to this program as a Podcast for free. You can then listen to the programs any time you wish. You can also listen to individual episodes?  If so then simply  Click Here and play the session you choose. 


This program is supported by the District Public Relations grant for all clubs in District 9780 to promote their projects.  Live streaming means that this can be listened to globally via your computer.  Click below to listen live....

Listen Live via the Internet

The program is intended to provide a platform for the Rotary clubs to present to the community the activities of Rotary. All clubs will be invited to to provide speakers and media releases for upcoming events.  Interviews can be conducted by telephone right across the district at NO charge to your club.
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 August e-Newsletter Click Here