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Ana Galvez - Rotary Peace Fellow
Lions Village Community Centre
Feb 17, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
"Lift the Lid" Conference Fundraising for Ting
Lions Village Community Centre
Feb 24, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Book Fair Thank You Night to Club and Sponsors
Lions Village Community Centre
Mar 02, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
NO MEETING - Labour Day Holiday
Mar 09, 2020
Moses Pulop Water Project in Komea Papua N Guinea
Lions Village Community Centre
Mar 16, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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President's Report No 29




Hi Everyone,


I was absolutely thrilled by the  incredible efforts put in by the Motor Show Committee, the Judges, Rotarians, family, friends & volunteers that made this year’s Motor Show such a success. The teamwork & camaraderie that was on display made the day so special. 


I believe our entries were at a record and crowd numbers appeared very strong. Thankfully the weather gods were also on our side after a very windy Saturday. We were also delighted to host  our special guest, District Governor Roseanne Kava and her husband Peter on the day. It was great to have the DG present the trophies to all category winners. Again many thanks to all that did a little or a lot to make it such a successful event. A report on funds raised will be presented by the Motor Show Committee at our next meeting.


The Board also met with District Governor Roseanne for a breakfast meeting the following morning where we discussed how our Club was going and worked through a checklist prepared beforehand. The DG was in her own words ‘blown away’ by the size of the Motor Show event and both her & Peter enjoyed the experience. She was very complimentary of where our Club is at in all areas and encouraged us to keep up the good work! 


Today saw the Cowrie Market cancelled due to strong winds which was a shame. But there will be another bbq very soon so check the Event Roster to see if you’re on it. 


We have now wrapped up our Big 3 Fundraising Events namely, Nightjar Festival parking, Book Fair and Motor Show - all held inspiring short space of time. So again thank you all.


We have one more “event” to pop in the calendar and that is Ting’s Youth Exchange ‘TRIVIA NIGHT’ Fundraiser for Lift the Lid on Mental Health next Monday 24 February. Please bring your partner or invite a friend so we can have a fun night for a good cause!


Thank you to Ben Featherston and family for having Ting over the weekend and taking her to the Werribee Open Range Zoo as well as Ten Pin Bowling- she loved it😊


Wishing you all a great week!


Yours in Rotary Service,




PS In case you missed DG Rosanne's District News letter this week we were fortunate to have an article on last weeks Motor Show published.



2020 Torquay Rotary Motor Show

  Terry Dowel, best car show, 1948, Tucker, Torpedo, Brendan O'Neill, best bike in show, Vincent Rapide                    Mayor Rose Hodge presenting the Mayors Choice Award

           District Governor Rosanne Kava presenting the RACV Outright Award to Terry Dowell
With our Annual Motor Show now done and run the organising Committee would like to pass on our sincere thanks to the team of 92 volunteers on Show Day made up of Torquay Rotarians, along with Partners, Friends plus a team of our great friends from Grovedale Rotary.  Without your contribution to the event either as volunteers, sponsors, judges and vehicle entrants there would be no show at all.
It was also a great pleasure to have Mayor Rose Hodge & DG Rosanne on hand to see our Club at work, to meet our members and to present awards to winners.
This year we took the Show to another level with great thanks to our mentors Gary & Karen Grant who were instrumental in attracting an example of the Repco Brabham T19 that took Jack Brabham to his 1966 Drivers Championship as well as many sunning unique motorcycles. We were also privileged to have on display a very rare 1948 Tucker Torpedo, reputedly the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. Without doubt these rare vehicles contributed to attracting a record crowd of spectators through the gates.
The weather was again kind to us resulting in the 2020 Show being an all-round record breaker, with 460 cars and motorcycles on display competing for 30 sought after award trophies. Spectator numbers were well in excess of 6,000 and whilst the final numbers have not yet been completed, there will be in excess of $20,000 available after expenses to fund our Clubs Local, National and International Projects.This year a significant proportion of these funds is committed to Australian Bushfire and Drought Relief.
I have just been advised that The Surf Coast Corvette Club would again like to donate to our Event/Club some $2,000 from their own individual fundraising efforts for which we are extremely grateful and which will further add to the total funds raised.
We have gathered some pics from Sunday and I encourage you to take a look at the stunning cars and bikes that were present in these two albums that are loaded on the Motor Show Facebook page.
1- This album of 450 is a collection from a number of local photographers and Rotarians:-
2- This Album of 33 Pics is courtesy of Peter Marshall & The Surf Coast Times:-
As we are constantly striving to improve the show the committee invites your feedback and suggestions based upon your involvement at last weeks show. Please simply send your comments to me via "reply" email by Wed 20th Feb and they will be included for discussion at our upcoming event debrief.
Yours in Rotary Service
Greg Plumridge




Lift the Lid Fundraiser for Youth Exchange 24th Feb

Monday 24th Feb is going to be our night for Ting to fundraise for this years Youth Exchange Team who are collecting for Australian Rotary Health ‘Lift the lid’ focussing on Mental Health.


Ting will be busy helping with this fundraising as her commitment prior to her heading to District Conference in March.

This night will be a Trivia night, with a Raffle and Snap Auctions, intermingled through the night. We are aiming to fundraise  on the night.

Trivia $5 entry per person (donation) and bring your spare change (check under the couch!)


We look forward to seeing you all there and ask you to bring along lots of Partners and friends remember to register them on Whoozin' along with any special dietary requirements.


No Meeting 9th March - Labour Day 

Please remember that there will be NO Rotary Meeting Monday 9th March due to the Labour Day Holiday
We will be back to usual at the Lions Village the week after on Monday 16th March
Rotary Club of East Geelong 50th Birthday 23rd Feb
Bushfire Relief Donation Options - Be Sure The Money Reaches Those in Need
As much of Australia deals with the tragedy of Bushfires many donation funds are being set up by both government and private groups, and one of the most commonly asked questions is
"Which Charity will ensure that your donation dollars reach those in need?"
When you donate through Rotary you can be assured that over 97% of the monies raised will go directly to those in need.

We are very saddened by the devastating bushfires in our district and across Australia. If you are looking to donate to help those suffering, it is important to make sure your donation is well directed. Below are details of 2 Rotary funds which are assisting those affected.

1. RAWCS - Rotary Australia World Community Service National Fire Appeal
This is the only option for those who can only donate to a recipient with DGR (Donor Gift Recipient) status, or those who want tax deductibility on their donations. Go to to donate. To make sure the funds go to those affected by the fires in our district, tag the donation to ‘East Gippsland’. RAWCS do use 2.75% of the donations for administration.
2. East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee
This is an account of the Rotary Club of Bairnsdale with the funds controlled by the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee. Rotary Club of Bairnsdale Projects Account BSB 633000 Acct 165960451. Please email the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee when you donate
Other worthy causes are:-
East Gippsland Hay Donations and transport costs
For those wishing to donate hay to East Gippsland or elsewhere it is being organised through ‘Need for Feed’
Go to  to arrange it.
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is coordinating fodder relief for farmers affected by bushfires in Gippsland and the Upper Murray. The VFF has secured an agreement with the Victorian Government to facilitate the transport of fodder to affected regions. This includes reimbursement of freight costs for transport of donated fodder.  
Relay for Life 13-14th March 2020 
Remember to "Join" the Rotary Club of Torquay Team when you Register

Our Relay For Life event is approaching in a few months and I have now registered the Torquay Rotary Club's 2020 Team.


The event is scheduled for the 13th and 14th March 2020 at the Polwarth Oval - Banyul Warri Fields Precinct , 1 Merrijig Drive , Torquay.


If you, your relatives or friends have be touched by cancer, then you understand the importance of participating in this event.


Please register for the Rotary Team on the Surf Coast Relay For Life website a soon as possible.


As an incentive, the Cancer Council is offering "early-bird" registrations with a $5 discount.Please contact me with any queries.


This greatly successful fundraising event is an important part of the Rotary calendar.


The Torquay Rotary Club can proudly claim responsibility for establishing this event on the Surf Coast nine years ago and in that time our community has raised in excess of $500 000 for cancer research and support.

Over the years our members have strongly supported the event through directly participating in the Relay and also through our Club's annual donation to the Cancer Council Victoria.


PLEASE REGISTER NOW!      NOTE:- Early Bird Discount Registrations close 9th December


Yours in Rotary




RYLA 2020 Final Chance to Register


Applications are have been extended for RYLA 2020. So if you know of a suitable candidate, please either contact myself or access the required documents via these links:-

RYLA 2020 Application Form

RYLA 2020 Information for Employers


Ben Featherston

Youth Services Director


District Conference Swan Hill 20-22 March 2020

DG Rosanne Kava invites you all to District 9780 Conference in Swan Hill March 20 - 22 2020
As always there is a stellar line-up of award winning presenters scheduled for the conference so to further entice you please view the Conference Program and information regarding Accommodation on the flyer below.
Go to 2020 Conference Link for the Conference Program and all updated information as it comes to hand.
If you are interested in accommodation at the same venue as other Torquay Rotarians please talk to Maggie Isom 0412713102 who is booking accommodation at the Swan Hill Resort or the Swan Hill Caravan Park 
2019 -20 BBQ's and Events




The next BBQ Event is:-

  • Sunday 15th March - Cowrie Market

So Please Check Your Roster to see if you are Rostered "ON" for any of these events


You should have received by email the updated 2019-20 Event Roster, however, if you have not seen it you can download via the link below.

Please check "Your" events and note them in your diary


Note that this calendar now includes all rostered 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 2019 - 20 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


DG Rosanne's Purple House Project


You are invited to contribute to a project to support Purple House, an organisation that provides dialysis services to remote indigenous people in Central Australia.  

Purple House is an innovative Indigenous-owned and run health service operating from its base in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Now operating 16 remote clinics and a mobile dialysis unit called the Purple Truck, Purple House is  getting patients back home so that families and culture can remain strong.

DG Rosanne Kava has asked us all to provide any of the following items to our Assistant Governor, Judy Beasley,  who will pass them on to Purple House CEO Sarah Brown for delivery to clients in remote communities 
  • Soaps, shampoos, conditioner, body lotion and toiletries including combs, brushes, toothpaste and tooth brushes  (no sanitary items as they are sourced elsewhere).
  • Special recognition will be given to the Club that provides the top contribution.
Think about volunteering to assist Purple House if you are travelling in central Australia, eg to assist in building a new Purple House in Coober Pedy, or as a nurse on the Purple Bus or one of the Purple Houses.   Click the image for more details or CLICK HERE to contact Purple House or phone         08 8953 6444.
Please give your donated items to Lesley Shedden or Mike Reed at any of our Monday meetings.


Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians Tournament 19th April

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 
Meeting RSVP's - Whoozin our Weekly Meeting Book-in System 

Our Club is now using the internet based event booking system "Whoozin" for registering to attend our weekly Club meetings.
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 for coming Meetings/Events.
  • You can immediately Accept or Decline, or leave it until later to RSVP.
  • You will receive a RSVP reminder email 3 days prior to the meeting and another the day before the event.
  • You will generally have until Midnight Sunday to register your RSVP however for some special events registrations may close more than one day prior to the event.
  • If necessary you can change your decision right up until the closing time for each event.
  • You can register up to 10 guests.
  • Please notify of where indicated any Special Dietary requirements
  • Please Note that if you do not register your attendance intentions it will be assumed that you will NOT be attending and no meal will provided for you.
If you would like to attend but have not received an invitation or have any problems with the booking system, please contact Greg Plumridge 0418521321 or Michael Reed 0418524315 .
Future Meetings & Duty Roster

Weekly Assigned Duties:

 If you cannot meet one of your assigned duties, Please contact Maggie Isom ( 0412713102 ) 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 17th Feb  John Oswald Brian Mynott Amanda Hough Ana Galvez Peace Scholar
Mon 24th Feb  Kelly Binyon   Lift the Lid Fun Night Fundraising for Ting 
Mon 2nd Mar Rhonda Anchen  Book Fair Review 
Mon 2nd Mar No Meeting Due to Labour Day












Rotary International & District 9780 Info

Rotary International President for 2018-19 is

Mark Daniel Maloney from the Rotary Club of Decatur Alabama, USA
CLICK HERE to read more about our RI President

District 9780 Governor for 2019-20 is Rosanne Kava from Rotary Club of Swan Hill 
CLICK HERE to learn more about DG Rosanne Kava
To read DG Rosanne Kava's latest District 9780  eNewsletter CLICK HERE
Rotary Down Under Feb 2020 Edition 624 CLICK HERE
Melbourne has been announced as the host city for the 2023 Rotary International Convention, the largest conference secured this century for Victoria.
Melbourne is a Big Events City! Set to deliver over $88 million to the Victorian economy, the Convention is the most valuable conference ever won for the state, with the four-day event anticipated to attract more than 20,000 Rotarians from around the world. The global spotlight will be on Melbourne and how we present ourselves to the world.
The Convention will take place 27-31 May 2023 using Rod Laver Arena and the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre for functions.
Watch this Space for further news as it comes to hand.
District 9780 Directory 2018-19 (D9780 Rotarians Only)
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