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Club Dinner /social night
Beach Hotel , Jan Juc
May 18, 2015
6:30 PM – 9:21 PM
The Rotarian behind the Badge
Lions Village
May 25, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
2015 Geelong Kokoda Youth Program
Lions Village
Jun 01, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:01 PM
Jun 08, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Anzac Day 2015


Another ANZAC Day Dawn Service has been & gone .


Despite lots of pre planning & an unusually large crowd, there was some confusion at times .

However ,overall the Event was a HUGE SUCCESS thanks to the help of all  Rotarians who participated.

A very special thanks must go to those partners& friends who played a key role in the overall success of the day.


Donations collected at the Program  distribution points  have not all been counted at this stage, however Treasurer Mike Reed will have a final figure for our meeting  tomorrow night Monday 27th April .


My rough estimate is that this will be in the vicinity of $5000 , which is about double that of what we collected last year.

In addition to this we will also have the proceeds from the Bar fridge raffle, kindly organised by Greg Plumridge to add to the total figure we will present to the RSL.  


The raffle was drawn this afternoon at the RSL office.

Unfortunately no Torquay Rotarians were amongst the winners.

Thanks again for your help & support


John McDonald


Presidents Report




Another big night for the Club.  As a direct result of members' efforts on ANZAC Day a cheque for $6,531.30 was presented to the Torquay RSL.  The Club also donated $4,000.00 to Disaster Aid Australia for the purchase of five Family Survival Packs for cyclone devastated Vanuatu; and a donation of $1,650 was made to the Spring Creek Community Centre to assist with the distribution of their periodic  Springboard Newsletter.  None of this could have been possible without the hard work by Club members throughout the past year.  I would like to offer a personal vote of thanks to all of those who contributed to this effort and to James Taylor and the Team at the Surfcoast Times for the great article in last weeks paper(see above)

 Our new Sergeant-at-Arms did an excellent job of fleecing us all once again.  Of course all money raised during fines sessions will be donated to the Aquabox project at the end of this Rotary year.
 Our speaker this week was Andrew Pipkorn, the District Chair for Australian Rotary Health.  He gave an excellent presentation.  Further information about his presentation appears elsewhere in this edition.
 Remember the meeting on 18th may will be held in the Bistro at the Jan Juc Hotel.  That's all from me this week.

Yours in Rotary Service,


Gerard McNamara
Rotary Club of Torquay



Welcome New Members

Last Monday President Jeanette had the pleasure of inducting 3 New Members to our Club. Gaynor and Rudi Schols have been meeting with us for several weeks now since moving to Torquay. They have previously been members of the Rotary Club of Wheelers Hill and come to us with a wealth of Rotary knowledge and experience. It was great to have them busy working with us at the Surfcoast Dog Walk event, where Gaynor was handling Registrations and Rudi had his baptism at the BBQ hotplate.
Johnny and Ildy Parello are the owners of Torquay Joinery and are well known around Torquay. Johnny has wasted no time in becoming involved in Rotary projects, he has already signed on as a member of the team going to Fiji next month to work on the Koroipita Housing Project. Johnny is leading the charge to source donations of tools to be taken to Fiji to use on the project.
In coming weeks we will also be inducting Danny Matern, a friend of Rachel Adami's, who was unable to be with us last Monday.
Most of you will have already had the pleasure of getting to know Gaynor, Rudi, Danny and Johnny as they have been attending our recent meetings. I know that you will all join with me in extending a warm welcome them all to our Club and we look forward to working and socialising with them in the future as we go about the everyday business of Rotary.

Greetings from Fiji







Anyone who has had any involvement with Rota homes or the Koroipita Housing Project, Including our own team who were there last year, would know Peter Drysdale - the man behind this project. Peter commenced this project - called Rota Homes - in 1985. More recently it had been renamed Community Homes Trust, and Peter is coordinating the construction of a complete village approximately 10 km out of Lautoka called Koroipita (Koroipita is Fijian for 'Peter's Town').


The Fiji Times published an article on this great man which I'm sure many of you would like to read. To do so CLICK HERE for the link to the article


Distrct Conference 2015


It is now just over two weeks before we celebrate the work of our District, be inspired, meet fellow Rotarians and have fun at the 2015 District 9780 Conference in historic Maryborough, Central Victoria at the District 9780 District Conference on the week-end of March 20th to 22nd.


If you haven't already registered, we encourage you to do so within the next week because registrations will be closing on Friday, March 13th. We have to let our caterers know numbers by then, and we need time to prepare Conference materials and make our final preparations.


If you are still deciding, please follow the link below to view some our Conference booklet that will give you an idea of the fantastic speakers and facilitators we have to inspire, entertain and increase your Rotary knowledge. There is also a summary of the program. More information is available on our website at


District Conference 2015 Promotional Booklet

If you are interested in attending District Conference 2015 then please take time to view the following.
CLICK HERE To view the Conference Website that contains all of the information you will require,
this includes the Conference Program and Accomodation Details.
Also view this Youtube Promotional video on the event.

Good Friday Appeal Needs Your Help!

Kevin Egan from Lions Club & RSL is Urgently seeking collectors to help man the Surfcoast Highway/Darian Rd Intersection for the Royal Childrens Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
He needs 6 People from 10am - 12Noon, and 6 People from 12Noon - 2pm.
If you can spare 2 hours on Good Friday in either of these time slots can you please contact Kevin on 0412 359317

The New Team for 2104-15

Big finish as another Rotary year comes to an end in Torquay at today's annual changeover of office bearers event. Retiring President Jeanette Crowther was presented with both a Presidential Citation and "Club Central" awards by Assistant Governor Ross Taylor. These awards recognise our Clubs achievements within Rotary District 9780. Gerard McNamara was then inducted as President for 2014-15 presented his management team to everyone present.
If you would like to view all of the photos from the function please CLICK HERE
So that you all know "who's who in the zoo" for this year here is a list of all office bearers on the new committee

President:                Gerard McNamara

Vice P :                     Peter Bollen

Secretary:                Lloyd James

Treasurer:                Michael Reed

Community:            Darrel Brewin

International:         Graham Gill

Club Service:           Jill Evans

Vocational:              Trevor Pickles

Youth:                       Jenny Oscar

President Elect:       Jill Evans

Imm. Past Pres.:      Jeanette Crowther

BBQ Roster -

Coming Events - We're nearly done! Only Easter  & Anzac Day to go! 

Please watch for an email this week detailing tasks for ANZAC Day




To check your BBQ commitments the Roster attached it can be found on Clubrunner under "Club Documents" or simply follow this link CLICK HERE

As per previous years it will be your responsibility to swap dates if you are unavailable for the date that you have been rostered on. 




Mal Slater & John McDonald




Rotary International Convention 2014

Sydney is delighted to be hosting the 2014 Rotary International Convention in June 2014


The International Convention provides a great opportunity for likeminded Rotarians to connect, gives you a chance to hear quality speakers , update yourself on Rotary world events 


 As Sydney is only   "up the road" it is an ideal opportunity for Club members to experience an international Rotary Convention


The Convention will be held at Sydney Olympic Park, June 1-4, 2014.


Make sure you book your accommodation soon , as this will be tight


For further information CLICK HERE to view the Convention Website

Maggie Isom

Weekly Assigned Duties:

 If you cannot meet one of your assigned duties, Please contact Maggie Isom 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


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




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”.    


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  Illumintions MAY 2015 District Newsletter Click Here
To Read Rotary Down Under MAY e-Newsletter Click Here