Upcoming Events
Rotary Youth Exchange Presentation
Lions Village Community Centre
Dec 09, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Christmas Social Function
The Sands Resort
Dec 16, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Dec 23, 2019
Dec 30, 2019
Club Social Picnic at Cosy Corner - BYO Dinner
Cosy Corner Beach
Jan 06, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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President's Report No 24


Hello Everyone,


It was a great turn out for our Youth night last week. I’m sure everyone who attended enjoyed Ting’s Presentation and it was great to hear how well her English has improved in the short time she has been here.


Thank you also to Chairman Ben Featherston for his Overview on the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

I also spoke about being the parent of an Outbound student, a Host Parent and Counsellor, and showed a series of slides with photos. It is a wonderful experience and I encourage anyone who’s interested in any of our youth programs to get in touch.




Tomorrow night is our final meeting and we are celebrating Christmas with a Festive Evening at The Sands. 

I look forward to seeing you all there. For those of you unable to attend I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year-stay safe & best wishes for 2020!


Yours in Rotary Service,



No Meetings during the Holiday Season 23rd & 30th December
As we head towards the Christmas and New Year Holiday Season please note that there will be NO regular Monday meetings on 23rd and 30th December. We trust that you will all enjoy time with family and friends and look forward to seeing you all at our first gathering for 2020 the annual Cosy Corner Social Night.
As per the Whoozin Invitation you will have received please note that this year there will be NO FOOD being catered for at Cosy Corner so you will need to BYO Food, BYO Drinks and BYO Chairs.
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




Recreational Vehicle Fellowship of Rotarians (AUST)

If other members of our club are interested in the caravanning fellowship, Recreational Vehicles Fellowship of Rotary Aust Inc. (RVFR).
I have attached below
  • a copy of the Musters that are planned over the next 12 months,
  • plus a note (below)  about a 6 week muster from Port Augusta (SA) to Toowoomba in Queensland
John Spath (Treasurer, Eastern Zone) is proposing a muster starting in Port Augusta late August 2020 continuing on to Alice Springs and then onto the RVFR AGM which will be held in Toowoomba. The stop in Alice Springs will coincide with the Australian / New Zealand Zone 8 Regional Conference to be held there in September. (ZONE 8: Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands: from District 9455 (Perth to Broome) and including every other District in Australia and the Pacific Islands including our own District 9780, and other South eastern Australian Districts 9790, 9800, 9810, 9820, 9830.) John is asking for expressions of interest. Sounds great!

Contact John at

A reminder that the Rotary International Conference will be held in Honolulu next year and the American RVFR will be attending.
John Oswald

Rotary Friendship Exchange - Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest to Host Rotarians from USA.
In the November issue of District Governor Rosanne’s Monthly News there was a call for expressions of interest to host Rotarians from USA as part of the Rotary Friendship Exchange program.
Rotary Friendship Exchanges are a great way to meet new people in new countries. Out bound and In Bound Friendship Exchanges are normally for 2 weeks with a team of 10 – 12 people – usually Rotarians, who travel to another country and stay with Rotarians and visit their District and their Rotary Clubs. Generally teams stay 3 to 4 days in each place and the host Rotary Club members organise for the team to visit places of interest and attend Rotary meetings or attend Rotary functions.
At the moment two Rotary Districts have expressed an interest in a Friendship Exchange with D 9780:
  • D 5060 North Central Washington, USA and British Columbia Canada in Okanagan Valley.
  • D 5970 Iowa USA
 At our Board meeting on18 November Board members supported the notion of being a host club.  Planning is in the early stages but the Chair of D9780 Rotary Friendship Exchange, Gail Barrett, needs at least 4 host clubs for each incoming team – 8 host clubs all up. Timing is yet to be determined and potential host clubs are asked to nominate when would be the most suitable time for the team to visit their area.
If anyone is interested to host 2-4 visitors for 3-4 days please contact Robyn O’Loughlin or Lesley Shedden and we will see if we have sufficient capacity to offer Torquay as a host club. If you would also note what month in 2020 you would be able to host that would be helpful.
Robyn O’Loughlin
Director International Service
Rotary Bushfire Appeal

Our Farmers are in crisis. Record-high heat and record-low rain mean their livestock is starving. Their crops are dying. Many farmers and their families are suffering in silence.
The Rotary Clubs of Australia have partnered with Channel 9, Great Northern Brewing Co. and Bendigo Bank to raise funds and in-kind donations for the drought affected communities across Australia. The appeal is administered by Bendigo Bank’s charitable arm, Community Enterprise Foundation™. Click the image below for full details of this appeal
How to Make Donations
1. Donations can made on line via the following link:
2. In person by visiting any branch of the Bendigo Bank:
3. Or by Cheque. Cheques to be made payable to “Community Enterprise Foundation” and posted to Community Enterprise Foundation, PO Box 480, Bendigo, VIC 3552 
Who's Up To What?


    Santa Mc Donald and Maggie attending the Torquay Carols by the Sea on Saturday Night
Cadel Evans Road Race Marshalling Opportunity

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to be involved with one of Geelong’s iconic sporting events get up-close to watch The Races and help your Club at the same time!
  • It will be a week-long event from 27 January to 3 February 2020
  • There will be 3 races though Torquay:
For the first time, the iconic surf town of Torquay will host our electric circuit men’s and women’s races. Previously held at Melbourne’s Albert Park, this is a chance to get up close to the world’s fastest bike riders in one of Australia’s most dynamic cycling events.
As usual, The Rotary Club of Torquay will receive $50 for each day that a member volunteers.
Members (and friends) of the Rotary club of Torquay can sign up via this link: REGISTER HERE
The new system is set up so volunteers can submit applications for the days they are available however, to do this you will need to click on the event that is taking place that day (on drop down EVENT menu)
For example, if you are available Thursday you will need to click on the Towards Zero Race Torquay (Thursday) or if you are available on Sunday you will need to click on the UCI Elite Men's Race (Sunday) 
From there you can select a place and the list of roles available there will appear. 
For more information about the specific races go to
If you have any problems while registering please call Kristy on 0448 001 355 
This is a very easy and FUN way to raise funds for our club so please register!
Best regards,
Gaynor (Team Leader)



RYLA Update



This is an invitation from RYLA District 9780 regarding an upcoming Birthday celebration. The celebration is mark 60 years of RYLA worldwide.

Please forward this invitation to any past RYLArians from our district, as they may be interested in attending this fun day and reconnecting with friends/colleagues from RYLA.


Applications are also being called for RYLA 2020 which need to be lodged with me before the end of November. If you know of a suitable candidate, please 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.
Conference Registrations have not yet opened so please watch this space for updates and follow this 2020 Conference Link for all updated information as soon 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


Big Thanks for the super team on duty at todays Cowrie Market


The next BBQ Event is:-

  • Saturday Jan 4th -  Danger 1000 Swim
  • Sunday 19th January - Cowrie Mark
Also Night Jar Market Car Parking is on:-
  • Thursday 2nd Jan
  • Thursday 9th Jan
  • Thursday 16th Jan
  • Thursday 23rd Jan
So Please Check Your Roster to see if you are 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


Rotary International Convention Comes to Melbourne
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 superb venues; Rod Laver Arena and the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. All activities and events are within the Heart and Soul of Melbourne. Over 7000 hotel rooms over 50 properties across Melbourne. Our transport plan uses our famous trams, ferries and buses to quickly and easily move delegates between venues, hotels, event and restaurants. And of course, Melbourne is a very walkable city with many interesting routes and laneways to tantalise visitors.
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

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 our 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 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 16 Dec Kelly Binyon Jan Emmett Maggie IsomRobyn O'Loughlin
Christmas Dinner
The Sands Resort 
Mon 6 Jan Social Night Kelly Binyon  BYO Picnic Dinner
Mon 13 Jan Social Night 
Kelly Binyon 
John McGibbon
Curlewis The Range
Mini Golf & dinner 
Joint Social evening with Grovedale Rotary 
Mon 20 January Rhonda AnchenRhonda Anchen  Book Fair sorting & pizzas
Book Fair Meeting 
Torquay Scout Hall 













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 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 Sept 2019 Edition 620 CLICK HERE
District 9780 Directory 2018-19 (D9780 Rotarians Only)
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