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Jun 10, 2019
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Jun 17, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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President's Report No 48

Hello all,
we have no meeting this coming Monday as we will all be out celebrating Betty’s birthday, but the following week, June 17, will feature Nicky Angus from the Surf Coast Council who will inform us regarding projects that may be of interest.
It’s not always easy to come up with new/innovative projects – much has already been done across all Rotary clubs and it can be a case of ‘been there, done that’ so a fresh approach from someone outside Rotary may inspire new directions.

The 2018/19 Rotary Year is coming to an end with the Changeover Dinner scheduled for June 23 at The Sands. Kelly Binyon will be taking over my role as President and will introduce the new Board accordingly. Details will no doubt appear in a following Running Sheet courtesy of Jan Emmett so please make sure you are all aware of the event.

I trust all current Board Members have delivered their reports to Lesley for inclusion in the Annual Report.

Remember too – Happy Hour at 4 Jetti Lane on Saturday the 15th at 5pm – BYO drink and a plate – looking forward to a very merry evening.


Chairman's Report Lloyd Owen

Tonight we had the pleasure of meeting Dr Lloyd Owen, who told of his career, beginning as an Insurance clerk, and morphed his way, as careers do, into being a head honcho in the Victorian justice system. 


Having been a rebel at Melbourne High, Lloyd failed matriculation but found his way interestingly, into the profession of Social Work.  His work took him into the Public Service and the Youth Justice System both managing facilities including Winlaton, Turana, Langi Kal Kal, Allambie Reception Centre, and also kinship and community foster care. At times his case load was 120 youth offenders or children at risk, untenable and as he said, he was unable to get past the top drawer, and many of the files in the second and bottom drawer were not given the attention and support they needed.   


He said that really these institutions did more good than harm, given the circumstances and funding available, and they did make a positive difference.  He felt that the staff were generally devoted and had great hopes for the young residents, but the lack of support upon discharge made it very difficult to provide restorative care and rehabilitative futures.  As a previous Director of some of these institutions, he was asked to submit to the Royal Commission into the Institutional abuse of Children.  


Lloyd eventually left Melbourne and came to Lara, then Torquay, and is now settled in Geelong.  He completed his PhD as a (really) mature aged student, and entered Academia both at La Trobe and Deakin Universities. 


He has written papers and books, but Loving with Limits is his fundamental mantra.  He suggests that Parents should never give up, provide a safety net, show their love and interest, encourage controlled risk-taking, always letting their children know that they are valued and have a self-identity as opposed to being a non-entity.    As an alternative to feeling like a nobody, a child will always try to make themselves present, whether by success or by notoriety. 

At present Lloyd sits on the Board of Barwon Child Youth and Family, the relatively new conglomerate of the many Child and Youth services in Geelong.   Many years ago he and his wife Faith fostered 2 young teenage girls, and now they have the pleasure of their own children, their foster children and grandchildren. 

Time ran out, and Lloyd did not have the opportunity to show us some short videos from BCYF, and hopefully he will return to share with us the family issues and solutions that exist in today's society. 

Amanda Hough

No Meeting 10th June


PLEASE NOTE There will be no regular Rotary Meeting held at the Lions Village in Torquay
on Monday 10th June which is the Queens Birthday Holiday.
We will return to the Lions Village the following week on the 17th June.
Happy Hour Saturday 14th June

President Trevor and Gail have kindly invited us all to their home
at 4 Jetti Lane on Saturday 15th June 2019 from 5.00 to 7.00pm
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
2019 Torquay Rotary Changeover Lunch
Our Club's Changeover Luncheon will be held as follows
Venue:- The Sands
When:- 23rd June 2019
Time:- 12 noon for 12.30 - 4pm
Cost:- $50/Head, Drinks @ Bar Prices
Registrations:- Via Whoozin - or  BOOK HERE
Payment:- Please  deposit into our Club Bank Account as follows:-

BSB:- 633 000A/C No:- 149717803 Please use “Changeover & Your name” as the reference

Who:- Partners, Friends & Family
International Update

Rotary International Convention Hamburg

 By the time you all read this Gaynor and I will have met with the regional Grants Officer at the Rotary International Conference in Hamburg. The RIC has been extraordinarily busy, with 25,000+ attendees, a significant amount of them quite young, which is great to see.


Went to part of the Rotary Peace Symposium, where I met with two Rotary Peace Scholars who are enthusiastic to spread their message, and  to come to Torquay to talk. I have attached a photo of  the three of us meeting with the 2018 Noble peace prize winner, Dennis Mutwege.

John Oswald


Who's Up To What

                            What's this Antiques Roadshow?                                                                                            The 3 Amigos

                                        Gaynor at Kew Castle                                                                                      Rudi at Buckingham Palace
                           Gaynor in the Trenches at Ypres                                                                    Rudi & Gaynor in Brugge

                                  Gaynor & Rudi in Brugge                                                             Gaynor working on the Slavery Stand at the Hamburg Convention

                     The Oswalds at the Hamburg Convention                                                         Rudi & John at the Hamburg Convention
                          Neil and Mary's home for 9 days                                                                                                  & off to sea they go!
Invitations from the Albert Park Rotary Club

Bendigo Art Gallery Visit - Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits 7th July
Our club has been invited by the Rotary Club of Highton to this Bendigo Art Gallery Visit
Joke of the Week


While walking down the street one day a Member of Parliament is tragically hit by a truck and dies.

His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

'Welcome to heaven,' says St. Peter.
'Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you.'

'No problem, just let me in,' says the man.

'Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher  up.  What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven.  Then  you can choose where to spend eternity.'

'Really, I've made up my mind.  I want to be in heaven,' says the MP.

'I'm sorry, but we have our rules.'

And with  that, St. Peter escorts him to the  elevator and he went down, down, down  to hell.  The doors open and he found himself in the middle of a green golf course.  In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other  politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and dressed in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the  people.

They played a friendly game of golf and then dined on lobster, caviar and champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes.  They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it's time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and wave whilst the elevator rises....

The elevator rises and the door opens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

'Now it's time to visit heaven.'

So, 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing.  They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

'Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.'

The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers: 'Well, I would never have said it  before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.'

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

When the doors open he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.

He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder. ' I don't understand,' stammers the  MP.

'Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.   What happened? '

The devil looks at him, smiles and says, 'Yesterday we were campaigning..  

Today you voted’.


2019-20 Entertainment Book Now on Sale 

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We are thrilled to be launching the NEW 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Memberships! Entertainment is turning 25 this year and Entertainment Publications have been working hard to make this the best edition yet.

Please order now so you can take advantage of bonus Early Bird Offers, while they last. Not only will you get to enjoy valuable bonus Early Bird vouchers but also you will receive a $20* Woolworths online offer and $50^ Cellarmasters online offer! (*$20 off your total shop when you spend $220 or more at Woolworth online. ^$50 off your total shop when you spend $120 or more at Cellarmasters online. *^Terms & conditions apply) 

Please click this Order Now link to order your membership.
Please be sure to use this link to ensure our Club receives the Club fundraiser donation.
If you opt for the book rather than a digital membership and wish to collect the book from me, specify 'Pick Up' as the Delivery Option for your order.
Should you need any help or further information, please contact me by phone (0408-331-661) or e-mail (

Kind Regards,

Vernon D’Souza

Mobile: 0408-331-661

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 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

Mon 10 JuneNoMeetingDue toQueens Birthday 
Mon 17th JuneNicky Angus   Surf Coast Shire Community Project Development Officer
Sun 23rd JuneChangeover Luncheon MC Maggie IsomJan EmmettADG Judy Beasley 
The Sands Resort
12 for 12.30 start
Mon 24 JuneNO MEETINGdue to Changeover   
Mon 1st JulyClub AssemblyPres Kelly Binyon  Kellys 1st Meeting as Pres














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 Barry Rassin from the Rotary Club of East Nassau
CLICK HERE to read more

District 9780 Governor for 2018-19 is Anthony Ohlsen from Rotary Club of Maryborough 
CLICK HERE to learn more about Anthony
To read District 9780 weekly  eNewsletter CLICK HERE
Rotary Down Under Oct 2018 Edition 610 CLICK HERE
District 9780 Directory 2018-19 (D9780 Rotarians Only)
Rotary Club of Torquay Annual Reports for 2017-18
<----- Click here  for the 2017-18 Annual Report Part A  
<----- Click here  for the 2017-18 Annual Report Part B (2016-17 Audited Financials)  
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