Upcoming Events
NO MEETING - Labour Day Holiday
Mar 12, 2018
Relay for Life
Polwarth Oval - Banyul Warri Fields
Mar 16, 2018 6:45 PM –
Mar 17, 2018 3:00 PM
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Gaynor Schols
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President's Report No 35
Monday 5th March, 2018
Our guest speakers this week were Gabrielle Tremul and her mum, Leann Tremul, who spoke about Gabrielle’s genetic condition, Cystic Fibrosis (CF). There is no cure for CF and life expectancy for Gabrielle is 35-38 years. Hearing Gabrielle and her mother speak about their every-day challenges in such an upbeat, optimistic fashion made us all think about how small our own challenges are.

  • On Sunday 4th March Lesley, John Oswald and I promoted Rotary at the Geelong expo at the Rotary Waterfront Market. A great promotion which should perhaps be held regularly?
  • Our club donated $1000 to our Relay for Life team effort. The walk is on 16/17 March at Polwarth Oval, Merrijig Drive. If you have not registered and would like to join our team please contact Graham Gill.
  • I have yet to hear from many members about their availability for the mid-year Book Fair on Queen’s Birthday weekend (8-11 June). Please could you respond to the email.
  • Several members are not responding on Whoozin for each meeting. Please choose “yes” or “no” every week as it’s impossible for catering when 6 members don’t respond. You have the opportunity to edit your response up until Sunday. Please ring Greg Plumridge if you need help with this new RSVP system.
  • You are all invited to the home of Gaynor and Rudi for Happy Hour on Friday 23rd March. Partners and prospective members welcome.
  • If you have any video clips of our Rotary Club activities during the year please forward to Greg Plumridge who is compiling a video for conference on how our club has made a difference this year.

  • BNI (Business Network International) Coastal Connections
  • Trevor Pickles and myself attended the BNI meeting on Thursday morning. This is a business network group which allows business owners to promote their local business to each other and share customer referrals and contacts. It costs $1375 to join for 1 year but they have offered the Rotary Club of Torquay a free membership as their Charity Membership Seat. The one stipulation is that a Rotarian must attend BNI weekly meetings and share our activities with the group. Meetings are held at the Spring Creek Football Clubhouse at 7.30am (yes AM!) on Thursdays. The board is yet to approve this offer but I think it is an excellent opportunity for our club.
    Monday 12th March
    It is Labour Day.

President Gaynor Schols

No Meeting 12th March


PLEASE NOTE There will be no regular Rotary Meeting held at the Lions Village in Torquay
 on Monday 12th March Due to the Labor Day Holiday.
We will return to the Lions Village the next week on the 19th March
Relay for Life March 16th 2018
Thank you to those of you who have registered for our Rotary Relay for Life Team.
This years event is being held at Polworth Oval, Banyul Warri Fields
The Event will commence at 6.45pm on Friday 16th March and conclude at 3.00pm Sat 17th as per the link below.
    CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ROSTER and remember to arrive 15 minutes before you start time and advise the walker before you that you have arrived on site and ready to go for the Torquay Rotary Club Team
If you would like any further details  please contact me.
Graham Gill - Team Captain
District 9780 Conference 6 - 8 April 2018

District Conference is coming up quickly CLICK HERE to find out everything you need to know about the event including
Happy Hour 23rd March

President Gaynor and Treasurer Rudi Schols have kindly invited us all to their home
at 14 Headland Drive, The Quay on the 23rd March 2018 from 6.00pm.
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
Revised BBQ Dates extra volunteers needed.



We have been offered some additional dates for Bunnings BBQ's, our next events are as follows



Bunnings - March 31

9 till 12.30

Mal Slater, Tervor Brown, Gail Chrisfield,Chris Sims, Terry Charlton


12 till 3.30

Alan Anderson, Lelslie Shedden, G & H Mc Donald


BUNNINGS - April 1 

9 till 12.30

J Oswald,G Gill,A Hough,D Mitchell

12 till 3.30

H Randall,T Pickles,G Birchall,B Smith


Strathewen  26/3/18 (9.30 till 3)

J Mcdonald, G & L Gill, M Slater, C Sims


Peace of Mind 13/4/18 ( Anglesea 5 till 6.30)

G& G Birchill , L Neale ,G& L Gill 


Please note that the Cowrie Market 15th April is the same day as Ride the Bellarine so check if you are rostered on for the Cowrie Market BBQ before volunteering for RTB 



You have received a completed 2017-18 BBQ Roster Spreadsheet via email. The Roster is also saved in Clubrunner Club Documents or just Click this link BBQ ROSTER If you are unable to do your rostered session then please find someone who you can swap with and advise me of the change.

Thanks Mal
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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 
Ride the Bellarine Registrations are Now Open


Brian Mynott has again registered to participate in this years Ride and will be our Club's representative in the Ride. We will commence a sponsorship program to support Brian in coming weeks. Awesome job Brian.



Ride the Bellarine is a District Fundraising Event, run by the 15 combined Rotary Clubs of Geelong.  This event, now in its 4th year, raises funds to support the End Polio Now Campaign.


Registrations for Ride the Bellarine 2018 now open!. Click to register today. This unique ride, on 15 April 2018, will take you around the beautiful Bellarine, enjoying amazing scenery while you raise funds to End Polio.

VERY IMPORTANT - Whoozin The New 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

Frid 16 Sat 17 
Darrel Brewin 
 Graham Gill 
Polwarth Oval   
Banyule Warri Fields 
 Wadawurrung Drive 
Mon 19th March Jess NowsonLesley SheddenTerry CharltonPositive Exercises as we Age -
Mon 26th March Rudi ScholsDarrel BrewinGeoff DawsonLorne P-12 College VCAL Project - Jace Healey
Mon 9th AprilTREVOR BRITTANAmanda HoughRhonda AnchenRobyn O'LoughlanSurf Coast Shire Positive Ageing Service Review













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 2017-18 is Australian Ian Riseley from the RC of Sandringham
CLICK HERE to read more
District 9780 Governor for 2017-18 is Ray Herbert from Rotary Club of Mt Gambier West
CLICK HERE to learn more about Ray
To read District Governor Ray's No 7 January Newsletter CLICK HERE
Rotary Down Under Sept 2017 Edition 597 CLICK HERE
District 9780 Directory 2016-17 (D9780 Rotarians Only)
Rotary Club of Torquay Annual Reports for 2016-17
<----- Click here  for the 2016-17 Annual Report Part A  
<----- Click here  for the 2016-17 Annual Report Part B (Financials)  
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