Upcoming Events
NO MEETING - Labour Day Holiday
Mar 11, 2019
Club Assembly - Planning Meeting- At Anglers Club
Torquay Angling Club
Mar 18, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Strathewen Primary School Beach Visit
Rotary Rotunda
Mar 19, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
District Conference
Maryborough Town Hall
Mar 22, 2019 5:00 PM –
Mar 24, 2019 12:00 PM
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President's Report No 34

Greetings All,

Our second, and final, meeting at The Minya was another success and we were informed of  the great work being performed in he Pacific Region by Dr David Goldsmith, a colleague from of John Oswald's from Ballarat. See Report elsewhere in the Bulletin.

I hope that you all enjoying your Long Weekend holiday, except for those of you who did the hard yards at our Bunnings BBQ thanks to you all.

Remember that as a result we have No Meeting tomorrow night, however while you have a night off it would be a good opportunity to follow up on the email that you will have received from Secretary Lesley Shedden during the week. As the Club now has the majority of our fundraising done for the season we are in a position to consider how & where this money should distributed.

This is your opportunity to give direction to the Board as to where you would like to see these $$ allocated and the projects you would like us to support. So please give consideration to this and respond to Lesley's email.

Our thoughts go to John McDonald who has spent most of the past week in the Epworth Hospital fighting an infection, .........but really John that's going to extremes to avoid a Bunnings BBQ.......we wish you a speedy recovery and you are back on deck quickly.

If you have a spare hour or two over the weekend you may also like to drop in to Torquay Toys and give Howard a hand to sell some of our Raffle tickets while the prizes are on display at the shop next door.

Remember that our next meeting will be Monday week on the 18th and it will be held at the Angling Club at Fishermans Beach (near the Boat Ramp) and there will also be a Board Meeting afterwards.

See you all there.



Chairman's Report - Dr David Goldsmith

Monday Night Dr David Goldsmith detailed the development of several dental projects he has been involved with in Tonga, Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu.


He is in the process of developing a dental preventative unit at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara and progressive dental education program in the schools of Honiara. A container of dental equipment fortuitously intercepted from the public auction process is now on the way to Honiara, virtue of DIK in Geelong. David will lead a team to the National Referral Hospital in July/August this year to install up to seven dental chairs and offices, and myriad other projects.


                              Another DIK Container jam packed with goods destined for the Solomons


Whilst we are all giving thought to our Clubs distribution of Funds for 2018-19 perhaps you may give consideration to this worthwhile project.
Please read a much more detailed report of Davids presentation by following this link SOLOMONS DENTAL PROJECT REPORT
Funding from Rotary will allow the team to fit out rooms with the necessary specialist cabinetry, sinks and floor coverings and increase the number of surgeries installed. 
  • A grant of 3k would enable us to increase this number to ????
  • A grant of 5k …
  • A grant of 8k …
  • A grant of 10k would….
John Oswald


2019 Strathewen School Beach Visit  Tues 19th  March





We will be hosting the Strathewen Primary School Beach Visit again on Tuesday 19th March and we are looking for volunteers to assist with preparing and serving the food and snacks, This usually begins about 9.30 to serve morning tea on arrival ,then lunch and finishing with arvo tea around 3.30.


Principal Jane Hayward has advised that the student population has increased to 47. With teachers, parents and grandparents, etc, she is expecting more than 60 this year, necessitating two coaches for the first time, so there will be a little more work required this year.


If you can help please help even if only for the morning or the afternoon please let me know.

Mal Slater


District Conference 2019

DG Anthony invites you to join him, and Be Inspired by the Golden Heart, 
Maryborough      March 22 – 24
As always there is a stellar line-up of award winning presenters scheduled for the conference so to further entice you please follow the link to view the full Conference Program, information regarding Accommodation and to read the Speakers Bios.


Relay for Life 2019 

Relay for Life is on again Friday 15th  - Sat 16th March

I have called our team "Rotary Club of Torquay". That is the team name people will need to type in to search on the Relay for Life website to register themselves and others. It is important to type in the exact name of the team, no other combination of words.


I find the quickest way to access our team is to firstly register your name etc via the above "REGISTER NOW" link register yourself (or renew your 2018 registration) then click on "team search" to Join a Team and type in Rotary Club of Torquay.  


Cheers Darrel


District eNews
CLICK THE LINK below to read the Weekly District Newsletter

BBQ's and Events updates



Please check your roster for our next Event which is the Cowrie Market on 17th March


Please note that to avoid any confusion what was previously known  as the BBQ Roster has now been rebranded as the "Events" Roster. to reflect that it includes all 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 2018-19 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


District Training Assembly 2019




All members are welcome and encouraged to attend but it is essential that the incoming board members attend. This a great opportunity to learn more about Rotary.


The venue this year will be MARIAN COLLEGE, 304 Barkly St ARARAT.

Registration is at 9.30am and we should finish around 3.30pm


Watch this space for registration details as they come available


We will arrange car pooling once we establish who is attending.


Kelly Binyon (President Elect) 


Rotary International Conference - Hamburg 2019

Join Rotary President Barry Rassin at the 110th Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June 2019. The historic port city of Hamburg offers something for everyone. Germans call it “The Gateway to the World” — and the 2019 convention will be your gateway to the world of Rotary. At the convention, you’ll connect with people of action from across the globe while learning the latest news and strategies for keeping clubs strong.
As a past convention attendee, you know that every convention is an opportunity to learn. Not only will you be inspired by the energy and enthusiasm that surrounds you, you’ll also make new, unforgettable memories that can last a lifetime.
Join your Rotary friends in Hamburg at the 2019 Rotary Convention where together, we’ll Capture the Moment.

Share the excitement by downloading the promotional kit or by sharing the official promotional video to your social networks.
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 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

Mon 11th MarNoMeetingDue ToLabour DayHoliday
Mon 18th MarTrevor Pickles   Club Assembly at The Angling Club
22-24th Mar   District ConferenceMaryborough
Mon 25th Mar    Rotarian behind the Badge - at the Angling Club














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 Governor Anthony No 2 July/August final Newsletter 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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