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Russell Hampton
Upcoming Events
Update from CFA on Fire Protection
Lions Village
Sep 15, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Footy night - Grand Final week
Lions Village
Sep 22, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
District Governor Visit
Lions Village
Oct 06, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Relay for Life
Banyul-Warrie Fields
Nov 08, 2014 12:30 PM –
Nov 09, 2014 2:00 PM
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Presidents Report

Firstly I would like to congratulate the members on deciding to support a last minute call to bbq duty on 13th & 14th September.  The Club received very short notification of the event and yet we were able to staff the best sausage trailer in town over the entire weekend.  Thanks to the efforts of those involved, the event proved to be very lucrative for the Club. 
Being able to resource an event like that at the last minute certainly helps the bottom line of the fundraising account.  It also places us well to be invited to future such events.  It looks like our Large Event Catering Portfolio is going from strength to strength.
Last week we had an enthusiastic speaker, Catherin Brooks, who told us about her impending study tour to the UK.  I am sure that I join with all of you in wishing her a pleasant and successful trip.
Yours in Rotary Service
Gerard McNamara
Last week the mystery of Clubrunner resulted in the pic at left not being published so here it is.
President Gerard presenting a Cheque for $500 to Peter Bollen for his "Bollens Babes" team for the Parkinsons "Walk in the Park" (so here 'tis editor)

Catherine  Brooks - Surf Coast Young Person of the Year

Catherine can be described as a one of our dynamic future leaders. She gave a passionate speech about her upcoming trip to the UK and where she’ll position herself on her return. Everyone in the room left the table with a renewed sense of optimism, uplifted by the enthusiasm of this incredible 18 year old Arts student.
            Catherine has lived in Aireys Inlet (Hairy Singlet) all her life. A community minded student who in year 11, was chosen to be Victoria’s Rural Youth Ambassador. She travelled regional Victoria and had the ear of the State Education Minister Martin Dixon who listened intently to her presentations. In year 12 she accepted a nomination by the state Youth Affairs Minister, Ryan Smith to be on his Youth Advisory Committee. Her current portfolio on this committee is “Youth Involvement”
            Last year Catherine was awarded the honour of “Young Citizen of the Year” by the Surfcoast Shire for not only her work in rural Victoria, but also for her volunteer work with people with disabilities in our area.
            This year she was invited to join Minister Dixon’s “Youth Reference Group” to represent Victoria’s rural students and now she has accepted an invitation to join the “Country Education Project” to tour England & Scotland with one other student and 10 school principals. Their aim is to establish a culture of improvement through collaboration in Victorian schools, to engage young people particularly in rural areas to use modern teaching technologies to build alliances and develop sustainable leadership skills.
            This Group will be visiting 3 key academies in the UK which have strong ties to philanthropic and sporting organizations then on their return will report their findings directly to the Minister.
            Rotary Club of Torquay wished her and her team well and thanked her for an inspiring speech.
Trevor Brown - Chairman


By now you will have received an email inviting you to advise me of the dates that you WILL NOT be available on the BBQ Calander which is attached to the email.
If you want to be allocated BBQ dates which suit your own diary then PLEASE be sure to respond to the email before the 14th September otherwise you will be allocated dates which may not suit you. I will then be your responsibility to so find someone to swap with.
Additional to the dates on the spreadsheet I have sent out there are 3 more requests which have been presented to us. If you could let me know ASAP if you are interested in volunteering for any of these then we will be able to consider taking on these additional events.


1 The Surf Coast Century
Well the BBQ Season got off to a flying start at the Surf Coast Century. Our club was invited on short notice to operate our BBQ at this event promoted by Rapid Ascent. With approx 2,000 competitors over 2 days it was an event well worth being at and has given our Club's funds a good kick start. With takings of over $3,000 (costs to come out of that) hopefully we will be invitet to do this event again next year.  It was a busy event and given that it was our first time at it we ran out of supplies several times requiring several mercy dashes to the local IGA.
A big thanks to all of the members and to Rob Sheddon who has not even been inducted into the club yet yet and he is already on the job....great work Rob!
It was also wonderful to see Mary Elliott's smiling face and to have her back on the team again!


Brownlow Football Night

Monday 22 September is the beginning of Grand Final week & Brownlow night!

 Its a Torquay Rotary Club tradition that we celebrate this GREAT GAME with a FOOTY NIGHT for members and partners, friends & family  

There will be a football sweep , footy food, games and prizes for the best dressed in your footy colours!

 So get out the gear and come along and enjoy on Monday 22nd September

You and your partner are invited to the Footy night - Grand Final week.
You should have received an email to attend or decline by now, some of you have already replied  
Please complete ASAP , so we can have final numbers and the night organised
Thank you

( Coach) Maggie Isom

(Boundary Runners) Peter Bollen , David Mitchell

Visit to Arthur Reed Photos

a Vocational Visit had been organised with Mike Reed to Arthur Reed Photos on Monday, October 13.
We are suggesting that participants meet there at 6.30
prompt for a tour that should take a full hour, but we will need to be at the Grovedale Hotel by 7.45 for dinner.
Please be sure to Register via the email you will have just received
Trevor Pickles
Vocational Service

REGISTER FOR THE Membership WEBINAR – Perception Vs. reality: Club evaluation and visioning

Join us on 8 October 2014 at 10 a.m. Central Standard Time for the next installment of the Membership Matters! webinar series - Perception vs. Reality: Club Evaluation and Visioning
This webinar will feature Steve Wilcox from the International Vision Facilitation Council; Steve has over 12 years of experience helping Rotary clubs develop and implement their club vision strategy as well as training other leaders in the facilitation process. Steve will share his insights into the process of club visioning and provide you with the steps to perform this transformational process in your own club. Joe Brownlee, RI’s chief strategy officer, will join us to discuss the resources and support available from Rotary. Attendance is limited to 1,000 participants so make sure to register today.
NOTE The only difficulty is that these times are in US Central Standard Time (Evanston).  which means the webinar will be at 2.00am on the 9th October
Time Conversion
Chicago (U.S.A. - Illinois)               Wednesday, 8 October 2014 at 10:00:00 AM
Melbourne (Australia - Victoria)                Thursday, 9 October 2014 at 2:00:00 AM
You can find this and other Rotary webinars on the webinar page at:
Please also feel free to share this opportunity with fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors who may be interested in attending.
Looking forward to having you there,
The Membership Development Team



You may recall that Siimone Lewis from Surf Coast Shire recently spoke to us at one of our meetings. Simone has asked us to promote this event.The Surf Coast Shire in partnership with Surf Coast Secondary College are bringing Love Drunk to Torquay.

Love Drunk is a performance based theatre show- Parents Education Event, that explores the issues of teen binge drinking, safe partying and sexual assault in a non-confrontational way. It aims to give parents the skills to talk to their children about serious issues.

It's free, and no bookings are required. The event will be at Surf Coast Secondary College Sports Hall on Wednesday September 17th with a 6pm start.

The event is suitable for anyone who is the Parent, Grandparent or Carer of teens, young adults or pre-teens.



Simone Lewis I Youth Development Team Leader

Surf Coast Shire I 1 Merrijig Drive I Torquay VIC 3228





We are getting together a TEAM representing our Club to participate in the

Relay For Life 2014 at Surf Coast on November 8/9 at Banyul-Warri Fields


Please come and join us on that weekend with family & friends - its a great event !


I will be sending a timetable soon for you to complete when you will be available.


If you wish to participate in the Relay you will first be required to register for the event.Registration will cost you $20 for which you will receive your 2014 RFL shirt to wear on the day.

To Register CLICK HERE


Rotary's International Day of Peace on 21 September

Millions of individuals and organizations will mark the International Day of Peace on 21 September by creating practical acts of peace, advocating for peace, and building public awareness. Here are five ways you can commemorate the annual day of global ceasefire and nonviolence:

1. Engage co-workers, students, and your community in Peace Day events. Check out The Pocket Book of Peace and International Day of Peace websites.

2. Watch the inspiring Ted talk by Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley.

3. Organize friends, co-workers, or your community to observe one minute of silence at noon local time on 21 September, uniting in solidarity with millions around the world.

4. Learn about the important work of these peace groups: Rotarian Action Group for Peace, Peace Direct, Alliance for Peacebuilding, Peace and Collaborative Development Network, Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, Institute for Economics and Peace.

5. Share photos of, or thoughts about, your peace work and your plan for commemorating Peace Day to this post; use hashtags #Peaceday and #Rotarypeace.

For more information and resources CLICK HERE to read the entire pdf.

Are you interested in volunteering for a District Committee?

Would you like to join the District Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (aka RYLA) Committee?  You would only have to attend 4 meetings per year.  If the answer is yes then please contact  PP Barry Burnett by email at

Weekly Assigned Duties:

 If you cannot meet one of your assigned duties, Please contact Jill Evans 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






See Events for details

Mon 15 Sep Chris Sims Jeanette Crowther Kathryn McNamara CFA – update on fire protection.
Mon 22 Sep Maggie Isom Peter Bollen David Mitchell
Grand Final/Brownlow Night
Partners Night
Mon 29 Sep Peter Bollen Vernon D'Souza Bill Abbott Cr Eve Fisher - Renewable Energy
Mon 6 Oct Gerard McNamara Gaynor Scholls Mary Elliott
DG visit - Aquabox
Partners Night

lease 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”.    

Do you have an? interesting Hobby

Our Vocational Service Director, Trevor Pickles, is looking for those RETIRED members who have an interesting hobby, what he calls your 'Retiree Vocation'.
It could be anything - Underwater Basket Weaving,  Duct Tape Art, Handcuff Collecting or even Javelin Catching (see attached pic), doesn't matter.
Talk to Trev so he can book you in!
A presentation of say 1/2 hour would be ideal.

Not all of us were able to make the trek to District Changeover in June, however I am sure that members of our Club would prefer not to have to wait until DG Geoff's Club visit on 6th October to get to know more about him and his vision for District 9780.
........well  thanks to District Media Guru Tony Stewart and modern technology you can hear DG Geoff James acceptance speech by CLICK HERE or follow the link below (Please Note:- you may need to view this bulletin in your web browser to see the link below)
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 Reflections Newsletter Click Here
To Read Rotary Down Under SEPTEMBER e-Newsletter Click Here