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Greg "Plugga" Plumridge

Dear Members
Thanks to Mal & Debbie Slater for a very interesting photographic journal of their trip down The Canning Stock Route last Monday. I am sure there are now many Rotarians inspired to make this epic journey.
For those it ìs relevant to "Happy Mothers Day" and to all others I hope you have had a good weekend. I have had the privledge of have having a day with my boys and my Grand Daughter WOW- this is what it is all about.!
This week we have the honour of inducting Danny Matern to our fold and I could not be more positive of a more thought provocating member to add our ranks. I know that Danny has some great ideas to bring to this "club"
I would like to add that on a more serious note that Greg has lost his Mum in this last week, so I would like everyone to think of Greg in their thoughts at this point of time.
From us all Greg best wishes.
See you on Monday Night

Greetings from Fiji

Greetings from Fiji.


Having given up trying to use facebook, and with a very slow internet - I decided to send an email out ... with out photos! ....


We left Tullamarine Airport lat Sunday 4th May, arriving in Fiji Sunday afternoon where we were met by Peter Drysdale - the man  

 behind this project. Peter commenced this project - called Rota Homes - in 1985. More recently it had been renamed Community Homes Trust, and Peter is coordinating the construction of a complete village approximately 10 km out of Lautoka called Koroipita (Koroipita is Fijian for 'Peter's Town').

There is a second Rotary team here from Campbelltown in South Australia, also doing a 2 week volunteering trip. They are working on a second place, except for Val, the lady with them who is assisting with the painting. 

Monday morning 5th May we were collected from our Hotel Accommodation, arranged by Peter, and taken via the supermarket, to buy food for lunch, to Koroipita for a 2 hour briefing before commencing work later that morning.

Jenny and myself have been painting doors, window shutters and timber trims while Johnny, Rod, Lonnie and Ben started building a house. There is 'foremen' in each area keeping an eye on things!

The team has done very well during the week getting the place we commenced close to 'lock up'.

Days have been quite hot, temperatures into the high 20's with fairly high humidity. Plenty of water is consumed each day!


Days commence for us after been collected at 7.45am and conclude around 4.30pm. ...Except for Friday.

Friday we finished at 11.30am (worked heaps of overtime during the week!) and I had arranged for us all to spend the weekend on Navini.....for a little 'R&R'.


After the weekend of fishing, snorkeling, swimming and relaxing - we go back to Lautoka this afternoon ready for work at 7.45am Monday (tomorrow).

Our first task will be to complete the house we are working on, then find out what will be 'next'.

We will complete our work at Koroipita on Friday 16th May around lunch time - to allow us time to get changed ready to fly home Friday afternoon.


Our 2 sponsored apprentices - Lonnie and Ben have mentioned, and expressed their appreciation on a few occasions of the opportunity our club has provided for them.

Everyone here has really enjoyed the experience, and once we return and collate the photographs will give a more detailed report.

From us here sitting and sweating in shorts and shirts (must be time for a swim???!!) will catch you all next Monday 19th May, to a no doubt different temperature?



Michael, Jenny, Johnny, Rod, Roger, Lonnie and Ben 

 Save the Date
 Sunday June 29th 2014
 Torquay Rotary Club Changeover

Venue           Wyndham Resort Torquay, 100 The Esplanade

Time             12.30 for 1.00pm

Cost              $45 a head includes 2 course meal, plus complimentary drink on Arrival

Drinks at Bar Prices




Rotary International Convention 2014

Sydney is delighted to be hosting the 2014 Rotary International Convention in June 2014


The International Convention provides a great opportunity for likeminded Rotarians to connect, gives you a chance to hear quality speakers , update yourself on Rotary world events 


 As Sydney is only   "up the road" it is an ideal opportunity for Club members to experience an international Rotary Convention


The Convention will be held at Sydney Olympic Park, June 1-4, 2014.


Make sure you book your accommodation soon , as this will be tight


For further information CLICK HERE to view the Convention Website

Maggie Isom


Registrations for Parkinson’s Victoria A Walk in the Park 2014 on are now open!

Join us for a leisurely, non-competitive 4km walk, or 2km short-course, along Melbourne’s picturesque Yarra River and celebrate the lives of family and friends who have been touched by Parkinson’s.

Why not get a group of friends or family together and take advantage of the early bird discount available until the 13 June, 2014


To register visit or click here.

Once you have registered you will automatically be set up with a fundraising page.

To help us in reaching our fundraising target, everyone who reaches $25 will receive a limited edition A Walk in the Park 2014 t-shirt. If you are fundraising together as a family or group then the equivalent of $25 per member needs to be reached in order for all members to receive a limited edition A Walk in the Park 2014 t-shirt.




Weekly Assigned Duties:

 If you cannot meet one of your assigned duties, it is your responsibility to arrange for another member to take your place. 

 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 12th May       Melinda Gill & Sam Dharmapala Poor People in the Phillipines
Mon 19th May       Community visit meeting at  CFA
Mon 26 May       Andy Britain, Jackson Barlow & Kate - Youth Services


Please 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



MEETING APOLOGIES are 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 absence.


There are two ways to do this:

1. filling out in advance the "Apology Book" that is available at each meeting,

2. telephone 03-5222-2022.   an answering service operates our of hours 

  • Apologies must be made no later than 9.00AM , on the Monday of the meeting (unless other arrangements were addressed in the Bulletin). 
  • NOTE an answering machine operates at all times
  • If no apology is recorded by that time, the absentee member willl be sent an invoice to pay the Club the dinner fee ($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!

Also note, if you are bringing a guest or partner (to a non-partner night), you need to notify us of the extra number of persons who are attending.


Note Change of time and day for Rotary Radio

Rotary Radio is on 94.7 the Pulse the first Tuesday of every month at 12-1.00 pm.

If you are having trouble getting to a radio to listen to Rotary Radio on a Tuesday, then you can subscribe to this program as a Podcast for free. You can then listen to the programs any time you wish. You can also listen to individual episodes?  If so then simply  Click Here and play the session you choose. 


This program is supported by the District Public Relations grant for all clubs in District 9780 to promote their projects.  Live streaming means that this can be listened to globally via your computer.  Click below to listen live....

Listen Live via the Internet

The program is intended to provide a platform for the Rotary clubs to present to the community the activities of Rotary. All clubs will be invited to to provide speakers and media releases for upcoming events.  Interviews can be conducted by telephone right across the district at NO charge to your club.
Meet District Governor Ken McInerney
 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 Ken McInerney Click Here
  • To read District Governors April Newsletter Click Here
To Read Rotary Down Under March e-Newsletter Click Here