Upcoming Events
Organ Donation Opt Out Campaign - Louis Hehir
Lions Village Community Centre
May 21, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Reducing Drug Harm In Barwon - Nigel Cooper
Lions Village Community Centre
May 28, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Club Changeover Luncheon
Pako Raw
Jun 03, 2018
12:15 PM – 3:15 PM
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President's Message
Gaynor Schols
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President's Report No 45
Monday 14th May 2018

It was a pleasure to host Desley McKnight and Rosemary Featherstone to dinner this week, and present them each with a bouquet of flowers, to thank them for their great contributions to our Book Fair.
Rosemary always donates brand new books from Torquay Books and Desley arranges the Scout hall for us free of charge. We also presented the Scouts with a new Dyson Vacuum cleaner and a cheque for $650 to buy things that the scouts need. We also use the Scouting tents each year for our Motor Show so it was nice to give something back to them.
The speaker was our own Gerard McNamara who told us about his very interesting trip to the Antarctic.

STAR OF THE MONTH for May is John Oswald. John does great Rotary work as the Interplast District Chair and he has put in a lot of effort into researching a possible Global Grant for our Club. John has also brought Ben Featherstone into our club which sets a great example for all! Greg did a special presentation of the award to John on Wednesday.
As you are aware, our Changeover Lunch is on 3rd June, before President Elect Trevor Pickles swans off to Spain. I will continue acting as President until mid-July, when Trevor returns and I leave for Europe. 20 members have not yet responded on Whoozin. Please do so immediately and pay your $35 per head into the bank account (Reference CHANGEOVER and your SURNAME), so that the venue has some idea of numbers. This changeover lunch will be in lieu of a meeting on Monday 4th June
Kelly Binyon has been accepted as the Rotary Representative at BNI so she will attend their meetings every Thursday morning, but might look for a substitute on occasions. This will give Rotary a very good liaison opportunity with local businesses. Thanks Kelly!
If anyone would like to make a personal donation to The Rotary Foundation, please let me know as I now have the forms. Also, if anyone wants more details of events at other Clubs, as mentioned in the last bulletin and at the meeting, please contact me.
Mock Interviews for Surf Coast Secondary College will be held on Thursday 24th May. Please contact Richard Mierzejewski if you can help and remember to take your Working with Children Card along.
Monday 21st May
Thanks to Jan Emmett for postponing her Rotarian Behind the Badge presentation this week so that we can have Kardinia International Year 12 student .Louis Hehir spread the message for his Organ Donation "Opt Out" Campaign
Plus we will also have 2 guests, Phil Campbell from the Torquay Fire Brigade and Bob Tyler from the RSL to receive funds from our Club.
At 8pm we have a joint Board Meeting of outgoing and incoming board members.
President Gaynor Schols
Chairman's Report



The guest speaker was none other than our own Gerard McNamara, who spoke of his adventures in Antarctica

He and 40 other mainly Australian “tourists” sailed from NZ in Feb 2018 on the Russian ice-breaker “Akadenik Shokalski” (translated= Allblacks are rubbish) and spent 5 weeks in the Antarctic and sub Antarctic waters. They visited Auckland Is, Macquarie Is, and Campbell Is on their way to the largest and driest continent in the world.

They were greeted by thousands of breeding royal penguins and as many king penguins, fur seals and sea lions. Gerard reflected on the fur and oil trade early last century which all but wiped out the magnificent animals. Skuas ( a large member of the pigeon family) are the scavengers of the Antarctic, cleaning carrion from the beaches and occasionally eating an un attended egg or chick. They traveled in Zodiacs through the pack-ice and photographed “bergs” bigger than 6 MCG’s (now that would make a few martinis). A blue whale was also spotted, along with some minke whales and orcas and two polar bears. Gerard said “I sometimes just put my camera down and absorbed the spectacular scenery”.

During the trip they experienced -20◦, wind gusts in excess of 65kts, snow, sleet and the all-night sun from below the 170 parallel.

Thanks Gerard for sharing your experience with our members and guests, the dozens of questions you answered is testament to the interest it generated within our club.

Trevor B

The ___________________________
Last Minute Change of Speaker for Tomorrow Night
We have had a last minute change of speaker for this Monday following this article in the Geelong Advertiser on Thursday.
Amazingly the week after we farewelled Mary Elliot,  who was such a passionate advocate for Organ Donation, we have Year 12 Kardinia College student Lois Hehir, a double kidney transplant recipient, to present his Campaign to obtain 5,000 signatures in four weeks to urge the federal Government to adopt an "Opt Out" position on Organ Donation.
If you are unable to make it to our meeting please be sure to go to Louis' website and sign his petition at

Changeover Lunch
If you haven't already registered for our 2018 Changeover Lunch then Members please log in to Whoozin to Register.
For Non Members and Friends of our Club please register through any member of the Club or call Maggie Isom on 0412 713102
Please Note Registrations Close 27th May.
A message from Mary's Family

A letter from Jo Thomson – Mary’s daughter
To everyone at Torquay Rotary
Thank you so much for your love & support to us all on the passing of our beautiful Mum
Mum would have been so thrilled to see so many of you attending the Celebration of her Life.
She would have been so humbled by the Guard of Honour tribute
We were all so moved by that gesture
Mum will be greatly missed by us all, but memories will keep her alive
Thank you again
Jo, Brad, Rick & the family
BBQ Dates.....One to go



ONE MORE TO GO.............well for the time being anyway


Our Next BBQ is Sunday 27th May at Bunnings

9:00am -12.30pm. Richard M, Peter Bollen, Trevor Hall

12:00 -3.30pm. Linda Neale, Terry Charlton, John McDonald, Kelly Binyon..

If anyone else is available on either of this day please feel free to lend a hand.



Thanks Mal
No Meetings 4th &12th June


PLEASE NOTE There will be no regular Rotary Meeting held at the Lions Village in Torquay
on Monday the 4th June following our Club 30th Changeover Luncheon the previous day. There will also be No Meeting on Monday 12th June which is the Queens Birthday Holiday.
We will return to the Lions Village the following week on the 19th June.
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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 
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 21st MayLouis HehirGreg PlumridgeJan EmmettMaggie IsomOpt Out Organ Donation Campaign
Mon 28th MayNigel CooperJohn OswaldRudi ScholsTrevor BrownReducing Drug Harm In Barwon
Sun 3rd JunGaynor Schols   Club Changeover - Pako Raw
Mon 19th JunLacie Ryan   Camp Quality














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 10 Newsletter CLICK HERE
Rotary Down Under April 2018 Edition 604 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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