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President's Report No 21



Hi Everyone 

I swear the closer to Christmas-the quicker time flies!

The AGM was held at last week’s meeting and all went well. President Elect Jan introduced us to her Board nominees:


President 2020/2021                                   Jan Emmett                                      
President Nominee 2021/2022                             
IPP & Vice President                                   Kelly Binyon
Treasurer                                                       Mal Slater
Secretary                                                       Maggie Isom
Director Club Service                                 
Director Community Service                      Mike Reed
Director International Service                    Robyn O’Loughlin
Director Vocational Service                       Trevor Hall
Director Youth Service                                Ben Featherston
Director Public Relations                            Greg Plumridge
Director Membership                                   Rhonda Anchen
Director Foundation                                    Chris Sims


As you can see there are some positions still vacant and it would be great to have members step up who have not held a Board position (we will support you) or you any wish to assist -especially anyone who is computer literate!

I personally have found the experience very rewarding and have learnt a lot.


Tuesday saw a group of Rotarians and their partners assist in the planting of 200 trees at Kithbrooke Park. The residents also helped where possible and together we got the job done in under 2 hours. We all retreated to the Clubhouse and enjoyed a bbq, refreshments and a good old chat. A big thank you to all!


Wednesday was another busy day with Rotarians gathering at Rhonda’s to sort out the shipping container in the lead up to the. Ok Fair in January. Thank you to those who were able to assist on the day.


Today we have had Greg & Mike at the Geelong Revival Car Rally handing out Motor Show flyers plus 2 teams of members smashed out many, many snags at a very busy Bunnings Torquay BBQ. Again a big thank you to all-shout our to John McDonald for being the “gopher”.


Last but not least we have Very Special Kids as our guests at tomorrow’s meeting. We will be presenting them with a cheque from our special Bunnings BBQ held earlier in the year. They will also speak about the organisation and what they do.


I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow night.


Yours in Rotary Service,


See Geoffrey Blainey - Thurs 28th Nov

Book Fair Update - Working Bee 

Wednesday we had the book sort at Rhondas place.
We had a good day sorting books and stacking the boxes into to container. The container is filling up. We will have plenty of books for the book fair at the end of January!!



Tree Planting at Kithbrook Park

Tuesday morning 19th November a number of Torquay Rotarians, along with residents of Kithbrooke Park, planted tree seedlings along the boundary of the public walking track that boarders part of the Kithbrooke property.

It was a great morning with many helpers planting and securing the seedlings. This was followed by a social time, relaxing over a coffee and sausage cooked by the residents.

The contribution Rotary made was very much appreciated, and a vote of thanks was made by Wendy Atherton, Manager of Kithbrooke Park.

President Kelly thanked the residents and commented on the joint planting project, and how nice it was for us to all spend some social time together afterwards.


Thank you Lesley for coordinating this project.



Michael Reed

Rotary Friendship Exchange - Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest to Host Rotarians from USA.
In the November issue of District Governor Rosanne’s Monthly News there was a call for expressions of interest to host Rotarians from USA as part of the Rotary Friendship Exchange program.
Rotary Friendship Exchanges are a great way to meet new people in new countries. Out bound and In Bound Friendship Exchanges are normally for 2 weeks with a team of 10 – 12 people – usually Rotarians, who travel to another country and stay with Rotarians and visit their District and their Rotary Clubs. Generally teams stay 3 to 4 days in each place and the host Rotary Club members organise for the team to visit places of interest and attend Rotary meetings or attend Rotary functions.
At the moment two Rotary Districts have expressed an interest in a Friendship Exchange with D 9780:
  • D 5060 North Central Washington, USA and British Columbia Canada in Okanagan Valley.
  • D 5970 Iowa USA
 At our Board meeting on18 November Board members supported the notion of being a host club.  Planning is in the early stages but the Chair of D9780 Rotary Friendship Exchange, Gail Barrett, needs at least 4 host clubs for each incoming team – 8 host clubs all up. Timing is yet to be determined and potential host clubs are asked to nominate when would be the most suitable time for the team to visit their area.
If anyone is interested to host 2-4 visitors for 3-4 days please contact Robyn O’Loughlin or Lesley Shedden and we will see if we have sufficient capacity to offer Torquay as a host club. If you would also note what month in 2020 you would be able to host that would be helpful.
Robyn O’Loughlin
Director International Service
Rotary Bushfire Appeal

Our Farmers are in crisis. Record-high heat and record-low rain mean their livestock is starving. Their crops are dying. Many farmers and their families are suffering in silence.
The Rotary Clubs of Australia have partnered with Channel 9, Great Northern Brewing Co. and Bendigo Bank to raise funds and in-kind donations for the drought affected communities across Australia. The appeal is administered by Bendigo Bank’s charitable arm, Community Enterprise Foundation™. Click the image below for full details of this appeal
How to Make Donations
1. Donations can made on line via the following link:
2. In person by visiting any branch of the Bendigo Bank:
3. Or by Cheque. Cheques to be made payable to “Community Enterprise Foundation” and posted to Community Enterprise Foundation, PO Box 480, Bendigo, VIC 3552 
Who's Up To What?

                             Jan and Maggie at PETS (Presidents Elects Training Seminar) last weekend

Mary looking very chilly...…. again, this time on the Gudvangen Fjord, Norway & here is Neil at Christiania, an interesting (to say the least) commune of 850 to 1,000 residents, covering 7.7 hectares
Cadel Evans Road Race Marshalling Opportunity

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to be involved with one of Geelong’s iconic sporting events get up-close to watch The Races and help your Club at the same time!
  • It will be a week-long event from 27 January to 3 February 2020
  • There will be 3 races though Torquay:
For the first time, the iconic surf town of Torquay will host our electric circuit men’s and women’s races. Previously held at Melbourne’s Albert Park, this is a chance to get up close to the world’s fastest bike riders in one of Australia’s most dynamic cycling events.
As usual, The Rotary Club of Torquay will receive $50 for each day that a member volunteers.
Members (and friends) of the Rotary club of Torquay can sign up via this link: REGISTER HERE
The new system is set up so volunteers can submit applications for the days they are available however, to do this you will need to click on the event that is taking place that day (on drop down EVENT menu)
For example, if you are available Thursday you will need to click on the Towards Zero Race Torquay (Thursday) or if you are available on Sunday you will need to click on the UCI Elite Men's Race (Sunday) 
From there you can select a place and the list of roles available there will appear. 
For more information about the specific races go to
If you have any problems while registering please call Kristy on 0448 001 355 
This is a very easy and FUN way to raise funds for our club so please register!
Best regards,
Gaynor (Team Leader)



RYLA Update



This is an invitation from RYLA District 9780 regarding an upcoming Birthday celebration. The celebration is mark 60 years of RYLA worldwide.

Please forward this invitation to any past RYLArians from our district, as they may be interested in attending this fun day and reconnecting with friends/colleagues from RYLA.


Applications are also being called for RYLA 2020 which need to be lodged with me before the end of November. If you know of a suitable candidate, please access the required documents via these links:-

RYLA 2020 Application Form

RYLA 2020 Information for Employers


Ben Featherston

Youth Services Director


RYLA District Committee Vacancy 

RYLA District Committee Vacancies


RYLA is one of the pre-eminent Youth Programs in our District for young people 18-25.


The RYLA District Committee is seeking expressions of interest from Rotarians who may be interested in joining the District Committee.


The Committee aims to fill vacancies ensuring where possible there is a wide geographic spread of committee members throughout the District.  Current committee members live in Geelong, Maryborough, Horsham, Warrnambool and Mount Gambier.


Please email your expression of interest to the District Chair, Ian McKay ( or for further information contact Ian on 0427 200198.


District Conference Swan Hill 20-22 April 2020

DG Rosanne Kava invites you all to District 9780 Conference in Swan Hill March 20 - 22 2020
As always there is a stellar line-up of award winning presenters scheduled for the conference so to further entice you please view the Conference Program and information regarding Accommodation on the flyer below.
Conference Registrations have not yet opened so please watch this space for updates and follow this 2020 Conference Link for all updated information as soon as it comes to hand.
If you are interested in accommodation at the same venue as other Torquay Rotarians please talk to Maggie Isom who has already booked some accommodation.

2019 -20 BBQ's and Events



Thanks to the crew who manned our BBQ at Pt Danger on Thursday as a "One Off" event providing Egg & Bacon Sandwiches at the Start of the Targa Florio Aust.


Whilst it was not a terribly busy morning it was an excellent opportunity and valuable marketing opportunity for Rotary and in particular our Club. There were some stunning vehicles participating (see the pics below)




A BIG Thank You to the Crew at the Cowrie Market BBQ last Sunday

Graham Gill , Trevor Hall, Lloyd James, Robyn O'Loughlin and to Geoff Dawson for transporting the Trailer both to and from the Shed .

Special mention to Robyn for enlisting a potential new member.

The weather was Fine ( eventually), a very large crowd in attendance resulted in takings of $ 660 .

John Mc Donald


And BIG Thank You to everyone who volunteered on short notice for the "Extra" Bunnings BBQ today



The next BBQ Event is:-

  • Sunday 15th December - Cowrie Market
So Please Check Your Roster to see if you are ON


You should have received by email the updated 2019-20 Event Roster, however, if you have not seen it you can download via the link below.

Please check "Your" events and note them in your diary


Note that this calendar now includes all rostered 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 2019 - 20 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


Rotary International Convention Comes to Melbourne
Melbourne has been announced as the host city for the 2023 Rotary International Convention, the largest conference secured this century for Victoria.
Melbourne is a Big Events City! Set to deliver over $88 million to the Victorian economy, the Convention is the most valuable conference ever won for the state, with the four-day event anticipated to attract more than 20,000 Rotarians from around the world. The global spotlight will be on Melbourne and how we present ourselves to the world.
The Convention will take place 27-31 May 2023 using superb venues; Rod Laver Arena and the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. All activities and events are within the Heart and Soul of Melbourne. Over 7000 hotel rooms over 50 properties across Melbourne. Our transport plan uses our famous trams, ferries and buses to quickly and easily move delegates between venues, hotels, event and restaurants. And of course, Melbourne is a very walkable city with many interesting routes and laneways to tantalise visitors.
DG Rosanne's Purple House Project


You are invited to contribute to a project to support Purple House, an organisation that provides dialysis services to remote indigenous people in Central Australia.  

Purple House is an innovative Indigenous-owned and run health service operating from its base in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Now operating 16 remote clinics and a mobile dialysis unit called the Purple Truck, Purple House is  getting patients back home so that families and culture can remain strong.

DG Rosanne Kava has asked us all to provide any of the following items to our Assistant Governor, Judy Beasley,  who will pass them on to Purple House CEO Sarah Brown for delivery to clients in remote communities 
  • Soaps, shampoos, conditioner, body lotion and toiletries including combs, brushes, toothpaste and tooth brushes  (no sanitary items as they are sourced elsewhere).
  • Special recognition will be given to the Club that provides the top contribution.
Think about volunteering to assist Purple House if you are travelling in central Australia, eg to assist in building a new Purple House in Coober Pedy, or as a nurse on the Purple Bus or one of the Purple Houses.   Click the image for more details or CLICK HERE to contact Purple House or phone         08 8953 6444.
Please give your donated items to Lesley Shedden or Mike Reed at any of our Monday meetings.


Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians Tournament

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 our 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 Maggie Isom ( 0412713102 ) 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 25th Nov
 Brigitte Johnson
Julie Turmaine
Jan Emmett Bruce SmithGaynor Schols
 Very Special Kids
Mon 2nd DecCr Rose HodgeKelly Binyon John McDonald Rhonda AnchenMayor Rose Hodge
Mon 9 Dec Kelly Binyon  Rotarian Behind the Badge
Mon 16 Dec Kelly Binyon  Christmas Dinner The Sands Resort 













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

Mark Daniel Maloney from the Rotary Club of Decatur Alabama, USA
CLICK HERE to read more about our RI President

District 9780 Governor for 2019-20 is Rosanne Kava from Rotary Club of Swan Hill 
CLICK HERE to learn more about DG Rosanne Kava
To read DG Rosanne Kava's latest District 9780  eNewsletter CLICK HERE
Rotary Down Under Sept 2019 Edition 620 CLICK HERE
District 9780 Directory 2018-19 (D9780 Rotarians Only)
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