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 38

Hello all,
Well our 2nd meeting at the Angling Clubrooms went well last Monday.

Rhonda provided us with a full wrap up of this years Book Fair which continues to go from strength to strength, this year clearing approx. $11,500 to go to funding of Club Projects.

It was a pleasure to give back $1,000 each to Lifeline and the Torquay Scouts, and to also present a thank you gift to Rosemary Featherstone the former owner of Torquay Books. It was the generous support of these people and their respective organisations that contributed to the success of our Book Fair.

This Monday will be a fun night of fellowship with Bayside Rotary Club at the Curlewis Golf Driving Range. Unfortunately I will be unable to be present but look forward to hearing reports from the night.

Hope you all have a great night and I'll catch up with you all on the 8th at Torquay Coast Primary School.



Book Fair Wrap-up & Thank You

Monday's meeting was all about the Book Fair. We welcomed generous contributors to the Book Fair to present $1,000 donations to Desley McKnight from Torquay Scouts & Matt Richardson from Lifeline We also presented a gift to Rosemary Featherstone, the previous owner of Torquay Books for her continued support.  They, and the organisations that they represent, have been extremely generous with donations of books and support for the Book Fair which is one of our biggest fundraisers
Combined Meeting with Bayside at Curlewis Golf Range

Monday 1st April we will be having a Joint Social Meeting with Bayside Rotary Club at The Range at the Curlewis Golf Club 1201 Portarlington Rd, Curlewis (Note that this is before the Golf Club main entrance)
The two activities to chose from are either Mini Golf or The Driving Range and there are Packages for both of these as follows (note if we have 16 people for each activity then the package offers better value as the Club Hire is free and there is a choice of 3 meals
Please note that RSVP's on Whoozin  for this event closed on Friday to enable final arrangements to be made. If you missed getting your RSVP in on time You will still be able to attend but will need to call Jan Emmett for a late book in.
See You at The Range

Support Rodney on The Ride of His Life - to The Rock

 On the 7th of September at 6.22am I will be leaving on a little journey from port Douglas in North Queensland to my final destination of THE ROCK (ULURU).YES I'm doing the Race To The Rock
I've made the choice to attempt this somewhat crazy event. As the saying goes
"Miles are my meditation" 
and this has what has got me here.
So I've created this page because I want to make a difference. I want to raise awareness and support for both young males who have been touched buy mental illness as well as those in particular the young male carers like myself. I have been a main support and carer for my wife over the last 11 years and have been very isolated with minimal support until I found wellways . I'm inspired by the work of Wellways Australia Limited and wanted to support them by raising money. All money raised will go to this group to give opportunities for these young men to access activities and support Please help me by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about Wellways Australia Limited , the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
Relay For Life Wrap-up
Congratulations – you did it! Rotary Club of Torquay raised an amazing $2,146.80.

Thanks to your hard work, the Surf Coast 2019 Relay has already raised $42,821.90 – with more still coming in – to help the 95 Victorians diagnosed with cancer each day.

Surfcoast Corvettes Donation

Earlier this month Tom, Amanda and myself accepted an invitation to attend the Surf Coast Corvettes Club meeting where we were presented with a cheque for $1,250 to be added to our 2019 Motor Show proceeds.
Their Club held a fundraising event on the Saturday Night before our Show where they raised the funds and were pleased to pass it on to our Club to assist us with upcoming projects.
Amanda, Tom and I were warmly welcomed and had an enjoyable evening. On behalf of our Club we thanked them for their generous donation and  look forward to working more closely with the SC Corvettes Club in the future.
A Special Message From Strathewen School




Here is a very special message from a Strathewen Parent that I received this week via Principal Jane Hayward...…..Gail Chrisfield




This is the final year my children will have the great privilege to be involved in the surf program. 


I know that none of it would be possible without the generosity of so many volunteers. Thankyou to each person who has raised money, welcomed our children, helped them learn to surf, cooked sausages, baked sweets, and generally done everything possible to give them a positive coastal experience.


I am so grateful for the effort that has gone into organizing the annual event. Both my children look back on their time in Torquay as a highlight of their year.


Kate Riddell

(Mum of Matilda and Lachlan Seckold) 


Enjoyable night with Grovedale/Waurn Ponds 27th March 
Michael Reed, John McDonald and myself accepted the invitation join our friends at The Rotary Club of Grovedale/Waurn Ponds on Wednesday night to hear Geelong Football Club Recruiter, Steven Wells speak. Even our Resident Collingwood die hard, John, found Steven's presentation extremely interesting and a great in depth insight to the behind the scenes activities of a contemporary AFL Club

2019-20 Entertainment Book Now on Sale 

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We are thrilled to be launching the NEW 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Memberships! Entertainment is turning 25 this year and Entertainment Publications have been working hard to make this the best edition yet.

Please order now so you can take advantage of bonus Early Bird Offers, while they last. Not only will you get to enjoy valuable bonus Early Bird vouchers but also you will receive a $20* Woolworths online offer and $50^ Cellarmasters online offer! (*$20 off your total shop when you spend $220 or more at Woolworth online. ^$50 off your total shop when you spend $120 or more at Cellarmasters online. *^Terms & conditions apply) 

Please click this Order Now link to order your membership.
Please be sure to use this link to ensure our Club receives the Club fundraiser donation.
If you opt for the book rather than a digital membership and wish to collect the book from me, specify 'Pick Up' as the Delivery Option for your order.
Should you need any help or further information, please contact me by phone (0408-331-661) or e-mail (

Kind Regards,

Vernon D’Souza

Mobile: 0408-331-661

RC of Port Fairy Golf Day 20th April

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BBQ's and Events updates

Please check your roster for our next BBQ Event which is the Cowrie Market on 21st April


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 8th AprilDarren RoskoschJan Emmett  
Torquay Coast PS Visit
Dinner after at Town & Country Pizza
Mon 15th April    Vocational Visit to Geelong Mums
Mon 22nd AprilNoMeetingDue to Easter 
Mon 29th AprilTrevor Pickles   Club Assembly














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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