Upcoming Events
Club Dinner /social night
Beach Hotel , Jan Juc
May 18, 2015
6:30 PM – 9:21 PM
The Rotarian behind the Badge
Lions Village
May 25, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
2015 Geelong Kokoda Youth Program
Lions Village
Jun 01, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:01 PM
Jun 08, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Another big night for the Club.  As a direct result of members' efforts on ANZAC Day a cheque for $6,531.30 was presented to the Torquay RSL.  The Club also donated $4,000.00 to Disaster Aid Australia for the purchase of five Family Survival Packs for cyclone devastated Vanuatu; and a donation of $1,650 was made to the Spring Creek Community Centre to assist with the distribution of their periodic  Springboard Newsletter.  None of this could have been possible without the hard work by Club members throughout the past year.  I would like to offer a personal vote of thanks to all of those who contributed to this effort and to James Taylor and the Team at the Surfcoast Times for the great article in last weeks paper(see above)

 Our new Sergeant-at-Arms did an excellent job of fleecing us all once again.  Of course all money raised during fines sessions will be donated to the Aquabox project at the end of this Rotary year.
 Our speaker this week was Andrew Pipkorn, the District Chair for Australian Rotary Health.  He gave an excellent presentation.  Further information about his presentation appears elsewhere in this edition.
 Remember the meeting on 18th may will be held in the Bistro at the Jan Juc Hotel.  That's all from me this week.

Yours in Rotary Service,


Gerard McNamara
Rotary Club of Torquay



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

2014-15 Summer BBQ Season

Remember to CHECK your BBQ
You will have all received your 2014-15 BBQ Roster via email.
Please check the dates that you are rostered on for and note them in your diary.
If for any reason you are unable to fulfil your BBQ Duty it is your responsibility to find a replacement or perform a swap with someone.
To download the BBQ Roster CLICK HERE

The BBQ Roster Trading Place

The following Rotarians need to swap a date??

The following Rotarians are in a bit of a pickle, they are committed to a BBQ date and now find that their busy social life has them double booked!
If you can help out with a swap please give them a call to arrange then please advise me (click here editor) to remove from this notice board.
    ROTARIAN            PHONE           DATE/EVENT                         
Gail Chrisfield           0409624577         Sun 15th Mar   Cowrie Market BBQ 

Thank you for Relaying at Surf Coast!

Thank you for Relaying at Surf Coast Relay For Life on Saturday 8 November. More than 324 Relayers in 15 teams Relayed in difficult weather conditions, and while the unfortunate decision was made to end the Relay early, over $47,000 has been banked to date by Surf Coast Relayers to help us beat cancer!

Congratulations to Highest Team Fundraiser - Life Activities Club and Spirit of Relay - Men's Shed Torquay!

You can still add to your team total! Banking is open until Monday 8 December, so update your friends, family and colleagues by logging in to your personal fundraising page, add messages and photos from your event and ask them to continue donating. Register for Surf Coast Relay For Life 2015 today, update your personal fundraising page and get ready to Relay again!

Thank you - every single dollar helps Cancer Council continue fighting cancer.













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 Maggie Isom 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


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




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  Illumintions MAY 2015 District Newsletter Click Here
To Read Rotary Down Under MAY e-Newsletter Click Here