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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Presidents Report




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



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 

Visit to Arthur Reed Photos

A reminder that a Vocational Visit to Arthur Reed Photos is organised for Monday evening, October 13.
Partners are welcome to attend so please make sure you have replied to the invite you have already received by email.

We are suggesting that participants meet there at 6.30 prompt for a tour that should take a full hour,
Dinner will now be provided by our usual caterer, Lorraine, will provide a range of 'finger-food' following the tour of Arthur Reed Photos rather than rushng off to the Grovedale Hotel and ordering late meals!
Please be sure to Register via the email you will have just received
Trevor Pickles
Vocational Service

BBQ Volunteers Required

Our Club Requires Around 10 volunteers for this event

Please give consideration and see Mal Slater to Register 

The 6 Hour Day Night Thriller is back…..

Welcome to the 8th annual

Southern Exposure

Surf Coast 6 Hour Mountain Bike Festival

Saturday 25th October 2014

Eumeralla Scout Camp

Following feedback from the riders we have decide to return to the original format of the 6 & 3 hour day night MTB thriller.


The Trail

The trail will be amazing – utilising the Surf Coasts spectacular view, Iron Bark Basin single trails and the new networks being developed as we speak. The course is designed to have fun and includes a mix of flowing single track, mid range climbs and mind blowing views…. we guarantee you’ll have a ball.

Event Schedule

12.00pm                   Race Registration Opens

▪ Every Rider must present to Race Registration

▪ No. Plate allocation and sign indemnity form

▪ MTBA Licenses must be presented if a Day License has not been purchased during Online Registration

2.30pm                   3 hour & 6 hour Race Brief

▪ All Riders must attend 3.00pm Start

▪ Wave start for all riders

6.00pm                   3 hour race finish

7.30pm                   3 hour race presentation

9.00pm                  6 hour race finish

10.15pm                 6 hour race presentation


Huts available at Eumeralla – $250 per night per hut (sleep 6) email to book

Camping @ Eumeralla Track Side – $20 per person per night book & pay when you enter the race.

Race T-shirts – $30 on line when you enter the race or $40 on race day

Don’t miss this iconic mountain biking event.

Enter online now – field numbers are limited

2012 Surf Coast MTB Festival footage from SBS Cycling Central


REGISTER FOR THE Membership WEBINAR – Perception Vs. reality: Club evaluation and visioning

Join us on 8 October 2014 at 10 a.m. Central Standard Time for the next installment of the Membership Matters! webinar series - Perception vs. Reality: Club Evaluation and Visioning
This webinar will feature Steve Wilcox from the International Vision Facilitation Council; Steve has over 12 years of experience helping Rotary clubs develop and implement their club vision strategy as well as training other leaders in the facilitation process. Steve will share his insights into the process of club visioning and provide you with the steps to perform this transformational process in your own club. Joe Brownlee, RI’s chief strategy officer, will join us to discuss the resources and support available from Rotary. Attendance is limited to 1,000 participants so make sure to register today.
NOTE The only difficulty is that these times are in US Central Standard Time (Evanston).  which means the webinar will be at 2.00am on the 9th October
Time Conversion
Chicago (U.S.A. - Illinois)               Wednesday, 8 October 2014 at 10:00:00 AM
Melbourne (Australia - Victoria)                Thursday, 9 October 2014 at 2:00:00 AM
You can find this and other Rotary webinars on the webinar page at:
Please also feel free to share this opportunity with fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors who may be interested in attending.
Looking forward to having you there,
The Membership Development Team


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.


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District 9780 funds an Interplast trip to the Philippines: Report

The District successfully raised sufficient funds in 2012-14 to fund an Interplast trip this year, and has also earned the right to send a Rotary Observer from the District on such a trip. Interplast have submitted a report on the trip we funded to Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines, extracts of which are included below. The full report is attached. The District is currently searching for an observer from a Rotary Club in our District. An Application form is available by writing to me.
John Oswald, Chairman, Interplast Committee D9780 (

1. Summary

In partnership with JR Borja Hospital (The City Hospital), Interplast re-commenced its annual general plastic and reconstructive surgery program to Cagayan de Oro in August 2014, thanks to the funding made available by Rotary District 9780.  The seven person Interplast volunteer team consisted of 2 surgeons, 3 anaesthetists and 2 nurses, and during this program they were able to consult 82 patients, with 72 patients receiving surgery.
This trip celebrated the 15th year of Interplast delivering programs in Cagayan de Oro. The team reported that the program ran extremely smoothly and successfully, acknowledging the support of our new partner hospital and their commitment to the program. Furthermore, the logistical support provided by the Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro (in particular Mr Francisco B. Sarraga and Luigi F. Sarraga) as well as Dr Dietmar Schug from the German Doctors Association was invaluable, and Interplast are extremely grateful for their assistance and dedication. Interplast are also very grateful to the support of Mayor Oscar Moreno and the City Government of Cagayan de Oro.
Thank you to the Rotary District 9780 as without your generous support, this program would not have been able to happen. Interplast looks forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with Rotary Clubs in Australia & New Zealand in promoting our work and implementing our life changing and life saving programs

3.2 Case studies (one of three case studies published in this report)

During this program the Interplast team were fortunate enough to operate on three brothers (pictured next page) on the same day. Jeffrey (3 years old), Jekli (5 years old) and Rene (7years old) live in Bukidnon, 5 hours away. They all had cleft lips and palate and were referred by a local parish priest who contacted a Rotarian. Their parents are labourers on a farm and earn about $2.50 a day.
Their father stated they could never afford these operations and he felt that the cleft in his boys were due to his pregnant wife having to work very hard days as a labourer even late into her pregnancy. The two older boys go to school and are both in the same class in Grade 1. The brothers said that they are bullied a lot, and all three wish to grow up to be teachers. With their cleft lips and palate this may not have been possible, but now that they have all had surgery, they may achieve their ambitions of becoming teachers.

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”.    
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