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President's Report No 24

The end-of-year function went well on Monday evening despite the cool breeze coming all the way from Antarctica!!
Santa was most welcome and I’m sure all the juniors were delighted with their Xmas gifts.
Thanks, again, Rod & Lorraine for the tasty catering, particularly those trifle thingys in the cups, the ‘hit’ at the bottom was sensational – so I had TWO!!!
Our next event is the Fish & Chip night at Cosy Corner on Monday, January 7 at our usual time of 6.30pm. John, Maggie & Bruce are organising this annual event keep an eye out for the Whoozin invitation to RSVP and place your order.
Wednesday, January 16th is a joint meeting with Grovedale Rotary Club so there will be no meeting on Monday the 14th.
No doubt information will be distributed regarding both the above events so – watch this space!
It’s that time again, everybody please have a safe and happy Xmas break. Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things in the new
There will be no Bulletin next week so don't panic...…...the next edition will appear in the 1st week of January
Cheers all!!!!
MYEFO Treasurers Report

Treasurer’s Christmas Message – Be the Inspiration !

As we approach the busiest fundraising period in the Torquay Rotary calendar, its worth reflecting on what we have achieved to date
Hopefully this will further inspire those members working over the busy Summer period
Distribution of monies  to date for this financial year
  1. Very Special Kids                                 $1200
  2. Barwon Health Patient Transport       $3000
  3. Parkinson’s Victoria                            $ 500
  4. Rotary International                            $2100
  5. Rotary District                                     $3200
  6. RDU subscriptions                               $700
  7. Lisieux College                                     $470
  8.  Sponsorship Springboard magazine $1675
  9. Geelong Mums                                    $1000
  10. Rotary Drought Relief                         $1000
  11. Torquay Food Aid – Xmas puddings   $400
  12. Refurbishment of the BBQ Trailer      $3000
A surprise Xmas gift was $3000 organised by Rotarian John Oswald for the Proposed Project in Fiji
There are three Major Fundraising activities in the first two months of 2019
  1. Car parking for the Night Jar Market -   Coordinator Brian Mynott
Thursday January 3rd January & every Thursday in January –
There is a slight change in starting times as we have been asked to assist with parking for stall holders. President Trevor is organising the (early) shifts
  1. Torquay Rotary Club Book Fair – Coordinator Rhonda Anchen & Committee
The Book Fair will run from Thursday 24 – 27 January however Rotarians will be required from Sunday 20th January & especially for the clean up on Sunday 27th
Our normal Club Dinner Meeting will be held at the Scout Hall on Monday 21st January
Please contact Rhonda on 0488 388 115 or Mike Reed 0418524315 if you can help
  1. Motor Show Sunday 10th February - Coordinators Greg Plumridge & Amanda Hough
Activities on the day will be as previous years, with one major exception – on Saturday night 9th February, we will be erecting Gate entrances & fencing.
Details & duties will be announced at the Motor Show Planning Meeting on Feb 4 2019
Book Fair Update - Shout-Out  for Help 

Book Fair        

Bags For Book Fair

We are seeking shopping bags for our Book Fair customers to put the books they purchase in.

If anyone has any shopping bags they no longer require, or would like to donate bags to be used at the book fair, please contact Rhonda.
You can either bring the bags along to Rotary on a Monday, or contact Rhonda to arrange a pick up.

We have a great start --- Kelly has very kindly donated 100 bags - Thanks Kelly!!

For further details please contact Rhonda on


or phone 0488 388 115

to advise your availability.



Michael reed



Fish & Chip Night at Cosy Corner - 7th Jan


The Annual Cosy Corner Fish Night will be held on Monday 7th Jan,

You will soon receive an invite via Whoozin and we will require you to register as per normal and advise

  1. Names of guests
  2. In the comments please list how many serves in total of the following items will be required for you and your guests

Items available are

  • Fish  Grilled
  • Fish Fried
  • Dim Sims
  • Potato Cakes
  • Chips
Relay for Life 2019 
Relay for Life is on again Friday 15th  - Sat 16th March

I have called our team "Rotary Club of Torquay". That is the team name people will need to type in to the Relay for Life website to register themselves and others. It is important to type in the exact name of the team, no other combination of words.


I find the quickest way to access our team is to firstly register your name etc via the above "REGISTER NOW" link then click on "team search" to Join a Team and type in Rotary Club of Torquay.  


Cheers Darrel


Who's Up To What

The Birchalls 50th wedding anniversary celebrations on board ship from Bangkok to Ko Samui...…& Happy anniversary drinks - last night on board.
BBQ's and Events updates




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 things like Night Jar Parking, the Book Show etc.


I have also included the dates for the Cadel Evans race (we make $50 for each shift so please register under Rotary)


Note:- Next Event is Danger 1000 on 5th January so please check your calendar


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


Council on Legislation 2019 Update

Council on Legislatiom

DG Anthony Ohlsen has provided a link to the actual full proposed Council on Legislation document as drafted in preparation for the 2019 Council on Legislation. 


Please be aware if you were considering printing this for some light reading it is 399 pages long.

I believe it can be accessed by just clicking the link on some computers or you may have to control and click the link to activate on others depending on your device.


The 2019 Council on Legislation book of proposed legislation is now available in English. To view or to download a copy please CLICK HERE or  follow this link:


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 .
The Rotary Club of Torquay have been given the great opportunity to get involved with the 2019 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race,
which will be held on Australia Day Weekend, 24-27 January 2019 and we would love your support to raise some much valued funds for our Club!
What better way to enjoy the long weekend and fundraising for the Rotary Club of Torquay whilst watching one of Torquay's iconic sporting events up close?
Every session that you volunteer will earn $50 for The Rotary Club of Torquay

Volunteering opportunities exist for course marshalling:

  • Course Marshalling
  • Athlete Services
  • Venue Operations
  • Media Operations
  • General Workforce Duties
 All volunteers are welcome to volunteer for one day or multiple days.
Plus all volunteers receive an event T-shirt and cap as well as food and water for your shifts.
For more information and FAQ's CLICK HERE

When asked if you are part of a team it is essential that you enter Rotary Club of Torquay. 

When asked for the Team Leader, please type in Gaynor Schols.


Please pass this information on to any friends and family who may be able to assist us with any of these tasks


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 24th DecChristmasEve  No Meeting
Mon 31st DecNew YearsEve  No Meeting
Mon 7th Jan    Fish & Chips Cosy Corner
Mon 14th JanNO MEETINGDue  toJoint Meetingwith Grovedale onWed 16th Jan














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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