Upcoming Events
NO MEETING - Easter Monday
Apr 22, 2019
Club Assembly/Planning Meeting
Lions Village Community Centre
Apr 29, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Focus on Youth - Presentation by RYLA Participants
Lions Village Community Centre
May 06, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
The Rotarian Behind the Badge - Bruce Smith
Lions Village Community Centre
May 13, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Pacific Rehabilitation & Mobility Conference Rpt
Lions Village Community Centre
May 27, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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President's Message
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President's Report No 41
When I finally managed to find Geelong Mums on Monday evening I had missed a significant part of the presentation however from what I did hear the organisation and the individuals/volunteers are doing a wonderful job of providing much needed items for those mums who are struggling to make ends meet. It does restore one’s faith in humanity when you can see organisations such as Geelong Mums being out there helping those not as fortunate as others.
I would like to put out a challenge to you all to put together at least 20 of these "One Mother to Another" packs for Geelong Mums to distribute to Mothers who maybe victims of family violence or whose children have no ability to give their Mum a gift for Mothers Day. A gift to make them feel special and loved on Mothers Day. Come on team let's get behind this, guys you may need some support from Partners, friends and family with this one! So spread the word Share the post on our Club Facebook Page and lets see how many we can produce. Click on the image below for more information and suggestions on what to put in the packs.
Please bring them to our meeting at Kithbrook Park on the 29th April as we need to deliver the packs to Geelong Mums by 2nd May.

A very enjoyable social dinner at the Grovedale Hotel followed the visit despite the drinks being a tad expensive!!!!!!
Monday the 22nd there is no meeting as it is Easter Monday and of course you will all know by now that the meeting on the 29th will now be held at Kithbrooke Park – many thanks to Jan Emmett who secured the venue at short notice as we had expected to be back at the Lions Village by then following the kitchen renovation.
We will be entertaining a few visitors on the 29th so make sure you are there for a special night.


Vocational Visit - Geelong Mums

Last Monday's visit Geelong Mums was very emotional experience as we discovered the fear and hardship that many Mums struggle with whilst attempting to raise their children in a safe loving environment something that all of us take for granted. The demand for the items that Geelong Mums provides in constantly increasing which places a lot of pressure on the generous private and corporate donors that support the organisation. In fact at times items need to be purchased to maintain supply.
The most urgent need at present is for packs of personal care and toiletry packs affectionately known as "One Mother to Another" packs. Last year hundreds of these were distributed to Mums in need and so the call has gone out for individuals to make up and donate packs. President Trevor has given us all a challenge to us to provide at least 20 of these packs (see Trevs Report for more details)
I would encourage all of you who are on Facebook to "Like" Geelong Mums and to Share the post calling out for the "One Mother to Another" packs.
Afterwards we went to  to the Grovedale Hotel for a very tasty dinner and much fellowship to finish the evening.
2019 Anzac Day Roster





Our next Club activity is to assist the RSL with the Anzac Day Dawn Service & Gunfire Breakfast. If you have not yet received the email from Alan Anderson with the Roster then Click the link below



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!
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

Joke of the Week

Last night I was sitting on the sofa watching TV when I heard my Wife's voice from the kitchen.

"What would you like for dinner, my love? Chicken, Beef or Lamb?"

I said, "Thank you, I'll have chicken."

She replied, "You're having soup. I was talking to the cat."


District Training Assembly 2019 - Registrations are Now Open



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 and network with your fellow Rotarians.


The venue this year will be MARIAN COLLEGE, 304 Barkly St ARARAT.

Registration is at 9.30am and we should finish around 3.30pm


The Program we have put together for you this year is intended to provide maximum opportunity for incoming Presidents and Board Members, as well as new and interested Rotarians, to participate in a wide  range of sessions of their choice.  A brand new session on community needs analysis (shown as Foundation afternoon session)  will be run by Howard Randall.
For those Rotarians that would like to network with others across the District while learning new and innovative ways to tackle some of the priorities and goals for their Rotary Club, come to Assembly at Ararat.  In the break-out sessions you will learn how to
  • improve the appeal of your Club to a diverse range of prospective members as well as existing members 
  • promote what you do in an interesting and appealing ways to both existing and possible new members 
  • get some ideas about how to be a great Secretary or Treasurer for your Club;
  • learn about programs to assist our youth to develop their leadership and other skills and to explore options for their future lives
  • Gain a better understanding of our Rotary insurance cover and how to protect your Club and your Members
  • Qualify your Club to apply for District and Global grants
  • Learn how to assess the needs of a community to help strengthen your grant application(s) and better focus the services you provide to the community - whether it be local or overseas
  • Get a better understanding of Rotary and all it does, if you are a new Rotarian or just interested in keeping up with the latest offerings.
The Break Out Session selections include:
  • President Elects  (this session will include a brief Insurance component)
  • President Nominees (Part of this session will be with PEs - the insurance component)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Foundation - Grants Qualifying Course
  • Public Image Part 1 (Social media, RI Brand Centre, People of Action Campaign, Planning Public Image projects and events)
  • New Members
  • Insurance
  • Youth Services and Programs
  • Foundation - Community Needs Analysis
  • Membership Development
  • Public Image Part 2 (Hands on look at District website and ClubRunner website for Clubs)
  • Visioning and Strategic Planning

Register now so you can get into the workshop sessions of your choice.


Please be aware that your Registration Fee will be reimbursed by our Club upon providing Treasurer John McDonald with your payment advice.




We will arrange car pooling once we establish who is attending.


Kelly Binyon (President Elect) 


BBQ's and Events updates

Please check your Anzac Day Roster for our next BBQ Event which is the Gun Fire Breakfast


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


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 22nd AprilNoMeetingDue to Easter 
Mon 29th AprilTrevor Pickles   
Club Assembly
at Kithbrook Park
Mon 6th MayTBN   Youth Presentation
Mon 13th MayBruce Smith   
The Rotarian Behind
the Badge














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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