Upcoming Events
Meet Karen & her Story Dog
Kithbrooke Park & Online
Sep 04, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Learn all about Teacher in a Box
Online via MS Teams
Sep 11, 2023
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Online Club Meeting - September
Online via MS Teams
Sep 18, 2023
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Landcare Plantings -ReWilding Freshwater Creek
145–199 Brushfields Rd
Sep 22, 2023
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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President's Message

Philip Beasley
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Presidents Report 24/8/2023
Hello Members and Friends
I hope that everyone who attended last Monday’s Social Evening at Lentils enjoyed themselves as well as socializing and dining with friends. Thank you to Gail for her work in planning and coordinating.
I am looking forward to this week’s speaker, Karen Knuckey who will speak to us about “Story Dogs”. Karen will be supported by her companion Penny. We may also have some of the residents from Kithbrooke join us to listen to Karen and meet Penny.

Pop Up Book Sale

Last weekend’s Pop Up Book Sale at AR Photography in Grovedale, proved successful again with more than $700 raised. Thank you to those members and partners who were able to assist Linda and Michael with setup, sales and packing up.
Unfortunately, volunteer numbers were down, and this created a lot of effort and work for those who could assist.
The Club will develop a Planning Calendar, which will be updated and form part of this weekly Bulletin with the aim of assisting members in their plans to support upcoming events.

Rotary Regionalisation

You will remember that at our last meeting online on Monday 21st August, DGE Lesley gave us a brief update on the upcoming Regionalisation Project.
Each Rotarian in our District received an email on Friday 15th August titled “Rotary Region 8 Regionalisation Pilot Update”. If you missed the email, please take the time to find and read the information contained in it. This is important, as I will be seeking your input soon as to which and what type of Rotary Community Group(s) we want to belong to.
Rotary Community Groups
The regional model includes a new way of grouping clubs, with each group of clubs referred to as a ‘Rotary Community Group’ (RCG). RCGs will be based on what clubs have in common, such as geography, type of club or shared language. They will meet in person, online, or a combination of both, and will choose how often they meet.
The RCGs are designed to foster greater collaboration among clubs so they can work more effectively and at a larger scale than they could on their own. Clubs will be able to nominate both a primary and secondary way they prefer to be grouped. Secondary groupings are optional and will mainly be online. For example, a club might want a primary geographic group and also want to join a network of other clubs that are passionate about a particular cause.
The timeline for forming Rotary Community Groups is:
  • In September, Rotary and Rotaract clubs will be provided a survey to indicate how they would like to be grouped together for future collaboration on activities and projects.
  • District leaders and the Regionalisation team will review the survey results together and work on the groupings, in liaison with the clubs where needed.
  • The new Community Groups are expected to be advised to clubs by November.
  • RCGs will then meet to determine how they will collaborate together and how the RCL role will work for their group.
Create Hope in the World
Philip Beasley
President 2023-24

Out of the Shadows Walk

Dear Lifeline Friend,
As a valued supporter of Lifeline Geelong, I'm personally inviting you to take part in Out of
the Shadows Walk 2023 in Torquay at Whites Beach.
Join us on Sunday, 10th September, for our World Suicide Day Prevention Day walk.
Together we will walk to remember the 9 Australian lives lost to suicide every day. You can
participate to remember a loved one, as a personal tribute for a friend or family member, or
to show your support for Australians experiencing emotional distress or mental illness.

Torquay Community Out of the Shadows Walk

When // Sunday 10th September, 2023
Where // Whites Beach, Torquay
Time // 7.00am for 7.30am Start
Information // The walk is from Whites Beach to Torquay Surf Beach (and return). The
event route is wheelchair and pram friendly.
Registration online is free.

Community Service

Bunnings Father’s Day Community Night – Thursday 31st August

Unfortunately we missed out on running the BBQ for this event but we were still able to have a Rotary presence. Linda Neale and I set up a small display to get our message out regarding the Rotary Programs of Polio Plus, Rotarians Against Malaria and Preventing Domestic Violence.
Martina Harris from Bunnings is to be congratulated on organising another successful community evening. There were many smiles to be seen on the faces of the children and the Dad’s.

Out of the Shadows Walk – World Suicide Prevention Day Sunday September 10

We have received an invitation/request to “Join Lifeline as we walk to remember and save lives”. Please refer to the article in this bulletin for all information and the links to register for this FREE event. Erika and have registered already – a very easy process. Once you have registered, send me a message (0414 840 910) or email ( and I’ll keep track of those involved.
I’m not sure where exactly the walk starts from so we will meet at 7.00 am at the White’s Beach playground near the corner of The Esplanade and Horseshoe Bend Road. If you are walking please try to wear some Rotary Branded clothing on to highlight our involvement.

Volunteers needed

  • URGENT The first of the Cowrie Markets is on Sunday 17th September and the more volunteers we have the easier the day is on each of us.
  • We have another Bunnings BBQ locked in for Saturday 30th September. Yes that is Grand Final day, unfortunately us Bomber and Cats fans no longer need worry about that.
Please let Richard Hawker know if you are available to help out with either of these and if you would prefer an AM or PM shift - phone 0407 610 414 or email
Any time you have available will be a great help, so don’t hesitate to offer even if it is only for an hour two.
Bruce Turner
Director Community Service

Pop Up Book Sale at Arthur Reed Photos

Last Saturday saw us run our third Pop-Up Book Sale in at ARP in Grovedale. We raised $705.85, with only an $80 expense, giving us a profit of $625 to add to our fundraising.
Mike and Linda would like to thank Daryl, Greg, Bruce T, Tom and John O, for helping with either setting up or helping to pack up. We had the assistance of Gail Birchall, Alison Reed and Erika Turner - who without their assistance we would have had a much later evening
Thank you to all for your help, assistance and friendship.
We also need to thank ARP for the venue. Without this venue we could not run these Pop-Up Book Sales. By running them at ARP we have no expenses. Thank you to Mike for allowing us to run these sales there.
Looking forward to further Book Sales

PolioPlus Society

The PolioPlus Society is a District initiative to increase the funds so we can finally eradicate Polio forever. This involves District Rotarians donating AUD$100.00 per year for four years. A great initiative.
We would love to get as involved as is possible at this time. If we could aim to get 70-80% involvement of members, that would be truly amazing. If we exceeded that then that would be fantastic. 
Here is the link to the form on the District Website that needs to be completed once your donation is made on the Donate page of the Rotary International website using this link. When you select this link you will see the options shown below.  Select PolioPlus Fund and go from there.

Rotarians Against Malaria (RAMs)

At the Board Meeting on Monday night, the Board agreed with my proposal for me to become the Rotary Against Malaria (RAMs) Club Champion. We are slowly gaining more information and resources. 
We will have on sale colouring books and will display a RAMs Flag at the Pop-Up Book Sale on Saturday. We will be selling the colouring Books and promoting RAMs at the Bunnings Father's Day Evening as a Charity we are supporting. Funds from these sales will go towards providing nets, immunisations and potentially spraying of mosquitos to eradicate them.
Linda Neale
Foundation Chair and Club RAMs Champion

Future meetings 

September: Basic Education and Literacy
Mon 4 Sep
Meet Karen & her Story Dog
Robyn O'Loughlin
Kithbrooke Park & Online
Mon 11 Sep
Jeanette Johnstone: Teacher in a Box
John Oswald
MS Teams
Mon 18 Sep
Online Club meeting (& Board meeting)
President Phil
MS Teams
Mon 25 Sep
Footy Colours Social Night
N/A - informal
Torquay Hotel
October: Economic and Community Development
Mon 2 Oct
Business Excellence Awards
Trevor Hall
Kithbrooke Park & Online
Mon 9 Oct
Prue Challis: Community development via Torquay Community House
Rhonda Anchen
Kithbrooke Park & Online
Mon 16 Oct
Online Club meeting (and Board meeting)
President Phil
MS Teams
Mon 23 Oct
Club Assembly
President Phil
Kithbrooke Park & Online
Mon 30 Oct
Tour of Karaaf Wetlands & BBQ
Gerard Hogan
Point Impossible
November: Rotary Foundation
Mon 6 Nov
Melbourne Cup Eve Extravaganza
Neil Henderson
Mon 13 Nov
Rotary Foundation in Action
Lesley Shedden
Kithbrooke Park & Online
Mon 20 Nov
Online Club meeting (and Board meeting)
President Phil
MS Teams
Mon 27 Nov
Annual General Meeting
Allan Hillgrove
Kithbrooke Park & Online

Rotary International & District 9780 Info

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