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 Report No 43

I would first of all, on behalf of all Torquay Rotarians, offer our condolences to Rhonda and John on their tragic and distressing family loss. It is hard to comprehend how such events can impact on those who suffer such losses – rest assured Rhonda and John that we are here for you in your time of need.

Our thoughts are also with Charmaine D’Souza who is hospitalised with a large blood clot in her leg. She is in good care and, again, Vernon we are here for you.

Monday evening was a special event as members of Rotary Leadership Institute were visiting in order to present a Paul Harris Fellow to Howard Randall in recognition of his significant contribution to that organisation. We did try to keep the presentation ‘secret’ but Howard sussed out what was happening. It all went to plan though with Howard and Jill’s daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter present to witness the presentation. Congratulations Howard – well deserved!

We met at Kithbrooke Park Lifestyle Village, thankyou Kelly for organising the fantastic venue as the Lion’s Village was still unavailable due to kitchen renovations. Thanks also to Jan for constant changes to the Running Sheet – details were being modified right up to the last moment – well done!

Monday, May 6 we are back at the lion’s Village for our usual meeting and ‘Focus on Youth – RYLA participants’ will be the theme for the evening with special guests Mitchell Ladhams and Pia Pegg.


Rotary Leadership Institute

Last Monday we enjoyed another change of meeting venue to Kithbrooke Park due to the delay in completion of the new kitchen at the Lions Village, in fact Rodney and Lorraine appeared quite at home in the impressive kitchen at Kithbrooke Park.

Most of the founding members of RLI in District 9780 visited our Club to acknowledge the contribution of Howard Randall to the RLI program.
PP Howard Randall has been recognised with a PHF 3 sapphires for his role in bringing RLI to Australia in 2008. Together with PDG Cathy Roth and PP Warren Norton, Howard helped pioneer this grass roots learning program , which is now running in every district in Australia and New Zealand.
Established in 1994 to assist in improving the Rotary knowledge and leadership skills of the future leaders of clubs and districts, the Rotary Leadership Institute is a multi-district program (division) already functional in many Zones around the world.


The Australia-Southern Division was formed in 2008. The institute offers a training program in three full-day sessions, in the future to be followed by graduate seminars. 
RLI is a facilitated learning process following the principles of adult learning.  A structured curriculum is followed, and participants are required to be fully involved in discussion, research, presenting and a range of learning activities.  In fact, feedback from the participants indicates attending different venues on different days (as they may not have been available on a given day) is an added value for them to meet other Rotarians and learn with them.
All facilitators are experienced Rotarians who have completed RLI and also completed the RLI Facilitator's Training.  Each venue may have different Facilitators on different days subject to availability – although the preference is to provide continuity.

The focus of the program is on the participants rather than on a presenter, as RLI is about learning and developing skills and definitely not a lecture.
It is fast-paced, cooperative learning at its best, with Rotary knowledge, leadership skills, public speaking, public relations, membership and fun all rolled into 3 one-day sessions.
Participating in RLI may be the most important Rotary training you undertake, informing you, empowering you as a leader and creating a network of other Rotarians from many Clubs around the District.
Who's Up To What

A group of Torquay Rotarians and Partners supported the Belmont Rotary Club at their Headspace Fundraiser Lunch on Friday where the keynote speaker was World Champion Paralympian Dylan Alcott, who allowed those present to get up close and personal with his first Paralympic Gold medal. 
Congratulations to The Belmont Rotary Club on their outstanding result of raising $162,000 for Headspace.

      Cappuccinos at the Andamooka Yacht Club for Neil and Mary                                             Mary shopping at Andamooka's premium retail outlet.
World Malaria Awareness Day 25th April

Although World Malaria Day was held last week, on 25th April,
The following link is of an interview by Dave Pearson, the National RAM Manager, with Fiona Wylie from ABC Statewide NSW about Malaria Awareness Day. The interview goes for about 15 minutes and can be picked up at 1hr 8mins and goes through to about 1hr 23mins. The interview contains a lot of interesting, up to date information and is well worth the time spent listening to it.
   Regards to you all
   Noel Howard
   District 9780 RAWCS Chair


Bendigo Art Gallery Visit - Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits
Our club has been invited by the Rotary Club of Highton to this Bendigo Art Gallery Visit
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

What do Alexander the Great and Winnie the Pooh have in common?

The same middle name.


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 6th MayMitchell Ladhams & Pia PeggKelly BinyonVern D'SouzaRob HarrisYouth Presentation
Mon 13th MayBruce Smith   
The Rotarian Behind
the Badge
Mon 20th May    TBN
Mon 27th MayBen Featherstone   Pacific Rehabilitation & Mobility Conference














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 9780 weekly  eNewsletter 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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