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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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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



International Care Ministries

For those members who missed Mindy Gill's presentation on 12th May here are the notes from her presentation.
Mindy is presently the Health  Director of  International Care Ministries.
ICM is led by business professionals from Hong Kong with a deep commitment to effectiveness and efficiency.  We are highly commited to collecting metrics or data on all of our programs.  We collect millions of data points every year which is analysed by statisticians to help us understand and refine programs to improve our impact.
In terms of efficiency, ICM’s has an operational budget of about 6 million $US dollars a year with which we reach over 100,000 community members, keeping our administration costs under 15%.  This compared with other NGOs, is very good value for money. 
ICM works through the local church, which is a core part of Filipino community life.  We have a network of over 7000 pastors across nine different provinces in the central and southern parts of the Philippines.   This network allows us to reach into some of the poorest and remotest communities in the Philippines.
These pastors are committed to helping the poor around them and ICM is committed to helping them do this. 
ICM’s primary program is called Transform.  It is 16 week education-based, poverty alleviation program. 
The pastor selects the 30 poorest households in his community and invites the female head of the household to participate in Transform. 
The average ICM family lives off 46 cents per person per day or half way under what is called the extreme poverty level of $1US / day.  This is often called “ultra-poverty”.
19% of the children in our program are acutely malnourished and over ½ of these are chronically malnourished or stunted.  35% live with dirt floors in cramped conditions and 39% have no access to electricity.  23% of mothers have had one of more children die.   
The curriculum covers  values, health and livelihood.
In values we provide biblical teaching which promotes community connectedness, a strong family unit, love for self and others, a stronger self-esteem and hope for the future.
Health lessons focus on maternal, child health and nutrition and disease prevention. It identifies some of the key issues that are experienced by participants ie acute diarrhoea, intestinal worm infestations and TB
The final part of the curriculum is Livelihood.  Participants learn organic vegetable gardening to both improve the nutrition of their family and potentially earn additional income for their families.  They are also taught container gardening so that if they have no land they have still grow their own vegetables in containers suspended from their home or other structures.
The Livelihood lessons teach business principles to help participants understand how to earn a living.  We resource this training with kits which is a resource which contains the basic material  required to start a small business.  We have 33 kits that participants can choose from.
We also start micro-savings groups, where the participants learn the importance of savings and are helped to use simple informal savings technologies that can substantially increase investment in preventative health and reduce vulnerability to health shocks.
Each 16 week Transform program brings lasting change in many areas of life.  The participants experience a 34% increase in income.  In addition 27% fewer go to bed hungry at night, 67% fewer receive no medical help when they are ill and there is a 53% reduction in physical abuse in homes.
Also, my husband, Sam, has been working in Deutche Bank in Manila for the past 4 years and has been working the banking industry for many years prior to that.  Sam has long been interested in working with the poor from a business or financial services perspective but struggled to find an approach he really felt was meaningful and effective. 
Last year Sam encountered an organisation which works in rescuing and rehabilitating women who have survived trafficking and he began to think though the future really held for these women after they had been rescued.  He found there wasn’t much being offered being initial crisis care and basic livelihood interventions such as arts and crafts.  After a lot of soul searching and research he has left Deutche back and starting his own business called Datamotivate.
The aim of Datamotivate is to provide a genuine pathway out of poverty though the business outsourcing industry.   Sam aims to use his business and banking background to provide high quality data services with a high quality workforce and at the same time, producing a significant social impact.
His employee support program will provide access to higher education, counselling, safe housing and medical care which his employees need to be fully rehabilitated and reintegrated into society.
Sam is currently seeking the support of Australian and other companies to do business with Datamotivate and also be directly involved.  Sam believes Datamotivate will offer a unique and ethical outsourcing option for business.

The New Team for 2104-15

Big finish as another Rotary year comes to an end in Torquay at today's annual changeover of office bearers event. Retiring President Jeanette Crowther was presented with both a Presidential Citation and "Club Central" awards by Assistant Governor Ross Taylor. These awards recognise our Clubs achievements within Rotary District 9780. Gerard McNamara was then inducted as President for 2014-15 presented his management team to everyone present.
If you would like to view all of the photos from the function please CLICK HERE
So that you all know "who's who in the zoo" for this year here is a list of all office bearers on the new committee

President:                Gerard McNamara

Vice P :                     Peter Bollen

Secretary:                Lloyd James

Treasurer:                Michael Reed

Community:            Darrel Brewin

International:         Graham Gill

Club Service:           Jill Evans

Vocational:              Trevor Pickles

Youth:                       Jenny Oscar

President Elect:       Jill Evans

Imm. Past Pres.:      Jeanette Crowther




Rotary International Convention 2014

Sydney is delighted to be hosting the 2014 Rotary International Convention in June 2014


The International Convention provides a great opportunity for likeminded Rotarians to connect, gives you a chance to hear quality speakers , update yourself on Rotary world events 


 As Sydney is only   "up the road" it is an ideal opportunity for Club members to experience an international Rotary Convention


The Convention will be held at Sydney Olympic Park, June 1-4, 2014.


Make sure you book your accommodation soon , as this will be tight


For further information CLICK HERE to view the Convention Website

Maggie Isom


Parkinsons - Walk in the Park

Beautiful weather preailed for the annual Parkinsons "Walk in the Park" today in Melbourne.
Peter Bollen with his team of "Bollens Babes" joined some 4,000 people who participated in the walk raising a total of $215,000 towards Parkinsons Research. A great day was had by all.
Pic left "Bollens Babes":- Tayla, Lyndsey, Cyntia, Jordan, Adele, Peter Jason & Jasmine.

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 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






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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”.    


Note Change of time and day for Rotary Radio

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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
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