Upcoming Events
NO MEETING - Following Saturday Night Function
May 07, 2018
My Trip to the Antarctic - Gerard McNamara
Lions Village Community Centre
May 14, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
The Rotarian Behind the Badge - Jan Emmett
Lions Village Community Centre
May 21, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Reducing Drug Harm In Barwon - Nigel Cooper
Lions Village Community Centre
May 28, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Club Changeover Luncheon
Pako Raw
Jun 03, 2018
12:15 PM – 3:15 PM
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President's Report No 43
Monday 30th April
Football fans were delighted with our guest speaker, John Birt, this week. John is a two-time Premiership Player with Essendon, a Dual Best and Fairest winner, former Senior Coach, Football Administrator, School Teacher and Cancer Survivor. He gave us a great insight into the world of Footy.
Working Bee for Books
This was cancelled for Friday due to expected rain. Michael Reed will reschedule soon.
Ride the Bellarine
I have had a notification from the chair, John Paton, that the operating surplus to date is about $11,000 – which will mean each club will receive about $700 for Polio Plus. With personal donations from Clubs the total is expected to be around $20,000. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will pay 2:1, making a total of $60,000.
The funds from all 4 Ride the Bellarine events will total about $360,000, the equivalent of 600,000 doses of polio vaccine.
This has been such a great fundraiser so it is very sad to hear that our Rotary group will not be continuing with this event in the future.
Relay for Life
The total from the Surf coast Relay for Life was $91,174. A sterling effort!
District Changeover
The changeover from DG Ray Herbert to DG elect Anthony Ohlson will take place in Maryborough on 27th May, commencing at 11.30am. Registrations are now open at $50 per head.
Our Club Changeover
Our changeover lunch will be held on 3rd June at Pako Raw in Geelong. Please make sure you have this in your diaries. More details soon.
Saturday 5th May
We had a great celebration at Bellbrae Winery on Saturday night with more than 80 attendees. The whole Club can be proud of it's achievements these past 20 years.  Thanks to Maggie and her team for organising the night and special thanks to Steph Reed for a wonderful job compiling the 30th Anniversary Album on very short notice. If you have not yet received your copy please contact Michael Reed or Maggie Isom.
Monday 7th May
Please note there will be NO MEETING on the 7th as we will all be attending the Anniversary Celebration on the 5th May in lieu.
Monday 14th May
This will be a relaxed evening hearing form Gerard McNamara about his adventure to the Antarctic
President Gaynor Schols
Mary Elliott

A picture is worth a thousand words, and this picture tells the story of Mary Elliott, a person who passionately campaigned for as long as I can remember, both locally and throughout District 9780, to save lives with Organ Donation, spreading the Donate Life message whenever she could. Mary is pictured here with one of her most loved local organ donation recipient testimonials, Aaron Hapgood.
Sadly today in the shadow of her recent 85th Birthday celebration Mary lost her own battle with ill health and has passed on from this life.
Mary's enthusiasm and energy for Rotary was an inspiration to us all, she will be sadly missed and remembered always
Funeral details will be advised by email from Maggie as soon as they are available, given that we do not have a meeting this week.
No Meeting 7th May


PLEASE NOTE There will be no regular Rotary Meeting held at the Lions Village in Torquay
this Monday 7th May Due our following our Club 30th Birthday Celebration to the Easter Monday Holiday.
We will return to the Lions Village the next week on the 14th May
Torquay Rotary Club 30th Anniversary 
A great night was had by all, it was wonderful to celebrate our Club's 30th with the extended family of our Club, including our sponsor Club Grovedale. 
It was a memorable occasion and a testament to the enjoyment we gain from our Club to still have active Charter members in the Club. Big thanks to the many people who arranged the Celebration
As you will have probably seen today Rudi has placed an album of pics on the Club Facebook page which you can follow with this link PHOTO ALBUM

Belmont Rotary Headspace Fundraiser
Belmont Rotary are again holding their major Fundraising Event Headspace Lunch on 18th May. 
Several of us from our Club will be attending and if you are interested in joining us please contact Michael Reed
Tickets are $140/head

Revised BBQ Dates.....but wait we're not done yet 



ONE MORE TO GO.............well for the time being anyway


Our Next BBQ is Sunday 27th May at Bunnings

9:00am -12.30pm. Richard M, Peter Bollen, Trevor Hall

12:00 -3.30pm. Linda Neale, Terry Charlton, John McDonald, Kelly Binyon..

If anyone else is available on either of this day please feel free to lend a hand.



Thanks Mal
8 Things About Dementia - Geelong Libraries


Geelong Libraries are holding a series of sessions about Dementia in coming weeks.

Dementia Australia is the unified, national body for people of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers.The session provides information on dementia and services: what dementia is, including causes, signs, symptoms and risk factors; how dementia is diagnosed; how to seek help; and what services are available

Details of the local Torquay Session are as follows:-

Torquay LibraryFriday, 11 May 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

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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 7th MayNoMeetingfollowingSaturday Event 
Mon 14th MayGerard McNamaraTrevor BrownAlan AndersonJan EmmettMy Trip to the Antartic
Mon 21st MayJan EmmettMaggie IsomLloyd James Rotarian Behind the Badge
Mon 28th MayNigel CooperJohn OswaldRudi ScholsTrevor BrownReducing Drug Harm In Barwon














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 2017-18 is Australian Ian Riseley from the RC of Sandringham
CLICK HERE to read more
District 9780 Governor for 2017-18 is Ray Herbert from Rotary Club of Mt Gambier West
CLICK HERE to learn more about Ray
To read District Governor Ray's No 10 Newsletter CLICK HERE
Rotary Down Under April 2018 Edition 604 CLICK HERE
District 9780 Directory 2016-17 (D9780 Rotarians Only)
Rotary Club of Torquay Annual Reports for 2016-17
<----- Click here  for the 2016-17 Annual Report Part A  
<----- Click here  for the 2016-17 Annual Report Part B (Financials)  
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