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Dear Members

Given there was so much on at last weeks meeting I was unable to share with you the experiences of the conference in Bordertown save only the honour that was bestowed on Mary Elliot who in my estimation epitomes a true Rotarian.


As what happens at conferences there were many excellent speakers. Our first was a representative

for Ron Burton, this year's International President, Ken Linkhorn who reiterated that Rotary needed

a Revolution to stay relevant and engaged, and that we all have a responsibility to create the

necessary changes to bend the rules to determine what works for Rotary in today's society, so that

we can then change the rules. This was strongly demonstrated by Guest speakers, Mandi Wendt and

Rick Purvis from The Rotary Club of Melbourne Park when they spoke about what was engaging

for their membership, which consisted of a lot of thinking outside the square to make the rules work for them. They have the added advantage of being a young club without having 25 years of baggage- “this is the way we have always done it mantra” which stymies progressive and forward

thinking. They also admit that they are already looking at succession planning for their club that may include the formation of a new club down the track.


We heard from Lieutenant Governor of South Australia Mr Hieu Van Le Ao who at the age of 23 escaped Vietnam and spent many perilous months at sea, before landing in Australia. He was an absolute inspiration. His story is living testimony of what tenacity and commitment can achieve.

I did not get to hear the speakers that were on Friday night but I believe they were brilliant as well.

My belief in the Rotary Ideals still stand and I am heartened that there are enough forward thinking members worldwide that will continue the commitment that was made 100 years ago.

I believe that all Rotarians need to become more engaged in Rotary International's direction so that, on our local level, we become more relevant, not just known as sausage turners. In doing so we do not remain a well-kept secret.

We have so many areas that we can showcase our professional gifts. Our involvement with local businesses, local government and community groups with projects that benefit the Surf Coast Shire people and visitors will be the most effective way for us to continue to remain relevant.


I trust you all have a great Easter and I will see you at our next meeting.




Please remember that there will be NO MEETING this Monday 21st April due to Easter.
Please enjoy a night home with your families and we will see you next Monday 28th April back at the Lions Village.

Sarah Oxford - Rotary Peace Fellowship

At last weeks meeting we were privileged to hear from Rotary Peace Fellow Sarah Oxford.
Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers and through service activities. Fellows can earn a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.
Rotary Peace Centers are at: Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; Duke University, North Carolina, USA; International Christian University, Japan; University of Bradford, England; University of Queensland, Australia; and Uppsala University, Sweden.
There are just 60 Rotary Peace Fellows selected globally each year The RI web site at has information on the Peace Fellowship program.  Peace Fellows are funded by the Rotary Foundation
Sarah Oxford just finished at University of Bradford with a focus on gender issues within Sport for Development and Peace. She is currently working in Australia teaching teenagers conflict resolution skills in conjunction with outdoor education programs.

Sarah’s specialities includes: non-profit management, conflict resolution, sport, peace and development, gender studies, gender mainstreaming, social inclusion, community development, rural development, micro-finance, sub-saharan Africa, small enterprise development, fundraising, donor relations, French.
Sarah’s Experience
Victoria University January 2014 – Present (4 months)Melbourne, Australia
Sport, Peace and the Resolution of Conflict (SPARC- working group)May 2012 – December 2012 (8 months)University of Bradford
  • Researched the development and transformation of gender-based and gender-sensitive Sport, Development and Peace (SDP) programs in the Great Lakes Region. 
  • Produced 30+ page report to the East Africa Cup Organizing Committee, analyzing their approach to Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding. 
  • Presented findings to 250+ attendees at the annual Rotary International Peace Symposium held at the University of Bradford.
  • Assisted in the creation of the curricula for the Masters Degree in Sport for Social Coexistence and Conflict Resolution at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
September 2011 – December 2012 (1 year 4 months)Bradford, United Kingdom
  • MA Peace and Conflict Resolution with distinction 
  • Research focus: Sport, Peace and Development & Gender Studies
  • Relevant Coursework: Conflict Resolution Theory & Practice; Gender, Conflict, & Development.
  • Peacekeeping & Peacebuilding; African Approaches to Conflict Resolution; Peace Studies;
  • Religions, Conflict & Peace-Making in Post-Secular World
  • Founder and Board Member Breaking Ground
    • August 2006 – August 2011 (5 years 1 month)Cameroon and Portland, ME
    • Breaking Ground partners with Cameroonians to achieve lasting solutions to their self-identified needs by investing in local knowledge, empowering women, and promoting economic development

District 9780 Conference 2014 Bordertown

Friday 11th
Rotarians, Youth Exchange students, and GSE participants joined in a street parade led by a piper from the Naracoorte Pipe Band that made its way from Bordertown Oval along the main street and back again stopping outside the Civic Centre where participants were welcomed by Mayor Richard Vickery.
First Plenary Session
Following a welcome by MC Alan Richardson the official party took the stage accompanied by the respective national anthems followed by the Youth Exchange students presenting their country flags. Further welcomes were given by President of the Rotary Club of Bordertown, Chris Mackereth (welcome to Bordertown), Mayor Richard Vickery (welcome to the Tatiara District), DG Ken McInerney (welcome to Conference). Opening remarks were provided by RI Presidents representative (RIPR) PDG Ken Linkhorn from D 9910 New Zealand
Keynote Speakers were Steven Dunn, from Dynamiq , and David Brooker Chairman of Sports Shear South Australia. (A highlight was the shearing on stage of two sheep, one by hand clippers and the other by electric comb)
Saturday 12th:      Presidents, AG’s and Partner’s attended a breakfast with RIPR PDG Kenneth Linkhorn & DG Ken McInerney at the Bordertown Hotel. Presidents Elect and Partner’s attended a breakfast with DGE Geoff James at the Woolshed Inn Hotel
Second plenary Session:
 Welcome DG Ken McInerney
 Address by RIPR PDG Ken Linkhorn on various Rotary issues
RYLA Chairman PP Barry Clark Mt Gambier west introduced Keynote Speaker: Mieka Main RYLA Experiences”
Panel discussion with outbounders and inbounders  from RYLA , Youth Exchange , and GSE .
Third Plenary Session:
Keynote Speaker, Lieutenant of SA Mr Hieu Van Le AO, introduced by PP Julie Burdett from RC Naracoorte.
An inspirational and moving address by  Lt Van Le  on his and his s life in Vietnam after the war , and their harrowing journey to Australia as unwanted refugees received a standing ovation (Another highlight) Followed by panel discussion with Lt Van Le and three refugees of recent times now resident in SA.
Public Relations Committee Member AG Tony Stewart R/C of Highton gave an address on Rotary Public Relation’s and introduced PDG Jessie Harman
PDG Jessie Harman provided an enlightening presentation on ‘Strengthening Rotary – Great Stories of Success’.
Fourth Plenary Session (Break –out Sessions)
 Main Hall
President Andrew Shouksmith, Naracoorte Rotary Club, Chair District 9780 Rotary Health spoke about the activities of his Committee, followed by PP David Goldsmith (Service Above Self Award) Chair D9780 RAWCS. on “Support for Dental Health in the Pacific Islands.”  Rotary Grants Sub-Committee Chairman Jerry Leach RC Mt Gambier Lakes spoke about District Grants “Looking to the Future” followed by Dr Tony Gregson AM who covered The Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Mandi Wendt and Rick Purvis from RC Melbourne Park gave a lively presentation on the topic “Rotary in 2014 and Beyond – New Tools and Techniques”.
 Little Theatre
 “Sustainable Environment” – AG Community Services Patsy Moore RC Portland Bay covered Rotary’s activities in this area  as did Steve Bourne covering Portland and the Community Gardens and “Water and the Environment” AG Sue Williams addressed “Youth Service” and the tasks of the Youth Exchange Committee followed by Lucy Dodd a returned RC Bordertown Exchange Student to Denmark in 1999. Shelter Box Australia Secretary Tim Klar reported on recent Shelter Box activities followed by Alastair Douglas covering the Australian Foundation for Fostering Learning in the Philippines (AFFLIP)
Saturday Evening – Conference Dinner
Presented by the Rotary Club of Bordertown at the Bordertown Racecourse. An absolute hoot – everyone dressed accordingly as cowboys and cowgirls and had a great time – thank you.
Sunday 13th
Fifth Plenary Session
Chairman PDG Brian Trenery reported on the activities of the D9780 The Rotary Foundation Committee followed by the presentation of TRF awards by PDG Ted Gaffney. Senior Sergeant Paul Maslunka covered the Rotary Mentoring Police Program. As part of the Club Projects Round-Up MC Alan Richardson interviewed 4 Rotarians involved in overseas projects: RC Belmont (Anglesea School Project in Peru), RC of Swan Hill Sunrise (Schoolies in Thailand), RC of Mortlake (Schoolies in the Philippines), RC of Naracoorte (Hospital Project in Papua New Guinea).
Sixth Plenary Session
 MC Alan Richardson introduced Keynote Speaker Sam Leach, 2010 Archibald Winner
 DGE Geoff James led the On To Conference 2015 presentation with members of the RC Maryborough
 DGN Jane Cox on planning for 2015 – 2016
 PDG Cathy Roth encouraging attendance at the Sydney Convention 2014
AG Jean Wise conducted the presentation of Rotary Awards
PDG Chris Sims on Conference Resolutions, District appointments for Council on Legislation, Director Nominating Committee and Vice Governor PLUS the presentation of a sapphire pin to PP Mary Elliott as a recognition for her contribution to Organ Donor Awareness. (Highlight for Mary and RC Torquay)
 Closing Remarks – RI Presidents Representative PDG Ken Linkhorn Rotary District 9910 New Zealand.
Closing Remarks DG Ken McInerney.
Close of Conference – a wonderful event with congratulations to all concerned.
Mary and Chris

Koroipita Model Community

New Rotarian Johhny Parello has wasted no time in hitting the ground in preparation for the upcoming Fiji Building Trip. Here Johnny is pictured presenting more than $500 he has already raised to purchase tools to take for the project. Great work Johnny!
Project Details
The Rotary Club of Torquay is sending 7 people to Fiji for 2 weeks in May, to work on a Rotary International project called Koroipita Model Community (previously known as Rota Homes).
Our team consists of 3 Rotarians, 2 of our Rotarians partners, and the Rotary Club of Torquay is sponsoring 2, 3rd year apprentices. We are all volunteering our time and ‘paying our own way’ for this trip to Fiji.
This project was launched through the Rotary Club of Lautoka. It was the idea of Rotarian Peter Drysdale, a Rotarian at that club, who proposed the idea after 2 devastating cyclones in 1985 destroying many homes in villages across the country. Peter continues to head the project in Fiji.
To date, over 930 homes have been constructed since those cyclones left many families homeless. This very worthwhile Rotary project is continuing to construct homes for ‘needy’ families.
Homes are currently being constructed in a village near Lautoka, on Fiji’s main Island Viti Levu.
We will be working under the guidance of an ‘on site foreman’, working for approximately 7.5 hours each day, for the 2 weeks.
We are departing on Sunday 4th May, and returning Friday 16th.
Our accommodation will either be in a 3 - 4 bedroom house, or hotel rooms in Lautoka. We are collected each morning around 7.45am, ready to commence work on the job at 8am, and dropped off around 3.45, after finishing work at 3.30pm.
We have to supply all our food and drinks for the time away. This will mean taking lunches and (plenty of) water each day.
To assist our team, there is a requirement for us to take over some specific tools to use, and our intention is to donate the tools to the project when we complete our 2 weeks there, for future volunteers to use.
We are seeking the generosity of people and businesses to help us with the tools we require. Rotarian John Parrello is coordinating the tool requirements for our team. Please see him if you can assist.
John email address is   or Mobile 0418 593 638
Thank you.
Michael Reed, Jenny Oscar, John Parrello, Rod Crowther, Roger Bellchambers, Ben Scott and Lonnie Carland
 …. The team of volunteers from The Rotary Club of ….
 Save the Date
 Sunday June 29th 2014
 Torquay Rotary Club Changeover

Venue           Wyndham Resort Torquay, 100 The Esplanade

Time             12.30 for 1.00pm

Cost              $45 a head includes 2 course meal, plus complimentary drink on Arrival

Drinks at Bar Prices

BBQ Roster -

Coming Events - We're nearly done! Only Easter  & Anzac Day to go! 

Please watch for an email this week detailing tasks for ANZAC Day




To check your BBQ commitments the Roster attached it can be found on Clubrunner under "Club Documents" or simply follow this link CLICK HERE

As per previous years it will be your responsibility to swap dates if you are unavailable for the date that you have been rostered on. 




Mal Slater & John McDonald




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

Weekly Assigned Duties:

 If you cannot meet one of your assigned duties, it is your responsibility to arrange for another member to take your place. 

 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














See Events for details


Mon 21 Apr No Meeting Due To Easter
Fri 25 Apr Anzac Day Club Duties Pt Danger
Mon 28 Apr       Amanda Hough - Interplast
Mon 5 May       Mal & Debbie Slater - Outback Travels


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



MEETING APOLOGIES are 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 absence.


There are two ways to do this:

1. filling out in advance the "Apology Book" that is available at each meeting,

2. telephone 03-5222-2022.   an answering service operates our of hours 

  • Apologies must be made no later than 9.00AM , on the Monday of the meeting (unless other arrangements were addressed in the Bulletin). 
  • NOTE an answering machine operates at all times
  • If no apology is recorded by that time, the absentee member willl be sent an invoice to pay the Club the dinner fee ($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!

Also note, if you are bringing a guest or partner (to a non-partner night), you need to notify us of the extra number of persons who are attending.


Note Change of time and day for Rotary Radio

Rotary Radio is on 94.7 the Pulse the first Tuesday of every month at 12-1.00 pm.

If you are having trouble getting to a radio to listen to Rotary Radio on a Tuesday, then you can subscribe to this program as a Podcast for free. You can then listen to the programs any time you wish. You can also listen to individual episodes?  If so then simply  Click Here and play the session you choose. 


This program is supported by the District Public Relations grant for all clubs in District 9780 to promote their projects.  Live streaming means that this can be listened to globally via your computer.  Click below to listen live....

Listen Live via the Internet

The program is intended to provide a platform for the Rotary clubs to present to the community the activities of Rotary. All clubs will be invited to to provide speakers and media releases for upcoming events.  Interviews can be conducted by telephone right across the district at NO charge to your club.
Meet District Governor Ken McInerney
 Here are some links where you can find all of the Latest news from District 9780
  • District 9780 is now on facebook to view the facebook page "Click" the icon      Image
  • To go to the District 9780 Website Click Here
  • Get to know your District Governor Ken McInerney Click Here
  • To read District Governors March Newsletter Click Here
To Read Rotary Down Under March e-Newsletter Click Here