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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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Presidents Report




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



Anzac Day 2015


Another ANZAC Day Dawn Service has been & gone .


Despite lots of pre planning & an unusually large crowd, there was some confusion at times .

However ,overall the Event was a HUGE SUCCESS thanks to the help of all  Rotarians who participated.

A very special thanks must go to those partners& friends who played a key role in the overall success of the day.


Donations collected at the Program  distribution points  have not all been counted at this stage, however Treasurer Mike Reed will have a final figure for our meeting  tomorrow night Monday 27th April .


My rough estimate is that this will be in the vicinity of $5000 , which is about double that of what we collected last year.

In addition to this we will also have the proceeds from the Bar fridge raffle, kindly organised by Greg Plumridge to add to the total figure we will present to the RSL.  


The raffle was drawn this afternoon at the RSL office.

Unfortunately no Torquay Rotarians were amongst the winners.

Thanks again for your help & support


John McDonald


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

Greetings from Fiji







Anyone who has had any involvement with Rota homes or the Koroipita Housing Project, Including our own team who were there last year, would know Peter Drysdale - the man behind this project. Peter commenced this project - called Rota Homes - in 1985. More recently it had been renamed Community Homes Trust, and Peter is coordinating the construction of a complete village approximately 10 km out of Lautoka called Koroipita (Koroipita is Fijian for 'Peter's Town').


The Fiji Times published an article on this great man which I'm sure many of you would like to read. To do so CLICK HERE for the link to the article


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

Weekly Assigned Duties:

 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






Event details


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

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 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
 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 Geoff James Click Here
  • To read District Governor Geoff James  Illumintions MAY 2015 District Newsletter Click Here
To Read Rotary Down Under MAY e-Newsletter Click Here