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Book Fair Thank You Night to Club and Sponsors
Lions Village Community Centre
Mar 02, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
NO MEETING - Labour Day Holiday
Mar 09, 2020
Moses Pulop Water Project in Komea Papua N Guinea
Lions Village Community Centre
Mar 16, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
District 9780 Conference in Swan Hill
Mar 21, 2020 – Mar 22, 2020
Report on District Conference + Betty Jo Parent
Lions Village Community Centre
Mar 23, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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President's Report No 31



Hi Everyone 


Wow what a fantastic night we had last week for Ting’s Fundraiser-Lift the Lid on Mental Health.📝💰 We were lucky to have special guest PDG Jane Cox attend who is our District Chair for Australian Rotary Health (ARH).🦠🧬🔬 Huge shoutout🗣 to Ben and his team of merry helpers for a fun filled night. More details in Chairperson’s Report👨🏻🏫


It has been brought to my attention that Lorraine Sullivan (our awesome caterer & PHF) has spent some time in hospital this week-wishing you a speedy recovery from the Rotary family!💐



Darrell Brewin is urgently looking for Rotarians, family & friends to register for Relay for Life. Please reach into your networks as every little bit helps!!



Alan Anderson is seeking helpers for the Strathewen Beach Day on 17th March. If you’re not aware of this event please check out the story further in the Bulletin. Thanks in advance to the helpers🙌


Tomorrow night sees us welcome everyone that was invoked with our magnificent Book Fair, including Sponsors, Volunteers and Members. We will have guests present to receive donations from the funds raised so make sure you get along to celebrate this wonderful achievement.📒📕📗📘📙


Have a great week!


Yours in Rotary Service,

Kelly 😊



Ana Galvez - Rotary Peace Scholar
Report on Club Presentation Monday evening 17 Feb 2020
Peace Scholars. Peace is not an abstract, but the cornerstone of our mission as a humanitarian Organisation
Our guest speaker for last Monday was Ana Galvez, a Rotary Peace Scholar. Ana is a human rights advocate, with wide experience in Argentina, Israel/Palestine and Australia. Currently she works for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre Melbourne, and previously worked with Interplast, as their Rotary Co-ordinator.
The DG, Rosanne Kava, in her monthly newsletter on the 13th of February, wrote re this Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution month. 
As you may be aware The Rotary Foundation's mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace, was proclaimed more than 100 years ago, in 1917. 
Rotary's goal of worldwide peace and tolerance has resulted in Rotary conducting global forums, hosting international peace symposiums, advancing peace through its 60-year collaboration with the UN, as well as grassroots initiatives such as the Rotarian Action Group for Peace
But Rotary's most significant effort to wage peace is the Rotary Peace Centers program, established in 2002. Each year, the program trains some of the world's most dedicated and brightest professionals, preparing them to promote national and international cooperation and to resolve conflict. They include graduates of a two-year master's degree program and a three-month professional certificate program at Rotary's partner universities. 
Today, more than 900 peace fellows are applying their expertise in various fields. They're settling border conflicts in West Africa, developing aid programs at the World Bank, drafting legislation to protect exploited children in Brazil, providing security for U.S. diplomats, and many other career paths devoted to peace. 
So what can you do? 
Think about supporting a Peace Scholar nomination; or getting your Club involved in a project that promotes peace; or learning more about the Rotarian Action Group for Peace or the Rotary Peace Centres.  You could also attend District Conference in Swan Hill as we will have a couple of amazing speakers on this subject.

So, it was a happy circumstance that brought Ana to our meeting. DGE Philip Beasley was amongst a large club attendance to find out more about Peace Scholars.
Ana graduated with a BA from ANU (Canberra) in Political Studies. The Rotary Foundation awarded her a Peace Fellowship where she obtained her MA in Peace and Conflict Studies in 2009 at the International Christian University in Tokyo. This is one of seven Rotary Peace Centres in the world.
There is another Peace Centre in Queensland University. Peace Centres aim to provide the knowledge and practical skills the students need to understand and engage in conflict analysis and resolution, peacekeeping and peacebuilding.
In a nutshell the Rotary Foundation awards up to 130 peace fellowships each year,
50 Master’s degrees, 15-24 months, with a three-month field study.
80 Certificates in Peace Studies 12 months
Peace scholars often serve as leaders in diverse community rights organisations.

Ana chaired a session at the Peace Symposium at the
Rotary International Congress in Hamburg last year.
The lead speaker was Dr Denis Mukwege, the first
Congolese to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2018
for his endeavours to end the use of sexual violence
as a weapon of war and armed conflict,"

Dr Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize 2018 with three Rotary Peace Scholars at the RIC Peace Symposium in Hamburg 2019

DGE Phil was enthusiastic for the District to sponsor a Peace Fellow. Peacebuilder Districts support the Rotary Peace Centres by allocating a minimum of US$25,000 annually in DDF donations. To maintain their Peacebuilder District standing, districts donate $25,000 every year thereafter. I believe DGE Phil will pursue this initiative, and I believe our club should be involved as well.
Lift the Lid Fundraiser for Youth Exchange 24th Feb


Thank you all for the great attendance last Monday evening, helping Ting to raise money for Rotary’s “Lift the Lid on Mental Health” program.
Over $400 was raised on the night, which Ting will be able to take to conference for the Youth Exchange fundraiser.
The Trivia questions were a real mixture, with some quite challenging, and a fun and competitive spirit was enjoyed through the night.
The final winners of the trivia were: Paul Westaway, Jane Cox and Robyn O’Loughlin.
The generosity on the night was terrific, so again thank you all for your enthusiasm, support and generosity.
To cap off the evening we were able to celebrate Tings Birthday with a surprise party & cake.
Ben & Ting


Relay for Life 13-14th March 2020 - REGISTER NOW! 
  Relay for Life is on a few weeks 
We need more Club members & their families , friends to register for the Rotary Team on the Surf Coast Relay For Life website a soon as possible.
and Remember to "Join" the Rotary Club of Torquay Team when you Register.
We need at a Team of at least 18 walkers. One for each hour between 7pm Friday 13th through to 1pm Saturday 14th March


The event is scheduled for the 13th and 14th March 2020 at the Polwarth Oval - Banyul Warri Fields Precinct , 1 Merrijig Drive , Torquay.


If you, your relatives or friends have be touched by cancer, then you understand the importance of participating in this event.


Please follow  the instructions I emailed to you on 17th Feb to register for the Rotary Team on the Surf Coast Relay For Life website a soon as possible.


This greatly successful fundraising event is an important part of the Rotary calendar.


The Torquay Rotary Club can proudly claim responsibility for establishing this event on the Surf Coast nine years ago and in that time our community has raised in excess of $500 000 for cancer research and support.

Over the years our members have strongly supported the event through directly participating in the Relay and also through our Club's annual donation to the Cancer Council Victoria.



Yours in Rotary




2020 Strathewen School Beach Visit  Tues 17th  March



On Tuesday 17 March, our Strathewen Primary School friends will head down to Torquay for the 11th consecutive year. According to Principal Jane Hayward, everyone is looking forward to a day of surfing, beachcombing and enjoying Torquay Rotary’s famous barbecue lunch.

At its last meeting, the Board voted unanimously to support the day by providing lunch, morning and afternoon teas for everyone.

“You’re all amazing,” Jane said when she heard the news. “Wowee! I’m sitting here at my desk and your text made me a little bit sooky!”

The club has hosted this event since 2009 after the Black Saturday fires destroyed the Strathewen community and its school, which for so many years had served as a local hub. The devastating impact and slow recovery is documented in the 2012 documentary ‘Then the Wind Changed’, currently on ABC iView (until 8 March).

So far this year Jane and the school have been actively supporting the recovery of communities affected by the most recent bushfires in the east of our state. Jane spent several weeks in north-east Victoria and East Gippsland advising local schools while the students have been busy raising funds towards bushfire relief.

The club needs volunteers to assist with this year’s visit. If you’re free on Tuesday 17 March and up for some food preparation, barbecuing, serving, setting and packing up, please contact Alan Anderson 0419330774 who will be co-ordinating the Team.

It will be worth it just to see so many happy, grateful faces.

To give you and understanding of the trauma that still haunts the Strathewen Community there is a 1 hour documentary "Then The Wind Changed" made by survivors of the Black Saturday Fires in Strathewen which is running on iView but only until Midday on 8th March so don't delay

A word of advice - Be sure to have some tissues handy....... it's definitely worse when you've met many of the parents, teachers and kids who are in the film. 


No Meeting 9th March - Labour Day 

Please remember that there will be NO Rotary Meeting Monday 9th March due to the Labour Day Holiday
We will be back to usual at the Lions Village the week after on Monday 16th March
Torquay Community House Fundraiser Friday 13th March
Wonderful Outrageous Witches Need Your Help to Create a Magical Fundraiser!


Torquay Community House is holding a fundraiser luncheon on Friday 13th March to raise funds to purchase a therapy swing for a women’s refuge in Moruya on the south coast of NSW -an area that has been hard hit by fires.

We are asking for your help to make this fundraiser a success. 

Here's ways to help:

- Donating food for the luncheon. In particular we need sandwiches, slices and fresh fruit
- Donating a bottle of Yellowglen sparkling wine or orange juice
- Donating home made / home grown goods for sale on a trade table
- Donating goods suitable for a silent auction or raffle prize
- Donating any unwanted halloween witches or pumpkins decor - zombies not required!
- Making a cash donation in lieu of the above. All money received will go towards the swing.
- Sharing this information and forwarding this email to your contacts

If you can help in any way please call or text Julie Stevens 0438 735 302
All support from local businesses will be acknowledged publicly.

Can't help out with any of the above? Just come along and join the fun! Buy tickets for you and your coven HERE or by coming into 14 Price Street, Torquay.
Recreational Vehicle Fellowship of Rotarians  (AUST) March

If other members of our club are interested in the caravanning fellowship, Recreational Vehicles Fellowship of Rotary Aust Inc. (RVFR).
I have attached below
  • a copy of the Musters that are planned over the next 12 months,
  • plus a note (below)  about a 6 week muster from Port Augusta (SA) to Toowoomba in Queensland
John Spath (Treasurer, Eastern Zone) is proposing a muster starting in Port Augusta late August 2020 continuing on to Alice Springs and then onto the RVFR AGM which will be held in Toowoomba. The stop in Alice Springs will coincide with the Australian / New Zealand Zone 8 Regional Conference to be held there in September. (ZONE 8: Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands: from District 9455 (Perth to Broome) and including every other District in Australia and the Pacific Islands including our own District 9780, and other South eastern Australian Districts 9790, 9800, 9810, 9820, 9830.) John is asking for expressions of interest. Sounds great!

Contact John at

A reminder that the Rotary International Conference will be held in Honolulu next year and the American RVFR will be attending.
John Oswald

Bushfire Relief Donation Options - Be Sure The Money Reaches Those in Need
As much of Australia deals with the tragedy of Bushfires many donation funds are being set up by both government and private groups, and one of the most commonly asked questions is
"Which Charity will ensure that your donation dollars reach those in need?"
When you donate through Rotary you can be assured that over 97% of the monies raised will go directly to those in need.

We are very saddened by the devastating bushfires in our district and across Australia. If you are looking to donate to help those suffering, it is important to make sure your donation is well directed. Below are details of 2 Rotary funds which are assisting those affected.

1. RAWCS - Rotary Australia World Community Service National Fire Appeal
This is the only option for those who can only donate to a recipient with DGR (Donor Gift Recipient) status, or those who want tax deductibility on their donations. Go to to donate. To make sure the funds go to those affected by the fires in our district, tag the donation to ‘East Gippsland’. RAWCS do use 2.75% of the donations for administration.
2. East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee
This is an account of the Rotary Club of Bairnsdale with the funds controlled by the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee. Rotary Club of Bairnsdale Projects Account BSB 633000 Acct 165960451. Please email the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee when you donate
Other worthy causes are:-
East Gippsland Hay Donations and transport costs
For those wishing to donate hay to East Gippsland or elsewhere it is being organised through ‘Need for Feed’
Go to  to arrange it.
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is coordinating fodder relief for farmers affected by bushfires in Gippsland and the Upper Murray. The VFF has secured an agreement with the Victorian Government to facilitate the transport of fodder to affected regions. This includes reimbursement of freight costs for transport of donated fodder.  
District Conference Swan Hill 20-22 March 2020

DG Rosanne Kava invites you all to District 9780 Conference in Swan Hill March 20 - 22 2020
As always there is a stellar line-up of award winning presenters scheduled for the conference so to further entice you please view the Conference Program and information regarding Accommodation on the flyer below.
Go to 2020 Conference Link for the Conference Program and all updated information as it comes to hand.
If you are interested in accommodation at the same venue as other Torquay Rotarians please talk to Maggie Isom 0412713102 who is booking accommodation at the Swan Hill Resort or the Swan Hill Caravan Park 
2019 -20 BBQ's and Events




The next BBQ Event is:-

  • Sunday 15th March - Cowrie Market

So Please Check Your Roster to see if you are Rostered "ON" for any of these events


You should have received by email the updated 2019-20 Event Roster, however, if you have not seen it you can download via the link below.

Please check "Your" events and note them in your diary


Note that this calendar now includes all rostered events such as Night Jar Parking, the Book Fair etc.

If you make any more swaps please let me know and I will update the roster which can be found in documents in club runner


To see the 2019 - 20 Events Roster  CLICK HERE


If you do  require to swap a date for any reason you will now need to find someone to do this with yourself. I would suggest that you send the request to Greg who has offered to advertise on a BBQ Roster Trading Post in the bulletin  

Mal Slater


DG Rosanne's Purple House Project


You are invited to contribute to a project to support Purple House, an organisation that provides dialysis services to remote indigenous people in Central Australia.  

Purple House is an innovative Indigenous-owned and run health service operating from its base in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Now operating 16 remote clinics and a mobile dialysis unit called the Purple Truck, Purple House is  getting patients back home so that families and culture can remain strong.

DG Rosanne Kava has asked us all to provide any of the following items to our Assistant Governor, Judy Beasley,  who will pass them on to Purple House CEO Sarah Brown for delivery to clients in remote communities 
  • Soaps, shampoos, conditioner, body lotion and toiletries including combs, brushes, toothpaste and tooth brushes  (no sanitary items as they are sourced elsewhere).
  • Special recognition will be given to the Club that provides the top contribution.
Think about volunteering to assist Purple House if you are travelling in central Australia, eg to assist in building a new Purple House in Coober Pedy, or as a nurse on the Purple Bus or one of the Purple Houses.   Click the image for more details or CLICK HERE to contact Purple House or phone         08 8953 6444.
Please give your donated items to Lesley Shedden or Mike Reed at any of our Monday meetings.


Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians Tournament 19th April

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 
Meeting RSVP's - Whoozin our Weekly Meeting Book-in System 

Our Club is now using the internet based event booking system "Whoozin" for registering to attend our weekly Club meetings.
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 for coming Meetings/Events.
  • You can immediately Accept or Decline, or leave it until later to RSVP.
  • You will receive a RSVP reminder email 3 days prior to the meeting and another the day before the event.
  • You will generally have until Midnight Sunday to register your RSVP however for some special events registrations may close more than one day prior to the event.
  • If necessary you can change your decision right up until the closing time for each event.
  • You can register up to 10 guests.
  • Please notify of where indicated any Special Dietary requirements
  • Please Note that if you do not register your attendance intentions it will be assumed that you will NOT be attending and no meal will provided for you.
If you would like to attend but have not received an invitation or have any problems with the booking system, please contact Greg Plumridge 0418521321 or Michael Reed 0418524315 .
Future Meetings & Duty Roster

Weekly Assigned Duties:

 If you cannot meet one of your assigned duties, Please contact Maggie Isom ( 0412713102 ) 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 2nd Mar Rhonda Anchen
Robyn O'Loughlin
Maggie Isom
Neil Henderson 
Garth Hammonds 
Neil Henderson Book Fair Review & Thank you 
Mon 10th Mar No Meeting Due to Labor Day Holiday 
Mon 16th Mar Maggie Isom   
Moses Pulop 
Water Project in Papua New Guinea
Mon 23rd Mar Kelly Binyon   Report on District Conference 
Mon 30th Mar Kelly Binyon   Rotarian Behind the Badge TBC 
Mon 6th April  Maggie Isom   Visit to Narana Cultural Centre 
Mon13th April  No Meeting   EASTER MONDAY 












Rotary International & District 9780 Info

Rotary International President for 2018-19 is

Mark Daniel Maloney from the Rotary Club of Decatur Alabama, USA
CLICK HERE to read more about our RI President

District 9780 Governor for 2019-20 is Rosanne Kava from Rotary Club of Swan Hill 
CLICK HERE to learn more about DG Rosanne Kava
To read DG Rosanne Kava's latest District 9780  eNewsletter CLICK HERE
Rotary Down Under Feb 2020 Edition 624 CLICK HERE
Melbourne has been announced as the host city for the 2023 Rotary International Convention, the largest conference secured this century for Victoria.
Melbourne is a Big Events City! Set to deliver over $88 million to the Victorian economy, the Convention is the most valuable conference ever won for the state, with the four-day event anticipated to attract more than 20,000 Rotarians from around the world. The global spotlight will be on Melbourne and how we present ourselves to the world.
The Convention will take place 27-31 May 2023 using Rod Laver Arena and the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre for functions.
Watch this Space for further news as it comes to hand.
District 9780 Directory 2018-19 (D9780 Rotarians Only)
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