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Presidents Report



It is with a heavy heart that I sit down at the keyboard this week to compose my contribution to the Club Bulletin.  Last Monday we lost a member of our extended Rotary family in a motor vehicle accident. 

We will miss your smiling face around the place, Frank.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Amanda and family in their time of sorrowThe world is a poorer place with Frank's passing.


On a brighter note we inducted Richard Mierzijewski into Rotary at our last meeting.  He will be assisting Past President Darrel Brewin on Community Service portfolio tasks for the remainder of this Rotary year.  That's all from me this week.  I hope to see all of you at the Christmas function at the Reed's
Yours in Rotary Service,
Gerard McNamara
Rotary Club of Torquay

Vale Frank Hough

Last Monday we were shocked to learn of the sudden passing of Frank Hough in a car accident.
We have enjoyed Franks involvement with Amanda at Rotary functions and treasure his humor, laugh and cheeky smile all which will be sadly missed.
The above picture taken at one of our Melbourne Cup functions shows Frank doing the things he enjoyed most. studying the horse racing form, having a beer and a good laugh.
We all join together to offer our condolences to Amanda, Mackenzie. Russell and Peter at this time of great sadness.
Funeral arrangements are as follows:-
Family and friends are invited to attend Funeral Prayers for Frank Hough to be offered at
St Therese Catholic Church, Surf Coast Hwy, Torquay
Thursday December 18, 2014 at 2.30 p.m.
Private Cremation to follow
Club Christmas Function
on Tonight
Don't forget your
Kris Kringle

2015 Motor Show

Plans are well underway for our 2015 Torquay Rotary Motor Show
The event will be held on Sunday 8th February and further details are available on the event website at
and on the event facebook page

Ride the Bellarine

Ride the Bellarine
Event Date    SUNDAY 19 APRIL 2015
2 weeks after EASTER
This event is a District 9780 project being run by the Combined Rotary Clubs of Geelong to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation "End Polio" Project.
The Planning Committee representing local Clubs is
John Paton                             RC of Ocean Grove           Chair/Race Director
Tony Stewart                           RC of Highton                    Sec/Tres/Registration
Ray Dunn                               RC of Highton                    Traffic Management
Adam Charleston &               RC of Geelong                  
Dale Jennings                        RC of Corio Bay                 Marketing &
Greg Plumridge &                  RC of Torquay                   
Murray MacDonald                RC of Bayside Geelong    Volunteer Coordination
Ross Taylor                             RC of Geelong East          Communication
                                                                                                To District Board
Event Manager   PB EVENTS  Justin Higgins
Providing website, on line marketing, on line registration, liaison with authorities and local government.
The event is in support of the END POLIO campaign and is expected to be a major fund raiser for Geelong Clubs.
Each participant will be encouraged to seek individual sponsorship, budgeted;
500 participants at $50/head  = sponsorship of $25,000
When matched with Bill & Melinda Gates contribution could see
$75,000 to Rotary Foundation – END POLIO CAMPAIGN
Two courses will be offered, 100km around the peninsula OR 50km down the centre and back through Barwon Heads
Entry fees will be $75 for 100km course and $55 for 50km course.  Income based on 500 participants is budgeted to cover all event expenses.    
Events start and finish at the BBQ shelter in Eastern Gardens
Ride commences at 8am, set up from 6am
Expected finish 2pm, clean up till 4pm
Volunteers will be required from each Club, so please keep this date available.
Torquay Rotarians who are ticketed for traffic management will be particularly useful.
I will keep you updated as the event draws nearer.
Greg Plumridge

District 9780 "Ride to Ballarat"

To find out all of the latest information on Conference 2015 including Events and Speakers CLICK HERE


District 9810 Invitation to District 9780

Rotary District 9810 is hosting its District Conference in Ballarat between the 13th and 15th March 2015. Our District has held a fundraising bike ride every year for the last 28 years and next year we start our ride from District Conference on Sunday 15th and ride 808 ks finishing up in Ballarat on Friday 20th March. The ride leaves from Federation University, Mt Helen Campus, Ballarat (formerly Ballarat University).

The ride is to raise funds for Australian Rotary Health and as I am sure you will appreciate the more riders, the bigger chance of raising more funds. Next year we hope to raise in excess of $40,000 which will get us very close, if not over the $1 million dollars mark, raised for ARH since the inception of the Rides to and from District Conference.

If there are any bike riders in the community or in the Rotary Clubs of District 9780 who may like to join us for the ride and raise funds for ARH on behalf or their own club or on a personal basis, we would love you to join us. All funds raised would be credited by ARH to the individuals or to their own Rotary Club. The ride is open to both Rotarians, their spouses, and any other members of the public who would like to join us.

For further information please read (1) our flyer attached below, (2) for complete information refer to our Web Site found at, or (3) contact our ride Co-ordinator

Rob Henry on Phone: 97621765 or Mobile: 0417570417


Weekly Assigned Duties:

 If you cannot meet one of your assigned duties, Please contact Jill Evans 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






See Events for details

Mon 15th Dec N/A N/A   Club Christmas Party at "the Reeds" see details in Bulletin
Mon 22nd Dec       No Meeting Due to Christmas - New Year
Mon 29th Dec       No Meeting Due to Christmas - New Year
Mon 5th Jan       Fish & Chip Night at Cosy Corner
Mon 12th Jan       TBN

lease 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”.    

2014-15 BBQ Season

Remember to CHECK your BBQ ROSTER
You will have all received your 2013-15 BBQ Roster via email.
Please check the dates that you are rostered on for and note them in your diary.
If for any reason you are unable to fulfil your BBQ Duty it is your responsibility to find a replacement or perform a swap with someone.
To download the BBQ Roster CLICK HERE
If anyone wants to try to swap a date that you are rostered on for the BBQ please CLICK HERE to email me (editor) and I can publicise if for you on the "Trading Post"

High Tide Festival 6th December

Wild weather conditions over the weekend made for a poor result at the High Tide Festival. The prevailing wind from the South East made for a very unpleasant day. Whilst there many locals passing through the market they looked more like visitors to an alpine village not summer in Torquay.
What could have been pleasant evening sitting on the grass listening to the music entertainment and enjoying some of the fine foods on offer, was instead a bit of a disaster with the crowd so light that vendors began packing up and leaving from around 6pm which was a shame for the poor entertainers who were scheduled to run through until 8pm.
I'm not sure if the fireworks show went ahead but they would have probably ended up somewhere over Moriac. Oh well maybe next year ......hmmm this sounds very reminiscent of our November Motor Shows
Not all of us were able to make the trek to District Changeover in June, however I am sure that members of our Club would prefer not to have to wait until DG Geoff's Club visit on 6th October to get to know more about him and his vision for District 9780.
........well  thanks to District Media Guru Tony Stewart and modern technology you can hear DG Geoff James acceptance speech by CLICK HERE or follow the link below (Please Note:- you may need to view this bulletin in your web browser to see the link below)
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 Reflections Newsletter Click Here
To Read Rotary Down Under SEPTEMBER e-Newsletter Click Here