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Presidents Report


Dear Members

At the meeting last week three of our portfolio Directors outlined their plans for the coming Rotary year. 

Jill Evans spoke about her plans for Club Service, Graham spoke about his intentions for International Service and Trevor Pickles told us what he was planning for Vocational Service. 


After dinner two of our members gave a short presentation on their current vocational endeavours.  Peter Bollen mentioned the various organisations for which he is either a member, or in some cases the Chair, of their Audit Committees.  Members were impressed with his new career in this niche market.  Lloyd James spoke about his new career in the Disability Sector and the potential impact of the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  He also spoke about a number of organisations with which he is involved.  Both Peter and Lloyd also took questions from the audience. 

The two career presentations were very good considering that they had very little notice to prepare.  The "What about me" career  presentations worked so well that all members will get the chance some time in the future to enlighten all of us about there current vocations. 

On behalf of the members I would like to thank all five speakers for their efforts with the microphone.

At the meeting on 28th we will have a very interesting speaker enlighten us about the ICE epidemic in our community
Yours in Rotary Service,

Gerard McNamara
President 2014 / 2015

The ICE epidemic









Snr Sergent Tony Francis from Victoria Police will be addressing the Club on Monday 28th July on the issue facing the community of increased usage of the drug ICE.

Tony will outline the worrying increase in prevalence of the drug and the impacts it has on people using it as well as people who have to deal with the behaviours.

Tony will also talk about community initiatives to assist in reducing both usage and impacts.

As this is a such a critical issue in our community at present please take the opportunity to invite anyone you know who may benefit from this informative presentation.


Fireside Chat

Monday 11th August we will be holding Fireside Chats in place of our regular meeting. You will have received your  invitation via a Clubrunner email on Thursday 17th July.

To enable organising of hosts and guests is important that you register as soon as possible via the Accept or Decline box in that email.

Registrations will close on Sunday 27th July

Please remember that this is a “Partners Night” so you will need to register you and your partner at the bottom of this email.

Your host for the evening will make their own arrangement for dinner which may involve the guests to assist with providing the meal or they may fully cater for you. Depending on the individual catering arrangements at your venue, you may be asked to contribute towards the cot of the dinner which will be limited to a maximum of $15/head.  

The theme for this Fireside Chat evening is Let’s find one new member for our Torquay Rotary Club.



If you can't make it to walk with Team "Bollen's Babes" on Sunday week don't stress you can still Sponsor Pete and his Team! To go to the website to sponsor Pete CLICK HERE



Registrations for Parkinson’s Victoria A Walk in the Park 2014 on are now open!

Join us for a leisurely, non-competitive 4km walk, or 2km short-course, along Melbourne’s picturesque Yarra River and celebrate the lives of family and friends who have been touched by Parkinson’s.


To register visit or click here.

Once you have registered you will automatically be set up with a fundraising page.

To help us in reaching our fundraising target, everyone who reaches $25 will receive a limited edition A Walk in the Park 2014 t-shirt. If you are fundraising together as a family or group then the equivalent of $25 per member needs to be reached in order for all members to receive a limited edition A Walk in the Park 2014 t-shirt.




Geelong Small Business Festival


12 months ago, our club moved to 'Xero', a 'Cloud Accounting' software program.

During the month of August, there is the Geelong Business Festival.

Genevieve Sutherland, our Xero trainer and mentor, is holding a business development workshop on the 30th August, as part of this festival.

Genevieve has asked me to pass this on to all members, and encourage anyone interested to attend.

Please  CLICK HERE for the details      

Thanks, Michael

Meet DGN Stephen Lamont

Have you ever wondered just how a Rotarian like yourself evolves into a District Governor?
Well our recently retired Assistant Governor Tony Stewart, who is also a member of the District 9780 Public Relations Committee, has introduced a new medium with which it is hoped to continue to spread the Rotary message following on from the achievements of Rotary Radio.
In the very first Podcast for "Rotary Conversations" Tony has recorded a frank interview with District Governor Nominee Stephen Lamont. You will need a spare 15 minutes to listen to the interview however I am sure you will find very enlightening, inspiring and an opportunity to know more about our DG for 2016-17.
CLICK HERE to listen to the interview  (Please Note:- you may need to view this bulletin in your web browser to see the link  below)
            DGN Stephen & Gaye Lamont
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)

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 28 Jul Johnny Parrello    
Senior Sargent Tony Francis
The Drug - ICE
Mon 4 Aug      
Mon 11 Aug       Fireside Chat Night please RSVP via Clubunner
Mon 18 Aug       TBN


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 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 Kens Final Newsletter Click Here
To Read Rotary Down Under July e-Newsletter Click Here