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Reducing Drug Harm In Barwon - Nigel Cooper
Lions Village Community Centre
May 28, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Club Changeover Luncheon
Pako Raw
Jun 03, 2018
12:15 PM – 3:15 PM
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President's Report No 46
Monday 21st May 2018
It was a busy night with five guests. Our speaker was Louis Hehir, a year 12 student from Kardinia College, who is hoping to get the Federal Government to adopt an Opt-Out position on Organ Donation. What an inspiration this young man is!

We were proud to present $1,500 to the Torquay Fire Brigade to help purchase flares, which are so essential for safety at fire scenes. This was accepted by Phil Campbell and Tim Tingai.

Bob Tyler and Ian Gilbank attended from the RSL. We presented them with a cheque for $4,000. The takings from ANZAC Day were $3,232 and the club rounded this up to $4,000. Thanks again to all members who raised these funds at the Dawn Service.
There is still time to register for the Changeover lunch on 3rd June. Please pay if you have not already done so. Please note that this Changeover will replace our meeting on 4th June.
I’m pleased to announce Linda Neale is recovering well from surgery and has been discharged from hospital. She thanks the club for the flowers sent.
Gail Chrisfield is having hip surgery on Monday and flowers will be arranged for her.
On Thursday 24th May members assisted with mock interviews at Surf Coast Secondary College. The idea was to help year 9 students identify their strengths and interests and start planning for a future career. Thanks to Richard and Sharen Mierzejewski, Gaynor Schols, Emily Hough, Rhonda Anchen, Kelly Binyon and Greg Birchall.
A few points from the joint board meeting held on 21/5/18:
  • A special general meeting will be held on 28th May 2018, for members to approve John Mc Donald as secretary for 2018/19.
  • Bank signatories for 2018/19 will be Trevor Pickles, John McDonald, Graham Gill and Lesley Shedden.
  • PR recommended the purchase of USB sticks for Rotary photos and will also be assessing the possible purchase of Rotary reusable shopping bags
  • The board approved helping RC Grovedale Waurn Ponds to host a German Exchange student. Volunteer families needed – please contact Kelly Binyon.
  • Kelly Binyon is our weekly representative at BNI. Let her know if there are Rotary projects you would like her to promote.
  • Amanda Hough will represent us at the Bunnings dinner on 14th June.
  • Grovedale College requested support for a Sports Camp to Darwin. The board declined as it is out of our area.
Other News
There is a new Rotary privacy policy, in line with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation. This mainly effects how we collect and store personal information, including names and email addresses of visiting guests and volunteers. We need to obtain their permission to store in attendance records. More details at
The Rotary Action group applauds proposed Anti-Slavery Legislation: In April the Commonwealth Heads of Governments agreed to “effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking, and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour in all its forms by 2025.
In May the Australian Government announced its intention to introduce its own Modern Slavery Act to Parliament by the middle of this year.
Monday 28th May
We have another last minute change of speaker, Nigel Cooper who was originally booked for tomorrow night has left "Stepping Up" so will be unable to talk to us.
Fortunately  Jan Emmett was ready to stand in with her "Rotarian Behind the Badge - a Torquay Housewife's Autobiography" that she postponed from last week.

President Gaynor Schols
Louis Hehir and Donate Life

No doubt you will have read the article in last weeks bulletin announcing Lois Hehir as our Speaker.
Louis is a Year 12 Kardinia College student and a double kidney transplant recipient, who told us his own story and how he found inspiration to survive his own difficult journey from Zaidee Turner. Zaidee's sudden death at the age of 7 brought new life to 7 other people only as a result of the fact that her family had discussed Organ Donation and registered as donors..
Louis explained to us that the current "Opt Out" position in Australia is just not providing sufficient organs to meet the demand of people in need. Hence he has commenced a Campaign to obtain 5,000 signatures in four weeks to urge the federal Government to adopt an "Opt Out" position on Organ Donation.
Please be sure to discuss Organ Donation in your home so that everyone understands your wishes and go to Louis' website 
Follow the link to sign his petition.
You may also be interested to read Zaidee's story below and to follow her Facebook page and take a look at her website at

Zaidee’s Story

Zaidee Rose Alexander Turner – aged 7 years and 22 days died suddenly on 2nd December 2004 from a burst blood vessel in her brain called a Cerebral Aneurism. Zaidee’s parents, Kim and Allan, founded Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation not long after.

At the time of Zaidee’s death the Turner family had been registered Organ and Tissue Donors for 5 years. As a result Zaidee donated her Organs and Tissues at the Royal Children’s Hospital, as were her wishes at the time. From this gift, the lives of 7 people (6 children and 1 adult) were improved and, in some cases, saved.

Zaidee was the only child in Victoria under the age of 16 years and we have been told one of the youngest Australians to donate her organs and tissues in 2004. She was only 1 of 6 children nationally to donate their organs.

Zaidee’s Story is directed towards both children and adults so they can think about others who are waiting for a life saving operation and a suitable match for an organ or tissue. Think about giving this gift to others so they can live a better life and in some cases, have a second chance at life.

Zaidee’s gift of her organs to others will allow them to have another birthday. 1 in 5 people on the transplant waiting list will never get the chance to have another birthday if people do not become registered donors.

The symbol is representative of hope; after every storm the sun shines and there is a rainbow. For those people on the transplant waiting list, the rainbow symbol offers them hope. At the end of their rainbow is an organ or tissue to improve their life – or in most cases – save their life.

In 2004 130,000 Australians died. Only 218 were Organ Donors.

Concept of Shoelaces

Zaidee’s Rainbow Shoelaces were developed by Kim and Allan Turner, parents of Zaidee, to raise national awareness of organ and tissue donation. It is their goal that Zaidee’s legacy and memory will deliver a national message.

Zaidee’s Poem

When Zaidee was taken in for her final operation to be an organ and tissue donor.

She did not need her bright blue eyes to see

Her lungs to breath

Her little heart to pump blood around her tiny body

Nor did she need her kidneys or liver again

You see she had died.

All Zaidee needed to take to heaven was the love from her Mum, Dad and brother Jaz.

But other little children just down the hall in the same hospital did need her heart, her liver just to live life again.

These kids are now home with their mums and dads, brothers, sisters and friends again.

Two little kids got to see properly again, to see the faces of their Mum and Dad when they each received one of Zaidee’s cornea’s.

A new born and an infant got a second chance for life from parts of Zaidee’s heart.

What Zaidee gave in death was life to other children and a mother because we as a family discussed this before a death in our family years before just in case.

Our little girl Zaidee gave the greatest gift of all, her organs and tissues, she is now our angel in heaven who we are so very proud of for what she achieved in her short 7 years and 22 days of life that many of us will never do and that is to give life to others.

Zaidee’s spirit and her memory will live on and on.

Written by Zaidee’s Dad.

Chairman Greg Plumridge
Changeover Lunch
If you haven't already registered for our 2018 Changeover Lunch then Members please log in to Whoozin to Register.
For Non Members and Friends of our Club please register through any member of the Club or call Maggie Isom on 0412 713102
Please Note Registrations Close 27th May.
Club 30th Anniversary Photos
Most of you were quite captivated with the Photos that were shown at our Clubs 30th Anniversary Party and expressed an interest in obtaining a copy of the presentation.
Whilst we could upload these pics to the cloud so that you can access them I'm sure you will agree that there's nothing quite like having a copy of your own on a USB memory stick. So.....we have purchased a quantity of 16gb Memory Sticks and Rotary Club of Torquay etched Key Tags (see pic below)
These will be available at a cost of $10 and will be able to pick up at our Changeover Lunch next weekend.

No Meetings 4th &12th June


PLEASE NOTE There will be no regular Rotary Meeting held at the Lions Village in Torquay
on Monday the 4th June following our Club 30th Changeover Luncheon the previous day. There will also be No Meeting on Monday 12th June which is the Queens Birthday Holiday.
We will return to the Lions Village the following week on the 19th June.
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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 
VERY IMPORTANT - Whoozin The New Weekly Meeting Book-in System 

We are now fully operational with our new system for registering for our weekly dinner meetings. Called Whoozin, this program is used by other local Rotary Clubs with great success.
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 each Monday for the following week's meeting.
  • You can immediately accept or decline, leave until later.
  • You will receive a reminder email on the Friday Prior
  • You will have until Midnight Sunday to register your RSVP and can change your decision right up until the closing time.
  • You can register up to 5 guests
  • You can specify any Special Dietary requirements
  • Please Note that if you do not register your intentions you will be charged for the dinner fee.
If you have any problems please free to contact myself Greg Plumridge 0418521321 or Michael Reed 0418524315 for details on how to work the program.
Future Meetings & Duty Roster

Weekly Assigned Duties:

 If you cannot meet one of your assigned duties, Please contact Bruce Smith 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 28th MayJan EmmettJohn OswaldRudi ScholsTrevor BrownThe Rotarian Behind the Badge
Sun 3rd JunGaynor Schols   Club Changeover - Pako Raw
Mon 18th JunDamian ArmorAlan AndersonDavid MitchellBrian MynottIntroduction to the Epworth Hospital
Mon 25th JunBrendan HollandAmanda HoughMal SlaterChris SimsAttracting Younger Members to Join Rotary














Dinner Meeting Registration & Apologies


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.
How to Book in for our Dinner Meeting?
For Members, Partners and guests of Members
  • you will receive email invitations to each meeting via Whoozin.
  • It will be your responsibility to RSVP using Whoozin by Midnight on the day prior to the meeting.
  • The only exception to this will be if you are expecting to be out of internet connectivity for an extended period. 
  • In this instance you can notify Richard Mierzejewski at LET Surfcoast on 03-5261 2777 by 4.00pm on the Saturday prior to the Monday Meeting.
  • Please Note there is NO Answering Service on this number.
  • Remember if you are bringing guests or your partner (to a non-partner night) you need to RSVP for the extra number of person/s who will be attending.
  • If no RSVP is registered as per the above process, the absentee member will be issued with an invoice to pay the Club the usual dinner fee of $25 for your non-attendance, and/or that of your partner if it is an official Partner's Night.
For Visitors to the Club
  • Any Visitors not being registered as a guest of a Member must call Richard Mierzejewski at LET Surfcoast on 03-5261 2777 to Book in.  RSVP's must be made no later than 4.00PM on the Saturday  prior to the Meeting
  • Please Note there is NO Answering Service on this number.
Rotary International & District 9780 Info
Rotary International President for 2017-18 is Australian Ian Riseley from the RC of Sandringham
CLICK HERE to read more
District 9780 Governor for 2017-18 is Ray Herbert from Rotary Club of Mt Gambier West
CLICK HERE to learn more about Ray
To read District Governor Ray's No 10 Newsletter CLICK HERE
Rotary Down Under April 2018 Edition 604 CLICK HERE
District 9780 Directory 2016-17 (D9780 Rotarians Only)
Rotary Club of Torquay Annual Reports for 2016-17
<----- Click here  for the 2016-17 Annual Report Part A  
<----- Click here  for the 2016-17 Annual Report Part B (Financials)  
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