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30th Anniversary Celebrations
Bellbrae Estate Winery
May 05, 2018
6:46 PM – 9:00 PM
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President's Message
Gaynor Schols
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President's Report No 38
Monday 26th March 2018
A very busy meeting with four guest speakers!
Jace Healy from Lorne P-12 College told us about their VCAL project which will take students to the Saint Teresa Aboriginal Community near Alice Springs where they will have an opportunity to share experiences. Later in the year the students from Saint Teresa will visit Lorne. Our club presented Jace with a cheque for $1000 to help sponsor this great youth exchange project.
Rotarian Colin McDonald and his wife Jan visited from Benalla to update us on the Awake and Shine school project in Kalimpong, where the water filters that our club purchased have at last been installed. The children were suffering kidney disease due to the limited rations of drinking water so this project will make a world of difference to this isolated mountain community. Well done Rotarians of Torquay!
John Oswald introduced John Macdonald and Peter Lendfers to talk to us about the need for a female prosthetist to be trained for the Viaola Hospital in Tonga. The board have approved the application of a global grant for this project, to be submitted by our club.

  • Our sincere condolences to Honorary Member Mary Elliot, on the passing of her husband Ken. His funeral was held on 28th March. Maggie sent flowers from our club and also officiated the service as pictured. Note in the foreground the fine merino wool that Ken spend most of his working life, as a Wool Broker, handling the sale of for local producers. Also pictured is the set of skis he used at Mt Hotham when he first met Mary

  • Thanks to Gail Chrisfield and all the volunteers who ran another successful beach day for the children from Strathewan on Monday 26th March. Gail received a copies of the School's award winning fire awareness book and DVD titled "Life in the Bush" These copies are available for members to take and view. See Gail for a booking
  • Thanks to Linda Neale who is arranging shoeboxes of toiletries for the bush fire victims in our district. The first lot will be taken this week but please keep contributions coming as another lot will be taken in 3 weeks time.
  • We have received thanks from our District Governor for our donation of $2000 to the bush fire appeal.
  • RI President Ian Risely has asked every Rotarian to plant a tree by Earth Day on 22 April. The Surf Coast Shire is arranging for us to plant our trees at Deep Creek, between the Esplanade and Surf Coast Highway, behind the Wyndham resort. The probable date is 19th April but as soon as this is confirmed we will call for volunteers.
  • Last call for members who have not registered for the District conference in Mt Gambier from 6-8 April. Online registrations close on 1st April.
  • We are still having issues with some members not clicking on Whoozin to RSVP for meetings. This is causing chaos with catering! You cannot get into Whoozin via ClubRunner. You must respond to the emails when they are sent to you or creat your own password and login direct on the internet to as per the email you would have received 2 weeks ago from Greg. You can change your mind when the reminder email is sent by pressing “edit” if you need to. Bruce Smith generally adds the guest speakers as his guests – please don’t double up. You can view who is coming by scrolling down the list of those marked as “IN”.
    **NB** District Assembly
    District assembly is on Sunday 29th April at Marion College, 304 Barkly St, Ararat. The cost is $25 per head.
    ALL INCOMING BOARD MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND but all Rotarians are cordially invited. Please let me know who is going and I will coordinate car-pooling as it’s about 2.5 hours drive each way.
    Monday 2nd April
    NO MEETING as this is Easter Monday.
    Remember dark chocolate is beneficial for people over 60 but milk chocolate is not!
President Gaynor Schols
2018 Strathewen School Visit



Thanks - again - from our Strathewen friends


Last Monday, 26 March, dawned grey, miserable and windy; the first time in nine years Torquay has put on less than perfect weather for our annual day at the beach for Strathewen Primary School.

After consultation with Torquay Surf Academy (TSA), the event was moved to Cosy Corner due to the strong winds and big waves at our usual venue, Torquay Surf Beach. Huge thanks to the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, especially Phil Brown, and to our own Mal Slater for helping to facilitate this.

More than 50 people from the school community, which experienced significant trauma and loss from the 2009 Black Saturday wildfires, made the trip down; 29 young students and almost as many adults, including parents and grandparents.

Judging by the lovely message below from Principal Jane Hayward, everyone had a ball.


Thank you for a wonderful day in the surf, as always. There were a few sleepy heads on the bus on the way home, but everyone enjoyed a fabulous day. The kids didn't even mention the weather!  They loved being in the 'warm sea'. Thanks to all the fabulous Rotarians for looking after us - you did a terrific job.

Thanks again for being such special people and a big part of life at SPS.  We're very lucky that you found us all those years ago!


Huge thanks to Mal, John Mc, Lois and Graham, and Chris Sim for ensuring everyone was well fed throughout the day, to Gally, Brad and the crew from TSA, to Amanda for being there to lend support (especially during the keys locked in car incident) and to Karen for helping out in the surf despite a shoulder injury - she wouldn't have missed it for the world.


Gail Chrisfield



REMEMBER our Motor Show Raffle will be drawn at our next meeting at the Lions Village Monday 9th April
So your raffle ticket stubs and money MUST be returned to me on or before that night. If you will not be attending the meeting that night please give me a call to arrange to collect them or drop them in an envelope at Tyrepower in Torquay 4 Winki Way.
Greg Plumridge
District 9780 Conference LAST DAY TO REGISTER

District Conference is coming up quickly
Online Conference Registrations will be close Midnight Sunday 1st of April 2018. Please Contact Brian Shanahan 0438 875 289 for further registrations and queries after that date.   
CLICK HERE to find out everything you need to know about the event including
No Meeting 2nd April


PLEASE NOTE There will be no regular Rotary Meeting held at the Lions Village in Torquay
 on Monday 12th March Due to the Easter Monday Holiday.
We will return to the Lions Village the next week on the 9th April
Bush Fire Shoe Box Appeal for Toiletries

Most of you will be aware of the fires that caused so much anxiety and destruction within our District last weekend. Some people have not only lost their homes but their livelihoods as well ,others have lost their livelihood. 

I would like to ask for your support and help to collect toiletries and we will fill shoe boxes for the fire victims.

The staff and residents at my work mecwacare Elstoft House have started to collect toiletries as they did late last year when we supported farmers in the Loddon Region. The response within three days has been amazing. I am so proud of my staff and they way they have wanted to support this cause

Will you please help support this cause and see how many shoe boxes we can fill?

If you would like and are creative maybe you could decorate shoe boxes - adds a personal touch to the exercise

I will bring a box to Rotary on Monday night for you to put any toiletries you would like to donate in to, alternatively items may be dropped to Surf Coast LET at 5/15 Bell St, Torquay

Thanking you in anticipation

Linda Neale


It's time to Party.....We're about to turn 30

We're turning 30 and would like to invite the extended family of the Rotary Club of Torquay to join with past and present members to celebrate this occasion at Bellbrae Estate. CLICK HERE for more details and to RSVP

Date : Saturday 5 May 

Time : 6.30pm -9.00pm

VENUE: Bellbrae Estate Winery, 520 Great Ocean Road

$25 per person

Includes Canapas & appetizers 

Local wines & beers at bar prices 



RSVP 30th April 2018 

or Phone 0412713102 


Direct Deposit into Torquay Rotary Account

BSB: 633 000

ACCOUNTNO   149 717 803

Please use  ANNIVERSARY & NAME  as Reference 


Enquiries to 

Maggie Isom  0412713102

John McDonald 0405 146 443 


Revised BBQ Dates extra volunteers needed.



We have been offered some additional dates for Bunnings BBQ's, our next events are as follows



Bunnings - March 31

9 till 12.30

Mal Slater, Tervor Brown, Gail Chrisfield,Chris Sims, Terry Charlton


12 till 3.30

Alan Anderson, Lelslie Shedden, G & H Mc Donald


BUNNINGS - April 1 

9 till 12.30

J Oswald,G Gill,A Hough,D Mitchell

12 till 3.30

H Randall,T Pickles,G Birchall,B Smith


Strathewen  26/3/18 (9.30 till 3)

J Mcdonald, G & L Gill, M Slater, C Sims


Peace of Mind 13/4/18 ( Anglesea 5 till 6.30)

G& G Birchill , L Neale ,G& L Gill 


Please note that the Cowrie Market 15th April is the same day as Ride the Bellarine so check if you are rostered on for the Cowrie Market BBQ before volunteering for RTB 



You have received a completed 2017-18 BBQ Roster Spreadsheet via email. The Roster is also saved in Clubrunner Club Documents or just Click this link BBQ ROSTER If you are unable to do your rostered session then please find someone who you can swap with and advise me of the change.

Thanks Mal
RC of Port Fairy Golf Day 20th April
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Ride the Bellarine Registrations are Now Open


Brian Mynott has again registered to participate in this years Ride and will be our Club's representative in the Ride. We will commence a sponsorship program to support Brian in coming weeks. Awesome job Brian.



Ride the Bellarine is a District Fundraising Event, run by the 15 combined Rotary Clubs of Geelong.  This event, now in its 4th year, raises funds to support the End Polio Now Campaign.


Registrations for Ride the Bellarine 2018 now open!. Click to register today. This unique ride, on 15 April 2018, will take you around the beautiful Bellarine, enjoying amazing scenery while you raise funds to End Polio.

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 9th AprilTREVOR BRITTANAmanda HoughRhonda AnchenRobyn O'LoughlanSurf Coast Shire Positive Ageing Service Review
Mon16th April Gaynor ScholsGaynor ScholsPeter BollenGreg Plumridge
Club Planning Meeting
Book Fair Thank You
Mon 23rd AprilGordon TraillJohn McDonaldHelen McDonaldMaggie IsomVictoria Cross Veterans













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 7 January Newsletter CLICK HERE
Rotary Down Under Sept 2017 Edition 597 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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