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Presidents Report

As you all know last Monday night gave all of us an opportunity to visit other Rotary Clubs and see how they operate.  I am sure that those of you who took advantage of the opportunity enjoyed other Rotary Clubs meetings.  A large group of Torquay Rotarians visited the Rotary Club of Belmont to join with them in their 50th anniversary celebrations.  That's quite a milestone given that Rotary itself is only about 109 years old.  The event was held at the Barwon Edge Boat House in Newtown which is an impressive venue.  This is also the place where the Club has their weekly meetings.  Representatives of the Rotary Club of Grovedale were also at the meeting.  The meeting took the usual format and the Belmont Club recognised a member of long standing with a Paul Harris Fellow designation.  Although they did not run a fine session they did sell a lot of tickets in their trailer raffle.  All in all it was a good night.
This week it will be our Club Annual General Meeting.  This will be followed by a Club Assembly where Portfolio Directors will have a chance to talk with those Rotarians who volunteered earlier in the year to assist with tasks on the various portfolios.  After the meeting the November Board meeting will be in session.   Quite a busy night as you can see.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Gerard McNamara
Rotary Club of Torquay

Thank you for Relaying at Surf Coast!

Thank you for Relaying at Surf Coast Relay For Life on Saturday 8 November. More than 324 Relayers in 15 teams Relayed in difficult weather conditions, and while the unfortunate decision was made to end the Relay early, over $47,000 has been banked to date by Surf Coast Relayers to help us beat cancer!

Congratulations to Highest Team Fundraiser - Life Activities Club and Spirit of Relay - Men's Shed Torquay!

You can still add to your team total! Banking is open until Monday 8 December, so update your friends, family and colleagues by logging in to your personal fundraising page, add messages and photos from your event and ask them to continue donating. Register for Surf Coast Relay For Life 2015 today, update your personal fundraising page and get ready to Relay again!

Thank you - every single dollar helps Cancer Council continue fighting cancer.














   IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME                                                                  Image


Details for this years Rotary Christmas party are as follows ......

·         Monday 15th December is the date.

·         Time 6.00 for 6.30pm.

·         Cost is $25 per person.

·         To be held at Michael and Alison Reed's place - 143 The Esplanade, Torquay.

·         This is a Partners Night. If you or your partner are not attending, please apologise.

·         Apologies are to go through David Mitchell's office (as normal).

·         Apologies must be into to David by Thursday 12th December at 12.00pm. We need to get numbers to Lorraine early afternoon on Thursday 12th Dec.

·         Lorraine will cater, and will serve 'finger food'.

·         BYO Drinks .... (important!)

We will be having a 'Kris Kringle and further details regarding this so WATCH THIS SPACE



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"

Cowrie Market 16th Nov

Last weeks Cowrie Market saw the drawing of the Beyond Blue Raffle  which has been so passionately managed by Mary Elliott
The winner was  Andy Bumstead see pictured Jillian (daughter of Andy) and Steve Gross collecting the prize on Andy's behalf.
$310 from the ticket sales will be forwarded to Beyond Blue

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 24th Nov Gerard McNamara Michael Reed Graeme Kennedy Club AGM
Mon 1st Dec Graham Gill Ben Smith   Peta Hocking - Aussie Action Abroad
Mon 8th Dec Graeme Kennedy Bryan Mynott   Johanna Parker – Heart Sparks
Mon 15th Dec N/A N/A   Club Christmas Party at "the Reeds" see details in Bulletin

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”.    
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