Upcoming Events
Brownlow Footy Night – with Colin Hutchinson
Lions Village Community Centre
Sep 24, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
District Governors Visit - DG Anthony Ohlson
Lions Village Community Centre
Oct 01, 2018
4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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President's Report No 11

It was my great pleasure to induct a new member on Monday evening. Neil Henderson, formerly of the Rotary Club of Essendon, has recently re-located to Torquay with his wife Mary and we welcome them both to this wonderful region.
Neil and Mary were accompanied by a number of Essendon Rotarians and we trust they had an enjoyable evening.
I certainly enjoyed their company while the rest of our Members busied themselves in a Club Assembly.
Again, a number of ideas/projects were discussed and put on notice for further discussion and development.


Monday 24th is our Brownlow Evening – remember to dress in your favourite club colours – a fun night is guaranteed.
See you all Monday
President Trevor
Brownlow Night -  25th Sept

Brownlow Football Night

An action packed program which includes;
1.       Trivia Questions
          Will you be awarded the prestigious TC Award (Trivia Champion)?
2.       Best & Fairest
          Will you be the best dressed football fan decked out in your favourite colours or will you go in your Dinner Suit or Gown (or combination thereof) and be awarded the B & F Award by the secret judge. 
3.       Brownlow Winner
          download entry form  for details.  The Winner(s) will take all the cash.
4.       Grand Final Winner & By How Much
          There will also be a simple Sweep whereby you select the Winning Team and how much they will win by.  The cost will be $2.00 per entry.  Winner(s) will scoop the pool.
          Form to be provided on the night.
5.       Guest Speaker
          Listen intently to Colin Hutchinson who is the AFL’s & Geelong’s Statistician who will be happy to answer questions.
Please bring your own pen or pencil on the night to help you complete the Brownlow Tipping, the Trivia & the Grand Final Winner and make sure you bring plenty of coins.
This is a Partners Invitation Night so please remember to register them on Whoozin if they are coming.
The evening will wrap up at 8.00pm sharp so we can all get home and watch the real Brownlow.
David Mitchell
Lift the Lid on Mental Health Monday 15th  October

BBQ's ….watch your emails....the Roster has been sent



With the short notice Bunnings BBQ's and the Arts Trail events we picked up the past few months there really has not been any layoff between the BBQ seasons this year and we have already fired up again with the Cowrie Market this weekend.

Keep an eye on your email inbox as you will have now received the 2018-19 BBQ Roster or CLICK HERE to view the Roster. 


If you do  require to swap a date for any reason you will now need to find someone to do this with yourself. I would suggest that you send the request to Greg who has offered to advertise on a BBQ Roster Trading Post in the bulletin  


Mal Slater


Rob Harris sampling the new Drive Through service at the recent Bunnings BBQ

Kelly Turns 50
A number of Members joined Kelly & Paul Binyon along with 3 of their 4 children to celebrate Kelly's 50th Birthday.
It was great to meet some of the many people who have contributed to Kelly's 50 year journey of life and sharing the evening with her Family.
I'm not sure what time the After Party concluded but it's likely there may be a few sore heads this morning.
Look out Kelly I reckon there might be some serious fines tomorrow night.

Rotarians Out and About 

Darrel & Pamela Brewin Grazing the long paddock! It a dreadful drought😪
we are on the top of the Great dividing range at Guyra the highest caravan park in Australia they say😀.
The New England tableland its 2 degrees brrrr xx

              Musical Robyn in Winton QLD                               Historical Robyn and AB (Banjo) Patterson at the Walzing Matilda Centre

              Horsey Robyn Driving the Cobb & Co Coach


Rotary Foundation News

Rotary International Conference - Hamburg 2019

Join Rotary President Barry Rassin at the 110th Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June 2019. The historic port city of Hamburg offers something for everyone. Germans call it “The Gateway to the World” — and the 2019 convention will be your gateway to the world of Rotary. At the convention, you’ll connect with people of action from across the globe while learning the latest news and strategies for keeping clubs strong.
As a past convention attendee, you know that every convention is an opportunity to learn. Not only will you be inspired by the energy and enthusiasm that surrounds you, you’ll also make new, unforgettable memories that can last a lifetime.
Join your Rotary friends in Hamburg at the 2019 Rotary Convention where together, we’ll Capture the Moment.

Share the excitement by downloading the promotional kit or by sharing the official promotional video to your social networks.
Blue Illusion Fashion Parade
I have received this invitation from the Rotary Club of Geelong West. If you are interested in attending please let me know
Amanda Hough
Drought Relief Fundraising for Farmers

In Australia, farmers are the lifeblood of our country and they are in crisis.  Record breaking heat and lack of rain means farmers are struggling to feed sheep and cattle, and keep crops alive.  Families on the land are suffering and they need our help.  Channel 9 and Rotary Australia have partnered with the National Farmers' Federation, launching an appeal to big business and everyday Australians, so we can provide some emergency relief.  100% of donations goes to the farmers and is tax deductible via Rotary and RAWCS.  Every dollar counts. 


The link for the donation page for the project is:


The RAWCS website home page has the link also:



My sincere appreciation goes to DGN Philip Archer and his team from District 9800 for making this possible!


Kind regards




PDG Gina Growden

Rotary Public Image Coordinator 2018-19

Rotary International Zone 8 (Australia)


Blues Train Social Night
OK folks...... here's a opportunity not to be missed!
If you enjoy great live music, shakin' your tail feather, a few drinks on a Rockin' steam train and have not done the Blues Train before then you have seriously missed one of lifes MUST DO experiences.
We have secured a booking for 52 people, which will give us our own full carriage, on Saturday 3rd November.
The cost is $118/head which includes a buffet dinner at the Queenscliff Station prior to departure, but  you will need to purchase your own drinks at stops along the journey and there is NO BYO.

Ok so it’s not a cheap gig but it will be a guaranteed fun night and while we are having fun we will be helping our Farmers in NEED……This event is a fundraiser with the proceeds of the group booking discount of approx. $1,000 going to the Rotary Drought Relief fund.

CLICK HERE to see just how the evening rolls and to view the artists playing on 3rd Nov CLICK HERE
As seats are strictly limited, bookings will be on a "First in - First Paid" arrangement. In the first instance please advise Treasurer John McDonald, by msg on 0405146443 or email, of your booking but once the 52 seats are booked if you haven't paid your money then you may get "Bumped" off by someone who pays up ahead of you.
You are welcome to invite "Friends of Rotary" but remember we are limited to 52 in the be quick!



Payments may be made by
  1. EFT into the Club Bank A/C BSB 633 000  A/C 149717803 (please use "BTrain + your surname" as the reference 
  2. Via EFTPOS at an upcoming Rotary meeting
We will look at running the bus again, as we did for the Wilbur Night, with Multiple Pick-up points which will most probably work out at $50/head return. Please advise John of your interest in this when you book.
If you're still not convinced then take a look below at what happened the last time some Torquay Rotarians hit The Blues Train.....

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 24th SepColin Hutchinson –   AFL Statistician         David Mitchell  Brownlow Night
Mon 1st Oct
DG Anthony Ohlson
Trevor Pickles  District Governors Visit
Mon 8th OctMaggie & Trevor Brown   Polio Plus
Mon 15th OctRose HodgeJan Emmett  Surf Coast Shire & Hosting  ARH "Lift the Lid" Hat Day
Mon 22ndTrevor Pickles   Club Assembly













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 2018-19 is Barry Rassin from the Rotary Club of East Nassau
CLICK HERE to read more

District 9780 Governor for 2018-19 is Anthony Ohlsen from Rotary Club of Maryborough 
CLICK HERE to learn more about Anthony
To read District Governor Anthony No 1 July/August final Newsletter CLICK HERE
Rotary Down Under June 2018 Edition 606 CLICK HERE
District 9780 Directory 2018-19 (D9780 Rotarians Only)
Rotary Club of Torquay Annual Reports for 2017-18
<----- Click here  for the 2017-18 Annual Report Part A  
<----- Click here  for the 2017-18 Annual Report Part B (2016-17 Audited Financials)  
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