Upcoming Events
Club Dinner /social night
Beach Hotel , Jan Juc
May 18, 2015
6:30 PM – 9:21 PM
The Rotarian behind the Badge
Lions Village
May 25, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
2015 Geelong Kokoda Youth Program
Lions Village
Jun 01, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:01 PM
Jun 08, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Presidents Report




Another big night for the Club.  As a direct result of members' efforts on ANZAC Day a cheque for $6,531.30 was presented to the Torquay RSL.  The Club also donated $4,000.00 to Disaster Aid Australia for the purchase of five Family Survival Packs for cyclone devastated Vanuatu; and a donation of $1,650 was made to the Spring Creek Community Centre to assist with the distribution of their periodic  Springboard Newsletter.  None of this could have been possible without the hard work by Club members throughout the past year.  I would like to offer a personal vote of thanks to all of those who contributed to this effort and to James Taylor and the Team at the Surfcoast Times for the great article in last weeks paper(see above)

 Our new Sergeant-at-Arms did an excellent job of fleecing us all once again.  Of course all money raised during fines sessions will be donated to the Aquabox project at the end of this Rotary year.
 Our speaker this week was Andrew Pipkorn, the District Chair for Australian Rotary Health.  He gave an excellent presentation.  Further information about his presentation appears elsewhere in this edition.
 Remember the meeting on 18th may will be held in the Bistro at the Jan Juc Hotel.  That's all from me this week.

Yours in Rotary Service,


Gerard McNamara
Rotary Club of Torquay



Congratulations to Ben & Liz

Congratulations to new parents Liz and Ben Smith on the safe arrival of Mack Alexander Smith, a brother for Braxton, in the wee ours of last Saturday 20th December at 4.42am. Both Mum and Mack are doing well.
Our best wishes go to the proud parents and Braxton see picture with his new playmate. The arrival of  Mack will make for a joyous Christmas in the Smith home this year.
We look forward to smothering Mack with some Rotary love and cuddles soon.

Fish & Chip Night at Cosy Corner


This invitation is to all Rotarians Past, Present, Future, Friends of the Club or whatever!  If you have received this bulletin then you are welcome to our annual (and very social) Fish & Chip Event at Cosy Corner on Monday 5th January.


The usual meeting registration process does not apply to this event, instead you will need to either call or email Bruce Smith on or on 0414 332 870 by Friday 2nd January 2015


You will need to advise Bruce of the names of the people in your group and serves required for your order.


Items available are

  • Fish  Grilled
  • Fish Fried
  • Dim Sims
  • Potato Cakes
  • Chips
Please advise Bruce of Quantities required
Ice Creams will be served for Desert for all!
I will send out a reminder via email prior to the close of date

Christmas Party Action

Once again our club celebrated the final meeting for the year with fun, frivolity and Christmas cheer. As we look around the corner to 2015 many of us are pleased to draw a close on a year that has brought great challenges to many of our members.
If you would like to view the remainder of the Christmas Party photos then CLICK HERE


Congratulations to the Outright Winner Chris Webb
with his immaculate 1953 Jaguar: XK120 DHC
 Having been crowned winner of Class: 11 - "Best Jaguar" the judges concluded that this was the best car in show.

Ride the Bellarine

As a further update to the great efforts by all Geelong Rotarians in making the Ride the Bellarine possible I know that you will be interested to learn what was achieved in our first attempt event.
  • Unfortunately the forecast atrocious weather conditions cost us any hope of a last week flood of entrants....instead we were given a deluge of rain and a somewhat disappointing field of 230 entrants
  • The profit from the event after expenses was not surprisingly only a modest $500
  • Fundraising and Sponsorship both of entrants and from Rotarians and Rotary Clubs was the good news story. Whilst the funds are still coming in the current total is already in excess of $14,500.   
So a huge thank you to all who have contributed to the success of this fundraising event to help to "End Polio".
Can I recommend that you browse the many photos from the event on the Ride the Bellarine Facebook Page
Yours in Rotary
Greg Plumridge

District 9780 "Ride to Ballarat"

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 Maggie Isom 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


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




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”.    

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 21st December

President Gerard was once again on the job, this time with prospective new member  with the snags at the Final Cowrie Market for 2014. The weather really turned it on attracting a large crowd. Prospective mew member and PDG Alan Anderson survived his initiation test doing his duty on the BBQ. well done Alan!
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  Illumintions MAY 2015 District Newsletter Click Here
To Read Rotary Down Under MAY e-Newsletter Click Here