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Especially Mike Reed, Chris Sims , Jan Emmett & President Kelly for coming early to take the photos !!
We had a special visit from Councillor Martin Duke & Past District Governor Jane Cox 
My daughter Sophie ( I think a potential Rotarian !) worked the crowd entering Woolworths with PDG Chris 
We signed up a few people , gave away bags & other goodies and even found a Guest for the Dinner with a Difference !!!
Mary would have been pleased :)
  A BIG thank you to the dedicated Team promoting the Donate Life message on a bleak morning at The Dunes Village in North Torquay today
                                                                              Our Legacy to Mary Elliott
Mary Elliott made her mark on the community with her dedication & commitment to Rotary & all the community Projects, and   
She was a passionate promotor of the Organ Donor Awareness program, Chair of the District Committee & very active in community campaigns & support to transplant recipients
                                                     Mary Elliott was a model of the Rotary motto of Service above Self.
                                                                  Mary would want us to support


You can support Donate Life week in many ways

The Club will continue Mary’s work through the development of the Mary Elliott legacy –
  • Financially where the Club donate $2400 to the Heart Lung Transplant Trust, Second Chance Accommodation Program  for supported accommodation for regional families post transplant
                                                   Show your support
Need any resources?  Contact Maggie on 0412713102 or marg.isom@gmail.com
 The Annual Changeover Luncheon was held on Sunday 23rd June 2019 at the Sands  with 62 people witnessing 
President Trevor Pickles handing over the to the new President Kelly Binyon 
The Mayor of the Surf Coast Shire Rose Hodge , a Paul Harris Fellow , opened the day with an acknowledgement of the traditional owners of the land.
We were fortunate to have Guests  from Rotary Clubs of Geelong East, Grovedale , Alfredton,  Bayside, Geelong Central and  Darwin North in attendance 
District Governor Elect  Phil Beasley proposed the Toast to Rotary International & Past District Governor Alan Anderson responded to the Toast 
After the buffet luncheon - President Trevor presented his report  and thanked all members for their support throughout the year
Our 2019 Summer Fundraising Raffle has now been drawn.
Thanks to the generous businesses and individuals who generously donated the prizes and everyone who purchased tickets.
You have all contributed to Help Us Help Those Less Fortunate
The Winners are:-

1st Prize

Winner:- Anthony - Ticket No 230

American Muscle Car Collector Bar FridgeValue $567

Courtesy of Bar Fridges Australia


2nd Prize 

Winner:- Jan - Ticket No 401

Weber Baby Q Premium 1200 BBQ - Value $320

Courtesy of Classic Fireplaces Geelong


3rd  Prize

Winner:- Jack - Ticket No 730

Original Local Painting by Mark Bagely

Courtesy of Mark Bagely – Studio 61 Torquay


4th Prize

Winner:- Jill - Ticket No 1009

Original Local Painting by Mark Bagely

Courtesy of Mark Bagely – Studio 61 Torquay


5th Prize

Winner:- John - Ticket No 1470

$100 Tyrepower Voucher

Courtesy of Tyrepower Torquay

6th Prize

Winner Dennis - Ticket No 1265

$50 Bunnings Vouchers

Courtesy of Bunnings Torquay


7th Prize

Winner:- Helen Ticket No 349

$50 Bunnings Vouchers
Courtesy of Bunnings Torquay

Well done to all of the winners.

The world’s first service club was founded on 23 February 1905 when lawyer Paul Harris and three friends met in a small office in downtown Chicago. These men wanted to rekindle in the turn-of-the-century city the spirit of friendliness they had known in their home towns. Word of the club soon spread and others were invited to join. They named their new club “Rotary” to describe the practice of meeting in rotation at the members’ various places of business.


The first four Rotarians: (left to right) Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey, and Paul Harris.

Originally formed for fellowship, the first Rotary club quickly evolved to use the talents and resources of its members to serve the community. By the end of 1905, the Rotary Club of Chicago had 30 members. Three years later a second club was established in San Francisco, California, USA. The next year three more clubs were established on the west coast of the United States and a fourth in New York City. Within a few years other groups formed service clubs based on the Rotary model.

The Torquay Rotary Motor Show has been run and won for another year. Congratulations to all of the winners at yesterday's Show, (Full List displayed) particularly Outright winner of the show Jane Hallam with her 1956 Jaguar XK140. The Torquay Rotary Club thanks the entrants (with their cars & bikes), the spectators and all of the volunteers and sponsors, particularly the RACV who made the Show possible and hopefully a great day was had by everyone involved.
While final numbers have not yet been compiled it certainly appeared that we had in excess of 400 cars attend the Show and early calculations would suggest that we have again cleared in excess of $20,000 after expenses to go towards Rotary Projects. So well done everyone!
Here is a small pictorial sample of the Show.....with thanks to Caprice Photography for many of the stunning pics





Results from today’s (Saturday) Book Fair  activities were another EXCELLENT RESULT !!!

 In excess of $3100 .........…

 With only one day to go , we should easily achieve the $10,000 target set by the Committee

Once again the food supplied by the catering Team was of the usual high standard we have come to expect 😊

The particular highlight today was the scones , jam & cream provided by Secretary Lesley

Thanks to all the extra volunteers today too
We do require a few more tip waste vouchers if anyone has some to spare to enable us to dump the scrap books. If you could please bring them with you today to the Scout Hall. 

         Even the Mayor paid us a visit

Self-Care Sunday is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Geelong West and supported by WorkSafe .
It is a community festival with 28 individual events and workshops that have been created to educate
and inspire the people of Geelong around the importance of living an active, healthy lifestyle and prioritising
self-care on a regular basis in order to prevent  physical and mental health issues.


Date: Sunday 28th October 2018

Location: Johnstone Park, Geelong

Time: 8.00am - 5.00pm


Adults $35

Under 16 $5

 Concession (over 60 & Health Care Concession Card) $25

Family Price $75 including unlimited children aged 16 years and under. 

Your ticket price includes -

  • Climb to the top of WorkSafe Headquarters timed event

  • Entry to all workshops and cooking demonstrations

  • All workouts and activities including sweat sessions, yoga, meditation.

  • Access to all live talks by our special guests. (limited number of seats available so book quickly)

                                VIEW THE FULL PROGRAM


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)



Monday night our Club was proud to recognise our long serving caterers Lorraine and Rodney Sullivan as Paul Harris Fellows.
For many years their flexibility and personal service has added to the ambiance of our weekly dinner meeting.

This also represents a huge thank you to Lorraine and Rodney for your support at so many of our Club function events.


Hello All!
Thank you all so much for helping out with the Petition. It is now closed and we have about about 430 signatures. Your Help made it so much easier for us with balancing school and this.
We are hoping to have Richard Marls MP present this.
Once again, Thank you Ever so much.
Kind Regards
Jed Castle
Campaign Media Advisor
Our Club's Changeover Luncheon will be held as follows
Venue:- The Sands
When:- 23rd June 2019
Time:- 12 noon for 12.30 - 4pm
Cost:- $50/Head, Drinks @ Bar Prices
Registrations:- Via Whoozin - or  BOOK HERE
Payment:- Please  deposit into our Club Bank Account as follows:-

BSB:- 633 000A/C No:- 149717803 Please use “Changeover & Your name” as the reference

Who:- Partners, Friends & Family

Thanks to everyone who lent a hand at the Anzac Dawn Service, it sure is an early start and it was a chilly morning this year but it always provides a solemn moment to remember our forbearers who fought to provide us all the with the freedom that we now enjoy. Well done a great job everyone.

Our 2108 Motor Show Raffle has been run and won and we would like to congratulate the  winners and thank everyone who purchased tickets for you support. Also to our sponsors, for without their support there would be no raffle at all. Your contributions enable our Club to support those less fortunate than ourselves locally and aboard,
1st Prize Bathurst Commemorative Bar Fridge Ticket 112 - Chris.  Prize supplied by Bar Fridges Australia
2nd Prize Weber Q BBQ Ticket 186 - Meaghan.   Prize supplied by Classic Fireplaces
3rd Prize Minimax Socket Set - Ticket 490 Chris. Prize supplied by Beach Club Torquay
4th Prize $100 Tyrepower Voucher - Ticket 730 Eloise. Prize supplied by Tyrepower Torquay
5th Prize $50 Bunnings Voucher - Ticket 267 Steve. Prize supplied by Bunnings Torquay
6th Prize $50 Bunnings Voucher - Ticket 646 John. Prize supplied by Bunnings Torquay
A great night was had by all, it was wonderful to celebrate our Club's 30th with the extended family of our Club, including our sponsor Club Grovedale. 
It was a memorable occasion and a testament to the enjoyment we gain from our Club to still have active Charter members in the Club. Big thanks to the many people who arranged the Celebration
As you will have probably seen today Rudi has placed an album of pics on the Club Facebook page which you can follow with this link PHOTO ALBUM

                         2018 Torquay Rotary Motorshow's "OUTRIGHT WINNER"
  1932 Chevrolet Confederate Roadster - 
              Owners are a very proud couple - Ros and Barry Smith.

The 2019 Motor Show is now less than one week away on Sunday 10th Feb and we are hopeful that calling for all the support we can get to assist with the many tasks on the day. If you have Friends, Neighbours or Family who can assist then please contact either Lesley Shedden on all volunteers can attend tomorrow night meeting for briefing by your respective Team Leader,
We had a successful Motor Show photo shoot for the Media on the foreshore last. The first of the articles were published in the Geelong Advertiser at the weekend and you can expect to see more in the Echo and the Surf Coast Times this week.

Greg Plumridge
As always Rotarian John McDonald never misses an opportunity to fly the flag for all the valuable community events in Torquay and most importantly Torquay Rotary.
In this single article in a recent Surf Coast Times,   John managed to promote all of the following :-
  • Relay for Life
  • our recent Rotary Book Fair
  • BBQ's at Bunnings
  • & our upcoming Annual Motor Show
Then last week John represented our Club at the Surf Coast Australia Day Ceremony receiving an award for our recognition of our Annual Motor Show as a valued community event.

Wow !  what an effort..... a true ambassador of the Club. John McDonald you are a Legend!




I would like to give a huge thanks to everyone from our club who turned out in horrible conditions (again) to support the 2018 Ride the Bellarine.

I felt somewhat guilty that as a member of the organising committee I was unable to attend to do my bit on the day.

So thanks to all who did, particularly Michael Reed who filled my boots managing the Barwon Heads Feed Station and Marshall sign on post.

I will run the Ride the Bellarine End Polio Sponsorship sheet around again this week for anyone who missed it last  time.

Greg Plumridge

Rotary’s 2017-18 International President, Australia’s Ian Riseley, wants a trachoma-free Australia by 2021, Rotary’s 100th year in Australia.  We are the world's only developed country with trachoma, an infectious eye disease that can be prevented with good hygiene practices. It is still present in remote Aboriginal communities and can lead to permanent blindness.to hear our Ron's challenge to beat trachoma by Australia's 100th Rotary Anniversary.
Click here to view his message. 
Photos from our successful 12th July fundraising night "Dine with Cadel Evans", may be viewed by clicking on the PHOTO ALBUMS button above.
Call President Lesley on 0417 112 034 for more information on how YOU can join Torquay Rotary.
           <----- Click here  for the 2017-18 Annual Report Part A  This is a full report and pics of the Clubs activities and acheivements

     <----- Click here  for the 2017-18 Annual Report Part B (2016-17 Financials)  
Many thanks to Lesley Shedden for preparation and layout work.
Commonly held myths about Rotary are hereby BUSTED!!!

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Torquay's website (based in Torquay, Victoria, Australia).  Our Club was formed in 1988.  It has a strong, local community focus.  At any one time, the Club supports a range of local, district, national and international projects. www.torquayrotary.org.au

The town of Torquay is the starting point of the world famous Great Ocean Road (click here). Many Rotarians who are on holiday from around the world often visit our Club, where they are always made most welcome.

If you would like to do a make-up at our Club, or would like to become a member of Rotary in the town of Torquay, you are always welcomed! 

To inform us of your attendance, and learn about any potential functions during your time of visit, please contact our Club at the telephone number listed at the top of our web site .


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