Rotary Leadership



Rotary International President - Ray Riseley
District 9780 Governor - Ray Herbert


Rotary Club of Grovedale Waurn Ponds.

President - Greg Cooke.
Meeting Number 1940

March 28, 2018



Rotarian Duties

Chair for Meetings. 

11th April - Gary Clark

18th April TBC

26th April - Highton RC 




Guests and Upcoming Meetings
  • 4th April - No meeting
  • 11th April - Board Meeting and Club Assembly
  • 18th April - TBC
  • 25th April - ANZAC DAY. No Meeting moved to 26th April see below
  • 26th April - Joint meeting with Highton Rotary Club - Bring a friend to Rotary Night!
Upcoming BBQs
Saturday 21st April Aldi Grovedale
After that:
Wednesday 25th April (ANZAC DAY) Bunnings Waurn Ponds
This one starts at 11am!
Saturday 19th May Aldi Grovedale
Contact Bob Arnup (BBQ Bob) if you can help out.
General Update 
Ineke Thornton.
Greg Cooke informed the members that Ineke Thornton has resigned from the club due to family commitments.  Everyone was really sad to hear this news and wish Ineke all the best.  Thank-you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you have contributed and bought to the club.  You will be sadly missed and are welcomed back at any time. (Sentiments from the Members)
2018 Entertainment books will be available from early April but early purchasers will receive extra vouchers.
Headspace charity luncheon supported by our friends at Belmont Rotary Club is on again Friday 18th May.  See Greg if you would like to attend as he is organising a table on behalf of our club.
Greg is seeking expressions of interest from Rotary family and friends  who might be interested in hosting a Rotary exchange student from mid July 2018 to late June 2019. club members who would like to host. Please let Greg know if you are interested. 
Western District Bush fire assistance.
Graham Perkins provided an update on the Western District Bush fFires and the urgent requirement for fencing supplies.  Between Graham and the club we have donated 2 reels of fencing wire via BlazeAid and it was trucked off to the Western District last Thursday. This will be a great help as kilometers of fencing was destroyed. Thanks to Graham for organising this so quickly and making this happen.
!!!!!!!!!!!Bushfire Appeal Bush Fire Appeal!!!!!!!!!!!
Fire Appeal for the Western District.  Please see the email that Peter Codd sent out on 20th March promoting the opportunity for members of clubs in District 9780 to donate to Western Victorian Bushfires appeal.
Every little bit helps at a time like this.  So dig deep and donate to the cause if you can.  Cash donations provide the greatest flexibility. The following account has been set up to receive donations:
 Rotary International District 9780 Bushfire Appeal.  BSB 035070   Account 179149.
Grovedale Waurn Ponds Rotary Making a difference
Cambodia - An adventure with a purpose!
Lesley Goode has just returned from a Rotary trip to Cambodia and shared her experiences with us last Wednesday night.
The trip, orgainsed by Bryan Humphrey – ex President of Geelong East Rotary Club was offered to District 9780 Rotarians to experience first hand the culture and friendship of Cambodians and to see the results of the recent District water project. District 9780 and 22 supporting clubs were successful in gaining a Global Grant to provide clean water to about 4000 people. The project was worth $US56,234. 10 Rotarians and 2 Rotaractors went to Cambodia  ( 5 Rotary Clubs – Highton, Geelong E, Grovedale, Colac West and Ballarat plus Warracknabeal Rotaract)
Some of the achievements of the project and highlights of the trip were:
  • Veal Veaeng - a Biosand filter was set up at the local high school. Although the school has access to town water, it is not suitable for drinking. The Biosand filter purifies  the water.
  • Provision of classroom libraries! The classroom libraries were sourced by the Rotary Club of Phnom Penh and paid for by District 9780. Each of the Rotarians on the trip contributed $US150 and a number of clubs including GWP matched that. 
  • The RC of Phnom Pheh supplied dental hygiene kits to each of the schools visited. The kits contained 32 toothbrushes, pump packs of toothpaste and soap. 
  • At every school  visited on the trip, there was a ceremony. The local committee of management and community members greeted the group and expressed their thanks. Bryan, in particular, asked questions about the impact of the water installation in their community – whether it had improved school attendance by reducing illness, whether the people still boiled their water.
  • Water wells were installed in many of the schools and villages as part of the project. All have been tested and the water is suitable for  drinking.  With water readily available, many of the schools were keeping gardens and have established toilets. The toilets are vital to ensure that girls continue to attend school regularly once they reach puberty. Rainwater tanks were also installed as part of the project.
The group had an opportunity to have some fun and tour the many sights of Cambodia. Lesley concluded saying that it was a fascinating trip, very interesting and rewarding seeing our District's project first hand.  It really proves that Rotary can make a difference!
Committee Updates
Directors Report – Community Services:                                      14/3/18
Present: Paul Desbrowe-Annear – Acting Director, Graham Perkins, Dawn Renfrey.
As most of the committee were not present at the assembly it was hard to know what had been discussed at previous meetings, but some input advised that the committee is in action on a tree planting project, with this info on where and when to be advised.
Paul with the consent of Ineke Thornton -Director, has approached the developers of the new Wandana subdivision (next to Ceres lookout at the top of Barrabool Rd) to keep Drewan park as a Rotary park when it is redeveloped.
Drewan park was a combined project of 3 Rotary clubs, Grovedale, Highton and Belmont, we are yet to get a reply from the developer. Paul will advise as soon as he hears from them.
Fundraising Report                                                                             14/3/18
Present: Director Bob Arnup and Paul Desbrowe-Annear          
Fundraising all going well.
We have had a few BBQ’s lately at both Bunnings and Aldi Grovedale with good profit coming in for our efforts.
Bob has just been to another Bunnings meeting where we received 3 more BBQ dates over the next few months.
Bar is running well with Mick doing a great job.
Remainder of Committee reports to be submitted. 
High Tea at Clifton Springs
Ocean Grove Rotary Club donated a High tea at our last Auction. Last weekend a group of Rotary friends enjoyed the yummy  food prepared by Ocean Grove and hosted by Trish Carlyle at Clifton Springs.
Thanks very much to the Ocean Grove members - great job. Well done!
Reminders for your Calendar.


District 9780 Conference Mt Gambier. 5-8 April

Ride the Bellarine Sunday 15th April 2018 -Register to ride or Volunteer NOW!!!!

Membership Milestones April 2018
Jordy Bryson 12 Apr
Pam and Colin Hook 52 Years 16 Apr
Bev and Ray Robilliard 58 Years 21 Apr
Trish and David Carlyle 39 Years 23 Apr
Date Joined Rotary
John McGibbon 28 Years 4 Apr