Rotary Leadership



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


Rotary Club of Grovedale Waurn Ponds.

President - Greg Cooke.
Meeting Number 1942

April 18, 2018



Rotarian Duties

Chair for Meetings. 

26th April - Highton RC 




Guests and Upcoming Meetings
  • 26th April - Joint meeting with Highton Rotary Club - Bring a friend to Rotary Night! Remember to ring Rice Village if you are not able to attend.
Upcoming BBQs
Wednesday 25th April (ANZAC DAY) Bunnings Waurn Ponds
This one starts at 11am!
After that:
Sununday 29th April - Villawood 
Saturday 19th May Aldi Grovedale
Contact Bob Arnup (BBQ Bob) if you can help out.
Launching the House of Angels Support Program
The International Committee and the Board have agreed to proceed with the House of Angels Support program. This is a really exciting initiative which will provide additional support for the children at the House of Angels community centre in Coffee Bay, South Africa.  Our club is partnering with the House of Angels founders (April Selby and Dawn Renfrey) to help broaden the support base and assist in raising funds for ongoing and project support.
How it works.
The project is launched in phases.  The first phase is an opportunity for 55 individuals, families or groups to commit to donating $100.00 per year on an ongoing basis. A number of people have shown interest in the program already and are keen to be involved - so we thought we would give it a go.  There is no obligation to continue to retain your sponsorship of the House of Angels and places can be redirected to new sponsors on our waiting list – this way we will always have people who can join.
Launched last Wednesday at Rotary
Last  Wednesday, Leon and Dawn launched the program. Rotary members and the House of Angels network are being offered the opportunity to participate first.  Leon will be asking for names of people who would like to be part of the program. The House of Angels and the International Committee will provide participants with email updates 3-4 times a year to let them know about how the funds are being spent and the difference it is making.
The second phase will be to market the program in the broader community. The bi-product of this will create interest in our great club and hopefully also create interest in our Auction night.
Thanks for considering this opportunity.  We can only give it a go and see what happens!
Contact Leon, Dawn or Cheryle if you are interested in a sponsorship.
Rotary District Conference 6-8 April Mt Gambier
Greg and Bella, Graeme and Val Saddington, Jan and Rob Gillett and Lesley all headed west to beautiful Mt Gambier last weekend. Theme of the Conference – Rotary: Making a Difference.
Of most importance to some – the catering.  It was fantastic with delicious savoury and sweet morning tea and rolls and fruit for lunches. The Conference Dinner at the Barn Palais was a special evening.  Again the catering was excellent but the highlight was entertainment by James Morrison and a group of his students from the James Morrison Academy. It is rare that we have the opportunity to hear world renowned musicians in regional centres.
All of the keynote speakers were entertaining, educational, interesting and  inspirational.
Firstly, Gary Newton – a polio survivor and director of Polio Australia (Also the ambassador for Ride the Bellarine)
Then Prof. Toby Coates who is a world leader in research into kidney and pancreas islet transplantation.
Prof Greg Barton gave us ‘the world according to Greg”  - facts, figures and predictions about violent extremism.
Scott De Bruin told us about the development of his Waygu Beef station – he buys Cadbury’s chocolate by the B-double to feed his cattle! And Frank Digiorgio explained how he has grown his wine business.
We had Barbara Allen  - an Australian Rotary Health Indigenous Scholar and Stephanie Woollard – a Rotary Peace Scholar talk about their lives. Both women ( of unlimited energy and enthusiasm) are making a huge difference in their chosen fields: Barbara in  indigenous nursing and Stephanie working with disabled and marginalised women in Nepal.
They kept the best to last – Gill Hicks received a standing ovation for her speech about her ‘second life’. Gill lost both legs in the London train bombings and is now an advocate for sustainable peace and works to counter violent extremism. She has established the MAD Foundation.
In between these wonderful speakers, we had the usual Rotary formalities and  heard from Rotarians about the projects making a difference in their local communities especially on the Limestone Coast.
It was a great conference – and we do encourage you all to attend such gatherings , to recharge your Rotary batteries and enjoy the fun and fellowship.
Rotary Making A Difference
Western District Bushfire Appeal - Update.
Graham Perkins and Sandy Kee visited the BlazeAid headquaters in Cobden last week. They viewed the aid being collected and distributed to needy farmers in the area. 24 volunteers had been organised into teams to help rebuild and provide assistance where they could. The volunteers have been camping for the last 3 weeks in Cobden. Graham and Sandy saw the 20 rolls of fencing wire our club donated - and could see that help like this was really making a difference.  Thanks Graham and Sandy for sharing this with us.
General Update 
2018 Entertainment books will are available see Paul. Going quick -- get yours now $60.00
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.
Joint Meeting with Highton Rotary Club - Thursday April 26th is fast approaching. Please let Rice Village know if you cannot attend. Brenton Rudd is the guest speaker, and he will be giving us an update on End Polio and other Foundation matters. 
Torquay Rotary Club 30 years of continuous service celebration. Sat 5th May 6.30pm to 9.00pm. $25.00pp. Bellbrae Estate Winery, 520 Great Ocean Road. Includes Canapes, drinks at bar prices and music by 'The Shy Guys'.
RSVP 3oth April via Whoozin link or phone Maggie Isom 0412 713 102. Payment via direct debit:
BSB 633000 Account No 149717803. Use anniversary and name as reference. Really encourage GWP to get as many people as possible to support this function.
Rotary District Assembly - 29th April in Ararat.
Committees.  If any one has an interest in or would like to be involved in a particular committee please let Paul know. The committees available are listed in the blue book. 
Foundation 61 Update. Bill provided an update and circulated a letter on the progress of the Foundation 61 Women's house which we have committed to supporting. They are in the final stages of purchasing the land and have been seeking assistance from various tradies and professionals to assist with the build.  We will here more from Bob Letski in the coming months when they move into the next phase after purchasing the land. Rob Lytzki has thanked us all for our patience.
Chris Cummings - the person behind the badge.
Thanks Chris for such a great presentation - it was really interesting - everyone loved it.  Well done!
The Inaugural Port Fairy Golf Day.
Guess what!  You wouldn't believe it! Grovedale WP won the Ambrose competition. They finished 4 under 68 with 5 birdies and one bogey. Greg Cooke lost seven balls. Windsay Dixon putted like a champion. Team: Greg Cooke, Gary Clark, Lindsay Dixon and Keith Smyth.  They will definitely be returning next year to defend the title. Course was along the beach...magnificent!
BTW all funds raised will go to Rotary's initiative to End Trachoma by 2021. 
Reminders for your Calendar.


Dinner Auction Friday 12th October - Hold this date. 

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