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.
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. 
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!
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