Rotary Leadership



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


Rotary Club of Grovedale Waurn Ponds.

President - Greg Cooke.
Meeting Number 1935

February 21, 2017



Rotarian Duties

Chair for Meetings. 

28th February Greg Cooke

7 March - No Chair Required

14 March -Bob Arnup

21 March - Leon Bourke

28 March - Jordon Bryson




Guests and Upcoming Meetings
  • 28th Feb - Joint Meeting Belmont Rotary Club. Rice Village
  • 7th Mar - Barefoot Bowls @ Leopold Sports Club (details to follow)
  • 14th Mar - Normal Club Meeting - Rice Village
  • 21st Mar - "Coddy's recent adventures in Antarctica' - Peter Codd
  • 28 Mar - The 'Rotary Cambodian Experience' - Lesley Goode  
Grovedale Waurn Ponds Rotary Making a difference...
The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a six-day Leadership and Personal Development seminar for young adults aged between 18 and 25 years who are nominated and sponsored by their local Rotary Club (within District 9780 - South West Victoria and South East Australia) to attend.  The program covers topics such as leadership, motivation, goal setting, value-based decision making, confidence, self-esteem, community contribution and resilience.  This year the program will be held in April at "Kangaroobie" near Princetown in the Otway Ranges. Our club has sponsored Crystal Baker, Meave Miller-Stawyskj and Debbie Ashley.
Crystal works in the 3Thirds Cafe at Avalon Airport. Her passion in life is photography and she is currently studying an Advance Diploma in Photography with the aim of launching into a full time photography career.
Meave has completed a double degree in Psychology and Crimonology and has now changed focus and is about to commence studies at Deakin University in Civil Engineering. Meave works part-time at the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie ... so for all you chocaholics be sure to say hi to Meave if you are out there.
Debbie has a great love of animals and has completed an undergraduate science degree in Genetics and Zoology. She is into sport and also likes to paint and read when she has time. Not much time in the next few years for Debbie, as she has enrolled in a PhD in Epidemiology - but she is looking forward to time out, meeting others and having a good time at the Ryla program in April.
Crystal, Maeve and Debbie will pop into one of our meetings to let us know how the program went and what they got out of it.
Have a great time from all of us at GWP Rotary Club.
(Thanks to John McGibbon from the Youth Services area for coordinating this program.)
Upcoming BBQs
Thursday 8th March Bunnings Waurn Ponds
After that:
Saturday 17th March Aldi Grovedale
Saturday 21 April Aldi Grovedale
Saturday 19th May Aldi Grovedale
Contact Bob Arnup (BBQ Bob) if you can help out.
Humans in Geelong...a team of volunteers telling the stories of locals who are making a difference
Last Wednesday, Jackie Bennett spoke to us about a group called 'Humans in Geelong'. This group interviews Geelong locals who are making a difference and publishes their stories on facebook and the web. Go to the links below and have a read for yourselves. I did and they were terrific stories. In Oct this year they will be having their 2nd Expo as last year's expo was so successful.  Put it in your diaries - should be a good event with many inspirational stories to be told. If you happen to know someone that they could write a story about - please contact Jackie - she would be very pleased to hear from you. Contact humans in Geelong:
mob: 0401838291  |  email:  | web: or facebook: 
Grovedale Waurn Ponds Rotary Making a difference
Last Wednesday our guest speaker was Detective Senior Sergeant, Mark Guthrie, of the Geelong CIU. Mark informed the members that he is part of the Victorian Police and Rotary Mentoring Program. His mentor is Rotarian Peter Codd, from our Club.
Mark provided a little background about himself, having grown up in Lara. He attended what was then known as Corio Technical School, in Corio. He went into the Police force as a twenty year old person and started his career at Werribee after his initial training. He had a number of postings across the western suburbs of Melbourne, and was stationed at Melton prior to his appointment to the Geelong station which is part of the Western Region Division 1.
Mark provided an honest an open assessment of his career to date, providing examples of some of the difficulties of the job on police individuals, community and the impact of the crimes committed on the perpetrators and the people who are affected.
He indicated that in the Geelong area, surprisingly, the main criminal activity is undertaken by young teenagers. They are generally disengaged from school, and from a dysfunctional home life.
Victoria Police in Leaders Mentoring Progam 
Victoria Police Leaders Mentoring Program Overview Victoria Police, in association with Rotary International and the Victorian business community have established a successful partnership to deliver the VPLMP for police members who are considered to be leaders within their field and have potential for more senior roles in the future. The VPLMP is a structured 12 month development opportunity that partners a police member with either a business or a Rotary mentor. The key focus is to develop the longer-term career potential of Police members while providing benefit to Victoria Police through an increased understanding of strategic leadership and community engagement approaches.  We welcome Mark to the club and hope to see more of him in the future.
Peter Codd and Greg Cooke with Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Guthrie
Reminders for your Calendar.


District 9780 Conference Mt Gambier. 5-8 April

Ride the Bellarine Sunday 15th April 2018


Membership Milestones March 2018
Graeme Saddington 29 Feb
Colin Hook 2 Mar
Jenny McGibbon 4 Mar
Heather Perkins 7 Mar
John McGibbon 11 Mar
Ken Wright 15 Mar
Trish Carlyle 18 Mar
Paul Desbrowe-Annear 18 Mar
Dawn Renfrey 21 Mar
Greg Cooke 29 Mar
Kim and Greg Cooke 20 Years 14 Mar
Dawn and Wayne Renfrey 49 Years 21 Mar
Trish and David Carlyle 39 Years 24 Mar
Date Joined Rotary
Jan Gillett 21 Years 5 Mar