Club Executives & Directors
Membership & Public Relations
Immediate Past President
Fundraising & Fun
Youth & Vocational Services
Club Administration

Bulletin Subscribe

Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

Club Information

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Grovedale Waurn Ponds A0017768R Inc.

Grovedale Waurn Ponds Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 06:30 PM
Mercy Place Rice Village
2-26 Marshalltown Rd
Phone 03 52472200
Marshall, VIC  3216

(0) 4374 4360
District Site
Venue Map
Home Page Stories
Christmas Party with our friends from Rice Village
New Member Inductions: Wayne Renfrey, Dawn Renfrey and Les Seiffert
HAPPY NEW YEAR Everyone ...... Let's make 2018 a fantastic Rotary year and make a big difference!
Looks like Corey really loved the Conocophillips Science Experience...makes it very rewarding for us when young people get so much out of these programs which we sponsor. In Corey's own words...
"Dear Mr McGibbon,
I am writing to thank you and others at the Grovedale Rotary Club for providing me [the opportunity] to participate in the ConocoPhillips Science Experience. It was an enriching science experience for me, motivating me to continue my studies of Science into VCE, and I also managed to make friends.  The attached document (see John McGibbon for an email copy) is the piece I wrote for our school newsletter on the Science Experience. So if you are interested in what the experience was like, you can read it.
Again a massive thank you, I really enjoyed the experience and I can't express enough gratitude. If possible, I hope you sponsor future students for the same program, as I believe it was an experience that anybody with an interest in science would benefit from.
This week we welcomed....
Michelle Connor from Barwon Rotaract Club - Michelle informed us that her club is taking on a "Peace" theme next year, and that they are also sponsoring a participant to attend Ryla.  We are wanting to strengthen the links between our clubs so we will keep each other informed about our goals and activities.
Debra Walker and family.  We are sponsoring Debra to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra in January.  Debra is so thrilled to be going and promised to come back to Rotary and let us know all about her experience. 
Noah Park from Mission to Seafearers. 
'Mission to Seafearers' volunteers met over 650 ships last year and supported many sailors while their ships were docked in Geelong for periods between 2 days and a week. Often these workers have been on the sea for 6-10 months at time. There are many different languages spoken by the crew, with only some having English as a second language. It is tough, lonely and harsh work and the workers miss their families. Mission to Seafearers helps connect the sailors with their families, via the internet and mobile phones and help them find the services they need whilst in Geelong. They also provide a library with donated books (so if you have any spare - why not drop them off - they are open every day). 
Thanks Noah for sharing with us all the important work 'Mission to Seafearers' does in the Geelong region and has done so for the last 100 years.
Last Wednesday night, we had the return visit and presentation from the Lutheran College students and staff who visited Vanuatu this year.  I have to say that the presentation was fantastic and  big thanks go to Kiara Miller, Brooke O'Brien, Rene Pirrottina and Sharlene Tattersall for helping GWP Rotary members feel connected to the 'Chicken Coop' project. The students worked hard at Lorevulka Primary School and the rural training centre to build a chicken coup with the local people.  The idea was reviewed by the local people and they decided that this would be a worthwhile project. 
Our club provided a donation which enabled the purchasing of the materials, feed for the chickens and some chickens.  From all the reports, the project and the visit was successful on many levels and we were very happy to support it in a small way.
Auction, then House of Angles fundraising night, then Working Bee in East Geelong and a BBQ Villawood Estate raising $800 Phew! How good is that!
Thank you to David C, Paul DB and Paul for doing the BBQ - Great effort in serving up over 500 snags and raising nearly $800 for the club  - Well done gentlemen and thanks for all your hard work.
Thank you to Bill, Ineke, Lesley,Kim, Peter DB, Christine, Leon (and Cookie - editors note) for the three hours we put in at the working bee on Sunday morning in East Geelong. Very much apprecited, and the home owners Rob and Maureen were very happy and really appreciated all the hard work we put in. Well done all, and I hope you enjoyed the coffee at Panache Waterfront afterwards.
Greg Cooke
Cheryle Marriner attended the District Grant Qualifying Seminar in Ballarat - Sunday 22 Oct.
The process for applying for a Global or District grant is similar to previous years. There is however, a new requirement to undertake a 'survey' of the community's needs as part of the application process.  The survey can be done by a local Rotary Club close to the project or by visiting the community and conducting the survey prior to applying for the grant. 
469K was contributed to the Rotary Foundation last Financial Year by District 9780 (Our District). There are two main types of Grants which we can have access to:
1.  Global Grants - Minimum Grant $US15K and Maximum Grant $US200K
2. District Grants - Maximum Grants $AUS3,000 per year.
  • Applications must be in by March as they close on 15th April
  • Applications are reviewed and approved in Jun
  • The funding is sent from the U.S. in July to the Districts
  • Payment to the clubs is made by reimbursement only.
  • For further information Brian Humphries is able to help out.
  • Projects must be sustainable and have an exit strategy
  • Projects must be connected to a local Rotary Group and have active Rotarian involvement at the local end.
  • An MOA must be signed by the President and President Elect - these will be sent out to Clubs in District 9780 shortly.
We will be qualified to access Grants  - For more information see Cheryle
Just a reminder that Annual Subs $225 are now due.  They can now be paid electronically. Contact Gary Clark for details. 

Chair for Meetings. 

9th January - No Chair required

15th January (Mon Night with Torquay Club) - Greg Cooke

24th January - No Chair required

31st  January - Ken Wright


Guess What?
Boxing Day BBQ at the races. Thanks to all for helping. Good day was had by all.
Thursday 15th February  Bunnings Waurn Ponds
After that:
Saturday 17th February Aldi Grovedale
Thursday 8th March Bunnings Waurn Ponds
Saturday 17th March Aldi Grovedale
Contact Bob Arnup (BBQ Bob) if you can help out.
  • 9th Jan - Casual Pizza Night Rice Village. ($15)
  • 15th Jan - Monday. BBQ Joint meeting with Torquay RC @ Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club (Confirm numbers on the 9th Jan or contact Greg Cooke)
  • 17th Jan - No meeting.
  • 24th Jan - BBQ Greg Cooke's house. (BYO Meat and Drinks and a Salad or Dessert to share. Please contact Kim to let her know what you will be bringing ph 0478435209 ...we don't want 10 potato salads!
  • 31st Jan - Normal Club Meeting
  • 21st Feb - Guest Speaker Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Guthrie. Geelong CIU. Western Region, Division 1
Please remember to ask all potential and prospective members to consider joining as we have the FREE MEMBERSHIP incentive running until the end of June.
Are you scratching your head over what to give that someone who has everything? Please remember our gifting program?  We have a lovely cards which acknowledges your donation to one of the major Rotary programs  - just ask Pam for a card and see Ken re your donation.
Rassin's 2018 presidential theme

2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the

Rotary praises unsung heroes on World Polio Day

Rotary and the Gates Foundation host fifth annual World Polio Day to highlight progress in the fight to eradicate the

Rotary helps disaster victims

Rotary helps disaster victimsThe Rotary Foundation and Rotary clubs are helping communities battered by severe weather and

Rotary helps wildfire victims

Rotary helps wildfire victims Rotary clubs and the Rotary Foundation are helping victims of deadly wildfires in