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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
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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!
Chris Cumming was inducted into our club this week.  We were all very excited to have Chris join our club. We welcome Chris into our Rotary family and look forward to many years working along side Chris making a difference to Geelong and International communities.
Judy Beasley the Assistant Governor  provided an interesting update of the activities of all of the Rotary Clubs in the Group 10 area.  It was great to hear what everyone has been up to. Lots of hard work and great results both locally and internationally. Judy also promoted the upcoming Rotary District Conference which will be held April 5-8 in Mt Gambier.  
Each club has been asked to prepare a small video/powerpoint presentation about how they have been 'making a difference'.
We need some club volunteers to get this together - so that our good work is represented at the Conference. Please contact Cheryle if you can assist.
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. 
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!
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: 
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.)
Thanks from all members to Greg, Kim and family for opening up their home to us for our meeting last Wednesday. We had a terrific time and appreciated the effort that went into this night.  Thanks again!
Last Monday night we had our Joint Meeting with Torquay RC. It was a terrific night at a great location. Thanks to Torquay Club for hosting such a successful meeting. We heard about the new surf lifesaving club house which is being built at Jan Juc in the next 18 months. The Torquay club is fundraising to build a a wheel chair access track which will run past the club house and the new planned toilet block and will link up to the track to Bells Beach. They are going to sell planks which will have the purchasers name engraved. If you are interested in purchasing a plank contact the Torquay Rotary Club. 
Torquay are having their annual Book Fair on the Australia Day weekend.
If you would like to help out at the fair - all help would be appreciated. Contact Rhonda Anchen Ph 0488 388 115
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. 

20th Jun  No Chair Required

27th Jun Les Seiffert


Thurs 12th July Bunnnings
After that:
To be confirmed
Contact Bob Arnup (BBQ Bob) if you can help out.
  • 20th June - Social Night/ 10 Pin Bowling. Leisure Centre  Renolds Rd. Cost $10.00. Partners and families welcome. RSVP to Greg by Mon 18th June.
  • 27th June - Rice Village tbc
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.
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