Welcome to the Rotary Club of Geelong Central Inc A0024770R
Rotary Mission Statement:
"Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change -
across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves"
We are an active club, with not much formality.  Twenty-two projects on the go, ranging from supporting a Leprosy mission in Thailand, dismantling local good playgrounds to send overseas and recognising excellence within our own community. We are keen to hear about community needs.  Come and talk to us.
We gather weekly to discuss projects and community happenings in cafes around Geelong and on zoo,.  Tuesdays 7:30am-8:30am.  You can see what is coming up further down the page.   
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Meeting ID: 892 8001 0164
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Our Waterfront market, held on Wadawurrung country, on the first Sunday of the month is famous across the region and we can always use ad hoc assistance.  Come on down and see us at the Rotary van, near the carousel and band bollards.
All visitors to meetings and the market will be warmly welcomed.  We acknowledge that our nation is enriched by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the millions of people who have made a new life here.
It's not "waste", it's a resource!
The Club had a very interesting visit to Resource Recovery Centre this morning.   Reenforced the need to reduce our consumption patterns and change our thinking from "waste" to finite resource.  Thanks for a great tour !
Counting Bugs in the Barwon River
A great two hours on Saturday learning about, and counting, the small life in our river.  Thanks to Ozfish and Bellarine Catchment Network.  Learnt heaps and we'll be back!
Volunteer of the Year Award
President Don Shields presenting one of the awards to the wonderful fifteen finalists.  A terrific group of locals working tirelessly to change the lives of others.  VOYA is a joint effort between Volunteering Geelong and two Rotary Clubs.  Inspiring evening.
Grant for Recovery Stations at Waterfront Market 
Our club has been successful in obtaining a grant from Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group to have recovery stations made for our Market.  Thank you!  We are working with B-Alternative on construction and design. Keep an eye out in early 2022!   Right Resource put in the Right Bin makes a healthier planet.
Upstart Challenge - Environment Award
Rotary Clubs of Greater Geelong were a proud sponsor of the Environment Award which was part of the recent Upstart Challenge for schools.  The winning team was from Christian College Highton for their very relevant idea for dealing with food waste.  Congratulations - our future is in good hands!!
Geelong Waterfront Makers & Growers Market continues to delight
Come on down to the Geelong Waterfront on Sunday Nov 7 and start your Christmas shopping.  In November we will be treated to the music of Hot Ice from 11.00am, getting us all in the mood for a jolly end of year.
Gateways to Opportunities
Club members had an inspirational visit to Gateways Support Services in North Geelong today.  What a vision for the vast potential provided by the property ! Plenty of opportunities for all Rotarians and friends to support and help Stephanie and Trisha deliver on this magnificent strategy.   https://www.gateways.com.au/contact/geelong
Great breakfast from the cafe team.
Another 100 to celebrate in the centennial year
On the weekend Rotarians from four clubs loaded four playgrounds to be shipped to the Philippines.  This marked the 100th playground and all in this shipment came from the Greater Geelong Area.  Good for the environment and good for children who have never experienced the fun of jungle jims and slides.
Today the members and guests were treated to an insight into the diverse services of the newly merged organisation of MACS and Diversitat by CEO Joy Leggo.  The innovative visitors' hub and featured program on SBS are just a small taste of what this great organisation does.
MACS Visitor's pod - MACS   Diversity Theatre Project | Trailer | Premiering on SBS Friday 1 October 2021 2pm
Refurbishment of the toilets at Christ Church's Hall where their important meal service is conducted is on hold but will continue when restrictions allow.  Thanks to Hands On Learning, the program that is supplying the volunteer painters from the Surf Coast Secondary College. 
DAL cafe and catering is an innovative supported employment and vocational training organisation. Rotary Geelong Central are thrilled to present the annual awards for excellence in workmanship to 'Sarah Fedley-Juffeemans, Stephanie Habibis and Aaron Asenjo.
Geelong Central recognised significant support  from community partners at our annual dinner.
Our highest award, Paul Harris Fellow, was presented to
  • Anna Lewis for 20 years exceptional service as our market co-ordinator
  • Jill Meechan, musician, for many years support entertaining market visitors
  • Ian Zierk, another member of Waterfront Blues and Folk band, supporting Jill many months over the years.
We are very grateful of this support which enables us to fulfill community projects.
Rotary is working with Barwon Child, Youth & Family and Coles to support families during Covid Stress.  Donate a can or two at any Coles store or volunter with any Geelong Rotary Club (we're easy to find on Google).
Members heard some startling facts today from Cathy Roth, AOM, that made us understand the need for such an organisation as PALZ - 50 million people globally suffer from Alzheimers and in Austalia alone in the next 20 years that will be over one million.
PALZ, started in Geelong by Cathy, spread within Australia and now with a branch in the UK, raises awareness about functional abilities despite onset and provides support and comfort.  Might be someone we love who may need such support one day.
Our Waterfront Makers and Growers Market is taking action to meet the State Government's ban on single-use plastics by 2023.  Why not take the opportunity to address other wastes as well? We will be working with our stallholders to develop a policy and action plan to work on what we can control ourselves.   Clean market, clean waterfront and clean ocean !
We welcome input from the community on ideas and suggestions. geelongwaterfrontmarket@gmail.com
Have you put yourself in the picture too ?                
The Rotary Fiji Eye Project conducted on Tavenui Island treated 216 patients from all over Fiji in 2019.  Covid has put further operation on-hold but the team is preparing for the next round.  http://rotaryeyesfiji.com
Geelong Central support this program and also the post-cyclone school program on Tavenui Island where we built school buildings.
Raising Funds for Domestic Violence
Despite the weather we all enjoyed our turn manning the gates at the St Albans Netball and Football games.  A joint initative with the Rotary clubs of Bayside, Geelong and Geelong East.  Rotary's share of gate takings are for domestic violence support.
Leprosy -  a difficult disease that remains with us
We were treated to a very interesting talk this morning about the medical side of leprosy and the disease in Australia and worldwide by club member, Prof Tony Hall.  The club will support The McKean mission in Chang Mai this financial year and explore how we can offer longer term assistance to the great work being done by Australians Dr Trevor and Heather Smith.
Club Executives & Directors
Secretary, Shared
Community Service
Vocational Services
International Service
Membership & FoR
Rotary Foundation
Immediate Past President
Public Relations
Youth Service
Assistant Secretary
Market Manager
Van Team Leader
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You can volunteer as a Friend of Rotary at our monthly Waterfront market; overseas playground recycling program, 100 tree planting in June and many other opportunities.  Come along when you can.

Market Site for NFP and Charities
We reserve a market site at each of our Sunday Waterfront markets for not-for-profits and registered charities who wish to connect to a broader audience.  Email waterfrontmarketgeelong@gmail.com for more information.
November 2021
Upcoming Events
Resource Recovery Centre site visit
Nov 30, 2021 7:30 AM
Double Vax & bookings only.
Club Assembly - Neko. 237 Ryrie St.
Dec 14, 2021 7:30 AM
Bookings with club please
Club Assembly
Jan 25, 2022 7:30 AM
Venue tbc
Jill Meehan. Zoom
Feb 01, 2022
Understanding the power of Music Therapy