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 zoom.  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
Passcode: 682249
 
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.
Rotarians, Seafarers and Historians alike will find the talk by Capt Andrew Mackinnon from the Naval Historical Society of Australia (Vic Chapter) very interesting. 
 
This is a part of Geelong's history that many of us know very little about.  7.30am at Volunteering Geelong.  Please use the Contact Us button on this site to register your interest in attending.
 
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Mother's Day Market on 1 May - great music to enjoy
 
Music for the Maymarket will be performed by bands from Kardinia International College.
  • 11.00-11.15am KIC Start My Heart - an all-girl rock group performing rock classics from Chrissy Amphlet, the Cranberries and more
  • 11.25 -11.45am Mundane Jane - duo performing original, guitar-driven tunes
  • 11.50-12.20pm Amped Up - a fun pop-rock band performing a range of well-known cover songs from Bruce Springsteen to Imagine Dragons
  • 12.30-1.00pm Square 1 – a 9 piece soul/funk/groove band performing an eclectic mix of tunes, featuring vocal harmony and a horn section
Come along and show your support for theEnvironment - everyone welcome
 
 
Shoulder to Shoulder
 
Members were treated to a fantastic story by Ken as he described the work that he and a few dedicated men do at Shoulder to Shoulder.   Fixing lawnmowers and whipper snippers together they assist vulnerable men connect and become involved in life.  You can get a reconditioned mower or whipper snipper at bargain prices and save more stuff going to landfill! Blackwell St. North Geelong
 
Citizen Science Day -  Bug Blitz 
 
Rotarians and members of the public enjoyed a pleasant morning discovering the tiny life that lives in the Barwon River.  The data collected is used to understand the health of this important recreational feature of our area.  Thanks to Ozfish and the Corrangamite Network Management Authority.
 
Come along and hear the President of the Rotary LGBT Fellowship.  15 March.  Zoom @7.30am.  See link at the top of this page.
 
 
 
Motivational breakfast today at Donations In Kind, North Geelong.  300 containers have been sent to our Pacific neighbours, with goods to the value of $60K each time.  Good for our neighbours and good for the planet!  Thanks to Geoff, Morag and Evlyn for a fab breakfast! 
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When you volunteer on a food van at the Waterfront Market, all the profits from the van go to DIK. Wanna be part of it? Contact us.
 
End Polio!
 
A good crowd of Rotarians and friends gathered on Thursday 24 March to see this great feel-good comedy.  Funny with a message of social justices - a fitting movie for Rotarians.  Thanks to all who supported this successful evening.
 
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Healthy Ageing
 
Today our members heard from Prof Briony Dow, Director, National Ageing Research Institute.  We loved the health quizz and are curious to compare scores - even those who are a long way off retiring!  Members of the public can become involved in their work in a number of different ways.
 
 
 
Our Intergenerational Future: Co-operation Not Conflict
Interact comes alive
 
Welcome to the Interact Club of Kardinia International College to the mighty organisation that is Rotary international.  District Governor, John Clue, congratulates President Jed and all the club members in the lovely campus grounds.
 
Loving the lateral thinking and community support of Geeong Library!
 
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 !
 
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!!
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
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).
 
 
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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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Secretary, Shared
Treasurer
Community Service
Environment
Vocational Services
International Service
Membership & FoR
Rotary Foundation
Immediate Past President
Public Relations
Youth Service
Club Administration
Assistant Secretary
Market Manager
Fellowship
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.
 
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Speakers
Simply Social
May 31, 2022 7:30 AM
Neko 237 Ryrie St.
Dr Lisa Mills. Geelong Port Sustainability Officer
Jun 07, 2022 7:30 AM
Purpose, Penguins & GeelongPort – One Woman’s Mission to Protect our Planet. Zoom