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.
International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians
Lovely afternoon spent at Seaworks and Pirates Tavern at Williamstown on Sunday.  Thanks to Mike and the other volunteers for a fascinating look into their collection.  The Fellowship is looking forward to being active again in 2022.
Thanks to the Geelong MG Car Club for their support of our club.  They invited us to apply our expertise on bbq (!) for their Christmas party and fundraiser for us.
What a great day it was.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2021

Each year, Respect Victoria supports organisations and individuals across Victoria to engage in the UN Women’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. This year is no different, and activities, campaigns and events will be happening throughout the state from Thursday 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to Friday 10 December, Human Rights Day.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative designed to galvanise individuals, communities and organisations to address gender inequalities, gender-based violence and take action to prevent violence before it starts. 

48 Things Men Hear in A Lifetime (That are Bad for Everyone) - you'll be surprised. Have a look


Respect each other campaign image, man verbally abusing woman standing in kitchen

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 !
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!!
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.
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.
January 2022
Upcoming Events
Club Assembly
Jan 25, 2022 7:30 AM
Neko. Bookings with club preferred please
Jill Meehan. Zoom
Feb 01, 2022
Understanding the power of Music Therapy
RI Theme/Area of Focus: Peace
Feb 08, 2022 7:30 AM
Warren Norton. Zoom
Club Assembly - venue tbc
Feb 15, 2022 7:30 AM
Activity tbc
Feb 22, 2022
RI Theme: Water & Sanitation
Mar 01, 2022 7:30 AM
Deirdre Murphy, CCMA
Club Assembly
Mar 08, 2022 7:30 AM
Venue tbc
Grant Godino. President LGBTQ+ Fellowship
Mar 15, 2022 7:30 AM
Zoom - see website for link