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.
Project and planning meetings are held 2 times a month in cafes in Geelong's CBD - Tuesdays 7:30am-8:30am.  Or via zoom   
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Meeting ID: 892 8001 0164
Passcode: 682249
Our Waterfront market on the first Sunday of the month is famous and can always use ad hoc assistance.
All visitors 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.
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. 
Our Market Waste Reducution Campaign partner, James Flanagan from B-alternative took the Half-Cut challenge with his colleagues.  Together they raised a whopping $6,948.28! That's nearly 3/4 of an acre of pristine, precious rainforest purchased.

This money is used to purchase private lots of 120million-year-old Daintree rainforest, in Queensland, to return to custodianship of Traditional Owners, the Kuku Yalanji. 
Would you benefit from joining an organisation that brings together young professionals aged 18 to 35 years to develop professional and leadership skills, and have fun through community service? A new Rotaract Club is being launched
So what are the membership benefits?
  • Rotaract is a global organisation that empowers young people to create positive and lasting change in themselves, their local community and around the world.
  • Rotaractors help, learn, and enjoy. They help those in need, learn through professional development opportunities, and enjoy social activities.
  • Rotaract will support you to become an emerging leader in your work and local community. 
  • There are 70 Rotaract Clubs across Australia that are part of a worldwide organisation of 250,792 individuals in 10,904 clubs covering 184 countries. This is a diverse network to engage with.
Please join us at an information night and encourage your friends, family and work colleagues, 18-35 years old, to attend to learn more about Rotaract and the benefits of participating.
Date: Wednesday 25th August or Tuesday 7 September, 5:30 pm to 6.45pm 
Venue: The Gordon Gallery, Fenwick St. Geelong.
If you’d like to learn more in advance of the session, information and personal stories are available at www.rotaract.org.au.
The Waterfront Makers and Growers Market is seeking Expressions of Interest from local Community Grants to be part of a new initiative at our monthly market held at Steampacket Gardens. 
“The Smorgasbord of World Music” will showcase the arts and culture of our diverse community at the market from December 2021 to November 2022 (except February 2022).
Community groups are invited to provide approximately 90 minutes of musical performance (with breaks) – singing or dancing or instruments or a combination of these.  The performance will be paid for via a proposed grant from the City of Greater Geelong Council.  Each community group will be allocated to one of the market dates.
Contact us for further information.
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 club did a site visit to Good Cycles pre Covid and we are so pleased to see they are weathering the storm.
They opened new premises at 61-63 Little Malop St, with workshop space for two mechanics, a full stock of parts and accessories, and, excitingly, a range of new bikes, from budget commuters to gravel bikes and ebikes. The new shop has seen a significant increase in revenue, allowing them to hire two new mechanics, and begin offering supported employment to young people in the community. They open Tuesday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm, so please feel free to pop in and say hi!
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.
September 2021
Upcoming Events
Peter Kavanagh. Shelter Box
Sep 28, 2021 7:30 AM
Zoom - see website for link
Joy Leggo CEO. Zoom
Oct 05, 2021 7:30 AM
Diversitat - now Multicultural Community Services Geelong (MCSG)
Gary Newton - Polio Australia.
Oct 19, 2021 7:30 AM
Zoom - see website for link
Rotary Showcase
Nov 30, 2021 5:30 PM
Venue tbc