Rotary District 9780
GROUPS 9 & 10 PRESIDENTS’ MEETING: 08 February 2017
ATTENDANCE: P Ron Cockell (Corio Bay), P Alex Gunning (Geelong Central),  P Althea Abraham  (Kardinia), Rtn Karen Pecar (Queenscliffe), P Daryll Webb (Bayside Geelong), P Lachlan Miles (Belmont), P Sue Van Every (Drysdale), P Janine Koch (Geelong East), P Bill Trengrove (Grovedale Waurn Ponds), P B Sheehan (Highton),  P Marie Nunan (Geelong West),  P Leslie Shedden (Torquay),P Judy Greer (Ocean Grove)  AG Kathy Ryan Group 9, AG Ross Taylor Group 10, DG Stephen Lamont, PP John Paton, Chair, Ride the Bellarine Committee
APOLOGIES: P Wayne Pecar (Queenscliffe), P Chris Kinley (Lara), P Frank Thompson (Geelong)
1 Welcome and House Keeping
AG Ross Taylor (chair) opened the meeting at 6:00 pm and welcomed Presidents, Club Representatives and guests to the third Groups 9 & 10 Presidents’ meeting for the 2016-17 Rotary year.  Numbers were taken for those going on to dinner at The Edge.
2 Matters Arising from the Previous Meeting Notes                                             AG R Taylor
  • ICE FIGHT Club Response (#3)
PP Ian Campbell is still seeking a member from each club to liaise with regarding this project.  Contact PP Ian Campbell on 0408-082-514 or if any of your members have experience and/or skills to offer for this very important fight
  • RYDA Request to Clubs (#5)
Rtn Karen Pecar spoke to the current status of RYDA.  (See Karen’s report as an attachment to the Notes). Thank you to P Sue Van Every for joining the RYDA committee.  The next RYDA training will occur on Thursday 16 February.
  • Shine On Awards’ Request to Clubs (#6)
The Shine On Awards Committee are requesting a contact in each club with which to communicate directly.  Please get in touch with PP Graham Thompson 0408 242 160
3 Ride the Bellarine-End Polio Now 2017 Launch                                        PP John Paton (Chair)
PP John Paton presented a summary of the Ride the Bellarine 2017, set for 9 April, and stated how pleased the committee is to have the ride supported by all 15 clubs in Groups 9 & 10. He stated that in the first two years of the Ride, money was raised for 200,000 doses of polio vaccine.   All present were encouraged to participate in the ride (60 km and 105 km) or sponsor a rider.  John distributed a Sponsorship Form for each club, which included detailed information and for members to sign up.
Volunteers are also needed on the day to help with registration and marshalling. Requests for volunteers will be sent out in the coming period.
John was pleased to announce that Helloworld Waurn Ponds, through Rotarian Greg Cooke, has donated Return Flights for 2 adults from Avalon to Sydney, Adelaide, or Hobart.  It will be offered as a prize to “The Club that raises the most funds on a per member basis through the Sponsorship Form.
Over the next few weeks, members of the RTB Committee will be visiting clubs to encourage participation.
4 DG Stephen Lamont’s Q & A                                                                                 DG S Lamont
  • DG Stephen commenced by thanking all clubs and members for their collaborative and individual efforts during the 2016-17 Rotary Year.  He mentioned that he really appreciates receiving the bulletins from the clubs to keep him informed.
  • Membership is still an issue, although the decrease was only -12 last year compared with -81 the previous year.  Some rural clubs in particular are struggling and may join together for activities.
  • Regulatory matters are still an issue for some, with reference to the child protection action needed to be taken by clubs.  Many are still working on it.  There will be extensive training provided at the next District Assembly, and Insurance Officer Don Shields will be attending a meeting in Sydney to gain more information.
  • District borders will be changing in 2020, reflecting a worldwide trend.  There will be fewer districts overall.
  • Bryan Humphrey’s Cambodian Project has received a global grant - $77000 has been reached.  Another example of great collaboration amongst clubs.
  • Some clubs throughout the region are experimenting with meeting flexibility while others are remaining with weekly formal meetings.  Some clubs are having once a month fellowship meetings.
  • Be prepared for an exciting Be Bold dinner at the upcoming conference.  There has been an upexpectedly good response for the Sunday morning breakfast and activity at Geelong Mums.  Two Pedal cars are being given away:  one for the “best dressed “ club and one as a raffle prize with money raised for Indigenous Health programs.  Registration is open!
5 Home Hosting for 2016-2017 District Conference                                                           DG S Lamont
Response has been good.  If anyone wishes to offer a place to someone go the District website – Patrick is the contact
6 Torquay Motor Show 12 Feb 2017                                                                                   P L Shedden
The club members were looking for a good turnout for the Show held on 12/2
7 ROMAC Comedy Night 18th Feb 2017                                                                   PL Shedden
More patrons are sought for this ROMAC fundraiser at Buckleys on 18 Feb
It should be a fun night!!
8 RYDA Report & Proposed Action                                                                          P K Pecar
See report sent with these Notes.
9 Preserve Planet Earth (PPE) Report & Requests                                                 AG R Taylor
District Chair Eon McCauley would love all clubs to participate on Earth Day, 22 April and is still looking for club contacts so everyone can know what is going on in PPE.  Rotary President Elect Ian Risley is keen to focus on climate matters in his year as President. Please See Downloads Section for an Update on Earth Day to be celebrated on April 22nd.
10 Barwon Health Rotary Patient Transport Program Raffle                               P S Van Every
The RC of Drysdale has decided that the proceeds from their annual Easter Art Show will be going to the Patient Transport Program.  They are seeking Rotarians from any club in the area to help them sell tickets.  Contact Caroline Rickard at
Art Show is on 15 and 16 April at Christian College Bellarine Sports Stadium, Collins St, Drysdale
11 Other Business Items                                                                                             AG R Taylor
  • RC Corio Bay now meet at Eastern Hub East Geelong on Thursday evenings at 6:15
  • Warren Norton advised AG Ross that the City of Greater Geelong is seeking citizens to have their say about “Our Future”.  Ross to send out flier with details.
12 Some Rotary Clubs’ Signature Projects (if time permits).                                                AG R Taylor
  • 24 February is Lara District’s Golf Day
  • RC Queenscliffe are hosting another Lego day on the Queen’s Birthday weekend
  • 10 Feb is the Parallel Sports Basketball event  to be attended by RC Geelong Central
  • 26 May – RC Belmont are hosting a dinner to raise money for Headspace – to be the first event at the soon to be open new stadium at Kardinia Park.  More on this soon.
Next meeting: Thursday 11 May 2017 – for Presidents and Presidents Elect
AG Kathy Ryan
Group 9, District 9780
14 February 2017