November 2016 Bulletin
Nov 23, 2016
Bulletin July 2016
Jul 10, 2016
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Convention: City of peace
Though Atlanta has seen its share of violence and inequity over time, today it brims with reminders that there is another way. Get inspired while you’re visiting for the 2017 Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. Take a short walk from the convention center to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. There, you can see the handwritten notes, speeches, and sermons of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., experience an interactive 1960s-era lunch counter “sit-in,” and learn more about persecuted groups all over the world. A streetcar will take you to the Martin Luther King Jr...
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
Parts of Rotary.org unavailable from Saturday to Monday, 3-5 December
Parts of Rotary.org will be unavailable 3-5 December, beginning at 05:00 Chicago time (UTC-6), while we upgrade our membership database. During this time, areas that require sign-in (convention registration, club and district administration, grant application, giving, Rotary Club Central, etc.) and Club Finder will be unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Rotarians report email scam
Some Rotarians have reported receiving a scam email asking them to click a link to update names and contact information in a directory. The email, which stems from a gmail account, is not from Rotary.
Arch Klumph’s hometown raises over $2 million through centennial celebration
Rotary members in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, celebrated 100 years of The Rotary Foundation on 23 October with a banquet and a concert by The Cleveland Orchestra that have so far raised more than $2.1 million for the Foundation's next century of good work. Arch Klumph, a Cleveland Rotarian, planted the seed for The Rotary Foundation in 1917, with his idea of having an endowment fund dedicated to "doing good in the world." Today's District 6630 leaders thought that a concert was a fitting way to honor Klumph and mark the centennial because of Klumph's love of music. Klumph performed in several...
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Port Fairy

Port Fairy - an historic, intimate harbour village!

Port Fairy
We meet Mondays at 7:00 PM
Star of the West Hotel
76 Sackville Street
Port Fairy, Victoria  3284
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Home Page Stories
The Rotary Down Under magazine recently published a story on the Club's oldest member, 102 year old Colwyn Martin.
The story, written by President, Adrian Crosier, was published under the magazines "Unsung Heroes" page that honours those heroes of Rotary.
The article from the magazine is republished below and speaks of Col's dedication to delivering the grace and loyal toast at the Rotary Club of Port Fairy's dinner meeting each Monday night.
The Rotary Club's long standing member, Col Martin, recently brought to a Club meeting a Bulletin he found in his old Rotary files that outlined the Club's make-up in 1985-86.
The two-page bulletin is reproduced below for the information of more recent members.  A bulletin from that era is a lot different to the ones we can deliver these days via ClubRunner!
Many thanks to Col for bringing it to our attention.  
See also the story above which was recently written up about 102 year old Col and published in the Rotary Down Under magazine.
Members of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy were among the hundreds of guests attending the memorial service held 23rd November 2016 to celebrate the life of Rob Baker.
Rob was a "larger than life" character that who was widely known and loved by his many friends in Port Fairy.  Rob, a former member and Past President of the Rotary Club, passed away after suffering a stroke on 20th November.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Pam, along with their three children - Nigel, Daniel and Heidi - and Rob's grandchildren who despite all having to travel from overseas were present at his passing and at the service held at the Port Fairy Surf Club.
Rob was, until recent years, a very active member of the Rotary Club and his smiling face and happy-go-lucky attitude will be be greatly missed in Port Fairy.  The best wishes of all Rotarians are extended to Pam and her children.
Some images of Rob from the Rotary archives are presented below.
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy held a very successful Open Gardens Day on Sunday 20th November 2016 which raised $5,754 for the Bandari Project to assist the building and maintenance of school facilities in the Tanzanian town of Mto Wambu.
Run in conjunction with the Bandari Committee, Rotarian, Margaret Whitehead, organised nine gardens to be open in Port Fairy's iconic "Albert Road" district. In all, some 174 patrons visited the gardens on the day which was blessed with fantastic weather. In all, $4,350 was raised by ticket sales supplemented by $952 for a raffle with plants and produce sales together with donations, raised a further $452.
An afternoon tea on offer at Korongah House was included in the entry price.  All up some 24 volunteers assisted on the day.
At its Dinner Meeting on 14th November, members and guests of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy learned about the sport of Vaulting when its nominee for the Rotary Youth Exchange program in 2107, Lisa van Someren, gave a presentation on her chosen sport which is likened to gymnastics on horseback.
Lisa has been involved in the sport for over 6 years and is the head coach at the Vaulting Club that bears the family name and operates from the family farm at Warrong near Kirkstall.  The vaulting club is one of only four vaulting clubs operating in Victoria which means that Lisa has to travel interstate often in order to compete.
Members of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy have been active during October 2016 by providing a host of volunteers for catering duties at the recently launched, Port Fairy Community Lunch being conducted at the local Community House.
Each Tuesday in October, up to six Rotarians are helping with the lunch program by planning and cooking meals, serving the guests and cleaning up after the meal.
See Photo Gallery for images of the Community Lunch Program.
The Rotary Club concluded its Spring Raffle on Saturday 4th October when the proprietor of Brookes Timber & Hardware, Ken Brookes, drew the winning raffle ticket for the prize of a wheelbarrow load of gardening products and equipment.
The winner was Sue Robertson of Port Fairy.
In total, $1,643 was taken and after an outlay of goods for the prize from Brookes Timber & Hardware, the net profit was approximately $1,350.
The proceeds will go towards Rotary projects in the community.
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy awarded recently retired, Port Fairy bank manager, Julie Holcombe with a "Pride of Workmanship" award at its Dinner Meeting held 26th September 2016.
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy welcomed District Governor, Stephen Lamont, to its Dinner Meeting on 26th September at the The Star of the West Hotel.
Stephen was inducted as DG for Rotary District 9780 in July 2016 and was visiting Port Fairy as part of his journey to visit all clubs in the District.
Adrian Crosier, is settling into his role as President and has been very active since his induction in July.
Here is Adrian's report for September outlining the many activities being undertaken by the Rotary Club.
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy traditionally holds its weekly Dinner meeting at the Star of the West Hotel.  However, to slightly change the "flavour" of the meetings, President, Adrian Crosier, has arranged for a special meeting on 17th October 2016 to be held at the Limestone Gallery & Cafe in Port Fairy.  The meeting will start at 7pm with roll up from around 6.30pm.
Bulletin July 2016
Welcome to the July Bulletin.
In this edition the following stories are covered
  • Annual Changeover Dinner
  • New Board Installed
  • Lighthouse Opening Fundraiser
  • Meals on Wheels Roster
  • Annual Donations
  • Youth
  • Social Evening held
  • Friends of Rotary Group Established
  • Club Communications improved
Adrian Crosier was inducted as President of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy at the Club's Changeover Dinner at the Star of the West Hotel held on 4th July 2016.
Adrian takes over from out-going president, Michael Crowe, who presented the Annual Report to 75 members and guests at the Dinner.
Past President, and current director of Youth Affairs for the Rotary Club, John Clue, was proud to announce that the Club's nominee for the 2107 Rotary Youth Exchange Program, Lisa van Someren, was selected by the District 9780 Exchange Committee to be part of the 2107 program.
Following informal interviews held in Hall Gap in May and more intensive interviews held on 4th June in Ballarat, John was pleased to receive news that Lisa was successful in her bid to join the program and will now leave for Canada in January 2017.
Rotary Club of Port Fairy President: Adrian Crosier
Mini Calendar
December 2016
Upcoming Events
Past Speakers
Nov 14, 2016
Lisa van Someren
The sport of horse vaulting

Club News

Rotary members can view birthdays & anniversaries of Club members by visiting the Birthdays & Anniversaries page (members only) under Site Pages. Alternatively, you can download a pdf version from this Site page.
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