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At the invitation of the Port Fairy - Belfast Lions Club, members of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy attended the Lions Club meeting held in the Port Fairy Senior Citizens facility on 18th January 2023. The event was catered by the Lions Club who turned on a wonderful spread for the evening.
It was an enjoyable opportunity for both Lions and Rotarians to come together given our common goals of supporting the community.  In all, 12 Rotarians and 3 partners joined some 40 Lions and guests for the event.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy is seeking to sponsor young people in the age bracket 18 to 25 years for RYLA. The next RYLA seminar is scheduled for 16th-21st April 2023 (see details below).
Members of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy spent an hour or so helping fellow Rotarian, Barb Eldridge and her husband, Ken, by cleaning up and weeding their garden in Campbell Street, Port Fairy today.
Local business development has received a boost with the establishment of Commerce Moyne.  Speaking at a recent Port Fairy Rotary meeting, Ashley King outlined progress on the establishment of the organisation which has been kicked off by the Community Bank and the Moyne Shire. 
Commerce Moyne will be a co-ordinating point for local businesses and an advocate for grants and projects. 
The first initiative has been to create a paid Program Director for the Moyneyana Festival which should ensure a bigger and better event over the up-coming holiday season.
The rain held off and Port Fairy Rotary's annual Open Gardens day took place on Sunday 30 October with five great gardens on display.  The event was a fundraiser for Australians 4 Women's Health, this being President Graeme Cox's major charity for 2022/23.  Nearly six thousand dollars was raised for this cause by ticket sales on the day and by the associated raffle.  The Club would like to thank the owners who made their gardens available and put in the work to have them in tip-top condition for the day.
Special thanks also go to main organiser Jill Gleeson and her assistants, including the Friends of Rotary.  Thanks also to Maureen Beatty and her helpers who organised the morning and afternoon teas and served them on the day.
Local identity Nicole Dwyer was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy.  Nicole has established Belfast Volunteering, a new not-for-profit group aimed at connecting volunteers with groups and clubs in Port Fairy and the surrounding district.  This is a most welcomed initiative given the difficulty faced by all groups in recruiting volunteers and the importance of voluntary work in our community.
If you are an individual looking for volunteering opportunities or a group looking for volunteers, you can register with Belfast Volunteering by emailing info@belfastvolunteering.com
Port Fairy Rotary has released a guide to all things recycling, re-homing and re-using for Port Fairy and district.  The Guide was put together by local resident Fiona Phillips and covers 39 categories of household goods with everything from bicycles to garden tools to video games. The Guide also provides detailed information on what you can put into the familiar yellow, purple, green and red bins collected by Moyne Shire each week.
You can download a copy of the Guide from the Home Page.
Port Fairy Rotary's tribute to the Centenary of the operation of Rotary in Australia has been unveiled.  On a recent sunny morning District Governor Kathy Rivett cut the ribbon on our Centenary project, a 300 tree plantation on the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail.   DG Kathy cut the ribbon on a sign and a seat that mark the location and significance of the project.
The trees for the project were purchased with the aid of a grant from the Moyne Shire Community Carbon Offset Program.  Port Fairy Rotary is grateful to the Rail Trail Committee on Management for providing access to the site and to the Rail Trail volunteers who assisted with site preparation and the tree planting.  Rotarian Tony Bawden was the driving force behind behind the project, showing great persistence through the tribulations of COVID. Thanks to all.
Salvation Army member Barry Clarke was a recent guest speaker at the Port Fairy Rotary.  Barry is the Southwest Team Leader, Homelessness and heads up a team who deliver the Homelessness Program.  The program assists an average of 45 people per month and over past 12 months there have been 518 households  present for assistance.
Barry Clarke with President Graeme Cox
  A small, but intrepid group of Rotarians spent an hour or so this morning on the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail Bicycle path.
  This was to help the Rail Trail committee volunteers plant over 200 trees along the stretch of the trail near Sun Pharma on the Princes Highway.
In trying conditions the weed team, Port Fairy Rotarians Bill Moore and Michael Crowe, set to work weeding the Barclay Street garden beds.  Two big bags of weeds later the job was done.
With the blessing of the Moyne Shire Port Fairy Rotary has volunteered to keep the weeds at bay at this prominent site.  These garden beds were established by the Shire as part of the recent upgrade of the church end of Barclay Street.
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy was keen to promote a battery disposal facility in Port Fairy and, as part of its research, we discovered that a company called EcoBatt, were already in the process of installing disposal centres in various IGAs and Home Hardware shops in south west Victoria.
The Rotary Club is therefore pleased that our town's first recycling box has now been installed in Brookes Hardware store in Sackville Street.
There are an estimated 2.3 million, or 42% of Victorians over 15 years of age who volunteer in Victoria.  However the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted volunteering in Victoria, cutting the participation rate in half.  Fortunately the Rotary Club of Port Fairy has been able to maintain its numbers over the COVID period.  The Club's Annual Report released this month revealed the membership holding up at 22.  
The Club's most recent recruit is Annie Ridgway.  Annie is a Port Fairy resident and works in the field of human resources.
Annie Ridgway with Graeme Cox and Bill Moore
It was a big weekend for a small town when the Rotary District 9780 Conference 2022 was held in Port Fairy on 18-20 March.  Over a hundred delegates attended with more following the Conference proceedings on line.  
District Governor John Clue said that the Conference was a great event and he had received complimentary feedback from Rotarians across the District for the way it was run, the quality of the speakers, the Conference Dinner and the Welcome function.  Several visiting Rotarians said it was a memorable and motivating conference that reinforced the Conference theme of Resilience, Renewal and Regeneration
In recognition of the Centenary of Rotary in Australia and the Port Fairy Rotary Club's 60th anniversary, a new drinking fountain has been installed in Rotary Park (Charles Mills Reserve) on the eastern bank of the Moyne River. The Club appreciates Moyne Shire Council's support on this project. Later this year the Council will construct a new path along the river bank, adjacent to the fountain. 
Rotarian Tony Bawden was the driving force behind the drinking fountain project, with Milee Cox contributing the artwork for the fountain signage.
Port Fairy's night market is a highlight of the annual build up to Christmas.  Rotary set up shop and held a one-night raffle, the prize being a hamper of Christmas goodies.  The winner was local Renee Brown who was thrilled to take home the big basket.  President Jill Gleeson presented Renee with her prize at the end of the night's trading.
Welcome to the Rotary Club of  Port Fairy
Port Fairy
We meet In Person
Mondays at 6:30 PM
Star of the West Hotel
76 Sackville Street
Port Fairy, VIC 3284
First and Third Monday of the month
Upcoming Events
Mini Calendar
February 2023
Past Speakers
District Governor - Kathy Rivett
Oct 17, 2022 6:30 PM
An introduction to the DG's plans for 2022-23
Mark Powell (Operations Manager - WRAD)
Oct 03, 2022 6:30 PM
An overview of WRAD services
Barry Clarke
Sep 05, 2022 6:30 PM
Role of Salvation Army in SW Victoria
Nina Fitzsimmons (NYSF candidate)
Jun 06, 2022
My experience at the National Youth Science Forum - January 2022
Club Directors
President Elect (Shared role)
Rotary Foundation
Community Service
Immediate Past President
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