Update on Rotary Exchange Program
January 14th, 2017 is a significant date in the life of Lisa van Someren who the Rotary Club of Port Fairy has sponsored to travel to Canada as part of the 2017 Rotary Youth Exchange Program.  This is the day Lisa leaves Melbourne to travel to Woodstock, Ontario in Canada to spend 12 months away from home being hosted by a number of Rotary-connected families in Canada as well as attending school in Woodstock.
As part of her development, Lisa gave members of the Port Fairy Club a preview of the presentation she will eventually give to her host club in Canada, the Rotary Club of Woodstock.  The presentation will give her new found, overseas friends an insight into her family life and home in Waroon (near Port Fairy) details on Melbourne and Australia as well as information on the local cultures, animals, landmarks and overall life in Australia.
Lisa spoke on a range of topics supported by a well constructed Powerpoint presentation.  This was an opportunity for Lisa to deliver a "dry-run" of the planned presentation in front of an adult audience and it was very well received by all present.
Club members commented just how much Lisa has developed in confidence since she embarked on the exchange program earlier in 2016 and all will be very interested to see just how much further development is achieved after spending 12 months abroad.  It should really be an exciting time for Lisa as she comes to grips with life and schooling in Canada as well as a much harsher environment where weather, dominated by snow in the winter months, pushes the temperatures well below zero degrees celsius.
As the time of departure approaches this also marks a milestone for the Club's Director of Youth, John Clue, who has spent a great deal of time and energy working with Lisa and her family on the sponsorship program which is also a first for the Port Fairy Rotary Club.  
A final presentation will be made to Lisa at the Club's annual Xmas Party at Limestone Gallery on 12th December when members, spouses and friends will undoubtedly give Lisa a final send-off before her trip.  That won't be the end of the association however, as we will look forward to receiving regular updates from Lisa over the 12-months away and a comprehensive review on her return.
The Club wishes Lisa every success in this exciting venture.
Some images from Lisa's presentation on 5th December.
Rotary Club inducts new member, David Digby
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy was pleased to welcome new member, David Digby, who was inducted into Rotary at the Club Dinner Meeting on 5th December 2016.
David, who was accompanied by wife Debra, was both sponsored and inducted into the Club by President, Adrian Crosier in front of members and guests. 
Adrian gave a brief overview of David's career, mainly in state and local government undertaking urban design and landscaping, skills that should be invaluable to the Rotary Club.
David has family roots in Port Fairy where the family home has been in their possession fro over 100 years, however he retired and returned "home" from Melbourne a few years ago to care for his aging father.  His wife Debra, however, has only recently moved to Port Fairy and is already actively involved in the community.
Members welcomed David into the Club, noting that he had already been active on a number of Rotary volunteering projects.
A Toast for Col
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.
From the archive
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.
Vale Rob Baker
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.
Rotary helps raise over $5,000 for Bandari
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.
Rotary Club learns all about vaulting
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.
As part of her development for her forthcoming exchange program - starting in January 2107, where Lisa will spend 12 months in Ontario Canada -  Lisa took the opportunity to present to the assembled audience about her sporting passion. She will return to the Rotary Club in a few weeks to address members again, this time about her exchange program where she will be hosted by several Rotary-based families in Canada.
Lisa compiled a very compact and informative Powerpoint presentation that explained the elements of the sport of vaulting and included a number of videos showcasing Lisa competing at a recent competition in South Australia.
Judging by the engagement of the Rotarians present, and the questions that were subsequently asked,  Lisa did a fine job of explaining the sport and how much it is part of her life.  Being a relatively low profile sport it was a fascinating insight into vaulting and particularly the skill required to perform a wide range of acrobatic manoeuvres whilst astride a circling horse, both in a solo performance and as part of a duet.
The Club looks forward to her follow-up  presentation to the Club which will be her last before leaving Australia in January.  
The Rotary Club will be hosting film sessions at the Reardon Theatre on 2nd December to raise funds to assist Lisa defray some of the costs of being involved in the Exchange program and a life away from the family over 12 months.
Rotary Club assists the Port Fairy Community Lunch program
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 Port Fairy Community Lunch was launched in September 2016 as an initiative of Moyne Health Services Health & Wellbeing Group to promote social interaction in the community.  The Port Fairy Community House has taken the lead role in organising and hosting the lunch each week.
Assisted by a small committee of management, led by Community House Manager, Tatiana Resk Wilson, the program relies heavily on the House's Food Safety Supervisor, Wendy Hunter, assisted by volunteers from the local Lions and Rotary Clubs, the Community House and the Port Fairy Uniting Church.  It is hoped that other community groups will eventually assist with the catering which is essentially assigned over a whole month.  The Lions Club pioneered the catering in September, followed by the Rotary Club in October with the Community House/Uniting Church team taking over in November.  The Lions Club will return in December before a break until February 2107, when Rotarians will again man the kitchen.
Typically, fifteen guests attend the free lunch each week and so far they have been served a variety of menus based on food sourced free of charge from the Warrnambool & District Foodshare.  Financial support, in order to get the program started, was used to buy utensils, crockery and to set-up food handling training. Generous donations from the Rotary Club, the Lions Club, The Port Fairy Men's Shed and the Port Fairy IGA, with supplementation from the Port Fairy Community House have been invaluable to the success of the program.
During October some 19 Rotarians have volunteered for the program.  Despite the limitations enforced by the limited range of food available from Foodshare (usually plenty of quantity but of limited variety) both the Lions Club and Rotary Club volunteers have put on some imaginative meals.  All Rotarians who have assisted the program so fare have seemed to enjoy the challenge and their engagement with the community.
It is hoped that the lunch program, after an initial trial period, will develop in 2017.  The committee plans to seek grant funding from the Moyne Shire and the Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee to help keep the program financially sustainable.
Some images from the lunch held 18th October.
See Photo Gallery for more photos.
Results of Rotary Club Spring Raffle
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.
Rotary Club bestows "Pride of Workmanship" Award on Julie Holcombe
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 Club does not award this prestigious, vocational award very often so it is was with great pride and humility that Julie accepted the award from District Governor, Stephen Lamont, who was visiting the Club that evening.
Rotarian, Bernie Waixel, spoke warmly of Julie's career that started in banking in 1978 with the State Savings Bank in Beechworth where she she accepted a position immediately after completing her HSC in that town, having grown up in nearby Stanley.  Julie finished her HSC on the Wednesday and started work at the bank on the following Monday!
In 1979 she transferred to a branch in Holmesglen and eventually to Warrnambool in 1981. After her marriage she moved back to live in Stanley taking up part-time work at the Yackandandah branch before eventually moving back to live in Port Fairy where she took up a position at the Warrnambool NAB branch. 
Julie returned to the Port Fairy NAB branch in 1994 after a couple of years away to have her first two children.  She eventually assumed the role of Branch Manager in Port Fairy in 2005 - a position she held until retirement in July 2016.
It is in the Port Fairy Branch that she got to know so many local and loyal customers and it is these people that always speak so highly about her dedication to service.  An active community volunteer, Julie abides by her personal mantra of "treating people as you would like to be treated". She confessed to be somewhat overwhelmed by the flow of good wishes received upon her retirement which reflected the very positive impact she had on her customers and assisting with their financial decisions.
In his closing remarks, Bernie Waixel confirmed that many members, who were present in the Rotary meeting that night, would attest to the very personal service and support that they had received from Julie over many years and confirmed why the awarding of a Pride of Workmanship award was a very popular decision in the Club.  District Governor, Stephen Lamont, presented Julie with a plaque to commemorate the awards.
Julie is now enjoying retirement on her farm just out of Port Fairy.
Visit of District Governor, Stephen Lamont, to Port Fairy
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.
In addressing members of the Club, including a number of partners present on the evening Stephen spoke of his earlier meeting that afternoon with members of the Board and his pleasant surprise at the enthusiasm and activities displayed by all Club Rotarians and the projects undertaken by the Club.
As part of his brief talk he noted that Port Fairy Rotarians had not been very active in attending District conferences in recent years encouraged members t consider the 2017 cofere being held in Geelong which will have a shortened format and reduced cost to participants.
He also encouraged all Rotarians in the District to consider donations to the Rotary Centurion program which, after a period of three years, always returned a minimum of 50% of donated funds to the District to support club grants and other initiatives.  Stephen also outlined a focus of D9780 in his year as Governor to support indigenous programs in NT which was being promoted as the DG's partner program for 2016/17.
In all, Stephen seemed to enjoy the evening mingling with Club members and promised to return one weekend to assist with a Rotary event. During the evening he was invited to bestow a Rotary "Pride of Workmanship" Award to recently retired NAB Bank Manager, Julie Holcombe.
Assistant District Governor, Janey Preston, also attended the meeting and was warmly welcomed back by all Rotarians as she is a regular visitor to Port Fairy events.  Janey is pictured below with Club President, Adrian Crosier and DG, Stephen Lamont.
Rotary Club of Port Fairy
PO Box 1, Port Fairy Victoria, Australia 3284