Rotary Club of Port Fairy
Bulletin - July 2017

2017-18 | Issue 1

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The Rotary Club has agreed to do the catering at the van Someren Equestrian Vaulting Event to be held Saturday 15th July 2017 at the Orford Indoor Arena  1649 Tarrone Lane Orford.

The Club will be using the Port Fairy Community Food Van and net proceeds from sales of food and drink* will go to the Rotary Club ( we can sell drinks - excl. coffee/tea).

Upcoming Events
Meals on Wheels - May 2019
May 20, 2019 11:15 AM –
May 24, 2019 1:00 PM
Lighthouse Tours June 2019
Griffiths Island
Jun 09, 2019
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Fundraising BBQ - Griffith Island Rotunda 9 June 2019
Griffiths Island Rotunda
Jun 09, 2019
10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
View entire list
New roles assigned to Rotarian members
At its Dinner Meeting held 17th July 2017, new Club President, Bill Moore, advised the members that he has asked Rotarians, Tony Bawden and David Digby to take on special roles within the Club. Both have indicated their willingness to serve in these roles.
Tony Bawden (left) has been assigned to look after the Club's Communications & PR with particular responsibility on liaison with local media (press, radio etc.) and will work with Jill Gleeson who has overarching responsibility for these portfolios and Harry Bracegirdle who, as Club webmaster, monitors details on ClubRunner.
In addition, because of the importance of the role, President Bill has asked Tony to also attend  future Board meetings.
David Digby (right), although one of the Club's newest members, has shown great willingness to get involved in volunteering projects and has agreed to oversee the Club's activities at Lighthouse Open Days as well as taking the lead role in managing the Tree Planting initiative which is a Rotary International targeted program in 2017/18.
John Clue appointed Assistant District Governor
Prominent Port Fairy Rotarian and former Club President, John Clue, was recently appointed to the role of Assistant District Governor 2017/18 for the Rotary District 9780 (Group 5).
Since joining the Rotary Club of Port Fairy in February 2012 John has been an enthusiastic member of the Club bringing his special skills, gleaned through many years of running his own business and more recently in Banking Administration with the Commonwealth Bank, to the benefit of Rotary.
John was president of the Club during 2014/15 and has more recently taken on the role of Youth Officer steering the Club through a period when it hosted, for the first time, an out-going Rotary Exchange student who is currently spending 12 months in Canada.  John's enthusiasm and dedication to this role has meant that the student was well prepared for the time spent overseas.
From his year as President he spent time with other presidents from District 9780's Group 5 clubs and it is a natural extension that he now takes on the role of Assistant DG for this group over the next 12 months. 
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy is proud to have one of its members serving at this higher level and wish John every best wish for a successful year of leadership.
Bill Moore inducted as new President for 2017/18
At its Changeover Dinner held 3rd July 2017 in Port Fairy's Victoria Hotel, the new Club President, Bill Moore, was inducted by Assistant District Governor, John Clue.
Bill takes over the reins of the Club after a successful year under the guidance of out-going President, Adrian Crosier, who was roundly praised for his efforts over the last 12 months in engaging the Club in numerous community and international projects.
A highlight of Adrian's year was the handing over of a final cheque for $4,000 to Seif Sakata and Catherine Ryan from the Bandari Project which will go to the on-going school building program in his native town of Mto Wambu in Tanzania. The final cheque adds to previous donations made to Bandari bringing it to a total of $10,980 for the year.
The outgoing President presented the Annual Report for 2016/17 and thanked all Rotarians for the support they gave him during his term of office. 
After Bill Moore was inducted as President he spoke enthusiastically about his goals for the year and some of the projects he wants the Club to concentrate on.  He then introduced his Executive Board members for 2017/18 which comprised:
Adrian Crosier (Immediate Past President)
Sue Robertson (President Elect and President nominee for 2018/19)
Peter Smith (Secretary)
Jeff McLean (Treasurer)
Bernie Waixel (Director - Community Projects)
Jill Gleeson (Director - Youth, Public Relations and Membership)
Thank you John and Adrian. To you, all our guests,  and my fellow Rotarians I want to say that I consider it a privilege to be elected to this role. And a special thanks to my fellow Port Fairy Rotarians for asking me to lead them into the new year.
It is especially fitting that John inducts me as President and Adrian hands over the Chain of Office, because it was Adrian who proposed me as a member of Rotary in February 2015 and John who inducted me .
It’s a great time to be taking over the presidency of the Port Fairy Rotary Club.  As you have heard from Adrian’s report the club is in great shape. You can see from all the activities that the club successfully undertakes that it’s a well-run club. The morale is great. There is a high level of member participation in club activities. In fact when I compare what our club does with other clubs, our range of activities and participation rate is at the highest level.
At a personal level being a member of Port Fairy Rotary has not only given me the opportunity to participate constructively in community activities, it has given me the bonus of working with a warm and welcoming group of people whose fellowship I have enjoyed and value. All of this is a tribute to Adrian, his committee and all their predecessors. We can be proud of their contribution to our community.
Every year Rotary International has an integrating theme for our activities. This year we have an Australian as Rotary International resident, Ian Riseley, from the Rotary Club of Sandringham. The theme he has chosen is “Making a Difference”. Last year it was “Serving Humanity”. Regardless of these changing themes there is an enduring motto of Rotary which I find particularly inspiring    “Service above Self”. It underpins all the changing annual themes because for me it provides the rationale for being a member of Rotary. It’s a powerful driver for what we do. Because it’s not just about doing things in our community, however worthy.  The ideal of “Service above Self” when put into practice, gives meaning for what we do. It satisfies a basic human need we all have to contribute to our community.
All Rotary Clubs have been challenged by our new International President to focus on particular areas that he has set as priorities.  I will be asking the Port Fairy Club over the next twelve months to focus on three areas which he has nominated.
Specifically I will be working with our members to:                           
  • Conduct a Club Assembly to review our current strategic plan, set out our objectives for the next year and plan accordingly
  • Continue to support Friends of Rotary and extend this valuable asset into the community
  • Invite local organisations to support us as Corporate Members providing them with the opportunity to contribute to the community in an organised way rather than through ad hoc participation and enabling them to engage with the community through a respected community organisation.
To commemorate Rotary’s centenary in Australia in 2021,  Ian Riseley has asked us to mark this special milestone by every Rotary Club in Australia coming together to eradicate Trachoma from our country.
Trachoma is the world’s leading cause of infectious blindness and it is caused by poor sanitation.
Apart from some of the world’s poorest countries, Australia is the only developed nation in the world where this eye disease is still endemic in our indigenous communities . The World Health Organisation has a goal to eliminate Trachoma globally by 2020. I will be asking our club to work towards this goal by raising awareness and funds for this project during my year.
Ian Riseley has asked all clubs to consider undertaking a tree planting program to celebrate World Earth Day April 22nd 2018
I will be asking our club to consider how we can work with the Port Fairy community to mark this special occasion.
I would now like to introduce the Port Fairy Board Committee for 2017/18
I want to thank each of them for offering their services and I am sincerely grateful for their support.
Secretary: Peter Smith
Treasurer: Jeff McLean
Director Service Projects: Bernie Waixel
Director Membership Public Relations and Youth: Jill Gleeson
Past President and Director Community Relations : Adrian Crosier. This is a new role to manage the club’s relationships with other clubs and significant community groups
President Elect Sue Robertson
Thank you committee members for taking on these roles.
Bill Moore
Members of the 2017/18 Board (missing was Sue Robertson)
Recent report from Exchange student Lisa in Canada
Our Club's Exchange student, Lisa van Someren, is now nearing the midpoint of her exchange program to Canada and is about to finish the school year there (ending mid-year in the northern hemisphere) before taking off on a road trip with all the other 2017 exchange students in her region in Canada.  
She has now moved onto her second host family and, by all reports, is being kept very busy with so much to do, - not the least attending weekly Rotary Club meetings!
Click on Read More to view Lisa's most recent report:
Report from Lisa to the Port Fairy Rotary Club:
Here is just a bit of an update of what I have been doing.
I am now living with my second host family. They are really nice. In this family I have an 8 year old sister, Sarah Jane. She is really cute and loves me.
I went to Canada’s Wonderland again the other day. It is a giant theme park that was so much fun. I went on lots of big roller coasters and cool rides. I was also very lucky that my host Rotary club brought me a season pass so I can go lots over the summer. I also went treetop trekking. That was also really fun. It was like a big obstacle course up in the trees - really cool.
A couple of weeks ago was school prom. I’m glad I got to go to the prom, since we don’t have it at home. It was like a dinner and then a dance thing. It was a lot of fun.
I have just finished school and I had my last exam today. All of my exams were really easy so that was good. They didn’t take me long to do at all. I am now on my summer break. I have 2 months off before I go back to school in September.
In two days I leave on the east coast Canada trip with all the other exchange students. There is going to be about 50 exchange students on the trip so it is going to be so much fun. I’m going to meet a heap of new people. The trip is for 14 days and we get to see and do a lot. It’s going to be fantastic!! I can’t wait.
Over the summer break I also have 2 canoe trips. One with my first host family and the second one is through a youth program. I am also going on a boat trip too. This is with a Rotarian. He and his wife are taking me and maybe my other exchange student friend out for a couple of days on his boat. He is going to show us lots of different islands and cool places. We are probably going to sail to USA and stay there for a night too. So overall my summer is going to be pretty busy but a lot of fun.
Regards......Lisa (that's me  in the photo above with the other exchange students.  I'm in the "Aussie green" jacket at right hand side of front row!)
Beach Cleanup on Preserve Planet Earth Day
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy participated in Preserve Planet Earth Day last Saturday 22 April 2017 by collecting rubbish from a 5 kilometre section of East Beach.  The clean up took 2 hours to complete and collected around 200 litres of rubbish.  The participants split into 2 crews, one starting  on the beach near the at the mouth of the river and the other went out to the Golf Course.  In general the beach was found to be fairly clean but the Members involved were pleased with their effort and felt that it was a worthwhile project to recognise such an important day.
Antarctic Visit
On Monday 1 May 2017, Tracey Gray was our Guest Speaker and spoke on her visit to Antarctica in December 2016.  The visit was lifelong ambition and Tracey joined a scientific expedition of 78 women scientists chosen worldwide, exploring this unique region.  The group travelled from Argentina in South America for a 20 day long study tour led by Greg Mortimer. Tracey showed amazing photographs of her journey including the incredible landscape featuring icebergs, sheet ice, rugged coastlines amazing birdlife and marine mammals including various species of whales and seals. As a part of the study tour, they observed the breeding characteristics of penguins.  Tracey also emphasized the changes that the vast continent is experiencing as a result of climate change. 
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