Posted by Michael Crowe on May 10, 2018
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The Friends of Port Fairy Rotary have proved that you can help the community and enjoy yourself at the same time.
 
Established in 2016, the Friends group has grown to 20 members and is now an important part of the Rotary's service in the local area. The Friends contribute to a broad range of Club activities and enjoy participation in the Club's social events.
 
Rotarian Margaret Whitehead is the co-ordinator of the Friends group and is responsible for membership and liaison between the Club and the group.
 
Firm Friends Michael Crowe 2018-05-09 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Crowe on May 01, 2018
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Moyne Health Services has been in operation for more that 160 years providing the community healthcare needs in Port Fairy and surrounding districts in the Moyne Shire.

Employing more than 190 people, Moyne Health Services operates a  15 bed acute hospital, 52 place hostel, 30 place nursing home, Accident & Emergency, primary and community care services, adult day centre and allied health services.

The CEO of Moyne Health Services (MHS), Jackie Kelly, was recently a guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Port Fairy.  She spoke of the services offered by MHS and the plans for future development of the Service.

Guest speaker Jackie Kelly MHS CEO Michael Crowe 2018-04-30 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Crowe on May 01, 2018
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy has been a long-standing supporter of the Bandari project in Tanzania. Rotarian Jo Levy recently travelled to Tanzania with a group of Bandari supporters from Port Fairy and other areas to participate in the latest development efforts at Mto Wambu, the former village of Port Fairy resident Seif Sakate. 
 
Meanwhile a fund-raising night held at the home of President Bill Moore raised $615 to purchase teaching resources for the Bandari School. This year’s trip provided professional training for teachers and the people travelling carried 60kg of teaching resources.
 
Jo Levy reported from Tanzania on progress on the Bandari project.
Tales from Tanzania Michael Crowe 2018-04-30 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Crowe on Apr 29, 2018
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy's inaugural golf day was held at the Port Fairy golf course on 20 April.  The day was judged a successful event by both players and volunteers who reported that the format for the day worked very well and all had a good time.
 
President Bill Moore announced that the event raised $3500 which has been allocated to Rotary’s ‘End Trachoma by 2020’ program.
 
There was great support from sponsors and we thank them for their assistance. Many thanks also to all who volunteered, especially Rotarians Adrian Crosier and Peter Smith, and Friend of Rotary Harry Bracegirdle.  The catering teams and Brett Murray on the drinks cart did a sterling job.
 
Players from the Grovedale Waurn Ponds Rotary Club had a successful trip down the highway to participate in the event.
 
Inaugural Golf Day Michael Crowe 2018-04-28 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Crowe on Mar 04, 2018
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Rotarians and Friends had lots of fun recently when they tried their hands at an evening of lawn bowls at the Port Fairy Bowls Club.  Guided by experienced bowlers Rotarian Brett Murray and his father Jim, enthusiastic players battled for the honour of 'nearest the jack'. 
 
While the 'bias' of the bowls proved a challenge for some, several Rotarians showed a hidden talent for the game including Jo Levy, John Clue and Peter Smith.
 
The fun continued after dinner in the Clubhouse with a trivia quiz. 
 
Many thanks to Margaret Whitehead and her crew who put the evening together.
 
Super bowls Michael Crowe 2018-03-03 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Crowe on Feb 15, 2018
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Members of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy were deeply saddened at the passing of Past President and Paul Harris Fellow (Sapphire Pin) Colwyn Martin on 5 January 2018. 
 
Col was a club member for 27 years and was the Club's oldest member. Many Rotarians from Port Fairy and neighbouring clubs attended the farewell service at St Johns Church Port Fairy.  The Rotary Peace Choir sang at the service and Rotary Club and RSL members formed a guard of honour after the service. 
Vale Colwyn Martin Michael Crowe 2018-02-14 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Crowe on Feb 14, 2018
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Over the month of January, the Rotary Club of Port Fairy arranged tours to the Shaw River Buffalo Cheese farm at Yambuk. Proceeds from the tours went towards the End Polio project.
 
The Club conducted five visits to the Shaw River Buffalo Cheese farm for a total of more than 80 people. Over $1000 was raised for the End Polio project.
 
The Club gives special thanks to the Haldane family for their generous hospitality and assistance with the tours. Thanks also to Rotarians Sue Robertson and David Digby who helped with the design and distribution of the publicity materials.
Shaw River safaris to End Polio Michael Crowe 2018-02-13 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Crowe on Feb 14, 2018
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The prize in Port Fairy Rotary's 2017/18 painting raffle has been won by local man Anthony Clifford.  Anthony was thrilled to carry away the painting of the town's well-known landmark, the lighthouse.
 
The raffle is a major fund-raiser for the Club over the summer period.  President Bill Moore (shown handing the prize to the happy winner) thanked all who bought tickets and the Rotary volunteers who sold tickets.  
 
Many thanks also to prominent local artist Wilma Preston who painted and donated the prize.
 
 
 
Big prize goes to local Michael Crowe 2018-02-13 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Crowe on Jan 18, 2018
On 16 January Rotary Exchange students from District 9780 visited Port Fairy as part of the their mini-safari around the Western District.
They were hosted by members of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy and while in town they checked out some of the town's famous attractions and joined Club members for a luncheon at Rotary Park.
 
Rotary Exchange Students visit Port Fairy
 
 
Exchange students big day out in Port Fairy Michael Crowe 2018-01-17 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Crowe on Dec 20, 2017
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 On 30 October Harry Bracegirdle was made a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his outstanding service to Rotary and the community.
 
Harry joined the Rotary Club of Port Fairy on 13 October 2008 and served as a Rotarian for 9 years.  During his time with the Club Harry undertook many important roles as a Club leader and member.

Harry with Club President Bill Moore
Harry Bracegirdle made Paul Harris Fellow Michael Crowe 2017-12-19 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Crowe on Oct 26, 2017
 
District Governor Ray Herbert recently visited the Rotary Club of Port Fairy.  During his visit Ray met with the Board and attended our dinner meeting on 23 October.  Ray’s visit was part of the District Governor’s annual tour of Rotary Clubs of District 9780.  In his address to the Club Ray highlighted a number of the programs currently active in Rotary and acknowledged the efforts of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy. 
 
 District Governor Ray Herbert addresses Port Fairy Rotary
 
DG Ray Herbert visits Rotary Club of Port Fairy Michael Crowe 2017-10-25 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Crowe on Oct 23, 2017
 
Jenny Ciavola was presented with the Rotary Pride of Workmanship Award at the Dinner meeting on 16 October 2017. The Pride of Workmanship Award recognises people who have provided outstanding service to the community through their working life. Hester Woodrup introduced Jenny and summarised Jenny's contribution to the Port Fairy community.  Jenny has worked at the Port Fairy Medical Clinic for over 30 years and has always maintained a polite and friendly manner while undertaking a job that is demanding and, on occasions, stressful. 
 
 
Jenny Ciavola with Hester Woodrup and President Bill Moore
 
In response Jenny expressed her appreciation and thanks for her selection for the award. She commented that over the years she had been fortunate to have opportunities to learn from other members of the Practice and in particular to always be non-judgemental.
Pride of Workmanship Award Michael Crowe 2017-10-22 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Crowe on Oct 23, 2017
The guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Port Fairy's dinner meeting of 16 October was Ferdinand Gausseur.  Ferdinand is a member of the Rotary Club of Vienna and an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Hope Island.
 
Ferdinand and Mrs Gausseur with President Bill Moore
 
Ferdinand described the operation of his farm near Vienna in Austria and explained how concerns about subsidies and other European Union policies had prompted a search for farming opportunities in other countries.  This eventually led to visits to Australia and finally to the purchase of a property near MacArthur.  The 800 acre farm is now a successful enterprise based on sheep and cattle raising.
 
 
Guest Speaker Ferdinand Gausseur Michael Crowe 2017-10-22 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Crowe on Oct 10, 2017
Diane Walker, Rotary's newest member, is putting her craft skills to use by knitting beanies to raise money for local charities.  Diane is shown in the picture with some of her colourful creations.
 
Diane Walker's Beanies for Charity Michael Crowe 2017-10-09 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Aug 15, 2017
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Richard Hodgens, the Moyne Shire Council's Environmental Officer gave a very informative presentation to members of the Rotary Club at its Dinner meeting held 14th August.
 
The Club has worked pro-actively with Richard over a number of years in regard to weed control, tree planting and maintenance and the cleanup of litter and other rubbish along Skenes Road between the town and the Golf Club.
Richard, who has been in his role with the Council for just over 8 years provided members with a view of where the Council's environmental management budget is allocated with the major task involving weed control, roadside flora maintenance, oversight of special reserves, beach access points and efficiency improvement programs in regard to lighting such as the LED lighting exchange program, other reduction programs for Council utilities and fostering carbon offset programs against the Council's fleet of 69 vehicles.  Some special budgeted programs include the Avenues of Honour, Peterborough's Coastal Erosion monitoring and the Port Fairy East Beach sea wall upgrade.
 
Richard, who is part of the Sustainability, Environment and Waste section of the Moyne Shire Council also fosters activities on National Tree Day and other weed control projects especially in and around Port Fairy's waterfronts, Battery Hill Reserve and Griffith Island.  He also has oversight of pest animal control (foxes, rabbits etc.) 
 
He outlined some of the 2017 projects which involved Charles Mills Reserve, revegetation of Battery Hill Reserve and new garden beads on Railway Place.
 
Rotarian, Hester Woodrup, thanked Richard for his informative presentation and presented him with a small gift in recognition.
Moyne Shire Environmental update for Rotary Club Harry Bracegirdle 2017-08-14 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jul 18, 2017
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.
New roles assigned to Rotarian members Harry Bracegirdle 2017-07-17 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jul 11, 2017
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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.
John Clue appointed Assistant District Governor Harry Bracegirdle 2017-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jul 04, 2017
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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.
 
Bill Moore inducted as new President for 2017/18 Harry Bracegirdle 2017-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
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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:
Recent report from Exchange student Lisa in Canada Harry Bracegirdle 2017-06-26 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Adrian Crosier on May 07, 2017
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. 
Antarctic Visit Adrian Crosier 2017-05-06 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Adrian Crosier on Apr 25, 2017
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.
 
 
Beach Cleanup on Preserve Planet Earth Day Adrian Crosier 2017-04-24 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Fashion Parade Adrian Crosier 2017-04-20 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Adrian Crosier on Apr 21, 2017
At the meeting held on the 12 April 2017, the Board adopted a Child Safe Policy for our Club.
 
The policy has 7 Standards which the club has adopted to ensure our Club is committed to child safety.    It has confirmed that all new members inducted from the 1 January 2017 must hold a Working with Children Card and also we will encourage all existing members to also obtain a Working with Children Card.  It also commits our Club to only use members and volunteers that have obtained a Working with Children Card at events where interaction with children is likely.
 
The Club has also appointed John Clue as a Child Safety Person responsible for responding to any complaints or concerns.
 
In addition to this, all Members will be required to sign a Code of Conduct which outlines appropriate standards of behaviour by adults towards children.
 
The full policy document is available on Clubrunner under Download Files.
 
Child Safe Policy Adopted Adrian Crosier 2017-04-20 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Mar 31, 2017
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy welcomed new member, Diane Walker,  to its ranks at its Dinner Meeting on 27th March 2017 at the Victoria Hotel.
 
Diane (centre in picture below) was inducted by Club President, Adrian Crosier, and was sponsored by long standing friend, Hester Woodrup.
 
Members and guests warmly welcomed Diane to the Club.
 
Induction of new member - Diane Walker Harry Bracegirdle 2017-03-30 13:00:00Z 0
Rotary finds a new home at the Victoria Hotel Adrian Crosier 2017-03-28 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Mar 24, 2017
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy had a successful fundraising period over the course of this year's Port Fairy Folk Festival.
 
Its traditional sausage sizzle outside the ticketing tent raised a net profit of around $1,100 whilst, for the work our volunteers did in manning the festival gate, a similar figure is expected from the Folk Festival Committee.  All proceeds of Rotary fundraising activities are put towards community projects. 
Rotary benefits from the Folk Festival Harry Bracegirdle 2017-03-23 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Moore on Mar 07, 2017
Rotarian, and President Elect of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy is gearing up for when he takes over as Club President in July.  Last weekend he attended PETS (President Elects Training Scheme) in Ballarat.  Attached his his report.
Our President Elect's report on PETS training Bill Moore 2017-03-06 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Mar 07, 2017
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy is getting behind a world-wide push by Rotary International to help finally eradicate polio from the modern world.  As of the start of 2017 there are only two countries in the world, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the polio-endemic still exists.  In this regard, polio eradication - a long-term objective of Rotary - is not yet finished.  The remaining 0.1% of polio cases are the most difficult to prevent because the virus persists in the hardest to reach areas so the fight is not quite finished but is close.
 
The Port Fairy club is selling special "eradicate polio badges" to raise funds for the cause knowing that world-wide, every dollar raised is matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Through 2018, every $1 Rotary commits to WHO and UNICEF in support of polio immunisation will be match with $2 by the Gates Foundation.  This means that a $25 donation becomes $75 that will fund a host of eradication initiatives.
 
End-Polio badges can be obtained, on donation, from Rotarian, John Clue.
Rotary Club gets behind cure for polio Harry Bracegirdle 2017-03-06 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Mar 06, 2017
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Our director of Youth Matters, John Clue, has recently received an update from our Rotary Exchange student, Lisa van Someren, who is now into the third month of her exchange program in Ontario Canada.  See Read More for Lisa's report.
Report from Exchange student Lisa Harry Bracegirdle 2017-03-05 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Feb 13, 2017
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy may have been on recess from meetings during January 2017 but the Club remained active on a number of fronts including some successful fundraising activities.
 
Apart from the voluntary work done in conducting the Backwards Running Race as part of the NYE Moyneyana Festival and managing a venue for the Port Fairy Jazz Festival, the club also ran a NYE BBQ that raised ~$674, finalised ticket sales for the annual Car Raffle that netted a profit of $2,434 and a Painting Raffle which, although not yet been finalised, should realise a profit of ~$1,000 when all costs are accounted for.
 
The Club is grateful for the donation of a painting by Wilma Preston for the raffle and the work of all Rotarians in helping sell raffle tickets and run BBQs.
 
 
Rotary Fundraising Update Harry Bracegirdle 2017-02-12 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jan 19, 2017
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THIS IS AN UPDATE ON OUR EXCHANGE STUDENT'S TRIP TO CANADA
 
 
Our Rotary Exchange student, Lisa van Someren, left for Canada on January 14th, 2017 to join her first host family live in a town called Sweaburg, just south of Woodstock, Ontario.
 
Lisa's family have received an email from Frances Stevens in Canada and sent advice on her family and on Lisa's schooling in Woodstock which commences on 6th February.
 
The host family sent photos of themselves as well as a photo of their backyard showing much snow at this time of the year. Frances and her husband, Ian, have three children - Scott (17), John (15) and Alison (12).  SEE PHOTOS BELOW.
 
The Stevens' family enjoy reading, games, movies and .....Outdoor activities:  Warm weather – camping, soccer, biking, walking, canoeing, swimming; Cold weather – skiing (both downhill and cross country), tobogganing, curling, not much skating but it is popular in Woodstock and many of their friends participate regularly. Being an active sportsperson, Lisa is set for a very entertaining stay.
 
Lisa arrived safely and sent the following report to our Club Exchange Coordinator, John Clue.
 
Hi John,
 
I made it to Canada alright. I did miss one flight (Vancouver to Toronto)  due to the a big line up in immigration but I rebooked a new flight and made my way to Toronto where I met my family. 
They are all really nice. After meeting them we went back to their ski house for the night.
 On day two I went and watched my siblings ski and Frances (my host mum) signed me up. So I get to snowboard next weekend!! 
It hasn't got to cold yet. It was about 0 but then dropped to -6. There is snow everywhere so that is cool:
So, so far I'm having a great time.
 
Regards,  Lisa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lisa's off to Canada (Updated report) Harry Bracegirdle 2017-01-18 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Dec 06, 2016
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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.
Update on Rotary Exchange Program Harry Bracegirdle 2016-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Dec 05, 2016
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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.
Rotary Club inducts new member, David Digby Harry Bracegirdle 2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Dec 02, 2016
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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.
 
From the archive Harry Bracegirdle 2016-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Dec 02, 2016
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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.
 
A Toast for Col Harry Bracegirdle 2016-12-01 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Nov 23, 2016
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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.
 
 
 
 
Vale Rob Baker Harry Bracegirdle 2016-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
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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 helps raise over $5,000 for Bandari Harry Bracegirdle 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Nov 15, 2016
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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.
Rotary Club learns all about vaulting Harry Bracegirdle 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Oct 18, 2016
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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.
Rotary Club assists the Port Fairy Community Lunch program Harry Bracegirdle 2016-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
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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.
Results of Rotary Club Spring Raffle Harry Bracegirdle 2016-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club bestows "Pride of Workmanship" Award on Julie Holcombe Harry Bracegirdle 2016-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Sep 15, 2016
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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.
 
 
Rotary Dinner Meeting with a difference Harry Bracegirdle 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Adrian Crosier on Sep 14, 2016
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.
President's Report September 2016 Adrian Crosier 2016-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Adrian Crosier on Jul 10, 2016
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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
 
 
Presidents Report July 2016 Adrian Crosier 2016-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Adrian Crosier takes on presidency of the Rotary Club Harry Bracegirdle 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jun 08, 2016
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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.
Port Fairy Rotary has success in sponsoring Exchange student Harry Bracegirdle 2016-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
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The current Principal of Emmanuel College in Warrnambool, Peter Morgan, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club's Dinner meeting on 30th May.  
 
Peter, who has been Principal at the College since 2013, gave a very forthright insight into the status of education in Australia and how it measures up to education programs in other countries.  It is his belief that Australians are somewhat blase about about children's education and that there is not quite the same pressure to succeed as, say, Singapore and China - countries that place great emphasis and passion on teaching and learning.
 
Principal of Emmanuel College addresses the Rotary Club Harry Bracegirdle 2016-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on May 17, 2016
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy had a very interesting guest speaker at its Dinner Meeting held on 16th May 2016.
 
Richard Patterson and his wife Jan, were guests of the Club and Richard gave a very entertaining and enlightening talk about the evolution of bank note printing in Australia and overseas.  It proved to be a much more interesting topic than one first conjured although I guess most of us are always interested in stories about money. 
A "noteworthy" guest speaker! Harry Bracegirdle 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy has recently committed to supporting an outbound student in the District 9780 Rotary Youth Exchange Program (RYEP).
 
Led by the Club's Youth Director, John Clue, the Club is sponsoring Hawkesdale P12 student, Lisa Van Someren, for the 2017 outbound exchange program.  If Lisa is successful in being selected by the District she is hoping to be able to spend 12 months living and studying in Germany through 2017.
 
Club supporting the Rotary Youth Exchange Program Harry Bracegirdle 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
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Former Olympian, and now Port Fairy resident, Judy Pollock, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Port Fairy's Dinner meeting held on 9th May 2016 at the Star of the West Hotel.
 
Judy has had a polished athletic career culminating in her induction to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in December 1988.
Olympian, Judy Pollock, addresses Rotary Club Harry Bracegirdle 2016-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy, and particularly Rotarian Geoff Coxall, have been closely associated with the Bandari School Project over a number of years to build facilities in Mto Wambu in Tanzania.  
 
The volunteers from Port Fairy have grown in 2016 when a group of locals went to Tanzania to complete work on the kindergarten/school built in 2015 and also add a toilet block and chook shed.
 
Report on Bandari School Project Harry Bracegirdle 2016-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Crowe on Apr 25, 2016
Report by President, Michael Crowe, covering the period January to April 2016.  Despite the recess over January, the Club was nevertheless active on many fronts.
President's Report - April 2016 Michael Crowe 2016-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
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The annual Trivia Night for the Rotary Club of Port Fairy was held on 18th April 2016 and again proved to be a popular and fun event.
 
13 teams, comprising some 70+ players, competed for the trophy over six rounds from some challenging questions set bt traditional quizmaster, Pauline McDonald.
Report on Rotary Club Trivia Night 2016 Harry Bracegirdle 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Mar 29, 2016
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The opening of the Port Fairy lighthouse on Griffiths Island over Easter was a great fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Port Fairy.  The lighthouse was open to the public on Saturday and Sunday and raised $1,363 for the Club which will be put towards community projects.
Lighthouse Tours - a great fundraiser for Rotary Harry Bracegirdle 2016-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Mar 22, 2016
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The annual Trivia Night for the Rotary Club of Port Fairy will be held on Monday 18th April at the Star of the West from 6.30pm.
 
The cost, including a two-course meal is $30 per head.
 
Teams, normally made up of 6 person, will compete for prizes but above all, will have a great night of fun!
 
Rotary Club Trivia Night 2016 Harry Bracegirdle 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy was again active during the Port Fairy Folk Festival long weekend from the 11th to 14th March.  Club members raised funds at the sausage sizzle on Friday outside the ticketing tent and then over the weekend by manning the festival gate.
 
As Easter approaches the Club will engage on more fundraising activities by conducting lighthouse tours on Easter Saturday and Sunday.
Rotary benefits from Folkie and Easter weekend fundraising Harry Bracegirdle 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Crowe on Jan 12, 2016
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Report from President Michael Crowe to December 2015 shows the many activities that the Rotary Club undertook in the last few months of 2015 from October to December before the Club went into recess - at least as far as meetings were concerned.  
 
Nevertheless, despite not meeting formally in January the Club remained very active on community and fundraising projects over the Christmas and summer period.
President's Report - December 2015 Michael Crowe 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
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The proprietor of the Star of the West Hotel and well known Port Fairy identity, Damian Gleeson, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club's Dinner meeting held at the hotel on 5th October 2015.  Damian, his wife Sue and other friends had made the journey to Gallipoli to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing in the 1st World War.  In his presentation to the Rotary Club Damian spoke about his Gallipoli journey.
 
Guest speaker Damian Gleeson talks of Gallipoli journey Harry Bracegirdle 2015-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy raised over $900 from its 2015 Spring Raffle.  The raffle was conducted over October and the winning prize was a wheelbarrow load of gardening and hardware products from Brookes Timber & Hardware in Port Fairy valued at $327. In all 607 tickets were sold.
 
The winning ticket was drawn by the proprietor of Brookes Timber & Hardware, June Brookes, on Friday 9th October.  The winning ticket, #105, was purchased by Ron McCormick from Ararat.  Ironically, Ron is the President of the Ararat Rotary Club and was visiting the town.
 
Pictured below is Rotary Club President, Michael Crowe, with June Brookes and raffle organiser, Rotarian, Adrian Crosier during the drawing of the winning ticket.
 
 
Over $900 raised from Spring Raffle Harry Bracegirdle 2015-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
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It has now been 3 months since Michael Crowe, assumed the role of President at the Rotary Club of Port Fairy.  The three months have gone quickly and the Club has been very active over that period.  
 
Here is Michael's reflections on the first three months of his term of office.
President Report - October 2015 Harry Bracegirdle 2015-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy will soon host a theatre night at the Port Fairy's Reardon Theatre in Bank Street as part of its annual fundraising effort.
 
The movie, Force of Destiny, will be screened on Friday 2nd October at 7.30pm.  Entry to the event is $15 and tickets can be purchased on the evening.
 
Rotary Club to host Fundraiser film Harry Bracegirdle 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Journalist and war correspondent Chris Adams was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Port Fairy’s dinner meeting on 14 September 2015.  Chris has over 45 years experience in the media including a number of tours of duty in war zones.  He explained how his lifetime of involvement in the media was driven by a great curiosity about how the other half lives and thinks.
War correspondent’s chilling tales Harry Bracegirdle 2015-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy will again conduct an "Open Gardens Day" fundraising event on Sunday 1st November 2015.
 
This will be the third year that the Club has run this very popular and successful event.  Entry to the four gardens on display will be $20 which includes a light refreshment.  Again, this year, the funds raised will go to the Moyne Health Services.
Rotary Open Gardens Day 2015 Harry Bracegirdle 2015-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Crowe on Aug 30, 2015
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The Head Coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, Brett Brown, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Port Fairy's dinner meeting on 10 August 2015.  
 
The 76ers are one of 30 teams in the US National Basketball Association that is the premier men’s basketball league in the world.
High profile coach in Port Fairy layup Michael Crowe 2015-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy held its last Dinner meeting for the 2014/15 Rotary year by holding a Pizza Night at local pizzeria, Madagalli's in Port Fairy on 22nd June 2015.
 
This was the last meeting for President, John Clue, to preside over before "handing on the reins" to President-Elect Michael Crowe at the Changeover Dinner to be held 29th June. John kept formalities to a minimum, announcing important details of next week's Changeover meeting before thanking all members for their support during his term of office.
 
 
Rotary ends year on a social note! Harry Bracegirdle 2015-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
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Eleven members of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy, assisted by four members fo the Rotary Club of Warrnambool Daybreak, carried out some valuable community work on Sunday 24th May in clearing weeds and other encroaching vegetation from around the pathways around Port Fairy's Battery Hill Reserve.
Rotary Clubs tidy up around Port Fairy's Battery Hill Harry Bracegirdle 2015-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on May 13, 2015
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy is helping to build a kindergarten in the village of Mto Wambu in Tanzania as a gesture of support to Port Fairy resident, Seif Sakate, who was raised in Mto Wambu before marrying a Port Fairy girl and eventually moving to Australia to live with his wife and baby son (pictured).
Rotary Club helps out in Tanzania Harry Bracegirdle 2015-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
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Michael Steel,  the CEO of Port Fairy's Bamstone, the country's premier supplier of bluestone products, addressed the Rotary Club of Port Fairy's Dinner meeting on 11th May 2015. Michael's presentation about the history and work of Bamstone was informative and enlightening for all present.
Bamstone's Michael Steel talks to Rotary Club Harry Bracegirdle 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Progressive Dinner held by the Rotary Club of Port Fairy raised over $900 on Saturday 2nd May when 42 members and friends socialised at three Port Fairy locations on what was a very enjoyable evening.
Progressive Dinner raises over $900 for Rotary Club Harry Bracegirdle 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy was pleased to add another new member to its ranks when Lucy King was inducted into the Club and Rotary at its Dinner Meeting on 20th April 2015.
Sponsored by Brett Murray, Lucy becomes the youngest member of the Club which, in an era where Rotary is striving hard to recruit young members, is a great achievement.
Rotary inducts another new member - Lucy King Harry Bracegirdle 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Video from first boat to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam Harry Bracegirdle 2015-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Apr 03, 2015
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Centurion, Colwyn Martin, who turned 100 on 30th June 2014, regularly delivers the Grace & Loyal Toast at the Rotary Club of Port Fairy's Dinner Meetings held each Monday evening at the Star of the West Hotel in Port Fairy.
 
In order to capture the memory of Col's unfailing service to the Club in presenting the Grace & Loyal Toast, a video was made in March 2015.
 
See the video in the Video Library (accessible from the Menu above) or go to the video on YouTube at  https://youtu.be/HeB2c_vOW-A
 
Col Martin delivers Grace & Loyal Toast Harry Bracegirdle 2015-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy added three new members in February 2015 and has since increased its membership to 27 with the induction of newest member, Joanne (Jo) Levey, at its Dinner Meeting on 30th March.
Rotary inducts another new member Harry Bracegirdle 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy sponsored local schoolgirl, Yvette Raymond, in attending the National Youth Science Forum  (NYSF) that was held at the ANU in Canberra over twelve days in January 2015.
 
Yvette, who was selected from a strong field of nominees to attend the forum, spoke briefly to members of the Rotary Club at its Dinner meeting on 8th December 2014 before returning to the Club on 30th March 2015 to give an account of her experience at the NYSF.
 
Yvette Raymond - Rotary Club's nominee for National Youth Science Forum Harry Bracegirdle 2015-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
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At the Rotary Club of Port Fairy's Dinner meeting on 23rd March, Associate Professor David McClure spoke on his work as a vascular surgeon and the changes in modern techniques where vascular surgery can be used to treat a range of diseases.

Vascular Surgeon - Rotary Guest speaker Harry Bracegirdle 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Tayla Root, from Port Fairy, was guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Port Fairy's Dinner meeting on 23rd February 2015. Tayla had recently returned from the Philippines where she spent a few weeks as part of an entourage of local students engaged in an "Alternative to Schoolies" program to assist a small community in Mindanao with refurbishment of a school library.  Tayla was in the Philippines in November and December 2014.
It's all about "Schoolies" Harry Bracegirdle 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy inducted three new members to the club at its Dinner Meeting held 23rd February 2015.
 
President, John Clue, conducted the induction ceremonies as Jude Dawson, sponsored by Rotarian, Jim Robinson, Bill Moore, sponsored by Adrian Crosier and Peter Smith, sponsored by John Ellard, were all welcomed into the club.  The meeting was attended by 34 Rotarians, family members and guests.  The induction of the new members lifts the Club's membership to 26. 
Rotary Club inducts three new members Harry Bracegirdle 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club's annual Trivia Night was held at the Star of the West Hotel last night where 79 people enjoyed a good meal, good friendship and lots of fun in answering a host of questions compiled by Quizmaster - Pauline McDonald.
 
The winning team was the Port Fairy CWA, called "Clever Wise  Academics", led by Jenny Grenfell that amassed 50 points over six rounds and just beat Marg Whitehead's "Girls plus One" team on 48 points.  Michael Crowe's team, named "Misfits", finished an honourable third with 48 points.
 
Report on Rotary Club's Trivia Night Harry Bracegirdle 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
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Grant funding from the Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee, awarded to the Rotary Club of Port Fairy, was recently presented to Jenny & Rebecca Birchell  for the Taksenkangbloung Community Centre in Cambodia.
 
The Rotary Club had successfully applied for financial support from the Folk Festival grants program to support the good work being carried out by Jenny Birchell and her daughter, Rebecca, in establishing a support centre for children in the Cambodian town.
 
Folky grant to Rotary supports Taksenkangbloung Community Centre in Cambodia Harry Bracegirdle 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Feb 01, 2015
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The Rotary Club's annual "Painting Raffle" was concluded on Saturday 31st January 2015 when President John Clue drew the winning ticket.
The winner was  Luke Barber, of Henty Highway, Glenisla with ticket number 0492.   
Painting Raffle raises much needed funds for Rotary Club Harry Bracegirdle 2015-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy will resume its regular Dinner Meetings on Monday 2nd February 2015 after a break over the summer period.
 
Although the Club did not hold regular meetings over January it was nevertheless active over the summer period with involvement in the Moyneyana Festival - running the Retro Running Race on New Years Eve as well as a sausage sizzle during the NYE parade.  The club also helped out with parking at the rodeo held at the Port Fairy Showgrounds and continued its selling of raffle tickets at the wharf markets and in Sackville street. 
Rotary Club meetings for 2015 resume 2nd February Harry Bracegirdle 2015-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Past President of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy, and recent recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship, was again honoured in the 2015 Australia Day awards when she was awarded an OAM for her contribution to community service over many years.
 
The Rotary Club congratulates Margaret on this distinguished and well deserved recognition.
 
 
PP Margaret Whitehead honoured with an OAM Harry Bracegirdle 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Dec 17, 2014
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy received substantial grant funding from the Port Fairy Folk Festival in December 2014.
In all, three projects were supported with support for building a kindergarten in Tanzania, a "chook house" in Cambodia as well as funding to purchase twi defibrillators for the Port Fairy township.
 
Rotary Club receives funding support from Port Fairy Folk Festival Harry Bracegirdle 2014-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Members of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy enjoyed a relaxed BBQ and break-up party at Charles Mills Reserve on the banks of the Moyne River on Monday 15th December.  This is the final, formal gathering of members before going into recess until 2nd February 2015.  However, this does not mean that members will be getting a rest as the Club is engaged in many activities over the summer period.
 
Rotary Club breaks for Xmas period Harry Bracegirdle 2014-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy, in partnership with the Lions Club of Port Fairy-Belfast and the Port Fairy Men's Shed, held a Men's Health Forum in the Community Services Centre in Port Fairy on 27th November 2014.
Over 50 people (both men and women) attended the forum that showcased a number of keynote speakers who delivered informative presentations and was followed up by a short panel discussion session and ended with a supper.  The evening was MC'd by John Clue, the President of the Rotary Club.
 
Men's Health Forum 2014 Harry Bracegirdle 2014-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Nov 17, 2014
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy is currently engaged in a project to collect second hand shoes for the Mto Wambu village in Tanzania. 
 
The project is part of a larger program in support for local Port Fairy identity, Seif Sakate pictured below with his son.  Seif, who grew up in the village in the Arusha region of Tanzania, is collecting shoes to help the youth in the village who have to trek over 8 Kms each day to school and back.
 
Shoes for Tanzania Harry Bracegirdle 2014-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
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The Governor of Rotary District 9780, Geoff James, and his wife Meryl, joined members of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy at their Dinner Meeting at the Star of the West Hotel on 17th November 2014.
Geoff, accompanied by wife Beryl, started an enlightened presentation with a song.  As accomplished musicians and songwriter, Geoff and Meryl have performed at many functions and their rendition to the tune of “This is Australia” but with a slightly changed chorus that ended in  ….you are”, we are, we all are Rotarians”  then he soon got the members singing.
 
District Governor, Geoff James, visits RC of Port Fairy Harry Bracegirdle 2014-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy has joined the Lions Club of Port Fairy-Belfast and the Port Fairy Men's Shed in sponsoring a Men's Health Forum at 7.30pm Thursday 27th November 2014 in the Moyne Shire Community Services Centre in Atkinson Street, Port Fairy.  Download Men's Health Forum flyer
 
This is a collaborative effort by the three organisations - all of whom have a vested interest in maintaining men's health. The forum will feature speakers from Beyond Blue, Ambulance Victoria, Peter's Project  and the Port Fairy Medical Centre.  There will also be short case studies presented by local Port Fairy identities.  A focus of the evening will be on depression, prostate cancer and dealing with the early symptoms of stroke.
 
 
 
Port Fairy Men's Health Forum Harry Bracegirdle 2014-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy held another successful Open Gardens Day fundraising event on Sunday 16th November 2014.  This year's event saw five Port Fairy Gardens on display that raised approximately $3,400 that will ultimately go towards the Club's target of raising $10,000 towards the Port Fairy Hospital refurbishment program.
Rotary Club hosts another successful Open Gardens Day Harry Bracegirdle 2014-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
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Former Club President, Margaret Whitehead, received a special recognition award -  a Paul Harris Fellowship - from Rotary International at the Rotary Club of Port Fairy's Dinner meeting held 10th November 2014.
 
The award specifically acknowledges the work Margaret has done over 46 years of community service and not just her recent contribution to Rotary since joining the club in 2009.
Margaret Whitehead receives prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship award from Rotary Harry Bracegirdle 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy will again hold an Open Gardens Day in Port Fairy following the success of last year's event which raised over $4,000 for medical assistance programs.

The Open Gardens Day, which is being organised by Rotarians Hester Woodrup and Margaret Whitehead, will be held on Sunday 16th November 2014 from 10am to 4pm and will feature five of Port Fairy's most prominent gardens. The entry price is $20 and an afternoon tea can be purchased for $5.

Tickets can be obtained in advance from the Hester Woodrup (5568-1307) or Margaret Whitehead (5568-1443) after 1st November.  All proceeds will go to support the Port Fairy Hospital refurbishment project.

Rotary Club of Port Fairy - Open Gardens Day 2014 Harry Bracegirdle 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
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For your amusement, here are some classic headlines that cries out for better proofreading.  

These were too good not to share – doesn’t anyone read what they write anymore ???

Proofreading is a dying art - wouldn't you say? Harry Bracegirdle 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Andrew Graham, from the Rotary Club of Warrnambool East, was the guest speaker at Port Fairy Rotary Club's Dinner Meeting on 22nd September.

Andrew spoke enthusiastically about his WET program covering 16 trips to Timor Leste over 10 years since 2004.  His work there covered 5 major projects:

  1. Water Project - Stage 1
  2. Water Project Stage 2
  3. Water tank project
  4. Medical Centre refurbishment project
  5. School refurbishment project
Water to East Timor (WET) - Andrew Graham (RC of Warrnambool East) Harry Bracegirdle 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy conducted a community raffle over four consecutive Fridays in September that returned a net profit of ~$700.  All funds raised from the raffle will go into community projects.

The raffle prize of$300 worth of hardware and garden supplies assembled into a wheelbarrow from Brookes Timber & Hardware in Port Fairy was won by Tai Hedger of Koroit.  Well done Tai!

Rotary Community Raffle Harry Bracegirdle 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
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David Lee, the CEO of Moyne Health Services, in Port Fairy gave an insightful presentation to Rotary Club of Port Fairy members and guests at its Dinner Meeting on 8th September 2014.  David outlined the progress of the Port Fairy Hospital Refurbishment Project that is due to commence with site clearing on 13th September 2014.

David Lee (CEO - Moyne Health Services) addresses Rotary Club Harry Bracegirdle 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy is saddened to advise of the recent passing of past Rotarian, Derek Southey.  Derek, for many years, was an energetic servant of the Club, particularly in his roles of Treasurer and historian.  Derek finally succumbed to his fight with cancer over recent years, passing away at home on 29th July 2014.

Vale Derek Southey Harry Bracegirdle 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
John Clue inducted as new the President of Rotary Club of Port Fairy Harry Bracegirdle 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy welcomed a new member, Danny Warner, who was inducted by President, Hester Woodrup at it's Dinner Meeting on 30th June 2014.

Danny, who recently moved to Port Fairy with partner Sharon Arnold to take over the running of the Port Fairy Post Office, is a welcome addition to the Club's membership base.

Rotary Club welcomes new member - Danny Warner Harry Bracegirdle 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy held a very successful Progressive Dinner on 17th May to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy Australia (MDA). 

$895 was raised at the event, which was  supplemented by Club funds, to make up a cheque of $1,000 presented to MDA at the Club's Dinner meeting on 19th May.

Progressive Dinner raises funds for Muscular Dystrophy Harry Bracegirdle 2014-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Hello Rotarians, As 2014 flies past quickly we can reflect on our busy calendar of the past few months. Guest Speaker, Ian Holten, gave us a wonderful presentation on the many aspects of Interplast. From corrective surgery, training people on site and the respect of cultures within each country, we learnt of the  great work being done overseas.

President's Report for May 2014 Harry Bracegirdle 2014-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hester Woodrup on Apr 12, 2014
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Hello Rotarians, 

Easter is almost upon us again and we are busy planning future events for the next few months. Recently Margaret Whitehead and myself attended the District 9520 conference in Warrnambool, manning the RDU stand. 

President's Report for April 2014 Hester Woodrup 2014-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary House project in Warrnambool is finally completed and a recently created video tells the story of its origins and the work by the Rotary Clubs in the region, and especially the work by Rotarian, Andrew Suggett, to bring the project to fruition.    See story

Rotary House Warrnambool - Video Harry Bracegirdle 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy again played host to guest speakers from the Rotary Club of Portland Bay, Karen Stock and Margaret Millard, who spoke about their involvement in a Quality Education Program in Nepal that is designed to provide teacher training in the Myagdi District of Western Nepal.  Their presentation follows a previous presentation in August 2013 and gave club members an update on the program. 

Rotary Club lends further support Nepalese Education Program Harry Bracegirdle 2014-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
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As part of the Peter's Project initiative to raise funds from local communities in support of the establishment of a cancer treatment centre in Warrnambool, the Rotary Club of Port Fairy, like many local organisations in SW Victoria, have been busy fundraising for this very worthy cause.  Following pledges from the Federal and State governments to fund the project, the call to raise $1M from the local community is well on the way to meeting its target due to the efforts of Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs and many other community groups in the region.

At its meeting on 17th February. the Club presented a cheque for over $5,768 to Peter's Project coordinator, Vicki Jellie.

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Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Feb 11, 2014
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James McLean, the son of Port Fairy Rotarian, Jeff McLean, and Jenny McLean will be sponsored by the Rotary Club of Port Fairy to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award in 2014.

James McLean to represent Rotary Club at RYLA Harry Bracegirdle 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hester Woodrup on Feb 11, 2014
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Welcome Rotarians to 2014 and our new Rotary year.  

Before we move onto future projects it is with pride we can reflect on our summer efforts.  It was good see member support at the New Year’s Eve events - the Retro Running race on New Years' Eve (both heats and finals) and for the members who worked on the barbecue at the Moyneyana Festival NYE Parade in the heat and giving up time before attending their own end of year social events.  Also to the many ticket sellers for the Wilma Preston Painting Raffle held over the four markets during January - a big thank you.

President's Report for February 2014 Hester Woodrup 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Some politically incorrect ageing jokes Harry Bracegirdle 2014-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Dec 20, 2013
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy held a very successful Open Garden's Day in December where $4,285 was raised for Interplast.

In all, six gardens were on display on 16th December 2013 and the Rotary Club is very grateful for the support of who opened their gardens on the day.

Open Garden's Day 16th December 2013 Harry Bracegirdle 2013-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hester Woodrup on Dec 20, 2013
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Hello fellow Rotarians,

We as a club have concluded many weeks of varied activities within and outside of Rotary.    Several members witnessed the opening of Rotary House in Warrnambool in which all district Rotary clubs can be justifiably proud. 

Members have also attended functions in Port Fairy these last few weeks:  Lions Cup Eve Dinner, Community House AGM and the Year-6 graduation evenings from both St Patrick’s and Consolidated Schools.   Members also attended the Port Fairy Fire Brigade Annual Dinner and Presentation Night.

President's Report for December 2013 Hester Woodrup 2013-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Report on the Rotary Club of Port Fairy's Annual Trivia Night Harry Bracegirdle 2013-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Oct 17, 2013
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Hello fellow Rotarians,

      Our busy season is upon us and our club activities and fund raising events are in full swing. Next Monday, 21st October, we are having our annual Club Assembly. This can be  worthwhile as members have the chance to express their point of view on the many aspects of the club. Come along and help with future planning on our how we conduct meetings, fundraising, service projects and other topics.
President's Report for October 2013 Harry Bracegirdle 2013-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Sep 10, 2013
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District 9780 Governor, Ken McInerney, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Port Fairy's Dinner Meeting held on 9th September 2013.

Ken, who hails from Bordertown, was making his 26th visit to a district club since taking over the DG role in July.

Visit by District Governor - Ken McInerney Harry Bracegirdle 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hester Woodrup on Aug 30, 2013
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Hello fellow Rotarians,

As the weeks of this cold winter have flown by many of our members have been away from Rotary meetings, travelling to warmer parts of Australia or overseas.  However, our club has been pro-active in organising a public meeting, in conjunction with the Port Fairy Lions Club, to promote fundraising efforts in Port Fairy for Peters Project to build a Cancer Centre in Warrnambool.

President's Report for August 2013 Hester Woodrup 2013-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Aug 20, 2013
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy played host to guest speakers from the Rotary Club of Portland Bay, Karen Stock and Margaret Millard, who spoke about their involvement in a Quality Education Program in Nepal that is designed to provide teacher training in the Myagdi District of Western Nepal.

Guest Speakers from RC of Portland Bay Harry Bracegirdle 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jul 31, 2013
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Former Councillor and Mayor of Moyne Shire Council, Brenda Hampson, was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy.

Brenda is now the coordinator of ConnectU which is a not for profit organisation based in Warrnambool that provides transport assistance and services to connect people in need of transport services.

Brenda Hampson - Guest speaker at Rotary meeting Harry Bracegirdle 2013-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hester Woodrup on Jul 26, 2013
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Hello Fellow Rotarians,

Since my induction 2 weeks ago projects have already begun. It was decided at last week's meeting, and my first as President, to be actively involved with Peter's Project, the much needed cancer center in Warrnambool. The Lions Club of Port Fairy would like our club to be  joint coordinators of a fund raising campaign in Port Fairy. We shall in the near future hold a public meeting for interested people to form a committee to plan future fundraising for this project.

President's Report for July Hester Woodrup 2013-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jul 16, 2013
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At the Changeover Dinner held 15th July 2013, Hester Woodrup was inducted as the new President of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy.

Hester took over the reins from out-going President, Margaret Whitehead who was stepping down after a successful 12-month period as leader.

Hester Woodrup inducted as new President for 2013/14 Harry Bracegirdle 2013-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jun 28, 2013
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Members of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy did their bit to help clean up Port Fairy.

Having agreed to take on a community project to help keep tidy the road out to the Golf Club (covering Griffith Street through Skenes Road to Woodbine Road).  The Rotary Club had its first clean-up day on Friday 28th June.

Rotarians Clean Up! Harry Bracegirdle 2013-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jun 14, 2013
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As part of its community engagement, the Rotary Club of Port Fairy has received permission from the Moyne Shire Council to "adopt" the road into Port Fairy that runs past the local golf links.

The proposal by the Club is to maintain the general cleanliness and appearance of the roadside by occasionally removing rubbish and weeds from the grass verges from around Connolly Street to where Woodbine Road meets  the highway.  

Rotary Club to "adopt" the Golf Club road into Port Fairy Harry Bracegirdle 2013-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jun 14, 2013
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The Rotary Club hosted the opening of the Port Fairy lighthouse during the Port Fairy Winter Weekends Festival held from 7th to 10th June.

The lighthouse on Griffith Island is only opened to the public a few times each year with tours being coordinated by local community groups like the SES, Rotary and the Historical Society who use the opportunity to raise funds.

Rotary hosts Lighthouse Tours Harry Bracegirdle 2013-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Whitehead on Jun 14, 2013
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Dear Rotarians,

This is my last newsletter as I wind down my year as President.

The year has been busy for Rotarians and we should be proud of our achievements in fund raising and service to the community.  I thank everyone for their efforts.

President - Margaret Whitehead's Report for June 2013 Margaret Whitehead 2013-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
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Students from the Port Fairy Consolidated School entertained members of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy when they attended the club's Dinner Meeting at the Star of the West Hotel on June 3rd.

Students entertain Port Fairy Rotarians Harry Bracegirdle 2013-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Whitehead on Apr 26, 2013
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Hello Rotarians, 

The Police Golf Day on Monday was the last of our commitments for a while.  We have had a busy summer and autumn season, so now we can have a rest and enjoy the fellowship of Rotary.  

We have an Italian Night to kick off Warrnambool Race Week.  This will be held at the Whitehead home at 38 Albert Road on Monday 29th April.  It will be a partner’s night  and will commence at 6.30pm. 

President's Report for April 2013 Margaret Whitehead 2013-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Apr 12, 2013
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy has extended its Literacy Support Program by continuing to provide books to the parents of new born babies in Port Fairy with book purchases in March 2014 being supplemented by further funding being approved in October when another 29 books will be delivered th the local community centre.

In March, Rotarian, Diana Bracegirdle, delivered some thirty books to the Moyne Shire Community Services Centre in Port Fairy who manage the distribution of the books to the newborns.

Literacy Support Program extended by Rotary Club Harry Bracegirdle 2013-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Apr 09, 2013
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy again provided valuable support to the annual Murray-to-Moyne Relay Cycle Race by carrying out all the BBQing duties to feed the hungry cyclists and support personnel on arrival in Port Fairy after two days of hard riding from various townships along the Murray River.

 

Rotary at the Murray-to-Moyne Relay Cycle Race Harry Bracegirdle 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Mar 26, 2013
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Club members use ClubRunner for their Bulletin and to register for rostered events but the Club's website which is hosted by ClubRunner contains much more information for members.

Information of importance to club members is viewable in the Site Pages option, many of which have limited access for members only.

Making the most of ClubRunner Harry Bracegirdle 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Whitehead on Mar 02, 2013
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Hello Rotarians,

February seemed to disappear in front of our eyes.  Hester Woodrup attended PETS (President Elect Training) in Ballarat this weekend.  My term will soon finish and Hester will take over.

We had an enjoyable and profitable time with the Recreational Vehicle Fellowship of Rotary visitors.  For those members who did not attend the joint meeting, this group would have spent a minimum of $30,000 in the town for the 5 days of their visit. Their visit also enabled our Club to raise some funds from the BBQ we ran for them during their stay.

President's Report for March 2013 Margaret Whitehead 2013-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Mar 01, 2013
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Our President Elect, Hester Woodrup, will attend the PETS (President Elect Training Scheme) at a District 9780 function in Ballarat over the weekend 1st to 3rd March.

This will be the start of the journey leading up to Hester taking on the role of Club President in July.  All members are urged to give Hester every support as she gears up for what will be a big year.

Hester off to PETS! Harry Bracegirdle 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Mar 01, 2013
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I recently came across a fascinating adaptation of some of the great old time dancers (Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly et al) dancing to a modern beat.

Click on this link below to see a fantastic YouTube video of these great dancers from yesteryear dancing to the Bee Gees "Stayin' Alive".  You will certainly admire how much work has gone into making this video. 

Make sure you have your sound turned up!    

Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=mz3CPzdCDws

Rita Hayworth dances to the Bee Gees! Harry Bracegirdle 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Mar 01, 2013
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March is a busy month for the Rotary Club, especially around Folk Festival time.  This year, Good Friday also falls in March and we have a commitment to help the Royal Children's Hospital Appeal cooridnated by the local fire brigade.

Members are asked to check their rostered commitments for Folky time by logging into ClubRunner and clicking on My Commitments.  Alternatively, your commitments are added to the e-Bulletin sent out to members.

As Folk Festival time is such a busy time then please don't let the coordinator down such that they have to chase you on the day.  Check your commitments in advance!

Your Rotary commitments Harry Bracegirdle 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Mar 01, 2013
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The Rotary Club held a working bee on Friday 1st March to remove weeds around the car park at Pea Soup Beach.

Rotarians Bernie Waixel, Reg Beattie and Harry Bracegirdle were assisted by Ken Eldridge and Moyne Shire representative, Richard Hodgens.

Working Bee at Pea Soup Harry Bracegirdle 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Mar 01, 2013
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As March is designated as Rotary Literacy Month it is timely that the Rotary Club will again donate books to the program run by the Maternal Health Care unit at the Moyne Shire Community Centre.  The books are given out to new born babies by the Centre.  This program has been coordinated in the past by Wilma Preston but will now be run by Diana Bracegirdle.

In addition, the Club has recently donated $100 toward book for the Community Centre for their day care facility.

March is Rotary Literacy Month Harry Bracegirdle 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Feb 28, 2013
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Are we losing the art of communication?  

I know that email is a popular form of communication and, as a promoter of ClubRunner I naturally support and use email for communication, but ... "Does the following cartoon sum up many modern households?"

(Editor)

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PS.  Not to be interpreted as being any reflection on the Editor's household - we don't have phones next to the bed!!


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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy held a very successful Trivia Night at the Star of the West Hotel on Monday 25th February 2013.

The event was attended by over 90 people from a variety of groups and raised ~$770 for the Club.

Club holds successful Trivia Night Harry Bracegirdle 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Feb 18, 2013
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy held a joint meeting on 14th February 2013 with the Rotary Recreational Vehicles Fellowship who were visiting Port Fairy in the week commencing 11th February.

The local club also put on a BBQ for the visitors at the Big-4 Caravan Park on Saturday 16th February.

Visit of the Rotary Recreational Vehicles Fellowship Harry Bracegirdle 2013-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Meetings resume 4th February Harry Bracegirdle 2013-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Whitehead on Jan 28, 2013
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This year in answer to the challenge by Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka, the four Rotary Clubs of Warrnambool plus Port Fairy are organizing a Peace Concert to publicise our Rotary year of Peace Through Service.

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Peace Concert (7th March) Margaret Whitehead 2013-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
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Hello Rotarians

The holiday period is coming to an end and our Rotary meetings are about to resume.  I hope you all had a great holiday period with family and friends.

President's Report for January 2013 Margaret Whitehead 2013-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jan 27, 2013
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Rotary's annual "painting raffle" concluded on Saturday 26th January resulting in just over $1,000 profit for the Club. 

Results of Painting Raffle Harry Bracegirdle 2013-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jan 27, 2013
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Following from discussions held at last year's Club Assembly and a subsequent meeting with the manager of the Star of the West Hotel, Damian Gleeson, new prices for meals at dinner meetings in 2013 have been set.

Change to meal prices for Rotary meetings in 2013 Harry Bracegirdle 2013-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jan 26, 2013
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Port Fairy Rotarians are reminded that their semi-annual dues for 2012-13 are now due.  Invoices for the 2nd half-yearly dues of $75 have been sent out by email to those that didn't pay the full, annual amount in the latter half of 2012.

Semi-Annual Dues Harry Bracegirdle 2013-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary teams at the Port Fairy Corporate Bowls competition Harry Bracegirdle 2013-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Dec 08, 2012
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Rotarians were busy on Friday 7th December helping to tidy up the town.  Rotarians Adrian Crosier, Gordon Harman, Kevin Matthews (pictured) and Harry Bracegirdle did their bit to help keep Port Fairy tidy by first weeding around the trees that the Club planted last year along the golf club road. 

Recent working bees Harry Bracegirdle 2012-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Whitehead on Dec 07, 2012
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Rotarians and friends

Our Christmas New Year break is upon us, with only our BBQ at the Cricket Club to complete the year.  I look forward to catching up with as many Rotarians and friends at he BBQ in 10th December.

President's Report December 2012 Margaret Whitehead 2012-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker Sue Williams "Restructuring Sri Lanka and the Maldives after the 2004 tsunami" Harry Bracegirdle 2012-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Pride of Workmanship Award presented to Moyne Gazette reporter Harry Bracegirdle 2012-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Handy Hints from Sheds Online Harry Bracegirdle 2012-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Nov 20, 2012
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The CEO of Moyne Health Services, David Lee, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Port Fairy's Dinner Meeting on 19th November 2012.

David provided an overview of the Moyne Health Services "Master Plan Development" covering the proposed development of the local hospital and residential care services in Port Fairy.

Moyne Health CEO addresses the Rotary Club Harry Bracegirdle 2012-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Nov 11, 2012
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Here are a few jokes to lighten your day!

For a laugh! Harry Bracegirdle 2012-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Whitehead on Nov 11, 2012
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Another month through my year. Isn’t the year flying?

In October we highlighted Vocational Service Month.  During the month we had talks from Michael Crowe, John Ellard and Jeff McLean on their various work experiences.

President's Report November 2012 Margaret Whitehead 2012-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
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The Annual Rotary Club of Port Fairy Fashion Parade will be held on Wednesday 14th November starting at 7.30 pm at the Port Fairy Golf Club.

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Fashion Parade Harry Bracegirdle 2012-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary helps make the Port Fairy Show a great success Harry Bracegirdle 2012-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernard Waixel on Nov 01, 2012
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Rotarians have recently completed the installation of a Chicken Run at Moyneyana House which is the " hostel" or "low care accommodation" attached to Moyne Health Services .

 

Moyneyana House - Chicken Run Bernard Waixel 2012-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Chiropractor, Dr. Kane Walker talks at Rotary meeting Harry Bracegirdle 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Oct 09, 2012
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Renowned media commentator, Graham (Smokey) Dawson, who has spent 40 years in sports broadcasting in Australia and overseas, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Port Fairy's Dinner meeting on 8th October.
"Smokey" Dawson guest speaker at the Rotary Club Harry Bracegirdle 2012-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Sep 30, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy has been awarded a grant under the District 9780's Club Strengthening Grant program.  A total of $635 has been awarded towards the cost of a new, portable PA system to be used at Rotary meetings and outside functions.

In addition, the Club also received notification from the Moyne Shire Council of a Community Assistance Fund grant of $1,500 awarded for gardening equipment.
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Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Sep 30, 2012
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Greetings Rotarians

Our New Generations Month is coming to a close.  We were fortunate to have our nomination of Emily Crowe for the National Youth Science Forum accepted and we look forward to Emily expanding her horizons following her attendance at the forum. I would like members to keep in mind the RYLA and RYPEN activities which happen next year and try and nominate some young people from our area to take part in these activities.

President's Report September 2012 Harry Bracegirdle 2012-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Sep 25, 2012
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Pauline Stewart, the Web Administrator for Rotary District 9780, was the special guest speaker at the Port Fairy Rotary Club's Dinner on 24th September.  She spoke about the benefits of clubs using the ClubRunner system as both a website and club administration tool for all Rotary Clubs.
Pauline Stewart talks about ClubRunner Harry Bracegirdle 2012-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Sep 18, 2012
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Rotarian, John Clue, introduced our Guest Speaker, Kelly Foran from theFriendly Faces – Helping Hands Foundation to the Dinner meeting of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy held on 17th September.

The meeting was attended by local Rotarians and 15 other guests - many from the Rotary Recreational Vehicles Fellowship (Murray Goulburn zone) that were visiting Port Fairy.
Guest speaker Kelly Foran from the Friendly Faces - Helping Hands Foundation Harry Bracegirdle 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Emily Crowe to be sponsored by Rotary Club to National Youth Science Forum Harry Bracegirdle 2012-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Sep 03, 2012
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Not all that comes into your Inbox is junk!  Here is an extract from one sent to me recently that has some handy, everyday hints.

Now why didn't I think of that!!
6 Handy Hints Harry Bracegirdle 2012-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Whitehead on Aug 23, 2012
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Time is rushing by.  Membership Month is coming to an end. We were fortunate to have inducted Michael Crowe into our Club during August.  We welcome Michael and Michele to our Club.  I hope that they both enjoy the Rotary experience. 
President's Report - August 2012 Margaret Whitehead 2012-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
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Mick, from Dublin, appeared on “Who Wants’ to be a Millionaire?” & towards the end of the program, had already won $500,000.   
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Kim Freeman addressed the Rotary Club of Port Fairy’s dinner meeting about his work on mental health programs that are delivered by Aspire, an organisation that started in Warrnambool in 1989.

Aspire - A Pathway to Mental Health Inc. is a non-government, community based agency which provides non-clinical services in the mental health sector in Southwest Victoria and across Tasmania.

Kim Freeman from Aspire is guest speaker at Rotary Club meeting Harry Bracegirdle 2012-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Weeding & Planting project at Pea Soup Beach Harry Bracegirdle 2012-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Aug 11, 2012
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Do you know about the Rotary Rule unofficially called Rule of 85?
Rule of "85" Harry Bracegirdle 2012-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Aug 07, 2012
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Monday 6th August was a big night for the Rotary Club of Port Fairy when it inducted its newest member, Michael Crowe at its Dinner Meeting at the Star of the West Hotel. (see story)

The evening was also marked by an inspirational talk delivered by guest speakers, Mark Chapman, the Principal of the Port Fairy Consolidated School, assisted by senior teacher, Debbie Dowell who is part of the School’s leadership team.

New school Principal is guest speaker at Rotary Dinner Meeting Harry Bracegirdle 2012-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Port Fairy Rotary Club welcomes new member Michael Crowe Harry Bracegirdle 2012-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Aug 03, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy has secured funding from local wind farm operator, Pacific Hydro under the Sustainable Communities Fund Grants for 2012.

Funding of $4,000 has been provided to help furnish a room at the soon to be built Rotary House in Warrnambool.
Rotary Club secures funding from Pacific Hydro Harry Bracegirdle 2012-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary helps out on National Tree Day Harry Bracegirdle 2012-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jul 22, 2012
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In reviewing members records in ClubRunner, it was noted that about five members, although having their birthday recorded (day and month) , they did not have their year of birth recorded.

The omission of birth years means that their year of birth more often than not reverts to either 2011 or 2012 which means that they all are recorded as 1 year old or less.  This is affecting the age profile of the Club and recent reports incorrectly show that we have 22% of our membership under the age of 35!

It would be beneficial if all members were to login to ClubRunner and edit their personal profile and check their recorded birth date and year.
Member records in ClubRunner Harry Bracegirdle 2012-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jul 22, 2012
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Greetings to everyone as we start our new Rotary year.

I must firstly thank John Ellard and his team for guiding us successfully through the 2011/12 year. Our Club membership grew to 34 and we had a great fund raising year with the Police Golf Day as a highlight.

Our theme this year is Peace Through Service – as I said at the Changeover Dinner nearly everything we do in Rotary reflects this theme.  By our service we are continually trying to improve our community and the wider world.  From a Zone 5 perspective we are hoping to raise awareness by organizing a Peace Concert next March. 

President's Report - July 2012 Harry Bracegirdle 2012-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Top 10 DIY Miracles You Can Accomplish With A Binder Clip Harry Bracegirdle 2012-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jul 22, 2012
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Most members are now aware that service provider, ClubRunner, underpins our Club website and online Club administration module.  ClubRunner is the leading provider of online Rotary club administration and communications software and is now an official Rotary International Licensee.

As part of their support services a recent communique had an interesting article called Creating a Positive and Passionate Culture which has has relevance to our Club as much as any other club or association in the world.  The article is well worth a read.  Go to Creating a positive culture .
Creating a Positive and Passionate Culture Harry Bracegirdle 2012-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jul 21, 2012
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A In order to inject some light-hearted content into our Bulletin, it is worth publishing the occasional joke.  Contributions from other Club members will be welcome.  Read More for this month's joke.

Joke of the Month Harry Bracegirdle 2012-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jul 09, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy recently donated $300 to RAM (Rotary Against Malaria) and in so doing joined the Adopt a Village Scheme whereby our funds are targeted to assist Meitha [Kapari] in the Abau District of the Central Province of Papua New Guinea.
Port Fairy funds goes to the support of RAM Adopt a Village Scheme Harry Bracegirdle 2012-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Recognition for Rotary at Charles Mills Reserve Harry Bracegirdle 2012-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jul 06, 2012
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It is with sadness and regret that the Rotary Club of Port Fairy learned of the passing of Past President Julie Suter on 4th July 2012 after a long illness.  Julie, who  served as President of the Club in 2008/09, was the second female to be installed as a President of the Club since its charter in 1961.
Port Fairy Rotary Club mourns the loss of PP Julie Suter Harry Bracegirdle 2012-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jul 06, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy has concluded its annual effort to promote the Rotary Bowelscan Project in the community.  This year, with the assistance of McLean's Pharmacy in Port Fairy, some 117 Bowelscan kits were sold which is on par with past year's total of 122.
 
Bowel Scan update Harry Bracegirdle 2012-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jul 06, 2012
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Here is an interesting article I found about the pitfalls of multi-tasking and the detrimental effect it can have on overall efficiency.

As a person who, partly through necessity (i.e. wearing too many hats!) is constantly multi-tasking I can avow to the fact that it does lead to inefficiencies and errors.  The challenge for me is - "Can I break the habit?"
Read more at...    What multi-tasking does to our brains

Footnote: The ultimate challenge to those Rotarian golfers is the trying to perform/remember the 500 things you have to do to master a perfect golf swing!  A classic case of multi-tasking to prove that we will never fully master golf!

What multi-tasking does to our brains Harry Bracegirdle 2012-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jul 06, 2012
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President, Margaret Whitehead and Secretary, Harry Bracegirdle, travelled to Geelong last Sunday to be present at the Changeover of District Governor from Brian Trenery to our new DG - Helen Trigg.

New District Governor - Helen Trigg Harry Bracegirdle 2012-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jun 27, 2012
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At the Changeover Dinner held 25th June Margaret Whitehead was installed as the new President of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy when the baton for running the Club was passed over from out-going President, John Ellard.  While this is Margaret's first term as President, having joined the Club some three years ago, she brings to the job a great deal of experience in serving many community organisations during a lifetime in Port Fairy. 
Margaret Whitehead installed as new President Harry Bracegirdle 2012-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jun 15, 2012
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I came across this quote on a website today that is worth sharing...

“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

A worthy quote Harry Bracegirdle 2012-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ellard on Jun 06, 2012
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Hello Fellow Members,

My year as President is fast coming to an end. It seems only yesterday that we had the change over dinner and now we are ready for Margaret’s year.

President's report for June 2012 John Ellard 2012-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Recent Guest Speakers entertain RCPF members Harry Bracegirdle 2012-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on May 29, 2012
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The Board and members of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy recently agreed to donate funds to a variety of worthy, and diverse range of community-based organisations both within and outside of Port Fairy.  The funds to be distributed are raised as part of the Club's annual fundraising efforts.
Port Fairy Rotary supports worthy causes Harry Bracegirdle 2012-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on May 07, 2012
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Four members of the Port Fairy club attended the Rotary District 9780 District Assembly in Stawell on Sunday 6th May 2012.

President Elect, Margaret Whitehead along with three of her team members for Rotary year 2012/13 - Harry Bracegirdle (Secretary), Adrian Crosier (Treasurer) and Margaret Broers (Membership)  - travelled to Stawell by bus along with members from the various Warrnambool and Mortlake Rotary clubs.

Report on Rotary District 9780 Assembly for 2012 Harry Bracegirdle 2012-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on May 07, 2012
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Benjamin Franklin was a man of action. Over his lifetime, his curiosity and passion fueled a diverse range of interests. He was a writer (often using a pseudonym), publisher, diplomat, inventor and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

His inventions included the lightning rod, bifocals and the Franklin stove. Franklin was responsible for establishing the first public library, organizing fire fighters in Philadelphia, was one of the early supporters of mutual insurance and crossed the Atlantic eight times. Self-development was a constant endeavor throughout his incredible life.

Benjamin Franklin was clearly a man who knew how to get things done. 

Here are 14 action-inducing lessons from him from an article, extracted from the Business Insider website that forms part of the LinkedIn professional network that is entitled - 14 Lessons From Benjamin Franklin About Getting What You Want In Life.
14 salient lessons from Benjamin Franklin Harry Bracegirdle 2012-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Apr 22, 2012
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A small group of Rotarians carried out some follow-up work at the Yambuk Cemetery on Sunday 22nd April.  The work is a continuation of the project started in late 2011 to help keep the cemetery and the graves as free as possible of long grass and weeds.
Yambuk Cemetery Working Bee April 2012 Harry Bracegirdle 2012-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Apr 16, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy is pleased to announce that one of our members, Brendan Donahoo, is now a proud - and first time - Dad! Baby Geordie, a healthy boy of 4.1 Kg, was born on 16th April in Warrnambool.

The Club passes on its heartiest congratulations to both Brendan and his wife Belinda. Click on More (below) for a great photo of Brendan and Belinda proudly showing off Geordie!
It's a boy! Harry Bracegirdle 2012-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Mortlake organised a "Living with Art" exhibition as a fundraiser for the Rotary House Project.  The exhibition was held over the Easter weekend in Port Fairy at the Senior Citizens Club in Barclay Street.
It was reported that the exhibition was very popular and raised over $4,000 towards the Rotary House Project.
Living With Art exhibition run by Mortlake Rotary Harry Bracegirdle 2012-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Janey Preston speaks of her trip to Iceland under a Rotary Group Study Exchange Harry Bracegirdle 2012-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Apr 03, 2012
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Ross Morey became the latest member of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy when he was inducted to the Club on 2nd April 2012.

Ross, along with his wife Kerri-Anne, are relative newcomers to Port Fairy, having built their home on Ocean Drive in 2009, but are already they are both very active members of the community. In this regard, Ross's joining of Rotary is seen a real benefit to the Club.
Ross Morey's inducted to the Rotary Club Harry Bracegirdle 2012-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Apr 01, 2012
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Members of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy assisted Moyne Health in conducting the BBQ for the Murray-to-Moyne bike event that is held each year to raise funds for the Port Fairy Hospital.

Over 1000 cyclists, arranged into teams, rode from Mildura to Port Fairy, culminating on the Port Fairy Railway Green on Sunday 1st April.  The riders ans support crews arrive thirsty and hungry and 12 members of the Rotary Club covered two x 2-hour BBQing shifts to ensure that they were all well fed.

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Rotary helps out the Murray to Moyne Harry Bracegirdle 2012-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Apr 01, 2012
ImageClub members are reminded that half-yearly subscriptions are now due. The subscription fee, for 6 months, is $70 payable to the Treasurer, Derek Southey. At the time of writing only 4 members are still owing ther half-yearly subs so this is a good result.
Half yearly subscriptions Harry Bracegirdle 2012-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Mar 27, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy received an Encouragement award for its website at the Rotary District 9780 Conference held in Warrnambool from 23rd to 25th March 2012.

The award is in recognition of the work the club has put in to establishing its new website using the Rotary ClubRunner system. The award was gratefully received by Club President, John Ellard, at the conference.
Port Fairy Rotary wins District award for its website Harry Bracegirdle 2012-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Mar 26, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy was the beneficiary of the 2012 Port Fairy Police Charity Golf Day with profit from the day going to the Rotary House project.

Despite a busy weekend helping at the Rotary District 9780 Conference, held in Warrnambool over the weekend, Rotarians were out in force at the Port Fairy Golf Club from 8.30am to 9pm helping out with a multitude of tasks including setting up the course, marshalling around the course during the competition and the all important task of feeding the golfers from mid-morning until late afternoon with a BBQ feast.
Police Charity Golf Day raises $12,000 for Rotary House Harry Bracegirdle 2012-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Mar 24, 2012
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The Port Fairy, Ex-Libris Trivia Night will be held on Thursday 19th April starting at 6.30pm sharp in the Star of the West Hotel.
Rotarians interested in forming a table of 8 can do so and book directly with the Star of the West Hotel on 5568 1715. Cost is $30 per head including meal and dessert.
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Ex-Libris Trivia Night Harry Bracegirdle 2012-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ellard on Mar 21, 2012
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Hello Fellow Members,

I would like to warmly welcome our three new members, Hester Woodrup, John Clue and Peter Hurford, and look forward to working with them into the future.

March has been such a busy month with all that we have had on our plate.  With the Folk Festival BBQ as well as the Folkie Gate it has been a very hectic period. Sincere thanks to all of you that helped with the organisation/planning and implementation, as well as all members who worked tirelessly over this period.

We are not quite finished as we still have the District Conference as well as the Charity Golf Day coming up on the weekend of the 23rd until the 26th March.

I look forward to members participating and attending the Conference. The programme includes many interesting events and is well worth attending.

The Police Charity Golf Day will be fun, with all monies raised by the Port Fairy police going to the Rotary House project.

Again, best wishes to Julie for the future.

Sincerely, John Ellard

President's report for March 2012 John Ellard 2012-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Mar 19, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy is organising a group trip to Portland on Saturday, 14th April to join the Rotary Club of Portland in celebrating the 70th birthday of their club.
 
Members can view full details listed in our Club Events Register (at right of Home screen) or go to Portland Trip.

The Club is organising a 24-seater bus for those that want to travel in a group to Portland.
Trip to Portland for their 70th birthday celebration Harry Bracegirdle 2012-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy traditionally has a big weekend during the Port Fairy Folk Festival period in March. As per tradition, the Club conducted a day-long Sausage Sizzle outside the Folk Festival Ticket Office starting at 8am and finishing around 9pm on the main ticketing day, Friday.

In addition the Club supervised one of the "Folky" gates over the weekend by checking wrist bands on patrons and controlling entry to the Festival.

Although the long weekend of commitment for the Club put a strain on our available resources it was all worth it as it equally helps fill our fundraising coffers as the day usually nets close to $2,000 for the Club.   
Rotary at the Port Fairy Folk Festival Harry Bracegirdle 2012-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy will be the beneficiary from the annual Port Fairy Police Charity Golf Day to be held on Monday 26th March.

Funds raised at this annual event are targeted towards a particular charitable cause and this year the funds raised, expected to be in the order of $10,000 will be directed towards the Rotary House project in Warrnambool.

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Rotary Club to benefit from the Police Charity Golf Day Harry Bracegirdle 2012-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy inducted three new members to its ranks at its meeting held 27th February 2012. 

The new members inducted into the Club are the culmination of a recruiting drive by the Club’s Membership Manager, Margaret Broers. The Club welcomed John ClueHester Woodrup and Peter Hurford during an induction ceremony at Monday night’s meeting.  More photos

Rotary Club welcomes three new members Harry Bracegirdle 2012-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Port Fairy supports the District Governor's Golf Day in Terang Harry Bracegirdle 2012-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary has a very successful fundraising period Derek Southey 2012-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
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In recognition of the contribution he has made to Rotary at large and to the Rotary Club of Port Fairy, Bernie Waixel was bestowed with a Paul Harris Fellowship at the Club's meeting on 6th February 2012.

Bernie Waixel awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship Harry Bracegirdle 2012-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jan 28, 2012
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The Rotary Club is pleased to announce the winners for our "Painting Raffle" drawn on 28th January.  The first prize is a wonderful watercolour painting by renowned local artist,  Wilma Preston, who donates a painting for Rotary fundraising each summer.  Second prize is a hamper worth $50.

The results are as follows:

1st Prize (Painting):    Esther Cloonan (visitor from Melbourne).
2nd Prize (Hamper):  Jim Doukas (our local mayor!)

Winners have been notified.

Results of Painting Raffle Harry Bracegirdle 2012-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jan 26, 2012
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Building on the enthusiasm shown in the 2010 Port Fairy Corporate Cup, the Rotary Club registered three teams in the 2012 competition.  

The Corporate Cup is a social lawn bowls event that was run over six consecutive weeks and organised by the local bowling club.  Rotary results on the greens were mixed but enjoyment was A+.  All who played had a great time.

Thanks to Brett Murray for organising our teams.


Update on Rotary Club teams in the Port Fairy Corporate Cup Bowling Competition Harry Bracegirdle 2012-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jan 21, 2012
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The Rotary Club was in meeting recess over January but still managed to have a good night out when some 26 or so Rotarians attended a casual night at Alex's Pizza & Wok in Koroit on the 18th January.

Social night at Alex's Pizza & Wok Harry Bracegirdle 2012-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
President's report for January 2012 John Ellard 2012-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jan 17, 2012
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Our newest Rotarian, Shane Morris, is proving to be a person who attracts good luck. 


Lucky Shane! Harry Bracegirdle 2012-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jan 17, 2012
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The Club has been using ClubRunner for a number of months now, especially the Events module for organising our events rosters.  However, this powerful system has much more to offer in the day-to-day administration of our Club.
Did you know? Harry Bracegirdle 2012-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jan 16, 2012
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In 2010, when Derek Southey and Harry Bracegirdle were researching the archives preparing material for the Club's 50th Anniversary commemorative magazine, they came upon  the following quote in one of the Club's Bulletins from  1967.  These wise words are relevant to any club, not just Rotary, and it is well worth reflecting on them again in 2012.

From the Club's archives Harry Bracegirdle 2012-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary supports the Moyne Shire's "Picnic on the Green" Harry Bracegirdle 2012-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Jan 08, 2012
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If any Rotarians are bored over the summer period or just can't get out of your driveway during the holiday season in Port Fairy then there are a couple of really cool websites that will enable you to do jigsaw puzzles online or listen to the top tunes, by year, from 1950 to 1989 using an online jukebox.
Great websites: Jigsaw puzzles and "oldies" Jukebox online Harry Bracegirdle 2012-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club ran a successful Hobbies & Collectables Fair as part of the Port Fairy Moyneyana Festival on 7th and 8th January.

Hobbies & Collectables Exhibition Harry Bracegirdle 2012-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 06, 2012
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.
NB. Members only page - members must be logged-in to view the site page.
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Christmas BBQ a great success! John Ellard 2011-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Port Fairy held its annual membership drive night with a get together at the Star of the West Hotel on 28th November 2011.

Twenty-two members attended the night to meet and greet thirteen invited guests and enjoy a buffet-style meal.

The function was organised by the Director of Membership for the Club, Margaret Broers.  Last years event saw some  seven new members eventually join the Club and it is hoped that some of the guests invited to this year's function may consider joining Rotary. 

Membership Drive night held by the Rotary Club of Port Fairy Harry Bracegirdle 2011-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ellard on Nov 29, 2011
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Dear Members,

The past month has been a very busy period for Port Fairy Rotary Club. Many projects, much work.

You may not have noticed, but I have been away for a couple of  weeks. My absence makes no difference to the efficient running of the Club, and, as I have said many times, you the members make it happen. You as a group do a great job in the day to day smooth running of your Club. I appreciate it greatly, and thank you.

President's report for November 2011 John Ellard 2011-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Nov 28, 2011

Rotarians at work!Members of the Port Fairy Rotary Club helped assemble toys at the Port Fairy Community House in October 2011.  The Occasional Child Care service run by the Community house had received a donation to buy the toys (bikes, trampoline and playground equipment) and called upon Rotary to assemble them.

Rotary help out the Child Care service at the Port Fairy Community House Harry Bracegirdle 2011-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Nov 28, 2011

Rotary at the Yambuk CemeteryEleven members of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy, in conjunction with the Yambuk Cemetery Trust, held a working bee to assist with clear up the Yambuk Cemetery in November 2011.  

The workers removed grass and weeds, sometimes up to 60cm high, to help leave the cemetery a much tidier place for visitors.  The team used a variety of tools - whipper-snippers, rakes, shovels, mattocks to clear the vegetation around the 150+ graves at the Cemetery.

A slide show on this working bee can be viewed in the photo gallery.  Click here to view the photos. 

Port Fairy Rotary Club assists with the clean up of the Yambuk Cemetery. Harry Bracegirdle 2011-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Nov 28, 2011

Geoff Coxall and Bernie WaixelNine members of the Port Fairy Rotary Club continued the Club's good work in assisting the Moyne Shire Council in maintaining the areas around the south beach area.

Having assisted with the planting of vegetation around Port Fairy's Pea Soup car park earlier this year, the weeds had quickly taken hold.  On the request of Moyne Shire's Environmental Officer, Richard Hodgens is assisting with the general maintenance of public places in and around Port Fairy.

Rotary Working Bee at Port Fairy's "Pea Soup" Beach car park Harry Bracegirdle 2011-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 22, 2011

Margaret Whitehead, Vice-President and President Elect, was confirmed as President for the Rotary Club of Port Fairy for Year 2012/13 at the Club's AGM held on 21st November 2011.

Margaret, who has provided long-standing service to the Port Fairy community on many fronts, will take over as President of the Club from July 2012 following the term of current President, John Ellard.

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Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Nov 22, 2011

Exchange student - Maxi MannerjohnThe Rotary Club of Port Fairy were treated to an engaging speech by visiting Rotary Exchange student, Maxi Mannerjohn, from Germany.

Maxi, who is being hosted by members of the Warrnambool Central Rotary Club, spoke enthusiastically about her four months spent to date in the region and how much she was enjoying her time in Australia. It was obvious to all who were present that Maxi had a keen sense of humour which helped her deliver her speech with much maturity - all the more notable because English was not her native language.  

Rotary Exchange student addresses to Port Fairy Club Harry Bracegirdle 2011-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Nov 11, 2011
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The Port Fairy Rotary Club held a highly successful Fashion Parade on Thursday 10th November at the Port Fairy Golf Club.
 
Over 80 guests enjoyed a night of fun and fashion with clothing being supplied by "Decked Out on Bank"  - one of Port Fairy's premier fashion boutiques.
Rotary Club of Port Fairy Fashion Parade Harry Bracegirdle 2011-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Oct 06, 2011

 Nine members of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy recently assisted the Moyne Shire Council by planting around 40 trees at the Russell Clark Reserve adjacent to the Port Fairy Wetlands. 

 Rotary Club members pose for a photo after completing their tree planting

Port Fairy Rotary carry out more tree plantings Harry Bracegirdle 2011-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ellard on Oct 03, 2011
September was, from a Community activity point, very quite.  It is the time of year when our Club does not have a lot of projects on the go. I understand this can sometimes lead to frustration, but ask all members to look to the coming months. During this time we become very busy with Raffles/Exhibitions/Outings/Trivia Night, etc. 
 
President's Report for October 2011 John Ellard 2011-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Oct 02, 2011

Shane Morris responds to the Club after his induction.Shane Morris was inducted into the Rotary Club of Port Fairy at its meeting on 26th September.  In the absence of President, John Ellard, the President-Elect, Margaret Whitehead conducted the induction ceremony that saw the Club's membership booted to a recent high of 31 members.

Shane was sponsored by Rotarian Wilma Preston and welcomed into the Club by all members present at the meeting.  Shane is expected to become a valuable and respected member of Port Fairy Rotary.

Welcome to our newest member - Shane Morris Harry Bracegirdle 2011-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Sep 23, 2011

The annual Cup Day BBQ lunch and entertainment at the home of Robin and Derek Southey (Leura Down, 2972 Princes Highway Port Fairy) will be held on 1st November from 12 noon. 

The cost is $20 per person which includes all food (BYCup DayO drinks). Chairs, plates, glasses are all provided. Cup sweeps and side betting are all part of the day's fun!

You can register online for this event (see Melbourne Cup Day BBQ Luncheon in Events listing in ClubRunner).
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Melbourne Cup Day BBQ Lunch Harry Bracegirdle 2011-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Sep 23, 2011

Decked Out On BankFashions by Decked Out On Bank

The Rotary Club of Port Fairy is organising a Fashion Parade to be held at the Port Fairy Golf Club from 7.30pm on 10th November. This will be a fundraising event for the Rotary House project.

Thursday 10th November at 7.30pm.
Cost $15  including supper and nibbles.
Drinks available from the Bar.

Download Flyer on Fashion Parade

Bookings to Jill Gleeson  55681043 or Margaret Whitehead 55681443. 

Club members can register online by clicking on the Fashion Parade link under the Events listing at the right hand side of this Home page.

Fashion Parade Harry Bracegirdle 2011-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Sep 23, 2011

The Rotary Club of Port Fairy will again use the annual Car Raffle (organised by the Rotary Club of Ballarat) as its major fundraising effort.

This year we have successfully increased our allocation of tickets to 1500 (previously 1000 were sold each year by our Club) so the financial yield this year should be be even greater.
 Register for raffle ticket selling online

Annual Car Raffle Harry Bracegirdle 2011-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Port Fairy Rotary Club's 50th Anniversary Movie Harry Bracegirdle 2011-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Sep 10, 2011
Keep this date free. Thursday 10th November has been booked for our Fashion Parade at the Port Fairy Golf Club.
Decked Out On Bank fashions for both men and women. 
 
More details next month.  Contact Margaret Whitehead for details on 5568 1443.

Upcoming Fashion Parade Harry Bracegirdle 2011-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Sep 08, 2011
 Click on the link below to get an appreciation of just how small our planet Earth is in relation to the Universe.

Follow the journey in an amazing conceptual slideshow by NASA using powers of ten to zoom to the limits of human
knowledge from the universe to quarks http://tinyurl.com/3zmvaev.

One of many slides in the NASA Slideshow

It's a big world out there - or is it? Harry Bracegirdle 2011-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Sep 08, 2011

 In Rotary Year 2010-2011, the then Club President, Neville Suter, set a goal of collecting small change throughout the year to help stop child hunger.  From the Club's efforts, we raised almost $500 in cash. 

Treasurer, Derek Southey, reports on how the money will be used.

Stop Hunger Now Project Harry Bracegirdle 2011-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Sep 08, 2011

 As cyber crime continues to grow at an alarming rate we are continually being urged to use "strong" passwords when using our computers online.  Many people ignore this advice.

The following article is sourced from the Gizmo's freeware site entitled How Long Would Your Password Take To Crack?  You can follow the links to test your password.

It might prompt some of you to consider changing your passwords!

How good are your computer passwords? Harry Bracegirdle 2011-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Hobbies & Collectables Exhibition in January 2012 Harry Bracegirdle 2011-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
About the Rotary Club of Port Fairy Harry Bracegirdle 2011-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Bracegirdle on Sep 01, 2011
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ClubRunner secures all your private information using the latest security technologies. Hosted in a world class data centre with redundant power, Internet backbones and 24/7 security and monitoring, you can rest assured that your club data is safe and protected. Your members' contact information is secured behind unique logins and passwords. Access to information is also restricted, for example, a member can only view the list of members, but can modify his or her own personal information.

Data on the server is protected by TCP/IP filtering, firewall and anti-virus software that protect against any unauthorized intrusion. Backups of data are made daily and stored off-site.

Security and Integrity of Your Data Harry Bracegirdle 2011-09-01 00:00:00Z 0