The Sausage Sessions
Get yourself on the roster at the next Bunnings Sausage Sizzles on Saturday 6th July in Leopold and Sunday 7 July at Waurn Ponds.
To volunteer, go to Clubrunner or contact Yannick.


New Exchange Rate policy

Rotary International has changed its exchange rate policy. Visit the Exchange Rates page for more information.

Rotary and ShelterBox renew partnership

Rotary has renewed its partnership with its disaster relief project partner, ShelterBox, for three years.

New club models enhance connections

Rotary’s new strategic plan is underpinned by four key priorities – to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. The emergence of new club models is evidence that Rotary clubs and districts are working actively to advance these priorities.

A message from the Chairman of the International PolioPlus Committee, Mike McGovern

Before the rush of Rotary year end activities, I wish to give you a brief update on polio matters:

The polio case count continues to increase and this week it will be officially reported that we are at the same level as in all of 2018, 33 cases.  But let us put this in perspective:  We have experienced 4 straight years with less than 100 cases and the final cases are in some of the toughest areas for mistrust and for lack of access due to anti government elements.

The news from Africa continues to be very good. In September we will have gone three years without a case of wild polio virus on the entire continent.  The Regional Certification Commission for Polio Eradication for the AFRO Region will be meeting in March 2020 to consider whether the area is to be certified as free of the wild polio virus.

More good news is that the Global Certification Commission is now considering whether to certify the world free of Type 3 Polio. There have been no cases since November 2012.   A decision is anticipated later this year.

We still have cases of vaccine derived polio with 12 reported so far this year with 2/3rds of them in Nigeria.  Attacking these outbreaks is costly and has strained the budget of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Contributions are lagging a bit from Rotary Clubs and Rotarians.  We need further support to reach the goal of $50 million in cash and DDF before 30 June.  As polio eradication is Rotary’s top humanitarian objective, we hope to see all clubs participate.

Our advocacy to governments for their support continues to bring results.  There has been recent positive progress from the United Kingdom, the United States, the UAE and India is notable for totally supporting sustaining its status as polio free.   A new pledging moment will occur in Abu Dhabi in November.

Pakistan and Afghanistan continue to see outbreaks, positive environmental samples and new cases.  Three large provinces in Afghanistan have suspended all immunizations. Pakistan had a difficult immunization round two months ago impacted by false attacks on social media.   A round of immunizations that began on 17 June initially appear to have overcome much of the previous attacks.

Thank you to all the polio leaders and contributors in clubs, districts and globally who are working together as a team to fulfill our promise of a polio free world.

Upcoming Events Coming Up Update
Check out this section of the Bulletin for the RI President's visit, District Conference dates, the Foundation seminar in Ararat and Waurn Ponds Grovedale's 40th anniversary.
Rotaract News
Brendan Holland on behalf of the Rotaract Club of Barwon invites members of our Club to attend the upcoming Rotaract Club Changeover.
This event will give us the opportunity to thank Michelle Conner for her year as President and wish incoming President Duncan Silcock all the best.
The event is on Saturday 29th June at 5.00 pm at Little Creatures, 221 Swanston Street, Geelong.
We can order food and drinks ordered off the menu at our own expense.
This year, the Rotaractors are aiming for a relaxed social and informal changeover event and will have a short 15 – 20 minutes of changeover formality before enjoying the vibe and atmosphere of Little Creatures.
We are encouraged to invite anyone along who might be interested in meeting the Rotaractors and joining Rotaract.
Weekly Dinner Fees Payable Now By Card
We now have the option of paying for our meals by ‘tap and pay’ with no cash required.
The 2019-2020 membership fees
Membership fees for 2019-2020 will be set at $270.00 full fee and $245.00 with concession.
Our Club Treasurer will send out invoices to members in the early part of July so we can pay direct in the Club’s Bendigo Bank account if we wish to do so.
Vocational Visit and Pride and Professionalism Award
Members interested in attending the presentation of Pride & Professionalism Award to the Andrew Love Cancer Centre (“ALCC”), please advise Warren Norton by email ( if you intend to attend.
The event will commence at 11.00am on Thursday 27th June.
There will be no tour of the new facility, as it is used by patients during the daytime.
The presentation of the Award will be made by the Club and this will be followed by a short presentation by a representative of the ALCC.
We then have an opportunity to speak with a number of people who work in different fields within ALCC.
Fifth Mondays – Christ Church Meals
The Bulletin’s “Upcoming Events” section now includes the Fifth Mondays which are our Club’s turn at the Christ Church Meals program and all are welcome to come and help out from 3.00 pm.
See Jenny Acopian if you would like to assist.