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Dispatches From the East

Photo from the Singapore convention featuring Rotary Bell

Rotary International Convention in Singapore concludes with optimism

The 2024 Rotary International Convention in Singapore began with a sweeping global vision, as international humanitarian Graça Machel and Rotary International President R. Gordon R. McInally called on people to take action to make the world more equitable and more peaceful.

Environmental protection was a central theme on the third day, which featured an appearance by a globetrotting activist and environment-focused breakout sessions. 

After five days of friendship, excitement, and cultural connections, the Convention ended with a focus on the future. Speakers emphasized Rotary’s continuing mission to promote peace and goodwill and previewed next year’s gathering in Calgary, Canada from 21-25 June 2025.

Our own member, James Dunlop, who was at the Convention said there was "a real buzz of Rotarians working together".

You can access speeches, reports and videos from the Convention at Rotary International's website and also see photos and highlights on Facebook.

Vale Bill Pratt OAM PHF
Rotarians and friends,
As some of you know, Bill Pratt OAM PHF, former President and devoted Rotarian, passed away, aged 102.
He was our kindest and our dearest.
He is the measure of all that is generous and decent, and we are all less now without him.
Our deepest sympathies to Janine and Adam and all the Pratt family.
A service to commemorate Bill and his extraordinary life will be held on Friday 28 June at 11am, at the East Geelong Uniting Church.
For those that cannot make it, a live stream of the service will also be available via the Live Stream link at Jonathan Hepner Funerals.
Science and Engineering Challenge 
Geelong Region Science and Engineering Challenge 
19 and 20 June 
This annual event is organised by RCGE with the University of Newcastle and Deakin University, with sponsorship through industry and Rotary clubs. Rotary volunteers also help with managing the 8 engineering challenges.
The program encourages students’ participation in STEM subjects and engages with 400 year 10 students from 16 schools.
Book for the S&EC dinner on 19 June at Waurn Ponds Hotel via this link 
Four students receive District scholarships
Jenny with Alex and Taylah
Federation University held its Foundation Scholarship Presentations at the Mount Helen campus last month. 
This academic year, Rotary District 9780 provided four $1,000 scholarships to students who are disadvantaged and/or financially struggling. The recipients were:
  • Alex Dales, Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Kristen Cornwell, Bachelor of Sport, Physical and Outdoor Education
  • Stephanie Camera, Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management
  • Taylah Walters, Bachelor of Psychological Science.
Jenny Acopian, District 9780 Scholarships Chair, had the honour of presenting the scholarships, and is pictured above with two of the recipients, Alex and Taylah. 
Rotary Club of Geelong East - 2024/25 Annual Celebration
You are warmly invited to join Rotary Geelong East for our Annual Celebration event on Tuesday 2 July at 6pm. 
To be held at the marvelous Royal Geelong Yacht Club, the night will be a showcase of reflection and aspiration, celebrating the power of connections in our community, all under the 2024/25 theme of "The Magic of Rotary".
With special guests. prizes and entertainment, we can promise a great night to see in the 2024-2025 Rotary year.
Partners, guests and friends all welcome. Places are filling fast, so book your seat now.
District Changeover - registrations close soon!
Don't miss out on the District 9780 Changeover event happening Sunday 23 June at The Sands Resort, Torquay. DG Ian McKay will recap the achievements of 2023-24 and welcome DGE Lesley Shedden as the District Leader for the coming year.
If you can't make it in person, why not tune in online? Event formalities will be livestreamed from 1.30pm. Register to watch online here.
Defying the Drift - registrations now open!

Defying the Drift is a Rotary District 9780 program designed to empower young people identify and explore agriculture and agribusiness career opportunities; build communication skills; and develop career networks.

Who: Year 10 and 11 students
When: September 18-20
Where: Longerenong College, Horsham
Chair 2022-24: Dale McIntyre, Beaufort

Early bird applications close 23 July. Final applications close 23 August (or earlier if all places are filled). 

Visit the District website for more information and application forms. 

District Learning Assembly 30 April 2024
PP David Sykes represented our club at the District 9780 Learning Assembly held in Horsham.
It was a day packed with relevant information that will assist our club to approach the 2024-25 Rotary year with confidence.
The knowledge will be shared over the next few GE Weekly publications.
Attendance is always a great experience and is open to all RCGE members. Please plan to attend next year.
Vision quest: Rotary magazine’s 2024 Photo Awards
Photographer: Joshua Uwagboi Rotaract Club of Abuja Wuse II, Nigeria
More than 850 entries were received for this year's Rotary magazine Photo Awards, covering a broad range of genres, from landscape and nature to portraits, events, and food. “The Photo Awards enable us to share the work of Rotary members and learn from each other,” says Thangavelu Saravanaraj, a member of the Rotary Club of Madurai North, India. 
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Club Information
The Rotary Club of Geelong East Inc.
Service Above Self
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Newcomb Power Football & Netball Club Rooms
141 Coppards Road,
Moolap, VIC 3219
0414 324 814
Tuesdays at 6:00 pm for 6:30pm start
District Site
Venue Map
Upcoming Events
Club meeting (F2F)
Naval Association
Jul 16, 2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Environment & Sustainability Interest Group
Jul 17, 2024
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Membership, PR and PI meeting
Jul 17, 2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Board Meeting
Zoom (online)
Jul 24, 2024
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Next Bunnings Leopold BBQ - Saturday Aug 17th 2024
Bunnings Leopold
Aug 17, 2024
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
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District Events 

Upcoming Club & District Events
District Changeover
The Sands Resort
Jun. 23, 2024
Jul. 20, 2024

Volunteers needed

Annual Celebration
Please let Sam know if you're able to volunteer your time, skills and enthusiasm. 
Science and Engineering Challenge 
19-20 June 9am to 2pm
Deakin University (Waurn Ponds)
Walk Against Waste
Every month 
Please let Warren Norton know if you are interested or would like more information. Email:
Rotary Service Anniversaries
Join Date
Eddie Loughnan
July 1, 1985
39 years
Gary Newton
July 3, 2018
6 years
David Sykes
July 9, 2002
22 years
Peter Gillham
July 20, 1985
39 years
Elizabeth Taylor
July 31, 2023
1 year
Rotary Links
Rotary A World of Opportunities
RI Blog
RCGE's Facebook page
District 9780 website
If you haven't visited the website yet, it's easy to do and provides lots of useful info.
  1. Visit
  2. Log in to our ClubRunner (with your username and password)
  3. Click on the 'District Site' icon.
For help, reach out to Warren Norton or David Sykes.
Rotary projects around the globe
In England, seven high school students whipped up three-course menus in two hours. Students in Ohio were outfitted with 6,600 pairs of glasses for a once in a lifetime event, and three toilets, five kitchens and washing areas were constructed in Malaysia.
Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
June is internationally recognised as Pride Month, an annual celebration to recognise the many contributions made by the rainbow community to history, society and cultures worldwide.
Did you know that Rotary has a dedicated LGBT+ Rotary Fellowship? The Fellowship works to connect members in friendship, educate clubs to be more inclusive and work with the Rotary Family to develop and support service projects that impact and benefit LGBT+ communities.
Membership in the Fellowship connects you with other members of LGBT+ communities and allies within the Rotary family, allows you to join as in supporting Rotary in being an inclusive organisation, one that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change,
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