Stan Deans Foundation
Sue Dunlop briefed us on plans to establish a foundation in honour of Stan Deans as a means of funding a Stan Deans Agricultural Scholarship to be offered across District 9780. Geelong East Rotary is working with representatives of Stan’s other Rotary clubs, Warracknabeal and Beaufort, and Stan’s family. The planning group is meeting fortnightly and is looking for ideas to honour Stan’s philosophy of life and his commitment to the agricultural sector.
Rotary face masks: These are now available. Contact is President Yannick.
R100: Groups 9 and 10 have embraced the idea of a combined celebration of 100 years of Rotary in Australia. Meetings are being held to determine details, such as the route that will commence in Lara.
Bluebird Foundation District Grant 2020: Jenny Acopian thanked those Rotarians who delivered arts packages to young people participating in Propeller Online, a program funded by Geelong East Rotary and a successful District grant. Packages were delivered to Winchelsea, Ocean Grove, Fyansford, Armstrong Creek, Clifton Springs and places in between.
Kathryn Sykes is celebrating her first 12 months as a Rotarian.
Sue Dunlop is recovering well from a fall as a result of slipping on rocks at Skene’s Creek and finding herself in Apollo Bay Hospital.
Forthcoming meetings:
27 Oct – Membership and PR reports. Special General Meeting to adopt the new Standard Rotary Club Constitution and Rules and the new Bylaws for Victorian incorporated associations legislation compliance.
3 Nov – Melbourne Cup Night, details TBA
17 Nov – Annual General Meeting (AGM). Nomination forms for 2021-2022 office bearers are now available.
24 Nov – Awards Night
Annual General Meeting – Positions for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year
If you share our passion to shape Rotary initiatives that best serve the community through volunteering and thrive in a caring & fun club culture then come and join us as we start to shape the team of Board Directors & Committee Chairs for 2021-2022!
You’ll be supported by the wider RCGE 2020-2021 talented, experienced and fun colleagues from within and across other Rotary clubs.  
Available Roles:
Club Secretary
Club Administration
Community Chair
Bulletin Editor
Program Director
Please submit your interest in any of the above roles to President Yannick via email (
Applications close on the night of our Annual General Meeting which is 17 November.   


Getting to know our fellow Rotarians

Here’s…..Graham Thomson
Roles in Rotary: Foundation Director, Youth Committee Chair, Vice President, President. District rep for Shine On & for Vocational Training Team subcommittee, former member of Rotaract and RYLA
Rotary Fellowships and Action Groups: Cruising and International Yachting Fellowships; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene action group
Food:    Fish      
Old Movie: Cain Mutiny
Recent Movie:  
Book:    Cruel Sea           
Author: Nicholas Monsarrat       
Season: Autumn            
Colour: Blue     
Animal: Dolphin            
Sporting Team:  Geelong AFL
Hobbies: Sailing, bush walking, reading 
First Car:            Fiat 500 (station wagon version, bought for $500)
Things I love doing outside of work and Rotary: Reading, catching up with family
Something you may not know about me: I did a 12 day voyage, as a crew member, on the Endeavour replica from Adelaide to Albany
What superpower would I like to have and why? Writing – in order to write a novel
If I could be an animal for a day it would be and why? Blue whale, so I could travel the oceans
If I didn’t live in Australia I would like to live in – Canada, west coast as a fantastic area.