June 2017
Club Information

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We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
Clifton Springs Golf Club
92 Clearwater Drive
Clifton Springs, Victoria  3222
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Meeting Apologies to Graeme Wise by Noon Sunday on 0418 550 198 or email drysdalekitchens@bigpond.com
Postal Address: P.O. Box 123, Drysdale 3222, Victoria
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If you want to find out more about the Rotary Club of Drysdale we extend an invitation to join us for one of our evening meetings and complimentary meal, so you can check us out and see what we do and consider the opportunity to get involved in Rotary.  Please call Bruce on 0409 149 025 or email admin@drysdalerotary.org.au
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Rotary Club of Drysdale Recognises Local Businesses Across the Northern Bellarine
The Rotary Club of Drysdale Business Excellence Awards were held on Monday, 1 May at the Portarlington Golf Club.  The "Service Excellence Awards" were created in 2014 by the Rotary Club of Drysdale as a competition to reward excellence in customer service.
The winning entry is judged on the basis of the testimonials about the quality of the service supplied. The winner receives a trophy and both the winner and the winning nominator receive a cash prize. 
Previously run in two groups per year, this year saw all businesses across the Northern Bellarine recognised for customer service excellence at the same event. President Sue Van Every and Club Secretary Bruce Van Every presented recognition certificates and major prizes to a large crowd of business owners, employees and friends.
Overall Winner of the 2017 Service Excellence Award: Le Chix, restaurant / cafe in St Leonards.
Rotary Club of Drysdale 41st Easter Art Show
The Rotary Club of Drysdale held its prestigious Annual Easter Art Show where art enthusiasts were treated to a wonderful showcase of local artists’ work, as well those from further afield.  There were close to 450 artworks on display from 117 artists in a variety of media and in many different categories.
“We always enjoy putting together our Easter Art Show. It is always a major highlight on our Club’s calendar…” Caroline Rickard (Art Show Chair) says “This year we saw an increased number of people through the door and increased sales which translates into an increased amount raised.  This year we are very pleased to report that we raised in the vicinity of $14,000 and all of these funds will be donated to benefit many local and international projects and charities…”
The Rotary Club of Drysdale is very proud of how their prestigious annual Easter Art Show has evolved from humble beginnings to what we present to you the patrons this weekend.

Many and varied Art Show Coordinators have tweaked it each year and made the Show the well-oiled machine that it is today. Again we have attracted our regular artists and some new ones with over 400 paintings on display.

This event does not come together all by itself, many hands make light work and never a more truer word spoken as we assemble the displays, enjoy the displays and dismantle the displays.

The funds raised will be delivered to worthy charities both in our local home community such as schools and other organizations and overseas projects such a fresh water in third world countries.

We also thank our many sponsors, the judge Steve Morrell and you our patrons for helping us achieve our goals along the way. Enjoy our 41st Rotary Club of Drys-dale Annual Easter Art Show.
Each year the Rotary Club of Drysdale make a decision to support a very worthy cause by selling raffle tickets. Many a group has benefitted by the hard work of members and friends who sit in shopping centres and other locations spreading the word of Rotary and the cause for which the funds are being collected. Since 2001 the Rotary Club of Drysdale has raised through its raffle over $94,000 which has been donated to various charities.

This year we have decided to support the Barwon Health, Rotary Volunteer Patient Transport Program. This program provides transport and support to people who have no other travel arrangements to attend essential medical appointments.

The Program is provided free and cars are driven by volunteers. You have probably seen the cars around with the rotary logo on them. 
This is Rotary in action combining with another organization to get the job done. In the last year this program has proved 16,000 volunteer hours transporting patients who often end up becoming friends.

The Rotary Club of Drysdale has been a supporter of the Festival of Glass and was a major sponsor of the “Welcome to Drysdale” mural – a Festival of Glass project that was erected recently in Drysdale’s town square. The Club’s commitment to promoting artistic excellence in the community has also led it to sponsoring one of the Glass Art Awards at each year’s Festival of Glass. The “Second Life” Award, given each year to the artist submitting the best piece of glass art made by recycling glass.  This $1000 Glass Art Award, offered by the Rotary Club of Drysdale, has encouraged entrants to submit some amazing glass creations.

In fact it is worth coming to the Festival of Glass Expo just to see the amazing glass art work submitted for this, and other awards.  This year there will also be a people’s vote, so you too can be a judge.

If you are looking for a way to make a difference in your local community and the wider world, joining the Rotary Club of Drysdale is just for you. The Rotary Club of Drysdale meets at the Clifton Springs Golf Club on Monday evenings at 6pm for dinner and meeting at 6.30pm.

For more information, phone membership secretary Bruce Van Every on 0409 149 025.

A past winning entry in the Drysdale Rotary sponsored Second Life award

A Rotary Club Changeover Dinner marks the end of the year for a Rotary Club and the beginning of a new. A new Board takes over for the next 12 months and the Club can review their achievements for the year just gone.

The Rotary Club of Drysdale Changeover Dinner held on June 27 was such a night where a large group of members, partners, Rotary members from other Clubs and Friends of Rotary gathered to celebrate a successful year.

Through fundraising and donations, the Rotary Club of Drysdale supports many organisations throughout the region such as Cystic Fibrosis Geelong, Polio Plus, Barwon Health Transport (joint project with Rotary Club of Geelong West and others), an Art Mentorship Program for year 11 students (partnering with Bendigo Bank), the Festival of Glass, Portarlington Miniature Railway, Portarlington Food Assistance program, plus many more.

Of particular achievement was the Citation from Rotary District 9780 where the Rotary Club of Drysdale was acknowledged as the only Club in the District that met every one of the 30 criteria for the Districts Strategic Plan. An outstanding achievement from a small Club.

Outgoing President Caroline Rickard receives on behalf of the Rotary Club of Drysdale a District Citation, presented by Assistant District Governor Ross Taylor in meeting all 30 criteria for the Districts Strategic Plan

Individual awards were presented to Past District Governor and Past President Graeme Allison who was the recipient of a Royce Abbey Award and outgoing President Caroline Rickard and non-Rotarian Anne Harding who both received Paul Harris Fellow awards. Theses awards acknowledge their outstanding contributions to Rotary International aims.

Past DG Graeme Allison presented with Royce Abbey Award

Past DG Graeme Allison was awarded a Royce Abbey Award

  Anne Harding presented with Paul Harris Fellow   

Anne Harding and Caroline Rickard were presented with Paul Harris Fellows

The Board for the 2016/2017 Rotary year were inducted with Sue Van Every as President, Caroline Rickard as Vice President, Catherine Eagleson as President Elect, Bruce Van Every Secretary, Colin Harding Treasurer and Peter Downes Director.

Five of the six 2016 - 17 Board Members, from left Treasurer Colin Harding, Vice President Caroline Rickard, President Elect Catherine Eagleson, Secretary Bruce Van Every and President Sue Van Every.

If you are looking for a way to make a difference in your local community and the wider world, joining the Rotary Club of Drysdale is just for you. The Rotary Club of Drysdale meets at the Clifton Springs Golf Club on Monday evenings at 6pm for dinner and meeting at 6.30pm.

2016 - 17 President Sue Van Every
For more information, phone membership secretary Bruce Van Every on 0409 149 025.
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