Concurrent to each years Annual Easter Art Show, the Rotary Club of Drysdale runs an annual Art Show raffle. The Club has enjoyed supporting many and various programs with the funds raised including Cystic Fibrosis Geelong and Andrew Love Cancer Centre. This year the Club chose to support the Barwon Health Rotary Volunteer Patient Transport Program.
Zoe Waters (centre) from Barwon Health receives a cheque for the Voluntary Transport Program from Drysdale Rotary Club President Catherine Eagleson (left)
and  Caroline Rickard (right)
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I am sure that in your lifetime you have known people that struggle with mental health issues and it is becoming more evident now we are talking more openly and acknowledging the importance of sharing our inner most thoughts. We can see a broken arm or leg but we can’t see the turmoil inside a person’s mind.
 
There are many initiatives being promoted and Rotary Clubs are making a difference this year by “Lifting the Lid” on mental illness. Locally you will see Rotary members “Pop up” in one of your local coffee shops. Make yourself known to the team and support the program.
Drysdale Rotary Club President Catherine Eagleson promoting “Lifting the Lid” on mental illness.
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Rotary Club of Drysdale joined with the Friends of Point Richards Reserve and Community to plant over 800 trees and shrubs on National Tree Day in July 2018.
 
Rotarians and Friends of Rotary from the Rotary Club of Drysdale turned up on sunny Sunday morning with their tools of trade to plant trees. An introductory talk informed the planters of the value of trees for our environment and in particular for the small birds of the native foreshore reserve.
 
The task seemed overwhelming but it was completed in record time with lots of laughter. A bbq lunch was supplied followed by a bird watching walk and talk. A fun day for the tree planters.
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The Rotary Club of Drysdale Changeover Dinner held on June 26 was where a large group of members, partners, Rotary members from other Clubs and Friends of Rotary gathered to celebrate a successful year and introduce the new Board and Committee who take over for the next 12 months.
 
Through fundraising and donations, the Rotary Club of Drysdale supports many organisations throughout the region such as Polio Plus, Barwon Health Transport (joint project with Rotary Club of Geelong West and others), Lifeline, numerous local schools and pre-schools, water projects in Cambodia and Timor Leste, Portarlington Foodbank, health research, youth enrichment programs,  etc. As well as those the Rotary Club of Drysdale runs an Art Mentorship Program for year 11 students (partnering with Bendigo Bank), Service Excellence Awards, an Easter Art Show and supports the Festival of Glass and Rotary International programs.
 
Of particular achievement was the District Citation from Rotary District 9780 where the Rotary Club of Drysdale was acknowledged for all the work they have done in Rotary Serving Humanity in 2016-17.
District Governor Stephen Lamont  presents to Club President Sue Van every a Citation recognising a year of achievement for the Rotary Club of Drysdale.
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A “Royce Abbey Award” is made by the President of the Rotary Club and recognises Rotarians who show enthusiasm and commitment to the object of Rotary. The award was presented to Lyle Grinter by Roger Leask, Past President of the Rotary Club of Essendon and creator of the Royce Abbey Award in recognition of Lyle’s dedication and keenness despite only being a Club member for 3 years.
Lyle Grinter (centre) receives a Royce Abbey Award from Roger Leask (right) and Rotary Club of Drysdale President Sue Van Every
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Past President and incoming President elect, Caroline Rickard was awarded an “Avenues of Service Citation” by the Club which is the highest recognition that an individual Rotarian can receive.
 
Caroline was awarded this citation for excelling across all the Avenues of Service sectors that encompass Rotary International and is one of only three such awards presented in the Club’s 42 year history. The Citation was presented by District Governor Stephen Lamont and Club President Sue Van Every.
Caroline Rickard was presented with the Avenues of Service citation by District Governor Stephen Lamont and Club President Sue Van Every.
 
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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…”
 
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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.
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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
 
 
 
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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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The Rotary Club of Drysdale's prestigious Annual Easter Art Show is now less than a month away. Celebrating it's 40th running the event will open on Easter Saturday at the Christian College Sports Stadium in Collins Street, Drysdale. Showcased will be the talents of local artists and those from further afield. It is expected that around 400 artworks will be entered for sale but also vying for prizes in excess of $8000.
 
Forty continuous years is a massive achievement for a Club of volunteers and therefore Rotary Club of Drysdale is immensely proud to again present to you our annual Easter Art Show. Each year the funds raised from the Art Show are distributed to local and international charities and community projects. In previous years the event has raised in the order of $20,000 for distribution.

The official opening is at 11am on Easter Saturday but doors open to the public at 10am on both Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday. Denis Walter OAM is a patron of Cystic Fibrosis Australia and is a guest speaker at the opening.
 
Concurrently with the Art Show a raffle is run with funds raised going to support Cystic Fibrosis Geelong. Drysdale Rotarians are currently selling raffle tickets across the northern Bellarine Peninsular (Drysdale, Portarlington, St Leonards, Curlewis). Tickets are only $1. First prize is a painting by the wonderful local artist Richard Jones.
Raffle First Prize painting "Old Mates" donated by Richard Jones
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Its  not the end of an era but the start of a new adventure for the Portarlington Bayside Miniature Railway at the end of Point Richards Road, Portarlington. After being in recess the Rotary Club of Drysdale are happy to pass the reigns, or should I say the trains, over the the newly formed Association.
 
The new group has a passion to bring fun into the lives of train lovers of all ages.
 
Started by an enthusiastic group of Rotary Members and volunteers the Miniature Train had been in operation for approx 14 years. With a decline in  member numbers and time constraints it was necessary to cease operation until a suitable group could be found to continue the work that the Rotary Club of Drysdale had started.
 
Memories have been made at this place and will be again. Children and families alike will again be able to enjoy rides around the track be it on specified running days or special occasion hire days such as birthday parties etc. They hope to be operational again early in December just in time for the summer holiday season. Keep an eye out for start dates.
 
The Rotary Club of Drysdale want to wish the PBMR all the best with their adventure and look forward to enjoying the facilities in the future.
 
Photo:  L to R Rod Bristow (PBMR Secretary), Caroline Rickard (President Rotary Club of Drysdale), Bruce Van Every (Secretary of Rotary Club of Drysdale), Brian Gray (President PBMR)
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NOTICE The Rotary Club of Drysdale wishes to advise that due to the inability to provide suitably trained and qualified staff to operate the Portarlington Miniature Railway it will be placed into recess effective from 1 January 2015 until further notice. The safety of the general public is paramount in making this decision. The Rotary Club wants to thank all those sponsors and volunteers who have contributed over the years to the operation of the Portarlington Miniature Railway since its inception and it is hoped services can resume soon.
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October 13th saw the culmination of another four Year 11 students being mentored by local artist Jill Shalless.
 
To acknowledge the work of the students and thank the sponsors of the program the Rotary Club of Drysdale produced a celebratory dinner. The night went very well with 42 people enjoying a two course dinner and the opportunity to see the work of the students, Aaron Ford from Bellarine Secondary College, Mitchell Allen from Newcomb Secondary College, Jack Grayson from Christian College and Courtney O'Reilly from Geelong High School.
 
Everyone in attendance was very impressed with the very high standard that was presented this year.
 
For the last 4 years an opportunity has been given to one art student from each of four local high schools to enjoy learning many new skills in many different mediums often in areas they have never experienced before. I asked Courtney what her highlight of the year her reply was “Working with the different mediums but mainly how the Program has increased my confidence in my abilities and myself”.
 
These current students will exhibit some of their works at next years Rotary Club of Drysdale Annual Rotary Easter Art Show. Why not mark your diary to come and encourage these students in their endeavours for their future in art.
 
In a program sponsored by the Rotary Club of Drysdale another four students will be selected from submitted works at the Art Show which will be judged and the cycle continues.

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The Rotary Club of Drysdale is seeking out those in local retail or service businesses who provide service excellence.  The Rotary Club is seeking nominations from the community and is willing to reward the best story (200 words or less) with $200 with a similar amount to be awarded to the business or person nominated.


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This week is a Club Planning Evening with President Peter Downes

During the evening the video of the address by 9780 District Governor Ken McInerney will be shown, and Colin Harding will give a live demonstration of the Clubrunner website.

Rotary Leadership Institute.  District advise that there are still vacancies for Members to attend the RLI course. The offer is open for another week, contact Kaye if you are interested.

Duty rosters for the next few weeks are shown under "Club Rosters" on the Home Page.

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ImagePresident Peter and the Board Members after Changeover on July 8th

See the Bulletin for a full report and photos.

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2014 Easter Art Show Conditions and Entry Forms and now available. Go to the Easter Art Show link on this page 

 

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The Portarlington Pre School gratefully accepted the donation from the Rotary Club of Drysdale. A request for science based material was received. The students are now enjoying their new experiences.

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