December 2021
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Community Service
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International Service
Rotary Foundation
Immediate Past President
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Thursdays at 6:15 PM
Warrnambool Football Netball Club
Cramer Street
Warrnambool, VIC 3280
Rotarians meet at 6.00 pm for a 6.15 pm start.
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Pictured above L to R are:- SWTAFE CEO Mark Fidge, Millie Spence, Chloe Graham, President Cliff, Ciaran Lamond-Hallet, Stuart De Bie, Chairman Bill Hewett.
President Cliff thanked SWTAFE CEO Mark Fidge and Rotarians Wendy Mitchem and Bill Hewett for the work done in preparing for tonight.
Bill referred to the assistance provided by Mark, Emily Cowell and many others at SWTAFE, noted that these awards had being going for more years than he cared to remember (a check of the records suggests continuously since 2000-2001).

Mark expressed the thanks of SWTAFE to RCWE for the ongoing support over many years.

It was explained that first year apprentices were nominated by their teachers, after which the selection panel shortlisted 9 who were intensively interviewed. As a result of this process, four are with us tonight:-
    Stuart De Bie        Engineering – Fabrication    Cobden Tools
    Chloe Graham        Cookery    Waack’s Bakery, Ararat & Stawell
    Ciaran Lamond-Hallet    Cabinet Making    GM Cabinets, Warrnambool
    Millie Spence        Parks & Gardens    Horsham Rural City Council

Each apprentice received a framed Certificate. For being judged “top apprentice” Chloe also received $1000 – Ciaran, Millie and Stuart $500 each. There was also a $100 recognition for each of the other five who were interviewed.
In speaking about SWTAFE, CEO Mark noted that it had been a big and interesting year for the Institute, mentioning particularly:-

1. the 600 students from all parts of Victoria who were enrolled, choosing SWTAFE because of its openness and way of dealing with students.

2. the $22M joint community/TAFE library facility under construction, emphasising the community aspect and the various actions taken to make it community-friendly.

3. a $5M grant to refurbish F Block (the one which faces Merri Street) with an emphasis on VCAL students.

4. SWTAFE had been recognised as the “Large Training Provider of the Year 2020” at the Australian Training Awards in competition with all TAFEs across the country.

Peter Reeve gave an update on preparations for the Hole-in-One, and pleaded for members to sign up to the roster being managed by Nicole Larter. Would be seeking “banner collectors” at next week’s meeting.
Joe Baptiste advertised “Orana!”, a Christmas Concert at 2.00 p.m. on Sunday 5 December at the Uniting Church Hall.
Wendy Mitchem “humbled” by support for “Santa Sacks” – sincere thanks to all who contributed.
Also seeking someone to present a school award at St John’s Dennington at 6.30 p.m. on 12 December.
$950.00 from members for Foodshare – sensational!!!!! Add $1000 budgeted by Community Service Committee makes $1950 :: 221kg of food with assistance of Safeway & Aldi. More member money still coming in.

It's Back - The  Hole in One

Rotarians are busily preparing the Hole in One fairway for this year's event. Mowing, whipper-snipping, trimming and even jumping!,
President Cliff with Commander Allan Wood, celebrating the delivery of two Personal Water Craft (PWC). The purchase of the PWC’s was the Rotary Club of Warrnambool Easts R100 project. In partnership with the Rotary Club of Warrnambool, who took the lead role in funding raising, funds were raided to purchase the PWC’s.
On the PWCs there is a need to install lights and signage.  Warrnambool Coast Guard [WCG] is very appreciative of our work and our donation. The shed is where we will have a plaque on it and all donors will be acknowledged. There will be an official handover in front of the media and the WCG will organise that day.


As part of the celebration of 100 years of Rotary Service in Australia, Rotary Clubs were asked to identify projects of lasting benefit to the community and these projects would be completed as part of the celebration.
The Rotary Club of Warrnambool East is supporting an initiative at Lake Pertobe in Warrnambool to be used in the development of an Indigenous meeting place of cultural significance, containing paved areas with sculptures and totems, ground works containing indigenous plants and a curved stone seating area surrounding a metal bowl to be used for ceremonial purposes. This area will be open to all and will be constructed on a small island within the northern end of the Lake Pertobe area. This project is being funded in conjunction with Warrnambool Daybreak Rotary, the Rotary Club of Warrnambool Central, the Warrnambool City Council and the Victorian Government our contribution being $5,000.


The NSSS began in 1983. Its aim was to encourage high school science students to come to Canberra to study. Over a 2 week residential program in January, the selected students were given access to University and other laboratories, and to high standing academics. The first program was delivered in 1984 to 200 young people from across Australia, including one sponsored by RCWE. Developed under the auspices of local Rotarians and academics, the program was initially funded by the Canberra Development Commission. It was later supported for several years by Siemens and by Rio Tinto.
Rotarians have been involved in the selection of students to attend from the very beginning.
Over the years, the NYSF has evolved and grown. It is now a not-for-profit organisation with an experienced and independent volunteer board. The highly qualified and professional corporate team operates out of Canberra, delivering the suite of programs that run throughout the year.
Since 1984, more than 12,000 young Australians have participated in the NYSF Year 12 Program. Our Club, RCWE, has a long and successful record with this program, having successfully sponsored:-
1984 :: Caroline Gunn            2001 :: Kara Woolley    
1987 :: Stephen Pinson           2004 :: Cheryl Orchard    
1990 :: Rebecca O’Brien        2005 :: Tara de Kok    
1992 :: Andrew McKenzie     2009 :: Samuel Ballinger
1993 :: Ben Malseed              2016 :: Katelyn Evans
1995 :: Joanne Ryan              2019 :: Rebecca Zerbe
1998 :: Tim Malseed              2020 :: Tori Parsons
1999 :: Andrew Ballinger      2020 :: ? Jace Nepean ?

In addition, on several occasions when RCWE did not have a candidate, financial support was provided to the student nominated by the other Warrnambool Clubs and by Port Fairy.
Further, for a couple of years, the late PP John Wilson & his wife Fay acted as camp “mum & dad” during the Canberra activities. Ray Welsford was Chair of the District NYSF Committee for several years, and therefore responsible for student selection.

Mobile BBQ Trailer

The mobile BBQ is completely self sufficient and can operate at powered and non-powered locations.

It has stainless steel fixtures including benches and sink, two six burner hot plates, bain-maries, water tank, hot water supply and a fridge.

The Rotary Club of Warrnambool has been catering for community events, both large and small, for many years and has a reputation of providing quality food at competitive prices as well as efficient and friendly service.

For further details contact Peter Hasell,            BBQ Co-ordinator, 0418 529 703.

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