What has been happening at RCWE

Our ‘culinary crew’ at the Greyhounds during May Race Week

Our thanks must also go to all who helped including our ‘clean-up crew’ members who were inside the venue and to our ‘car parking crew’ who were braving the elements and especially to John Jehu, our event coordinator.

Annual May Races Breakfast meeting with the RC Daybreak

Thanks to Maggie, our organiser, who was resplendent in a black
number with matching black feathered hat
and matching red glasses and red boots
‘‘Three wise men’ plus the President Elect.
John’ s hat was a delightful little creation
The race that stops?

Update on Paragliding Off Mt Everest

President Cliff gave a follow-up on Ken Hutt from the RC of Berry who as we know is on his paraglide mission from Mt Everest. Ken and his team have gone to the summit of a mountain near Mt Everest in order to acclimatise to the local conditions that they shall face when they ascend Everest. (see story below).
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Guest Speaker - Paragliding Off Mt Everest

Cliff introduced Rotarian Gary Newton to speak about polio. Gary then introduced guest speaker Ken Hutt. Gary thanked the clubs for the opportunity to speak, and acknowledged DG John Clue and Heather. Gary spoke of his connection between Ken and himself, and also their connection with Rotary and how they could promote the ongoing campaign to eradicate polio.
In Australia, there are still about 40,000 polio survivors who are now suffering late effects of polio and post polio syndrome. Polio Australia assists these people in a number of ways. To promote polio eradication and support, Ken and Gary continue to travel and speak about polio, its effects, and the importance of Rotary continuing its pursuit to eradicate polio.
Gary spoke of some of the challenges of people with children who had polio including a poor family in India who gave up their child for adoption in the hope for a better life in Canada. Gary played a short video which highlighted how polio had affected many people. This included noting that many polio sufferers wear shorts, as this highlights the effects of polio and the impact it has had on people who have suffered from polio. Hence tonight, Gary was wearing shorts to reinforce awareness.
In introducing Ken, Gary noted that at 62 years young, Ken was here to speak about his Mt Everest paragliding challenge.
Ken’s Paraglider displaying the Rotary wheel and the End Polio logo.
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Guest Speaker - 17 February

In introducing Terry Williams, Peter highlighted that Terry is Chairman of RVFR Southern Zone, has been President of Packenham Rotary Club, and has also been Assistant Governor of Rotary District 9820. In twenty years, Terry and his wife have raised over a million dollars for community projects.
Guest speaker Terry Williams speaking about the RVFR.
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Farewell to Ian Heard after 40 years of Service

After a little bit of 'roasting, in a more serious vein, Peter referred to Ian’s big “trust me” grin and the fact that his mind was always racing, like Kevin Sheedy, with the next idea, even if sometimes it had to be reined in or tweaked a little to fit within the bounds of reality. Peter referred further to Ian’s passion for Rotary and his pride in the organisation, his integrity and sincerity.
Ray Welsford then presented Heardies’ This is Your Rotary Life, making special mention of the club’s activities during his Induction Year (1981-1982), his year as President (2002-2003), and his final year of membership (2021-2022). There was also a record of the facts that he was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition (26 June 2003), Sapphire (24 June 2010), Avenues of Service Citation (23 June 2011), and the Stewart Dumesny Award (30 June 2016).
There was special mention of his outstanding contribution to the Hole-in-One, the development of the BBQ program, and to the club fellowship by making his home available for pie nights, BBQs, footy watching, and other activities.
Ian Heard with President Cliff Heath and HIO Chair Peter Reeve at the final of 2021-22 Hole in One Final
Special mention was made of the support Ian received from Margaret through the many years.
Noel Kenna spoke of Ian’s enthusiasm for golf and the many adventures they had all round Australia at activities of the International Fellowship of Golfing Rotarians.
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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.

We are back. After a successful Hole in One, the Club can once again cater for BBQ's.

Contact John Jehu - 0418 558 151.

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Art Show 

Cessation of City of Warrnambool Art Show

The Rotary Club of Warrnambool East would like to inform the community that we are no longer able to facilitate the City of Warrnambool Art Show. Unfortunately we have not been able to find another group or individual to take over this event.
As well as supporting many worthy causes over our 26 years, we believe we have also provided valuable opportunities for artists to show their work to a wider audience, and the opportunity to be rewarded financially.
We acknowledge and thank sponsors, artists and the community most sincerely for your contribution and support over the years – it has been truly invaluable.
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50th Anniversary and Changeover Dinner

At the 50th Anniversary Dinner and Changeover Dinner held 1 July, Rotarians, Ex-Rotarians and guests celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Club.
Paul Harris Fellows in attendance at the 50th Anniversary Dinner
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The Rotary Club of Warrnambool East Inc. presented the second Dr John Birrell award to recipient Senior Constables John Keats and Trudy Morland  of the  Warrnambool Police.

Nominations for the award were given for South West (WD2) members of the Police Force who display excellence in all aspects of Road Policing.

"Road safety is something that John and I are really passionate about as community engagement officers." said Senior Constable Trudy Moreland

The recipient received a prize of $2500 to be donated to a registered charity of their choice that is aligned with Road Safety. Senior Constables John Keats and Trudy Morland elected to donate the $2500 award to Warrnambool Road Trauma Support Services.

RTSS provide counselling and support services to people impacted by road trauma, and address road user attitudes and behaviours.

"We are all about raising public consciousness about the impact of road trauma," RTSS regional co-ordinator for Warrnambool and Portland Rhys Tate said.

The award was named in honour of Dr John Birrell OAM, a former police surgeon for 20 years was a tireless campaigner for road safety and was instrumental in introducing Breath testing of drivers and compulsory wearing of seat belts.

Please join us in congratulating Senior Constables John Keats and Trudy Morland on this outstanding achievement.

Extra funds: Warrnambool Club of Rotary East president Maggie Dwyer presents a cheque to Road Trauma Support Services of Victoria's Rhys Tate, with Leading Senior Constable Trudy Morland. Picture: Rob Gunstone
Warrnambool Club of Rotary East president Maggie Dwyer presents a cheque to Road Trauma Support Services of Victoria's Rhys Tate, with Leading Senior Constable Trudy Morland.
Picture: Rob Gunstone Courtesy Warrnambool Standard



The Rotary Club of Warrnambool East Inc. presented the inaugural Dr John Birrell award to recipient Senior Constable Jo Wastell of Warrnambool Highway Patrol.

Nominations for the award were given for South West (WD2) members of the Police Force who display excellence in all aspects of Road Policing.

The recipient received a prize of $2000 to be donated to a registered charity of her choice that is aligned with Road Safety. Senior Constable Jo Wastell elected to... donate the $2000 award to Warrnambool SES as a thank you to all the work they do in assisting us with our work at collisions.

The award was named in honour of Dr John Birrell OAM, a former police surgeon for 20 years was a tireless campaigner for road safety and was instrumental in introducing Breath testing of drivers and compulsory wearing of seat belts.

Please join us in congratulating Senior Constable Jo Wastell on this outstanding achievement.


50th Anniversary and Changeover Dinner - 1 July 2017

50th Anniversary and Changeover Celebrations
Saturday July 1st
2pm to 5pm - Memorabilia Display - at the Warrnambool Football Netball Club, Albert Park Warrnambool
From 6pm - 50th Anniversary and Changeover Dinner  Carmichael Room, City Memorial Bowls Club, Cramer St Warrnambool.
Dinner Price  $50 per head includes canapes and 3 course meal.

The Rotary Club of Warrnambool East was chartered on the 28th June 1967.  To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Club we are holding a joint 50th Anniversary and Changeover Dinner on 1st July 2017 from 6:00pm at the City Memorial Bowls Club  - Carmichael Room (Tickets: $50 per head includes canapes and 3 course meal).

This event will be preceded by an afternoon reliving the memories of the past 50 years with a display of memorabilia at the Home of the  Club - Warrnambool Football Netball Club from 2pm to 5pm

Join current and past members of the club other Rotarians and members of the community to celebrate the wonderful achievements of the Rotary Club of Warrnambool East over the past 50 years. 

The event will also feature the induction of our President and Board for 2017-18.

To confirm attendance or for further information contact Secretary (PDG) Ray Welsford, ph: 0409 023 854 or welsford@hotkey.net.au

50th Anniversary Dinner

(Article from Warrnambool Standard)
Warrnambool East Rotary Club is hosting a special birthday celebration – and it’s hoping some old mates will attend.
Club member and keen historian Ray Welsford and club chairman Peter Reeve want former club members and partners to make contact before the end of June in anticipation of 50th anniversary commemorations.
“It is the 50th anniversary of the club on June 28, 1967 and we plan to commemorate this very important anniversary with a number of events to mark the occasion,” Mr Welsford said.
“We want all past members and partners to contact us and be part of the activities planned for July 1.”
Mr Welsford said festivities would include a memorabilia display in the afternoon followed by a formal dinner and speeches.
“The evening will incorporate our annual changeover dinner, speeches on the history of the club, recognition of members and certificates for award winners,” he said.
Mr Welsford said Rotary was originally founded in 1905 with the sole purpose of fellowship.
“Paul Harris and three business friends founded the organisation in Chicago as a means of country-minded men maintaining friendships in a city,” he said.
“There were just four of them back then, now there are over a million worldwide, but we still maintain those country-style friendships.”
Warrnambool East Rotary Club, Warrnambool’s second Rotary club, currently has 52 members.
“The club was chartered in 1967 when Warrnambool was deemed big enough for another Rotary club,” Mr Welsford said.
“During the next 40 years there have been 253 Rotarians inducted into the club, and along the way two new Rotary clubs have also been chartered in the city.
“Warrnambool East has indeed come a long way.”
Chairman Peter Reeve, himself a past club president, said he hoped the event would attract large numbers.
“I’d love at least 200 to come and celebrate with us,” he said.
“It’d be great to have a round up of past presidents, Paul Harris Fellows, and past members and, of course, we want to encourage partners to attend as well.”
Mr Reeve hopes club celebrations generate fond memories.
“It’ll be a great chance for some to see themselves in old photos and celebrate 50 years with the club,” he said.
“Its just a great chance to remember old times and have a laugh.”
Celebrations will be held at the Warrnambool Football Club followed by dinner at the Carmichael room at Warrnambool’s City Memorial Bowls Club.
We want all past members and partners to contact us and be part of the activities planned for July 1.”
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Crags Memorial

PP Roger outlined how memorial was the realisation of a dream of PP Andrew Coffey.  Andrew was aware of the plane wreck from his diving days, and in 2002 Andrew started the chain of events which finally led to the acknowledgement of the passing of the four airmen. Roger acknowledged the contribution of PDG Ray Welsford and Andrew to the event, as well as ex Rotarian Bernie Farley.

Many Rotarians rated this event as one of the best the club had ever done. It was the first time the families had met. One of the families had previously not known where the plane had crashed.

Below is an article published in Warrnambool Standard and  a letter received from Craig Baulderstone

The Crags memorial brings closure for families of air crew lost in 1944 crash

A STRIKING memorial has brought closure for the families of four airmen who died in a crash off Lady Julia Percy Island during World War II.
The stone monument, unveiled at The Crags west of Port Fairy on Saturday, features a scale replica of an Avro Anson aircraft which the men were flying in on February 15, 1944.
The bodies of the RAAF aviators — flight sergeants James MacLellan and Dennis Baulderstone and leading aircraftmen Norman Kruck and Brian Ladyman — were never recovered and the remains of the plane still lie in the ocean at the base of a cliff.
The men had been based at Mount Gambier, supporting air observers and carrying out training missions along the coastline.
The crash was a tightly kept secret, hidden in the war files, and the airmen were never given a burial service or recognised in any way. Family members were not formally notified of the men’s death until nearly eight months later.
That all changed when East Warrnambool Rotary Club member Andrew Coffey, an abalone diver, became aware of the wreckage and led a movement to have the lost men honoured.
About 50 of their relatives gathered for the dedication service, where Air Force Group Captain Terence Deeth asked them to look across to Lady Julia Percy and “be mindful of the great loss of these men and the loved ones that suffered”.
Captain Deeth said it was only due to the dedication and work of Rotary members that all four families were able to gather together for a final farewell.
Aircraftman MacLellan’s daughter Ann Sorensen was just two days short of her first birthday when her father died.
“I heard so many stories when I was little. I spent my childhood hoping he would ride up on a white charger and rescue me,” Mrs Sorensen said.
Aircraftman Ladyman’s sister Elizabeth Hastings, who travelled from Western Australia with her family, described the day as “fantastic”.
Mrs Hastings said her family was emotionally unable to speak about the loss of her brother until one of her nephews, Bill Ladyman, began asking questions.
Mr Ladyman, who also attended Saturday’s dedication, was just six years old when he noticed the initials “BCL” carved into the door of the family farm’s chaff shed. His father revealed the letters were placed there by his brother, Brian Carter Ladyman, who had died in the war. Craig Baulderstone, nephew of flight sergeant Dennis Baulderstone, said his uncle signed up for the airforce at the age of 20 and worked his way through the ranks. He spent his tour of active service in Hudson bombers out of Darwin.
He survived and spent 40 days on leave with his family in the summer of 1943-44. After a tour it was compulsory to spend at least six months in a training role and he took up his position at the air observers school in Mount Gambier.
He was killed in the mysterious crash in his first week in the new role and only a few days off his 23rd birthday.
“Dennis’ mum Beatrice was convinced he would come home,” Mr Baulderstone said.
“She always thought he had been captured by a Japanese sub and one day he would walk in through the back door.”
The monument, made from locally quarried bluestone, was donated by Michael and Cheryl Steel and sculpted and erected by Bamstone of Port Fairy. Stonemason Ian Knowles spent 100 hours cutting and hand finishing the sculpture.
“We wanted it to be significant and the design (of a banking plane) does that in two ways. Number one, it means it’s coming home, so there’s some closure for the families. Number two, if you are being rescued, a plane will tilt its wing to acknowledge it has spotted you.”

Letter from Craig Baulderstone

I wasn't sure how to say thankyou and express the level of gratitude i have for the ceremony on Saturday, to you and the other Warrnambool Rotary people. I was truly amazed at the extent of your efforts to honour these men. As much as anything to me it was the funeral Dennis never got, so just as we handed out pictures of my Dad at his funeral, I have attached the photos i have and the words i had on the table in the hall. Below i have also reflected on the weekend.
I guess I have lived my whole life with the stories about Dennis and the mystery associated with it. The announcement of the monument has been a great trigger to delve deeper into the history and that in itself has been a great journey and I have learnt so much. Sharing this with family and then seeing so many family members that i have generally lost touch with was great, and to be honest I was surprised to find just how interested they also were. So it was also a great family reunion.
I had been so busy with research that I suppose I haven't stopped to have expectations of what this event might be like. We pulled into Yambuk, having driven from Adelaide, and thought, "now to find the hall". As we turned the bend, cars everywhere, rotarians guiding cars into parks, huge great buses - it wasn't hard to find!
We met some of the people who have dedicated so much of their time to this memorial. We met family we haven't seen for many years, all having heard stories from Dennis' brothers and sisters as they grew up, all just memories though with that generation of family all passed now. Gone the chance to question details, like I had of my dad for many years. And yet from records and first hand accounts of people I met that day, I think we understand more than any of those or his parents ever did.
In silence of the bus trip, watching my 8 and 10 yo boys playing with their cousins, 6 boys in all under the age of 10, thinking how WW1 or 2 would have impacted a family like ours. Baulderstone cousins fought in both wars, with loss of life in both. What a tragedy and yet I still want my boys to fight for what is right, don't stand by and watch injustice, don't subscribe to what seems to be the common 'me generation' - why would I get involved if I don't have to. Of course ‘king and country’ doesn’t mean much to me but perhaps that in reality means the same as ‘our collective lifestyle we live in Australia’.
Then on the bus the first waves of emotion about the ceremony that hit me, that this huge number of people here to honour these men and my Uncle, I was just wishing my Dad could see this – he was always so proud of Dennis. Then as I got off the bus, the monument, the military representatives, the tents, all these chairs - and it hit me, this is Dennis' funeral, the only funeral he ever had. We are the only family left now to attend and honour him. What a shame that only one person who agonised at the time with the loss of these men was alive to be there - LAC Ladyman's sister - and I was so inspired by her reaction that sent a chill up my spine - "yes" she shouted as she threw her hands in the air - it was like she was saying "at last he is recognised, at last he is put to rest." I feel the same way, but I hadn't met Dennis to directly grieve his loss and the mystery of never finding a body, always hoping as my Grandmother would say "one day he is going to walk in that door" believing the Japanese had captured him in a submarine.  I guess it was easier for her to believe that than that after all the dangers of his active service up north, that he was now gone in a relatively safe training role.
But as was mentioned in the ceremony, the war effort is like one big machine and every effort combines to make it effective. You don’t get good pilots and navigators unless they are trained and there is always a risk with flying as so many training accidents demonstrated.
And the ‘wake’ as I saw it afterwards had a familiar feel to it – people sharing their stories, meeting other friends and relatives all with the one common aim, paying their respects and honouring the memory as this one big group.
On the Sunday, our family organized to be taken out to the island by a long term local fisherman that had helped divers recover a propeller of the plane in the late 60’s, that they had found while abalone diving.  There was this strange sort of comfort in seeing exactly where the wreckage had landed, being in the same location, being able to picture them struggling to land and being so close but obviously something going wrong. But visualising all this, at the location, somehow made it all that much easier, made more sense, I could put to rest so many ‘what ifs’ that were running through my head while researching it. If only I could take my dad or better my Nana there. But at least we have done this and somehow I just feel all the better for doing it - it all seems so right somehow. Like Ladyman’s sister, there is some relief like we have finished something that should have been done years ago. I’m not religious, but if there spirits are there I am sure all four men will rest easier and that would have to appreciate the respect shown to them.
But this would never have happened if it wasn’t for Warrnambool Rotary and I don’t know how to do justice to the level of gratitude I have. Sometimes you just have to say thank you and leave it at that.
You are the only ones i have email for, so please pass on our gratitude to others.
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Memorial for WWII Lady Julia Percy air crash victims

Memorial for WWII Lady Julia Percy air crash victims

FOUR airmen who died when their plane crashed into Lady Julia Percy Island during a World War II surveillance flight will be honoured this month in a nationally-significant ceremony.

They will be given their first official RSL funeral ritual 71 years after the tragedy and bring closure to one of Australia’s forgotten wartime tragedies. Family members and relatives, air force delegates and civic and parliamentary leaders will be among more than 100 invited guests on February 14 at The Crags car park, where a special memorial will be unveiled within clear view of the crash scene.

A bronze plaque on a monumental stone supplied, sculptured and mounted by Bamstone of Port Fairy will be unveiled by a senior RAAF officer representing the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, and dedicated by RAAF chaplain Peter Phillips.

A catafalque party will be mounted by personnel from the Laverton-Point Cook air force unit and an honour guard provided by Warrnambool cadets. Air force bereavement pins will be presented to family members of the crash victims.

The four airmen, Flight Sergeant James Henry MacLellan of Victoria, Flight Sergeant Dennis Baulderstone of South Australia, Leading Aircraftman Norman Kruck of Queensland and Leading Aircraftman Brian Ladyman of Western Australia were flying from Mount Gambier air base when they crashed on the island on February 15, 1944.

Their remains and part of their Avro Anson plane have lain in the ocean at the base of the island since that fateful day. The crew was officially listed as “missing on non-operational navigation exercise”. Some of the wings were recovered and taken away under guard for examination.

Various theories have been speculated on the cause of the crash, ranging from mechanical trouble to being shot at by an enemy vessel. The incident lay largely forgotten until Warrnambool resident Andrew Coffey investigated after noticing the wreckage while working as an abalone diver. As a long-time member of Warrnambool East Rotary Club, he triggered efforts to have the men recognised and contact their families through newspaper articles.

His efforts were supported by details about the crash recorded in the book A’OSIS Airfield by Ron Telford of Mount Gambier, who is unable to attend the ceremony due to ill health.

Mr Ladyman’s sister and Mr MacLellan’s daughter will attend the ceremony.

It is understood the families were unaware of where their loved ones had died until contacted by Mr Coffey and fellow Rotarian Roger Cussen. Public access to The Crags Road will be closed for the ceremony and those attending will be bussed from Yambuk to the venue.

Anyone wishing to attend is asked to register with Rotarian Ray Welsford on 0409 023 854 or welsford@hotkey.net.au

The memorial will be open for public viewing from Sunday, February 15

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