About Our Club

Welcome to the Friendly Club!

Ballarat East

Service Above Self

We usually meet at the Barkly on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 6 for 6.15pm. Please check our speakers list..
Barkly Motor Lodge
45 - 47 Main Road
Ballarat, Victoria  3350
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ballarat East

The Rotary Club of Ballarat East
is committed to making a difference locally, Australia wide, and across International boundaries.
PO Box 455, Ballarat, Victoria, 3353
Call 0474 769 962 to find out how you can make a difference!
About Our Club

Welcome to the Friendly Club!

Ballarat East

Service Above Self

We usually meet at the Barkly on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 6 for 6.15pm. Please check our speakers list..
Barkly Motor Lodge
45 - 47 Main Road
Ballarat, Victoria  3350
District Site
Venue Map
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect Club Service
Community Service
International Service
Rotary Foundation
Membership Director
Special Projects
Bulletin Editor
Vocational & Youth
Club Calendar
July 2018
Rotary International News
A reason to smile

Since 1993, Rotarians in Chile and the United States have teamed up to provide life-altering reconstructive

Reef revisited

A giant artificial reef in the shape of a Rotary wheel restores marine life and protects the livelihood of several fishing villages in the

Laura Bush addresses Rotarians

Former first lady of the United States speaks at

Latest News
Changeover night.........and what a night it was! Lots of presentations including two important Paul Harris Fellow recognitions, one for Emma & 2 PHF sapphires for Marg! Congratulations Ladies, very well deserved!  Photo is out with the old - Judy & Jim and in with the new...Phil!
Recently we handed out funds raised over the last 12 months. Those present and pictured are representatives from The Salvation Army, Special Olympics, Fiona Elsey Cancer Research, Ballarat Hospice, The Smith Family and Sanon restaurant in Myanmar.
The Book Bonanza will be held a little earlier than usual this year!! Our new dates are Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th August! Hope to see you there!


Our guest speaker this week was Lyn Hedger, who spoke on the topic "Sister Alice Kitchen’s diaries". Lyn has transcribed Alice’s three very large handwritten diaries which are located in the State Library here in Victoria...a mammoth task. Alice wrote an entry in her diary every day for the five years of her involvement in WW1 as a Nursing Sister.

A very interesting talk, thanks Lyn.

Recently we held a Book Bonanza planning night at our Donations in Kind depot. We feasted on soup and the usual BBQ fare which stood us in good stead for the meeting. A great night was enjoyed by all and several good ideas were discussed.
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As part of our second hand books project, we place books at Ballarat Hospital. For a small donation, patients can purchase a book to read to help pass the time. This is a joint venture between BHS Foundation and our Rotary Club of Ballarat East.
This week we said goodbye and good luck to June Henderson, one of our Honorary members. June has been involved with Ballarat East for almost 50 years, firstly through her late husband John and in later years through DIK. She has helped us greatly with sorting books and working at the Book Bonanza. June is leaving Ballarat to be closer to her family. We will miss you June!
On Tuesday evening, we planted some 150 native trees in a cluster group on the Martin property. This was done in response to RI President Ian Riseley's challenge for every Rotarian to plant at least one tree during this Rotary year. Thanks to the Martin family, the Wattle Flat Pootilla Land Care Group, our members and partners and the BBQ chefs!
A busy night at Rotary last Tuesday........2 certificates of appreciation - one for Graeme who has 40 years service and the other for Alec with 30 years service; Kyle from St Pat's who recently returned from NYSF in Canberra and Richard's my job talk!
Some of the team at Ballarat Swap Meet....a huge undertaking by the 8 Rotary Clubs in Ballarat, Wendouree and Alfredton.
At last week's working bee and BBQ at DIK, we were proud to induct David Stokes into our Club....welcome David!
We have left the old and moved into our new home at Donations in Kind Depot Ballarat Airport!
Want to know more about Donations in Kind? Give us a call on 0474769962!
Upcoming Speakers
DG Anthony's Visit
Jul 24, 2018
At the Barkly
No Meeting
Jul 31, 2018
Aug 07, 2018
Kendra Overall - Camp Quality
Aug 14, 2018
At the Barkly
Larna Woodyatt - Organ Donation
Aug 21, 2018
At the Barkly
No Meeting
Aug 28, 2018
Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Roster 24 July
Drew, Gavin
Jeffreys, Albert
Hewitt, Graeme
Sutton, Graeme
Madden, Tony
Llewellyn, William
Upcoming Events
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PP Lachlan with PDG Geoff James.  PDG Geoff spoke to us about the
wonderful work that the Foundation does and how important it is that we continue to support it!
Two inductions, one Paula Harris Sapphire presentation and two 'what you don't know about me' talks!!  Busy Busy!
We inducted Barry & Richard, welcomed back former member Dave for a PH sapphire and learnt a whole lot more about Caroline and John!
All ready at Tidal River for the start of the Great Victorian Bike Ride. 
We arranged for the riders bike boxes to be stored and transported to the end of the ride for collection.
The collection team will be at Trafalgar on Sunday.
Last weekend we catered for the IFMR at their AGM.  Our Co President Jim was up until the AGM, also the President of the Australian chapter of the IFMR.  Rotarians and their partners started the ride from Sydney and returned to Sydney via Broken Hill, Adelaide, Ballarat and lots of places in between.

Well done to Eleanor, Craig, Norma and Jason on a wonderful effort in completing the Eureka Climb and raising $1,370 for Interplast and Whitelion.

Ray Herbert, the District Governor for 2017/2018 visited the Club this week.  DG Ray was accompanied by his wife Deidre and the Assistant Governor for Group 8, Andrew Pipkorn.  A meeting with the board was followed by a night of fun, food, fellowship and some Rotary trivia.
Vale Robin James Nuttall OAM   13/01/1936 – 08/10/2017
Robin was inducted as a member of our Club on 15th February 1977. Over 40+ years of service, Robin exemplified what it means to be a Rotarian.  He gave every aspect of his Rotary life his full attention; nothing was started unless he could finish it.  He was a man of his word and a true gentleman.  Robin was involved in all aspects of Club life and during the last few years had taken on the role of ‘senior statesman’ and the ‘go to man’ when Rotary protocol advice was needed.
Robin was President in 1981/1982 and again in 2000/2001. He was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow in June 1992, followed by sapphires in June 2012 and another sapphire in 2016 in recognition for his work with the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians.  A total of 4 sapphires!
In June 2008, Robin was recognised by the Club with a Four Avenues of Service Citation and was the recipient of the Don Robinson Memorial President’s Award recognising Service Above Self within the Club in June 2011.
Robin was also heavily involved in Scouting, flying, cars, jazz and the Church.  And who can forget his beloved motorbike and sidecar! 
Robin will be very sadly missed by Val and their family and Club members.
A passage taken from Robin’s memoir ‘Nuts To You Too’ (2008) sums up Robin’s life.
“I know the journey up to now has been exhilarating, sometimes exciting, but never boring”
‘And so, nuts to you too’
We have been a bit busy over the last few weeks.......working bees for Ballarat's Big Book Bonanza and a social night at Cubby Haus Brewing........not only Making A Difference but having fun as well!
This week we had the great pleasure of inducting Jason Russell into our Club. Jason has been a familiar face around the Club for some time as a member of Ballarat South East Rotaract and has often assisted us with the Book Bonanza and Swap Meet etc.
Welcome Jason, we look forward to working with you to help 'Make a Difference' in our local and international communities!
Yesterday, in very cold weather, we had the WestVic Hockey Club join us on the Community BBQ.
Please contact Jim Allen on 0419860320 if your community group is interested in raising money on a walk in/walk out basis. We are at the market on the third Sunday of the month.
What else would you do on a Sunday morning........well members of the Leigh Catchment Group planted trees and we cooked their lunch!
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