About the Rotary Club of Rosebud-Rye Inc.

Club Members at the Club's Changeover - 30 June 2021

NYE 2022 - Supporting our First Responders


Now in its 8th year, Rotarians from Rotary Rosebud-Rye prepared a good nourishing meal for 90+ police officers and first responders, before going out on duty for the rest of the night. 

With officers all fed, they were addressed at the 7.45pm muster.  Teams could not resist grabbing a sausage in bread on the run as they headed out to protect our homes, our businesses and our safety on what must be the busiest night of the year.

Having served all present, the team prepared meals for the night shift and any others who might come in later during the evening. 

Initially a service sponsored entirely by the Rotary Club, over time the local community has also embraced this initiative, and we acknowledge the support of local businesses:  Greg's Family Gourmet Butchers and Woolworths Rye who donated the entire meal, while Bakers Delight Rye once again supported us by providing dinner rolls and bread at half-price. 

Well done to Barry and Lynne, Darren and Kate, Bernard and Doris and Doug for once again preparing, and serving the meal. 

Welcome New Member Mandy Oldridge  


A warm welcome was extended to our newest member Mandy Oldridge, when she was inducted into Rotary Rosebud-Rye on Wednesday 8 December. 


Mandy and husband David have recently returned to Australia after living in Asia for 20 years, and have moved to the Mornington Peninsula.  In her remarks, Mandy stressed how they are both keen to become involved in the local community - and thanked the Club for the warm welcome they have received.

Pictured: Mandy (centre) with Club President Libby Wilson, and her Mentor Philip Hedley (President Elect 2022/2023) 

Local Leaders receive Paul Harris Fellowships 

Marie Lee, long term Rosebud resident, has for many years led the Victorian Quilters Very Snuggly Quilts Auxiliary for the Royal Children's Hospital, and is currently also President of Victorian Quilters.  Very Snuggly Quilts is an initiative where exquisite quilts are made by people from all over the state and delivered to children with a chronic life threatening illness whilst they are in hospital. They then take them home, often returning with their quilts for warmth and comfort when they return to the hospital for subsequent visits.  

In recognition of her outstanding leadership and contribution, and her incredible voluntary contribution on a daily basis, Rotary Rosebud-Rye presented Marie with a Paul Harris Fellowship at the Club meeting on Wednesday 8 December, 2021. 

Congratulations Marie! 

Pictured: Club President Libby Wilson presenting Marie with her Paul Harris pin and certificate. 


Samantha Bourke, Leader of Rosebud Girl Guides, was nominated for a Paul Harris Fellowship in appreciation of her outstanding and significant leadership and her contribution to promoting a strong community.  

Her encouragement, leadership and positive influence has enabled many girls to try and succeed at a range of new skills, and achieve their personal goals and milestones, from achieving their Baden Powell Award, to the Queen's Guide Award.  

Along with her full time role as Business Manager at Paringa Estate, and her weekly leadership commitment with the girls, Sam's passion for outdoor activities has led her to Coordinate the Southern Region Outdoor Activities Team, serve as an Outdoor Skills Assessor, team leadership at State events, heading up the 2022 Region Camp Team, serving on the Committee for the Guide Campsite at Churchill Park, and is a member of the SWAT Trefoil Guild who undertake a range of service projects. 

Congratulations Sam!                                                                                    #EverythingSheWantsToBe

Thank You Esso Australia!

Putting spare Esso laptops to work, was the brainchild of Esso Australia's Long Island Point Manager David McCord, and the Club was delighted to accept one of these laptops on 25th November, 2021. The laptop will be used to assist with Club operations, and the monthly Rye Foreshore Market.

Here, David presents the laptop to Club President Libby Wilson, accompanied by Club Secretary Heather Barton, at the Long Island Point plant. 

and....the Guides in Rosebud say Thank You!

At the Club Meeting on 8th December, 2021, an Appreciation Certificate was presented to President Libby Wilson, from Samantha Bourke, Guide Leader at Rosebud Girl Guides.

This Certificate recognised the ongoing and wonderful support provided by Rotary for local girls undertaking the Girl Guide program. 

Most recently, a grant was made by the Club to enable the completion of the installation of a Disabled Toilet at Rosebud Guide Hall, enabling the hall to be used by more as a community resource. 

Gerard Mansour, the well-known Commissioner for Senior Victorians created a lively discussion following his enlightening address to Club Members on 15th December, 2021.

He drew our attention to 'Ageing Well in a Changing World - a report for Senior Victorians ', a report released November 2020.  

He discussed some of the findings:

1. Have a positive attitude - and accept you'll need help one day with daily living.  Try new things. Deal with life's challenges (e.g. COVID, loss and grief)

2. Have purpose and meaning to your life.  He reiterated what we as a Club are finding, that volunteers are slow to return to volunteering post COVID, and how important it is that people do get out and about and create that purpose and meaning that comes from volunteering.

3. Be connected to family, friends and society .... especially those social connections - thereby reducing the risk of increased sense of isolation and loneliness.

4. Be able to manage health issues, including mental health issues (naming and acknowledging mental health issues is important - and understanding that there are wait times for appointments).


Among the questions was a query about Powers of Attorney - and he referred people to the excellent work previously done by the Office of the Public Advocate:   



Club Meetings Resume Wed 19 January, 2021 (in person):

Face to Face Meetings are back - Wednesdays fortnightly! (6 for 6.30pm) - 2nd and 4th Wednesdays (but members can still join via Zoom if they wish on these evenings)

Meetings via Zoom on the intervening Wednesday evenings (7pm) - 1st and 3rd Wednesdays  

5th Wednesdays - usually our social get-togethers.

Thanks to Technology/IT/Support Director Bernard Wong for continuing to enable these to happen.     

Community Consultations

Working together to meet the needs of our Community

Better Together

How can Rotary best help our local community? 

What more can be done?

These are the questions we are asking ourselves as we embark on our next major strategic plan.

The first of two community consultations - Better Together - was held on Thursday 2 September 2021, bringing together local not for profit organisations and agencies who are working with community members to meet each other, share their work, and find out how, by working together, we can all play a part to achieve greater social impact.  

Young People Matter                           

On Friday 17 September 2021, the second of our community consultations was held, bringing together organisations who are working with local young people to meet each other, to learn more about the 'problems' - and discover if there are any gaps, and to collaborate together to achieve greater impact.

We thank those involved for participating in this project which takes a strategic approach to help Rotary Rosebud-Rye gain clarity over our future direction in supporting our community. 

Rotary Club of Rosebud-Rye Inc Annual Report for the Year Ended 30 June, 2021.
The Annual Report for the Year Ended 30 June 2021 was presented to members at our AGM on Wednesday 24th November, 2021
RCRR Annual Report 2020 2021 for AGM 24
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RCRR Enterprises Limited - first Annual Report 2020 2021 - was presented to members at the RCRR Enterprises AGM on Wednesday 24th November, 2021
RCRR Enterprises Annual Report 2020 2021
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Club Newsletter - published 8 December, 2021 (the final newsletter for 2021)
RCRR Newsletter 8-12-2021.pdf
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Discover Rotary
A presentation for anyone wanting to know more - and consider joining Rotary.
Discover Rotary RCRR.pdf
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Rotary Club of Rosebud Rye Strategic Plan - 2020 2023
Following an extensive consultation process, with assistance from Phil Dressing (District 98210), our Strategic Plan was signed off by the Board at the July 2020 meeting.
RCRR Strategic Plan 2020 2025 approved J
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