Welcome to the Rotary Club of Umina Beach 

Our club meets at the Everglades Country Club in Dunban Road Woy Woy  each Wednesday evening from 6:30pm until 8:00pm. We enjoy a meal together, friendly fellowship, and are addressed by an interesting guest speaker on an extremely varied range of public interest topics.

Visitors to our club meetings are welcome at any time 

President 2017 - 18  Mike Curley


 This week's TORQUE

See all of our MOST UP TO DATE HAPPENINGS in all of our weekly Bulletins, The Torque, in NEWS above.


10th January 2018                     Annual Golf Day & BBQ Everglades Country Club  3pm

17th January 2018                     Club Assembly

24th January 2018                     RYLA Awardee, Caitlin McLachlan speaks on her experience

31st January 2018                     Karen Sullivan – Barnardos Australia – Child Protection

7th February 2018              Club Birthday with returned Youth Exchange Student from Mexico, Jenna Woodhouse

14th February 2018                   Patonga Wharf at 5.30 PM

21st February 2018          Sarah Beard – Take 3 for the Sea.

23rd to 25th February 2018   Youth Exchange Weekend

9th to 11th March 2018              District 9685 Conference in the Blue Mountains






Our Annual Youth Exchange Weekend is almost upon us!

Into the New Rotary Year
This year's Changeover meeting was planned as a more casual event than normal as our President, Mike Curley, magnanimously agreed to lead us again this year. Additionally, our Board has only one change for the new year. As a result a night of fun and laughter was enjoyed by all present.
Bruce Croft was presented with the Award of Excellence
Geoff Melville was awarded the prestigious RI Citation for outstanding efforts in all Avenues of Service

Central Coast Interactive War Museum
Our club spent a fascinating evening at the Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit in West Gosford. ( Following an excellent meal prepared by owner, Andrew Church and his wonderful staff, and an address by Andrew describing the exhibit, members were able to browse through the array of memorabilia honouring 100 years of our nation's defence forces.

Pride of Workmanship Awards
Our club has enjoyed one of our most prestige events of the year with the presentation of our Pride of Workmanship Awards. These awards are presented to employees of local businesses who have given regular exceptional service in their professions and show a real pride in what they do. Awards this year went to Kylie Oakes and Rad Popowicz from Peninsula Village, Susan Murphy from Umina PCYC, Alia Khan from Active Edge Promotions, Cameron Skehan a local carpenter, and Max Wildman from Bakers Delight. Congratulations to all of these awardees and to our Vocational Director, Simon Darwin, who organised the awards and conducted the presentations.

Our New International Project

Four of our members are currently (August) on Vakuta Island in Papua New Guinea installing solar panels and fresh water to the local school. Encouraged by teacher, Grace Hull, and club member, Steven Gagau, the club raised funds and gained a grant from the Rotary Foundation to make a difference for students and community in this beautiful place. As well as carrying out building, our members also took with them school materials, football boots and footballs, clothing, and Days for Girls kits.

Shane Johnson, Ryan White, and Peter Doherty displaying gifts for children.

Teacher, Grace Hull, and team leader, Steven Gagau

Welcome to our new 2016 -17 Rotary Exchange Student

Our club has been delighted to welcome our newest exchange student, Valentine Blampain, who comes to us from Belgium. Valentine will remain with our club until June 2017 and will attend Brisbane Water Secondary College during her stay. Valentine is a keen distance runner and has already taken to the track since her arrival. She has also been a very welcome attendee at our club meetings and has already been given a job. 

Valentine proves to be a great "Corporal" during the fines session.

Happy New Rotary Year

Once again our annual Changeover was a memorable evening with a maximum number of members and guests in attendance. Congratulations to new President, Mike Curley, and all recipients of awards. 

President's Badge passes from old to new

2016 - 2017 Board

Peter Doherty receives International Avenues of Service Award

Geoff Melville second Sapphire Pin

Glen Scorer Saphire Pin

Bruce Croft Achievement Award

 Our Newest Member!

Our club was delighted to welcome our newest member at our meeting last week. Ryan White is a local builder, family member, and highly skilled player in the sport of floorball. Welcome Ryan!

 Ryan White    New Member

 PDG Tony Castley, President Shane Johnson, and Nominating Member, Clyde Marshall, raise a glass in celebration with Ryan


 Community Service Awards

This is one of our favorite nights of the year. This year we recognised the outstanding efforts of three local women who have contributed tirelessly to our community, and another who has shown amazing skill and effort in leading and teaching the students of the Brisbane Water Secondary College Cattle Club.

Julie Aitchison has researched the recent history of Umina and featured this in a 77 minute film titled, Umina First 50 Years, which has recently played to a packed audience at Ettalong.

Robyn Carr is a police officer who in her "spare" time has an amazing record of voluntary service to Ocean Beach Surf Club (45 years!), church, school and sporting groups, Crime Stoppers, and Golf and Surf Championships.

Kylie-Ann "Selkie" Scott has done an outstanding job in revitalsiing the Woy Woy Sea Scouts group, increasing its membership substantially, renovating the Scout Hall beautifully, and re-equipping the depleted resource stack.

Louisa Briggs is the Co-ordinator of the Agriculture Department of Brisbane Water Secondary College and has worked brilliantly with the students of the Cattle Club as they raise, groom and prepare livestock for many Agricultural Shows around the sate and in Brisbane and Canberra. The Club regularly achieves outstanding success with both animals and students winning multiple ribbons.

Julie Aitchison with Community Director Clenn Scorer and President Shane  Johnson

 Robyn Carr with Community Director Clenn Scorer and President Shane  Johnson

Kylie-Ann Scott with Community Director Clenn Scorer and President Shane  Johnson

Kylie-Ann Scott with Community Director Clenn Scorer and President Shane  Johnson

DRSABC?   and   COWS?

It's all about rescue and resuscitation down at the beach and we were priviledged to learn all about it from Umina Beach Surf Club Instructor, Bob Powell, when we met there with the Rotary Club of Woy Woy. Great instruction and good fellowship made for a wonderful evening. Thanks, Bob!


 Down on the Farm

Our club has had a wonderful week of vocational learning and fellowship this week with the Cattle Club at Brisbane Water Secondary College. These young people and their dedicated teachers have develped outstanding knowledge and skills in raising and showing Prize winning Limousin cattle and shared that with us at the college farm and at the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza at Scone.

Teacher, Louisa Briggs, and some of the Cattle Club students at the farm.

Students display their cattle and their show skills to assembled guests.


Student, Billy Sharp, demonstrates his cattle showing skills

 Club members assemble as dinner is cooked by students in the background


 Animals from many schools and breeders assemble for judging at Scone

 BWSC taking their turn in the ring


Excellent style from parader and beast

 Billy and his steer parading for the judges


Relaxing after a hot day at the show

 President Shane does the honours at the BBQ


  Our Impressive Speakers List

In recent weeks we have been priviledge to hear from a number of most engaging speakers at our dinner meetings. This is a most interesting and informative aspect of Rotary and expands our underdstanding of the vocations and experiences of others. Please keep an eye on our speakers list (at left) and come along and join us if a speaker interests you. You would be most welcome.

 Dr June Anderson spoke to us about Youth Suicide

Ray Wiles, Kevin Schrieber and Peter Hartley from RC of Central Blue Mts spoke about their project helping drought stricken farmers and their communitiues in Queensland

 Cycling Classic promoter, Kent Williams, spoke on the many fund raising cycling events he organises

 Physiotherapist, Russell Tuckerman, spoke on Prostate cancer and recovery from surgery

 Students to Commemorate Remberance Day

Put this date in your diary and keep an eye out for this one. Senior high school students from Brisbane Water Secondary College, Kincumber High School, and Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College will be hosting a special Rembrance Day commemoration at The Entrance Memorial Park on 11th November this year. The ceremony will begin at 8:15 with the last post being played by buglers from the Menin gate in Ypres, Belgium,  sounded at 9:00pm to co-incide with 11:00am on the Western Front. All welcome. You could also feel more involved by purchasing a Remember Me or Peace rose from Brisbane Water Secondary College to help with the costs of this event.

 Club's New Arrival!

President Shane has become the first President (or even member) in memory to increase the size of his family while in office. Shane's wife, Michelle, recently presented him with their first child, Charlotte Kate. At present the whole family is doing well, with the new baby a lot more quiet and co-operative than her father! Congratulations Michelle and Shane.

 Welcome New President Shane!

A very well attended Changeover function farewelled our outgoing Board for 2014-15, which was superbly lead by PP Geoff Melville, and welcomed the new Board and President 2015-16, Shane Johnson. As well as the installation of our new President and Board, the evening featured several prestige presentations - the induction of new Rotarian, Simon Darwin, the presentation of the club Award of Excellence to Treasurer Kevin Williams, the award of a Sapphire Pin to PP Rob Meyer, and the award of Rotary International's prestigious Service Above Self Award to Rod Radford. Sadly, we also said farewell to our wonderful Exchange Student, Clara del Fosse, who has now returned home to Belgium.

 President Geoff and Outgoing 2014-15 Board

 New President Shane and Incoming 2015-16 Board

 President Geoff introduces new Rotarian Simon Darwin and his wife Jenni in the presence of MC PP Mike Curley and PDG Harold Sharpe.

 President Geoff presents PP Kevin Williams with the club Award of Excellence

 PP Rob Meyer receives his Sapphire Pin from PDG Graeme Davies

 PP Rod Radford proudly displays his Service Above Self Award


Long, long ago, Ettalong's first pharmacist, Rod Radford, had a problem: how could he get to his pharmacy in Ettalong from his home at Wagstaffe when there was no Rip Bridge? SIMPLE - just drive his car across the water!

Imagine him getting the chance to do it all again at our club meeting.





Our Annual Visit to the farm at Brisbane Water Secondary College was again a sensational success with great weather allowing us to see the students demonstrate their prize winning cattle and their skills at raising, growing, and showing them at prestige cattle shows across the state and in Brisbane.






We helped Denzel Washington launch his new blockbuster new movie, THE EQUALIZER.!! Many thanks to all who joined us and raised in excess of $1700 for our local youth.




Our club has bid a very warm welcome to our 2014-15 Exchange Student, Clara Delfosse, from Belgium. Clara arrived in July and will be with us until July 2015. She has enrolled in the Senior Campus of Brisbane Water Secondary College.  This week we celebrated Clara's 18th birthday.

                      Clara leaves home for Australia

 In her first meeting, Clara is put straight to work!


 There had to be a cake!

 And a present!


 Our Annual Changeover Dinner was a great event with the room filled to capacity. Outgoing President, Clyde Marshall, passed over the chains of office to incoming President, Geoff Melville. Geoff was the 9th Prersident of our club and this year becomes our 39th President! Well done Geoff!

 Geoff gets his new badge

 The President speaks

 2014-15 B0ard + DG and ADG

 New Paul Harris Fellow Graham Johnson


 Presentation to Louisa Briggs of BWSC Ag Farm

 Presentation to Julie Morgan of Umina Publis School

 Award of Merit to Bob Jennings

 Graham Johnson and BWSC students who walked the Kokoda Track




This year we were blessed with great Central Coast weather and all had a wonderful, memorable time




Meeting and Serving our Community, and Fundraising

Meet us for Bingo at Umina Beach Caravan Park in school holidays, and for BBQs at Umina Bunnings




Adults and children alike all enjoyed the visit by Bob Turner with his native fauna show.




A wonderful address from local historian, Julie Aitchison, informed us of the history of the Woy Woy Peninsula and surrounds





Our RED SHIELD roadside collectors did a great job along Brisbane Water Drive (and met some interesting people at the same time!!).




These are foundation elements of Rotary and what better place to exercise them than at the local pizza joint!


Once again we have used the resources within our club to listen to a wonderful and interest filled presenation.


Our own Rod Radford (PP  PHF   Sapphire Pin x2    63 years in Rotary), and a pioneer of the Peninsula, enthralled us all with his reminisences of the early days of our area. These included the changes in the streets and houses, the people, his own home in Wagstaffe, and his unique amphicar in which he drove across the water to his pharmacy in Ettalong before the Rip Bridge was built.











15 of our members and ladies enjoyed a wonderful and informative weekend in Nowra at the last Conference for District 9680. Of course next year we become District 9685 when we include clubs from the Blue Mountains.







WE DID IT!! (despite the rain!) - the annual Umina Beach Rotary Youth Exchange Weekend  was again a fun weekend of sun (sorry, rainy Saturday), dancing, aussie wildlife, and exploring our world - see below!











Vocational Inscursion 


What a GREAT way to have a vocational visit!! Use the expertise within your own club.

Our recent meeting with our own WAYNE DOWDLE and his friend PAUL TEW showed us all of the ins and outs of SURVEYING



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