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Dec 10 is World Human Rights Day

Our new BBQ Trailer arrives.

See some of the activities that Rotary is involved in as part as this activity:


Ocean Grove Rotary has recently taken delivery of their new barbeque trailer.  The Club received $6,650 from the City of Greater Geelong through its Community Infrastructure Grants Fund, $5,000 from the Federal Government Stronger Communities Program, Rotary District 9780 100 years of Rotary grant $1,000 and $14,000 from some generous donors who were keen to secure a means for Rotary to raise funds well into the future. The Club only had to find the balance of $3,350 from its own funds. 

The trailer was made to the Club’s specifications after some members saw a similar one in action in Ararat. In all, it took 18 months before the trailer was delivered due to Covid restrictions. It has two slide out barbecues, a two ring gas stove, sink with hot water and plenty of storage for the paraphernalia required at barbeques.


The BBQ trailer will be in action at the Ocean Grove Rotary Summer Markets. Funds raised at the market are donated back to the local community. Last year a total of $45,000 was donated to 13 local charities, 6 Australian charities and 7 international charities. The Club is keen to use the BBQ trailer to support the local community and will be looking for ways to become involved in local events.

Photo 1: the first time the BBQ was used (L to R) President Elect Peter Cowburn, Club Member Graeme Chamberlain, Past President Gill Morgan and Past President Wal Kelly.

Photo 2: at the November market Graeme Bartrouney International Director.

Family Violence

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As domestic violence cases spiked during the pandemic, a TikTok video explaining a secret hand gesture for victims of domestic abuse went viral. Thanks to that video, a missing girl was found.

Successful Art Show

Ocean Grove Rotary held their 10th annual Art Show over the weekend of Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November.  As the Art Show was not held last year due to covid 19 we are extremely pleased with the number of artists and entries this year.  On display were 281 entries from 93 artists and 25 art works were sold over the weekend.

The Judge was Ted Dansey FVAS. Ted is a member and former General Manager of the Victorian Artists Society, a member of the Watercolor Society of Victoria and a member of the Hobsons Bay Art Society.


The Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong, Councillor Stephanie Asher, officially opened the art show. She was impressed by the number and diversity of entries and congratulated all the artists.


Best Overall winner was ‘Beach Morning Fun’ by Do Noble.  Winner of the Printmaking section was ‘Pines of Rome’ by Anne Pinkas.  ‘The Source’ by Annie Finkelde won the Painting section.  First in the Drawing section was Kerrie Sullivan’s ‘Africa’s Thunder – Buffalo with Lilac Breasted Rollers’. John Wood’s ‘The Point’ won the Abstract /Semi-Abstract.    ‘The Stand Off’ by Julie Reason was the winner of the Australian Flora/Fauna section.

John Calnin, Art Show Chair, shared that ‘the main two disabled charities that we have supported each year of the ten art showsare the Disabled Surfers and Riding Develops Abilities.  Both are extremely worthy causes that we are pleased to support’.


Rotary is planning to hold a ‘Treasured Art

Sale’ in conjunction with a Rotary Summer

Market early next year. More details will be

distributed as soon as details are finalised.


Photo – L to R social director Janet Alexander

and Councillor Stephanie Asher beside

‘The Stand Off’ by Julie Reason.


Oral History Interviews

Oral History of the lower Bellarine Peninsula recorded by the

Rotary Club of Ocean Grove


During last year’s COVID lockdown, the Rotary Club of Ocean Grove began an Oral History project to record the memories of long-term residents of the lower Bellarine Peninsula. The first seven interviews were released in January 2021. Club members have been continuing to interview people who lived or holidayed in the area during the 1940s to 1970s period, and some memories go to even earlier times. There are now eighteen interviews which can be viewed on the Club’s website Video and audio versions of each interview are available. So far, there have been almost 500 views of these interviews. More will be added as they come available.  Project leader, Ann Hodgkinson said "This project has made an important contribution to recording the history of the lower Bellarine area from the point of view of the local residents. I thank all the narrators and Rotarians who gave their time to make it happen."


Watch interviews