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100 Trees planted

A large group of Rotarians took part in the planting of 100 Trees to commemorate 100 years of Rotary service in Australia.. A short video of the process can be viewed by clicking this link: Video

Community Awards

Ocean Grove Rotary was proud to host their Community Awards at the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club on the evening of Tuesday 17th May.

The Team Member of the Year Award winner was Rachael Calleja from Bay IT, Rachael was praised for her high level of service and willingness to assist customers with information technology matters.  Jane Dao from Hearing Australia was runner up, Jane volunteers four times a year in indigenous communities to assist people with hearing difficulties.

Volunteer Organisation of the Year Award winner was Queenscliff Rural Australians for Refugees who were praised for their hard work in advocating for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.  Runner up was the band Shedding the Blues who draw together those people in the Southern Bellarine who share a love of music.

Ashley McCracken from Salon Utopia was winner in the Apprentice / Trainee of the Year Award.  Ashley is known for her friendly demeanour and willingness to learn.  Runner up was Lleyton Wooley from MOD Electrical; he is keen to learn and applies himself to tasks with diligence.

The Small Business Excellence Award of the Year was won by Viewpoint Digital Media, the award was accepted by Dominique Ho.  Viewpoint Digital Media is a full-service digital marketing agency that specialises in storytelling.  360Q restaurant was the runner up, Barry Iddles accepted the award.  Barry shared that 360Q is proud to assist charitable organisations such as View Clubs.

The awards major sponsor was Barwon Heads Community Bendigo Bank.  

Individual awards were sponsored by: 13th Beach Health Services; Barwon Heads Hotel; Barwon Heads Pharmacy; DC Roofing; Helloworld Travel Waurn Ponds; IGA Barwon Heads; Liberton Corriedales; Oakdene Winery; Ocean Grove Business Association; Point Lonsdale Guest House and Ryman Health Care.  Ocean Grove Rotary would like to thank the Award sponsors for their interest and generosity. 

Ocean Grove Rotary would like to congratulate everyone who was nominated for an award and thank those who put forward nominations.

Our newest member!

Our newest member is Beth Eustace. 

Beth is shown here with club Vice President Gil Morgan after her induction.


Oral Histories

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

Photo 1:  L to R Jane Dao and Rachael Calleja

Photo 2: L to R Ann Hodgkinson, Renee Redfern, Jenny Brown, Alan Keyse, Kellie Thomson, Des Gorman, Janine Wilde. Back row- David Proctor

Photo 3: L to R Ashley McCracken, President Alan Keyse and Lleyton Wooley

Photo 4: L to R Ty Simons, Dominique Ho, President Alan Keyse, Barry Iddles, Kellie Thomson and Mark Edmonds

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