16th February Blog

In this weeks blog;

  • New Honorary Members for the club – Councillor John Connolly & Ashley Robinson OAM     
  • We suffer in the heat…… while Bianca heads for the snow!
  • Looking for RYLA candidates
  • Rotary Garden Project getting closer
  • Looking for Fisher Community leader
  • Clean UpAustralia Day
  • Bob & John catch up with Tamika from AIME
  • Surf Show & Shine gets a Strategic review
  • Sunnycoast Solstice Swim hits Facebook
  • Triathalon is coming – what you need to know
  • ROMAC Trivia quiz details
  • Donation In Kind volunteers needed
  • Next Years club committee gets down to business
  • What – another Bunnings BBQ?
  • Do you a budding citizen who would benefit from a look behind the scenes at Canberra?
  • LifeFlight reach out to Alex Rotary for help
  • Did you see who saved a lady from the Surf?
  • WishList are having a fun run
  • New Honorary Members for the club – Councillor John Connolly & Ashley Robinson OAM

  • Bianca heads for the snow


Have you checked out our exchange student Bianca’s latest adventure? While we suffer in the heat, Bianca is off to the snow. www.Facebook/biancainspain.

  • Looking for RYLA candidates

Dave Woodrow wants to hear from members who may know an 18-26 year old who would benefit from a world class boot camp on leadership called RYLA. Its being held at Coolum in March and we have one spot to award.


Check out RYLA.


  • Rotary Garden Project getting closer

The second draft of the garden brochure has been drafted, financial administration arrangement are proceeding, and a surveyor is starting work on this amazing cluster project. Errol and John have also been sounding out the youth “arms and legs” to help out, while Vicki Cooper from Maroochydore has been sounding out potential contractor.

  • Looking for Fisher Community leader

Andrew Wallace MP has invited the club to nominate a community leader for special Fisher Community Award. If you know of a worthy recipient, please let a club board member know.

  • Clean up Australia Day – Sunday March 4

The Rotary Club of Alexandra Headland has been organising the Clean up around the Alex beach precinct for over 15 years & is proud of its achievements.  This initiative involves searching the beach & its environs from the HMAS Brisbane Memorial in Alexandra Park several kilometres to the start of the Seabreeze Caravan Park at Maroochydore.  Volunteers are sought from the general public, Rotary members, friends & neighbours & interested local interest groups. 



The event is coordinated via the official “Clean-up-Australia” web site, & all volunteers must pre-register or do so on the day before the starting time.  Volunteers are briefed before departure & given specific areas to search for rubbish.  They are also given protective gloves & are advised to wear enclosed shoes, hats & sunscreen.  It is our club tradition to provide volunteers with a free BBQ breakfast after the clean-up, which is generously supported by Alex Surf Club. 

  • Bob & John catch up with Tamika from AIME

Treasurer Bob and President John followed up the AIME discussion with meeting team Mentoring manager Tamika Sadler to discuss the Rotary programs at district and club level. Check out the great mentoring work that AIME does.


  • Surf Show & Shine gets a Strategic review

Since Chris and Denys reported to the club on theSurf Show & Shine difficulties for this year, there’s been quite a bit of discussion with them and with stakeholders on the future of this fantastic event.



President John will be presenting his feedback to the club on Friday and seeking members feedback before a board decision.

  • Sunnycoast Solstice Swim hits Facebook – thanks Tanya!


After last year’s inaugural Sunnycoast Solstice Swim, the club is planning a bigger and better event this year. Tanya has been busy on Facebook. (see below) …and stay tuned for ore information.

  • Triathalon is coming – what you need to know

Colleen has almost got the club quota of volunteers for this great Sunshine Coast event. Still interested? Contact Colleen.


  • ROMAC Trivia quiz details

On Thursday 1st March at Caloundra the team from Alex Rotary will try their hand at the annual ROMAC trivia quiz.

This is the 30th anniversary of this great Rotary fundraiser for overseas medical aid.

  • Donation In Kind volunteers needed

Just a reminder that our cluster has to supply 18-20 volunteers for DIK on the 3rd March at Durack at 9.00am.

Just based on numbers could Caloundra, Caloundra Pacific, Mooloolaba & Alex please supply 3 volunteers each, and could Buderim, KW, SCC and Maroochydore supply 2 volunteers each.

  • Next Years club committee gets down to business

President elect Mike has started on his planning for next Rotary year. Your “new” committee has started its annual planning.

  • What – another Bunnings BBQ?

So we now have 2 Bunnings BBQ’s in short succession. One at the end of March and one at the end of April. Names of volunteers to Trevor please.

  • Do you a budding citizen who would benefit from a look behind the scenes at Canberra

Each year, your club looks for one or two grade 11 students who have an interest in Government and would like to attend the Canberra workshop on RAIC


  • LifeFlight reach out to Alex Rotary for help

Mandy has written to us, asking if the club can help out with running a fundraising event to help LifeFlight. Of course, your club, through David Woodrow has a long history of fundraising for this great community service. Last time I checked David had raised over $300,000 from his various presentations and fundraising efforts around the region.

  • Did you see who saved a lady from the Surf?

Were you watching the Channel 7 news when they interviewed one of th ladies who pulled a distressed swimmer out of the surf? You may have recognised her from our community breakfast visit to Urban cafe.

  • WishList are having a fun run


Club Blog 9th Feb

In this weeks blog;

  • 2 birthday boys 
  • 2 new honorary members – Ashley Robinson OAM & Cllr John Connolly
  • Triathalon volunteers Sunday 11th March
  • Clean Up Australia Day volunteers 4th March
  • ROMAC Quiz night on 1st March 
  • Worthy Fisher Community leaders award ?
  • Nominations for Rotary Youth Leadership course ?
  • Looking for external support for Club winter projects
  • Club Storage Project
  • Garden project taking shape, big plans for Rotary House
  • Rotary Conference on Sunshine Coast brochure (20-22nd April) 
  • Bunnings BBQ in March and now in April
  • Club Facebook page takes off
  • District Blind Cricket match proposed
  • Rotarian Terry Welch (MCY) recognised
  • Tony Freeman on DG Nominating Committee
  • Rotary Peace Seminar Brisbane 24th March

Birthday boys

Last Friday we celebrated two birthdays Gary & Errol. Many happy returns to both of you !!

Neither of you look a day older than ??? (well you fill it in!)

2 new honorary members – Ashley Robinson OAM & Cllr John Connolly

On Friday 16th we welcome two new honorary members,

Cllr John Connolly – who has been a great supporter of the local community, and for two Rotary Projects in particular, The Surf Show & Shine and the WorkLife Program.

Ashley Robinson OAM General Manager of the Alex Headland Surf Life Saving Club. Ashley is involved in a large number of community projects and Ashley and his staff have been a great friends of the club and made us very welcome at our new home.

We hope that all club members can make this Friday’s breakfast to welcome Ashley & John to our club. Its been over 10 years since Fiona Simpson was welcomed as our other Honorary member.

Triathalon volunteers Sunday 11th March

Colleen is on the look out for club volunteers, so that we may continue the fantastic tradition of the club in helping out this great Sunshine Coast event.

Details at this link.

Clean Up Australia Day volunteers 4th March

Bob Thompson has also engaged with the local Clean Up Australia team to facilitate the club support for the Clean Up Australia Day.

Check out the clean up Australia Day link here.

ROMAC Quiz night on 1st March 

There’s still time to register for ROMAC’s trivia quiz night on 1st March.

Worthy Fisher Community leaders award ?

Our local MP. Andrew Wallace is seeking nominations from service clubs for worthy community leaders. If you wish to nominate a person you know, please let a member of the Board know.

Again, check out this link for the categories of awards.

Nominations for Rotary Youth Leadership course ?

While on the subject of worthy people, do you know of a youngster who would benefit from the Rotaries iconic leadership course RYLA? If so, contact our Youth Director Dave Woodrow, and Dave will take it from there.

Looking for external support for Club winter projects

As you know the club has decisions to make about whether to run the Surf Show & Shine this year, and also who is to lead the Solstice Swim Project in 2018, and what sort of Golf Day, if any do we wish to run.

Tanya has put her hand up to lead both Projects and at the moment the club is sounding out stakeholders who may be able to help support these great community projects.

If you wish to be involved in these discussions, please let the President John or any board member know.

Club Storage Project

Congratulations to Bob Thompson who was on site to see the landing of the Clubs Shipping container, which will now be fitted out via a number of working bee’s and become the “home” of our clubs storage. We owe Chris, Denys and Bob a debt of gratitude for keeping the clubs trailer & other miscellaneous items in their garages to date.

We’ll also be presenting our local MP Andrew Wallace with a certificate of appreciation in helping the club secure funding via the “Building local communities” program

Garden project taking shape, big plans for Rotary House

Fantastic new garden image from Bridget McGuigan to help support fund raising for this amazing project

Rotary Conference on Sunshine Coast brochure (20-22nd April) 

Here’s the latest Conference brochure…looks fantastic.

Bunnings BBQ in March and now in April

Great work by Trevor, we now have TWO Bunnings BBQ’s, one in late March and one in late May. Stay tuned.

Club Facebook page takes off

Tanya is our Facebook contributor this month (hand pass from Stuart) Here is one photo that popped up…showing the time when the penny dropped with President John….

  • District Blind Cricket match proposed

The District are seeking comments / support for a proposal to run an annual cricket match between Rotarians and members of the blind cricket association.

  • Rotarian Terry Welch (MCY) recognised

Delighted to see local Rotarian Terry Welch being recognised for his community work over the years

Terry Welch from Maroochydore Club received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to the community of Maroochydore including Rotary.

  • Tony Freeman on DG Nominating Committee

Also, FYI our Tony Freeman is on the DG nominating committee again and doing lots of supporting Rotary organisational work in the background. A quiet achiever is our Tony.

Rotary Peace Seminar Brisbane 24th March



2nd February Blog

In this weeks blog:

  • Honorary Member Induction at 16th February breakfast meeting
  • Register for ROMAC trivia night on Thursday 1st March
  • Tamika from AIME an inspiration to us all
  • Local Rotary Care Garden for IFYS, Child Services & Youth Justice
  • The Shack host Chinese Banquet 
  • Clean up Australia Day here soon Sunday 4th March
  • Scotty has a new newsletter!
  • Gary L asked to do impossible
  • Stuart A teaches John Facebook
  • Exchange Student  Bianca on steep learning curve in Spain

Honorary Member Induction 16th Feb breakfast

The club has invited 2 community leaders to accept Honorary membership of the Rotary Club of Alexandra Headland. It’s planned to have a short ceremony at the breakfast meeting to welcome them to the club. Please put in your diary.

Rotary Care Garden starting to take shape

Prior to Christmas, Alex Rotary reached out to the community leaders and asked them how could Rotary help them. What were their priorities? what projects could Rotary apply its skills and resources to to help get these projects done? These questions have led to 2 major initiatives, one for the club, and one for the Sunshine Coast Cluster Clubs.

  1. Help at Christmas. We did this through the donation of 400 Rotary Christmas Hampers, and with donations from most of the cluster clubs on board we purchased a Popcorn machine for the “Kids in Care” Christmas Party. This is something Alex Rotary can be proud of and continue to do as a Christmas project, which balances our Club Calendar nicely.
  2. Now we are moving on what promises to be a substantial Rotary Sunshine Coast Legacy Project. The Rotary Sunshine Coast Clubs are planning to landscape a garden for a care house in Landsborough that is managed by Integrated Family and Youth Services for Child Services and Youth Justice clients. These are mostly adolescents who need a supporting environment. Here is a preliminary brochure that we will be using to drum up support for the project. There is no doubt that this project has caught the interest and support of the majority of the Sunshine Coast Rotary clubs in our area, but it is also clear that this will require a MASSIVE effort from everyone. But isn’t that true of every worthwhile challenge that Rotary has succeeded in?

Looking ahead, members of the cluster have also expressed support for building a purpose built care home for the community. Early meetings have confirmed the dire need for such a facility and we are going through a needs analysis which will ultimately lead to the design of a purpose built home for communities who have special needs.

ROMAC Trivia Night. Thursday 1st March at 6.30pm.

We all know what a great Rotary service ROMAC is, and those fantastic Rotary volunteers who perform face reconstruction surgery in PNG. Well, their fundraising Trivia Quiz Night is on again and you can register via the club TC or by contacting any of the board. Alex Rotary has traditionally filled 2 tables, lets try and do better this year.

Tamika Sadler at Breakfast Meeting 

It was great to hear from Tamika on Friday. Tamika is Mentor and Program Manager for AIME, based at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

AIME does brilliant work in mentoring aboriginal students in education, and we saw and heard the progress that has been made over the past 50 years. Mentoring has always been at the core of Rotary, and we will be following up with Tamika to explore possible ways Alex Rotary can help.

The Shack hosts a banquet

Those members who attended the breakfast prepared by the Shack’s volunteers will recall the truly inspirational stories from Dale’s kitchen staff on that morning. Dale and Donna have extended an invitation to the club to attend their Chinese Banquet on Saturday 10th February. You can reply on TC

Clean Up Australia Day

Bob T is leading our involvement in the clean up Australia Day campaign. This is an activity that the club has a long tradition in, and its also a great chance to get together have a bite to eat and meet the other volunteers that will be joining us on the day. You can register your attendance through the club.

Fisher Community Awards

Andrew Wallace MP has invited the club to submit nominations for clubs or people who we consider should be recognised for their community efforts…

Entries are needed before 21st February. Check it out at Andrew’s website.

Here’s the link…Fisher Electorate Awards

Great Stories on Rotary Website

Check out these great articles from the Rotary Website to see what other Rotarians are achieving around the world..www.rotary.org

Facebook drama with Gary & Stuart

Have you ever had the experience where you realise (after being asked a question) that you’ve forgotten something pretty important?

Like …have you got your keys?, or did you lock the door? or did you pick up your daughter from school ?

Well President John had that experience this week when he asked Stuart to be our Facebook contributor for the month. No problem you might think. Stuart said fine, no problem, and asked the quite reasonable question “Hey John, have you set me up as an administrator so I can post to the page?”

Hmmn. It was at this precise moment that point John realised why previous contributor Gary Lynch had been puling his hair out trying to get his photo’s on the website. No administrator access.

Sorry Gazza, been asking you to do the impossible.

Bianca in Spain

Hi Folks, still on Facebook, don’t forget to check out Bianca and her adventures in Denia. Stuart and Karen are very confident that Bianca’s will confidently manage her immersion in the Spanish language and will be fluent in Spanish in no time!


Scotty has a new newsletter

Past President and great supporter of the club, Scott Brimelow has sent us his brand new newsletter. Check out what Scott and his team have been getting up to at :

Suggestions for community breakfasts

Much as we love our new breakfast venue at Alex SLSC, we also like to get out from time to time and support what other groups are doing. We’ve had breakfasts  at Helicopter rescue, Bloomhill, STEPS, Urban Cafe etc.  etc, are looking for suggestions for the next few months.

Australia Day blog


Bianca in Spain

Have you checked out Bianca’s Facebook page yet? www.facebook.com/biancainspain


The big quiz night of the year is. on again, on 1st March at Caloundra. You will shortly receive your TC request, and any past members are most welcome to attend what is traditionally a big night for Alex Rotary.

Board Meeting 

There will be a board meeting after this Friday’s breakfast meeting. All members welcome to attend. We’ll be discussing the club projects and plans for year ahead, including social activities.

Guest Speaker on Friday

A few months ago Alex Rotary attended the volunteering EXPO at USC and met with representatives from AIME, who do great work in mentoring indigenous students from school to University. We’re delighted to have Tamika Sadler talk to us on Friday about this important subject.


In a similar vein Sunshine Coast Rotoract have invited the club to attend their next meeting to discuss another WorkLife session to help undergrads transition to work.

Australia Day BBQ

Thank you to Bill B for reserving our BBQ spot by the Alex beach on Friday. As it turned out Bill made friends with the council team who were also up at that ungodly hour to clean the BBQ.

A few brave souls made it to the beach, and Stuart A and Bob L decided to have a “relaxing” swim between Mooloolaba and Maroochydore, arriving surprisingly in good shape at the BBQ as everyone was leaving. “Such is life”.

The BBQ folks were treated to not one but 2 Scottish accents….. as President John’s brother in law David from Glasgow, is visiting the Sunshine coast on his way to New Zealand.

But John need not have worried. Full marks to David who managed to understand most of the Australian accents present. (ouch!)

Cluster Meeting

The various Rotary clubs are meeting on Tuesday night to discuss the Care House and Care Garden Project. Stay tuned.

Fundraising Dinners – looking to get away from the washing up?

Fundraising dinners seem to be “the go” at present.

We have received invites from “The Shack” at Nambour, in aid of local people in need, and also from Sangs restaurant who help out in Vietnam. Flyers below.




February 2018 Roster

Hi Folks,

Here is February’s Club Roster..as usual, if you can’t make it please arrange replacement.

Chair Person Bob Lane
Set Up Room Trevor Smith
Meet & Greet John Malloy
Rotary Minute Libby Schick
Sergeant Bill Bradley
Happy Waiter Graeme Hight
Facebook Contributor Stuart Aird

Jan 19th blog

Jan 19th blog

Bianca arrived safely 

Bianca has arrived safely in Denia……here is a link to her Spanish Exchange blog. Way to go Bianca!


Club Projects in the year ahead

On Friday Errol took us through the Care Garden Project, and Crisis Care Home Project.

This is a major undertaking of landscaping a large area, and building a functional house for Crisis Care / Youth Justice / Child Services from the local Rotary Cluster group, stemming from the clubs assembly meeting where we spoke about engaging Rotary to “make a difference” in the community. Thus far the support from everyone has been fantastic and we’re hoping that Alex can play a big part in the project. Soon be looking for landscape help from April onwards.

Chris B spoke about the issues around next years Surf Show & Shine. Chris has recommended postponement for several reasons, mostly outside the control of the club, so it may become necessary to reluctantly postpone the Surf Show & Shine for this year. Feedback from all club members on the issues Chris and Denys raised would be great.

A possible positive benefit from the travails of Surf Show and Shine is that it should help the club make a bigger ” splash” with the the upcoming “SunnyCoast Solstice Swim”.…stay tuned for more information from our illustrious treasurer BL.

Golf Day feasibility work is also starting soon with a shout out to Tony Long from Caloundra to see if we can gather any tips / advice from that club.

Club Donates balance of Surf Show & Shine proceeds to Care Outreach

The board made a final donation to Care Outreach of $3,000 on your behalkf, making the total contribution $23,000. Well done all members!

Australia Day BBQ

Don’t forget to BYO breakfast on Australia day, as we’re having a casual breakfast on the beach…what a way o spend Ausralia Day morning…

We’re meeting near the skatepark BBQ’s.

Social Events coming Up

  • Stay tuned for information on induction of Honorary members
  • Stay tuned for social dinner arrangements and 5th Friday details.

ROMAC is coming up

This tears ROMAC quiz night has been set at 1st March. Details below. We’re hoping for another great showing from Alex Headland.

Here’s a note from Bryan Mason.

The time of year has come around again where I seek your clubs support for the ROMAC Trivia Challenge, being held on Thursday 1st March 2018 at Unity College. This year is especially special due to it being the 30th anniversary of ROMAC.

As you are aware, last year being a great success for ROMAC we are endeavouring to get a better result this year with a target of 300 attendees for this event. We would be extremely appreciative and pleased if you could promote this event within your club, and also coordinate attendees. This year there will be tables of 8 available and we welcome friends outside of your Rotary club.

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Jan 12th Blog

Bianca is our latest Youth Exchange Student

On Friday Bianca Aird spoke to the club breakfast group as she is about to begin a very exciting year as the clubs Rotary Youth Exchange Student next week.  After 4 plane flights from Brisbane to Valencia, Bianca will finally be met by her new Rotary family and begin an amazing year of fantastic experiences in Europe before returning to Australia to pick up her studies again.

We are looking forward to reading regular updates of Bianca’s blog and the club wishes her every success in her year of Rotary Youth Exchange.

Bianca is following the trail of a number of very successful Youth Exchange Students from the Alex Rotary club, including our honorary member Fiona Simpson MLA.

Club News

“One good pair of legs between them” 

You could not fail to notice the matching “twins” Tony Freeman (Leg brace / scaffold) and Mike Storkey (moon boot) holding on to each other for support (memories of Hogmanay) at the club breakfast. Tony is expected to make a full recovery from a torn knee tendon, but not until March, and Mike is hoping to have the moon boot off in a couple of weeks. Get well soon.

New roles at breakfast

Errol was our first “happy waiter” on Friday, and Gary is our Facebook contributor for this month. Any contributions / photo’s etc, please send through to Gary, and keep our club Facebook alive by checking us out on www.facebook.com/AlexHeadRotary

Upcoming events

On Australia Day we’ll be having a BBQ by the beach. Bill B is coordinating this casual get together. More news next week, but basically a relaxing BYO BBQ by the beach …what could be nicer?

On 19th January, Errol & John will represent the club at the local Rotary Cluster meeting to start the ball rolling on the Care House & Garden project.

On 2nd February we’ve arranged a guest speaker from AIME who do some fantastic work with the indigenous community.

Club Projects

Work is starting on the iconic Surf Show & Shine this week, with organisers in chief Chris Baker & Denys Alt getting together to review the project planning. Stay tuned for more details as we head towards another successful community event.

Also the club is keen to follow the success of this event with the second SunnyCoast Solstice Swim, so we’ll be starting on the organising and promote of that event in the next few weeks. Bob L is putting his thinking cap on, and will kick off the process shortly.

These two large projects occur within a month of each other, so we’re looking at the regular Alex Rotary Golf Day, and trying to figure out the best time to hold the event, and how we can attract more golfers and sponsorship. Bill B did a fantastic job last year, pretty much on his own, and this year we’ll try and enlist some help from outside and inside the club to help.

Errol & John are liaising with the Rotary cluster clubs to complete the feasibility of two major community projects, the Community care garden landscaping project, and the much bigger “house build” project for community crisis care. More information on these projects as it comes to hand.

With start of the school year, the WorkLife project is sending out booklets to a number of local high schools, to offer Rotarian help to the students in transitioning to work. Later in the year we’ve been invited to present at the jobs fair. Stay tuned.

As always, if members have any bright ideas, please let the organisers or the board know your thoughts.

Club Social 

With only one “5th Friday” in the next 6 months, the club is looking at having at least one other social evening outside of our “normal” club roster. Mike S is exploring a number of options for a social get-together.

New roles for Youth 

Prue is having a “bit of a rest” which is long overdue as she has been the mainstay of the club for quite a few years with her youth duties and her business contacts, not to mention her personal community involvements.

So we’re delighted to say the Graeme H has put his hand up to be Youth Counsellor for the club, and David W has agreed to be Youth director.

Stuart continues as Youth Officer and represents the club on the District Youth Board.

Rotary News

The Sunshine Coast will have a major Rotary presence this year. The District conference is in April and before that on 18th March, Rotary International President, Ian Riseley, will be on the coast for a Rotary Meeting & Dinner.

You will also have seen the latest moves to rationalise the number of Rotary districts in Queensland, and the Pacific Islands. Stay tuned for more news.



January 2018 Roster

January Roster

Hi Folks, here is the belated roster for the January 2018 that didn’t make the press yesterday ……..Well done to Wallis & the team this morning for their role improvisations under severe time restraints.

Chairperson Wallis Westbrook
Set up room John Malloy
Meet & Greet Denys Alt
Rotary Minute Peter Darnell
Sergeant / Fines session Carmel Hullet
Happy Waiter* Errol Richardson
Facebook contributor* Gary Lynch


* These are new roles for 2018.

Happy Waiter

….we need someone to take the breakfast orders and liaise with the SLSC to make sure everyone orders and gets their order and generally to make sure things run smoothly. Our previous “happy waiter” (Bob Lane) is taking a well deserved break.

PS. I should also mention that this role includes organising the ever popular raffle…that particular activity slipped by this morning, so no freddie frog for Errol or Bob this week.

Facebook contributor

…We need a club member to make a few contributions to the club facebook pages and keep our social media presence “alive”. So as we all at different stages of confidence with Facebook, we’ll start with those most experienced and provide support through training and mentoring till everyone is (reasonably) confident with using the club facebook pages.

Also, at the end of each month, we’ll set up the audio visual to see the fantastic work by our Facebook contributors, and use that as a learning aid for those more IT challenged members of the club …..you know who you are…..

New Year – New District

We’ve received this update from Alan Stephens on the progress of merging of Rotary Districts in our region…FYI.

Good Morning and Happy new year Presidents.

As you know there has been much discussion regarding redistricting the districts in Australia, attached is a letter from Director Noel Trevaskis re this matter.

The current thinking is that Queensland is to be redistricted to two (2) only districts. This is being achieved as follows.

District 9570 and 9550 will be merged and extend from just North of Gympie up to Far North Qld and across to the border with the Northern Territory, it may also include Part of the NT from Tennant Creek to Darwin.

District 9600, 9630 and 9640 are to be merged to form one district from Gympie to just north of Glenn Innes in NSW and West to the NT and SA border’s. This new District will also include our current clubs in PNG, the Solomon’s and Nauru. In total this new district would have approximately 165 clubs.

FYI RI has put together a committee overseeing the total redistricting in Australia and smaller committees have been put in place to look at specific regional issues, e.g. the tyranny of distance in Qld and how the clubs would be serviced and much work is being done on this as I write.

Also attached is the current proposal document to merge district 9600 with 9630 and 9640 for your attention and action. This document is being sent to every club in the 3 districts this week.

If I can make one comment in that whilst this may seem a big change, it will be for our districts. The clubs will still operate as they have done, the annual district events will continue, as will the training etc and yes you will still get a district bill, one big change will be that with 165 clubs in the district, then I doubt the district governor will be able to visit each and every club annually.

In closing I hope that the next 6 months are as fruitful as the last and we look forward to receiving your responses to district secretary Ian Hope at [email protected] as soon as possible.

Thanks and keep on MAKING A DIFFERENCE.


End of year blog

Club Christmas Functions

Fantastic end to the year from the club, well done all the members who helped out with all the functions we supported:

    • Kids in Care – Popcorn machine delivery
    • Kids in Care – 200 Alex Rotary Hampers
    • Youth Exchange Safari
    • Christmas at Alex Community event
    • Adults Christmas Party
    • Club Christmas breakfast

We’re having a few weeks off to have a well deserved rest, so no meetings (that means you Wallis)…until the 12th January 2018….and then the club will be getting busy with the preparations for next years community activities.

Operations Update

As we’re heading into the Christmas season and getting ourselves well and truly stressed over first world issues …ie the difficulty of PARKING at the shopping centre!!… take time to breathe and reflect….. and count your blessings ….and consider the great work that fellow Rotarians / Shelterbox are doing every day all around the world.

Here is a operations update from Shelterbox / Rotary with just some of the recent community projects.

Caribbean – Rotary shelterbox have assisted 3000 households in total. . We will continue to receive reports from the ongoing distributions in Barbuda. Dominica and the Dominican Republic from our in-country partners.

Bangladesh flooding – we have distributed aid to nearly 3000 households. All team members have now departed from Bangladesh. Distributions will continue with International Organization for Migration. Monitoring and evaluation teams will be sent to Kurigram (flooding response) late January.

Rohingya crisis – we are currently supporting 4000 families with basic shelter and solar lights. Families are needing fuel, sanitation, and washing. We will closely monitor the Rohingya crisis and deploy shelter as soon as the need arises.

Somaliland – There is a need to support pastoralists (sheep/cattle farmer) in Somaliland who have been forced to migrate due to these severe weather conditions. The main objective is to increase resilience among Somaliland pastoralists in the face of recurrent drought. ShelterBox will be packing and shipping ShelterKits and non-food items (blankets, lights, mosquito nets, tool kit, ground sheets) to Somaliland.

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