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.

Full list of countries/territories where aid has been deployed to by Shelterbox/ Rotarians:

Afghanistan – flooding and conflict
Antigua and Barbuda – hurricane
Bangladesh – flooding
British Virgin Islands – hurricane
Cameroon – conflict
Chad – conflict
Colombia – flooding
Dominica – hurricane
Dominican Republic – hurricane
Haiti – hurricane
Iraq – conflict
Madagascar – tropical cyclone
Mozambique – tropical cyclone
Niger – conflict and flooding
Paraguay – flooding
Peru – flooding
Somaliland – drought
St Kitts and Nevis – hurricane
Syria – conflict
USA – hurricane


Alex Rotary Year Ahead

    • Surf Show & Shine – this iconic event is scheduled for 20th May
    • SunnyCoast Solstice Swim – we have plans to make this bigger and better on 24th June
    • Golf Day – we’ll be investigating running this with increased sponsorship
    • Formal welcome of new Honorary Rotarians Ashley Robinson & Councillor John Connolly
    • Vocational visits – its been great to see the club out in the community, providing support and what amazing stories we’ve heard!
    • We’ve also been laying the groundwork (pun intended) for the new care garden for the Kids in Care house on the Sunshine Coast.
    • We’re also working closely with the cluster to investigate the construction of a new “Rotary Community House”
    • Rotary District Conference is on the Sunshine Coast 22-24th April
    • and of course mid year we welcome Past President of Toastmasters International, Mike Storkey as our new club President, ably supported by new secretary Errol Richardson, and new grandad,  Treasurer Bob Lane.

…stay tuned for more developments from the Alex Rotary club

Rotary International Presidents Message to you

From Ian Riseley, International President,

In Rotary, our diversity is our strength. This idea dates back to the earliest years of our organization, when the classification system was first proposed. The idea behind it was simple: that a club with members who had a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities would be capable of better service than one without.

Half yearly update – from District Governor, John Lane

Almost six months gone, sixty-two Rotary Clubs, three Community Corps, one Rotaract Club and two Interact Clubs visited.
One Club Birthday Celebration, interesting times in Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. Rotary Institute in Darwin, Youth Exchange training and our dog still recognizes us! Even though I may have visited Clubs before it is only when you are in the Governor role that you actually find out how
much is achieved and the variety of different projects and day to day service that is carried out. Congratulations to you all on making a difference and I look forward to hearing about and being involved with you all in your endeavors for the second half of the year.

Bo has assumed a role for Rotary International as Assistant Public Image coordinator for Australia. Why not send her news about your club and she’ll publicize it for your club,
 [email protected].

In March, Rotary International President Ian Riseley and his wife Juliet will be in our District following the Peace Conference in Sydney on Saturday 17 March 2018.

Governor Partner Project – The Purple House

On most of my Club Visits Bo has accompanied me and has spoken about her Partners Project –
The Purple House.

This is a project by local indigenous people in communities around Alice Springs to provide localized Dialysis for Kidney Disease Patients. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcGtRO8QZkQ


District Conference 20-22 April 2018 on the Sunshine Coast 

We have a great list of speakers organized, focusing on out theme of making a Difference through Peace and International Understanding.

Starting with an evening buffet on the Friday evening with an inspiring Guest Speaker. A full programme on Saturday topped off with a back to the 1960s night, theme dress encouraged. Breakfast on the Beach on Sunday Morning and more inspiration. It’s going to be great, bookings will be available early next year. Start planning to attend and book your accommodation now.

Christmas Wishes

During the year to come; may you enjoy good health, and happiness, may peace reign over our country and throughout the world, may you have a kiss from your beloved, a smile from a child, a warm cozy house with the aroma of good food baking in the oven, wise governors and merciful tax collectors, companionship of good friends and helpful neighbors, may you enjoy the fruits of your labors, celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, may the sun shine on your face, may you see a rainbow, hit a home run with the bases loaded, may you have an umbrella whenever it rains, may this year be happy, healthy and prosperous one for you and your loved ones.
Bo and I wish you a safe and peaceful holiday season and everything you wish for in the New Year.

Merry Christmas! John & Bo

Footnote….Rotary helping in Mexico.

The 2017 Chiapas earthquake struck at 23:49 CDT on 7 September (local time; 04:49 on the 8th UTC) in the Gulf of Tehuantepec off the southern coast of Mexico, near state of Chiapas, approximately 87 kilometres (54 mi) south of Pijijiapan, with a Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). The magnitude was estimated to be Mw 8.2. The greatest devastation occurred in Oaxaca, Mexico City and the state of Chiapas. The area is within close proximity of Guatemala.

So, in total, we installed a water system in the hospital, one in a rural village, repaired the primary school, and built 48 houses for 192 people.