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Recognise this world?

If you ever visit Manhattan and the UN Building, there is a tour guide there who will take you through a series of slides showing the day in the life of an "average" person.  
It's guaranteed to make you stop and think, and be grateful.
(btw Rotary was instrumental in setting up the UN way back when).
A certain scribe received some slides over the Christmas period from a regular contributor, on a similar vein...

Brilliant turn out for the Kirsten Court Working Bee

On a stinking hot Saturday morning, Rotarians, Rotoractors and friends from Alex, Maroochydore and Mooloolaba gathered to "make a difference" to the transition housing environment at Kirsten Court. 
Big thanks to Sabine and Jessica from Rotoract, Brocky from Maroochydore Rotary, Geoff, Roger, Paul, and Barry from Mooloolaba Rotary, and Wendy, Errol, Tony, Graeme, Craig, Skye, Anthony, Olivia, Cohen, James, Joy, Val, John S, Carmel, and a certain scribe from Alex Rotary and not forgetting Daniel and of course Tania from IFYS .  
Great work by everyone, and all going well, we'll finish the job of mulching and tree landscaping well ahead of time at the next working bee on the 28th. 
John & Lol sent their apologies, and we understand Lol is going to provide her green thumb to the finishing touches! 
Skye's adorable daughter loading up the wheelbarrow....... with lots of men standing around.. apparently not so busycool
Sabine and Jessica getting stuck in to the weeding .......ooh to be young
Not entirely sure why Skye wants to dig up the lawn...
paving going in ..great work by the team......Tony practising Haka...
Shade was a good place to be...

Friday night BBQ by Lake Kawana

On Friday night the club hosted a BBQ at the Kawana sports hub accommodation block.
We visited the block a few weeks prevoiously, and were really impressed by the facility which has been transformed during the pandemic by IFYS to act as a transit centre for the folks doing it tough on the accommodation and work front. 
Carmel, Mike and Tony were the master chefs while the rest of us swanned about the fantastic deck overlooking Lake Kawana. What a setting for a Friday night chill !!
So now that we've all met each other Vicky & Renee are keen for Rotary to start the job club and we'll get a few trial sessions under our belt before the formal program starts in 2021. Stay tuned for more information. 
Enjoying a Friday night on the deck at the sports hub accommodation block
Meanwhile the master chefs were busy in the background..thanks Carmel, Mike and Tony. 
Local Rotarians have continued their fantastic work on the Rotary Care garden and over the past few weeks have been improving the IFYS child care facilities in Maroochydore. Some pictures below, and a big thank you from Vicky Meyer and her team for the smiles that we have been able to add o the mums and kids who now have a completely refurbished play area.
So well done everyone involved from Alex and Mooloolaba Rotary and really fantastic to hand over the facility just in time from Christmas.


"Fantastic work, what a difference. It was lovely to hear from Renee and Sheree, who coordinates the program, the reactions from the children to the cubby upgrades, can’t wait for them to see these latest enhancements! 
Thank you so much for all your support."
Vicky Meyer
Executive Manager 
Community Services IFYS

Maroochydore High School Mock Interviews

Steve, Larney, Liana, Jack and Michelle with High School Student 
The Alex rotary have been part of the regular Maroochydore High School Interviews for many years now, and we were delighted to continue that association last Thursday morning. Bob Thompson has been helping the kids with tips on job applications and interviews for over 5 years, and we took the opportunity of letting the Rotarians and volunteers present at the fantastic morning tea to know about the adults "Job Club" starting up in 2021 at the Kawana Sports Hub. 
We also had interest from My Weekly Preview on the mock interview program and so the organiser in chief, Steve Hind from Maroochydore Rotary wrote these words which capture why Rotarians do this every year for the students...
"The annual Mock Interviews for Maroochydore State High School year 10 students not only form an integral part of their curriculum, they provide an excellent opportunity for Students to have a practice run at a Job Interview with “strangers” in our community so the actually get to feel some nerves, but more importantly, they gain valuable life experience in what it will be like when they actually apply for that job of their dreams.
The local Rotary Cluster on the Sunshine Coast always proudly supports this event and it’s one I am very glad to be involved with, pulling together between 20 to 25 Volunteers each year to work our way through the cohort. The legendary Morning Tea is a big drawcard for those that have had the pleasure of tucking in and the School usually provides a token of their appreciation with a box of chocolates and a certificate for each Volunteer. The most rewarding part? Knowing we have helped today’s youth towards a successful careers and meeting some of the truly talented up and coming youngsters who you just know are really going places in this world."
A certain scribe has also got to mention what a great job the Maroochydore High School Team does...many of the students we met were truly inspirational. 

2020 Surf Show and Shine an amazing success

Well what a day! Great weather, big crowds, and an amazing Kombi, Surfboard, Art and Music show, all from the Sunshine Coast Community showing that it really does care for others who are "doing it tough". 
The day started bright and early with the SES helping to block off the event site for the Kombi's who arrived early, some travelling all the way from as far as Hervey Bay and Gold Coast.
The Rotary Arches Kindly donated and put up by Geoff Hopkins and his team at Mooloolaba Rotary
Then the artists were on the scene with some spectacular sculptures and paintings and a mini excavator (really!) on hand to place the sculptures in position. Then it was the turn of the vintage surfboards to put up their stands and show off these masterpieces of the surfing schools. 
The truly amazing "art precinct" organised by Owen Cavanagh's team of remarkable Sunshine Coast Artists 
Meanwhile further down the site Graeme's and Michelle's team were assembling the stage for the musicians, and Sabine and the Rotoractors were busy putting up the large gazebo's shade for the expected crowd, they were closely followed by the vendors of all things surf wear and of course the ubiquitous coffee vendor and "must have" jam factory donuts. We were delighted to welcome the IFYS coffee van this year, in healthy competition with Richard Lane's coffee cafe. Richard has been a supported for many years, while the IFYS coffee van is a new initiative to train up the youth as baristas and giving them customer service skills to help them find work. Once the vendors were in position Craig and Declan set to work with the social distancing plan and soon the vendors area was open for business. 
Rotary wishes to acknowledge the great support from Jody Perry and the North Shore Board Riders who were fantastic partners to us in making this event happen 
After Graeme and his helpers from Siena College had placed the Kombis in position it was time for Paul, John and Errol's team to drop off the tables, chairs and bins from our friends at Mooloolaba School. Now it was starting to look like an event site - and with a little more room than we had thought thanks to the fantastic work by our "site Architect" Steve 
Then it was time to open the gates, and the crowds were soon filtering through past our mates from Passport Rotary and underneath the Mooloolaba Rotary Arch into the event site where the Alex team led by Skye and Sean were manning "Rotary Central." Soon the queues were backing up and the newly found skills of Wendy's team in QR codes and EFT POS (didn't even know what that was a few weeks ago) were being put to the test. 
The next few hours were a bit of a a blur with Wallis seemingly everywhere keeping the public happy and safe. Where did he find the time to do those interviews with SeaFM who were broadcasting from the event site.
Tony found time to take a few snaps, and Carmel took over Rotary Central in the afternoon, with our wonderful volunteers. 
As the event unfolded it was great to see the conversations taking place between the crowds and helpers and artists and what an interest after lunch around the art Auction hosted by that ball of energy Owen Cavanagh. The scene had been set by the purchase of a work from Julie Chizzoni earlier for $500, and expectations were high for the mural that had been created by Owen and Rod Pickle at the show.
In fact the work was only completed a few minutes before auctioneer Tony called up the bidding. The mural was eventually sold for a bargain price of $1,000 which Owen generously contributed to the beneficiaries of the show. 
Owen with the mural that was created at the Surf Show and Shine
Then it was time for the Kombi of the Year and Peoples choice winners to be announced. MC Wallis introduced Councillor Natoli who made the presentations for "Peoples Choice" and "Kombi of the year" and two rather emotional, excitable Kombi owners accepted Myles Newton hand made trophies to show off to their Kombi mates. 
The trophies...unique momento's of a great day. Thank you Myles and Steve.
Our main sponsor and great community supporter Dean Stuart, Ashleigh Smith, Councillor Natoli, Nerrine Hooper with their trophies.
Here is Nerrine's story about Apple (APL 74) ..and this is what Apple looked like in 2006
“Apple’s Story”...... Apple was someone’s rubbish but my treasure. We found her under a tree in Redcliffe, knocked on the door and offered $600. Well when that little wreck arrived home I was so excited! I took my 4-year old’s hand and toddled down the driveway and said “We need to find a name for her”. Well wIth a big grin on her face she chuckled “SHE LOOKS LIKE A BIG RED APPLE!”. Apple! What a perfect name, found under a tree too. Since then she’s been totally restored right back to bare metal and gone a shade of green. And now there’s lots of love, lots of adventures and many more still to come following @reenys_kombi
and here is Ashleigh's story. This little beauty is called "Gem" (DC 61) and Ashleigh has had her for 6 months. 
1961 Dual Cab Kombi. Originally owned by Stan and Thelma Atkinson, owners of the Gembrook General Store in Victoria. “Gem” was used solely to deliver groceries to the surrounding area.
After several hours of great fun and fundraising, a certain scribe was so happy that it all came together and a wonderful team effort by the club and its amazing helpers.
Here is a classic "End of the day" shot. 
Sun going down and a Kombi full of character. Iconic. 

2020 Surf Show and Shine Kombi Parade

Well what a turn out...a Fantastic Kombi Parade left Mooloolaba beach on Saturday night, with our great sponsor Dean Stuart from Cricks Volkswagen out in front, and an amazing "Komvoy" of Kombis close behind.
On Saturday many of the local visitors joined us in the car park to see the Kombis off on their coastal trip.
The sight of these lovable vehicles heading off was something to behold. 
The route was changed slightly to include the Mooloolaba Spit, and the convoy was so big that it allowed the outgoing Kombis to meet the incoming Kombis as they went down the Spit. Quite a show. Thank you to everyone who participated, and a big thank you to everyone involved. 

Chianda School benefits from Sunshine Coast Support

What on earth is a school in Zambia doing wearing Mathew Flinders and Unity College school uniforms?. 
The answer is found in the generosity of the Sunshine Coast past senior citizen of the year and his partner Cherie and the folks behind "our Rainbow House".
On Friday David was our guest speaker (surprise !) and he spoke of the great work that the Sunshine Coast does in the school at Chianda just outside Lusaka. Also it was great to see that the Rainbow House ambassador was on other than our very own Kasey Chambers who is a great supporter of the project. You can find out more on the link above and here are some slides from Dave's photo album...note the Sunshine Coast school uniform...
Great to see one of our members "making a difference" in other parts of the world..
At Rotary we want to have fun while "making a difference" to our communities, locally and internationally.
However, we're a "can do" organisation..and if you have a cause or program that you want some help with, why not get in touch and we'll see what we can do?
The events that we run and support allow the club to raise money to support some of the many good causes in the community. All of Rotary donations and fund raising go to the community. All Rotarians are volunteers and give freely of their time. Club expenses are kept to a minimum, and the main Rotary Foundation is one of the top 5 Charities in the world in terms of its effectiveness, with the administration costs far, far, lower than many better known charities. 
  • Surf Show and Shine - Celebrating the Coast while helping the outback. We always need volunteers to help run this annual community event.
  • SunnyCoast Solstice Swim - Supporting our Young Veterans and other Rotarian community causes. It's getting bigger every year. 
  • Worklife Program - Rotarians are generally business people who are passionate about giving back. So its only natural that when they see businesses complain that the young are not "work ready", and they see overloaded school curriculums, and stressed out kids going into the workforce that they want to help. So Alex Rotary has been delivering and promoting a program to help first time workers transition to work, in a practical and positive way. Already we've been to high schools on the Sunshine Coast , Rotaract at USC and IFYS community worker work start programs. 
  • Golf Day - Last year we hosted a charity golf day to raise funds for Sunshine Coast helicopter rescue - an initiative started by Rotary here on the Sunshine Coast. 
  • Christmas at Alex - Every year we host a BBQ at Christmas at Alex, to raise funds for our local battlers at Christmas.
  • Christmas Hampers - Last year we gave 400 hampers to the Carers of Children to give a helping hand over Christmas
  • Mooloolaba Triathalon - we're delighted to help the organisers host this event that attracts thousands to the coast
  • Mooloolaba Ironman - For many years Rotarians have managed the gear tent for this great event
  • Clean Up Australia Day - every year we organise a BBQ for our volunteers who help clean up the coastline around beautiful Alexandra Headland
The club offers students a transitioning to work a program on how to succeed and to be happy at Work. This is available in coffee - table book form or by presentations from the members by arrangement. We strongly believe that the youth and schools, universities of today will benefit from the practical support and mentorship of employers and employees. If you wish to receive the book, please click HERE or if you are interested in organising a course for your school, please contact the club through the home page address, RCAHsecretary@gmail.com and we'll take it from there. 
Helping our Surf Show and Shine beneficiaries
At Alex Rotary we act local to make a difference. While we support all sorts of causes, we particularly want to help local volunteers who may not have access to the big funding that is available from governments and the like.
We think that's more effective for a small club like ours, for 2 reasons:
1.  Most important, these local volunteers need to know that they are valued. They need to know that they are appreciated and not alone. Their efforts are amazing, and can be relentless and exhausting. We want to help.
2. Its more effective. The funds go directly to the volunteers running the cause, and they decide how to best use the funds. 
So it you can help our beneficiaries from the Surf Show and Shine please go to these links.
IFYS - Our Corporate Members 
We are very fortunate to have Vicky and Renee as corporate members ...here is an insight to some of the fantastic work (and people) that IFYS do to "make a difference" on the Sunshine Coast
The Science Experience
Science Schools Foundation Experience
The club is pleased to subsidise 4 budding scientists from local high school, Chancellor, Grammar, Mountain Creek and Sienna to attend the annual Science Schools Foundation "The Science Experience" at Queensland Universities.
The experience consists of 3 or 4 day courses, where our scientists of the future mix with University researchers and gain insights into the latest STEM developments. 
In previous years we've subsidised 3 students to attend, and the feedback from the students has been that mixing with the professionals in their field of interest has been career changing. So we're hoping that even in this time of virus, there are budding scientists out there who would benefit from this fantastic opportunity.
We had our changeover breakfast to welcome in our "new" board for 2020. Here they are being introduced by President Wendy under the national and international flags exchanged by the club over the years. Click on pic for more on this story.
Club History (Under Construction)

Want to know more about our club's history...follow the links on the presidents name..


Charter President
Trevor Smith  2000 - 2001
David Woodrow 2001 - 2002
Chris Baker 2002 - 2003
Peter Andrews  2003 - 2004
Russell Thompson 2004 - 2005
Trevor Smith  2005 - 2006
Geoff Davies  2006 - 2007
Scott Brimelow  2007 - 2008
Carmel Hulett 2008 - 2009
Gary Lynch  2009 - 2010
Bill Bradley  2010 - 2011
Alan Walter 2011 - 2012
Bob Thompson 2012 - 2013
Sue Quinn  2013 - 2014
Prue Byrnes  2014 - 2015
Peter Darnell 
2015 - 2017
John Malloy
2017 - 2018
Mike Storkey 2019 -202
Shared duties 2019-2020
Wendy Gilson  2020-2021

Want to know what Paul Harris awards the club has awarded to members for exceptional achievement?

Paul Harris Listing 

Rotary helping you transition to work
Here is a link to the complete WorkLife booklet developed by Alex Rotary as a mentoring guide to anyone starting work for the first time. (Also not a bad read for anyone going back into the workforce who would like a bit of inspiration and advice. 
We've also found that local businesses use it as a friendly support for their employees to help discussions along on the importance of work, (and how to be happy at work while making the boss happy!!)
By being a member of a club, you can volunteer for fundraising projects and give back to the community, much more than individually. Donations our members have made recently:
Sunshine Coast University Community Fund (RUSCCF
Shelterbox for homeless
Cleft pallet surgery for Children (SMILES program)
Care outreach for QLD drought relief 
Young Veterans on Sunshine Coast
Bamboo Projects on Sunshine Coast 
ROMAC (Rotary medical aid fund) 
Rotary Care Garden Project (inc other Sunshine Coast Rotary Clubs) 
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Looking to Volunteer ?
At Alex Rotary we're always looking to "make a difference" and rely on Rotary members, Friends of Rotary or folk who just want to get involved in a feel good project. 
If that sounds like you then why not register to be a volunteers HERE and we'll be in touch.
Or use this QR code from your phone to let us know you're interest.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
New Generations Director
Rotary Foundation
Youth Service Director
What is Rotary? It may not be what you think..
Thank you to our great Surf Show and Shine Sponsors
We're back meeting face to face
Hi Folks, pleased to say that we are back "face to face" at Friday breakfast meetings. So if you are able, we can provide a warm welcome, a hearty breakfast and an interesting guest speaker to start off your day.
Club blue Card application
Your blue card requires updating annually. There is no cost, and here is an application form preloaded with club information that you can use.
Alex Rotary Fees
What does Rotary cost? Our full members pay $150 every 6 months to support Rotary International (RI) causes. The only other cost is club breakfast, which can cost between $5 - $12 at the Alex Surf Club. 
In return you get to hear great speakers, meet like minded good citizens, find out what's going on around the world and local communities. By being part of a Rotary club you get involved in community and youth projects, some of them fundraising. Proceeds from fundraising are donated to  community causes suggested by the members. Some years we have donated  >$25,000 to local community. 
Friends of Alex, who are basically folks who volunteer to help out or attend very occasional Rotary meetings, pay $20 pa.
On joining, there will be a one-off cost for a personalised club shirt and badge. 
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Rotary Trivia Champions - AGAIN

Alex Rotary - Trivia Quiz champions

Here's our group celebrating their win, with our exchange student Amy, who is basking in the reflected glory of the winners. smiley
Alex Rotary are the current ROMAC trivia champions, having successfully won the trophy from hundreds (really) of Rotarians at a Fund Raising event hosted by Caloundra Rotary every year to raise funds for this fantastic medical charity.
This is the second year that we've won this highly regarded trophy. This year we had to win without three of last years brain boxes, Graeme, Doug and Dave W, but they were ably replaced by Verna, Professor Bob, and President Mike. 
ROMAC is an organisation of Rotarians and supporters from the medical profession, who give freely of their time and expertise to help the Pacific Island community.
You've probably seen some of the examples of facial reconstruction, and limb correction that these great volunteers do. The recent separation of the Siamese twins is the type of extensive surgery that the Rotarians who make up the ROMAC team do around the area. Tony recently showed a ROMAC project where a young boy from the surrounding islands was able to stand on his own two feet for the first time after radical surgery to align his feet. Well done ROMAC, truly making a difference to people's lives.
We're delighted to support ROMAC and a big thank you to Bryan Mason and his helpers for organising an event, which this year raised $20,000 to support those volunteer medico's with the great work they do around our region. 
About Our Club

Our Meeting Details

We meet In Person
Fridays at 6:45 AM
Alex Surf Life Saving Club
Alex Beach
Alexandra Headland , QLD 4557
Upcoming Events
Club meeting responsibilities
Monthly Meeting Roster
Saunders, Valerie
Rotary Minute
Laidlaw, Craig
Room set up /Maitre'd
Comedy Corner

Why don't ants get sick?

Because they have tiny antibodies!

Books to change you 

Good reads

Two things will change your life. "People you meet and books you read". 
Here are some recommended reading by a certain scribe;
Rotary has spent millions eradicating Polio. Here is a novel about a gym teacher in USA in 1944 and a how a polio pandemic affects him. Brilliant bestselling novel. Nemesis by Phillip Roth
Henry Kissinger once said that there is a  "thin veneer of civilisation"...was he right?. Read "Human Kind" by Rutger Bregman. It will surprise you. 
What makes us who we are? Read the stories in New York Times bestseller "The road to character" by Richard Brookes. You might recognise yourself. 
Club Photo albums
Alex Rotary WorkLIfe Coaching Program 
Make a difference - Donate 
Rotary is run by volunteers and Rotary is always in the top 5 most effective charities in the world.
You can be sure that your dollars go to where they are needed. 
Rotary Leader
Rotary / Toastmasters learning center
Want to develop and give better talks? Its all HERE
January 2021
Rotary Minutes
Rotary and the School of Hard knocks...

Rotary and Bushfires

From the Rotary desk....
Honorary Members

Club Honorary Members

Fiona Simpson MP for Maroochydore

Fiona is our hardworking local Member for Maroochydore who has a track record of delivering for the Sunshine Coast region and a reputation for passionately advocating for her local community.  After the 2017 State Election, Fiona was appointed as the Shadow Minister for Employment and Small Business, Training and Skills Development in the Deb Frecklington and Tim Mander LNP Team.

Fiona grew up on the Sunshine Coast and went to local schools.  She understands the pressures faced by local families and business owners and wants people to have the same opportunity to live, work and raise their families here while cherishing our region’s natural beauty.

Fiona has a long history with Rotary, as a Youth Exchange Student, and always being a great supporter of her electorate's Rotary Clubs and other voluntary organisations. 

Ashley Robinson OAM, is our most recent Honorary member, and has been involved in numerous community support activities, locally, regionally and internationally. The Alex Rotary Club meets at the Alex Surf Club where Ashley is the General Manager and oversees the many Surf Club activities that add to the health and well being of our Sunshine Coast community. 
About Our Club

Our Meeting Details

We meet In Person
Fridays at 6:45 AM
Alex Surf Life Saving Club
Alex Beach
Alexandra Headland , QLD 4557