Welcome to the Alexandra Headland Rotary Club

 
Are you an local community minded person who wants to make positive changes in your neighbourhood and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
It's on again !!
 
 
Come and join our amazing inspiring "celebrity" swimmer...guess who?"
 
 
 
 
 
Click on THIS LINK for more information 
 
Click on THIS LINK to register for swim
 
..and don't forget to buy a few raffle tickets in our grand draw!!
 
What's stopping YOU?
 
 
...and some exciting news coming your way concerning this inspiring athlete..
 
 
Swim Questions and Answers here....

FAQ's

Is there a minimum age? 
 
14 years
 
When is entry cut -off?
 
1st June
 
What happens if I cancel?
 
You'll be offered a full refund.
 
What happens if the event is cancelled / postponed? 
 
You'll have choice of refund or participating in revised date. Your call. 
 
Will there be a safety briefing?
 
There will be a safety briefing before each swim leg in Buhk park next to Alex SLSC.
 
How much is the entry fee?
 
$60 for swimmers, and for the sugar babies who need a wetsuit, we're asking for a further $10 donation.
 
Can I have flippers?
 
We want to discourage flippers, for safety of other swimmers reasons, we'd prefer you to swim a more comfortable swim distance if possible. 
 
Where are the swim courses?
 
All swim courses start and finish in front of Alex SLSC - Look for the Rotary Arches.
 
Where do I find the entry form?
Use this QR code to go to swim registration
 
 
 
 
Do I need a wet suit?
 
Your call, but if you decide to ...we'd appreciate another $10 donation towards a charity of your choice when you register.
 
How many are in a team?
 
4 members in a team. There will be novelty prizes for the best presented team etc. 
 
Is it a race?
 
Aussies are competitive and always want to do their personal best, but its NOT a race. We will have timekeepers and be putting all the results on screen and on social media. 
 
What sort of training / fitness is expected of me?
 
We're very much relying on you knowing your capabilities. There will be IRB's and Alex SLSC volunteers on water for all the swim legs. But please do NOT enter a swim leg that you are not comfortable with. 
 
How will I see the swim course when I'm in the water?
 
There will be GIANT swim buoys making the course and Alex SLSC volunteers on IRB's and boards monitoring the swim legs. 
 
My child is a good swimmer, so can he tag along the swim with mum or dad?
 
Sorry, we'd prefer no under 14's on any of the swim courses.
 
What's in the swim bag?
 
Your swim cap (which you must wear, coloured differently for each leg) and your after swim T shirt and some promotional material. Special offers and the like) 
 
Find the swim on Facebook too !!
 
 
 
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Two brilliant talks for our guest speakers

Miranda McLennan and Ruth Logan were our guest speakers on Friday morning. 
 
 
Both of these fantastic women are truly "making a difference" to our Sunshine Coast community and are to be congratulated for their achievements, professionalism and enthusiasm. 
 
First up was Ruth, who you may have seen in her brightly postered ute around the Sunshine Coast promoting the "It's a bloke thing" program to increase awareness...all over Queensland and NT. and promote action among men to get their prostate checked, especially if they are over 45 (?) with family history of prostate cancer, and men who are getting on in years and have not had a PSA test. 
 
There would not be one man in the room who would not relate to Ruth's message about how poorly men look after their own health and many would be aware of this silent killer. A certain scribe lost a family member to PC last year and knows how important it is to get checked regularly and watch that PSA level for any changes. But he only made the call to the GP after hearing Ruth's talk. (and he is one of the more intelligent members of the club, even if he says so himself!.)
 
Thank you Ruth for the work you do, and the lives you are saving. 
 
Next up was Michelle's best mate Miranda who is also a bundle of energy and enthusiasm. Miranda is a HR executive and start up coach who has been actively involved in getting the local young chamber of commerce off the ground. It has become tremendously successful and after being under the wing on the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce is now flying on its own. 
It was so inspiring to hear of Sunshine Coast Young Chamber of Commerce and their achievements in bringing together the young entrepreneurs of the Sunshine Coast and the support that they give each other through the organisation. 

A personal story on Ukraine

We're very fortunate to have Philip from Pontefract as a member of our club, and he brings this perspective on the recent Russian / Ukraine catastrophe. Phil's club is actively involved in the community and has some interesting links to the region, not least that Philip's daughter has relocated from Moscow to UK because the recent invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces. Her story below.
 
A message from The Rotary Club of Pontefract:
 
“It is a tragic and sad time for the people of Ukraine and the world.

We have all witnessed over the past few days the devastating situation including the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship in Ukraine.  Many of us have friends in Ukraine and feel helpless as we watch the situation unfold. As one of the world largest humanitarian organisations, Rotary has peace as the cornerstone of our global mission.

District 1040, of Rotary in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, has a long-standing history with Ukraine. Between 2002 and 2012 we worked together to transport medical aid and educational goods to Uzhgorod in the west of Ukraine. Over the years we have transported millions of pounds worth of redundant, refurbished, and discarded NHS equipment together with essential supplies for the local orphanage. All have been well used and saved many lives.

Since 2014 we have welcomed young people from local schools in Uzhgorod to our district, providing accommodation, arranging visits to local schools and museums. The young people have described these trips to the UK as “the best visit they have ever had.”  Plans are well under way for this year’s trip and students are due to arrive here on the 27 March. We don’t know if the trip will be able to go ahead but we do know the people of Ukraine desperately need our help and support now like never before.

As Rotarians and Inner Wheel members we pride ourselves on being people of action. 

For our Ukrainian friends now is the time for us to act.” 

On March 4th there was a joint appeal by Rotary District 1040 and Inner Wheel district 4 (Based in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire in England) to support humanitarian work in Ukraine.

    There are also appeals through the disasters emergency committee consisting 15 charities including Oxfam, Red Cross, Disaster Aid Christian Aid. And Save the Children. However, the Rotary network probably has lower costs. 
     
    My own club are organising a collection this Sunday (13th March) at a local shopping outlet. See photos above.
     
    And a personal reflection from Philip..
     
    Putin controls the press in Russia. Laws exist to prevent anyone calling this a war or criticising his actions. My daughter and her family were working in Moscow and thought this was just another sabre rattling exercise because it has happened before. We could see their exits being closed as Russian airlines were banned from various countries and Putin, in turn, did tit for tat.
     
    A flight they booked through Finnair was cancelled, but they had also booked a flight with Turkish Airlines as backup, and they got out. The rest of the family had been putting pressure on them because in Moscow the situation was downplayed.
     
    In the meantime, Visa and Mastercard withdrew support for Russian Credit cards, the rouble has fallen in value and there were queues for cash at Russian ATM’s. If my daughter had waited they may have found they had no means to pay for their flights because of the credit card sanctions. Even those airlines still operating to Russia will reduce flights.
     
    At an airport all planes have checks done and sometimes a spare part is needed. An airline sending an Airbus or Boeing plane may find that there are no parts available in Russia so their plane may not be able to fly safely back from Moscow.
     
    The rich people sending children to the school where my daughter teaches will not be able to pay their fees and there was a very real risk of my daughter, son in law and granddaughter being stuck in Russia with no job or income. 
     
    The sanctions are going to hit the ordinary Russian hardest of course. Putin’s rich mates in Londongrad have been given ample warning to transfer their wealth into more accessible accounts.
     
    Phil
     
     
    * Shelter box was started by Rotary in the UK but is now a separate charity. One shelter box contains a tent, cooking facilities, various tools etc to provide emergency shelter after a disaster such as an earthquake or flood, or bombing.
     
    PS. As a postscript the collection raised £284 ($500) and another is planned in Pontefract Town Centre on Saturday
    Phil
     

    “In the meantime, talks are being held with Rotary Assistant Governor’s in your area and Inner Wheel members to explore how we can best get help to where it is needed the most including:

    1. Direct to Rotary Clubs we have contact with in the area. They have already told us that there is an urgent need for food and medical supplies.
    2. Through the Ukrainian Centre in Bradford who have launched a ‘Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal’ to provide medicines, food and critical services. They are part of The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, the largest representative body for Ukrainians in the UK. 
    3. Building upon what individual Rotary clubs and areas are doing. This may include collecting items that can be sent via secure routes.
    4. Shelter Box* and Disaster Aid UK have launched appeals. We can also direct resources to them.”
    Great work Pontefract Rotary!

    Disability – Death  -- Determination 

    Mark is an advocate in supporting those in need. Through a water-skiing accident in early 20’s he became a tetraplegic and through determination recovered but has spent his adult life in a wheel chair. (Prior to the accident he was a State Champion water skier).

    The wheelchair did not stop a successful teaching career, ending up Principal of various Qld country and city primary schools before retiring a few years back. But there were challenges … like the principal’s professional development programme being held in the Polo Club in Brisbane where there was only access via stairs. After three years at the same venue, he challenged Qld Education and won …. They now run the development programme in a disability access venue!

    He also challenged Qld Police Service after being treated badly by a young police officer. He told us, he was self-represented against Senior Barristers and won the QCAT case!

    Following retirement and during his mother’s end of life experience at Hopewell Hospice, he became a volunteer which led to a full-time job as CEO.  Through his determination he managed the hospice and made all “clients” feel comfortable. He even ran “Death Café” discussion groups to allow the hospice clients and their families to open the discussion to ensure greater understanding of what they had generally been through and how they could face their future without fear.

    Mark mentored many young kids when life threw the challenges and continued mentoring his friends through Toastmasters. In Toastmasters he faced challenges with determination and ultimately became the World Champion of Public Speaking – a contest that starts with 30,000 Toastmasters at a club level and eventually ends at the World Championship!

    Mark continues to share his dynamic speaking skills at events around the world; he also mentors many people around the world who aim to follow similar footsteps (or wheel marks).

    While facing challenges of life and Education Qld, he was also the Chair of Disabilities Qld to ensure others in similar situations have successes! 

    Mark Hunter shared his stories openly and courageously with us.

    SalTy souls receives Rotary cheque and recognition in My Weekly Preview

    On a blustery Friday morning at Alex SLSC Kerry Smith from Salty Souls Legacy was on hand to receive $6,000 from President Wendy the District Grant which adds to the $12,000 solstice swim proceeds already received by Salty Souls and will be put to good use in helping them in their new home at the THRIVE centre.
     
    ...and here is the article in the My Weekly Preview in case you missed it..
     
    Charity SalTy Souls Legacy engages with children through surfing

    News from My Weekly Preview, thanks Caitlin. 

    New home for charity

    SalTy Souls Legacy is beginning a new chapter after gaining approval for a headquarters in Maroochydore. 

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    Published on February 16, 2022

    A Sunshine Coast charity dedicated to the memory of a popular surfer is marking a major milestone in its mission to establish a permanent home.

    SalTy Souls Legacy has been putting vulnerable and disengaged Sunshine Coast children aged five to 17 through surfing programs since 2018.

    The charity was formed to honour Moffat Beach surfer Tyler Kennedy, who tragically died while on a surf trip in Bali in 2017.

    After months of fundraising, planning and community generosity, council approval has now been granted to establish the headquarters in Maroochydore.

    Charity founder and the sister of Tyler, Tamara Smith, says this will make a world of difference to the children.

    “We are at that stage now where SalTys need its own space,” she says.

    “Our garage at home has been turned into a storage space and we have a container we are renting that is out at Nambour. Whenever one of our kids from the program needs to change over a board or we need more, it’s a matter of driving out there.

    “At any one time we have up to 120 boards in storage. We have to have different boards to match them to the children’s size and skill level.”

    The new headquarters will be next to Thrive Youth Hub on Aerodrome Road after the space was generously offered to SalTy Souls.

    “To have SalTys flashed out on Aerodrome Road loud and proud, it’s amazing for us to get our cause out there,” Ms Smith says.

    The Rotary Club of Alexandra Headland has been integral in this space becoming a realty, donating the proceeds from its Winter Solstice Swim in 2021 to
    the charity.

    “We are so grateful that Rotary saw our desperate needs,” Ms Smith says. “We were struggling with the reality that we would have to raise $30,000 ourselves to go towards this and that [money] was not actually going to be able to go to the kids.”

    Two shipping containers have also been donated. These will be transformed into the hub. “One will be a fully decked- out surfboard storage space that will open into a workshop space. The second container will be an office space and pop-up shop for our charity merch.”

    Work is anticipated to begin on transforming the containers in the next month, but Ms Smith is hoping the generosity of the community will continue and is calling on those who can to help with the internal fit-out.

    “What we are needing from the community now is support. If any tradies can help with donating items or services for our fit-out – it’s all of all the little things.”

    SalTy Souls’ fully funded surf therapy programs run for six weeks and each child is gifted a repurposed surfboard and beach starter kit so they can continue surfing.

    To help or donate to SalTy Souls Legacy visit saltysoulslegacy.org.

    Our amazing District Governor has sent us this message...

    Good morning Presidents and Secretaries

    This morning we are waking to a time when many of those living in our District are facing uncertainty.

    Our District in this year has already encountered significant challenges – drought, COVID, the isolation of our Island clubs.

    Now we’re in the midst of what’s being referred to as  a weather bomb ….. significant rain over a long period …… and more than 75 of our Clubs are in communities in the firing line. This flooding is more than significant.

    We are going to need to show the Rotary spirit, the Rotary and Rotaract connections and be there to help our fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, friends, colleagues and community members.

    We need you and your members to keep your eyes open – As a Club you may have already decided to take action and support your community.  If you see someone or something where you’d welcome broader help then let us know.  There will also be a need for general mud army support – and it may be that we decide to focus on particular areas.

    We’re putting together a small team to coordinate where we will give some of our focus. We’re aware there’ll be clean up needed in Gympie, we know that there are homes to clean up in Grantham and fences to build, we imagine there’ll be help needed in Toowoomba, in the areas to the north of Brisbane, the south of Brisbane and then Brisbane itself. And that’s not all.

    In the next day or two we’ll be asking you to identify situations where we may need to coordinate more help. We’ll also be asking you to give us the names of those ready with some time and personal energy  to join together in a coordinated group to move as Rotarians/Rotaractors.

    Most importantly of all though – we ask that you take care of each other. Take the time to make contact with everyone. Ask if they’re OK, ask if their family and friends are OK.

    I thank each of you who’ve made contact over the past three days to share thoughts, ideas and just because you needed to talk.

    Please start the conversations with your members. Let them know we care

    Thinking of you all – you can contact DGE Tim Keeler, DGN Paul Roger, our IPDGs Patrice Robinson and Neil Black or me. Otherwise you can make contact with your Assistant Governor – they’re a resource for you.

    This is one of our chances to ‘Serve to Change Lives’

    Yours in Rotary 

    DG Wendy   (Protheroe)

    Peter Hall and mates come to visit

    Dave Woodrow introduced his old mate Peter Hall …. Dave met Peter, Howard George  and others through Maroochydore Rotary and have been personal and Rotary Friends for 30 years about!.
    Peter discovered that Urban Angels and Birgit were making meals for the homeless in inadequate conditions, so he acquired a commercial property and fitted it out with a commercial kitchen --- rumoured to be about $500,000 worth!!!  Peter does not seek publicity on the donation or his support and its great to see Brigit again and keeping up her amazing community work that truly "makes a difference."
     
     
    Urban Angels provide about 10,000 meals a month to those in need …. And one of their offshoots is they run the kitchen at the IFYS Hub down at the stadium. They have three chefs  and ro0tate them to provide a variety of meals ….. including vegan and vegetarian.   They have even convinced some of their charges to try the vegetarian meals and their clients found they were good and in many cases now look for them as a preference!!!
     
    Their neighbour at Maroochydore is Men’s Shed and Men’s Shed grow a whole bunch of fresh herbs, spices and vegies for them.
     
    Alex Rotary know Birgit because she ran the Urban Angels café in Newspaper Place Maroochydore and the club went there at least twice for a vocational visit and breakfast and also a breakfast when we visited Push Productions and Paul Morton in November 2017). For the nostalgic readers..here's some pics from not so long ago..
    Birgit has agreed that we should come up to Urban Angels for breakfast meeting and vocational visit …. Her comment was give me a few weeks to organise it. This is whats in store if our last visit is anything to go by...

    Urban Angels Community Program explained..

     

    Turtle Care comes to visit

    On Friday we had special visitor from Caloundra Pacific with a real passion for the environment, and especially turtles. Matthew Lynn was goest speaker who took us through the fascinating world of turtles. I think most of us were aware of the terrible damage that plastics do to turtle in terms of plastic bags and the like, but the impact of micro plastics on young turtles were heartbreaking. 
    Matt at the team at Turtle Care are doing a great job in supporting the turtle population on the coast (green and hawksbill) and are to be congratulated for their fantastic work which often involves moving turtles from one location to another. After developing some prototypes, they have developed a "Turtle Sling" that will enable 4 people to move a turtle to safety. See the model below. 

    SalTy Souls receives approval for Steve's design from Council for new home

     
    A huge amount of work by Liam Pinese (ADAPT town planning) and our very own Steve Newton came to fruition last Thursday when we finally received Development Application approval from Sunshine Coast Council to have the new SalTy Souls Legacy home placed at the Thrive Centre in Maroochydore. Steve's amazing design has captured the approval of Tamara and Kerry Smith and the team can now look forward to building a home that does the legacy of Ty Kennedy proud. 
     
    Steve took the club through the personal stories behind SalTy Souls and the dedication of the SalTy Souls family to make a difference to disengaged kids on the coast through their "Stand Tall" programs and personal coaching methods that have had amazing results. 
     
    Later Steve and John went to the Thrive centre where we spoke to the team and Brendon Jenkins from Core fitness who also does some amazing work in this youth space and will be moving into the Thrive centre. It all has the makings of a great project that Alex Rotary is so pleased to be part of. 
     
    Also in late news the Rotary District Grants association have heard about this and have put up $6,000 towards the project that do so much for the disadvantaged kids that go through the stand tall programs. Members will recall that Sienna High School also got behind Salty Souls with proceeds from their high school ball donated to the program, and of course we've had great support from Sunshine Coast Council, ADAPT (pro bono work), Alex SLSC and Pratt Properties have generously given Salty Souls the land to put their new HQ on. 
     
    In even later news, you may have seen on Channel 7 news that the Thrive centre is being used on weekends for the Maroochydore "Homeless Bus" project. Great work.

    Intergenerational Garden anyone?

    The club heard from Mag at Shepperton South on how they had taken to heart the BBC program about mixing kindergarten kids and old folks.
     
    They asked the kindergarten kids what they liked about visiting their grandparents at the local old folks home. Answer? "Nothing". So they decided to do something about that and set about building a play area for young and old. 
     
    At recent board meeting the club decided to investigate it further, and will look to take it up as a project in this year, subject to more research and planning. 
     
    So here's some pics of how the Shepperton Rotary approached the task and what they achieved. 
     
    Brilliant. Stay tuned for more developments.
     
     
    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
     
    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.
     
     
     
    What IS Rotary ??
    Alex Rotary WorkLife Coaching Program 
     
    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!!)
     
     
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    Club Executives & Directors
    President
    President Elect
    Treasurer
    Secretary
    Immediate Past President
    The Rotary Foundation
    New Generations Director
    Thank you to our great Surf Show and Shine Sponsors
    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. 
     
     
     
     
    Alex Rotary Satellite Club
    If you can't make regular Rotary meetings but want to "make a difference" to the local and international communities why not think about joining our Satellite Club?
     
    We get involved in Rotary / Community programs all over the Sunny Coast.
     
    Rotary Events are open to everyone 

    Volunteer

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    Rotary Events

    We're always looking for volunteers to help with Community events that Rotary supports. 
    So if you are interested in any of the events below, or perhaps you want to let Rotary know of an event not listed, please contact the secretary of the main or satellite club. We'd love to hear from you.
     
     
     
    Go directly to event opportunities HERE
    Club Photo albums
    Rotary / USC Community Fund
     
     
     
    Upcoming Events
    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. 
    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
    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. 

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    Our Meeting Details

    We meet In Person
    Fridays at 6:45 AM
    Alex Surf Life Saving Club
    Alex Beach
    Alexandra Headland , QLD 4557
    Australia
    Enter from the beach side, next to Coffee kiosk. Magnificent morning views of sun rising over the pacific* (Technically its the earth rotating and falling. Ed)