Welcome to the Alexandra Headland Rotary Club

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The great Rotary Kombi and Surfboard show called Surf Show and Shine ....... Now Coming to you on 26 & 27 September !
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Bands at the Rotary Surf Show and Shine 
The following entertainment has been confirmed for Sunday 27th Sept........stay tuned for more info on the amazing Sunshine Coast Surf artists headlined by Owen Cavanagh 
  • Siena School Band...
  • Karrie Hayward....
  • The Dreggs.....
  • Tay Oskee.....
  • Anna & Jordan......
Hi Folks,
The arrangements are going well for the Parade on Saturday and the Show on Sunday 27th September. 
We think that having state borders closed all through September is a positive thing for the event, and we’re very confident of getting an approved Covid plan. 
The site has been planned in detail, so every lot on the car park has been allocated to a particular Kombi or Vendor or Supporter and we have ensured that safe distancing will enable everyone to enjoy the show. 
But of course it will be different this year, so we will be limiting the numbers on the car park according to our Covid plan. 
Like everywhere else we’ll be asking everyone to register and taking your details. We’ll have event and traffic marshalls to help you and sanitising stations etc. will be in place.
So this is just to update you and let you know about the access arrangements. 
Saturday Parade 26th September late afternoon / early evening
50 - 100 kombis will meet at the car park and will travel along the beachfront to create interest in Sundays big event.
They will be escorted by some top vehicles from Cricks Volkswagen, and we will have SeaFM on board providing a roving commentary on th eKombi parade along the beachfront. 
We’re asking all Kombi’s…even if you can’t make the show on Sunday to come along for an amazing photo shoot. Channel 7 TV are expected to be there. 
If Kombis could asssemble in the car park from about 4 ish…and we’ll head off around 5 -ish. More details coming so stay tuned.
Sunday 27th September (early to late afternoon) 
We’ll be setting up early so everyone will not only have a spot to park given to them before they arrive, but we’re asking everyone to be in plave well before 8am to allow for the expected early rubber neckers. 
The Mooloolaba beach car park will be full of Kombis, vintage surfboards, Musicians, Sunshine Coast artists and street vendors to celebrate the Sunshine Coast lifestyle while giving back to the community. 
Our beneficiaries of this fundraising event are Salty Souls  The Board Meeting organisation  and Care Outreach  So bring some spare cash for raffles and some amazing food. 
SeaFM will be broadcasting the event from the foreshore mid morning. 
The North Shore Board Riders will have their fantastic vintage surfboards on display, including some never seen before. 
The Kombis will be competing for the best renovation, and the people’s choice, and we’ll have a celebrity judge from Cricks Volkswagen to make the call. 
There will also be two display Kombi’s on show from a Sunshine Coast Collector that will create a lot of interest. 
Owen Cavanagh, world famous surf artists and his colleagues will be showing off their amazing surf Art, and there will be a display at the old amenities block where Owen will be creating surf art while you watch…we’re expecting that to be one of the highlights of the show. 
Sunshine Coast bands, including Tay Oskee and other top line musicians will be playing, as will community bands such as Siena School Big Band.
Green Frog adventures will be running the kids play areas with some great kids activities.
Access to Surf Show and Shine 
 It is best to approach the event site from Alexandra Headland or Buderim Road. Approaching Mooloolaba from the south will be tricky.
 Mooloolaba traffic is in chaos as Brisbane Road has been dug up and detours are in place.
If you are approaching from Buderim Road or Alex Headland, simply take the traffic lane nearest the beach as you come down the Alex / Mooloolaba hill, and as you enter Mooloolaba Beach on the left, the first sharp turn on the left after the traffic light will take you into the car park.
Marshalls will meet you at the car park entrance and they will have your registered details and your site allocation. You will be escorted to your allocated site.
If you are approaching Sunshine Coast from the from the South, then the Brisbane Road detour will take you to the Alexandra Headland Hill. As you go up the hill take the U -turn at the traffic lights half way up the hill and then the beachside lane as you come down the hill and to Mooloolaba Beach, and hard left into the car park as above.
Overflow vendors and volunteers parking
If you have additional vehicles, we have parking for volunteers and vendors at Moololaba school. This car park is not open to the public. Marshalls will meet you at the entrance to the car park opposite Coles in Walan Street, and allow you in to the school car park if you are known to the organisers.
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
They say its never over till the paperwork is done, and thats true, but we can say that the physical work is done with John & Lol White bring the plants and the poo (don't ask) along on Monday morning and planting out the garden beds. One is a salad bowl, one herbs, and another an interesting mix.
So after getting the plants in, and instructions to Damo to keep them well watered, we removed the temporary fence and replaced with the permanent fence and said good bye to a fantastic cluster project. 
Lol white planting out the garden beds.
As I said on Friday, its been a fantastic project, and could not have been done without the help of Rotarians and Rotoractors, 
So all thats left to be done is the paperwork, and a big thank you to everyone involved. And finally, your club received the Brett Mitchell Memorial TRF grants award at our handover dinner, which we accepted on behalf of the clubs and individuals whoo made this fantastic back yard possible, and left a legacy of fond memories for the kids who will be using it. 
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. 

Climb every mountain - Here's an inspiring story from one Rotarian in Africa

A Rotaractor ventures deep into her native Uganda with a polio vaccination team as part of Rotary’s newest virtual reality film, Two Drops of Patience

By Patience Asiimwe....As told to Diana Schoberg 

Health workers must have a lot of passion. They face so many challenges to reach every child with the polio vaccine. 

I found that out when I traveled to a mountain community on the border of Uganda and Kenya, 200 miles from my home in Kampala, to join a vaccination team. Just getting to the homes was a challenge, let alone persuading the parents to let us in. We had to park the cars, carry our coolers with the polio vaccine safely tucked inside between ice packs, and move on our own two feet, just walking and walking. It’s a bit of a trick – using your hands to steady yourself while you climb, yet still having to carry this heavy cooler. There were lots of streams and rivers, and at times we had to jump across or walk through the water. 


Read on at this link HERE

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 

District Governors Newsletter
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!!)
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. 
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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Thank you to our great Surf Show and Shine Sponsors
What is Rotary? It may not be what you think..
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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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
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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