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.
 
 
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. 
 
 
 
 
 
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  • Rotary's largest community program has been the successful eradication of Polio worldwide 
Rotary Myths...
 
It's compulsory to attend weekly meetings.No, you can attend as many meetings as you like.
It's for old folk. No, Alex Rotary would welcome anyone over 25 who was interested in "making a positive difference" to the community
It's expensive.We try and keep costs to a minimum. Rotary fees are about $5/week, which includes magazine subscription
It's only for men. We welcome women, indeed Rotary has many female Club Presidents.
The meetings are boring.We regularly have community leaders come to our breakfast meetings to keep us up to date on local and international issues
 
 
It's on again - bigger and better!
 
This years SunnyCoast Solstice Swim is on Sunday 7th July, in aid of White Ribbon. So set aside this date in you calendar.
 
This year we have :
 
  • Mini swim for the kids kicking off the major swims
  • 1Km & 3Km for the beach regulars
  • 5Km for the serious swimmers
So if you're up for it register HERE or form a TEAM for the day. 
 
Timing Wizards will be there with their gear, so see how you go against your personal best. 
 
We'll have heaps of giveaways, goody bags and great food and drink. Stay tuned for more details. 
 
More details on our webpage HERE
 
 ..and in case you missed it...her are last years photo's...
 
 
 
Here's some snaps of the day, starting with the warm up, and is it just me but is our very own Gary Lynch being a bit critical of the efforts during the warm up? What do you think?
 
 
 
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. 

Club Continues to give to drought relief through Kombi and Surfboard Show

Another successful Surf Show and Shine raised $20,000 and its all going into debit cards for farmers and community to spend locally ind right related areas. We're delighted to continue our partnership with Bill & Melissa from Care Outreach and their fantastic local volunteers who do so much to keep up the spirits of those doing it tough out in western Queensland and NSW. The club is well on its way to raising $100,000 from an initiative from Chris and Brenda Baker over a glass of red!
The event continues to be a great success and a worthwhile low cost community event, raising funds to show that the "Coast Cares for the Outback". All stakeholders, sponsors, stall holders, entertainers, volunteers, beneficiaries etc were delighted with the event, and wish to be part of SS&S next year. We're confident that the event will continue to grow and be part of a bigger community weekend with the right support.
The suggestions for 2019 have been put in the members area for now, to be dusted off next year. Most suggestions involve a tweet here and there with the logistics of the event, and of course "more volunteers please"..and there is some support for the ideas around a "Saturday night show" and a "liquor licence" and a greater "surfing and surf board engagement/ entertainment" with a lot more done "on-line" to help our fantastic Kombi's.
Also the time of year for the event next year will be a topic of conversation with the stakeholders.  
We'll be contacting the beneficiaries of your efforts next week, and making arrangements for the funds to "make a difference" to the folks suffering from the devastating drought. 
Rotary has many programs to help and mentor, but one program that really is life changing is the Youth Exchange Program. Don't believe me? - check out the Rotary Exchange experience - including our very own Fiona Simpson - and ask them how it changed their lives.
 
And just in case you missed the exploits of our Youth Exchange Student, Bianca....you can check out Stuart and Karen's daughter facebook page at www.facebook.com/biancainspain

Youth Safari exchange students come to Alex Rotary

 
 
Here's a pic from Monday night, not entirely sure whats going on, but I am sure that our gamemasters Graeme and Prue had it all well under control. 
 
 
 
 
 

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

 

Rotary Care Garden Progress


 
We've now (thanks to Peter E and Sean Fitzpatrick) made inroads to stage 2 of the Rotary Garden project, and we've celebrated the end of stage 1 on with a lunch with Cllr Rick Baberowski, and Youth Justice,  Child Services and IFYS.
 
Also, behind the scenes, the Buderim mens shed, led by John Winstanley, have been putting together the raised garden beds and the furniture that will decorate the garden for the kids and carers. 
 
We're also submitting plans to Council for a large deck and cubby house at the bottom of the garden, and then we can get on with the final stages of planting out the garden and completing the "make over".
 
 
 
 
The team is being led by Project manager Peter Eggleton, with the start of earthworks for the ball play area in the care garden home, and the donation of a cubby house and materials for the garden furniture. 
 
Also the Buderim mens shed have generously agreed to make up the furniture and our Errol has been in close contact with Ironbark Timbers who have been exceptionally generous with their support and supply of wood. 
 
So with the assistance of Geoff and Roger of Mooloolaba, a large quantity of timber for the garden project, donated by Ironbark Timber, was delivered to the Buderim Men’s Shed during the month, and the Geoff and Roger then loaded the “Cubbyhouse” and delivered it to the project site in Landsborough. A job well done.
 
A working bee is likely to be held early in the year, to get our hands dirty with some planting and landscaping. 
 
The club had a busy year as was reported at the AGM. Again we kept our culture of "making a difference" to our community - Locally - and to lesser extent - Internationally-  by volunteering our time and effort and getting involved in Projects that help the community, while having a bit of fun, and raising funds for local causes who could do with a financial helping hand. 
 
We have a tradition of supporting the "underdog" causes that may not receive much publicity or just need to know that there are others who care about what they are doing. 
 
Good examples of this last year - members being able to gather support with in the club to help out their local community with Prostrate Cancer and Ovarian cancer donations, and we also welcomed the opportunity of helping out the local Young Vets with the proceeds from the Solstice Swim. 
 
We also were able to gather a tidy sum for drought relief, which I understand from Bill and Melissa are being distributed to the farmers and locals in need "outback" via debit cards which are being used locally to help the business outback that are also struggling. So thats a win-win as they say. 
 
More recently we've been able to bring some Christmas Cheer to The Board Meeting organisation. This is a great organisation made up of local volunteers helping out disabled and disadvantaged kids on the Coast. Their leader Mark Skinner came to talk to us a few months back with some great inspiring stories on how the club had started out small with the intention of helping one child, only to find out that there was a much larger need on the community. This didn't stop Mark and the team, they have grown from strength to strength. So when we rang them up and asked if they would be interested in helping out with the "Christmas at Alex" BBQ, the response was terrific, and we've been able to donate $1,000 from the club to bring some cheer to his fantastic group. 
 
Check them out at  www.theboardmeeting.org
 
Thats the power of a club, to see a need and gather support, and deliver some good to a worthwhile cause. 
 
Another  great example was the solstice swim where we became aware of a club that help our young veterans who needed a helping hand and we all worked together, under Captain Tanya and Corporal Gary to make an event thats now well and truly on the community calendar. 
 
Projects in 2017/2018
 
  • Solstice Swim 
  • Golf Day 
  • Surf Show and Shine
  • Community Breakfast Visits
  • Landsborough Care garden
  • Sunshine Coast Council Skate Park BBQ
  • Bunnings BBQ's
 
Donations in 2017/ 2018
 
  • Care outreach $23,000 Drought relief. 
  • The Shack Nambour $3,000 (proceeds from Headland Golf Day) 
  • The Young Vets $4,700 (proceeds from the solstice swim) 
  • Rotary Landsborough Care Garden $2,000
  • Ovarian Cancer $1,000
  • Prostate Cancer $1,000
  • ROMAC medical aid $1,000
  • Coast to Bay domestic violence helpline $1,000
  • USC Community fund $1,000
  • Rotoract $500
  • Inner Wheel Caloundra $500
  • Lifeflight $500
  • General community support (STEPS, Schools, etc. misc. )  $2,000
 
Other 
 
  • Construction of the club storage shed thanks to Federal communities grant
  • Delivery of Worklife program to Immanuel College, Rotary Youth Leadership, Rotoract and RDU International, thanks to SCC grant.
  • The club also made donations to several of the breakfast speaker causes. 
 

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Meeting Responsibilities
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HIGHT, Graeme
 
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Past Presidents
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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 
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We meet Fridays at 6:45 AM
Alex Surf Life Saving Club
Alex Beach
Alexandra Headland , QLD  4557
Australia
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Solstice Swim
 
Sunday 7 July
It's on again this year on Sunday 7th July, with a mini-swim for the 9-14 year olds, and a 5 Km swim for the serious swimmers, with a 1 km and 3 km for the regulars.
 
This year we are hosting the event for the benefit of the White Ribbon Organisation here on the sunshine coast.  Check out the links to our web page or see pics and information on our the facebook page for more information or click here to register for this event. 
 
 
 
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. 

 
 
 
Councillor John Connolly is the Council representative for Ward 4. 
John is an active supporter of community causes and recently joined Alex Rotary as an honorary member. Many will know John from his local support of a wide range of community activities but also for his sporting history, and his love of Rugby and enthusiasm for the youth sport programs in the region. 
 
 
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. 
 
Chloe in Brazil
Here's the link to our new outbound Youth Exchange Student, Chloe and her journey and experiences in Brazil
 
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Surf Show and Shine Video Promo
 
Here's a little beaut video showing the Surf Show and Shine from a drone..........CLICK HERE.......
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Work Life Booklet
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!!)
 
 
About Our Club

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