4 way test - how it should be used

This particular Rotary article resonated with me, as I have personal experience of. Rotarians who use the test for all the WRONG reasons. As I get older it seems to be that there are more people in the world ready to criticise and put down, and less who start with the belief that everyone is trying to do their best, and willing to help. 

Whats been your experience? 

The Four-Way Test isn’t a tool to judge others

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Martin Postic Jr.

Martin Postic Jr.

By Martin “Marty” Postic Jr., past governor of District 5750 and a member of the Rotary Club of OKC Sunrise, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

In our contentious society, I see friends who are members of Rotary use The Four-Way Test to support opposing political and social arguments and to criticize the thoughts, statements, and actions of others. I see members with completely opposing viewpoints use the same Four-Way Test to both support their argument and demean others. Rotarians and others are using all forms of social media to share their opinions about perceived violations of The Four-Way Test, causing others to pile on additional comments and insults, all with little thought to how this affects our public image.

Which leads me to this basic premise:

The Four-Way Test is a mirror, not a window 

Rotary members should not use The Four-Way Test to look at others but rather to look at themselves in considering the ramifications of a thought, statement, or action. It should not be a window through which we look to judge others. It is a mirror at which we look to judge ourselves.

The argument I’ve heard Rotarians make is that if they determine some thought, statement, or action violates any part of the test, it is their duty to declare that thought, statement, or action wrong. I have heard The Four-Way Test used to support any number of topics, some which readers would find hard to support. Yet through the Internet, one can cobble together any sort of argument to back any thought or concept with a plethora of “facts.”

I do not believe that is what The Four-Way Test is about. I believe the test is more about how we treat each other than how we measure ideas.

Of course, it is a challenging standard. It’s difficult to keep from thinkingsomething. But what is more important is how you act on that thought. If you think to yourself, “I don’t like this person,” it becomes a matter of what you dowith that thought. You can try to dispel it as well as any urge to take some negative action to satisfy your dislike of the person. You can also decide whether you say something to that person or tell others what you think.

This is where social media distorts things, because society now seems to embrace negative, vitriolic, or fake comments – as long as the comments agree with our own views. Posting such comments even in the name of The Four-Way Test is certainly not FAIR to all concerned and definitely does not build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS.

This brings me to the realization that using The Four-Way Test to argue political and social issues is in itself contrary to the test. We must never use the test to support a position while opposing or berating someone else’s position. We should not use The Four-Way Test to support or oppose contentious “hot button” issues, to comment on political discord, or to respond to another’s comment.

We need to teach The Four-Way Test to all of our friends. We don’t need to preach it. Rotary takes pride that it is a non-political, non-religious organization. That has allowed us to make inroads in parts of the world where governments and religious organizations can’t. Let’s not sully Rotary’s reputation by using these 24 words of ethical and moral thought to tear each other down.

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Care Outreach news from Melissa

A belated Happy New Year to you and all our friends at Rotary Alexandra Headlands. 
 
We are happy to report that there have been a few regions that have had some really good rain, some that have had quality falls that have seen green covering the dust and sadly others that have for the most part missed out on any meaningful falls.    The change in the optimism of many has been so good to see. 
 
Regarding feedback for projects – for our teams overall (including ourselves), the Christmas run was tough.  Everyone was struggling which added to the necessity of the visit by our volunteers.  Bill was personally told of a long-term client who had fallen ‘into a hole’,  Bill went and spent quality time with him, working alongside him pulling a bogged cow out of a dam, loading cattle onto a truck so he could transport it to another property 1 1/2hrs away that had a bit more feed etc and generally hung out with him giving him an opportunity to talk.
With Christmas, even though we were on the lookout for projects, we found we were just ‘trying to keep people alive’ and support them right where they were then.   I have again sent a message to our area leaders a month ago about identifying potential projects with Rotary funds in mind.
 
On a Care level, if there was funding for our use we have thought for a while we need to to start looking at upgrading our trailers one by one. We would also like to change the internal shelving in our pantry/toiletry area to a pallet-racking type where the shelves can be adjusted etc.
 
Anyway, we are really keeping an eye on the weather patterns and are rejoicing each time we hear of one of our families getting some quality rain.  
Bill & I are heading off on 2 weeks leave from Mon (our delayed Christmas break), so we would love to be in contact again after we return.
 
With kind regards
Melissa 
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cluster news

Sunshine  South  Cluster  Report  December 19 / January 20
Membership of the Sunshine South Cluster  (members last month)
Alexandra Headland                           16        (17)
Buderim                                                19       (19)
Caloundra                                             33        (33)
Caloundra Pacific                                48         (48)
Maroochydore                                    25         (25)    
Mooloolaba                                         36         (36)
Sunshine Coast Central                     10          (10)   
 
 RC Alex Headland
          
  • 4th December, Rotarian Graeme took the first delivery of desks from Sienna Catholic College to DIK. There was a second delivery on the 15th January.
  • 9th December we hosted the Inbound/Outbound Exchange students at a games and BBQ dinner at Alex Surf Club.
  • 13th December was the AGM. We have a team for 2020/2021 !!!! At night we gathered at the Uptown Gastropub for the ‘adults’ Christmas party and on the 20th we had the ‘kids’ Christmas party breakfast with games and party hats.
  • 15th December the club ran a sausage sizzle at the Alexandra Headland Community get-together at the SLSC.
  • Throughout December, Rotarians, especially Errol, Steve and John were quietly renovating the garden and play area for the Alambie St House for IFYS, supplying an excellent ‘mud kitchen’ and outdoor furniture. Club members pitched in with painting, planting turf and restoring the sand pit area.
  • Meetings resumed on January 10th and Wendy presented Steve with a specially created certificate for his brilliant ‘mud kitchen’. On the 17th we welcomed back our exchange student Chloe, and listened to her interesting presentation (with a lot of her newly acquired Portuguese thrown in). The 21st our Board meeting was postponed until the 24th because of huge storm warnings. Peter Morley gave a talk on Club Development ideas on the 24th January.
  • Our Bunnings BBQ was postponed due to fundraising on that date for fire relief, we have three dates coming up.
RC Buderim
  • One new member inducted into the club, this member has transferred from another club as has retired to Buderim.
  • We have one member who is currently on Leave of Absence for 6 months and may eventually move to Brisbane.
  • We had a Bunnings BBQ on 16th January which was a very successful day and we have another booked in March.
  • The Club’s big event is the Buderim Australia Day Parade, a number of members have put their names down to assist on the day.
RC Caloundra
  • BBQ series at Aura completed, out of 4 scheduled events 2 were cancelled due to the weather, club profit was nearer $1,600 as opposed to the expected $3,000 – disappointing turnout from the public for events but good support from club members.
  • AGM in December, James Condon will take on the PE role for the current year and will take over on the 1stJuly 2020. Two positions still remain unfilled, PE and Public Image. Board agreed to review the size of the Caloundra Board.
  • Club Assembly chaired by James discussed membership, meeting format and projects. Healthy discussion and some points to follow up, only decision was that the members present wanted to continue to meet weekly.
  • Meeting at Grahame Stewart Park re Sensory Play area was successful and support is clearly growing, three divisional councillor candidates attended along with the Chief Executive of STEPS. Channel 7 looking to do an interview in February.
  • General activity within the club is currently reduced due to the Christmas break.
  • students
RC Caloundra Pacific
  • We now have a large TV screen and our slide show is complete and looks fantastic, different slides can be shown depending on the meeting, leaving the base structure in place. As a result of having the screen presentation running in the background, we have also streamlined our meeting procedures with a run sheet so that everyone is on the same page.
  • Christmas trailer raffle was drawn on 19th December and was won by a Sydney lady who donated it back to the club. We contacted Adopt a Wife Lady (through my daughter) and the trailer was picked up, the items were wrapped and distributed and the trailer is being used for the community.
  • We have collected the 4 collection boxes which we had in local businesses for donations for fire affected families in Qld and NSW, although not a lot collected, it all helps.
  • Planning for our annual ROMAC Trivia night is well under way and flyers will be sent out to supporting clubs shortly. It will be held at the same venue and the same time.
  • Golf Day sub committee being formed to ensure that there is sufficient planning carried out. Each member asked to out for likely sponsors.
  • A strong call has been made to members to come up with nominations for Directors. Evelyn was re-elected for another term, our secretary will resign after 7 years and Christine Craig is stepping up, Bryan Reith is Treasurer again and Ross Harrison Club Service. We now have 2 Public Relations Officers to ensure that our club gets media exposure on Instagram and in the local press, to promote our club in the community and help with our upcoming membership event.
  • Possible project under consideration: A women’s Shed – no decision yet, being investigated further.
  • Project accepted by the Board – Bush to Beach: Give children from out west a stay at the beach in a Youth Camp with trips organised by local Rotarians while they are here – project accepted and headed by Peter Higgs.
  • We have registered with Containers for Change and club members and members of the public can use this account when they recycle their containers. The registration number is posted on our website and face book page.
  • We also have 2 new members who are transferring from an Interstate Rotary Club they are a very enthusiastic couple who have been integrating with our members well over the last 4 meetings, they will be inducted in February along with a past member who is back on the coast and is going to rejoin.
 
RC Mooloolaba
  • The Christmas Trailer Raffle generated $21,473 profit. 
  • The club has been approved for a District Grant of $5,000 towards the purchase of a car for Cittamani and also a Grant for $1,921 towards the purchase of a container for storage which will be kept at the Alex Surf Club’s storage yard.
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Mooloolaba Yacht Club to Rescue

As regular leaders will know on the 7th March as part of the 40th Anniversary of "Women in Surf" the club is helping the Alex SLSC with their. preparations for the celebrations. 

We're donating the BBQ trailer, and have been helping with some promotional material, and last week we heard from the Mooloolaba Yacht Club who have donated the extra large safety buoys to Alex Rotary for the Ladies swim on the 7th March, and also for the Solstice Swim in June.
 
So that is fantastic news as these safety buoys are very expensive. So thank you so much Mooloolaba Yacht Club. 
 
 
 
 
See - networking does work, as the Rotary Logo shows!
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Ironman - Its on 

Colleen is looking for volunteers to help out on the Ironman event. This is something the club and its friends have supported for years, so if you can spare some time please let Colleen know
 
 
Here's Colleens note to the club. All help gratefully received. 
 
Based on the number of members willing to continue with supporting this community event, our club is going ahead to provide volunteers for the Mooloolaba Triathlon on Sunday March 15th. Please consider putting up your hand this year to help out. It is not a hard task and it is only for 3 hrs. We will continue to receive a honorarium payment, not a large payment, but at least it is something and we are helping our community out and getting our faces out there for people to see the voluntary work we do. Plus, it’s a lot of fun with the right positive attitude, smile and inspiration, the competitors appreciate us very much. 
 
I have attached a link to register online, for those that are willing to commit to volunteering for this event. However, I will need you to indicate to me what time you prefer to assist so that I can fill the rostered times accordingly and ensure that we have enough volunteers. The online registration is not hard. This is what all volunteers are expected to complete now to register. If you are having trouble, please let me know ASAP so that I can assist. I have attached a Volunteers Information sheet and the link to register online. The following are the rostered times:
04:45 to 08:00….
05:00 to 08:00
08:00 to 11:00
11:00 to 2pm
 
I look forward to hearing from everyone soon as information needs to be in this week so that Fiona has the orders for the T-Shirts.
 
Colleen.
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Bunnings BBQ Bonanza

Hi Folks we have two Bunnings BBQ's this month.
 
On the 11th and on the 28th.
 
The one on the eleventh went really well thanks to our fantastic volunteers, visitors and members, especially Treasurer Wendy who did two stints before she set off on the big metal bird. 
 
Here's some photo's below, and expect to be contacted by Secretary John who is now looking for volunteers for Friday 28th February
 
 
Left to right, Charmaine, now in South Africa for next few weeks on Rotary projects, John White, now busy at Canecutters rest, Phillip Gordon, our "ring in" from Pontefract and our tireless treasurer Wendy, now having a well earned holiday. 
 
 Wendy, Phillip and John 
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ROMAC quiz anyone?

The ROMAC fundraising trivia night in on again, and a champions from the past 2 years it appears that it may be another Rotary Clubs turn to get their name on the prestigious (if doubtful provenance) trophy.
 
Unfortunately most of our regular brainy members are not available on March 12, however, we'd like to put a team in, so please let Graeme know if you can make it. 
 
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Bill Bradley - All creatures great and small

Bill Bradley spoke to the club about his experiences as a vet in the animal kingdom, and very interesting it was too. From his early years in Sydney to his retirement to the Sunshine Coast.  
 
Bill still keeps up to date with the latest advances on Veterinary Science and has a large vocabulary of latin words....... usually from the vulgaris family!
 
As anticipated there were lots of vet stories and vet jokes told in Bill's inimitable style, and usually involving some activity in the "nether" regions. 
 
It's also fair to say that we learned a more about Bill allergies to certain animal fluids than we probably needed to know.
 
It was a fascinating insight into a vet's varied life from caring for large animals in the outback, to returning to Sydney and running one of the largest practices, before leading the Sunshine Coast fight against the equine virus, and then eventually retiring here on the Sunshine Coast. 
 
Thank you Bill, some amazing stories, most of which would make a maiden aunt blush!
 
It was pleasure to hear from someone who knew what he wanted to do in life, made a success of it, and still retains a tremendous curiosity for science and medicine. 
 
 
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Charmaine off to South Africa

We also say good luck to Charmaine who went off to Africa on Saturday to continue her fantastic work with the disadvantaged just south of Johannesburg, where she and the team are helping orphans and also villages more widely with water supply. 
 
Bon voyage and we look forward to seeing you when you return. 
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Big Waves on the front

Th recent rain depression and cyclone swells have been dramatic, and given great hope to farmers who have suffered through 8 years of drought. 
 
So we're hopeful that the suicide rate will be dropping and also that Bill and Melissa will be coming to the club soon with lots of suggestions for Projects that we can help them with.
 
Meanwhile the rain is playing havoc with their delivery teams, but its a nice problem to have and our best wishes to out to all the folks at Care Outreach. 
 
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Defibbrillator

We're delighted to be able to donate a defibrillator to the Alex Surf Life Saving Club. 
 
 
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Salty Souls visits the Club 

Kerry Smith from Salty Should spoke to the club about their fantastic initiative to improve disanvataged, specifically disconnected kids lives though a pathway to surfing. 
 
It was a very emotional talk, as Kerry's drive for this began after a family bereavement, and following that he and his team have been running the Salty Souls and their surf program to "make a difference" to those kids who need a bit of a help in finding their way in life. 
 
Bravo Salty Souls, and also to our partners IFYS who are working with Kerry to identify kids who need this help at such a crucial time of their lives. 
 
Judging by some of the feedback, Kerry can be assured that the legacy he is working hard to create, (while bringing up a family) is just brilliant. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Clean Up Australia Day 2020

We hear a lot about concern for our Environment and Climate Change etc...so its probably no surprise that Rotary as "People of Action" are actively involved in Clean Up Australia Day. Alex Rotary has again registered for the clean up day at Alex Beach on Sunday 1st March where we host a BBQ and encourage community groups to come along and do their bit ...but most importantly show their support for caring for our environment. 
 
Alex has a long history of this event, and we're proud to see it continuing. 
 
A warm welcome is extended to anyone who wishes to come along on Sunday morning. 
 
Here's a picture from memory lane of past members and helpers who's legacy continues.
 
 
 
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Tanya's good deed

Tanya delivers

Our very own Tanya Murphy is not only brilliant at fundraising for the club, but is also always on the look out to help the community. Recently she became aware of a seat for disabled person available at one of her properties. Tanya, being a person of action grabbed the chair and reached out to find out who was in need. Through Rotary contacts we were able to put her in touch with Mark Skinner, from the board organisation who was only too glad to receive it and put to good use. 
 
 
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Fisher Community Award

Local Community Award

 
 
We have also received an invitation from our local MP Andrew Fisher to apply for a Community Award. If any club member has a suggestion, please let a board member know and we'll take it from there..
 
Good Afternoon,
 
I am writing to encourage you to make a nomination for the third annual Fisher Community Awards.
 
As an organisation so embedded in our community life you will know, better than most, those local people who are giving something back. As you are aware, throughout our community we have leaders of all ages and walks of life who inspire us and who set the example for all of us to follow.
 
That is why I started the Fisher Community Awards in 2018. Over the last two years we have received more than 200 nominations, and our awards nights have been a fantastic celebration of our local community spirit. In 2020 I want to see even more recognition for those individuals and organisations who are leading the way in making the Sunshine Coast the place to be for education, employment and retirement.
 
I need your help to find those unsung local people. Please visit www.andrewwallacemp.com.au/awards by 21 February and let me know about an individual or organisation that you think deserves to win an award in any or all of my ten categories and why. The categories cover a wide range of people from students to aged care providers, including an overall award for community groups.
 
After the closing date of 21 February I will be convening a panel made up of representatives from the community to help me choose shortlisted nominees and winners from among the people who have been nominated. Winners will receive a trophy and a prize at a special awards night on Tuesday 31 March.
 
I hope that you will be able to make a nomination. Please contact my office if you have any questions about the process, or if there is any further information you need.
 
Kind Regards,
 
Andrew Wallace MP
Federal Member for Fisher
The Edge, Unit 11 (L2) 10 Lake Kawana Boulevard, Bokarina QLD 4575
PO Box 1224, Buddina QLD 4575
T    07 5493 5556
 
 
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Helping Bamboo Projects 

Your Club Helps out Bamboo Projects 

 
The club received this email from Kirsty during the month...FYI..we're pleased to let you know that we have made a donation of $500 on your behalf to help Chris and Kirsty with their great work. 
 
Good afternoon John, 
 
Hope you and the team are well. I just thought I would touch base to see if there would be any financial support in the future? 
We have expanded our programs even further to have a specialised cleaning up the waterways boat, which involves a "back to work" program with mentoring and mateship involved. Our boat is due to have completed construction in July this year. 
 
We continue to run our wheelchair access boat which takes out between 50-70 people each week for free. It's been amazing. 
 
We are trying our best to do fundraising programs and at the moment into our Keep Moving Forward Project where we are holding mental health events all around Australia for a 12 months period, while Chris runs rides and kayaks the whole way around. We have so far made it nearly 7000kms into the journey. 
 
Our wheelchair boat is the main item we need to ensure we keep afloat (pun intended 🙂). As the runnings costs (fuel, insurances, mooring fees, free monthly events/open days) continue to drain our own personal pockets. If there was a way that Alex Rotary could look at supporting us further with funding any of these costs; we would be very grateful for any support. 
 
Kind regards, 
Kristy 
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Website Update 

Club Website Update

We're updating the website and seeking articles from members who wish to promote their passion, so if you have some words and a photo or two, please send them through to the secretary and we'll put it on the website with links to our Facebook Page. 
 
Check us out on www.alexandrarotary.com
 
 
 
 
 
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Rotary - what can we do for you?

New Theme " Rotary Opening Opportunities" and breakfast talk from Peter Morley - who knew?

 

Coincidentally there was a strong link between Peter Morley's talk to the club on Friday about, helping people with their "passion" or what drives then, and the Rotary theme for 2020 "Rotary Opening Opportunities"

 

 

Rotary International President-elect Holger Knaack is encouraging Rotarians to seize the many opportunities Rotary offers to enrich their lives and the communities they serve.

Watch the theme address at www.rotary.org

Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, revealed the 2020-21 presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, to incoming district governors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, on 20 January.

Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join, but rather “an invitation to endless opportunities,” said Knaack, who becomes president on 1 July. He emphasized that Rotary creates pathways for members to improve their lives and the lives of those they help through service projects.

“We believe that our acts of service, big and small, create opportunities for people who need our help,” Knaack said. He added that Rotary creates leadership opportunities and gives members the chance to travel the world to put their service ideas into action and make lifelong connections. “Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere,” said Knaack.

 

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Projects in the New Year

New Year Projects 

 
Can't believe it's 2020..weren't we supposed to be flying around in spaceships by now, instead of parked in traffic jams on the Bruce Highway?
 
Never mind, New Year is a time to look ahead with the best of intentions. There was some discussion at the meeting about plans and here's a few of the issues on the go:
 
Ironman support
 
Colleen has been gauging the views on the club on continuing to support this event. It appears at this stage that there is a majority in favour, It will be coming up in a few months, so stay tuned for more info from Colleen.
 
IFYS, Board Organisation, THRIVE, Community  
 
The relationships formed by the volunteer work and the community is blossoming and its something the club would like to continue to support, and hopefully continue on as a Cluster activity. On Friday some ideas were aired about how we could facilitate providing support and aid to the Sunshine Coast Community
 
Surf Show and Shine 
 
After several site inspections in our quest to find suitable venue, it looks like the lower car park (ex Caravan Park) is the preferred venue for Council, and Steve and John are going through the process of Council approvals. Likely to be on Sunday April 19th. 
 
Drought Relief
 
The club has a long history if drought relief support, and in 2020 we're sure the demand will still be there. At the end of the year President Mike, Tony and John met with Care Outreach to explore ways to support their work via Rotary grants. We expect information will be coming forward in the next couple of months that we'll bring to the club meeting. 
 
 
Bunnings
 
The 24th January was going to be our next BBQ, but this is the date the Bunnings have set aside for a national BBQ in aid of the bushfires. So our next BBQ will be on Tuesday 11th February quickly followed by another on Friday 28th February. Then in a surprise move, we have also been offered the lucrative Sunday 3rd May (long weekend). 
 
Solstice Swim 
 
The swim has become a feature of the Sunshine Coast winter season, and although there has been the unfortunate White Ribbon administration, we will vie seeking ideas for a local beneficiary and to continue our relationship with the Alex Surf Life Saving Club. 
 
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People Story 

Rotarians - people of Action 

 
For the next few weeks we're getting some updates from our members on their interests and what motivates them. This week Graeme and Carmel came prepared with their 10 minutes on "all about me" ...but first we welcomed back our very own Dr. Bill Bradley who has been MIA after a knee operation that took a bit longer to mend than anticipated. Good to see Bill back and we look forward to his (non politically correct) veterinary stories.
 
 

Graeme and Carmel - The Sienna Connection

We are truly lucky to have two such devoted community achievers as Graeme and Carmel in our club, and on Friday they gave short presentations on their lives, family, and community involvement.
 
Both Graeme and Carmel come from a teaching background, and also share a long history of community work outside of the education system, which has continued after their retirement. (At least I think Graeme is retired, but I'm not sure Gae would agree!)
 
 
 
 
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A Christmas Story  

A Christmas Story and some great work by our very own Christmas Elf 

As followers will know, prior to Christmas a great group of volunteers were busy refurbishing a children's play area for young mums.
 
Well, our very own Steve, decided that he'd add the icing on the cake and went off and made this "mud kitchen" for the kids.
 
What a fantastic gesture and one that totally blew away the community workers, and quite a few at the club as well!
 
Brilliant work Steve.
 
 
So our very own working bee volunteer and caterer made up this "Elf award" to a truly deserving Rotarian. 
 
 
But the Christmas cheer was not over yet. Through our network, Gary Davis (ek Kunda Park) came to hear about the kids play area and offered the club outdoor furniture and a whole lot more.
 
I say offered, our erstwhile Errol, never known to refuse anything but blows, took up the offer and the young mums have new outdoor furniture and a DIY project for the young Dads to put together the donation from Gary and Stratco. Brilliant, thanks everyone. 
 
 
 
 
The DIY assembly project. 
 
 
The new outdoor furniture, courtesy of Gary Davis and Stratco. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rotary and University of Sunshine Coast Community Fund

Rotary and University of the Sunshine Coast Community  (RUSCCF)

The next Committee meeting of this great Community Fund, that has supported the will be held on Friday 7th February 2020
Commencing at 5.45 pm. If you are interested in attending, please let Wendy know.

A Short History of the fund

In 1996-97, the Rotary Club of Nambour and other Rotarians proposed that all Rotary clubs on the Sunshine Coast join together to support Australia's newest public university, the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC or the University).
 
At the same time, founding Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Thomas AM was promoting his strong vision that the University should be an integral part of the community.
 
The Rotary and University of the Sunshine Coast Community Fund (RUSCCF or the Fund) was created and the relationship is now well established.
 
Contributions to the Fund now exceed $168,900 and Scholarships granted total $146,000.  54 scholarships have been presented.
 
Not a bad effort from all the clubs! Thanks to Les Walsh at Caloundra for the piece. 
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Rotary & Toastmasters

I am excited to share some good news: Rotary International and Toastmasters International are working together to provide our members with even more opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Toastmasters International is a global nonprofit organization with more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Its members attend club meetings where they give speeches, evaluate the speeches of others, and perform other club duties, with the goal of ultimately becoming more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. Our organizations are complementary in many ways, but we are each unique in what we offer our members.

I hope you will join us in supporting this alliance in your community. You can start by learning more about Toastmasters, exploring its resources and public speaking tips, or visiting a local Toastmasters club. Although the structure of club meetings is consistent, Toastmaster clubs are similar to Rotary clubs in that they each have their own personality. If you do not have a club in your area, you can watch a video to learn what happens at a Toastmasters meeting.

You can also invite members of Toastmasters to visit your club and learn more about Rotary. If you have a Toastmasters club in your area, consider meeting with its members to explore opportunities to collaborate or inviting a member of Toastmasters to participate in a service activity or speak at your club.

Toastmasters will create a leadership development program for Rotarians and Rotaractors. A structured, robust leadership and communication curriculum can help members develop practical skills that will serve them not only in Rotary leadership roles, but in their professional and personal lives as well. Effective leadership skills can strengthen our clubs and increase our impact. We will provide updates about this program when we have more details.

Many of us joined Rotary to make a difference and connect with others in our communities. By working with Toastmasters, our members can discover new ways to network and learn from others, while finding even more value in their Rotary membership experience.

Learn more by reviewing these frequently asked questions. You can also send your questions and your stories about local collaboration efforts to toastmastersalliance@rotary.org.


Mark Daniel Maloney
President, Rotary International 2019-20
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Bushfires impact NYSF program 

 

 

Dear Rotary Colleagues,

 

It is with great sadness that the National Youth Science Forum announces the cancellation of Session C of the 2020 NYSF Year 12 Program. This cancellation is unavoidable due to the impact of the current Australian Bushfires; NYSF must protect participant and volunteer safety above all else.

As you are all aware, Australia is in the middle of a bushfire crisis, with widespread devastation and loss across many states.

As the health and wellbeing of participants and volunteers is our first priority, the National Youth Science Forum has no option but to cancel Session C of the 2020 NYSF Year 12 Program. This comes shortly after the unavoidable cancellation of Session A of the NYSF Year 12 Program, the evacuation of those 200+ program participants, and cancellation of the Canberra session of the National Science Teachers Summer School (NSTSS).

Canberra is still experiencing hazardous air quality with smoke from the Australian Bushfire Crisis continuing to be a health risk. A significant number of bushfires surrounding Canberra are still burning, and as such the potential for smoke and the threat of a fire reaching Canberra during the program cannot be ruled out.

This difficult decision has involved close consultation with our host university in Canberra, the Australian National University (ANU). Today, ANU has only permitted essential staff to return to the Acton Campus due to continuing issues with smoke levels and air quality. This has resulted in a number of buildings being closed indefinitely, including many of the laboratories where NYSF STEM Visits would normally occur. Due to fire damage of nearby electrical infrastructure, large institutions in Canberra are being required to reduce their power load, resulting in forced outages of essential services such as lighting and air-conditioning in ANU buildings. The severe smoke has also been continuing to trigger the smoke alarms at the residential college where NYSF houses our students, leading to regular evacuations forcing residents out into the hazardous smoke. The decision to reopen these facilities and services rests with the ACT Emergency Services Agency and thus the issues are unlikely to resolve while smoke and fire risk continues.

We are deeply saddened to cancel the program, however safety and wellbeing of our NYSF participants, volunteers, providers and staff always comes first.  

Given the conditions, we have been touched by the resilience and understanding we are seeing amongst our participants, parents, Rotarians and Student Staff volunteers, and would like to thank you for your ongoing support and understanding during this difficult time. We would also like to thank our Partner Organisations for their tremendous support, understanding and assistance over this difficult period.

Once we have addressed the immediate impacts of this unique situation, the NYSF will begin to work through the complex implications of these cancellations. Rest assured, further information about next steps will be available once this initial period of bushfire emergency has passed and the NYSF is able to consider refund and insurance matters. We will be getting in touch with participants, parents, Rotary and supporters in the coming month to discuss future contingency options.

This cancellation only impacts Canberra NYSF Sessions. Brisbane NYSF Year 12 Program and Brisbane NSTSS will proceed as planned. 

NYSF will organise the travel plan cancellations for students and we ask that they please monitor your emails for further updates.

Kind regards,

Dr Melanie Bagg, CEO, and the NYSF Team

 

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Rotarians respond. to bush fires 

 
Rotarians respond to Australian brushfires 
More than 100 separate brushfires in Australia have damaged hundreds of homes and forced mass evacuations. Rotary clubs are taking action to provide immediate relief to those affected by the fires. Rotary has a Disaster Response Fund which following a natural disaster like the fires in Australia ensures we can deliver supplies, provide health care, and support rebuilding efforts. By making a donation today, you can help Rotarians respond swiftly and effectively, bringing hope to those whose lives have been affected by disaster.
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Roo's and Loos (warning - Graphic) drought relief

Frontline on the Drought (Warning - Graphic story

On the coast we have "loo with a view"...in drought affected western Queensland they have "loo with a roo" ...or rather several roos...as Bill was telling us that one of the Care Outreach projects was to refurbish a community meeting place, to improve the mental health of those suffering from nearly 8 years of drought.
 
So with Care Outreach's help the team started to clear out the hall and make the place more secure. But what was that smell? It turns out that several Roo's had been attracted to the the smell of water in the toilet cubicle and had broken into the hall where they had perished, several on top of each other in the toilet cubicle.
 
The bodies had to be removed (by a pregnant farmers wife no less) and the toilet block demolished and rebuilt.
 
So next time you hear talk about " doing it tough" think about our fellow Australians out west. 
 
 
Pallets ready to go !!
 
 
...and their destinations.

 

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AGM Notes

AGM Notes

 
Delighted to see at our AGM on Friday, John and Lol White from Canecutters at Rosemount. This was especially apt as John & Lol are our first "Friends of Alex Rotary" which is basically for folk who want to show their support for the club, but for whatever reason can't make the commitment to support the wider Rotary Work and specifically the Club Membership expectations. 
 
 
Committee for 2020
 
Your new committee from July this year was elected at the AGM and will be:
 
President - Sean Lues
President Elect - Stuart Aird
Vice President - Errol Richardson
Treasurer - Wendy Gilson
Secretary - John Malloy 
 
..and your incoming President from 1st January is Carmel. 
 
 
 
 
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Christmas at Alex - photo bombed.

Christmas at Alex 

 
 
Here's a pic of some of the team who helped out at the "Christmas at Alex" celebrations on Sunday night. A big thank you to Josie and John for inviting us to be part of the Alex Community celebrations yet again. It was a lovely night with some great singing acts and of course the man in the big red suit made an appearance. 
 
Notice something in the background?
 
Yes that's Renee's little helper photo bombing our fantastic Honorary member John Connolly's Xmas pic. !!!
 
Unfortunately John Connolly forgot to put on his sausage frying clothes again this year, (maybe next year John) ......and sometime after this photo was taken by Errol, the not-so-smart organiser in chief (JM) remembered where he had put the Rotary aprons for the team.  (doh!)..but really it was great effort by everyone, and a special mention to Lesley who looked after the front desk for the whole night. 
 
 
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Speaker of the Year?

Speaker of the Year?

 
It never fails to surprise me how many great speakers this club attracts. I don't mean great orators, I mean people who are happy to come along to the club and share their stories, with our club. This year we have had some amazing speakers on all sorts of subjects, many polished speakers representing larger organisations.  We've also heard from many individuals who have a passion to make a difference to their community, or perhaps how they have become an ambassador for a particular cause, like male health, or homelessness, domestic violence, or sarcoma in children, or multiple sclerosis or just want to let us know that they've received help from Rotary in some way. 
 
Your club often finds ways to support these speakers financially or putting them in touch with the appropriate people in Rotary. 
 
Here's some of the speakers that we've had this year ...and a big thank you to Wallis for organising our speakers in 2019.
 
Yolanda Dagupta - an truly inspiring young lady on th eSunshine Coast with a stunning record of disaster aid activities, incredibly insightful into global issues while passionate about practical help for local communities. 
 
 
Andrew O' Connor - Summit for Sarcoma - Andrew shared his passion for supporting research into the fight against Children's sarcoma, and how he and his son were raising funds through support for their "Summit for Sarcoma" journey to the Himalayas. His families personal tragedies with this disease touched everyone at the club. We're pleased to let you know that Andrew and his son have well and truly exceeded their original target. 
 
 
Bamboo Projects - Chris and Kirsty would be the first to admit that public speaking is not their thing, but their passion for helping out led them to go beyond their work in disability access on the Sunshine Coast to embarking on an amazing journey around Australia in support of addressing the issue of depression and suicide. What an amazing couple. 
 
 
 
A big thank you to all our speakers who came along early on Friday morning to share their story with us. It is very much appreciated. 
 
Ed
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Gastro Pub night out 

Gastro pub social 

 
Whats not to like about a meal at the (in)appropriately named gastro pub?. As it turned out the food (and the company) were excellent. Unfortunately we don't have any photo's of the night, but we can thoroughly recommend the pub food (very reasonable pricing before 6.30) and the selection of beers on offer is excellent. 
 
Yours truly didn't sample from the wine selections, but I understand a second mortgage might be prudent for some selections. 
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IFYS and Alex Rotary 

Vicky Meyer speaks to Alex Rotary 

 
 
We were delighted to host Vicky and Renee on Friday at our breakfast meeting, where Vicky spoke to the club about some of the great work that IFYS does in the community. Also we heard about some of the challenges that still face the Sunshine Coast, and how IFYS are working hard to try and quantify and measure what is being done, and what still needs to be done. While we recognise that Rotarians can only "make a difference" here and there while IFYS tackle our social issues, we are delighted to be involved and always ready todo what we can to show our support to the challenging work that Renee and Vicki and the team do day after day for our community. 
 
Vicky reminded us that it all started with "Worklife" and a popcorn machine and since them we (and other cluster clubs) have been able to help out with the Care Garden and more recently the kids play area upgrade. It was a timely reminder about what we can do as a club in our own back yard to let the professionals know that we appreciate their efforts. 
 
 
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2019 Youth Safari 

Youth Safari

 
Ever wondered how Rotary prepares our future leaders for their international youth exchange year?
 
Well, a part of that is a Youth Safari experience where Bernie and her team take the kids to various Rotary clubs in the district to meet Rotarians and in that process establish friendships with each other to provide support in what will be a life changing ...but stressful year ahead. 
 
So it was that Alex Rotary hosted this years kids on Monday night at the Alex SLSC with lots of activities to let the kids have fun and enjoy themselves. So a big thank you to Graeme, Stuart and Carmel for looking after the kids, and no your not seeing things Bianca was also there to provide support and share her experiences as our Youth exchange student with the new crop of leaders of the future. 
 
 
 
..and it looks as though our fantastic MC on the night has not forgotten his "Headmasters pose"..... I have it on good authority that the Youth Safari team that Alex Rotary is one of the few clubs who engage the youth in game activity and that Bernie and the great youth team much appreciate the Alex Rotary "games night" and especially how Graeme and the team manage to get the teenagers to let their hair down. 
 
 
Well done everyone involved. And also a special thanks to Alex SLSC for their fantastic staff, and their donation towards the Youth Safari, it is much appreciated. 
 
 
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kids play area project

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
 
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Hat Day

As October is health month we also celebrated Hat day ...we'll some of us tried more than others..
 
There was the blues brothers...
 
 
The Indiana Jones look..
 
 
 
Is that a cake on Wendy's head?
 
 
And the microscope on head from the trivia king
 
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Brewery Invitation 

Is a Brewery invitation an oxymoron to an Australian (or a Scot)?

 
Anyway, keep the 11th November free, as there is a planned vocational visit to the Ten Toes Brewery and an invitation coming your way.
 
 
 
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Sunshine Coast Hospice - Bev Barton 

It was appropriate that Wallis had arranged Bev Barton to come to the club to talk to us about the progress on the Sunshine Coast Hospice. Bev is such a passionate advocate for the establishment of a modern hospice on the coast to provide patient care in the last days of people's lives on the coast. Bev also reminded us of the rise of youth suicide and how younger people were more and more in need of palliative care. Sometimes the length of care can vary from a few days, to one case where Bev and her team provided care for 6 months. Thank you Bev and wishing you every success in providing this service to the community. We were reminded that not all of us are able to pass away in a dignified fashion without the dedication of the hospice workers. 
 
 
and here is bed with the plans for the new hospice to be built on the coast.
 
 
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2019 Walk For Mental Health wrap

2019 Walk For Mental Health

 
The walk had brilliant weather on sunday morning, and it was great to see so many walkers out showing their support for Mental Health. The great thing about the walk is that it also brings out the stories around people's battle with mental health, some of them very personal. Our very own Prue was marching for a relative who recently took their own like, and we know from the cold hard facts that suicide has now overtaken road accidents as the leading cause of death among young men.
 
So here's some pics from the day of those who made that special effort.
 
Love those tutu's.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Final Garden Meeting 

The garden project team had their final meeting at Wendy's, and shared a few stories on the project and all agreed that the project had been successful on many fronts. 
Of course the biggest achievement was the garden itself, and what a transformation has been made. But also its been great to see the clubs working together to achieve something that will leave a lasting legacy for all the kids who will be staying at the IFYS Care Home.
Its also been a great activity to bring other community minded volunteers in to the project and their help has been fantastic. 
Also the suppliers and contractors involved have been great, many donating and most doing "at cost" to help us out. 
And then there is the reputation of Rotary. By getting our name out there and "getting our hands dirty" we have enjoyed ourselves (mostly) and added to the reputation of Rotary in the community, which can be no bad thing. 
 
 
..and here are some of the committee members. Note the wine bottles in the corner!
 
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Train Ride to end Polio

Rotary has been at the forefront of eliminating polio, and the Rotary foundation is urging clubs to go on a train ride and help TRF raise $1,000,000 towards the "End Polio Now" campaign. Here's a note from Eric Wood, District Foundation Chairman. 
 
We will be riding the SEQ Train network on 24th October – World Polio Day – 221 station stops!
Attached you will find a certificate of donation for your Club to complete and I request you bring to a station near you and hand to us.
Please support us as we aim to raise $1 million for End Polio Now across Australia! Let this be the “End of the Line” for Polio!!
 
Details to follow....
 
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Kombi Parade 

This year, we are going to attempt the largest Kombi parade ever held on the Sunshine Coast.
 
Every year we have about 100 beautiful Kombi's on show at our Surf Show and Shin day, .and this year we're going to take them around Mooloolaba, Cotton Tree and Alex Headland to show off these beauties to the coffee set on Saturday night before the Movie Show
 
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Jaw dropping talk from Sunshine Coast Mum

Think you know what Rotary Peace Fellow do? You're wrong.

 
I could not have been more wrong. I assumed that Rotary peace fellows were involved with Policy and Procedure matters. Graduate from college (we have one at UQ) Then Yolanda came to the club on Friday morning and started talking about her experiences since graduating as a Rotary Peace Fellow in France.
 
The club members were blown away. 
 
How did this Sunshine Coast mum come to be one of the first Australians in Haiti after their disaster? How come she was in Liberia when the African drought and famine hit, why was she sent to North Queensland to work with General Peter Cosgrave on tropical cyclone Larry and also Yasi recovery, and how did she end up helping our Kiwi mates on the ground after the Christchurch earthquake, and how did being on the front line, living in a tent surrounded by rubble and distraught communities affect her outlook on life, and what is she doing now ....apart from bring up two young kids here on the coast?
 
Well I guess you just had to meet a young woman with a passion for helping others and just know that here is a very special woman who is well.......amazing......an often misused word...... but not in Yolanda's case. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Marquee's needed for Surf Show and Shine 2019-10-05 14:00:00Z 0

Donations in Kind - Saturday volunteers needed

Donations in Kind

 
We're looking for volunteers to go down to Brisbane for a few hours on Saturday 5th October to help load up donated goods for Donations in Kind and help out those less fortunate in the surrounding pacific islands. If you can help, please contact Wendy at wendygilson3@bigpond.com
 
 
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The Board Meeting 

On Friday Mark Skinner from the Board Meeting ( See www.theboardmeeting.org.au ) joined us for a talk and to discuss how we might be able to help Mark and his volunteers with their great community work.
 
So we're delighted to let you know that the Board Meeting will be a beneficiary of the Surf Show and Shine proceeds.
 
 
Many of us know of the work that this fantastic volunteer group and supporters have been doing for years, and it was interesting to hear how the NDIS scheme had impacted on the the group and how they found themselves now "filling the gap" between what the NDIS offers and what many of us would regard as the "basic necessities".
 
The Board Meeting are in large part a "Surf Charity" so the fit with the Surf Show and Shine is just perfect!
 
Thank you Mark for the work you and your team do, and we look forward to being able to offer our assistance, and some enjoyment on the day. 
 
 
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Bushfires

The recent bushfires were a terrible reminder to us all that the drought is creating major issues for our communities, but thankfully on the coast we did not suffer any loss of life. This recent note from our District reminds us that as well as acting locally, we have a District wide BushFire relief Project. 
 
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District Governors newsletter

Our District Governor, Darryl Issepi is now half way through his trips around the district and has sent through this update. Darryl and Fiancee Laura have a huge job, given the size of our district, (include PNG, Nauru and Solomon Islands...here's some of his observations and plans..
 
 
 
 
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Rotary in the Bahamas

Sometimes we get so involved in our own patch that we forget that there are over 1,000,000 other Rotarians doing their "bit" to help the community - communities a lot worse off than us, affected by natural disasters, disease etc. So here's a note received this month from Rotarian clubs in the Bahamas FYI..
 
 
Hi everyone, right now we have an assessment team in the Bahamas. We're talking with local Rotary and other humanitarian organisations to understand how we might be able to support this community.   
 
The latest news from our Operations Team is - 
· The full extent of the shelter needs remains unknown. 
· Evacuation shelters in Nassau that have been created in community halls, churches and other communal buildings, have reached capacity at 1,800 people, but more and more families are arriving each day. 
· Recent estimates are that 13,000 homes have been severely destroyed or damaged across the two northern islands. So far 4800 people have been evacuated from Abaco to Nassau. 
· Whilst hundreds of people are still missing and priority is still search and rescue, progress is being made by our teams working with the other organisations in the Bahamas to understand what a coordinated plan could consist of and how we might be able to help people create shelter for themselves and their families, so they can start the slow process of trying to rebuild their lives. 
· Shelter items like tarpaulins, shelter kits and household items like solar lights may be needed. However, our teams now need to take the time to confirm this with the people on the affected islands and also to make sure that this need isn't being met by the many other organisations that are working in the Bahamas. It is very important for our teams to make sure these details are confirmed so that we can be sure we are providing the right support at the right time to the people who need it the most. 
· Our teams are in contact with Rotary, including Barry Rassin, who has attended meetings with our team and other agencies including NEMA, IFRC, UN agencies, the Bahamas Red Cross and IOM. 
· A volunteer Response Team member from the US is joining the team already in the Bahamas today.
 
For more information on Hurricane Dorian and the Bahamas head to our webpage for more information - https://www.shelterboxaustralia.org.au/hurricane-dorian/
Thanks everyone, 
Kieryn
 
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MS Queensland 

 
 
On Friday Tiffany Hardy from MS Queensland made the trip up from Brisbane to talk to the club about the work that MS Queensland is doing here on the Sunshine Coast. Tiffany gave an interesting talk on the impact of MS on individuals and families, with video's showing the remarkable depth of character and human spirit that sufferers of MS show. 
 
Thankfully, there are groups like MS who see th need for support in care and infrastructure and housing and are responding to it. 
 
If you want to know more about MS Queensland, please follow this LINK
 
 
Tony's lip syncing 
 
Couldn't help but notice our very own President Tony's lip syncing abilities at Fridays meeting when the sound from the upstairs function was piped through to our meeting. Well done Tony!
 
 
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Garden is Complete !

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. 
 
 
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2019 Surf Show and Shine progress report

Check out our new Surf Show and Shine web page

 
We're well underway with the planning of the event and so far all looking good. The registration page is open on the website (www.AlexandraRotary.com) and the necessary paperwork for our great supporters at Sunshine Coast Council has been lodged for a fantastic 2019 Surf Show and Shine.
 
We're still looking for support with Hire equipment (Marquee, Gazebo's, Tables, Chairs, Generators, etc. etc.) and will be looking for lots of volunteers to help out on the day (Traffic, Kombi parade, tent erection and dismantling, rubbish crew, first aid crew, raffle and SSS sales crew, entry tent crews, and I'm sure I've forgotten a few others!)..please help if you can.
 
A big thank you to Ian Barnett from Mooloolaba Rotary who has been helping update our catchy Surf Show and Shine Video. Check it out. 
 
 
 
 
So this year we're planning a bigger and better Surf Show and Shine with the help of Sunshine Coast Council and the fabulous folk at Cricks and Mix FM and TAPS.  
 
Meanwhile, NOW is the time to either approach potential sponsors (or let John & Tanya know and they'll follow up) and of course any potential helpers so please let the secretary know of any potential help / interested parties and help the club continue to grow this great event. 
 
Check us out HERE
 
 
 
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week 37 blog

 

Mental Health 

 
On Thursday there was a media shoot in front of the Mooloolaba Surf Club for the upcoming "Walk For Mental Health". Ben Roberts Smith (V.C and Channel 7 CEO) was there, and we were also delighted to see our very own Gary Lynch there ... and if you look closely at the Channel & promo you can see Gary looking fit and well, (somewhat in the shadow of Ben), but nevertheless good to see one of the founding fathers of this great event turn up to lend a hand to the media promotion. 
 
You'll also see Carmel, Wendy and John in the promo. (There is no truth in the rumour that John has Channel 7 on continuous recording to make sure he doesn't miss any of the ads. Ed) 
 
See you all on October 13th, where the club will also be supporting the walk with our BBQ and PA system, as well as volunteers. Balloons TBA.
 

Inspiration

 
Friday's breakfast theme was very much around inspiration and achievement. First we had Hailey Lea (ex Mountain Creek SHS school captain and world class athlete in sailing and windsurfing. Hailey spoke to the club about her achievements in representing Queensland and Australia, first in Sabot sailing, then her exploits around the world in representing Australia at Olympic events. A truly amazing local Sunshine Coast athlete, who I'm sure we will be hearing a lot more about. 
 
We wish Hailey well in her future and can be rest assured that the future is in good hands with young people like Hailey as future leaders in our community. 
 
 
Our erstwhile secretary is on Rotary minute duty and has taken inspiration as our theme for the month. So we were reminded of Yarraville Rotarian, Jonathan Welch who inspired homeless people to take part in "The Choir of Hard Knocks" ...a fabulous initiative that Jonathan brought from a visit to Vancouver back to Australia. With Jonathans inspiration this became a great vehicle to give confidence and hope to the homeless and their volunteer supporters, and became an enormous media sensation...all thanks to the inspiration and hard work of one Rotarian.
 
 
 

Ironman Capers

 
Colleen has again excelled herself with organising the support for the Ironman competition where the club was supported by volunteers from Grammar. Colleen sends a BIG thank you to everyone who helped out, including of course the early shifters, up before the sun to make sure everything went smoothly. 
 
From all reports, our very own Declan and Wallis showed considerable crowd control skill at this ungodly hour and saved the day...well done lads.
 
Colleen says take a bow, Duncan, Wendy, Wallis, Declan, Sachi, Luc, Charles, Errol, Paula, Emily, Paris, Liam Joshua, Liam, Tony & John. 
 
Here's a snap of Joshua and Ryan with our very own Tony helping out at the gear tent. 
 

Surf Show and Shine 

 
 
The date claimer is out there! and registrations are coming in. So please pass the word around for the 24th of November and put your thinking caps on in regards to possible sponsors and stakeholders. We want to continue the growth of this great event, and will need everyone's help.
 
Talking of helpers, a BIG thank you to Ian Barnett from Mooloolaba Rotary who is updating our fabulous Surf Show and Shine Video. 
 
 
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All you need to know about Ironman and Alex Rotary

Ironman Event Getting Close

There is only 2 weeks before the Ironman 70.3 Event.
 
Here's a note from Colleen, our organiser for the Sunshine Coast Ironman Event..
 
We are managing the Gear Tent once again and may have some jobs for the slow times for some at the Finish Line handing out medals and towels. The Gear Tent will be situated on the car park opposite the Mooloolaba Surf Club. I believe we have cover this year.
 
So hopefully no wet bags and protection from the sun. The shirts and hats and snack packs can be collected at the Gear Tent for you on arrival. All volunteers must wear the T-shirt and hat as this is advertising for the sponsors and we must be recognised as volunteers. Also, you must wear filled in shoes…this is a WH& S requirement. Please bring your own water bottle. This can be refilled at any time at the Volunteer Tent.
 
Also, make sure you apply sunscreen or bring your own for your own protection. Wendy, John and myself will be team leaders for the rostered periods on.
 
Team Leaders will be those responsible for the groups rostered at that time and any tricky questions asked from the competitors or others for them to address and contact appropriate event Volunteer Co-Ordinator for further direction. If the Drug Screening Association call requesting to open competitors bags, the Team Leader must contact a staff member from the Ironman Event. I will have a list of phone numbers available on the day. Team Members please bring your phone.
 
Volunteers are not to leave their position unless first speaking with their Team Leader to ensure that there is adequate coverage at all times. This is just courtesy …Thanks. I am not sure whether there is a shuttle bus running this year.
 
I believe Carmel had a situation last year where no bus turned up. Perhaps don’t rely on the bus if you can. I will endeavour to have more information about that this week. 
 
I have attached the roster for everyone to see what time they need to be at the Gear Tent to start their shift. I have also attached the T&C’s for all volunteers to read prior to volunteering your time. If you have any questions prior to the event or during the event, please feel free to contact me anytime. Colleen Dunn mobile: 0414 453636
 
Many thanks to the Grammar students who have volunteered to help us out again this year. We do hope you enjoy your experience.Colleen has had a good response from her call for volunteers, and a great response from Ben Princehorn at Grammar, so it looks like we're OK for managing the gear tent and perhaps helping out in some other areas too.
 
Here's the Roster for the day.
 
 
1stShift
No:
Name:
4.45am
8.00am Finish
Hours
Signature
  1
Colleen Dunn
 
 
 
 
2
 Duncan Watts
 
 
 
 
2ndShift
No:
Name:
5.30 am
8.30am
Finish
Hours
Signature
1
Wendy Gilson
 
 
 
 
2
Wallis Westbrook
 
 
 
 
3
Declan Westbrook
 
 
 
 
4
Sachi Nipperess
 
 
 
 
5
Mike Storkey
 
 
 
 
3rdShift
No:
Name:
8.30am
11:30pm
Hours
Signature
6
Errol Richardson
 
 
 
 
7
Paula Richardson
 
 
 
 
8
Emily Parker
 
 
 
 
9
Paris Thompson
 
 
 
 
10
Tony Freeman
 
 
 
 
11
Wendy Gilson
 
 
 
 
4thshift
No:
Name:
11.30am
2.30pm
Hours
Signature
12
  John Malloy
 
 
 
 
13
   Jean Tague
 
 
 
 
14
Joshua Micallef
 
 
 
 
15
Charles Trippick
 
 
 
 
16
   Liam Reed
 
 
 
 
 
Team Leader:  1st& 2ndshift:  Colleen
3rdshift:  Wendy       4thshift:  John
 
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2019 Surf Show and Shine 

Check out our new Surf Show and Shine web page

 
So this year we're planning a bigger and better Surf Show and Shine with the help of Sunshine Coast Council and the fabulous folk at Cricks, and of course with a lot of help from our friends at Mix FM and Sea FM and TAPS.  
 
Check us out HERE
 
 
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World Polio Day

 
 
 
Start planning your World Polio Day event now
World Polio Day is 24 October. Now’s the time to start planning events in your community. You’ll find resources to help you plan and promote your event, including a sample press release and social media messages and graphics, in the World Polio Day Toolkit.

Last year, Rotarians hosted more than 4,000 World Polio Day events in 90 countries. Let’s plan even more events this year to let the world know that the fight to end polio isn’t over.
Rotary announces $100 million to eradicate polio

Rotary recently gave $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio. The funding comes as Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative address the final, most pressing challenges to ending poliovirus transmission.

 
 
 
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Mental Health and Rotary 

This weeks speaker is Vicky Stewart. As many of you will know Vicky has been a great supporter of Rotary Health, and particularly the Walk for Mental Health, so we look forward to her update and plans for this years walk during Rotary's October Health month.
 
 
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Surf Show and Shine 2019

This years Surf Show and Shine is planned to be a 3 function event, with support from Cricks and Taps and North Coast Board riders already in place. We've also got ideas for a Kombi parade and another exciting changes so please keep your ideas coming, and not forgetting to put us in touch with the following folks..
 
At the moment we’re really interested in hearing from any NEW potential sponsors for the show. So if you know of any community minded businesses in the following areas…
 
 
  • Surf boards
  • Surf Wear
  • Beach Life merchandise
  • Accommodation 
  • Hospitality 
  • Food
  • Kids entertainment
  • Adult entertainment
  • Kombi or Volkswagen merchandise
  • Swimming or Camping or anything associated with the sunshine coast lifestyle 
  • Health and Fitness
  • Not drink - already covered
  • Not music - already covered
  • Food stalls - limited places available
 
Please let me know, or pass on my details to them and ask them to have a look at the SSS video on the website www.alexandrarotary.com to see if they are interested in supporting the event. 
 
Also if anyone knows of a savvy IT person in their family / friends who could edit last years Surf Show and Shine video, please ask them to contact the secretary at RCAHsecretary@gmail.com if they are interested in some pocket money. 
 
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Dateclaimer. Personality Chef Italian Night Friday 30th August

Hi Folks,
 
Our 5th Friday social promises to be a special night with 3 celebrity chefs preparing an Italian feast, and being judged by the customers (thats you!). 
 
So you are invited to an Italian evening feast on our 5th Friday social at 12 Holloway Place, Brightwater on Friday 30th August at 6pm.
 
Cost is $10 per person, and includes antipasto, main and dessert. BYO drinks. 
 
Diners will be asked to judge the mains pasta dish......Two of the celebrity chefs are quite convinced that they make the best carbonara dish on the coast...but you be the judge.......as both of these gentlemen have been known to stretch the truth in the past. 
 
Dessert will also have an Italian flavour, and there will be some delicious antipasto on offer. 
 
Friends and members are invited, but places are limited, so please let Bob Lane know if you are attending, and if you have any special dietary requirements. 
 
See you there!
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Winter Club Speakers

We've had some fantastic speakers to the club in the past few weeks, and just in case you have missed it, especially those who have come to the club to talk about what they are doing to "make a difference" to the community...here is a summary of their projects and causes
 
Bamboo Projects 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chris and Kristy are continuing their great work...check them out at...https://www.facebook.com/Bambooprojects/
 
Summit for Sarcoma
 
 
Check out how Ben and Andrew are doing on the fantastic work for Children's cancer facebook summit for sarcoma. The guys have exceeded their target of $10 for every metre of Mount Mera and last counted raised $74,000. Brilliant. 
 
Better Housing Together 
 
Gail Middleton from “Better Together housing” a great concept helping women under stress … financial, housing and other types … to solve housing issues. Their concept is to organise and introduce single women into shared housing/accommodation with a properly created share house legal document.   …. Gail is of course Wallis’ partner! Great work Gail.
 
 
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Nambour Rotary Anniversary Dinner

It is a great pleasure to extend an invitation to you and the members of your Club to the 70th Anniversary Dinner of the Rotary Club of Nambour.
 
The night is a celebration of 70 years of Service above Self, showcasing our Club’s achievements since Charter on 24 September, 1949.
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Care Outreach Celebrates its anniversary 

President Tony was our club re[resentative at the Care Outreach celebration in Coolum last week. 
 
The club has been a great supporter of Care Outreach through the years, mostly associated with the Surf Show and Shine event, so Tony was delighetd
 
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Dave W the media king 

Here is our very own Dave Woodrow completely in his element as the public face and media king for the Sunshine Coast Councils promotion of community awards. 
 
David's well deserved award was given for many years of community service in education and in the forces, and more recently has work for the SES and numerous activities as a long standing Rotarian. 
 
So not only is David our audio visual guru, he will also be appearing on a TV near you soon!
 
Well done David. 
 
 
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What has Chloe, our outbound exchange student, been up to? 2019-08-11 14:00:00Z 0
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Surf Show and Shine Help

Thank you to those who have offered to help with the SSS on November 24th. 
 
At the moment we’re really interested in hearing from any NEW potential sponsors for the show. So if you know of any community minded businesses in the following areas…
 
 
  • Surf boards
  • Surf Wear
  • Beach Life merchandise
  • Accommodation 
  • Hospitality 
  • Food
  • Kids entertainment
  • Adult entertainment
  • Kombi or Volkswagen merchandise
  • Swimming or Camping or anything associated with the sunshine coast lifestyle 
  • Health and Fitness
  • Not drink - already covered
  • Not music - already covered
  • Food stalls - limited places available
 
Please let me know, or pass on my details to them and ask them to have a look at the SSS video on the website www.alexandrarotary.com to see if they are interested in supporting the event. 
 
Also if anyone knows of a savvy IT person in their family / friends who could edit last years Surf Show and Shine video, please ask them to contact the secretary at RCAHsecretary@gmail.com if they are interested in some pocket money. 

 
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Letter from Amy 

Dear Alexandra Rotary Club
 
A month has passed since I got back to Denmark. I can say it’s nothing like what I’ve been used to from the past year. The beaches here in Denmark are soo much better ha ha. 
 
It’s been really nice seeing my family and friends again but I must admit that Australia has become my home and it’s where my heart belongs! Danish by blood, Aussie by heart. 
I miss the rotary meetings,  friends and my families. I still dream in English and sometimes I wake up feeling like I’m still in Australia.
 
During my time back in Denmark I’ve been on holidays. I’ve spend the holidays in Denmark travelling around seeing the rest of my family. My family and I are currently hosting an exchange student from Argentina. I get to show her a part of my country now, I know what it’s like being in whole new culture, there are so many things you want to see and experience and now it’s my turn to be the one to show.
 
What I loved about my exchange was the possibility of meeting so many wonderful people. I met two Aussie girls that were going to Denmark on exchange. They left in January where they started their adventure! Half a year later I got to meet them again, but in Denmark! It’s so cool that we got to have the experience to see each other in each other’s countries. 
 
The Australian people are really something special, your openminded hearts and embracing arms are really something a lot of other countries could learn something from. I’m so grateful that I got to meet you all, you made me feel like one of you and for that I will be forever grateful!
 
Can’t wait to come back and see you all again!
 
 
Thank you for this wonderful experience!
Lots of love
Amy
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Solstice Swim - "Every Picture Tells a Story" (Rod Stewart 1971)

What a beautiful day we had for our Fantastic Solstice Swim.
 
A BIG thanks to our wonderful SLSC and Rotary volunteers, and our sponsors and our honorary members Cllr John Connolly and Ashley Robinson and his team, and especially our swimmers and their supporters who came out to enjoy the swim.  
 
Hopefully we've started a few conversations about Domestic Violence, that has caused so much tragedy here on the coast.
 
Supt Darryl Johnson gave a talk on the role that White Ribbon is playing in addressing this tragic issue, and Lynda Fraser and Greg Nash were there in the White Ribbon tent, and Peter and Monique from IGA Wises Road were there with water and fruit to welcome the exhausted swimmers home. 
 
What a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning. 
 
Here are some pictures of a fantastic day...a new day dawns at Alex Headland
 
Job well done everyone!!
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Garden Project - Official Handover 

 
This is how the  garden looked last Friday when we gathered to officially handover our good work over the past year to IFYS. There was a big crowd there from Rotary, IFYS and other supporters to see what all the fuss has been about, some seeing the changes for the first time.
 
We've almost completed the initial garden concept as envisaged by Bridget with only a raised garden bed area to be put in just as soon as the ground conditions are dry enough to allow equipment to make the foundations. 
 
 
District Governor Darryl Issepi, Vicky Meyer, Business Development Manager IFYS and CEO Tony Pignata.
 
 
 
The deck at the back of the garden. A brilliant retreat away from the home where residents can relax while the kids play basketball on the new court, or in the cubby house, or trampoline. As Tony Pignata said, this is now a place where kids can play safely and make many happy memories. 
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Bamboo Projects last weeks speakers

Sometimes you meet a driven couple. So it was on Friday when Chris and Kirsty met with th club and spoke to us about their passion in life " Bamboo Projects".
 
It's probably best known for their achievements in getting the "wheelchair boat" that many of us will have seen on Mooloolaba river. But Chris and Kirsty continue to give  up much of their lives continuing to try to make other peoples better. 
 
On Friday they spoke to us of their difficulties in fund raising and frustration in not being able to deliver life changing resources to those in need.
 
Chris is particularly passionate about mental health, coming from his personal experiences and so has decided to stage a massive fund raising venture by running round Australia to attract attention to Mental Health and disability issues. We'll be encouraging other Rotary listen to Chris and Kirsty's story and maybe help them with their efforts. 
 
 
 
Chris and Kirsty
 
 
This boat is a fantastic achievement due to Chris and Kirsty's determination to deliver a facility here on the Sunshine Coast. They collected over 8,500 signatures, and yet without the help of Chris and his mates, and local SCC help,  this boat and the help it gives to disabled kids would not exist. 
 
Now Chris and Kirsty are looking for your support to help maintain and grow the support that they want to give to those suffering from mental health, depression, and the associated issues too common, (but sometimes hidden) in our community on the coast. 
 
Check out Bamboo Projects on Facebook, or www.bambooprojects.wix.com/bambooprojects. Or donate via BSB 062692 A/C 29837513
 
 
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Solstice Swim this Sunday 

Now that the weather has improved the Rotary Solstice Swim is ON!
 
We've been fortunate that there has been only a few cancellations because of the postponement, and we've received many more registrations as we get nearer the time. We're expecting 150+ swimmers, thanks to the team and our Tanya and her Facebook prowess.
 
Here is the line up of volunteers and stakeholders for Saturday preparations and Sunday event in case you've missed it on email..
 
Also you can check out all the details of the day, including swim legs, warm ups, etc. on our webpage ..https://www.alexandrarotary.com/page/solstice-swim-2019
 
 
List of Volunteers - Saturday 2pm
 
Graeme Hight,Carmel Hulett, Mike Storkey, Errol Richardson - Bags, registration sheets, prepare for Sunday
John Malloy, Nathan Harrison, - Gazebo’s, tables, Signs.
 
List of Volunteers - Sunday start 6.30 am.
 
John & Nathan  - Set up tables, gazebo, power at Buhk park, liaise with White Ribbon and IGA and SLSC on their gazebo’s 
 
Graeme Hight, Mike Storkey, Paula & Errol, Colleen, Bill Bradley - Registrations 
 
Graeme Hight - Liaise with Timing Events and agreeing 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each of the 4 swim legs and liaising with Cllr Connolly prior to medal presentations. 
 
Sean L, Bob Lane - swimmer number marking 
 
Tanya / Wallis Westbrook - MC 
 
Mooloolaba Rotary - Set up and take down arch 
 
Carmel Hulett - Photographer 
 
Sabine & Declan (USC Rotoract) - usher swimmers in / out  of water
 
David Woodrow - First aid 
 
Cllr John Connolly - Medal Presentations at 11.00 ish 
 
Ashley Robinson - Safety Briefing 
 
Tiarrn Raymond - Liaison with SLSC lifesavers.
 
Lynda Fraser / Supt Darryl Johnson - White Ribbon advocates - Speeches
 
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Speaker this week - THRIVE Project

This Friday we're hearing from Noel Boxer, chairman of  the THRIVE project initiative. You may have spotted some activity on Aerodrome Road and wondered what its all about. Noel will be letting us know of this fantastic Sunshine Coast initiative. 
 
Speakers coming Up
 
The 26th July is a club meeting, so no guest speaker, but the following week we have Andrew O'Connor coming to the club to talk to us about a fantastic initiative that a young chap has taken on board where he is climbing mountains (literally) to help research into Sarcoma here in Queensland at the Clive Berghofer Institute.
 
Have a look at this You Tube video to see what its all about. We're fortunate to have Andrew and his son come to talk to us as they are busy, not only fundraising, but preparing for their Himalayan climb. 
 
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2019 Handover Dinner

The Handover dinner has come and gone, and we have a new President, Mr Tony Freeman. 
 
Tony has "volunteered" to be President for a few months, as we know he is heavily involved in many other Rotary activities, and of course community work with the Twin Waters Community. 
 
So we thank Tony (and Marylin) for filling this position, and look forward to working our way through some of the club suggested initiatives the club proposed at the club planning meeting. 
 
 
The group photo at the end of the night captured the club and honorary members (Fiona Simpson MP, and Cllr John Connolly) and of course Rotary District Governor Darryl Issepi who not only attended the handover, but also made the trip up from Brisbane for the Official handover of the Rotary Crisis Care Home garden. (see separate story)
 
 
 
There was a surprise presentation at the handover. Unbeknown to the club we were put forward and won the Brett Mitchell Memorial TRF grants award. The club had been put forward for this by Darryl, who said that the project embodied all the Rotary ideals, "making a difference" to people's lives, and showing what can be done when Rotary "connects" with other clubs and community minded individuals and businesses.
 
Errol and John accepted the award on behalf of all the Sunshine Coast Rotary Clubs who contributed to the project, and our fantastic volunteers and supporters.
 
We also acknowledge the brilliant support from Sunshine Coast Councillor Rick Baberowski and other donations received in funds and in kind from our supporters. 
 
 
 
A very happy Mike (I wonder why?) handing over the reins to Tony while Darryl looks on. 
 
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Oceans and Plastic

We received the semail from Gerri Wood from Corrimal Rotary. We've been great supporters of Clean Up Australia Day for many years, and here is a club who are taking it to th next level...You've probably heard of how plastics and micro-plastics in particular are causing huge environmental damage. We'l here's a Rotary Club that "making a difference" on that particular issue.
 
Gerri writes:
 
Our club is delighted to be one of the early sign ups on Plastic Free Oceans.  Here is our page: www.plasticfreeoceans.net/rotaryclubofcorrimal

I am contacting you to encourage your club to sign up. It is an easy way for all our clubs to be involved in this important issue. And we hope sharing with the community will attract new members.

Here is the information www.plasticfreeoceans.org/youin/inforotary/  In a club meeting please play the video at the bottom of that page – that will give  members a clear understanding. Then get a person in your club, perhaps the one responsible for your website and/or Facebook page, to start your club's page.  Oh! And please click Follow to our page. 

May I ask you to reply and tell me how your club felt about the idea.  I'd love to see clubs all around the world popping up on Plastic Free Oceans.

If anyone in your club would like to volunteer a few hours to help us get this message - like I am doing now - please ask them to send their contact details to me.

 
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Steve power on YEP

I've left Steve's article in this weeks blog, just to remind you that there is a link to our current Youth Exchange Student - Chloe - Facebook page on our website. Here it is if you care to check out Chloe's adventures....FYI...https://www.facebook.com/Chloes-Brazil-Exchange-317475722436201/
 
 
 
 
In last weeks bulletin there was a mention of the fantastic work that our very own Stuart Aird does with Youth Exchange. This prompted our very own ex-Treasurer and world traveller Steve Power to drop us a line from his home in China on how the Youth Exchange program had made for some fantastic experiences and warm friendships.
 
Read Steve's note below....
 
 
I thought it was time to tell a story about the benefits of the Rotary Exchange program.
 
Some years ago, the Club benefitted from Hannah Binder's visit to our shores. She is an Austrian and a proud one. She comes from a lovely family who lives in Aspach,  Braunau, Austria. Braunau is just inside the Austrian/German border.
It is the birthplace of Hitler.
 

We have hosted Hannah on the Sunshine Coast for a number of months and also her family there and also in Beijing, China where we currently live.
We have just had a wonderful week in Austria with Hannah's family. The friendship was cemented stronger than ever on this trip. We learnt so much about local Austrian living while there.
 
The family is
Josef - father
Ernestine - mother
Nadine, Sofie are sisters
Rene is the brother.
We experienced
 - living in their house and environment for the week
- seeing Strasbourg
- hiking through one of their Alps
- seeing Vienna over a number of days
 
Our world has become bigger due to this experience and I can only put this down to Rotary. My son Jack and daughter Julia have also visited Hannah's family on separate visits.
Hannah has very fond memories of Australia.
Hannah is now at Uni studying for her teaching degree and has a sound historical knowledge. She is also in a large musical group, playing the flute.
So I am thankful that I have seen the benefit of this programme. Some pictures attached of our time together. If you wish to show this to the Club John at one of the Friday meetings that would be great.
 
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weather conspires

Change over dinner 

 
Just a reminder if you have not yet replied to Tony, please let him know if you can make the club changeover dinner this Wednesday,
 
 
 
 

Solstice Swim date under review

 
The weather is impacting on our two current community projects .......
 
The Swim is in danger of being postponed because of the huge swells and forecast high winds next weekend. We're staying in close touch with Janelle and Tiarrn at Alex SLSC and watching the weather forecasts carefully. If there are safety concerns then we will of course postpone the event. Its a bit of a setback, but fingers crossed for a good outcome. 
 
Our supporters and swimmers have been great, we've close to 100+ registrations, with more coming in every day .... and all our supporters and sponsors have been very understanding. Thank you.
 
Stay Tuned.
 
 

Garden hit by wet 

 
On the other on-going Project, the Rotary Care Garden, the wet ground conditions in Landsborough have meant that we have been unable to get machinery on the ground to complete the landscaping around the raised garden beds. 
 
But in true Rotary can do spirit, we've put in extra decking to avoid the wettest areas, and Geoff Hopkins, Mooloolaba Rotary President, took advantage of a break in the weather to put a lick of paint on the new Cubby House. Well done Geoff. 
 
The official opening is still going ahead as planned on the Friday 12th July, hopefully we'll get a dry enough spell before then. 
 
 
Cubby house going up..
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Grabbing life by the proverbialls, Invitations for you , Changeover dinner, Rotary Care Garden Official Opening and Solstice Swim. 


 

Change Over Dinner

 
It hardly seems like a year has passed since last years changeover dinner, but apparently it is.. as Tony is sending out Invitations to the Change Over Dinner on Wednesday 3rdJuly at Alex SLSC.
 
This year, as club numbers are critically low, the club is splitting the Presidents role between Carmel, Tony and Mike. Everyone is most welcome. 
 

This Week's speaker

 
This week Amy is going to update us on her experiences as she reaches the end of her Youth Exchange Year. Please try and make breakfast if you can.
 
Also our very own Stuart has been busy with Youth Exchange administrators to try and bring some improvements in expectations and hosting of Youth Exchange students. Its a great program and we want to make sure that the experience for both students and hosts is as rewarding and smooth as it can be. 
 
We also acknowledge the fantastic work by Siena College in welcoming Amy and past students and giving them experiences that they will remember all of their lives.   

Care Garden Project

 
 
It many ways this has been an extraordinary project. Initially suggested by IFYS to build a garden for kids in extraordinarily difficult circumstances, it was  taken to the Cluster as a proposal by Alex Rotary and then supported by fantastic support from Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Central, Kawana, Buderim and Maroochydore, and USC Rotoract…. it has been a marvellous genuine Cluster Effort with all these clubs contributing to creating a fantastic facility for Damien who currently stays there with his full time carers.
 
But just as important..... it provides an amazing welcoming facility for future kids who will be using this home for short or long stays.
 
The Care Garden Project is now coming to an end and all Alex Rotary members are invited to the official opening at lunchtime on Wednesday 12th  July with a BBQ at the crisis care home. Let Wendy know if you can make it. 
 
It has shown us that we may all be small clubs, but we can achieve much as a cluster. 
 
...and here's some photo's and a progress report from the grand poobah for the project, he writes...

What a GREAT EFFORT and a GREAT RESULT !
 
We had Renee creating two new gardens at the front of the house (and has the blisters to prove it) helped by her two girls, then along came the financial wizard, Katie to help. 
Tim, Renee’s husband was busily helping Mudlark, John M dig a trench, Tim joined Renee and Katie later.
Wendy, the wizard weeder, was busy weeding and mulching the existing gardens.  She was later joined by Paula and Lol with John W keeping up the supply of mulch
Master painters Graeme and Tony swooped on all the garden furniture with gusto….lookout Picasso
Meanwhile, John M was having the time of his life in the mud.  He seems to have developed a passion for trenching, specializing in supersaturated heavy clay soils…you couldn’t keep him out of it.
Super-smooth Geoff, Graham and Roger were busily oiling the deck and anything else that got in the way, then along came Sparkie Paul, and helper, to install the light for the deck
Then came the erection of the Teenagers Retreat on the deck. After cleaning off all the elements, walking around all the bits a few times, measuring, and a bit of arm waving, it started to happen.
In no time at all it was all over…smooth as silk.  With Master Craftsman Roger and his disciples, Geoff, Graham and Tony what could go wrong?  Roger was enjoying his time so much on the roof, we had a bit of trouble talking him down
Geoff gave the deck one final lick, carefully painting himself out via the step, and it was all over
Throughout all of this we have Peter, casting an eye over the masses, joining in with the odd shovel here and there, offering suggestions and making requests for things to be done a certain way etc, all of which were studiously ignored (not really)

 
 
 
Basketball court, raised garden beds, deck and cubby house.
 
 
Graeme being busy, John in background waving mattock about. 
 
All in all, a great effort and a big thank you to everybody
 
It will be on again next Saturday.  Stay tuned for further detailsWhat a GREAT EFFORT and a GREAT RESULT !
 
We had Renee creating two new gardens at the front of the house (and has the blisters to prove it) helped by her two girls, then along came the financial wizard, Katie to help. 
Tim, Renee’s husband was busily helping Mudlark, John M dig a trench, Tim joined Renee and Katie later.
Wendy, the wizard weeder, was busy weeding and mulching the existing gardens.  She was later joined by Paula and Lol with John W keeping up the supply of mulch
Master painters Graeme and Tony swooped on all the garden furniture with gusto….lookout Picasso
Meanwhile, John M was having the time of his life in the mud.  He seems to have developed a passion for trenching, specializing in supersaturated heavy clay soils…you couldn’t keep him out of it.
Super-smooth Geoff, Graham and Roger were busily oiling the deck and anything else that got in the way, then along came Sparkie Paul, and helper, to install the light for the deck
 
 
Then came the erection of the Teenagers Retreat on the deck. After cleaning off all the elements, walking around all the bits a few times, measuring, and a bit of arm waving, it started to happen.
In no time at all it was all over…smooth as silk.  With Master Craftsman Roger and his disciples, Geoff, Graham and Tony what could go wrong?  Roger was enjoying his time so much on the roof, we had a bit of trouble talking him down
Geoff gave the deck one final lick, carefully painting himself out via the step, and it was all over
Throughout all of this we have Peter, casting an eye over the masses, joining in with the odd shovel here and there, offering suggestions and making requests for things to be done a certain way etc, all of which were studiously ignored (not really)
 
All in all, a great effort and a big thank you to everybody
 
Errol
 
 
Digging ditch for power and water to the teenage retreat. 
 
 
 
..and here's our Tony and Michael from Buderim holding up the front of the Cubby house donated by Buderim mens shed.

Swim News

 
 
The arrangements for the Solstice Swim continue with more swim registrations and we are on track for a good turn out of swimmers. Stay tuned for volunteer listing for Saturady arvo and Sunday morning. 
 

Mercy Ships and Rotary 

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development aid to those without access in the developing world. It's where some of your Rotary subscriptions end up
 
You may have heard about the Australian Mercy ships and how Rotary has funded a number of operating theatres on the ship that travels the world providing emergency and life changing surgery to places that otherwise would not have it. But here is a personal Rotary story you may not have heard..

Surviving the devastation wreaked by a tropical hurricane and witnessing the human suffering it left in its trail inspired Don Stephens to set up a hospital ship for the world’s most vulnerable people.

In 1964, 19-year-old Don was visiting the Bahamas as part of a youth group when Hurricane Cleo swept through the region, in what was a one-in-a-hundred year storm. Don’s youth group took shelter in an aircraft hangar, but others were not so fortunate with Cleo claiming lives and destroying hundreds of homes. In the aftermath of the storm, he was struck by the words of suffering local people who pleaded for a hospital ship to treat their injured and provide urgently needed medicines.

“The hearing of it challenged me,’’ said Don.

It took years for this idea to reach fruition, but in 1978 Don’s goal became reality when he and fellow fundraisers paid $1 million US for the Victoria, a former cruise liner, and work began to convert her to a hospital ship. In 1982, the vessel, refitted with three operating theatres and a 40-bed ward, sailed as the Anastasis – the first Mercy Ship.

Since then, four ships, including the current vessel, the Africa Mercy, have served in 150 ports throughout developing nations, bringing hope, relief and healing to the most vulnerable people.

For Don, Mercy Ships has become a lifelong driving force. He and Deyon spendt ten years living on board the first Mercy Ship with their family before relocating to the International Operations Centre in Texas. Their inspiring work has brought them awards and honours. Don received the Two Hungers Award and the Religious Heritage Award and in 2009 he and Deyon were honoured with the Variety Club International Humanitarian Award. Don is also a Paul Harris Fellow through Rotary. He has written three books about Mercy Ships and is the voice behind the Mercy Minute, a daily radio broadcast aired internationally.

Mens Mental Health - Sam Parker

Last breakfast we had Sam Parker with us from "Grab Life by the Balls". Sam gave a great talk on how he has sruggled with depression and what he is doing to help other men in the same situation. He has some fantastic stories and is clearly passionate about "making a difference" to the male community, using mateship and mentoring tools to help males who may be struggling with their expectations of themselves as fathers, husbands or in their career. 
 
Sam spoke at length about the stresses of life (internal and external on males in society and how he is working to help men, and has plans to take his program further afield.
 
BBQ's and get togethers are most Fridays in Mooloolaba and there's an open invitation for a burger from Sam and his growing team.
 
He's already taking this sunshine coast initiative outside the Sunshine Coast, to the coalfields and cities.
 
Sam and his group have posted some grea video's on their website. Check them out at. www.grablifebytheballs.com.au
 
 
 
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Mamma Mia the future is in good hands!, Dateclaimers and new year plans, Volunteers worth $800M

Mia - someone you'll be hearing more about !

Sometimes you meet people who just blow you away with their enthusiasm for life and their optimism, achievements and motivation to give everything they've got to the community. And so it was on Friday morning when we heard from Mia Seefeld - Gorman. Mia spok eto the club about her achievements at Chancellor, her remedial reading leadership, her musical and debating achievements, and how her Dad's recent diagnosis had impacted on her outlook on life. It was clear to those who me Mia that her drive to give more through education would stand her in good stead as she progressed through her life.
 
This is one young lady we'll be hearing a lot more about in years to come. The future is in good hands with people like Mia about. 
 

Next Weeks speaker - Sam Parker - Mens Mental Health 

 
Your club has always been a great suportter of Mental Healh, combining with Mooloolaba Rotary on the "Walk for Mental Health" and other Rotary initiatives. So next Friday we're going to hear from Sam Parker n the "Grrab Life by the Balls" project. This initiative complements the RUOK? and Black Dog and other programs out there to address mental health issues.
 
If you read Honorary member Ashley Robinson's weekend article the Sunshine Coast Daily the weekend, you'll know that Ashley has been talking about how suicide is a bigger killer than road accidents and its about time there was a big effort to bring that statistic, with all the back stories and grief that it contains. 
 
So we welcome Sam and his group and look forward to an interesting discussion on this blight on the community. 
 
 
 
 
 
Sam and his group have done a great job in getting their message out. Check out their website. https://www.grablifebytheballs.com.au 
 

Date Claimer - Working Bee at Rotary Care Garden 

Friday / Saturday

 
In Ashley's article he mentioned that he not a big fan of sitting down and discussing his feelings with other mates in a group setting, and that what works for him is to exercise. Another way I've found helps to lift my mood is to reach out and help others.
 
If either of these approaches appeals to you, we have got just the activity for YOU?
 
On Friday after the breakfast meeting we're heading down to Landsborough for a working bee at our Rotary Crisis Care Home Garden for a few hours to finish off the project with some garden beds and general landscaping. It's also likely to require a few hours on Saturady. So if you can give a few hours to help those who need a helping hand you'll be more than welcome. 
 
 
 
 
A few people have asked "What are we going to do after the garden is officially opened on the 12th July?"...we'll the plan is to try another Cluster Project, but this time one a bit closer to the main participating clubs (Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Central, Buderim, Maroochydore and Alex.) so if you have any ideas on what LARGE projects Rotary could assist the community with, then let Mike know. (By large we mean $100,000 type projects in terms of resources needed to "make a difference".
 

Date Claimer - Solstice Swim for White Ribbon Sunday 7th July  

 
Our 3rd annual Solstice Swim is on Sunday 7th July, and if you saw the Sunshine Coast Daily front page you'd know that our celebrity swimmer (Sam Penny) is taking part with his son. Sam is aiming to cross the English Channel - twice) and has been busy promoting the swim on Facebook. So we're looking for volunteers on The Saturday 6th July afternoon, to prepare registrations, tents, Arch and swim bags for an early start on Sunday 7th July with 4 swim legs. The 500m kids, the 1km, 3km, and 5km swim. 
 
 
We've had great support from teh Alex SLSC is making this swim happen every year, and Rebecca Grisman from the Campaign Group, and our very own Tanya have been busy promoting the event on social media. So even if you are not swimming, and are unable to volunteer, please come along and show your support for the fantastic White Ribbon organisation on the Sunshine Coast.
 

Date Claimer - Change over Dinner

 
Our change over dinner is on Wednesday 3rd July at Alex SLSC. The new President will be Tony Freeman. As well as having an extensive history in Rotary, helping out all sorts of causes, Tony is also a keen photographer. Here is a latest shot from Friday..
 
 

Rotary - Who knew?

 
Wendy reminded us on Friday that there are some surprising aspects to Rotary. Who knoew for example that there is a Rotary group for House swapping ?...at least I think its only the house, although some other suggestions come to mind (Ed.) ...and it was a surprise to some (but not all) that theer is a Rotary Wine Appreciation society? Find them at www.Rotary.Org.
 

Did you know Rotary Volunteers were worth $800M?

 

That Rotary members log a lot of volunteer hours should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the organization. But a new report just released by Johns Hopkins University provides a powerful look at the impact of all those volunteer hours.

The special report prepared for Rotary International by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies found that Rotary members had volunteered a total of 5.8 million hours within a four-week survey period. Extrapolating those results over an entire year, the report gave a conservative estimate of nearly 47 million hours of volunteer effort generated by Rotary members in a typical year.

The report then analyzed the economic impact of all those hours and estimated the value conservatively at $850 million a year, if communities had to pay for the services that Rotary volunteers provide.

Rotary, with the help of Johns Hopkins University, is the first global service organization to conduct an empirical analysis of its volunteer’s impact using an internationally sanctioned definition of volunteer work. The authors of the report noted in their conclusion that at each stop, the analysis had chosen the most conservative estimates.

“This makes the results reported here all the more remarkable,” the authors noted. “Translated into economic terms, Rotary is annually generating a scale of social and economic problem-solving effort that is worth nearly nine times more than it costs the organization to produce.”

Rotary General Secretary John Hewko said the figure doesn't even include the in-kind contributions and the money that Rotary clubs and the Rotary Foundation raise every year. In addition, the figure doesn’t include the volunteer work of the many relatives and friends of Rotary that members often involve in a project, or that of members of Rotaract, Interact, or the Community Corps, that would easily double the estimate of Rotary’s economic impact.

 

Date Claimer - Surf Show and Shine  22- 24th November

 
It's on again at the Mooloolaba school oval!. Last year we had over 5,000 visitors, > 100 Kombi's and raised $20,000 for the community through our fantastic Kombi and Surf Board show. This year, we're holding the event later in the year to spread the load on the club volunteers.
 
Also at theSunshine Coast Council have been encouraging us to extend the event to Saturday and Sunday and we'll be investigating that possibility later. 
 
Meanwhile we're already receiving enquiries, so keep this weekend free in your calendar. 
 
 
 
 
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Solstice Swim getting near !!

The Solstice Swim is nearly here! Date claimer Sunday 7th July. 

You'll see that we have updated the website (www.alexandrarotary.com) to give prominence to the upcoming Solstice Swim. We don't need to be reminded of the tragic events on the Sunshine Coast that have led to fatalities in domesic situations, but what we can do is show our support for the Anti Domestic Violence organisation - White Ribbon Sunshine Coast. 
 
 
 
This year we're showing our support by organising the Solstice Swim in aid of the Sunshine Coast White Ribbon group. 
 
Behind the scene's we've been working with Council, White Ribbon and Alex SLSC to put together the swim on Sunday 7th July. So please check out our webpage and Facebook page, and "LIKE" the page and get as many people as you can to either swim or to come along to Alex Beach on Sunday 7th July to show your support for White Ribbon and the great work they do in the workplace and in domestic situations to educate and change the culture around Domestic Violence. 
 
Check us out at WWW.AlexandraRotary.com 
 
 
 
And if there are any contacts out there for GOGGLES (as prizes) or FRUIT (for swimmers) please let one of the committee know, we're also looking for corporate "give aways" for the swim bags donated by our great sponsor Quinn and Scattini. 
 
 
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Message from Rebecca

Rebecca says thanks ..

 
Your club donates to many, many causes.  In fact, by being part of a club, we are able to donate much more than could be achieved individually. 
 
Last year we donated over $40,000 to various groups in the community.  
 
But rarely do we receive a thank-you note as heartfelt as this one from Rebecca Holland. (And there is more good news in the post script...)
 
"Dear Alexandra Headland Rotarians, 
 
Thank you so much for your generous donation. I apologise for the tardiness of this note, but I wanted to be able to tell you exactly where your donation was going.
 
Tommy is 17, a victim of chronic child abuse that has serious mental health issues as a result.
 
Susan is 16, and she and her 5 siblings lost their mum to cancer last year, they all now live with Grandma. 
 
Graham is 18. He is bright and motivated but socially isolated and falls into the funding support gap.
 
These 3 young people will receive adequate professional instruction to join the program. (Braking the Cycle)
 
Thank you, Alexandra Headland Rotary,
 
Three lives have been improved through your generosity,
 
Best regards
 
Rebecca
 
Rebecca Holland
Breaking The Cycle Manager
Sunshine Coast 
 
 
PS. Thanks to one of our club members, we've put the “Braking the Cycle” group in touch with a neighbour of a Rotarian who now donates one day a week of his time to mentoring the kids in need to become professional in their driving.  Perhaps more importantly just " being there" and a being a great adult role model to the kids. 
 
PPS. Names have been changed from Rebecca's note to provide anonymity.
 
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Rotary Care Garden date claimer and official opening

Garden nears completion - what have we done? 

 
The garden progress has slowed a bit due to wet ground conditions in Landsborough, and also some difficulties in getting builders and building approvals, but we are now back on track to complete the works. 
 
The official opening has been set for Friday 12th July, and that means only one more working bee (and lots of contractors activities) o complete the garden beds, deck and cubby house. 
 
So please try to make the working bee which will be on Friday 21st June and Saturday 22nd June. 
 
It has truly been a transformation of the garden, with a indicated total project value of around $60,000 being carefully managed by Peter Eggleton (Mooloolaba Rotary) and our very own Errol Richardson, with great support from Councillor Ric Baberowski, Queensland Community Gambling fund, and Rotary District. But perhaps the biggest mention should go to the cluster clubs who donated club funds to the project to make the project such a success.
 
This demonstrates quie clearly that the local clubs, no matter how small, if they band together can complete significant community projects. 
 
Already the Cluster is thinking about what can be our next combined project. Perhaps something a bit more visible, that will leave a legacy to the community?
 
 
 
 
 
 
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National Youth Science Forum - strong interest from locals 

Science Program Success

Recently the club has been reaching out to the local schools to create interest and applicants for a brilliant Rotary Youth Program called the National Youth Science Forum. 
 
We've been delighted by the strong response to our efforts, and can let you know that Ainsley Lea from Mountain Creek High school has been approved by th eclub to attend the 2019 NYSF Forum in Canberra. 
 
We were also pleased to to put another amazing candidate Lili More from Mountain Creek in touch with the Mooloolaba Club and a third candidate, again most worthy of been given the chance to attend the forum, to the Cluster, in the hope that funding can be found from those clubs to send the promising student to Canberra to participate in what has been a life changeing event for previous participants. 
 
 
Check out the NYSF program HERE.
  

Rotary Youth Leadership 

 
Also we're pleased to see the Declan Westbrook completed his Rotary Youth Leadership camp at Luther Hights. Well done Declan, we hope you found your days at the leadership forum interesting and challenging. Lots of high achieving teenagers have been through the RYLA course and gone on to greater things. We wish you well in your future endeavours. 
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Rotoract Partnership 

Update on Rotoract Partnership 

 
As some of you may be aware your club has committed to help the USC Rotoract branch, and Tony Freeman and Errol Richardson recently attended a Rotoract function to explore ways that we can help the up and coming Rotarians of the future. 
 
 
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Surprise Donation - Colleen to the rescue

Surprise donation

 
So its not often that the club receives a donation out of the blue. In this case and odd sum of $418 landed in our account, and treasurer Wendy wasn't too sure where it came from. Luckily Colleen recalled a similar amount from our Ironman activities. So mystery solved!
 
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Speakers Corner

Speakers Corner

 
What a fantastic job Graeme Hight did through the year as speakers organiser!
 
Recently Russ Stephenson and Darryl Iseppi from Nambour Rotary and District Rotary joined us for breakfast and Russ spoke about his project to assist PNG be more sustainable with their native food groups, while Daryl updated us on the wider Rotary community. 
 
We had so many interesting speakers, and from all aspects of our community, from Magistrates, Manufacturers, Education policy makers, Young Australians, young aviators, aviator medico's, CEO's,  Cyber Safety experts, Wildlife volunteers, Community leaders, etc.
 
So we learnt a LOT from these talks, and wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to Graeme for his efforts in coordinating speakers for the club. 
 
Typical of Graeme, he's also handing over a list of possibles for future breakfast talks, including
 
  • Lifestyle coaches
  • Medical practictioners
  • Rotarian program speakers
  • Environmental management manager
  • Cancer experts
  • NBN management
  • Young student leaders
  • Youth Science leaders
  • Polio program managers
  • Rotary Peace Fellows
  • Rotarians against Malaria 
  • Palliative Care Leaders
Well done Graeme you have certainly set the bar high for the next speakers corner organiser !!
 
 
 
Russ Stephenson
 
 
Darryl Iseppi
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Andrew Wallace Visits the club 

Andrew Wallace joins us for breakfast

 
 
Andrew looked a lot more relaxed than a few weeks ago and was quite expansive in his vision for the electorate and the need for improvements in key areas around employment and the need for diversity around employment opportunities, bringing high tech and varied work opportunities to the region, to get change the profile from relying solely on Contruction, Tourism and Retail.
 
As well as infrastructure changes we can expect in the next few years, Andrew also gave us some insights into his work in improving societal issues such as mental health, and particularly with eating disorders. The Sunshine Coast initiative of building a specific centre for treating this major mental health issue will now become a model for all other States, and removes the growing number of our community affected by this disease from the old treatment in secure psychiatric centres.
 
We were also fortunate to have our new corporate member Renee, as breakfast  and it was clear that both Renee and Andrew are committed t on improving the lives of the disadvantaged in our community, and have some clear ideas on making meaningful employment pathways for our kids. Its a complex area, but a critical one if our communiy is to be healthy and free from the social problems that intergenerational unemployment brings. 
 
 
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Membership Night 

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION NIGHT

 
On the 8thof May the club held a membership information night to assist with building the club’s membership numbers and to provide interested members of the community with an insight into the overall activities of the club. 
Our guest speakers for the evening were Alan Mackay-Sim, Australian of the Year, honoured for his work in stem cell development. Fiona Simpson, State Member of Parliament and Amy Hedevang Fris our visiting Youth Exchange Student frombuilding of schools  Denmark.
The main thrust of the information was to highlight the activities of the club in particular and Rotary in general both on the local and internation scene. The many faces of Rotary coverd the diversity of its activities from health, youth services,support for overseas projects such as safe drinking water,builing of schools etc and the eradication of polio world wide.
Special emphasis was placed on youth services that areavailable such as the Youth Exchange Programme, Rotary Youth Ledership Programmes and The Work Life Programme which is an Alexandra Club initative.
 
The function was well attended and the Alexander Headlands Surf Club handled the catering and venue in their usual friendly and efficient manner.
 
It is hoped that the five potential members who expressed an interest in becoming Rotarians will soon  swell our numbers as a result of this enjoyable evening.
 
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Our Paul Harris Fellows

Our Fantastic Paul Harris Fellows

 
Everyone who joins Rotary, does so to give back to the community. But some of our members go the extra mile, and are recognised by their fellow members and put forward for a special award, named after the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris.
 
Here is a list of our Alex Rotary members whose contributions to Rotary and the Community have been recognised by their fellow members. We salute them.
 
 
Paul Harris Recognition Summary
            
Denys Alt                             May 2009 *
Peter Andrews                   May 2012 *
Chris Baker + 1                  May 2012 *
Prue Byrnes                        June 2018 *
Peter Darnell                       June 2018 + *
Tony Freeman + 3             August 2003 #
Wendy Gilson + 1              June 2011 #
Gary Lynch                          June 2011 *
Fernand Michot                 December 2004
Paul Morton                       June 2018 *
Errol Richardson + 3         June 1988 #
Owen Scott                         Dec 1994 +
Trevor Smith                       September 2010 * #
Mike Storkey                      March 2011 #
Michael Sullivan                April 2005 *
David Woodrow                April 2005 * #
 
* Awarded by R C Alexandra Headland
# Current Club Member
+ Deceased
 
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Dateclaimer - Wednesday 8th May

Former Australian of the Year to speak at club

Keen readers of the club news will be aware that at the recent Sunshine Coast Council citizens awards where our very own David Woodrow was awarded Senior Citizen of the year, he met with Professor Alan Mackay-Sim and invited him to come and speak to the club.
 
We're delighted to let you know that Alan has agreed to come to the club on the evening of Wednesday 8th May, when we'll be hosting invited guests for a speakers night.
 
So  please keep the evening free, and come along to listen to Alan's amazing journey that led him to spend his life researching the linkage between the senses and the brain, and what role stem cells play in potential medical breakthroughs.
 
It is truly inspiring to listen to Alan's unusual career path and what drove him into research and keeps him "making a difference" to our communities well being. 
 
 
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Complimentary beer and wine, Angel Flight, Sofitel Chef, Swim reaches 6,000 hits

Complimentary beer, wine, finger food, and interesting speakers

So its finally  here, and we are hoping to welcome sponsors, friends of Rotary, Rotoractors, Mums, Dads and community minded citizens to the Alex SLSC on Wednesday night to hear from Australian of the Year about what drives him, and from our Rotarians, Fiona Simpson and Amy Fris on the impact of the Youth Exchange Program on their development. We hope you all can make it. 
 
 

Bunnings BBQ capers

 
On Friday at the Bunnings BBQ we were joined by Matt who (in hos non-volunteer life) just happens to be a chef at Noosa Solfitel ! Below is a picture of Matt in action, and he really showed us how to do it. Thank you Sabine for putting Matt forward, he was just brilliant!
 
...and this is some of Matt's work here...Notice how clean and orderly it is, and if you look closely ....A THERMOMETER IN THE SAUSAGES....This is a REVELATION as I usually (through my own lack of ability)  create a mix of onions and sausages in various stages of pink to rusty black snags and crusty caramelised to raw onions, and stick the thermometer in the ice box.
 
Trivia question...what is the optimum temperature for sausages? (Freddy Frog to first correct answer) 
 
 
 
Also we welcomed Linda Ross, (Chloe's mum) and Pat and Rosemary White from Sunshine Coast Central as well as Lachlan from USC Rotoract.
 
So betweeen the Alex Volunteers and our fantastic helpers we managed to raise just over $1,000 on a very quiet Friday at Bunnings. Well done everyone, the funds raised will go to a great community cause...and for more information on great community causes please see the article on Fridays speaker from Angel Flight below...
 
 
 
This photo captures the great work by Linda and Matt.
 
(Not entirely sure what the chap in the foreground is doing (?) but I'm sure he was on top of his roleblush. )

Angel Flight - who knew?

Graeme continues to find these amazing speakers and on Friday we were treated to the insights of Morne Terblanche who by career is an anaesthetist and by volunteer, is a pilot for Angel Flight.
 
 
And what amazing stories and experienses Morne has had since he moved to Queensland from Johannesburg. Morne, and other Angel Flight volunteers donate their time and small planes, and expenses to take sick residents in outback Queensland to get specialist treatment.
 
This service is provided by Angel Flight volunteers (including drivers on arrival) out of their own funds, with no government assistance. 
The travel service is a godsend to those who otherwise would either not be able to afford treatment, or whose family circumstance would cause great difficulty (financial and emotional) in travelling for days away from their families to attend the CBD for treatment. 
 
Morne told us of  his experience with two beneficieries of Angel Flight -  an elderly man (+75yrs) who had never been far form his home town in his life, never mind a trip to Brisbane, and a child who suffered terribly with a balance affliction each time they atttended specialist help by car. Here's some statistics from Morne's brilliant talk...
 
•30% of Australians live in rural areas
•Angel Flight Australia established April 2003
•3333 pilots and 4691 and ground volunteers (Earth Angels)
•85% of revenue spend on service delivery
•45 926 flights
•3761 patients, carers and family members
•Up to 20 flight per day
 
...and here is his picture gallery of some of the folk that he has helped "make a difference"
 

Solstice Swim getting closer

 
The swim preparations are proceeding, so please leave the morning of Sunday 7th July free, as we'll need you to help with registrations, people shepherding competitors etc, for a few hours while we get the various swim legs underway.
 
We're aiming for 300 swimmers brave enough to face the rigours? of winter on the Sunshine Coast and have a swim in aid of the White Ribbon organisation.
 
Here's the latest flyer with all the information you need. For more details, have a look at our website. www.alexandrarotary.com or ask Mike or Tanya while JM is away. 
 
 
 
 
 

Garden beds in the mud

 On Wednesday Peter E, Errol and John M were at the Landsborough crisis care home, assembling the raised garden beds that Buderim mens shed made for us, in preparation for placing on the gravel beds (once the garden dries out).
 
It was a lovely wet morning in the garden, with lots of glorious mud, and biting ants between the logs. A hot bath never felt so good. 
 
Here's a photo of JM just so happy that they've all been finished and doesn't the footwear look attractive?
 
 
 

A Rotary Inspiration 

 
The great thing about being in a club like Rotary is that you can draw on inspirations of like minded citizens and take hear that there are good people around who truly " make a difference" to the community. And you also hear of similar smaller groups like Angel Flight who provide such a great community service. 
 
Here's another short story of a club just down the road at Caloundra Rotary and what Bernie Strong and her team "made a difference" to that Indian Community just last year......Well done Caloundra Rotary Club.
 
(From Caloundra Rotary article..)

A new project to provide Bio Toilets in India

Bhubaneswar is the capital of the Indian state of Odisha.  It is the largest city in Odisha and is a centre of economic and religious importance in Eastern India.  Bhubaneswar is often referred to as a "Temple City of India".
 
But ..... there are 338 unauthorised slums in Bhubaneswar  - many households do not have toilets and a few who have sanitary toilets have no drainage, water and maintenance facilities!!
In May last year, now Past President Anna wanted to assist women in remote parts of India with better access to toilets, providing them with dignity and safety.  That enquiry has led to a global Rotary project (GG1757749) to provide safe, clean and local Bio toilets for women:
The Project aims in providing safe and clean toilets for women.  20 Urban slum areas have been identified for the said project.  Each slum would be provided with 2 bio toilets each.  The beneficiaries would be the women residing in these slums and are devoid of a safe and hygienic environment to attend to nature's call.

 

Providing safe, clean and local Bio toilets for women in Bhubaneswar, India

The project aims to help deal with the chronic, acute shame, embarrassment and fear that Indian women and girls must deal with at least once a day, every day.
 
Hari Menon, Deputy Director of Indian programmes for the Gates Foundation says "Among women, toilets figure in the top three needs for their own security and health“.
 
"There will be a huge change in our lives.  Now men would not follow us, men will not wait for us to sit in the field and watch.  Once we have these toilets we don't need to step out, and we will feel better.  Our dignity which is an ornament for us - is now safe.“

Why Bio Toilets?

Individual pour and flush toilets are needed but this is not a feasible option due to the unavailability of required space.  Most importantly, a water facility for the toilets is also necessary.  Since a  bio-toilet is an innovative technology for disposal of solid human waste in an eco-friendly, economical and hygienic manner, this type of toilet is preferred over other types of toilets considering the local context particularly in urban slums.
 
A 'Biological Toilet' is a next generation eco-friendly waste management solution, which digests and converts solid human waste into neutral water and traces amount of gas, with the help of special bacterial inoculums.
 
The Bio-Toilet provides a better, hygienic sanitation alternative for the people of the society:
 
  • The Bio Digester tank is a multi-chambered tank
  • The wastes are transferred from the toilet pan to the Bio digester tank by a P- Trap which requires very less water.
  • The wastes flow from one chamber to another by a special patented process.  The multi-strain bacteria convert human waste to water through biological process.
  • The Bio digester tank contains multi strain aerobic bacteria that starts the digestion of the wastes in 3 hours and completes the digestion totally within 24 hours.
  • The Biological toilet converts the human wastes into water and traces of carbon dioxide.
  • It prevents spread of diseases and epidemics caused by harmful E coli spread by dumping of unprocessed human wastes.
 
When the evening light fades, She balances little one on one hip and with her older daughters head single-file towards the fields.
 
To the chirrup of bullfrogs and crickets and the occasional cry of a peacock, they march past the last dwelling in the slum to a fallow field.
 
Shrouded in darkness, the girls spread out, pulling down their saris or shalwars.  They're frightened, uncomfortable and trying to hurry up as a tractors shudders past about 20 metres away, driven by men.
 
As they wash and walk back to the village, other girls and women appear in pairs and small groups from the gloom.  Since1990, the Indian government has introduced nationwide campaigns to improve sanitation facilities across the country—first under the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), and most recently under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).  However, the lack of improved sanitation remains a major public health concern.
In 1990, the Indian government introduced nationwide campaigns to improve sanitation facilities across the country - first under the Total Sanitation Campaign, and most recently under the Swachh Bharat Mission.  However, the lack of improved sanitation remains a major public health concern.
 
  • Open defecation has been reduced by 31 percent since 90’s.
  • About 300 million women and girls in India still have no other choice.
  • Try to squat in a sari, while holding a cup of water to cleanse yourself and keeping an eye out for rapists.
  • No woman has said she liked squatting in darkness knowing that men are watching her

The Status of the Project

The anticipated cost of the project to provide 40 Bio Toilets to 20 slums is USD38,000 funded as follows:
 
  • Rotary Clubs - a total of USD14,333 from:
    • Bhubaneswar New Horizon USD5,000
    • Caloundra USD5,000
    • E-Club of District 3262 USD3,333
    • The Hills-Kellyville USD1,000
  • Rotary District 3262 - USD7,500
  • Rotary District 9685 - USD750
  • The Rotary Foundation World Fund - Global Grant USD15,417*
* Currently, the Global Grant has yet to be approved.  A number of questions have been raised by The Rotary Foundation to which answers have been supplied.  It is anticipated that the responses will be sufficient to gain approval.
 
 
 
 
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Youth experiences, Who knew?,  Gregor Mendel, Speakers night, Swim and Marmalade

Volunteers needed for this Friday's Bunning BBQ

 
If you can spare a few hours this Friday (3rd May), and want to raise a bit of cash for the local Community causes, please let John M know, as we are very short of sausage swirlers, onion observers and saucy servers for our Maroochydore Bunnings BBQ. Positions are available morning and afternoon shifts. Wages aren't that flash but the company is good. 
 
 

Amy and her travels

 
Our very own exchange student Amy, is certainly experiencing a lot of Australian culture, from family holidays to theme parks with 65 year olds. Amy gave her regular update on Friday and it was great to hear of her experiences with host family and friends around the state and in NSW. 
 
Youth Exchange student program was also on the mind of the district presidents, and Mike explained that the cluster has decided to "band Cluster together" so that we take incoming Youth Exchange Students, and receive inbound students as a cluster commitment and not as a club. This will allow us to offer a better experience to inbound students, with more host families available to accommodate the inbound student. Alex Rotary has also reached out to the Rotoract Club at USC who have shown interest in helping with social activities for inbound students. Alex Rotary is also supportive of increasing financial support to host families who do so much to make this a really great Rotary program.
 
Now ...who could this be?
 
 

Chloe in Brasil 

Meanwhile our outbound student Chloe is having her own experiences in Brazil with wildlife adventures and river trips. Check her activities out on Facebook.
 
 
Follow the adventures of our outbound student Chloe on her facebook page on the link below..
 
 

Who Knew?

Also on Friday our very own Tony was called upon in questions without notice, to tell the club something about himself that we wouldn't know! Well, we thought this will be interesting given Tony's involvement in Rotory for over 18 years, did anyone else know of Tony's journey in ladies undergarments?. It turns out there is quite a lot we didnt know about Tony including some scientific gardening exploits, reminiscent of Gregor Mendel (look it up Stuart & Bob frown) and Marmalade exploits. 
 
It was pleasing to see Tony rise above the schoolboy humour of certain questions asked by certain elderly club members smiley Dave, really... meatpacking!!  Thanks Tony, very well done. 
 
Also in an unexpected twist Mary Queen of Scots, and her fondness for orange jam which later became known as Marmalade (Mama est malade) made it into the post talk discussion, much to he edification of club members. (who strangely did not seem all that impressed. ed. )

Speakers Night

Invitations have gone out, members have in their inboxes, please pass on to interested community minded businesses, couples, parents with teenagers, etc. as there will be an emphasis on Rotary Youth Programs which the club will be supporting this year. We're hoping for a great turn out. Drinks and nibblies provided, and some great speakers. 
 

So

 

Solstice Swim Sunday Morning 7th July

 
Invites have also gone out to schools and swim clubs for the annual Solstice Swim. If you know of keen swimmers who may be interested in joinging in, please pass on the invite below.
 
 
 

Care Garden Working Bee washed out

 
So we had to postpone the planned Saturday morning working bee for the Crisis Care Home garden. We're nearing completion on this fantastic project with "only" the garden beds and teenager retreat to be done.
 
The teenage retreat has been contracted out (too big for our volunteers) but we're keen to put up the raised garden beds and gravel work that Buderim Mens shed made for us, and get the plants in from John W at Central Rotary, and to put the surface coat on the basketball / netball court that we've installed. 
 
So stay tuned for the revised date  and get those gumboots ready!
 

A Rotary Story on REALLY "making a difference"

Rotarians get involved in all sorts of Community improvement programs, and on Anzac day we noted the Rotary clubs in Poland that were doing much to help the youth badly affected by the current war in Ukraine. Fortunately here in Australia we are far removed from war, and indeed Australia is seen as a refuge for many people, accepting 20,000 refugees per year, and over 850,000 since WW2.

If you want to know more check out Rotary Down Under. Especially an article on the Karen community from Myanmar and how Rotarians in W.A. helped them settle and contribute to that small community. 

 

There are some useful information on the differences between refugees and asylum seekers in the article, and this brilliant article on the Rotary Club of Nhill and their input into refugee resettlement. It concerns refugees from Myanmar, and you'll recall that your club was also able to support the women causes in that area, earlier this year through the local " Yes, she matters" group led locally by Gary Bradford, who came and talked to the club about the impact of war and violence on the women in the border area between Thailand and Myanmar.  

Here's some of the article...

Nhill is a quiet country town in Western Victoria, close to the Victorian-South Australian border, halfway along the eight-hour drive from Adelaide to Melbourne. It’s the unlikely site of one of Australia’s greatest refugee settlement success stories, and Rotary Club of Nhill member, John Millington, is responsible for much of that success.

John joined Rotary 30 years ago, during which time he’s served as club president twice and once an assistant governor. However, it was a problem that emerged in his professional life that led to his greatest community challenge of all.

In 2013, John retired after 30 years as the general manager of poultry producer Luv-a-Duck, Nhill’s largest private employer and one of the two largest providers of duck meat to the Australian market. John’s wife Margaret was also involved in an administrative role, and during John’s 30-year tenure, production had grown

from 6000 ducks per week to 100,000 ducks per week.

In order to produce such a volume, a steady and reliable workforce was required. But they were struggling to fill vacancies due to the declining and ageing population, hampering the company’s expansion plans.

Previously, the company had spent thousands advertising nationally in the attempt to attract workers, but hardly anyone wanted to move to a remote location like Nhill. A few positions had been filled by people from South Africa and Zimbabwe escaping the dangerous living conditions in those countries. Luv-a-Duck was the first company in the region to use the 457 Visa process to employ overseas staff. Many of those staff are still employed in Nhill or have started their own businesses.

“If we in the town didn’t do something, nobody else would,” John said. “No white knight was going to ride over the horizon to help us.”

 

ROTARIANS HELPING REFUGEES

Over the past nine years, close to 300 Karen refugees have resettled in Nhill and the wider region, attracted by jobs offered by local poultry producer Luv-a-Duck and 17 other businesses in the area.

This eventually led to an invitation from Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) to give advice on how to settle people from other cultures in regional areas. Prior to that meeting in 2009, Margaret said neither she nor John knew much about the Karen, a small ethnic minority group from Burma (Myanmar).

“We learnt that over 500,000 Karen had fled from Burma to escape persecution by their home country’s brutal military dictatorship. They went to the refugee camps along the Thai border,” Margaret explained.

 


Many younger Karen have no memory of village life before the camps, when their families lived as subsistence farmers. Some Karen families have been displaced for over 20 years, trapped in refugee camps without employment or freedom.

As part of Australia’s annual resettlement program, many Karen refugees were invited by the Australian Federal Government to move to Melbourne and housed predominately in the western suburb of Werribee.

Assisted by AMES Australia, John and Margaret travelled to Werribee to present two PowerPoints to 120 refugees on the employment opportunities at Luv-a-Duck and a snapshot of the Nhill township. They presented to two groups and before they finished their first presentation, the clipboard they had brought to register interest was already full.

There were a few reservations – mentioning Nhill was near the Victoria-South Australia state border provoked anxiety in the audience as they thought the border referred to was the Thai/Burma border, which to the Karen, meant the constant threat of military violence, not vast expanses of dryland farming country.

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A few weeks later, a bus was chartered to Nhill, with 20 refugees taking a tour of the town and the Luv-a-Duck premises. The Karen met many of the locals, including the local hospital, schools, churches, police and, importantly, the volunteers at the Nhill Neighbourhood House (who were to become pivotal in the settlement).

Now that's making a difference...!!!

 

 

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Rotary and Veterans stories

A few phone calls, some local volunteers, and we make a Veterans Day

 
On Tuesday yours truly got an unexpected phone call from a Jillian in Rockhampton. She was desperate to talk to someone on the Sunshine Coast about her dad. It turns out that he is a war veteran aged 92 who had recently required a wheelchair, and was telling Jillian that he didn't to be a bother and go to the Anzac service. (Which he had never missed)...So Jillian wanted to know what could be done for the veteran, as she was convinced he didn't want to go out of embarrassment, and didn't want to be any trouble in his wheelchair. (This from a distinguished serviceman !). 
 
Jillian had got in touch with Alex Rotary from the internet out of desperation, but it was lucky she did, as we are fortunate to have Dave Woodrow in the club, who is the leader of the Anzac celebrations on the coast. A few phone calls from Dave, and Jillian's dad was all set to be picked up by the good guys at the MG club, and taken to the Anzac service, keeping his 100% attendance record intact. Well done Dave and the MG club. 
 

What did Rotary do during the War?

 
Rotary clubs were disbanded throughout Europe starting from the Spanish Civil war then through to 1946. Here's a story from that time...
 
In the late 1930’s and early 1940’s Rotary International was finding its very existence threatened in Europe and on the other side of the world in Asia.

According to “A Century of Service-The Story of Rotary International  - the Story of Rotary International” that 484 clubs and more than 16,000 Rotarians were wiped off the rolls of Rotary during this time.

In Europe, Rotary records were seized by the Gestapo, Rotarians were imprisoned, and in Warsaw 12 members of the local Rotary clubs were taken from a meeting and summarily executed.  Some Rotary clubs burned every record of membership.  After Germany invaded France, French Rotarians continued to meet secretly.  
 
This story was told by the French Rotarians.  “One day we were having our club lunch when a German officer, a General Shippert, came into the private dining room where we were sitting.  The last mouthful of food stuck in our mouths as we thought he was coming to arrest us.  But he was a Rotarian and a past Governor from Germany and said he has come to pay his respects to International President Maurice Duperrey.  We were so relieved!”

        -From Birmingham Rotary “Grams”
 

What Rotary is doing NOW to combat the effects of War

In the mountains of Poland, 26 children traumatized by War get a chance to be kids again at Rotary camp

 
 
 

Beneath the emotional scars of living in a Ukrainian war zone, Mykyta Berlet flashes the same mischievousness of any other 12-year-old boy headed to camp.

He wants to laugh, play pranks and on the last night of camp “we will cover everyone with toothpaste,” he says excitedly.

Mykyta and 25 other Ukrainian youths headed to the resort town of Zakopane in the foothills of southern Poland are naturally focused on fun. But their two-week respite organized by Rotary members has a higher purpose: To help the children heal and cope with the trauma they may encounter when they go home.  

Each camper has a parent or sibling killed or injured in the fighting in Ukraine. Psychologists at camp will guide them along the way during an itinerary that mixes escape and therapy.

Olga Zmiyivska, a member of the Rotary Club of Kharkiv Multinational in Ukraine, has brought children to the camp for two years and has witnessed its impact.

“After the trip, they are more willing to make contact and open their hearts,” she said.

War came into their homes

Thousands have died and millions have been displaced by the fighting between pro-Russia rebels and the Ukrainian military in eastern Ukraine. 

Growing up in the shadow of that nearly four-year conflict, most of the campers don’t remember a life without war. They tell unrealistic stories about battles and keep silent about real horrors. Some are guarded and hypervigilant. Others endure sleepless nights or nightmares. A few withdraw and emotionally shut down.

In Zakopane, nestled in the scenic Tatra Mountains, Rotary members give the children a chance to heal in a peaceful setting. The children sleep in comfortable cabins along a pristine lake flanked by green, rolling hills.

The program, called Vacation 2017 Zakopane: Well-Being for Ukrainian Kids, includes traditional camp activities and field trips along with support from mental health professionals. More than 100 children have attended over the past four years.

This year’s campers visited a mountain village to learn about local traditions, toured historic Krakow, and saw the castles, salt mines and hot springs of southern Poland. The routine activities are simple but powerful.

Yuriy Paschalin and Vlad Tsepun, both 12, became close friends after their fathers were killed by snipers. The field trips helped both boys start to relax and act like typical, curious children.

“This program allows these kids to stay kids and to live children’s emotions,” said psychologist and art therapist Olha Hrytsenko.

“They will observe and absorb another culture, attitude, and language, (and) will be able to compare and make conclusions about what is good and what is bad. It will help them to find themselves.”

Breaking their silence

When asked about their families, the children often talk about their parents, siblings, grandparents, and even their pets. Then the looks in their eyes change. Glints of childish fun disappear, along with any fussing or fidgeting. Instead, there is obvious pain behind their faces. And silence.

Like many children, 11-year-old Dima Tkachuk doesn’t want to talk about his dad’s death. Talking about death makes it all too real.

His father was killed in a military conflict zone; Dima’s mother also serves in the Ukrainian army and has been sent to the same area where Dima’s father was killed.

Dima, though, shared a glimpse of the stress on his family. He explained that since their mother left to join the fighting, his 18-year-old brother has turned to smoking and drinking alcohol.  

“Sometimes he does things that one cannot be proud of,” Dima said.

The psychologists and camp staff know not to pressure the children to open up. Instead they build trust through group games, outdoor activities, art therapy, and individual counseling with psychologists.

Children are more vulnerable to the psychological trauma of war, often causing them to withdraw, experts say. Re-establishing emotional connections is critical to healing. If left untreated, isolated children are more likely to experience domestic violence, addiction, and job loss later in life, research shows.

When a breakthrough does come, therapists listen or just sit quietly as the tears flow.

“It always takes time to survive loss. This time is needed to run the processes that we name ‘grief work,’ ” says Hrytsenko.

“A person will always remember the loss of someone whom he or she loved. The task is not to forget but to find the essence of this loss and to learn how to be happy after this.”

Dreams and beliefs

At the Zakopane camp, Valerie Tkachuk, 12, from Dnipro, Ukraine, was slow to trust others. Her answers were often short and sharp.

Her father was injured in combat while her pregnant mother was home caring for the family. Valerie shrank into herself, stopped communicating with peers, and started sleeping in her father’s sleeping bag on the balcony.

“That year was the most difficult in my life,” Valerie said.

She was asked to close her eyes and remember the most pleasant memory of camp in an effort to make her smile for a photo.

Eyes closed, Valerie started crying and opened up in a way she had not previously at camp.

“I am disturbed about my dad, as he is stressed for mom. And he is forbidden to have any stress, as he can have a heart attack,” Valerie said.

Valerie dreams of following her father’s path and becoming a military officer. 

Many children who grow up with war are drawn to the military. Their vulnerability, feelings of helplessness, and lack of trust make the strong image of a soldier appealing, experts say. 

Dima is set on a career in the army. Sasha Kruglikov, 9, whose father was killed in the conflict, already views himself as a soldier. He likes wrestling and karate and said he wants to defend his country when he grows up.

Creating a place to heal

When the conflict in Ukraine began in early 2014, Rotary members stepped up to help.

“We thought, why not organize vacations for kids whose childhood was affected by war,” says Ryszard Luczyn, a member of the Rotary Club of Zamosc Ordynacki, Poland.

Barbara Pawlisz, of the Rotary Club of Sopot International in Poland, and Łuczyn got support from the Poland-Ukraine Intercountry Committee. Rotary’s Intercountry Committees are networks of Rotary clubs in at least two countries, and they often work together on service projects or to foster peace between the residents of countries in conflict. Rotary clubs in Belarus, Poland and Ukraine participate in the network.

The Well-Being for Ukrainian Kids project started in 2014 with mixed results. The children, ages eight to 17, didn’t always get along. Their war trauma was recent, and communication between the age groups was difficult.

The Rotary members recognized adjustments were necessary, but they were not deterred. 

Since that initial effort, organizers narrowed the age range for campers to six to 12, and the number of Polish Rotary clubs that support the project has more than doubled to 83. 

Rotary District 2231 in Poland raised money to pay the travel and lodging expenses of the children and their caretakers. The project has also drawn support from clubs in Sweden and Slovakia. Ukrainian clubs were involved in selecting participants from all areas of the country. 

“It is always very difficult to find affected children in small towns and villages. So we appealed to all the Ukrainian Rotary clubs to help us,” says Anna Kaczmarczyk, a member of the Rotary Club of Zamosc Ordynacki, Poland. “Now we have children not only from large cities, but also from distant parts of the country.”

Does it work?

The changes in the children are obvious, Rotary members say.

Anna Kaczmarczyk, a member of the Rotary Club of Zamosc Ordynacki, Poland, is the first person to meet the children when they start their trip.

Kaczmarczyk is the first person to meet the children in Lviv, Ukraine, when they start their trip. They may be nervous, which can make them irritable and aggressive.

But after the program, they are relaxed, smiling, filled with a new self-confidence.

“We continue this program because we know how these children react, how they change, how they become more open to the world, and how they look at the world the way it should be for a child,” Kaczmarczyk says. “War takes from them their childhood. And they still have their children’s dreams.”

After the children return home, they send letters and pictures about their camp experiences to program organizers and Rotary members.

Children have drawn portraits, colorful scenes of nature, castles and the kings and queens who live in them, and dragons. Sometimes, they write letters about what they observed. One girl marveled at the clean streets and friendly people.

Whether they are magical stories or practical observations, the children carry warm memories home with them.

Kids who experience violence can be prone to violence themselves; this program shows them a different path.

“After such traumas as car crash, natural disasters, [or] wars, people often go to two extremes: Either they stop being afraid of everything or they start being scared of everything. I think these children will belong to the first category,” psychologist Hrytsenko said.

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Bulletin 15th April

No meeting this Friday – Good Friday
 
So don’t turn up at the SLSC on Friday ….This is a message for Trevor and Colleen………just saying !
 
New corporate members – Vicky and Renee
 
 
The induction of new members is always a special occasion in any Rotary Club and on Friday the club had the pleasure of inducting two new members, Vicky Meyer and Renee Ricketts. Both ladies work for IFYS and their professional skills will greatly enhance our club in maintaining and providing  community service.
 
 
 
White Ribbon Speaker – Supt. Darryl Johnson
 
 
In addition our guest speaker was Superintendent Darryl Johnson. Darryl is in charge of the Sunshine Coast Regional Police Department and gave an interesting presentation on policing on the coast and in particular the rise of domestic violence in the area. As the official White Ribbon Embassador for the coast Darryl is particularly involved with the alarming incidence of domestic violence. Alexandra Headlands Rotary Club’s Solstice Swim in July this year will be held in support of the White Ribbon Association on the Sunshine Coast.
 
The mystery of the Padlocks
 
So our club container is missing a few padlocks, can everyone (especially the oldies and blondes) check their pockets for a couple of brass padlocks??
 
The Garden Project – Last Working Bee – Saturday 27thApril 
 
We had some great news during the week from the community Gambling fund, and are now in a position to finish off the garden with some help from volunteers (ie You) on Saturday 27th April morning at Landsborough. 
 
We’ll be doing some garden weeding, some layong of mulch, assembly of raised garden beds, some planting, some demolition, and hopefully some coffee and cake. 
 
The final work of deck and teenage retreat is too large a construction for us to take on, so we’re organising some contractors to help out. 
 
A very special thanks to our very own Scott Brimelow from Structures, who engineered the deck and helped with the drawings. Scott has been a great supporter of the club for many years, and we much appreciate his continued support.
 
Club evening event taking shape
 
It won’t be long now before our evening at the SLSC to promote Rotary Club membership. Here’s the flyer. More details to come..
 
Please keep the evening free for some socialising and some interesting speakers. 
 
 
 
 
Solstice Swim – Looking for Sponsors
 
Our Annual Solstice Swim is on Sunday 7thJuly and could do with some helping hands from Sponsors. If you know of any leads, please contact John or Tanya or any Committee member.
 
 
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Is it safe?

Friday’s talk
 
Extremely interesting talk from David Lacey at las breakfast meeting. .Who knew that there was an organisation right on our doorstep that was the “go to” group for Government, Business and Individuals in case of identity theft or internet scams?
 
It's good to know that David’s group not only address the technical and financial aspects of scamming and identity theft but also the psychological impacts which can be terribly damaging.
 
But were you paying attention ? Here’s a check…if you get all 10 correct see instructions at the end on how to collect your prize..
 
Q1       My computer is safe because I have an Apple, and viruses only attack windows?
 
Q2       If I lose my money through credit card theft then I may as well accept is gone for good?
 
Q3       I don’t need virus protection on my phone because its an android?
 
Q4       I’ll know fairly quickly if my identity has been stolen, probably within a few days?
 
Q4       It takes about 10 hours if my time to fix up the situation when my identity is stolen, then I'm OK?
 
Q5       Once someone has been scammed though an investment scheme they never trust the scammer ever again?
 
Q6       Its quite easy to tell if you are looking at a scammed website? (just look at the https?)
 
Q7       Phones are safer than computers?
 
Q8       You have more chance of being scammed in Brisbane than on the Sunshine Coast?
 
Q9       Its no problem to protect yourself against viruses....just Google for virus protection and see what the best one is, and keep it up to date. That will do the trick?
 
Q10     If I stick to my home WiFi I’ll be right?
 
If you answered YES to any of the above, congratulations, you have just one $50 from Scamwatch for dummies.
 
To collect your $50 please email your bank details, date of birth and a photo of yourself in a compromising position to Nigerianprince@gmail.com. We’ll get back in touch (eventually)
 
 
 
 
 
Next week talk – White Ribbon (Supt Darryl Johnson)
 
This weeks speaker is the leader of the Sunshine Coast White Ribbon organisation. As we know domestic violence is often in the media, and there have been some horrible instances here on the Sunshine Coast. White Ribbon is  one organisation that aims to increase awareness and education about Domestic Violence and has some excellent programs that workplaces are taking up here on the Sunshine Coast.
 
Membership Night
 
The 8th May is gradually taking shape with guest speakers, run sheet, catering etc., all coming together to make an interesting night for our guests to hear about the Youth and Community aspects of Rotary, and how Rotary can help them and their kids to "make a difference" to their lives. 
 
We have two Youth Exchange students (Fiona and Amy) at different stages of their lives talking to us about their experiences, and we also have 2017 Australian of the Year Alan Mackay-Sim giving a short talk on what drives him to "make a difference" to the community through his research work.
 
RYLA
 
Delighted to see the future of Australia in the form of Declan Westbrook at our breakfast meeting. Declan has been successful and is going on the next RYLA course for future community leaders. 
 
Dave W put Declan on the spot for a short public talk without notice, and he came through with flying colours. His Dad may have to watch out as his son will be stealing the podium in future!
 
Bunnings BBQ
 
Last Friday was a bit of a rush between the excellent talk on On Line safety and then organising the Bunnings BBQ to kick off at 8.30. Fortunately it all went without a hitch and although the wet weather kept the customers away in the morning, things picked up on the afternoon. So well done Trevor, Mike, Tony, Wendy, Dave, Errol, Carmel and John. Treasurer Wendy tells us we managed to crack 4 figures which will all go to a good cause.
 
Late News: On Friday we received a desperate message from The Shack at Nambour, who are totally out of food for their folks!!
 
So your club has stepped in with a $500 donation to help Dale and Donna restock their kitchen.
 
If you can assist The Shack in any way, please contact the folks at Nambour. 
 
Safety and WorkLife
 
One of the sessions that the club runs on WorkLife concerns Health and Safety. Tony saw this little episode on the net, and immediately thought of it as a prop…Here it is…
 
 
 
 
Rotary Care Garden Progress
 
We have found a contractor to put up the deck and we’re hoping to receive planning permission shortly. 
 
We also thank Bunnings for their $50b donation, and a very special thanks to Bernie Strong from Caloundra Rotary, who matched that donation with her personal donation. Brilliant, thanks so much Bernie. 
 
Solstice Swim Update
 
Last week Mike, Tanya and John met with SLSC to continue the planning of the event. Were delighted to have our first sponsor on board, and some early registrations. So if you know of any supplier who would like to support the event, this year in support of White Ribbon, please let us know and we’ll follow up. 
 
 
 
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Volunteers needed for Events 

We've a couple of activities coming up where we're putting a call out for volunteers:
 
Next  Saturday 27th we have a working Bee at the Rotary Crisis Care hime garden. If you are able to spare a few hours on Saturday morning, we're meeting at 7 am at the Landsborough bakers, and then doing some landscaping, construction of garden beds, etc. before knocking off at lunchtime. 
 
If you can make it you'll see the fantastic progress on the court, and the progress on earthworks on the back garden. 
 
On Friday 3rd May we're running the Bunnings BBQ at Maroochydore. We need about 8 people (2 shifts of 4) to run the BBQ between 8 and 3pm. If you can make it, please let us know at RCAHsecretary@gmail.com
 
 
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This Friday - Keeping Yourself Safe on line with David Lacey from USC

More than half of Australian adults receive scam calls daily or weekly, and then there are the regular emails from the my Nigerian prince who has this money that he wants to send me, if only I would tell him what account to deposit it in!
 
Every week, over $300,000 is scammed from Queenslanders and $340 MILLION in Australia, according to the folks at Scamwatch, so don't think "it cant happen to me".....
 
So if you want some tips on how to keep yourself safe in todays digital age, come along on Friday morning and find out what you can do to keep you (and your family) safe in todays technological age. 
 
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Bring a guest night Wednesday 8th May 

Alan Mackay-Sim, Fiona Simpson and Amy to speak at membership night

 
 
Please keep the evening of Wednesday 8th May free, to come along to listen to our guests speakers and their interesting journeys. 
 
Alan's amazing journey is one that led him to spend his life researching the linkage between the senses and the brain, and what role stem cells play in potential medical breakthroughs.
 
It is truly inspiring to listen to Alan's unusual career path and what drove him into research and keeps him wanting to "make a difference" to our communities well being. 
 
Fiona has been a role model for women in politics for more years than (I suspect) she would like to remember, and once upon a time she was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Japan, and clearly set for a career as a high achiever. Fiona's drive and energy to continue to "make a difference" to her community is an example to us all. Fiona will be joined on the night by the next generation of Rotary exchange students our very own in bound student, Amy Fris from Denmark, and Amy will talk to the club about her experiences and her families background in Rotary. 
 
The night will be a casual affair, with finger food and drinks at the Alex SLSC, around the theme of Rotary and particularly Youth programs and how they help shape the leaders of tomorrow, who will truly "make a difference" as they progress in their lives. Stay tuned for more details. 
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Partnering with Rotoract 

 

 

 
The local Rotaract club have asked Alex Rotary whether they would be interested in partnering with them. As you know Rotoract is a sort of "Young Rotary" for 18 - 30 year olds. So this may be an opportunity to help a younger club, based out at the University. In the past we have worked with Rotoract club through the Garden Project and the WorkLife program, and we've sponsored a Rotoractor to go overseas. So we'll explore what a partnership would look like and how we may be able to help each other in "making a difference" to our communities.
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Solstice Swim coming Up

Members checking out the website will have noticed that we're starting to ramp up the Rotary Solstice Swim information. Alex SLSC are partnering with us, and the beneficiary this year will be White Ribbon on the Sunshine Coast. 
 
Here's some clips from the Solstice Swim web page, but also check us out on Facebook. 
 

Solstice Swim 7th July 2019 - from our web page under "What we do: CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY

 

 

 

This year there are 3 swim legs and a "mini swim" for the kids. 

 

Check out the full program HERE

 

What an attractive crowd of swimmers setting off on last years event. 

 
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Is it Safe?..Who said it? This weeks trivia trial 

So for this weeks Freddy Frog prize...because the theme is cyber safety....What's the name of the movie / book where the famous phrase "Is it safe?" is asked? Clue its a scene in a dentists chair where someone is getting their teeth pulled out in response to the question?
 
 
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Club Donations

 
 
 
One of the great things about being part of a club is that the fundraising we do, all goes back to the community, usually though donations. You may recall last month we had presentations from "Spa Tap" where a local Noosa invention modified water containers, so that people were able to wash their hands and prevent disease by simply attaching the SpaTap to the outlet. So this month the club made a donation to the SpaTap on your behalf.
 
 
 
Also, nearer to home, Lesley Zammit from Orange Sky Laundry came to visit us and your club also sent them a donation, to help pay for detergents, petrol and the running costs of this great initiative. 
 
So next time Stuart is handing out the fines, just smile..... (it annoys him. devil) .....and know that the money is going to a good cause!
 
 
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Rotary responds

An Inspiring Story From a Youth Exchange Student

 

Profile: A vine idea

Heidi Kühn
Rotary Club of San Francisco

Heidi Kühn arrived in Utsunomiya, Japan, in 1975, a few months after the end of the Vietnam War. She was a Rotary Youth Exchange student, and what she saw and experienced in Japan led her to reflect on the post-World War II reconciliation between that country and her native United States. “The idea of former enemies bridging borders for peace left an impression in my heart,” she says.

Heidi Kühn, of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, founded a nonprofit called Roots of Peace to remove land mines and revive farmland.

Photo by Ian Tuttle

More than 20 years later, Kühn had become a successful television journalist. She was asked by the Commonwealth Club of California, a well-known public affairs forum, to host an event featuring Jerry White, a land mine survivor who had escorted Princess Diana on her last humanitarian mission in 1997. It was a short time after the death of Diana, whose efforts to ban land mines had inspired Kühn. “That night, I made a prophetic toast,” she recalls. “‘May the world go from mines to vines.’”

Kühn decided to act on those words and founded a nonprofit called Roots of Peace that has worked to remove hundreds of thousands of land mines and other unexploded ordnance from farmland and replace them with productive fields, such as orchards and vineyards.

In Afghanistan, the organization has helped restore fields in the Shomali Plain north of Kabul, which had been a thriving agricultural region until the Taliban burned vineyards, cut down fruit trees, and laid land mines. Since 2003, Roots of Peace has connected growers with supermarket chains in India. 

Roots of Peace is also partnering with the Rotary clubs of San Francisco and Bangkok Klongtoey, Thailand, which received a $197,000 global grant from The Rotary Foundation to remove land mines and plant black pepper vines and taro in Vietnam’s Quang Tri province, and help farmers market the high-value crop.

Kühn and her husband and Roots of Peace partner, Gary Kühn, visited Afghanistan in 2018 to see the fruits of their labor. They flew out of Afghanistan on a cargo plane carrying the harvest. 

“To me, that was the greatest inspiration, the greatest moment in my life, to know that we can turn dreams into reality,” Kühn says. “Not just for ourselves, but for countless farmers and families around the world.” 

— Nikki Kallio


 
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What you are doing wrong on line

The Morrison Government has welcomed the release of Terms of Reference for the Scam Technology Project led by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
The Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, has asked the ACMA to identify practical solutions for addressing the consumer harms caused by international scam callers. In December 2018, the ACMA established the Scam Technology Project, to explore practical technological solutions to address the rise in scam calls over Australian telecommunications networks.
Experts in cyber security, competition and telecommunications from the ACMA, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australian Cyber Security Centre will explore technological solutions to combat scam calls.
Research undertaken by the ACMA on unsolicited calls in Australia showed that more than half of Australian adults receive scam calls daily or weekly. We know how tired Australians are of scam callers. We shouldn’t have to be worried about who may be calling us. 
A discussion paper seeking views on potential solutions will be released by the ACMA in coming weeks and a final report is due to the Minister later this year.
In the meantime, the best way to protect yourself against scammers is to stay informed on the latest scams and report activity of this nature towww.scamwatch.gov.au, which is operated by the ACCC. Consumers should remain vigilant about protecting their personal and financial details when interacting on the phone; if you think it could be a scam call, it probably is.
For those who are interested in the Terms of Reference for the Scam Technology Project can have a look here for more information.
It is an honour to be your Federal Member and I want to represent you in the best way possible. Don’t forget to like my Facebook page (Wallace4Fisher) to follow everything I am doing for you here in Fisher, both locally and in Canberra.
 
 
 
Graeme has organised a speaker on cyber safety on Friday 5th April. Its an important area, and one where the older generation (thats me) has to keep up with technology if only to know what the kids are talking about, and especially the dangers they face. A look through the do's and don'ts of on line technology identifies common mistakes that we all make from time to time.
 
Some are so obvious you wonder how people get caught up in these scams...and they do, especially older people who may not understand the technology.
 
Apart from the obvious ones about password protection and only use secure computers, and always logout if you have to use a shared computer. 
 
So here's the best tips I have had on email security...
 
  • Have two email accounts. One thats for family and friends, and one for the lady at the shop when she asked Can I have your email address for our club?
  • Don't use your name in your email. This is how scammers are able to personalise scams. Could a scammer work out your name from your email? Use a compl
 
Also if that guy rings up from Telstra / The bank to tell you that your computer has a security fault and could you log in so that he can fix it for you, just tell him that you don't have a computer. That usually does the trick. 
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Club Youth Stories

Youth Matters

 
Here's our very own Stuart Aird talking at the District Conference. As we know Stuart is a great advocate for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, as a host for Amy 9out of shot) and a Bianca's dad. Bianca is back at Uni now, with great memories of her YEP in Spain. If you notice the painted pinkies on some of the District attendees (not on Stuart) ...they were a fundraiser for the function, raising over $600 on the night!
Also, while on the Youth theme, thank you to David Woodrow who has reached out to 4 schools in the area to let them know of the brilliant Rotary Youth programs that are available and seeking candidates that the club can support to improve the development of the leaders of tomorrow. 
Late News: The local Rotaract club have been in touch with Sean, and are looking for a a closer relationship with Alex Rotary. This follows on from meetings and support around the Alex Rotary Worklife Program, the Care Garden, and support for Rotaract in their regional conference. Stay tuned. 
 
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Garden Visit

Landsborough Garden Visit

 
Delighted to see fellow Rotarians from Mooloolaba and Maroochydore at Landsborough on Friday morning to review the progress on the care Garden. Vicki Cooper from Maroochydore and Geoff Hopkins and Peter Eggleton joined us for an interesting country breakfast at Bucks cafe, where we found out that our very own architect Trevor Smith had a part in creating the cafe frontage and the country "ambience" of the cafe that seemed to be doing a roaring trade at the crack of dawn. So after brekky we headed off to see the progress, and. of course with the recent rain and heat, the grass had taken a bit of a sprout, but Project Manager Peter, had marked out the two remaining areas to be done, the teenage retreat area, with deck and cubby house, and the raised garden bed area- garden beds courtesy of our friends at Buderim mens shed.  So stay tuned for the next working bee which will likely be to put down the raised garden beds and a bit more landscaping. The team are busy organising a contractor to put in the large deck and then just one final tidy up and we're done!
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Meeting Tomorrow at Bucks Bakery

Hi Folks,
 
Just a reminder, we're meeting tmw morning at Bucks bakery, 26 Cribb Street Landsborough (opposite the railway station), between 6.30 and 7.00 am before going to the crisis care home and the Rotary Care Garden for a review of the work by our fantastic volunteers. 
 
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Website Changes

Have you checked out your club website recently? We've added new pics and put in details of the SunnyCoast Solstice Swim the club is running with the surf club in aid of Sunshine Coast White Ribbon? See the changes at www.alexandrarotary.com
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Ironman 2019 a success

Ironman 2019

 
Photo's from Sunday's efforts...
 
1st Row:
Stuart, Karen, Paula and Trevor, then President Mike, Joshua, Tony, Ryan and Gab from Sunshine Coast Grammar, then Bob with a woman who looks so pleased that Bob has managed to find her pump (?)
 
2nd Row,
Duncan, Karen, Trevor, Paula, Bill, Colleen and Wallis. then Wallis photobombing Bill and Trevor, then Bob having a bit of a think "where did I leave that pump again?"
 
A big thank you to Jean Teague and the "Grammar Boys" Joshua, Gab and Ryan for helping out on the day. 
 
Well done Colleen, another successful community effort. You handled the organising and the stress exceptionally well, except for that "blonde moment" when talking to John M...enough said !!
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Ironman Volunteers

A big thank you to our amazing volunteers, Colleen, Paula, Wallis, Bill, Karen, Stuart, Duncan, Trevor, Tony, Bob, Tony, and John. Not forgetting the "ring ins" Jean, Joshua, Gab and Ryan. It was Avery successful day, with the club and helpers running the gear tent for the Ironman festival.
 
 
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Youngest Round Australia aviator this Friday

 

Young round Australia flyer breakfast speaker - This Friday

 

We're delighted to let you know that our local amazing aviator is able to join us this Friday for breakfast.
 

The Year 11 student from Siena Catholic College, Sippy Downs, became the youngest person to circumnavigate Australia solo by plane in September.

The record in Australia had been held by a 17 year old, but Liam completed his journey at 16 years and nine months.

What an achievement for a Sunshine Coast lad.

Liam began his 16,000km journey from the Sunshine Coast flying in the direction of Cape York peninsula, down through the Gulf of Carpentaria, over Darwin before heading down the Kimberley coast and across Perth, then tackle the underside of Australia crossing to Adelaide and Melbourne, dipping to Tasmania before heading back home via Canberra, Sydney and Coffs Harbour.

It will be the first time Liam has visited all of Australia’s major capital cities, having only travelled “once or twice” to Sydney and Melbourne.

“I haven’t had the privilege of being well travelled so I’ll get to know a lot of our country and see really cool sights,” Liam said. 

The idea to break the world record initially came from one of Liam’s friends whom he mentors in Sydney but has never met.

Why don't you set aside some time on Friday to hear from and meet this extraordinary young man?

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Liam's fantastic adventures

 

Brilliant, inspirational and exciting talk from Australia's youngest aviator Liam Morey

On Friday Liam gave the club an insight into what it is like to fly solo to the furthermost points in Australia.

How much excitement can you cram into 92 hours of solo flying, across vast expanse of water, through dust storms and running out of petrol in the nullabor, approaching landing strip as darkness descends, landing after 5 hours with only 6 minutes to spare???....it all sounded like a fantastic boys own adventure from a modest Year 11 Siena student who has had a love of aviation since he was 13 years old. 

Well done Liam, so glad to hear your story, and we all agreed we'll be hearing a lot more from you in years to come. 

 

 

Liam explaining how the flight logistics worked and how he was so appreciative of all the folks who offered accommodation on the way around Australia

 

Liam's airplane that was his home for nearly 3 weeks with only a rather cute teddy bear for company. A rather bumpy ride going into Darwin was the most frightening part, oh, and over the Bass Straight with no land anywhere is sight, and a few other fantastic experiences. 

 

Liam experienced severe headwinds heading from West to East across the continent, so fuel situation was a bit dire ...fortunately Liam spotted a service station going across the desert.....apparently the service station owner took it all in his stride...as you do outback. 

 

Carmel gave the vote of thanks from the club. Apparently Liam is getting quite used to public speaking! We were very fortunate to have such an inspiring young chap on the coast. 

 

 

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Care Garden Visit on Friday 22nd March 

Our breakfast meeting on Friday 22nd is going to be at the Landsborough Bakery, where we will meet at 6.30 - 7.00 and then go as a group to the Crisis Care Home at Landsborough.
 
Landsborough bakery is in the centre of town, opposite the railway station car park. Best pies in town (apparently!)
 
We're inviting all Rotarians from the various clubs that have contributed to this great cause. See you there!
 
 
This will let us see the work that Rotarians have done to improve the garden to make it a bit more liveable for the residents.  
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Solstice Swim date claimer Sunday 7th July

The Solstice swim is starting to take shape. This year the board has been moved by the recent tragedies involving domestic violence here on the Sunshine Coast. So we took up the suggestions to approach the local White Ribbon organisation and offered them the opportunity to be the beneficiary of the Solstice Swim.  After a little bit of planning, and a lot of help from Alex SLSC, we're now ready to start promoting this event. 
 
This year the day will start with a mini-swim for the kids, and we have also added a 5Km swim leg to our 1 and 3km swim legs for the serious swimmers. 
 
More details are on our website, and soon registration and sponsorship opportunities will be available. Have a look at the swim webpage HERE and of course our Facebook page HERE
 
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Ironman - This Sunday

Folks,
 
Stay tuned to your emails from advice from Colleen on your Ironman duties this Sunday. We'll be manning the gear tent as usual with some help from our club supporters, so remember to slip, slop, slap and we'll see you there!
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Reminder - next 3  Fridays !!

REMINDER
 
Our breakfast meeting on Friday 22nd is going to be at the Landsborough Bakery, where we will meet and then go as a group to the Crisis Care Home at Landsborough. Then the following Friday is a social get together, and the Friday 5th April, Graeme has arranged a speaker on Cyber safety, something we all need to be aware of, if only to keep a little bit ahead of the kids to keep them safe. 
 
We're inviting all Rotarians from the various clubs that have contributed to this great cause. 
 
This will let us see the work that Rotarians have done to improve the garden to make it a bit more liveable for the residents.  
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Trivia Champs yet again

Once more the Alex Rotary has won the prestigious ROMAC trivia trophy against stiff challenges from the Sunshine Coast Rotary clubs.

This year our team was supplemented by Mike, Verna and Bob Lane who managed the pressure of being on the existing trophy holders very well (mostly, apart from a few dummy spits! smiley.
 
It was a good night in support of ROMAC, the medical assistance arm of Rotary and over $20,000 was raised on the night by Bryan Mason and the team. 
 
Also winning raffle tickets from Marilyn, Sean and Mike ensured that the team took away some wine, chocolates, phone accessories, painting,  to go with the recently modified trophy, which everyone agreed (at least on our team) was a big improvement on the previous one. 
 
Among the teddy bears and vino collapso bottles, the major raffle prize, a beautiful bassinet went to our neighbours the Sunshine Coast Central club, who were still deciding what to do with it as we were heading home (?).
 
That reminds me, whatever happened to the voucher and CD for a free wedding from a celebrant?..... and I have it on good authority that one of last years winning tickets for the advisory services of an interior decorator is yet untouched. 
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Results of Clean Up Australia Day 2019

Results of our Efforts

We are joined by the local scout leaders, schools, "ten little pieces", and other interested citizens on Sunday morning to clean up Alex Beach and its surrounds. Our Wallis was commander in chief, ably served by assistant Gail and chief chef Bill Bradley and the team.
 
Many thanks to Alex SLSC for the bacon and egg sandwiches, and very well done everyone who participated. 
The red bins are full (some overfull)....job done for another year.
 
Well done everyone involved. 
 
 
 
We were also joined by the sight of a cruise ship in the morning, which rapidly headed southwards in the heavy seas. 
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Clean up australia day 2019

Clean Up Alex Beach 

 
If you can help on March 3rd - let Wallis or the Club know. 
 
 
Folks,
 
It's on again, on Sunday 3rd March we'll meet you at the playground next to Alex SLSC for the start of the Australia Day Clean Up.
 
We'll provide the gloves and bags, and there's a bacon and egg burger at the end for the volunteers. 
 
This is something that we've been doing for the community for he past +10 years, and collected hundreds of bags of rubbish in that time. So please come along and show you care.
 
If you can't make it, and /or  wish to make a donation here is the link to CLean Up Australia Day HERE
 
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Round Australia flyer guest speaker next week

 

 

Young round Australia flyer breakfast speaker - Postponed

Siena round Australia solo flyer has had to cancel our speaking arrangement for tomorrow. Laim send his sincere apologies. 
 

The Year 11 student from Siena Catholic College, Sippy Downs, became the youngest person to circumnavigate Australia solo by plane in September.

The record in Australia had been held by a 17 year old, but Liam completed his journey at 16 years and nine months.

What an achievement for a Sunshine Coast lad.

Liam began his 16,000km journey from the Sunshine Coast flying in the direction of Cape York peninsula, down through the Gulf of Carpentaria, over Darwin before heading down the Kimberley coast and across Perth, then tackle the underside of Australia crossing to Adelaide and Melbourne, dipping to Tasmania before heading back home via Canberra, Sydney and Coffs Harbour.

It will be the first time Liam has visited all of Australia’s major capital cities, having only travelled “once or twice” to Sydney and Melbourne.

“I haven’t had the privilege of being well travelled so I’ll get to know a lot of our country and see really cool sights,” Liam said. 

The idea to break the world record initially came from one of Liam’s friends whom he mentors in Sydney but has never met.

Why don't you set aside some time on Friday to hear from and meet this extraordinary young man?

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Renee from IFYS visits club

We welcomed Renee Ricketts from IFYS on Friday morning, and spoke on the work that IFYS does, in particular with the foster kids transitioning to independent living. Most of us assume (wrongly) that kids pick up basic life skills as they pass through adolescence into their late teens and independent living. Unfortunately for many kids this doesn't happen and so a transition program is really important to help them gradually adopt the basic living skills from mentors and their peers. So IFYS has been looking at ways to do this, including semi-independent living as well as direct mentorship. 
 
Renee was also full of praise on the work that t he Rotary cluster and IFYS have been working together to provide a care garden at the Landsborough house. The basketball court has been a great success in encouraging outdoor activity, both for the residents and carers. So we have high hopes for the new deck and cubby house to go in next month. 
 
We're also working on a visit to Landsborough to see the work that has been done by the volunteers on the 4th Friday in March. Stay tuned for more details. 
 
Here's a pic of the early stages, before paths and pergola's and planting and basketball court. 
 
 
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Bunnings 25th Feb

Bunnings Volunteers
 
You'll have seen that we are looking for volunteers for Monday 25th Feb. Contact Trevor if you can spare a few hours. 
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Jack Thompson and Rotary 

Jack Thompson, Rotary and Purple House and Bus

If you watched Australian Story in February you heard of a "Purple Bus"..., that is...a mobile dialysis machine that is helping great Australian actor Jack Thompson recover from renal failure.
 
What you may not know is that Rotary has played such a huge part in getting the Purple House Project off the ground. This particular project was one that Rotary embraced, and I recall it also being a passion of Bo Morse from Brisbane. Here's snippet of information.
 

Kintore

Kintore or Walungurru is 550kms west of Alice and is where it all started.

 

Concerned by the alarming number of their people and families having to dislocate from community to Alice Springs for dialysis treatment, Pintupi people from the Western Desert region of Central Australia started the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal to raise money for on country dialysis services.

Their passion and perseverance paid off – from the funds raised they purchased a dialysis machine which was installed in the Kintore Health Clinic. The first dialysis in Kintore took place on the 25th of September 2004.

In 2010, due to the amazing support and hard work of the Woden Rotary Club, we opened the Kintore Purple House, increasing our capacity to two chairs and providing much needed accommodation for our nurses. This amazing team of compassionate and industrious people took on the overwhelming job of transforming the ‘blue house’, an abandoned building, into the ‘Purple House’ dialysis unit. This was a huge job and many Rotary teams travelled to Kintore from the Eastern states to work on the project. 

These days we are able to have significant community elders Hilary Japaljari and Maurice Gibson at home in Kintore full time and provide other patients from Kintore time at home on country.

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Now THAT'S a good neighbour

 
What would you think if you lent your BBQ to a neighbour and they returned it to you after they had thoroughly cleaned it?
 
Pretty nice neighbour eh?
 
But what if they returned it and had also given you a new gas bottle
 
Well, thats very nice. 
 
But what if they had also maintained the trailer the BBQ was sitting on and fixed up the lights and the wheel bearings? 
 
I'd say that was exceptional.
 
So HAT'S OFF to Geoff Hopkins and the Mooloolaba Rotary team for taking such great care of our BBQ trailer...and the best news of all...the funds that they raised all went to the Rotary (RAWCS) flood relief program. 
 
It's great to have such brilliant neighbours.
 
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New Treasurer

Change of Club Treasurer

We are delighted to welcome Wendy as our new club treasurer, taking over from Bob Lane, who has been our "money man" for the past 2+ years.  Bob's done a fantastic job over that time in keeping our club accounts up to date, with great support and help from Georgina D, and Steve P (over in the middle kingdom) .in his oversight of the annual accounts.
The club treasurers role is one of those jobs that requires constant effort and diligence, in keeping up to date with our club's fund raising, event expenses, grants and donations.  We thank Bob for his work over the past while, in introducing new systems, and streamlining a lot of old systems.
 
Here's Bob with some other jobs he's picked up...
 
 
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Mooloolaba Triathalon Volunteers
 

Mooloolaba Triathalon Volunteers needed

The TRI is back on again on the 17th March, and Colleen is again organising the club volunteers. So if you are able to spend a few hours on Sunday 17th March please let Colleen or the club know. 
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Local MP ticks all the boxes

Local State Member ticks all the boxes

Unbeknown to many of us, Senior Citizen of the Year, David Woodrow, reminded the breakfast meeting that because Rotary is Non Political, politicians are invited to speak only where they meet several criteria. (i) They can only talk during an non-election year. No electioneering (ii) Their speech must be positive not bringing someone else down to promote themselves (iii) Non argumentative and respectful of differing views.
 
What great rules. Wouldn't it be great if this applied to the whole of Australian Media?
 
Brent Mickelberg certainly ticked all the boxes.
 
Brent is passionate about the community (especially education support) aspect of State politics and tells us he is still getting used to the public speaking he gave the club an insight into his family and how public service played a large part in his development through a career involving some unusual jobs overseas and in Australia before a distinguished career in the armed forces before settling on state politics and community support. 
 
Thank you for your story and for the great interest that you show in the education and school system in the Buderim area. Who knew that there are over over 17,000 students in the Brent's Buderim area?
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Brent Mickelberg this Friday

 

Local Buderim MP Brent Mickelberg is a relative newcomer to Federal politics, following a long history with the Australian Army in Australia and overseas.
 
So we welcome Brent to our club as guest speaker this Friday. 
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Australian of the Year to speak at Club 

 

Professor Alan Mackay-Sim spoke at the recent Sunshine Coast Council citizens awards where our very own David Woodrow was awarded Senior Citizen of the year. The special news from that ceremony is that Professor Mackay -Sim has agreed to speak at one of our breakfast meetings in the near future.
 
So stay tuned, and please come along to listen to Alan's amazing journey that led him to spend his life researching the linkage between the senses and the brain, and what role stem cells play in potential medical breakthroughs.
 
 
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Date Claimer - Australian of the Year

Date Claimer - Wednesday 8th May 

Close followers of the club news will be aware that we've been trying to get former Australian of the year, to come to the club and talk about what motivates him to "make a difference".
 
Professor Alan Mackay-Sim spoke at the recent Sunshine Coast Council citizens awards where our very own David Woodrow was awarded Senior Citizen of the year. David approached Alan afterwards and as a result of that meeting, we're planning a special evening to welcome invited guests.
 
So please put this date in your calendar, and come along to listen to Alan's amazing journey that led him to spend his life researching the linkage between the senses and the brain, and what role stem cells play in potential medical breakthroughs.
 
Alan has also some interesting things to say about his unusual career development which is truly inspiring to listen to.
 
 
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Townsville Floods

Rotary are always in the thick of helping out during natural disasters, and unfortunately this year these disasters have been closer to home. The organisation within Rotary that manages the Rotary response is called RAWCS, and just a few months ago they distributed just over $7M to drought relief. 
This week RAWCS put out a call for help for the Townsville Floods. If you can help please click on this link, from the Rotary Club of Townsville SW.
 
RAWCS Townsville Flood appeal...
 
 
Also Rotary and this club have been great supporters of the outback, so its heartbreaking to see the damage that the flood waters have caused in areas such as Julia Creek. The 4WD that Alex Rotary donated to Care Outreach a couple of years ago is being put to good use, and who can forget the stories from Bill and Melissa about the help and support that their volunteers bring to communities that are "doing it tough"  - an understatement if ever was one. Fortunately all Rotarians are in an organisation that responds at times like this.
 
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Solstice Swim Planning 

This years SunnyCoast Solstice swim preliminary planning has begun. We've met with Council, and are exploring how the swim might become "Bigger and Bolder" this year. 
 
Alex SLSC have put their hand up to partner with us again, and we're confident that by putting our heads together we can build on the work of the past two swims to make this years even bigger and better.
 
Mike and John have met the Sunshine Coast White Ribbon group who are keen to partner with us for the Swim. Also, our very own Tanya (who has recently started her own business), has kindly offered to help out as much as her business allows. This is much appreciated, and we all recall the fantastic effort that Tanya made to grow the swim. Now if we could only keep that growth going with White Ribbon and Alex SLSC (?) ..Stay tuned.
 
 
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New Corporate Members

The club is seeking to increase its membership base and has initiated Corporate Membership status. This allows a local business to become a corporate member and to nominate up to 2 employees as members of the club for one year. 
We are delighted to welcome IFYS as our first corporate member. We already have a strong relationship with IFYS through Rotary projects, care Garden, Christmas hampers, WorklIfe so we look forward to exploring ways how we can help each other with "making a difference to the community".
Alex Rotary has a long history of helping the community and especially those organisations who are looking for a "helping hand and not a hand out" as they say. 
If you know of a business who have a community cause that might be looking for some help with their plans or projects and it aligns with the Rotary credo of "making a difference" to the community, let Mike or the Board know. 
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Kids footy boots anyone?

 

Spare Footy Boots anyone ?

 
If anyone has any old (but good condition) kids footy boots would they please email the secretary (RCAHsecreatary@gmail.com) as our Honorary member Ashley Robinson, will put them to good use, and make a youngsters day.
 
 
 
 
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Sunday Markets Postponed

Sunday Markets Postponed
 
The Sunday Markets at the Mooloolaba School Oval have been put on hold, while the Council seek an alternative venue. Good news is that the BBQ trailer continues to do good work and has been lent out to other Rotary clubs for their community functions.
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Alex Headland Surf Life Saving Club

Sunday 7th July

 
Big Swells expected this weekend
Now on Sunday 21st July 
 
Come along to Alex SLSC in the middle of Winter to show your support for the White Ribbon Organisation. 
 
This year Alex Rotary and Alex SLSC have got together to run the Winter Solstice Swim legs in aid of the Sunshine Coast White Ribbon Organisation.
 
We're usually guaranteed beautiful Sunshine Coast weather for the swims which are a great opportunity to shake off those mid - winter blues with a dip in the ocean in front of the Alex SLSC. 
 
This year we are BIGGER than last year. We start with  MINI swim for 9-14 year olds to get things underway.  We're also staging a MINI SWIM for Solstice and is designed for those who can competently swim approximately 500 metres. It is to encourage 14 and under swimmers to join in before mum and dad do the longer swims. This swim takes entrants from 9 and 14 year old and is an ideal way to introduce the participants to the joys of ocean swimming.   
 
After the U14's are out of the water, the serious swimmers get into the ocean for the 5Km swim. Then the 3 Km swimmers get going, followed by the 1 Km swimmers.
 

The courses

All the courses will be clearly marked in the bay by buoys. There will be SLSC wardens on the course and will follow the stragglers in to the finish. 
 
All swims start and finish on the beach in front of the SLSC. The timing mats are underneath the start / finish arch..so be sure to log in and off via the archway. Also be sure to return the anklet when you finish the course.
 
Different courses will have different colour caps.
 
  • The 5Km swim should only be attempted by very experienced ocean swimmers and if you have any reservations, please discuss your concerns with the swim captain on the day. 
 
The 500m Kids MINI SWIM and 1 Km course are...
 
 
The 3Km and 5 Km swimmers will set off after the Kids MINI swim is completed
 
 
 
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Triva Buffs off to defend title

Our intrepid team is off to Caloundra on Thursday to defend our title as trivia champions of the Sunshine Coast...
 
Here's a topical trivia question on Turtles...can you name the 4 teenage mutant ninja turtles?
 
 
 
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Rotary Youth Leadership Course

Late News: We have agreed to support local Rotoractor, Emily in her Rotary Youth Leadership Course. Most of you will be aware of the value of this course, run here on the Sunshine Coast. Here is a link to the course run by Rotarians for the future leaders in our community...HERE
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Rotary University of Sunshine Coast Community Fund

The next meeting of the Rotary University of the Sunshine Coast Community Fund will be on February 15th. This fund supports 3 - 4 USC graduates in their studies every year, and has been in operation since the start of USC, with many notable success stories, not least Greg Nash, current White Ribbon ambassador, and recipient of USCCF award in years gone by. 
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Saturday morning at Crisis Care Home

Work goes on at Crisis Care Home Garden

 
Saturday morning saw volunteers from IFYS, Rotoract and Rotary at the working bee for the Crisis Care Home garden. There are just 2 more working bee's before the garden will be completed. 
 
The drawings are almost complete for the NEXT phase for contractors to put up the teenage retreat area, which will consist of a very large maintenance free deck with a cubby house and fenced area on top.
 
There will also be a final working bee’s to complete the landscaping, put up the raised garden beds and then a final site clean up before handover to young Damien and IFYS.
 
A very special thanks to John Winstanley and the team at Buderim Mens shed for manufacturing the OUTDOOR FURNITURE and the RAISED GARDEN BEDS which look fantastic.
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Garden Working Bee

We're expecting a good roll up at Landsborough on Saturday 2nd February for our second working bee in the Rotary Care Garden.
 
We're now into stage 2 of the Project, the pergola is up, the tiling is done, the new BBQ is operational (thanks Darryl) the lighting is done, and power has been laid down to the new deck and cubby house area, the ball court was completed over Christmas, Buderim Mens shed completed the garden beds, now delivered, as has also some of the garden furniture.
 
So all we need now is some arms and legs to do some planting and landscaping, maybe some grouting and some path laying on Saturday and we're well on our way to finishing this project. 
 
If you can make it, please let Errol know. 
 
Here's some pics of the garden FYI
 

Rotary Garden Progress

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Upcoming Speakers - Turtle Care  & Brent Mickelberg

 
There will be two speakers this morning - Sherida Holford and Susan Rich.
 
Sherida and Susan have been marine turtle monitoring volunteers with Coolum & North Shore Coast Care for over a decade.
 
 
 
 
Sherida will talk about the lifecycle of marine turtles and Susan will talk about marine turtle strandings and marine debris. The group has been monitoring nesting sea turtles and recording marine turtle strandings on the northern Sunshine Coast for over 11 years. For over 7 years they have also been recording monthly marine debris data from 4 different local beaches, so they will include information about these activities in their presentation.
 
So if you want to know more about these fascinating creatures...see you on Friday. 
 
Following week, we welcome Brent Mickelberg to talk about local community issues. 
 
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Three Rotary Youth Exchange Students
 

Three Rotary Exchange Students through the years

We were extremely fortunate to one former and two current Rotary Exchange Students with us at Friday's meeting to hear feedback from Bianca's year in Spain and the many other European countries that she visited during her gap year. Check out Bianca's adventures on Facebook. www.facebook.com/BiancainSpain
 
Our Honorary member Fiona Simpson MP, was there to add her support to this fantastic Rotary Youth program that adds so much to the development of teenagers and Fiona recalled her Youth Exchange year in Japan. 
 
Our Youth Exchange (outbound) student Bianca Aird, recently returned from Spain, spoke to the club about her experiences in Denia, and around Europe, Paris, Berlin, Prague, Budapest and skiing in Andorra and cave exploring in the Czech republic.
 
Meanwhile our inbound student, Amy Fris from Denmark is half way through her year in Australia and was also there with "Rotary Family" Stuart and Karen. Incidentally, the Rotary Copenhagen club founded the Youth exchange program in 91927, and every year there are 9,000 Rotary Youth Exchange students around the world learning and experiencing different cultures around the world. This can only promote badly needed international goodwill and understanding. 
 
Fiona was a Rotary Exchange student, (just a few years ago) and spent her exchange time in Japan, and has fond memories of her time there. The "three amigo's" got together to share stories about their experiences and how the Rotary Youth Exchange has left them with many long term friends around the world. Bianca is now fluent in Spanish (Couldn't speak a word before she left) and in particular the dialect of Spanish that is spoken in the Valencia region - a mixture of Spanish, French and Italian!
 
How marvellous that Bianca has Fiona as a high achieving female role model to relate to and no doubt we will be hearing more from Bianca as she progresses through University.
 
Bob Thompson also reminded us that on his recent European tour he caught up with his Exchange "family" of 25 years ago, so thats testimony to the lasting nature of relationships formed through this great program.
 
Meanwhile you can also catch up with our (outbound) Youth Exchange Student Chloe from Mountain Creek and her adventures in Brazil through her facebook page. See our website (www.alexandrarotary.com) for details on that link.  
 
 
 
 
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Senior Citizen of the year - David Woodrow

Alex Rotarian is Senior Citizen of the Year

 
 
We are delighted to let you know that our very own David Woodrow's work in the community over many years and in various fields of National Service, Education, Emergency Services and Helicopter rescue has been acknowledged by Sunshine Coast Council. 
 
David (also the club's sound engineer) has been awarded the "Senior Citizen of 2019" title at the recent Sunshine Coast Council Australia Day ceremonies. We all know of the tireless work David has been doing in recent years for the Helicopter rescue service, under various sponsorships going back over 20 years and raising several hundred thousand dollars for this essential service. Interesting to note that the helicopter service itself was started by Rotary at the Maroochydore club. 
 
Below is a summary of the submission made on Dave's behalf. Congratulations David, well deserved, and on behalf of the many people you have helped over the years.... take a bow.
 
 
 
 
 
Summary
 
David has been an exemplary citizen over the years, with in national and community service. He's raised over $300,000 for the Emergency Helicopter service, been an SES commander, been involved in almost every aspect of community life including the armed forces, and a headmaster. 
 
During his most active part of his community work David spend about 8- hours a week on setting up the SES, and being controller during the Daniel Morcombe search efforts which involved hos contribution of 3,000 man hours.
 
This application has the full support of the local Rotary organisation, where David continues to play an active part in the Youth development and community support work.
 
Length of service to community 
 
David’s voluntary work on the Sunshine Coast commenced in 1995 when he moved to Buderim and became welfare coordinator of the Counter Disaster Committee before accepting the position of local controller of the SES in 1997.
 
His service though started well before that. He was awarded Member of the Order of Australia in 1987 for his pioneering work in education and community service, and he served in the Army Reserve for 31 years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in Officer training, and Honorary Colonel of the Cadets in Queensland.
 
David is also a distinguished Rotarian (Past President) and Knight of the Sovereign Order of St John.
 
David’s contribution was also recognised by several community awards:
 
- Commonwealth Senior Award in 2000
- National Volunteer Award in 2001
- Community Australia Day award in 2001
- Maroochy Shire Council Citizen of the Year in 2002
 
 
 
 
Contribution to Emergency Services
 
David is probably best known for his voluntary work in Emergency Services, and in 2005 was awarded Regional Achievers award he started a project to support the Sunshine Coast Energex Helicopter Rescue Service. 
 
David’s support for the community through voluntary work includes 30 years in the SES, 7 of those years as Controller. He continues to attend various clubs and communities from Gympie to Caboolture to raise founds for the helicopter service – so far around $300,000 has been raised on en entirely voluntary basis. (article included)
 
Other Community Involvement through Community Voluntary Work
 
David was also a on the Olympic torch volunteer committee, where he was principal coordinator for the Maroochy Shore volunteers for the Olympic torch relay. 
 
David has also been and has been a great supporter of the Buderim Anzac Day celebrations for over 20 years. (Article included). Where he has served as Marshal and chaired many committees that served the Buderim communities.
 
Davis has also been a Justice of the Peace for the community and advisor to many Rotary projects on the Sunshine Coast, many involving youth education and today he is Youth Director for the Rotary Club of Alexandra Headland where he coordinates the various Rotary Youth programs, such as Rotary International Exchange, Rotary National Science programs, sponsorship of local students etc. 
 
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Bianca arrives, graduation details, Chloe departs on Rotary Exchange

Bianca Arrives from Spain, as Chloe leaves for Brazil

Mixed feelings from our Youth Exchange students, with Bianca Aird arriving back from a fantastic time in Spain and Europe (see her facebook page www.facebook.com/biancainspain and with Linda and family saying au devoir to Chloe who has gone to Brazil, and is already sending back pictures of her welcome and first few days with her Brazilian hosts.
What a great experience for both girls, and not forgetting our own in bound student Amy Fris who is getting a better appreciation of what heatwave really means in Australia. 
 
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Alex Club reaching out for new members 

One of the outcomes from our recent club discussions is the need for additional members. So we've been looking at ways to do just that, and taking on board the challenges of a voluntary organisation when there are so many demands on business and people's time. So stay tuned for news on some changes with regards to membership, changes to fees, approaches to businesses, sponsors and supporters etc. 
 
Ed.
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Our Programs and Causes

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. 
 
  • 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
 
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Bianca's graduation 

The students are now returning after completing their 12 month exchange. 

Rotarians from sponsoring clubs are invited to attend the Youth Exchange Graduation Dinner for the returning students.

 
The dinner will be held on Sunday 10 February 2019 at the MURRUMBA DOWNS TAVERN,  Cnr Dohles Rocks & Ogg Rds, MURRUMBA DOWNS, commencing at 5.30 p.m. The cost is $32 per head (students and parents are not required to pay). Please see details in the attached invitation, including the RSVP date.
 
Please feel free to contact me by email or mobile 0403415917 if any questions.
Kind regards, Debra
 
Debra El Saadi
Secretary District 9600 YEP
 
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SPA TAP - Noosa Invention saving lives around the world 

How long do you think it would take to provide running water to a village in PNG. Well, a Noosa Heads Rotary invention is doing just that in 10 minutes.
 

THE AMAZING SPATAP

 
Check out this VIDEO of a great Rotary invention from the Noosa Heads Club. 
 
Stuart and Rae Smart were our speakers on Friday morning and it was a great example of how a simple invention can "make a difference" actually improving people's lives by introducing them to running water, and personal hygiene, improving their health, education (less sick days) and giving to the community an opportunity to take the invention throughout their community. Stuart related how in one of his visits, he noticed that where there had previously been one tap to service a whole village there were now spa taps in use for each classroom, and for each group so preventing cross contamination, and sickness. 
 
Fantastic work Stuart.
 
 
 
 
 
Here's how Stuarts background in the humanitarian aid was recognised by the Australian Government.
 
 

On 16th June 2017 the Hon Julie Bishop MP announced the winners of the Australian Government’s, Humanitarian Supplies Challenge, an initiative to take the best ideas from the private sector to improve the way in which Australia helps people in need.

Thirteen winning products had been selected that address three common challenges faced in the immediate aftermath of a humanitarian crisis: water, energy and shelter. SpaTap was selected as a 1st prize winner due to its innovative water dispensing technology.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will now work with winners to secure appropriate amounts of each product to complement their existing mix of humanitarian emergency relief supplies that are stored in warehouses in Brisbane and Sydney for deployment in response to regional emergencies. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for leading the Australian Government’s response to international humanitarian crises.

SpaTap® ultralight portable Tap & shower system helps to improve health and hygiene to those affected by humanitarian crisis. SpaTap’s innovative internal flange device turns water bottles into a handwashing station or portable shower through its ability to control the water flow rate.

“We love helping people wash and save water and we are thrilled to play a part in how water is dispensed, used and enjoyed,” said Stuart Mason, SpaTap’s CEO. “We are honoured to be receiving our industry’s first humanitarian Supplies challenge award and we look forward to making many more impacts to improve people’s health and hygiene in the years ahead.”

SpaTap is committed to bringing the best personal and communal washing experience to children, adults, schools, campers, outdoor enthusiasts, WASH professionals and consumers around the world through its innovative SpaTap ultralight portable, pocket-sized, tap & shower system. SpaTap can be used as a personal tap or communally approximate amazing water saving water flow rates and hand washing capacity are, as follows:

1.25-litre bottle approximately 13 minutes 100 hand washes
15-litre bottle approximately 2 hours & 36 minutes 1000 hand washes

SpaTaps company mission is, “To supply A tap to the 2.5Billion people on this planet that don’t have access to one”

SpaTap conserves and dispenses water for the end user in disaster or long term development situations. SpaTap ultralight portable tap is used with humanitarian aid, disaster relief and outdoor recreation.We are actively seeking partnerships with Charities, NGO, WASH Sector, Government Humanitarian Aid Agencies, that want to solve the handwashing problem, please contact Rotary Noosa Heads - Stuart Msonor Rae Smart will be pleased to tell you more about this great invention.

 
 
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ROMAC 2019

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 charity.
 
 
 
 
 
 
So please check your diaries and make time to support a fantastic international Rotary initiative and take home the trophy once again !!
 
Here's our very own Marylin Freeman with the trophy. 
 
Great work by our team from Australia (Dave Woodrow & Tony Freeman) , New Zealand (Graeme Hight) , Zimbabwe (Sean Lues), Scotland (John & Rita Malloy), England (Marylin) and Canada (Doug Gregory).
 
In case you don't know, 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 have seen some of the examples of facial reconstruction, and limb correction that these great volunteers do.
 
 
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Water - the foundation of Life

Our Speaker on Friday is from Noosa on a water purification device SPATAP its a fantastic device to deliver clean water to remote communities. 

Rotary has a history of brining life's basic necessities to our region, and this promises to be an interesting talk on what the folks at Noosa are doing to bring relief to the International community. 

Meanwhile here's an inspiring story on what Rotary is doing in other parts of the world, and how delivering basic necessities can help improve the peace process.

Water project unites Lebanon clubs across all divides 

A project to provide clean water to all of Lebanon’s schools is uniting leaders from many of the country’s diverse religious, cultural, and political divisions.

In 2011, Rotary members in northern Lebanon decided to install new tanks and water filters in a few nearby schools with the help of a Rotary Foundation grant. The idea caught on and a few other clubs followed suit.

Two years later, District 2452 Governor Jamil Mouawad and other district leaders saw the potential of creating one giant water project that could reach every school and involve all 24 of the country’s Rotary clubs. They formed a committee to handle publicity and gather technical knowledge, while each club was asked to provide volunteers, contribute funds, apply for grants, and secure contributions from outside organizations.

“Every student has the right to drink clean water. It goes without saying that clean drinking water leads to less diseases, healthier students, and consequently, better education,” says Mouawad. “The bigger the challenge, the greater its positive impact on humanity.”

While clean water is the main objective, the leaders also saw the effort as a means of helping heal Lebanon’s long history of sectarian strife. A civil war divided the country from 1975 to 1990, leaving an estimated 120,000 people dead. In recent years, Lebanon’s government is a shifting coalition of religions, political parties, and sects.

Lina Shehayeb, president of the Rotary Club of Aley, is a Druze by faith. Shehayeb says working alongside club members who are Catholic, Maronite, Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and Muslim to promote the project has deepened her understanding of those with different religious or political views.

“We are building peace and understanding,” she says. “There has never been anything quite like this in our country.”

Even the distribution of club responsibilities is designed to foster peace. Each club is responsible for a certain number of schools, some in their area but some in a totally separate region. The clubs nominate a project coordinator, find qualified suppliers, arrange for sponsors, and allocate contributions from sponsors, district funds, and global grants to finance the installation of filters in the schools.

“For example a club from Jounieh, a Christian resort town north of Beirut, might be assigned schools in the southern mountains near the Israeli border, an area that is considerably poorer and primarily Shia Muslim,” explains Mouawad. “After all, who — no matter what their political or religious views — could argue with providing clean water for children?”

The effort could not have come at a better time. Read more HERE

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A Rotary Story about Polio eradication

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

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Garden Ball Court commissioned

There was some activity on the Rotary Garden Project just prior to Christmas. We had the official opening of stage 1, and the Buderim Mens shed led by John Winstanley completed the garden raised beds. Geoff and Paul from Mooloolaba Rotary took the parts down to the garden, so that will be all ready to go at our next working bee. Also the Ball play area was completed, and commissioned (see photo).
 
The plans for the large deck and cubby house will be going to Council for approval soon, and we're also delighted to acknowledge Buderim's mens shed (again)  for their work on making up the garden furniture. So its all systems go for the next working bee early in 2019.
 
 
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Keeping in touch 

Staying in touch 

A few folks who shall be nameless, had some difficulty remembering the club calendar of the Christmas period. If anyone wants instructions on how to put the club app onto their phone, please contact John Malloy on 0447300753.
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Club strategy for 2019

Last week and next week we're examining how to make it more attractive to members and how to engage better with the community.
 
Alex Rotary has a great history, and reputation on the community. Although we are a small club, we regularly "punch above our weight" and we want to continue with community fun activities and improve on 2018... So its appropriate that at the start of the year, we set out what we want to achieve and how we're going to do it. 
 
Of course the club has many strengths:
 
  • We're part of the wider Rotary organisation with good relationships with other Sunshine Coast Rotary Clubs
  • We're not just a fundraising club, although we are approaching $100,000 raised for drought relief
  • We support any worthwhile cause in trouble, and will generally support any member who has a "pet" project
  • We've great youth mentorship programs, including Rotary Youth Leadership, and the Youth Exchange Program
  • We're always looking for "doing" projects like the "Rotary Care Garden", Clean up Australia, Ironman, Alex Community, visiting community service organisations (IFYS, STEPS, the Shack etc.)
  • We bring in interesting local speakers to breakfast meeting, from Local Magistrates, Businesses, Sunshine Coast Council and State issues as well as local and international community groups.
 
So we want to keep that culture while some themes are emerging for 2019:
 
  • Increasing our membership
  • Learning from what other Clubs are doing to increase membership
  • Being more flexible with membership ( costs/ activities/ barriers) to attract younger members
  • Promoting Rotary programs, working with businesses and people we support to improve our community network
  • Maintaining the fun and social aspects of the club
Next Friday's meeting is intended to bring some of the thoughts into action plans, so please bring along ideas on what we should be thinking about doing differently to make 2019 a great year for the club. 
 
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Markets BBQ

Regular Markets BBQ??

 
Late News: The club has been invited to hold fortnightly BBQ's at the Sunday Markets. We'll be getting members views and discussing this at next club meeting. 
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AGM completed. Thanks to all. 

AGM - Tick

AGM over for another year!

So we've now completed our AGM, and although we don't yet have a President for 2019, we have the rest of the committee and our finances have been approved, so all good for starting the year. A big thanks to Steve Powerour past Club Treasurer and now in his second year in China. We much appreciate Steve casting his accountants eye over the club finances, and giving us the tick on our fund raising and distribution. of funds. Also a big thanks to Bob Lanefor his work through the year, and we're in a good position next year with Wendytaking over the role, with Georgina Darnell, as ever our fantastic supporter and advisor on Xero. 
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First Bunning BBQ and Apple Watch 

Technology & Bunnings BBQ

We had our first Bunning BBQ on 2nd January, and it proved to be very busy and entertaining. We were delighted to have helpers Amy and Kirsten who manned the front the front of shop while the "old codgers" (thats me - ed) slaved away in the back room!.
 
Carmel was on duty, and learned how to use her new Apple Watch with some guidance from Amy. It actually should be called a seniors watch, as not only does it have all the bells and whistles regarding email and music etc. etc. ....but its biggest selling point according to apple was the new feature which sets off an alarm if you fall over. That could be a very attractive feature to some of the Rotarians I know. Best of all, once you enter your age to the watch, If you are over 65 it automatically turns on!
 
Moving on from that cheery note......a special thanks to Bob Thompson and Dave Woodrow for their freezers over the Christmas period. They were put to good use storing the excess inventory from the Youth Exchange Safari. 
 
Attendees at Bunnings will now note the relocation of the onions from pride of place on the top, and have now been relegated to underneath the sausage ! This dramatic change was well managed by our talented chefs. 
 
A great effort, well done to all.
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Garden Stage 1 finished

On Tuesday a group from Child Services, Youth Justice,  IFYS and Rotary were joined by Counciller Rick Baberowski to celebrate the completion of stage 1 of the Rotary Care Garden Project at Landsborough. 
 
We also saw the start of Stage 2 as Sean Fitzpatrick had only that morning completed the basketball / netball court. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So it was great to see this project taking shape with help from Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Central, Maroochydore, and Kawana and our great supporters with Sunshine Coast Council (Cllr Baberowski) and Peter Hall, and the many sponsors and donators that made Stage 1 happen. Stage 2 we've already had great help from Jon Winstanley and Buderim Mens shed, and work will commence on that over the Christmas period.
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Year in review

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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New committee for 2019

The AGM voted in the new committee for next year. The club Committee is:
 
President (TBC)
Vice President - Errol Richardson
President Elect - Sean Lues
Treasurer - Wendy Gilson
Secretary - John Malloy
 
 
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Christmas Party 2018

Christmas Party Details

 
Hi Folks, in case you missed the email, be sure to register for this years Christmas Party....and in case you've forgotten...here's a photo of our red suited Santa from last year...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Vicki Stewart Update 

Update on Mental Health 

We were delighted to welcome Vicki Stewart from Mooloolaba Rotary for her update on how the mental health walk went. Thanks to Vicki's leadership, and a lot of hard work by her team it was a great success, wit over 500 walkers on a very blustery morning along the esplanade. 
 
We were delighted to provide our support to what is a widespread problem in our community, and our official photographer, Tanya took photos of some of the more brightly dressed entrants, who all had a story to tell of the personal or family struggles with mental health. There was also a lot of walkers there showing support for those friends and family who had passed away through this terrible illness, and we hope that by Rotary organising such a walk and show of support, it was of some comfort to them.
 
We were also pleased to see our very own Fiona Simpson at the starting line to officially start the walk with local federal member Andrew Wallace. 
 
Well done to everyone involved, and we'll see you next year when the target is 1,000 walkers. 
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Christmas Party for kids Friday 14th December

Register now for the kids Christmas Party !

On Friday 14th breakfast meeting we have a special guest...Santa !!.
 
All children, grandchildren and friends are most welcome. But we need to know if you're coming and who is going to be there to meet the big guy. We'll be at the SLSC upstairs and a special Christmas buffet breakfast will be on offer.
 
We have our usual time slot, 7 am start we'll try and finish at 8.00 ..depending on reindeer traffic on the morning, and arrival of Santa.
 
So please let Mike or Errol know how many from your family and friends will be attending for catering purposes. 
 
There will also be the usual games and raffles and maybe a few "adult(??) games to add to the general mayhem of a kids party.
 
In case you have forgotten last years video highlights...here is one for you to click......Santas Workshop last year 
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District Governor Visit

Wendy Protheroe visits local club

 
We were delighted to welcome District Governor Wendy to the club breakfast meeting last Friday. Wendy has been very busy travelling to the far-flung clubs in her district and recently returned from PNG, where there has been a outbreak of Polio that Rotary has responded to.
 
Wendy also had some interesting stories of her adventures in the Arawa district with moonlight beach walks and evening cruises in very small boats, not to mention light aircraft flights through the PNG jungle !
 
Some of the induction ceremonies, involving exotic substances and face painting, not to mention the impromptu travel and meeting arrangements shed a new light on the activities of our District Governor.
 
Thank you Wendy for your visit and update on the District activities,  it was great to hear of the good work that Rotary is doing in supporting the communities in PNG, and of course your club has recently supported the Nambour club project in helping the locals develop sustainable agriculture using native vegetables. 
 
Your club has many connections with PNG, and Bob Lane seemed to be very familiar with the local pigeon English ..if I understood Bob correctly the description in pigeon of a helicopter roughly translates as "Holy Moly... a mix master in the sky!) 
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Garden Update 

Rotary Care Garden Completion 

 
So a big thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors, contractors, and everyone who made turning a big empty space into a wonderful kids garden, and as Tony Pignata from IFYS said, a "Place for future dreams and happy memories."
 
The work is all finished now, and we have left behind a playground that any child would be delighted to have. A fantastic gazebo, with new BBQ and furniture (Thank you Darryl & IFYS) and a fully landscaped path to a basketball court, leading to a cubby house (Thank you Buderim Mens shed) and a fantastic deck and garden beds, and a trampoline. 
 
So the local cluster Rotary Clubs are now looking for a project that will " make a difference" to an individual, or community group who are looking for that thing that needs some volunteers and a bit of funding to get off the ground. 
 
 
 
 
 
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BFX boss comes to breakfast 2

BFX Boss Dennis Moore comes to breakfast

Guest speaker was Stuart Aird’s boss Dennis Moore . Dennis gave an Interesting talk about their business, the industry, changes to style of furniture used in schools and it’s impact on thinking and studying. 
The really good part was they are a family business which sells applicable furniture with some success … they make the product here in Yandina and are now exporting some to Malaysia and Indonesia. 
Also our very own Stuart Aird is obviously highly thought of and respected in the work place!
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Braking the cycle by Bec

How PYC is braking the cycle 

We were delighted to host Rebecca Holland recently who spoke on how the PYC is "Braking the cycle (sic)" for so many young people by the program to help the disadvantaged young get their mobility and driving licence which is a critical factor in entering the workforce and becoming a good citizen.
 
Rebecca's program is taking root but there is a dire need for adult volunteers to help the kids get their practice hours up. So if you are interested and able to help a youngster please get in touch with Rebecca or her team members at the PYC. Cars are provided, and as Rebecca pointed out, there is a real opportunity to "make a difference" to someone's life. 
 
This reminded some of the members of a talk a few months back the club when we heard from Maxine, our local magistrate, on how the introduction of the requirement to have 100 hours of supervised driving as part of preparations for the full licence had inadvertently led to a huge increase on young aboriginal boys being locked up. 
 
And we also know from our contacts with IFYS that there are cars in their yard able to be used, if only there were more volunteers, so spread the word and you may encourage someone who can "make a difference".
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Sunshine Coast Airport Update

Club gets update on Airport from outgoing CEO

We were delighted to host outgoing CEO Peter Palott in October who spoke extensively on the growth and plans for the Sunshine Coast airport. It was a fascinating talk and made us stop and think about the importance of this critical infrastructure, and also how much flying has changes over the years. Peter was clearly passionate about the role of the airport in developing our region, and the growth figures and plans for future developments, including a new runway were all very positive. 
 
On a club note.....Did you know that a certain vet in the club flew on a DC-3 (Dakota) when only 11 years old between Sydney and Brisbane...and by himself! 
 
There's also a rumour that another member was there when the wright brothers needed a hand to get off the ground, but this is unsubstantiated. (ed).
Sunshine Coast Airport Update 2018-10-11 13:00:00Z 0

2018 surf show and shine stars

Some of the helpers that put their time in for drought relief..

 
This year all our members who could volunteer on the day were flat out, so it was great to welcome the various helpers including Geoff Hopkins team at Mooloolaba Rotary who not only ran the Rotary BBQ, but also provided great help with the site site up and dismantling, and final clean up to hand back to Mooloolaba School. Also a big thanks to Grammar girls who came along to help at the gates and around the site. They were also dispatched to the wharf to meet the incoming Cruise ship, before the captain called it off. Also USC Rotoract sent volunteers to help Sean with raffles which was much appreciated. And last but by no means least, a big shout out to Lorenzo and the North Coast Board riders team for their help, not only with surf boards, but with the staging and site set up. Thank you  all - we could not have done it without your help. 
Our Graeme Hight was Kombi commander in chief, and despite some concerns about available space ....handled the kombi placement with his usual efficiency. 
 
 
 
Here is President Mike, on stage thanking the volunteers, and introducing our very own Fiona Simpson who made the cheque presentation to Care Outreach. 
 
We presented a cheque for $15,000 on the day, and are still counting the proceeds, we're looking good to reach our $20,000 target for drought relief. 
 
Also a big thank you to our fantastic sponsors and the many donations from the merchants who supported us on the day. 
 
 
Saturday morning before the event started with some drama on the road outside the oval but we were fortunate to have "commander Dave" on hand to stop the traffic outside the oval to allow the massive Tautliner semi trailer across 4 lanes of traffic before rising up to the oval.
Dave was assisted by the "expendables" ....Mike, Errol and John who Dave dispatched to stand in the way of the traffic from both directions while Dave took command from the safety of the pavement and made sure the Tautliner was safely on the oval. (this may be an exaggeration. Ed).
Anyway, Errol survived and managed the Parking with usual stoicism. 
Finally we hear that our hardworking Tanya slept all through Monday - not surprising given the work that she put in to make our drought relief efforts all worthwhile. 
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2018 Surf Show and Shine gets under way
 

2018 Surf Show and Shine 

 
 
We hosted another fantastic Surf Show and Shine last weekend.
 
A big thank you to Sunshine Coast Council for their support, and and Mayor Mark Jamieson dropping in to see the festivities. Unfortunately (for us) Cllr Connolly was on holiday and could not be at the event that John supports so well.
 
This year Sea FM was broadcasting from the event, and we had a major display from Cricks Volkswagen as well as food from Brazil, Asia, Germany, Italy, Turkey, not to mention Bob's cuisine kitchen, Calamari Canteen, Jam Factory doughnuts, Lemon and Thyme, Slushies, and 3 speciality coffee kiosks. 
 
Also this Kombi was a bit of a drawcard and a novelty raffle ticket shop!
 
 
The kids corner proved to be very popular, and Joy & Dave had lots of positive feedback on the fenced off area where the kids to have faceprinting, jumping castle, giant Jenga, Teepeee fun all for the one $5 entry fee. Well done Colleen for organising what promises to be a regular feature of SSS.
We also had some great merchandise on display from Brett McIntosh, Sommersby Shirts, Smooth as clothing and great Kombi merchandise. 
Gary and Stuart were the trouble shooters on the day, keeping the merchants happy and John on his toes!
 
This year Lorenzo and his team from North Coast Board riders organised the speciality surf boards and a board shaper was on site giving some amazing demonstrations.
Mark and the team from "Shake it up music" had some fantastic groups playing the 60's through to todays music. Lava Lamps, Cumquats, Ghosts of Cloudland and mini- muso's kicked off the amazing entertainment. 
Chairman Wallis was in charge of the gate teams, with able help from Amy and girls, and Treasurer Bob looked after the all important funds raised.
 
2018 Surf Show and Shine gets under way  2018-09-17 14:00:00Z 0

2019 Surf Show and Shine

Some of the helpers that put their time in for drought relief..

 
This year all our members who could volunteer on the day were flat out, so it was great to welcome the various helpers including Geoff Hopkins team at Mooloolaba Rotary who not only ran the Rotary BBQ, but also provided great help with the site site up and dismantling, and final clean up to hand back to Mooloolaba School. Also a big thanks to Grammar girls who came along to help at the gates and around the site. They were also dispatched to the wharf to meet the incoming Cruise ship, before the captain called it off. Also USC Rotoract sent volunteers to help Sean with raffles which was much appreciated. And last but by no means least, a big shout out to Lorenzo and the North Coast Board riders team for their help, not only with surf boards, but with the staging and site set up. Thank you  all - we could not have done it without your help. 
Our Graeme Hight was Kombi commander in chief, and despite some concerns about available space ....handled the kombi placement with his usual efficiency. 
 
 
 
Here is President Mike, on stage thanking the volunteers, and introducing our very own Fiona Simpson who made the cheque presentation to Care Outreach. 
 
We presented a cheque for $15,000 on the day, and are still counting the proceeds, we're looking good to reach our $20,000 target for drought relief. 
 
Also a big thank you to our fantastic sponsors and the many donations from the merchants who supported us on the day. 
 
 
Saturday morning before the event started with some drama on the road outside the oval but we were fortunate to have "commander Dave" on hand to stop the traffic outside the oval to allow the massive Tautliner semi trailer across 4 lanes of traffic before rising up to the oval.
Dave was assisted by the "expendables" ....Mike, Errol and John who Dave dispatched to stand in the way of the traffic from both directions while Dave took command from the safety of the pavement and made sure the Tautliner was safely on the oval. (this may be an exaggeration. Ed).
Anyway, Errol survived and managed the Parking with usual stoicism. 
Finally we hear that our hardworking Tanya slept all through Monday - not surprising given the work that she put in to make our drought relief efforts all worthwhile. 
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Libby Schick

Libby Schick

You have probably heard that Libby passed away yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with Libby's family and friends at this extremely sad time.
Libby Schick John MALLOY 2018-08-27 14:00:00Z 0

September Roster

Our September Roster:
 
Wallis : Chairperson
Bill B : Meet and Greet
Set up: Errol Richardson
Rotary Minute: David Woodrow
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Memories of Libby 
 

Memories

IronMan support

Libby would have approved of our support of the Ironman Competition, and she had given quite a few hours in previous years guarding the gear tent, to raise funds to support the various club donations, including ovarian cancer, prostate cancer and of course mental health.
 
Here she is with the organiser in chief Vicki Stewart at our Mad hatters function in support of mental health.  
 
She would also have appreciated the enthusiasm of our very own Gary Lynch in trying out the Ironman Volunteer T shirt.  (below) 
Memories of Libby   mal 2018-08-20 14:00:00Z 0

Surf Show and Shine Update 

 

Iconic Surf Show and Shine in aid of drought relief

The 4th Annual Rotary Surf Show and Shine is getting near!!
 
Here's the new VIDEO LINK in case you've forgotten what all the fuss is about with more information on the event and our fantastic sponsors.
 
We've had great support from Sunshine Coast Council, Cricks Volkswagon, Rip Curl, Sea FM an just this week Shake it Up music have come on board. 
 
It all starts on Saturday (15th Sept) night with a Film night at the Oval, and then on Sunday the Kombi's and the Surfboards arrive. 
 
On Sunday morning there will be Kombi's on display at Alex Headland and Mooloolaba Promenade. 
 
The entertainment kicks off with Mini Muso's and then we have Ghost Riders with their tribute show then the headline act Cumquats. The music will go till 4 pm this week, such has been the positive response from our muso's to help with drought relief.
 
To keep the kids busy Colleen has been putting together the kids play area with Jumping castle, face painting and other kids activities.
 
We've also been blessed with great offers of support from Care Outreach, Mooloolaba Rotary, Grammar and USC Rotoract. 
 
Also we're disappointed that our patron , Cllr John Connolly will not be with us, as he is having a well deserved holiday with his Family. We look forward to seeing John well rested on his return. 
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Cinema Night

Saturday night is film night 

As an extension to the Rotary Surf Show and Shine we are hosting an ourdoor film night at the Mooloolaba School Oval on Saturday 15th September
 
We're indebted to the Sunshine Coast Council who are sponsoring the event, and we hope that it grows into something even bigger in future years. 
 
Captain Underpants is the kids movie first up!
Cinema Night John MALLOY 2018-08-20 14:00:00Z 0

Peter & Libby memories

Memories

It has been a tough year for the families of Libby & Peter. We are grateful for the happy times and the contributions they made to he club and the community. 
 
 

 

Peter & Libby memories mal 2018-08-19 14:00:00Z 0

Ironman

Rotarians help Ironman

Colleen is organising the club to assist with the Ironman competition. So if you havent yet volunteered, what are you waiting for?
 
Were on usual gear tent and pumps details and I hear that Prue B is helping out from some ungodly hour in the morning. 
 
The good news is that Prue has added lights to her bike (she is cycling in) and I'm sure thats a relief to cyclists and pedestrians alike.
 
See you there.
 
Check with Colleen because some of the details of the day have changed...
 
 
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Young Vets Presentation

Delighted to have Andrew Wallace with us on Friday to present cheque to Young Vets. Andrew was our MC for the 2nd Solstice Swim and has a passion for helping veterans young and old.

Andrew Wallace Visits 

Andrew donating the Rotary Solstice swim proceeds to Tay while Mike and Tanya look on. 
 
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Chez Wallis

On Friday we visited the Buderim Private Hospital Emergency Facilities. Many thanks to Wallis's team for looking after us so well, and showing us around this fantastic addition to the Sunshine Coast infrastructure. 
 
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Garden Update 

The Rotary Care Garden BIG PLANT OUT was great success on Saturday. We had representatives from Mooloolaba, Buderim, Sunshine Coast Central, Rotoract and Alexandra Headland all come together to make a great effort to plant out the side of the Crisis Care Home. So the garden is coming along, with plans to get the Pergola, Tiling, Netball / Basketball and teenage retreat in place in the next few months. Here's some of the volunteers (below)
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Week 4 Blog

Friday breakfast saw many new faces to breakfast.
 
Garry Bradford from Global Alms was there to tell us about the problems that are faced by the stateless in Burma / Thailand, our new inbound Youth Exchange student, Amy Hedevang Fris was there to tell us about her first impressions of Australia, and Linda, Chloe and Tommy were there to catch up on how Chloe is going with her preparations as an outbound Youth Exchange student for Brasil. 
 
Amy Fris
 
We're delighted to hear that Amy is settling in well with hosts Stuart and Karen, and that she has already started at Siena College. Here's Amy with past Principal, our very own Graeme Hight. 
 

Garry Bradford from Global Alms was our guest speaker, and what a broad ranging talk it was on International aid, but with a local message. Fantastic to hear of an organisation that has taken its goal to help the greatly disadvantaged, traumatised kids in a small village (Tak) and works so purposefully and positively to "make a difference". It was particularly apt, when Garry explained the context the recent case of the young football team trapped in a cave in Thailand, and why being "stateless" is such a crushing situation to so many people in this part of the world. Below is a short extract from the great work in the "Yes, she matters" campaign that these folks are doing, without any Government help, and with a comprehensive strategy of involving the local people in their solution, and making the solution permanent. 
 

Yes She Matters ...some information...

The ‘Yes She Matters’ program provides women an opportunity no matter their race, religion or documented status, to receive immediate help if they have been raped, sexually assaulted, abused or caught in domestic violence.The ‘Yes She Matters’ Emergency Assistance Team are all female, trained across several fields and on call 24/7 to provide immediate help meeting victims in their homes, at the police station or local hospital.

Global Alms provide Emergency Packs (clothes, undergarments, sanitary items, toiletries), a ‘Yes She Matters’ Case Advocate is allocated to offer one on one support (especially during police interviews & medical exams), Mental Health support, Training options, Personal Protection and Safety Plans.

This is a free program provided for survivors in Tak, Thailand. If you would like to support women in need who have survived unspeakable trauma, please visit www.yesshematters.org today

 

 
We also acknowledged the efforts of our own Bob Thompson during the week. Bob was lead speaker at both Immanuel College and at AIME at USC where we spoke on WorkLife Interview preparation and how to present yourself well at interview to get that all important job. Bob is going on leave from Rotary for a few months, but not before keeping his commitment to Maroochy State High School on Wednesday for more coaching of kids on mock interviews. !! We wish Bob and Marg a great holiday in Europe !!
 
 
WorkLIfe Book gets international Interest
 
Also PP John has been inundated with comments and support following on from the July Rotary Down Under article, which has attracted interest from Queensland, NSW, South Australia, Tasmania, and more recently UK, USA and there even from the First City Rotary in Ketchikan, Alaska !!
 
The club has put the book on its google drive, details from the secretary's email. RCAHsecretary@gmail.com
 
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Club Winter solstice swim 

 
It's on again - bigger and better!
 
This years SunnyCoast Solstice Swim has been rescheduled to Sunday 21st July, in aid of White Ribbon. So set aside this date in you calendar.
 
This year we have (as well as celebrity swimmers).. :
 
  • 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...here 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?
 
 
 
Club Winter solstice swim Tanya MURPHY 2018-07-21 14:00:00Z 0

2018 Golf Day 

2018 LIFE FLIGHT CHARITY GOLF DAY - MAROOCHY RIVER GOLF CLUB
 
While numbers were down and we had great difficulty in getting supporters a very enjoyable day was had by all. Maroochy River  promised fine weather and they came through with a perfect winter day with no rain or wind, just a perfect Sunshine Coast winter weather. We had 59 starters, unfortunately Peter and Linda Darnell had to pull out at short notice and were sadly missed, and Libby Schick retired hurt. We nearly had another vacancy as the organising Bozo forgot his golf clubs (couldn't organise paper for the proverbial). 
The results for the day were:
  • Winners                 50.5        Structures EngineeringDesign- Scott Brimelow/Brad Hunt/Peter                                                  Bannister/Grant McDonald. (No mention of creative handicapping)
  • Runner Up            52.5        Shadforth Civil Engineering- Peter Ovens/Pat Bourke/Justin                                                             Moyle/Rick Finch
  • Third                        57.4        Halcyon- Sue Spelling/Lorraine Marks/Bob Lippatee/Bob O'Louglin
  • Last                          73            No names but Rotarian DW was in the threesome
  • NTP 4th                                                      Peter Bannister (Structures)
  • NTP 8th                                    Joan Kalwig (Halcyon)
  • NTP 12th                                 Peter Ovens (Shadforths)
  • NTP 16th                                 Bob O'Louglin (Halcyon)
  • Straightest Drive               Bob O'Louglin (Halcyon)
  • Longest Drive Male         Scott Weiden (Whiskey Boys)
  • Longest Drive Lady          Joan Kalwig (Halcyon)
Thank you to Structures Engineering  Design, Halcyon, IGA Wises Road, All Coast Golf Carts, Fiona Simpson MP, Libby Schick and Bob Lane for their sponsorship and donations for the raffle. Also a big thank you to all the Rotarians that helped on the day. And finally thank you Maroochy River Golf Club for their assistance and looking after us both physically and financially on the day. Hopefully in the final wash up we will be able to give a reasonable amount to the Life Flight Helicopter group. 
Finally, nobody chipped a ball into the IRB on the 18th. Only Scotty Brimelow and Alan Warby hit it and they were suitably rewarded.
Bill Bradley
2018 Golf Day Convenor
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2019 Solstice Swim

 
Fantastic event, and well done Tanya and team for day, and see you at next years Rotary Solstice Swim in 2019!
 
 
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?
 
 
 
2019 Solstice Swim Tanya MURPHY 2018-07-20 14:00:00Z 0

2018 club assembly

At last weeks club assembly we heard our team leaders plans for the year ahead. But first we welcomed a new member to Alex, but a long standing Rotarian Wendy Gilson. 
 
 
Wendy has a long history with Rotary and is the current Assistant District Governor. The Kawana Waters club has been wound up, and while we are delighted to welcome Wendy to our club, we hope its not too long before a new club springs up in that part of the Sunsjone Coast.
 
2018 club assembly Mike STORKEY 2018-07-08 14:00:00Z 0

Club Storage

An update on this story..
 
Since we finished the club storage we've been able to help out a few people with the BBQ trailer and related items:
 
  • Mooloolaba Rotary with the BBQ trailer with their support "Walk for Dementia" 
  • Sunshine Coast Central with utensils etc for their first Bunnings BBQ
  • LifeFlight with the loan of BBQ for their Aviation Day 
 
So the central nature of this storage, is paying off in our ability to help out the community. Fantastic. 
 
For many years the club has been indebted to the generosity of Chris Baker, Bob Thompson, Denys Alt and others for storing club gear while the club had no storage facilities of its own. 
 
At the start of this year, the club was successful in obtaining a grant from the Federal "Community Assistance" program for the purchase of club storage. Since then Bob Thompson has been busy designing, purchasing, fabricating and constructing a shipping container for the club needs. 
 
Part of the grant requirement was that Rotary provide a dollar-for-dollar towards the project. So a big thank you to the other volunteers who gave of their time and tools etc., Denys Alt, Bill Bradley, Tony Freeman, Errol Richardson and President John.  So now the club has a place to store the Trailer and our club assets thanks.
 
Of course a big thank you to Alex SLSC for allowing your club to use the and in Mari St. compound for quite a reasonable rent (i.e. Zero) 
Club Storage John MALLOY 2018-06-19 14:00:00Z 0
Golf Day promo John MALLOY 2018-06-17 14:00:00Z 0

Sunrise at Alex

 it gets harder to get out of bed in the morning, but what a beautiful sunrise as we gather for breakfast club meeting. We are truly lucky to be living in such a beautiful part of the world, and what a gorgeous view to start the day.
Sunrise at Alex John MALLOY 2018-06-16 14:00:00Z 0

John Hutchison Talk

On Friday we welcomed John Hutchison from Alex Community Association. John gave a thought provoking talk on the pro's and con's of social media with particular reference to how it is affecting the volunteering community. We are all aware of rapid change that social media is making to communications within our community and sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming. Ultimately though "making a difference" to community does come down to giving time, your arms and legs and brain power to helpng out.   John's message was one of adjusting to these changes and how to use the social media for the benefit of community, not only at time of natural disasters, but in the day to day improvements that we can all make in our community if we are alert to the causes in our community. 
John Hutchison Talk John MALLOY 2018-06-16 14:00:00Z 0

Chloe and Linda visit

We also welcomed Chloe Ross - Buzza and her mum Linda to breakfast. Chloe has applied for Youth Exchange this year, for 2019 outbpund. She's done this with some great support from her mum and dad Gavin, and of course our very own Stuart,  ably assisted by Graeme they have negotiated the minefield known as Rotary Youth bureaucracy.. Good to see you folks. 
Chloe and Linda visit John MALLOY 2018-06-16 14:00:00Z 0

WorkLife Program available from Club

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. 
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Surf Show and Shine 

Our 4th Surf Show and Shine is on 16th September at the Mooloolaba School Oval. We have come a long way from our initial event, and this year promises to be bigger than ever. We're planning a bigger surf board and kombi display, more entertainment and surfie film show. Set your calendars for this one. 
 
Surf Show and Shine John Malloy 2018-06-11 14:00:00Z 0

Our Programs and Causes

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
 
Our Programs and Causes John Malloy 2018-06-07 14:00:00Z 0

Website Changes

We're updating our website pages so please bear with us as we transfer information and upload photo's etc. Also please don't freak out if the website appears different when you log in next time!!
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Rotary SunnyCoast Solstice Swim promo

The Alex Rotary annual Winter Solstice Swim is back on again at Alex Beach on Sunday 24th June. Check out our facebook page...https://www.facebook.com/Sunshine-Coast-Solstice-Swim-1540575469351787/
Rotary SunnyCoast Solstice Swim promo Tanya Murphy 2018-06-01 14:00:00Z 0

India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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