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100th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Monument News

A Gala Dinner night is planned for Saturday 17th April at the Maroochy RSL. It will be a night of fellowship, fun and dancing and a chance to celebrate Rotary’s fantastic achievements over the past 100 years.

Bookings are now open and tickets can be purchased by clicking on the trybooking link on the Invitation attached. We advise you to book early, because seating is restricted due to Covid. Why not get a group together and join with old friends to celebrate this wonderful milestone? You can reserve a table as part of the booking process.

We are also planning to erect a monument, in order to recognise Rotary’s achievements, particularly on the Sunshine Coast.

We want this monument to ‘belong’ to all Rotarians past, present and future on the Sunshine Coast. The monument will be 2.69 metres high and have a diameter of 1.8 metres, the tendrils will ‘float’ from the 24 teeth on the Rotary Wheel and each one will bear the name of a Rotary Club on the SC. The design is meant to suggest that all clubs come from different areas but come together for the Centenary and then each go their own way to continue the good work of Rotary. Around the bottom will be 2 stainless steel panels, one about Rotary Clubs on the SC and the other, the story Sir Clem Renouf and his legacy. 

Wendy Gilson,

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Support Vinnies not GPS trackers

Vinnies helping homeless Youth 

Dean was our guest speaker on Friday and gave an inspiring talk to the club on some of the amazing work that Vinnie's do in our community. Homeless Youth is a terrible blight on our community and its great to see folk like Dean making a real difference to young folk who through now fault of their own find themselves on the street.
 
You can't help but think that a bit more attention to helping the youth, would avoid some of the youth crime that we see in Townsville and around our community. politicians please note....you don't solve youth problems by locking kids up or putting a tracker on them! Better use of resources would be to support organisations like Vinnies and people like Dean. Just saying. 
 
 
Community Survey 

Take the General Community Survey and win $200 

This is a community health issue that some members may like to participate in..
 
The Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast Public Health Network PHN are undertaking a survey to help inform the development of health services for our communities.  Our Community Health Survey is available online 
 
The survey will help the PHN to understand what’s most important to our community and the health needs our community are facing. 
We hope to reach as many people as possible so a range of voices from all ages and walks of life are included. The more people who can tell us their opinions, the more we can plan for better health outcomes in our communities. You can assist us by promoting and sharing this survey among your community and networks. 
Survey closes 28 February 2021. 
 
How can you help? 
  • Take the survey online to have your say (as you are a community member yourself) 
  • Share the survey link and poster via email to your friends, family, clients, staff 
  • Sharing the survey link and social media tile (attached) on your social media 
All survey participants will go into the draw for one of four $200 grocery vouchers. Visit: www.ourphn.org.au/survey  
Your support in building healthy, resilient, connected communities across our region is very much appreciated. 
Kind regards, 
Wallis Westbrook
Casey's Garden  - postponed

Casey's Garden - Date Claimer 13th March - Postponed 

Latest advice from Mark:
 
It looks like we may have to delay the working bee for Casey’s yard a couple of weeks as approvals and construction of the pergola is going to take longer than expected. It really makes sense to get the pergola and concrete done first then start on the yard.
We might still try to demolish the old pergola next week. Rob Wilson and his son have offered to do this and I have arranged for skip bin to be onsite to take all that away.
As soon as I have a new date I will come back to you.
 
Our mate Mark Skinner has been busy organising the project for a 5 year old Casey Harms and her grandparents. Mark got in touch with the club with this progress report, and a shout out to Alex Rotary to help out with the garden. This will be our 4th (?) garden blitz to make a difference and delighted to help Mark and the team he has organised. Here's a bit from his emails...
 
Casey is a beautiful little 5-year-old who has RTD [Riboflaven Transporter Deficiency Type 2]. For Casey, his condition includes paralysis of the cranial nerves and sensorineural deafness, the later being addressed with a cochlear implant in the hope that by hearing, he will eventually learn to talk. He also has severe damage to other nerves, particularly his limbs which are heavily distorted. Amazingly he moves around by shuffling his backside. There is hope that one day he may walk but that will be a fair way down the track. He also lacks the ability to regulate his body temperature.
 
 
 
ROMAC quiz night will soon be here...

ROMAC quiz night - 4th March

We have one short for the Alex Rotary quiz team, if anyone enjoys a trivia quiz competition while supporting a great cause. Let Tony know if you can make it. Just saying that in the past few years the club has an impressive record in this prestigious quiz of being of runner up, 2 times winners, and generally being a bit of pest to the other Rotary Clubs in the district..let's hope we can maintain this in 2021.laugh
 
Meanwhile here's where your entry fee is going...oh, and did I say that there is a bar with some nice Australian wines going cheap.?

Vincent to fly back to the Solomon Islands after 16 months of life-saving medical treatment in Canberra 

 
 
 
Vincent Toto (centre) and his mother Cosinta Matesonia (right) have been in Canberra for the past 16 months for medical treatment. They stayed with Sandra Goldstraw (left). Picture: Karleen Minney
 
Vincent Toto has a smile that could brighten up any room = he came to Australia in July 2019 at two months old, he was only expected to stay for eight or nine months but he and his mother, Cosinta Matesonia, have stayed for the past 16 months. 
 
During that time he has had three major surgeries and about 30 gastroscopies. 
Vincent's treatment was possible due to a memorandum of understanding between ROMAC and the ACT government.
 
 
Vincent Toto and his mother, Cosinta Matesonia are now back in Honiara this weekend.
"I want to say thank you to the hospital for helping us and also thank you to Rotary as well for the help, if not my baby was going to die," she said. 
AGFR - Rotary National Golf Competition 

AGFR (Australian Golf Federation of Rotarians) 2021 - Talk on Friday 

Jeanne Motteram has being doing a fantastic job in getting this Rotary National Golf competition to this stage, and we're now getting down to the details of how we can help Jeanne and her team make this golfing week a success for the Sunshine Coast. 
 
So Covid notwithstanding the AGFR will definitely be going ahead and there are things we can be doing now to help Jeanne and the AGFR team. 
 
Jeanne will be talking to the club on Friday, and has flagged with us the areas where we can help. So there are things to do in regards to spreading the word, gathering local sponsors, prizes, and local golfers to participate. 
 
Then there are the details around tournament and golf days itself, and the arms and legs needed to make sure the golf goes smoothly and everyone enjoys the fellowship and activities in the clubhouse. 
 
RYPEN 2021 news 
Fisher Awards

Is someone you know making a difference?

Our local federal MP Andrew Wallace, is looking for a community minded hero to be recognised in the "Fisher Community Awards"
 
If you know of a deserving individual, why not drop Andrew a suggestion on this link below?
 
SunnyCoast Solstice Swim
Rotary SunnyCoast Solstice Swim - Sponsor anyone?
 
The swim is all set for 27th June, and we're on the look out for sponsors in the following areas:
 
 
 
One of our amputee swimmers shows us how its done !
Michelle's Canadian cliffhanger

Michelle smiles through cliff hanger with Rotary International President

Guess who's smiling through this terrifying ordeal?  None other than our Youth Group supremo Michelle. 
 
 
 
Following on from Michelle's Rotary minute (wow!) she cleaned up with the raffle and two-up scratches
(has anybody ever won money from these - ed.?)
 
Anyway later in the day our mates Tamara and Kerry graciously offered the club 2 free tickets (value $260) to their Superbowl extravaganza, complementary drinks, fun morning and as luck would have it Michelle was first in, so hope your team won.
 
While we are on "all things Michelle", its great to see Michelle starting the organising of the Rotary Youth Interact /Earlyact programs and we wish her every success.
 
Clean Up Australia Day 2021

Clean Up Australia Day - Sunday 7th March 

The club has been helping out clean up Australia Day for almost its inception.
 
This year if you want to help please log on to the clean up Australia site. Alex Headland postcode 4572.
 
There will be registration on the day, with hand outs of gloves, bags and high viz. 
 
So please give up some of your Sunday morning on 7th March to help keep our beach and foreshore clean.

Sunshine Coast Passport Club Schools competition 

Sunshine Coast Passport Rotary Club Competition - Tell the kids !!

 
A reminder to let your children, grandchildren, school communities and friends living on the Sunshine Coast know about the competition.
 
If they are looking for some guidance before entering the competition, these workshops should hit the mark!
 
Barry Alsop of Eyes Wide Open Images is offering two short workshops at Garricks Camera House Maroochydore covering:
 
. An introduction to the competition
. Basic composition & what constitutes a good image
 
The tuition will be held from 4.30pm to 6pm on Thursday afternoons:
 
Registration is essential as places are limited.  Register at https://events.humanitix.com/pre-entry-workshops-sunshine-coast-children-s-photo-competition
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