Community Policing

Jake talks to club about his experience with community policing

The Queensland Police Service have been having some bad media and a tough time of it recently. What between mysoginistic comments and culture, shootings of citizens with drug and mental health issues, and inadequate responses to domestic violence situations, its been a worrying time. 
So it was good to hear on Friday from a local detective about his career thus far with the Queensland Police Service. The stories highlighted some of the difficulties faced by officers in responding to community issues. (or as sometimes wrongly reported, the Queensland Police "force" called to "deal" with the perpetrator.
Straight away we learned that "police ain't police" the same over Australia. Jake hails from Victoria where his family his dad also served in th ePolice service, and if Victorian policemen want to transfer to Queensland (why wouldn't they) there is a reasonably lengthy program to train up on the differences. So now Jake is responding to community matters on the Sunshine Coast. 
We know that at the root of all crime there are two issues, and they have nothing to do with the police service.
The two major issues are poverty and mental health. Intervening early in these issues dramatically reduces social problems and crime. Avoiding these issues, and increasing penalties ...well, we'll get what we always get, high levels of incarceration (percentages haven't changed in 50 years, and more unfortunates in jail, coming out to create more social problems). Lesson ends. 
Unfortunately the police have to deal with the outcomes of these two issues and as Jake reflected, the situations that police find themselves in, often affect their mental health and well being. 
So next time you're talking to a policeman, be kind, you don't know what they've been dealing with just a few hours before. 
New Club calendar - in colour 

President Skye and the Calendar of Many Colours

Super excited to see the new club calendar in colour on website and on your phone....can you find on the website menu?
Want to make a difference at Christmas?

"Make a difference to folks doing it tough"  - please support Care Outreach Christmas appeal !!

Folks, if you want to help a Queenslander who could do with helping hand, but is probably too proud to ask, then this would really lift their spirits at Christmas time...please support Bill and Melissa and their fantastic team of volunteers who work with those in the outback doing it really tough.
Rotary Youth Transition 

Another amazing Rotary Youth Program 

Rotary Down Under 
Fancy a surf ..anyone?...anyone?
District AGM 

"New" District AGM, new location

Now that we are a bigger (and better?) district, here's the notice of the AGM which is on next week in Wacol.
RYDA volunteers step up

RYDA - you can have too many volunteers..

Message from Geoff, the super RYDA salesman....great to see so many of the club members step up to help with this driver awareness program that is definitely saving young drivers lives on the coast...nice one Geoff. 
RYDA is more than a program, it’s partnership which supports teachers on the journey as they provide their students with the tools and understanding they need to see themselves as active, responsible road citizens. Taking, largely, a student inquiry learning approach, RYDA becomes part of the school culture from the first to last day of a young person’s high school life. Beyond that, RYDA provides students with the tools, habits and motivation to take action and stay safe on our roads as both drivers and passengers throughout their lives.
I am overwhelmed with the response I received to my call to arms to assist with RYDA on Monday 21st November 2022.  I only needed 3 volunteers and received 8 nominations – what fantastic community spirit!
So, unfortunately 5 of you will miss out on 21st November, but not to worry as we have two more sessions coming up in April 2023 where I will need all the support I can get so please keep the following dates in mind:
Get ready for Sip and Paint at Naomi's

Naomi's surf and paint 

Christmas at Alex Dateclaimer 

Christmas at Alex - Sunday 11th December at Buhk Park

The Alex Community Association folks are again hosting the iconic and world famous (really?) "Christmas at Alex" on Sunday 11th December. The weather is guaranteed to fabulous, and there is a rumour that a man in a red suit will be there to spread some joy and create some bedlam among the kids (well done JH) ..after a few tough years. 
Upcoming Events
Nov 04, 2022
Club Social Lunch
Skye's Home
Nov 05, 2022
11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Masquerade Gala (Sunshine Coast Community Corps)
The Savvy Squire
Nov 05, 2022
6:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Shona MacDonald - SCUH organ donarship
Nov 11, 2022
6:45 AM – 8:00 AM
District 9620 AGM: Skye, Tony & Wendy attending
Nov 13, 2022
Rotary RV club guest speaker
Nov 18, 2022
6:45 AM – 8:00 AM
Sip and Paint with Naomi
Nov 19, 2022
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
RYDA:-Nominated Volunteers: Mike, Graeme,Charmaine
Nov 21, 2022
Bella Strong - Womens Event success stories
Nov 25, 2022
6:45 AM – 8:00 AM
Club Board Meeting
via Zoom
Nov 29, 2022
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
AGM and Project updates
Alex Surf Club
Dec 02, 2022
6:45 AM – 8:00 AM
No Club Morning Meeting
Dec 09, 2022
Alex Surf Club - Upstairs Bistro
Dec 09, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Christmas at Alex - Buhk Park
Dec 11, 2022
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Last Meeting for the Year
Dec 16, 2022
6:45 AM – 8:00 AM
First Club Meeting 2023
Jan 11, 2023
6:45 AM – 8:00 AM
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Comedy Corner

You've got to groan..
  • "What do clouds wear?" "Thunderwear."
  • "Why are piggy banks so wise?" "They're filled with common cents."
  • "Why is Peter Pan always flying?" "He neverlands."
  • "How do you get a good price on a sled?" "You have toboggan." 
  • "How can you tell if a tree is a dogwood tree?" "By its bark."
  • "I used to hate facial hair, but then it grew on me."
  • "It's inappropriate to make a 'dad joke' if you're not a dad. It's a faux pa."
  • "What do you call a hot dog on wheels?" "Fast food!"
  • "Where do young trees go to learn?" "Elementree school."
  • "Did you hear about the circus fire? It was in tents."
  • "Can February March? No, but April May!"
  • "How do lawyers say goodbye? We'll be suing ya!"
  • "Wanna hear a joke about paper? Never mind—it's tearable."
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Fridays at 6:45 AM
Alex Surf Life Saving Club
Alex Beach
Alexandra Headland , QLD 4557
Enter from the beach side, next to Coffee kiosk. Magnificent morning views of sun rising over the pacific* (Technically its the earth rotating and falling. Ed)
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