RYDA volunteers step up

Alex Rotary saving young folks lives on the road

Big thanks to Geoff for organising the volunteers to facilitate the RYDA workshop to make youngsters aware of what can happen on the road.  Truly a great program that shows new drivers what can happen, and the consequences of poor driving choices. We are all aware that between 17 - 25 years old is by far the most "at risk" period for a driver. This program actively reduces the carnage for that age group. 

The program shows real life speeding incidents, speakers who have been in car crashes and the impact on their lives. It's life changing, and life preserving. 

Charmaine, Mike and Geoff with the kids who are a bit safer on the road thanks to the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness program.

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.
Naomi's art class

Some amazing artists in the Alex Rotary Club

The club had some amazing talent on display at Naomi's "Sip and Paint" on Saturday arvo. It was a brilliant afternoon, and Naomi was absolutely correct, we were all nervous that our paintings would like like #*$# half way through the session, but be totally transformed at the end...which as you can see ..was what actually happened....there was some amazing paintings of beaches, seahorses, Kombi's dolphins, etc. 
Thank you so much Naomi, great fun, 5 stars.
So there's some new wall art to some of the members homes (apparently)...
Some critical expressions here..
The torment of a talented artist he looking for inspiration? ..or just another wine ?
Every group has a show off....
......But outdone by his mate..
RV Club comes to visit

Ross and his wanderers come to visit

It was a full house on Friday morning when the Rotary RV club members paid us a visit. Great "vibe" in the room of Rotarians and everyone really appreciated the visit and Tony had arranged the dredge to put on a show for our guests.. 
The room was a bit busier than normal but Wendy and the Alex SLSC coped admirably. 
Club Meetings and news 

December 2 AGM meeting is going to be a Christmas cracker!!

Our December 2 meeting has some surprises in store, the first one being that it will NOT be at Alex SLSC. It will be at "The Pines" community centre where Val has organised the community room. Its just of Bradman Avenue in Maroochydore. Stay tuned for more details. 

Invitation to join Alex Community Association Morning Tea

We weer delighted to receive 4 invitations to complementary morning tea with The Alex Community association on Wed Dec 7th. Its your oppurchancity to meet the volunteer folks who care for the beach foreshore 365 days a year and stage the "Christmas At Alex". Let the secretary know if you can make it. 

Saturday 9th December - BBQ for the Early Learning Centre

We've been invited to provide a BBQ for the families of the future generations at Buhk park on Saturday 9th December. Our mates, Craig, Geoff, Peter and Wendy have stepped u for this new relationship with Alex Rotary. 

Club Website - have you noticed?

There's some interesting photo's on the club website, ( ...and its not a certain member queuing up for his THIRD helping at Skye's buffet below that photo carousel, there's other photo's of something going on with water you know where this is ......and its significance?
You have made a difference at Christmas?

Care Outreach Christmas appeal - amazing response from Club 

We out out this call a few weeks ago and the response has been amazing. Thank you everyone, and delighted to let you know that Skye and Judy will be dropping off the gifts and maybe having a cuppa with Bill and Melissa. 
(If you still want to donate a gift, its not too late, you can leave gifts at Alex SLSC reception, and they will find there way to the outback parents and kids.)
"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."
Solstice Swim Date - Put it in your diary

The Club together with the Alex SLSC is planning to hold the Alex Solstice Swim on Sunday 25th June

You're never too old to donate

If you could save 8 lives with your signature...would you??

Brilliant talk on Friday from Shona MacDonald on organ donation. Such an important topic and to hear the issues from someone on the front line of this life saving work was very thought provoking and hopefully will spring some of us "oldies" into action. 
Thank you Shona, and keep up the good work. 
The slide below says it all, and although some folks have genuine reasons for not donating, it certainly makes those of us who do offer to donate, realise how important, indeed life changing,  this can be to others. 
Australia has some significant problems with organ donation, not least the relatively small number of donors, but also our geography makes it extremely difficult to deliver donated organs in time. And not so obvious is that while folks can survive heart and kidney problems with medication and sport equipment, this is not so easy with lung transplant requirements. 
...and if you would like to on this...

The NYSF needs your help in Brisbane in January for our budding scientists

National Youth Science Forum, Celebrating 35 years in 2018

Dear Rotary Clubs across Australia,

In 2023, the NYSF Year 12 Program will again deliver a mix of interactive digital and in-person sessions between 10 & 24 January. 

We have volunteering opportunities in Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, from 16-19  January. We are particularly in need of volunteers in our Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney Hubs.


Volunteering with the NYSF ensures our students get to make the most of their time on the Program. In turn, you will get to meet and spend time with the next generation of STEM experts, while visiting some of Australia's most cutting edge STEM facilities.

You can register to volunteer here.  We appreciate your completed expressions of interest by 30 November, so we can onboard you  and provide all our volunteers with online training and information sessions ahead of January.

To find out more about the NYSF and what we do for our STEM students, please visit our website. You can also read about how students have rated the COVID safe NYSF Year 12 Program format here in our report (PDF). We encourage you to share this with your fellow Rotarians.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch at if there’ is anything we can assist you with over the next few weeks.

Kind regards,

The NYSF Team.


Upcoming Events
RYDA:-Nominated Volunteers: Mike, Graeme,Charmaine
Nov 21, 2022
Bella Strong - Womens Event success stories
Nov 25, 2022
6:45 AM – 8:00 AM
RI GIVING TUESDAY - A Global Day of Giving
Nov 29, 2022
Club Board Meeting
via Zoom
Nov 29, 2022
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
AGM,New Member Inductions and Project updates
Tide Residents Recreation Centre Room.
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
New Leaf Learning Centre - BBQ Fundraiser
Buhk Park
Dec 10, 2022
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
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
Pride of Workmanship Dinner
Alexandra Headland Surf Club
Mar 11, 2023
6:00 PM – 9:07 PM
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Comedy Corner

You've got to groan.and because Christmas is coming...

1. What do Santa’s little helpers learn at school?
The elf-abet.

2. What do snowmen call their offspring?

3. How much did Santa pay for his sleigh?
Nothing. It was on the house.

5. What do you call a snowman with a six-pack?
An abdominal snowman.

6. What did one snowman say to the other?
Do you smell carrots?

7. What is the best Christmas present?
A broken drum, you just can’t beat it.

8. How did the ornament get addicted to Christmas?
He was hooked on trees his whole life.


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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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