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Howsthis for a monument?

Rotary Monument being considered by Sunshine Coast Council 

Sunshine Coast Council are considering an application by the cluster of Rotary Clubs to have a monument put up to recognise the fantastic achievements by our past Rotarians in improving the Sunshine Coast Communities since the start of Rotary in Australia / New Zealand 100 years ago. No location or final design has been approved, but discussions are progressing and looking hopeful. As well as recognising each club in the cluster, we also want to recognise the exceptional Rotarians from the Sunshine Coast in the final design.
 
 
Steve is also busy making a scale model of the monument, which we hope to display at the Gala dinner, which will be opened by the Mayor, Mark Jamieson, a former Rotary Exchange Student. 
 
We are also holding a gala dinner to celebrate this anniversary, and you can find details on our website or phone Wendy on 0437 747 462 or Val on 0466 328 242 if you would like to attend. 
 
 
U Turn the wheel - saving young drivers

Bruce Angus Talks to Club 

On Friday we met "the most enthusiastic and dedicated Rotarian I have ever met" said Steve, and who could dispute this after hearing teh amazing story, and work that Brice had put into saving young drivers lives by starting up the U-Turn the wheel program that has been taken up around the world and contributed to a significant decline in the deaths of young drivers. 
 
Bruce took us through the history of the project, how the various schools, health, police, government levels and car manufacturers got behind this amazing project to educate and change behaviours of young drivers. Almost 1,00,0000 young drivers have been resources were taken up by Rotary Young Drivers Australia and how those resources impacted on the death rate of 18 - 24 year olds.  
 
Sadly, many kids are still adopting risky behaviours behind the wheel, but we are fortunate on the Sunny Coast to have a local Caloundra Club who are great supporters of RYDA with help from other SunnyCoast Rotary Clubs. 
 
Thank you Brice for sharing your story with us, and we are in awe of the work and passion that you put into this project to drive it to what it is today over +20 years later. 
 
Spot the difference?
ROMAC Quiz Night 
 
Well done Caloundra on winning the ROMAC trophy. The pic below has a a few differences, not least the addition of 2 Alex Rotary victory medals on th right hand side column ......and something else..Can you spot it?
 
 
 
 
 
Donald Trump or Paul Harris?

Who knew?

Hard quizmaster Johnno had one winner on Friday to the people's round on famous Rotarians. The question that three most was "Who married a bride 20 years his junior, and incorrectly wrote his date of birth on the marriage certificate? 
 
Peter was the only one who knew the difference between Donald Trump and Paul Harris...and its not what you think. Kenny Koala to the hard quiz winner.
 
 
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
National Rotary Golf Competition week in My Weekly Preview

Spotted in My Weekly Preview

 
Caloundra Golf Day
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 !
White buttocks, Cholera, Ebola 

Pandemic Warrior talks to full house at the club 

Dr John Parker was our guest speaker at the Fridays breakfast meeting, and he didn't disappoint. For a humanitarian doctor who has spent his career fighting pandemics in Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria with Red Cross and MSF.
 
For a self confessed adrenaline junkie he appears to be remarkably normal. But looks are deceiving. 
 
John spoke most entertainingly and movingly about the horrors and comedy of being a doctor on the front line dealing with deadly diseases at very close quarters. But his message was not disease but trauma. 
 
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD has been the scourge of John's life. He battled with the things he saw overseas, and that led to a troubled life. John was remarkably frank about how his career and desire to fight pandemics had impacted on himself and his relationships. John has put his recollections in is book " From Choler to Ebola".
 
As Tim Costello (CEO of World Vision) says "My experiences pale compared to John's .....and he has put it all in his book which is not for the faint-hearted." 
 
An amazing man with an amazing story. 
 
 
Big thanks to Mike for bringing Dr. John Parker to the meeting. Everyone enjoyed listening to this most inspiring humanitarian doctor, now living in Buderim. 
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.
 
 
 
Rotary Down Under - March Edition
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