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2021 Solstice Swim 

2021 Solstice Swim 

What an amazing finish to the 5km solstice swim leg. Although we always stress that IT IS NOT A RACE you Aussies are very competitive, or is it the $300 incentive? Anyway Bailey Armstrong and Thomas Raymond were separated by 17 seconds after 5 km of hard swimming. (Thats faster than some in the club can walk!). Bailey is the Australian champion over 5km, and Thomas from Nudgee college pushed him all the way. 
Most of the swimmers elected to do the 3km which is still a stretch, and there was not much between the men (Hayden Cotter) and teh ladies (Katelyne Irwin) who completed the 3km in under 40 minutes. 
The 1km was started off by Kerry Smith from Salty Souls who you can see with head down in the centre of picture below. Kerry was determined to keep the lead...which he did for about 10 metres before being overrun by other swimmers. 
Here's some of the feedback to the amazing team of Surf Lifesavers and Rotarians who all contributed to the event
"Thank you it was awesome!!" _ VvN
"That was an awesome event.  Thank you so much to all the volunteers and the Surf Lifesavers - loved it." - Paul G
" It was great fun & the support crew on land & water were terrific. Definitely looking forward to next year." Geoff M 
"Thank you and to your club for an excellent run event.  I felt safe and supported in the water which is so important . " - Donna Y
"Thanks you for organising the swim, it was a wonderful event to participate in". - Emma R
Change Over Dinner NOT on Wednesday evening

Wednesday is NOT changeover night

Due to the recent lockdown, this has been postponed till Wednesday 21st July 
"New" Members and real New Members added to club 

Passport club help out at Swim

Great to see Brian Wallace and team at the slstice swim helping out. Here's a isof new members, and a special welcome to Anna who is taking up an official role as Chair of the Satellite club. Welcome.

Bob Lane, Steve Newton and Satellite Club members added to club. Membership Soars.

On Friday we welcomed back Bob Lane to the club as a Friend of Alex Rotary. Bob is a past treasurer and all round good guy, who is also an avid swimmer, and a Dragons fan (apparently?). Bob is joining as a friend as he is supportive of Rotary and wants to join a movement that makes a difference to our community, and being a "friend of Rotary" is a great way to express that. Bob is hoping to make our winter breakfast meetings, and maybe a few of the summer meetings when the early morning swim is off the table.
The other member we welcomed (he never really left) was human dynamo Steve Newton, who makes the drive in from Beerwah every Friday morning for our breakfast meeting. Steve is a "middle aged surfy chap" who loves his Kombi's and was pillar of strength in last years "Surf Show and Shine". 
We also welcome members from the Sunshine Coast satellite club as members of Alex Rotary, Les Walsh, Brian Wallace, Craig Humphrey, De'Anna Delaney, Anna Myr, Cherri Deutschmann, Marg Fitzpatrick, and Ray Burton. 
So our membership is SOARING, and its great to see the numbers holding firm over winter when its a bit harder to get out of bed in the morning..for some of us anyway.

Satellite Club brings volunteering opportunities

One of the benefits of having a bigger club membership, and particularly the Satellite club is that more volunteering opportunities become available. Here are some of the things that the Satellite club has on the go...
  • Alex Rotary Sunshine Coast Swim 27th June
  • Qld Garden expo at Nambour 9-111 July
  • Rotary Youth Driving assistance 19th July
  • Mock Interviews @ Maroochy State School 28th July 
  • Cooroy Mountain Spring Festival 21- 22nd August 
Look out for more on the club website  event page

List of New members from Sunshine Coast Passport club (Now Alex Satellite Club) 

Les Walsh
Brian Wallace
Craig Humphrey
De'Anna Delaney
Nanna Mayr
Cherri Deutschman
Marg Fitzpatrick
Ray Burton 
Mooloolaba Rotary Music quiz
Monument Show and Tell

Rotary 100th Anniversary - whats happening with the monument?

Here is an update on where we are with recognising the efforts of past Rotarians with a monument on teh Sunshine Coast. 
Unfortunately the discussions with Council on a monument in a public place  have been less than successful, so we're going to have to rethink how we remember the great work that Rotary has done over the past century. One of the options now being pursued is to upgrade the Rotary Coastal Walk signs to include a R100 logo and so that the community is reminded of Rotary when on their beach walks. You may have seen these signs on your travels..
Controversy Corner - turning up the heat

Wendy asks..where did we all come from?

So on Friday by show of hands we discovered what we all know..we're all visitors. So returning to the start of controversy corner a certain migrant (who Australian taxpayers actually paid for him and his family to come here - really??) posed the question "If you were going to pick a date to celebrate Australia Day,......would you really pick the date that the continent was colonised? Isn't that like picking the battle of Colloden as "Scotlands" day? Just saying. 
As we head away from reconciliation week and into Naidoc week are we comfortable with this situation? 

Are we Diverse enough?

Last weeks controversy corner was met with complete agreement that we should see what we can do to get Australia Day moved to a more inclusive day (see below). So thats something a certain scribe has on his "things to do" list. 
But this week something more controversial. It starts with the question...are we diverse enough as a club?
Obviously at an organisational level, Rotary is representative of the world community with over 1,200,000 members "in more countries than MacDonalds" was the slogan which I think is still true.....and all races and communities are part of the Rotary family....but what about locally?
At Alex we've been very fortunate to balance up our male and female diversity at Alex Rotary and hopefully are no longer seen as a man's club. 
We'll probably never represent the community age profile due to the nature of Rotary and todays society.... But what about visitors to our community?
We know that the Sunshine Coast attracts a very high percentage of residents as first time migrants - either interstate or overseas....what can we do we attract them to Rotary? 

Reconciliation or Invasion?

This is a story about reconciliation, appropriate to Reconciliation week, but perhaps controversial in some quarters. 
A few years ago Tamika,  young team leader from AIME - an amazing aboriginal mentoring support group at USC, spoke to the club. It was the first time a certain scribe heard the phrase" Invasion Day". It sort of jarred with me at the time but I could not really explain why.
Then recently Graeme spoke to the club about how the local parish priest always spoke of the Sunshine Coast as "a destination" and a show of hands demonstrated that we were all recent visitors. (some more recent than others!)
The more I thought about it, and Tamika's words, the more I realised that Tamika was right.  (and this is from a scribe whose race who have been front and centre in  every invasion for over 400 years). So when folks ask my opinion on the date of Australia Day I say that the date is wrong. I'd be upset if for example Scotlands day of celebration was on the anniversary of Culloden.
The date to celebrate this wonderful country  doesn't pass the 4 way test in my book, and the celebrations of Australia should go ahead on a different date. That would improve reconciliation. 
What do you think? Silence is assent. 
The LAST District 9600 BUZZ
Club Dues are out 

Club Dues

As it gets to the end of financial year the club has sent out its dues for the next 6 months. ($150) or about $6 / week.  Just to explain that the club works hard to keep the dues down, and we're almost certainly the cheapest club in Queensland for membership. Our ongoing running costs are met by our seperate fundraising, members fines and the like. 

Club Donation

So, also as its year end the treasurer has tallied up the beans and sent $1,000 to Rotary Foundation, who are one of teh top charitable funds worldwide in terms of effectiveness and lowest admin costs. We also send off $500 to Rotary's fight against polio, and we were reminded that for this first time the hot spots in India and Pakistan seem to be under control, and that we can almost be certain the the Rotary fight to eradicate polio from the world is going to be successful. This fantastic achievement was in large part die to the foresight and energy of Sir Clem Renouf from Nambour Rotary. 
Personal donations to Rotary Foundation were also made for those members who make voluntary contributions during the year. 
Thank you to our hardworking treasurer. 
Swim Sponsors

Thank you swim sponsors

It wouldn't have happened without a lot of people, and we thank them all. Here's a note we sent to swim sponsors...
"Hi fantastic sponsors,
Just to say a BIG THANK YOU for your support for the solstice swim. It was an amazing success with lots of positive comments from the swimmers and onlookers who braved the winter solstice to show their support for the Salty Souls Legacy. 
Thanks to your support we have exceeded our financial target and will be donating funds to Salty Souls Legacy to create a HQ for them in the Thrive centre on Aerodrome Road in Maroochydore for the amazing surf programs they run to change kids lives.  
Whats next?
Alex Rotary and Salty Souls Legacy will engage with Sunshine Coast Council and the team at THRIVE to create a Salty Souls Legacy workshop/meeting/ store for the surf programs, and we’ll be hunting down / looking for used shipping containers / demountables to refurbish and turn into a youth centre.… there will be lots of Rotary working bee’s over the next few months !!
When all that's done, we look forward to inviting you to the official opening of the Salty Souls Legacy HQ and seeing first hand how the work of the Salty Souls team complements the great work already been done in this youth precinct. "
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