Lunches and Dinners

The Long Lunch with Mark Occolupo

We've put up the Board Organistions Surf Charity Long Lunch on the website. It's this Friday at Twin Waters. If you're a surfy dude or want to hang out with some great folks, do yourself a favour and come along for a pleasant afternoon, while supporting a great cause. 

Christmas Dinner - Alex SLSC 11th December 

Wendy has booked a table in the Alex SLSC Bistro, for  Friday 11th December at 7.00pm. Please let he know if you will be attending. 
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Best Morning Tea on the Sunshine Coast 

Maroochydore High School Mock interviews this Thursday 

The club has been helping out the great team at Maroochydore High school for many years now, and one thing that has not changed, is the fantastic morning tea that the school puts on for the volunteers who conduct "mock interviews" with the kids to help their interviewing skills. 
​​​​​​​Steve Hind from Maroochydore Rotary has been the local Rotary contact and does a great job of rounding up the volunteers who "do" about 5-6 kids on Thursday morning as they are put through their paces and given hints on how to present and communicate themselves at interviews. 
One of the most difficult things that high school kids have to learn is how to answer the question .."So...tell me a little bit about yourself and why you want this job?"
I've had a wide variety of responses to this question, from uncomfortable silences and dumbstruck stares, to eloquent responses that would win anyone a job. Its a skill that does not come easy to teenagers, and one that must be practised, over and over until its second nature. So we're happy to help the kids practice on us old folks and hopefully get a few tips that helps in future. 
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Club visits local DV heroes at King IT 

Club visit to the "Great Guys" at King IT

On Friday the club visited Patrick and his team at King IT to hear the latest on the brilliant work that his team are doing in providing emergency phones to DV victims. We found out that demand for these emergency phones outstrips demand and that Ashton Wood founder of  DV Safephone  and director of IC3 are working with Red Rose Foundation to get these phones to DV victims who are in desperate need of reliable emergency contact mechanisms when things turn bad. 
Ashton is funding the program himself, and Patricks team are refurbishing donated phones, and can already see that demand is so great that they will need significant help to meet the demand, and bring the program - which is already taking roots world wide- to the folks in our society who live with DV every day. 
Sounds like a great thing for the larger Rotary organisation to get involved with..
Patrick was telling the club that his successful business, had a bit of prompting from fellow Rotarians at Caloundra and now that he's taken the plunge into small business, things are thriving and he's never looked back. So we'll done Patrick for not only turning a small business into a larger business, but also retaining Community support in your company culture. 
Meanwhile, Ashton is pushing on with the phones for DV program and getting some interest from Vodafone and the wider good corporate citizens. If you can help, please donate to the program, or if you have an old phone, then consider donating to King IT. But first as we found out, if you have any accounts on the phone, please remove them, and if you're not sure how to do that... then pop in and Patrick's team will be happy to show you. 
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Wonderful Story from ROMAC during COVID

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. 
But the toddler from the Solomon Islands hasn't had an easy start to life. 
He was born with a gap between his stomach and oesophagus, which meant no food was able to get through. 
Vincent had a gastrostomy tube put in when he was in the Solomon Islands so he could get fluids and nutrients, but he was in need of more substantial medical care. 
When 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 came to Australia as part of the Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) program. The organisation sponsors children from overseas to come to either Australia or New Zealand for life saving surgery. 
Vincent and Ms Matesonia stayed with Sandra Goldstraw when they were not in hospital. After 16 months, they will be returning to the Solomon Islands on Saturday morning. 
Vincent Toto came from the Solomon Islands for medical treatment under the Rotary ROMAC program at the age of two months. Picture: Karleen Minney 
"I was thinking about them leaving and I had tears in my eyes," Ms Goldstraw said. 
"They are my family so I know I am going to cry." 
Ms Goldstraw has hosted 23 children through the program. 
"They become your family when they come here," she said.
"I don't have any grandchildren yet, I have one on the way, but all these children are my grandchildren. 
"My husband gets called Papa all the time and I'm Grandma." 
It will be an adjustment for Vincent, who has spent most of his short life in Canberra. 
"The journey home is going to be hard for him and getting settled in to island life again is going to be quite interesting for him," Ms Goldstraw said. 
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 flying back to Honiara this weekend. Picture: Karleen Minney
Not all states and territories have the memorandum but Ms Goldstraw hopes they will one day. 
"It is a humanitarian program and to get a little bit extra support from the government or from each state would be fantastic," she said.
But due to the COVID-19 pandemic the program has had to be halted. Vincent was the only child left in Australia or New Zealand. 
"We're not allowed to do the program because we have to have special medical visas and that has had to stop ... Vincent was our only one in Australia and New Zealand until COVID stops," Ms Goldstraw said. 
"We've got about 200 people waiting to come in and some of them are dying, some will die, so it's really heartbreaking to hear of these children who we could have looked after."
Ms Matesonia thanked everybody who helped Vincent over the past 16 months. 
"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. 
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Sausage Sizzle this Friday at Kawana Sports Hub 

 Kawana Sports Hub this Friday evening - everyone invited 

This Friday its a get together / sausage sizzle at the Kawana Sports Hub on Main Drive to catch up with the folks there, including IFYS and other Sunshine Coast Rotarians interested in supporting the Job Club and Kirsten Court renovation
Job Club 
The job club is an initiative of IFYS to get the "residents" of the sports hub into work. They've invited Rotary and their other volunteers to help, so we made a start last week by donating saddlebags for the folks to hold any paperwork or information they may have relevant to seeking out a job. 
Rotary have a history of "making a difference" to folks lives, and having a job is certainly an important part of people's development and identity. So we're delighted to be able to help IFYS with coaching folk on communication, literacy, job applications, dress codes, etc...all the stuff that we have learnt from our work experience. 
Kirsten Court Maroochydore
On 14th November the garden refurbishment will start at Kirsten Court and we look forward to working bee's with Maroochy and Mooloolaba Rotarians to make the joint a bit more lovable to the young adults living at the premises. If you are interested in volunteering some time, please contact your club President and we'll see you there!
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John & Dave Go Golfing

Golfers Day out 

So two golfers Dave and John were on the golf course, and John was about to drive off when suddenly a scantily clad woman ran out of the bushes and across in front of John. Just as John recovered his composure, three men ran out of the bushes wearing white coats, but the last man was carrying two sand buckets. 
So John turned to Dave "What was all that about?" 
Dave replied "There's an asylum nearby and the woman has escaped in her night clothes. The men in the white coats were trying to catch her and take her back to the asylum." 
"OK that sound reasonable, but what about the man running at the back with two buckets of sand??"
Well,  said Dave, "he caught her the last time"
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Bottletops and Malaria - who knew?

Rotary Against Malaria

Rotary is such a large organisation, and does so many things in communities around the world that sometimes its hard to keep track. On Friday Carmel reminded us of RAWCS, and specifically what we can do to help combat Malaria and dengue fever in Queensland...and all that it involves is picking up bottle tops !!. Apparently one bottle top with rainwater inside is enough to store millions of mosquito eggs. 
Good one Carmel

Welcome to Rotarians Against Malaria – an activity of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS)

Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) is a volunteer-run organisation working to eliminate malaria. In 1900s, malaria was pandemic in the world. One can only imagine the burden of malaria disease to all countries. Progress has been made. Fifteen years ago, malaria killed a child every 30 seconds. Under the Millennium Development Goals, however, considerable progress was made in preventing, diagnosing and treating malaria. As a result, deaths have fallen by 60 percent. Now, under the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, we are aiming to reduce malaria cases and deaths by a further 90 percent by 2030.

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Book and Puzzle sale at Buderim

Buderim Rotary is holding a Book & Puzzle Sale

If you’ve collected way too many books & puzzles during isolation, The Rotary Club of Buderim is happy to take them off your hands.

Just contact us using the contact link on the left and we’re more than happy to pick them up.  And the best part is your donation helps our club to help those in need.

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Huge increase in DV enquiries prompts response from King IT

With all of us being urged to stay home to protect the community from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to acknowledge that the home is not always a secure and safe place to be – particularly if you are in a violent or emotionally abusive relationship.

According to a recent Google statement, online searches regarding domestic violence in New South Wales have increased by 75 per cent since the first recorded COVID-19 cases in the state, demonstrating that many victims are finding themselves in a more vulnerable position confined to their homes with their abuser.

In order to reach out to these victims in a practical and innovative way, King IT located at Stockland Birtinya and Caloundra have partnered with the Red Rose Foundation to develop a pilot project that collects unwanted mobile phones and delivers them to those in need.

Red Rose Foundation CEO, Betty Taylor said that a mobile phone is something that many of us take for granted, but it can be a lifesaver for a victim of domestic violence.

“Often the mobile phone is the first thing to be destroyed, hacked or taken in a domestic violence situation which means a victim has no way of making that emergency call,” said Ms Taylor.

“Having a second phone hidden away is an important part of a victim’s safety planning and provides them security and the ability to reach out for help.”

The pilot project, ‘DV Safe Phone’, is being launched to coincide with Queensland's Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May and supports the no tolerance policy of domestic and family violence in Queensland communities.

Sunshine Coast residents are being urged to get behind the pilot project and find 300 unwanted working phones and cables in their drawers and cupboards at home or at work.

Domestic Violence Business Solutions CEO, Janine Lee said this campaign provides a simple and straightforward way to assist those in need.

“We are asking people to bring their phones – of any make or model - and cables into one of the three King IT stores located on the Sunshine Coast at Sunshine Plaza, Stockland Caloundra and Stockland Birtinya, when they are next doing their essential grocery shopping or alternatively post to PO Box 1440 Mooloolaba QLD 4557,” said Ms Lee.

“All phones will be completely wiped of personal details and then have pre-loaded emergency numbers for victims to access.”

Red Rose Foundation will be responsible for delivery of the phones and Ms Taylor said that the impact of these phones can not be underestimated.

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5th Friday social

Social evening at The Hub

The last Friday in the month is a 5th Friday so we're having a social evening at The Hub with IFYS. For those who haven't seen this facility, this is a great opportunity to see what the great team at IFYS and its supporters have achieved during the pandemic for those who needed help. Its a marvellous story of what can be done quickly and efficiently and making real changes to peoples live by giving them an avenue for a roof over their head, and in more than a few cases, also finding meaningful work. 
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Rotary - Inner Wheel - Meg Visits

Inner Wheel - a vibrant club for "Rotary ladies"

When you consider that not so long ago Rotary did no allow women members you wonder about hanging on to old ideas and cultures. We were reminded of this when Meg Newman came to talk to us on Friday morning and went through the history of Inner Wheel, and its beginnings in Manchester England. 
Before Rotarians feel too bad about excluding the women folk for so long, I am reminded from "The ladies in surf" relationship that it wasn't so long ago when Surf Life Saving had very similar views about women membership, and the hilarious tale on the Sunshine Coast of where the women decided to have a Surf Life Saving competition, and several locals (men) decided this was sexist and applied to join in. (true)
Thankfully we've progressed a bit, but it still makes you wonder about what other ideas we have at the moment that will be challenged for the better in future?
...and its great to see our former citizen of the year and amazing bloke Dave back from his sojourns. Apparently the panel beaters were let off lightly this year with Dave managing to negotiate those tricky static obstacles outback!
Dave obviously missed his favourite microphone while he was away..and soon swung into action (photo below).
Welcome back Dave, we missed you.
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Feedback on Surf Show and Shine 

Review and looking ahead on Surf Show and Shine

They say its not over till the paperwork is done, we hope to have it all done as soon as Treasurer Wendy gets through the mountain of bits and pieces involved in the show. 
An important part of the paperwork is reviewing and recording how it all went, and more importantly...what we can do better in future. 
Here's some of the feedback we've had and suggestions for next year..
"The art and artists were fantastic, a "must do" for next year"
"Good work on the gates, with health and safety and the cashless systems"
"Kombi info sheets were a great success- the Kombi owners loved them"
"Great work by SeaFM... and ALL the musicians were brilliant"
"The site worked well for the most part, but some missed the muso's..the long site really need a full site PA system"
"How are we going to manage next year - we'll never get a better site?"
"Kombi Parade was a huge surprise - the local Kombi's really got behind it" 
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comedy corner

One for Tony

A turtle was crossing the road when it was mugged by two snails. The police arrived arrived saw the turtle belly up on the ground. "What happened?" they asked.
"I don't know"said the Turtle "It happened so fast"
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2020 "Lift the Lid" walk for Mental Health

Lift the Lid walk for Mental Health 

Great to see so many folks come out to support the walk for Mental health, hosted by Mooloolaba Rotary. Our Alex team was at the halfway point to encourage the walkers to continue on Maroochydore Surf Club and took a few photo's of the supporters who enjoyed a beachside walk in support of a great cause. 
Its always a great event, and more special when you hear the stories of those who have either battled with mental illness, or have been touched by this disease.  
The event is a permanent fixture in the Rotary Health month, and of course all the proceeds go to Rotary Health, which is just an amazing organisation where Rotarian Health professionals give freely of their time and expertise to make a difference to so many around the region. 
Not many families have managed to avoid mental illness and this is one group who faithfully come along to show their support every year...
There was a selection of shirts, and all sorts of body shapes, a certain scribe was caught in Usain Bolt posture (really?) below, along with another supporter of the club..who I swear was running past me a minute before...but maybe Scotty was just showing off..
..and then the regular Prue and Chris, who have supported the walk since its start..
and then some of the youngsters took advantage of the rest stop..
..and some of the youngsters have a bit of filling out to do before the shirt fits....
..and Councillor Natoli is becoming a regular at Rotary events...following his help with the Alex Rotary "Surf how and Shine"
and a big thanks to Team Alex, Wendy, Carmel, Craig and Tony behind the camera ..
and a special hello to Rotarians from Buderim Rotary and the Rotary Noosa Daybreak club...Passport club were also there so thank you all
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Whats in a word

What's in a word?

A certain Rotarian is known for enjoying the jokes on other Rotary Bulletins, so we've decided to join in and create a comedy corner for our mate.
Last weeks Breakfast joke is below, but a warning - it contains medical terms in the Bill Bradley genre ...and btw this weeks joke now available on the website..
So we're starting off with a true (?) story from the club archives...and a big thank you to a Past President for keeping the club history alive. The names of the people have not been amended to protect the innocent. 
According to this past President a certain female Rotary member wanted to let everyone know how that her husband (who we will call Tom) was now on the way to recovery after a terrible bicycle accident. "Tom's scrotum was completely crushed in this accident and Tom was in incredible pain, and the doctors weren't sure if they could help him". At this there was a muffled gasp from the men in the audience as they imagined the pain poor Tom must have experienced. "Worse, every movement and step Tom took caused terrible pain. Thank fully the doctors were able to wire together parts of Toms scrotum".
At this point men were visibly upset as they imagined the pain poor Tom must have suffered during surgery with several crossing their legs as they imagined the pain. "but thankfully Tom is now on the mend" the wife said "and I want to express my gratitude for all the communities support during this time"...and sat down.
Then a man in the audience stood up and said.
"I'm Tom..... and I just want to tell my wife know that the word is "sternum"".
With thanks to SB. 
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"Lift the lid" walk for mental health goes national

Walk for mental Health - rebranded 
The Alex Rotary club has been a great supporter of the Walk for Mental Health, now known as "Lift the lid" for mental health, so we were delighted when Vicky Stewart joined us on Friday to talk about the walk during October - Rotary's health month. 
The walk is now under the auspices of Australian Rotary Health - one of the truly great organisations "making a difference" to the sick in our community. So please show your support.  
This year mental health is getting a lot of airplay, which can only help after decades of brushing it under the carpet.
So please register for the walk and show your support by coming along to Mooloolaba SLSC on the morning of Sunday October 11th. 
You'll see the Alex team there and we'll be manning the half way tent at Alex SLSC if you want to stop by and have a chat. 
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New Garden Project 

Club puts hand up to help with next Garden Project at Maroochydore

At the official opening of the previous Rotary Care Garden at Landsborough, Paul Pignata ( CEO IFYS) said to Rotary that we had not just built a garden, but a safe and happy place where kids will create memories...this is what we want to do again at Maroochydore for the residents and guests at a care home.
Working bee's will be starting soon, so if you want to help, just let Errol know, or fill out volunteer form on the Alex Rotary website (there's even a QR code) but that's just the editor showing off. 
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Polio Fight Continues 

Polio walk in the news 

Eric Wood (PDG) has sent us through this note. Many will know Eric from his lengthy community service and work with Rotary. 
I have registered to walk a minimum of 100km during October in support of the "Rotary Walk With Us" campaign to raise funds and awareness of the End Polio Now campaign. My fundraising target is $4000.
To assist, I'm seeking support, either by way of donation OR as a Team member to walk and raise funds.
Full details available:
Please support...
Kind regards,
Eric Wood
...and of course the success of Rotary campaigns to eliminate Polio is always associated wit our very own Queenslander Sir Clem Renouf. Here's another story from Rotary down under..
And for a special's video FYI
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RDU - Hippo Rollers

Charmaine in the news 

A few months back readers may remember that Charmain spoke to the club about the "Hippo Rollers "...we'll what do you's another story about them from Rotary Down Under..
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Kombi Show - just in time !

This sign was put up just the day after the "Surf Show and Shine" and a certain scribe has noticed a deal of council activity on the Headland, which means that Adam and his team are busy with the work that he spoke about to the club only a few weeks ahgo. 
So look out for those changes as the foreshore is "revitalised".
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Message from Melissa

We received this touching note from Melissa Close that we want to share with all our readers and supporters.
To our friends at the Rotary Club of Alexandra Headlands,
Thank you for an amazing event on Sunday… Surf, Show and Shine!  The weather certainly turned it on for us all, it was a spectacular day.
We acknowledge all the hard work that went into the planning and execution by your members in the months, weeks, and days leading up to and including the event.  The volunteer helpers that were in abundance and very clear to see were also a credit to everyone.
We would really love to recognize all the sponsors, in particular Sunshine Coast Regional Council and Cricks, the donors, exhibitors, vendors, entertainers and everyone who made the day happen.  
There are so many worthy causes around and we feel privileged to join with Salty Souls and The Board Room as the recipient organisations this year.
We would like to reconfirm that all the funds that come our way this year are going directly to our Visa/Voucher project as part of our Christmas for the Bush.  The funds will help us get pre-paid visa cards and issue our Care Outreach vouchers to the many families struggling with ongoing drought throughout western Qld.  Being able to provide visas and vouchers means that we are supporting the small struggling businesses in these communities by ensuring that the money stays local.  It really is a win-win for the community as a whole.  
Thank you again everyone.  We appreciate the connection that we have with you all.
With kind regards
Bill and Melissa Close

Care Outreach
2/35 Dacmar Rd, Coolum Beach
Ph 5471 7636
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2020 Surf Show and Shine

2020 Surf Show and Shine an amazing success

Well what a day! Great weather, big crowds, and an amazing Kombi, Surfboard, Art and Music show, all from the Sunshine Coast Community showing that it really does care for others who are "doing it tough". 
The day started bright and early with the SES helping to block off the event site for the Kombi's who arrived early, some travelling all the way from as far as Hervey Bay and Gold Coast.
The Rotary Arches Kindly donated and put up by Geoff Hopkins and his team at Mooloolaba Rotary
Then the artists were on the scene with some spectacular sculptures and paintings and a mini excavator (really!) on hand to place the sculptures in position. Then it was the turn of the vintage surfboards to put up their stands and show off these masterpieces of the surfing schools. 
The truly amazing "art precinct" organised by Owen Cavanagh's team of remarkable Sunshine Coast Artists 
Meanwhile further down the site Graeme's and Michelle's team were assembling the stage for the musicians, and Sabine and the Rotoractors were busy putting up the large gazebo's shade for the expected crowd, they were closely followed by the vendors of all things surf wear and of course the ubiquitous coffee vendor and "must have" jam factory donuts. We were delighted to welcome the IFYS coffee van this year, in healthy competition with Richard Lane's coffee cafe. Richard has been a supported for many years, while the IFYS coffee van is a new initiative to train up the youth as baristas and giving them customer service skills to help them find work. Once the vendors were in position Craig and Declan set to work with the social distancing plan and soon the vendors area was open for business. 
Rotary wishes to acknowledge the great support from Jody Perry and the North Shore Board Riders who were fantastic partners to us in making this event happen 
After Graeme and his helpers from Siena College had placed the Kombis in position it was time for Paul, John and Errol's team to drop off the tables, chairs and bins from our friends at Mooloolaba School. Now it was starting to look like an event site - and with a little more room than we had thought thanks to the fantastic work by our "site Architect" Steve 
Then it was time to open the gates, and the crowds were soon filtering through past our mates from Passport Rotary and underneath the Mooloolaba Rotary Arch into the event site where the Alex team led by Skye and Sean were manning "Rotary Central." Soon the queues were backing up and the newly found skills of Wendy's team in QR codes and EFT POS (didn't even know what that was a few weeks ago) were being put to the test. 
The next few hours were a bit of a a blur with Wallis seemingly everywhere keeping the public happy and safe. Where did he find the time to do those interviews with SeaFM who were broadcasting from the event site.
Tony found time to take a few snaps, and Carmel took over Rotary Central in the afternoon, with our wonderful volunteers. 
As the event unfolded it was great to see the conversations taking place between the crowds and helpers and artists and what an interest after lunch around the art Auction hosted by that ball of energy Owen Cavanagh. The scene had been set by the purchase of a work from Julie Chizzoni earlier for $500, and expectations were high for the mural that had been created by Owen and Rod Pickle at the show.
In fact the work was only completed a few minutes before auctioneer Tony called up the bidding. The mural was eventually sold for a bargain price of $1,000 which Owen generously contributed to the beneficiaries of the show. 
Owen with the mural that was created at the Surf Show and Shine
Then it was time for the Kombi of the Year and Peoples choice winners to be announced. MC Wallis introduced Councillor Natoli who made the presentations for "Peoples Choice" and "Kombi of the year" and two rather emotional, excitable Kombi owners accepted Myles Newton hand made trophies to show off to their Kombi mates. 
The trophies...unique momento's of a great day. Thank you Myles and Steve.
Our main sponsor and great community supporter Dean Stuart, Ashleigh Smith, Councillor Natoli, Nerrine Hooper with their trophies.
Here is Nerrine's story about Apple (APL 74) ..and this is what Apple looked like in 2006
“Apple’s Story”...... Apple was someone’s rubbish but my treasure. We found her under a tree in Redcliffe, knocked on the door and offered $600. Well when that little wreck arrived home I was so excited! I took my 4-year old’s hand and toddled down the driveway and said “We need to find a name for her”. Well wIth a big grin on her face she chuckled “SHE LOOKS LIKE A BIG RED APPLE!”. Apple! What a perfect name, found under a tree too. Since then she’s been totally restored right back to bare metal and gone a shade of green. And now there’s lots of love, lots of adventures and many more still to come following @reenys_kombi
and here is Ashleigh's story. This little beauty is called "Gem" (DC 61) and Ashleigh has had her for 6 months. 
1961 Dual Cab Kombi. Originally owned by Stan and Thelma Atkinson, owners of the Gembrook General Store in Victoria. “Gem” was used solely to deliver groceries to the surrounding area.
After several hours of great fun and fundraising, a certain scribe was so happy that it all came together and a wonderful team effort by the club and its amazing helpers.
Here is a classic "End of the day" shot. 
Sun going down and a Kombi full of character. Iconic. 
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2020 Surf Show and Shine Kombi Parade

2020 Surf Show and Shine Kombi Parade

Well what a turn out...a Fantastic Kombi Parade left Mooloolaba beach on Saturday night, with our great sponsor Dean Stuart from Cricks Volkswagen out in front, and an amazing "Komvoy" of Kombis close behind.
On Saturday many of the local visitors joined us in the car park to see the Kombis off on their coastal trip.
The sight of these lovable vehicles heading off was something to behold. 
The route was changed slightly to include the Mooloolaba Spit, and the convoy was so big that it allowed the outgoing Kombis to meet the incoming Kombis as they went down the Spit. Quite a show. Thank you to everyone who participated, and a big thank you to everyone involved. 
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Sea FM on site from 9 - 12am

SeaFM Broadcasting and MC'ing from 9 am - 12 on Sunday 

Our mates at SeaFM will be onsite and broadcasting from the glorious beachfront car park. Be sure to say high to Edie, Sophie, Mel and Ethan. 
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Rotary Virtual Conferences

Rotary Virtual Conference 

The Virtually Alice Zone 8 Conference had an excellent line up of speakers from Rotary International and local presentations. You can access it on the Zone 8 website soon. Jennifer Jones spoke about “Modern Rotary” and how throughout the pandemic Rotarians have shown their ability to adapt. Clubs are inducting members and chartering new clubs. Grants have provided much needed PPE and ventilators to communities. The videos from the finalists in the Zone competition gave us an insight into various club projects and the standard was very professional. Mike McGovern spoke about Polio Plus and the annual target of $50 million funds to be raised and matched by the Gates Foundation. This target translates to $1,500 per club. Polio cases have been reduced by 99% which is an amazing achievement for Rotary and our partners.

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Comedy Corner

Most Rotary Club bulletins have a comedy section, and a certain reader of our "bully" keeps sending through clips from other clubs here is a selection.  "Enjoy" as they say in all the restaurants...

The bookie at the racetrack registered complete surprise when a horse stepped up to the window, and asked to bet on himself.
“What's the matter?” snorted the horse. “Are you astonished that I can talk?”
“Not at all,” said the man. “I'm surprised that you think you can win.”

The young man at the flower shop was taking an unusually long time to place his order. When the clerk asked how she could help, he explained that his girlfriend was turning nineteen and he couldn't decide whether to give her a dozen roses or nineteen roses -- one for each year of her life.
The woman put aside her business judgment and advised,
"She may be your nineteen-year-old girlfriend now,
but someday she could be your fifty-year-old wife."
The young man bought a dozen roses.

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Kerry & Mark talk to club

On Friday we heard from Mark and Kerry how their brilliant community work commenced, and it was a revelation. Mark's group started out with a small group of surfers (3) getting together to help with wheelchairs and the like to grow into a group running "legends of Surfing" lunches and the like raising over $100,000 for kids and mums in need. Then NDIS came along and Mark and his team took on board helping out with the things that NDIS does not support that make life that little bit more bearable for those who need a bit of help. Interestingly Mark and his team are now turning their attention to mental health issues and helping out in that area. 
Mark's team will be running an amazing raffle on Sunday from their kiosk showcasing a hand made surfing board. And dont forget the "online" raffle is available from their website.
Also on Friday Mark mentioned that his team were now running a kids minibus to help parents with disabled kids get to the hospital and other treatment areas without having to negotiate the numerous buses that are needed from the Coast to get to them.
At that point, Dean Stuart, who is a great supporter of many community groups on the coast came to the rescue with a generous offer to service the kids bus!...Thankyou Dean, you're a champion. 
The IT gremlins contrived to defeat Kerry with his talk on the genesis of Salty Souls. Here is a couple (Tamara & Kerry) who have turned a 2017 family tragedy into a legacy for "disengaged kids" and boosting their self worth through surfing programs, and most importantly lifting kids up and setting them on the right course to be good citizens. The Covid year has been a challenge for Kerry and Tamara but though it all they have been able to run programs of kids (5-17yo) taking around 16-18 kids at a time and running refreshers and the like. Actually they have 35 kids organised for 3rd October, so they'll have work cut out there. 
As always with Kerry, you feel the passion for helping kids and when he tells the personal stories, it is truly inspiring what the Salty Souls team does. Very happy to support these two great community causes.
..And our major sponsor Dean from Cricks Volkswagen joined us for breakfast and stayed on to hear how preparations are going for the Surf Show and Shine. 
Dean's crew will also be escorting the Kombis on Th eSaturday Parade, which is promising to be quite something with a Cavalcade of Kombis (is that the collective noun ?) heading up and down the beach front to generate interest for the AMAZING Sunday show. 
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Transition to a home and to work ..too much to ask?

On Friday secretary John briefed the club on the ZOOM meeting with IFYS and Holly Humphrey from Passport Rotary. Its early stages, but hopefully in the next few weeks IFYS will have funding for a "job club" at the Stadium Hub to help the folk there transition to a job - most likely in the hospitality industry. The team at IFYS have been engaging with some special employers who have put their hand up to help the clients at the Stadium get into work. 
Rotary have been asked to work with IFYS to help fashion a basic advanced modules in work preparation areas, giving practical advice on getting and staying in work. 
Regular ZOOM meetings have been set up by the Project team, so stay tuned, and we hope to detail how this will all work in the next week or so. 
Transition to a home and to work ..too much to ask? 2020-09-20 14:00:00Z 0

Whats that club?

It took a while but a few sharp eyed members realised that another Alexandra Rotary had hacked our web presentation..
Whats that club?  2020-09-20 14:00:00Z 0

Signs are Up !!

Surf Show and Shine Signs (try saying that out load) go up

An intrepid band of volunteers headed out on Sunday to put up the car park closed signs and the corflutes for the show. They must have worked because on Monday morning the Secretaries in box was full of enquiries, and apparently the Facebook communication went up a notch.
So Paul, Tony, Errol, Craig and John managed to put out 40 corflutes and 50 metres of banners before the sun went down. Now hopefully we can remember where we put them as we'll be taking them back down in a weeks time !!
This car park will be full of Kombis, Music, Artists, Surfboards, sculptures, the latest in VW vehicles and hundreds of visitors on Sunday 27th.
Our old signs came in handy to attract the passing traffic.
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Rotary Surf Show and Shine Bands confirmed

Bands at the Rotary Surf Show and Shine 
The following entertainment has been confirmed for Sunday 27th Sept........stay tuned for more info on the amazing Sunshine Coast Surf artists headlined by Owen Cavanagh 
  • Siena School Band...
  • Karrie Hayward....
  • The Dreggs.....
  • Tay Oskee.....
  • Anna & Jordan......
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Mooloolaba Revitalisation Project Manager talks to club

Mooloolaba Revitalisation about to start 

The club welcomed Adam Stewart from Sunshine Coast Council and visitors James from NSW and Paul from Mooloolaba Rotary and James Baldwyn to hear Adam provide and informative talk and an amazing "fly through" of the future shape of Alex - Mooloolaba.
The work of revitalising the beachfront will start at the old caravan park car park after the Surf Show and Shine is over, and we'll see new walkways and geenspace and amenities flow from North to South until in a few years time all the beachfront will be an amazing recreational space for the community. The program should take place over 5 years or so, and is being scheduled to progress steadily without causing too much inconvenience as the foreshore is set up for the next 50 years. 
Thank you Adam for your talk, it was much appreciated. 
Mooloolaba Revitalisation Project Manager talks to club 2020-09-13 14:00:00Z 0

Surf Show and Shine Kids area

Green Frogs Adventures putting on a show

While the mums and dads are enjoying the Great Rotary Surf Show Kombi show, the kids will be kept entertained by Green Frogs adventures who will have climbing walls and all sorts of kids adventures at the park in front of the car park.


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Fridays speakers - Salty Souls and Board Surf Charity

Fridays speakers 

This Friday we'll be hearing from Mark Skinner and Tamara & Kerry Smith about the great work their groups do in the community. We'll be doing our best to support these guys by having a HUGE fundraiser on Sunday 27th at the Mooloolaba Beach car park...did I mention that there will be a Kombi and Surfboard and entertainment thing going on?
Fridays speakers - Salty Souls and Board Surf Charity 2020-09-13 14:00:00Z 0

Bunnings - but not as you know it Jim

Bunnings is Back !!

On Saturday we were at Bunnings and we can report that we survived a very very busy day with some great work by the team. Here's a few pics taken by Skye (where did she get the time to take pics?) 

Under the mask is super chef Steve, who handled the morning shift, and our amazing master chef Tony did the afternoon shift.

Both never stopped all shift, and we understand slept very well on Saturday night. 

Below is our mate Stuart. I think the dark glasses, framed by the wire fence describes Stuart attitude to crowd control very well. Stuart is going for the border guard look. 
The queues were kept suitably subdued by his good looks and natural "take control" attitude. Some reports from the public about over aggressive spraying were ignored. 
Now this guy below is one of our volunteers who we couldn't have done without on the day, Steve P would normally be in China at the moment, but their loss is our gain, and our amazing ex-treasurer showed some fantastic teamwork with Skye on the morning shift. Big thanks to all our "ring ins".
Finally, a big thanks to everyone involved, it is certainly a bit harder work with the Covid restrictions but Sandi, Paula, Steve P, Steve N,  Craig, Tony, Stuart, Carmel, Wendy, Skye, Paul, Errol, Sean and a certain scribe did a fantastic job, and now we have some funds to pass onto the community. 
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Weekly Humour from Buderim

Joke of the week 

This joke from the Buderim Rotary newsletter caught the fancy of Tony...

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of the graduating from university "And what starting salary are you looking for?"

The engineer replies, "In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package." The interviewer inquires,”

Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and den- tal, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?"

The engineer sits up straight and says, "Wow! Are you kidding?" The interviewer replies, "Yeah, .....but you started it."

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Bunnings - but not as you know it

Bunnings on Saturday - Same but different

Errol, Craig, Michelle, Tony and a certain scribe trooped along to the Bunnings information night to find out what "the go" is now that Bunnings have opened up their community BBQ's at the weekend. 
I'm sure all Rotary clubs are very appreciative of Bunnings doing this. It is a great community activity and one that (as a Bunnings shareholder for many years) is an excellent company initiative.
So its all changed with Covid, and Sue took us through the new rules and roles. It's all very well organised, even if the roles do sound like people out of a Cluedo game. 
There's the Captain, who must be an inducted person and their all the time to make sure everything is going smoothly and safely. Then there is the Cook, who does must wear heat proof gloves all the time and keep the inventory of sausages on the go, then there is the order volunteer who assembles the orders, as the public are now no longer allowed to touch sauce bottles or the like, and then the Collector who receives the order and takes the money and also must wear gloves all the time. And finally their are the crowd controllers (or Bouncer as Stuart likes to be known) who are in charge of queuing and social distancing. 
Sue also explained the rules concerning the operation of the BBQ and that this is a trial for Bunnings but that provided everyone remains super aware of keeping everything clean and safe it should continue to be the great community support that it has become. 
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Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation 

Project Manager of major beach renovation speaker on Friday 

Fridays speaker will be Adam Stewart who is the project manager for the Mooloolaba Beach revitalisation. This major work will totally change the foreshore from the "old caravan car park" through to the Mooloolaba Surf Club. The work is expected to take several years and several million dollars. 
Some of the artists impressions are remarkable. Have a look at THIS LINK 
Adam has been very helpful to the club with preparations for the Kombi Surf Show and Shine and will talk to the club about the program of work and how it will change the face of this part of the Sunshine Coast, and what we can expect when its all finished. 
Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation 2020-09-07 14:00:00Z 0

Bill & Melissa visit club

Care Outreach comes to visit 

Bill and Melissa from Care Outreach reminded us on Friday morning why we're so keen to support them with our fundraising. These amazing folks and their army of volunteers go to the far flung districts of western Queensland (don't ask me to repeat them) to provide practical support to farmers and their families "doing it ought" in the outback. We were amazed at the coverage Bill went through on "questions without notice".
We've also managed to drag Bill and Melissa away from their work on Sunday 27th, and they'll be putting up a Care Outreach stall at the Mooloolaba beach car park to let our visitors know what Care Outreach does for the farmers and their families, who are still suffering after 8 - 9 years of drought, and the crushing day to day lives that many of them have endured during that time. 
A film documentary is being made of what Care Outreach do in the outback, and Bill related a "normal day" for one of his visits which ended after almost 20 hours on his feet, up to his neck in mud trying to pull a steer out of a waterhole. 
Craig gave a vote of thanks to Melissa and Bill on behalf of the club..
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Volunteers Needed, Bunnings, Kombi Show, Worklife

Can you help?

Bunnings Saturday Sep 12th
The club is looking for help at the Bunnings BBQ this Saturday. Shifts are from 7.30 - 11.30 and then 11.30 - 3.30. 
Rotary Surf Show and Shine Sunday Sep 27th
The Rotary Surf Show and Shine is at the final step of approval, with the submission of our Covid plan for Sunday 27th September. We will need help with crowd control and general roustabout work.
WorkLife (Oct - December)
Alex Rotary and IFYS and Thrive are about to launch a WorkLife program where we'll be mentoring folks either from a homeless situation or youth and helping them with improving their job preparation and application skills.
These will be conversational, classroom like activities where your experience in the workplace will help support others who may be a bit out of touch with what employers are looking for, and need some reassurance and some new skills in presenting and communicating themselves for work and at work. 
If you would like to help with any of these Rotary Projects please contact us at
Volunteers Needed, Bunnings, Kombi Show, Worklife 2020-09-06 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Passport Club at Breakfast meeting 

Welcome Sunshine Coast Passport Club

We welcomed Brian Wallace and the team from Sunshine Coast Passport Rotary to our Friday breakfast meeting. 
The Pasport club is a relatively new Rotary club with members from all over the region , all of whom are interested in "making a difference" to the community, and for community minded citizens whose lifestyle does not suit regular meetings. So if this sounds like something our readers would be interested in please get in touch with the club at and to see whats going on go to
Brian and the Passport members are always on the look out for opportunities to help out at Rotary and Community events, and so it was very timely visit, with President Wendy grabbing the Passport volunteers to help "man the entrances" to the Rotary Surf Show and Shine.
And it was especially good as we had Melissa and Bill as guest speakers, where the Passport members could hear about the fabulous work that Care Outreach does in Queensland outback.  
"The Rotary Club of Sunshine Coast Passport (Provisional) is the proposed new, innovative Rotary club based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
The club we're planning to build will look and feel a little different to many traditional Rotary clubs as we are focussed less on meetings, and more on community service." 
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SSS Newsletter

Hi Folks,
The arrangements are going well for the Parade on Saturday and the Show on Sunday 27th September. 
We think that having state borders closed all through September is a positive thing for the event, and we’re very confident of getting an approved Covid plan. 
The site has been planned in detail, so every lot on the car park has been allocated to a particular Kombi or Vendor or Supporter and we have ensured that safe distancing will enable everyone to enjoy the show. 
But of course it will be different this year, so we will be limiting the numbers on the car park according to our Covid plan. 
Like everywhere else we’ll be asking everyone to register and taking your details. We’ll have event and traffic marshalls to help you and sanitising stations etc. will be in place.
So this is just to update you and let you know about the access arrangements. 
Saturday Parade 26th September late afternoon / early evening
50 - 100 kombis will meet at the car park and will travel along the beachfront to create interest in Sundays big event.
They will be escorted by some top vehicles from Cricks Volkswagen, and we will have SeaFM on board providing a roving commentary on th eKombi parade along the beachfront. 
We’re asking all Kombi’s…even if you can’t make the show on Sunday to come along for an amazing photo shoot. Channel 7 TV are expected to be there. 
If Kombis could asssemble in the car park from about 4 ish…and we’ll head off around 5 -ish. More details coming so stay tuned.
Sunday 27th September (early to late afternoon) 
We’ll be setting up early so everyone will not only have a spot to park given to them before they arrive, but we’re asking everyone to be in plave well before 8am to allow for the expected early rubber neckers. 
The Mooloolaba beach car park will be full of Kombis, vintage surfboards, Musicians, Sunshine Coast artists and street vendors to celebrate the Sunshine Coast lifestyle while giving back to the community. 
Our beneficiaries of this fundraising event are Salty Souls  The Board Meeting organisation  and Care Outreach  So bring some spare cash for raffles and some amazing food. 
SeaFM will be broadcasting the event from the foreshore mid morning. 
The North Shore Board Riders will have their fantastic vintage surfboards on display, including some never seen before. 
The Kombis will be competing for the best renovation, and the people’s choice, and we’ll have a celebrity judge from Cricks Volkswagen to make the call. 
There will also be two display Kombi’s on show from a Sunshine Coast Collector that will create a lot of interest. 
Owen Cavanagh, world famous surf artists and his colleagues will be showing off their amazing surf Art, and there will be a display at the old amenities block where Owen will be creating surf art while you watch…we’re expecting that to be one of the highlights of the show. 
Sunshine Coast bands, including Tay Oskee and other top line musicians will be playing, as will community bands such as Siena School Big Band.
Green Frog adventures will be running the kids play areas with some great kids activities.
Access to Surf Show and Shine 
 It is best to approach the event site from Alexandra Headland or Buderim Road. Approaching Mooloolaba from the south will be tricky.
 Mooloolaba traffic is in chaos as Brisbane Road has been dug up and detours are in place.
If you are approaching from Buderim Road or Alex Headland, simply take the traffic lane nearest the beach as you come down the Alex / Mooloolaba hill, and as you enter Mooloolaba Beach on the left, the first sharp turn on the left after the traffic light will take you into the car park.
Marshalls will meet you at the car park entrance and they will have your registered details and your site allocation. You will be escorted to your allocated site.
If you are approaching Sunshine Coast from the from the South, then the Brisbane Road detour will take you to the Alexandra Headland Hill. As you go up the hill take the U -turn at the traffic lights half way up the hill and then the beachside lane as you come down the hill and to Mooloolaba Beach, and hard left into the car park as above.
Overflow vendors and volunteers parking
If you have additional vehicles, we have parking for volunteers and vendors at Moololaba school. This car park is not open to the public. Marshalls will meet you at the entrance to the car park opposite Coles in Walan Street, and allow you in to the school car park if you are known to the organisers.
SSS Newsletter 2020-09-02 14:00:00Z 0

Saara got accepted for NYSF

Way back in May we heard from Ainsley Lea about her fantastic experiences with National Youth Science Forum and how this had influenced her career choices. At that time your club also heard from Saara Silvola who had applied to go on the latest NYSF with support from Alex Rotary.
Well stop press...... we are delighted to let you know that Saara has been accepted from a strong field of candidates and we send her our congratulations and look forward to hearing about her experiences when she returns !! 
Here is part of Saara's application (its impressive) - and we also understand that her interview with the Rotary District team blew them away!
"I consider myself very STEM-oriented - I study chemistry, biology and psychology in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and am very interested in their study and research. I find science in general very fascinating as answers and explanations always exist, even if they have not been discovered yet. I am also interested in volunteering in the community through events such as the Mooloolaba Ironman, the Mooloolaba Triathlon (2019/2020) and LifePoint Baptist Church’s Christmas Lights (2017-2020). I also participate in fundraisers such as The World’s Greatest Shave and Cancer Council’s Relay for Life (2019). 
My hobbies include reading for leisure, swimming, playing the piano, playing netball and going to the gym to keep a balanced lifestyle. 
Over the past few years, I have discovered my true love for STEM through the various opportunities and extra-curricular activities I have been involved in, such as the QLD Regional STEM GirlPower Ambassador program in 2019 (alumni for 2020 and 2021), the 2020 UQ Science Ambassador program, USC’s STEM connect program in 2019 and ‘Meet the researcher’ webinar meetings through QUT’s STEM Internship program in 2020. 
My biggest achievements include being an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme academic scholarship winner in 2019 and 2020, receiving a Mountain Creek SHS Community Service and Leadership Award in 2019, being named the academic DUX of the grade in 2017 and 2018, participating in the USC Maths Modelling Challenge in 2018 and 2019 (1st place in 2018) and being a school leader since 2017. I anticipate that being a part of the National Youth Science Forum will be as rewarding as my previous experiences."
This is a young lady we wil be hearing a lot more about in future.
Congratulations Saara
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Vocational visit to Sports Hub

Vocational visit at Sports Hub

We visited the sports hub on Friday and saw first hand the amazing facility that has been such a success in helping the Sunshine Coast homeless during the pandemic. Renee and Vicki were our hosts, and we learned how quickly the IFYS team and others responded to the crisis, but also how the unique model that they set up has been successful in transitioning people from homelessness to a more permanent footing in our community. 
And all of this has been done on a relative "shoestring" budget. 
The average number of people now staying at the "Hub" every day is around 40 and the length of stay is just over 30 days, hundreds have been through the facility and thousands of meals. The model is to manage and mentor the "guests" to more permanent lodgings, and in some case to permanent employment.
The facility itself is well suited to the task for adult accommodation, with good size accommodation and common areas, and a fantastic outlook over Lake Kawana. So much so, the IFYS are looking to replicate the model in Sippy Downs where the land and build requirements are well advanced. 
Vicki and Renee also want Rotary to help out with supporting the hub guests transition to work by giving then preliminary work skills and encouragement to engage again work situations and with the community. This would be similar to a course the club did a few years ago at Maleny where older trainee community workers who had been out of the workplace for a while were given several sessions with club members on basic work skills. 
Conference room at the Sports Hub
Errol, Craig and Skye
Temperature checks before arrival...Secretary John so disappointed he didn't top the charts !
Wallis and Fiona in deep discussion
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Future Club Projects 

Club Calendar

While the Surf Show and Shine is taking up most of the Clubs activity at the moment we're also looking to keep the club active through the year ahead.
Its clear that the pandemic has hot many community organisations hard, and so we'll be looking to keep up our fundraising and community help. There are at least 3 potential projects that will come to fruition in the next few weeks.
Rotary & IFYS
  • WorkLife job skills. The club has been asked to help out at the Sports Hub with supporting the temporary residents in that facility with early job seeking and job keeping skills. Things like work preparation, interview skills, communication, etc. for 24-40 year olds.
  • Kitchen / Workshop. The club is also exploring how we could help with practical job skills around retail or small machine / bike repars
  • Major Youth sports / homeless facility. We're fortunate to have close relationships with IFYS and will be looking for wider Rotary (Cluster or District) support to support the developmemt and operation of the proposed Sippy Downs facility to help homeless or disengaged young sport people transition to a stronger relationship with the community, through mentoring and work skills transfer. 
  • The club has also been discussing with the Dept of Education on how we may be able to help support the youngsters that are in the THRIVE programs. This would be a much younger cohort of kids and be held in the Aerodrome Road THRIVE complex
We also recognise that we're a small club, so will be looking to use our network and other Rotary and volunteer clubs to help. 
Here's some of the things that will be going up:
12th - Bunning BBQ
26th & 27th - Surf Show and Shine 
11th - Walk for Mental Health along Alex Foreshore
Thrive & IFYS programs
6th - "Christmas at Alex" 
January 2021
Alex Rotary Charity "Solstice" Swim 
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Rotary / Toastmasters 

The Toastmasters / Rotary relationship continues

Mike Storkey’s wife Lesley Storkey has just been announced as an International Director of Toastmasters International.
This is a two-year appointment to the International Board of Toastmasters; she will be the Director from Region 12 which covers Australia, New Zealand, PNG, parts of Indonesia.
The Toastmasters Convention was scheduled to be in Paris during August and was converted to an on-line- “virtual” convention because of Covid-19.  Voting from around the world took place on Friday evening (our time) and results announced about 7.30 am today (Sunday) which would have been somewhat nerve wracking!
It is fantastic news for us given the new alliance between Rotary and Toastmasters.
On behalf of Alex Headland Rotary and District 9600, a big congratulations to Lesley.
Tony Freeman
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The Art Precinct is taking Shape

Surf Art is coming to Surf Show and Shine 

During the week Owen Cavanagh has been contacting his artistic mates and we'll be sending out a newsletter shortly with the artists who will be at our Surf Show and Shine event.

Also stay tuned for what Bands are coming and what the "special attractions" are at the kids area. 

Owen has exhibited his work in Australia, Italy & Spain and we're fortunate to have him on our Sunshine Coast. Here's a taste on what you can expect.

We're also hoping to attract some other artists to the show, and designer in chief Steve has created a mini art gallery on the SSS plan which will have some sculptures and some truly mind blowing surfboard art work. 

Also an honourable mention to Mark who helped the event out with putting Nathan from Sunrise skips onto the event. Nathan has done us a great favour by donating a skip for the event. We're on the look out for wheelie bins now...
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Bunnings is back on - but not as you know it

Bunnings on Saturday 12th September - anyone?

We're delighted that Bunnings Community BBQ's are back on. They are a great source of income for community clubs like Rotary. Of course there are some community causes that you see at Bunnings that do make you wonder "The three legged orphaned dog society" leaves me scratching my head for example. 
But COVID has meant that the BBQ looks a lot different. There are now designated roles and procedures for every volunteer;
The Captain must be able to watch the whole procedure the entire day and assist where needed or guide the team – they are the person in charge on the day.
The Greeter Volunteers (x3), effectively the crowd controllers / bouncers, to keep people socially distancing.
The Cook Only one allowed so three arms and nerves of steel and Masterchef training would be an asset. 
The Collector Three legs would be beneficials to ensure that food gets to the customer quickly. (preferably the correct order)
The Order Volunteer is the Eftpos user, stands and makes sure the queue is kept moving. 
So no pressure then!! Our first club BBQ of the season is on Saturday 12th September. Good luck everyone! 
Our club masterchef....
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Skip - anyone?

Skip Anyone?

If anyone of our readers knows of a community minded skip provider would they please let the club secretary know on  Thanks. 
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Sunshine Coast Care 

Volunteering on the Sunshine Coast

John James from Suncoast Care was our speaker on Friday. John is no stranger to Rotary, as he is a past Paul Harris fellow, but this was his first visit to Alex Rotary.
As it turned out we had a lot in common with Suncoast Care group as it has strong links to Bill & Melissa at Care Outreach and also works with "The Shack" on the the community problems on the Sunshine Coast. 
John gave a very positive and inspiring talk on the work that his team does on the Sunshine Coast every day of the week, rain hail or shine. We were reminded of the relentless nature of community work as John went through the food bank activities that his colleagues do every day of the week to provide support, physical and social to those in need. 
Trucks and utes and volunteers as far south as Rocklea markets then all around the Sunshine Coast to help out those who quite simply, would not manage without this kind of help. 
When you listen to people like John talk about what they and other community work leaders do ...then you realise what a debt the community owes to these selfless citizens who put in every day to "make a difference". Well done Suncoast Care. 
A little bird told President Wendy that John had lost his Paul Harris fellow badge, attracted a fine and which was corrected at the meeting, as you can see below.
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Vocational Visit

No SLSC meeting this Friday ...we're at the Stadium HUB. 

IFYS have invited us to undertake a Vocational Visit in place of our meeting on Friday 28 August 2020.  To ensure that we can assist IFYS to provide access and facilities for us to meet at their Sports Hub can you please confirm your attendance by Wed 26thAug via return email to
Vocational Visit details:
Business:       IFYS
Time:           Friday 28th August 6.45am arrival for 7am sign in.
Venue:          Kawana Sports Hub Accommodation
                        26 Main Drive Bokarina 4575 (north end of Lake Kawana)
Parking:        Please use the underground parking directly ahead of you as you drive into the site.
                        NB: do not use the ground level parking as this is used by Building Owners
Entry:          Take the stairs from the car park to ground level.
                        As you exit you will come up facing the Lake.  
Turn right and follow the path until you are at the 2 story building with large Deck covered by a shade sail.
Entry is via a gate in the pool style fencing and head across the grass to the decked area (via steps in the middle of deck)
Congregate here and we will then head into the building and be signed in, temp checked and be directed to 
use hand sanitiser in accordance with IFYS COVID protocols.
Breakfast:      IFYS has offered to provide Tea/Coffee and pastries for our meeting and to provide a tour of the facilities before we are seated in their meeting room for our meeting.
Meeting:        Vicky and Renee will address us about a series of projects that IFYS are seeking to progress and will seek our assistance in considering these and any opportunities for 
                        further development of the partnership we have formed to provide services to some of the Sunshine Coast’s most vulnerable people.
Running Late:   please call Wallis on 0417767076 so we can make sure you are able to enter. (If I’m late you are on your own!!!)
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Club help needed

Volunteers and Skip Needed

On Friday "headmaster John" was keen to make sure everyone was included in helping out for the upcoming Rotary Surf Show and here is the cast members thus far. And remember, there are no demarcations, so if you can help out in any of the areas or have any ideas just jump in with your help, or hang around for the regular 8.00 am Friday meeting after the club meeting. 
We're looking good for go on the Sunday 27th Sept, but if anyone has a "relationship" with a skip provider we'd like to hear from them.....very important piece of gear for the show. 
The Cast
Wallis - COVID, MC, entertainment run sheet.
Graeme - Kombi's, entertainment, run sheet.
Wendy - All things financial, entry gates, hand stations, counters etc, 
Steve - Site plans, COVID layouts, trophies, 
Michelle - Media, entertainment, kids areas
Sean, Skye - Promotions, social media, 
Craig - electrical, sound, traffic SES, 
Mike, Errol  - Schools, volunteers, services, 
John - Back office, registrations, permits, vendors, project secretary
Dave W - Fundraiser, Council relations, traffic
Carmel, Sean - Rotary Kiosk -  First Aid tent, T shirt sales,  etc.  
Club Chorus Line - Anyone I've forgotten, plus help with promotion prior to event and on Saturday Kombi Parade, and site set up and take down. 
and of Course our great helpers :
North Shore Board Riders - All things Surfing, Artworks and promotion.
Mooloolaba Rotary - Arches 
SES - Traffic management 
Mark Skinner -Board Organisation - Raffles, stall  & promo
Kerry & Tamara - Salty Souls - Stall, entertainment. IT social media, 
Bill & Melissa - Care Outreach - Stall & promotion
IFYS - stall & promotion
and our major sponsor Dean Stuart - Cricks Volkswagen - plus - Saturday night Kombi Parade and Sunday judging. 
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Not so new "friend of Rotary" 

Welcome Steve "Friend of Rotary"

Steve has finally received his change of status badge, but not his engagement with the club, which if anything has increased, as he helps the club with the Surf Show and Shine. 
The plans that Steve has produced have been fantastic and his eye for detail impressive. We are up to version 11 of plans for the car park, an hopefully not to many more changes. He's also enlisted son Myles to help with the trophies (prototype below), as well as driving the ideas and shown a great passion for this event. 
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Rumour Mill

Club Rumours

Apparently "pocket dynamo" Vicky Meyer and her team have been thinking up plans for Rotary engagement with Youth, and its going to be HUGE!.
So if you know of any good citizens who would like to become Rotary members and help the club and cluster work on Youth and Community projects, please invite them along to one of our club breakfasts, and maybe what we do will be of interest to them. 
We're having a vocational visit to community youth in a couple of weeks, so expect more news then. 
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IFYS Stadium and a personal story involving teddy bears

One of the benefits that our club has with having a close relationship with IFYS is that Renee and Vicki keep us in close touch with whats happening in the community. 
Many will have saw the fantastic work that was done over the past months at the Stadium "Hub" where various groups and organisations helped out the community during the initial COVID crisis. One particularly sensitive group to the COVID changes are the Sunshine Coast homeless. When the various SCC amenities were shut down for health reasons, The IFYS team swung into action to take care of the homeless who were now more vulnerable than ever. 
On Friday Vicki went through some of the statistics, and perhaps one of the most emotional stats was that the team managed to house 40 kids during the past months who would otherwise be staying in cars, or in alleyways, or in tents in pretty ordinary conditions. Also concerning to hear that 371 folk were sleeping rough when the pandemic hit, heading into winter.
The team also found 146 temporary accommodations for hundreds of families and have delivered over 8,500 meals since April. A fantastic effort, and made possible by the IFYS team, many of the Outreach team working from 6am to 10 pm to make sure the less fortunate in our community had a roof over their head and some food on the table. 
These statistics are impressive, but behind every statistic is a story and we were fortunate to have Terry, who spoke to the club about his experiences with homelessness, and how he had turned his life around. Terry's story was AMAZING. From a chap who had hit rock bottom and told that he "should be dead" from the doctors, he has managed to not only work with IFYS to "get clean" of addictive waits and have a permanent roof over his head, but has now set off on a "Teddy Bear" business. 
Thank you Terry for sharing your story, and also Vicky and Renee and your colleagues for the fantastic work that they do, 
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What I saw on my morning walk...

It's Kombi & Surfboard time on the Sunshine Coast 

A certain scribe saw these two icons on his regular morning you know whats coming next month..
Yes the Rotary Surf Show and Shine !! check out the website for details...
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Youth Driving Schemes

Special Rotary Minute from Tony

The terrible road toll on our youth was Tony's theme on Friday and the Rotary Young Drivers Scheme (RYDA). Tony's Rotary Minute spoke to a personal connection where a young girls life was lost not long after receiving their driving licence.
This led to other discussion and some other memories, some from Steve and the beginnings of the RYDA scheme as "U turn the wheel" to teach kids of the risks of driving started in the Moss Vale club.
From the Rotary Club of Mossvale website..
"The U Turn the Wheel program for Year 11 students in the Southern Highlands is now funded by generous grants from IMB Community grant , Mittagong RSL Community funding and Moss Vale McDonald's. The program includes presentations from NSW Police, NSW Ambulance, Driving school, Trade Practices, Road Accident victims and Youth Solutions. The program is run over 3 days.  These Community members give their time freely to support the program and believe in the strong principles Rotary has instilled in the event. This has ensured the respect of the students listening to the message as well as the delivery of a quality, educational program with achievable goals.The U Turn the Wheel has always been provided to students FREE of charge. This has been a strong principle adopted by the Moss Vale Rotary Club which allows all students to participate and benefit from the important road safety event."
Then Graeme reflected on his experiences with Sunshine Coast kids when shown the horrific consequences of the road toll. And there are many other youth driving awareness schemes, including IFYS and PYC which the club has supported in the past. 
Good to know that there are Rotarians all over helping the youth with their driving responsibilities. 
Thank you Tony for a reflective Rotary "Minute" with everyone was pleased to contribute to.
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Birthday Boy & Girl

Happy birthday to Michelle and David

On Friday we celebrated the youngest and oldest members birthday. Hope you both had a great day!
Not sure if it was Dave's birthday that did it, but Dave's Rotary minute reminded us that there were precedents for long standing Rotarians in respect of recognising their service to the community, and then started to sound like a plea for a pensioners discount? 
Actually we're pleased to know that Dave has been recognised for his work as past Sunshine Coast Senior Citizen of the year, and his fundraising for the Helicopter rescue service that has been extraordinary.

Welcome Paul and Craig our newest members

Craig was our newest club member for all of 15 seconds before President Wendy welcomed Paul as a transferee from Maroochydore Rotary.
Welcome both of you, we're delighted to have you and look forward to using your skills, arms, legs, brains in the club projects. 


A big thank you to Steve - past treasurer and club auditor

Also with us win Friday was past treasurer, and all round (pun intended) good guy Steve Power. Many of us know how lucky we were to have Steve as a member, and how he continues to support the club through his Office of Fair trading support. Many thanks Steve, hope you enjoyed the breakfast. 
Club tasks for newest member Michelle seems to be sorted...have a look at this woodworking feat..
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First Female Rotary President

Rotary will have first female president in 2022 - 2023

Hot off the press and in your Rotary news....Some would say not before time. Rotary is to have its first female Rotary International President. Fantastic. 
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Club plans and butchers paper

Club Plans

Its that time of the. year again when we set club goals. And as we all know you can't have a strategy meeting without butchers paper.
So our chief strategist (Wallis) brought along his corporate tools to Fridays meeting and the club went to work on the butchers paper with coloured pens and lots of ideas...and some blank stares. 
We looked at what we wanted from the club, and developed some plans for guest speakers and visits and projects. 
Some of the guest speakers we plan to have are, Care Outreach (Melissa and Bill) , Salty Souls (Kerry & Tamara) , Board Organisation (Mark Skinner), Council Beach renovation Project Manager (Adam Stewart) aviation (TBC) , technology (Elon Musk), community speaker (Jodi Ryan?) and of course try and hold some club meetings in the community, perhaps through our contacts with IFYS and THRIVE and other supporters. Keep this ideas coming, and help Wallis out with guest speaker ideas. 
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Picnic in the Park

Picnic in the Park

The club held a very successful Picnic in the park, many thanks to Wallis, Gail and Declan for organising. The weather was brilliant and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. An added treat was that we had Sean's and Skye's kids to amuse the oldies!
Also good to see John and Lol join us and taking a break from their farm for a while. 
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THRIVE starting to take shape -  WorkLIfe anyone?

THRIVE and Alex Rotary

Things are starting to move with THRIVE and the club may be invited to participate in the second day of the Youth Program being proposed by THRIVE and 4 local schools. This will involve Rotarians for about one hour every week for several weeks at THRIVE's facility on Aerodrome Road. Its not confirmed yet, but looking promising, and will give Rotarians an opportunity to share their work experiences with kids who may be feeling a bit apprehensive about their work preparation and skills. 
Its all part of the WorkLife program that the club offers to schools to help kids improve their soft skills and transition into work. By helping them recognise the skills that they have and how academic results are not the only measure of employability we hope to build up their self confidence and preparedness.
If you are interested in helping out for an hour a week, just let Secretary John know. 
Also the club is keen to facilitate a small machine repair workshop to give kids an opportunity to learn new skills while mixing with older folk. This initiative was brought by Errol, and its had some fantastic results throughout Australia. We hope to engage mens shed, retired and working adults to spend some time on this worthwhile project. 
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Surf Show and Shine News


We held our first SSS meeting after the club meeting taking up where we left off before COVID. So things are extremely well advanced, and almost all of the Kombi's that initially registered have confirmed that they are keen to come along again to the event on Sunday 27th September, and most happy to take part on the Kombi parade on Saturday night also. 
Steve has been doing a fantastic job on the site layouts and we've had great support from our mate Dean Stuart at Cricks Volkswagen, and Sunshine Coast Council through our new Councillor Joe Natoli. 
Mike and the Mooloolaba Primary school have been brilliant, and we much appreciate their offer to host Kombi's overnight on Saturday and their offer of overflow parking on the Sunday. 
Wendy is in charge of all things financial this year we are offering electronic payments. Who-Hoo. Wendy has been given new POS device called a "square" which will keep her busy trying to commission!
Wallis has the hardest job in the team, developing a COVID plan for the event that everyone will need to follow. So we wish him well with his efforts, and will be supporting a safe site on the day through our marvellous volunteers. 
Graeme is itching to get started on the Kombi posters, and the trophies and artwork is coming along nicely. 
Jodi and North Shore Board Riders are organising the fantastic surf board displays, Mark is keen to get the community bus on show and Cricks Volkswagen will have a fantastic display on Sunday and escort the Kombi Parade on Saturday. 
Donations to help with volunteer T shirts have been fantastic. Our old mate and past President Scott Brimelow has been fantastically generous, as has Stuart Aird's CEO (Brad Henderson) at BFX , and Paul Morton (Push Productions) , and one of our newest members has a great friend of Rotary in Naomi at the 6th avenue art gallery who made a generous donation. What we weren't expecting was a donation from Kerry and Tamara at Salty we'll need to put in an extra effort for them as Salty Souls is a beneficiary of the event. Thank you all. 
So the car park is almost full of Kombis, Vintage Surfboards, vendors of surf gear, fantastic food,  community stalls and school bands and a kids play area....what's not to like?
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Dementia carer support and club news

Dementia Booklet a local success story

We were fortunate on a rather wintry morning at Alex Headland surf club to hear from a local man who has devoted much of his life to helping dementia sufferers and specifically the carer's. It was a great story from John Newson of how he saw a need for a practical information to be given to the partners of dementia sufferers to help them cope with this terrible disease. A great example of someone seeing the need and geting in and "making a difference".
John and his co-author Helen Petersen have produced a marvellous booklet, packed with practical advice and very touching stories of dementia and how it affects everyone in the patients circle. 
Want to know more? Then John's number is 0427 177 747

What a (Scottish ) morning 

This was the welcoming wind and rain on Friday, and photographer Tony caught this lonesome soul on the waves.

Poetry Lesson ?

Meanwhile Sergeant Dave excelled himself yet again, providing us with a poetry lesson (really?) and leaving poor Michelle and Skye somewhat bemused.
Never mind, Dave's month as sergeant is over and he did a fantastic job in raising $100 to help defray some of John's costs in publishing the dementia carer's booklet. 

Annual Club plans and club duties

Before the general mayhem that was the Sergeants session there was feedback from Wendy on the Board meeting and discussion on club duties and what the club goals will be for this year.
This will become a bit clearer as we go forward, but suffice to say that the first major project we're going to have is the Rotary Surf Show and Shine and we'll be looking for lots of help.
Mike Storkey is coordinating the school and volunteers. We've already had fantastic offers of support from Mooloolaba & Passport Rotary, and Mike had great success with his discussions with the school, in regards to overflow parking and overnight stays or registered Kombi's.
So stay tuned as we finalise the stakeholders, and Steve allocates the remaining Kombi and Vendor sites, and look out on your emails for help requests from the team!

T shirt sponsors - anyone?

If anyone out there knows of a business or organisation that would like to have their logo pn our fantastic volunteers T shirts, please let us know at

New club sign in Foyer

A big thank you to Alex Surf Life Saving Club for allowing us to put up our meeting sign in the foyer. 

No meeting this Friday its 5th Friday of the month

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Club History responses - what a turn up

Club History on the website 

We're fortunate that most of the early presidents have kept their history and we've been able to populate our club history on the website......and you know what they say about social media..."once its out there it out for ever"...
A big thank you to Scott Brimelow who excelled (as he always does) with providing Dave with the 10 year review of all the early Presidents. Plus a rather lengthy (6 pages - really) "Ode to our mate Gary".
There was some gems in Scott's review, not least his recollection (true or false?) about Carmel's story.
If you are a male and a bit squeamish you might not want to read, but if you get to the end of Carmel's story its hilarious ! Have a look here..Carmels story 
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Meeting survey results

Club Meetings 

The survey on club meetings confirmed that the majority of members are happy with the breakfast timing (it gets easier in the summer!...promise)...and much prefer Face to Face to Zoom, although there was a view that an occasional ZOOM meeting would be a good idea. Also while everyone thought that the SLSC was a fantastic venue, there is room for a community meeting now and then. So thanks for feedback.


President Wendy has taken the club decision on Ironman to the organisers and explained in view of the COVID crisis and Alex membership situation we will not be in a position to support the Gear tent this year. 
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New members inducted 

Welcome Michelle and Skye

On Friday morning (glorious picture below) President Wendy inducted 2 new members Skye and Michelle and we found out that not only are they both considerably reducing the average age of the club, but they are also boosting the Rotary heritage of the club with both Michelle and Skye having much to do with Rotary Youth programs previously. 
So welcome, and once Craig is feeling better we look forward to inducting him into the club. Also we have two new members as transferees, considerably bolstering our overall membership. 
The proceedings didn't go exactly to plan, with a bit of a mix up in identities, (you don't want to know!) ...but it all worked out well in the end. Here's Errol rescuing himself from the hole he has just dug for himself.

Sergeants session

The meeting continued with the sergeants session, and where David had been outstanding last week in generating revenue.....this week he took pity on us with only a small number of misdeeds punished..... so be warned for next week......and bring plenty of pocket shrapnel.

Next Weeks speaker 

Thank you to Wallis who has arranged John Newson to come and talk to the club about the work he is doing in the dementia care guide area. Many of us will know someone who has been affected by this terrible disease.
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The Surf Show and Shine is back on

Kombi and Surfboard Show 

The club is pushing on with the Kombi show for the 26th and 27th September. Steve and John have met with Council and we've been briefed on the likely impact of the redevelopment of the shorefront at Alex Walkway / Mooloolaba and it looks like we'll just squeeze in at this time. 
John handed out the Council drawings of the future shorefront...looks fabulous!!
So the format will be as planned pre COVOD, with the event being held at the lower car park beachfront, a Saturday night Kombi Parade, and a Sunday show for the community. 
The only exception being that there will likely be NO film show on Saturday night as previously planned. 
So we thank everyone for putting their hand up for the show in February, and we'll be in touch with them soon, if they have not already heard from us. Mooloolaba Rotary have already offered the use of their arches for welcoming the Kombi's. Thanks Mooloolaba.
For those who were not aware of the planning for the postponed show here are the key stakeholders:
  • Sunshine Coast Council
  • Dean Stuart and his great team at Cricks Volkswagen
  • MIX FM
  • North Coast Board Riders 
  • SES 
  • Mooloolaba Rotary 
  • The Board Organisation 
  • Our fantastic Vendors,  community volunteers, and supporters
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NYSF Update 

Update from Tino Baboa as our district NYSF Chair...continuing with this great Youth program 
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ROMAC Update 

Here is an update from PDG Harold Sharp, who advises that even in these times, ROMAC has 20 patients approved to come to Australia for life changing surgery, 
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Mobile phones help prevent Domestic Violence

Next time you are out shopping and near the great folks at King IT, be sure to take along your old mobile phone and support these great people who are providing life lines to those in a DV situation. Well done King IT. 
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New members

Welcome New Members

This Friday we'll be inducting 3 new members to the club, Michelle, Skye and Craig. Delighted to welcome new members and especially enthusiastic ones at that!!
We also welcomed (with their new badges) John and Lol White who were the greatest help with the Rotary Care Garden project at Landsborough from start to finish.
It all started with initial Garden design by John & Lol's daughter (Bridgit), and the final task on the project was by Lol putting in the last plants to the herb garden next to the new basketball court and the new and freshly painted cubby house.
Great work guys, and welcome as friends of Alex Rotary. 
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IFYS Volunteers making a difference

Our corporate members at IFYS have put out this short video which is fantastic for showing how volunteers really can get involved and "make a difference"...
Have a look, and as Molly says "do yourself a favour" 
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Mooloolaba Change -Over Dinner tonight

Its changeover season and tonight the Mooloolaba Club welcome in new President Geoff Hopkins. Many of us at Alex Rotary know Geoff from the Rotary Care Garden and the Kindergarten landscaping work that he and his team put in a great effort for.
We're pleased to see that with the lifting of some of the COVID restrictions, it looks like being a successful night for Mooloolaba Rotary.
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Christmas in July 

Rotary e-Club of South Africa hosts Christmas in July

Our club friend and supporter Charmain is hosting a Christmas in July Fundraiser. Its on ZOOM in keeping with the fantastic Rotary e-Club that Charmaine leads. 
Click on image to take you to more information...please support this worthwhile cause
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Blaze Aid today and club history then

Blaze Aid and Club History 

Members may recall that the club went out to Murgon several years ago to help out the Blaze Aid organisation at the time of Queensland bush fires. This great group of volunteers are still going strong, and were on ABC 4 corners last night showing how they continue to volunteer to help the bush fire devastated families around Cobargo.
Today the volunteers are still helping mend fences, repair yards, clear and repair damage, but most importantly showing that they care and are concerned about their welfare. This is something that I know many Rotary clubs support financially and physically.
Here's some photo's of the clubs visit and some stories from Blaze aid today...

Blaze aid is a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods. Working alongside the rural families, volunteers help to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed. Alex Rotary helped out in Murgon. Currently there are no Blaze aid camps in Qld.

As we know from our clubs involvement with Care Outreach, volunteers also help to lift the spirits of people who are often facing their second or third flood event after years of drought, or devastating losses through bushfires. BlazeAid volunteers work in a disaster-affected area for many months, not only helping individuals and families, but also helping rebuild the local communities.

BlazeAid volunteers:
"Not just rebuilding fences, but helping rebuild lives."

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THRIVE on hold till after holidays 

Alex Rotary & Thrive Project

The THRIVE project on Aerodrome Road is having a bit of a break over the school holidays, but we're please to say that they want to catch up after the holidays to discuss how the club may be able to help with small machine repairs or WorkLife coaching or how any of the skills within Rotary can be applied to this fantastic cause led by Mal Pratt and managed by Noel Boxer. 
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Maroochy Golf holding Australia Wide Golf Comp

Maroochy Rotary and AGFR

Students of Alex Rotary website will have noticed some changes. The sharp eyed will have seen that we've set up a web page for the Maroochy Rotary for the Australian Golf Fellowship of Rotary. This is an annual competition inviting Rotarians from all over Australia to come and play on the Sunshine Coast. So we wish Maroochy every success and look forward to a great Rotary competition the coast next year. 
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Club History  

Dave's Travails

Pleased to say that the Club history project is coming along nicely. You'll see from the website that there's an area under construction for Past President to tell their story of their year. One Past President has already been in touch and will dig out his photo's and memories that we look forward to posting.
Dave Woodrow has been busy trying to put together the Alex Rotary club history from various electronic sources. Unfortunately for Dave the world of technology has moved on since the club was founded and while there are records of the club on computer chips the necessary software to access this information has been superseded.
Added to that laptop batteries have died..... and computer connections have changed..... poor Dave has been pulling his hair out (who knew?). 
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2020 Changeover

2020 Changeover 

On Friday morning bright and early we welcomed new President Wendy and new President Elect Stuart at the "Changeover Breakfast". Here they are being introduced by President Wendy under the national and international flags exchanged by the club over the years. 
Tony expertly chaired the meeting where we welcomed guests, partners, past members and friends to the Bluff room decked in International and National flags to celebrate the event. (Thank you David and Errol) Past President Mike summarised the club efforts over the past year, and Errol gave the International toast, while Wendy had a few interesting awards to give out. 
Dave W had an iterating environmental award which seemed to involve some kind on metal taxidermy (don't ask). 
We were delighted to see a strong gathering, including Honorary member Fiona Simpson, who took time out from her hard working schedule to join us, as did Presidents from Mooloolaba (Geoff Hopkins) and Maroochydore (Paul Scott), as well as past members Denys, Bob and our new friend Steve. We also welcomed Val Saunders from Maroochydore and partners Paula and Cherie, Marilyn and Lesley. We also welcomed Sandi and Craig.  Thank you all. 
 and here are some interesting pics from the morning proceedings..
President Wendy, who has been the backbone of the club for several years now..
David W seems to be offering advice to Errol who gave the Rotary International toast..
Room looked fabulous..
President Wendy had arranged some unexpected awards, this one for Lesley's chauffeuring...
Sean was bemused and delighted to receive the "Silver Toad"  award. Not so sure the toad was quite as happy?
The club received a certificate of appreciation from Vicky Meyer for our support of IFYS's recent "Stadium Hub" project that saw 175 citizens housed during the COVD crisis - and a childbirth from what would otherwise have been a homeless couple I hear. Fantastic work by IFYS and the team at the Stadium.
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Change in Club Meeting times?

Change in club meeting times ??

The club is asking members whether they have any views on changing the club meeting times. I guess that with the COVID and ZOOM, and the cold mornings has made us question whether we should consider if a breakfast meeting is still appropriate for the full year, and what an evening meeting (if that was what the members wanted) looked like. 
So get your thinking caps on and let us know your ideas. And keep an eye on your emails to complete the survey. 
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David Woodrow 

Under Construction 
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Bill Bradley

Under Construction 
Paul Harris Fellowship awarded to Trevor Smith 
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Gary Lynch

Under Construction 
Paul Harris Fellowship awarded to Denys Alt
From the 10 year history of the ode to Gary last pages (5 pages!! in total)
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Russel Thompson

Under construction 
Paul Harris Fellowship awarded to Fernand Michot
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Peter Andrews

Under Construction
From the 10 year history of the club....
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Bob Thompson

Bob's team
Bob's annual report to members.....
As we all know, it is difficult to compete on the Sunshine Coast with so many worthy volunteer organisations, which are seeking members, trying to attract corporate and public donations and also trying to identify new fund raising opportunities.  In response to this problem we have tried this year to supplement our traditional fund raising activities with some new service activities to provide variety and “hands on” activity.  I take pleasure in recognising the fantastic commitment by members to all projects and activities and also the excellent weekly meeting attendance – often in excess of 85%.  Thank you all.
A key objective for 2012/13 was to build membership, enjoyment and satisfaction to all club members.  Based on feedback, I believe that we have done reasonably well to cement a strong and enjoyable club culture.  However, we have not done so well in terms of building membership, which is a very difficult task.  Having said that, our recent membership function will hopefully add some new blood to the club soon and we inducted Andrew Conroy last week.  Thanks to Peter Andrews for his tireless effort.
We set out to work more closely with our community.  During the year we supported the Sunshine Coast Regional Council with their “Opera at Alex” event, Montrose Access with their “Walk with Me” event, Alex Surf Club with “Clean up Australia” and the Surf Life Saving Club Carnival.  We participated with the Alexandra Headland Community Association with their Christmas pageant and other community based service projects including support to the University of the Sunshine Coast, Science and Engineering Challenge and assistance with the staging of the USC Community Fund Awards presentation dinner.
RCAH has forged closer ties with Sunshine Coast Private Hospital via fund raising committee participation, plus physical support and patronage for the very successful “Opera on the Green”, last weekend.  This event attracted 300 patrons to this inaugural event at the Palmer Coolum Resort and raised enough funds to purchase two fully equipped intensive care beds for the hospital.
Again on matters medical, our club participated in “Hat Day” for mental Health Research and we have just completed potentially lifesaving CPR and First Aid training, provided by the Alex Surf Life Saving Club.
As usual we participated in the “Mooloolaba Triathlon” and “Clean up Australia”, thanks to the coordination of Colleen Dunn. A memorable service activity was the field trip by a team to Murgon, with BLAZEAID, to help flood affected farmers rebuild fences.  This represented a win for those who participated and a clear win/win for the farmers both in terms of actual fence rebuilding, but also psychological support as they had lost their fences three times in 18 months.  RCAH also responded to a plea for help from flood ravaged Bundaberg with a significant cash donation which was boosted by a very generous donation from John and Ngaire Roberts.
We also set out to work more closely with our Rotary cluster clubs on the basis that “a larger critical mass can make a bigger difference in our community”.  To this end we embarked on a joint Coastal Pathway Signage Project involving the Rotary Clubs of Mooloolaba and Maroochydore, which is soon to be completed, on our joint behalf, by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.  Our club has also been active in encouraging the Rotary Club of Maroochydore in the establishment of a new “Men’s Shed” to supplement the very successful shed at Buderim.  This project is proceeding very well.
RCAH organised a joint meeting at The Big Pineapple, where 65 Rotarians from six cluster clubs enjoyed breakfast, fellowship and a train ride.  A subsequent joint vocational activity involved the RC of Caloundra for a joint visit to the old Caloundra Lighthouses.  Yet another RCAH initiative, organised by Sue Quinn, was a very successful combined cluster visit to the QLD Parliament, including dinner with the Speaker of the House and Honorary RCAH member, Fiona Simpson in her private courtyard.
RCAH has placed considerable emphasis on the importance of youth programs and youth issues.  Our club supported “Peace Scholar” (Summer Lewis), RYPEN scholar (Chelsea), NYSF student (Ridge) and Sienna College Awards.  An important milestone during the year was the re-establishment of the INTERACT CLUB at Sunshine Coast Grammar School, thanks to Chris Baker.  Recently we assisted this club to transport donated goods to Fiji for their pending field trip in late June and on Friday 14th we will present them with a significant donation to help with expenses.
We have enjoyed a varied and busy meeting program with many interesting guest speakers and lots of fellowship time.  This has been supplemented by three social functions (plus one, stormed out), three vocational visits, two special membership meetings, three special dinners and several informal meetings at Alex beach.  Our end of year family lunch will be held next Sunday.
This year we have introduced understudies, or 2IC’s, in all key club roles as well as asking all members to take responsibility for various initiatives and routine meeting duties.  I am pleased to say that in all cases the nominees have taken their roles seriously and have provided back up when needed.  Several members participated in the District Conference and District assembly.  Prue, Marg and I enjoyed home hosting of PE delegates from PNG and the Solomon Islands.  Our club has also provided funds to support District initiatives in the Solomon Islands for water, education and sanitation projects.
Our Club Training Officer, Carmel Hulett, has guided talks on a variety of useful Rotary issues. We continue to formally monitor the feelings of members on a variety of procedural matters in order to keep us as current and relevant as possible.  We believe that an important issue is “looking after our own member’s welfare” and several members have been integral in looking after us as a family.  It is important that we do not become complacent, particularly as our membership grows and diversifies.
One issue that came out of discussions was, whether we should change the fee structure.  After a lot of discussion at general club meetings, the Board approved a six month trial of a new, all inclusive, monthly electronic payment system which commenced on 1st January, 2013.  After five months and a great deal of group discussion among members, a decision was made to basically change back to the old system, with a couple of modifications.  This was ratified at the Board meeting on 28th May and the changes have already been published to members separately.  They will take effect from 1stJuly, 2013.
I wish to thank everyone for their contribution, commitment and effort, plus their ideas and advice.  Your friendship and support during this Rotary year has helped me to achieve a great deal of personal satisfaction and enjoyment from my term as President.  I apologise to those who grew weary of my never-ending emails and sometimes anal approach to detail, but I know no other way to do it properly.  I also wish to thank Marg for her tolerance and her unflinching support.  Now I need to buckle down and do all those jobs around the house that have gone begging.  It has been a privilege to work with such a fine bunch of happy and talented people.  Please accept my sincere thanks for a great ride.
Bob Thompson
11th June, 2013
A newsletter, with some interesting comments in inimitable Bob's style
..and a change over dinner
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John Malloy

Year               2017 -18 
President       John Malloy 
Secretary       Joy Cowan
Treasurer      Bob Lane
Location of meetings:
For my year I wanted to move to an Alexandra Headland location, so after much discussion (and angst) and help from the Alex SLSC we moved he club meetings to the Alex Surf Club. This wasn't without lengthy discussions but there really was little choice as the Headland Golf Club arrangement was on a "Take or Pay" arrangement whereby we had to guarantee 20 buffet breakfasts as a minimum to cover Headlands Golf Clubs cost. This was proving to be quite a drain on the club as we often had considerably less than 20 members at club meetings, so club was losing money every week. After some teething problems with breakfast logistics and not a little effort by our treasurer Bob, we settled into a level of breakfast normality.
We also wanted to give the members greater opportunity to be involved in the running of the club, so we held the Club Board meetings in the Alex SLSC straight after Fridays breakfast meeting. This proved to be quite popular with members, bu I did miss the glass of wine I'd enjoyed in previous years wih Peter and Linda Darnell and the rest of the previous board.
I was also keen to have vocation meetings and so we arranged to meet at different loacations around the community to show our support for other organisations and for a bit of variety. So we met at Scootty's "Sructures" office, as well at "The Shack" and at community cafe in Newspaper Place.
New members inducted
I don't recall inducting new members, but what gave me the most pleasure in this area was awarding PHF's to Peter Darnell and Prue Byrnes at my changeover the end of the year. Two great servants of the club. Peter for his steadying hand over 2 years, and Prue for her fantastic work with the social side of the club and her tireless youth activities.
The saddest part of my year was when Libby Schick passed away after her long batle with cancer. Libby was a lovely lady who bravely fought her illness and was always willing to help in whatever way she could.
Major projects, fundraisers and other activities
I'd received great support from the club with my passion to help youth transition o work, and so we were able to publish a "worklife" book and associated courses at Sienna College during the year 
Also we tried valiantly with Bill Bradleys help to hold a golf day for the club but it was difficult, and after not getting enough golfers to fill half the field we gave up. We later found out that most golf days were unsuccessful, and the club resolved not to run one again.
Also ran a "Surf Show and Shine" at the Mooloolaba school oval which was started a couple of years before and was growing in popularity. We were able o raise $20,000 which wen to Bill and Melissa Close's Care Outreach organisation, as the state was still in the grip of a drought that was in its seventh year. he money went to the farming community in the form of pre paid debit cards to be used locally.
he club also started the "Solsice Swim" which came from an idea by Bob Lane, one of the morning swimmers on Mooloolaba beach. 
Exchange students 
Prue took most to do with this...... Bianca?
Candidates for RYLA, RYPEN, RYDA, TSE etc
Paul Harris Fellowship awarded to Peter Darnell, Prue Byrnes and Paul Morton
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Paul Harris Recognition Summary 

Paul Harris Recognition Summary
Denys Alt                             May 2009 *
Peter Andrews                   May 2012 *
Chris Baker + 1                  May 2012 *
Prue Byrnes                         June 2018 *
Peter Darnell                      June 2018 + *
Tony Freeman + 3             August 2003 #
Wendy Gilson + 1              June 2011 #
Gary Lynch                           June 2011 *
Fernand Michot                 December 2004
Paul Morton                        June 2018 *
Errol Richardson + 3         June 1988 #
Owen Scott                          Dec 1994 +
Trevor Smith                       September 2010 * #
Mike Storkey                      March 2011 #
Michael Sullivan                April 2005 *
David Woodrow                April 2005 * #
* Awarded by R C Alexandra Headland
# Current Club Member
+ Deceased
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Alan Walter 

Under Construction 
Paul Harris Fellowship awarded to Wendy Gilson, Gary Lynch, Mike Storkey 
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Trevor Smith 

Trevor Smith - First RCAH President

Paul Harris Fellowship awarded to Michael Sullivan, Dave Woodrow
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2020 changeover

We gathered for breakfast on a glorious sunrise at Alex Beach to welcome in our new board for 2020. Tony expertly chaired the meeting where we welcomed guests, partners, past members and friends to the Bluff room decked in International and National flags to celebrate the event, and here are some interesting pics from the morning proceedings..
President Wendy, who has been the backbone of the club for several years now..
David seems to be offering advice to Errol ...
Room looked fabulous..
President Wendy had arranged some unexpected awards, this one for Lesley's chauffeuring...
Sean was bemused and delighted to receive the "Silver Toad"  award. Not so sure the toad was quite as happy?
The club received a certificate of appreciation from Vicky Meyer for our support of IFYS's recent "Stadium Hub" project that saw 175 citizens housed during the COVD crisis - and a childbirth I hear.
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Special Breakfast Invite

Hi Folks,
This Friday we are having a special changeover breakfast meeting to welcome in the Alex Rotary Board for 2020. All Rotarians and partners and friends are most welcome to attend.
Please see invite below and let us know if you can make it to a special morning breakfast meeting for the club at the Alex SLSC bluff room, as numbers will be limited. 
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Rotary Ladies Morning Tea

On Saturday morning Rotary Ladies from Alex and Maroochydore Rotary had a "get to know you"  morning tea. 
By all accounts everyone had a lovely time and here's A few photo's...looks delicious !!
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Alex Rotary looking for scientists of the future

Science Schools Foundation Experience

The club is pleased to subsidise 4 budding scientists from local high school, Chancellor, Grammar, Mountain Creek and Sienna to attend the annual Science Schools Foundation "The Science Experience" at Queensland Universities.
The experience consists of 3 or 4 day courses, where our scientists of the future mix with University researchers and gain insights into the latest STEM developments. 
In previous years we've subsidised 3 students to attend, and the feedback from the students has been that mixing with the professionals in their field of interest has been career changing. So we're hoping that even in this time of virus, there are budding scientists out there who would benefit from this fantastic opportunity.
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Black Lives Matter

Rotary fighting Racism

Secretary John did some research into how Rotary was responding to the BLM issue in USA. Interestingly Chicago (our home Rotary International town) figures largely in the debate. 
As we know Rotary has since its inception been fighting Poverty and supporting Education - the main causes of not just Racism, but Tribalism and Sectarianism - the things that bring out the worst in Society. Many Rotary clubs have put on their website the Rotary statements on Racism and what Rotary stands for but their was one club that has really taken a strong interest. John noticed that the Rotary club of Kent, Washington state had not only supported the local BLM march but also invited the police and BLM activists to speak at their meetings. 
Well done Kent Rotary for getting involved in "making a difference" to their community and tackling the serious community issues.
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Face to Face meetings Back ON 

This was the scene early on Friday morning to greet Alex Rotarians and was a bit of an effort to get up at the ungodly hour for the 6.45 start, but as well s this magnificent sunrise, we were also witness to hordes of surfers enjoying the ocean  made the effort worthwhile!
Thanks Tony for the pic..
So all going well (and thats certainly not been the experience of 2020) ...we'll continue with Face to Face meetings from here on in, until we find that elusive vaccine. 
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District Newsletter

As it gets towards the end of the Rotary year, here is Darryl's last newsletter as District Governor
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Donations in Kind back in business

As the community situation improves, so Rotary Community help is returning ...Donations in Kind are now coming back on stream. Here is their latest for more info
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Teaching in the time of COVID

Teaching at the time of COVID

Our speaker on Friday morning was Leanne Jensen-Steel A/Executive Principal, Chancellor State College. After listening to Leanne on how Chancellor and the teaching profession more widely coped with the COVID restrictions, and the online training, I was full of admiration and regret. 
Admiration for a fantastic passionate educator who clearly loves what she does and truly " makes a difference" to those >1,000 kids in her care. 
Regret that she wasn't around in my mis-spent youth. 
Leanne covered the challenges and difficulties that schools faced with the virus restrictions, and how the teaching profession had responded and what the future impacts on the kids are likely to be, from "preppies" to grade 12's. Interesting to hear the spectrum of responses given the differences between well resourced schools, and others who are struggling. (An opportunity there for Rotary ?).
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Coming out of Restrictions

Restarting meetings

Good news. Alex Rotary breakfast meetings at the SLSC are restarting on Friday 19th June.
The Alex SLSC is gradually returning to full operation, and we'll have a ZOOM meeting on this Friday 12th. Also to note that at the meeting we'll be hearing from members on their thoughts on future meetings while partial restrictions are in operation, as well as how we get to know the folks at Maroochy Rotary better and build a stronger Rotary. 

Restarting the Solstice Swim

Winter has arrived (really!) We've also been getting emails from our supporters about what we're doing about the Solstice Swim. So we're discussing possibilities with Alex SLSC and Sunshine Coast Council to see what may be done about holding our annual charity swim.
Unfortunately we will not be able to hold it on the Solstice but hopefully the next few months we'll be able to hold the swim and have a fun day while helping the community. 

Restarting the Surf Show and Shine 

A couple of the members are meeting with Councillor Natoli to discuss opportunities to run in the show this year.
As we know plans were well advanced (Thank you Steve N) when we were told by Council that because of virus considerations we were unable to hold it. So we'll stay in touch with Council to see what their plans are for the re-opening community events.

Restarting Community Support

We've picked up the threads again with a few community organisations now that restrictions are being eased, and there's a few feelers out there to restart some "hands on" projects such as Youth workshops and physical community help on a project basis. Stay tuned for more info. 

Rotary Convention 

You can sign up now for the free Online event on 20-26th June to log on to the the International Rotary Convention - its open to ALL Rotary members and participants. 
Also visit the RI Convention event page on Facebook to connect with other members. You my care to use the hashtag #Rotary20 in social media posts to share or invite a friend. 

Hippo Rollers

Great talk from Charmaine on the work her team are doing in helping water supply to villages in Lesotho. See video below. An amusing, but not unexpected observation when her volunteer team saw how the "Hippo rollers" were being used to help villagers ...while women were using the barrels for water carrying or even washing clothes for their families ...the men were using the barrels to make BEER. Enough said. 

ROMAC says thanks

The club received a lovely note from Bryan mason thanking you all for the donation the club made to this great cause. 

Merger Talks

Wallis and Val Saunders from Maroochydore Rotary are our leaders and points of contact with the proposed merger between our clubs. So stay tuned for ideas and developments to build a stronger Rotary Club on the Sunshine Coast. 

Walk for Mental Health 

One project that is definitely ON at this stage is the Walk For Mental Health in October. Alex Rotary has a strong history of  helping out Vicki Stewart and her team with Community BBQ and the walk preparations and set up. So fingers crossed for no more virus restrictions and  a good turn out and keep this date free.
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Merger Discussions, Fiona's gazebo's at IFYS hub, New members, Youth news, Free tickets to Hawaii

IFYS Hub at Stadium responds to crisis

If you are one of the volunteers helping out at the Stadium, where IFYS have set up with other supporters to respond to the COVID pandemic you'll notice that as well as helping out with volunteers, Alex Rotary has been able to provide gazebo's donated by our Honorary member Fiona Simpson as "isolation waiting rooms". 
..and here is an informative email from Vicky Meyer of IFYS...
Many thanks for all your support again at the Stadium last week. We saw 43 people (36 people the week before) many of whom were not connected to our temporary housing arrangements – word is spreading! It was great to hear about the delight one couple had in being able to shower and kit themselves out in clean clothes, never mind getting fed and gaining assistance from so many of the other services on site.
I know Clare is all over the roster for next week and has messaged that we have representatives from the Department of Housing’s media team visiting us on Tuesday morning, so please be aware they may want to talk with you as well as our volunteers in relation to what we are seeking to achieve through the Hub. They should be with us from around 10am. The video Unity Water produced is amazing if you haven’t already seen it on their Facebook Page, please use the media we are getting to let people know we are here.  
Its National Volunteer Week next week, with the theme “Changing Communities. Changing Lives” and our volunteers are certainly doing this. We would like to acknowledge and celebrate everyone helping us with this housing response, so please help us by jumping onto our Facebook page during the week and like our messages. 
We want to ensure the broader community knows this is a truly collaborative initiative we have embarked on, so if you didn’t see page 22 in the Sunshine Coast Daily yesterday, a copy is attached. I would also like to acknowledge the Alexandra Headland Rotary Club, who lent us their gazebos last week to keep us dry/shaded.  
Your ongoing role in supporting individuals and families experiencing housing crisis through the COVID1-9 pandemic is greatly appreciated, by those being assisted, and us as one of the agencies responding – we couldn’t do it alone!

Merger Investigations continue

The members survey results are in from Alex and Maroochy, and there is overwhelming support to continue to explore merging Maroochydore and Alex Rotary clubs to create a larger, stronger club. There is still a bit of work to do, and of course we're planning some "get togethers" so the the members can socialise and exchange ideas before any form decision is made. 

Toastmaster / Rotary collaboration 

We're starting to see some tangible outcomes from the Rotary / Toastmaster collaboration in the form of assistance with developing and presenting speeches. So there is a link on the web page if you wish to source these resources. 

Maroochydore Rotary hosting AGRF Competition next year

Next year, Maroochydore is hosting the Australia wide Rotary Golf Competition, and planning is well under way with the competition, which attracts hundreds of golfers and their partners from around Australia and overseas. 
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Youth Exchange Program 

During the history of the club, we have been hosted foreign exchange students ("inbounds") and also sponsored local students on their overseas exchange. We also host the complete group of Youth Exchange Students every year - called the "Youth Safari" at a getting to know you night at the Alex Surf Club. Here's some of their stories.
Marc Hohnhaus was the clubs very first exchange student in 2002-3. Marc is now a doctor in Stuttgart studying to be a Gynaecologist & Obstetrician. He attended Mountain Creek High School.
Chloe Ross Buzza was our latest "outbound" student who spent a year in Brazil with Rotarian families learning the Brazilian culture and experiencing life in South America. This picture was taken just before Chloe was about to set off to meet the other Rotarian students.
Bianca Aird - Bianca spent her Youth Exchange Year in Spain, Amy Fris from Denmark spent her inbound year on the Sunshine Coast and school at Sienna College. Here's epic where Bianca (left) caught up with Amy  at the end of Amy's year with us, just before she returned home. 
Hannah Binder from Austria was a Youth exchange student who we see here back in Austria where she is studying for her teaching degree. The picture was taken last year when she caught up with her host family while on the Sunshine Coast, Steve and Trish Power. 
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Paul Harris Fellowships

During the history of the club, a number of or members have been recognised for their contributions to Rotary and the community (some more than once) by being named a "Paul Harris Fellow"
Here they are:
Denys Alt (2009)
Peter Andrews (2015)
Prue Byrnes (2018)
Peter Darnell* (2018)
Gary Lynch (2011)
John Malloy (2020)
Fernand Michot (2004)
Paul Morton (2018)
Owen Scott* (1994)
Trevor W. Smith (2010)
Michael L. Storkey (2011)
Michael Francis Sullivan (2005)
David Woodrow (2005)
Christopher K. Baker (2012)
Wendy Gilson (2011)
Errol Richardson (1988)
Anthony Freeman (2003)
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Club Discussions

Club Merger Investigations 

Club members will have seen President Wendy's note about discussions underway to strengthen both the Alex and Maroochy Rotary Clubs.
This initiative from both clubs is to investigate how we might be able to strengthen both clubs, either by working together on projects, common meetings, working together on Rotary programs, sharing networked contacts etc, etc, and possibly merging into a hybrid or singular club in the future.
One thing is for sure, both Maroochy and Alex have a great Rotary history of community involvement and see the need for Rotary to continue to develop Youth, support the local community organisations for those who need a helping hand, to support the fantastic Rotary Programs in Youth, and local and International communities.
Both clubs are determined to be clubs that "make a difference" to our communities near and far, and we understand that by being part of a club more can be achieved than as individuals. 
We are also aware that there are many demands on the good citizens of the Sunshine Coast and that membership has been decreasing at Alex for some time. So we are determined to find ways to strengthen the club and retain its commitment to the community.
Your help in supporting us to reach these goals is much appreciated. 
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During the week we received this newsletter from ROMAC. Although Alex Rotary  (twice past winners of the much coveted Rotary ROMAC trivia quiz) did not compete this year, the club was able to give a donation to help out the amazing Bryan Mason and the ROMAC team.
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 Rotary Golf Competition Coming

Maroochy Rotary hosting the 2021 AGFR

Next year the Maroochy Rotary are hosting the largest Golf Competitions in Australia. Did you know that Rotary has an association called the Australian Golf Fellowship of Rotarians? Well, now's the time to dust off the clubs so that you are in peak condition for the big competition coming to the Sunshine Coast! Here's some background on the organisation. More details to follow.

Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians is a fellowship within the Rotary organization and is part of what Rotary is about, that is fellowship within its membership. It is also part of the 4th Object of Rotary: that is “The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service”.

Also it is part of the four way test: “will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?”

Our Rotary organization has many facets from service within our clubs to community and world service, but one of the most enjoyable parts of our Rotary life is the FELLOWSHIP within our Club, our Districts and the whole world of Rotary Clubs.

Rotary has many fellowships from fishing, caravanning, motor biking, bridge to various vocations, one of the more active fellowships is the Australian Golfing Fellowship. Each year we meet in a town or city somewhere in Australia and have a golf tournament over a week. This week is rotated on a State by State basis annually.

Rotarians travel from all parts of Australia, Hobart to Cairns, Victoria to Western Australia and Darwin for the week of golf and fellowship. Generally we have around 100 Rotarian golfers with 30- 40 playing partners and 20-30 non playing partners.

Each year there is an International Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians, once again the tournament is held over a week and is held in various countries around the world. We travel to Europe, America, Asia and Australia and a wonderful week of golf and fellowship is had by all who attend.

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Summit for Sarcoma - Sad news

Summit for Sarcoma - sad news

Many of you will remember Andrew O'Connor coming to the club to talk to us about Children's Sarcoma and how it had affected his family. Andrew, and his son Ben, decided to do something to support the fight against this terrible disease that had affected Ben's cousin Tom Hardyman. They put together the "Summit for Sarcoma" funding call out, intending to raise $60,000 by climbing Mount Mera at $10 / metre. 
I'm sad to let you know that Tom succumbed to the disease last Thursday and that his funeral  is being held today.
Andrew and his sin Ben raised almost twice their original target  for Sarcoma research. Here's the link if you wish to donate to help eliminate Sarcoma. Everyday Hero. 
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2020 Anzac Day address by Dave Woodrow

Anzac Day 2020

For many, Anzac Day seemed more emotional and meaningful this year, and we're fortunate to have on our club Dave Woodrow, who led the ANZAC service on Facebook at Maleny Anglican Parish Church. Here's Dave's address. An emotional and informative speech. Well done David.
Anzac Day at Maleny 2020
I am not going to talk about the mud and blood and suffering and heroism of Gallipoli - that is remembered every Anzac Day at cenotaphs around Australia and in other parts of the world.  This year is memorable, however, because in marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in the pacific. It is also personally significant to me as my father served at Milne Bay at the first defeat of the enemy in the Pacific.
While the actual landing may have had some strategic significance, it has been described by military historians as a tactical disaster with many mistakes including landing at the wrong place and seriously underestimating the enemy defenses resulting in a terrible waste of life.  
The withdrawal, however, after the occupation was a masterpiece of planning and execution by the Australian and NZ commanders – with complete surprise to the enemy and no casualties.  This operation is regarded as nothing short of miraculous.
Instead of Gallipoli, I would like to concentrate on an overseas TV News report that showed a public rally against the country's compulsory military service legislation.  One protester, right in the front, fully exercising his democratic right, carried a large placard that read -
I know many people would regard that message as offensive, particularly on this day when we remember those who thought so differently - first at GALLIPOLI and then afterwards in a host of other places.
With EASTER so close to ANZAC day, those of us who are Christians thank God that he did not think nothing was worth dying for.
I prefer to remember another message from another place many miles from the demonstration.  The message is on a stone monument in the hills between INDIA and BURMA (now Meinma) and it reads -
                  TELL THEM OF US AND SAY:
The military action in BURMA is not the most significant in terms of the ANZAC tradition although many Australians and New Zealanders fought and died there.  What is significant is the message of the inscription - a message that is never more appropriate than on ANZAC DAY.
Many people today may not know the meaning of our ceremony. 
The Traditional Ode is the fourth stanza of a poem written by Lawrence Binyon in 1919. 
The Ode is recited at RSL clubs all over Australia at 6pm every day with all visitors standing to pay respect. The last line “We will remember them” is repeated by all present (as we can do today).
The Last Post is played on a brass instrument.  This originated with the British Army in the 17th century. 
At nightfall, or last light, the guard commander went around the sentry posts with a kettledrum to see that they were all alert for the night watch.  
The bugle was played at the last sentry post (the last post). 
This now signifies death and is played at all military funerals. 
It is the most solemn sound played on the battlefield and is heard by soldiers with the head bowed and Officers pay their respect by saluting.  
Men and boys remove their hats.
After the minute silence to reflect on the death and injuries we repeat “Lest we Forget”.
And then we hear the Rouse – the Reveille or awakening, signifying resurrection - the life in heaven after death.
This morning I will read two verses of the ODE.
They went with songs to the battle, 
They were young, Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow, 
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted, 
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
We will remember them
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Toilet Humour ?

Another Project from Box Hill 

An unintended consequence of Bruce's talk, was that he also mentioned that his club were also supporting "Operation Toilet" in India. Its worth a watch as it has a really positive ending and next time you're having a wine about washing your hands for the fourteenth time...well, lets just say after watching this video, you'll change. 
A Club member, Rotarian Mark Balla, visited India some years ago and discovered that many girls there don't complete secondary education because they stop attending school when they reach puberty. Why?  Because many schools don't have adequate toilet facilities and so the girls don't have the facilities or privacy to deal with their menstruation at school.  Our Club, working in partnership with the We Can't Wait Foundation and the Rotary Club of Nasik Road in India, started building toilets in schools in India and our Club has now been joined by other Melbourne Rotary Clubs who are bringing additional funding, capability and enthusiasm to the project. 
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Guest Speaker from Victoria joins RCAH on Zoom

Operation Cleft 

One of the few benefits of lockdown is that the club can now call on Rotary speakers from all over the world to join our "Zoom" club meetings. So it was on Friday when Bruce McEwen joined us from Victoria to talk about the SMILES project. 
WARNING - distressing image of cleft palette affected child.
Bruce, with the support of many Australian Rotary clubs has been changing the lives of Bangladeshi children through the SMILES project which arranges and pays for life changing surgery.  It is entirely supported through voluntary donations and treats 1,200 children every year. 
This is about one quarter of the affected children. Because the surgery is regarded as cosmetic, it is not supported by the government. We also found out that some Rotary Clubs in the USA are following Australia's example and starting up similar projects to help change the lives of these unfortunate kids. 
Bruce told stories of how many of the children die through associated complications, and those who do survive basically become outcasts in their society through the ignorance and superstition of the Bangladeshi villages. 
So well done Bruce and team, and while the images are very distressing its great to know that Rotary is making a difference and that there are fantastic Rotarians out there who provide that much needed support. 
What I didn't know, and its another thing to be grateful for, is that the birth rate of cleft pallets problems is around one child in 700...and that is true around the world including Australia..but we are indeed fortunate every Australian child born with this defect is attended to early on in life. 
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Cluster donates defibrillator to Alex SLSC

Alex SLSC receives donated defibrillator

This is how Rotarians are donating defibrillators while maintaining social distancing...
Unfortunately after this photo was taken, Ashley was concussed by a butterfly (apparently a very large one).... you can read about it in Ashleys column the Sunshine Coast daily, but we wish him a speedy recovery.  
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History of AGFR

The History of the Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians (AGFR)

The AGFR was born when Australian Rotarians who had been attending golf tournaments around the world organised by the International Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians (IGFR) decided that an Australian version of the Fellowship should be commenced.

Australian Rotarians had been attending IGFR Tournaments since the first of these annual tournaments was held at St Andrews in Scotland in 1967, at which Stan Williams and Jack Fox from the Oakleigh Rotary Club in Victoria attended. To this date Australians have been represented at every IGFR Tournament since its inception.

It was not until 1976, however, that a group of Australian Rotarians attending an IGFR Tournament in Hawaii, that a meeting was held in Kevin Beaumont’s room at the Royal Lahaina Hotel in Maui to discuss the formation of an Australian version of the International format.

This meeting was attended by the following Rotarians:-

  • Kevin Beaumont – Clayton Rotary Club
  • Alan Fulton – Clayton Rotary Club
  • John Hood – Moorabbin Rotary Club
  • Dick Knuckey – Broadmeadows Rotary Club
  • Don McRae – Camberwell Rotary Club
  • Ken Phelan – Oakleigh Rotary Club
  • Les Sturzaker – Clayton Rotary Club
  • Bob Louis – Hornsby Rotary Club
  • Norman Ronalds – Hornsby Rotary Club
  • Murray Guille – Oakleigh Rotary Club
  • Graeme Wilson – Camberwell Rotary Club
  • David Wells – Kingston Rotary Club
  • Alan Guest – Camberwell Rotary Club

It was at this meeting that is was agreed that the Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians (AGFR) be formed and the Foundation Committee elected was:-

  • John Hood – President
  • Don McRae – Vice President
  • Norm Ronalds – Vice President
  • Kevin Beaumont – Secretary/Treasurer
  • David Cleland – South Australian Delegate
  • Harry Clark – Tasmanian Delegate
  • Peter Goode – Western Australian Delegate

A constitution was drafted by Don McRae, Kevin Beaumont and John Hood and later adopted to form the basis of our current AGFR model constitution today. The original AGFR logo which was based on the IGFR style was designed by John Hood and Kevin Beaumont,  however the current logo was designed by Peter Raue of the Wodonga Rotary Club and was first used in 1993 at the Albury/Wodonga tournament.

Presidents of AGFR

  • John Hood (VIC)   1979 – 1984
  • Bob Louis (NSW)  1984 – 1987
  • Don McRae (VIC)  1987 – 1989
  • Kevin Beaumont (VIC)  1990 – 1994
  • Doug Barton (SA)  1995 – 1998
  • Lloyd Fleming (QLD)  1997 – 2002
  • Peter Partridge (TAS)  2002 – 2005
  • Bill Gurnett (VIC)  2005 – 2007
  • Robert Motteram (SA)  2007 – 2010
  • Greg Armstrong (NSW)  2010 – 2013
  • Wayne Nicolls (NT) 2013 – 2016
  • Alan Newstead (Vic) 2016 –

First Tournament

The first AGFR Tournament was held in 1979 at the Peninsula Golf Club on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. Eighty-eight Rotarians accompanied by 28 partners played in the Inaugural Tournament, for which the Guest of Honor was the incoming President of Rotary International, James Boman and his wife. The first tournament was held over 3 days with 10 Rotary Districts and all States (except Qld) represented.


Sir Clem Renouf

The major trophy for the Rotarian team with the best total stableford score for the tournament was named after Sir Clem Renouf who was the current President of Rotary International, an Australian, and thus making it a very appropriate choice.

This trophy was manufactured by ‘Flynns of Kyneton’ and the $1750 cash was jointly shared between the inaugural executive of the AGFR (John Hood, Kevin Beaumont & Don McRae), as the AGFR had no funds of its own at that time. The Trophy has recently been valued at in excess of $5000 but is priceless to the AGFR.

And so the Trophies for the Tournaments were then gradually presented by each State or individuals as follows:-

Victorian Trophy – Rotarian Team with the second best total stableford score, was presented and made by John Hood.

Royce Abbey Trophy – AGFR Champion with handicap – Rotarian with the best stableford score, was purchased with AGFR funds.

West Australia Trophy – AGFR Champion without handicap – Rotarian with the best total stableford score without handicap, was presented by

Peter Goodes.

South Australia Trophy – Division 1 Rotarian with best total stableford score, was presented by David Cleland.

Tasmania Trophy – Division 2 Rotarian with the best total stableford score, was presented by Harry Clark.

Glen Kinross Trophy – Senior AGFR Championship with handicap – Rotarians aged 65 or over with the best stableford score, was presented by Alistair and Avil Ward.

Queensland Trophy – Division 1 Rotarian with the second best total stableford score, was presented by Ashley Harrison.

New South Wales Trophy – Division 2 Rotarian with the second best total stableford score, was presented by Bob Louis.

Northern Territory Trophy – Division 3 Rotarian with the best total stableford score, was presented by Wayne Nicholls.

Australian Capital Territory Trophy – Division 3 Rotarian with the second best total stableford score, was purchased with AGFR funds.

Following his term as Rotary International President, Clem Renouf was knighted and as we have had 4 Australians as Rotary International President it is fitting that we have an AGFR trophy named after each of them – Clem Renouf, Royce Abbey, Glen Kinross and Ian Riseley.

Since the 2007 Tournament the original trophies are now displayed in Bostock House (District 9630) in Queensland, as the trophies became to bulky and dangerous to be carried interstate on aeroplanes to the various tournaments – so today all trophy winners are presented with a medallion of the same named trophies.

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Covid 19 - Two Things - Can you help the Sunshine Coast Community?

Thank you everyone who has responded to this call for help...

If you can spare a few hours you could really help some folks in the community who are in trouble. The attached letter from IFYS is self explanatory, and identifies two areas you can "make a difference"
1. Join the phone contact / check in roster.
2. Get word out that IFYS have meals and support for folks who may be struggling. Put on your facebook page or let others in your circle know..
Willing to help? then email or phone 5438 3000 and they'll take it from there. Thank you. 

From Vicky Meyer, who many of you will know at IFYS, 

'Our response to COVID-19 is certainly starting to ramp up up since we spoke last week. We are generating 300-500 meals daily and have opened a second kitchen. We are getting volunteers to help us in relation to kitchen duties and deliveries, but have two things I wondered if you and the other clubs could help us with currently.
We are starting to see more enquires from older individuals in our community who are isolated with little or no supports, they are not going out to shop and are not seeing another human being to talk to. We had a referral yesterday for a 70 year old lady who only had enough food for a couple more days, and nothing in the way of fresh food or veggies, just tins left in her cupboard. We have resolved the food issue, got her fresh produce and meals, food for her cat and picked up her medication. But she could really benefit from a check in call twice a week to see how she is going, she misses talking with anyone. We have explained we can only drop off items and can’t come in for a chat for health and safety reasons. She is one of a few cases we have had this week. We have also been contacted about some individuals in an aged care facilities yesterday, similar story in relation to social isolation and loneliness. 
Is there any chance members of our club or others would be willing to go on a phone contact/check in roster. It’s not a lot of calls right now, but I anticipate it will increase. We can provide a pre-paid phone, so no one is out of pocket in terms of the calls. This can be done from someone’s home and if the call generates any requests for food assistance or other needs, we can then get these actioned through our team going out.
The second request is for you to help us get the word out that we have meals and supports should individuals in the community be struggling. We have put out an ad via Facebook and our networks, but know you and the clubs have also got extensive networks across the community. We can supply ads, but the main message is to contact us via email if possible or to call us on 5438 3000. Emails are preferable as we can manage the enquires better this way.
This is the Emergency Relief ad we posted this week and we will continue to post these and others. Additionally, we took on a billboard in Maud Street I thought you might appreciate seeing"
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Elvis the security dog 

Elvis on Duty protecting the valuable Vino Collapso 

While most of us lock away our valuables, clearly Elvis, Dave Woodrow's dog understands what is important to Dave and Cherie. Here he is on duty protecting the all important seniors recreational drugs.smiley
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What one Sunshine Coast man did to eliminate the last world virus

There's this guy on the Sunshine Coast who has been instrumental in defeating a previous global virus - and its not Kevin Rudd

Here's an extract from an ABC Australian Story...

SIR Clem Renouf thinks of himself as an ordinary bloke who, thanks to a life-long liaison with Rotary, got to do an extraordinary thing.


As Rotary prepares to mark another anniversary around the world, the former World War II pilot is unshaken in his belief the world is close to eradicating polio.

And the fact this unassuming accountant, who joined up as Nambour Rotary’s foundation secretary 60 years ago, deserves a lot of the credit is one of the Coast’s best little-known facts.

The program will detail how Sir Clem’s campaign has saved untold millions of people from one of the world’s most terrible diseases.

The opportunity came to him in July 1978 when he became only the second Australian to be elected president of Rotary International.

Sir Clem decided it was time for the legion of Rotary clubs around the world to focus less on parochial projects and tackle a big-picture problem that would leave an indelible mark on society.

He had been inspired by the World Health Organisation’s eradication of smallpox and came up with Rotary’s Health, Hunger and Humanity program that would initially see 6.3 million children immunised against polio in the Philippines at a cost of just $760,000.

Another offshoot of the project was providing free tetanus vaccines to 390,000 expectant mothers.

Suddenly Sir Clem realised there was a real power for good in the form of the ready-made Rotary network spanning the globe.

“A lot of people say I spearheaded the eradication of polio campaign, but that’s not right. I just happened to know the right person to talk to,” Sir Clem said.

The “right person” was Rotary district governor Dr John Sever, who was head of infectious diseases at the National Institute of Health in Washington DC.

Sir Clem put the question to him – was there another disease that could be eliminated after small pox?

He pinpointed polio, which was crippling 1000 people every day while an oral vaccine could be given for about 10 cents a dose.

“I had no idea where that simple question would lead us – others would build on it, none more so than John Severs whose commitment to the goal of eradication has not wavered for more than 30 years,” Sir Clem said.

He was not backwards in coming forwards when it came to seeking funding.

“I would see someone smoking and say to them ‘instead of ruining your health why not give that money to the Rotary polio eradication and help save 15 lives?’.”

The final blow against polio is now tantalisingly close with Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria the only places where people can be crippled by the easily preventable disease.

“I used to say it would be eradicated in the next few years, but it gets harder the closer you get,” Sir Clem said.

“But I intend to die in a polio-free world.”

His eternal optimism comes from the support of people like US philanthropists Bill Gates and Ted Turner, who have poured millions into the campaign.

Sir Clem has been to India and other polio hotspots and helped give the oral doses, which WHO officials were not interested in when he and Rotary first offered to help.

“I guess they didn’t really think a non-government organisation should get involved, but they didn’t have our network,” he says.

“After they saw the effectiveness of our campaign in Central and South America, they came to us and asked us to work with them.”

Sir Clem said one story that hasn’t left him was the time his Rotary International successor was giving a dose to a girl when a boy crippled by polio said “thanks Rotary – that is my sister”.

“I couldn’t help thinking why we couldn’t have started sooner to spare victims like that boy.

“None of this could happen if people did not get together around tables at Rotary meetings.”

“I used to say it would be eradicated in the next few years, but it gets harder the closer you get. But I intend to die in a polio-free world.”

Clem's story and the support from John Severs gives us great confidence that the eradication of the COVID 19 Corona virus is just a matter of time, with folk lik eClem and John and Nayyar around. (see separate Virus Hunter blog)

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Classic Novel tells the story of Polio virus impact 

Looking for something to read in Lockdown?

You could do a lot worse than read the great American novelists Phillip Roths Nemesis where he explored the effect of a 1944 polio epidemic on a closely knit, family-oriented Newark Jewish community of Weequahic neighborhood. The children in the novel are threatened with maiming, paralysis, lifelong disability, and death. The novel is semi factual, very moving and a classic.

"Do yourself a favour" (Molly M) and read this...... its brilliant.  

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Youth Programs

Youth Programs

The Rotary Youth Programs have been hard hit by the lockdowns, but we have heard from the National Youth Science Forum, and they are offering 600 places Australia wide in 2021. 
Our club has a great history of sending senior school students of on this program, which really is a "life changing" event for those that are successfully selected. So as soon as we're able we'll be seeking expressions of interest from our affiliated schools. 
Also Rotary Youth Leadership has been cancelled for 2020, but stay tuned for more information. 
Likewise International Rotary Youth Exchange Program has been thrown into disarray with the travel restrictions, so its also a "wait and see" for the moment. 
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Club has first "Virtual" meeting 

The club has entered the new age of video conferencing.

We had our first virtual meeting on Friday morning, John dialled in from Sanfrancisco as you can see from pic below, whereas Steve dialled in from Beerwah, but forgot to tell his computer that it was no longer in NSW, so joined the meeting as it was about to close!
Anyway, a great first start and although there is NO MEETING this Good Friday, we will be continuing with video conferencing in the future. Maybe less frequently while we are in lockdown. Keep an eye on your email for invites. 
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Modern day Virus Hunter

The Corona Virus will end with people like Nayyar

Ever wondered how the Corona virus will end? What have we learnt from a previous global virus?

Here's how one amazing person and her team receiving support from the Rotary Global Polio Project to eliminate this virus....

Dr. Ujala Nayyar dreams, both figuratively and literally, about a world that is free from polio. Nayyar, the World Health Organization's surveillance officer in Pakistan’s Punjab province, says she often imagines the outcome of her work in her sleep.

In her waking life, she leads a team of health workers who crisscross Punjab to hunt down every potential incidence of poliovirus, testing sewage and investigating any reports of paralysis that might be polio. Pakistan is one of just two countries that continue to report cases of polio caused by the wild virus. 

In addition to the challenges of polio surveillance, Nayyar faces substantial gender-related barriers that, at times, hinder her team's ability to count cases and take environmental samples. From households to security checkpoints, she encounters resistance from men. But her tactic is to push past the barriers with a balance of sensitivity and assertiveness.  

"I'm not very polite," Nayyar said with a chuckle during an interview at Rotary's World Polio Day last year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. "We don't have time to be stopped. Ending polio is urgent and time-sensitive."

Women are critical in the fight against polio, Nayyar says. About 56 percent of frontline workers in Pakistan are women. More than 70 percent of mothers in Pakistan prefer to have women vaccinate their children. 

That hasn't stopped families from slamming doors in health workers' faces, though. When polio is detected in a community, teams have to make repeated visits to each home to ensure that every child is protected by the vaccine. Multiple vaccinations add to the skepticism and anger that some parents express. It's an attitude that Nayyar and other health workers deal with daily. 

"You can't react negatively in those situations. It's important to listen. Our female workers are the best at that," says Nayyar. 

With polio on the verge of eradication, surveillance activities, which, Nayyar calls the "back of polio eradication", have never been more important. 

Nayyar calls on Rotary for the everyday things that she and her team needs to do their job, everything from the vaccine, to bus tickets, train tickets, umbrella's, accommodation, clothing, basic essentials, educational equipment, everything that these amazing women need to do their job. "I ask Rotary and its there" says Nayyar.

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District news for you 

For this weeks club news we've taken the District newsletter on the Corona Virus..
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Surprise award for JM, SSS postponed, Volunteer for Loo Paper?

Alex Rotarians receive Loo Paper in exchange for Bunnings volunteer hours

By now all past volunteer members and friends for Bunnings BBQ will have received their allocation of loo paper from the Surf Show and Shine surplus quantity.
Every volunteer received a "six pack" for every shift that they volunteered for in the past. We were able to do this because your club bought loo paper for the mobile toilets in anticipation for the 4,000 visitors to Surf Show and Shine.
Even more good news, we still have a large quantity available !
So if you find yourself in need, just write to the secretary volunteering to do "X" number of shifts (sic) at Bunnings and we'll get the essentials to you. Be sure to mark your request "Bunnings Scheme" or BS.

Surprise Award for Club Secretary

This is the look that you have when your club members arrange to surprise you with. Paul Harris fellowship. Modesty forbids this scribe for adding more to the words for everyone, other than a sincere thank you, and I'm very honoured. 
Also a big thank you to Prue, Linda, Gary, Denys, Bob and Duncan for attending the surprise award, it was great to see them and was much appreciated by everyone. 

Club helps out at Women in Surf 

We were delighted to help the women at the Alex SLSC with their recent celebrations of 40 years of Women in Surf. As well as donating the club trailer John was able to put Jackie and her team in touch with a few community minded people who helped out with the promotion of the event and the swim. We understand that the fantastic promo panels made by Paul Morton at Push Productions are now going to be. on permanent display in the new clubhouse. 
From Fiona's newsletter......

Surf Show and Shine Postponed

We really need to get this Kombi to our next Surf Show and Shine !!

Rotarians and their Travails

Steve thought he had dodged a bullet when he managed to get into NZ just before the government insisted all visitors self isolated for 14 days. Visions of 14 days in a motel in NZ before starting his tour were not good. However, things got even more interesting when a day later Australia insisted that all returning residents spent 14 days in self isolation on their return from overseas. What to do? 
Pleased to say that Steve had a short tour of the North Island before returning to Queensland where he is enjoying (?) self isolation in Beerwah. North Island was great, but Beerwah has never looked to attractive I'm told. 
John had a similar escape on his trip to Tasmania, where he observed cruise ship passengers deserting their cruise ships to get back to the safety of their home countries.
Late news: Steve is going well, and in a few days he'll be able to wander through the sights of Beerwah!

ROMAC Quiz champs no more 

The club relinquished the ROMAC trivia quiz trophy, held for the past 2 years as winners of the prestigious ROMAC Trivia quiz, to give the other clubs a chance. You'll be pleased to know that nevertheless we have made a $500 contribution to this fantastic cause. Well done Bryan and the team. 
I'm told that Caboolture were this years winners. Well done Bryan Mason for the fantastic work he does in raising funds for the medical help of islanders through this great event and cause. Apparently no one has noticed the "modifications" to the trophy. Yet. 

Club Meetings

No more club meetings till further notice, but we will be having Video Conferencing, which may come as quite a shock to some, but what doesn't kill us makes us stronger (Lisa Simpson). 
" Take care out there"
(Hill Street Blues) 
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Whats happening with club projects?

Surf Show and Shine Postponed

We really need to get this Kombi to our next Surf Show and Shine !!

The Surf Show and Shine has been postponed and is on hold for now, whil ewe wait to get over the virus and Sunshine Coast Council permit community events sometime in the future. All the entrants and vendors and stakeholders have been very understanding and we'll be ready to fire it up again as soon as we have the all clear. 

Solstice Swim 

The swim would normally be in late June, but its anyone's guess what things will look like then. The latest advice is around September things should start to clear and lets hope thats correct. When we have the all clear we'll chat with the great folks at Alex SLSC and see how they are placed and make a decision then. 
The great news is that the large buoys from the Mooloolaba Yacht club worked at treat at the "Ladies in Surf" swim and we've been given the OK to use them at the Solstice Swim. 


There's no doubt that employment has taken a battering and JM's been talking to the folks at THRIVE about the possibility of evening sessions at their facility on Aerodrome Road where Rotarians could help those looking for work to improve their chances of getting work though improving their CV's, improving their interview skills, and also help them identify what work skills they have when they lack that all important first job. 
We'll fire this program up when the situation has cleared. We're sure that there will be plenty of people looking for work, and just need a hand to know where to look and how to. present themselves to their new employer. 

Club Donations

Your club has donated $1,000 to the Rotary University of Sunshine Coast Community Fund to sponsor students and $500 to the folks at ROMAC for their fantastic medical / surgical work for the most needy. 

Defibrillator donation 

Our Cluster group is donating a defibrillator to the Alex Surf Life Saving Club.
This is an initiative close to several Rotarians heart (pun intended) and a great life saving device. smiley
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Solstice Swim is Coming 

We're not over the Surf Show and Shine yet, so its a bit early to be talking about the Solstice Swim, but we've locked in the date with our friends at Alex SLSC.
So Sunday 28th June is the date when we'll be holding our annual swim, which just gets bigger and bigger every year. 
Already Mooloolaba Yacht Club have chipped in with a loan of VERY large buoys to help with the swimmers.
Here's a pic from past swims
..and one of our China correspondent...our wonderful Stevo..take care mate. 
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Surf Show and Shine almost booked out in first 3 weeks

Our Surf Show and Shine Kombi and Surfboard show is being held at Mooloolaba Beachfront this year on Saturday 18th April and Sunday 19th April. 
A BIG thank you to Sunshine Coast Council for allowing us to be the first club to host a community event at the old caravan park car park, which is destined to be the community events centre in the future.
An another BIG thank you to Dean and his team at CRICKS VOLKSWAGEN for their ongoing support of the event. 
More details are on our website. 
The Saturday night event is the GIANT Kombi parade, and the regular Kombi show will be on Sunday. Here's just one of the beauties that will be on show. 
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Footnote to scientists of the future story

A few years ago Peter Darnell was approached by a student from one of the high schools where the club had been running our worklife program to help the students transition to work. This lad stopped Peter to say thank you for Peters talk to his class and it helped him become "more professional". I mention this because we had another situation of people influencing others perhaps without realising it. 
In this case it was our very own David Woodrow. David's ears picked up when the students who went on the Conoco Phillips Science experience mentioned Professor Brendon Jones, an academic at UQ, who was a great inspiration to them. "I taught Brendon physics when I was science master at St Peter's College". said there you are, obviously Brendon was so taken by Dave's physics teaching enthusiasm that he went to from a high school student to science Professorship. 
The moral of these stories is that you never know what effect you're having on take every opportunity to make sure you're impact is a positive one. 
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Scientists of the future

The speakers on Friday were the young students that the club sponsored to go on the Conoco Phillips Science Experience. 
Its always great to hear from the younger generation, but the talks and enthusiasm from Oscar, Emily and Isabella are just amazing. It was obvious that they had made the most of the opportunity to mix with the University and scientists and in some cases this has helped them decide what branch of STEM (pun intended) the students have decided to pursue, which is just fantastic.
Oscar is interested in robotics and electro mechanics.
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Care Outreach news from Melissa

"A belated Happy New Year to you and all our friends at Rotary Alexandra Headlands. 
We are happy to report that there have been a few regions that have had some really good rain, some that have had quality falls that have seen green covering the dust and sadly others that have for the most part missed out on any meaningful falls.    The change in the optimism of many has been so good to see. 

Regarding feedback for projects – for our teams overall (including ourselves), the Christmas run was tough. 
Everyone was struggling which added to the necessity of the visit by our volunteers.  Bill was personally told of a long-term client who had fallen ‘into a hole’,  Bill went and spent quality time with him, working alongside him pulling a bogged cow out of a dam, loading cattle onto a truck so he could transport it to another property 1 1/2hrs away that had a bit more feed etc and generally hung out with him giving him an opportunity to talk.

With Christmas, even though we were on the lookout for projects, we found we were just ‘trying to keep people alive’ and support them right where they were then.  
I have again sent a message to our area leaders a month ago about identifying potential projects with Rotary funds in mind.
On a Care level, if there was funding for our use we have thought for a while we need to to start looking at upgrading our trailers one by one. We would also like to change the internal shelving in our pantry/toiletry area to a pallet-racking type where the shelves can be adjusted etc.
Anyway, we are really keeping an eye on the weather patterns and are rejoicing each time we hear of one of our families getting some quality rain.  

Bill & I are heading off on 2 weeks leave from Mon (our delayed Christmas break), so we would love to be in contact again after we return."
With kind regards
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4 way test - how it should be used

This particular Rotary article resonated with me, as I have personal experience of. Rotarians who use the test for all the WRONG reasons. As I get older it seems to be that there are more people in the world ready to criticise and put down, and less who start with the belief that everyone is trying to do their best, and willing to help. 

Whats been your experience? 

The Four-Way Test isn’t a tool to judge others

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Martin Postic Jr.

Martin Postic Jr.

By Martin “Marty” Postic Jr., past governor of District 5750 and a member of the Rotary Club of OKC Sunrise, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

In our contentious society, I see friends who are members of Rotary use The Four-Way Test to support opposing political and social arguments and to criticize the thoughts, statements, and actions of others. I see members with completely opposing viewpoints use the same Four-Way Test to both support their argument and demean others. Rotarians and others are using all forms of social media to share their opinions about perceived violations of The Four-Way Test, causing others to pile on additional comments and insults, all with little thought to how this affects our public image.

Which leads me to this basic premise:

The Four-Way Test is a mirror, not a window 

Rotary members should not use The Four-Way Test to look at others but rather to look at themselves in considering the ramifications of a thought, statement, or action. It should not be a window through which we look to judge others. It is a mirror at which we look to judge ourselves.

The argument I’ve heard Rotarians make is that if they determine some thought, statement, or action violates any part of the test, it is their duty to declare that thought, statement, or action wrong. I have heard The Four-Way Test used to support any number of topics, some which readers would find hard to support. Yet through the Internet, one can cobble together any sort of argument to back any thought or concept with a plethora of “facts.”

I do not believe that is what The Four-Way Test is about. I believe the test is more about how we treat each other than how we measure ideas.

Of course, it is a challenging standard. It’s difficult to keep from thinkingsomething. But what is more important is how you act on that thought. If you think to yourself, “I don’t like this person,” it becomes a matter of what you dowith that thought. You can try to dispel it as well as any urge to take some negative action to satisfy your dislike of the person. You can also decide whether you say something to that person or tell others what you think.

This is where social media distorts things, because society now seems to embrace negative, vitriolic, or fake comments – as long as the comments agree with our own views. Posting such comments even in the name of The Four-Way Test is certainly not FAIR to all concerned and definitely does not build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS.

This brings me to the realization that using The Four-Way Test to argue political and social issues is in itself contrary to the test. We must never use the test to support a position while opposing or berating someone else’s position. We should not use The Four-Way Test to support or oppose contentious “hot button” issues, to comment on political discord, or to respond to another’s comment.

We need to teach The Four-Way Test to all of our friends. We don’t need to preach it. Rotary takes pride that it is a non-political, non-religious organization. That has allowed us to make inroads in parts of the world where governments and religious organizations can’t. Let’s not sully Rotary’s reputation by using these 24 words of ethical and moral thought to tear each other down.

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ROMAC quiz 

Unfortunately, the reigning champions for the past 2 years...(thats us, Alex Rotary ) ....are unable to get a team together for this years ROMAC, but we wish Bryan and the rest of the team at ROMAC well with their fantastic trivia night. 
Still it will give another Rotary club the chance to win...but not the same trophy (??) 
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cluster news

Sunshine  South  Cluster  Report  December 19 / January 20
Membership of the Sunshine South Cluster  (members last month)
Alexandra Headland                           16        (17)
Buderim                                                19       (19)
Caloundra                                             33        (33)
Caloundra Pacific                                48         (48)
Maroochydore                                    25         (25)    
Mooloolaba                                         36         (36)
Sunshine Coast Central                     10          (10)   
 RC Alex Headland
  • 4th December, Rotarian Graeme took the first delivery of desks from Sienna Catholic College to DIK. There was a second delivery on the 15th January.
  • 9th December we hosted the Inbound/Outbound Exchange students at a games and BBQ dinner at Alex Surf Club.
  • 13th December was the AGM. We have a team for 2020/2021 !!!! At night we gathered at the Uptown Gastropub for the ‘adults’ Christmas party and on the 20th we had the ‘kids’ Christmas party breakfast with games and party hats.
  • 15th December the club ran a sausage sizzle at the Alexandra Headland Community get-together at the SLSC.
  • Throughout December, Rotarians, especially Errol, Steve and John were quietly renovating the garden and play area for the Alambie St House for IFYS, supplying an excellent ‘mud kitchen’ and outdoor furniture. Club members pitched in with painting, planting turf and restoring the sand pit area.
  • Meetings resumed on January 10th and Wendy presented Steve with a specially created certificate for his brilliant ‘mud kitchen’. On the 17th we welcomed back our exchange student Chloe, and listened to her interesting presentation (with a lot of her newly acquired Portuguese thrown in). The 21st our Board meeting was postponed until the 24th because of huge storm warnings. Peter Morley gave a talk on Club Development ideas on the 24th January.
  • Our Bunnings BBQ was postponed due to fundraising on that date for fire relief, we have three dates coming up.
RC Buderim
  • One new member inducted into the club, this member has transferred from another club as has retired to Buderim.
  • We have one member who is currently on Leave of Absence for 6 months and may eventually move to Brisbane.
  • We had a Bunnings BBQ on 16th January which was a very successful day and we have another booked in March.
  • The Club’s big event is the Buderim Australia Day Parade, a number of members have put their names down to assist on the day.
RC Caloundra
  • BBQ series at Aura completed, out of 4 scheduled events 2 were cancelled due to the weather, club profit was nearer $1,600 as opposed to the expected $3,000 – disappointing turnout from the public for events but good support from club members.
  • AGM in December, James Condon will take on the PE role for the current year and will take over on the 1stJuly 2020. Two positions still remain unfilled, PE and Public Image. Board agreed to review the size of the Caloundra Board.
  • Club Assembly chaired by James discussed membership, meeting format and projects. Healthy discussion and some points to follow up, only decision was that the members present wanted to continue to meet weekly.
  • Meeting at Grahame Stewart Park re Sensory Play area was successful and support is clearly growing, three divisional councillor candidates attended along with the Chief Executive of STEPS. Channel 7 looking to do an interview in February.
  • General activity within the club is currently reduced due to the Christmas break.
  • students
RC Caloundra Pacific
  • We now have a large TV screen and our slide show is complete and looks fantastic, different slides can be shown depending on the meeting, leaving the base structure in place. As a result of having the screen presentation running in the background, we have also streamlined our meeting procedures with a run sheet so that everyone is on the same page.
  • Christmas trailer raffle was drawn on 19th December and was won by a Sydney lady who donated it back to the club. We contacted Adopt a Wife Lady (through my daughter) and the trailer was picked up, the items were wrapped and distributed and the trailer is being used for the community.
  • We have collected the 4 collection boxes which we had in local businesses for donations for fire affected families in Qld and NSW, although not a lot collected, it all helps.
  • Planning for our annual ROMAC Trivia night is well under way and flyers will be sent out to supporting clubs shortly. It will be held at the same venue and the same time.
  • Golf Day sub committee being formed to ensure that there is sufficient planning carried out. Each member asked to out for likely sponsors.
  • A strong call has been made to members to come up with nominations for Directors. Evelyn was re-elected for another term, our secretary will resign after 7 years and Christine Craig is stepping up, Bryan Reith is Treasurer again and Ross Harrison Club Service. We now have 2 Public Relations Officers to ensure that our club gets media exposure on Instagram and in the local press, to promote our club in the community and help with our upcoming membership event.
  • Possible project under consideration: A women’s Shed – no decision yet, being investigated further.
  • Project accepted by the Board – Bush to Beach: Give children from out west a stay at the beach in a Youth Camp with trips organised by local Rotarians while they are here – project accepted and headed by Peter Higgs.
  • We have registered with Containers for Change and club members and members of the public can use this account when they recycle their containers. The registration number is posted on our website and face book page.
  • We also have 2 new members who are transferring from an Interstate Rotary Club they are a very enthusiastic couple who have been integrating with our members well over the last 4 meetings, they will be inducted in February along with a past member who is back on the coast and is going to rejoin.
RC Mooloolaba
  • The Christmas Trailer Raffle generated $21,473 profit. 
  • The club has been approved for a District Grant of $5,000 towards the purchase of a car for Cittamani and also a Grant for $1,921 towards the purchase of a container for storage which will be kept at the Alex Surf Club’s storage yard.
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Mooloolaba Yacht Club to Rescue

As regular leaders will know on the 7th March as part of the 40th Anniversary of "Women in Surf" the club is helping the Alex SLSC with their. preparations for the celebrations. 

We're donating the BBQ trailer, and have been helping with some promotional material, and last week we heard from the Mooloolaba Yacht Club who have donated the extra large safety buoys to Alex Rotary for the Ladies swim on the 7th March, and also for the Solstice Swim in June.
So that is fantastic news as these safety buoys are very expensive. So thank you so much Mooloolaba Yacht Club. 
See - networking does work, as the Rotary Logo shows!
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Ironman - Its on 

Colleen is looking for volunteers to help out on the Ironman event. This is something the club and its friends have supported for years, so if you can spare some time please let Colleen know
Here's Colleens note to the club. All help gratefully received. 
Based on the number of members willing to continue with supporting this community event, our club is going ahead to provide volunteers for the Mooloolaba Triathlon on Sunday March 15th. Please consider putting up your hand this year to help out. It is not a hard task and it is only for 3 hrs. We will continue to receive a honorarium payment, not a large payment, but at least it is something and we are helping our community out and getting our faces out there for people to see the voluntary work we do. Plus, it’s a lot of fun with the right positive attitude, smile and inspiration, the competitors appreciate us very much. 
I have attached a link to register online, for those that are willing to commit to volunteering for this event. However, I will need you to indicate to me what time you prefer to assist so that I can fill the rostered times accordingly and ensure that we have enough volunteers. The online registration is not hard. This is what all volunteers are expected to complete now to register. If you are having trouble, please let me know ASAP so that I can assist. I have attached a Volunteers Information sheet and the link to register online. The following are the rostered times:
04:45 to 08:00….
05:00 to 08:00
08:00 to 11:00
11:00 to 2pm
I look forward to hearing from everyone soon as information needs to be in this week so that Fiona has the orders for the T-Shirts.
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Bunnings BBQ Bonanza

Hi Folks we have two Bunnings BBQ's this month.
On the 11th and on the 28th.
The one on the eleventh went really well thanks to our fantastic volunteers, visitors and members, especially Treasurer Wendy who did two stints before she set off on the big metal bird. 
Here's some photo's below, and expect to be contacted by Secretary John who is now looking for volunteers for Friday 28th February
Left to right, Charmaine, now in South Africa for next few weeks on Rotary projects, John White, now busy at Canecutters rest, Phillip Gordon, our "ring in" from Pontefract and our tireless treasurer Wendy, now having a well earned holiday. 
 Wendy, Phillip and John 
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Bill Bradley - All creatures great and small

Bill Bradley spoke to the club about his experiences as a vet in the animal kingdom, and very interesting it was too. From his early years in Sydney to his retirement to the Sunshine Coast.  
Bill still keeps up to date with the latest advances on Veterinary Science and has a large vocabulary of latin words....... usually from the vulgaris family!
As anticipated there were lots of vet stories and vet jokes told in Bill's inimitable style, and usually involving some activity in the "nether" regions. 
It's also fair to say that we learned a more about Bill allergies to certain animal fluids than we probably needed to know.
It was a fascinating insight into a vet's varied life from caring for large animals in the outback, to returning to Sydney and running one of the largest practices, before leading the Sunshine Coast fight against the equine virus, and then eventually retiring here on the Sunshine Coast. 
Thank you Bill, some amazing stories, most of which would make a maiden aunt blush!
It was pleasure to hear from someone who knew what he wanted to do in life, made a success of it, and still retains a tremendous curiosity for science and medicine. 
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Charmaine off to South Africa

We also say good luck to Charmaine who went off to Africa on Saturday to continue her fantastic work with the disadvantaged just south of Johannesburg, where she and the team are helping orphans and also villages more widely with water supply. 
Bon voyage and we look forward to seeing you when you return. 
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Big Waves on the front

Th recent rain depression and cyclone swells have been dramatic, and given great hope to farmers who have suffered through 8 years of drought. 
So we're hopeful that the suicide rate will be dropping and also that Bill and Melissa will be coming to the club soon with lots of suggestions for Projects that we can help them with.
Meanwhile the rain is playing havoc with their delivery teams, but its a nice problem to have and our best wishes to out to all the folks at Care Outreach. 
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We're delighted to be able to donate a defibrillator to the Alex Surf Life Saving Club. 
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Salty Souls visits the Club 

Kerry Smith from Salty Should spoke to the club about their fantastic initiative to improve disanvataged, specifically disconnected kids lives though a pathway to surfing. 
It was a very emotional talk, as Kerry's drive for this began after a family bereavement, and following that he and his team have been running the Salty Souls and their surf program to "make a difference" to those kids who need a bit of a help in finding their way in life. 
Bravo Salty Souls, and also to our partners IFYS who are working with Kerry to identify kids who need this help at such a crucial time of their lives. 
Judging by some of the feedback, Kerry can be assured that the legacy he is working hard to create, (while bringing up a family) is just brilliant. 
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Clean Up Australia Day 2020

We hear a lot about concern for our Environment and Climate Change its probably no surprise that Rotary as "People of Action" are actively involved in Clean Up Australia Day. Alex Rotary has again registered for the clean up day at Alex Beach on Sunday 1st March where we host a BBQ and encourage community groups to come along and do their bit ...but most importantly show their support for caring for our environment. 
Alex has a long history of this event, and we're proud to see it continuing. 
A warm welcome is extended to anyone who wishes to come along on Sunday morning. 
Here's a picture from memory lane of past members and helpers who's legacy continues.
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Tanya's good deed

Tanya delivers

Our very own Tanya Murphy is not only brilliant at fundraising for the club, but is also always on the look out to help the community. Recently she became aware of a seat for disabled person available at one of her properties. Tanya, being a person of action grabbed the chair and reached out to find out who was in need. Through Rotary contacts we were able to put her in touch with Mark Skinner, from the board organisation who was only too glad to receive it and put to good use. 
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Fisher Community Award

Local Community Award

We have also received an invitation from our local MP Andrew Fisher to apply for a Community Award. If any club member has a suggestion, please let a board member know and we'll take it from there..
Good Afternoon,
I am writing to encourage you to make a nomination for the third annual Fisher Community Awards.
As an organisation so embedded in our community life you will know, better than most, those local people who are giving something back. As you are aware, throughout our community we have leaders of all ages and walks of life who inspire us and who set the example for all of us to follow.
That is why I started the Fisher Community Awards in 2018. Over the last two years we have received more than 200 nominations, and our awards nights have been a fantastic celebration of our local community spirit. In 2020 I want to see even more recognition for those individuals and organisations who are leading the way in making the Sunshine Coast the place to be for education, employment and retirement.
I need your help to find those unsung local people. Please visit by 21 February and let me know about an individual or organisation that you think deserves to win an award in any or all of my ten categories and why. The categories cover a wide range of people from students to aged care providers, including an overall award for community groups.
After the closing date of 21 February I will be convening a panel made up of representatives from the community to help me choose shortlisted nominees and winners from among the people who have been nominated. Winners will receive a trophy and a prize at a special awards night on Tuesday 31 March.
I hope that you will be able to make a nomination. Please contact my office if you have any questions about the process, or if there is any further information you need.
Kind Regards,
Andrew Wallace MP
Federal Member for Fisher
The Edge, Unit 11 (L2) 10 Lake Kawana Boulevard, Bokarina QLD 4575
PO Box 1224, Buddina QLD 4575
T    07 5493 5556
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Helping Bamboo Projects 

Your Club Helps out Bamboo Projects 

The club received this email from Kirsty during the month...FYI..we're pleased to let you know that we have made a donation of $500 on your behalf to help Chris and Kirsty with their great work. 
Good afternoon John, 
Hope you and the team are well. I just thought I would touch base to see if there would be any financial support in the future? 
We have expanded our programs even further to have a specialised cleaning up the waterways boat, which involves a "back to work" program with mentoring and mateship involved. Our boat is due to have completed construction in July this year. 
We continue to run our wheelchair access boat which takes out between 50-70 people each week for free. It's been amazing. 
We are trying our best to do fundraising programs and at the moment into our Keep Moving Forward Project where we are holding mental health events all around Australia for a 12 months period, while Chris runs rides and kayaks the whole way around. We have so far made it nearly 7000kms into the journey. 
Our wheelchair boat is the main item we need to ensure we keep afloat (pun intended 🙂). As the runnings costs (fuel, insurances, mooring fees, free monthly events/open days) continue to drain our own personal pockets. If there was a way that Alex Rotary could look at supporting us further with funding any of these costs; we would be very grateful for any support. 
Kind regards, 
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Website Update 

Club Website Update

We're updating the website and seeking articles from members who wish to promote their passion, so if you have some words and a photo or two, please send them through to the secretary and we'll put it on the website with links to our Facebook Page. 
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Rotary - what can we do for you?

New Theme " Rotary Opening Opportunities" and breakfast talk from Peter Morley - who knew?


Coincidentally there was a strong link between Peter Morley's talk to the club on Friday about, helping people with their "passion" or what drives then, and the Rotary theme for 2020 "Rotary Opening Opportunities"



Rotary International President-elect Holger Knaack is encouraging Rotarians to seize the many opportunities Rotary offers to enrich their lives and the communities they serve.

Watch the theme address at

Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, revealed the 2020-21 presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, to incoming district governors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, on 20 January.

Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join, but rather “an invitation to endless opportunities,” said Knaack, who becomes president on 1 July. He emphasized that Rotary creates pathways for members to improve their lives and the lives of those they help through service projects.

“We believe that our acts of service, big and small, create opportunities for people who need our help,” Knaack said. He added that Rotary creates leadership opportunities and gives members the chance to travel the world to put their service ideas into action and make lifelong connections. “Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere,” said Knaack.


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Projects in the New Year

By any measure this has been an awful start to the year with drought, bushfires, flood and now Corona Virus. As a club we'll be harnessing our resources together to make sure that we stay safe and continue to look for areas where we can "make a difference" to our community. 

At recent board meeting we acknowledged that our two major fund raisers are in danger this year, the Surf Show and Shine Kombi show, and the Winter Solstice Swim. 
Nevertheless, our members have been looking at how do we come out of this stronger and in better shape to help the community and there are a couple of initiatives that we'll be discussing at our club meetings that President Carmel will be raising. 
Also, not all help has to be financial, and we've been blessed by great volunteers and friends who help out in whatever way they can. Already we're investigating a community landscaping project, and also had discussions with a youth group about helping youngsters with job searches, interviews and work practices through our WorkLife program. 
So while things are a bit quiet, have a think about your passion, and what you would like to see Rotary do in the community to help repair ourselves once this disaster has passed.  
IFYS, Board Organisation, THRIVE, Community  
The relationships formed by the volunteer work and the community is blossoming and its something the club would like to continue to support, and hopefully continue on as a Cluster activity. On Friday some ideas were aired about how we could facilitate providing support and aid to the Sunshine Coast Community
Surf Show and Shine 
The Sunshine Coast Council have withdrawn community events permit for the event, but we're wanting to get the vent back on as soon as possible. 
Drought Relief
The club has a long history if drought relief support, and in 2020 we're sure the demand will still be there. At the end of the year President Mike, Tony and John met with Care Outreach to explore ways to support their work via Rotary grants. We expect information will be coming forward in the next couple of months that we'll bring to the club meeting. 
The two BBQ's thus far this year plus one in May will allow the club to donate community funds. If you have a special cause, let the club know and we'll see what we can do. 
Solstice Swim 
The swim has become a feature of the Sunshine Coast winter season, and this year we've approached Salty Souls as a beneficiary, which we expect to be a long term relationship where we can help Kerry and the team with their great work. 
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People Story 

Rotarians - people of Action 

For the next few weeks we're getting some updates from our members on their interests and what motivates them. This week Graeme and Carmel came prepared with their 10 minutes on "all about me" ...but first we welcomed back our very own Dr. Bill Bradley who has been MIA after a knee operation that took a bit longer to mend than anticipated. Good to see Bill back and we look forward to his (non politically correct) veterinary stories.

Graeme and Carmel - The Sienna Connection

We are truly lucky to have two such devoted community achievers as Graeme and Carmel in our club, and on Friday they gave short presentations on their lives, family, and community involvement.
Both Graeme and Carmel come from a teaching background, and also share a long history of community work outside of the education system, which has continued after their retirement. (At least I think Graeme is retired, but I'm not sure Gae would agree!)
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A Christmas Story  

A Christmas Story and some great work by our very own Christmas Elf 

As followers will know, prior to Christmas a great group of volunteers were busy refurbishing a children's play area for young mums.
Well, our very own Steve, decided that he'd add the icing on the cake and went off and made this "mud kitchen" for the kids.
What a fantastic gesture and one that totally blew away the community workers, and quite a few at the club as well!
Brilliant work Steve.
So our very own working bee volunteer and caterer made up this "Elf award" to a truly deserving Rotarian. 
But the Christmas cheer was not over yet. Through our network, Gary Davis (ek Kunda Park) came to hear about the kids play area and offered the club outdoor furniture and a whole lot more.
I say offered, our erstwhile Errol, never known to refuse anything but blows, took up the offer and the young mums have new outdoor furniture and a DIY project for the young Dads to put together the donation from Gary and Stratco. Brilliant, thanks everyone. 
The DIY assembly project. 
The new outdoor furniture, courtesy of Gary Davis and Stratco. 
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Rotary and University of Sunshine Coast Community Fund

Rotary and University of the Sunshine Coast Community  (RUSCCF)

The next Committee meeting of this great Community Fund, that has supported the will be held on Friday 7th February 2020
Commencing at 5.45 pm. If you are interested in attending, please let Wendy know.

A Short History of the fund

In 1996-97, the Rotary Club of Nambour and other Rotarians proposed that all Rotary clubs on the Sunshine Coast join together to support Australia's newest public university, the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC or the University).
At the same time, founding Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Thomas AM was promoting his strong vision that the University should be an integral part of the community.
The Rotary and University of the Sunshine Coast Community Fund (RUSCCF or the Fund) was created and the relationship is now well established.
Contributions to the Fund now exceed $168,900 and Scholarships granted total $146,000.  54 scholarships have been presented.
Not a bad effort from all the clubs! Thanks to Les Walsh at Caloundra for the piece. 
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Rotary & Toastmasters

I am excited to share some good news: Rotary International and Toastmasters International are working together to provide our members with even more opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Toastmasters International is a global nonprofit organization with more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Its members attend club meetings where they give speeches, evaluate the speeches of others, and perform other club duties, with the goal of ultimately becoming more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. Our organizations are complementary in many ways, but we are each unique in what we offer our members.

I hope you will join us in supporting this alliance in your community. You can start by learning more about Toastmasters, exploring its resources and public speaking tips, or visiting a local Toastmasters club. Although the structure of club meetings is consistent, Toastmaster clubs are similar to Rotary clubs in that they each have their own personality. If you do not have a club in your area, you can watch a video to learn what happens at a Toastmasters meeting.

You can also invite members of Toastmasters to visit your club and learn more about Rotary. If you have a Toastmasters club in your area, consider meeting with its members to explore opportunities to collaborate or inviting a member of Toastmasters to participate in a service activity or speak at your club.

Toastmasters will create a leadership development program for Rotarians and Rotaractors. A structured, robust leadership and communication curriculum can help members develop practical skills that will serve them not only in Rotary leadership roles, but in their professional and personal lives as well. Effective leadership skills can strengthen our clubs and increase our impact. We will provide updates about this program when we have more details.

Many of us joined Rotary to make a difference and connect with others in our communities. By working with Toastmasters, our members can discover new ways to network and learn from others, while finding even more value in their Rotary membership experience.

Learn more by reviewing these frequently asked questions. You can also send your questions and your stories about local collaboration efforts to

Mark Daniel Maloney
President, Rotary International 2019-20
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Bushfires impact NYSF program 



Dear Rotary Colleagues,


It is with great sadness that the National Youth Science Forum announces the cancellation of Session C of the 2020 NYSF Year 12 Program. This cancellation is unavoidable due to the impact of the current Australian Bushfires; NYSF must protect participant and volunteer safety above all else.

As you are all aware, Australia is in the middle of a bushfire crisis, with widespread devastation and loss across many states.

As the health and wellbeing of participants and volunteers is our first priority, the National Youth Science Forum has no option but to cancel Session C of the 2020 NYSF Year 12 Program. This comes shortly after the unavoidable cancellation of Session A of the NYSF Year 12 Program, the evacuation of those 200+ program participants, and cancellation of the Canberra session of the National Science Teachers Summer School (NSTSS).

Canberra is still experiencing hazardous air quality with smoke from the Australian Bushfire Crisis continuing to be a health risk. A significant number of bushfires surrounding Canberra are still burning, and as such the potential for smoke and the threat of a fire reaching Canberra during the program cannot be ruled out.

This difficult decision has involved close consultation with our host university in Canberra, the Australian National University (ANU). Today, ANU has only permitted essential staff to return to the Acton Campus due to continuing issues with smoke levels and air quality. This has resulted in a number of buildings being closed indefinitely, including many of the laboratories where NYSF STEM Visits would normally occur. Due to fire damage of nearby electrical infrastructure, large institutions in Canberra are being required to reduce their power load, resulting in forced outages of essential services such as lighting and air-conditioning in ANU buildings. The severe smoke has also been continuing to trigger the smoke alarms at the residential college where NYSF houses our students, leading to regular evacuations forcing residents out into the hazardous smoke. The decision to reopen these facilities and services rests with the ACT Emergency Services Agency and thus the issues are unlikely to resolve while smoke and fire risk continues.

We are deeply saddened to cancel the program, however safety and wellbeing of our NYSF participants, volunteers, providers and staff always comes first.  

Given the conditions, we have been touched by the resilience and understanding we are seeing amongst our participants, parents, Rotarians and Student Staff volunteers, and would like to thank you for your ongoing support and understanding during this difficult time. We would also like to thank our Partner Organisations for their tremendous support, understanding and assistance over this difficult period.

Once we have addressed the immediate impacts of this unique situation, the NYSF will begin to work through the complex implications of these cancellations. Rest assured, further information about next steps will be available once this initial period of bushfire emergency has passed and the NYSF is able to consider refund and insurance matters. We will be getting in touch with participants, parents, Rotary and supporters in the coming month to discuss future contingency options.

This cancellation only impacts Canberra NYSF Sessions. Brisbane NYSF Year 12 Program and Brisbane NSTSS will proceed as planned. 

NYSF will organise the travel plan cancellations for students and we ask that they please monitor your emails for further updates.

Kind regards,

Dr Melanie Bagg, CEO, and the NYSF Team


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Rotarians respond. to bush fires 

Rotarians respond to Australian brushfires 
More than 100 separate brushfires in Australia have damaged hundreds of homes and forced mass evacuations. Rotary clubs are taking action to provide immediate relief to those affected by the fires. Rotary has a Disaster Response Fund which following a natural disaster like the fires in Australia ensures we can deliver supplies, provide health care, and support rebuilding efforts. By making a donation today, you can help Rotarians respond swiftly and effectively, bringing hope to those whose lives have been affected by disaster.
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Roo's and Loos (warning - Graphic) drought relief

Frontline on the Drought (Warning - Graphic story

On the coast we have "loo with a view" drought affected western Queensland they have "loo with a roo" ...or rather several Bill was telling us that one of the Care Outreach projects was to refurbish a community meeting place, to improve the mental health of those suffering from nearly 8 years of drought.
So with Care Outreach's help the team started to clear out the hall and make the place more secure. But what was that smell? It turns out that several Roo's had been attracted to the the smell of water in the toilet cubicle and had broken into the hall where they had perished, several on top of each other in the toilet cubicle.
The bodies had to be removed (by a pregnant farmers wife no less) and the toilet block demolished and rebuilt.
So next time you hear talk about " doing it tough" think about our fellow Australians out west. 
Pallets ready to go !!
...and their destinations.


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AGM Notes

AGM Notes

Delighted to see at our AGM on Friday, John and Lol White from Canecutters at Rosemount. This was especially apt as John & Lol are our first "Friends of Alex Rotary" which is basically for folk who want to show their support for the club, but for whatever reason can't make the commitment to support the wider Rotary Work and specifically the Club Membership expectations. 
Committee for 2020
Your new committee from July this year was elected at the AGM and will be:
President - Sean Lues
President Elect - Stuart Aird
Vice President - Errol Richardson
Treasurer - Wendy Gilson
Secretary - John Malloy 
..and your incoming President from 1st January is Carmel. 
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Christmas at Alex - photo bombed.

Christmas at Alex 

Here's a pic of some of the team who helped out at the "Christmas at Alex" celebrations on Sunday night. A big thank you to Josie and John for inviting us to be part of the Alex Community celebrations yet again. It was a lovely night with some great singing acts and of course the man in the big red suit made an appearance. 
Notice something in the background?
Yes that's Renee's little helper photo bombing our fantastic Honorary member John Connolly's Xmas pic. !!!
Unfortunately John Connolly forgot to put on his sausage frying clothes again this year, (maybe next year John) ......and sometime after this photo was taken by Errol, the not-so-smart organiser in chief (JM) remembered where he had put the Rotary aprons for the team.  (doh!)..but really it was great effort by everyone, and a special mention to Lesley who looked after the front desk for the whole night. 
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Speaker of the Year?

Speaker of the Year?

It never fails to surprise me how many great speakers this club attracts. I don't mean great orators, I mean people who are happy to come along to the club and share their stories, with our club. This year we have had some amazing speakers on all sorts of subjects, many polished speakers representing larger organisations.  We've also heard from many individuals who have a passion to make a difference to their community, or perhaps how they have become an ambassador for a particular cause, like male health, or homelessness, domestic violence, or sarcoma in children, or multiple sclerosis or just want to let us know that they've received help from Rotary in some way. 
Your club often finds ways to support these speakers financially or putting them in touch with the appropriate people in Rotary. 
Here's some of the speakers that we've had this year ...and a big thank you to Wallis for organising our speakers in 2019.
Yolanda Dagupta - an truly inspiring young lady on th eSunshine Coast with a stunning record of disaster aid activities, incredibly insightful into global issues while passionate about practical help for local communities. 
Andrew O' Connor - Summit for Sarcoma - Andrew shared his passion for supporting research into the fight against Children's sarcoma, and how he and his son were raising funds through support for their "Summit for Sarcoma" journey to the Himalayas. His families personal tragedies with this disease touched everyone at the club. We're pleased to let you know that Andrew and his son have well and truly exceeded their original target. 
Bamboo Projects - Chris and Kirsty would be the first to admit that public speaking is not their thing, but their passion for helping out led them to go beyond their work in disability access on the Sunshine Coast to embarking on an amazing journey around Australia in support of addressing the issue of depression and suicide. What an amazing couple. 
A big thank you to all our speakers who came along early on Friday morning to share their story with us. It is very much appreciated. 
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Gastro Pub night out 

Gastro pub social 

Whats not to like about a meal at the (in)appropriately named gastro pub?. As it turned out the food (and the company) were excellent. Unfortunately we don't have any photo's of the night, but we can thoroughly recommend the pub food (very reasonable pricing before 6.30) and the selection of beers on offer is excellent. 
Yours truly didn't sample from the wine selections, but I understand a second mortgage might be prudent for some selections. 
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IFYS and Alex Rotary 

Vicky Meyer speaks to Alex Rotary 

We were delighted to host Vicky and Renee on Friday at our breakfast meeting, where Vicky spoke to the club about some of the great work that IFYS does in the community. Also we heard about some of the challenges that still face the Sunshine Coast, and how IFYS are working hard to try and quantify and measure what is being done, and what still needs to be done. While we recognise that Rotarians can only "make a difference" here and there while IFYS tackle our social issues, we are delighted to be involved and always ready todo what we can to show our support to the challenging work that Renee and Vicki and the team do day after day for our community. 
Vicky reminded us that it all started with "Worklife" and a popcorn machine and since them we (and other cluster clubs) have been able to help out with the Care Garden and more recently the kids play area upgrade. It was a timely reminder about what we can do as a club in our own back yard to let the professionals know that we appreciate their efforts. 
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2019 Youth Safari 

Youth Safari

Ever wondered how Rotary prepares our future leaders for their international youth exchange year?
Well, a part of that is a Youth Safari experience where Bernie and her team take the kids to various Rotary clubs in the district to meet Rotarians and in that process establish friendships with each other to provide support in what will be a life changing ...but stressful year ahead. 
So it was that Alex Rotary hosted this years kids on Monday night at the Alex SLSC with lots of activities to let the kids have fun and enjoy themselves. So a big thank you to Graeme, Stuart and Carmel for looking after the kids, and no your not seeing things Bianca was also there to provide support and share her experiences as our Youth exchange student with the new crop of leaders of the future. 
..and it looks as though our fantastic MC on the night has not forgotten his "Headmasters pose"..... I have it on good authority that the Youth Safari team that Alex Rotary is one of the few clubs who engage the youth in game activity and that Bernie and the great youth team much appreciate the Alex Rotary "games night" and especially how Graeme and the team manage to get the teenagers to let their hair down. 
Well done everyone involved. And also a special thanks to Alex SLSC for their fantastic staff, and their donation towards the Youth Safari, it is much appreciated. 
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kids play area project

Local Rotarians have continued their fantastic work on the Rotary Care garden and over the past few weeks have been improving the IFYS child care facilities in Maroochydore. Some pictures below, and a big thank you from Vicky Meyer and her team for the smiles that we have been able to add o the mums and kids who now have a completely refurbished play area.
So well done everyone involved from Alex and Mooloolaba Rotary and really fantastic to hand over the facility just in time from Christmas.


"Fantastic work, what a difference. It was lovely to hear from Renee and Sheree, who coordinates the program, the reactions from the children to the cubby upgrades, can’t wait for them to see these latest enhancements! 
Thank you so much for all your support."
Vicky Meyer
Executive Manager 
Community Services IFYS
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Hat Day

As October is health month we also celebrated Hat day ...we'll some of us tried more than others..
There was the blues brothers...
The Indiana Jones look..
Is that a cake on Wendy's head?
And the microscope on head from the trivia king
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Brewery Invitation 

Is a Brewery invitation an oxymoron to an Australian (or a Scot)?

Anyway, keep the 11th November free, as there is a planned vocational visit to the Ten Toes Brewery and an invitation coming your way.
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Sunshine Coast Hospice - Bev Barton 

It was appropriate that Wallis had arranged Bev Barton to come to the club to talk to us about the progress on the Sunshine Coast Hospice. Bev is such a passionate advocate for the establishment of a modern hospice on the coast to provide patient care in the last days of people's lives on the coast. Bev also reminded us of the rise of youth suicide and how younger people were more and more in need of palliative care. Sometimes the length of care can vary from a few days, to one case where Bev and her team provided care for 6 months. Thank you Bev and wishing you every success in providing this service to the community. We were reminded that not all of us are able to pass away in a dignified fashion without the dedication of the hospice workers. 
and here is bed with the plans for the new hospice to be built on the coast.
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2019 Walk For Mental Health wrap

2019 Walk For Mental Health

The walk had brilliant weather on sunday morning, and it was great to see so many walkers out showing their support for Mental Health. The great thing about the walk is that it also brings out the stories around people's battle with mental health, some of them very personal. Our very own Prue was marching for a relative who recently took their own like, and we know from the cold hard facts that suicide has now overtaken road accidents as the leading cause of death among young men.
So here's some pics from the day of those who made that special effort.
Love those tutu's.
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Final Garden Meeting 

The garden project team had their final meeting at Wendy's, and shared a few stories on the project and all agreed that the project had been successful on many fronts. 
Of course the biggest achievement was the garden itself, and what a transformation has been made. But also its been great to see the clubs working together to achieve something that will leave a lasting legacy for all the kids who will be staying at the IFYS Care Home.
Its also been a great activity to bring other community minded volunteers in to the project and their help has been fantastic. 
Also the suppliers and contractors involved have been great, many donating and most doing "at cost" to help us out. 
And then there is the reputation of Rotary. By getting our name out there and "getting our hands dirty" we have enjoyed ourselves (mostly) and added to the reputation of Rotary in the community, which can be no bad thing. 
..and here are some of the committee members. Note the wine bottles in the corner!
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Train Ride to end Polio

Rotary has been at the forefront of eliminating polio, and the Rotary foundation is urging clubs to go on a train ride and help TRF raise $1,000,000 towards the "End Polio Now" campaign. Here's a note from Eric Wood, District Foundation Chairman. 
We will be riding the SEQ Train network on 24th October – World Polio Day – 221 station stops!
Attached you will find a certificate of donation for your Club to complete and I request you bring to a station near you and hand to us.
Please support us as we aim to raise $1 million for End Polio Now across Australia! Let this be the “End of the Line” for Polio!!
Details to follow....
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Kombi Parade 

This year, we are going to attempt the largest Kombi parade ever held on the Sunshine Coast.
Every year we have about 100 beautiful Kombi's on show at our Surf Show and Shin day, .and this year we're going to take them around Mooloolaba, Cotton Tree and Alex Headland to show off these beauties to the coffee set on Saturday night.
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Jaw dropping talk from Sunshine Coast Mum

Think you know what Rotary Peace Fellow do? You're wrong.

I could not have been more wrong. I assumed that Rotary peace fellows were involved with Policy and Procedure matters. Graduate from college (we have one at UQ) Then Yolanda came to the club on Friday morning and started talking about her experiences since graduating as a Rotary Peace Fellow in France.
The club members were blown away. 
How did this Sunshine Coast mum come to be one of the first Australians in Haiti after their disaster? How come she was in Liberia when the African drought and famine hit, why was she sent to North Queensland to work with General Peter Cosgrave on tropical cyclone Larry and also Yasi recovery, and how did she end up helping our Kiwi mates on the ground after the Christchurch earthquake, and how did being on the front line, living in a tent surrounded by rubble and distraught communities affect her outlook on life, and what is she doing now ....apart from bring up two young kids here on the coast?
Well I guess you just had to meet a young woman with a passion for helping others and just know that here is a very special woman who is often misused word...... but not in Yolanda's case. 
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Marquee's needed for Surf Show and Shine 2019-10-05 14:00:00Z 0

Donations in Kind - Saturday volunteers needed

Donations in Kind

We're looking for volunteers to go down to Brisbane for a few hours on Saturday 5th October to help load up donated goods for Donations in Kind and help out those less fortunate in the surrounding pacific islands. If you can help, please contact Wendy at
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The Board Meeting 

On Friday Mark Skinner from the Board Meeting ( See ) joined us for a talk and to discuss how we might be able to help Mark and his volunteers with their great community work.
So we're delighted to let you know that the Board Meeting will be a beneficiary of the Surf Show and Shine proceeds.
Many of us know of the work that this fantastic volunteer group and supporters have been doing for years, and it was interesting to hear how the NDIS scheme had impacted on the the group and how they found themselves now "filling the gap" between what the NDIS offers and what many of us would regard as the "basic necessities".
The Board Meeting are in large part a "Surf Charity" so the fit with the Surf Show and Shine is just perfect!
Thank you Mark for the work you and your team do, and we look forward to being able to offer our assistance, and some enjoyment on the day. 
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The recent bushfires were a terrible reminder to us all that the drought is creating major issues for our communities, but thankfully on the coast we did not suffer any loss of life. This recent note from our District reminds us that as well as acting locally, we have a District wide BushFire relief Project. 
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District Governors newsletter

Our District Governor, Darryl Issepi is now half way through his trips around the district and has sent through this update. Darryl and Fiancee Laura have a huge job, given the size of our district, (include PNG, Nauru and Solomon's some of his observations and plans..
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Rotary in the Bahamas

Sometimes we get so involved in our own patch that we forget that there are over 1,000,000 other Rotarians doing their "bit" to help the community - communities a lot worse off than us, affected by natural disasters, disease etc. So here's a note received this month from Rotarian clubs in the Bahamas FYI..
Hi everyone, right now we have an assessment team in the Bahamas. We're talking with local Rotary and other humanitarian organisations to understand how we might be able to support this community.   
The latest news from our Operations Team is - 
· The full extent of the shelter needs remains unknown. 
· Evacuation shelters in Nassau that have been created in community halls, churches and other communal buildings, have reached capacity at 1,800 people, but more and more families are arriving each day. 
· Recent estimates are that 13,000 homes have been severely destroyed or damaged across the two northern islands. So far 4800 people have been evacuated from Abaco to Nassau. 
· Whilst hundreds of people are still missing and priority is still search and rescue, progress is being made by our teams working with the other organisations in the Bahamas to understand what a coordinated plan could consist of and how we might be able to help people create shelter for themselves and their families, so they can start the slow process of trying to rebuild their lives. 
· Shelter items like tarpaulins, shelter kits and household items like solar lights may be needed. However, our teams now need to take the time to confirm this with the people on the affected islands and also to make sure that this need isn't being met by the many other organisations that are working in the Bahamas. It is very important for our teams to make sure these details are confirmed so that we can be sure we are providing the right support at the right time to the people who need it the most. 
· Our teams are in contact with Rotary, including Barry Rassin, who has attended meetings with our team and other agencies including NEMA, IFRC, UN agencies, the Bahamas Red Cross and IOM. 
· A volunteer Response Team member from the US is joining the team already in the Bahamas today.
For more information on Hurricane Dorian and the Bahamas head to our webpage for more information -
Thanks everyone, 
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MS Queensland 

On Friday Tiffany Hardy from MS Queensland made the trip up from Brisbane to talk to the club about the work that MS Queensland is doing here on the Sunshine Coast. Tiffany gave an interesting talk on the impact of MS on individuals and families, with video's showing the remarkable depth of character and human spirit that sufferers of MS show. 
Thankfully, there are groups like MS who see th need for support in care and infrastructure and housing and are responding to it. 
If you want to know more about MS Queensland, please follow this LINK
Tony's lip syncing 
Couldn't help but notice our very own President Tony's lip syncing abilities at Fridays meeting when the sound from the upstairs function was piped through to our meeting. Well done Tony!
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Garden is Complete !

They say its never over till the paperwork is done, and thats true, but we can say that the physical work is done with John & Lol White bring the plants and the poo (don't ask) along on Monday morning and planting out the garden beds. One is a salad bowl, one herbs, and another an interesting mix.
So after getting the plants in, and instructions to Damo to keep them well watered, we removed the temporary fence and replaced with the permanent fence and said good bye to a fantastic cluster project. 
Lol white planting out the garden beds.
As I said on Friday, its been a fantastic project, and could not have been done without the help of Rotarians and Rotoractors, 
So all thats left to be done is the paperwork, and a big thank you to everyone involved. And finally, your club received the Brett Mitchell Memorial TRF grants award at our handover dinner, which we accepted on behalf of the clubs and individuals whoo made this fantastic back yard possible, and left a legacy of fond memories for the kids who will be using it. 
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2019 Surf Show and Shine progress report

Check out our new Surf Show and Shine web page

We're well underway with the planning of the event and so far all looking good. The registration page is open on the website ( and the necessary paperwork for our great supporters at Sunshine Coast Council has been lodged for a fantastic 2019 Surf Show and Shine.
We're still looking for support with Hire equipment (Marquee, Gazebo's, Tables, Chairs, Generators, etc. etc.) and will be looking for lots of volunteers to help out on the day (Traffic, Kombi parade, tent erection and dismantling, rubbish crew, first aid crew, raffle and SSS sales crew, entry tent crews, and I'm sure I've forgotten a few others!)..please help if you can.
A big thank you to Ian Barnett from Mooloolaba Rotary who has been helping update our catchy Surf Show and Shine Video. Check it out. 
So this year we're planning a bigger and better Surf Show and Shine with the help of Sunshine Coast Council and the fabulous folk at Cricks and Mix FM and TAPS.  
Meanwhile, NOW is the time to either approach potential sponsors (or let John & Tanya know and they'll follow up) and of course any potential helpers so please let the secretary know of any potential help / interested parties and help the club continue to grow this great event. 
Check us out HERE
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week 37 blog


Mental Health 

On Thursday there was a media shoot in front of the Mooloolaba Surf Club for the upcoming "Walk For Mental Health". Ben Roberts Smith (V.C and Channel 7 CEO) was there, and we were also delighted to see our very own Gary Lynch there ... and if you look closely at the Channel & promo you can see Gary looking fit and well, (somewhat in the shadow of Ben), but nevertheless good to see one of the founding fathers of this great event turn up to lend a hand to the media promotion. 
You'll also see Carmel, Wendy and John in the promo. (There is no truth in the rumour that John has Channel 7 on continuous recording to make sure he doesn't miss any of the ads. Ed) 
See you all on October 13th, where the club will also be supporting the walk with our BBQ and PA system, as well as volunteers. Balloons TBA.


Friday's breakfast theme was very much around inspiration and achievement. First we had Hailey Lea (ex Mountain Creek SHS school captain and world class athlete in sailing and windsurfing. Hailey spoke to the club about her achievements in representing Queensland and Australia, first in Sabot sailing, then her exploits around the world in representing Australia at Olympic events. A truly amazing local Sunshine Coast athlete, who I'm sure we will be hearing a lot more about. 
We wish Hailey well in her future and can be rest assured that the future is in good hands with young people like Hailey as future leaders in our community. 
Our erstwhile secretary is on Rotary minute duty and has taken inspiration as our theme for the month. So we were reminded of Yarraville Rotarian, Jonathan Welch who inspired homeless people to take part in "The Choir of Hard Knocks" ...a fabulous initiative that Jonathan brought from a visit to Vancouver back to Australia. With Jonathans inspiration this became a great vehicle to give confidence and hope to the homeless and their volunteer supporters, and became an enormous media sensation...all thanks to the inspiration and hard work of one Rotarian.

Ironman Capers

Colleen has again excelled herself with organising the support for the Ironman competition where the club was supported by volunteers from Grammar. Colleen sends a BIG thank you to everyone who helped out, including of course the early shifters, up before the sun to make sure everything went smoothly. 
From all reports, our very own Declan and Wallis showed considerable crowd control skill at this ungodly hour and saved the day...well done lads.
Colleen says take a bow, Duncan, Wendy, Wallis, Declan, Sachi, Luc, Charles, Errol, Paula, Emily, Paris, Liam Joshua, Liam, Tony & John. 
Here's a snap of Joshua and Ryan with our very own Tony helping out at the gear tent. 

Surf Show and Shine 

The date claimer is out there! and registrations are coming in. So please pass the word around for the 24th of November and put your thinking caps on in regards to possible sponsors and stakeholders. We want to continue the growth of this great event, and will need everyone's help.
Talking of helpers, a BIG thank you to Ian Barnett from Mooloolaba Rotary who is updating our fabulous Surf Show and Shine Video. 
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All you need to know about Ironman and Alex Rotary

Ironman Event Getting Close

There is only 2 weeks before the Ironman 70.3 Event.
Here's a note from Colleen, our organiser for the Sunshine Coast Ironman Event..
We are managing the Gear Tent once again and may have some jobs for the slow times for some at the Finish Line handing out medals and towels. The Gear Tent will be situated on the car park opposite the Mooloolaba Surf Club. I believe we have cover this year.
So hopefully no wet bags and protection from the sun. The shirts and hats and snack packs can be collected at the Gear Tent for you on arrival. All volunteers must wear the T-shirt and hat as this is advertising for the sponsors and we must be recognised as volunteers. Also, you must wear filled in shoes…this is a WH& S requirement. Please bring your own water bottle. This can be refilled at any time at the Volunteer Tent.
Also, make sure you apply sunscreen or bring your own for your own protection. Wendy, John and myself will be team leaders for the rostered periods on.
Team Leaders will be those responsible for the groups rostered at that time and any tricky questions asked from the competitors or others for them to address and contact appropriate event Volunteer Co-Ordinator for further direction. If the Drug Screening Association call requesting to open competitors bags, the Team Leader must contact a staff member from the Ironman Event. I will have a list of phone numbers available on the day. Team Members please bring your phone.
Volunteers are not to leave their position unless first speaking with their Team Leader to ensure that there is adequate coverage at all times. This is just courtesy …Thanks. I am not sure whether there is a shuttle bus running this year.
I believe Carmel had a situation last year where no bus turned up. Perhaps don’t rely on the bus if you can. I will endeavour to have more information about that this week. 
I have attached the roster for everyone to see what time they need to be at the Gear Tent to start their shift. I have also attached the T&C’s for all volunteers to read prior to volunteering your time. If you have any questions prior to the event or during the event, please feel free to contact me anytime. Colleen Dunn mobile: 0414 453636
Many thanks to the Grammar students who have volunteered to help us out again this year. We do hope you enjoy your experience.Colleen has had a good response from her call for volunteers, and a great response from Ben Princehorn at Grammar, so it looks like we're OK for managing the gear tent and perhaps helping out in some other areas too.
Here's the Roster for the day.
8.00am Finish
Colleen Dunn
 Duncan Watts
5.30 am
Wendy Gilson
Wallis Westbrook
Declan Westbrook
Sachi Nipperess
Mike Storkey
Errol Richardson
Paula Richardson
Emily Parker
Paris Thompson
Tony Freeman
Wendy Gilson
  John Malloy
   Jean Tague
Joshua Micallef
Charles Trippick
   Liam Reed
Team Leader:  1st& 2ndshift:  Colleen
3rdshift:  Wendy       4thshift:  John
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2019 Surf Show and Shine 

Check out our new Surf Show and Shine web page

So this year we're planning a bigger and better Surf Show and Shine with the help of Sunshine Coast Council and the fabulous folk at Cricks, and of course with a lot of help from our friends at Mix FM and Sea FM and TAPS.  
Check us out HERE
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World Polio Day

Start planning your World Polio Day event now
World Polio Day is 24 October. Now’s the time to start planning events in your community. You’ll find resources to help you plan and promote your event, including a sample press release and social media messages and graphics, in the World Polio Day Toolkit.

Last year, Rotarians hosted more than 4,000 World Polio Day events in 90 countries. Let’s plan even more events this year to let the world know that the fight to end polio isn’t over.
Rotary announces $100 million to eradicate polio

Rotary recently gave $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio. The funding comes as Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative address the final, most pressing challenges to ending poliovirus transmission.

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Mental Health and Rotary 

This weeks speaker is Vicky Stewart. As many of you will know Vicky has been a great supporter of Rotary Health, and particularly the Walk for Mental Health, so we look forward to her update and plans for this years walk during Rotary's October Health month.
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Surf Show and Shine 2019

This years Surf Show and Shine is planned to be a 3 function event, with support from Cricks and Taps and North Coast Board riders already in place. We've also got ideas for a Kombi parade and another exciting changes so please keep your ideas coming, and not forgetting to put us in touch with the following folks..
At the moment we’re really interested in hearing from any NEW potential sponsors for the show. So if you know of any community minded businesses in the following areas…
  • Surf boards
  • Surf Wear
  • Beach Life merchandise
  • Accommodation 
  • Hospitality 
  • Food
  • Kids entertainment
  • Adult entertainment
  • Kombi or Volkswagen merchandise
  • Swimming or Camping or anything associated with the sunshine coast lifestyle 
  • Health and Fitness
  • Not drink - already covered
  • Not music - already covered
  • Food stalls - limited places available
Please let me know, or pass on my details to them and ask them to have a look at the SSS video on the website to see if they are interested in supporting the event. 
Also if anyone knows of a savvy IT person in their family / friends who could edit last years Surf Show and Shine video, please ask them to contact the secretary at if they are interested in some pocket money. 
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Dateclaimer. Personality Chef Italian Night Friday 30th August

Hi Folks,
Our 5th Friday social promises to be a special night with 3 celebrity chefs preparing an Italian feast, and being judged by the customers (thats you!). 
So you are invited to an Italian evening feast on our 5th Friday social at 12 Holloway Place, Brightwater on Friday 30th August at 6pm.
Cost is $10 per person, and includes antipasto, main and dessert. BYO drinks. 
Diners will be asked to judge the mains pasta dish......Two of the celebrity chefs are quite convinced that they make the best carbonara dish on the coast...but you be the both of these gentlemen have been known to stretch the truth in the past. 
Dessert will also have an Italian flavour, and there will be some delicious antipasto on offer. 
Friends and members are invited, but places are limited, so please let Bob Lane know if you are attending, and if you have any special dietary requirements. 
See you there!
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Winter Club Speakers

We've had some fantastic speakers to the club in the past few weeks, and just in case you have missed it, especially those who have come to the club to talk about what they are doing to "make a difference" to the is a summary of their projects and causes
Bamboo Projects 
Chris and Kristy are continuing their great work...check them out at...
Summit for Sarcoma
Check out how Ben and Andrew are doing on the fantastic work for Children's cancer facebook summit for sarcoma. The guys have exceeded their target of $10 for every metre of Mount Mera and last counted raised $74,000. Brilliant. 
Better Housing Together 
Gail Middleton from “Better Together housing” a great concept helping women under stress … financial, housing and other types … to solve housing issues. Their concept is to organise and introduce single women into shared housing/accommodation with a properly created share house legal document.   …. Gail is of course Wallis’ partner! Great work Gail.
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Nambour Rotary Anniversary Dinner

It is a great pleasure to extend an invitation to you and the members of your Club to the 70th Anniversary Dinner of the Rotary Club of Nambour.
The night is a celebration of 70 years of Service above Self, showcasing our Club’s achievements since Charter on 24 September, 1949.
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Care Outreach Celebrates its anniversary 

President Tony was our club re[resentative at the Care Outreach celebration in Coolum last week. 
The club has been a great supporter of Care Outreach through the years, mostly associated with the Surf Show and Shine event, so Tony was delighetd
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Dave W the media king 

Here is our very own Dave Woodrow completely in his element as the public face and media king for the Sunshine Coast Councils promotion of community awards. 
David's well deserved award was given for many years of community service in education and in the forces, and more recently has work for the SES and numerous activities as a long standing Rotarian. 
So not only is David our audio visual guru, he will also be appearing on a TV near you soon!
Well done David. 
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Surf Show and Shine Help

Thank you to those who have offered to help with the SSS on November 24th. 
At the moment we’re really interested in hearing from any NEW potential sponsors for the show. So if you know of any community minded businesses in the following areas…
  • Surf boards
  • Surf Wear
  • Beach Life merchandise
  • Accommodation 
  • Hospitality 
  • Food
  • Kids entertainment
  • Adult entertainment
  • Kombi or Volkswagen merchandise
  • Swimming or Camping or anything associated with the sunshine coast lifestyle 
  • Health and Fitness
  • Not drink - already covered
  • Not music - already covered
  • Food stalls - limited places available
Please let me know, or pass on my details to them and ask them to have a look at the SSS video on the website to see if they are interested in supporting the event. 
Also if anyone knows of a savvy IT person in their family / friends who could edit last years Surf Show and Shine video, please ask them to contact the secretary at if they are interested in some pocket money. 

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Letter from Amy 

Dear Alexandra Rotary Club
A month has passed since I got back to Denmark. I can say it’s nothing like what I’ve been used to from the past year. The beaches here in Denmark are soo much better ha ha. 
It’s been really nice seeing my family and friends again but I must admit that Australia has become my home and it’s where my heart belongs! Danish by blood, Aussie by heart. 
I miss the rotary meetings,  friends and my families. I still dream in English and sometimes I wake up feeling like I’m still in Australia.
During my time back in Denmark I’ve been on holidays. I’ve spend the holidays in Denmark travelling around seeing the rest of my family. My family and I are currently hosting an exchange student from Argentina. I get to show her a part of my country now, I know what it’s like being in whole new culture, there are so many things you want to see and experience and now it’s my turn to be the one to show.
What I loved about my exchange was the possibility of meeting so many wonderful people. I met two Aussie girls that were going to Denmark on exchange. They left in January where they started their adventure! Half a year later I got to meet them again, but in Denmark! It’s so cool that we got to have the experience to see each other in each other’s countries. 
The Australian people are really something special, your openminded hearts and embracing arms are really something a lot of other countries could learn something from. I’m so grateful that I got to meet you all, you made me feel like one of you and for that I will be forever grateful!
Can’t wait to come back and see you all again!
Thank you for this wonderful experience!
Lots of love
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Solstice Swim - "Every Picture Tells a Story" (Rod Stewart 1971)

What a beautiful day we had for our Fantastic Solstice Swim.
A BIG thanks to our wonderful SLSC and Rotary volunteers, and our sponsors and our honorary members Cllr John Connolly and Ashley Robinson and his team, and especially our swimmers and their supporters who came out to enjoy the swim.  
Hopefully we've started a few conversations about Domestic Violence, that has caused so much tragedy here on the coast.
Supt Darryl Johnson gave a talk on the role that White Ribbon is playing in addressing this tragic issue, and Lynda Fraser and Greg Nash were there in the White Ribbon tent, and Peter and Monique from IGA Wises Road were there with water and fruit to welcome the exhausted swimmers home. 
What a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning. 
Here are some pictures of a fantastic day...a new day dawns at Alex Headland
Job well done everyone!!
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Garden Project - Official Handover 

This is how the  garden looked last Friday when we gathered to officially handover our good work over the past year to IFYS. There was a big crowd there from Rotary, IFYS and other supporters to see what all the fuss has been about, some seeing the changes for the first time.
We've almost completed the initial garden concept as envisaged by Bridget with only a raised garden bed area to be put in just as soon as the ground conditions are dry enough to allow equipment to make the foundations. 
District Governor Darryl Issepi, Vicky Meyer, Business Development Manager IFYS and CEO Tony Pignata.
The deck at the back of the garden. A brilliant retreat away from the home where residents can relax while the kids play basketball on the new court, or in the cubby house, or trampoline. As Tony Pignata said, this is now a place where kids can play safely and make many happy memories. 
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Bamboo Projects last weeks speakers

Sometimes you meet a driven couple. So it was on Friday when Chris and Kirsty met with th club and spoke to us about their passion in life " Bamboo Projects".
It's probably best known for their achievements in getting the "wheelchair boat" that many of us will have seen on Mooloolaba river. But Chris and Kirsty continue to give  up much of their lives continuing to try to make other peoples better. 
On Friday they spoke to us of their difficulties in fund raising and frustration in not being able to deliver life changing resources to those in need.
Chris is particularly passionate about mental health, coming from his personal experiences and so has decided to stage a massive fund raising venture by running round Australia to attract attention to Mental Health and disability issues. We'll be encouraging other Rotary listen to Chris and Kirsty's story and maybe help them with their efforts. 
Chris and Kirsty
This boat is a fantastic achievement due to Chris and Kirsty's determination to deliver a facility here on the Sunshine Coast. They collected over 8,500 signatures, and yet without the help of Chris and his mates, and local SCC help,  this boat and the help it gives to disabled kids would not exist. 
Now Chris and Kirsty are looking for your support to help maintain and grow the support that they want to give to those suffering from mental health, depression, and the associated issues too common, (but sometimes hidden) in our community on the coast. 
Check out Bamboo Projects on Facebook, or Or donate via BSB 062692 A/C 29837513
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Solstice Swim this Sunday 

Now that the weather has improved the Rotary Solstice Swim is ON!
We've been fortunate that there has been only a few cancellations because of the postponement, and we've received many more registrations as we get nearer the time. We're expecting 150+ swimmers, thanks to the team and our Tanya and her Facebook prowess.
Here is the line up of volunteers and stakeholders for Saturday preparations and Sunday event in case you've missed it on email..
Also you can check out all the details of the day, including swim legs, warm ups, etc. on our webpage ..
List of Volunteers - Saturday 2pm
Graeme Hight,Carmel Hulett, Mike Storkey, Errol Richardson - Bags, registration sheets, prepare for Sunday
John Malloy, Nathan Harrison, - Gazebo’s, tables, Signs.
List of Volunteers - Sunday start 6.30 am.
John & Nathan  - Set up tables, gazebo, power at Buhk park, liaise with White Ribbon and IGA and SLSC on their gazebo’s 
Graeme Hight, Mike Storkey, Paula & Errol, Colleen, Bill Bradley - Registrations 
Graeme Hight - Liaise with Timing Events and agreeing 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each of the 4 swim legs and liaising with Cllr Connolly prior to medal presentations. 
Sean L, Bob Lane - swimmer number marking 
Tanya / Wallis Westbrook - MC 
Mooloolaba Rotary - Set up and take down arch 
Carmel Hulett - Photographer 
Sabine & Declan (USC Rotoract) - usher swimmers in / out  of water
David Woodrow - First aid 
Cllr John Connolly - Medal Presentations at 11.00 ish 
Ashley Robinson - Safety Briefing 
Tiarrn Raymond - Liaison with SLSC lifesavers.
Lynda Fraser / Supt Darryl Johnson - White Ribbon advocates - Speeches
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Speaker this week - THRIVE Project

This Friday we're hearing from Noel Boxer, chairman of  the THRIVE project initiative. You may have spotted some activity on Aerodrome Road and wondered what its all about. Noel will be letting us know of this fantastic Sunshine Coast initiative. 
Speakers coming Up
The 26th July is a club meeting, so no guest speaker, but the following week we have Andrew O'Connor coming to the club to talk to us about a fantastic initiative that a young chap has taken on board where he is climbing mountains (literally) to help research into Sarcoma here in Queensland at the Clive Berghofer Institute.
Have a look at this You Tube video to see what its all about. We're fortunate to have Andrew and his son come to talk to us as they are busy, not only fundraising, but preparing for their Himalayan climb. 
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2019 Handover Dinner

The Handover dinner has come and gone, and we have a new President, Mr Tony Freeman. 
Tony has "volunteered" to be President for a few months, as we know he is heavily involved in many other Rotary activities, and of course community work with the Twin Waters Community. 
So we thank Tony (and Marylin) for filling this position, and look forward to working our way through some of the club suggested initiatives the club proposed at the club planning meeting. 
The group photo at the end of the night captured the club and honorary members (Fiona Simpson MP, and Cllr John Connolly) and of course Rotary District Governor Darryl Issepi who not only attended the handover, but also made the trip up from Brisbane for the Official handover of the Rotary Crisis Care Home garden. (see separate story)
There was a surprise presentation at the handover. Unbeknown to the club we were put forward and won the Brett Mitchell Memorial TRF grants award. The club had been put forward for this by Darryl, who said that the project embodied all the Rotary ideals, "making a difference" to people's lives, and showing what can be done when Rotary "connects" with other clubs and community minded individuals and businesses.
Errol and John accepted the award on behalf of all the Sunshine Coast Rotary Clubs who contributed to the project, and our fantastic volunteers and supporters.
We also acknowledge the brilliant support from Sunshine Coast Councillor Rick Baberowski and other donations received in funds and in kind from our supporters. 
A very happy Mike (I wonder why?) handing over the reins to Tony while Darryl looks on. 
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Oceans and Plastic

We received the semail from Gerri Wood from Corrimal Rotary. We've been great supporters of Clean Up Australia Day for many years, and here is a club who are taking it to th next level...You've probably heard of how plastics and micro-plastics in particular are causing huge environmental damage. We'l here's a Rotary Club that "making a difference" on that particular issue.
Gerri writes:
Our club is delighted to be one of the early sign ups on Plastic Free Oceans.  Here is our page:

I am contacting you to encourage your club to sign up. It is an easy way for all our clubs to be involved in this important issue. And we hope sharing with the community will attract new members.

Here is the information  In a club meeting please play the video at the bottom of that page – that will give  members a clear understanding. Then get a person in your club, perhaps the one responsible for your website and/or Facebook page, to start your club's page.  Oh! And please click Follow to our page. 

May I ask you to reply and tell me how your club felt about the idea.  I'd love to see clubs all around the world popping up on Plastic Free Oceans.

If anyone in your club would like to volunteer a few hours to help us get this message - like I am doing now - please ask them to send their contact details to me.

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Steve power on YEP

I've left Steve's article in this weeks blog, just to remind you that there is a link to our current Youth Exchange Student - Chloe - Facebook page on our website. Here it is if you care to check out Chloe's adventures....FYI...
In last weeks bulletin there was a mention of the fantastic work that our very own Stuart Aird does with Youth Exchange. This prompted our very own ex-Treasurer and world traveller Steve Power to drop us a line from his home in China on how the Youth Exchange program had made for some fantastic experiences and warm friendships.
Read Steve's note below....
I thought it was time to tell a story about the benefits of the Rotary Exchange program.
Some years ago, the Club benefitted from Hannah Binder's visit to our shores. She is an Austrian and a proud one. She comes from a lovely family who lives in Aspach,  Braunau, Austria. Braunau is just inside the Austrian/German border.
It is the birthplace of Hitler.

We have hosted Hannah on the Sunshine Coast for a number of months and also her family there and also in Beijing, China where we currently live.
We have just had a wonderful week in Austria with Hannah's family. The friendship was cemented stronger than ever on this trip. We learnt so much about local Austrian living while there.
The family is
Josef - father
Ernestine - mother
Nadine, Sofie are sisters
Rene is the brother.
We experienced
 - living in their house and environment for the week
- seeing Strasbourg
- hiking through one of their Alps
- seeing Vienna over a number of days
Our world has become bigger due to this experience and I can only put this down to Rotary. My son Jack and daughter Julia have also visited Hannah's family on separate visits.
Hannah has very fond memories of Australia.
Hannah is now at Uni studying for her teaching degree and has a sound historical knowledge. She is also in a large musical group, playing the flute.
So I am thankful that I have seen the benefit of this programme. Some pictures attached of our time together. If you wish to show this to the Club John at one of the Friday meetings that would be great.
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weather conspires

Change over dinner 

Just a reminder if you have not yet replied to Tony, please let him know if you can make the club changeover dinner this Wednesday,

Solstice Swim date under review

The weather is impacting on our two current community projects .......
The Swim is in danger of being postponed because of the huge swells and forecast high winds next weekend. We're staying in close touch with Janelle and Tiarrn at Alex SLSC and watching the weather forecasts carefully. If there are safety concerns then we will of course postpone the event. Its a bit of a setback, but fingers crossed for a good outcome. 
Our supporters and swimmers have been great, we've close to 100+ registrations, with more coming in every day .... and all our supporters and sponsors have been very understanding. Thank you.
Stay Tuned.

Garden hit by wet 

On the other on-going Project, the Rotary Care Garden, the wet ground conditions in Landsborough have meant that we have been unable to get machinery on the ground to complete the landscaping around the raised garden beds. 
But in true Rotary can do spirit, we've put in extra decking to avoid the wettest areas, and Geoff Hopkins, Mooloolaba Rotary President, took advantage of a break in the weather to put a lick of paint on the new Cubby House. Well done Geoff. 
The official opening is still going ahead as planned on the Friday 12th July, hopefully we'll get a dry enough spell before then. 
Cubby house going up..
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Grabbing life by the proverbialls, Invitations for you , Changeover dinner, Rotary Care Garden Official Opening and Solstice Swim. 


Change Over Dinner

It hardly seems like a year has passed since last years changeover dinner, but apparently it is.. as Tony is sending out Invitations to the Change Over Dinner on Wednesday 3rdJuly at Alex SLSC.
This year, as club numbers are critically low, the club is splitting the Presidents role between Carmel, Tony and Mike. Everyone is most welcome. 

This Week's speaker

This week Amy is going to update us on her experiences as she reaches the end of her Youth Exchange Year. Please try and make breakfast if you can.
Also our very own Stuart has been busy with Youth Exchange administrators to try and bring some improvements in expectations and hosting of Youth Exchange students. Its a great program and we want to make sure that the experience for both students and hosts is as rewarding and smooth as it can be. 
We also acknowledge the fantastic work by Siena College in welcoming Amy and past students and giving them experiences that they will remember all of their lives.   

Care Garden Project

It many ways this has been an extraordinary project. Initially suggested by IFYS to build a garden for kids in extraordinarily difficult circumstances, it was  taken to the Cluster as a proposal by Alex Rotary and then supported by fantastic support from Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Central, Kawana, Buderim and Maroochydore, and USC Rotoract…. it has been a marvellous genuine Cluster Effort with all these clubs contributing to creating a fantastic facility for Damien who currently stays there with his full time carers.
But just as important..... it provides an amazing welcoming facility for future kids who will be using this home for short or long stays.
The Care Garden Project is now coming to an end and all Alex Rotary members are invited to the official opening at lunchtime on Wednesday 12th  July with a BBQ at the crisis care home. Let Wendy know if you can make it. 
It has shown us that we may all be small clubs, but we can achieve much as a cluster. 
...and here's some photo's and a progress report from the grand poobah for the project, he writes...

We had Renee creating two new gardens at the front of the house (and has the blisters to prove it) helped by her two girls, then along came the financial wizard, Katie to help. 
Tim, Renee’s husband was busily helping Mudlark, John M dig a trench, Tim joined Renee and Katie later.
Wendy, the wizard weeder, was busy weeding and mulching the existing gardens.  She was later joined by Paula and Lol with John W keeping up the supply of mulch
Master painters Graeme and Tony swooped on all the garden furniture with gusto….lookout Picasso
Meanwhile, John M was having the time of his life in the mud.  He seems to have developed a passion for trenching, specializing in supersaturated heavy clay soils…you couldn’t keep him out of it.
Super-smooth Geoff, Graham and Roger were busily oiling the deck and anything else that got in the way, then along came Sparkie Paul, and helper, to install the light for the deck
Then came the erection of the Teenagers Retreat on the deck. After cleaning off all the elements, walking around all the bits a few times, measuring, and a bit of arm waving, it started to happen.
In no time at all it was all over…smooth as silk.  With Master Craftsman Roger and his disciples, Geoff, Graham and Tony what could go wrong?  Roger was enjoying his time so much on the roof, we had a bit of trouble talking him down
Geoff gave the deck one final lick, carefully painting himself out via the step, and it was all over
Throughout all of this we have Peter, casting an eye over the masses, joining in with the odd shovel here and there, offering suggestions and making requests for things to be done a certain way etc, all of which were studiously ignored (not really)

Basketball court, raised garden beds, deck and cubby house.
Graeme being busy, John in background waving mattock about. 
All in all, a great effort and a big thank you to everybody
It will be on again next Saturday.  Stay tuned for further detailsWhat a GREAT EFFORT and a GREAT RESULT !
We had Renee creating two new gardens at the front of the house (and has the blisters to prove it) helped by her two girls, then along came the financial wizard, Katie to help. 
Tim, Renee’s husband was busily helping Mudlark, John M dig a trench, Tim joined Renee and Katie later.
Wendy, the wizard weeder, was busy weeding and mulching the existing gardens.  She was later joined by Paula and Lol with John W keeping up the supply of mulch
Master painters Graeme and Tony swooped on all the garden furniture with gusto….lookout Picasso
Meanwhile, John M was having the time of his life in the mud.  He seems to have developed a passion for trenching, specializing in supersaturated heavy clay soils…you couldn’t keep him out of it.
Super-smooth Geoff, Graham and Roger were busily oiling the deck and anything else that got in the way, then along came Sparkie Paul, and helper, to install the light for the deck
Then came the erection of the Teenagers Retreat on the deck. After cleaning off all the elements, walking around all the bits a few times, measuring, and a bit of arm waving, it started to happen.
In no time at all it was all over…smooth as silk.  With Master Craftsman Roger and his disciples, Geoff, Graham and Tony what could go wrong?  Roger was enjoying his time so much on the roof, we had a bit of trouble talking him down
Geoff gave the deck one final lick, carefully painting himself out via the step, and it was all over
Throughout all of this we have Peter, casting an eye over the masses, joining in with the odd shovel here and there, offering suggestions and making requests for things to be done a certain way etc, all of which were studiously ignored (not really)
All in all, a great effort and a big thank you to everybody
Digging ditch for power and water to the teenage retreat. 
..and here's our Tony and Michael from Buderim holding up the front of the Cubby house donated by Buderim mens shed.

Swim News

The arrangements for the Solstice Swim continue with more swim registrations and we are on track for a good turn out of swimmers. Stay tuned for volunteer listing for Saturady arvo and Sunday morning. 

Mercy Ships and Rotary 

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development aid to those without access in the developing world. It's where some of your Rotary subscriptions end up
You may have heard about the Australian Mercy ships and how Rotary has funded a number of operating theatres on the ship that travels the world providing emergency and life changing surgery to places that otherwise would not have it. But here is a personal Rotary story you may not have heard..

Surviving the devastation wreaked by a tropical hurricane and witnessing the human suffering it left in its trail inspired Don Stephens to set up a hospital ship for the world’s most vulnerable people.

In 1964, 19-year-old Don was visiting the Bahamas as part of a youth group when Hurricane Cleo swept through the region, in what was a one-in-a-hundred year storm. Don’s youth group took shelter in an aircraft hangar, but others were not so fortunate with Cleo claiming lives and destroying hundreds of homes. In the aftermath of the storm, he was struck by the words of suffering local people who pleaded for a hospital ship to treat their injured and provide urgently needed medicines.

“The hearing of it challenged me,’’ said Don.

It took years for this idea to reach fruition, but in 1978 Don’s goal became reality when he and fellow fundraisers paid $1 million US for the Victoria, a former cruise liner, and work began to convert her to a hospital ship. In 1982, the vessel, refitted with three operating theatres and a 40-bed ward, sailed as the Anastasis – the first Mercy Ship.

Since then, four ships, including the current vessel, the Africa Mercy, have served in 150 ports throughout developing nations, bringing hope, relief and healing to the most vulnerable people.

For Don, Mercy Ships has become a lifelong driving force. He and Deyon spendt ten years living on board the first Mercy Ship with their family before relocating to the International Operations Centre in Texas. Their inspiring work has brought them awards and honours. Don received the Two Hungers Award and the Religious Heritage Award and in 2009 he and Deyon were honoured with the Variety Club International Humanitarian Award. Don is also a Paul Harris Fellow through Rotary. He has written three books about Mercy Ships and is the voice behind the Mercy Minute, a daily radio broadcast aired internationally.

Mens Mental Health - Sam Parker

Last breakfast we had Sam Parker with us from "Grab Life by the Balls". Sam gave a great talk on how he has sruggled with depression and what he is doing to help other men in the same situation. He has some fantastic stories and is clearly passionate about "making a difference" to the male community, using mateship and mentoring tools to help males who may be struggling with their expectations of themselves as fathers, husbands or in their career. 
Sam spoke at length about the stresses of life (internal and external on males in society and how he is working to help men, and has plans to take his program further afield.
BBQ's and get togethers are most Fridays in Mooloolaba and there's an open invitation for a burger from Sam and his growing team.
He's already taking this sunshine coast initiative outside the Sunshine Coast, to the coalfields and cities.
Sam and his group have posted some grea video's on their website. Check them out at.
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Mamma Mia the future is in good hands!, Dateclaimers and new year plans, Volunteers worth $800M

Mia - someone you'll be hearing more about !

Sometimes you meet people who just blow you away with their enthusiasm for life and their optimism, achievements and motivation to give everything they've got to the community. And so it was on Friday morning when we heard from Mia Seefeld - Gorman. Mia spok eto the club about her achievements at Chancellor, her remedial reading leadership, her musical and debating achievements, and how her Dad's recent diagnosis had impacted on her outlook on life. It was clear to those who me Mia that her drive to give more through education would stand her in good stead as she progressed through her life.
This is one young lady we'll be hearing a lot more about in years to come. The future is in good hands with people like Mia about. 

Next Weeks speaker - Sam Parker - Mens Mental Health 

Your club has always been a great suportter of Mental Healh, combining with Mooloolaba Rotary on the "Walk for Mental Health" and other Rotary initiatives. So next Friday we're going to hear from Sam Parker n the "Grrab Life by the Balls" project. This initiative complements the RUOK? and Black Dog and other programs out there to address mental health issues.
If you read Honorary member Ashley Robinson's weekend article the Sunshine Coast Daily the weekend, you'll know that Ashley has been talking about how suicide is a bigger killer than road accidents and its about time there was a big effort to bring that statistic, with all the back stories and grief that it contains. 
So we welcome Sam and his group and look forward to an interesting discussion on this blight on the community. 
Sam and his group have done a great job in getting their message out. Check out their website. 

Date Claimer - Working Bee at Rotary Care Garden 

Friday / Saturday

In Ashley's article he mentioned that he not a big fan of sitting down and discussing his feelings with other mates in a group setting, and that what works for him is to exercise. Another way I've found helps to lift my mood is to reach out and help others.
If either of these approaches appeals to you, we have got just the activity for YOU?
On Friday after the breakfast meeting we're heading down to Landsborough for a working bee at our Rotary Crisis Care Home Garden for a few hours to finish off the project with some garden beds and general landscaping. It's also likely to require a few hours on Saturady. So if you can give a few hours to help those who need a helping hand you'll be more than welcome. 
A few people have asked "What are we going to do after the garden is officially opened on the 12th July?"...we'll the plan is to try another Cluster Project, but this time one a bit closer to the main participating clubs (Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Central, Buderim, Maroochydore and Alex.) so if you have any ideas on what LARGE projects Rotary could assist the community with, then let Mike know. (By large we mean $100,000 type projects in terms of resources needed to "make a difference".

Date Claimer - Solstice Swim for White Ribbon Sunday 7th July  

Our 3rd annual Solstice Swim is on Sunday 7th July, and if you saw the Sunshine Coast Daily front page you'd know that our celebrity swimmer (Sam Penny) is taking part with his son. Sam is aiming to cross the English Channel - twice) and has been busy promoting the swim on Facebook. So we're looking for volunteers on The Saturday 6th July afternoon, to prepare registrations, tents, Arch and swim bags for an early start on Sunday 7th July with 4 swim legs. The 500m kids, the 1km, 3km, and 5km swim. 
We've had great support from teh Alex SLSC is making this swim happen every year, and Rebecca Grisman from the Campaign Group, and our very own Tanya have been busy promoting the event on social media. So even if you are not swimming, and are unable to volunteer, please come along and show your support for the fantastic White Ribbon organisation on the Sunshine Coast.

Date Claimer - Change over Dinner

Our change over dinner is on Wednesday 3rd July at Alex SLSC. The new President will be Tony Freeman. As well as having an extensive history in Rotary, helping out all sorts of causes, Tony is also a keen photographer. Here is a latest shot from Friday..

Rotary - Who knew?

Wendy reminded us on Friday that there are some surprising aspects to Rotary. Who knoew for example that there is a Rotary group for House swapping ? least I think its only the house, although some other suggestions come to mind (Ed.) ...and it was a surprise to some (but not all) that theer is a Rotary Wine Appreciation society? Find them at www.Rotary.Org.

Did you know Rotary Volunteers were worth $800M?


That Rotary members log a lot of volunteer hours should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the organization. But a new report just released by Johns Hopkins University provides a powerful look at the impact of all those volunteer hours.

The special report prepared for Rotary International by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies found that Rotary members had volunteered a total of 5.8 million hours within a four-week survey period. Extrapolating those results over an entire year, the report gave a conservative estimate of nearly 47 million hours of volunteer effort generated by Rotary members in a typical year.

The report then analyzed the economic impact of all those hours and estimated the value conservatively at $850 million a year, if communities had to pay for the services that Rotary volunteers provide.

Rotary, with the help of Johns Hopkins University, is the first global service organization to conduct an empirical analysis of its volunteer’s impact using an internationally sanctioned definition of volunteer work. The authors of the report noted in their conclusion that at each stop, the analysis had chosen the most conservative estimates.

“This makes the results reported here all the more remarkable,” the authors noted. “Translated into economic terms, Rotary is annually generating a scale of social and economic problem-solving effort that is worth nearly nine times more than it costs the organization to produce.”

Rotary General Secretary John Hewko said the figure doesn't even include the in-kind contributions and the money that Rotary clubs and the Rotary Foundation raise every year. In addition, the figure doesn’t include the volunteer work of the many relatives and friends of Rotary that members often involve in a project, or that of members of Rotaract, Interact, or the Community Corps, that would easily double the estimate of Rotary’s economic impact.


Date Claimer - Surf Show and Shine  22- 24th November

It's on again at the Mooloolaba school oval!. Last year we had over 5,000 visitors, > 100 Kombi's and raised $20,000 for the community through our fantastic Kombi and Surf Board show. This year, we're holding the event later in the year to spread the load on the club volunteers.
Also at theSunshine Coast Council have been encouraging us to extend the event to Saturday and Sunday and we'll be investigating that possibility later. 
Meanwhile we're already receiving enquiries, so keep this weekend free in your calendar. 
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Solstice Swim getting near !!

The Solstice Swim is nearly here! Date claimer Sunday 7th July. 

You'll see that we have updated the website ( to give prominence to the upcoming Solstice Swim. We don't need to be reminded of the tragic events on the Sunshine Coast that have led to fatalities in domesic situations, but what we can do is show our support for the Anti Domestic Violence organisation - White Ribbon Sunshine Coast. 
This year we're showing our support by organising the Solstice Swim in aid of the Sunshine Coast White Ribbon group. 
Behind the scene's we've been working with Council, White Ribbon and Alex SLSC to put together the swim on Sunday 7th July. So please check out our webpage and Facebook page, and "LIKE" the page and get as many people as you can to either swim or to come along to Alex Beach on Sunday 7th July to show your support for White Ribbon and the great work they do in the workplace and in domestic situations to educate and change the culture around Domestic Violence. 
Check us out at 
And if there are any contacts out there for GOGGLES (as prizes) or FRUIT (for swimmers) please let one of the committee know, we're also looking for corporate "give aways" for the swim bags donated by our great sponsor Quinn and Scattini. 
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Message from Rebecca

Rebecca says thanks ..

Your club donates to many, many causes.  In fact, by being part of a club, we are able to donate much more than could be achieved individually. 
Last year we donated over $40,000 to various groups in the community.  
But rarely do we receive a thank-you note as heartfelt as this one from Rebecca Holland. (And there is more good news in the post script...)
"Dear Alexandra Headland Rotarians, 
Thank you so much for your generous donation. I apologise for the tardiness of this note, but I wanted to be able to tell you exactly where your donation was going.
Tommy is 17, a victim of chronic child abuse that has serious mental health issues as a result.
Susan is 16, and she and her 5 siblings lost their mum to cancer last year, they all now live with Grandma. 
Graham is 18. He is bright and motivated but socially isolated and falls into the funding support gap.
These 3 young people will receive adequate professional instruction to join the program. (Braking the Cycle)
Thank you, Alexandra Headland Rotary,
Three lives have been improved through your generosity,
Best regards
Rebecca Holland
Breaking The Cycle Manager
Sunshine Coast 
PS. Thanks to one of our club members, we've put the “Braking the Cycle” group in touch with a neighbour of a Rotarian who now donates one day a week of his time to mentoring the kids in need to become professional in their driving.  Perhaps more importantly just " being there" and a being a great adult role model to the kids. 
PPS. Names have been changed from Rebecca's note to provide anonymity.
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Rotary Care Garden date claimer and official opening

Garden nears completion - what have we done? 

The garden progress has slowed a bit due to wet ground conditions in Landsborough, and also some difficulties in getting builders and building approvals, but we are now back on track to complete the works. 
The official opening has been set for Friday 12th July, and that means only one more working bee (and lots of contractors activities) o complete the garden beds, deck and cubby house. 
So please try to make the working bee which will be on Friday 21st June and Saturday 22nd June. 
It has truly been a transformation of the garden, with a indicated total project value of around $60,000 being carefully managed by Peter Eggleton (Mooloolaba Rotary) and our very own Errol Richardson, with great support from Councillor Ric Baberowski, Queensland Community Gambling fund, and Rotary District. But perhaps the biggest mention should go to the cluster clubs who donated club funds to the project to make the project such a success.
This demonstrates quie clearly that the local clubs, no matter how small, if they band together can complete significant community projects. 
Already the Cluster is thinking about what can be our next combined project. Perhaps something a bit more visible, that will leave a legacy to the community?
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National Youth Science Forum - strong interest from locals 

Science Program Success

Recently the club has been reaching out to the local schools to create interest and applicants for a brilliant Rotary Youth Program called the National Youth Science Forum. 
We've been delighted by the strong response to our efforts, and can let you know that Ainsley Lea from Mountain Creek High school has been approved by th eclub to attend the 2019 NYSF Forum in Canberra. 
We were also pleased to to put another amazing candidate Lili More from Mountain Creek in touch with the Mooloolaba Club and a third candidate, again most worthy of been given the chance to attend the forum, to the Cluster, in the hope that funding can be found from those clubs to send the promising student to Canberra to participate in what has been a life changeing event for previous participants. 
Check out the NYSF program HERE.

Rotary Youth Leadership 

Also we're pleased to see the Declan Westbrook completed his Rotary Youth Leadership camp at Luther Hights. Well done Declan, we hope you found your days at the leadership forum interesting and challenging. Lots of high achieving teenagers have been through the RYLA course and gone on to greater things. We wish you well in your future endeavours. 
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Rotoract Partnership 

Update on Rotoract Partnership 

As some of you may be aware your club has committed to help the USC Rotoract branch, and Tony Freeman and Errol Richardson recently attended a Rotoract function to explore ways that we can help the up and coming Rotarians of the future. 
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Surprise Donation - Colleen to the rescue

Surprise donation

So its not often that the club receives a donation out of the blue. In this case and odd sum of $418 landed in our account, and treasurer Wendy wasn't too sure where it came from. Luckily Colleen recalled a similar amount from our Ironman activities. So mystery solved!
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Speakers Corner

Speakers Corner

What a fantastic job Graeme Hight did through the year as speakers organiser!
Recently Russ Stephenson and Darryl Iseppi from Nambour Rotary and District Rotary joined us for breakfast and Russ spoke about his project to assist PNG be more sustainable with their native food groups, while Daryl updated us on the wider Rotary community. 
We had so many interesting speakers, and from all aspects of our community, from Magistrates, Manufacturers, Education policy makers, Young Australians, young aviators, aviator medico's, CEO's,  Cyber Safety experts, Wildlife volunteers, Community leaders, etc.
So we learnt a LOT from these talks, and wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to Graeme for his efforts in coordinating speakers for the club. 
Typical of Graeme, he's also handing over a list of possibles for future breakfast talks, including
  • Lifestyle coaches
  • Medical practictioners
  • Rotarian program speakers
  • Environmental management manager
  • Cancer experts
  • NBN management
  • Young student leaders
  • Youth Science leaders
  • Polio program managers
  • Rotary Peace Fellows
  • Rotarians against Malaria 
  • Palliative Care Leaders
Well done Graeme you have certainly set the bar high for the next speakers corner organiser !!
Russ Stephenson
Darryl Iseppi
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Andrew Wallace Visits the club 

Andrew Wallace joins us for breakfast

Andrew looked a lot more relaxed than a few weeks ago and was quite expansive in his vision for the electorate and the need for improvements in key areas around employment and the need for diversity around employment opportunities, bringing high tech and varied work opportunities to the region, to get change the profile from relying solely on Contruction, Tourism and Retail.
As well as infrastructure changes we can expect in the next few years, Andrew also gave us some insights into his work in improving societal issues such as mental health, and particularly with eating disorders. The Sunshine Coast initiative of building a specific centre for treating this major mental health issue will now become a model for all other States, and removes the growing number of our community affected by this disease from the old treatment in secure psychiatric centres.
We were also fortunate to have our new corporate member Renee, as breakfast  and it was clear that both Renee and Andrew are committed t on improving the lives of the disadvantaged in our community, and have some clear ideas on making meaningful employment pathways for our kids. Its a complex area, but a critical one if our communiy is to be healthy and free from the social problems that intergenerational unemployment brings. 
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Membership Night 


On the 8thof May the club held a membership information night to assist with building the club’s membership numbers and to provide interested members of the community with an insight into the overall activities of the club. 
Our guest speakers for the evening were Alan Mackay-Sim, Australian of the Year, honoured for his work in stem cell development. Fiona Simpson, State Member of Parliament and Amy Hedevang Fris our visiting Youth Exchange Student frombuilding of schools  Denmark.
The main thrust of the information was to highlight the activities of the club in particular and Rotary in general both on the local and internation scene. The many faces of Rotary coverd the diversity of its activities from health, youth services,support for overseas projects such as safe drinking water,builing of schools etc and the eradication of polio world wide.
Special emphasis was placed on youth services that areavailable such as the Youth Exchange Programme, Rotary Youth Ledership Programmes and The Work Life Programme which is an Alexandra Club initative.
The function was well attended and the Alexander Headlands Surf Club handled the catering and venue in their usual friendly and efficient manner.
It is hoped that the five potential members who expressed an interest in becoming Rotarians will soon  swell our numbers as a result of this enjoyable evening.
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Our Paul Harris Fellows

Our Fantastic Paul Harris Fellows

Everyone who joins Rotary, does so to give back to the community. But some of our members go the extra mile, and are recognised by their fellow members and put forward for a special award, named after the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris.
Here is a list of our Alex Rotary members whose contributions to Rotary and the Community have been recognised by their fellow members. We salute them.
Paul Harris Recognition Summary
Denys Alt                             May 2009 *
Peter Andrews                   May 2012 *
Chris Baker + 1                  May 2012 *
Prue Byrnes                        June 2018 *
Peter Darnell                       June 2018 + *
Tony Freeman + 3             August 2003 #
Wendy Gilson + 1              June 2011 #
Gary Lynch                          June 2011 *
Fernand Michot                 December 2004
Paul Morton                       June 2018 *
Errol Richardson + 3         June 1988 #
Owen Scott                         Dec 1994 +
Trevor Smith                       September 2010 * #
Mike Storkey                      March 2011 #
Michael Sullivan                April 2005 *
David Woodrow                April 2005 * #
* Awarded by R C Alexandra Headland
# Current Club Member
+ Deceased
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Dateclaimer - Wednesday 8th May

Former Australian of the Year to speak at club

Keen readers of the club news will be aware that at the recent Sunshine Coast Council citizens awards where our very own David Woodrow was awarded Senior Citizen of the year, he met with Professor Alan Mackay-Sim and invited him to come and speak to the club.
We're delighted to let you know that Alan has agreed to come to the club on the evening of Wednesday 8th May, when we'll be hosting invited guests for a speakers night.
So  please keep the evening free, and come along to listen to Alan's amazing journey that led him to spend his life researching the linkage between the senses and the brain, and what role stem cells play in potential medical breakthroughs.
It is truly inspiring to listen to Alan's unusual career path and what drove him into research and keeps him "making a difference" to our communities well being. 
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Complimentary beer and wine, Angel Flight, Sofitel Chef, Swim reaches 6,000 hits

Complimentary beer, wine, finger food, and interesting speakers

So its finally  here, and we are hoping to welcome sponsors, friends of Rotary, Rotoractors, Mums, Dads and community minded citizens to the Alex SLSC on Wednesday night to hear from Australian of the Year about what drives him, and from our Rotarians, Fiona Simpson and Amy Fris on the impact of the Youth Exchange Program on their development. We hope you all can make it. 

Bunnings BBQ capers

On Friday at the Bunnings BBQ we were joined by Matt who (in hos non-volunteer life) just happens to be a chef at Noosa Solfitel ! Below is a picture of Matt in action, and he really showed us how to do it. Thank you Sabine for putting Matt forward, he was just brilliant!
...and this is some of Matt's work here...Notice how clean and orderly it is, and if you look closely ....A THERMOMETER IN THE SAUSAGES....This is a REVELATION as I usually (through my own lack of ability)  create a mix of onions and sausages in various stages of pink to rusty black snags and crusty caramelised to raw onions, and stick the thermometer in the ice box.
Trivia question...what is the optimum temperature for sausages? (Freddy Frog to first correct answer) 
Also we welcomed Linda Ross, (Chloe's mum) and Pat and Rosemary White from Sunshine Coast Central as well as Lachlan from USC Rotoract.
So betweeen the Alex Volunteers and our fantastic helpers we managed to raise just over $1,000 on a very quiet Friday at Bunnings. Well done everyone, the funds raised will go to a great community cause...and for more information on great community causes please see the article on Fridays speaker from Angel Flight below...
This photo captures the great work by Linda and Matt.
(Not entirely sure what the chap in the foreground is doing (?) but I'm sure he was on top of his roleblush. )

Angel Flight - who knew?

Graeme continues to find these amazing speakers and on Friday we were treated to the insights of Morne Terblanche who by career is an anaesthetist and by volunteer, is a pilot for Angel Flight.
And what amazing stories and experienses Morne has had since he moved to Queensland from Johannesburg. Morne, and other Angel Flight volunteers donate their time and small planes, and expenses to take sick residents in outback Queensland to get specialist treatment.
This service is provided by Angel Flight volunteers (including drivers on arrival) out of their own funds, with no government assistance. 
The travel service is a godsend to those who otherwise would either not be able to afford treatment, or whose family circumstance would cause great difficulty (financial and emotional) in travelling for days away from their families to attend the CBD for treatment. 
Morne told us of  his experience with two beneficieries of Angel Flight -  an elderly man (+75yrs) who had never been far form his home town in his life, never mind a trip to Brisbane, and a child who suffered terribly with a balance affliction each time they atttended specialist help by car. Here's some statistics from Morne's brilliant talk...
•30% of Australians live in rural areas
•Angel Flight Australia established April 2003
•3333 pilots and 4691 and ground volunteers (Earth Angels)
•85% of revenue spend on service delivery
•45 926 flights
•3761 patients, carers and family members
•Up to 20 flight per day
...and here is his picture gallery of some of the folk that he has helped "make a difference"

Solstice Swim getting closer

The swim preparations are proceeding, so please leave the morning of Sunday 7th July free, as we'll need you to help with registrations, people shepherding competitors etc, for a few hours while we get the various swim legs underway.
We're aiming for 300 swimmers brave enough to face the rigours? of winter on the Sunshine Coast and have a swim in aid of the White Ribbon organisation.
Here's the latest flyer with all the information you need. For more details, have a look at our website. or ask Mike or Tanya while JM is away. 

Garden beds in the mud

 On Wednesday Peter E, Errol and John M were at the Landsborough crisis care home, assembling the raised garden beds that Buderim mens shed made for us, in preparation for placing on the gravel beds (once the garden dries out).
It was a lovely wet morning in the garden, with lots of glorious mud, and biting ants between the logs. A hot bath never felt so good. 
Here's a photo of JM just so happy that they've all been finished and doesn't the footwear look attractive?

A Rotary Inspiration 

The great thing about being in a club like Rotary is that you can draw on inspirations of like minded citizens and take hear that there are good people around who truly " make a difference" to the community. And you also hear of similar smaller groups like Angel Flight who provide such a great community service. 
Here's another short story of a club just down the road at Caloundra Rotary and what Bernie Strong and her team "made a difference" to that Indian Community just last year......Well done Caloundra Rotary Club.
(From Caloundra Rotary article..)

A new project to provide Bio Toilets in India

Bhubaneswar is the capital of the Indian state of Odisha.  It is the largest city in Odisha and is a centre of economic and religious importance in Eastern India.  Bhubaneswar is often referred to as a "Temple City of India".
But ..... there are 338 unauthorised slums in Bhubaneswar  - many households do not have toilets and a few who have sanitary toilets have no drainage, water and maintenance facilities!!
In May last year, now Past President Anna wanted to assist women in remote parts of India with better access to toilets, providing them with dignity and safety.  That enquiry has led to a global Rotary project (GG1757749) to provide safe, clean and local Bio toilets for women:
The Project aims in providing safe and clean toilets for women.  20 Urban slum areas have been identified for the said project.  Each slum would be provided with 2 bio toilets each.  The beneficiaries would be the women residing in these slums and are devoid of a safe and hygienic environment to attend to nature's call.


Providing safe, clean and local Bio toilets for women in Bhubaneswar, India

The project aims to help deal with the chronic, acute shame, embarrassment and fear that Indian women and girls must deal with at least once a day, every day.
Hari Menon, Deputy Director of Indian programmes for the Gates Foundation says "Among women, toilets figure in the top three needs for their own security and health“.
"There will be a huge change in our lives.  Now men would not follow us, men will not wait for us to sit in the field and watch.  Once we have these toilets we don't need to step out, and we will feel better.  Our dignity which is an ornament for us - is now safe.“

Why Bio Toilets?

Individual pour and flush toilets are needed but this is not a feasible option due to the unavailability of required space.  Most importantly, a water facility for the toilets is also necessary.  Since a  bio-toilet is an innovative technology for disposal of solid human waste in an eco-friendly, economical and hygienic manner, this type of toilet is preferred over other types of toilets considering the local context particularly in urban slums.
A 'Biological Toilet' is a next generation eco-friendly waste management solution, which digests and converts solid human waste into neutral water and traces amount of gas, with the help of special bacterial inoculums.
The Bio-Toilet provides a better, hygienic sanitation alternative for the people of the society:
  • The Bio Digester tank is a multi-chambered tank
  • The wastes are transferred from the toilet pan to the Bio digester tank by a P- Trap which requires very less water.
  • The wastes flow from one chamber to another by a special patented process.  The multi-strain bacteria convert human waste to water through biological process.
  • The Bio digester tank contains multi strain aerobic bacteria that starts the digestion of the wastes in 3 hours and completes the digestion totally within 24 hours.
  • The Biological toilet converts the human wastes into water and traces of carbon dioxide.
  • It prevents spread of diseases and epidemics caused by harmful E coli spread by dumping of unprocessed human wastes.
When the evening light fades, She balances little one on one hip and with her older daughters head single-file towards the fields.
To the chirrup of bullfrogs and crickets and the occasional cry of a peacock, they march past the last dwelling in the slum to a fallow field.
Shrouded in darkness, the girls spread out, pulling down their saris or shalwars.  They're frightened, uncomfortable and trying to hurry up as a tractors shudders past about 20 metres away, driven by men.
As they wash and walk back to the village, other girls and women appear in pairs and small groups from the gloom.  Since1990, the Indian government has introduced nationwide campaigns to improve sanitation facilities across the country—first under the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), and most recently under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).  However, the lack of improved sanitation remains a major public health concern.
In 1990, the Indian government introduced nationwide campaigns to improve sanitation facilities across the country - first under the Total Sanitation Campaign, and most recently under the Swachh Bharat Mission.  However, the lack of improved sanitation remains a major public health concern.
  • Open defecation has been reduced by 31 percent since 90’s.
  • About 300 million women and girls in India still have no other choice.
  • Try to squat in a sari, while holding a cup of water to cleanse yourself and keeping an eye out for rapists.
  • No woman has said she liked squatting in darkness knowing that men are watching her

The Status of the Project

The anticipated cost of the project to provide 40 Bio Toilets to 20 slums is USD38,000 funded as follows:
  • Rotary Clubs - a total of USD14,333 from:
    • Bhubaneswar New Horizon USD5,000
    • Caloundra USD5,000
    • E-Club of District 3262 USD3,333
    • The Hills-Kellyville USD1,000
  • Rotary District 3262 - USD7,500
  • Rotary District 9685 - USD750
  • The Rotary Foundation World Fund - Global Grant USD15,417*
* Currently, the Global Grant has yet to be approved.  A number of questions have been raised by The Rotary Foundation to which answers have been supplied.  It is anticipated that the responses will be sufficient to gain approval.
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Youth experiences, Who knew?,  Gregor Mendel, Speakers night, Swim and Marmalade

Volunteers needed for this Friday's Bunning BBQ

If you can spare a few hours this Friday (3rd May), and want to raise a bit of cash for the local Community causes, please let John M know, as we are very short of sausage swirlers, onion observers and saucy servers for our Maroochydore Bunnings BBQ. Positions are available morning and afternoon shifts. Wages aren't that flash but the company is good. 

Amy and her travels

Our very own exchange student Amy, is certainly experiencing a lot of Australian culture, from family holidays to theme parks with 65 year olds. Amy gave her regular update on Friday and it was great to hear of her experiences with host family and friends around the state and in NSW. 
Youth Exchange student program was also on the mind of the district presidents, and Mike explained that the cluster has decided to "band Cluster together" so that we take incoming Youth Exchange Students, and receive inbound students as a cluster commitment and not as a club. This will allow us to offer a better experience to inbound students, with more host families available to accommodate the inbound student. Alex Rotary has also reached out to the Rotoract Club at USC who have shown interest in helping with social activities for inbound students. Alex Rotary is also supportive of increasing financial support to host families who do so much to make this a really great Rotary program.
Now ...who could this be?

Chloe in Brasil 

Meanwhile our outbound student Chloe is having her own experiences in Brazil with wildlife adventures and river trips. Check her activities out on Facebook.
Follow the adventures of our outbound student Chloe on her facebook page on the link below..

Who Knew?

Also on Friday our very own Tony was called upon in questions without notice, to tell the club something about himself that we wouldn't know! Well, we thought this will be interesting given Tony's involvement in Rotory for over 18 years, did anyone else know of Tony's journey in ladies undergarments?. It turns out there is quite a lot we didnt know about Tony including some scientific gardening exploits, reminiscent of Gregor Mendel (look it up Stuart & Bob frown) and Marmalade exploits. 
It was pleasing to see Tony rise above the schoolboy humour of certain questions asked by certain elderly club members smiley Dave, really... meatpacking!!  Thanks Tony, very well done. 
Also in an unexpected twist Mary Queen of Scots, and her fondness for orange jam which later became known as Marmalade (Mama est malade) made it into the post talk discussion, much to he edification of club members. (who strangely did not seem all that impressed. ed. )

Speakers Night

Invitations have gone out, members have in their inboxes, please pass on to interested community minded businesses, couples, parents with teenagers, etc. as there will be an emphasis on Rotary Youth Programs which the club will be supporting this year. We're hoping for a great turn out. Drinks and nibblies provided, and some great speakers. 



Solstice Swim Sunday Morning 7th July

Invites have also gone out to schools and swim clubs for the annual Solstice Swim. If you know of keen swimmers who may be interested in joinging in, please pass on the invite below.

Care Garden Working Bee washed out

So we had to postpone the planned Saturday morning working bee for the Crisis Care Home garden. We're nearing completion on this fantastic project with "only" the garden beds and teenager retreat to be done.
The teenage retreat has been contracted out (too big for our volunteers) but we're keen to put up the raised garden beds and gravel work that Buderim Mens shed made for us, and get the plants in from John W at Central Rotary, and to put the surface coat on the basketball / netball court that we've installed. 
So stay tuned for the revised date  and get those gumboots ready!

A Rotary Story on REALLY "making a difference"

Rotarians get involved in all sorts of Community improvement programs, and on Anzac day we noted the Rotary clubs in Poland that were doing much to help the youth badly affected by the current war in Ukraine. Fortunately here in Australia we are far removed from war, and indeed Australia is seen as a refuge for many people, accepting 20,000 refugees per year, and over 850,000 since WW2.

If you want to know more check out Rotary Down Under. Especially an article on the Karen community from Myanmar and how Rotarians in W.A. helped them settle and contribute to that small community. 


There are some useful information on the differences between refugees and asylum seekers in the article, and this brilliant article on the Rotary Club of Nhill and their input into refugee resettlement. It concerns refugees from Myanmar, and you'll recall that your club was also able to support the women causes in that area, earlier this year through the local " Yes, she matters" group led locally by Gary Bradford, who came and talked to the club about the impact of war and violence on the women in the border area between Thailand and Myanmar.  

Here's some of the article...

Nhill is a quiet country town in Western Victoria, close to the Victorian-South Australian border, halfway along the eight-hour drive from Adelaide to Melbourne. It’s the unlikely site of one of Australia’s greatest refugee settlement success stories, and Rotary Club of Nhill member, John Millington, is responsible for much of that success.

John joined Rotary 30 years ago, during which time he’s served as club president twice and once an assistant governor. However, it was a problem that emerged in his professional life that led to his greatest community challenge of all.

In 2013, John retired after 30 years as the general manager of poultry producer Luv-a-Duck, Nhill’s largest private employer and one of the two largest providers of duck meat to the Australian market. John’s wife Margaret was also involved in an administrative role, and during John’s 30-year tenure, production had grown

from 6000 ducks per week to 100,000 ducks per week.

In order to produce such a volume, a steady and reliable workforce was required. But they were struggling to fill vacancies due to the declining and ageing population, hampering the company’s expansion plans.

Previously, the company had spent thousands advertising nationally in the attempt to attract workers, but hardly anyone wanted to move to a remote location like Nhill. A few positions had been filled by people from South Africa and Zimbabwe escaping the dangerous living conditions in those countries. Luv-a-Duck was the first company in the region to use the 457 Visa process to employ overseas staff. Many of those staff are still employed in Nhill or have started their own businesses.

“If we in the town didn’t do something, nobody else would,” John said. “No white knight was going to ride over the horizon to help us.”



Over the past nine years, close to 300 Karen refugees have resettled in Nhill and the wider region, attracted by jobs offered by local poultry producer Luv-a-Duck and 17 other businesses in the area.

This eventually led to an invitation from Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) to give advice on how to settle people from other cultures in regional areas. Prior to that meeting in 2009, Margaret said neither she nor John knew much about the Karen, a small ethnic minority group from Burma (Myanmar).

“We learnt that over 500,000 Karen had fled from Burma to escape persecution by their home country’s brutal military dictatorship. They went to the refugee camps along the Thai border,” Margaret explained.


Many younger Karen have no memory of village life before the camps, when their families lived as subsistence farmers. Some Karen families have been displaced for over 20 years, trapped in refugee camps without employment or freedom.

As part of Australia’s annual resettlement program, many Karen refugees were invited by the Australian Federal Government to move to Melbourne and housed predominately in the western suburb of Werribee.

Assisted by AMES Australia, John and Margaret travelled to Werribee to present two PowerPoints to 120 refugees on the employment opportunities at Luv-a-Duck and a snapshot of the Nhill township. They presented to two groups and before they finished their first presentation, the clipboard they had brought to register interest was already full.

There were a few reservations – mentioning Nhill was near the Victoria-South Australia state border provoked anxiety in the audience as they thought the border referred to was the Thai/Burma border, which to the Karen, meant the constant threat of military violence, not vast expanses of dryland farming country.


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A few weeks later, a bus was chartered to Nhill, with 20 refugees taking a tour of the town and the Luv-a-Duck premises. The Karen met many of the locals, including the local hospital, schools, churches, police and, importantly, the volunteers at the Nhill Neighbourhood House (who were to become pivotal in the settlement).

Now that's making a difference...!!!



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Rotary and Veterans stories

A few phone calls, some local volunteers, and we make a Veterans Day

On Tuesday yours truly got an unexpected phone call from a Jillian in Rockhampton. She was desperate to talk to someone on the Sunshine Coast about her dad. It turns out that he is a war veteran aged 92 who had recently required a wheelchair, and was telling Jillian that he didn't to be a bother and go to the Anzac service. (Which he had never missed)...So Jillian wanted to know what could be done for the veteran, as she was convinced he didn't want to go out of embarrassment, and didn't want to be any trouble in his wheelchair. (This from a distinguished serviceman !). 
Jillian had got in touch with Alex Rotary from the internet out of desperation, but it was lucky she did, as we are fortunate to have Dave Woodrow in the club, who is the leader of the Anzac celebrations on the coast. A few phone calls from Dave, and Jillian's dad was all set to be picked up by the good guys at the MG club, and taken to the Anzac service, keeping his 100% attendance record intact. Well done Dave and the MG club. 

What did Rotary do during the War?

Rotary clubs were disbanded throughout Europe starting from the Spanish Civil war then through to 1946. Here's a story from that time...
In the late 1930’s and early 1940’s Rotary International was finding its very existence threatened in Europe and on the other side of the world in Asia.

According to “A Century of Service-The Story of Rotary International  - the Story of Rotary International” that 484 clubs and more than 16,000 Rotarians were wiped off the rolls of Rotary during this time.

In Europe, Rotary records were seized by the Gestapo, Rotarians were imprisoned, and in Warsaw 12 members of the local Rotary clubs were taken from a meeting and summarily executed.  Some Rotary clubs burned every record of membership.  After Germany invaded France, French Rotarians continued to meet secretly.  
This story was told by the French Rotarians.  “One day we were having our club lunch when a German officer, a General Shippert, came into the private dining room where we were sitting.  The last mouthful of food stuck in our mouths as we thought he was coming to arrest us.  But he was a Rotarian and a past Governor from Germany and said he has come to pay his respects to International President Maurice Duperrey.  We were so relieved!”

        -From Birmingham Rotary “Grams”

What Rotary is doing NOW to combat the effects of War

In the mountains of Poland, 26 children traumatized by War get a chance to be kids again at Rotary camp


Beneath the emotional scars of living in a Ukrainian war zone, Mykyta Berlet flashes the same mischievousness of any other 12-year-old boy headed to camp.

He wants to laugh, play pranks and on the last night of camp “we will cover everyone with toothpaste,” he says excitedly.

Mykyta and 25 other Ukrainian youths headed to the resort town of Zakopane in the foothills of southern Poland are naturally focused on fun. But their two-week respite organized by Rotary members has a higher purpose: To help the children heal and cope with the trauma they may encounter when they go home.  

Each camper has a parent or sibling killed or injured in the fighting in Ukraine. Psychologists at camp will guide them along the way during an itinerary that mixes escape and therapy.

Olga Zmiyivska, a member of the Rotary Club of Kharkiv Multinational in Ukraine, has brought children to the camp for two years and has witnessed its impact.

“After the trip, they are more willing to make contact and open their hearts,” she said.

War came into their homes

Thousands have died and millions have been displaced by the fighting between pro-Russia rebels and the Ukrainian military in eastern Ukraine. 

Growing up in the shadow of that nearly four-year conflict, most of the campers don’t remember a life without war. They tell unrealistic stories about battles and keep silent about real horrors. Some are guarded and hypervigilant. Others endure sleepless nights or nightmares. A few withdraw and emotionally shut down.

In Zakopane, nestled in the scenic Tatra Mountains, Rotary members give the children a chance to heal in a peaceful setting. The children sleep in comfortable cabins along a pristine lake flanked by green, rolling hills.

The program, called Vacation 2017 Zakopane: Well-Being for Ukrainian Kids, includes traditional camp activities and field trips along with support from mental health professionals. More than 100 children have attended over the past four years.

This year’s campers visited a mountain village to learn about local traditions, toured historic Krakow, and saw the castles, salt mines and hot springs of southern Poland. The routine activities are simple but powerful.

Yuriy Paschalin and Vlad Tsepun, both 12, became close friends after their fathers were killed by snipers. The field trips helped both boys start to relax and act like typical, curious children.

“This program allows these kids to stay kids and to live children’s emotions,” said psychologist and art therapist Olha Hrytsenko.

“They will observe and absorb another culture, attitude, and language, (and) will be able to compare and make conclusions about what is good and what is bad. It will help them to find themselves.”

Breaking their silence

When asked about their families, the children often talk about their parents, siblings, grandparents, and even their pets. Then the looks in their eyes change. Glints of childish fun disappear, along with any fussing or fidgeting. Instead, there is obvious pain behind their faces. And silence.

Like many children, 11-year-old Dima Tkachuk doesn’t want to talk about his dad’s death. Talking about death makes it all too real.

His father was killed in a military conflict zone; Dima’s mother also serves in the Ukrainian army and has been sent to the same area where Dima’s father was killed.

Dima, though, shared a glimpse of the stress on his family. He explained that since their mother left to join the fighting, his 18-year-old brother has turned to smoking and drinking alcohol.  

“Sometimes he does things that one cannot be proud of,” Dima said.

The psychologists and camp staff know not to pressure the children to open up. Instead they build trust through group games, outdoor activities, art therapy, and individual counseling with psychologists.

Children are more vulnerable to the psychological trauma of war, often causing them to withdraw, experts say. Re-establishing emotional connections is critical to healing. If left untreated, isolated children are more likely to experience domestic violence, addiction, and job loss later in life, research shows.

When a breakthrough does come, therapists listen or just sit quietly as the tears flow.

“It always takes time to survive loss. This time is needed to run the processes that we name ‘grief work,’ ” says Hrytsenko.

“A person will always remember the loss of someone whom he or she loved. The task is not to forget but to find the essence of this loss and to learn how to be happy after this.”

Dreams and beliefs

At the Zakopane camp, Valerie Tkachuk, 12, from Dnipro, Ukraine, was slow to trust others. Her answers were often short and sharp.

Her father was injured in combat while her pregnant mother was home caring for the family. Valerie shrank into herself, stopped communicating with peers, and started sleeping in her father’s sleeping bag on the balcony.

“That year was the most difficult in my life,” Valerie said.

She was asked to close her eyes and remember the most pleasant memory of camp in an effort to make her smile for a photo.

Eyes closed, Valerie started crying and opened up in a way she had not previously at camp.

“I am disturbed about my dad, as he is stressed for mom. And he is forbidden to have any stress, as he can have a heart attack,” Valerie said.

Valerie dreams of following her father’s path and becoming a military officer. 

Many children who grow up with war are drawn to the military. Their vulnerability, feelings of helplessness, and lack of trust make the strong image of a soldier appealing, experts say. 

Dima is set on a career in the army. Sasha Kruglikov, 9, whose father was killed in the conflict, already views himself as a soldier. He likes wrestling and karate and said he wants to defend his country when he grows up.

Creating a place to heal

When the conflict in Ukraine began in early 2014, Rotary members stepped up to help.

“We thought, why not organize vacations for kids whose childhood was affected by war,” says Ryszard Luczyn, a member of the Rotary Club of Zamosc Ordynacki, Poland.

Barbara Pawlisz, of the Rotary Club of Sopot International in Poland, and Łuczyn got support from the Poland-Ukraine Intercountry Committee. Rotary’s Intercountry Committees are networks of Rotary clubs in at least two countries, and they often work together on service projects or to foster peace between the residents of countries in conflict. Rotary clubs in Belarus, Poland and Ukraine participate in the network.

The Well-Being for Ukrainian Kids project started in 2014 with mixed results. The children, ages eight to 17, didn’t always get along. Their war trauma was recent, and communication between the age groups was difficult.

The Rotary members recognized adjustments were necessary, but they were not deterred. 

Since that initial effort, organizers narrowed the age range for campers to six to 12, and the number of Polish Rotary clubs that support the project has more than doubled to 83. 

Rotary District 2231 in Poland raised money to pay the travel and lodging expenses of the children and their caretakers. The project has also drawn support from clubs in Sweden and Slovakia. Ukrainian clubs were involved in selecting participants from all areas of the country. 

“It is always very difficult to find affected children in small towns and villages. So we appealed to all the Ukrainian Rotary clubs to help us,” says Anna Kaczmarczyk, a member of the Rotary Club of Zamosc Ordynacki, Poland. “Now we have children not only from large cities, but also from distant parts of the country.”

Does it work?

The changes in the children are obvious, Rotary members say.

Anna Kaczmarczyk, a member of the Rotary Club of Zamosc Ordynacki, Poland, is the first person to meet the children when they start their trip.

Kaczmarczyk is the first person to meet the children in Lviv, Ukraine, when they start their trip. They may be nervous, which can make them irritable and aggressive.

But after the program, they are relaxed, smiling, filled with a new self-confidence.

“We continue this program because we know how these children react, how they change, how they become more open to the world, and how they look at the world the way it should be for a child,” Kaczmarczyk says. “War takes from them their childhood. And they still have their children’s dreams.”

After the children return home, they send letters and pictures about their camp experiences to program organizers and Rotary members.

Children have drawn portraits, colorful scenes of nature, castles and the kings and queens who live in them, and dragons. Sometimes, they write letters about what they observed. One girl marveled at the clean streets and friendly people.

Whether they are magical stories or practical observations, the children carry warm memories home with them.

Kids who experience violence can be prone to violence themselves; this program shows them a different path.

“After such traumas as car crash, natural disasters, [or] wars, people often go to two extremes: Either they stop being afraid of everything or they start being scared of everything. I think these children will belong to the first category,” psychologist Hrytsenko said.

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Bulletin 15th April

No meeting this Friday – Good Friday
So don’t turn up at the SLSC on Friday ….This is a message for Trevor and Colleen………just saying !
New corporate members – Vicky and Renee
The induction of new members is always a special occasion in any Rotary Club and on Friday the club had the pleasure of inducting two new members, Vicky Meyer and Renee Ricketts. Both ladies work for IFYS and their professional skills will greatly enhance our club in maintaining and providing  community service.
White Ribbon Speaker – Supt. Darryl Johnson
In addition our guest speaker was Superintendent Darryl Johnson. Darryl is in charge of the Sunshine Coast Regional Police Department and gave an interesting presentation on policing on the coast and in particular the rise of domestic violence in the area. As the official White Ribbon Embassador for the coast Darryl is particularly involved with the alarming incidence of domestic violence. Alexandra Headlands Rotary Club’s Solstice Swim in July this year will be held in support of the White Ribbon Association on the Sunshine Coast.
The mystery of the Padlocks
So our club container is missing a few padlocks, can everyone (especially the oldies and blondes) check their pockets for a couple of brass padlocks??
The Garden Project – Last Working Bee – Saturday 27thApril 
We had some great news during the week from the community Gambling fund, and are now in a position to finish off the garden with some help from volunteers (ie You) on Saturday 27th April morning at Landsborough. 
We’ll be doing some garden weeding, some layong of mulch, assembly of raised garden beds, some planting, some demolition, and hopefully some coffee and cake. 
The final work of deck and teenage retreat is too large a construction for us to take on, so we’re organising some contractors to help out. 
A very special thanks to our very own Scott Brimelow from Structures, who engineered the deck and helped with the drawings. Scott has been a great supporter of the club for many years, and we much appreciate his continued support.
Club evening event taking shape
It won’t be long now before our evening at the SLSC to promote Rotary Club membership. Here’s the flyer. More details to come..
Please keep the evening free for some socialising and some interesting speakers. 
Solstice Swim – Looking for Sponsors
Our Annual Solstice Swim is on Sunday 7thJuly and could do with some helping hands from Sponsors. If you know of any leads, please contact John or Tanya or any Committee member.
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Is it safe?

Friday’s talk
Extremely interesting talk from David Lacey at las breakfast meeting. .Who knew that there was an organisation right on our doorstep that was the “go to” group for Government, Business and Individuals in case of identity theft or internet scams?
It's good to know that David’s group not only address the technical and financial aspects of scamming and identity theft but also the psychological impacts which can be terribly damaging.
But were you paying attention ? Here’s a check…if you get all 10 correct see instructions at the end on how to collect your prize..
Q1       My computer is safe because I have an Apple, and viruses only attack windows?
Q2       If I lose my money through credit card theft then I may as well accept is gone for good?
Q3       I don’t need virus protection on my phone because its an android?
Q4       I’ll know fairly quickly if my identity has been stolen, probably within a few days?
Q4       It takes about 10 hours if my time to fix up the situation when my identity is stolen, then I'm OK?
Q5       Once someone has been scammed though an investment scheme they never trust the scammer ever again?
Q6       Its quite easy to tell if you are looking at a scammed website? (just look at the https?)
Q7       Phones are safer than computers?
Q8       You have more chance of being scammed in Brisbane than on the Sunshine Coast?
Q9       Its no problem to protect yourself against viruses....just Google for virus protection and see what the best one is, and keep it up to date. That will do the trick?
Q10     If I stick to my home WiFi I’ll be right?
If you answered YES to any of the above, congratulations, you have just one $50 from Scamwatch for dummies.
To collect your $50 please email your bank details, date of birth and a photo of yourself in a compromising position to We’ll get back in touch (eventually)
Next week talk – White Ribbon (Supt Darryl Johnson)
This weeks speaker is the leader of the Sunshine Coast White Ribbon organisation. As we know domestic violence is often in the media, and there have been some horrible instances here on the Sunshine Coast. White Ribbon is  one organisation that aims to increase awareness and education about Domestic Violence and has some excellent programs that workplaces are taking up here on the Sunshine Coast.
Membership Night
The 8th May is gradually taking shape with guest speakers, run sheet, catering etc., all coming together to make an interesting night for our guests to hear about the Youth and Community aspects of Rotary, and how Rotary can help them and their kids to "make a difference" to their lives. 
We have two Youth Exchange students (Fiona and Amy) at different stages of their lives talking to us about their experiences, and we also have 2017 Australian of the Year Alan Mackay-Sim giving a short talk on what drives him to "make a difference" to the community through his research work.
Delighted to see the future of Australia in the form of Declan Westbrook at our breakfast meeting. Declan has been successful and is going on the next RYLA course for future community leaders. 
Dave W put Declan on the spot for a short public talk without notice, and he came through with flying colours. His Dad may have to watch out as his son will be stealing the podium in future!
Bunnings BBQ
Last Friday was a bit of a rush between the excellent talk on On Line safety and then organising the Bunnings BBQ to kick off at 8.30. Fortunately it all went without a hitch and although the wet weather kept the customers away in the morning, things picked up on the afternoon. So well done Trevor, Mike, Tony, Wendy, Dave, Errol, Carmel and John. Treasurer Wendy tells us we managed to crack 4 figures which will all go to a good cause.
Late News: On Friday we received a desperate message from The Shack at Nambour, who are totally out of food for their folks!!
So your club has stepped in with a $500 donation to help Dale and Donna restock their kitchen.
If you can assist The Shack in any way, please contact the folks at Nambour. 
Safety and WorkLife
One of the sessions that the club runs on WorkLife concerns Health and Safety. Tony saw this little episode on the net, and immediately thought of it as a prop…Here it is…
Rotary Care Garden Progress
We have found a contractor to put up the deck and we’re hoping to receive planning permission shortly. 
We also thank Bunnings for their $50b donation, and a very special thanks to Bernie Strong from Caloundra Rotary, who matched that donation with her personal donation. Brilliant, thanks so much Bernie. 
Solstice Swim Update
Last week Mike, Tanya and John met with SLSC to continue the planning of the event. Were delighted to have our first sponsor on board, and some early registrations. So if you know of any supplier who would like to support the event, this year in support of White Ribbon, please let us know and we’ll follow up. 
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Volunteers needed for Events 

We've a couple of activities coming up where we're putting a call out for volunteers:
Next  Saturday 27th we have a working Bee at the Rotary Crisis Care hime garden. If you are able to spare a few hours on Saturday morning, we're meeting at 7 am at the Landsborough bakers, and then doing some landscaping, construction of garden beds, etc. before knocking off at lunchtime. 
If you can make it you'll see the fantastic progress on the court, and the progress on earthworks on the back garden. 
On Friday 3rd May we're running the Bunnings BBQ at Maroochydore. We need about 8 people (2 shifts of 4) to run the BBQ between 8 and 3pm. If you can make it, please let us know at
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This Friday - Keeping Yourself Safe on line with David Lacey from USC

More than half of Australian adults receive scam calls daily or weekly, and then there are the regular emails from the my Nigerian prince who has this money that he wants to send me, if only I would tell him what account to deposit it in!
Every week, over $300,000 is scammed from Queenslanders and $340 MILLION in Australia, according to the folks at Scamwatch, so don't think "it cant happen to me".....
So if you want some tips on how to keep yourself safe in todays digital age, come along on Friday morning and find out what you can do to keep you (and your family) safe in todays technological age. 
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Bring a guest night Wednesday 8th May 

Alan Mackay-Sim, Fiona Simpson and Amy to speak at membership night

Please keep the evening of Wednesday 8th May free, to come along to listen to our guests speakers and their interesting journeys. 
Alan's amazing journey is one that led him to spend his life researching the linkage between the senses and the brain, and what role stem cells play in potential medical breakthroughs.
It is truly inspiring to listen to Alan's unusual career path and what drove him into research and keeps him wanting to "make a difference" to our communities well being. 
Fiona has been a role model for women in politics for more years than (I suspect) she would like to remember, and once upon a time she was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Japan, and clearly set for a career as a high achiever. Fiona's drive and energy to continue to "make a difference" to her community is an example to us all. Fiona will be joined on the night by the next generation of Rotary exchange students our very own in bound student, Amy Fris from Denmark, and Amy will talk to the club about her experiences and her families background in Rotary. 
The night will be a casual affair, with finger food and drinks at the Alex SLSC, around the theme of Rotary and particularly Youth programs and how they help shape the leaders of tomorrow, who will truly "make a difference" as they progress in their lives. Stay tuned for more details. 
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Partnering with Rotoract 



The local Rotaract club have asked Alex Rotary whether they would be interested in partnering with them. As you know Rotoract is a sort of "Young Rotary" for 18 - 30 year olds. So this may be an opportunity to help a younger club, based out at the University. In the past we have worked with Rotoract club through the Garden Project and the WorkLife program, and we've sponsored a Rotoractor to go overseas. So we'll explore what a partnership would look like and how we may be able to help each other in "making a difference" to our communities.
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Solstice Swim coming Up

Members checking out the website will have noticed that we're starting to ramp up the Rotary Solstice Swim information. Alex SLSC are partnering with us, and the beneficiary this year will be White Ribbon on the Sunshine Coast. 
Here's some clips from the Solstice Swim web page, but also check us out on Facebook. 

Solstice Swim 7th July 2019 - from our web page under "What we do: CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY




This year there are 3 swim legs and a "mini swim" for the kids. 


Check out the full program HERE


What an attractive crowd of swimmers setting off on last years event. 

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Is it Safe?..Who said it? This weeks trivia trial 

So for this weeks Freddy Frog prize...because the theme is cyber safety....What's the name of the movie / book where the famous phrase "Is it safe?" is asked? Clue its a scene in a dentists chair where someone is getting their teeth pulled out in response to the question?
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Club Donations

One of the great things about being part of a club is that the fundraising we do, all goes back to the community, usually though donations. You may recall last month we had presentations from "Spa Tap" where a local Noosa invention modified water containers, so that people were able to wash their hands and prevent disease by simply attaching the SpaTap to the outlet. So this month the club made a donation to the SpaTap on your behalf.
Also, nearer to home, Lesley Zammit from Orange Sky Laundry came to visit us and your club also sent them a donation, to help pay for detergents, petrol and the running costs of this great initiative. 
So next time Stuart is handing out the fines, just smile..... (it annoys him. devil) .....and know that the money is going to a good cause!
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Rotary responds

An Inspiring Story From a Youth Exchange Student


Profile: A vine idea

Heidi Kühn
Rotary Club of San Francisco

Heidi Kühn arrived in Utsunomiya, Japan, in 1975, a few months after the end of the Vietnam War. She was a Rotary Youth Exchange student, and what she saw and experienced in Japan led her to reflect on the post-World War II reconciliation between that country and her native United States. “The idea of former enemies bridging borders for peace left an impression in my heart,” she says.

Heidi Kühn, of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, founded a nonprofit called Roots of Peace to remove land mines and revive farmland.

Photo by Ian Tuttle

More than 20 years later, Kühn had become a successful television journalist. She was asked by the Commonwealth Club of California, a well-known public affairs forum, to host an event featuring Jerry White, a land mine survivor who had escorted Princess Diana on her last humanitarian mission in 1997. It was a short time after the death of Diana, whose efforts to ban land mines had inspired Kühn. “That night, I made a prophetic toast,” she recalls. “‘May the world go from mines to vines.’”

Kühn decided to act on those words and founded a nonprofit called Roots of Peace that has worked to remove hundreds of thousands of land mines and other unexploded ordnance from farmland and replace them with productive fields, such as orchards and vineyards.

In Afghanistan, the organization has helped restore fields in the Shomali Plain north of Kabul, which had been a thriving agricultural region until the Taliban burned vineyards, cut down fruit trees, and laid land mines. Since 2003, Roots of Peace has connected growers with supermarket chains in India. 

Roots of Peace is also partnering with the Rotary clubs of San Francisco and Bangkok Klongtoey, Thailand, which received a $197,000 global grant from The Rotary Foundation to remove land mines and plant black pepper vines and taro in Vietnam’s Quang Tri province, and help farmers market the high-value crop.

Kühn and her husband and Roots of Peace partner, Gary Kühn, visited Afghanistan in 2018 to see the fruits of their labor. They flew out of Afghanistan on a cargo plane carrying the harvest. 

“To me, that was the greatest inspiration, the greatest moment in my life, to know that we can turn dreams into reality,” Kühn says. “Not just for ourselves, but for countless farmers and families around the world.” 

— Nikki Kallio

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What you are doing wrong on line

The Morrison Government has welcomed the release of Terms of Reference for the Scam Technology Project led by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
The Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, has asked the ACMA to identify practical solutions for addressing the consumer harms caused by international scam callers. In December 2018, the ACMA established the Scam Technology Project, to explore practical technological solutions to address the rise in scam calls over Australian telecommunications networks.
Experts in cyber security, competition and telecommunications from the ACMA, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australian Cyber Security Centre will explore technological solutions to combat scam calls.
Research undertaken by the ACMA on unsolicited calls in Australia showed that more than half of Australian adults receive scam calls daily or weekly. We know how tired Australians are of scam callers. We shouldn’t have to be worried about who may be calling us. 
A discussion paper seeking views on potential solutions will be released by the ACMA in coming weeks and a final report is due to the Minister later this year.
In the meantime, the best way to protect yourself against scammers is to stay informed on the latest scams and report activity of this nature, which is operated by the ACCC. Consumers should remain vigilant about protecting their personal and financial details when interacting on the phone; if you think it could be a scam call, it probably is.
For those who are interested in the Terms of Reference for the Scam Technology Project can have a look here for more information.
It is an honour to be your Federal Member and I want to represent you in the best way possible. Don’t forget to like my Facebook page (Wallace4Fisher) to follow everything I am doing for you here in Fisher, both locally and in Canberra.
Graeme has organised a speaker on cyber safety on Friday 5th April. Its an important area, and one where the older generation (thats me) has to keep up with technology if only to know what the kids are talking about, and especially the dangers they face. A look through the do's and don'ts of on line technology identifies common mistakes that we all make from time to time.
Some are so obvious you wonder how people get caught up in these scams...and they do, especially older people who may not understand the technology.
Apart from the obvious ones about password protection and only use secure computers, and always logout if you have to use a shared computer. 
So here's the best tips I have had on email security...
  • Have two email accounts. One thats for family and friends, and one for the lady at the shop when she asked Can I have your email address for our club?
  • Don't use your name in your email. This is how scammers are able to personalise scams. Could a scammer work out your name from your email? Use a compl
Also if that guy rings up from Telstra / The bank to tell you that your computer has a security fault and could you log in so that he can fix it for you, just tell him that you don't have a computer. That usually does the trick. 
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Club Youth Stories

Youth Matters

Here's our very own Stuart Aird talking at the District Conference. As we know Stuart is a great advocate for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, as a host for Amy 9out of shot) and a Bianca's dad. Bianca is back at Uni now, with great memories of her YEP in Spain. If you notice the painted pinkies on some of the District attendees (not on Stuart) ...they were a fundraiser for the function, raising over $600 on the night!
Also, while on the Youth theme, thank you to David Woodrow who has reached out to 4 schools in the area to let them know of the brilliant Rotary Youth programs that are available and seeking candidates that the club can support to improve the development of the leaders of tomorrow. 
Late News: The local Rotaract club have been in touch with Sean, and are looking for a a closer relationship with Alex Rotary. This follows on from meetings and support around the Alex Rotary Worklife Program, the Care Garden, and support for Rotaract in their regional conference. Stay tuned. 
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Garden Visit

Landsborough Garden Visit

Delighted to see fellow Rotarians from Mooloolaba and Maroochydore at Landsborough on Friday morning to review the progress on the care Garden. Vicki Cooper from Maroochydore and Geoff Hopkins and Peter Eggleton joined us for an interesting country breakfast at Bucks cafe, where we found out that our very own architect Trevor Smith had a part in creating the cafe frontage and the country "ambience" of the cafe that seemed to be doing a roaring trade at the crack of dawn. So after brekky we headed off to see the progress, and. of course with the recent rain and heat, the grass had taken a bit of a sprout, but Project Manager Peter, had marked out the two remaining areas to be done, the teenage retreat area, with deck and cubby house, and the raised garden bed area- garden beds courtesy of our friends at Buderim mens shed.  So stay tuned for the next working bee which will likely be to put down the raised garden beds and a bit more landscaping. The team are busy organising a contractor to put in the large deck and then just one final tidy up and we're done!
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Meeting Tomorrow at Bucks Bakery

Hi Folks,
Just a reminder, we're meeting tmw morning at Bucks bakery, 26 Cribb Street Landsborough (opposite the railway station), between 6.30 and 7.00 am before going to the crisis care home and the Rotary Care Garden for a review of the work by our fantastic volunteers. 
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Website Changes

Have you checked out your club website recently? We've added new pics and put in details of the SunnyCoast Solstice Swim the club is running with the surf club in aid of Sunshine Coast White Ribbon? See the changes at
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Ironman 2019 a success

Ironman 2019

Photo's from Sunday's efforts...
1st Row:
Stuart, Karen, Paula and Trevor, then President Mike, Joshua, Tony, Ryan and Gab from Sunshine Coast Grammar, then Bob with a woman who looks so pleased that Bob has managed to find her pump (?)
2nd Row,
Duncan, Karen, Trevor, Paula, Bill, Colleen and Wallis. then Wallis photobombing Bill and Trevor, then Bob having a bit of a think "where did I leave that pump again?"
A big thank you to Jean Teague and the "Grammar Boys" Joshua, Gab and Ryan for helping out on the day. 
Well done Colleen, another successful community effort. You handled the organising and the stress exceptionally well, except for that "blonde moment" when talking to John M...enough said !!
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Ironman Volunteers

A big thank you to our amazing volunteers, Colleen, Paula, Wallis, Bill, Karen, Stuart, Duncan, Trevor, Tony, Bob, Tony, and John. Not forgetting the "ring ins" Jean, Joshua, Gab and Ryan. It was Avery successful day, with the club and helpers running the gear tent for the Ironman festival.
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Youngest Round Australia aviator this Friday


Young round Australia flyer breakfast speaker - This Friday


We're delighted to let you know that our local amazing aviator is able to join us this Friday for breakfast.

The Year 11 student from Siena Catholic College, Sippy Downs, became the youngest person to circumnavigate Australia solo by plane in September.

The record in Australia had been held by a 17 year old, but Liam completed his journey at 16 years and nine months.

What an achievement for a Sunshine Coast lad.

Liam began his 16,000km journey from the Sunshine Coast flying in the direction of Cape York peninsula, down through the Gulf of Carpentaria, over Darwin before heading down the Kimberley coast and across Perth, then tackle the underside of Australia crossing to Adelaide and Melbourne, dipping to Tasmania before heading back home via Canberra, Sydney and Coffs Harbour.

It will be the first time Liam has visited all of Australia’s major capital cities, having only travelled “once or twice” to Sydney and Melbourne.

“I haven’t had the privilege of being well travelled so I’ll get to know a lot of our country and see really cool sights,” Liam said. 

The idea to break the world record initially came from one of Liam’s friends whom he mentors in Sydney but has never met.

Why don't you set aside some time on Friday to hear from and meet this extraordinary young man?

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Liam's fantastic adventures


Brilliant, inspirational and exciting talk from Australia's youngest aviator Liam Morey

On Friday Liam gave the club an insight into what it is like to fly solo to the furthermost points in Australia.

How much excitement can you cram into 92 hours of solo flying, across vast expanse of water, through dust storms and running out of petrol in the nullabor, approaching landing strip as darkness descends, landing after 5 hours with only 6 minutes to spare??? all sounded like a fantastic boys own adventure from a modest Year 11 Siena student who has had a love of aviation since he was 13 years old. 

Well done Liam, so glad to hear your story, and we all agreed we'll be hearing a lot more from you in years to come. 



Liam explaining how the flight logistics worked and how he was so appreciative of all the folks who offered accommodation on the way around Australia


Liam's airplane that was his home for nearly 3 weeks with only a rather cute teddy bear for company. A rather bumpy ride going into Darwin was the most frightening part, oh, and over the Bass Straight with no land anywhere is sight, and a few other fantastic experiences. 


Liam experienced severe headwinds heading from West to East across the continent, so fuel situation was a bit dire ...fortunately Liam spotted a service station going across the desert.....apparently the service station owner took it all in his you do outback. 


Carmel gave the vote of thanks from the club. Apparently Liam is getting quite used to public speaking! We were very fortunate to have such an inspiring young chap on the coast. 



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Care Garden Visit on Friday 22nd March 

Our breakfast meeting on Friday 22nd is going to be at the Landsborough Bakery, where we will meet at 6.30 - 7.00 and then go as a group to the Crisis Care Home at Landsborough.
Landsborough bakery is in the centre of town, opposite the railway station car park. Best pies in town (apparently!)
We're inviting all Rotarians from the various clubs that have contributed to this great cause. See you there!
This will let us see the work that Rotarians have done to improve the garden to make it a bit more liveable for the residents.  
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Solstice Swim date claimer Sunday 7th July

The Solstice swim is starting to take shape. This year the board has been moved by the recent tragedies involving domestic violence here on the Sunshine Coast. So we took up the suggestions to approach the local White Ribbon organisation and offered them the opportunity to be the beneficiary of the Solstice Swim.  After a little bit of planning, and a lot of help from Alex SLSC, we're now ready to start promoting this event. 
This year the day will start with a mini-swim for the kids, and we have also added a 5Km swim leg to our 1 and 3km swim legs for the serious swimmers. 
More details are on our website, and soon registration and sponsorship opportunities will be available. Have a look at the swim webpage HERE and of course our Facebook page HERE
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Ironman - This Sunday

Stay tuned to your emails from advice from Colleen on your Ironman duties this Sunday. We'll be manning the gear tent as usual with some help from our club supporters, so remember to slip, slop, slap and we'll see you there!
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Reminder - next 3  Fridays !!

Our breakfast meeting on Friday 22nd is going to be at the Landsborough Bakery, where we will meet and then go as a group to the Crisis Care Home at Landsborough. Then the following Friday is a social get together, and the Friday 5th April, Graeme has arranged a speaker on Cyber safety, something we all need to be aware of, if only to keep a little bit ahead of the kids to keep them safe. 
We're inviting all Rotarians from the various clubs that have contributed to this great cause. 
This will let us see the work that Rotarians have done to improve the garden to make it a bit more liveable for the residents.  
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Trivia Champs yet again

Once more the Alex Rotary has won the prestigious ROMAC trivia trophy against stiff challenges from the Sunshine Coast Rotary clubs.

This year our team was supplemented by Mike, Verna and Bob Lane who managed the pressure of being on the existing trophy holders very well (mostly, apart from a few dummy spits! smiley.
It was a good night in support of ROMAC, the medical assistance arm of Rotary and over $20,000 was raised on the night by Bryan Mason and the team. 
Also winning raffle tickets from Marilyn, Sean and Mike ensured that the team took away some wine, chocolates, phone accessories, painting,  to go with the recently modified trophy, which everyone agreed (at least on our team) was a big improvement on the previous one. 
Among the teddy bears and vino collapso bottles, the major raffle prize, a beautiful bassinet went to our neighbours the Sunshine Coast Central club, who were still deciding what to do with it as we were heading home (?).
That reminds me, whatever happened to the voucher and CD for a free wedding from a celebrant?..... and I have it on good authority that one of last years winning tickets for the advisory services of an interior decorator is yet untouched. 
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Results of Clean Up Australia Day 2019

Results of our Efforts

We are joined by the local scout leaders, schools, "ten little pieces", and other interested citizens on Sunday morning to clean up Alex Beach and its surrounds. Our Wallis was commander in chief, ably served by assistant Gail and chief chef Bill Bradley and the team.
Many thanks to Alex SLSC for the bacon and egg sandwiches, and very well done everyone who participated. 
The red bins are full (some overfull)....job done for another year.
Well done everyone involved. 
We were also joined by the sight of a cruise ship in the morning, which rapidly headed southwards in the heavy seas. 
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Clean up australia day 2019

Clean Up Alex Beach 

If you can help on March 3rd - let Wallis or the Club know. 
It's on again, on Sunday 3rd March we'll meet you at the playground next to Alex SLSC for the start of the Australia Day Clean Up.
We'll provide the gloves and bags, and there's a bacon and egg burger at the end for the volunteers. 
This is something that we've been doing for the community for he past +10 years, and collected hundreds of bags of rubbish in that time. So please come along and show you care.
If you can't make it, and /or  wish to make a donation here is the link to CLean Up Australia Day HERE
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Round Australia flyer guest speaker next week



Young round Australia flyer breakfast speaker - Postponed

Siena round Australia solo flyer has had to cancel our speaking arrangement for tomorrow. Laim send his sincere apologies. 

The Year 11 student from Siena Catholic College, Sippy Downs, became the youngest person to circumnavigate Australia solo by plane in September.

The record in Australia had been held by a 17 year old, but Liam completed his journey at 16 years and nine months.

What an achievement for a Sunshine Coast lad.

Liam began his 16,000km journey from the Sunshine Coast flying in the direction of Cape York peninsula, down through the Gulf of Carpentaria, over Darwin before heading down the Kimberley coast and across Perth, then tackle the underside of Australia crossing to Adelaide and Melbourne, dipping to Tasmania before heading back home via Canberra, Sydney and Coffs Harbour.

It will be the first time Liam has visited all of Australia’s major capital cities, having only travelled “once or twice” to Sydney and Melbourne.

“I haven’t had the privilege of being well travelled so I’ll get to know a lot of our country and see really cool sights,” Liam said. 

The idea to break the world record initially came from one of Liam’s friends whom he mentors in Sydney but has never met.

Why don't you set aside some time on Friday to hear from and meet this extraordinary young man?

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Renee from IFYS visits club

We welcomed Renee Ricketts from IFYS on Friday morning, and spoke on the work that IFYS does, in particular with the foster kids transitioning to independent living. Most of us assume (wrongly) that kids pick up basic life skills as they pass through adolescence into their late teens and independent living. Unfortunately for many kids this doesn't happen and so a transition program is really important to help them gradually adopt the basic living skills from mentors and their peers. So IFYS has been looking at ways to do this, including semi-independent living as well as direct mentorship. 
Renee was also full of praise on the work that t he Rotary cluster and IFYS have been working together to provide a care garden at the Landsborough house. The basketball court has been a great success in encouraging outdoor activity, both for the residents and carers. So we have high hopes for the new deck and cubby house to go in next month. 
We're also working on a visit to Landsborough to see the work that has been done by the volunteers on the 4th Friday in March. Stay tuned for more details. 
Here's a pic of the early stages, before paths and pergola's and planting and basketball court. 
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Bunnings 25th Feb

Bunnings Volunteers
You'll have seen that we are looking for volunteers for Monday 25th Feb. Contact Trevor if you can spare a few hours. 
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Jack Thompson and Rotary 

Jack Thompson, Rotary and Purple House and Bus

If you watched Australian Story in February you heard of a "Purple Bus"..., that is...a mobile dialysis machine that is helping great Australian actor Jack Thompson recover from renal failure.
What you may not know is that Rotary has played such a huge part in getting the Purple House Project off the ground. This particular project was one that Rotary embraced, and I recall it also being a passion of Bo Morse from Brisbane. Here's snippet of information.


Kintore or Walungurru is 550kms west of Alice and is where it all started.


Concerned by the alarming number of their people and families having to dislocate from community to Alice Springs for dialysis treatment, Pintupi people from the Western Desert region of Central Australia started the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal to raise money for on country dialysis services.

Their passion and perseverance paid off – from the funds raised they purchased a dialysis machine which was installed in the Kintore Health Clinic. The first dialysis in Kintore took place on the 25th of September 2004.

In 2010, due to the amazing support and hard work of the Woden Rotary Club, we opened the Kintore Purple House, increasing our capacity to two chairs and providing much needed accommodation for our nurses. This amazing team of compassionate and industrious people took on the overwhelming job of transforming the ‘blue house’, an abandoned building, into the ‘Purple House’ dialysis unit. This was a huge job and many Rotary teams travelled to Kintore from the Eastern states to work on the project. 

These days we are able to have significant community elders Hilary Japaljari and Maurice Gibson at home in Kintore full time and provide other patients from Kintore time at home on country.

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Now THAT'S a good neighbour

What would you think if you lent your BBQ to a neighbour and they returned it to you after they had thoroughly cleaned it?
Pretty nice neighbour eh?
But what if they returned it and had also given you a new gas bottle
Well, thats very nice. 
But what if they had also maintained the trailer the BBQ was sitting on and fixed up the lights and the wheel bearings? 
I'd say that was exceptional.
So HAT'S OFF to Geoff Hopkins and the Mooloolaba Rotary team for taking such great care of our BBQ trailer...and the best news of all...the funds that they raised all went to the Rotary (RAWCS) flood relief program. 
It's great to have such brilliant neighbours.
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New Treasurer

Change of Club Treasurer

We are delighted to welcome Wendy as our new club treasurer, taking over from Bob Lane, who has been our "money man" for the past 2+ years.  Bob's done a fantastic job over that time in keeping our club accounts up to date, with great support and help from Georgina D, and Steve P (over in the middle kingdom) .in his oversight of the annual accounts.
The club treasurers role is one of those jobs that requires constant effort and diligence, in keeping up to date with our club's fund raising, event expenses, grants and donations.  We thank Bob for his work over the past while, in introducing new systems, and streamlining a lot of old systems.
Here's Bob with some other jobs he's picked up...
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Mooloolaba Triathalon Volunteers

Mooloolaba Triathalon Volunteers needed

The TRI is back on again on the 17th March, and Colleen is again organising the club volunteers. So if you are able to spend a few hours on Sunday 17th March please let Colleen or the club know. 
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Local MP ticks all the boxes

Local State Member ticks all the boxes

Unbeknown to many of us, Senior Citizen of the Year, David Woodrow, reminded the breakfast meeting that because Rotary is Non Political, politicians are invited to speak only where they meet several criteria. (i) They can only talk during an non-election year. No electioneering (ii) Their speech must be positive not bringing someone else down to promote themselves (iii) Non argumentative and respectful of differing views.
What great rules. Wouldn't it be great if this applied to the whole of Australian Media?
Brent Mickelberg certainly ticked all the boxes.
Brent is passionate about the community (especially education support) aspect of State politics and tells us he is still getting used to the public speaking he gave the club an insight into his family and how public service played a large part in his development through a career involving some unusual jobs overseas and in Australia before a distinguished career in the armed forces before settling on state politics and community support. 
Thank you for your story and for the great interest that you show in the education and school system in the Buderim area. Who knew that there are over over 17,000 students in the Brent's Buderim area?
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