Don't forget TAFE lunch - and no meeting on Friday 

No meeting this Friday - at Maroochydore TAFE Lunch instead 

Dont forget that on Thursday 14th October we meet at the TAFE Queensland Coastal Cookery Trade Centre for a delicious lunch, in lieu of club meeting on Friday. 
See you there..
Trade Training Centre,
Maroochydore High School
(Behind Hall) 
12.00 - 2.00pm
Bar facilities available, but can BYO Wine only. 
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ESRAG - Rotary & Environment 

Rotary initiatives in improving the environment

The 7th area of focus is Environment, and we had a short presentation on Friday about how district Rotary is helping support the various clubs through teh ESRAG group. (Environmental Suitability Rotary Action Group.).
The groups activities are based on teh whole of the Moreton Bay region, mangroves, oysters, birdlife, water quality, and migrator birds. 
Of course Rotary Clubs all over the world have been helping improve the environment from Clean Up days, to active recycling, and Rotary Donations in Kind has been going for over 20 years sharing resources predominately to the surrounding island nations. 

Donations In Kind gathers donations of surplus new and reusable commercial items an makes them available for Rotary Projects.  It provides management support for Club projects with a particular emphasis on helping them with their overseas projects.

In the last 19 years, DIK has shipped 578 containers of equipment and supplies containing  goods worth $58 million to 32 countries, with a strong emphasis on items that improve education, medical and maternal care. We also support disadvantaged area

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Carmel's last day - a tribute 

Carmel heads south to a new family adventure

On Friday we said goodbye to Carmel - a long standing member of the club and we were all sad to see her go, but at the same time happy that she was going off to  her new family venture in Samford. 
There was a bit of a IT hiccup with the photo tribute that our Tony had put together, so we've gone one better and put Carmel out there on the Internet on our webpage. see the photo's at for lots of memories of Carmel. 
A certain scribe would also like to say the club will miss her and her attention to detail (never a certain scribe's strong point) and you could always rely on Carmel for helping out at any club or community activity. She's a champion and I'm sure that Samford will benefit from her enthusiasm and thoughtfulness. 
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Getting by with a little help from our friends

Bunnings BBQ success

Well done everyone involved n Sundays successful Bunnings BBQ. A special should out to our would not have been possible without you. Special mentions to you all.....Charmaine arrived bright and early for the morning shift, and our mischievous mate Bob Lane was there to man the barricades, and in the afternoon shift Sandi just never stopped  (well apart from a few "logistical issues" with we'll say no more about!!) a BIG THANK YOU you have helped us raise much needed funds for the community. 
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EndEd speaks from the heart

EndEd - an journey to help the scourge of eating disorder
Mark Forbes was our guest speaker on Friday, and you could have heard pain drop as he spoke of his families battle with eating disorders, and how he has led a groundbreaking program of work to help those families suffering from this awful disease. Mark and his family have personal experience of the challenge of battling this mental problem, and has achieved remarkable results in a very short time, although there is much to do. We also found out that EndEd are engaging with all sorts of folks in the community to raise awareness, facilities and mentorship to address the lack of support available to combat this growing problem.  It was stunning to hear that there are less than 50 beds in all of Australia allocated to this issue, and the length of waitlist for families to get the care and support needed to help them in this terrible disease. 
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Thank you Fiona and Andrew

A BIG thank you to local parliamentarians Fiona and Andrew who promoted our Surf Show and Shine on their facebook pages. Andrew is a volunteer at the Alex SLSC and has regular catch ups with the community at the club. 
Here's Andrew with our regular Kombi supporter Gary Mears. Gary and his mates are also part of Bohemian Rogue, so we're looking forward to next year when Gary has a spot on stage. 
Also our very own Fiona Simpson gave the show a big plug on her facebook page. Thanks Fiona. 
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Surf Show and Shine 2021 is over for another year

2021 Surf Show and Shine over for another year

So many good stories about this years Surf Show and Shine. A big thank you to our wonderful Kombis who took part in the Kombi Parade on Saturday night, where for an hour the Kombis paraded around Alex, Mooloolaba, Kawana, Maroochydore and Cotton Tree. 
A special bonus was that this year the Sunset markets were on at Mooloolaba and the folks at the market were treated to an amazing display of Kombis past the markets. Here's Dean and Cricks Volkswagen van leading the parade through the Mooloolaba sunset markets..
Then on early Sunday the folks at East Coast Traffic services had the car park all ready to receive and show off the Kombis. Here's a little pug getting into the spirit of Surf Show and Shine
This was our 6th show the club has put on and in that time had a load of fun, and brought some smiles to the community and our amazing beneficieries who do so much for the Sunshine folks who are "doing it tough" all year round. We were delighted to see Bill and Melissa Close from Care Outreach who have been with the Show since the start. Here's a walk around video on the morning set up on Facebook for you..
We had some amazing trophies (courtesy of Shannon) for our People's choice and Kombi of the Year. Deano from Cricks and Ashley from the Alex SLSC did the honours..
Music was provided by Nana's Pie Band and Artis displays by Owen Cavanagh, Terry Cooper,  Amanda Davidson, Deb Baker, Julie Chizzoni, Naomi Pettenuzzo, Owen Cavanagh,  Suzanne Riley...some fantastic displays, as also from Ross Wilson Surfboards who has signed up to be a regular at future Surf Show and Shine events.  
Big thanks to everyone who have helped out with the raffle prizes, musicians, artists, and event etc. etc. and a special BIG THANKYOU to East Coast Traffic who were amazing..BIG shout out to Ian aka "Smurfy" and his team who were there at the start and last to leave.
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Your news magazine

All your Rotary news here..

With Alex Rotary taking top billing in the District Newsletter...who - hoo
click on image for more details...
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Bunnings BBQ on 10th October 

They're Back - Bunnings BBQ 

After a long break we're back at Bunnings. A few things are a bit different. (Onions on teh bottom - really??) and gloves and sanitisers etc. But we're all trained and inducted so see you next Sunday at Bunnings Maroochydore.
Here's a bunnings BBQ from the club's vault. Do you know these people??
Extra points if you can identify our exchange student and the Country she came from.
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Peter Deane - who knew?

Member Profile

It was set up a bit like the Michael Parkinson set (for those old enough to remember) and on Friday we had a very interesting member profile from 3rd generation Australian and new member (to Alex) and long standing Rotarian via Australia and New Zealand Peter Deane. Peter is a resident of Peregian and strongly focused on helping his community through the Salvation Army and Rotary after a strong career in the Antipodes.
We're very fortunate to have Peter as a member as a certain scribe found out on Friday, Rotary is one of the few organisations that the SA endorses its members to join, as we are  non religious and non political, and Peter remarked on the similarity of organisations mottos on serving the community and improving self.
Mike needs a clip board to do a "Ray Martin" r Michael Parkinson" wink
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Your District Rotary News 2021-09-19 14:00:00Z 0

Toastmasters and Rotary

2 minute impromptu speeches
Mark Twain once said. "If you want me to speak for 2 hours give me 5 mins notice, but if you want me to speak for 5 minutes, give me a weeks notice". Well Sue, Craig, Steve, Carmel, Michelle and Charmaine got 5 seconds notice to speak for 2 minutes, and didn't they do well. Under the chairmanship of Toastmasters Past International President Mike, and eVALuator Val...seriously (?) but they all had a go which is the main thing. 
So take Mike's advice and check out the local toastmasters clubs, and you never know....
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What was the club doing in 2013?

Sue brings in some of the clubs history 

In 2013 the club president was our very own Sue Quinn, ably assisted by secretary Carmel Hulett. On Friday Sue brought in a printed copy of the year in review. All 52 pages of it, one newsletter for every week. (Sue is very professional.) That year the club received the Rotary International Presidential Citation. Well done the club. What else was the club up to, turns out the usual Bunnings BBQ, trying to get a President Elect, (nothing new there) and doing some great work with the Coast Guard, November moustache fund-raising, some very fetching photo's of a young Alan Walter and Bob Thompson and lots of community support and guest speakers. 
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Whale Watching 

Sunday jaunt on Mooloolaba Bay 

Yesterday on a beautiful Sunshine Coast morning the club members set off on Whale 1 to do some whale watching. A big thanks to Steve for organising the trip and the weather. All was fine until we left the river entrance when is became a wee bit bumpy. Nevertheless, we did manage to see a few whales, and we had a brilliant end to the trip. As we were heading back to shore after witnessing a few docile whales, we caught sight of an overactive juvenile doing a lot of tail slapping and breaching in front of the boat. This juvenile put on a bit of a show which Bryce Newton managed to catch on his camera below. Incredible photo's Bryce, thank you and well done. 
and here's a few snaps of teh brave mariners and our amazing whale photographer....
Beautiful Shannon and landlubber Craig hanging on...
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Help with Sponsors / Raffles 

Club needs help 

John is showing the back of last years shirt with our amazing sponsors and beneficiaries. (below). This year the business situation is not so good so we're not hitting the businesses so hard for help (especially the folks who helped with teh swim) and instead we're looking for all members and friends to help the club and beneficiaries by reaching out to businesses or organisation they may know who have done OK during the pandemic to help with raffle prizes or sponsorship. 
There's plenty of material on the website about the Sunday Kombi Show and Saturday Kombi Parade to get their interest, and some great stories on our beneficiaries. So please spend an hour or two drumming up a major prize or donation for our fundraising raffle. 
Joy will be managing the raffle, and with your help in getting prizes together it will help make up fo rah floss of attendance monies due to teh change in venue. 
Thank you. 
Help with Sponsors / Raffles  2021-09-12 14:00:00Z 0

Its Official Noosa people are dirtiest on the Sunshine Coast 

Friday SEQ speaker confirms what we always knew

Excellent talk on Friday from Jeremy Bishop from SEQ water on the infrastructure and issues facing the Sunshine Coast with regards to water. With some amazing graphics called the "Realities of Rain" and an entertaining style we were led through the water cycle and found out why we are possibly facing drought restrictions as early as November / December. The challenges facing the water infrastructure caused by the attractiveness of the coast and visitor growth were probably well understood, but what was interesting was the differences in water consumption by location. 
The largest consumers / per head of water are in Canberra - probably all those pollies washing their hands of any issue that comes their way. Perhaps not surprising was the fact that the largest water consumer on the coast are those dirty people up in Noosa who are obviously spending a lot of time in the shower/ jacuzzi trying to get themselves squeaky clean. 
Its Official Noosa people are dirtiest on the Sunshine Coast 2021-09-12 14:00:00Z 0

Chloe Silva - Alex SLSC Surf Woman of Year 

Club donates $1,000 to Chloe Silva - Alex SLSC Surf Woman of Year

The club was very pleased to invite Chloe to com eto the Rotary meeting and talk to the club about her Surf Woman of the Year program. We were pleased to donate $1,000 towards the program, and hear from Chloe on her many Surf and Community activities. It is always great know that there are amazing young citizens on the Sunshine Coast and Chloe is surely a community leader of the future. 
Several at the meeting were impressed with Chloe's surfing, educational studies and community work - and all with an amazing can do attitude and sunny personality. 
President Wendy and Chloe. 
Chloe Silva - Alex SLSC Surf Woman of Year 2021-09-12 14:00:00Z 0

Friday's speakers 

Chloe Silva Donation 

On Friday we'll present Chloe Silva with $1,000 towards her "Surf woman of the Year" program. Some of you will remember Chloe from her help with Jackie MacGregor and Wallis ot the Winter Solstice Swim. What you may not know is that The Alex SLSC selected Chloe as their Surf woman of the year because of her outstanding contribution to the club and surf program and her leadership and community contribution. So we are delighted to support Chloe in her year of Surf Woman of the Year. 

Jeremy Bishop - SEQ Water

Many of us in the club know of drought impacts through our support of Care Outreach. It now appears that the SEQ will be having water rationing soon. Something to do with the rain not falling in the right place I hear. Good news, our guest speaker on Friday will be talking to the club about what we can do about it.
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3 numbers, mindfulness and Wayne Bennett

Joy speaks about caring for our mental health at time of Covid

Joy spoke to this youtube video and some tips for looking after your mental health and mind in time of Covid. Important stuff. The video is available on You Tube. Search 6 tips to protect your mental health during covid. 
All this mindfulness and stress reduction talk reminded a certain scribe of the time he went on a mindfulness seminar (cost him $5,000) for a day, and it clearly was worthwhile (?) as the only thing he recalled from the seminar was that ......A "mindfulness expert" spoke about 3 numbers. 4,7,8. So this is what you do to reduce your stress.. And it REALLY WORKS !!
Breathe in for 4, Hold your breath for 7 and breathe out for 8.
This immediately calms the body and the mind. No charge for this advice. 
Also another speaker at the seminar was Wayne Bennett, and he spoke about how he instilled into the Bronco's mindset the belief to become champions. Apparently when the Bronco's joined the NRL for the first time, Benny had posters made up that showed the Bronco's celebrating winning the premiership. Benny got the squad to put up the imaginary wining celebrations above the squads bed, so that that the first thing that they would see in the morning would be them wining the premiership.
The power of the mind. Bronco's went on to win just about everything under Benny. Somebody should tell Kevvy. 
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Helicopter rescue stories from Sunshine Coast Senior Citizen of the year

Dave - a man of many hats - on the history and importance of the Helicopter rescue service

Past senior citizen of the year on the Sunshine Coast David Woodrow spoke to the club on Friday about the Helicopter service history on the Sunshine Coast. This is a great example of a Rotary initiative taking root, and is now pretty much regarded as an essential service, albeit one that still requires community fundraising to exist. 
What Dave didn't mention was that over the years Dave has personally raised several hundred thousand dollars for the rescue service as well as being a leading light in the Emergency Services. His reward - knowing that he has "made a difference" - and a set of caps showing each time the helicopter rescue had a main sponsor change.
Well done Dave, your a champion.  
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Club awarded best small charity or group award

Last night Val, Michelle, Joy and myself attended the Sunshine Coast Community Awards.
We were very excited and somewhat surprised to win the Best Small Charity or Group Award, so congratulations everyone this is down to you.

SUNSHINE COAST COMMUNITY AWARDS are aimed to recognise, encourage, acknowledge, and pay tribute to individuals, organisations, volunteers, charities, businesses, and groups who are making significant contributions to our Sunshine Coast Community. Building a bigger sense of community and achievement in our region with networking, rewarding and events will be an amazing achievement.

The inaugural event was held on August 21st at The Shed in the Banana Bender in   Aussie World. The event organiser was Danielle Trask who has formed her own charity “Katwalk for Kids”. This is an annual children’s event on the Sunshine Coast to raise funds for children with Autism and other disabilities.

MC’s for he night were Todd and Sami from 92.7 Mix FM, guests included Mark Forbes, Rick Baberowski (Deputy Mayor), Jarrod Bleijie  and Lisa Kerry Curry.

The evening began with a troupe of dancers from the Sunshine Coast entertaining us.   A three course meal was served and an impersonator took on various personas including Elvis, Tom Jones and Austin Powell throughout the evening.

The Rotary club of Alexandra Headland received the award for the “Best small charity or group of the year 2021” and was accepted by President Wendy accompanied on stage by Michelle, Joy and Val.

A presentation box with fine wine and chocolates accompanied our trophy.

A short video on Casey’s Garden was shown which featured members of our club in action with The Board Room. Mark Skinner won an award for Volunteer of the year and Lifetime  Volunteer so it was nicely connected to our club.


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Rotary 4 way test - mirror or window

The Rotary Minute

A certain scribe was banging on about Rotary and although it is very much non political and non religious, it does seem to have adopted the4 way test test as a sort of ideal. But the concept of applying it to our everyday life gets harder and harder, especially with the pandemic, which seems to have lowered everybody's IQ and common manners, respect and threshold of rage. So whats so hard about applying these words developed nearly 60 years ago??

  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it fair?
  • Will it bring friendship?
  • Will it be beneficial to all?
Good luck with any of those questions in todays world of "Alternative Facts" and Social media trolls and conspiracy theorists... This is what a PDG in USA had to say..

"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.

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Club Donations

Club Donations

Money isn't everything, but along with showing our encouragement and practical support fort local causes, we are happy to give a helping financial hand where we can, so the club has made some donations to local community causes..
  • $500 has been donated to RESET, a local Domestic Violence Program that Mooloolaba Rotary brought to our attention. They are doing great work in education and prevention of Domestic Violence and just need a bit of support to continue and demonstrate that their long term viability. The Alex Rotary club has a history of support for DV causes, and delighted to contribute to this program.
  • The club has donated $1,000 from the Solstice Swim proceeds to the Surf Woman of the Year award. Chloe Silva is the Alex SLSC Surf Woman of teh Year and is known to us from her help with  Jackie MacGregor at the Solstice Swim and we're delighted to support a great community cause and a future leader of our community.
  • District have generously approved our grant application and are donating $5,000 towards the new Salty Souls Legacy Precinct at the Thrive site in Maroochydore. 
  • The club are contributing $10,000 towards the centre also, and look forward to a few working bee's to turn the 2 containers into a youth centre for teh "Stand Tall" and other programs that Tamara, Kerry and the team at Salty Souls legacy run fo rthe Sunshine Coast kids.
  • The club is also going to donate proceeds from our fundraising, raffles etc to the "Stove Team" which is a Rotary worldwide project to help save childrens lives and protect the environment. Michelle brought this to the clubs attention. Many of us were stunned to learn that 4,000,000 kids lives are lost , kids gained etc through open fires in third world countries. This donation will help the program extend its reach to villages where the local communities are shown and trained to build safe and environmentally better stoves. 
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Andrew and Ben visit club, and what a legacy for Tom.

Summit for Sarcoma- Andrew and Ben creating a great legacy for Tom Hardyman

On Friday Andrew and Ben revisited the club to let us know how their work to increase awareness and funding for Children Sarcoma has been going since their "Climb for a Cause" was hot by the pandemic. It was a very moving story as Tom has sadly passed away in the interim. But this has not stopped Ben and he's dad Andrew who have been busy generating funds for research into this disease and told of their visits to the Clive Berghofer centre and the fantastic work that those guys do in trying to find a cure. There was some amazing news hot of the press that a dry, already on teh market for psoriasis is confidently being predicted to be approved for use in slowing down the disease. Andrew's and Ben's fundraising has well exceeded their initial target and will be further enhanced when the pandemic is under control and the father and sun mountaineers are determined to climb teh +6,000 metres of Mt Mera.
What an amazing story of love and determination and great legacy for Tom. 
Andrew and Ben visit club, and what a legacy for Tom. 2021-08-28 14:00:00Z 0

What would District Say?

Acknowledgement of Country

Members will have received an email seeking their input into the "Acknowledgement of Country" process. Tony reached out to Wendy Protheroe, our super achiever District Governor. Her reply below..
"Hi Tony
This is a decision to be made at the Club level.  Most, but not all of the clubs that I visit start their meetings with an acknowledgement statement.  Don’t know if that helps or not .I intend starting District meetings in a similar way."
Wendy Protheroe
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Club Awarded "Best small club" 2021-08-28 14:00:00Z 0

Kombi header rego

It's on!!..... and still beachfront at Alex SLSC car park on Saturday night 2nd October - Kombi Parade
Kombi show on Sunday 3rd October  
Saturday 5pm - Meet at Mari Street - near Alex SLSC  for Giant Kombi Parade 
Sunday at Alex SLSC(8am  - 2pm)
Kombi Show, Surf Board exhibitions, LIVE Surf Art exhibitions, LIVE entertainment, food stalls, kids play area and more!
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Stove team - who knew?

Cooking and Stoves - Rotary saving lives, children and the environment 

Great talk from Michelle last week, telling the story of nearly 4 million deaths per year that are attributed to the health effects associated with cooking over open fires in impoverished countries like Nicaragua.

Another 4 million women and children suffer severe burns from open fire burning, and families spend up to 20 hours per week gathering wood to cook meals.

Smoke from indoor cooking fires is a leading cause of death of children under age five, and the world's largest environmental killer. It kills eight times as many people as malaria. Stove Team International’s program benefits the families and children impacted by smoke from indoor cooking fires.
StoveTeam is a nonprofit, organization that assists with the production of safe, durable, efficient wood-burning Ecocina cookstoves to replace open fire cooking. They work with nonprofit organizations and Rotary Clubs and help them place an order for stoves with a local entrepreneur in Latin America to provide the necessary training and support to produce them. Ecocina factories have produced more than 71,000 stoves, improving the lives of more than half-a-million people.
StoveTeam's model has been awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Award for Developing Local Markets for our innovative approach creating local employment while improving health and reducing air pollution.
Can you join the club in supporting this cause? Check it out or donate via Alex Rotary. 
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Club photos

Does this chap need new glasses or longer arms?
Past President returns - look what the wind blew in ...Past President Sue Quinn.
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How far would you go for a vaccine?


How far would you go for a vaccine?


Members and government health officials use boats to reach villages deep in the rainforest

by Ryan Hyland

Members of the Rotary Club of Demerara, Guyana, are using their decades of experience in fighting disease while delivering COVID-19 vaccines and aid to a remote region of the South American country. The Indigenous communities there would not otherwise have access to the vaccine and would remain vulnerable to the virus.

The club’s members have conducted crucial medical expeditions that penetrate the densely forested interior of Guyana for nearly 30 years. In doing so, they’ve developed detailed knowledge of the area and the particular needs of the villages in it. The treks have earned the Demerara club a nickname among nearby Rotary clubs: “the bush club.”

When COVID-19 vaccines became available early this year, the club quickly took action, relying on members’ familiarity with the region to plan logistics and coordinate delivery efforts. Focusing on the primarily Indigenous villages of Muritaro and Malali, the club collaborated with the local Ministry of Health and the Civil Defence Commission to immunize villagers. The vaccination teams — made up of club members, doctors, and local nurses — reached the villages by boat, tracing an 8 km (5-mile) stretch of the Demerara River.

Bhageshwar Murli, 2020-21 president of the Demerara club, says that supporting the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to underserved communities was a natural fit for the club.

“Our club was highly motivated and excited to be involved in the particular effort, since it coincided with what we frequently do as a club,” Murli says.

Members of the Rotary Club of Demerara, Guyana, and government health officials use boats to vaccinate villagers deep in the country’s rainforests.

Photo by Indira Mattai

Because of pandemic travel restrictions, villagers couldn’t go to nearby towns to buy food, clothing, medicine, and other basic necessities. So the club collected and distributed these items as part of the initiative.

How far would you go for a vaccine?  2021-08-21 14:00:00Z 0
Mooloolaba State School Trivia Night 2021-08-21 14:00:00Z 0

Karen's column

Email Tips from Karen  - aka is this YOU?

Email seems to be a bit of a mystery to some folks, who shall remain nameless, but fortunately Karen is here to help over several newsletters. Check out the things you do, and calculate your expertise below. One point for each thing that you do as Karen suggests.
1. The EMAIL TO field
Karen suggests that you send it to anyone you know who may be even slightly interested in hearing from you. "You just never know" says Karen, "better to be safe than sorry. Don't get confused by advice that you should only send TO those who you actually want to do something" says Karen, "thats old school, much better to send to everyone and then you'll be sure to get at least one reply." 
2. The COPY TO field 
No need to use this field, and again the old advice to use this field only for people who are copied in for "information" is redundant, as you've already got them on the EMAIL TO field. Simple.
3. The EMAIL SUBJECT field
"Best to leave this blank" says Karen, "as there is a chance that folks might not read your email, if they already know the subject. Other acceptable email titles are "Hi" or "Hello" as this stirs interest without giving away what the email is about". 
""Putting "For action" or "URGENT" or the like in the title field should be used with tremendous caution as that presumes I know what I am talking about"" says Karen. Wise words indeed.
4. Received an email with a EMAIL SUBJECT already in the email title? 
"Ignore the title if it happens to you" says Karen, "the important question to ask yourself is who is this email from? Then you reply (preferably to ALL, with the latest thing thats entered your mind that you think this person may be interested in."
"Feel free to continue the email conversation with topics that have nothing at all to do with the title already there." Says Karen. "This makes for a fascinating and endless email trail, with titles far removed from the subject matter in the email". says Karen. 
5. How many subjects should be in an email?
Karen totally disagrees with advice of only 1 or 2 subjects per email. "The more the merrier" she says "that way all the issues can grow to a universe of diverse emails with cross purposes and confusion, creating even more email, and filling up your inbox in no time ....especially if you use the REPLY ALL to every email as Karen suggests,  
The added bonus says Karen is that "there is the real possibility that important messages will get lost in the general confusion so no harm done there".
How did you do?  Get all five? ....then click away, you're completely up to speed on electronic communication. sad
Karen's column 2021-08-21 14:00:00Z 0

Whats going on at Thrive?

Ever wondered whats going on at THRIVE?

Well, here's a recent newsletter from our mate Noel on what the great team have been up to....
"Hi All, just a update on what has been happening at Thrive,
A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes with the Music Department. Liam, with the support of his Mum Serena, have been going to open mic nights and talking about Thrive and handing out flyers, as well as running an advertising campaign on social media. They are generating quite a bit of interest and their biweekly sessions on Sunday arvo's are starting to grow. Check out their Facebook page to see what happens
If any of us know anyone, under 25, who would be interested in doing a bit of teaching, I’m sure Alex and Liam would appreciate the help. Sounds like you've been putting in a lot of time there Liam, Good on you Mate.  
Obi has the Paddling programme happening again. We have only had one paddling day since term has gone back because of lockdowns. The new group for this school term has been very successful with all the kids participating even though it was just a little bit cold out on the river. This programme has been running for a long time now and it is amazing to see the volunteers still turning up, Todd Grace, Nicky Chapman, Rod Jenman and Peter Aiken, Thank you.  
Tony Kimmens who runs the coffee shop at Maroochydore surf club agreed to give all our volunteers a free coffee at the end of the sessions, Thanks heaps Tony, much appreciated.  
The kids from the group last term were good enough to give us a Thankyou card. It was quite good (and amusing) to see some of their thoughts, so I have attached a pic of the card to share with you all. 
Presently there are a few groups expressing interest in setting up things at Thrive, we are looking at these to determine whether they are a benefit to the community. More information will be provided if any of them go ahead.  
 Thank you for your time and hang in there, 
Cheers Noel. "
and here's a nice card of thanks from some amazing people..
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Can you match Alex Rotary ?

Salty Souls Legacy - Can you match Alex Rotary?

Alex Rotary is putting out a challenge to the Sunshine Coast Community and looking for sponsors to match their dollars to create a home for SalTy Souls Legacy kids programs. 
The members have raised $15,000 for a new clubhouse for SalTy Souls Legacy and need another $15,000 worth of materials to complete the task. Rotarians and like reminded volunteers and tradies have already offered their labour to transform 2 shipping containers into a fantastic clubhouse that will be the home for the brilliant Sunshine Coast Kids program run by Tamara and Kerry Smith and family in remembrance of Ty Kennedy.
Kerry & Tamara have been running the Salty Souls Legacy programs for kids out of their garage and it has well and truly grown out of the family home. Now its time to find them a permanent home. Check them out at www.SalTySouls
You may have seen SalTy Souls on Channel 7 where the amazing Siena College kids got behind Salty Souls at their recent Benefit Ball?
So can you help? Can you match the dollars that Alex Rotary are putting in? Do you want to get behind this great cause?
If you can help create a home for SalTy Souls Legacy, no matter how small or large a donation, please donate to the Salty Souls Program on this link,
Thank You 
Alex Rotary
What a location !!
The really great news is that the site that SalTy Souls Legacy are looking to establish themselves on is already a big part of community youth through the THRIVE programs. Rotary are really excited by the possibility of collaboration and adding to the great work that Noel and the team are doing at THRIVE and helping build on the programs that are doing so much to re-engage with kids of the Sunny Coast. 
...and here is an artists impression of what it all might look like with your support.
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TAFE Dinner Invite

TAFE Lunch invite Dateclaimer

Tony has made a tentative booking for 20 people on Thursday 14th October and will circulate details and suggests we use the visit to the cookery trade course lunch as the October Fifth Friday ….. even if it’s a couple of weeks early.
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The club has put in a request to District for a defibrillator for the Maroochydore SLSC. 
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Conspiracy Corner

Were Royal minders listening in on the club ZOOM meeting?

Some among us believe that the world is dominated by a small number of powerful people who send secret coded messages to each other through the media. Alternative facts as they say..but our very own Dave Woodrow now seems to have become embroiled in this web of all seeing power brokers, who allegedly include the British royal family. 
It all started when Dave rescued a delightful portrait of the monarch from the Maroochydore Rotary leftovers that was heading to the dump. (see above).
Dave mentioned this heroic act at the club Zoom meeting and we were all suitably impressed at Dave's chivalry. (Steve was not quite so impressed by where Dave's hands were while "holding" the monarch but thats another story)...
Anyway the BIG story is that Dave was not to know that Royal minders from the world domination cartel were listening in on the Dave's adventures at the refuse tip.
Well, anyway next thing you know...
 Prince Charles is on Facebook with a Rotary logo on his lapel. Was this a covert signal to our Dave?
Coincidence?- I think not. 
This appears to be Charlie reaching out to Dave in their secret cartel code to say a big thankyou for rescuing the portrait of mummy.....
..but wait ... ...this "just happened" to be on Dave's birthday!.....another "coincidence?" ..I think not.
You read the signs... and make your own conclusions.....Just saying.
But be careful on Zoom fellow conspirators ..."They" are always watching..... like the eye of Sauron.... The truth is out there. 
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Fresh Start and Beyond Expectations

Brilliant IFYS programs your club is happy to support

Letter of Support

"This letter of support is for IFYS Ltd in their “Beyond Expectations & Fresh Start programs application for funding, to improve the education, skills, employment opportunities and social inclusion of disadvantaged Queenslanders. 

 IFYS understands the pathway to gaining employment can be difficult, especially for young people, and having someone to support you can make all the difference.

The ‘Beyond Expectations’ and “Fresh Start” programs support young people become job ready, gain an industry recognised qualification, obtain work experience and to ultimately find employment. We think 

We agree there is a need for enthusiastic and motivated young people who have been supported to become job ready and who have gained an entry-level qualification. 

We are supportive of IFYS delivering the Beyond Expectations and Fresh Start programs from Gympie to South Brisbane, as there is an identified need for entry-level employees in this area.

Rotary Clubs have many employers, past and present, who could support the Beyond Expectations and Fresh Start programs by:

  • Providing an insight to industry through an industry talk or tour of this business.
  • Offering a young person insights to early work practices.
  • Participating in a mock interview panel, to help coach young people to be interview ready.

IFYS was established in 1980 and has a proven record of accomplishment in delivering family and youth programs on the Sunshine Coast and throughout Queensland. 

We are very supportive of IFYS delivering more of these programs locally and see the industry benefits in the qualifications, skills and experiences students participating in these programs gain.

Best regards

Wendy Gilson



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Mooloolaba State Primary School reaches out

Mooloolaba State Primary School reaches out for help

The club received this note during the week..interested? the secretary
"We are looking for a host to run the trivia night including the questions and answers 😀 
It will be held at MOOLOOLABA STATE SCHOOL  HALL on the 11th SEPT. 2021
Starting at approx 6pm till about approx 9 - 10 pm 
It will be helping to raise funds for the school on a variety of projects to improve the facilities in the school inc an extension to the school hall. Etc as we discussed earlier on the ph.
We have a small sub committee esp for the trivia night and we are looking at getting someone to help host the night and also in any other way to assist it on the night to raise funds through donations or prizes to provide on the night into lucky door prizes winning teams auctions etc.
 We are also having an outdoor Movie Night on the 27th of Aug as well looking for food vans or businesses to advertise on the screen before the movie etc .
We would dearly like to form a strong mutual partnership with Rotary to help both the members of our school community and the general community as well. 
Should you require any further details please contact me asap. 
Thanks again for your encouraging words of support.
Debby Keen 
Mooloolaba State School 
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Moving Moments talks to club 

Lutheran Services Moving Moments program brings joy to Seniors and Toddlers

Renee Schumacher spoke to the club via zoom on Friday and we were all  impressed by the great work that Renee and her team at Lutheran services are doing in the community. We were particularly interested in the "Moving Moments" program which follows on from the ABC Old People's home series where old folks home engage with a local kindergarten and the amazing effect it has on the old folks, and in many case forming lasting relationships with child in the kindergarten and the childs family and the old folks home home resident. 
Some  brilliant stories from Renee of Seniors and toddlers mixing and we thank her and her team for "making a difference" to the seniors (and the toddlers). 
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Mooloolaba Rotary Music Quiz

Mooloolaba Rotary Music Quiz 

Wendy and Craig were our representatives at the Mooloolaba Rotary quiz, which is becoming a fixture on the Community calendar. "Definitely need a full table next year" says our resident photographer.
Our mates at Mooloolaba Rotary had their annual music quiz on Friday night, luckily before lockdown, and raised a heap of funds for the amazing folks at The Board Meeting Surf Charity. Here's some pics. BTW thanks to the members who volunteered to help with the Board Meeting's project at Casey's yard makeover .....LATE News..its still on as construction is allowed under current restrictions..
Here's some snaps of the quizzers..lots of vino collapso  on the table..... probably to help lubricate the brain cells.....just saying. The reserve quizzer on the bench in background enjoying a top up. frown
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10 things to do in lockdown

10 Things to do in lockdown

Finished spring cleaning, re-organising your record collection, got all your books in alphabetical order...socks all colour coded and neatly put away..??....Then this list is for you..
1. Practice a random act of kindness (PRANK) .. it could be supporting local take away business, or just messaging someone.  Think of someone who might help and do something for them.
2. Exercise. Go for walk and count the number of people not wearing masks. Amuse yourself by coughing and spluttering when you get within 20 metres of them. Watch their reaction. Follow them ....increasing your pace as they head off in another direction. smiley
3. Do that thing you know that it needs to be done, but you keep putting it off. Set a time and date to get it done. Avoid procrastination. This lockdown will be over and you may not have anything to show for it !!sad
4. Improve your education. Check out TED on the internet. 
5. Draw a line on a page. This represents your life, so write zero at start of line (birth) and estimate end of line. Write the number that you think you will live to at end of line. Now put an "X" on the line where you are now. Now write down on the LHS four things that have achieved or is meaningful for you. Now on the RHS (your remaining estimated life) write down what you want to achieve. Then plan to do it. 
6. Improve your character. The 4 way test is for internal consumption, not something for judging others. Have a 4 way card in mind as you make your day-to- day decisions. "Nothing nice to say?" then "say nothing" is a good start for most of us.
7. Be gentle with yourself. Montaigne (the philosopher, not the singer) spent most of his life in lockdown in his library on the farm analysing day to day life and making some remarkable life observations. Realise that in the end we are all "worm bait" and try not be too critical about your perceived failures. Most good folk are too busy worrying about their failures to notice yours. 
8. Learn a skill. You Tube is a great resource. It's improved a certain scribes putting skills no end. (This may not be entirely true, but he is missing much closer than before.)
9. Make lists. There's nothing more satisfying than crossing things off list. Tip: use noun and verb for itemising. Use legible writing. yes
10. Establish a routine. Habits are reassuring for our mental health long as they don't develop into OCD .......which is a real possibility if these bloody lockdowns continue!
See you at the other end of the lockdown.
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Our Beautiful Shannon steals the show

Our over achieving Shannon

We meet Friday mornings at 6.45 so its usually a bit of a scramble to get out of bed and make ourselves presentable before the Rotary breakfast. (For some it takes longer than others, but thats another story). 
Anyway, on Friday a certain scribe and Shannon met as the sun was coming over the horizon to size up the defective container door and plan its repair before dropping into the club meeting. A big thanks to Shannon for helping with this. He's a champion.
But there's more.
While this activity would normally be enough for anyone early in the morning, our sharp-eyed chairperson noticed that Shannon had spruced himself up really well for the meeting and was welcomed to the meeting as our "BEAUTIFUL Shannon" .
Whether this level of appearance sets the trend or standard for future breakfast meetings we'll have to wait and see.
A certain scribe is considering changing his moisturiser and seeing if that does the trick. 
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Mooloolaba Music Quiz

Mooloolaba Rotary Music Quiz

Our mates at Mooloolaba Rotary had their annual music quiz on Friday night, luckily before lockdown, and raised a heap of funds for the amazing folks at The Board Meeting Surf Charity. Here's some pics. BTW thanks to the members who volunteered to help with the Board Meeting's project at Casey's yard makeover .....and you'll appreciate that this has been postponed because of the COVID lock down.
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Surf Show and Shine anyone?

Early Planning for Surf Show and Shine

Its seems rather bizarre for a certain scribe to be writing this in lockdown, but the club is planning our 7th Surf Show and Shine event. Its early days and we're looking for Kombi stakeholders and gold sponsors as thsi is our big fundraiser for the year.
Some preliminary discussions have taken place, and the club has date claimed Sunday 3rd October for the big show. Our mates at Cricks Volkswagen are on board, and we'll be reaching out to the Surf Board and Arts and Music and Vendor communities as we put together our plans for another fantastic community event. 
Mike and Steve have taken on board the communications with school, and other venues are being canvassed. There's only a couple of months before the big day, so that has some plusses and minuses, but with everyone's help we'll give it our best shot.
The other task where the club would really appreciate some help, is with  Kombi "Supremo" to be the point of contact for drumming up support within the Kombi community, as well as potential Surf Wear and Surfboard related gold sponsors. 
If you have any leads in this area please contact the club secretary on
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Val's profile and 6 degrees of separation 

Secretary Val's profile ....John, Rugby, and a surprising connection in Kiwi Corner

Every so often the club has a speakers slot for a members profile and it usually results in learning something about our club mates that we didn't know. Val's was full of surprises with her early upbringing, rugby, family and a strong background in education and "making a difference" to so many students that have benefited from Val's mentoring. 
They say that there's only 6 degrees of seperation between us all, and a certain scribe can affirm that from his own experience.
But it was the NZ connection that brought out a connection that few us in the club were aware of...
What is the connection between this building and Val and a certain Kombi logistics guru in our club??
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RESET - Having great success with Domestic Violence prevention

RESET - A positive program to stop domestic violence

Alex Rotary has a background in helping various DV programs (White Ribbon/ Mobile phones / IFYS ) ..and on Friday Graham McHugh and Charles Godfrey from Mooloolaba Rotary joined us on Friday morning to talk and seek support for the new RESET program that is showing such positive results in preventing the re-occurrence of Domestic Violence. The statistic are impressive in this budding program.
  • 1 in 6 women* have experienced physical and / or sexual violence by a current or previous partner
  • In Australia, 1 woman per week* is killed by a current or previous partner
  • 82%* of all Domestic Violence (DFV) assaults are committed by a male.
  • As a consequence DFV is far too newsworthy in our modern era.
  • Each serious DFV event costs the Qld State Government ~$406,000 – most to care for the victims
  • Of the 31 men who have attended the four RESET Programs,  only 1 has reoffended. (official police statistics)
  • RESET needs to be able to run at least two more Programs by 12/2021 to enable further results-based evidence to be collected to support future Grant Applications to the State and Federal Governments.

“I have had the good fortune to attend the last Circuit Breaker course with Renee and other Councillors.

From a participant in RESET...

"It was a life changing experience for me. I believe Renee’s support during and after taking the course is a major reason I am a semi free man! (I am on 2 year probation for strangulation). I have learnt many techniques to diffuse situations before they escalate in uncontrollable anger. The different ways of presenting a difficult subject helped with making a cohesive group and active class participation. The examples used and explained dealt with real life situations which many course participants were dealing with at the time- eg;

Conflict resolution. Visitation rights. Discussing volatile situations

Open communication. Commitment. Equality 

This course has not only helped me stay a free man, but Renee’s letter to the Court and her presence all day on my sentencing were invaluable.

The course has allowed me to stay with my partner of 10 years who I tried to strangle during an alcoholic binge. I now have the best relationship ever and for the first time have committed myself fully in a relationship.

I have nothing but the highest praise for this course and the effect it can have on someone’s future.

Thank you for letting me share my story with you.”

If you can help please contact the club secretary at
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Dinner Photo's

Two Wendy's and and emotional evening for one
Last Wednesday nights dinner what notable, not just for the alliteration (W's and S's) but for a surprise award of (another) OHF to our club President Wendy Gilson. And it was especially memorable as Wendys daughter and granddaughter were there to see it.
Although we were rather constricted with COVID regulations it was great to share a meal with our Satellite Club and new District Governor Wendy Protheroe. 
Here's some more photos' of the night...starting with Wendy awards....
Anna Mayr, from Satellite Club also gets a did human dynamo Steve and a certain scribe..
Wendy with the club jewels..
Now is that everything???? asks Wendy P
 Oh yes, nearly forgot, a special thanks to the staff at Alex SLSC for a great meal and service. 
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Gastronomic Delights for you ...

Looking for something??

Here's some gastronomic delights, promoting local food and drinks etc. 
and here's a memorable lunch while helping TAFE students and staff...
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Mooloolaba Rotary Music quiz

Not forgetting that if you're looking for something to do on Friday night, come along to Mooloolaba Rotary's Music Quiz Night...

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Mock Interviews over for another year 

Steve and Maroochydore Rotary handover MSHS Mock Interviews

On Thursday morning Rotarians from Mooloolaba and Alex gathered at Maroochydore State High School for the annual mock interview sessions. This youth project has been in teh safe hands of Maroochydore Rotary, and led by Steve Hind for a decade or so, and making such a difference to students preparing for that all important step into the workplace. 
Steve is taking a break from Rotary for a while (not too long we hope) and Alex are delighted to "take over the baton". Steve sent through this note to John and the club..
"Thanks again for your help today and for taking the “baton” for Alex Club so this important Rotary project lives on for many years to come. As agreed, I am happy to remain involved as a volunteer going forward but for now, I am going to take a break from Rotary and perhaps look to join the Satellite club at the start of next year.
Attached is the ”Master” list I used this year. This list notes all the people who have been involved in recent years. You might also like to mention RYDA to  your members as this is the other major event Rotary does for Maroochydore High. RYDA has been completed this year so nothing to do there until next year."

On behalf of Rotary, and all the kids that you have helped through the years....BIG THANK YOU STEVE !!
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Rotary, Environment and Clean Up Australia

A message from Clean Up Australia
Rotary are committed to a cleaner environment, so the following messages from our mates at Clean Up Australia are particularly appropriate..
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Satellite Club members 

Anna and Brian talk about their club

Chairperson of the Alex Satellite Club Anna Mayer spoke to the club on Friday morning and we were joined by four members of the  newly created  satellite Club and shared  their experiences  regarding the formation  of the satellite club.

Anna  filled club members in on  aspects of her life that led her to  this new Initiative. We learnt that Anna was from Austria and  came to Australia in 2014  She had  completed a degree in Economics. 

She was introduced to Rotary by one of her teachers. She liked what she heard but because of time constraints she could not follow through with  becoming a fulltime Rotarian.

Anna returned to Australia. She was based in Ipswich ands introduced to the  concept of creating a Passport Club by a Rotarian Les.

Anna was excited about starting up a Passport club, because it had the  following features. 

  • Flexibility
  • Informal meetings
  • Passport members met once a month
  • Gave members the facility of getting involved with community events
  • Freedom of choice  to join other clubs to help out as Volunteers
  • Freedom to start their own projects 
  • Maintain the Model of Passport Clubs by connecting with other Passport clubs
Some members of the club were interested in Anna's background in Economics because there is some controversy about whether Economics is an "Art" or a "Science"...Anna neatly deflected the question by saying it was a science and went on to blame politicians for the various economic disasters - which we all accepted and agreed that no sensible person likes politicians.  
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Living and dying - Brian's Classic Quote

Living and Dying

Brian's classic quote " Some are in Rotary because they want to die as a Rotarian" brought the house down at Friday's meeting. What Brian was referring to was that the Satellite / Passport club was for those who want to "get involved" or "make a difference" and so if you are one of those Rotarians who are in a Rotary because you want the comfort of knowing that you're passing away to any afterlife in good company, then you're probably not suited to the Alex Satellite Club. They are clearly people of acton with many travelling outside their local area to help other communities. 
However, it did set a certain scribe thinking about the heavier side of living and dying.
Anyway, another nationality has an interesting view of living and dying and that's Japan.
In Japan its not unusual that when a child is born, then the baby is taken to a Shinto shrine for a blessing often through important events in childhood will involve a visit to a Shinto shrine for a blessing. Then through life they will celebrate Christmas (there's a KFC tradition there too but thats another story) and then when the child is ready to marry then they may have a Christian type wedding, and then later in life when its time to die then they will convert to Buddhism. In fact Buddhism is almost exclusively attached to funerals and dying. 
So thats why in Japan millions of Shinto are born but very few die. 
BTW has anybody noticed that there seem to be more ads about funeral insurance on TV?? ..or is it just me?
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Vision for Salty Souls  home

Salty Souls Legacy - Could this be new HQ?

Great work by our designer in residence Steve who has out together this artists impression, and made a 3D model to get the ideas flowing for the new Salty Souls Legacy HQ.
The club are now on the look out for help (financial, materials labour) to help Tamara and Kerry move to the next level. Ask around, you never know. 
Great work also by Liam Pinese from ADAPT planning engineers who is helping to guide the planning process for the new base on Aerodrome Road. Also pleased to say that Mal Pratt, Sunshine Coast leading philanthropist has given his OK for the SalTy Souls Legacy HQ to be placed on the THRIVE complex.
And our very own Scott Brimelow (Structures) has stepped up with a helping hand on the engineering. So let's find some more great citizens on the coast and make the dream a reality for this great cause. 
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Fridays meeting, Reconciliation and Club Bio etc. 

Fridays meeting - Naidoc week and reconciliation 

Great talk and discussion on Friday with Maggie from SCRGI reminding us of how far we still have to go with reconciliation and healing with First Nations peoples.

Does Australia Day date pass the 4 -way test

Using the 4 way test needs to be done with care. A certain scribe has met a few folks who are all too quick to use it on others and not on themselves, (which was the original purpose of teh test). But how about applying it to the Australia Day date? Does it pass the test;
  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENdSHIPS?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to ALL concerned?
What do you think?

Club gets nominated for Community Award - and causes an email stir

Alex Rotary  has been nominated for a community award, and so had to submit a bio of 400 words. The courageous Tony filled his inkwell and took out his quill and penned together a creditable first  effort at club bio. He forwarded to a certain scribe who had inherited a worn red pen from a certain school supremo, and set to work to tidy up the draft. So far so good. Then our erstwhile Secretary made the understandable mistake of showing this effort to the club. At this point two club members shone above the rest and sprung into action with red pens of their own. Such is the world of an enthusiastic and active club. You can see their efforts on the club webpage.
There will be a dinner to celebrate the various community leaders and clubs who " make a difference" to our community. See Val for details.

Satellite Club Newsletter

This is the Alex page on our website (accessed from the Main Menu):

Whale watching anyone ?

If you never been whale watching on the coast, you are missing a treat. A certain scribe takes his overseas relatives when they visit, and its just an amazing experience. So we are going to organise a club outing and you are invited to let us know which of the following dates are convenient for you. Email your preference to Val at
  • 15 August AM & PM cruises
  • 21 August AM cruise
  • 22 August AM & PM cruises
  • 11 September PM cruise
  • 12 September AM cruise
Please email Val with your preference 

Container working bee

The wet weather has been playing havoc with our club container and we'll need to replace the personnel door. So be careful what you "volunteer" for as a working bee is looking imminent!

New Sound System for club

A big shout out to the Buderim Music Society who heard that our sound system had been stolen, came forward and donated theirs. It is much appreciated.
A certain club member has now got a new toy. On behalf of club, well done Davo. and also thanks for your reaching out to Maroochydore Rotary. 
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Club Bio

Alex Rotary wins "best small charity group" award

Alex Rotary has 28 friendly, community minded members and club friends aged from 28 to 83 who try and practice the Rotary motto of “Service above Self”. 

Activities include. 

  • Organising Winter Solstice Swim with Alex Surf Club attracting 200 open water swimmers raising around $12,000 for Salty Souls Legacy programme for disadvantaged kids. Previous beneficiaries include Young Vets, White Ribbon. 
  • Organising the Surf Show and Shine surfboard and Kombi fun day attracting 4,000 to the coast raising funds for a 4WD and around $80,000 since beginning a few years ago. Beneficiaries include Sunshine Coast based Care Outreach for drought affected farmers, Nambour’s “The Shack”, Salty Souls Legacy and the “ The Board Meeting” Surf charity.
  • Promoting personal development of young community leaders through Rotary educational and international youth exchange programs. (Mark Jamieson and Fiona Simpson are past Rotary youth exchange students).
  • Developing and mentoring youth at other end of the social spectrum though the club’s “WorkLife program” and supporting local troubled kids programs such as Salty Souls Legacy.
  • Creating a $100,000 “Care Garden” for the IFYS safety house at Landsborough and smaller one at Maroochydore, Kids kindergarten makeover, and helped with “Casey’s backyard”.
  • Conducting “mock interviews” day at Maroochydore High School, preparing kids for that all important first job interview.
  • Supporting the Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians annual golf tournament on the Sunshine Coast which raised $20,000 for Wishlist and brought Rotarians from all over Australia.
  • Working closely with IFYS on the “homeless” hub programme at the sportsman hub, helping clients with work preparation through the Alex Rotary WorkLife programme. The “WorkLife” program has been held in several local high schools and adopted by Rotary clubs in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, UK and at an Alaskan Rotary club. 
  • Supporting community mental health awareness via the Rotary “Lift the Lid” program and annual walk at Mooloolaba Rotary Club’s event every October. 
  • Collecting pre-loved mobile phones for people escaping from domestic violence
  • Supporting the Alex Headland Community organisation at their Annual “Christmas at Alex” Christmas Party in Buhk Park.
  • Supporting the Rotary and University of the Sunshine Coast scholarship programme providing financial support for students to continue their PhD studies.
  • Supplied used medical and educational equipment. and packing containers bound for Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Nauru.
  • Providing financial support for plastic surgery to cleft palette and disfigured children through ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children)
  • Supporting the Rescue helicopter service on the coast for 20 years, one of our members raising six figures in donations. 
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Anti Vaxxers are not new

Cows, Smallpox an 8 year old boy,  and what we did before vaccines

Spare a thought for James Phipps. In the middle of the 18th century when 20% of the worlds population was dying from smallpox, and half of those who survived were left blind or disfigured, a chap called Jenner noticed that milkmaids seems to be immune from smallpox, and guessed that getting a mild dose of cowpox made you immune to deadly small pox. So  James (8) was smeared with pus from a build on the arm of a milkmaid and put into a cut in James's arm. (I don't think that would be acceptable nowadays). Anyway James survived the cowpox "inoculation". So two months later James was further abused by being injected with the more deadly smallpox.  He failed to develop symptoms and the rest is history. Smallpox was eradicated in 1977.
Before the 18th century humans practised "variolation" - basically exposing yourself to small quantities of the smallpox by  breathing in dried pus. (yuck)  It was thought that by introducing a milder form of smallpox, you would avoid more serious case. Results were mixed, and there were deaths from the practice and it was observed that even "variolated" people could spread the disease. So in steps another mathematician - Bernoulli  (not Scottish) who worked with Edmund Halley of Halley's Comet fame, to develop a "life table" that showed unequivocally the power of medical intervention. However, as we know anti- vaxxers don't believe science or maths and prefer myths.
Jumping ahead to the end of the 19th century plague hit India - thought to have come for Hong Kong via rats carrying the "Yerstina pests" virus. The Indian government practised containment as pandemic control of the outbreak but it nevertheless stayed in the community for decades, eventually killing 12 million people. It was in India that a certain Dr Andrew McKendrick carried out his research and showed that bacteria increased to a carrying capacity according to a logistic growth model (SIR) that led to greater understanding of zoonotic diseases and public health intervention outcomes. 
McKendrick was was able to accurately recreate the rise and fall of the plague in the 1905 Bombay outbreak, and the impacts of interventions such as containment, vaccination etc. and so gave public health officials the tools for humans to predict and manage pandemics. 
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2021 Solstice Swim 

Shipping Containers - Anyone?

So now that the swim is over, we look forward to helping our SalTy Souls legacy with establishing their new home. So we're putting a shout out to anyone who knows, or has a second hand 20 foot shipping container in reasonable condition (waterproof / lockable) that we can modify into a workshop, office and kids breakout area. 
If you can help, please let the club know at

2021 Solstice Swim 

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

Back to ZOOM

Because of lockdown Friday's meeting was held by zoom. Don't you find that t he background (or sometimes the foreground) is more interesting than the topic? Well on Friday we had the usual cats walking in front of screen, and the usual hecklers "Your on mute you numptie!" etc, but with the added delightfulness of the very young hanging having their breakfast with us. Carmel managed to get her Rotary minute on the NZ Totora tree award and significance without the cats interruption, and few pats on the back about the swim, and reflections on the Maroochydore Rotary demise and possible community activities but otherwise, we're back to normal this Friday and then the changeover dinner on the 21st is looming. 
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Rotary and Polio

Rotary's polio  story from Africa...

Rotary’s 2020 World Polio Day Online Global Update program on 24 October hails this year’s historic achievement in polio eradication: Africa being declared free of the wild poliovirus.

Paralympic medalist and TV presenter Ade Adepitan, who co-hosts this year’s program, says that the eradication of polio in Africa was personal for him. “Since I was born in Nigeria, this achievement is close to my heart,” says Adepitan, a polio survivor who contracted the disease as a child. “I’ve been waiting for this day since I was young.”

He notes that, just a decade ago, three-quarters of all of the world’s polio cases caused by the wild virus were contracted in Africa. Now, more than a billion Africans are safe from the disease. “But we’re not done,” Adepitan cautions. “We’re in pursuit of an even greater triumph — a world without polio. And I can’t wait.”

Rotary Foundation Trustee Geeta Manek, who co-hosts the program with Adepitan, says that World Polio Day is an opportunity for Rotary members to be motivated to “continue this fight.”

She adds, “Rotarians around the world are working tirelessly to support the global effort to end polio.”

and the scoreboard..

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Satellite Club News

Satellite club news
Whats going on with our Satellite Club??
Check this out. Click on image.
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Scots, vaccinations and herd immunity

The Herd Immunity number explained

Unsurprisingly it was  the work of two Scottish mathematicians McKendrick and Kermack, who developed the S-I-R model that epidemiologists work with when deciding policy settings for pandemics. (S= Susceptoible, I= infectives and R= removed). Of course the maths has improved enormously since they developed the model in the 1920's to explain why pandemics behave the way they do. And the maths is not always intuitive. eg. Ebola  for example, would have affected 58% of the people in the world had no action been taken following an outbreak. Whereas polio would infect 99% of the world's population if no action was action following an outbreak.  It all depends on various factors rolled into a mathematical numbers including Ro.
So what vaccination rate do we need to achieve herd immunity from COVID?
This depends on several factors but Ro is the most useful. The Ro factor is the basic reproduction factor and depends on (i) size of population (ii) rate at which susceptibles become infected and (ii) rate of recovery or death from the disease, but also social structures etc have impacts on this important figure. 
You may have seen a number called Re quoted in the media. Re is the average number of secondary infections caused by an infectious individual at a given point in  an outbreaks progression. By definition if this is less than 1 then the contagion is reducing. But scientists when they look at herd immunity have also shown that if 1/Ro of the population is left unvaccinated and unprotected then there is a relationship between Ro and Re that achieves an Re of less than 1 for long periods of time and then herd immunity will be achieved. (still with me Davo?) 
Of course the factors Ro and Re do not reflect the severity of the virus on humans. But that's the maths. 
Scientists are still evaluating the Ro number but its likely to be about 5-6 which will mean more than 80%  of the population will need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. 
And here's a salient bit of history from the UK. In 1996 the MMR or Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccinations had reached 91.8% of the population - close to the herd immunity rate .....when a doctor (now deregistered) prompted the ant-vax campaign by suggesting (wrongly) that MMR vaccine had a relationship to Autism. Consequently MMR vaccination rates dropped and in 2018 Europe had 60,000 measles cases and 72 fatalities. Tragic. But encouragingly vaccination rates are now improving. 
Fortunately from Rotary perspective the success of the  polio campaign  is a great example of what can be done with the right vaccine policy and implementation. 
From: The Maths of Life and Death by Kit Yates. Curated by a certain scribe.
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"New" Members and real New Members added to club 

Passport club help out at Swim

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

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

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

Satellite Club brings volunteering opportunities

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

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

Les Walsh
Brian Wallace
Craig Humphrey
De'Anna Delaney
Nanna Mayr
Cherri Deutschman
Marg Fitzpatrick
Ray Burton 
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Club Dues are out 

Club Dues

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

Club Donation

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

Rotary 100th Anniversary - whats happening with the monument?

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

Thank you swim sponsors

It wouldn't have happened without a lot of people, and we thank them all. Here's a note we sent to swim sponsors...
"Hi fantastic sponsors,
Just to say a BIG THANK YOU for your support for the solstice swim. It was an amazing success with lots of positive comments from the swimmers and onlookers who braved the winter solstice to show their support for the Salty Souls Legacy. 
Thanks to your support we have exceeded our financial target and will be donating funds to Salty Souls Legacy to create a HQ for them in the Thrive centre on Aerodrome Road in Maroochydore for the amazing surf programs they run to change kids lives.  
Whats next?
Alex Rotary and Salty Souls Legacy will engage with Sunshine Coast Council and the team at THRIVE to create a Salty Souls Legacy workshop/meeting/ store for the surf programs, and we’ll be hunting down / looking for used shipping containers / demountables to refurbish and turn into a youth centre.… there will be lots of Rotary working bee’s over the next few months !!
When all that's done, we look forward to inviting you to the official opening of the Salty Souls Legacy HQ and seeing first hand how the work of the Salty Souls team complements the great work already been done in this youth precinct. "
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2021 Solstice swim results

2021 Alex Rotary Solstice Swim - Swim Results

1 km Ladies
1 km men
3 km Ladies 
3 km men
5 km ladies
5 km men
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Diggers Rest - " A Soldiers Retreat" 

"No soldier needs to struggle alone"

Last Friday Nick Foster Jones was our guest speaker. Nick is a good friend of Paul Scott and Paul introduced Nick as a veteran who is doing some amazing work helping soldiers (and their families) who are suffered teh after effects of serving Australia. Things like transitioning to society, PTSD, and the like. So Nick established "Diggers Rest" out at Beerwah and is gradually creating an amazing retreat for soldiers and their families with accommodation facilities, activities, organised adventure trips, and outdoor therapy.
Nick was incredibly enthusiastic about his cause and had some personal stories around these issues that brought home to us how demanding serving one's country can be. Unfortunately there is a great demand for folks like Nick and Karen Foster - Jones and the work they do to fill the gaps and mentor  soldiers after their service term is over and the damage that the service has created needs to be repaired. The diggers rest relies heavily on community support so spread the word about the great local work being done by Nick and his team.
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Some Sad News

With much sympathy

On Thursday Dave Woodrow's daughter, Robyn, passed away after a long fight with ovarian cancer. The club extends its deepest sympathy to Dave and Cherie and the family at this sad time. 
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Solstice Swim on Sunday !!

Solstice Swim this Sunday 

On Sunday we'll be welcoming 150+ swimmers, and Kerry and Tamara and the team from SalTy Souls legacy, volunteers from Mooloolaba Rotary, the Sunshine Coast Satellite Club, The Sunshine Coast Rotoract Club and of course the amazing team at Alex SLSC for our Winter Solstice Swim. 
It promises to be a great day, and we're excited!!
It all start on Saturday afternoon, with making the preparations for an early start Sunday (when some of us are not at our sparkly best)...and after a warm up in the park, a safety briefing, then a 1k, 3k or 5k swim and a lot of effort and fun, we give out a few trophies and thanks and hopefully have raised enough funds to give SalTy Souls a permanent home at the THRIVE complex at Maroochydore. 
Volunteer list below, (subject to change whenever a certain scribe remembers what he has forgotten)..See you there!!
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District News

Rotary District News

The turn of the year will see lots of change-over dinners and the like and new Rotary club leaders for 2021/ 2022. But the major change this year, is that the District that we belong t o become much, much larger. Huge in fact. How this is all going to work is being sorted out just now, so keep your eyes on teh District newsletter below, and be sure to come along to our club changeover, where we welcome back Wendy Protheroe as guest speaker. 
Click on link for all the Rotary news
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Club votes in new Satellite Club 

Welcome to Sunshine Coast Passport Club

A brief discussion and a show of hands and then the club had taken a step towards welcoming the Sunshine Coast Passport Club as a Satellite to Alex Rotary. 

Guest Speaker Nic from Diggers rest via Zimbabwe 

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Controversy Corner - turning up the heat

Wendy asks..where did we all come from?

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

Are we Diverse enough?

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

Reconciliation or Invasion?

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

The "Young Ones" take over

On Friday Michelle was host and Jane Hillyard was guest speaker, and wasn't it great to hear have the "young one's" speak with such enthusiasm about how Rotary Youth leadership programs had made such a difference to their lives. 
Jane was heading up the corporate success trail when she attended a Rotary Youth Leadership program which gave her the confidence to try new things and sent her along a different  path of accelerated development and a different aspect of her career, trying new things with added confidence. 
Added to that came the bonus of wanting to give back by helping the Rotary Youth Programs came along and she has now made a difference to so many others. Well done Jane.  So inspiring and comforting to know that there are folk like Jane in teh next generation of leaders.


The club votes to sponsor our first  Satellite Club 

There's still a bit of paperwork to do, but the vote on Friday was unanimous in agreeing that we move forward and sponsor the current Provisional Passport Club to become a Satellite Club to us. 
This follows discussions with Les W and Brian W a few weeks ago in Caloundra where the two "leaders" of the club explained that they had looked for a different strategy to enable their members to move towards a full Rotary charter. Their club and active members were well known to many of the clubs on the coast through their volunteering efforts, always turning up when a helping hand was needed at a Rotary community event on the Coast.
So Wendy and I  felt very privileged to be selected from all the clubs on the coast to help them become fully fledged "Rotarians". 
There's still a few administrative details to be sorted out but we're hopeful of starting the new Rotary Year with our very own satellite club and helping then achieve full Rotarianship. We're also looking forward to pooling our resources to make a bigger difference to the Sunshine Coast Community.

Wendy and a certain scribe visit Mooloolaba Rotary 

On Monday evening Wendy continued her "Johnny Farnham" farewell tour and said her thanks and goodbye's to Mooloolaba as their outgoing AG.
Its always interesting visiting a different Rotary club on the Coast and probably something we should do more often. It interesting seeing how they do they things slightly differently and have different community programs and the like.
One thing that is common is that they all want to "make a difference" and contribute the "glue" to the communities they work in.
So thank you Mooloolaba for a warm welcome and an interesting night. 
Similarities - farewell tours?

Jeanne has an idea

Following on from the clubs collaboration with Maroochydore Rotary, Jeanne spoke to the club about her idea to help the community through her business (which she is now returning to after the golf!). So we'll talk about that and there should be an email in your inbox from Wendy requesting feedback.

Swimmers pass 100

The registrations are rolling on, and we expect to pass 100 registrations this week. We're holding short (ish) meetings after the general club meeting at 8.00 am to tick off the things to do as we head into the final preparation. On Friday we're were joined by Jackie MacGregor who is well connected with the ladies in surf and the swim clubs around the region. Also Les W stayed back after witnessing the unanimous vote. Les has been doing a fantastic job with promoting the swim on social media. If any member wants to stay back and join the swim discussions please feel free. Also please don't forget the multi draw and drop a few posters off at your local shops..always a good opening to ask for a raffle never know...we have some amazing business people on teh coast who are always happy to help.
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Meeting 28th May,

Full House at Friday's meeting 

We had a full house on Friday, with sponsors, past members, Passport club, and Maroochydore Rotary in attendance. It was great to have a big crowd to hear from Kerry Smith and the great work that  SalTy Souls is doing on the coast. Also interesting to note the connections between SalTy Souls Legacy/ Rotary/ IFYS/and the brilliant Siena College initiative from our very own Graeme. Welcome Les, Brian from Passport, Vikash and Steve from our sponsors LPE, Past members Bob Lane, Sue Quinn, husband Damien, and Maroochydore members Brocky, Steve, Howard, Jeanne and a big welcome to Kerry Smith from SalTy souls. 

Kerry talks to club about SalTy Souls programs

The AV jinx continued for Kerry, but this time he bravely battled on with some heart felt stories on how the kids respond to the "Stand Tall" programs delivered by the team. The club is so pleased to be able to help the SalTy Souls team create a permanent base on the Sunshine Coast, and are super excited about the possibilities of collaboration on some of the great programs that the THRIVE group do at their hub in Maroochydore. 

Vikash and Steve from LPE say hello

Vikash and Steve joined us for breakfast, representing a new sponsor to Rotary. LPE electricity provider.

Jeanne and Brocky say thanks for AGFR help, Wendy grabs the goodies and makes off

Brocky from Maroochydore Rotary and Wendy, with a "thank you" bag of wine just out of camera. Wendy looks very happy with the vino collapso. 
Jeanne came to say thanks to the club for their help at the AGFR golf. It was a great week with lots of compliments from the players and partners "best organised AGFR" ever". Jeanne is having a well earned rest after some great work in pulling all this together. For those who may not know the organisation for the AGFR started years ago with visits to Adelaide and Alice Springs where Paul Scott and Maroochydore Rotary made presentations to the Federation. Then of course COVID came, world changed and thankfully through the efforts of Jeanne's team the event which was cancelled in 2020 went ahead. 

Wallis talks to reconciliation

Friday was the start of Reconciliation week, and Wallis spoke to the club about its significance, and some of the critical dates surrounding the week, and some observations on what we as Rotarians could do to celebrate the week trough action. I understand a certain scribe is going to have something to say on this at next weeks meeting. 

The Solstice Swim is getting nearer! - Whats your raffle donation? 

After Fridays meeting some Rotarians stayed back to help plan the logistics of the day.
And of course being Rotary we got to have a raffle, so this year we're having a multi-draw and we're asking members to donate a suitable item to the value of $50 to help with the multi-draw. 
Val & Joy have put their hand up for the raffle. Shannon and Craig are looking after the oversize buoys from Mooloolaba Yacht Club. Graeme is the generalissimo for all things timing and competition and the physical tasks start Saturday afternoon with the bagging, a few volunteers including Carmel and Wendy for that. Wallis volunteered to be MC in absentia. Les and Sean are doing a great job on social media. Also a big thanks to Trudi Lane who has also volunteered. More tasks to be allocated over the next few weeks. 

From Rotary International - Topical

Sharing a powerful moment as a vaccination volunteer

Posted on 

By Vicki Brentin, a member of the Rotary Club of Houston Skyline, Houston, Texas, USA

Anticipation. Excitement. Nervousness. Uncertainty. Hopefulness. Relief. Gratitude. I had all of these not-so-surprising emotions as I passed through the various stations at the mega vaccine site in Houston to receive my COVID-19 vaccination.

At each station, the volunteers looked into my eyes with a keen sense of understanding as if I was their first interaction of the day, when in reality I was close to number 2,500. It seemed to mean so much to them; this moment we shared. And I felt overwhelmed with feelings deep in my soul and heart. 

I knew I wanted to volunteer at a vaccination center and be part of this historic moment as we help our communities return to some sense of normal. The more I shared this feeling with friends and fellow Rotarians, the more I heard similar sentiments. I reached out to our district governor, Scott Rainey, and discovered he also had a strong interest in getting members of our district to be a part of the vaccination effort.

For the past few weeks, I have been helping coordinate hundreds of volunteers in our district. Rotary clubs recruited members as well as family, friends, and community partners to join our effort. I also spend time in Denver, and reached out to Rotary members there to support the vaccination effort in that city. In either place, Houston or Denver, the experience was the same. Volunteers were so grateful to be a part of this epic effort. Most volunteered more than once.

One volunteer expressed it well:

 “Volunteering was one of my favorite events of the last year. Seeing all of the people involved in vaccinating our friends and neighbors was emotional and inspiring. “

I am grateful to have been a small part of this moment and am confident that all the Rotary members who volunteered or recruited others felt the same way. Whether I was ushering people to the right station, serving at the registration table, taking temperatures, or directing traffic, I never tired of connecting with the people coming to get their vaccines. We all shared a powerful moment that we knew to be life changing – individually and for our community.


From Rotary on the Move

  1. 2021 Rotary Virtual Convention Breakout Sessions on membership

    Have you registered for the 2021 Rotary Virtual Convention yet? Taking place 12-16 June, the convention will be filled with general and breakout sessions that can help you polish your leadership skills and get inspired with new ideas for projects, fundraising, strengthening membership, and more. A full list is available on the Rotary Convention Website, but here are a few membership-related sessions you may be interested in attending virtually or sharing with clubs in your district:

    • ·  13 June: Rotary Alumni: A Hidden Gem for Membership and Service

    • ·  13 June: Innovative Ideas to Start a New Rotary Club

    • ·  15 June: Grow Rotary through Engagement

    • ·  15 June: Mission Inclusion: Accelerating DEI in Rotary

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World Collagen Expert talks to club

Why you should always say YES to opportunities.... and the world of collagen

A chance meeting at the USC Community Fund dinner on Wednesday night led to a famous world renowned speaker Professor Tim Wess joining us on Friday. We didn't know at the time we met Tim at USC, but Tim is not only an inspirational academic, but also the world expert in Collagen.
Collagen is something only a few of us will know from our visits to a certain clinic. However, Tim has been studying this material because of its importance to human development, and particularly as a material used as a recording medium to store world history, such as Dead Sea scrolls, Domesday book, Magna Carta, Declaration of Arbroath and basically anywhere that required human history to be recorded - and sometimes in blood. 
A fascinating talk, including how to read a a scroll parchment without destroying it by unrolling it, and the use of X-rays as fingerprints into the past, as well as how a visit to a German shoe museum can lead to a the most unexpected outcomes. (really!!)
But Professor Tim's main message was one of enthusiasm for learning, and why you should always say YES to every opportunity to learn. You never know where it might lead!
Professor Tim, with some of the institutions he has led or served over the years.

Solstice Swim getting closer

Some great news during the week, the Thrive board have considered the request from SalTy Souls Legacy / Rotary to allow them to be part of the Thrive Hub on Aerodrome road. 
Steve N produced some of his usual professional drawings to describe to Thrive what we wanted to achieve and now we're looking forward to catching with Thrive and receiving formal approval for this step towards establishing a new SalTy Souls Legacy on the Coast. 

Skye's Canadian quiz

So on Friday Skye decided to test our knowledge of her Canadian Rotary Club and all things Canadian.
It was all going wonderfully until it was realised that instead of holding the quiz question sheet, one of the quiz teams had actually received the answers. 
So did you know Rotary's secondary motto? or how many Rotarians there are in Canada?
This is Skye holding the question sheet..unfortunately one of the teams has the answer sheet. Doh!
One thing that has always mystified a certain scribe about Canada...... Why isn't Canada called Canadia (?)..after all the folks there are Canadians?

Changeover Dinner Invite

Folks, its going to be a busy end of June, with Charmaine's masquerade ball, the Solstice Swim and the changeover of Committee dinner, but be sure to put this date in your calendar.

Amazing Scholars at USC

3 scholarships were awarded on Wednesday night from the Rotary / University Community Fund. 
Shannon Horsfall
Shannon is studying the effect of domestic violence on children, and particularly in the field of creative writing, and allowing children to express their stories. Shannon was truly passionate about helping kids through their trauma by storytelling. Look forward to her book on the subject. 
Tomas Banks
Thomas was already the recipient of several scholarships, and is clearly a student going places. His field of study is Marine gene management and studying why certain crustaceans gene cells do not behave genetically the way that other cells do. It could open up a new field in molecular biology. 
Tomas Lang
Tomas is studying restorative DNA in molecular biology, and and has an interest in marine seaweeds that have some amazing properties and the nasty crown of thorn starfishes. An interesting aside is the interest in a marine seaweed that doesn't produce methane when eaten by cattle. Could have significant implications for climate change if Tomas can find out why?
Joy Ungers represented the club and took the stage to present Alex Rotary's continuing contribution to these exceptional students.
A very well run evening and an excellent talk from USC Vice Chancellor Professor Helen Bartlett on the importance interaction of Regional Universities in Australia with the community. 

ROMAC - Vincents Story 

We had an update on Vincent's story from the Chair of ROMAC and how the medical volunteers are coping with COVID, below. Great news that Vincent is back in Solomon Islands and doing well. One lucky boy, helped by the fantastic team at ROMAC, and your donations. 

AGFR Golfers arrive from interstate

It's happening! The AGFR tee's off this week, and the Maroochy River Golf club is where its all happening. The folks were at the registration desk at Maroochy Waters golf club to welcome the new arrivals from interstate and are now looking forward to a week of golfing and tours on the coast. 
Note that the club meeting this week is a combined meeting with Maroochydore Rotary on Thursday evening. There will be no breakfast meeting, as most members will be helping out at teh golf or playing golf on Friday morning. 
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Members profile, Market BBQ, It's all about the golf, Salty Souls HQ, and visitors news 

Joy makes presentations Wendy before she sets off to Victoria 

Joy presenting Wendy with her Queensland passport and emergency Covid kit, just as Wendy was about to set off to Victoria for the weekend. Brave girl.

Community BBQ goes off with  bang(er) 

Yes...we do brekky burgers also..BIG thanks to Joy, Carmel, Charmaine, Masterchef Tony, and workaholic Craig for an interesting morning at Alex Beach community BBQ.
There is NO TRUTH in the rumour that a certain scribe took this photo just as he was falling over from exhaustion at the Artisans Market BBQ.
Thank you to Alex Community association for offering their slot to the was a lot of fun, and we met some interesting members of the community.

RUSCCF Dinner this Wednesday 

Don't forget that this Wednesday is the Rotary / University community fund dinner. Your club is donating $1,000 to the fund to maintain the clubs history of continued support for this important initiative in helping exceptional USC students achieve their goals. 

Steve comes up with proposal for Salty Souls HQ

After Fridays meeting Steve and a certain scribe went down to the Thrive yard where we scoped out the yard for a potential Salty Souls HQ.
True to form, Steve had all the ideas and went off and came up with some plans that are abbreviated here.
More details in next weeks newsletters, when we've had more discussions with the Thrive team.

Solstice Swim getting closer

We were honoured to have Bob Lane with us on Friday morning. As well as being a long term member and past treasurer of the club, Bob was the founder of the Solstice Swim and is a Gold sponsor of this years swim. 
Also apart from the moves to establish the SalTy souls HQ on the coast, we also became aware of some great initiatives for kids on teh's what we know from Kerry's email..
"Surfing the Spectrum is a Newcastle based charity, that provides one off surf / beach experiences for kids on the autism spectrum. The founders of STS contacted us and wanted to run a collaboration on the coast which was last weekend. The weather gods were against us, so we had 35 of the 60 kids from SEQ that were meant to attend but it was pretty amazing all the same. 
And some of the kids that did attend have already signed up for our waitlist for our next Sunshine Coast Stand Tall program for SalTy’s which will be after winter. I’ve noticed from our programs the sensory nature of the beach and water really has a soothing effect on kids with autism. We don’t mind if they end up on boogie boards at the end of our program, depending on their physical ailments. We just love seeing the physical and mental benefits of water based therapy."



Peter takes the chair

New member Peter was thrown in (volunteered?) as chair on Friday...thanks Peter.  

Its all about the Golf 

Jeaanne has been the driving force behind Maroochydore Rotary hosting of the AGFR Golf week, so we were delighted to welcome her, and mum (Heather) and dad (Rob) to our breakfast meeting on Friday.
So week after next it's all hands on deck for a week of Sunshine Coast tours and golf, some raffles, dinners and hosting our Rotarian visitors from interstate to this wonderful part of the world.  

Paul's profile

One of the things facilitators often do when people come together is to ask everyone to tell the group something about themselves that no one would know about them.
Its a bit of an icebreaker when folks come together. We have a different way, and now and again we ask members to give us a bit of a profile of themselves. It's surprising the things you hear. 
Well, it was Paul Scott's turn on Friday, and for most of us all we knew about Paul was that he joined us from Maroochydore, had a reputation for getting things done, and wasn't able to attend every Friday breakfast meeting because he was "driving the bus"
So now we know a bit more about Paul, and found some interesting connections to Craig L and a history of service and establishing small businesses and some interesting activities involving resort swimming pools  that was a bit of a surprise to some of us. Thats Paul for an interesting talk. 

Caloundra seeking RYDA volunteers

Our Rotarian mates are seeking URGENTLY, volunteers for RYDA there will be date claimers later for July and October.
Please let Pam at Caloundra Rotary know if you are interested. 


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Club meeting, Community BBQ, USC Dinner and raffle, Masquerade Ball, and all your club news

Saturday morning BBQ at Alex Beach Artisan Markets

...with extra entertainment

The club has been invied to run the community BBQ on Saturday morning at the Artisans market at Buhk Park. Tony, Carmel, Charmaine, Joy and John will be hosting and working, so please come along and say hello.
It promises to be a VERY interesting market with stalls from both Sunshine Coast Council promoting Mass Transit options and the Mass Transit association also with a stall. I understand that there will be a strong security presence. laugh So hopefully a lot of bystanders buying bacon and egg burgers!!


New month - new roster

Sunshine Coast Country Masquerade Ball - volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to help with Bar service at the upcoing Sunshine Coast Country Masquerade Ball on Saturday 26th June.
If you can spare a few hours and / or have a tow hitch to help out the volunteers raising funds for water supplies to Africa, please contact Charmaine on 0478095759

Salty Souls - are we up for the challenge?

The folks at Salty Souls Legacy have met with the team at Thrive and  se us a challenge to help them establish themselves at the hub on Aerodrome Road. 
Whats needed is 2 X 20' shipping containers to turn into a workshop for refurbishing surfboards and wetsuits, and store for Salty Souls. This will help Tamara and Kerry get their garage back and give them a central spot to collect and repair and distribute reconditioned surfboards and refurbished wetsuits ec to the kids in teh ama=zing mentoring program. 
We've had fantastic interst from sponsors and we'll be looking to attract a few hundred swimmers to we can have a fun time, and also celebrate the great work that SalTy Souls do on the coast while having some healthy fun.
Barre & Bike will be doing the warm up, Alex SLSC will be manageing the swim, and we thank Mooloolaba Yacht club for their help with the oversize cuorse markers and of course our Rotary mates from Mooloolaba for the all important start and finish arches.

Friday's meeting on a cold and wet morning 

Qute a few apologies for Fridays meeting - helped by the cold and wet morning. Our illustrious Chairman and media tart DW demonstrating how to open an umbrella for those who have forgotten?
Wendy regailed us with stories of Rotary District conferences, the memorable highlights being the interesting speakers. It was noted that many were women, and often making a big difference to their communities, starting with an idea and not much in resources. Wendy recalled one Rotary venture in Nepal that started out with a passionate visitor to that country and $200 and has now grown to several hundred disabled women now running their own business and creating meaningful lives for those who were previously kept out of sight in their communities.

Andrew & Ben update on Summit for Sarcoma

Many of you will remember a talk last year from Andrew O'Connor and how he, and his son Ben, were raising funds to help kids with bone cancer. This was particulary poignant because Ben's cousin Tom had the disease and was not expected to live very long. 

Unfortunately Tom, aged 20 died of Osteosarcoma  cancer in April 2020  
You'll recall that Ben  (Tom’s cousin ) then 13 years and Andrew planned to climb Mera Peak , the second highest mountain at 6476m in the Himalayas . They trained exceptionally hard for many months  and both climbs were postponed , the first time due to Tom’s impending death , the second time due to Covid. However  they intend to do it as soon as the borders open and the situation is safe.

Yesterday Tom’s parents , Leanne and Paul Hardyman, and Andrew and Ben O’Connor and family attended a presentation of a plaque expressing thanks from the researchers at QIMR  for receipt of in excess of $128,000 . This was to express appreciation of the generosity of many donors from all over Australia . 
Andrew and Ben with the plaque at Clive Berghofer Institute in Brisbane.

Best wishes to John  

We were very sad and concerned to hear that John White had been taken into Brisbane hospital during the week, but are pleased to hear that he seems to be on the mend. Many Rotarians from Alex and Mooloolaba and Sunshine Coast Central will know John and Lol from their sunny personality and their "can do" attitude to community work. Our thoughts and prayers are with John and Lol and family.
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Caloundra Pacific come to visit


Fridays meeting 

Caloundra Pacific members, Barbara Bailey, Diana Latham and Win Fowler, plus Cherie's brother Ken came to visit us on Friday morning. Being a breakfast club has its challenges for visitors, being so early but not as early as President Wendy advised. Also for most of us engaging our grey matter at that time in the morning can be problematic. 
Our usually ever reliable and experienced Chairman Dave did a marvellous job until this moment (captured by Tony), when he made the understandable mistake of confusing Caloundra Pacific, with Caloundra.  
This is the expression older folk have when your brain and your voice refuse to communicate with each other for the third time. 
And here is President Wendy accepting a certificate of appreciation via Bryan Mason from ROMAC on behalf of the club. Alex Rotary have been great supporters (and winners) of ROMAC and the ROMAC trivia quiz. 
Win has now been given the task of studying past photo's of the ROMAC trophy to try to determine what those naughty Rotarians at Alexandra Headland have been doing to their beloved trophy. 
and here's Barbara speaking to the club about the great work that Caloundra (Pacific) are doing in their neck of the woods. 
and despite our Chairman's faux pas('s), the visitors were still on good terms at the end of the meeting...
Caloundra Pacific meet every Thursday evening and we're all invited. 

Date Claimers 

Now that Wendy has found her glasses (ere they ever lost?) we have an updated date claimer list..
  • 30th April  (Friday)   Closing Date for Passport Club’s photo competition for school students  (details on club runner)
  • 30th April – 2nd May  (Friday – Sunday)    Noosa Daybreak Book Fest Daily 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Noosa leisure Centre, Wallace Drive, Noosaville.
  • 12th May  (Wednesday)   RUSCCF Combined meeting (Flyer attached)        Bookings Close 1st May
  • 16th – 21st May  (Sunday – Friday)   Tournament
  • Make up Dinner (Club meeting)  20thMay (Thursday)  
  • AGFR Bookings close 30th April
  • 27th June  (Sunday)    Solstice Swim
  • 30th June  (Wednesday)  Changeover night    Partner’s Night

Board Meeting 

Alex Rotary board meeting is on Tuesday between 5 - 7 pm and all members are invited to join by ZOOM. We'll be discussing the wash up from the Gala Dinner, progress on the 100th Anniversary monument, Helping out Maroochy with the AGFR Golf tournament, Youth programs and support for leaders at RYLA and NYSF invitations to schools, preparations for our Solstice Swim, Rotary / USC Community Fund and general Rotary club business. 

Casey's Yard

There will be a second working bee in a few weeks time to help refurbish the front yard. Stay tuned. Date TBA. 

Solstice Swim Promotion

A big thank you to the supporters thus far, Bob Lane, Scott Brimelow, Stuart and Brad from BFX, Anthony Miller, Mooloolaba Rotary, Mooloolaba Yacht Club and everyone who's helping out with our Solstice Swim to raise funds for SalTy Souls.
Registrations are now open, and the team are looking for gifts to raffle, volunteers to help, and more of those all important sponsors. Especially for trophies and swim bags.
Plans are underway to give SalTy Souls a firmer base on the coast, and so we'd like to raise enough funds to buy a shipping container or two to place in the THRIVE complex (thanks Mal and Noel) and give Kerry and Tamara back their garage and home and create a small precinct for SalTy Souls to do they incredible work from.

AGFR Golf Competition will soon be here !

We're all looking forward to the Australian Golf week with Rotarians visiting the Sunshine Coast in May. Check it out here. Alex will be helping Jeanne and Maroochydore make this week a big success..
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Media Focus

Wendy and Dave at Cricks

Thank you to Caitlin and the team at Sunshine Coast News for the club coverage in your news platform. It is much appreciated.
It was also great to involve Deano's team at Cricks and as well as plugging Rotary's 100th Anniversary, Wendy and Dave managed to get in some plugs for the Solstice Swim and The Surf Show and Shine. Good work. 
During the week we also received the logo for the anniversary, which you may have seen around the joint. 
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Jason - the Quiet Achiever

Its a small world after all

If you look at the photo of the Saturday team who helped out at Casey's yard, you won't see him, because he's in the background, not taking centre stage as is his way. Jason was when project managing and working hard on Casey's garden transformation for the past 3 weeks and he'll be there again when the front garden gets done. 
Jason Kay is an unassuming quiet achiever, who helps out annually, volunteering his time, equipment, materials on garden makeovers for those in need. 
Mark Skinner acknowledged that Jason from Ilandscapes made it all happen, so when a certain scribe thanked him for all his efforts, he was intrigued to find out that not only had he he had been doing this amazing life changing work for folks in the community for years, but in his younger days he was a surf mate of Ty Kennedy (SalTy Souls Legacy) and they hung out together (There was some mention of under their under age "sherbet drinking" and a suggestion of some "hi jinks"  - but I'm not sure what all that was about, and anyway statute of limitations and all that).
Its a small world, and great to meet a community minded sunny coast volunteer who is using his skills, and business, to "make a difference" to lives of others. 
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Swim News, BFX sponsors

Solstice Swim News

Our mates Stuart and Brad from BFX are the most recent sponsors to join Bob Lane and Scotty Brimelow as sponsors for the upcoming Solstice Swim.  
A little side story that happened at the Saturday morning garden makeover. When Jason Kay from Ilandscape in Caloundra found out about the Solstice Swim and SalTy souls he put his hand up to help out with a voucher to go into our raffle pool. 
The Solstice Swim is on instagram (who-hoo)
Rotoract have put their hand up to see if they can help out on the day. (BIG NEWS: Many of you will know Sabine G from her community work and her Rotoract volunteer activities with ourselves and Mooloolaba Rotary...well she is to become a mum in September.....who-hoo.)
Also a discussion at Casey's Yard between Michelle and Sami Muirhead from mix FM has also led to an offer of interview. So stay tuned to MixFM for a couple of voices from the club and SalTy Souls Legacy that you might recognise. 
Also the flyer is out there in social media land and registrations are now open. So start sounding out those sponsors and potential raffle donators for a worthy cause. 
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This Fridays meeting

This Friday 23rd meeting 

No guest speaker at this Friday's breakfast meeting, but we look forward to welcoming guests from Caloundra Pacific Rotary with the best beach front views in Queensland and a hearty kiosk breakfast. 
A reminder that the Australian National SLS championships are on this week, which are akin the Commonwealth Games, so parking is at a premium from dawn to dusk.
Motorists please go straight to the nearby Mari Street Car park (opposite the club, turn inland at traffic lights) and after parking in yard, walk one block back to beachfront where you'll see the Alex Rotary sign next to the kiosk line up. 6.45 for 7 am start.
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Casey's Garden Makeover

Making memories for Casey, Mel, and Clinton

On Saturday morning we were delighted to have been invited to participate in Casey's garden makeover. (actually complete transformation thanks to Jason from Ilandscapes). Some photo's below, and some great volunteers turned up on the day, including some who had been at Casey's for the last 2 - 3 weeks making a new concreted shaded area, as well as new gardens, fairy lights and building a trampoline. Cubby house was also spotted. 
So well done Mark and Bev from The Board Meeting surf charity and all the contractors and folks from the community, including of course Todd and Sami from mix FM who provided the laughs and the BBQ. 
A special "hats off" also to our mates at Mooloolaba Rotary who provided Casey with an Ipad and learning software that will help the young fella with his communication as grows older. 
Its always heartwarming to see the great volunteers we have on the Coast and there was around 40 volunteers there on Saturday morning to show support where became a bit overwhelming for the family. Casey seemed to enjoy the activity and has now an amazing shaded area, and a cool back bedroom, and a HUGE backdoor where he can play and make lots of memories. 
Casey seems to be wondering and asking Mel what all the fuss is about..
This is what garden looked like at 7 am...all achieved in previous weeks by Jason and the volunteer contractors 
...and a few hours later...
The fantastic Saturday morning team 
The Rotarian team with Bev and Mark Skinner
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Wishlist come to Breakfast 

Meeting Speaker t

Jeff McColl - the Development & Operations manager for Wishlist was our guest speaker last Friday, which was very appropriate as we know Wishlist are an amazing organisation on the coast that has grown to be hugely important in the community with some fantastic projects for the benefit of the Sunshine Coast.
But did you know that Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe was also a Rotary Youth Exchange Student (?). So our mayor and local MP Fiona, also exchange students are in good company. 
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AGFR Golf is getting CLOSE !!

Australian Rotary Golf Competition is coming SOON!

This is your last chance to order t-shirts as the order will be placed tomorrow (Monday 19/4/2021) evening, so if you want one, please register for the functions and order your t-shirt via the link below.  If you are just booking in for functions you have until 5pm Friday 30th April 2021
Cancellation Policy
In the unfortunate circumstance the 43rd AGFR is cancelled by the AGFR and/or Rotary Club of Maroochydore, all monies paid will be fully refundable minus the AGFR membership fee and cost of the t-shirt if paid.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Jeanne on 0402 126 157
43rd AGFR 2021 is hosted by 
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THRIVE - what's happening 

New Wall on Aerodrome Road

The Sunshine Coast has some great volunteer groups, and local philanthropist, Mal Pratt has set up the THRIVE group on Aerodrome road to help the community groups who are working to help kids get back on teh right path. 
Noel Boxer is the leader and organiser of the complex, and we met with Noel and his team and Tamara and Kerry from SalTy Souls on Friday to see if we could help establish a base for SalTy Souls and give Kerry and Tamara back their garage and a central base. Stay tuned for more info. 
Meanwhile apart from helping kids with car mechanics, music groups and surf schools, the THRIVE Team have put up these fantastic murals on Aerodrome Road. 
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New District Governor 

New Rotary District Governor 

We have a new governor, please see note below from Darryl Issepi. 

Club Presidents and Secretaries,
Rotary International District 9600 and 9630
On Saturday 10th April 2021, the District Nominating Committee for District Governor interviewed eligible Candidates for the position of District Governor for Rotary year 2023-24 for District 9620..
On behalf of DGs Patrice Robinson and Neil Black and the Committee, I advise that the decision reached at that meeting is that Paul Roger of the Rotary Club of Greater Springfield has been selected as our Governor for the Rotary year 2023-24, and as per RI By-law 12.030.5 in the 2016 Manual of Procedure, I hereby advise all clubs in our District of the selected candidate.
By-law 12.030.7 provides for ‘Challenging Candidates’  who must have been duly suggested by a Rotary Club to the Nominating Committee.
Also in accordance with By-law 12.030.7, I advise that any challenge must be received by me no later than Tuesday 27th April 2021, and must comply with the procedural requirements specified in the relevant RI By-laws.
Kind regards in Rotary Service,
Darryl Iseppi
Committee Chair
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Another Toad bites the dust

Sean receives the silver toad award (again)

Dave W presented Sean with a repaired "Silver Toad" environmental award, after a mishap with the previous trophy. We're not entirely sure if this is the same toad as before, (don't all toads look the same?) but we suspect our mate Dave is gradually cleaning up Mountain Creek by bathing toads in molten silver. Just saying. 
However Sean seems pleased to have been recognised for his services. BTW, dont know whether it was all the excitement of receiving this award, but shortly after this picture was taken Sean has ended up in hospital after a fall, and thankfully is now recooperating. Get well soon Sean.
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Gala Raffle details

Saturday night Gala Dinner 

Maroochy RSL is teh place to be on Saturday night, for the Rotary 100th Anniversary gala dinner. Bookings have now closed, and if there are any last minute arrangements, please let Val or Wendy know.
So we'll be welcomed by the mayor, and enjoy a nice meal, some dancing, raffles and a few surprises no doubt. 
See you there. 
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Casey's garden makeover dateclaimer 

Got a few hours to change a young fella's garden?

Our mate Mark Skinner has let us know that the date for Casey's garden makeover is now Saturday 17th April. If you can spend a few hours before getting spruced up for the Gala Dinner, let club secretary know.
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Masks come to the breakfast meetings

Chairman Dave shows how its done

We've been really lucky on the coast in avoiding much of the pandemic and its awful effects.
But that has a downside and has created an unforeseen problem for some of us who have forgotten how to apply a face mask. Fortunately Dave was chairman on Friday and showed us how it was done. 
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NBN Speaker  - Tristan

Tristan talks IT Infrastructure - club talks toilets

An interesting talk from the NBN Community ambassador on Friday. Who would have thought that toilets would be the major item of discussion on the "Internet of things?" 
In 5 years you will be able to have 30 devices connected to the internet to do and tell you everything you need to know. Surprisingly (maybe not) this led to a very informative (if gross) discussion about Japanese toilets and diagnostics that are better left unsaid.
But full marks to Tristan and Wallis for organising a talk that shows you are never to old to learn. This from a certain scribe who can recall when you had to go to the box at the end of the street to use the phone, and an apples and blackberries were something else entirely.  
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Alex WorkLife Program reaches Tasmania!

Renee puts in a plug for WorkLife for kids

Recently a certain scribe received this lovely text from an amazing woman in Tasmania who works with the youth in Hobart, mostly females who are struggling with accommodation and getting and keeping work. So our amazing Renee suggested that the WorkLife program may be something that they could use, and engage a local Rotary club to help. 
We have clubs in NSW and Victoria who have taken up the program as part of their vocational planning, as well as interest after the RDU article from as far away as Alaska! 
Here's Louise's text..
"Hi, I have recently been chatting with Renee from IYFS on the sunshine coast and she has talked about this amazing program. I am just wondering if there is any capacity to run this in our two youth shelters in Hobart? Its such a fantastic initiative! You can contact me on XXXXXXXX. Kind regards, Louise"
So your club secretary has followed up and been in touch with the District Governor in Hobart and we'll see what develops...and just a reminder that the links to the WorkLife resources are available HERE.
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Rainbow House ladies come to visit

Rainbow House ladies come to say thanks

We were honoured to have Alison and Maron from Rainbow house join us for breakfast on Friday. It was also great to hear some more stories about where the donations go, and a very moving presentation and school song from the kids in Zambia. The photos of the Chianda kids wearing Mathew Flinders and Anglican college shirts was a great reminder of the fantastic work the volunteers here in Australia do to keep the school running. 
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Alex Rotary - growth in membership recognition prize

Alex Rotary - Club growth recognised at District Convention 

President Wendy with the District trophy awarded to Alex Rotary for teh greatest increased membership.
Not a bad effort for a small club with competition for the trophy from Brisbane to Pacific islands!!
(See Errol for an explanation of the trophy design.)
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Peter and Shannon welcomed to the club 

New club members -  Peter and friend of Rotary - Shannon 

Peter was inducted into the Alex Rotary club on Friday - actually Peter has had more years with Rotary than Alex Rotary has been in existence. A strong supporter of community work, Peter's also very passionate and active with Salvation Army so we'll be looking for something we can do to show support for that amazing group too. Welcome also to Jayne. 
Michelle gave us an update on her career with kids in Canada and in China as a camp director, what a journey for a lass from Millmerran. Can somebody find a way to bottle that enthusiasm? Also the Sunny Coast kids will be getting the benefit of Michelle's organisation and management experience as she takes the helm with Rotary kids programs. 
Her mate Shannon was inducted as a friend of Rotary so I guess that makes official all the support he has been giving to the club projects. 
Welcome Peter and Shannon. 
..and below Wendy put on her jewellery to make it all above board..
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BBQ Tentative Dateclaimer 

Alex Rotary / Community BBQ

If you have been living under a rock, then you are probably not aware that Alex is going to be invaded by thousands of lifesavers and their families (covid permitting) from 16th - 24th April when the Australian National Surf lifesaving championships are being held. Its a bit like the commonwealth games, with 314 clubs competing in 480 events and thousands of spectators. 
For anyone who is not heading to the hills, then please keep a few hours free on the Saturday 10th April for a potential Rotary BBQ to feed the starving hordes. 
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Casey's garden makeover - any volunteers?

Got a few hours to change a young fella's garden?

Our mate Mark Skinner has let us know that the date for Casey's garden makeover is now Saturday 17th April. If you can spend a few hours before getting spruced up for the Gala Dinner, let club secretary know.
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Dolly Parton - who knew?

Dolly Parton - Humanitarian 

On Friday Joy's Rotary minute mentioned the "Imagination" project funded by Covid philanthropist Dolly Parton. Who knew that this country and western  singer is also a great sponsor of Childrens education around the world and here in Queensland. As joy reminded us, teaching and encouraging a child to continue reading is one of the greatest things that can be done to improve their life. "Two things will change your life "People you meet, and book you read""

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Australia

A Free Book Gifting Program 

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Australia is a free book gifting program devoted to inspiring a love of reading in the hearts of children everywhere. Each month, enrolled children receive a high-quality, age-appropriate book in the mail, free of charge. Children receive books from birth to age five.

In 2013, a joint effort between Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the United Way began. The partnership helped bring the program to Australia in 2014 making it the fourth nation and third continent to launch the Imagination Library.

Towns such as Doomadgee in remote portions of Queensland are seeing “marked improvements” in school readiness among children who have received Imagination Library books. In addition to Queensland, program coverage extends to communities in New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

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ROMAC says thanks

ROMAC raises over $13,000 for medical aid

ROMAC wishes to thank you for the support and help you gave to our successful Sunshine Coast ROMAC Trivia Challenge held at Unity College on March 4,2021.
We are pleased to announce the night raised $13,536.00 and this will help ROMAC continue to bring children mainly from the Oceania Region to Australia and New Zealand for life saving and /or Dignity Restoring Surgery that they cannot access in their own countries.
ROMAC is a wonderful Rotary Humanitarian program that gives these “Forgotten Children” of the world a chance in life and we should be justly proud in supporting such a program.
Yours in Rotary Service
Bryan Mason OAM
ROMAC Northern Region
Committee Member.
ROMAC c/o Bryan Mason, 16/34 Queen Street Kings Beach Caloundra Qld 4551. Mob: 0438 705 196.
Mission: To provide medical treatment for children from developing countries in the form of lifesaving and /or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their home country.
Objectives: To provide hope where there is no hope > To restore dignity to human life > To transform a child’s life > To provide the best medical .and surgical expertise
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The Zambian Connection 

First Programs of Scale grant awarded to malaria project

Alex Rotary has a connection to Zambia via the Chianda school which Dave W made us aware of and which we donated to earlier in the year. So our interest ws piqued when Rotary Foundation stepped in with a huge Malaria Program of Scale in that all about it here 
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Casey's Garden makeover date claimer

Casey's Garden - Can you help for a few hours?

The revised date for Casey's makeover is now Saturday April 17th 
Here's a reminder of what its all about - hope you can make it. 
Our mate Mark Skinner has been busy organising the project for a 5 year old Casey Harms and her grandparents. Mark got in touch with the club with this progress report, and a shout out to Alex Rotary to help out with the garden. This will be our 4th (?) garden blitz to make a difference and delighted to help Mark and the team he has organised. Here's a bit from his emails...
Casey is a beautiful little 5-year-old who has RTD [Riboflaven Transporter Deficiency Type 2]. For Casey, his condition includes paralysis of the cranial nerves and sensorineural deafness, the later being addressed with a cochlear implant in the hope that by hearing, he will eventually learn to talk. He also has severe damage to other nerves, particularly his limbs which are heavily distorted. Amazingly he moves around by shuffling his backside. There is hope that one day he may walk but that will be a fair way down the track. He also lacks the ability to regulate his body temperature.
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Saara and Kaisa come to visit

NYSF sponsored student comes to visit

Last November Saara joined teh club breakfast meeting and briefed the club on her NYSF experiences - through ZOOM. 
Alex Rotary has a tradition of sponsoring International Baccalaureate students from Mountain Creek on Rotary leadership experiences, so it was nice to see our latest sponsored student, Saara, with her mum Kaisa on Friday morning.  Although missing that personal touch, it was great to hear from Saara that networks and friendships have developed over the ZOOM platform. Also great to hear that Saara and her mates had been showcasing STEM to the local primary schools and inspiring the next generation. It is such a joy to hear from the leaders of the younger generation, such as Saara, and the club is pleased to have played a small part in Saara's future. 
The club knows from the feedback from previous NYSF students that the experience of mixing with Australian leaders in STEM and their peers has a profound influence on the next generation of leaders in Science...and we're sure it will be no exception for Saara.  
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Sean,Women in Rotary and victim blaming 

This is how Victim blaming works...and its all of us.. (controversial?)

Friday mornings sergeant session turned very thoughtful on Friday when our Sergeant and resident IT Guru (Sean) reflected on the observation that it took nearly 40 years before women were admitted to Rotary. Sean noted that some of the folk he had met in Africa would say that was the women's fault. Phew!
But is it so unusual nowadays? I'd hope that most folk would perhaps reflect on that and say well, it took some time but at last the culture has changed for the better and eventually the men of Rotary did the right thing. 
So whose fault was it that it took 40 years from the first proposal to admit women? How about the argument that its the "women's fault"...they should have done more and obviously "didn't do enough". 
As Sean knows from his personal experience (and many of us have observed in our own lives) this victim blaming technique of those in power and practised on those being wronged by the system is getting all too common in many aspects of our lives, and unfortunately its happening here in Australia too....... once the land of the "fair go"
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Spot the difference?

ROMAC Quiz Night 
Well done Caloundra on winning the ROMAC trophy. The pic below has a a few differences, not least the addition of 2 Alex Rotary victory medals on th right hand side column ......and something else..Can you spot it?
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Howsthis for a monument?

Rotary Monument being considered by Sunshine Coast Council 

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

Bruce Angus Talks to Club 

On Friday we met "the most enthusiastic and dedicated Rotarian I have ever met" said Steve, and who could dispute this after hearing teh amazing story, and work that Brice had put into saving young drivers lives by starting up the U-Turn the wheel program that has been taken up around the world and contributed to a significant decline in the deaths of young drivers. 
Bruce took us through the history of the project, how the various schools, health, police, government levels and car manufacturers got behind this amazing project to educate and change behaviours of young drivers. Almost 1,00,0000 young drivers have been resources were taken up by Rotary Young Drivers Australia and how those resources impacted on the death rate of 18 - 24 year olds.  
Sadly, many kids are still adopting risky behaviours behind the wheel, but we are fortunate on the Sunny Coast to have a local Caloundra Club who are great supporters of RYDA with help from other SunnyCoast Rotary Clubs. 
Thank you Brice for sharing your story with us, and we are in awe of the work and passion that you put into this project to drive it to what it is today over +20 years later. 
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ROMAC runners up.... Doh!

"You asked the wrong questions Bryan!" 

The good news. ROMAC raised over $13,000 on Thursday night from the trivia quiz, with great help from Caloundra Rotary. These funds all go to help reconstruct the disfigured children and mums on the pacific region. A great cause supported by Rotarian medical and health and logistics volunteers. Well done Bryan Mason, who does an enormous amount of work to make this event happen every year. A great effort and a great cause. 
The not so good news. Alex Rotary were 3 points short of victory following a spirited performance by the Quiz team, ably managed by team secretary Kim, and Karen, Wendy, Marilyn, Tony, Steve and John. 
Who would have thought that there was over 4,000 varieties of potato?
If you look really, really closely at the above pic of the ROMAC trivia quiz audience, you may spot Alex Rotary Past President Sue Quinn, who rumour has it has settled down on the coast after a career supporting our pollies. 
A certain scribe did not go home empty handed. Initially thought he'd won a hair dryer (not entirely useful to the follically challenged) but it turned out to be a laser gun...much more useful (?) 
Finally our mates at ROMAC have got a great deal from their supporters at Tyrrells wines. Check this link out and do yourself a favour.
...and a funny question...
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Casey's Garden  - postponed

Casey's Garden - Date Claimer 13th March - Postponed 

Latest advice from Mark:
It looks like we may have to delay the working bee for Casey’s yard a couple of weeks as approvals and construction of the pergola is going to take longer than expected. It really makes sense to get the pergola and concrete done first then start on the yard.
We might still try to demolish the old pergola next week. Rob Wilson and his son have offered to do this and I have arranged for skip bin to be onsite to take all that away.
As soon as I have a new date I will come back to you.
Our mate Mark Skinner has been busy organising the project for a 5 year old Casey Harms and her grandparents. Mark got in touch with the club with this progress report, and a shout out to Alex Rotary to help out with the garden. This will be our 4th (?) garden blitz to make a difference and delighted to help Mark and the team he has organised. Here's a bit from his emails...
Casey is a beautiful little 5-year-old who has RTD [Riboflaven Transporter Deficiency Type 2]. For Casey, his condition includes paralysis of the cranial nerves and sensorineural deafness, the later being addressed with a cochlear implant in the hope that by hearing, he will eventually learn to talk. He also has severe damage to other nerves, particularly his limbs which are heavily distorted. Amazingly he moves around by shuffling his backside. There is hope that one day he may walk but that will be a fair way down the track. He also lacks the ability to regulate his body temperature.
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White buttocks, Cholera, Ebola 

Pandemic Warrior talks to full house at the club 

Dr John Parker was our guest speaker at the Fridays breakfast meeting, and he didn't disappoint. For a humanitarian doctor who has spent his career fighting pandemics in Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria with Red Cross and MSF.
For a self confessed adrenaline junkie he appears to be remarkably normal. But looks are deceiving. 
John spoke most entertainingly and movingly about the horrors and comedy of being a doctor on the front line dealing with deadly diseases at very close quarters. But his message was not disease but trauma. 
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD has been the scourge of John's life. He battled with the things he saw overseas, and that led to a troubled life. John was remarkably frank about how his career and desire to fight pandemics had impacted on himself and his relationships. John has put his recollections in is book " From Choler to Ebola".
As Tim Costello (CEO of World Vision) says "My experiences pale compared to John's .....and he has put it all in his book which is not for the faint-hearted." 
An amazing man with an amazing story. 
Big thanks to Mike for bringing Dr. John Parker to the meeting. Everyone enjoyed listening to this most inspiring humanitarian doctor, now living in Buderim. 
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Clean Up Australia 2021

The Community tradition continues....

On Sunday Craig and Wendy were our leaders for the "Clean up Australia Day". Alex has hosted this event for over 15 years and sharp eyed member noticed that Sunshien Coast Council using the Alex Club photo of several years ago to promote the event on their website. 
Also a certain scribe made several radio podcasts on the event, which we hope encouraged local communities elsewhere to take some pride in their neighbourhood an spend a couple of hours having a bit of a spring clean. 
Those of us who have lived in other parts perhaps appreciate what we have hear on the coast, and unfortunately its part of human nature to sometimes take for granted the beautiful coastline. So not a bad idea to take stock now and again and keep the standards up. 
So while the numbers were down on previous years, well done to those who turned up to "do their bit". 
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Busy March ahead

We've a busy month ahead with ROMAC quiz this Friday, Dr John Parker this Friday, then Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, and the following weekend, helping out at Casey's garden blitz with our mates from The Board meeting Surf Charity, and Mooloolaba Rotary. Then its all points to Kingaroy for the district conference on 26th - 28th March.
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Donald Trump or Paul Harris?

Who knew?

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

AGFR - Alex Rotary Club steps up to help

With the AGFR fast approaching Jeanne Motteram from Maroochy Rotary spoke to the club on Friday.
The club will be on hand to help Maroochy and already a group of members have put their hand up to help out with the raffle. 
We'll be staying in touch with Maroochy as we get towards May and keeping an eye open for other ways to help. Here's a thank you note we received from Jeanne.
Thank you very much for the opportunity to speak to your club at Friday's meeting abou the AGFR and how you can help us.
It is great to have a few of you, Wendy, Sandy, Craig and Joy, on board to help with the raffle, organising the volunteers and Tony for being the tournament photographer.
I thought I would send you the most recent newsletter.
For more information on the AGFR, head to and for details about the 43rd AGFR head to the same website and click on 'Tournament 2021' (it will take you to your clubs website).
Happy reading.
Jeanne Motteram, Tournament Director
43rd AGFR 2021 hosted by 
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Blown away by Harrison and Austin

Amazing Blokes Prosper lads battling Youth Suicide - Remember the names 

Fridays speakers were two of the most remarkable lads you will find anywhere in Australia. Harrison and Austin have both been touched by Youth Suicide and although they have been fighting the stigma of mental health and its outcomes, suicode being worst, this was the first time that they have given a prepared talk to the community 
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Sergeant Joy excels herself

Sergeant Joy excels

Just when you thought the sergeants session could not get more entertaining...Joy's finale on Friday added a new dimension to the clubs meetings. 
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Gala Dinner & Monument News


100th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Monument News

A Gala Dinner night is planned for Saturday 17th April at the Maroochy RSL. It will be a night of fellowship, fun and dancing and a chance to celebrate Rotary’s fantastic achievements over the past 100 years.

Bookings are now open and tickets can be purchased by clicking on the trybooking link on the Invitation attached. We advise you to book early, because seating is restricted due to Covid. Why not get a group together and join with old friends to celebrate this wonderful milestone? You can reserve a table as part of the booking process.

We are also planning to erect a monument, in order to recognise Rotary’s achievements, particularly on the Sunshine Coast.

We want this monument to ‘belong’ to all Rotarians past, present and future on the Sunshine Coast. The monument will be 2.69 metres high and have a diameter of 1.8 metres, the tendrils will ‘float’ from the 24 teeth on the Rotary Wheel and each one will bear the name of a Rotary Club on the SC. The design is meant to suggest that all clubs come from different areas but come together for the Centenary and then each go their own way to continue the good work of Rotary. Around the bottom will be 2 stainless steel panels, one about Rotary Clubs on the SC and the other, the story Sir Clem Renouf and his legacy. 

Wendy Gilson,


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AGFR - Rotary National Golf Competition 

AGFR (Australian Golf Federation of Rotarians) 2021 - Talk on Friday 

Jeanne Motteram has being doing a fantastic job in getting this Rotary National Golf competition to this stage, and we're now getting down to the details of how we can help Jeanne and her team make this golfing week a success for the Sunshine Coast. 
So Covid notwithstanding the AGFR will definitely be going ahead and there are things we can be doing now to help Jeanne and the AGFR team. 
Jeanne will be talking to the club on Friday, and has flagged with us the areas where we can help. So there are things to do in regards to spreading the word, gathering local sponsors, prizes, and local golfers to participate. 
Then there are the details around tournament and golf days itself, and the arms and legs needed to make sure the golf goes smoothly and everyone enjoys the fellowship and activities in the clubhouse. 
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Community Survey 

Take the General Community Survey and win $200 

This is a community health issue that some members may like to participate in..
The Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast Public Health Network PHN are undertaking a survey to help inform the development of health services for our communities.  Our Community Health Survey is available online 
The survey will help the PHN to understand what’s most important to our community and the health needs our community are facing. 
We hope to reach as many people as possible so a range of voices from all ages and walks of life are included. The more people who can tell us their opinions, the more we can plan for better health outcomes in our communities. You can assist us by promoting and sharing this survey among your community and networks. 
Survey closes 28 February 2021. 
How can you help? 
  • Take the survey online to have your say (as you are a community member yourself) 
  • Share the survey link and poster via email to your friends, family, clients, staff 
  • Sharing the survey link and social media tile (attached) on your social media 
All survey participants will go into the draw for one of four $200 grocery vouchers. Visit:  
Your support in building healthy, resilient, connected communities across our region is very much appreciated. 
Kind regards, 
Wallis Westbrook
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Fisher Awards

Is someone you know making a difference?

Our local federal MP Andrew Wallace, is looking for a community minded hero to be recognised in the "Fisher Community Awards"
If you know of a deserving individual, why not drop Andrew a suggestion on this link below?
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ROMAC quiz night will soon be here...

ROMAC quiz night - 4th March

We have one short for the Alex Rotary quiz team, if anyone enjoys a trivia quiz competition while supporting a great cause. Let Tony know if you can make it. Just saying that in the past few years the club has an impressive record in this prestigious quiz of being of runner up, 2 times winners, and generally being a bit of pest to the other Rotary Clubs in the district..let's hope we can maintain this in 2021.laugh
Meanwhile here's where your entry fee is going...oh, and did I say that there is a bar with some nice Australian wines going cheap.?

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 = 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's treatment was possible due to a memorandum of understanding between ROMAC and the ACT government.
Vincent Toto and his mother, Cosinta Matesonia are now back in Honiara this weekend.
"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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Support Vinnies not GPS trackers

Vinnies helping homeless Youth 

Dean was our guest speaker on Friday and gave an inspiring talk to the club on some of the amazing work that Vinnie's do in our community. Homeless Youth is a terrible blight on our community and its great to see folk like Dean making a real difference to young folk who through now fault of their own find themselves on the street.
You can't help but think that a bit more attention to helping the youth, would avoid some of the youth crime that we see in Townsville and around our community. politicians please don't solve youth problems by locking kids up or putting a tracker on them! Better use of resources would be to support organisations like Vinnies and people like Dean. Just saying. 
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Gala Dinner Arrangements

Bookings starting to be taken for anniversary dinner

If you are a Rotary Club active member now is the time to book your spot for the 100th Anniversary dinner. You should have received an invite from our industrious Anniversary Team and be able to click on the tri-booking link from your emailed invitation.  
There is a table layout on our website ( and you can make bookings NOW before it is opened up to past Rotarians. 
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Plans all in place for COVID vaccine delivery

COVID Plans on the Sunshine Coast laid out for the club 

A big thank you to our guest speaker Robb Major, and of course our very own Wallis W for twisting Robb's Arnm to give up some of his valuable time to come to the club and tell us all about the planning and execution of the COVID roll out. 
I must say that although I keep hearing about the hard work that is going on among the health professionals, what Robb took us through on Friday morning was truly mind blowing. 
Robb is charged with getting the public health network in Sunshine Coast right in regards to the roll out. So we heard what has been going on at National, State and Sunshine Coast level. The logistics involved in making sure that everyone in Australia has the opportunity to be vaccinated, and to do it guided by the risk profile of the community, from First Nations people, old folks, disabled folks, folks who don't live anywhere near health centres, and recognising that the initial Pfizer vaccine can only be moved at -70 degrees, and only moved 4 times from the production centre, makes for interesting planning. 
Robb's talk made me appreciate how talented and hard working our health professional are, and on a selfish note, made us all a lot clearer on what the immediate pandemic / vaccination future looks like for folk on the Sunny Coast.
Thank you Robb and Wallis.
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Rotary Health Booklet available on line

Rotary Health 

Rotary has over 1,200,000 members so its hardly surprising that its difficult to keep up with what Rotary does for our communities.
So here's a summary (!!) of what Rotary Health has been up to in Australia. Some fantastic projects in here, with some amazing community health leaders...see the facts issue below..
The Australian Rotary Health 2021 Facts Booklet lists all PhD Scholarship, Mental Health Research Grant, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Rural Nursing, Rural Medical, and Indigenous Health Scholarship recipients supported by Australian Rotary Health.This publication also provides information on the work that we do, as well as campaigns and events.

The 2021 Facts Booklet is now available to read online on Issuu.
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USC / Rotary Meeting

RUSCCF Meeting Dateclaimer 

The Rotary and University of the Sunshine Coast Community Fund (RUSCCF) is a great initiative of the two organisations to provide support to USC students and to celebrate their achievements. 
Its mission is to advance  tertiary education opportunities through a partnership between the combined Rotary Clubs of the Sunshine Coast & the University of the Sunshine Coast, and they are having a meeting this week. If you wish to attend please let Wendy Gilson know. (0437747462)
Presidents, Secretaries and Committee Members,
A reminder that the next Committee meeting will be held on Friday 19th February at 5.45 at the USC.
Please see directions etc below:
We have booked room C G.50 for our meeting which can easily accommodate the group. The room is located on the ground floor of Building C, the Chancellery, which is adjacent to Building B where we usually meet.  Attendees should plan to park in the usual parking lot, P2, and make their way to Building C, which is to the South of building B. 
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Michelle's Canadian cliffhanger

Michelle smiles through cliff hanger with Rotary International President

Guess who's smiling through this terrifying ordeal?  None other than our Youth Group supremo Michelle. 
Following on from Michelle's Rotary minute (wow!) she cleaned up with the raffle and two-up scratches
(has anybody ever won money from these - ed.?)
Anyway later in the day our mates Tamara and Kerry graciously offered the club 2 free tickets (value $260) to their Superbowl extravaganza, complementary drinks, fun morning and as luck would have it Michelle was first in, so hope your team won.
While we are on "all things Michelle", its great to see Michelle starting the organising of the Rotary Youth Interact /Earlyact programs and we wish her every success.
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Wendy and Steve doing the rounds - Nambour

Wendy and Steve doing the rounds

Wendy and Steve visited Nambour during the week, continuing to spread the word about the 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner and the proposed Monument. The team are doing a great job in binging together the 24 clubs and getting feedback and gauging their interest.
They received a very positive response, as they have done wherever they've gone, and also positive messages are coming in from higher levels within Rotary.
The first release of Gala dinner tickets will be available soon to club members so stay tuned, as these will go QUICK for what promises to be a great occasion celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Australia. 
Details coming soon !!! 
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Sergeant Joy takes command

Sergeant Joy does the business 

What a revelation! Just as we were recovering from sergeant Craig picking our pockets, up steps sergeant Joy with one of the most entertaining (and expensive) sergeants session the club has witnessed. 
From memory tests, Christmas crackers, and obscure questions, arbitrary fines (really?),  and lots of activity Joy took command of the floor, and no one was spared. (Actually Paul S was as he was holding the bowl.) Poor Carmel was the target of "fictitious" birthdays and recounting salad recipes. (don't ask).
I recommend everyone brings more coins to our next its going to be a long expensive month...... smileysmiley
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Craigs story

Craig's Story 

One of our newest members and Glaswegian, Townsvillian (is that a word?) and now Sunshine Coaster,  Craig Laidlaw, gave us an entertaining story of his background on Friday.

Craig, like many of us has been busy building up a career before retiring, and to quote "is now starting a new career in community service". Good man.

Welcome Craig, and many thanks for your involvement with the Alex Rotary projects, we've certainly appreciated your and Sandi's help with our fundraising and are very glad to have you in the club.

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Social Evening at "The Freemans" 

Social Night at Twin Waters

Tony and Marilyn were the hosts (at short notice) for Fridays evenings drinks. Here's some snaps of the soiree in their backyard. Unfortunately a certain scribe and wife couldn't make it - so is unable to provide any gossip on the evening.
Other than to observe that a certain man on the land has developed the elderly male habit of setting off by car not knowing exactly where he is going but hoping that when he gets somewhere in the vicinity of his destination his memory will kick in and tell him where he should be going.  Unfortunately this didn't work (again!). Its a male thing. smiley
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Monument discussions starting to crystallise 

Wendy visiting other clubs

Our President has been putting in the hours and the miles going around the clubs in the area to gauge their support for the 100th Anniversary if Rotary in Australia. As regular readers may know there are moves afoot to have a "Gala Dinner" and a "Monument" to commemorate this important milestone in Rotary's history. 
We're fortunate to have some talented and enthusiastic members in the club so ideas are starting to turn into plans and soon into actions, so stay tuned. 
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Joy - our newest member 

Alex Rotary Welcomes Joy Ungers

Joy was formally inducted in to the club at Fridays meeting, although she has attended all of our functions and working bee's so you could be forgiven for thinking that she was already recognised as a member. 
Joy has had an amazing history with Rotary, and I have curated it below. Welcome Joy and look fiorward to you continued involvement with outr club community projects. Y
Joy initiated some projects particularly when I was a President of St Marys Rotary Club, she is at pains to note that this could not have been done without the Sister club of Mount Druitt  and  from many Rotarians and community members.  .

Biography of Joy Unger’s Rotary Experiences 

Joy was inducted as the first female member of St Mary’s Rotary Club in the Met. West Region of Sydney under President John McGann in 2001. The Club had being going for 46 years. Joy was a member of St Mary’s Rotary Club from 2001-2008.

in 2003/3 Joy accepted a Presidential Citation in 2002-03 from the International President Bhichai Rattakul on his visit to Sydney on behalf of St Marys Rotary club.

Highlights of St Mary’s Rotary Club during Joy’s term as President and membership was fundraising events to raise the profile of Rotary Clubs throughout the Rotary district of St Marys, Penrith and Wallacia  Polio Plus and the Provision of shelter boxes for third world countries was a big part of this activity. 

Activities included Fashion Shows in conjunction with the owner of Vicary’s winery in Wallacia ,where the event was being held. Models were chosen from the wives, friends and grandchildren of Rotarians. 

Joy also initiated sponsored hire of a local Cinema for a lunch and viewing as a good money raiser for Shelter Boxes.  The money raised from the Cinema entry fee and lunch covered the cost of two Shelter Boxes, that were on display within the adjoining lunch room.

Another fundraiser was the yearly garage sale for the Don Bosco Centre for Youth in The Neigbourhood , that provided necessary funds to help the Salean Brothers keep this centre running for disadvantaged youth.

Internationally, Joy and St Marys Rotary club supported the Incoming team of GSE Taiwanese Professionals  from  Rotary International district 3470 who visited an aboriginal education centre.  Tranby College for Indigenous Students opened up their college for the GSE team. A great example of Rotary networking. 

St Marys Rotary club gave Joy a Paul Harris Fellowship before she left to take up residence in the Sunshine Coast

Joy joined Buderim rotary and helped them with logistics to the International convention in Sydney, as well as organising guest speakers before transferring to Mooloolaba Rotary where she acted as Community Service Director  and continued the tradition of gaining local Council funding for two yearly Christmas Lunches at the Sports recreational Centre for residents in Homes throughout Mooloolaba and Kawana. 

Many Rotarians who went to Orange Sky's first presentation on the coast may not know that this was organised by Joy & Mooloolaba Rotary. 

So Wendy put on the "jewellery" to formally induct Joy into the club at last meeting and here Wendy is all "dolled" up..
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Business Mentoring

Business Mentoring Program

On Friday last John Bidwell was our guest speaker on Business Mentoring. John and his team are to be congratulated on supporting Businesses through this difficult time, both with financial advice but with that all important networking and communications. Often its prompting the thinking by just providing a perspective and advice on what the business is trying to achieve and the process towards that achievement. 

Quite a few expressed interest in knowing a bit more about this, so contact details below. 

For more information, see 

John Bidwell, Coordinator, SCCA Business Mentoring Program

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Skye's History, Anniversary celebrations, Hippo Rollers, New members, Parking, Trivia Quiz and University links 

Anniversary Celebrations - Dateclaimer Saturday 17th April at Maroochy RSL - Corrected

Saturday 17th April will be the Gala Dinner date for the Sunshine Coast Clusters celebration of 100 years of Rotary. Please note this date in your calendar for what promises to be a special evening to recognise and celebrate the 100 years of Rotary in Australia and particularly the achievements of some amazing Sunshine Coast Rotarians. 

Board Meeting Tuesday

There is a Board meeting this Tuesday by the miracle of ZOOM, all members most welcome to join in. 

Australia Day Celebrations

Buderim Rotary are holding a Picnic in the park. ( 3pm - 7pm) All welcome. 

Skye's History 

Every so often when things are quiet at the club we ask one of our members to tell us a little bit about themselves, and on Friday it was Skye's turn.
What an interesting history with Rotary Skye has had. As a Rotary exchange student she was offered a Germany placement. Not one of her country preferences..oops...but read on...
Nevertheless Skye was to make life along friendships and have a year that went all too quickly with Rotarians in Germany that would truly change her life. 
Skye has followed her passion to help others with an amazing career in occupational health and continues to give back to the community in a most inspiring way. Brilliant. 
It made a certain scribe think about the other Sunshine Coast Rotary Youth Exchange Students and their impact on the community....including former Rotary Youth exchange students Mayor Mark Jamieson and our local member of Parliament, Fiona Simpson. What stories they all could tell. 
And what will our more recent exchange students that the club continues to support be talking about in 20 years time? The Youth Exchange Program is truly an amazing Rotary activity. 

Gossip Corner

They say that accidents happens in three's. If thats the case then I can only suggest that members double check their car insurance. First Dave a couple of weeks ago, then Wendy...who will be No.3?
A certain Past President of the club, known for her sunny personality, amazing works for the SC kids and her brightly coloured fashion, has taken to the bike. It maybe a New Years resolution. Pedestrians take care have been warned. smiley
Also our hard working Wallis is back from WA and has already been sounding out really interesting guest speakers from the worlds of Health, Business and community.  A Vaccine information session is being planned. 

New Members

The club continues to grow, and we will shortly be inducting a new member who has considerable history with Rotary and the community generally. 
If you know of someone who you think may be interested in making a difference to the community, or who may have a passion for an issue that will benefit the community, please invite them along to our breakfast meetings, or let any board member know and we'll take it from there. 
Also a certain Past President noted that the gender balance after being heavily weighted to the gender of the male persuasion in the past, is now on parity with the fairer sex.

University Community Fund

Not everyone is familiar (or can remember the acronym RUSCCF - Rotary and the University of the Sunshine Coast Community Fund. 
But just to recall the impact that this Rotary / USC initiative started way, way back in the "Woodrow period" has had on students, here's a short story that a certain scribe heard at his first RUSCCF combined club dinner. 
The guest speaker relayed a time when he was working at Coles supermarkets, stacking shelves on nightshift. He had a young family, and was studying at USC. He was struggling, financially and wondering whether he had done the right thing by his family by putting himself through USC. 
Then he received a bursary from Rotary through RUSCCF.
Several things happened from that point. He didn't buy books or spend money on his study. He bought food for his family. Also by receiving recognition for his academic work he kept going with his studies and is now Dr. Greg Nash of the USC and a highly regarded academic and community leader.


Its that time of year again when the Alex SLSC parking lot is being loved to capacity on Friday mornings.
No surprise there with views like this in front of the club.  So here's some advice for visitors and spatially challenged members.
and here's John  and Tony having a surf after the meeting.."Hang ten Tony"smiley
But never fear there is a LARGE car park on Mari Street which if you park and go through the far away  pedestrian gate and walk way you'll find yourself at the pedestrian crossing in front of the club. 

School Bus 

If you ever wondered how kids get to school in the Gobi desert in Mongolia (.....and who doesn't?) ..Thanks Wendy for the contribution.
I believe that Health and Safety are investigating....

Hippo Rollers

Charmaine has been a regular at our meetings, (travel restrictions permitting) and we heard on Friday about the great work that she and other Rotarians are doing with "Hippo Rollers"
Here she is with a miniature version of a life changing device and an article taken from Rotary Down Under Magazine FYI. 

Trivia Quiz

ROMAC quiz is nearing and we're in training to take back the trophy we temporarily let another Rotary Club win last year. So brush up on your trivia ( I am looking at you Dave and Graeme) 
To refresh everyone's memory, her is the trophy and Marylin Freeman.
Eagle eyed readers will notice the "difference"
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Balloons, Engineers, Jokes and Quizzes

2021 First meeting 

Great to see a good turnout on what is traditionally a slow start to the year, for our first meeting of the year on a not very nice morning at Alex Beach. Welcome to regular visitors Charmaine and Karen, and apologies received from Wallis (WA) and Graeme (trying to get to Tassie) while Sean took advantage of the school holidays to grab a brekky wrap. 
Not quite sure what is going on in Wendy's apartment block but clearly some high jinks among the "oldies" involving balloons and mysterious visitors to bathrooms. (??) and our amazing President took full advantage of the occasion to relate an Engineers joke involving a frog and the monastic habits of engineers. Unfortunately this led a certain scribe to riposte with a risqué joke involving a Current and Past US President and wife, the image of which is regrettably stuck in my brain. 
Also the sergeants session was a bit of a revelation with sergeant Craig emptying a lot of pockets. Looks like January is going to be expensive month! 

The Statue

Much of the discussion was around the 100th Anniversary celebration of Rotary in Australia and preparations for recognising the anniversary via a gala dinner and a statue. 
We are very fortunate to have in the club a member who not only is a great guy, but an amazing designer and enthusiastic Rotarian.
So Steve has put together this concept that has been accepted by the club and is being shown to District and other Rotary Clubs in the area as a suggestion for placement in a public space to acknowledge all teh great Rotary clubs in the area and their achievements.
The club has had some preliminary discussions with the Council's public art department, and will be lodging an application for a statue in a Sunshine Coast public park soon.
The statue shape and components all have significance to ALL Sunshine Coast Rotary clubs, which Steve is covering in an architectural brief.
The base is the Rotary wheel. 

Quiz time is coming up 

Alex Rotary are two time ROMAC trivia quiz champions so the editor thought he'd get those quiz neurons firing by offering a free Alex SLSC breakfast to the first person to get this simple traffic test quiz correct...
"What 2 things must a learner driver not touch before starting the car?"
"What does the RED signal mean at traffic lights?"
Answers by email or on Friday at the club meeting.


During the break we were delighted to hear from D9800 in Victoria Rotary who are develop a Vocational Services   “Project Ideas Bank” to assist Clubs to identify, assess and implement new Vocational Projects.
They wrote to the club after hearing about "The worklife program" and are putting it in their District plans.
The Program has now been "exported" to all states in Australia through "Rotary Down Under" as well as UK, and Alaska.
Its got some great stories on how Rotarians got their job, and great suggestions on what to expect and prepare for at work.

Rotary around the world

The events around the world and last week in the US remind us of how lucky we are in Australia in regards to health and peace.
Many in our community maybe aware of the work that Rotary does in regards to health, (polio, Malaria etc.) but would not be aware of the equally valuable work that Rotary does with respect to peace, and promoting healthy (not divisive) communities.
Here's a snip from Rotary International, and not forgetting the world renowned, Rotary Peace Fellowship at the University of Queensland. 
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Meetings restart next Friday  8th 

Alex Rotary Breakfast meetings restarting 8th January 

Welcome to all our readers and to 2021.  Wishing you all a happy and peaceful holiday season and a new year ahead. 
Weren't we supposed to be getting around in flying saucers by now? 
Anyway, its great to see our members have been keeping the health services and local panel beaters busy overthinking period, adding to Australia's GDP.
Thank you M&D (You know who you are) on behalf of "Scotty from marketing".
January Roster is.
Chairperson       Graeme H
Sergeant             Craig L
Rotary Minute  Errol R
Maitre'd.            John M 
Because the SLSC is getting very busy we're asking members to get orders in asap, so if you can help John to achieve target of before 6.50 that would be great. 
No doubt John will still be last to order (its a club secretary thing).
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The world  as we know it

Recognise this world?

If you ever visit Manhattan and the UN Building, there is a tour guide there who will take you through a series of slides showing the day in the life of an "average" person.  
It's guaranteed to make you stop and think, and be grateful.
(btw Rotary was instrumental in setting up the UN way back when).
A certain scribe received some slides over the Christmas period from a regular contributor, on a similar vein...
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News from Doug 

News from Doug Gregory

We've had a newsy email from Doug Gregory, who some of our readers will recall was a regular visitor from Nova Scotia to the club. Doug lived in Maroochydore when he was here getting away from the winters, and a regular visitor and golfer. 
Doug is now living on Calgary (a covid hot spot apparently) but is in good spirits, and has been skiing and taking extended road trips, and I have the full letter. Please email me, and I'll send on to you. 
Meanwhile here's a stunning pic from Dougs new apartment..
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Christmas at Alex 

Christmas at Alex - Thanks to the Alex Community Association

Well the weather certainly improved and the mums and dads and kids rolled up in numbers to celebrate a rather different "Christmas at Alex"
The afternoon had with more of a fairground appeal with rides and candy floss, and of course Santa, looking rather crowded out by the volunteers in pic below. (Good work Johnno in hiding Santa with Rotary flag.... Doh!))
We received a nice thankyou from the lovely Josie on behalf of the community association so well done the volunteers...
Craig L, Charmaine W, Carmel, Joy, Tony F, Taylah Emblem (IFYS), Errol, Graeme, Paul, and "ring ins" from Charmaine,  Anna and Harry.
(If  a certain scribe has forgotten anyone, apologies, working off the volunteer sheet, and I have slightly fewer neutrons now after our new year celebrations.)
And here is Josie and the lovely ladies who make it all happen...
With the help of Taylah and her backing group..
The Community Association were very grateful for your clubs help, and it was just great to see the kids (and parents) happy faces as they rolled up for some Christmas cheer.
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2020 not finished with us yet

2020 not over yet
Spare a thought for 2 of our members as the year closes. Mike went into hospital for a straightforward operation, that went slightly astray and has had to spend a few extra days in recoooperation, and a certain member was minding his. own business when this happened..
Fortunately after a check up in hospital Dave was discharged, and we hope resting up as much as he can. 
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Year ahead for Alex Rotary 

Year ahead for Alex Rotary 

The club has an exciting year ahead in 2021 and on top of our regular community activities (Solstice Swim, Clean Up Australia Day, Walk for Mental Health, Surf Show and Shine, Youth programs, Job Clubs and community support which seem to be mostly meeting the demand to improve folks amenity) we have the Rotary 100th anniversary celebrations, and will be helping Maroochydore Rotary with the National AGFR golf competition. Recognising the difficulties of knowing what the year may bring here is a very rough program for the year
- First meeting 8th January
- Preparations for Rotary 100th Anniversary 
-  Garden renovation project for disabled child
- Job Club at Hub gets go - ahead
- Clean Up Australia Day 
- 26th - 28th March - District Conference in Kingaroy
- ROMAC Quiz night
- Mooloolaba Music Trivia night 
- 17th April - Rotary 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner 
- Preparations for AGFR national golf competition 
- AGFR at Maroochydore
- RYLA camp at Coolum (1-7th May) 
- Preparations for Alex Solstice Swim 
- Solstice Swim 24th June
- Vocational Visit
- Rotary / USC 
- Donations in Kind
- Preparations for SSS
- Surf Show and Shine 
- Vocational visit
- "Lift the Lid" walk for mental health
- Maroochydore School Mock Interviews 
- Kids Christmas Part
- "Adults" Christmas party 
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Christmas at Alex Postponed

Christmas at Alex Postponed

The cyclonic weather meant that last weekend "Christmas at Alex" had to be postponed to this Sunday. Please keep an eye on your email and requests for volunteers will be re-sent. 
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Did you know?

Fiona and Mark have history with Rotary 

Did you know that our hard working local representatives on the coast are both Rotary Youth Exchange students? But what countries were they "billeted" in?
Fiona Simpson (Japan) and Mark Jamieson (England).
What will become of todays Youth Exchange Students I wonder?
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Last meeting of 2020

Last meeting of 2020

Friday was our last meeting of the year, and we took the opportunity to present cheques (Thank you  Michelle).to the he SSS beneficiaries, who each received $5,000 each. 
President Wendy reminded us of the year just ending, and a promise that we will be trying to make the Surf Show and Shine even bigger next year so that we can continue to provide support to these amazing folk.
Bill and Melissa Close have been with us since the first SSS and they and their team just do such a fantastic job supporting the farmers and the outback. Thank you for coming along to our breakfast and being part of SSS. 
Mark Skinner and his team at The Board Meeting do such an amazing job in helping out with quick postitive support for those in need on the Coast. 
We're delighted to help out this great charity and be associated with the fantastic surfing community who do so much to help others.
Kerry and Tamara Smith started Salty Souls following a family tragedy and  are new to Alex Rotary.
We met Kerry just before the pandemic and were so impressed by Salty Souls and what they were achieving on the coast.
Really proud and humbled to be able to help Salty Souls and the other beneficiaries. Thank you all and keep up the great work.
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2020 Christmas Party at Alex SLSC

Christmas at Alex SLSC

On Saturday night we celebrated our Christmas party at the newly refurbished Alex SLSC.
The food and service was first class and everyone had a great time, and as you can see below, some got "more into it" more than others...
Not sure about the body language. Some sort of "chicken dance" going on here?..
 Love the earrings...
John & Lol and JM with appropriate Christmas headgear...
While JM distract the elf...Charmaine  checks if Steve hasn't got anything else behind his back...
Sandi, Joy Craig and that man Wallis again.
Carmel, Tom, Paul, Errol, Dave, Kim & Steve (Santa's elf)...
Graeme, Gae, Charmaine, Karen, Stuart, Michelle and Skye..
Bit of a tug of war going on between Wendy and Steve...
Stuart getting amorous with Santa's Elf..
...and its paid off with a great present (?) for Stuart...
Pauls wondering what has Steve's got behind his back...
Not quite sure whats going on below with Gail....coercion?
Hmmn...Carmel is wondering that present appropriate ?
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Final Breakfast Meeting of the year

Final Breakfast Meeting of 2020

Just a reminder, and open invitation to all. Friday is our last breakfast meeting of the year, and we will be presenting cheques to our fantastic SSS beneficiaries and winding up the club business for 2020.
And of course we offer these fantastic views of early morning at Alex..
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Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner and Secret Santa - don't forget

Just a reminder to you about the Christmas Dinner on Friday evening, the 11th December at the Surf Club at 7.00pm.
Please bring a ‘secret santa’ gift, no more than $10 (if 2 coming 2 gifts).
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New Club Shirt

New Club shirt available

Push productions in Maroochydore have our new look club T shirts available for $30 each. 
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Projects in the New Year?

New Year Projects

The club has an exciting year ahead in 2021 and on top of our regular community activities (Solstice Swim, Clean Up Australia Day, Walk for Mental Health, Surf Show and Shine, Youth programs, Job Clubs and community support which seem to be mostly meeting the demand to improve folks amenity) we have the Rotary 100th anniversary celebrations, and will be helping Maroochydore Rotary with the National AGFR golf competition.  
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AGM and Board for 2021

Results of 2020 AGM

"A great mixture of experience, new members and younger members." (WG)
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Christmas At Alex Volunteers

Christmas at Alex Volunteers

Your club is supporting the Alex CommunityAssociation with their annual "Christmas at Alex" community fair. This year it will be a bit different (surprise) so no bands and no fireworks, but there will be heaps of train rides and most importantly that man in the red suit is coming !! WhoHoo !
That man in the red suit...
Alex Light Rail
From Alex Community Association....
"When it proved too difficult to meet covid arrangements for our traditional concert in the park with fireworks finale (a lovely family event that we have run for the past eight years in partnership with the Alex Surf Club) we looked for some way to bring joy to the many children of Alex (and neighbouring area - it is not a restricted event).
In combination with Alex Surf Club and the Alex Rotary Club we will now host ALEX KIDS CHRISTMAS on Sunday December 13th in the afternoon in Buhk Park (between the Surf Club and the Skate Park) in hourly shifts from 2-6p.m.
Predominantly it is a chance for kids to say Hi to Santa, and to each receive a small gift from one of his elves, and to have a socially distanced photograph taken with a beach background. 
People are still welcome to turn up and register at the gate, but we would prefer to know who is coming, to speed up entry.  The entry gates will be managed by the experienced team from Alex Rotary Club. 
Families will be encouraged to pre - book for one hour, so we can rotate the kids through Santa, and control the numbers.  Normally we encourage picnicking in the park, but hope this year they will go visit some of our local businesses on the way home."
So we're still a few volunteers short for the event, let the secretary know if you can spare a few hours, but meanwhile here is the shift list:
Shift 1 - 2pm - 4pm 
Tony Freeman (team leader)
Carmel Hulett
Michelle Goulter
Craig Laidlaw
Renee Ricketts
Volunteer TBA
Volunteer TBA
Shift 2 4pm - 6pm 
Paul Scott (team leader)
Joy Unger
John Malloy 
Michelle Goulter
Dave Woodrow
Volunteer TBA
Volunteer TBA
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100 Years of Rotary 

Rotary 100th Anniversary in 2021

Rotary is celebrating its 100th Birthday next year and a few celebrations are planned for the Sunshine Coast, including a Gala Dinner on 17th April. More information to follow in 2021.
As Sunshine Coast Rotary Clubs have such a great history of community involvement, we're keen to commemorate the anniversary with something special.
So following some "kicking ideas around" our resident graphic artist (Steve) has put together a proposal for the committee to have a think about. 
I think you will agree that its just stunning and something that would be a fitting remembrance for all Rotarians, past and present, on the Sunshine Coast. Well done Steve.
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Donations in Kind

Donations in Kind - weight loss program?

On Saturday when most of the state was by the pool, these volunteers were busy organising shipments of various goods to our region. You may have seen the newspaper article recently where Mooloolaba Rotary organised medical equipment to be shipped to "Rotary Donations in Kind" warehouse in Kingston in south Brisbane?
Well, Wendy, Charmaine, and Craig were there with the other Rotarians on a very hot Saturday packing goods to help "make a difference" to those less well off. Well done Rotarians!
I understand that Craig lost a few kilo's on the day and is now having a well earned rest..!
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Photo Competition for kids

Rotary Passport Club Photo Competition

The Rotary Passport Club of the Sunshine Coast is running a photo competition for kids. Click on the above photo or HERE for all the details.
Its open, in various age categories, to Sunshine Coast kids in 3 themes Animals, Environment and Portraits get you r kids snapping !!
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Antartica - who knew?

Geography Lesson from Carmel

Is there really a Rotary Club in Antartica...well in fact there are 2 and Carmel took her Rotary minute to tell us all about it, and some fascinating insights into life on the the continent. As Carmel points out IS true ! Who knew?
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District Governor Visits

District Governor Neil Black visits

Neil appears to be deeply touched by the "Surf Show and Shine" T shirt
On Friday we heard the latest news from Neil who generously gave up a week of his time to visit the clubs on the Sunshine Coast. Next year DG Wendy Protheroe will have a herculean task in getting round the enlarged district and so Friday was great chance to get up to speed on all things District. Thank you Neil, and hope its not too long before we catch up again at Kingaroy in 2021.
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Working Bee - Saturday 28th November 

Working Bee - Saturday 28th November 

Great work on Saturday at the Working Bee, and great to see so many volunteers. Over 20 turned up on Saturday morning to finish off the work and can rightly be proud of their you can see from teh pics. 
As Errol mentioned on Friday, this is the 3rd Garden that Rotary has "revitalised" or in some cases, completely reconstructed for Youth and Family Services. It all started with a popcorn machine request, and a major garden redevelopment, a renovated kind area, and now a Youth complex is looking great. We have a fantastic bunch of willing helpers and many thanks to all of them.
Stay tuned for more Rotary "green jobs" to make a difference to the community...
Hard at work
Paved area in the background...weedmats and mulch making the place look GOOD!
Lovely spot to relax.
Craig in wheelbarrow race...
Roger and Barry manning the filling station..
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"Christmas at Alex" is ON

The Alex Community association comes through with Xmas party for kids !

Alex Community have put out this information for the local media...please share with mums and dads to let them know that the "Christmas at Alex" is keeping the tradition going...
"When it proved too difficult to meet covid arrangements for our traditional concert in the park with fireworks finale (a lovely family event that we have run for the past eight years in partnership with the Alex Surf Club) we looked for some way to bring joy to the many children of Alex (and neighbouring area - it is not a restricted event).
In combination with Alex Surf Club and the Alex Rotary Club we will now host ALEX KIDS CHRISTMAS on Sunday December 13th in the afternoon in Buhk Park (between the Surf Club and the Skate Park) in hourly shifts from 2-6p.m.
Predominantly it is a chance for kids to say Hi to Santa, and to each receive a small gift from one of his elves, and to have a socially distanced photograph taken with a beach background. 
We have also booked a number of fun fair rides, which thanks to generous sponsorship from Council and our local business community, we can offer at a very fair rate (5 rides for $5).
So no music, no fireworks - but a  fun time for kids, in the lead up to Christmas.  
Our event has been approved under a covid safe plan, so Buhk Park has to be fenced, and people have to register and sign in.  
The link to is available on our facebook page - Alexandra Headland Community Association. 
People are still welcome to turn up and register at the gate, but we would prefer to know who is coming, to speed up entry.  The entry gates will be managed by the experienced team from Alex Rotary Club. 
Families will be encouraged to pre - book for one hour, so we can rotate the kids through Santa, and control the numbers.  Normally we encourage picnicking in the park, but hope this year they will go visit some of our local businesses on the way home."
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Barefoot bowls anyone?

You are Invited - Social Barefoot Bowls Sunday 6th December at Maroochydore Bowls Club 

Well, this is what you have been waiting for………a chance to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon rolling a few big marbles around.
You can try your hand a few offies, legbreaks or even the odd wrong’un…….I understand the flipper a no,no
WHERE is all this nonsense happening……MAROOCHYDORE BOWLS CLUB
WHEN………..this SUNDAY 6th December from 3.30 pm.
There will be HUGE PRIZES on offer……….just offered….nobody is going to get their hands on them
Bring your spouse, and your girlfriend/boyfriend too, if you can get away with it.  Don’t forget Grandma and the kids.  Kitty will be there
Let’s finish the social calendar for the year off with a good ROLL-UP……..if you pardon the pun
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How many people does it take?

Group activity for mechanically challenged

With the clubs push to join the 21st century with IT systems, there's is still the problem of changing the paper on the EFT processing machine. Not to worry with the combined brains and dexterity of Wendy, Val, Steve and Wallis it was done in no time. (well....almost no time)
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Sunshine Coast Aboriginal Dreaming

Did you know this about your district?

"Before these places were mountains, before they were volcanoes, they were actually people" "There was a breathtakingly beautiful woman called Maroochy "who walked like a girl who knew where she was going". Then there was a handsome muscle man called Coolum who was famous for his generosity. The golden couple met and fell in love at the Bunya dreaming, a festival held every year. But Ninderry, a powerful rich and crazy man, wanted Maroochy for himself. The battle between Ninderry and Coolum lasted 3 days and ended badly for Coolum. Maroochy's tears became the Maroochy river, and she turned into Moorookutchi, the black swan."
(From the weekend Australian travel guide on Sunshine Coast 21/22 November).
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Does anyone know the background to these signs?

Rotary signs on the Sunshine Coast

With the "revitalisation" of the Foreshore, we're keen for Rotary to be involved, and a certain scribe noticed these signs for the Foreshore walk that obviously had Rotary involvement. If you know the background to the signs please let John or Wendy know as we are in discussion with Council about artworks in community spaces. 
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Holly, Graeme, Tony and John kick off the job club 

John learns a few things while at Job Club

Holly, Graeme, Tony and John kicked off the job club at Kawana Sports Hub accommodation block trial during the week. It was really inspiring to see and hear from folks who are really trying to put themselves back on their feet, and engage with trying to get on the job ladder and put a roof over their head. 
Also, John found out that you're never to old to learn...just ask him about salad preparation. 
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Kirsten Court Working Bee Success

Brilliant turn out for the Kirsten Court Working Bee

On a stinking hot Saturday morning, Rotarians, Rotoractors and friends from Alex, Maroochydore and Mooloolaba gathered to "make a difference" to the transition housing environment at Kirsten Court. 
Big thanks to Sabine and Jessica from Rotoract, Brocky from Maroochydore Rotary, Geoff, Roger, Paul, and Barry from Mooloolaba Rotary, and Wendy, Errol, Tony, Graeme, Craig, Skye, Anthony, Olivia, Cohen, James, Joy, Val, John S, Carmel, and a certain scribe from Alex Rotary and not forgetting Daniel and of course Tania from IFYS .  
Great work by everyone, and all going well, we'll finish the job of mulching and tree landscaping well ahead of time at the next working bee on the 28th. 
John & Lol sent their apologies, and we understand Lol is going to provide her green thumb to the finishing touches! 
Skye's adorable daughter loading up the wheelbarrow....... with lots of men standing around.. apparently not so busycool
Sabine and Jessica getting stuck in to the weeding .......ooh to be young
Not entirely sure why Skye wants to dig up the lawn...
paving going in ..great work by the team......Tony practising Haka...
Shade was a good place to be...
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Planning your Exit 

Anthony Miller talks to club about organising your life affairs 

An interesting talk from Anthony on Friday about the important matter of organising your life affairs. And interestingly Anthony's message was that you should think about your health and financial affairs in your 20's..and keep them under review as you go through life.
Anthony talked about the 4 key areas we should all think about. Important stuff at any life stage. 
•Power of Attorney
•Enduring Power of Attorney
•Advance Health Directive
Anthony's presentation is on THIS LINK 
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Club Donations

Club Donations

On Friday Wendy let David know that the club would donate $600 to the Rainbow House in Chianda. See article below. This will enable 2 teachers at the school for the year, and follows on from other generous support from the Sunshine Coast Community. 
The club will also be making a $500 to the local SES as a gesture of our thanks for the support and the great work they have done for the community, especially considering the many many hours the volunteers have spent battling the local disasters this year. 
The club will also be offering a donation to Mooloolaba School for their assistance once again with the Surf Show and Shine

24v Truck Starter Anyone?

If anyone has..or knows someone who has..... a "spare" or second hand 24v Truck starter .....can they let the club secretary know. The SES are looking for a started for their emergency services vehicle. 
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Rotary - Non political?

Rotary Minute has a surprise

Carmel stunned us all on Friday morning in our Rotary minute when she entered into political territory with her enquiries into USA presidents past Rotary involvement, touching on fake news. Who would have believed it! 
However, it is interesting to reflect on the how the cornerstone of Rotary culture ...the 4 - way test ....would impact on politicians:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it bring friendships and goodwill?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
How would you rate the current political leaders? and how well do you do in your day to day activities? 
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AGM and Club Board for Next Year

Club AGM on 4th December 

The very important business of the club AGM is on 4th December and rumour has it that President Wendy is expected to beat the time of 1 minute 30 seconds it took up last year. But seriously although in many ways the AGM is a formality, there is the important business of the new board for 2021. 
We're fortunate to have Stuart Aird as our President Elect, and Wendy has volunteered to continue as treasurer, and Val is taking up the reins as Secretary, so that brilliant!  However we do want as many people involved as possible so also delighted to hear that Skye is offering to be an office bearer, and if anyone else is able to offer a few hours every month, please let President Wendy know. 
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Donations in Kind - Saturday 6th December 

Donations in Kind

A few brave souls from Alex Rotary are heading off to South Brisbane to help out the Rotary world community service group thorugh their "Donations in Kind" (DIK) operation at Kingston.
Regular readers will recall that Alex Rotary (Graeme Hight) organised the donation of school desks as part of an overseas donation to school in PNG. 
This year Craig, Sandi, Charmaine and Wendy are heading off to the warehouse to help with the freight preparation of donations from around the regions. 
Its a bit of a trek, but a great experience if you can spare some time on Saturday 5th December to join with other club members from the region and get necessary supplied off to the communities in teh region, and make a difference to their lives. 
If you can make it, please let Wendy know. 
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Date Claimers 

Date Claimers 

Friday 13th November  Anthony Miller from Miller Sockhill Lawyers is our guest speaker on all things to do with wills and the law
Saturday 14th November is working bee for the Rotary Cluster at Kirsten Court for our Maroochydore mini care garden
In November we also want to do formal presentation of our donations to The Board Meeting, Salty Souls Legacy and Care Outreach and run a couple of Job Club sessions at the Kawana Sports look out for that. 
Also during November we will be donating our BBQ trailer to Maloolaba Rotary who are holding a community BBQ for The Board Meeting Surf Charity if anyone is interested in helping Geoff and his team. 
Friday 27th November is the Rotary District Governors visit to the club 
Friday 4th December is club AGM
Friday 11th December is club Christmas Dinner at Alex SLSC
Sunday 13th December "Christmas at Alex" for the kids (TBC) 
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Christmas at Alex will be a wee bit different this year

Christmas at Alex will be different this year

As readers are aware, most of the Community Christmas functions have been cancelled this year, but we are happy to report that Josie Ryan and the Alexandra Headland Community Association area tenaciously trying to keep the "Christmas at Alex" function (and spirit) alive. 
Its not certain yet, but Josie is hopeful that a function can be held at Buhk Park where the kids can have a play, and see Santa and get into the Christmas spirit. It will be different to previous years, and will be Covid safe, so that means keeping the kids moving through the park while having lots of Christmassy things to to. Unfortunately with the pandemic it will be difficult to hold the traditional Christmas show and we wish Alex Community every success in trying to get a kids event going.
In any event Alex Rotary has offered to help out in whatever way we can to keep the spirit alive. 
If Josie and her team of volunteers manages to get the kids event "up" then we'll be called on to help with the Covid planning, the registration and stay tuned and keep the Sunday 13th December free for a few hours of kids mayhem !!
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Sunshine Coast School Uniforms in Central Zambia

Chianda School benefits from Sunshine Coast Support

What on earth is a school in Zambia doing wearing Mathew Flinders and Unity College school uniforms?. 
The answer is found in the generosity of the Sunshine Coast past senior citizen of the year and his partner Cherie and the folks behind "our Rainbow House".
On Friday David was our guest speaker (surprise !) and he spoke of the great work that the Sunshine Coast does in the school at Chianda just outside Lusaka. Also it was great to see that the Rainbow House ambassador was on other than our very own Kasey Chambers who is a great supporter of the project. You can find out more on the link above and here are some slides from Dave's photo album...note the Sunshine Coast school uniform...
Great to see one of our members "making a difference" in other parts of the world..
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Maths mentoring ?

Maroochydore High School follows up on Mock Interviews

After very successful Mock Interviews with Maroochy High School, Steve Hind has received the following letter from the Head of Mathematics at the school. If you can help, please contact the school. 
Steve, as a maths teacher I regularly get asked by students why we are learning a certain topic in maths, or how could this be used in real life.  I also find that many students while they work dutifully are not necessarily inspired by the work they are doing or they cannot see the link to their potential career.
I am, therefore, very keen to invite local professionals, tradespeople and business people into our classrooms to share of their experiences of using mathematics in the workplace.  I want our students who are heading towards a trade to understand that they will need to perform calculations each day.  Equally I want our future commerce students to learn about risk management calculations.
Liana spoke to us about the success of the recent mock interviews and indeed some of my students came back very excited by the interviews.  It occurred to me that Rotary might be able to assist me in identifying business people who would be interested in engaging with our students.  These engagements could be speaking with individual classes or a whole year level through our year level assemblies.
Looking forward to hearing from you
Mr Andrew Chung  | Head of Department Mathematics
Maroochydore State High School
160 Maroochydore Road | Maroochydore Qld 4558
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Maroochydore High School Mock Interviews

Maroochydore High School Mock Interviews

Steve, Larney, Liana, Jack and Michelle with High School Student 
The Alex rotary have been part of the regular Maroochydore High School Interviews for many years now, and we were delighted to continue that association last Thursday morning. Bob Thompson has been helping the kids with tips on job applications and interviews for over 5 years, and we took the opportunity of letting the Rotarians and volunteers present at the fantastic morning tea to know about the adults "Job Club" starting up in 2021 at the Kawana Sports Hub. 
We also had interest from My Weekly Preview on the mock interview program and so the organiser in chief, Steve Hind from Maroochydore Rotary wrote these words which capture why Rotarians do this every year for the students...
"The annual Mock Interviews for Maroochydore State High School year 10 students not only form an integral part of their curriculum, they provide an excellent opportunity for Students to have a practice run at a Job Interview with “strangers” in our community so the actually get to feel some nerves, but more importantly, they gain valuable life experience in what it will be like when they actually apply for that job of their dreams.
The local Rotary Cluster on the Sunshine Coast always proudly supports this event and it’s one I am very glad to be involved with, pulling together between 20 to 25 Volunteers each year to work our way through the cohort. The legendary Morning Tea is a big drawcard for those that have had the pleasure of tucking in and the School usually provides a token of their appreciation with a box of chocolates and a certificate for each Volunteer. The most rewarding part? Knowing we have helped today’s youth towards a successful careers and meeting some of the truly talented up and coming youngsters who you just know are really going places in this world."
A certain scribe has also got to mention what a great job the Maroochydore High School Team does...many of the students we met were truly inspirational. 
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Friday Night BBQ

Friday night BBQ by Lake Kawana

On Friday night the club hosted a BBQ at the Kawana sports hub accommodation block.
We visited the block a few weeks prevoiously, and were really impressed by the facility which has been transformed during the pandemic by IFYS to act as a transit centre for the folks doing it tough on the accommodation and work front. 
Carmel, Mike and Tony were the master chefs while the rest of us swanned about the fantastic deck overlooking Lake Kawana. What a setting for a Friday night chill !!
So now that we've all met each other Vicky & Renee are keen for Rotary to start the job club and we'll get a few trial sessions under our belt before the formal program starts in 2021. Stay tuned for more information. 
Enjoying a Friday night on the deck at the sports hub accommodation block
Meanwhile the master chefs were busy in the background..thanks Carmel, Mike and Tony. 
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Job Club 

Job Club - First Sessions

A certain scribe took the opportunity on Thursday at the Maroochydore High School "mock interviews" to ask the 25 volunteers there if they would be interested in doing something similar for adults who need a bit of help on approaching work too. 
So what's involved in the job club?
Basically its providing a bit of support in the form of tips and suggestions on how to grab that all important first step on the job ladder. So its things like mock interviews, talking and body language skills, some coaching around investigating jobs and knowing what to say and do when you start work, how to interact with the boss and workmates and all the other small things that make up your reputation at work. 
Rotary and IFYS will prepare the materials in the form of one hour sessions, which are typically broken up to 4  X 15 minute activities, designed to get discussion going on whats important in getting and holding down a job.
In previous sessions we've also put in some short video's to help keep's one that worth a will make you laugh...
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Occo's lunch 

Surfing Community Generosity Shines Through once again

We knew from partnering with the surfing communities at the Surf Show and Shine that the Owen, Naomi, Rod, Julie and the Sunshine Coast artists, and of Jody and the folks at North Shore Board riders were an amazingly generous bunch, but the Surfing community really out did themselves last Friday at The Board Meeting "Legends of Surf Lunch".
A certain scribe was there to see it all, and also our roving reporter Save Newton filed this report on the proceedings. 
The place was "jumping" with a great community feeling all happy to help The Board Meeting"....helping kids in need. 
From our reporter at the event...
"What an amazing long lunch with Occy - a very humble and at the end of the lunch a very generous person as well.
Mark Occhilupo came from the Cronulla area, a Southern Shire Of Sydney where they breed 'em tuff. The male surfers were tough and the female surfers even tougher - watch the movie Puberty Blues when you get a chance.
I only surfed there a couple of times when I was with a local that I knew - localism of the surf tribes were rife. 
Occy lives on the Goldie, his son Jade is following in his Dad's footsteps and is Junior Queensland Surf Champ. Great stories even if you are not related to surfing.
There were approx 350 in attendance, a full house.
The auction was amazing - 40 items sold and reaping tens of thousands of dollars.
Approx $120 bottles of aged scotch selling for $900 etc. Surfboards selling for $2000-$3500 - approx twice the value.
However the knockout came at the end when Occy auctioned a full days surfing with him at his wave machine park for 2 people up at Yeppoon, the winning bid being $15,000. Knocked everyone out including Occy.
Mark mentioned the RCAH twice in his speeches and the support provided by the club."
Official RCAH long lunch reporter
..and here's the twice world champion himself Mark Occholupo auctioning off his board...Hard to believe he is 54 year old...
Mark also spoke well about mental illness and our very own Sunshine Coaster, Mark Skinner also organised a Mental Health speaker at the lunch which was great to see.
Not surprisingly surfing is one of the best activities for relieving anxiety and improving mental health according to all the experts. And as my mate Owen says, if you can't surf just get on the beach and listen to the every time for me!
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Christmas Functions

Christmas Celebration Ideas...

Christmas is going to be a bit different this year, with many, if not all of th eCommunity Celebrations cancelled. As you may know the Boat Parade and Mooloolaba Fireworks have been cancelled, and the "Christmas at Alex" is also in doubt. Josie Ryan is seeing what can be done, but it will be difficult. 
So we're looking for ideas on what we can do to make a kids Christmas this year. Any suggestions, please let anyone at Alex Rotary know.
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Working Bee this Saturday

Working Bee this Saturday at Kirsten Court Maroochydore

This Saturday you are invited to do a few hours landscaping at the IFYS complex at Kirsten Court in Maroochydore. Please bring along your energy and gardening clothes and barrows, shovels, gloves etc as we've arranged a few activities to brighten up the area for the young residents...More details at meeting on Friday but if you can't make the Friday meeting, we'll see you at 8.00 at 2 Kirsten Court.
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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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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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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

2021 Surf Show and Shine gets a plug from Wendy and David on Sunshine Coast News


Click HERE for the whole story

Stay tuned, no date has been set yet by Alex Rotary, but thinking early November?...any suggestions from Kombi Clubs?

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 
Check out video of teh arts precinct
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. 
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Whats that club?

It took a while but a few sharp eyed members realised that another Alexandra Rotary had hacked our web presentation..
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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. 
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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?
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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. 
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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
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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.
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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