Former Australian of the Year to speak at club

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

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

Bunnings BBQ capers

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

Angel Flight - who knew?

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

Solstice Swim getting closer

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

Garden beds in the mud

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

A Rotary Inspiration 

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

A new project to provide Bio Toilets in India

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

 

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

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

Why Bio Toilets?

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

The Status of the Project

The anticipated cost of the project to provide 40 Bio Toilets to 20 slums is USD38,000 funded as follows:
 
  • Rotary Clubs - a total of USD14,333 from:
    • Bhubaneswar New Horizon USD5,000
    • Caloundra USD5,000
    • E-Club of District 3262 USD3,333
    • The Hills-Kellyville USD1,000
  • Rotary District 3262 - USD7,500
  • Rotary District 9685 - USD750
  • The Rotary Foundation World Fund - Global Grant USD15,417*
* Currently, the Global Grant has yet to be approved.  A number of questions have been raised by The Rotary Foundation to which answers have been supplied.  It is anticipated that the responses will be sufficient to gain approval.
 
 
 
 
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Volunteers needed for this Friday's Bunning BBQ

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

Amy and her travels

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

Chloe in Brasil 

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

Who Knew?

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

Speakers Night

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

So

 

Solstice Swim Sunday Morning 7th July

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

Care Garden Working Bee washed out

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

A Rotary Story on REALLY "making a difference"

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

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

 

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

Here's some of the article...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ROTARIANS HELPING REFUGEES

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

What did Rotary do during the War?

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

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

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

        -From Birmingham Rotary “Grams”
 

What Rotary is doing NOW to combat the effects of War

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

 
 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

War came into their homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breaking their silence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dreams and beliefs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Creating a place to heal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Does it work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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No meeting this Friday – Good Friday
 
So don’t turn up at the SLSC on Friday ….This is a message for Trevor and Colleen………just saying !
 
New corporate members – Vicky and Renee
 
 
The induction of new members is always a special occasion in any Rotary Club and on Friday the club had the pleasure of inducting two new members, Vicky Meyer and Renee Ricketts. Both ladies work for IFYS and their professional skills will greatly enhance our club in maintaining and providing  community service.
 
 
 
White Ribbon Speaker – Supt. Darryl Johnson
 
 
In addition our guest speaker was Superintendent Darryl Johnson. Darryl is in charge of the Sunshine Coast Regional Police Department and gave an interesting presentation on policing on the coast and in particular the rise of domestic violence in the area. As the official White Ribbon Embassador for the coast Darryl is particularly involved with the alarming incidence of domestic violence. Alexandra Headlands Rotary Club’s Solstice Swim in July this year will be held in support of the White Ribbon Association on the Sunshine Coast.
 
The mystery of the Padlocks
 
So our club container is missing a few padlocks, can everyone (especially the oldies and blondes) check their pockets for a couple of brass padlocks??
 
The Garden Project – Last Working Bee – Saturday 27thApril 
 
We had some great news during the week from the community Gambling fund, and are now in a position to finish off the garden with some help from volunteers (ie You) on Saturday 27th April morning at Landsborough. 
 
We’ll be doing some garden weeding, some layong of mulch, assembly of raised garden beds, some planting, some demolition, and hopefully some coffee and cake. 
 
The final work of deck and teenage retreat is too large a construction for us to take on, so we’re organising some contractors to help out. 
 
A very special thanks to our very own Scott Brimelow from Structures, who engineered the deck and helped with the drawings. Scott has been a great supporter of the club for many years, and we much appreciate his continued support.
 
Club evening event taking shape
 
It won’t be long now before our evening at the SLSC to promote Rotary Club membership. Here’s the flyer. More details to come..
 
Please keep the evening free for some socialising and some interesting speakers. 
 
 
 
 
Solstice Swim – Looking for Sponsors
 
Our Annual Solstice Swim is on Sunday 7thJuly and could do with some helping hands from Sponsors. If you know of any leads, please contact John or Tanya or any Committee member.
 
 
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Friday’s talk
 
Extremely interesting talk from David Lacey at las breakfast meeting. .Who knew that there was an organisation right on our doorstep that was the “go to” group for Government, Business and Individuals in case of identity theft or internet scams?
 
It's good to know that David’s group not only address the technical and financial aspects of scamming and identity theft but also the psychological impacts which can be terribly damaging.
 
But were you paying attention ? Here’s a check…if you get all 10 correct see instructions at the end on how to collect your prize..
 
Q1       My computer is safe because I have an Apple, and viruses only attack windows?
 
Q2       If I lose my money through credit card theft then I may as well accept is gone for good?
 
Q3       I don’t need virus protection on my phone because its an android?
 
Q4       I’ll know fairly quickly if my identity has been stolen, probably within a few days?
 
Q4       It takes about 10 hours if my time to fix up the situation when my identity is stolen, then I'm OK?
 
Q5       Once someone has been scammed though an investment scheme they never trust the scammer ever again?
 
Q6       Its quite easy to tell if you are looking at a scammed website? (just look at the https?)
 
Q7       Phones are safer than computers?
 
Q8       You have more chance of being scammed in Brisbane than on the Sunshine Coast?
 
Q9       Its no problem to protect yourself against viruses....just Google for virus protection and see what the best one is, and keep it up to date. That will do the trick?
 
Q10     If I stick to my home WiFi I’ll be right?
 
If you answered YES to any of the above, congratulations, you have just one $50 from Scamwatch for dummies.
 
To collect your $50 please email your bank details, date of birth and a photo of yourself in a compromising position to Nigerianprince@gmail.com. We’ll get back in touch (eventually)
 
 
 
 
 
Next week talk – White Ribbon (Supt Darryl Johnson)
 
This weeks speaker is the leader of the Sunshine Coast White Ribbon organisation. As we know domestic violence is often in the media, and there have been some horrible instances here on the Sunshine Coast. White Ribbon is  one organisation that aims to increase awareness and education about Domestic Violence and has some excellent programs that workplaces are taking up here on the Sunshine Coast.
 
Membership Night
 
The 8th May is gradually taking shape with guest speakers, run sheet, catering etc., all coming together to make an interesting night for our guests to hear about the Youth and Community aspects of Rotary, and how Rotary can help them and their kids to "make a difference" to their lives. 
 
We have two Youth Exchange students (Fiona and Amy) at different stages of their lives talking to us about their experiences, and we also have 2017 Australian of the Year Alan Mackay-Sim giving a short talk on what drives him to "make a difference" to the community through his research work.
 
RYLA
 
Delighted to see the future of Australia in the form of Declan Westbrook at our breakfast meeting. Declan has been successful and is going on the next RYLA course for future community leaders. 
 
Dave W put Declan on the spot for a short public talk without notice, and he came through with flying colours. His Dad may have to watch out as his son will be stealing the podium in future!
 
Bunnings BBQ
 
Last Friday was a bit of a rush between the excellent talk on On Line safety and then organising the Bunnings BBQ to kick off at 8.30. Fortunately it all went without a hitch and although the wet weather kept the customers away in the morning, things picked up on the afternoon. So well done Trevor, Mike, Tony, Wendy, Dave, Errol, Carmel and John. Treasurer Wendy tells us we managed to crack 4 figures which will all go to a good cause.
 
Late News: On Friday we received a desperate message from The Shack at Nambour, who are totally out of food for their folks!!
 
So your club has stepped in with a $500 donation to help Dale and Donna restock their kitchen.
 
If you can assist The Shack in any way, please contact the folks at Nambour. 
 
Safety and WorkLife
 
One of the sessions that the club runs on WorkLife concerns Health and Safety. Tony saw this little episode on the net, and immediately thought of it as a prop…Here it is…
 
 
 
 
Rotary Care Garden Progress
 
We have found a contractor to put up the deck and we’re hoping to receive planning permission shortly. 
 
We also thank Bunnings for their $50b donation, and a very special thanks to Bernie Strong from Caloundra Rotary, who matched that donation with her personal donation. Brilliant, thanks so much Bernie. 
 
Solstice Swim Update
 
Last week Mike, Tanya and John met with SLSC to continue the planning of the event. Were delighted to have our first sponsor on board, and some early registrations. So if you know of any supplier who would like to support the event, this year in support of White Ribbon, please let us know and we’ll follow up. 
 
 
 
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We've a couple of activities coming up where we're putting a call out for volunteers:
 
Next  Saturday 27th we have a working Bee at the Rotary Crisis Care hime garden. If you are able to spare a few hours on Saturday morning, we're meeting at 7 am at the Landsborough bakers, and then doing some landscaping, construction of garden beds, etc. before knocking off at lunchtime. 
 
If you can make it you'll see the fantastic progress on the court, and the progress on earthworks on the back garden. 
 
On Friday 3rd May we're running the Bunnings BBQ at Maroochydore. We need about 8 people (2 shifts of 4) to run the BBQ between 8 and 3pm. If you can make it, please let us know at RCAHsecretary@gmail.com
 
 
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More than half of Australian adults receive scam calls daily or weekly, and then there are the regular emails from the my Nigerian prince who has this money that he wants to send me, if only I would tell him what account to deposit it in!
 
Every week, over $300,000 is scammed from Queenslanders and $340 MILLION in Australia, according to the folks at Scamwatch, so don't think "it cant happen to me".....
 
So if you want some tips on how to keep yourself safe in todays digital age, come along on Friday morning and find out what you can do to keep you (and your family) safe in todays technological age. 
 
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Alan Mackay-Sim, Fiona Simpson and Amy to speak at membership night

 
 
Please keep the evening of Wednesday 8th May free, to come along to listen to our guests speakers and their interesting journeys. 
 
Alan's amazing journey is one that led him to spend his life researching the linkage between the senses and the brain, and what role stem cells play in potential medical breakthroughs.
 
It is truly inspiring to listen to Alan's unusual career path and what drove him into research and keeps him wanting to "make a difference" to our communities well being. 
 
Fiona has been a role model for women in politics for more years than (I suspect) she would like to remember, and once upon a time she was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Japan, and clearly set for a career as a high achiever. Fiona's drive and energy to continue to "make a difference" to her community is an example to us all. Fiona will be joined on the night by the next generation of Rotary exchange students our very own in bound student, Amy Fris from Denmark, and Amy will talk to the club about her experiences and her families background in Rotary. 
 
The night will be a casual affair, with finger food and drinks at the Alex SLSC, around the theme of Rotary and particularly Youth programs and how they help shape the leaders of tomorrow, who will truly "make a difference" as they progress in their lives. Stay tuned for more details. 
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The local Rotaract club have asked Alex Rotary whether they would be interested in partnering with them. As you know Rotoract is a sort of "Young Rotary" for 18 - 30 year olds. So this may be an opportunity to help a younger club, based out at the University. In the past we have worked with Rotoract club through the Garden Project and the WorkLife program, and we've sponsored a Rotoractor to go overseas. So we'll explore what a partnership would look like and how we may be able to help each other in "making a difference" to our communities.
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Members checking out the website will have noticed that we're starting to ramp up the Rotary Solstice Swim information. Alex SLSC are partnering with us, and the beneficiary this year will be White Ribbon on the Sunshine Coast. 
 
Here's some clips from the Solstice Swim web page, but also check us out on Facebook. 
 

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

 

 

 

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

 

Check out the full program HERE

 

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

 
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So for this weeks Freddy Frog prize...because the theme is cyber safety....What's the name of the movie / book where the famous phrase "Is it safe?" is asked? Clue its a scene in a dentists chair where someone is getting their teeth pulled out in response to the question?
 
 
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One of the great things about being part of a club is that the fundraising we do, all goes back to the community, usually though donations. You may recall last month we had presentations from "Spa Tap" where a local Noosa invention modified water containers, so that people were able to wash their hands and prevent disease by simply attaching the SpaTap to the outlet. So this month the club made a donation to the SpaTap on your behalf.
 
 
 
Also, nearer to home, Lesley Zammit from Orange Sky Laundry came to visit us and your club also sent them a donation, to help pay for detergents, petrol and the running costs of this great initiative. 
 
So next time Stuart is handing out the fines, just smile..... (it annoys him. devil) .....and know that the money is going to a good cause!
 
 
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An Inspiring Story From a Youth Exchange Student

 

Profile: A vine idea

Heidi Kühn
Rotary Club of San Francisco

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

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

Photo by Ian Tuttle

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Nikki Kallio


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

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

 
Delighted to see fellow Rotarians from Mooloolaba and Maroochydore at Landsborough on Friday morning to review the progress on the care Garden. Vicki Cooper from Maroochydore and Geoff Hopkins and Peter Eggleton joined us for an interesting country breakfast at Bucks cafe, where we found out that our very own architect Trevor Smith had a part in creating the cafe frontage and the country "ambience" of the cafe that seemed to be doing a roaring trade at the crack of dawn. So after brekky we headed off to see the progress, and. of course with the recent rain and heat, the grass had taken a bit of a sprout, but Project Manager Peter, had marked out the two remaining areas to be done, the teenage retreat area, with deck and cubby house, and the raised garden bed area- garden beds courtesy of our friends at Buderim mens shed.  So stay tuned for the next working bee which will likely be to put down the raised garden beds and a bit more landscaping. The team are busy organising a contractor to put in the large deck and then just one final tidy up and we're done!
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Hi Folks,
 
Just a reminder, we're meeting tmw morning at Bucks bakery, 26 Cribb Street Landsborough (opposite the railway station), between 6.30 and 7.00 am before going to the crisis care home and the Rotary Care Garden for a review of the work by our fantastic volunteers. 
 
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Have you checked out your club website recently? We've added new pics and put in details of the SunnyCoast Solstice Swim the club is running with the surf club in aid of Sunshine Coast White Ribbon? See the changes at www.alexandrarotary.com
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Ironman 2019

 
Photo's from Sunday's efforts...
 
1st Row:
Stuart, Karen, Paula and Trevor, then President Mike, Joshua, Tony, Ryan and Gab from Sunshine Coast Grammar, then Bob with a woman who looks so pleased that Bob has managed to find her pump (?)
 
2nd Row,
Duncan, Karen, Trevor, Paula, Bill, Colleen and Wallis. then Wallis photobombing Bill and Trevor, then Bob having a bit of a think "where did I leave that pump again?"
 
A big thank you to Jean Teague and the "Grammar Boys" Joshua, Gab and Ryan for helping out on the day. 
 
Well done Colleen, another successful community effort. You handled the organising and the stress exceptionally well, except for that "blonde moment" when talking to John M...enough said !!
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A big thank you to our amazing volunteers, Colleen, Paula, Wallis, Bill, Karen, Stuart, Duncan, Trevor, Tony, Bob, Tony, and John. Not forgetting the "ring ins" Jean, Joshua, Gab and Ryan. It was Avery successful day, with the club and helpers running the gear tent for the Ironman festival.
 
 
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Young round Australia flyer breakfast speaker - This Friday

 

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

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

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

What an achievement for a Sunshine Coast lad.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Our breakfast meeting on Friday 22nd is going to be at the Landsborough Bakery, where we will meet at 6.30 - 7.00 and then go as a group to the Crisis Care Home at Landsborough.
 
Landsborough bakery is in the centre of town, opposite the railway station car park. Best pies in town (apparently!)
 
We're inviting all Rotarians from the various clubs that have contributed to this great cause. See you there!
 
 
This will let us see the work that Rotarians have done to improve the garden to make it a bit more liveable for the residents.  
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The Solstice swim is starting to take shape. This year the board has been moved by the recent tragedies involving domestic violence here on the Sunshine Coast. So we took up the suggestions to approach the local White Ribbon organisation and offered them the opportunity to be the beneficiary of the Solstice Swim.  After a little bit of planning, and a lot of help from Alex SLSC, we're now ready to start promoting this event. 
 
This year the day will start with a mini-swim for the kids, and we have also added a 5Km swim leg to our 1 and 3km swim legs for the serious swimmers. 
 
More details are on our website, and soon registration and sponsorship opportunities will be available. Have a look at the swim webpage HERE and of course our Facebook page HERE
 
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Folks,
 
Stay tuned to your emails from advice from Colleen on your Ironman duties this Sunday. We'll be manning the gear tent as usual with some help from our club supporters, so remember to slip, slop, slap and we'll see you there!
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REMINDER
 
Our breakfast meeting on Friday 22nd is going to be at the Landsborough Bakery, where we will meet and then go as a group to the Crisis Care Home at Landsborough. Then the following Friday is a social get together, and the Friday 5th April, Graeme has arranged a speaker on Cyber safety, something we all need to be aware of, if only to keep a little bit ahead of the kids to keep them safe. 
 
We're inviting all Rotarians from the various clubs that have contributed to this great cause. 
 
This will let us see the work that Rotarians have done to improve the garden to make it a bit more liveable for the residents.  
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Once more the Alex Rotary has won the prestigious ROMAC trivia trophy against stiff challenges from the Sunshine Coast Rotary clubs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

What an achievement for a Sunshine Coast lad.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kintore

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unbeknown to many of us, Senior Citizen of the Year, David Woodrow, reminded the breakfast meeting that because Rotary is Non Political, politicians are invited to speak only where they meet several criteria. (i) They can only talk during an non-election year. No electioneering (ii) Their speech must be positive not bringing someone else down to promote themselves (iii) Non argumentative and respectful of differing views.
 
What great rules. Wouldn't it be great if this applied to the whole of Australian Media?
 
Brent Mickelberg certainly ticked all the boxes.
 
Brent is passionate about the community (especially education support) aspect of State politics and tells us he is still getting used to the public speaking he gave the club an insight into his family and how public service played a large part in his development through a career involving some unusual jobs overseas and in Australia before a distinguished career in the armed forces before settling on state politics and community support. 
 
Thank you for your story and for the great interest that you show in the education and school system in the Buderim area. Who knew that there are over over 17,000 students in the Brent's Buderim area?
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Appropriate image for the aged care Royal Commission ? 2019-02-11 14:00:00Z 0

 

Local Buderim MP Brent Mickelberg is a relative newcomer to Federal politics, following a long history with the Australian Army in Australia and overseas.
 
So we welcome Brent to our club as guest speaker this Friday. 
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Professor Alan Mackay-Sim spoke at the recent Sunshine Coast Council citizens awards where our very own David Woodrow was awarded Senior Citizen of the year. The special news from that ceremony is that Professor Mackay -Sim has agreed to speak at one of our breakfast meetings in the near future.
 
So stay tuned, and please come along to listen to Alan's amazing journey that led him to spend his life researching the linkage between the senses and the brain, and what role stem cells play in potential medical breakthroughs.
 
 
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Date Claimer - Wednesday 8th May 

Close followers of the club news will be aware that we've been trying to get former Australian of the year, to come to the club and talk about what motivates him to "make a difference".
 
Professor Alan Mackay-Sim spoke at the recent Sunshine Coast Council citizens awards where our very own David Woodrow was awarded Senior Citizen of the year. David approached Alan afterwards and as a result of that meeting, we're planning a special evening to welcome invited guests.
 
So please put this date in your calendar, and come along to listen to Alan's amazing journey that led him to spend his life researching the linkage between the senses and the brain, and what role stem cells play in potential medical breakthroughs.
 
Alan has also some interesting things to say about his unusual career development which is truly inspiring to listen to.
 
 
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Rotary are always in the thick of helping out during natural disasters, and unfortunately this year these disasters have been closer to home. The organisation within Rotary that manages the Rotary response is called RAWCS, and just a few months ago they distributed just over $7M to drought relief. 
This week RAWCS put out a call for help for the Townsville Floods. If you can help please click on this link, from the Rotary Club of Townsville SW.
 
RAWCS Townsville Flood appeal...
 
 
Also Rotary and this club have been great supporters of the outback, so its heartbreaking to see the damage that the flood waters have caused in areas such as Julia Creek. The 4WD that Alex Rotary donated to Care Outreach a couple of years ago is being put to good use, and who can forget the stories from Bill and Melissa about the help and support that their volunteers bring to communities that are "doing it tough"  - an understatement if ever was one. Fortunately all Rotarians are in an organisation that responds at times like this.
 
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This years SunnyCoast Solstice swim preliminary planning has begun. We've met with Council, and are exploring how the swim might become "Bigger and Bolder" this year. 
 
Alex SLSC have put their hand up to partner with us again, and we're confident that by putting our heads together we can build on the work of the past two swims to make this years even bigger and better.
 
Mike and John have met the Sunshine Coast White Ribbon group who are keen to partner with us for the Swim. Also, our very own Tanya (who has recently started her own business), has kindly offered to help out as much as her business allows. This is much appreciated, and we all recall the fantastic effort that Tanya made to grow the swim. Now if we could only keep that growth going with White Ribbon and Alex SLSC (?) ..Stay tuned.
 
 
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The club is seeking to increase its membership base and has initiated Corporate Membership status. This allows a local business to become a corporate member and to nominate up to 2 employees as members of the club for one year. 
We are delighted to welcome IFYS as our first corporate member. We already have a strong relationship with IFYS through Rotary projects, care Garden, Christmas hampers, WorklIfe so we look forward to exploring ways how we can help each other with "making a difference to the community".
Alex Rotary has a long history of helping the community and especially those organisations who are looking for a "helping hand and not a hand out" as they say. 
If you know of a business who have a community cause that might be looking for some help with their plans or projects and it aligns with the Rotary credo of "making a difference" to the community, let Mike or the Board know. 
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Spare Footy Boots anyone ?

 
If anyone has any old (but good condition) kids footy boots would they please email the secretary (RCAHsecreatary@gmail.com) as our Honorary member Ashley Robinson, will put them to good use, and make a youngsters day.
 
 
 
 
Kids footy boots anyone? 2019-02-10 14:00:00Z 0
Sunday Markets Postponed
 
The Sunday Markets at the Mooloolaba School Oval have been put on hold, while the Council seek an alternative venue. Good news is that the BBQ trailer continues to do good work and has been lent out to other Rotary clubs for their community functions.
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Sunday 7th July

 
Come along to Alex SLSC in the middle of Winter to show your support for the White Ribbon Organisation. 
 
This year Alex Rotary and Alex SLSC have got together to run the Winter Solstice Swim legs in aid of the Sunshine Coast White Ribbon Organisation.
 
We're usually guaranteed beautiful Sunshine Coast weather for the swims which are a great opportunity to shake off those mid - winter blues with a dip in the ocean in front of the Alex SLSC. 
 
This year we are BIGGER than last year. We start with  MINI swim for 9-14 year olds to get things underway.  We're also staging a MINI SWIM for Solstice and is designed for those who can competently swim approximately 500 metres. It is to encourage 14 and under swimmers to join in before mum and dad do the longer swims. This swim takes entrants from 9 and 14 year old and is an ideal way to introduce the participants to the joys of ocean swimming.   
 
After the U14's are out of the water, the serious swimmers get into the ocean for the 5Km swim. Then the 3 Km swimmers get going, followed by the 1 Km swimmers.
 

The courses

All the courses will be clearly marked in the bay by buoys. There will be SLSC wardens on the course and will follow the stragglers in to the finish. 
 
All swims start and finish on the beach in front of the SLSC. The timing mats are underneath the start / finish arch..so be sure to log in and off via the archway. Also be sure to return the anklet when you finish the course.
 
Different courses will have different colour caps.
 
  • The 5Km swim should only be attempted by very experienced ocean swimmers and if you have any reservations, please discuss your concerns with the swim captain on the day. 
 
 
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Our intrepid team is off to Caloundra on Thursday to defend our title as trivia champions of the Sunshine Coast...
 
Here's a topical trivia question on Turtles...can you name the 4 teenage mutant ninja turtles?
 
 
 
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Late News: We have agreed to support local Rotoractor, Emily in her Rotary Youth Leadership Course. Most of you will be aware of the value of this course, run here on the Sunshine Coast. Here is a link to the course run by Rotarians for the future leaders in our community...HERE
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The next meeting of the Rotary University of the Sunshine Coast Community Fund will be on February 15th. This fund supports 3 - 4 USC graduates in their studies every year, and has been in operation since the start of USC, with many notable success stories, not least Greg Nash, current White Ribbon ambassador, and recipient of USCCF award in years gone by. 
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Work goes on at Crisis Care Home Garden

 
Saturday morning saw volunteers from IFYS, Rotoract and Rotary at the working bee for the Crisis Care Home garden. There are just 2 more working bee's before the garden will be completed. 
 
The drawings are almost complete for the NEXT phase for contractors to put up the teenage retreat area, which will consist of a very large maintenance free deck with a cubby house and fenced area on top.
 
There will also be a final working bee’s to complete the landscaping, put up the raised garden beds and then a final site clean up before handover to young Damien and IFYS.
 
A very special thanks to John Winstanley and the team at Buderim Mens shed for manufacturing the OUTDOOR FURNITURE and the RAISED GARDEN BEDS which look fantastic.
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We're expecting a good roll up at Landsborough on Saturday 2nd February for our second working bee in the Rotary Care Garden.
 
We're now into stage 2 of the Project, the pergola is up, the tiling is done, the new BBQ is operational (thanks Darryl) the lighting is done, and power has been laid down to the new deck and cubby house area, the ball court was completed over Christmas, Buderim Mens shed completed the garden beds, now delivered, as has also some of the garden furniture.
 
So all we need now is some arms and legs to do some planting and landscaping, maybe some grouting and some path laying on Saturday and we're well on our way to finishing this project. 
 
If you can make it, please let Errol know. 
 
Here's some pics of the garden FYI
 

Rotary Garden Progress

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There will be two speakers this morning - Sherida Holford and Susan Rich.
 
Sherida and Susan have been marine turtle monitoring volunteers with Coolum & North Shore Coast Care for over a decade.
 
 
 
 
Sherida will talk about the lifecycle of marine turtles and Susan will talk about marine turtle strandings and marine debris. The group has been monitoring nesting sea turtles and recording marine turtle strandings on the northern Sunshine Coast for over 11 years. For over 7 years they have also been recording monthly marine debris data from 4 different local beaches, so they will include information about these activities in their presentation.
 
So if you want to know more about these fascinating creatures...see you on Friday. 
 
Following week, we welcome Brent Mickelberg to talk about local community issues. 
 
Upcoming Speakers - Turtle Care & Brent Mickelberg 2019-01-31 14:00:00Z 0

Three Rotary Exchange Students through the years

We were extremely fortunate to one former and two current Rotary Exchange Students with us at Friday's meeting to hear feedback from Bianca's year in Spain and the many other European countries that she visited during her gap year. Check out Bianca's adventures on Facebook. www.facebook.com/BiancainSpain
 
Our Honorary member Fiona Simpson MP, was there to add her support to this fantastic Rotary Youth program that adds so much to the development of teenagers and Fiona recalled her Youth Exchange year in Japan. 
 
Our Youth Exchange (outbound) student Bianca Aird, recently returned from Spain, spoke to the club about her experiences in Denia, and around Europe, Paris, Berlin, Prague, Budapest and skiing in Andorra and cave exploring in the Czech republic.
 
Meanwhile our inbound student, Amy Fris from Denmark is half way through her year in Australia and was also there with "Rotary Family" Stuart and Karen. Incidentally, the Rotary Copenhagen club founded the Youth exchange program in 91927, and every year there are 9,000 Rotary Youth Exchange students around the world learning and experiencing different cultures around the world. This can only promote badly needed international goodwill and understanding. 
 
Fiona was a Rotary Exchange student, (just a few years ago) and spent her exchange time in Japan, and has fond memories of her time there. The "three amigo's" got together to share stories about their experiences and how the Rotary Youth Exchange has left them with many long term friends around the world. Bianca is now fluent in Spanish (Couldn't speak a word before she left) and in particular the dialect of Spanish that is spoken in the Valencia region - a mixture of Spanish, French and Italian!
 
How marvellous that Bianca has Fiona as a high achieving female role model to relate to and no doubt we will be hearing more from Bianca as she progresses through University.
 
Bob Thompson also reminded us that on his recent European tour he caught up with his Exchange "family" of 25 years ago, so thats testimony to the lasting nature of relationships formed through this great program.
 
Meanwhile you can also catch up with our (outbound) Youth Exchange Student Chloe from Mountain Creek and her adventures in Brazil through her facebook page. See our website (www.alexandrarotary.com) for details on that link.  
 
 
 
 
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Alex Rotarian is Senior Citizen of the Year

 
 
We are delighted to let you know that our very own David Woodrow's work in the community over many years and in various fields of National Service, Education, Emergency Services and Helicopter rescue has been acknowledged by Sunshine Coast Council. 
 
David (also the club's sound engineer) has been awarded the "Senior Citizen of 2019" title at the recent Sunshine Coast Council Australia Day ceremonies. We all know of the tireless work David has been doing in recent years for the Helicopter rescue service, under various sponsorships going back over 20 years and raising several hundred thousand dollars for this essential service. Interesting to note that the helicopter service itself was started by Rotary at the Maroochydore club. 
 
Below is a summary of the submission made on Dave's behalf. Congratulations David, well deserved, and on behalf of the many people you have helped over the years.... take a bow.
 
 
 
 
 
Summary
 
David has been an exemplary citizen over the years, with in national and community service. He's raised over $300,000 for the Emergency Helicopter service, been an SES commander, been involved in almost every aspect of community life including the armed forces, and a headmaster. 
 
During his most active part of his community work David spend about 8- hours a week on setting up the SES, and being controller during the Daniel Morcombe search efforts which involved hos contribution of 3,000 man hours.
 
This application has the full support of the local Rotary organisation, where David continues to play an active part in the Youth development and community support work.
 
Length of service to community 
 
David’s voluntary work on the Sunshine Coast commenced in 1995 when he moved to Buderim and became welfare coordinator of the Counter Disaster Committee before accepting the position of local controller of the SES in 1997.
 
His service though started well before that. He was awarded Member of the Order of Australia in 1987 for his pioneering work in education and community service, and he served in the Army Reserve for 31 years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in Officer training, and Honorary Colonel of the Cadets in Queensland.
 
David is also a distinguished Rotarian (Past President) and Knight of the Sovereign Order of St John.
 
David’s contribution was also recognised by several community awards:
 
- Commonwealth Senior Award in 2000
- National Volunteer Award in 2001
- Community Australia Day award in 2001
- Maroochy Shire Council Citizen of the Year in 2002
 
 
 
 
Contribution to Emergency Services
 
David is probably best known for his voluntary work in Emergency Services, and in 2005 was awarded Regional Achievers award he started a project to support the Sunshine Coast Energex Helicopter Rescue Service. 
 
David’s support for the community through voluntary work includes 30 years in the SES, 7 of those years as Controller. He continues to attend various clubs and communities from Gympie to Caboolture to raise founds for the helicopter service – so far around $300,000 has been raised on en entirely voluntary basis. (article included)
 
Other Community Involvement through Community Voluntary Work
 
David was also a on the Olympic torch volunteer committee, where he was principal coordinator for the Maroochy Shore volunteers for the Olympic torch relay. 
 
David has also been and has been a great supporter of the Buderim Anzac Day celebrations for over 20 years. (Article included). Where he has served as Marshal and chaired many committees that served the Buderim communities.
 
Davis has also been a Justice of the Peace for the community and advisor to many Rotary projects on the Sunshine Coast, many involving youth education and today he is Youth Director for the Rotary Club of Alexandra Headland where he coordinates the various Rotary Youth programs, such as Rotary International Exchange, Rotary National Science programs, sponsorship of local students etc. 
 
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Bianca Arrives from Spain, as Chloe leaves for Brazil

Mixed feelings from our Youth Exchange students, with Bianca Aird arriving back from a fantastic time in Spain and Europe (see her facebook page www.facebook.com/biancainspain and with Linda and family saying au devoir to Chloe who has gone to Brazil, and is already sending back pictures of her welcome and first few days with her Brazilian hosts.
What a great experience for both girls, and not forgetting our own in bound student Amy Fris who is getting a better appreciation of what heatwave really means in Australia. 
 
Bianca arrives, graduation details, Chloe departs on Rotary Exchange 2019-01-21 14:00:00Z 0
One of the outcomes from our recent club discussions is the need for additional members. So we've been looking at ways to do just that, and taking on board the challenges of a voluntary organisation when there are so many demands on business and people's time. So stay tuned for news on some changes with regards to membership, changes to fees, approaches to businesses, sponsors and supporters etc. 
 
Ed.
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At Rotary we want to have fun while "making a difference" to our communities, locally and internationally.
 
However, we're a "can do" organisation..and if you have a cause or program that you want some help with, why not get in touch and we'll see what we can do?
 
The events that we run and support allow the club to raise money to support some of the many good causes in the community. All of Rotary donations and fund raising go to the community. All Rotarians are volunteers and give freely of their time. Club expenses are kept to a minimum, and the main Rotary Foundation is one of the top 5 Charities in the world in terms of its effectiveness, with the administration costs far, far, lower than many better known charities. 
 
  • Surf Show and Shine - Celebrating the Coast while helping the outback. We always need volunteers to help run this annual community event.
 
  • SunnyCoast Solstice Swim - Supporting our Young Veterans and other Rotarian community causes. It's getting bigger every year. 
 
  • Golf Day - Last year we hosted a charity golf day to raise funds for Sunshine Coast helicopter rescue - an initiative started by Rotary here on the Sunshine Coast. 
 
  • Christmas at Alex - Every year we host a BBQ at Christmas at Alex, to raise funds for our local battlers at Christmas.
 
  • Christmas Hampers - Last year we gave 400 hampers to the Carers of Children to give a helping hand over Christmas
 
  • Mooloolaba Triathalon - we're delighted to help the organisers host this event that attracts thousands to the coast
 
  • Mooloolaba Ironman - For many years Rotarians have managed the gear tent for this great event
 
  • Clean Up Australia Day - every year we organise a BBQ for our volunteers who help clean up the coastline around beautiful Alexandra Headland
 
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The students are now returning after completing their 12 month exchange. 

Rotarians from sponsoring clubs are invited to attend the Youth Exchange Graduation Dinner for the returning students.

 
The dinner will be held on Sunday 10 February 2019 at the MURRUMBA DOWNS TAVERN,  Cnr Dohles Rocks & Ogg Rds, MURRUMBA DOWNS, commencing at 5.30 p.m. The cost is $32 per head (students and parents are not required to pay). Please see details in the attached invitation, including the RSVP date.
 
Please feel free to contact me by email or mobile 0403415917 if any questions.
Kind regards, Debra
 
Debra El Saadi
Secretary District 9600 YEP
 
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How long do you think it would take to provide running water to a village in PNG. Well, a Noosa Heads Rotary invention is doing just that in 10 minutes.
 

THE AMAZING SPATAP

 
Check out this VIDEO of a great Rotary invention from the Noosa Heads Club. 
 
Stuart and Rae Smart were our speakers on Friday morning and it was a great example of how a simple invention can "make a difference" actually improving people's lives by introducing them to running water, and personal hygiene, improving their health, education (less sick days) and giving to the community an opportunity to take the invention throughout their community. Stuart related how in one of his visits, he noticed that where there had previously been one tap to service a whole village there were now spa taps in use for each classroom, and for each group so preventing cross contamination, and sickness. 
 
Fantastic work Stuart.
 
 
 
 
 
Here's how Stuarts background in the humanitarian aid was recognised by the Australian Government.
 
 

On 16th June 2017 the Hon Julie Bishop MP announced the winners of the Australian Government’s, Humanitarian Supplies Challenge, an initiative to take the best ideas from the private sector to improve the way in which Australia helps people in need.

Thirteen winning products had been selected that address three common challenges faced in the immediate aftermath of a humanitarian crisis: water, energy and shelter. SpaTap was selected as a 1st prize winner due to its innovative water dispensing technology.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will now work with winners to secure appropriate amounts of each product to complement their existing mix of humanitarian emergency relief supplies that are stored in warehouses in Brisbane and Sydney for deployment in response to regional emergencies. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for leading the Australian Government’s response to international humanitarian crises.

SpaTap® ultralight portable Tap & shower system helps to improve health and hygiene to those affected by humanitarian crisis. SpaTap’s innovative internal flange device turns water bottles into a handwashing station or portable shower through its ability to control the water flow rate.

“We love helping people wash and save water and we are thrilled to play a part in how water is dispensed, used and enjoyed,” said Stuart Mason, SpaTap’s CEO. “We are honoured to be receiving our industry’s first humanitarian Supplies challenge award and we look forward to making many more impacts to improve people’s health and hygiene in the years ahead.”

SpaTap is committed to bringing the best personal and communal washing experience to children, adults, schools, campers, outdoor enthusiasts, WASH professionals and consumers around the world through its innovative SpaTap ultralight portable, pocket-sized, tap & shower system. SpaTap can be used as a personal tap or communally approximate amazing water saving water flow rates and hand washing capacity are, as follows:

1.25-litre bottle approximately 13 minutes 100 hand washes
15-litre bottle approximately 2 hours & 36 minutes 1000 hand washes

SpaTaps company mission is, “To supply A tap to the 2.5Billion people on this planet that don’t have access to one”

SpaTap conserves and dispenses water for the end user in disaster or long term development situations. SpaTap ultralight portable tap is used with humanitarian aid, disaster relief and outdoor recreation.We are actively seeking partnerships with Charities, NGO, WASH Sector, Government Humanitarian Aid Agencies, that want to solve the handwashing problem, please contact Rotary Noosa Heads - Stuart Msonor Rae Smart will be pleased to tell you more about this great invention.

 
 
SPA TAP - Noosa Invention saving lives around the world 2019-01-17 14:00:00Z 0
Alex Rotary are the current ROMAC trivia champions, having successfully won the trophy from hundreds (really) of Rotarians at a Fund Raising event hosted by Caloundra Rotary every year to raise funds for this fantastic charity.
 
 
 
 
 
 
So please check your diaries and make time to support a fantastic international Rotary initiative and take home the trophy once again !!
 
Here's our very own Marylin Freeman with the trophy. 
 
Great work by our team from Australia (Dave Woodrow & Tony Freeman) , New Zealand (Graeme Hight) , Zimbabwe (Sean Lues), Scotland (John & Rita Malloy), England (Marylin) and Canada (Doug Gregory).
 
In case you don't know, ROMAC is an organisation of Rotarians and supporters from the medical profession, who give freely of their time and expertise to help the Pacific Island community.
 
You've probably have seen some of the examples of facial reconstruction, and limb correction that these great volunteers do.
 
 
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Our Speaker on Friday is from Noosa on a water purification device SPATAP its a fantastic device to deliver clean water to remote communities. 

Rotary has a history of brining life's basic necessities to our region, and this promises to be an interesting talk on what the folks at Noosa are doing to bring relief to the International community. 

Meanwhile here's an inspiring story on what Rotary is doing in other parts of the world, and how delivering basic necessities can help improve the peace process.

Water project unites Lebanon clubs across all divides 

A project to provide clean water to all of Lebanon’s schools is uniting leaders from many of the country’s diverse religious, cultural, and political divisions.

In 2011, Rotary members in northern Lebanon decided to install new tanks and water filters in a few nearby schools with the help of a Rotary Foundation grant. The idea caught on and a few other clubs followed suit.

Two years later, District 2452 Governor Jamil Mouawad and other district leaders saw the potential of creating one giant water project that could reach every school and involve all 24 of the country’s Rotary clubs. They formed a committee to handle publicity and gather technical knowledge, while each club was asked to provide volunteers, contribute funds, apply for grants, and secure contributions from outside organizations.

“Every student has the right to drink clean water. It goes without saying that clean drinking water leads to less diseases, healthier students, and consequently, better education,” says Mouawad. “The bigger the challenge, the greater its positive impact on humanity.”

While clean water is the main objective, the leaders also saw the effort as a means of helping heal Lebanon’s long history of sectarian strife. A civil war divided the country from 1975 to 1990, leaving an estimated 120,000 people dead. In recent years, Lebanon’s government is a shifting coalition of religions, political parties, and sects.

Lina Shehayeb, president of the Rotary Club of Aley, is a Druze by faith. Shehayeb says working alongside club members who are Catholic, Maronite, Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and Muslim to promote the project has deepened her understanding of those with different religious or political views.

“We are building peace and understanding,” she says. “There has never been anything quite like this in our country.”

Even the distribution of club responsibilities is designed to foster peace. Each club is responsible for a certain number of schools, some in their area but some in a totally separate region. The clubs nominate a project coordinator, find qualified suppliers, arrange for sponsors, and allocate contributions from sponsors, district funds, and global grants to finance the installation of filters in the schools.

“For example a club from Jounieh, a Christian resort town north of Beirut, might be assigned schools in the southern mountains near the Israeli border, an area that is considerably poorer and primarily Shia Muslim,” explains Mouawad. “After all, who — no matter what their political or religious views — could argue with providing clean water for children?”

The effort could not have come at a better time. Read more HERE

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Climb every mountain - Here's an inspiring story from one Rotarian in Africa

A Rotaractor ventures deep into her native Uganda with a polio vaccination team as part of Rotary’s newest virtual reality film, Two Drops of Patience

By Patience Asiimwe....As told to Diana Schoberg 

Health workers must have a lot of passion. They face so many challenges to reach every child with the polio vaccine. 

I found that out when I traveled to a mountain community on the border of Uganda and Kenya, 200 miles from my home in Kampala, to join a vaccination team. Just getting to the homes was a challenge, let alone persuading the parents to let us in. We had to park the cars, carry our coolers with the polio vaccine safely tucked inside between ice packs, and move on our own two feet, just walking and walking. It’s a bit of a trick – using your hands to steady yourself while you climb, yet still having to carry this heavy cooler. There were lots of streams and rivers, and at times we had to jump across or walk through the water. 

 

Read on at this link HERE

A Rotary Story about Polio eradication 2019-01-06 14:00:00Z 0
There was some activity on the Rotary Garden Project just prior to Christmas. We had the official opening of stage 1, and the Buderim Mens shed led by John Winstanley completed the garden raised beds. Geoff and Paul from Mooloolaba Rotary took the parts down to the garden, so that will be all ready to go at our next working bee. Also the Ball play area was completed, and commissioned (see photo).
 
The plans for the large deck and cubby house will be going to Council for approval soon, and we're also delighted to acknowledge Buderim's mens shed (again)  for their work on making up the garden furniture. So its all systems go for the next working bee early in 2019.
 
 
Garden Ball Court commissioned 2019-01-06 14:00:00Z 0

Staying in touch 

A few folks who shall be nameless, had some difficulty remembering the club calendar of the Christmas period. If anyone wants instructions on how to put the club app onto their phone, please contact John Malloy on 0447300753.
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Last week and next week we're examining how to make it more attractive to members and how to engage better with the community.
 
Alex Rotary has a great history, and reputation on the community. Although we are a small club, we regularly "punch above our weight" and we want to continue with community fun activities and improve on 2018... So its appropriate that at the start of the year, we set out what we want to achieve and how we're going to do it. 
 
Of course the club has many strengths:
 
  • We're part of the wider Rotary organisation with good relationships with other Sunshine Coast Rotary Clubs
  • We're not just a fundraising club, although we are approaching $100,000 raised for drought relief
  • We support any worthwhile cause in trouble, and will generally support any member who has a "pet" project
  • We've great youth mentorship programs, including Rotary Youth Leadership, and the Youth Exchange Program
  • We're always looking for "doing" projects like the "Rotary Care Garden", Clean up Australia, Ironman, Alex Community, visiting community service organisations (IFYS, STEPS, the Shack etc.)
  • We bring in interesting local speakers to breakfast meeting, from Local Magistrates, Businesses, Sunshine Coast Council and State issues as well as local and international community groups.
 
So we want to keep that culture while some themes are emerging for 2019:
 
  • Increasing our membership
  • Learning from what other Clubs are doing to increase membership
  • Being more flexible with membership ( costs/ activities/ barriers) to attract younger members
  • Promoting Rotary programs, working with businesses and people we support to improve our community network
  • Maintaining the fun and social aspects of the club
Next Friday's meeting is intended to bring some of the thoughts into action plans, so please bring along ideas on what we should be thinking about doing differently to make 2019 a great year for the club. 
 
Club strategy for 2019 2019-01-06 14:00:00Z 0

Regular Markets BBQ??

 
Late News: The club has been invited to hold fortnightly BBQ's at the Sunday Markets. We'll be getting members views and discussing this at next club meeting. 
Markets BBQ 2019-01-06 14:00:00Z 0

AGM - Tick

AGM over for another year!

So we've now completed our AGM, and although we don't yet have a President for 2019, we have the rest of the committee and our finances have been approved, so all good for starting the year. A big thanks to Steve Powerour past Club Treasurer and now in his second year in China. We much appreciate Steve casting his accountants eye over the club finances, and giving us the tick on our fund raising and distribution. of funds. Also a big thanks to Bob Lanefor his work through the year, and we're in a good position next year with Wendytaking over the role, with Georgina Darnell, as ever our fantastic supporter and advisor on Xero. 
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Technology & Bunnings BBQ

We had our first Bunning BBQ on 2nd January, and it proved to be very busy and entertaining. We were delighted to have helpers Amy and Kirsten who manned the front the front of shop while the "old codgers" (thats me - ed) slaved away in the back room!.
 
Carmel was on duty, and learned how to use her new Apple Watch with some guidance from Amy. It actually should be called a seniors watch, as not only does it have all the bells and whistles regarding email and music etc. etc. ....but its biggest selling point according to apple was the new feature which sets off an alarm if you fall over. That could be a very attractive feature to some of the Rotarians I know. Best of all, once you enter your age to the watch, If you are over 65 it automatically turns on!
 
Moving on from that cheery note......a special thanks to Bob Thompson and Dave Woodrow for their freezers over the Christmas period. They were put to good use storing the excess inventory from the Youth Exchange Safari. 
 
Attendees at Bunnings will now note the relocation of the onions from pride of place on the top, and have now been relegated to underneath the sausage ! This dramatic change was well managed by our talented chefs. 
 
A great effort, well done to all.
First Bunning BBQ and Apple Watch 2019-01-06 14:00:00Z 0
On Tuesday a group from Child Services, Youth Justice,  IFYS and Rotary were joined by Counciller Rick Baberowski to celebrate the completion of stage 1 of the Rotary Care Garden Project at Landsborough. 
 
We also saw the start of Stage 2 as Sean Fitzpatrick had only that morning completed the basketball / netball court. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So it was great to see this project taking shape with help from Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Central, Maroochydore, and Kawana and our great supporters with Sunshine Coast Council (Cllr Baberowski) and Peter Hall, and the many sponsors and donators that made Stage 1 happen. Stage 2 we've already had great help from Jon Winstanley and Buderim Mens shed, and work will commence on that over the Christmas period.
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The club had a busy year as was reported at the AGM. Again we kept our culture of "making a difference" to our community - Locally - and to lesser extent - Internationally-  by volunteering our time and effort and getting involved in Projects that help the community, while having a bit of fun, and raising funds for local causes who could do with a financial helping hand. 
 
We have a tradition of supporting the "underdog" causes that may not receive much publicity or just need to know that there are others who care about what they are doing. 
 
Good examples of this last year - members being able to gather support with in the club to help out their local community with Prostrate Cancer and Ovarian cancer donations, and we also welcomed the opportunity of helping out the local Young Vets with the proceeds from the Solstice Swim. 
 
We also were able to gather a tidy sum for drought relief, which I understand from Bill and Melissa are being distributed to the farmers and locals in need "outback" via debit cards which are being used locally to help the business outback that are also struggling. So thats a win-win as they say. 
 
More recently we've been able to bring some Christmas Cheer to The Board Meeting organisation. This is a great organisation made up of local volunteers helping out disabled and disadvantaged kids on the Coast. Their leader Mark Skinner came to talk to us a few months back with some great inspiring stories on how the club had started out small with the intention of helping one child, only to find out that there was a much larger need on the community. This didn't stop Mark and the team, they have grown from strength to strength. So when we rang them up and asked if they would be interested in helping out with the "Christmas at Alex" BBQ, the response was terrific, and we've been able to donate $1,000 from the club to bring some cheer to his fantastic group. 
 
Check them out at  www.theboardmeeting.org
 
Thats the power of a club, to see a need and gather support, and deliver some good to a worthwhile cause. 
 
Another  great example was the solstice swim where we became aware of a club that help our young veterans who needed a helping hand and we all worked together, under Captain Tanya and Corporal Gary to make an event thats now well and truly on the community calendar. 
 
Projects in 2017/2018
 
  • Solstice Swim 
  • Golf Day 
  • Surf Show and Shine
  • Community Breakfast Visits
  • Landsborough Care garden
  • Sunshine Coast Council Skate Park BBQ
  • Bunnings BBQ's
 
Donations in 2017/ 2018
 
  • Care outreach $23,000 Drought relief. 
  • The Shack Nambour $3,000 (proceeds from Headland Golf Day) 
  • The Young Vets $4,700 (proceeds from the solstice swim) 
  • Rotary Landsborough Care Garden $2,000
  • Ovarian Cancer $1,000
  • Prostate Cancer $1,000
  • ROMAC medical aid $1,000
  • Coast to Bay domestic violence helpline $1,000
  • USC Community fund $1,000
  • Rotoract $500
  • Inner Wheel Caloundra $500
  • Lifeflight $500
  • General community support (STEPS, Schools, etc. misc. )  $2,000
 
Other 
 
  • Construction of the club storage shed thanks to Federal communities grant
  • Delivery of Worklife program to Immanuel College, Rotary Youth Leadership, Rotoract and RDU International, thanks to SCC grant.
  • The club also made donations to several of the breakfast speaker causes. 
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The AGM voted in the new committee for next year. The club Committee is:
 
President (TBC)
Vice President - Errol Richardson
President Elect - Sean Lues
Treasurer - Wendy Gilson
Secretary - John Malloy
 
 
New committee for 2019 2018-12-06 14:00:00Z 0

Christmas Party Details

 
Hi Folks, in case you missed the email, be sure to register for this years Christmas Party....and in case you've forgotten...here's a photo of our red suited Santa from last year...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Update on Mental Health 

We were delighted to welcome Vicki Stewart from Mooloolaba Rotary for her update on how the mental health walk went. Thanks to Vicki's leadership, and a lot of hard work by her team it was a great success, wit over 500 walkers on a very blustery morning along the esplanade. 
 
We were delighted to provide our support to what is a widespread problem in our community, and our official photographer, Tanya took photos of some of the more brightly dressed entrants, who all had a story to tell of the personal or family struggles with mental health. There was also a lot of walkers there showing support for those friends and family who had passed away through this terrible illness, and we hope that by Rotary organising such a walk and show of support, it was of some comfort to them.
 
We were also pleased to see our very own Fiona Simpson at the starting line to officially start the walk with local federal member Andrew Wallace. 
 
Well done to everyone involved, and we'll see you next year when the target is 1,000 walkers. 
Vicki Stewart Update 2018-11-12 13:00:00Z 0

Register now for the kids Christmas Party !

On Friday 14th breakfast meeting we have a special guest...Santa !!.
 
All children, grandchildren and friends are most welcome. But we need to know if you're coming and who is going to be there to meet the big guy. We'll be at the SLSC upstairs and a special Christmas buffet breakfast will be on offer.
 
We have our usual time slot, 7 am start we'll try and finish at 8.00 ..depending on reindeer traffic on the morning, and arrival of Santa.
 
So please let Mike or Errol know how many from your family and friends will be attending for catering purposes. 
 
There will also be the usual games and raffles and maybe a few "adult(??) games to add to the general mayhem of a kids party.
 
In case you have forgotten last years video highlights...here is one for you to click......Santas Workshop last year 
Christmas Party for kids Friday 14th December 2018-11-12 13:00:00Z 0

Wendy Protheroe visits local club

 
We were delighted to welcome District Governor Wendy to the club breakfast meeting last Friday. Wendy has been very busy travelling to the far-flung clubs in her district and recently returned from PNG, where there has been a outbreak of Polio that Rotary has responded to.
 
Wendy also had some interesting stories of her adventures in the Arawa district with moonlight beach walks and evening cruises in very small boats, not to mention light aircraft flights through the PNG jungle !
 
Some of the induction ceremonies, involving exotic substances and face painting, not to mention the impromptu travel and meeting arrangements shed a new light on the activities of our District Governor.
 
Thank you Wendy for your visit and update on the District activities,  it was great to hear of the good work that Rotary is doing in supporting the communities in PNG, and of course your club has recently supported the Nambour club project in helping the locals develop sustainable agriculture using native vegetables. 
 
Your club has many connections with PNG, and Bob Lane seemed to be very familiar with the local pigeon English ..if I understood Bob correctly the description in pigeon of a helicopter roughly translates as "Holy Moly... a mix master in the sky!) 
District Governor Visit 2018-11-12 13:00:00Z 0

 

Rotary Care Garden Progress


 
We've now (thanks to Peter E and Sean Fitzpatrick) made inroads to stage 2 of the Rotary Garden project, and we've celebrated the end of stage 1 on with a lunch with Cllr Rick Baberowski, and Youth Justice,  Child Services and IFYS.
 
Also, behind the scenes, the Buderim mens shed, led by John Winstanley, have been putting together the raised garden beds and the furniture that will decorate the garden for the kids and carers. 
 
We're also submitting plans to Council for a large deck and cubby house at the bottom of the garden, and then we can get on with the final stages of planting out the garden and completing the "make over".
 
 
 
 
The team is being led by Project manager Peter Eggleton, with the start of earthworks for the ball play area in the care garden home, and the donation of a cubby house and materials for the garden furniture. 
 
Also the Buderim mens shed have generously agreed to make up the furniture and our Errol has been in close contact with Ironbark Timbers who have been exceptionally generous with their support and supply of wood. 
 
So with the assistance of Geoff and Roger of Mooloolaba, a large quantity of timber for the garden project, donated by Ironbark Timber, was delivered to the Buderim Men’s Shed during the month, and the Geoff and Roger then loaded the “Cubbyhouse” and delivered it to the project site in Landsborough. A job well done.
 
A working bee is likely to be held early in the year, to get our hands dirty with some planting and landscaping. 
 
Garden Update - Ball play area 2018-11-11 14:00:00Z 0

BFX Boss Dennis Moore comes to breakfast

Guest speaker was Stuart Aird’s boss Dennis Moore . Dennis gave an Interesting talk about their business, the industry, changes to style of furniture used in schools and it’s impact on thinking and studying. 
The really good part was they are a family business which sells applicable furniture with some success … they make the product here in Yandina and are now exporting some to Malaysia and Indonesia. 
Also our very own Stuart Aird is obviously highly thought of and respected in the work place!
BFX boss comes to breakfast 2 2018-10-22 13:00:00Z 0

How PYC is braking the cycle 

We were delighted to host Rebecca Holland recently who spoke on how the PYC is "Braking the cycle (sic)" for so many young people by the program to help the disadvantaged young get their mobility and driving licence which is a critical factor in entering the workforce and becoming a good citizen.
 
Rebecca's program is taking root but there is a dire need for adult volunteers to help the kids get their practice hours up. So if you are interested and able to help a youngster please get in touch with Rebecca or her team members at the PYC. Cars are provided, and as Rebecca pointed out, there is a real opportunity to "make a difference" to someone's life. 
 
This reminded some of the members of a talk a few months back the club when we heard from Maxine, our local magistrate, on how the introduction of the requirement to have 100 hours of supervised driving as part of preparations for the full licence had inadvertently led to a huge increase on young aboriginal boys being locked up. 
 
And we also know from our contacts with IFYS that there are cars in their yard able to be used, if only there were more volunteers, so spread the word and you may encourage someone who can "make a difference".
Braking the cycle by Bec 2018-10-11 13:00:00Z 0

Club gets update on Airport from outgoing CEO

We were delighted to host outgoing CEO Peter Palott in October who spoke extensively on the growth and plans for the Sunshine Coast airport. It was a fascinating talk and made us stop and think about the importance of this critical infrastructure, and also how much flying has changes over the years. Peter was clearly passionate about the role of the airport in developing our region, and the growth figures and plans for future developments, including a new runway were all very positive. 
 
On a club note.....Did you know that a certain vet in the club flew on a DC-3 (Dakota) when only 11 years old between Sydney and Brisbane...and by himself! 
 
There's also a rumour that another member was there when the wright brothers needed a hand to get off the ground, but this is unsubstantiated. (ed).
Sunshine Coast Airport Update 2018-10-11 13:00:00Z 0

Some of the helpers that put their time in for drought relief..

 
This year all our members who could volunteer on the day were flat out, so it was great to welcome the various helpers including Geoff Hopkins team at Mooloolaba Rotary who not only ran the Rotary BBQ, but also provided great help with the site site up and dismantling, and final clean up to hand back to Mooloolaba School. Also a big thanks to Grammar girls who came along to help at the gates and around the site. They were also dispatched to the wharf to meet the incoming Cruise ship, before the captain called it off. Also USC Rotoract sent volunteers to help Sean with raffles which was much appreciated. And last but by no means least, a big shout out to Lorenzo and the North Coast Board riders team for their help, not only with surf boards, but with the staging and site set up. Thank you  all - we could not have done it without your help. 
Our Graeme Hight was Kombi commander in chief, and despite some concerns about available space ....handled the kombi placement with his usual efficiency. 
 
 
 
Here is President Mike, on stage thanking the volunteers, and introducing our very own Fiona Simpson who made the cheque presentation to Care Outreach. 
 
We presented a cheque for $15,000 on the day, and are still counting the proceeds, we're looking good to reach our $20,000 target for drought relief. 
 
Also a big thank you to our fantastic sponsors and the many donations from the merchants who supported us on the day. 
 
 
Saturday morning before the event started with some drama on the road outside the oval but we were fortunate to have "commander Dave" on hand to stop the traffic outside the oval to allow the massive Tautliner semi trailer across 4 lanes of traffic before rising up to the oval.
Dave was assisted by the "expendables" ....Mike, Errol and John who Dave dispatched to stand in the way of the traffic from both directions while Dave took command from the safety of the pavement and made sure the Tautliner was safely on the oval. (this may be an exaggeration. Ed).
Anyway, Errol survived and managed the Parking with usual stoicism. 
Finally we hear that our hardworking Tanya slept all through Monday - not surprising given the work that she put in to make our drought relief efforts all worthwhile. 
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2018 Surf Show and Shine 

 
 
We hosted another fantastic Surf Show and Shine last weekend.
 
A big thank you to Sunshine Coast Council for their support, and and Mayor Mark Jamieson dropping in to see the festivities. Unfortunately (for us) Cllr Connolly was on holiday and could not be at the event that John supports so well.
 
This year Sea FM was broadcasting from the event, and we had a major display from Cricks Volkswagen as well as food from Brazil, Asia, Germany, Italy, Turkey, not to mention Bob's cuisine kitchen, Calamari Canteen, Jam Factory doughnuts, Lemon and Thyme, Slushies, and 3 speciality coffee kiosks. 
 
Also this Kombi was a bit of a drawcard and a novelty raffle ticket shop!
 
 
The kids corner proved to be very popular, and Joy & Dave had lots of positive feedback on the fenced off area where the kids to have faceprinting, jumping castle, giant Jenga, Teepeee fun all for the one $5 entry fee. Well done Colleen for organising what promises to be a regular feature of SSS.
We also had some great merchandise on display from Brett McIntosh, Sommersby Shirts, Smooth as clothing and great Kombi merchandise. 
Gary and Stuart were the trouble shooters on the day, keeping the merchants happy and John on his toes!
 
This year Lorenzo and his team from North Coast Board riders organised the speciality surf boards and a board shaper was on site giving some amazing demonstrations.
Mark and the team from "Shake it up music" had some fantastic groups playing the 60's through to todays music. Lava Lamps, Cumquats, Ghosts of Cloudland and mini- muso's kicked off the amazing entertainment. 
Chairman Wallis was in charge of the gate teams, with able help from Amy and girls, and Treasurer Bob looked after the all important funds raised.
 
2018 Surf Show and Shine gets under way  2018-09-17 14:00:00Z 0

Some of the helpers that put their time in for drought relief..

 
This year all our members who could volunteer on the day were flat out, so it was great to welcome the various helpers including Geoff Hopkins team at Mooloolaba Rotary who not only ran the Rotary BBQ, but also provided great help with the site site up and dismantling, and final clean up to hand back to Mooloolaba School. Also a big thanks to Grammar girls who came along to help at the gates and around the site. They were also dispatched to the wharf to meet the incoming Cruise ship, before the captain called it off. Also USC Rotoract sent volunteers to help Sean with raffles which was much appreciated. And last but by no means least, a big shout out to Lorenzo and the North Coast Board riders team for their help, not only with surf boards, but with the staging and site set up. Thank you  all - we could not have done it without your help. 
Our Graeme Hight was Kombi commander in chief, and despite some concerns about available space ....handled the kombi placement with his usual efficiency. 
 
 
 
Here is President Mike, on stage thanking the volunteers, and introducing our very own Fiona Simpson who made the cheque presentation to Care Outreach. 
 
We presented a cheque for $15,000 on the day, and are still counting the proceeds, we're looking good to reach our $20,000 target for drought relief. 
 
Also a big thank you to our fantastic sponsors and the many donations from the merchants who supported us on the day. 
 
 
Saturday morning before the event started with some drama on the road outside the oval but we were fortunate to have "commander Dave" on hand to stop the traffic outside the oval to allow the massive Tautliner semi trailer across 4 lanes of traffic before rising up to the oval.
Dave was assisted by the "expendables" ....Mike, Errol and John who Dave dispatched to stand in the way of the traffic from both directions while Dave took command from the safety of the pavement and made sure the Tautliner was safely on the oval. (this may be an exaggeration. Ed).
Anyway, Errol survived and managed the Parking with usual stoicism. 
Finally we hear that our hardworking Tanya slept all through Monday - not surprising given the work that she put in to make our drought relief efforts all worthwhile. 
2019 Surf Show and Shine 2018-09-16 14:00:00Z 0

Libby Schick

You have probably heard that Libby passed away yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with Libby's family and friends at this extremely sad time.
Libby Schick John MALLOY 2018-08-27 14:00:00Z 0
Our September Roster:
 
Wallis : Chairperson
Bill B : Meet and Greet
Set up: Errol Richardson
Rotary Minute: David Woodrow
September Roster 2018-08-21 14:00:00Z 0

Memories

IronMan support

Libby would have approved of our support of the Ironman Competition, and she had given quite a few hours in previous years guarding the gear tent, to raise funds to support the various club donations, including ovarian cancer, prostate cancer and of course mental health.
 
Here she is with the organiser in chief Vicki Stewart at our Mad hatters function in support of mental health.  
 
She would also have appreciated the enthusiasm of our very own Gary Lynch in trying out the Ironman Volunteer T shirt.  (below) 
Memories of Libby   mal 2018-08-20 14:00:00Z 0
 

Iconic Surf Show and Shine in aid of drought relief

The 4th Annual Rotary Surf Show and Shine is getting near!!
 
Here's the new VIDEO LINK in case you've forgotten what all the fuss is about with more information on the event and our fantastic sponsors.
 
We've had great support from Sunshine Coast Council, Cricks Volkswagon, Rip Curl, Sea FM an just this week Shake it Up music have come on board. 
 
It all starts on Saturday (15th Sept) night with a Film night at the Oval, and then on Sunday the Kombi's and the Surfboards arrive. 
 
On Sunday morning there will be Kombi's on display at Alex Headland and Mooloolaba Promenade. 
 
The entertainment kicks off with Mini Muso's and then we have Ghost Riders with their tribute show then the headline act Cumquats. The music will go till 4 pm this week, such has been the positive response from our muso's to help with drought relief.
 
To keep the kids busy Colleen has been putting together the kids play area with Jumping castle, face painting and other kids activities.
 
We've also been blessed with great offers of support from Care Outreach, Mooloolaba Rotary, Grammar and USC Rotoract. 
 
Also we're disappointed that our patron , Cllr John Connolly will not be with us, as he is having a well deserved holiday with his Family. We look forward to seeing John well rested on his return. 
Surf Show and Shine Update 2018-08-20 14:00:00Z 0

Saturday night is film night 

As an extension to the Rotary Surf Show and Shine we are hosting an ourdoor film night at the Mooloolaba School Oval on Saturday 15th September
 
We're indebted to the Sunshine Coast Council who are sponsoring the event, and we hope that it grows into something even bigger in future years. 
 
Captain Underpants is the kids movie first up!
Cinema Night John MALLOY 2018-08-20 14:00:00Z 0

Memories

It has been a tough year for the families of Libby & Peter. We are grateful for the happy times and the contributions they made to he club and the community. 
 
 

 

Peter & Libby memories mal 2018-08-19 14:00:00Z 0

Rotarians help Ironman

Colleen is organising the club to assist with the Ironman competition. So if you havent yet volunteered, what are you waiting for?
 
Were on usual gear tent and pumps details and I hear that Prue B is helping out from some ungodly hour in the morning. 
 
The good news is that Prue has added lights to her bike (she is cycling in) and I'm sure thats a relief to cyclists and pedestrians alike.
 
See you there.
 
Check with Colleen because some of the details of the day have changed...
 
 
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Delighted to have Andrew Wallace with us on Friday to present cheque to Young Vets. Andrew was our MC for the 2nd Solstice Swim and has a passion for helping veterans young and old.

Andrew Wallace Visits 

Andrew donating the Rotary Solstice swim proceeds to Tay while Mike and Tanya look on. 
 
Young Vets Presentation 2018-08-15 14:00:00Z 0
On Friday we visited the Buderim Private Hospital Emergency Facilities. Many thanks to Wallis's team for looking after us so well, and showing us around this fantastic addition to the Sunshine Coast infrastructure. 
 
Chez Wallis mal 2018-08-14 14:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Care Garden BIG PLANT OUT was great success on Saturday. We had representatives from Mooloolaba, Buderim, Sunshine Coast Central, Rotoract and Alexandra Headland all come together to make a great effort to plant out the side of the Crisis Care Home. So the garden is coming along, with plans to get the Pergola, Tiling, Netball / Basketball and teenage retreat in place in the next few months. Here's some of the volunteers (below)
Garden Update mal 2018-08-14 14:00:00Z 0
Friday breakfast saw many new faces to breakfast.
 
Garry Bradford from Global Alms was there to tell us about the problems that are faced by the stateless in Burma / Thailand, our new inbound Youth Exchange student, Amy Hedevang Fris was there to tell us about her first impressions of Australia, and Linda, Chloe and Tommy were there to catch up on how Chloe is going with her preparations as an outbound Youth Exchange student for Brasil. 
 
Amy Fris
 
We're delighted to hear that Amy is settling in well with hosts Stuart and Karen, and that she has already started at Siena College. Here's Amy with past Principal, our very own Graeme Hight. 
 

Garry Bradford from Global Alms was our guest speaker, and what a broad ranging talk it was on International aid, but with a local message. Fantastic to hear of an organisation that has taken its goal to help the greatly disadvantaged, traumatised kids in a small village (Tak) and works so purposefully and positively to "make a difference". It was particularly apt, when Garry explained the context the recent case of the young football team trapped in a cave in Thailand, and why being "stateless" is such a crushing situation to so many people in this part of the world. Below is a short extract from the great work in the "Yes, she matters" campaign that these folks are doing, without any Government help, and with a comprehensive strategy of involving the local people in their solution, and making the solution permanent. 
 

Yes She Matters ...some information...

The ‘Yes She Matters’ program provides women an opportunity no matter their race, religion or documented status, to receive immediate help if they have been raped, sexually assaulted, abused or caught in domestic violence.The ‘Yes She Matters’ Emergency Assistance Team are all female, trained across several fields and on call 24/7 to provide immediate help meeting victims in their homes, at the police station or local hospital.

Global Alms provide Emergency Packs (clothes, undergarments, sanitary items, toiletries), a ‘Yes She Matters’ Case Advocate is allocated to offer one on one support (especially during police interviews & medical exams), Mental Health support, Training options, Personal Protection and Safety Plans.

This is a free program provided for survivors in Tak, Thailand. If you would like to support women in need who have survived unspeakable trauma, please visit www.yesshematters.org today

 

 
We also acknowledged the efforts of our own Bob Thompson during the week. Bob was lead speaker at both Immanuel College and at AIME at USC where we spoke on WorkLife Interview preparation and how to present yourself well at interview to get that all important job. Bob is going on leave from Rotary for a few months, but not before keeping his commitment to Maroochy State High School on Wednesday for more coaching of kids on mock interviews. !! We wish Bob and Marg a great holiday in Europe !!
 
 
WorkLIfe Book gets international Interest
 
Also PP John has been inundated with comments and support following on from the July Rotary Down Under article, which has attracted interest from Queensland, NSW, South Australia, Tasmania, and more recently UK, USA and there even from the First City Rotary in Ketchikan, Alaska !!
 
The club has put the book on its google drive, details from the secretary's email. RCAHsecretary@gmail.com
 
Week 4 Blog mal 2018-07-29 14:00:00Z 0
 
It's on again - bigger and better!
 
This years SunnyCoast Solstice Swim is on Sunday 7th July, in aid of White Ribbon. So set aside this date in you calendar.
 
This year we have :
 
  • Mini swim for the kids kicking off the major swims
  • 1Km & 3Km for the beach regulars
  • 5Km for the serious swimmers
So if you're up for it register HERE or form a TEAM for the day. 
 
Timing Wizards will be there with their gear, so see how you go against your personal best. 
 
We'll have heaps of giveaways, goody bags and great food and drink. Stay tuned for more details. 
 
More details on our webpage HERE
 
 ..and in case you missed it...her are last years photo's...
 
 
 
Here's some snaps of the day, starting with the warm up, and is it just me but is our very own Gary Lynch being a bit critical of the efforts during the warm up? What do you think?
 
 
 
Club Winter solstice swim Tanya MURPHY 2018-07-21 14:00:00Z 0
2018 LIFE FLIGHT CHARITY GOLF DAY - MAROOCHY RIVER GOLF CLUB
 
While numbers were down and we had great difficulty in getting supporters a very enjoyable day was had by all. Maroochy River  promised fine weather and they came through with a perfect winter day with no rain or wind, just a perfect Sunshine Coast winter weather. We had 59 starters, unfortunately Peter and Linda Darnell had to pull out at short notice and were sadly missed, and Libby Schick retired hurt. We nearly had another vacancy as the organising Bozo forgot his golf clubs (couldn't organise paper for the proverbial). 
The results for the day were:
  • Winners                 50.5        Structures EngineeringDesign- Scott Brimelow/Brad Hunt/Peter                                                  Bannister/Grant McDonald. (No mention of creative handicapping)
  • Runner Up            52.5        Shadforth Civil Engineering- Peter Ovens/Pat Bourke/Justin                                                             Moyle/Rick Finch
  • Third                        57.4        Halcyon- Sue Spelling/Lorraine Marks/Bob Lippatee/Bob O'Louglin
  • Last                          73            No names but Rotarian DW was in the threesome
  • NTP 4th                                                      Peter Bannister (Structures)
  • NTP 8th                                    Joan Kalwig (Halcyon)
  • NTP 12th                                 Peter Ovens (Shadforths)
  • NTP 16th                                 Bob O'Louglin (Halcyon)
  • Straightest Drive               Bob O'Louglin (Halcyon)
  • Longest Drive Male         Scott Weiden (Whiskey Boys)
  • Longest Drive Lady          Joan Kalwig (Halcyon)
Thank you to Structures Engineering  Design, Halcyon, IGA Wises Road, All Coast Golf Carts, Fiona Simpson MP, Libby Schick and Bob Lane for their sponsorship and donations for the raffle. Also a big thank you to all the Rotarians that helped on the day. And finally thank you Maroochy River Golf Club for their assistance and looking after us both physically and financially on the day. Hopefully in the final wash up we will be able to give a reasonable amount to the Life Flight Helicopter group. 
Finally, nobody chipped a ball into the IRB on the 18th. Only Scotty Brimelow and Alan Warby hit it and they were suitably rewarded.
Bill Bradley
2018 Golf Day Convenor
2018 Golf Day mal 2018-07-21 14:00:00Z 0
 
Fantastic event, and well done Tanya and team for day, and see you at next years Rotary Solstice Swim in 2019!
 
 
Here's some snaps of the day, starting with the warm up, and is it just me but is our very own Gary Lynch being a bit critical of the efforts during the warm up? What do you think?
 
 
 
2019 Solstice Swim Tanya MURPHY 2018-07-20 14:00:00Z 0
At last weeks club assembly we heard our team leaders plans for the year ahead. But first we welcomed a new member to Alex, but a long standing Rotarian Wendy Gilson. 
 
 
Wendy has a long history with Rotary and is the current Assistant District Governor. The Kawana Waters club has been wound up, and while we are delighted to welcome Wendy to our club, we hope its not too long before a new club springs up in that part of the Sunsjone Coast.
 
2018 club assembly Mike STORKEY 2018-07-08 14:00:00Z 0
An update on this story..
 
Since we finished the club storage we've been able to help out a few people with the BBQ trailer and related items:
 
  • Mooloolaba Rotary with the BBQ trailer with their support "Walk for Dementia" 
  • Sunshine Coast Central with utensils etc for their first Bunnings BBQ
  • LifeFlight with the loan of BBQ for their Aviation Day 
 
So the central nature of this storage, is paying off in our ability to help out the community. Fantastic. 
 
For many years the club has been indebted to the generosity of Chris Baker, Bob Thompson, Denys Alt and others for storing club gear while the club had no storage facilities of its own. 
 
At the start of this year, the club was successful in obtaining a grant from the Federal "Community Assistance" program for the purchase of club storage. Since then Bob Thompson has been busy designing, purchasing, fabricating and constructing a shipping container for the club needs. 
 
Part of the grant requirement was that Rotary provide a dollar-for-dollar towards the project. So a big thank you to the other volunteers who gave of their time and tools etc., Denys Alt, Bill Bradley, Tony Freeman, Errol Richardson and President John.  So now the club has a place to store the Trailer and our club assets thanks.
 
Of course a big thank you to Alex SLSC for allowing your club to use the and in Mari St. compound for quite a reasonable rent (i.e. Zero) 
Club Storage John MALLOY 2018-06-19 14:00:00Z 0
Golf Day promo John MALLOY 2018-06-17 14:00:00Z 0
 it gets harder to get out of bed in the morning, but what a beautiful sunrise as we gather for breakfast club meeting. We are truly lucky to be living in such a beautiful part of the world, and what a gorgeous view to start the day.
Sunrise at Alex John MALLOY 2018-06-16 14:00:00Z 0
On Friday we welcomed John Hutchison from Alex Community Association. John gave a thought provoking talk on the pro's and con's of social media with particular reference to how it is affecting the volunteering community. We are all aware of rapid change that social media is making to communications within our community and sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming. Ultimately though "making a difference" to community does come down to giving time, your arms and legs and brain power to helpng out.   John's message was one of adjusting to these changes and how to use the social media for the benefit of community, not only at time of natural disasters, but in the day to day improvements that we can all make in our community if we are alert to the causes in our community. 
John Hutchison Talk John MALLOY 2018-06-16 14:00:00Z 0
We also welcomed Chloe Ross - Buzza and her mum Linda to breakfast. Chloe has applied for Youth Exchange this year, for 2019 outbpund. She's done this with some great support from her mum and dad Gavin, and of course our very own Stuart,  ably assisted by Graeme they have negotiated the minefield known as Rotary Youth bureaucracy.. Good to see you folks. 
Chloe and Linda visit John MALLOY 2018-06-16 14:00:00Z 0
The club offers students a transitioning to work a program on how to succeed and to be happy at Work. This is available in coffee - table book form or by presentations from the members by arrangement. We strongly believe that the youth and schools, universities of today will benefit from the practical support and mentorship of employers and employees. If you wish to receive the book, please click HERE or if you are interested in organising a course for your school, please contact the club through the home page address, RCAHsecretary@gmail.com and we'll take it from there. 
WorkLife Program available from Club mal 2018-06-12 14:00:00Z 0
Our 4th Surf Show and Shine is on 16th September at the Mooloolaba School Oval. We have come a long way from our initial event, and this year promises to be bigger than ever. We're planning a bigger surf board and kombi display, more entertainment and surfie film show. Set your calendars for this one. 
 
Surf Show and Shine John Malloy 2018-06-11 14:00:00Z 0
At Rotary we want to have fun while "making a difference" to our communities, locally and internationally.
 
However, we're a "can do" organisation..and if you have a cause or program that you want some help with, why not get in touch and we'll see what we can do?
 
The events that we run and support allow the club to raise money to support some of the many good causes in the community. All of Rotary donations and fund raising go to the community. All Rotarians are volunteers and give freely of their time. Club expenses are kept to a minimum, and the main Rotary Foundation is one of the top 5 Charities in the world in terms of its effectiveness, with the administration costs far, far, lower than many better known charities. 
 
  • Surf Show and Shine - Celebrating the Coast while helping the outback. We always need volunteers to help run this annual community event.
 
  • SunnyCoast Solstice Swim - Supporting our Young Veterans and other Rotarian community causes. It's getting bigger every year. 
 
  • Worklife Program - Rotarians are generally business people who are passionate about giving back. So its only natural that when they see businesses complain that the young are not "work ready", and they see overloaded school curriculums, and stressed out kids going into the workforce that they want to help. So Alex Rotary has been delivering and promoting a program to help first time workers transition to work, in a practical and positive way. Already we've been to high schools on the Sunshine Coast , Rotaract at USC and IFYS community worker work start programs. 
 
  • Golf Day - Last year we hosted a charity golf day to raise funds for Sunshine Coast helicopter rescue - an initiative started by Rotary here on the Sunshine Coast. 
 
  • Christmas at Alex - Every year we host a BBQ at Christmas at Alex, to raise funds for our local battlers at Christmas.
 
  • Christmas Hampers - Last year we gave 400 hampers to the Carers of Children to give a helping hand over Christmas
 
  • Mooloolaba Triathalon - we're delighted to help the organisers host this event that attracts thousands to the coast
 
  • Mooloolaba Ironman - For many years Rotarians have managed the gear tent for this great event
 
  • Clean Up Australia Day - every year we organise a BBQ for our volunteers who help clean up the coastline around beautiful Alexandra Headland
 
Our Programs and Causes John Malloy 2018-06-07 14:00:00Z 0
We're updating our website pages so please bear with us as we transfer information and upload photo's etc. Also please don't freak out if the website appears different when you log in next time!!
Website Changes John Malloy 2018-06-02 14:00:00Z 0
The Alex Rotary annual Winter Solstice Swim is back on again at Alex Beach on Sunday 24th June. Check out our facebook page...https://www.facebook.com/Sunshine-Coast-Solstice-Swim-1540575469351787/
Rotary SunnyCoast Solstice Swim promo Tanya Murphy 2018-06-01 14:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
India celebrates three years without polio 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
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