Solstice Swim Progress

Solstice Swim - Sunday 26th June

Well its nearly upon us and we've been busy putting the final touches to what will be a gorgeous morning on the beach at Alex Headland. 
Here's some photo's, run sheet and general info..and also to recognise the great support from everyone involved, and a special thanks to the Alex Surf Life Saving Club for all their help, we're much indebted to Ashley, Chris and Amy and the team.
Thank you....
Location Plan..




Whats the swim about?

Its a community charity swim run by Alex Rotary and Alex SLSC for the local Sunshine Coast. 

What swim legs are on offer:

1km, 3km, 5km

How many are you expecting?

We’re hoping for 300 swimmers. Every year the event gets bigger and bigger. The vision is to match the Byron Bay swim which attracts thousand every year. 

Is there a minimum age? 

14 years

How do I register?


When is entry cut -off?

You can register up to one hour before the swim starts, but obviously the later you register the less chance of having the correct size shirt, and the club reserves the right to close of the most popular swim leg registration at any time for safety reasons. 

What happens if I cancel?

You'll be offered a full refund.

What happens if the event is cancelled / postponed? 

You'll have choice of refund or participating in revised date. Your call. 

Will there be a safety briefing?

There will be a safety briefing before each swim leg in Buhk park next to Alex SLSC.

How much is the entry fee?

$60 for swimmers, and for the sugar babies who need a wetsuit, we're asking for a further $10 donation.

Can I have flippers?

We want to discourage flippers, for safety of other swimmers reasons, we'd prefer you to swim a more comfortable swim distance if possible. 

Where are the swim courses?

All swim courses start and finish in front of Alex SLSC - Look for the Rotary Arches.

Do I need a wet suit?

Your call, but if you decide to ...we'd appreciate another $10 donation towards a charity of your choice when you register.

How many are in a team?

4 members in a team. There will be novelty prizes for the best presented team etc. 

Is it a race?

Aussies are competitive and always want to do their personal best, but its NOT a race. We will have timekeepers and be putting all the results on screen and on social media. 

What sort of training / fitness is expected of me?

We're very much relying on you knowing your capabilities. There will be IRB's and Alex SLSC volunteers on water for all the swim legs. But please do NOT enter a swim leg that you are not comfortable with. 

How will I see the swim course when I'm in the water?

There will be GIANT swim buoys making the course and Alex SLSC volunteers on IRB's and boards monitoring the swim legs. 

My child is a good swimmer, so can he tag along the swim with mum or dad?

Sorry, we'd prefer no under 14's on any of the swim courses.

What's in the swim bag?

Your swim cap (which you must wear, coloured differently for each leg) and your after swim T shirt and some promotional material. Special offers and the like) 

Big shout out and thank you to all community minded swimmers on the Sunshine Coast who have registered for the Rotary Solstice Swim. Special BIG thanks to our amazing sponsors Joe Natoli our local hard working Councillor, Scott Brimelow from Structures, Cameron from Evolve Accounting, Anthony from Miller Sockhill Lawyers, Sheree and the team from Innovative Planning Service's and of Course the ocean swimmer and the idea behind swimming in the bay in the middle of winter (really??) our very own Bob Lane from Act Now Hypnosis for their most welcome sponsorship. 
Also, some hard work by our friend of Rotary and full time volunteer and all round champion, Shannon
(Shannon is off to Canada soon - he goes with our thanks for being such a club supporter and best wishes for the future).
...Here's the gorgeous trophies Shannon hand made for the swim...
While we are pains to stress that its not a race (Really!) we know that some will be happy with a sociable swim, whereas others just want to achieve their Personal Best .....we'll be posting all the swim times as usual....then there are others who just can't help themselves and just GOT to get through that finish arch before anyone here's the trophy you'll win for your swim leg. 
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Wanderlust - not to be missed

Wanderlust - an amazing Food & Drink festival in support of Oz Harvest

The amazing folks at Maroochydore State High School are inviting everyone to attend the amazing Wanderlust festival that celebrates the variety of Sunshine Coast food and drink produced here on the coast, and its all in aid of that fantastic Oz Harvest organisation, who have done an amazing job during the pandemic in keeping food on the table for so many folks who have been "doing it tough".
Also when a certain scribe and his mate were at the Vocational Enterprise Regional Group meeting we heard how the school went over the past few years. You can see from teh slide below the impact of COVID on placement of kids in the workplace but also what a brilliant job the school has been doing in developing future academic and non academic student at Maroochy High during this very difficult time. 
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What are our Rotarian mates in Arlington Texas up to?

The club secretary gets quite a few Rotary newsletters, and we have connections as far afield as Alaska and UK. You'll recall Peter D recently visited the lone star state. We'll here's a recent newsletter to give you an idea of how Rotary clubs have similarities and differences around teh world...
...and I know its said that things are always bigger in Texas...but I'm doubtful that Arlington Sunrise's can match this shot Tony took as he entered our club breakfast meeting..
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Angela is the latest Alex Rotarian 

Angela joins Alex Rotary 

Delighted to welcome Angela as our latest member to The Rotary Club of Alexandra Headland. Angela has had a busy career in radiography and now is looking to help out with our community projects between family visits to Victoria. Welcome Angela, appreciate you picking Alex Rotary as your way to "make a difference".
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Naomi - a great addition to the Sunshine Coast Community 

Naomi's story

A certain lady artist via a career in construction has been a strong addition to the Sunshine Coast community, noted for helping out not only the Alex Rotary Surf Show and Shine and Solstice Swim, but many other community groups, including our beneficiaries from our Projects. So we were delighted to welcome Naomi from Ocean Art in Maroochydore to our breakfast meeting...and see below what Val and the ladies think of her wonderful artwork...can you spot the "turtle" ...good one Tony!!
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Charmaine's stories

Charmaine Stories

The club sometimes does members profiles, but on friday we had a prospective member profile from Charmaine, who has been a regular at our Breakfast meetings (well.... as regular as she can be with her busy lifestyle).
So we learned a few things, (i) that Charmaine is as skilful as any politician you could meet at avoiding the interviewers (Mike) questions and talking about the things she wants to talk about. And Charmaine loves talking about Rotary, she has seen the work that Rotary has done in South Africa and Lesotho and also much nearer home in Australia. 
We saw the Hippo Roller video, and the story on how it all started with a contact and an idea and blossomed into a change of lifestyle for hundreds of filks who do not have the benefit of first world sanitation and water supply. 
We also learnt that Charmaine is relentless in her Rotary fundraising, even when on a cruise holiday ..but that's another story. 
Mike just checking that he actually asked that question...

Change Over Dinner

Spot the typo in this message? $50 to first correct response, payable tomorrow. 


I was framed m'lud...

A rather nautical Geoff has been framed..
Great effort by Geoff and Charmaine on Monday selling 4 raffle books of tickets for the Solstice Swim fundraising.
..and we can look forward to these smiling faces in the Sunshine Coast Daily who have also been showcasing the swim..

Rotary International Convention in Texas

Great to be able to bring some good news from Texas where RI's International Convention was being held in Houston

A Rotary first

During the closing session , Rotary International President-elect Jennifer Jones gave members a preview of what she'll be focusing on.

"For the past two years, the most common question I have received is, 'How does it feel to be our first woman president?'" Jones said. "I will confess, I feel a sense of excitement brewing because I believe this opens opportunities for lifting and celebrating each of our diverse perspectives."

"We've all taken a different path to get here," she continued. "Some because your father was a Rotarian, some because an employer tapped you on the shoulder, others because a Supreme Court ruling permitted women to join ... and yet each of us entered through one mechanism — an invitation.

"That is why I am determined to harness diversity, equity, and inclusion to advance this invitation across the Rotary world."

Jones also called on leaders throughout Rotary to be trailblazers, and pledged to continue President Shekhar Mehta's Empowering Girls initiative, which she said "has resonated powerfully around the world."

Other highlights from Houston:

  • The Rotary Presidential Conference Houston: Serve to Bring Peace brought together peacebuilders from around the world to reflect on Rotary's response to conflict this year and reinforce our commitment to creating more peaceful and resilient societies.
  • Rotary's response to the war in Ukraine was acknowledged several times during the convention. Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta praised members for donating millions of dollars to help displaced Ukrainians. "They opened their hearts and homes...I saw from close quarters how Rotarians were caring for them. Seeing was believing," he said.
  • Dr. Olha Paliychuk, a member of the Rotary Club of Cherkasy, Ukraine, thanked Rotary on behalf of the more than 1,000 members in Ukraine. "You have not only donated and shipped medical supplies and other daily essentials to those of us inside Ukraine, but also provided shelter to those who have fled," she said. "Your help has saves lived, giving us hope and inspiring Ukrainians like me to stand up, to help our people, and protect our homeland."
  • Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi spoke about the work of the Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation to end the exploitation of children in India and around the world by addressing the inequality, injustice, and discrimination that lie at the core of child labor. Following his remarks, Mehta presented Satyarthi with the Rotary Award of Honor for his advocacy of children's rights globally.
  • Dr. Hamid Jafari, director of polio eradication for the World Health Organization's Eastern Mediterranean Region, shared an update on Rotary's progress in ridding the world of polio. "Through your entrepreneurial spirit, you have energized and inspired other partners to never give up. You are the glue that holds us all together, motivated and accountable," he said. "You have led us from the start of global efforts to eradicate polio, and we will be together at the end of polio."
  • Antoni Slodkowski, a 2003-04 Rotary Youth Exchange student from Poland to Japan, is the 2021-22 recipient of the Rotary Alumni Global Service Award. Slodkowski, Tokyo correspondent for the Financial Times, previously served as a bureau chief for Reuters in Myanmar, where he led coverage of the election of Aung San Suu Kyi and of the military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, receiving the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.
  • Gen. Charles Duke (USAF Ret.) NASA astronaut, Lunar Module Pilot and 10th man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 16 mission, spoke of exploring new horizons.


Val and Mike were spotted by our illustrious photographer deep in conspiracy ...I wonder..

Michelle's back..(pun intended..)

..and delighted to see Michelle back on deck and before she heads off overseas...but not to worry...its only for a few months..

Swim weather 

The swim is just over a week away...and look at the weather ...yes
The swim gear is being printed, and the registrations are coming in (please hurry!!) so all is looking good for a fun Sunday morning. 
We'll have our mate Peter from Shelterbox and Val and the team on the raffles, and Councillor Joe Natoli to hand out those amazing trophies by our mate the beautiful Shannon, some amazing swimmers including Alexa Leary (#moveforlex) and I believe some surprise auctions are also on the cards.
And don't forget to grab a raffle ticket which carries the bonus of 10% discount on food at the Alex SLSC on swim day.

Burnside School Mock Interviews and Resume coaching ...Dateclaimer Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd August

We've received this email from teh Smith Family in regards to a request from Burnside SHS
"As we discussed at the VERG Dinner recently, Burnside SHS have provided me with some potential dates for Interviews and Resume Skill workshops for Term 3.
They have 6 Year 10 classes and therefore would like to run 6 separate sessions on the following dates:
Term 3, Week 4, Monday 1st August Periods 1,2,3 and 4 (between 8:55 am and 2:45 pm) including break times
Term 3, Week 4, Tuesday 2nd August Periods 1 and 2 (between 8:55 am and 11:55 am)
** Each period is 70 minutes. 
I know that you talked about a maximum time you think it best for these sessions – was it 40 minutes??  Could we split the class with Interview then resume skills?  I am happy to cover off the other part of the lesson with Resume skills or to discuss how this timeframe would work best.
They would like to set up the Student Centre with desks to make it like a proper interview style environment."
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Donated IPads are doing great work 

Donated Ipads are doing great work

The donated and fund raised Ipads were delivered to Papunya school in the NTerritory. Paul (the team leader) will  send us a video of the kids at his Indigneous School using their brand new Apple I Pads. Meanwhile make do with the advanced photo below. They have to fly some technical IT Professional out to the school to connect the ipads to their computer system. Paul also has the other two I pads which were sent by Australia Post and took just as long to get out to this school as Apple's carrier! But Paul will be able to send us a photo of the iPads being used as the computer IT persons arrives and sets all this up.
 Paul is one of our best teachers and has won awards for his pictures of the beautiful environment that is a feature of the Outback.

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Improve your mental health 

Singing sensation

Joy managed to get a few brave members on stage to sing Simon and Garfunkels "feeling groovy" on Friday....

A Few Minutes To Ponder from Joy...

My dear Fellow Rotarians and guests Welcome to you all. I would just like to share with you some ideas that originate from studying the pie charts that we all did relating to our division of our day to day observance of how we spent our time over a week. We seem to spend very little time engaging in what is vitally important to our mental health and that is just relaxing and doing something just for ourselves. In the realm of Psychology  it is called Engaging in Self- Care We feel pangs of guilt if we are not rushing about trying to do achieve everything in the limited time we have left in our all too busy schedule that we have set for our lives. 

“And yet…The Butterfly

Counts Not

Months but


And Has time 


Rabindranath  Tagore

So my dear friends as we all go forward in trying to achieve a myriad of tasks in breakneck speed, especially in this busy time of the Rotarian Calendar , maybe we could take a moment  to listen or sing along to the Words of Simon and Garfunkle  when they sing Feeling Groovy.”(Words supplied )

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RYDA and Rotary 

Rotary Youth Drivers Awareness 

Bill from Nambour 76 spoke to the club about the great program, in fact its more than a program ...

RYDA is more than a program, it’s partnership which supports teachers on the journey as they provide their students with the tools and understanding they need to see themselves as active, responsible road citizens. Taking, largely, a student inquiry learning approach, RYDA becomes part of the school culture from the first to last day of a young person’s high school life. Beyond that, RYDA provides students with the tools, habits and motivation to take action and stay safe on our roads as both drivers and passengers throughout their lives.

Long term change will only be realised where educational materials support each-other and key messages are repeated over time. RYDA, a program professionally developed by leading learning organisation, Road Safety Education Limited (RSE), is designed to complement the high school curriculum.

RYDA features a highly engaging and memorable one-day workshop which front-loads students’ understanding of road safety. The workshop sessions are designed to be held in small classroom sized groups (approximately 25 students) and are led by a team of trained facilitators including Police, driving instructors and other community sector specialists.

Pleased to say that Alex Rotary is stepping up to the plate and will continue with the leadership that President Wendy has shown in supporting RYDA for many years..Stay tuned for more details. 

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What's happening in Arlington Sunrise Rotary 

Whats happening  at Arlington Rotary?
Last Friday we heard from Peter D on his family visit to Arlington, Texas. So we have reached out to that club who so warmly welcomed Peter with an exchange of Newsletters. This international connection continues with Alex Rotary's rich heritage of overseas visits and visitors. Next time we roll out the pennants at a club function, just have a look at the over 100 clubs that have either met Alex Rotarians or have visited our little club. 
Peter handed President Wendy the Arlington Sunrise Rotary pennant, and familiarised us with an area of Texas that has almost the population of Australia within a 100km radius. Thanks Peter. 
Here's some excerpts from their newsletter FYI. A certain scribe will set up a link in future editions..
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ROMAC Trivia Quiz warm up

ROMAC Trivia Quiz warm up

This year the club are putting two teams into the ROMAC Trivia Quiz. Regular readers will be aware of the glorious history of the club in this event. (??) 
 and for a very embarrassing reason....this trophy is NOT the one we will be winning on Thursday !!
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ROMAC - The stories

ROMAC - The stories 

Tony reminded us on Friday why the club has been a long term sponsor of ROMAC and some of the personal stories that he has seen in his 30 years of Rotary. Stories mostly of children who lives have drastically changed for the better after horrific birth defects, injuries and disease. 
The great Rotarians who donate their skills free to the pacific region are often not seen or celebrated. We'd like to acknowledge all the health professionals, general surgeons, GP's, Maxillofacial surgery specialists, Anaesthetists, helicopter pilots, etc. etc. and all members and community workers who volunteer for such a worthwhile cause.  
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Just saying...

"Just saying" ...Polio and Gun Violence

Rotary is proud to be "non religious" and "non political".
However Rotary does embody the very core of mainstream religion of compassion, caring, truth and courage. So what about the political position?
Having spent a bit of time in USA I am aware of the dialogue that repeats and repeats after every tragic incident.
But forgive an old scribe if he vents his frustration when folks (Leaders (?)) who should know better..... say that steps to meaningfully reduce gun violence is a "political" issue.
No its not.
It's a community issue and its so tragic and so ironic that Rotary, based in Chicago (one of the worst cities for gun deaths) is the HQ of Rotary International......... Just saying. 
A certain scribe.
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Pride of Workmanship is taking shape 

Pride of workmanship

The club has started to reach out to potential employers interested in joining the "Pride of workmanship" program. Here's the introductory letter that gives you all the details.
Business who have received this newsletter are invited, and members please consider promoting this when you are out and about..
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Next time you are in Dan Murphy's...these bottles are lonely

Who would have guessed?

Apparently our alcohol package is creating great interest among the folks purchasing raffle tickets. Who would have guessed.?
These bottles are lonely, and we need to fill two or three laundry baskets would all members please bring their offerings to the meeting on Friday for a group photo??devil
Also a big shout out to the Alex SLSC who are offering 10%discount to all ticket mathematical brain tells me that we're almost giving tickets away with the club savings you'll make. 
Also big shout out to Fiona Simpson and Ted O'Brien our local hard working Members of Parliament (State and Federal) who have got behind the fundraising raffle. It is very much appreciated. 
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Last orders from Sponsors

Last Orders from Sponsors

Just a remind that this is the last week for members to drum up sponsors as we'll have to go to printers shortly.
Many thanks to those who have passed potential sponsor details through to the secretaries email. 
..and a big shout out to Gary Schulz and Mooloolaba Yacht club for the loan of their super sized buoys that will make the Solstice Swim so much safer for all the swimmers. laugh
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What's happening at the beach?

"Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it"

Well these surfers were not at all bothered by the weather on Friday morning, as captured by Tony. Can't see any Rotarians there though. 
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How did that happen?

Tony has captured a lot going on here at the breakfast ordering table.
You would think that with all this brainpower from Bob, Phillip and Val at the table that nothing possibly could go wrong. But think again. 
So we'd like to offer $50 to the first reader who can explain the relationship between this activity and the quantity of breakfasts that were delivered from our mates at the Kiosk on a busy Friday morning. You can collect your $50 tomorrow.smiley
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Motivational speaker Kevin Rabeling comes to club

Kevin Rabeling talks about self development and looking after your mental health

On Friday 
Local lad Kevin who grew up in Mooloolaba, and went to school with Grant Kenny at Maroochydore high gave the club a look into his life and how he came to write his best selling book "Alive"..

Kevin Rabeling is a corporate trainer, business owner, success advisor, and author who is passionate about helping people and businesses unleash their hidden potential. Kevin is no stranger to adversity as a highly regarded corporate crisis leader and major emergency preparedness and risk management leader. He learnt early in life the need to seek opportunity in crisis and keep marching forwards despite challenge or naysayer. After a life-changing crossroad in his early 20’s, Kevin committed the rest of his life researching why some people enjoyed the good things in life while others seemed destined to suffer their entire life. He set out to identify the essence of living a purposeful, harmonious and balanced life by choice. Along this journey, he discovered and applied the ancient naturals laws and science behind success, abundance, harmony and growth.

Kevin's new book is called "Alive"  Mastery of the Perfect Life is an intensely inspirational book for all of us who want to achieve success but are not sure of the right way to do it. In this book, Kevin introduces and puts forward the principle of ALIVE, which can act as a guide to the roadway to a successful and purposeful life. When we implement the steps as suggested in this book, we will surely achieve what we really want. If we have set a particular goal or purpose in our lives and have the willpower to achieve it, nothing can stop us from doing so. But treading on the path to achieving it will need guidance and proper steps that must be taken to accomplish what we want, in less time, without digressing from the path.

Thanks Kevin, and good luck with the book and tour. 
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Amazing raffle prizes

Amazing Raffle prizes

The Solstice Swim has a couple of other things going on that you need to know about. Next week you'll hear of a special display that the club is organising, but this week has been dominated by some amazing prize donations that you will want to win. 
This prize has been donated by clinical hypnotherapist and all round good guy and ocean swimmer Bob Lane. Bob has donated one free session of hypnotherapy. Bob's clients have had some stunning results in 2 areas that plague the community. (i) Giving up smoking and (ii) weight loss. The hypnotherapy produces some amazing results relying on changing behaviour rather than chemical solutions. 
Tamara has thrown in Your Mates Larry beer, $100 Winter pack from SalTy’s, a brand new fishing rod and for the photogenic a $500 contribution to a photo shoot with Andever Collective. Check them out for some amazing photography. 

Alcohol Hamper

The Alex Rotary club is offering a very large alcoholic hamper as third prize. (not entirely sure where Val and Charmaine got the idea that this would be popular?)
We're putting a few dozen bottles together now, with lots of goodies from our mate Dan M and there's a good selection to suit all tastes. Rumour has it that a certain scribe has donated a single malt that actually smells like the beaches of Islay with a French influence from his country of birth that will be highly coveted. 
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Bob's experience in PNG - and its not what you think 

Bob's experience's in PNG

Returning Treasurer and philosopher / hypnotist Bob Lane recounted some of his experiences while running a Resort / tourist Dive operation in PNG and it was fascinating. At one point a few of the audience were wondering where Bob was going with his observations about women in the public bar (?) but Bob had clearly a love of PNG, not withstanding some of the heartbreaking stories coming from Bob's observations of the outcomes from some of the villagers superstitions and the like.
Great talk Bob,
Thank you.   
PS. Love the shirt. 
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Rotary & University of Sunshine Coast Community Fund 

Dinner registrations closed - but you can still buy tickets online for this great program.

The Rotary and University Community Fund dinner is on this Wednesday, but just to say that if you are not coming, you can still purchase raffle tickets online and contribute to this great cause of supporting our local researchers in their studies. There's been some great recipients in the past who have gone on to make some amazing contributions in their chosen fields, so here's the link if you wish to help and maybe win a prize or two.
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Club Business

What is the club up to?

IPADS have arrived in Northern Territory school.

Remember way back when Joy organised the Blue Illusion fashion show and fundraiser for iPads for outback kids?? 
Well, after much perseverance by Joy and a couple of member donated iPads, and some help from friends and sponsors.... we're delighted to let you know that the iPads have arrived (Yeah!) and will now be put to use for project work by the outback kids. Good on you Joy. 

Ruby Care Project is on hold

We've come to a bit of a hold up on the Ruby Care project, where we were looking forward to helping with a garden for the community, but we want to still do some hands on gardening work. It's good therapy (apparently). So we'll start investigations into the Intergenerational Garden that was suggested from the Shepperton Rotary presentation. 

Walk for Polio

We're planning a walk for polio later in the year along the beautiful Sunshine Coast promenade, and thinking of wheeling out the Rotary BBQ trailer for the occasion. Stay tuned for more info. 
Also on teh subject of the BBQ trailer, we're investigating running a BBQ fundraiser at a Sunshine Coast polling both. There's been a suggestion that all proceeds should go to the Scottish Independent Party, which is being considered by the Board. laugh

Club donates $500 to ROMAC and $250 to Urban Angels

The club has made two donations this week, one to ROMAC - a great program helping disfigured kids in the pacific island, and teh club (thats you) has also made a donation to Brigit and the amazing team at Urban Angels. 

Pride of Workmanship Award

Date for event set as September 17th at Alexandra Headland Surf Club. There will be more information coming out in the next few weeks, but basically this is an Australia wide program whereby a local business / employer gets to nominate one of their staff as "exceptional" and they will be recognised by the employer and Rotary via "Pride of Workmanship" award dinner at Alex SLSC.  There is no cost to the business, its all about recognising and encouraging special employees in the workplace. 

More details in next newsletter.

Social Activity

There will be a Barbeque picnic at Cotton Tree near the Boatshed on May 29th 12.00. Portable BBQ. Sausages and bread to be provided by club. BYO chairs, drinks and picnic food.  All welcome. 

Vocational Education Meeting

The club will have 2 representatives at the Maroochydore SHS VERG meeting on 26th May. Looking forward to re-acquanting ourselves with the amazing work that goes on at Maroochydore High School by Liaina and her team helping the students transition to the workplace. 

Buddy Meetings

Michelle is organising another round of "buddy meetings" for members to get to know each other better in a social setting for the months ahead. Check your email for details.
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Club supports life saving in Uganda

Thanks to Eve, Alex Rotary has approached Rotary District to help out with life saving in Uganda

The club was delighted to be approached by Eve Fraser, who has a passion for life saving in Uganda, specifically in the Lake Victoria district, where she has many close contacts. Eve is currently a member of the Brisbane club Rotary, although she lives in Alex Headland.  

So we've got behind the application and if successful it will leave a legacy of knowledge and skills in the region, that will save many lives now and in the future. 

The project involves a team of expert trainers delivering a range of CPR, First Aid, rescue and fire safety training to 50 first responders in the Lake Victoria District of Uganda. Activities are consistent with the Australian standard for first aid, bronze medallion and lifeguard training. One thing thats not included (yet) is oxy viva and defibrillator training. Instead Eve and the team have placed more emphasis on the key elements of getting to the casualty, removing them from the water, correct assessment and applying first aid. 

Here we see training around water incidents/ Developing rescue and recovery skills of the first responders to assist those affected by near drowning experience.

And of course it will lead to improving fitness and knowledge for those living on and around water together with improved knowledge & correct use of rescue equipment. 

All with the goal of reduced preventable deaths by drowning.

Good on you Eve, and thanks for thinking of Alex Rotary. yes. Always happy to help. 

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Swim Questions?

Is there a minimum age? 
14 years
When is entry cut -off?
1st June
What happens if I cancel?
You'll be offered a full refund.
What happens if the event is cancelled / postponed? 
You'll have choice of refund or participating in revised date. Your call. 
Will there be a safety briefing?
There will be a safety briefing before each swim leg in Buhk park next to Alex SLSC.
How much is the entry fee?
$60 for swimmers, and for the sugar babies who need a wetsuit, we're asking for a further $10 donation.
Can I have flippers?
We want to discourage flippers, for safety of other swimmers reasons, we'd prefer you to swim a more comfortable swim distance if possible. 
Where are the swim courses?
All swim courses start and finish in front of Alex SLSC - Look for the Rotary Arches.
Where do I find the entry form?
Here's the LINK
Do I need a wet suit?
Your call, but if you decide to ...we'd appreciate another $10 donation towards a charity of your choice when you register.
How many are in a team?
4 members in a team. There will be novelty prizes for the best presented team etc. 
Is it a race?
Aussies are competitive and always want to do their personal best, but its NOT a race. We will have timekeepers and be putting all the results on screen and on social media. 
What sort of training / fitness is expected of me?
We're very much relying on you knowing your capabilities. There will be IRB's and Alex SLSC volunteers on water for all the swim legs. But please do NOT enter a swim leg that you are not comfortable with. 
How will I see the swim course when I'm in the water?
There will be GIANT swim buoys making the course and Alex SLSC volunteers on IRB's and boards monitoring the swim legs. 
My child is a good swimmer, so can he tag along the swim with mum or dad?
Sorry, we'd prefer no under 14's on any of the swim courses.
What's in the swim bag?
Your swim cap (which you must wear, coloured differently for each leg) and your after swim T shirt and some promotional material. Special offers and the like) 
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Rotary helping in Ukraine

Rotary in Ukraine

From this months mags..
Steve has some details on how you can support Ukraine via Rotary, and this article gives you some more information on the organisation sending medical aid to war victims..
Rotarians unite to send medical aid to Ukraine
Rotary members in North America, Argentina, and Europe are collaborating with a U.S.-based association of Ukrainian health care workers to collect and ship more than 100 tons of critical medical supplies to Ukraine. The effort was built off of connections Marga Hewko, president of the Rotary Club of Chicago, had forged with the Ukrainian medical community in Chicago. Rotary clubs have pooled their resources to secure donations from equipment manufacturers and purchase supplies which are then flown over to Europe for distribution within Ukraine. Read how Rotary’s network has been providing support to Ukraine.
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Shelterbox at Solstice Swim 

Shelterbox at Solstice Swim
On Sunday morning 26th June, as well as having several hundred folk at Buhk Park fo rtes swim, Rotary will be showcasing "Shelterbox". This is a world wide Rotary initiative to help folk who have no roof over their head or food to eat. 
ShelterBox was founded in 2000 in the town of Helston, Cornwall, UK by Rotarian and former Royal Navy Search and Rescue Diver Tom Henderson, OBE.[8] That same year the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard adopted it as its Millennium Project.
Shelterbox is helping the folks in Ukraine, and also these notable disaster relief projects. 

One of ShelterBox's largest responses was the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti in 2010. ShelterBox provided shelter for 28,000 families, or approximately 25% of all tents delivered in areas surrounding Port-au-Prince.[12]

After the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, ShelterBox provided assistance to about 1,600 families in the disaster region.[13]

In 2015 the charity responded in Nepal providing aid to families who lost their home, after a powerful earthquake left 9,000 dead and nearly 22,000 injured.

In 2017 ShelterBox responded to category 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean. Aid was provided in the islands of St Kitts and Nevis, the Dominican Republic, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and the British Virgin Islands.

In terms of conflict-related responses, Syria remains one of ShelterBox's largest projects. Since 2013, the charity has been providing emergency aid to families affected by the war in Syria.

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Wendy on new pins

Our President Wendy is back on deck...albeit with some assistance (for now).
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Book NOW for the University Community Fund Dinner

USCCF Dinner Wednesday 11th May at the USC Innovation Centre


About the Rotary Postgraduate Scholarship

The Rotary USC Community Fund (RUSCCF) was established in 1996-97 and first awarded in 2001 by the combined Rotary Clubs of the Sunshine Coast. Rotary Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded annually to students who have completed their undergraduate degree at USC and have enrolled and commenced postgraduate studies at either the Master or Doctorate levels at USC.

The RUSCCF Committee is made up of representatives from 17 Rotary clubs from Caloundra to Noosa. Each club is encouraged to make an annual contribution to the Fund at the RUSCCF Annual Joint Meeting and Dinner. To date, the combined clubs have contributed more than $210,000 to the Fund and have awarded 63 scholarships to USC students.

The Scholarships are valued at $4,500 each and three scholarships are awarded each year.

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The Smith Family Programs 

Smith Family Programs

On Friday Tony and John followed up on how the club may be able to help with The Smith Family and their youth programs. So in ZOOM meeting (what else?) with Marlo we found out that there are two programs where we may be able to help. The first one is "Straight Talk" which is much along the lines of the mock interviews and WorkLife programs where adults and kids sit down and have chats about work and work experiences, opportunities, difficulties and "things you really need to know about work". 
We've given a list of 12 Rotarians who have about 400 years of work experience behind them to The Smith Family and are willing to help out with this program of coaching kids on the work environment. 
The other program John spoke about is the WorkInspiration and Reach Out program (WIRO) and we found out more about this in the ZOOM meeting. It involves selected kids jumping on a bus and going around a few industries / workplaces and seeing what goes on "behind the scenes" and all sorts of jobs that perhaps the kids were not aware of. On the Sunshine Coast this involves visits to Structural engineers, Logistics organisations, Electrical supply organisations, Insurers, and Property developers. 
The club is perhaps not so geared for this, but now that we know what its all about, keep an eye open for any businesses who are community minded and who would be happy (With Smith Family and Rotary help) to organise a 2 hour visit from a selected 10 - 20 kids who would benefit from some exposure to different workplaces - it may change someone's life. 
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Notes from Board Meeting 

Dot points from Board meeting

  • Welcome 2 new members from IFYS
  • Club container was broken into. Nothing valuable was found. sad
  • Club added donation of $250 to fundraiser to deliver total of 4 iPads for Indigenous kids projects
  • Club donated $50 towards Rotoract conference travel costs 
  • Walk for Polio on 14th August approved by SCC
  • Permit request for solstice swim on 26th June lodged
  • Sponsors needed for solstice swim
  • Club advancing discusions on gardens, Ruby Care and Intergenerational.
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A garden for young and old

Intergenerational Garden anyone?

The club heard from Mag at Shepperton South on how they had taken to heart the BBC program about mixing kindergarten kids and old folks.
They asked the kindergarten kids what they liked about visiting their grandparents at the local old folks home. Answer? "Nothing". So they decided to do something about that and set about building a play area for young and old. 
At recent board meeting the club decided to investigate it further, and will look to take it up as a project in this year, subject to more research and planning. 
So here's some pics of how the Shepperton Rotary approached the task and what they achieved. 
Brilliant. Stay tuned for more developments.
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Aquariums - who knew?

Tim from Advanced Aquariums speaks at Rotary Meeting
Its fair to say that the members learnt a LOT from Tim Eldridge's talk on Friday about an amazing company headquartered here in Maroochydore that designs, but who operate world wide with factories in China and operational sites around the globe. Many in public spaces and featuring all kinds of aquatic creatures and designs.
Advanced Aquarium unsurprisingly won Business of the Year at the recent Sunshine Coast Council awards, and it was fascinating listening to Tim and to find out what goes on behind the scenes of these HUG acrylic windows that we see in many public spaces around the world. 
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10 funniest April fools jokes

10 funniest April fools jokes

As we found out from Peter on Friday you have to be so careful on April fools day as not everyone is in teh mood for a good laugh (usually at their expense). Anyway here is a selection of some absolutely hilarious April fools jokes. Enjoy!
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Trivia questions you WILL get wrong

What'dya know?

Question: Which mammal is known to have the world’s most powerful bite?

Answer: Hippopotamus

Question: What is the most common present given by a male penguin to a female penguin in order to win her over?

Answer: A pebble

Question: How long does it take an elephant to become pregnant before giving birth?

Answer: 22 months

Question: What was Walt Disney afraid of?

Answer: He was scared of Mice.

Question: What were the first ice hockey pucks made out of?

Answer: Cow dung.

Question: In what state was fried chicken invented?

Answer: No state, it was made in Scotland! (really?)

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Swim Date claimer 

FAQ'sRotary Winter Solstice Swim Sunday 26th June

The annual fantastic Rotary Winter Solstice Swim is on !! 
This year you can enter as an individual or get a few mates and enter as a team.  
And this year we'll have some novelty prizes to add a more fun to the event.
We cannot guarantee that the 5km swim will have a photo finish like last year, but we can guarantee great weather and lots of fun, and that you'll be helping Rotary and Alex SLSC support some great local Sunshine Coast Community groups.
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Jo Roff - new corporate member joins the club

Jo and Kurt come to visit

On Friday the club welcomed Jo Roff and Kurt Ludeke from IFYS. Jo is our new corporate member and continues the relationship the club has to this great organisation that does so much to "make a difference" to youth and families on the Sunshine Coast. Jo is operation manager at Integrated Family and Youth Services and as well as overseeing the many community support activities, Jo is heavily involved in the prevention of Domestic Violence through education and intervention and working on improving processes and systems to improve the safety of children and women at risk in teh community. 
Also welcome Kurt Ludeke to the club. Welcome Kurt and thanks for lowering the average age of the club by about 10 years!!
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The Board meeting surf charity 

Great story from our mates at the The Board Meeting Surf Charity
This will warm your hearts...a great story from The Surf Board meeting charity..well done Mark and team. The amazing folks at Mooloolaba Rotary are also helping the Board Meeting with a special wheelchair vehicle for Casey ..great work and isn't it wonderful that there are so many folk on the coast willing to help out others?
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Ukraine and Rotary 

Rotary in Ukraine

Following on from last weeks excellent article from Philip on his daughters travails in Russia as a result of the Ukraines war , President Wendy and President Elect Skye reminded us of the excellent work Rotary International is doing on the ground with practical physical and financial assistance ...

Rotary International 

In response to the deepening humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, The Rotary Foundation has created an official channel for donors around the world to contribute funds to support the relief efforts underway by Rotary districts and has designated its Disaster Response Fund as the main avenue for contributions.

To this end, The Rotary Foundation has approved:

  • Now through 30 June 2022, designated Rotary districts that border Ukraine and the Rotary district in Ukraine may apply for grants of up to $50,000 each from the Disaster Response Fund. These expedited disaster response grants can be used to provide relief to refugees or other victims of the crisis including items such as water, food, shelter, medicine and clothing.
  • During this same period, other impacted Rotary districts that wish to offer support to refugees or other victims of the crisis in their district can apply for $25,000 grants from the Disaster Response Fund.
  • Now through 30 April 2022, Rotary districts can transfer unallocated District Designated Funds (DDF) to support the Disaster Response Fund, directly supporting these Ukraine-specific humanitarian grants.
  • Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund in support of Ukraine can be made here. All funds need to be received into the Disaster Response Fund by 30 April 2022 in order to qualify for use in support of the Ukrainian relief efforts.
  • Although the Disaster Response Fund will be the main avenue for Rotary Foundation support, Rotary and Rotaract clubs are also encouraged to create their own responses to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

In addition to support provided through the Disaster Response Fund, the Foundation is coordinating with partners and regional leaders, exploring effective solutions to the increased humanitarian needs.

  • We are in contact with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees – USA to prepare for and respond to the needs of those being displaced in Ukraine and to neighboring countries.
  • ShelterBox, our project partner for disaster response, is in communication with Rotary members in Eastern Europe to explore how it may offer support with temporary transitional housing and other essential supplies.
  • The Rotary Action Group for Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Migration is also mobilizing its resources to assist in this crisis.

More than 2 million people have fled Ukraine and are in dire need of emergency aid. The United Nations estimates that number could grow to as many as 5 million people displaced. Rotary clubs in Europe and around the world have stepped up their relief work, some working on the ground to help displaced families.

We will continue to monitor the situation in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Visit My Rotary and follow Rotary on social media to stay updated on how clubs can get involved and what actions Rotary members have taken and the impact it has had for people in the region.

For all other questions and to obtain more information, please contact the Rotary Support Center at

Rotary Clubs in Russia and Ukraine

Did you know? Kyiv has a multinational Rotary club, and although ether is not a lot of information on other clubs on apparently there was 46 clubs 10 years ago, all small clubs with approximately 20 members each. 


Rotary in Russia

Interestingly there are about 130 Rotary clubs in Russia, all small clubs doing their best to make a difference to their communities. Here's the Moscow club at their Christmas function. They now meet online.


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Rotary Helping out the flood victims 

Lending a helping hand

Rotarians have been busy and no doubt continue to be busy in communities around the country helping out the flood victims. Close to home both Gympie and Brisbane and outlying towns were badly affected by the floods and the district got involved by opening up a District grant while the Alex Club donated $500 to RAWCS to help flood victims as well as getting in touch with Gympie to offer what help we could. 
As you can imagine the District clubs have been busy..see this weeks GIST for more stories..
Here is a message from the Rotary Foundation Coordinator:
District 9620 has received a USD 25K Disaster Response Grant from the Rotary Foundation and it has been decided to run the program similar to the District Grant process.  
Our District Disaster Recovery Grants will fund activities and projects that support relief and recovery efforts for families across the District that have been impacted by the current flood disaster. 
Support will include the provision of basic items such as water, food, medicine, and clothing. It will also provide assistance for the costs needed to help with the major clean-up of homes e.g. cleaning products and equipment necessary to enable the clean-up.  There will also be a need to assist the affected families to get back into their homes with basic needs (fridges, washing machine of a basic nature) to see them through until they can re-establish themselves. 
The requirements and what funds can be spent on are detailed in the application form.  Each Grant will be limited to a maximum of $3k AUD but clubs are encouraged to work together to get a larger total grant.  
There are limited funds and our intention is that we distribute the grants fairly across the District.  They will be on a reimbursement basis only as RI requires District to manage the funds.
Applications are now open.  Clubs can expect a speedy response to their application and grants will be allocated on a first come basis until all funds are allocated.  The applications will be assessed by a Disaster Response Sub Committee  comprising myself, DG Wendy and PDGs Patrice Robinson and Alan Stephens.
Elwyn Hodges
District 9620 Foundation Coordinator
District Governor 2017-18 
District 9630
ph. 0419806302
Meanwhile a certain scribe was out and about making donations when he got cornered by the local media...

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International Youth Exchange Program News

International Youth Exchange Program
What do Bianca, Chloe, Fiona, Amy, Mark, and Julia have in common? Answer...they're all some of the many past Rotary International Exchange (YEP) students who have connections with teh Sunshine Coast. So we were delighted to hear that the YEP is coming back..see this note from Bernie..
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Shane Fixter from Teachers Australia visits

Teachers Australia - mentoring disengaged Youth - who knew?

Sometimes our Friday morning guest speaker just blows you away. On a blustery Friday morning we heard how a young teachers passion to join together under-utilised teaching resources with kids who were really, really not coping with the school.  Shane Fixter has developed a platform / community of teachers who have put their hand up to help out kids who otherwise would simply be left behind - with all the social problems that brings.
Teachers Australia is the platform and Shane has been driving this platform for over 8 years now and has hundreds of teachers connected on line, and more importantly providing face to face mentoring with kids, establishing relationships and encouraging them to be the best they can be. 
Bravo Shane, inspiring work that you are to richly commended for. 
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Ukraine - A Rotarian's story

A personal story on Ukraine

We're very fortunate to have Philip from Pontefract as a member of our club, and he brings this perspective on the recent Russian / Ukraine catastrophe. Phil's club is actively involved in the community and has some interesting links to the region, not least that Philip's daughter has relocated from Moscow to UK because the recent invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces. Her story below.
A message from The Rotary Club of Pontefract:
“It is a tragic and sad time for the people of Ukraine and the world.

We have all witnessed over the past few days the devastating situation including the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship in Ukraine.  Many of us have friends in Ukraine and feel helpless as we watch the situation unfold. As one of the world largest humanitarian organisations, Rotary has peace as the cornerstone of our global mission.

District 1040, of Rotary in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, has a long-standing history with Ukraine. Between 2002 and 2012 we worked together to transport medical aid and educational goods to Uzhgorod in the west of Ukraine. Over the years we have transported millions of pounds worth of redundant, refurbished, and discarded NHS equipment together with essential supplies for the local orphanage. All have been well used and saved many lives.

Since 2014 we have welcomed young people from local schools in Uzhgorod to our district, providing accommodation, arranging visits to local schools and museums. The young people have described these trips to the UK as “the best visit they have ever had.”  Plans are well under way for this year’s trip and students are due to arrive here on the 27 March. We don’t know if the trip will be able to go ahead but we do know the people of Ukraine desperately need our help and support now like never before.

As Rotarians and Inner Wheel members we pride ourselves on being people of action. 

For our Ukrainian friends now is the time for us to act.” 

On March 4th there was a joint appeal by Rotary District 1040 and Inner Wheel district 4 (Based in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire in England) to support humanitarian work in Ukraine.

    There are also appeals through the disasters emergency committee consisting 15 charities including Oxfam, Red Cross, Disaster Aid Christian Aid. And Save the Children. However, the Rotary network probably has lower costs. 
    My own club are organising a collection this Sunday (13th March) at a local shopping outlet. See photos above.
    And a personal reflection from Philip..
    Putin controls the press in Russia. Laws exist to prevent anyone calling this a war or criticising his actions. My daughter and her family were working in Moscow and thought this was just another sabre rattling exercise because it has happened before. We could see their exits being closed as Russian airlines were banned from various countries and Putin, in turn, did tit for tat.
    A flight they booked through Finnair was cancelled, but they had also booked a flight with Turkish Airlines as backup, and they got out. The rest of the family had been putting pressure on them because in Moscow the situation was downplayed.
    In the meantime, Visa and Mastercard withdrew support for Russian Credit cards, the rouble has fallen in value and there were queues for cash at Russian ATM’s. If my daughter had waited they may have found they had no means to pay for their flights because of the credit card sanctions. Even those airlines still operating to Russia will reduce flights.
    At an airport all planes have checks done and sometimes a spare part is needed. An airline sending an Airbus or Boeing plane may find that there are no parts available in Russia so their plane may not be able to fly safely back from Moscow.
    The rich people sending children to the school where my daughter teaches will not be able to pay their fees and there was a very real risk of my daughter, son in law and granddaughter being stuck in Russia with no job or income. 
    The sanctions are going to hit the ordinary Russian hardest of course. Putin’s rich mates in Londongrad have been given ample warning to transfer their wealth into more accessible accounts.
    * Shelter box was started by Rotary in the UK but is now a separate charity. One shelter box contains a tent, cooking facilities, various tools etc to provide emergency shelter after a disaster such as an earthquake or flood, or bombing.
    PS. As a postscript the collection raised £284 ($500) and another is planned in Pontefract Town Centre on Saturday

    “In the meantime, talks are being held with Rotary Assistant Governor’s in your area and Inner Wheel members to explore how we can best get help to where it is needed the most including:

    1. Direct to Rotary Clubs we have contact with in the area. They have already told us that there is an urgent need for food and medical supplies.
    2. Through the Ukrainian Centre in Bradford who have launched a ‘Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal’ to provide medicines, food and critical services. They are part of The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, the largest representative body for Ukrainians in the UK. 
    3. Building upon what individual Rotary clubs and areas are doing. This may include collecting items that can be sent via secure routes.
    4. Shelter Box* and Disaster Aid UK have launched appeals. We can also direct resources to them.”
    Great work Pontefract Rotary!
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    Rotary and Politicians - what would you do?

    Controversy Corner

    How does Rotary political and religious guest speakers?
    A certain scribe got a bit hot under the collar when he noticed that a certain politician (who shall remain nameless, but fair to say that he has little respect for) was a guest speaker at a local Rotary Club.
    Once he had calmed down he had a bit of a think about how manages to be non political, and non religious for that matter, and yet have a politician who manages to create a lot of angst in the community as a guest speaker. 
    Turns out that there are some very smart folks in Rotary who have been managing this potential source of conflict for some time. Here's a brief summary of the process that Rotary uses to ensure it doesn't get into politics or religion while remaining active in the community.
    •  Club should never adopt nor circulate resolutions or opinions of a political nature.
    • Clubs should never take actions dealing with world affairs or international problems of a political nature.
    • Clubs should never direct appeals to clubs, peoples, or governments, or circulate letters, speeches, or proposed plans for the solution of specific international problems of a political nature.
    Then in relation to its non-religious position.  Rotary takes a considered secular position. This is not be be confused with atheism. Many Rotarians have strong religious beliefs, but Rotary Club take the essence of the various religions and avoids the "us and them" that dominates many religious creeds. So Rotary has a strong commitment to the truth, compassion, equality and responsibility. 
    So it doesn't take much thinking to realise that Rotary has some challenges in a complex world if we are to continue to "make a difference" while holding the non political and no religious positions.  
    We witness every day how political and religious decisions adversely impact on world communities. I'm reminded of the saying "Think globally, but act locally."
    Its a phrase used in all sorts of contexts, but I like to think of it as "if everyone acts to improve their local community, the world will be a better place." 
    Last words on this from a modern day philosopher, Yuval Noah Harari:
    "If you feed overwhelmed and confused by the global predicament, you are on the right track."
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    National Youth Science Forum 


    Alex Rotary has sent some amazing students off to the Rotary National Youth Science Forum over the years, and we're delighted to receive this note from Melody on the program and a short story on how it has affected 2 amazing students. 
    As the new Rotary year approaches, so does the opening of NYSF applications. I do not have a precise date for the opening of applications yet however I expect this to be in the next couple of months. At this time, it would be ideal for Rotary clubs to start reaching out to schools, and for Rotarians to start reaching out to grade 11 students to make them aware of the program.
    Despite living over 500 km from each other, Xavier Hulls and Isaac Covington-Groth have connected at the National Youth Science Forum, joining 630 like-minded STEM enthusiasts for a summer of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

    Isaac is currently taking Physics, Chemistry, Mathematical Methods, and Specialist Mathematics at his high school in Netherby, South Australia. It comes as no surprise that he’s considering physical and theoretical STEM pathways such as mathematics and astrophysics!

    “Before the NYSF, I've always thought of going to the University of Adelaide, [because it] has an astrophysics course. But where to from there? Who knows!”

    Isaac has a career path in mind, but after listening to the NYSF Opening Event with Lockheed Martin Australia, and attending Dr Karl’s House Party, he is keeping his options open and is now considering adding on some engineering through a double degree.

    “The first thing I think I got the most out of was from Dr Karl, where he said “Don’t limit your options”. This resonated with me a lot, and I feel a lot more willing to do an undergraduate degree and just see where I go from there.”

    “Before going to the NYSF I was very much, ‘I like maths. I like physics. And I'll leave it at that.’ But now if I want to pursue these passions, I might need a few other skills here and there. In the back of my mind, maybe I do a double degree in engineering? Listening to Lockheed Martin people speak on the first day shows how these can mesh together! As painful as it is, computer science and coding might be useful. The Australian Signals Directorate and Australian National University gave us a cryptography challenge and it’s been driving me insane!”

    “I have been learning Python for about 3 days... I'm enjoying a lot more than I thought I would!”

    The NYSF saw how much passion Isaac has for physics when he delivered a thank you on behalf of the NYSF cohort to Dr Steven Goldfarb and Dr Muhammad Alhroob from the ATLAS experiment at CERN.

    “I’d like to say thank you for an insightful, inspiring, and just amazing presentation hearing about muons and the Higgs Boson, and what particle physics research might hold in the future. I feel like I’ve been to physics Disneyland, and I’m almost lost for words.’

    When Dr Goldfarb enquired if that meant he was Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck, Isaac, with ever the quick wit, replied, “You’re Walt Disney, right at the top!”

    We love your work, Isaac – keep exploring (and good luck with solving the cipher!)

    Like Isaac, Xavier is also interested in astrophysics. However, he has a powerful story to tell about how his interests shifted to biomedical engineering after his father experienced a severe accident leaving him hospitalised for several years.

    Xavier and his family were confronted at how difficult and financially inaccessible some areas of medical care such as prosthetics were, which steered him away from astrophysics, and down the path of biomedical engineering and prosthetics.

    “After that confrontation, I've now switched lanes and spent the last two, maybe three, years working as hard as I could to get towards a biomedical engineering degree.”

    After finishing Year 11, Xavier took the initiative to complete a base certificate in engineering and fabrication and also completed a white card industry certificate, which has put him at the front of the queue for engineering courses around the world.

    “My dream is to open up a stream or line of clinics across Australia, or even globally, that offer prosthetics to people who are disabled from birth, or trauma-induced patients, and offer those prosthetics to them at an affordable price, so they’re not dying in debt and struggling to get back as a working member of society.”

    The determination radiates off Xavier, and the NYSF believes he is destined to help close the gap in medical inequality in the near future.

    During the program, Xavier asked Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty, about whether there was a difference in how his research or findings were received before being a Nobel Laureate and after receiving the Nobel Prize, and whether this difference affected his communication between peers.

    It was a great question that led to some fantastic anecdotes, including an insight into how long it takes for an idea to become part of the established story, “the original people get forgotten, in fact, when we got the Nobel Prize, someone said ‘oh my goodness, I thought those people were dead!’”

    Thanks Melody.

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    Rotary DG's message to clubs on the SE Qld floods

    Our amazing District Governor has sent us this message...

    Good morning Presidents and Secretaries

    This morning we are waking to a time when many of those living in our District are facing uncertainty.

    Our District in this year has already encountered significant challenges – drought, COVID, the isolation of our Island clubs.

    Now we’re in the midst of what’s being referred to as  a weather bomb ….. significant rain over a long period …… and more than 75 of our Clubs are in communities in the firing line. This flooding is more than significant.

    We are going to need to show the Rotary spirit, the Rotary and Rotaract connections and be there to help our fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, friends, colleagues and community members.

    We need you and your members to keep your eyes open – As a Club you may have already decided to take action and support your community.  If you see someone or something where you’d welcome broader help then let us know.  There will also be a need for general mud army support – and it may be that we decide to focus on particular areas.

    We’re putting together a small team to coordinate where we will give some of our focus. We’re aware there’ll be clean up needed in Gympie, we know that there are homes to clean up in Grantham and fences to build, we imagine there’ll be help needed in Toowoomba, in the areas to the north of Brisbane, the south of Brisbane and then Brisbane itself. And that’s not all.

    In the next day or two we’ll be asking you to identify situations where we may need to coordinate more help. We’ll also be asking you to give us the names of those ready with some time and personal energy  to join together in a coordinated group to move as Rotarians/Rotaractors.

    Most importantly of all though – we ask that you take care of each other. Take the time to make contact with everyone. Ask if they’re OK, ask if their family and friends are OK.

    I thank each of you who’ve made contact over the past three days to share thoughts, ideas and just because you needed to talk.

    Please start the conversations with your members. Let them know we care

    Thinking of you all – you can contact DGE Tim Keeler, DGN Paul Roger, our IPDGs Patrice Robinson and Neil Black or me. Otherwise you can make contact with your Assistant Governor – they’re a resource for you.

    This is one of our chances to ‘Serve to Change Lives’

    Yours in Rotary 

    DG Wendy   (Protheroe)

    Rotary DG's message to clubs on the SE Qld floods 2022-02-27 14:00:00Z 0

    Mark Hunter - Disability advocate extraordinaire

    Disability – Death  -- Determination 

    Mark is an advocate in supporting those in need. Through a water-skiing accident in early 20’s he became a tetraplegic and through determination recovered but has spent his adult life in a wheel chair. (Prior to the accident he was a State Champion water skier).

    The wheelchair did not stop a successful teaching career, ending up Principal of various Qld country and city primary schools before retiring a few years back. But there were challenges … like the principal’s professional development programme being held in the Polo Club in Brisbane where there was only access via stairs. After three years at the same venue, he challenged Qld Education and won …. They now run the development programme in a disability access venue!

    He also challenged Qld Police Service after being treated badly by a young police officer. He told us, he was self-represented against Senior Barristers and won the QCAT case!

    Following retirement and during his mother’s end of life experience at Hopewell Hospice, he became a volunteer which led to a full-time job as CEO.  Through his determination he managed the hospice and made all “clients” feel comfortable. He even ran “Death Café” discussion groups to allow the hospice clients and their families to open the discussion to ensure greater understanding of what they had generally been through and how they could face their future without fear.

    Mark mentored many young kids when life threw the challenges and continued mentoring his friends through Toastmasters. In Toastmasters he faced challenges with determination and ultimately became the World Champion of Public Speaking – a contest that starts with 30,000 Toastmasters at a club level and eventually ends at the World Championship!

    Mark continues to share his dynamic speaking skills at events around the world; he also mentors many people around the world who aim to follow similar footsteps (or wheel marks).

    While facing challenges of life and Education Qld, he was also the Chair of Disabilities Qld to ensure others in similar situations have successes! 

    Mark Hunter shared his stories openly and courageously with us.

    Mark Hunter - Disability advocate extraordinaire 2022-02-27 14:00:00Z 0

    ROMAC trivia quiz postponed but here's some homework for you

    ROMAC trivia quiz postponed till 2nd June

    Hi Folks,
    The ROMAC fundraising trivia quiz has been postponed till 2nd June which will all all you "Trivial people" to brush up on your trivia knowledge...
    So here's some questions to get those neurons firing...
    1. What country has the highest life expectancy? 
    2. Where would you be if you were standing on the Spanish Steps? 
    3. Which language has the more native speakers: English or Spanish? 
    4. What is the most common surname in the United States? 
    5. What disease commonly spread on pirate ships? 
    6. Who was the Ancient Greek God of the Sun? 
    7. What was the name of the crime boss who was head of the feared Chicago Outfit? 
    8. What year was the United Nations established? 
    9. Who has won the most total Academy Awards? 
    (Answers...Hong Kong, Rome, Spanish, Smith, Scurvy, Apollo, Al Capone, 1945, Walt Disney)
    ROMAC trivia quiz postponed but here's some homework for you 2022-02-24 14:00:00Z 0

    Club gets a mention in My Weekly Preview

    SalTy souls receives Rotary cheque and recognition in My Weekly Preview

    On a blustery Friday morning at Alex SLSC Kerry Smith from Salty Souls Legacy was on hand to receive $6,000 from President Wendy the District Grant which adds to the $12,000 solstice swim proceeds already received by Salty Souls and will be put to good use in helping them in their new home at the THRIVE centre.
    ...and here is the article in the My Weekly Preview in case you missed it..
    Charity SalTy Souls Legacy engages with children through surfing

    News from My Weekly Preview, thanks Caitlin. 

    New home for charity

    SalTy Souls Legacy is beginning a new chapter after gaining approval for a headquarters in Maroochydore. 

    Published on February 16, 2022

    A Sunshine Coast charity dedicated to the memory of a popular surfer is marking a major milestone in its mission to establish a permanent home.

    SalTy Souls Legacy has been putting vulnerable and disengaged Sunshine Coast children aged five to 17 through surfing programs since 2018.

    The charity was formed to honour Moffat Beach surfer Tyler Kennedy, who tragically died while on a surf trip in Bali in 2017.

    After months of fundraising, planning and community generosity, council approval has now been granted to establish the headquarters in Maroochydore.

    Charity founder and the sister of Tyler, Tamara Smith, says this will make a world of difference to the children.

    “We are at that stage now where SalTys need its own space,” she says.

    “Our garage at home has been turned into a storage space and we have a container we are renting that is out at Nambour. Whenever one of our kids from the program needs to change over a board or we need more, it’s a matter of driving out there.

    “At any one time we have up to 120 boards in storage. We have to have different boards to match them to the children’s size and skill level.”

    The new headquarters will be next to Thrive Youth Hub on Aerodrome Road after the space was generously offered to SalTy Souls.

    “To have SalTys flashed out on Aerodrome Road loud and proud, it’s amazing for us to get our cause out there,” Ms Smith says.

    The Rotary Club of Alexandra Headland has been integral in this space becoming a realty, donating the proceeds from its Winter Solstice Swim in 2021 to
    the charity.

    “We are so grateful that Rotary saw our desperate needs,” Ms Smith says. “We were struggling with the reality that we would have to raise $30,000 ourselves to go towards this and that [money] was not actually going to be able to go to the kids.”

    Two shipping containers have also been donated. These will be transformed into the hub. “One will be a fully decked- out surfboard storage space that will open into a workshop space. The second container will be an office space and pop-up shop for our charity merch.”

    Work is anticipated to begin on transforming the containers in the next month, but Ms Smith is hoping the generosity of the community will continue and is calling on those who can to help with the internal fit-out.

    “What we are needing from the community now is support. If any tradies can help with donating items or services for our fit-out – it’s all of all the little things.”

    SalTy Souls’ fully funded surf therapy programs run for six weeks and each child is gifted a repurposed surfboard and beach starter kit so they can continue surfing.

    To help or donate to SalTy Souls Legacy visit

    Club gets a mention in My Weekly Preview 2022-02-24 14:00:00Z 0

    Smith Family get in touch

    Smith Family reach out

    Some time ago Tony and John met with the Smith family at Maroochydore State High School after the "mock" interviews that Rotary Mooloolaba and Alex support. 
    From Marion (Smith Family) to her team,
    "Team I met with John last year as the Alex Rotary Club has developed some great resources that could potentially support schools in the careers areas with their Worklife program.Welcome | Alexandra Headland Rotary Club ("
    The Smith Family are looking to Rotary to help with building connections with businesses to join them in supporting young people across the regions and beyond in a couple of our programs but particularly their Work Inspiration Program and WIRO delivery.
    A certain scribe has spoken to the Smith Family about these programs and will bring this up at the next club meeting to explore how the club may be able to help.  
    And as Marion says "Hopefully we may be able to find synergy of work to support disadvantaged young people in our communities."
    Smith Family get in touch 2022-02-24 14:00:00Z 0

    Alex Rotary Sponsors Mountain Creek girls Kokoda Challenge 

    Club helps out Sierra and mates for a great cause

    The club received this lovely email from Sierra at Mountain Creek State High school.
    Hello, My name is Sierra Andrews, I am in the year 10 IB Program at Mountain Creek State High School. As part of our program was will be undertaking the 18km Kokoda walk on the 23rd/24th of April 2022, to raise money for the Kokoda Youth Foundation. Joy was at our school today and suggested that I send you an email in hope that you may sponsor our team. Please find below the link to our team fundraising page We appreciate any donation you can provide. Thank you very much, Sierra Andrews
    We're delighted to support the team and have sent through a donation and our best wishes to Sierra and her mates for "making a difference".
    Alex Rotary Sponsors Mountain Creek girls Kokoda Challenge 2022-02-24 14:00:00Z 0

    Comedy Corner - Puns to live buy

    Puns to Groan at !!!!!

    1. Dad, are we pyromaniacs? Yes, we arson.

    2. What do you call a pig with laryngitis? Disgruntled.

    3. Writing my name in cursive is my signature move.

    4. Why do bees stay in their hives during winter? Swarm.

    5. If you're bad at haggling, you'll end up paying the price.

    6. Just so everyone is clear, I'm going to put my glasses on.

    7. A commander walks into a bar and orders everyone around.

    8. I lost my job as a stage designer. I left without making a scene.

    9. Never buy flowers from a monk. Only you can prevent florist friars.

    10. How much did the pirate pay to get his ears pierced? A buccaneer.

    11. I once worked at a cheap pizza shop to get by. I kneaded the dough.

    12. My friends and I have named our band ‘Duvet’. It’s a cover band.

    13. I lost my girlfriend’s audiobook, and now I'll never hear the end of it.

    14. Why is ‘dark’ spelled with a k and not c? Because you can't see in the dark.

    15. Why is it unwise to share your secrets with a clock? Well, time will tell.

    16. When I told my contractor I didn't want carpeted steps, they gave me a blank stare.

    17. Bono and The Edge walk into a Dublin bar and the bartender says, “Oh no, not U2 again.”

    18. Prison is just one word to you, but for some people, it’s a whole sentence.

    19. Scientists got together to study the effects of alcohol on a person’s walk, and the result was staggering.

    20. I'm trying to organize a hide-and-seek tournament, but good players are really hard to find.

    21. I got over my addiction to chocolate, marshmallows, and nuts. I won't lie, it was a rocky road.

    22. What do you say to comfort a friend who’s struggling with grammar? There, their, they’re.
    23. I went to the toy store and asked the assistant where the Schwarzenegger dolls are and he replied, “Aisle B, Back.”

    24. What did the surgeon say to the patient who insisted on closing up their own incision? Suture self.

    25. I've started telling everyone about the benefits of eating dried grapes. It’s all about raisin awareness
    Comedy Corner - Puns to live buy 2022-02-24 14:00:00Z 0

    Grant ideas - anyone?

    Club looking for projects

    Alex Rotary has benefitted several times from the The Gambling Community Benefit Fund and we have received this email from the folks at GCBF. So if you have an idea for a community grant, mention it to the club, as we seem to have gained the respect and support of this grants committee through our community projects. 
    The Gambling Community Benefit Fund’s (GCBF) first $100,000 super round (Round 113) is now open and closes at midnight on 31 March 2022.
    The Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) is Queensland’s largest one-off community grants program and allocates funding to help non-for-profit community groups provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.
    Grant ideas - anyone? 2022-02-24 14:00:00Z 0

    February - Peace Month (?) 

    February was peace month 

    That probably seems a bit ironic to folks who were hit by the floods or who worry about events in Europe. But there are positives to be found in the way that communities have rallied and support each other in adversity. One thing is for sure that Rotary has always and will always support communities and through our peace programs look to resolve conflict and help those in the community who need a helping hand. 
    Peace is fundamental to Rotary’s mission. In a time of heightened tensions and uncertainties due to COVID-19 and other factors, it is critically important that we work together to create environments where peace can thrive. Our members are addressing the underlying causes of conflict every day through service projects and peace fellowships and scholarships.

    February was Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month. Take advantage of some of the many ways to get involved in peace through Rotary.
    • Find experts who can help make your projects more effective and sustainable by connecting with one of the Rotary Action Groups that focuses on promoting peace:
    • Recruit candidates for a Rotary Peace Fellowship. Up to 130 fellowships are offered each year for studies at one of the Rotary Peace Centers. The 2023-24 application opened on 1 February.
    • Join your district’s Rotary Friendship Exchange program to experience a new culture, make new friends, or do vocational service in another country while fostering international understanding.
    • Register for Serve to Bring Peace, the Rotary presidential conference to be held 3-4 June in Houston, Texas, USA. There, you’ll learn how Rotary’s areas of focus support the eight pillars of Positive Peace, and you’ll have the opportunity to network with the Rotary peacebuilding community.
    Discover more ways to take action below.
    February - Peace Month (?) 2022-02-24 14:00:00Z 0

    Walk for polio 

    The Rotary Club of Alexandra Headland will mark historic progress toward a polio-free world while urging Rotarians and the community to help end this paralyzing disease  


    How? Rotary members in Alexandra Headland are taking action on August 14th by engaging in a walk with Rotarians and members of the community, to raise awareness, funds, and support, to END POLIO, a vaccine-preventable disease, that still threaten children in parts of the world today.

    Description: A walk along the wide path that borders the Foreshores of beautiful La Balsa Park at Point Cartwright, will be a feature of the day. To add to the fun, there will be prizes throughout the day, for the best costume, the youngest participant, the most creative group in each division and a host of other Prize categories. 

    Purpose of Walk:  It is to create an awareness of this disease by reading the brochures and leaflets provided on Registering for the walk. An exciting inclusion to this walk is Rotarian Sue Mackenzie, a polio survivor and President Elect of New Farm Rotary, Brisbane. Sue will be joining us on this “Fundraising walk for END POLIO NOW” She is a Board member of Polio Australia. 

    Where? La Balsa Park - Harbour Parade – Buddina

    When? Sunday14th August 8am-11am

    Cost on Registering will be $20 Per Person. Children are free.

    Who is receiving the money?  The Rotary Foundation of Australia will use the funds raised to fund vaccines and to provide much needed operational costs, like medical workers, laboratory equipment and educational materials

    Please join with us to help eradicate this disease. $5 enables two children to receive lifesaving vaccination against Polio. Your attendance at this walk to end Polio is much appreciated.

    Contact : Joy –Representative for Rotary Foundation at the Rotary Club of Alexandra Headland. My mobile number is 0412 666086

    Walk for polio 2022-02-24 14:00:00Z 0
    Operation Cleft says Thank you Alex Rotary 2022-02-24 14:00:00Z 0
    Mooloolaba Rotary Events - Music Charity Quiz 2022-02-14 14:00:00Z 0
    Mooloolaba Rotary Events - Faulty Towers experience 2022-02-14 14:00:00Z 0

    Club receives $75,000 grant from productivity commision to investigate lost golf balls

    Australian Productivity commission awards club grant to investigate impact of lost golf balls on Australian economy

    In an unusual development the club has been invited to investigate and quantify the impact of lost golf balls on the Australian economy. Every year these losses cost the Australian economy millions of dollars every year. "It's just not just the cost of the balls which are all imported" local golfer Dave Woodrow noted, "its the mental health impacts and the time lost in looking for the ball, and other secondary effects." the past senior citizen of the year noted as he drove off the tee for the third time. 
    Already the club has identified a significant financial impacts and inefficient spending on different colours of golf balls, folks blaming the clubs, (and buying new ones that ares't any better), mental health impacts of folks giving up exercise in frustration at losing so many golf balls, etc. etc. It's a huge issue. 
    The club has also discovered a paradox among older golfers who anecdotally seem to be the main losers of balls. Local health professionals have noted that older people with reducing eyesight, and mental fitness are especially disadvantaged as even IF they do see the ball in flight, they can't find the ball because of memory loss. 
    The club has initiated a survey to investigates how much unproductive time is spent looking for balls. This has a major impact on the economy and already the club has noted that  "This seems to have a strong relationship to cultural identity". Apparently golfers from a certain northern european country (closely related to Mel Gibson) would spend several hours looking for a lost ball until daylight fades, whereas others lose interest in looking (or forgot what they were doing) after a few minutes.
    "The mental health impacts are significant" according to the club health professional, and very high stress levels have been recorded among golfers who have lost balls at critical times in their rounds.
    Other root causes of lost balls are difficult to quantify. Local Rugby League celebrity and anonymous honorary Rotarian noted is known for his large collection of drivers. "I blame the golf clubs he responded in the club survey"  However so far there has been no noticeable drop off in his lost balls.
    The club has confirmed that "All of these issues will be investigated and a full report will be sent to the Australian Productivity commission."
    A spokesman for the R&A golf club noted that this was the first time that a comprehensive investigation into this significant productivity issue was being carried out and was long overdue.
    How can you help? 
    The club has put a lost golf ball survey on its web page and is offering a gift worth $25 to every golfer who completes the survey. You can reach the survey by clicking HERE
    Club receives $75,000 grant from productivity commision to investigate lost golf balls 2022-02-12 14:00:00Z 0

    The Castle is moving !

    Charmaine is excited!

    The scene of many community events, and fundraising from our very own Charmaine - Th eBli Bli Castle - is moving...stay tuned for more details...and if you haven't seen the movie...well what are you waiting for? .....its a classic. 
    The Castle is moving ! 2022-02-12 14:00:00Z 0

    Urban Angels revisited

    Peter Hall and mates come to visit

    Dave Woodrow introduced his old mate Peter Hall …. Dave met Peter, Howard George  and others through Maroochydore Rotary and have been personal and Rotary Friends for 30 years about!.
    Peter discovered that Urban Angels and Birgit were making meals for the homeless in inadequate conditions, so he acquired a commercial property and fitted it out with a commercial kitchen --- rumoured to be about $500,000 worth!!!  Peter does not seek publicity on the donation or his support and its great to see Brigit again and keeping up her amazing community work that truly "makes a difference."
    Urban Angels provide about 10,000 meals a month to those in need …. And one of their offshoots is they run the kitchen at the IFYS Hub down at the stadium. They have three chefs  and ro0tate them to provide a variety of meals ….. including vegan and vegetarian.   They have even convinced some of their charges to try the vegetarian meals and their clients found they were good and in many cases now look for them as a preference!!!
    Their neighbour at Maroochydore is Men’s Shed and Men’s Shed grow a whole bunch of fresh herbs, spices and vegies for them.
    Alex Rotary know Birgit because she ran the Urban Angels café in Newspaper Place Maroochydore and the club went there at least twice for a vocational visit and breakfast and also a breakfast when we visited Push Productions and Paul Morton in November 2017). For the nostalgic's some pics from not so long ago..
    Birgit has agreed that we should come up to Urban Angels for breakfast meeting and vocational visit …. Her comment was give me a few weeks to organise it. This is whats in store if our last visit is anything to go by...

    Urban Angels Community Program explained..

    Urban Angels revisited 2022-02-12 14:00:00Z 0

    Steve gives SalTy Souls Update

    SalTy Souls receives approval for Steve's design from Council for new home

    A huge amount of work by Liam Pinese (ADAPT town planning) and our very own Steve Newton came to fruition last Thursday when we finally received Development Application approval from Sunshine Coast Council to have the new SalTy Souls Legacy home placed at the Thrive Centre in Maroochydore. Steve's amazing design has captured the approval of Tamara and Kerry Smith and the team can now look forward to building a home that does the legacy of Ty Kennedy proud. 
    Steve took the club through the personal stories behind SalTy Souls and the dedication of the SalTy Souls family to make a difference to disengaged kids on the coast through their "Stand Tall" programs and personal coaching methods that have had amazing results. 
    Later Steve and John went to the Thrive centre where we spoke to the team and Brendon Jenkins from Core fitness who also does some amazing work in this youth space and will be moving into the Thrive centre. It all has the makings of a great project that Alex Rotary is so pleased to be part of. 
    Also in late news the Rotary District Grants association have heard about this and have put up $6,000 towards the project that do so much for the disadvantaged kids that go through the stand tall programs. Members will recall that Sienna High School also got behind Salty Souls with proceeds from their high school ball donated to the program, and of course we've had great support from Sunshine Coast Council, ADAPT (pro bono work), Alex SLSC and Pratt Properties have generously given Salty Souls the land to put their new HQ on. 
    In even later news, you may have seen on Channel 7 news that the Thrive centre is being used on weekends for the Maroochydore "Homeless Bus" project. Great work.
    Steve gives SalTy Souls Update  2022-02-06 14:00:00Z 0
    February is Peacebuilding month 2022-02-06 14:00:00Z 0

    Rotary New Theme Explained

    “Imagine Rotary”   the theme for 2022-2023 explained by incoming President Jennifer Jones.

    The theme graphic was designed by an Australian indigenous artist to link with the Melbourne convention in 2023.

    Circle - connections to one another
    Dots around it - Our People
    There are 7 Dots because of our Rotary’s 7 areas of focus
    Circle + dots around it - Navigation star, our guiding light
    Green solid line - digging stick (used when doing hard work);
    for us it’s People of Action, represents the tools for getting things done
    Colors: Purple, Green & White - 
    Celebrate DEI- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
    Freedom to express ourselves differently but still with a special connection.
    Purple- Polio
    Green- the Environment
    White - Peace
    Represents Empowerment and Newness and also the colours were utilised for the women's movement giving us the opportunity to grow our female membership.
    Rotary New Theme Explained 2022-02-06 14:00:00Z 0

    Club receives grant for new presentation system

    Club receives Grant for presentation system to deliver "WorkLife" program

    Things have been busy on the donation and grant aspects of our community programs, details to follow. One welcome grant was $3,500 from Federal grants for stronger communities fund. The club was awarded this for an audio visual system to deliver club programs including the worklife program to audiences around the community. 
    In the meantime we have been fortunate to secure help from the past Maroochydore club sound system and from the Buderim Choral society. So our BIG thanks to them while we source a new system for the club. 
    Here's a pic, note Michelle displaying the Buderim system, while our mate Steve tries (unsuccessfully) to duck below the Maroochydore speaker!
    ..and here is Tony's pun for the day as he sees the team bring in the speakers...."Mike, Craig and John make a "sound" start to the day. Oh dear. 
    Club receives grant for new presentation system 2022-02-06 14:00:00Z 0

    Turtle Care - and a locally designed rescue stretcher

    Turtle Care comes to visit

    On Friday we had special visitor from Caloundra Pacific with a real passion for the environment, and especially turtles. Matthew Lynn was goest speaker who took us through the fascinating world of turtles. I think most of us were aware of the terrible damage that plastics do to turtle in terms of plastic bags and the like, but the impact of micro plastics on young turtles were heartbreaking. 
    Matt at the team at Turtle Care are doing a great job in supporting the turtle population on the coast (green and hawksbill) and are to be congratulated for their fantastic work which often involves moving turtles from one location to another. After developing some prototypes, they have developed a "Turtle Sling" that will enable 4 people to move a turtle to safety. See the model below. 
    Turtle Care - and a locally designed rescue stretcher 2022-02-06 14:00:00Z 0

    Mike's Rotary Minute

    The clubs Rotary Minute

    Alex rotary takes a minute every week to talk about Rotary. Sometimes a member will talk about a large project like the global work that Rotary has done to eliminate Polio, or sometimes the history of Rotary or sometimes special projects in education, community health or some of the thousands of activities that the million Rotarians around the world do in their communities. 

    Last week Craig took us on a bit of a tour around various community and health (physical and mental) initiatives that Rotary does to "make a difference" everywhere. (We're in more countries than MacDonalds). The week before Mike gave us some food for thought that he has summarised here.

    Mike's minute...

    Rotary Minute: - Serve To Change Lives

    Fellow Rotarians, our World President’s theme for this year is 

    “Serve To Change Lives.” I would like you all to take a minute to consider what this means. Most of us joined Rotary to serve the community, both locally and internationally. However, have you ever considered the opportunities that your club offers you to learn new skills. Skills such as Project Management, Leadership, Proper Business Procedure, Becoming a better communicator. Let me give you an example.

    How many here have volunteered to be a treasurer? (two hands went up) Isn’t the opportunity to become a better money manager a skill that we could all benefit from?

    Ask yourselves, am I getting the full value from what my Rotary club can offer. As a better communicator, leader, project manager, etc would I not be an even greater aid to the community. Would not the skills on offer not increase my usefulness to my family, career, community, and the world at large?

    I ask you to take the opportunities your Rotary club offers you and take a minute to consider “Serve to Change Lives” by changing your life through your service in Rotary.

    Mike's Rotary Minute 2022-02-06 14:00:00Z 0
    Club donation to Global Sight Solutions 2022-02-06 14:00:00Z 0

    Look - no helmet?..but no wrinkles!

    Skydiving for seniors

    A certain Sunshine Coast Senior Citizen of the year decided to go go skydiving on his birthday.
    Suspiciously his family were only to pleased to help Dave show himself to of an aeroplane, and stumped up for experience.
    Here's a pic of the young fella at 15,000 feet, and you may notice that he has carried out a full risk assessment and decided that a helmet is NOT required. 
    A source who witnessed the landing said Dave touched down like a "baby giraffe on an ice rink". Nice one DW.
    Look - no helmet?..but no wrinkles! 2022-01-23 14:00:00Z 0

    Sunshine Coast Special Olympics 

    Graeme's special way of "making a difference"

    Last week we heard from our newest member Philip on his support and involvement in Global Sight Solutions, helping hundred of thousand of people in the developing world regain their sight. This week we were closer to home with another amazing presentation on "The Sunshine Coast Special Olympics". 
    No not the Para olympics but nevertheless just as important a program that improves the lives of special needs folk on the Sunshine Coast. We heard how 134 athletes compete in a whole bunch of sports athletics, basketball, Bocce, Indoor cricket, soccer, ten pin bowling and affiliated sports such as tennis, aquatics, golf, and of course Sailability where our very own Geoff East is a long term supporter. Competition is encouraged with travel to Brisbane, Redlands, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Keperra and Richlands. Great to see the folks out and about and enjoying themselves, and of course a big shout out the carers too. 
    Here's some pics from Grame's presentation. 
    There was one cloud on the horizon that we became aware of and that concerns the demise of the ten pin bowling alley at Alex will mean that the folks are losing their venue for the Friday night social and sportsnight. Ideas anyone?
    Sunshine Coast Special Olympics 2022-01-23 14:00:00Z 0

    A Big Thankyou to Alex SLC

    Rotary meeting must go on...

    A big thank you to Alex SLSC who are suffering at the moment with staff absences. Despite this they kindly allowed the club to continue to meet in the bluff room use their facilities. It was a wild and blustery morning, so we were all tucked up listening to Graeme's special olympics story and enjoying the take-away menu..
    There was a straw poll on whether the members wanted to continue face to face meetings during this time. The decision was in favour of continuing to meet but keeping an eye on teh situation, and of course advice from the surf club. 
    Can you spot a certain scribe having an early morning dip?...
    A Big Thankyou to Alex SLC 2022-01-23 14:00:00Z 0

    Audio Visual  System Anyone?

    Audio Visual System - know any club who might benefit from one?

    If anyone knows of a community club who are in need of an audio visual system, would you please let the secretary know we may be able to help. 
    Audio Visual System Anyone? 2022-01-23 14:00:00Z 0
    January Gist - district News 2022-01-23 14:00:00Z 0

    New Rotary Image - a la John Lennon 

    New Rotary Logo 
    What would new year be like without a new Rotary Logo? So here it is and below an explanation. A certain scribe must admit to wondering of there was not a John Lennon connect...another year older and what have you done?....
    “Imagine Rotary”   the theme for 2022-2023 explained by incoming President Jennifer Jones.
    The theme graphic was designed by an Australian indigenous artist to link with the Melbourne convention in 2023.
    Circle - connections to one another
    Dots around it - Our People
    There are 7 Dots because of our Rotary’s 7 areas of focus
    Circle + dots around it - Navigation star, our guiding light
    Green solid line - digging stick (used when doing hard work);
    for us it’s People of Action, represents the tools for getting things done
    Colors: Purple, Green & White - 
    Celebrate DEI- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
    Freedom to express ourselves differently but still with a special connection.
    Purple- Polio
    Green- the Environment
    White - Peace
    Represents Empowerment and Newness and also the colours were utilised for the women's movement giving us the opportunity to grow our female membership.
    New Rotary Image - a la John Lennon 2022-01-23 14:00:00Z 0

    Club donations

    Club donate $250 to Global Sight Solutions 

    Phillip Gordon, our new member from Pontefract took the club through Rotary International and local and his support for Global sight solutions and his trip to India.......and what a tale!. From the life changes that the program makes the difficulties and the growth of such an amazing program from an original Rotary Club idea. Encouraging and supporting local opticians and surgeons to build and operate affordable eye hospitals around the world.

    This program is truly "making a difference"with a lot of hard work, dedicated volunteers and the support of Rotarians. Brilliant. 

    It was registered with the charity commission back in the 1990s by members of Guildford Rotary Club, the aim being to work with Rotary Clubs in the developing world and together establish financially sustainable eye hospitals which can provide a full range of eye care, free to the world’s poorest.

    It is100% a Rotary charity and, by virtue of the work it does, falls into one of the seven Rotary Foundation areas of focus and can therefore obtain generous grants to help with financing its projects

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    Club Ideas are coming in....

    January is ideas month - so how about these?

    We had and idea and support for doing an event (walk perhaps) for Rotary International causes, such as polio plus...but what about this ..
    or what about a Community Calendar ? Is this something we think has merit?
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    Clean Up Australia Day is coming !

    Step Up to Clean Up ?

    The club has supported Clean Up Australia Day at Alex for umpteen years, and towards the end of last year we had a bit of a review and looking for ideas to refresh the day so tat it becomes more of a meaningful community activity in a location where to be honest is usually spotless thanks to the community and community groups who keep this area pristine year round.
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    Do you know these people?

    Shannanigins in the 60's...can you help?

    A certain scribe has received this photo in the mail.
    "I feel we should be a bit worried.
    Sunshine Coast Library are trying to place names to persons in photos but no one appears to be coming forward to name themselves publicly.
    This is a local combined services club ball and I notice that in the middle of the back row is definitely a Rotarian with a President’s Chain – hmmm.
    Maybe you could include in a weekly newsletter to jog any of our more senior member’ memories if they participated or knew participants.
    Men dressed as women, could never happen or just a lack of female members?"
    Obviously I can't remember last week...but I've got to say that the chap on the front row left hand side looks awfully like Tony Abott...but I am not sure who is dance partner is...looks a good sort though ??
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    Year in review

    "Another year older and a new one just begun" (John Lennon)

    So 2021 is over and before we get into our aspirational new year resolutions, its worth having a look back at the year that was. So here's a few things from the clubs year for those of you who (like a certain scribe) have trouble remembering last week, never mind last year. sad
    • 100 years of Rotary in Australia passed without a permanent reminder on the coast, despite the best efforts of the club to put a monument for all Sunshine Coast Rotary clubs past and present (.....close Stevo..... but no cigar!) but it did eventuate in support for USC students, and we continued with our support of the USC community fund and their amazing students through the Cluster program. We also hosted a 100th Rotary anniversary gala dinner at the Maroochy RSL (pre COVID) which seems such a long time ago. Here's some of the gang..
    • Club membership boomed during the year between new members joining the Alex Rotary fold, and the very welcome addition of the satellite club. It was also great to see the new members and friends bringing their ideas and projects with them to the club which is always something that Alex rotary will support. More recently Joy organised some ipads for indigenous learning programs and Skye has put out feelers for a youth project with Care Outreach for 2022.
    • Mid year saw the club help out... and eventually take over the Mooloolaba High School mock interview program support from Maroochydore Rotary. We were also delighted to help out the Maroochydore Rotary club with the organising of the Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians before they wound up. 
    • The club's Winter Solstice swim was the BIGGEST ever this year, with an amazing photo finish after the 5km swim by two budding olympians. We also strengthened our relationship with the Alex surf club (always a great community supporter), and also supported our "SalTy Souls Legacy" project support. All in all the club raised over $30,000 towards the new SalTy Souls Legacy HQ from the swim, and grants on a like for like basis. 
    • We also strengthened our relationship with The Board Meeting surf charity group by helping out at "Casey's yard" and a few amazing helpers also arrived. Great work Mark and team.
    • Mid year the club also received Sunshine Coast Community Award for best small community club, at their gala dinner. (What another gala dinner!)
    • Social events were also not forgotten despite the pandemic, so what were these folks queuing up for?
    ..not forgetting Christmas drinks at the Freeman's...and the new catch up coffee initiative..
    • The Surf Show and Shine was a bit different this year with the event being held at Alex SLSC car park and Buhk park for the first time. 
    • Meanwhile our Youth program wasn't the usual year, with no Youth Exchange Program but Saara and Chloe got a bit of a helping hand from the club..
    • Also our international obligations via Donations in Kind were not forgotten as a few of our members tracked down to South Brisbane to help out with the distribution of community aid to the islands.
    • Mental Health was a big theme for the year, and as well as having some excellent speakers on the subject we also kept up our close relationship with our mates at Mooloolaba Rotary through the "Lift the Lid" or also known to us old timers as the "Walk for Mental Health. Here's our hard working honorary member Fiona ..
    • Towards the end of the year we were delighted to help the Alex Community Association with their Christmas at Alex celebrations. 
    Thats all folks !!...see you in 2022...
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    Cnile virus affects club

    Thanks to the Kippa Ring Rotary club for this prognosis of latest virus strain seems to have affected some of our members. 

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    Inclusion is the thing, Diversity is for free

    Karis talks to club about her passion for inclusiveness

    We found out quite a few things from Karis's talk. Thats apart from a few members failure to grasp some mathematical concepts, like multiplication, division etc, and some operational problems with calculators. Leaving that embarrassment to one side, it was a lively discussion from Karis Ramsay who has spent all of her adult life making a difference to communities domestically and internationally. From refugee camps, to disability programs to corporate education on inclusivity and diversity, Karis has crammed it all in with great enthusiasm. 
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    Charmaine's story

    Thank you so much for such an amazing presentation this morning and how fortunate that I was visiting Alex today as I belong to an E-Club which means that we meet online and not in person as we do here at the happy and hardworking Alex Rotary Club !
    I checked out your very interesting website and noted your passion for your foundation and I would just like to explain very shortly how valuable my membership and partnership is with Rotary -
    I have been gifted the following over the last few years for my Rotary Project in Africa -
    • 50 refurbished and recycled computers from the Rotary Club of Nundah
    • 25 refurbished laptops
    • medical supplies from the "Donations in Kind" warehouse in Brisbane
    • school desks
    • 600 "Days for Girls Washable Sanitary Packs" from the Rotary Club of Rockhampton 
    • Books and educational equipment 
    • very high quality clothing for the AIDS Orphanage in South Africa (where my own passion lies)
    • Bedding and blankets
    • Over 600 village wheelchairs from the Rotary Club of Surfers Paradise
    • $12 000 sea freight charges to cover costs of transporting the containers from Brisbane to Johannesburg
    • two x 40 foot containers (now used as a classroom and business centre) in Africa
    • 200 Hippo Rollers from a Canadian Rotary Club to transport and store water to remote areas - this is the link to our project in a small little African country called Lesotho :
    Please be mindful that we are here to help and the future is in great hands when we meet young and passionate persons like yourself and we thank you for your service !
    Have a safe and happy Christmas and please let us know how we can help.
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    Monarch's Chinchilla provenance

    Portrait takes pride of place in Fiona's office

    Tony's version 
    When Maroochydore Rotary handed back it’s Charter, a number of items were recovered and dispersed.
    One such item was the print of the portrait of Queen Elizabeth 11 which was presented at the time of Maroochydore’s charter, by the Rotary Club of Chinchilla.
    Photos enclosed show Past President David Woodrow presenting the framed print to Queensland member of Parliament Fiona Simpson MP, member for Maroochydore.  (Fiona Simpson is an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Alexandra Headland and was a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in 1983 to Japan)
    Is this the back story?
    But there is a back story to this....there is a mysterious brass plate on the back of the portrait when it was donated to Chinchilla Rotary Club, thought to contain a secret coded message to certain Australian beau.
    So "allegedly" (an important word) this portrait was created by a Chinchilla artist from a photo taken of Princess Elizabeth (as she was then) on a secret Royal visit to the Australian outback before she married Prince Phillip (RIP).
    So the story goes that Elizabeth wanted a final "hen party" fling before she tied the royal knot with Philip...but the royal court explained that would be impossible with so much media attention on the beautiful princess.
    However, a certain old royal flame, who had previously stolen Elizabeth's heart on a previous visit to the colony with his knowledge of physics and maths and portable sound systems invited Lizzie to Chinchilla where he assured her that the royal "we" could could let down her royal hair at a B&S Ball and no-one would be any the wiser.
    So it came to pass that this portrait from a photo taken just before Princess Elizabeth went to the 1951 Chinchilla Bachelor and Spinsters Ball came into existence as a present to that handsome stranger of Chinchilla Rotary club.
    Strange but true?? ....who knows because the very young and dapper beau from Queensland ... drank too much celebratory vino collapso that night and our beau had very little memory of that last night of freedom of our Monarch.
    In the morning his princess was gone.... leaving only a royal glass slipper......
    Its rumoured that he still has the royal slipper and is using it as a door stop in his shed. 
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    Michelle's idea takes a twist

    Wheelchair access for the disabled at Alex beach 

    Some of our not so young members may have experienced the feeling that a certain scribe felt when our ideas lady (that's Michelle) noticed that whereas the Mooloolaba SLSC laid out a mat on the beach from the club - the Alex SLSC did not. 
    So the club rallied and said, OK lets do it for the disabled community. "Not so fast" a certain scribe said, "there's something in the cobwebs of my noggin about this...lets talk to Honorary member Ashley" (the fount of all knowledge) and so on Friday after the meeting we discovered that the SLSC did in fact have a mat and beach wheelchair that they wanted to use, but was not being used because of a question mark over the gradient access to the beach.  
    So I am pleased to say that since Michelle and Ashley and a certain scribe got involved that local Councillor Joe Natoli and SLSC Club captain Neil are back on the case and we're hopeful of a good outcome for local disabled community to use the beach. Stay tuned. 

    Rotary International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    ..And by an amazing coincidence..
    This year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December celebrates the challenges, barriers, and opportunities for people who live with disabilities within the context of a global pandemic. Read blog posts from Rotary members who are involved in living out Rotary’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
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    Think you know Christmas?

    Christmas Quiz

    On Friday President Wendy tested our Christmas knowledge with this did you go?
    Answers at bottom of bulletin. No cheating. 

    Join in any reindeer games, Turkey, Tom Hanks, England, Ebenezer, Germany, 364, Hansel & Gretel, Home Alone, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Dasher, Rudolf, Dancer, Played a song, White Christmas, Bing Crosby, Large Kangaroo, Theodore Roosevelt, 7,00, Mariah Carey, Capricorn, Birth, 2004, Dr Suess.

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    Migrant Work Ready program 

    Migrant Work Ready program 

    Big shout. out to Sunshien Coast Council and volunteers who run the award winning Migrant work ready program. Charmaine and Wendy visited them on Friday. Check it out HERE.
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    Christmas Donation 

    Club Christmas box donation

    The club has donated $500 to St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal.
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    Fridays speaker

    This Friday - Karis Ramsay - Inclusion and Diversity on the workplace
    For our penultimate meeting of the year we welcome Karis Ramsay to talk to the club about the problems and opportunities that are happening in the workplace around diversity. Karis is a well known local and international advisor who has spent many years improving this important area of the work environment. 
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    New member Geoff called into action..

    First of many Rotary minutes..

    Geoff seems to be wondering what club has he joined that asked hime to talk for one minute on its history after only joining last month?
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    Border closed ? - no problem for Rotarians

    Rotary meeting at border 

    Our intrepid reporter Charmaine noticed this "can do" Rotary club on the Queensland border. 
    Not easy to have a cross border Rotary Club. Face to Face meetings have come down to straddling a marquee over the barriers on the QLD/NSW border and having Pizza delivered by Earth and Sea Pizza Coolangatta.
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    Club Christmas Party

    2020 Club Christmas party

    A BIG thanks to Marilyn and Tony for hosting the club Christmas party on Friday night. It was a lovely evening, with some surprise guests and don't some of our members crib up well!
    The beautiful Shannon with mine host Tony. 
    The South African contingent took this snap..with a springbok photobomber 
    Michelle's pretty good at taking selfies...
    Fiona, Mike and Lesley (where are the sherbets? ..under the table?)
    Side note...our mate Dave W graciously donated a painting of his favourite monarch to Fiona's office. She's ecstatic. (The monarch..... not Fiona 😃)
    Dave, celebrating the dispatch of painting with a glass of vino collapso ....and new mum Kate, and friends. 
    Bob, Trudi and Di. Love the shirt Bob. 
    Great to see John and Lol W at the party tablecloths (? ) a special treat for a certain scribe (?)
    Grandfather Phillip with Charmaine and the amazing Freeman folks who put on the spread. 👏
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    Smart pups steal the show

    Smart pups steal the show

    Miss Daisy stole the show at Friday's meeting, a super smart ambassador dog for Smart Pups Assistance Dogs for Special needs children, with her best mate Robi.
    Club members might recall Robi as a regular Kombi van supporter of our Surf Show and Shine event.  
    While dogs and babies cannot talk (and that's why they are considered so cute and adorable !!) we were found out that Miss Daisy had just completed writing another fund-raising book with illustrations by Frankie. What a clever girl.
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    Club welcomes another Engineer!

    Club welcomes another Engineer!

    Rotary's newest member Geoff was inducted on Friday which gave our President Wendy another opportunity to put on the jewellery ...getting to be a regular thing. Welcome to Geoff and Di.
    Not sure what the collective noun is for project is Peter D introducing Geoff to the club, with glowing references.😀
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    Clare and Errol moving on 

    Clare and Errol moving on 

    Things are moving at IFYS, with both Dan and now Clare moving on to greener pastures. We're looking forward to meeting our newest corporate member in the next few weeks. 
    Also sad to let you know the Errol has resigned from the club (but not Rotary👍) and continues to contribute to the community through his efforts at Buderim. We wish them both well.
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    RAWCS morning 

    RAWCS show their wares

    North shore community centre was the venue for Saturday morning workshop/ presentation of the great work that Rotary Australia World Community Services (RAWCS) does around our region. A big thanks to Mike and the team for coordinating this, and the club team for the morning tea. 
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    No speaker ? - No problem 

    Tomorrow is ..


    Sunshine Coast and Hinterland Areas
    701 David Low Way, Mudjimba
    Saturday 20th November 2021 – 1.00pm to 4.00pm PROGRAM

    Friday's meeting 

    Friday saw the club re-induct our mate Bob who was welcomed back to Rotary after a short(ish) break for grandparents duties. Bob has been a great supporter of the club and Trudi has been a great help at our club events. Welcome back Bob. 
    Our guest speaker didn't turn up so Mike did the honours with a talk on the Toastmasters / Rotary relationship and some tips on public speaking and personal development. 
    Meanwhile Charmaine and John were busy "zooming in" to an "E" meeting on Koala rescue's and animal welfare that had clubs from Europe and around the world joining in...not quite sure what they would have made of the "heads and tails" going on in our meeting. Nevertheless, it has shown it can be done so perhaps that's something for another meeting?
    Interesting the Alex Poster came through Zoom in a "mirror" image, not too sure why but a certain scribe thinks its something to do with Australia being "upside down on the world map, and the water gong down the drain in counter clockwise direction?

    Christmas at Alex

    Sunday 12th December we'll be helping the Alex Community group with their Kids Christmas party at Buhk park. Thank you to the volunteers (Jayne, Peter, Mike, Charmaine, Geoff, Craig, Dave, and Graeme) and others who have put their hand up. We'll have more details as we get nearer the day. 

    District Magazine for you 

    Click on image for the link to "whats on at District"
    As November is Rotary Foundation month...might be an idea to make someone's Christmas with a small donation to one of the top charities. in the world in terms of effectiveness and minimum overheads.....

    Recreational & Vocational Fellowships

    (Thanks to Buderim Club for this)....

    From stamp collecting to wine appreciation, the hobbies of Rotarians are as diverse as the membership itself. Among the more than one million Rotarians worldwide, a cricket fan or a ukulele player is bound to find others who share the same passions.

    But Recreational Fellowship members share more than just their common interest in deep sea fishing or photography; they share an interest in fellowship & service and in promoting world understanding.

    As such, it is no wonder that the International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarians donates profits from ski events to The Rotary Foundation or that the Flying Rotarians help ferry medical personnel and supplies.

    One has only to look at the types of Vocational Fellowships to recognize how they differ from their recreational counterparts. With Rotarians united by their shared professional interest in such fields as Hospital Administration and Finance/Banking, it is obvious that Vocational Service is as important a concern as international fellowship to the members of these groups. Members exchange technical in- formation and seek opportunities to employ their expertise in service not just to their own communities and countries, but to their professions as well.

    For example, the Ophthalmology International Vocational Fellowship organized a professional seminar about eye surgery in developing countries


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    Salty Souls Legacy Project progress

    Containers are here 

    We've placed the containers at the THRIVE centre (thanks Noel & Mal) and in the New Year we'll be starting on shaping the new centre, to Kerry %& Tamara's specification. Meanwhile a BIG thanks to Joe Natoli and District for their contributions to the project. So soon Kerry & family will have their garage back and can start to think about New Year plans. 
    We've hit a few snags on the way, which always makes things interesting, so stay tuned to find out how you can help..
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    What are these conspirators up to?

    Secret discussions after club meeting ?

    I can reveal that these folks were organising a flyer and some funds for our friends Bill and Melissa at Care outreach. 
    The club (that's you) provided $3,000 towards the Christmas boxes that the amazing folks at Care Outreach will be taking outback, and Skye caught up with the team at Coolum and got the flyers in the boxes that are offering a youth exchange in 2023 to the families way, way outback.
    More news in the New Year. 
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    Charity Fashion Show at Blue Illusions - Raising Ipads for kids

    A Tres chic Fashion show at Blue illusions to fundraise to support Education and enhance Learning Outcomes in a Fun and meaningful way.

    The Rotary Club of Alexandra Headland had a successful Fundraising Fashion show at Blue Illusions last Saturday by Fundraising for two iPads for some students at Papunya Indigenous  School in the NT.  The support of some Rotary members including two gentlemen from our club and their partners, along with representatives of the community, made for a entertaining  afternoon. 

    Chris the manager of Blue illusions, regaled all by her professional knowledge of the designs and history of each of each garment. The models represented the different age groups who could wear the Styles.

    It was a very personal friendly event, when friends and fellow Rotarians did their best to make the models feel at ease. It was like having best friends over for cocktails and nibblies in ones own home.

    Everyone enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of an afternoon in a Shop that highlighted an afternoon on the Champs Elesse perhaps , sipping Champagne and surrounded by beautiful fabrics and silk garments- watching the models showcase the fashions designed in Paris.

    After the fashion show the rush was on to purchase the garments.   A number of credit cards got a good work out. Apparently it was one of the best fashion sales in a long while.

    We were out in 3 hours. However our show was booked for another two hours, so Chris intimated that the sales that came to their shop within the last two hours could be accredited to us. Hopefully. We also have been promised a further discount of 15% from a friend who works in America at Apple. We may be able to purchase two new Apple ipads what with sizeable donations and discounts.

    The use of Technology that is inherent in Apple’s new iPads will utilize the Bitsboard , that provides Interactive activities, that will allow students to explore the rich environment, that is a feature of this beautiful part of the world. Students will conduct studies of the plants and birds and wildlife that surround their school. They will be able to document their learning outside the classroom. 

    The students will utilize Apple’s Photographic component within the iPad to capture the true colours  and hues of the environment in which the students live.

     Students will study the tracks of animals and record their characteristic behaviours.

    The ipads will facilitate students having a video record of engaging with Elders and Local rangers, who hold precious cultural knowledge.  These interviews  are important for documenting the history of their ancestors. They will also utilize this technology to capture the local Luritija language . This Interactive process of preserving the language of this area, will strengthen students sense of identity and self -worth and assist in the development of literacy and numeracy skills throughout all areas of the curriculum.

    In providing two iPads for students at a remote Indigenous school, then we are also supporting one of Rotary foundations Areas of Focus and that is to ensure that children have access to quality basic education and literacy.

    Our intrepid reporter Joy 

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    Rotary Survey 

    Rotary - all member survey 

    Somewhere in your inbox you should have this invitation to participate in the Rotary - all member survey - have a go..

    Dear Rotary member,

    As part of our commitment to provide you with the best membership experience possible, we invite you to participate in the 2021 Rotary All-Member Survey. Your responses will help us learn what you like about being a Rotary member and how we can make your membership experience even better.

    To begin the survey, click the link below. It will take 15 to 20 minutes to complete and will be open until 10 December 2021.

    Only one survey can be submitted using the link, so please do not forward or share this email. If you any have questions, contact us at


    Shekhar Mehta
    Rotary International President, 2021-22

    To opt out of future communications about this survey, click here
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    Bi - Monthly Buddies 

    Coffee Catch up partners
    Just in case some members need some time to find out who the members of the club are (??) and who they have been partnered is the draw from Friday..
    Skye & Peter
    Val & Mike
    David & Graeme
    Steve & Sean
    Joy & John
    Wendy & Tony
    Michelle & Clare
    Craig & Dan
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    Smith Family interest in WorkLife Coaching program 

    The Smith Family curious about WorkLife program

    A certain scribe is responding to an interest from that amazing community group "The Smith Family" about the WorkLife coaching program. Thank you to the members who have expressed an interest in helping out if we are accepted into the Maroochydore School and perhaps elsewhere to offer youngsters some advice on transitioning to, and being successful in the workplace.
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    Ideas for Grants anyone?

    Andrew Wallace has been in touch regarding community grants

    Andrew has been in touch with community if you have any ideas or know of a community need that the club could do with a bit of financial help, drop the secretary a line and we'll take it from there.
    Here's some of Andrews note...
     Thank you for your vital work in supporting our vulnerable, engaging volunteers, and fostering active citizenship. Your efforts are what makes Fisher the best place for education, employment and retirement.
    Don’t forget, your Expression of Interest for the Stronger Communities Program is due back at my office in just under three weeks, on Friday 26 November.
    Kind regards
    Andrew Wallace MP
    Federal Member for Fisher
    The Edge, Unit 11 (L2) 10 Lake Kawana Boulevard, Bokarina QLD 4575
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    Leon's story 

    Leon - Personal experiences and helping others

    When the club received its award for "Best small community club" our mate Michelle got speaking to another award winner. Leon Helmsholm, who was recognised for the great work he is doing in teh community in mentoring folk who may be suffering from depression, or having bicker thoughts. So it was great to hear first hand for Leon on how he has turned a suicide in the family to such a positive thing for many others who are suffering from mental health issues. This was particularly relevant coming so soon after the walk for mental health ("Lift the lid") and also with some surprising statistics from Leon on the problem on the Sunshine Coast. 
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    Christmas Dateclaimers

    Board Meeting 

    Donations and minutes
    At this weeks board meeting we suffered (or rather Wendy suffered) the IT gremlins, but we braved it through and secretary Tony did a sterling job noting that we've donated $12,000 to SalTy Souls for their new HQ plans in Maroochydore, and $3,000 to Bill and Melissa for their Christmas box donations to their mates doing it tough in outback Queensland.
    The AGM has been confirmed for Friday 3rd December when our new President Skye takes over with her not so new board of supporters.
    Also Christmas function at Tony and Marilyn's on Friday 26th November.
    "Christmas at Alex" on Sunday 12th December. 
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    Lift the lid walk for mental health 

    Lift the lid walk for mental health 

    Alex Rotary members manned the "Halfway tent" ..technically the quarter and three quarter tent...but am I being PEDantic. (thats a pun for the latin scholars)... phew!!
    Michelle, Charmaine and Mike hanging around...and below our very own Fiona supporting the walk for mental health..
    and local councillor Joe with Rosanna...
    and a certain scribe and Poppy..
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    Maroochydore High School, TAFE and VERG

    Maroochydore High School scoring goals

    The club has had a bit to do with the Maroochydore State High school over the years with the mock interview program. More recently we've had a few visits between the food festival, the TAFE lunch (delicious) and the Vocational (VERG) group meeting (inspirational). 
    So it was great to see that the hard work by the School being recognised for their hard work, particularly in the educational and vocational area.  Some great memories and connections made and old ones renewed. It was particularly inspiring to hear from the kids in hospitality at the TAFE lunch and at the VERG meeting who were so positive and appreciative of the the support that they received from the school to find a pathway to achieve their goals.... and not always an academic route. 
    We also became aware of the strong connection between the great folks at The Smith Family and how they work closely with the school to ensure all kids have the resources to develop at the school. Its early days but a certain Twin Waters renovator is already doing a bit of networking and putting potential help in touch with Marion and Anthony at the Smith Family. We'll see what develops.
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    Disaster Aid and Golfer connection 

    Disaster Aid - saving young lives, battling disease and truly making a difference

    At Fridays breakfast John O'Reilly and Peter Faulkner from Melbourne and Phillip Island Rotary gave a brief presentation and demonstration on the work that Disaster Aid have been doing to help communities with cleaning up their water supplies. Without clean water supplies, water borne diseases kill thousand of village folk in our region every year.  
    The work that these guys do is just outstanding. It starts with developing practical filtration units and delivering and installing and training village folks in water sanitation that change the lives of the villages in Philippines and around the region. Thankyou John & Peter and your team at Disaster aid and overseas who make sure that the units get used properly. One of the units costs about $5,000 and provides clean water to a village for 10 years. 
    ...and no, you are not mistaken, John & Peter joined us at the Australian Rotary Golf Association tournament at Maroochy water golf club earlier in the year...... I mean why would you go back to Melbourne when you can stay in Queensland? 
    Demonstrating the effectiveness of the filter....dirty water in ...clean water out...aren't engineers marvellous?
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    Christmas at Alex - Dateclaimer Sunday 12th December

    Volunteers needed to help make Christmas special for kids at Alex - Dateclaimer

    Put Sunday 12th December in your diaries as an opportunity to help the Alex Community Association folks with their annual "Christmas at Alex". This is a great afternoon of fun for the kids where we hope that all restrictions on outdoor events can be lifted and the mums, dads and kids can enjoy a pleasant afternoon in the park by the beach.  
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    Lift the lid walk for mental health - this Sunday 

    Lift the Lid is on again... let's go for a walk and show our support on Sunday

    The Rotary Club of Mooloolaba together with a number of other Rotary Clubs on the Sunshine Coast has for the past three years, staged a WALK FOR MENTAL HEALTH in October to coincide with Queensland Mental Health Month.

    The “point of difference” is that the walk is not a race. It is a family occasion offering an organised “fun” walk from Mooloolaba to Maroochydore and back. Walkers have the option to turn around at any time. The inaugural walk was held in October 2016 and has grown to include hundreds of participants and raised almost $35,000 so far. Our target this year given COVID management is 450 walkers and more than $10,000 funds to be raised for Mental Health Research.


    This is a great project because it:

    1. Raises much-needed funds for ARH Mental Health Research.
    2. Offers an opportunity for the community to identify with those suffering from mental health issues.
    3. It provides an outlet for those suffering from mental health issues. For example, every year there have been families and friends wearing their own special t-shirts honouring a loved one who has been lost as a result of a mental health issue.
    4. Will bring visitors to Mooloolaba which is good for local business and tourism.


    Get tickets for this event here – tickets are $31.54 each.

    To find out more about other LIFT THE LID WALK for Mental Health events, or host your own walk, visit the website:

    Lift the lid walk for mental health - this Sunday   2021-10-23 14:00:00Z 0

    Paying for education - who knew?

    Education funding in the spotlight

    Dr Michael McCarthy from Sienna College was our guest speaker on Friday, and gave an enlightening talk into the funding of our kids education in Queensland and the differences between the 3 streams of education. Michael took over as Sienna Principal from our very own Graeme, and a certain scribe recalled the passion from Michaels first talk to the community at his first Sienna awards night. Our community is in good hands with headmasters like Michael fighting for justice and efficiency and to make every dollar count towards our kids education. 
    Paying for education - who knew? 2021-10-23 14:00:00Z 0

    Aveo meeting - Members escape unscathed

    Alex Rotary meets the folks at Aveo retirement village

    You may have seen TV programs about the beneficial effects if kindergarten kids visiting retirement homes, indeed the building of lasting relationships that have stemmed from this initiative.
    Well, the forward thinking folks at AVEO invited the "young at heart" from Alex Rotary to meet the "not quite so young at heart" at their amazing retirement home on the Sunshine Coast.
    Not sure who gained the most from the hospitality...lets call it a win-win, and a big thank you to AVEO for a positive "making a difference" to their residents. 
    Aveo meeting - Members escape unscathed 2021-10-23 14:00:00Z 0

    Polio Day 

    Rotary Polio Day 

    It's World Polio Day!
    Now is the time for us to take action and advocate for polio eradication. As Rotary members and supporters, we lead the campaign to protect the world’s children from this paralyzing disease.

    Support the effort:
    • Watch and share Rotary’s World Polio Day Global Update, which is available on our Facebook page and, to learn how we’re delivering on our promise to secure a polio-free world.
    • Share your best End Polio Now photo on social media with the hashtag #MyEndPolio, or upload your photo to
    • Watch and share this video message to Rotary members from World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
    • Donate to Rotary’s PolioPlus Fund. Or start an online fundraiser using Raise for Rotary. Contributions will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
    Rotary districts can give District Designated Funds (DDF) to PolioPlus to help meet our goal of raising $50 million each year to eradicate polio.

    Help us keep polio eradication in the spotlight so more people join our historic effort.
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    Don't forget TAFE lunch - and no meeting on Friday 

    No meeting this Friday - at Maroochydore TAFE Lunch instead 

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

    Rotary initiatives in improving the environment

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

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

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

    ESRAG - Rotary & Environment 2021-10-10 14:00:00Z 0

    Carmel's last day - a tribute 

    Carmel heads south to a new family adventure

    On Friday we said goodbye to Carmel - a long standing member of the club and we were all sad to see her go, but at the same time happy that she was going off to  her new family venture in Samford. 
    There was a bit of a IT hiccup with the photo tribute that our Tony had put together, so we've gone one better and put Carmel out there on the Internet on our webpage. see the photo's at for lots of memories of Carmel. 
    A certain scribe would also like to say the club will miss her and her attention to detail (never a certain scribe's strong point) and you could always rely on Carmel for helping out at any club or community activity. She's a champion and I'm sure that Samford will benefit from her enthusiasm and thoughtfulness. 
    Carmel's last day - a tribute 2021-10-10 14:00:00Z 0

    Getting by with a little help from our friends

    Bunnings BBQ success

    Well done everyone involved n Sundays successful Bunnings BBQ. A special should out to our would not have been possible without you. Special mentions to you all.....Charmaine arrived bright and early for the morning shift, and our mischievous mate Bob Lane was there to man the barricades, and in the afternoon shift Sandi just never stopped  (well apart from a few "logistical issues" with we'll say no more about!!) a BIG THANK YOU you have helped us raise much needed funds for the community. 
    Getting by with a little help from our friends 2021-10-10 14:00:00Z 0

    EndEd speaks from the heart

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

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

    2021 Surf Show and Shine over for another year

    So many good stories about this years Surf Show and Shine. A big thank you to our wonderful Kombis who took part in the Kombi Parade on Saturday night, where for an hour the Kombis paraded around Alex, Mooloolaba, Kawana, Maroochydore and Cotton Tree. 
    A special bonus was that this year the Sunset markets were on at Mooloolaba and the folks at the market were treated to an amazing display of Kombis past the markets. Here's Dean and Cricks Volkswagen van leading the parade through the Mooloolaba sunset markets..
    Then on early Sunday the folks at East Coast Traffic services had the car park all ready to receive and show off the Kombis. Here's a little pug getting into the spirit of Surf Show and Shine
    This was our 6th show the club has put on and in that time had a load of fun, and brought some smiles to the community and our amazing beneficieries who do so much for the Sunshine folks who are "doing it tough" all year round. We were delighted to see Bill and Melissa Close from Care Outreach who have been with the Show since the start. Here's a walk around video on the morning set up on Facebook for you..
    We had some amazing trophies (courtesy of Shannon) for our People's choice and Kombi of the Year. Deano from Cricks and Ashley from the Alex SLSC did the honours..
    Music was provided by Nana's Pie Band and Artis displays by Owen Cavanagh, Terry Cooper,  Amanda Davidson, Deb Baker, Julie Chizzoni, Naomi Pettenuzzo, Owen Cavanagh,  Suzanne Riley...some fantastic displays, as also from Ross Wilson Surfboards who has signed up to be a regular at future Surf Show and Shine events.  
    Big thanks to everyone who have helped out with the raffle prizes, musicians, artists, and event etc. etc. and a special BIG THANKYOU to East Coast Traffic who were amazing..BIG shout out to Ian aka "Smurfy" and his team who were there at the start and last to leave.
    Surf Show and Shine 2021 is over for another year 2021-09-26 14:00:00Z 0

    Your news magazine

    All your Rotary news here..

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

    They're Back - Bunnings BBQ 

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

    Member Profile

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

    Toastmasters and Rotary

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

    Sue brings in some of the clubs history 

    In 2013 the club president was our very own Sue Quinn, ably assisted by secretary Carmel Hulett. On Friday Sue brought in a printed copy of the year in review. All 52 pages of it, one newsletter for every week. (Sue is very professional.) That year the club received the Rotary International Presidential Citation. Well done the club. What else was the club up to, turns out the usual Bunnings BBQ, trying to get a President Elect, (nothing new there) and doing some great work with the Coast Guard, November moustache fund-raising, some very fetching photo's of a young Alan Walter and Bob Thompson and lots of community support and guest speakers. 
    What was the club doing in 2013? 2021-09-12 14:00:00Z 0

    Whale Watching 

    Sunday jaunt on Mooloolaba Bay 

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

    Club needs help 

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

    Its Official Noosa people are dirtiest on the Sunshine Coast 

    Friday SEQ speaker confirms what we always knew

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

    Chloe Silva - Alex SLSC Surf Woman of Year 

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

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

    Friday's speakers 

    Chloe Silva Donation 

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

    Jeremy Bishop - SEQ Water

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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    Rotary 4 way test - mirror or window

    The Rotary Minute

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Rotary 4 way test - mirror or window 2021-08-29 14:00:00Z 0

    Club Donations

    Club Donations

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

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

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

    What would District Say?

    Acknowledgement of Country

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

    Kombi header rego

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

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

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

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

    Smoke from indoor cooking fires is a leading cause of death of children under age five, and the world's largest environmental killer. It kills eight times as many people as malaria. Stove Team International’s program benefits the families and children impacted by smoke from indoor cooking fires.
    StoveTeam is a nonprofit, organization that assists with the production of safe, durable, efficient wood-burning Ecocina cookstoves to replace open fire cooking. They work with nonprofit organizations and Rotary Clubs and help them place an order for stoves with a local entrepreneur in Latin America to provide the necessary training and support to produce them. Ecocina factories have produced more than 71,000 stoves, improving the lives of more than half-a-million people.
    StoveTeam's model has been awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Award for Developing Local Markets for our innovative approach creating local employment while improving health and reducing air pollution.
    Can you join the club in supporting this cause? Check it out or donate via Alex Rotary. 
    Stove team - who knew?  2021-08-23 14:00:00Z 0

    Club photos

    Does this chap need new glasses or longer arms?
    Past President returns - look what the wind blew in ...Past President Sue Quinn.
    Club photos 2021-08-23 14:00:00Z 0

    How far would you go for a vaccine?


    How far would you go for a vaccine?


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

    by Ryan Hyland

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Photo by Indira Mattai

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

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

    Karen's column

    Email Tips from Karen  - aka is this YOU?

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

    Whats going on at Thrive?

    Ever wondered whats going on at THRIVE?

    Well, here's a recent newsletter from our mate Noel on what the great team have been up to....
    "Hi All, just a update on what has been happening at Thrive,
    A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes with the Music Department. Liam, with the support of his Mum Serena, have been going to open mic nights and talking about Thrive and handing out flyers, as well as running an advertising campaign on social media. They are generating quite a bit of interest and their biweekly sessions on Sunday arvo's are starting to grow. Check out their Facebook page to see what happens
    If any of us know anyone, under 25, who would be interested in doing a bit of teaching, I’m sure Alex and Liam would appreciate the help. Sounds like you've been putting in a lot of time there Liam, Good on you Mate.  
    Obi has the Paddling programme happening again. We have only had one paddling day since term has gone back because of lockdowns. The new group for this school term has been very successful with all the kids participating even though it was just a little bit cold out on the river. This programme has been running for a long time now and it is amazing to see the volunteers still turning up, Todd Grace, Nicky Chapman, Rod Jenman and Peter Aiken, Thank you.  
    Tony Kimmens who runs the coffee shop at Maroochydore surf club agreed to give all our volunteers a free coffee at the end of the sessions, Thanks heaps Tony, much appreciated.  
    The kids from the group last term were good enough to give us a Thankyou card. It was quite good (and amusing) to see some of their thoughts, so I have attached a pic of the card to share with you all. 
    Presently there are a few groups expressing interest in setting up things at Thrive, we are looking at these to determine whether they are a benefit to the community. More information will be provided if any of them go ahead.  
     Thank you for your time and hang in there, 
    Cheers Noel. "
    and here's a nice card of thanks from some amazing people..
    Whats going on at Thrive? 2021-08-15 14:00:00Z 0

    Can you match Alex Rotary ?

    Salty Souls Legacy - Can you match Alex Rotary?

    Alex Rotary is putting out a challenge to the Sunshine Coast Community and looking for sponsors to match their dollars to create a home for SalTy Souls Legacy kids programs. 
    The members have raised $15,000 for a new clubhouse for SalTy Souls Legacy and need another $15,000 worth of materials to complete the task. Rotarians and like reminded volunteers and tradies have already offered their labour to transform 2 shipping containers into a fantastic clubhouse that will be the home for the brilliant Sunshine Coast Kids program run by Tamara and Kerry Smith and family in remembrance of Ty Kennedy.
    Kerry & Tamara have been running the Salty Souls Legacy programs for kids out of their garage and it has well and truly grown out of the family home. Now its time to find them a permanent home. Check them out at www.SalTySouls
    You may have seen SalTy Souls on Channel 7 where the amazing Siena College kids got behind Salty Souls at their recent Benefit Ball?
    So can you help? Can you match the dollars that Alex Rotary are putting in? Do you want to get behind this great cause?
    If you can help create a home for SalTy Souls Legacy, no matter how small or large a donation, please donate to the Salty Souls Program on this link,
    Thank You 
    Alex Rotary
    What a location !!
    The really great news is that the site that SalTy Souls Legacy are looking to establish themselves on is already a big part of community youth through the THRIVE programs. Rotary are really excited by the possibility of collaboration and adding to the great work that Noel and the team are doing at THRIVE and helping build on the programs that are doing so much to re-engage with kids of the Sunny Coast. 
    ...and here is an artists impression of what it all might look like with your support.
    Can you match Alex Rotary ? 2021-08-15 14:00:00Z 0

    TAFE Dinner Invite

    TAFE Lunch invite Dateclaimer

    Tony has made a tentative booking for 20 people on Thursday 14th October and will circulate details and suggests we use the visit to the cookery trade course lunch as the October Fifth Friday ….. even if it’s a couple of weeks early.
    TAFE Dinner Invite 2021-08-07 14:00:00Z 0



    The club has put in a request to District for a defibrillator for the Maroochydore SLSC. 
    Defibriillator 2021-08-07 14:00:00Z 0

    Conspiracy Corner

    Were Royal minders listening in on the club ZOOM meeting?

    Some among us believe that the world is dominated by a small number of powerful people who send secret coded messages to each other through the media. Alternative facts as they say..but our very own Dave Woodrow now seems to have become embroiled in this web of all seeing power brokers, who allegedly include the British royal family. 
    It all started when Dave rescued a delightful portrait of the monarch from the Maroochydore Rotary leftovers that was heading to the dump. (see above).
    Dave mentioned this heroic act at the club Zoom meeting and we were all suitably impressed at Dave's chivalry. (Steve was not quite so impressed by where Dave's hands were while "holding" the monarch but thats another story)...
    Anyway the BIG story is that Dave was not to know that Royal minders from the world domination cartel were listening in on the Dave's adventures at the refuse tip.
    Well, anyway next thing you know...
     Prince Charles is on Facebook with a Rotary logo on his lapel. Was this a covert signal to our Dave?
    Coincidence?- I think not. 
    This appears to be Charlie reaching out to Dave in their secret cartel code to say a big thankyou for rescuing the portrait of mummy.....
    ..but wait ... ...this "just happened" to be on Dave's birthday!.....another "coincidence?" ..I think not.
    You read the signs... and make your own conclusions.....Just saying.
    But be careful on Zoom fellow conspirators ..."They" are always watching..... like the eye of Sauron.... The truth is out there. 
    Conspiracy Corner 2021-08-07 14:00:00Z 0

    Fresh Start and Beyond Expectations

    Brilliant IFYS programs your club is happy to support

    Letter of Support

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Best regards

    Wendy Gilson



    Fresh Start and Beyond Expectations 2021-08-07 14:00:00Z 0

    Mooloolaba State Primary School reaches out

    Mooloolaba State Primary School reaches out for help

    The club received this note during the week..interested? the secretary
    "We are looking for a host to run the trivia night including the questions and answers 😀 
    It will be held at MOOLOOLABA STATE SCHOOL  HALL on the 11th SEPT. 2021
    Starting at approx 6pm till about approx 9 - 10 pm 
    It will be helping to raise funds for the school on a variety of projects to improve the facilities in the school inc an extension to the school hall. Etc as we discussed earlier on the ph.
    We have a small sub committee esp for the trivia night and we are looking at getting someone to help host the night and also in any other way to assist it on the night to raise funds through donations or prizes to provide on the night into lucky door prizes winning teams auctions etc.
     We are also having an outdoor Movie Night on the 27th of Aug as well looking for food vans or businesses to advertise on the screen before the movie etc .
    We would dearly like to form a strong mutual partnership with Rotary to help both the members of our school community and the general community as well. 
    Should you require any further details please contact me asap. 
    Thanks again for your encouraging words of support.
    Debby Keen 
    Mooloolaba State School 
    Mooloolaba State Primary School reaches out 2021-08-07 14:00:00Z 0

    Moving Moments talks to club 

    Lutheran Services Moving Moments program brings joy to Seniors and Toddlers

    Renee Schumacher spoke to the club via zoom on Friday and we were all  impressed by the great work that Renee and her team at Lutheran services are doing in the community. We were particularly interested in the "Moving Moments" program which follows on from the ABC Old People's home series where old folks home engage with a local kindergarten and the amazing effect it has on the old folks, and in many case forming lasting relationships with child in the kindergarten and the childs family and the old folks home home resident. 
    Some  brilliant stories from Renee of Seniors and toddlers mixing and we thank her and her team for "making a difference" to the seniors (and the toddlers). 
    Moving Moments talks to club 2021-08-07 14:00:00Z 0

    Mooloolaba Rotary Music Quiz

    Mooloolaba Rotary Music Quiz 

    Wendy and Craig were our representatives at the Mooloolaba Rotary quiz, which is becoming a fixture on the Community calendar. "Definitely need a full table next year" says our resident photographer.
    Our mates at Mooloolaba Rotary had their annual music quiz on Friday night, luckily before lockdown, and raised a heap of funds for the amazing folks at The Board Meeting Surf Charity. Here's some pics. BTW thanks to the members who volunteered to help with the Board Meeting's project at Casey's yard makeover .....LATE News..its still on as construction is allowed under current restrictions..
    Here's some snaps of the quizzers..lots of vino collapso  on the table..... probably to help lubricate the brain cells.....just saying. The reserve quizzer on the bench in background enjoying a top up. frown
    Mooloolaba Rotary Music Quiz 2021-08-01 14:00:00Z 0

    10 things to do in lockdown

    10 Things to do in lockdown

    Finished spring cleaning, re-organising your record collection, got all your books in alphabetical order...socks all colour coded and neatly put away..??....Then this list is for you..
    1. Practice a random act of kindness (PRANK) .. it could be supporting local take away business, or just messaging someone.  Think of someone who might help and do something for them.
    2. Exercise. Go for walk and count the number of people not wearing masks. Amuse yourself by coughing and spluttering when you get within 20 metres of them. Watch their reaction. Follow them ....increasing your pace as they head off in another direction. smiley
    3. Do that thing you know that it needs to be done, but you keep putting it off. Set a time and date to get it done. Avoid procrastination. This lockdown will be over and you may not have anything to show for it !!sad
    4. Improve your education. Check out TED on the internet. 
    5. Draw a line on a page. This represents your life, so write zero at start of line (birth) and estimate end of line. Write the number that you think you will live to at end of line. Now put an "X" on the line where you are now. Now write down on the LHS four things that have achieved or is meaningful for you. Now on the RHS (your remaining estimated life) write down what you want to achieve. Then plan to do it. 
    6. Improve your character. The 4 way test is for internal consumption, not something for judging others. Have a 4 way card in mind as you make your day-to- day decisions. "Nothing nice to say?" then "say nothing" is a good start for most of us.
    7. Be gentle with yourself. Montaigne (the philosopher, not the singer) spent most of his life in lockdown in his library on the farm analysing day to day life and making some remarkable life observations. Realise that in the end we are all "worm bait" and try not be too critical about your perceived failures. Most good folk are too busy worrying about their failures to notice yours. 
    8. Learn a skill. You Tube is a great resource. It's improved a certain scribes putting skills no end. (This may not be entirely true, but he is missing much closer than before.)
    9. Make lists. There's nothing more satisfying than crossing things off list. Tip: use noun and verb for itemising. Use legible writing. yes
    10. Establish a routine. Habits are reassuring for our mental health long as they don't develop into OCD .......which is a real possibility if these bloody lockdowns continue!
    See you at the other end of the lockdown.
    10 things to do in lockdown 2021-08-01 14:00:00Z 0

    Our Beautiful Shannon steals the show

    Our over achieving Shannon

    We meet Friday mornings at 6.45 so its usually a bit of a scramble to get out of bed and make ourselves presentable before the Rotary breakfast. (For some it takes longer than others, but thats another story). 
    Anyway, on Friday a certain scribe and Shannon met as the sun was coming over the horizon to size up the defective container door and plan its repair before dropping into the club meeting. A big thanks to Shannon for helping with this. He's a champion.
    But there's more.
    While this activity would normally be enough for anyone early in the morning, our sharp-eyed chairperson noticed that Shannon had spruced himself up really well for the meeting and was welcomed to the meeting as our "BEAUTIFUL Shannon" .
    Whether this level of appearance sets the trend or standard for future breakfast meetings we'll have to wait and see.
    A certain scribe is considering changing his moisturiser and seeing if that does the trick. 
    Our Beautiful Shannon steals the show 2021-07-31 14:00:00Z 0

    Mooloolaba Music Quiz

    Mooloolaba Rotary Music Quiz

    Our mates at Mooloolaba Rotary had their annual music quiz on Friday night, luckily before lockdown, and raised a heap of funds for the amazing folks at The Board Meeting Surf Charity. Here's some pics. BTW thanks to the members who volunteered to help with the Board Meeting's project at Casey's yard makeover .....and you'll appreciate that this has been postponed because of the COVID lock down.
    Mooloolaba Music Quiz 2021-07-31 14:00:00Z 0

    Surf Show and Shine anyone?

    Early Planning for Surf Show and Shine

    Its seems rather bizarre for a certain scribe to be writing this in lockdown, but the club is planning our 7th Surf Show and Shine event. Its early days and we're looking for Kombi stakeholders and gold sponsors as thsi is our big fundraiser for the year.
    Some preliminary discussions have taken place, and the club has date claimed Sunday 3rd October for the big show. Our mates at Cricks Volkswagen are on board, and we'll be reaching out to the Surf Board and Arts and Music and Vendor communities as we put together our plans for another fantastic community event. 
    Mike and Steve have taken on board the communications with school, and other venues are being canvassed. There's only a couple of months before the big day, so that has some plusses and minuses, but with everyone's help we'll give it our best shot.
    The other task where the club would really appreciate some help, is with  Kombi "Supremo" to be the point of contact for drumming up support within the Kombi community, as well as potential Surf Wear and Surfboard related gold sponsors. 
    If you have any leads in this area please contact the club secretary on
    Surf Show and Shine anyone? 2021-07-31 14:00:00Z 0

    Val's profile and 6 degrees of separation 

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

    Every so often the club has a speakers slot for a members profile and it usually results in learning something about our club mates that we didn't know. Val's was full of surprises with her early upbringing, rugby, family and a strong background in education and "making a difference" to so many students that have benefited from Val's mentoring. 
    They say that there's only 6 degrees of seperation between us all, and a certain scribe can affirm that from his own experience.
    But it was the NZ connection that brought out a connection that few us in the club were aware of...
    What is the connection between this building and Val and a certain Kombi logistics guru in our club??
    Val's profile and 6 degrees of separation 2021-07-31 14:00:00Z 0

    RESET - Having great success with Domestic Violence prevention

    RESET - A positive program to stop domestic violence

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

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

    From a participant in RESET...

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

    Conflict resolution. Visitation rights. Discussing volatile situations

    Open communication. Commitment. Equality 

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

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

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

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

    If you can help please contact the club secretary at
    RESET - Having great success with Domestic Violence prevention 2021-07-31 14:00:00Z 0

    Dinner Photo's

    Two Wendy's and and emotional evening for one
    Last Wednesday nights dinner what notable, not just for the alliteration (W's and S's) but for a surprise award of (another) OHF to our club President Wendy Gilson. And it was especially memorable as Wendys daughter and granddaughter were there to see it.
    Although we were rather constricted with COVID regulations it was great to share a meal with our Satellite Club and new District Governor Wendy Protheroe. 
    Here's some more photos' of the night...starting with Wendy awards....
    Anna Mayr, from Satellite Club also gets a did human dynamo Steve and a certain scribe..
    Wendy with the club jewels..
    Now is that everything???? asks Wendy P
     Oh yes, nearly forgot, a special thanks to the staff at Alex SLSC for a great meal and service. 
    Dinner Photo's 2021-07-28 14:00:00Z 0

    Gastronomic Delights for you ...

    Looking for something??

    Here's some gastronomic delights, promoting local food and drinks etc. 
    and here's a memorable lunch while helping TAFE students and staff...
    Gastronomic Delights for you ... 2021-07-28 14:00:00Z 0

    Mooloolaba Rotary Music quiz

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

    Mooloolaba Rotary Music quiz 2021-07-27 14:00:00Z 0

    Mock Interviews over for another year 

    Steve and Maroochydore Rotary handover MSHS Mock Interviews

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

    On behalf of Rotary, and all the kids that you have helped through the years....BIG THANK YOU STEVE !!
    Mock Interviews over for another year 2021-07-18 14:00:00Z 0

    Rotary, Environment and Clean Up Australia

    A message from Clean Up Australia
    Rotary are committed to a cleaner environment, so the following messages from our mates at Clean Up Australia are particularly appropriate..
    Rotary, Environment and Clean Up Australia 2021-07-18 14:00:00Z 0
    With thanks from Kippa Ring Rotary 2021-07-18 14:00:00Z 0
    The New District is gradually forming   2021-07-18 14:00:00Z 0

    Satellite Club members 

    Anna and Brian talk about their club

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

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

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

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

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

    • Flexibility
    • Informal meetings
    • Passport members met once a month
    • Gave members the facility of getting involved with community events
    • Freedom of choice  to join other clubs to help out as Volunteers
    • Freedom to start their own projects 
    • Maintain the Model of Passport Clubs by connecting with other Passport clubs
    Some members of the club were interested in Anna's background in Economics because there is some controversy about whether Economics is an "Art" or a "Science"...Anna neatly deflected the question by saying it was a science and went on to blame politicians for the various economic disasters - which we all accepted and agreed that no sensible person likes politicians.  
    Satellite Club members 2021-07-18 14:00:00Z 0

    Living and dying - Brian's Classic Quote

    Living and Dying

    Brian's classic quote " Some are in Rotary because they want to die as a Rotarian" brought the house down at Friday's meeting. What Brian was referring to was that the Satellite / Passport club was for those who want to "get involved" or "make a difference" and so if you are one of those Rotarians who are in a Rotary because you want the comfort of knowing that you're passing away to any afterlife in good company, then you're probably not suited to the Alex Satellite Club. They are clearly people of acton with many travelling outside their local area to help other communities. 
    However, it did set a certain scribe thinking about the heavier side of living and dying.
    Anyway, another nationality has an interesting view of living and dying and that's Japan.
    In Japan its not unusual that when a child is born, then the baby is taken to a Shinto shrine for a blessing often through important events in childhood will involve a visit to a Shinto shrine for a blessing. Then through life they will celebrate Christmas (there's a KFC tradition there too but thats another story) and then when the child is ready to marry then they may have a Christian type wedding, and then later in life when its time to die then they will convert to Buddhism. In fact Buddhism is almost exclusively attached to funerals and dying. 
    So thats why in Japan millions of Shinto are born but very few die. 
    BTW has anybody noticed that there seem to be more ads about funeral insurance on TV?? ..or is it just me?
    Living and dying - Brian's Classic Quote 2021-07-18 14:00:00Z 0

    Vision for Salty Souls  home

    Salty Souls Legacy - Could this be new HQ?

    Great work by our designer in residence Steve who has out together this artists impression, and made a 3D model to get the ideas flowing for the new Salty Souls Legacy HQ.
    The club are now on the look out for help (financial, materials labour) to help Tamara and Kerry move to the next level. Ask around, you never know. 
    Great work also by Liam Pinese from ADAPT planning engineers who is helping to guide the planning process for the new base on Aerodrome Road. Also pleased to say that Mal Pratt, Sunshine Coast leading philanthropist has given his OK for the SalTy Souls Legacy HQ to be placed on the THRIVE complex.
    And our very own Scott Brimelow (Structures) has stepped up with a helping hand on the engineering. So let's find some more great citizens on the coast and make the dream a reality for this great cause. 
    Vision for Salty Souls home 2021-07-09 14:00:00Z 0

    Fridays meeting, Reconciliation and Club Bio etc. 

    Fridays meeting - Naidoc week and reconciliation 

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

    Does Australia Day date pass the 4 -way test

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

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

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

    Satellite Club Newsletter

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

    Whale watching anyone ?

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

    Container working bee

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

    New Sound System for club

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

    Alex Rotary wins "best small charity group" award

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

    Activities include. 

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

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

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

    Shipping Containers - Anyone?

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

    2021 Solstice Swim 

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

    Back to ZOOM

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

    Rotary's polio  story from Africa...

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

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

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

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

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

    and the scoreboard..

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    Satellite Club News

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

    The Herd Immunity number explained

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

    Club Dues

    The club has sent out its dues for the next 6 months. ($150) or about $6 / week.
    Just to explain that the club works hard to keep the dues down, and we're almost certainly the cheapest Rotary club in Queensland for membership.
    The fees are a "pass through" from Rotary District / International and go towards the various (many, many) Rotary projects around the world and the various Rotary programs that continually rate in the top 5 effective charities.
    Our ongoing club running costs are met by our seperate project fundraising, members fines and the like. 
    So thank you to all our members for your support. 
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    "New" Members and real New Members added to club 

    Passport club help out at Swim

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

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

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

    Satellite Club brings volunteering opportunities

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

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

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

    Rotary 100th Anniversary - whats happening with the monument?

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

    Thank you swim sponsors

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

    2021 Alex Rotary Solstice Swim - Swim Results

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

    "No soldier needs to struggle alone"

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

    With much sympathy

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

    Solstice Swim this Sunday 

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

    Rotary District News

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

    Welcome to Sunshine Coast Passport Club

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

    Guest Speaker Nic from Diggers rest via Zimbabwe 

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    Controversy Corner - turning up the heat

    Wendy asks..where did we all come from?

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

    Are we Diverse enough?

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

    Reconciliation or Invasion?

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

    The "Young Ones" take over

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


    The club votes to sponsor our first  Satellite Club 

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

    Wendy and a certain scribe visit Mooloolaba Rotary 

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

    Jeanne has an idea

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

    Swimmers pass 100

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

    Full House at Friday's meeting 

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

    Kerry talks to club about SalTy Souls programs

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

    Vikash and Steve from LPE say hello

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

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

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

    Wallis talks to reconciliation

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

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

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

    From Rotary International - Topical

    Sharing a powerful moment as a vaccination volunteer

    Posted on 

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

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

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

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

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

    One volunteer expressed it well:

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

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


    From Rotary on the Move

    1. 2021 Rotary Virtual Convention Breakout Sessions on membership

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

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

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

      • ·  15 June: Grow Rotary through Engagement

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

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    World Collagen Expert talks to club

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

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

    Solstice Swim getting closer

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

    Skye's Canadian quiz

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

    Changeover Dinner Invite

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

    Amazing Scholars at USC

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

    ROMAC - Vincents Story 

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

    AGFR Golfers arrive from interstate

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

    Joy makes presentations Wendy before she sets off to Victoria 

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

    Community BBQ goes off with  bang(er) 

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

    RUSCCF Dinner this Wednesday 

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

    Steve comes up with proposal for Salty Souls HQ

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

    Solstice Swim getting closer

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



    Peter takes the chair

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

    Its all about the Golf 

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

    Paul's profile

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

    Caloundra seeking RYDA volunteers

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


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

    Saturday morning BBQ at Alex Beach Artisan Markets

    ...with extra entertainment

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


    New month - new roster

    Sunshine Coast Country Masquerade Ball - volunteers needed

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

    Salty Souls - are we up for the challenge?

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

    Friday's meeting on a cold and wet morning 

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

    Andrew & Ben update on Summit for Sarcoma

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

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

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

    Best wishes to John  

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


    Fridays meeting 

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

    Date Claimers 

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

    Board Meeting 

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

    Casey's Yard

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

    Solstice Swim Promotion

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

    AGFR Golf Competition will soon be here !

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

    Wendy and Dave at Cricks

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

    Its a small world after all

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

    Solstice Swim News

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

    This Friday 23rd meeting 

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

    Making memories for Casey, Mel, and Clinton

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

    Meeting Speaker t

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

    Australian Rotary Golf Competition is coming SOON!

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

    New Wall on Aerodrome Road

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

    New Rotary District Governor 

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

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

    Sean receives the silver toad award (again)

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

    Saturday night Gala Dinner 

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

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

    Our mate Mark Skinner has let us know that the date for Casey's garden makeover is now Saturday 17th April. If you can spend a few hours before getting spruced up for the Gala Dinner, let club secretary know.
    Casey's garden makeover dateclaimer 2021-04-10 14:00:00Z 0

    Masks come to the breakfast meetings

    Chairman Dave shows how its done

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

    Tristan talks IT Infrastructure - club talks toilets

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

    Renee puts in a plug for WorkLife for kids

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

    Rainbow House ladies come to say thanks

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

    Alex Rotary - Club growth recognised at District Convention 

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

    New club members -  Peter and friend of Rotary - Shannon 

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

    Alex Rotary / Community BBQ

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

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

    Our mate Mark Skinner has let us know that the date for Casey's garden makeover is now Saturday 17th April. If you can spend a few hours before getting spruced up for the Gala Dinner, let club secretary know.
    Casey's garden makeover - any volunteers? 2021-03-27 14:00:00Z 0

    Dolly Parton - who knew?

    Dolly Parton - Humanitarian 

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

    Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Australia

    A Free Book Gifting Program 

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

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

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

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    ROMAC says thanks

    ROMAC raises over $13,000 for medical aid

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

    First Programs of Scale grant awarded to malaria project

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

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

    The revised date for Casey's makeover is now Saturday April 17th 
    Here's a reminder of what its all about - hope you can make it. 
    Our mate Mark Skinner has been busy organising the project for a 5 year old Casey Harms and her grandparents. Mark got in touch with the club with this progress report, and a shout out to Alex Rotary to help out with the garden. This will be our 4th (?) garden blitz to make a difference and delighted to help Mark and the team he has organised. Here's a bit from his emails...
    Casey is a beautiful little 5-year-old who has RTD [Riboflaven Transporter Deficiency Type 2]. For Casey, his condition includes paralysis of the cranial nerves and sensorineural deafness, the later being addressed with a cochlear implant in the hope that by hearing, he will eventually learn to talk. He also has severe damage to other nerves, particularly his limbs which are heavily distorted. Amazingly he moves around by shuffling his backside. There is hope that one day he may walk but that will be a fair way down the track. He also lacks the ability to regulate his body temperature.
    Casey's Garden makeover date claimer 2021-03-20 14:00:00Z 0

    Saara and Kaisa come to visit

    NYSF sponsored student comes to visit

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

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

    Friday mornings sergeant session turned very thoughtful on Friday when our Sergeant and resident IT Guru (Sean) reflected on the observation that it took nearly 40 years before women were admitted to Rotary. Sean noted that some of the folk he had met in Africa would say that was the women's fault. Phew!
    But is it so unusual nowadays? I'd hope that most folk would perhaps reflect on that and say well, it took some time but at last the culture has changed for the better and eventually the men of Rotary did the right thing. 
    So whose fault was it that it took 40 years from the first proposal to admit women? How about the argument that its the "women's fault"...they should have done more and obviously "didn't do enough". 
    As Sean knows from his personal experience (and many of us have observed in our own lives) this victim blaming technique of those in power and practised on those being wronged by the system is getting all too common in many aspects of our lives, and unfortunately its happening here in Australia too....... once the land of the "fair go"
    Sean,Women in Rotary and victim blaming 2021-03-14 14:00:00Z 0

    Spot the difference?

    ROMAC Quiz Night 
    Well done Caloundra on winning the ROMAC trophy. The pic below has a a few differences, not least the addition of 2 Alex Rotary victory medals on th right hand side column ......and something else..Can you spot it?
    Spot the difference? 2021-03-14 14:00:00Z 0

    Howsthis for a monument?

    Rotary Monument being considered by Sunshine Coast Council 

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

    Bruce Angus Talks to Club 

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

    "You asked the wrong questions Bryan!" 

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

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

    Latest advice from Mark:
    It looks like we may have to delay the working bee for Casey’s yard a couple of weeks as approvals and construction of the pergola is going to take longer than expected. It really makes sense to get the pergola and concrete done first then start on the yard.
    We might still try to demolish the old pergola next week. Rob Wilson and his son have offered to do this and I have arranged for skip bin to be onsite to take all that away.
    As soon as I have a new date I will come back to you.
    Our mate Mark Skinner has been busy organising the project for a 5 year old Casey Harms and her grandparents. Mark got in touch with the club with this progress report, and a shout out to Alex Rotary to help out with the garden. This will be our 4th (?) garden blitz to make a difference and delighted to help Mark and the team he has organised. Here's a bit from his emails...
    Casey is a beautiful little 5-year-old who has RTD [Riboflaven Transporter Deficiency Type 2]. For Casey, his condition includes paralysis of the cranial nerves and sensorineural deafness, the later being addressed with a cochlear implant in the hope that by hearing, he will eventually learn to talk. He also has severe damage to other nerves, particularly his limbs which are heavily distorted. Amazingly he moves around by shuffling his backside. There is hope that one day he may walk but that will be a fair way down the track. He also lacks the ability to regulate his body temperature.
    Casey's Garden - postponed 2021-03-07 14:00:00Z 0

    White buttocks, Cholera, Ebola 

    Pandemic Warrior talks to full house at the club 

    Dr John Parker was our guest speaker at the Fridays breakfast meeting, and he didn't disappoint. For a humanitarian doctor who has spent his career fighting pandemics in Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria with Red Cross and MSF.
    For a self confessed adrenaline junkie he appears to be remarkably normal. But looks are deceiving. 
    John spoke most entertainingly and movingly about the horrors and comedy of being a doctor on the front line dealing with deadly diseases at very close quarters. But his message was not disease but trauma. 
    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD has been the scourge of John's life. He battled with the things he saw overseas, and that led to a troubled life. John was remarkably frank about how his career and desire to fight pandemics had impacted on himself and his relationships. John has put his recollections in is book " From Choler to Ebola".
    As Tim Costello (CEO of World Vision) says "My experiences pale compared to John's .....and he has put it all in his book which is not for the faint-hearted." 
    An amazing man with an amazing story. 
    Big thanks to Mike for bringing Dr. John Parker to the meeting. Everyone enjoyed listening to this most inspiring humanitarian doctor, now living in Buderim. 
    White buttocks, Cholera, Ebola 2021-03-07 14:00:00Z 0

    Clean Up Australia 2021

    The Community tradition continues....

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

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

    Who knew?

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

    AGFR - Alex Rotary Club steps up to help

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

    Amazing Blokes Prosper lads battling Youth Suicide - Remember the names 

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

    Sergeant Joy excels

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


    100th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Monument News

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

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

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

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

    Wendy Gilson,


    Gala Dinner & Monument News  2021-02-21 14:00:00Z 0

    AGFR - Rotary National Golf Competition 

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

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

    Take the General Community Survey and win $200 

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

    Is someone you know making a difference?

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

    ROMAC quiz night - 4th March

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

    Vincent to fly back to the Solomon Islands after 16 months of life-saving medical treatment in Canberra 

    Vincent Toto (centre) and his mother Cosinta Matesonia (right) have been in Canberra for the past 16 months for medical treatment. They stayed with Sandra Goldstraw (left). Picture: Karleen Minney
    Vincent Toto has a smile that could brighten up any room = he came to Australia in July 2019 at two months old, he was only expected to stay for eight or nine months but he and his mother, Cosinta Matesonia, have stayed for the past 16 months. 
    During that time he has had three major surgeries and about 30 gastroscopies. 
    Vincent's treatment was possible due to a memorandum of understanding between ROMAC and the ACT government.
    Vincent Toto and his mother, Cosinta Matesonia are now back in Honiara this weekend.
    "I want to say thank you to the hospital for helping us and also thank you to Rotary as well for the help, if not my baby was going to die," she said. 
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    Support Vinnies not GPS trackers

    Vinnies helping homeless Youth 

    Dean was our guest speaker on Friday and gave an inspiring talk to the club on some of the amazing work that Vinnie's do in our community. Homeless Youth is a terrible blight on our community and its great to see folk like Dean making a real difference to young folk who through now fault of their own find themselves on the street.
    You can't help but think that a bit more attention to helping the youth, would avoid some of the youth crime that we see in Townsville and around our community. politicians please don't solve youth problems by locking kids up or putting a tracker on them! Better use of resources would be to support organisations like Vinnies and people like Dean. Just saying. 
    Support Vinnies not GPS trackers 2021-02-21 14:00:00Z 0
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    Gala Dinner Arrangements

    Bookings starting to be taken for anniversary dinner

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

    COVID Plans on the Sunshine Coast laid out for the club 

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

    Rotary Health 

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

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

    RUSCCF Meeting Dateclaimer 

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

    Michelle smiles through cliff hanger with Rotary International President

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

    Wendy and Steve doing the rounds

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

    Sergeant Joy does the business 

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

    Craig's Story 

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

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

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

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    Social Evening at "The Freemans" 

    Social Night at Twin Waters

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

    Wendy visiting other clubs

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

    Alex Rotary Welcomes Joy Ungers

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

    Biography of Joy Unger’s Rotary Experiences 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Business Mentoring Program

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

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

    For more information, see 

    John Bidwell, Coordinator, SCCA Business Mentoring Program

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

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

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

    Board Meeting Tuesday

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

    Australia Day Celebrations

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

    Skye's History 

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

    Gossip Corner

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

    New Members

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

    University Community Fund

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


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

    School Bus 

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

    Hippo Rollers

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

    Trivia Quiz

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

    2021 First meeting 

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

    The Statue

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

    Quiz time is coming up 

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


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

    Rotary around the world

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

    Alex Rotary Breakfast meetings restarting 8th January 

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

    Recognise this world?

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