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MEETING INFO
Each Tuesday morning
6:30 - 8 am
Oaks Oasis Resort
St George Room
Cnr Landsborough Pde and North St.
Caloundra 4551
Australia
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Note
Some meetings venues & dates may change.  Check our calendar for up to date details.
 
The Rotary Club of Nambour sponsored the Rotary Club of Caloundra in 1954 with twenty-one Charter members.  The Charter president was Ben Bennett who served as president on two occasions and went on to serve as District Governor on two occasions.  Ben was also a Paul Harris Fellow and was awarded a Certificate of Meritorious Service by Rotary International.


Early Days

The Club changed from a Thursday dinner meeting to a Monday dinner meeting in 1957-58.
 
Early objectives of the Club were to obtain new members and to retain existing members through the promotion of Rotary awareness.  While recognising that funds were necessary for service projects, emphasis was also given to fellowship.  During the early years, hands-on projects were preferred.  For example, the Club would paint a building rather than give funds for a tradesman.  The name ‘Rotaryannes’ was very much encouraged for referring to members’ partners.

Fundraising was achieved by street stalls (eg cakes, plants, jams, etc), publication and sale of a cookbook, dances, wastepaper collection, junk sales which developed into a white elephant auction at Easter, progressive dinners, chook raffles, lucky envelopes, social outings, fashion evenings, film premieres, basket lunches, and businessmen’s lunches.

The Club was involved with visits of Papuan school children, visits of Western Queensland children to the coast, attendance at Club meetings by Year 8 students from Caloundra High, and sponsored career nights in both Caloundra and Brisbane including tours to businesses.

On the social side, the Club held or attended dances all over the coast, had fireside meetings and social bus trips to Brisbane and other destinations.


By the 1990s, the Club was having a difficult time.  In particular membership had dropped to as low as twelve by 1998.  In that year Henry Bodman urged strong action to which Club responded magnificently and made a number of crucial decisions. 

 

The Breakfast Club is born

  • First, in June 1999 it was decided, after forty-four years as a dinner club, to convert to a Breakfast Club.  
  • Second, the Club moved to its new meeting place at the Caloundra Golf Club.
  • Third, the Club opened its doors to women members and,
  • Finally, a membership drive resulted in the Club winning the District's Membership Award by boosting numbers to thirty-eight.  Three years later, Lyn Gahan, the Deputy Principal of Caloundra High School became the Club's first female president.
In recent years the Club has had many successful projects and a very important one has been our Annual Charity Golf Day which has raised over $50 000 in recent years.

It is again and now a vibrant Club.
 

Projects in the Community

The Rotary Club of Caloundra has funded many major projects and supported numerous organisations. The following summary gives some idea of our activities:
 
  • Scholarship bursaries running for over 40 years
  • Surf safety beach notices
  • Renovations to Lady Wilson Park
  • Large draughts board at Stillwater Beach
  • Tree planting in CBD
  • Town swimming pool
  • Caloundra cricket team sponsorship
  • Piano for Girl Guides
  • Maleny Rotary Park
  • Bell’s Creek picnic area
  • University of Queensland International House support
  • School of Arts
  • Repainting the CCSA Hall
  • Replacing the Roof of the CCSA Hall in partnership with the Rotary Club of Caloundra Pacific
  • National Fitness Club
  • QATB stretcher trolleys
  • Blue Nurses
  • Keep Caloundra Clean
  • Aust Paraplegic Games
  • Lighthouse Reserve park
  • Centaur Park headland picnic area
  • Community youth support scheme
  • CADET Skillshare
  • Steam railway engine restoration at Happy Valley
  • North Caloundra (Dicky Beach) Surf Club
  • Caloundra hospital
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Active supporters of RAWCS' Donations in Kind
  • Picnic shelter and commemorative sign at Ben Bennett Park to celebrate Club’s 50th anniversary and to honour the club's Charter President after whom the park was named
More details on some of these club projects may be found elsewhere on this website.


Development

The Rotary Club of Caloundra has sponsored the following:
 

Acknowledgment Mark Ward – Nov 2004 (as edited)