March is Water and Sanitation Month Les Walsh 2018-02-28 14:00:00Z 0

District 9600 trip to India - Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Mumbai - Goa 

The Rotary 9600 Club Development Officer [Peter Morley] has put together a visitation trip to India, visiting some Rotary Clubs but also visiting some of India's highlights.  This is not  a fund raising journey, but more of way to connect and see what happens in the Rotary World overseas.  Add on extensions either side of ground component can be accommodated
 
Oct 2018 Rotary 9600 India experience Les Walsh 2018-02-24 14:00:00Z 0
Dear fellow Rotarians:

I am pleased to invite you to the Sydney Town Hall on 17 March for the Presidential Peacebuilding Conference where we will explore economic and community development in relation to peacebuilding on a local, national, and international scale. 

Rotary District 9675 has planned an outstanding program featuring Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, noted Australian foreign correspondent Hugh Riminton, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace Steve Killelea, Vice Chair of the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery Dave McCleary and UNICEF CEO Tony Stuart. Joining them will be a host of other internationally recognised thought leaders from across the business and philanthropic communities. 

We discuss important topics including the cost of conflict, the power of education, facilitating peaceful outcomes, as well as pressing issues such as cyberbullying and modern slavery affecting the harmony of our global community. 

We’ll explore the real causes of economic instability, the intersection of sound community development and reconciliation, and opportunities to create peace through collaborative service projects globally and locally. You will leave the conference motivated to expand existing efforts in peacebuilding or initiate new ones.

I look forward to joining you in Sydney as we come together to Make a Difference by discussing challenges and identifying opportunities to address some of the most pressing concerns of modern times.

If you have not already registered, you may do so online http://rippc2018.com.au/registration. Consider bringing along a friend, school student or young person to learn and be inspire as we come together to explore how all of us can thoughtfully and practically build peace in our world

Sincerely,
Ian Riseley
President, Rotary International
You’re invited to the Sydney Presidential Peacebuilding Conference Les Walsh 2018-02-21 14:00:00Z 0

The second of our 2018 ClubRunner Clinics will be held on Wednesday 21 March. 

You will learn your way around our website and its member area.

The sessions will be held between 3 and 5pm at McGrath Real Estate's offices.

You are encouraged to bring your laptop or other device to better follow along.  Wi-Fi is available.

Please bring your questions so they can be addressed.  The sessions will be inter-active.

Mark the dates and RSVP when convenient:

ClubRunner Training clinic
ClubRunner Clinic 21 March Les Walsh 2018-02-21 14:00:00Z 0 ClubRunner,Training,clinic
Golf Day Publicity Les Walsh 2018-02-21 14:00:00Z 0
Watch the video
 
In 1896, Paul Harris went to Chicago to practice law. One evening, in the early 1900's, Paul went with a professional friend to his suburban home. After dinner, as they strolled through the neighbourhood, Paul's friend introduced him to tradesmen in their stores. This reminded Paul of his grandparent's home in New England. "Why not have a fellowship composed of businessmen from different occupations, without restrictions of politics or religion?" he thought.
 
This re-enactment by members of the Willoughby Theatre Company was staged at the Rotary District 9685 Conference on 23 February 2014 - 109 years after Rotary became a reality.
 
Actors: Jeremy Curtain, Mike Curtain, Luke Davis, & Peter Meredity Author: Carla Moore
Watch the video
Beginnings
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The Beginnings of Rotary International Les Walsh 2018-02-21 14:00:00Z 0 Beginnings
What is Rotary? Les Walsh 2018-02-21 14:00:00Z 0

The online registration for our District Conference will be open and available from the D9600 website from this coming Monday 26 February

Follow the link for two pages of information details outlining the correct method of doing the registration together with pricing details for the various meal choices available.

We remind members that there is no cost to register for conference apart from meals and the evening events.
 
However all attendees must complete a registration to enter the conference venue to comply with insurance. This includes all volunteers working in any capacity and all display personnel.
 
District Conference conference
District Conference Registrations open on Monday Les Walsh 2018-02-20 14:00:00Z 0 District Conference,conference
Bhubaneswar is the capital of the Indian state of Odisha.  It is the largest city in Odisha and is a centre of economic and religious importance in Eastern India.  Bhubaneswar is often referred to as a "Temple City of India".
 
But ..... there are 338 unauthorised slums in Bhubaneswar  - many households do not have toilets and a few who have sanitary toilets have no drainage, water and maintenance facilities!!
In May last year, now Past President Anna wanted to assist women in remote parts of India with better access to toilets, providing them with dignity and safety.  That enquiry has led to a global Rotary project (GG1757749) to provide safe, clean and local Bio toilets for women:
The Project aims in providing safe and clean toilets for women.  20 Urban slum areas have been identified for the said project.  Each slum would be provided with 2 bio toilets each.  The beneficiaries would be the women residing in these slums and are devoid of a safe and hygienic environment to attend to nature's call.

 
A new project to provide Bio Toilets in India Les Walsh 2018-02-20 14:00:00Z 0

What do you currently know about the Yowie? 

Nothing! 

Well come along and get informed by John McAuley.

The Yowie is Australia’s very own Bigfoot.  They are reputed to live in the wilderness and witnesses claim to have seen them in all states and territories on the Australian mainland.

Ipswich, west of Brisbane, is right now considered a yowie hotspot among researchers.

Yowies go by a few names in various regions — puttikan, yahoo and tjangara among them — and tales of their existence have long featured in Aboriginal stories and oral histories.

The first so-called interaction between a yowie and a white man was thought to be in 1882, involving amateur naturalist Henry James McCooey somewhere between Ulladulla and Bateman’s Bay on the NSW coast.

But you’re more likely to encounter a yowie in the form of the chocolate bar that shares its name.

Yowies, like the Abominable Snowman, are overwhelmingly considered the stuff of legend, perhaps even an endearing part of Australian folklore. Alleged sightings have been deemed misidentification or pure hoax.

John McAuley The Yowie
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Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-02-20 14:00:00Z 0 John McAuley,The Yowie
In 1896, Paul Harris went to Chicago to practice law. One evening, in the early 1900's, Paul went with a professional friend to his suburban home. After dinner, as they strolled through the neighbourhood, Paul's friend introduced him to tradesmen in their stores. This reminded Paul of his grandparent's home in New England. "Why not have a fellowship composed of businessmen from different occupations, without restrictions of politics or religion?" he thought.
 
This re-enactment by members of the Willoughby Theatre Company was staged at the Rotary District 9685 Conference on 23 February 2014 - 109 years after Rotary became a reality.
 
Actors: Jeremy Curtain, Mike Curtain, Luke Davis, & Peter Meredity Author: Carla Moore
Beginnings
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The beginnings of Rotary International Les Walsh 2018-02-19 14:00:00Z 0 Beginnings
Next Tuesday's Meeting 6 March Les Walsh 2018-02-16 14:00:00Z 0
As Rotarians we all try to contribute our knowledge, experience, insights and general know-how when participating in club service projects and other activities.  This in itself is one of our great strengths as a global humanitarian and educational organization capable of channelling significant voluntary effort into worthwhile causes. 
 
But have you ever thought about how each of us actually learns from our exposure to these unique experiences?  More importantly, have you ever wondered what actually occurs in the learning process that helps each of us move from knowing how to do something to actually doing it successfully? We call this going from the knowing to the doing, and we achieve it by explaining some good ideas that work in practice, coaching people in their use and then nurturing their performance. 
 
Sure, we all understand Rotary knowledge and know about leadership, team building, motivation, ethical decision-making, practical problem-solving, doing projects, and even what we have to do to increase our club membership.  Don't we???
 
And we do really know how to help build a balanced and sustainable club; how to get the best out of our people; how to plan, organise and deliver an effective service project, and even how to mentor a new member don't we??
 
Well, if you aren't sure, or if you are and would like to share that know-how, then why not become a Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Graduate by joining us for a future Intake?  Two sessions only, with a small cost of $25 per session for each member.  Check out our District website (www.rotary9600.org) and take the link to the Rotary Leadership Institute and then download the Registration form.  Email the form to PDG Tony Holmes at ah@businessbuildersaustralia.com.  It's really easy and the program is lively, informative, hands-on and fun and you also get fed!
About Rotary RLI
Read more
Rotary Leadership Institute Les Walsh 2018-02-16 14:00:00Z 0 About Rotary,RLI
What is Rotary? Les Walsh 2018-02-16 14:00:00Z 0 About Rotary
Rotary District 9600 Foundation newsletter Les Walsh 2018-02-15 14:00:00Z 0 Centurion,TRF,The Rotary Foundation
Women's Bio Toilets in Urban Slums in Bhubaneswar Les Walsh 2018-02-15 14:00:00Z 0
Cyclone Gita,

Just received this email from Noel Trevaskis.

I am contacting my fellow DG in District 9920 and will advise of any way that we can assist.

Regards,

John Lane
G’day Governors 2017-2018,
 
President Ian Riseley has written to District Governor Malini Ragwhan District 9920, the District that has been impacted by Cyclone Gita and the Club President Masha Surofv, Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa. Ian passed on his and Juliet’s condolences to the communities affected by Cyclone Gita.
 
Ian said “The Cyclone Gita has had a devastating impact on the lives of so many people and communities in Tonga and surrounding areas. Clubs and Districts will want to know how they can help and contribute to this disaster.
 
I would encourage all of you to with club leaders in your districts to post any disaster relief and recovery projects on Rotary Ideas. This is Rotary’s online contributing tool. All Clubs can ask for funds, volunteers, goods and grants partners. Rotarians and non-Rotarians are able to contribute directly to projects and there are no fees to use this tool.
 
The Disaster Network of Assistance – Rotarian Action group provides advice and support for all aspects of disasters ranging from preparedness through long term recovery and can be contacted for assistance at dna.rag.contact@gmail.com
Cyclone Gita Les Walsh 2018-02-15 14:00:00Z 0
According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, at the end of 2016, 65.6 million people had been displaced by conflict, violence, or persecution.  Rotary members refuse to accept conflict as a way of life and are committed to pursuing projects that address its underlying causes, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Rotary projects often include training that fosters understanding and equips communities with skills for resolving conflicts.  During February, Rotary’s Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month, you can build peace and mitigate conflict: 
 
  • Incorporate conflict resolution and mediation strategies into service projects that involve schools, orphanages, workplaces, and community centres.
  • Support marginalized groups at risk of violence or persecution and provide relief to those who have fled areas of conflict.
  • Participate in fellowship and service activities with Rotary clubs in other parts of the world to promote international understanding.
  • Recruit candidates for a Rotary Peace Fellowship. Up to 100 fellowships are offered annually at Rotary Peace Centres in universities around the world. 
Get more ideas by participating in a discussion group, find a project to support on Rotary Ideas, and post your club’s project on Rotary Showcase to inspire others.
peace peace and conflict resolution
Building peace through Rotary Les Walsh 2018-02-14 14:00:00Z 0 peace,peace and conflict resolution

Welcome back Peter

Fresh after a two week break holidaying in Tasmania, it was time to get back to business.  A nice toasty, warm morning it was too.
 
Greeted by Bernie and Judy at the Desk, taking our hard earned, a good crowd of Members was present.
 
Genta, our Club's Rotary International Director was the man in the Chair, and began proceedings after the dull roar of the crowd was silenced by Sergeant Deb's bell.  Oh what control she exudes.
 
Following Rotary Grace and the Toast to Australia, PDG Alan OAM, sent us in the direction of Haiti, in Rotary District 7020, to the Rotary Club of Port of Prince.  If you'd like to read more about this interesting Club, or you'd just like to check up on Alan's memory of statistics, follow this link.
 
I must mention a couple of important guests present. Judy brought along her mother, Merle, who is a picture of health. Nice to see you Merle and thanks for keeping Judy under control.  Our retired Rotarian, Alf, looks very much like he may be coming out of retirement and re-joining our gang of merry men and ladies.  We all hope this does eventuate, Alf, as you're Rotary experience and enthusiasm from the past is still invaluable. Welcome back, Alf !
 
Rachael (note the spelling), one of our two latest members joined us again.  Welcome Rachael. I promise you will receive your name badge next week and you will recognise the spelling.
 
Our semi-retired member, Mark W, has just returned from another holiday.  Welcome back, Mark, and thanks for being so organised and presenting us with a pictorial diary of your trip to the Philippines.
 
The 3 Minutes on Me Segment belonged to Judy. Thankfully having her mother Merle present, meant she wasn't able to waver from the truth.
 

Genta was Chair

 

 

President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2018-02-13 14:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville (Facebook page) is a small but extremely enthusiastic and active band of like-minded Rotarians, providing service and goodwill to its community and to the World.

The club is proud that through the leadership of International Director and Rotary Foundation Director, Mr Haran Ramachandran, it has established strong, close relationships with service oriented organisations within its community, who have supported the club's International objectives.

Haran will be visiting us next Tuesday to present one of the club's projects - Women's Bio Toilets in Urban Slums in Bhubaneswar.  The Rotary Club of Caloundra is looking to financially assist the project.

Bhubaneswar Hills-Kellyville Women's Bio Toilets
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-02-13 14:00:00Z 0 Bhubaneswar,Hills-Kellyville,Women's Bio Toilets
Change of venue Les Walsh 2018-02-12 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Vision Les Walsh 2018-02-11 14:00:00Z 0
International Rotary Women's Day Breakfast Les Walsh 2018-02-09 14:00:00Z 0
Please follow this link to register for the 2018 Class XV Peace Fellows' Seminar to be held on 24 March at the Women's College at The University of Queensland.
 
Please come to this free event and support our wonderful cohort of Peace Fellows.
2018 Class XV Peace Fellows' Seminar Les Walsh 2018-02-09 14:00:00Z 0
 
 
The RYDA road safety education program is delivered to local High School students by the Rotary Club of Caloundra as part of the Caloundra Road Safety Education program which is a joint effort of four Rotary clubs in the area – the Rotary Clubs of Caloundra, Caloundra Pacific, Glasshouse Mountains, and Kawana Waters. 
 
RYDA is designed for 16-18 year old students who are approaching that crucial time in their lives where they start to drive independently or are travelling as passengers of novice drivers.
 
road safety education
RYDA 10 Year Celebration Les Walsh 2018-02-09 14:00:00Z 0 road safety education
To all Rotarians in RI District 9600
 
On 26 October 2017 on behalf of District Governor John Lane, I put out the call to qualifying Rotarians, to be part of the Nominating Committee to select the District Governor for 2020/2021. I can now announce that the committee will comprise the Rotarians listed below.
 
The committee has been formed in accordance with the district standing procedures Article 3B.
 
Category 1, District Governor John Lane – Rotary Club of Ashgrove the Gap
Category 2, District Governor Elect Wendy Protheroe – Rotary Club of Brisbane High Rise
Category 3, Immediate Past District Governor Alan Stephens ( Committee Chair) – Rotary Club of Pine Rivers
Category 4, Recent Past Committee Chair PP Tony Freeman – Rotary Club of Alexandra Headland ( cat 4 can be either a recent AG or a recent District Committee Chair)
Category 5, Recent Club presidents having been presidents during the past 5 years: three were required.
PP Marcel Vogt – PP Rotary Club of Hamilton 2014-15
PP Linda Morrell – PP Rotary Club of Cooroy 2015-16
PP Bernard Van den Bergen – PP Rotary Club of Kippa Ring North Lakes.2016-17
 
All members are well qualified to complete this incredibly important task.
 
Also in attendance at the Nominating Committee Interview day, will be District Governor Nominee Darryl Iseppi, as an observer.
 
Thanks and keep making a difference.
 
Alan Stephens
Immediate Past District Governor (2016-2017)
Nominating Committee for the Nomination of District Governor for 2020-2021 Les Walsh 2018-02-08 14:00:00Z 0
District Conference Speakers Les Walsh 2018-02-08 14:00:00Z 0 District Conference,conference
On 11 April, our sister club, the Rotary Club of Komaki is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Charter on 1 February 1968.  Joining the celebrations will be several of our members who will stay two nights home-hosted.  Before or after, some will be enjoying a land tour and others will be joining the Diamond Princess Spring Flowers voyage 13-20 April.
 
Les & Joy Walsh spent 21 days on board Diamond Princess around Japan in June/July last year - their fourth visit to Japan.  Les will tell us on Tuesday morning something of the ports being visited and of his & Joy's June cruise.
Cherry Blossoms Japan komaki
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-02-07 14:00:00Z 0 Cherry Blossoms,Japan,komaki
Since the advice below about the Australia Day Honours List,it has come to light that another member was also recognised.
 
Collin Myers, from Brisbane Mid-city Club, became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to community through health, business education, youth, music and charitable organisations.
 
His citation listed achievements stretching back to 1969, a well deserved award.  Congratulations Collin, another hard working Rotarian.

Two members of Clubs in our District received awards in this years Australia Day Honours List.
 
Dr Dennis Young from Toowong Club, became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to community health in Queensland through alcohol and drug treatment support programmes, and to the community .
 
Terry Welch from Maroochydore Club received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to the community of Maroochydore including Rotary.
 
Two Rotarians from our neighbouring District 9640 were also recognised. Past District Governor Ian Yarker OAM and Past District Governor Anne Egan OAM both for service to the community including Rotary.
 
Anne had unfortunately passed away but her award was given posthumously.
Australia Day Honours Les Walsh 2018-02-06 14:00:00Z 0
ShelterBox Australia eNewsletter Les Walsh 2018-02-06 14:00:00Z 0
Your Latest News from Australian Rotary Health Les Walsh 2018-02-06 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health
Where is President Peter?
Answer: Lost somewhere near Wine Glass Bay, Freycinet Peninsula, East Coast Tassie
James Condon took the chair and welcomed our members to the meeting - for which there were many apologies.  Assistant Governor, Wendy Gilson escaped the rain in Maroochydore to join us.
Past District Governor or to use an acronym, PDG Alan Still OAM proposed the international toast to the Rotary E-Club of World Peace of which our speaker last week, Michelle Lightworker is a member.  For more information about Rotary E-Clubs, click here.  Later in  the meeting, Alan corrected his statement of last week and advised that there were no E-Clubs in Rotary Districts 9550, 9570 & 9600 - although the Rotary EClub of Global Super Heroes District 9600 is a new online Rotary club in our district, looking for future Rotarians who want to serve locally & globally.  Rotary District 9630 has two E-Clubs and D9640 has one.
 
Trevor Gilliland took three minutes or so to tell us about himself, including being a Rotaractor in Gympie and unwittingly being one of only two men in a large group of ladies in Brisbane.
President Elect or PE Bernie was celebrating the gift of a book from her husband, Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation's First 100 Years; preparation for her next year in office.  She also informed us about President Jimmy Carter, Peace & Rotary.  Read more here.
Our Guest Speaker was Rae Guyder who is a member of the Rotary Club of Bribie Island and is the Rotary District 9600 Chair for InterplastInterplast sends teams of volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to provide life-changing surgery and medical training in 17 countries across the Asia Pacific region.  Interplast does this in partnership with local organisations, including hospitals, universities and local NGOs. Its mission is to ‘repair bodies and rebuild lives’ and Interplast does this through providing surgical services to those who could not otherwise afford or access these, and by building the capacity of local medical systems through our training and mentoring programs.
Last Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-02-06 14:00:00Z 0
Do those Rotary Acronyms puzzle you? Les Walsh 2018-02-05 14:00:00Z 0

Julianna Neill - Caloundra Rotarian and owner of Pharmacy for Life - is taking part in the World's Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation.  She is being joined by her staff member Michaela Kerr and daughter Stephanie.

Please sponsor her to give Aussie families facing blood cancer the emotional and practical support they need.

You may not know it but blood cancer claims more lives than breast cancer or melanoma.  And today another 35 people will be given the devastating news they have leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or another blood disorder.

Will you help by sponsoring Julianna?

Sponsor Julianna here

 

Sponsoring Julianna will ensure someone being treated in hospital gets a personal visit from a highly-trained health professional so they get the extra support they need.

Visit Julianna's shave page
Please sponsor Julianna & her Team for World's Greatest Shave 2018 Les Walsh 2018-02-03 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary is promoting peace worldwide Les Walsh 2018-02-01 14:00:00Z 0
January update: the latest news from Interplast Les Walsh 2018-01-31 14:00:00Z 0 Interplast
Rotary Down Under Magazine Les Walsh 2018-01-31 14:00:00Z 0 RDU,magazine
District Newsletter - February Les Walsh 2018-01-31 14:00:00Z 0 DGs Newsletter,RD9600

Rae Guyder is a member of the Rotary Club of Bribie Island and is the Rotary District 9600 Chair for Interplast.

Interplast sends teams of volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to provide life-changing surgery and medical training in 17 countries across the Asia Pacific region.

Interplast does this in partnership with local organisations, including hospitals, universities and local NGOs. Its mission is to ‘repair bodies and rebuild lives’ and Interplast does this through providing surgical services to those who could not otherwise afford or access these, and by building the capacity of local medical systems through our training and mentoring programs.

 

Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-01-30 14:00:00Z 0
 
Where was President Peter?
 
Peter in fact sent his apologies from Cradle Mountain, Tasmania.  Since most of us had a nice relaxing holiday over the Christmas period, some (including Peter) in the hospitality, service and retail industries worked their butts off.  So it's Peter's time for his holiday.  Narelle and he will return in a few weeks after a circumnavigation of Tasmania.
Ahead of his Indian touring adventure, Ian Belcher took the chair in his new shirt and in a very accomplished manner.
PDG Alan Still OAM took us to France, specifically to the Rotary Club of Lannion, France in District 1650 where our Rotary Youth Exchange student, Jess is based.
 
We welcomed Honorary Members Alf, Keith & Jan (for the last time this trip) and took other apologies; Gordon reported that Norm does not appear well.
President-in-waiting Bernie covered a number of matters in her report - a successful Australia Day BBQ at Gerry's (see the photos here, or later in this bulletin), application has been made for a Rotary Youth Exchange student from France or Japan, and snippets from The Rotarian which prompted Gordon to relay his experience being detained in the UK for six months because he had lost his passport.
 
 
Last Tuesday's meeting Les Walsh 2018-01-29 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary e-clubs are not 'virtual' Rotary clubs.  They are real Rotary clubs comprised of real living, breathing, working Rotarians doing real Rotary projects.  E-clubs simply use the Internet as a tool to manage the club and manage projects.  Use of the word "virtual" in the Rotary context is deemed to be inappropriate, because Rotary works in the real world, not in the virtual world.  A Rotary e-club is part of the real world of Rotary International.

 
A pure Rotary e-club conducts 100% of its Rotary business on the Internet.  Typically, members have one face-to-face dinner meeting per year, usually at the RI Convention.  Members are likely to come from a wide geographic area which may be global.  Rotary service is undertaken in the community where a member lives, or groups of members collaborate and work together as teams on service projects in needy communities where no member resides.  Rotary E-Club One is a good example of a pure Rotary E-club.
 
When Rotary E-Club One received its charter on 4 January 2002, the Board of Directors of RI prescribed 5 key goals, all of which now apply to every Rotary e-club:
 
  1. Use the Internet to retain Rotarians who would otherwise be lost to Rotary.
  2. Use the Internet to attract new Rotarians.
  3. Use the Internet to facilitate meetings.
  4. Use the Internet to manage service projects.
  5. Use the Internet for fellowship by creating a friendly community of like-minded Rotarians.
A hybrid Rotary e-club conducts most of its Rotary business on the Internet, but meets face-to-face once a month for a dinner meeting.  A hybrid Rotary e-club is a good option when all the members live within a relatively compact geographic area that enables them to travel to the monthly face-to-face meeting.  Rotary service projects are undertaken within the geographic area and beyond.  Rotary E-Club of 3310 Singapore is a good example of a hybrid Rotary E-club.
 
Australia's first online Rotary club is the Rotary e-Club of Greater Sydney
 
The Rotary EClub of Global Super Heroes District 9600 is a new online Rotary club in our district, looking for future Rotarians who want to serve locally & globally,
 
In some cases, a common cause is the catalyst for a Rotary eClub : the Rotary E-Club of World Peace was established bringing together leaders to take the achievements of the Rotary World Peace Conference 2016 - read more
 

Every Rotary club may be an E, Hybrid E, or a Traditional club

Following the 2016 Council on Legislation, the Standard Rotary Club Constitution (which every Rotary club must adopt, including e-clubs) was amended to allow for:
 
  • Regular meetings once each week as set out in the bylaws 
    • Attendance may be in person, through an online meeting, or using an online connection 
  • Alternatively, a club shall hold a meeting once each week ...  by posting an interactive activity on the club’s website.
Importantly, the Constitution allows the club to amend this clause (and certain other clauses)  but a club must meet at least twice per month.

The impact is to give clubs a great deal of leeway in how they structure themselves to fill the purpose of a Rotary Club - which is now stated as:

The purpose of this club is to pursue the Object of Rotary, carry out successful service projects based on the Five Avenues of Service, contribute to the advancement of Rotary by strengthening membership, support The Rotary Foundation, and develop leaders beyond the club level.
 
This club's Constitution and Bylaws are being reviewed with a view to adoption by club members in the near future.
 
What is a Rotary e-club Les Walsh 2018-01-29 14:00:00Z 0
What you need to know in 2018 Les Walsh 2018-01-28 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary’s strategic plan provides the framework for our future, ensuring that we continue to be known as a respected, dynamic organisation that advances communities worldwide.
 
The strategic plan evolves with the aspirations of Rotarians.  It is shaped by regular input from members through surveys, focus groups, committees, and meetings, so it can continue to help us achieve our goals.
 
In June, Rotary’s Board of Directors and Trustees approved a new vision statement for the organisation:
 
“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
 
The new vision statement helps us set a future course so that Rotary can thrive in the years ahead.  It reflects the impact Rotary aspires to have on the world and our members.
 
Rotary is developing a plan for implementing the new strategic plan this year.
Rotary's Vision Statement Les Walsh 2018-01-27 14:00:00Z 0
 
Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year.  Half of those killed in conflict are children, and 90 percent are civilians.
 
Rotarians refuse to accept conflict as a way of life.  Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.
 
Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
 
Through academic training, study, and practice the Rotary Peace Centres program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution in their communities and around the globe.  Graduates of the program are reintegrating refugees in Sudan, creating jobs for disadvantaged women in India, and supporting reconstruction in devastated regions of the world.
 
 
 
areas of focus monthly themes peace and conflict resolution
February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month Les Walsh 2018-01-26 14:00:00Z 0 areas of focus,monthly themes,peace and conflict resolution
The star of Australia Day Les Walsh 2018-01-26 14:00:00Z 0 Australia Day
Rotary Presidential Peacebuilding Conference 2018 Les Walsh 2018-01-26 14:00:00Z 0 conference,peace,peacebuilding
One hundred thirteen years ago this month, the four members of Rotary’s first club held their first meeting. Although no minutes were kept, it’s unlikely anyone talked about service; the club did not begin focusing on the needs of the community for another few years.
 
The meeting was held not in a hotel or a restaurant, but in a member’s office; there were, so far as we know, no agendas or announcements, no committee reports, speakers, or nametags. The meeting would have failed today’s usual standards for a productive Rotary meeting most resoundingly. It was, of course, the most productive Rotary meeting ever held.
 
Today, as in 1905, many of us come to Rotary ...
RI President's February Message Les Walsh 2018-01-26 14:00:00Z 0
 
The average age of our members is 66 - of which 23% are under 60, and 33% are female.
38% of our members have been members in this club for more than 10 years - the average being eight years.
Our members have been Rotarians for an average of 13 years - 56% for more than 10 years.
  
Our members Les Walsh 2018-01-26 14:00:00Z 0
Are you considering going to the 2018 Rotary Convention in Toronto, 23-27 June?  With an expected attendance of more than 20,000 members from around the world, this convention promises to inspire and enlighten.

Get the most out of your convention experience by attending our general sessions, where you'll hear outstanding speakers from around the world, or engage in stimulating breakout sessions to learn new skills and exchange ideas with your peers.

If you haven't registered yet, be sure to check out this year's program and the Host Organization Committee's exciting events.

See you in Toronto!
 
Inspiration around every Corner Les Walsh 2018-01-25 14:00:00Z 0
Food Plant Solutions Les Walsh 2018-01-24 14:00:00Z 0
Probus celebrates 10 years Les Walsh 2018-01-24 14:00:00Z 0
 
In our mobile week, new member Rachel decided to visit our mother club, the Rotary Club of Nambour.  Rachel said: "Such a great night on tour representing Rotary Club of Caloundra visiting the Nambour Club. There was singing, pizza, new friendly faces and the heads or tails prize of a block of chocolate donated to me! Happy days".
Out and about Les Walsh 2018-01-23 14:00:00Z 0
 
Congratulations to our new member Megyn who was nominated for an Australia Day Award in the Environment category for her work with Cleantech Industries.  She was runner up to Australia Zoo's Wildlife Warriors. Megyn sais: "So many people doing good work, feel privileged to be in such great company".
Congratulations Megyn Les Walsh 2018-01-23 14:00:00Z 0
Volunteer for our RYDA days Les Walsh 2018-01-23 14:00:00Z 0
 
Bill Gates now believes that we can eliminate malaria in the Asia Pacific area by 2025 and Julie Bishop (representing Australia) has agreed to join the End Malaria Council, co-chaired by Bill Gates to increase our Government’s commitment to the task to eradicate mal­aria from Asia within 10 years.
 
The push to tackle malaria would be one of the most ambitious global health initiatives, coming at a time when progress has stalled on ­combating the disease, which kills 445,000 ­people a year, mostly children.
 
Mr Gates said that “To be a regional champion of getting rid of malaria, it’s kind of a natural role for Australia and there’s an opportunity to re-­energise the End Malaria Council group if Australia decides to take a lead on it. If Australia leads a concerted ­regional drive against malaria, the disease could be eradicated from Southeast Asia as early as 2025.”
 
Read the full story  in the ‘Australian’ newspaper here
Bill Gates asks for Australia’s help in ridding Asia of malaria 2018-01-23 14:00:00Z 0
Your Latest News from Australian Rotary Health Les Walsh 2018-01-23 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health

Michelle Lightworker is a member of the Rotary E-Club of World Peace and has prepared a documentary on the Four Way Test.

Michelle is an Enlightenment Activist and Executive Producer of FiveD.TV. She is collaborating creatively on a multitude of projects to encourage peace and unity on the planet. Humanitarian TV/Radio Host, Film Producer, Author of 10 books, editor of Lightworker Magazine & creator of the Lightworker Practitioner Training, Michelle role models and encourages illuminated leadership of the highest vibrations. Michelle is the Director of the not-for-profit organisation Lightworker Foundation Ltd aimed at Elevating Enlightened Enterprises.

Michelle worked as a Clinical Holistic Counsellor in private practice specialising in multi-addictions & trauma recovery, from 2001-2007 prior to expanding into Enlightenment Education and Activism.

More information about Michelle here

Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-01-23 14:00:00Z 0

District 9600 trip to India - Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Mumbai - Goa 

The Rotary 9600 Club Development Officer [Peter Morley] has put together a visitation trip to India, visiting some Rotary Clubs but also visiting some of India's highlights.  This is not  a fund raising journey, but more of way to connect and see what happens in the Rotary World overseas.  Add on extensions either side of ground component can be accommodated
 
Rotary District 9600 trip to India Les Walsh 2018-01-22 14:00:00Z 0
Gala Dinner with RI President Ian Risely Les Walsh 2018-01-20 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Regional Information Bulletin Les Walsh 2018-01-19 14:00:00Z 0
ROMAC Trivia Challenge -Thursday 1 March Les Walsh 2018-01-19 14:00:00Z 0
Dinner with RI President Ian Riseley Les Walsh 2018-01-17 14:00:00Z 0
Here is the latest quarterly RAWCS newsletter for Eastern Region, the RAWCS Rover.  While our area is in the Northern Region, Editor, Sue O’Neill, has produced a very interesting and informative newsletter with the latest RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) news of what is happening in their Region.
 
Click to read
RAWCS Rover Les Walsh 2018-01-17 14:00:00Z 0
 
Happy New Year everyone,
 
Our Rotary Christmas recess has finished and we're back into the swing of things.
 
A fantastic number of Members attended our first Breakfast of the year.  It was also pleasing to see the number of guests present.
 
Honorary Member, Alf Mueller - who is well known to us all - decided to pay us a visit.  It is always great to see you, Alf.  You must be doing something right in retirement.  Please feel free to come along more often.
 
 
Our Guest Speaker for the morning was Jess Keenan (daughter of PP Julianna).  Jess is embarking on a Rotary Exchange to France.  Never far away from Jess is her French Tutor, Christine, who also attended our breakfast.
 
Christine has been madly teaching Jess all the French she can.  So much so that Jess was able to provide us with a bi-lingual version of her speech.  First was the French version, followed by the English.
 
Bon voyage, Jess. We wish you well and stay safe.
 
Merv's better half, Anne dined with us, wanting to hear more from Jess.  While our Northern Territorian Rotarian, Jan, was also in attendance, giving our Gerry a surprise visit.
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2018-01-17 14:00:00Z 0
 
Our Rotary Youth Exchange student was in need of French tutoring over the last month or so.  Through one of our members, Christine volunteered to help Jess without any charge.
 
However, as Julianna wanted to pay something Christine suggested that a donation be made to the club's youth projects.
 
Jess made the cheque presentation to President Peter at the end of her speech.  We can assure Christine - along with Julianna & Jess - that it will be put to good use!
 
Merci!
 
Club benefits from tutoring Les Walsh 2018-01-17 14:00:00Z 0
District Newsletter - January Les Walsh 2018-01-11 14:00:00Z 0 DGs Newsletter,RD9600
Our meeting which normally would have been on Tuesday 23 January has been given wheels enabling all of us to be mobile!
 
The suggestion is that - rather than turn up at Oaks (where there will be nobody!) - groups of three to four of our members visit other Rotary clubs in our vicinity, take notes (things we would benefit from or should avoid) and report back to our meeting on 30 January.  Helen is coordinating the groups - read on to see which group you are in.
Mobile Week Les Walsh 2018-01-10 14:00:00Z 0
There has been much discussion regarding redistricting the districts in Australia, attached is a letter from Director Noel Trevaskis re this matter.
 
The current thinking is that Queensland is to be redistricted to two (2) only districts. This is being achieved as follows.
 
District 9570 and 9550 will be merged and extend from just North of Gympie up to Far North Qld and across to the border with the Northern Territory, it may also include Part of the NT from Tennant Creek to Darwin.
 
District 9600, 9630 and 9640 are to be merged to form one district from Gympie to just  north of Glenn Innes in NSW  and West to the NT and SA border’s. This new District will also include our current clubs in PNG, the Solomon’s and Nauru. In total this new district would have approximately 165 clubs.
 
FYI RI has put together a committee overseeing the total redistricting in Australia and smaller committees have been put in place to look at specific regional issues, e.g.  the tyranny of distance in Qld and how the clubs would be serviced and much work is being done on this as I write.
 
Also attached is the current proposal document to merge district 9600 with 9630 and 9640 for your attention and action. This document is being sent to every club in the 3 districts this week.
 
If I can make one comment in that whilst this may seem a big change, it will be for our districts. The clubs will still operate as they have done, the annual district events will continue, as will the training etc and yes you will still get a district bill, one big change will be that with 165 clubs in the district, then I doubt the district governor will be able to visit each and every club annually.
 
In closing I hope that the next 6 months are as fruitful as the last and we look forward to receiving your responses to district secretary Ian Hope at  districtsecretary@rotary9600.org as soon as possible.
 
Thanks and keep on MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
 
Alan Stephens
Immediate Past District Governor (2016-2017)
Rotary District 9600
Proposal to Merge Districts 9600-9630-9640 Les Walsh 2018-01-10 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary is the Founding Partner of the NYSF, and every year Rotarians continue to support the Year 12 Program through promoting the opportunity in local communities, managing applications and selections of students, and assisting with funding or fund-raising for student fees to attend the Year 12 Program. Rotarians also volunteer during the Year 12 Program in January. It is estimated that Rotarians contribute more than 20,000 volunteer hours to the NYSF every year.
 
This year NYSF are holding a session in Brisbane and next Thursday, 18 January 2018, are holding a gala dinner at City Hall.

Please note the invitation to all Rotary Clubs to attend and I invite you to join us.

Refer to registration details below.

Kind regards,
John Lane
District Governor 2017-18
NYSF
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National Youth Science Forum dinner Les Walsh 2018-01-09 14:00:00Z 0 NYSF
This year’s annual report shows how, as people of action, Rotary members exchange ideas, forge lifelong relationships, and invest in service projects that make a lasting impact in communities all over the world.
 
The 2016-17 annual report is available online through a new interactive edition that allows readers to learn more about Rotary and our members.
Rotary’s 2016-17 annual report is now available Les Walsh 2018-01-09 14:00:00Z 0
Join us for the first of our regular meetings in 2018 on Tuesday 16 January.  
We have been in recess, so it will be a slow start to what promises to be a great second-half in our President Peter's year.  Some have been fishing, surfing, cruising, walking, celebrating and perhaps even recuperating.  You never know what we will discover as we commence another year of service and fellowship.
As a special treat, Julianna's daughter Jess will be joining us together with her French tutor.  On 19 January, Jess is heading to France on a year-long Rotary Youth Exchange.  So come along on Tuesday to hear Jess tell us all about the exchange and what she is looking forward to.
 
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-01-05 14:00:00Z 0
2018 could be your year to make a difference Les Walsh 2018-01-02 14:00:00Z 0 membership
The introductory statement and three of the four tenets of the Object of Rotary relate to Vocational Service, underlining its importance to the philosophy and culture of Rotary.
 
Those objectives are:
 
  • To encourage and foster high ethical standards in business and professions, to recognise the worthiness of all useful occupations, to dignify the Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
  • To apply the ideal of service in personal, business and community life.
  • To advance international understanding and goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of businessmen and professional men and women united in the ideal of service.
 
areas of focus monthly themes vocational service
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January is Vocational Service Month Les Walsh 2017-12-30 14:00:00Z 0 areas of focus,monthly themes,vocational service
Rotary's New Service Partners Les Walsh 2017-12-30 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fellowships are independent, social groups that share a common passion.  Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world.  Fellowships are open to Rotarians, family members, and program participants and alumni.  You can contact a fellowship directly by using the information listed in the Rotary Fellowships directory.  Or search our discussion groups to find Rotary and Rotaract members with similar interests.

Learn more by downloading this flyer

Rotary Fellowships Les Walsh 2017-12-29 14:00:00Z 0
A Rotarian Action Group is an autonomous group of Rotarians, family members, program participants and alumni who are experts in a particular field, such as microcredit or water and sanitation.  Group members share their expertise by collaborating with clubs and districts on service projects.
 
For example:
 
  • The Rotarian Action Group for Population & Development partnered with Rotary clubs in Germany, Austria, and Nigeria to reduce maternal death by 60 percent at 25 hospitals in northern Nigeria with a program to prevent and treat obstetric fistula, a serious birth injury.
  • Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention Rotarian Action Group organizes an annual event that provides comprehensive health services to nearly 500,000 people in hundreds of locations in Africa and parts of India. These services include screening for HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, diabetes, blood pressure cancers, and more.
 
Rotarian Action Groups Les Walsh 2017-12-29 14:00:00Z 0
A couple of photos of Gorgie who was Caloundra fire chief and our president 1990-91.
 
George's wife, Babe, a local lass, still lives in the family home in Mayes Estate , just behind Maccas
The car is a Caloundra built super car - taken about 1990
 
A little history - George Goobanko Darryl Laing 2017-12-27 14:00:00Z 0
In Rotary, our diversity is our strength. This idea dates back to the earliest years of our organisation, when the classification system was first proposed.  The idea behind it was simple: that a club with members who had a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities would be capable of better service than one without.
 
In the years since, the idea of diversity in Rotary has come to be defined more broadly.  We have discovered that a club that truly represents its community is far better able to serve that community effectively.  Looking ahead, it is clear how essential diversity will remain in Rotary: not only to strong service today, but to a strong organisation in the future.
 
One of the most pressing aspects of diversity to address in our membership is the age of our members.  When you look around at almost any Rotary event, it becomes immediately obvious that the age range in the room does not promise a sustainable future for our organisation.  Our membership is near a record high, and we are bringing in new members all the time – yet only a small minority of those members are young enough to have decades of Rotary service ahead of them.  To ensure a strong and capable Rotary leadership tomorrow, we need to bring in young and capable members today.
 
We also cannot discuss diversity in Rotary without addressing the issue of gender.  It is difficult to imagine that just three decades ago, women could not join Rotary.  Although we have come a long way since then, the legacy of that misguided policy is still with us.  Far too many people continue to think of Rotary as an organization only for men, and that idea has had a detrimental effect on both our public image and our membership growth.  Today, women make up just over 21 percent of Rotary's membership.  While this is certainly a great improvement, we have a long way to go to meet what should be the goal of every club: a gender balance that matches the balance of our world, with as many women in Rotary as men.
 
Whatever brought each of us to Rotary, we stay because we find value in Rotary membership and believe that our service has value to the world.  By building clubs that reflect that world in all its diversity, we will build even more enduring value in Rotary: Making a Difference.
 
Footnote
The average age of our members is 66 - of which 23% are under 60, and 33% are female.
38% of our members have been members in this club for more than 10 years - the average being eight years.
Our members have been Rotarians for an average of 13 years - 56% for more than 10 years.
 
RI President's January Message Les Walsh 2017-12-21 14:00:00Z 0
Everyone loves Christmas and the Members of the Rotary Club of Caloundra are no exception.
 
Tuesday was our last Breakfast for the year and it also set the scene for our famous Secret Santa game.  This meant we all had to bring a present to put under the tree (or on the desk in the corner, in our case).
 
President Elect, Bernie was in control of the finances for the morning, taking our money at the desk.
 
I assumed the role of Chair after Sergeant Deb almost cracked her glass with her knife, for order in the room.
 
Following usual tradition, it was Grace, then a Toast to our great nation, then over to our esteemed, elder statesman for the magical, mystical tour to the part of the world chosen for the International Toast. Still, Alan surprised everyone and took us to D9350 to the Rotary Club of Durban in South Africa.  Please click on this link to go to the Facebook Page of this Club and check up on Alan's memory of statistics.
 
President Peter's Christmas Musings Peter Davis 2017-12-20 14:00:00Z 0
Rachael says "This morning I'm honoured to be inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Caloundra. A wonderful mix of people from all walks of life and professions, coming together in friendship and with integrity serving the community... looking forward to fun times, how flipping brilliant!"
President Peter with new members Megyn & Rachael
District Governor John Lane and President Elect Bernie Strong are pictured with newly inducted members, Rachael, and Megyn.
Welcome to Rachael & Megyn Les Walsh 2017-12-19 14:00:00Z 0
RI Director's News Les Walsh 2017-12-19 14:00:00Z 0
Join Interplast’s Fiji trek Les Walsh 2017-12-19 14:00:00Z 0 Interplast
 
LifeFlight has advised that the funds we donated have been put towards the purchase of wetsuits.  See the original story here.
 
LifeFlight is in the process of purchasing new wetsuits for our crew however there has been a delay in production so they have had to buy some interim wetsuits in which our funds will be deposited towards.
 
Fundraising Assistant, Mandy Hentschel thanked us so much again "for your amazing support during 2017".
LifeFlight News Les Walsh 2017-12-19 14:00:00Z 0
District Newsletter - December Les Walsh 2017-12-19 14:00:00Z 0 DGs Newsletter,RD9600
Christmas Party Photos Roger Todd 2017-12-16 14:00:00Z 0
ShelterBox Australia eNewsletter December 2017 Les Walsh 2017-12-15 14:00:00Z 0
December 2017 End Polio Now Newsletter Les Walsh 2017-12-15 14:00:00Z 0
Once again the vibrancy and flexibility of our Club shone through at Breakfast this week.  It seemed as though our rostered members for the usual duties were all absent for one reason or another.  I won't name and shame them but instead a big thank you to those who ably and willingly stepped up and helped out.
 
Mark W, the money man, was doing just that as Ian B, extended the warm hand of welcome to all as we arrived.  "I'll do it" Judy volunteered to run the show and took the position of Chair and introduced our Guest Speaker.
A warm welcome was extended to our guest, Roger's wife and better half, Sally.  It's always nice to see you, Sally.  Prospective Member, Megyn Carpenter was back with us again and very keen to join our Club.  Thank you for coming along again, Megyn and thanks also for providing us with an impromptu, "this is your life".
Lucky for Judy, the instructions for Chairperson were there for her to follow.  It'd been a while since being in the that role for Judy.  It's just like riding a bike though as Judy quickly found out.  Grace followed by the Toast to Australia, then over to Mr Royce Abbey himself, Aan Still OAM.
 
This time, Alan whisked us away to another trouble spot in the world of Rotary.  The International Toast was to D2452 Palestine RC of Bethlehem.  Perhaps you were a week early, Alan. Isn't our Christmas Breakfast next week ?  I guess we might be away in a manger by then.  The link to this very interesting club is here and if you'd like to check up on Alan's mind boggling statistics, here's your chance.
 
 
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2017-12-13 14:00:00Z 0
DIK Newsletter Les Walsh 2017-12-13 14:00:00Z 0
Your latest news from Australian Rotary Health Les Walsh 2017-12-13 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health
DIK Newsletter Les Walsh 2017-12-12 14:00:00Z 0
Libby Knight, Peer Educator, COTA Qld
Chair Judy welcomed guests Megyn, Sally and Libby
Alan gave the International Toast to District 2452 RC Bethlehem, chartered in  2013 with 12 members
 
Megyn Carpenter was given the opportunity to introduce herself
 
 
Last Week's Meeting Roger Todd 2017-12-11 14:00:00Z 0
In 2021 Rotary will celebrate 100 years in both Australia and New Zealand.

In that time we have definately punched above our weight contributing seven World Presidents to the organisation.

All of whom have contributed to the growth of Rotary and its endeavours, Sir Clem Renouf and his vision for eradication of Polio and Glen Kinross low cost housing being just a couple of examples.

But we live in a changing world and Rotary has to change with it.

it is no secret that our membership has been declining in recent years whilst the average age of Rotarians in the two countries has been increasing.

For some time now we, in District roles, have been looking at things to revitalise our organisation as the one thing that never changes is the need in our communities.

In my club visits I have talked about redistricting and that will occur but at the same time we need to overhaul our organisation structure to be able to handle what will be very large new districts.

With this in mind, we have in place a committee reviewing how the new districts will work, and what we need to do to build Rotary in our area.
  
We see this as an opportunity to revitalise Rotary in our area and become a model for other countries.

Attached is a report from our Zone Director, Noel Trevaskis, setting out some of the ideas and actions that we will be taking, to build a better more relevant Rotary into our next 100 years.

John Lane
Governor 2017-2018
Exciting Times Ahead Les Walsh 2017-12-07 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 9600 Foundation Newsletter Les Walsh 2017-12-07 14:00:00Z 0 Centurion,TRF,The Rotary Foundation
There was a buzz in the air at Breakfast this week.  Something about the AGM, someone was heard to have said.  That's right, it was to be our Annual General Meeting, with the election of Officers for Bernie's year as President.
 
Speaking of Bernie, she's everywhere, this time, at the front desk, taking our money as we arrive.
 
In our midst, we had our special guest, and prospective new member, Rachael Witton.  Rachael is well known to many of us, in her former role with SunnyKids, being the recipient of our Golf Day fundraising.  Welcome Rachael.  We hope to see a lot more of you and look forward to the opportunity of using your skills to the betterment of our Club.
 
Visiting Rotarian, Trevor from the Albany Creek Club was also present.  Thank you Trevor for coming along again and choosing our club to do a makeup.
Our very respected elder statesman and man with the photographic memory (even though he can't see), was at it again with the International Toast. This time Alan took us to the Rotary Club of Belfast, Ireland.  Please see the link here to the club's Website, and thank you Alan for displaying your amazing memory.
Iain Nye has had a varied work life - Iain is one of our longstanding members and spun a very interesting tale about family, work and boats.  Again this regular segment of our meeting showed its benefit.  Thank you Iain.
 
Our Sergeant at Arms, Deb, tinkled the bell and the AGM was underway.
 
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2017-12-06 14:00:00Z 0
Photos from our AGM Les Walsh 2017-12-06 14:00:00Z 0
Libby Knight, Peer Educator, *COTA Qld
 
Libby worked as a teacher, adult educator and curriculum developer for 35 years in the state and private education systems, as well as a stint of teaching in Hong Kong. She moved from Townsville to the Sunshine Coast three years ago and trained as a peer educator with *COTA in 2016.  Libby has presented a range of peer education sessions, including Making the Most of Consumer Directed Care, Your Well Being Your Plan, Switched on Seniors and Planning Ahead Enduring Powers of Attorney, to various groups on the Coast during the last two years and is passionate about sharing information and ideas that promote and assist quality ageing for all of us.
 
She also volunteers with Riding for the Disabled and is a volunteer Adult Literacy Tutor.
 
When not busy with volunteer work, Libby enjoys spending time with her grandkids, body surfing and reading.
Last Week's Meeting Les Walsh 2017-12-05 14:00:00Z 0
Last Tuesday's AGM was chaired by President Peter in a formal yet leisurely fashion. 
 
The formalities were attended to and elections held.  Some positions are needing assistance/back-up so don't forget to put your hand up if you can help.
 
Congratulations to all those who were elected to lead our club in 2018-19
 

Leadership Team for 2018-19

  • President : Bernadette Strong
  • President Elect :  Peter Davis
  • Vice President :  vacant
  • Secretary :  Sue Robinson (Anne Boland assisting)
  • Treasurer :  Deborah Taylor (Mark Ward assisting)
  • Directors :  
    • Membership : Christopher Rees
    • Rotary Foundation : Mark Ward
    • PR/Public Image : Les Walsh (Roger Todd assisting)
    • Community Service : James Condon
    • International Service : Genta Tsukimori
      Vocational Service : Darryl Laing
    • Youth : Judy Clarke
    • Program Director : Helen Fox (vacant assisting)
    • Sergeant-at-Arms : Merv Paddison
    • Welfare : Pam Snyman (Anne Boland assisting)
 
AGM Annual General Meeting Board Leadership
Congratulations to our 2018-19 Team Les Walsh 2017-12-05 14:00:00Z 0 AGM,Annual General Meeting,Board,Leadership
Gateway Care is a very worthwhile local community based organisation that the Rotary Club of Caloundra supports.
 
Gateway Care has perhaps the largest “Food Centre” of it’s kind in South East Qld with more than 5,000 members on its database. Gateway provides an essential support to many low income families who enjoy the benefit of buying low cost groceries from the Food Centre.
 
A delegation from Caloundra Rotary had a coffee with Gateway's Manager, Debbie to present a small donation and a Certificate of Appreciation to support this worthy cause.
 
 
Food Centre Gateway Care community
Gateway Care serves the Community Les Walsh 2017-12-05 14:00:00Z 0 Food Centre,Gateway Care,community
Thank you from Rotary Youth Exchange Judy Clark 2017-12-05 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Youth Exchange,Safari
The LifeFlight Foundation is a community-based organisation which exists to fund and support LifeFlight’s community services which helps nearly 5,000 sick or injured Queenslanders each year.
 
The Foundation was established to raise vital funds for LifeFlight and the lifesaving work it does in the community.
 
The LifeFlight Foundation relies on the community to raise nearly 30% of operating costs for the iconic RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter service.
 
The Rotary Club of Caloundra visited this morning to make a small donation and present a Certificate of Appreciation to this organisation worthy of our support.
 
The Foundation is a team of ordinary people, going to extraordinary measures, to support and promote exceptional emergency medical care for Queenslanders in need.
 
LifeFlight LifeFlight Foundation
Donation made to support RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Service Les Walsh 2017-12-05 14:00:00Z 0 LifeFlight,LifeFlight Foundation
19 December is our last meeting for 2017 Les Walsh 2017-12-04 14:00:00Z 0 Break-up,Christmas
Melbourne Cup function recognition for David Aitken Les Walsh 2017-12-04 14:00:00Z 0 Melbourne Cup
Rotarians get into the spirit of Melbourne Cup Les Walsh 2017-12-03 14:00:00Z 0 Melbourne Cup,Sunshine Coast Daily
CalPac is fundraising Les Walsh 2017-12-03 14:00:00Z 0 CalPac,Hope within Reach,Raffle,Trailer Raffle
"For me fun came to work when we joined Rotary. We became the first corporate member of our club. We joined to be more connected with our local community, not necessarily just to have fun. But the consequence was that we have new friends, and they are amazing people with a lifetime of experience and humour to share.
 
"We hold barbecues to raise money for victims of domestic violence, or we sell raffle tickets to support those doing it tough at Christmas. We even drop balls out of helicopters to raise awareness and funds for aeromedical services. More than anything we support each other, share stories, and we laugh. Suddenly, with a little perspective, with the right people and getting out and about, it all becomes fun."
 
Tatiana Porter, CEO Workplace Central - a corporate member of the Rotary Club of Caloundra Pacific
 
We Can All Have Fun Les Walsh 2017-12-03 14:00:00Z 0
Container Refund Scheme Community Forum Nambour Les Walsh 2017-12-01 14:00:00Z 0
SunnyKids Newsletter Les Walsh 2017-12-01 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Down Under Magazine Les Walsh 2017-11-30 14:00:00Z 0 RDU,magazine
The work of Rotary begins in the community, and every community has its own unique needs and concerns. While we serve in countless ways, through The Rotary Foundation we’ve focused our efforts in six key areas to maximize our impact. These areas encompass some of the world’s most critical and widespread humanitarian needs, and we have a proven record of success in addressing them. One of them is Disease Prevention and Treatment.
 
Rotary's top priority is the eradication of polio, but our members take on far greater responsibilities to fight disease. We set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with HIV/AIDS and Malaria. We design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses, governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who can't afford to pay for health care.
 
Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow.
 
Here are some suggestions on how Rotary clubs, Districts and our service partners can address these needs both locally and internationally:
 
  • Support health education programs that explain how diseases are spread and promote ways to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Help immunize people against infectious diseases.
  • Support continuing education and training for health workers through scholarships, and public recognition.
  • Improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in underserved areas.
  • Improve sanitation facilities by providing toilets and latrines that flush into a sewer or safe enclosure.
  • Promote good hygiene habits through education. Proper hand washing with soap and water can reduce diarrhea cases by up to 35 percent.
  • Develop or support programs that provide immunizations and antibiotics. Measles, malaria, pneumonia, AIDS, and diarrheal diseases are the leading causes of death in children under five.
Courtesy Rotary District 9800
areas of focus disease prevention and treatment monthly themes
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month Les Walsh 2017-11-30 14:00:00Z 0 areas of focus,disease prevention and treatment,monthly themes
 Who mandated that every club meeting needs to include a speaker and a meal? And that community service can only be done outside club meetings? That “rule” probably never existed anyway, and with the flexibility permitted in the last Council on Legislation, many clubs are experimenting with different models. 
 
A great example is the Rotary Club of Port Hope in District 7070. Faced with declining membership, the club took the message of flexibility to heart and changed its meeting schedule drastically beginning with the new Rotary year in 2016. 
 
Club members continue to meet each week, but not over dinner! Yes, the club continues to have one “conventional” meeting each month, complete with a speaker, but has changed the other weekly meetings. The club now schedules one social event, one hands-on project, and one session devoted to committee meetings each month.
 
And the results are already showing: In just over one year, the club’s downward membership trend turned around and already, the club has grown from 25 to 35 members. 
 
What are these meetings like? The “conventional” meeting is straightforward. The social events have included ball games, bowling, theatre nights and excursions to local restaurants, and spouses and partners are of course invited.
 
The hands-on projects have included cleaning the local beach, painting the walls and shelves at the food bank (BYOB, bring your own brush), giving out the Christmas hampers along with the Salvation Army and cooking dinner for some in need in the community. The committee meetings usually are held in someone’s home where planning or committee work can take place. 
 
 Just a “regular” meeting at Port Hope RC, Club members build “little libraries” during their weekly time together. All of these events have increased the social activities of the club, which means that the Rotarians have gotten to know other members of the club better — all while making a difference in their community. As an added bonus, the new format has reduced club costs: Not all meetings include meals and many do not require hall rental. 
 
The example of Port Hope is one that we can all think about. The focus must always be on coming up with meeting formats that are most meaningful to club members.
 
Article by Bob Wallace, Zone 24 East Rotary Coordinator  From Beyond Borders, the Newsletter of Zones 24 & 32, October 2017
formats meetings membership
Building in Flexibility Les Walsh 2017-11-29 14:00:00Z 0 formats,meetings,membership
Please click HERE to download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for December 2017.
 
If you want to receive future editions of ‘Rotary On The Move’ direct to your inbox, please e-mail tim@cinet.com.au asking to be added as a recipient of the Newsletter.
Rotary on the Move newsletter Les Walsh 2017-11-29 14:00:00Z 0
Our meeting on 19 December Les Walsh 2017-11-29 14:00:00Z 0 Break-up,Christmas

What Comes after Membership

 

Service as an Object of Rotary

Previous to this, my reports have been based around Membership. What we have to do to attract new members and the best methods of retaining them once they've joined. We've learnt from this, if all Members are treated well and have involvement in the Club, friendships form, communication occurs and this helps to create a vibrant Club.
 
Let's now turn our attention to the next most important step within our Club, this being Service.
 
These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the acts of service we do in the world.
 

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

·        FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
·        SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions with an opportunity for each vocation to serve society.
·        THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
·        FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
 

Rotary's Avenues of Service

We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
 
·        Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
·        Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. 
·        Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest. 
·        International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
·        Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as RotaractInteractRotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.
 
Service plays an integral role in Rotary.  To strengthen the friendships and relationships we make at a Club level, I encourage you to take the next step and be active in avenues of Service.
 
It's not until you donate some of your hard earned spare time that you realise how worthy these Avenues of Service are.  The feeling you experience knowing you are helping others who may be less fortunate than yourselves, is indescribable.
 
For those of us who have full time work commitments, often coming to our Breakfasts is all we can do.  However, I encourage you, when and if you can, to get involved with one of our Club's Avenues of Service.  Remembering also, there is a commitment when you're invited to join Rotary that you do participate in Service Projects.
 
There is nothing like wearing your Rotary shirt at a Rotary Stall at our local Chilli Festival and being approached by an international Rotarian from South Africa.  Immediately there is that feeling of talking to one of us, someone who has a commonality despite the tyranny of distance.  This is achieved by Acts of International Service providing that global reach, promoting peace and making the world a smaller place.  Rotary does that via International Service.
 
Remember, making friends that become lifelong friendships is enhanced further when we Serve together.  Let's build on the vibrancy of our Club and make a difference by Serving together to help ourselves, the community we live in, and ultimately the entire world.
 
 
Have a great rest of the week and I look forward to seeing you at the next Meeting.  Remember, it's our Annual General Meeting.  One not to be missed.  We will be electing the Office Bearers for the next Rotary Year under the Presidency of Bernie and accepting the Financial Reports of 2016-17.
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2017-11-29 14:00:00Z 0
The Learning Center now offers a courses for all eight club officer roles.
 
  1. Go to learn.rotary.org (you may need to log into My Rotary)
  2. Click Your Role in the left column.
  3. Then click the role you want to learn more about to see the courses that are relevant to your role.
  4. Click on the basics course with your role title for information on your role
Don't forget you can learn more at our Rotary Education and Resources page.
Learning and Development - Club Roles Les Walsh 2017-11-28 14:00:00Z 0
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS of DISTRICT GOVERNOR for 2020-2021 Les Walsh 2017-11-28 14:00:00Z 0
Jan Conti writes:
We have been very busy with Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC*).
 
Since I  returned  home 10 days ago we in ROMAC have transited a total of 12 people through Darwin Airport.
ROMAC volunteering
Read more
ROMAC News from Darwin Gerry Swan 2017-11-27 14:00:00Z 0 ROMAC,volunteering
Your Latest News from Australian Rotary Health Les Walsh 2017-11-27 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health
Our Vocational Visit to Sunshine Coast Council's Smart Centre was - to say the least - eventful and eye opening.  Some 26 members were present, enjoying breakfast supplied by the Chilli Jam Café; almost 75% stayed for coffee when we adjourned to ... the Chilli Jam Café.
President Elect Bernie, in her capacity as Vocational Services Director organised everything and manned the desk to welcome us all,  PDG Alan proposed the International Toast, and President Peter presented his report and invocation, before Bernie introduced us to Jacqui Gray who is the Smart Centre Officer for the Council.
What happened to Cassie just before stays at the Smart Centre!
Read on to find out more
 
 
 
 
Smart Centre Smart City Program Sunshine Coast Council video
Read more
Last Week's Meeting Les Walsh 2017-11-27 14:00:00Z 0 Smart Centre,Smart City Program,Sunshine Coast Council,video

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

& ELECTIONS

The club's AGM and Elections is coming up on 5 December.
 
Nominations are being called for the following positions:
 
  • President 2019-20
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Directors (5)
The Agenda for the AGM is:
 
  • Financial Report for 2016-17
  • Auditor's Report for 2016-17
  • Adoption of the Audited Statements
  • Appointment of Auditor for 2017-18
  • Election of Officers
AGM Annual General Meeting Board
Next Week's Meeting is our AGM Les Walsh 2017-11-27 14:00:00Z 0 AGM,Annual General Meeting,Board
 
Next Tuesday's meeting is your opportunity to volunteer to lead your club on the Board for 2018-19 supporting Bernie as our President for that year.  Or perhaps you can volunteer or be persuaded to stand as President for the year after?
 
No matter what, come along to discuss the formal matters on the Agenda and enjoy this otherwise informal stand-easy meeting or forum.
 
 
 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

& ELECTIONS

The club's AGM and Elections is coming up on 5 December.
 
Nominations are being called for the following positions:
 
  • President 2019-20
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Directors (5)
The Agenda for the AGM is:
 
  • Financial Report for 2016-17
  • Auditor's Report for 2016-17
  • Adoption of the Audited Statements
  • Appointment of Auditor for 2017-18
  • Election of Officers
 
AGM Annual General Meeting Board
Next Week's Meeting is our AGM* Les Walsh 2017-11-27 14:00:00Z 0 AGM,Annual General Meeting,Board

To be fair to our hosts, it is important that you RSVP whether or not you are attending our Christmas Party at Anne & Merv's home.  It is especially important if you are planning to be there, in which case please make sure you pay in advance.

To RSVP and get more details, please follow this link.

The Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade starts at 6.30pm so please DO NOT park near boat ramp as you will probably be fined as it is for vehicles with boat trailers only.

 

 

 

Have you RSVP'd for our Christmas Party Les Walsh 2017-11-27 14:00:00Z 0
Seventy-two years ago, the United Nations was founded "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war ... [and] to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours." Despite those worthy aspirations, and generations of investment in achieving them, the "scourge of war" is still with us: Last year, more than 102,000 people died in 49 armed conflicts around the world. Some of those conflicts were in their fifth decade or beyond. Terrorism, intolerance, and extremism; the refugee crisis; and environmental degradation are now global challenges.
 
Collectively, we seem further than ever from achieving the goals that were set with such ambition and optimism in 1945. Yet hope endures, as long as there are people willing to work for a more peaceful future – not only through their governments, but also beside them and beside each other. Today, Rotary is better placed than ever to have a real and lasting impact for peace: through our peace-focused programs, such as Rotary Peace Fellows, and through every area of our service. Water, sanitation, health, education, and economic development are all interrelated and part of the complex interactions that can lead to conflict – or avert it. To best leverage our service in all these areas, and to maximize their impact for peace, it is essential to understand these interactions and plan our service accordingly.
 
For these reasons, we have scheduled a series of six presidential peacebuilding conferences between February and June in Canada, Lebanon, the UK, Australia, Italy, and the United States. These conferences will focus not on peace but on peacebuilding: We will share ways that we can work to build peace through the service of our Rotary clubs and districts. Five of the one-day conferences will illuminate the connections between peace and another area of focus. The first conference, in Vancouver, B.C., will explore the link between peace and another sphere of great concern to us in Rotary: environmental sustainability. You can view the full schedule and register at www.rotary.org/presidential-conferences.
 
The goals are simple: to help Rotarians find new ways to advance peace through their service, to learn from experts, and to strengthen our abilities to build peace. It is my hope and belief that these conferences will help us move closer to a more peaceful world, through Rotary: Making a Difference.
RI President's December Message Les Walsh 2017-11-26 14:00:00Z 0
Vincenzo and Jackie Romano from the Rotary Club of Johannesburg South 101 called in at the Chilli festival on Saturday - they would like it to be a make-up for when they return home.   We would make them very welcome if they visit our weekly meetings.
 
Ignite Chilli Festival Les Walsh 2017-11-25 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Regional Information Bulletin Les Walsh 2017-11-24 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Presidential Peacebuilding Conference 2018 Les Walsh 2017-11-23 14:00:00Z 0

What's ahead

  • Our first meeting in 2018 will be on Tuesday 16 January - it is billed as a slow start as most of us will still be in  recovery mode
  • The meeting on 23 January is being transformed into a 'mobile meeting' whereby two or three of us will be requested to visit each of the other Rotary clubs in our cluster or vicinity.  A roster might be a good idea to ensure we limit numbers!
  • On 30 January, we will receive reports from the visits to other clubs
 
Head's up Les Walsh 2017-11-22 14:00:00Z 0
As world news continues to be dominated by the Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh and Myanmar, I'm proud to say that newly qualified Australian ShelterBox Response Team Volunteer, Tommy Gray has deployed to help continue our response. Tommy typifies our volunteers, having already given up 2 weeks of his time to SRT selection and training, completed 50+ hours of pre-course study and put his hand up to help out with our recent USOPs course (see details below). He will now spend the next 3 weeks in Bangladesh helping some of the most vulnerable people in the world. Many of our other volunteers have been busy promoting ShelterBox and raising much-needed funds for disaster relief. These volunteers, like our donors, are an essential part of the ShelterBox team.
 
If you would like to give some time to helping those affected by disaster, check out our website.  You may like to become an Ambassador, a Club Advocate or trek the Annapurna and raise funds. Whatever you chose, we'd love to have you on the team!
 
This month's quote comes from H Jackson Brown Jnr, “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” 
 
ShelterBox eNews Les Walsh 2017-11-22 14:00:00Z 0
'What does Rotary mean to you?' is the subject of Peter's musings today.
 
"So, what is Rotary?" is an oft heard question of a Rotarian.
 
Peter provides hints on how best to learn more about Rotary and to use that information to talk to prospective members.
 
The benefits of membership and the unique 'selling' points relating to our club are two other headlines he addresses.
 
Read on to benefit from our President's Musings.
 
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2017-11-22 14:00:00Z 0
Darryl was in the chair last Tuesday morning.  He was barefoot for most of the meeting, complaining that his 'new' thongs made his feet sore.  Yes one outing at the Melbourne Cup lunch is not enough to wear them in, just as one outing in a jalopy is not enough to run a car in.  Perhaps next time the Speight's sandals will be in order!  Our Guest Speaker, Simon Latchford certainly provided a contrast in suit and best black shoes!
 
 
 
Last week's Meeting Les Walsh 2017-11-22 14:00:00Z 0
Our meeting is NOT at the Oaks Resort Les Walsh 2017-11-22 14:00:00Z 0
People of Action Les Walsh 2017-11-22 14:00:00Z 0 People of Action
People of Action Les Walsh 2017-11-21 14:00:00Z 0 People of Action
Canterbury Rotary in Melbourne have produced a badge/pin incorporating the Australian Flag and Wattle.

This would make an ideal gift to new Citizens on Australia Day, Exchange Student and overseas visitors.

Details of the badge/pin are included in the attached brochureMore information
 
Aussie Pride badge Les Walsh 2017-11-20 14:00:00Z 0

Council is currently implementing a Smart City Program across the region which looks at ways we might be able to use technology to deliver services more efficiently and effectively. It also includes the plans for the technology for the new Maroochydore City Centre.

Our breakfast meeting will be in the Smart Centre learning all about the technologies that have been and are being installed in Caloundra as part of the Smart City Program followed by a Q&A session.  Jacqui Gray will present the Smart Centre to us.

As Caloundra is Council's testing lab for new technologies it has more tech installed currently than any other area of the coast. This visit follows on nicely from Mel Massina's talk about Smart21 as we are the Smart City team who implements the Smart City Program, completes the application and have been awarded the prestigious Smart21 award for 3 years running.  It is also a great way to provide ideas and comments about Council's activity in this space.

More information can be found at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/smartcities

Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2017-11-19 14:00:00Z 0
Australian Rotary Health - Annual Report Les Walsh 2017-11-19 14:00:00Z 0
DIK Newsletter Les Walsh 2017-11-17 14:00:00Z 0

We are planning three more ClubRunner training sessions for the first half of 2018. 

You will learn your way around our website and its member area.

The sessions will be held on a Wednesday afternoon between 3 and 5pm at McGrath Real Estate's offices, the availability of which is much appreciated.

You may bring your laptop or other device to better follow along.  Wi-Fi is available.

Please bring your questions so they can be addressed.  The sessions will be inter-active.

Mark the dates and RSVP when convenient:

ClubRunner Training
ClubRunner Training 2018 Les Walsh 2017-11-16 14:00:00Z 0 ClubRunner,Training
The Financial Report for the Rotary year ended 30 June 2017 has been audited and will be considered at the Annual General Meeting on 5 December.
 
Please login to download the Financial Report here and review it prior to the AGM.
Audited Financial Report for 2016-17 Les Walsh 2017-11-15 14:00:00Z 0
It was almost standing room only at our Breakfast this week on Tuesday morning.
 
Taking the money from us at the door, was Noel.
 
There were guests aplenty, the word is getting around, after all, our's is the Club that people want to join, right?
 
Poor Alan B was left holding the lectern as we all filed in, taking our seats with full breakfast plates and plenty of banter.
 
It was going to be a rowdy Meeting, Alan was ready.  He gave the nod to our fearful Sergeant at Arms, Deb, and with a tinkle of her glass, silence engulfed the room.
 
A gasp of relief came from Alan B as he winked at Deb.  That woman, how does she command such respect, thought Alan B.
 
Without further ado, it was standing for Grace and the Toast to our great Country. Then, as usual at this time of a Tuesday morning, all eyes and ears were fixed on our latest Royce Abbey Awarded PDG, OAM, Mr Alan S. Where would he be taking us this morning with his International Toast ?
Sure enough, Alan didn't let us down. We were off to another hotspot of the world. This time Rotary District 2452, and the Rotary Club of Beirut, none other than the capital of Lebanon.  Once again, Alan's repertoire of statistics stunned the crowd into silence yet again.
It was now time to get the busy morning underway. Firstly, the introduction of the lengthy guest list.  Gerry proudly introduced his Tai Chi Instructor and potential Member, Megyn.  Gordon brought with him, Gary King, being the lucky winner of the Club's Melbourne Cup Trifecta Ticket.
 
A big thank you goes to Gary, who was not only present to collect his winnings of $1,000, but to donate $100 back to our Club.  Thank you Gary for your generosity.  Qualities like that maketh a good Rotarian.
Our Guest Speaker for the morning was Brian Springer, our District's Representative for Shelter Box. Thank you Brian for your informative presentation about this unique Rotary Humanitarian Project.
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2017-11-15 14:00:00Z 0
For the first time in its 13-year history, Rotary Day at the UN was held outside of New York.
 
Rotary Day concluded Geneva Peace Week, during which John Hewko, general secretary of Rotary International, noted the “close and longstanding ties between Rotary and the UN in (their) mutual pursuit of peace and international understanding.”
 
Read more at rotary.org
Rotary Day at the United Nations pushes peace from concept to reality Les Walsh 2017-11-15 14:00:00Z 0
Some of our members cruised recently to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands on board the Pacific Eden. The cruisers were Merv and Ann, Gerry and Jan, Judy, Sue, and Bernie.  It was a personal cruise but had a Rotary flavour.
 
Our reporter Sue described the trip as a "wonderful experience".    Read on for her report of the Rotary experiences.  Of course, what else happens on cruise stays on board!
 
P&O cruise Solomons
Read more
A Rotary journey on the Pacific Eden Les Walsh 2017-11-15 14:00:00Z 1 P&O cruise,Solomons
November Board Meeting Les Walsh 2017-11-15 14:00:00Z 1
Rotary International's Council on Legislation (CoL) considers and makes changes to the Standard Rotary Club Constitution and Recommended Rotary Club Bylaws.  More information here and here.  Rotary clubs are obliged to update their Constitution to the latest Standard constitution and review their Bylaws after the decisions of each CoL are known.
 
This club is incorporated under the Queensland Associations Incorporation Act 1981.  That act imposes regulations, administered by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), which require many of the provisions in RI’s recommended bylaws (“RRCB”) to be included in the constitution, not the bylaws.  Rotary District 9600 has been working since the 2013 CoL to prepare model club documents that are acceptable to both RI and OFT.  That work, updated to the 2016 CoL is not yet completed.
 
The Constitution and Bylaws of the Rotary Club of Caloundra were last adopted in 1998.  The Board is working to prepare new documents for consideration by club members as soon as possible in 2018.  The existing documents may be viewed here.
Constitution and Bylaws being reviewed Les Walsh 2017-11-15 14:00:00Z 1
Our meeting on Tuesday 14 November unanimously approved the change in the club's Locality to “Caloundra, Queensland and the surrounding area". 
 
The change has been submitted to Rotary International for approval.  After approval, the wording will be included in the drafting of the next Constitution and Bylaws.
Change of Locality approved Les Walsh 2017-11-15 14:00:00Z 0
ClubRunner's Mobile App Les Walsh 2017-11-14 14:00:00Z 0
 
Simon Latchford is Chief Executive Officer of Visit Sunshine Coast or Sunshine Coast Destination Limited, Board member of Sunshine Coast Major Events Board and Australian Convention Bureau.  He is a member of the Australian Institute Of Company Directors MAICD.
 
Over the past 15 years he has enjoyed playing lead roles influencing and developing positive outcomes and change at regional, State and National level, having operated both in the private and public sectors.

He has held senior positions in the marketing and strategic development of leading destinations such as the Whitsundays, regional Victoria and formerly as the group marketing and destination development manager for Margaret River Tourism in Western Australia.

In March 2017, the Sunshine Coast saw two significant milestones achieved delivering best international visitation figures on record for region and set an all time domestic visitation record.  June 2017 saw another all time domestic visitation record achieved for the quarter.
Visit Sunshine Coast
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2017-11-14 14:00:00Z 0 Visit Sunshine Coast
 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

& ELECTIONS

The club's AGM and Elections is coming up on 5 December.
 
Nominations are being called for the following positions:
 
  • President 2019-20
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Directors (5)
The Agenda for the AGM is:
 
  • Financial Report for 2016-17
  • Auditor's Report for 2016-17
  • Adoption of the Audited Statements
  • Appointment of Auditor for 2017-18
  • Election of Officers
 
AGM Annual General Meeting Board
AGM & Elections* Les Walsh 2017-11-13 14:00:00Z 0 AGM,Annual General Meeting,Board
Dear fellow Rotarians,

November is Foundation Month, and time for us to take a look at where we are in our Rotary Foundation: what it’s done, what it’s helping us do now, and how we can move forward.

Last Rotary year, our Foundation received US$304 million in total contributions: that included $140 million to the Annual Fund, $28 million to the Endowment Fund, and $108 million to PolioPlus. All of those gifts are now hard at work, Doing Good in the World: supporting Rotary’s work today and strengthening our organization for tomorrow. The Foundation approved 494 district grants and 1,260 global grants, with a total of $111 million in funding.

As you all know, polio eradication is the number one priority of Rotary and our Foundation. It has been a historic year for polio eradication, with unprecedented new support and fewer cases of polio than ever before. As announced at our Atlanta convention in June, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has increased its commitment to our polio eradication initiative, and will match 2:1 all Rotary contributions up to 50 million dollars, for the next three years. If Rotarians raise $50 million per year, the Gates Foundation will match this with $100 million: resulting in $150 million for polio eradication in each of the three years. In total, more than one billion dollars in new funding for polio were pledged by governments and key donors in Atlanta.

It was a great lead in to the 2017-2018 Rotary year, and Rotarians have been doing an amazing job not only of raising the money to fulfill our commitment, but keeping public awareness of polio high. Our fifth annual World Polio Day, on 24 October, was a great success; our livestream event, broadcast from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, was our largest ever, with over 149,000 people viewing and Vice-President Dean Rohrs representing Rotary in the program.  Another 3,428 World Polio Day events took place around the world. It’s not too late to be a part of it; head over to the End Polio now website to see the recorded video.

In 2016, 37 children were paralysed by the wild poliovirus. So far in 2017, that number stands at 13. We are on our way to zero, and you can follow that journey with the updates that are published every week by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

It’s important to remember that we have to keep doing everything we can do to End Polio Now, not only until the last child is paralyzed, but until eradication is certified by an independent commission. We expect that to happen at least three years from the last time wild poliovirus is found, in a child, a water supply, or anywhere else. Only then will we celebrate the end of polio—and the greatest work yet of Rotary and our Rotary Foundation.

Sincerely,
Ian Riseley
Rotary International President, 2017-18

Paul A. Netzel
Foundation Trustee Chair, 2017-18
TRF The Rotary Foundation end polio now
Join us in celebrating Foundation Month Les Walsh 2017-11-13 14:00:00Z 0 TRF,The Rotary Foundation,end polio now
Order your Rotary apparel online Les Walsh 2017-11-13 14:00:00Z 0 rotary apparel
When disaster strikes, Rotary’s project partner  ShelterBox works closely with Rotarians and Rotaractors around the world to bring aid to families in their hour of need. The Rotary family provides vital support to ShelterBox through fundraising activities and practical assistance on the ground in the affected areas. Whether helping with logistics and transport, translation and local knowledge or acting as a link with governments and officials, the power of the Rotary network can have a massive impact on ShelterBox’s ability to operate effectively across the globe.
Download the latest Operations Update for just a few examples of how Rotary members and ShelterBox have been working together to save lives and help families and communities devastated by recent conflict and natural disasters.
ShelterBox
In times of need, Rotary members work with ShelterBox to provide disaster relief Les Walsh 2017-11-13 14:00:00Z 0 ShelterBox
The latest news from Australian Rotary Health Les Walsh 2017-11-13 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

& ELECTIONS

The club's AGM and Elections is coming up on 5 December.
 
Nominations are being called for the following positions:
 
  • President 2019-20
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Directors (5)
The Agenda for the AGM is:
 
  • Financial Report for 2016-17
  • Auditor's Report for 2016-17
  • Adoption of the Audited Statements
  • Appointment of Auditor for 2017-18
  • Election of Officers
AGM Annual General Meeting Board
AGM & Elections Les Walsh 2017-11-12 14:00:00Z 1 AGM,Annual General Meeting,Board
The Rotary Foundation - District 9600 newsletter Les Walsh 2017-11-12 14:00:00Z 0 Centurion,TRF,The Rotary Foundation
The beginnings of Rotary International Les Walsh 2017-11-11 14:00:00Z 0
Shelagh Brennand spoke to us on 22 August - refresh your memory here
 
She and others are hosting this event.  It's a gold coin donation event to The Farm charities and Shelagh and three other hosts will be running a two hour, health and wellness event.
 
During the event there will be a 20 mins presentation to engage and provide information about stroke, the My health for Life programme where Shelagh can assess high risk factors for stroke and diabetes and refer people to a free program if desired. The other ladies will introduce much easier forms of exercise such as stretch and flow, chair yoga and Tai chi/Qi gong. It will be a fun afternoon so please attend if you are free.
 
Here is the Facebook link for registering your interest: https://www.facebook.com/events/1508526149193053/
Healthy You, Healthy Me, Family Event Les Walsh 2017-11-10 14:00:00Z 0

We have a vocational visit to the Smart Centre on Tuesday morning 28 November (details here).  If you cannot make that meeting or just want to get a sneak preview, the Rotary Club of Kawana Waters has invited our members, family & friends to join them on the club's fellowship evening this month.

Both visits will be interesting to all business owners on the Sunshine Coast as the smart ideas to be presented expand into action.

Where:     Smart Centre, Unit 3/, Unit 3/63 Bulcock St, Caloundra

When:       Monday, 20 November

Time:         6-7.30pm

RSVP:         Fri 17/11, 10am – Yvonne – 0409 061 281 or yrichardson@hotmail.com

More details here

Another opportunity to visit the Smart Centre Les Walsh 2017-11-09 14:00:00Z 0
People of Action Les Walsh 2017-11-08 14:00:00Z 0 People of Action
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2017-11-07 14:00:00Z 0
Nicely dressed Darryl, and Judy is just as glamorous.
Read on to see how Darryl normally does business! 
 
Thanks to the organisers, Judy, Heidi, Deb, Gerry, and a great lady from Darryl's office, Lisa for such a great event.
And, all for a good cause, supporting Mental Illness Fellowship Qld (MIFQ)
 
You may also see the  Melbourne Cup pictures on our Facebook page
 
A great Melbourne Cup Lunch Les Walsh 2017-11-06 14:00:00Z 0
By Bruce Allen, The Rotary Foundation - South Pacific & Philippines
The month of November is the month Rotary International dedicates to the programs and activities of the Rotary Foundation and this gives us a wonderful opportunity to focus our attention on the many great things that our foundation delivers to our world.
 
We take so much for granted as we enjoy our privileged life. Water streams from every one of the 16 or so taps in our houses, medical aid is just around the corner, a strong and active education system provides a future for all our children and with the exception of a few, we want for nothing. How different it is for one-third of the world’s population!
 
Including our efforts in the area of polio eradication, your Foundation provided something like $180 million last year to support clubs and districts in their efforts to ‘do good in the world’. If you add the money supplied by clubs and districts to complete these projects we would have a conservative spend of something like $450 million so we are not a small, insignificant organization. We are a highly relevant significant group and we should never fail to make that point with our friends.
 
Nothing ever comes cheap and everything The Foundation does costs money. When the money runs out so does our ability to make a difference. Clubs can take the bull by the horns and agreed to pay their TRF commitment now rather than wait until the traditional ‘rush’ period of June. We will get our money working sooner rather than later and that will help enormously. If all clubs in Australia could do this then The Foundation would be in a much stronger position.
 
We can also help as individuals. Those of us with Centurion commitments who aren’t tied into a scheduled payment plan could consider paying this month. It’s only $100 per person but collectively it has the power to do so much.  Those of us who haven’t yet made the Centurion’ leap of faith’ might give the possibility a little extra thought.  That extra$1.92 a week can make such a difference to the people depending on us for a better life.
 
The Rotary Foundation is your own charity and I’m just asking you to be part of it.
 
Foundation Month TRF The Rotary Foundation areas of focus monthly themes
November is Rotary Foundation Month Les Walsh 2017-11-05 14:00:00Z 0 Foundation Month,TRF,The Rotary Foundation,areas of focus,monthly themes
What is PALZ?
Attend the Rotary District 9600 Conference 20-22 April at the Maroochydore RSL to find out.
Or, read this article on our website.
What is PALZ? Les Walsh 2017-11-05 14:00:00Z 0
Thank you everyone Les Walsh 2017-11-02 14:00:00Z 0
Thanks for Helping us Lift the Lid 2017 Les Walsh 2017-11-01 14:00:00Z 0
Giving Tuesday is a global movement for charities and individuals to come together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.
 
On 28 November, join the community of donors that support Rotarian projects around the world by making an online gift to The Rotary Foundation.
 
Online giving is a fast, secure way to help families and communities that need it most — no wrapping paper required!
Support The Rotary Foundation on Giving Tuesday Les Walsh 2017-11-01 14:00:00Z 0
Caloundra Christian College Awards Night Presentation Darryl Laing 2017-11-01 14:00:00Z 0
I thought I'd do a quick report on our breakfast meeting and spend some time talking about our achievements for October.
Our breakfast meeting on Tuesday, well attended with the shipment of "cruisers" back in town, turned out to be a milestone for our Club.  More on that a little later.
 
Several guests mingled among our Group:
  • Honorary Member Pauline Hanley (visiting us from her new hometown of Melbourne and the Rotary Club of North Melbourne; so nice to see you again, Pauline).
  • Les Ponton from our daughter Club, the Rotary Club of Caloundra Pacific decided to do a makeup with our club; welcome Les.
  • Chris Rees, our guest yet again, now living on the coast after escaping the UK; welcome again, Chris.
  • The lovely Win Still, wife of Alan, who also brought along his son, Tony, who happens to also be a Rotarian, the President of the Geelong Central Club; welcome to all the 'Stills'.
Roger did a great job at the door, grabbing the money from everyone and Judy worked her magic with the Chair, both as last minute stand ins.  It's a good job our Club has flexible members.
We were warned by Tony, his father's International Toast had failed the google test, but who bothers to check.  It sounds so impressive, it must be true.  Alan took us to Rotary District 2201 Spain and in particular the Rotary Club of Madrid.
 
We enjoyed listening to Bernie's 3 Minute Story about her life, culminating in what a selfless person she is.  Always working tirelessly in the community.  We know she will be a great President of our Club as she assumes that role in our next Rotary year.  See Bernie's story later in this edition of The Reel here.
Our Guest Speaker, Andrew Elvin is the CEO of Coast2Bay Housing Group, an organisation specialising in community housing.  He is also the Principal and Managing Director of Purpose Real Estate, the Sunshine Coast’s first not-for-profit real estate organisation with surpluses channelled back to the charitable enterprises of Coast2Bay.  Such enterprises include building accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence.
I don't think I will be called upon to perform a more auspicious task in my role as President:  As a surprise to all members, the reason Tony Still was present was to allow me to present his father, Alan, with a Royce Abbey Award.  This Award is one of the highest accolades to receive as a Rotarian.  It came as a complete surprise to Alan, as humble as he is, but surely the person most deserving of such an honour.
 
For further details and pictures of this momentous occasion, please follow this link.
 
President Peter's Musings Les Walsh 2017-11-01 14:00:00Z 0
Sunshine Coast Rotary Clubs (from Caloundra, Caloundra Pacific, Glasshouse Mountains, and Kawana Waters) presented the final RYDA Road Safety Education course for the year on Wednesday, 11 October to students from Sienna Catholic College using the Caloundra Turf Club facilities at Corbould Park Racecourse.  These 16-18 year old students are approaching that crucial time in their lives where they start to drive independently or are travelling as passengers of novice drivers.
 
Our Neville Woodforth is the RYDA coordinator for Rotary District 9600.  At our recent weekly meeting, he noted that  8,100 Sunshine Coast High School students from 12 schools attended the RYDA road safety education course in 2017.  The RYDA program is supplied by Road Safety Education and delivered by Rotary Clubs throughout Australia & New Zealand.  In Rotary District 9600, there are five fully-funded venues and two others.
 
Read more about the RYDA program here
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RYDA update Les Walsh 2017-11-01 14:00:00Z 0 Sienna Catholic College,road safety education,ryda
The draft roster for District 9600 for Donations in Kind Packing day in 2018 is set out below.
 
Remember packing day is the First Saturday of each month
 
Not everyone in cluster needs to attend about 15 required
 
Please let me know if dates do not suit, by the end of November. 
 
I will then contact the roster organizer for changes.
 
February 3rd  Moreton Bay Cluster
March 3rd 2018   Hinterland Cluster
April  no Packing because of Commonwealth games
May 5th 2018  Near North Cluster
June 2nd  2018 Sunshine South Cluster
July 7th 2018  Brisbane West Cluster and Mitchelton and Samford
4th August 2018  Brisbane East Cluster
1st September  Aspley and  Kawana Waters
6th October  Kippa Ring North Lakes
3rd November  Brisbane Cluster and Brisbane Planetarium and Kenore
1st December  Aspley and Nundah
 
Donations in Kind is a fabulous program by which Rotary receives hospital and school equipment, books and much more that is being upgraded within our schools and hospitals and then sends them by container to our near neighbours in PNG, the Solomons and other Pacific Islands
 
 
George Grant [Mary]
Rotary Club of Bribie Island
Past Governor RI District 9600 (2014-2015)
Chair Donations in Kind [2015-17]
RAWCS Chair [2016-17]
phone +61 408011145
DIK Donations in Kind
Donations in Kind Packing 2018 Roster Les Walsh 2017-10-31 14:00:00Z 0 DIK,Donations in Kind
 
While Mental Health Month may be over, Australian Rotary Health's  Lift the Lid on Mental Illness campaign will run all year, which includes our "Adopt a Scientist" initiative.
 
 
 
 
Adopt a Scientist Les Walsh 2017-10-31 14:00:00Z 0
The latest operations update is available here
or you may view it on Facebook at this link
Question 
Do we accept blankets and clothing as donations?
 
Answer 
No.  The reason is because we need to make sure all our aid is uniform and the same for -  approved and cleared by customs. We are required to provide a certificate of origin for customs – where is it from, what fibres included, and are they the right ones.  
 
We also ensure that all our aid is exactly the same for equity issues for families receiving the aid. The difference between a heavy blanket and a lightweight blanket could potentially cause unrest, violence and rioting in the communities we provide aid to so to avoid this, we ask our generous donors to donate money so that we can buy the same aid for all our families to receive. 
 
 
Question 
How are ShelterBox aid items selected?
 
Answer 
Our monitoring and evaluation team look at what we have delivered, where it can be improved, what families want.  We then go out to our suppliers to see if they can provide this cost effectively, in the numbers and in the speed needed.  We also have our horizons team look at what aid will be needed in the future.
 
ShelterBox Operations Update Les Walsh 2017-10-31 14:00:00Z 0
District Newsletter - November Les Walsh 2017-10-31 14:00:00Z 0 DGs Newsletter,RD9600
One of the joys of attending our weekly meetings has been to hear members' personal stories and how/why they joined Rotary.
 
Bernadette, or as we like to call her, Bernie was certainly no exception last Tuesday.  She has a family of six children and 14 grandchildren.  You'll have to read on to learn more about her family.
 
Her time with Rotary goes way back to Toowoomba South & Mareeba.  She has been part of the Rotary Club of Caloundra family since June 2004 and most recently and formally as one of our Rotarians, having been inducted as a member in February 2014.
 
Bernie is our President Elect and looking forward to assuming her official role as President for 2018-19 on 1 July next.
 
(PS  for our members - we are seeking a nomination for President 2019-20 and would like you to express interest in this important role; a volunteer is always a good choice)
Meet President Elect Bernie Les Walsh 2017-10-31 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Down Under Magazine Les Walsh 2017-10-31 14:00:00Z 0 RDU,magazine
Please click HERE to download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for November 2017.
 
If you want to receive future editions of ‘Rotary On The Move’ direct to your inbox, please e-mail tim@cinet.com.au asking to be added as a recipient of the Newsletter.
Rotary on the Move newsletter Les Walsh 2017-10-31 14:00:00Z 0
Next Tuesday there is a national holiday in Melbourne that is at least partly adopted throughout Australia.  The Rotary Club of Caloundra is no exception despite the fact that at our normal meeting time there is not much else happening except track work!
 
However, many of our members are attending the Melbourne Cup lunch sponsored by us and they will be making up a magnificent 200 people crowd at that event.  So to allow them time to put on their makeup and hats, our meeting has been 'transferred' to the Pelican Waters Tavern.

The following Tuesday, 14 November we will return to the Oaks Oasis Resort for a ShelterBox update from Brian Springer.
 
Brian is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Pine Rivers Daybreak and is the ShelterBox District 9600 Representative.  He is CEO of Springers Solar.
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2017-10-30 14:00:00Z 0
Past District Governor, Alan Still OAM was presented with a Royce Abbey Award at a ceremony held at the Rotary Club of Caloundra's meeting held on Tuesday morning 31 October 2017.
The Royce Abbey Award is named in honour of Royce Abbey the Essendon Rotarian who served as President of Rotary International in 1988-89.
 
The Award was presented by the President of the Club, Peter Davis in the presence of Alan's wife, Win and son, Tony who is President of the Rotary Club of Geelong Central and his fellow Rotarians.  Alan was Governor of Rotary District 9640 in 1989-90, the year after Royce Abbey was International President.
 
To date:
  • more than 300 Rotarians have received Royce Abbey Awards
  • More than 30 different Rotary Clubs in eight Districts have bestowed Awards
  • The Award has helped finance more than twenty Royce and Jean Abbey Vocational Scholarships
 
Royce Abbey Award Presented to PDG Alan Still OAM Les Walsh 2017-10-30 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Peace Fellows' Seminar 2018 Les Walsh 2017-10-30 14:00:00Z 0
DIK Newsletter Les Walsh 2017-10-30 14:00:00Z 0
Help choose the DG for 2020-21 Les Walsh 2017-10-29 14:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM - A volunteer-run organisation working to eliminate malaria) is excited by the prospect of achieving malaria elimination in Timor Leste in the next five years.
 
The incidence of local transmission is very low now but there is still the risk of cross border infections and the Global Fund (to fight AIDS, TB & malaria) is significantly reducing their funding at this crucial time, ironically because the disease is so well controlled.
 
Read more in RAM's October newsletter here
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RAM is excited about Timor Leste Les Walsh 2017-10-28 14:00:00Z 0 malaria,ram,rotarians against malaria
There are plenty of slots available for you to volunteer to sell our Trifecta tickets for the Melbourne Cup. 
 
If you have already been allocated a slot or two, thank you!  Perhaps you could consider adding one or more new slots to your task list?
 

IN PARTICULAR, at the time of going to press, we urgently need someone to assist Noel Begley at Golden Beach tomorrow (Saturday 28 October).

Check the roster here then click here to register - don't forget to nominate your preferred day/s & time/s.
 
Everyone likes a flutter on the MELBOURNE CUP and with each ticket having a set of three unique 'boxed' numbers, every ticket holder has something to cheer for on the big day.  Only ONE winning combination per set
 
THEY ARE EASY TO SELL - You do not have to write out names and addresses and phone numbers - just collect $2 coins and hand over a ticket.  Makes selling very simple.  Allows multiple sales.  Most members can sell 50 or more tickets very quickly.  Sell early - We can get more sets in need
 
It is up to the winner to call us.  If the winner does not come forward then the club stands to make an additional profit.  The winner MUST come forward within 90 days to collect.
 
Why do we do this?  There is a page on our website that explains it, so read it now.
Melbourne Cup Trifecta Tickets fundraising
Have you volunteered to sell Trifecta tickets/? Les Walsh 2017-10-25 14:00:00Z 0 Melbourne Cup,Trifecta Tickets,fundraising
Melbourne Cup Charity Lunch FULL! Les Walsh 2017-10-25 14:00:00Z 0
FRIDAY NIGHT - Last Friday of the Month Social at Moffat Beach Les Walsh 2017-10-25 14:00:00Z 0
ShelterBox Operations Update Les Walsh 2017-10-25 14:00:00Z 0
After the welcome rain of last week, we woke this morning to beautiful, blue sky and sunshine.  Just what the doctor ordered for our visit to Ben Bennett Park for Breakfast.
Special thanks must go to Mark Ward for organising the Breakfast.  He and Ian Belcher did a wonderful job cooking up our bacon and eggs on a toasted bun, very tasty.  We even had our own Espresso Coffee van, taking orders for cappuccinos, flat whites, espresso's and even a long macchiatto (from some typical lawyer in the crowd).
Thanks to our money man for the morning, Stephen, who I noticed, improvised by using a plastic cup for a money drawer.  Several guests were present, Mark's wife, Lorelle,  Tim Hindley our guest speaker and former Club Member and our latest guest and recent arrival from the UK, Chris Rees.  Already, Chris has shown a keen interest in joining our Club, as he feels the need to give back to the community, which is as we know what Rotary is all about.  A very warm Rotary welcome to you once again, Chris.  I saw you conversing with a number of our Members.  Friends are easy to find amongst our Club.
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2017-10-24 14:00:00Z 0
It's a Celebration Les Walsh 2017-10-24 14:00:00Z 0
Geelong family battling dementia launches support group Palz Les Walsh 2017-10-24 14:00:00Z 0 Dementia,palz
It is with much sadness I have to report that Past District Governor Ray Black passed away on Sunday.
 
Ray was a valued member of the District, with a wealth of knowledge and always ready to provide good counsel and advice.
 
I am sure we will all miss one of our elder statesmen, a great Rotarian, a gentleman and most of all a dear friend
 
The funeral is to be held on Saturday 4 November 2017 at 12.00 noon at Virgo Funerals, 20 Pioneer Avenue, Kingaroy.
 
With Rotary regards and respect, John W Lane, Governor 2017-18, Rotary District 9600
Vale: PDG Ray Black Les Walsh 2017-10-24 14:00:00Z 0

Helping Individuals With Severe Mental Illness Stay Employed

A study funded by Australian Rotary Health (ARH) shows promise of improving employment outcomes for individuals with severe mental illness.
The research, led by Mental Health Grant recipient Associate Professor Anthony Harris, revealed that combining web-based cognitive remediation therapies (CRT) with supported employment (SE) programs can help individuals obtain and stay in work.
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The full newsletter is available here
ARH Australian Rotary Health
The latest news from Australian Rotary Health Les Walsh 2017-10-24 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health
Positions are available on the District 9600 Youth Exchange Committee.
 
This is an active committee that coordinates the exchange of students to various part of the world and supports local Rotary clubs in District 9600 to host international exchange students.  This is a very rewarding Rotary program.  Any member of a Rotary club that likes working with young people is encouraged to explore joining the committee.
 
Information on the Youth Exchange Program can be found here.
 
The Committee meets on the third Monday of the month at the District 9600 office in North Lakes and we are currently exploring alternative options for the meeting, such as teleconferencing or video-conferencing to make it easier for people.
 
If you are interested in joining the committee or just finding out a bit more on what’s involved, please contact the Chair of the YEP, Ossama El Saadi by email or on mobile 0414353238.
District Youth Exchange Committee looking for more members Les Walsh 2017-10-24 14:00:00Z 0
A reminder that our meeting on Tuesday 14 November will consider a change in the Locality for this club to accord with the more modern version embraced by Rotary International Policy.
 
Download the Notice of Meeting here
Change of Locality Les Walsh 2017-10-24 14:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Caloundra was happy to support our local community on Tuesday night by providing a bursary at the Caloundra High school awards presentation.
Caloundra High School bursary school
Bursary presented at Caloundra High School Trevor Gilliland 2017-10-24 14:00:00Z 0 Caloundra High School,bursary,school
Landscape Architect and Managing Director of Anembo Consultants, Tim Hindley set a few challenges for the club at our meeting at Ben Bennett Park on Tuesday 24 October.  Tim designed the original master plan for the park.  The meeting marked the 63rd anniversary of the chartering of the Rotary Club of Caloundra.
 
The park was originally (1969) a botanical garden.  Tim explained how it included varying ecosystems including eucalyptus, heath and rainforest systems.
Go to this page on our website for more history about the park and our club's involvement with it.
 
For many of our members, this was the first visit to the park and a few went for a short walk to find the tree in the above photo.  The sign has deteriorated even further such that the Rotary wheel is almost invisible: the acknowledgment is - "Tree Names By Courtesy of Rotary Club of Caloundra".  Moreover, this appears to be the only remaining such sign!
 
Tim suggested that the club consider the following action:
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Tim Hindley sets a challenge for Ben Bennett Park Les Walsh 2017-10-23 14:00:00Z 0 ben bennett park,tree names
Andrew Elvin is the CEO of Coast2Bay Housing Group, an organisation specialising in community housing.  He is also the Principal and Managing Director of Purpose Real Estate, the Sunshine Coast’s first not-for-profit real estate organisation with surpluses channelled back to the charitable enterprises of Coast2Bay.  Such enterprises include building accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence.
 
Andrew has 25 years experience as a chief executive, executive manager and development consultant in the not for profit, government, human services, health, community housing and social enterprise sectors across Australia.  He has extensive knowledge of community housing models and practice gained from his work as a Board Director of three community housing providers.
 
He will be presenting to us on the subject 'Community Housing'.
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2017-10-23 14:00:00Z 0
Are you able to help? Les Walsh 2017-10-22 14:00:00Z 0
Sunshine Coast Daily Publicity Les Walsh 2017-10-22 14:00:00Z 0 Sunshine Coast Daily,anniversary,ben bennett park,charter anniversary
ShelterBox October newsletter Les Walsh 2017-10-20 14:00:00Z 0
Help ARH Lift the Lid on Mental Illness Les Walsh 2017-10-20 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health,Lift the Lid
The Brumbies Blind Cricket Association has almost completed its setup and is now at the stage where they are enrolling players and confirming helps in various positions.
 
If you know of any blind or vision impaired people or people who might want to join with us in helping to run the organisation, could you please pass on the link to its website, www.brumbies.org
 
Membership can be obtained by applying using the BBCA website - go to membership on the menu bar.
 
Do you want to be a volunteer or help in any way?  Contact Paul Szep, President 1300 423 826 or go to www.brumbies.org
Brumbies Blind Cricket Association Les Walsh 2017-10-19 14:00:00Z 0
At the 2016 Council on Legislation in an effort to reduce the cost and time by one day it was determined to hold Council on Resolutions electronically each year.
 
These are requests to the Rotary International Board to consider changes other than those normally determined at the Council on Legislation.
 
This year's items are available via the links when you 'read on'.
 
Please review these and refer any comments to by Friday 3 November 2017 our representative Past District Governor, Tony Holmes ah@businessbuildersaustralia.com;  alternate is George Grant, georgegrant@iinet.net.au and districtsecretary@rotary9600.org 
 

This will enable District 9600 to review and determine a response to the resolutions.

CoL Council on Legislation Council on Resolutions
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Council on Resolutions Les Walsh 2017-10-19 14:00:00Z 0 CoL,Council on Legislation,Council on Resolutions
Rotary Resource Guide Les Walsh 2017-10-19 14:00:00Z 0
Our scheduled Birthday Celebration Meeting at Ben Bennett Park was forced to be a "rain check" because of the rain. 
 
Fortunately, we are a flexible Club and were able to postpone the Park visit to next week and have the Club Forum meeting this week, instead.
Our illustrious AOM, Alan Still took us to D4250, Honduras.  After a little research, I discovered Honduras is one of the world's most dangerous countries not in a war zone.  A famous soccer player has been shot dead while walking the streets and most alarmingly, its crocodiles on farms are very hungry.  Let's hope the fences are strong.
We were fortunate to have in our midst, three esteemed guests, at our morning meeting.  One being a local man, Ray White, and the other, his English visitor, Hugo Pike.  The third, our District's Assistant Governor, Wendy Gilson.
 
Don't forget to read on ...
 
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2017-10-18 14:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Pakuranga invite you to join The Ultimate 17 Day Rotary Tour of New Zealand  6–22 April, 2018
 
Following the very successful ‘2017 Rotary Tour of New Zealand’ we are running a similar Tour again next April.  This year’s tour was limited to Australian Rotarians but next year we have also invited American and Canadians.
 
An opportunity for ‘International Rotary Fellowship’, as well as to participate in this wonderful ‘Rotary Tour of New Zealand’.
 
Read on for the details
The Ultimate 17 Day Rotary Tour of New Zealand Les Walsh 2017-10-18 14:00:00Z 0
District Conference is just over six months away and much of the detail for 20-22 April 2018 has been finalised.
 
Sponsorship Opportunities are being offered to the members of the District before going to a wider audience.  This way we can prevent any clash of rival businesses in sponsorship.
 
This opportunity for our District’s members to promote their business before looking elsewhere will remain open until 31 October after which we will open sponsorship opportunities to a wider audience.
 
There are a number of tailored packages available ranging from $750 to $11000 inc GST.
 
Please contact Darryl Iseppi, District Conference Chair 2018 if you are interested in more details.
 
Sponsorship Opportunities - District Conference Les Walsh 2017-10-17 14:00:00Z 0
Following our usual breakfast meeting on Tuesday 14 November, you are invited to stay for a ClubRunner refresher or to learn your way around our website and its member area.  This is the second session, after a successful training hour on 31 October.
 
You may bring your laptop or other device with a connection to the internet to better follow along.
 
Please bring your questions so they can be addressed.  The session will be inter-active.
Please RSVP:
 
ClubRunner Training Les Walsh 2017-10-16 14:00:00Z 0
Hugo Pike is Director of Operations for 'The Water-Survival Box' an initiative of the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge (Rotary District 1200) England.  He visited us last Tuesday with local Golden Beach resident, Ray White. 
 
The primary purpose of the Water Survival Box is to provide a means of purifying water for the benefit of families that survive natural or man-made disasters.
 
Clean water is essential to protect against water-borne disease.  In most natural disasters families homes have been destroyed and all their possessions lost.  This is why the box also contains a range of essential survival items including cooking pots, bowls/plates, mugs, and utensils; health and hygiene items; basic shelter and simple tools; etc.
The Water Survival Box is operated by a UK charity, Worldwaterworks Ltd.  In the 11 years since this project was started,  the charity has responded to 54 disasters in 28 different countries providing Water-Survival Boxes for more than 130,000 people.  Each box costs £150 (including air freight charges) and every £ goes to deliver the aid.   It is still a pure Rotary project with all the work done by volunteers!
 
 
 
The Water-Survival Box Les Walsh 2017-10-16 14:00:00Z 0
 
Sunshine Coast Central Rotary are hosting a fantastic Polio Plus movie night.  It's great value at $25 and also the premiere of the movie in Australia.
 
So set aside Wednesday 8 November for a night of entertainment and air-conditioned comfort, while helping eradicate Polio!!
Polio Plus Movie Night - Wed 8 November Les Walsh 2017-10-16 14:00:00Z 0
This is the other article mentioned by President Peter - it presents the Key Elements to a Healthy, Growing Club as seen by Mark Huddletson, a past Membership Director for Rotary District 9520 who was instrumental in chartering the Rotary Club of Seaford, SA.
 
"This blog didn't start out as a blog; but a presentation. I get a number of requests to talk to clubs and at district training events about the process of chartering the Rotary Club of Seaford. In this environment of falling membership and closing clubs, getting a new club up and running is somewhat of a novelty! We chartered with 21 and less than a year later we have had a net increase of 7, so I am now in a position to comment on its healthy growth.

"I think it's worth noting that these five elements were not drafted up prior to starting the club by some think tank. They have been determined with a retrospective view of what has been important and successful over the last year or so. Some of these things I had known all along would work, but some discoveries have been somewhat serendipitous. These are ranked in order of importance, and whilst they HAVE been extremely successful at Seaford, I believe they can be employed at ANY club."
 
 
Other thought-provoking articles can be read here, this particular contribution 'Who's for an Omelette?' is thought provoking.
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More Winds of Change Les Walsh 2017-10-16 14:00:00Z 0 change
President Peter, referred to this video by PRID Stuart Heal on the Winds of Change within Rotary.  It was produced in 2012 when he was a Rotary International Director but remains relevant today.
 
 
To view the video on YouTube, follow this link
change
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Winds of Change Les Walsh 2017-10-16 14:00:00Z 0 change
The Rotary Foundation - District 9600 Newsletter Les Walsh 2017-10-15 14:00:00Z 0 Centurion,TRF,The Rotary Foundation
For those not attending our own Melbourne Cup Lunch or are not committed elsewhere, the Rotary Club of Maleny is holding a Melbourne Cup fundraising lunch at Maleny Manor - the 3rd year that the club has held it.
 
As in previous years, it will be an extremely enjoyable day at the fabulous award-winning Maleny Manor. The ticket price of $95 includes 3 complimentary Calcutta tickets, a welcome drink, canapes and a 2 -course lunch.  There will be a fashion parade, Calcutta auction, Melbourne Cup sweeps, fashion prizes and spot prizes donated by local businesses. 
 
Tickets are selling well, but the club would love to sell out as they have done in both previous years. 
 
You can book tables, or individual tickets, by contacting Jeff Cornfoot at cornfootjeff@gmail.com or mobile 0448 830 030.
 
Further information is on the attached flyer which you can download here.
Maleny Rotary has a Melbourne Cup Lunch Les Walsh 2017-10-13 14:00:00Z 0
Fantastic food, really good raffle prizes, scintillating guest speakers from our Sunshine Coast's StandBy Response Service with awe inspiring stories and uplifting presentations, plus a good attendance by an audience wearing their hat gear of all shapes and sizes, all made for a very successful event lifting the lid on mental illness at the Pelican Waters Golf Club on Thursday night.  We were privileged to have in the audience representatives from the NRL/QRL organisations, a wide spectrum of the public, and our members, partners, and families.
Michelle Hurd from Pelican Waters Golf Club did a great job organising the room and the event.
A full report - and photos - follow.
 
Hat Day is an initiative of Australian Rotary Health.  More at hatday.com.au
ARH Australian Rotary Health Hat Day Lift the Lid StandBy Response Service
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Caloundra Hat Day Dinner a hat raising success! Les Walsh 2017-10-11 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health,Hat Day,Lift the Lid,StandBy Response Service
With a number of members freshly back from holidays (Trevor & Les) and others about to depart, or already departed for the cruise from Cairns to the Solomons, Mark Ward (back from competing in WARR 2017 in Singapore) took the chair and welcomed members & visitors - including our guest speaker, and Ben & Becky Thomas.  We hope to see Ben & Becky again soon  and to welcome them into our club in due course.  Becky wrote after the meeting: "It was a blessing to see the unity in your club. We wish you all the best as you serve others above self".
The lucky members preparing to board the Pacific Eden on Saturday are Merv and Ann, Gerry and Jan, Judy, Sue, and Bernie.  Merv was still here and outlined one of the days in Gizo or Rabaul - your editor was weary just listening to his plan!  He later reported on the Paul Harris Fellow recognition presentation to Ken O'Connell.  Read the story below and here.
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Last Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2017-10-11 14:00:00Z 1 meeting report
The following members of our club made a significant contribution to the running of the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness education program over two days this past week:
 
Alan Bethune, Anna Wheildon, Anne Boland. Chris Milligan, Darryl Laing, Helen Fox, Ian Belcher, Mark Ward, Neville Woodforth, Pam Snyman, Les Walsh
 
A special thank you to all of you!
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Thank you RYDA volunteers Les Walsh 2017-10-10 14:00:00Z 0 rotary youth driver awareness,rse,ryda
Volunteer for the next Bunnings BBQ Les Walsh 2017-10-10 14:00:00Z 0 BBQ,Bunnings
Notice has been given that the next RUSCCF Committee meeting will be held on Friday 3 November commencing at 6.30 pm in the Meeting Room 2, Level 1, Building ‘B’ at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
 
Minutes of the previous meeting and of the AGM are available by reading more.
RUSCCF
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Rotary and University of the Sunshine Coast Community Fund Les Walsh 2017-10-10 14:00:00Z 0 RUSCCF

It's a (BELATED) celebration!

Thursday 12 October marked the Anniversary of the Charter of the Rotary Club of Caloundra when Ben Bennett was our Charter President. 
 
The Club honoured Ben Bennett as part of it 50th anniversary celebrations in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the commencement of Rotary International on 23 February 2005.  Where better to do so than at the park named after him?  Ben had a strong interest in flora & fauna and lobbied hard for the establishment of Ben Bennett Park.
The club’s project – in conjunction with Caloundra City Council – provided a BBQ picnic shelter, paving, and a sign which pays tribute to Ben Bennett at the entrance to the park on Queen Street, Caloundra.
So to mark our 63rd Anniversary, our breakfast meeting on Tuesday 24 October will be a BBQ at Ben Bennett Park from 6.30am.  (The previously scheduled date of 17 October was washed out!)
 
Let us know you're coming, or send your apologies at this link.
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Landscape Architect, Tim Hindley, Managing Director of Anembo Consultants will be the Guest Speaker, giving some more background on Ben Bennett Park.
 
To learn more about the history of the Rotary Club of Caloundra, follow this link.
 
To learn more about Ben Bennett Park and our involvement, click this link.
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Next Tuesday's Meeting is a Celebration Les Walsh 2017-10-09 14:00:00Z 0 anniversary,ben bennett,ben bennett park,charter,charter anniversary
Merv Paddison caught up with Ken O'Connell to recognise Ken as a Paul Harris Fellow acknowledging his community service. 
 
Ken began his community service with the Redcliffe Surf Club in 1958.  After country service around Western Queensland, Ken returned to the Sunshine Coast.  He joined Metropolitan Caloundra Surf Club and before long he was club secretary.  He progressed to branch and then state secretary of Queensland Surf Life Saving.  In 1991, QATB was changed to QAS and restructured.  One result was the formation of Local Ambulance Committees. 
 
In 1992, when Hugh Barkley, a former Rotarian and officer in charge of Caloundra was transferred, the local Caloundra Ambulance committee needed a new secretary.  Ken O’Connell has filled this role now for 25 years.  His organised and efficient manner has helped to make the Caloundra LAC what it is today.  In his spare time, Ken has been a volunteer with the Australian Business Volunteers working in Tonga, Vanuatu and PNG.
 
See all the people recognised as Paul Harris Fellows by this club in 2017 here.
Ken O'Connell presented with PHF recognition Les Walsh 2017-10-09 14:00:00Z 0

The following Board documents have been added to our website and made available* for all members to review:

  • Minutes of the September Board meeting
  • Reports submitted to the October meeting
  • Financial reports for 2017-18 to date
* Read on for the instructions
Board Meeting - October Les Walsh 2017-10-09 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Apparel available from Coast Imagewear Les Walsh 2017-10-04 13:00:00Z 0 rotary apparel,rotary caps,rotary shirts
Please click HERE to download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for October 2017.
 
If you want to receive future editions of ‘Rotary On The Move’ direct to your inbox, please e-mail tim@cinet.com.au asking to be added as a recipient of the Newsletter.
Rotary on the Move newsletter Les Walsh 2017-10-04 13:00:00Z 0
Do you want to host a BBQ for prostate cancer? Les Walsh 2017-10-04 13:00:00Z 0
What a beautiful venue we visited this morning.  Upon entering the building, we were greeted with the wide open atrium, overlooking water features and lush green grass.
 
Members were given the choice of Continental or Hot Plated Breakfast.  I, of course, had the latter, but I had a quick look at the Continental version and was very impressed.
The meeting was held in the Curlew Room of the Hotel.  Our thanks to Bernie for organising and Heidi for suggesting our Vocational Visit.
 
Alan Still OAM surprised us all this morning by steering away from disaster prone areas with the International Toast being made to three of our sister clubs within our 9600 District.  These being Rabaul in PNG, and Gizo and Honiara in the Solomons.  Thanks again Alan for your wonderful memory and ability to incorporate humour.
 
PP Anna spoke about the weekend in Toogoolawah.  It was nice to see so many of our Club, including Norm, present at the "Unveiling of the Stag", called Norman.  Our Facebook Page is being used really well to keep other members in touch with Club happenings.  For pictures of the event, go to our Facebook Page.
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2017-10-03 13:00:00Z 0
Rotary Down Under Magazine Les Walsh 2017-10-03 13:00:00Z 0 RDU,magazine
Nominations for the 2018 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards are now open – and you’re encouraged to nominate a local hero.
 
In 2018, the region will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards. Over the past decade we have been able to recognise and honour an outstanding list of recipients from a wide cross-section of community – and 2018 will be no different. As a past nominator in the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards, you are encouraged to again nominate a person, community group or organisation making a difference to life on the Coast, giving them the recognition they deserve.
 
Categories include:
Young Citizen of the Year, sponsored by USC
Senior Citizen on the Year, sponsored by Maroochy RSL
Community – Group or Organisation, sponsored by Sunshine Coast Daily
Environment, sponsored by Living Smart Sunshine Coast
Creative, sponsored by TAFE Queensland
Sport and Recreation, sponsored by Sunshine Coast Sports Federation.
 
Nominate a worthwhile candidate now via council’s website sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/ausdayawards.
 
Nominations close Monday 4 December 2017.
Nominate a Local Hero Les Walsh 2017-10-03 13:00:00Z 0
Teena Chumbley and her family lived in Tanzania for the past 13 years where they ran their safari business, The Infinite Horizon.
 
Gemma Sisia started The School of St Jude about the same time, so Teena knows very well the amazing work that Gemma and her team do. 
 
Teena and her family moved to the sunny coast last year and, now well settled, turned our attention to an opportunity to help the school.
 
She is our Guest Speaker next Tuesday morning.
The School of St Jude
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2017-10-03 13:00:00Z 0 The School of St Jude
Thanks Bernie for organizing the visit, doing the desk, chairing the meeting and probably cleaning up after us.
 
Thanks to Chris for his three minutes.
Thanks also to Richard Fanshawe for putting up with us.  sorry - meant to say "putting us up"
 
Click the "more" button for some of their fantastic offers.
Meeting at The Sebel Pelican Waters Roger Todd 2017-10-02 13:00:00Z 0
DIK Newsletter Les Walsh 2017-09-27 14:00:00Z 0
Good morning everyone!
 
A special welcome to:
 
  • Our two Guest Speakers, Lilly and Hailey, who have both completed the RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) Weekend and are here to share their stories.
  • Phil, the Salvation Army's representative for Caloundra, introduced by James
  • Jan Conti, who is down from the tropics to make sure Gerry behaves himself
We were met at the door by Chris who extended a warm welcome to all.
 
On the ring of the Seargent, Deb Taylor's bell, the ever capable, cool, calm Chairperson, Anne Rattle declared our meeting open.
 
Alan Still OAM is still following devastation around the world for the International Toast.  This time stopping in Puerto Rico D7000, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.  Once again our hearts go out to those caught up in the natural disaster and we pray that Rotary Clubs worldwide are able to contribute to the recovery as needed.
President Peter's Musings Les Walsh 2017-09-27 14:00:00Z 0
... and in BBQ news Roger Todd 2017-09-26 14:00:00Z 0
This coming Tuesday 3 October, the Club is visiting Sebel, Pelican Waters for another Vocational visit.
 
Melissa or Richard will be giving the group an update on what has been happening at Sebel in recent times.
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2017-09-25 14:00:00Z 0
District Newsletter - September Les Walsh 2017-09-25 14:00:00Z 0 DGs Newsletter,RD9600
Globally, 836 million people still live in extreme poverty today.  About one in five persons in developing regions lives on less than $1.65 per day.  Global unemployment has increased from 170 million in 2007 to nearly 202 million in 2012, of which about 75 million are young women and men.
 
By supporting projects that focus on generating income and creating productive employment opportunities, we can reduce poverty.  Providing income security and empowering women, people with disabilities, youth, and the extremely poor is essential to economic and community development.
 
Rotarians worldwide are committed to reducing poverty through projects that provide people with equipment, vocational trainings, and work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
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October is Basic Education and Literacy month Les Walsh 2017-09-25 14:00:00Z 0 areas of focus,basic education,literacy,monthly themes
Next month, we have two more RYDA days for three schools at Corbould Park Racecourse and Alan Bethune is looking for volunteers to man the days.  You will receive an emailed invitation on Monday but it won't hurt to get in early ...
 
To volunteer (or decline the opportunity) please follow each of these links:
 
  • Setup 1-3pm on Monday 9 October click here
  • 8am-1.30pm on Tuesday 10 October (Beerwah State High School & Glasshouse Christian College) click here
  • 8am-1.30pm on Wednesday 11 October (Sienna Catholic College) click here
VOLUNTEER for RYDA Les Walsh 2017-09-21 14:00:00Z 0
Greeted by the Ian with one "i", Ian Belcher, at the Desk, members and guests arrived for our Meeting for Breakfast.
Special welcome was made by "Gordon our Grumpy Leprechaun", who resided in the Chair for the day, to our Guests for the morning.  Evelyn McCorkell, visiting from the "other" Club, Caloundra Pacific, and our Guest Speaker,  Katie Brown Community Services Manager for Sundale.
 
Grumpy Gordon controlled proceedings as we would expect someone with his attention to detail and relevant commentary.
 
Alan Still AOM took us to the Hurricane ravaged District of the Rotary Club of Tampa, Florida, for the International Toast.  Our hearts go out to the many people caught up in this disaster of epic proportions. It is comforting to know that there are fellow Rotary Clubs assisting, providing drinking water and other medical assistance.
President Peter's Musings Les Walsh 2017-09-19 14:00:00Z 0
STEPS Pathway College Update Les Walsh 2017-09-19 14:00:00Z 0
Click here to read the September newsletter from Rotary District 9600's Foundation Chair.
 
Note: Grants Seminar is on 8 October and two members must attend for the full day for our club to qualify for a district Grant.
 
Do you know how to contribute to The Rotary Foundation by becoming a Centurion?
Centurion TRF The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation - District 9600 Newsletter Les Walsh 2017-09-19 14:00:00Z 0 Centurion,TRF,The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) aims to provide young people with the opportunity to develop their potential and self-esteem, provide experiences that will assist them to form their own values and moral standards, and to broaden their cultural, social and academic horizons.  The program pushes students to develop their leadership skills so that they can excel in their field.
 
Students sponsored to RYPEN are considered to have leadership potential and other positive personal attributes, and to be community-minded  and  actively  involved  in  the  community  or  who  demonstrate  the potential for involvement in community programs. 
 
This year RYPEN was held 12-14 August.
 
The Rotary Club of Caloundra sponsored Harley Morse to attend RYPEN.  Harley will be telling us of her experience over the RYPEN weekend.
rypen speakers
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2017-09-19 14:00:00Z 0 rypen,speakers
The Learning Center has been growing rapidly over the past few months.  It now offers a course specifically for each of the eight club officers.  To find their courses, club leaders can expand the menu under Your Role in the Categories list and click on their position.  There you will find a basics course, along with other recommendations.
 
Five new courses are available in the Membership category:
Update from Rotary Learning and Development Les Walsh 2017-09-15 14:00:00Z 0
Rotaract Les Walsh 2017-09-15 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 9600 AGM Notice Les Walsh 2017-09-14 14:00:00Z 0
The latest news from Australian Rotary Health Les Walsh 2017-09-13 14:00:00Z 0

The second annual walk for Mental Health.  Invite all your friends to participate.  Join in the fun.  Purchase and wear a supporter Tee Shirt ( for sale on the day ).

The walk will commence at 8.00 am from the park area behind the Mooloolaba Surf Club, you can either walk to Alex Headland Surf Club and back – 4 kilometres, or to Maroochydore Surf Club and back – 8 kilometres.

As it is a cluster event we could get a group together to participate (a good chance to invite friends along), and you will have the chance to meet Rotarians from all our cluster clubs.

A sausage sizzle will operate from 7.00 am.  The cost is $25 which includes a T-shirt and a cap.  You can register online or on the day.​

Hosted by facebook.com/rotarywalkformentalhealth​, & the Rotary Clubs of Mooloolabah & Kawana Waters

2017 Walk for Mental Health Les Walsh 2017-09-13 14:00:00Z 0
FINAL REMINDER : Last Friday Social - a Portuguese Evening at Casa Mendes Les Walsh 2017-09-12 14:00:00Z 0

Join us for our Last Friday of the Month Social evening ONWednesday 27 September.  Yes that's right, the last Friday has become the last Wednesday just for September.

Those who attended the last social evening at Casa Mendes had a great time in a relaxed atmosphere.

For September, the venue is Genta's Yume Japanese Restaurant at Dicky Beach (11 Rooke Street).

And this time it is BYO Wine/Beer/Soft drinks only - for $35 a head, Genta will lead us through a Japanese menu with an explanation for each dish.

If you have not done so already, please RSVP as a matter of urgency by following this link (& don't forget to decline if you can't make it to avoid repeat emails).

Last Friday of the Month Social on Wednesday 27 September Les Walsh 2017-09-12 14:00:00Z 0
The concept plan for the Japanese Garden at
Coochin Park, Dicky Beach
Stage 1 - The gate and a bridge
financed by a Regional Art Development Grant
Stage 2 - Parking
Stage 3 - A low maintenance rock garden
Stage 4  - The main pavilion
 
Larger images follow if you read on ...
The Plan for a Japanese Garden Les Walsh 2017-09-12 14:00:00Z 0

11 April 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Charter of the Rotary Club of Komaki - our sister club.

The plan for our members is that we arrive on 10 April and stay two nights home-hosted.  And of course we will attend the Celebration on 11 April.

It is time to finalise our numbers so we can advise the Komaki Club

Please follow this link to RSVP so we can advise the Rotary Club of Komaki to assist their arrangements.

Will you be visiting Komaki next April? Les Walsh 2017-09-12 14:00:00Z 0
R U OK Day Les Walsh 2017-09-12 14:00:00Z 0
Gorgeous Gordon our Leprechaun Golfer, met us all with a friendly smile at the desk this morning.  We were joined by three Rotarians from our Daughter Club, Caloundra Pacific, who willingly explained to us they had been sent on a mission to spy on our Club, and see what a great Club we are.  Thanks for coming gentleman, I hope you were impressed.
 
Alan's International Toast continued to follow disaster areas of the world.  This week he took us to District 4100, Mexico, which is recovering from a huge earthquake.  We wish all residents a speedy and healthy outcome.
Our Chair for the morning was our profuse photographer and Facebook poster, Les.  True to form, Les, who likes to conduct his own style of meeting, delighted us with his own mix of proceedings.  What Chris thought was a Geiger Counter, turned out to be Les' latest toy, a high tech Selfie Stick.  The results of which have been emailed for you all to see and placed on our website.
 
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2017-09-12 14:00:00Z 0
Katie Brown is the Community Services Manager for Sundale Limited.  She will be our guest speaker on Tuesday (19 September), presenting on the topic 'Aged Care Systems & Services'.
 
Sundale is the largest not-for-profit aged care service provider (with no church affiliation).  It was established in the 1960’s by Rotary and are Sunshine Coast born and bred, with our head office in Nambour.
 
In 2015, the Government introduced a range of aged care reforms and these changes continue with new rules being added into the mix every six months or so.  Sundale's experience when working with people over 65 years of age is that they are more confused than ever and many do not understand the system, the funding, what’s available in the community, and when is the right time to get help.
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Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2017-09-12 14:00:00Z 0 speakers
Disaster Aid Australia (DAA) has been in contact with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) to ascertain the eligibility of those countries affected by Irma.  
 
DFAT have advised these counties are eligible to receive Australian Aid:
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Dominican Republic
  • Cuba  
DAA is briefing DART’s (DAA representatives?) to deploy to Antigua & Barbuda, Dominican Republic, (Cuba subject to Cuban Government approval).  In both countries DAA will be working with local Rotary contacts. 
 
Furthermore, Disaster Aid Australia has had requests and is considering how best we can assist the countries in the Indian Sub Continent affected by floods, countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh and India.  
 
More updates once the DART assessments are to hand.  
Disaster Aid Australia, Hurricane Irma & India Les Walsh 2017-09-12 14:00:00Z 0

The following Board documents have been added to our website and made available for all members to review:

  • Minutes of the August Board meeting
  • Reports submitted to the September meeting
  • Financial reports for 2017-18 to date
Board Meeting - September Les Walsh 2017-09-11 14:00:00Z 0
Membership Director, Arnaldo made these cards available at our last meeting.  See him or Alan Still for your supply.
Front (above) and Back (below)
Arnaldo also had a supply of the Rotary Australia brochure, People Like You & Me, for your use. 
Alan Still has a supply in his absence.
NEW - Member Introduction Cards Les Walsh 2017-09-11 14:00:00Z 0
What a Happy Group of Members Les Walsh 2017-09-11 14:00:00Z 0
What a Happy Bunch of Members Les Walsh 2017-09-11 14:00:00Z 0
NEW - Name Badges for Members & Partners Les Walsh 2017-09-11 14:00:00Z 0

The fifth annual Caloundra Electorate Community Awards aim to recognise the efforts of outstanding individuals and groups within the Caloundra Electorate.  Help shine a light on our home grown-talent by nominating someone today.  The Club can of course make a nomination, so if you know someone that should be nominated, please advise our Community Services Director, James Condon by email.

Nominations close 20 October; the Awards Presentation is on 3 November.
 
Read on for the categories which include:
 
  • Community Volunteer of the Year
  • Community Group of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year
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Do you know an outstanding individual or group in the Caloundra Electorate? Les Walsh 2017-09-09 14:00:00Z 0 community awards
The Rotary Foundation and clubs along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, USA, are collecting emergency relief funds to help flood victims of Hurricane Harvey, which slammed into southeast Texas over the weekend.  A Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund has been established. 
 
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How to help hurricane victims Les Walsh 2017-09-08 14:00:00Z 0 contribute,disaster,hurricane,texas
ShelterBox currently has nine active deployments and needs your support.  Also refer to this article about how Rotary is helping.
 
Category 5 Hurricane Irma is currently barrelling through the Caribbean with sustained wind speeds of 300 km/h.  ShelterBox is sending out a highly-trained ShelterBox Response Team today to understand how we can help families who have lost everything.  The Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and Florida are still in the potential path of this ferocious storm. 
 
But it's not just these countries who have been affected by adverse weather - the last two weeks have brought devastating flooding around the world.  More than 1.7 million people have been affected in Nepal, while a third of Bangladesh is under water.  Huge areas of India and Myanmar are also in need of support.
 
Help ShelterBox build a world where no family goes without shelter. Will you support ShelterBox today?  Donate now  Donations may also be forwarded through the Rotary Club of Caloundra.
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Hurricane Irma & ShelterBox Les Walsh 2017-09-08 14:00:00Z 0 contribute,disaster,hurricane
Following our usual breakfast meeting on Tuesday 24 October and/or Tuesday 31 October, you are invited to stay for a ClubRunner refresher or to learn your way around our website and its member area.
 
You may bring your laptop or other device with a connection to the internet to better follow along.
 
Please bring your questions so they can be addressed.  The session will be inter-active.
 
Choose your date or both dates and RSVP on both links:
 
SAVE THE DATE Les Walsh 2017-09-06 14:00:00Z 0
Our members, friends and family regularly join together to visit a business or workplace in the local community.  These 'Vocational Visits' are an excellent opportunity to share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities, further our vocational development, make new friends, explore new opportunities for service, enhance the Rotary experience, and have fun.
So it was last Tuesday that we visited Gateway Care in West Caloundra.  Our Vocational Service Chair & President Elect, Bernie Strong arranged the visit and chaired the meeting.  James welcomed us all warmly.
A vocational visit to Gateway Care Les Walsh 2017-09-06 14:00:00Z 0
The Sunshine Coast has been named as one of the world’s Smart21 Communities for 2017.
Mel Messina is the Operations Manager of the Innovations Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast.  He will be presenting to us next Tuesday on "The Smart 21 Community", and how the Innovation Centre contributes to the Smart 21 Community.
 
The presentation will discuss the Innovation Centre's role, its services and the assistance being provided with startup ventures.  Some of their top 10 alumni members will be introduced.
 
Please join us for breakfast at the Oaks Oasis Resort, 2 North Street, Caloundra at 6.30am for a 7am start.  A prompt finish at 8am is assured!
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2017-09-06 14:00:00Z 0
South Asian Floods Les Walsh 2017-09-06 14:00:00Z 0 Floods,ShelterBox,South Asia
Caloundra Hat Day Dinner Les Walsh 2017-09-06 14:00:00Z 0 #HatDay17,#LiftTheLid
Melbourne Cup Charity Lunch Les Walsh 2017-09-05 14:00:00Z 0
STEPS Charity Newsletter - August Les Walsh 2017-09-05 14:00:00Z 0
A fantastic show is coming to the Sunshine Coast.
 
As the only performance of its kind celebrating the life of Pavarotti performed by former Ten Tenor Roger Davy, the two hour show has had successful performances in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane.  Included in the show is Andrea Boccelli and Sarah Brightman’s Time to say Goodbye, La Traviata’s “ Brindisi" along the Famous Pearl Fishers Duet and the unforgettable “Nessun Dorma" along with the best of Broadway songs from shows like West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.
 
Featuring three of Queensland most talented performers, Broadway to Pavarotti is more than a recital of old favourites.  The show has a plot linking the songs and revealing the stories behind them.  Add to that, the light-hearted farce of the two tenors competing for the attention of the beautiful soprano and you have plenty of laughs and musical excellence.  A highlight of the night will be the famous tribute to his all-time favourite - Pavarotti.
 
Sunday 29 October 2017 @ 2pm
Tickets $30.00 – Full Price $28.00 – Concession* (ID Required) $20.00 – Students – Tertiary & School (ID Required) $25.00 – Per Person Group 10+ Please contact the Box Office on 5491 4240 for all GROUP BOOKINGS
 
Valid concession cards for this performance include:- Blue Government Pension • Dept of Veteran Affairs • Seniors & Seniors Business Discount Cards • Health Care cards will not be accepted as a valid concession.
 
If you require further information, please contact Roger Davy, Managing Director/Entertainer Performer Vavachi Productions & Entertainment International Ph +61 414725097
Broadway to Pavarotti Les Walsh 2017-09-04 14:00:00Z 0
Lift the Lid at our Hat Day Party Les Walsh 2017-09-02 14:00:00Z 0 #HatDay17,#LiftTheLid,Australian Rotary Health
Rotary Down Under magazine Les Walsh 2017-08-31 14:00:00Z 0 RDU,magazine
District 9600 Newsletter Les Walsh 2017-08-31 14:00:00Z 0 DGs Newsletter,RD9600
On Saturday 30 September, the Queensland Governor will be coming to Toogoolawah to unveil a specially sculptured stag at our new art gallery.
 
Norm has commissioned a beautifully leather bound visitor's book for the gallery which the Governor will sign (first in the book, followed by Norm) 
 
To cap it all off the Stag is named Norman!!
 
The history behind the deer is that Queen Victoria gave our town two deer and that is the reason for the sculpture.
 
Norm has a huge Toogoolawah connection and I'm wondering if Rotarians would like to support him on this special occasion.
 
I have yet to confirm the actual time for the ceremony but for those with caravans or any happy campers they are more than welcome to set up on my farm the Friday before.
 
We can work out the finer details a little later, Anna
 
Please let Anna know if you are interested by responding on the event page.
September weekend away at Toogoolawah Anna Wheildon 2017-08-30 14:00:00Z 0
Members awoke to another wintery blast, but still managed to fill almost all the seats at our Breakfast Meeting. Helen met us all at the desk in her bright and chirpy manner.  Arnaldo presided in the Chair and proceeded to take charge of the morning.
Our guests this morning included our Guest Speaker Terry Gaughan and his wife, Julie who is HPIs Secretary, who provided us with a presentation about their organisation, Humanitarian Projects International Inc.  Judy introduced our Speaker and we all thoroughly enjoyed what was said and it was noted how similar HPI is to Rotary.
 
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2017-08-30 14:00:00Z 0
We’re going to Nepal, will you join us?
 
Join us on the ShelterBox Nepal Trek 2018 and help ensure no family goes without shelter following a disaster or humanitarian crisis.
 
Imagine trekking through Nepal, against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas, the trail winding past charming villages and ancient landscapes.
 
Our ShelterBox team will traverse the stunning Annapurna region, well off the beaten path and into the very heart of Nepal. We’ll also take part in a special ShelterBox experience day to learn firsthand some of the life-changing work your funds make possible.
 
Follow this link to learn more.
ShelterBox Australia Nepal Trek 2018 Les Walsh 2017-08-30 14:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for September 2017.
 
If you want to receive future editions of ‘Rotary On The Move’ direct to your inbox, please e-mail tim@cinet.com.au  asking to be added as a recipient of the Newsletter.
Rotary on the Move Les Walsh 2017-08-30 14:00:00Z 0
Next Tuesday's meeting is a Vocational Visit to Gateway Care at 11 Helen Street, West Caloundra.
Gateway Care is a Community based organisation that offers “holistic” support to the community to help meet real needs. Programs and services are offered that help with basic fundamental issues of life through their “Food Centre” and our Men’s Shed and through our charity work in the Community and overseas.
 
Through practical support programs, Gateway hope to help address social welfare issues and offer Life Skills training programs to bring wholeness and well being to our community and where ever they can be of assistance.
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2017-08-30 14:00:00Z 0
DIK Newsletter Les Walsh 2017-08-30 14:00:00Z 0
Trivia Quiz Night at Alex Rotary Peter Davis 2017-08-30 14:00:00Z 0
One of the best parts of any Rotary convention is the sheer diversity of the people you see there. Whether you're heading into a breakout session, exploring the House of Friendship, or sitting down for a bite to eat, you'll meet people from every corner of the world, in all kinds of national attire, speaking just about every language. It's a lot of fun, and it's a big part of what makes Rotary great: that we can be so different and still find ourselves so at home together.
 
That spirit of warm community that is so central to Rotary also defines Toronto, our host city for the 2018 Rotary International Convention. ...
 
RI President's Message - September 2017 Les Walsh 2017-08-30 14:00:00Z 0
“When you teach somebody how to read, they have that for a lifetime. It ripples through the community, one by one.”
 
 
We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace.  Rotary clubs all over the world are taking action to enhance basic education and literacy in their communities.  Every community has different needs and different opportunities to serve.  This publication, “Basic Education and Literacy Project Strategies” helps you ask the right questions, identify real needs, and make the greatest possible impact with the time, energy, and resources you have at your disposal,
areas of focus education literacy monthly themes
September is .. Basic Education and Literacy Month Les Walsh 2017-08-26 14:00:00Z 0 areas of focus,education,literacy,monthly themes
Save the Date for Conference 2018 Les Walsh 2017-08-25 14:00:00Z 0
 
So, sausages for lunch not good enough for some of us?
That steak sandwich looks good Keith!
Thanks to Alan for the photo
 
Looks like steak in future? Roger Todd 2017-08-23 14:00:00Z 0
Another cold morning and another good attendance.  It's always refreshing to see so many happy faces at 6.30am on a winter's morning.
 
We welcomed our soon to be inducted member, Jim Lombard, and for the last time before he heads back to the land of four seasons in a day, Rotarian Ken.
 
Alan Still OAM, proposed the International Toast to the Micronesian Island of Guam.  We are all hoping that the statistics once again quoted by Alan, remain current for a long time and are not changed by the advent of nuclear war.  Heaven forbid!
 
Rather ironically, our Chairperson for the morning, Stephen Engstrom, was sporting an extra cheesy smile. Stephen and his partner, Annie, ran away to Palm Cove on the weekend and came back married.
We wish them both, all the best for a healthy and happy life together, and offer our congratulations on this fantastic occasion.
 
Helen introduced our Guest Speaker, Shelagh Brennand.  Shelagh suffered a Stroke at a relatively young age and since then has become a Stroke Ambassador.  She speaks regularly about the warning signs of Stroke and the Risk Factors associated.
Shelagh pens poetry for a living as well.  She is selling copies of her book at just $15, a special price for Stroke Week.  We were all delighted to hear two of her poems, spoken in her beautifully broad Yorkshire accent.  We wish Shelagh all the best in her role as a Stroke Ambassador.
 
Thank you all for coming along today and a reminder of next week's duties,
 
Chair - Arnoldo
Desk - Trevor (we need a replacement)
Intro - Judy
3MM - Pam
 
Have a great week and weekend and I look forward to seeing you all again next week.
 
PS Don't forget to look for your photo - follow this link
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2017-08-23 14:00:00Z 0
End Polio Now newsletter Les Walsh 2017-08-23 14:00:00Z 0
A quiet hot day with slow but steady patron flow, abundant labour and a Chief Cook who refused to eat the excellent fare he was churning out (vis perfectly grilled gourmet sausages from our exclusive foreign supplier aka ALDI + lashing of lightly glazed and caramelised finest bespoke onions from the rich market gardens at Gatton hand sliced on an automatic machine). Instead this recalcitrant - nay Philistine - grilled a steak for lunch on OUR BBQ!!!
 
Anyhow, sufficient ravings, net outcome was a profit of $484.52 which for a slow mid-week can be considered about par for the course.
 
Many thanks for the many helpers who set up (Arnaldo, Da and did the first shift (Prez Peter, Judy, Pam, Chef Keith and (later) Lyn. The afternoon crew of Alan, Sue Robbo and Keith closed early due to lack of interested patrons around 3 pm assisted by the packup crew of Roger and Iain.
 
Done, dusted and home before 4pm. What a great crew.
 
We must do it again some time - how about end of September? Watch this space and book your place here.
Outstanding teamwork Chris Milligan 2017-08-23 14:00:00Z 0
RI Director's News Les Walsh 2017-08-22 14:00:00Z 0
Humanitarian Projects International Inc. is an Australian based, not-for-profit organisation that operates by sending teams of caring volunteer workers wherever needed to relieve poverty and distress, thereby giving hope and a future to orphans and other underprivileged people of the world.

Terry Gaughan is HPI's General Manger and he will be presenting at our breakfast meeting next Tuesday.  He is now retired but dedicated to helping those less fortunate than himself through his volunteer work with HPI.  Julie, his wife, is Secretary.
 
Come along and join us to learn more.
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2017-08-22 14:00:00Z 0
The District's Annual General Meeting is scheduled for 9am on Sunday 8 October 2017 at St Columban’s College Caboolture.
 
If clubs have any proposed resolutions they wish to put to this meeting, please provide them to the District Secretary (email: districtsecretary@rotary9600.org) by 5pm Tuesday  12 September 2017.
 
The formal notification for the Annual General Meeting will then be issued later that week.
 
If you wish to suggest any proposed resolutions, please send them to President Peter and/or Secretary Anne in the first instance, as soon as possible.
DISTRICT 9600 AGM – REQUEST FOR ANY PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS Les Walsh 2017-08-21 14:00:00Z 0
190 Meridan State College year 11 students attended RYDA on Wednesday 16 August.  The RYDA Road Safety Education course was presented by Sunshine Coast Rotary Clubs using the Caloundra Turf Club facilities at Corbould Park Racecourse. 
 
Meridan State College students
Demonstration of stopping distances
Facilitators, teachers and volunteers
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Meridan State College students learn road safety at RYDA Les Walsh 2017-08-18 14:00:00Z 0 Meridan State College,road safety,road safety education,rse,ryda
Congratulations Stephen & Annie Peter Davis 2017-08-18 14:00:00Z 0
Shelagh Brennand will be presenting to us next Tuesday on Being a Stroke Safe Ambassador.
 
She will bring the latest news on Stroke Prevention and Life after a Stroke.  New funding is providing much research into this area.

Projects funded include expanding the use of a smartphone app to improve communication between ambulance and hospital staff, and research into sexuality after stroke.  Other funded projects include utilising telehealth to deliver memory rehabilitation for stroke survivors and a study looking at how much exercise is needed to improve fitness in stroke survivors.
Next week's meeting Les Walsh 2017-08-17 14:00:00Z 0

The following Board documents have been added to our website and made available for all members to review:

  • Minutes of the July Board meeting
  • Reports submitted to the August meeting
  • Financial reports for 2016-17 and 2017-18 to date
August Board documents are available Les Walsh 2017-08-17 14:00:00Z 0
A very important day for our Club, being the first visit from our District Governor, John Lane and his lovely wife, Bo, during his year in the top job.  Congratulations on such a large number of members who came along and in particular, thank you for making the DG and his wife feel so welcome.
 
As well as out two VIP guests, we had our Assistant Governor, Wendy Gilsam, from the Kawana Club present.  Once again we were joined by our resident Victorian Rotarian Ken, regular guest Greg McRae and someone who is quite familiar to us, Jim Lombard (minus a couple of fingers), who was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) at our ChangeOver Dinner.  Jim is chomping at the bit to join our Club and we look forward to welcoming him, when the process is complete.
President's Musings Peter Davis 2017-08-17 14:00:00Z 0
Opera in Springtime Les Walsh 2017-08-17 14:00:00Z 0
Evening Social at Arnaldo's Les Walsh 2017-08-17 14:00:00Z 0
Recently Dave Woodrow and John Malloy (President, Rotary Club of Alexandra Headland) donated some furniture and white goods to STEMM. 
 
STEMM is a support service for young mothers who are doing it tough.
 
Tonight I received an email from STEMM, asking if anyone has a washing machine, or knows of someone who may be able to donate one. 
 
Its a great cause, if you can help …..please let John know on 0447 300 753 or jandr.malloy@gmail.com
 
HELP: Washing machine anyone? Peter Davis 2017-08-17 14:00:00Z 0
The Annual Mayoral Ball in support of SunnyKids to be held on Saturday 7 October.  The event will be held in the McDermott Aviation Hangar at the Sunshine Coast Airport Marcoola.  Themed the sky is the limit,  the night will also incorporate the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast. 
 
A video clip is here for you to get a quick overview of the evening.  Mayor Mark Jamieson is excited, celebrity chef Matt Golinski is preparing a wonderful menu of local seasonal produce and we need your support to make an event of this scale happen!
 
SunnyKIds looking for Volunteers Les Walsh 2017-08-17 14:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) aims to provide young people with the opportunity to develop their potential and self-esteem, provide experiences that will assist them to form their own values and moral standards, and to broaden their cultural, social and academic horizons.  The program pushes students to develop their leadership skills so that they can excel in their field.
Hailey on left (black & white striped top)
 
This year the Rotary Club of Caloundra sponsored Hailey Morse to RYPEN held at the Luther Heights Youth Camp, Coolum Beach.  The camp started Friday afternoon 11 August and continued until Sunday.  Hailey is a close friend of Lilly Lang who attended RYPEN last year.  Lilly spoke to this year's students on how much this camp did for her last year.  Lilly is also keen to become a Junior Leader but has to wait for a couple of years yet.  Our member Darryl’s wife Shirley (Lilly’s grandmother) also attended this year's dinner.
Lilly and Hailey talking to camp leaders
RYPEN 2017 develops potential Judy Clark 2017-08-17 14:00:00Z 0
Japan Festival photos Les Walsh 2017-08-17 14:00:00Z 0
These resources help orient new Rotarians:
 
  • Rotary Basics is a comprehensive guide to all things Rotary.  It covers everything from how Rotary began to how to get the most out of membership.
  • Connect for Good shows members how to get involved in Rotary in ways that match your interests.  This guide will help new and established members get more out of your Rotary experience.
Use the links above to download these resources free of charge.  They’re included in the New Member Welcome Kit and sold separately.
 
Find more tips for welcoming new members in Introducing New Members to Rotary: An Orientation Guide.  And go to rotary.org/membership for other membership resources.
 
Also, don't forget to visit the Member Resources Page on our website.
Are you finding it a challenge to inspire and engage new members? Les Walsh 2017-08-15 14:00:00Z 0
IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast Les Walsh 2017-08-10 14:00:00Z 0
Greeting us bright and early and ready to take our money at the desk this morning, was Ian Belcher.  Once again we were joined by what are now our regular Guests.  A warm welcome to both Greg and our resident Victorian, Ken.
Our resident Kiwi Klown, Darryl kept us all amused as he performed the duties of the Chairperson. The International Toast, proposed by Alan Still OAM, took us to the Rotary Clubs in the world that don't belong to a District, in particular to the Rotary Club of Shanghai.
Where was Roger's camera?
Roger Todd, the Club's photographer and co-Public Relations Director, let us into his life as an Architect with a passion for history and heritage.  Roger came to Australia in 1961 as the son of a 10 ₤ (pound) Pom.  He loves Caloundra's Post World War II Beach Houses and of course we all know Roger's involvement with the Caloundra Lighthouse.  He's been a Rotarian since 2000, holding the office of President and Vocational Services Director.
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2017-08-09 14:00:00Z 0
This year's recognition of Paul Harris Fellows followed the Global Grant in 2014 to improve water and sanitation facilities in the Solomon Islands.  The Rotary Clubs of Caloundra Pacific and Sydney Cove also contributed towards this project. 
 
The Caloundra Team worked on stage two erecting three rainwater tanks at the Sassamunga Hospital on Choiseul.  Two toilets and a tank were erected at the Sassamunga Secondary School as well as a community toilet.
 
Three of the six new Paul Harris Fellows worked on that project - Jim Lombard, Bill Lavery & Genta Tsukimori.
 
Two were recognised for their significant work in the community - Jillian Boyle & Ken O'Connell.
 
The other recipient was presented last November to our long time, and now honorary member, Alf Muller.  The presentations were made at out Annual Changeover celebration on 7 July, and at our club meeting on Tuesday 8 August.  Two formal presentations are outstanding but will be made when opportunity permits.
 
 
PHF Sassamunga Solomon Islands
Six Paul Harris Fellows recognised Les Walsh 2017-08-09 14:00:00Z 0 PHF,Sassamunga,Solomon Islands
By working together with Rotary International, ShelterBox is able to collaborate and combine resources to ensure that it can support more communities in desperate need of shelter.
 

Learn more about the partnership by following this link.
ShelterBox partnership with Rotary video
How Rotary and ShelterBox work together Les Walsh 2017-08-08 14:00:00Z 0 ShelterBox,partnership with Rotary,video
District Governor's Newsletter - August Les Walsh 2017-08-08 14:00:00Z 0 DGs Newsletter,RD9600
Foundation Newsletter - Rotary District 9600 Les Walsh 2017-08-08 14:00:00Z 0 Centurion,TRF,The Rotary Foundation
Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
 
As president, Rassin aims to strengthen our public image and our use of digital tools to maximize Rotary’s reach.
 
Barry Rassin selected to be 2018-19 Rotary president Les Walsh 2017-08-08 14:00:00Z 0
An elevator pitch Les Walsh 2017-08-08 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Means Business,What is Rotary
Mark Maloney, of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2019-20.
 
He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
 
Mark chaired the 2014 Sydney Convention Committee.  See more about Mark here.
2019-20 RI President Les Walsh 2017-08-08 14:00:00Z 0
As you all know membership is a critical element to each and every Rotary Club strategic plan.
The Multi-District Membership Conference: Engaging Volunteers, Recruitment & Retention is fast approaching on Saturday 26 August.
I recommend the attendance of Club President, President Elect, Membership Director and PR/Marking Director to this important event.
I strongly urge you to register now!
The registration flyer, & program are available on the conference website
Look forward to seeing you there,
John Lane
Governor 2017-18
Rotary District 9600
conference membership
Multi-District Membership Conference - Logan University Les Walsh 2017-08-08 14:00:00Z 0 conference,membership
How Rotary and ShelterBox work together Les Walsh 2017-08-07 14:00:00Z 0 ShelterBox,partnership with Rotary,video
Sunshine Coast Rotary Clubs (from Caloundra, Caloundra Pacific, Glasshouse Mountains, and Kawana Waters) will present the RYDA Road Safety Education course on Wednesday, 16 August to students from Meridan State College using the Caloundra Turf Club facilities at Corbould Park Racecourse.  These 16-18 year old students are approaching that crucial time in their lives where they start to drive independently or are travelling as passengers of novice drivers.
By the end of this year, 8,000 Sunshine Coast High School students will have attended the RYDA course.  Currently, there are 12 participating high schools and another is expected next year.
 
The RYDA program is supplied by Road Safety Education and delivered by Rotary Clubs throughout Australia & New Zealand.
Meridan State College road safety road safety education rse ryda
RYDA Road Safety Education at Corbould Park on Wednesday Les Walsh 2017-08-07 14:00:00Z 0 Meridan State College,road safety,road safety education,rse,ryda
Have you volunteered for the next Bunnings BBQ? Les Walsh 2017-08-07 14:00:00Z 0 BBQ,Bunnings
Date Chair Desk Intro 3MM
         
15 August Judy Helen Pres Peter -
         
Note
If you are unable to fulfil your duty, please:
Organise a replacement, contact Helen with the name of the replacement (or seek her help), &
advise Les (so the roster can be updated)
Click here to access the full roster - there's no excuse it goes out to 10 October so be prepared
There is also a link in every edition of The Reel
 
Meeting Roster - Reminder Les Walsh 2017-08-06 14:00:00Z 0
District governors provide leadership, motivation, and guidance to Rotary clubs under the general supervision of the RI Board of Directors.  Governors act as officers of RI, fostering achievement in their district at the club level.

It's a three year commitment to the role!

Each year, governors visit every Rotary club in the district to draw attention to important Rotary issues, to motivate Rotarians, and to personally recognise the outstanding contributions of Rotarians.
 
Follow this link for more information about DG John
Next Week's Meeting - Official visit by District Governor John Lane Les Walsh 2017-08-06 14:00:00Z 0
Publicity for Japanese Festival Roger Todd 2017-08-06 14:00:00Z 0
Sunday's BBQ was fun Les Walsh 2017-08-05 14:00:00Z 0 BBQ,Bunnings,Sunday
All our rostered members were ready, willing and able for their duties at our breakfast this morning.  Iain made it back from his little vacation in Roma (testing out his latest BMW two wheeler) to man the desk.  The Chair position was ably filled by Judy and our resident clown, Darryl, introduced our guest speakers, who just happened to be clowns, as well.
Judy in full flight  
Darryl introduced the clowns
Our International Toast, proposed by Alan, took us to District 9910, in particular the Rotary Club of Noumea in New Caledonia.  Alan once again stunned us all with his incredible memory recall of the facts and statistics about the Club.  Thank you, Alan.
 
The "Three Minutes on Me" segment gave us all an intriguing insight into the life of our International Director, Genta.  Genta told us about his life in Japan, the US and how he found Dicky Beach.  Genta is a dedicated Surf Lifesaver and lover of Japanese Food and Culture.  You can visit his Restaurant in Dicky Beach and make sure you come along to the Japan Festival he organises every year, this year it's at the Currimundi School, on Saturday 12 August.
Our Guest Speakers were Koko and Rocco, who are clowns from the Coastal Caring Clowns.  Proudly, they spread and dispense smiles in hospitals and aged care facilities.  They showed us all just how important humour and a good laugh is to having a healthy life. 
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2017-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
Sunshine Coast Rotary Clubs (from Caloundra, Caloundra Pacific, Glasshouse Mountains, and Kawana Waters) presented the RYDA Road Safety Education course on Wednesday, 2 August to students from Kawana Waters State College using the Caloundra Turf Club facilities at Corbould Park Racecourse.  These 16-18 year old students are approaching that crucial time in their lives where they start to drive independently or are travelling as passengers of novice drivers.
The day was opened by Cr Peter Cox (representing Divison 3 of the Sunshine Coast Council) who later posted this message on Facebook:
 
"I was privileged to welcome Year 11 students from Kawana Waters State College to the Rotary Young Driver Awareness (RYDA) program.  Students will experience practical and theoretical sessions focusing on topics like 'Speed & Stopping', 'Hazards & Distractions', 'Road Choices' as well as hearing about 'Genevieves Story' which illustrates the consequences of the decisions young drivers make when behind the wheel!   It's a highly valuable program targeting teenagers about to get the 'L' plates."
 
The next Rotary RYDA youth driver awareness session will be held on 16 August with students from Meridan State College.
 
By the end of this year, 8,000 Sunshine Coast High School students will have attended the RYDA road safety education course.  The RYDA program is supplied by Road Safety Education and delivered by Rotary Clubs throughout Australia & New Zealand.
 
Read on for some more pictures and see our RYDA Album here.
 
Read more about the RYDA program here
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RYDA is a highly valuable program Les Walsh 2017-08-02 14:00:00Z 0 Kawana Waters State College,Meridan State College,road safety education,ryda
Check out our meeting photos Les Walsh 2017-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Charity Race Day Les Walsh 2017-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
There are as many reasons to come to Rotary as there are Rotarians – maybe even a few more. But each of us has stayed in Rotary because it adds something to our own lives. Through Rotary, we are Making a Difference in the world; and the more involved we become, the more of a difference Rotary makes to each of us. Rotary challenges us to become better people: to become ambitious in the ways that matter, to strive for higher goals, and to incorporate Service Above Self into our daily lives.
 
What kind of difference Rotary clubs and individual Rotarians make through their service will always be their own decision. As an organization, we are guided by ... continue reading at rotary.org
RI President's Message - August 2017 Les Walsh 2017-08-01 14:00:00Z 0
As many of you know, RAWCS does not do projects directly. Instead, we provide infrastructure for the administrative aspects for Rotarians and the corporate sector to use for humanitarian projects. Our framework allows donations to be tax deductible and ensures your time and resources are not wasted on administrative matters.

Our tried and tested policies and procedures have been streamlined over the past five years.

Despite our experience and annual turnover of more than $20 million, we are always looking for ways to improve our performance.  As a result, we have embarked on a review of Donations In Kind (DIK) operations to its their long-term sustainability and efficiency.  It is essential all goods we deliver to developing countries are actually needed and not simply what we believe is needed, or shipments could end up being dumped. Our processes surrounding this will be examined and strengthened in coming months.

The take-up of Rotary Compassionate Grants (RACG) program by clubs across the country is gathering momentum.  Notably, clubs are often raising much more than the dollar for dollar matching required.  Currently, the average fundraising is $1.58 for every dollar from the Dick Smith grants.  If you wish to access these grants, can I suggest you start planning now or you may miss out.

PDG Michael Perkins
Chair, RAWCS
DIK Donations in Kind RAWCS
Positioning RAWCS for the future Les Walsh 2017-08-01 14:00:00Z 0 DIK,Donations in Kind,RAWCS
Read on to view the video about ClubRunner's new Mobile App.
 
Have you downloaded it yet?  Download it in the App Store on your device.
 
Are 'Stories' not updating correctly in the App?
 
ClubRunner is  currently investigating the issue causing Stories to not be updated on the ClubRunner mobile app after being posted.  Right now, the only solution is to reinstall the App to display the correctly updated Stories.  Apologies for the inconvenience caused by this and thank you for your patience as ClubRunner works to find a solution.
ClubRunner's Mobile App Les Walsh 2017-07-31 14:00:00Z 0
Have you checked in with your buddy? Les Walsh 2017-07-31 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Down Under magazine Les Walsh 2017-07-31 14:00:00Z 0 RDU,magazine
Please click HERE to download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for August 2017.
 
If you want to receive future editions of ‘Rotary On The Move’ direct to your inbox, please e-mail tim@cinet.com.au  asking to be added as a recipient of the Newsletter.
Rotary on the Move newsletter Les Walsh 2017-07-31 14:00:00Z 0

Simon Latchford is the CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast, a role to which he was appointed in August 2016.  He joined the orgainisation in 2014 and was previously ​director of marketing and strategic partnerships​.  Earlier, he was​ involved at senior levels in the marketing and development of regional tourism destinations such as The Margaret River Region in Western Australia, and the Whitsundays.

​Visit Sunshine Coast is a not-for-profit, membership based, destination marketing organisation.  VSC’s role is to lead the management and development of tourism on the Sunshine Coast.

Join us on Tuesday for breakfast and meet Simon.

VSC Visit Sunshine Coast
Next Tuesday's Meeting - Simon Latchford Les Walsh 2017-07-31 14:00:00Z 0 VSC,Visit Sunshine Coast
August is Membership and New Club Development Month, which means it’s time to celebrate our Rotary club, our members, and the good this club does in our community and around the world.
 
What some may not know is that the Rotary Australia website puts a wealth of Membership Development information at our fingertips.  Try this, for a start.  If you follow the link you will have 10 publications and a lot of useful ideas.
 
What does Rotary mean to you?  Rotary members have pushed polio to the brink of eradication, delivered clean water to those in need, improved their local communities, provided scholarships to the next generation of peacemakers, and continued to do good in the world.
 
Read on for more ways to join in the celebration ...
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August is Membership Month Les Walsh 2017-07-31 14:00:00Z 0 ideas,membership

The Coastal Caring Clowns Inc is a group of volunteers who voluntarily visit children and adults in Sunshine Coast Hospitals spreading laughter and cheer and have been providing these visits since 2001 earning respect, trust and appreciation of staff. The group also visits aged care facilities on the Sunshine coast bringing joy and smiles to the residents. Coastal Caring Clowns do not solicit donations but are always appreciative of any donations received, and these monies help to keep the group operating.

​Learn more here in the Caloundra Weekly

Picture credit: Caloundra Weekly HAPPY DAYS: George Farmer of Coastal Caring Clowns embraces life. Patrick Woods
 

Coastal Caring Clowns George Farmer Rocco
Next Tuesday's Meeting - Rocco the Clown Les Walsh 2017-07-30 14:00:00Z 0 Coastal Caring Clowns,George Farmer,Rocco
Our 2017 Pride of Workmanship awards were presented to Amanda Hall & Steve Mason.
Pride of Workmanship is an approved Rotary project instigated in 1975 by the Rotary Club of Pennant Hills (NSW, District 9685).
 

The Pride of Workmanship Program enables managers in our society to help employees achieve the goal of job satisfaction, and publicly recognise them for their efforts.

Participating businesses promote the Pride of Workmanship theme of 'Do it once - do it well' throughout their organisation and nominate employees worthy of recognition, not only within the organisation, but the wider community.

If you missed the meetings where the awards were presented, you will not wish to miss this write-up on each of the worthy recipients.

Congratulations go to our Vocational Service Director, Bernie for such outstanding awardees!

Read about our 2017 Pride of Workmanship Awardees

Amanda Hall Oaks Oasis Resort PoW Pride of Workmanship Steve Mason Terry White Chemmart
Pride of Workmanship Awards 2017 Les Walsh 2017-07-28 14:00:00Z 0 Amanda Hall,Oaks Oasis Resort,PoW,Pride of Workmanship,Steve Mason,Terry White Chemmart
Norm has moved into Opal at Kawana, an aged care facility near the University Hospital. 
 
Norm is a valued member of our Club with over 10 years' service, and we would all like to wish him the best of health: we are also thinking of Anna at this time.
 
If you wish to know details for visitation etc, please contact Ian Belcher, President Peter or Anna or you may check the member area of the club's website, or your ClubRunner mobile app.
Norm has moved Les Walsh 2017-07-28 14:00:00Z 0
Sunshine Coast Rotary Clubs (from Caloundra, Caloundra Pacific, Glasshouse Mountains, and Kawana Waters) will present the RYDA Road Safety Education course on Wednesday, 2 August to students from Kawana Waters State College using the Caloundra Turf Club facilities at Corbould Park Racecourse.  These 16-18 year old students are approaching that crucial time in their lives where they start to drive independently or are travelling as passengers of novice drivers.
 
By the end of this year, 8,000 Sunshine Coast High School students will have attended the RYDA course.  The RYDA program is supplied by Road Safety Education and delivered by Rotary Clubs throughout Australia & New Zealand.
Kawana Waters State College road safety road safety education rse ryda
RYDA Road Safety Education at Corbould Park on Wednesday Les Walsh 2017-07-28 14:00:00Z 0 Kawana Waters State College,road safety,road safety education,rse,ryda