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.
PDG Alan Still took us to the Rotary Club of Arusha for our International Toast and, as usual, managed to read all his notes fluently.
President Peter had a busy start to a busy week with a Board meeting and our Hats Off Caloundra Hat Day Dinner on Thursday.  It is of course Mental Health Month and Tuesday was the official Hat Day.   Registrations have been wonderful BUT there were some tickets available.  Our speakers will be representatives from StandBy Support, the raffle/s are ready (although some more prizes are welcome) and we are ready to Lift the Lid on Mental Illness.  There will be prizes for the most unique hat worn by a lady, and by a gent!  Hat Day is, of course, an initiative of Australian Rotary Health.  More at hatday.com.au
Peter then checked to see that everyone knew who their buddy was (some did not know, and others wanted more than one!).  Peter reminded us that there was a Walk for Mental Health organised by Mooloolaba Rotary on Sunday (not Saturday).  He reported that the Board Meeting discussed the important affairs of the club.
There is a link to the Board papers later in this edition of The Reel.
Members and their partners now have new name badges reflecting the new public image of the club and we thank Judy & Arnaldo for this initiave.
Helen introduced our Guest Speaker, Teena Chumbley.  Teena and her family lived in Tanzania for the past 13 years where they ran their safari business, The Infinite Horizon.  The business is now run from Buderim.  She and her family moved to the sunny coast last year and, are now well settled.  Her presentation showed the many similarities between Tanzania and the Sunshine Coast, justifying the move.
Gemma Sisia started The School of St Jude about the same time as the business was established in Tanzania, so Teena knows very well the growth in the school in Arusha and the amazing work that Gemma and her team do there.  So locally, Teena is very proud to fundraise for the school.
Darryl noted that he was not a Director but went on to report that 16 of the Golf Day holes have been sold and the winner of the early bird hole will be drawn soon.  Let us know Darryl so we can get the pictures and publicity.
New member, Jim reported on the next Bunnings BBQ on 25 October.  If you have not already done so, there is a link to register yourself as a volunteer later in this bulletin.
Chairman Mark presented a slideshow promoting next week's meeting celebrating our 63rd Anniversary of the club's Charter.  The actual anniversary date was Thursday.  The meeting will be a BBQ at Ben Bennett Park from 6.30am.  More details earlier in this edition of The Reel.  Don't forget to bring your vacuum flask of hot water!
And then it was Sergeant Deb's turn!  The editor is sure that Deborah had lots of interesting things to say in her brilliant session, but the main issue seemed to have been directed at our club photographer, Roger and  his penchant for taking blurred photos of the Sergeant in action.  I think  'action' is the key, judge for yourself: