Grab Life by the Balls is a proactive and positive men's mental health movement aiming to make a positive difference to men's mental health before the s**t hits the fan.
This morning we were privileged to hear from Sam Parker who is a local dad, husband, chiropractor and founder of the Grab Life By The Balls movement.  The organisation has been running laid back events, such a burger nights and Friday morning bacon and eggs down the beach since November 2016.  The emphasis of these events is creating a movement centred around mateship, a simple yet effective way to combat the stats around men’s mental health.
The movement is planning a world record attempt for The World's Biggest BBQ to address the two very un-Australian stats: Australia doesn't hold any world records for BBQs and that six men a day die from suicide in Australia everyday.   Details of the attempt are here
Designed to engage men from all walks of life to Grab Life By The Balls in their own unique way, the movement draws on a combination of personal development, peak performance principles, sports psychology & positive psychology research delivered in a matter of fact, laid back, Aussie way.
In local news, a Coffee & Chin Wag event has commenced at Kings Beach at the Coffee Cat on Kings Beach.  The next is on Wednesday 16 October at 6.30am and then 30 October and 13 November.  Tell your mates.
Learn more on their Facebook page or website.

Welcome Brian Wallace

Brian Wallace has a long history as an active Rotarian, joining us from the Rotary Club of Nowra, NSW.  He lives locally and is already actively involved in our service activities.
Welcome Brian!  A big welcome also to Brian's wife, Janelle who joined him for the occasion.  It was a privilege to meet you.  We look forward to working with you both.


Our Chair for the day,  James welcomed Past President Anna Wheildon who is getting ready to head to Bohol with our team next Sunday.  Later in the meeting, Anna told us a little about Our House 

President's  Announcements

President Chris thanked the volunteers who went to Donations in Kind (DIK) on Saturday - see the story here.
He reminded us of:
  • the RYDA Road Safety Education days next week - see details here
  • Currimundi Lake Community Clean Up - volunteer to clean up and/or promote Rotary Awareness - details here
  • the Walk to End Polio on 13 October
  • World Polio Day on 24 October - especially the 'Ride the Train' event which Chris suggested we might individually consider - details here
  • the forthcoming series of BBQs at Aura 17 November, 24 November, 8 December, 29 December, 19 January.  These are short two hour events (ignoring setup and setdown) to provide (not sell) sausages and drinks for which the club will gross $800; they also provide an opportunity for welcomers to  showcase Caloundra Rotary to this new community.  See all the details here and volunteer your time please.
  • the Melbourne Cup lunch is being organised
  • the District Governor's Official Visit will take place at Ben Bennett Park on Tuesday 12 November.
Chris announced that due to the RYDA commitments and the Bohol volunteer trip, next Tuesday's meeting and the next Board meeting have been cancelled.
As Kath continues to recuperate and heal, James has been welcomed as Acting Community Service Director until she is able to return to service.

Other Announcements

  • Ahead of the Bohol volunteer trip starting next Sunday, Mark presented a video on the impact that the Teacher in a Box project has on recipients.  Learn more in this video

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