Next Tuesday's Meeting
Medifarm founder Adam Benjamin at the construction site of the company's growing headquarters. ABC News: Jonathan Hair
Medifarm is the first Australian company to be licensed to cultivate and manufacture medicinal marijuana.   Medifarm has an exclusive international intellectual property partnership with Israeli based company, Tikun Olam, which pioneered world production 12 years ago.  Medifarm set the Australian standard in cultivation and manufacture of medical cannabis supported by evidence based clinical research.
Tikun Olam has provided the mother stock for Medifarm's medicinal marijuana plants.  In February, Medifarm was "hoping to have local production out the farm gate within the next three to four months" from a secure facility in a secret location on the Sunshine Coast.
Adam Benjamin will be our Guest Speaker on Tuesday, 10 April.
District Conference Registrations close next Wednesday, 11 April

Register BEFORE 11 APRIL for our District Conference

We hope all our members will register for the Conference and stay for Dinner on the Saturday Night.  Our regular meeting on the following Tuesday, 24 April has been cancelled and transferred to the Conference Dinner.

There is no cost to register for conference apart from meals and the evening events.
Let's attend as a Club!
Register on our website to let us know you are going

Sit together!

An impressive program of Causes We Support
Caloundra Rotary is proud of what its members individually and as a whole contribute to our local community, as well as to improving lives in communities around the world.
These two new pages on our website tell a compelling story about what the club is doing and what is being planned.
The Causes We Support page is recommended for each member to review as a reminder of how you are helping.  The causes on this page total over $15,000 without including a major beneficiary of say $10,000 or major projects which could involve $22,000. 
The Current Projects page lists the four ideas currently being considered or approved.
That is close to $50,000 in total.  Over the last three years, our causes have benefited to the tune of over $100,000.  That is why we barbecue, host Golf Days, Melbourne Cup functions, and Hat Days and sell trifecta tickets.  These fundraisers have produced over $82,000 during the last three years.
Dr Bridie and Mr Neville Woodforth, RYDA Caloundra Coordinator
In February Dr Bridie and her team at the Adolescent Risk Research Unit attended the RYDA program in Caloundra, here on the Sunshine Coast. RYDA is a one day, six session road safety education program conducted at an out-of-school venue for senior secondary school students across Australia and New Zealand. Rotary Clubs coordinate, obtain funding, and deliver the programs with Road Safety Education Limited as the program provider. The RYDA program compliments and reinforces government and community road safety efforts and plays a critical role in filling the gaps in road safety education for students. The program supports the graduated licensing scheme and focuses on the fatal five road safety issues of speeding, drink/drug driving, fatigue, seatbelts and distractions.
Source: CADROSA newsletter March 2018
2019 Charity Golf Day

Mark the date ... Friday 15 March 2019

The 2019 Caloundra Rotary Charity Golf Day will be the last tournament before the work planned for the Pelican Waters Golf Course starts.
Registrations for the 2019 Golf Day are not yet open.
Sponsors and players watch this space.  We look forward to seeing you again on 15 March!
About our Golf Day

The Reel

3 April
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Next Tuesday
Fox, Helen
Registration Desk
Milligan, Chris
Speaker Intro
Nye, Iain
3 Minutes on Me
Rattle, Ann
If you are unable to fulfill your duty, please arrange a replacement - the full roster is on the website
Apr 10, 2018
The first Australian firm to receive a licence to grow and produce legal canabis
The first Australian firm to receive a licence to grow and produce legal canabis
Apr 17, 2018
What we learned of science and about ourselves at NYSF
Apr 20, 2018
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Coming Up
Apr 10, 2018 – Apr 13, 2018
International Dinner
Sandstone Point Hotel
Apr 19, 2018 6:30 PM
District Conference
Maroochydore RSL
Apr 20, 2018 – Apr 22, 2018
Bunnings BBQ - Saturday
Bunnings Caloundra
Apr 28, 2018
7:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Bunnings BBQ - Sunday
Bunnings Caloundra
Apr 29, 2018
7:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Gordon Hamilton
April 3
Graham Baker
April 7
Chris Rees
April 11
Pam Snyman
April 13
Jim Lombard
April 29
Alan Still OAM
April 30
Spouse Birthdays
Joy Walsh
April 1
Win Still
April 28
Mark Ward
Lorelle Ward
April 24
Chris Rees
Lin Rees
April 28
Join Date
Mark Ward
April 1, 1991
27 years
REGISTER NOW for the Rotary District Conference on 20-22 April.
REGISTRATIONS CLOSE next Wednesday 11 April
Enjoy great speakers and the entertainment line-up.
More RYDA News
Source: Caloundra Weekly
Important note about our Duty Roster
If you are unable to fulfil your duty, please:
Organise a replacement, and email the name of the replacement to Ian Belcher and  Les Walsh so the roster can be updated

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President Peter's Musings
Good morning everyone,
This week saw us gather at our second home, the Pelican Waters Golf Club.  We love the opportunity to attend this amazing venue.  Taking in the view from the Club House across the Practice Fairway is a magnificent way to begin the day.
There is always someone who forgets the change of venue.  Sometimes these people just don't show up or others arrive wearing sunglasses.  We didn't mean to embarrass you that much, AB.
Chris M greeted us all as we arrived, and what a large group we were.  There were guests aplenty, with Roger and Sally bringing an entourage, our Guest Speaker Helen and her Assistant, Sharon, plus our very cheerful visiting Rotarian, Sue.
Chair for the day was PDG Alan Still OAM.  Might I say what a pleasure it was having our elder statesman so capably officiating.  To think this man can hardly see, is truly amazing - did you notice the way he pointed out each guest at their different tables and performed his duties without the aid of a 'run sheet'.
Alan was also upfront and honest with the International Toast, taking us to Rotary District 9400 - South Africa, in particular the Rotary Club of Johannesburg.  Thankfully Alan didn't dwell on this, I think it's been 'tampered' with too much already.
You are invited to the Police Officer of the Year Awards Dinner
Nominate your Sunshine Coast police officer of the year
Have you had contact with a police officer who you would like to thank for their service? If so, then consider nominating them for Sunshine Coast Police Officer of the Year – 2018 award.
Rotary Sunshine Coast Central are currently seeking nominations for this award which acknowledges a police officers’ abilities and actions including bravery, community involvement, professionalism, understanding, compassion or simply making your day a little easier.
If you would like to nominate an officer, please complete a nomination form which is available here.
Completed forms can be submitted via email to or by post to Police Officer of the Year, PO Box 5517, Maroochydore BC, QLD, 4558.
Nominations close Friday, April 13.
Our Causes - NYSF
The National Youth Science Forum has been operating for over 30 years and its aim is to encourage young Australians to be the next generation of leading scientists, engineers and mathematics experts supporting a sustainable future for our nation.  Students moving into Year 12 who wish to follow careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are introduced to research and researchers and encouraged to achieve excellence in their undertakings by helping to develop their communication and interpersonal skills.
Caloundra Rotary's commitment : two students being sponsored at $1,500 each
Our Causes
Our Projects
April is Maternal & Child Health Month
Saving mothers and children is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus* and so the Theme for the month of April is “Maternal & Child Health”.

Nearly 6 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation.  We expand access to quality care, so mothers and their children can live and grow stronger.
*Rotary International is focussing its efforts in six areas to enhance our local and global impact. Rotary’s most successful and sustainable projects and activities tend to fall within the following areas:
  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies
Volunteer for the Inspire Youth Forum
50 Volunteers/Helpers/Facilitators/Mentors are needed for the day
Get your Volunteer ticket
Getting Rid of Polio really is a Big Deal
Rotary Down Under magazine
Mark the Date - RUSCCF Scholarship Presentation
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Rotary on the Move newsletter
Please click HERE to download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for April.
If you want to receive future editions of ‘Rotary On The Move’ direct to your inbox, please e-mail asking to be added as a recipient of the Newsletter.
The latest news from Interplast - March
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