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November is Rotary Foundation month Les Walsh 2018-10-24 14:00:00Z 0 Foundation Month,TRF,The Rotary Foundation,areas of focus,monthly themes
64th Charter Anniversary Les Walsh 2018-10-11 14:00:00Z 0
On this day 12 October 1954 …. The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican).  Famous people born on this day include Tom Blomberg and Linval Thompson.  In UK Hold My Hand by Don Cornell was in the top 5 hits.  Lease of Life, directed by Charles Frend, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1954 while Not as a Stranger by Morton Thompson was one of the best selling books.  On TV people were watching Toi et moi. 
64th Charter Anniversary Les Walsh 2018-10-11 14:00:00Z 0
The Provisional Rotary Club of Caloundra held its initial meeting at Caloundra House on 2 September 1954.  The club was officially chartered on 12 October 1954, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nambour with 21 Charter Members.
 
Charter President, Ben Bennett ensured the club's early stability and later continuing success.
 
The first Ladies' Night was held on 25 November 1954 but it was not until 1999 that the club opened its doors to women members, and in 2002 the club installed its first female President. 
 
The formation of the club was celebrated at its Charter Night on 19 March 1955 in Caloundra's Glideaway Hall - an a[ppropriate start for an enthusiastic and lusty infant Rotary Club.
 
The first new members were inducted on 9 June 1955.
 
The club now has around 40 members (40% of whom are female).
 
For an account of the club's early history, follow this link.
64th Charter Anniversary Les Walsh 2018-10-11 14:00:00Z 0
What Committee am I on? Les Walsh 2018-10-10 14:00:00Z 0
Unfortunately due to the unsettled weather we have been having over the past few days it was decided to postpone our Hat Day Barefoot Bowls night to a later date.  The funds raised will go towards Australian Rotary Health's Lift the Lid on Mental Illness campaign.
 
Mental Illness has become of part of many individuals and families lives all around the world.  There are many ways it can affect people and treatment is not always effective.  Sometimes it only takes something very minor to trigger a person and send them spinning out of control into an angry rage or into the depths of despair feeling that there is no hope.  Spare a thought for them and if you know of someone that is suffering or you think that they need help please let them know that you are there for them.  Even if it you are only a sounding block to listen to them over a cup of coffee.  It can make the world of difference.
 
Keep your calendars open for our next try at going barefoot bowling and don’t forget to wear your most outrageous hat. 
 
I hope that you all have an excellent and happy week.
A few words from President Bernie Bernie Strong 2018-10-10 14:00:00Z 0
Pacific Lutheran College presents ... Les Walsh 2018-10-10 14:00:00Z 0
Australian Rotary Health - Spring update Les Walsh 2018-10-09 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health
President Bernie took the Chair for our regular Open Forum and Alan proposed a Toast to the Rotary Club of Broome in Rotary District 9455.
 
Rachael was invited to tell us of her vocation which she described as 'a work in progress'.
Kath was pleased to officially receive her membership badge following her induction the previous week.
Our last meeting Les Walsh 2018-10-09 14:00:00Z 0
Given the unpredictable weather forecast and the last few nights of wild storms, we have made the decision for safety sake to cancel tonight’s event.
 
Stay tuned for a rescheduled date.
Barefoot Bowls CANCELLED Les Walsh 2018-10-09 14:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day | 24 October Les Walsh 2018-10-07 14:00:00Z 0 EndPolioNow,TRF,The Rotary Foundation
Presentations at Bohol Les Walsh 2018-10-03 14:00:00Z 0
… We’ll be able to share more of these highlights of the year at our District Conference on 22-23 March 2019.  Remember to take photos of the ‘Pink Shoelace Moments’ that take place in your Club so that you can send them into the Conference
Committee early next year. We do want the opportunity for a joint celebration ...
DGs Newsletter RD9600
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District Governor's newsletter Les Walsh 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0 DGs Newsletter,RD9600
View the video - Presentations at Bohol Les Walsh 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0
ROMAC newsletter Les Walsh 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0 ROMAC
For the first time in 2018, Australian Rotary Health will be looking for the Hat Town of Australia!

Simply decorate your town with hats, snap a few photos and send them to: news@arh.org.au for a chance to claim the title.

Entries close 1 November 2018.
Caloundra for Hat Town Australia 2018? Les Walsh 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0
The holiday weekend and school holidays took their toll on the number at our meeting on 2 October when our newest member, Kath Aspinall was welcomed to the club and formally inducted.  See her story here
 
We also welcomed James back from his flying visit to New York, as well as Arnaldo.
Our guest speaker was John Malloy from the Alexandra Headland Rotary Club presenting on the WorkLife Program helping to transition young and older people to work.
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Our last meeting Les Walsh 2018-10-02 14:00:00Z 0 WorkLife
Kath says:
 
"I was born in Rochdale Lancashire England, living on a fire station were Dad was a Fire Officer.
 
Although it may seem strange to some the Fire Station was a great playground, we climbed the 100 foot tower, crawled through the underground passages (used for breathing apparatus training) all of which we were of course banned from entering.
 
On leaving school I first trained as a hairdresser, then became a nurse.
 
Eventually I married Ian, had a daughter Amanda and settled down in suburbia, that is until one day reading the newspaper I spotted Ian’s job description in a recruitment advert. Ian at the time was looking to move, he applied and got the position which meant moving to Hong Kong where we stayed until the 1997 Handover to China.
 
Living in Hong Kong was a fantastic experience totally different to suburbia in England, the pace was fast both living and working.  
Member Profile : Kathleen Aspinall Kath Aspinall 2018-10-01 14:00:00Z 0
October is Economic and Community Development month Les Walsh 2018-09-30 14:00:00Z 0 areas of focus,basic education,literacy,monthly themes
The latest news from Interplast Les Walsh 2018-09-30 14:00:00Z 0 Interplast
Rotary Down Under magazine Les Walsh 2018-09-30 14:00:00Z 0 RDU,magazine
Please click HERE to download the latest edition of the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter.
 
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 2018-09-30 14:00:00Z 0
School holidays, a rain-free day, a trusty band of volunteers and a team effort produced a magnificent outcome for our club's projects!
 
But Gerry wants an assurance that the BBQ effort is not retiring with him, so let President Bernie or Gerry know if you can help Judy - 'cause it takes at least two to tango!  You can even comment on this article.
BBQ rewards Gerry Swan 2018-09-30 14:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians to invest in people by creating sustainable, measurable and long term economic improvements in their communities and livelihoods by :
 
  1. Building the capacity of entrepreneurs, community leaders, local organizations, and community networks to support economic development in impoverished communities;
  2. Developing opportunities for productive work;
  3. Reducing poverty in under-served communities;
  4. Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to economic and community development.
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October is Economic and Community Development Month Les Walsh 2018-09-30 14:00:00Z 0 areas of focus,basic education,literacy,monthly themes
Born in Hayes, Middlesex an industrial town to the west of London in 1951, Chris was relocated to Cheltenham in Gloucestershire as a six-year old when the family moved to accommodate his father’s job.  Engineering being in the family, it was only natural that at 16 he started work as a Mechanical Engineering apprentice gaining experience manufacturing parts for Commercial Aircraft Undercarriages and fuel system components for the RAF Harrier jump jet.
 
Not content to stay on the factory floor, Chris was given his chance designing heat exchangers and later roller bearings.  He also had spells as a Project Engineer at Ina Bearing Company’s plant in South Wales and later as Bearing Line Supervisor.  It was in South Wales that he formed Llanelli Athletic Club with a good friend Paul Oram.
Member Profile : Chris Rees Chris Rees 2018-09-28 14:00:00Z 0
Chloé visits another paradise - The Gold Coast Les Walsh 2018-09-27 14:00:00Z 0
Barefoot Bowls for Hat Day Les Walsh 2018-09-27 14:00:00Z 0
Ahh, School holidays are upon us and for four nights we had the pleasure of the company of two of our Granddaughters from Bundaberg.   It has been a couple of months since their last visit and we have noticed such a difference in them in that time. 
 
Holly the eldest has just turned 15 and of course is a typical teenager concerned about what to wear, makeup, her mobile phone and sleeping.   Her first question though when she arrived on Saturday was are you going to Rotary on Tuesday morning.   May I come with you?  I was delighted that she wanted to come to our meeting.   Since the tender age of two she has been aware of Rotary and has known and loved all of the exchange students we have hosted.  There is even talk of her wanting to be involved in the Rotary Youth Exchange program.   Holly was most impressed with the talk given by Stuart on the SPA-TAP program and has asked for more information to be sent to her as the College she attends in Bundaberg raise funds for many projects and she thinks that this would be ideal.   
 
Because of Holly’s enthusiasm in wanting to attend our Rotary meeting 11year old April wanted to come as well.   April loved it and thought the breakfast was great.   She loves her food.  So I was blessed with our two granddaughters attending our meeting and enjoying being in the company of an older generation.   They both would like to be involved in community work so I will contact the clubs in Bundaberg and ask them if they have any EarylAct or Interact Programs in the area.
 
While staying with us the girls were so interactive and caring with their Great-grandmother Maureen and they spent a lot of time asking her about what she did when she was young and telling her about their activities in and out of school.   
 
Rotary not only involves community but also families and I see this as I watch my grandchildren grow and mature in the Spirit of Rotary.
 
I hope you have another delightful week.
A few words from President Bernie Bernie Strong 2018-09-26 14:00:00Z 0
As a polio survivor (age three, left with partial paralysis of one leg which did not grow as much as the other leg), all of my life I have had moments when I turned to see a child trying to imitate my walk. It was always disconcerting, and of late, just a little surprising, as when you realize toilet paper is stuck to your shoe and trailing along behind.  When I matured, I could smile … 
 
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Wednesday 24 October is World Polio Day

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How does it look when I walk? Les Walsh 2018-09-25 14:00:00Z 0 EndPolioNow,Polio eradication,World Polio Day,polio
Bohemian Rhapsody Les Walsh 2018-09-25 14:00:00Z 0

We are again looking for volunteers to help setup and assist in the running of another successful RYDA day preparing our young people for life on the roads. 

Separate invitation emails have been emailed on which you may register your attendance or apologise if you cannot help; you may also register direct at the following links:

15 October

Monday

1-3pm

Register for Setup

16 OctoberTuesday8am-2pm
Beerwah State High School and Glasshouse Christian College

17 October

Wednesday

8am-2pm

Register for Wednesday

Siena Catholic College

Volunteers needed for RYDA Road Safety Education Les Walsh 2018-09-25 14:00:00Z 0
Roger took charge of our meeting and welcomed our Guest Speakers as well as Honorary Member Jan, Kath (hopefully being inducted next Tuesday morning), Michele (RC Five Dock, Sydney) and two of President Bernie's grand-daughters Holly & April.
 
He then introduced himself and his vocation as an Architect giving some background on his calling and telling us about igloos.
 
Our last meeting Les Walsh 2018-09-24 14:00:00Z 0
Golf Day Raffle Les Walsh 2018-09-24 14:00:00Z 0
Often Rotary Clubs are not aware of grass roots international projects that have started from nothing to gain strength through persistence and dedication.  Especially RAWCS projects (Rotary Australia World Community Service Projects) which give you the security of knowing that the money you donate goes exactly where it should. 
 
Well Umoja Orphanage Kenya is a project of RAWCS.  See where we began and where we are now seven years later, having now been open for two years.  As you can see we have continued to move forward, sometimes ever so slowly, but always forward.
What does a RAWCS Project mean? Les Walsh 2018-09-23 14:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday Chloé!
 
We are not allowed to mention your age now or then, but reaching this milestone is one of the qualifications to obtain a licence to drive a car unsupervised in Queensland, Australia!
 
Enjoy your day on the Gold Coast.
Happy Birthday Chloé! Les Walsh 2018-09-23 14:00:00Z 0
Melbourne Cup Trifecta Tickets Les Walsh 2018-09-21 14:00:00Z 0
Geoff Hopkins, President of Mooloolaba Rotary wrote to your Editor during the week:
I enjoy reading “The Reel” each week and we enjoyed attending the launch of your Golf Day
However, there is a slight error in this week’s Reel.
Paul Warren our Secretary joined me at your meeting this week and not Paul Robins our PE
Your Editor replied:
Now I know the answer, my notes do resemble the correct last name but then I did not have my eyes on when I scribbled the name down! 
 
Read the corrected version
Apologies to Paul Les Walsh 2018-09-21 14:00:00Z 0
Today, one of our six areas of focus is promoting peace. Every Rotary service project, whether funded with a district grant or a global grant, has an impact on peace. It could be a peace project, a water and sanitation project, a basic education and literacy project, an economic and community development project, or a project in one of our human health-related areas – maternal and child health or disease prevention and treatment. It really doesn't matter. The ultimate outcome makes a positive contribution to our world by improving the quality of life for those affected, and that improvement is an element of peace.
 
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Foundation Trustee Chair's October message Les Walsh 2018-09-21 14:00:00Z 0 TRF
Every Thursday morning, I receive an email from the World Health Organization with an update on the status of polio eradication. It contains a wealth of information, country by country: where and how immunization campaigns are being conducted, how many millions of children are being vaccinated, and where environmental surveillance has found evidence of circulating virus. But every week, when that email appears in my inbox, my heart seems to stop for just a moment until I read the first few lines – and learn whether a child was paralysed by wild poliovirus that week.
 
That, my friends, is where we are today in the work of polio eradication. The question on my mind as I open that message isn't ...
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RI President's October Message Les Walsh 2018-09-21 14:00:00Z 0

Born 1946 in Tomar in a post-war depressed Portugal.  Father migrated to Mozambique in 1947 looking for work.  1948 my mother and I followed.

1954 moved to Nyasaland, now Malawi.  Educated at Portuguese school.  1958 went to St Andrew’s school in Blantyre, aged 12 and not speaking a word of English.

1963 family moved to Northern Rhodesia (Zambia).  Joined Cooper Brothers (auditors) as articled clerk.  First day of work was in a six seater plane to Lobito Bay, Angola as one of a team of auditors.  Work trips to Portugal, England, Congo, Rhodesia, Mozambique & Malawi followed.

Completed accounting qualifications as ACCA and ACMA after working and studies in UK. 

1972 left Coopers and joined Malawi Hotels as Group Accountant for Malawi & Zambia

1974 moved to ...

Member Profile : Arnaldo Mendes Arnaldo Mendes 2018-09-21 14:00:00Z 0
Melbourne Cup Lunch 2018 Les Walsh 2018-09-20 14:00:00Z 0
SpaTap Portable Tap Les Walsh 2018-09-19 14:00:00Z 0
Progress being made in Bohol Darryl Laing 2018-09-18 14:00:00Z 0
The latest news from Australian Rotary Health Les Walsh 2018-09-18 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health
More progress in Bohol Les Walsh 2018-09-17 14:00:00Z 0
A lively crowd joined us at the outstanding Pelican Waters Golf Club to launch our Surf and Turf Classic Charity Golf Day for 2019 on Friday 15 March.  We are proud to be supporting the vital work in our community through Vinnies, The Board Meeting Surf Charity and of course other projects supported by Caloundra Rotary!  Many of our members this morning dressed in the surf and turf theme!

Sponsorship and team entries are now welcome - check our event page for more information, message us or contact Pelican Waters Golf Club.  #golfday #charity #rotarycaloundra
 
Deb Taylor chaired the meeting and welcomed Mark Skinner from The Board Meeting Surf Charity, David Lang as well as Geoff Hopkins and Paul Warren - President & Secretary of the Mooloolaba Rotary Club visiting to check out our golf day preparations.
 
Our last meeting Les Walsh 2018-09-17 14:00:00Z 0
Teddy Bears' Picnic 2018 Les Walsh 2018-09-16 14:00:00Z 0
Trevor is the Principal of Caloundra Law Business and Property Lawyers.
 
He chose not to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather who were both Railway workers.
 
Instead Trevor pursued a career in law.  He qualified in 1981 after completing five years of training with a commercial law firm in Gympie.
 
Trevor has been living and working on the Sunshine Coast for the last 33 years.
 
He married a local girl (Gina) in 1985 and together they have two children, neither of whom have any interest in law.
Member Profile : Trevor Gilliland Les Walsh 2018-09-14 14:00:00Z 0
What does ROTARY mean to me as an individual?
 
  • Raising awareness
  • Overall fellowship
  • Talking the Talk
  • Always be on Hand
  • Relationships in Service
  • Youth association
Being a Rotarian has shown me more awareness of how much you can be involved with the Community.    It can be a small amount or it can be fulltime depending on your availability depending on your family and your work commitment.  It doesn’t matter how much but what you are able to do.
 
I have come in contact with some amazing people and made long term worldwide friendships since I have been involved with Rotary.   Fellowship, friendship and making a mark in the Community through Rotary has been an inspiring experience.   
 
Don’t forget our Teddy Bears Picnic on Sunday at Oaks Oasis Resort and any amount of help will be appreciated.   Our Charity Partner is STEMM and they need all the help they can get.
 
I would also like to touch on the cost of our Breakfast meetings....
A few words from President Bernie Bernie Strong 2018-09-12 14:00:00Z 0
 
Key organiser, Rachael says:
 
"Huge thanks to you all for the overwhelming response for the Teddy Bears Picnic this Sunday – your help is very much appreciated.
 
"Please find attached a site plan and roster for the day.  Take a moment to check that your role and time slot has been recorded correctly and let me know if any changes need to be made,  some of you kindly registered via ClubRunner but hadn’t selected a time slot so a good guess has been made, flexibility is completely possible.
 
"The site plan clearly isn’t to scale, a guide only so you have an idea of the direction you will be heading.  If you can plan to arrive a few minutes early as there may be a challenge with parking, all going well!  Entrance is via the double gates on Landsborough Parade, just head towards the water park end of the resort and I’m sure you will find us!
 
"Please sign on as a volunteer in the Rotary tent on arrival so you are covered from an OH & S point of view.
 
"Given we don’t  know how many guests we are expecting and when they will arrive, there may be unexpected bottlenecks at times, our plan is to keep an eye out for one another and direct volunteers where they are needed as best we can. 
 
"The promotion of the event this week has been well received by child care centres, schools and the media which is encouraging.
 
"Thank you again for your support, feel free to make contact to clarify any queries you have,  otherwise see you Sunday with your Rotary shirts and smiles on!"
 
Thank you Rachael
Teddy Bears' Picnic 2018 Les Walsh 2018-09-12 14:00:00Z 0
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-09-11 14:00:00Z 0 Golf,Golf Day
President Bernie took the chair for the latest of our Open Forum meetings where members have the chance to involve themselves in club matters from breakfast venues to fundraising activities.
 
But first, Bernie welcomed Kath Aspinall again who we are pleased to announce will be joining us as a member next week.  Kath will bring a lot of life experience to the group especially from her time at Inner Wheel and we all look forward to working with her.
The Open Forum format allows members to talk about subjects that are close to their hearts and Anna gave a short speech about how she would like to stay with the club despite the distance she has to travel to meetings.  She is looking now at opportunities for house sitting in the Caloundra area as the unit she has been staying in when she visits us will no longer be available.  She clearly considers our club as an extension to her family.
 
Our last meeting Chris Rees 2018-09-11 14:00:00Z 0
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-09-11 14:00:00Z 0
All our Tuesday morning meetings in September will be held at Pelican Waters Golf Club.
 
Same time, same day, different venue
 
Please let us know you are coming by registering at these links:
 
A new venue for September Les Walsh 2018-09-10 14:00:00Z 0
Sunday funday in Bohol - video Les Walsh 2018-09-09 14:00:00Z 0

Sunday funday with the kids

One of  the local Rotarians opened their home to the kids - swimming games, lots and lots of food - even chocolate.  ... awesome!
 
The sounds of genuine laughter and excitement was an honour for Darry to be part of.
How good is The World of Rotary
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The previous day Mark & Darryl attended the Shepherds Arm Orphanage to distribute the gifts from our Rotary Club of Caloundra.

Darryl says it was probably one of the most humbling experiences of his life - 24 kids over the moon with appreciation for what we all take for granted: a tooth brush, shampoo, soap, some small stationery items and new underwear.  The smiles and laughter from each child as they opened their gifts will stay with him forever.

He even took the time to Facetime his similarly aged grandkids so as they may share the experience.  Both Jett and Zahli spoke with the kids and soon everyone was talking back and forth the giggling was magical to watch and listen to.

We then shared a meal together - Great afternoon - Memorable
Sunday funday in Bohol Darryl Laing 2018-09-09 14:00:00Z 0
Chloé's year Les Walsh 2018-09-09 14:00:00Z 0
Merv Paddison was born in Toowoomba in 1946.  After completing his primary and secondary education there, Merv went to Teachers College at Kelvin Grove in Brisbane in 1964.  His teaching career began at Rangeville State School in Toowoomba. By July 1967, he was appointed to a one teacher school at Watson Crossing State School, 27 miles south east of Texas.  Several transfers followed over the years until Merv was appointed to Golden Beach State School as Principal in 1985.  He remained there until 1999 and retired in 2000.
 
While at Golden Beach, Merv was invited to join Rotary and was inducted into the Rotary Club of Caloundra on 23 May 1987.  His wife, Anne, was a special guest at that memorable meeting.  Because of his teaching background, Merv soon became Youth Service Director.  He was President of the Rotary Club of Caloundra for the 1993-94 year.  It was during his term as president that the club voted to invite women into this club.  However, the first woman was not inducted until 2000 when the club changed to a breakfast club.
Member Profile : Merv Paddison Les Walsh 2018-09-07 14:00:00Z 0
Gerry certainly knows what he’s doing in regard to orchids! He has won a Grand Champion of Species and a Champion of Species and a First Prize.
 
Congratulations Gerry!
members orchids
Gerry storms home Ian Belcher 2018-09-05 14:00:00Z 0 members,orchids
Mark Ward and Darryl Laing are overseeing this project on behalf of the club for about a week during the construction period  3-16 September.
 
On the morning of the second day, Darryl reports that all is going to plan - all the purchasing was completed yesterday after a full day shopping in a very congested town - definitely third world.
 
Purchases being delivered to the orphanage this morning after breakfast and a walk on the beach.  Let the project start!
 
Photos
 
The project
Fish farm project being implemented in Bohol Les Walsh 2018-09-04 14:00:00Z 0
The latest news from Australian Rotary Health Les Walsh 2018-09-04 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health
Noel Begley  Graham Baker
Ian Belcher Chris Milligan
Alan Bethune Neville Woodforth
Helen Fox Genta Tsukimori
Darryl Laing Trevor Gilliland
Arnaldo Mendes Chris Rees
Julianna Neil
 Ana Carolina
Merv Paddison Sue Robertson
Ann Rattle Anne Boland
Lyn Roberts Ron Strong
Pam Snyman Bernie Strong
Mark Ward Alan Still
Gerry Swan Gordon Hamilton
Les Walsh 
Roger Todd
Deb Taylor Megyn Carpenter
Judy Clark James Condon
Iain Nye Stephen Engstrom
Rachael Witton  Anna Wheildon
Peter Davis Jim Lombard
Updated buddy list Les Walsh 2018-09-04 14:00:00Z 0
This week's meeting is our regular 'Open Forum' to discuss matters arising from the Board meeting the previous afternoon, as well as other matters of interest to our members.
 
Next Tuesday's meeting Les Walsh 2018-09-03 14:00:00Z 0
Straight back from her European jaunt, Megyn was thrust into the chair of our meeting which was to hear from eight of our retired members about 'Is Retirement what I thought it would be?'.
But first Alan proposed an International Toast to the Rotary Club of Berne, Switzerland which is in Rotary District 1990.
President Bernie had some reminders for us:
 
Our last meeting Les Walsh 2018-09-03 14:00:00Z 0
The crisis being faced by our farmers in Queensland and New South Wales, in this expansive drought, has focussed our minds on how we, in Australia, need to look after each other and to look for innovative ways to manage our rugged land.

The Board determined that District 9600 needed to show our support for those at the coalface, working to give service to help Aussies through the tough times ahead.

As a Board, we have allocated, on your behalf, $10,000 each to three of the RAWCS Drought Relief Programs ….
DGs Newsletter RD9600
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District Governor's newsletter Les Walsh 2018-09-02 14:00:00Z 0 DGs Newsletter,RD9600
UPDATED Promotional flyers for Golf Day Les Walsh 2018-09-02 14:00:00Z 0
Ann Rattle has offered to make Teddy Bears to sell at our upcoming Teddy Bears' Picnic.
 
All I am asking is that every member donate a hand towel so that Ann can do her thing and make these cute Teddy Bears.  
 
If you can help, please bring it along to next week's meeting.  It doesn't matter what colour.
Hand Towels wanted for the Teddy Bears' Picnic Bernie Strong 2018-09-02 14:00:00Z 0
Lots of fun things to see and do,  gold coin entry,  food to enjoy and memories to be made. 
 
Be sure to bring along your favourite teddy as you could win a fabulous prize.
 
Loads of fun to enjoy!
 
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Teddy Bears' Picnic 2018 Les Walsh 2018-09-01 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Down Under magazine Les Walsh 2018-08-31 14:00:00Z 0 RDU,magazine
Teddy Bears' Picnic 2018 Les Walsh 2018-08-31 14:00:00Z 0
Teddy Bears' Picnic 2018 Les Walsh 2018-08-31 14:00:00Z 0
Chris Milligan has a BSc in Zoology; a MSc in marine biology; a MPhil in Catchment Water Quality Assessment; and was a Certified Environmental Practitioner.
 
He worked for 38 years as an Environmental Scientist in assessment and water quality management of marine, estuarine and freshwater systems, toxic waste disposal, infrastructure and mining environmental management and  community disaster management.
 
Chris has worked in nine different countries outside Australia, mostly in the Indo-Pacific region, primarily on AusAID (Australian Government) community assistance projects.  He also undertook voluntary work helping his wife in her voluntary community work in mitigating the effects of domestic violence, such as helping resettle affected women and children.
Member Profile : Chris Milligan Les Walsh 2018-08-31 14:00:00Z 0
Teddy Bears' Picnic 2018 Les Walsh 2018-08-30 14:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to download the latest edition of the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter.
 
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 2018-08-30 14:00:00Z 0
UPDATE: 2018 Drought Relief Fund for Australian Farmers Les Walsh 2018-08-30 14:00:00Z 0
Welcome to the 2018 Teddy Bear’s Picnic by the Rotary Club of Caloundra.  Join us at the Oaks Oasis Resort lawn area on Landsborough Parade, Caloundra from 10am to 3pm for a fun-filled day for all the family. 
 
Lots of fun things to see and do,  gold coin entry,  food to enjoy and memories to be made.  Be sure to bring along your favourite teddy as you could win a fabulous prize.
 
Activities include kids yoga,  story telling, apple bobbing, egg and spoon races, animal farm and loads more to enjoy.
 
Of course the Rotary sausage sizzle will be in full flight too!
 
Teddy Bears' Picnic 2018 Les Walsh 2018-08-29 14:00:00Z 0
2019 Charity Golf Day Launch breakfast Les Walsh 2018-08-29 14:00:00Z 0
Unfortunately we had a smaller group than anticipated on Tuesday morning to listen to our delightful Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Chloé Mear.  Chloé gave the club a wonderful insight into her life and her family who live in Brittany, which is situated in the north of France.  She was prepared for the questions from our members after her talk.   If any of you can, please include Chloé in any of your short trips, adventures while she is here with us.
 
There is a new Board meeting procedure available in Club Documents in the Members' area of our website.  Can all members please take the time to read it.  It would be much appreciated.

As you are all aware, …
 
A few words from President Bernie Bernie Strong 2018-08-29 14:00:00Z 0
It is with more sadness we advise that the Alexandra Headland club and the Rotary world lost one of its fabulous members during the week.
 
Libby Schick had been undergoing chemo that knocked her around and depleted her immune system so when she picked up some infection her body could simply not cope.
 
Libby always had a laugh and a smile, even when she knew that little could be done.  We send our condolences, prayers, thoughts and wishes to her husband Barry and the family.
Vale: Libby Schick Les Walsh 2018-08-29 14:00:00Z 0
 
Welcome to our 2019 Teddy Bear’s Picnic.  Join us at the Oaks Oasis Resort lawn area on Landsborough Parade, Caloundra from 10am to 3pm for a fun filled day for all the family. 
 
Lots of fun things to see and do, gold coin entry, food to enjoy and memories to be made.  Be sure to bring along your favourite teddy as you could win a fabulous prize.
 
Activities include kids yoga, story telling, apple bobbing, egg and spoon races, animal farm and loads more to enjoy.
 
Of course the BBQ sausage sizzle will be in full flight too - with your help!
 
Watch our Facebook page for more details as they emerge.
 
Of course, there is quite a degree of opportunity for you to assist - just look at the roster which we need to fill!
 
The areas where help is needed are:
  • BBQing (various times)
  • Setup
  • Meet & Greet/Sell Raffle Tickets (various times)
  • General helpers (various times)
  • Set-down
Full details in the roster that you can download here.
 
When you have worked out which job/s to volunteer for, please click on the link to accept AND indicate what you are volunteering for.  Your assistance will be appreciated.
Announcing the Teddy Bears' Picnic 2018 Les Walsh 2018-08-28 14:00:00Z 0

We thought it could be fun to hear from some* of our retired members speaking about their retirement and to answer the question:

Is Retirement What I Thought it Would Be?

This will be a light-hearted look at retirement and for those still working, might even get some tips on making the most of it!
 
*Arnaldo, Chris R, James, Bernie, Judy, Merv, Ann, Alan & Gerry are our featured speakers - at Pelican Waters Golf Club.
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-08-28 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary  Memorial Plaque, Gizo, Western Province, Solomon Islands

Erected by PDG Trevor Taylor 2018

PDG Trevor Taylor led several humanitarian project teams to Gizo in the Solomon Islands.
 
In October 2011, Jim Adam returned to Gizo for his second working visit to Gizo. He arrived on October 10 and spent his first working day at Ngari school. On the night of 11 October he suffered a heart attack and died at Gizo.
Jim joined the Rotary Club of Caloundra in February 2006. By July 2006 he was club treasurer. He was President Elect in 2008 and served as President during 2009-10.  Jim had a special spot for support of research into mental health.  He was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow in July 2011. Vale Jim
 
In October 2012, Tim Richards from Burleigh Heads Rotary was working in Gizo. Like Jim, he too suffered a heart attack and died in Gizo.
 
Note the hats Trevor is holding.  Owned by Jim and Tim, they have remained hanging at Cegily Guest house welcoming guests to the lodge.  Rest in peace our good friends!
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Memorial plaque installed at Gizo Merv Paddison 2018-08-28 14:00:00Z 0 Gizo,memorial
Our last meeting on Tuesday 28 August was chaired by Pam and appropriately so - as Pam is our Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Chloé 's Counsellor.
Our Travel Agent had the opportunity to tell us about his Vocation - about which he did not give away too many secrets except for his choice of Caloundra to establish the business.  Caloundra's gain was Noosa's loss!
President Bernie  is obviously warming up and had a lot of announcements to make - including:
Our last meeting Les Walsh 2018-08-28 14:00:00Z 0
My Job is …. Les Walsh 2018-08-24 14:00:00Z 0
Gordon Hamilton was born in 1937, the youngest of five children.  His family owned a pineapple farm in Elimbah.  The family had a US army base on part of the property, which went down to the Bribie Island passage.  Imagine how excited Gordon got being driven round in a US army jeep.
 
Schooling started at a one teacher school in Elimbah, then to Caboolture.  Tennis was his passion, representing Queensland in the under 14 State Team.  It was to be his career.
 
But his parents had other plans.  The Department of Agriculture sent a circular to all farmers in Queensland, stating that they in conjunction with a semi government company were offering trainee management scholarships for grower’s sons.  The plan was to appoint two a year for five years.  After three interviews, Gordon won the first scholarship.
 
His plans to go to Brisbane Boys’ College and become a serious Tennis Player, were dashed and he had to go to Ipswich Grammar.
 
 
Member Profile : Gordon Hamilton Les Walsh 2018-08-24 14:00:00Z 0
Rotarians have always been on the front lines of this effort – we still are. So, what can you do? Tell everyone you know about Rotary and polio. Make a donation. Update your club and explore how together you could participate directly in the fight.
 
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Foundation Trustee Chair's September message Les Walsh 2018-08-23 14:00:00Z 0 TRF
Let's not keep Rotary's story – the story captured in those snapshots of service – to ourselves. I challenge you to invite leaders of all ages, men and women, who are looking for a way to give back. By doing so, you will Be the Inspiration in your community and help Rotary continue to do good in the world.
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RI President's September message Les Walsh 2018-08-23 14:00:00Z 0
We are grateful to:
 
  • Zaraffa's Coffee Caloundra and to Dan Murphy's Caloundra for donating a gift pack and voucher to raffle at our Movie Night last Thursday helping to raise funds for our farmers around Longreach, and to
  • all those among the 100 or so people who attended - including a very substantial presence from the Rotary Club of Caloundra Pacific
Net funds raised totalled $2,149 which will be forwarded to the Rotary Club of Longreach.
 
 
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Zone Foundation newsletter Les Walsh 2018-08-23 14:00:00Z 0 TRF,The Rotary Foundation,Zone
To take advantage of early registration savings, register before 15 December at riconvention.org
Convention RI Convention Rotary International Convention
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Unforgettable moments are made at our convention.  The Rotary Convention in Hamburg is sure to be an experience you won’t want to miss - a place where the Rotary spirit fills the air with an energy and enthusiasm for service and fellowship you can’t find anywhere else.  This is the event where Rotarians unite and take action to create positive, lasting change in the world.  Our engaging speakers will boost your passion for service and provide new perspectives on our work in the world.  Make new friends and connect with old ones while you explore all that Hamburg and the convention exhibits have to offer.  You’ll return from our convention refreshed and excited to boost your own Rotary service.
 
Don’t miss your chance to Capture the Moment at the 2019 Rotary Convention in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June.

Register now and save

To take advantage of early registration savings, register before 15 December at riconvention.org.
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Capture the Moment in Hamburg Les Walsh 2018-08-23 14:00:00Z 0 Convention,RI Convention,Rotary International Convention
Do you know someone in the Caloundra Electorate who goes above and beyond the call of duty for our community?
 
Please help Mark McArdle MP shine a light on these important, quiet achievers by nominating them for the Community Volunteer of the Year Award as part of the annual Caloundra Electorate Community Awards.
 
All nominees will be invited to attend the awards ceremony on 14 September where the winners will be announced.

For more information or to nominate someone please visit this link.
Community Volunteer of the Year Les Walsh 2018-08-22 14:00:00Z 0
Sponsorship Opportunity - Charity Golf Day Les Walsh 2018-08-22 14:00:00Z 0
Membership Director & President Elect Chris Rees was in the chair last Tuesday to lead our Open Forum.  He welcomed Gordon back after some sick leave together with Ana (new member), Kath (Inner Wheel), Ken (Morwell, Vic) and then proposed - in Alan Still's absence - a Toast to the Rotary Club of West Torrens in Adelaide.
President Bernie was then invited to induct Ana Carolina into membership after providing members with some of her background.
Last week's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-08-22 14:00:00Z 0
Exciting things are happening with the new Learning Center.  Look out for the following enhancements as you explore the new Learning Center:
 
  • New Learning Plans
    • Courses in the Learning Center are kept short enough that you can complete them quickly.  When the topic is more complicated, you can be sure you're learning everything you need to know by following a learning plan.  Learning plans give members a series of courses to take on a topic or role.  Take the Getting Started with the Learning Center course first to learn how to find learning plans.  
  • Virtual badges
    • Take a course and earn a virtual badge for your efforts.  The more course you complete, the more badges you earn. 
  • Track your progress
    • See which course you've started and which ones you've completed on My Activities and My Dashboard pages. 
Rotary's New Learning Center is Live! Les Walsh 2018-08-22 14:00:00Z 0

Chloé Mear comes from Brandérion in North-western France, she is 16 and speaks French but is also fluent in English and German.  She is the eldest of three children.  She has a sister and a brother. 

She loves reading, listening to music, writing or watching videos.  At school she studied 10 subjects, mostly academic and seems to have a very enquiring mind.  She also loves drama, the arts, dance and the theatre.

Chloé has travelled many places in Europe but nowhere as far as Australia.

At our meeting on Tuesday, Chloe will be telling us more about herself and her country.

Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-08-21 14:00:00Z 0
Stay connected with your club and district on the go! Search and view your member and executive directory, access contact information, call or text members, and add them to you contact list with one click. View the latest home page stories from both your club and district websites, read about upcoming events and speakers and even keep track of your attendance.
 
Do you have the ClubRunner Mobile App? Les Walsh 2018-08-19 14:00:00Z 0
 
Stay connected with your club and district on the go! Search and view your member and executive directory, access contact information, call or text members, and add them to you contact list with one click. View the latest home page stories from both your club and district websites, read about upcoming events and speakers and even keep track of your attendance.
 
Do you have the ClubRunner Mobile App? Les Walsh 2018-08-19 14:00:00Z 0

Born in Lyon, France in 1941 from a Swiss father and a Czech mother, the family left France and moved to Switzerland in 1943 to settle in the French Canton of Neuchatel.

Jim studied Electronic Engineering and Communications at the Technicum Cantonal of St-Imier during 1958-62, graduating with an Engineering Degree.

In 1962 he joined C.I.R. (Companie pour L’Industrie Electronique) as a Quality assurance manager and Liaison officer between the Swiss government and French air force Dassault, and was involved in the development of new electronic equipment for the French Mirage 4A recently purchased by the Swiss Air force from Dassault in France.

Responding to the demand for qualified personnel for a developing Nation (an initiative of Prime Minister, Robert Menzies), Jim migrated to Australia in 1964.

During 1964-69 he worked in the television industry in the Riverina and NSW South Coast until he moved to the ACT to establish his own business and become the largest electronic service centre in Canberra.  He employed two apprentices who completed their three year term with the highest marks in the State.

Member Profile: Jim Lombard Jim Lombard 2018-08-17 14:00:00Z 0
 
Judy cheerily opened our meeting, welcoming Kath (Inner Wheel), Ken (Morwell Rotary, Victoria), and about to be new member, Ana.  Arnaldo & Gerry were welcomed back from their travels (during which Gerry succumbed to a disease that he is still recovering from!).
 
 
Last week's meeting Les Walsh 2018-08-15 14:00:00Z 0
This week's meeting is another Open Forum to discuss matters arising from the last Board meeting and other matters of interest to our members.
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-08-15 14:00:00Z 0
August is upon us and I look at what is on our Calendar this month.  Another RYDA session which unfortunately I was unable to attend.  I do thank those members who volunteered for the two days.
 
Deb, Graham and I attended the Caloundra Community Bank talk at the Queensland Air Museum last Tuesday evening.  A very chilly night indeed, however we were given an update on how the financial markets are faring.  It was quite interesting.
 
Please don’t forget the Bunnings BBQ on Wednesday 22 August and if you can lend a hand even for a couple of hours it will be very helpful.
 
Our movie night is set for 23 August, the movie “The Book Club” is being shown.  Sounds like a really good movie.  This will be our social get together and the funds raised will be sent to the Rotary Club of Longreach to support DROUGHT RELIEF, so come one, come all.  Invite your friends, invite your family and lets have some food, fellowship and watch a good movie. The invitation has been sent out so please reply as soon as possible. We will need to know numbers for catering and for the size of the theatre.   Book here
 
August is also focused on the senior sector of our community and with Seniors week at our doorstep, I would ask our senior members to get involved in the Local Community activities.  Keep a lookout for the notices in the Local Caloundra paper and the Sunshine Coast Daily and get out there and have some fun.
 
I hope you have a wonderful week
A few words from President Bernie Bernie Strong 2018-08-15 14:00:00Z 0
A great RYDA Day Les Walsh 2018-08-14 14:00:00Z 0
Civic Media are owners of large digital and static format billboards as well as smaller format static billboards in Melbourne, around Australia and specifically in several locations on the Sunshine Coast.
 
They are after someone who can attend to these small billboards once a year and replace the posters when needed.  The boards may also need a paint touch up, Perspex replacement (if broken) and a general clean.
 
Would suit a retired person.  Interested?
An opportunity just for you Les Walsh 2018-08-13 14:00:00Z 0
Come to our Movie Night and see 'The Book Club' Les Walsh 2018-08-13 14:00:00Z 0
Jim is working in Bali Les Walsh 2018-08-12 14:00:00Z 0
Japan Festival Photos Les Walsh 2018-08-12 14:00:00Z 0
Born  at Parkes, NSW in 1929 Alan's family moved quite often so he went to 12 different schools.
 
He joined the Colonial Sugar Co (CSR) in 1947 in Sydney.  He was transferred to Nausori, Fiji in 1949  and then to Labasa on Vanua Levu in 1951.
 
Win was the Mill Manager secretary and they married in 1953, transferring to a place called Wai ni Koro as Manager of a large Sugar cane plantation.
 
A number of other promotions followed but in 1961 they decided not to send their four children by themselves to Australia for education, and transferred with CSR to the Building Materials Division, and later to  Melbourne on the Sales Staff.
 
Member Profile : Alan Still OAM Alan Still OAM 2018-08-11 14:00:00Z 0
Sushil Kumar Gupta, of the Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest, Delhi, India, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2020-21.  He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.  Gupta says he wants to increase Rotary’s humanitarian impact as well as the diversity of its membership.
 
Gupta is selection for 2020-21 RI President Les Walsh 2018-08-10 14:00:00Z 0
Imagine everyone picking up one piece of plastic, once a week. That’s more than 300 billion every year. Each day and it’s trillions. Even a small percentage of that will save millions of animals and birds and slow the flow of microplastics into our food.
 
Will you be part of the solution?
 
 
You can help solve the ocean plastics crisis Les Walsh 2018-08-08 14:00:00Z 0
ShelterBox is working closely with Rotary in Indonesia.  We have great support from Rotary in Lombok, support from the Governor and also connections with Rotary in Jakarta.  We have dispatched a ShelterBox Response Team who are ready to undertake an assessment to determine if we can provide assistance.   Rotary will be invaluable in helping us get through the barriers in conducting our assessment in-country and providing support if it is required.  
 
For a video briefing on the recent earthquake in Indonesia visit our special update from ShelterBox here. 
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ShelterBox with Rotary responding to earthquakes in Indonesia Les Walsh 2018-08-08 14:00:00Z 0 disaster
Mark was king for the day - Chair, Presenter, and spruiker for The Rotary Foundation.  He welcomed Ken (RC Morwell), about to be member, Ana and Rachael's daughter Meg.
Past Governor Alan took us to the South Pacific with our International Toast to the Rotary Club of Lautoka, Fiji.
 
Last week's meeting Les Walsh 2018-08-07 14:00:00Z 0
In 2011 Ann and Jeff Ross discovered a colony of honeybees had made a home in the wall of their mechanical workshop in Beerburrum. Many people might have followed the advice of friends and called in the pest control but having come from a family of apiarists; Jeff coaxed the bees into a box and before long bees and honey had become their passion.
 
Ann’s new-found interest in bees and her love of stingless native honey meant it wasn’t long before there were eight thriving colonies in the backyard. What happened next launched Hive Haven in a new direction toward saving both our stingless native bee.
 
Ann Ross will be presenting to us next Tuesday morning.
 
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-08-07 14:00:00Z 0
The latest news from Australian Rotary Health Les Walsh 2018-08-06 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health
The Shepherds Arms Children's Home (SACH) in Bohol, Philippines plans to grow fish from fingerlings in a purpose built fish farm to assist the children’s home become self-sufficient in providing a supply of food.  A revenue stream from selling surplus fish is anticipated.
 
Caloundra Rotary - in partnership with Humanitarian Projects International and the Rotary Clubs of Gladstone, Qld and Tagbilaran, Philippines - has established a project to establish the fish farm.
 
The total budget is $2,000 for which Rotary District 9600 has approved a grant of $1,000.
 
The project should be completed in September 2018.
 
More information
 
Donations welcome
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Donations welcome for our Fish Farm project Les Walsh 2018-08-06 14:00:00Z 0 SACH
We have heard from many of our members in the 'Three Minutes on Me' segment at our meetings, and we are just starting to learn about the vocations of our working members.
 
So, the editor of our weekly newsletter 'The Reel' would like to feature your Member Profile in The Reel.  In addition to the feature appearing in The Reel, it will make a perfect post for our Facebook page.
 
The Profile would include snippets of your working life, retirement highlights, the reasons you joined Rotary, and something of your life as a Rotarian in Caloundra and elsewhere.
 
We encourage you to put pen to paper and contribute to this segment please. 
 
Don't be shy - we want to hear from you?  Just send an email to Les at one of our meetings.
Your member profile welcomed Les Walsh 2018-08-04 14:00:00Z 0
Royal Queensland is in great shape and we can’t wait to hit a few balls around this iconic course, on what promises to be a great day.  Cost this year is only $100 per player, so if you want to join us be quick, as spots are strictly limited and will be allocated on first in basis.  Full details can be found below.  If you feel up to it, give us a call or email and we will do the rest.
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Annual Charity Golf Day at RQ Les Walsh 2018-08-04 14:00:00Z 0
Neville Woodforth is retired from a career in project management in the built environment.  He was involved in school P&C's when his daughter was school age and when she became a Rotary international exchange student he joined Rotary.  With a strong belief in the need to assist young people to achieve their full potential he became involved in Rotary youth programs to promote science, leadership, citizenship, community service and adolescent road safety.
 
Neville joined the Rotary Club of Boonah on 1 November 1991 and was its president in the 1996-97 Rotary Year.  He moved to the Rotary Club of Caloundra Pacific on 11 January 2007 and later joined the Rotary Club of Caloundra on 10 July 2017.
 
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Member Profile : Neville Woodforth Les Walsh 2018-08-03 14:00:00Z 0
Zone Foundation newsletter Les Walsh 2018-08-02 14:00:00Z 0 TRF,The Rotary Foundation,Zone
Celebrate Membership & New Club Development Month Les Walsh 2018-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
Attend a webinar on 17 August 2018, 12:30am AEST, to learn about and promote Rotary Global Rewards. Rotary Global Rewards is our member benefits program for Rotary and Rotaract club members and Rotary program alumni. It offers discounts on products and services. Find out how you can take advantage of these special offers, post your own, or choose offers that give back to Rotary. If you can’t attend the live webinar, just register and we’ll send you a recording.
 
Learn more about Rotary Global Rewards Les Walsh 2018-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
After a seven year drought, it's very clear that our Farmers and their families, the backbone of Australia, are doing it exceptionally tough. The National Farmers' Federation, Channel 9 & Rotary in Australia will work together to raise much needed funds from the very generous Australian public. 
 
The National Farmers' Federation will then be able to access these funds and provide support to approved organisations, helping Farmers through this difficult time.
 
2018 Drought Relief Fund for Australian Farmers Les Walsh 2018-08-01 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary, like any business, has customers.  For us, those customers are our members and we must provide value to assure satisfied customers.  The key to attracting and retaining young professional 'customers' is presenting a Value Proposition that is attractive.
 
In a previous post, I discussed the Young Professional (YP) Membership Development project I took on in District 6930. I put together a survey of ten questions designed to get at the core of what brought those members into Rotary, why they stay, what they want, and what challenges they face. From this, we learned that young professionals are looking for networking and mentorship, but have concerns about time, money, and family commitments. Fortunately, Rotary has considerable value to offer in all of those areas.
 
 
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ROMAC newsletter Les Walsh 2018-08-01 14:00:00Z 0 ROMAC
DIK newsletter Les Walsh 2018-08-01 14:00:00Z 0
I cannot think of anything more appropriate to write about today than that of the RYDA program.
This program has been run for the past 10 years and has been considered a life saving credential.
After spending three days over the past week volunteering with other members of the Rotary Clubs at the Corbould Park venue, the amount of enthusiasm and effort that our volunteers, presenters and teachers give to the students to make sure that they will be more schooled in what happens when they finally get behind the wheel of a car is amazing.
 
The program has six sessions and targets Year 11 students who are about to get their P plates or their L plates.   Each one has a ripple effect passing on an important lesson for each student and hopefully for them to retain for the rest of their driving lives.
 
The sessions give the students an overview of ways and means of safe driving and avoiding a crash.  Some of the sessions although very graphic were presented in a manner that gave each student awareness of how to process some situations they may come across in their driving lives.
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A few words from President Bernie Bernie Strong 2018-08-01 14:00:00Z 0 road safety education,ryda
Volunteers needed for RYDA Road Safety Education Les Walsh 2018-08-01 14:00:00Z 0
The latest news from Interplast Les Walsh 2018-07-31 14:00:00Z 0 Interplast
For our Vocational Visit, we were hosted by the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce at their office in Bulcock Street.  The club is a member of the Chamber so it was an opportunity for all our members to learn about the services provided.
Vocational Service Director doubled as breakfast delivery courier, so President Bernie officiated for most of the meeting.  She welcomed the Chamber's Executive Officer,  Olivia Sainsbury and Event & Client Services Co-ordinator, Gabby West as well as Pip Fawcett from Bendigo Bank.
 
Last Week's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-07-31 14:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to download the latest edition of the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter.
 
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.
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Rotary Down Under magazine Les Walsh 2018-07-31 14:00:00Z 0 RDU,magazine
Our meeting on Tuesday 7 August will be a project working-bee day.
 
Mark will bring all the items for the kids and members can help pack them into the bags (large pencil cases).
Mark is also asking members to write a note to the child that they wish to 'sponsor' (really just make a connection).
 
For more information about the club's project to build an agricultural fish farm at the Shepherds Arms Children’s Home (SACH) in Bohol, Philippines in partnership with Humanitarian Projects International and the Rotary Clubs of Gladstone and Bohol.
 
For more information about SACH, visit the Shepherds Arms Foundation website, or visit the home's Facebook page.
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-07-31 14:00:00Z 0
 
 
Beginning a new Rotary Year brings with it an opportunity to take a fresh look at Rotary.  Public Image Coordinator Elizabeth Usovicz shares the story of her father, who would often re-read his favourite novels.  When asked why he did that, her dad replied that every time he read a good book, he got something new from it.  In her blog post for Rotary Voices, Usovicz muses whether it's time we gave Rotary a "new read."
 
 
 
Is it time for a re-read of Rotary? Les Walsh 2018-07-27 14:00:00Z 0
Disaster Aid Australia newsletter Les Walsh 2018-07-26 14:00:00Z 0
National Tree Day publicity Les Walsh 2018-07-26 14:00:00Z 0
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 2018-07-25 14:00:00Z 0 ideas,membership
ShelterBox Operations Update Les Walsh 2018-07-25 14:00:00Z 0
Japan Festival Les Walsh 2018-07-25 14:00:00Z 0
Last Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-07-25 14:00:00Z 0
Have you downloaded the ClubRunner App to keep up to date with what is on our website?
 
Are you using it?
 
It is very useful for club events, and for emailing other members.
 
If in doubt ask Alan!
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Be engaged. Working with your club on service projects that qualify for District Designated Funds is one way to participate and use your voice to make a real difference. If your club has no service projects that interest you, work on getting some new ones underway. Carry out community assessments to find out how we can best use our resources to create positive change.
 
This month, I invite you to transform the way you think about your involvement with Rotary. Consider every meeting a chance to discover new channels for your energy and to brainstorm with like-minded Rotarians about how you can work together for a better world.
 
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Foundation Trustee Chair's August message Les Walsh 2018-07-25 14:00:00Z 0 TRF
All of us have a responsibility to take membership seriously, not only by inviting prospective members, but also by making sure new members are welcomed into clubs that offer them something of value. If you see someone walk into a meeting and hesitate, be sure that person has a place to sit and is part of the conversation. If you're enthusiastic about a Rotary program, make sure your club knows about it and knows how to get involved. If you see a need in your community, talk about it at this week's meeting. If we want to be part of an organization that's strong, that's active, that's having an impact – start at home, and Be the Inspiration in Rotary.
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RI President's August message Les Walsh 2018-07-25 14:00:00Z 0
Our Sergeant was in full control last Tuesday!
 
Visitors were welcomed from Brisbane, Melbourne & France!  Yes our Governor hails from Brisbane (High-Rise in fact!), Snowbird Ken McMeeken was visiting again from Melbourne, and we welcomed Chloé, our Rotary Youth Exchange Student to our meeting for the first time.
Last Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-07-24 14:00:00Z 0
We are all better now for the efforts that were achieved recently in our 113 year history and we look forward to doing better yet again with the many more Rotarians leading the race for this year. We don’t have to be fast but we do need to keep our eye on the ball, we need to keep moving forward. I’m very happy to be in your team.
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District Governor's Newsletter Les Walsh 2018-07-24 14:00:00Z 0 DGs Newsletter,RD9600
A busy week Les Walsh 2018-07-24 14:00:00Z 0
Mark was not intending to do a makeup during his recent trip to Manila; however he found his hotel over-run with Rotaractors attending APRRC (Asia Pacific Regional Rotaract Conference).
 
He was lucky enough to have a talk to RI President, Barry Rassin and Esther who were most interested in our Bohol project.
 
It was most enjoyable talking to the Rotaractors who were everywhere, in the lifts, at the pool at the restaurants and all the public areas.
 
So Mark is claiming multiple makeups for all his socialising at the hotel….ummmmmm!
 
Mark and the Rotaractors Mark Ward 2018-07-23 14:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Gordon, again, for you are indeed newsworthy!
 
Our original story in 'The Reel' was picked up by the Sunshine Coast Daily and published in their weekly 'Join our Club' page.
 
Our original story may be viewed here
In the news Les Walsh 2018-07-23 14:00:00Z 0
Japan Festival Drawing Competition Les Walsh 2018-07-23 14:00:00Z 0
 
We are keeping a photographic record of Chloé's year in Caloundra in this photo album.
 
Chloe Meaer comes from Brandérion in North-western France, she is 16 and speaks French but is also fluent in English and German.
 
She is the eldest of three children. She has a sister and a brother.
 
She loves reading, listening to music, writing or watching videos. At school she studied 10 subjects, mostly academic and seems to have a very enquiring mind.  She also loves drama, the arts, dance and the theatre.
 
Chloé has travelled many places in Europe but nowhere as far as Australia.
 
She is looking very forward to meeting everyone in the Club, so please make her very welcome.
 
Her first host family is with Julianna Neil. 
 
Chloe attended our Rotary meeting last Tuesday morning, presented her club banner, and received a Koala in a Can!
Our Rotary Youth Exchange Student Chloé arrives in Australia Les Walsh 2018-07-22 14:00:00Z 0
Next Tuesday's Meeting Darryl Laing 2018-07-20 14:00:00Z 0 vocational visit
Annual RAM Conference Les Walsh 2018-07-18 14:00:00Z 0 conference,ram,rotarians against malaria
Plan now to make a big splash on World Polio Day Les Walsh 2018-07-18 14:00:00Z 0
Be the Inspiration Les Walsh 2018-07-18 14:00:00Z 0
Caloundra meets Bernie Les Walsh 2018-07-18 14:00:00Z 0
Just a few words from the President’s Chair.
 
When I was asked to consider becoming President of the Rotary Club of Caloundra for the 2018-19 year I asked myself what could I contribute to the Club and to Rotary if I was to accept.
 
All I could think of was contributing to the Community.
 
With the help of the Rotary Club of Caloundra this can be achieved, not by investing many dollars but by lending a hand, a kind word, an offer of help, looking at the big picture and giving time to make the life of someone less fortunate a little easier.
 
Our International President Barry Rassin’s theme for this year is to BE THE INSPIRATION.
So look at the 4 Way test on a daily basis and say to yourself.
 
1.    Is it the Truth
2.    Is it Fair to all concerned
3.    Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships
4.    Will it be Beneficial to all concerned.
 
I hope that you all have a wonderful week.
A few words from President Bernie Bernie Strong 2018-07-17 14:00:00Z 0
We give thanks for the worldwide fellowship of Rotary, good food and friendship.
May we fulfil our Creed and place Service above Self in our daily endeavours.
That was the Invocation suggested by James & Merv for our consideration and repeated this morning.
President Bernie was in the Chair in a slightly removed room at our venue.  She again welcomed Ana Carolina and her desire to become a member shortly.
 
Past Governor Alan Still proposed the first of our Toasts to an Australian Rotary Club - which will be a feature of our meeting on the first Tuesday of the month.  The International Toast will he given on the third Tuesday.  So we were introduced to the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria - the home of Immediate Past World President, Ian Risely.
 
President Bernie then announced:
  • The Official Visit by our District Governor, Wendy Protheroe will be next Tuesday, come along and meet her.  More details here
  • We are encouraged to hold a Rotary Day sometime this year in order to promote Rotary and our club to the community - see this brochure for details
  • Ken O’Connell has passed away - he was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2017 (see here).  Those attending his funeral are encouraged to wear their Rotary shirt.
  • Mark McArdle MP's 2018 Community Awards - details here
  • National Tree Day planting 29 July - see Roger Todd for details
  • A team needs to be assembled for the Calpac debate - Deb Taylor to email details
  • BBQ roster next week
  • RYDA days next week
Last week's meeting Les Walsh 2018-07-16 14:00:00Z 0
Our Members 2018-07-16 14:00:00Z 0

Wendy Protheroe is the Governor of Rotary District 9600 for 2018-19.  She is a member of the Rotary Club of Brisbane High Rise.

Wendy began her career as a special education teacher where she developed her belief   that everyone should be given the chance to enjoy their abilities. Then as Director of Early intervention Services she worked with terminally ill children and their families and learnt the importance of being flexible in understanding differences and keeping end goals in mind.

As her children reached adolescence Wendy extended her career and spent seven years as TAFE Director at Gympie/Sunshine Coast and then Ipswich before being transferred to the Government’s Economic Development Portfolio. During that role she became the Queensland Director for the 2000 Olympic Games where she honed skills of working with high profile business, sports people and politicians, making focussed decisions and working to deadlines.

 

 
Meet DG Wendy next Tuesday Les Walsh 2018-07-13 14:00:00Z 0
Your Latest News from Australian Rotary Health Les Walsh 2018-07-13 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health
About a year and a half after I joined my Rotary club, I terminated my membership because I missed four consecutive meetings.  That was the rule at the time. I’ll freely admit – I didn’t care much for the food or the weekly meetings.  I didn’t think they were the best use of my time.  But the real issue was that I wasn’t engaged.  I had no role, I had no reason to be a member, and I didn’t need to go to a luncheon meeting every week that appeared to offer me absolutely nothing. 
 
But then my incoming club president asked me to chair ...
 
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Foundation Trustee Chair's July message Les Walsh 2018-07-08 14:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Gordon!
 
Our Golf Day Committee Convenor, Gordon Hamilton received a surprise recognition at our Changeover Dinner.  In recognition of the outstanding devotion that Gordon has applied to our Golf Day, he was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow.  His three sons were honoured to accompany their father for the presentation.
 
If you're outside of Rotary, you might not fully appreciate what this means - it's a big deal.  Paul Harris was the founder of our organisation in 1905 in Chicago, and after his death in 1947 funds began to flow into The Rotary Foundation (our global humanitarian charity) in his name.
 
A Paul Harris Fellow is an individual who contributes US$1,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund or other approved programs, or a person who has had that amount contributed in their name.   Many clubs choose to honour the efforts of members by paying US$1,000 into The Rotary Foundation and offering Paul Harris recognition in this way.
 
PHF Paul Harris Fellow
Congratulations Gordon Les Walsh 2018-07-08 14:00:00Z 0 PHF,Paul Harris Fellow

Clubs of District 9600 are invited to the

World Polio Eradication Dinner

24 October 2018

To be held at Club Pine Rivers

Cnr Sparkes and Francis Roads Brae Park 4500

Price $35 each

Hear the latest on World Polio Eradication in a fun and friendly atmosphere

More information here

World Polio Eradication Dinner Les Walsh 2018-07-07 14:00:00Z 0
Changeover 2018 Les Walsh 2018-07-07 14:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Julianna on becoming a Corporate Finalist for the 2018 SCBWN Business Woman of the Year Awards.
Congratulations Julianna Les Walsh 2018-07-07 14:00:00Z 0
Australia New Zealand Rotary Conference Les Walsh 2018-07-07 14:00:00Z 0

News from Gerry: 

I have attended the weekly meeting of RC Darwin Sunrise on 29 June, and on 30 June I helped flog rattle tickets at Parap markets for a two hour shift..
 
Weather here is beautiful and 1 July was Territory Day, which means 'Cracker Night' - Everybody except us, spends hundreds of dollars to explode on one night.
Hard at work in Darwin Les Walsh 2018-07-03 14:00:00Z 0

We are again looking for volunteers to help setup and assist in the running of another three successful RYDA days preparing our young people for life on the roads. 

Separate invitation emails have been emailed on which you may register your attendance or apology.

If you haven't yet registered, please register direct at the following links:

 

24 July

Tuesday

Register for Setup

25 July

Wednesday

Register for Wednesday

Note there is also a Bunnings BBQ scheduled for Wednesday

26 July

Thursday

Register for Thursday
   
31 JulyTuesdayRegister for Setup Tuesday 31 July
1 AugustWednesdayRegister for Wednesday 1 August
Volunteers needed for RYDA Road Safety Education Les Walsh 2018-07-02 14:00:00Z 0
While on holidays in the UK, Chris Rees stumbled across an opportunity to raise some funds for one or two recent project ideas.
Freedom Communities gives back to the local community a total of $5,000.  All we had to do was to create our support ideas.  That was easy as we already had two projects that could benefit.  They were:
 
Have you noticed or heard about the reduction in the number of pre-school and primary school aged children who cannot swim. Swimming lessons for Primary School Children are no longer mandatory - and there were 19 deaths in Queensland last year from drowning. The Government has introduced a voucher scheme for Primary school children but poorer families who would like their children to swim still cannot afford to send them. There is also a need for pre- schoolers to learn to swim. The Rotary Club of Caloundra aims to make a number of places available for needy children to learn to swim. 
 
  • The Sunshine Coast Photographic Competition will be open to primary and secondary school children from Year 3 to Year 12 living on the Sunshine Coast. With four age categories, entries will be photos featuring the 'environment' or 'animals'. The Rotary Club of Caloundra needs your help to secure the prize monies to encourage students to enter the competition.
With the help of members and friends, the initiative was successful in attracting $500 for each project.  Thank you to all members who liked, voted and shared the entries.
 
Good news indeed!
Crowdfunding works! Les Walsh 2018-07-02 14:00:00Z 0
Your editor was thrust into the Chair's role at our meeting last Tuesday in the absence of our Travel Agent who must have been swanning around in flip flops!
Ana joined us again as a visitor and Judy and Neville were welcome back from their respective journeys once the Chair got his thoughts together!
 
PDG Alan Still proposed our International Toast to the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge in Louisiana, USA.  There are also two other Baton Rouge clubs - Sunrise & Capital City.
 
 
Last Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-07-02 14:00:00Z 0
I want to see Rotary Be the Inspiration for our communities by doing work with a transformational impact. It’s time to start moving forward, by removing the barriers that are holding us back. Let’s make it easier to make adjustments in our clubs or start new clubs that suit different needs. Let’s work to strengthen Rotaract and smooth the transition from Rotaract clubs into Rotary. Let’s give all Rotarians the flexibility to serve in the ways that work best for them, so that every Rotarian finds enduring value in Rotary membership.
 
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RI President's July message Les Walsh 2018-07-02 14:00:00Z 0
The latest Rotary Down Under magazine Les Walsh 2018-07-01 14:00:00Z 0 RDU,magazine
Be the Inspiration in 2018-19 Les Walsh 2018-06-30 14:00:00Z 0
District Newsletter - June Les Walsh 2018-06-30 14:00:00Z 0 DGs Newsletter,RD9600
President’s Closing Remarks at Convention Les Walsh 2018-06-30 14:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to download the latest edition of the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter.
 
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 2018-06-30 14:00:00Z 0
RI Director's News Les Walsh 2018-06-30 14:00:00Z 0
Your Latest News from Australian Rotary Health Les Walsh 2018-06-30 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health
Be the Inspiration in 2018-19 Les Walsh 2018-06-30 14:00:00Z 0
Bernadette, or as we like to call her, Bernie has a family of three children, three stepchildren and 15 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 assumed her official role as President for 2018-19 today (1 July).
 
Bernadette worked as a Customer Service Officer with Bendigo Bank for approximately seven years and with husband, Ron was instrumental in raising community awareness and setting up the Caloundra Community Bank that has now been operating for 10 years.
 
Her decision to retire in 2008 prompted her to become more involved in the Community and she is a member of the Caloundra Community Bank where she served on the Board from 2011 to 2017, Company secretary from 2014 to 2017, AICD Directors Course, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Australian Pensioners and Superannuants League, Vietnam Veterans of the Sunshine Coast, and T A P P.
Meet Bernie, our President for 2018-19 Les Walsh 2018-06-30 14:00:00Z 0
2017-18 Review Les Walsh 2018-06-29 14:00:00Z 0 Making a Difference,Peter Davis
End Polio Now newsletter Les Walsh 2018-06-28 14:00:00Z 0
It was a bit chilly at the last BBQ.  One of our volunteers wasn’t wearing socks as she thought it was going to be a warm day!   Used bread packets came in handy to keep warm.
It was a bit cold at the last BBQ Les Walsh 2018-06-28 14:00:00Z 0
And so, this is it, my final week of a busy year as President of our great Club.
 
I must say, I've thoroughly enjoyed the experience and at the same time am consciously grateful for the assistance and support received from others.
 
I'll be the first to admit that I was still a raw recruit when thrust into the top job.  It's been a learning curve along the way, however I can safely say we have achieved some great things as a Club.
 
Obviously I will elaborate more in my end of year Report, but suffice as to say, I'd like to say a huge thank you to all the Members of the Board.  Your participation in our Meetings and with your relevant committees and projects is what has kept our Club the success it is.
 
Unfortunately, due to a career change and subsequent working away, I've been unable to attend a number of Meetings at the back end of the year.  Let me assure you, however, I've had my nose to the Rotary grindstone in the background.
 
I would however, like to especially thank our President Elect, Bernie, who has stepped up to the plate in my absence.  I'd like to also take the opportunity to wish Bernie, a successful year as President when she takes over in July.  Bernie has had numerous years of experience in Rotary and that, along with the support I know she'll receive, will ensure our Club continues to grow in strength.
 
I'd also like to thank each of you, our Members, without whom we would have no Club.  Thank you for you support at Service Projects, attendance at Meetings and Socials and any other contribution you've made to Rotary and in particular to our Club.
 
As you know, we are currently undergoing some changes, in consultation with all Members, via recommendations from the Board, to safeguard the future of our Club.  The most frightening factor we are faced with is the fact that less than 20% of our Members are under 60 years of age.  As our older Members become non-active, we have to come up with ways to attract new Members. 
 
The Board is involving all Members in the discussion forums we've had so far.  We are taking all options into account and will continue to work on the best solution for the Club, going forward.  The fact that we are listening and not implementing change without consultation, demonstrates transparency and the solidarity of our Club.
 
Thank you again for a special year, and I'll see you at the Changeover Dinner, where we hand over the reins to Bernie.
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2018-06-27 14:00:00Z 0
Mark Ward had a big job as today's Chair and Presenter!  Of course he did well.
Alan Still OAM ably proposed the International Toast to the Rotary Club of Port Vila, Vanuatu.
Then Bernie - soon to be President - highlighted a number of issues:
 
  • Congratulate Megyn Carpenter on her acceptance of the role as Program Director for 2018-19
  • Continue to uphold Lyn & Lex Roberts
  • The Tree Planting and Open Cockpit Day on 7 July - apparently volunteers need to be on deck from 9am until 2.30pm
  • Thanked Megyn also for facilitating the Open Forum discussion
  • Donations in Kind - DIK is closing down on 30 June and needs volunteers to help shift remaining items into storage.  See the story in this edition of The Reel.
After Mark & Deb had presented the financial proposition for next year, Megyn then facilitated a lively discussion on the budget and the proposed meeting program.  A separate summary has been emailed to members.
Last Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-06-26 14:00:00Z 0
Papua New Guinea health authorities confirm that the country is experiencing its first polio outbreak in 18 years, after one case of the virus was confirmed in the country's second-largest city.
 
District Governor, John Lane said: "the latest news from Papua New Guinea is not good, WHO has confirmed the first case of Polio since 1996. Not Wild Polio but VACINE Derived. 
 
"The Health Department and WHO will undertake a vaccination and testing program.
 
"We are in contact with the Clubs and will advise of any support or other assistance required shortly.
 
"Please keep our members of the Rotary family and Papua New Guinea in your thoughts and prayers whilst they handle this situation."
 
 
Read more
Polio outbreak in PNG, 18 years after the country became polio-free Mark Ward 2018-06-26 14:00:00Z 0

Darryl Iseppi will be District Governor for the 2019-20 Rotary year.  He will be joining us on 3 July as District Governor Elect.

Currently he is District Rotary Foundation Chair for 2016-19 overseeing fundraising and grant activities for The Foundation in our District.  An important part of that role is educating clubs and club members on the importance of supporting Our Foundation and how it works.  More information here.

 

Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-06-25 14:00:00Z 0
 
Download the final June DIK newsletter
 
For many years - though a group of dedicated Rotarians - we have  collected, stored, loaded and shipped hospital, medical educational equipment and goods to our island clubs and others from Donations in Kind (DIK)

Through the generosity of the state government and others we have been able to operate from various properties for negligible costs.
 
However as time goes by the owners of these  properties have decided to redevelop or sell them and we have had to move.
 
This has happened to our current 'home' and on 30 June 2018 we will vacate the current Durack property.
 
Amongst other things this will deny some of our efforts to support the Islands with most needed resources for their communities.
 
We are looking for a suitable location to transfer our operations, but at this stage we are closing down Donations in Kind, hopefully for only a short while.

My sincere thanks to all the Clubs and regular workers that have supported DIK over the years lets hope we can get a new home soon

 
DIK Newsletter Les Walsh 2018-06-24 14:00:00Z 0
DIK newsletter Les Walsh 2018-06-23 14:00:00Z 0
From the Rotary Club of Neuchatel, Switzerland's bulletin:
 
We had the pleasure of welcoming Rotarian Jim Lombard of the RC Caloundra in Australia and his wife. Jim is a native of our region and was called at the time Jim Liegme, name hardly pronounceable in Australia, because of this change of name which cost him $20!!! Jim tells us about his (Men's) club (about 80 members) and actions carried out, one of which is quite original: "The Caloundra Men's Shed"
 
It is an association that provides the people of the region with workshops equipped under the direction of Rotarians in order to realize or repair objects at lower cost with materials financed by the association. This project was born out of the idea of some members of Rotary who wished to continue to put their competence in the service of the community beyond the age of retirement in order to care and stay active. This project is recognized as public utility by the main city of the region and thus is financially supported. The workshops are open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The association has also created community gardens. The Club gives him our flag as a sign of friendship at the end of his presentation. More info on the attached PDF (in English!)
 
As the discussions went on, Jim realized that he had been on school benches with Jean-Daniel Clottu and that they had  "400 hits " Together about 60 years ago... Only emotions and the world is small!
Greetings from Switzerland Les Walsh 2018-06-22 14:00:00Z 0
The Rotary International Convention will travel to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where there’s Inspiration Around Every Corner, 23-27 June.
 
Toronto is a diverse city with lots to offer, including vibrant cultural, art, entertainment, and culinary scenes.
 
Those attending will learn about new ideas, hear different perspectives, and gain new skills through engaging speakers, breakout sessions, and exhibits in the House of Friendship.
In the words of one member: “I became a true Rotarian after attending my first convention. It was a magical moment during which the word international took on its full meaning.” 
Learn more
Rotary International Convention opens in Toronto Les Walsh 2018-06-20 14:00:00Z 0
Next Tuesday's meeting will again take the form of an Open Forum to discuss our budget and member dues for 2018-19
 
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-06-19 14:00:00Z 0

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED FOR:

QUEENSLAND AIR MUSEUM - OPEN COCKPIT WEEKEND July 7 & 8

The Queensland Air Museum welcomes as many of our members as possible for the Open Cockpit Weekend.

Possibly the best role would be to pair with a QAM volunteer manning an aircraft with an open cockpit for the day.

Volunteers are required from 9am to 4pm each day, but in reality need people from 9am to about 2.30 when the pace slackens.

Volunteers on the day are supplied with a morning tea and lunch (both excellent) and car parking is available to volunteers in the Air Cadets yard next to us.

If you are able to assist, kindly register for the Saturday and/or the Sunday.. QAM needs people to work the full day but we are seeking a roster of volunteers for two time slots: 9-12 & 12-2.30

QAM is happy to provide a Free Family pass for the family of each volunteer so they can enjoy the event as well.

 

If you are interested, please register via the following links:

Register for Saturday

Register for Sunday

Volunteer for Open Cockpit Weekend Les Walsh 2018-06-18 14:00:00Z 0
Fortunately our Master of Ceremonies/ Roster King was able to Chair the meeting as our rostered Chair, Genta was whisked away without notice to Perth.  Not sure where our rostered Speaker & Official Photographer was.  That reminds us to remind you to check the roster for your duties and to arrange a replacement if for any reason you will not be attending.  A new roster commencing 1 July is being drawn up as we speak!
 
So Ian Belcher welcomed us on a very cold winter's morning as well as extending an official welcome to our three visitors - Assistant Governor Wendy, interested volunteer Ana Carolina, and Deborah's house guest from Thailand.
 
Past Governor, Alan Still proposed our International Toast to the Rotary Club of Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
 
 
Last Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-06-18 14:00:00Z 0
People of Action Les Walsh 2018-06-16 14:00:00Z 0 People of Action,causes,projects

To help club officers succeed in their role, some improvements have been made to the Learning Center. You can now find courses for all club officer roles and committee members. See how to find club officer courses below.

Early in the 2018-19 Rotary year, a completely redesigned Learning Center will be unveiled, featuring updated content and an easy-to-use layout. 

 

Learning about Rotary Les Walsh 2018-06-13 14:00:00Z 0
In an endeavour to future-proof the club and make it more attractive to new members, two important changes have been addressed by the Board and members this past week.
 
Firstly, last Tuesday's Open Forum discussed the changes in Meeting Formats being introduced from 1 July. 
 
Secondly, a new approach to members' annual dues is being introduced as President Peter has described in his separate email.
 
We encourage you to read on for the reasons for change and the details.
  
budget meetings
Read more
Changes ahead Les Walsh 2018-06-13 14:00:00Z 0 budget,meetings
Rotary offers many opportunities to connect with others in your club and district who share similar passions. You also have many opportunities to connect with members globally.

Rotary Fellowships provide a great way to make new friends around the world and enhance your Rotary experience. The fellowships are international, independently organized groups of Rotarians, family members, program participants, and alumni who share a common passion. These groups range in interest from tennis to wine, marathon running to cooking, scuba diving to recreational vehicles, jazz to computers, and more.

Currently, Rotary International officially recognizes 78 Rotary Fellowships. The groups reported a combined membership of 82,218 people in more than 150 countries in 2016-17. View a list of all fellowships and join one today!

June is Rotary Fellowships Month. Read the Rotary Service blog to learn more about fellowship activities and service efforts.
Rotary Fellowships combine passion, friendship, and service Les Walsh 2018-06-13 14:00:00Z 0

Murray Power started the Caloundra Film Festival in 2013.  With the support of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Screen Queensland and other partners it has grown significantly.  It runs over multiple locations over a 10 day period and includes a Features Programme, a Pop-up Cinema, a Student Showcase and this year a large open air opening night screening.
 
He has also had two productions for film and television produced: Stranded and Ella with writing and production credits for both.  Scripts and small screen shows in active development.  Producing a local documentary, Caloundra Goes to the Movies.

Murray will be presenting to us next Tuesday morning.

Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-06-13 14:00:00Z 0
Invitation to Presidents' Changeover 2018 Les Walsh 2018-06-10 14:00:00Z 0
Register for Presidents' Changeover Dinner Les Walsh 2018-06-09 14:00:00Z 0
2018 Australia New Zealand Rotary Conference Les Walsh 2018-06-06 14:00:00Z 0
During my time spent in Rotary, including talking to more senior members and attending any Rotary function or Conference, there is always the common theme: for Rotary to remain a viable option, prosper and grow, it has to change.
I'm sure some of you are tired of this continual mantra.  But, stop and think, if Rotary has to change, you, the members must be active in the change process.  I'm sure you wouldn't want to be responsible for preventing the progression of Rotary through change.
 
Our Board is currently in consultation with it's members to facilitate necessary changes to the way our Club operates.  Shortly, you will have the opportunity to express your input regarding important aspects such as Membership Fees, Meeting Formats and Formalities, and most importantly Budgeting and Expenditure.  If there is a need to discuss further areas of interest, the Board will welcome that, also.
Last week, I wrote about "The Constant that is Change".  This week I'd like to share with you:
President Peter's Musings :Peter Davis 2018-06-05 14:00:00Z 0
President Elect Bernie welcomed our Guest Speakers, then called on Alan Still to propose our International Toast to the Rotary Club of Khartoum, the only club in Sudan (population 39.6m).
Gordon Hamilton entertained us with 3+ minutes on his colourful life and the build-up to his career in the Sporting Goods industry that really started with the purchase of a firearms company in New Zealand with tennis great Roy Emerson. 
In fact Gordon told us that, as a tennis player, he was No. 2 to Roy with whom he went to Public School, and boarded with at Ipswich Grammar for first year.  In between, he worked with Golden Circle which exported a lot of Pineapple, principally to the UK when Gordon moved to London for a year and stayed for four before heading up the NSW operation on his return.
Gloria van Donge was our Guest Speaker.  She has written a series of books about a family of five gifted cheetah cubs is designed to provide a few snapshots of the world of the gifted and talented child.  More information here.
Last Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-06-04 14:00:00Z 0
Your vote will help us Les Walsh 2018-06-02 14:00:00Z 0
Next Tuesday's meeting will take the form of an Open Forum to discuss our meeting formats.  It is one of the areas where the 2016 Council on Legislation - Rotary's Parliament - has given clubs new flexibility.
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-06-02 14:00:00Z 0

 
District Grant approved
 
Rotary District 9600 has approved the grant application for our project to establish a purpose built fish farm in Bohol, Philippines in partnership with Humanitarian Projects International and the Rotary Clubs of Gladstone and Bohol.   The grant is $1,000.
 
Total budget: $2,000   Project Timing: 3-16 September 2018
 
Learn more
District Grant Fish Fish Farm SACH
Grant for Agricultural Fish Farming project approved Les Walsh 2018-06-01 14:00:00Z 0 District Grant,Fish,Fish Farm,SACH
The latest Rotary Down Under magazine Les Walsh 2018-06-01 14:00:00Z 0 RDU,magazine
DIK Special Newsletter Les Walsh 2018-06-01 14:00:00Z 0
Please click HERE to download the latest edition of the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter.
 
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 2018-05-31 14:00:00Z 0
ROMAC Newsletter Les Walsh 2018-05-31 14:00:00Z 0 ROMAC
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. They help get members involved in Rotary beyond their own clubs and national borders.
So in June, we observe Rotary Fellowships Month.

Members interested in vocational service, recreational activities, or visiting Rotarians around the world can connect through programs like Rotary Friendship Exchange,  help build twin-club relationships, or find service project partners.
 
 
 
June is Rotary Fellowships Month Les Walsh 2018-05-31 14:00:00Z 0
Unitywater held a special celebration at Rotary Park - Duck Holes Creek on 31 May to launch its Reconciliation Action Plan and its latest Community Artwork project on the newly built sewage pump station. 
 
President Elect Bernie, Noel & Olive Begley, Gerry & Les represented Caloundra Rotary at the ceremony
 
Duck Holes Creek Rotary Park artwork
Unitywater launches Reconciliation Action Plan at Rotary Park Les Walsh 2018-05-30 14:00:00Z 0 Duck Holes Creek,Rotary Park,artwork
The latest News from Interplast Les Walsh 2018-05-30 14:00:00Z 0 Interplast
Results of Membership Satisfaction Survey Chris Rees 2018-05-30 14:00:00Z 0
Fortunately - as the appointed Chair Heidi was gallivanting elsewhere - our Elder Statesman volunteered to keep us (and participants) under control and so he did as these photos show!
Guests were welcomed - Sue Perriman (her last visit before returning home to Victoria - but she will be back!), Pam's son Charles, and Roger's better half, Sally.
 
Alan proposed our International Toast to the Rotary Club of Singapore and then invited Gerry to present - on BBQ matters.
 
Last Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-05-29 14:00:00Z 0

Giftedness is 24/7.  It cannot be turned off.  It can’t happen only between 9am-11am on Tuesdays.  What if you were gifted and there was nobody like you?  Would you want to stand out like a bright star against a velvety night sky?  Or would you choose to hide by camouflaging your abilities?

Gloria van Donge has written a series of books about a family of five gifted cheetah cubs is designed to provide a few snapshots of the world of the gifted and talented child.

While written and illustrated on a child’s level, they also help adults become aware of some of the issues a gifted child could face.

Gloria and Peter van Donge will be presenting to us next Tuesday morning on the Gifted Kids Book Series.

Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-05-29 14:00:00Z 0
 
For 60 years, choosing a theme has been the privilege, and sometimes the challenge, of each incoming president. Looking back on those past themes opens a small window into the thinking and the vision of each leader – how they saw Rotary, the place they saw for Rotary in the world, and what they hoped Rotary would achieve.
 
When my turn came to choose a theme, I did not hesitate. I knew immediately that our theme ...
 
 
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Rotary wins Best Non-profit Act for its polio eradication work Les Walsh 2018-05-27 14:00:00Z 0 EndPolioNow,Polio eradication,polio
Good evening all,
With a wet start to the week to finish Autumn, Winter has now heralded a cold end and it looks like it's here to stay. 
 
I hope you all enjoyed our Breakfast this week and what our Guest Speaker, Dr John Arvier, had to say regarding the amazing work he performs in his field.
 
Thinking about what I'd write this week, I found myself thinking about the "need for change". I hope you enjoy the column.

The Only Constant Is Change

Everywhere we go, not just with Rotary, but with everything we do, it's very common to hear, "The Only Constant is Change".  As has been mentioned many times, in order for us to survive, we have to continually re-invent ourselves.  This is true in business and in Rotary.
 
In Rotary we talk about change.  What does this really mean?  The dictionary definition, change is defined as:
‘to make the future course of something different, to what it is or what it would be, if left alone’. 
Our Club needs to be thinking of the future and how best to embrace change.
 
 
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2018-05-27 14:00:00Z 0
Good morning all,
 
It was pleasing to see so many members of our Club at the Sunshine Coast Rotary Clubs University Annual Joint Meeting on Wednesday evening.
 
Sunshine Coast Rotary Clubs, since donating to the Rotary & University of the Sunshine Coast Community Fund - RUSCCF in 1996-97, have provided the fund with almost $170,000 in funding.  Our Club alone is responsible for in excess of $10,000.  Each year, the donations are used to fund the study of post graduate students, chosen by their superiors, in the form of a Rotary Scholarship
 
We got to meet the three recipients for this year, each giving a small insight into the academic work they do.
 
Our Club was in charge of the Raffle, with all proceeds going towards the Fund.  A big thank you to all those who donated prizes and to those who sold the tickets on the night.
 
The highlight of the night was the Guest Speaker, Jan Becker. Jan and her husband own the Becker Helicopter Business, which many of you would be aware of.  However, Jan has another side to her extremely interesting life.  She is a registered midwife, specialising in neo-natal work.  Her passion was almost tangible as she spoke about her desire to help people less fortunate than herself. 
 
Jan gives her own time to travel to the sub-Sahara several times a year, where she assists and teaches local people the life saving skills of being a neo-natal nurse and the art of midwifery.  Her audio visual presentation, along with her motivational message left the crowd spellbound.  The world needs more people like Jan and we can all learn so much from her.  As Jan said, so many of us are permanently in the "hover" position (helicopter terminology for being in our comfort zone).  If only we could be willing to power out of the standstill and discover the true meaning of our lives.
 
We will have to see if Jan can spare some of her precious time and address our Club.  It will certainly be worth it.
President Peter's Musings 2018-05-23 14:00:00Z 0
District Newsletter - May Les Walsh 2018-05-23 14:00:00Z 0 DGs Newsletter,RD9600
Our meeting last week was moved to the Innovation Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast for the annual presentation of scholarships by the Rotary and the University of the Sunshine Coast Community Fund - RUSCCF.
There 22 of us joined Caloundra Pacific (25), Maleny, Mooloolaba and the other Sunshine Coast Rotary Clubs to hear from the 2018 RUSCCF Scholarship recipients, Andre Allen, Makeely Blandford and Joanne Boon.
The Rotary Club of Glasshouse Mountains was recognised as a Platinum donor (over $20,000 - joining Mooloolaba).  All Rotary clubs were recognised as they handed over their 2018 donations.
 
The Guest Speaker was Captain Jan Becker who is well known and respected in the aviation industry as CEO of Becker Helicopters Group and has been recognised with multiple honours.  
 
RUSCCF Scholarships
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Dr John Arvier OAM is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with a special interest in maxillofacial trauma. He has more than 28 years experience in specialist oral and maxillofacial surgery practice, with a private practice at the Wesley with branches in the suburbs as well as in Mackay and Rockhampton.


He will be speaking to us on 29 May on 'The Challenges and Rewards of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery'.

ROMAC
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Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-05-21 14:00:00Z 0 ROMAC
District Changeover Les Walsh 2018-05-20 14:00:00Z 0
District Changeover Invitation Les Walsh 2018-05-19 14:00:00Z 0
Club Changeover - save the date Les Walsh 2018-05-17 14:00:00Z 0
Good evening everybody,
 
I enjoyed the pictures from our Regal Breakfast on Tuesday. Congratulations to our very own Queen Megyn for coming up with the suggestion. As 'Queen', she really stole the show with her very royal attire.
We are hearing a lot about Rotary Youth Programs, lately, especially with the imminent arrival of our inbound Exchange Student. Please read on to learn about some of the Rotary Youth Programs that our Club is involved with.
 
Rotary Clubs sponsor young people in the development of skills in the fields of communication, leadership, road safety/driver awareness, resilience and self esteem and in furthering the career aspirations in the subjects of mathematics and science.
 
Our Club's Youth Director is Past President, Judy Clark.  Judy does a fine job coordinating all these programs.
 
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2018-05-16 14:00:00Z 0
A regal affair it was last Tuesday.  Commanded by Queen Megyn, our members donned tiaras, top hats, crowns and other regalia for the Royal Buffet Feast in honour of Saturday's wedding of a son of the realm and an actress in a far away land.
 
Last Week's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-05-15 14:00:00Z 2
Next Week's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-05-15 14:00:00Z 0 RUSCCF
Your latest news from Australian Rotary Health Les Walsh 2018-05-14 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health
Gympie Rotary Quilt & Craft Spectacular Les Walsh 2018-05-14 14:00:00Z 0 gympie,quilt

Have you got your Cool Stubby Holders?

Just $5 each

Great for your parties

Excellent gifts for your family & friends

See Gerry!

Cool Stubbies available Les Walsh 2018-05-12 14:00:00Z 0
DIK Newsletter Les Walsh 2018-05-11 14:00:00Z 0
RYPEN 2018 Les Walsh 2018-05-11 14:00:00Z 0 rypen
A different BBQ in Golden Beach Les Walsh 2018-05-09 14:00:00Z 3 BBQ,Star Pharmacy
Invitation for Rotary Park Duck Holes Creek Celebration Ceremony Les Walsh 2018-05-09 14:00:00Z 0 Duck Holes Creek,Rotary Park
10 Reasons to Join Les Walsh 2018-05-08 14:00:00Z 0 membership,reasons
Our Travelling Pharmacist sent his apologies (in fact he has a Leave of Absence) from a faraway place, but he does plan to grace us with his presence at the Board Meeting on Monday.  In fact he has been musing and sends this contribution.
 
Ann Rattle ably took the Chair as befits her experience and welcomed guests to the meeting - Assistant Governor Wendy Gilson (tennis was rained out), Trevor Hodgson from the Albany Creek club, and Peter.
 
Esteemed Past District Governor - PDG Alan Still OAM - proposed the International Toast to the Rotary Club of Toronto, Ontario, Canada - a club chartered 1 March 1913 having 161 members.  Toronto is hosting this year's International Convention 23-27 June - learn more.
  
Last Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-05-07 14:00:00Z 0
Good evening all,
After finishing my first week, being a Locum Pharmacist, I'm very happy with the decision I've made with the change in direction of my career.
 
It's a great opportunity to work in a different geographical environment, be surrounded with different staff and customers and to work within different business models.
 
I am very grateful to my fantastic team of Board Members, especially Bernie, who has been thrown into the deep end. Thank you to all of you for continuing with the administration of the Club, in my absence.
 
Recently, I've been writing about the reasons we join Rotary. One of those reasons was to have FUN. Apart from the Four Way Test, which we always talk about, why can't we have a Fifth Test ?

Is it Fun?

 
We all know and love The Four-Way Test. In many ways, it’s an improvement on the age-old golden rule that you should treat others the way you wish to be treated. It’s a guide for living, a tool for decision making, a moral code. While Rotary has been served well by these four questions, they may not be enough in an era in which Rotary is trying to appeal to more people and have a broader impact.
 
There is another crucial question that we as Rotary members must always ask ourselves, and it is this: Is it fun? This is the question I ask myself with everything I do. If it isn’t fun, I don’t do it. Some people may scoff at that mentality, but in my mind, life is too short to waste on things I don’t enjoy. There are a hundred other organizations I could be a part of. If Rotary isn’t fun, why should I join? And if I am already a member, but I’m not having fun, why should I stay?
 
Of course, I speak for myself, and perhaps I can also presume to speak for other young people. But I imagine that how I feel is also how many Rotary members feel all over the world. We all want to have fun while serving the sick, the impoverished, the embattled, and the hungry. And in my experience, Rotary can be the most fun part of my life.
 
But often, clubs become so entrenched in their habits that they forget to have fun. If Rotary isn’t fun, how can we light a fire in the hearts of our members? How can we increase our membership? How can we survive? We must constantly ask ourselves: Is what we are doing fun?
 
This may not be a question fit for enshrining in the codes of Rotary, and perhaps it doesn’t even warrant recitation at weekly meetings. However, it’s probably the most important question we can ask ourselves when making decisions in our clubs. What we do in Rotary is not primarily for our own benefit, but people must enjoy Rotary if it is to survive. This is the real golden rule of Rotary clubs: If what we do isn’t fun, then it’s not worth doing.
 
I believe our Club does have FUN. Our Meetings are fun, as we don't take ourselves too seriously. We all enjoy and have FUN helping each other out at the various Service Projects the Club is involved with. Remember, to attract new Members and keep existing Members, we have to have a point of difference. That point of difference may well be FUN !
Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you all, soon.
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2018-05-07 14:00:00Z 0
The Mental Illness Fellowship - MIFQ - has been committed to providing a personalised response to the needs of people living with mental illness since 1985.  It provides recovery-orientated support that promotes personal growth.
 
MIFQ promotes the belief that recovery and meaningful outcomes are possible for everyone.  It believes that recovery is an individual process and that MIFQ's role is to provide people with opportunities, information and resources that will assist them to live the life of their choice in their community.
 
MIFQ can walk alongside people during their time with us and create an environment that supports the development of their skills so that they can grow to become fuller and richer people.
Melissa Bragg is the Fundraising Manager for MIFQ and she will be presenting to us on Tuesday morning 15 May.  She is also the Direct Marketing Manager of QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.  Prior to MIFQ, Melissa was acting Group Manager, Fundraising & Development for UnitingCare Health in 2015-16.
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-05-07 14:00:00Z 0
Two New Projects approved Les Walsh 2018-05-04 14:00:00Z 0 photo comp,projects,swim
RI Director's News Les Walsh 2018-05-03 14:00:00Z 0
With the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle imminent, one of our newest members Megyn suggested having a Royal Dress-up.
 
So bring out your tiaras and top hats and join in the celebrations by dressing regally on Tuesday 15 May.  Should be fun!
Royal dress up notice for our 15 May meeting Megyn Carpenter 2018-05-03 14:00:00Z 0
Caloundra Girl Guides would like to warmly invite Caloundra Rotary Club to join us for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea (in the afternoon), to raise much need funds for the Cancer Council. 
 
Our girls will prepare and serve you a scrumptious afternoon tea as well as provide some entertainment.  Don’t forget to bring your wallet; there will be some great prizes up for offer including a lucky door prize.  If you are unable to attend, but would still like to contribute, we are a registered event on the Biggest Morning Tea online events page. Please feel free to donate to our online fundraising page - http://qld.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/CaloundraGirlGuides
 
Invitation from Caloundra Girl Guides Les Walsh 2018-05-03 14:00:00Z 0

From afar ...

Good evening all,
 
Greeting from the Travelling Pharmacist/ Roving President.  As I sit in my Caravan tonight, I thought I'd continue with some further tips from my report last week.  I spoke about, why we might be attracted to becoming a Rotarian. Here are some further reasons that you might find interesting.
 
  • Entertainment - Our Club and District has parties and activities that contribute to a diverse, yet professional business life. Examples of these include, Conferences and Social Engagements.
  • Development of Social Skills - Rotary is for people who like people. Each week, and at various events and functions, personality, social skills and people skills are developed.
  • Family Programs - Rotary's Youth Exchange Program is one of the world's largest programs in this area; high school and college Clubs for future Rotarians are developed, opportunity for partner involvement, and a host of activities designed to help family members in the growth and development of family values, are all cultivated by being involved with Rotary.
  • Vocational Skills - Rotarians are urged to take part in the growth and development of their own profession or vocation. By serving on Committees and teaching our youth about vocations, in turn helps to make each Member better at their chosen field.
  • The Development of Ethics - Rotarians practice the 4-Way-Test which governs our ethical standards and in turn we are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.
  • Cultural Awareness - Rotary is represented throughout the world, across cultures, races and religions, making it a cross section of the world's most prominent citizens who are aware of this representation and develop a love of working with people from everywhere throughout the world.
  • Nice People - even if we say so ourselves, some of the world's nicest people are Rotarians.
  • Absence of an Official Creed - Rotary is a transparent organisation. We have no secret handshake, no official creed, no secret meetings or rituals. We just love helping people.
  • The Opportunity to Serve - As a Service Club, Rotary's business is mankind and its product is service. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian; the opportunity to do good to others.
I hope you've enjoyed this list of qualities that make a Rotarian.  Our Club is very fortunate, our Members are passionate Rotarians and we love to serve our community.
 
Enjoy the long weekend and I look forward to seeing you soon.
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2018-05-02 14:00:00Z 0
2018 RYLA Dinner Invitation Les Walsh 2018-05-02 14:00:00Z 0 RYLA
 
The subscription cost for both the hard copy and the digital edition of the magazine are the same at $40 a year which you pay for in your member dues.
 
For the digital edition to make a difference to the cost and be available at a lower rate in the future, Rotary Down Under needs more digital subscribers.
 
You can make a difference!
 
Advise Les Walsh by email 
or 
Quote your name, club, and - if possible - the reference number on your RDU magazine
 
 
RDU magazine
Get the Digital Edition of Rotary Down Under magazine Les Walsh 2018-05-01 14:00:00Z 0 RDU,magazine
Rotary Down Under magazine - May Les Walsh 2018-05-01 14:00:00Z 0 RDU,magazine
Our travelling pharmacist President was seen working in Cooroy and tells us it's a long term gig!  So the pressure is on President Elect Bernie to keep us moving forward - and she did just that fresh from her visit to Japan.  On that subject, apparently there is more to tell so come along next Tuesday.  She is also coping with her ill mother, so keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
 
Bernie reminded us about District Assembly training on 27 May and encouraged all club officers and interested members to attend.  It was highly recommended also by Gerry so REGISTER NOW please.
 
We have also been informed by the University of the Sunshine Coast that the club's name is going up on their Donor Recognition Wall acknowledging our financial support over the years.
Sergeant Major Arnaldo was the Chair of the meeting and did he carry out his duties with great alacrity!  We almost finished early too!  Without a Guest Speaker, a number of members took the opportunity to bring us up to date with current projects and events.  This will be a feature of our future meeting schedule (may be with time for active discussion?) so as to give proper time to planning, brainstorming, and executing our projects,  In fact, next Tuesday is another opportunity as we do not have a scheduled speaker.
Last Week's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-05-01 14:00:00Z 0
“Rotary’s Youth Service Programs have a long history of developing young leaders, and providing for health and education projects to make the world a better place. These programs make it a priority to create world peace and understanding while exposing youth to the ideals of “Service Above Self.”  Youth Service is important because youth are our future.  Youth will be running our country and the world, and are the future of Rotary.  For Rotary and its ideals of service as a worthy enterprise to survive and thrive beyond our lifetime, Rotarians must be involved in Youth Service”  Rotary District 7150
Developing the next generation of leaders is the core of Rotary's support for youth and young people in the greater Caloundra area.
 
Caloundra Rotary - like Rotary Clubs across Australia - sponsors young people in the development of skills in the areas of communication, leadership, road safety education and driver awareness, resilience and self esteem and in furthering their career aspirations in the areas of mathematics and science.
 
Our President Elect, Bernadette Strong plans a particular emphasis on Youth and Young People during 2018-19.  Learn more about Bernie's plans here.
 
CAUSES WE SUPPORT
May is Youth Service Month Les Walsh 2018-05-01 14:00:00Z 0
 
District 9600
Training Assembly
for all 2018-19 Club Officers
and interested club members
 
St Columban’s School
Caboolture
8.30 am for a 9am start
27 May
 
REGISTER NOW
 
 
District Assembly
REGISTER FOR DISTRICT ASSEMBLY Les Walsh 2018-05-01 14:00:00Z 0 District Assembly
What that service looks like on a daily and weekly basis can vary enormously by region, country, and club. Each club has its own history, priorities, and identity. It follows that the identity of Rotarians, and the purpose each Rotarian sees in his or her service, similarly has a great deal of variation. There's nothing wrong with that, as Rotary is by design a decentralised organisation, intended to enable each Rotarian and each Rotary club to serve in the ways that suit them best.
 
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RI President's May Message Les Walsh 2018-05-01 14:00:00Z 0

The third of our 2018 ClubRunner Clinics will be held on Wednesday 16 May. 

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.

REGISTER now
ClubRunner Training clinic
ClubRunner Clinic 16 May Les Walsh 2018-05-01 14:00:00Z 0 ClubRunner,Training,clinic
Last Chance to get your survey in Les Walsh 2018-05-01 14:00:00Z 0
Sunshine Coast Solstice Swim Les Walsh 2018-05-01 14:00:00Z 0
 
The 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is now available!

Potential candidates may be interested in the following information about Rotary Peace Centers programs:
 
Candidates have until 31 May to submit applications.  Go to the application page
 
General inquiries regarding the fellowship program may be sent to rotarypeacecenters@rotary.org
 
Follow the Rotary Peace Centers Facebook page and share fellowship updates.
Rotary Peace Fellowships
2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship applications closing Les Walsh 2018-05-01 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Peace Fellowships
Please click HERE to download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for May.
 
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 2018-05-01 14:00:00Z 0
Next Tuesday's Meeting STEMM Les Walsh 2018-04-30 14:00:00Z 0
A great team effort by all volunteers over the weekend resulted in an excellent boost to our coffers.
 
Thank you - you know who you are - for donating your time and effort.
 
It would be great to have a regular monthly BBQ on a Saturday!
BBQ Bunnings
Thank you BBQ Volunteers Les Walsh 2018-04-29 14:00:00Z 0 BBQ,Bunnings

Bio Toilets in India

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!!
 
Caloundra Rotary - in conjunction with others - has received approval by The Rotary Foundation for a Global Grant to provide the major part of the US$31,500  project cost to provide 40 bio toilets in 20 urban slums.  Completion of the project is likely by November 2018.
 
Commitment by the Rotary Club of Caloundra US$5,250
 
Learn more
Global Grant India TRF The Rotary Foundation
Grant for Bio Toilets project Approved Les Walsh 2018-04-28 14:00:00Z 0 Global Grant,India,TRF,The Rotary Foundation
From the Archives Les Walsh 2018-04-27 14:00:00Z 0

Merger of Rotary Districts 9600, 9630 and 9640

Further to the Vote of Clubs in Districts 9600, 9630 and 9640 the proposal to merge the three Districts was submitted to the April 2018 Board Meeting of Rotary International.  We have received advice as follows:
 
Please find below a decision of the April meeting of the RI Board:
 
D-1. Districting Committee Report
 
DECISION: The Board agrees to merge Districts 9600, 9630, and 9640, effective 1 July 2021, as follows:

District 9620

AUSTRALIA - Those parts of Queensland and New South Wales bounded by a line which runs from the Pacific Ocean west along latitude 26° until it reaches longitude 149° (the Queensland/South Australia and New South Wales/South Australia border) and the southern boundary running east along latitude 29° 25 minutes to longitude 152° thence south along longitude 152° to latitude 30°, thence east along latitude 30° to the Pacific Ocean, plus the countries of PAPUA NEW GUINEA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, and NAURU.
and requests the general secretary to notify Districts 9600, 9630, and 9640 of this decision;

This great news allows us to start the process and planning meetings with 9630 and 9640 will commence shortly.

John Lane
Governor  2017-18
District 9600
 
 
RD9600 RD9620
Merger approved by RI Les Walsh 2018-04-27 14:00:00Z 0 RD9600,RD9620
 
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN for a GENERAL MEETING of the Company to be held at 9am on Sunday 27 May 2018 at St Columban’s College, 100 McKean Street, Caboolture Qld 4510. Please note that this meeting will be followed by the District Training Assembly.
 
Formal notice & Draft Budget may be downloaded here
 
 
Budgets RD9600
D9600 Notice of Meeting & Budget Les Walsh 2018-04-27 14:00:00Z 0 Budgets,RD9600
RUSCCF Dinner Les Walsh 2018-04-26 14:00:00Z 0
Donations in Kind deliveries Les Walsh 2018-04-26 14:00:00Z 0
Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has thrown his support behind the Caloundra Men’s Shed in their quest to secure a permanent location and donation of land.  
I have been supporting the Caloundra Men’s Shed in their quest to secure a permanent location and donation of land. The not-for-profit organisation currently operates on a year-to-year lease arrangement with Sunshine Coast Council which does not guarantee them the security they need.
Mr McArdle has worked closely with the tight-knit not-for-profit organisation who currently operate on a year-to-year lease arrangement with Sunshine Coast Council.
 
“Unfortunately while they do have a lease, that does not guarantee them the security they need for an ever expanding club with more than 60 members,” Mr McArdle said.
 
“The Caloundra Men’s Shed are pushing for the donation of land and an ideal location could be in Allen St which would be central to many people. The club already occupies the land but needs a long-term lease to grow its services. 
 
 
Men's Shed
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Caloundra Men’s Shed keen to secure land donation Les Walsh 2018-04-26 14:00:00Z 0 Men's Shed
Disaster Aid International newsletter Les Walsh 2018-04-26 14:00:00Z 0
Your latest news from Australian Rotary Health Les Walsh 2018-04-25 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health
Lest we forget, Anzac Day, a special and significant day remembered every year fell today.  I hope those who participated in Remembrance Services and those not able to, were able to pay their respects to representatives of our country, who paid the ultimate sacrifice, so we may live in a peaceful world.
 
Since the District Conference, I've been thinking about Rotary; what it does and why we choose to be a part of it.  I hope you enjoy the following.

Why do People Join Rotary ?

Have you ever stopped to wonder why you've joined Rotary?  What makes us want to join?  Here are some of the reasons Rotary is so appealing.
 
1.Friendship Fellowship/ Community - In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs; the need for friendship and fellowship.
 
2. Business Development - Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross-section of business communities, with members coming from all walks of life. We help each other and collectively help others.
 
3. Personal Growth and Development - membership ensures continuing growth and education in human relations and personal development.
 
4.Leadership Development - Rotary offers opportunities of leadership. Serving in these positions is an extension to our education, where skills such as learning how to motivate, influence and lead people are gained.
 
5. Citizenship in the Community - Members of a Rotary Club are generally better community citizens. Often we are the the most active citizens of any community.
 
6. Continuing Education - Guest Speakers at regular Meetings provide an opportunity to listen and learn about a variety of different topics.
 
7. Fun - Our Club is fun, we do exciting things together, that create lasting memories.
 
8. Prestige - Rotary members are prominent people, including executives, managers and professionals from all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world.
 
9. Citizenship in the World - Every member of Rotary wears a "Rotary International " pin. There are very few places in the world that don't have Rotary Clubs. As a Rotarian, you are welcome - even encouraged - to attend any of the many clubs, worldwide. This encourages friendships in both local and global communities.
 
10. Public Speaking Skills - Often when members first join, they are unaccustomed to public speaking. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communications and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.
 
I hope you find this list of reasons for joining Rotary, interesting.  Recruiting and maintaining members is always a constant requirement of a successful Rotary Club.  Perhaps you can use some of these tips when talking to friends who may be interested in joining Rotary.
 
Enjoy your weekend and for those who are helping at the Bunnings double header BBQ, thank you.
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2018-04-25 14:00:00Z 0
District Newsletter - April Les Walsh 2018-04-25 14:00:00Z 0 DGs Newsletter,RD9600

"Stand Easy!" is a command to soldiers standing at ease that they may relax further easy.

Doesn't quite fit the context of our meeting next Tuesday (1 May) but we - intentionally - do not have a speaker booked.  Nor is it a "Club Assembly".

Come prepared for fellowship while we stand easy for an hour!

Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-04-24 14:00:00Z 0
From the Archives Les Walsh 2018-04-23 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - RYLA

RYLA is part of a unique youth program sponsored by Rotary International which works with young adults from a variety of backgrounds to promote the development of personal and professional leadership skills.
 
RYLA offers an exciting combination of energetic team leaders, motivational speakers, self-development workshops, and hours of interaction and fun.  Awardees take a week away from their usual work or study and are given a real opportunity to step out of their ‘comfort zone’ and push beyond their personal boundaries in a friendly and supportive environment.  The life tools, confidence and personal development gained are invaluable to the individual participants and are qualities that can be taken out of RYLA and back into daily life and work.
 

Caloundra Rotary is proud to sponsor one young adult to RYLA in 2018 - Commitment $850 a student.

Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment - RYPEN

RYPEN was first developed in Australia in 1980. It is a weekend long leadership camp held yearly for 14-17 year olds.
 
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, to broaden their cultural, social and academic horizons.  The program will push students to develop their leadership skills so that they can excel in their field.
 
Caloundra Rotary is proud to again sponsor two children to RYPEN in 2018 - Commitment $250 a student.
 
Our Causes
 
Our Projects
RYLA causes projects rypen
Our Causes - Leadership Training Les Walsh 2018-04-23 14:00:00Z 0 RYLA,causes,projects,rypen
A world without polio is within our reach.  Today we're on the brink of eradicating a human disease for only the second time in history.

Polio eradication is one of Rotary’s longest standing and most significant efforts. 

There are fewer polio cases today than ever before, but we will not stop until we reach zero and we need you help to finish the job.  Your donation can make a difference by helping us to:
 
Immunise 400 million children against polio every year
Improve surveillance systems to diagnose new cases and detect the  poliovirus in the environment
Hire more than 150,000 health workers to find and vaccinate every child
 
If polio is not eradicated, hundreds of thousands of children could be paralysed.  Global health care costs would rise dramatically, and many children’s quality of life would be drastically diminished.

Your donation today will save lives and give a child a chance at a prosperous future.
 
DONATE
Are You Up for the Challenge? Help Eradicate Polio Les Walsh 2018-04-23 14:00:00Z 0
DIK Newsletter Les Walsh 2018-04-22 14:00:00Z 0
Over 300 delegates attended the 2018 Rotary District 9600 Conference in Maroochydore last weekend.  There should have been more and those that weren't there missed some amazing, inspirational stories as well a the Flower Power Love-in on Saturday Night.
Like its bigger cousin, the International Convention (being held in Toronto, Canada in June), the purpose of the District Conference is to provide opportunities for networking, inspirational addresses, and discussions on Rotary-related matters.  The event recognises the service programs, projects, and public relations achievements in our District in order to inspire Rotarians to become more involved in service.

The conference also gives Rotarians and clubs a vision of Rotary beyond the club level and provides a memorable fellowship experience.

Many Rotarians have said that they were never truly enthusiastic about Rotary until they saw an inspirational presentation at a District Conference.
 
District Conference Rotary Making a Difference
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Peace was the go at Conference Les Walsh 2018-04-22 14:00:00Z 0 District Conference,Rotary Making a Difference
Cavorting in Nambour Les Walsh 2018-04-22 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary members were challenged by President Ian Riseley to plant 1.2 million trees - one for every member - by Earth Day.
 
Clubs around the world have embraced that challenge, and in his travels this year, Riseley himself has often been asked to pick up a shovel.
 
Rotary District 9600 has planned a mass planting representing the number of Rotarians in the District.
 
The Rotary Club of Caloundra will be planting trees next Rotary year, partnering with Council, at a designated site along Sugar Bag Road.  More details soon.
 
 
risely challenge tree planting
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Back to our roots Les Walsh 2018-04-22 14:00:00Z 0 risely challenge,tree planting
It's a great photo - we think from the 2018 ROMAC Trivia Night - even if it's rather late!
ROMAC Trivia
A little late ... Les Walsh 2018-04-19 14:00:00Z 0 ROMAC,Trivia
World Immunisation Week, 24-30 April, is a great opportunity to help spread the word that 'Vaccines Work' and are critical to preventing and ending diseases, like polio.

Did you know that through immunisation Rotary and its partners have helped protect more than 2.5 billion children worldwide from polio?  In addition, the “plus” in PolioPlus helps support a range of additional health and humanitarian interventions for other disease initiatives, such as measles and tuberculosis.

 
EndPolioNow VaccinesWork
World Immunisation Week 24-30 April Les Walsh 2018-04-19 14:00:00Z 0 EndPolioNow,VaccinesWork
District 9600
Training Assembly
for all 2018-19 Club Officers
St Columban’s School
Caboolture
8.30 am for a 9am start
27 May
District 9600 Changeover
Old Petrie Town
LUNCH TIME
Sunday 17 June
Rotary Club of Caloundra
Changeover
Pelican Waters Golf Club
6.30 for 7pm
Saturday 7 July
 
District Assembly District Changeover
Date Savers Les Walsh 2018-04-18 14:00:00Z 0 District Assembly,District Changeover
From the Archives Les Walsh 2018-04-18 14:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation supports the efforts of  Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through grant-funded humanitarian projects, scholarships, and activities, such as vocational training teams.
 
It is Our Foundation and is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends who share its vision of a better world. 
 
As the charitable arm of Rotary, The Rotary Foundation taps into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace.  Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
 
Learn more
 
Our Causes
 
Our Projects
TRF The Rotary Foundation causes projects
Our Causes - The Rotary Foundation Les Walsh 2018-04-17 14:00:00Z 0 TRF,The Rotary Foundation,causes,projects
Hugo Pike writes:
You may recall I visited your Club in Caloundra last October whilst enjoying a two week stay with my old friend Ray White.
 
Although it was not possible to give you a proper presentation on our Rotary Water-Survival Box project I believe I did give a little background whilst describing my 30 years in Rotary.
 
For your information, we have offered a quantity of our WSBs to the Rotary Clubs of Boroko/Port Moresby and Mount Hagen following a request from President Russell Jackson who had visited us last summer.  The current stumbling block is onward transportation from Port Moresby to Mount Hagen but we note from your DG’s request for help that the Defence Forces of PNG, Australia and New Zealand are providing helicopter and fixed wing support.
 
I have asked Russell Jackson to see if the Defence Forces could airlift our aid from Port Moresby into the Mount Hagen area for distribution by the RC of MH in partnership with a Nazarene Church group in the Southern Highlands area.  Hopefully we will get the green light to proceed on this basis.
 
In Rotary friendship
Hugo
Thanks for letting us know Hugo.
News from the UK helping PNG Earthquake victims Les Walsh 2018-04-17 14:00:00Z 0
Towering above our guests, Chris M very capably took charge of the meeting and even gave us an early mark!  Our NYSF students and Rotary Youth Exchange students swelled our numbers despite our missing travellers in Japan.
 
Alan Still OAM took us to Belgium and the Rotary Club of Brugge in Rotary District 1620.  As usual the statistics went over our heads but were accepted as correct.  Have you ever noticed that the number of Rotarians in each District is usually very similar?
 
Last Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-04-16 14:00:00Z 1 NYSF
Caloundra Red Shield Doorknock Les Walsh 2018-04-16 14:00:00Z 0 Salvation Army,Salvos
ROMAC Newsletter Les Walsh 2018-04-16 14:00:00Z 0 ROMAC

From Alexandra Headland's Blog 13 April

Delighted to meet with Peter Eggleton from Mooloolaba Rotary on Friday morning at the Landsborough garden project. Peter is going to be Project Manager on the Garden Project working with Chairman Errol and the Sunshine Rotary cluster to put together the garden as designed by John & Lol White’s (Sunshine Coast Central) daughter Bridget.
 
So its all starting to come together as a great effort from all the Rotary clubs in the region to make a huge difference to adolescents, and turning a bare patch of ground into a rehabilitation garden for those that are doing it tough.
 
This project will be going for several months, so we’ll be in regular touch looking for support by way of materials, labour and donations.
Please see Chris R or Rachael if you would like a brochure to pass on to potential donors/sponsors; it may also be downloaded.
 
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care garden
Garden Project gets a Project Manager from Mooloolaba Rotary Les Walsh 2018-04-15 14:00:00Z 0 care garden
More tales from Japan Les Walsh 2018-04-14 14:00:00Z 0 Japan,komaki
Rotary International is now more than a year into the process of revisiting Rotary’s strategic plan, a process that will allow us to examine our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in order to move the organisation in a direction that will allow Rotary to thrive in the years ahead. Our new vision statement is the first lap in that three-year journey.
 
“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
You may have seen the vision statement and wondered what its relevance is to you.  If Rotary were a ship approaching land, our new vision statement would be the lighthouse that keeps us from running aground.  Our vision statement explains what we want to achieve, in the same way that our mission statement explains our focus, and our strategic plan represents how we are going to get there.
 
Learn more
Our new vision statement: why should you care? Les Walsh 2018-04-12 14:00:00Z 0
Good evening all,
 
Despite a large contingent of our Members visiting our Sister Club, the Rotary Club of Komaki, in Japan, we still had a fantastic turnout for Breakfast.
 
The door position this week was an Architectural one, with Roger doing it differently and facing away from the entering guests.  You may have to bring your sunglasses next time, Roger.
 
PDG Alan OAM took us to Rotary District 9420, Ghana, and the Rotary Club of Accra.   If you'd like to read a little more about this interesting area of Africa, please click here.
 
Chair for the day was Helen.  A big congratulations must go to Helen for providing us with such amazing Guest Speakers.  Our Guest Speaker this week, Adam Benjamin, drew the biggest crowd of guests to our Club that I've seen.  Thanks must also go to our PR Director, Mr Les Walsh, from the "Les Walsh Show", who spread the news of our Guest, far and wide.
 
 
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2018-04-11 14:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Komaki Rotary on turning 50 Les Walsh 2018-04-11 14:00:00Z 0
Developing the next generation of leaders is the core of Rotary's support for youth and young people in the greater Caloundra area.
 
Caloundra Rotary - like Rotary Clubs across Australia - sponsors young people in the development of skills in the areas of communication, leadership, road safety education and driver awareness, resilience and self esteem and in furthering their career aspirations in the areas of mathematics and science. 
The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) 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.
 
Each year, Caloundra Rotary sponsors two students to attend NYSF.  

Nicole and Jaime were sponsored to the 2018 NYSF

They will be joining us on Tuesday morning to tell us what they learned of science - and about themselves when they attended NYSF2018.
 
Optional Registration
NYSF National Youth Science Forum
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-04-11 14:00:00Z 0 NYSF,National Youth Science Forum
Your latest news from Australian Rotary Health Les Walsh 2018-04-09 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health
Flashback Les Walsh 2018-04-09 14:00:00Z 1
Next Tuesday's Meeting 17 April Les Walsh 2018-04-09 14:00:00Z 0
Probus Travel Insurance is for us too Les Walsh 2018-04-06 14:00:00Z 0
Flashback - Happy Valley Railway Les Walsh 2018-04-05 14:00:00Z 0 No. 967,happy valley,locomotive,train
Complete your Survey please Les Walsh 2018-04-04 14:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2018-04-04 14:00:00Z 0
The Komaki Rotary Club of Japan is our Sister Club.  It is planning to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of it's Charter on 11 April.
 
A number of our members will arrive on 10 April to attend the Celebration.
 
Congratulations to our fellow Rotarians!
Komaki Rotary Club turning 50 Les Walsh 2018-04-04 14:00:00Z 0
You are invited to the Police Officer of the Year Awards Dinner Les Walsh 2018-04-04 14:00:00Z 0 POYSC
Caloundra Rotary members are always looking for ways to be involved in our local Caloundra community in order to assist others.  Share your ideas with us.
 
We also look to improve lives in communities around the world.
 
A list of our current projects may be viewed here. They could total $70,000 but that is a guess. In addition, we have ongoing commitments to causes we support of about $25,000.
 
That is an impressive story for People of Action in Caloundra Rotary.  We hope you agree?
 
Our Projects
commitments projects
Our Major Projects Les Walsh 2018-04-03 14:00:00Z 0 commitments,projects
Rotary Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to experience people and other cultures and promote international understanding and peace.
 
The purpose of the Rotary Youth Exchange program is to build bridges of friendship and understanding among people of the world.  We accomplish this by providing opportunities for high school students to live for a year in a foreign country and learn to assimilate into the country’s culture and language.
 
Our Causes
 
Our Projects
commitments projects
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Our Causes - Rotary Youth Exchange Les Walsh 2018-04-02 14:00:00Z 0 commitments,projects
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.
 
Optional Registration
canabis medifarm
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-04-02 14:00:00Z 0 canabis,medifarm
 

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 TODAY
 
 
Register on our website to let us know you are going

Sit together!

District Conference conference
District Conference Registrations close next Wednesday, 11 April Les Walsh 2018-04-02 14:00:00Z 0 District Conference,conference

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
Golf Day
2019 Charity Golf Day Les Walsh 2018-04-02 14:00:00Z 0 Golf Day
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
NYSF commitments projects
Our Causes - NYSF Les Walsh 2018-04-01 14:00:00Z 0 NYSF,commitments,projects
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.
 
 
causes fundraising projects
An impressive program of Causes We Support Les Walsh 2018-04-01 14:00:00Z 0 causes,fundraising,projects
Important note about our Duty Roster Les Walsh 2018-04-01 14:00:00Z 0 roster
 
Most of our articles on the website form part of our News blog.  But did you know that YOU can add your comments to most articles?
 
It's simple, simply login and comment at the foot of the page.  Just like Facebook really!
 
Tips hints
Add your comments Les Walsh 2018-04-01 14:00:00Z 1 Tips,hints
ROMAC provides specialist treatment for children, from developing countries, in the form of life saving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their home country, providing hope and restoring dignity to transform a child’s life by providing the best possible surgical and medical expertise.
 
ROMAC is giving life to around 50 children every year – and making a huge difference in the lives of these small island countries.
 
Caloundra Rotary commits a minimum of $500 a year to ROMAC.
 
 
Our Causes
 
Our Projects
ROMAC commitments projects
Our causes Les Walsh 2018-03-31 14:00:00Z 0 ROMAC,commitments,projects
Getting Rid of Polio really is a Big Deal Les Walsh 2018-03-31 14:00:00Z 0 End Polio
Rotary Down Under magazine Les Walsh 2018-03-31 14:00:00Z 0 RDU,magazine
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 tim@cinet.com.au asking to be added as a recipient of the Newsletter.
Rotary on the Move newsletter Les Walsh 2018-03-30 14:00:00Z 0
The latest news from Interplast - March Les Walsh 2018-03-30 14:00:00Z 0 Interplast
 
Source: Caloundra Weekly
road safety education rse safe driving
More RYDA News Les Walsh 2018-03-29 14:00:00Z 0 road safety education,rse,safe driving
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
 
road safety education
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RYDA News Les Walsh 2018-03-29 14:00:00Z 0 road safety education
Volunteer for the Inspire Youth Forum Les Walsh 2018-03-29 14:00:00Z 0 Volunteer,Youth
DRAFT DRAFT 2018-03-28 14:00:00Z 0
 

Only two weeks to register 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 now
 
 
District Conference conference
Conference Registrations closing soon Les Walsh 2018-03-28 14:00:00Z 0 District Conference,conference

Easy now

Darryl, fresh from Esk, chaired our meeting in his usual casual style.  He was celebrating 42 years that day of his & Shirley's marriage.  Did you hear him say that he didn't know what he was doing (meeting-wise)?
 
Bernie skipped Esk in favour of President Elect training.  She shared her views on the District Governor for 2018-19, told us something of Our Foundation, piggy banks and Centurion poles - an easy way to contribute to The Rotary Foundation.
Click Me for the photos
Last Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-03-27 14:00:00Z 0
Mark the Date - RUSCCF Scholarship Presentation Les Walsh 2018-03-27 14:00:00Z 0 RUSCCF,Rotary and University of the Sunshine Coast Community Fund,Scolarships
Our Annual 'Charity Golf Day' event is our flagship fundraiser.  In 2018, we had over 140 golfers from around the Sunshine Coast play at Pelican Waters Golf Club.  We are proud to have been able to raise over $40,000 over the last three years for SunnyKids and other causes supported by the Rotary Club of Caloundra.
 
Read more
 
Sponsors are vital to the success of the day, and the Rotary Club of Caloundra is very much appreciative of their support.
 
See the sponsors
Golf Golf Day Sponsors
Our Annual Charity Golf Day Les Walsh 2018-03-27 14:00:00Z 0 Golf,Golf Day,Sponsors
 
Horses are sentient beings that have a connection with people that goes back through the centuries.  They are non-judgemental and have no expectations or hidden agendas.  A horse operates in the here and now and responds immediately and honestly to what is happening in its environment, and is expert in reading non-verbal signals and body-language.
 
It is these qualities that make them so valuable in the therapy programme.  Unlike other animals, they mirror human emotions, intent and body language, expose incongruencies that may arise, and provide vast opportunities for metaphorical learning.
 
Helen Sorensen, Owner of Equine Alliance will be presenting to us on Tuesday 3 April.  Come and learn more about Equine Therapy from Helen at Pelican Waters Golf Club.
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-03-26 14:00:00Z 0
Rachael said:
My wish is for everyone to have a moment that makes you so incredibly grateful for your family and friends who encourage you no end. What an incredible honour to meet fellow baton bearers in the Queens Baton Relay, what a beautiful day!
More photos
#QBR18 Queen's Baton Relay 2018
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Well done Rachael! Les Walsh 2018-03-26 14:00:00Z 0 #QBR18,Queen's Baton Relay 2018
Ian H.S. Riseley issued a challenge last year. He wanted Rotarians to plant 1.2 million trees – one for every Rotarian in the world – between 1 July 2017, when he took office as president of Rotary International, and Earth Day, 22 April 2018. Clubs around the world have embraced that challenge, and in his travels this year, Riseley himself has often been asked to pick up a shovel. 
 
Find out why
tree planting
RI president says planting trees shows long-term commitment to the community Les Walsh 2018-03-26 14:00:00Z 0 tree planting
April is Maternal & Child Health Month Les Walsh 2018-03-25 14:00:00Z 0 areas of focus,maternal & child health,monthly themes
At the 1990 Rotary International Convention in Portland, Oregon, then President-elect Paulo Costa told the gathered Rotarians, "The hour has come for Rotary to raise its voice, to claim its leadership, and to rouse all Rotarians to an honourable crusade to protect our natural resources." He declared a Rotary initiative to "Preserve Planet Earth," asking Rotarians to make environmental issues part of their service agenda: to plant trees, to work to keep our air and water clean, and to protect the planet for future generations.
 
President Costa asked that one tree be planted for each of the 1.1 million members that Rotary had at the time. We Rotarians, as is our wont, did better, planting nearly 35 million trees by the end of the Rotary year. Many of those trees are likely still flourishing today, absorbing carbon from the environment, releasing oxygen, cooling the air, improving soil quality, providing habitat and food for birds, animals, and insects, and yielding a host of other benefits. Unfortunately, while those trees have kept on doing good for the environment, Rotary as a whole has not carried its environmental commitment forward.
 
Read more
RI President's April Message Les Walsh 2018-03-25 14:00:00Z 0
A good representation of our members attended the 10 Year Anniversary Celebration of RYDA Road Safety Education in Caloundra by Rotary at the Chatswood Golf Club on Friday 23 March.
 
The Chairman of the RYDA Caloundra organising committee is our own Neville Woodforth who leads a group of volunteers from the Rotary Clubs of Caloundra, Caloundra Pacific, Glasshouse Mounrtains and Kawana Waters.
 
View the Photos
 
Learn about RYDA
road safety education ryda
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10th Anniversary Celebration of RYDA Road Safety Education in Caloundra Les Walsh 2018-03-23 14:00:00Z 1 road safety education,ryda
Clean water and sanitation are basic necessities of a healthy environment and a productive life. Since 2013, The Rotary Foundation has invested more than $74 million in water and sanitation projects. For World Water Day, read about one of those projects in Sri Lanka, and learn more about the work Rotary is doing to provide access to clean water, improve toilets and latrines, and support hygiene projects.
 
Learn more
water and sanitation
Rotary and World Water Day Les Walsh 2018-03-23 14:00:00Z 0 water and sanitation
The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a not-for-profit organisation that runs a number of residential programs to encourage young people in their passion for science.  NYSF programs show the wide variety of engaging, rewarding and inspiring study and career options available in science, technology and engineering fields.
 
NYSF's flagship program is the NYSF Year 12 Program, which runs in January each year for students about to enter year 12.  Since 1984, more than 11,500 young Australians have progressed through the NYSF Year 12 Program (including those run under the organisation’s previous banner, the National Science Summer School (NSSS)).
 
Rotary is the Founding Partner of NYSF and today the 21 local Rotary districts across Australia continue to conduct selections for the NYSF Year 12 Program on behalf of the NYSF.
 
The Rotary Club of Caloundra sponsored Nicole and Jaime to the 2019 program and on Tuesday 17 April they will be presenting to us.
 
Optional Registration
Next Tuesday's Meeting 17 April Les Walsh 2018-03-22 14:00:00Z 0
At the Cross Roads - Donations in KInd Les Walsh 2018-03-22 14:00:00Z 0 DIK,RAWCS