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
Rotary Club of Caloundra together with Oaks Oasis Resort proudly presents the 2018 Teddy Bears' Picnic. A fun day out for all the family, free admission and loads of free activities to enjoy.
 
Save the date - more details as they become available.
Teddy Bears' Picnic 2018 Les Walsh 2018-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
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
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
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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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RI President's June Message Les Walsh 2018-05-28 14:00:00Z 0
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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Our last meeting at the University Les Walsh 2018-05-22 14:00:00Z 0 RUSCCF,Scholarships

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.
 
Learn more
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
Read more
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
Read more
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
A plan that focuses on three priority areas for the Sunshine Coast’s young residents that recognises their important contribution to the community was endorsed by council on 22 March.

Developed from extensive community consultation, including school and TAFE workshops and external research, the Sunshine Coast Youth Action Plan 2018-2021 will be officially launched during Queensland Youth Week celebrations on 6 April.
 
Learn about the priorities
Council’s youth action plan ensures young people thrive and help to shape the region’s future Les Walsh 2018-03-22 14:00:00Z 0
Victorian and New South Wales Bushfires Les Walsh 2018-03-22 14:00:00Z 0
 
I have often met Rotary leaders who have nodded thoughtfully when I have explained the benefits of social media and then said “I will get my PR Director to do that”. Although it is important to have division of labour and leaders with the right skills concentrating on the right tasks, social media doesn’t work if it is the sole responsibility of one person alone. In order for ...
 
Read more
 
The Rotarians on Social Networks Fellowship is a group of Rotarians dedicated to promoting social media as an opportunity to enhance Rotary activities and for global fellowship. This fellowship operates in accordance with Rotary International policy, but is not an agency of, or controlled by, Rotary International.
ROSNF Social Media
Why Social Media Can’t Be Left to Your PR Director Les Walsh 2018-03-22 14:00:00Z 0 ROSNF,Social Media
 
The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) - Inspiring Australia’s leading young scientists for the last 35 years. 
 
Calling Year 11 students that love STEM.  Applications now open for the NYSF 2019 Year 12 Program
 
Read more
NYSF National Youth Science Forum
Applications open for NYSF 2019 Les Walsh 2018-03-20 14:00:00Z 0 NYSF,National Youth Science Forum
 
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 application now available! Les Walsh 2018-03-20 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Peace Fellowships
Your latest news from Australian Rotary Health Les Walsh 2018-03-20 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health
Get Rotary Fit Les Walsh 2018-03-20 14:00:00Z 0

Qld Air Museum

Still feeling the effects of our St Patrick's Day Golf Day, 'Irish Anne' was at the desk, greeting us and fleecing us as we arrived.
 
Our resident legal egal, Trevor (obviously all the Cruise boats are in port for maintenance), was present to take the position of Chair.  Trevor is a little absent minded quite often and confuses Rotary with his work, addressing the crowd as though it was a courtroom.  Business and pleasure don't mix, Trev.
 
It was nice to welcome Helen back from her latest trekking expedition in Queen Charlotte's Pass NZ, click here to have a look at the beautiful scenery found in this part of the world.
Click Me for the photos
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2018-03-19 14:00:00Z 0

"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 (27 March) 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 2018-03-19 14:00:00Z 0
Add our Events Calendar to your favourite Calendar Les Walsh 2018-03-16 14:00:00Z 0
Several Rotarians have expressed interest in becoming involved with RAWCS project volunteering so RAWCS is planning a training session to fully inform interested members about this wonderful program.
 
 you are interested in learning more about the opportunities to do volunteer work in developing countries, please contact PDG George Grant (Chair D9600 RAWCS/DIK) by email on georgegrant@iinet.net.au or telephone for a chat on 0408 011 145 to let him know your vocational skills, passions, or areas of interest.  Please note that volunteers pay their own travel expenses and time is allowed for a balanced program which includes fun time for local sight seeing and relaxation.
 
RAWCS will advise a definite date after it confirms the amount of interest from members.
 
RAWCS will also have a display at District Conference if you cannot attend it's information session.
Training for RAWCS Volunteers Les Walsh 2018-03-16 14:00:00Z 0
International Dinner Les Walsh 2018-03-16 14:00:00Z 0
144 golfers joined Caloundra Rotary's Charity Golf Day at Pelican Waters Golf Club, including 33 club members.  The final result is a little less than the previous year.  Funds raised will go to SunnyKids and Caloundra Rotary for Rotary and other causes.
 
For all the winners, please visit the full page for this article.
 
View the photos
 
A great day for Golf Les Walsh 2018-03-15 14:00:00Z 0
Have you had contact with a police officer who you would like to thank for their service? If so, then consider nominating them for Sunshine Coast Police Officer of the Year – 2018 award.
 
Rotary Sunshine Coast Central are currently seeking nominations for this award which acknowledges a police officers’ abilities and actions including bravery, community involvement, professionalism, understanding, compassion or simply making your day a little easier.
 
If you would like to nominate an officer, please complete a nomination form which is available here.
 
Completed forms can be submitted via email to POYSC@rotary9600.org or by post to Police Officer of the Year, PO Box 5517, Maroochydore BC, QLD, 4558.
 
Nominations close Friday, April 13.
Nominate your Sunshine Coast police officer of the year Les Walsh 2018-03-15 14:00:00Z 0
To aid the recovery efforts in Papua New Guinea following the loss of life and property due to the Earthquake on 27 February 2018 in the Southern Highlands, our Rotary District 9600 has established an Earthquake Recovery Fund which will accept tax deductible donations.
 
The Government declared a state of emergency on 2 March for Hela, Southern Highlands, Western and Enga provinces.  According to initial estimates, over 544,000 people are affected across the five most affected provinces.  Over 270,000 people require immediate humanitarian assistance.
 
PNG is an important part of our Rotary District and needs our support following this disastrous event.  The appeal is open to the public, as well as to clubs and members, to make contributions.
 
Donate
 
Papua New Guinea Earthquake Appeal Les Walsh 2018-03-15 14:00:00Z 0

Avid Golfer

 
A young man, who was also an avid golfer, found himself with a few hours to spare one afternoon.  He figured if he hurried and played very fast, he could get in 9 holes before he had to head home.

Just as he was about to tee off, an old gentleman shuffled onto the tee and asked if he could accompany the young man as he was golfing alone.  Not being able to say no, he allowed the old man to join him.

To his surprise, the old man played fairly quickly.  He didn't hit the ball far, but plodded along consistently and didn't waste much time. Finally, they reached the 9th fairway and the young man found himself with a tough shot.  There was a large pine tree right in front of his ball and directly between his ball and the green.  After several minutes of debating how to hit the shot, the old man finally said, "You know, when I was your age, I'd hit the ball right over that tree."

With that challenge placed before him, the youngster swung hard, hit the ball up, right smack into the top of the tree trunk and it thudded back on the ground not a foot from where it had originally lay.

The old man offered one more comment, "Of course, when I was your age, that pine tree was only 3 feet tall." 
 
 
 
 
Avid Golfer Les Walsh 2018-03-14 14:00:00Z 0
 
This project brought clean drinking water and sanitation to schools, the hospital, nurse aid posts and communities in remote areas of the Solomon Islands:
 
Sassamunga (Choiseul Province), Bibolo (Ghizo Island), Suparto (Vella La Vella Is.), Pienuna (Ranongga Is.), Vonunu (Vella La Vella Is.), Mburi (Ranongga Is.), Vori Vori (Ghizo Is.)
 
 
Solomon Islands 2013-16 Les Walsh 2018-03-13 14:00:00Z 0

Care Garden Project

Ian Belcher brought his skills to chairing our meeting and promptly introduced Julianna to spruik her fundraising efforts.  You can help here.  Julianna also updated us on her daughter, Jessica's experience so far as a Rotary Youth Exchange student in France.  It seems that the first nine weeks might have been a trial but the trip around Europe will no doubt make up for that.
Vicky Meyer - the Business Engagement Leader with Integrated Family & Youth Services( IFYS) was our Guest Speaker.  Chris Rees - who, with Rachael, has been representing the club on the project committee - ably introduced Vicky.  She presented on the joint project to develop and build a therapeutic environment in the form of a garden and play area for young people living in the care of IFYS Foster Care.  More here
 
Find out more
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2018-03-12 14:00:00Z 0

The Queensland Air Museum is a not-for-profit community owned aviation museum located at Caloundra Airport.  Its mission is to collect and preserve all aspects of aviation heritage with an emphasis on Australia and Queensland.  The museum has the largest collection of historical aircraft in Queensland and it also has a large collection of aircraft engines, equipment, artifacts, photographs and books.

Geoff Smith is the Marketing and Promotions Manager of the Queensland Air Museum and has been for the last four years.  He is retired, living in Pelican Waters/Golden Beach for the past 18 years after a career in finance.  He has previously been involved with both Rotary and Lions.  Geoff is married to Patsy and has two children and three grandchildren.  His interests are travel, badminton and, of course, QAM.

Geoff will be presenting to us at the Oaks Resort on Tuesday morning, 20 March.

Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-03-12 14:00:00Z 0

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

The Rotary 9600 Club Development Officer [Peter Morley] has put together a visitation trip to India, visiting some Rotary Clubs but also visiting some of India's highlights.  This is not  a fund raising journey, but more of way to connect and see what happens in the Rotary World overseas.  Add on extensions either side of ground component can be accommodated.  
 
NEW - Detailed Itinerary
Oct 2018 Rotary 9600 India Experience Les Walsh 2018-03-11 14:00:00Z 0
DIK volunteering Les Walsh 2018-03-09 14:00:00Z 0
RIPPC 2018 is just days away - Don't miss out! Les Walsh 2018-03-07 14:00:00Z 0
Save the date - District Assembly Bernie Strong 2018-03-06 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 9600 Foundation Newsletter Les Walsh 2018-03-06 14:00:00Z 0 Centurion,TRF,The Rotary Foundation
See you in Toronto? Les Walsh 2018-03-06 14:00:00Z 0
March is Water and Sanitation Month Les Walsh 2018-03-06 14:00:00Z 0
Your latest news from Australian Rotary Health Les Walsh 2018-03-06 14:00:00Z 0 ARH,Australian Rotary Health
When I was 16, like most teenagers, I was focused on my own life.  I hadn’t really thought about joining a service club or dedicating myself to helping others.  But that changed when a high school friend began talking to me about Rotary, and its local and global actions. I was captivated and wanted to learn more. 
 
Follow the link below to read more of this post on Rotary Voices
 
Rotary Voices
 
Article by Gabriel de Jesus Abade, former youth exchange student
Image shows Exchange students from District 6990 get-together
Rotary’s amazing capacity to bring people together Les Walsh 2018-03-06 14:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Clubs of Sunshine Coast South - in partnership with IFYS Foster Care - are developing and building a therapeutic environment in the form of a garden and play area for young people living in their care.  See the Design Concept below.  

Vicky Meyer is the Business Engagement Leader with Integrated Family & Youth Services( IFYS), a Non-Government Organisation that has been servicing Queensland communities for nearly 40 years.  Prior to Vicky working in the community sector, she worked for Queensland Government in a range of roles across Child Safety, Youth Justice, Housing and Disability Services.  Vicky is passionate about client outcomes and has a particular interest in supporting the career aspirations of children in care.
 
She will be telling us more about the project at our meeting on 13 March at The Oaks Resort from 6.30am.
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-03-05 14:00:00Z 0

The Salvation Army

Welcome to the first week in March, and what a wet one it's been.
 
This week saw us out and about again.  Our Vocational Visit took us to the Salvation Army Headquarters in Caloundra.  Salvo Volunteers cooked up a hearty BBQ breakfast and we were entertained by Major Phil, the man in charge in Caloundra.  He gave a very informative talk about what role the Salvos play in helping those less fortunate than ourselves in the community.
 
Phil commented about the difficulty some of their clients have to go through to arrive at the Centre.  Serious lack of public transport in this area of Caloundra does jeopardise the care the Salvos are able to provide.  For those of you who missed the visit or would just like to know more about it, here is the link.  Also, if you'd like to know more about the Salvo's and the wonderful services they provide, don't hesitate to contact James, our Community Services Director.  James is a 'retired' Commissioner of the Salvos, is a wealth of knowledge and is always willing to help.
 
Alan Still's International Toast also had a Salvation Army flavour to it.  We recognised the 150th Birthday of the Salvo's in Indonesia, West Java in Rotary District 3410

Major Phil Staines

 
Read more about Phil's plans
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2018-03-05 14:00:00Z 0

District Assembly

 

Sunday 20 May 2018

St Columban's Lutheran College – Caboolture  

More

Annual Changeover Dinner

 

Saturday 7 July 2018

Pelican Waters Golf Club

Caloundra Hat Day Dinner

 

Friday 12 October 2018

Pelican Waters Golf Club

Save these dates please Peter Davis 2018-03-04 14:00:00Z 0
Directory of Rotarians' Services and Businesses Les Walsh 2018-03-04 14:00:00Z 0

You are encouraged to attend our District Conference and stay for the Saturday night Dinner

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!
 
 
District Conference conference
Register for the District Conference Les Walsh 2018-03-04 14:00:00Z 0 District Conference,conference
My sincere appreciation to Ron & Bernie Strong, the other six Rotary members, and Judy who is here from Germany on holiday, who represented our cluster and worked at Donations in Kind (DIK) in Brisbane yesterday. 
 
Because our numbers were light on we did a double shift. The work was very hard but very rewarding, making you realise how much we have and how very little our sister clubs in the islands have.
 
Many books were sorted and packed and we packed a 40’ container with 66 “very heavy” hospital beds (had to tie up all moving parts), 4 mattresses, 6 electric wheel chairs and 8 sets of cupboards. According to the powers that be, they usually only get 50 beds in a container, so quite a feat.
 
Once again thanks to those who participated.
 
Kind Regards
Wendy Gilson
Assistant Governor Sunshine South
0411 497 599
wendygilson3@bigpond.com
Thanks to DIK Volunteers Les Walsh 2018-03-04 14:00:00Z 0
The vote on redistricting (details below and attached) was as follows:
 
  • 50 clubs (75% of all clubs in the district) voted
  • 42 clubs (64% of the district) accepting the proposal.

The current thinking is that Queensland is to be redistricted to two (2) only districts. This is being achieved as follows.
 
District 9570 and 9550 will be merged and extend from just North of Gympie up to Far North Qld and across to the border with the Northern Territory, it may also include Part of the NT from Tennant Creek to Darwin.
 
District 9600, 9630 and 9640 are to be merged to form one district from Gympie to just  north of Glenn Innes in NSW  and West to the NT and SA border’s. This new District will also include our current clubs in PNG, the Solomon’s and Nauru. In total this new district would have approximately 165 clubs.
 
Attached is the current proposal document to merge district 9600 with 9630 and 9640.
Update on proposal to merge Districts 9600, 9630 & 9640 Les Walsh 2018-03-04 14:00:00Z 0
An Evening with Ron D Burton Les Walsh 2018-03-04 14:00:00Z 0
District Newsletter - March Les Walsh 2018-03-04 14:00:00Z 0 DGs Newsletter,RD9600
Over three-quarters of our membership participated in volunteer activities and/or met socially for Rotary fellowship during this week.  That is a great achievement!
 
Three days for 18 of our members filling 31 volunteer positions assisting the smooth operation of the Caloundra RYDA Road Safety Education program.  Yes some backed up on two or three days - well done!  600 local high school students benefitted.
 
On one of those days, Gerry's team of 10 BBQ volunteers slaved over a hot stove serving our fabulous sausages to hungry customers.  Yes, some of the fabulous 10 also volunteered at RYDA!
 
An impromptu birthday party for Rotary's 113th anniversary on Friday night saw 14 members and their partners having a swell time.  Eight knowledgeable members plus their equally learned helpers (partners and many friends) filled three tables at Thursday's annual Trivia night in aid of Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) organised by the Rotary Club of Caloundra Pacific.  Finally tonight - bringing the week to a close - 10 members plus partners will be socialising at the races at Corbould Park for the Steps Charity Race Night.  And tomorrow. two members will be volunteering at the Rotary Australia World Community Service's Donation in Kind facility.  For those that use acronyms that's RAWCS & DIK.
 
We don't do that every week but its great to be able to record how club members came together this week to serve and enjoy fellowship.
A great week for volunteering & socialising Les Walsh 2018-02-28 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Down Under magazine Les Walsh 2018-02-28 14:00:00Z 0 RDU,magazine
February update: the latest news from Interplast Les Walsh 2018-02-28 14:00:00Z 0 Interplast
Please click HERE to download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for March.
 
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 2018-02-28 14:00:00Z 0
Gala Dinner with RI President Ian Risely Les Walsh 2018-02-28 14:00:00Z 0
Providing clean water is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus* and so the Theme for the month of March is “Water & Sanitation”.

Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives.

 
We don’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.
 
 
*Rotary International is focussing its efforts in six areas to enhance our local and global impact. Rotary’s most successful and sustainable projects and activities tend to fall within the following areas:
 
  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies
 
areas of focus monthly themes water and sanitation
March is Water and Sanitation Month Les Walsh 2018-02-28 14:00:00Z 0 areas of focus,monthly themes,water and sanitation
In the half-century since Rotaract began, the world has seen profound changes, and young people have felt the greatest impact of those changes: the rise of technology and the information economy, the spread of education, and the tremendous influence of the internet. When Rotaract was founded, it would have been almost unthinkable for a teen or 20-something to have been an entrepreneur or a CEO. Today, young people have an unprecedented capacity to achieve – and Rotary needs their ideas and enthusiasm as never before.
 
For many years, Rotary has done Rotaract a disservice by looking at our youth and young adult programs as mere precursors to Rotary membership, and not as valuable and productive programs in their own right. But Rotaractors are truly partners in Rotary service.
 
RI President's March Message Les Walsh 2018-02-28 14:00:00Z 0
DIK Newsletter Les Walsh 2018-02-27 14:00:00Z 0

The Yowie

Rachael had three minutes to tell us about herself
 
Welcome to another week everybody, as we say goodbye to our shortest month, February and begin the next.
 
Our Club is currently in "busy-mode".  It's a time of great productivity and it's so encouraging to see so many of our enthusiastic members involving themselves in the Service aspect of Rotary.
 
Our Membership Director, Chris Rees is busy working on methods to retain our strong membership base and developing new and exciting ways of attracting new Members. 
 
In this last week alone, members have been involved in multiple Social and Service events.  Our Facts 'n Figures man, Les has provided some statistics outlining the level of activity of our Members in this period.
 
See the numbers in this article

Anna was Chair

Chair Anna with our Guest Speaker, John McAuley

 

President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2018-02-26 14:00:00Z 0
Our meeting next Tuesday will be a Vocational Visit to the Salvation Army at 119 Sugarbag Road, Little Mountain.
 
An opportunity to learn more about the work of the Salvation Army which about has been part of Caloundra since 1996.
 
Salvation Army
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-02-26 14:00:00Z 0 Salvation Army

Online registration for our District Conference is NOW OPEN on the D9600 website

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

We remind members that there is no cost to register for conference apart from meals and the evening events.
 
However all attendees must complete a registration to enter the conference venue to comply with insurance. This includes all volunteers working in any capacity and all display personnel.
 
District Conference conference
District Conference Registrations are now open Les Walsh 2018-02-25 14:00:00Z 0 District Conference,conference
By Evan Burrell, a member of the Rotary Club of Turramurra, NSW pictured  left, with other members of the Joint Committee on Alumni Relations during a visit to Room 711, a recreation of the room where Rotary began.
 
I wonder, as we approach yet another Rotary anniversary, what Paul Harris would think of the Rotary of today? Would he smile, or grimace? He probably didn’t imagine how far his little idea would go when he sat down for that first meeting on 23 February a full 113 years ago.
 
As a fun exercise, I tried to imagine what it might be like if Paul Harris started Rotary today.  To do this, I first imagined what a Gen Y Paul might be like. 
 
I decided he’d be a social entrepreneur and blogger.  His personal style is a touch metro, add some emo, and just a squeeze of hipster.  He lives a healthy life ...
 
Read the full article
Rotary Anniversary paul harris
If Paul Harris started Rotary today Les Walsh 2018-02-25 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Anniversary,paul harris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mark the dates and RSVP when convenient:

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

What do you currently know about the Yowie? 

Nothing! 

Well come along and get informed by John McAuley.

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

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

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

 

John McAuley The Yowie
Read more
Next Tuesday's Meeting Les Walsh 2018-02-20 14:00:00Z 0 John McAuley,The Yowie

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

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

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

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

Clean Toilets

Good evening fellow Rotarians, Guests and Friends of Rotary,
 
Our Breakfast this week provided us with a change to the normal format in more ways than one.
 
The usual venue, Oaks Resort, had the "no room in the Inn" sign up, so we had to find alternative board and lodging.  Once again our intrepid Leprechaun, Gorgeous Gordon, was able to secure the Pelican Waters Golf Club for our Breakfast Meeting.
 
Thank you for arranging the alternative venue, Gordon, and special thanks to Michelle Hurd, Function Manager of PWGC, for getting up early and ensuring we were well looked after.  And we certainly were !  It's always such a nice place to dine, with the food, service and view, all contributing to the atmosphere and ambience.
 
Helen was at the front desk, greeting us all and collecting our bitcoin.  Chairperson for the morning, Stephen had to do a bit of ad-libbing when his request for us to stand for customary Rotary Grace was interrupted by an Audio Visual presentation depicting the beginning of Rotary, coinciding with the 113th Birthday of Rotary.  For those who may have missed the vision or would like to see it again, here is the link.
 
Luckily, Stephen recovered quickly and following Grace, since we were in such picturesque surrounds at a beautiful golf course, Alan S proposed the International Toast to the Rotary Club of Troon, famous for its beautiful golf course, in Scotland (Rotary District1230.  If you'd like to know more about this Club and District, here is the link.

We met at Pelican Waters Golf Club

 

 

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

Just received this email from Noel Trevaskis.

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

Regards,

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

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

Welcome back Peter

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

Genta was Chair

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will you help by sponsoring Julianna?

Sponsor Julianna here

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information about Michelle here

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

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

The Rotary 9600 Club Development Officer [Peter Morley] has put together a visitation trip to India, visiting some Rotary Clubs but also visiting some of India's highlights.  This is not  a fund raising journey, but more of way to connect and see what happens in the Rotary World overseas.  Add on extensions either side of ground component can be accommodated
 
Rotary District 9600 trip to India Les Walsh 2018-01-22 14:00:00Z 0
Gala Dinner with RI President Ian Risely Les Walsh 2018-01-20 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Regional Information Bulletin Les Walsh 2018-01-19 14:00:00Z 0
ROMAC Trivia Challenge -Thursday 1 March Les Walsh 2018-01-19 14:00:00Z 0
Dinner with RI President Ian Riseley Les Walsh 2018-01-17 14:00:00Z 0
Here is the latest quarterly RAWCS newsletter for Eastern Region, the RAWCS Rover.  While our area is in the Northern Region, Editor, Sue O’Neill, has produced a very interesting and informative newsletter with the latest RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) news of what is happening in their Region.
 
Click to read
RAWCS Rover Les Walsh 2018-01-17 14:00:00Z 0
 
Happy New Year everyone,
 
Our Rotary Christmas recess has finished and we're back into the swing of things.
 
A fantastic number of Members attended our first Breakfast of the year.  It was also pleasing to see the number of guests present.
 
Honorary Member, Alf Mueller - who is well known to us all - decided to pay us a visit.  It is always great to see you, Alf.  You must be doing something right in retirement.  Please feel free to come along more often.
 
 
Our Guest Speaker for the morning was Jess Keenan (daughter of PP Julianna).  Jess is embarking on a Rotary Exchange to France.  Never far away from Jess is her French Tutor, Christine, who also attended our breakfast.
 
Christine has been madly teaching Jess all the French she can.  So much so that Jess was able to provide us with a bi-lingual version of her speech.  First was the French version, followed by the English.
 
Bon voyage, Jess. We wish you well and stay safe.
 
Merv's better half, Anne dined with us, wanting to hear more from Jess.  While our Northern Territorian Rotarian, Jan, was also in attendance, giving our Gerry a surprise visit.
President Peter's Musings Peter Davis 2018-01-17 14:00:00Z 0
 
Our Rotary Youth Exchange student was in need of French tutoring over the last month or so.  Through one of our members, Christine volunteered to help Jess without any charge.
 
However, as Julianna wanted to pay something Christine suggested that a donation be made to the club's youth projects.
 
Jess made the cheque presentation to President Peter at the end of her speech.  We can assure Christine - along with Julianna & Jess - that it will be put to good use!
 
Merci!
 
Club benefits from tutoring Les Walsh 2018-01-17 14:00:00Z 0
Our Charity Golf Day Les Walsh 2018-01-15 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.
 
Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”
 
 
2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the Inspiration Les Walsh 2018-01-15 14:00:00Z 0
ShelterBox Operations Update Les Walsh 2018-01-15 14:00:00Z 0
District Newsletter - January Les Walsh 2018-01-11 14:00:00Z 0 DGs Newsletter,RD9600
Our meeting which normally would have been on Tuesday 23 January has been given wheels enabling all of us to be mobile!
 
The suggestion is that - rather than turn up at Oaks (where there will be nobody!) - groups of three to four of our members visit other Rotary clubs in our vicinity, take notes (things we would benefit from or should avoid) and report back to our meeting on 30 January.  Helen is coordinating the groups - read on to see which group you are in.
Mobile Week Les Walsh 2018-01-10 14:00:00Z 0
There has been much discussion regarding redistricting the districts in Australia, attached is a letter from Director Noel Trevaskis re this matter.
 
The current thinking is that Queensland is to be redistricted to two (2) only districts. This is being achieved as follows.
 
District 9570 and 9550 will be merged and extend from just North of Gympie up to Far North Qld and across to the border with the Northern Territory, it may also include Part of the NT from Tennant Creek to Darwin.
 
District 9600, 9630 and 9640 are to be merged to form one district from Gympie to just  north of Glenn Innes in NSW  and West to the NT and SA border’s. This new District will also include our current clubs in PNG, the Solomon’s and Nauru. In total this new district would have approximately 165 clubs.
 
FYI RI has put together a committee overseeing the total redistricting in Australia and smaller committees have been put in place to look at specific regional issues, e.g.  the tyranny of distance in Qld and how the clubs would be serviced and much work is being done on this as I write.
 
Also attached is the current proposal document to merge district 9600 with 9630 and 9640 for your attention and action. This document is being sent to every club in the 3 districts this week.
 
If I can make one comment in that whilst this may seem a big change, it will be for our districts. The clubs will still operate as they have done, the annual district events will continue, as will the training etc and yes you will still get a district bill, one big change will be that with 165 clubs in the district, then I doubt the district governor will be able to visit each and every club annually.
 
In closing I hope that the next 6 months are as fruitful as the last and we look forward to receiving your responses to district secretary Ian Hope at  districtsecretary@rotary9600.org as soon as possible.
 
Thanks and keep on MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
 
Alan Stephens
Immediate Past District Governor (2016-2017)
Rotary District 9600
Proposal to Merge Districts 9600-9630-9640 Les Walsh 2018-01-10 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary is the Founding Partner of the NYSF, and every year Rotarians continue to support the Year 12 Program through promoting the opportunity in local communities, managing applications and selections of students, and assisting with funding or fund-raising for student fees to attend the Year 12 Program. Rotarians also volunteer during the Year 12 Program in January. It is estimated that Rotarians contribute more than 20,000 volunteer hours to the NYSF every year.
 
This year NYSF are holding a session in Brisbane and next Thursday, 18 January 2018, are holding a gala dinner at City Hall.

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

Refer to registration details below.

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

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

Learn more by downloading this flyer

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