AGM, Swim, Sleep outs, DV help, Speakers, Working Bee's

What happened at AGM?

Alex Rotary are known for having short AGM's. Last weeks was a few seconds longer than normal, but not by much. So what's new?
Basically a new constitution, which will be shelved and dusted off at the end of the year, Fee's have gone up slightly. The club philosophy is not to charge members for our clubs internal workings, but only pass through the charges we receive from Rotary District and Rotary International to sustain the organisations at that level. So now members are up for $165/ every 6 months or about $6/week. 
The club also tidied up the "Friends of Rotary" positions. So now if you want to know what's going on in the community and help out Alex Rotary, become a "Friend of Rotary" is free of fees, and your obligations as a Friend are simply to help out at our local project or if you can, attend one meeting a year. 
So if Breakfast meeting times don't suit you,  but you want to help Alex Rotary, then why not email the secretary at or just talk to one of the  club members and we'll will take it from there. 

Working Bee at the Rotary BBQ trailer

What was once a mobile kitchen in Maroochydore, the Alex Rotary BBQ trailer is having a makeover on July. We're sprucing it up so we can donate it to our mates at "BlazeAid" at teh Gynmpie muster, where they are catering for several thousand.
A work list has been put together and we'll be giving the BBQ and trailer a fresh look and there's talk of a few beers afterwards. (We'll I'm talking about that. )
The trailer has a great history, once used as a soup kitchen and often lent to various clubs either as fundraisers, or as sausage giveaways. So if you can, keep July 23 free and bring along your work gear. 
Contact club secretary for details. 

Swim Sponsors

A large part of our fundraising is sponsorship. The Sunshine Coast is blessed by community minded businesses and Rotary has a special place in providing an opportunity for businesses to engage with community causes through our efforts. 
A special BIG BIG thank you to these sponsors of the Solstice Swim. We'll be acknowledging them in later newsletters and during and after the swim. 

Raffle Roster 

Thanks to some amazing sponsors we have been able to offer over $8,000 worth of prizes in the Solstice Swim  raffle. Swimmers invariably but a ticket when they register - who doesn't love a raffle? and the club has the not so simple task of selling off a few more tickets  to support our swim beneficiary - this year Inclusive Kids.
And to lend further support Inclusive Kids have put the raffle online on their website. So here's hoping for a great response and we can really get the "Fuel for Skool" program off the ground. 
Here's out youngest members Holly and Alistair, starting off the Raffle roster at Bunnings..
..and here's the raffle sponsors..

Cold enough for you - why not try sleeping on the streets?

Every year volunteers from the coast show their support and raise funds for the homeless by sleeping on the streets. A certain sickle is aware of a English grammar "psycho" who has been doing this for years. Good on ya, and we've also been asked by our Caloundra Rotary Partners if we will get behind one of their members who is doing that this year..
From Calpac..
"Not sure whether you maybe able to assist (maybe you already have), however Rotary Club of Caloundra Pacific (CALPAC) member and all round superstar, Les Pontin, will be participating in the Vinnie's Sleepout AGAIN in 2024. 
"For one night, Thursday 20th June, Les will be 'sleeping rough' outside to help raise funds and awareness for those experiencing the harsh realities of homelessness.
Les has a fundraising target of $8,000 for 2024 and CALPAC would love to see him exceed his goal. 
If you would like / able to donate please use the link below and let's help Les and St Vinnies break the devastating cycle of homelessness.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated – smaller amounts still built great totals.
Greig Lee-Archer
Area Governor 
Renouf Cluster 2023 – 2024
District 9620
Past President RC Caloundra Pacific
Mob: +61 (0)408 900 015


Club secretary hits the ground running 

Our new club secretary has been busy sorting out the roster for next year, and our new President for next year has been sorting out the club activities and goals. Great to have such energy in teh club, and what it means for you, is to have a think about what your passion is to "make a difference" in the community.
We're only a small club, but our reputation it to punch above our weight, and you never know, your passion may be someone else's ...just think on how the eradication of Polio in the world started with one man's passion in Nambour and how that gathered so much support from other Rotarians, locally and around the world.
Meanwhile here is the man with a plan...who gave members a very quick profile of his world outside Rotary. Thank you Geoff. 

This weeks speaker 

Noel and Cathy Bates have both been to Umoja orphanage and Cathy and will be our speakers tomorrow. 

DV Connect - One phone could make all the difference 

A message from Tanya...Can you help?
I have been contacted by DVSafe Phones in regards to the work collection box I have at IFYS asking if we have any more second-hand phones to send through to their service.  Just thought if might be a good time to remind the Alex Head Rotary members of the service and see if there are any phones members have to donate.  
I am happy to receive and deliver any donated phones to DVSafe phones. 
DV Safe Phones are often provided to our IFYS service users to have as a spare or new safe contact phone so I am very supportive of assisting this service whenever we can.
Are we able to put this on next week’s agenda to ask members about this at next week’s meeting please?
So let's get behind Tanya and bring along that old working phone thats sitting in the drawer...or maybe its time to upgrade ?..

Change - Over Dinner 

For those members and friends who haven't yet RSVP's to the changeover dinner.
Please reply and come along and meet the Club Board - old and new. 
Helping out at Kids Kitchen

On the Sunshine Coast we are lucky to have many community minded business people who are willing to support local causes and help folks who need a hand up.

We also have a precious brand in Rotary who are known for being the force behind so many life changing local and international projects. We pride ourselves on "making a difference" whether it be at a women's refuge makeover in the middle of Maroochydore, or eradicating Polio on the global stage.

So we are delighted to support Inclusive Kids this year as part of our Solstice Swim event with the amazing Alex Surf Life Savers team.
So members turned up at the neighbourhood centre kitchen to join in the excitement of packing food packs "Fuel for School" where even the follically challenged members of the club (you know who you are !! ) had to wear a hair net for hygiene. It's been a while since a certain scribe had to wear a hair net - he was rapt. 
Great to see the other amazing volunteers there from Gym's, Cricks and the team at SeaFM and of course the Inclusive Kids volunteers led by Paul who was running on batteries after being up since 3am to make sure teh day went well. He's a champion. 
The day went without a hitch, and the volunteers managed to overachieve and exceed the initial target with over 3,000 fruit packs donated to Kawana school. 
Upcoming Events
Umoja Orphanage - Kenya (Cathy Booth)
Jun. 05, 2024
6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Shelterbox (Peter Morley)
Jun. 12, 2024
6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Solstice Planning
Jun. 19, 2024
6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Alex Head Rotary Solstice Swim
Jun. 23, 2024
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Solstice - event review and next year
Jun. 26, 2024
6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Changeover Dinner 6.00pm
Jul. 03, 2024
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Year Ahead - President Elect
Jul. 10, 2024
6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Working bee for BBQ trailer
Jul. 13, 2024
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Maroochy High School Mock Interviews *TBC
Jul. 25, 2024
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
RYDA - Driver Awareness - Mathew Flinders
Sep. 12, 2024
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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What kind of shoes do frogs wear? Open toad.
Did you hear about the red and blue ships that collided? All the sailors were marooned.
My neighbor gave me a new roof for free. He said it was on the house.
Did you hear about the teenager who failed his driving test? He thought it was a crash course.
Where do surfers learn to surf? At boarding school.
A duck walks into a bar and buys everyone a round. He tells the bartender, “Put it on my bill.”
What has a spine but no bones? A book.
What do you call a wizard who’s good with ceramics? Harry Pottery.
Why did Marie Curie stop dating that guy? There was no chemistry.
Did you hear about the nurse who didn’t want to become a doctor? She didn’t have the patients.
Why did the tourist feel disappointed upon seeing the Liberty Bell? It wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.
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Alex Surf Life Saving Club
Alex Beach
Alexandra Headland , QLD 4557
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