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A Red Wine Affair

One would rarely think of doing wine tasting at a Museum, together with delicious food, but that is exactly what we did last night at Redland Museum. 55 members and friends gathered to hear Daniel Dyer, former Senior Executive of Pierroth Wines talk about Australian wine and its differences to European wines. Daniel then gave us a taste of a good European wine so we could compare with the Millawa Ranch Painted Horse Shiraz we were drinking. Ian Neil conducted a blind tasting exercise with Museum President Doug Alexander roped in to compete with Daniel on 3 different wines. Result 3 nil to Daniel. A huge thank you to the Museum staff & volunteers for hosting us once more for a terrific night.

Our Painted Horse Shiraz, courtesy of PP Hugh Dickson, was a real hit - well received and drunk last night with several cases being purchased to take home. There are still more available, so if you haven't got yours yet, please use the order form here and order a case for your own use - you will not be disappointed.

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Vale John Simpson PP PHF

It is with tremendous sadness that I advise of the death of our Past President John Simpson (12/7/1957-11/6/2024). John was our President twice, in 2001/2002 & 2020/2021, plus several years as Treasurer and Secretary. His contribution to our club is immeasurable.

 John joined Rotary in Vanuatu I believe, when there with Westpac Bank. He was a member of Paddington-Red Hill Rotary Club in Brisbane, before transferring to The Rotary Club of Cleveland in 1998, until 2022. John’s contribution to the community of Redland City is immense and his work with young people through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program was felt throughout many parts of the world, as a host parent, counsellor and friend. We at the Rotary Club of Cleveland, and I am sure many of our friends in the Redland Museum are shocked at his sudden passing. John was President-elect of the Wellington Point Rotary Club, President of the Birkdale Men’s Shed, and heavily involved in many other community organisations, such as Wynnum & Redlands Canoe Club & Circle of Men. Absolutely amazing human being who is held in the highest esteem by everyone he met and with everything he did.  A legacy of selfless service. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Gayle, daughter Rebecca, son Tim and extended family. RIP John, you are sorely missed by all.

Funeral arrangements will be advised later.

 

Mater Trivia Night - Outback Australia

One never knows how enthusiastically some groups will take up the challenge to compete for the best decorated table! The Benfer Blow Flies were robbed of that title by none other than Robin Archer (sorry no photo of your Aussie scenery Robin). A great night was had by all last Friday night as 170 people gathered to help the Mater Auxiliary raise much needed funds. My vote for the best dressed certainly went to the Benfer family as the photos show - the rest of us wore our best checked shirts, jeans and akubras but... One enterprising opponent even brought the vintage fly spray to get rid of them....  Well done to the Auxiliary ladies led by Lorraine Furness & Peter Marer, MC & Quiz master.  Lots of fun had by all.

   

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Barefoot Bowls

Lots of fun on Tuesday night at Cleveland Bowls Club. Many thanks to the caterers and Bowls Club members as they made us most welcome. Thanks to Helen & Greg for organising at our end - always great to have some partners along to share a social evening with us.

  Some got so serious they actually kept score LOL

Some got so serious they actually kept score  LOL

Talented young women - hope for the future

Two students from Cleveland District State High School amazed our members last night as they outlined their future plans and what the Rotary scholarships awarded to them late last year had done to assist them in their education. Sarah McKeown has a very bright future in the Australian Defence Force - when she has completed Year 11 and 12. Already leader of the cadets at the school, her future in this field looks very bright. Mehedi Shaikh, currently in Year 12 has her sights set on a career in medicine when she completes her International Baccalaureate studies. We are truly blessed to have such inspiring young women in our midst and hope to see more of them in the future. We were also delighted with 30 minutes of musical entertainment by students Katie McDuff (vocals) & Maya Nath (guitar). Again, a polished performance which can only improve with more chances to perform in the public in the future. These young people go on with their education and hopes for the future with the best wishes from Cleveland Rotary.

Paradise Gardens Shopping Centre

Between the light showers, two teams of willing Rotarians served sausages to lots of customers at the new Paradise Gardens Shopping Centre on Friday. We became more adept at selling from the rear, where we had some cover in the afternoon, then back to the table at the front as the sun reappeared! Many thanks to all the winning helpers, and particularly to Shane and Anna from Coles who were so helpful to us with supplies and an excellent position from which to sell. Not forgetting all the cheerful members of the public who dropped by, sometimes multiple returns, to buy our wonderful sausages!!

   

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Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group

Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group is based in Tasmania, where it's founder, Bruce French has collected thousands of plants not normally used in gardens - using foods that are regional and healthy. Worldwide, more than 700 million people are undernourished and one in 3 children suffer from malnutrition. it is vital to encourage better uses of resources to improve the health and well-being of our world population. Last night Tino Babao from Nundah Rotary Club spoke to us of his passion for this Rotary Action Group, and the work that they are doing to fight hunger and malnutrition by increasing local regional knowledge in many parts of the world. Check out their website www.foodplantsolutions.org  and see this file for more information Food_Plant_Solutions_RAG.pdf

Safe Passage Shorebirds

On Sunday 28th April the club participated in the “Safe Passage” community event held at G J Walter Park in Cleveland.  Our van and trailer received many compliments. Believe it or not – many in the community just didn’t know what a great set up we have!

It was a solid cook up from  mid-morning with additional supplies needed to be  purchased at the half way mark.  Always a good sign.  Our queue at front of house was steady and constant.

A terrific service day -  well done -  as only Cleveland Rotary can! Thank you all for your support -  Mona, Tim, Sonia, Glyn, Judy, Chris, Gerry and Steve.

  

 

Houses of Hope

Major Neil Dickson PHF, talked to the club about the Salvation Army Bayside project Houses of Hope. This program auspices rental accommodation, sometimes subsidised, through local Real Estate agents and private rentals for families experiencing homelessness in the Redlands area. They currently have 2 homes in Alexandra Hills.  Launched at a breakfast in June last year, which Gavin & Shirley attended, the program requires funds and/or properties at a reasonable rental to continue sustainably.

Check out this article on their website Bayside Salvos providing housing, help and hope (salvosonline.org.au)

Inspiring young people

The focus last night was on Youth, organised by Lyn Packer, our Youth Services Director, with Ujin Tumenjargal filling us in on the fun and learning she experienced whilst attending the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra in January. Ujin lives locally but attends Brisbane State High School and surely has a future in the science fields. Our international student Vanessa Feng, who graduated from Cleveland District State High School last year, has been the recipient of several major local and world-wide STEM based awards. Vanessa has just been advised that she has been granted prestigious scholarships to Toronto University in Canada to study for an Engineering degree (fully funded including, tuition, on campus accommodation, food and extras - the Lester B Pearson Scholarship). Only 37 of these are awarded globally each year - Vanessa is certainly an inspiration and she will go with our heartiest congratulations and best wishes.

Gordon Lawrence from Redlands Bayside Club visited with Michelle Maher who talked about Sunrise School in Kenya, the organisation that this year's Swimathon will be supporting.  Ian Neil is swimming, as is David Bray - any other swimmers wishing to take part - see the links previously sent out.

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Events

Club Changeover

Date: Tuesday Jun 25, 2024, 6:30 pm

Welcoming all Magicians to the Changeover of President Gavin Becker to President Elect Clive Shepherd. A fun night is planned and a prize will be awarded for the best dressed Magician (or wizard, witch - whatever costume you choose). Let's celebrate the 2023-2024 year, and welcome the new year with Clive Shepherd and his Board. Book using the link below - all bookings must be confirmed and pre-paid by Sunday 16th June. Cleveland_Changeover.pdf

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District Changeover

Date: Sunday Jun 30, 2024, 12:00 pm

District 9620 Changeover is being held on June 30th as per details on next screen. A message from DGE Sue Mulraney - 

Join us for an afternoon to celebrate the achievements of ‘Creating Hope in the World’ during the past year and to look forward to the exciting opportunities ahead as we share ‘The Magic of Rotary’  DG Paul and I would be honoured to have you join us for this special occasion. The afternoon will include a formal program, lunch, and an opportunity to network with fellow members and guests.

 Please RSVP by 19th June online via https://events.humanitix.com/rotary9620-changeover-2024 

We look forward to celebrating with you and sharing this important milestone in our District Calendar

 

 

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Christmas in July

Date: Friday Jul 19, 2024, 3:00 pm

Christmas in July 2024 weekend, being held this year at the Esk, about 1.5 hours drive from Redlands. Those attending will have booked into Caravan Park, which has van, camping, glamping, cabin and motel accommodation options.

 The Caravan Park is just a block from centre of town, and excellent facilities include a great covered camp kitchen and meeting area with a large open fireplace, several bbqs, big pizza oven and plenty of tables and chairs.  Live music is an added attraction on Saturday afternoons. See document below for all details. Queries to Greg Watson.

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23rd Annual Golf Day

Date: Friday Nov 1, 2024, 9:00 am

Get your teams together for our annual Charity Golf Day.. All queries to Ian Neil

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Venue


Club Meetings and Location

2nd, 4th and 5th Tuesdays, 6.00 for 6.30pm (Check MEETINGS (below) for any changes)

Fiction Function Room

Shop 9&10 Raby Bay Harbour, 152 Shore St W, Cleveland QLD 4163

Please register your intention to attend via the website or apologise no later than 7pm on the Sunday prior to the meeting

Visitors can register via email attendance@clevelandrotary.org.au 



Meetings

Rotary Meeting

Date: Tuesday Jun 25, 2024, 6:00 pm

DO NOT BOOK ON THE USUAL SYSTEM FOR CHANGEOVER - USE "BOOK ONLINE NOW" BUTTON  IN THE EVENTS LISTING ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE WEBSITE

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Rotary Meeting

Date: Tuesday Jul 9, 2024, 6:00 pm

Social night, Clive to outline new year's plans

Visitors are always welcome in our Club - bring a business acquaintance or friend who may be interested in the work that Rotary does in our community.

ALL apologies or acceptances (with guests included) are required by 7pm Sunday - to be lodged on the Club website 

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Rotary Meeting

Date: Tuesday Jul 16, 2024, 6:00 pm

Possible vocational, or maybe Family time due to Christmas in July.

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Rotary Meeting

Date: Tuesday Jul 23, 2024, 6:00 pm

Guest Speaker - Phil Saxby, Brisbane Rotary Club. Global Grants, RARE

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Rotary Meeting

Date: Tuesday Jul 30, 2024, 6:00 pm

Club Assembly & Tyce Finley, AITC, Cambodia Project  TBC

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Rotary Meeting

Date: Tuesday Aug 13, 2024, 6:00 pm

Caroline Baird, Paralympic triathlete

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OUR SERVICE PROJECTS

RARE - Rotary Australia Repurposing Equipment

Members volunteer each Thursday morning and regular Saturday mornings to sort, pack and ship containers of repurposed medical and educational equipment and supplies.

Relay for Life

ROMAC

Bowelscan

Redland Foundation

Horizon Foundation