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Magic is in the air - The Magic of Rotary

President Clive and Susan dressed up for our changeover on June 25th, heralding our new Rotary Year with the Magic of Rotary.  Several members also dressed up but none so elegantly as our new President. Trophies were presented and some withheld as the recipients were not in attendance. A full list will be provided after the Christmas in July weekend, however PP Gavin presented Sonia Hendy with a PHF, and Ian Neil with a PHF Sapphire, and Tim Playne with a Certificate of Appreciation for 46 years of Rotary Service in Balmoral and Cleveland.

   

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John Simpson Funeral

John's Funeral will be as per the notice above - a link to the pdf version is here John_Simpson_Funeral_Notice.pdf

Rtn & Deputy Principal of Cleveland District State High School, Grant Mitchell, has arranged for the service to be held at the Paul Bancroft Centre, Russell Street, Cleveland. Cleveland Rotary will be catering, please see your emails for information of assistance required. We are honoured to be able to assist in farewelling our beloved Past President and friend Simmo.

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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.

  

 

Events

Christmas in July

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

Just 3 weeks to go til we head to Esk for our Christmas in July weekend on July 19-20.

Not sure how much colder it will be than recent Redlands mornings – but who cares!! At least you have Winter woollies out of cupboard already to go!!

 Next page are the attendees who are booked and paid deposits – and the Esk Caravan Park has confirmed you can pay the balance of your booking on arrival.

 The large camp kitchen has plenty of tables etc., a number of bbqs and large pizza oven – and a large campfire – which would suitable for a Friday evening gathering for those not seeking out dining options in town.

On Saturday night, we are booked in at the Esk Grand Hotel’s large dining room for dinner. The Hotel’s beer garden entrance is 200m from the Caravan Park.

 More information closer to date.

 

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23rd Annual Golf Day

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

The date is set, the teams have started registering. Have you got your team together yet? Perhaps you wish to join another team? Either way click on the attached forms to register or sponsor a team. Individual_Player_Registration_-_FINAL.pdf    Corporate_Sponsorship_Registration_FINAL.pdf

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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 - now canceled

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

Please note this meeting has now been canceled due to the proximity of the Christmas in July function. Our next Club meeting will now be on Tuesday 23 July at Fiction Bar and Restaurant.

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 23, 2024, 6:00 pm

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

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 30, 2024, 6:00 pm

Tyce Finley, AITC, Cambodia Project  TBC

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 Aug 13, 2024, 6:00 pm

Caroline Baird, Paralympic triathlete for Paris Olympics

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 Aug 27, 2024, 6:00 pm

Frank Sauter, ROTATE Recycling

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.

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Rotary Meeting

Date: Tuesday Sep 10, 2024, 6:00 pm

Dr Danielle Stanisic, Griffith University. Malaria  TBC

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.

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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