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QYAC and new member

Elisha Kissick gave us an very interesting and informative background and update on the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Corporation, and their plans for the future of tourism and life on Minjerribah - Straddie to most of us still. She was supported by Katrina Beutel who is working with QYAC as well. To see the development that has taken place since before the land was returned to the Quandamooka people, the current position and future plans was exciting. A great future on our doorstep, and we need to get involved in whatever way we can to work collaboratively with QYAC. Whale watching tours, education of young people for entry into the workforce, cultural education for tourists and locals, retraining people made redundant due to the closure of the mines, rangers for maintaining the cultural and environmental heritage, setting up a new cafe using young people retrained on the island, Minjerribah camping, plans for a myriad of new eco-toruism developments. What wonderful ideas can our members come up with to work with QYAC into the future?

Also, it was a real pleasure to welcome Bev Shields as a member of Cleveland Rotary - classification Nursing - Retired. As Peter pointed out in the induction, this is the first nursing related member we have had - maybe more in the future? Bev will join the Membership Committee for the remainder of this year, and put her experience in people management and education to good use I am sure. In other times you will see Bev also working at Redland Museum as a volunteer in many roles as required.

AITC and Offgrid boxes

Toni Banfield and David Breeze from Australian Industry Trade College - Redlands updated us on the progress of this college, just down the road from the RSL.  Students from Years 10-12 complete their education, gaining their Certificate of Education, whilst also learning a trade, readying them for the workforce. We are developing a strong relationship with the college, and some students will be coming to DIK next Thursday to assist with packing the latest container to go to Watut, Bulolo Parish PNG. Any Rotarians who are available, would be most welcome to come and assist on Thursday 13th, in the morning. Please contact Albert if you can spare a couple of hours to pack school desks, chairs and books.

A very interesting and informative Members Corner, with Gavin Becker, started our night, talking about Offgrid Boxes. Check out to get the full story, but basically these innovative boxes can provide  enough electricity and access to water for a village of up to 1000 people. What a wonderful resouorce this would be in disaster areas, as well as much of the world where people are forced to live off grid.


Last Week in Cleveland Rotary

This last week has been another busy one in the Cleveland Rotary Club, with discussions, plans for upcoming events and working with DIK. 

What a terrific talk Clive Shepherd gave us about his experience with RYTS (Rotary Youth Transition Seminar) - one of our signature youth programs that Clive has become rather passionate about. From arriving feeling that he was really too old for this sort of thing, to leaving with the feeling that he can't wait to return next year with a new bunch of young people ready to experiece RYTS. RYTS takes young people in their final shcool years, and they spend a week basically learning to have confidence to face the world ahead of them, courage to believe in themselves, and have lots of fun in the process. Talk to Clive about his experience - I have only spent a day there a couple of years ago, and was amazed and impressed with the results.


Barefoot Bowls Night

A fun social night of bowls, food and refreshments at the Cleveland Sharks Bowls Club on March 10th. Make it a date with your friends, get your teams together - see the full details under March 10th Meeting listing at the RHS of the screen.

Container arrives in Kiunga

There is always a need for educational and medical goods that are sent to PNG and islands through DIK. Albert Benfer has funded several containers to areas of need, and recently shipped one to Kiunga, in PNG. We have now been advised that this container has arrived in Kiunga. The School Board Chairman is excited to receive new tools and equipment to help in educating the young people to help themselves. In an email to Albert through his contacts, he expressed his great thanks for the donation to the school.

I am sure Cosmas will send me photos of the boys delivering the tools via road, boat and foot to Kungim. (These will be added to the Photo Gallery as they become available.)

As you know, Ed Hendy instructed Sonya to send his entire tools to PNG, these are at Kungim, also James Pollock sent most of his tools which are also in the Vocational Education center.  Many thanks for these useful tools.


Redland Citizen of the Year 2020

Mayor Karen Williams on Thursday night announced that our very own John Simpson has been awarded Redland Citizen of the Year. Nominated by the Rotary Club of Cleveland, most of our members will be aware that John is very active in many areas within Rotary and the community - Circle of Men, Redlands Cancer Council, Wynnum Redlands Canoe Club among many others. In an interview with Karen, John said he has been volunteering for 50 years, starting in a Lions Club, he has been in Rotary for 35 of those, 22 in Cleveland club. We all know John's passion for working with youth and and also with the elderly in the community in many ways.  Congratulations John from all your fellow Rotarians, this award is well deserved.


Rotary Club of Cleveland Board 2020-2021

Our club has some very experienced Rotarians to lead the club for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year.

President: PP John Simpson

Vice President: PP Ian Crane

Immediate Past President: Luis Filardi

President Elect: PP Robert Wesener

Secretary: PP John Lipman

Treasurer: PP Robin Archer

Board Members: Geoffrey Gray, Ishbel Taylor, Yu-Min Sun, PP Peter Marer

Time now to think about how we can contribute to the club over the next few years, what our goals are and how we will support the Board to achieve those goals.                                   

Vanuatu Library trip

Several of our members, John Simpson, John Lipman, Greg Watson, Helen Dundon & daughter, YEP student Theri, Clive Shepherd are in Vanuatu with Chappie Neale Collier setting up 3 libraries in village schools in Vanuatu. Great work guys, we look forward to your reports on your return.  More photos loaded into the Photo Gallery - album 2020 Vanuatu Library Project



2020 Here we are! Greetings and farewells

YEP Grandparents Albert & Alison Benfer farewelled Gabriel Ciriello Carneiro as he heads off to Italy on his exchange, having greeted his father Luis as their YEP son 30 years ago. If you wish to see Gabriel off - be at the airport 11.45am Friday 17th January.

Our first meeting at Ormiston House was a tremendous success, huge thanks to Robin & Cynthia Archer for their wonderful catering - best meal the club has had for years!! We welcomed partners and guests, Mayor Karen spoke about progress over the last year in the Redlands Coast; Gabriel talked about his upcoming trip; Luis mentioned the Bushfire Appeal garage sale that is in the planning stages. The venue was beautiful, and guides were on hand to show us through the house, managing to condense a normal 1 hr tour into 20 minutes, thanks ladies.

Photos are loaded into the Photo Gallery - album 2020 Meetings Jan to June - Ormiston House 14 January.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Pres. Luis' Mystery evening to finish off our meetings for 2019 was a great success at Bacchus Brewery. Lots of terrific locally brewed ales, delicious pizza and ribs. Pres. Luis wished all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.   Our next meeting is January 14, 2020 at Ormiston House - don't forget to register your attendance or apology on the website by Friday Jan 10th to allow for catering.

Please see the Photo Gallery for more snaps from last night.

NBN Explained

It appeared last night that the majority of our members have already switched to NBN, however judging by the level of questions fired at Keir Tierney, Community Ambassador for NBN, following his very informative presentation, there are still lots of issues that people wish to clarify. According to Keir, we should all be connected within 18 months, so if you have had your initial letter, contact your supplier and start your research to make sure you get what you want in the way of internet and phone services. If you have other devices besides phone and internet - e.g. medical alerts, security systems etc., don't forget to include those in your research and setting up your new plan.

Inspirational Services Award 2019

In a joint collaboration with the Redland Coast Chamber of Commerce, we had the privilege of presenting the inaugural Rotary Club of Cleveland Inspirational Services Award 2019, at the 2019 Redland  Business and Retail Awards Gala Ceremony. A wonderful evening at Sheldon College on November 24th, with 760 attendees.

The finalists for our Award were 2 remarkable institutions from our Redland community:

 Men's Shed and MyHorizon   

and the winners were...

Men’s Shed  

and we were extremely glad to see their representatives’ delight with the award.

Rod MacDonald and Roy Dean received their award from President Luis Carneiro


New Board for 2020-2021

Club Rotarian of the Year 2018-2019, PP John Simpson has stepped up to lead the club once more in 2020-2021. Supporting John will be Vice President PP Ian Crane, IPP Luis Carneiro, Secretary PP John Lipman, Treasurer PP Robin Archer and President Elect 2021-2022 PP Robert Wesener.  The AGM was then adjourned due to the Auditor's Report not being available (a major software problem with the online Reckon accounts having to be rebuilt by Reckon). Once these are available, the AGM will be recalled, the Audited reports presented and 6 Directors will be then elected as per the By-Laws of the club.  Thanks to John and this very experienced team for taking the lead for the next year.

Recent Club Meetings & Activities

We had a wonderful night on 29th October, when we celebrated Theri's 16th birthday, heard about the experiences of Amy Smith, Global Grant Scholar, working with Indigenous peoples in Canada and Australia, and we also welcomed guests from Brazil, Argentina and Kenya.


Garden Party

Social events are an important part of our club activities, and none more important and more fun that the annual Garden Party, thanks to our wonderful hosts Alison and Albert Benfer.  This year's party organised by our delightful Luciana, pictured here with Debbie Marer and Cynthia Archer. A lovely afternoon, after a day of rain, lots of friends to chat with and plenty of delicious food to share. More photos in the Gallery.

Business Breakfast

Combined Redlands Coast Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Cleveland Business Breakfast on Wednesday September 18th, at Alexandra Hills Hotel, was well attended and Keynote Speaker, Carlos Aggio, a partner from Deloittes spoke about the Future of Work, demistifying beliefs that artificial intelligence and robots will fully replace human work.


PNG Independence Day

Sometimes we wonder what happens to goods we send to Papua New Guinea and the islands. In Lae, Papua New Guinea we have been supporting Mary Queen of Peace Primary School and they recently received and opened a second container of educational goods, desks, gardening tools, bookshelves (thanks to Beenleigh Mens Shed) and many boxes of books. Amongst the goods were several boxes of clothing, surplus supplies after the Invictus Games in Sydney. Here, in their brand new "uniform" are some of the older boys in the school marching in the Independence Day celebrations in Lae. Some of the other clothing will be going to young men in their late teens, "Street Boys" being educated by the Parish Priest Fr. Arnold in Lae, so that they can get employment and support themselves. With good clothing they have a better chance at presenting themselves to employers. Thanks to Peter Marer for organising this part of our shipment.


Honorary Rotarian Dan Holzpafel

Last night PP Albert Benfer had the pleasure of presenting PP Dan Holzapfel with his Honorary Member badge. Dan retired from active duty as a Rotarian in June, but we are more than delighted to welcome him back into the fold as an Honorary member.

We also heard Tegan Brooks talk to us about her journey with Ship for World Youth, and what is next for this amazing youg woman. Watch this space as Tegan and the friends she met along the way from Australia and Japan walk the Kokoda Track next May.

Recent meeting events

We have had some very interesting meetings over the last couple of weeks. Some shots here to show what we have been doing. On 27th August we met at Cleveland District State High School Music Centre to be entertained by the students of music, drama and dance. What a fantastic night! Check out all the photos soon in the Photo Gallery. Above is Grant Mitchell receiving a Paul Harris Fellow recognition for all his years of work with these students and the administration of this excellent high school. Grant has been instrumental in the development of the school, including the new Bancroft Centre, an absolutely fabulous sports and multipurpose facility



Clubman of the Year 2018-2019

Decided by popular vote, John Simposon was awarded Clubman of the Year last night. John, our Treasurer, works tirelessly for Rotary in so many areas - as Treasurer, in the Youth area both at club and District level, encouraging and supporting members in many ways, and also has done a huge amount of work obtaining grants, and getting our new trailer up and ready for use. Congratulations John on your award and thank you for all that you do.

The trailer now has club signage and is ready for hire to community groups - with a Rotarian assistance - if you can help in this area please contact John.



Strength in Diversity

In a world where intolerance and violence fueled by religious differences are seemingly increasing, one Rotary club in Indonesia is showing how diversity can help prevent a pandemic threat.


Rotary works to remove the scourge of Polio

The campaign to end the scourge of poliomyelitis continues - join Rotary in helping to eradicate this disease.  Watch this short video to see what your contribution to Rotary achieves.


What does it mean to practice peace?

Nations observe 21 September as International Day of Peace, a “day of global ceasefire and nonviolence.” Rotary’s commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers, which yearly prepare up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master’s degree program or a three-month certificate program at partner universities worldwide.

Topics: peace,  fellowship

Challenging the Future for Service Clubs

Mark Huddleston is a Rotarian mover and shaker who is keenly interested in shaping the future of the member clubs of Rotary International.  A leader who puts into practice what he proposes, this little book is a valuable read for all, but especially those who are leaders and aspiring leaders of Rotary Clubs.


Together We Transform - Together We Make A Difference

The generosity of Rotarians and others enables Rotary to keep Doing Good in the World. Last year, Rotarians completed over 30,000 Rotary service projects and dedicated 24.3 million hours to volunteering in the communities that need our help the most.


Rotary’s Commitment to Creating a Healthier World 

Around the world, 400 million people can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care, which can result in pain, poverty, and misery. That’s why Rotary members are devoted to fighting and preventing diseases. From offering temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities to designing and building infrastructure to allow doctors, patients, and governments to work together, Rotary members take on efforts both large and small.


District 9630 Drought Relief Program

Rotary International Convention 2019

Hear RI President on the RI Convention 2019 here - 

Capture the Moment at the 2019 Rotary Convention in Hamburg. by 15 December to save.

ShelterBox - Celebrating the Contribution of Rotary Clubs and Rotarians

This week we celebrated the work that ShelterBox Australia makes toward relieving suffering and building hope in the face of natural disasters and conflict.  ShelterBox is a Rotary International endorsed program that operates with the support of Rotary Clubs and indivual Rotarians who contribute financially and as members of the teams who distribute the shelterboxes.


Have you made the decision?

Have you thought about the opportunity to help others through organ and tissue donation?

Well we were all challenged to do just that by Alana Cresswell and David Clune of DonateLife.  This is the public face of the Australian Government Organ and Tissue Authority.

Organ and tissue transplantation is no longer experimental - our Australian surgeons are increadibly skilled.  Age is not necessarily a barrier to organ and tissue donations up to the age of 90 years, though it is a factor in the assessment of the viability of potential organs and tissues.


Is our community dementia friendly?

Tonight we were joined by Michelle Schlitter and Ann Donaghy from Centacare and learnt what it is like to be a dementia friendly community.  As our population ages we all find ourselves confronted in some way with issues that make our lives or those of others less comfortable.

Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a group of illnesses which impact on a person's functioning - memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical function.  These illnesses can happen to anyone but they are more common after the age of 65.


Mary Queen of Peace Community Project

On the outskirts of Lae in Papua New Guinea is a small Catholic School and Health Clinic.  The Mary Queen of Peace Community is under development to serve the needs of the people in Malahang and the surrounding areas.

Last week the Rotary Club of Cleveland was visited by Sister Cathy from the Mary Queen of Peace Community.  This is another step in the emerging relationship between the Club and the Community. 


The Drought Isn't Over Yet

The Drought is Not Over Yet

Inspite of recent rains the drought is still affecting 62.5 percent of Queensland.  The Rotary District 9630 Drought Programe continues to support farmers who are impacted by the drought which started in 2014 and continues today.  You can help by making a donation.  Full details on how are available here

Cleveland Film Company - Film local Screen global

Cleveland film Company is a contributor to the social and cultural fabric of Southeast Queensland, particularly Redlands Coast. Bradford Walton is a writer-director who trained in the UK in TVC and music video production. for the past 20 years Brad has produced national TVC campaigns, documentaries, short films and feature film screen plays. If you missed this inspiring Rotary evening, get along to the Grand View as per the flier below and help this industry grow.

Tickets are available online through Eventbrite by visiting the website at


It's Arrived! Our new Barbecue Trailer is here.

Pres. Jan Kilbourne, Clive Shepherd & John Simpson getting familiar with our new barbecue trailer, which was delivered today. It has all the bells and whistles we need, and some more - come along and see it in use this weekend at Relay for Life, where we will provide dinner and breakfast.  John will arrange for the logo and club name to be done, and then we will be looking to make the most of this investment, using it to assist other local community groups.


Relay for Life 2019

Clive Shepherd, Sonya Hendy & Ken from Wellington Point Rotary cooking breakfast for weary walkers at this year's Relay for Life on Sunday 26th May. The new barbecue trailer worked well, some suggestions made for improvements needed, but overall a most successful trial, both for breakfast, and the evening before for dinner. Well done to the many volunteers on both occasions.


Ship for World Youth Program

In February several members of our club, along with others in our area, organised a Rotary Day for the Ship for World Youth Program visit to Brisbane of the Nippon Maru.  Leading this event was Ishbel Taylor, here receiving her Certificate of thanks from Pres. Jan. Ishbel has been unwell for some months and it is great to have her back on deck again, and able at last to receive her certificate. 


Induction of President Luis

Tuesday 2nd July was a milestone in the history of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. Not only was it our 57th Changeover dinner, we also welcomed Pres. Luis Filardi Carneiro, in what I believe to possibly be a Rotary first - a Youth Exchange Student to return to the Host country and become President of his original Host club. Luis was a student in 1989, moved back to Australia 3 years ago with this family, wife Luciana, daughter Beatriz and son Gabriel, and is now our President. We were delighted to also welcome his Dad Bene Carneiro and godson Murillo Carneiro who came from Brazil for the occasion. PDG Jitendra Prasad represented DG Ros Kelly.

PP Jan thanked her Board, most particularly PP Jon Womersley for acting as President during her time away for work out west. A lot was achieved during the past year - read the Annual Report for full details.


Girl Guides are 100 years old

Mimmi Hertop recently spoke to us about the centenary of the Girl Guides movement, and of course their well known program of raising funds through selling Girl Guide Buscuits. They are going hi-tech, no longer selling door to door, but reaching out to businesses and organisations.

Mimmi is keen to hear back from anyone in Rotary that may have an interest in purchasing biscuits either

·         personally for gifting (eg. charitable gifts), or

·         in the event their company’s may wish to pass some on to their employees, or

·         for on-selling.



Redlands Bayside Blues Festival 2020

Date: Saturday Mar 7, 2020, 12:00 pm

Save this date to help and enjoy the annual Blues Festival, organised by Capalaba Rotary Club. 

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Rotary District 9630 Conference

Date: Friday Mar 13, 2020, 5:00 pm

To help celebrate and assist in connecting our district clubs with each other, the theme for the 2020 D9630 Conference is ‘Connecting City and Country’. At the conference we will be promoting activities, events, projects and friendships that will help our city and country clubs to start conversation and build relationships. We will build on existing events or projects such as the ‘Adopt a Town’ project which links our eastern clubs with our western clubs and communities for not just projects but also friendship and fellowship events where we simply get together and support the town and surrounding community.

We look forward to you joining us for an incredible three days that will be filled with great speakers, information sharing, relationship building wrapped around fun and friendship.

Chinchilla Conference 2020 – Connecting City and Country. Join Us!!!

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Date: Thursday Mar 19, 2020, 9:30 am

IGA Mt Cotton is not just a grocery store - it is a destination! Join Luciana and Debbie, bring your friends for a special guided tour - you will be amazed! Bring your cooler bags -the cheese is delicious!!!

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Christmas in July

Date: Friday Jul 17, 2020, 5:00 pm


Overwhelming numbers have booked this year - this is great, but the venue cannot cater for any more people! Wonderful for all those who booked early - sorry to those who have missed out.

Christmas in July is our chance for a weekend away as a club to welcome John Simpson as our President for 2020-2021. We gather for a casual barbecue (BYO food & drink) in the park on Friday evening, enjoy an outing on Saturday, then a catered dinner on Saturday night. Lots of fun and laughter, bring the family, get to know one another. Organised by PP Steve Haughtey - for more information call or email Steve 0418 753 232, Book early, directly with the Noosa Caravan Park 07 5449 8060 to secure a cabin or caravan site. Please also advise Steve, so he has numbers for catering. Some snaps from the last weekend in 2016.


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We meet every Tuesday at 6:00pm 
and aim to finish at 8:00pm.

Redland RSL
8 Passage Street, Cleveland Qld



Rotary Meeting

Date: Tuesday Feb 25, 2020, 6:00 pm

Vanuatu Library Project Volunteers Report. We will hear of the experiences of Cleveland Rotary's team of 10 volunteers who travelled to Vanuatu and installed libraries at twp village primary schools in January.

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 4pm MONDAY - to be lodged on the Club website - or by text or email to CHRIS BEATTIE mobile 0411 476 327 or email

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Rotary Meeting

Date: Tuesday Mar 3, 2020, 6:00 pm

Maya Glassman, Peace Fellow recently arrived from Israel to begin her studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution at University of Queensland Peace Centre.

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.

BOOKINGS AND APOLOGIES on Club website please or email/text CHRIS BEATTIE; mobile 0411476327 BEFORE 4PM MONDAYS

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Barefoot Bowls

Date: Tuesday Mar 10, 2020, 5:30 pm

Bring your partners, friends, neighbours, fellow Rotarians from other clubs for a fun social night at the Cleveland Sharks Bowls Club. Book as normal for meetings, don't forget to list your friends so that we can cater for all. Click below for details.

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 4pm MONDAY - to be lodged on the Club website - or by text or email to Chris Beattie -; mobile 0411476327 

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Rotary Meeting

Date: Tuesday Mar 17, 2020, 6:00 pm

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 4pm MONDAY - to be lodged on the Club website - or by text or email to CHRIS BEATTIE  mobile 0411 476 327 or email

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Rotary Meeting

Date: Tuesday Mar 24, 2020, 6:00 pm

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 4pm MONDAY - to be lodged on the Club website - or by text or email to CHRIS BEATTIE  mobile 0411 476 327 or email

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Rotary Meeting

Date: Tuesday Mar 31, 2020, 6:00 pm

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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Community Service Friends

Redland Foundation

Horizon Foundation

Redlands Museum

Ormiston House

Ormiston House Mission Statement:

To preserve and display the history and beauty of heritage listed Ormiston House by sharing its historical and educational value with the wider community.