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Island Night fundraiser - a huge success

Emcee Bob Niech with the fantastic dancers who erntertained us last night as we raised funds for the East new Britain Teacher Resource Centre, in Kokopo, ENB. Lots of fun had by all, great funds raised (final figures still to come but certainly looks like we exceeded last year's $8k profit). Huge thanks to Ishbel's committee for organising, and to Bob's excellent guidance as various hiccups caused him to change the program as required.  Lots more photos in the Photo Gallery and on Facebook - courtesy of Ray Gardner, Raby Photography

DG Paul Roger & Sue official visit

It was great to see a good roll-up when DG Paul Roger and his wife Sue visited on Tuesday night, following a meeting with the Board before dinner. Paul spoke eloquently regarding the theme of Create Hope in the World, emphasising the points illustrated here. We can be justly proud of the progress we make in various areas across the Rotary Areas of Focus - but much more can be done. It is certainly not time to rest upon our achievements, but to move forward with plans for meeting even greater challenges as a club.

 

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RARE Opening Day

It is not often we present 3 Paul Harris Fellows together, but this privilege was given to Pres. Gavin on Saturday at the Opening Day. PE Clive Shepherd, his friend Paul Prior and Steve Bravey each received a PHF for the tremendous work that they did in the renovations of the old Poultry Research Station, to make it workable for Rotary Australia Repurposing Equipment (RARE).  Paul and Clive did all the rewiring and installation of all things electrical, while Steve completed all the plumbing. They all donated countless hours over several months to complete the work, often also contributing materials and resources from their own businesses. Thank you to each and every one of you - your work enables others to now sort and pack much needed goods for overseas needs. Thanks at this time also to Anna (PHF in June) for her huge workload in preparing the premises - cleaning, painting, planning, making signs......too many tasks to count. Without the work by Albert and his liaison with the Council over the past 5 years, we would not have these excellent premises to work in each week. To see for yourself, or contribute a few hours, come and join us on Thursday mornings, ready to do some work. We would love to see you there! Lots of photos will be uploaded into the Photo Gallery shortly.

Supporting our near neighbours

Last Tuesday Angie Kolita-Payne and Elsie Baining spoke to us about their home in East New Britain, and the need for improved educational facilities, particularly support for their teachers. Rotary Club of Cleveland is working on a project to provide them with a new Teacher's Resource Resource Centre, under the guidance of Bob Niech (retired school principal) and Robert Wesener. Angie is a teacher, so knows the local schooling situation very well. Elsie has been able to secure land for the centre and obtained 2 x 40 foot containers to be adapted to suit the purpose. Resources for the centre will also come from RARE, where both ladies help on a regular basis. The fundraising dinner that Ishbel Taylor is planning is getting close - February 20th.The local Brisbane group of supporters will be cooking our dinner on the 20th, and others providing entertainment. If you haven't booked it yet, please do so today ENB_QLD_Feb_2024_Rotary_Dinner_CLEVELAND_4.pdf

Ready for action once more - first meeting for 2024

Wonderful to see so many members, partners and friends at the Grand View last night for our first get together for 2024.

We have another busy 6 months ahead, with great speakers and guests coming up, the RARE Open Day on February 3rd (Don't forget to register for that with John Paskin by 26th Jan) and the the fund raising dinner for East New Britain on Tuesday February 20th (see Event below).  More photos in the Photo Gallery

RAWCS_NR_RARE_Opening_Day_Invitation_1.pdf

ENB_QLD_Feb_2024_Rotary_Dinner_CLEVELAND_2.pdf

   

Theme logo for next year

The theme for 2024-2025 Rotary International is "The Magic of Rotary".

RI President Elect is Stephanie A Urchick. As time goes on over the next few months we will be hearing more from and about the new RI President from our PE Clive Shepherd.  urchick-vision-statement-en.pdf

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Christmas Party

Some called us the Stayers, others the Stragglers...the group that chose to stay until the 2.25 water taxi back to the mainland after the Christmas Party - the others all rushed home on the 1.25 run. Little Ships Club gave us the covered BBQ area for our group - about 35 members and partners enjoyed the venue, the lunch and certainly the lovely cool breeze on a sweltering hot day. Not many photos taken, but they are uploaded to the Photo Gallery.

Merry Christmas to all - see you on 16th January at the Grand View Hotel 

  

Christmas Lottery Winners

Between the storms, a great night was had by all at Christmas by Starlight last night. The sausages were cooking, Lucky Dip drew curious children,  people greeted at the gates with big Rotary smiles, and on stage the Christmas Lottery was drawn. The winners are:

1st prize $10,000 Liz Nevell, 2nd prize $3,000 Robin Archer, 3rd prize $1500 Esther Heidenreich

6 Prizes each worth $100 - Donna Booth, Kirsten Tam, Museum syndicate (Michael & Dorothy Byrnes, Sami Fintelman, Annabelle Alexander), Tara Young, Don McClymont, Bob Neich.

Congratulations to all winners and many thanks to all who sold and purchased tickets - without your support we would not be able to help the community. The proceeds will be distributed early in the new year to local charities supporting the homeless and domestic violence victims.

AGM & final meeting for 2023

Our final meeting at Fiction for 2023 included presentation of the 'cheque' to Pres. Lorraine Furness & Glenda Smith from the Mater Private Hospital Redland Auxiliary - $7,000.00 from the proceeds of our very successful Golf Day. Gavin reported on the first half of the year, see 231212_End_of_2023_-_AGM.pdf

We also held the AGM - with the election of some of the new Board for 2024-2025 year: Pres. Clive Shepherd, Vice Pres. Robert Wesener, Secretary Bob Neich, Treasurer Michael Carrigan, Directors Ishbel Taylor, Lyn Packer, Robin Archer. We still need PE, PN & 3 Directors for the new Board.

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News from Kiunga

Have you ever wondered what happens to the goods that we sort, pack and send to Papua New Guinea and other places from the RARE premises? Albert recently received this news from Kiunga, where goods sent a few months ago were distributed to schools, in particular a school that has children with disabilities. As Albert says "The joy on the faces of these people when we help them with goods that are sorely needed brings me great pleasure."

"From the container, we distributed 20 chairs and 20 tables each to kindergarten schools in different parishes. St Gerard Cathedral in Kiunga, St Bridgits church in town, St Johns in Matkomnai on the higway, St Bethilla in Iowara refugee camp and Callan Pre-school in Ningerum sub-centre . The fabricks were used to sew blouses, skirts, bags, pillow cases, etc.. for gifts to students. We packed almost 153 parcels and put drinking containers you donated, in each bags for christmas.
Thanks so much for your generousity, and in putting a smile on the faces of persons with disabilities in this part of PNG."

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Events

International Women's Day Breakfast

Date: Friday Mar 8, 2024, 6:45 am

Mater Private Hospital Redland Auxiliary International Women's Day Breakfast is on Friday March 8th. Please spread the word and book your tickets. Gentlemen, please advise your partners. Let's help Lorraine Furness, Deb Marer, Glenda Smith & other ladies from our club raise funds for our local Mater Hospital - and have a fun morning at the same time! Full details in the attached document.  MPH_Redland_Aux_IWD_Breakfast_A4_poster.pdf

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Corporate Bowls Day - Redland Foundation

Date: Friday Apr 5, 2024, 1:30 pm

Get your teams together for a great afternoon of bowls. Redland Foundation's Annual Corporate Bowls Day is Friday April 5th. See the details in the attached file and book your team. Redlands_-_Corp_Bowls_Flyer_(3).pdf

All proceeds will go to the Redlands Community Centre for the homeless, so please come a long for a fun afternoon, doing good in our community. Any 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 Mar 12, 2024, 6:00 pm

Peace Fellow Program - Peace Fellow Nancy Nguyen & Paru Ikupu

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 Mar 19, 2024, 6:00 pm

Social evening -  TBA - BrewDog Brewery?

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Rotary Meeting

Date: Tuesday Mar 26, 2024, 6:00 pm

ShelterBox - Peter Morley, Chair for D9620 TBC

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Rotary Meeting

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

Guest Speaker - George Chapman U3A - Birds & Photography

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Rotary Meeting

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

Vocational night - could be Substation 33  TBC

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Rotary Meeting

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

Guest Speaker - Neil Dickson, Salvos Houses of Hope Program

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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