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2019 has started - Plans are in place

On Tuesday night we met in committee groups, with much discussion around the plans for the second half of the year.

Next Tuesday we will hear about what makes our heart tick - eating right for a healthy heart, make sure you have registered your attendance or apologies.


Happy New Year!

About 60 members, partners, families, visiting past exchange student Karina & family from Denmark gathered at the Grand View Hotel for our traditional first meeting of the year - the Chicken & Prawn night.  A great night of fellowship, followed by a visit upstairs to the cartoon exhibition - well worth climbing the stairs!!. Pictured above at the exhibition are Allison Hodges, Kym Wesener, Gavin Becker, Robert Wesener & Ishbel Taylor. Looking forward to a busy time ahead as we have a Bunnings BBQ Saturday, visit the Airport on the 24th, gear up for the Golf Day on March 8th...the Rotary year is half over, and plans well in hand for the remainder of the year. 

Christmas by Starlight

Thank you to all the volunteers yesterday and last night, cooking sausages, collecting money at the gates, selling candles, to raise funds for the Domestic Violence fund - to provide local housing for victims of domestic violence. A huge night for the BBQ team (minus our star Geoff who hurt his back setting up earlier in the day) - sold out of sausages after a very busy night. Also a huge thank you to Georgia Bray, who walked through the crowds selling candles and collecting donations.


Chubby Bubbies and the Redlands Centre for Women

Our last formal meeting for 2018 was full of fun and laughter, information about RYTS and a lovely thank you from Sandy Shuttleworth, President of the Redlands Centre for Women.  Cleveland Rotary recently gave the Centre a donation to help with the amazing work they do in the Redlands, particularly with young women. Sandy went home with the beautiful teddy bears - they were to have been raffled off and members unanimously agreed to donate them to the Centre for their care packs.


Ship for World Youth - Tegan Brooks

What an inspirational young woman Tegan Brooks is! From difficult beginnings through an interesting journey of life, Tegan met a Rotarian who introduced her to RYLA, and the rest as they say is history. Tegan is now about to embark on yet another life changing adventure, on the Ship for World Youth.


Invictus Games review

Wow! What a moving presentation Peter Marer gave us last night - his review of the Invictus Games 2018 - Game On Down Under was incredibly intense and affected so many of us. Veteran Geoff Gray gave an impromptu vote of thanks to Peter for honouring the participants and veterans so well. Hardly a dry eye in the house. Thank you Peter - you are an Inspiration and you have Made a Difference. If you were unable to attend, you missed the best night of the year, but you can still go to the Invictus Games website   here . 


DG Jitendra visits Cleveland

District Governor Jitendra and his wife PE Nim Prasad visited Cleveland on 13th November. After a meeting with the Board, the meeting proceeded with PDG Elwyn Hodges and PP Shirley Mahon being presented Paul Harris Fellow pins with 5 sapphires each.  Jitendra then gave an inspirational talk about his journey and his challenges to the club members.

October November events

A busy couple of weeks in the life of the Rotary Club of Cleveland, with dinner at the Museum on October 30th, where we were updated about the Rotary Heritage Library by Liz Blumson and also Terrence Hendriks told us about the Redlands Aviation Heritage Trail.  Both were originally club projects, continuing our ongoing support for the Museum from it's earliest days.


Rotary International Convention 2019

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

Redlands Coast

Honorary Member, Mayor Karen Williams addressed the meeting this evening, updating us on the Redlands Coast initiative and it's expected benefits for the community, particularly in relation to tourism. Two magnificent videos illustrated for  members the beauty of the Redlands Coast region and Stradbroke Island in particular. Whilst quite a few of us had been sceptical about the new branding, the videos certainly reinforced the relevance of looking at our region and its coastal attributes, rather than just our city and the urban development.


Business Breakfast - From little things big things grow

What an inspirational morning with three business leaders explaining how they have been there done that. Photographed above are Moderator & Rotarian Tim Davis, with Scott Geiszler - Founder of Pizza Capers, Tanya Winter - Founder of Studio Pilates, Andrew McMaster - Founder & CEO of CV Services, and MC, PP Ron Loney. So much to learn from these three, who like many in the room started with an idea and built amazing businesses by sheer hard work, learning from others, listening to experience, having the courage to follow their dreams, build their teams - and more hard work. As Scott said at one stage - he always planned to retire at 35, he was 1 year late at 36, but after a while of doing nothing, he is now building another business. The message that came through loud and clear - they are not special, anyone can do it if you apply the right principles, believe in yourself and work hard.


Remembering Ernie Goleby

Many of us will remember Ernie as the quiet Rotarian. He quietly expressed his views, he quietly supported projects close to his heart and at times he quietly supported programmes financially without making a fuss. Yet, he was a very engaged and well respected Redlander.


International Fiesta

Wet weather certainly did not dampen the spirits of those who attended the International Fiesta Night at Burbank last night, at the home of Judy's daughter.  Extremely comfortable surroundings, magnificent food, excellent wine and great company. Who could ask for more? Dress up for the occasion? Well Elwyn and Allison certainly answered that call! Fun and entertainment, a night to remember.  Many thanks to Judy for organising and hosting a delightful evening, and to her family for their hospitatlity (particularly Isabella for the delicious paella). More pictures in the Photo Gallery.


RIP Merv Genrich OAM PHF

It is with sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Past President Merv Genrich (2005/2006), a former Shire Chairman and lifelong supporter of many community organisations in the Redlands. Merv came to Rotary quite late in his community life — having given so much in his previous roles in local government, a community leader and respected citizen — he found the Rotary Family one he could assimilate with easily & still provide some meaningful input.

 Members will be able to pay tribute to Merv by attending the Memorial Service to be held at Redlands Cultural Centre on Thursday 25th October at 1pm.


Drought Releif Garage Sale A Great Success

Drought Relief Garage sale - in excess of $10,000 raised in one weekend as the Redlands community groups - Lions/Rotary/Probus/Mens Sheds/Rotaractors came together collaboratively to make it happen. Even items left over at the conclusion of the sale were able to be distributed to appropriate community charity organizations - win win!

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.


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

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.


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.


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.


Redistricting - a progress report

PDG Elwyn Hodges gave us a quick update on the progress of planning for the new District 9620. They now have a website, so click on the link and have a look at the structure, key dates for progress to inform yourself of the future of the administration of Rotary in our area.