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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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."
Anna & David in Europe
As most of you know, Anna & David are currently in Europe, travelling and visiting with past exchange students and families.
Lovely to see the shots of Theresa Puch & Melanie Spiegel of Austria, and Marieke Lindblom of Switzerland. Thanks Anna for the lovely photos. We look forward to hearing reports when you return.
Lighting the Christmas Tree
The afternoon started fine, with a few dark clouds gathering. The sausages and onions were cooking, the crowds were gathering, the entertainment from the stage kept the crowds happy while Santa met all the little children. A big drop or two, then the compere announced that the tree would be lit early - big storm approaching. Barely had the lights shone on the tree, when the sky also lit up and darkened at the same time - lightning and thunder. People ran for their cars, the train station, any cover available and we sheltered under the van awning as the rain pelted down. Might as well eat some of the cooked sausages as we waited for the storm to pass so we could pack up, the park was deserted.
Ross and his team - Mona, Gerry & Tim finished November with the final BBQ at Bayview State School. Many thanks to the teams who have helped the school P & C raise funds for much needed equipment at the school throughout the year. Please click on next screen for full details of where the funds were used.
We cooked up 48 egg and bacon rolls for our last Horticultural Breakfast for the year this morning.
The nurserymen and buyers are always appreciative of breakfast with some travelling over 3 hours to get to the Cleveland Showgrounds to set up ready to commence trade at 6 am.
We were very touched to receive a thank you gift and Christmas card from the Nursey & Garden Industry Queensland who organise the trade day. A scan of the card has been uploaded and the gifts will be donated to the Star Community Services Christmas Appeal, a worthy local cause which the Club has supported for a number of years. Christmas_Card_-_Horticultural_Day_29_11_2023.pdf
Thank you to Shirley, Robin, Ross, David and Greg for assisting - from cooking, serving and towing the trailer to extending the hand of Rotary fellowship.
We had a great member turn out to cook sausages at the FX-FJ Holden Club of Queensland, Holden Out for a Cure, All Holden Day on Sunday 26th November at the Cleveland Showgrounds. (photos from second shift)
There was a very impressive display of Holdens from yesteryear (when all you needed to maintain the engine was a set of spanners) to the modern era dominated by electronics. The attention to detail and presentations on display across the showgrounds were fantastic to walk amongst. Funds raised supporting The Cancer Council Queensland. Thanks to Ross Pollock for photos & report.
Vanessa Feng has graduated at Cleveland District State High School, and advises her future plans are as follows:
"I'm applying for an engineering degree (intending to major in electrical & AI), to universities both within Australia and overseas (US & Canada). I don't hear back from them until April next year, so I'll take a gap 'half-year' in 2024, where I'll be working more part-time jobs to earn living and school fees, volunteering at STEM programs, as well as hoping to launch my own STEM project!
Absolutely I'll keep in touch and would love to attend club activities whenever possible. I wouldn't miss it for the world. Please also let me know if any events need volunteers - I am so down for it!
Also, we received word this week that our sponsored student at the School of St Jude has graduated at level A from Primary School in Tanzania. See full news from the school on the next screen.
A busy night
What a full meeting we had last night! So good to see Bob Neich back on deck, accompanied by his son Mark - good to see you recovering well Bob. We re-inducted Judy Mason after a few years away due to the passing of Len and a while with a morning club. Welcome back Judy, your experience and expertise is valued in our club - particularly with International projects and events. Ian updated us on the results of the Golf Day - our biggest yet with a profit a little over $28,000.00 to be distributed early in February to Marer Auxiliary Redlands, Redlands Community Centre, Redland Foundation and Special Olympics Redlands - what a great effort team.
Our guest speaker was PP Bruce McNaught of the Rotary Club of Brisbane, who is current Chair of the D9620 Polio committee. His powerpoint with of lots of information, facts & figures is saved on the club laptop- perhaps Elwyn may be able to share it for those who could not attend. Before Bruce spoke and updated us on Polio, his daughter, Melynda Eaton, told us about the terrific work being done by C4L - Computers for Learning. This is a group of Rotarians and volunteers who refurbish computers, laptops, desktops etc. and provide them to disadvantaged students at very reasonable prices. Gavin, Peter & Ross can elaborate further, having visited the facility.
During the evening, 2 awards were presented to PP Robert Wesener for club giving to the Rotary Foundation and End Polio Now during the 2022-2023 year. These award certificates and many others on the website in Documents. These are awarded due to the generosity and hard work fundraising by all members. The Rotary Foundation is our own charity - rated with 4 Stars by Charity navigator - you cannot get higher than that - so why not support the work that TRF does.
Rotary Foundation Donor Recognition Dinner
PP Robin & Cynthia Archer were recognised as Major Donors at the dinner last Wednesday evening at Tattersall's Club, Brisbane. Past RI President Barry Rassin spoke eloquently and very interestingly and informative about our Rotary Foundation with particular emphasis on the work done for Peace through Rotary in Brisbane. In particular he spoke about our Peace Fellows program at the University of Queensland, which he stated is seen to be the best program in the world. Thanks to PDG Elwyn Hodges for organising the evening. Other Cleveland attendees were Elwyn & Allison, Albert & Alison, Shirley
Thanks to Cr Wendy Boglary, we have some new photos of the work being done at the Heritage Garden. Ross and his team are really making a difference here. Yarning circle in place and paths being laid. Next working bee is on Wednesday November 15th, 9.30am to noon. Bring water & gloves (and a hat).
Winners are grinners - the First National Real Estate Team - a little birdie tells me this is their 3rd time coming out as winners of our annual Golf Day. A wonderful day was had by all - the support from the Redlands community is amazing - always a fun day wioth lots of funds raised for local charities. Thank you to all involved, organisers, volunteers, Redland Bay Golf Club, major sponsor Redland City Council and most importantly the players and businesses sponsoring players. Photos in our Photo Gallery can be downloaded for your records.
What an experience! In the space of just under 2 hours we served over 350 sausages along with assorted drinks to a very impressive crowd of party goers decked out in all sorts of Halloween costumes and dress ups. A number had gone to a lot of thought and effort, well done.
The line up for a sausage and drink was out the park then up the street - it was long and constant. It was certainly a colourful display of colour, form and shape and alter egos!
Thank you to Geoff, Helen, David, Greg, Grant, Gavin, Ross and Ben. (Hope the RSI disappears soon Grant - that's a lot of sausages in a short time. LOL)
And, a special thanks to McGrath Real Estate for again asking the club to be involved and we look forward to assisting again next year.
Inspiring Brighter Futures Foundation
Prue Long from Inspiring Brighter Futures Foundation was our guest speaker on Tuesday 24th. The Foundation is a not for profit organisation offering wellbeing mentoring programs to disadvantaged people. The foundation was established in 2009 by a group of educators and business people determined to help those in the community who needed it most. This dovetails well with our own mentoring program - just another opportunity to reach out and mentor those particularly past school age who need that extra help in coping with life. Check out www.inspiringbrighterfutures.com and contact them if you are interested in being a mentor.
Guess Who Came to Dinner
We have had a busy week or two with various club activities, culminating in Guess Who's Coming to dinner on Saturday evening. Pres. Gavin & Wendy as first time hosts, found the concept a novel idea and were surprised to find out who their guests were. A fun night had by all - also at David & Lorraine's new apartment and of course on the mountain with Benfers & Brays hosting. Many thanks to all the hosts, and to Peter Marer for organising.
RIP Allan Berry
Our heartfelt condolences to PP Jan Kilbourne as she mourns the loss of her partner of 40 years, Allan Berry, who passed away this morning. As you can see from the photo above taken at Christmas in July in Crows Nest last year, Allan was a great companion in life and will be sorely missed by Jan and her family. Rest in Peace Allan.
Allan's funeral will be at George Hartnett Funerals, Russell St., Cleveland, at 1pm on Monday 6th November.
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