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PHF for Don

Former Redlands Mayor and Chairman of Redlands Foundation and Redlands Sporting Club, Don Seccombe AM, received Paul Harris Fellowship Award in recognition of his services to the Redland City community.

Also receiving her Paul Harris Fellow pin was Ishbel Taylor, who committed to support the Rotary Foundation at District Assembly. Ishbel as we know has been a dedicated member of the Board, past Youth Director and now International Director, and is also District 9620 Interact chair.

Congratulations to both of our new PHFs.

See Photo Gallery for more pictures

Celebrations continue from previous Rotary year

Clubman of the year 2021-2022 PP John Simpson holds the shield aloft - celebrating the Queensland Maroons win as well! A massive night where Michael Carrigan was inducted - past Member of Buderim Rotary Club, District 9620 Finance Officer, Rotarian of many years - welcome Michael. The meeting was well attended with lots of guests to hear Garry Hargrave provide an overview of development activity in Redlands City, and highlighted the need for more infrastructure investment from Governments. See Photo Gallery for more pictures.

Congratulations Kim!

Huge congratulations to Kim for winning the Outstanding Student Achievement award at the recent 2022 Education Queensland International Student Awards. Rotary Club of Cleveland thanks CDSHS staff Sharon Hendy & Grant Mitchell for their tremendoous support of international students. We were very privileged to 'adopt' Kim and hope that our relationship with her continues well into the future.


Christmas in July weekend

A great weekend at Crow's Nest to celebrate Christmas in July and welcome Robert into the President's role for the 2nd year. Some were unable to come due to illness and other commitments, but about 40 of us braved the cold temperatures, endured a long-winded visit to the Army Aviation Museum (Museum itself was interesting), visits to the Pechey Gin distillery and Crow's Nest Museum & Historical village. We ended the weekend with lunch at the Grand Old Crow, joined by some members of Toowoomba East Rotary Cub. Photos are in the Photo Gallery - 3 albums - Christmas in July, Crow's Nest Museum & Historical village, Army Aviation Museum.  More photos welcomed (several people were taking snaps - pls send to Shirley).

Changeover Dinner

A great night of celebrations at Fiction, Raby Bay. Pres. Robert outlined his plans for a second year at the helm. Sadly we farewelled Allan & Anne Tully after 20 years at Cleveland, 43 years in total service to Rotary. Allan's parting gift to Rotary being $1,000 donated to the End Polio Now campaign.  PHF's awarded to PE Gavin Becker and Kym Wesener - congratulatiions to both. Other Awards to be presented later as people were not present. Photos in the Photo Gallery.



STAR Community Services

What a delight last night to welcome back Catherine Williams, who gave us a very informative update on STAR Community Services. Their work has expanded way beyond transport, and there are possibly services that could assist some of us, plus ways in which we can assist them in the future. Visit for full details of what services they offer today.

Welcome Steve Bravey

Pres. Robert inducted Steve into the Mighty Club last night. Steve is a very busy plumber, and has been visiting us for a while. Welcome Steve, we all look forward to working with you on Rotary projects.

From Cleveland to the Human Rights World

It is not often that a Rotarian gets to introduce their own daughter as a world expert on anything - but that was my pleasure last night. Claire Mahon spoke to us last night about her amazing career since she left Cleveland, studied at ANU, worked in corporate law in Melbourne, and then headed to Geneva as an Intern with Amnesty International. This is best described in her own words, taken from her website 

Hi, I’m Claire. I’m one of those people who grew up wanting to change the world. And I’m doing it - I’m a human rights advocate and international law specialist. I work with courageous individuals and communities.

I have two decades of experience working globally, in international organisations such as the United Nations and Amnesty International, consulting and advising world leaders, and teaching and training graduates and professionals.

I also coach & mentor fellow change-makers, advocates, humanitarians, and global leaders in global affairs, human rights, international law, aid and development.


DV Safe Phone

Your old phone could save a life! 

Ashton Wood, founder of DV Safe Phone joined us via Zoom last night. His story of how he came to develop this project, saving old mobile phones and donating them to organisations for the use of victims of domestic violence is one we should all read, listen to and act upon. All of us have old phones lying around - check out DV Safe Phone and read about the excellent work being done here on the Sunshine Coast.

Birthing kits for PNG

A productive Sunday afternoon organised by the International Committee at Ishbel’s putting together almost 100 birthing kits bound for Papua New Guinea.

These basic kits consist of a sheet of plastic, a cloth, a small sheet, scalpel and string (for tying off the umbilical cord), swabs, gloves and soap. Such basic equipment can save the lives of birthing mothers and their babies by reducing cases of infection.  A great example of a project undertaken by the club’s International Committee and helpers to help address Maternal & Child Health- one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus.

Thank you to all involved for a very worthwhile project!


ESRAG coming to the Redlands

Colin Scobie from Redcliffe Sunrise Rotary Club and Mark Mitchell from the Rotary Club of New Farm visited us again this week, to talk about the recent developments with ESRAG in the Redcliffe area. In the course  of the evening, Colin advised that they would be here in the Redlands, at the Coochie Mudlo Mangrove Festival on Saturday July 16th. Will we be there? This is a great opportunity for the club to make it's presence felt on Coochie, support ESRAG and promote our own Sustainability projects. Over to you Sustainability committee!  Neil, Colin and Barry were deep in discussion following the meeting.

60th Anniversary Celebrations

Congratulations to all involved in making our 60th birthday celebrations such an excellent event - despite the inclement weather. To have Elizabeth Crowther, wife of Dr Parker Bottomley, our Charter President, join us and cut the cake was a wonderful bonus. Thanks to DG Wendy for stepping in to bring Elizabeth at the last minute. Yes, Covid and floods kept some guests away, but the Mighty Club stepped up and made sure that the event continued. Thanks and congratulations to Dr Lyn Bishop OAM, our guest speaker and latest Paul Harris Fellow. Lyn has challenged us to look to how we can assist the youth of Z generation, in order to continue our work in the community. To continue and grow, serve our community, we need new people to step up into the leadership team. P/PE Robert needs your support, please act now for the future.



Education in the Outback

PP Col Sutcliffe OAM has spent his life educating young people and their teachers, with a particular interest in ensuring that children in the Queensland bush receive educational opportunities. Col outlined the history of educating children in remote areas since 1901 - a fascinating story. For those of you who venture westwards - make sure you go check out School of the Air and Distance Education - bases in Longreach, Mt Isa, Charters Towers.

e Club of Australia Nomads District Grant Biogas Project

Nomad's Biogas District Grant Project in Nakuru successfully commissions 4 of the 8 Biogas units. Watch the video

Batteries - collecting, storing, recycling

Our Sustainability Team are working hard and achieving a lot. Over the weekend, some of the team packed and stored 5 pallets of lead acid batteries, placing them in storage ready for shipment in the near future. On Monday 9th May, some of our team with 2 trailers will be parked at the Waterloo Street entrance to Cleveland and District State High School grounds from 7.30am to approx. 9.00am, to collect batteries from parents in a pre-arranged co-operative project with the high school.  Many thanks to Albert for providing the storage facility for this project.



Two PHF Sapphires

A Paul Harris Fellow is often given to a Rotarian or member of the community in recognition of work done in the community - local or international. Points towards a PHF also come from regular donations to The Rotary Foundation that accumulate to a total of $1,000 US. Last night President Robert presented John Simpson with his PHF with 2 Sapphires. Vice President Ian Neil then presented Pres. Robert with his PHF with 5 Sapphires.  Each sapphire equates to another $1,000 US accumulated. Congratulations to both John and Robert for their many years of work in Rotary and generosity to TRF work in the world.

RAM - Rotarians Against Malaria

Malaria is one of the diseases that we can work towards eradicating in the world, by supporting RAM - Rotarians Against Malaria.  PDG Craig Bowen OAM has worked tirelessly over many years to support this cause, and spoke eloquently last night to raise awareness amongst our members.

Craig also spoke about the world's first LBGTIQ Rotoract Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Woolloongabba - Craig was instrumental in forming this club.

Thanks also to Tony Ooi in Member's Corner - part two of his varied and interesting business life!

Swimathon - Well done Lyn!

Rotarian Lyn Packer, 2nd from left, following her swim at Cleveland Pool on Saturday. Lyn's swim raised $1110.00 going towards Women and Children escaping Domestic Violence situations in the Redlands, organised by Redlands Bayside Rotary Club. Not made a donation yet? See the poster on the next page, which has a link for donations - or contact Lyn.


Craig Tomson, Redland City Bulletin

Lots of questions and comments from the floor for new editor of the Redland City Bulletin, Craig Tomson. Craig is not a newcomer to the Redlands, having grown up in Capalaba.  Watch the pages of the paper as he progresses his plans for greater local community focus in the news stories.

We also welcomed Don Seccombe, Redland Foundation, to acknowledge the donation of $2,000.00 by the Rotary Club of Cleveland to the Foundation. We have worked closely with the Foundation for many years in community work, including raising funds for Domestic Violence (Diner en Rouge) and Homelessness.


Congratulations Neil Smith - Paul Harris Fellow

On March 29th, at the very successful Fund Raising Dinner for Ukraine, Neil Smith made a substantial donation to the Rotary Foundation Fund for Humanitarian support for Ukraine.  Pres. Robert was delighted to present Neil with a Paul Harris Fellow in recognitiion of the support he gave, in both coming up with the idea of the dinner, and his financial support. In all the event raised over $8,500.00 - so well done to all club members supporting this event. (Any photos please? I was away.)

Greetings from Cambodia

Darrel Steer spoke to us a few weeks ago, about the work he is doing in Cambodia, providing toilets for villagers. Albert has shared the following email and video. 

There was a touching moment last Friday.  We had finished the installation of a toilet and after the handover, where one of the children showed us how well she could wash her hands, her mother became so emotional with gratitude.  Her eyes moistened and she struggled with her words ‘Okun ’ - thank you.


Thanks to the Council Workers

On Friday 18th, John had lots of helpers to cook and serve breakfast for the Council staff who have been hard at work providing sand bags, flood mitigation works, cleaning up and generally helping not just Redlanders, but also spreading out to assist in Logan and Brisbane City areas following the recent rain storms and flooding.  The gesture was very much apreciated by the staff  and management. A proud Rotary moment. Lots of photos in the Photo Gallery

Welcome back Peter

When we join a Rotary Club, it is always for a very good reason. Sometimes life gets in the way, jobs change, life moves on and we have to part with the club. This happened to Peter Kamols some time ago - however Peter is back now and ready to join in our activities once more. A hearty welcome back to the Mighty Club Peter!

Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy

Captain Stephen Timms OBE, Rotary Club of New Forest in England meets with our own ex Navy diver Geoff Gray. Stephen is visting family in Wellington Point, will be here for a while - and as a very impromptu guest speaker - we hope to hear a lot more from him!  An amazing career story and Rotary story - Immediate Past President, President and President Elect of his club New Forest - we have a lot to share and learn from one another in the months Stephen is with us.

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.


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