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Trailer raffle drawn

A small group gathered at the shed this morning, with scrutineer from Capalaba Rotary Club, David Field, to draw the raffle. The draw was conducted electronically. The winners, who have all been contacted  are: 

First Prize: Ticket number 5542 Robin - Trailer with cage, filled with garden care essentials. Value $4,000.00 (Also won the Bonus prize for $10 book buyer)

Second prize: Ticket number 7340 Lorette - Family Paradise on Tamborine holiday. Value $1,000.00

Third prize: Ticket number 4652 Olga - Capalaba Nursery voucher. Value $500.00

Many thanks to all who donated goods, including the trailer, sold tickets, spent hours at shopping centres and the markets selling tickets, the Redland Museum who allowed us to sell tickets at their events (2nd & 3rd prize winners bought their tickets at the Museum).  Also of course, many thanks to the thousands of people who bought tickets - without your support our project would have not been such a success. Final details will be available soon - but an enormous effort and great result. 

Bowls Night

Our monthly social meeting was Social Bowls at Redlands Sporting Club last Tuesday night. Patient members of the Bowls Club guided relaxing Rotarians and their partners to a night of bowls, Cleveland Rotary style.  Nothing too serious in our lane, although some were perhaps a little more competitive in other lanes. Lots of fun and laughter, drinks and good food, and a little bowling exercise thrown in. Many thanks to the long suffering gentlemen who tried to teach us the finer points of lawn bowls!!  See Photo Gallery for more snapshots.


Black Dog Ride

Pres. John and his team ready to head off on the Black Dog Ride - Robert Wesener, Cynthia and Robin Archer, David Furness, John Lipman and friends leave the Cleveland Showgrounds to support the 2020 riders.

See Photo Gallery for photos downloaded from Facebook along the way.


World Polio Day on 24th October was celebrated in Brisbane with the three Rotary Districts - 9600, 9630 and 9640 joining forces to ride the train network from Gympie to Varsity Lakes, Cleveland and Rosewood in one day, on Friday 23rd. Elwyn Hodges and Shirley Mahon joined the train for the afternoon - see detailed report in this week's Redlander. On Saturday Elwyn, Shirley and Luis joined the Walk for Polio from the Casino, accompanied by the Fijiian drumming band.  See Photo Gallery for more snapshots of these events.



Helping our Disaffected Youth

Mons. John Butler, founder of Vitae, an organisation which mentors and supports young males in the 11-13 age group who have become disillusioned with and disruptive in their lives at home and at school. In January 2018, the organisation changed from dealing with older youth, to working with younger boys, by introducing the Vitae Challenge.

Vitae’s concern over the incidence among Australian youth of anti-social behaviour, violence, crime, substance abuse and suicide has led to the creation of Vitae Challenge.

Vitae Challenge is a program over one year. It consists of two Phases – the Bush Phase and the Mateship Phase – and is open to any male youth, 11 - 13 years of age, exhibiting tendencies to the behaviour described above.

Each youth who nominates for the Vitae Challenge must commit to participate fully in both the Bush Phase and the Mateship Phase."

Check out their website - the statements above are copied from their website.

Our Newest Member

A big welcome to Hannah Dodds, inducted on Tuesday night as a member of the club. Hannah has considerable Rotary experience as a past member of Planetarium Club in D9600, and family history of participation in Rotary. Hannah is involved in the real estate industry, is a mother of 2, and very keen to get busy with the Community Services Committee. Welcome to the Mighty Club Hannah! Note - our average age is dropping!


Breakfasts are better now!

Pres. John and PP Ross Pollock admiring our new toaster - we can now serve toasted muffins with our legendary breakfasts! Redland City Council Depot staff recommend our services! We also served breakfast at the Redlands  City Chamber of Commerce Breakfast on Wednesday morning at the Redlands Research facility. Huge thanks to the leadership and drive of our Pres. John - we are really getting out and about, meeting so many new people in the community. And thanks to our volunteers who rise and shine early to prepare, cook and serve breakfast with a smile.

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Rotary Foundation thanks Major Donors Albert & Alison Benfer

DG Patrice Robinson made her official visit to Cleveland Rotary on Tuesday evening, presenting PP Albert Benfer with a crystal and diamind pins for himself and Alison, to thank them for becoming Major Donors Level 2 of the Rotary Foundation. A small token in Foundation Month as recognition of the generosity of Albert and Alison to the work of the Rotary Foundation in all areas of the world. As we all know, Albert has a passion for helping the less fortunate in Papua New Guinea, and is currently filling a container to be shipped to Kiunga, up the Fly River area, to assist the people in the missions there. Please check the Wish Lists sent out by John Lipman last week, and come and help pack at DIK on December 5th.

Pres. John presents DG Patrice with her thank you gift - a 1956 Rotary Song Book, and Rotary luggage tags, in keeping with his theme of 'different' speaker gifts this year. DG Patrice spoke about the changes made by all clubs  this year, and need for change as we move forward, supported by a video of RI Pres. Holger Knaack. 

See the Photo Gallery for photos taken on Tuesday night.


Substation 33 and DIK visit

Last Tuesday’s meeting of the Cleveland Rotary Club was an excursion to visit DIK and Substation 33 both situated in Mary St, Kingston.  The group consisted of about 20 club members plus many interested partners.  For those who have never visited DIK before it was an eyeopener. As we were being shown around there was much discussion about where donations come from, how they get sorted, the many people involved in running DIK and the processes involved in having these donations reach their target.   Thank you to Albert for organizing this visit.

Our visit to Substation 33 started with a barbecue dinner followed by visitors being broken into four groups to be shown around the workings of Substation 33.  The range of activities being undertaken was broad and certainly opened the eyes of those who visited, about the possibilities open for the future of recycling e waste.  The social impact Substation 33 has on the local community and the connections with the wider community were illustrated and gave much cause for thought.  Thank you to the wonderful cooking team, to Gavin and Bob for organizing and to the Substation 33 staff for their time.

 A very informative night all round.


Christmas Party at Straddie

Windblown but happy - about 25 members and partners crossed the bay to Little Ships Club this morning, to share a meal and some cheer for the club Christmas Party. Good meal, good company and a stiff breeze to keep the heat down. what more could we want, living in this beautiful part of the world. Great choice for venue John - a good time was had by all. More Photos in the Photo Gallery



Christmas on the Coast 2020

Lots of fun and some hard work for the wonderful volunteers who put their hands up to help on the BBQ and the gates at Christmas on the Coast, Raby Bay Park 16th-20th December.  We had thousands through the gates, so many young families out enjoying themselves, excellent entertainment and of course Santa there each night.

Bob Wearne relished the end of his shift!  The BBQ sold 384 sausages on Friday night, and I beleive over 500 on Saturday night. Extra COVID checks Saturday and Sunday night challenged a little at the gates, but overall a wonderful event - thank you so much to all involved.

Lots of photos in the Photo Gallery


Boxing Day at Bunnings

The morning crew, Robin, David, Ian, Jan and John working on the last BBQ for the year at Bunnings. There were three shifts, with Redlands Bayside Rotary Club taking the 10-1 shift and Cleveland morning and afternoon. Huge thanks to all the volunteers who gave up their family time to work on the Bunnings BBQ.

Roturtle has a fresh look for 2021!

Greetings to all for 2021. On my COVID-safe exercise walk yesterday I noticed Roturtle looking much fresher than he has been lately. For those who are more recent members - check him out at Cleveland Point - a project of the Rotary Club of Cleveland about 8 years ago, with a time capsule buried there too.

Due to the current lockdowns, we are reverting to Zoom meetings - please see the meeting announcements for the Zoom login. For updates on the latest restrictions please visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Health and wellbeing | Queensland Government (

Rotary International President Elect Shekhar Mehta Announces Theme for 2021-22

Incoming Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta urged members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.

  Mehta, a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, revealed the 2021-22 presidential theme, Serve to Change Lives, to incoming district governors on 1 February during the Rotary International Assembly. The assembly, a yearly training event for district governors-elect, was originally set to take place in Orlando, Florida, USA, but was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mehta spoke about how participating in service projects through Rotary changed him as a person and made him empathize more with the needs of others. Soon after joining his club, he helped carry out projects that benefited rural communities in India.

Some of the poor conditions he saw in those communities strengthened his commitment to service. “I truly understood the plight of my brethren,” he said.

Mehta participated in initiatives that brought artificial limbs to children, clean water and sanitation to homes, and better health care facilities to communities.

“Rotary kindled the spark within me to look beyond myself and embrace humanity,” he said. “Service became a way of life for me and I, like many others, adopted the guiding philosophy that ‘Service is the rent I pay for the space I occupy on this earth, and I want to be a good tenant of this earth.’”

Watch Shekhar announce his Theme for 2021-22


Club activities update

Thanks to a 3 day lockdown in January, Tuesday was our first face to face meeting for this half of the year. A great night was had at Quysine Restaurant, with 50 members, partners and friends in attendance.  Photos are now uploaded into the Photo Gallery.

A busy time as has been reported in the Redlander - a few photos are in the Gallery Under Club Events and Australia Day 2021. Again, many thanks to the many volunteers who have assisted in the recent weeks.

Boxing Day BBQ at Bunnings


New $5 Coin Celebrates 100 Years of Rotary in Australia

Centenary of Rotary in Australia
In 2021, Rotary marks a centenary of proud community service across Australia. To commemorate the milestone the Royal Australian Mint has produced this elegant silver proof coin. The coin honours the big hearts of the 30,000 Rotary members and 1100 plus clubs across the country, which run programs such as youth exchanges, fundraise for bushfire recovery and bring life changing surgery to the Asia Pacific region.
Available now:

Crime Stoppers Brisbane Bayside

On Tuesday evening our guest speaker was Robert Plummer, President of the local chapter of Crimne Stoppers, together with his wife and the Treasurer, Kay Plummer.  Some of the statistics of crime are mind-boggling, but the Brisbane Bayside group are working hard to make a difference in our community.  When thinking about reporting a crime, we need to think in terms of level of emergency - Urgent call 000; non-urgent call Police Link 131 444 or report online and you will need to identify yourself; want to make an anonymous report? Call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

The local group are working with Rotary clubs and other groups to work more closely with the local community - you may see them in our ranks at events in the future.


Tia from Carmel College and Reece from AITC attended the meeting of the 23rd Feb. They gave a lively presentation of their experience at 2020 RYTS, including showing up Clive in a rendition of the camp theme dance. Photo showing John Simpson giving them a little gift for their efforts. 

New Aged Care Act

Last Tuesday Victoria Meyers spoke to us about the recently released outcomes of the Royal Commission into Aged Care. We are privileged to have a member professionally involved in this area, who was able to explain so much for us. For full information go to 

See the attached document for the issues highlighted by Vicky.  Home_Instead_9th_March.pdf

Story Dogs

Amanda Farrell from Story Dogs, with Buddy (who relished his pats and cuddles from his new found Rotarian friends) visited us on Tuesday night, talking about this terific program and the way it is helping children at schools in the Redlands. Story Dogs is a literacy program, which provides one on one reading to help children who are struggling. The child reads to the dog in a non-judgemental way, gradually improving their communication and reading skills, giving them more confidence. See  for full information.  


This week in Cleveland Rotary

On Tuesday night, Lacey Webb from The Resource Hub joined us to talk about the services they could offer to our club, particularly the Recycling Futures team lead by Gavin Becker and Bob Neich. We also had Gavin's son and daughter-in-law with baby come along - Mimi works with Lacey's team when not on maternity leave. All we need now is the approval from Council to be able to move ahead with the plans on the land in Alexandra Hills. Check out this dynamic team on the link below.

Today - Congratulations and well done to Lyn Packer - 30 laps done and dusted, raising funds for the Redlands Community Centre. Thanks to the club and various members who supported Lyn with this effort.

RedCity Roar

A message from Peter Pollock, our Guest speaker on Tuesday 30th March, General manager of RedCity Roar.

 Thanks for giving me the time to speak at your meeting last night. We appreciate everything you guys at Rotary do for our community!  Could you please forward this on through your network? Any interested businesses can fill in the form on the link below and I can followup.  Attached is our marketing brochure. Anyone who has questions can call me directly 0424 753 776 anytime!



The week that was....

Over 2,500 people visited the Birkdale land, many took the walking or shuttle tour through the Heritage listed WWII Communications hub, talked to others and had their say, voted for their preferred usage of the land. A terrific community response, and thanks go to our fellow Rotarians from the Wellington Point and Redlands Bayside Clubs for their support on the gates, parking, cleaning etc.. Great job and good to see our clubs working together for this community cause.



Guess Who Came to Dinner

Another great night, organised by Peter Marer, with 4 different hosts opening their homes for dinner on Saturday night. Many thanks to the hosts - John & Gayle, Chris & Donna, Anna & David, Albert & Alison. See the photos in the Photo Gallery.

New Generations Award

PDG Ros Kelly presented the 2019-2020 District New Generations Award to our team who went to Vanuatu to set up school libraries. The criteria was Making a Difference.  Congratulations to our team, pictured Greg Watson, Helen Dundon, John Lipman, Clive Shepherd with Ros and VP Ian Crane.  Also travelling to PNG were John Simpson & Tim and our YEP student, Theresa. Look out for the booklet showing all their photos at the Rotary 100 exhibition at the Redland Museum - it will be ready for viewing mid-May to the end of June, but make sure you have May 30th in your diaries for the opening.

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