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What IS Rotary ??
Alex Rotary Fees
What does Rotary cost? Our full members pay $165 every 6 months to support Rotary International (RI) , administration costs and Insurance for members, equipment and public liability.   The only other cost is club breakfast, which can cost between $5 - $15 at the Alex Surf Club. 
 
In return you get to hear great speakers, meet like minded citizens, find out what's going on around the world and local communities.
 
By being part of a Rotary club you get involved in community and youth projects, some of them fundraising. Proceeds from fundraising are donated to  community causes suggested by the members. Some years we have donated  >$40,000 to local community. 
 
Friends of Alex, who are basically folks who volunteer to help out or attend very occasional Rotary meetings, is a free option that folks who can't commit to regular Alex Rotary meetings and projects, but really want to help out when they can. Email the club secretary for more details. RCAHsecretary@gmail.com
 
On joining, there will be a one-off cost for a personalised club shirt and badge. 
Alex Rotary WorkLife Coaching Program 
 
Helping save lives in Uganda. See YouTube video
 
 
Rotary News Feed
World Refugee Day highlights a misunderstood group

Rotary clubs engage with refugees by training teachers, organizing medical care, and offering other assistance

Photographer reflects on 18 years of chasing polio

Exhibit documents the scope of polio eradication efforts worldwide

Watershed moment gives rise to a revitalized riverfront

The Rotary Club of Milwaukee revitalized its city’s riverfront with a contribution from a local landowner — a strategy that could work in other communities.

Lebanon club channels the power of peace

he newly formed Rotary Club of Beirut Pax Potentia, Lebanon, which focuses on peacebuilding, has its origins in a project funded by a Rotary Foundation global grant

Solar energy expands access to health care

Solar energy isn’t just good for the environment — it’s expanding access to health care

Rotary helping you transition to work
Here is a link to the complete WorkLife booklet developed by Alex Rotary as a mentoring guide to anyone starting work for the first time. (Also not a bad read for anyone going back into the workforce who would like a bit of inspiration and advice. 
 
We've also found that local businesses use it as a friendly support for their employees to help discussions along on the importance of work, (and how to be happy at work while making the boss happy!!)
 
 
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Club News

2024 Solstice Swim - best ever!

So we maxxed out again at the 2024 Solstice swim with over 300 swimmers registered to have fun at Alex Beach on the Winter Solstice Event. Where to start with the thank you's??.... the swimmers, the Alex SLSC lifesavers, our amazing sponsors, our fantastic Rotary volunteers, our special MC,  Inclusive Kids for allowing us to show our support, or the Sunshine Coast community for coming out again to make it such a big morning with clear blue skies and calm water.
 
A fantastic day...thank you all.  
 
We've posted some photo's below (thanks Alex Pollizzi) we'll have more formal announcements to thank our sponsors to come. We'll also keep our regular readers updated with the good that you have done in the community by supporting the Inclusive Kids "Fuel for School " program.
 
Oh, and of course we always stress that it isn't a race, but everybody wants to know who was first, so here the results.
 
5k Male Jake Hammond
5k Female Katelyne Irwin
 
3k Male Zane Hadley
3k Female Serena Bond
 
1k Male Keenan Gray
1k Female Rebecca Mullock 
 
We'll be posting times later on this website...
 
Meanwhile enjoy the pics....click on pics to see the full gallery
 
 

What happened at AGM?

Alex Rotary are known for having short AGM's. Last weeks was a few seconds longer than normal, but not by much. So what's new?
 
Basically a new constitution, which will be shelved and dusted off at the end of the year, Fee's have gone up slightly. The club philosophy is not to charge members for our clubs internal workings, but only pass through the charges we receive from Rotary District and Rotary International to sustain the organisations at that level. So now members are up for $165/ every 6 months or about $6/week. 
 
The club also tidied up the "Friends of Rotary" positions. So now if you want to know what's going on in the community and help out Alex Rotary, become a "Friend of Rotary"
 
...it is free of fees, and your obligations as a Friend are simply to help out at our local project or if you can, attend one meeting a year. 
 
So if Breakfast meeting times don't suit you,  but you want to help Alex Rotary, then why not email the secretary at RCAHsecretary@gmail.com or just talk to one of the  club members and we'll will take it from there. 
 
 
 

Working Bee at the Rotary BBQ trailer

 
What was once a mobile kitchen in Maroochydore, the Alex Rotary BBQ trailer is having a makeover on July. We're sprucing it up so we can donate it to our mates at "BlazeAid" at teh Gynmpie muster, where they are catering for several thousand.
 
A work list has been put together and we'll be giving the BBQ and trailer a fresh look and there's talk of a few beers afterwards. (We'll I'm talking about that. )
 
The trailer has a great history, once used as a soup kitchen and often lent to various clubs either as fundraisers, or as sausage giveaways. So if you can, keep July 23 free and bring along your work gear. 
 
Contact club secretary for details. 
 
 

Swim Sponsors

A large part of our fundraising is sponsorship. The Sunshine Coast is blessed by community minded businesses and Rotary has a special place in providing an opportunity for businesses to engage with community causes through our efforts. 
 
A special BIG BIG thank you to these sponsors of the Solstice Swim. We'll be acknowledging them in later newsletters and during and after the swim. 
 
 
 

Raffle Roster 

Thanks to some amazing sponsors we have been able to offer over $8,000 worth of prizes in the Solstice Swim  raffle. Swimmers invariably but a ticket when they register - who doesn't love a raffle? and the club has the not so simple task of selling off a few more tickets  to support our swim beneficiary - this year Inclusive Kids.
 
And to lend further support Inclusive Kids have put the raffle online on their website. So here's hoping for a great response and we can really get the "Fuel for Skool" program off the ground. 
 
Here's out youngest members Holly and Alistair, starting off the Raffle roster at Bunnings..
 
 
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..and here's the raffle sponsors..
 
 

Cold enough for you - why not try sleeping on the streets?

Every year volunteers from the coast show their support and raise funds for the homeless by sleeping on the streets. A certain sickle is aware of a English grammar "psycho" who has been doing this for years. Good on ya, and we've also been asked by our Caloundra Rotary Partners if we will get behind one of their members who is doing that this year..
 
From Calpac..
 
"Not sure whether you maybe able to assist (maybe you already have), however Rotary Club of Caloundra Pacific (CALPAC) member and all round superstar, Les Pontin, will be participating in the Vinnie's Sleepout AGAIN in 2024. 
 
"For one night, Thursday 20th June, Les will be 'sleeping rough' outside to help raise funds and awareness for those experiencing the harsh realities of homelessness.
 
Les has a fundraising target of $8,000 for 2024 and CALPAC would love to see him exceed his goal. 
 
If you would like / able to donate please use the link below and let's help Les and St Vinnies break the devastating cycle of homelessness.
 
 
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated – smaller amounts still built great totals.
 
Cheers
 
 
Greig Lee-Archer
Area Governor 
Renouf Cluster 2023 – 2024
District 9620
Past President RC Caloundra Pacific
Mob: +61 (0)408 900 015
 
 
 

 

Club secretary hits the ground running 

Our new club secretary has been busy sorting out the roster for next year, and our new President for next year has been sorting out the club activities and goals. Great to have such energy in teh club, and what it means for you, is to have a think about what your passion is to "make a difference" in the community.
 
We're only a small club, but our reputation it to punch above our weight, and you never know, your passion may be someone else's ...just think on how the eradication of Polio in the world started with one man's passion in Nambour and how that gathered so much support from other Rotarians, locally and around the world.
 
Meanwhile here is the man with a plan...who gave members a very quick profile of his world outside Rotary. Thank you Geoff. 
 
 

This weeks speaker 

Noel and Cathy Bates have both been to Umoja orphanage and Cathy and will be our speakers tomorrow. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

DV Connect - One phone could make all the difference 

A message from Tanya...Can you help?
 
I have been contacted by DVSafe Phones in regards to the work collection box I have at IFYS asking if we have any more second-hand phones to send through to their service.  Just thought if might be a good time to remind the Alex Head Rotary members of the service and see if there are any phones members have to donate.  
 
I am happy to receive and deliver any donated phones to DVSafe phones. 
 
DV Safe Phones are often provided to our IFYS service users to have as a spare or new safe contact phone so I am very supportive of assisting this service whenever we can.
 
Are we able to put this on next week’s agenda to ask members about this at next week’s meeting please?
 
So let's get behind Tanya and bring along that old working phone thats sitting in the drawer...or maybe its time to upgrade ?..
 
 
 

Change - Over Dinner 

 
For those members and friends who haven't yet RSVP's to the changeover dinner.
 
Please reply and come along and meet the Club Board - old and new. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

On the Sunshine Coast we are lucky to have many community minded business people who are willing to support local causes and help folks who need a hand up.

We also have a precious brand in Rotary who are known for being the force behind so many life changing local and international projects. We pride ourselves on "making a difference" whether it be at a women's refuge makeover in the middle of Maroochydore, or eradicating Polio on the global stage.

So we are delighted to support Inclusive Kids this year as part of our Solstice Swim event with the amazing Alex Surf Life Savers team.
So members turned up at the neighbourhood centre kitchen to join in the excitement of packing food packs "Fuel for School" where even the follically challenged members of the club (you know who you are !! ) had to wear a hair net for hygiene. It's been a while since a certain scribe had to wear a hair net - he was rapt. 
 
Great to see the other amazing volunteers there from Gym's, Cricks and the team at SeaFM and of course the Inclusive Kids volunteers led by Paul who was running on batteries after being up since 3am to make sure teh day went well. He's a champion. 
 
The day went without a hitch, and the volunteers managed to overachieve and exceed the initial target with over 3,000 fruit packs donated to Kawana school. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On Wednesday Ray spoke to the club about how he has been toiling away at improving Alex Rotary's social media presence. We've noticed an increase in traffic through our Facebook pages for the Club, Solstice Swim and our website. 
 
We're also on Instagram and LinkedIn so check us out and leave a few likes and share with a few hashtags (#)
 
Well done Rayyes
 

Noosa Rotary establish MOU with Salvation Army and need our help

 
Phillip Smith from Rotary Noosa Daybreak club was our guest speaker on Wednesday and we heard about the efforts of that club to help with the homeless situation on the Sunshine Coast. Phillip spoke about some of the myths about homelessness and how it was affecting older folks, especially women on the coast.
 
The need for shelter for folks on the coast is great and Noosa Daybreak recognised straight away the limitations of their club, and so reached out to those at the "coal face"..Salvation Army and established a Memorandum of Understanding that met their Rotary Clubs ambitions.
 
So a fund has been established to help the homeless that is 100% going to that cause. 
 
Well done Phillip and Noosa Daybreak. 
 
Fuel for School
 
The club was delighted to receive an invite from Inclusive Kids to their inaugural food packing program that the club is supporting. It's on this Friday between 5-6pm and we will be represented by:
 
President Tony
Ray B and Lee
Tanya
Angela and Wendy
Tim & Monique 
Geoff and/or John (TBC)
 
There will be more opportunities to help out with the Fuel for School once the program is up and running and a certain scribe has noted the uptick in swim sponsorship and swim registrations so he is quietly confident that the club will hit all our targets that we set for this amazing Inclusive Kids program. 
 
 

Club membership grows from strength to strength

Are we the fastest growing Rotary club in the district? Thats the question that was asked after two consecutive weeks of couples induction at Wednesday's breakfast meeting in the Alex SLSC.
 
President Tony was there to do the honours and induct the two latest members Alistair and Holly to the club, in our new refurbished downstairs room. 
 
Holly and Alistair were given their shirts and members pack, badge etc. that now includes a welcome letter that explains a little bit of the Alex Rotary club history. Here's a pic below of our latest members with their sponsor Les and President Tony.
 
Welcome Holly and Alistair to Alex Rotary and what is possibly the fastest growing Rotary club in the District. !!
 
A certain scribe notes that club membership is at an all-time high and up 30% from about a year ago. 
 
 
  
Our great helpers
Here's some of the folks who help us with community fundraising, and who we help in the community.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rotary / USC Community Fund
 
 
 
Make a difference - Donate 
 
Rotary is run by volunteers and Rotary is always in the top 5 most effective charities in the world.
 
You can be sure that your dollars go to where they are needed. 
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