Club News

Superbowl - you know what that means?

A certain scribe could not help but notice the raucous noise coming from Alex SLSC on Monday, could it have been a hangover from the weekend?

No, it's Superbowl time again and that means the big fundraiser for our mates Tamara and Kerry and team from Salty Souls Legacy.

Members will recall that we provided a helping hand, along with Graeme's old school a few years back.

It was great to see the crowd at the Alex SLSC, and even better to see that Salty Souls Legacy and their amazing youth programs are thriving.

And in the car park a new trailer with Ty's logo taking pride of place. Have a look......

Celebrity Travel blog from Dave

Foundation member DW and past Sunshine Coast senior citizen of the year, has taken a few months off for his last trip on the van with Cherie. Dave has sent the club an update and photo’s below and we wish him well on his trip. 

Now, most of us when we head off on a trip have a bit of a checklist of things to ensure we do before we head off. Making sure we have everything packed, gas is switched off, got passports, things like that. 

But Dave’s checklist contains a few unusual items......

  • Advise the weather bureau of my itinerary so that they can issue flood warnings ahead if time
  • Advise panel beaters of route, so they can cancel all leave for the anticipated high workload
  • Advise garages on route to stock up on motorhome replacement part
  • Don’t forget to pack the chainsaw in case we need to reverse motorhome at any point


Message from Dave…


6 days of temp over 33deg and the fridge carked. No one in Toowoomba could look at it for 2 weeks so  we bought a portable freezer. Doh!

Fridge is now working slowly - Diagnosis: crystal in the expansion orafice.

Currently in Narrabri and heading for Dubbo and Canberra before we challenge the Nullarbor.

Thanks Dave, have a great trip and take care out there,

Alex Rotary

Clean Up  Australia Day

Alex Rotary has hosted the Clean Up Australia Day for the past 20+ years and we’re pleased to continue that tradition on 3rd March at Wilkes Park. This year we’re hosting a sausage sizzle for our volunteers, so please come along for bit to eat, a chat, and do our bit to clean up the beachfront area between Mooloolaba and Maroochydore. 

Truth to be told, there is never a lot to clean up, the foreshore and beach get a lot of attention from volunteers and the public generally are very supportive. 

But it wasn’t always that way. 

Not so long ago the club used to collect about 20 full bags of rubbish and some large pieces too. But nowadays folks are more conscious of littering, and in large part that is due to the folks and supporters at Clean Up Australia. 

Here's a team from the past..


There is a saying that you accept what you walk past, and Rotary have a saying that we want “make a difference” …so for all those years Alex Rotary have been making a difference, not only by cleaning up the front, but also by influencing folks who see the volunteers wearing gloves and carrying the bright clean up bags walking the ground and picking up all sorts of rubbish.

The young folks in particular are influenced by this, who see Rotarians (and others) taking a practical interest in their environment. This example by Rotarians and like minded citizens encourages them to do the same.

So well done past and present Rotarians for setting an example and contributing to improving the environment and setting an example for the future. 

If you want to volunteer, and have a snag with club members and volunteers, then click on this link, or just turn up at Wilkes Park (kiddies play park area) BBQ on Sunday 3rd march between 7-8am.

Wednesdays guest speaker

Paul Morton is our guest speaker on Wednesday. Paul is an ex CEO of IFYS and now manages their Marketing and Communications, so he is in a good position to let us know on Wednesday what are the key activities for IFYS and the demands for community support on the Sunshine Coast. Paul is our guest speaker on Wednesday. 

Paul is staying on after the meeting s we can have a chat about possible major community project from the Solstice Swim proceeds. 

So that also means for member to put their thinking caps on about possible community minded businesses who would like to sponsor T shirts, or caps or raffle prizes, so we can reach our target of $40,000 this year. 

Eve Fraser gets a mention in the RDU 

Many members will remember Eve Fraser, and her work with Global Water Safety, and Alex Rotary support of Eve through the Rotary District Grant process. …but did you see her article in the Rotary Down Under magazine?

Whats in a word?  Or an Anthem?

Peter Burton was our guest speaker on Wednesday and we can honestly say that we have never had a lyricist as a guest speaker before. (I think that may be true of most Rotary clubs) 

It was an appropriate talk following on from Australia Day as Peter spoke about th ehistory of the national anthem. Unsurprisingly Advance Australia Fair was penned by a scotsman many years ago ( is there anything the Scots haven’t invented??. Ed)  named McCormack, but it was not adopted as a national anthem until Bob Hawke took control. 

Before that we had “God Save the Queen” and “Waltzing Matilda” vying for top spot. 

Interestingly a national competition to develop the first true Australian anthem failed to reach any conclusion until Hawkie put his foot down and made the decision. 

Moving on, Peter, who has a way with words considered what was needed in an anthem and put himself to work. He wanted something meaningful, inclusive, capturing the spirit of Australia ..or more truthfully the aspiring spirit we strive for, and it should be rousing and call for a better country. 

Peter entered his anthem in a song competition, and although it did not win (the competition was not for anthems) his entry came a very creditable 4th. Here it is below,


(digeridoo lead-in)

Australians, from Uluru to ocean shores

Turn your faces to the sun

Proudly celebrate who we are 

And the long way that we’ve come


Celebrate Aboriginals, as one with the land

Convicts unchained, settlers with bold plans

Diggers who shed their blood so we are free

Immigrants who enrich our nation’s tapestry


Together we’ll battle adversity, fire, and drought

Love and protect our sunburnt country, we call

Like kangaroo and emu, no backward steps

We’ll stand together, mates one and all

© Peter R Burton, 2023

Shortlisted: Australian Songwriting Contest 2023 (4th)

Reading Words

Recent news that one third of kids cannot read properly has highlighted the literacy problem in our younger generation.

In a small but important way Alex Rotary is facilitating improvements in this area. Through Susie Rasmussen’s (Mooloolaba Rotary) connection with a school librarian friend Alex Rotary is able to benefit Care Outreach and IFYS’s “Inclusive Kids” program with donation of books.

Members may recall that a few months ago we made donation of toddler books and youth books to the Young Parents program.

Upcoming Events
Guest Speaker - Paul Morton IFYS
Feb. 14, 2024
6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Brody Grogan - Photography
Feb. 21, 2024
6:45 a.m. – 8:04 a.m.
Kirsty McKinnon - Okinja ELC
Feb. 28, 2024
6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Clean Up Australia 7am-11am
Mar. 03, 2024
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
ROMAC Trivia Quiz
Mar. 07, 2024
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
District Conference
Mar. 08, 2024 – Mar. 10, 2024
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Musical Notes ...its only words..and words are all I have...

“I wrote a song, but I can’t read music so I don’t know what it is.”
Steven Wright

“I play all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order.”
Eric Morecambe

“I play all my country and western music backward – your lover returns, your dog comes back and you cease to be an alcoholic.”
Linda Smith

“The first time I sang in the church choir, 200 people changed their religion.”
Fred Allen

“My definition of an intellectual is someone who can listen to the ‘William Tell Overture’ without thinking of The Lone Ranger.”
Billy Connolly

“I love to sing, and I love to drink scotch. Most people would rather hear me drink scotch.”
George Burns

“When she started to play, Steinway came down personally and rubbed his name off the piano.”
Bob Hope

“I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, ‘denigrate’ means ‘put down.’”
Bob Newhart

“If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.”

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