Brightwater says than you and passes on kindness

Olivia Steals the show as Brightwater says thank you Alex Rotary 

Monique, Tony and John attended the Brightwater School assembly during the week to accept the thanks from Steve and the kids involved in the "Bike Project".
Also present were reps from The Salvation Army. Why? Well it turns out that the Bike Project has been so successful that the kids are now donating the refurbished bikes to the SA for their clients and shops to help others. Isn't that just fantastic! What started out as an idea from Steve, Skye and Monique as an activity to help the kids has now resulted in them helping others. Brilliant, well done everyone involved. 
But we need to make a special mention to CycleZone in Mooloolaba who have been amazing in helping out the project with all sorts of parts and accessories to make the whole project work. Well done Cyclezone Mooloolaba, just great to know that there are businesses that are helping the less fortunate in the community. 
Readers might also also notice that the "our extra-ordinary raffle ticket seller" Olivia is centre stage - as she is school captain and gave a nice speech and helped out with other awards that Brightwater handed out to their exceptional students..
Photo's - How good?

Guest Speaker Brody Grogan

Last weeks guest speaker spoke to teh club about the importance of photo's in our lives, and about how his business is now focusing on life stories combing the images with the stories behind them. There was an amazing life book from nudgee College on display that told the story of students, past and present with magnificent images to match. But Brody managed to give a 30 minute talk on photography without mentioning photography once. Remarkable. His methodology is to sit down with teh subject, get to know them and then marry the life story with the image. And teh results are just incredible. 
Thank you Brody for a fascinating talk, and good luck with your business model. 
Care Outreach & Mothers Day

Care Outreach - What does Mothers Day hold for them?

President Tony called into Care Outreach last week to drop of the last of the Alex Rotary Mother’s day gifts.  The items purchased and donated by our members were used with other similar and suitable items to make up packs for the Mothers in the Bush.
Melissa told Tony they had already despatched 550 parcels with another 250 being “prettied up” with ribbons and were being sent out about now to some closer in and around the Darling Downs, near west Kingaroy, Chinchilla etc…. Even as close as Kilkiven as some of these farming areas have suffered immensely.
Care Outreach have had groups of volunteers making “over the knee throw rugs” which are loved in the bush! And these rugs have been included in the packs where possible.
So about 800 Mother’s Day gift packs have been sent and it’s great to know that we contributed our bit to help!
Note the photo of Bill holding up a prettied up pack that is ready to go …. And see Ian, their warehouse manager through the shelves in the background … smiling and caring in his normal manner!!!
Two other things to note …. See the non-perishable food items that are constantly needed!!!  And they have already started gathering toys and gifts for the Christmas in the Bush programme.
Well done RCAH members.!!
Raffle reaches now heights

Raffle goes ballistic

What started out with a steady flow of raffle donations during the week went crackers over the last few days. First there was a beautiful hamper from our honorary member Fiona Simpson, then Les excelled himself with a $1,000 Rip Curl Voucher, then not to be outdone Paul Morton jumped in with. Z Grill smoker and a $500 BCF Voucher. 
Well done guys, that will certainly help with the fundraising...
Alex Rotary Out there supporting the community 

Domestic Violence Seminar Rotary R4MH

Club members Tim, Monique and Naomi attended this domestic violence seminar during the week and will update everyone at our next meeting about the key takeaways from this seminar and suggestions for how your club can support and promote awareness about domestic and family violence prevention. So stay tuned. 
...and this message from the organisers 
We held our short Seminar on Addressing Local Domestic and Family Violence on the 18th April.
What was the objective? To widen the understanding of the impact of Domestic and Family violence in the community and to stimulate community action.
What really happened? The attendees heard, from the Police perspective, just how extensive the problem is, how such occurrences are categorized and how the various categories can be addressed under the law. Powers and barriers to intervene were demonstrated by Police.
Ways for the public to participate were outlined and simple actions were canvassed.
Questions following the formal presentation reflected the deep interest the public is developing on this subject. Some of the questions bared the raw experiences of some attendees.
Interesting statistics. Disadvantaged Kids are 16 times more likely to to suffer DV, and 30% of drug addicted parents commit DV on their kids. (ref: Gwande:Complications)

Alex Rotary turns up to help young drivers stay safe on the roads

On Tuesday a small team of members are helping out at Nambour with the life saving driver awareness day workshop RYDA. Big thanks to Craig, Phillip, Val & John, Graeme, Tim, Naomi and Geoff who will be coordinating the movements of the future drivers between the drive safety workshops. 

Lilly House Volunteers - How many Rotarians does it take to ...

Big thanks to Ray, Graeme, Craig and John for following up with Lilly House and assembling some flat pack furniture for their new rooms for single mums needing a bit of support and guidance. 
The assembly work wasn't a race, then it sort of was. Modesty forbids naming the winning team. laugh

Helping out the Alex SLSC Lifesavers with The Aussies" parking

BIG shout out to the club members who showed support for the lifesavers by manning the Mari St. car park during "The Aussies Week" on the Sunshine Coast. 

Crutches for RARE

These crutches were donated by our mates at Neighbours Aid, and will find their way to disadvantaged families overseas through teh Rotary repurposing program RARE. 

Garden Makeover coming Up?

And just to mention an possible upcoming project for the club,  President Tony is scouting out a garden of a foster carer which is in need of some maintenance. Stay tuned. 
Raffles - whatdy'a know?

Who doesn't like raffles?

Raffles are a fun way for schools, churches and other community groups to raise money for worthy causes.
Raffles have a wide appeal—even people who don't normally gamble like raffles—because it feels like everyone wins. The person with the winning ticket wins a prize. The worthy cause gets money. What's not to like?
But beware's a true story from Facebook..... so it must be true......Parental Guidance adviseddevil 

Bubba and Earl were at the local bar enjoying a beer when they decided to get in on the weekly charity raffle. They bought five tickets each at a dollar a pop.

The following week, when the raffle was drawn, both had won a prize. Earl won first prize, which was a year’s supply of gourmet spaghetti sauce and extra-long spaghetti. Bubba won the sixth prize, which was a toilet brush.

About a week or so had passed when the men met back at the bar for a couple of drinks. Bubba asked Earl how he liked his prize, to which Earl replied, “Great, I love spaghetti! How about you? How’s that toilet brush?”

“Not so good,” replied Bubba. “I reckon I’m gonna go back to paper.”

This weeks raffles you might want to support:

1. Inclusive kids win a boat


2. Gladstone Rotary 50/50 

Dear Alexandra Headland Rotarians,


Our 2024 50/50 raffle is NOW OPEN


Tickets cost $50 and only 2,000 tickets will be sold so the odds of winning are pretty good. Buyers of 5 consecutive tickets will also be eligible to win a $500 book buyers prize.

From the funds we raised in last years raffle our club has been able to: assist the Gladstone Schools Chaplaincy Service in providing support to students in need, provide support to the Gladstone Food Centre, and purchase some necessary appliances for the Roseberry Gladstone Dignity Hub.  We hope you can help us to keep supporting our community by buying a ticket in our raffle.

Wayne Gesch - President

Rotary Club of Gladstone Sunrise Inc.

PO Box 5401, Gladstone QLD 4680

Ph 0418 794 303

4. Inclusive Kids - Solstice Swim Multi Draw raffle 

Coming soon - your chance to sell 20 tickets in the club's multi draw raffle. Jo-Anne and the team are assembling a huge amount of prizes to entice folks to take a ticket for Inclusive Kids.

Each member will be given a book of 20 tickets to sell in the Solstice Swim multi draw raffle. 

There is an amazing Artwork from Naomi Ocean Art, and a BBQ / smoker, $200 of AMPOL vouchers, luxury accommodation vouchers, Family passes for Go Karts, SeaLife, Sun City Bowls, gift vouchers from Cotton Tree meats, Bunnings, Amaze world, etc and more community minded business providing amazing gifts every week.

...and if the team keep going like this you are "almost" guaranteed to win something.  surprise

Upcoming Events
Phillip Smith - Noosa Homeless Program
May 08, 2024
6:46 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Kay Wiseman - WCO and Nurse
May 15, 2024
6:47 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Brightwater school bike projects - Stephen Smith
May 22, 2024
6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Pride of Workmanship awards evening (proposed)
May 29, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Umoja Orphanage - Kenya (Cathy Booth)
Jun. 05, 2024
6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Shelterbox (Peter Morley)
Jun. 12, 2024
6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Solstice Planning
Jun. 19, 2024
6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Alex Head Rotary Solstice SWIM - Dateclaimer
Jun. 23, 2024
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Solstice - event review and next year
Jun. 26, 2024
6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Changeover Dinner 6.00pm
Jul. 03, 2024
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Year Ahead - President Elect
Jul. 10, 2024
6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Maroochy High School Mock Interviews *TBC
Jul. 25, 2024
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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Dads jokes

  • What did one toilet say to the other? You appear a bit flushed.
  • Why are most people tired on April 1? They've just finished a 31-day March.
  • How do you make a tissue dance? Put a little boogie in it.
  • Why did the rabbit go to the salon? It was having a bad hare day.
  • Where do birds stay when they travel? Someplace cheep.
  • I enjoy telling bad puns. That's just how eye roll.
  • What should you do if your puppy isn't feeling well? Take him to the dog-tor.
  • Why can't leopards play hide-and-seek? Because they're always spotted.
  • What kind of felines can bowl? Alley cats.
  • Why did the man bring his watch to the bank? He wanted to save time.
  • Where do penguins go to vote? The North Poll.
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