DG Paul comes to visit


We had the flags out for DG Paul visit to the club on Wednesday. He was greeted by a pretty full room spoke about his visits around the region (which is bigger than many counters in the world) and the many good works that Rotary is doing at District and International level.
It was very pleasing to note that Alex Rotary is one of a few clubs that is increasing its membership and community activities, but in financial and physical support. So members old and new please pat yourselves on the back.  !!

Bunnings - again !!

Hi Folks,
Reminder that this Saturday we're at Maroochydore Bunnings and here is the roster for you...we've been reminded by our mate Cam,,  NOT to turn up before 7.30. Please remember not to approach the BBQ area until Bunnings have completed their setup
Suggest we gather in outside car park 5 mins before. 
AM shift 7.30am - 11.30am
Wendy Gilson
John Malloy
Geoff East
Peter Burton
John Mucha
Elizabeth Mucha
Craig Laidlaw
PM shift 11.30am - 3.30pm
Tanya Frazer
Graeme Hight
Ray Burton
Dave Woodrow
Tim Kelsey
Monique Kelsey
Craig Laidlaw
Also a reminder to everyone to wear closed in shoes.

RYDA is asking for our help 

During the week there has been some communicatons from RYDA and local coordinator Graham with a view to getting more RYDA - Young drivers road safety workshops - in our Rotary area. Geoff has all the details, which he'll brief you on Wednesday. 

Digital Footprint - small steps on your journey (pun intended)

In more club developments the club has had a positive response from Sunshine Coast Council - and we are advancing the proposal to improve Alex Rotary's digital footprint in the community.
The club thinking is that this might act as a pilot for other community clubs to engage with existing and new members of the community whose primary contacts are through social media.  
And as there are various levels of understanding of IT and social media platforms in the club we'll be looking to bring everyone up to the same level of awareness, (if not understanding) and maybe capability though the  year.  
Any queries please see Ray, Tim or John.

Honorary Member puts hands up for Mayor's role 

Rotary is of course non - political and secular. But it would be remiss of the club not to acknowledge that our Honorary member, Ashley Robinson has put his hand up for the Sunshine Coast Regional Council's mayors role. 
So keep in mind that Rotary members can be involved in politics and religion, but only in a personal capacity. What does that mean? Well, you can help any politician of your choice and hold any religious view you wish, but you must keep those activities totally seperate from Rotary activities. 
Want to know more? then go to THIS LINK

Solstice swim dateclaimer - Sunday 23rd June

The club will be doing two community engagement projects in the next 6 months. Pride of Workmanship and Solstice Swim.
A tourist query to the Alex SLSC about the date of the Solstice Swim so that folks could start to arrange accommodation precipitated some confirmation of swim arrangements.
So high level arrangements are in place for the swim to be held on Sunday 23rd June

Great news - Govt changes tack on learn to swim 

Noticed that the State Government has had a change of heart and. is re-starting the $150 voucher "learn to swim" program from 1st Jan. 

Community Grant on offer 

A reminder that the Federal Stronger Communities Grants offer is open and we need ideas from members...
2024 Stronger Communities Program Grants
Amount: Up to $10,000
Applications Due: 5:00pm AEST, Monday 26 February 2024
About the Grant: Please check the Grant Opportunity Guidelines. In previous years, infrastructure upgrades have included renovations for Men’s Sheds, disability access ramps for schools, and security upgrades for surf-lifesaving clubs. Previous equipment upgrades have included tuckshop appliances, storage trailers, and computer hardware.
So please get your thinking caps on. Grants are usually given for some physical asset, not an activity.
The grant could be, but is not necessarily for the club infrastructure.
It could be on behalf of a community cause that Rotary would support.  Because of Rotary's community engagement, and our reputation, if we apply or support and initiative for a new or replacement asset we have a good chance of being successful.