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Caloundra Pacific

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 6:00 PM
Caloundra Golf Club
1 Charles Woodward Drive
Caloundra, Qld  4551
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Our Guest Speaker - Dan Brooker

Making a difference is part of the Rotary creed and Dan Brooker, who is with a group called "Milk and Honey", who are an Australian social enterprise operating in Cambodia empowering Cambodians to help their own people. His main area of expertise is the assistance given to young Cambodian women to escape from and not enter the slavery trade endemic in Asia.

The organisation invites teams and volunteers to engage with the Cambodian community, to spark synergy, creativity, and purpose, with the ultimate aim of making a difference to the world around us. Dan has given us an insight on issues we may not be fully aware of - slavery is still a real threat to the young women of this country. Dan and his team are gradually educating the young women and school girls of the threat that is out there in the hope that they won't end up as slaves.

Hi Evelyn

So nice to hear from you and please pass our best wishes to all of your members.

We are a small club of only 13 members at present but recruitment is currently one of our top priorities. We were chartered in 1927 and we meet at lunch time. In 1976 we established an evening club called Twickenham upon Thames Rotary as a response to the number of enquiries received from potential members who could not manage lunch meetings. That club has now grown to nearly 40 members. We work closely together to serve the local community which you will know is a London suburb and the home of English rugby.

We have two lady members with another potential lady in the pipeline. Two of our past members have been District Governors and one of those was President of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland. The latter is Len Smith who ran a school uniform business in Twickenham and was probably where you bought your school uniform for Thames Valley Grammar School.

As mentioned we are only a small club. However we are very active in the projects we undertake. Today we are organising a Technology Tournament for local schools with the support of 4 other local clubs. We also run a Swimathon to support local charities, run blood pressure testing events for stroke awareness, support a vocational centre for young ladies in North India started by one of our members and undertake many other events throughout the year.

I am copying this reply to our President (Eva Peters) as I am sure she will wish to reciprocate your toast when we next meet on Monday 25th March.

Once again greetings to you all.

Best regards

David Martin
Rotary Club of Twickenham
Hello Evelyn,
We have 21 members, and I will be inducting 2 new members probably next month.  Like your club, we meet weekly on Monday evenings, and usually have a guest speaker each week, along with guests from other nearby clubs. Tonight we are expecting an attendance of 27.  We also some weeks have guests from abroad who are visiting the UK and come to our Club meeting if they are passing through Heathrow, or staying in a hotel nearby.
Hounslow has changed considerably since 1973 as you might expect, now very multi-cultural, in someway due to its proximity to Heathrow Airport just down the road. Many multi-national high-tech companies have moved into large offices along the Great West Road. So far in my Presidential year, we have raised £4,000 for charitable causes - nearly £2,000 for my supported charity (the Alzheimer's Society), and over £2,000 for local charitable organisations which we are distributing in our Charity evening early in April.
If you ever do come back to the UK and are near us, please do come and see us.  At our meeting tonight, I will give a toast to you and your Club.
With best wishes,
Haydn Davies
(President of Hounslow Rotary Club).
International Toast Thursday 15 Nov 2018
This weekend APEC Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders are meeting in Port Moresby PNG (our nearest neighbour).
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific. APEC's 21 members aim to create greater prosperity for the people of the region by promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth and by accelerating regional economic integration.
The international toast this evening is to the Rotary Club of Port Moresby
in District 9600.
Tuesday 12 noon for 12.15pm, Park Royal Hotel
In 1957, Mike Woods, a former member of the Rotary Club of Bournemouth in the UK, arrived in Port Moresby and decided that it was time to start Rotary in Papua New Guinea.
The Rotary Club of Port Moresby was chartered on 19 September 1957.
 The 2018 Golf raised close to K118,000 (A$60,000) and this would not have been possible if not of the team effort of the Rotary members and the Companies who donate and sponsor each year.
Please join me in toasting the Rotary Club of Port Moresby PNG in our District 9600
Manfred opened the meeting.
International Toast:
Barb proposed the toast to the Rotary Club of Kotor in Montenegro. It was chartered in June 2017 and meets at 7.30 on Wednesdays. 55% of members are female. Their projects include collection books for the local school and clothes for the mental hospital. Their fund raisers include a masked ball and a Booker Bay cruise.
President Peter:
Peter welcomed partners Kath, Hilde, May, Garry, Yvonne, Suzanne, Donna and exchange student Camilla. He noted that today was World Polio Day and that vaccination rates in Australia still have not yet reached the 95% of the population.
Barb reminded us that the Christmas breakup will be at the Golf Club on 20th December. There will be a competition for the best Christmas hat. She also needs volunteers to help set up.
Dave Smith advised that he has ridden 1050kms on his bike this month in support of the Children’s Cancer Appeal, He hopes to reach 1200 kms.
To break down the month so far:
13,256 riders are taking part from every state in the country and 79,652 individual rides have been logged.
58,384 individual donations have been received and an incredible $3,523,539 has been raised so far.
The website has been viewed a total of 57,329 times from 171 different countries across the world.
Together, we've ridden a total of 1,702,169km and pedalled for the equivalent of 3,189 days and 3 hours.
To donate go to the web site
Win spoke of his very pleasant time with Teresa (a former exchange student), Matais and their 3 delightful children. He and Sandy spent two days with them including time at the Octoberfest.
Exchange Student:
Camilla gave a short talk on her experiences so far. The highlights are-
She is very grateful to Peter & Yvonne.
Has visited a cheese factory, the Glasshouse Mountains.
She has been at school for 3 months studying some very difficult subjects. She got an A+ in English and finds Physics challenging.
Attended the Rotary orientation weekend where she met the other exchange students who are a great bunch.
A trip to Sydney where she climbed the Bridge (Prince Harry & Meghan passed underneath as she climbed).
Manfred was awarded the no bell prize but still did a great job.
Guest Speaker:
Past President Dan spoke on how he got into accounting. He grew up at Caves 20 kms north of Rockhampton, went to primary school there and secondary school at Cathedral College in Rockhampton. After year 12 he went to James Cook Uni and studied Pharmacy (which he did not finish) and joined the army. After the army he managed various bars and resorts in Townsville. With young sons he moved back to Rockhampton to work in his fathers printing business which he increased fourfold.
He came to the coast and set up his own printing business and met the love of his life, Penny. He studied a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in accounting at the Sunshine Coast University.
A highlight was being president of Caloundra Pacific and going to the Solomon Islands of projects. He was also the foundation secretary of the Rotary Club of Rockhampton – Fitzroy. He is also a councillor for outbound exchange students. Dan strongly recommends hosting.
He married Penny in Tasmania on 23/12/2016.
His business on the coast was struggling mainly due to high overheads and he took the decision to close it. He has since setup a new business called Fatboys and uses premises of a mate in Brisbane.
He graduated from USC 3 weeks ago and has been invited to study for an honours degree.
He now works for Pilot Partners, an accounting firm in Brisbane as a graduate accountant business manager. One of his clients is the Chinchilla Solar Farm and he also handles family trusts, BAS etc. He will be studying to be a Chartered Accountant sponsored by Pilot Partners.
His goal is to set up his own business on the coast within 10 years.
The following is from Ray White Real Estate: We require a volunteer to coordinate this project and a nominee as recipient of the gifts.
How time flies with Christmas now just 10 weeks away!
Its that time of year again and I trust you will recall the Ray White Caloundra and Ray White Golden Beach initiative, "A little ray of giving", which we have supported for a number of years now with our beneficiary being a preferred charity selected by Rotary.
We would like to be involved again this year. We will have the trees up in both offices and will have marketing initiatives supporting this campaign.
Can you please confirm if:
a) a current contact for Rotary for us? 
b) the charity that you will select - and then whether it is boy/girl or male/female young adults etc to buy for or a mix of both; and
c) pick up date from yourselves.

The time of the year has come again where I seek your support for the ROMAC Trivia Challenge to be held on Thursday 7th of March 2019 at Unity College. Please place this date in your Diary/ I phone. We ask that all members try and obtain a table of 8 and Stephen Thompson (Event Coordinator) with the assistance of Dave Handy will be following up members to appoint a team captain and  obtain numbers coming.

As you are aware, last year was great result for ROMAC with over 350 people attending on the night. ROMAC would be extremely appreciative and pleased if you can support this event and increase our numbers attending. This is a fantastic fund raising event and a major fund raiser for much needed funds for ROMAC to enable them to continue the lifesaving and /or dignity restoring surgery for children , mainly from the Oceania Region that cannot access this surgery in their own country. 

Many thanks for your past support. 

Yours in Rotary Service

Bryan Mason OAM

ROMAC Northern Region Committee


Manfred opened the meeting.
International Toast:
Barb proposed the toast to the Rotary Club of Sarajevo International – Delta in District 1910. They meet on Wednesdays at 7.30pm at Restaurant Lovac. They have 25 members of which 13 are women. Their President is Zeljka Mudrocic and the meetings are carried out in English. The club has more than 8 countries represented in their membership & the club was formed in 2003.
Fund raising includes a Diplomatic Winter Bazaar and a Winter Challenge.
Projects are aimed at intellectually disabled and they have built a day centre for adults and teach photography to special needs children.
See their web site
President Peter:
Peter welcomed all to the meeting and invited everyone to stay on for the board meeting. He announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
Manfred did a great job as usual.
Board meeting & open forum highlights:
Correspondence included a thank you letter from ROMAC for the $23,000 raised from the last Trivia Night.
Election of office bearers
Club Service
Ross Harrison
Brian Reith
Community Service
Christine Craig
International Service
Dave Smith
Vocational Service
President Elect
Don Wilkie?
The trailer is ready to go and the roster starts soon.
Treasurer Brian reported that there is
$15,230.61 in the club account.
$36,292.64 in the project account.
$16,596.47 in the term deposit.
Brian advised that the project account has funds committed to projects that will reduce the balance to $13,000 effectively.
Club service:
The Christmas breakup will be at the Golf Club on 20th December. There will be a social night at the Power Boat Club on 13th November. Please check Club Runner for details.
General business:
No contact from sister club in South Korea
Trailer raffle needs good signage.
A suggestion to sponsor a club in the Aura area was made.
Marilyn spoke on the Caloundra Greeters & Heritage Centre. She received approval in principal to follow up on:
1                     Exploring options for cultural heritage centre.
2                     Continuing with Caloundra Greeters.
3                     Investigate the CCSA Hall as a possible site for the Heritage Centre.
Motion passed to charge members for meals ordered.
                               OCT                                                           NOV

Sargent:               Manfred Klink                                           Patrick King
Fellowship:          Di Latham                                                  Barb Bailey
Room set up:       Aub Tucker                                               Allan Gillepie
The Caloundra Greeters volunteers met at the offices of McGrath Real Estate on Monday for a get together and morning tea. The rosters and communication were discussed. Marylin and Evelyn showed off the new summer vests that the Sunshine Coast Council kindly sponsored. These will make the volunteers visible and more comfortable in the coming summer months. A good morning was had by all.

Meeting notes 4th October 2018

Les opened the meeting.
International Toast:
Barb Bailey proposed the toast to the Rotary of Zagreb Central in Croatia.
Ruby & Chantal Rowling.
Manfred Klink did a wonderful job of not missing anyone.
Guest Speaker:
Chantal spoke on her role as an exercise physiologist.
Her main message was that we should get moving and keep moving.
She spoke of six myths:
1                     No pain, no gain. Pain IS a warning sign that we should take notice of.
2                     Dieting alone will produce weight loss. We must exercise as well.
3                     Spot exercise is good. (eg produce flat tummy). Total exercise and good diet is necessary.
4                     Must spend a long time at training. Not necessary as short 10 minute sessions are adequate.
5                     Exercise will cancel sedentary behaviour. No it doesn’t.
6                     Aerobic exercise is sufficient for good health. No it isn’t, we need to do resistance training as well.
Some of the benefits of regular exercise include good posture, better metabolism, reduced falls. Regular exercise will help to form a healthy habit in our lifestyle and we shouldn’t concentrate on weight loss alone.
Stretching is very important, not before but after exercise. Stretches should be held for 30 seconds each.
The many questions showed how involved the members were in Chantal’s presentation.
Do you know a potentially good guest speaker? If so we would like to have one guest speaker every Thursday night at the club meeting. Guest speakers receive a free meal.
If you do know a guest speaker, please email Dan at and we will work together to find a suitable Thursday night.
Terese Finegan, Downtown Caloundra Curator, is coming to speak at the meeting this week to discuss the Sunshine Coast Council's plans for Caloundra including the incorporation of a Heritage Centre.  As you may have heard, to get the project up and running there is a plan to reinvent the Transit Centre as an Arts and Heritage hub, with the introduction of “Caloundra Greeters”. This is a chance for our club to be involved early in the project as we showcase Caloundra and heighten the profile of Rotary.  Please come to the meeting to hear about the exciting changes in Caloundra, and if you are interested, how you can be involved, and bring any other interested parties.  Also a reminder that there is potential for partnership with the Rotary Club of Caloundra, so President Peter Davis and Director of Community Services James Condon will also attend.

We're looking for your support to make the 30th Anniversary of ROMAC our best Trivia Night yet!
If you can't get a table, but would like to attend, let me know and I'll find you someone to sit with.
Remember, we want 300 participants, so we need your help.
Club Executives & Directors
Community Service
Vocational Services
Club Service Director
International Service
Bulletin Editor
Attendance Records Officer
Rotary Foundation Executive
Immediate Past President
Youth Service Director
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Les Pontin
    August 28
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Laura Hall
    August 1
  • Denise Gillespie
    August 2
  • Cheryl Leddy
    August 14
  • Jenny Healy
    August 16
  • Sandy Fowles
    August 20
  • Peter Higgs
    Yvonne Higgs
    August 4
  • David Johnston
    Ann Johnston
    August 8
  • Manfred Klink
    August 16
Join Date:
  • Bryan Mason
    August 1, 1974
    45 years
  • Paul Brennan
    August 3, 2017
    2 years
  • Tania Cherry
    August 3, 2017
    2 years
  • David Johnston
    August 4, 1988
    31 years
  • Peter Higgs
    August 26, 2014
    5 years
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