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Welcome to our Club!

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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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.
Alex was born too long ago to remember. But what he does remember is being fascinated by radio in his childhood; a fascination and involvement that continues to this day. Strangely, radio never a became his career. As with many people, life has not been boring. The son of a clerk and very capable stay at home mum, Alex didn’t do well at school – he was more interested in radio! But that didn’t stop him going onto four very different and successful work lives, ending up with many (and different) technical qualifications, a degree in adult education, a postgraduate management certificate and a pilot licence which he used as a business tool for many years.
Involvement in community radio started in earnest in the late ‘80s, initially in a support role. He moved to the microphone in the early ‘90s and commenced hosting his own radio program in 1995.
What is this beast called community radio? How does it fit alongside commercial and public broadcasters? Is it just a bunch of amateurs ‘having a go’? And how does a modern radio station work? Alex will answer this and other questions in his presentation titled Community Radio – who needs it?
Alex is married to his first wife Robynne. They have two grown up children who have given them five beautiful grandchildren, all girls – we’re specialists! Now living on the Sunshine Coast, with the aid of modern technology Alex continues as the presenter of Sunday Celebration from 6.00 – 9.00am on 96 five, Family Radio Brisbane.
                               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.

A reminder for those interested in attending the CleftConnect Grand Trivia Night at 6pm on Saturday 13 October at Unity College.  At this stage we have almost enough people for two tables of eight team members so please feel free to invite a friend(s).


To register for the event you will need to log on to the CleftConnect Australia website.  Here is the link .  Our team name will be 'Rotary Caloundra Pacific' and we can sort out seating arrangements on the night.  The cost is $35.00 each which you can pay by credit card when you register plus you will need to choose a meal out of a selection of three options.

Adam Benjamin. Director of Medifarm here on the coast is coming to speak at our Rotary Club on November 8, 2018.

The farm is about to cultivate enough plants to produce Cannabis Oil for 5000  patients in need of this oil that has so many special qualities to relieve suffering.

Please could this article go into Cal Pac Capers or on our Club Runner to encourage partners and friends to come along to hear Adam speak. This is an innovative agribusiness for the coast and indeed has a strong social conscious component to the story about how it came to be established.

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
Club Service Director
Attendance Records Officer
Rotary Foundation Executive
Immediate Past President
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Don Wilkie
    November 5
  • Kevin Leadbetter
    November 10
  • Graeme Bowden
    November 12
  • Greig Lee-Archer
    November 14
  • Mark Paton
    November 18
  • Richard Hall
    November 18
  • Barbara Bailey
    November 19
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Deborah Thompson
    November 16
  • Suzanne Lee-Archer
    November 22
  • Ben Hogan
    November 24
  • Charlie Tan
    November 25
  • Hilde De Bruto
    November 29
  • Peter Hovey
    Sylvia Hovey
    November 10
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