Our first meeting on 12th January 2023, was a vocational visit to the new Wishlist building which opened on 4th November 2022. 30 CALPAC’ians (including partners) enjoyed the visit organised by Tony Long and Peter Hovey. As you would have seen by the photos last week on our Website, www.calpac.org.au, a very impressive building in appearance and functionality.
President Frank Lunt welcomed everyone including Guest Speaker Donna Duncan (Member RC of Mooloolaba) and Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy and Jacqui Castorina.
He also shared one of three brief stories, the first about Frenchman – Voltaire a 17th Century historian, philosopher and writer known for his wit. He was controversial, radical and a thinker who refuted the Roman Catholic (RC) teachings. He was urged on his death bed by the RC Clergy to renounce Satan. Alas, his last words before he died were “This is no time to make new enemies”.
The point - all of us have had a frustrating experience of perhaps arguing/discussing something and said something that, later, we realised could have been more effective if we had given it more thought. We missed a chance!
International Toast
Ian Aspinall proposed a Toast to the RC of Hong Kong. The Toast inspired by the ensuing Chinese - New Year - KUNG HEI FAT CHOI (Happy Chinese New Year).
Established in 1931 the Hong Kong Club was the first Club to be established in Hong Kong followed by four more Clubs the next year. Rotary Club were allowed to continue during WWII until the war in the Pacific began. RC Hong Kong was suspended until 1946, from then on Rotary began to grow. There are now 81 Clubs in Hong Kong.
The English-speaking RC of Hong Kong meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Bankers Club for lunch (strict business attire required – no shorts jeans or thongs). (Ed: where does that leave some of our members).
Local Projects - Clear Bot Project (rubbish eater) for clean water, sanitation and hygiene with HK$300,000 (A$55,000) raised in the three years to 2022.
Other projects include: Colour Your Life – training programme for low income women to obtain higher income employment, distribution of Moon Cakes (apparently an acquired taste not yet acquired by Ian) at the Autumn festival to the under privileged and programs for the elderly.
2019 saw Club Members assisting with vaccine injections, distributing self-test kits and fever relieving medicines.
Kath Aspinall was offered the position of becoming the first female member of the RC Hong Kong in the 1980’s however due to work pressures she declined.
Directors Moments:
Peter Hovey spoke highly of the Wishlist facilities confirming the Club’s donation was very well invested.
Events coming up – on the website calendar:
  • 15th Feb - Bulcock Street History Walk followed by Fish and Chips!
  • 29th April - Pride of Work Awards (2 or 3 nominations required)
  • 15th - 19th May - visits to other coastal Rotary clubs
Will Waterford advised a new (transfer) Membership application has been received from Jacqui Castorina and will be considered at the next Board Meeting.
Members Moments:
Win Fowles advised the list of Guest Speakers has now been filled out to 23 March 2023 (others are booked post that date also) with the following Speakers having accepted, on the website calendar -
  • 2/2/23 Mark Paton – “Hear Here”- Clinician Hear4Good
  • 9/2/23 Neil Collier – Silver Fox for Mental Health
  • 23/2/23 Mark McArdle – Life After Politics
  • 9/3/23 George Fraser Australian Diplomat (Retired) – Our Pacific Neighbours – Today and Tomorrow
  • 16/3/23 Malou Deakin – Philippines Outreach Program.
Bonnie Lynn was Guest Speaker at RC Mooloolaba and receive a donation of $250.00 for Share A Meal.
Peter Higgs advised profit from the Trailer Raffle was $17,000 this year. Great job Peter and all who were involved.
Eve McCorkell advised Di Latham has significant spinal issues and has been in hospital. Get well soon Di.  (Update – she is walking around with great difficulty and in pain (and a walking stick) and has to decide the next course of action and she loved the flowers!
We were advised late last week, Patti Wilson’s father passed away. We know Pattie was very close to her father and this is a great loss. Our thoughts and sympathy are for Pattie and family.
Guest Speaker: Donna Duncan
Mark Paton introduced Donna Duncan – Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy (also Rotarian RC Mooloolaba). Donna has been involved with the organisation for 26 years. Not part of Government bureaucracy, church or political group and it isn’t a complaints service.
Citizen Advocacy aims to recognise, promote, protect and defend the rights, welfare and the interests of people with intellectual disabilities who are vulnerable and/or at risk of abuse, neglect and/or social isolation.
It does so by establishing and supporting one-to-one relationships between a person and a disability protégé who is vulnerable in important areas of their lives and a responsible citizen who is resourceful and principled, free of conflict of interest and who makes a personal freely given commitment to protect the protégé’s interests as if they were their own. This support may take many forms, from spokesperson to emotional and material support.
The Citizen Advocacy Office, which is independent of service providers, is responsible for recruiting, orientating and matching the citizen advocate and protégé and then supporting the advocate in the relationship as they respond to the advocacy needs and interests of the protégé.
Each Citizen Advocacy relationship is unique. The Citizen Advocate may in some instances speak out to protect the protégé from abuse or give the protégé the experience of family and new experiences and opportunities for friendship.
Donna presented three cases where Advocates had made remarkable differences to the protégé’s life.
If you would like more information or you see this as your calling, please contact Donna Duncan or Les Pearce at Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy on 0418 714 695 or Donna on donna.duncan@citizenadvocacy.com  (Web site: www.citizenadvocacy.com)
Michael Berris thanked Donna and included an anecdote of his inability to see what was right in front of him.
Vocational Talk:
Kath Aspinall shared her involvement, over a few years, in several drama productions for her granddaughter’s school. This involved hair, makeup and other props to compliment productions like The Adams Family, The Three Musketeers (boys really needed to grow their hair however this was strictly outside school rules!!), To Kill a Mockingbird, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Oklahoma, Shrek the Musical, to name a few.
All productions were held at the Events Centre in Caloundra, each a weeklong commitment. Sets were made at school and transported to the Events Centre. Costumes were sourced from other drama groups on the Coast, Op-Shops and from China (cheap!).
A rewarding and very memorable experience for Kath.
Sergeant Fines:
Greg Rayment extracted some dollars from members whether they agreed or not.
Riki Tiki
Peter Hovey delivered Riki Tiki which kept many in the game until the last question which saw Eve McCorkell the eventual winner.
Raffles – by Les Pontin and Graeme Bowden
Many prizes were won and enjoyed around the tables with the lollies shared around in traditional manner.
Finished as usual with the Australian National Anthem sung by all and led by Frank Lunt and Michael Berris.
Please note the 5th March 2023 in your diaries. We will conduct our annual clean-up of Sugar Bag Rd. from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. Details -
     Site Number: 35145
     Site Name: Sugar Bag Road
     Site URL: https://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/fundraisers/matlynn/sugar-bag-road 
If you have not attended this event before, please consider doing so. It's a lot of fun, and we go out for coffee afterwards. I promise you won't get your hands too dirty.
Cheers!   Matty
Frank suggests, for a bit of fun, that members who have an "old" photo of themselves in a group submit this and we have to guess which member is in the photo and where they are sitting/standing!  Sounds like a giggle, here is the first one - send in your "old" photo to mccorkellevelyn@gmail.com - first correct reply may get a prize?
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