Calpac Capers
Calpac Capers 14th September 2023
Dan Thomasson opened the meeting and introduced Greg Rayment who proposed the International Toast

International Toast
The Toast to RC Philadelphia and the “National Eat A Hogie Day”. The tradition follows on from Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta H.M.S. Pinafore opening in Philadelphia in 1879. Bakeries produced a long loaf called the pinafore. Entrepreneurial “hokey -pokey men” sliced the loaf in half stuffed it with antipasto salad and sold the world’s first “hoagie”. Guess we call them a Subway here.
Club President – Ken Myers – the Club meets interestingly,
- First Thursday of the month for a business and networking meeting at Pyramid Club at 6.00pm
- Third Thursday for a social gathering at Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant, and
- Third Saturday doing a Service Project or History Tour followed by Lund at a local restaurant.
The Club has distributed over 20,000 thesauruses, dictionaries, atlases, and library books to Philadelphia children at more than 25 under-served schools.
Sponsors Rotary International Peace Fellowships for Philadelphia police lieutenants and assistant district attorneys who now teach others violence prevention in their community.
Actively involved with hands on community service projects – from food distribution for the sick and elderly to environmental cleanup activities.
President’s Update:
Pres Peter welcomed -
- Guest Speaker – Gordan Barratt OAM CEO Connect Kids
- Rodney Williams – new member and Desley as his guest.
- Seth, Van and Theo Thomasson
and reminded all present of the upcoming events -
a.  Golf Day Friday 6th October 2023
b.  Viva Italia – Opera Night 21st October 2023. 99 tickets sold thus far.
c. Trailer Raffle – starts 1st November 2023
Two people who attended Robyn Hill's talk last week have expressed an interest in joining our Club.
A small number of members / Board are in discussion with Malou Deakin with a view to commence a major international project in the Philippines. One consideration is the upgrading / renovation of the Cauayan South Central School established in 1952. Considered the premier and biggest elementary school in the city. The school has 2,985 learners registered from kindergarten up to Grade 6 level. 106 teachers and 4 non-teaching staff. Whilst there is much to do to get such a Project off the ground further investigation is required. We have a more detailed information sheet available on request.
Some photos of the school –
School Function Hall used as a Classroom
Directors Moments:
Greg Rayment advised the Vocational tour of the Marina at Pelican Waters followed by fellowship at Oak Tree Pelican Waters at the Marina Retirement Village. When the invitations come out next week you will need to accept for the Marina Tour and the Fellowship afterwards, by making a note on the invitation if you are not attending either.
*  Barb Bailey reminded members that the Christmas boxes need to be back to her by 1st October.
*  Win Fowls thanked the Club for its contribution to send his grand daughter to RYLA next month. He and Dan Thomasson will be at the RC of Eumundi 28/9/23 as Guest Speaker on the Rotary Fund for Scholarships at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
My Rotary Journey:

Michael Beris shared his history with Rotary from a RYLA event, while living in Townsville, out at Longreach Qld learning valuable life skills which have remained with him. Subsequently joining the Rotaract Club in Townsville. Next encounter with Rotary was in Hamilton in Victoria as a Club member while a Salvation Army Officer. A move to Melbourne saw Michael transfer to RC Flemington where is broth was a member. A somewhat spasmodic relationship Michael moved to the Sunshine Coast and joined CALPAC in around 2008 when meetings were held at the Events Centre. Changes in business saw Michael move away from Rotary for a time and through COVID and working by himself with little / no personal contact with colleagues realised he needed face to face contact with people. At that point got back in contact with our Club two years ago. The continuing
need to be in contact with people a major driver. The first day back “just felt like home” with that session after our weekly meeting to just chat is a major piece of the success of this Club.
Guest Speaker:
Jacquie Castorina formally introduced Gordan Barrett OAM of Connect Kids.
Gordan’s story began around 20 years ago when he felt the need to get more involved in the community and joined an organisation on the Coast “The Board Meeting” to give back to disadvantaged children. These days raising ~$200,000 pa. – no overheads and run by a very loyal bunch of volunteers. Back then most solutions were being run by institutionalised care and bureaucracy with considerable overheads. Practical solutions where ignored and clear one of the largest problems were issues with mental health. So a Mental Health program was born and is still a backbone of Young Mental Health Services on the Coast today. “The Board Meeting” identified the biggest single issue facing the community was disadvantage. Once disadvantaged it is hard to break the family cycle. The fall-out of disadvantage is drug addition, poor mental health, under employment and domestic violence. Most Government solutions were to just throw money at it. Proactive / problem solving solutions were required. Connect Community Plus Kids – now Connect Kids was borne. Vision was to end generational disadvantage of families in the community. Considered the best approach, Mentoring of young and older children. Started a program about five years ago with somewhat of a slow start, now has 70 young people in the Mentoring Program. Funding is a strain with all funds coming from the
community. Some level of support required necessitate profession assistance. On boarding of the parents is also fundamental to success but recognising all of the issues / “fall outs” mentioned above.
What’s needed? Currently Government Agencies provide assistance for around 3 months just in time to start lifting the children / family up but the funding ends. Typically, then falling further than where they started. Children and Families are then directed to Connect Kids for specific programs – tutoring and a coding program for children on the spectrum. People with a desire to become a Mentor aregiven training with an expectation of providing continuity to children for around two hours per fortnight for 12 months.
To inquire about becoming a mentor, or to make a donation call 1800 FOR KIDS (1800 367 543) or visit
Sergeant Fines: Dan Thomasson
The Sergeant found due cause (and some not) to fine most members.
Raffles – by Graeme Bowden and Les Pontin
Many prizes were won and enjoyed around the tables with the lollies shared around in traditional manner.
RARE Fundraiser


Invitation from the Rotary Club of Caloundra

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Please note that our Gust Speaker at the breakfast being held on the 19th September at Golden Beach Tavern will be Dr. Adrian McCallum.  I hope that you may want to bring some friends as he is an excellent speaker.  His bio is below and photo attached.  You will have just received the event details with the RSVP being for this Friday 15th September.  


Dr Adrian McCallum currently serves as Head of Engineering at University of the Sunshine Coast and manages courses in soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering and weather and climate. He is fortunate to have led a life of adventure and exploration around the globe and is an expert in remote area science & engineering.He holds a PhD from the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge and additional degrees in oceanography, meteorology and civil engineering. In 2002 he was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for his stewardship of the 2001 Australian Army Centenary Everest Expedition and he is a Menzies Scholar and previous Director of the Menzies Foundation; a non-profit, non- political organisation created to promote excellence in health research, scholarship and postgraduate study by Australians.During twenty years’ service across the Australian Defence Forces he served in numerous diverse roles such as helicopter navigator, meteorologist and civil engineer and he has led or participated in adventurous scientific expeditions around the globe. These investigations have taken him to many far-flung locations including Svalbard, Greenland, across the Arctic and Antarctica, and to the Himalaya and the ice caps of Patagonia. He orchestrated Sir Ranulph Fiennes' ground-breaking 2013 winter Transantarctic expedition, he owns a company specialising in remote area science and engineering and he regularly consults to the Australian Antarctic Division and other international agencies on polar infrastructural and operational matters.
Please email if you would like to attend or call 0412 718 373.
Duty Roster
You are on the duty roster - Please visit to view the dates. If you cannot fulfil your duty, please find a replacement and email as soon as possible.
Containers for Change/Bread Tags for Wheelchairs
We've got exciting news! The Queensland Government has announced that we’ll be expanding our 10c drink containers to include wine and spirit bottles from 1 November 2023! You can learn more at
For now, keep recycling these containers through your yellow-top bin or at your nearest transfer station until we’ve got things ready for 1 November.
1. Collect eligible containers (including wine bottles soon)
2. Take them to a container refund point -
3. Donate to the Rotary Club of Caloundra Pacific using scheme ID C10219799

Please help us collect!
Evelyn McCorkell, our club member, has provided a collection box, so please bring to the club meeting and place in the box at the registration desk.  Thanks.
We collect bread tags for recycling to fund wheelchairs,mainly in South Africa.
Moments that Matter Virtual Conference
Dear Rotary member,Time is running out to secure your ticket for the 2023 'Moments That Matter' Rotary and Rotaract conference.With a speaker list jam-packed, audiences will hear inspirational stories from business and community leaders and experts in their fields. Key note speakers include Rotary International President Gordon R. McInally and Rotary International President-elect Stephanie Urchick.For more information and to purchase tickets head to the conference website.Sincerely,Your South Pacific and Philippines Office Support Team
D9620 The Gist
Read the weekly Rotary District 9620 Gist here.
Info @ Calpac
We have a lot of members in our club, and a lot of different positions. So sometimes it is difficult to tell the right person:
  • You are away for several meetings or events;
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Please email and I will forward your email to the correct person. If urgent, please call/sms 0437 110 029.
Dan Thomasson
Secretary of the Rotary Club of Caloundra Pacific
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