Tuesday, 30 April 2013

We are progressing with the final stages of the Tranquility Garden at the Caloundra Hospital.  Tony Debrincat from RC Glass House Mountains has donated some waterlillies and expertise, Artist Jinty Stockings has been commissioned to do a tiled mural of the Glass House Mountains, paid for with a grant from the Sunshine Coast Council, and Bunnings has offered to donate hardware to fix the tiles and complete a shade structure

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Reel for 30th April

Reel Issue 41 – 30 April 2013
Meeting Commentary for 23 April

Guest Speaker
Lyn Gahan
Jason Cosgrove (Genta)
International Toast
Boston club in recognition of the recent tragedy during the Boston marathon
Make Ups
Deb, Helen, Mark (PETS); Nambour Caravan Show
Iain, Ron, Bruce, Gerry, John, Pam, Margaret

Alf opened the meeting by welcoming back Noel from the Birdsville track

President’s report:
Welcome to Genta’s guest Jason Cosgrove.
Club has been busy with the Nambour Caravan Show and thanks to Alan & members for supporting this fund-raiser.  We hope to make $1,000.
RC Brisbane Planetarium is having a Gourmet SeaBreak Food & Wine cruise in late Nov. 4 nights Brisbane to Brisbane Departs Tues 26 Nov 2013 Returns Sat 30 Nov 2013.  Prices range from $499 single to $1,199 twin.
RC Noosa have invited us to their Bookfest preview on the evening of Thursday 2nd May prior to the Main Event
19April was Paul Harris birthday
As a social outing, we will have a BYO Brunch at Shelly Beach on Sunday 19th May
DG changeover will be on Friday 14June at Beerwah community center with many awards to be presented.
The USC joint meeting coming up on Wed 8May will replace our usual Breakfast meeting.

Celebrate ex member and PDG Nevell McPhee’s 50 years in Rotary Friday 24th May 2013 - 6.00 for 6.30pm at Palms Auditorium, Redlands Sporting Club, Anson Rd. Wellington Point $40pp ~ includes 2-course meal & lucky door ticket. Cash bar available ~ Multi-draw raffle Dress: lounge suit. RSVP Friday 3rd May to PP Greg Porter greg@porterlaw.com.au ~ 0412 558 583
Payment in advance please by cheque to PO Box 885 Cleveland Qld. 4163 or EFT to BSB 034-080, A/c No. 209597 : Ref. Surname/Initial.
Darryl has organized a bus departing 4:00pm from Stockland at $35 each - let Darryl know if you want a seat.

Guest Speaker:
Alf introduced Lyn Gahan to talk on her Red Cross experience in Bundaberg following the devastation caused by cyclone Oswald in January.
Red X is the 2nd most recognised logo in the world and is very respected as an organisation.  Their motto is “The power of humanity” and serves with impartiality, neutrality, teamwork and predominantly with volunteers. Lyn became involved after the Brisbane floods after being inspired by a fellow Probus member’s involvement.
Lyn arrived in Bundy on 9Feb, 2 weeks after Oswald. Her role was managing one of the evacuation centres. Her role was to welcome her clients, make sure a bed was ready and explain how things worked. Her first impressions of the town was like a bomb had hit it and everything was covered in mud. Houses were cleared out completely to hose them down with no chance to recover personal items. There was no hot water as the gas was cut. The large Hinkler Shopping centre was closed and remains so. Twenty-three evacuation centres were established, Lyn was at a YMCA facility which was specifically for elderly, but not too ill to be in hospital. The centres were often changed when they became full and the people had to move to a larger one. Community Services booked out all the available accommodation for the volunteers and emergency services. There were also recovery centers which provided food, clothes, Centrelink etc. There were also outreach services which went door knocking. There were over 3000 people in the evacuation centres, 607 Red X workers/volunteers, 16 recovery centres who helped 38k people. There were 4820 outreach contacts.
Lyn described it as an amazing experience and was rewarded with seeing people transferred to a new life in new accommodation.

Director reports:
  • AG Helen: RC Maleny have a NSYF student who has been selected to go overseas and they are asking for financial support.
  • Fumi will be attending the USC joint meeting with his son who will be staying in Aust to learn english
  • Alan: the USC BBQ will be deferred until Thursday the 16th May - the Uni’s "stress less day".
Next Meeting:
Desk               :-  Neil
Chairperson  :-  James
Introduction   :-  James