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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Nambour 76

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 6:15 PM
Sunshine Coast Antique Car Club
Nambour Show Grounds
Coronation Ave
Nambour, QLD 4560
Meeting apologies to Helen 0413 156 885
The Rotary Club of Nambour 76 has sponsored two scholarships for students starting study at Sunshine Coast University in 2020. Each scholarship will be for a maximum of 4 years at $5000 per year and they will provide a supplement to the students' income to help with living expenses while studying. The students will be selected by the university with the only prerequisite that they be from the Nambour area and have graduated from high school within the last two years.
One scholarship will be named the Bob Sellars - Rotary Club of Nambour76 Scholarship in memory of Bob, a long time member of our club and resident of Nambour. Bob spent all his working life as an employee of the Commonwealth Bank and after many moves around Queensland and New South Wales a transfer to Nambour as the manager of the local bank saw him settling in Mapleton. He was a long serving member of many Rotary Clubs the most recent being the Rotary Club of Nambour 76 where he served on the board in various roles. He was ably assisted by his very supportive wife Lex. Bob was a great proponent of higher education and he would be delighted to see his interest being extended through this scholarship. Sadly, Bob passed away in 2019.
The other scholarship is the Errol Gibbins - Rotary Club of Nambour 76 scholarship. Errol was a businessman in Forest Glen in the mid 1900's, running Forest Glen Poultry for many years. His son, Steve is a former member of The Rotary Club of Nambour 76 and has always been a generous donor to club causes.
The families of Bob Sellars and Errol Gibbins have both contributed financially to the scholarships as has Downing & Lindner Accountants and The Rotary Club of Nambour 76.



At our meeting this week we had the pleasure of hosting Dale and Donna Dowler from The Shack. In between a commercial for the Shack's "Tree of Hope" initiative and an update from Dale on some plans for the future, President Graham Robertson presented Dale and Donna with a cheque to help out with their Christmas expenses.
Another Charity Golf Day done and dusted. Thanks to our 4 hole in one sponsors, Nambour Heights Shopping Centre, Butler McDermott LawyersNorth Coast Mower Centre and Downing & Lindner Taxation & Business Services. The attraction of 4 Hole in One prizes helped lift our field to near capacity resulting in a very successful day with some of the funds raised ear-marked to help struggling residents of Stanthorpe.  Our other sponsors, major sponsor Sundale Creating Communities and hole sponsors Carolans First National Real Estate Sunshine CoastBushranger Power Equipment Australia, Black Dog Construction Services, Gregson & Weight Funeral Directors and Forest Glen Industrial Sheds all helped to make the day a financial success with an estimated profit of $4,800. It was good to see the four from Gregson & Weight take out the major prize.

Following our successful car parking weekend at the Caravaning and Outdoor Expo we have donated part of the proceeds to Nambour Crushers as a thank you for allowing us to use their grounds.


Our car parking for the Sunshine Coast Caravanning and Outdoor Expo brought to an end a busy period of fund raising at Nambour Showgrounds  over the last few months. We still have our charity golf day at Nambour Golf Club on Monday October 7th to round out the year.

During these events we often get asked where we spend the funds we raise. The majority is directed to local Nambour causes and in the last year we have supported Anglicare Nambour, Burnside SHS chaplaincy, the Salvation Army's Just Brass program, the GPAI Special Olympics at Nambour Golf Club, Sunny Kids and The Shack Community Centre - all Nambour based events. We also donated to the Channel 9 drought relief appeal and supported many projects of Rotary International both within Australia and overseas.

We are always on the lookout for new causes to support and we would welcome interest from local groups in need of funds.

To raise this money we need boots on the ground. Our members are always involved and we have a very loyal group of friends who we can depend on but what we really need are new members. Rotary is a fun and meaningful way for people to build their social and professional networks while improving the community.  The operating model for
Rotary has changed significantly in recent years. Because we understand that everyone lives such busy lives, we’ve become much more flexible and inclusive in the way we run our club. We welcome men and women of all ages and from all walks of life and the cost of membership has been reduced . Also, there’s no longer any obligation to attend weekly meetings. That being said, we do find that the majority of our members are committed to coming every week because they enjoy the camaraderie and love hearing our invited guest speakers.

Anyone interested is invited to attend any of our weekly meetings at Nambour Golf Club on Wednesdays at 6 pm Check for details.



A busy week for Nambour76 with 3 days at RYDA Road Safety at the Nambour Showgrounds then a night at the annual RYLA District 9600 dinner where we were able to catch up with the 2 participants sponsored by '76. Georgina Whittaker is shown with DG Wendy receiving her certificate of attendance. The other photo is the group leader we sponsored, Kim Elston. 

Last Wednesday we had the pleasure of listening to a truly inspirational speaker. Trish Jackson is a survivor of the Thalidamide drug disaster of the 1950's and 60's.
She spends her time fighting for better support for Thalidimide survivors and visiting schools from Northern NSW to North Queensland to speak to school students about what they can achieve no matter what the setbacks.
During her talk to us she told of her life with a very profound disability and how she is determined to not let that stop her doing what she wants to do. The photos show some of her paintings (done with her feet) and President Gerald with Trish and an orchid presented to her by the club after her address.
Take a look at Trish's facebook page (@footsie photos) to see  what she's been up to.
Another Camping Expo has been and gone and despite Friday's nuisance rain the food stall had a good weekend so the latest combined event between the Rotary Club of Nambour and the Rotary Club of Nambour 76 should be a financial success. It certainly was a social success as the photos show. Everyone  is having fun!
Want to have fun while networking and making a difference to your community? The Rotary Club of Nambour 76 is looking for new members, male and female, of all ages. People from all walks of life are welcome, you don’t need to be a business owner.
Rotary has changed a lot in recent years and we’re keen to show you what we do and how we do it  – and share how much fun we have along the way!
If you would like to find out more about our friendly and welcoming club, please join us at our next informal “meet and greet” evening.
When: Wednesday, 15 May, from 6pm
Where: Nambour Golf Club, Nambour Connection Road, Nambour
Included: A light meal. (Cash bar is available)
What to bring: Curiosity and lots of questions
Dress code: Smart casual
RSVP: No need to RSVP
Contact: Call 0413 156 885 or email if you’d like more information.
Last week was the second of our quarterly presidential changeovers. Gordon Downing was installed as our 3rd president for this year following on from Bernie Bruton (July to September) and Bill Turner (October to December). Gerald Robertson takes over from April to June.
Our rather unusual experiment with 4 presidents for the year is working well so far.
It was a pleasure to be able to help The Shack Community Centre restock their larder with a busy Christmas season coming up. The cheque presented here to Dale represented part of the proceeds from our Christmas raffle after ticket sales were completed at Coles last week. The prize draw will be conducted at our Rotary meeting this Wednesday 19th and the results will be published on our facebook page.
Another successful Charity Golf Day on Monday 1st with nearly $8000 raised. This year we partnered with SunnyKids who will share the proceeds with the RAWCS - Rotary Australia World Community Service Drought Relief Appeal. Thanks to Nambour Golf Club and our volunteer helpers.
Thank you to all our sponsors,
Sundale Creating Communities
Butler McDermott Lawyers
North Coast Mower Centre
Nambour Heights Shopping Centre
Downing & Lindner Accountants
Equity Works
BP Plumbing supplies
Coochie HydroGreen Lawn Services
Nambour Heights Butchery
Just Autos
Gregson and Weight Funerals
Civic Video Nambour
Friendly Grocer Nambour Heights
Forest Glen Industrial Sheds
Anthony Everingham
Bob Sellars
Black Dog Constructions
We were up early on Saturday 28th to park cars at the Antique Car Club Swap Meet and to help out in the Nambour Club's food stall. Both events went off without a hitch even though we were short on members' help with a few of the stalwarts away but thanks to our helpers Mick, Nick, Garry, Di, Peter, Jackson and Mick we had enough to get the job done.
We have just completed another 3 day stint collecting parking fees at the Bli Bli Rd entrance to the Queensland Home Garden Expo. We processed just over 2000 cars over the 3 days and the money raised will be going to many of the local worthy causes we traditionally support. 
After chilly starts each day we were treated to perfect sunny winter weather and the crowds flocked in. Friday morning saw the usual traffic build up for an hour or two but with the help of the police and our experienced crew we were able get the road clear without any major delays. Saturday and Sunday, were busier but more evenly spread so there were no delays at all. Thanks to everyone who assisted.
The Nambour Golf Club was the venue for our Annual Presidential Changeover last Wednesday night. Outgoing President Vicki Paul presented her report outlining our achievements during the year.  Fundraising highlights were assisting the Rotary Club of Nambour with their showground food stall, parking and gate management for showground events, Bunning's BBQ's and our Charity Golf Day. Beneficiaries of the funds raised include many local organizations including The Salvation Army, the Shack Community Centre and Sunny Kids. We have also contributed to The Rotary Foundation to assist in the global programme to rid the world of polio. We had fun during the year with several social events and we also inducted 3 new members into our club.
Bernie Bruton was installed as the new president but we are doing things a bit different this year. There will be 4 president's during the year, each serving 3 months.
A highlight of the night was the awarding of 2 Paul Harris Fellowships - to President Vicki and her partner Graeme Jones. This was in recognition of a very successful year for the Rotary Club of Nambour 76.
Yesterday we celebrated 10 years and 7000 participants of RYDA Road Safety programs at Nambour ShowGrounds. Students from Burnside State High School enjoyed a sausage sizzle and helped cut the birthday cake. Thanks to the Rotary Club of Nambour, Rotary Club of Buderim, Rotary Club of Maroochydore and Mooloolaba Rotary for their help and support over the years.
Alex Blake last week became one of over 1 million recipients worldwide, of a Paul Harris fellowship. This recognition is not taken lightly by  the Rotary Club of
Nambour 76. The contribution to The Rotary Foundation is made because Alex has performed duties over and above what could be normally expected and is dedicated to the ideals of Rotary and its meaning throughout the world. 
Rotary was founded by Paul Percy Harris in 1905, just by having a small get together of like minded businessmen of different vocations for a lunch which , when you think of it, was the original forerunner of today's networking. The object was to enjoy their fellowship and be able to give each other support within and for their businesses. Of course the organisation of Rotary now has over 1.2 million members. The foundation upon which rotary is built, is friendship,and this foundation has stood firm since its inception.
The Rotary Foundation was founded in 1957 and is known for its amazing contribution to world health and well being in all countries. We all know about the absolute millions and millions of dollars invested in the eradication of polio throughout the world saving thousands of lives.
The Rotary Club of Nambour 76 has always been a huge supporter of the foundation with our annual members contributions of  100 USD per head to the foundation and we have always seen fit to honor exemplary members of the club and indeed the public at large with a Paul Harris fellowship to the value of 1000 USD.
Alex has been a member of Nambour 76 since 2006 and came to town with his family to begin a new life in a new state. It wasn't very long before the value of networking and forming endearing friendships became very obvious and he was nominated and became a member of our club.
He has held different directorships within the club and accepted nomination to Club President in the years 2011/12 and 2015/16.
Outside the club he has been an integral part of the growth and success of Nambour Chamber of Commerce as well as the political scene. Without his help our Local federal/state MPs  would not be where they are today.
(Thank you to Ross Jackson for the above text)
Our newest member, Roy Quinn was inducted by President Vicki last week. Roy, introduced by Ross Jackson has moved here from Rockhampton. He is a Real Estate Specialist working for Landmark at Yandina. Welcome Roy and Diane.
At a recent club meeting the Rotary Club of Nambour 76 vowed to do whatever we can to stamp out the scourge of domestic violence. 
How we go about this will become clearer in the coming months. Some possibilities discussed so far are-
Fundraising to help local support services such as SunnyKids
Support and promotion of schemes such as White Ribbon
Do whatever we can to reduce the wait time at domestic violence hotline call centres.
Support education programs aimed at stopping domestic violence before it starts.
We are making the commitment and we are open to suggestions as to the best way to get the job done.
Council on Resolutions
In the past representatives of all Rotary Districts have met every 3 years to consider changes to how Rotary operates. Now this process is conducted on line every year, presumably at a considerable cost saving. Over the years there has been some very important resolutions that have been approved, going way back to allowing women to join Rotary and more recently, greater flexibility in how clubs operate. The results of the 2017 Council on Resolutions have just been released. The details can be found here - There doesn't appear to be any resolutions of great importance so perhaps it's just as well that the cost of the process has been reduced.
Congratulations to the winners of our Christmas Raffle. We conducted the draw at our meeting last Wednesday. First prize was ticket number 732, Ardyn Morton from Mapleton and second prize (number 156) went to David Niesler of Nambour. Thank you to everyone who supported the raffle by buying tickets, to Nambour Mill Village for allowing us to sell in the Coles entryway and a special thanks to Steve Gibbins for his generous donation of the prizes.
Last week's guest speaker, Pieta Ball is the Key Relationships Manager for SunnyKids whose headquarters are in Price St. SunnyKids' mission is “To work with children, families and communities to help everyone take responsibility for the future” and Pieta had some examples of how they do this and some scary statistics to demonstrate why the need is so great. For  details of their services have a look at
Nambour 76 has a new Paul Harris Fellow. Jordan Bruton was recognized for his long term commitment to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program. Jordon has progressed from participating in the program in 2006 to many years as a senior leader, helping to deliver the program to new Rylarians.
Jordon was also recognized for his help over many years at the show and Garden Expo gates.
Well done Jordon.
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