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Rotary Club of Stanthorpe


Please contact
 Julie Beddow
 Club Administration
0428 178 618
before 10 am Monday
if you wish to book for a meeting.
We meet 2nd & 4th Mondays at 
International Club
Club Road
6.00 for 6.30 pm
Guests Welcome
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Member Birthdays:
  • Nathan Grayson
    November 4
  • Peter Watters
    November 17
November 2021
Rotary News and Stories
Thanks to everybody from Monday and Satellite for joining in with this Zoom meeting.  DG Jeff lives in NSW so because of Covid Restrictions was unable to visit in person.
DG Jeff''s partner Kaileen was also present at the Zoom meeting and spoke about her Partner project Solar Buddies.  For more information go to www.solarbuddy.org
SolarBuddy is an Australian impact organisation uniting a global community to illuminate the futures of children living in energy poverty.  Help Kaileen with this project by contributing to the SolarBuddy project.
DG Jeff and Kaileen did get to visit our Club last Christmas meeting at the International Club which has fond memories for them.
Thanks to Fran Hodgson for organising the Zoom Meeting and the Agenda.  She was the winner of the Fun Spot challenge lead by Ann Richardson and winner of a bottle of "Waste not Want not" Satellite Project Jam.
Fran's quote Sir Clem Renouf, Past RI President (1978-79) said:
Rotary gives ordinary people, extraordinary opportunities to do more with their lives than they ever dreamed possible.” 
15th October Rotary Club of Stanthorpe had booked two events.  For a small club this presented a challenge.  Jim Baxter and his team managed to cook over 600 sausages for 2 shifts for the SSHS as a Mental Health Week initiative.  Thanks to all those who contributed especially to Melissa Pascoe for organising the event with the school and organising the students to help.
What a fabulous morning.  Several Rotarians and Friends of Rotary came together at the Stanthorpe Piazza in support of fundraising for the A&G Rotary Young Ambassador Karma O'Reilly.  
There were brekky burgers for sale, toppings were egg, bacon, onion, tomato and sauce.  
Also the sausages on bread with or without onion were enjoyed by many.
On the other table were "sweet treats" delicious freshly baked muffins, blueberry, choc chip, banana and "halloween" decorated muffins.  Special thanks to Fiona Pigeon and Kylie Linton.  
Other "sweet treats" were the delicious items made by the "waste not want not project" Rotary Satellite group jams, biscuits and candy.
Karma will be holding another fundraising stall late November.
Thank you to everybody who purchased some item at the stall, bought a raffle ticket or 2 for 2 nights at O'Reillys Retreat, or helped at the stall.  
Our cooks Peter O'Reilly, Dave Hambly and Peter Watters did a fabulous job.  I did enjoy my Brekky works burger very much thank you.
What made the morning so special were the smiling sales team, especially our winged angel Karma.
Rotary Club of Stanthorpe organised a table in support of Karma O'Reilly our Rotary Apple and Grape Young Ambassador and also supporting our winners of the Autumn Race Day Event we held in May.  Also in attendance was Bridget Campbell our previous Rotary A&G Young Ambassador who is the holding the Title Festival Ambassador 
A & G Ambassador role until March Festival
The Prize Realised by Winner of the Autumn Race Day Prize Linda Hodson was enjoyed with her friend Yvonne Nunn.   2 night stay and breakfast for 2 donated by Tony and Julia Hassall at Just Red Wines Cabins, travel to and from the Stanthorpe Races donated by Country Style Caravan Park owner/driver Kim Thorburn, and Admission to Races donated by Stanthorpe Jockey Club, and on the day a bottle of Ballandean Estate Bubbly donated by Rotary Event Coordinator of Autumn Race Day and Manager of Ballandean Estate Wines, Leeanne Gangemi.  
On the weekend 25th and 26 September, Karma held a stall outside the Country Club and on the Sunday at the Show Grounds Markets in the Mountains.
During the week prior to that, Many of the Satellite Club and Monday Club members got to bake for the fundraising event and together with Karmas Committee raised over $1000 
Congratulations Karma.
Ann Richardson Past Chair of the Satellite Club formerly inducted Nathan Grayson as a Rotary member of the Satellite Club at a dinner meeting at the SSHS.  A special dinner was presented to the Rotarians as part of their training in hospitality and catering by the Students led by our very own Rotarian and their Teacher Melissa Pascoe.
Rotary Waste Not! Pantry Project
Thank you SDRC and Australian Government!
Rotary Club of Stanthorpe - Satellite Club was a recent recipient of a $5000 Community Drought Program grant provided by the Southern Downs Regional Council and the Australian Government.
Kitchen equipment purchased will be used to produce non- perishable pantry products from donated perishable food to fill the Granite Belt Food Support Scheme. The Scheme is an outreach service offered by the Granite Belt Neighbourhood Centre; providing food baskets for those in need so that they can maintain a healthier lifestyle. Fresh produce is donated to the Scheme from a range of local sources. Our Rotary Waste Not! Pantry Project takes perishable donations not consumed by the scheme, freezes them until cooking day, then turned into non-perishable pantry items such as jams, pickles and sauces.
The equipment purchased by the grant includes induction cookers, pots, preparation tools, measuring equipment and packaging tools. All equipment is stored in our Rotary Club of Stanthorpe Shed along with an upright freezer for temporary storage of raw materials.  A colour printer was also purchased to print labels for the items packaged that list the required food packaging information.
This same equipment would be available for use at other Rotary Community Projects. For example, the cookers and pots can be used to offer home-made soups at various functions that we cater at for community service, extending our range of food offerings from BBQs. As with all equipment owned by our Rotary Club of Stanthorpe, other Community groups may access the equipment to assist them in their community endeavours.
This project:
- reduces waste of perishables donated to the Food Support Scheme in quantities in excess of demand
- provides a greater range of products available to Scheme customers, including jams, sauces, pickles, etc.
Some preserves are made specifically to sell at markets. Funds raised will be used to buy staple products (rice, pasta) for the Food Supply Scheme (staples are not donated in quantities that meet demand).
Some of the Waste Not! products such as jams are given to the local school Breakfast Clubs, with obvious advantage in helping schools feed their students as a better start to the learning day.
Some Waste Not! products are used by our Rotary Club as raffle prizes in ongoing fundraising for other local products. For example, funds to support applicants to attend Rotary Youth Camps at no cost. A small amount of funds will be kept to supply basic ingredients such as sugar and pectin for the making of the products for the Food Support Scheme.
To date the Pantry project has made almost 1000 jars of preserves.
So many benefits from our little Pantry Project for so many people!
Rotary in Action!
This project received grant funding from the Australian Government and Southern Downs Regional Council
The grazing packs of food this evening were prepared by the SSHS students as part of their training and examination in hospitality.  Thank you.
The meeting was well attended by Rotarians, Friends of Rotary and guests.  Ann Richardson was the MC and the meeting got off with a story about growing up in Stanthorpe with Jo Bell our Satellite Chair and Peter Watters who is in his 50th year of Rotary.  Presenters were Stephen Tancred on Agriculture, Jim Barnes on History of Stanthorpe, Kim Thorburn on Tourism in the District, and Samantha and Russell Wantling shared the Spirit of Stanthorpe. 
Thank you to our presenters and to everybody who attended making this a first since Jean Harslett's evenings of a similar kind.  Rotary  will be looking to host similar events in the future for newcomers to the area.
It was 2 years in the making from one idea thanks to our Rotary Club of Stanthorpe Events Chair and Ballandean Estate Host Leeanne Gangemi.
After holding successfully 27 years of Opera in the Vineyard, this inaugural Charity Event needed to be a success or come up with something new.  Everybody who attended agreed, this is a fun way to fundraise for Charity.  We missed out because of covid19 last year, but this year, we got it off the ground and everybody had a great time and will be back with friends next year.  Our MC PDG Ross Smith was exceptional and our Race Caller Ian Henderson kept the fun and action fast past and moving along.  A great day.  Thanks to all the Rotarians and Friends of Rotary for their contributions both in donations for the multi draw prizes, the winners prizes and most of all for their time planning, setting up and taking down.  The new committee will begin planning in June for next year.  Have a look at the photo album on this website. 

Words like ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety’ are often misused and mis-understood. Understanding and talking about mental health in general can be a minefield for many of us too. That’s where we can help- our club is delighted to welcome you to a special event with speaker Wayne Wigham- a lived experienced speaker for Black Dog Institute.

‘Breaking Down Depression’ is a free 40 minute presentation delivered by a community presenter who shares their lived experience of mental illness as well as the latest information and tools from the Black Dog Institute. The presentation covers causes, signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder, when and where to seek help and practical strategies for helping a friend or family member.


Wayne has been a lived experienced speaker for Black Dog Institute for 10 years. Wayne was first diagnosed with Depression at the age of 10 and has experience dealing with the illness through schooling, a teaching career, ten years as a professional Rugby League Player for and eleven years as a professional Firefighter and business owner. All through these careers Wayne battled through misdiagnosis of his illness, drug and alcohol abuse through self-medication and relationship difficulties. Wayne’s personal journey - highlights the fact that mental illness can affect anyone. Wayne is passionate about breaking down the stigma of mental illness and the absolute importance of recognising symptoms and seeking help at first opportunity.

Wayne frequently talks to adults and young people about mental health and mental fitness and is an advocate for people avoiding the ‘tough guy’ myth attached to seeking help for mental illness.

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