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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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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Julia Hassall
    January 8
  • Robyn Henderson
    January 27
  • Fran Hodgson
    January 29
  • Melissa Pascoe
    Chris Pascoe
    January 5
  • Jim Baxter
    Gail Baxter
    January 12
  • Julie Beddow
    Nev Beddow
    January 14
Join Date:
  • Stephen Tancred
    January 1, 1989
    33 years
  • Bill Humble
    January 2, 2007
    15 years
  • Ann Richardson
    January 6, 2017
    5 years
  • Janelle Bell
    January 6, 2017
    5 years
  • Jo Bell
    January 6, 2017
    5 years
  • Kylie Linton
    January 6, 2017
    5 years
  • Leanne Wilkinson
    January 6, 2017
    5 years
  • Leeanne Gangemi
    January 6, 2017
    5 years
  • Nicole Clark
    January 6, 2017
    5 years
  • Jim Barnes
    January 9, 2017
    5 years
January 2022
Rotary News and Stories
Our first meeting of 2022 we were privileged to have as guest speakers Russell and Samantha Wantling as well as our Rotary Young Ambassador Karma O'Reilly join us for our dinner meeting at the International Club.  
At our Christmas Party 2021, President Elect Jim Barnes was presented with the Paul Harris Fellow Award by President Jim Baxter at the International Club.  PP Fran Hodgson, spoke of the many and varied reasons why this Award is so well deserved. (see below)  Congratulations Jim Barnes.
Jim Barnes – PHF
A science teacher; a vigneron, an historian and a community inspiration
His community interests are wide and varied.
For many years Jim was strongly associated with the wine industry in the Granite Belt holding various positions such as President of the Qld Wine
He is a tour guide for the art mural trail around Stanthorpe CBD
Volunteer at the Stanthorpe Information Centre
Administrator for the Granite Belt Images of the past facebook page which creates a lot of interest around the district
Member of the 150th Celebrations Committee for Stanthorpe
Vice President of the Granite Belt Neighbourhood Centre Management Committee
As a Rotarian, Jim, through his initiative and foresight, has taken our club on a whole new journey enabling all the members to work hands- on in the fields of mental health and Seniors programs
He initiated and facilitates the Dementia Friendly Stanthorpe Project which aims to ensure that the Stanthorpe community is aware of the issues of dementia; has friendly spaces for people living with dementia and their carers; encouraging businesses to become more dementia friendly places.
Jim has organised meetings; awareness training; BBQs; raffles etc. street assessment; discussions with shop owners and a movie night etc
He is heavily involved in developing the Dementia Friendly Week and Mental Health week programs. Jim is instrumental in holding the Mental Health Breakfast at the RSL
His monthly Ageing Well sessions for Seniors held at Hilton Street have been well attended and provided interesting speakers and interesting information
He organised the plaque and unveiling for Millie Marsden in Heritage Park
As the Vocational Director Jim has been arranging the Craft Awards and Pride of Workmanship Awards for the last three years.
On top of all his projects, Jim is also the incoming Rotary President for 22-23.
Jim’s work in the community certainly demonstrates the objectives and mission of The Rotary Foundation and is a very worth recipient of a PHF.
Fran Hodgson, December 2021
The International Club was decorated beautifully, and the food and company was amazing.  Wonderful to end the year with representation from both the Monday and Satellite Club plus family and friends.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  We were also treated to nibble and drinks at the InterClub where we combined with the Lions.  Rotary first meeting back at the International will be on Monday 10th January 2022, hope to see you all there for an update on the Apple and Grape Festival with Russell and Samantha Wantling and our Rotary Young Ambassador Karma O'Reilly.
Ann Richardson took the "Waste Not Want Not" jam, chutney and pickles to Brisbane market.  Kim and Jamaine Thorburn who have moved there, held the market on 3rd December.  Well done, just shows what a Satellite Club can do.
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
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