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of the

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:
  • Ros Sutton
    September 16
  • Malcolm Durre
    September 22
  • Geoff Marsden
    Gloria Marsden
    September 6
Join Date:
  • Bill Bonner
    September 1, 1987
    34 years
September 2021
Rotary News and Stories
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.

Our event in Stanthorpe saw the baton move down Maryland Street to where Jim Barnes and Dave Hambly had set up the table and BBQ outside the Country Club Hotel which is being renovated.  Thanks to Steph Elms for the permission to hold our event there.
Julia Hassall brought the R100 baton and the raffle which added to the ability to raise awareness of Rotary Saying No Domestic Violence and a lead up to our meeting on 22nd February when our guest speaker will talk to our group about DV and what can be done in Stanthorpe and surrounding District.  
Julie Beddow, Fran Hodgson, Jim and Gail Baxter and Leeanne Gangemi helped with the event.
It was great to have so much support on the day.  Jim Baxter was taking the baton to Sunday's event where all the Vintage cars were gathering.
The baton was also to fly with Ian Henderson and Belinda Lister.
The baton went from Ballandean Estate with Jo Bell to Just Red Wines, to Monday Club meeting, to Satellite Club, to Interact Club meeting and this Event.  At the time of writing this it had been to Rotary Club of Stanthorpe Assembly, Meals on Wheels meeting, and scheduled to visit other activities before going on to Allora and Warwick.
It is wonderful to be able to join in this relay of the Baton and interesting to read other stories as it travels around the District.
Proceeds from the Event BBQ and Raffle will go to the Granite Belt Neighbourhood Centre to support their ongoing Say No to DV campaign.
Thank you to all the Rotarians who helped with the Ham Wheel.  It was a busy day and the town was buzzing.  Today we raffled off 20 hams at $1 a ticket.  The Satellite Flexitime members also had a stand of their produce and we sold some more tickets in our Polio Raffle which was to be drawn at our Christmas Dinner Meeting.
At the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe Christmas Dinner Meeting, Peter Watters was presented with the Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow Pin.  The dinner was to be held in the garden at Peter and Heather Watters place, but the weather was not suitable so Peter and his family decorated the Ballandean Hall for the Christmas Dinner event.  Peter was not informed that he was going to be presented with the Sapphire Pin and was touched.  It was wonderful that his three girls Wendy, Jennifer and Judy were there for the occasion.
President Julia presented a speech as follows for the presentation.
Thank you to Gail and President Elect Jim Baxter for hosting a wonderful Social Event.  Thank you also to everyone who brought a guest along.  Plus the delicious BBQ cooked by Jim, the amazing choice of salads and deserts, Rotarians are definitely "People of Action"
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