Rotary Club of Stanthorpe
Rotary Club No. 17908 in District 9640
Meets 2nd & 4th Mondays
6.00 pm for 6.30 pm 
International Club, Club Road 
Please let Julie Beddow know for catering purposes
before 10am Monday - 0428 178 618
President:                            Julia Hassall 
Vice President:                    Julie Beddow
Secretary:                            Kim Thorburn
Treasurer:                            John Vichie
IPP:                                       Fran Hodgson
Satellite Chair:                    Janelle Bell

President Julia's Message.

This Monday our guest speaker is our Mayor Vic Pennisi.  Please bring a guest along and let Julie Beddow (0428 178 618) know if you are not coming or bringing a guest for dinner numbers.  We are joining with the Lions Club let us hope we have good attendance.  Mayor Vic said there will be Q & A time, so if you have that burning question for the Mayor, please write it down and he will respond. 
October theme is Economic and Community Development.
Please wear your new green and blue shirts (pick up from John Vichie’s (0435 651 269) shop if you haven’t already).  John will bring the remainder along so if you haven’t picked it up before Monday evening, you can get it at the International Club on Monday. 
Ann Richardson will be taking the remaining Satellite member shirts to the Thai Restaurant on Wednesday evening.  A social Satellite dinner meeting all members are welcome to attend, but please let Janelle Bell (0400 028 628) know so she can tell the restaurant numbers.
At the board meeting on Monday, attendance was offered to all, thanks Jim Baxter for your contribution. Board member Fran Hodgson was our host for the evening.  John Vichie, Julie Beddow, Kim Thorburn and myself were also in attendance.  Kim will be posting the minutes on the members section of our website.
One of our discussions was around Zoom meetings and Julie is going to organise a guest speaker roster to help us have more attractive, productive and enjoyable zoom meetings.  A job shared will allow members greater opportunity to share their interests with all our members.  We also have the member spot 4th Monday in the month.  Put your name down to be a part of that too.
The next zoom meeting is 19th October,  we have District Foundation Chair Phil Fairweather joining us  to talk about Polio and Foundation.   There will be Q&A so put on your thinking hats.
There will be a breakfast membership meeting at Vixens 8am next Wednesday.  Please let Jim Baxter know if you would like to attend or join the new committee
(0427 621 302).
Julie Beddow is organising a Polio Stand for the 24th.  A chance to wear your Polio Shirt and join us.
Covid sure has put a damper on the spirits of many members.  It doesn’t have to be like that!  Many organisations are thinking outside the box and still having fundraising ideas flowing through, it is just different.  As our RI President Holger Knaak states, “Together our capacity to do good is infinite”.
Bill Bonner will visit the club when he can, he is taking up residence in Brisbane, this will be a new way of life for Bill, but he will be more central to his family and Jim Barnes reports he has already found new friends and has renewed past friendships.  We wish you well Bill.


"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein

Laughs and Inspiration

'You come from dust. You will return to dust. That's why I don't dust. It could be someone I know.'
Being twenty in the seventies was much more fun than being seventy in the twenties!
"To make life a little better for people less fortunate than you, that's what I think a meaningful life is. One lives not just for oneself but for one's community."  Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The further you travel from those you admire, the more wrong people become until the only conclusion you’re left with is that entire tranches of the human population are stupid, evil or insane. Which leaves you, the single living human who’s right about everything, the perfect point of light, clarity and genius, who burns with godlike luminescence at the centre of the universe. Will Storr, ‘The Science of Storytelling’
Thanks to RC of Surfers Sunrise

Monday Meetings Roster



Monday Meetings Rotation

Each Month
1st  Monday  -  Board Meeting 
2nd Monday  -  Guest speaker, bring a guest along
3rd  Monday  -  Zoom Meeting - Thanks to Fran who will host this
4th  Monday  -  activity, information or guest speaker, bring a guest along
5th  Monday (if there is one)  -  social event organised 
Pathways to opportunities.   
This section of the Bulletin will ask us to think about and act on some aspect of our Rotary life in relation to this year’s Presidential Theme.
Inspiration from history in building the future
“The year 2020 has brought monumental changes… We are reminded that we live in a constantly changing world, and Rotary is a reflection of that world…
…It’s fascinating to imagine how we will find ways to adapt… But I am also inspired about what hasn’t changed and never will in Rotary: the friendships, the networking, the ethics and the service. Indeed these are the values that make Rotary attractive to all.”
Holger Knaak, RI President, in Embracing Change in Challenging Times in Rotary Down Under, August 2020
Our Rotary Club of Stanthorpe has a proud history of service to our local community since it’s charter in 1953. I have collected a few facts together to start our reminiscing…Many I didn’t even know about. It’s an interesting and diverse list…. but it is also incomplete. If you have others to add, please email me ( Enjoy!
  • Railway St old Rotary Park - earliest enduring public works of recognition.  These have been changed over time with 2 separate playgrounds installed and removed (~1989 and ~ 2000), and will get some new life soon with the upcoming netball courts revamp.
  • Carramar - Rotary recognition on the foyer wall of a $200,000 to kick start Villa Carramar.
  • Funded the Jean Harslett Room at the Museum – home of many historical records.
  • New Rotary Park on the creek that was part of the 1988 bi-centennial redevelopment, including the subsequent continual upgrades eg the shelter with BBQ, the oaks planted between the shelter and the bridge to recognize Bob Harslett, the new shelter and small garden on the eastern side of the Tourist Information Centre.
  • Shawns Way - a Rotary developed bush walk that links with Humble Way at the back of Mt Marley that eventually goes to Alice St where Villa Carramar is.
  • Wallangarra Rd tree planting – 2003?
  • Opera in the Vineyard - Ballandean Estate Opera stage site – over $1.25 million raised in 27 years of Opera – local beneficiaries include Stanthorpe Hospital’s Palliative Care unit, Mental Health unit and Maternity Wing, Ambulance, St Johns Ambulance, Life Education, and Granite Belt Support Services and community and school groups who have worked alongside Rotarians.
  • Meals on Wheels jointly established nearly 60 years ago and have held most of the Executive committee positions since.
  • Granite Belt Neighborhood Centre - Kids Corner and Stanthorpe Disability Services - seed funding during their formative years.
  • In partnership with the Variety Club to install the disability swing in Weeroona Park
  • Donated to the establishment of the Men’s Shed.
  • Our Youth program has supported many local students to extend their personal skills and future horizons through sponsorship in YEP, RYTS, RYLA and RYPEN opportunities. Our Club sponsored a Rotaract Club and Interact Club in the past and continues to sponsor Interact today.

Rotary BBQ Roster

Granite Belt Water Relief @

New England Highway Applethorpe.

8-00 Am -1 -00 Am each Saturday - 2 workers required
BB Q and prep/ serving table is set up and all cooking utensils, sauce etc are in a plastic container under the table.
Purchase bread, sausages etc from IGA and put them on account 105 and then give the receipt to our treasurer.
When finished clean table and then wash cutting board cooking utensils with hot water in the sink in kitchen then store in container.
Roster – to add your name advise Geoff 0428058361
The Rotary Foundation
Each Bulletin Melissa will be teaching us a little more about The Rotary Foundation - what it does and how we can be a part of it.
This week's information is about The Rotary Foundation - Economic and Community Development. 
If you would like more information, please click on the link below.

Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty.

Our members and our foundation work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

We provide training and access to well-paying jobs and financial management institution.


Rotary members train people to become resources for their community, offering networking activities, advice on new business development, and mathematics and financial management training.

Rotarians make amazing things happen, like:

Breaking the cycle of poverty for women: Most of the women living in rural Guatemala do not have the collateral to get loans from regulated financial institutions. The Rotary Club of Guatemala de la Ermita helped 400 local women complete financial literacy courses so they could pool their money and fund their own microlending program.

Skills development, business training: In Esmeraldas, Ecuador, Rotary members helped grant more than 250 microloans and train more than 270 community members in sewing, baking, plumbing, microcredit, business management, and leadership. 

Sustainable farming: In west Cameroon, soil erosion and loss of soil fertility have significantly reduced farmers’ harvests. Rotary members gave farmers the skills they needed to improve soil fertility, control soil erosion, and market their produce. The results: increased crop yields and profits.

Economic & Community Development
Rotary Theme for the Month
Theme of the Month
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jim Barnes
October 3
John Vichie
October 12
Leanne Wilkinson
October 19
Spouse Birthdays
Stephen Bell
October 6
Join Date
Julie Beddow
October 2, 2000
20 years
Upcoming Events
Saturday BBQ Roster at GBWR
New England Highway
Oct 10, 2020 7:45 AM –
Dec 19, 2020 11:00 AM
Guest Speaker Mayor Vic Pennisi
International Club
Oct 12, 2020 6:00 PM
Breakfast Meeting
Vixens Cafe
Oct 14, 2020 8:00 AM
Satellite Fun & Fellowship Meeting
Orso Thai Restaurant
Oct 14, 2020 7:00 PM
Phil Fairweather Guest Speaker on Zoom
Home computers
Oct 19, 2020 6:30 PM
Polio Stand
Maryland Street
Oct 24, 2020
Junior Craft Awards
St Josephs High School
Oct 26, 2020 6:30 PM
Satellite Spooky Walk covid cancelled
Oct 31, 2020
Board Meeting
Nov 02, 2020 6:30 PM
Guest Speaker tba
International Club
Nov 09, 2020 6:00 PM
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