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 advise Julie Beddow for catering purposes
before 10am Monday - 0427 583 1904
President:                   Jim Barnes
Vice President:          Geoff Marsden
Secretary:                   Melissa Pascoe
Treasurer:                   Fran Hodgson
IPP:                             Jim Baxter
Satellite Chair:           Leeanne Gangemi
Please contact Leeanne Gangemi for Satellite meetings 0488 840 373
From President Jim Barnes
February has been another big month for our club.
A big thank you to fellow members who have provided assistance with the variety of activities including our monthly Ageing Well Morning Tea for Seniors and the Garden Party at the Boulders Mental Health Unit at Stanthorpe Hospital.  We also had the privilege of inducting Laurie Astill and Julie Brown as Paul Harris Fellows at the Garden Party.  The Satellite Club has been busy making jam lots of jam- as part of their Waste Not Pantry Project. We did take time to relax with a BBQ with friends at Rotary Park on Quart Pot Creek. PP Fran and I will be attending the District Conference at Yamba.   
Project Completed
Paul Harris Fellowships Presentations, celebration of project completion with display of Artistic Murals, Restoration and fellowship at a Garden Party at Stanthorpe Hospital Mental Health Unit  "Boulders" 
On Saturday February 25 we celebrated the completion of a club project that commenced in 2019 but due to COVID was postponed to last year. The project, partly funded by a District grant, was to improve the appearance of the entry hallway of “The Boulders” Mental Health Unit at the Stanthorpe Hospital. Carpet tiles were laid and potted plants put in place but the main feature were three fabulous murals – one in reception and two in the hallway. The murals were the works of Julie Brown and Laurie Astill, assisted by Megan Astill. The artists gave generously of their time. 
The Garden Party enabled the public to view the murals as these are located in an area not normally assessed by the public. With music by The Graniteers, food provided by Rotary and CWA and a fine sunny afternoon over 100 people enjoyed the party.
Councillor and Past President Stephen Tancred did a sterling job of the formalities associated with the PHF presentations to Laurie Astill below and Julie Brown on the left photo. 

The Granateers
The Rotary Food Team
The Rotary BBQ Team
Helpers needed for this event "Down on the Farm"
BBQ etc please contact Rotary President Jim Barnes to be on the roster and get a pass.  0438 852 197
Helpers Required for this event, please contact Jim Barnes if you can help 
Containers for Change Fundraising Initiative
Should you wish to donate to Rotary monies received for the recycling of bottles though Containers for Change the number to use is C10463799
Family BBQ & celebrating 100 years of Rotary with Rock Seat Plaque
Family and friends enjoyed a BBQ dinner on Quart Pot Creek at Rotary Park. We had the opportunity of trying out the rock seat that now bears a commemorative plaque celebrating the 100th year of Rotary in Australia. 
 Rotary BBQ Area
  Family BBQ 
The Rock Seat with plaque at Quart Pot Creek
Plaque commemorating
100 Years of Rotary
Anna Henderson revisits Cremona in Italy 
Anna took the rotary cakes this last Christmas to her host families and also to Marialaura Beltrami who was her 
District Chair of YEP.  They were all very happy to see Anna again, and the idea of the
Christmas cakes fundraising for Polio Project
Stanthorpe Rotarians attending District Conference at Surfers Paradise 1963
Waste Not Pantry Project 🌳 Satellite Club Initiative
Update supplied by Ann Richardson 
With school starting and families back into routine, the Granite Belt Food Support Scheme Pantry stores needed restocking with our jams, sauces, pickles and chutneys.  Local school Breaky clubs needed jams too - red jams, of course!
We had done well at local and Beachmere Christmas markets in selling more upmarket products to build our seed funds for this year's production. A large batch of bottles and sugar was purchased.
Two cooking days were held - 12 and 26 February at Suttons. David Sutton has helped us become more efficient - he now cooks large quantities in his commercial cookers and we use Sutton's commercial processors to prepare fruit and veges. Our members and friends still prepare and cook small batches of more specialised produce.
Big batch simple products like Grape and Apple Jam, Peach and Nectarine Jam and Tomato Relish will be labelled with black and white labels and sent to the schools and pantry. Other produce like Spicy Tomato ketchup, Plum Sauce, Mixed Berry Jam and Capsicum Relish will be prepared for Rotary Raffles, gifts for guests and street stalls with coloured labels.
A total of 676 bottles were made on the two Sunday mornings in February. What an effort!
Thankyou to all who provided and collected produce, brought resources to Suttons. prepared produce ready for cooking and to those who cooked up a storm! Thanks also to those who have been selling the product at markets etc. A special thanks to Ros and David Sutton who do the planning and offer their Commercial facilities. 
This is quite a unique project which provides everyone with an opportunity to be involved in a variety of ways.
Photo: Waste Not Pantry Items 
Guest Speaker Debbie - Ann Wilmot 
Rotary Dinner Meeting Monday 27th February 2023
Deb Wilmot is not only the owner of Gracious Giving in Maryland Street Stanthorpe, but a gracious giver in her life.  Deb was Southern Downs Citizen of the in 2021.  She spoke at our Rotary meeting about the Stanthorpe Cancer Support Group she is a member of.  This group fundraises and supports locals.  Deb said they have a motto, " Walk the line and we'll walk it with you".  Personally she has lost loved ones to Cancer as have many in our community.  Funds raised from this local Cancer Support Group support locals in Stanthorpe and district.  Recently a "high luncheon" fundraising event was held at the Granite Belt Brewery and raised over $11,000.  Deb said that this fundraising was targeted to revamp two rooms at the hospital for comfort of patients and families in Acute ward and Palliative Care.  This group works closely with the hospital staff and nurses to provide assistance where families are struggling with costs of treatment.
There are also times when a sufferer needs assistance with travel expenses, accommodation, and other out of pocket expenses.  Deb and the support group are there to help.
During Covid this group funded a thermal imaging machine which now is in the Palliative Care room.  
A current project is raising funds for two wheelchairs that lay back into beds at $6000 each.
Annually this group holds a Dinner Dance, a Fathers Day Event and Raffles.  If you would like to help or make a donation, please contact Deb at Gracious Giving.
Deb Wilmott and Jim Barnes
Brian and Deb Wilmott at Rotary Dinner  Meeting
Monday Dinner Meeting
March Theme
Water and Sanitation
Take time for Laughter
Take time to let go
Do yourself a favour. Overlook at least two things today
M.J. Ryan
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Monthly Theme
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Janelle Bell
March 31
Spouse Birthdays
Catherine Orford
March 28
Peter Watters
Heather Watters
March 4
Join Date
Jaqui Unold
March 24, 2021
2 years
Robyn Henderson
March 24, 2021
2 years
Upcoming Events
Dinner and Guest Speaker tbc
International Club
Mar 13, 2023 6:00 PM
Satellite Dinner Meeting
Mar 15, 2023 5:45 PM
Aging Well Morning Tea
Hilton Street
Mar 17, 2023 10:00 AM
Dinner and Board Meeting
International Club
Mar 27, 2023 6:00 PM
Down on the Farm
Blundell Farm
Mar 31, 2023 – Apr 01, 2023
Easter Monday (no Rotary)
Apr 10, 2023
Aging Well Morning Tea
Hilton Street
Apr 21, 2023 10:00 AM
Dinner & Board Meeting
International Club
Apr 24, 2023 6:00 PM
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