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.

Next Monday 31st August.

Instead of the original plans for the meeting on the 31st August, this Monday we will be having a social off-site dinner at the RSL 6pm.  If you haven’t already told Julie Beddow of your attendance, please contact her on 0428 178 618.  Guests most welcome.

Meeting choices

Please remember our club has choices for Rotary fellowship meetings.  Therefore if circumstances change and Monday or Wednesday don’t work for you, please let either Janelle 0400 028 628 or myself 0488 297 956 know and we’ll work something out together.  Belinda Lister found Mondays weren’t working for her, so has changed to meeting with the Satellite group. We can all participate in the projects and events, together we are the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe.  We are People of Action. 

Last meeting

Thanks to Julie Beddow, we were given a trivia multi choice challenge.  30 questions about things we know and had forgotten about Rotary, but the President got the lowest mark and our guest Peta received the prize for 23/30.  Fran Hodgson and Stephen Tancred were higher scorers, but not by much.  This was a wonderful refresher and I will ask Julie to attach it to the bulletin. The happy coin stories were most enlightening and entertaining.  Our members are very active in our local community.  Our Directors and Officers are very busy organising activities and community service projects that will keep us on our toes.  Please contact Geoff Marsden for more information 0428 058 361 and thank you to those who have already offered assistance.  John Vichie says there are still a few outstanding dues. If you think you may have forgotten, please check with him 0435 651 269.

Other information

This weekend, Julie and I, will attend the Rotary Membership Summit at the coast.  There are still spaces as NSW cannot attend.  Rowan Johnstone said “this summit is designed to get us pumped up with heaps of tools to help our club with Membership and Public Relations” a report will be forthcoming.

Friday 5.30pm Leeanne Gangemi our Project Officer will be holding an event Zoom meeting.  Covid-19 continues to hinder our plans, but we will make some tentative plans for the Race Day which was postponed last May.

We have added to the strategic plan and after the next board meeting on the 7th September, led by Julie, we will revisit plans with members in September. 

Bill Bonner is still in Brisbane in Hospital and unfortunately Covid restrictions mean he cannot have guests.  Try a phone call to him 0429 837 233.  He told Jim Barnes that he is recovering and hopes to return home in a couple of weeks. 


Quotes for the week from Dr Wayne W Dyer “Everyday Wisdom”

  • We put labels on people and fight wars over them.  If we truly want harmony, we have to get past the labels.
  • The NOW is the working unit of your life.


Thought for the week

“If you ever think that English is an easy language, just remember that lead and read rhyme and lead and read rhyme but read and lead do not rhyme and neither do read and lead.  Aaaaargh!!” Surfers Sunshine Rotary Club.


Have a great weekend and see you at the RSL on Monday 6pm,  Julia


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.


Youth Exchanges build life directions.
What Rotary International President Holger Knaack is most known for is his involvement in Rotary’s Youth Exchange program. Young people seem to intuitively understand his way of doing things “Holger has a vision, and he is executing on that vision,” says Brittany Arthur, a member of the Rotaract Club of berlin and the Rotary Club of berlin International. “And you recognise that this vision is not new to him. Holger and [wife] Suzanne have had dozens of Youth Exchange students. Do you think they did all that so that in 2020 he could say, ’We need to invest in youth’? This is who they are.”
Extract from The Committee Communique – the newsletter from District 9640 Rotary Youth Exchange Committee
The Rotary Club of Stanthorpe has a long and positive connection to Rotary Youth programs and to the Rotary Youth Exchange program in particular. We can all recall or say we know someone who lives or lived locally who benefitted from being hosted by the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe in a youth program. We ARE investing in youth!
The District Youth Committees are being proactive in reviewing the Rotary programs available, particularly after the impact and disruption of COVID19.  From the recent YEP Newsletter:
Some of the projects we are initially focused on include:
  • Developing a management manual to enable our committee and future committees the means to easily follow management procedures - this is a project being undertaken by our Compliance Officer Denise Payne and Co-Deputy Chair John Campbell. Expected completion is end of 2020.
  • Developing an app for our inbound and outbound students, as well as host families, to replace printed handbooks and improve our communication channels with students and host families, and make information more easily accessible. This project is being undertaken by Co-Deputy Chair Kath Koch, Expected launch of the app is early 2021.
  • We have been looking at the relaunch of the Long-Term Exchange Program [LTEP] but at this stage we cannot see this starting before July 2021. However, this date may change depending on what happens in the coming months with Covid-19 and global travel restrictions. 
  • We are investigating the possibility of running a Short-Term Exchange Program [STEP] in early 2021. This would be a one semester program potentially with New Zealand or Interstate. We are in the early planning stages for this now, which is being led by Denise Payne and myself.
  • Finally, we have been working on relaunching ROTEX in District 9640 and re-engaging with former youth exchange alumni in the region including reviewing our archives to develop a database, with the hope to shortly host an alumni event and improve out efforts to maintain contact with our rebounders who are the future of Rotary. This project is being led by Guy Murphy with assistance from Zoe Ross and Kath Koch. 
Given our Club’s long-term commitment to youth, and past experiences with all of the programs identified by the Youth Exchange Committee, we can be prepared to take advantage of the work of the committee. So, what can we do now? Here is a start:
  • Update or files on who we have sponsored. Where are these people now? What are their stories since their exchange?
  • In this 100th Year of Rotary in Australia, can we ‘reconnect with former youth exchange alumni’ (ROTEX). Should we host an event?, even a Zoom event?
  • Could we reach out to the alumni who still live locally? Their positive experience of Rotary in their life could/should kickstart membership in our club.
  • Decide on our position re LTEP and STEP so we are ready to go once it starts up in the District
Many of these ideas can be worked on despite COVID19.
What are your thoughts/ideas on how our Club
can continue investing in youth beyond what we do now?
Our very own YEP student - Anna Henderson!


Dear Rotarians,

It our pleasure to announce to you that the African region has just been certified wild poliovirus-free.

Rotary members have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio. We should be proud of all the hard work that we’ve done to eliminate the wild poliovirus throughout Africa and in nearly every country in the world.

This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region. It has involved millions of health workers traveling by foot, boat, bike and bus, innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict and insecurity, and a huge disease surveillance network to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus. 

Over the last two decades, countless Rotary members in countries across the African region and around the world have worked together to raise funds, immunize children, advocate with local and national leaders, and raise awareness about the importance of vaccination, enabling the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to effectively respond to and stop polio outbreaks. 

This milestone is an incredible public health achievement for Rotary members, the African region, and our GPEI partners, and a huge step forward on the road to global polio eradication. But we still have important work to do in order to eradicate wild polio in the last two endemic countries.

We have faced many challenges in our journey to eradicate polio. But we’ve made remarkable progress, and the polio infrastructure that Rotarians helped build will serve as a lasting legacy that will continue to help protect vulnerable children against other diseases for decades to come.

We are calling on you today to recommit yourselves to ending polio. We need each and every one of you to help finish this fight and continue raising $50 million each year for PolioPlus. The eradication of wild polio in the African region shows us that polio eradication is achievable, and shows how our hard work, partnerships and financial commitment continue to propel us forward, even during a global pandemic.

Thank you for your continued efforts, for achieving a wild polio-free African region, and for remaining committed to fulfilling our promise of a polio-free world.

Holger Knaack                                                                                         K.R. Ravindran
President, Rotary International                                                           Chair, The Rotary Foundation

Rotary International President Holger Knaack and Nigeria National PolioPlus Chair Dr. Tunji Funsho congratulate Rotarians on eradicating wild polio in the African Region. Watch here.
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