Rotary Club of
Broadwater Southport
 

BULLETIN
September 10, 2021

WHAT'S HAPPENING/DIRECTOR'S REPORTS
 
This Bulletin covers the meeting of 10th September.
 
Rod was both Chair and President for the day.
 
Apologies were received from both David and George who were spending a couple of days in Bris Vegas. Howard also apologised but we don’t know what he was up to.
 
Jake Coates and Indira Salkic were Club guests as our speakers for the day.
 
Laurie gave a heads up for the Director’s meeting to be held at 7am on Tuesday.
 
Kevin told us that Tania Nagrani who visited us with Vanessa Redgetz has been accepted into the National Youth Science Forum and will be sponsored by us. In his role with youth at the Southport Sub Branch of the RSL, Kevin is looking at matching Rotary leadership development programmes with children and grandchildren of veterans as well as combining resources of both RSL and our club to sponsor them. More later.
 
As a matter of general interest Ian advised us that Dr Charlie Teo is under pressure again from the AMA and recommended that the club sends him a letter of support and members agreed.
 
Letitia outlined details of the proposed trip to Toowoomba on the 18th to see the Carnival of Flowers. Note: This has subsequently been postponed because she was told by her husband that there is a double header of Rugby Championship matches that day at Suncorp Stadium where South Africa is looking to avenge the ambush at CBUS!!  More on the new date at Friday’s meeting.
 
Col has been in touch with Alan Gerard’s family and they will hold a Celebration of Alan’s life at SYC on next Tuesday at 11am which will be followed by refreshments at midday. Members are welcome to attend.
 
Jenny told us that wedding numbers at the Chapel have been volatile given the current environment although there was a fairly large wedding last weekend.  She is currently discussing another large one and size is the problem. She is recommending that they orientate the wedding to the Broadwater using the chapel as a background and for photographs – let’s see. Howard and Jenny have been liaising with the students at Griffiths who are doing a marketing plan for the Chapel as a project and she will update members when finalised. She believes it will involve spending some more money particularly with online promotion.
 
EVENTS:
 
Toowoomba Flower Festival Getaway Tour – 18 September. Contact Kent on 0448994494 or admin@getawaytours.com.au (POSTPONED)
 
GUEST SPEAKER:
 
Our guest speakers for the day were Jake Coates and Indira Salkic from TMC in Southport which has an official title of “The Migrant Centre” and is more commonly known as a euphemism of “Thriving Multicultural Communities”. 
 
TMC covers a wide gambit of services to new and not so new arrivals to Australia.
 
TMC’s objectives are:
 
  • Support and advocate for the improved economic, social and cultural opportunities of people from all cultural backgrounds residing in Australia.
  • Facilitate civic and community participation and skills building of migrants in Australia.
  • Create strategies towards settlement, social inclusion and sustainable employment.
  • Promote and enhance the benefits of multiculturalism and productive diversity.
TMC’s services are provided by a fulltime group of 7 people and volunteers who vary depending upon what the need is at the time and they include:
  • Resettlement progammes drawing on all the services of TMC.
  • Training and employment services
  • Community events with ethnic involvement from different groups of people with both food and culture.
  • Language services for those who are struggling with English as a second language.
  • Support for seniors.
  • Support for youth including FUSE which is a directory for youth services and engagement on the GC.
  • Dealing with domestic and family violence by counselling and intervention directing victims to appropriate channels to seek assistance. Getting people to open up is quite difficult, particularly from different migrant cultures where openness is not encouraged.
  • Increasingly mental health issues brought on by the stress imposed on new arrivals particularly with refugee or displaced person background. Australia as a new home can be quite daunting at all ages. Post COVID they are reaching out to at least 400 people per week to provide assistance.
The centre is predominantly funded by government grants, particularly by QLD State Government. Funding is usually project based or linked to individuals being provided with assistance.
 
GUEST SPEAKER LIST:
Speakers
Dec 03, 2021
An update on the work and projects of Rotary in Fiji
Dec 17, 2021
The Salvation Army Australia Territory Cheque Presentation
View entire list
DUTY ROSTER:
 
17 Sept
24 Sept
1 Oct
8 Oct
15 Oct
Chair
Col
Dennis
Laurie
Peter J
Mike
Registration
Mike
Chris
Col
Andrew
Dave
4 Way Test
Dianne
Howard
Leon
Ray
Dianne
Sergeant
George
James
Ian
George
James
Weakly Joke
James
John W
Jenny
Douglas
Chris
VOT
Jenny
Dave
Letitia
Maggie
Dennis
 
 
CELEBRATIONS IN SEPTEMBER:
 
BIRTHDAYS:
 
Members:
 
Peter O’Brien
6th
Chris Lewis
20th
Judi Reid
24th
Lynne Walsh
24th
Steve Manchester
25th
 
Spouses and Partners
 
 
Belinda O’Brien
18th
Suzanne Westera
26th
 
 
ANNIVERSARIES:
 
Members / Spouses / Partners:
 
 
Judi Reid and Peter Rowe
34 years
 
 
Years in Rotary:
 
 
Letitia de Lima
15 yrs
Howard Manning
4 yrs
 
 

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