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Cover image: Members and friends of our club all fired up and ready to lend a helping hand at the Christmas Centre Run in 2017.

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2021 Annual Changeover - 22nd June 2021

At The Downs Club on Tuesday June 22nd, in the presence of club members and invited guests, our club celebrated it's 62nd annual changeover, farewelling outgoing President Barry Fagg and welcoming in new president Gary Orth and his board of directors for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year.

Picture above: (from left) President Gary Orth, VP Derm Guerin, Secretary Peter Wenham, Treasurer Tomas Guerin, Board Members Cameron McMaster, Brett Sendall, Bryan Hunt, Paul Ying and Evan Fairley. Missing from the picture: Board Member Chris Tait. Photo by David Johnson.

Run The Range - 23rd May 2021

Another successful event.

After being cancelled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus the former Milne Bay Military Challenge has finally been run again this year, bigger and better and with a new name...Run the Range

See the facebook page for results, photos and more details.


Congratulations to Margaret Wedge, Grant Reinbott, Brendon Purcell & Joanna McRaethe Queen’s and King’s of the Mountain for Rotary Run The Range 7K and 15K

The #RTR2021 KOM and QOM were out for FIRST Female or Males across the line for either THE 15K and THE 7K.

Not only do they have bragging rights but also pick-up a nice Rotary Run The Range KOM and QOM Trophy from Sovereign Property Partners - Toowoomba


Rotary's Night of Opportunity - April 27th 2021

Guest Speaker : Angus Chapel

He's the man behind a proposed $180 million Toowoomba medicinal cannabis facility that's expected to need more than 350 workers once it's up and running. Angus Chapel is the managing director of Medibis - a Toowoomba company with plans to export 80 to 100 tonnes of medicinal cannabis annually.

Speaking at Rotary's Night of Opportunity, Mr Chapel talked about the path that led him to start his own medicinal cannabis business, how the farm will operate, and the various roles and jobs that will be required once the Medibis facility is operational. For thousands of years, cannabis has been known to have remarkable healing properties - and now those properties are being applied using modern, scientific methods.

Uses for refined cannabis products include treatments for cancer related symptoms and side effects such as chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, Crohne's disease, autism, asperger's, PTSD, chronic pain, Alzheimers, multiple sclerosis, dementia, anxiety, parkinson's disease, epilepsy, dravet syndrome, and more.

While the industry is still in its infancy in Australia, the country's cannabis market is expected to surge past US$1.5 billion in value by 2025.

District award for Brendon Ryan

The district has awarded Club Member Brendan Ryan a special award for his generous support of the DIK container program.

At our meeting 08/12/2020 PP Barry presented Brendan with his certificate and invited him to tell us more about what he has done for this program.

Brendan goes to Brisbane each Thursday and helps organise resources and load containers that are sent overseas to several third world countries. Rotary does not pay the freight of the container which can be as high as $10000. Clubs and beneficiaries of the containers have to provide the freight costs.

Brendan indicated there was so much more that could be achieved if members knew more about the program and opportunities where we could help. Used hospital beds and old computers could have found their way to the DIK centre if we had more frequent discussions rather than consign them to the tip.

Photo: Bryan Hunt - Script: Gary Orth

Helping out with Tony's Kitchen

Members of the Rotary Club of Toowoomba South are always looking for new community service projects.

To that end, we recently got on board helping out at Tony's Kitchen. The kitchen is out the back of the Settlers Inn Hotel and provides meals to homeless people and those who are doing it tough. Our club cooked roughly 80 meals - ranging from spageti bol to fried rice and everything in between - which were distributed last week.

The organisers have witnessed an almost doubling in demand for meals since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. In April the kitchen was feeding on average 25-30 people a night. Now they feed on average 55 people per night, seven nights a week.

Feedback on the meals was great (they loved them!) and we're looking forward to helping out Tony's Kitchen again soon.

Photos above: Edge Member Jamie Smith delivering a batch of home cooked meals to the kitchen. Photos and script: Matt Newton.

District 9630 award for best project

Past District Governor Ros Kelly was in town today (13th Oct 2020) to present us with some awards! In the left pic above we have (left to right) RCOTS president Barry Fagg, Project School Formal founder Gay Hold, Mayor Paul Antonio, and PDG Ros Kelly. RCOTS and The Edge were awarded the District 9630 award for best project for our involvement in Project School Formal. Then in the right pic we have Barry, Ros, and Arthur Carpenter! Those two awards are for our involvement in the combined Toowoomba Rotary donation to Yellowbridge. - Photos and script: Matt Newton

Rotary and the Carnival of Flowers - check out our float!

If you can't take the people to the parade, take the parade to the people! Due to the pandemic the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers parade looks a little different this year but we're still excited to be taking part. Check out our float and all the others inside Grand Central Shopping Centre.

The Carnival Float is in place and looking resplendent in all its vibrant colour. A big thanks to all those Rotarians involved and our supporters at Ellipsis Media and JP Smith Recruitment and HR.

UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS Rotary Club of Toowoomba South on winning 3rd Place in the Grand Central Floral Parade Static Display 2020 Community Floral Float category.