Rotary Club of Toowoomba South Inc.

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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Toowoomba South

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.

Coronavirus Updates

Changes to meetings and events that affect our club.

Breakfast Kick-Start - Postponed

Future Breakfasts Kick-Start events have been postponed until further notice.

Project Reports

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.

2020 Annual Changeover - via Zoom!

Well that's one way to do it. Due to COVID-19 restrictions everyone jumped on Zoom to watch this year's combined Rotary Club of Toowoomba South and The Edge changeover. Congratulations to new RCOTS president Barry Fagg and The Edge chair Tressa Lindenberg, and thanks to outgoing president Brad Hogan and outgoing chair Art Carpenter and the board for their efforts over the past year. The good work continues!

Picture above: Edge Chair Tressa Lindenberg, Outgoing Edge Chairman Arthur Carpenter, Outgoing President Brad Hogan and New President Barry Fagg

Photo and script: Matt Newton

Rotary contributes to homeless youth.

This morning (21st May) the six Rotary clubs of Toowoomba joined forces and were able to contribute $6,000 toward assisting homeless youth of Toowoomba. A cheque presentation was made at Emerge Café by ADG Syd Owen with all club presidents in attendance. (Tmba South President Elect Barry Fagg in the blue shirt)

$6000 help line for at-risk young people

The story below is from an article that appeared in in The Chronicle 21 May here for more

YOUTH services in Toowoomba have been given a help line to assist with increased demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Rotary Clubs of Toowoomba have come together to donated $6000 to Emerge and YellowBridge QLD.

The money will be used to create care packages for homeless youth, cooking them some hearty meals, as well as employing more kids in the Emerge Cafe.

YellowBridge CEO Penny Hamilton said it was important to support the region’s youth through the pandemic.

“We realised our youth were the forgotten group during this pandemic because they weren’t at risk,” Ms Hamilton said.

“But they were at risk because they all lost their work and didn't have places to live, we were concerned they had been forgotten in terms of support.

“So thank goodness for Rotary who really love the youth and decided to come to the party and support both Emerge and YellowBridge in doing something about this.’’

Rotary & River 94.9 Breakfast Kick-start

We’ve all heard the stories of kids turning up to school each day without having had any breakfast, and there has been all sorts of reasons put forward for why this is happening, but one of our Edge Members, Rob Keanalley, thought it was time somebody tried to do something about here for more

In an initiative supported by River 949 Radio Station, who have agreed to promote the events on radio the week prior to the breakfast and do live crosses on the day of the breakfast as well as attending with their promotions vehicle for giveaways when they can, Rob has rallied other members of the club to help him visit one Toowoomba based State School per month and cook up a breakfast for their students, parents, teachers and staff at the School.

As Rob said “There are far too many children going to school without a breakfast to kick-start their day and this is designed to help instil good healthy eating habits as well as help those who are less fortunate and perhaps can’t afford a breakfast at home. We have chosen Harlaxton as the first school to kick this off because a large number of their students not only don’t get a breakfast at home before school, but are sent to school with no lunches or morning tea either. A number of community groups provide additional support to the School to assist with these challenges. This is just a small way we can contribute.”

With help from a number of our members and sponsorship support from local business Sovereign Property Partners, the first breakfast was cooked up at Harlaxton State School on Tuesday the 18th of February and feedback from the School Chaplain was that this was the largest turnout of parents, students and staff at a school breakfast they have had to date and it was very well received by the School Administration and students especially.

“There was a lot of positive feedback supplied which reinforced the turn out we received, so both the School’s promotion of the event and that of River 949 certainly did the trick. Radio promotion grabs as well as the live cross from River 949 during the breakfast shows we received a lot of positive air time for our efforts.”

“It was very clear that the School’s demographic found significant benefit in this Breakfast Kick-Start and I witnessed several examples of entire families participating and being grateful to be able to do so. For me, personally, this was a touching recognition of the value of such an initiative which clearly touched a positive chord with the community.”

UPDATE: The second Breakfast Kick-Start was held on the 11th of March at Rockville State School and was a massive success with sponsorship support from Horizon Accounting Group.

The club would also like to recognise the support from our suppliers, Gray’s Modern Meats and Woolworth Kearney Springs, who look after us very well with produce at cost prices and special thanks to Pengally Trucks and Trailers for the use of their BBQ Trailer to cook the breakfasts.

Picture below: The first Breakfast Kick-Start was staffed by Edge Members Rob Keanalley, Sue Hills, Leroy Palmer, Michelle Wiersma, Tressa Lindenberg, and Brian Alderton.

Pictures above: Rob and the crew cooking up a storm at the first Rotary & River 94.9 Breakfast Kick-start at Harlaxton State School - Feb 2020