Greater Springfield Rotary is a community not-for-profit organisation, with a focus on serving the Greater Springfield Community as it grows towards being the third largest community in South East Queensland, after Brisbane and Ipswich
If you are interested in getting involved and giving something back to your community, please get in touch with us,
we would love to hear from you
On Thursday 23rd September our guest speaker for the evening was Charis Mullen MP, State Member for Jordan. 
Many would know Charis as a very active lady, working for our community and often visible around the Greater Springfield area, but perhaps not know so much about the lady behind the political duties.  On Thursday we offered Charis the opportunity to put aside her political duties and talk to our members about her life and her Greek heritage and how she learned to adopt Australia as her home having arrived at the age of 7yrs and unable to speak English.  A very interesting talk and of course lots of questions. Not to miss a photo opportunity we managed a quick picture of Charis with our our President Paul.  
On September 9, 2021,  Principal Fleur Watson and Deputy Principal Kali Harris, from the Goodna Special School were guests at out weekly meeting and spoke to us about the great work that the school does for children with special needs.  The school covers a large catchment area which includes all of Greater Springfield and is thus an area of interest to the club and members.  Members enjoyed a very informative presentation by Fleur and Karli, supported by PowerPoint slides, and we gained a good insight into where Rotary might be able to support the school.
The school encompasses a wide area across 21 suburbs from Redbank Plains, Springfield through to Ipswich. All students have an intellectual disability which includes impaired vision, hearing difficulties as well as physical and mental issues. 20% have an Aboriginal background and the age range is from 4 to 18 years.  The school is growing and in the future there will be over 200 students attending.  
The school encourages students to feel that they are an important part of the community, and in promoting this, the school has partnerships with Ipswich Jets players who interact with the students as well as family days.  Students are provided with skills and a plan to support development and their transition to life after school. Working closely with parents/carers enables individual curriculum plans to support student access to the Australian Curriculum.
While there are many challenges, building student communication skills is a priority at the School, with  staff needing to know how the students are feeling and what they may need. Staff work with a team of therapists to embed individualised communication programs into all areas of learning. Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) books and IPad apps, Auslan (sign language), communication devices and core word boards are in use around the school to support the success of every student, by facilitating communication.  PODD is normally a book or device that contains symbols and words to support communication between people with complex communication needs and their communication partners, whether that's carers, family, friends or support workers. 
Having heard of the great work at the school and the needs of students, our members were keen to develop an ongoing relationship with the school. 
As a first step President Paul was pleased to present $1000 to Fleur and Karli for the school to use in purchasing some much needed specialised reading books in line with Rotary's literacy program (see photo).   
Our next step is to provide physical support in terms of gardening at the school, which will take place over the coming months.
We also aim to help out over the Christmas period and ideas are flowing. So watch this space.
On August 15th, 2021, Greater Springfield Rotary in partnership with Westside Community Care, hosted a High Tea and Fashion Show at Brookwater Golf Club. A full house (under prevailing COVID restrictions) saw 13 tables of attendees enjoy a welcoming glass of sparkling wine, a sumptuous high tea, and a fashion show of ladies clothing from Oh! JoJo Boutique, and participate in a huge raffle with 13 prizes and a silent auction for 6 highly sort after items, including a set of 4 paintings by local artist Sue Roger and a Pizza oven donated by Bunnings.
The annual Rotary High Tea, raised over $4000 which has been donated to Westside Transformations, which is a soon to be a new recovery home to help avoid homelessness for men recovering from addition.  The property is currently being prepared and it is hoped will open in early 2022 initially accommodating 9-10 residents.  The home will adopt the tried and tested Transformations model, already proving successful in other parts of Queensland and interstate.  Westside Community care will oversight the project.
Greater Springfield Rotary are pleased to be involved in supporting this initiative.  In addition to fundraising Rotary volunteers aim to assist the development of the property through working bees and other support as needed.  Rotary President Paul noted that 'Rotary's motto is 'service above self' and this year's rotary theme is 'serve to change lives', our members seek to give something back to their community and the Transformations project is perfect in that it will help change peoples lives in a positive and lasting way'.
Our new Board for the 2021-22 Rotary year from left to right -
President - Paul Roger;  Director Club Services - Mark McMonagle;  Director International  - Costa Mukendi;  Director Community Service - Sue Roger;  Director Youth Service - Rosemary Kelly; Treasurer and President Elect - David Goss;  Secretary -Amanda Vidal;   and Immediate Past President - Donelle Paul.
Where and when we meet:
We meet on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm for 6.45pm.
We usually meet face-to-face at Aveo, but occasionally we have a virtual 'zoom' meeting rather than a face-to-face. We also have a monthly social get together.
Guests and new members are always welcome.
Please contact our Secretary for details about coming meetings.
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Next Public Event:
Next Meeting:
Thursday 17 February 2022
Guest Speaker - Springfield Mo Men
Guests are welcome but booking in advance is essential. See Main Menu - Media - News Releases for more details 

Are you looking to support Community Projects in the greater Springfield Area?
Greater Springfield Rotary are looking for volunteers and/or sponsors to support various community projects.
please contact our secretary if you would like to help.