Rotary Club of Mundingburra
Townsville, Australia
Club Information

Visting Rotarians and Guests are always welcome


Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 6:30 PM
Rising Sun Hotel
6 Ross River Road
(Check Rotary News below as some meetings are offsite)
Mundingburra Townsville, QLD  4812

0407 730 619
District Site
Venue Map
Rotary News
Thursday 25th June 202 was a very special night in that the Club held its annual Changeover presentation, and also presented our our Rotarian, DG Ron Degenhart with further Paul Harris presentation (PHF).
Outgoing President, Sue Lloyd (2019-2020) handed over the Presidential Chain and also the Club Charter Document, to Shane Smith, the incoming President for 2020-2021.
Due to the Coronavirus situation, the meeting was limited, however all members were able to participate in the event via the Zoom meeting.
The photos below show Neil Andrews presiding over the event, Sue and Shane with the Charter. We also show District Governor Ron Degenhart  being awarded with his PHF and later a photo of him and his wife, Vicki, who we all love.
PDG Robert Tardiani and his wife Rotarian Sue, where both inducted to the Rotary Club of Mundingburra by outgoing President Sue Lloyd, in the presence of incoming President Shane Smith.
The District Governor Ron Degenhart, also a member of our club,  sponsored both Robert and Sue to the Club on a special night but with a small gathering due to the Covid situation. Members witnessed the event via the Zoom meeting.
Rotary Clubs are community based organisations working under the umbrella of Rotary International based in Chicago, which started in February 1905. The purpose of Rotary is aligned with helping to improve the world, locally, Nationally & World Wide by uniting people in their community.
It was originally very much a Club for professional people, and only male orientated, however this  changed some years ago, and clubs now are generally made up of professional  and retired members, and open to both Male and Females and people of all skills. Want to know more? read on below.
Due to the current COVID-19 virus which has resulted in the need to not hold gatherings and maintain social separation, consequently the Rotary Club of Mundingburra are holding our weekly meetings via a Zoom video links, at 6.30pm on Thursday nights.
If anyone would like to join our meeting as a visitor please contact the Secretary - Jim Baker on 0407730619 who will make suitable arrangements  for access.
It will be nice to go back to physical meetings of our members when it is safe to do so, however this may not be for some time due to the ongoing COVID-19 issue. we will update this page of any changes.
Due to our concern for the welfare of our members, families, and guests, Mundingburra Rotary has elected to cancel all our club meetings for the next 3 to 4 weeks due to the COVD-19 Virus from the 19th March 2020.
Further updates on when our meetings may resume will be posted when know.
Community  Safety is very important. Please stay safe.
Thanks to Bevin Irvine, an ambassador for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia for coming along to our club to give members and guests a layman’s understanding of prostate cancer and his personal experience with this medical condition.
His talk clearly explained the need for men to consider their health and get regular checks as they owe it to the families. We can always find a way to say we are busy, however earlier detection and treatment is lifesaving in all forms of cancer treatment and Prostate cancer is no different.
Bevin’s presentation slides gave a clear understanding of the issue and the methods the medical people use to treat the issue, when detected in a person.
Thanks Bevin for giving us a great reminder of the need to look after ourselves, very importantly  if we are to be able to continue looking after family and friends. Visit your GP.

The Rotary Club of Mundingburra welcomed George Koulakis as a member of our club. George is well known for his work in assisting community members, especially ex service personnel, in helping to overcome mental health issues.


We welcome you George and am sure you will make a very positive contribution to both Rotary International and  our Community.

(Photo is George being presented with a certificate of Membership by the District Governor Ron Degenhart.)

The club had the huge privilege of a presentation by Geoffrey Saunders about the Beyond Blue organisation at our meeting on Thursday 27th Feb.
For those who may not understand, its an organisation doing wonderful things to help people with mental health issues. Something we used to hide from people rather than today where we are open and able to assist people.
During his talk, he covered the aspects that he had experienced and the assistance and ways that allowed him to understand the illness better and how to overcome these personal demons. It was a rather personal  and heartfelt talk done in a very lovely way. Excellent speaker and gets this message across in a many that is easy to understand.
Thanks Geoffrey for coming to speak to our members and give us an insight into this issue that is impacting a lot of people.
The Rotary Club of Mundingburra has had a very long association with assisting young members of our community to spend a year on an exchange in another country. And we also welcome to our community a young member from overseas in return.
Maria, on exchange from Italy, doing a presentation 
to our Club on her home and what she has learnt
from her visit to Australia.
Tomas, who exchanged with Denmark being presented by the District
Governor Ron Degenhart.
Mundingburra are currently hosting Maria from Italy. A vibrant young person who has accepted the challenge of leaving her home family to gather an unforgettable period of her life in Australia and have just had the opportunity to welcome Tomas back from a year in Denmark to come and talk to us about his experience as an exchange student.
When you hear from these vibrant young people, how this program has allowed them to develop a higher level of personal skills, understand different cultures, learn another language, as well as  build a network of new contacts, you really get to see the value of these programs.
As with past exchanges, they all say it was hard leaving their own families for the exchange, however they say it was one of the best things they could have done and are very grateful for the opportunity being given them.
The club was proud to have Peter Fry, representing HIA, who gave an excellent presentation to the club members on the state of the building industry in Townsville.
Clearly we often only see the negative side whereas Peter was able to demonstrate the way the industry has performed over many years, for the various types of housing, and including separately renovations, which showed that things are well within the norms and the trend is very likely to have an upward path within the next couple of years.
Thankyou Peter for taking the time to talk to us, and to highlight that our community is actually travelling within the normal boundaries of our past.
The Mundingburra Rotary Club is proud to say that the total proceeds from our Saturday Bunnings Sausage Sizzle day are being donated to the Bush Fire Appeal. 
Our members are very concerned at the impact that these terrible fires have caused to a large part of Australia.and feel deeply for the local communities impacted, and importantly for the families that have lost loved ones.  
We hope with the combined support of our nation that all donations, large or small, they can go some way to assisting those who have suffered from this event. 
The Rotary Club of Mundingburra are holding a special movie night, 16th September, at Reading Event Cinema - Cannon Park Townsville, commencing at 6.30pm to raise funds for the END POLIO project.
The night is open to all members of the club and public to assist in helping the world overcome POLIO. The effort from Rotary, and many other partners, has so far reduced world polio from thousands of people in the world, to under 10 per year now with the vaccinations programs we have funded. The tickets are all priced at $20 per head and are booked via Townsville Events. 
Rotary acknowledges the magnificent support we receive from the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation who provide $2 for every dollar we raise to overcome world polio. So the more we raise the more they will assist in boosting.



It was plenty of tears all round as members of the Rotary Club of Mundingburra said good bye to Laura as she departs for her home in Brazil after 12 months with us. The quality of the Rotary Youth Exchange program was highlighted with her speech as she, in sincere tears, and also at time laughter, said goodbye to everyone.


Laura spoke highly of all the members and parents that had hosted her during her 12 months with us. She said everyone looked after her so well, she feels they are really part of her family, and was very specific in stating that she will be aiming to come back to Australia in time as she felt highly about the friendliness and acceptance she had experienced in Australia.


She was very emotional as she gave her talk and these emotions were strongly felt by everyone attending this special night as you could see her sincerity.


Past President Miriam, and current President Sue, made special presentation to Laura and thanked her for the way she managed her time with us, and also wished her all the very best for the future.


When you hear a Youth Exchange Student giving you a talk on what Youth Exchange has done for them, and the emotions they show, it is clear that the program is a major player in building togetherness and better understandings around the world. Youth is our future and in Laura we are certain she will keep fond memories of Australia and her time with us, as well as build on her wonderful personality with more understanding of what Rotary is all about.


Laura we thank you and hope to see you again in the future. For now we are sure you will enjoy getting back to your home family and giving them an update on Rotary and Australia.

With the start of a new financial year comes the yearly change of Club Presidents for a Rotary Club. 
Following a wonderful changeover event at the Townsville Yacht club, outgoing President Miriam, handed over the reigns to Sue Lloyd for the 2019-2020 Rotary year.
Past President Miriam did a wonderful job in presiding over the club in the past year and was warmly thanked by those present. Miriam also paid tribute to her fellow Board members and presented awards to various people for the wonderful work they had done to promote Rotary during her period of chairmanship.
Incoming President Sue announced she is looking forward to the coming year and aims to build on the clubs community success and build membership during her period as President. We all  wish her well and have no doubt she will do a magnificent job at the helm.
The Club is also proud that in the week prior to our changeover night, Ron Degenhart, a long serving member of our great club, a multiple past President and Paul Harris Fellow, was appointed as the District Governor of our District 9550. Ron we all wish you well and know that you, and Vicki, will take on this important District responsibility and provide us all with great guidance.  Its a big role but one that Ron will ensure is done to build both Rotary and our communities with compassion. Its is also a challenging year as our district is amalgamated with another District following Rons year, so the work load in assisting with the reorganisation of both District will add another level of challenges. 
Major Club Projects
The Club undertakes a number of projects during a Rotary Year, the Major projects being;
-   Charity Golf Day for Queensland Guide Dogs each September
-   An annual Trivia Night to raise funds for Mental Health
-   Special Events for the  Rotary END POLIO program
-   Partnering with needy local Charity Groups to operate a weekly Thursday and Friday Bunning's Sausage sizzle.