Rotary Club of Mundingburra
Townsville, Australia
Club Information
Visting Rotarians and Guests are always welcome

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 6:30 PM
Townsville RSL Club
139 Charters Towers Road
Hyde Park, QLD 4812
0407 730 619
6pm for 6.30pm start Check Rotary News below as some weekly meetings are offsite.
Rotary News
The Club is meeting off site on, Thursday 23rd Sept. Its a vocational meeting to the SES in West End.
We are back at the RSL the following week.
The Rotary Club of Mundingburra are proud to be assisting Australian Anti Ice Campaign group with a presentation of the dangers of this drug with a community night on the 15th September. The attached brochure has all the details.

Mundingburra Rotary Club has been a proud supporter of Guide Dogs QLD for over 60 years. We assisted with financial support for the first Guide Dog in QLD, which was based in Townsville. The recipient of this dog was Hubie Morris pictured below.
Guide Dogs QLD celebrated the opening of the new premises at Currajong on Tuesday 24th with an open day event involving many from our community. The Mayor of Townsville, Jenny Hill made special mention of the importance of Guide Dogs QLD to our community and also acknowledged the work that Mundingburra Rotary has provided to them for many many years.
Our Rotary club was proud to provide a BBQ lunch for the event and be part of this wonderful organisation.
Rotary - Busting the Myths!
It is common that many people don't always fully understand what we do and who we are in Rotary.

So we thought we'd share with you some answers to the TOP 9 myths we bump into out there in the community.
Thanks to Skipton RC
Mundingburra Rotary Club are attending a joint Rotary Clubs meeting at Mystic Sands on 28th July in place of our regular Club meeting on the 29th July. We return to our normal Venue, the Townsville RSL in Hermit Park from the 5th August.
The changeover of Club President, which we do each financial year, occurred at the Townsville RSL on 1st July amongst a large gathering of Club members and invited guests.
President Shane, and his wife Donna, (pictured on the left) handed over the Presidents collar, to the Club President for 2021-22, Ryan Lacaze, (pictured with his wife Jessica).

Prior to handing over, outgoing Pres Shane, awarded a number of members Paul Harris Fellows, (K Lee, J Johnson, N Andrews), they are a prized award for any Rotarian, an RI award to Bill Barber for his ongoing support for the Club, plus two other special annual club awards. On being the Geoff Maidens trophy to R Tardiani for the Rotarian who introduced most new members in the year, and also the valued George Kimlin award for the Rotarian of the Year, which went to A Ferolja. All  very worthy recipients.
Apart from the normal formalities of a special night, a couple of video presentations highlighted both the year that passed, and the activities involved, plus we finally caught up with the missing Cane Knife, which appears to have travelled far and wide, during its period of hostage from our club.
Overall a great night to not only celebrate the changing of the Presidents, but highlight the wonderful work that the Club has been involved with, despite the impact caused by the COVID situation. Helping the community both near and far.
Club members enjoyed an interesting presentation by David Grieve, a Melbourne author, and Doncaster Vic Rotarian, on his book, "How to Eat an Elephant".
Whilst the book is primarily about how to successfully manage a Business, his concepts can be applied to many applications in life, he gave a detailed outline of what you need to do to write, check, finalise, and print a book. And it involves a lot more than just those items if you want it to be published as a book available anywhere.
David donates all the funds he makes from the book, which can be purchased as a printed book, or an email version, to the Rotary Foundation, which highlights his endeavour to help less fortunate people in the world.
During his presentation it was interesting to see that his Rotary Club has similar projects as to our, especially in the way they have been supporting some of our less fortunate people in Timor Leste due to floods and other issues. 
Anyone wanting a copy of his book should contact the Rotary Club of Doncaster Victoria, who will no doubt be happy to pass on your details for his to call you back.
Thanks David for a very enjoyable night, and we all enjoyed your company and presentation.
Mundingburra Rotarians are holding a Trivia & Treasure Night from 6.30pm 18th June at the St Matthews Church Hall, 6 Carmody St, Hermit Park QLD to assisting with raising funds  for the people of Timor Leste who where recently badly impacted by serious flooding in the area.
Food and Shelter is a major priority for them at the moment and we would like to provide some assistance to these people who are neighbours to Australia.
The area is also part of our Rotary District so we have a special bond with them. 
The entry fee is $15 per person BYO nibbles and drinks, and we guarantee you a good night.
RSVP by 11th June via email to
The annual Hinchinbrook/Mundingburra Cane Knife Debate was held at Ingham on Wednesday  night 12th May with 22 Mundingburra Rotarians going north in a Bus for the fun night.
The debate is a fun night, and as usual had a few anchors thrown around. The actual Cane Knife has been stolen (misplaced we understand) by another Club, which lead to Hinchinbrook President initially refusing to allow the visiting team to have a meal until the original knife was returned. Naturally it was only part of the friendly banter and theatre for the night.
The debate was clearly won by Mundingburra, who naturally had a non biased view, however the final decision went to the Hinchinbrook Club as the winners for the night.
The combined Hinchinbrook and Mundingburra debate teams. 
Thanks to Hinchinbrook for a great night of fellowship. 
A special thanks to Prof Ajay Rane OAM (Left) and Dr Kaveshan Pather (Right side)  for providing the Club members with a most entertaining presentation on what is clearly a major health matter for the ladies of our world.
Professor Rane, and very proud Townsvillian (as he calls himself), has dedicated a good part of his medical life to improving the welfare of Women both within Australia and also overseas.
Dr Rane is a medical doctor and Urogynaecology specialist who is committed to eradicating Women’s Health issues in the developing world.
To further this goal he has established a  charitable foundation, FLOURISHING WOMEN. Flourishing Women - Flourishing Women.
Prof Rane and Kav, we sincerely thankyou for giving us part of your day to share the work you are both doing to improve the lifes of many women in the world.
Mundingburra Rotary Club welcomes Premi, Grant and Jim as new members of our club.
Welcome aboard and hope you enjoy helping our community.
The Rotary Club of Mundingburra is assisting the Anti ICE Campaign people to provide talks in Townsville Schools on the danger and impacts of using the drug ICE. Apart from some financial assistance, various members have also spent time at workshops packing literature to be handed to students at the ICE presentations. 
The club views very seriously the dangers when people try this horrible drug and are keen to see the schools program alerting our youngers members of our community of the need to avoid peer pressure and not try the drug at any time.
Some of the team helping to packing the school information kits.
The Mundingburra Rotary Club celebrated Australia Day with the members planting 22 trees at Bluewater park.
The club also provided a Sausage sizzle afternoon for members and visitors to the park. The Club also had a small stand providing wooden items for sale to assist community project fundraising.
A great day was enjoyed by those that could attend.
The Mundingburra Rotary Club will be celebrating Australia Day with a special event at the Bluewater Park.
The Club, in partnership with the Bluewater Association, will be planting trees in the park, holding a sausage sizzle, and a number of other events to celebrate this Australia Day.  We invite people to come in the afternoon and share the day with us.
The Rotary club of Mundingburra welcomes members and guests to 2021.
Our club meetings commence from the 7th Jan and visitors are welcome.
We wish everyone a very happy and safe New Year.
Our club is proud to be supporting the fundraising efforts of CANTEEN (an organization setup to assist our youth  (12-25) who are experiencing cancer). This wonderful organization assists with the moral and mental health of our especially important younger members of the community.
Members have participated in purchasing CANTEEN Bandana’s  in support of their Bandana Day fundraiser to help this important organisation who do a wonderful job for our youth with cancer.
Our Rotary Club was privileged to have Alex Whitney speak to the members about the Compassionate Friends organisation. This wonderful group of people are a gathering of people who have lost a child, irrespective of the child’s age at death and the cause of the death, and is an organisation independent of any religious, philosophical or government body.
In presenting Alex spoke of her personal and tragic loss, and that Compassionate Friends is a mean that assists people facing similar issues, to be able to talk with like minded people in a special way.
Her talk was very moving and appreciated by the Club. It’s a great organisation that originated in the UK, and has provided a vital means for helping people in similar situations.
For the 30 years, the Mundingburra Rotary Club has held a special event to celebrate the Melbourne Cup. It’s a very social night with members, and lots of friends, dressing up, and hoping to maybe share in any Cup Raffles.
The major event of the night is our very special Tony Wode, and very well known local race caller, who has made this a special night for us every year with a fantastic phantom race call. His ability to put  everyone in the mood, and make them feel they are actually at the race, which was not being held for a number of days later, is beyond belief. His excited call is so well done, the cheering and suspense has everyone joining in and enjoying the night. He is brilliant.
Tony is an Honorary Member of our club, and has been for a number of years, and in appreciation of his 30 years of helping our club  with this event, the club had our President, Shane Smith, present him with a Paul Harris award.  The Paul Harris award allows clubs to donate $1,000 US to the Rotary Foundation on a person’s behalf. This money is then used to assist humanity projects around the world.
Paul Harris was a founder of Rotary International and it is a very special award for a club to make to a person. Tony’s commitment to community values was also highlighted with a decision he made 30 years ago, which he still applies today, that our donation to him is forwarded to the City OF Townsville Christmas fundraiser for needy people.
The Suprise.
Rotary Clubs around Australia do a wonderful job in assisting people in our communities as well as those in overseas places where our standing of living is much higher than some third world countries.
The story below is one of where three of our Townsville Rotary Clubs have worked together, with others in our City to achieve a new vehicle for a family doing it really tough.
Just take a few minute to read the following outline of what we called Project Devlin, to reach an outcome that highlights the compassion we have for those a little less fortunate than ourselves. 
Project Devlin was born when the Southern Cross Catholic College wrote to Mundingburra Rotary club seeking community assistance for a family whose son attends the school.
Devlin is a resilient young man in year 9 at Southern Cross. At the tender age of 8 he was diagnosed with bone cancer resulting in the loss of the lower half of his right leg. Following his surgery, Devlin and his family had to relocate to Brisbane for him to undertake pediatric oncology for 12 months.
The family  has since returned home to Townsville, where he regularly needs ongoing treatment, and three weeks ago had further surgery to his lower amputation.
Elvira is a single mum raising two children Devlin and Zita, and she is classified as Devlin’s full time carer. 12 months ago her 20 year old car gave up the ghost to the point the vehicle was scrapped. Since then she has been relying upon the gracious help of a neighbour to lend her a car.
Mundingburra Rotary proposed Project Devlin as a community service mission for our club to adopt. The plan included a financial contribution from Elvira herself, financial support of RC of Townsville, and RC of Townsville Sunrise as project partners, and an application for a Rotary Australia Compassionate Grant, and of course the RC of Mundingburra as project managers to purchase a new vehicle.
To satisfy their transport needs we identified the Mitsubishi Outlander as an ideal solution to accommodate Devlin’s wheelchair being the main issue for the family, and subsequently approached Pickerings Mitsubishi who assisted us for the supply of a new Outlander. 
See over for more photos of the handover event which occurred on Saturday 17th October 2020
Past District Governor presenting Certificates of thanks to Glen and Andrea
Our thanks to the wonderful ambassadors from AAIC (Australian Anti ICE Campaign) for spending a few hours at night with our club to share the issue of the power of just one trial of ICE can do to hook people of all ages into a life of hell.
AAIC is primarily concerned with addressing the dangers with school children, however the message is very clear that regardless of age, this drug is something that no body should try even once.
Once you learn of (a) what chemicals often go into this evil drug – Main drain cleaner, and house dangerous chemical, (b) the way it links to the brain and takes over your ability to control yourself, you have to ask why would anyone use it.
Peer pressure and often false statements of how it can help you in difficult times, or to loose weight, are all things to avoid.
And to hear from a person who was an addict, and learn what happened to her life, and especially what she ended up having to do to fund her addiction, you really see that this product is one to avoid at all costs.
For people not able to attend the meeting, or maybe are reading this page from elsewhere, have a look at the two videos on the AAIC web page, the information will most likely shock you as it did to us attending the presentation.
The message needs to be spread far and wide to try and put a stop to innocent people making snap decision from false information, that will later create havoc for your body, your mind, your relationships with family and friends, and most likely will end us with you having a criminal record or loss of life.
Thanks to Glen and Andrea for a real understanding of this terrible drug,
The Rotary Club of Mundingburra will be meeting at the Townsville Yacht Club on Thursday 22nd October. Our special guest is the our Rotary District Governor. We will be returning to the Townsville RSL the following week(30th Oct)  for our special annual Melbourne Cup night.
Visitors are welcome however due to catering needs prior advice is needed to ensure we can seat any additional attendees,, and arrange a meal.
Please contact the Secretary on the phone numbers on the home page if you want to attend.
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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.