Mundingburra Rotary Membership night

Visitors are welcome to attend our Club membership night at the Cutheringa Bowls Cluv, 8 Harold Street, West End, as per the flyer information below.
Mundingburra Rotary Membership night Jim Baker 2024-03-27 14:00:00Z 0

No Meeting on Thursday 25th Jan

Members, Visiting Rotarians, and Visitors,
Due to Australia Day on Friday 26th our meeting this Thursday night is cancelled.
The club next meets on 1st February however we invite members, family and everyone, that we are working with the Alice River Association's Australia Day morning at Rupertswood Park, and everyone is welcome. See the flyer below as it will be a fun time for everyone.
No Meeting on Thursday 25th Jan Jim Baker 2024-01-19 14:00:00Z 0

Australia Day Event

What are you doing on Australia Day?
How about joining your fellow Australians to ‘Reflect, Respect and Celebrate’ all this great country has to offer.
Mundingburra Rotary is doing their bit for Australia Day under the auspices of the Rotary National Australia Day Initiative. Resourced through a National Australia Day Community Grant.
Mundingburra Rotary has partnered with the Alice River Community Association to conduct a family-friendly fun morning from 8am to midday at Rupertswood Park. With face painting, waterslide, sand art and games, inflatable playground and local entertainment by local singer Paige Thomas and Windy Wizard there will be plenty to do and see.
Mundingburra Rotary will be operating a Wooden Toys Market Stall. All very welcome to come along and enjoy a free sausage sizzle, mini soft-serve ice cream and snow cones.
Australia Day Event Jim Baker 2024-01-13 14:00:00Z 0

The Clubs annual Melbourne Cup night

Once again members enjoyed a fun night of fellowship with our annual Melbourne Cup Phantom night call meeting.
Our caller of many years, Tony Wode was overseas and sent us his replacement, his brother Laurie.  Laudie did a really great call, so it will e interesting to see if his call of the race turns out to be factual on the read event this coming week. Regardless a good payout went to those who had the good fortune to win those houses in the calcutta.
One normal highlight is the fashions on the field, which was a bit restricted this year as not as many dressed up for the occasion. Never the less we had a male and a female winner. 
A donation of $500 is being paid to the Family Emergency Accommodation Centre on Laurie's behalf fopr coming and doing the Call.
The Clubs annual Melbourne Cup night Jim Baker 2023-11-05 14:00:00Z 0

St James Cathedral Visit

What an amazing club visit to the Townsville St James Cathedral. This historic building is magnificent to see and learn about.
Lorraine Kennedy took time out of her night to provide us with a personal tour of the Cathedral and explain how the building came about, and also the various buildings and alterations until we got to the wonderful church it is today.
We ended the night in the Cathedral gardens enjoying a pizza meal.
Well worth a visit.
St James Cathedral Visit Jim Baker 2023-11-05 14:00:00Z 0

Townsville Toy Library

Another very entertaining speaker from the Townsville Toy Library, Nikki Dunn provided an overview of the wonderful work they are doing in our local community. They provide a very popular and necessary facility for the Townsville area.
Due to a major flood event in 2019, they had to find other accommodation, most of which has only been temporary, however recently the local Townsville Council provided them with an excellent facility in the suburb of Vincent on a 5 year lease. They are very appreciative of the new building and location however they are attempting to raise some funding to allow them to provide some more safety and also better access to the rooms.
The floods caused the loss of all the toys that they loan to those in need, however, the support of various groups has allowed them to rebuild most of the things they need for a Toy Library. They currently hold around 2500 different toys so the community response has been very good.
Thanks Nikki for sharing this community asset with us and we hope to be able to assist in some ways to work with your organization on your items of need.
Townsville Toy Library Jim Baker 2023-09-19 14:00:00Z 0

JCU Volunteer Simulated Patients

Members and Guests at our last meeting were given a very interesting talk by two Ladies from the JCU Medicine Volunteer Department.
In order to assist Doctors in training, JCU operates a small program in which members of the community register to be a volunteer to assist trainee Doctors doing their training by virtue of role-playing some nominated issues that a patient may have. The roles are non-invasive and cover a wide range of events during the year.
The program is voluntary and they understand that some times and dates are not suitable in all cases so they like a range of volunteers to ensure they can get suitable people when required.
The link below provides a more detailed explanation of the program which is vital for the training of our future doctors. It is also possible for volunteers to register for other more invasive role-playing however this is a separate part of the program and only applies to those that specifically advise they would like to participate in that type of assistance.
The presentation was well received by everyone and appreciated that our community is providing assistance to our future medical needs.
JCU Volunteer Simulated Patients Jim Baker 2023-09-09 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange (YEP)

The guest speaker at our coming meeting on Thursday 13th July 2023, is Doug Pollock, who will update us on the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.
This was a very well-respected program that has been impacted by COVID and other issues.
Our Club has had the pleasure of hosting many overseas Exchange Students, many of who are still in contact with our club, and some of our members have had the pleasure of visiting and seeing how they have grown since returning home.
The program has also allowed us to also send many of our young local community members to be hosted overseas in various countries.
Visitors are most welcome to our meetings at any time, however, if wishing to eat, we need notice by the Tuesday morning prior.
Phone the Secretary on 0407730619
Rotary Youth Exchange (YEP) Jim Baker 2023-07-06 14:00:00Z 0

Critical Minerals

Club members were provided with an excellent overview of the Critical Minerals resources that are available in Queensland, and more specifically within  North Queensland by Scott Stewart.
We are blessed to have very large areas with what is fast becoming valuable minerals that are necessary for the variety of things that are being developed to enhance our future living needs as environmental aspects change.
Most of the minerals mentioned were not the common types we are used to, but are being sought by various countries for the provision of future power needs.
We learned that a number of projects are being undertaken to value-add these products rather than just sending them overseas in their raw state. All of which will add to future opportunities for our communities to grow.
An excellent, and non-political, presentation by Scott Stewart, a former member of our club highlighting how North Queensland is likely to grow.
Critical Minerals Jim Baker 2023-07-06 14:00:00Z 0

Meeting 1st Dec at Empire Hotel

Members and Guests, the meeting for the week of 1st December is being held at the Empire Hotel McIlwraith Street Sth Townsville 
Meeting 1st Dec at Empire Hotel Jim Baker 2022-11-29 14:00:00Z 0


Members and guests at a recent meeting of the club had the privilege to hear about one of the very hardworking and dedicated work being done by the Family Emergency Accommodation Townsville (FEAT) team in our city.
The Speaker was Mandy Thompson, CEO of FEAT, who provided an outline of the organization's charter, the work they do, and how they are funded, which all highlighted the importance of this team of dedicated people trying to make life easier for people in our community.
The services they provide can be summarised as:
  • Information, referral & advocacy
  • Crisis intervention
  • Referral to crisis housing & shelters
  • Emotional support
  • Support to sustain tenancies
  • Link to a range of broader assistance
  • Support services for children
However, a better explanation would be, the provision of long-term housing(when available), Homeless Services, No Interest Loans to those in need.
Most funds come from the Government, however, other groups in the community also provide valuable assistance with fundraising and support, especially the Sisters of Mercy who have supported them for many years.
Mundingburra Rotary has provided some financial assistance to the organization and are looking at other ways of support.
The  following Web link provides a more detailed outline of the wonderful work they do for our community
Thanks, Mandy for a great presentation and for allowing us to understand more of the work FEAT do.
F.E.A.T. Jim Baker 2022-11-29 14:00:00Z 0

End Polio


A major project of Rotary International is to assist with the goal of stopping Polio around the world. 
Below is some of the information on the progress todate.

What is polio?

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a paralyzing and potentially deadly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5. The virus spreads from person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can then attack the nervous system.

Learn more about the disease

Our goal

  • Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.

    As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

    Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.

    Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

    Explore the history of Rotary and polio eradication

By the numbers

  • $average cost to fully protect a child against polio

  • 430 million children in total vaccinated in 39 countries in 2017

  • $100 million cost to conduct polio surveillance worldwide


End Polio  Jim Baker 2022-11-03 14:00:00Z 0

Club meeting is off site this week 2nd June

The Mundingburra Rotary Club is meeting on Wednesday night this week at \Toms Tavern in a joint meeting with Thuringowa Central Rotary Club.
Back to the Townsville RSL the following week as normal.
Club meeting is off site this week 2nd June Jim Baker 2022-05-28 14:00:00Z 0

Helping our Environment


The club guest speaker last week was Sandra Richards who spoke of the important work going on with a company she is associated with, QPLUS, in turning waste wood and plastics into products that save polluting our environment.
Interestingly the company is based in Townsville and is working with other groups to encourage other likeminded groups to assist with making our planet a better place.
Sandra indicated plastic waste from farms has always created a problem for farmers, do they bury it, burn it, or find some other way to store it, however the new facility in Townsville can turn it into products that can be used in both commercial and private ways to replace chopping down trees. These products could be a simple as decking boards for household decks, to railway sleepers & fence posts, plus multiple other products.
Helping our Environment  Jim Baker 2022-05-06 14:00:00Z 0

Townsville Community Development Section

The club had the pleasure of Helene James from the City Council as a guest speaker for our meeting telling us all about the way the council works with the community on various activities – actually a large list overall.
(Club President Ryan Lacaze presenting a certificate of thanks to Helena.
The club also made a donation of $100 to  Australian Rotary Health for Mental Health research in appreciation of her talk to us.)
An enthusiastic Helena gave an overview of the team she is part of and then explained a number of their roles and the projects they are working with jointly with various community groups. These included the following, as they have too many to list  separately, 
Townsville Community Development Section  Jim Baker 2022-05-04 14:00:00Z 0

LYME DISEASE  – The Mystery


Last week our guest speaker, Fiona Richards, a person who had experienced the impact of LYME, gave a presentation that highlighted the challenges facing the many people in our population that suffer from what is very likely LYME, however medical professionals appear to be faced with deregistration if they indicate the person may have LYME.
Australia believes that it can only be acquired overseas, yet blood tests sent to international countries that do LYME testing, have confirmed many instances that the person has the LYME disease, whereas Australian testings claims when they do it, they also get a positive result but state it’s a false positive.  
Its clearly a controversial issue, and one that listening to the presenter, gives the impression that acknowledging this as a problem in Australia would create some other issues.
One of our members partners has also faced the same issue, and had to go overseas to be treated for the disease, which was extremely costly, but necessary to allow her to enjoy a good quality of life.
Overall, a very interesting and challenging presentation. Her presentation was supported by the information on Lyme Disease Association of Australia, which make good reading.
It should be noted however, some Australian medical papers indicate it’s a possibility that a person has got LYME in Australia,  but more likely symptoms of a problem closely resembling LYME.
A very interesting and thought provoking talk
LYME DISEASE  – The Mystery  Jim Baker 2022-02-06 14:00:00Z 0

Mundingburra Rotary next meeting 13th Jan 2022

Members and Guests, due to the festive season upon us, we are taking a meeting break and will resume at the Townsville RSL on the 13th January 2022.
The club wishes everyone a very happy and enjoyable festive period and hopes that the New Year achieves your desires. 
Take care and drive safely if travelling. And remember this time of the year is difficult for some people, so support them where possible.
Mundingburra Rotary next meeting 13th Jan 2022 Jim Baker 2021-12-08 14:00:00Z 0

Mundingburra Rotary EarlyAct Club Support

The Mundingburra Rotary Club are pleased to announce the formation of an EarlyAct club at Townsville Grammar School. This is for children under 12.
A formal presentation was held on Thursday 14th Oct to present the documentation to the School and two students representing the EarlyAct members.
Even prior to formally starting the club, these young members of the club took about raising funds for various worthwhile community needs and confirmed they are committed to helping to make life better for those in need.
Club President Ryan Lacaze, and our Club school Rep, Robert Tardiani, had the pleasure of presenting the clubs certificate to  the EarlyAct reps, Kalea and Kris under the watchful eye of Louise and Chris (Townsville Grammar staff).
Listening to the speeches by both Kalea and Kris, highlighted the great work they are doing in the school to promote community goodwill and led to great applause from the members present.
Townsville Grammar also hosts an Interact club and this new EarlyAct club will build on the good work the Interact Club has done and provide them a feeder group of keen students.
More photos of the night are below
Mundingburra Rotary EarlyAct Club Support Jim Baker 2021-10-20 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary helping our Community

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
Rotary helping our Community Jim Baker 2020-10-20 14:00:00Z 0

Townsville Grammar School Interact Club

Visiting Members of the Townsville Grammar School Interact Club
with  Mundingburra Rotary President Shane Smith
and Past District Governor Robert Tardaini
Three students from the Townsville Grammar School’s Interact Club attended our meeting and provided a wonderful overview of the work they are doing as students to build a good community support base for various projects they are undertaking.
They do various projects to fund raise so they can assist with a number of activities to support vulnerable and needy people. They are also working on how to assist young people in Timor Leste (one of our close neighbours to Australia). One upcoming fundraiser will involve a Car Wash event, which many of our Rotary Club members have agreed to also attend and pay for a wash as many mentioned they hadn’t been too busy to wash their own vehicles.
Presentations were given by the Interact Club President, the Interact Treasurer, and one other, outlining the work they are doing.
As possible future leaders of our community, it was gratifying to see that our youth have the community at mind at this incredibly young stage in life.
Out thanks to the teacher who accompanied them to our meeting, and also to the students themselves for sharing personal time with us.
Townsville Grammar School Interact Club Jim Baker 2020-08-25 14:00:00Z 0

Venue Change 4th July

As our normal club meeting venue is unavailable this week (Thursday 4th July) we are meeting at the normal times at Seagulls Resort, 74 The Esplanade, Belgian Gardens.  (access is via Primrose Street.
Venue Change 4th July Jim Baker 2019-06-10 14:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting  5th July 2018

The Club meeting this coming week will be at the Centenary Hotel, French street, Pimlico. ^pm for 6.30pm start
Club Meeting  5th July 2018 Jim Baker 2018-07-02 14:00:00Z 0

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