Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.
What We Do:
- DCR members are active in a range of Rotary programs including travel to Kenya on RAWCS projects, travel to India on End Polio projects, travel to Laos on the Helping Hands project.
- Our members have undertaken a range of Rotary self development programs and have funded community events for suicide intervention, youth development and environmental walking tracks.
- Annually the club donates over $25,000 to the Discovery Coast Community and Rotary International
Our Fundraising Projects:
- Discovery Coast Rotary Markets
- Discovery Coast Melbourne Cup
- Discovery Coast Biggest Morning Tea
- Discovery Coast Fish Racing
- Gladstone strongly participates in RYPEN, RYLA, YEP.
- Our other main event is Ladies Long Table Event held in early September and raising around the $6000.00 mark. Last years funds going to Gladstone Women’s Health and Safe Haven (for Wombats).
- Our main fund raising event is the Swap Meet which is held in August each year raising around the $20,000 mark. Most funds going back into the Gladstone community.
This year we have received a Rotary Grant $2000 this is going towards a BBQ area at Edenvale Nursing Home in Gladstone to give visitors and residents a larger outside area to sit.
Charter Date: 18 May 1993
PO Box 1906 Gladstone Q 4680
Wednesday: 12.00 for 12.15pm Gladstone Bowls Club
What Do We Do
- Provide support to many local charities and service projects including SES, Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary, School Chaplaincy, Roseberry House, PCYC, and many more.
- Support Rotary local and international service projects
- Sponsor the education of 2 children from the Shepherds Arms Children’s Home
- Active member in the Days for Girls charity
- Support Mount Larcom State School Interact Club and the Clinton State Primary School Rotakids
How we Raise Funds
- Monthly Charity Markets at Kmart
- Motor Traders Golf Day annual event
- Musica event showcasing artists, culture, song, and language
- Sausage sizzles
- Harbour Festival Easter Parade
- Money Spinner
Bikes to Wheelchairs Project
Building on the good work done by the Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise, we are building basic robust wheelchairs, some parts of which are sourced from discarded bikes. Surfers Sunrise have refined a design and construction model to efficiently make these wheel-chairs.
They have manufactured over 8000 wheelchairs during the last 20 years, and have delivered them to 31 countries where they have provided basic mobility for people with a range of disabilities. There is an ongoing need for more of these wheel-chairs.
Gladstone Sunrise are doing the same work locally, and have adopted a similar model to that used by Surfers Sunrise with involvement from other community groups and business’. We are also supported by other Rotary Clubs in our district
Our first priority was to secure an ongoing source of bikes. We are pleased to be able to report that the Gladstone Regional Council has agreed to collect all bikes that were previously dumped and now supply to us for this project.
We have had the use of a donated workshop for 18 months until end of year 2017 but have been fortunate to secure the use of another premises from the start of 2018. We have recently moved into the former Reef City Ford building, but this is also a short to medium term arrangement. A long term solution to this is critical to the project going forward.
Value of a wheelchair
Simple wheelchairs like this will completely change the life of a disabled person and also their family, as it allows both the disabled person and their carer to be more independent and productive. Basic wheelchairs like this can be produced for about $100.00.
Cost to make
It is a sobering to think that the life of a whole family can be drastically changed for ever by the gift of a $100.00 wheelchair.
It is also important to understand that all donated money goes directly to building wheelchairs, with 0% going to admin or labour.
All Rotarians and Friends of Rotary are unpaid volunteers.
Surfers Sunrise have developed long standing relationships with several other Community groups. These people add value to the package when the wheelchair is shipped. Each wheelchair is delivered with at least a basic paint job but some have been customised with other personalised artwork.
In Gladstone in addition to the assistance that have had from community minded individuals, and other Rotary Clubs, we have formed a good relationship with
Toolooa State High,
Gladstone State High, and
Arts students and other school groups have added colour and appeal to many of the wheel-chairs by giving them individual painted designs. Each school has indicated the wish for an ongoing relationship with the project.
d9560 PASSPORT ROTARY
PURPOSE OF PASSPORT CLUB
Rotary Passport Club members are local people who want to make a difference in their community in a way that fits within their time, talent and finances, as well as with their family, work and life commitments.
Our newly formed Rotary Passport Club members are full Rotary members, with the same privileges and rights as Rotarians in traditional clubs. Membership in our club provides you with a passport to visit and work with any other Rotary Club in the world and to take part in activities, programs and projects that interest and engage you.
- Attract new and returning members to Rotary who have difficulty attending weekly meetings.
- Invite people who have a TRUE PASSION for making a difference in their community through service.
- Reduce the time a Rotaractor transitions to Rotary membership.
- Retain members where expense is a drawback to joining or continuing Rotary.
- Support existing Clubs in their “Service Above Self” community projects with additional resources.
HOW IT OPERATES
To do this, our newly formed Rotary Passport Club only holds a few “in-person” meetings each year. Instead of weekly meetings, members are encouraged to engage in humanitarian service – however that works best for them. The founding principle of our Rotary Passport Club is to make Rotary fit your life.
- Passport Club has only four business meetings / year, once per quarter.
- During the other 8 months, they will have a meeting with a Club or assist / attend other club fundraisers / events.
- Have a social (i.e. Happy Hour) / Zoom meeting each month at various locations.
- Members can also attend any other meeting of any Club in the District that may be convenient for their schedule.
- Members are REQUIRED to commit to 30 hours of service each year through projects, fundraisers and/or supporting other non-profit organizations.
- All partner Clubs in the District are requested to email their upcoming projects/fundraisers to the Passport Club President and Secretary. These events will be posted on the Passport Club calendar so all members can pick which projects/events fit their schedules.
- If the 30-hour service commitment is not feasible due to other personal time commitments, the Passport Club member would consider donating to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) each year.
- Passport Club members are responsible for paying Rotary International and District 9570 dues
END POLIO NOW – ONE OF OUR BIGGEST CHALLENGES
ROTARY FOUNDATION – SIX AREAS OF FOCUS
1 – Peace & Conflict Prevention / Resolution
2 – Disease Prevention & Treatment
3 – Water & Sanitation
4 – Maternal & Child Health
5 – Basic Education & Literacy
6 – Economic & Community Development
FULL MEMBERSHIP – Full Membership of the Passport Rotary Club involves the following –
- Member is a full club member (registered in My Rotary, one vote at district and international level)
- Member can hold office and have voting rights within the club
- Dinner badge included
- Member can wear Rotary lapel pin
- Club determines fee payable (currently $220 p/year)
- Pay own way when attending club meetings and/or events
- Requirement to attend all four club meetings, pay own way if attending event
- Rotary is organised around clubs, which are the building blocks of the organisation
- Club members are the ‘People of Action’