Supporting Youth, particularly in relation to education, is just one of the seven ‘areas of focus’ of Rotary International.  Buderim Rotary has a proud history of applying this focus to the benefit of our local Youth.

With the deplorable Australian literacy statistics being the subject of much media attention recently, our Club is proudly sponsoring two ‘Story Dogs’ at our local schools.  These dog teams are a fantastic way to encourage primary school age children to enjoy and embrace reading, with a view to halting the cycle of low self-esteem and employment issues which statistically go hand-in-hand with illiteracy.  Teachers are lauding the efficacy of the Story Dog program as they see the benefits to their students who have been struggling with reading.

President Clive thanks Suzie Warwick from Story Dogs for her presentation

This month we return to the Nambour Showgrounds to support the RYDA program.  RYDA features a highly engaging and memorable one-day workshop which seeks to improve students’ understanding of road safety. The workshop sessions and practical demonstrations are designed to be held in small groups and highlight the consequences of irresponsible driving for both drivers and passengers. 

This years RYDA Team

The next few weeks will see us supporting Buderim Gardens by cooking up some snags at their Open Day and Craft Fair.  Whilst we enjoy doing this each year, some of us lament the easy access to the wonderful, homemade cakes available at the fair (we try to leave enough for them to sell)!  It is an enjoyable day for us, and we love being able to help Buderim Gardens.

Malcolm, Clive & Cathy cooking up a storm at Buderim Gardens Fair

Like most volunteer organizations, we struggle to build our membership to enable us to continue, and build on, the work we do for our local community.  As current members we are well aware of the wonderful camaraderie, and sense of satisfaction we obtain from knowing that we make a difference in our community, however, the challenge is always enticing others to test these waters.  Dispelling the long-held beliefs such as ‘Rotary is mainly for men’, or ‘You have to go to every meeting’, is challenging.

Very simply: the Rotary Club of Buderim is a group of men and women who share a desire to make a positive difference in the community, form lasting friendships, and have fun.  We have a lunch meeting with a Guest Speaker each Friday at the Buderim tavern Function Room which members can attend if able to do so, and after the meeting we head down to Mint to enjoy a coffee and chat.  Locally we are involved in Buderim Australia Day Picnic in The Park, Jazz in The Park, Buderim Christmas Carols, Buderim Gardens Craft Fair, MNC Breaky for the Homeless, BMSS Brekky Club, as well as our support for local youth as mentioned above. 

So, if you are interested in being involved in so many of our wonderful local community events, why not contact us