JUNE ’24

June is always an active month on the Rotary Club calendar as Clubs review the past year, prepare for the Change-Over Dinner, and the Incoming President and Board Members make plans for steering the Club over the next twelve months.  Some Presidents breath a sigh of relief at the thought of handing over the reins, while others shed a metaphorical tear as their tenure comes to an end (I’m sure our President Clive falls into this category).

Incoming President, Ken Grant, is full of vim and vigor, and our Members are excited about where his enthusiasm will take us this year.  Many people will know Ken from his leadership of the Buderim Muscle, and know him to be very hard-working, motivated and affable, all qualities which stand him in good stead to lead us well.

How good was the Dog’s Day Out?  Amazing turn-out for an inaugural event.  Well done BWMCA, yet another great yearly event added to the Buderim calendar I should imagine.  And a big thankyou to all who patronized our hamburger stall.  We had a very successful day (not to mention it was also fun), and your contribution will help us to continue the work we do in our community.

We are very happy to see that the Dept of Housing has provided motel accommodation to many of the homeless here on The Coast.  For them it means a clean, warm, safe place to sleep, and allows them to be able to function without being constantly hampered by sleep deprivation.  For us it means the end of our BBQ Breaky at the Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre.  We have enjoyed cooking up the fresh, hot burgers and providing a friendly banter with the customers.  We will happily reconsider how we can continue our support of MNC.  They are now feeding so many struggling individuals and families that it is no longer feasible for them to provide sit-down meals, and all meals are now packaged as take-aways; this creates a need for take-away containers, serviettes, and, of course, the ongoing need for non-perishable pantry items. 

We received a lovely thankyou from Buderim Gardens for manning the BBQ at their recent handcraft market, and advising that the money we raised will go towards the running of the Pink Bus which provides a safe, emergency sleeping environment for women and children.

As usual our Club is on the lookout for new members, particularly as we have many members planning holidays for the coming year.  The new Rotary year is a great time to join as the Club is in planning mode and new ideas are welcomed and encouraged.  New members always add a new dimension to the Club which helps maintain vibrancy.  Our Club is ideal for anyone wishing to become more involved in the Buderim community, because we are involved in so many events in the Buderim calendar:  Australia Day, Dogs Day Out, Jazz in The Park, Carols in The Park.