The Rotary Club of Buderim
On 7th March, 1994 Rotary International chartered The Rotary Club of Buderim on The Sunshine Coast with 27 members under the sponsorship of The Rotary Club of Mooloolaba. The Charter was presented to the Club’s Charter President, Patrick White, at a dinner at the Big Pineapple on 23rd April, 1994 by the then District Governor, Doug Biggs.
Since that time The Rotary Club of Buderim members have channeled their commitment to service above themselves through five avenues of service: community service, youth service, club service, vocational service and international service.
Since 1994 The Rotary Club of Buderim has been involved in organizing and marshaling the annual Rotary Club of Buderim Australia Day Parade. The Parade is a highlight of Australia Day celebrations in Buderim and attracts several thousand spectators to the main street each year.
Community Service is also about improving health. The Rotary Club of Buderim instigated the Buderim Men’s Shed which is now the biggest Men’s Shed in Australia with close to 300 members.
Big or smaller projects such as the construction of two shelters in Buderim Forest Park, and providing medical aids for residential aged care facilities, draw the Buderim Club members together with the goal to improve the quality of life in the community.
The Roadside Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) 1-day course for teenagers to help create safer future drivers and road users is an annual success for our Club.
The Rotary Club of Buderim has supported school students by getting involved in the Interact Club of Matthew Flinders Anglican College and sponsoring selected school students to participate in the National Youth Science Forums in both Canberra and Perth.
Rotary International has a well established Youth Exchange Program as well as a shorter term exchange program with New Zealand. The Rotary Club of Buderim has supported both of these programs.
Since Charter President, Patrick White in 1994 through to our current President, Lynne Phillips, outstanding individuals have stepped up to strengthen fellowship and effective functioning of the Club.
Of the original charter members, Bob Acaster, Lynne Phillips and Paul Tanner remain as full members.
The Rotary Club of Buderim has been visiting local businesses on The Sunshine Coast to learn about industry and professions within our community and build our networks. In addition, we regularly have local business people as guest speakers. This assists our members in keeping abreast with local issues. The commitment of Club members has made possible the Awards for Pride of Workmanship that are based on recognition of high ethical conduct in business and professions.
In 1997 and in association with a Rotary Club in Brisbane, The Rotary Club of Buderim collected and refurbished unused bicycles on the Sunshine Coast that were shipped to the Solomon Islands to be used as transport by the local nurses.
In 1998, members of the Club were involved in a Rotary Australia World Community Service project on Ferguson Island in Papua New Guinea. This project involved the construction of a two-story, four classroom, and teaching block at a local school.
The Rotary Club of Buderim plays a vital role in seeking donations for the purchase of water filtering devices known as “LifeStraws” and arranged for “LifeStraws” valued at over $90,000 to be sent to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
The Buderim Club contributes to significant programs and humanitarian missions on a world–wide scale. We support long term goals such as the eradication of polio which commenced in 1985 and continues today under The Rotary Foundations’ management as PolioPlus. Rotary’s initiative to eradicate the world of Polio is the biggest undertaking of any organisation either government or non-government and we, as Rotarians, consider it to be our gift to the children of the world, now and in the future.
Since its charter, in addition to “hands on” projects, The Rotary Club of Buderim has raised over $400,000 for distribution to both the local and international “needy” communities. Club members get involved in various fundraising from Christmas raffles, corporate golf days and the almost obligatory, sausage sizzle.
If you would like to become a member of this very worthwhile organization and make a positive difference in the Buderim community & the world, contact us today.