Historical Highlights of Rotary Noosa Daybreak Club
Jenny Whitehead –19th President 2016/17.
What a year we had! Each and every Member of the Club has contributed in some way. After having only lived in Noosa for a short time I was very honoured to be asked to lead this dynamic Club for the 2016/2017 year.
During the year with our focus on youth we have been able to support individuals and groups in the following activities: Tennis scholarships, NYSF (National Youth Science Forum), YEP (Youth Exchange Program), RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), RYDA (Youth Driver Awareness), Noosa Dolphins under 15s Rugby NZ tour, Seahorse Nippers, Coolum State High Awards, University of Sunshine Coast, and the inaugural Schools' writing competition which was held in conjunction with the Bookfest.
We have supported Angel Flight and also the Riders on postie bikes with a combined event with the Mens' Shed for prostate cancer awareness. With funds from the Club Peter McDonald has been able to build a house for a family and part of another house in Cambodia.
With the stunning financial result from the Bookfest we were able to give the Hear and Say Centre $12,000, and the Sunshine Butterflies $12,000 combined with a further $10,000 from the Rotary Aust. Compassionate Grants.
We continued assisting with Meals on Wheels and fundraising through the Bunnings BBQs.
Fundraising dollars donated to all causes for the year totalled $38,601.During the year we welcomed six new Members, with three existing members farewelled due to relocations. All in all a very successful year and I thank everyone very much for their support.
Jeff Williams - 18th President 2015/16. Another year has come and gone, and with it another year of helping the community. Again, Bookfest Noosa was the club’s major fundraiser, with the major beneficiaries being the Sunshine Hospice and the Leukaemia Foundation, both charities being particularly topical within the community, one by its presence, the other by its temporary absence. I‘m particularly proud of the fact that the club has voted to once again participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, whereby the club sponsors a student to live and attend school for a year in another country, to experience and learn about a foreign culture and language and teach others about theirs. In return, the club then hosts a student for a year, whereby the same process ensues. The goal of the program is to promote understanding and fellowship within the international community, and in my opinion is probably the most successful program of its type available. The club has continued to strengthen its membership base, with a number of events contributing to the fellowship and bonhomie of our members. Our progressive dinner proved a huge success as was the river cruise, and as usual, when the club was working, the members were enjoying themselves. We’re a close knit group, but also very welcoming of anyone who would like to join us. If you’d like to do that, we’d love to hear from you!
Gill Timpany - 17th President 2014/15. Another successful year for our Club, thanks to the hard work of all our members, their partners and Friends of Rotary. The Club has donated $24,685 to various Charities this year. Some of the Charities we have supported are Smart Pups Aust, overseas Water and Sanitation project in the Solomon Islands with the Mooloolaba Club, two local Surf Clubs, the Nepal Earthquake Appeal to name but a few. While managing to raise money we have had lots of fun and fellowship. Our Club has seen an increase of two new members, both who have taken a very active part in the Club. A Paul Harris Fellowship Award was presented to John Hilton for all his hard work particularly for taking part in the Overseas Project in the Solomon Islands. We have also supported the local Community through Meals on Wheels, the Rotary Youth Diver Awareness program and helping the Salvation Army with their Red Shield Appeal. Rotary is all about Service Above Self and I think as a Club we have managed to achieve this. We must not become complacent, there is always someone, or somewhere that will need our help.
Ian McDonald – 16th President in 2013/14
And guess what! After completing construction of our storage Shed facility and moving in, we were successful in having its road named “ROTARY WAY”.
The year was notable for membership growth, resulting in new skills being brought to the Club by our new and younger personnel. Also this year, our main fundraising event, the BOOKFEST NOOSA, achieved a record result, leading to significant donations being made to The Hear and Say Centre Sunshine Coast, to Guide Dogs Qld, and to the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club’s Access Program. Along with a number of other donations, the Funds supporting all causes totalled over $32,000, not forgetting other non monetary support actions, especially with our youth programs. Our active Club received recognition from Rotary International with three Awards, namely “2013-14 Presidential Citation” for active work, “2013-14 Rotary Club Central Award” for strategic goal setting, and “Membership Development and Extension Award” for membership growth and retention. For a small Club, we have the energy, innovation and determination to make for a very bright future.
Ian McDonald - 15th President in 2012/13 It has been a very successful year, as our members focused on specific objectives. Membership grew, with six new members joining the team, a very gratifying achievement. The annual Bookfest Noosa was once again successful, making the same return of funds in three days this year as was made in four days previously. This enabled us to donate $8,000 to the Hear and Say Centre, Sunshine Coast, a world leading organisation which supports young children with hearing loss, teaching them to hear, listen and speak, using modern technology and therapy. We were also able to donate $7,000 to the Life Education Association, Cooloola-Noosa, a community based organisation at the front line of educating young children about drugs and healthy living.
Surf Clubs and Rotary Foundation projects were also among our other donee recipients. Since our Club chartered we have now donated over $413,000 to many great causes. Besides we worked hard on the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness program for our region, jointly with the other Clubs in our area, plus delivery of Meals on Wheels to our local citizens, along with other tasks. Another milestone achieved this year was the final erection of our new Storage Shed facility on Council leased land and built with Govt. Grant funds. A ‘Shed” large enough for both our Club and the Noosa Heads Lions Club to store all their gear and serve our community better. We are excited - let’s move in now!
Robyn Opperman – 14th President in 2011/12 Our club has enjoyed wonderful support from our Friends of Rotary, past members, spouses and family members. We have supported 6 Youth programmes; 5 International projects; 4 National Projects and 5 Local Charities. Some of the local charities who we have supported have given back to our club in giving of their time and without their combined support our fund raising efforts would not be possible, so sincere thanks to you all. By working together we can achieve amazing things in the name of Rotary. Our annual donations to charities this year 2011/2012 is $24,056. These donations cover a diverse range of recipients. To date the Rotary Club of Noosa Heads Daybreak has donated a total sum of $382,383 since our charter in 1999.Our symbol of the Rotary Wheel is aptly chosen. Each project grows in momentum as The Rotary Club of Noosa Heads Daybreak grows from strength to strength and reaches out to people in our Community.
Robyn Opperman - 13th President in 2010/2011 Our Club made donations this year to the “end Polio Now” global program, to the Qld Flood Appeal, to the Surf Lifesaving Clubs of Noosa & Sunshine Beach, for two ShelterBoxes for victims of natural disasters, to sponsor a Noosa youth to the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra, and to a number of other important worthy causes. Our club’s progress in securing a permanent storage shed facility is well underway. A dream which our club has been working on for several years under the guidance of the late Geoff Aldridge and through the work of other members. Dreams can happen and it is our club’s goal to see this project through to completion.
Our Rotary Club Board have given exceptional service throughout a challenging year and thanks to them for their continuation of service into the year 2011/2012 in Rotary.As President I had the honour of awarding two new and very special awards. Firstly John McAlpin was presented with the ‘Geoff Aldridge Bookfest Noosa 2011 Award’ for outstanding service in the management and success of the Bookfest Noosa fundraising project. The second award ‘The John Fell Outstanding Member Award 2011’ was given to Sue Defina for the outstanding service she has given to our Club. As an exceptional Rotarian John Fell himself has given outstanding service to projects within our club and other clubs over many years and through his generosity it was my pleasure to present Sue with Rotary’s highest award, a ‘Paul Harris Fellow’..
Peter Bolitho 12th President from July to October 2010 Some significant highlights of our Club's achievements included focusing on fundraising initiatives that dedicated their proceeds to the "End Polio Now" global campaign of Rotary to eliminate Polio from the world and we succeeded in donating in total $15,000 to the cause. Also an all new evening entertainment event was staged, "Moonlight on Noosa Marina", which proved to be highly popular with our local community and set the whole marina alight with band music and outdoor dining, courtesy of the various different restaurants. A good fun time was had by all.
John McAlpin 11th President in 2009/10. We “worked hard, played hard and had lots of fun!” This included the staging of our Charity Golf Event and our Bookfest Noosa, enabling us to supply a new Helimod Stretcher for the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter Service, renovate housing accommodation for Childhood Cancer Support Inc., and supply a portable Oxygen Concentrator to the Katie Rose Cottage Hospice. Some other programs we achieved were staging of the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness project jointly with other Clubs, for the benefit of our youth, and delivering Meals on Wheels to our citizens, besides supporting a number of other needy causes and working on other fundraising activities. Add to this the good times had at wild dinner parties, cocktail evenings, intriguing excursions, hilarious breakfast meetings, and it was a great year for us Daybreakers.
Jesse Loxton10th President in 2008/09. The club continued to build on the strong foundations laid in previous years and managed to win the prize for the largest number of new members of all clubs in District 9600. For the first time our club had more female than male members! The Annual Pannells’ Golf day and the Bookfest together raised over $45000.
We presented the Noosa Hospital with a Golf Buggy Patient Transporter at a cost of $8800. Other funds were distributed to the Victorian Bushfire victims, the North Qld flood victims and various local charities e.g. Meals on Wheels, Butterfly kids, Sunshine Coast Hospice, Surfing for the Disabled and Noosa Coastguard. We collated and printed a club booklet with members’ details, photos and lots of Rotary information. This was a great success and helped members to bond easily and also get to know their partners. The 10th Anniversary celebration was well attended by previous presidents and ‘retired’ Rotarians
Warren Burrows 9th President in 2007/08. Apart from hard work both physical and mental the club enjoyed good Fellowship, Friendship and Fun, the three F’s. After all DaybreakRotary is known as the fun club. Our activities included: The annual golf day raised about $11,500. Funds went to furnishing an accommodation unit at the oncology section of Nambour hospital and a defibrillator for the Noosa Volunteer Coastguard.- Kate del Mar the district’s ambassadorial scholar to Switzerland spoke to us in August Christmas card competition at the Lutheran College Donated $1,500 for water projects in PNG. Wrapping Christmas presents at the Civic Centre. The money raised was put towards Christmas food vouchers for the Salvation Army.
Corrie Parkinson - 8th President in 2006/07. To “Lead the Way”. The club involvement during 2006 / 7 included the following Pancakes for Breakfast for Polioplus An Appeal from ‘Helping hands in Cambodia, Donated $5000 for building materials for a school in the Solomon Islands through RAWCS. We also sent a FAIM team to help. We fundraised at Easter and sent another $6000 in aid after the tsunami. Melbourne Cup race day luncheon held jointly with the Rotary Club of NoosaHeads. Rotary project constructing water wells in PNG received another $1500 - Donated $7000 to ROMAC and K’Chin, a medical patient from Vietnam, who has become part of the Rotary family.
Simon Gamble - 7th President in 2005/06. Major fundraisers were the Charity Golf Day, held at Noosa Springs Championship golf course, and the Noosa Bookfest, which has grown “like topsy’ to reach sales of $20,000. Once again, we supported the Energex Rescue helicopter, and gave a $15,000 donation to Brisbane based organization “Operation Smile”, to assist in funding a visit to Vietnam by volunteer Australian surgeons, to operate on children with cranio-facial deformities.
Carolyn Krueger - 6th President in 2004/05. By the end of her year, eleven of our members had received PHF recognition, with two being sapphire, and we also recognised two local community leaders as Paul Harris Fellows. We ‘adopted’ three villages in PNG through the RAM Adopt A Village program and committed to the supply of school desks to PNG. We introduced a Charity Golf Day and raised approximately $12 500, with most of the money going to the Oncology Unit of the Noosa Hospital to purchase much-needed equipment and some going to Noosa Coastguard to replace a repeater station that took a direct hit during a recent electrical storm.
Beverley Donoghoe- 5th President in 2003/04. We continued with our fundraising by supporting the Energex Rescue Helicopter, the NoosaHeads Surf Lifesaving Club and the FAIM team of the Rotary Club of NoosaHeads
Mal Taylor - 4th President in 2002/03. Through our two major fundraisers, our Bookfest and our Melbourne Cup Luncheon and Charity Auction we were able to contribute substantially to the Sunshine Coast Cancer Foundation situated at the Nambour Hospital. We raised the funds to purchase a much-needed treatment bed. In that year, we also supplied a defibrillator for our local Noosa Ambulance.
Anne Oxley - 3rd President in 2001/02. Saw us raise money for a much-needed patio shade sail for the Oncology Unit at the Noosa Hospital and during Anne’s year we held our inaugural, and what was to become, our highly successful Bookfest.
Jim Kefford - 2nd President in 2000/01. During his year we introduced a ‘drip feeding system’ whereby our members were encouraged to contribute, on a weekly basis, toward The Rotary Foundation.
Neil Fraser -1st President in 1999/2000 Our charter president led the Club in its first major community project, a Skate Park adjacent to the Noosa Aquatic Centre. While Noosa has always been a wonderful tourist area, there was a need for some entertainment for local youth other than surfing. The Skate Park was seen as a much-needed form of entertainment. We entered into an agreement with our local council and were given a number of years to pay if off. With no historical information on fundraising we were unsure if we could meet the criteria and so, when we actually paid it off in a much shorter period than mooted, we went ahead with great bravado.