Christmas Carols at Villa McCauley and Regis Nursing Homes 3rd December 2023 2023-12-03 13:00:00Z 0

Strand Markets December 2023

Shoutout to the Rotary Club of Ross River for rocking the Strand Markets last Friday! Our amazing team hustled from setup to pack up, ensuring a seamless event. 💪💙
What makes it even better? Every dollar earned goes straight back to our community! 🤝 Your support at the markets helps fund local projects that make a real impact. 🌈 Thank you, Rotary Club of Ross River, and our fantastic community! 
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Step UP for Down Syndrome BBQ 2023

What a perfect day at The Strand on Saturday! The Ross River Rotary Club members came together to host a BBQ at the StepUP! for Down Syndrome Townsville fundraising event for Down Syndrome Association of Qld.
The gorgeous weather and picturesque location couldn't have been more perfect. The sun was shining, the sea breeze was invigorating, and the smiles on everyone's faces were truly infectious.
A huge thanks to Sunrise Rotary Townsville who provided us with both the barbeque trailer and their dedicated members David Roderick and Brian Dobson who cooked up a storm!
Together, we're making our community more inclusive and supportive. #RossRiverRotaryClub #StepUpForDownSyndrome #CommunitySupport
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2023 Handover Lunch at the Yacht Club 2023-06-24 14:00:00Z 0

Working Bee at Riverway 21st January

What a great day for a working bee to make sure our chairs and tables were spick and span!  The early start was good and with a good roll up we had cleaned all the tables and chairs, cleaned out the trailer and
restacked everything back by 8:30. We now have everything clean for the third of February for our first markets of this year.
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Christmas Carols at Townsville Hospital 15th December 2022 2022-12-14 13:00:00Z 0
Club Christmas Party at Tom's Tavern 2022-12-12 13:00:00Z 0
Visit by DG John and Irene Hall 23rd August 2022 2022-08-22 14:00:00Z 0
Cowboys House Site Visit 19th July 2022 2022-07-18 14:00:00Z 0

2022 Handover Lunch at the Yacht Club

Welcome members to a new Rotary Year. The year finished strong with another successful strand markets set up/pack up. Thank you to all volunteers who helped. The Club handover was excellent! Our guests certainly all enjoyed themselves. Looking forward to another successful year with the Rotary Club of Ross River, and working with our fantastic board. Thank you all for your support.

Matt Bolger
President Ross River Rotary Club    2021-2023


2022 Handover Lunch at the Yacht Club 2022-06-25 14:00:00Z 0
RFDS Site Visit 24 May 2022 2022-05-23 14:00:00Z 0

Strand Markets Report 6/5/22

Posted by Neville Maluga on May 06, 2022
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Yet another successful markets with the help of Tim, Ken , Charlie, Tom and Charmaine came just in time to help erect the tent. We managed to complete the task by 8-00 AM and then went to breakfast.
The evening pack up was done by Ken and his son Daniel, Charlie .JOD, Matt, Trevor and Stefan with the help of other Rotary members. We were pretty much done by 10-30 PM . we still had the trailer with the extra bases and bollards so we picked up the bases, bollards and bunting off the Esplanade rather than carry it all back to the trailer and utes. The other Rotarians did the walk around while we connected up the trailers.
Matt and Stefan came out to Riverway to help unload the trailer which was much appreciated.
Yours in Rotary
Nev and Charlie

Strand Markets Report 6/5/22 Neville Maluga 2022-05-05 14:00:00Z 0

 FIELD DAY WRAP UP 7-8 April 2022

Posted by Nev Maluga and Charlie Rasmussen
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Thank you to all who attended and did their shifts. The event went really well with a good representation of exhibitors. Those that I spoke to were very happy with the response and inquiry they received. 
John Larkin said the numbers were down on Thursday but there were more people through by 10am Friday than all of Thursday. Also they were allowed to park on the grass beside the Civic theatre on Friday. 
The pack up went really well and thanks to Keith for covering for me while I went to a Memorial service. When I arrived back all the flagging, bollards and bases had been collected and returned to the various locations and finished being loaded on my trailer. Our signs had been changed and were stacked by the Trailer. I finished loading the signs, sanitizer stations and we now have another Marque to store as well. We are missing 2 rolls of bunting that I have yet to track down. I loaned the Tea Terrace my 90LTR esky to use which took some tracking down as Ede Events staff had taken it with their tables and chairs but it was quickly returned. 
We will unload the trailer at the next Strand Markets , I will be placing the Markets Signs on the Strand prior to the next Markets. To those whose shifts were cancelled due to our efficiency we will catch up next time. The decision to hire an Events coordinator and Jeanette from Mareeba Markets were well worth the cost as the Event was well organized and ran very smoothly. I think we will be doing it again as a Rotary Event. We won’t know till after the next meeting how the numbers will stack up with a lot of outlay for set up costs. So once again thanks to all who contributed their time to make the event happen.
FIELD DAY WRAP UP 7-8 April 2022 Nev Maluga and Charlie Rasmussen 2022-04-06 14:00:00Z 0

April Strand Market Report

Posted by Nev Maluga on Apr 01, 2022
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Yet another successful markets with the help of Tims friend along with ken , Charlie , Michael , Tom and Peter we managed to complete the task by 7-30 AM and most went to breakfast. 
The evening pack up was done by Ken .JOD , Tiffany , Keith , Tom , Peter , Trevor and the other Rotary members. We were pretty much done by 10-30 PM but once again we abandoned our Tom and Peter who were still wandering the park. I was nearly to the Vale hotel when I noticed my phone light up. It was Tom ringing to tell me I had a seniors moment and forgot to collect the taps, so much for the procedure manual on arriving back Tom and Peter were standing guard . we loaded them up and this time left together thanks Tom and Peter.
Tomorrow morning Ken and I will go to Reid Park to unload the Bollards ,Bases and Signs prior to returning the trailer to Riverway.
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A.E.I.O.U. - Townsville

The Rotary Club of Ross River support The Townsville Autism Early Intervention Outcomes Unit (A.E.I.O.U). Our club support local annual events and have assisted the Townsville A.E.I.O.U with many small projects as outlined below.

Take a Hike Fun Run

Our club has supported the “Take A Hike” fun run each year with the aim of raising funds to enable them to provide a much-needed service to the community. The Rotary Club of Ross River support this event every year by helping set up, cooking a BBQ, serving hot coffee and packing up. This year the organisers had a record number of participants. As part of our community service the Rotary Club of Ross River provides sausage sandwiches and hot coffee to the runners and walkers at the completion of the course.

We have been associated with AEIOU and this event for a number of years and some of our members even participate in the run!

Donation of a Donga.

The Rotary Club of Ross River donated a donga to A.E.I.O.U for interview rooms that could be separate from teaching rooms. Our club completed the foundation design and preparation of construction design sketches. As well as the supervision of foundation construction and installation of the donga.

Installation of a Shade Cover.

The Rotary Club of Ross River sponsored the application for funding from Gambling Community Benefit Fund which was successful.

Reconstruction of Sandpit in the Playground.

The Rotary Club of Ross River supported the reconstruction by providing donations of construction machinery for handling materials.

Construction of Shed

The Rotary Club of Ross River supported the construction of the ground slab and erection of the shed.

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Installation of Water Bore (60 meters depth) at Kon Hra Kotu Village, Central Highlands, Vietnam

In 2017 the Rotary Club of Ross River in conjunction with Mr Derek Smith agreed to assist with the provision of a fresh water bore to the village of Kon Hra Kotu in the Kon Tum province of Vietnam.

Due to the rocky terrain the villagers were unable to dig wells which could supply water all year round and the local river had become too polluted to use for drinking and cooking purposes.

After one failed attempt a second bore was put down to a depth of 60 metres and good water was found. The water is filtered by a modern system of gravel and sand filtering which the villagers can service themselves. The cost of drilling, pipes, filters, electrical and other works came to VND 130,750,000 (AUD 7,500).

Prior to the installation of this bore the villagers were walking up to 18 klms into the hills in the dry season to access fresh water. Approximately 1,500 people are benefitting from having this source of fresh clean drinking water.

Our club is looking forward to partnering with Dereck again in the near future on another water bore project.

Installation of Water Bore (60 meters depth) at Kon Hra Kotu Village, Central Highlands, Vietnam 2017-06-30 14:00:00Z 0

Headspace Building- Riverway

The recently constructed Headspace building on the corner of Ross River Road and Riverway Drive in Townsville is a project that the Rotary Club of Ross River is very proud of. Our club supported this project by providing over 400 man hours over a three year period (2012-2014). The Rotary Club of Ross River were an integral part of the process in delivering the construction of the building by providing the Headspace parent body with assistance in:

  • Seed funding to enable access to a Federal Government grant.
  • Working with Headspace and Townsville City Council to secure a building site.
  • Working with the town planners to change site zoning.
  • Preparation of initial building layout sketches to facilitate architectural drawings.
  • Working with Headspace to assess tenders to select successful Building Contractor.
  • Provision of experienced business and construction supervision personnel for the building review panel as required by the conditions of the grant.

Headspace provides FREE confidential health services for young people aged 12 - 25 across Townsville and surrounding areas. Headspace is about making sure young people have the best support, information, and services for their health and wellbeing. This service has one that was needed in Townsville and The Rotary Club of Ross River were determined to see it succeed.

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Rotary International House James Cook University Townsville

Acting on the initiative of the Rotary Club of Ross River with the support of District Governor Charles Bopf, a project was launched to promote the construction of residences at James Cook University in Townsville to house international students. Stage one would house approximately 40 students with their own self catering facilities and cost about AUD$ 1.2 million.

DG Bopf set up a district committee to promote the project. Support was not unanimous as some northern groups wanted to see the residence in their region. Nevertheless, the work proceeded.

Ross River Rotarian Ted Dews facilitated the project and obtained University approval and support.

Townsville Architects were commissioned and construction was commenced after the foundation stone was unveiled by World Rotary President Royce Abbey (an Australian) on 11th December 1988.

The first students occupied the new residence, Rotary International House (RIH), in 1990.

Rotarians have continued to support RIH, having representation on the management committee for many years and have occasional onsite meetings there.

The university has since extended the House to cater for 118 students.

Rotary International House James Cook University Townsville  2012-08-31 14:00:00Z 0

Gluyas Rotary Lodge

n 1983 initial discussions were held with the Qld Cancer Fund and it was decided that there should be an accommodation unit constructed for out of town patients receiving cancer treatment at the Townsville General hospital.

In 1986 Ross River Rotary Club President Russ O’Malley committed our club to be the main driver in implementing the construction of the Lodge and made this our major project for the year.

After years of negotiations the club committed to raise $125000 and with other donations from the GLUYAS Estate and the Breakwater Casino Community Fund , land was purchased at 24 Warburton Street near the Hospital.

In 1989 with the help of other clubs well over $500000 was raised and our club member Barry Eames prepared the architectural drawings. In 1990 Club President Gary Lillycrap helped lay the foundation stone.

Club working bees prepared the site for construction and Barry subsequently supervised the work.

The Lodge was opened in 1991 and the club continued with working bees to help maintain the property for some years later.

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