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ROTARY CLUB OF SOUTHPORT Inc.

 

The Rotary Club of Southport was sponsored by the Rotary Club of South Brisbane, and chartered on 20th of August 1945 with a membership of 15.

 

Membership comprises men and women Southport Rotarians, and the club meets at the Ferry Road Tavern, Southport on the 1st and 3rd  Tuesday every month at 5:45pm for 6:15pm. All Southport Rotarians are Centurions through their annual donation of USD 100 to the Rotary Foundation. The number of Paul Harris Fellows sponsored by the Southport Rotary Club is XX

  

Rotary Clubs sponsored by the Rotary Club of Southport were:

Beenleigh 1952; Burleigh Heads 1955; Surfers Paradise 1955; Beaudesert 1957; Southport North 1969; Nerang 1975; Broadwater Southport 1980; Surfers Paradise West 1984; and Griffith Gold Coast 2018. In 1982 Southport Rotarians visited Charleville to assist re-establishing the Rotary Club in that town.

 

In 2011 the club sponsored the chartering of the Southport Rotaract Club. 

 

The first community service project by Southport Rotarians was the supply of a library and bookcase for Southport Boy Scouts.

Other community projects include:

  • The building of a bus shelter outside the Gold Coast Hospital;
  • The construction of the Southport Rotary Youth centre in Lawson Street, Southport;
  • The construction of a hydrotherapy pool  for the Blue Nurses;
  • The development of the Jack Cronin Rotary Park and children’s playground. Overseas exchange students each plant a tree in this park.
  • The construction of a home and tennis court for the Endeavour Foundation;
  • Financial support in 1954 for the victims of the Hunter Valley floods, and those affected by floods in SE Queensland in 1974 and 2011.
  • Financial support in 1967 for those affected by bushfires in Tasmania and in 2008 for bushfire relief in Victoria.
  • Financial support in 1970 for those affected by the cyclone in Townsville.

 

In addition the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, National Heart Foundation, Fred Hollows Foundation, Mirikai Drug Referral unit, the Blue Nursing Service, Southport QATB, Green Haven retirement village, the Surfers Paradise Anglican Crisis Care Centre and the Cancer Foundation have been regular recipients of funds provided by Southport Rotary.

 

In 1953, Southport Rotary sponsored two English families to migrate to Southport with working positions and accommodation provided.

 

In 1969, Southport Rotary helped established Southport Meals on Wheels which has since been administered by Southport Rotarians Lionel Perry Snr. and Jnr.

 

Southport Rotary has had a long commitment to assisting youth nationally and internationally. In 1955 funds were provided to Southport Special School to purchase equipment and for many years crippled children from Brisbane were brought to the Gold Coast for a day at the beach. Southport Rotarians have assisted children in Gold Coast schools in literacy and numeracy programmes, and have been strong supporters of Gold Coast Sailability providing four sailing dingies and 50 life jackets to enable disabled children to sail. A project to provide literacy packs to schools in the Pacific and more recently in Tanzania is ongoing via the Guest Speaker program.  As a way of thanking guest speakers, they are presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a literacy pack is delivered, in their name, to the school of our choice. 

 

Recent projects have included supporting the invitation and transport for elders from the TIWI islands to the Rotary World Peace Fellows seminar at the university of Queensland;  the sponsorship of Peace Fellow applicant, Jacob Kahemele for 2012-14 Masters program in Toyko, Japan; sponsorship of a Rotaract representative to attend the District Rotaract Representative training in Sydney 2011; funds were raised and members provided physical support for people in the Lockyer Valley affected by the January 2011 floods and a shed was erected for the C & K Childcare centre in Labrador.  Other projects of this kind are on-going.

 

The Club has established the Jack Cronin Engineering Scholarship, the Peter and Jenny Hobart Health Scholarship and a Rotary Indigenous Scholarship for Griffith University students.

 

Internationally, the club has maintained education programmes first established by Southport Rotarian Cyril Richarde to support the education of children in Kenya, Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, Tanzania, India, Papua New Guinea, Rarotonga and Indonesia.

 

Fund raising for the many worthy projects support by Southport Rotary has been a key component of club fellowship. Some examples of fundraisers by Southport Rotary include the Australian Touring Car Championship and the Australian Motorcycle races in the streets of Bundall, selling food and beverages at the Southport Show and A la Carte on the Beach.  In November 2010, an agreement was made with Gold Coast City Councillor, Eddy Sarroff to have the Southport Rotarians operate the Broadbeach Carousel to provide funding for local charities. The Council maintains the wonderful old attraction for children and the members are rostered to operate it for up to 12 hours per day, 7 days a week. The members efforts are supplemented by other volunteers and friends of Rotary. It has proven to be a very good fundraiser for the club with many thousands of dollars being distributed to very worthy and grateful organisations.

 

Southport Rotary Club has a proud history of promoting the values of Rotary within Southport, our Rotary District and internationally. Past Presidents Keith Robson, Graham Jones and Michael Irving have served terms as Rotary District Governors, and Southport Rotarians have been prominent leaders of our community. We welcome prospective members to join us in Rotary Fellowship each 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening.

 
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