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Mooloolaba Rotary Club - A Brief History

The Rotary Club of Mooloolaba was chartered on the 26th March 1973.

District Governor (1973/74) Glen Kinross presented the charter on Saturday 28th July 1973 at a function held at the Surfair International.

Charter President was Vic Honour.  During his term with this Club, Vic served as District Governor in 1976-77.

Initially, the club met at the Mark Anthony Motel, later moving to the Headland Golf Club.  Since then, the club has met at the Mooloolaba Yacht Club at Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba and the Mooloolaba Surf Club. Today we meet at the Mooloolaba Bowls Club, 60 Brisbane Rd, Mooloolaba.

Currently our club has around 40 members. We are always looking to expand our membership and recruit new Rotarians. We are actively seeking female members and are proud that our club president for Rotary years 2021, 2022 and 2023 are female.

The club is known internationally as "The Friendly Club" as we regularly welcome many visitors from around the world to our Monday meetings.

1998 saw us welcome our first inward exchange student for some years and all our members enjoyed the experience. Since then, we have received an inbound student and sent a student outbound every year until the advent of the Covid epidemic.  We are hopeful of restarting the student exchange program soon.

Some of the significant projects undertaken by this club include:

Current Projects:

  • Youth:​

    • Youth Exchange program (YEP),

      • 1998 saw us welcome our first inward exchange student for some years and all our members enjoyed the experience.

      • Since then, we have received an inbound student and sent a student outbound every year until the advent of the Covid epidemic. 

      • We are hopeful of restarting the student exchange program soon.

    • Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA).

    • Rotary Youth program of Enrichment (RYPEN).

    • Freulingsfest Car Parking, Immanuel Lutheran College.

    • Equine Therapy program for Mooloolaba State School students.

    • RoadSafety Youth Driver Awareness program (RYDA).

    • National Youth Science Forum (NYSF).

    • Mock interviews, Maroochydore State High School.

    • Telling Stories School Writing Competition.

    • Interact, Kawana State College.

    • EarlyAct, Buddina State School.

    • Art Festival setup, Immanuel Lutheran College.

  • Community:

    • “A Night to Remember” Music trivia quiz.

    • Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party.

    • Car Parking – Queensland Garden Show, Nambour.

    • Rotary “Lift the Lid” Walk for Mental Health.

    • Christmas Trailer Raffle.

    • Bunnings and other BBQs.

    • Annual Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony.


  • International:​

    • Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS):

      • Rotary Australia Re-Purposing Equipment (RARE), formerly Donations in Kind (DIK).

        • Collecting goods (mainly medical and education items) for shipment to South Pacific islands.

      • Solomon Islands - planning is underway for the next series of projects in the Solomon Islands to install water and sanitation services in remote village schools.

  • Vocational:

    • Vocational visits to local businesses and organisations.

    • Mock interviews, Maroochydore State College.

    • Small Business Excellence Awards.


  • The Rotary Foundation and Rotary International programs supported/ accessed by this club:

    • Annual donations by members to The Rotary Foundation (TRF).

    • Donations to the PolioPlus campaign which aims to eradicate polio from the world.

    • Funds received from TRF via Global and District grants to support our local and international projects.

    • Fellowships:

      • International Friendship Exchanges;

      • Sporting fellowships, including golf, cricket, skiing etc;

      • Cruising fellowship

      • and many more.

    • Rotary Action Groups:

      • Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM)

      • Addiction Prevention (RAGAP),

      • Water and Sanitation Action Group (WASHRAG)

      • etc, etc.

    • Rotary Australia Foundation – tax deductible donations to The Rotary Foundation.

    • Rotary Peace Centres.


Completed Projects:

  • Youth:

    • 1974-75      Shelter Shed for the Buderim School.

    • 1985           Charter of Interact Club of Immanuel Lutheran College.

    • 1994-99      Sponsored Annual "Camp Quality" for Children with cancer.

    • 2021           Rotary Peace Pole, Mooloolaba State School


  • Community:

    • 1974-84      Established and operated annual Prawn Festival which in May 1989 attracted over 45,000 visitors to the area.

    • 1979-80      Sponsored the charter of the Rotary Club of Kawana Waters.

    • 1980-81      Formation of our first sponsored Probus Club at Buderim. Chartered 12/3/81.

    • 1982-83      "Jaws of Life" equipment supplied to St Johns Ambulance.

    • 1982-2019  Major upgrades to Mooloolaba Rotary Park & BBQ areas. Two new Pavilions built. 

    • 1983-85      Supervisory work in the construction of the indoor sports stadium at Buderim.       

    • 1989-90      Planted over 8,000 trees to “green” local motorway.

    • 1999           Charity Concert raised $15,000 for three local charities.

    • 2005-07      Classic & Vintage Car Show

    • 2007-08      Construct footbridge in Botanical Gardens

    • 2014-17      Sunshine Coast Duck Race held at the Sunshine Coast Plaza Shopping Centre. All proceeds assisting local charities. 

    • 2016           Assist with design and construction of building additions Mooloolaba Volunteer Coast Guard.

    • 2017-19      New Year’s Eve car parking, Mooloolaba.

    • 2018           Safe house, Landsborough.

    • 2021           Casey’s Backyard renovation.


  • International:

    • 2009-2018  Since 2009 Rotarians have travelled to the Solomons to install water and sanitation for primary schools and medical aid posts at remote island locations.  Funds for these works have been raised by our club with supporting grants from The Rotary Foundation.  Other Rotary clubs have also contributed funds to this important regional project.

  • Vocational:

    • 1978-79      Establishment of the Pre-employment Centre at Cotton Tree, later to become known as Maroochy (later still Maroochydore) Skill Share. 

    • 2002-09      Sunskills Careers Options Program for students seeking Trades and Industrytraining options.

    • 1973-2018  Pride of Workmanship Awards (replaced by Small Business Awards).        


Organisations that have received support through our fundraising activities from 2019 to 2021 (notwithstanding the impact of Covid on our fundraising activities) – total distributed in the period $173,084:


  • Major Beneficiaries ($3000 or more):

    • Australian Rotary Health.

    • The Board Meeting Surf Charity.

    • Rotary University of the Sunshine Coast Scholarship Fund.

    • The Rotary Foundation.

    • Cittamani Hospice.

    • Car donated to Cittamani Hospice.

    • Equine Therapy, Mooloolaba State School.

    • National Youth Science Forum.

    • Sponsored the Job Help Organisation “Bridging The Gap” (1994-99).

    • Sponsored annual Careers Market (1994-99).

    • USC Scholarship Fund.

    • Seniors Christmas Party.

    • RESET Support Services.

    • QF6 Mooloolaba Volunteer Coastguard.

    • North Queensland Flood Appeal.

    • Longreach Drought Appeal.

    • Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children.

    • Solomon Islands Water and Sanitation Project.

  • Other Beneficiaries:

    • Rotary International Youth Exchange student.

    • Rotary Australia Re-purposing of Equipment (RARE), formerly Donations in Kind (DIK), Northern Region.

    • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.

    • ROMAC Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children.

    • Polio Plus.

    • Sailability Mooloolaba.

    • Inner Wheel, Sunshine Coast.

    • Our Rainbow House.

    • Guide Dogs Australia.

    • DV Safe Phones.

    • Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment.

    • Queensland Bushfire Appeal.

    • Rotary Club of Riccarton, Christchurch (mosque massacre).

    • Angel Flight Australia.

    • RC of Bhadgaun Nepal (earthquake?).

    • Days for Girls.

    • Dementia care Booklets.

    • IFYS Garden project.

    • Food Plant Solutions.

    • Dementia Australia.

    • Are You Bogged Mate.

    • endED.

    • The Compass Institute.

    • Rotary Park, Mooloolaba Spit (signs).

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