Visiting Community Member:
Julie from Doonan was welcomed to our meeting.
Rebecca Pfingst is a SafeTALK trainer based in Cooroy. SafeTALK is a suicide alertness 1/2 day program aimed at teaching you how to identify people who may have thoughts of suicide, how to ask them directly about the possibility of suicide and connecting them to life-saving resources. TALK represents tell, ask, listen and keepsafe. There are over 2,500 trainers worldwide in over 15 countries. Rebecca’s aim is to work alongside community groups to train the community. Rebecca stated a Lifeline statistic that there are 8 suicides each day or roughly 3 suicides per hour – a staggering number with many accidental overdoses and road accidents possibly attributing to even higher numbers of suicides Australia-wide. A package (for not for profit organisations) is $1,600 for up to 15 participants. Rebecca can be contacted on 0423 379 107 should you have any further queries.
Induction of Ken:
Bob inducted Ken Palazzi as the latest Rotary International Member.
John Hilton and Richard Marsh from Noosa Daybreak visited and spoke about their club’s upcoming Bookfest Noosa to be held 5-7 May at the Noosa Leisure Centre on Wallace Drive, Noosaville. They have over 25,000 books – kids for $1 and all other books for $2.50. There is a preview night on Thursday 4 May at 5:30pm – it was agreed by members present that this would be our next meeting venue with dinner after. On this preview night there are also many Eumundi school kids up for awards (presentations start from 6:00pm).
Greg noted he had received two ‘thank you’ letters from Katie Rose and Hummingbird House. Should you wish to have a read of them, please contact Greg.
Special thanks to Margaret for raising an additional $785 (rounded up to $800) from the Weyba Medical Centre!
It was discussed by the group to give thought towards a ‘hands on’ community support activity. Whether this be along the lines of a shade house for the school, improving the entrance to the town or something else that be ‘visible’ in the community. Another idea raised was to assist a local home owner with any minor repairs or gardening that they may not be capable of undertaking themselves. It was thought that local groups like CWA could be approached to assess the need. If you have any other suggestions, please voice them.
Item of Interest:
Wayne spoke of a recent ancestry search that unearthed a photo of his Grandparents and the tale of his Grandmother – a person he never met nor had he ever seen a photo of. He recalled the story of her tragic passing (as told by his Father) – a story which corrected the tale other family members had known over the years. He also discovered the property that his Father and Grandmother lived on was still in the family and had been for over 140 years.
I must apologise to Wayne – my summation doesn’t nearly do justice to the moving story – thank you so very much for sharing!
4 May – Bookfest Noosa
11 May – Trivia Novelty Night (CWA)
14-19 May – Cloncurry Trip
1 June – Cluster Club Meeting (CWA)
29 June – Handover Dinner (Sala Thai)