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Rotary Public Speaking Finals 2016 Chairman Damian Nolan

This year’s finalists have been of a very high standard. They have spoken on a wide range of topics from “Nursery Rhymes”, “Girls and Education”, Why the government should not do away with the 5 cent piece”, “Music is important”, “Organ donors save lives” to “Be Yourself”.

It was pleasing to see the camaraderie shown by the girls as after each speech they would walk over to the speaker and congratulate her.

Thank you to our adjudicators for their excellent efforts in judging each contestant and for their mingling with students and parents, before and after the finals, making everybody feel at home.

Before announcing the winners they were offered some very helpful hints to all the girls showing them how easily they can improve their quality of presentation for next year.

The results of this year’s competition are:

Winner:- Sophie Duck – Belmont State School. (She receives a Trophy and a Cheque for $120.00. She also receives another Cheque for $60.00 for the “People’s Choice Award.”

Runner Up: – Charlie Fraser – Manly State School. (She receives a trophy and a Cheque for $100.00.

Encouragement Award provided by the Beachside Runners: – Lucy Dalton – Guardian Angels. (Lucy receives a Cheque for $100.00)

People’s Choice: – Sophie Duck – Belmont State School.

The other three Competitors each received A Finalist Award with a $40.00 Cheque attached).

The Perpetual Trophy was presented to Fiona Felix and will be held in Trust by the Belmont State School until next year. It is pleasing to see that this year’s winner spoke in the finals as a Year 5 last year and that several speakers this year are Year 5 as well. Losing the Year 7s has not resulted in a drop of quality.

Our club has been running this competition for 37 years and in that time the competition has been won by students from 9 different primary schools. There is an old adage that says ‘No matter how smart you are, you can only be a success if you can communicate your ideas.’ Public speaking is part of the art of good communication.


2017 Vocational Awards

2017 Vocation Awards were Presented to Members to the Emergency and Essential Services in the Wynnum and Manly area.





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Another very successful Australia Day Breakfast with crowd numbers significantly up on last year this was our largest ever Australia Day breakfast. This year we served over 5000 sausages and in record time. It truly was a great day of fun and fellowship despite the often difficult working conditions. Thanks to our volunteers, supporters and generous suppliers who all contributed to making the day a great success.

Our major suppliers:

Moreton Bay College for the tables, chairs and Marquees

ACC for the supply of our sausages

Our fanatic band of volunteers (too many to mention) included our club members, their partners/family. .In addition to those who helped on the day, an extra special thanks must also go to the incredible set-up and take-down crews who put up the Marquees , collect supplies and set-up for the day

It’s certainly an event that makes you proud to be an Australian and proud to be a Rotarian..


Santa’s Annual Appearance


Each year the Club erects in excess of 115 Santa’s, retailers are asked to donate $60.00 for each . These funds are used to finance various local community projects. It is quite a festive picture in the Wynnum and Manly area with these Santa’s set up on the awnings of buildings

A slice of History of the origins of the Santa’s, they were made by Apex when it was a men’s Club. They were made under the watchful eye of the local Manual Arts Teacher Neil Williams with the help of Bob Beverley, Ray Buntane, Wayne Murray, Noel Hammond, Ian Fry and Ian McGilrey. Neil was a teacher at Wynnum North High School. In the mid 1980’s a further 80 Santa’s were manufactured. When Apex became a Ladies Club, Rotary inherited them. The Apexians cut the brackets and designed them just as we see them today. An additional 60 were manufactured by our Club, when not in use the are stored in our shed at the rear of the Shangri-La Reception Lounge.




Rotary Club of Wynnum & Manly Family Fun Day


 This years Family Fun Day was a Great Success thanks to the Hard work of our Members and the Local Community who came together to enjoy the Bayside Sunshine with Family Members, visit the many Stalls and displays demonstrations of CPR by the Qld Ambulance Service, Qld Fire Service and heaps of community information from the Qld Police Service and other community groups and Bands that all gave their time to the Community.  

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Christmas Party
20th December 2017 6:00pm for 6:30pm
Shangri-La Reception Lounge, 1969 Wynnum Road, Wynnum West.

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