QBN ROTARY DONATES DREAM CRICKET KITS

In February 2024, our club donated two kits to the Queanbeyan Public School. These kits will help students with special needs to participate in modified and adaptive cricket-themed activities.

Dream Cricket Australia was started more than 15 years ago and now operates in six States.

For more information, check out the Dream Cricket web site.

Past Projects and Events

QBN ROTARY FEEDS OUR NEW AUSTRALIANS!

Our club was the main food vendor for the QPRC Australia Day Celebrations in January 2024. We started serving at around 4pm, and things were very quiet until the ceremonies concluded a bit after 6pm, and wow, were we busy after that! Lots of hungry people to be fed, and we rose to the challenge. Everyone was very patient, even those standing in the very long lines, which we really appreciated.

We finished serving just before 9pm, which was when the fireworks began - they were amazing!

The QPRC web site still has some information, if required.

Members of QBN Public School accept the Dream Cricket sets on behalf of the school
Members of QBN Public School accept the Dream Cricket sets on behalf of the school

QBN CAROLS AND XMAS PARTY IN THE PARK

- 16th December 2023

Queanbeyan Park 3pm - 9pm

Last year, the QPRC hosted the party and carols in the Park, and we provided the BBQ.

That meant steak sandwiches, bacon and egg rolls, and of course, sausage sangas! We also had cans of soft drink and water for sale, so as usual, dinner was provided for a very reasonable price.

For more information, check out the QPRC web site.

QPRC BBQ TO SUPPORT BASKETBALL COMPETITION

- 18th January 2024

Railway Park 3pm - 7pm

The QPRC provided the food and drinks, and we cooked and served them. It was a great event, with lots of kids getting lots of fun exercise and enjoying the competition.

We were very pleased to be able to help with cooking and serving the food.

Railway Park, Henderson Road Queanbeyan, venue of the January 2024 Basketball Competition
Railway Park, Henderson Road Queanbeyan, venue of the January 2024 Basketball Competition

JERRABOMBERRA HIGH SCHOOL END-OF-YEAR BBQ

- 15th December 2023

Jerrabomberra High School

Last year, our club was asked to provide a BBQ BBQ Lunch for this event, at the School.

It was a very successful day, feeding lots of hungry people!

RCQ Members relax with Jerrabomerra helpers
RCQ Members relax with Jerrabomerra helpers

TERRY CAMPESE FOUNDATION GOLF COMPETITION

- 8th December 2023 QUEANBEYAN GOLF COURSE

Last year, our club was asked to provide a BBQ Breakfast and then a BBQ Lunch for this event, at the Golf Course.

It was a very successful day, lots of money raised for a good cause!

Terry Campese Foundation
Terry Campese Foundation
Queanbeyan Rotary volunteers cooking the BBQ at the Terry Campese Golf Competition
Queanbeyan Rotary volunteers cooking the BBQ at the Terry Campese Golf Competition

DIGNITY PACKS

In December 2023, our Club has partnered with Blooms the Chemist to produce 50 Dignity Packs for people in need - mainly women, but also some men. These packs include items such as shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste and toothbrush, body wash, face wipes, moisturiser, sanitary pads, deodorant, brush, etc.

The packs have been produced, with 14 provided to Nurturing Womanhood, and the remainder handed over in early December to the Louisa Domestic Violence Service.

Dignity Packs for people in need were donated by RCQ in 2023.
Dignity Packs for people in need were donated by RCQ in 2023.

QUEANBEYAN SHOW

Every year, our Club has manned the gates at the Queanbeyan Show, for the Queanbeyan Show Society. This is one of our biggest jobs, and November 2023 saw us manning three gates for two days, well over 200 hours of effort!

The 2023 Show was a huge success, even though there was a bit of rain very late on the first day. Our club is really looking forward to the 2024 Show.

See here for link to the Show.

RCQ members Graham, Cathy, Kristin and Andrea ready at the QBN Show Gates for the visitors to arrive
RCQ members Graham, Cathy, Kristin and Andrea ready at the QBN Show Gates for the visitors to arrive

ANDREA'S OUR DISTRICT GOVERNOR!

Andrea Grosvenor (a long-serving member of our club) took over the role in July 2023, proudly supported by her family. The District 9705 Conference was held right here in Queanbeyan in October 2023 and was a rousing success, so overall, it's going to be an extremely busy year for Andrea!

Andrea with her family
Andrea with her family
District Governor Andrea Grosvenor with RCQ Secretary Graham Wiggins
District Governor Andrea Grosvenor with RCQ Secretary Graham Wiggins

FLORIADE GNOMES

Every year at Floriade, Rotary Club of Murrumbidgee Canberra runs the Gnomes project at Floriade. Our Club takes on “ownership” of a weekend, and we were there from 9:30am to 5:30pm on the 23rd & 24th September 2023, selling gnomes and helping people of all ages to get their wonderful creations ready to take home.

Photo: Doug, Graham, Rod and Andrew

See here for a link to 2023 Floriade.

The tent area where the Gnomes are housed during the Floriade, with RCQ setting up for customers
The tent area where the Gnomes are housed during the Floriade, with RCQ setting up for customers
The Gnomes are set out in age groups for Floriade visitors to admire
The Gnomes are set out in age groups for Floriade visitors to admire

STEM/NAIDOC AT QUEANBEYAN HIGH SCHOOL – Community Service

“Soaring with STEM – For our Elders”. This program was held at the Queanbeyan High School for three days from 29th August 2023. 2,100+ students from Years 5, 6, 7, and 8 across 18 schools who undertook 20+ workshops covering Traditional and Modern Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

This Program was a huge undertaking, and naturally, all of these people had to be fed! That’s where we come in! Our Club helped in cooking sausages and onions daily, as did quite a few other helpers. It was a joint effort, with the QHS Parents & Friends, and others also cooking on other BBQs. It was a massive undertaking to feed more than 2,000 people in less than an hour every day!

Science Technology Engineering Mathematics

VOLUNTEER EXPO AT THE QUEANBEYAN BICENTENNIAL HALL

Our Club was represented by DG Andrea and PP Steve at the September 2023 Expo organised by the Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council (QPRC).

There was lots of interest in Rotary from the people attending, and good connections with other Community groups there on the day.

RCQ Volunteers Andrea and Steve ready to talk to possible new members
RCQ Volunteers Andrea and Steve ready to talk to possible new members

BBQ AT THE BICENTENNIAL HALL PRIOR TO THE SHOWING OF "THE LAST DAUGHTER"

Our Club was asked by QPRC to cook for the ticket-holders for this event in August 2023. We cooked steaks, rissoles, sausages, and onions for around 500 people. We think perhaps only around 200 or so actually came and had some of the food, because there was a lot left over! That said, many of those were repeat customers, who very much enjoyed the food.

However, it did not go to waste – we put in a call to St Benedict's Community Center, who said they’d be very pleased to have any hot or cold leftover food. So, we carefully packed up the remaining food and took it all over to them. We were told it would all be gone in a matter of 2 days!!

BBQ FOR THE LEGACY TORCH RELAY IN QUEANBEYAN

Legacy turned 100 in 2023 and celebrated by sending their torch around the world. The torch came to Queanbeyan on 9th August, and wound it’s way around all the schools, finishing at Legacy Village on Bungendore Road, where afternoon tea was served.

Our Club provided sausage sandwiches from around 11am until 3pm. We donated to Legacy the cost of the food we purchased for the day, as well as our services for the event.

The map is available here.

QPRC XMAS IN JULY

Once again, our Club presented our famous BBQ at the Queanbeyan Showgrounds on Saturday 8th July 2023. We sold steak sandwiches, bacon and egg rolls, sausage sandwiches (or a sausage on a stick), and soft drinks. We were next to the grandstand this year.

This year was unfortunately very cold and windy, and at around 11am for half an hour, also very wet! Our location was right next to the stage, so we were entertained by the music and dancers, who were very brave that day!

Photo: Kristin, Andrea, Wendy & Rod

Rod, Wendy, Andrea and Kristin attempting to stay warm whilst serving food at the Xmas in July BBQ
Rod, Wendy, Andrea and Kristin attempting to stay warm whilst serving food at the Xmas in July BBQ

BBQ TO SUPPORT THE ANNUAL NAIDOC WEEK IN QUEANBEYAN

In July 2023, our Club provided the services and cooked sausages, rissoles and onions for around 500 people. It was a very good turnout, at the Queanbeyan Park, with reasonably nice winter weather to help things along.

MEN'S HEALTH EDUCATION RURAL VAN (MHERV)

In May 2023, our Club hosted the Van and the accompanying male nurse, Bill, and his wife Sue, on their visit to Canberra/Queanbeyan.

On the two days of the MHERV visit to Bunnings Majura Park (Canberra Airport) in May 2023, attendance was low due to the slow traffic through Bunnings on those days. Given the low numbers of people tested on both days, the results were simultaneously gratifying and disturbing, and demonstrated the value of the MHERV service.

There were two ‘patients’ who needed to go straight to the hospital emergency department (extremely high blood pressure). These individuals were young, not yet in their 30’s, so this was very disturbing. There were also 5 ‘patients’ who needed to see their doctor urgently to follow up their disturbing results.

For more information, check out this link.

2023 RN Bill was available to have a confidential chat with all visitors about their health
2023 RN Bill was available to have a confidential chat with all visitors about their health

POTS FOR GROWING ABILITIES

Late 2022, our club had some cleaning up to do at our shed, which is located on Council land. The clean-up was of thousands of seedling pots, which needed sorting and transporting to new homes.

After some enquiries, we established that some local Scout Groups could use some, so some of their Leaders came and gave us a hand cleaning and sorting and took away quite a few.

Then, over two subsequent sessions, we sorted, stacked, and delivered two trailer loads to Growing Abilities Nursery in Goulburn. Doug the Nursery Manager was most appreciative of the tubes/pots which were delivered by Andrew, one of our very capable members.

Growing Abilities has a contract with a local Landcare group to produce over 3,000 seedlings, so the pots will be put to very good use.

RCQ sorted and delivered thousands of used pots to the Growing Abilities nursery in Goulburn in 2023
RCQ sorted and delivered thousands of used pots to the Growing Abilities nursery in Goulburn in 2023

BBQ TO SUPPORT THE FIT FOR LIFE PROGRAM AT THE RAIDERS HOME GROUND

Late in 2022, our club cooked a BBQ for about 50 students at the Raiders Home ground in Canberra, after they were treated to a training session with a number of the Raider’s Team members. Boy, were those kids hungry afterwards!!

The Raiders supporting the Fit For Life Program, at their home ground
The Raiders supporting the Fit For Life Program, at their home ground