Community Service Report

It is with pleasure I present the Community Service report of Pine Rivers Rotary Club for the year 2010-2011.
The Pine Rivers Show again was a success for the club. All the ladies’ cakes and slices, and Ken's pumpkin soup were a hit with the show patrons. It is a terrific weekend of fellowship, along with the proceeds to contribute to our community funds.
Our ongoing assistance at the Guide Dogs again was a success, thanks to all who attended. Our support at this venue is always very rewarding as funds raised go to a worthwhile cause.
We were asked to man the van at the show grounds for the Pine Rivers Junior Rugby League Rodeo. What a night!!! The men had the microwave working overtime thawing out the dagwood dogs - we just couldn't keep up the supply. The Rotary Van had very few bookings this year - only a few schools booked it for their fetes.
BUNNINGS B.B.Qs What can I say? This has to be one of the best fund raisers our club has ever had. I feel I have to mention some of our members because, without their continued support, this event would not be happening. Len Deverall has organised all the dates for the B.B.Qs and I can't think of a weekend he has not been there working. Alan and Sandy Stephens have supplied their fridge van and food supplies. Also, Alan is another one of the reliable weekend workers. Thanks to Sandy for cutting the onions, also to Annette Haynes, who has been a big help there. Jim Madsen and Ted Littlejohn are also some of the permanent workers. I would like to thank all members of the Rotary Club for their assistance in the running of the B.B.Q. at Bunnings. Alan and Sandy organised the Bunnings Christmas party for the staff, where the Rotary Club supplied a three course meal for them at no cost to Bunnings. This was our thank you to them for their help in enabling us to raise funds for our various projects.
The Van was again at the Christmas in the Park at Strathpine. It is run by the Morten Bay Regional Council. Once again this is a very busy afternoon. Thanks to all who attended this venue. On Australia Day we supported the council again with the van for the Aussie Arvo. This was a great success. Thanks to the ladies who attended to support our Rotarians.  The volume of chips and dagwood dogs that went out of the van in such a short time was unbelievable.
All of Queensland and the world knows what a terrible time we went through with one of the worst floods in history. A lot of our fund-raising went to support victims of this event. A full report of monies to different worthy causes will be noted in the treasurer's report. One event our club attended was a combined dinner with Dayboro Lions and Apex clubs at Dayboro Uniting Church. All funds raised on the night supported the church and flood relief in that area.
We also raised funds for the Dayboro Little Athletics club, supported by our Rotary District and the Rotary Club of Glenorchy. We look forward to a visit by members of that club later in the year. The Pine Rivers Riding for the Disabled also lost equipment during the flood and we have helped them replace that equipment.
A number of special community events were on the agenda for this year:
In July, our Club hosted a family day we named, ‘Santa’s Vacation in the Park’ at the Pine Rivers Rotary Park. This is a parkland divided into four precincts along Glasshouse Circuit in Kallangur which, in conjunction with Councillor David Dwyer and the council, our club helps by overseeing park issues and its future development. This was a fun day for the kids of the area with a live show, rides, jumping castle, and, (thanks to Tom Mellers) a visit by Santa himself.
In September we had our annual ‘Police Officer of the Year’ awards.
(Past President Dennis Silcock started this award in 2002 to mark recognition from the community for the excellent work that its Police members perform each year).
The nominees this year were: Senior Constable Kerri Edwards, Detective Sergeant Eugene Waugh, Senior Constable Wayne Cummings, Senior Constable Danielle Inveigh, Constable Paul (Chuck) Norris. Receiving the perpetual trophy (and a cheque for $500.00 to donate to the charity of her choice) was Senior Constable Kerri Edwards.
In concluding this report, I would again just like to thank all members of this club for a great commitment to the four way test, and SERVICE ABOVE SELF.