Rob Molhoek MP - State Member for Southport and Shadow Minister for Housing and Public Works
Rob is the State Member for Southport and Shadow Minister for Housing & Public Works. He lives on the Gold Coast, not far from where he grew up in Southport.
As a child, Rob attended Southport Primary School and later went on to be one of the first students to enrol at Keebra Park State High School when it opened in 1973. He has a passion for the Gold Coast that only a born-and-bred local will understand.
Rob has worked in government, retail, broadcasting, media, wholesaling, entertainment, sport and development.
Elected to Gold Coast City Council in 2004, he chaired the Finance & Internal Services Committee overseeing the city’s finances, human resources, capital works, infrastructure planning & development.
Rob has a passion for community service and prior to his election to Parliament, Rob was a Director and National President of Bravehearts, the founding Chairman of the Gold Coast Community Fund and a foundation Director of the Gold Coast NRL Titans.
“When a dream takes hold of you, you can either run with it or you can spend your life wondering what could have been. I would rather live a life of risk, than a life of sentimentality. I will be unreasonable for reasonable is akin to apathy.” Lou Engle
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Jordyn de Boer - Boomerang Bags - A Community Approach to Reducing Plastic
Boomerang Bags is a not-for-profit, community initiative aimed at reducing the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities in the development of a free, sustainable alternative.
The initiative involves the installation of bag-share, or Boomerang Bag Boxes throughout a target business district. Each box is stocked with re-useable Boomerang Bags for customers to borrow if they have forgotten their own and return on subsequent visits. The availability of free, re-useable bags reduces the need for single-use plastic bags, and the encouragement to 'Borrow and Bring Back' works to foster the sustainable mentality of re-use, thereby reducing plastic bag consumption in the long term.
Each Boomerang Bag is hand-made by volunteers from the local community using donated second-hand materials, keeping the initiative local and sustainable.
Come along to hear more about this excellent initiative from its founder Jordyn de Boer!
Fr. Charlie Burrows O.M.I.
"I was born and educated in Dublin, Ireland and was ordained a priest in December 1969. I volunteered for "primitive missions" specifically the Amazon Basin in Brazil, but got orders to go to Australia and arrived in Sydney in 1970 - proclaiming loudly that I volunteered for "Primitive Missions". I was then re-deported to Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia in September 1973 and have been here ever since.
We set up an N.G.O. From 1976 to 1992, it was a counterpart of CRS - Catholic Relief Services USA with help from USA Food Aid for a Food - For - Work Program and for a nutrition program for mothers and children. There are 45,000 clients in the Nutrition Program and 10,000 workers in the Infrastructure Program every year building hundreds of kilometres of road base, dyke and irrigation systems, hard surfacing roads etc.
From 1992-to date, Miserior Germany helped build approx. 500kms of dykes, road base, hard surfacing, reclaiming thousands of hectares of land etc.
In the economic crisis of 1999 - 2000, we coordinated a C.R.S. - U.S.A.I.D. program distributing 27,000 tons of rice via Inter-Faith Committees all over Central Java and Yogyakarta - also Sumatra earthquakes, Yogyakarta earthquakes and a tsunami here in Cilacap.
We have built and run 26 schools since 1976 educating approx. 75,000 children - a Maritime Academy educating approx. 5,000 cadets for ships officers, ships engineers and port administration staff and with Christian Children's Fund now Child Fund approx. 2,000 children in state schools.
I became a member of Rotary nearly 10 years ago and the Club here helps in the polio Campaign, school libraries, water projects etc."
Mark Hunter, M.Ed.Admin., Grad. Dip. Ed. Admin., B.Ed., Dip. T.
Welcome to Mark who brings a blend of leadership, speaking, coaching and educational skills with him. He has lived the art and science of teaching for over 40 years. As well as being a Teacher Mark was School Principal for 30 years. Mark has been Chair of Greater Brisbane Disability Council, Policy and Program Developer Department of Education, and is an Executive/Life Coach as well as an esteemed Volunteer Companion for hospice residents and Educator for Hopewell and participant in many of Hopewell’s festivities.
Over 30 of these years, Mark has been a leader in both the paid and unpaid environment. In 2001, Mark committed to improving his capacity to develop others by training as a coach, a skill he still uses to develop the performance of others. In 2009, Mark won the Toastmasters World Championships of Public Speaking, a journey that took him over 10 years. He is pleased the journey took this time because, through multiple attempts, he was able to develop his speaking and presentation skills to a significant level.
Andre'a Simmons - Australian Anti Ice Campaign
Andre’a Simmons has owned and operated several successful businesses throughout her life and has achieved her milestone by becoming a millionaire by age 21.
After having a life changing experience and loosing everything, including almost her life to the drug ICE, Andre’a began devoting her life to the needs of those suffering from ICE addiction. This passion led her to begin educating others on the dangers and effects of ICE use.
Over the past year, Andre’a has communicated nationally with service providers to act as a referral point for addicts & families in need.
Andre’a is now implementing the Australian Anti Ice Campaign in Australia which is a proven role model program successfully run in the USA for the past ten years, reducing ICE use in 8 states by up to 80%. This Program consists of school based education, community forums, social media saturation, national billboards and TV commercials with outstanding results.
Further to this, Andre’a (AAIC) has completed dual diagnosis training and has partnered up with Optimal Health Group (OHG) to deliver this training to communities throughout Australia, equipping them with brief & early intervention tools and establishing family support groups nationally.
AAIC ‘s auspice is ‘Future For Kids International’, who have been working with kids and youth for several years and recognize the desperate need to implement these community development programs.
Andre’a’s vision is to show that ICE can steal, kill and destroy anyone who tries it, even once. AAIC has embraced the motto in the USA, ‘notevenonce.com’.
Dr Jaz Hee-Jeong Choi - An Introduction to Urban Informatics (Date to be confirmed)
Dr Jaz Hee-Jeong Choi is the Director of the Urban
Informatics Research Lab; Co-leader of the Social Entrepreneurship
Program in the QUT Design lab, and; a Senior Lecturer in the School of
Design, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of
Her research backgrounds spans information technology, multimedia,
cultural studies, Asian studies, media and communication studies, and
interaction design for urban environments. Her current research explores
designing novel technologies and services for care across three
inter-related themes: social entrepreneurship; self-care and mutual aid;
and co-creative urban transformation.
Find out more about Jaz HERE.
A fabulous opportunity for Fellowship and to put ideas to the other e-Club Members about future projects; ideas or just vague thoughts about helping in a particular sector. Brainstorm with amazing people in your own Club and try to fix the World's woes.