GRAHAM STIELOW BURSARY
In 1990, the Bundaberg East Rotary Club established the Graham Stielow Memorial Bursary to honour the memory of one of the driving forces in Bundaberg’s Tourism Industry. Graham Stielow designed and built the first commercial tourist catamaran in the region to transport tourists and divers to Lady Musgrave Island. He tragically died while taking flying lessons in a seaplane on Lake Monduran.
A Trust was formed by the members of the Bundaberg East Rotary Club for the Graham Stielow Memorial Bursary to be awarded to students in the Tourism/Hospitality Industries. The Bursary has been awarded annually since 1990, but was discontinued in 2014..
ROTARY DISTRICT LODGE
Commenced in 2009, the Bundaberg East Rotary Club met with Bundaberg Health Services to discuss the possibility of a purpose built rural patient accommodation facility for the Base Hospital. When land did not eventuate, the BHS asked if we would fund the furnishing of an existing house instead.
After getting the support of the combined Rotary Clubs of the Bundaberg district, and also funding from Rotary District 9570, the project began taking shape. Furniture was bought and delivered, and major changes to the house were funded to turn it into a facility able to house up to 13 people. The Rotary District Lodge at 116 Woongarra Street opened for patients in March 2011. In August 2014, the lodge moved to new premises near the Bundaberg Base Hospital.
To make a booking, contact the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation on (07) 4154 4464.
In 2004, the Bundaberg East Rotary Club, with the co-operation of Education Queensland, established a Community Service Project, “Rotary Readers”, at Bundaberg South State School.
“Rotary Readers” involves volunteers from the community assisting local children in local schools to improve their literacy skills. The program has expanded exponentially since its humble beginnings to boast over 100 volunteers working in 10 local schools in 2009. For its success in helping to improve the literacy skills of local children, “Rotary Readers” has been recognized by Education Queensland with the presentation of two major Showcase Awards.
In 2010, the Qld Government took this idea and adapted it to introduce their 'Ready Readers' programme throughout the state. In 2012, our club has partnered with Dymocks Childrens Charities to donate $10,000 books to schools participating in the Rotary Readers programme in Bundaberg. The Rotary Readers program had its 10th anniversary in March 2015.
For more information about this programme or to become a Rotary Reader, contact Rotarian Sue Gammon at Bundaberg Regional Library on 4130 4140.