Welcome to the website of Rotary Club of Stanthorpe
Please contact
 Julie Beddow
 Attendance Officer
0428 178 618
before 10 am Monday
if you wish to book for a meeting.
We meet 2nd & 4th Mondays at 
International Club
Club Road
6.00 for 6.30 pm
Guests Welcome
Newsletters and Magazines
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Janelle Bell
    March 31
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Catherine Orford
    March 28
  • Peter Watters
    Heather Watters
    March 4
Join Date:
  • Jaqui Unold
    March 24, 2021
    2 years
  • Robyn Henderson
    March 24, 2021
    2 years
March 2023
Rotary News and Stories
  • President Jim Barnes congratulates Jack O'Brien on winning the 2022 Junior Craft Awards.  The runner up was Dustin Alldridge 
  • Runner up Dustin Alldridge for his white folding table was congratulated by IPP Jim Baxter.  Jim and fellow Rotarians cooked and served the delicious BBQ dinner.  Thanks to sponsors Wiltshires and Mitre 10 and to the students for participating, St Josephs staff and all the families who attended the Rotary Presentation BBQ dinner.
Rotary Club members set off one September morning to deliver toys to Casino for distribution to children affected by the floods in Lismore and surrounding areas. We were greeted by PDG Terry Brown, members of Casino and Lismore Rotary Clubs and members of Momentum Collective. Many thanks to the people of Stanthorpe who generously donated toys and books. Well done, Stanthorpe! 
Club members Jim Baxter and Rita Magnussen manned the BBQ to end Mental Health Week at Stanthorpe SHS odd socks day with a sausage sizzle.. 500 sausages were consumed!!
Emotional Freedom Techniques EFT.  Lisa shared with Rotary and local community members recent studies and development with EFT at the Little Larder in Stanthorpe.
RSL presentation evening supported local service groups.  Rotary received funds in support of President Jim Barnes Friday event "Aging Well".  Many thanks to RSL for their generous donation.
Ric and Kathy Horn from Mt Barkla Club in Adelaide Hills are travelling around Australia and visiting Rotarians at other Clubs among other activities.  Ric presented President Jim Barnes with a banner from his home Club.  
They shared with us many of the activities their club has been successful with over the past years and gave us some fresh ideas we may implement in our Club.  It is always a joy to have fellow Rotarians visit our Club meetings.  Guests are always welcome.  
Rita Magnussen
Rita was 3 years old when she arrived in Australia from Germany. After a short stay in Victoria, the family settled at the Wacol Immigration Centre. Her father worked as a carpenter. They moved to a rental property with acreage at Oxley during which her father built their home at Sunnybank.
In her early teens, Rita skated in the amateur roller games; some events at Festival Hall in Brisbane. She was selected to join the professional roller games and had to move to Sydney. She was lucky and skilled enough to be picked to tour the USA and South East Asia with the Australian Kangaroos and Los Angeles Thunderbirds. Roller Games folded in late 1973 and Rita worked in Sydney for a while.
She moved to Orange in NSW where she stayed for 11 years. She had various jobs there. The most memorable was working as Secretary/Manager of the Orange Jockey Club, being the first female in administration in 105 years. She moved to the other side of the fence and took up horse training.
She had a fairly successful career in Orange but moved back to Queensland in October 1984 when her father was diagnosed with cancer. Rita set up stables in Ipswich. She went on a blind date and met her husband, Barry. She took a horse to Ballina which won by 5 lengths! Baz was hooked after that as well. How easy was it to back a 25-1 winner!!
While still training, they bought a corner store and had it for 11 years. It was sold in 2001. Barry and Rita moved to Minden and built stables there but downsized by reducing the number of horses. She got a job driving limousines and did that for 6 years.
When Barry was diagnosed with leukemia, the specialist recommended a cooler climate so they moved to Stanthorpe in 2016 where Barry has a sister and brother living at the time. Rita resumed driving limos as she got a part time job with John Cook’s Stanthorpe limos.  Barry passed away in 2018.
Gail Baxter supported her and helped her by getting her started with volunteering at the Granite Belt Neighbourhood Centre, Meals on Wheels and the odd Rotary function.
She is joining Rotary because of our ongoing commitment to local communities as well as international activities including the fight to eradicate polio, malaria and helping 3rd world countries. She would like to be part of this.  
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