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Gold Coast Rotary

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Southport Golf Club
Cnr Slatyer Avenue and Poinciana Crescent
Southport, QLD  4215
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Gold Coast Ramble Putting Fun into Fundraising in 2017
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The first event of its kind on the east coast of Australia, the inaugural Gold Coast Ramble, being held on Sunday 26 March 2017, aims to raise funds and awareness for Rotary projects and local charities.
Organised by Gold Coast Rotary, Surfers Sunrise Rotary and the Griffith University Satellite Rotary Club in conjunction with the Gold Coast Community Fund , it is modelled off the highly successful Perth Ramble, organised by the Rotary Club of Mill Point, which recently raised more than $60,000 for charities.  Check out the photos above from Perth in 2015.
How does it work?
Think the Gold Coast version of the Amazing Race …  team up with families, friends and workmates to explore the city, uncover secret locations, solve puzzles and raise money for local charities.
Teams of costumed participants will explore the parks, malls and streets of the Gold Coast, following clues to locate 40 to 50 checkpoints over four hours (there is a two hour version with 20 checkpoints for young families).
At each checkpoint, the team use the Gold Coast Ramble App to download a challenge about the immediate area – this could relate to the heritage, the natural environment, street art or local infrastructure. Points are awarded for successful challenges with additional points available for donations to the Ramble's chosen charities.
Gold Coast Rotary in partnership with Surfers Sunrise Rotary and Griffith University Satellite Rotary clubs will stage a major community event, the Gold Coast Ramble on 26 March 2017.  The success of this event depends on the smooth functioning of the booking and sponsorship on-line systems, the Gold Coast Ramble App and the processing of competitors.  So the event on 23 October will be a test of these systems whilst having some fun with Rotary groups from other clubs.  Any funds raised will be donated to Polio Plus as 24 October is World Polio Day.
Wonderful weather, wonderful food and a great venue for a picnic brunch - more than 30 members and partners gathered in the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens to welcome President Kate into her role.  The catering organised by Ann and Chawki and supplemented by some of Martin's breakfast treats was appreciated by all.  What a pleasant way to spend a lazy Sunday morning.
Following breakfast, Rana led a guided tour of the Mountains to Mangroves section of the Gardens and the newly created 'Story of our Country' garden and the bush foods garden.  Members also took the opportunity to inspect the Rotary Education pavilion, which is now complete with the final interpretative panels recently installed.
President Lynda was at her effervescent best as she thanked the club members for their various gifts to the world during her year of presidency.  In responding to John Lander's toast to Rotary International Past District Governor Graham Jones praised the club's achievements over the past year.  Lynda appeared to reluctantly hand over the presidential collar to Kate Kimmorley who provided a short overview of her goals for the year before introducing her new Board, which included several newer members.
A wonderful event run in partnership with 92.5 Gold FM to raise funds for Give Me 5 for Kids Charity and Gold Coast Rotary community projects.  Guests were superbly looked after by Sofitel Broadbeach and entertained by President Lynda and the Groove Doctors band.
Raffles, silent and live auctions raised over $20,000.
The electronic on-line bidding system designed by ClearIT Solutions encouraged spirited bidding and automatic updates on the big screens. and the audio visuals by AV Partners were faultless.  Special thanks to Apple Marketing who sourced most of the silent auction items.  Thank you to Birkbeck Jewellers, 92.5 Gold FM and Spida, Witches Falls Winery, and John D'Anna for the wonderful live auction lots.
Gold Coast Rotary has been staging signature events for over 40 years, in fact we started the Gold Coast Marathon.
This year we have partnered with 92.5 Gold FM to stage the “Give Me 5 for Kids’ Gala Ball and Charity Auction at the Sofitel Hotel Broadbeach on 18 June 2016.  This event will raise funds for sick kids in the local hospitals and for other local Rotary causes.
Included in our selection of auction items will be some unique items and experiences.  Bidding starts on-line before the event and continues during the event with auction items being displayed on the big screen as well as being physically displayed in the Ballroom.  You can bid with your mobile phone or tablet.
The Groove Doctors are a great dance band and will be once again be providing the music.  Invite some friends and book now if you like to dance or just want to dress up for a great night out, 3 course meal and premium drinks are included.  This is the best value formal event staged on the Gold Coast.
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Gold Coast Rotary believe “Pride of Workmanship” - the sense of responsibility to do a job well, (Do it Once - Do it Well) is one of the greatest intangible assets in our community.  As part of our campaign to encourage the “Pride of Workmanship” theme, seven employers gave recognition to nine employees at a well attended Awards Dinner at the Southport Golf Club on 21 April 2016.
 More than 70 members and guests gathered to hear a short tribute to each awardee before they were presented with a framed certificate acknowledging their contribution to their workplace.  Awardees represented the following organisations - Sofitel Hotel Gold Coast, Australian National Industries, Mariner Shores Resort, Crema Express Robina, Queensland Police, PhysioFit Main Beach and Delab Construction Services.
More than 50 guests gathered for the official opening of the Rotary Education Pavilion last Friday.  Special guests included
  •   Rotarian Justin Schaffer up from Sydney,
  •   Councillors Taylor, Grummitt, and Bell,
  •   the current and future leaders of Rotary District 9640 – DG Ann Egan, DGE Michael Irving and DGN Darrell Brown,
  •   Dr Liz Caddick, Curator of the BG,
  •   Alex Jakimoff, President of the FGCRBG, Gene Rosser – Patron of the Friends, and past presidents of FGCRBG Kate Heffernan and Nick Bloor.
The opening of the Rotary Education Pavilion has been a long time coming.  Even longer for Justin Schaffer who donated a significant sum of money to our Rotary club back in 2008 to be used to provide ongoing education programs for young people in an area not catered for by main stream schools.  After several false starts we identified the need for a multi-purpose shelter within the Gardens for use in education programs and for housing interpretative displays.
We did not want a standard picnic shelter that you find in a park – we wanted a signature structure befitting of a Botanic Gardens and something, which acknowledged Rotary and its community service. Justin was proud to officially open a signature structure designed by Andrew Brewer from Burling Brown Architects.  He gave a moving speech, advocating philanthropy and thanking Gold Coast Rotary for its support and perseverance in bringing this pavilion to fruition.  President Lynda had much pleasure in presenting Justin with Honorary Membership of our club.  Alex Jakimoff then presented both Justin and the Rotary Club of Gold Coast with Life Memberships of the Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens.
The support of Councillor Paul Taylor was acknowledged before Kate Heffernan talked briefly about, and then unveiled her latest creation – stage 1 of the interpretation signs for this pavilion.
Dr Liz Caddick the Curator of the Botanic Gardens rounded out the program by explaining the importance of education in the charter of Botanic Gardens and how the pavilion would provide a valuable resource for future programs.  Drinks and fellowship followed.
Nice to get recognition in local paper.  Another soldier and his partner from Perth have just enjoyed a wonderful break on the Gold Coast courtesy of our program.
The simple things are often the best , since we had to postpone our Bush Dance due to a double booking and did not get enough interest in our attempt to cruise to the Cove we decided on
Christmas on the Beach in the Park
Date: Sunday 13th December from 4.00 PM Pratten Park, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach
Bring your chairs or blanket to share and come and enjoy Christmas on the Beach in the Park with friends
Please RSVP with numbers to this email and pay $25 pp direct to Club's account adding your name + Xmas
Gold Coast Rotary
BSB 124022
ACC 21667632
We donated our left over Bulls on the Beach Jackets ( 30kg in weight) to Deb and Matt Water who volunteered their time to run our rodeo food tents. They have recently travelled to Africa as part of the Kenya Health program. The jackets were very well received.
In 1965 following Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War, the Rotary Club of Surfers Paradise established the Wounded Servicemen's Scheme.  The scheme was started by Rotarian Griff McKay, ably assisted by ex-servicemen Ken Bromley and Charles Smith.  At that time the the scheme was confined to Australian soldiers receiving treatment at the Yeronga Military Hospital.  Ken Bromley, an ex-Naval officer took over the chairmanship in 1971 and was honored with an M.B.E. for his dedication to the cause. Between 1965 and 1973, a total of 1496 servicemen enjoyed rehabilitation on the Gold Coast.
The scheme has been continued by the Rotary Club of Surfers Paradise Central and then the Rotary Club of Gold Coast through the Ken Bromley Memorial Wounded Service Personnel Convalescent Association, whereby wounded service personnel accompanied by nominated family members receive a fully paid 5 star holiday on the Gold Coast from anywhere in Australia.  Service personnel who have served in many overseas areas of conflict have benefited from this program.  At one stage even British service personnel wounded in the Falklands conflict enjoyed Gold Coast holidays.
Come and join us on 26 November at the di Vito Waterfront Restaurant to celebrate this milestone.  Bookings essential.


President Lynda had such a great time at the District Conference Bush Dance in Goondiwindi , she has organised one for the Gold Coast as a different Christmas party.  
There is plenty of room so we invite all other Rotary clubs, any friends and friends of friends to join us on Saturday 12th December, 2015 (see details below).  
Looking for a different Christmas party for your workplace - bring them all along.  Bookings essential for catering arrangements.
Welcome the New President Breakfast - Chicken and Champagne in the Botanic Gardens.   Members and families welcome.
Bring a blanket and picnic chairs.
RSVP at your earliest convenience so catering can be organised, payment on arrival.
Club members supported the Changeover Dinner theme in force with Florence Nightingale, Don Bradman, James Bond, The Phantom of the Opera, Dr Fiona Wood, Emma Peel and even Paul Harris sighted among the guests but their were several Super - men, women, making one wonder which one was the real McCoy.  Eddie eloquently summed up the year, honored some hard workers including joint Rotarians of the Year - Mark Urquhart and Chawki Gazal and handed the baton to Lynda.  After a gracious speech, Lynda led the assembled onto the dance floor.  A great night was had by all.
Ian Langdon - Chair of Gold Coast Hospital and Health Board will be guest speaker on 23 April 2015.
We will also welcome our Ernie Hicks Memorial Scholars - Brie Foran and Leah Henderson and Ken Baguley Bursary awardee, Vanessa Tan
Gold Coast Suns Horizons Program benefits by $10,000 from proceeds of Charity New Horizons Ball run by Gold Coast Rotary at Mercure Gold Coast on 7 March.  160 guests danced to the music of the Groove Doctors with lead singer President Elect Lynda Hynes, enjoyed a wonderful meal in the ambience of the Mercure Ball room and generously bid on over 120 silent auction lots and 6 unique live auction items.
Invite your guests, book a table ready for a great night.
We are still looking for more auction items - these will help us raise more money for the 10 local charities supported by GC Suns Horizon program and for drought affected farming communities.  
Every dollar raised benefits local homeless youth, those affected by domestic violence and services provided by community centres in the north Gold Coast growth corridor.  Recent rain has taken our minds away from the hardship being suffered by farming communities but they still need help to recover.
Members, Visitors and Guests please note that from 22 January 2015, our meetings on 2nd and 4th Thursdays @ 5.45 for 6.15 will return to our old location at Arts Centre.  The Panorama Room has spectacular views across the Surfers Paradise skyline.
Come and hear Corey Bell from the Gold Coast Suns talk about the Horizons Program with Rotary.  This will be the main beneficiary of our Charity Ball on 7 March, with funds assisting the homeless, victims on domestic violence and growth issues in northern Gold Coast corridor.
Many thanks once again to Ann and Chawki Gazal for hosting a great club Christmas Party at their home.  The organisation, the food, the drinks, even the weather were perfect.
Check out the photos on our Facebook page 
Come and hear Professor Friederich Göltenboth talk about this important research and work in saving threatened forests.

Our guest speakers will be Matt Sully and Fady Hanna on the topic 'The Power of Social Media'.  Have you ever wondered which social media is best for marketing your business or product?  What is the difference between FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter?  With years of marketing experience between them, Matt and Fady will be sure to entertain and inform.  Fady is a finalist in this years 'Gold Coast Young Entreprenuer of the Year', which will be decided the following night.

Great night to bring a guest.     Register attendance and guests 

At 22 years old Gemma Sisia travelled to Uganda to volunteer as a teacher, where she taught girls maths and sewing. This experience led to a fervent belief that a free, high-quality education should be the right of all children in the world and that education is the strongest weapon in the fight against poverty, corruption and political instability.

Upon returning to her native Australia, Gemma fundraised to help underprivileged children in East Africa complete their schooling. She would raise enough money to start an official fund to invest in the education of East Africa’s poorest children. Along with the gift of a small plot of land in Arusha, Tanzania, Gemma began to build The School of St Jude with the help of friends, family and Rotary groups.

In 2002, The School of St Jude opens with three students.

By 2006, St Jude's is educating 662 students and employing 114 local staff and 30 acres of land is purchased at Usa River for a second campus.

In 2010, St Jude’s celebrates its ten year anniversary, and is providing quality education to over 1,500 students.

Keith Abraham has spent the last 25 years researching, training and working with people to help them find their passion, harness their passion and turn their passion into personal and professional capital. In fact, Keith Abraham has personally assisted individuals and companies alike create over 10 million goals… inspiring businesses and people around the world to live more passionately.

He has written three best selling books including Living Your Passion, and co-authored three others. He is founder of the Passionate Tribe online community and his weekly BLOG has over 4,500 subscribers. Keith has travelled the world working with over 265 companies across 20 different industry groups, across four continents globally and speaks at over 80 conferences globally each year and has just been awarded the National Speakers Association of Australia honour—Keynote Speaker of the Year!

Through dedicated research and work he’s managed to unlock the secrets to creating and maintaining ‘passion’ and to share these insights, ideas, information and inspiration on his website.