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Gold Coast Rotary

Service Above Self

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Southport Golf Club
Cnr Slatyer Avenue and Poinciana Crescent
Southport, QLD  4215
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President John, Rowan, Phil and David heard the following messages from Mark Huddleston’s presentation:
  1. The following statistics show Rotary in Australia has a membership crisis – 
  1. Mark’s top 5 reasons why more members are leaving than joining are:
    1. Rotary is no longer seen as relevant.
Our clubs are smaller, our members are olderand less of us are working
Our perceived capacity to network and serve our community has decreased. 
  1. Ineffective external communication.
Our messaging is inconsistent, confusing, under resourced and often misdirected.
  1. The volunteering landscape has changed, but we have not changed our practices.
  2. We have become obsessed with processes, and not focused sufficiently on outcomes.  Ie Meeting-centric rather than Service-centric
  3. We’ve become comfortable and apathetic.
  1. Rotary’s most valuable resource is the time our members are prepared to give.
  2. Potential member groups are time-poor:
    1. Students – study + part-time jobs
    2. Younger professionals – establishing careers and job workloads
    3. Small business owners – working extended hours to survive
    4. Those with jobs and young families – balancing life demands
    5. Business executives – work and travel commitments
  3. Busy people don’t have a lot of time to give, so the time they give must be effective and productive – Are our meetings a productive and effective use of our volunteer’s time?
  4. Clubs attracting busy people focus on ‘Less Meeting – More Doing’
  5. Hands on projects attract younger members.
What perfect weather for the Ramble - blue skies, sunshine but not too hot for the 20 Ramble teams and 55 volunteers in orange.  
Although the number of participants was disappointing, those that took part certainly entered into the spirit of the event in their colourful costumes and wonderful fundraising.   Over $6,500 was donated to the nominated charities by the teams and their supporters.  Due to the poor level of registrations, the 3-hour event was cancelled and combined into a single 2-hour event - this meant a later start and shorter event and was much appreciated by the volunteers manning checkpoints!
The event started at Appel Park on the Nerang River with 25 checkpoints scattered from the Isle of Capri (very lonely as only one team visited them) through Surfers Paradise and up to Macintosh island.  Not all checkpoints were multi-choice questions this year.  At 7 sites, the team had to complete a physical challenge, which created a bit of fun, especially for the children.
Once again the 1st and 2nd place-getting teams were separated by the points gained from donations.  Only 1 point!
Congratulations to the Monster Mayhem team who won the 3-day Scenic Rim walk donated by Spicers Retreats.  A 12-month family pass for tennis and mini golf at KDV Sports was a just reward for 2nd placed Nipapotamus.
Pirate team 'Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of Ramble' were hard to overlook as the craziest dressed team and earned a half day brewery tour with Hop On Brewery Tours.  Other teams shared the random draw prizes from Top Golf and Lana Noir Photography Studio.  The winners of the best corporate team and highest fund-raiser was the 'Little People' - an advertising package from 94.1FM and a consultation from CorpMentis.
Thank you to all our prize sponsors and to Kevin and Lindy Campbell for once again sponsoring our volunteer shirts.
Start site for Ramble changed due to Council major works on Neal Shannon Park.
Participants and volunteers please note.
Still need more volunteers - contact David Baguley -
Last year's Gold Coast ramble was a success due to the support of so many club members from the 3 clubs involved.
We need that help again and the event is less than 3 weeks away - SUNDAY 5 AUGUST - starting earlier at 9am and finished by 1pm.  Details on website:
How can you help?
  1. Encourage clients, suppliers, staff, family and friends to enter a team/s.  Flyers and message templates are available. 
  2. Share the Facebook event with your Facebook friends -
  3. Volunteer to help on the day - we need to man 40 checkpoints from 0800 to 1230
  4. We would love to get checkpoint sponsors - if you have business contacts in the Main Beach or Surfers Paradise areas, we can locate a check point to their advantage.  Please advise contact names and we will follow up.
  5. This year we are partnering with the Surfers Paradise Alliance, who will be supplying and setting up our start and finish sites.  They are staging the Viva Festival from 14 July to 22 July and has offered us the opportunity to promote the Ramble over the weekend 21/22 July with an information stand.
    1. We need to man this stand so need some volunteers during time 10am to 4pm - please advise if you can assist.

Please advise asap if and when you can assist.



PP David Baguley

Rotary District 9640 had an active team of 180 housekeeping attendants at the Athletes Village of the recently concluded XX1 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. The return was a massive $223,360. It wasn’t easy in more ways than one but Rotary came out winning Gold!
PDG Brian Heaton suggested that Rotary could become housekeepers to the Games Village as happened in Melbourne in 2006 & in the last London Olympics. PDG John Wigley who had been D9800 District Governor in 2005/ 2006 and Rotarian Bill Dagg, who had co-ordinated the Melbourne Games housekeeping were flown up from Melbourne to brief clubs.
As the successful housekeeping company, Incognitus needed a commitment within 3 weeks, a mad scramble resulted trying to get Rotarians to commit with little knowledge of the degree of involvement. Many had decided to leave town due to the scare tactics on traffic chaos & a lot had already committed to volunteering work during the Games. Our potential workforce was severely diminished right from the start. 
We had to go through a rigorous accreditation & training process but we ended up with 22 teams of 5 people per team & a total of 180 volunteers that included 35 Rotarians from Currumbin-Coolangatta-Tweed, Gold Coast, Parkwood, Runaway Bay, Surfers Sunrise, Summerland Sunrise, Warwick Sunrise, Toowoomba North (D9630) & Sunnybank Hills (D9630) plus volunteers from several charity & church groups.  Church groups from the Pacific Islander Communities of Brisbane and the Gold Coast provided a large number of the volunteers.
What did we do? District Governor Darrell worked for 10 days, where he was a stripper in the first couple of days. That is one who strips bed linen from beds - not the other type of stripper!. Then he made beds all day on some days or made up linen packs. His exit day, was toilet & bathroom cleaner. Many of the volunteers would do their housekeeping shifts & go back to their normal jobs working late into the night. Everyone pulled together with great camaraderie.
Was it worth it? Yes. At the end of the games, Paul Lovett, CEO of Incognitus presented a big cheque to Assistant Governor, David Baguley who coordinated the volunteer work force. Paul praised the team & said that we were the best housekeepers that he had ever had. 
The charities that our hard-earned money will support will be the big winners. These include:
  • Providing crises care & support to families of patients in intensive care at Gold Coast University Hospital who have arrived outside of the Gold Coast at short notice to be with their loved ones in hospital.
  • RC Surfers Sunrise’s Wheelchair Project making wheelchairs for children in undeveloped countries out of discarded bicycles.
  • Australian Rotary Health PhD Scholarship in Mental Illness.
  • Youth with a Mission Rugby Plus using rugby as a vehicle to train young men & women at home in Fiji & giving them an opportunity to serve in regional & outback Australia in communities that love the game & encourage the youth with healthy thinking, eating & living based on Christian values.
  • St John’s Crisis Care in Surfers Paradise.
  • Rotary’s Malaria Vaccine Project.
  • Sponsorship of Rotary’s Youth Driver Awareness program for a school.
  • Rotary’s Polio Plus & Donations in Kind, to name a few.
Merry Christmas from our family to yours.
Our Gold Coast Rotary Christmas celebration was a great event. Thank you Rowan for organising the Salvation Army Band, Eddie and the Blenders, It was wonderful to share the evening with one of our holidaying Ken Bromley families.  And a special happy birthday to all who are celebrating their birthday in December.
Special thanks to Jean Pierre D'Anna and Chawki for organising a great evening.
The night is best shown in pictures - check out the Christmas Meeting 2017 Album!
Members, partners and friends are invited to join the Club for a relaxed luncheon at the Southport Golf Club to celebrate and reminisce about 40 years of service to the local and international community.  The challenge is to locate and invite past members and partners of Gold Coast Rotary, Surfers Paradise Central Rotary, Gold Coast Central Rotary, Surfers Paradise West Rotary and Bundall Rotary and make this a great reunion.  David Baguley would welcome contact details so an invitation can be sent.

It’s going to be a fabulous night!!! 

The Rotary Club of Gold Coast together with local radio station 92.5Gold FM are hosting a Gala Ball at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre at Broadbeach on Saturday June 10. It will be a night to raise money for the children’s wards of the Gold Coast University Hospital and The Tweed Hospital, Griffith University Malaria Research and ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children). 

Apple Marketing, Clear IT Solutions, Master Sweets and The Advanced Group are our major sponsors along with so many of our own club members who have very generously provided a huge array of items including vouchers, gift certificates, restaurant dinners to wine deals. There is something for everyone. 

With over 100 silent auction items and several live auction pieces bidding will be fast and furious. Bidding will be via an app designed specifically for the night so we know we are going to see some serious auction action! Being able to watch bids in real time means no-one will take their eyes off items for a minute! 

Gotta love dressing up, having fun raising money and dancing to fabulous hip swinging music provided by Groove Doctor. So, mark it in your diary and we look forward to seeing you there. 

More details: 

Or contact: Chawki Gazal on 0410 002 403

To all our wonderful volunteers - a great big thank you from the Gold Coast Ramble.  We could not have done it without you and your effort was not only appreciated by us, the organisers but also by the participants.
We got this message from one of the Ramblers:
I just wanted to say that the Gold Coast Ramble was really fun, and really well organised, and thank you all for all the work you put in. Organising the maps, clue sheets, the app, the "go manual" contingency plan in case the app died, it was all great. Even the clues on the clue sheet were just the right amount of cryptic and mysterious, and I really loved the vollies at every clue station -- they were all super friendly and encouraging and helpful.
So thank you very much. It was fantastic fun, and I really hope it becomes an annual event.
We learnt some lessons from a few hiccups - like putting a couple of checkpoints in the wrong position (Yidan and Josh get the prize for loneliest checkpoint volunteers!); putting incorrect map co-ordinates on another; having a couple of confusing questions and placing some of our checkpoints in locations exposed to the afternoon sun (our apologies to those volunteers affected).
Overall though, the event and technology worked as we planned it, even the manual back up was actioned for one group.  The wet weather in the week leading up to the event probably affected registrations so we ended up with 58 teams  (220 registrations).  It was a dress rehearsal for the future when our numbers grow to 2,000 or 5,000 - we would not need any more volunteers than we had on Sunday.
We are likely to make a small loss on the event itself but everyone enjoyed themselves; the 'Gold Coast Ramble' brand has been established and the event enabled the nominated charities to benefit from donations of $7,000, which was the primary purpose of staging the event.  All the participants had fun and the wonderful prizes were much appreciated.  A full list of team scores will be available soon.
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.
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.