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Gold Coast Rotary

Service Above Self

1st and 3rd Thursday of month at 5.45 for 6.15pm
Southport Golf Club
Cnr Slatyer Avenue and Poinciana Crescent
Southport, QLD  4215
Australia
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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: www.tinyurl.com/Giveme5forkidsball 

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.  http://www.facebook.com/goldcoastramble
 
 
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.
 
 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/9191/Event/give-me-5-charity-ball#sthash.iBaQIvYF.dpuf
 
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
 
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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.