We are excited to receive an Australia Day Grant to hold this very special event! We are inviting local community service and multicultural groups to be part of it, so if you belong to one of those please get in touch at the contact button.
Check out the wrap on our new Scooter Mobility Project service van,which we have just purchased thanks to a grant for the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.The rear has an image of a sunrise at Burleigh Heads Beach,as we are a breakfast Club!
The images on the sides are amazing shots of Burleigh Heads Beach and the Surf Club,our "headquarters" ! Talk about People of Action!
Our latest promo video of our Club,check it out here:
 
Why not join us for breakfast?....any Thursday.
 
 
CLUB INFORMATION

Welcome to Burleigh Heads Rotary- where visitors are always welcome !

Burleigh Heads Rotary

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:00 AM
Burleigh Heads Surf Club - level 2
57 Goodwin Terrace
Cnr Gold Coast Highway
BURLEIGH HEADS, QLD 4220
Australia
Phone:
0438 225 820
We meet for breakfast every Thursday, getting together from 6.45am for a 7.00am start,until 8.00am. All visitors are most welcome at any meeting and can enjoy a complimentary breakfast! Send an email at the contact link or just drop in!
LATEST CLUB NEWS
A Vibrant Breakfast Meeting at the Surf Club saw a full house with a guests and new members. Great to see everyone and the energy in the room was positive and uplifting. While facing hard times, this is a good place to come and get the support of member friends. So reach out for the friendship and fellowship of Rotary, Burleigh Heads. Returning member, Morgan, being welcomed back to the fold ! Great to have him back at the club. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What a fantastic meeting for our first one of the year! A hybrid Zoom with many members and guests attending at the Surf Club as well as other members and guests zooming in from NSW, the UK, USA and Japan. Guest Speaker, Nicki Scott, Leader of the Association of Rotary Clubs of Great Britain and Ireland, provided a very interesting presentation from her home fireside at Notgrove, Cheltenham, UK.
Members and guests who turned up made this is a fun, vibrant way to start the day. Welcome back to all our members (some long lost friends) who turned up this morning. A very pleasant surprise start to 2021. A Very Happy New Year to everyone of course. Stay well .. stay safe !  
 
Our final meeting of 2020 with special breakfast food,champagne and our annual Hard Quiz on Rotary and General Knowledge-won by our President John!
We held our annual Christmas Party at Winders Park overlooking the magic Currumbin Creek,with excellent BBQ food and salads,and lot of fun and laughs.
And the winner is ..... our Club! We were very excited to find out this week that our Club was the November winner of the Grill'd Nobby's Beach Local Matters Community Group, and we will receive $300 which will be very useful and be used for local community service projects.
 
Second last meeting of this year! Our Annual General Meeting that saw the appointment of new Board Members for the coming year. Some of our members are not just with Rotary but also doing a lot of good in the local community at an organisation like OzHarvest. To find out more, get in touch with our club :) Check out our website to see a list of inspirational speakers lined up for next year. There is a lot of good work happening and Rotary Burleigh Heads gives you a glimpse of that at our weekly meetings. We finish for the year soon but will be back early January, to continue the good work. Get in touch with us to get involved or to just attend a meeting or two ! 
 
Last Thursday night  was a very successful Dinner Meeting and it replaced our usual Breakfast meeting. We had local comedian, Josuha, whose name was misspelt by the doctor who delivered him .. and the jokes kept on coming ! 
This event sold out and all COVID regulations were followed. Social distancing was observed and the humour throughout the night was kept clean ! 
 
Special mention to our members who brought along guests. Thank you all for turning up and supporting us.
A big thank you to Nick, Tina and his team at the club for excellent service with the food and drinks. 
Join us for breakfast any Thursday morning and follow us on Facebook (Rotary Burleigh Heads) We have a few more exciting things happening in the next few weeks before we go on a break over Christmas. 
 
One of our newer members Yohann Azlee presented Member behind the Badge. Of Malaysian descent but born in Austria and lived all over the world as a young boy. He moved to the Gold Coast, to study, at the tender age of 23. He sure landed on his feet when he joined Rotary and the club at Burleigh Heads ! Amazing story and an amazing life. Glad Yohann could share with us this morning. Get in touch with us to come to a breakfast meeting of a very vibrant club that welcomes visitors ! 
 
BUSY BUSY BUSY ! Another lovely day at Burleigh Heads and another awesome meeting of our Club. We had an induction of THREE new members today and Rowan Johnstone from the Rotary Club of Gold Coast did the honours. He was also our Guest Speaker today and shared some wonderful ideas to keep our Club thriving and flourishing. Thank you to all members who make the time to attend and actively take part in Club activities :) You make all the difference!
 
We were run off our feet today as the sausage sizzle is back after a Covid-19 holiday,and everyone wanted one! A hot day made sure we sold plenty of drinks as well!It was a fantastic effort by all Club members that volunteered especially the newbies, and we managed to make $1928! Great fundraiser!
 
 
 
Another well attended social lunch at Grill'd Nobby's Beach mainly for us to get together but also to add out tokens to the jar to try and will Community Group of the month!
 
 
Very interesting meeting today in which Graham Jones, our Membership Director, discussed the results of his membership survey. David Baguley from the Rotary Club of Gold Coast helped Graham to run this meeting. It was a very animated meeting with a lot of members and a few guests attending. We also had two guests who have their application forms for joining our club all filled out ! Very handy on a day when Membership was the focus ! Thank you to all members for their input and suggestions which Graham will collate and present in a few weeks time. Thank you to David B for attending and for all his input to get member feedback. It was a meeting well worth attending and members who didn't make it today were much missed ! 
 
 
Our speaker today was Kerrie Cox from Body Connection. Kerrie gave a great presentation providing several tips on how we can all look after ourselves a little better by listening to what our body is telling us. A snapshot of just some of the tips are to slow down when you eat, be present and aware (when you eat) for a deep impact on your metabolism, choose quality and eat with your body's rhythm.  
Kerrie is also offering free 30 minute consultations if you are interested. Please contact us for more information. 
 
Our Speaker today was Kevin Dando from the Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast or MCCGC where he works as a multicultural community engagement officer. Kevin talked about his own personal journey and about his life before he moved to Australia. His organisation does some great work in supporting migrants to this country and we heard a bit about the different programs that they run to help immigrants settle into this society. A fantastic talk with much laughter. For more information, get in touch with us or find the MCCGC at https://www.mccgc.com.au/mccgc/
Our Guest Speaker was PDG Jessie Harman
Jessie has been a Rotarian for the past seventeen years, a member of the Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast in District 9780, Australia.
Jessie is now also the very first female Rotary International Director-Elect 2021-2023 for Zone 8. In addition, she is also the chair of the RI Membership Board.
Her presentation covered some keys areas of the challenges and the changes in club membership. Jessie’s first experience of Rotary was as a participant of RYLA in 1987, and she maintains an active interest in Rotary’s youth and leadership programs to this day.  She is keenly interested in membership development, and is co-author of ‘101 strategies for recruiting and retaining members’. A most interesting talk and we hope we continue to get the benefit of Jessie's passion and drive for all things Rotary ! 

Our 65th Anniversary Dinner was a huge success,fantastic attendance of members and many guests, lots of fun with music and  quizzes,excellent food and atmosphere thanks to the Surf Club,Burleigh Heads.
 
Despite having to work through the Covid-19 restrictions period, our shipping container of much needed mediacal and educational equipment and supplies has arrived in Dili,Timor Leste,been unpacked and now being ditributed to the hospital, clinics and schoools that were designated to receive relevent items,including major medical equipment to the Dili Hospital,two Dental Chairs, and many desktop and laptop computers to schools. a very successful projetc finally complete after 8 months of collaboration with other Rotary Clubs,including Dili Rotary Club,our Rotaract Club, other community organisations,and a District Grant.
  
Due to Covid-19 restrictions this was our first fundraiser in 8 months and we are very happy to report that it was a great success,raising almost $2000 that we can now use for our Community Service projects.A fantastic time was had by all the members participating, busy selling sausages and having fun, especially a lot of our new members that were participating for the first time.A great team effort!
Our speaker today was Lola Mashado from Relationships Australia (Queensland). 
Relationships Australia (Queensland) is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities.
They aim to support all people in Australia to achieve positive and respectful relationships. Being a community-based, not-for-profit Australian organisation with no religious affiliations, their services are for all members of the community, regardless of religious belief, age, gender, sexual orientation, lifestyle choice, cultural background or economic circumstances. Services around the country include counselling, family dispute resolution (mediation) and a range of family and community support and education programs. They are an organisation of service providers in each Australian State and Territory and have a national office based in Canberra. 
For more information, please contact us or Relationships Australia (Queensland) 
 
 
Always great to hear our members life story as Guest Speaker at our meetings. Today we had Kathryn Koch , a relatively new member with a really interesting presentation of her career journey and Rotary journey, from a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in South Africa to joining our Club! Now living on the Gold Coast and loving it and joining this club for the fellowship, Goodwill and Service.
 
 
Our Mt Tamborine social and vocational excursion was a real hit for all the members and partners that attended.Seeing nature at its best with a walk around Curtis Falls, then a very interesting tour of Australian Outback Opals thanks to the very welcoming owners,learning all their is to know about opal. This was followed by a fun group lunch and gelato at the businesses right next door to the Opals!It is good to support local business at this time.
Our Speaker this week was GCCC Division 13 Councillor Daphne McDonald. A very interesting insight into the personal and professional life of someone who has represented the Gold Coast City Council in this area for the past 24 years ! What a fantastic achievement. Cr McDonald gave us a lot of information on various local projects like the Light Rail and the Burleigh Heads Business Centre Master Plan. An informative and interesting breakie morning for members and many guests. 
 
 
 
 
 
Our speaker today (via Zoom) was Cameron Bolton, President of the Rotary Club of Tenterfield. He talked briefly of the town of Tenterfield where he grew up and also the challenges now facing the club. Zoom meetings haven't been as popular in their club! He talked about some of their projects, one of which was distribution of potable water to the local families in the times of drought in recent times. They have been able to arrange delivery of water to 17 properties, with 7 more properties being scheduled for delivery. Each water cart sent is servicing 3 properties, providing approximately 6,000L of water per house and just over 900000 litres in total ! Awesome job ! He also talked about the importance of keeping club members engaged in the planning of events and fundraisers, even if only a fraction of the ideas came to fruition in these challenging times. Good tips for us all :) 
Building Resilience – Lessons for Life and Business, from a Critical Incident First Responder
 
Our guest speaker, Nick Bell, presented a snapshot from one of one of his experiences as Watch Commander, Operations/Emergency Response in the Northern Territory for 33 years. 
What he learned in the time leading teams of first responders over this time and in particular one instance, tested his resilience to the fullest. 
We all got a great insight into what first responders have to deal in their jobs and how Nick in particular dealt with his challenges too .. 
Nick regularly gives talks and keynote speeches at conferences, operations meetings, board meetings
and ‘Lunch & Learn’ workshops on a myriad of Safety Leadership related topics.

 
Another fantastic catch up with Club members on a glorious winters morning at magic Burleigh Heads. Good to meet Rotary friends every week as the fellowship is awesome. That's what we hear every time .. Members who can't come really do miss it :) So here s a quick wrap up of our meeting today,no Guest Speaker this week but always lots of action. We had Greg Evans presented by President John Clark, with the Spirit of Rotary Perpetual Award, as he was unable to attend our Changeover dinner.In addition another new member was indicted into our Club, welcome Gareth Keenan ,who was introduced to our Club by current District Governor,Andy Rajapakse, also a member of our Club and in attendance for the induction. Also lots of laughs as our Rotary Foundation Director, Ron Mullins did a quiz on Paul Harris Fellows and managed to knock out everyone, so won the bottle of wine himself!
 
 
SPEAKER 16th July 2020 - WELCOME DINNER PROJECT 
Our speaker today was Roselle from the Welcome Dinner project. The Welcome Dinner Project is an initial platform to spark connection between people who are new to Australia with established community members over a shared meal in someone’s home or a trusted community space. Everyone brings a plate of food to share and highly skilled volunteer Facilitators encourage guests to share the story of their food and other areas they may have in common, throughout the dinner. These events are powerful ways to build trust, belonging and connection between people and break through cultural, social and other barriers. The project was founded by Penny Elsley in 2013 as part of a broader organisation called joiningthedots. On 28 June 2018, the Welcome Dinner Project became its own non profit organisation. Please contact us for more information :) 
 
 
 
 
An excellent attendance both ways at our meeting this morning with 15 on site at the Surf Club for breakfast and 16 Zooming in,including our regular guests Janet from Michigan and Jenni from Clithereo UK. Our Guest Speaker,Maggie Twyford also zoomed in with an inspiring presentation on her time as a volunteer at an orphanage in Mexico.
Today we had our first combined meeting.With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions some members attended the Surf Club for the first time in three months to have breakfast together,while others and our friends in the UK and USA Zoomed into the meeting.The technology went perfectly well with everyone being able to chat whether they were in the room or on the screen!
Past President Allan Barnett's Zooming around the world to attend 30 different Clubs, in 14 different countries was featured firstly in the Seniors Newspaper then taken up by the Gold Coast Bulletin, the Mackay newspaper and many other regional newspapers in Queensland.In addition Allan's friend that he met at a Zoom meeting then posted it on the Casper,Wyoming Facebook page. So this story has really spread around the world promoting Rotary and how we use technology to stay in touch and attend our regular meetings and other Clubs meetings,no matter where they are. 
 
We were very privileged to have Federal Minister for Industry,Science and Technology,Hon Karen Andrews, as our Guest Speaker today via Zoom,providing an incite into what it was like being a Federal Minister during the Covid19 crisis and the positive stories of  local businesses expanding with new innovative products to be made in Australia now rather than be imported.
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Executive and Board Directors 2020-2021
 
President: John Clark
Immediate Past President: Colleen Gauder
Executive  Secretary: Loraine Pearce
Treasurer: Allan Barnett
President Elect: Ian Creaser
Vice President: Karen Thomas
 
Club Administration: Shobha Srinivasan
Service Projects: Richard Diaz 
Membership: Graham Jones
Public Relations: Jo Creaser
Rotary Foundation: Ron Mullins
Youth Services: Anthony Zirilli
 
Upcoming Events
Guest Speakers
No speaker scheduled
Jan 21, 2021
Fellowship Meeting
Dr Dinesh Palipana
Jan 28, 2021
Queensland Nominee for Australian of the Year
Stephanie Collins
Feb 04, 2021
from NDVR
Mudgeeraba State Special School (to be confirmed)
Feb 18, 2021
Principal Colleen Hope
No speaker scheduled
Feb 25, 2021
Fellowship Meeting
Mark Sternhagen
Mar 04, 2021
on ZOOM - Polio and Vaccinations
No speaker scheduled
Mar 11, 2021
Fellowship Meeting
Terri Taylor
Mar 18, 2021
on Oz Harvest
No speaker scheduled
Mar 25, 2021
Fellowship Meeting
Erika Gleeson (to be confirmed)
Apr 01, 2021
on ZOOM Autism Swim
Mok Sandhu (to be confirmed)
Apr 08, 2021
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Current Activities
Our Latest Shipping Container is finally sent to Timor!
Despite Covid-19  restrictions at the DIK Depot in Brisbane,our shipping  container was finally packed ready in August and  has now been sent to Timor Leste via Singapore and should be arriving in mid September with much needed medical and educational supplies and equipment to be distributed in Dili and the surrounding villages by our affiliated Club, the Dili Rotary Club.International Chair,Bren Milsom is already started planning for another container to be shipped in 2021!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Latest Community Service News
 
World Polio Day Train arrives on the Gold Coast
Many of our Club members got involved in this event, either travelling on the train or being at Varsity Lakes staion where it terminated on the Gold Coast.A combined District initiative, many thousands of dollars was raised for the End Polio Now Campaign.Our big cheque contribution of $2811, a magnificent effort by all our Club members offering personal donations was presented at the station by our Rotary Foundation Chair Ron Mullins to District Governor Andy Rajapakse. 

Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.

Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Links
You can now join our breakfast meeting at the Surf Club, via Zoom on the first Thursday of every month!