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Board Directors 2017/18
President: Richard Spencer
Exec. & Club Secretary: Charles Kilby
Treasurer: Teresa Seeney
IPP: Catherine Pevy-Trewartha
PE & VP: Allan Barnett
Club Admin: Jacqueline Plaice
Club Service: Allan Barnett
Membership: Colleen Gauder
Public Relations: Ross Smith
Rotary Foundation: Andy (Ana)  Rajapakse
Youth Director: Anthony Zirilli
Upcoming Events
Alpha Bravo
Mar 01, 2018
The Millennials- can they save Rotary?
Board Directors
Mar 08, 2018
Club Assembly and Board Reports
Taylor Birtchnell
Mar 15, 2018
Member Behind the Badge
Moove and Groove (to confirm)
Mar 22, 2018
More Information when to hand !
Melanie Roberts (to be confirmed)
Mar 29, 2018
from the GC Headache Clinic
Carey Westwood
Apr 05, 2018
from Manasprings
Pearl Hoile
Apr 19, 2018
Allan Barnett
Apr 26, 2018
on My Great Uncle Hugh


Club Information

Welcome to Burleigh Heads Rotary- where visitors are always welcome at the best Club venue in the world

Burleigh Heads Rotary


We meet for breakfast every Thursday 6.45am for 7.00am until 8.00am
Burleigh Heads Surf Club - level 2
57 Goodwin Terrace
Cnr Gold Coast Highway

0438 225 820
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It was a busy meeting this week with the induction of another new  young member, Renee Tocco by DG Darrell Brown. Darrell also had the pleasure of presenting Sam Fairless with a Paul Harris Fellow and also Sam and our Membership Director, Colleen Gauder as members of the Paul Harris Society. 
Followed up by our Guest Speaker Anders Stahl from Malmo South Rotary Club, who will be partnering our Club in a Global Grant for the Currumbin Community Special School. A very humorous presentation from Anders on Sweden, being a Swede and a Swedish Rotarian!
This was a very popular topic for our members and guests this week - most of us at some time in our lives have had to deal with family law and it is a serious issue. A very informative presentation from Matteo Salerno and Chanel Manton from Salerno Law.
Our guest speaker this week was Nicky Belous, Principal of Currumbin Community Special School, invited by Andy Rajapakse, Club Rotary Foundation Director to explain to our members the operations  and particular needs of this special school. Our Club intends to apply for Rotary Global Grants fro a $40,000 new playground project which will be an amazing benefit to all the special needs children at this school.
If you are a visitor to our website looking to find out about Rotary and joining a Club, you have come to the right place! All guests are most welcome at our regular breakfast meetings every Thursday, so why not come and join us at our first meeting for 2018 on 11th January! Surf Club, Burleigh Heads 6.45am. 
These ladies received an early Christmas present from our Club! Two more new mobility scooters were added to our fleet of over 50 now! Our hardworking Mobility Scooter Project Officer, David Ungar arranged the handover just before Christmas. They will pay only $1 per year to "rent" them from our Club.
A lot of sausage sizzling again at Bunnings Burleigh Waters to create a new record of $2242 funds raised for our Club for a Bunning's BBQ! The last two Bunnings BBQ's in the past month will almost be enough to match the $5000 Grant from Karen Andrews to purchase four new mobility scooters for our Mobility Scooter project. We are on a roll!
Our Club was successful in receiving a $5000 Grant through the Federal Government Stronger Communities Grants Scheme aand this was presented to our Club by Hon. Karen Andrews. Many thanks to Karen and her staff for the support for our Club. With another $5000 from our Club we will be able to buy another four new Mobility Scooters for thoe in need in the community.
Another very successful BBQ at Bunnings Burleigh  Waters where we went through around 1100 sausages and 60 loaves of bread to raise $2228!
Our regular breakfast meeting with 11 welcome guest including our Rotaract & Interact members, a Rotarian Nora from Ireland, prospective new members and our Guest Speaker Tony Heading with a very interesting presentation The Rotary Foundation. We also presented our member AG Karen Thomas with $1000 for winning the Melbourne Cup Trifecta Competition! 
Another enlightening story from guest speakers Cathy Booth and Patrick Kea from Umoja Orphanage, Kenya. An amazing story of of the building of an orphanage in Kenya, now being occupied by 12 orphans and self sustaining with crops, goats,sheep,cows and chickens!
Our Club recognised the substantial contribution to our Mobility Scooter Project from Ian and Anne Watt of Elite Scooters by awarding Anne with a Paul Harris Fellow. They have serviced our Scooters at no cost for 5 years.
In September three of our members, Ross Smith, Trevor Taylor and Viviane Mueller went to Kimbe in PNG to undertake a Project for our Club, installing a new village water supply with tanks, pump and piping to provide water to the village and nearby kindergarten. This project was funded by our Club, the Currumbin Coolangatta Tweed Club as well as District Grants. 
Welcome to the Rotary year 2017/18 with President Richard Spencer taking the reins from the now Immediate Past President Catherine Pevy-Trewartha.
Our full financial report and lots of photos will be available shortly.  Here's to another wonderful year at Burleigh Heads.
Presidential Citation Team 2016/17
Well what an amazing night it was as Burleigh Rotary held it's first ever Disability Community Recognition Awards Dinner. Great food & wine from the Burleigh Surf Club, great company and very interesting and moving speeches from all the special needs organisation representatives as well as Rotary and local dignitaries, DG Michael Irving, Councillor Pauline Young, MP Karen Andrews representative. All for a section of our local community that very rarely get recognised or rewarded.
Congratulations to the organisations and carers who were recognised on the night.
Riding for the Disabled
Currumbin Community Special Needs School
Caningeraba State School - special needs section
Carers QLD - Burleigh Heads area
Gold Coast Polio Network
Touch Football Specialised.
All the nominees received a Framed Recognition Certificate as well as Vouchers to use at the Surf Club, so they were extremely pleased. 
Burleigh Rotary continues to grow when they welcomed newest member Tom Welch, a young and energetic accountant bringing our club membership to 47. Since last July 9 new members have joined Burleigh Heads Rotary. 
For the fourth year in a row our club has won awards for Rotaract and Interact Involvement plus our End Polio Now black tie dinner won the Public Relations Single Event Award.  Congratulations to President Catherine and the team.
Invitation to Nominate and Attend
 The Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads
Disability Community Recognition Awards Function
Date:          Wednesday 7th June, 2017
Venue:       Burleigh Heads Surf Club
Time:          6.00 for 6.30 pm
Dress:        Smart casual
Cost:          $25 per person
Our Club would like to recognise our local disability community and provide an opportunity  to nominate people, that either, may be  dedicated carers that go above and beyond with outstanding efforts to help the disabled or a disabled person that has shown great courage, effort or outstanding achievement despite their disabilities. 
Gold Coast City Council Division 12 Councillor Pauline Young is supporting this event and will be attending the night as well as all our Club Members to recognise our local disability community with a dinner at the Surf Club. 
Nominations will be closing soon.  Rotarian members and family are invited to this event which will replace our Thursday meeting on Thursday 8th June.  Ticket prices for members and family will be $25/person for a 2 course meal.  If you would like to attend please pay for your tickets as soon as possible as there are only approximately 35 seats for club members at this stage.  Dignitaries and nominees with 2 guests will be covered by the grant Allan received for this event.
Payment can be made to the Service Account: BSB 124 014 Acc: 10151 911. Please use ref:  DCR and your SURNAME please to ensure we can sort out the payments.
For further information please email Allan on:
Congratulations to Rotarians and Friends - we raised just over $10,000 on the night in hard cash donations - we are just waiting for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to  push this final amount to $30k - we'll keep you posted but want to thank everyone for their efforts and donations in helping to save lives around the Globe.  Did you know there are around 350,000 people still suffering in Australia alone with the effects of Polio!  
You are invited to attend the 2017/18 Changeover Dinner on Saturday 1st July, 2017 at the Mowbray Park Surf Club, Burleigh Heads - please contact us if you would like to attend.  Richard Spencer will be taking over from our current President Catherine Pevy-Trewartha.  Invitation to be sent out soon, but please keep the date free to support the club.
Great article in the latest RDU magazine, enjoy the read....go Burleigh Rotary!
“More and more young professionals are looking to make new friends that connect them with the local community. They want to do good. They want to be seen doing good. They want to get their
hands dirty, not sign cheques.” 
When new member Jennie joined our club we had no idea that it would lead to our club building a relationship with her favourite local community organisation helping and assisting children with disabilities at the Riding Develops Abilities centre in the beautiful Currumbin Valley. We presented a cheque to the RDA which goes towards funding 4 x children and the purchase of new riding helmets for the centre. We are looking forward to assisting this great facility for many years to come.
It was great to have Karen Andrews and the girls from Burleigh Heads Kindergarten and Pre-School at our breakfast this morning. Burleigh Heads Rotary was successful in gaining funding for the children to have a place to play in all weather. Thank you Karen, for attending this morning's meeting and congratulations to all the fabulous team at the Kindergarten!!
We will be assisting the Kindergarten in the replacement and rebuild of outdoor verandah and pergola, later this year. A great project for us to get our hands dirty. 
We're a progressive, yet relaxed and friendly, group of men and women from all walks of life who work hard to do good things both in our community and beyond. We also have a lot of fun.
If you're thinking about joining our Club, we encourage you to visit our Facebook page
You'll find a lot of general information about Rotary and our Club HERE or by clicking on the image below. Email us at
We encourage you to join us for a breakfast meeting at the Surf Club, Mowbray Park, Burleigh Heads, at 7am on Thursdays. We'll even give you your first two breakfasts free.