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Executive and Board Directors 2018-2019
President: Allan Barnett
Immediate Past President: Richard Spencer
Executive  Secretary: Charles Kilby
Treasurer: John Clark
PE & VP: Colleen Gauder
Club Administration: Ken Clark
Service Projects: Shamus Davies 
Membership: Shobha Srinivasan
Public Relations: Taylor Birtchnell
Rotary Foundation: Ross Smith
Youth Services: Jacki King
Andy Rajapakse
Jan 24, 2019
Update on District 9640 Merger with 9630 & 9600
John Campbell (to be confirmed)
Jan 31, 2019
Member Behind the Badge
No Guest Speaker
Feb 07, 2019
Livin (to be confirmed)
Feb 14, 2019
Burleigh Heads Charity organisation
Sharon Crean
Mar 07, 2019
on her charity Beyond Water


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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How do we fit it all in an hour? Sometimes it's difficult but always very entertaining, so why not come a long to see for yourself?This week we had a visit from GCCC Division 12 Councillor Pauline Young, giving us the latest on the light rail expansion to Burleigh Heads, President of the Rotary Club of Villa Real, Buenos Aires, Argentina, looking for our assistance as a Global Grant partner Club for a project they are doing and also another visit by Jack Porter, Rotarian from New Zealand.These two Rotarians were both presented with the first of our new Club banners!
last but not least, far from it, we had our very own Ken Clark who always puts on a good show as Guest Speaker, this time on " the dangerous creaures of Australia" and we have got plenty!
A great night was had by all with current President Richard Spencer, handing over the chains to incoming President Allan Barnett. Good food, wine and company with Chief Guest Past District Governor Michael Irving, and Guest of Honour Hon Karen Andrews MP, Federal Member for McPherson. A highlight of the night is the announcement of our Club awards: Spirit of Rotary Award: Andy Rajapakse, 4 Way Test: Allan Barnett, Community Service: David Ungar, Rotarian of the Year: Bren Milson, Doug Mendoza Shield: John Clark. In addition, Years of Service Recognitions: Catherine Pevy Trewartha: 10 years, Ken Clark: 25 years, Andy Rajapakse: 30 years, Bren Milsom: 35 years, Russell Thomson: 45 years. Oher trophies handed out were to Luca Mueller, our Youth Exchange Student, and Steven Coffey, Rotaract Award. and finally a framed letter from Rotary International President Ian Riseley to Russell Thomson for 47 years of service to Rotary!
Many of our members had a memorable night at our Gala event last weekend, raising money for our special project for the new Rotary year- Currumbin Community Special School. Lots of fun on the night with great food, music and silent auction at the Convention Centre.
At this weeks meeting we celebrated The Rotary Foundation and Paul Harris Fellows, with current Rotary International Chair, Andy Rajapakse, and incoming RI Chair, Ross Smith as our guest speakers, on The Rotary Foundation and Rotary's Founder, Paul Harris. One of our members Colleen Gauder, was then presented with her Paul Harris Fellow.
We showed that we are People of Action on this fine Saturday morning, when our Club members managed to fill a large shipping container full of goods in around two hours! we packed in hospital beds, mattresses, medical equipment, wheelchairs, hospital linen etc. This shipping container will be going to Ghana in a few weeks where these goods will be welcome in the needy communities in that country.
One of our most loyal and hardworking members, David Ungar, has been awarded a McPherson Community Achiever Award presented by the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Federal Member for McPherson. David is our project officer for our Mobility Scooter Project, an outstanding and expanding success with over 50 scooters now out in the community, provided by our Club for the nominal fee of $1 per year to those needy people that require one to simply get around but cannot afford to buy one. David spends many hours each month attending to support and maintenance requirements of this scooter fleet.
Would you call this a double banger? Two sausage sizzles in one week at Bunnings Burleigh Waters and with a great team effort we managed to raise $4948 which we will be able to now use for worthy causes in our local community. The first BBQ was on Easter Saturday and we easily broke our Bunnings BBQ record! And President Richard received a nice sausage with candles for his birthday!
As a joint effort with the Rotary Club of Gold Coast, our Club is hosting a Masquerade Gala Ball at the Convention Centre on 9th June. 7.00pm to 12.00am. This will be an exciting and entertaining night with music, dancing, live and silent auctions. Costs from $170 per ticket include a 3 course dinner and 5 hour drinks package and all proceeds will go to worthy charities. Our Club will use the finds raised for our Currumbin Community Special School new playground project! To book : or for more information, contact our Club.
This week we did not have a Guest Speaker as such but we always have an interesting meeting ! Instead we had a couple of videos on the big screen - a very informative " Understanding Different Generations" by Amanda Wendt who presented this at the Rotary International District Governors Convention, 2017.  Very interesting facts on how millennials think, followed by a bit of humour on the other side of millennials! Whether you are a millennial or a baby boomer or anywhere in between, you are most welcome at our Club- we already have a vast range of ages as members.
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.