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Executive and Board Directors 2019-2020
President: Colleen Gauder
Immediate Past President: Allan Barnett
Executive  Secretary: Charles Kilby
Treasurer: John Clark
President Elect: John Clark
Vice President: Johnny Bueti
Club Administration: Ken Clark
Service Projects: Vacant 
Membership: Jacqueline Plaice
Public Relations: Teresa Seeney
Rotary Foundation: Ross Smith
Youth Services: Jacki King
Upcoming Events
Nigel Fotheringham
Jan 23, 2020 7:00 AM
Angel Flight Australia
Yohann Azlee
Feb 06, 2020 7:00 AM
Homeless Youth Project
Emily Campbell
Feb 13, 2020 7:00 AM
Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Italy
Current Activities
Club Members Bren Milson and Ross Smith in Timor Leste
Bren and Ross left on 27th May,flying to Dili, to assist with the unloading of the shipping container that our Club packed at DIK in Brisbane over the last 6 months with educational and medical supplies.The equipment and goods were then unloaded onto 40 different trucks and vehicles to be distributed around the country.Bren and Ross then toured some of the local areas to see where these goods would be used, in the local schools and medical outposts.
New International Support Project
Our Club has now engaged with Global Hand Charity to sponsor a child for three years through a RWACS project in Vietnam,total cost $1095 which will cover the costs of schooling for this child that lives in an orphanage near Na Trang,Vietnam.We will be given updates regularly on her progress and well being.
Come join us for breakfast!
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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Have you thought about joining a Rotary Club? What could be better than  doing good in your local community and worldwide, yet having fun and making lifelong friends at the same time? WHY NOT join us any Thursday morning and see what our Club is about. Check out our latest video.
Check our latest video on what our Club members get up to at the Donations in Kind Depot in Brisbane-hard work,cleaning 400 chairs ready to be sent to a school in Fiji!
Latest Club News
At our last meeting we also had another entertaining Guest Speaker, Kelly Malloy from LIVIN, a very comprehensive mental health support group based in Burleigh Heads.They provide information,presentations and programs for schools,community organisations and businesses to assist with looking out for the signs,and an overview of all the places that people with mental health problems can get support.
Emily Campbell, daughter of Club member John Campbell finally returned from Italy this week after one year as our sponsored Rotary Youth Exchange student and came to our meeting yesterday morning to thank all of us for our support. Emily will provide a complete presentation on her exciting year away as our Guest Speaker very soon. John,being a Rotary Youth exchange student to Denmark in his youth came dressed in his YE jacket and Emily came in hers,not sure which one was the heaviest! 
Rotary Clubs across Australia are working hard to provide relief and assistance during these horrific bushfires.

It's easy to feel that there's not much we, as individuals, can do to help.

But every dollar that can be put toward helping others can help in significant ways.

Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) Bushfire appeals is taking donations and the funds raised will go directly where they're needed most.

You can donate here

Donations to RAWCS are Tax Deductible and funds will be utilised in the Community by Rotary Clubs where needed.
A random act of kindness at Christmas time- our Club members pitched in to buy a playset for a needy family and three of our members,Charles Kilby,Greg Evans and  Richard Diaz gave up some time on Christmas Eve to erect it and surprise the children on Christmas Day!
Our last meeting for the year was all fun, with an excellent two course "Christmas" breakfast provided by the Surf Club, Turkey Benedict and Dessert,followed by a Hard Quiz with host Allan Barnett,and lots of prizes for everyone to celebrate Christmas! President Colleen also arranged a quick whip around from our Club members so that we could buy some play equipment for a family at the Sanctuary Retreat Womens Refuge,run by Club member Simone.
What an excellent vocational visit and fundraiser all in one today- when we had our regular breakfast meeting at the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Centre at Carrara.A big turn out of members as well as family and friends to have a delicious BBQ breakfast provided by the staff there- we paid for the breakfast and a donation on top to provide a donation on the day of $500 to SLS Queensland. Interesting talk by staff after breakfast on how the helicopter rescue centre works as well as Polair 1-the Queensland Police helicopter that is also maintained and run from this centre. Many thanks to Club member Ken Clarke,who organised this visit. 
Our Bunnings BBQ last Saturday, was a tremendous result, as we raised $2300 that we can now use for our local community and international projects.This was very close to our previous record for a Bunnings BBQ! Hard work for all those that volunteered from our Club as well as friends,as it was very busy all day-running out of sausages,bread and onions, and having to replenish! But well worth the effort.
This week Club members Allan Barnett and Charles Kilby erected two new signs for our Club on the Gold Coast Highway,north and south of Burleigh Heads,giving us great exposure with the major traffic flow on this road.However it was a great surprise to see even more exposure with our Facebook post of this event- this post reached over 4100 people with 750 engagements in the first 24 hours!
This week we sent a cheque for $1602 to Rotary International to go towards the End Polio campaign which has almost eliminated polio from the entire world! This donation was from individual club members;as $5 from our breakfast fees, is a donation to Rotary International per member from each meeting going towards this important cause.
Our Rotaract Club of Burleigh heads does an amazing job to present Interaction 2020 at Marymount College, a conference to enourage more High Schools and High School students to join Interact and be part of the Rotary family,doing good in the world. Our Club sponsors the Interact Clubs of Marymount College and Miami High School who attended the event. Great fun for all with breakfast BBQ and pizza for lunch provided,on top of very informative Guest Speakers.
It was great to welcome the Hon Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry,Science and Technology,local member for Mcpherson and a great supporter of our Club,with a presentation on her portfolio of space technology,the space sector and what it can do for the future of all industries.A 12 billion  dollar industry that employs 10,000 people with a leading rocket launching business based here on the Gold Coast.
Todays meeting was all about World Polio Day,and Guest Speakers were Club member John Campbell and his father Graham Campbell who caught Polio when he was very young.Graham gave a moving and personal account of what it was like to have Polio and the repercussions over his lifetime.In addition Ross Smith,our Rotary Foundation Director,provided the background of this disease and what Rotary International in partnership with the  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has done about it-almost elimanting Polio throughout the world!
Our Hat Day meeting was another success,lots of colourful hats,lots of fun and raising funds to donate to the Australian Rotary Health Mental Health Research project.As well, one of our Club members, Jennie Coleborne providing a very interesting presentation on her South America trip,with lots of colourful photos!
#daysforgirlsgoldcoast thankyou to #burleighheadsrotary for contributing 55 pairs of nickers to the Days for Girls project.
With Simone Kerwick’s contribution we gave a total of 72! Great work team!
The Days for Girls project helps young girls get to school during their menstrual cycle in under privileged countries with the use of the packs supplied by this project.
It was actually on this day in October 1955 that our Club was chartered,so we celebrated with a champagne and orange juice buffet breakfast and  very tasty birthday cake.The Guest Speaker was a very entertaining Andy Bell, with his very amusing and intriguing tales of being an under cover cop in New Zealand in the 70's trying to bust the drug trade.A great story.
Last night many of our Club members attended the exclusive preview of Ride Like a Girl,the movie about jockey Michelle Payne ,the first female jockey to win a Melbourne Cup,and it was a great night that raised around $1000 which will go directly to the End Polio Now fund run by Rotary International that aims to eradicate polio on the world. 
Our Guest speaker today was Gavin Topp with a very amusing yet motivating presentation.Gavin was an Australian Title holder boxer, ranked 12th in the world when he retired and now runs Fight Like a Pro, where he helps boys and men struggling with mental health issues and a positive pathway in life, through his boxing format.His motto-you need a mentor,you need mates on the same page,you need each other with similar values to help one another.
Rotary is serious about promoting our story to the public and what better way than a full page in the latest september 2019 issue of the in flight Jetstar magazine.After all it is a little boring sometimes waiting to get to another destination and that free reading sometimes helps.Hopefully we will get more members at our Club from it!
Our Guest Speaker today was Jacob Kay and it was informing to hear about various types of vaccinations and why they work and why we should have them.Rotary is at the forefront of vaccinating people in many thiri world countries particularly now with the End Polio Now campaign whic is expected to eliminate polio in the entire world within a couple of years! Then hopefully wth research being done at Griffith University here on the Gold Coast,supported by a lot of Rotary money,a vaccine will be finally created for eliminating malaria in the world.
Another fantastic meeting-our last for the winter,with another magic sunrise and another very interesting speaker-GCCC Division 12 Councillor Pauline Young,providing a very informative update on what is happening in our local area with parks,new developments,the lightrail extension and other community matters.
After our well attended Club breakfast meeting,on a magnificent morning,local State MP and Rotarian,Michael Hart , flagged off five Rotarians in customised Rotary People of Action kit, to expand our brand awareness and attract bicycle enthusiasts to Rotary. The bicycle team members represent four of the largest Clubs on the Gold Coast, Rowan Johnstone,President Gold Coast Club,PDG Ross Smith,Burleigh Heads Club,Mark Twyford and Neil Thurlow of Surfers Sunrise
and Wayne Kirby,President of Hope Island Club.
We invite bicycle enthusiasts to join these People of Action at
Our local State Member for Burleigh and an Honorary member of our Club,Michael Hart was our Guest Speaker today,in front of a fantastic turnout of members and many guests.A very informative presentation providing us with the latest news on current local topics; the proposed light rail extension to Burleigh Heads,and the possible redevelopment of the old Burleigh Theatre building.On a truly magnificent winter morning at beautiful Burleigh Heads beach.
Our latest Bunnings Burleigh Waters BBQ was a great result for our first fundraiser of the year, with happy members having fun and happy cusomers as well, while we managed to raise $1970 whcih we can use for our local community and international service projects.
THANK YOU TO OUR GUEST SPEAKERS LAST WEEK - Jane Beasley and Lisa Stephens from ACT FOR KIDS. Their not for profit organisation does a tremendous job treating and preventing abused and neglected children. They need our support to keep up their good work. Visit to help if you can.
Our Club member Bren Milsom works tirelessly to help the poor in Timor,through our Club and the also the local Catholic Parish.He held a music night fundraiser for the parish,but needed a little more for his latest Timor project,to sponsor a young schoolteacher from Timor to attend the local Marymount College for valuable teacher training experience she can use in Timor.He was a little short with funds,so our Club decided to help him out with a $1000 donation to make this project possible.
We have just made a donation of $1095 to a registered RAWCs Rotary project in Vietnam. This will be used to sponsor a child at an orphanage in Vietnem,for three years with all educational requirements to attend school  and hopefully lead a normal life in the future.It is being done through Global Hands.
Our Guest Speakers today were members Ross Smith and Bren Milson and his wife Sue who are both very passionate about helping our closest neighbours, and one of the poorest countries in the world,Timor Leste.This was a very moving presentation on their recent trip,firstly to assist unload the shipping container at Dili,that our Club sent over there through DIK/RAWC,then travelling around the countryside to see first hand where all these sought after educational and medical supplies were to be used. Ross presented Club President Allan Barnett with a traditional Tais,a simple hand made woven cloth.
An amazing response from our talented local artists,submitting 90 paintings valued at over $50,000 to our Seascape Art Show. It commenced with an exciting Opening Night Cocktail party, at Burleigh Heads Surf Club,with 110 people attending to view all the art for the first time, great food,and Jacobs Creek wine tasting provided by sponsors Pernod Ricard.
Club Service Projects
Mobility Scooters Project
The Rotary Scooters Project on the Gold Coast provides mobility scooters to those in our local community suffering restriction in their movements as a result of illness, advancing age or disability.
Without the financial means to hire or purchase a scooter, the only alternative is a wheelchair. This results in many becoming unnecessarily housebound, as wheelchairs typically lack outdoor versatility and cannot be powered for long by the physically weak.
 Through the Rotary Scooters Project, many have found new freedom, confidence and independence by being able to get out and about under their own steam, running errands and taking part in normal social activities. Each mobility scooter costs the club up to $5000, but are provided to users for a minimum of $1 per annum. 
We have raised a total of $118,000 in grants from Queensland Government Gambling Community Benefit Funds and other sources, plus our regular Club fundraising provides the funds for the ongoing costs of annual Insurance and servicing the fleet . Hence Project Officer, David Ungar is kept very busy looking after all the participants scooters with maintenance requirements nad delivering and collecting scooters!
The latest grant of $32,000 we received in October 2018,has enabled us to purchase 5 new scooters plus an additional 5 are on order for delivery in February 2019, all to replace our older fleet.
International Service: RAWCS and DIK Volunteering at Brisbane Depot to load containers.
Our Club regularly volunteers to load shipping containers with used educational and hospital equipment and general goods that are desperately needed in the Pacific countries, PNG and Timor-Leste. Our Project Officer, Bren Milsom works tirelessly, constantly sourcing these goods on the Gold Coast from schools, aged care homes etc and regularly goes up to the Brisbane depot to store the goods before packing in the shipping containers.
Donations of STEM Early Reader Series Books to local primary Schools
Following an initiative by our District in collaboration with Griffith University, our Club is very proud to donate one set each of Suzie the Scientist and Millie the Mathematician books to three local primary schools, Burleigh Heads, Caningeraba and Merrimac. These amazing books were developed by Professor Richard John to fill a need for quality books to teach young children very important subjects for their future- Science and Mathematics! We are proud to say that former District Governor Michael Irving, who attends many of our meetings as a Burleigh local, lead the committee and our very own PDG Ross Smith, was on the committee that instigated this project for our District.
International Service: Renovation of St. Teresinha's Junior High School,Ossu, Timor Leste
This project, lead by Bren Milsom, was to fund and send volunteers to assist in the improvement of drainage,water supply & electrical systems in a renovation and refurbishment of the roof,classrooms,toilets and other facilities of this school, a major project with a total cost of $USD177,700 of which Rotary contributed $57,500 worth of roofing elements,tanks etc. In addition two shipping containers have been sent with equipment and supplies for the school and others from the RAWC's depot in Brisbane and our Club participated in loading these containers.