Our spectacular Australia Day Lunch was an amazing success, here is some of our local Rural Fire Brigade volunteers being recognised with Certificates of Appreciation
Our latest social event and fundraiser,commencing at Schuster Park,Tallebudgera,8.30 am and winding up to Mt Tamborine and back.Get a good navigator and follow the clues to win some great prizes.Only $35 per car plus $10 pp for BBQ lunch back at Schuster Park.Book at Trybooking link below:
 We had our last Club meeting-breakfast in the park on Burleigh Headland,great success!
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Why not join us for breakfast?....any Thursday.
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
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!
The guest speaker this morning was Howard Dewhirst, Geologist and Presenter Extraordinare! Usually statistics come up and scare everyone into submission! There was no opportunity for that as the analysis and the presentation was powerful and unexpected from the opening sentence! No reason to fear Climate Change as this has been changing since Day Dot. Aren't we lucky to have a climate in the first place ?! When there is a climate, there will be change .. cyclical and constant. If you missed this talk, it was something to regret, as Howard spoke from a place of authority and experience. Thank you for a fabulous morning where we all learnt something. Breakfast at Rotary, Burleigh Heads continues to surprise and inspire :) 
Another beautiful day and another fantastic meet up .. this time for a Breakfast BBQ at the park for the Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads. Thank you to the team of Allan Barnett, Terri Taylor for the menu selection and the set up ably assisted by Charles Kilby. Ron Mullins for helping with the cooking and clean up, Greg Evans for the pack up and thank you also to all the members who showed up today to support this out-of-the-box activity.
Life at the Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads = always fun, interesting and sparks healthy debates every time. Thank you also to the Burleigh Rotaractors, Blake and Catlin, and to guests Howard and Trish who showed up and joined in :)
And last but not the least, our youngest Rotarians-to-be, Alex Barnett and Liam Zirilli. You boys are just a pleasure to have around :) 
Visit us anytime, on a Thursday, when we meet at 7am at the Surf Club in Burleigh. 
A big THANK YOU from Bonogin Valley RFS to our Club for the donation we made on Australia Day. Glad we could help :) 
I just wanted to share with your Rotary members our purchase we have made using the donation we were given on Australia Day
We have a small garden and hedge out the front of our station and would normally use power cords across the driveway plugged into a hedge trimmer. Now we have a battery operated one thanks to Rotary’s kind donation 
Thank you so much 
Kind regards 
Janice Sinclair
First Officer
Bonogin Valley RFB
The images says it all ! Hard work on a hot hot day ! But very satisfying to see resources donated going to the aid to the people of Dili. We had a really awesome team of our club members today. Bren Milson led the charge and Ross Smith, Terri Taylor, Melanie Baxter, Michael Shambrook, Greg Evans and Shobha Srinivasan helped .. in no particular order. It was a productive day and the fellowship is fantastic. We work hard and we laugh .. a lot ! There were some other Rotarians from the Brissie clubs too that we got to interact with .. Special mention Greg Evans who wielded the whipper snipper on the large property but had to stop when the batteries finally ran out .. just in time for morning tea :) Thank goodness for dying batteries !
Our meetings and attendance just gets better and better ! Today we had a fantastic speaker, Stephanie Collins, from the Endeavour Foundation,which is is an independent organisation established in 1951 with a vision to support people with an intellectual disability to live their best life – starting with equal access to education and life-skills learning. The clients who visited us along with the staff from NDVR were a lovely, friendly bunch of people and we hope to continue our association with them,when we help them build a beautiful herb/vege garden in their facility. Thank you Richard Diaz and Graham Jones for coordinating this project,and Cr Pauline Young for the contact with this organisation. We had a few other visitors today as well and it was lovely to welcome fellow Rotarians once again to our club. Please get in touch for more information on today's meeting or speaker. 
Special mention and thank you Michael Shambrook for standing at the door to welcome visitors and David Ungar for his stellar work at the front desk and last but not least, Allan Barnett for his AV set up each and every week. 
This was a very emotional and moving presentation by Dr Dinesh Palipana, Queensland's Australian of the Year. Despite his huge setbacks in life, now confined to a wheelchair, and having no movement in his fingers, somehow he has managed to become a Medical Doctor with a Law Degree! He now works in the Emergency Department, and is an inspiration to us all. As is his Mum!
The photos say it all ! An absolute ripper of a day at Burleigh Heads Surf Club and our Reflect, Respect and Celebrate Australia Day Lunch was an amazing success, celebrating all things Aussie! We also recognised one young local hero, Noah Connors, the local Rural Fire Brigades, the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteers and the CWA with Outstanding Community Service Awards. Thank you to the National Australia Day Council for sponsoring the event as we not only had a lot of fun, but we got to say a huge THANK YOU to our fellow volunteer organisations. Our team of organisers led by Allan Barnett pulled off an amazing event and this made it a memorable day for everyone who attended. Makes us all proud to be in this beautiful country. 
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Our latest International Project, led by Ross Smith, with many members and friends of our Club,not only donating hundreds of household items,but all getting together on a Sunday afternoon to sort,pack and label,35 boxes to be sent to Fiji to assist the many Fijians that were devastated by the latest Cyclone.
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.
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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
Mark Sternhagen
Mar 04, 2021
on ZOOM - Polio and Vaccinations
Wayne Stitcher
Mar 11, 2021
on Cycling without Age
Terri Taylor
Mar 18, 2021
on Oz Harvest
No speaker scheduled
Mar 25, 2021
Fellowship Meeting (John Clark)
Erika Gleeson
Apr 01, 2021
on ZOOM Autism Swim
Dr Clarence Tan
Apr 08, 2021
on Exponential Technologies
No speaker scheduled
Apr 15, 2021
Fellowship Meeting (Allan Barnett)
Carey Westwood
Apr 22, 2021
Tony Heading
Apr 29, 2021
A brief overview on the Rotary Foundation
Jane Loxton
May 06, 2021
on (non physical) Domestic Violence
Rama (to be confirmed)
May 20, 2021
Peace Fellow
No speaker scheduled
May 27, 2021
Fellowship Meeting
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.

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