Our 65th Anniversary Dinner is on Friday 2nd October !
Join us for our Hat Day Breaky on Thursday 15th October at the Surf Club Burleigh Heads! All funds raised will go towards Mental Health Research.
Fundraising fun at Bunnings BBQs!
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 6.45am for 7.00am until 8.00am. We also have a hybrid meeting on the first Thursday of every month where you can visit via Zoom! See the link above to connect to our meetings
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!
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.
This is the Currumbin Community Special School (for special needs children) new playground area! This was a community service project idea first suggested, by Past President Richard Spencer in May 2017! But at a cost of $45,000 we knew it was going to be a difficult task to find the funding for it, yet after three years we finally did it! After many attempts at Grants, and lots of fundraisers,it was finally achieved by funding from our Club,the Currumbin Coolangatta Tweed Rotary Club and a Grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund,thanks to our Club member David Ungar,who submitted the application on behalf of the School P & C.
There are four new pieces of equipment- Explorer Net Mount Gingera, Whirly Go Round (for wheel chairs),the Revolving Sand Table and the Bed of Beads,plus all new rubber matting and turf around it.A magnificent achievement for our Club.
Todays Zoom meeting has been our most international yet,with our Guest Speaker,Jenni Schumann from the Clitheroe Rotary Club,UK  providing a great presentation on her Club and Clitheroe.We also caught up with Luca Mueller, our past Youth Exchange student,zooming in from Germany,as well as regular guest Janet Haas from Michigan,USA, and our Club member Karen Waters from Japan.
Thank you Club member Karen Waters, Zooming in live form Japan to provide us with another great presentation on her business there,her Rotary story and the history of Rotary in Japan,commenced by Sir Umekishi Yoneyama,known as the father of Rotary in Japan.
One advantage of our Zoom meetings is that we can have Guest speakers from anywhere in the world, just drop in live!Last week we had Jenny Stotts,District Membership Chair 6690,and member of the Athens Sunrise Club,Ohio,USA. And today our Guest Speaker was Michael Howe, a member of the Casper,Wyoming rotary Club who gave an excellent presentation on Casper,the State of Wyoming and his Clubs activities.
At our Zoom meeting today,we had the pleasure of inducting our very first member virtually via Zoom,welcome  Kathryn Koch! we managed to arrange to get her badge and welcome kit delivered to her and then Club Membership Director, Jacqueline Plaice,conducted the induction over Zoom. Her husband and 19 year old cat were with her at home!
Due to the world wide Covid-19 situation , Rotary Clubs around the world have embraced technology and many are meeting via Zoom.This has now provided Rotarians everywhere the opportunity to attend Club meetings anywhere at any time,and our Club member Allan Barnett has managed to attend 15 Rotary Club meetings in a week,in the UK,Canada,USA,India,Mexico and the Cayman Islands! Club members Shobha Srinivasan and Ross Smith have also attended some meetings.
After a little absence due to the current Covid-19 lockdown and social distancing we have finally met again with our first regular Club meeting via Zoom.We welcomed a visitor,Gary Hopkinson dropping in from New Zealand,and it was great to see our Club member,Karen Waters,attending from Japan! All went well and we had a very similar format of our normal on site meetings,including Heads and Tails,and the National Anthem!
It was touch and go if this event would go ahead under the current situation with Covid-19 social distancing! However it did,with changed rules, and no contact or group get together. Our Club members Greg Evans, and Allan Barnett along with his son Alex were the sole surviving participants from our Club to do it,as our other team members,our Rotaract club and Interact Club decided to withdraw.We still had a lot of fun and won a random prize draw!
A huge variety of food,drinks,music,atmosphere and good company with a great turnout of members for our Leap Year Party, only once every four years! at Miami Marketta for dinner!And good promotion of our Club with the little sign for our exclusive area!
We had a very good attendance this week to see an interesting presentation,complete with a mini stall of Lao handcrafts for sale, by Charlie Nicholls who runs a simple resort called Lao Lake House in Laos as well as being very involved in helping the locals improve their incomes and lives.
Our Club member Andy Rajapakse is the incoming District Governor for 2020-2021,commencing 1st July, and it was a very interesting meeting as he gave us an update on what will be happening in our District and with Rotary International in his year and going forward as we enjoyed lots of fresh air,sunshine and a magic view of the beach with this meeting out on the balcony, as our usual room is being renovated.Current Division 12 Councillor Pauline Young,a great supporter of our Club attended as well, and enjoyed the atmosphere.
Our well spoken member Ross Smith provided a great history lesson as Guest Speaker today,on his special interest subject-US Architect Frank Lloyd Wright,a most fascinating person, with an amazing record of beautiful,and unusual buildings that he designed and had built for clients from the early 1900's until the 1950s that still stand today.
Congratulations to our Rotary Exchange student,Emily Campbell who has just returned from a year away in Italy and gave us a very professional and interesting presentation on  her "Rotary families" that she lived with her and her year in Italy.
Congratulations to our Burleigh Heads Rotaract Club for hosting a very successful Australian Rotaract Conference this weekend and the Dinner on Saturday night where they won the Award for Most Outstanding Event with Interaction 2020, put on recently by this Club to create more interest in creating Interact Clubs!
Our Club members Ross Smith,John Campbell,Charles Kilby,Bren Milsom and his wife Sue attended the dinner.
We welcome our latest member Yohann Azlee to our Club being inducted at this mornings meeting then going on to be Guest Speaker with Jamie Preston as they are both volunteer Board members of Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth-a charity doing great things to help the homeless on the Gold Coast.This is what can happen-Yohann  visited our Club a couple of months ago and was asked if he would like to be a Guest Speaker then,and because he was so impressed with our meetings and what we do he decided to join!
Club members Bren Milsom,Ross Smith,Greg Evans and Shamus Davies attended the Donations in Kind depot in Brisbane today to commence packing our shipping container that will be going to Timor Leste very soon. Full of much needed hospital,educational and general equipment to be distributed where it will be most needed in Timor.
Today we welcomed Karen Waters,as our latest member.Karen lives in Japan and Australia,with an international business in Japan and family here in Australia and she was keen to join a Rotary Club,so unable to do so in Japan,she was welcomed to our Club via Club member and Incoming District Governor, Andy Rajapkse. 
Site Pages
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: David Andrews 
Membership: Graham Jones
Public Relations: Jo Creaser
Rotary Foundation: Ron Mullins
Youth Services: Anthony Zirilli
Upcoming Events
Guest Speakers
District Governor Andy Rajapakse
Sep 24, 2020 7:00 AM
Governors Address
No meeting, no speaker
Oct 01, 2020
Jessie Harman (via Zoom)
Oct 08, 2020 7:00 AM
Rotary International Director Elect 2021-2023
Kevin Dando
Oct 15, 2020
Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast Ltd
Kerrie Cox
Oct 22, 2020
The Body Connection
Graham Jones - Membership Director
Oct 29, 2020
Membership Survey Results
Jennifer Jones (to be confirmed)
Nov 05, 2020 7:00 AM
Rotary International President Nominee 2020-2023
Yohann Azlee (to be confirmed)
Nov 12, 2020
Member behind the Badge
Annual General Meeting-no Guest Speaker
Dec 03, 2020
No guest speaker
Xmas Party Meeting
Dec 10, 2020
Last Meeting of the Year -no Guest speaker
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
Gold Coast City Council Hardship Grants
Our Club has been very fortunate to receive a Community Organisation Hardship Grant from the Gold Coast City Council for $5000 as it was much needed funds to help us continue to run our Mobility Scooter Program, as we have not being able to fundraise during Covid-19 restrictions.This program provides mobility scooters to those less fortunate that need one but are unable to attain one by other means.
Our new meeting room at the Surf Club! 
Amazing views through the glass panels,of the beach and Burleigh heads National Park from our new meeting room,while we have breakfast.Why not join us?
You can now join our breakfast meeting at the Surf Club, via Zoom on the first Thursday of every month!