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Welcome to our Surfers Sunrise Rotary!

Surfers Sunrise

A great way to start the day

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club
Esplanade (Cnr Hanlan Street)
(upstairs restaurant)
Surfers Paradise, QLD  4217
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This coming Wednesday 23rd, we'll have a very special speaker with a refreshing message: David Lomman is a Naturopath, specializing on natural, drug free methods to heal Mental Health issues, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Choose from the club's Buffet or from their extensive breakfast menu (download from the link below the image on the left), or just have a cuppa.  Note: order in the bistro downstairs, then take your meal to the upstairs restaurant and enjoy the fellowship!
On a daily basis we hear about Muslims detesting Christians, Sunni and Shia Muslims being at war, and one only has to go back half of a life time to the major conflict between Protestants and Catholics in Ireland. Let's not, for a moment, even consider the question of which branch of Christianity is right: Catholic, Anglican, Pentecostal, Mormon, just to name a few). And of course the issue with Judaism and the rest of the world seems to have gone on since time immemorial. Oh, have I mentioned yet Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Baha'i...? 
So, when I read in the Burleigh Rotary Club bulletin that there were some volunteers who were running a Multi Faith Centre at the Commonwealth Games, my first vision was along the line of someone trying to herd a bunch of cats...  "Not so!" assured us our Guest Speaker, Kay Chiswell. Together with Lakshmi Narasimhan and a number of other volunteers, they indeed managed to organize and arrange for the athletes and their officials from all over the Commonwealth to pursue their peaceful pursuit of worship - whatever their religion.  As a matter of fact, so successful was their enterprise that they have been asked to come up with a similar solution for the upcoming Olympic Games in 2020! Their team had representatives of various faiths that were catered for at the village. There were national faith leaders and chaplains. There were international, professional sports chaplains who belong to the Christian faith. Quite straight forward, isn't it? Not so sure...  Let's just see: the principal task (one assumes to be) was to provide a place where people could "express their faith". But also a place to come to if they needed to talk to someone about whatever issue, not necessarily relating to their faith. Seeing the Games were in the Easter Period, a number of different Holy Days fell into the period. And overall, still to cater for the needs of individual faiths. In the humble view of your Editor, a gargantuan task!
And so the Christians, the Muslims, the Jews, the Buddhists, the Baha'i, the Hindis and the Sikhs all shared the Multi Faith Centre, to worship, to meditate, to talk, to seek inner peace.  Sounds almost impossible? Well, from my point of view, perhaps Kay and her team should move on to the UN and give them a couple of lessons on how it's actually done.
On 20th February 2019, we'll again hold an event to recognize Vocational Excellence (in the past, we called it Pride of Workmanship Award).
We often hear complaints about poor service, but the 'Quiet Achievers' out there remain unrecognized! Here is your opportunity! You may nominate any person whom you consider to have provided you with excellent service and/or has shown a high level of skill in their profession, trade or vocation and whom you consider worthy of recognition. The nomination form is in the Download Section on the right side.  Please send it directly to Richard Smith, our Chief of Vocational Service who is in charge of the organizing committee.  Details are shown on the form.
OK, so it seems still to be a long way off - almost 3 months away.  But accommodation will soon become hard to get - other people have already booked.  Your Editor and his better half will go down on Friday for the three days. 
Why attend a District Conference?
  • Well, to start, it's fun: you meet lots of interesting people (the most interesting Rotarians DO attend the conference - not meaning to be bragging about myself of course)
  • You will hear Keynote Speakers for which you normally would pay hundreds of dollars to attend
  • The dinners are always superb fellowship events. The Saturday Night dinner is always very vibrant; this year they have a top notch Jazz & Swing band. Yes, we dance!
  • You learn a couple of things about Rotary which you may not have known before
Registration for Rotarians and their partners is free of charge, however, in fairness, a fee applies to partake in the events which serve food.  Click on this link to go to the Registration Page.  
Just before Christmas, Ian Mayberry again undertook the annual pilgrimage to St John's with a car load of presents for disadvantaged children. As in "who knows" how many years in the past, Ian has collected the gold coin contributions from the "after breakfast hangers-on" and has purchased a load of gifts to augment those that were donated by various members. And to no doubt, it would have provided a big lot of joy and happiness! Good work, Ian!
Last Saturday, Gloria Harrison and her family joined us at the Project Shed to share a meal with the members and volunteers of Surfers Sunrise.  As reported previously, Bob had been a Charter Member of our club, commencing in 1987.  See full details in the Download Section and the Photo Album on the right. Following President Jo Winwood's announcement that the club will make a donation of $500.00 in memory of Bob to The Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus fund (which will be tripled by the pledge of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to donate $2.00 for every $1.00 from Rotary), your Editor was privileged to say a few words on behalf of the members and volunteers. A number of people asked me about the poem I finished off with (by that great master, 'Anon'), which I feel suits Bob to a tee.  So here it is:
Miss me – but let me go  (Anon)
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul let free?
Miss me a little – but no too long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me – but let me go.
For this journey that we all must take
And each must go alone
It’s all part of the Master’s plan
A step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go the the friends we know
And busy your sorrows on doing good deeds
Miss me – but let me go.
Some of you may not be aware that our wheelchairs are assembled in a number of different locations.  A number of Men's Sheds and Rotary Clubs along the Eastern Seaboard, even the Palin Creek Correctional Centre is involved.  The picture above shows a load of 36 wheelchairs sent by Gladstone Rotary Club, which Des La Rance picked up from Toll Roadfreight, which provides free transport. [No Henrietta, he was not overloaded, just looks that way... ☺] In turn, we sent another 24 sets of components up for them to continue working.
At last Wednesday's meeting, President Jo Winwood had the very special pleasure of presenting a Paul Harris Fellowship pin with 5 Sapphires to Mario Fairlie. Congratulations!

The inaugural Annual Bike Sale on Saturday was a roaring success, with about 3/4 of bikes sold! 5 weeks of preparation by our volunteers and members of Surfers Sunrise to get the bikes in shape, tidy up the shed and its surrounds was all very worthwhile. In total, just a little below $4,000 was raised, including some $320.00 in direct donations to the Wheelchair Trust.

Picture above shows Abigail, the proud new owner of the Cervélo Super Racing Bike, with (from left) PDG Darrell Brown, Andy Bell, Abigail's partner Ben, Chief organizer Larry Murray, Paul Seymour.

Picture on right: visitors Kaye & Ray Drowley happily handing over the funds to finance two wheelchairs to Des La Rance, who is not only the man who came up with the original design back in the mid 90's, but is a tireless worker at the Project Shed.  Thank you, Kaye & Ray and to all the others who donated, to the people who bought the bikes and to all the volunteers and members who helped to make the day such a success!

See more photos in the Photo Album section on the right.

Never mind that, for the better part of 6 months, Donations in Kind (DIK) had a serious warehousing problem; that wouldn't stop those hardworking volunteers to sort, recycle, pack and ship tons of goods to various countries in the developing regions. (By the way: in case you missed it, they have found new accommodation!) Nor would it stop them collecting major awards: after receiving  last year's recognition by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILTA) (see District Newsletter December 2017 - click here), they have this year been recognized by receiving the highly coveted ASCLA (Australian Supply Chain & Logistics) award for Environmental Excellence.
Photo on left shows Northern Region DIK Chief Col Laurenson, flanked by regular volunteers Royce and Lynn AllanCongratulations all!  Well done!
At last Wednesday's meeting, Immediate Past District Governor Darrell Brown presented Past President 2017-18 Andy Bell with a Presidential Citation, issued by (then) Rotary International President Ian Riseley.  Andy accepted on behalf of the members of our club. The citation is issued to clubs that have achieved at least four major goals.  Our club "scored" for the following (and possibly other areas):
Sponsor or have club members actively involved in a Polio Plus event
Partner with The Rotary Foundation by sponsoring at least one project funded by a global grant or a district grant. 
Carry out at least one project focused on the environment
Attain a minimum contribution of $100 US per capita to The Rotary Foundation
Photo above (by Charles Thomasson): PDG Darrell presents Andy Bell with the certificate.
In this Weekend Australian newspaper (01/02 October 2018), in an article on the horrendous conditions in Syrian refugee camps. No, they didn't modify the wheel camber to simulate racing car wheels - more like that it has had good use over the past 10 years or so, but now could do with some tender loving care.
Here is the second instalment of the series: District Governor Terry Browns wife Carol answers the 33 Questions.  See Download section on the right!
See Download Section on the right - District Governor Terry Brown has answered the 33 Questions!  Note: this is meant to be lighthearted...  That means neither the DG nor your Editor will enter into any correspondence... ☺
Next week: DG's "better half" Carol Brown's answers.
At last Wednesday's meeting, Sebastian Robinson (14) of the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club was presented with the annual "Lutzy" Award. No, it is not some plain certificate or plaque - it is a fully fledged rescue/paddle board!

The award, in honour of our Charter Member Keith Lutz who sadly passed away some five years ago, is determined in conjunction with the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club. Ray Higgs and Chris Thurtell from Surfers Sunrise Rotary team up with David Orchid and a selection committee from the SLSC. It is awarded not necessarily to the top surfer, but to a young, community minded person who is dedicated to mentoring and supporting other members of the club.
The photo above (by Charles Thomasson) shows the justifiably proud winner with (from left) Myles Giess, whose company Logan Steel Pty Ltd sponsored the paddle board, Andy Bell (Vice President of the Surfers Sunrise Rotary Club Inc), Trevor Hendy AM, Sebastian Robinson and Jan Lutz.
I've uploaded a video which beautifully outlines what Rotary is all about. Go on, have a look at it. It's only a bit over 2 minutes, but very well done. Go to this link to view it:
August is Membership Development and Extentions Month. Can you remember when you were inducted into Rotary?  Have you considered why you were proposed by your sponsor? What made you to decide to join?  Did you feel a sense of pride, of achievement, to be invited to join an organization of the highest international repute?  Did you feel that your sponsor did “The right thing” by considering you to be potentially a good Rotarian ? Did you feel a little bit overwhelmed, sort of “am I really up to this?” You did? 
“The more hands Rotary has, the better and more effectively the ideal of service will be achieved.  Hence the importance of membership.”  These words, spoken by one of Japans foremost Rotarians, Kanejiro Matsumoto put the point very straight.   I put it even straighter: If we are to spread the workload of running this club, if we are to achieve our aims on the local scene (Youth Service, Vocational Service, Community Service), if we are to pull our weight on the International cart, we have an obligation to not only maintain, but increase membership. Whom have you asked lately to come along to one of our meetings?
Geoff Croad sent me a very interesting article, written by Michael Bucca, a 32 year old member of the Rotary Club of Central Ocean Toms River, New Jersey, USA. 
"You might think that I, a 32-year-old member of a 110-year-old organization, would be preoccupied with trying to modernize my club’s way of doing things. But remarkably, my experience in Rotary is teaching me to spend more energy convincing my generation – which keeps trying to reinvent everything – that there is much to be gained in the lost art of personal connection...." ... Think of this as a real-life Facebook status combined with a weekly GoFundMe campaign."
Well worth reading! You can access the full article from this link: http://blog.rotary.org/2016/01/06/what-30-somethings-need-to-know-about-rotary/
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