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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
Australia
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Regrettably, Liam Smith, our RYTS awardee, is unable to attend due to a University commitment. At short notice, Julius Czerny (see Bulletin of 22/08/18), that very entertaining speaker we had a few weeks back presenting about his near death experience which led him to develop the Super Lifesaver board game, agreed to jump in and entertain us again (on a different subject though - you'll just have to wait until the day! ☺)
 
Note: Julius will bring a few copies of his Super Lifesaver boardgame along with him. We have quite a few orders already, but if you would like a copy, reply to this email right away so I can advise Julius. Ed.
Always great to receive the modern equivalent of a postcard! Here is a pic of Geoff Croad posing next to (continental) Europe's western-most Rotary sign. No, Paul Harris wasn't buried there - looks like it was put up in memory of the 75th anniversary of Rotary by the Rotary Club of Sintra, near Lisbon, Portugal, in 1980. Geoff, did you find the equivalent of the 100th anniversary in 2005?
OK, ADMIT IT: you are not reading the RDU Magazine cover to cover, are you. If you are anything like the typical Rotarian, e.g. up to your ears in work, or really trying to get on top of that bucket list you set yourself upon retirement and on top of that have the responsibility and demands of a young family, demanding hobbies or a bunch of grand kids, you don’t have much time to read magazines. So I thought I’d bring an unusually well written, interesting article to your attention. It is in the latest issue of the RDU Magazine (it should be in your mailbox now): See page 8 – The Ideas Factory, written by the Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Brisbane, Daniel Vankov.  You can also view it online:
 
Or, if you want to have quick link to the strategic plan yourself, click here to download the PDF directly from the Brisbane Rotary Club's website link to the PDF.
This coming Wednesday 12th September 2018 we'll meet for a social breakfast at Bumbles Cafe, 21 River Drive, Surfers Paradise.  Usual time 07:00 am, buy your own breakfast.  See you there!
"No, we don't have any agendas!" was Keith’s emphatic reply to the question of whether journalists and editors would be influenced by their respective proprietors.  “But keep in mind, we are a business. We have to turn a profit.” Makes sense, really: With advertising revenue in printed media in increasing competition with Google and Facebook, any company wants to be sure that they do not unnecessarily upset their customers.
 
Keith is a senior journalist and editor with our local newspaper, the Gold Coast Bulletin, part of the Murdoch worldwide News Corporation empire. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, he is passionate about the Gold Coast, having lived here with his family for some 4 years. "This is the best place to live" (we agree!). "We generate some 100,000 words every day", Keith outlined. "We are dedicated to providing local news. That is so important: people need to have a source of information on what happens locally." The Bulletin's goals are to 'to listen, to inform, to entertain, and most importantly, to advocate'.
 
After four years in various roles, including Assistant Editor, he has recently been promoted to Digital Editor. There are more than 120,000 articles accessed on the Bulletin's website each day. The Gold Coast Bulletin has more than 6,600 digital subscribers so far and this is continually growing. The various papers in the News Corp stable have quite a few years ago offered a paid subscription service. In contrast to a daily printed paper, the online content is continuously updated.
 
The calibre of a speaker can often be measured by the Question Time: there is no question about the interest in Keith's subject: the questions just kept coming... Ah, by the way: his article this week (05 September) on the Peter Dutton saga is a superb example of his style.
 
Photo: Keith flanked by President Jo Winwood (left) and Membership Chair Charles Thomasson (right).
Here is a message from PDG Darrell Brown, who organized the fundraising activity last Friday with the organizers of the Gold Coast Business Expo. Photo by Darrell Brown: Regular visitor and "Honorary Queenslander" Ann O'Connor rattling the bucket - great result, see below!
All,
Thank you for the tremendous effort over the last two days. We excelled with the time it took to bump-in - only 1.25 hours & to bump-out - 1 hour. Brilliant when we were told 3 hours for 6 people! [yeah sure, but that would be for a unionized work force... ☺ Ed.] All due to the quality of helpers & our efficiency. 
A special thank you to Ann O'Connor & John Chirio for helping out with the collection for car parking. We collected $1,159.55 between 6.45am & 3.30pm. At times we had 12 cars queueing. It was very busy & we needed two in attendance at all times.
Combine the car parking takings with the $500 from the expo for the bump in & bump out, we made $1,659.55 which when I was asked what we were supporting, I nominated our Youth Projects. That will allow us to support a few RYLA, RYTS & RYPEN applicants.
Thank you for your support once again & thank you to those who I ended up cancelling out due to your efficiency.
 
Cheers,
Darrell Brown
District Governor 2017-18, Rotary District 9640
 
At the recent 'Debrief' committee meeting of the Gold Coast Ramble 2018, held in early August, the unanimous decision was made to continue this event next year. It can only get bigger and better! 
 
Our Chief Organizer David Baguley (Rotary Club of Gold Coast) has put together a comprehensive outline of "what worked" and "what could be improved".  If you would like details, please advise me - I'll email you a copy.  Interestingly, despite the number of teams being down substantially on last year, the amount of funds (almost $7,000) was the same as last year.  There is no doubt that we are "smiling in the dark" - we have primarily a marketing problem; not enough people know we exist.  For example, a press release, which was issued two weeks before the event, was published by The Sun newspaper after the event...! Further, next year we won't have any major distractions, such as the Commonwealth Games and the District Conference. to have Rotarians overloaded with volunteer work.  All in all, it was a superb day for all participants and organizers alike!
 
Do you want to be on next year's organizing committee? Why not? This will become a major fundraising event in the future if we manage to get momentum going.
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.
This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in a Vocational Exchange (formerly GSE) to the Philippines in March/April next year! Download the poster from the Download Section on the right - it contains all the details.
 
Nominations for Team Leader have officially closed, but if you are interested, Simon Brook might still be able to sneak you in. Nominations for team members remain open till 1st October 2018.
Most people would not even be aware that Donations in Kind (DIK) exists.  Yet, this organization, a division of Rotary World Community Service (RAWCS) is doing so much "paddling beneath the surface", it is simply astounding.  Just have a gander at these statistics for the Northern Region of DIK, provided by our member Col Laurenson, who is in charge of that region: "In the period from July 2017 to July 2018 we have loaded the equivalent of 74 x 20 foot containers (TEU) with an estimated value of $5.25 million. Plus, a 1 x LCL ('Less than a Container Load') shipment. Separately to this we loaded 3 x 40', 2 x 20' containers of our own equipment for storage, ie  8 x TEUs.  This was necessary because our lease on the premises at Durack could not be renewed and no suitable premises could be found. Of these we shipped That's a total of 74 TEUs! That’s over 2,575 cubic meters which never went to land fill." 
 
But more importantly: Would this have made a huge difference to the people at those destinations? You bet.  Goods ranged from clothing (including pallet loads of school uniforms) to hospital beds, scanners, baby cribs, books, school desks and chairs, crutches, computer equipment, just to name a few.  And - give yourself a pat on the back, fellows and volunteers who work at our Project Shed: tons of our wheelchairs!
(Picture above: Students in Kimbe, PNG at their newly installed desks. right: Book sorting at the former DIK warehouse. Photos by Ted Horsbrough)
 
Last Sunday's Gold Coast Ramble, organized by the Rotary Clubs of Gold Coast, Surfers Sunrise and Griffith Uni, was a superb fun event! Surfers Sunrise fielded two teams, 'Monster Mayhem' (headed by Rosie Rocco) and 'Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Ramble' (headed by Simon Brook - see photos in the photo album). Monster Madness won the event - by just one point! The point score from questions and activities were identical, but Rosie's team raised $712.50 (in favour of Gold Coast Homeless Youth), which added 71 points to their score. Second placed 'Niopotamus' fundraising score was $705.00 - just one point less.  The day was as glorious as can be - the Gold Coast at its best. A total of 20 teams competed, raising a total of almost $6,400, designated to charities of the teams' choice.
 
A special Thank You must go to chief organizer David Baguley and his team from the Gold Coast and Surfers Sunrise Rotary Clubs, as well as to the Surfers Paradise Alliance people who provided massive assistance with setting up marquees, providing tables and chairs etc.  Looking forward to next year's event!
 
Photo above: the winning Monster Madness team, from left: Mohammed Meer, his charming wife Yasmin Omar-Meer and daughter Zara Meer, Rosie Rocco, Trinity McIntyre.  More photos (by Karin Kolenko, RC of Hope Island) and Harry Ellis (RC of Gold Coast) in the Photo Album section on the right.
In addition to the hive of activity we had at the Project Shed last Saturday week (see last week's bulletin), Wesley Mission has also been hyper-active with Qantas blankets that PDG Darrell Brown organised: 1,000 were collected by the team from the STARH Project (Supporting Those at Risk of Homelessness) and distributed at the recent Homeless Connect day held at Carrara Stadium. Photo above: Tanya & Bonita from Wesley Mission (pictured left), were in charge of another project there at the same time: Pets...!  Picture right: pallets of blankets ready for distribution at Carrara Stadium. (Photos by Mark Twyford)
Talking about Rotary - People of Action... Following my post on the weekend, featuring an article published in the Weekend Australian newspaper, Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) has setup a Farmer's Relief Fund which has Deductible Gift Recipient status. This makes any donations over $2.00 fully tax deductible. Named the Rotary Australia Relief Fund, it is managed and supervised by RAWCS. Being a Rotary fund, it also means that 100% of donations go to farmers; Rotary deducts no fees. The National Farmers Federation, Channel 9 and Rotary in Australia will work together to raise much needed funds. 
Click on the image above or click on to this link  or go to our District Website.to access more details and to donate.  
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.
On the 18th July 2018 we had a very special, Multi-Club dinner meeting: Four Rotary Peace & Conflict Resolution Scholars came down from the University of Queensland to give us a presentation about what that particular facet in the Rotary diamond is all about. OK, so you may have felt a bit crowded - partly your Editor (and Club Admin Chair) must take the blame: we almost doubled the number of attendees from about 40 to 80 within the last two days!  Talking about leaving the booking to the last minute!
 
But it was a Super Meeting: with some 10 Rotary Clubs from the Gold Coast participating. Michelle Helman from the USA gave the principal address, with Mohamed Sheik Yussuf from Kenya, Miku Lagarde from the Philippines and Isabella Beron from Columbia giving a brief outline of their experiences and visions for the future. In the words of one of the speakers, Isabella Beron from Columbia (which has been in a state of conflict for some 56 years): "Before coming to Australia, I have never lived anywhere where there is no conflict". Worldwide, some 1000 scholars have undergone serious training at various University Campuses throughout the world in Peace & Conflict Resolution. Will it make a difference? You bet it will, more than politician's grandstanding.

Photo above (from left): Mohamed Sheikh Yussuf (Kenya), Mikaela Francine (Miku) D. Lagarde (Philippines), Michelle Helman (USA), Isabella Sinisterra Beron (Colombia). See more details about the presenters on the Download section (on the right) - Rotary-Peace-Fellowship-Dinner-18-July-2018.pdf
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.
Alissa's granddad, Ross Augustine, forwarded Alissa's report from Minnesota, USA.  Just like we have the Safari here in Australia, in the USA they obviously have something similar, touring the country and even all the way up to the Niagara Falls!  They don't make big reports anymore - a picture tells a thousand words, so with six new pictures, this is equivalent to about 4 pages A4...☺ See Photo Album on the right. Ed.
 
Hello Rotary!
In my exchange district we just said goodbye to most of the current exchange students as their exchange was a July to July. Because of this, we had the big Rotary trip as an end of year thing although it was in the middle for me! This trip was amazing. It was great to spend time in some of the most incredible places in the United States with friends, both old ones and ones we became close to on the trip. We had so many new and fun experiences, here are some photos! As always, thank you so much for being my sponsor District I am having an amazing time on my exchange!
OK, so some of you may not even have heard of Instagram. Some, like your editor, have heard of it, but relegated it to "kids between 8 and 18 years old or so" and thus remained blissfully ignorant.  Wrong! Our incoming Membership Chair, Charles Thomasson is a young professional Stockbroker and Financial Advisor - and he is definitely not "18 or so". Charles knows that Instagram is one of the most effective ways to spread the word among young business people - our very target market for new members.
 
Our club's account is in the name of 'RotarySurfersSunrise'.  So, how do you go about getting started? Dead easy: on your iPhone, go to the Apple Store, on an Android phone, go to Play Store. Search for Instagram and just follow the prompts to get and install it.  Suggest you either use just your first name as a login - it will automatically assign a name and number combo, or use a shortened combo.  Charles promised he'll hold a brief training session soon.
Follow up from last month's article on the Wheelchair boys making the ABC National News:
 
Last Wednesday, Daryl received a parcel in the post with a nice letter written by David Handley AM, the founding director of Sculpture by the Sea (Bondi, NSW and Cottlesloe, WA)), together with a nice book, featuring his exhibitions.
 
Dear Sir,
I  am writing to congratulate you and your fellow Rotarians on the tremendous initiative of the Wheelchair Trust I have heard on the ABC Television News last night.
In response, I simply wanted to reach out to say well done and thank you. Our country needs more people like you. For my part I created these Sculpture Exhibitions within this book and I would like you to have a copy.
Yours sincerely,
David Handley.
 
Well, what can we add to that? "Legend" comes to mind...
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/
 
$100 for a wheelchair for a disabled child
 
 
 
 
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