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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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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.

This coming Wednesday we'll have our Annual General Meeting.  Usual location at the Surfers Paradise SLSC - get your meal downstairs and take it upstairs to enjoy some good ol' fellowship.  Note: being absent does not prevent you being elected! So, be there to ensure you are getting elected to a position you actually want!☺
As was previously announced, our Charter Member Bob Harrison passed away on Friday 16th November. The family opted to have a private, immediate family only funeral. A memorial celebration of his life relating to Rotary will be held at the Project Shed this coming Saturday 15th December - Gloria, as well as their sons John and Andy will come to the Project Shed at 10:00 am with a load of food.  Gloria is looking forward to meeting you all.
 
Bob joined Surfers Sunrise at its Charter in February 1987, with the Classification ‘Land Surveying’. How would we all remember Bob? My description, and that of just about everyone I spoke to, came up with “the proverbial quiet achiever”, “Mr Reliable” and honorifics of similarly highly complimentary and very much deserved type.
 
So we knew that Bob was the Club’s Treasurer for over 20 years. We knew that he was the Wheelchair Trust’s Treasurer since its inception in 1997, when the first batch of 10 wheelchairs was delivered to crippled children in Fiji. We knew that Bob would unfailingly roll up on Saturday morning at the Project Shed to work hands-on. We knew that Bob was the hardest man for the Sergeant to fine....   Bob's contribution to Rotary and to the community is too extensive to fit onto the Home Page. I have written a full article about Bob; please download it from the Download Pages on the right.  Ed.]
 
 
We have again organized our traditional Christmas Breakfast, this year at the QT Hotel - see details below:
 
QT Hotel (formerly Gold Coast International)
7 Staghorn Avenue,
Surfers Paradise  QLD 
 
Wednesday 19th December 2018,  07:00 am
 
Very special price: Just $32.00 per person for a super-sumptuous buffet.  Please pre-pay by direct deposit to our bank account:

Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise Inc

BSB: 484-799    Account No: 047306431

Don't forget to put your name into the Reference section!

 
We again will support the St John's Centre to provide presents for disadvantaged children.  Please DO NOT wrap them.  Bring them along to either the meeting of 12th December or to the QT Hotel breakfast.
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!
Lyssia was our incoming Youth Exchange Student from Belgium in 2013/14.  She recently celebrated her birthday, and our YE District Treasurer Gerald East sent her a message of good wishes.  Here is her reply, from Bolivia, of all places!
 
I'm currently doing an internship in Bolivia and seeing how I cope with everything here, on my own, it really gives me the opportunity to see all I learnt during my time in Australia. It is a lot different of course. Here, I'm part of an organisation that works on food security and launched an organic garden in the city. My time here is divided between time in the office where I do research on urban agriculture and fieldwork in the garden. I'm really enjoying it all! 
 
I hope everything is going fine at the Rotary Club. I follow a bit of your adventures on facebook. Please pass on my salutations to everyone.
 
As Gerald mentioned, when he read it, "Bolivia" conjured up memories of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid...  [Yes, you are betraying your age, Gerald! Yes, it was in 1969! ☺ Ed.]
 
 
Hello Surfers Sunrise,
I’ve been keeping busy on exchange as my time is almost over here in the States!  In the middle of October it was MEA. This is a 3 day break we have from school when the teachers do workshops, from Wednesday to Friday. Since it is a long break, a lot of people use it to go travelling. My host family took me to Missouri! We went to Hannibal, the town that Mark Twain is from which was really interesting. We got to tour the caves that inspired the caves from the Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn books as well as tour Mark Twains childhood home. It was all super fascinating to learn about. After that, we went to St. Louis where one of my host brothers is in college. We went to Oktoberfest, and I did an escape room with my family which was the first time I’d done that. It was really fun. 
 
A couple of weeks ago we had a Rotary Fall Weekend with all the exchange students in the district which was so much fun! We carved pumpkins, went hiking, and had a costume party at night at the restaurant next to our hotel. I haven’t done anything too major after that, but last weekend I went rollerblading with my friend Maddy and this week is our school play and I am going to a concert with some friends from school.
 
It’s starting to get cold and people are getting ready for Thanksgiving, which will be really fun to experience for the first time! Here are some photos from everything I’ve been up to recently.
 
Alissa Lott.
[See more photos on our Photo Album on the right. Ed.]
Surfers Sunrise and Beaudesert Rotary Club members helped to raise funds for the Traction organization, by selling Sweep and Raffle Tickets at The Island venue's Melbourne Cup Luncheon. Preliminary reports from Traction indicate that, despite the number of patrons at The Island was lower than expected, the results for the day was still very much worthwhile.  The photo shows the team (from left): Beaudesert Exchange Student from Basel, Switzerland Melvin Kromer [and yes, Andy, as is proper dress code in Switzerland, he wore socks with his sandals! ☺ Ed.] John Chirio, Linda Jackson (Beaudesert), Franz Huber, Darrell Brown, Lesley Turton (Beaudesert), Coral and Al Sirovs. In the background, two young ladies on high stilts, there to entertain the mob. Note, the "lampshades" over their faces are very much part of a very elegant costume!
This year's collection for Polio Plus was once again conducted at Runaway Bay Shopping Centre, an ideal venue due to its demographic of mainly older people, who are the givers to this type of collection. In the past we used to do Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Then to suit the working members of our Club who claimed they were unable to assist on any of those days, we changed to Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Last year we had no working members come on the Saturday, this year we had one (Simon Brook). As the Saturday has a lot of younger visitors who no nothing of Polio nor Rotary, and we therefore take less money, I would suggest that from next year we revert to the Wednesday, Thursday Friday format.....I believe it is still important to have a personal presence with this, as you have face to face contact with people. This year we had a woman who is a school teacher  who is going to try and get her school involved in R.Y.D.A. after talking to her about it.  Another woman with ties to the medical profession had an anaesthetic machine to donate for overseas use, we put her in touch with Col Laurenson and that is proceeding. So there is more to it than just collecting, we have to be out there in person.

This year we conducted 24 two hour shifts covered by Mark Twyford, Mitch Brown, Col Laurenson, Fred Hamblen Angus Miller, Andy Bell, Larry Murray, Simon Brook, John Chirio who did one shift each, Mario Fairlie, Ray Higgs, Darrell Brown (2 each) Geoff Croad (3) Gerald East (6). We collected $351 Thursday, $396 Friday, $220 Saturday a total of $967-00 if you add to that the amount that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation add to it with their two for one offer, it comes to $2901-00 or $60-43 per man hour which is pretty good in my book.

I would also like to thank Geoff Croad for his assistance with filling the gaps in the roster and for picking up and returning the equipment we use each time. Also, this collection enables the members some one on one fellowship time with each other. Thank you all for your help.
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/
 
$100 for a wheelchair for a disabled child
 
 
 
 
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