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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
Southport Surf Live Saving Club
Pavilion Restaurant
MacArthur Parade
Main Beach, QLD  4215
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Hard on the heels of his recognition by the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) at the end of October, Col Laurensen was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow with double Sapphires for his services to Donations in Kind.  Col has been the chief organizer of Northern Region of this marvellous Rotary organization for donks.  Whilst he may have taken the CILT Award "on behalf of the team", this one is definitely for you personally, Col!
Picture below shows Col flanked by PDG George Grant (District 9600) and PP Ted Horsbrugh (RC of Toowong).  More pictures from this link: 2017-12-14 DIK Col's PHF
Recently, Kieran Power, our Youth Exchange Student in Germany, sat for a test to prove his knowledge of the German language.  He scored 1.6 (where 1 is best and 5 is worst) - well done, Kieran!  The photo on the left is of his (finally) presenting the Surfers Sunrise banner to his club.
This year we will again have our traditional Christmas Breakfast in style, at the Sheraton Mirage on Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. Just thinking of their buffet makes my mouth water...  Bring your partners and guests along too!
When:  Wednesday, 20/12/2017, 07:15 start
Where: Sheraton Mirage Resort, Terraces Restaurant
              Seaworld Drive, Main Beach  QLD 
Cost:     $32.00 per person
You can park inside - just drive past the Versace to the next Round-about, come back and take take the ramp down to the hotel's car park.
Kerrie Brown selected ROMAC – Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children as her 'District Governor's Partner Project'. ROMAC flies severely disfigured or injured children to Australia for surgery.  All work by the surgeons and volunteers is provided at no charge. Now you normally expect District Governors to ask for money. This time expect the unexpected. We are giving you something for money. Fair deal? I hope so. Kerrie is aiming to raise $25,000 for an operation to save the life of a child. We call it “Stitches for Stitches”. She has made 54 embroidered cushions - one for every club in the district. Every one is unique. There are 10 hours minimum in each cushion and about $50 of material.
Surfers Sunrise is running a raffle WHICH WILL BE DRAWN THIS COMING WEDNESDAY. Tickets are $2.00 each, 3 for $5.00 or 7 for $10.00 - see Doug Lipp to buy or click on this address to send him an email: doug@lipp.com.au.
At last Wednesday's meeting, Matt Lott introduced his charming daughter Alissa to the club. Alissa has been selected to represent our club in Janesville, Minnesota for the 12 months starting end of January 2018. She is (was) a student at Emmanuel College, and naturally, she is very much looking forward to the experience. "To be given the chance to live in another country and culture and become a member of their community is a truly unique experience and I am so, so grateful for you giving me the opportunity to participate in this program". And what are her expectations (other than having a good time of course!)? Only a couple, she said: Go into the exchange with as an open mind as possible, be ready to try everything and become part of the community. Alissa epxects that it will "allow me to get out of my comfort zone". [you can bet on that! Ed.]
We are very much looking forward to receiving your reports, and don't forget, your Surfers Sunrise Bulletin Editor is always looking for quality material to publish! So, let's hear about it! ☺
"Some people want to be a Race Car Driver. Some people want to drive Racing Cars." Warren "Wazza" Luff's closing remarks would hit the nail on the head. The latter doesn't necessarily care about the glitz and glamour, and they are usually the ones that indeed make it to the top ranks.  Warren had a slightly unfair advantage though: his dad teaches race car driving, and so he got access to his first race car at the ripe old age of nine... "A phone book under the bum and a pillow in the back" he quipped. A slight drama evolved though when the manager of the race track perceived that there was a "driverless car doing the circuit" and came out to investigate...

Warren, whose most recent claim for the glamour and headlines includes second place at this year's Bathurst 1000, commenced his career on the tracks of Western Sydney - Warren Park and Eastern Creek. Where for most families Christmas is probably the most important day of the year, not so for
Recently, Larry Murray and Geoff Croad went up to Brisbane to be presented with an award from RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness), in recognition of the ongoing volunteer work Rotarians do to assist throughout the year. In total, some 50,000 High School students undergo this one day training every year.  The "rose between the thorns" is Hannah Olsen, the program's Queensland Coordinator. Well done, fellows!
Last Sunday, Rosie McIntyre (first on left sitting on the bench) organized a 'Samoa Project Appreciation Ceremony' for the people who were instrumental in organizing, constructing and delivering the recently completed School for Samoa project. Attended by about 50 people, it was held at the Upper Coomera State College, one of the five schools who were involved in both fundraising as well as personally working on the project (the others are Helensvale High School, Coomera State High School, Pacific Pines State High School and the Pimpama State Secondary College). In addition to a number of our club's Rotarians and Volunteers, there were also teachers and students of the college there.  Many of these had personal involvement on-site to erect the pre-manufactured building in conjunction with the Samoa Victims Support Group in Apia, Samoa.  'On ya! Give yourself all a pat on the back!
La Rance alluded to it at our meeting a couple of weeks ago, but I didn't have an image to show you. But our 'Mr Reliable' Bob Harrison came to the rescue... You can download an image of the full article - go to the Download Section on the right.  
Read the full transcript, click on the article in the Download Section. It includes a correction - the reporter got the name of the Rotary Club wrong...
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:
The keynote speakers at the upcoming District Conference have almost been finalized. And some real heavy weights amonst them. For example, Karen Phillips (yes, that's her: Executive Director of the Australian Women's Institute). Or Alan Pease (he wrote all those Body Language books), just to name a couple.  And Laurie Lawrence is another one.
Conference Chairman (and President Elect) Jo Gorman and her team have been busy, beavering behind the scenes. Next March's District Conference at Seaworld is coming together nicely, thank you.  Click on this link to learn all about it, where you can also register.  Attendance at the conference, including attendance to all the keynote speakers is free; individual meals and the Saturday night entertainment naturally attract a fee.  Registrations are now open
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?
District Governor Darrell Brown, on his "official" visit to his own club Surfers Sunrise, outlined his priorities. Not only is it a special year for us to have one of our members at the helm of District 9640, but we also have an Australian, Ian Riseley, in the top job as Rotary International's President.
These are the major points for Rotary International:

1. Support and Strengthen the clubs: Improve the Gender Balance! We are, on average, still very low (and our club is no exception).  Contrary to that, the Mt Warning AM club started off as purely female, even though they now have inducted some male members as well. But in our club, what talent we have. For example, Jo Gorman, who not only will be incoming President next year, but will also
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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Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise Inc
P O Box 6695, Gold Coast Mail Centre QLD 9726
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