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Welcome to our Surfers Sunrise Rotary!

Surfers Sunrise

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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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One of the most enjoyable aspects of being in Rotary is the enjoyment of Guest Speakers, particularly speakers with interesting, yet uncommon subjects, where you are not just entertained but actually learn something too! Whilst divers might well be familiar with the term 'Hyperbaric', even divers may not be aware of the benefits of a pressure chamber outside saving a diver from the "bends", caused by returning too quickly back to the surface. David King, in his earlier career a Navy Diver, specializing already then in operating the decompression chamber, is such a speaker. In essence, Hyberbaric Medicine is the therapy of applying oxygen under high pressure.  Pressure chambers go back for centuries starting in 1662 with the Henshaw Domicilium. Driven by organ bellows (!!) [yes Henrietta, they did exist in those times; famous organ composer Dieterich Buxdehude was very active at that time], it was designed to simply create both hyper- (above normal) and hypo- (below normal) baric (weight, especially relating to atmospheric pressure) conditions.  This progressed in 1870 to Fornlanini's Pneumatic Health Insitute (photo right) which was designed to simulate higher altitudes to combat Tuberculosis.
Today, outside rescuing divers, Hyperbaric chambers ares used for a wide variety of purposes. One of the principal ones is Hypoxia related issues, where wounds are not healing due to lack of oxygen reaching the tissue. There are many causes - damage caused by radiation being just one.  Treatment involves patients being placed in a pressurized chamber where 100% oxygen is applied. For wound healing, simulation of up to 14 metres depth is simulated. Hyperbaric Chambers are located in a number of cities throughout Australia, the closest one is at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital in Brisbane, where David is the Senior Hyperbaric Chamber Health Practitioner and supervisor if the Hyperbaric Chamber.  Thank you, David, for coming all the way down from Brisbane to give us this very interesting presentation!
Last Saturday we had 'Bike Prep #1': Good turnout on our first working bee in preparation to the Big Bike Sale (note: now scheduled for 8th December not 1st - we need more time to prepare the dozens of bikes ready for sale!) Photo (by Al Sirovs), from left: Mark Twyford, Peter Morgan, Charles Thomasson, Larry Murray, Ray Higgs, Geoff Croad, Franz Huber, Mitch Brown. Also there working, but not in photo: Andy and Robbie Bell (and there may have been others, your Ed had to leave at 10 am to meet another commitment).  Of course, the volunteers including Daryl Sanderson and Des La Rance were there too, as they always are!
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!
Visualize: you are standing (yes, standing, not lying) in your coffin, but it has a glass top and you are looking up. You are not six feet below, you are about 15 feet down. You have never seen any of mourners assembled around the grave - as a matter of fact, the "priest" is just a little bit mad. And they are not playing Pachelbel's Canon (as you gave strict instructions in your will); all is accompanied by a cacophony of thunder and lightning, heavy metal music, more lightning... you are quite positive the ground is moving (and I'm still not sure whether it did or not - it certainly vibrated).  And when it was finally over, they the grave digger starts to shovel the dirt down over the top of you. But you are still alive...
Hmmm... not sure how many of our members who visited a "behind the scenes" tour of Dracula's last Wednesday felt like having a shot of brandy after the opening introduction - purely for medicinal purposes of course, just to ensure the heart is still going! Executive Producer Richard Macionis guided us through the venue, explaining the various aspects of how the show is created and staged. We visited the wardrobe department, where the chief seamstress Robyn is ready to design outfits which require a special wild imagination! And to top it off: Dracula's gave us a generous bunch of tickets for us to raffle or auction off for fundraising purposes.
Thank you, President Jo and 'First Bloke' Tony for arranging this - a Rotary meeting with a difference, indeed! 
On Saturday, 8th December, we'll have a giant Bicycle Garage Sale at the Project Shed.  (note: 8th, not 1st as originally advised). By now, our volunteers have restored dozens of bikes to their former glory, simply far too good to be scrapped for just their frames to make wheelchairs. They were either donated, or were given to us by the Police - unclaimed property. For example: this Scott Racing Bike (*), light enough to lift with one finger (see picture right). Yes, new, they sell for $3,000. Read that again: Three grand! [** Sorry, I've just been advised this has been sold from under my feet! But I understand we have another one suitable for bike racing enthusiasts: this one apparently sells new for $7,000! Picture coming up. Ed.]  They are ready to be sold at very attractive prices to the public, just in time for Christmas. But wait, there will be more! Music, Sausage Sizzle, Tours of the Shed...  
We'll need manpower [no, Henrietta, 'manpower' does not exclude women! ☺], so put it into your diary now.
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.
Last Saturday morning, President Jo Winwood presented the original designer of our signature Wheelchairs project, Des La Rance, with an Honorary Membership of the Surfers Sunrise Rotary Club. Des has been a member of our club since 1992. He shot to prominence when, in August 1997, his design to manufacture wheelchairs for disabled children in developing countries bore fruit: accompanied by a crew from the TV show 'A Current Affair', the first 10 Wheelchairs were delivered to children in Fiji (see article in the Download Section on the right - 'First 10 Wheelchairs to Fiji'). Meanwhile, well over 8,500 wheelchairs have been delivered to all continents on earth. In addition, Des is responsible for the design and supervision of construction of a number of schools in Thailand and Samoa, the massive House of Hope project in Apia, Samoa and its follow up project to add another classroom, just to name a few. As the saying goes, the rest is history. No! This is not just history. This is a lasting legacy. Only a couple of weeks ago, The Australian newspaper carried a story depicting a boy in war torn Syria sitting on a Surfers Sunrise wheelchair, delivered about 10 years ago (see bulletin of 5th September 2018). 
Our sincere thanks go to Des, Daryl Sanderson OAM and their team of volunteers (too numerous to mention individually) at our Project Shed.  And we mustn't forget Bob Harrison, currently recovering from surgery, who has been the Wheelchair Trust's Treasurer since its inception over 30 years ago. Last year's Rotary International theme was 'Making a Difference'. Did it? Does it? There is no doubt! This year's theme is 'Be the Inspiration'. Are those guys out at the shed living up to this? The word 'Absolutely' is often badly misused in a hyperbolic manner. But certainly not in this case!
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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