This was a very special meeting, with District Governor Andy Rajapakse honouring us with his visit. Johnny Bueti was at the door, Karen Holland was Chairman and Andy Bell was Sergeant. We had apologies from Peter Morgan, Ray Higgs, Adrian Crowe (who joined us on Zoom), Richard Smith, Ashleigh Symes, Paul Seymour and Doug Lipp.
 
President Charles Thomasson welcomed all visitors, with a special welcome to DG Andy Rajapakse. He expressed his thanks to Andy Bell and Mario Fairlie for their sponsorship of the Lutzy Award as well as to Ray Higgs and Graeme Isaacson for organising it so well. Charles briefly referred to the Golf Day coming (Monday 26/10/20): we already have some 10 corporate bookings. If you want to get in, YOU MUST BOOK (see separate article for on-line booking site). We also need some more prizes: perhaps you can spare a nice bottle of wine, or wrangle a free dinner from one of your regular Restaurateurs? Charles and Karen also demonstrated a selection of T-Shirts, to replace the current one which is made from very uncomfortable material.
 
Andy then introduced DG Andy Rajapakse, who gave us an inspiring presentation, not only of current facts but also of future aims for the District and how to get there (see separate article). Andy then proceeded to induct our newest member, Ramez Salib (see separate article). Ramez, originally from Egypt, joins our club under the classification of Chemist. Like Paul Jaffar, Ramez runs a Chempro business. The theme of his life: “Growth and Contribution”, not just physically, but also mentally. Watch this space for his ‘Man behind the Badge’ presentation!
 
PDG Darrell Brown elaborated on the upcoming Gold Coast Business Expo next Wednesday and Thursday 14 – 15/10/20, which will be one of our major fundraisers.
Darrell and Larry Murray also briefly outlined general details of a new Interact Club to be formed under our auspices, at the Pimpama State Secondary College.  Larry will chair a committee.  He also brought us up to date on the upcoming shipment of a 40’ container of about 280 wheelchairs to South Africa, competently arranged by our resident Logistics Guru, Col Laurenson.  Once these have gone, the right side of the Project Shed will become free for a new project (“Makers” Rotaract or similar club).
 
Mario Fairlie explained the intricacies of obtaining a Global Grant, required to procure the X-Ray and Pathology equipment for our Vanuatu project.
 
Before closing the meeting, President Charles brought the upcoming Polio Fundraiser movie night on Tuesday 13th October (see direct email sent to all members).