President's Message

Mitch Brown
member photo
Last Wednesday representatives from Gold Coast City Council attended upon the Project Shed and spoke with Paul O’Neill and Geoff Croad about the lease renewal.
A few issues have arisen, including the need to undertake some extensive works to rectify identified defects.
These issues will be front and centre for this Wednesday’s Board meeting.
Thanks to Geoff and Paul for your ongoing work at the Project Shed.
Don’t forget about Thursday 5pm drinks at the Benowa Tavern this Thursday.
Enjoy your week.
Mitch Brown,
President 2022-23
President Mitch Brown: Vision for 2022-23
In accordance with our District Governor’s theme of ‘Respecting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’, Mitch started off with an Acknowledgment of Country, paying due respect to the original inhabitants. (He promised that he’ll work to get the greeting in the Yugambeh language perfect. [Though he didn't stipulate in which one of the four dialects (Mananjahli (Wangerriburra), Minyangbal, Ngahnduwal or Nerang Creek... ☺ Ed.]
Commencing with a brief outline of Rotary’s first female International President, Jennifer Jones (see a full outline in the recently published District Governor’s Newsletter), he emphasised his determination to achieve our club’s stated goals. “You can’t save the entire world, you can’t do everything,” he said, “so what can we realistically do?”
Briefly outlining our Weaknesses and Strengths. Our weakness: our members are, in effect, a ‘WASP’ (White, Anglo Saxon Protestant). But we have the strength of security, knowledge and contacts, motivation, and personal and business success. Surfers Sunrise Rotary has lots of potential.
What can we do? We have always been strong in Youth Service. We intend to continue this, with at least one participant in the major programs. Further, our major asset, the Project Shed could be utilised more extensively. We could associate with an external organisation and make the venue available for their purposes. Membership must be strengthened to broaden our demographic with more younger - and particularly female - members. Let’s look for female leaders!
There are much more details, including a full list of our goals, in Mitch’s PowerPoint presentation (which, unfortunately, at the meeting could not be displayed due to technical issues). It is uploaded to the Download Section on the right.
July is Leadership Month
When Rotary International refers to Leadership, the first thing that springs to mind is the change of Presidents and board members in most clubs, in the district and internationally.
In our club, the first board meeting under President Mitch Brown will take place this coming Wednesday 27th July (07:00 am at the Surfers Paradise SLSC). So, if you have any specific item you'd like to have dealt with, now is the time to mention it. Like RIGHT NOW (the draft agenda closes on Monday night). Naturally, you can ask for any item to be added to the agenda of any of our board meetings.
But leadership does not just apply to the club's or district's leadership team. Year after year, our club promotes youth programs, many of which specifically foster leadership: Click on this link to see the various events. Surfers Sunrise has sponsored - and will continue to sponsor - participants to almost all these events.  In addition, we promote leadership in the local Surf Club: the annual Lutzy Award. It is presented to an emerging young leader nominated by the Surf Life Saving Club. The winner is not necessarily a surfing champion but is selected on the basis of his/her efforts to lead and help others. The award comes complete with a $2,500 surf ski, donated by our club. This year's presentation will be at our breakfast meeting of 31st August. Mark it in your diary now.
Update on the big electric wheelchair to Honiara
A couple of weeks ago we reported the story of a big electric wheelchair and hoist which was sent to Honiara, Solomon Islands. Organised by our former member Col Laurenson and the Medical Repurposing Network, it was transported out of Amberley Air Base by the Australian Royal Air Force. 
Col has sent us an update with pictures of the recipient, Joel Teheroha, a young lad who has suffered from severe cerebral palsy since birth. The story also featured prominently in the local press - click on this link to view the report in the Solomon Star, the island's daily newspaper.
Give yourself a pat on the back, Col! Good to see you are still very active in helping disadvantaged people in developing countries.
Lutzy Award Presentation on 31st August 2022

This year's winner of the Lutzy Award 2021-22 will be presented again at the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club. You'll have a hearty breakfast of Bacon & Eggs (choice of fried or poached), Sausage & Eggs or a bowl of Acai, for what we believe will be the same cost as last year's ($11.00 per person) - to be confirmed.  Put it into your diary now.

(Image is from last year's presentation to Jet Milford - Ferguson)

Snippets of last week’s meeting 200722
Ray Higgs was Chairman and Graeme Isaacson was at the door. We had apologies from Ian Mayberry, Mario Fairlie, Andy Bell, Ashleigh Symes, Larry Murray and Peter Morgan.
Opening with the ‘Welcome to the Country’, President Mitch Brown welcomed all members and visitor Ron Jones, a friend of Ross Augustine from the Rotary Club of Frankston Sunrise.
The main subject of the morning was Mitch's presentation of his vision for the new Rotary year – see separate article further up, as well as his PowerPoint presentation in the Downloads section on the right.
Ray Higgs announced that the Surf Life Saving Club had determined the recipient of this year’s Lutzy Award.  It will be presented at a special breakfast meeting on Wednesday 31st August 2022, usual time 07:00 for 07:30 am start. Ray has again negotiated a very special deal for us: $11.00 per person breakfast – choice of bacon or sausage & eggs (poached or fried) or a bowl of Acai. Note: Please book on-line – click on this Trybooking link: Ray also presented the club with a plaque he was given at a recent event by the SLSC, acknowledging the ongoing support of their club by Rotary Surfers Sunrise (see image on right - [apologies for the quality - very difficult to photograph a clear glass plate with a smartphone... Ed.]
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change - please check every week.  Note: Fellowship duty also is expected to be at the Project Shed on the Saturday following the meeting
DateDoorChairmanFellowship/Project Shed (following Saturday)
27/07/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Johnny Bueti (Saturday 30th July at the shed)
03/08/2022Ian MayberryDoug LippPeter Morgan
10/08/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Tash Price (Saturday 13th August at the shed)
17/08/2022Paul O'NeillLarry MurrayAdam Sheppard
24/08/22N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)
Al Sirovs(Saturday 27th August at the shed)
31/08/2022Paul SeymourRay HiggsPaul Smith
07/09/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Angus Miller (Saturday 10th Sept at the shed)
Inspirations - well, sort of... 270722
You can’t always control who walks into your life, but you can control which window you throw them out of.
“There are two classes of forecasters:- Those who don’t know and those who do not know that they don’t know.” John Galbraith, Professor of Economics at Harvard University [Noooo! Please don't get me started on Donald Ramsfield's "Known Knowns"... Ed.]
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Download Files
Mitch Brown - Presidential Presentation July 22
Wilsons Advisory - Inflation Fixation
Changeover Report 2021-22
Rotary District 9640 Flood Appeal
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Surfers Paradise SLSC
Aug 03, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Charlotte Stubbs - DV
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Aug 17, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Lutzy Award 2022
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Aug 31, 2022
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Changeover Luncheon 02 July 2022
Surfers Sunrise Golf Day October 2021
Italian Long Lunch 22nd October 2021
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Loading a container for the Solomons
10,000th Wheelchair Celebrations
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