President's Message
Andy Bell
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Happy New Year!
We are over a week into 2018, so by now you would either have firmly stuck to your resolutions (you did??), or have already canned them or... didn’t have any at all! [see Inspirations… at the end of this bulletin. ☺ Ed.] So, let’s get straight down to business: At our first meeting of the new year we have our official AGM. Usually, this is a relatively quick affair, since – as is the case in most community organizations – the incoming board positions are discussed with potential holders prior to the AGM and are generally not as hotly contested as, say, pre-selection for a seat in parliament!  So, with a bit of luck we should have time to also do some planning about where we intend to go for the remainder of my year ending in June and, beyond that, President Elect Jo Gorman’s year.  Well, hold on to your hats! In just 8 weeks, from 9 - 11th March 2018, our very own DG Darrell Brown will hold his District Conference at Seaworld Resort. Let us just say that “all leave has been cancelled”; we need all hands on deck. Shortly after that, the Commonwealth Games where a number of our members are deeply involved in various capacities.
But back to the present: Rotary’s international theme for January is Vocational Service Month. Due to our club's massive involvement with International Service and Youth, Vocational Service has always had a bit of a Cinderalla existence in our club.  Will this be the first year we are going to do something about it?
Andrew Bell
President, 2017-18
This Wednesday: Rotary: People of Action
This coming Wednesday 25th October, your Editor will give you an outline of the new international PR theme, Rotary: People of Action. 
At the beginning of this month, I attended a well structured District training seminar presented by District PR Chief Andy Rajapakse which was attended by some 50 people from across the District.  I concur with Andy's statement that "Rotarians are very good at doing things, but they are not very good story tellers". This campaign assists us in spreading the word more effectively.  See you there!
Meet our newest Surfers Sunrise Member: Charles Thomasson
Charles Thomasson, introduced by no other than our District Governor Darrell Brown, is a Finance Consultant with Wilsons Advisory. Looking forward to your 'Man behind the Badge' presentation, Charles!
Picture above: Charles (right) with DG Darrell Brown (centre) and President Andy Bell (left)
Very successful Polio Plus collection

I had to go into recovery mode after three hectic days devoted to the delights of The Rotary Foundation Fundraising Campaign.

This campaign required twenty-four two hour shifts manned by two people per shift, a total of forty-six man hours and two woman hours. I would like to extend my thanks on behalf of the Foundation to all who participated. Participants (in alphabetical order) were...(multiple shifts are in brackets)

Andy Bell, Darrell Brown, Geoff Croad (4), Adrian Crowe, Gerald East (6), Mario Fairlie (2), Jo Gorman, Bob Harrison, Ray Higgs, Franz Huber (2), Col Laurenson, Doug Lipp, Angus Miller, Daryl Sanderson.

I would also like to thank Geoff Croad for his assistance during my absence with distributing the roster and collecting the items needed from the Project Shed and returning them afterwards. Also thanks to Mario Fairlie for donating two new stands for the banners, and to Neil Thurlow for printing the two new banners at the correct  shopping centre height of 1.5 metres. None of these things just happen!

Donations collected this year totalled $1149-20. This was better than last year which was conducted a month later. Picture above right: District Governor Darrell Brown with a happy mum and daughter donor to the cause.

Since the inception of Rotary's Polio Plus campaign in 1985, Rotary has invested over $US 1.7 Billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize over 1.2 Billion children in 122 countries.  With the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation matching every Rotary dollar with two of theirs, our collection efforts will result in the vaccination of about 5,700 children.  So far this year, only a total of 11 cases have been reported: 6 in Afghanistan and 5 in Pakistan. Nigeria, which reported 4 cases in 2016, has remained free of Polio. Click on this link for details.


This Wed 8th November: Murder on the Orient Express
Penelope Cruz, Judy Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, just to name a few. How good can this be!
Bring your family and friends along to a special Polio Plus Fundraiser at the Gold Coast Arts Centre:
Special Preview exclusive for Rotarians and their friends.  Just $20.00 per person.
Download the entire poster from the Downloads Section on the right.
click on this secure link to book online - tickets will be emailed to you. 
Snippets of last week's meeting 181017
Doug Lipp was at the door (for Simon Brook), Adrian Crowe was Chairman and Tania Laird was Sergeant.
We had apologies from Simon Brook, Graeme Isaacson, Mitch Brown, Clive Edwards who is unwell, Paul Seymour, Richard Smith, Rosie McIntyre and Ray Higgs
President Andy Bell welcomed all members and visitors "Honorary Queenslander" Graeme Trainor (RC of Doncaster VIC), Ross Augustine (RC of Frankston Sunrise VIC), Jim Blackburn (guest of Andy Bell) and our newest member, Charles Thomasson.  Charles, introduced by DG Darrell Brown, was duly inducted into membership of our club (see article above).
Wheelchair Trust Chairman Daryl Sanderson had a phone call from our Honorary Member George Keily who, on a recent cruise, spruked our Wheelchair Project to his fellow travelers on a cruise, and promptly received a donation of $40.00!  On a sad note, however, Daryl reported the recent death of Leo Uniake (picture right), one of the very regular, long term volunteers at The Shed.  Our condolences go to his family. It is worth reporting that it was Leo's wish to be buried wearing his Rotary T-Shirt!
Youth Service Director Tania Laird is looking for candidates for the Youth Camps: Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) for 14 - 16 year olds, Rotary Youth Transition Seminar (RYTS) for 17 - 18 year olds and Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA), a project designed to create an awareness of the role of the United Nations in mediating international issues.  Click on the individual links for details, and you will find a summary of all the District's Youth Programs on the District Website
Mario Fairlie reported that new pull-up banners had been made by Neil Thurlow, ready for the upcoming Polio Plus collection at the Runaway Bay Shopping Centre on the weekend, and Jo Gorman made the "final call" for the Melbourne Cup Luncheon at Seaworld.
Regrettably, our guest speaker, 'Wazza' Luff, was unable to make it due to illness (Ian Mayberry assured us that he is still planning to come along in the next few weeks), so the opportunity was grabbed to conduct some much needed discussion of club business. President Andy outlined the details of the largest fundraising project opportunity to be offered to the District: to be the Housekeepers at the Athletes Village during the Commonwealth Games 2018.  It is deceptively simple: come up with teams of 5 people (total about 240 people per day), for 10 days, between the hours of 07:30 am to 3:00 pm... And guarantee that the people will indeed be there. Just a numbers game really, but what numbers! The potential earnings vastly surpass anything one can earn at a Sausage Sizzle, that's for sure!  Deadline for the District to commit is 23th October.
This meeting was also "Hat Day" in support of Australian Rotary Health (ARH) - click on the link for more details.  Undisputed winner was Al Sirovs - see picture on left...  A new incarnation of Biggles? Or has Al secured a role in a new sequel to Mad Max coming up?
This coming Saturday: BBQ at the Library
Can you assist this coming Saturday 28th October with a Bar-be-que at the Southport Library?
The City of Gold Coast are holding a "Make Create Day" at the library premises and publicizing throughout their resources, on Saturday 28th October 2017 from 10:00 AM to 14:00 with setup @ 9:00 AM. We have accepted an offer to have a Bar-be-que at the Entrance to the Southport Library.  Please register your availability to assist with Ray Higgs by email to or by phone 0411 697 999.
DG Darrell's goals: Are we progressing?
You may recall, some 4 months ago, "our" District Governor Darrell Brown outlined his goals for the district, and thus by extension our club. One of his major ones is to double membership. The theory is quite simple: every Rotarian asks another member to join. Darrell has just done that (see story above), as he has done numerous times before. How are we progressing?  Well, based on the theory, by now, after 1/3rd of the year, we should have 40 members... 
Have YOU asked a potential new member to come along?
This Sunday: Q&A Session with DG Darrell Brown
On Sunday 5th November, DG Darrell Brown and the District Training Chief, PDG Wendy Scarlett, will host an online Q&A session - 'All about Rotary'. Note: you need to register - there are a maximum of 50 seats.  Click on this link for more details and to register.
Commonwealth Games: District accepts the challenge
As a District and following on from an interest meeting 5 October, it is almost certain that we will accept the invitation to assist with the Commonwealth Games as Housekeepers to the Athletes Village. This is a huge commitment. We will combine with District 9630 as well. PDG Brian Heaton needs a commitment on numbers with names by the end of October. We'll need to  nominate the beneficiaries of the money raised. Hopefully besides local charities we will nominate Rotary Initiatives such as the PhD Scholarship in Mental Illness, ROMAC, RAM, DIK, Rotary Foundation & so on. It is a better return than working at a Sausage Sizzle.  A detailed write-up was sent to all members on 16th October - click here to download it from the District Website, and also some more in the District Newsletter which was published over the last weekend.
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change.  Please check every week:
10th Jan 2018Richard SmithPaul Seymour
17th Jan 2018Al SirovsCharles Thomasson
24th Jan 2018Geoff CroadChris Thurtell
31st Jan 2018Mario FairlieAdrian Crowe
7th Feb 2018Ray HiggsGerald East
8th Feb 2018Jo GormanFred Hamblen
Inspirations - well, sort of... 251017
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness. Eckhart Tolle
10th January 2018
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