Vice President's Message
Our apologies from our president Mario who is away in Europe
It was good to see Brian and his Rotarians from Broadwater Southport Rotary joining us for our morning meeting and hopefully we will see a lot more of each other in the near future
We have received the Work Health and Safety report for the Shed and this week-end Larry Murray is organising to form a committee to address the main issues that were highlighted in the report
This Wednesday saw the induction of our first corporate Member, Wilsons Advisory, led by Charles Thomasson and three of his staff, Ashleigh, Todd and Matthew. Welcome to you all. And we have been advised more corporate members are on the way
We were also pleased to present Darrell Brown with a Paul Harris pin, I believe his eight.  Well done Darrell
It was great to see Chris Thurtell, our District Youth Chair who gave a very informative and thought provoking talk on his experiences overseas – covered in more detail below. A big thank you to Chris and Gerald East for all the work they do behind the scenes
A reminder to all Of the Polio Polus  - Shopping Centre Collection  - Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th October – a roster has been forwarded by Franz so please assist
We are also holding the polio plus movie night – 25th September – “ Ride Like a girl” – further details below. Let`s all make an effort to attend
Next week will be a social meeting, look forward to see you all there
Paul Seymour
Vice President.
Our very first Corporate Membership!
At last Wednesday's meeting (11th September), Past District Governor Darrell Brown inducted our first Corporate Membership team: Wilsons Advisory Gold Coast got the guernsey.  Charles presented his fellow team members Todd Cole, Ashleigh Symes and Matthew Clayworth. (Photo - from left, Charles Thomasson on right). A hearty welcome to you all, and congratulations! We much look forward to greeting you at our upcoming breakfasts and functions. 
How do Corporate Memberships work?  In essence: All members are from the one company. At least one of the members is a "full" member (in this case, Charles Thomasson). The other members of the team can participate in any of the club's functions, but do not have voting rights and cannot stand for office.
Last week's speaker: Chris Thurtell - European YE Conference
Last Wednesday 11th September, "our" District Chairman in charge of Youth Exchange, Chris Thurtell, reported on his recent attendance at the Europe, Eastern Mediterranean & Africa Youth Exchange Conference (EEMA), which he attended in Valencia, Spain. "The theme of the conference was “Look to the future with Youth Exchange” and that theme was evident with the subject topic sessions throughout the weekend, although in practice the subject matter was not telling us things we did not already know. We all know how good the program is but what we need are innovative strategies to cope with our rapidly changing world and the rapidly changing face of those we send on exchange. Challenges we face here in Australia are universal and not specific to one country" Chris advised. He elaborated on a number of very important segments, just to name a few:
  • ROTEX (yes, what is ROTEX? - Check it out!)
  • Technology and its impact and dangers
  • The Z Generation
  • Expanding Youth Exchange beyond the 'traditional' countries, for example, bring in students from the African regions outside South Africa?
  • The Flag Game (a highly disturbing development, a "worldwide secret of exchange students, dangerous and damaging, not only to students but to those around them")
and many others. A copy of the full presentation is ready for you to download - see Download Section on the right.
Our club has been very active in international Youth Exchange - it is important that you keep yourself up to date.
The annual Movie night this week!
It's on: this Wednesday 25th September, 6:00 for 6:30 pm, HOTA (Gold Coast Arts Centre), Bundall
This is our annual fundraiser for Polio Plus as well as a great social evening - note: all the Rotary Clubs on the Gold Coast are participating in this!  This year's movie is 'Ride like a Girl', the story of Michelle Payne, the first ever female rider to win the Melbourne Cup!  See attached flyer for more details.
The price is $20.00 per person, of which $10.00 goes towards the Polio Plus collection. Foundation Director Gerald East will organize the tickets. Please do pre-pay them by Direct Deposit to our club's General Account (we really don't want to collect cash on the night). Its only on for one night, so tickets are limited - first come first served. Banking details as follows:
Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise Inc
BSB: 484-799,  Account No: 047306431
Don't forget to put your name into the Reference section! Everyone is most welcome, partners, friends, volunteers...
Polio Plus collection 9 - 11th October
It's on in a month's time: our annual Polio Plus collection at the Runaway Bay Shopping Centre.  We have three days, from Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th October inclusive, at our usual spot at the Runaway Bay Shopping Centre.  Gerald East maintains the Roster, so make sure you lodge your preferred time slot(s) with him.
For those of you who are young enough to be unfamiliar with Polio Plus: The Polio virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners use to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.  Rotary started a campaign to eradicate Polio in 1985. Since then, the incidence of Polio worldwide has been reduced by 99.9% - yes, it is virtually unknown in most regions in the world. Rotary has invested more than US$ 1.9 Billion (AU$ 2.8 Billion) and countless unpaid volunteer hours to raise these enormous funds. More than 2.2 Billion children in 122 countries have been protected. But until such time as there are no further incidences reported, we need to continue the effort! Rotary is committed to raise some US$ 50 Million per annum, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed to match Rotary's efforts with two dollars for every dollar Rotary raises.  More information: click on this link
And, by the way: if you meet an Anti-Vaxxer, you have my permission to give him/her a good piece of my mind!  Ed.
Date Claimer: Friday 1st November - Incoming RFE Team welcome
OK, so it's still a few weeks away, but make sure you will have Friday 1st November free: The incoming Rotary Friendship Exchange team from Seattle & British Columbia will arrive, and we'll give them a hearty Queensland welcome! So you already guessed how? With a good ol' barbie, of course! Geoff Croad has reserved the BBQ area in the gardens of his resort. The group of 12 includes such personalities as Steve, who was closely involved as a consultant in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, David, a (now retired) Navy Captain and Linda, a Fashion Designer who also is involved in a women's shelter and the other 9 are equally highly interesting people to meet. More details as we get closer.
By the way: Would you like to host one of the couples (Friday, Saturday and Sunday night)? One of our originally appointed hosts had to withdraw due to being booked in for surgery just a couple of weeks before the event. This is your opportunity to meet up close with fellow Rotarians from the other side of the world!  Please contact Franz Huber.
Snippets of last week's meeting 110919
John Chirio was at the door, Mitch Brown was Chairman and Ian Mayberry was Sergeant.  We had apologies from President Mario Fairlie, Neil Thurlow, Angus Miller, Geoff Croad, Karen Holland, Graeme Isaacson (all overseas!). Vice President Paul Seymour welcomed all members, Broadwater Southport President Dennis O'Brien and his fellow members who joined us for a joint meeting, and of course the about to be inducted Corporate Members, joining Charles Thomasson from Wilsons Advisory: Ashleigh Symes, Matthew Clayworth and Todd Cole. They were duly inducted by Past District Governor Darrell Brown (see separate article).  Dennis O'Brien briefly elaborated on his club's recent expansion into Corporate Membership and said some kind words, complimenting us on our club bulletin. ["One aims to give satisfaction" as Jeeves would have said (sorry, you young guys, before your time...) ☺.]
Immediately following on, Paul presented PDG Darrell Brown with his new Paul Harris Fellowship pin, his 8th.  Congratulations!
After Chris Thurtell's presentation on EEMA (see separate article above), PDG Darrell Brown elaborated on one of the Youth Programs we regularly participate in: RYTS (Rotary Youth Transition Seminar), designed for 16 - 18 year olds. Click on this link for further details. We might be able to cooperate with Basketball Gold Coast, the Surf Club and possibly Broadwater Southport club?
Membership Director Charles Thomasson advised that he had another 3 - 4 Corporate Memberships in the pipeline.  And the Golf Day is definitely on - scheduled for 26th November 2019.  More details coming up shortly.
Larry Murray outlined the results of the recently conducted Workplace Health & Safety audit that was conducted at the Project Shed.  Some 20 items need to be addressed, many of them require only relatively minor effort to be rectified, and 
Foundation Director Gerald East rallied the troops to participate in both the upcoming Shopping Centre collection at Runaway Bay (9th - 11th October) as well as the Movie Night (25th September).  See separate article.
Treasurer Doug Lipp expressed concern that there are still some members who had not yet paid their club dues. If you haven't paid up by next week, you'll be named!
Coming: Very special speaker at Broadbeach RC
The Rotary Club of Broadbeach has extended an invitation to us to join them at their meeting of Tuesday 1st October: He is Dr Murray Garde, a Consultant Anthropologist/Linguist with extensive specialization in Vanuatu. He is a former Rotarian and has  lived in Vanuatu for many years.  In view of a potential joint project with the Broadbeach and Gold Coast clubs at Pentecost Island, this would be a very interesting presentation indeed.  The next day meeting on Wednesday 2nd October is designated to be a social meeting, so it doesn't interfere with our program.
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change.  Please check every week:
New duty: Fellowship / Project Shed.  What does it entail? There are two aspects to this:
a) At the club meeting, your job is to ensure that all members, in particular new members, visitors and guests, and in particular the Guest Speaker, are welcomed, are introduced to other members and are comfortable. If required, explain the usual procedures, e.g. when we have our meal, when the speaker is expected to be at the rostrum etc. 
b) This person is also to attend the Project Shed on the following Saturday, as the representative of our club and to assist in the general management.
Fellowship (Wednesday / Project Shed (Saturday)  
 18 Sep 2019
 N/a (social meeting)
 Ray Higgs (Saturday) 
 27 Sep 2019N/a (joint meeting at/with Broadwater)  Charles Thomasson 
 02 Oct 2019N/a (social meeting Chris Thurtell (Saturday) 
 09 Oct 2019  Simon BrookDoug Garvie   Mitch Brown 
 16 Oct 2019N/a (social meeting)  Adrian Crowe (Saturday) 
 23 Oct 2019Gerald EastAndy BellDarrell Brown  
 30 Oct 2019N/a (social meeting) Fred Hamblen 
Inspirations - well, sort of... 180919
It is through the idealism of youth that man catches the sight of truth, and in that idealism he possesses a wealth which he must never exchange for anything else.  Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize winner 1952.
So, an Exchange Student, with a fairly heavy accent, asked me "Is the word "ee-ther" or "eye-ther?"
I told them it was either.
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Chris Thurtell - European YE Conference
Surfers Sunrise Board 2019-=20
AGM Dec 2018 - Election of Club Officers 2019-20
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