President's Message
Joanne Winwood
member photo
Hello Everyone
My first Bulletin and I wonder as I write this whether it will meet the criteria and scrutiny of our editor. Inspiring, forward thinking, team building – that's quite a brief!
Thank you so much to Andy for continuing in the President's shoes for the last few weeks – very much appreciated. It's a sign of a strong team when things carry on as normal when the 'leader' is away and in true Surfers Sunrise style lots has been going on.
Thanks to Franz for getting the new program under way – its kicked off with a bang with great speakers booked and the trial of new venues. I'm looking forward to reviewing your surveys to see which one wins out but I think we are close to a conclusion.
In the meantime, Mark and the Wheelchair Project team have submitted two grant applications for funds to develop activities at the Shed and Ray Higgs has pulled off the impossible – rounding up a team of Peace Fellows to talk to us about their work. This has taken months of planning so I hope you can make it on Wednesday to hear them speak.
Having just spent 3 weeks in Scotland, one thing that struck me that since the dawn of time, human beings seem compelled to fight each other. For a piece of land, for a stretch of water, a hillock or a title. 4,000 castles in a tiny kingdom, all built to keep the neighbours away. Our imaginative ability to find reasons to go to War goes back to the dawn of time and despite what we thing, we really haven't evolved at all. The pursuit of Peace is a very worthwhile investment!
I was disappointed to have missed the Lutzy breakfast- it looked a sensational event and I'd love to see our association with SPSLSC flourish – it's a great way for us to get the Rotary name in the community and a good source of PR and potential members. More of that to come.
A lot happens in 3 weeks doesn't it? Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Jo Winwood.
This Wednesday 18th July: Peace Fellow's Dinner meeting

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This coming Wednesday, 18th July 2018, we will have a dinner instead of breakfast. The occasion? We will host four recipients of the Rotary Peace & Conflict Resolution Scholarship, currently studying at the University of Queensland campus. They'll visit the Gold Coast to do a presentation on what they do, what they are planning to do after their studies and how they will make a difference.  Organized by the Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise, this is a Multi-Club meeting with partners and friends. It will be held at the Surfers Paradise RSL Club.  So far, the Rotary Clubs of Burleigh Heads, Surfers Paradise, Nerang, Broadbeach and Southport as well as a number of individuals have accepted our invitation to join. Also a wonderful opportunity to bring along a prospective member.  Who will speak? Check the PDF on the Download section on the right with photos and bios!

Cost of just $22.00 per head includes plate served dinner, coffee/tea and free parking for the first 3 hours at the Bruce Bishop Car Park across the road!  You must book - click on the link above. Cash Bar open right next to the dining room upstairs.

Presentation of the 'Lutzy Award' 2018
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.
Vice President's Message
Hi to all. This is a supplementary Presidents Report. I thought I would take this opportunity to do a few of things.
Firstly, a huge welcome home to our president and the brand new Mrs Winwood. Our Club is in excellent hands and I know it will grow and prosper under the leadership of Jo.
Secondly, thank you to my darling Robyn for her help in editing the Presidents Reports over the past year. It has turned into a weekly ritual. I get up at about 6.30 every Monday morning write the report and Robby has a wee sleep in till about 7.00 when I am ready for her to go through what I have written. When she is satisfied with it, off to Franz it goes. We then wait for his phone call with suggested changes or corrections of facts. Some I reject but some I embrace, eg. I inadvertently called Al's wife  (Coral) Riga the other week. Both Robby and I missed it but not eagle eyed Franz.
Thirdly, thank you to those of you who have commented on these reports, either good or bad. It warms your heart to know that people actually read them.
Last but by no means least, a huge thanks for all the support I have received over the past year from both my wonderful Board and the rank and file members of the Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise.
Always try your best to be your best………..just saying.
Andy Bell,
Immediate Past President.
[Methinks, Andy's got withdrawal symptoms! ☺ Would you all agree that he should write a Past President's message every week? Ed.]
Some more pictures from Alissa Lott, USA
Alissa's granddad, Ross Augustine, forwarded Alissa's report from Minnesota, USA.  Just like we have the Safari here in Australia, in the USA they obviously have something similar, touring the country and even all the way up to the Niagara Falls!  They don't make big reports anymore - a picture tells a thousand words, so with six new pictures, this is equivalent to about 4 pages A4...☺ See Photo Album on the right. Ed.
Hello Rotary!
In my exchange district we just said goodbye to most of the current exchange students as their exchange was a July to July. Because of this, we had the big Rotary trip as an end of year thing although it was in the middle for me! This trip was amazing. It was great to spend time in some of the most incredible places in the United States with friends, both old ones and ones we became close to on the trip. We had so many new and fun experiences, here are some photos! As always, thank you so much for being my sponsor District I am having an amazing time on my exchange!
Gold Coast Ramble: can you help?
The 2nd Gold Coast Ramble is on in just a bit over 3 weeks!  Can you assist, participate, promote?
As last year, this year's event will be in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Gold Coast, Griffith University and Surfers Sunrise.  It is one of our major fundraising events for the year, so we need your help!. The event is only 3 weeks away - SUNDAY 5 AUGUST - starting earlier at 9am and finished by 1pm.  Details on website:
How can you help?
  • Encourage clients, suppliers, staff, family and friends to enter a team/s - we have a template to send out invitations - please reply to the Editor or send a message via the Facebook link below.
  • Share the Facebook event with your Facebook friends -
  • Volunteer to help on the day - we need to man 40 checkpoints from 08:30 to 12:30
We would love to get more checkpoint sponsors - if you have business contacts in the Main Beach or Surfers Paradise areas, we can locate a check point to their advantage.  Please advise contact names and we will follow up.
Please advise asap if and when you can assist.
PP David Baguley
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change.  Please check every week:
New duty: Fellowship.  What does it entail? 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.
 18th July 2018Ray HiggsFranz HuberSimon Brook 
 25th July 2018Daryl Sanderson  Larry MurrayDarrell Brown 
01st Aug 2018
Richard SmithPaul SeymourMitch Brown 
 08th Aug 2018Neil ThurlowCharles Thomasson Geoff Croad 
 15th Aug 2018Mario FairlieChris ThurtellGerald East 
 22nd Aug 2018Fred HamblenAdrian CroweBob Harrison 
 29th Aug 2018Ian MayberryGraeme IsaacsonRay Higgs 
Inspirations - well, sort of... 180718
The path to inner peace begins with four words:  It's Not My Problem!
I have this heavy addiction to life and I'm told the withdrawal symptoms are shocking! Kyril Bonfiglioni
“Sometimes, God doesn’t send you into a battle to win it; he sends you to end it.” Shannon L. Alder
Download Files
Who will speak at the Peace Fellowship Dinner?
Surfers Sunrise Board 2018-19
Committee Structure 2018-19
Template: Together we inspire
Template: Together we connect
Donations in Kind Northern Region - CILTA Award
Andy Bell answers 33 Questions
Why Join Rotary?
Bulletin Editor
Franz Huber
Upcoming Events
Foundation Peace Fellowship Awardees Presentation
Surfers Paradise RSL Club
Jul 18, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
District Governor's Visit
To be advised - watch this space!
Jul 25, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Julius Czerny - Super Lifesaver
To be advised - watch this space!
Aug 15, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Leonie Burridge - Qld Police Service - Boonyah Project
To be advised - watch this space!
Aug 22, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
President Elect
Vice President
Chair - Club Administration
Director-Service Projects
Director-Public Relations
Director -The Rotary Foundation
Chair - Youth Services
Coordinator-Vocational Services
YEP Club Protection Officer
Chair - Wheelchairs Trust
Deputy Sergeant at Arms
Coordinator - Community Service
Program Manager-Guest Speakers
Sergeant At Arms
Coordinator - International Service
Liaison - Wheelchair Trust
Coordinator - Social Media
Webmaster & Bulletin Ed
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Photo Albums
Our YE Student in Minnesota, USA: Alissa Lott
The 2018 District Conference
Pride of Workmanship Awards 2018
Charmaine Wheatley: 120 wheelchairs for South Africa
Melbourne Cup 2017
Help! 3000 wheels to be unloaded!
Simon Brook leads our team at the Rotaract Trivia Challenge
Working Bee at The Shed 03 June 2017
School for Phuket, Thailand
Surfers Sunrise Charter - 23. February 1987
House of Hope - Samoa
Our YE Student in Germany sent us some photos
Pre-school, Mata'afa Village, Samoa
30th Anniversary of Charter 22/02/2017