President's Message
Paul Seymour
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Our newest member, Brian Pearson presented last Wednesday on one of his major hobbies: cooking! What a surprising and thoroughly compelling address, as Brian took us through his travels in Europe and Asia.
As you may know, Rotary Foundation Australia (RFA) is one of The Rotary Foundation’s eight Associate Foundations around the world.  We enable Australians – both individuals and organizations – to make tax-deductible gifts to the Foundation. I am pleased to announce that RFA has just launched a new website:  It provides material that is highly informative, both to the public and to Rotary members. 
Congratulations to Geoff Croad for organising our next Bunnings sausage sizzle; it has been allocated for Sunday 10th October.
The project shed breakfast on the 29th September is WIP. As suggested by Larry Murray, we’ll invite the associate clubs involved in the Pentecost Island project, aiming for a turnout of about 50 people. Our District Governor Jeff Egan may not be able to attend in person unless Covid border restrictions are relaxed. We’ll set up a Zoom meeting for a virtual meeting with DG Jeff. Des La Rance will be the principal speaker on the wheelchair project and Mario Fairlie will talk about the Mauna Health Centre project.
Judging from my visit to the shed on Saturday, the Mauna project is rapidly moving towards lock up stage, hopefully within a month or so. Work will then pause until we receive details on the internal layout required. Many thanks to the Rotaractors and all the volunteer helpers at the shed.
President Paul Seymour
Brian Pearson: Cooking, my passion
(Thank you, Mitch Brown, for taking the notes in my absence. Ed.)
At last Wednesday's meeting, our new Surfers Sunrise Rotary member Brian Pearson, who recently transferred to our club, gave us an insight into his background. As is customary at Surfers Sunrise, new members are encouraged to expand their 'Rotarian behind the Badge' talks to include one of their major hobbies or passions. 
Brian opened his talk about his culinary journey around the World. He invoked the memory of food rationing in post-World War Two Britain which continued into the early years of the 1950s. After briefly touching upon his early life in Grimsby and work as a sales manager in speciality chemicals, he regaled members with colourful stories of gastronomic explorations, first in Europe and northern Africa and then later, after relocating to East Asia and marrying, some of the more exotic dishes he savoured, including a Cobra Cocktail (of sorts) and various indecisive seafood dishes.
Brian shared his love for cooking and provided his recipe for the best Wagyu steak – ever. His mantra to eat the local cuisine rather than their attempts at replicating western dishes was perhaps, given some of the more bizarre dishes he had described earlier, lost on some members... 
(Photo, by Andy Bell: Brian (left) is presented a 'Thank you!' by meeting chairman of the day, Larry Murray.)
Finally, the Paul Harris Fellowship pins have arrived!
Finally, the Paul Harris Fellowship Award pins have arrived from locked down Sydney! On Wednesday morning, Immediate Past President Charles Thomasson was able to present the pins to the deserving winners. Pictures show CT with Kristen 'KJ' Jewson and Matt Hayward, who were awarded their PHF for the huge amount of effort and time they spent in developing the new websites for our Wheelchair Trust and the Mauna Health Centre Neil Thurlow was awarded a PHF for the vast amount of printing he provided mostly at no charge, not just to our club but to the District too. Last but not least, Ray Higgs, Gerald East, Peter Morgan were given their pins which they earned for their regular annual donation to The Rotary Foundation. Congratulations to all, well done, well deserved.  See all photos in the Photo Album section on the right.
Major equipment donation by South Coast Radiology
Major donation by South Coast Radiology: Our resident (now retired) Medical Equipment technician, Ben Loots and Dr Graham Sivyer (RC of Broadbeach) have arranged for a perfectly working Computed Radiology Imaging System to be donated for our Mauna Health Centre X-Ray Unit project. At the time of collection, Ben Loots baked (another) almond cherry cake to thank SCR.
The donated imaging equipment will save Rotary U$10,000 by eliminating the need to purchase a Digital Detector.
Our sincere thanks go to South Coast Radiology and their Technical Services Manager Steve Wills and Dinah Rochfort, their Clinical Services Manager. 
(Photo supplied by Ben Loots - from left: Ben Loots, SCR Radiographers Amy, Phil and Dr Graham Sivyer)
Can you assist at the Bunnings Sizzle Sunday 10/10/21?
Geoff Croad has been offered another spot to run a Sausage Sizzle on Sunday 10th October.  Note, Bunnings are very specific: we must have a minimum of 5 team members for every time slot. That means we need 20 people. The time slots are:

07:30 am - 09:30 am
09:30 am - 11:30 am
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

A Roster will be circulated again at this Wednesday's meeting. Alternatively, please click on this link to email Geoff directly, or send a text or call.  Thank you.
Snippets of last week's meeting 150921
(Thank you Mitch Brown for taking the notes in my absence. Methinks Mitch should be given the job permanently, with a corresponding increase in his salary by, say, 50%. All those in favour say Aye...  Ed.)smiley
Apologies – Franz Huber, Geoff Croad, Adam Sheppard and Doug Lipp
Angus Miller was on the Door. Larry Murray was meeting Chair.
Past President Charles Thomasson presented presidential awarded Paul Harris Fellows to K J Jewson, Matt Harrison and Neil Thurlow. He also presented donation Paul Harris Fellows to Ray Higgs, Gerald East and Peter Morgan.
President’s Report
President Paul Seymour:
  • reported to the meeting that Covid-19 and its related restrictions continued to impact upon Club activities;
  • asked members to reflect upon the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and how fortunate we are to live in Australia;
  • advised:
    • the next formal meeting will be held at the Project Shed and it is hoped that the District Governor will be able to personally attend;
    • the Italian Long Lunch is to be held on 7 October;
    • the Lutzy Award breakfast and presentation will on 27 October;
    • the Golf Day will be held on 25 October;
    • there is an upcoming Bunnings Sausage Sizzle;
    • members to consider putting forward suggestions for a local charity the Club can provide ongoing support to over the next 2 – 3 years.
Director’s Reports
Darrell Brown reported that:
  • NFSF applications are still open. Candidates need to be Year 11 students with strong academics in the sciences. The cost is $1,900.00 which is 50% subsidised by Rotary;
  • RYLA applications are still open. Candidates need to be 19 – 29 years old. The cost is $650.00, $550.00 of which is subsidised by Surfers Sunrise;
  • RYTS applications are still open. Candidates need to be 17 – 18 years old. The cost is $650.00, which is subsidised by Surfers Sunrise;
  • applications for the above can be submitted on-line.
Charles Thomasson:
  • reported the Golf Day will be held on 25 October, with numbers this year capped to 72 players. More details to be provided in the coming weeks;
  • encouraged members to bring a guest to the meeting on 13 October to hear former Brisbane Lions and premiership winning player Simon Black speak.
Angus Miller confirmed a Bunnings Sausage Sizzle had been allocated to the Club for Sunday, 10 October commencing at 9.00am. Only three shifts would be required. Further details to follow.
Ian Mayberry advised he may be able to secure for the Project Shed from the QPS two containers of bicycles.
Larry Murray advised that:
  • Project Shed volunteers had been encouraged to attend the formal breakfast at the Shed on 29 September and he hoped the District Governor could personally attend to see first hand the good work being done there;
  • the internal layout of the Pentecost hospital building was being reviewed / amended. He hoped this wouldn’t have implications for the X-Ray machine which had already been acquired.
Neil Thurlow reported that a representative from the supplier that donates the cartons in which the wheelchairs are packed for overseas transportation will also be attending the Project Shed breakfast meeting on 29 September. An award presentation in appreciation for their generosity has been organised.
K J Jewson reported that website advertising was in the process of being SEO’d.
Surfers Sunrise Golf Day: Monday 25th October
It's happening! On Monday, 25th October, we'll again host a Golf Day at the Surfers Paradise Golf Club. It will be a 'Shotgun Start' at 12:30 pm (registration from 11:30 am). Several options:
  • Corporate Hole Sponsor (includes 4 players, signage and advertising)
  • 4-player Team
  • Single individual player
Chief organizer Charles Thomasson is looking both for players as well as helpers. If you and/or your friends, associates, customers, suppliers want to play: Bookings have now opened - click on this link or click on this QR Code.
Lutzy Award new date: 27th October
Regrettably, the presentation of the Lutzy Award, originally scheduled for 15th September, had to be postponed yet again.  This time, COVID had nothing to do with it; it was simply that we were not aware that the recipient of the award had also been enrolled in the Kokoda Challenge..! ☺
A new date has been finalised: Wednesday, 27th October 2021  All current bookings will be retained, and the Trybooking site will reopen as soon as we know it (AND we have confirmed it). You still can book to get a delicious breakfast for just $11.00: all menu options are listed on the Trybooking site.  Click on this link:
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 (Saturday)
22/09/201N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)
Tash Price (Saturday, 25/09/2021)
29/09/2021Al SirovsRamez SalibAdam Sheppard
06/10/2021N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Paul Smith (Saturday 09/10/21)
13/10/2021Brian PearsonPaul JaffarAshleigh Symes
20/10/2021N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Charles Thomasson (Saturday 23/10/21)
27/10/2021Neil ThurlowMark TwyfordAndy Bell
03/11/2021N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Simon Brook (Saturday 06/11/21)
Inspirations - well, sort of... 220921
“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” W.C. Fields
“It can be exhausting eating a meal cooked by a man. With a woman, it's 'Ho hum, pass the beans'. A guy, you have to act like he just built the Taj Mahal.” Deb Caletti, 'The Queen of Everything'
When you ask me what I'm doing today, and I say "nothing", it doesn't mean that I'm free. It means that I'm doing nothing.
Gerald's post of the week (this came with pictures, but I'm sure you can visualise it):
A chap finds the proverbial antique lamp, rubs it and a Genie pops out: "I give you three wishes!"
Chap: "I wish for a world without lawyers"
Genie: "Done. No more wishes."
Chap: "But you said I get three!"
Genie: "Sue me!"
Download Files
Paul Seymour - My vision for 2021-22
Feedback letter from RC of Port Alfred, South Africa
Port Alfred, South Africa, Wheelchair Report
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Upcoming Events
District Governor Jeff Egan - at the Project Shed
Surfers Sunrise Project Shed
Sep 29, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Italian Long Lunch
Gemelli Italian Restaurant
Oct 07, 2021
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser
Bunnings Warehouse
Oct 10, 2021
7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Simon Black - AFL legend
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Oct 13, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Lutzy Award presentation
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Oct 27, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
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A whole bunch of Paul Harris Fellowships
Loading a container for the Solomons
Changeover Breakfast July 2021
The Italian LONG lunch
10,000th Wheelchair Celebrations
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