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President's Message
Joanne Winwood
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Hi Everyone
Welcome to the 6th last Monday of the year- where has 2018 gone to exactly? [Well, my own short term memory is no longer the best either, but I vaguely recall the year started unraveling some 46 weeks ago, way back in January... Ed. ☺].
 
In summing up this week, of course, the only thing that really seems to matter is the sad passing of Bob Harrison on Friday. Franz has covered Bob’s time with the Club further in this newsletter, but I would like to acknowledge the long history and enormous contribution made to the Club and the community by Bob over the years. It seems to me so unjust that someone as gentle and serving as Bob was forced to fight such an enormous battle – and one he was not destined to win. I shared our condolences with Gloria on Saturday and offered her the help of the Club in any way we can. Her response to us was as follows:-
 
“Bob was amazing man but we just couldn’t keep him any longer.  We will miss him terribly but we will be OK. I know Surfers Sunrise will help us where we need and I have already reached out to Doug Lipp and Peter Morgan. Thank you for caring.”
 
The family has opted to have a private, family only funeral.  A celebration of Bob's life will be organized, currently set for Saturday 15th December, at the Project Shed. Watch this space. Out of respect for Bob, the fellowship evening “Guess who’s coming to dinner” was postponed until the New Year.  Thank you to everyone, especially the hosts, for their understanding and flexibility on Saturday.
 
I understand there was a great night of fellowship the previous night at Hello Dolly (thanks Ed for organising). I couldn’t make it as I was preparing canapes for the following day but I hear it was a great performance and you can ask Mario about the alternative entertainment on the night.
A group of us were at the Shed again on Saturday morning, preparing for the Sale on the 8th. Huge shout out to Larry for stepping into to mastermind the event, to Des for making the most enormous sign frame  you have ever seen and to Neil Thurlow for donating the sign that goes on it (see picture right), corflutes, and printed pamphlets for letter box drops across 5 suburbs. Meanwhile Rosie has written ads and a Press Release, Tania is organising the sausage sizzle and Charles, Darrell, Franz, Mark, Geoff myself and the Bells were there on Saturday helping clean up bikes and the yard. We have now established a process for “use or remove” which will stop the pile up of bikes and make sure we have enough for our bike sales and our wheelchairs going forward, whilst keeping the yard nice and tidy.  
 
It was great to have a morning tea with the Associates who as well as their day jobs have been helping do repairs on the bikes for sale. To make their life easier, the Club has bought a number of stands so that repairs can be carried out standing up rather than bending over (thanks Mark for sourcing and delivering) which Al acknowledged at morning tea. All in all we now have about 60 bikes to sell with a target of 100 and are going to open the Shed in the week to get through the jobs we need to achieve – starting on Wednesday. The more the merrier so please come along and bring a mate. The day is more than a bike sale, it’s a day where we promote Rotary in the community – an Open Home if you like so Larry has lots of roles for us to fill – ambassador, sales person, BBQers, chaperones and others – its all busy, busy, busy.
 
See you on Wednesday- bring your own egg!
Stories
Vale Bob Harrison
With great sadness we have to announce that last Friday 16th November, our Charter Member Bob Harrison succumbed to his severe illness and peacefully passed away, surrounded by his family.  Our heartfelt condolences go to Bob’s wife Gloria, his sons John and Andy and their families.
 
Bob joined Surfers Sunrise at its Charter in February 1987, with the Classification ‘Land Surveying’. How would we all remember Bob? My description, and that of just about everyone I spoke to, came up with “the proverbial quiet achiever”, “Mr Reliable” and honorifics of similarly highly complimentary and very much deserved type.
 
So we knew that Bob was the Club’s Treasurer for over 20 years. We knew that he was the Wheelchair Trust’s Treasurer since its inception in 1997, when the first batch of 10 wheelchairs was delivered to crippled children in Fiji. We knew that Bob would unfailingly roll up on Saturday morning at the Project Shed to work hands-on. We knew that Bob was the hardest man for the Sergeant to fine....   Bob's contribution to Rotary and to the community is too extensive to fit onto the Home Page. I have written a full article about Bob; please download it from the Download Pages on the right.  Ed.]
 
The family has opted to have a private, immediate family only funeral. A memorial celebration of his life relating to Rotary is set to be held at the Project Shed on Saturday 15th December - further details to be announced as we get closer to that date.  
This coming Wednesday 21st Nov: Free breakfast
This coming Wednesday morning we'll meet at the Project Shed for a social meeting.  Free Sausage Sizzle, coffee & tea.  'Onion King' Angus Miller has the bar-be-que ready, and fried onions will be served over or under the sausages as per your preference! (If you also would like eggs, bacon or whatever, simply bring it with you! ☺) 
 
Following the breakfast, if you have time please stay and help us tidy up the shed and surrounding areas to get the place ready for our Big Bike Sale on 8th December. There is a lot of work to do, including removing old junk to be taken to the tip.  Organizer Larry Murray will aim to have a couple of Skips there.  Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear (no thongs or sandals please!)
The Rotary Foundation gets top rating 11 years in a row
With some 55,000 Charities in Australia alone, whom can you trust?  Some, even the major ones, have outrageous overheads.  So it is comforting to know that The Rotary Foundation has again scored the coveted 4-Star rating by Charity Navigator, for the 11th time in a row!  If you would like to donate, and at the same time ensure that your donation is allocated against your Rotary Club, you can do so directly from our District 9640 Website!  Click here.
Last week's Guest Speaker: David King
One of the most enjoyable aspects of being in Rotary is the enjoyment of Guest Speakers, particularly speakers with interesting, yet uncommon subjects, where you are not just entertained but actually learn something too! Whilst divers might well be familiar with the term 'Hyperbaric', even divers may not be aware of the benefits of a pressure chamber outside saving a diver from the "bends", caused by returning too quickly back to the surface. David King, in his earlier career a Navy Diver, specializing already then in operating the decompression chamber, is such a speaker. In essence, Hyberbaric Medicine is the therapy of applying oxygen under high pressure.  Pressure chambers go back for centuries starting in 1662 with the Henshaw Domicilium. Driven by organ bellows (!!) [yes Henrietta, they did exist in those times; famous organ composer Dieterich Buxdehude was very active at that time], it was designed to simply create both hyper- (above normal) and hypo- (below normal) baric (weight, especially relating to atmospheric pressure) conditions.  This progressed in 1870 to Fornlanini's Pneumatic Health Insitute (photo right) which was designed to simulate higher altitudes to combat Tuberculosis.
 
Today, outside rescuing divers, Hyperbaric chambers ares used for a wide variety of purposes. One of the principal ones is Hypoxia related issues, where wounds are not healing due to lack of oxygen reaching the tissue. There are many causes - damage caused by radiation being just one.  Treatment involves patients being placed in a pressurized chamber where 100% oxygen is applied. For wound healing, simulation of up to 14 metres depth is simulated. Hyperbaric Chambers are located in a number of cities throughout Australia, the closest one is at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital in Brisbane, where David is the Senior Hyperbaric Chamber Health Practitioner and supervisor if the Hyperbaric Chamber.  Thank you, David, for coming all the way down from Brisbane to give us this very interesting presentation!
Snippets of last week's meeting 141118
Darrell Brown was at the door (for Simon Brook), Adrian Crowe was Chairman and Andy Bell was Sergeant. 
 
We had apologies from Gerald East, Peter Morgan, Col Laurenson, Simon Brook, Mitch Brown, Paul Seymour and Rosie Rocco. 
 
President Jo Winwood opened the meeting, welcoming our guest speaker David King (see separate article). She outlined details relating to our support of the Booyah! project (Tony Unicomb and Sam Collins were speaking on 22nd August - see Story list - search for 'Booyah'): Our support helped to train two kids who both got jobs! Good outcome! They'll have a graduation ceremony on 26th November (next Monday) -  anyone who wants to go up is most welcome!  Our Christmas Breakfast will be held at the QT Hotel on 19th December - put it into your diary now.  As always, partners and friends welcome.
 
Larry Murray, who agreed to be the brain and driving force behind the Annual Rotary Pre-Christmas Bike Sale on 8th December, urged all to come to the Project Shed on Saturday and future working bees we'll have there.  A lot of work needs to be done in preparation, including tidying up and getting rid of junk to make the area presentable and a bit of a showcase for our club and Rotary in general.  (See President Jo's message on the activities last Saturday, and of course this Wednesday we'll be there again).
 
Al Sirovs suggested that we should buy a Rotary Christmas Cake for all our volunteers at the Project Shed, which all thought to be a very good idea.
 
Regrettably, after David King's very interesting presentation, there was no time left for our Sergeant...
Date claimer: Saturday, 8th December
On Saturday, 8th December, we'll have the inaugural Annual Rotary Bicycle Sale at the Project Shed.  (note: 8th, not 1st as originally advised). By now, our volunteers have restored dozens of bikes to their former glory, simply far too good to be scrapped for just their frames to make wheelchairs. They were either donated, or were given to us by the Police - unclaimed property. For example: this Cervélo Racing Bike, light enough to lift with one finger (see picture right). Yes, new, they sell for $8,000. Read that again: Eight grand! They are ready to be sold at very attractive prices to the public, just in time for Christmas. But wait, there will be more! Music, Sausage Sizzle, Tours of the Shed...  
 
We'll need manpower [no, Henrietta, 'manpower' does not exclude women! ☺], so put it into your diary now.
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.
 
 
Date
Chairman
Door
Fellowship  
 21st Nov 2018
N/a (Social meeting)   
   
 28th Nov 2018
 Gerald East
Fred Hamblen  Mario Fairlie 
 05th Dec 2018N/a (Social meeting)   
 12th Dec 2018Graeme IsaacsonRay HiggsTania Laird 
 19th Dec 2018N/a (Christmas Breakfast)  TBA  
Inspirations - well, sort of... 211118
Whether our children become financially rich or poor – or emotionally rich or poor – depends increasingly on whether they grow up dad-rich or dad-poor.
Warren Farrell PhD, ‘The Boy Crisis’
 
How many Grammar Nazis does it take to screw in a light bulb?  Too.
 
Altruism raises your mood because it raises your self-esteem, which increases happiness. Plus, giving to others gets you outside of yourself and distracts you from your problems. Karen Salmansohn, US Author.
 
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Vale Bob Harrison
Surfers Sunrise Board 2018-19
Committee Structure 2018-19
Why Join Rotary?
Upcoming Events
Warren Humphries OAM - Men's Shed
Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club
Nov 28, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
 
Big Bike Sale at 'The Shed'
Arundel Community Centre
Dec 08, 2018
7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
 
Club Annual General Meeting
Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club
Dec 12, 2018
7:15 AM – 7:45 AM
 
Christmas Breakfast at the QT Hotel
QT Hotel (formerly Gold Coast International)
Dec 19, 2018
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
 
Kay Chiswell, Laskshimi Narasimhan - Multifaith Centre at C'wealth Games
Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club
Jan 09, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
 
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Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings 04 Nov 18
Gold Coast Ramble 2018
Changeover Luncheon 2018 Photos
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
Wheelchairs
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30th Anniversary of Charter 22/02/2017
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