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President's Message
Mario Fairlie
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The Shed looks great after the clean-up. Saturday saw the rest of the tyres put into bags and hopefully John Dobozy of MOLECTRA will have them all gone in the next few weeks. Des returned after two weeks of fishing down south and has everything in hand for the building of the first POD. The Gold Coast Islamic Society picked up two wheelchairs from the shed; they are looking at placing 260 Wheelchairs into the Middle East and the Palen Creek Correctional Centre came with finished wheelchairs and picked up another lot to be finished off. Also, the Rotary Club of Brisbane pick-up 6 finished wheelchairs.
 
We are in need of wheels as well as castor wheels for the wheelchairs. These will need to be ordered from China. Mark Twyford usually orders these. We received the payment from PNG for the container and the freight charges, so sometime this week it can be sent. Thanks again to all those who work last Saturday week.
 
With regard to the Project in Vanuatu, a meeting was held last week. About 15 attended. The result of the meeting was that we didn’t have enough knowledge to allow us to proceed without first visiting Vanuatu; namely Port Vila to have meetings with the Australian High Commission, the Vanuatu Government, Ministry of Health and the Rotary Club of Port Villa, followed by travel to the Mauna Hospital on Pentecost Island. After that visit we can hopefully move forward with some confidence.
 
In relation to the proposed merger of our District 9640 with another two: We have received advice from the District Secretary that, with the exception of one, all clubs have voted against the merger.
 
This week we have a board meeting, as I will be in Europe for the next 3 ½ weeks. Our focus for this meeting is to discuss all opportunities for fundraising. Appreciate any feedback and comments to help.
 
The next formal meeting on 11th September will be a joint meeting between Broadwater Southport Club at the Surf Club. Please could you all make an effort to welcome them. Then, the following formal meeting on Friday 27th September will be again with Broadwater Southport Club at the Southport Yacht Club (note: no meeting at our club on Wednesday 25th September). Hopefully, after these meetings we can see the way forward to combining the two clubs together. It will be important to let me know if you have any concerns. I see many positives for the members of both clubs in becoming a larger and stronger Rotary Club.
 
Look forward to seeing you all at this Wednesday’s “social breakfast” at the Surf Club.
 
 
Mario J. Fairlie
Stories
Andrea Simmons – Australian Anti Ice Campaign (AAIC)
 
Picture this: a young, vivacious, successful woman, with a successful business, a loving family. Andrea Simmons outlined in vivid detail how she was partaking in a bit of a knees-up at a swank hotel in town. Lots of good company, banter, laughter. Somebody suggests to her “take a puff of this, it isn’t going to hurt you…” and – literally – her world of success and love goes up in the proverbial puff of smoke.  A rapid descent into addiction, psychosis and other major health issues, her wealth destroyed. “I spent as much as $500 a day” she explained, “and I didn’t know any way I could get out”.
 
That is just one case. Do you know that every day, on average some 27 young people become addicted to “Ice” (Crystal Methamphetamines)? Do you know the method on how to make Ice is in plain sight on the Internet?” Only some 2% come out at the other side; if successful, the withdrawal period is an excruciating 18 months. The Australian market is totally flooded with the stuff: wastewater sampling tests show an increase of as much as 480% in the six years to 2016 and it has gone worse since then. Do you know that kids as young as 12 years old are given “free samples” and then, when they inevitably become addicted, are offered a “franchise distribution”? Do you know that availability is easy? Andrea outlined an instance where, when visiting the Gold Coast, she obtained a “pipe” with great ease, just asking for it.
 
We hear and read daily in the news and media of cases where people crazed by Ice addiction cause serious damage to property, go berserk in hospital emergency wards.  It has a massive effect across the board, from Mental Health to Police, Accident & Emergency to Hospital Services, with outrageous costs to the nation at large.  Statistics prove that 1 in 3 kids who go into child protection comes from drug addicted parents. The long term effects are much similar to Parkinson’s Disease, but this one is preventable.
 
The Australian Ice Campaign is a Not For Profit organization, providing education at the very grass roots level, by distributing education kits to schools, providing workshops at schools and clubs and, at the other end, provides support for victims to help them to get off.  A major, national fundraising event in multiple locations, ‘Walk Against Ice’ is held on Sunday week, 15th September. On the Gold Coast, it starts at 10 am at the Nikiforides Family Park in Broadbeach. Click here to book.
 
Photo (from left): Harold Bush (Rotary Club of Broadbeach), Leeanne Butcher, Andrea Simmons, Adrian Crowe.
Rotary - Micro to Macro
There’s a video on Youtube which in 75 seconds depicts the extremely large (as in the Universe) all the way to the extremely minute (as in sub-atomic). Have you ever thought of Rotary in a similar way? Come on, think about it: on the one hand, we have the extremely small (yes, YOU, rattling the Polio Plus bucket, running a mental health forum or removing graffiti), just one of about 1.2 million world wide. At the other end, you have the very large as, for example, The Rotary Foundation and within it, the Polio Plus campaign. At the Micro end, hundreds of millions of dollars collected via small “rattling the bucket” collections (visualize the granny giving her toddler granddaughter a coin to put into the Polio Plus bucket you are holding) through to giants of industry and commerce such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who, according to an article in Forbes Magazine in May 2019, have contributed some $US 3.7 Billion in total towards the eradication of Polio.
 
Whooaa Franz! Where are you going with this? Well, let me give you two examples of personal “Micro to Macro” experiences on the one day: Last Saturday, the day started off with a working bee at our club’s Project Shed. We loaded a 40’ container with over 200 wheelchairs, some 60 school desks and chairs, walkers etc, destined for PNG (ask Tanya and Mark Twyford how to stack so many in such a small place!).  At an even more micro level, the wheelchairs had been lovingly put together by our volunteers, who stripped old bicycles, cut plywood, spray painted. At the other end, they’ll be handled by the local Rotary Club “over there”.
 
The second example is less complex, yet qualifies equally for “Micro to Macro”: I got a call from a personal friend of mine whose disabled brother had passed away. He had an almost new wheelchair, two walkers, a perfectly good laser printer and other paraphernalia. He knew that “Rotary can find a good home for that stuff”. Yes, but our club doesn’t handle “western” style wheelchairs, but the Burleigh Heads club does, via Donations in Kind in Brisbane. One phone call, a quick trip to deliver the goods, and I could assure my friend that the goods will end up in a good place, without any “baksheesh” being collected by a corrupt official.  How good is it to be part of a “ready made” organisation like that? How good is it to be a member of Rotary?
We are registered with Containers for Cash
Our "Minister for Everything" Geoff Croad has registered our club with 'Containers for Cash'; the beneficiary is our Project Shed (Surfers Sunrise Wheelchairs Trust).  Our ID / Registration Code is C10199443
So, keep your soft drink bottles, stubby bottles, aluminium cans, milk cartons etc.  As a general rule, most drink containers between 150ml and 3L can be returned for a refund under your state’s container deposit scheme. Containers should be empty, unbroken, lid-free and display a 10-cent refund marking on the label. Something like this, but many others are simply marked as suitable for recycling. Note: they must NOT be crushed. See image above what is and what is not accepted. [No Henrietta, your wine bottles are not, but you still can recycle them in the yellow council bins...]  How do you go about it? Very straight forward: click on this link www.envirobank.com.au/locations which will show you where you can drop your containers off. That is also where you can pick up their orange coloured Envirobank bags, suitable for 50 containers. When you drop off your bag, simply use the above Registration Code. Make a note of it now.
Snippets of last week's meeting 280819
Adrian Crowe was at the door, Karen Holland (for the first time) chaired the meeting and Ian Mayberry was Sergeant.  We had apologies from Ray Higgs, Peter Morgan, Paul Seymour, Gerald East (and there may have been others - the mob can be a bit boisterous sometimes at Surfers Sunrise... ☺)
 
President Mario Fairlie greeted our visitors: , Rowan Johnstone and John Davis (both RC of Gold Coast), Harold Bush (RC of Broadbeach) as well as our two guest speakers from the Australian Anti Ice Campaign, Andrea Simmons and Leeanne Butcher (see separate article).  Mario elaborated briefly on the previous Saturday's massive efforts at the Project Shed (see article last week's bulletin) and has confirmed that we have received the funds for the container transport from Papua New Guinea. Whooohooo!  In addition to the 209 wheelchairs now on the way, another 250 are earmarked for the Gold Coast Islamic Society for despatch to a destination of their determination. 
 
Mario outlined the discussions he held with other key people for the Vanuatu X-Ray project, also involving the Rotary Clubs of Broadbeach and Gold Coast, as well as with the Heads of Medicine of the local Universities. Lots of work needs to be done, which includes not only a lot of planning, fundraising and "paddling below the surface", but indeed will include an on-site visit to Vanuatu to meet with the local Government and Health Services officials, the Australian High Commission there and to check out the site.  This is planned to take place in the second week of October, just 6 weeks away.
 
Larry Murray further outlined his vision for the Project Shed: should we buy a container for the purpose of storing finished wheelchairs and equipment to make space within the shed for other purposes? We are also looking for more "quality" bikes, suitable to be restored in readiness for another 'Big Bike Sale' before Christmas.
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.
 
 
Date
Chairman
Door  
Fellowship (Wednesday / Project Shed (Saturday)  
 04 Sep 2019 N/a (social meeting) Col Laurenson (Saturday) 
 11 Sep 2019Mitch BrownJohn Chirio Doug Lipp 
 18 Sep 2019
 N/a (social meeting)
 Ray Higgs (Saturday) 
 27 Sep 2019N/a (joint meeting at/with Broadwater)  Charles Thomasson 
 02 Oct 2019Paul SeymourDoug GarvieChris Thurtell 
 
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Inspirations - well, sort of... 040919
Being alone isn’t what makes you feel lonely. Loneliness is having the people, society and community around you and having a deep sense of being excluded from them. Ichiro Kishimi, ‘The Courage to be Disliked’
 

A well respected surgeon was relaxing on his sofa one evening just after arriving home from work. As he was tuning into the evening news, the phone rang. The doctor calmly answered it and heard the familiar voice of a colleague on the other end of the line: "We need a fourth for poker," said the friend. "I'll be right over," whispered the doctor.

As he was putting on his coat, his wife asked, "Is it serious?"
"Oh yes, quite serious," said the doctor gravely. "In fact, three doctors are there already!"

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