President's Message

Mitch Brown
member photo
Speaking with club members I think the general consensus is that Saturday’s changeover was a great event in terms of both fellowship and the recognition of the outstanding service contributions of the members of Surfers Sunrise during the 2021 – 2022 Rotary year.
For those who were unable to attend, I’m sure Franz will make outgoing President Paul Seymour’s report available on the website. [Yes - see Download Files on the right and article below... Ed.]
This Wednesday is a formal meeting where incoming Treasurer Charles Thomasson will offer his insights into the current state of the stock and financial markets, something not to be missed given the prevailing international economic uncertainty.
Customarily, our first meeting of the new Rotary year would be titled "President's Vision", outlining goals and plans on how to achieve them. Due to a professional commitment of mine, this will now be in two weeks on 22nd July. I welcome any suggestions, or requests (both "to do" and "not to do"), so now is the time to add it to the agenda. Please feel free to contact me.
This Friday there is a Bunning’s sausage sizzle. If you are available to help out for a few hours please contact Rotarian of the Year Geoff Croad.
Mitch Brown,
President 2022-23
This coming Wednesday 6th July: Charles Thomasson - State of the Market
What comes down, must go up again... Or will it? Our resident Stockbroker and Finance Consultant, Charles Thomasson, will outline the State of the Market. This will be hugely interesting, as there must at present be a lot of companies that are undervalued?
Bunnings Sausage Sizzle this Friday 8th July
We need another three helpers for this Friday's sausage sizzle.  If you are not already on the roster, please contact Geoff Croad and put your name down for one of the sessions:
  • 7:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Excellent start of the Rotary year with Changeover Luncheon
At many Rotary events (actually the majority) the meal consists of an alternative drop of fish/chicken and steak/roast. Not at Surfers Sunrise! We had an excellent start of the new Rotary year with our Changeover Luncheon at Bambino's Italian Ristorante, eating a variety of different pizzas and pasta. As is the rule with Surfers Sunrise Rotary, speeches were very short and fellowship very big. Welcome new President Mitch Brown! Some highlights:
Simon Brook was Master of Ceremonies and kept the formal procedures to the brevity Surfers Sunrise Rotary has been known for the past 3 decades... We were honoured by (now Past) District Governor Jeff Egan, representing Rotary International who gave us an equally brief reply to the Toast to Rotary International. Outgoing President Paul Seymour briefly outlined our club's activities and achievements for the past 12 months, then presented the club's recognitions and awards:
Paul Harris Fellowships to Angus Miller, Paul O'Neill, Adrian Crowe, Ian Mayberry and Mario Fairlie.
The major awards were received by
  • Doug Waller Trophy: Mitch Brown
  • Fellowship Cup: Darrell Brown (accepted by Andy Bell on his behalf)
  • Quiet Achiever: Doug Lipp
  • And the "big one" - Rotarian of the Year (determined by silent poll by the members): Geoff Croad
Congratulations to all!
Following the presentation, Paul handed the President's collar to Mitch Brown, who after a brief address introduced his new board (see photo above). For more photos see the Photo Album section on the right.
The Changeover Report has been uploaded - see Download Section on the right. It includes the President's, Treasurer's as well as the individual chairmen's reports, as well as a summary of the past year's speakers and events.
Jennifer Jones - first female President of Rotary International

Rotary International’s incoming President for 2022-23, Jennifer E Jones took office on the 1st July, making history as the first female president in Rotary history. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland, Ontario, Canada, and founder and president of Media Street Productions, an award-winning media company in Windsor. Having previously served Rotary in a variety of roles including vice president, director, and Rotary Foundation trustee, her talents have strengthened Rotary’s reach and impact. Learn more about Jones in a profile in the July issue of Rotary magazine. Watch the presidential changeover ceremony on Facebook.

During her year, she will focus on four presidential initiatives that Imagine Rotary:

  • · advancing our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI);
  • · creating a welcoming club experience;
  • · empowering girls; and
  • · expanding our reach.

Read the entire story of the Presidential Initiatives. The site is very comprehensive. It also includes video messages.


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 (following Saturday)
06/07/2022Dean CastellJohnny BuetiMario Fairlie 
13/07/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Gerald East (Saturday 16th July at the shed)
20/07/2022Graeme IsaacsonRay HiggsBen Illes
27/07/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Angus Miller
03/08/2022Ian MayberryDoug LippPeter Morgan
10/08/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Tash Price
17/08/2022Paul O'NeillLarry MurrayAdam Sheppard
Inspirations - well, sort of... 060722
I'm advised that Rotary's monthly theme for July is 'Month of Transition'. I welcome change. As long as nothing is altered or different.
“Teams sometimes fail miserably because team members wish to work in the team but they want to be recognized individually.”
― Amit Kalantri, Mentalist & Mind Reader
Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes, US author & physician (1809 - 1894)
Download Files
Changeover Report 2021-22
Wesley Mission - Preventing Burnout
Rotary District 9640 Flood Appeal
Upcoming Events
Charles Thomasson: State of the Stock Market
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Jul 06, 2022
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser
Bunnings Warehouse
Jul 08, 2022
7:45 AM – 4:00 PM
President Mitch Brown - My vision for 2022-23
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Jul 20, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Sgt Cherie McLean - Gold Coast PCYC
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Aug 03, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
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Changeover Luncheon 02 July 2022
Surfers Sunrise Golf Day October 2021
Italian Long Lunch 22nd October 2021
A whole bunch of Paul Harris Fellowships
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10,000th Wheelchair Celebrations
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