President's Message
Mario Fairlie
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We all know that you should only believe 50% of what you read in the newspapers. [But how do I determine which half? ☺ Ed.] Please have a look at Page 11 of Monday 11th November’s Gold Coast Bulletin.
On Saturday morning Councillor Dawn Crichlow and Kathleen Vlasic from Rosies came to our Project Shed to inspect the new POD ……, now re-christened “THE SLEEPING SANCTUARY”. Dawn & Kathleen were extremely happy with the finished product.  (See separate report below and on the website).
I need to clarify that we don’t have the funding in place to build another 20 units. We are hoping for some money from the Federal Government Community Fund and from the Runaway Rotary Club.
Thanks to Des and Laurie for all their work…… let’s hope we get the funds to proceed further with project.
Also, later-on Saturday morning Des La Rance and I met with Dr Graham Sivyer, Dr Denis O'Brien and Dr Stephen Weinstein, a member of the GCMA and a pathologist at the Gold Coast University Hospital.  We reviewed Des’ revised plan of the X-Ray and Pathology facility and building to be built on Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. Some minor changes were suggested but in essence the design is complete. The next step is to send it to Dr Richard Leona for his comments. Also, the three Clubs need to get together to decide when they will release funds so work can start on the Building at the Shed. Finally, we need to make application for the Rotary International Global Grant.
  • Friday 15th: BBQ with the Broadbeach Club at the Rotary Hub, 32 Hinde Street, Ashmore to the farewell to the visiting Americans and to receive first hand a presentation on the Pentecost Project. Starts at 6:00PM. All are welcome Costs $10:00
  • Saturday 16th  Officeworks Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser.
  • Monday 25th November 2019 Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise Golf Day at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, Fairway Drive, Clear Island Waters. please contact Charles Thomasson 0432 111 257 or  We need your support on the day.
  • Wednesday 18th December 2019.  Christmas Dinner Party at the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club.
Next Monday 18th I go into hospital for my back surgery and I will be out of action for several weeks.
See you all on Wednesday morning at 7:00am for breakfast at the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club.
Mario Fairlie.
This Wednesday: social meeting at the Surfers SLSC
This coming Wednesday 13th November, we'll have our usual fortnightly social breakfast meeting at the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club - see you there at 07:00 am!
The POD ("Sleeping Sanctuary") makes the press
As shown in President Mario's report above, Councillor Dawn Crichlow and Kathleen Vlasic from Rosie's visited our Project Shed last Saturday, accompanied by a reporting team from the Gold Coast Bulletin. And here it is published in today (Monday's) edition!  Photo shows the two ladies, with Laurie Roberts (left) who built the prototype, and Des La Rance (right), who designed it. Looking forward to getting more traction on this great project, as is reported by Cr Crichlow in this reportage.
For full text, please head to the Download Page on the right.
Play at the Surfers Sunrise Golf Day: 25th November
Play at the Surfers Sunrise Golf Day!
It will be held on Monday 25th November, shotgun start at 12:00 noon sharp.
Teams of 4 players, Corporate teams, Ambrose style. Individual bookings welcome - we'll team you up!
Where? Surfers Paradise Golf Club, 1 Fairway Dr, Clear Island Waters QLD 4226.
Download the flyer: click here
Last week's guest speaker - Manuela Boyle
“Cancer is not a new phenomenon”, Manuela explained. “There are records from as far back as about 1600 BC in Egypt, and of course Hyppocrates (460 BC) has referred to it.”
Manuela Boyle spoke at last Wednesday's Surfers Sunrise meeting. She specializes in 'Personalized Integrative Cancer Care Therapies' and she is a highly qualified, internationally recognized Master Herbalist and Clinical Nutritionist. She recently has been accepted as an external expert by the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks at international conferences, is a published author of several peer-reviewed papers. Her approach to cancer treatment focuses on holistic evidence-based  therapies aimed at improving the immune system function. She advocates what she calls ‘Integrative Oncology’. In essence, treatments prescribed the medical specialist addresses the specific “solid” cancer only and often results only in a relatively short extension of the patient’s life time. Manuela combines this treatment with natural therapies, which addresses the whole person. Some of the major points Manuela outlined: It needs to be individualized, treating both the cancer and the person. It must be evidence based. It must include nutritional delivery of 
complex nutrients and botanicals, with carefully selected anti-cancer diets based on the metabolic rate of each cancer. And most importantly, it must be targeted towards the goals of overall wellbeing, gene stability and helping the patient to lead a normal life.
The subject is complex; Manuela’s presentation included numerous slides. For non-medical people like most of our members, the obvious ones always stand out. Aren’t we all guilty of offending sometimes: A somewhat overweight gentleman receives a huge hamburger at a fast food store. The attendant asks “Would you like Chemotherapy with that?” Here are the seven most important items to live by to prevent cancer:
  • Vitamin D (sunshine), for example, dry your clothes in the sun rather than in a dryer
  • Exercise regularly, especially stretching exercises, yoga
  • Attitude! Yes, Positive Attitude!
  • Get enough sleep
  • Stress Management, especially prevent chronic stress
  • Mindfulness: practice meditation, yoga
  • And last word: Be gentle with yourself!
You can learn much, much more on Manuela’s website:
Snippets of last week's meeting
Ben Illes was at the door, Ray Higgs was chairman and Ian Mayberry was Sergeant. We had apologies from Graeme Isaacson and Paul Seymour.
President Mario Fairlie welcomed our guest speaker Manuela Boyle (see separate article), visitors Dr Graham Sivyer (Rotary Club of Broadbeach), Yasushi Odahara, a Rotarian all the way from Bangkok, Thailand, and Valeria Higgs (Ray's partner), whose sister had greatly benefited from Manuela Boyle's therapy and treatment.
Mario expressed his appreciation to all the hosts and helpers who made the weekend's hosting of the Rotary Friendship Exchange team from Seattle and British Columbia such a success (see last week's bulletin and website). Mario reported on a recent meeting he had with Dr Graham Sivyer (RC of Broadbeach) and Dr Denis O'Brien (RC of Broadwater Southport) in relation to the X-Ray Unit for the hospital onPentecost Island, Vanuatu. He also elaborated on the 'POD' for homeless people, now renamed 'Sleeping Sanctuary'. Councillor Dawn Crichlow will meet us at the Project Shed. 
The Rotary Club of Broadbeach will host the RFE team on Tuesday 12th November at their usual club meeting at the Lone Star Tavern. The also will have a 'Farewell Barbeque' at their shed in Hinze Street, Southport on Friday 15th November, at which the upcoming Vanuatu project will be displayed.
Charles Thomasson outlined details of the upcoming Golf Day on Monday, 25th November (see separate article): other than helpers on the day, we need a few more players. In particular corporate teams who sponsor a hole (that makes it tax deductible) should be attracted. And whilst we already have a few (including a BMW for a weekend) see if you can organize a few raffle prizes! 
Doug Lipp advised that we had received a donation of $1,000 from the Australasian Order of Old Bastards - the proceeds of a bottle of Grange Hermitage Mario donated to their auction.  Thank you Mario!
Sunrise Christmas Dinner instead of Breakfast
For the first time, this year we'll have a Christmas Dinner rather than a Christmas Breakfast.  This will not only allow members, their partners and friends to have a Christmas drink, but - let's face it - the atmosphere will be considerably more festive.  The Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club has agreed to set aside the upstairs Restaurant (where our "formal" meetings are held) for us.  Dinner will be served, and the Cash Bar will be open.  Projected price per person is $25.00 - to be confirmed.
Put the date into your diary now: Wednesday 18th December, 6:00 pm - an online booking site will open soon!
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.
Fellowship (Wednesday / Project Shed (Saturday)  
 13 Nov 2019N/a (social meeting) Franz Huber (Saturday 16/11/19) 
 20 Nov 2019Col LaurensonGraeme Isaacson  Doug Lipp 
 27 Nov 2019  Angus Miller (Saturday 30/11/19 ) 
 04 Dec 2019Ian MayberryPeter MorganLarry Murray 
 11 Dec 2019N/a (social meeting)   Al Sirovs (Saturday 14/12/19) 
 18 Dec 2019N/a (Christmas Dinner)  Paul SeymourEveryone!! 
 25 Dec 2019No Meeting   
 01 Jan 2020No Meeting   
 08 Jan 2020TBATBATBA 
Inspirations - well, sort of... 131119

A young boy had just gotten his driver's license and inquired of his father, if they could discuss his use of the car. His father said he'd make a deal with his son. "You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, get your hair cut and we'll talk about the car."

The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he'd settle for the offer and they agreed on it. After about six weeks his father said, "Son, I've been real proud. You brought your grades up and I've observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I'm real disappointed you haven't gotten your hair cut."

The young man paused a moment then said, "You know, Dad, I've been thinking about that, and I've noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair and there's even a strong argument that Jesus had long hair."  To this his father replied, "Did you also notice they all walked everywhere they went?"


When falls on man the anger of the gods,
First from his mind they banish understanding.
Lycurgus of Sparta
Download Files
Surfers Sunrise Golf Day Flyer
Surfers Sunrise POD in Gold Coast Bulletin 11-11-19
Rotary Friendship Exchange - program for incoming team
The Story of the Surfers Sunrise Wheelchairs Trust
AGM Dec 2018 - Election of Club Officers 2019-20
Why Join Rotary?
Upcoming Events
Broadbeach Rotary - RFE team presentation
Quality Hotel
Nov 12, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sausage Sizzle at Officeworks Southport
Nov 16, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Introduction to Rotary for new members
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Nov 20, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Surfers Sunrise Golf Day
Surfers Paradise Golf Club
Nov 25, 2019
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Annual General Meeting / Club Assembly
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Dec 04, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
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Working bee at the Project Shed 24/08/19
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X-Ray Unit for Hospital on Espiritu Santo
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