President's Message
Andy Bell
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After our meeting on Wednesday, incoming President Jo Gorman, Larry Murray and myself went to have a look and finalise the venue for our upcoming event of the year, Changeover. Jo had decided, as is the prerogative of the Incoming President  to have the event at the newly rebuilt Kurrawa Surf Club. To say this location is spectacular would be a bit like saying the Grand Canyon is a ditch. The view from the balcony of the room where we are going to be housed is worth the $60 alone.
On Sunday, Robby and I had the honour of being invited to attend Rainbow Bay Surf Club to witness the release of Rae Fairlie’s Ashes. It was a touching ceremony highlighted by a moving speech by Mario as a family member paddled his surf board out behind the waves to commit Rae’s Ashes to the ocean. Our Club was well represented by Jo Gorman and husband to be Tony Winwood, Darryll Brown, Gerald and Margaret East and Chris Thurtell in the company of one of our YEP Students Gigi.
Jo and I went to the Project Shed on Saturday morning to invite the volunteers and Associate Members who are the backbone of the ‘wheelchair project’ to the Changeover. What a great bunch of blokes. If you haven't been to the Shed for a while do yourself a favour and go there on a Saturday morning, especially at about 9.30 when its morning tea. I guarantee you will have an enjoyable time.
If you keeping looking back its hard to move forward………….just sayin
Andrew Bell
President, 2017-18
This coming Wednesday 30th May: Inspector Bruce Kuhn

This coming Wednesday 30th May, our Guest Speaker is Inspector Bruce Kuhn.  He is with the Southern Patrol Group, Gold Coast District and has had a number of troubleshooting roles in the Police. He also was Head of the Protest Response Unit for the Games. He's going to do a deep dive for us on how the protests were managed. ​

Advance notice: the following week, 6th June, our YE Student Gigi will do a presentation on her recent YE 'Safari' tour.

Changeover Luncheon 2018 - you can book now!
Let's celebrate!
Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise Changeover lunch- a time to celebrate our achievements in 2017/2018 and ring in a new Rotary year!!
We'll meet at the new Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club
Beachfront Events and Functions Room
Old Burleigh Road (beach side, opposite Charles Avenue), Broadbeach. 
Arrive from 12pm for 12:30 start
We would like members to invite family, friends and colleagues to celebrate the wonderful 2017/18 Rotary Year and to welcome in the Year 2018/19. President Elect Jo Gorman has negotiated for us to get a sumptuous buffet with three hot and three salad dishes, plus home made cake, all at the same price of $60.00 per person we had at Seaworld the last couple of years.  Drinks will be cheaper too, at club member prices. Capacity is 80 people and we expect a big crowd so be sure to book early!! 
Click on this link to book online:
Last week's Guest Speaker: Rev Jon Brook
Many thanks to Richard Smith for taking notes on my behalf! ☺  Franz.
Rev John Brook, from St John's Crisis Centre, spoke about his organization which helps with Alcohol and Drugs.  John was a psychiatric nurse and plays guitar to relax.  Alcohol has the greatest impact with only 5% of people who attend AA remaining sober.  He holds three narcotic meetings at the centre.
Of the people who attempt to give up smoking only 17.5% make it.  A pack of 25 cost $25 to $30 and a pack of 50 cost $50.  By 2020 it will be over $40 for a pack of 25 - John's view is that the government is exploiting addiction. Homeless Australians – (there are 116,427) with an increase of over 40% in the last 5 years.  The centre is required to advise the department of child safety if they find a child under 12 who is homeless. The largest causes of homelessness are domestic and family violence and family breakdown.  The latter being the cause of youth homelessness. John said 40% of Australians live below the poverty line and the New Start Allowance has not increased in 25 years. There were many more statistics given by John.
The Centre does Christmas lunches and hampers and our Club helps by providing toys. They also provide laundry, showers, toilets, shelter, and medical services and want to add legal assistance. He said that once a person gets a roof over their head half of their problem being either drugs or alcohol disappears.  Click here to obtain more information on the St Johns Crisis Centre, which also provides contact details.
Snippets of last week's meeting 230518
[Many thanks to Richard Smith for taking minutes on my behalf! ☺ Franz.]
President Elect Jo Gorman was on the door with Geoff Croad as Chairman. Sergeant Tania Laird called the meeting to order at 7.15am and proposed the toasts to Rotary and Australia. Apologies were received from Gerald East, Jim Blackburn, Daryl Sanderson, Franz Huber, Des La Rance, Graeme Isaacson, Peter Morgan and Bob Harrison.
President Andy Bell welcomed all members and our guest speaker, Rev John Brook from St Johns Crisis Centre. Andy reminded us of the Changeover Luncheon on the 17th June.  He will be doing a recce soon. It was decided to invite our Associate Members from the Project Shed to come along to the Changeover Luncheon. A board meeting was held at Mark Twyford's home last Monday. The District Assembly is on the 3rd June at Ballina.  About 12 members are attending and carpooling is being arranged.
Youth Services Director Tania Laird advised we have 4 candidates for Rypen.  Mario Fairlie asked why don't we go to the weekend and does it inform candidates how to join Rotary?  DG Darrell Brown explained RYPEN, RYTS and RYLA and said candidates were encouraged to continue on the Rotary path. Surfers Sunrise is sponsoring 2 and the e-club of Next Gen Queensland the other 2.  There are a total of 69 candidates to date and this is the first time for Tania at the camp.
Mario Fairlie advised that the rabbit houses project has been put on hold to the next board due to priorities. Al Sirovs asked about cartons for the wheelchairs and was advised that Neil Thurlow arranges them and they should be arriving in the next week or so.
President Elect Jo Gorman said that we need to follow the notes in the bulletin to book and pay for the changeover and also said the time is 12pm and not 11am as was printed in the last bulletin. Treasurer Mitch Brown asked members to identify themselves when paying.  It is also possible to pay Mitch direct and advise Franz who is collating the numbers.
The meeting on June the 6th has been changed back to a morning meeting.

Geoff Croad advised that RYDA is coming up on the 20th June at All Saints Anglican College and a few volunteers are required.  There are also courses on the 30th August and 12th October.  The task is not onerous with morning tea and lunch supplied.
Secretary Mark Twyford outlined the David Hack vintage car and aircraft weekend project that The Rotary Club of Toowoomba North conduct.  This is a major income source for their club.  Mark knows someone at the airfield and suggested that maybe we could do something similar? Still on fundraising, Paul Seymour asked whether we were interested in Bunnings BBQ’s and the meeting suggested we could do 2 or 3 a year if we could get them.
Mario Fairlie spoke of getting a grant from RI by working with the Rotary Club of of Dili in Timor Leste where there is a major problem with Tuberculosis.  In an effort to try to eradicate TB in East Timor, the Australian Govt and Army have devised a means of detecting TB before it has taken hold of the body.  The Timorese have the machine but not enough money to purchase test kits.   Mario needs help to put forward a proposal as his background is in engineering and he needs someone with medical expertise.  DG Darrell Brown advised that we need to let the District Governor of that district know so it can be coordinated to get the best results for the money.  There is a need for about $100,000 to do the job.  Darrell suggested a cluster of clubs.
Last week's Sergeant - Tania Laird
Richard Smith:  I'll need to check your notes before forwarding to Franz,  Geoff Croad and Darrell Brown are wearing fancy vests... Simon Brook and Andy Bell: Helmets are a waste of time for cyclists!  Larry Murray, nice shiny shoes! Charles Thomasson, you have so far only 51 followers on Instagram. Therefore, any non-followers are fined!  Mario Fairlie is our 'Man in Red' (cashmere), Doug Lipp had his mobile phone ringing during the meeting, Paul Seymour keeps on talking and chatting and goes on and on and on.
Date claimer: 11th July 2018 - The Lutzy Awards
It's on again!
Tentatively set for Wednesday 11th July: The Lutzy Award presentation, in conjunction with the Surfers Paradise SLSC, and
Tentatively set for Wednesday 18th July: Evening meeting with partners and friends, possibly combined meeting with other clubs.
Both to be confirmed, but keep your diaries open for those dates.
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change.  Please check every week:
30th May 2018Gerald EastBob Harrison 
06th June 2018 Graeme Isaacson  Ray Higgs
13th June 2018  Social meeting 
17th June 2018Changeover Luncheon  Larry Murray (MC) 
20th June 2018Social meeting 
27th June 2018Rosie RoccoDoug Lipp
4th July 2018
 Des La Rance
Col Laurenson
Inspirations - well, sort of... 300518
50 years ago, the first ATM machine appeared on the market, almost a year after the death of Elvis Presley.  I used it to get cash to pay for a ticket to an Elvis Presley memorial concert. I had to press 1 for the money, 2 for the show, 3 to get ready...  
And last Saturday NAB said that their system failure only affected Melbourne. I beg to disagree - tried their ATM at Robina as well as at Mudgeeraba and in both instances it said "insufficient funds".
Positive thinking fools our minds into perceiving that we’ve already attained our goal, slackening our readiness to pursue it.  Expectation rather than phantasy, if too far removed from reality. Limit positive self talk to actions, not self perceptions.   Gabriele Oettingen, Professor of Psychology NY Uni "Rethinking Positive Thinking"
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Upcoming Events
6th June 2018 - Gigi van Ligtenberg
Pavilion Restaurant, Southport Surf Life Saving Club
Jun 06, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Social Breakfast
Bumbles Cafe
Jun 13, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Changeover Luncheon - Kurrawa Surf Club
Kurrawa Surf Club
Jun 17, 2018
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Social Breakfast
Bumbles Cafe
Jun 20, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
11th July 2018 - The Lutzy Award
Pavilion Restaurant, Southport Surf Life Saving Club
Jul 11, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
18th July 2018 - Peace Fellowship Awardees
Surfers Paradise RSL Club
Jul 18, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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