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President's Message

Paul Seymour
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A reminder to all that this Wednesday our breakfast meeting will be held at the project shed. It would be great to see a large attendance.
 
We have had confirmation that the City of Gold Coast has completed their RCD inspection at the project shed and confirmed that all is ok with a few minor items – this being attended to by Larry Murray.
 
The Rotary International monthly theme for June is 'Fellowship Month'. Whilst this primarily is meant to give emphasis to the wide range of Rotary's International Fellowships (see Franz's report further on), this is a good opportunity to remind us that Fellowship - as in friendship - is the first of the four principal Objectives of Rotary: 'The Development of Friendship as an Opportunity for Service'. [*]
 
Kind regards
President Paul Seymour.
 
[*] "What are the other ones?" I hear you ask. Check it out - see Download Files on the right.
 
Stories
This Wednesday 8th June: Breakfast at the Project Shed
Next Wednesday 8th June, we are NOT meeting at the Surf Club, but instead will enjoy a traditional BBQ Bacon & Eggs at our Project Shed. (Don't panic if you are into health foods, we'll have something for you as well!) Wheelchair Trust Chairman Larry Murray will bring us up to date on the current happenings there, and you'll get an opportunity to inspect the just about completed X-Ray unit for the Mauna Health Centre on Vanuatu.
Gold Coast Small Business Expo Fundraiser is next week

We have again been offered this very important fundraising opportunity. We get paid handsomely for our services.  The number of shifts require ALL MEMBERS to participate in this. There are still vacancies on most segments, but specifically, the Thursday 11:30 - 1:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm coin collection is still short-staffed. Here are the shifts:

DateTimeWhat jobNo of helpers still needed
Wednesday 15/06/20221:00 pm - 3:30 pmBump-in1
Thursday 16/06/20226:30 am - 9:00 amTraffic control5
Thursday 16/06/20226:30 am - 9:00 amAssist unloading1
Thursday 16/06/20229:00 am - 11:30 amCoin collection1
Thursday 16/06/202211:30 am - 1:00 pmCoin collection1
Thursday 16/06/20221:00 pm - 2:30 pmCoin collection1
Thursday 16/06/20223:30 pm - 5:30 pmBump-out2

Please send a text or email directly to organiser Darrell Brown with your preferred times

Changeover Luncheon set for Saturday 2nd July
This year we'll have a Luncheon Changeover. Incoming President Mitch Brown has selected Bambino's Italian Ristorante in Benowa. Very interesting menu of shared platters of various pizzas (including vegetarian) and pasta (Carbonara, Truffle Pappardelle... just to name a few. And dessert pizza, of course. Did you say Dessert Pizza? Yup. You'll have to be there. Put it into your diary now. You must book: click on this link: 
June is Rotary Fellowship Month
The discussion revolved around the current monthly theme of International Rotary Fellowships. “Isn’t Rotary supposed to be non-political??” The discussion among the group of young Rotarians started to become, even for young Rotarians, uncommonly heated. “Why is there a LGBT Fellowship?”
 
“Why not?” retorted a former Peace Fellow . “Rotary means business; it is totally non-political, non-denominational and, since about 1987, certainly non-sexist!”
 
So how come there is a fellowship for Singles but not for Marrieds? Or for that matter Doll Lovers, or Birdwatchers?” “Maaate!!” his colleagues yelled out, “we are not talking about that kind of dolls and birds!” [Yes, quite right, Henrietta, there is no need say anything!]
 
One of the stouter members joined in: “Ah, I’m more into the epicurean stuff, like Wine, Whyskey, Rum, Beer, Gourmet Cooking, even Bathhouses. I like antique cars, and I like hitching up the caravan to my 4 x 4 truck, then travel into the blue yonder and in the evenings study my rare books. I listen to Jazz, actually any music. And I’m probably the only male in hundreds of miles who makes quilts. My wife is much more into Italian and Latin Culture. And in this context she joined the Magna Graecia fellowship. “The Magna what?” several shouted out. “Well, it is based in Southern Italy, but you can join. Just look it up.”
 
“Ah, ever since I swapped my caravan for a big fat Recreational Vehicle, I’ve given up the caravan. The total quality of my Winnebago is just superb” said a Doctor. I can hook our bicycles on the back, tie my canoe and surf board on the top and I even can play Table Tennis on a fold out table. When I’m out in the sticks, I can join the meeting of my e-Club and thus maintain my Social Network. Evenings we study European Philosophy, Ethics and Cultural Heritage. We have close contact with an Honorary Consul whom we met on a Cruise and with whom we recently did a Home Exchange. Naturally, being Swiss, he is far more into Railways, Hiking, Curling and Shooting sports. He is a Past District Governor, intimate with Rotary heritage and global history, and he has a massive collection of Rotary Stamps and Rotary Pins. Of course, he goes to all the conventions. I joined him at one of his club meetings. Did you know that former Swiss Tennis great Martina Hingis is a Paul Harris Fellow and is closely involved with Polio Plus?
 
“Well, I’m more into the fitness stuff” said a Military Veteran, who now is in Law Enforcement. I like Scuba Diving, Fishing, Rowing, blue water Yachting, Skiing, riding my Motorcycle. I’m a Scout Leader, I run Marathons and Triathlons and I play Cricket. I listen to Heavy Metal and if ever I have a quiet moment, I study Russian culture.”
 
“Too hard for me!” retorted a Lawyer, and his fellow professionals, a prominent Editor and Publisher and an Educator, joined in. “As principals of our firms, we are constantly looking for better Corporate Social Responsibility, Strategic Planning, Social Networks, the Environment, Public Health and… Golf. And if I need solitude, I fly my Cessna...”
 
“Geez… isn’t there any group I can join where it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg?” I whimpered. “Most definitely!” came the answer. “There is Amateur Radio, Chess, Draughts, Photography, Esperanto or Genealogy. Even very general subjects as the Internet. But don’t be fooled: the group is very active in around 100 countries! And if you are into Eastern board games: Go.  Or you might want to become a Magician and if you need calming down, play Bowls or do some Yoga.”  So, with almost 90 different Rotary Fellowships worldwide, there truly is something for everyone!  Just click on the links!
 
District has set up a flood donation account
District Governor Jeff Egan recently wrote a letter (see Download section on the right) to all Rotarians in District 9640, advising that a dedicated Flood Appeal account has been set up for Rotarians (and anyone else, for that matter) to contribute to a flood appeal to benefit victims of the horrendous floods some regions experienced over the past two weeks. As is common for any Rotary-based appeals, there will be no administration fees, director's remunerations etc. All funds end up directly at the target, the people who were affected. 
 
If a donor does not require the donation to have tax deductibility status, it is preferable that donations should be deposited into the following account:
Rotary International District 9640 Ltd.
BSB: 084462, Account No: 816279059
This is the account to which Rotary clubs should donate.
 
 
If tax deductibility is required, please use this account: 
Keith Wilson Relief Trust Fund
BSB: 633000 Account No: 175308303
The name of the donor needs to be included on the deposit AND please send via email to PDG Sandra Doumany at srmd@bigpond.net.au (Note: the original post had a typo - this is the correct address): 1. the name of the donor 2. the amount of the deposit 3. any requirement for the donation to be spent on a specific area (if requested). 
 
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)
08/06/2022Brian PearsonTrent BellingDarrell Brown
15/06/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Geoff Croad (Saturday 18th July at the shed)
22/06/2022Ross AugustineSimon BrookAdrian Crowe
29/06/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Not applicable (Changeover lunch on 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)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Inspirations - well, sort of... 080622
Andy's post of the week: "Not only did I fall off the Diet Wagon, I dragged it into the woods, set it on fire and used the insurance money to buy cup cakes..."
 
If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first. Mark Twain
 
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That's why it's called 'Significant Other'.
Sign-if-I-can't.
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The Objectives of Rotary
Des La Rance and John Hall interview with Don Glover
Rotary District 9640 Flood Appeal
Why Join Rotary?
Upcoming Events
Breakfast at the Project Shed
Project Shed
Jun 08, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
 
Visit to Gold Coast PCYC
Gold Coast PCYC
Jun 15, 2022
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
 
Small Business Expo - Coomera Indoor Sports Centre
Coomera Indoor Sports Centre
Jun 15, 2022 1:00 PM –
Jun 16, 2022 4:00 PM
 
Ros Byrne - The scourge of Domestic Violence
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Jun 22, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
 
Changeover Luncheon - Bambino's Restaurant
Bambino's Italian Ristorante
Jul 02, 2022
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
 
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Changeover Breakfast July 2021
10,000th Wheelchair Celebrations
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Vanuatu Program
 
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