President's Message
Mario Fairlie
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Hi All,
We have all received the latest instructions from the government due the effects of Corona Virus (COVID-19).  If you're over 70 you must stay at home and don’t go out. We really need to get used to this. I think it will take at least 6 months before things might get back to some level of normality.
In the meantime, Geoff Croad was contacted last week to confirm that the Roof Trusses for the X-Ray building at Mauna Hospital in Vanuatu, manufactured and donated by Premier Timber & Trusses, are ready (see separate article below. Ed.) Fortunately, Premier Timber have sufficient room to store them until the Project Shed re-opens later this year.
Also, we have contacted our District 9640 to request an indefinite extension of District Grant repayments for the building for the combined Club Project which was originally due by the end of July 2020.  Further, Dr Graham Sivyer (President of Broadbeach Rotary Club)  spoke with Dr Richard Leona of Pentecost Island recently. He indicated even though there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Vanuatu yet, their Government is taking steps to minimise imported infection by cancelling cruise ships and international flights.  Therefore, any visits to Pentecost Island to supervise construction of the building will not be possible for some time. Obviously, a new timetable will need to be worked out as soon as the effects of the COVID-19 have been resolved globally. Another factor is the weather in Vanuatu in summer months. This could add yet another problem resulting in the project being delayed for up to 12 months!  We had originally selected July-August in their winter (dry season) to install the building.
As I reported last week: as most of us are trapped inside our homes, the club decided to use ZOOM to have our first electronic meeting this Wednesday morning at 7:30am. Franz will contact you with instructions on how to join the meeting. I believe it is imperative that everybody tries their best to stay home and keep isolated at much as possible.  
Looking forward to seeing you on the screen at the meeting on Wednesday morning.
Mario Fairlie
This Wednesday: our first On-Line meeting!
Last week, we had a test meeting using Zoom with a few of our board members. It went quite well, and another training meeting will have been held on Monday night.  This coming Wednesday, 1st April at 07:30 am, we will run our inaugural On-Line meeting - no April Fools Joke!  Since this bulletin goes out to some 200-odd addresses (and for the first meeting we don't really want 200 people to join), a link and instructions on how to connect will be sent out to our members individually, under separate cover. Please advise if you have not received it.
So, what could one possibly do On-Line? Well, almost everything, except you can't shake hands, pat each other on the back (literally, but you can do so figuratively) and you'll have to prepare your own breakfast. President Mario will address the meeting, the Directors can report, even the Sergeant can have a session (we'll trust you to hold on to your fine until we have our first meeting!) - a record will be kept... And once we are comfortable with it, there is no reason why we can't have a  guest speaker.  With Zoom, the speaker's screen can be shared, and thus any PowerPoint presentation or 'White Board' can be displayed.  Let's work on this together and make it happen.  Please call Franz if you require assistance.
Well, another 'First' for Surfers Sunrise Rotary!
So, come on! It's not difficult. Join us!
Donated Trusses for Vanuatu ready to go
The COVID-19 crisis is not going to last forever.  And when normal life resumes, the trusses for the X-Ray Unit to be built on Pentecost Island, Vanuatu are ready.  Last Thursday, Neil Aitkenhead of Premier Timber & Trusses advised that it's all ready to go!  OK, so they will need to remain in storage for a while, but that doesn't diminish the superb generosity of donating the timber for our project.  Thank you!  Picture shows Michael, one of the staff who assembled them.
Duty Roster
In view of all club activities being suspended for the next 28 days, there is no need to publish a Duty Roster for the time being... Watch this space as the situation is reviewed in 4 weeks' time!
Inspirations - well, sort of... 010420
What was the first sign of civilization in a culture? When famous anthropologist Margaret Mead was asked this question, everyone expected her to talk about hooks, clay pots or whetstones. But her answer was “a femur (thigh bone) that had healed from a break. “If you break your leg and nobody assists you, you die. A broken femur healed is evidence that someone cared for the injured, treated the wound, took the person to safety and cared for them till they recovered. Helping someone through difficulty is where civilization begins.” Jacob Burak, ‘How to find a black cat in a dark room, especially when there is no cat’
Hi Darling,
I'm down at the pub with the lads, having a quiet drink.  Unfortunately, some idiot just coughed everywhere so we have been quarantined. See you in a two weeks!
Beggars don’t envy millionaires. They only envy other beggars who have more.  Bertrand Russell.
New segment:  Gerald's, Andy's and Neil's best meme of the week.
Some of you might already be on Gerald's mailing list or follow Andy or Neil on Facebook. They have the knack of digging up "funnies" to bring a smile to your face, with the occasional one you haven't come across before.  In view of COVID-19 sort of forcing us into a slow down and thus little new stuff to report, I have some additional space... So, here goes:
Gerald's post of the week: "Struggling to get your wife's attention?  Just sit down and look comfortable."
Neil's post of the week: "When I offer to wash your back in the shower, all you have to say is yes or no. Not all this "who are you and how did you get in here?" nonsense.
Andy's post of the week (only read this if you don't mind black humour): (Picture of Winnie the Pooh sitting outside his den): "As much as Pooh missed Piglet, he really did enjoy that bacon sandwich..."
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X-Ray Unit for Hospital on Pentecost Island
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