President's Message
Andy Bell
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What a wonderful weekend I’ve had.  On Sunday, Robby and I made our weekly pilgrimage to the farmers market in Bundall.  To say the day was perfect would be a gross understatement. Not a cloud in the sky and about 25 degrees.  To add to the experience, we caught up with fellow Rotarians Angus and Virginia Miller, as well as Darrell and Kerrie Brown.  Understandably, the principal topic of conversation was Rotary, interlaced with a myriad of other topics including good restaurants and physical changes to the Gold Coast skyline .  Caught up at 9.30 and left when the market was closing at midday.   Sometimes it takes days like this to make one realise just how blessed we are to be living in the best place on earth.
To add to the joy of the weekend, Carlton won their first game of the season and the Storm continued on their winning way.  Excellent.
Practising what I preach (some may say unusually), I visited my Doctor for my flu shot.  Whilst being a very brave soldier as the injection was administered, the discussion turned to Rotary. I found out my Doc had once belonged to Rotary.  He is no longer involved.  He told me that he had resigned many years ago because of the rigidity imposed with regards to having to attend meetings every week and the formality of those meetings.  He was surprised when I explained to him the current way we do things and was impressed when I told him about the fact we now even have E Clubs that physically meet only once or twice a year.
The conversation with my Doc is further proof we have a long way to go in promoting Rotary and the way we now operate.  I think we are getting there but we need to do more both as an organisation and individually.
If you think you are the smartest person in the meeting, you are in the wrong meeting, ---just sayin. 
Andrew Bell
President, 2017-18
This coming Wednesday 16th May: Rotary Beef Bank
No, you won't get steak for breakfast...   Our speaker is Andrew Rodgers from the Rotary Beef Bank.  Andrew's project is in support of Food Bank's efforts to feed people who may be struggling to afford the basics.  He came up with the idea five years ago after someone from Food Bank spoke at his Rotary meeting. "They said they get lots of things but they never get meat..." Another superb example of Rotarians being People of Action.  See you there!
Last week's Guest Speakers: Sgt Lyndon O'Neill & Team
Our daily news feed provides us rarely with a friendly face of our Police Services: either it is a violent crime or, worse an over eager reporter shows video of alleged Police brutality.  So it comes as a refreshing change to meet three Police Officers with big, hearty smiles: they are from the Gold Coast District Cross Cultural Liaison Unit.  Deliberately meant to be "cross cultural", the ethnic origin of the members are telling: whilst Sgt Lyndon O'Neill (centre) is obviously Caucasian, Officer Jasylyah Kadir (second from right) is from Singapore and Officer Saga (pron 'Sanga') Selesby (on right) is Samoan.
Lyndon had a well prepared PowerPoint presentation to outline his unit's work and purpose (you can download the full PPSX in the Download section on the top right). The unit has 5 key areas of focus:
  • Safety Presentations for newly arrived migrants, students and visitors,
  • Increase Media Engagement,
  • Develop and Implement Policing Education
  • Improve Client Satisfaction and confidence in Police, and
  • Increase the knowledge and skills of QPS employees.
Lyndon presented an interesting outline of Gold Coast Diversity: did you know that close to 1/3rd (27.9 %) of the population was born overseas? 50,640 people speak a language other than English at home? (and before you go off your rocker: no, the major portion is not Arabic or Chinese, it is Japanese (1%, 4,727 people).  We also have 3 major Universities plus 20 Language Schools and 200 Registered Training Organizations catering for some 24,000 students from 130 countries.  And they ARE important: it is estimated that for every overseas student, about $100,000 is contributed to the local economy.  And on top of all the students we have annually about 847,000 visitors from overseas!
Snippets of last week's meeting 090518
Geoff Croad was at the door, Simon Brook was Chairman and Tania Laird was Sergeant.
We had apologies from Jim Blackburn, Gerald East, Chris Thurtell, Rosie Rocco and Ian Mayberry.
President Andy Bell welcomed all members and guests Michael Gambaro (guest of Doug Lipp), Honorary Member George Keily and our guest speakers Sgt Lyndon O'Neill, together with Police Liaison Officers Saga Selsby and Jasyiya Kadir.  For a demonstration of what Police Officers these days have hanging on their bodies, Andy called up Sgt Lyndon: Besides a heavy hand gun, there are handcuffs, pepper spray, Taser, Body Camera and a baton. Note: just in case you thought a small 30 cm long device couldn't hurt you very much: it extends to 3 feet in a flash!
District Treasurer Doug Lipp confirmed that the accounts of the recently held District Conference are definitely in the black, with some $22,000 surplus going to Australian Rotary Health, ROMAC (Rotary Oceanic Medical Aid for Children) and the Griffith Uni's Malaria Vaccine Project, bringing its fundraising to within less than $100,000 of the target of $500,000 .
Youth Director Tania Laird advised that we have now 4 candidates nominated for the RYPEN camp. 
President Elect Jo Gorman confirmed details about our upcoming Changeover Luncheon on Sunday 17th June at Kurrawa Surf Club (see separate article), and Secretary Mark Twyford confirmed that we now have an official lease for our Project Shed for (the maximum period) of 5 years.
Honorary Member George Keily provided an update on his collection of used spectacles: some 25 bags with a total of 600 pairs. Further, the ongoing support of our Wheelchair Project by Apple Marketing is much appreciated: 6000 used stamps and over $7,000 have been collected over the past 12 months.
Last week's Sergeant - Tania Laird 090518
"The Haircuts": Mark Twyford sports a Number 3 (picture right - no, it's not your eyes! The picture is blurry!), Mitch Brown not quite as severe though...  Richard Smith has his arm in a bandage again...! Andy Bell should be on Page 3 by now [I probably got this wrong, but I thought it would be "different"... Ed.] Bob Harrison - aren't you a smooth talker, chatting up those nice Police ladies! Al Sirovs for something or other, Simon Brook got an award... Peter Morgan, when one books entire wekend tickets, it's a sign of old age... Ray Higgs, come on, display that Hippy Handbag of yours! Darrell Brown still is not wearing conservative socks, Adrian Crowe needs glasses, Jo Gorman is wearing her old badge and last but not least: 'Pope' Des La Rance, you should have a reliable heavinly alarm clock.
Set your Diary for the District Training Seminar
You don't have to be a Board Member or Committee Chairman to attend the District Training Seminar, but if you are an incoming Director or Committee Chair, it is essential that you attend, even if this is not "the first time round", since the District's policies and directions for the coming year are outlined.  There are two sessions: Boonah on 20th May 2018, but for us Ballina is the better option.
Sunday, 3rd June 2018, 08:30 am - 2:30 pm
 St Xavier College Ballina
2 Redford Drive
Skennars Head, N.S.W.  2478
We'll be sharing cars, so put your name down with incoming President Joanne Gorman.  Put it into your diary now.
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change.  Please check every week:
16th May 2018Adrian CroweMario Fairlie 
23rd May 2018Gerald EastJo Gorman
30th May 2018Fred HamblenBob Harrison 
06th June 2018 Graeme Isaacson  Ray Higgs
13th June 2018Des La RanceCol Laurenson 
20th June 2018Rosie RoccoDoug Lipp
Inspirations - well, sort of... 160518
Police Officer to driver: "Do you know why I pulled you over? You were weaving!"
"I was weaving?!? I don't even know how to knit!"

In celebration of last Sunday's Mother's Day: the REAL Three Bears Story...

Baby Bear goes downstairs and sits in his small chair at the table, he looks into his small bowl. It is empty. "Who's been eating my porridge?!!", he squeaks.

Papa Bear arrives at the big table and sits in his big chair. He looks into his big bowl, and it is also empty. "Who's been eating my Porridge?!!," he roars.

Momma Bear puts her head through the serving hatch from the kitchen and yells, "For Pete's sake, how many times do we have to go through this? It was Momma Bear who got up first, it was Momma Bear who woke everyone in the house, it was Momma Bear who made the coffee, it was Momma Bear who unloaded the dishwasher from last night, and put everything away, it was Momma Bear who went out in the cold early morning air to fetch the newspaper, it was Momma Bear who set the table, it was Momma Bear who put the cat out, cleaned the litter box, and filled the cat's water and food dish, and, now that you've decided to drag your sorry bear-butts downstairs, and grace Momma Bear's kitchen with your grumpy presence, listen carefully, cause I'm only going to say this one more time . . .  "I HAVEN'T MADE THE PORRIDGE YET !!"

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Pride of Workmanship Awards 2018 Nominations
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Committee Structure 2018-19
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Andy Bell answers 33 Questions
Why Join Rotary?
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