President's Message
Joanne Winwood
member photo
Greetings from Victoria!
Hi Everyone,
Big week for the Club this week starting with a fabulous presentation from Trevor Hendy accompanied by his long time friend Dave Orchard. Trevor was a joy to listen to, an inspirational man with fantastic energy and a drive that puts most of us to shame. His passion for his sport, his “people” and his Club was palpable and its clear he’s going to be super successful in developing Surfers Paradise Surf Club. For those of you who weren’t at the meeting- we are looking at ways of tying close connections between our two clubs for our mutual benefit and on that note- will be meeting with the Board of SPSLSC later this month to start those links.
As we have identified- the better the speaker- the bigger the turnout and we had some lovely guests to the breakfast to see what our Club is about and hear from Trevor. Charles, our membership Chair is working particularly hard at this and we hope that you will all take the opportunity to find quality speakers when your speaking “slot” comes round – then bring some guests along too. The morning was topped off by the award of a Paul Harris Fellow to a very, very deserving Al Sirovs, our gentle giant who does an amazing job for us – in the most understated way. Couldn’t have gone to a nicer man -thank you Al for all you do and many congratulations.
Huge shout out to Tania and her band of merry men and women for grabbing the opportunity to run an impromptu Bunnings BBQ at the weekend. How good is our Club when we get put under pressure like that? I’m sorry to not to have been there but the photos looked like everyone worked really hard and had a lot of fun.  There was also District seminar on membership attraction and retention last weekend, which Franz kindly attended on Charles’ behalf and I’m sure Franz will share some of the ideas with us over the next couple of weeks. [Coming up next week - the seminar was very good. Ed.] If anyone is interested, there is an opportunity to attend Rotary Leadership Institute run by District (costs covered by the Club) to be held on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November at the Gold Coast Italo-Australian Club. Tania and I have both attended and thought it really worthwhile so if you are interested- let me know and we would be happy to sponsor a couple of members to attend.
It doesn’t end there- tomorrow we have a team of nine supporting local charity Traction by running the sweep and raffle at the Melbourne Cup function at The Island Hotel – thanks Paul, Al and Coral, John, Franz, Darrell, Doug, Ian and Ray.
We have agreed to sponsor two RYTS participants this year – it’s one of the most powerful programs Rotary District 9640 offers and it helps change lives and saves them too. There’s a long list of kids queuing for this, but if you know someone 16-18 who you would like us to sponsor, then please let me know this week so we can add them to the list - it truly changes the lives of young people and it could be someone you know.
Casual breakfast at Bumbles on Wednesday – have a great week all!!
This coming Wednesday 7th Nov: Social brekkie at Bumbles
This coming Wednesday 7th November we'll again meet at Bumbles Café for a social get together.  07:00 am.  All welcome!
What's more important than onions?
Well, the Onion Slicer of course! 20 Kg's of onions don't slice themselves! Here's poor ol' Al (Tania's partner) who, in place of our regular Onion Slicer Gus Miller, was roped into slicing the onions for the Sizzle at Bunnings this Sunday. We understand the honour of being given this most important job brought him to tears.  But equally important are the people who man the stand [am I permitted to say 'man' the stand, or should that be 'personized' the upright structure? Ed. ☺], stand behind a hot-hot Bar-be-que, take the money, run back to the shop for more sausages...  Al's initial efforts were followed by Tania's friend Sue Tucker, Doug and Sue Lipp, Al SirovsMitch Brown, Gerald East, John Chirio, Ian Mayberry, Paul Seymour, and of course organizer Tania Laird herself.  And they raised enough funds to pay a substantial portion for two candidates to attend RYTS (Rotary Youth Transition Seminar), as President Jo indicates in her message above.  And all that at very short (like, 2 days) notice!  Well done all. People of Action indeed!
See more photos in the Photo Album section on the right. All photos by Tania Laird except the last one, by Al Sirovs.
Last Wednesday's Guest Speaker: Trevor Hendy AM
If you haven't heard of Trevor Hendy, you probably didn't live in Australia, or have been living as a hermit somewhere about 6,000 metres above sea level... He has 4 Uncle Toby's Super Series Championships, 6 Australian Open Ironman Championships, a total of 10 World Championships, is a member of various State, National and International Sporting Halls of Fame...  Now, this might come as a bit of a surprise: if you ask him what was the pinnacle of his career, Trev's answer is "To appear on Baywatch... !! Running along the beach in slow motion, David Hasselhoff, an "interview" with Michael Jackson (Michael was sort of singing his answers...)"
Trevor started off recounting the early days of his career. "I really was a rather shy person" he quipped [oh sure, yeah right... Ed.]. To no doubt, the fact that his father was Chief Instructor of the Surf Life Saving Club helped, but Trevor particularly singled out the mentoring he received from two well known personalities: Keith Lutz (Keith was also a Charter Member of our club, who sadly passed away in 2013) and David 'Orchy' Orchard.  "The importance of having a role model becomes apparent much later in life" Trevor emphasised. A Surf Club is not a hierarchy, it is a team. "Where do I fit in?" is the major point. I sort of felt like being rescued.  
Trevor's presentation is often quite humorous. For example, he recounted a story where they tried to emulate the training regime and times achieved by the (then) East German Olympic Team. "We found it simply impossible and wondered how on earth they could do it. Until it was found out that their athletes were doped..."  The challenge: regardless of what the weather & water conditions, regardless of what the order of the race (e.g. Swim, Run, Bike), it is always "perfect conditions". 
These days, Trevor's principal activity is to run a Wellness and Mentoring company, and to sponsor and mentor the proteges of his Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club. "We are not just a Surf Club. We are a Personal Development Club. Helping the community to feel better about itself". What a superb statement of purpose!
Picture above (by Charles Thomasson): Ray Higgs, President Jo Winwood, Trevor Hendy, David Orchard
Snippets of last week's meeting 311018
Charles Thomasson was at the door (for Chris Thurtell), Larry Murray was at the door (for Neil Thurlow) and Andy Bell was Sergeant (for himself ☺)
We had apologies from Gerald East, Mario Fairlie, Angus Miller, Rosie Rocco, John Chirio and Tania Laird.  
President Jo Winwood welcomed all members and guests David Raby and David Orchard (both via Surfers Paradise SLSC), Ashley Symes and Tim Elliott (both guests of Charles Thomasson) and of course our Guest Speaker Trevor Hendy.
After Trevor's address to the club (see separate report), Jo reported on the previous week's social (vocational) event at Dracula's: clearly very well received by all who were there, Dracula's also donated a bunch of free tickets which we'll use as raffle prizes and donate to the Surfers Paradise SLSC to raise funds for Youth Programs. Our Melbourne Cup fundraiser at the Island Resort, in favour of 'Traction' (see separate article) could still do with a couple more people. Regrettably, Jo had to announce the resignation of Daryl Sanderson as a member (he'll still be an Associate Member, as is the case with Des La Rance). Sort of the end of an era! Daryl joined the club in 1997, the year when our Wheelchair Project truly took off! Daryl had been Chairman of the Wheelchair Trust for some 18 years now.  
Chief of Fundraising, Paul Seymour is looking for somebody to run the Bike Sale on the 1st December. It's going to be a big day, not just for the bike sales but we'll also run a Bar-be-que.  Contact Paul directly. 
And last, but certainly not least: Immediate Past President Andy Bell presented Al Sirovs with his well deserved Paul Harris Fellowship certificate and pin. (see picture on right, by Charles Thomasson). Al was gallivanting around the world at the time of our club's Changeover, so it was a bit overdue, but nontheless caught Al a bit off balance; he ultimately abandoned his attempt to give us a rousing speech.... ☺
17th Nov: Guess who is coming to Dinner?
This is only a month away: Saturday 17th November. And Gus is going away shortly, so please register your interest.
This is a great social evening with an air of mystery as neither the guests nor hosts know who is attending, respectively who will host. I have a number of volunteer hosts already but I really need final numbers of attendees so we can make sure that we have enough providers. The theme for the evening is ‘SPRING’ (up or down).
For those who have not attended one of these dinners before: Firstly, you will all gather at a particular address for a drink & nibble. The hosts' address for the evening will then be drawn by the guests, who will then make their way to that address for the dinner. Each host will have chosen the number of guests they would like, but they will not know who will come to dinner. The guests will not know who else will be at the given address. The food is provided by the hosts, for which the guests will contribute $15 per head and provide their own drinks [and perhaps have a glass to spare for the host too..! Ed] .  The menu is entirely at the whim of the host, anything from caviar to pizza.
I am going to be away from 23rd Oct to 12th Nov so I need to know who will be participating by the next meeting on the 17 Oct.  Please register your interest directly with Gus Miller 0418 886 422 or email
Last week's Sergeant: Andy Bell 311018
Well, Andy might have presented the PHF pin to Al Sirovs just a moment ago, but it immediately cost him a gold coin... Doug Lipp is driving a 30 year old yellow Lexus and it still runs well, whereas the Sergeant drives a new Lexus, and - whatever... Your Editor Franz Huber again raised the Sergeant's ire due to his choice of footwear at last week's meeting at Dracula's: Socks together with Masseur Sandals?? [Sorry, simply a case of me not having enough time to wash my feet before going... ☺ Ed.] Charles Thomasson dilligently takes photos every week, apparently for the purpose to put them up on Instagram. Yet none of them ever pop up there! Charles' excuse? "Trying to project a younger image for our club...) Paul Seymour was in serious trouble: intending to do his better half Peggy a favour and fill up her car with Petrol, he filled it up with Diesel instead... Not excessively expensive, only about $500.00... Geoff Croad, fellow All Blacks fan - it's worth $2.00, isn't it! Adrian Crowe, I don't recognize you: not a single blemish, not a single bit of skin missing on your head? Darrell Brown's wife Kerrie was away. She lovingly made him all sorts of ready made dinners. So what? Well, Darrell had Pizza just about every night....!
Date claimer: Saturday, 1st December
On Saturday, 1st December, we'll have a giant Bicycle Garage Sale at the Project Shed.  By now, our volunteers have restored dozens of bikes to their former glory, simply far too good to be scrapped for just their frames to make wheelchairs. They were either donated, or were given to us by the Police - unclaimed property. For example: this Scott Racing Bike, light enough to lift with one finger (see picture right). Yes, new, they sell for $3,000. Read that again: Three grand!  They are ready to be sold at very attractive prices to the public, just in time for Christmas. But wait, there will be more! Music, Sausage Sizzle, Tours of the Shed...  
We'll need manpower [no, Henrietta, 'manpower' does not exclude women! ☺], so put it into your diary now.
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change.  Please check every week:
New duty: Fellowship.  What does it entail? 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.
 07th Nov 2018N/a (Social meeting)   
 14th Nov 2018  Adrian CroweSimon BrookDarrell Brown  
 21st Nov 2018
N/a (Social meeting)   
 28th Nov 2018
 Gerald East
Fred Hamblen  Mario Fairlie 
 05th Dec 2018N/a (Social meeting)   
 12th Dec 2018Graeme IsaacsonRay HiggsTania Laird 
Inspirations - well, sort of... 071118
“The problem is, in order to chase votes, you have to move further away from common sense.” Comment by BHP’s Managing Director Andrew Mackenzie in relation to the chances any Government has these days to actually fix something.
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Q: Why is surfing like sex?
A: When it's good, it's really, really good. And when it's bad... it's still pretty good.
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