President's Message
Charles Thomasson
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This Saturday, we have what should be the biggest celebration in the club’s history; the 10,000th Wheelchair Celebration and Big Bike Sale. This is to celebrate what Rotary Surfers Sunrise has achieved with our Wheelchairs Project over the last 25 years and I want every member (past or present) to attend the 10am 10,000th Wheelchair Celebration Ceremony.
The day will run from 7.30am-12pm for many of us – Larry Murray and I will be finalising the roster at Wednesday’s meeting. It is a big day not only for our club and the Shed Volunteers led by Des La Rance but also the following;
  • Parkwood Rotary Club who are running the Sausage Sizzle and Drinks stand
  • Broadbeach Rotary Club are running a Raffle
  • Gold Coast Rotary have a stand to promote the Gold Coast Ramble
  • Rotaract Club of Burleigh Heads will have a stand and be helping out on the day
  • Our soon to be inducted new corporate members Adam and Tash will have a stand for their business ‘InvincAble Accessibility’
  • Pimpama School will have a stand to showcase the work their students have done on their ‘Wheelchairs Research and Design Project’
So bring a few dollars to buy some food, drinks and raffle tickets, do a Shed Tour and talk to the exhibitors. Most importantly enjoy the day and of course bring your family and friends!
This Wednesday morning we have a formal meeting at Surfers Paradise Surf Club - PDG Professor Michael Irving is presenting on Climate Change. I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday and of course THIS SATURDAY.  
Kind regards,
Charles Thomasson
President 2020-21
This Wednesday 11/11/20: PDG Michael Irving - Climate Change
PDG Prof Michael Irving will speak on one of the currently most contentious subjects: Climate Change. Michael, who was our District's Governor for 2016-17, has held professorial appointments in Universities in Canberra, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, New Zealand, Oman and the USA. He has been University Vice-Chancellor in Wellington and Sohar, Oman.  Prior to his retirement, his field of expertise was in Biochemistry and Cancer Research.  However, he also spent time at Scott Research Station in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica.  Would this put him into that much debated category of "the science is settled" Scientists? You'll have to be there to find out! 
This Saturday 14 Nov: 10,000th wheelchair celebrations
This Saturday 14th November, we'll have a big celebration at the Project Shed: on display is the 10,000th Wheelchair. We expect quite a number of dignitaries to to join us - Councillors, State Members and possibly even Federal Members of Parliament!. The celebrations officially start at 10:00 am.  But we need all hands on deck at 07:30 am to get ready! The celebrations are held in conjunction with a Big Bike Sale! Bring a few dollars with you to buy a Raffle ticket and/or a Sausage.  Members: please park at the top (behind the Community Centre) so the usual car parks remain free for visitors, thank you.
Photo: Bryan Tuesley (centre) organised an artist to paint some historical pictures on it. With President Charles Thomasson (left) and Wheelchair Trust Director Larry Murray (right). More pictures in the Photo Album.
Our newest members active at the Shed
Good to see our newest members Natasha Price and Adam Sheppard join us on Saturday at the Project Shed. Picture shows them with the hyperactive Rotaractors from Burleigh Heads who come and help us with the Vanuatu project every week, and in the back row President Charles Thomasson, Al Sirovs, Angus Miller (is he really wearing his cap "Lleyton Hewitt" style?? C'mooon!!☺) and Wheelchair Trust Director Larry Murray. Oh, by the way, for those of you who don't know: both Adam and Tash ARE wheelchair bound. None better to appreciate what we do!
Pimpama College new Wheelchair design
Some time ago we reported that Pimpama State Secondary College is working with their students to develop a new wheelchair design.  Recently, teacher Stephen Robinson sent us some photos of their progress, showing students at high levels of concentration welding, grinding and assembling their design. Note: they will have a display at next Saturday's 10,000th Wheelchair celebrations! See more photos in the Photo Album on the right! Good on ya, fellows!
Mark Twyford rides 1,000 Km - for Misión México
Remember Mark Twyfords youngest daughter Maggie, who presented at our Club on Misión México via Zoom earlier this year? (That’s her on the right – click on this link to read the story again). Maggie continues to be involved with the Mission. This November will also mark the charity’s 20th anniversary. To celebrate, they are holding their biggest ever global event; the Move for Misión México - 20/20/20 Challenge: 20,000 kilometers on foot, bike, in the water, any way you can think of while working together to raise £20,000 for their education program. All money raised will go towards Mision Mexico's Education Program.
To support this event, Mark has enrolled in the Challenge with the aim of raising $AUD 1,000.00, committing to riding a minimum of 500Km in the month of November. You can track his progress here: Mark also will provide us with a weekly total: For the first week, he has racked up 104 Km! He hopes to rope in a couple of more Riding Rotarians to make up another 500Km over the month. If you wish to support financially, please click on this linkand also advise Mark on so he can update his website. Alternatively, you can direct deposit to an account - send him an email and he'll send you details. A tax receipt will be issued once funds are received. To date, Mark has raised $500.00 ($1.00 for every potential Km).
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 (Saturday)
11/11/2020Ashleigh SymesPaul SeymourRichard Smith 
18/11/2020N/a (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Neil Thurlow (Saturday 21/11/20)
25/11/2020Andy BellGerald EastSimon Brook
02/12/2020N/a (Social Meeting)N/a (Social Meeting)Darrell Brown (Saturday 05/12/20)
09/12/2020Darrell BrownMitch BrownJohnny Bueti 
16/12/2020N/A (Christmas Party)N/A (Christmas Party)John Chirio
23/12/2020No Meeting  
30/12/2020No Meeting  
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PDG Michael Irving: Climate Change
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Nov 11, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
10,000th Wheelchair Celebration and Big Bike Sale
Project Shed
Nov 14, 2020
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Farley S. Tolpen - Mediation
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Nov 25, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Annual General Meeting / Club Assembly
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Dec 09, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Christmas Breakfast at Edgewater
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Dec 16, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Bunnings Sausage Sizzle
Bunnings Warehouse
Dec 20, 2020
7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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Loading the 10,000th Wheelchair
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