President's Message
Charles Thomasson
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Last Wednesday, I updated the Club on some plans for the next 6 months. We will of course continue with our regular club meetings and guest speakers, and I hope we can hold the Pride in Workmanship Awards in February or March and a Big Bike Sale around Easter. However our focus as a club will turn towards the Pentecost Island Project which PP Mario Fairlie has been doing a great deal of work with Dr Graham Sivyer (Broadbeach Rotary) and others. We will look to arrange a day that Mario and Dr Sivyer can present at a club meeting.
Rotary in Australia and NZ celebrates 100 years of Service in 2021 and Surfers Sunrise will be looking to get involved in these celebrations, most likely with other Clubs in our cluster by participating in the Baton Relay – an event designed to connect all Rotary Clubs with their communities. I will be discussing with the Board next week and we will update you all with more information when it is available.
The Rotary Club of Gold Coast are kicking off the 100 years of Rotary in Australia with a Free Australia Day Family Event in the Gold Coast Botanic Gardens from 10am -1pm. Would you like to be involved? Please see the attached flyer and we can discuss further on Wednesday.
This Saturday we have a Bunnings Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings Southport. We still have a few volunteer spaces to be filled so please let Geoff Croad know asap if you can help.
See you Wednesday morning for a Social Breakfast at the Surfers Paradise Surf Club.
Kind regards,
Charles Thomasson
President 2020-21
This Wednesday 13th January: Social Meeting
This Wednesday 13th January, from 07:00 am, we'll have a social meeting at the Surfers Paradise Surf Club, downstairs Bistro, on the northern side.  See you there!
Can you assist at the Bunnings Sizzle this Sat 16th?
Geoff Croad has been offered another spot to run a Sausage Sizzle this coming Saturday, 16th January.  Note, Bunnings are very specific: we must have a minimum of 5 team members for every time slot. That means we need 20 people. The time slots are:

07:30 am - 09:30 am
09:30 am - 11:30 am
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

A Roster will be circulated again at this Wednesday's meeting. Alternatively, please click on this link to email Geoff directly, or send a text or call.  Thank you.
Ever heard about Rotary Action Groups?
About half a year ago, I wrote about Rotary Fellowships (using a title which should have made you look… 😊) There are dozens of them – the forementioned document has the links to every one of them.
Now here I am, a reasonably dedicated and committed Rotarian with almost 34 years of membership under my belt, quietly browsing the January issue of Rotary International’s monthly magazine, now re-branded Rotary Magazine. (Go on, click on the link! It’s very well done, way better than the old fashioned layout of The Rotarian). I was never aware that
Rotary Action Groups
existed! From Addiction Prevention to Clubfoot [no Henrietta, nothing to do with clubs, nor with people who suffer from "foot in mouth" disease… Ed.], Food Plant Solutions, Hearing, Multiple Scleroris , just to name a few of the 25 groups all up.  Well worth your while to browse. And you learn far more than if you hang around Facebook or Twitter…
Snippets of last week's meeting 060121
Adrian Crowe was at the door, Sergeant Ian Mayberry also acted as Chairman, since the appointed Chairman was AWOL…
President Charles Thomasson welcomed all members, including our Rotaractor guest KJ Jewson (by the way, did you know that KJ is the current President of the Rotaract Club of Nordwest (Bremen, Germany)?  The wonders of modern technology!  Charles summarised the previous half year (for details, refer to the file ‘Surfers Sunrise Rotary – 2020 Summary’ in the Download section on the right), but particularly highlighted that 2021 marks the Centenary of Rotary in Australia.  Various functions will be organised, including a Baton Relay around February – March.
Mario Fairlie brought us up to date on the X-Ray Unit for Vanuatu project. He advised that we have got “most” of the money to finish the building. The second stage, on-site erection of the building currently has a question mark over it due to COVID-19 restrictions. It largely depends on how rapidly the immunisation in Australia is proceeding, which in turn should influence the situation at the border. Stage 3, the furnishing of the unit with X-Ray and Ultrasound equipment will depend on the success of a Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation. Mario recently attended a seminar directed specifically at how to apply – it’s rather complex. We are also expecting to obtain funds from District.
Youth Service Director Darrell Brown outlined various projects in his department. We’ll participate with attendees to our RYTS as well as RYLA this month.  We are looking for nominees for RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment), for 14 – 16 year olds, held at Bornhoffen over 3 days from 13th – 16th May 2021.  Click on the link for details.  Also, Briana Dorrough (photo right) is right now attending the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra – she will be our guest speaker on 3rd February!
Treasurer Doug Lipp reported on the results of various fundraising events he recently had (Italian Long Lunch, Bunnings Sausage Sizzle just before Christmas) – very nice!  Particular thanks must go to Johnny Bueti, who organised the Long Lunch.  Doug also foreshadowed that invoices for the half yearly dues ($180, with $20 discount if you pay on time). You can also again pre-pay the Meeting Fees - $120 for 13 meetings to end of June ($10 per meeting).
Wheelchair Trust Chairman Larry Murray thanked all members who participate in the Project Shed Activities.  We need more volunteers!  Larry also reported on the new Rotaract Club: it’s ready to go!
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)
13/01/2021N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Geoff Croad (Saturday16/01/21)
20/01/2021Ray HiggsKaren HollandFred Hamblen
27/01/2021N/A (Social MeetingN/A (Social MeetingBen Illes (Saturday 30/01/21)
03/02/2021Graeme IsaacsonCol LaurensonDoug Lipp
10/02/2021N/A (Social MeetingN/A (Social Meeting
Ian Mayberry (Saturday 13/02/21)
17/02/2021Angus MillerGeoff CroadBen Illes
24/02/2021N/A (Social MeetingN/A (Social MeetingLarry Murray (Saturday 27/02/21)
Inspirations - well, sort of... 130121
I got a new pair of gloves today, but they are both lefts, which on the one hand is great, but on the other it's just not right.
A critical law of storytelling is that once a story manages to extend beyond the audience’s horizon, its ultimate scope matters little. People may display the same murderous fanaticism for the sake of a thousand year old nation as for the sake of a billion year old god. People are just not good with large numbers. In most cases, it takes little to exhaust our imagination. Yuval N Harari, ’21 Lessons for the 21st Century’
Ian Mayberry's post of the week:
Q: My child won't eat fish. What should I replace it with?
A: A cat. Cats love fish.
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Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise - Summary of 2020
The Story of the Surfers Sunrise Wheelchairs Trust
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Upcoming Events
Bunnings Sausage Sizzle
Jan 16, 2021
7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Meet our new Rotarians, Adam and Tash!
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Jan 20, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Briana Dorrough - National Youth Science Forum
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Feb 03, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Tammy Richie - The Art of Limitless Living
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Feb 17, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Glen Wallwork - Marcus Mission - prevent Suicide
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Mar 03, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
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The Italian LONG lunch
10,000th Wheelchair Celebrations
Pimpama State College Wheelchairs
Burleigh Heads Rotaractors
Surfers Sunrise Rotary Golf Day Oct 2020
2020 Lutzy Award
Wheelchairs have arrived in PNG and Solomon Islands
X-Ray Unit for Hospital on Pentecost Island
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