President's Message
Joanne Winwood
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Another fine week on the Gold Coast and it doesn't do any harm to reflect on what an amazing place we live in. We have just had 60 of our nearest and dearest with us this weekend on the Coast- most who came from Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and NZ. None of them could get over how wonderful our city is - and in fact one couple went for lunch in Palm Beach and bought a place while they were there. We're truly blessed. It was lovely to have DG Terry and Carol Brown with us at breakfast last week. He remarked that most clubs would give their eye teeth to have a venue as good as the SPSLSC, parking or no parking - I think we are finally close to resolving our own homelessness issue.
On the topic of homelessness, The Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth is just one of the charities we will be supporting in the Gold Coast Ramble on 5th August Lets get behind this great Club Fundraiser- volunteering or taking part - if you're on the Coast this coming weekend and not yet locked in for duty, there's still time to sign up.
Our thoughts are also with Bob who is still unwell - we're wishing you a return to good health Bob.
We're about to board a plane for Sydney for Tony's Q & A appearance tonight - tune in and lets see if he gets a chance to air his thoughts!
See you all on Wednesday - for another day in Paradise.
Best wishes
Jo Winwood.
This Wednesday: Doug Lipp on 'Horse Racing - King of Sports'
This coming Wednesday, 1st of August, we'll again meet at the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club - upstairs (same location as last week).
The 1st of August is considered the birthday of all horses. (It is also Swiss National Day, but that's another story!). Our very own Doug Lipp, himself an owner of race horses, will give us a presentation on this most glorified sport. We'll access a couple of very special races online, where Doug will explain what makes it so exciting! Note: The Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise will not accept responsibility for anyone who, in consequence of this presentation, has placed a bet on horses and lost... ;-) Price of $20.00 includes sumptuous buffet breakfast.
Daryl needs some helpers to unload 10,000 blankets
This coming Saturday, 4th August at 08:00 am, Wheelchairs Trust Chairman Daryl Sanderson needs some bodies on the ground at the Project Shed to help unloading a truck load of  10,000 blankets, donated by Qantas Airlines, for Donations in Kind (DIK). Originally organized by PDG Darrell Brown (in addition to the truckload we secured for distribution to various Rotary Clubs in the District), the blankets need to be transferred and loaded into a container for storage until they can either be shipped or moved to premises which DIK may obtain to replace those they had in Durack. Can you assist? Please be at the Shed by 08:00 am. Many hands make light work - it should all be over in less than a couple of hours.
Gold Coast Ramble: can you help?
The 2nd Gold Coast Ramble is on in just a bit over 3 weeks!  Can you assist, participate, promote?
As last year, this year's event will be in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Gold Coast, Griffith University and Surfers Sunrise.  It is one of our major fundraising events for the year, so we need your help!. The event is only a bit over 2 weeks away - SUNDAY 5 AUGUST - starting earlier at 9am and finished by 1pm.  Details on website:
How can you help?
  • Encourage clients, suppliers, staff, family and friends to enter a team/s - we have a template to send out invitations - please reply to the Editor or send a message via the Facebook link below.
  • Share the Facebook event with your Facebook friends -
  • We need more volunteers! If you can assist to help on the day, please email David Baguley (see address below) - we need to man 40 checkpoints from 08:30 to 12:30, as well as for setting up and taking down duties.
We would love to get more checkpoint sponsors - if you have business contacts in the Main Beach or Surfers Paradise areas, we can locate a check point to their advantage.  Please advise contact names and we will follow up.
Please advise asap if and when you can assist.
PP David Baguley
Last week's Guest Speaker: DG Terry Brown
I recall, way back in the early sixties, a newspaper cartoon depicting J F Kennedy sitting at his desk in the oval office, his brother Bobby standing next to him, and a secretary poking her head through the door, saying "there's someone out here who claims his name is Kennedy and he doesn't have a position in the Government yet..."   No, it is pure coincidence that two successive District Governors share the same surname! Ed.
Last Wednesday, our club was honoured by the visit of DG Terry Brown and his charming wife Carol.  Terry gave us a brief background about himself: Born in Bingara in North Western NSW, he may well be the only DG who started his professional life in Shearing! "Good money in those days..." he dryly remarked [I think it's still good money today! Ed.] But for the most part of his working life, he and Carol ran a business in Lismore, specializing in Irrigation. About 8 years ago, they sold the business to their nephew - it would appear that he took it from one strength to the next!
Terry explained the concept behind RI President Barry Rassin's theme logo for 2018/19, 'Be the inspiration': the wave depicts Barry's home of the Bahamas, the orange and red beams coming in from the right depict the sunbeams, signifying the diversity of Rotary.

Naturally, Terry's major goals are closely aligned with Rotary International's goals. One of the principal aims it to pay close attention to Membership Development. One of the methods is the formation of Satellite Clubs. Just recently, the (former)
Satellite Club of Griffith University has been chartered to become a full Rotary Club. In Lismore there is one in the process of formation, as well as a Satellite e-club is on the way, with so far 28 positive responses to a promotion campaign. Shortly, the new club of Varsity Lakes will be chartered.  On the 4th of November, a major seminar on Membership Retention will be staged in Mermaid Beach. Mark Huddlenston (he is the author of 'Creatures of Habit', a book on how to address membership decline in service clubs).  Note, maximum of 100 attendees - get in early! There is a whole lot more! Why not download Terry's first DG newsletter - click on this link. Lots of good stuff in there!
Following Terry, Carol Brown outlined here 'DG's Partner Project': her support will go to RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service), and in particular to the Human Brain Research - Parkinson's Disease program. Did you know that some 700,000 people suffer from Parkinson's? To this effect, Carol is putting up a magnificent old style rocking horse to raffle. It would be worth a packet! Now, wouldn't it be great if it was won by a new member who has children of an appropriate age? Just suggesting that perhaps we should get going!
DG Partner Carol Brown answers 33 Questions
Here is the second instalment of the series: District Governor Terry Browns wife Carol answers the 33 Questions.  See Download section on the right!
Snippets of last week's meeting 250718
We had another 'trial' meeting at the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club. Larry Murray was at the door, Doug Lipp was Chairman (on behalf of Peter Morgan) and Andy Bell was Sergeant.
We had apologies from Peter Morgan, Mario Fairlie, Paul Seymour, Simon Brook, Rosie Rocco, Daryl Sanderson, Des La Rance, Bob Harrison (and a late apology from Graeme Isaacson).  
President Jo Winwood welcomed all members as well as our visitors: District Governor Terry Brown and his wife Carol Brown (RC of Lismore), David Baguley and Rowan Johnstone (both RC of Gold Coast), Honorary Member George Keily and visitors Michael Brown and his partner Lynn Clarkson-Brown.  Jo commented on the recent Peace Fellows dinner meeting the previous week: whilst it was a bit crammed, it was certainly a very successful event: some 80 people participated, representing 8 clubs and we even had a visitor from East Timor!. Advance notice: we have contracted to control the parking at the Gold Coast Business Expo (6th - 7th September) for the Bump-in and Bump-out periods.  In return, we will have a desk there to promote ourselves.  Jo also referred to Bob Harrison and Des LaRance: while Bob is still remaining in Hospital, Des's heart-attack scare has proven to be something else and he is again on his feet.
Ray Higgs briefly elaborated on Parking at the Surfers SLSC - negotiations are continuing to allow us some reserved parking - watch this space.
David Baguley outlined details of the upcoming Gold Coast Ramble (it's happening this coming Sunday 5th August!): really need some additional volunteers.  It would appear that his appeal bore some fruit: some 11 members signed on.  Note: change of starting venue to Surfers Paradise Appel Park (opposite Circle on Cavill). See website
Treasurer Mark Twyford urges you to pay your dues if you have not done so already, Secretary Mitch Brown outlined that all club documents, including Board Meeting Minutes, are openly available to members via our club's website - you need to login to the Member Area (top right side).  (If you need assistance, feel free to contact our Webmaster Franz Huber).
District Youth Exchange Chair Chris Thurtell brought us up-to-date on what's happening in relation to our YE Students: Gigi and Benedetta are safely back in their home countries, and a YE Outbounders briefing will be held shortly.
Honorary Member George Keily announced that he has organized another bag of about 200 spectacles to go to Donations in Kind.  Further, Apple Marketing has provided up to date figures of their fundraising efforts for our Wheelchairs program: they raised some $3,000 in just one week, with a total (as of 24/07/18) of $4,750 banked and over $5,000 of promises still outstanding. Well done, thank you!
Last week's Sergeant: Andy Bell 250718
Mitch Brown, please explain: Four eggs?!? Darrell Brown, are you aware that you look like a chook with your coat at the back caught in your belt...? Franz Huber, seeing you are pushing the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club so hard, do you own shares in it? Jo Winwood, fancy you getting caught by Franz for not sending a President's Message in time.  And your better half Tony, so we understand, will be on the panel of the ABC's Q&A on Monday 30th July! [Might even break the vow I made about a year ago to never watch this lopsided, biased gabfest again... Ed.] Are there any New South Wales supporters out there? Might not have made a big difference, but it was satisfying nevertheless to see the mighty Maroons win the last Origin game.  And what about the Swans getting thrashed by the Gold Coast Suns? Gerald East, were you there?
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.
01st Aug 2018
Richard SmithPaul SeymourMitch Brown 
 08th Aug 2018Neil ThurlowCharles Thomasson Geoff Croad 
 15th Aug 2018Rosie RoccoChris ThurtellGerald East 
 22nd Aug 2018Fred HamblenAdrian CroweBob Harrison 
 29th Aug 2018  Mario FairlieGraeme IsaacsonIan Mayberry   
Inspirations - well, sort of...  010818
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Download Files
Carol Brown answers 33 Questions
Gold Coast Ramble 05 August 2018 Flyer
DG Terry Brown answers 33 Questions
Who presented at the Peace Fellowship Dinner?
Surfers Sunrise Board 2018-19
Committee Structure 2018-19
Template: Together we inspire
Template: Together we connect
Andy Bell answers 33 Questions
Why Join Rotary?
Bulletin Editor
Franz Huber
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