President's Message
Joanne Winwood
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Happy Monday Everyone
Just a short message this week, but one that brings wonderful news. I believe I am the first president in Surfers Sunrise for at least two decades and probably more to announce the arrival of a new baby.  Simon Brook & Jodie McClintock welcomed a healthy baby boy to their family this morning. The couple could not be happier. 
“A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities”.
They haven’t chosen a name yet- so Simon said that we could decide on Wednesday - $2 nomination fee will get you a vote. Kidding of course!  
That’s a nice Segway into this week’s speaker. One of the things that our Club has become known for is our support of the great youth programs that are run by Rotary and we have consistently supported RYTS, RYLA, YEP and of course RYDA, all of which we know are life changing or life saving. Our Club support is not just financial, but provides considerable personal efforts from Tania as our Youth Chair, and Simon and Chris in their District Roles. The work taken on by this team is immense and whilst I am sure very rewarding, is not without its sacrifices by them – and their partners and families. We as a Club have determined to make more out of the connections with our Youth nominees and to involve them and their families in our Club, long after the program has ended. So its great to have Tahlia Fenech come to speak to us on Wednesday about her RYLA experience- even more exciting she is a project officer at Project Booyah- which we have a connection to this year.
I now have the run sheet for the Small Business expo- so please come on Wednesday and I can give you some jobs to do on the roster (that’s a sure way to make sure it’s a small meeting)! [*]
Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday!
Best wishes
[Just in case you are not familiar with the patented Surfers Sunrise Method Of Onerous Job Allocation (SSMOOJA):  If you are not there, you will simply be allocated whatever job hasn't yet been picked up by somebody else! Ed.] devil
Simon Brook & Jodie McClintock have a baby!
This has not happened at Surfers Sunrise in decades: Simon Brook & Jodie McClintock are proud parents! Simon reports that this Monday morning at 07:05 am, Jodie gave birth to Lewis Lee, a healthy baby boy, 7 lb 13. Mum and Bub are doing well, and dad is slowly coming off the high of his life... smiley.
Our hearty congratulations to you both! 
This coming Wednesday 17th April: Tahlia Fenech

Our club sponsored Tahlia Fenech, a Youth Support Officer with the YMCA's 'Booyah! Project', to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp on January. She and one of her fellow "Rylarians" will come along to give us their feedback on this important leadership training experience. Our Assistant Governor Neil Baldwin will also be joining us, so if you have any questions in relation to the District, here's your opportunity!.  And to top it off, I believe we'll have a high profile visitor from Germany joining us as well!

Choose from the club's Buffet or from their extensive breakfast menu (download from the link below the image on the left), or just have a cuppa.  Note: order in the bistro downstairs, then take your meal to the upstairs restaurant and enjoy the fellowship!

Will women form the next world government?
Well, if the graduates of the Class XVI of Rotary Peace Fellows from the University of Queensland are any indication, hold on to your hat! Out of the cohort of ten scholarship awardees, eight are female, and at least one, Mohamed Yussuf [yes Henrietta, I'd dare to say he is Muslim, not that that matters though] jokingly confessed to having been converted to feminism... All are natural leaders and highly dynamic.  All are anything but "Ivory Tower' academics. All have done months of serious 'Applied Fieldwork Experience' relating to their study, in regions which are anything but peaceful - many have actually been brought up in such regions. 

Last Saturday, Ray Higgs (District Chair of Rotary Peace Fellowships) and your editor spent a hugely informative Saturday at the University of Queensland's Brisbane Campus, attending the annual seminar of the Rotary Peace Fellows - this year in its 16th class.  Sponsored by my favorite charity, The Rotary Foundation, the scholarships enable graduates to attend university studies specifically addressing the prevention and mediation of conflict.  So, how can I compress a full day's presentation into a short article? Even the presentation by Madenia 
Abdurahman, the President of the Together for Humanity organization, is too broad to be summarized. Look, I'll make it simple: Madenia was brought up in South Africa long before Apartheid was outlawed. Her early life would come pretty close to the fictional ‘Tandia’ in Bryce Courtenay's eponymous follow up novel to 'The Power of One'. A truly remarkable person.  Several of the fellows who came to our Multi-Club event last July presented on the processes, perspectives and field experiences. Topic titles ranged from "From Lemons to Pyjamas: How Research and Evaluation are Helping Build Everyday Peace in Colombia and Beyond" by Michelle Helman to "Shifting Perspectives: Healing and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Cambodia" by the "pocket rocket" Miku Lagarde. Overall, there were four representatives from the USA and one each from Kenya, Philippines, Myanmar, Colombia, Japan and Uganda.
"Peace is more than the absence of conflict: it is an active process of building more inclusive, just and adaptive societies" was one of the lead themes of the day. Well spoken, but how can it be achieved? Well, so far The Rotary Foundation has sponsored some 1200 very switched on and determined young leaders. It is unlikely that world peace can ever be achieved (the armament industry will strongly lobby against it). But undoubtedly, as Raina Fox from the USA stated: "We keep applying the same solution to problems, even though they are not working". Every year, 100 leaders are trained to think outside the square, both academically as well as practically. To paraphrase last year’s RI President Ian Riseley: “Will make a difference? You bet.
Photo above (by Ray Higgs): The graduates saying farewell.  For detailed information and photos of the graduates, click here.
We need a sponsor for the 'Lutzy Award'
Remember the Lutzy Award, which, in conjunction with the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club, is presented to a promising young Life Saver.  Last year's award, presented in July 2018, went to Sebastian Robinson (see picture, with Jan Lutz).  Previous winners are Lucy Thorburn, our current Youth Exchange Student in the USA (by the way, has anyone heard anything from her since??) and before that, the inaugural winner Jessica Webber.  A specially designed and sign written Surf Paddle Board is presented (see picture).  The cost is around $2,500. Please contact organizer Ray Higgs.
Surfers Sunrise to participate in Small Business Expo
At last week's meeting, Paula Brand, the head of the Gold Coast Small Business Expo, gave us a brief presentation on the project.  As we were last year, we have again been invited to run a Fundraiser by setting up the day before and, on the day, run the Car Parking and, at the end of the day, take the tables and partitions down.  The Expo will run on 23rd  May 2019, so put that date, as well as the 22nd May into your diary now!
But this year, we have also been invited to run a booth ourselves! What a terrific opportunity for membership promotion!
You can find more information on the event on their website: (don't be confused by the registration page popping up in your face - just close it to see the website itself.)
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.
 17th April 2019Mario FairlieSimon BrookFranz Huber 
 24th April 2019N/a (Social meeting)   
 1st May 2019Ray HiggsFred HamblenTania Laird 
 8th May 2019N/a (Social meeting)   
 15th May 2019Col LaurensonGraeme Isaacson  Doug Lipp 
 22nd May 2019  N/a (Social meeting)     
Inspirations - well, sort of... 170419
The state of the climate in 100 years’ time and its impact on the environment are not just uncertain. They are unknowable. The impact on food prices of policies that convert corn into car fuel is not. Rupert Darwall, ‘The Age of Global Warming’.
Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character. When there is beauty in the character, there is harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.  Abdul Kalam, President of India 2002 - 2007
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Apr 17, 2019
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Lucy Thorburn in freezing Minnesota
Excellence in Workmanship Awards 2019
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Our YE Student in Minnesota, USA: Alissa Lott
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Gold Coast Ramble 2018
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Melbourne Cup 2017
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