President's Message
Mario Fairlie
member photo
Hi All,
Not a lot to report this week. The Vanuatu project is progressing. Just awaiting on the material to turn up. So, hold off on the painting jobs for a few more weeks.
Des has put forward a revised plan for reorganising the Project Shed and it is one of the topics which will be discussed at Monday’s night Board meeting. This proposal negates the need for two 40 foot containers to be purchased.  This would save a lot of money which we don’t have to spend.
We have received a response regarding the fencing and the Council are prepared to help with a new fence on the northern side. They need us to remove the rubbish and trees as well as a general clean-up.  We'll need a working bee over the next few weeks.
Something that most would not be aware of is Gerald East’s involvement with Youth Exchange at a district level and his attendance at the Terra Australis Youth Exchange Conference in Newcastle the weekend before last. Approximately 20 Districts were represented. A whole weekend was devoted to discussions on travel of Rotary Exchange Students. Very involving! However, Gerald reported while insignificant, Germany will not take Exchange Students who are Vegans or those on gluten-free diets.  In any case thanks to Gerald for all his work and giving up your weekend.
At this week's meeting on Wednesday morning, Ayana Sadaka will be giving her presentation. As you are aware, Ayana is our club’s Exchange Student from Japan. Chris & Marie Thurtell are her present hosts and Chris will bring her along. We are all looking forward to hearing what she has to say. Regrettably, she has to go to school immediately after her presentation. Ayana’s family have planned to visit her in the last week in March. We hope to see them, and hope they can overcome the present travel restrictions.
At the next meeting will be the opportunity for you as a member to vote on the changes to allow corporate member to have two members as recommended by Rotary International. In effect we adopted corporate membership too quickly and before Rotary International set-up the guidelines. I trust that this will be approved by all the members as it will bring us in-line with all other clubs that have corporate membership and at the same time gives us more members to be involved in our club’s activities.
This Monday night is the Board Meeting and I report on Wednesday.  Then, on 18th March, we have the Pride of Workmanship Awards. A wonderful evening that showcases some of what Rotary does in our community. Please make the effort to come and bring your wife, partner or best friends and be involved and enjoy the evening.
See you all at the Wednesday morning meeting.
Mario Fairlie
This Wednesday: Our YE Student Ayana Sakaka
Ayana has now been with us for quite a few months, and most of our members have met the quiet young lady from Japan, some of us had the pleasure of seeing her wearing the traditional Japanese costume at our Christmas party (no, she won't be wearing it this time; she's got to go to school immediately after the meeting!).  And if you have been out at our Project Shed, you would have had a good chance to meet her there helping with the packing of wheelchairs!
See you Wednesday morning. Grab your breakfast downstairs from the bistro and take it upstairs for some fellowship before the meeting starts at 07:30 am.
Get to know your Associate Members!
Many of us don't have much contact with our Volunteers at the Project Shed.  They turn up with clockwork regularity every Saturday morning, take bicycles apart, restore some to saleable condition, drill, cut, grind, spray paint, pack them into boxes, work on the big projects such as the Sleeping Sanctuary or the X-Ray Unit for Vanuatu.  So here is the first segment: 
Meet Laurie Roberts
Laurie is best known for his recent exposure in the local media, when the 'Sleeping Sanctuary' (we just call it the POD) featured in the Gold Coast Bulletin and on Chanel Nine News. Laurie is the man who, almost single handed, constructed the multiple prototypes of the POD. The first one was made of fibre glass (too expensive for mass production), then he made another one using primarily plywood.  That was the model which featured in the media, including the TV reportage on Channel Nine's 'A Current Affair'.  Laurie has been there for so many years that, along many others of our volunteer force, he is listed in the inventory!  Here are some more details to allow you to get him to know better:
Born in Cairns some 75 moons ago, he lives in Labrador with his wife Kay. Before retirement, Laurie was a Cartage Contractor. At the shed, his principal job is in the woodworking department. "I just love the community spirit we have at the shed", Laurie enthused. He enjoys a nice glass of red wine (don't we all!), is a fan of NRL and Motor Racing: he is very partial to the MG brand of motor cars. In addition to our projects, he also volunteers at the RSL. When asked what was the highlight of his life, his instant reply was "meeting my wife" (hope you read this, Kay! ☺ Ed). And what is next on the bucket list? "Seeing more of Australia" he said. Well, it's a big country, plenty to choose from, Laurie! 
Book now for Excellence of Workmanship Awards
Vocational Services chief Richard Smith is again organizing the annual Excellence in Workmanship Awards.  Social dinner night of course, so make sure your partners know about it too, and all friends and guests are welcome. Eight candidates have been selected and thus nominations are now closed.
Where?            Quality Inn (Lone Star Tavern), 
             97 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218
When?             Wednesday 18th March 2020,
                        06:00 pm for 6:30 start
Cost:                $35.00 per person.
Bookings are open now - click on this link:
Gold Coast Ramble: support our teams!
We have two teams with close connections to our club competing at the Gold Coast Ramble on 22nd March:
One of our new corporate members, Ashleigh Symes (picture left) heads a corporate team from Wilsons Advisory
Last year's winner, headed by our former member Rosie Rocco (picture right)

Regrettably, this year Simon Brook is not competing at the Ramble; he is fielding a team at the Maximum Adventure Race on the Sunshine Coast which happens on the same weekend.
Gold Coast Ramble - Sunday 22nd March
Together with the Gold Coast Rotary Club, on 22nd March 2020 we are staging the 3rd Gold Coast Ramble.  This year it will start from Macintosh Island Park.  Lets organise some teams of costumed Ramblers, exploring the streets and businesses of Main Beach and Northern Surfers Paradise. Teams endeavour to gain as many points as possible during the 2 hour period, however, it is primarily designed for participants to have fun, no matter their level of fitness or mobility. Yes, prams and wheelchairs welcome!
Participants can choose to support any of 7 charities: Australian Anti Ice Campaign, Baby Give Back, Bravehearts, The Butterfly Foundation, Orange Sky Laundry, The Prostate Foundation of Australia and the Salvation Army.  Full details, and to register, please visit the website:
(Photo: last year's winners, Rosie Rocco and her team)
District Conference starts in 4 weeks
This year's event is going to be a real country affair!  Go to the Conference Website and check out what's happening.  There you find the program, a brief summary of all the Keynote Speakers, and of course you can register.  But of course, one of the big attractions of attending a conference is always the deep feeling of Rotary Fellowship. Being in the country, formalities will be kept to a minimum. You have an opportunity to meet, eat and drink with other Rotarians and their partners from other places in the District, you'll meet overseas people, Exchange Students. But I know, you are all quite shy...  Not to worry! So far, our club has 9 people registered, so if worse comes to worse, you can always talk to one of us... ☺
Here is another one of the speakers, Marc Nuss from Destiny Rescue. Marc will present on a rather scary subject: rescuing children destined for the sex trade.   Destiny Rescue is an internationally recognised Christian non-profit organisation dedicated to rescuing children trapped in the sex trade. Their vision is to rescue the sexually exploited and enslaved, restore the abused, protect the vulnerable, empower the poor and be a voice for those who can’t speak up for themselves.
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change.  Please check every week:
New duty: Fellowship / Project Shed.  What does it entail? There are two aspects to this:
a) At the club meeting, 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. 
b) This person is also to attend the Project Shed on the following Saturday, as the representative of our club and to assist in the general management.
Fellowship (Wednesday / Project Shed (Saturday)  
 04/03/20Karen HollandBen IllesDarrell Brown  
 11/03/20N/a (social Meeting)   Graeme Isaacson (Saturday 07/03/20) 
 18/03/20Richard SmithCol Laurenson  Doug Lipp (inc Saturday 21/03/20) 
 25/03/20N/a (social Meeting)  Larry Murray (Saturday 28/03/20) 
 01/04/20Ian MayberryAngus MillerPeter Morgan 
 08/04/20N/a (social Meeting) Paul Seymour (Saturday 11/04/20) 
Inspirations - well, sort of... 040320
Our Crazy Whist fundraiser  had to be cancelled due to insufficient numbers. I wonder whether in biblical times they had similar problems with their Camel Washes?
Communication difficulties are more often symptoms, rather than causes in their own right. David Walton, ‘Introducing Emotional Intelligence’
What do you call a parcel of shares which have fallen through the floor due to the Corona Virus spreading? An investation.
The stock market explained: Let's say you buy some eggs for your farm, these eggs hatch and now you have chicks, these chicks grow up to be hens which lay more eggs out of which you get more chicks that grow up to be hens and so on and so forth and your farm is full of them.
One day a big black flood ravages your land and takes all of them downstream. Then you sit and think to yourself: Ducks... I should have gotten ducks. That's what the stock market is like.
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Mar 22, 2020
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