President's Message
Mario Fairlie
member photo
Hello  everyone,
For some reason I was a bit concerned about how last week’s meeting would go with so much happening.  We had
  • The induction of 3 new members Ben Illes, Karen Holland and Doug Garvie.
  • The Granting of the LUTZY award to ‘Junior Life Saver of the Year’ Jazmin Zimmerman.
  • The member’s vote to change the club’s bylaws to allow Corporate Membership.
  • The member’s vote in favour to NOT merge District 9640 with Districts 9600 and 9630;
  • The granting of an Associate Membership to Tracey Zimmerman.
  • Combined meeting between Southport Broadwater at the meeting.
I think you would agree that it has go-off very well. Thanks to Ray Higgs for all his work and also to Charles Thomasson and Simon Brook for their presentations, and to Mitch and Charles for all the work to have Corporate Membership implemented. This will I believe change the club significantly as we go forward.
So, what else has happened and what is the plan for the next few weeks?
The Shed:  John Dobozy of MOLECTRA came again to collect the tyres.  We packed +650 rubber tyres onto his truck on Saturday morning. The deal is he will Invoice the Club @ a $1 per tyre and then give us a Credit. We will give him a “Certificate of Thanks & Appreciation” for the removal of the tyres the sole purpose of recycling the tyres into useful products. Remember at the end of the day all thanks to Councillor Dawn Crichlow
This week I had a meeting with the Hussin Goss of the Gold Coast Islamic Society. They are very eager to send 260 wheelchairs (40foot Container) to the Middle East. Hopefully this will happen quickly as we need to re-organise the shed to allow for other work and projects to be undertaken. Thanks to Jo, Andy and Larry for their help.
Next on the calendar is a meeting this Friday, 23 August 2019 from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. It is a breakfast “Connecting the Community”, involving Rotary International and the Southport Chamber of Commerce. Note; If you’re interested you need to purchase a ticket. I will be attending of behalf of the Club.
Then, on Saturday 24th August we have the Working Bee at the shed start at 8:30am for about 2 hours.
Jobs to do:
  • John will be back to collect the remainder - still about 1000 tyres to go. He will drop-off very large bags during the week to pack the tyres into.
  • Also, packing of the container with about 200 wheelchairs. We still don’t have the money for the container transport to PNG but will seize on this opportunity to pack it. It won’t leave until we get the money!
  • General Clean-up of the site and inside the shed.
The meeting for the Project in Vanuatu on Monday, 26th August, 6:00 pm at 59 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters. The purpose of the meeting is to select four (4) Managers who will be responsible to run the Project: This will include:
  • Project Manager
  • Building Manager
  • Grants Manager
  • Manager- Medical Equipment (Definition & Acquisition.)
Des & Doug have already been nominated as:
  • Treasurer: Doug Lipp
  • Manufacturing Manager: Des La Rance
Remember, we have three Clubs that are involved in this project and lots of willing and skilled members, but we only need at this meeting to have the four positions filled and to hopefully define their roles.  I would appreciate anyone coming to the meeting to let me know in advance as numbers will be limited.
On a completely separate subject, Geoff Croad  has set-up an account  with Containers For Change for any deposits into Envirobank locations for glass, aluminium, plastic bottles liquid paperboard containers, simply using this Scheme ID C10199443. All deposits will attract a 10c refund per container to the “The Surfers Sunrise Wheelchair Trust”. Geoff has just started the program within his development of 34 homes to support this fund raiser. Thanks Geoff.
This coming Wednesday 21st August with be a normal social breakfast at the Surf Club. A great chance to catch-up and discuss Rotary matters and anything else important or not! Look forward to seeing you all there!
Mario J. Fairlie
Working bee this Saturday 24th Aug at the shed
Starting at 08:30 am till about 11:00 am. Jobs to do:
  • John will be back to collect the remainder - still about 1000 tyres to go. He will drop-off very large bags during the week to pack the tyres into.
  • Also, packing of the container with about 200 wheelchairs. We still don’t have the money for the container transport to PNG but will cease on this opportunity to pack it. It won’t leave until we get the money!
  • General Clean-up of the site and inside the shed
See you there!
Jazmin Zimmerman - Lutzy Award 2019 Winner
At last Wednesday's meeting, we had much pleasure to present the 'Lutzy' Award to a well deserving Jazmin Zimmerman. It is presented annually in memory of our Charter Member Keith Lutz, who also was a major mentor and a driving force in the Surf Life Saving movement.
Vice President of the Surfers SLSC, Shane O'Connor, as well as David Orchid addressed the meeting, emphasising that the criteria to win this prestigious award is primarily based on the candidates' involvement in fostering good relationships, social conscience, being a genuine leader of his/her generation. Jazmin was the very clear winner. The award includes a $2,500 board, which this year was sponsored by our club and private donors.
Congratulations, Jazmin!
(Photo, from left: Surfers Paradise SLSC VP Shane O'Connor, Jan Lutz, Jazmin Zimmerman, President Mario Fairlie, David Orchid)
3 new members inducted into Surfers Sunrise
At last Wednesday's meeting, three new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise: Karen Holland, whose vocation is 'Technical Services' (but she has just completed a law degree!), Ben Illes, who is in construction, and Doug Garvie, one of Southport's leading commercial leasing agents.
Congratulations and welcome to the club!
Photo (from left) Karen Holland, Ben Illes, President Mario Fairlie and Doug Garvie.
People of Action alright!
Last week, two of our members participated in the launch of our new Rotary "People of Action" Public Image Campaign, designed to expand our brand awareness and attract bicycle enthusiasts to Rotary, in Burleigh Heads. The Bicycle team members represent 4 of the largest Rotary clubs on the Gold Coast. People of Action alright!! [I'm getting tired just looking at those racing bikes! Ed.]
Photo (by DGE Andy Rajapakse) from left: Past District Governor Ross Smith of Burleigh Heads, Rowan Johnstone President of Gold Coast, Wayne Kirby President of Hope Island, and "our" District Treasurer Mark Twyford and Neil Thurlow of Surfers Sunrise.
Combined Southport Chamber of Commerce & Rotary event

The Combined Southport Chamber of Commerce and Rotary event is held next FRIDAY 23/8/19.  We have requested that attendees purchase their tickets in advance online so that we can give the Southport Yacht Club an accurate headcount for catering purposes.

The event is shaping up to be a great morning of fellowship and networking. District Governor Elect Andy Rajapakse is our “headline act” and will no doubt inspire us all with his presentation on Rotary International. 

More information as you click on the booking link below.


Snippets of last week's meeting 140819
Franz Huber and Andy Bell were at the door and Charles Thomasson was Chairman.  This was also a combined meeting with the Rotary Club Broadwater / Southport.  Two major events dominated: the induction of three new members and the presentation of the 'Lutzy Award' - see further on.
We had apologies from Mark Twyford, Gerald East, Richard Smith, Fred Hamblen and Graeme Isaacson.  President Mario Fairlie opened the meeting by welcoming the members and guests of the Rotary Club of Broadwater / Southport as well as the numerous members of the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club. Mario immediately proceeded to the induction of three new members: Karen Holland, Ben Illes and Doug Garvie (see separate story above). Next on the agenda was the ratification of our club's new 'Corporate' membership category (affirmed). This was followed by a vote of members, deciding our club's vote for or against the proposed amalgamation of Districts.  Mario re-iterated the case for a 'No' vote he stated in his President's Message, whilst Treasurer (and Past District Treasurer) Doug Lipp outlined his case for a yes vote.  The vote was clearly in favour of the negative.  Mario also invited nominations for the Engineering Summer School (Year 11 - 12).
Jenny Crewes (RC of Broadwater Southport) issued an invitation for us to attend a special meeting of her club with the Southport Chamber of Commerce (see separate story above) and Letitia De Lima pointed to a brochure on our tables outlining her club's various projects.
Simon Brook, former District Chair of RYTS (Rotary Youth Transition Seminar, Year 11-12) briefly elaborated on this very important youth camp. Click on this link for details.
And then we moved on to the most important part of the meeting, the presentation of the 'Lutzy' Award to Jaz Zimmerman. See separate article above.
Greetings from Lucy Thorburn in the USA!
Our Youth Exchange Student in Minnesota, Lucy Thorburn, winner of the 2017 Lutzy Award, sent us another update , with some new pictures.  See update in the Photo Album on the right hand side.  Here is the text to go with it:
Just wanted to say Hey, and let you all know I’m having a great time over here this summer. I went to Duluth a port city on Lake Superior (worlds largest freshwater lake by surface area), they have beautiful hiking trails up there! We also had the X-Games here recently, there was heaps of Australian competitors. We did really well plenty gold medals! 
OK, so perhaps you've heard of Lake Superior. But, like your Editor, you might betray your age if you haven't heard of the X-Games?  Well, have a look at the Youtube video, and I'm sure you agree that it helps to be just a little bit nuts to compete in this event! ☺  Ed.  Click here.
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)  
 21 Aug 2019N/a (social meeting)   Simon Brook (Saturday) 
 28 Aug 2019Paul SeymourAdrian Crowe   Fred Hamblen 
 04 Sep 2019 N/a (social meeting) Col Laurenson (Saturday) 
 11 Sep 2019Mitch BrownJohn Chirio Doug Lipp 
 18 Sep 2019
 N/a (social meeting)
 Ray Higgs (Saturday) 
 27 Sep 2019N/a (joint meeting at/with Broadwater)Charles Thomasson 
Inspirations - well, sort of... 210819
Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. George Orwell
One afternoon a  Banker  was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the roadside eating grass.  Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop, and he got out to investigate. He asked one man, "Why are you eating grass?" "We don't have any money for food," the poor man replied.  "We have to eat grass." "Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I'll feed you," the Banker said. “But sir, I have a wife and two children with me.  They are over there, under that tree" "Bring them along," the  Banker replied.  Turning to the other poor man, he stated, "You come with us also."

The second man, in a pitiful voice, then said, "But sir, I also have a wife and SIX children with me!" "Bring them all, as well," the  Banker (*) answered. They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine was. Once underway, one of the poor fellows turned to the  Banker  and said, "Sir, you are too kind.  Thank you for taking all of us with you." The  Banker  replied, "Glad to do it.  You'll really love my place.  The grass is almost a foot high."
(*) Feel free to substitute 'banker' for any description of your choice... ☺
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