President's Message
Joanne Winwood
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Happy Monday Everyone,

Well this is it- my last newsletter until I hand over to Mario next week – where did that year go?

I won’t recap the year here- we’ve saved that for the Changeover report and you will all receive a copy regardless of whether you are coming to the lunch or not. Its great to see so many of you have booked as it’s a lovely function and we have a number of guests, awards and donations to make- the culmination of another year of hard work by the Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise.

Following the Small Business Expo, we had a number of Club pamphlets left over, which advertise our Club, our projects and all the reasons why Rotary, along with contact details for Charles. Paul Seymour has offered to distribute these in buildings across the Coast as he visits them - a great way to get the word out. I also have a quantity of invitations to come to a Club breakfast, which can be personalised for you to hand write the guest’s name into a space provided. I”ll bring them along to our next meeting and you can each take some to hand to suitable potential members.

We had a good gathering at the Shed on Saturday – I know the Associates really value being visited by members and next year there will be a roster to make sure we share the load across the Club. The atmosphere there is really great and we have welcomed a new Associate this week, Ross, who until recently had his own bicycle shop. He is going to assist in the grading of bikes for sale and the reconditioning of any that might be restored. Great to have a new face and he will be a super asset.

We will be announcing Associate of the Year at the Changeover on Sunday, but as many of the Associates aren’t going to be there- we are going to arrange to have a 2nd changeover at the Shed on 20th July where will host a BBQ, formally acknowledge the great work done by the lads and make the remaining formal presentations. There are a few acknowledgements to be made so we would love for as many of you as possible to come along.

In lieu of a corporate sponsor for the Lutzy Award and in order to keep the strong ties with the Surf Life Saving Club through this Award, the Club is using some of its funds to cover the cost of the Awards. We will be represented by Ray and Valeria on 22nd June when the Awards night is hosted.

I want to publicly acknowledge everyone in the Club for their contribution to the 2018/2019 Surfers Sunrise Rotary year. There is not a single member who hasn’t made a contribution to the Club and/or the District in his/her own way. Together, we’ve raised money and given it away, laughed and cried (that was me! mea culpa... Ed.), squabbled and agreed, reached out for help and received support, recognise others and received accolades ourselves. Sounds like a family right? Our community is definitely better off for our Club’s existence and with Mario at the helm, that’s going to get even bigger and better.

Thank you to the “Secret Five” (Gerald’s name for our little Board!), who have sacrificed hundreds of hours to make sure the Club has run smoothly this year and to make decisions always with the club’s best interests front and centre. We say farewell to Rosie Rocco and Tania Laird, both whose Interstate commitments (Brisbane is interstate right Rosie?) means they can’t continue as members of our Club. We are so grateful for all the work they have put in and we will miss them terribly.

So for those coming on Sunday- I look forward to celebrating with you all at Hope Island- and for those not, see you soon and over and out!

Best wishes



This Wednesday 19th June: Social meeting
This coming Wednesday 19th June we'll have our usual fortnightly social meeting at the Surfers Surf Life Saving Club.  Then of course we'll have the Changeover Luncheon on Sunday at the Links, Hope Island.  Online bookings have now closed, but if you need to get in late, please call Graham Isaacson or email him
Note: there will be no meeting next Wednesday 26th June to allow you to work off the excesses of the Changeover... ☺ The first formal meeting will be on 3rd July 2019, with our (by then) newly baked President Mario Fairlie outlining his vision.  Big deal coming up on the 17th July, when we'll have a joint meeting with the two other clubs who will join us in this project, the Broadbeach and Gold Coast clubs. Des La Rance will do a presentation on the Vanuatu project.
Your Editor will take a bit of a break for a few weeks. I would much appreciate if all members assist and take notes, photos and send me material to publish! I'll try to keep the bulletin and website up to date, but on occasion it might be a bit thin... ☺
Remember Jodie Chilby?
Remember Jordy Chilby, the Design Student from
Woollongong who came all the way up to the Gold Coast to investigate how we make wheelchairs, using materials from discarded bicycles? (See Bulletin 6th February 2019)?  Well, she has finished it and - whaddya know?? - ended up on WIN News Illawarra! Ultimately, her wheelchair will end up in Tanzania...  Full story on our Facebook Page. How good is that!  Well done, Jordy!
Charles Thomasson: Finances - now we know which way it went...
Last Wednesday, our resident Finance guru and Share Market specialist Charles Thomasson gave us a concise outline of what happened in shares and finance, now we know that ScoMo and his merry band of conservatives were returned to the treasury benches.  In a nutshell (as if you didn't know it): positive! Guess how much the Australian market has risen since the election on the mid May weekend? Various guesses from the audience ranged between 9 and 12%.  Well, not quite: it rose 2.7% in a bit over 3 weeks (of which the day before was 1.5%). [If that was extrapolated to a full year, this would translate to a whopping 40%...  Only dreaming! ☺ Ed.] Various factors would have contributed, including some of the key policies of the conservatives: tax refunds, instant write off of assets, no change to Franking Credits, Negative Gearing and Capital Gains Tax, just to name some.
So, what are the key stocks? Wouldn't we all want to know, but in Charles' view, Health Insurers, companies related to the housing market and consumer goods will benefit.  Not only from the "non-changes' named above, but the recent reduction in the base interest rate by the Reserve Bank. Will house prices fall further? "Prices seem to begin to bottom out but that doesn't mean that they will immediately rise again" Charles explained, "still, with current interest rates, it is again cheaper to have a mortgage than to rent.  But it's more than just rate cuts this time".  Charles elaborated on a couple of very interesting slides, outlining Australian corporate earnings and the PE ratios of the ASX 200 companies, as well as a table headed 'Tactical Asset Allocation June 2019'. [Sorry, they are not for publication - you should have been there yourself! However, you can download the Wilsons 'Straight Talk' report - click on this link. Ed.]
Charles Thomasson is a partner in Wilsons Advisory. Since financial consultation should be on an individual case by case basis, why not contact him directly?
Changeover Luncheon: Sunday 23rd June
Set your diary (and your partner's) for this year's Changeover Luncheon:
President Jo Winwood and Elect Mario Fairlie invite all members, Associate members and their partners and friends to join them for our traditionally classy event.  This year it will be held at
Links Hope Island
Hope Island Road
Hope Island  4212
Price $30.00 per head for an elegant two course lunch.
Superb venue, easy parking.
Bookings have now closed. Please contact Graham Isaacson if you require assistance.
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.
Major Multi Club Project coming up
When Mario Fairlie attended the President Elect Training Seminar (PETS), he met with the Presidents Elect of the Broadbeach and Gold Coast Rotary ClubsDr Graham Sivyer and Rowan Johnstone respectively.  Dr Graham indicated that he had identified a major need for a X-Ray Unit to be established in a hospital on the Espiritu Santo Island, in the Samna Province of Vanuatu. The hospital doesn't have one at all; travel to the nearest one that does have one takes over 5 hours. It needs more than just a X-Ray Unit: they don't have electrical power off the grid, so it needs to be solar / battery powered...
We all know that "there are no flies" on Des La Rance, our Chief Designer and Mover & Shaker at the Project Shed. He set to work and here is the preliminary draft.  To an extent, it is based on the very successful design of the Samoa Schools we have installed, with solar panels and batteries.  Next step is to obtain a District Grant as well as a Global Grant.  For the Global Grant, Mario will liaison with his friend who introduced him to Rotary, PDG Fred Hansen in Norway.
Jump over to the Photo Album Section on the right for more images of Des' design.  Note: Des will present at a joint meeting on Wednesday 17th July with the Rotary Clubs of Gold Coast and Broadbeach.
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.
 19th June 2019 N/a (Social meeting   
 23rd June 2019Changeover Luncheon  N/a 
 26th June 2019No meeting   
 03rd July 2019
Charles Thomasson
Paul Seymour
Neil Thurlow 
 10th July 2019N/a (Social meeting)    
 17th July 2019Simon Brook  Andy BellMark Twyford  
Inspirations - well, sort of... 190619
Everybody seems to get into drones these days, so I thought I'd have a go myself. Got this beauty from a bloke down at the pub the other day. But buggered if I can get it to take off, not to mention pair it with my smart phone!
In investing, always remember that Rome wasn't built in a day. In trading, remember that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed in a day.
A man and his wife are awakened at 3 o'clock in the morning by a loud pounding on the door.  The man gets up and goes to the door where a drunken stranger, standing in the pouring rain, is asking for a push.  'Not a chance,' says the husband. 'It is 3 o'clock in the morning.'  He slams the door and returns to bed. 'Who was that?' asked his wife. 'Just some drunk guy asking for a push!'
'Did you help him?' she asks.  
'No, I did not. It is 3 o'clock in the morning and it is pouring rain outside!'  His wife said, 'Can't you remember about three months ago when we broke down and those two guys helped us?  You should be ashamed of yourself!'
The man gets dressed and goes out into the pouring rain. He calls out into the dark, 'Hello. Are you still there?'  'Yes,' comes back the answer. 'Do you still need a push?' calls out the husband.
'Yes please!' comes the reply from the darkness.
'Where are you?' asks the husband.
'Over here on the swing!' 
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