President's Message
Andy Bell
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Didn't matter if you were a Royalist, a Republican, an Isolationist or a Calithumpian (1);  one couldn’t help but be caught up with the events in London on Saturday night.  At the risk of being ridiculed by some, I thought it was wonderful.  Do I care about the pomp and ceremony of the Monarchy and what happens within the various arms of it?  Not really, I'm Scottish.  The reason I thought it was so good is that that for a few hours at least it seemed the hatred, bigotry and jealously that has taken over so much of our lives was replaced by good wishes and genuine happiness for a couple of young people in love.  The colour of the dress, the tiara, who was going to walk the bride down the aisle and the celebrity guests were foremost in the thoughts of millions of people before, during and after the event.  Its a shame we can’t have more such events and it’s an indictment on society that we need them.
The down side of the weekend was that Carlton got hammered by over 100 points and The Storm lost to arch rivals Manly.
The final Board Meeting of my year as President occurs this week.  Can’t believe the time has passed so quickly. Planning for the Changeover luncheon of 2018 is well underway.  17th June at Kurrawa Surf Club is the chosen day.  It’s a little earlier than normal due to our incoming President following closely in the footsteps of Harry and Meaghan and going to the UK to marry her love, Tony. 
Be nice to people, you may find they will be nice back …. just sayin
Andrew Bell
President, 2017-18
(1) Seeing that the average reader of this bulletin is not intimate with the word 'Calithumpian': click here for a definition. Ed.
This coming Wednesday 23rd May: Rev Jon Brook
Our Guest Speaker for this coming Wednesday is Reverend Jon Brook from the St John's Crisis Centre.  See you there!
Changeover Luncheon 2018 - you can book now!
Let's celebrate!
Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise Changeover lunch- a time to celebrate our achievements in 2017/2018 and ring in a new Rotary year!!
We'll meet at the new Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club
Beachfront Events and Functions Room
Old Burleigh Road (beach side, opposite Charles Avenue), Broadbeach. 
Arrive from 12pm for 12:30 start
We would like members to invite family, friends and colleagues to celebrate the wonderful 2017/18 Rotary Year and to welcome in the Year 2018/19. President Elect Jo Gorman has negotiated for us to get a sumptuous buffet with three hot and three salad dishes, plus home made cake, all at the same price of $60.00 per person we had at Seaworld the last couple of years.  Drinks will be cheaper too, at club member prices. Capacity is 80 people and we expect a big crowd so be sure to book early!! 
Click on this link to book online:
Last week's Guest Speaker: Andrew Rodgers
Should Charity begin at home?  Often misused by people who don't want to donate, nevertheless it is clear that there is a very pronounced need right here on our doorstep. 
A member of the Rotary Club of Brisbane CentenaryAndrew Rodgers (picture above left with President Elect Jo Gorman) heard a guest speaker from the Foodbank organization at their club.  Foodbank is Australia's largest non-profit distributor of food for the disadvantaged - they are a conduit between the industry's surplus food and the welfare sector. Andrew asked him how they get along for meat? "We never get beef!" was the answer. 
So Andrew and his club set out to organize 'Beef Bank'.  The concept is really simple: farmers, auctioneers, abattoirs, butchers, transport companies etc support the project by donating or supplying beef and their services at the lowest cost.  People donate money, participate in their annual Fun Run (coming up on 27th May 2018) and Beef Bank buys cattle.  In the 10 years since its inception, they have supplied nearly 500,000 meals! The statistics get better year on year: in 2016 they delivered 48,000, in 2018 they aim for 150,000 meals! Is it needed? More than ever: Just in the last 12 months, Foodbank reports an increase in requests by Community Support groups of 11%. On average, one out of 30 children go hungry.
One cow yields about 250 Kg of meat, which translates to about 2,500 meals, at 45 cents a serve. Beef Bank is a registered charity and any donations over $2.00 are fully tax deductible. Further, as is the case with most Rotary projects, there are no overheads since all directors and administration is done on an unpaid basis.
Download a full run down of the Beef Bank concept from the download section on the right.
Snippets of last week's meeting 160518
Adrian Crowe was at the door (for Mario Fairlie) and also was Chairman and Tania Laird was Sergeant.
We had apologies from Ray Higgs, Gerald East, Rosie Rocco, Graeme Isaacson, Simon Brook, Des La Rance, Ian Mayberry and Daryl Sanderson. We understand that Daryl's wife Pauline, as well as Chris Thurtell's wife Marie regrettably are unwell and is undergoing therapy. May you have strength, Pauline and Marie! Our thoughts are with you for a rapid recovery.
President Andy Bell welcomed all members and guestsL our YE student from the Netherlands, Gigi as well as our Guest Speaker, Andrew Rodgers (see report above).  It was Gigi's birthday on Anzac Day - so we all sang a belated and hearty (if not perfectly harmonized) Happy Birthday toooooo yoooouuu ...!
District Treasurer Doug Lipp advised that we have now received the grant money pertaining to the Samoa School. If we are quick, there may still be some unused funds, but applications would need to be put in pronto!
Youth Director Tania Laird advised that we have now 4 candidates nominated for the RYPEN camp.  They have been sourced, as last year, in conjunction with the Surfers Paradise SLSC.  Following on, District YE Chair Chris Thurtell confirmed that last year's winner of the Lutzy Award (and RYPEN Awardee), Lucy Thorburn, is off to the US for a Youth Exchange in 2019! 
President Elect Jo Gorman announced that an evening meeting is planned for mid July (see date claimer below) and of course on the 17th June our Changeover Luncheon.  See separate article and link to book.
Incoming Membership Chair Charles Thomasson advised that he had set up an Instagram account for our club. It is under 'Rotary Surfers Sunrise' and we have 14 followers already! See separate article on how to go about making arrangements for your own subscription so you keep in touch. 
Surfers Sunrise now on Instagram!
OK, so some of you may not even have heard of Instagram. Some, like your editor, have heard of it, but relegated it to "kids between 8 and 18 years old or so" and thus remained blissfully ignorant.  Wrong! Our incoming Membership Chair, Charles Thomasson is a young professional Stockbroker and Financial Advisor - and he is definitely not "18 or so". Charles knows that Instagram is one of the most effective ways to spread the word among young business people - our very target market for new members.
Our club's account is in the name of 'RotarySurfersSunrise'.  So, how do you go about getting started? Dead easy: on your iPhone, go to the Apple Store, on an Android phone, go to Play Store. Search for Instagram and just follow the prompts to get and install it.  Suggest you either use just your first name as a login - it will automatically assign a name and number combo, or use a shortened combo.  Charles promised he'll hold a brief training session soon.
Last week's Sergeant: Tania Laird 160518
All original Queenslanders (that means people born in the State of Origin - Queensland) - you might be in a pickle after losing Thurston, Cronk and now Smith...  All NSW supporters because NSW may actually have a chance and winning a series... Richard Smith, whaddya mean, you are giving your bird Vodka & Coke? Mark Twyford, our Surfers Sunrise bikie... Mario Fairlie – are you sure you know when the Board meeting is? Adrian Crowe, is that matching bandaid jewellery you are wearing on your ears? Fred Hamblen, have you got a new job? Dressed for the occasion! Jim Blackburn – must be on NZ time this morning [more like South Australia time actually!] Geoff Croad reported a missing box of wine last week and - miraculously it resurfaced this morning...! Larry Murray, where have you been?
Set your Diary for the District Training Seminar
You don't have to be a Board Member or Committee Chairman to attend the District Training Seminar, but if you are an incoming Director or Committee Chair, it is essential that you attend, even if this is not "the first time round", since the District's policies and directions for the coming year are outlined.  There are two sessions: Boonah on 20th May 2018, but for us Ballina is the better option.
Sunday, 3rd June 2018, 08:30 am - 2:30 pm
 St Xavier College Ballina
2 Redford Drive
Skennars Head, N.S.W.  2478
We'll be sharing cars, so put your name down with incoming President Joanne Gorman.  Put it into your diary now.
Date claimer: 11th July 2018 - The Lutzy Awards
It's on again!
Tentatively set for Wednesday 11th July: The Lutzy Award presentation, in conjunction with the Surfers Paradise SLSC, and
Tentatively set for Wednesday 18th July: Evening meeting with partners and friends, possibly combined meeting with other clubs.
Both to be confirmed, but keep your diaries open for those dates.
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change.  Please check every week:
23rd May 2018Gerald EastJo Gorman
30th May 2018Geoff CroadBob Harrison 
06th June 2018 Graeme Isaacson  Ray Higgs
13th June 2018Des La RanceCol Laurenson 
20th June 2018Rosie RoccoDoug Lipp
Inspirations - well, sort of... 230518
Over the last weekend, your editor went into hospital for a minor fix.  Here is an outline of his experience...
Still on last weekend (but of course, there is absolutely no connection to the big event in London!):
Wedding planning: "Let's decide whom we are going to invite to our wedding and who will never speak to us again"..
Download Files
Beef Bank Media Kit
Police Liaison Unit presentation
President Elect Jo Gorman's goals for 2018-19
Pride of Workmanship Awards 2018 Nominations
Col Laurenson: Adani Mine Logistics - 2
Col Laurenson: Adani Mine Logistics - 1
Surfers Sunrise Board 2018-19
Committee Structure 2018-19
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