Vice President's Message
Friday morning saw us meet with Brian and his Broadwater Southport Rotary team at Southport Yacht Club. Thanks for all our Rotarians for attending for what was a very pleasant meeting
It was good to see Chris Thurtell and our Japanese Exchange student Ayana attending the meeting
Do not forget to enter our Golf Day confirmed – Monday 25 November 2019 – I am sure it will be a great day for all
A further reminder to all of the Polio Polus  - Shopping Centre Collection  - Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th October – a roster has been forwarded by Franz so please assist. [Yes, we still have free time slots on Wednesday, Thursday and particularly Friday! Ed.]
This week will be a social meeting, look forward to see you all there
Paul Seymour
Vice President.
Social meeting this Wednesday 2nd October
This week's meeting will again be a social get together at the Surfers Paradise Surf Club.  Meeting at the northern side of the Bistro downstairs. Get your own coffee and breakfast and join us!
This coming week: Polio Plus collection 9 - 11th October
It's on next week: our annual Polio Plus collection at the Runaway Bay Shopping Centre.  We have three days, from Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th October inclusive, at our usual spot at the Runaway Bay Shopping Centre.  Gerald East maintains the Roster, so make sure you lodge your preferred time slot(s) with him. We still have free time slots on Wednesday, Thursday and particularly Friday.
For those of you who are young enough to be unfamiliar with Polio Plus: The Polio virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners use to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.  Rotary started a campaign to eradicate Polio in 1985. Since then, the incidence of Polio worldwide has been reduced by 99.9% - yes, it is virtually unknown in most regions in the world. Rotary has invested more than US$ 1.9 Billion (AU$ 2.8 Billion) and countless unpaid volunteer hours to raise these enormous funds. More than 2.2 Billion children in 122 countries have been protected. But until such time as there are no further incidences reported, we need to continue the effort! Rotary is committed to raise some US$ 50 Million per annum, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed to match Rotary's efforts with two dollars for every dollar Rotary raises.  More information: click on this link
And, by the way: if you meet an Anti-Vaxxer, you have my permission to give him/her a good piece of my mind!  Ed.
Will you join us for the Melbourne Cup Luncheon?
Our "Joint Chiefs of Social Events" Ray and Graeme, have organized for our members to experience that ultimate horse race that 'stops the nation', the Melbourne Cup.  We'll be at the Sensa Nome Restaurant in Main Beach.  No outrageous prices, just order off the menu, and it's bring your own wine too (they are also fully licensed if you prefer).  But bookings need to be firm, so a booking fee of $5.00 per person applies for them to hold your seat(s). There is a limit of 20 people, so first come first served.  Ray Higgs and Graeme Isaacson will take your booking (and your booking fee).  Even if you're not a race follower, the atmosphere and conviviality enjoyed at our social functions will enlighten and brighten your day, not to mention the sights and scenes happening around Main Beach. 
Date Claimer: Friday 1st November - Incoming RFE Team welcome
OK, so it's still a few weeks away, but make sure you will have Friday 1st November free: The incoming Rotary Friendship Exchange team from Seattle & British Columbia will arrive, and we'll give them a hearty Queensland welcome! So you already guessed how? With a good ol' barbie, of course! Geoff Croad has reserved the BBQ area in the gardens of his resort. The group of 12 includes such personalities as Steve, who was closely involved as a consultant in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, David, a (now retired) Navy Captain and Linda, a Fashion Designer who also is involved in a women's shelter and the other 9 are equally highly interesting people to meet. More details as we get closer.
Meet our Youth Exchange Student from Japan
For those of you who weren't there last Friday at the joint meeting with Broadwater Southport [or were there but didn't notice her; she didn't really make a lot of noise... ☺ Ed.]:  Meet Ayana Sadaka, our Youth Exchange Student from Japan.  Ayana is currently hosted by the parents of an outgoing student who at present is in Japan. She is enrolled at Robina High School. Her first report card is nothing to be sneezed at either: 'Excellent' in Japanese language (which can be expected of course), and very pleasing marks in most other subjects, including in English, with 'Excellent' or 'Very Good' in the 'Effort' column of all subjects! Howzat! 
We are looking forward to Ayana coming along soon to one of our Surfers Sunrise meetings.
Surfers Sunrise Golf Day - Monday 25th November
It's happening! On Monday, 25th November, we'll host a Golf Day at the Surfers Paradise Golf Club. It will be a 'Shotgun Start' at 12:30 pm (registration from 11:30 am). Several options:
  • Corporate Hole Sponsor (includes 4 players, signage and advertising)
  • 4-player Team
  • Single individual player
Chief organizer Charles Thomasson is looking both for players as well as helpers. If you and/or your friends, associates, customers, suppliers want to play: Bookings have now opened - click on this link
Snippets of last week's meeting 270919
Last week we had another joint meeting with the Broadwater Southport club, held at the Southport Yacht Club. Andy Bell helped at the door. We had apologies from Ray Higgs, Larry Murray, Gerald East, Mario Fairlie, Richard Smith and Neil Thurlow.  Good to see Karen Holland safely back from Switzerland, and one of our freshly baked Corporate members, Todd Cole from Wilsons Advisory joined us.  District Youth Exchange Chairman Chris Thurtell brought our new YE Student Ayana Sadaka (see separate article) along as well - looking forward to greeting Ayana again at one of "our" meetings soon!
In view of this really being a Broadwater Southport meeting, there wasn't much Surfers Sunrise business discussed.  Your editor invited all to participate in the upcoming Welcome Bar-be-que for the incoming Rotary Friendship Exchange team on Friday 1st November, and Charles Thomasson elaborated further on the Surfers Sunrise Golf Day on 25th November (see separate article).
We had an excellent Guest Speaker too: OK, with a headline "Speed Date an Architect", if presented by somebody of the calibre of Pia Willemsen (picture left), the Principal of Willemsen Architecture, many of the gentlemen present found it catchy all by itself... [no Henrietta, this it not a sexist comment, this is a compliment! ☺ Ed.] Pia presented on the upcoming Gold Coast Open House event coming up in October. Various private, corporate and public venues of particular architectural attraction and merit will be open for viewing by the public. Some are quite obvious, such as the newly opened Kurrawa Surf Club, to well known heritage buildings such as the Gold Coast Light Horse Museum in Mudgeeraba. But hey! Did you know that there is a Railway Tunnel in the Ernest Junction region of Ashmore? It is a remnant of the former South Coast Rail Line, which closed in 1964. 140 metres long, it is a walk way, but also is used for...  a Concert Hall...   There is far too much going on to list on this report, but you'll find it well worth your time to visit their website: In total, you'll find well over 50 properties which can be visited, many of them only at specific times, by appointment.
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)  
 09 Oct 2019  Simon BrookAndy Bell   Mitch Brown 
 16 Oct 2019N/a (social meeting)  Adrian Crowe (Saturday) 
 23 Oct 2019Gerald EastDoug GarvieDarrell Brown  
 30 Oct 2019N/a (social meeting)     Fred Hamblen (Saturday) 
 06 Nov 2019 Col LaurensonBen IllesKaren Holland 
 13 Nov 2019N/a (social meeting) Franz Huber (Saturday) 
 20 Nov 2019Col LaurensonGraeme Isaacson  Doug Lipp 
Inspirations - well, sort of... 021019
Looks like a certain AFL team didn't notice the sign above the entrance to the MCG playing field... ☺
"I have seen further than others by standing on giant's shoulders."  Isaac Newton.
"Yep, so did I." Richmond AFL star and dual Norman Smith Medallist Dustin Martin after marking a high ball on Saturday... ☺
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.  H.L. Mencken, American Journalist.
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