President's Message
Mario Fairlie
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Hi all,
A busy week hosting the Rotary Friendship Exchange from D5020 Seattle & British Columbia.  They included:
  • Steve & Cindy Garfein (RFE Team Leaders) and
  • Lee Smith & Pam Peterson: both hosted by Geoff & Carol Croad
  • Michele Doyle & Sharlene Pearson: Hosted by Karen Holland & her husband Peter Zollig
  • Sherman & Nancy Voiles: Hosted by Chris & Marie Thurtell
  • Nora & Andrew Dowsett: Hosted by Richard & Sue Smith
  • John Topolniski & Linda Ferguson: Hosted by Franz & Catherine Huber
The Barbeque on Friday was organised by Carol & Geoff Croad. The whole event was outstanding and every enjoyed the food & the fellowship. The meat for the Barbeque was organised by Angus Miller (with a special treat of Kangaroo Rissoles coming from Richard & Sue Smith) and he also took on the responsibility of chief cook. A very big thanks to all.
Saturday, they visited our Shed and were able to see firsthand the wonderful things that have been created at the Shed including our Wheelchairs & the flat pack school building. I believe they were extremely impressed. Saturday afternoon they were taken to Springbrook. Sunday a visit to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. On Monday we took them to Boonah where we met at the Boonah Visitor’s Information Centre for hand-over to the Warwick Sunrise Club hosts. The whole experience of meeting and hosting Rotarians opens up new horizontals for each and every one involved.
Thank you for all those involved. The ones that took them into your homes. A very big big thank you to Franz & Catherine for all the work in organising the whole program. 
Other matters that are worth mentioning is the progress on the POD. It is now ready to be shown next Saturday morning to Councillor Dawn Crichlow and Kathleen Vlasic from Rosie's. We are expecting them at 9:00 am, together with someone from the newspapers and the TV. Larry’s objective is for us to get some publicity and promotion from this!  Appreciate your support on Saturday.
Later in the morning, at about 10:30 am, we have organised a meeting with Dr Graham Sivyer, Dr Denis O'Brien and a few others from Broadbeach and Gold Coast Clubs to review Des La Rance’s latest design and to determine the way forward to proceed with an application for a Rotary Global Grant for the equipment not included in the Building.
  • Tomorrow Tuesday 5th November for Melbourne Cup at Senza Nome Italian Restaurant… You might be lucky… talk to Ray Higgs
  • Monday 11th at 5:30pm is the next Board Meeting. Director's reports to Secretary Mitch Brown no later than by Noon, Sunday 10th November.
  • Monday 25th November 2019 Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise Golf Day at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, Fairway Drive, Clear Island Waters. please contact Charles Thomasson 0432 111 257 or
  • Wednesday 18th December 2019.  Christmas Dinner Party.
And this week's club meeting. This one is a formal meeting. I look forward to seeing you at 7:00am for breakfast.
This week's guest speaker: Manuela Boyle

Manuela Boyle is a cancer therapy specialist. The topic of her talk is a simple and illustrative on what integrative cancer care therapies are available in Australia.

She describes her role as "to identify the underlying causes that may be responsible for your disease. I use evidence based and unique natural medicine based interventions that are non-toxic. I design lifestyle changes and individualized diets. These qualified interventions are drawn from thorough review of hundreds of published peer-reviewed research papers.

If required, I work cooperatively with your medical oncologists/radiation oncologists/oncology surgeons/urologist/ haematologist and your GP. I also collaborate with other health care practitioners such as acupuncturists, psychologists, osteopaths, massage therapists, naturopaths and nutritionists. At all times, drugs/herbs/nutrients interactions are carefully analyzed."

Play at the Surfers Sunrise Golf Day: 25th November
Play at the Surfers Sunrise Golf Day!
It will be held on Monday 25th November, shotgun start at 12:00 noon sharp.
Teams of 4 players, Corporate teams, Ambrose style. Individual bookings welcome - we'll team you up!
Where? Surfers Paradise Golf Club, 1 Fairway Dr, Clear Island Waters QLD 4226.
Download the flyer: click here
Last weekend we hosted the RFE Team 
What a weekend!  Last Friday, Surfers Sunrise welcomed the Rotary Friendship Exchange team from Seattle and British Columbia. After we took them up to Skypoint at the top of Q1,  Geoff & Carol Croad hosted a typical Aussie Bar-be-que at their resort, with the capable assistance of Angus 'Onion King' Miller in the role of chief bar-be-quer.
On Saturday, we first showcased our Project Shed (see picture), where Des La Rance gave them a good run-down on how the project evolved some 23 years ago, going all the way through to the total of well over 9,000 wheelchairs shipped since, plus numerous school buildings and the House of Hope in Apia, Samoa (see the Story of the Surfers Sunrise Wheelchair Trust in the Download Section on the right, or click on this link). A hearty Thank You! to Lee Smith and Pam Peterson, who donated $100.00 to the Wheelchairs Trust.  Then, we moved up to the Springbrook National Park for lunch.  And - after hardly any rain for the past two or three months, guess what! It rained. Well, a Rainforest is not really a Rainforest without rain, isn't it?
Sunday saw the entire group at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. They gave us a very healthy discount on the normal ticket price! Thank you Chris Thurtell, for activating some of your special connection there to get a nice area of their Cafe set aside, just for us.  Naturally, our guests from North America just adored the Koalas, the Kangaroos, the Bird Show, the Sheep Shearing, the huge size Aviaries...  In the evening, President Mario invited us to a dinner at one of the restaurants in Surfers. 
The RFE team has now moved on to their next hosts in Warwick. After that they'll be in Lismore for a few days, then come back to the Gold Coast.  There is another chance to meet them: the Broadbeach Rotary Club will host them at their club meeting on Tuesday 12th November, at the Lone Star Tavern in Mermaid Beach.  Are you joining us? (Note, we need to advise numbers!)
A huge Thank You! goes to the hosts: Geoff & Carol Croad, Karen Holland & Peter Zollig, Richard & Sue Smith, Chris & Marie Thurtell, to my darling wife Catherine, President Mario Fairlie and all the helpers and participants for the sterling effort to make our guests comfortable.  We have had nothing but very positive feedback; equally, on our side we enjoyed their company immensely.
A Photo Album will shortly be set up in our Download Section. If you have any photos that we can publish, please let me have them!
Sunrise Christmas Dinner instead of Breakfast
For the first time, this year we'll have a Christmas Dinner rather than a Christmas Breakfast.  This will not only allow members, their partners and friends to have a Christmas drink, but - let's face it - the atmosphere will be considerably more festive.  The Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club has agreed to set aside the upstairs Restaurant (where our "formal" meetings are held) for us.  Dinner will be served, and the Cash Bar will be open.  Projected price per person is $25.00 - to be confirmed.
Put the date into your diary now: Wednesday 18th December, 6:00 pm - an online booking site will open soon!
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)  
 06 Nov 2019 Ray HiggsBen IllesKaren Holland 
 13 Nov 2019N/a (social meeting) Franz Huber (Saturday 16/11/19) 
 20 Nov 2019Col LaurensonGraeme Isaacson  Doug Lipp 
 27 Nov 2019  Angus Miller (Saturday 30/11/19 ) 
 04 Dec 2019Ian MayberryPeter MorganLarry Murray 
 11 Dec 2019N/a (social meeting)   Al Sirovs (Saturday 14/12/19) 
 18 Dec 2019N/a (Christmas Dinner)  Paul SeymourEveryone!! 
 25 Dec 2019No Meeting   
 01 Jan 2020No Meeting   
 08 Jan 2020TBATBATBA 
Inspirations - well, sort of... 061119
"Politics: an occupation that demands the most extraordinary reserves of self-discipline, a quality the naïve often mistake as hypocrisy." Marcus Tillius Cicero, Roman Statesman, describing the need to sometimes put aside distaste and suspicion and work with the opposition towards a common good.
Best friends don't care if your house is perfectly clean. They care if you have wine!
Download Files
Surfers Sunrise Golf Day Flyer
Rotary Friendship Exchange - program for incoming team
The Story of the Surfers Sunrise Wheelchairs Trust
Chris Thurtell - European YE Conference
AGM Dec 2018 - Election of Club Officers 2019-20
Why Join Rotary?
Upcoming Events
Manuela Boyle - Rethinking Cancer
Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club
Nov 06, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Broadbeach Rotary - RFE team presentation
Quality Hotel
Nov 12, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sausage Sizzle at Officeworks Southport
Nov 16, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Introduction to Rotary for new members
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Nov 20, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Surfers Sunrise Golf Day
Surfers Paradise Golf Club
Nov 25, 2019
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Annual General Meeting / Club Assembly
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Dec 04, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
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Photo Albums
Working bee at the Project Shed 24/08/19
Lucy Thorburn - Summer in Minnesota
The Twyfords host a Surfers Sunrise BBQ
X-Ray Unit for Hospital on Espiritu Santo
Lucy Thorburn in freezing Minnesota
Excellence in Workmanship Awards 2019
Inaugural Bike Sale a roaring success
Gold Coast Ramble 2018
Changeover Luncheon 2018 Photos
The 2018 District Conference
Pride of Workmanship Awards 2018
Charmaine Wheatley: 120 wheelchairs for South Africa
Help! 3000 wheels to be unloaded!
House of Hope - Samoa
Pre-school, Mata'afa Village, Samoa
School for Phuket, Thailand
Surfers Sunrise Charter - 23. February 1987
30th Anniversary of Charter 22/02/2017
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