President's Message

Paul Seymour
member photo
The Surfers Sunrise RYPEN candidate for this year is Zahra Forbutt, a year 10 student from the Queensland Academy of Sciences. Many thanks Darrell.
We have had confirmation from Paul O`Neill that our Grant Application for a utility for use within service projects is still with Service Projects and note it is still under review.
All current and incoming directors: please note that our board meeting is this Wednesday morning, please ensure all your reports are in with Mitch as we have a big agenda.
A reminder that our meeting on the 8 June 2022 is a breakfast meeting at the Project Shed, not at the Surfers SLSC.
Kind regards,
President Paul Seymour.
Rotarian behind the Badge: Ross Augustine
“It’s interesting to have KJ with us; we spent a lot of time with her grandparents in Melbourne, working in Pharmacy” Ross opened up.  Born in 1944, he was one of four kids. Regrettably, Ross’ mum died when he was just 9 years old. Dad remarried, and so the family expanded to six.  He elaborated on one of his family holidays to Alice Springs, followed by a trip across the Simpson Desert. “We drove to Broken Hill and then turned left. We shot our own food…” He attended Mordialloc High School, then graduated in Pharmacy in 1967. Ross and Coryn married in 1980. They have three children.
Growing up on the beach, it is natural that he is a keen sailor. “We towed a boat from Melbourne to Brisbane for a championship.” Otherwise though, free time was scarce, as it was compulsory to have a qualified Pharmacist present at all times, so they were totally tied to the business.
(there's much more: click on 'Read More' for the full story)
One of his passions is wood working (see photo of one of his examples). Woodworking started off in his early 20’s already. He did the carpentry work and furnishings on his first house. Ross displayed a table and a cheese board – see photo. But not just cabinet doors: Ross also built boats: 2 VJ's (a 11ft 6in plywood dingy) and a GP14 (a 14ft yacht) for Dad. Possibly, with Ross’ carpentry skills, we could start a new project at the shed under his guidance?
But his passion does not just extend to woodworking, it very much includes travel: In 1983 Ross won a national windows display competition to the USA for the Americas Cup. He converted this trip to a 3-months round the world trip for the entire family: USA, Mexico, UK, Scotland, Germany, Italy, France, Thailand, Hong Kong and back.  Other trips include a 2 weeks sailing tour in 50 foot catamaran – 4 couples, Tonga, then later again a 4-seek sail in the Spanish Balearic Islands and 4 weeks in Corsica and Sardinia.
After selling their pharmacy in 2001, they bought a camping trailer, travelling across the Nullarbor, to the Pilbara and down the WA coast. Only part they hadn’t seen yet is North Queensland. Ross also entered into Property Development with a fellow Rotarian, developing small unit blocks.
Ross’ involvement with Rotary goes a long way back: he is a Charter member of Frankston Sunrise (1990) and was President in 2001. Family is the important part of their life. He and Coryn moved up here because their daughter’s family also live here. They bought an apartment in Emerald Lakes. Signing an unconditional contract, they then had to return to Melbourne in a hurry! COVID required that they drive straight through NSW, without stop. But on the way they hit a kangaroo…
Photo (by Charles Thomasson, from left) President Paul Seymour, Ross Augustine, Chairman of the day, Larry Murray
Surfers Sunrise sponsors a RYPEN camp awardee
Our club is sponsoring Zahra Forbutt, a year 10 student from the Queensland Academy of Health Sciences. RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment) is a residential camp that takes place over 2.5 days. for school students aged between 14-16 (Year 8-10) that focuses on the development of self-concept, relationships, and is designed to develop skills that will assist them in the transition to adulthood. Participants participate in a range of activities that will challenge them on many different levels. It concludeed yesterday (Sunday 15/05/22). Zahra will come to our meeting of 22nd June to give us some feedback on her experiences.


Wheelchair shed donates bike to girl from Ukraine
Last week, Rick Parry (picture right), one of our regular volunteers at our project shed, learned of a refugee family, mother and her children, a girl (6) and a boy (12), having come to the Gold Coast from Ukraine. The father remained behind to run a bomb shelter. They needed a bike for the girl to provide mobility. Enter the men at the wheelchair shed. Terry Donovan (picture left) refurbished a girl's bike (the blue one on the picture right), which was donated to the family. No need to mention that they were, of course, over the moon. Well done, fellows!
And whilst we are at it: Check out the interview of Des La Rance and John Hall with Don Glover of Radio 4CRB (89.3) in the Download Section on the right.
Snippets of last week’s meeting 110522
Larry Murray was Chairman (for Paul Smith) and Adrian Crowe was at the door (for Al Sirovs). We had apologies from Ashleigh Symes, Al Sirovs, Gerald East, Brian Pearson, Gerald East and Franz Huber.
President Paul Seymour welcomed all members and visitors, incoming District Governor 2022-23 Karen Thomas and Kristen ‘KJ’ Jewson (who celebrated her birthday on that very day! Congratulations, KJ! 😊) Paul commented on the successful Bunnings Barbeque the previous Friday. We were offered another one for this Saturday, but no acceptance due to the short notice. [Meanwhile, a date has been offered for Friday 8th July 2022. Ed]
DGE Karen Thomas briefly addressed the meeting: albeit a member of the Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads, she now lives in Kingscliffe. She referred to recent flooding in her area - note the ongoing Rotary Flood Appeal (see details in story above). Karen is a Registered Intensive Care nurse; she had her own diabetics company (now retired). "I've always been medically minded," she said. Karen also highlighted that this coming year, Rotary International will have its first female President, Jennifer Jones (Canada). She invited all members to contact her if they would like to discuss any specific item relating to Rotary and particularly the District 9640. 
After Ross Augustine's presentation (see story above), Wheelchair Trust Chairman Larry Murray announced that he has recovered from his COVID. He reported that our “Shed Foreman” Bryan Tuesley will next week go into hospital for a back operation. Generally, the shed is looking good, but we need to get wheels. Costs have massively increased, mostly because shipping fees have gone through the roof. Plus we have some 6 months delivery time.  Note: Breakfast at the shed on 8th June.
Associate members Des La Rance and John Hall were interviewed on Radio 4CRB (89.3). A recording can be downloaded from the Download Section on the right.
President Elect Mitch Brown alerted all board members that a Board Meeting will be held next Wednesday 18th May at the Surfers Paradise SLSC - 07:00 am. There is also the Leadership seminar for incoming board members (in the good olden days this was simply called a District Assembly), at Alstonville 28/05/22. All incoming board members should attend. Mark your diaries for the Changeover Luncheon on Saturday 02/07/22, details to be advised.
Social drinks at Benowa Tavern, every second Thursday (same week we have a social meeting) will become a permanent event. The next one this coming Thursday 19th May.
Doug Lipp advised that our annual Golf Day is projected for the first week in November.
District has set up a flood donation account
District Governor Jeff Egan recently wrote a letter (see Download section on the right) to all Rotarians in District 9640, advising that a dedicated Flood Appeal account has been set up for Rotarians (and anyone else, for that matter) to contribute to a flood appeal to benefit victims of the horrendous floods some regions experienced over the past two weeks. As is common for any Rotary-based appeals, there will be no administration fees, director's remunerations etc. All funds end up directly at the target, the people who were affected. 
If a donor does not require the donation to have tax deductibility status, it is preferable that donations should be deposited into the following account:
Rotary International District 9640 Ltd.
BSB: 084462, Account No: 816279059
This is the account to which Rotary clubs should donate.
If tax deductibility is required, please use this account: 
Keith Wilson Relief Trust Fund
BSB: 633000 Account No: 175308303
The name of the donor needs to be included on the deposit AND please send via email to PDG Sandra Doumany at (Note: the original post had a typo - this is the correct address): 1. the name of the donor 2. the amount of the deposit 3. any requirement for the donation to be spent on a specific area (if requested). 
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change - please check every week.  Note: Fellowship duty also is expected to be at the Project Shed on the Saturday following the meeting
DateDoorChairmanFellowship/Project Shed (following Saturday)
18/05/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Mark Twyford (Saturday 21/05/2022)
25/05/2022Adrian CroweAndy BellNeil Thurlow
01/06/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Ian Mayberry
08/06/2022Brian PearsonTrent BellingDarrell Brown
15/06/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Geoff Croad
22/06/2022Ross AugustineSimon BrookAdrian Crowe
Inspirations - well, sort of...
(... and whilst we are on the theme of the period...)
If liars' pants really did catch on fire, watching the news would be so much more fun!
If hush'd the loud whirlwind that ruffled the deep,
the sky if no longer dark tempests deform;
When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?
No! Here's to the pilot that weather'd the storm! George Canning, British Prime Minister, 1827 [Alright, so this was 200 years ago, but... BTW, he died after just 118 days in that office]
It is scary how easily so many people can be brainwashed by sheer repetition of a word. Dr Thomas Sowell, US Philosopher
Download Files
Des La Rance and John Hall interview with Don Glover
Rotary District 9640 Flood Appeal
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Upcoming Events
Social drinks at Benowa Tavern
Benowa Tavern
May 19, 2022 5:00 PM
Peter McGuiness - You Chose Road Safety
Surfers Paradise SLSC
May 25, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast at the Project Shed
Project Shed
Jun 08, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Ros Byrne - The scourge of Domestic Violence
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Jun 22, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Changeover Luncheon
Jul 02, 2022
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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Surfers Sunrise Golf Day October 2021
Italian Long Lunch 22nd October 2021
A whole bunch of Paul Harris Fellowships
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Changeover Breakfast July 2021
10,000th Wheelchair Celebrations
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