President's Message
Joanne Winwood
member photo
Happy Monday Everyone!
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend in Paradise. Thankfully the weather was glorious which made it very easy to host the pre’s for the Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner event held on Saturday. About 28 of us gathered at The Inlet for drink and nibbles before the lovely Thomasson girls revealed the host address for each of the visiting couples and everyone disappeared off to their respective venues with surprise host and other guests. It was a lot of fun and a great night of fellowship. Thanks especially to the Millers for organising the event and to all our hosts for putting on a great night.
We received a lovely thank you note from John Hall for supporting his head shave for Leukaemia last week and I can tell you first hand that he is looking very clean cut with his new buzz cut this week. This week 75 wheelchairs have been shipped off to Zambia – lovely to see some going outbound again and Larry and Des met with a contingency from Bangladesh on Friday to show them around the Shed and discuss preparing a consignment of wheelchairs to be shipped out there. Larry will fill us in more at the next meeting. Meanwhile, Mario has been in early discussions for an international project to build a hospital facility in Pentecost, Vanuatu, a joint club project with Broadbeach and Gold Coast Clubs. As we know, we work best when we have a great cause and Im looking forward to hearing more about this project when Marion gets back from leave.  
Couple of dates to keep in the diary – defibrillator training Saturday 4th May. The more the merrier. Follow the link in Franz’s email to be one of the first 15 who get to be officially certified in its use – the rest, turn up as observers and although you won’t receive an official certificate- you will still know how to use the machine. It an essential piece of equipment and will be a great morning at the Shed. The 2nd is the small business expo on 23rd May – we need muscles and ambassadors for set up,  manning the booth, Club promotion, traffic management , collection and tear down over two days – rosters to be circulated later this month, but keep the dates free.
It’s the District Conference this weekend – for those of our members who are attending, enjoy and thank you for representing the Club and/or the District. Good Luck to DG Terry Brown and his organising Committee a successful, well attended conference full of great ideas and fellowship – we especially know what a huge event this is to organise and wish them all the very best.
Have a great week everyone and see you Wednesday.
Best wishes
This coming Wednesday 27th March: Social breakfast
This coming Wednesday 27th March, we'll have a social breakfast at our usual location, right at the beach front at the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club (downstairs).  Come along!
GWIC2D - how good was that!
"Not another Rotary acronym!!" I hear you yell out.  OK, it was simply too long for a title - of course I refer to 'Guess who is coming to dinner?', a hugely successful social event we had last Saturday.  How does it work? Simple: everyone gathers at a central location, in this case, in the gardens of The Inlet in Main Beach (President Jo's domain) for pre-dinner drinks and nibbles.  Participants are then given an address of one of our members who has agreed to host a group for dinner. Unless you are already familiar with a particular address, you don't know who the host will be, and correspondingly, the host won't know who will turn up.  What a superb evening! Angus Miller organized it all, the addresses to go to were drawn out of a hat (and thus the grouping was definitely not deliberate). 
Together with Mark & Tanya Twyford and Ian Mayberry, your Editor and his better half enjoyed a delightful dinner at Angus & Virginia Miller.  Other hosts were President Jo and Tony Winwood, Charles & Angela Thomasson, Mario Fairlie & Sylvia.  Picture (by Larry Murray) above shows Mario & Sylvia and their guests feasting. 
Massive injection of funds into our District projects
PDG Graham Jones outlined the fantastic achievement of the huge project our District supports at Griffith University: The development of a Malaria Vaccine.  Our Rotary District so far has raised over $500,000.  The program has now proceeded to the human trials stage.  And, to give the project a serious push up, here comes our local member for McPherson and Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, with the news that the Federal Government is topping this up with a further $500,000!
But wait, there's more!  Graham also advised that the program originally started by the Rotary club of Maclean (and now taken over by the District) into Human Brain Research has been given a major boost via a Global Grant by The Rotary Foundation of $90,000.  This will permit a second scholarship at the University of Queensland, specifically supporting the study of Parkinson's Disease. A fund has been setup within the Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS), which enjoys Deductible Gift Recipient (e.g. Tax Deductability) status. It is named The Rotary Australia Benevolent Society, or short RABS.  Graham is looking to our club to chair the group in our District.
Last week's Guest Speakers: The Blenders
Originally, when the group formed in 1988, they were called 'The Banana Blenders'...  Introduced by David Bonifant (Rotary Club of Broadbeach), four members of the famous A Capella choir joined us: Barry Mallett, life member (over 20 years), Roy Tomkinson - life member (since foundation in 1988),  Tony Egan and Rusty Lush, a former member of Surfers Sunrise. Roy started the show with a Video when they appeared on 'Australia's Got Talent' - click here to view it.  Even Karl Sandilands loved it! Roy followed up with a history of The Blenders over the past 30-odd years.  Today, the group has around 50 - 60 members. You can find a lot of information on their website - click here.

A Barbershop Quartett must strictly follow the rules of the Australian Association of Barbershop Harmony Convention.  Bit the choir progressed - to one of its pinnacles of achievement, appearing at the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2018.  "Every year, the songs get more complicated, but on the other hand, the learning materials also have become so much better, due to them being IT based", Roy advised.  And it's not just voice, tonal and vowel matching.  These days Choreography much comes into it too!

Barry Mallett followed up with a very interesting metaphor, comparing Barbershop style singing to Rugby... What?? Come again?  Yes, Barry called it "Rugby without the contact"... Further, learning songs is good for the brain - not to be underestimated, as - as one gets older - anything that improves brain power is good for you! "Singing Barbershop Harmony sort of makes your bones vibrate," Barry said, "it's similar to guided meditation, or [censured]..." [sorry, you should have been there... Ed.]  Reams of questions resulted in us literally running out of time.  What a pity!  An actual performance of one of their quartets would have put the cherry on the cake!
Thank you from John Hall
We received a lovely note from John Hall who recently sacrificed his Goldi Silver Locks for a good cause to support research into Leukemia (see last week's bulletin).  Since it is on a dark blue background, which makes it a bit hard to read from a photo, even in a large format. So, here is the text: 
Surfers Sunrise Rotary - To President Joanne
I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the generous donation you gave me with my recent sponsorship for the Greatest Shave.  Your donation helped me to reach my goal.
The reason this charity is so close is because my wife recently passed away due to cancer and we have had a few friends who passed with the same
By fundraising for the World's Greatest Shave, I have helped give families facing cancer the emotional and practical support they need and fund vital research to help more people survive. 
Kind regards
(signed) John Hall.
Surfers Sunrise to participate in Small Business Expo
At last week's meeting, Paula Brand, the head of the Gold Coast Small Business Expo, gave us a brief presentation on the project.  As we were last year, we have again been invited to run a Fundraiser by setting up the day before and, on the day, run the Car Parking and, at the end of the day, take the tables and partitions down.  The Expo will run on 23rd  May 2019, so put that date, as well as the 22nd May into your diary now!
But this year, we have also been invited to run a booth ourselves! What a terrific opportunity for membership promotion!
You can find more information on the event on their website: (don't be confused by the registration page popping up in your face - just close it to see the website itself.)
Snippets of last week's meeting 200319
Geoff Croad was at the door, John Chirio had his inaugural appearance as Chairman and Andy Bell was Sergeant.  We had apologies from President Jo Winwood, Simon Brook, Paul Seymour, Neil Thurlow and Darrell Brown.
Andy Bell, on behalf of President Jo, welcomed all members and guests: Past District Governor Graham Jones, David Bonifant (RC of Broadbeach) and four of his fellow members of The Blenders Choir (see separate report above). 
Andy briefly reported on the Board Meeting that took place on Monday, then handed over to PDG Graham Jones who had some fantastic news (see separate article above). 
Larry Murray advised that on Friday he'll meet a delegation of an organization looking for wheelchairs for Bangladesh at the Project Shed.  Franz Huber reminded members that registrations for the District Conference will close on Sunday, Angus Miller outlined the details of Saturday's 'Guess who is coming to dinner?' event, Ray Higgs invited members to join him at an upcoming Peace & Conflict Resolution seminar at the St Lucia Campus of UQ, where the current group of Rotary Scholars will outline their experiences and projects.
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.
 27th March 2019N/a (Social meeting)   
 03th April 2019Neil ThurlowChris Thurtell  Mark Twyford 
 10th April 2019N/a (Social meeting)   
 17th April 2019Mario FairlieSimon BrookFranz Huber 
 24th April 2019N/a (Social meeting)   
 1st May 2019Ray HiggsFred HamblenTania Laird 
 8th May 2019N/a (Social meeting)   
 15th May 2019Col LaurensonGraeme Isaacson  Doug Lipp 
Inspirations - well, sort of... 270319
Is this going to happen after the boys out at the Project Shed have completed their Defibrillator Training in early May...? surprise
Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their backs on the fire and burn their behinds, they will just have to sit on their blisters.  Abraham Lincoln.
In the USA, the Secret Service no longer yell “Get down!!” if the President is attacked. They now yell “Donald, Duck!”
Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which other do for us that makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.  Helen Keller.
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Social Breakfast at the Surfers SLSC
Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club
Mar 27, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
District 9640 Conference in Lismore
Lismore Workers Club
Mar 29, 2019 12:00 PM –
Mar 31, 2019 1:00 PM
Des La Rance - new designs at the Project Shed
Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club
Apr 03, 2019
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Tahlia Fenech - My RYLA experience
Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club
Apr 17, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Defibrillator Training
May 04, 2019
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Tristan Hardwick - Why Defibrillators?
Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club
May 15, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
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Gold Coast Ramble 2018
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