President's Message
Mario Fairlie
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Hi All,
In the last week I was requested to provide a brief overview of our club’s highlights by the Assistant Governor. I decided that you all should have a copy of what I will be submitting. Please, if I have forgotten anything let me know so it can be included in the final report.
  • Corporate Membership, including changing the Club’s bylaws. The Club has two (2) Corporate members and we are working toward doubling this in the next few months. Current membership stands at 28 Active + 2 Active-Corporate + 6 Honorary which will make our Active membership 32, once Corporate membership is represented by 2 members.
  • International Project: The Project in Vanuatu in partnership with Broadbeach and Gold Coast Clubs, with scoping work completed including a visit to Pentecost Island, Vanuatu by Dr Dennis O’Brien, Dr Graham Sivyer and myself in October 2019, which confirmed the needs and that this project is required urgently. The manufacturing of the Building will start in February at our Project Shed in Arundel. The Objective is to have the building completed on Pentecost Island, Vanuatu by June-July 2020. A Global Grant is required to complete this facility to allow the supply & installation of X-Ray & Pathology equipment.
  • The Wheelchair Project: Last December 2019 we reached 9,961 wheelchairs being made & sent to all continents within the exception of Antarctica.  The Club has also involved the Palen Creek Correction Centre in the manufacture of the wheelchairs. Due to the demands on resources for the “Vanuatu Project” less focus will be on wheelchair manufacture in the coming months and while stocks are high.
  • The launch of the POD “THE SLEEPING SANTUARY” to provide sleeping for the homeless. A special feature story appeared in the local Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper and was broadcast on Chanel Nine Local News, followed by a Current Affair National TV coverage. We have this month received a Federal Government Grant to build up to 20 POD’s.
  • Conducted the Christmas Party Dinner rather than a Breakfast meeting.
  • Christmas Presents for underprivileged Children. Our members provide toys for children in conjunction with St. Johns Crisis Centre, Surfers Paradise.
  • Hosted Rotary Friendship Team from District 5020 – USA and Canada
  • Conducting “Chinese New Year Dinner” rather than a Breakfast Meeting in January.
  • Keith Lutz Award:  This is annual award sponsored by Surfers Sunrise Rotary and is part of our ongoing commitment with the youth. It is very much treasured by each recipient at the Surfers Paradise Life Saving Club.
  • Rotary International Exchange Students: Our Club this year is hosting Ayana Sadaka, from Japan. We welcomed home Lucy Thorburn, returning from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Lucy was sponsored by our Club to travel to USA for the past 12 months. She is a recipient of “Junior Surfer of the Year” and received the “Lutzy Award” from our Club two years ago.
  • In addition, our Club is active supporting & supervising RYDA with Schools on the Gold Coast and we have sponsored two youths to attend the RYPEN camp . Also, our Club will sponsor members from the Surf Club (two participants) in RYLA this year.
  • Pride of Workmanship Awards are run annually by our Club, recognizing men and women that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their profession/workplace and are awarded at a special dinner.
  • Contributed to a a sponsorship for a PHD student for the “The Human Brain Research Project” (project of RC of Surfers Paradise, Hope Island and others. This also was last year's DG Partner's (Carole Brown) project.)
  • Polio Plus: 3 days collection at Runaway Shopping Centre and participation in Polio Plus Movies night.
  • Contributions to Rotary Foundation: $6,000
  • Contribution to District Governor Partner Project – Rotarians Against Malaria $1,000.00              
That’s it……not bad hey for our little club.   Remember if I have forgotten anything please contact me.
Also, don’t forget that this Wednesday we are having Chinese New Year Dinner at Highland Court Chinese Restaurant, Benowa Gardens at 6.00pm. Therefore the breakfast meeting has been cancelled.
Mario Fairlie,
This Wednesday: Chinese New Year dinner
This week, we won't have our usual breakfast meeting, but instead Charles Thomasson and Paul Smith have organized for our club to have a social dinner night, celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Rat.  It will be in the form of a sumptuous banquet, held on Wednesday 29th January 2020, from 6:00 pm at the
Highland Court Chinese Restaurant
Benowa Gardens Shopping Centre
203 Ashmore Rd,
Benowa QLD 4217
Cost $35.00 per head. BYO, wine only - no corkage! (wine only - all other drinks must be purchased at the venue). Of course, partners, friends and guests welcome!  Online bookings (see link in the Events section on the left) close Sunday night. If you missed it, try to contact Charles Thomasson directly to see if he can sneak you in...
Wayne Leathem: Medical Repurposing Network
Did you know that hospitals' medical equipment automatically gets shunted out as "unserviceable" after 10 years, regardless of whether it is still functional or not? And we wonder why our health budget keeps blowing out...
Enter the Medical Repurposing Network (MRN). Last Wednesday, we welcomed Wayne and Janet Leathem to speak about their organization. Wayne, a member of the Currumbin-Coolangatta-Tweed Rotary Club, outlined their three guiding principles: Repurposing - Sustainability - Responsiblity. So, when medical or educational equipment becomes redundant, ask yourself...
Repurposing: "Are there others who could benefit from it?"
Sustainablity: "Should I throw this away? What else can I do?"
Responsibility: "Does this really need to go into landfill? Am I polluting the environment?"
It all started off when Wayne participated in the Tour de Timor, a cycling event in the vicinity of Dili, East Timor. There, he was made aware of a severe shortage of hospital beds.  And once a Rotarian gets started... This was followed by 4 Ultrasound machines to the Philippines, 60 beds to a Children's Hospital in a remote region of Fiji...  But, one of the big aspects is the cost of shipping: it costs approximately $700 - 900 to ship an Ultrasound unit. Compare that to a new, Chinese manufactured, laptop based unit which costs around $2,500. 
Whilst in our country Tuberculosis is these days quite uncommon, in PNG, with >300 cases per 100,000 population, this is still a major issue. One of MRN's new project is the supply of Digital TB X-Ray screening system to remote regional areas of Papua New Guinea. The project's patron is the PNG High Commissioner to Australia, Mr Sakias Tameo, and the Enga Province Health Authority is on board. They have seed funding of $7,500 and are looking for 5 Rotary partners to donate US$5,000 each. Link -
But shouldn't we also look after our own? Yes! For outback remote Australian clinics, MRN is looking to supply 10 new Chinese made portable Ultrasounds, valued at $3000 each. These remote outback clinics are serviced by the Royal Flying Doctor service (RFDS) and not all aircraft carry Ultrasounds. While this may not change the outcome for some patients, being better informed and able to diagnose quickly and accurately will save delays and unnecessary trips to Alice Springs or Darwin.  Just one remote retrieval by RFDS and returning would equal the cost of one Portable Ultrasound. Click here for more And even in the very recent bushfire emergency saw MRN in action: via the RAAF, equipment was dropped into Mallacoota, which was totally cut off...
Wayne's PowerPoint Show has been uploaded to our website - see Download Section on the right, which also contains contact details.
Excellence of Workmanship Awards: 18th March
Vocational Services chief Richard Smith is again organizing the annual Excellence in Workmanship Awards.  It will take place on Wednesday 18th March 2020, so put it into your diary now! Social dinner night of course, so make sure your partners know about it too, and all friends and guests are welcome.
Richard advises that nominations are now closed.  Watch this space for details of the venue!
RI President Elect Holger Knaack releases Theme 20-21
At this week's Rotary International Assembly, RI President Elect Holger Knaack released his Presidential Theme for 2020-21. Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, revealed the 2020-21 presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, to incoming district governors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, on 20 January.
"Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join, but rather “an invitation to endless opportunities,” said Knaack, who becomes President on 1 July. He emphasized that Rotary creates pathways for members to improve their lives and the lives of those they help through service projects. “We believe that our acts of service, big and small, create opportunities for people who need our help,” Knaack said. He added that Rotary creates leadership opportunities and gives members the chance to travel the world to put their service ideas into action and make lifelong connections. “Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere,” he said.
Read more about it: click here.
Gold Coast Ramble - Sunday 22nd March
Together with the Gold Coast Rotary Club, on 22nd March 2020 we are staging the 3rd Gold Coast Ramble.  This year it will start from Macintosh Island Park.  Lets organise some teams of costumed Ramblers, exploring the streets and businesses of Main Beach and Northern Surfers Paradise. Teams endeavour to gain as many points as possible during the 2 hour period, however, it is primarily designed for participants to have fun, no matter their level of fitness or mobility. Yes, prams and wheelchairs welcome!
Participants can choose to support any of 7 charities: Australian Anti Ice Campaign, Baby Give Back, Bravehearts, The Butterfly Foundation, Orange Sky Laundry, The Prostate Foundation of Australia and the Salvation Army.  Full details, and to register, please visit the website:
(Photo: last year's winners, Rosie Rocco and her team)
Snippets of last week's meeting 220120
Paul Seymour was at the door, Andy Bell was Chairman and Ian Mayberry was Sergeant.  We had apologies from Darrell Brown, Neil Thurlow, Adrian Crowe and Mark Twyford.
President Mario Fairlie welcomed all members and guests: Dr Graham Sivyer (RC of Broadbeach), Ross Bennett (guest of Richard Smith), our Youth Exchange Student Ayana Sadaka and our guest speakers Wayne and Janet Leathem (RC of Currumbin – Coolangatta – Tweed).
Mario announced that the Federal Government grant of $10,000 should be in our bank account today. It is designated for our ‘Sleeping Sanctuary’ and we need to raise another $10,000 to match it. Possibly $5,000 should come from the Rotary Club of Runaway Bay. One of the issues we have with this project is the placement: Rosie’s has been unable to get Gold Coast City Council approval to have them at the Southport underground car park. The St John’s Crisis Centre can accommodate 3 and Mario is continuing to look for other places.
After a hugely interesting presentation by Wayne and Janet Leathem (see separate article), Sergeant Ian Mayberry plucked some dollars… All will go towards buying Christmas presents for St John’s Crisis Centre, which in days past was financed through the ‘Coffee Club’, now defunct since we moved to the SLSC.  Paul Seymour: at what time were you supposed to be at the door?? Richard Smith apparently claimed that he “got a new bird”… not what everyone thought: he meant a real, feathered one..! Andy Bell, weren’t you promising to stop commenting on controversial issues on Facebook? So what do we get? Bushfires, Global Warming, Xtreme Revolution…  Geoff Croad, did you enjoy sitting with all your friends (alone) downstairs..? Angus Miller, rumour has it that you backed into a little old lady’s car? (strenuously denied…) Doug Lipp about something to do with bushfire appeal… Graeme Isaacson not only last in the door, but god knows how many other items…
Treasurer Doug Lipp advised that Club Dues are payable by 31st January or you won't be able to claim the early payment discount offered.
Ray Higgs announced that the Surf Life Saving Club has nominated a candidate for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), and possibly will have another. Our applicant for a World Peace Fellowship regrettably was unsuccessful (again). Geoff Croad would like to know who donated money into the Bottle Recycling fund?  Franz Huber reminded all that the Gold Coast Ramble is coming up on the third Sunday in March: the challenge is for every member to produce a competing team. And on the last weekend of March, the District 9640 Conference will be on in Tenterfield. So far, 9 people from our club have registered.  Have you registered yet?
Crazy Whist game coming up 29th Feb
Stop Press: Put it into your diary now! Treasurer Doug Lipp will again run a Crazy Whist night on Saturday 29th February.  LOTS of fun!  More details in next week's bulletin.
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)  
 29 Jan 2020Chinese New Year DinnerPlease pre-payDarrell Brown (Saturday 01/02/19) 
 05 Feb 2020Mitch BrownGeoff CroadJohn Chirio 
 12/02/20N/a (social Meeting) Adrian Crowe 
 19/02/20Doug GarvieGerald EastFred Hamblen 
Ray Higgs (Saturday 29/02/20)
Inspiration - well, sort of... 290120
Why is English to much fun?  Well, absorb this:
"All the faith he had had had had no effect on the outcome of his life"  And you wonder why I have grey hair? frown
And when your Editor arrived in this beautiful country in 1971, with the exception of the currency, measurements were in the old imperial system.  So here is a method on how to remember the ratio of Miles to Feet:
"To remember how many feet there are in a mile, you just think of 5 tomatoes: Five To-mate-oes sounds like five, two, eight, 0 and there are 5280 feet in a mile.
In comparison, our system in Switzerland was much more complex:To remember how many millimetres in a centimetre, or how many decilitres in a litre, one had to remember "10". But then, if one forgot, one could always count the fingers on both hands...

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Gold Coast Ramble 2020 - how to participate
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