President's Message
Mario Fairlie
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This week has been more about the POD …… “THE SLEEPING SANCTUARY”
After the story appeared in the Gold Coast Bulletin last Monday, Channel 9 contacted us to help with a re-run of the story for TV.  So we (Des La Rance, Laurie Roberts, Bryan Tuesley, Cr Dawn Crichlow, Kathleen Vladic from Rosies & myself) turned up at the Project Shed to do it all again. The story was shown on Nine’s Local New Bulletin at 5:30 on Wednesday evening. I believe this has helped Rotary, our Club and hopefully in our fund raising.
Then, the Nine Network's A Current Affair wanted to cover the story. However, this time on Thursday morning at Rosies at Southport. Unfortunately, neither could Des or Laurie nor I could attend, and Franz stood in for me. Franz and Bryan loaded the POD onto our trailer and delivered it do to Rosies for the recording. Both were interviewed, as were Dawn and Kathleen.  After the recording was completed Franz & Bryan returned the POD to the Shed. What an effort. However, if this story goes well when it is aired on Monday night, it could help us to raise the necessary funds to build more POD’s. 
By the way, during the previous day I was contacted by Ray White Main Beach to pick-up some bikes which had been left behind at some of their managed properties. After Franz had returned the POD to the Shed on Thursday he went back to pick-up the bikes and returned them to the shed.
Sunday was another a request to help. Dr Graham Sivyer, President of Broadbeach Rotary Club, had organised for the collection from the Gold Coast University Hospital a considerable number of medical items including crutches. Franz & Bryan gave up most of their Sunday morning to assist and take the trailer. These items will find their way into the container going to Pentecost Island in Vanuatu.  THANKS FRANZ & BRYAN.
The week also has two events for the visiting Canadians and Americans. Broadbeach Club invited us together with all the hosts to their dinner meeting on Tuesday where each of the visiting Rotarian couples gave a presentation on themselves and their Club…. most interesting.  Friday night was a BBQ to say farewell. Graham Sivyer & myself gave a brief  presentation on the project for Vanuatu.
Finally, Saturday was taken up with the BBQ as Officeworks. It was reasonably good day. Unfortunately, we didn’t raise a lot! Thanks to all involved, especially Geoff Croad for organising the event.
  • Wednesday 20th Regular Meeting at the Surf Club.
  • 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 - click this link to book.
  • Ian Mayberry will be asking for you to buy a small present for a child (4 - 10 years) for Christmas. We give these presents every year to Anglicare for underprivileged children. Otherwise if you give him the money (say, $10), he buy them for you. Otherwise you may be fined heavily!
  • Wednesday 18th December 2019.  Christmas Dinner Party.
For me, Monday 18th I go into hospital for my back surgery. 
Please enjoy the week.
Mario Fairlie
The Sleeping Sanctuary was on A Current Affair!
OK, so they didn't display our website address - great pity! But you can watch it online: Click here.
Last Thursday, Associate Member Bryan Tuesley, Cr Dawn Crichlow, Kathleen Vlasic from Rosies and your Editor met with a reporting team from Channel Nine's 'A Current Affair' at Rosie's in Southport. There were interviews with all and our 'Sleeping Sanctuary' was filmed from all possible angles... and it is expected to be broadcast on Monday night - 7:00 pm.  Some of you members and fans of Surfers Sunrise would recall that, back in 1997, 'A Current Affair' accompanied us to deliver the first 10 Wheelchairs to Fiji. Will this become the next huge project of the Surfers Sunrise Wheelchair Trust?  Click on the yellow button to take you to a highly secure 'GoFundMe' page. Your donation will go to our Wheelchair Trust, an Australian registered charity.  Remember, all labour and administration is done by volunteers - we have no overheads!
A few days before that, Councillor Dawn Crichlow and Kathleen Vlasic visited our Project Shed last Saturday, accompanied by a reporting team from the Gold Coast Bulletin. And here it is published in last Monday's (11/11/19) edition!  Photo shows the two ladies, with Laurie Roberts (left) who built the prototype, and Des La Rance (right), who designed it. Looking forward to getting more traction on this great project, as is reported by Cr Crichlow in this reportage. For full text, please head to the Download Page on the right.  Click here to go directly to our Wheelchair Trust GoFundMe page!
This Wednesday: PDG Darrell Brown - Introduction to Rotary
PDG Darrell Brown will conduct what used to be the 'Fireside Chat' for new Rotarians.  But not just new Rotarians - existing members very much can benefit from a bit of a refresher course on the many facets of our organization!
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
Meet our Youth Exchange Student from Japan
Ayana Sadaka has now been on the Gold Coast for quite some months, but still not all of our members have had the opportunity to meet this charming young lady!  Here is a brief outline, written by her recently, and there is a Photo Album which you can have a look at - see right hand side. [Editor's Note: I did NOT edit her report.  I challenge any of you to undertake Japanese studies and be as competent in just a few months as Ayana is in English! Well done, Ayana! ☺]
Hello everyone.
My name is Ayana Sadaka. I’m living in Gold Coast as an exchange student. My hobbies are listening to music, karaoke, playing and watching sports. I especially like basketball but since I came to Australia, I’ve also came to like netball. We are family of four. My mother, my father, my younger brother and I. And when I was in Japan, I was living in Gifu Prefecture. Since I came to Australia, I’ve experienced so many new thing, but I still have a lot of things that I want to do while I’m studying abroad. There are so many things that I want to do, but I especially want to play the Didjeridu, a traditional Australian instrument. I want to work at an international airport and be an immigration inspector in the future. To do so, I have to go to university that has a faculty of low and I need English skills. So, I’m studying hard now. I’ll do my best to achieve my goal. To be honest, I want to be in Australia when I am twenty-five years old. Because I was taken in by the charm of this country. I think there is no other country that has really beautiful nature and understands other cultures and multinationals. I wish I could be a citizen of this country in the future. Even If I can’t do that, I would like to come back to Australia. Thank you for supporting me. I’m a really lucky person who has been able to study in such a wonderful country. I’ll do my best for one year in response to your support. 
I especially like English songs, and my favorite artists are Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction. I also like classic music, and I like Gymnopédie composed by Erik Satie. When I do Karaoke, I often sing the song of Japanese singer “miwa” and “Miku Hatsune”. I have to go to university that can learn about law because I need to know to be an immigration inspector. Sorry I made a lots of mistakes.
Greetings from Lucy Thorburn in Minnesota!
Our Youth Exchange Student in Minnesota, USA, has touched base again with the "Mother Ship"... Lots of new photos on her Photo Album Page on the right hand side as well. This photo she is with Ian and Juliet Riseley, "our" Australian Rotary International President 2017-18.  
Hey everyone it’s me Lucy, sorry about the lack of updates lately it’s been busy over here. The snow has started to fall again coming into winter, temps of -16 already. I’m back at school after Summer break and living with my 3rd and last host family. They are amazing people and I’m enjoying being part of their family. I’ve been to a couple of cabins in this last month and on a lot of hikes! It was really beautiful to see a real Fall for the first time with all the leaves changing. I also got to experience my first real Halloween with the pumpkin carving, costumes and Trick or Treat. 
But the most exciting thing that’s happened lately was meeting Ian Riseley former president of Rotary International, whom I met this morning! It was great, I got to listen to his awesome presentation on Rotary International and I chatted to him and his wife Juliet after the presentation. They are really great people, it was great to talk to some fellow Australians it only made me miss Australia that much more! 
I hope all is well with everyone back home and that everyone's friends and families are safe from the bush fires! 
Regards Lucy.
Inside Palen Creek Correctional Centre
No! Your Editor has not been convicted to an extended stay at Her Majesty's pleasure (yet)... ☺ We recently received a copy of a press release from the Palen Creek Correctional Centre. Their inmates have been helping us to make wheelchairs for years.  In essence: our volunteers at the Project Shed pre-prepare the kits including cutting the wood, we supply them the materials and they lovingly paint them, re-assemble them and put them into boxes ready for shipment and return them to us.  Check the Download Section on the right for the full Press Release by 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.  Cost per person $30.00.
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)  
 20 Nov 2019   Col LaurensonGraeme Isaacson  Doug Lipp 
 27 Nov 2019N/a (social meeting)   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... 181119
When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods but in favours - When you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them but protect them against you - When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self sacrifice - you may know that society is doomed.
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (1957)
What Orwell failed to predict was that we’d buy cameras ourselves and that our biggest fear would be that nobody is watching…
Download Files
The Story of the Surfers Sunrise Wheelchairs Trust
Surfers Sunrise Golf Day Flyer
Surfers Sunrise POD in Gold Coast Bulletin
Wheelchairs Project at Palen Creek - Press Release
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Nov 25, 2019
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Dec 04, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Christmas Dinner
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Dec 18, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
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Photo Albums
Our YE Student from Japan - Ayana Sadaka
Surfers Sunrise 'Sleeping Sanctuary'
Working bee at the Project Shed 24/08/19
Lucy Thorburn in Minnesota
X-Ray Unit for Hospital on Espiritu Santo
Excellence in Workmanship Awards 2019
Inaugural Bike Sale a roaring success
Charmaine Wheatley: 120 wheelchairs for South Africa
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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