President's Message
Joanne Winwood
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Happy Monday Campers!
It was great meeting last week- top bants (that’s the UK youth’s term of reference for lively banter), plenty of giggles as we shared our red face moments and some lovely visitors who were happy to join in the fun.
It was also great to have Des La Rance with us – the personification of everything that Rotary is and we should be super proud to have him as an Honorary Member. I got thinking about the volunteer hours that Des would have put in during his time at the Club and gave up counting [*]– instead thinking about the time effort and resources that so many of our members put in to the Club, whether its those of you who have time consuming District or Project roles or those members of the Club who have or have had service roles. Its quite literally immeasurable and invaluable. I do want to make a special shout out to Neil Thurlow and Accent Print & Copy – Neil’s generosity to the Club is tremendous, highlighted by Des last week when talking about the cost of the packing boxes, a huge expense covered by Neil and his team.
This week marked the arrival of our eagerly awaited defibrillator at the Project Shed – installed by the kitchen area and ready to go. The lads were joking that they are going to attach themselves to it for a jump start each Saturday!  Its one of those things that you invest in, in the hope that you never need it, but having had experience of a heart attack or two happening at the Shed over the years, I know that the team are very grateful and feel a little easier for having it there. It will be even better when we know how to use it – so make sure you come to the training on 4th May. All welcome. Thanks Ray for getting this organised and on behalf of the Associates- thanks to the Club for raising the funds to purchase it.
We are looking to have another social function in the next few weeks and Mark and Tania Twyford have very kindly offered to provide the venue at their place in Parkwood for an evening BBQ, with a proposed date of 18th May. We will all bring food and drinks and hope that as many of you as possible can make it. More details to follow and thank you so much to the Twyfords.
Casual breakfast this week – I won’t be able to make it I’m afraid- but enjoy and have a great week all!
Best wishes
[*] Des joined the club in 1992. By my estimate, assuming an average of 10 hours / week if we include the design and development work relating to the schools and the House of Hope, this would be approximately 14,000 hours.  This would be closely followed by Daryl Sanderson's approximately 12,000 hours. Daryl joined the club in 1997 and immediately immersed himself in the wheelchair project. Ed. 
This coming Wednesday 10th April: Social Breakfast
Our regular alternative Wednesdays social breakfast at our usual venue, the Surfers Paradise SLSC (but downstairs for social meetings).  Enjoy a cuppa, order brekky from the buffet or a la carte, and have a good chinwag with your fellow Rotarians and friends!
Lucy Thorburn takes the plunge - at freezing temp!
First feedback from our Youth Exchange Student in Minnesota, USA.  Never mind freezing temperatures - Lucy Thorburn takes the plunge into freezing water anyway - all for a good cause! Click here for video on our Facebook Page!

Good morning this is Lucy Thorburn, I wanted to send you a like update on my exchange so far it’s been a crazy two months already. So it start with the first week of me being here in Minnesota we had the Polar vortex temperatures of -38 degrees celsius, that week school was cancelled four days in a row due to the crazy cold temps! We’ve also had lots of snow this winter so I’ve been skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating and snowball fights with friends. I’ve already met some really awesome people, my rotary club here is very impressed with everything you guys do with your wheelchair program, they started a program two years back in India to help girls get an education, right now they are funding around nine all girls schools and have help thunderous of girls in the last two years!

A couple of my friends and I participated in The Polar Plunge which was a fundraiser for Special Olympic (it’s pretty much jumping into frozen lake water temps below 0, craziness I know!) We ended up raising $1,900 as a team, I’ll leave some pictures and videos down below.

I’m also playing badminton at school for my after school spring sports with a couple of friends. My friend Lucy and I are playing doubles ( and yes everyone has a little laugh that we are both named Lucy). We made the varsity which is the best team to be on so we are really happy about that! 

Photo on left: Menolly (host sister), Lucy Thorburn, Kelly (host mum), Brennan (host brother( and Bryce (host dad).  More photos in Photo Album - see right side.
Last week's Guest Speaker: Des La Rance
He is the inventor, designer and moving force behind our major International project, the wheelchairs, the schools and the orphanages our club has delivered into all continents bar Antarctica! It's now some 24 years ago since Des visited Fiji, where he witnessed crippled and disabled children literally dragging themselves through the dirt, and decided that something needed to be done about it. Two years later, the project was brought to the attention of Ray Martin, at the time the host of 'A Current Affair', who promptly agreed to send a reporter and film crew, and accompany us to deliver the first 10 wheelchairs to Fiji (see my report on our website, under the Wheelchairs Tab).
The original wheelchairs not only recycled part of the frame, but also the wheels.  As their tyres would go flat, this turned out to be not the optimal way, so new wheels and BMX style tyres with solid inner tubes have been deployed since. Since then, almost 9,000 wheelchairs have been manufactured from old bicycles, plywood and other components, at a cost of just $100.00 each.  The most recent batch of 280, loaded into a 40 foot container, is destined for Bangladesh.
For many people, an achievement of this magnitude would do nicely, thank you.  Not Des: visiting Vanuatu, he saw a family living under a bit of corrugated sheeting. "Something needed to be done about that" - the typical decision.  Des designed a low cost house, which not only was easily built, flat packed for shipment in a container, but was also designed to be cyclone proof (and verified to be, by our Charter President and Civil Engineer Bill Moir). From this design emanated a design for a school to accommodate children who were orphaned in the Tsunami that devastated Indonesia and Thailand on Boxing Day of 2004.  Just a few years later, in 2007, a tsunami hit Samoa.  Our club, using a similar design, manufactured, supplied and installed a Primary School in the Matafaa Village on the south coast of Samoa. This was followed by a massive project, in concert with the Samoa Victims Support Group, to supply and erect an orphanage in Apia, followed by delivering a second classroom in 2016.
So where to from here? No rest for the wicked, as they say: President Elect Mario Fairlie has had discussions with other Rotary Clubs in the Surfers Paradise cluster to supply a Radiology Unit to a hospital in Vanuatu. "They have the hospital, but no X-Ray Unit" Des explained. "No flies on him", as the common Australian colloquialism says: Des' design is ready. It is similar to the last Samoa school, based on a 40 foot container, which ultimately becomes a major structural component of the building, with 50 mm Refrigeration Panels, wooden frames, cyclone proof... 
The Defibrillator is installed!
We have purchased a defibrillator for our hard working volunteers at the Project Shed! It was installed this week, and Des La Rance sorted out the mounting in a conspicious place. Professional training day on Saturday 4th May, 08:00 am. We have purchased a defibrillator for our hard working volunteers at the Project Shed! It was installed this week - - professional training day on Saturday 4th May - so would you kindly refrain from having a heart attack till then! 😊😊o would you kindly refrain from having a heart attack till then!  smiley wink
We need a sponsor for the 'Lutzy Award'
Remember the Lutzy Award, which, in conjunction with the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club, is presented to a promising young Life Saver.  Last year's award, presented in July 2018, went to Sebastian Robinson (see picture, with Jan Lutz).  Previous winners are Lucy Thorburn, our current Youth Exchange Student in the USA (by the way, has anyone heard anything from her since??) and before that, the inaugural winner Jessica Webber.  A specially designed and sign written Surf Paddle Board is presented (see picture).  The cost is around $2,500. Please contact organizer Ray Higgs.
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.)
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.
 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 
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Thomas Pynchon, in his Introduction to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.
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