President's Message
Andy Bell
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I am told that the Presidents Reports need to be informative and motivational, fair enough. Speaking with various Past Presidents to a person they list writing this message every week and making it interesting is the probably the most taxing part of being President. When I accepted the role, albeit at very short notice, to be the President of the Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise I promised to myself I would never have the dreaded ‘No Presidents Message  to report’ in the bulletin. So far so good.
Informative bit. --
1. If you don't hurry up and register for the number 1 event of the year ( no not the Comm Game), the District 9640 Conference, you will end up with your nose pressed up against the window watching everyone else having a great time without you . It starts on the 9 March.
2. Pride of Workmanship Awards. Instead of our normal Breakfast Meeting on February 21 we are having a Dinner Meeting at the Surfers Paradise RSL  It will be a great night and is a wonderful way for our club to interact with the local business community.
Motivational bit. -- Be nice to each other [or I'll tell father when he comes back from work! ☺ Ed].
May go back to my normal rambling next week, will be interested in any feedback. --just sayin
Andrew Bell
President, 2017-18
This coming Wednesday: Jane Rushton - Accepting Change

Jane Rushton’s inspires and motivates people by sharing her journey of her near fatal, head on car accident in Balcutha, New Zealand in 1992 where she was unrecognisable and had to learn to walk again. After many surgery’s Jane realised she had to make a choice to be a victim or to learn how to heal herself and accept the changes so she could create more balance, bliss and productivity in all areas of her life. With Jane's easy formula, "MIND TRICKS 5 KEY STEPS" Jane and her clients have discovered how to create more balance, bliss and productivity in their life's. Easily and effortlessly

Jane, a successful Author, 'Mind Tricks' Coach, Spiritual Healer, Pilates and Gym Instructor, as well as an International Netball Festival coordinator and Director of two companies, has been an entrepreneur since the age of twenty-four.

Jane’s has been inspired to share her vision, started over twenty years ago when she began her search to find direction in life to uncover her passions and work through life’s challenges. Jane 's say's "Life's a Roller-coaster it's good to learn how to reduce the dips in life". She has studied so many modalities in Personal Development, Natural Therapies, exercise and rehabilitation she has lost count.

NOTE: New venue: Pavilion, Southport Surf Life Saving Club.  Arrive early enough to order breakfast before meeting starts at 07:15 sharp. 

Melbourne Cup Party 2017
T'was the first Tuesday of November... a great time was had by some of our members at the Melbourne Cup party at Seaworld.  Congratulations to Sue Lipp who won best dressed!  Check out the Photo Album Section on the right for more pictures.
Photos by Jo Gorman.

And now in my dream it all comes back:
I bet my coin on the Sydney crack,
A million I've won, no question!
“Give me my money, you hooked-nosed hog!
Give me my money, bookmaking dog!”
But he disappeared in a kind of fog,
And I woke with “the indigestion”.

Last stanza in Banjo Paterson's 'A Dream of the Melbourne Cup'  Click here to read the full poem.

Last week we had a social meeting
It's good to have a social breakfast occasionally - no official business, no Sergeant, no Guest Speaker, just good ol' fellowship.  Keeping in mind that the First Objective of Rotary is 'The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service'. 
So it was last Wednesday at our new venue, the Pavilion at the Southport Surf Life Saving Club. But we still had a presentation anyway: Mario Fairlie got himself a "new" Mercedes - see photo on left.  Well, actually it is not new, but it is worth more than a new one and it is as rare as hen's teeth: It is a 1954 model of the Mercedes Benz  “Adenauer” Limousine 300b. Not sure whether the matching shirt was intentional or not, but knowing Mario, he never leaves much to chance, so I suspect it is not... Ed.  ☺
Kerrie Brown's cushion goes to the Miller clan
The Angus & Virginia Miller clan has a new heirloom: a ticket belonging to their family was the winning entry for Kerrie Brown's hand embroidered pillow. Kerrie selected ROMAC – Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children as her 'District Governor's Partner Project'. ROMAC flies severely disfigured or injured children to Australia for surgery.  All work by the surgeons and volunteers is provided at no charge. Now you normally expect District Governors to ask for money. This time expect the unexpected. We are giving you something for money. Fair deal? I hope so. Kerrie is aiming to raise $25,000 for an operation to save the life of a child. We call it “Stitches for Stitches”. She has made 54 embroidered cushions - one for every club in the district. Every one is unique. There are 10 hours minimum in each cushion and about $50 of material.
A photo from our Youth Exchange Student... in Paris
Geez, doesn't time fly! Only two months to go and "our" Youth Exchange Student Kieran Power (third from left in the front row) will be on his way back from Germany.  He sent us a photo from a recent tour of YE Students to Paris.
For those who came in late: Kieran, who comes from Warwick, is co-sponsored by the Warwick and Surfers Sunrise Rotary Clubs.
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change.  Please check every week:
7th Feb 2018Ray HiggsGerald East
14th Feb 2018Jo GormanFred Hamblen
21st Feb 2018Col Laurensen Ian Mayberry
28th Feb 2018Charles Thomasson Graeme Isaacson
7th March 2018 Peter MorganChris Thurtell
14th March 2018  Mario FairlieJim Blackburn
Inspirations - well, sort of...  151117
HL Mencken’s first rule of pragmatic politics: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
The Secret Service no longer yell’s “Get down!!” if the POTUS is attacked. They now yell “Donald, duck!”
Teach your children the love of a Mercedes Benz and they'll never have enough money for drugs...
7th February 2018
Bulletin Editor
Franz Huber
  • This Wednesday: Charmaine Wheatley
  • Pride of Workmanship Awards: Evening meeting
  • AB Paterson College students to build wheelchairs
  • Last week's Speaker: Charles Thomasson
  • Two Baton Bearers from Surfers Sunrise
  • Snippets of last week's meeting
  • Last week's Sergeant, Ian Mayberry
  • Roster for the next 4 weeks
  • Inspirations (well, sort of....)
Upcoming Events
Weekly Meeting - TBA
Pavilion Restaurant, Southport Surf Life Saving Club
Feb 14, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Pride of Workmanship Award Evening
Surfers Paradise RSL Club
Feb 21, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
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Photo Albums
Melbourne Cup 2017
Help! 3000 wheels to be unloaded!
Simon Brook leads our team at the Rotaract Trivia Challenge
Working Bee at The Shed 03 June 2017
School for Phuket, Thailand
Surfers Sunrise Changeover 2015
Surfers Sunrise Charter - 23. February 1987
House of Hope - Samoa
Our YE Student in Germany sent us some photos
Rotaract Trivia Night 15 April 2016
Pre-school, Mata'afa Village, Samoa
Kieran Power's photos from Germany
30th Anniversary of Charter 22/02/2017