President's Message
Andy Bell
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Our first meeting of the new year is now done and dusted and what a good meeting it was. Inclusive, busy and productive, a credit to you all.
Our President Elect, Jo Gorman has finally succumbed to the charms of her beau Tony Winwood. How good is that?  The happy couple are headed to the UK mid year so their nuptials can be witnessed by family and friends.  Interestingly, even in 2018, if you wish to marry quickly in the UK, you need to go to Scotland.   Gretna Green, the famous destination just over the border from England has for centuries been the village of preference for young English couples, either eloping or in a hurry to marry.   Jo and Tony are in a hurry, so Gretna Green it is.  The place will never be the same after Mr and Mrs Winwood are finished with it.
We need to push on with the clean up and modernisation of the ‘shed’.  I would like to suggest Friday the 9th of February as a date for another working bee.
Could any of you who were in attendance last Wednesday and heard our exchange student Gigi give her presentation believe she is only 16 years old?  A very impressive young lady.
I understand there are a few members who are not entirely happy with the changes occurring within the club.  Change is only problematic if it is change for change sake.  This is certainly not the case here.  Your Board and myself are implementing changes and improvements for one principle reason and that's to ensure the Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise remains relevant and the projects it is known for continue for many years, irrespective of personnel………just sayin
Andrew Bell
President, 2017-18
This coming Wednesday: AGM and Planning Meeting
First 'real' meeting of the year this coming Wednesday 10th January at the Southport SLSC Club: AGM, President Elect Jo Gorman will be confirming the incoming Board and Committee positions for 2018/19, as well as forward planning, which, without doubt, also includes preparation for Darrell Brown's District Conference from 9 - 11th March at Seaworld, just 8 weeks away. We need you to be there! 
A big thank you from Clive Edwards' family
Here is a copy of a very nice Thank You card we received from Clive Edwards' family.  No need to further elaborate - Very sorry to have lost a gentleman of the old sort.
Last Wednesday we had a social get together at Bumbles
As is traditional for Surfers Sunrise, our first meeting of the year is a social event. This year we met at the famous Bumbles Cafe in Surfers Paradise (by the way: their home backed Fig / Nut bread toast is divine!) Good opportunity for our President Elect Jo Gorman to show off her sparkling new Engagement Ring: Tony proposed to her at Christmas! Oh, how sweet... ☺
The "Coffee Surcharge" well spent
Shortly after our Christmas Special Breakfast at the Sheraton Mirage, our Deputy Sergeant Ian Mayberry gathered all the presents many members had brought along and added them to about $400 worth of those he bought from the "Coffee Surcharge": After our regular club meetings, a number of members go on and have a nice cuppa, where a gold coin is donated to the kitty which is emptied at Christmas every year.  The photo shows Ian presenting the presents to Di, the coordinator at St Johns Drop-in Centre.  
How many men does it take to...
How many men does it take to screw in a light bulb light up a Bar-be-que? It couldn't be too hard, could it? Fred Hamblen (one assumes) and Bob Harrison make a concerted effort- even the fire extinguisher is ready - whilst Wheelchair Trust Chairman Daryl Sanderson makes sure that proper Workplace Health & Safety rules are being followed... ☺ Photo taken just before Christmas at the Project Shed by Al Sirovs.
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.
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change.  Please check every week:
17th Jan 2018Al SirovsCharles Thomasson
24th Jan 2018Geoff CroadChris Thurtell
31st Jan 2018Mario FairlieAdrian Crowe
7th Feb 2018Ray HiggsGerald East
14th Feb 2018Jo GormanFred Hamblen
21st Feb 2018Col Laurensen Bob Harrison
Inspirations - well, sort of... 100118
What's your New Year's Resolution?
I've decided to stop being judgmental of others.  What about yours?
I've resolved to use herbal remedies instead of going to a doctor.
Oh, damn! I have just broken my resolution!
TO my fellow sinners all, who, in hope and doubt, 
Through the Commonwealth to-night watch the Old Year out, 
New Year’s Resolutions are jerry-built I know, 
But I want to say to you, “Give yourselves a show”. 

You who drink for drinking’s sake, love for lust alone, 
Thinking heaven is a myth and the world your own— 
Dancing gaily down to hell in the devil’s dance— 
This I have to say to you: “Give your souls a chance”. 
Henry Lawson 
To read the full poem (yes, it is worthwhile), click here
17th January 2018
Bulletin Editor
Franz Huber
  • This Wednesday: Franz Huber - Imagine, no electricity!
  • Snippets of last week's meeting - AGM and incoming board
  • Last week's Guest Speaker: our YE Student Gigi
  • A couple of attractive ladies walked into a shed...
  • Last week's Sergeant, Tania Laird
  • Roster for the next 4 weeks
  • Inspirations (well, sort of....)
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Regular Meeting: Greg Beard
Pavilion Restaurant, Southport Surf Life Saving Club
Jan 24, 2018
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