President's Message
Andy Bell
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What a weekend.  I am not sure I am fully qualified to say this, but from the comments made to me and ones I overheard and from my own limited experience, I declare Rotary International District 9640 Conference 2018 - The best Conference ever!
I am continually ‘blown away’ by the unselfish, uncomplaining efforts my fellow Rotarians put into various projects and endeavours.  Sometimes, I genuinely feel I am not worthy of my membership.  This was never more evident than at the District Conference.  Many members of our club and others put in a huge effort to ensure attendees had a very good time.  We even had partners and friends of our Members happily helping.  Simply outstanding. 
Our very own DG, Darrell Brown wanted ‘fun’ to be the theme of his conference.  Let me tell you this was achieved in spades.  I can’t remember laughing and feeling so good, whilst coming to the realisation that I am actually a grumpy old man (a fact endorsed by several fellow members) [Hear hear... Ed.] and need to change my attitude.  Not sure I can, but I will try - honest.
We seem to be getting more used to our new venue.  We still have a couple  of issues,  but it is certainly better than it was.
Great effort by Past President Simon Brook in designing and arranging our new name badges. They look terrific and I had some very positive feedback from other Rotarians at the conference.   Remember “always look on the bright side of life” -----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:
7th March 2018 Peter MorganFred hamblen
14th March 2018  Mario FairlieJim Blackburn
21st March 2018Doug LippBob Harrison
28th March 2018Rosie RoccoGerald East 
04th April 2018TBATBA
11th April 2018TBATBA
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
14th February 2018
Bulletin Editor
Franz Huber
  • This Wednesday:
  • Pride of Workmanship Awards: Evening meeting
  • Last week's Guest Speaker: Charmaine Wheatley
  • 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 - Nasser Kaviani
Pavilion Restaurant, Southport Surf Life Saving Club
Mar 21, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Charmaine Wheatley presents at The Shed
The Project Shed
Mar 24, 2018
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Weekly Meeting - Sabrina Kellmann
Pavilion Restaurant, Southport Surf Life Saving Club
Mar 28, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
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