President's Message
Andy Bell
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What a magnificent time of the year to be living on the Gold Coast.  Cool nights and balmy days, it doesn't get much better.
A number of us attended the District Assembly held at Lennox Head on Sunday.  Some ‘car pooling’ was arranged and Richard, Mitch and yours truly were kindly ferried to the venue by Franz.  Conversation was quite lively on the way down culminating in Franz playing some music from a group called Muse (at least we were spared the German marching music). [But Andy, you CAN march to the music of MUSE. But only if it is played loud! ☺ Ed.] Franz seems to have the belief that all music must be played at sound warp 10.  Richard was unimpressed.  On the return trip, Mitch and Richard who were in the rear seat, promptly fell asleep.  Franz naturally took this as a tribute to his driving.  I was regaled with stories from his time as a ‘mail sorter’ on a train in Switzerland and his life as a sales rep in Tasmania, Victoria and NSW.  Thanks for driving us Franz.   Lunch at the District Assembly was exceptional, hot minestrone or pumpkin soup with fresh rolls and a wonderful selection of sandwiches and rolls.  I congratulate those involved.
At the time of writing this report I note that a number of Members have not as yet registered for our Changeover.  It is imperative you do so urgently. Numbers need to be supplied to Kurrawa Surf Club by Wednesday. It's going to be a wonderful event so don't miss out.
Directors need to urgently submit their reports to Franz so they can be included in the Board Report published for the Changeover.
You don't need to have a loud voice to be heard………just sayin.
Andrew Bell
President, 2017-18
Changeover Luncheon 2018 - Have you booked yet?
Let's celebrate. But you need to book!
Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise Changeover lunch- a time to celebrate our achievements in 2017/2018 and ring in a new Rotary year!!
We'll meet at the new Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club
Beachfront Events and Functions Room
Old Burleigh Road (beach side, opposite Charles Avenue), Broadbeach. 
Arrive from 12pm for 12:30 start
We would like members to invite family, friends and colleagues to celebrate the wonderful 2017/18 Rotary Year and to welcome in the Year 2018/19. President Elect Jo Gorman has negotiated for us to get a sumptuous buffet with three hot and three salad dishes, plus home made cake, all at the same price of $60.00 per person we had at Seaworld the last couple of years.  Drinks will be cheaper too, at club member prices. Capacity is 80 people and we expect a big crowd so be sure to book early!! 
Click on this link to book online:
Last week's Guest Speaker: Inspector Bruce Kuhn
Every now and then, being a Rotarian - and in this case, being a Surfers Sunrise Rotarian - gives one some quite exclusive "insider" information about what is going on. Many members have "the pulse" of the town, but it is uncommon for the Guest Speaker to have such intimate access to "the pulse" as Inspector Bruce Kuhn. You see, Bruce was in charge of controlling the Aboriginal protests at the recently held Commonwealth Games.  So, how do you deal with a bunch of Aboriginal protesters who are unrelated to the 'Yugambeh' tribe, the local indigenous people on whose ancestral lands the games were held? In particular in view of the Yugambeh having no issues with the games and indeed were dead set against this mob muscling in on their turf?  How do you deal with a bunch of protesters, many of whom are not Aboriginals themselves (but very much look like "professionals protesters")? The reporters and cameramen of the local and international media were just waiting for an opportunity to have a decent bust-up. Anything to break the dull monotony of following a baton relay stretching not just for kilometres of flat ground, but also for hours of, in essence, repetitive spectacle of the same baton handover from one well deserving and often high profile individual to another?  
On the last day before the games started, our very own District Governor Darrell Brown was one of the Baton Bearers affected by this unauthorized protest which blocked Seaworld Drive. Your editor happened to be there too. My personal attitude to this sort of disruption is somewhat more teutonic and thus, in retrospect, I have nothing but great praise for the way the Police handled the issue in a way that indeed did NOT create the incident the sensationalist media were hoping for.  150 police personnel were on the ground. Their job was not just to maintain order, but to ensure that the Gold Coast would be projected as anything but violent.  As those of us who also watched the evening news (or were at the Opening Ceremony) would know, the mob still kept agitating in the evening too.  Bruce's team was right on the ball.  There were no real ugly scenes. I dips me lid!
So, what is the real story? Much regret to say, but you should have been there yourself.  Since Rotary is on principle not political and is far more determined to promote peace than conflict, the details of Bruce's presentation will not be reported in this bulletin. Suffice to say that, upon your Editor's question of who finances the 'Stolenwealth Games' organization (yes, it is an organization. It costs money to fly people in from as far as Perth), Bruce's answer produced the proverbial "sharp intake of breath" as writers of conspiracy novels would describe it. The organization is related to the highest levels of a major parliamentary party. Except that this is not fiction.
Last Sunday's District Training Assembly
Last Sunday 3rd June, President Elect Jo Gorman led a team of Surfers Sunrise Rotarians to the District Training Assembly at Skennar's Head (Ballina).  Jo was joined by Rosie Rocco, Mark Twyford, Andy Bell, Richard Smith, Mitch Brown, Chris Thurtell, Paul Seymour and your editor.  As you can see, we were all enthralled by the spirited, motivational speeches to the congregation of current and future leaders in our District.
Mark Twyford also presented a lecture to incoming Club Secretaries.  Your editor attended a lecture given by PDG Michael Irwing designed for incoming Club Administration Committee Chairmen. OK, so we have Andy Bell again in the Sergeant's position (fasten your seatbelts!). We'll have a new position on the Roster: Fellowship Officer, and unless somebody else challenges me for the Bulletin Editor / Webmaster job...
Date claimer: 11th July 2018 - The Lutzy Awards
It's on again!
Set for Wednesday 11th July: The Lutzy Award presentation, in conjunction with the Surfers Paradise SLSC.  We'll hold this at the Surfers Paradise SLSC Club (upstairs) on The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise. Usual time - meet 07:00 for 07:15 start. Breakfast will be served, $20.00 per person.
Date Claimer 18th July: Peace Fellow's Dinner meeting
On the 18th July, we'll have a dinner meeting with partners and friends, and members of other clubs will join us too: so far, the RC of Burleigh Heads and the RC of Surfers Paradise have accepted our invitation, so there will be at least 90 people there! The event: Ray Higgs, in his capacity of District Chairman of the international Peace Fellowship, has organized for four of the current post graduate students to come down from the University of Queensland to give us a presentation on what they do, what they plan to do and how it will make a difference. 
The dinner will be at the Surfers Paradise RSL Club - just $22.00 per person which includes plate served dinner and coffee/tea, plus free parking for up to 3 hours at the Bruce Bishop Car Park across the road!  Cash Bar open right next to the dining room.
Snippets of last week's meeting 300518
Ray Higgs was on the door (for Bob Harrison) with Gerald East as Chairman and Tania Laird was Sergeant. Apologies were received from Daryl Sanderson, Des La Rance, Graeme Isaacson, Peter Morgan, Adrian Crowe, Simon Brook, Rosie Rocco, Fred Hamblen, Neil Thurlow and Bob Harrison.
President Andy Bell welcomed all members, Honorary Queenslander Ross Augustine (RC of Frankston Sunrise), our YE Student Gigi van Ligtenberg and our guest speaker, Inspector Bruce Kuhn from the Gold Coast Police - Southern Patrol Group. Andy reminded us of the Changeover Luncheon on the 17th June; an on-site inspection of the new Kurrawa Surf Club was done with PE Jo Gorman ("it is fantastic!") and Jo wholeheartedly agreed!.  Note: you MUST BOOK. Online bookings are now open - see separate article.
Geoff Croad is looking for another couple of volunteers to help at the RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) event held at All Saints Anglican School on 20th June, starting at 08:50 am. (Note, we'll have a social breakfast on that day). It is easy work - essentially just involves of guiding a class of students from one location to the next.  Morning tea and lunch are provided.
Youth Service Director Tania Laird enthused on the recently held RYPEN camp at Bornhoffen. She also acknowledged the club's sponsorship of Lucy Thorburn, last year's winner of the Lutzy Award, to go to the USA for a Youth Exchange year.  District Youth Exchange Chair Chris Thurtell was in full agreement - a wonderful progression for Lucy from RYPEN awardee to winning the Lutzy Award to going on a YE Exchange!  Incidentally, worth mentioning: Kathy Smith, who is in charge of the RYPEN camp, herself has 6 foster children!  Our visitor and Honorary Queenslander, Ross Augustine, has a report from his granddaughter Alyssa Lott in the USA.  Alissa has recently changed host families. In a nutshell:  she is well and is having a ball!
Ian Mayberry, freshly returned from his jaunt all over Europe rubbing shoulders with the mighty and fast drivers, brings regards from our former YE Student from Italy, Martina Missarelli. (picture right). Ian caught up with her and her family when visiting a car race held nearby.  Mario Fairlie expressed his deep gratitude to all members for the support he received when Rae's ashes were spread at Rainbow Bay the previous weekend.  Secretary Mark Twyford has a mild panic: the new badges have gone walk-about... anyone know where they are? Franz Huber brought the upcoming Lutzy Award (11/07/18) and Peace Fellowship (18/07/18 - dinner meeting) events to members' attention: The Lutzy Award to be held at the Surfers Paradise SLSC, usual breakfast meeting on Wednesday 11th July 2018.  Details of the Peace Fellowship awardees to be advised, but reserve the date of 18th July for an evening in your diary.
Last week's Sergeant, Tania Laird 300518
"I've had a bad haircut!" our Sergeant exclaimed (better than a bad hair day, your Editor thought... ☺) so all the 'Boldies' had to pay up... Mario Fairlie for one thing or another... Gerald East, welcome back! Been bowling? Ray Higgs, you are supposed to put your mobile on silent! Ian Mayberry, clearly on your trip through Europe you must have come across a good Italian shoeshop... Chris Thurtell, how many followers do you have? Jo Gorman, where have you been this week?  [and I guess that your Editor will get fined this coming Wednesday for not taking notes properly...]
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change.  Please check every week:
06th June 2018 Graeme Isaacson  Bob Harrison
13th June 2018  Social meeting 
17th June 2018Changeover Luncheon  Larry Murray (MC) 
20th June 2018Social meeting 
27th June 2018Rosie RoccoDoug Lipp
4th July 2018
 Des La Rance
Col Laurenson
Inspirations - well, sort of... 060618

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. Alvin Toffler, futurist author (Future Shock, Powershift etc)

The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.  Socrates.

When I'm in bed at 6:00 am and I close my eyes for a minute, it is 07:45. When I'm in school at 1:30 pm and I close my eyes for a minute, it is 1:31...


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