President's Message
Charles Thomasson
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It’d been a great Long Weekend here in Queensland, so great in fact that someone might have forgotten to write their President’s Message until they were given a gentle reminder....
The Lutzy Award was a fantastic day for the Club last Wednesday – congratulations to Jade McMahon this year’s winner and we look forward to seeing the bright pink rescue board out in the surf! I was honoured to sit with Jan Lutz, Trevor Hendy and Jade and her family – Jade was a very worthy winner, as David Orchid said. Thank you to this year’s sponsors Justin Benney of Advent Security and Mario Fairlie who made the 2020 Lutzy Award possible. A huge thank you also to Ray Higgs & Graeme Isaacson for your efforts organising – you have certainly set the bar high for future years.
As I mentioned last week there is a huge amount of activity going on in the Club at the moment. Organisation of the ’10,000th Wheelchair Celebration’ on November 14 is progressing well and this week PDG Darrell Brown will be finalising volunteers for the Gold Coast Small Business Expo on Thursday October 15. Col Laurenson is also liaising with Charlie Pandy from the Rotary Club of Reservoir Hills in South Africa – fingers crossed we will have a container of 280 Wheelchairs on its way to Durban in the very near future..
It is just over 2 weeks until the Golf Day on Monday October 26  – we already have 10 Corporate Teams confirmed (last year we had 6 in total). This is one of our major fundraisers for the year so please get involved by either playing, sponsoring or volunteering.
George Keily has also been hard at work – he has collected over 500 spectacles for despatch to PNG – well done George!
This Wednesday we have a Formal Meeting at the Surf Club where District Governor Andy Rajapaske will visit. I look forward to seeing you all there.
Kind regards,
Charles Thomasson
President 2020-21
This coming Wednesday 7th Oct: District Governor's visit
Normally, this would be a social meeting, however, District Governor Andy Rajapakse will honour our club with his official visit, so this will be a club business meeting, which will be held upstairs in the usual way.
Jade McMahon is this year's Lutzy Award winner
JADE McMAHON is the winner of the Lutzy Award 2020! This morning, we had a very special meeting at the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club: we presented the Lutzy Award. This special recognition, in memory of our Charter Member Keith Lutz, is given to an upcoming young leader and mentor, selected by the SLSC. In the words of David Orchard, "it was unanimous": Jade McMahon was selected in recognition of her ongoing demonstration of leadership and nurturing of younger members, as well as her efforts and dedication to the Surf Life Saving movement. The award includes a very special Surf Rescue Board, which this year was sponsored by Immediate Past President Mario Fairlie and Justin Benney of Advent Security.  Congratulations, Jade!
Some of the previous winners, Jessica Webber and Lucy Thorburn, went on to participate in our District's Youth programs and, of course, you may be aware that Lucy also spent a year in the USA as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student. 
Photo (from left): Immediate Surfers Sunrise Past President Mario Fairlie (sponsor), David Orchard, Jade McMahon, SLSC President Trevor Hendy, Jan Lutz, Justin Benney from Advent Security (sponsor), Surfers Sunrise President Charles Thomasson, Andy Bell.  Some more photos in the Photo Album section.
Burleigh Heads Rotaractors help with Vanuatu project
Good to see two Rotaractors from the Rotaract Club of Burleigh Heads coming to the Surfers Sunrise Project Shed this morning to help with the construction of the X-Ray Unit for Vanuatu! Thank you Harrison Howick and Chumani Brookhouse! 
VIP visit to the Project Shed
On Saturday, Division 7 GCCC Councillor Ryan Bayldon-Lumsden visited the Project Shed to check out what we are up to. President Charles Thomasson (left) and Project Services Director Larry Murray (right) gave him a guided tour. Great to see you taking an interest in our projects, Councillor!
Meet our volunteers: Hardy Kutzer
Born in Nürnberg, Germany [yes, Richard Wagner wrote an Opera – Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – with the town at its centre, but I forgot to ask Hardy whether he is a ‘Master Singer’ himself… ☺ Ed], he arrived in Australia via New Zealand at the ripe old age of 21. Initially he came to Beechworth in the North of Victoria, but shortly after moved to Melbourne.
His qualification, acquired in a German Mechanical Engineering School, would serve him well in his newly adopted country. With justified pride, Hardy recalled the time of qualifying for the scholarship: “There were some 450 applicants, and only 35 could be selected”, he modestly recounts. “But really, I would have preferred to study History, but the family was quite adamant that there was no future and no money to be made in History…” His dedication to his vocation (and, dare I say it, probably his proverbial German approach to precision) was ideally placed in his career with the Victorian Government, where he served as an inspector of Weights and Measures.
Interestingly, Hardy also considered to emigrate to Canada, but, due to Canada being a member of NATO and thus there being a potential to getting drafted into the army, he decided on Australia. The fare: Self-funded, £159! (Note: since then the UK had approximately 23 times inflation, which makes it around £3,600, or AUS$6,650 in today’s purchasing power!)
And how did he meet his darling wife, Yoko? With a bit of a twinkle in his eye, Hardy replied “Well, I went to Japan on holidays 1963. Decided to go back again in 1964 (officially, for the Olympics…). It took 5 months before I was allowed to bring her back, due to the (then still in force) White Australia Policy.  We married in 1965.”  And for R&R? In his younger days, he played Soccer for Richmond in Melbourne (Goalie). These days, besides his dedication to our Project Shed, Hardy enjoys reading adventure novels in the genre of Wilbur Smith and James Patterson or perhaps listening to traditional Jazz.  His ‘Theme of Life’: “Judge people on their merits, not on where they have come from”.
Snippets of last week’s meeting 300920
A very special meeting indeed, with the presentation of the Lutzy Award (see separate article above). Doug Garvie was at the door, Ray Higgs was Chairman and Graeme Isaacson organised and liaised with the caterers and serving staff.  We had apologies from Mitch Brown, Doug Lipp, Paul Seymour, Adrian Crowe, Al Sirovs and Richard Smith.
President Charles Thomasson welcomed all members and visitors, with particular recognition of course of the special guests from the Surfers Paradise SLSC, which included SLSC President Trevor Hendy, David Orchard, Lutzy Awardee Jade McMahon (photo right) and her father Peter McMahon, Jan Lutz who was this year accompanied by Keith’s brother Gary Lutz and his wife Janet, as well as the award joint sponsors Mario Fairlie and Justin Benney from Advent Security. Charles briefly outlined our club’s major projects currently in train, followed by Dr Graham Sivyer (President of RC of Broadbeach) who gave an outline of the X-Ray Unit and Pathology Equipment for a hospital on Pentecost Island, Vanuatu.
PDG Darrell Brown elaborated on the various Youth programs of our District 9640, with special emphasis on the Rotary Youth Transition Seminar (RYTS), a 6 days personal development camp for 16 – 18 year olds. RYTS will take place from 9th – 14th January 2021.  Click here for more specific details on RYTS.  Next in line is the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) for 19 – 29 year olds, which runs from 26th – 31st January 2021.
Chairman Ray Higgs then led the award presentation, thanking the sponsors Mario Fairlie and Justin Benney.  Ray also made specific mention of our former member Chris Thurtell who was instrumental to establish the ‘Lutzy’. David ‘Orchy’ Orchard from the SLSC outlined the underlying concept of the Award, being in honour of our Charter Member Keith Lutz, who also was a leading figure and mentor in the Surf Life Saving movement.  Surfers SLSC President, six times Australian Ironman Champion Trevor Hendy gave a brief, inspiring talk about ‘What is Surf Life Saving?’:  “In one word: ‘Heart’, perhaps also ‘Love’ – all Life Savers are giving up their free time, free of charge, to help other people. Australia wide, there are some 177,000 of them!”
Isn’t it great for our two organisations, Rotary and Surf Life Saving, to be associated? 
Golf Day 2020 set for 26th October
It's been decided: this year's Golf Day will be held on Monday, 26th October 2020.  Projected to be held at the same location as last year, the  Surfers Paradise Golf Club on Fairway Drive.  We'll need both volunteers to man the course, and of course we need participating teams.  Check out the flyer in the Download section on the right.
Bookings are now open - click on this link:
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change - please check every week.  Note: Fellowship duty also is expected to be at the Project Shed on the Saturday following the meeting
DateDoorChairmanFellowship/Project Shed (Saturday)
07/10/2020Johnny BuetiKaren HollandFred Hamblen (Saturday, 10/10/20)
14/10/2020Col LaurensonGraeme IsaacsonBen Illes
21/10/2020N/A (Social MeetingN/A (Social MeetingIan Mayberry (Saturday 24/10/20)
28/10/2020Angus MillerGerald EastPeter Morgan
04/11/2020N/A (Social MeetingN/A (Social MeetingLarry Murray (Saturday 7/11/20)
11/11/2020Ashleigh SymesPaul SeymourRichard Smith 
18/11/2020N/a (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Neil Thurlow (Saturday 21/11/20)
Inspirations - well, sort of... 071020
“When you make a mistake, the ocean gives you an instant reminder. You get punished. If golf clubs could shock you every time you hit the ball wrong, we’d probably learn how to play golf pretty well.”  Laird Hamilton
You know your children are growing up when they stop asking questions about where they came from and refuse to answer questions of where they are going.  PJ O’Rourke

I believe the physical and mental being are connected. By doing a sport like surfing, you realise that the ocean is alive. If you get into the ocean, it will always embrace you. It brings your spirit out of yourself and connects it to our mother, the Ocean. It allows us to look past the difficult things in life and reinvigorate our spirit. Tom Pohaku Stone, Hawaiian Surfer personality

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Rough Terrain Wheelchairs arrive in the Solomon Islands
Rotary - Polio Plus Train Ride 23 Oct 2020
Surfers Sunrise Golf Day Flyer
Dr Serge Macanovic - Age is just a Number
COVID Safe Plan for Surfers Sunrise Project Shed
Vandy S Kamara - Sonjor Community School
The Story of the Surfers Sunrise Wheelchairs Trust
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Upcoming Events
District Governor Andy Rajapakse
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Oct 07, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
PDG Graham Jones
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Oct 14, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Gold Coast Small Business Expo
To be advised
Oct 15, 2020
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Surfers Sunrise Golf Day
Surfers Paradise Golf Club
Oct 26, 2020
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
PDG Michael Irving: Climate Change
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Nov 11, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Nov 11, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Wheelchair Bike Sale
Project Shed
Nov 14, 2020
7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Farley S. Tolpen - Mediation
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Nov 25, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
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Photo Albums
2020 Lutzy Award
Wheelchairs have arrived in PNG and Solomon Islands
Loading the 10,000th Wheelchair
Changeover Breakfast 2020
Pimpama Fix-ed College
Working bee series at the Project Shed - May 2020
Surfers Sunrise Rotary Golf Day Nov 19
Our YE Student from Japan - Ayana Sadaka
Surfers Sunrise 'Sleeping Sanctuary'
Lucy Thorburn in Minnesota
X-Ray Unit for Hospital on Pentecost Island
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One of our sponsors for the 'Lutzy' Surf Rescue Board being presented this Wednesday.
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