President's Message
Charles Thomasson
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I received some great news over the weekend from PP Mario Fairlie – our application for a Global Grant for the Vanuatu Health Centre Project has been accepted by Rotary International. It is a great achievement for many reasons including the co-operation between the three sponsor clubs (Surfers Sunrise, Broadbeach and Gold Coast), the fantastic contribution by the Rotaractors as well as the help and guidance we have received from District 9640. Thank you and well done to all that have contributed so far. There is plenty more to do including raising more funds over the coming year and of course the transport and assembly of the Health Centre on Pentecost Island. All members of Surfers Sunrise and the Shed should be proud to be associated with such a worthwhile project.

We have also received a letter from Wesley Mission Queensland thanking the Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise and the Shed Volunteers for the warm welcome their members have received attending and helping at the Shed over the last few months. Currently, we have four Wesley Mission members assisting with the production of wheelchairs and this number is likely to grow – we look forward to continuing and growing this relationship at the Shed.

Please mark in your diaries Sunday 4th July for the Surfers Sunrise Winter Lunch and Changeover. This social lunch will be at Links Hope Island Golf Club. It’s a great venue and we look forward to seeing you all there for an afternoon of socializing. Further details to follow.

This Wednesday we have a formal meeting at the Surf Club where we will hear from our RYLA attendees KJ Jewson and Sasha Kimber. Mitch Brown is Chairman and Trent Belling is on the Door – see you all there just after 7am.   

Charles Thomasson
President 2020-21
This Wednesday 26th May: KJ Jewson and Sasha Kimber
This coming Wednesday, Kristen 'KJ' Jewson and Sasha Kimber will give us a presentation on their experiences at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp they attended in January. 
See you at the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club, 07:00 am!  Grab your breakfast at the bistro downstairs and take it to the upstairs venue for some fellowship before the meeting starts at 07:30 am sharp.
Meet our Volunteers: Rob Wilson
Rob was born in Liverpool and like a genuine Liverpudlian, he of course enjoys the Beatles and follows… oh no! Not Liverpool Football Club but that city’s other Premier League club, Everton, aka ‘The Blues’. [I don’t follow Soccer, so I had to look it up: the last time they were English Football Champions was in 1986-87. Appears to be a character-building exercise, just like following the Blues in AFL… ☺ Ed.] Born into a large family of 3 boys and 4 girls, Rob is the only one to emigrate, and he made the decision relatively late, at age 31.  That was some 40 years ago, and he came directly to the Gold Coast (Yes, the man has discerning taste!).
Five years upon arrival he met the love of his life, Sharon, and founded the Australian branch of the Wilson family. They are justifiably proud of their four children and four grandchildren.
Rob is a self-taught professional photographer and video artist. Whilst he did, of course, the usual weddings and portrait work, Rob was engaged in a lot of other professional, commercial work. For the last 10 years before retiring, he also drove a bus full time.
In his spare time, Rob plays the guitar and sings (yes, Beatles songs, but also Cat Stevens, just to name two. We are working on him to bring his guitar to the shed soon!)
Winter Luncheon & Changeover at the Links Hope Island
Incoming President Paul Seymour and President Charles Thomasson cordially invite you, your partners and friends to join us at the  Winter Luncheon & Changeover on Sunday, 4th July 2021, at the Links Hope Island Golf Club.
This year, to maximize the social aspect, the format will be slightly changed: All formalities will be commenced immediately upon everyone being seated. It is planned to fit into a, say, 35 minutes time frame, after which we'll have a 3-course Luncheon (Vegetarian and Vegan options available), enjoying fellowship. Note: we deliberately title it 'Winter Luncheon'; we really would like our partners, family and friends to come along, making it a real social event!
Bookings are open now - please click on this link: - please book online, we need to provide exact numbers by 21st June.
Do you have any good wheelchair photos?
In short: we'll have a dedicated website for the Wheelchair Trust, the Project Shed, the volunteers, seeking donations, and all the stuff we do. 
We are looking for photos relating to our Wheelchairs, various buildings we put up over the years etc etc. If you have any, please upload them directly to a shared Google Drive KJ has set up for this:  Click here - it's dead easy - simply drag the photos from your folder into the 'Drop files here' field.  Note: You need to log in with a Google (as in Gmail) account.
Alternatively, feel free to copy them to a USB stick or CD and give them to Franz Huber.
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)
02/06/2021N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Darrell Brown (Saturday 05/06/2021)
09/06/2021Peter MorganIan MayberryAngus Miller
16/06/2021N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Larry Murray (Saturday 19/06/2021)
23/06/2021Al SirovsRamez SalibTash Price
30/06/2021N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Paul Smith (Saturday 03/07/2021)
07/07/2021Richard SmithAshleigh SymesNeil Thurlow
14/07/2021N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Mark Twyford
Inspirations - well, sort of... 260521
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Vandy S Kamara - Sonjor Community School
Newspaper article re wheelchairs in South Africa
Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise - Summary of 2020
The Story of the Surfers Sunrise Wheelchairs Trust
Why Join Rotary?
Upcoming Events
Trent Belling - Man behind the Badge
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Jun 09, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Changeover Luncheon
Links Hope Island Golf Club
Jul 04, 2021
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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Chinese social dinner and Excellence Awards
The Italian LONG lunch
10,000th Wheelchair Celebrations
Pimpama State College Wheelchairs
Burleigh Heads Rotaractors
Surfers Sunrise Rotary Golf Day Oct 2020
2020 Lutzy Award
Wheelchairs have arrived in PNG and Solomon Islands
X-Ray Unit for Hospital on Pentecost Island
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