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President's Message
Mario Fairlie
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I understand that President Mario has been discharged from hospital, but is still quite unwell. He has asked me to again “ghost write” the President’s message.  So on his behalf, here are the major points I would imagine he would want to communicate. Ed.
 
Well, by now, most of you would be aware of the unqualified success our Golf Day was.  Our Chief Organizer, President Elect Charles Thomasson, will provide you with a more detailed run-down at this Wednesday’s meeting. My hearty congratulations and thanks to all who made this come together so well.
 
But the main purpose of this week’s Annual General Meeting is
  • The election of the club’s officers for 2020-21 and its President Elect Nominee for 2021-22.  If you haven’t done so already, please put your shoulder to the wheel – all in all there are 27 major positions to be filled. Some of them are more time consuming than others, but still… Yes, you got that right: there isn’t any “take a year off” position!
  • The review of what we have done so far, what was good, what could have been better
  • The projection of what we are going to tackle in the second half of this Rotary Year.
This Wednesday will be our final ‘formal’ meeting before the Christmas break. In a fortnight, we’ll have our Christmas Dinner. Our usual meeting venue, the upstairs restaurant of the Surfers Paradise SLSC has been set aside. And yes! Kids and grandkids are welcome! We need to provide the SLSC with accurate numbers, so please pre-book and pre-pay – see further on in the bulletin for the link. 
 
We will also again provide Anglicare with a load of presents, suitable for children.  Please either bring a present along with you (leave it unwrapped), or give a $10.00 note to Ian Mayberry who is organizing it all for us.
 
Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
 
On behalf of President Mario Fairlie:
Best wishes,
Franz Huber
Director, Club Administration.
Stories
This Wednesday 4th December: Club AGM
This coming Wednesday, we'll hold our Annual General Meeting. In addition to the election and confirmation of the club's President Elect, President Elect Nominee, Directors and office holders for 2020-21, this is your opportunity to discuss any club business, make suggestions for improvements etc.  If you are unable to attend, please advise, so we can allocate an appropriate position for you! ☺
 
See you there!
Golf Day a rip roaring success!
Last week we had a preliminary report on the Surfers Sunrise Golf Day which was held last Monday at the Surfers Paradise Golf Club: Two words: Rip Snorter!!  This was the first time we ran this event again since March 2011, so for all intents and purposes, we can name it our Inaugural Surfers Sunrise Golf Day. Chief organizers Charles Thomasson (photo left) and Doug Lipp (second from right) and their team are to be heartily congratulated on making this important fundraising event such a success. At this week's meeting, Charles will provide us with a more detailed report. Meanwhile, there is a Photo Album, check it out on the right!  Photo of the winning team, all members of our hosts, the Surfers Paradise Golf Club: Clarie Harrison, Mick Harris, Trevor Ranger and Sam Cilia.  Sam is also a member of the Rotary Club of Mudgeeraba.  Congratulations, and well done!
 
Sunrise Christmas Dinner booking now open
For the first time, this year we'll have a Christmas Dinner rather than a Christmas Breakfast.  This will not only allow members, their partners and friends to have a Christmas drink, but - let's face it - the atmosphere will be considerably more festive.  The Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club has agreed to set aside the upstairs Restaurant (where our "formal" meetings are held) for us.  Dinner will be served, and the Cash Bar will be open. Children, grandkids, family and friends all welcome!  This will be a purely social event - no club business.
 
Cost per person $30.00, Kid's menu $10.00.  If you require a Vegetarian or Vegan meal, please ensure you order accordingly!
 
Put the date into your diary now: Wednesday 18th December, 6:00 pm for 6:30 pm start.
Online booking is now open!  Click here: https://www.trybooking.com/BHDQF
 
Time to order your Rotary X-mas Cakes & Puddings
Every year, the Rotary Club of Melton Valley organizes a huge distribution of high quality Christmas Cakes and Puddings.  Now is the time to order!  On the Download Section on the right, or click on this link, you find the order form which outlines the details. Ideally, we should order in the one order, so our club gets the credit for their donation to The Rotary Foundation.  Please advise Franz Huber at the next meeting, or email me by replying to this bulletin email.
Surfers Sunrise awarded Rotary Citation
Alright, sometimes the mills of such a large organisation like Rotary can mill a bit slowly...  Nevertheless, it's worth crowing from the rooftops: At the recent leadership meeting, "our" District Treasurer Mark Twyford and District Finance Chair Doug Lipp were handed a certificate to confirm that Surfers Sunrise was recognized with the 2018-19 Presidential Citation by (then) Rotary International President Barry Rassin. Give yourself a pat on the back, and particularly congratulations to Immediate Past President Jo Winwood! Come and see us again sometimes, Jo, it's only a bit over an hour's drive from Byron Bay!
The Project Shed needs some more bikes
Wheelchair Trust Chairman Larry Murray asks me to post a request for more bicycles to be donated to the shed. Yes, I know, we had to knock them back only a few months ago.  Meanwhile, we have properly tidied up the area. Numerous skippy bins of unsuitable bikes and bike parts were sent to Sims Metal for recycling, the tyres went to Molectra for recycling, some bikes were restored in preparation for the next 'Big Bike Sale' and those frames that are suitable to be used for wheelchairs have been stripped off.
 
So, could you please spread the message: We need some more bikes! They can be dropped of at our Project Shed any Saturday morning, 07:30 am till 11:30 am.  Drop us a message.
Last week's speaker: PDG Darrell Brown - Introduction to Rotary
How can you come up with a concise outline of the dozens of very specific facets of Rotary? Well, there wouldn't be anyone in our club who knows more about Rotary than "our" Past District Governor Darrell Brown! Capably assisted by Simon Brook wielding his trusty Apple computer, Darrell engaged us all with a very professional shortcut presentation. He covered the foundation of our organisation by Paul Harris in 1905, which since has grown to a total membership of over 1.2 Million members, 99,000 of which are resident in Australia, 1,256 (at last count) in 54 clubs are resident in our District. The establishment of The Rotary Foundation (given the absolute top 4-star rating by Charity Navigator) is a must mention, with one of the commencement of Polio Plus by the first Australian President of Rotary International (1978-79), Sir Clem Renouf.  Sir Clem's most famous quote "Rotary takes ordinary men (and women) and gives them extraordinary opportunities to do more with their lives than they ever dreamed possible".
 
Darrell focused on one very important segment, in which our club has always been active: Youth Services. The uninitiated may be a bit overwhelmed by a swag of acronymns: RYLA, RYTS, RYPEN, NYSF, TCSE, MUNA, RYDA... plus some with full names such as Interact, Rotaract! Too many programs to give full justice in this article.  Much easier if you simply download a one-page summary of our Youth Programs from the District Website: Click here.  Worth mentioning: in addition to participating in many of these programs every year, including hosting an incoming Youth Exchange Student (Ayana Sadaka - see website), Surfers Sunrise provides some serious manpower to the District's International Youth Exchange organisation: Chris Thurtell is in his fourth year as Chairman and Gerald East has been its Treasurer since time immemorial (2011 to be exact)... Then we sponsor the 'Lutzy Award', presented to a young Surf Life Saving Club member with special attention to leadership and mentoring of fellow members. But it's not just in Youth Services our club is punching above its weight: Mark Twyford is District Treasurer (after Doug Lipp was in that job for 4 years), Doug Lipp now in charge of District Finance and Ray Higgs is Chair of the Peace Fellowships Committee. 
 
It's good to be a member of the top breakfast club on the Gold Coast. It's only when attending a presentation as comprehensive as Darrell's, that one realizes just how many extraordinary opportunities Rotary provides its members to do more with their lives - to borrow Sir Clem's quote. Yes, Rotary has so many facets, yet, after 32 years with this great club, your Editor still considers Fellowship, the opportunity to meet every week with a bunch of easy going people to have breakfast with and (hopefully) have an intelligent conversation alone is worth every hour and every dollar invested in Rotary's many programs designed to improve other people's lives.
 
A copy of Darrell's PowerPoint has been uploaded to our Download Section on the right. It's in two parts (due to size limitations of uploads).
 
 
to the District's International Youth Exchange organisation: Chris Thurtell is in his fourth year as Chairman and Gerald East has been its Treasurer since time immemorial (2011 to be exact)... Then we sponsor the 'Lutzy Award', presented to a young Surf Life Saving Club member with special attention to leadership and mentoring of fellow members. But it's not just in Youth Services our club is punching above its weight: Mark Twyford is District Treasurer (after Doug Lipp was in that job for 4 years), Doug Lipp now in charge of District Finance and Ray Higgs is Chair of the Peace Fellowships Committee. 
 
It's good to be a member of the top breakfast club on the Gold Coast. It's only when attending a presentation as comprehensive as Darrell's, that one realizes just how many extraordinary opportunities Rotary provides its members to do more with their lives - to borrow Sir Clem's quote. Yes, Rotary has so many facets, yet, after 32 years with this great club, your Editor still considers Fellowship, the opportunity to meet every week with a bunch of easy going people to have breakfast with and (hopefully) have an intelligent conversation alone is worth every hour and every dollar invested in Rotary's many programs designed to improve other people's lives.
 
A copy of Darrell's PowerPoint has been uploaded to our Download Section on the right. It's in two parts (due to size limitations of uploads).
 
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Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change.  Please check every week:
 
New duty: Fellowship / Project Shed.  What does it entail? There are two aspects to this:
a) At the club meeting, your job is to ensure that all members, in particular new members, visitors and guests, and in particular the Guest Speaker, are welcomed, are introduced to other members and are comfortable. If required, explain the usual procedures, e.g. when we have our meal, when the speaker is expected to be at the rostrum etc. 
b) This person is also to attend the Project Shed on the following Saturday, as the representative of our club and to assist in the general management.
 
 
Date
Chairman
Door  
Fellowship (Wednesday / Project Shed (Saturday)  
 04 Dec 2019Ian MayberryPeter MorganLarry Murray 
 11 Dec 2019N/a (social meeting)   Al Sirovs (Saturday 14/12/19) 
 18 Dec 2019N/a (Christmas Dinner)  Paul SeymourEveryone!! 
 25 Dec 2019No Meeting   
 01 Jan 2020No Meeting   
 08 Jan 2020TBATBATBA 
 
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Inspirations - well, sort of... 041219
Every day public opinion is the target of rewritten history, official amnesia and outright lying, all of which is benevolently termed ‘spin’, as if it were no more harmful than a ride on a merry-go-round.  We know better than what they tell us, yet we hope otherwise.”  Thomas Pynchon, in his Introduction to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.
 
A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking vagrant who asked him for ten dollars for dinner. The man took out his wallet, extracted a ten dollar bill and asked, "If I give you this money, will you buy beer with it instead?"
"No, I stopped drinking years ago," the vagrant said.
"Will you use it to gamble instead of buying food?" the man asked.
"No, I don't gamble. I need everything I can get just to stay alive."
"Will you spend the money on greens fees at a golf course instead of food?" the man asked.
"Are you bloody NUTS!" replied the vagrant. "Where could I play golf for $10?? I haven't played golf in 20 years!"
"Well," said the man, "I'm not going to give you ten dollars.  I'm going to take you home for a terrific dinner cooked by my wife." The vagrant was astounded.
"Won't your wife be furious with you for doing that?  I'm very dirty, and I probably smell pretty bad."
The man replied, "That's okay, Mate! I just want her to see what a man looks like who's given up beer, gambling, and golf!
Download Files
Christmas Cakes & Puddings order form
Darrell Brown - 'Fireside Chat' Part 1
Darrell Brown - 'Fireside Chat' Part 2
The Story of the Surfers Sunrise Wheelchairs Trust
Surfers Sunrise POD in Gold Coast Bulletin
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Surfers Paradise SLSC
Dec 18, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
 
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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 Espiritu Santo
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