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President's Message
Mario Fairlie
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As many of you are aware of, President Mario Fairlie is currently recovering in hospital and is still very unwell, after undergoing a quite serious operation.  I’m sure you all join me in wishing Mario a speedy and full recovery. Hence, I take the liberty to “ghost write” the President’s message.  Here are the major points I would imagine he would want to communicate. Ed.
 
The Surfers Sunrise Golf Day: preliminary reports indicate that this was an unqualified success story. Anyone who ever has organized anything bigger than a chuck raffle would appreciate the enormous amount of time and effort that goes into putting such an event together. All the helpers on the day, and particularly the organisers Charles Thomasson and Doug Lipp deserve sincere thanks.  But of course, nothing would have happened if it wasn’t for the participants, the players! Thank you all for rolling up, for parting with your money, both with the starting fees as well as with the purchase of raffle tickets, betting on holes… [I'm sure most of you deliberately missed the green, fully intending to lose the bet. A couple of you would easily have won, if it hadn't been for a tree that suddenly materialized out of nowhere and also there have been (albeit unconfirmed) rumors of earth tremors near Fairway Drive... ☺ Well, thank you all! Ed.]  Let us assure you: your hard earned dollars will be put to very good use, supporting Youth and Community Service projects, just to name two of our club’s major segments of Rotary initiatives.
 
AGM next week: on Wednesday 4th December, we’ll have our Annual General Meeting. Not only will we review the year so far, we’ll also elect the office holders for the 2020-21 Rotary year, under the leadership of President Elect Charles Thomasson.  It is important that you all actively participate in this meeting.
 
Christmas Dinner on 18th December: For the first time, we’ll celebrate the end of the year and Christmas with a dinner instead of breakfast. Our regular hosts, the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club, has reserved the entire upstairs Restaurant venue for us. Costs have been kept deliberately low ($30.00 per person, special price for children or grandchildren – see next week’s bulletin for exact details), so please note this date in your diary right now. Friends, family members, children and grandkids all welcome! Ah yes: in contrast to breakfast celebrations, the Cash Bar will be open too!
 
This coming Wednesday is a social meeting, at our usual venue, the Surfers Paradise Surf Club.  See you there!
 
On behalf of President Mario Fairlie:
Best wishes,
Franz Huber
Director, Club Administration.
Stories
Stop the Press!! Golf Day a rip roaring success!
Just a preliminary report on the Surfers Sunrise Golf Day which was held today 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. A full report will be in next week's bulletin, together with a Photo Album.  Meanwhile, here is a 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!
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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Snippets of last week's meeting 201119
Graeme Isaacson was at the door, Col Laurenson was Chairman and Andy Bell was Sergeant.  We had apologies from President Mario Fairlie, Richard Smith, Larry Murray, Karen Holland, Ian Mayberry and Ray Higgs.
 
Vice President Paul Seymour welcomed all members and visitors Jaime Morgan, (guest of Charles Thomasson), and the Croad Clan was fully represented by brothers Warren & Garth Croad, guest of Geoff Croad
 
Charles Thomasson briefly outlined details of the upcoming Golf Day: so far approximately 50 players are booked.  We'll need help to sell the raffle tickets - some $2,000 worth of prizes! Be there no later than 11:30 am. Then, after the event (about 4:30 pm), drinks at the Surfers Paradise Golf Club.  Former AFL Brownlow Medallist Simon Black, a director of our latest Corporate Member, the Bank of Queensland Southport Branch, will be there! What an opportunity to "rub shoulders" with high achievers!
 
After PDG Darrell Brown's presentation (see separate article), Franz Huber elaborated on the recent broadcast on Channel Nine's A Current Affair of our 'Sleeping Sanctuary' efforts.  A special big thank you goes to Karen Holland, who has spent an outrageous amount of time getting the GoFundMe campaign up and running (ever tried to do battle with their website, trying to make a picture fit??).  Doug Lipp reported on the proceeds of the Sausage Sizzle we had on Saturday at Officeworks: $286.00; obviously not at the level one can expect from a day at Bunnings.  Still, it's money we have in the bank we didn't have before!
 
Sergeant Andy Bell extracted some dollars too: Geoff Croad - Happy Birthday toooooo yooooooou!! Al Sirovs celebrated 70 years in Australia! [he must have arrived when he was a baby! ☺].  Then came the general fines on the theme of 'Superstitions'.  Various members volunteered some: Charles Thomasson tried to wear red socks when playing golf (doesn't work!), Doug Lipp's absolute lucky number is 7, Darrell Brown puts his left sock on first and Peter Morgan buys a Lottery Ticket every time he comes into a town he's not been before [doesn't work either!]...
 
Sunrise Christmas Dinner instead of Breakfast
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.  Cost per person $30.00.
 
Put the date into your diary now: Wednesday 18th December, 6:00 pm - an online booking site will open soon!
 
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)  
 27 Nov 2019N/a (social meeting)   Angus Miller (Saturday 30/11/19 ) 
 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... 271119
OK, I'm going to get complaints about this, but I couldn't resist it... But those who know me know that your Editor is very fond of apples (the fruit, not the computer). No offense nor ridicule is meant. Ed.
A young student asked his professor "What's the difference between school and life?"
The Professor replied "In school, you're taught a lesson and then you're given a test. In life you're given a test that teaches you a lesson."
 

History is the first casualty of Media’s microsecond attention. James Rickards, ‘Aftermath’.

Download Files
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
Wheelchairs Project at Palen Creek - Press Release
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Dec 04, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
 
Christmas Dinner
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Dec 18, 2019
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Photo Albums
Our YE Student from Japan - Ayana Sadaka
Surfers Sunrise 'Sleeping Sanctuary'
Working bee at the Project Shed 24/08/19
Lucy Thorburn in Minnesota
X-Ray Unit for Hospital on Espiritu Santo
Excellence in Workmanship Awards 2019
Inaugural Bike Sale a roaring success
Charmaine Wheatley: 120 wheelchairs for South Africa
House of Hope - Samoa
Pre-school, Mata'afa Village, Samoa
School for Phuket, Thailand
Surfers Sunrise Charter - 23. February 1987
Wheelchairs
30th Anniversary of Charter 22/02/2017
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