President's Message

Paul Seymour
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Our Wheelchair Trust is at crossroads at present. The Vanuatu project is in a dormant stage; the building is just about complete, but until COVID settles down we can’t proceed any further.
Few Rotary clubs have an ongoing “Signature” project of the calibre of our Wheelchair Trust. It has brought the gift of mobility to well over 10,000 disabled children and adults. It has provided numerous buildings for various disadvantaged communities in the South Pacific, replacing schools destroyed by tsunamis, providing safe shelter and even playgrounds for orphaned or abandoned and – dare we say it - abused children. If you were active in the fundraising, design, wheelchair assembly, building construction or execution of these projects, give yourself a pat on the back!
But it’s not just the gift of mobility and the gift of buildings. At the same time, we provide a venue for volunteers to enjoy each other’s company while “doing good”. Might sound corny, but that is exactly what our volunteers do, and I have no doubt that it makes every one of our volunteers feel good whilst they do good.
Tomorrow Wednesday, we will discuss and sketch out a forward plan of where we’ll head with the Wheelchair Trust over the next years. Your input is valuable, and that is why it is so important that you participate in tomorrow’s meeting.
On behalf of President Paul Seymour,
Franz Huber
Director, Club Administration.
[President Paul is snowed under with work, so I have taken the liberty to “ghostwrite” the President’s Message. Ed.]
This coming Wednesday: The future of our Project Shed

We recently received a very comprehensive management report from 180 Degrees Consulting (Bond University branch), a worldwide organisation which provides free services to non-profit organsations such as our Wheelchair Trust. This report is our starting point to do a comprehensive forward projection of the direction our Project Shed can (will) take. Hint: It might not just involve wheelchairs!

Wheelchair Trust Chairman Larry Murray will outline his views, followed by open discussion of the various points.  This is an interactive session - you are invited to actively participate in the discussion!


January is Vocational Service Month
“The best augury of a man’s success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world” so wrote the renowned English novelist George Eliot in 1876…    So, what has changed? Today, 146 years later, her statement is still true. [No, Henrietta, George Eliot definitely was a lady… ☺]
The international monthly Rotary theme for January is what in the “good ol' days” used to be one of Rotary’s major Avenues of Service: Vocational Service. Since Eliot’s time, lots of changes relating to vocations have happened, and lots of prognoses have been made. 40 years ago it was the demise of the Industrial Age, which was replaced by the “Information Revolution”. Indeed, this has largely happened; in case you haven’t noticed:  We are right in it. Today’s plain vanilla mobile phone, with a measly 64 Gigabytes of memory, is roughly 250 times as powerful as the Commonwealth Bank’s mainframe computer of the mid-1970’s (it had 256 Megabytes of RAM). On top of this, it has access to unlimited information of the Internet. (Watch out: the next major disruptor is the combination of Artificial Intelligence and Biotechnology, which will have a far greater impact.) Yet, whilst the method by which we do things may change, the ethical principles as depicted in the Objects of Rotary have not changed. Click on this link for the complete set of Rotary’s Guiding Principles. For this article, it's the second object that is relevant:
“High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.”
First Bunnings fundraiser for the year: Friday 28th January

Geoff Croad has received the go-ahead from Bunnings Olsen Avenue for another Sausage Sizzle fundraiser, so we need manpower! [Hold your fire!For the purists and feminists among you: "manpower" is a perfectly legal word that incorporates both the sexes! ☺] Only 3 shifts - 4 people minimum required per shift to comply with Bunnings rules.

  • 9:00 am - 11:30 am (this shift is filled)
  • 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (still require 3 people)
  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (still require 3 people)
Book your time slot with Geoff directly, by text message or send him an email.
Project Shed to reopen on 26th January
We regret to advise that our Project Shed at the Arundel Community Centre is closed, due to a COVID exposure. Subject to no new COVID regulations emerging, we expect to reopen again on Wednesday 26th January  We'll advise as soon as we are able to confirm.
At this stage, however, we expect our regular club meetings to take place as per schedule, every Wednesday morning.
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 (following Saturday)
12/01/2022Ian MayberryDoug LippPaul Smith
19/01/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Angus Miller (Saturday 22/01/2022)
26/01/2022No meeting (Australia Day)No meetingBrian Pearson (Saturday 29/01/2022)
02/02/2022Peter MorganLarry MurrayTash Price
09/02/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Adam Sheppard (Saturday 12/02/2022)
16/02/2022Andy BellAshleigh SymesCharles Thomasson
23/02/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Darrell Brown (Saturday 26/02/22)
Inspirations - well, sort of... 120122
<--- After seeing the latest designs for excercise equipment, I've changed my mind: I will have a New Year's Resolution after all... 
People rarely appreciate their ignorance, because they lock themselves inside an echo chamber of like-minded friends and self-confirming news-feeds, where their beliefs are constantly reinforced and seldom challenged.   Yuval N Harari, ’21 Lessons for the 21st Century’
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And just why shouldn’t I answer a question with a question?
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Thank you letter from Kilu'ufi Hospital
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Surfers Paradise SLSC
Jan 26, 2022
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Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser
Bunnings Warehouse
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Surfers Sunrise Golf Day October 2021
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A whole bunch of Paul Harris Fellowships
Loading a container for the Solomons
Changeover Breakfast July 2021
10,000th Wheelchair Celebrations
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