President's Message
Mario Fairlie
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Saturday was a very busy morning at the shed. The meeting regards the manufacturing of the POD with Councillor Dawn Crichlow, Peter Whiffin, Larry & Des went ahead as planned and the response has been enthusiastic. The next step is for Des & Larry to review the design and investigate what materials can be used in the construction. Both Des & I had separate discussions with Dawn as we showed her around the shed.  Dawn has agreed to try to assist with the removal of the old tyres. Also, I think Des convinced her to have Council look at the possibility of having our lease with the Council extended for another 15 years. Des went through the projects that we have done overseas, including the various Schools and the House of Hope. She was extremely impressed if not blown away by what the club and the associates were doing at the shed and the real contribution Rotary was making. Dawn was not aware of our work!
I also believe that the other things that seem to all happen at the same time added to the enthusiasm. Jo had organised Saeed and Mr Goss, Head of the Gold Coast Mosque to come to the Shed at 9.30 to discuss arrangements. They have offered us an old 40 Foot Container for storage. They are also interested in taking +200 wheelchair and Jo is working with them to assist of a school project they are funding in Uganda.
To top all this off at about the same time, the Prison Truck arrived to drop off finished wheelchairs and to take back 20 kits to paint, assemble and make into wheelchairs.
Our club members that made a special effort to attend included Jo, Angus, Andy, Adrian, Geoff, Neil, Doug, Paul & John. They made a significant difference and their contribution was well received. Thanks to you all.
Next Saturday 13th July will be a special Meeting & Barbeque to be held at the shed. This will be Joanne’s changeover for the shed. Please bring your wives, lover [ahem... I think he means and/or...! ☺ Ed.] & children. This should be  a good morning for all. 
The next Club meeting is on 17th July where we will discuss the project that the Rotary Clubs of Broadbeach, Gold Coast & Surfers Sunrise are jointly planning. It will substantially improve the facilities at the Mauna Hospital, Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. Each club has applying for a district grant to support the project. We all should know the results of the grant by the end of the month. Everyone remains very positive.
Specifically, the project involves the design & manufacture at our Project Shed on the Gold Coast of a “flat pack” building to house the Pathology and X-Ray facilities at Mauna Hospital, then shipping it to Vanuatu and to construct it on site. Des La Rance has agreed to give a presentation flowed by representatives from each Club. Also, District Governor Harry Bolton will be attending.
Doctor Graham Sivyer President of the Rotary Club of Broadbeach has arranged on Thursday evening for Des & me to give a presentation to the Gold Coast Medical Association (GCMA) on the project.  The GCMA have already indicated support for the project and in addition the possibility of providing locum Doctors for the long term support of the Hospital.  Further their involvement could have Medical Students for Griffith & Bond Universities to work in Mauna Hospital as part of their training.
Finally, discussions have progressed with Broadwater Southport Club regard the possibility of the amalgamation of the two Clubs. The next step, as Andy Bell indicated at the last meeting, is to see how they feel about us and we feel about them and can we work as one. Therefore, over the next few months we will have some meetings with each other and we will see how we go. I think we could learn much from their achievements particularly their fundraising activities and I believe they too will be impressed by our projects and capability. I am very positive about this merger.
Have a great week.
Mario Fairlie
This Wednesday 9th July: Social Meeting
This coming Wednesday we'll have the usual by-weekly social meeting at the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club.  
Pick up your breakfast and coffee and join us at the northern side of the bistro.
Also, please take note that our usual Wednesday meeting of 31st July will be cancelled in lieu of our combined club meeting with Broadwater Southport on Friday 2nd August.
This week: Major Multi Club Project meeting
This coming Wednesday 17th July we'll have the combined meeting with the Broadbeach Club, as previously advised.
When Mario Fairlie attended the President Elect Training Seminar (PETS), he met with the Presidents Elect of the Broadbeach and Gold Coast Rotary ClubsDr Graham Sivyer and Rowan Johnstone respectively.  Dr Graham indicated that he had identified a major need for a X-Ray Unit to be established in a hospital on the Espiritu Santo Island, in the Samna Province of Vanuatu. The hospital doesn't have one at all; travel to the nearest one that does have one takes over 5 hours. It needs more than just a X-Ray Unit: they don't have electrical power off the grid, so it needs to be solar / battery powered...
We all know that "there are no flies" on Des La Rance, our Chief Designer and Mover & Shaker at the Project Shed. He set to work and here is the preliminary draft.  To an extent, it is based on the very successful design of the Samoa Schools we have installed, with solar panels and batteries.  Next step is to obtain a District Grant as well as a Global Grant.  For the Global Grant, Mario will liaison with his friend who introduced him to Rotary, PDG Fred Hansen in Norway.
Jump over to the Photo Album Section on the right for more images of Des' design. 
Our next major Project Shed item: a 'Pod'
A what?? A Pod? Isn't that something to do with flowers? [No, Henrietta, nothing to do with pot plants. Nor with pot... ☺] Or with something that is detachable from an aircraft? 
No, it is a Mini-Accommodation on wheels for the homeless.  Our indefatigable President Mario Fairlie has had discussion with the equally indefatigable local City Councillor Dawn Crichlow about this potential new project which Surfers Sunrise might become involved with at our the Shed.  A picture tells a thousand words they say - so check out the attached image of the front page of a recent Gold Coast Bulletin article (you can expand it so you can actually read it - just press Ctrl + ).The estimated cost is $500 plus the bicycle to pull it.  And yes, Dawn will take it to the council.
Watch this space!
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.
NOTE: Our usual regular meeting of 31st July is cancelled in lieu of our combined meeting with Broadwater Southport at the Southport Yacht Club on 2nd August.
Fellowship (Wednesday / Project Shed (Saturday)  
 10th July 2019N/a (Social meeting)  Jo Winwood 
 17th July 2019Simon Brook  Andy Bell   Mark Twyford  
 24th July 2019N/a (Social meeting Andy Bell 
 02nd Aug 2019  TBA TBADarrell Brown 
Inspirations - well, sort of... 100719
There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help. Jan Schakowsky
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