President's Message
Joanne Winwood
member photo
Happy Monday Everyone,
Back after a wonderful couple of weeks away and busy reconnecting with all things Rotary as well as all things work. Our staycation went according to plan- we missed the cyclone here in favour of great weather in Victoria and narrowly missed the heatwave and bush fires that ensued down there as we headed home. Whilst down there, I received a message from Ross Augustine, who having read the Bulletin last week, thought to invite us for lunch in Melbourne. Whilst sadly, we weren’t able to make it, it was a great reminder of the wonderfully wide support network Rotary provides, wherever you are in the world (Franz, it also means your Bulletin does get read!) On the note of Rotary network, I was very sorry to have missed the visiting GCE team at the Shed on Saturday and look forward to Franz’s report on that.
This month is Rotary Water and Sanitation Month – “clean water is the essence of life and the birthright of everyone” with 22nd March being World Water Day. Whilst we don’t have any projects of our own related to this focus area, our Rotary dues support key projects indirectly and if you’d like to see some of the amazing projects around the world – go to It’s always good to visit from time to time – just to get a “fix” of how we do good in the world.
Friday 8th March is also International Women’s Day and whilst unfair that there isn’t an equivalent for the men (the day was established in Soviet Russia in 1917 and adopted by the UN in 1975), it is a wonderful day to celebrate the great women in our lives. I’m sure we can all think of one or two and perhaps we should take the opportunity on Friday to let them know just how special they are. [I nominate Catherine Huber. She reads the bulletin too.  Well, at least sometimes... 😉 Ed.]
One of my goals was to focus on fellowship and I haven’t done enough of that this year. To fix that, we would like to reschedule the "Guess Who’s coming to Dinner", sadly postponed in 2018 with a proposed date of March 23rd- this is a suggested date only but it would be good to see how many are able to make it either as hosts or guests. April gets tricky with Easter and Anzac and May is a little too late. Let me know what you think. Three other suggestions to add to our fellowship calendar is a trip to the Dracula’s Dinner and Show which many people expressed an interest in after our tour there last year- and secondly, hiring a booth at Top Golf for an afternoon. Finally, Carlotta (inspiration for Priscilla Queen of the Desert”) is performing on one afternoon only- Sunday 12th May at 2pm at the Spiegeltent (Cnr Gold Coast Highway and TE Peters Drive) and at  $36 ($31 for Seniors) would be a lot of fun. I’ll take a show of hands on Wednesday to see how many people would be keen to get involved.
This week’s meeting theme is membership, membership, membership. Please don’t just come to make suggestions on what everyone else should do, think about what commitments you will make to help us boost our membership and get more people involved. Everyone is responsible for the future of our Club, so lets get cracking!
Can’t wait to hear your ideas on Wednesday. Best wishes
This coming Wednesday 6th March: Membership 101
This coming Wednesday 6th March, at our regular venue at the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club, Treasurer Mark Twyford and Membership Chair Charles Thomasson will continue to outline the club's strategy on managing our membership. This is one of the most important aspects of club development. It does not just address the question on how to attract new members, but also how to retain our current members. Last year, the District ran a very informative training seminar, which resulted in a very healthy increase in membership overall. Let's see how we can translate this to apply to Surfers Sunrise. Your input is most welcome!
Don't forget to have your 'Elevator Speech' ready too!
President Elect Mario Fairlie was at PETS
PETS? Over the last weekend in February, Mario attended the President Elect Training Seminar in Stanthorpe.  Here is his report:
The overall thrust of the seminar was related to engaging and inspiring members, plan and set annual goals. Particularly, emphasis was given to Youth Programs and Youth Protection, Membership Development, The Rotary Foundation, Social Media & Public Image, Risk Management, as well as RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) and one of its major divisions, Donations in Kind. 
To pick just one segment: I gained a better understanding of The Rotary Foundation, how the grants for both District and Global Grants are given and how they are an integral part of the fund.  To illustrate: a few years ago, a Rotarian from our district in his will bequeathed $400,000 to the Foundation. This will be making its way back into the grants over the next few years. Thus, we should consider applying for a Global Grant to fund projects. To this end, I had discussions with the President Elect of Broadbeach, Dr Graham Sivyer, a Medical Doctor, who is interested in building a Medical Facility in an outer island in Vanuatu. I indicated that our club may be interested in working with them. Subsequently, Rowan Johnstone, the President Elect of Gold Coast also indicated that their club may be interested in joining with us on a project of this nature. I see the role of Surfers Sunrise to be in the design and manufacturing of the Building. The other clubs would take on the role of organising the funding and medical expertise. On site construction could be achieved jointly. This would be exactly what is needed to keep our Project Shed busy and generate fresh interest and impetus. Naturally, members will be consulted and need to support the project to proceed.
In essence, it was an extremely busy weekend. I learnt lots, met some very interesting people and it opened my eyes to what a fabulous organisation Rotary is and how it involves the members in achieving our goals of serving the community.
Visitors from Wisconsin, USA at the Project Shed
Last Saturday morning, we had the pleasure to welcome a Rotary Friendship Exchange team from District 6250 Wisconsin, USA to our Project Shed.  The team is currently on the last segment of their two week tour of our District 9640, which officially ends on 04th March.  Photo above shows the team at the Project Shed, with their hosts from the Rotary Club of Gold Coast, Parkwood and Runaway Bay. 
'Rotary Friendship Exchange'?? It's just one of the many marvelous facets of Rotary.  How does it work?  Well, in essence, a team from one District is hosted by another District, and then, a few months later, vice-versa.  [Your Editor and his better half will participate in a team going to the very north of the USA (Seattle) and British Columbia in June/July, and in turn we'll host their team in early November.] The team members pay their own individual costs (flights, restaurants, tours etc), but are accommodated by their host clubs.  Interested? A team will visit Brazil in 2020. Click here for more details.
Update: Just a day later, we have received feedback from one of the members of the group, Tom Kaminski, reaching out to his contacts, both in Australia as well as in the US, who may be able to assist on obtaining materials at special prices and getting the wheelchairs to their ultimate destination.  Yes, that is the worldwide network of Rotary! 
Do you have your 'Elevator Speech' ready yet?
In her President's Message last week, Jo encouraged you to develop an 'Elevator Speech' suitable to give to potential members of our great club.  For those of you who have not heard that expression: An Elevator Speech is designed to motivate the listener to hear more, to become further engaged.  It must not be longer than the time it would take you to go up from the Ground Floor to, say, Level 10 in a high-rise building, e.g. about 30 seconds. Click here and here for some tuition and examples on how to make it interesting rather than boring.  So, make yourself a list of what you believe makes Surfers Sunrise Rotary worth promoting, then prepare and learn your speech. [Don't worry about being overheard when you are practicing aloud. Your better half already knows you are sometimes talking to yourself... ☺ Ed.]  Might as well do it now - the Sergeant might just pick on you at the next 'Membership 101' meeting on 6th March!
The Lismore District Conference is only 3 weeks away!
The conference is only a bit over 3 weeks away! Your Editor and his better half will go down on Friday for the three days and so are - at this point in time - two other couples from our club. 
Why attend a District Conference?
  • Well, to start, it's fun: you meet lots of interesting people (the most interesting Rotarians DO attend the conference - not meaning to be bragging about myself of course)
  • You will hear Keynote Speakers for which you normally would pay hundreds of dollars to attend
  • The dinners are always superb fellowship events. The Saturday Night dinner is always very vibrant; this year they have a top notch Jazz & Swing band. Yes, we dance!
  • You learn a couple of things about Rotary which you may not have known before
Registration for Rotarians and their partners is free of charge, however, in fairness, a fee applies to partake in the events which serve food.  Click on this link to go to the Registration Page.  
Want to support the flood victims in Townsville?
Whenever those horrendous weather or fire events happen, numerous appeals are being launched, by major organizations all the way down to the very small.  And frequently, one wonders where your hard earned money donation will actually end up. I recall having read reports of millions of dollars that still sat in somebody's bank account two and three years later, for example in relation to the Victorian bush fires a few years ago.  Well, this one you can be assured of will find its target: RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) has launched a national projectThey are working together with the Rotary Club of Townsville South West (District 9550) 
Project Number 75-2018-19: North Queensland Flood Relief Appeal
Description: A Relief Project to accept donations for those affected by the 2019 North Queensland Floods.
Sponsored by: RAWCS National
On-line donations can be made through the following link: The appeal has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) registration and has been listed as a Charitable Fund so we can accept tax deductible donations from individuals or organisations.
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change.  Please check every week:
New duty: Fellowship.  What does it entail? 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.
 6th March 2019  Mitch BrownDarrell BrownAdrian Crowe   
 13th March 2019 N/a (Social meeting)   
 20th March 2019John ChirioGeoff CroadGerald East 
 27th March 2019N/a (Social meeting)   
 03th April 2019Neil ThurlowChris Thurtell  Mark Twyford 
 10th April 2019N/a (Social meeting)   
Inspirations - well, sort of... 060319
Utopias and dystopias can exist side by side, even in the same moment. Which one you're in depends entirely on your point of view. Naomi Alderman, English Novelist
Life is all about perspective.  The sinking of the Titanic was a miracle to all the lobsters in the ship's kitchen.
And, in view of this week's special theme of 'Membership 101', J F Kennedy's famous quote from his inauguration in January 1961 is worth repeating: 
Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.
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Excellence in Workmanship Awards 2019
Inaugural Bike Sale a roaring success
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Our YE Student in Minnesota, USA: Alissa Lott
Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings 04 Nov 18
Gold Coast Ramble 2018
Changeover Luncheon 2018 Photos
The 2018 District Conference
Pride of Workmanship Awards 2018
Charmaine Wheatley: 120 wheelchairs for South Africa
Melbourne Cup 2017
Help! 3000 wheels to be unloaded!
Simon Brook leads our team at the Rotaract Trivia Challenge
Working Bee at The Shed 03 June 2017
School for Phuket, Thailand
Surfers Sunrise Charter - 23. February 1987
House of Hope - Samoa
Our YE Student in Germany sent us some photos
Pre-school, Mata'afa Village, Samoa
30th Anniversary of Charter 22/02/2017
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