President's Message

Paul Seymour
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News from the project shed that they are currently repairing the junior bicycles and donating them to the St john`s crisis centre to distribute to disadvantaged children.
And whilst we are on the good news: this morning, Mario Fairlie advised that the Global Grant for the X-Ray Unit for the Mauna Health Centre in Vanuatu has been approved. Congratulations! Good work, Mario and all the other members of the multi-club committee! This was not just a matter of a couple of hours, this was days of work by Mario and his committee. This will enable us to arrange for the acquisition of the medial equipment, such as the portable X-Ray unit, Blood Auto-analyzer equipment, solar electricity, water storage and ancilliary equipment.
We have received the news that Grace who was the ‘Sausage Sizzle Coordinator’ at Bunnings has left the company. It has been a pleasure to work with her and we wish her every success in her future plans. I am sure our connection with Bunning will remain strong. Our ‘Minister for Everything’, Geoff Croad, will continue to work with the new incumbent, once we know contact details.
Last weekend, our incoming President Mitch Brown attended the President Elect Leadership Training (PELT) at Tweed Heads on Saturday, then on Sunday was joined by incoming Secretary Trent Belling and Club Service Director Franz Huber at the District Leadership Training Seminar in Alstonville. And, of course, District Treasurer Mark Twyford instructed all the incoming Treasurers in the secrets of maintaining the accounts of a Rotary club.
A reminder to all members this Thursday and every two weeks from 5pm there is a casual get together for a chat and beverage at the Benowa  Tavern.
Kind regards
President Paul Seymour.
Peter McGuiness - You Choose Road Safety
It would have to be a parent's worst nightmare: receiving the news that your 18 year old son was killed in a horror car smash. But it was worse, much worse than that: Jordan was speeding and under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he drove his car into a stationary vehicle. His choices not only caused his death but made him responsible for the death of four other human beings. "It not only affected us as parents, it affected Jordan's siblings as well as the families and friends of the other victims. 
Peter rejects the incident to be called an accident. "It was a direct consequence of Jordan choosing to drive while under the influence. "
At today's meeting, Peter McGuiness outlined his organisation, 'You Choose - Youth Road Safety', which he and his wife Melissa set up, following that horrendous event in 2012. The program is mostly presented at High Schools, to Year 11 students.. "The approach is novel and innovative," Peter said. "Not 'the poor kid had an accident, but instead of preaching and lecturing, the concept gives emphasis to the fact that the kid made the choice to drive at 120 Km/Hr. The students are actively engaged. "What would you do?" is the question asked. "Interestingly, on every occasion, we are the ones who are learning", Peter said.
Think about it: There has never been more money spent on road safety, car safety and stringent policing. Yet, road trauma, at best, remains static or is increasing. The thing that has not changed is the culture. You Choose Youth Road Safety addresses that. And perhaps, with the various Interact clubs Rotary is running in various High Schools, perhaps we might have an ideal vehicle to help Peter and Melissa to get the message across.
Photo: Peter McGuiness (centre), with his organisation's Chairman Todd Cole (4th from left), new corporate member Nick Cole (third from right) Visit their website:
Flood Appeal: Lismore Library needs books
Lismore Regional Library is seeking donations of new or near new books to replenish their supply that was destroyed in the March 2022 floods.
  • Adult Fiction
  • Large Print books
  • Junior & Young Adult books
  • Children’s Story books
  • Children’s DVDs
  • Jigsaws
  • Audio Books
  • Parenting Collection (non-fiction books on parenting topics)
  • Junior Non-Fiction books
Donations can be made at the Library at 6 Centenary Drive, Goonellabah NSW 2480, Monday to Thursday between 9:30 am and 3:00 pm, or
Surfers Sunrise Rotary Club will organise a collection on the Gold Coast for them to be shipped to Lismore in one consignment. If you have any to donate, please click on this link to send us an email so we can make arrangements.
Gold Coast Small Business Expo Fundraiser

We have again been offered this very important fundraising opportunity. We get paid handsomely for our services.  The number of shifts require ALL MEMBERS to participate in this. There are still vacancies on most segments, but specifically, the Thursday 11:30 - 1:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm coin collection is still short-staffed. Here are the shifts:

DateTimeWhat jobNo of helpers / still needed
Wednesday 15/06/20221:00 pm - 3:30 pmBump-in11 / 1
Thursday 16/06/20226:30 am - 9:00 amTraffic controlall good, thanks
Thursday 16/06/20226:30 am - 9:00 amAssist unloading11 / 2
Thursday 16/06/20229:00 am - 11:30 amCoin collectionall good, thanks
Thursday 16/06/202211:30 am - 1:00 pmCoin collection2 / 2
Thursday 16/06/20221:00 pm - 2:30 pmCoin collection2 / 2
Thursday 16/06/20223:30 pm - 5:30 pmBump-out10 / 2

Please send a text or email directly to organiser Darrell Brown with your preferred times

Changeover Luncheon set for Saturday 2nd July
This year we'll have a Luncheon Changeover. Incoming President Mitch Brown has selected Bambino's Italian Ristorante in Benowa. Very interesting menu of shared platters of various pizzas (including vegetarian) and pasta (Carbonara, Truffle Pappardelle... just to name a few. And dessert pizza, of course. Did you say Dessert Pizza? Yup. You'll have to be there. Put it into your diary now. You must book: click on this link: 
District has set up a flood donation account
District Governor Jeff Egan recently wrote a letter (see Download section on the right) to all Rotarians in District 9640, advising that a dedicated Flood Appeal account has been set up for Rotarians (and anyone else, for that matter) to contribute to a flood appeal to benefit victims of the horrendous floods some regions experienced over the past two weeks. As is common for any Rotary-based appeals, there will be no administration fees, director's remunerations etc. All funds end up directly at the target, the people who were affected. 
If a donor does not require the donation to have tax deductibility status, it is preferable that donations should be deposited into the following account:
Rotary International District 9640 Ltd.
BSB: 084462, Account No: 816279059
This is the account to which Rotary clubs should donate.
If tax deductibility is required, please use this account: 
Keith Wilson Relief Trust Fund
BSB: 633000 Account No: 175308303
The name of the donor needs to be included on the deposit AND please send via email to PDG Sandra Doumany at (Note: the original post had a typo - this is the correct address): 1. the name of the donor 2. the amount of the deposit 3. any requirement for the donation to be spent on a specific area (if requested). 
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)
01/06/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Ian Mayberry
08/06/2022Brian PearsonTrent BellingDarrell Brown
15/06/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Geoff Croad
22/06/2022Ross AugustineSimon BrookAdrian Crowe
29/06/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Gerald East
Inspirations - well, sort of... 010622
Sometimes, talking to your brother or sister is all the therapy you need. And sometimes you need therapy after talking to your brother or sister.
People who want to share their religious or political views with you almost never want you to share yours with them. Dave Barry, American Author & Journalist.
[... and that includes some of the new movements which these days seem to replace the old religions. You know, such as... Oh, sorry. I'll see myself out. Ed.]
Darling, how long is 10 years with me?
It’s a second! He replied.
And how much is a thousand dollars for me?
It’s a coin! He replied.
Can I have a coin, darling?
Just give me a second, honey.
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Des La Rance and John Hall interview with Don Glover
Rotary District 9640 Flood Appeal
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Upcoming Events
Breakfast at the Project Shed
Project Shed
Jun 08, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Visit to Gold Coast PCYC
Gold Coast PCYC
Jun 15, 2022
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Small Business Expo - Coomera Indoor Sports Centre
Coomera Indoor Sports Centre
Jun 15, 2022 1:00 PM –
Jun 16, 2022 4:00 PM
Ros Byrne - The scourge of Domestic Violence
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Jun 22, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Changeover Luncheon - Bambino's Restaurant
Bambino's Italian Ristorante
Jul 02, 2022
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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Changeover Breakfast July 2021
10,000th Wheelchair Celebrations
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