President's Message
Paul Seymour
member photo
Great excitement at the project shed today as our new compressor arrived (see separate report below). Thanks again for the donation Brian Pearson! Also new batteries for the forklift (see photo right). Thanks to Gus Miller who helped to source, size and cost the compressor and batteries and delivering them to the shed.
We have been advised that the Memorandum of Understanding for the hospital project building has been signed. We are currently are still waiting for Rotary insurance for the hospital project building. We have now reached lock up stage and will not progress further until all Scope of Works have been agreed upon.
Thanks to Johnny Bueti and Geoff Croad we are looking to partnering with Express Recycling in having collection points in high-rise complexes for the collection of recycling bottles. These will be collected at no cost to Rotary thus we retain the 10c per item. Watch this space for further developments.
We've a big couple of weeks coming up:
  • this Friday, 22nd October: in the morning is the Polio Plus Train/Tram ride, followed by the Italian Long Lunch. If you have booked already, you have all the details. Johnny Bueti is the organiser, please contact him directly if you need any clarification.
  • next Monday, 25th October: our Golf Day. There may still be some spaces available, including for singles. 11:30 start at the Surfers Paradise Golf Club. If you are not playing, we certainly need you to help man the individual greens and lots of other jobs. Charles Thomasson is your contact.  Bookings close this Wednesday 20th October.
  • next Wednesday, 27th October: the Lutzy Award presentation - breakfast at the SLSC. If you have not booked yet - see details below.
President Paul Seymour
Last Wednesday: AFL legend Simon Black
It’s good to have members with connections. Even better, if members have AFL legends as business partners. Our Corporate Member, the Bank of Queensland, Southport branch, is co-owned by Paul Smith and Simon Black.  “Simon who?” one of our members asked. “What is AFL?” asked another.  Well, the latter I can easily answer: Aussie Rules is team sport’s “poetry in motion”, a mix of choreography on grass, ‘Fast & Furious’ (on foot rather than on wheels) and aerial combat (without aircrafts). But faster. As to the former:  Click on this link to view the video we screened to open the meeting. It eloquently displays what Aussie Rules Football is all about.
Paul Smith skilfully “interviewed” Simon on his background. You can obtain a lot of data from his Wikipedia page, so let’s concentrate on some personal stuff: In one of his first sessions with Brisbane Lions super-coach Leigh Matthews, he learned about how tough it is to reach the Senior team in an AFL club:“I’ll be here in 2 years’ time, but I don’t know how many of you will be.”
Naturally, the glory years were mentioned: three consecutive Premierships in 2001, 2002 and 2003, and almost a fourth one in 2004. If ever there was a lesson in team play: “Play your role” the coach would insist, “and accept your role. Your individual reputation entirely depends on your team’s reputation.”
Today, Simon is coaching the Brisbane Lion’s “forward line and attacking systems” (watch that video again to see what is meant by this). In addition, he runs the Simon Black Australian Rules Academy, teaching young men the skills of playing Aussie Rules whilst gaining a Diploma in Sports Development or even a Bachelor of Business – Sports Management. “In the morning, we wear them out, in the afternoon we get them to study” he said.
Oh, did I mention that, in 2019, Simon also competed in the ‘Australian Survivor’ series? Not enough space here to describe it, click here for more details.
Photo (from left): Charles Thomasson, President Paul Seymour, Simon Black, Paul Smith
Polio Plus Train Ride this coming Friday
A bit late notice, I know... This coming Friday 22nd October, the annual Polio Plus drive on the Gold Coast train and tram is on. Click on this link to get the time table from the Download section, you'll find the entire time table. Gerald East and yours truly will be on it from Helensvale Tram station at 07:43 am and Parkwood (Park & Ride) station at 07:47 am respectively, riding it down to Broadbeach and back again. Of course, you can join the train or tram at any of the stations indicated; you'll find plenty of other Rotarians on it. Will you join us? Wear your Polio Plus or Rotary T-shirt.
Going to the Italian Long Lunch? You'll have plenty of time to get there!
New compressor has arrived at the Project Shed
A big THANK YOU to our member Brian Pearson, who donated the funds for the new industrial grade compressor. 😊👌👌 Photo shows Des La Rance navigating it into position, Larry Murray making sure that it fits into the space.  
Angus Miller arranged for the pickup and at the same time also picked up two massive new batteries for our motorised pallet lift.
Photo shows him contemplating whether to lift it off the ute by himself, but then thought the better of it... See above. (Photos by Paul Seymour)
Italian Long Lunch this Friday 22nd October
Due to the recent few COVID cases, we had to postpone it again... hopefully, this new date will stick: it will be Friday 22nd October 2021, from 12:00 pm. All people who have booked have been notified. All tickets have been sold out, but if any cancellations were to come in, Johnny has a waiting list.  If you want to be on that list, please contact him directly.
There will be plenty of Italian style Christmas dishes. Johnny has secured a major sponsor: My Carte, and a number of corporate tables have been sold as well. The price includes all food, unlimited wine and beer, entertainment.  All proceeds go towards the X-Ray Unit and Blood Analyser for Vanuatu.  Note: COVID restrictions impose an upper limit of just 120 attendees.
Surfers Sunrise Golf Day: Monday 25th October
It's happening! On Monday, 25th October, we'll again host a Golf Day at the Surfers Paradise Golf Club. It will be a 'Shotgun Start' at 12:30 pm (registration from 11:30 am). Several options:
  • Corporate Hole Sponsor (includes 4 players, signage and advertising)
  • 4-player Team
  • Single individual player
Chief organizer Charles Thomasson is looking both for players as well as helpers. If you and/or your friends, associates, customers, suppliers want to play: Bookings have now opened - click on this link or click on this QR Code.
Bookings will close 6 pm this Wednesday 20th October!
Anyone knows a concreter "with heart"?
We would like to put down a concrete slab at our Project Shed and are looking for a concreting company "with heart" who will give us a very special price. This drawing outlines details - a high-resolution version and more specific details are of course available.  Please contact Larry Murray directly if you can refer someone.
Lutzy Award new date: 27th October
Regrettably, the presentation of the Lutzy Award, originally scheduled for 15th September, had to be postponed yet again.  This time, COVID had nothing to do with it; it was simply that we were not aware that the recipient of the award had also been enrolled in the Kokoda Challenge..! ☺
A new date has been finalised: Wednesday, 27th October 2021  All current bookings will be retained, and the Trybooking site has reopened again. So, if you hadn't booked previously, you still can put your name(s) down to get a delicious breakfast for just $11.00: all menu options are listed on the Trybooking site.  Click on this link: or scan the QR code.
Snippets of last week's meeting 131021
Brian Pearson was at the door (with capable assistance by Gus Miller) and Charles Thomasson was Chairman.  We had apologies from Peter Morgan, Larry Murray, Ray Higgs and Paul O'Neill.
President Paul Seymour welcomed all members and visitors (too many to list) and of course our guest speaker, Simon Black. Paul briefly referred to the recent Bunnings sausage sizzle on the weekend and expressed the club's gratitude to Brian Pearson, who has agreed to finance the purchase of a compressor at our Project Shed. Good on ya, Brian!
After Simon Black's presentation (see separate report above), Paul reminded everyone of the upcoming major functions: The Italian Long Lunch on 22nd October, the Golf Day on 25th October, and the Lutzy Award presentation at our next meeting on 27th October (table service, you need to book if you want to get a cooked breakfast for just $11.00, unless you have done so already - contact me if you are not sure).
Finally, Doug Lipp donated the customary $100 to the Wheelchair Trust in celebration of his 4th Grandchild.  Congratulations to the Lipp Family!
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 (Saturday)
20/10/2021N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Charles Thomasson (Saturday 23/10/21)
27/10/2021Neil ThurlowRay HiggsAndy Bell
03/11/2021N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Simon Brook (Saturday 06/11/21)
10/11/2021Darrell BrownMitch BrownJohnny Bueti
17/11/2021N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Dean Castell (Saturday 20/11/21)
24/11/2021Paul O'NeillGeoff CroadGerald East
01/12/2021N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Mario Fairlie (Saturday 04/12/21)
Inspirations - well, sort of... 211021
What's the difference between Soccer and AFL?
In Soccer, players will do almost anything to convince the referee that they are injured. In AFL, they'll do almost anything to prove that they are NOT injured...
When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.  Jonathan Swift, Anglo-Irish Satirist, 1667 – 1745
An Englishman, Frenchman, Italian and German sit at the rear in a Stand-up Comedy club. The comedian yells out "Can you see me there at the back?"
They answered
"Yes! Oui! Si! Ja!"
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Gemelli Italian Restaurant
Oct 22, 2021
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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Oct 27, 2021
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Bill Edgar - The Coffin Confessor
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Nov 10, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Nigel Fotheringham, Angel Flight Pilot
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Nov 24, 2021
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