President's Message
Charles Thomasson
member photo
The Golf Day was a great event for the Club, with almost $8,000 raised for our upcoming service projects. Congratulations to the winners (see Franz’s article in last week's bulletin) and the Rotary Club of Currumbin Coolangatta Tweed, who won the ‘Rotary Surfers Sunrise Golf Shield’. Once again thanks to everyone who played or volunteered and a special mention to our Sponsors Braden MDT Accounting (Mark Twyford), BOQ Southport (Paul Smith), Burling Brown Architects (Simon Brook), Advent Security (Andy Bell), Accent Print & Copy (Neil Thurlow), Wilsons Advisory Gold Coast (Charles Thomasson & Ashleigh Symes), Lacey Group, L1 Capital, Custom Foods, GT Advisory & Consulting, CJM Lawyers, Australian Money Market, Go Kitchens and Insurance AdviserNet.
It was great to see Past President Jo Winwood last week and to hear about her project ‘Be Someone for Someone’. We look forward to continuing to talk to Jo about where Surfers Sunrise can help in the lead up to Christmas.
The countdown is now on for the 10,000th Wheelchair Celebration and Big Bike Sale on Saturday November 14th. This is a big celebration of what Rotary Surfers Sunrise has achieved with our Wheelchairs Project over the last 25 years and I want every member (past or present) to attend the 10am 10,000th Wheelchair Celebration Ceremony if possible. The event will run from 7.30am - 12pm for many of us so please ensure your diaries are free – Larry Murray and I will be starting on the rosters this week. We will also have the Rotary Clubs of Parkwood (Sausage Sizzle and Drinks), Broadbeach (Raffle) and Gold Coast (Ramble) participating in the day as well at Burleigh Heads Rotaractors and numerous VIP’s. Family and friends are invited!
See you Wednesday morning at Surfers Paradise Surf Club for a Social Meeting and good luck picking a winner in the Melbourne Cup.
Kind regards,
Charles Thomasson
President 2020-21
Specially prepared 10,000th wheelchair ready for celebrations
The 10,000th Wheelchair is ready for upcoming celebrations on Saturday 14th November, in conjunction with a Big Bike Sale! Bryan Tuesley (centre) organised an artist to paint some historical pictures on it. With President Charles Thomasson (left) and Wheelchair Trust Director Larry Murray (right). More pictures in the Photo Album.
Jo Winwood: Loneliness
Last Wednesday, we enjoyed meeting our Past President Jo Winwood again (she and Tony now live in Byron Bay). Jo, now a member of the Rotary Club of Byron Bay, is heavily involved with her project ‘Be Someone for Someone’. “In the last 5 months, there has been an immense increase in loneliness” Jo declared. Her company Feros Care is a leading Aged Care provider, supporting over 60,000 each year in 5 states and territories. “According the carers, this is now the biggest problem they face”, she said. Jo cited the example of a man suffering the loss of his wife: “In many relationships, it is the woman who makes the social arrangements. So suddenly, after she has passed away, he finds himself without much of a social life. Not everyone has social skills which enable them to find new friends”.
Download the PDF in the Download section on the right and see the slide “The Shocking Truth”. Let me pick just one of the facts: according to a scientific report, published by the US National Library of Medicine (J Holt-Lundstad, Brigham Young University), Loneliness increases the risk of premature death by 26%. Or the equivalent of smoking 26 cigarettes a day. The problem is acute world wide; in the UK, they have appointed a Minister for Loneliness.
So how can we help? Well, engage with people whom you suspect of being lonely. Your neighbour might be in that category. An invitation to join you for a cuppa is a good start!  Would you like to support financially? Feros Care will again run a Christmas Brunch for lonely people - see Download section - 'Be Someone for Someone - Corporate Support'.
Jo’s presentation can be downloaded from the Download section – see right side. TPhoto: Jo with Chairman of the meeting, Mark Twyford
Mark Twyford to ride 1,000 Km - for Misión México
Remember Mark Twyfords youngest daughter Maggie, who presented at our Club on Misión México via Zoom earlier this year? (That’s her on the right – click on this link to read the story again). Maggie continues to be involved with the Mission. This November will also mark the charity’s 20th anniversary. To celebrate, they are holding their biggest ever global event; the Move for Misión México - 20/20/20 Challenge: 20,000 kilometers on foot, bike, in the water, any way you can think of while working together to raise £20,000 for their education program. All money raised will go towards Mision Mexico's Education Program.
To support this event, Mark has enrolled in the Challenge with the aim of raising $AUD 1,000.00, committing to riding a minimum of 500Km in the month of November. You can track his progress here: Mark also will provide us with a weekly total, published in the club bulletin. He hopes to rope in a couple of more Riding Rotarians to make up another 500Km over the month. If you wish to support financially, please contact him directly or contact the bulletin editor. A tax receipt will be issued once funds are received. To date, Mark has raised $500.00 ($1.00 for every potential Km).
Burleigh Rotaractors pick up Hospital beds for Vanuatu
Last Saturday, a bunch of mildly hyperactive Burleigh Heads Rotaractors, organised by Dr Graham Sivyer and Harold Bush (Broadbeach RC), picked up a trailer load of hospital beds, destined for Vanuatu. Well done, guys!
Photo (by Dr Graham) shows (from left) Harold Busch (Broabeach RC + Rotaracters. Blake, Harrison, KJ, Matt and James. More photos in the Photo Album - see right hand side.
Congratulations: Mario Fairlie gets his 7th PHF
At last Wednesday's meeting, President Charles Thomasson presented Mario Fairlie with his updated 'Ruby' Paul Harris Fellowship pin. A pin with a ruby stone embedded indicates that Mario now holds a total of seven PHF's!  Congratulations, Mario!
Snippets of last week’s meeting 281020
Angus Miller was at the door, Mark Twyford was Chairman and Ian Mayberry was Sergeant.  We had apologies from Adrian Crowe, Gerald East, Ray Higgs (back in hospital again, but coming out today), Paul Seymour, Ashleigh Symes and Col Laurenson.
President Charles Thomasson welcomed all members, our Guest Speaker Jo Winwood and our guests from Rotaract Burleigh Heads, Blake Foster, Harrison Howick, Chumani Brooks and Matthew Hayward.  The Burleigh Rotaractors have been very active recently at our Project Shed, helping with the construction of the X-Ray Unit for Vanuatu, sorting out medical equipment etc. Welcome!
First off, Charles had the very pleasant task of presenting Mario Fairlie with his updated Paul Harris Fellowship pin – his 7th, with a Ruby (see separate article above).  He then elaborated on the Golf Day on Monday: great success, with some 99 players and funds raised exceeding $6,000.  A special thank you go to all the sponsors, which include our members Mark Twyford (Braden MTD Accounting) Simon Brook (Burling Brown), Andy Bell (Advent Security), Doug Lipp who was the principal organiser, and Neil Thurlow, who provided the new ‘Tear Drop’ banners to display on the course.
After Jo Winwood’s presentation on Loneliness (see separate article above), President Charles briefly mentioned a container destined for Honiara to be loaded with hospital beds.
Larry Murray outlined the upcoming ’10,000th Wheelchair’ celebration, combined with a Big Bike Sale on Saturday 14th November. We expect to have around 50 bikes ready for sale and a good potential that our “manufacturing partner”, Palen Creek Correctional Centre, will be there as well. Johnny Bueti has agreed to take care of the media and promotion, but we need lots of people on the ground on the day, so put it into your diary now!
PDG Darrell Brown announced that the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award, 19-29 years old) and RYTS (Rotary Youth Transition Seminar, Grade 11 and 12 students) have been confirmed to be run in January 2021.  Click on the links for more details. Further, Darrell confirmed our participation in the upcoming Small Business Expo in Mt Gravatt, as well as in Alexander Hills.
Mark Twyford is organising a 1,000 Km Bike Ride (4 riders @ 250 Km each). See separate article above.
Last week's Sergeant: Ian Mayberry 281020
Charles Thomasson: will be fined for not mentioning the Sergeant at the Changeover for the rest of his reign… Franz Huber apparently had complained about something [not like me at all, isn't it? Ed. ☺] but expected to get fined for having two out of three winning raffle tickets, but wasn’t, so he paid a ‘Lucky Buck’ instead…  Mitch Brown was called names (and the Sergeant got away with it without being sued...), Jo Winwood “because I can”, Andy Bell what happened at the RSL? Larry Murray, don’t call the Sergeant early on a Saturday morning..! Graeme Isaacson ran away last time before he could be fined; can't remember what for - caught you this time... Al Sirovs, have you got your Campervan finally fixed? Darrell Brown, what is the purpose of you wearing a Hi-Vis T-Shirt? Mario Fairlie tried to break into the Surf Club’s cupboard to start the air conditioner… and anyone who hasn’t been fined yet: there was a certain Grand Final on the weekend…

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle on 20th December
Our "Minister for Everything" Geoff Croad has landed another Bunnings Sausage Sizzle spot, on one of the busiest days of the year: the Sunday before Christmas, 20 December.  Well done, Geoff!
As usual, we'll need helpers on the day. Geoff will circulate a roster, but for the moment, put it into your diary!
(Photo: Last year we had one as well, just before Christmas. Regrettably, this time we won't have a Youth Exchange Student (Ayana Sadaka in the foreground) to help)
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)
04/11/2020N/A (Social MeetingN/A (Social MeetingLarry Murray (Saturday 7/11/20)
11/11/2020Ashleigh SymesPaul SeymourRichard Smith 
18/11/2020N/a (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Neil Thurlow (Saturday 21/11/20)
25/11/2020Andy BellGerald EastSimon Brook
02/12/2020N/a (Social Meeting)N/a (Social Meeting)Darrell Brown (Saturday 05/12/20)
09/12/2020Darrell BrownMitch BrownJohnny Bueti 
16/12/2020N/A (Christmas Party)N/A (Christmas Party)John Chirio
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Jo Winwood last week talked on Loneliness. Here is what the Doctor prescribes...
Study finds that parents can do 1/3rd of their children's maths, but struggle with the other 3/4.
Some crocodiles can grow up to 15 feet.
But most have only 4.
The President should be chosen by men most capable of analyzing the qualities of the candidates, men who are most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations, so that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in any eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.  Alexander Hamilton, First US Secretary of the Treasury, 1786. [There have been rumours of earth tremors, believed to be caused by Alexander Hamilton's rolling over in his grave in New York. BTW, he died being challenged to a duel and mortally shot by Aaron Burr, following Burr's loss of the 1804 Gubernatorial Election of New York. Politics were less complicated in those days...  Ed.]
Download Files
Be Someone for Someone - Corporate Support
Jo Winwood - Presentation on Loneliness
The Story of the Surfers Sunrise Wheelchairs Trust
Why Join Rotary?
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PDG Michael Irving: Climate Change
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Nov 11, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Wheelchair Bike Sale
Project Shed
Nov 14, 2020
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Farley S. Tolpen - Mediation
Surfers Paradise SLSC
Nov 25, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Bunnings Sausage Sizzle
Bunnings Warehouse
Dec 20, 2020
7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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10,000th Wheelchair Celebrations
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Loading the 10,000th Wheelchair
X-Ray Unit for Hospital on Pentecost Island
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