President's Message
Joanne Winwood
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Hi Everyone
What a great meeting last week a – a good turnout and lively interaction. Thanks so much to PDG Tony and the lovely Dianne for making their way to see us on Wednesday to discuss Rotary Foundation. We are certainly going to be doing our bit with our Polio collection and Movie night (Bohemian Rhapsody - the story of Freddy Mercury and his band Queen). I’d love it if as many people as possible could attend on 1 November – I think I will be a great movie, a good chance for some fellowship and we will raise some money. How good does it get??
Lovey to have our Taiwanese visitors too, just charming people. I have a kind email from them to thank us for our hospitality. They said they had found out more about TRF than they had learned at home (maybe go on the international circuit Tony) and congratulated us on showing that “a Rotary club can be fun and attractive to all walks of life”.  Fun and attractive- yes that’s us!
I received a call last week from MP Dr Anthony Lyneham requesting some wheelchairs to go to PNG – his people on the ground up there had discovered a number of families with children with disabilities and he had heard we could help. Good news travels far and Daryl is only happy to be working with Anthony and his crew.
This week will be a productive one with two of our key committees getting together to plan strategies on community projects, fund raising, PR and membership. There’s a lot that goes on in between our meetings and I am always so grateful for the work that everyone does.
We’ve got a lot going on with some good speakers lined up for our formal meetings, working bees for the Shed , our Bike Sale Day on 1 December, RYDA, polio collection and movie night - Franz’s Hello Dolly night and then Guess who’s coming to Dinner. You know what they say- if you want something doing - ask a busy person!
Look forward to seeing you all at Espresso Bonsai again on Wednesday (10th) and if you could try to make the formal meeting on 17th  October at the Surf club – we’ve got a couple of little presentations to make- it would be great to see your faces there.
Have a great week all.
This coming Wednesday 10/10/18 at Espresso Bonsai
After sampling their coffee and various breakfasts a couple of weeks ago, we'll again gather at the Espresso Bonsai on Chevron Island for a casual, social meeting. See you there!
Guess who is coming to Dinner?
Keep this space in your calendars : Saturday 17th November.
This is a great social evening with an air of mystery as neither the guests nor hosts know who is attending, respectively who will host. I have a number of volunteer hosts already but I really need final numbers of attendees so we can make sure that we have enough providers. The theme for the evening is ‘SPRING’ (up or down).
For those who have not attended one of these dinners before: Firstly, you will all gather at a particular address for a drink & nibble. The hosts' address for the evening will then be drawn by the guests, who will then make their way to that address for the dinner. Each host will have chosen the number of guests they would like, but they will not know who will come to dinner. The guests will not know who else will be at the given address. The food is provided by the hosts, for which the guests will contribute $15 per head and provide their own drinks [and perhaps have a glass to spare for the host too..! Ed] .  The menu is entirely at the whim of the host, anything from caviar to pizza.
I am going to be away from 23rd Oct to 12th Nov so I would like to know if possible who will be participating by the next meeting on the 17 Oct.
Last meeting's Guest Speaker: PDG Tony Heading
I don't know whether the large turnout was due to the attraction of having "Rotary Royalty" present - as a very popular Past District Governor, accompanied by his equally charming wife Dianne, Tony Heading would undoubtedly have some pull. Or was it his subject, The Rotary Foundation (TRF), which drew people in? I guess we'll never know.  And Tony certainly didn't disappoint.
Many of our members would only have been vaguely aware of TRF.  About half of our club's members are Paul Harris Fellows, meaning that the club has donated US$1,000 in their name to "our" charity.  Many of our members also chose TRF as their preferred charity and purchased a PHF for themselves and their partners. But really: how much do you know about one of the most outstanding charities in the world? One of the few which consistently rates four stars on Charity Navigator, which recognizes the fact that TRF has a whopping 92 % efficiency rating, with only a 2% overhead for administration? [Compare, for example, World Vision and the Red Cross, both very popular and undoubtedly highly reputable organizations, but they only get 3 stars. Ed.].
The Rotary Foundation has six areas of focus: 
  1. Promoting Peace
  2. Providing Clean Water
  3. Saving Mothers and Children
  4. Supporting Education
  5. Growing Local Economies
  6. Fighting Disease
You can get full details from Rotary International's website - click here. There are numerous sub-sections below each heading. Just looking at Fighting Disease: Rotary's signature project for the past three decades has been the eradication of Polio: from some 350,000 cases reported world wide when we started in 1986 (and, I suspect, many remained unreported), we now have just 18 cases reported, all in the war torn regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nigeria again has had no cases reported.  And where else can you get Microsoft Founder Bill Gates to add two dollars for every one you donate? Yes, if you donate to the Polio Plus fund of The Rotary Foundation, that's how!
TRF is not just directly active on an international basis: via District Grants, any Rotary club can apply for a District Grant. Take as an example a project by the Rotary Club of Bribie Island: their own investment of $1,000 grew to $139,000 by taking advantage of all the various grants that are available.  Our own club benefited when last year we needed a container to ship the materials for the school in Apia, Samoa.
So, my fellow members and friends of Rotary: why not donate US$1,000 to our foundation and get a Paul Harris Fellowship recognition? It is entirely up to you whether you want to wear the PHF pin or not [I rarely wear mine except on formal Rotary occasions - far too ostentatious for my taste. Ed.], it is what is being done with your donation that counts. And with an efficiency rating that surpasses just about any other charity out there, you can relax that they are not wasting your money on administration, outrageous marketing expenses, commissions and - heavens forbid - "backshish".  Click on this link to go to our District Website where you can fill in the form, securely pay via Credit Card online and in turn be assured that it goes to the right place. And yes, you'll get a Tax Receipt - donations are fully tax deductible.
Picture above (by Charles Thomasson): They are quite a rambunctious mob at Surfers Sunrise - visit by a group from Taiwan. Tony and Dianne Heading on right.
Donations in Kind has found a new home
At last Wednesday's meeting, Col Laurensen (Chief of Donations in Kind - Northern Region), announced that - finally - they have found a new warehouse, even if it is for the moment not completely finalized.  A few months ago, their previous one in Durack became unavailable; the lease could not be extended anymore.
According to DIK's September newsletter (copy in the Download Section on the right - there is also some interesting stuff in there!), "We have received an offer of the above premises in Kingston from the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works as an interim ‘home’ for Donations in Kind and we have responded suggesting the terms & conditions we would prefer. We look forward to their favourable consideration of these terms and conditions."  Col has now confirmed that the lease has been signed, at a very attractive rate.  And yes, Col needed to "forcefully lobby the State Government for over 9 months...".  So, it won't be long before DIK can again accept goods for shipping to developing countries, such as hospital beds, computers, school uniforms, wheelchairs, just to name a few.
Well done, and congratulations, Col & Team! 
Date claimer: Saturday, 1st December
On Saturday, 1st December, we'll have a giant Bicycle Garage Sale at the Project Shed.  By now, our volunteers have restored dozens of bikes to their former glory, simply far too good to be scrapped for just their frames to make wheelchairs. They were either donated, or were given to us by the Police - unclaimed property. For example: this Scott Racing Bike, light enough to lift with one finger (see picture right). Yes, new, they sell for $3,000. Read that again: Three grand!  They are ready to be sold at very attractive prices to the public, just in time for Christmas. But wait, there will be more! Music, Sausage Sizzle, Tours of the Shed...  
We'll need manpower [no, Henrietta, 'manpower' does not exclude women! ☺], so put it into your diary now.
Snippets of last meeting 031018
Al Sirovs (welcome back, Al!) was at the door (for Tania Laird), Doug Lipp was chairman and (sniff)... there wasn't enough time for a Sergeant's session crying
We had apologies from Peter Morgan, Bob Harrison, Simon Brook, Chris Thurtell, Neil Thurlow and Darrell Brown (there may have been others - they can be a noisy mob, those Surfers Sunrisians, when they have had a coffee or two already... ☺)
President Jo Winwood greeted our visitors PDG Tony Heading and his charming wife Dianne, and we were delighted to have a group of visiting Rotarians from Taiwan, led by Philip Chan (?). In accord with our new meeting format, we moved straight on to our Guest Speaker, Tony Heading's presentation (see separate article above). 
After Tony's presentation, Gerald East, in his capacity of our club's Director of The Rotary Foundation, announced that a movie night will be held on Thursday 1st November, details to be advised shortly.  Net proceeds to go to Polio Plus.  Also, our annual collection at the Runaway Bay Shopping Centre will take place next week, from Thursday 18th to 20th October.  If you are not already on the Roster, please contact Gerald.  This is going to be bigger than ever, with a massive wheelbarrow full of goodies being raffled, rather than just rattling the bucket.
Geoff Croad is still looking for a couple of volunteers to help at RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness), a day long program which instructs Year 11 and 12 students in the perils of driving. The event will be held this coming Friday 12th October, at the Southport Community Centre. Contact Geoff to get on the roster. To obtain more information on RYDA, click on this link. Undoubtedly, this program does save lives.
Ray Higgs foreshadowed a big Rotary Peace Fellowship event which will be held on 18th April next year at the University of Queensland - more details as we get closer to the event, and Col Laurenson announced that, finally, Donations in Kind has a new venue!
In closing, President Jo Winwood announced that, under Past President Andy Bell's leadership, our team last year won a Presidential Citation!  Give yourself a pat on the back, fellows! She also referred to Des La Rance's resignation. due to health reasons, as a full member (see separate article on his being awarded an Honorary Membership)
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.
 10th Oct 2018N/a (Social meeting)   
 17th Oct 2018Peter MorganLarry MurrayGeoff Croad 
 24th Oct 2018 N/a (Social meeting)   
 31st Oct 2018Chris ThurtellNeil Thurlow  Andy Bell 
 07th Nov 2018N/a (Social meeting)   
 14th Nov 2018  Adrian CroweSimon BrookDarrell Brown  
 21st Nov 2018
N/a (Social meeting)   
Inspirations - well, sort of...  101018
OK, so we have RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness).  Should we also have RODA? (no prizes for guessing what the O stands for!)
“The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace.” From 'Game of Thrones', Vol1, by George R.R. Martin.
The existing carbon-pricing schemes tend to squeeze only certain sectors of the economy, leaving others essentially free to pollute. And even in those sectors in which carbon pricing might have a significant effect, policymakers have lacked the spine to impose a high-enough price. The result is that a policy prescription widely billed as a panacea is acting as a narcotic. It’s giving politicians and the public the warm feeling that they’re fighting climate change even as the problem continues to grow. Jeffrey Ball, Stanford Uni Scholar in Energy, in “Why Carbon Pricing Isn’t Working”, 2018.
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