President's Message
Joanne Winwood
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Hi all
Hope you enjoyed the long weekend of sport and sunshine – summer is around the corner it feels. Although, as someone born in England, I still find it hard to reconcile the fact that summer is not our best season – and in fact is almost our least favoured.
Seems like a big Rotary week this week – starting off with a Board Meeting in which we made a few great decisions. The most important was to honour the dedication, compassion, genius and loveliness that is our Des la Rance by making him an Honorary Member of the Club. 28 years of service to Rotary and to local and international communities, the creator of our wheelchairs, school building projects and soon to be Trishaw – he's one in a million and we are a lucky Club to have him. Andy, Mark, Tania and Franz and I were able to surprise Des and the Associates with a presentation at morning tea with the award and certificate. I would say that's going to be one of the highlights for the year.
We also took the opportunity to share with the Associates two other Board decisions made in favour of the Project Shed. The first was the investment in a security system to try to deter further thefts and our resident security specialist, Andy Bell, is doing a review to determine the best system in terms of value for money. We have had a very generous offer from Peter Morgan's son to assist with the cost of a high end system and we will let you know the outcome of Andys' review. The second investment unanimously agreed on by the Board and presented on Saturday was in the installation of a defibrillator and training for a first aid officer. These were both well received by the guys at the Shed and its important that we continue to share with them how much we value what they do and also, the behind the scenes contribution made to the Project by the Club.
We've also set the date for our open day at the Shed to sell refurbished bicycles- that's the 1stDecember and we hope to have a BBQ, music and tours of the Shed as well as a giant bike sale. More details to follow but save the date and be prepared for some jobs.
Lovely casual breakfast too this week with Espresso Bonsai providing a pleasant change and a good recruitment strategy (Mario was in full Rotary sales mode to the lovely lady quietly having her breakfast and Charles would have been proud). Don't forget the casual meetings – in many ways they are more fun than our formal meetings and lots gets discussed and agreed, so please come along.
We've got Polio month coming up – Gerald and Geoff are organising our usual Runaway Bay collection but there is also a screening of Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury story being organised. We haven't had details yet, but it would be really great to make it a Club night out so please don't make plans to see it elsewhere and I"ll keep you posted – its likely to be the first week in November.
Formal meeting this week at SPSLSC – PDG Tony Heading has made a big effort to come all the way from Stanthorpe and speak with us about Foundation so lets make the most of it – and the $12 brekky which is proving a winner!

See you Wednesday
This coming Wednesday 3rd Oct: Tony Heading
In his capacity of our District's Director for The Rotary Foundation, Past District Governor Tony Heading will travel all the way from Stanthorpe to do a presentation at our club on the current and future activities and plans of Rotary's principal charity organization.  He will be accompanied by his charming wife Dianne. 
Des La Rance OAM is recognized with Honorary Membership
Last Saturday morning, President Jo Winwood presented the original designer of our signature Wheelchairs project, Des La Rance, with an Honorary Membership of the Surfers Sunrise Rotary Club. Des has been a member of our club since 1992. He shot to prominence when, in August 1997, his design to manufacture wheelchairs for disabled children in developing countries bore fruit: accompanied by a crew from the TV show 'A Current Affair', the first 10 Wheelchairs were delivered to children in Fiji (see article in the Download Section on the right - 'First 10 Wheelchairs to Fiji'). Meanwhile, well over 8,500 wheelchairs have been delivered to all continents on earth. In addition, Des is responsible for the design and supervision of construction of a number of schools in Thailand and Samoa, the massive House of Hope project in Apia, Samoa and its follow up project to add another classroom, just to name a few. As the saying goes, the rest is history. No! This is not just history. This is a lasting legacy. Only a couple of weeks ago, The Australian newspaper carried a story depicting a boy in war torn Syria sitting on a Surfers Sunrise wheelchair, delivered about 10 years ago (see bulletin of 5th September 2018). 
Our sincere thanks go to Des, Daryl Sanderson OAM and their team of volunteers (too numerous to mention individually) at our Project Shed.  And we mustn't forget Bob Harrison, currently recovering from surgery, who has been the Wheelchair Trust's Treasurer since its inception over 30 years ago. Last year's Rotary International theme was 'Making a Difference'. Did it? Does it? There is no doubt! This year's theme is 'Be the Inspiration'. Are those guys out at the shed living up to this? The word 'Absolutely' is often badly misused in a hyperbolic manner. But certainly not in this case!
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 190918
Des La Rance was at the door, Paul Seymour was Chairman - we didn't have a Sergeant's session.  
Is it holiday season?  Must be! We had apologies from Rosie Rocco, Andy Bell, Gerald East, Tania Laird, Darrell Brown, Geoff Croad, Al Sirovs, Fred Hamblen, Bob Harrison, Daryl Sanderson, Chris Thurtell, Ian Mayberry,,, (did I get all of them?)  Des La Rance brought us up to date on Bob Harrison's health: he will come out of hospital next week.
President Joanne Winwood welcomed all members, our (soon to be inducted as a member) John Chiuri and our guest speaker Julius Czerny.  
Following Julius' presentation (see separate report), Joanne referred to the intended "brand refresh" our our club's logo and paraphernalia.  The aim is to make us look more contemporary.  Simon Brook is in the process of coming up with some suitable designs.
Mark Twyford briefly reported on his recent attendance at the Zone Conference in Hobart - watch out for a full presentation in the next few weeks.  Des La Rance outlined the concept of the "Trishaw", designed to transport elderly people on a "bike" outing. Franz Huber advised that he has sought advice from the Gold Coast City Council to ascertain that indeed these vehicles would be permitted on their beach front bikeways (no reply so far).  Angus Miller announced that he'll organize a 'Guess who's coming to Dinner?' - originally intended for mid October, will now be postponed to November due to the Gold Coast 600 car race being on in October.  Watch this space for details. Ray Higgs will confirm with Trevor Hendy that he'll be our guest speaker - we are planning to have a closer cooperation with the Surfers Paradise SLSC in relation to our Youth programs. 
Des La Rance advised that we have again received a load of bicycles, some in very good condition, from the Gold Coast Police (unclaimed property). A working bee will soon be held to prepare a 'Bicycles for Sale' Garage Sale at the project shed.  Calling for volunteers, just about all the members present confirmed their willingness to attend - look out for specific dates!
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... 031018
Collingwood supporters are NOT superstitious! What? They are?
Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday. Wilma Rudolph, American Track & Field Athlete, triple gold medallist Rome Olympics 1960.  [OK, bring on the 2019 Season! Ed.]

Three Storm fans were bemoaning the sorry state of their football team's performance in Saturday's Grand Final against the Roosters. “I blame the general manager,” said the first guy. “If he had signed better players, we’d have won.” “I blame the players,” said the 
second one. “If they made more of 
an effort, we’d have scored more points.” “I blame my parents,” said the third. “If I’d been born in Bondi, 
I’d be supporting a decent team.”

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Surfers Sunrise Board 2018-19
Committee Structure 2018-19
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Gold Coast Ramble 2018
Changeover Luncheon 2018 Photos
Our YE Student in Minnesota, USA: Alissa Lott
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