President's Message
Joanne Winwood
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Happy Monday all!
Short and sweet this week – as deadlines at work have me swamped! It looks like to the Lismore Conference was a great success and I’m looking forward to hearing from Mark, Franz, Col, Adrian and Darrell as well as others that attended to fill us in on the great speakers that those of us who didn’t go missed out on. Congratulations to DG Terry Brown, wife Carol and the organising committee- you can relax again now. PDG Darrell Brown sent a lovely note to last year’s committee reminiscing on our efforts in 2018 – and its hard to believe that our conference was a year ago- it seems like yesterday.
Larry and I joined the lads at the Shed on Saturday and also met with Sayed from the Ashmore Mosque who is keen to partner with us to ship wheelchairs out to the some of the communities they support in Indonesia, Syria and Afghanistan. It would be great to see some of the chairs move from the racks and out into the community and a follow up meeting with some of the Senior members of the local Mosque has been arranged. Wheel keep you posted (boom boom!) Not that this will surprise any of you but here is just an example of how willing our beautiful Des La Rance to help anyone out. Sayed said he’d like to take a sample wheelchair to the Mosque- but it wouldn’t fit in his car. Des leapt in to help, loaded up his ute and half an hour later was back having delivered said wheelchair. He’s just a terrific person and it’s going to be great to see him at the meeting on Wednesday- we miss his smiling face in our Club.
The defibrillator training takes place on 4th May at the Shed– we’re going to make a little morning of it with sausage sizzle and a bit of banter so please come down, even if you aren’t doing the formal training. It’s a good chance to enjoy fellowship and see the fruits of some of our fundraising.
That’s all from me ….  
See you Wednesday
Best wishes
This coming Wednesday 3rd April: Des La Rance
This coming Wednesday, 3rd April, Des La Rance (remember, he invented the concept of making wheelchairs from discarded bicycles well over 20 years ago) will present his ideas for new designs.  This might also come in handy in view of President Elect Mario Fairlie engaging with other clubs on the Gold Coast to build a Medical Centre on Vanuatu!  See you there!
Last weekend was the District Conference
What an event! Starting on Friday and going through till Sunday midday, the Lismore Conference was - in simple terms: hugely successful. I'm still buzzing, almost suffering from 'Sensory Overload'. Some people claim that a Rotary District Conference is... soooo booooring.  Got news for you! Visualize the start of Friday night's dinner. A priest is called up to the rostrum to say grace. The MC warns him that he has no more than five minutes.... FIVE minutes??? For saying grace?  Groan, here we go, it's going to be a long night...  Well, take this from a guy who is not the most religious person you've ever met: in all the 3 score and ten years of my life, I've NEVER enjoyed the saying of grace as much! Glenn Samuel (formerly from Mudgeeraba Rotary Club and is now a minister in Lismore) presented grace in the format of a humorous poem. What's the...?  Sorry, you should have been there yourself!  But if you'd like a copy: let me know.
So, how can I reduce three days to a short article suitable for our bulletin and website?  Well, to start, by not repeating what is already published on the web.  Why don't you jump to the District 9640 Facebook page, where you will find dozens of photos and videos.  Click on this link or simply search for Rotary 9640.  If you search long enough, you'll find a photo of a bunch of Surfers Sunrise members and their better halves at Saturday's dinner, with your editor caught with a rather unflattering expression.  Seriously: it only looks like that, I didn't feel like that! The keynote speakers, as always, ranged from 'way over my level of intelligence' from the Rotary Scholars to the very funny (who would think a nurse from Alice Springs could easily get work as a stand-up comedian and entertain for almost an hour?) and the hugely inspiring, such as Clyde Campbell: Here is a man who, at the age of 44, was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. But this didn't stop him from building up a massive Machinery Automatics & Robotics company which won major business awards and turned over tens of millions of dollars when it was acquired by a listed New Zealand company.  Clyde is now dedicating his power to running the Shake it Up! Foundation, with the aim to find a cure for Parkinson's Disease.  And I could go on.
Ah, almost forgot: Surfers Sunrise won the Best Club Communications Award (picture right) angel.  And did I mention that the Rotary International President's Representative's (RIPR) - he's from Texas - speech was presented by singing it in Country Song style, complete with guitar? RIPPER alright!
We need a sponsor for the 'Lutzy Award'
Remember the Lutzy Award, which, in conjunction with the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club, is presented to a promising young Life Saver.  Last year's award, presented in July 2018, went to Sebastian Robinson (see picture, with Jan Lutz).  Previous winners are Lucy Thorburn, our current Youth Exchange Student in the USA (by the way, has anyone heard anything from her since??) and before that, the inaugural winner Jessica Webber.  A specially designed and sign written Surf Paddle Board is presented (see picture).  The cost is around $2,500. Please contact organizer Ray Higgs.
The Rotary Foundation - maximum effect
In just a couple of months, we'll be close to the end of the financial year.  You may be considering supporting a worthwhile charity?  And often, you just wonder how much of your hard earned money actually ends up at the "end user", rather than being gobbled up by Administration and Director's Fees? With some 55,000 Charities in Australia alone, whom can you trust?  Some, even the major ones, have outrageous overheads.  So it is comforting to know that, with less than 3% going in Administration Expenses,  The Rotary Foundation has again scored the coveted 4-Star rating by Charity Navigator, for the 11th time in a row!  If you would like to donate, and at the same time ensure that your donation is fully tax deductible, and is allocated against our Rotary Club you can do so directly from our District 9640 Website! If you allocate your donation to the Annual Fund, it means that part of your donation ultimately will come back to our District in the form of a District or Global Grant! Click here - it is plain and simple!
Massive injection of funds into our District projects
PDG Graham Jones outlined the fantastic achievement of the huge project our District supports at Griffith University: The development of a Malaria Vaccine.  Our Rotary District so far has raised over $500,000.  The program has now proceeded to the human trials stage.  And, to give the project a serious push up, here comes our local member for McPherson and Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, with the news that the Federal Government is topping this up with a further $500,000!
But wait, there's more!  Graham also advised that the program originally started by the Rotary club of Maclean (and now taken over by the District) into Human Brain Research has been given a major boost via a Global Grant by The Rotary Foundation of $90,000.  This will permit a second scholarship at the University of Queensland, specifically supporting the study of Parkinson's Disease. A fund has been setup within the Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS), which enjoys Deductible Gift Recipient (e.g. Tax Deductability) status. It is named The Rotary Australia Benevolent Society, or short RABS.  Graham is looking to our club to chair the group in our District.
Surfers Sunrise to participate in Small Business Expo
At last week's meeting, Paula Brand, the head of the Gold Coast Small Business Expo, gave us a brief presentation on the project.  As we were last year, we have again been invited to run a Fundraiser by setting up the day before and, on the day, run the Car Parking and, at the end of the day, take the tables and partitions down.  The Expo will run on 23rd  May 2019, so put that date, as well as the 22nd May into your diary now!
But this year, we have also been invited to run a booth ourselves! What a terrific opportunity for membership promotion!
You can find more information on the event on their website: (don't be confused by the registration page popping up in your face - just close it to see the website itself.)
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 April 2019N/a (Social meeting)   
 17th April 2019Mario FairlieSimon BrookFranz Huber 
 24th April 2019N/a (Social meeting)   
 1st May 2019Ray HiggsFred HamblenTania Laird 
 8th May 2019N/a (Social meeting)   
 15th May 2019Col LaurensonGraeme Isaacson  Doug Lipp 
Inspirations - well, sort of... 010419
Did I say that a couple of the presentations at the conference were just a tad over my head?

One day, Albert Einstein had to speak at an important science conference. On the way there, he notices that his driver looks a bit like him.
 "I'm sick of all these conferences", Einstein tells him. "I always say the same things over and over!"
The driver agrees: "You're right. As your driver, I attended all of them, and even though I don't know anything about science, I could easily give the presentation in your place."
"That's a great idea!" says Einstein. "Let's switch places then!" 
So they switch clothes and as soon as they arrive, the driver dressed as Einstein goes on stage and starts giving the usual speech, while the real Einstein, dressed as the car driver, attends it.
But there is always one smart arse in the crowd who wants to impress everyone and thinks of a very difficult question to ask, hoping that the presenter can't answer it. So this guy stands up and interrupts the conference by posing his very difficult question. The whole room goes silent, holding their breath, waiting for the response.  The driver looks at him, dead in the eye, and says :
 "Sir, your question is so easy to answer that I'm going to let my driver explain it to you."

I have no choice about whether or not I have Parkinson's. I have nothing but choices about how I react to it. In those choices, there's freedom to do a lot of things in areas that I wouldn't have otherwise found myself in. Michael J. Fox, Actor (Back to the Future), who was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease at about 30 years of age).

Seminar topic at the annual vampire conference: "How to Deal with Stakeholders"

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