President's Message
Joanne Winwood
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What a great speaker we had last week - Julius was energetic, articulate and passionate about his cause - turning what was almost a life ending experience into an opportunity to save the lives of others. I thought about it later- he should set up a business selling defribrillators!
It seems we have a new home at the Surf Life Saving Club. Settling in still, but like any new house, with a few minor adjustments we can make it our own. We have a lot of people away at the moment so numbers are a bit lower than usual - come back soon- we miss your faces! We're still trialling the menu - last week we went a la carte (Pay as you Use), but it puts a lot of strain on the staff at the counter and we ended up with long queues and an even longer wait. If we want to pursue this option, members will need to get there much earlier and if it doesn't work for us, we might have to go back to the buffet option. Note that tea and coffee is served in the meeting room so if you can bear instant coffee- it will save you the wait!
We had excellent news this week in that we have been awarded a District Grant for $2,500 to put towards a security system for the Project Shed. Thanks to Treasurer Mark for putting the time into the application - these things take time and effort and the Shed will benefit greatly from this - hopefully keeping any thieving critters away.
Finally, we are now looking for volunteers for The Gold Coast Small Business Expo on  6th September at 5pm to put out chairs and 7th September for car parking duties from 9am - 3.30 pm and minimum 6 people from 4pm to strip the room again.Its a nice little fundraiser for us (thank you Darrell) and for the set up and tear down, the more people that come, the faster it will be. Ill circulate a roster on Wednesday but if you aren't at the meeting and are able to help, please let me know. Could be a bit of fun.
Not much else to report- just another glorious week on the Coast. Hope to see you Wednesday!
Best wishes
This coming Wednesday, 22nd August: Snr Sgt Tony Unicomb - Booyah Project
This coming Wednesday, Senior Sergeant Tony Unicomb, the Gold Coast Co-ordinator of Project Booyah, and his colleague Sam Collins will give us an update on their projects designed to keep potentially troubled youth on the "straight and narrow". Project Booyah originates from the Nerang PCYC.  
We will again meet at the Surfers Paradise SLSC, with your choice of breakfast from the buffet or the A la Carte menu.
Last Wednesday's Guest Speaker: Julius Czerny
It wouldn't be easy to outline a near death experience, a sort of coming back from the other side, without being overly intensive, perhaps even a bit morose.  To do it with a lot of humour and banter, yet to make you seriously think about it, is the métier of a professional speaker. "You only live once" so the saying goes, but "it might not be necessarily so" would sum up Julius' experience with death. Last year, in 2017, he "celebrated 7 years of life": 7 years ago, he suffered a cardiac arrest. Unconscious, not breathing, no pulse.  He later on researched it: on that day, there were 31 cardiac arrests. The average survival rate is 1.4%. Not hot, hey. So what saved him? Primarily the First Aid skills of his fellow Surf Life Savers who organized the chest compressions, alternating with mouth-to-mouth and ultimately getting the Defillibrator into action. Plus somebody calling the Ambulance...  Now, you might think that Julius probably was unfit, a bit overweight, had been a smoker...  Wrong on all counts! At the time, he was a champion Life Saver. Besides the fast action of his mates and the Defillibrator which eventually was found, what saved him was the very fact that he was quite fit.  This begs the question: "How would you survive a cardiac arrest??"  Do you have a 'team' around you who know what to do?
Julius decided he needed to do more. He wrote a book about it ('Dead One Day - Laughing The Next').  But the message needs to go to the kids, so it gets impregnated into their minds from an early age. He designed an award winning board game to achieve just that and he named it Super Lifesaver. Click on the link for more info.  If you would like a copy for your kids or grand kids, contact the Webmaster - Surfers Sunrise will place a bulk order shortly.
Photo above, by Charles Thomasson: Julius Czerny (right) with Franz Huber and President Jo Winwood.
GC Small Business Expo - Bodies required
PDG Darrell Brown has made arrangements with the organizers to allow us to participate in the Gold Coast Business Expo and raise considerable funds.  What is expected of us:-
  • 6th September, 5:00 pm to approx 8:00 pm: Set up 200 tables & 450 chairs. We will need 6 people minimum, but the more people we have, the easier and quicker it will be.
  • 7th September, 07:00 am to approx 3:30 pm: Park duty. Collect a gold coin in a bucket and direct exhibitors and visitors to their relevant area. Initially just 1 person, then probably two people from 9:00 am onwards to say 3:30 pm.
  • 7th September, 4:00 pm to approx 7:00 pm: Dismantle tables & chairs to stack in southern foyer for collection in two separate areas from two separate suppliers. Again, we will need 6 people minimum
Please put these dates into your diary. A Roster sign-on sheet will be circulated shortly. 
Rotary's Tax Deductible Farmers Relief Fund
Talking about Rotary - People of Action... Following my post on the weekend, featuring an article published in the Weekend Australian newspaper, Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) has setup a Farmer's Relief Fund which has Deductible Gift Recipient status. This makes any donations over $2.00 fully tax deductible. Named the Rotary Australia Relief Fund, it is managed and supervised by RAWCS. Being a Rotary fund, it also means that 100% of donations go to farmers; Rotary deducts no fees. The National Farmers Federation, Channel 9 and Rotary in Australia will work together to raise much needed funds. 
Click on the image above or click on to this link  or go to our District access more details and to donate.  
Snippets of last week's meeting 150818
Ian Mayberry was at the door (for Chris Thurtell), Rosie Rocco was Chairman and Andy Bell was Sergeant.  We had apologies from Gerald East, Mario Fairlie, Bob Harrison, Daryl Sanderson, Des La Rance, Tania Laird, Col Laurenson, Al Sirovs, Richard Smith and Neil Thurlow.
President Jo Winwood welcomed all members and visitors John Chirio (RC of Wellington Point), Ross Augustine (RC of Frankston Sunrise) and Honorary Queenslander Ann O'Connor, as well as our Guest Speaker, Julius Czerny. We heard reports on the progress of Bob Harrison's recent major surgery on his spinal cord - so far all has gone very well. We also learned that Pauline Sanderson (Daryl's wife) will have to undergo complex surgery this week.  Our best wishes and prayers go to you both, may you enjoy a swift recovery.  Jo announced that, on 29th August, we'll have a Club Assembly. This is where the plans are outlined and decisions are made, so please ensure that you come along.
Immediate Past President Andy Bell presented Jo Winwood with her Paul Harris Fellowship certificate (picture right, by Charles Thomasson), now in her "proper" newly married name. Congratulations again. Well deserved, Jo!
If you have not yet paid your half-yearly dues, Treasurer Mark Twyford  really wants you to get moving! Also, Mark highlighted an update to our website which better features the Community Bike program: at the Project Shed, they are also refurbishing bikes for re-sale at a nominal value. Some 7 orders have already been received.  Secretary Mitch Brown advised that if members want to donate to the Farmer's Drought Appeal, they should do so via the RAWCS Appeal. This not only allows your Rotary Club to be indicated, but you ensure that it is fully tax deductible.
Simon Brook, in his capacity as District Chairman of RYTS (Rotary Youth Transition Seminar) wants members to be on the look out for potential candidates. The week long seminar will be held in December.  Click on this link for more details. Further, SImon announced that the upcoming Group Vocational Exchange (formerly GSE) will be with District 3780 to the Philippines.  Nominations for Team Members, as well as for clubs who wish to host the incoming team, close on 1st October 2018.  See more details on the District Website.
Last week's Sergeant: Andy Bell 150818
Rosie Rocco, you are looking good... now, what was that about brains..? Angus Miller is going to host a new TV show: IDAM (Interior Design with Angus Miller)... Darrell Brown, nice to see you back!  Franz Huber is bragging... 74 Kg of muscles?? [never let the facts get in the way of a good story... ☺ Ed.] Mark Twyford, you look a bit like a German business man... Visitors are not exempt, John Chirio, it's two dollars...  and whilst we are on visitors: Ann O'Connor, I hear you have never been fined? Let's fix this... Adrian Crowe: what?? no body parts missing today? Ian Mayberry kept on talking intensely about boring insurance stuff before even saying good morning... Paul Seymour claims to have lost weight - down to 70 Kg?  Yeah Right.  Mitch Brown, I hear they will shoot a new Hobbit movie. Are you starring? Simon Brook, have you ever been looking for your sunglasses? No wonder, they hang from the back of your collar...! Larry Murray, very urbane looking today (no, no similarity to Keith Urban at all..!) Doug Lipp, have you ever served in the Army or the Police Force? Obviously not - the principal rule is that you NEVER volunteer!
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.
 22nd Aug 2018Fred HamblenAdrian CroweGerald East 
 29th Aug 2018  Mario FairlieGraeme Isaacson  Ian Mayberry   
 5th Sep 2018Daryl Sanderson  Simon BrookGeoff Croad 
 12th Sep 2018Col Laurenson
 Des La Rance
Andy Bell 
 19th Sep 2018Doug LippTania LairdDarrell Brown 
Inspirations - well, sort of... 220818
A slightly overweight, but bronzed, blonde male surfer type was sitting in the bar at his local surf club, sucking up his fourth beer. He caught sight of a stunning brunette as she came through the door. His eyes never left her until she was seated on the other side of the bar from him. He got up, slowly walked over to join her. After pausing on his approach to give her a chance to look over his magnificent tanned body, he recited one of his better lines and then bluntly asked if she wanted to 'leave this dump' and go to his place to "Ya know, get to, like, know each other better." She rolled her eyes in disbelief... "I'm afraid that my awareness of your proclivities regarding the esoteric aspects of sexual behavior precludes any such erotic confrontation." He stared blankly at her, somewhat stunned. After several seconds of embarrassed silence, he finally burst out, "Huh? I don't get it!" "Exactly!" she said as she got up and walked away...
Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well. Aretha Franklin
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