President's Message
Mario Fairlie
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Hi All,
I think we all have experienced enough rain here on the Gold Coast. Although they are predicting rain until the end of the week.  I guess the following week it will be hot and very steaming. Although after that by mid-March everything should revert to normal weather for the next 8-9 months. I believe that’s why we live where we live.
The news on the POD - the Sleeping Sanctuary - is that Councillor Dawn Crichlow has meet with Victoria Shiel from the Gold Coast Community Legal Centre. The centre has agreed to provide assistance. They have enough area, toilets and showers and social workers on staff. We are endeavouring to set-up a meeting this week to progress the possibility of them taking up to 20 POD’s at their facilities.
As you are all aware the club has corporate memberships and the club last year modified our Bylaws to reflect the changes. What it allows for is one person to gain full Club Membership and up to three associates be allowed for join. Since then Rotary International has informed us that Corporate Membership should allow two (2) full memberships. As the last Club Board meeting the board members present unanimously agreed  that we should  proceed with this recommendation. The bylaws will need to be changed again to reflect this. You as members will need to vote to accept the changes or reject them. I believe that this change will help the club to grow and in particular bring new and younger members to the club.  Mitch Brown has already prepared a draft of the proposed changes which will be circulated for your comments and subsequently for voting at the appropriate time. I seek your support for these changes.
Next, the Project at Mauna Hospital, Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. A few week ago, we sent out a list of materials which we needed for the project…. Timber & Hardware. I have been advised that Geoff Croad and Ben Illes have independently been working on this and are able to help with some if not most of the needs either by donations or at very reduced prices. Thanks Ben and Geoff.
Next, the Pride of Workmanship Awards. This is one of the highlights of what Rotary is about. Our club is involved in this event each year. This year we have 8 awards to be presented to some very special people that have made a difference in our community. The event includes a dinner & presentation. Details will be included in the Bulletin. This is usually a very good night to bring your partner to showcase what Rotary does. Richard & Sue Smith have worked hard to make this all happen. I appreciate your support, as we will have 16 guests.
See you all on Wednesday Morning.
Mario Fairlie
This Wednesday: social breakfast at the SLSC
This coming Wednesday 12th February we'll have our usual by-weekly social breakfast at the Surfers Paradise SLSC.  Meeting at the northern end of the downstairs Bistro. See you there!
Lucy Thorburn is back from the USA!
Lucy Thorburn is back! Our Youth Exchange Student to Minnesota, USA, has returned from her one year sojourn to the colder regions of the USA. Well, it's not that Lucy didn't have a ton of confidence in herself already before she left. But most young people of her age would simply freak out when there was no working Audio/Visual to run her carefully prepared presentation! Not "our" Lucy: "just another day at the office"; she presented a brief run down of where, what, why and how, and then fielded question after question for the next 20 minutes. So, let's start 12 months ago:
"When I arrived in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, it was minus 28 degrees!" she opened up with.  Yes, not just cold, that is freeeezing alright! But just to show that Aussie Kids are not just Vegemite Kids but also tough kids, she participated in the annual 'Polar Plunge'.  Yes, it's just what you thought: one jumps into a frozen lake. [Yes, Henrietta, they do break a generously sized hole into the 20 cm thick ice first... ☺]. You can see a video of her doing this in the Download section on the right.  Lucy attended the equivalent of a Year 8 class at the local High School. Ice Hockey in Winter, Badminton, hiking in Summer. Hiking? Yes, "the most stressful event ever!" she claimed. School Balls, singing in the choir, participating in a big musical, Thanksgiving Dinner. As they do here, she went with her fellow YE students on a big Safari, encompassing Chicago, Boston, Nashville, Washington and of course 'The big Apple', New York. "That was wild!" Lucy exclaimed.  How are the locals in the US perceiving Australia? was one of the questions: "Well, I got asked questions such as 'What language do they speak there?' Are Kangaroos sort of like squirrels?'
Photo: Lucy and her mum Corrine at last Wednesday's meeting.
February is Peace & Conflict Prevention Month
This year, District 9640 had two applications for endorsement for Rotary Peace Fellow Scholarships: 1 from Pakistan; 1 from Nigeria. There were no local applicants. One application, from a Pakistani lady, was endorsed by the District Governor and was forwarded to Rotary International. She had also applied two years ago, when she was granted an ‘alternative’ position (read: put on a waiting list) and ultimately she would have been successful. Regrettably, she was unable to take it up since she had just given birth to her daughter.
Do you know someone that may qualify for a Rotary Peace Fellowship Scholarship? These scholarships are a valuable learning activity for a young adult up to study in overseas universities in that very subject. Basically, all expenses are paid for. Click on this link: Rotary World Peace Fellowships, or contact me if you know of a potential prospect.   
Ray Higgs,
Chair, Peace & Conflict Resolutions Committee
Rotary District 9640
Excellence of Workmanship Awards: 18th March
Vocational Services chief Richard Smith is again organizing the annual Excellence in Workmanship Awards.  Social dinner night of course, so make sure your partners know about it too, and all friends and guests are welcome. Eight candidates have been selected and thus nominations are now closed.
Where?            Quality Inn (Lone Star Tavern), 
             97 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218
When?             Wednesday 18th March 2020,
                        06:00 pm for 6:30 start
Cost:                $35.00 per person.
Bookings are open now - click on this link:
Gold Coast Ramble - Sunday 22nd March
Together with the Gold Coast Rotary Club, on 22nd March 2020 we are staging the 3rd Gold Coast Ramble.  This year it will start from Macintosh Island Park.  Lets organise some teams of costumed Ramblers, exploring the streets and businesses of Main Beach and Northern Surfers Paradise. Teams endeavour to gain as many points as possible during the 2 hour period, however, it is primarily designed for participants to have fun, no matter their level of fitness or mobility. Yes, prams and wheelchairs welcome!
Participants can choose to support any of 7 charities: Australian Anti Ice Campaign, Baby Give Back, Bravehearts, The Butterfly Foundation, Orange Sky Laundry, The Prostate Foundation of Australia and the Salvation Army.  Full details, and to register, please visit the website:
(Photo: last year's winners, Rosie Rocco and her team)
Crazy Whist game coming up 29th Feb
Stop Press: Put it into your diary now! Treasurer Doug Lipp will again run a Crazy Whist night on Saturday 29th February.  LOTS of fun!  More details in next week's bulletin.
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change.  Please check every week:
New duty: Fellowship / Project Shed.  What does it entail? There are two aspects to this:
a) At the club meeting, 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. 
b) This person is also to attend the Project Shed on the following Saturday, as the representative of our club and to assist in the general management.
Fellowship (Wednesday / Project Shed (Saturday)  
 12/02/20N/a (social Meeting)   Adrian Crowe (Saturday 15/02/20) 
 19/02/20Doug GarvieGerald EastFred Hamblen 
 26/02/20N/a (social Meeting) 
Ray Higgs (Saturday 29/02/20)
 04/03/20Karen HollandBen IllesDarrell Brown  
 11/03/20N/a (social Meeting)   Graeme Isaacson (Saturday 07/03/20) 
 18/03/20Ian MayberryCol Laurenson  Doug Lipp (inc Saturday 21/03/20) 
Inspirations - well, sort of...  120220
There is a fountain of youth: it is in your mind, your talents, your creativity to bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.  Sophia Loren, famous Italian actress. [Yes, I hear you: long before your time, much to your regret...] smiley
Do you know why I feel older? I went to buy a skateboard and they automatically gift wrapped it...!
If what Jesus said was good, what can it matter whether he was God or not?
Kurt Vonnegut, in his introduction to ‘God bless you, Dr Kevorkian’
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Lucy Thorburn takes the 'Polar Plunge' in Minnesota
Surfers Sunrise Wheelchair Brochure 2020
The Story of the Surfers Sunrise Wheelchairs Trust
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Surfers Paradise SLSC
Feb 19, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
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Feb 29, 2020
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Excellence in Workmanship Award night
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Mar 18, 2020
Gold Coast Ramble
MacIntosh Island
Mar 22, 2020
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
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