President's Message
Mario Fairlie
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Hi All,
Chinese New Year Dinner” Dinner at Highland Court Chinese Restaurant Benowa was great evening. The food was excellent and those who attended really enjoyed themselves. Thanks Charles.
At the shed this week the POD… THE SLEEPING SANCTUARY that provides a safe place for the homeless to sleep was returned from the Rotary Club of Maleny. They had borrowed it for a display at the Australia Day function on the Sunshine Coast together with two wheelchairs. We understand there was considerable interest regarding both the sleeping POD and the wheelchairs. The only problems are those that we are experiencing. That is get approval from Local Government to have the POD’s in car parks. We will pursue this further with Rosies in Brisbane over the next few weeks.
Also, this week we have put together a wish list for a Rotary International Global Grant for Mauna Hospital Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. The equipment shown below will be required to complete the project.
X-ray Portable Digital Machine with:
- Bucky Stand
- X-Ray Bed
- Wire Flat Power Selector
- Computer
- External Hard drive for Computer
- Lead Aprons Qty 2
- Lead Tiles
Auto Haematology Analyser for Pathology
Patent Monitors (Qty 4)
Ultrasound Machine HBW7
Used Hospital Beds, manually operated
Oxygen Distribution
Computers Network to be used by Doctor, Receptionist, Nurse, X-Ray & Pathology. 
Water System including Tank and pressurized pump, filtering and instantaneous hot water system including distribution (Piping) within the building with sinks for Pathology and Doctor's examination area.
Solar Electricity 10KW System with battery storage to allow 24-hour operation of the facility with an electric switching to allow the power to be switched to the existing generator.
Fire Extinguishers (Qty 3)
Freight from Gold Coast to Port Villa: Port Villa to Pentecost Island
Broadbeach Club is presently putting together the grant application.
This week we have invited Lucy Thorburn to talk about her 12 months  in USA. Lucy was sponsored by our club to travel to USA as a Rotary Exchange Student. She spent most of her time in Minneapolis. We all look forward to seeing her again on Wednesday morning and learning all about her adventures.  See you all there!
Mario Fairlie,
This Wednesday 5th Feb: Lucy Thorburn
Lucy Thorburn, recently returned from Minnesota, USA where she spent the last 12 months as our club's Rotary Youth Exchange Student, will outline her experiences, how the program benefits young people like her and what her plans are for the future. Not to be missed!
Lovely Chinese New Year dinner
Excellent social event at last Wednesday's Chinese New Year dinner. Great food, great atmosphere, great fellowship!  Thank you Charles Thomasson for organising that!  We had 28 people there, including former member PP Peter Baruch and Tom, a Youth Exchange Student from France, currently hosted by Karen Holland and her husband Peter Zollig (foreground of picture left).
Sleeping Sanctuary displayed in Maleny
So I am at our Project Shed on Saturday morning, having a quiet coffee with the volunteers (including multiple pieces of purportedly totally calorie-free cake, urged on me with determined persuasion by Al Sirovs... ☺), when a gentleman whom I'd never met before stands up and starts a speech... He introduced himself as Alan Wilson (that's him on the right, but he was dressed a bit more casual...), Past President of the Rotary Club of Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Turned out that his club borrowed our Sleeping Sanctuary to display it on Australia Day and to demonstrate to their local community that Rotary is not just about having breakfast or dinner and sizzling sausages!  They displayed our prototype of the Sleeping Sanctuary on Australia Day!  Bewdy, Alan!
Excellence of Workmanship Awards: 18th March
Vocational Services chief Richard Smith is again organizing the annual Excellence in Workmanship Awards.  It will take place on Wednesday 18th March 2020, so put it into your diary now! Social dinner night of course, so make sure your partners know about it too, and all friends and guests are welcome.
Richard advises that nominations are now closed.  Watch this space for details of the venue!
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)
New Wheelchairs Flyer - see Downloads
Our super generous printer, Neil Thurlow and his very talented design artists at Accent Print & Copy have created a new flyer for our wheelchairs project.  He has also provided some 2000 printed copies, which will be sent out by Apple Marketing to their mailing list of previous donors.  It is uploaded to our Download Section (see right side), where you can download it and send it on to anyone whom you consider could be interested.
Thank you, Neil and your team!
Jeff Egan is District Governor Nominee for 2021-22
District has confirmed the appointment of Jeff Egan of the Rotary Club of Mt Warning AM as District Governor Nominee 2021-22.  Picture on right shows Jeff with his partner, Anne Egan, who was District Governor for 2015-16. Anne sadly passed away in November 2017, succumbing to a serious illness.
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)  
 05 Feb 2020Mitch BrownGeoff Croad   John Chirio 
 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) 
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It is much easier, as well as far more enjoyable, to identify and label the mistakes of others than to recognize our own. Daniel Kahneman, ‘Thinking Fast and Slow’

Since there are few more powerful forces than your teenage son’s sexual desire, you’ll need the most persuasive approaches for your son to use birth control rather than have a birth control him. Warren Farrell PhD, ‘The Boy Crisis’
True story: did you know that the word 'Rooster' was invented in the 18th Century for no other purpose but that people didn't have to use the word 'Cock' anymore...
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Surfers Sunrise Wheelchair Brochure 2020
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Karen Holland - Languages, my passion
Gold Coast Ramble 2020 - how to participate
The Story of the Surfers Sunrise Wheelchairs Trust
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