President's Message
Joanne Winwood
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Happy Monday everyone,

A very event occurred last week- no bulletin. [I think, President Jo meant "a very non-event...☺ Ed.] Our poor Editor did himself a bit of an injury [*] and we are very much hoping he is on the road to recovery. What it did make me realize is how much we have come to rely on our dear Franz for our Club newsletter and what a wonderful job he does. We don’t take you for granted Franz and know how lucky we are. 

We had a wonderful fellowship night on Saturday night and on behalf of us all wanted a big shout out to Mark and Tanya Twyford who hosted us all at their home. The set up was fabulous – fab food and fab company catering to those who wanted to watch the election and those less interested. It was a Rotary night to remember and a lot of fun. Thank you Mr and Mrs T.  

Straight into business - we have been approached by the YEP Committee to see if we can host a YEP student in the area. I have explained the profile of our Club which makes this unlikely from members but since host families can be sourced outside of Rotary, I ask you to consider your network and see if we can provide an opportunity for an international student to enjoy our amazing YEP program. Lucy Thorburn’s recent photos are a good reminder of the life changing impact YEP has.

We are getting in gear for the small business expo and using it to showcase our Club as well as the Gold Coast Ramble. An invitation to our breakfast will be handed out to prospective members on the day and a new Club brochure will be available as well. If you haven’t registered to volunteer – please make sure you check in with Franz or Darrell Brown. There’s plenty to do.   It’s a sell out with more than 215 exhibitors and 1000 attendees, and has been advertised on Gold FM and SEA FM over the past few weeks. What a great opportunity.

We have a small problem that I would like to ask all readers to assist with - we are overstocked with all terrain wheelchairs that provide mobility to disadvantaged children with disabilities in developing countries. If anyone knows of any other Australian Club projects that might benefit from providing these life changing chairs, we’d love to hear how we can help.

Hope to see you all on Wednesday!
Best wishes
* [In "officialese" this would be described as 'full frontal face collision with the kitchen floor'... - at about 7:30 in the morning and I hadn't even had a drop of booze since lunch time! Two missing front teeth. I think my dentist has already ordered a new Beemer! ☺]
Excellent Fellowship BBQ at the Twyfords on Saturday
Last Saturday night, Mark & Tanya Twyford hosted a Surfers Sunrise bar-be-que at their home.  The deal was quite straight forward: Mark & Tanya did the "hunting and gathering" (read: we'll provide the meat) and the guest were expected to bring not just their own drinks, but to also provide a nice bottle of red for the hosts to enjoy on a quiet evening on another night. Very generous arrangement! ☺ Mark reports that the event was most enjoyable. 
No rest for the wicked though: as incoming District Treasurer, Mark was off at the crack of dawn to travel to Warwick to attend the first District Training Assembly!  A big Thank You! to Mark & Tanya for putting this on!  
Picture on left (by Mark Twyford): Mark, Sue Smith and President Jo enjoying the open fire in the court yard.  Ah, the old open fire just makes such a difference to the ambience!  More pictures on our Photo Album (see right side)
Small Bus Expo: your club needs YOU
The Small Business Expo is this week! It is one of our major fundraisers.  We need the whole crew on board! There are a lot of jobs which need to be covered, not just for setting up and taking down, but remember we will also have a display stand there to promote Rotary and our club in particular. Volunteers required are as follows:
Wednesday 22nd May 2019
2:00 pm -  approx 6:00 pm: 5 -10 volunteers to put up 200 trestle tables and 450 plastic chairs
Thursday 23rd May 2019
06:30 am11:30 am2 x volunteers car parking and gold coin donation
11:30 am4:00 pm2 x volunteers car parking and gold coin donation
3:30 pmapprox 6 pm5-10 volunteers to take down 200 trestle tables and 450 plastic chairs ready for collection
8:30 am4:00 pm10 volunteers to man stand and circulate
If you have not already put your name down, please advise Darrell by email what times you are available, thank you.
Notes of last week's meeting 150519
Meeting of Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise
 Wednesday 15 May 2019
Door - Fred Hamblen
Chairman – Angus Miller
Scribe – Peter Morgan
Apologies- Simon Brooks, Franz Huber, Chris Thurtell, Neil Thurlow, Tanya Laird, Charles Thomasson.
Guest- Gail Seymour, Rotary Club of Cairns 
President Jo Winwood mentioned that our full-time scribe and Award- Winning Bulletin Editor Franz has had a short stint in hospital and we all wish him well for a full recovery. [Thank you, I'm starting to twitch again... ☺ Ed.]
Guest Speaker- Tristan Hardwick from CARDIACSAFE.
Ray Higgs introduced Tristan and his father Lawrence, whose company supplied the Defibrillator to our project shed. Tristand has been working with the training of our associate members at the shed for the defibrillator recently purchased. He was accompanied by his father, Laurie Hardwick.
Tristan commenced training for defibrillators in 2015, and includes QFS as his clients. If you encounter an unconscious person who has suffered cardiac arrest,  he referred to the well- known acronym of DRSABCD. They are of course Acknowledge the Danger, Response: is the patient responding?, Send for help, Open Airway, is the patient Breathing?, start Compression of chest and then Attach Defibrillator.
He demonstrated the operation of the defibrillator which our Club has purchased. It was very nifty and compact. There is a very easy part including the battery and chest pad which should be replaced every 4 years. The voice prompts make it fool proof to use. Once started it continues to apply a shock every 6 minutes until a heart rhythm is detected.
Statistics prove that without a defibrillator the chance of survival are about 10%. If a defibrillator is applied within 5 minutes of the heart stopping, the chances of survival increase to 75%.  The purchase price is approximately $2000 and is apparently the only device which is medically approved for a cardiac arrest.
Tristan emphasised that the whilst the defib is being prepared and the chest pads are being placed correctly, someone else should also do chest compression to the centre of the chest. On the Gold Coast the average response from an ambulance call-out is about 20 minutes, so it makes good sense to have a defibrillator on hand.
Tristan’s father, Laurie encouraged our club to consider purchasing and installing defibs in the community. Apparently, it is widely supported in Victoria, where over 4000 have been installed in public places supported by service clubs.
Other Business: 
Gold Coast Business Expo
Darrell Brown advised that he needs volunteers for ‘bump in’ at Metricon commencing at 12 noon on Wednesday 22 May. The actual venue is the old basketball stadium immediately to the west of Metricon, which is a small 2 story building. The entrance to the building is from the western side.
President Jo has a list of volunteers for the actual Expo commencing at 6.30am on Thursday 23 May. Darrell advised that ‘bump out’ will commence at 3.30pm that afternoon, when more volunteers are required. Darrell said that our Club hopes to raise $2000 on the day.
Club Change Over Luncheon
President Elect Mario advised that our Change Over Luncheon is to be held Sunday 23 June. Graeme Isaacson has investigated a variety of possible different venues. A decision has been made for The Links at Hope Island, where we will receive a 2-course meal for $30 per head.
Wheelchair Project – Fund Raising
PP George Keily has been in recent discussion with Apple Marketing. They intend to undertake a new fundraising program commencing the last week in May. They will initially operate 5 days on the phones, and then send out brochures to interested persons. The whole program is expected to take 2 weeks, and will bring the amount raised for this period of 6 months to approximately $5000. Last year, Apple Marketing managed to raise $5800.
George was happy to report that since Apple Marketing has been managing this role for the last 18 years for the Wheelchairs, they have raised approximately $975,000! Where the Wheelchair costs are still only $100 each, this equates to 9750 wheel chairs. What a great effort!
Shed Insurance Claim
Peter Morgan reported on progress in relation to the insurance claim for the 2 robberies/ break- ins at the Shed. The loss was approximately $8000 on 1st January 2018, and $2000 in June 2018. A full statement has been obtained from Des. The district insurance rep has received copies of all documents, and is now asking for a police report. Des has requested this, but it still has not come through. Peter Morgan to follow up whether this is necessary, as the insurance company should be able to obtain this report directly.
Changeover Luncheon: Sunday 23rd June
Set your diary (and your partner's) for this year's Changeover Luncheon:
President Jo Winwood and Elect Mario Fairlie invite all members, Associate members and their partners and friends to join them for our traditionally classy event.  This year it will be held at
Links Hope Island
Hope Island Road
Hope Island  4212
Price $30.00 per head for an elegant two course lunch.
Superb venue, easy parking.
Please pre-pay (we really don't want to collect money on the day)!  Click on this link to reach to booking site:
Greetings from our YE Student in the USA
Update from Lucy:
"This month I haven't been doing much", Lucy Thorburn, our Youth Exchange Student in Minnesota, USA reports...  Besides attending school of course, just playing Badminton and building snowmen in April...  Here are a couple of pictures:  Left: Lucy (right) with some of her Badminton Team.  Below: Snow in April - possibly not an unusual occurrence in Minnesota!  Additional photos have been uploaded to the Photo Album Section on the right.
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.
Major Multi Club Project coming up
When Mario Fairlie attended the President Elect Training Seminar (PETS), he met with the Presidents Elect of the Broadbeach and Gold Coast Rotary ClubsDr Graham Sivyer and Rowan Johnstone respectively.  Dr Graham indicated that he had identified a major need for a X-Ray Unit to be established in a hospital on the Espiritu Santo Island, in the Samna Province of Vanuatu. The hospital doesn't have one at all; travel to the nearest one that does have one takes over 5 hours. It needs more than just a X-Ray Unit: they don't have electrical power off the grid, so it needs to be solar / battery powered...
We all know that "there are no flies" on Des La Rance, our Chief Designer and Mover & Shaker at the Project Shed. He set to work and here is the preliminary draft.  To an extent, it is based on the very successful design of the Samoa Schools we have installed, with solar panels and batteries.  Next step is to obtain a District Grant as well as a Global Grant.  For the Global Grant, Mario will liaison with his friend who introduced him to Rotary, PDG Fred Hansen in Norway.
Jump over to the Photo Album Section on the right for more images of Des' design.  Note: Des will present at a joint meeting on Thursday 18th June with the Rotary Clubs of Gold Coast and Broadbeach.
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 May 2019  N/a (Social meeting)     
 29th May 2019Col LaurensonIan MayberryPeter Morgan   
 05th June 2019N/a (Social meeting)   
 12th June 2019Larry MurrayGraeme Isaacson  Richard Smith 
 19th June 2019 N/a (Social meeting   
 23rd June 2019Changeover Luncheon  N/a 
 26th June 2019No meeting   
 03rd July 2019
Charles Thomasson
Paul Seymour
Neil Thurlow 
 10th July 2019N/a (Social meeting)    
 17th July 2019Combined Clubs meeting  Andy BellN/a 
Inspirations - well, sort of... 220519
<-- The persecution of electricity as we know it...
How to easily discern your political views:
You see yourself as being about as politically liberal as it is reasonable to be. On most issues, you see people who are to the left of you as a bit naïve, as more idealistic than realistic, and overly inclined to political correctness. At the same time, you see those who are to the right of you as rather selfish and uncaring, as somewhat narrow minded and not fully in touch with the lives that many people live and the problems they face in today’s world. Thomas Gilovich – ‘The Wisest one in the Room’  See? It really works, doesn't it? Ed.]
People who want to share their religious views or political views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

… a man of tremendous confidence, completely unjustified by intellect or ability. Richard North Patterson, ‘To protect and defend’
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