New Rotary Theme for 2019-20 released Franz Huber 2019-01-14 14:00:00Z 0
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OK, so it seems still to be a long way off - almost 3 months away.  But accommodation will soon become hard to get - other people have already booked.  Your Editor and his better half will go down on Friday for the three days. 
Why attend a District Conference?
  • Well, to start, it's fun: you meet lots of interesting people (the most interesting Rotarians DO attend the conference - not meaning to be bragging about myself of course)
  • You will hear Keynote Speakers for which you normally would pay hundreds of dollars to attend
  • The dinners are always superb fellowship events. The Saturday Night dinner is always very vibrant; this year they have a top notch Jazz & Swing band. Yes, we dance!
  • You learn a couple of things about Rotary which you may not have known before
Registration for Rotarians and their partners is free of charge, however, in fairness, a fee applies to partake in the events which serve food.  Click on this link to go to the Registration Page.  
Are you coming to the Lismore District Conference? Franz Huber 2019-01-05 14:00:00Z 0
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Kay Chiswell, together with Lakshmi Narasimhan, was in charge of the Multi Faith Centre at last year's Commonwealth Games. So, how do you cater for the requirements of the multitude of religions that are followed by the athletes and officials from the various countries of the (former) British Empire and keep them from tearing into each other?  Well, you'll just have to wait till Wednesday!
This coming Wednesday: Kay Chiswell, Commonwealth Games Multi Faith Centre Franz Huber 2019-01-05 14:00:00Z 0
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Just before Christmas, Ian Mayberry again undertook the annual pilgrimage to St John's with a car load of presents for disadvantaged children. As in "who knows" how many years in the past, Ian has collected the gold coin contributions from the "after breakfast hangers-on" and has purchased a load of gifts to augment those that were donated by various members. And to no doubt, it would have provided a big lot of joy and happiness! Good work, Ian!
A car load of gifts for disadvantaged children Franz Huber 2019-01-04 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 19, 2018
On 20th February 2019, we'll again hold an event to recognize Vocational Excellence (in the past, we called it Pride of Workmanship Award).
We often hear complaints about poor service, but the 'Quiet Achievers' out there remain unrecognized! Here is your opportunity! You may nominate any person whom you consider to have provided you with excellent service and/or has shown a high level of skill in their profession, trade or vocation and whom you consider worthy of recognition. The nomination form is in the Download Section on the right side.  Please send it directly to Richard Smith, our Chief of Vocational Service who is in charge of the organizing committee.  Details are shown on the form.
Vocational Excellence Award - Feb 2019 Franz Huber 2018-12-18 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 16, 2018
Last Saturday, Gloria Harrison and her family joined us at the Project Shed to share a meal with the members and volunteers of Surfers Sunrise.  As reported previously, Bob had been a Charter Member of our club, commencing in 1987.  See full details in the Download Section and the Photo Album on the right. Following President Jo Winwood's announcement that the club will make a donation of $500.00 in memory of Bob to The Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus fund (which will be tripled by the pledge of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to donate $2.00 for every $1.00 from Rotary), your Editor was privileged to say a few words on behalf of the members and volunteers. A number of people asked me about the poem I finished off with (by that great master, 'Anon'), which I feel suits Bob to a tee.  So here it is:
Miss me – but let me go  (Anon)
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul let free?
Miss me a little – but no too long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me – but let me go.
For this journey that we all must take
And each must go alone
It’s all part of the Master’s plan
A step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go the the friends we know
And busy your sorrows on doing good deeds
Miss me – but let me go.
Morning Tea in memory of Bob Harrison Franz Huber 2018-12-15 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 15, 2018
Some of you may not be aware that our wheelchairs are assembled in a number of different locations.  A number of Men's Sheds and Rotary Clubs along the Eastern Seaboard, even the Palin Creek Correctional Centre is involved.  The picture above shows a load of 36 wheelchairs sent by Gladstone Rotary Club, which Des La Rance picked up from Toll Roadfreight, which provides free transport. [No Henrietta, he was not overloaded, just looks that way... ☺] In turn, we sent another 24 sets of components up for them to continue working.
36 Wheelchairs from Gladstone Franz Huber 2018-12-14 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 13, 2018
As was previously announced, our Charter Member Bob Harrison passed away on Friday 16th November. The family opted to have a private, immediate family only funeral. A memorial celebration of his life relating to Rotary will be held at the Project Shed this coming Saturday 15th December - Gloria, as well as their sons John and Andy will come to the Project Shed at 10:00 am with a load of food.  Gloria is looking forward to meeting you all.
Bob joined Surfers Sunrise at its Charter in February 1987, with the Classification ‘Land Surveying’. How would we all remember Bob? My description, and that of just about everyone I spoke to, came up with “the proverbial quiet achiever”, “Mr Reliable” and honorifics of similarly highly complimentary and very much deserved type.
So we knew that Bob was the Club’s Treasurer for over 20 years. We knew that he was the Wheelchair Trust’s Treasurer since its inception in 1997, when the first batch of 10 wheelchairs was delivered to crippled children in Fiji. We knew that Bob would unfailingly roll up on Saturday morning at the Project Shed to work hands-on. We knew that Bob was the hardest man for the Sergeant to fine....   Bob's contribution to Rotary and to the community is too extensive to fit onto the Home Page. I have written a full article about Bob; please download it from the Download Pages on the right.  Ed.]
Memorial Morning Tea for Bob Harrison this Saturday 15/12/18 Franz Huber 2018-12-12 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 13, 2018
At last Wednesday's meeting, President Jo Winwood had the very special pleasure of presenting a Paul Harris Fellowship pin with 5 Sapphires to Mario Fairlie. Congratulations!
Mario Fairlie presented with PHF + 5 Sapphires Franz Huber 2018-12-12 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 09, 2018

The inaugural Annual Bike Sale on Saturday was a roaring success, with about 3/4 of bikes sold! 5 weeks of preparation by our volunteers and members of Surfers Sunrise to get the bikes in shape, tidy up the shed and its surrounds was all very worthwhile. In total, just a little below $4,000 was raised, including some $320.00 in direct donations to the Wheelchair Trust.

Picture above shows Abigail, the proud new owner of the Cervélo Super Racing Bike, with (from left) PDG Darrell Brown, Andy Bell, Abigail's partner Ben, Chief organizer Larry Murray, Paul Seymour.

Picture on right: visitors Kaye & Ray Drowley happily handing over the funds to finance two wheelchairs to Des La Rance, who is not only the man who came up with the original design back in the mid 90's, but is a tireless worker at the Project Shed.  Thank you, Kaye & Ray and to all the others who donated, to the people who bought the bikes and to all the volunteers and members who helped to make the day such a success!

See more photos in the Photo Album section on the right.

Inaugural Bike Sale a roaring success! Franz Huber 2018-12-08 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 03, 2018
This coming Saturday, 8th December, we'll have the inaugural Annual Rotary Bicycle Sale at the Project Shed. By now, our volunteers have restored dozens of bikes to their former glory, simply far too good to be scrapped for just their frames to make wheelchairs. They were either donated, or were given to us by the Police - unclaimed property. For example: this Cervélo Racing Bike, light enough to lift with one finger (see picture right). Yes, new, they sell for $8,000. Read that again: Eight grand! They are ready to be sold at very attractive prices to the public, just in time for Christmas. But wait, there will be more! Music, Sausage Sizzle, Tours of the Shed...  
We'll need lots of manpower [no, Henrietta, 'manpower' does not exclude women! ☺].  Contact Chief Organizer Larry Murray larrypm@ozemail.com.au.
This Saturday, 8th December: Big Bike Sale Franz Huber 2018-12-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 29, 2018
Warren's interest in Men's Sheds goes back to the time when he worked in London as a Maintenance Supervisor for some 3 hospitals, where he was also involved in Adult Education at a former technical college; in effect a Men's Shed.  In Australia, his initial efforts started about 2005 when he got in touch with the Australian Men's Shed Association as well as (then) Councillor Margaret Grummitt. While he originally was promised the former Clean Away garage shed, this didn't come together. Ultimately, our Wheelchairs Project obtained the Storage Shed in the same location.  However, a few years later, Margaret Grummitt was able to source a shed out at Labrador.  Warren's submission, together with the Benevolent Society, resulted in the foundation of the first Men's Shed on the Gold Coast. The Council assisted with funds to bring it up to an acceptable standard. It was formally opened in August 2010.  Recently, the Labrador shed had building extensions, doubling it in size, and membership is now in excess of 150.
In 2013, Warren assisted the Rotary Club of Coomera River to advise them in establishing a Men's Shed at Oxenford. It started in January 2014 with 38 paid up members. It now has in excess of 70 members and 14 female associate members. This was followed by consulting the Beenleigh Rotary Club in 2016.
So, without doubt, Warren is this region's expert in Men's Sheds!  But what do they actually do? Well, you name it: fix bikes, lawnmowers, make cubby houses. You'll see young men working alongside older men, learning new skills. And vice-versa, the old fellows might just learn a couple of things from the young 'uns... You'll see teabags and coffee cups and an area where men can sit and talk. You will probably also see an area where men can learn how to cook, or how to use a computer. But what is really special? Well, most men in our culture don't talk about feelings and emotions, and that goes for men of all age groups and from all walks of life. That also means they usually don't ask for help. At the Men's Shed, there is no pressure.  
These days, Men's Sheds have popped up in New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, Europe, the USA and many other countries. Rotary Clubs around the world are involved.  Which brings Warren to the question: "Would Surfers Sunrise consider incorporating a Men's Shed in our Wheelchair Shed?" No doubt, a lot of discussion would be required. Since our Wheelchairs operates under a Trust, the legals alone would present some substantial hurdles to be overcome. But the idea has lots of merits: more (associate) members, the shed could be open 6 days a week, less likelyhood of losing the building lease due to under utilization, being just a few.
For more information about the Australian Men's Sheds Organization, click here, for Men's Shed Labrador, click here.
Last Wednesday's Guest Speaker: Warren Humphries OAM Franz Huber 2018-11-28 14:00:00Z 0
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Never mind that, for the better part of 6 months, Donations in Kind (DIK) had a serious warehousing problem; that wouldn't stop those hardworking volunteers to sort, recycle, pack and ship tons of goods to various countries in the developing regions. (By the way: in case you missed it, they have found new accommodation!) Nor would it stop them collecting major awards: after receiving  last year's recognition by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILTA) (see District Newsletter December 2017 - click here), they have this year been recognized by receiving the highly coveted ASCLA (Australian Supply Chain & Logistics) award for Environmental Excellence.
Photo on left shows Northern Region DIK Chief Col Laurenson, flanked by regular volunteers Royce and Lynn AllanCongratulations all!  Well done!
Col Laurenson and DIK win another major national award Franz Huber 2018-11-23 14:00:00Z 0
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Lyssia was our incoming Youth Exchange Student from Belgium in 2013/14.  She recently celebrated her birthday, and our YE District Treasurer Gerald East sent her a message of good wishes.  Here is her reply, from Bolivia, of all places!
I'm currently doing an internship in Bolivia and seeing how I cope with everything here, on my own, it really gives me the opportunity to see all I learnt during my time in Australia. It is a lot different of course. Here, I'm part of an organisation that works on food security and launched an organic garden in the city. My time here is divided between time in the office where I do research on urban agriculture and fieldwork in the garden. I'm really enjoying it all! 
I hope everything is going fine at the Rotary Club. I follow a bit of your adventures on facebook. Please pass on my salutations to everyone.
As Gerald mentioned, when he read it, "Bolivia" conjured up memories of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid...  [Yes, you are betraying your age, Gerald! Yes, it was in 1969! ☺ Ed.]
Remember Lyssia Demeulenaere? Franz Huber 2018-11-21 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 11, 2018
Hello Surfers Sunrise,
I’ve been keeping busy on exchange as my time is almost over here in the States!  In the middle of October it was MEA. This is a 3 day break we have from school when the teachers do workshops, from Wednesday to Friday. Since it is a long break, a lot of people use it to go travelling. My host family took me to Missouri! We went to Hannibal, the town that Mark Twain is from which was really interesting. We got to tour the caves that inspired the caves from the Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn books as well as tour Mark Twains childhood home. It was all super fascinating to learn about. After that, we went to St. Louis where one of my host brothers is in college. We went to Oktoberfest, and I did an escape room with my family which was the first time I’d done that. It was really fun. 
A couple of weeks ago we had a Rotary Fall Weekend with all the exchange students in the district which was so much fun! We carved pumpkins, went hiking, and had a costume party at night at the restaurant next to our hotel. I haven’t done anything too major after that, but last weekend I went rollerblading with my friend Maddy and this week is our school play and I am going to a concert with some friends from school.
It’s starting to get cold and people are getting ready for Thanksgiving, which will be really fun to experience for the first time! Here are some photos from everything I’ve been up to recently.
Alissa Lott.
[See more photos on our Photo Album on the right. Ed.]
Hello from our YE Student Alissa from the US Franz Huber 2018-11-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 11, 2018
Last Saturday we had 'Bike Prep #1': Good turnout on our first working bee in preparation to the Big Bike Sale (note: now scheduled for 8th December not 1st - we need more time to prepare the dozens of bikes ready for sale!) Photo (by Al Sirovs), from left: Mark Twyford, Peter Morgan, Charles Thomasson, Larry Murray, Ray Higgs, Geoff Croad, Franz Huber, Mitch Brown. Also there working, but not in photo: Andy and Robbie Bell (and there may have been others, your Ed had to leave at 10 am to meet another commitment).  Of course, the volunteers including Daryl Sanderson and Des La Rance were there too, as they always are!
Last Saturday - first stage of bike prep Franz Huber 2018-11-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 26, 2018
Visualize: you are standing (yes, standing, not lying) in your coffin, but it has a glass top and you are looking up. You are not six feet below, you are about 15 feet down. You have never seen any of mourners assembled around the grave - as a matter of fact, the "priest" is just a little bit mad. And they are not playing Pachelbel's Canon (as you gave strict instructions in your will); all is accompanied by a cacophony of thunder and lightning, heavy metal music, more lightning... you are quite positive the ground is moving (and I'm still not sure whether it did or not - it certainly vibrated).  And when it was finally over, they the grave digger starts to shovel the dirt down over the top of you. But you are still alive...
Hmmm... not sure how many of our members who visited a "behind the scenes" tour of Dracula's last Wednesday felt like having a shot of brandy after the opening introduction - purely for medicinal purposes of course, just to ensure the heart is still going! Executive Producer Richard Macionis guided us through the venue, explaining the various aspects of how the show is created and staged. We visited the wardrobe department, where the chief seamstress Robyn is ready to design outfits which require a special wild imagination! And to top it off: Dracula's gave us a generous bunch of tickets for us to raffle or auction off for fundraising purposes.
Thank you, President Jo and 'First Bloke' Tony for arranging this - a Rotary meeting with a difference, indeed! 
A pre-view of your burial Franz Huber 2018-10-25 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gerald East on Oct 22, 2018
This year's collection for Polio Plus was once again conducted at Runaway Bay Shopping Centre, an ideal venue due to its demographic of mainly older people, who are the givers to this type of collection. In the past we used to do Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Then to suit the working members of our Club who claimed they were unable to assist on any of those days, we changed to Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Last year we had no working members come on the Saturday, this year we had one (Simon Brook). As the Saturday has a lot of younger visitors who no nothing of Polio nor Rotary, and we therefore take less money, I would suggest that from next year we revert to the Wednesday, Thursday Friday format.....I believe it is still important to have a personal presence with this, as you have face to face contact with people. This year we had a woman who is a school teacher  who is going to try and get her school involved in R.Y.D.A. after talking to her about it.  Another woman with ties to the medical profession had an anaesthetic machine to donate for overseas use, we put her in touch with Col Laurenson and that is proceeding. So there is more to it than just collecting, we have to be out there in person.

This year we conducted 24 two hour shifts covered by Mark Twyford, Mitch Brown, Col Laurenson, Fred Hamblen Angus Miller, Andy Bell, Larry Murray, Simon Brook, John Chirio who did one shift each, Mario Fairlie, Ray Higgs, Darrell Brown (2 each) Geoff Croad (3) Gerald East (6). We collected $351 Thursday, $396 Friday, $220 Saturday a total of $967-00 if you add to that the amount that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation add to it with their two for one offer, it comes to $2901-00 or $60-43 per man hour which is pretty good in my book.

I would also like to thank Geoff Croad for his assistance with filling the gaps in the roster and for picking up and returning the equipment we use each time. Also, this collection enables the members some one on one fellowship time with each other. Thank you all for your help.
Polio Plus collection raises almost $1,000 Gerald East 2018-10-21 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 20, 2018
At last Wednesday's meeting, Immediate Past District Governor Darrell Brown presented Past President 2017-18 Andy Bell with a Presidential Citation, issued by (then) Rotary International President Ian Riseley.  Andy accepted on behalf of the members of our club. The citation is issued to clubs that have achieved at least four major goals.  Our club "scored" for the following (and possibly other areas):
Sponsor or have club members actively involved in a Polio Plus event
Partner with The Rotary Foundation by sponsoring at least one project funded by a global grant or a district grant. 
Carry out at least one project focused on the environment
Attain a minimum contribution of $100 US per capita to The Rotary Foundation
Photo above (by Charles Thomasson): PDG Darrell presents Andy Bell with the certificate.
Surfers Sunrise wins Rotary International Presidential Citation Franz Huber 2018-10-19 14:00:00Z 0
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At last Wednesday's meeting, Col Laurensen (Chief of Donations in Kind - Northern Region), announced that - finally - they have found a new warehouse, even if it is for the moment not completely finalized.  A few months ago, their previous one in Durack became unavailable; the lease could not be extended anymore.
According to DIK's September newsletter (copy in the Download Section on the right - there is also some interesting stuff in there!), "We have received an offer of the above premises in Kingston from the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works as an interim ‘home’ for Donations in Kind and we have responded suggesting the terms & conditions we would prefer. We look forward to their favourable consideration of these terms and conditions."  Col has now confirmed that the lease has been signed, at a very attractive rate.  And yes, Col needed to "forcefully lobby the State Government for over 9 months...".  So, it won't be long before DIK can again accept goods for shipping to developing countries, such as hospital beds, computers, school uniforms, wheelchairs, just to name a few.
Well done, and congratulations, Col & Team! 
Donations in Kind has found a new home Franz Huber 2018-10-05 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 30, 2018
Last Saturday morning, President Jo Winwood presented the original designer of our signature Wheelchairs project, Des La Rance, with an Honorary Membership of the Surfers Sunrise Rotary Club. Des has been a member of our club since 1992. He shot to prominence when, in August 1997, his design to manufacture wheelchairs for disabled children in developing countries bore fruit: accompanied by a crew from the TV show 'A Current Affair', the first 10 Wheelchairs were delivered to children in Fiji (see article in the Download Section on the right - 'First 10 Wheelchairs to Fiji'). Meanwhile, well over 8,500 wheelchairs have been delivered to all continents on earth. In addition, Des is responsible for the design and supervision of construction of a number of schools in Thailand and Samoa, the massive House of Hope project in Apia, Samoa and its follow up project to add another classroom, just to name a few. As the saying goes, the rest is history. No! This is not just history. This is a lasting legacy. Only a couple of weeks ago, The Australian newspaper carried a story depicting a boy in war torn Syria sitting on a Surfers Sunrise wheelchair, delivered about 10 years ago (see bulletin of 5th September 2018). 
Our sincere thanks go to Des, Daryl Sanderson OAM and their team of volunteers (too numerous to mention individually) at our Project Shed.  And we mustn't forget Bob Harrison, currently recovering from surgery, who has been the Wheelchair Trust's Treasurer since its inception over 30 years ago. Last year's Rotary International theme was 'Making a Difference'. Did it? Does it? There is no doubt! This year's theme is 'Be the Inspiration'. Are those guys out at the shed living up to this? The word 'Absolutely' is often badly misused in a hyperbolic manner. But certainly not in this case!
Des La Rance OAM is recognized with Honorary Membership Franz Huber 2018-09-29 14:00:00Z 0
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Always great to receive the modern equivalent of a postcard! Here is a pic of Geoff Croad posing next to (continental) Europe's western-most Rotary sign. No, Paul Harris wasn't buried there - looks like it was put up in memory of the 75th anniversary of Rotary by the Rotary Club of Sintra, near Lisbon, Portugal, in 1980. Geoff, did you find the equivalent of the 100th anniversary in 2005?
Geoff Croad discovers Europe's western most Rotary Sign Franz Huber 2018-09-14 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 14, 2018
OK, ADMIT IT: you are not reading the RDU Magazine cover to cover, are you. If you are anything like the typical Rotarian, e.g. up to your ears in work, or really trying to get on top of that bucket list you set yourself upon retirement and on top of that have the responsibility and demands of a young family, demanding hobbies or a bunch of grand kids, you don’t have much time to read magazines. So I thought I’d bring an unusually well written, interesting article to your attention. It is in the latest issue of the RDU Magazine (it should be in your mailbox now): See page 8 – The Ideas Factory, written by the Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Brisbane, Daniel Vankov.  You can also view it online:
Or, if you want to have quick link to the strategic plan yourself, click here to download the PDF directly from the Brisbane Rotary Club's website link to the PDF.
Well worth reading in the latest RDU magazine Franz Huber 2018-09-13 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 08, 2018
At the recent 'Debrief' committee meeting of the Gold Coast Ramble 2018, held in early August, the unanimous decision was made to continue this event next year. It can only get bigger and better! 
Our Chief Organizer David Baguley (Rotary Club of Gold Coast) has put together a comprehensive outline of "what worked" and "what could be improved".  If you would like details, please advise me - I'll email you a copy.  Interestingly, despite the number of teams being down substantially on last year, the amount of funds (almost $7,000) was the same as last year.  There is no doubt that we are "smiling in the dark" - we have primarily a marketing problem; not enough people know we exist.  For example, a press release, which was issued two weeks before the event, was published by The Sun newspaper after the event...! Further, next year we won't have any major distractions, such as the Commonwealth Games and the District Conference. to have Rotarians overloaded with volunteer work.  All in all, it was a superb day for all participants and organizers alike!
Do you want to be on next year's organizing committee? Why not? This will become a major fundraising event in the future if we manage to get momentum going.
Gold Coast Ramble 2019 will go ahead! Franz Huber 2018-09-07 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 05, 2018
Is your name on the list? 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:-
  • Thursday, 6th September, 2:00 - 5:00 pm, 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.
  • Friday, 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.
  • Friday, 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. 
Gold Coast Business Expo this week Franz Huber 2018-09-04 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 04, 2018
This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in a Vocational Exchange (formerly GSE) to the Philippines in March/April next year! Download the poster from the Download Section on the right - it contains all the details.
Nominations for Team Leader have officially closed, but if you are interested, Simon Brook might still be able to sneak you in. Nominations for team members remain open till 1st October 2018.
Vocational Exchange Philippines March 2019 Franz Huber 2018-09-03 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 03, 2018
Regrettably, your Editor was "herding grandkids" in Melbourne and thus unable to be present.  Based on feedback from President Joanne, this is a summary:
2018 Vision:
  • More involvement  from more people - everyone gets a chance to be involved
  • Improve - modernise image of the club
  • Get the word out in the community
  • Make Surfers Sunrise a place people want to join and belong - you'd be proud to invite your friends
  • Choose our service projects- 1 local and one international
  • Smaller board - more working parties
  • Design and implement a Club fundraiser we can run again and again
  • Set and achieve some goals - Rotary's and ours too.
Just a minute was allocated to outline the principal Goal Areas of Rotary, and two minutes to discuss the Rotary Citations for 2018-19 (you can download it, see Download Section on the right).  Updates from the Treasury, Club Admin, Club PR, Club Membership, The Rotary Foundation, Service Projects got a generous 5 minutes each... (in case you are new to this: Surfers Sunrise's Committee Meetings and Club Assemblies are always snappy and to the point!)
Then, Jo introduced the "your turn" segment.  Here is from her notes to the Editor:
"We did two little exercises also, 
  1. Everyone had to write on a post it note one word that summed up our club for them. The words were: fellowship, friendly, mateship, unique, fun, conservative, performers, family, comraderieco-operative, friendly, disorganised. Fellowship came up 5 times
  2. We had 3 pieces of butchers paper with the headings Stop, Start and Carry on and members could move between the three and put anything they wanted on the relevant one. The results were:-
    • STOP - Banner, Sergeant's session, Flags, Queen, lectern, logo lady
    • START - Marco Polo sessions, easter bonnet parade, posh pooch parade service dogs, coat of arms update banners
    • CARRY ON - Sergeants session, youth projects, speakers program, fellowship events
  3. We have agreed to lose the paraphernalia and also to look to change the banner to a new more contemporary image which reflects our Club better. Simon is going to design a coat of arms and work with Rosie on a pull up banner for us to use at meetings. Ray is going to be the Liaison officer with the Surf Club, but more about getting involved in their events and vice versa and is also going the Ramble debrief. 
  4. We have decided a new format for the meetings where we say fellowship etc as you please but the meeting starts at 7.30am with the Speaker coming on first.
All in all it was extremely useful and a good session in which everyone was very supportive. Best Club Assembly ever was used a couple of times so I was one very relieved President. Gus is organising 'Guess who's coming to dinner' for the end of October I think.
Last week's Club Assembly Franz Huber 2018-09-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 02, 2018
In this Weekend Australian newspaper (01/02 October 2018), in an article on the horrendous conditions in Syrian refugee camps. No, they didn't modify the wheel camber to simulate racing car wheels - more like that it has had good use over the past 10 years or so, but now could do with some tender loving care.
Surfers Sunrise Wheelchairs make the national press Franz Huber 2018-09-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gerald East on Sep 01, 2018
Mario Fairlie, Angus Miller and Gerald East attended the RYDA attended the RYDA. (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) program day at the Southport Community Centre, assisting the expert instructors. We had two schools participating, Elanora State High School and Gold Coast Christian College, in total 99 students divided into three groups of 33, one group each. For those members who haven't been involved, the day commences at 8-45 am with the set up and concludes around 2-15 pm after tidy up. (Equivalent to six Rotary Meetings). The day involves six separate sessions that are facilitated by a Highway Patrol Officer, a Driving School Instructor, a road accident victim who has been wheelchair bound for 24 years, and others employed by Road Safety Education Limited. and of course Rotary. 500,000 students have now been through this very worthwhile course. Students, who are in the 16 - 17 year age group and most with their L Pates leave at the end of the day with much to think about, and a workbook to take home. Their attendance will hopefully lower their risks as both a driver and a passenger....Rotary In Action.
Surfers Sunrise members at RYDA Gerald East 2018-08-31 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Lipp on Aug 25, 2018
Senior Sgt Tony Unicomb and Youth Support Officer Sam Collins from the Queensland Police Service and Project Booyah, conducted by the Nerang PCYC.  What's in a name? Simple: Booyah is a word used for Triumph and Excitement.
Tony and Sam run a 17 week program for disadvantaged boys.  The main problem is that they are from areas where they are subjected to extreme cases of Domestic Violence.  The main problem is the lack of trust and their self esteem needs to be restored. The boys come with aggressive attitudes.  Various schools send worse affected lads to the program and there is also a web site that advises boys whom to contact.  The classes are run out of PCYC clubs at Nerang and Ormeau with the head office at Logan Home.  The boys attend for 5 to 6 hours a day but are then taken home.  Some of them don't wont to go home so they couch surf at some ones place.  They are taught life skills and their main message is that change  will only happen  if they really want to change.
Does it work? Most definitely! They were both very happy to report that on the last program 10 boys attended and 6 left with jobs and the other four returned to school.  Want to support the cause? Click here.

Photo, by Charles Thomasson: Youth Support Officer Sam Collins (left), President Jo Winwood, Senior Sgt Tony Unicomb
Last week's Guest Speaker: Tony Unicomb, Booyah Project Doug Lipp 2018-08-24 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
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.
Last Wednesday's Guest Speaker: Julius Czerny Franz Huber 2018-08-14 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Most people would not even be aware that Donations in Kind (DIK) exists.  Yet, this organization, a division of Rotary World Community Service (RAWCS) is doing so much "paddling beneath the surface", it is simply astounding.  Just have a gander at these statistics for the Northern Region of DIK, provided by our member Col Laurenson, who is in charge of that region: "In the period from July 2017 to July 2018 we have loaded the equivalent of 74 x 20 foot containers (TEU) with an estimated value of $5.25 million. Plus, a 1 x LCL ('Less than a Container Load') shipment. Separately to this we loaded 3 x 40', 2 x 20' containers of our own equipment for storage, ie  8 x TEUs.  This was necessary because our lease on the premises at Durack could not be renewed and no suitable premises could be found. Of these we shipped That's a total of 74 TEUs! That’s over 2,575 cubic meters which never went to land fill." 
But more importantly: Would this have made a huge difference to the people at those destinations? You bet.  Goods ranged from clothing (including pallet loads of school uniforms) to hospital beds, scanners, baby cribs, books, school desks and chairs, crutches, computer equipment, just to name a few.  And - give yourself a pat on the back, fellows and volunteers who work at our Project Shed: tons of our wheelchairs!
(Picture above: Students in Kimbe, PNG at their newly installed desks. right: Book sorting at the former DIK warehouse. Photos by Ted Horsbrough)
Donations in Kind: 74 x 20' Containers in 12 months Franz Huber 2018-08-12 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 13, 2018
He rarely stops, doesn't he! Our Wheelchair Trust Chairman Daryl Sanderson, together with the capable assistance of Des La Rance ran a display stand at last Saturday's School Fete of the Assisi Catholic College.  He even raised some donations!  Interestingly, the Principal of the College, Mr Michael Laidler initially commented to Daryl that, when a Principal in Burleigh Heads, he attended a presentation of some organization which made wheelchairs there.  In Burleigh Heads?? Turned out that, once he met Des La Rance, he realized that it was indeed the same guy he had in mind...! ☺  (Photo by Daryl's daughter Dannye McFaul, who is, by the way, the President of the College's Parents and Friends Association.  Talking about Apples not falling far from the trunk...)
Daryl Sanderson at Assisi Catholic College Fete Franz Huber 2018-08-12 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 06, 2018
In addition to the hive of activity we had at the Project Shed last Saturday week (see last week's bulletin), Wesley Mission has also been hyper-active with Qantas blankets that PDG Darrell Brown organised: 1,000 were collected by the team from the STARH Project (Supporting Those at Risk of Homelessness) and distributed at the recent Homeless Connect day held at Carrara Stadium. Photo above: Tanya & Bonita from Wesley Mission (pictured left), were in charge of another project there at the same time: Pets...!  Picture right: pallets of blankets ready for distribution at Carrara Stadium. (Photos by Mark Twyford)
Qantas Airways donates another 10,000 blankets Franz Huber 2018-08-05 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 06, 2018
Last Sunday's Gold Coast Ramble, organized by the Rotary Clubs of Gold Coast, Surfers Sunrise and Griffith Uni, was a superb fun event! Surfers Sunrise fielded two teams, 'Monster Mayhem' (headed by Rosie Rocco) and 'Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Ramble' (headed by Simon Brook - see photos in the photo album). Monster Madness won the event - by just one point! The point score from questions and activities were identical, but Rosie's team raised $712.50 (in favour of Gold Coast Homeless Youth), which added 71 points to their score. Second placed 'Niopotamus' fundraising score was $705.00 - just one point less.  The day was as glorious as can be - the Gold Coast at its best. A total of 20 teams competed, raising a total of almost $6,400, designated to charities of the teams' choice.
A special Thank You must go to chief organizer David Baguley and his team from the Gold Coast and Surfers Sunrise Rotary Clubs, as well as to the Surfers Paradise Alliance people who provided massive assistance with setting up marquees, providing tables and chairs etc.  Looking forward to next year's event!
Photo above: the winning Monster Madness team, from left: Mohammed Meer, his charming wife Yasmin Omar-Meer and daughter Zara Meer, Rosie Rocco, Trinity McIntyre.  More photos (by Karin Kolenko, RC of Hope Island) and Harry Ellis (RC of Gold Coast) in the Photo Album section on the right.
The winners of the 2nd Gold Coast Ramble: Monster Mayhem! Franz Huber 2018-08-05 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 04, 2018
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 Website.to access more details and to donate.  
Rotary's Tax Deductible Farmers Relief Fund Franz Huber 2018-08-03 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 03, 2018
Is the excitement of Horse Racing a good counter weight to the minutiae of scanning your clients’ books to ensure they are not caught up in the net of the ATO? Our member Doug Lipp, by profession the principal of a well established Public Accountant, was first hooked on horse racing way back in 1959, when he saw Blueden win the Toowoomba Cup. It paid a staggering 20:1…  Blueden became one of the most successful horse of its era, winning 14 races in a row – keep in mind that in those days, there were much fewer races than are today, so winning 14 in a row was, well, extraordinary.  50 years later, in 2009 Doug’s cousin Rex Lipp won the same race.
Doug and his charming wife Suzie have been very active in horse racing (as owners, not as jockeys or trainers… J).  Still, Doug admits that on occasion he has no aversion to placing a bet, but “You need to look at is as ‘entertainment’.  My limit is $50.00, so it won’t break the bank” is his advice.
Horse Racing can be a quite expensive sport to participate.  The cost to own a horse is approximately $70.00 per day when it is in training. “Some people have 10 horses and have never won a race…!”  The advice he got when he started in this game: Put yourself in the best company, put your horse in the worst company”. In other words: put your horse in the lowest racing class possible which thus gives it the highest chance of winning.  And the prize money is nothing to be sneezed at: Just jump on to Queensland Racing’s website http://www.racingqueensland.com.au and you can get statistics as well as video replays of any race going back for years. So, for example, one of the recent races (Moreton Cup) in which  ‘In His Stride’ (Sue Lipp is a part owner) ran, the 1st prize was $175,000, and even 6th won $5,250 – but, in this instance, he came just 9th. There is of course an entire science on how to select a horse – there isn’t sufficient space to elaborate on this. Interesting though is that, whilst having a sire or dame that has reached the pinnacle of horse royalty does not guarantee success for their offspring.
Last week’s speaker: Doug Lipp – Horse Racing, King of Sports  Franz Huber 2018-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 30, 2018
Here is the second instalment of the series: District Governor Terry Browns wife Carol answers the 33 Questions.  See Download section on the right!
DG Partner Carol Brown answers 33 Questions Franz Huber 2018-07-29 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 29, 2018
This coming Saturday, 4th August at 08:00 am, Wheelchairs Trust Chairman Daryl Sanderson needs some bodies on the ground at the Project Shed to help unloading a truck load of  10,000 blankets, donated by Qantas Airlines, for Donations in Kind (DIK). Originally organized by PDG Darrell Brown (in addition to the truckload we secured for distribution to various Rotary Clubs in the District), the blankets need to be transferred and loaded into a container for storage until they can either be shipped or moved to premises which DIK may obtain to replace those they had in Durack. Can you assist? Please be at the Shed by 08:00 am. Many hands make light work - it should all be over in less than a couple of hours.
Daryl needs some helpers to unload 10,000 blankets Franz Huber 2018-07-28 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 27, 2018
I recall, way back in the early sixties, a newspaper cartoon depicting J F Kennedy sitting at his desk in the oval office, his brother Bobby standing next to him, and a secretary poking her head through the door, saying "there's someone out here who claims his name is Kennedy and he doesn't have a position in the Government yet..."   No, it is pure coincidence that two successive District Governors share the same surname! Ed.
Last Wednesday, our club was honoured by the visit of DG Terry Brown and his charming wife Carol.  Terry gave us a brief background about himself: Born in Bingara in North Western NSW, he may well be the only DG who started his professional life in Shearing! "Good money in those days..." he dryly remarked [I think it's still good money today! Ed.] But for the most part of his working life, he and Carol ran a business in Lismore, specializing in Irrigation. About 8 years ago, they sold the business to their nephew - it would appear that he took it from one strength to the next!
Terry explained the concept behind RI President Barry Rassin's theme logo for 2018/19, 'Be the inspiration': the wave depicts Barry's home of the Bahamas, the orange and red beams coming in from the right depict the sunbeams, signifying the diversity of Rotary.

Naturally, Terry's major goals are closely aligned with Rotary International's goals. One of the principal aims it to pay close attention to Membership Development. One of the methods is the formation of Satellite Clubs. Just recently, the (former)
Last week's Guest Speaker: DG Terry Brown Franz Huber 2018-07-26 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 26, 2018
This coming Wednesday, 1st of August, we'll again meet at the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club - upstairs (same location as last week).
The 1st of August is considered the birthday of all horses. (It is also Swiss National Day, but that's another story!). Our very own Doug Lipp, himself an owner of race horses, will give us a presentation on this most glorified sport. We'll access a couple of very special races online, where Doug will explain what makes it so exciting! Note: The Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise will not accept responsibility for anyone who, in consequence of this presentation, has placed a bet on horses and lost... ;-) Price of $20.00 includes sumptuous buffet breakfast.
This Wednesday: Doug Lipp on 'Horse Racing - King of Sports' Franz Huber 2018-07-25 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 22, 2018
See Download Section on the right - District Governor Terry Brown has answered the 33 Questions!  Note: this is meant to be lighthearted...  That means neither the DG nor your Editor will enter into any correspondence... ☺
Next week: DG's "better half" Carol Brown's answers.
DG Terry Brown answers the 33 Questions Franz Huber 2018-07-21 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 20, 2018
On the 18th July 2018 we had a very special, Multi-Club dinner meeting: Four Rotary Peace & Conflict Resolution Scholars came down from the University of Queensland to give us a presentation about what that particular facet in the Rotary diamond is all about. OK, so you may have felt a bit crowded - partly your Editor (and Club Admin Chair) must take the blame: we almost doubled the number of attendees from about 40 to 80 within the last two days!  Talking about leaving the booking to the last minute!
But it was a Super Meeting: with some 10 Rotary Clubs from the Gold Coast participating. Michelle Helman from the USA gave the principal address, with Mohamed Sheik Yussuf from Kenya, Miku Lagarde from the Philippines and Isabella Beron from Columbia giving a brief outline of their experiences and visions for the future. In the words of one of the speakers, Isabella Beron from Columbia (which has been in a state of conflict for some 56 years): "Before coming to Australia, I have never lived anywhere where there is no conflict". Worldwide, some 1000 scholars have undergone serious training at various University Campuses throughout the world in Peace & Conflict Resolution. Will it make a difference? You bet it will, more than politician's grandstanding.

Photo above (from left): Mohamed Sheikh Yussuf (Kenya), Mikaela Francine (Miku) D. Lagarde (Philippines), Michelle Helman (USA), Isabella Sinisterra Beron (Colombia). See more details about the presenters on the Download section (on the right) - Rotary-Peace-Fellowship-Dinner-18-July-2018.pdf
Peace Scholars meeting Franz Huber 2018-07-19 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 20, 2018
For breakfast this coming Wednesday 25th July we'll meet again at the Surfers Paradise Surf Club on the Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, where we recently had the Lutzy Award presentation. Meeting assembly at 07:00 am for 07:15 start.  Again a special occasion: our newly baked District Governor Terry Brown and his partner Carol will visit, to outline to us their vision for the coming 12 months.  Please join us to give them a hearty Surfers Sunrise welcome! 
Parking:  regrettably, the free parking has not come through (yet), so street parking or Early Bird at the Paradise Centre, off Hanlan Street.
Regarding the meal: we have noted your comments in relation to the food from a couple of weeks ago.  So, this time we'll have an 'All you can eat' buffet breakfast, much more sumptuous too: eggs poached, eggs scrambled, baked beans, bacon, potato gems, sausages, pancakes, toasts, cereals, fresh fruit and house made yoghurt.
See you there!
Breakfast this Wednesday 25th July: at the Surfers Paradise Surf Club Franz Huber 2018-07-19 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 14, 2018
Alissa's granddad, Ross Augustine, forwarded Alissa's report from Minnesota, USA.  Just like we have the Safari here in Australia, in the USA they obviously have something similar, touring the country and even all the way up to the Niagara Falls!  They don't make big reports anymore - a picture tells a thousand words, so with six new pictures, this is equivalent to about 4 pages A4...☺ See Photo Album on the right. Ed.
Hello Rotary!
In my exchange district we just said goodbye to most of the current exchange students as their exchange was a July to July. Because of this, we had the big Rotary trip as an end of year thing although it was in the middle for me! This trip was amazing. It was great to spend time in some of the most incredible places in the United States with friends, both old ones and ones we became close to on the trip. We had so many new and fun experiences, here are some photos! As always, thank you so much for being my sponsor District I am having an amazing time on my exchange!
Some more pictures from Alissa Lott, USA Franz Huber 2018-07-13 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 12, 2018
At last Wednesday's meeting, Sebastian Robinson (14) of the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club was presented with the annual "Lutzy" Award. No, it is not some plain certificate or plaque - it is a fully fledged rescue/paddle board!

The award, in honour of our Charter Member Keith Lutz who sadly passed away some five years ago, is determined in conjunction with the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club. Ray Higgs and Chris Thurtell from Surfers Sunrise Rotary team up with David Orchid and a selection committee from the SLSC. It is awarded not necessarily to the top surfer, but to a young, community minded person who is dedicated to mentoring and supporting other members of the club.
The photo above (by Charles Thomasson) shows the justifiably proud winner with (from left) Myles Giess, whose company Logan Steel Pty Ltd sponsored the paddle board, Andy Bell (Vice President of the Surfers Sunrise Rotary Club Inc), Trevor Hendy AM, Sebastian Robinson and Jan Lutz.
Presentation of the 'Lutzy Award' 2018 Franz Huber 2018-07-11 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 09, 2018
Hydrogen Power? Doesn't that relate to bombs? Well, yes (as a matter of fact, they are roughly 1000 times more powerful than the "plain vanilla" atomic bomb), but that is not what Jim presented on. Hydrogen power has been used for quite some time: rocket propelation, the Space Stations are powered by Hydrogen.  Actually, the first Hydrogen powered fuel cell was invented in 1838. And the stuff is not exactly rare: Hydrogen is the most common element in the universe.
Jim, whose professional background is all things electrical and related to it, gave us a thorough insight into what undoubtedly will become the engine of the near future. In essence, the efficiency of a Hydrogen Fuel Cell is around 70% - compare this with an efficiency factor of about 20% of a Diesel engine - and many manufacturers have already fully developed Hydrogen Engines.  At the forefront is a US based truck manufacturer, Nikola Motor Company (named after Nikola Tesla, who in 1888 patented the AC induction motor, no connection to Elon Musk's Tesla Motors). In the passenger vehicle market, many brands, including Hyundai, Lexus, Mercedes, Toyota, Nissan have already Hydrogen powered vehicles on the market or will have them available within a couple of years.
So, how does it work?  Sorry, whilst - so Jim Blackburn - "it is not overly complex", it is just a bit too complex to outline in a Rotary Club bulletin... See Jim's Power Point presentation in the Download Section on the right, where you find not only his principal points of discussion but also plenty of diagrams.
In Australia, CSIRO is into it in a big way: they have invented a membrane which converts Ammonia to Hydrogen.  Why would you do that? Because Ammonia is much more stable to store and is not highly combustible. Newcastle University is very advanced on Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) energy, just to name a couple.  Very much worth your while to read up on it a bit more. Start with downloading the Power Point!
Last week's speaker: Jim Blackburn - Hydrogen Power Franz Huber 2018-07-08 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
The 2nd Gold Coast Ramble is on in just a bit over 3 weeks!  Can you assist, participate, promote?
As last year, this year's event will be in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Gold Coast, Griffith University and Surfers Sunrise.  It is one of our major fundraising events for the year, so we need your help!. The event is only a bit over 2 weeks away - SUNDAY 5 AUGUST - starting earlier at 9am and finished by 1pm.  Details on website: www.goldcoastramble.org.au
How can you help?
  • Encourage clients, suppliers, staff, family and friends to enter a team/s - we have a template to send out invitations - please reply to the Editor or send a message via the Facebook link below.
  • Share the Facebook event with your Facebook friends - https://www.facebook.com/events/2038097703117798
  • We need more volunteers! If you can assist to help on the day, please email David Baguley (see address below) - we need to man 40 checkpoints from 08:30 to 12:30, as well as for setting up and taking down duties.
We would love to get more checkpoint sponsors - if you have business contacts in the Main Beach or Surfers Paradise areas, we can locate a check point to their advantage.  Please advise contact names and we will follow up.
Please advise asap if and when you can assist.
PP David Baguley
Gold Coast Ramble: can you help? Franz Huber 2018-07-06 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
It's on again!  This week we'll meet at the Surfers Paradise (NOT Southport) Surf Life Saving Club to present the Lutzy Award presentation, in conjunction with the Surfers Paradise SLSC.  The venue is on the Esplanade (corner Hanlan Street) Surfers Paradise - right in the middle, opposite the beach, in their upstairs restaurant. Usual time - meet 07:00 for 07:15 start. Plated breakfast will be served at a one-off price of $15.00 (normally $20.00) per person.
Note: if you have not already done so: you must advise Franz that you are / are not attending - we need to provide the SLSC with exact numbers. 
This Wednesday 11th July 2018 - The Lutzy Awards Franz Huber 2018-07-06 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 02, 2018
"Our" (now Past) District Governor Darrell Brown handed over his collar to Terry Brown (no relation) at Saturday's District Changeover in Casino. Photo above, by DGN Andy Rajapakse, shows them cutting the cake, with their partners Kerrie and Carol. Congratulations to DG Terry Brown!
"Our" (now Past) District Governor hands over the collar Franz Huber 2018-07-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Via her Granddad, Ross Augustine, comes this latest update from Alissa Lott, our Youth Exchange Student in Michigan, USA:
Hi Rotary!
Here’s another update on my time in America. We are officially on Summer Break! We have three months without school now, so I’ve got a lot of time to spend experiencing things to do in Minnesota and travel America on the rotary tour which I am super excited for. I just got back from a trip with my friends to the lake near where we live which was really fun, we camped out and went canoeing (we accidentally tipped the canoe- whoops!) and made a campfire. Soon my friends and I will go to one of the bigger theme parks in Minnesota, Valley Fair, and I’m going to see a musical called ‘Chicago’ in a theatre in Minneapolis too! Recently I had prom, and moved host families. Both went really well. My new host family is lovely and prom was super fun, I’m so glad I got to experience that while I was here! Thank you again for sponsoring me, I’m having an amazing time. I’ve attached some prom photos, and some photos from a Twins baseball game I went to!
Photo: On the way to the proms - For more photos check out the photo album on the right hand side!
Report from Alissa Lott - US Youth Exchange Franz Huber 2018-06-27 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 28, 2018
In the "good ol' days" people communicated... well, meeting face to face. Then the telephone was invented, but we still largely communicated face to face. Not anymore!  Social media is well and truly here and here to stay!  And since writing takes too long, a picture tells a thousand words and takes all of a couple of seconds.
Charles gave us a concise outline of a major new trend which has emerged in addition to Facebook and Twitter: Instagram.  The purchase of the app by Facebook in 2012 for $US 1 Billion (!!) put it truly on the map.  In essence: you take a photo with your mobile device and you can instantly upload it to Instagram, to be viewed by all your friends who follow you.  Their friends in turn might then also become aware of it, and so on... Talking about news spreading like wild fire!
Charles' Power Point presentation is uploaded in the Download Section on the right - it is quite self explanatory - just go over there and open it!
Last week's speaker: Charles Thomasson - Instagram Franz Huber 2018-06-27 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Jacinta Veitch, a friend of our newly baked President Jo Winwood (yes, she got married last week!), came along specially to take lots of photos during our luncheon last Sunday at the Kurrawa Surf Club.  Rosie Rocco has put them up on a Google Drive for you to view - click on this link.   Some real pearlers in there!
For those of you who weren't there, here are the award winners for 2017/18:
Rotarian of the Year:       Jo Gorman
Quiet Achiever Award:    Mario Fairlie
Fellowship Cup:              Richard Smith
Doug Waller Trophy:       Franz Huber
Further, the following members were recognized and honoured with the awarding of a Paul Harris Fellowships: Geoff Croad, Simon Brook, Gerald East, Jo Gorman, Mark Twyford, Angus Miller and Al Sirovs (who was absent, traveling overseas).
Update on Changeover Luncheon 2018 Franz Huber 2018-06-22 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Note: Different venue:  This will serve as a "trial meeting" for a potential new meeting venue. We'll meet at Freshwater Point Resort, Broadbeach, 33 T E Peters Dr, Broadbeach Waters QLD 4218The caterers require us to give them numbers, so please call or email to Franz no later than Tuesday 09:00 am whether your are attending or not (yes, either way!). 
They'll put up a sumptuous buffet style breakfast - cost of $20.00 per person.  Charles Thomasson will run a training style introduction to Social Media,  in particular Instagram and Facebook, and how we can use this not just to communicate among each other, but also spread our message to potential members.  See you there!
This Wednesday 27th June: - different venue, pls advise attendance Franz Huber 2018-06-21 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Last Wednesday 20th June, Angus Miller, Mario Fairlie, Richard Smith, Gerald East and Franz Huber were joined by Kate Woodham from the Rotary e-Club of Next Gen to assist at the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) event at All Saints Anglican College.  OK, perhaps a bit far fetched, but seeing them sitting in the front row, aren't they, in effect, Teacher's Pets? wink
Teacher's Pets (sitting in the front row...) Franz Huber 2018-06-19 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Bob Harrison was on the door with Larry Murray as Chairman (for Graeme Isaacson) and Ian Mayberry was Sergeant. Apologies were received from Tania Laird, Jim Blackburn, Rosie Rocco, Daryl Sanderson, Des La Rance, Adrian Crowe and Fred Hamblen.
President Andy Bell welcomed all members, Charter President and Honorary Member Bill Moir, our YE Students Gigi van Ligtenberg and Benedetta Marniga, Michael Gambaro (guest of Doug Lipp) and a special welcome to long absent Simon Brook ☺. Andy reminded us of the Changeover Luncheon on the 17th June. Note: you MUST BOOK. Online bookings are now open - see separate article.
Fundraising Director Doug Lipp was all excited: we got our bond back from the City Council... And we still have some money left over from the Samoa Project: are there any invoices left to be paid?  Mario Fairlie is in contact with Dr Joshua Francis, in conjunction with his friend Christina Carberry. Dr Francis was one of the Keynote Speakers at the recent District Conference, who specializes in health systems relating to diseases still prevalent in Timor Leste, such as Tuberculosis and Rheumatic Heart Disease. In conjunction with the Project Shed, we are also looking at making an alternative to the wheelchairs: Rickshaws for disabled children! DG Darrell Brown donated another $100 to the Wheelchair Trust, in celebration of the birth of another Grandson.  Congratulations! Membership Director Paul Seymour has another potential member lined up, and finally, President Andy was congratulated on his birthday, with a raucous rendition of the Happy Birthday song...
Snippets of last week's meeting 060618 Franz Huber 2018-06-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 11, 2018
Our two Youth Exchange Students, Gigi van Ligtenberg (Netherlands) and Benedetta Marniga (Italy) have recently returned from the 3 week's Youth Exchange Safari, and it is no surprise that they were quite excited about it! Who wouldn't? A bus full of 17 - 18 year olds from a wide range of countries and cultures, travelling along Australia's East Coast to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide then up through the Centre to Coober Pedy, Uluru, Alice Springs and back out to the eastern beaches... 
As is almost obligatory, of course it rained on one of the first nights in Sydney and - yes - the tent was flooded. Up at 5 am, wring out the wet gear, cold and hungry. Back on the bus, onwards... Inspecting the Opal diggings at Coober Pedy, riding camels, scuba diving... eating Wichetty Grubs (apparently they taste like egg?).  
Picture above: All the nationalities represented at Uluru; picture right: Gigi (front left) and Benedetta (second from right).
Last week's Guest Speakers: Gigi and Benedetta Franz Huber 2018-06-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Andy Bell, I take it that you won't be on the list for next year's District Training Assembly..???  Al Sirovs: there we had our badges missing for weeks... and where were they found (well, at least some of them)? At the Project Shed! Graeme Isaacson, when you are on the Duty Roster as Chairman, you are supposed to be there early, not after the meeting has started ☺! Al Sirovs again: going on holidays? Are you taking your skate board with you? Franz Huber, good of you to pick up the club's mail, but you are not supposed to bring other people's mail in as well! Bill Moir, any guess how many times you have been fined over the past 30 years? Gerald East, as 'Flag Setter in Chief' you should have picked it up the they were not in correct order! Doug Lipp, good to see that you do have a friend!  Larry Murray was name dropping about some famous restaurants, whilst Ray Higgs disputed that he was the last man in (but paid the fine anyway....) Darrell Brown, with the ever increasing size of the family: is BMW making People Movers? And, in view of some sort of a football game being on tonight, are there really any Blues supporters out there? Well, pay up then!
Last week's Sergeant: Ian Mayberry Franz Huber 2018-06-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 04, 2018
Let's celebrate. Only a few days left. But you need to book by no later than today!
Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise Changeover lunch- a time to celebrate our achievements in 2017/2018 and ring in a new Rotary year!!
We'll meet at the new Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club
Beachfront Events and Functions Room
Old Burleigh Road (beach side, opposite Charles Avenue), Broadbeach. 
Arrive from 12pm for 12:30 start
We would like members to invite family, friends and colleagues to celebrate the wonderful 2017/18 Rotary Year and to welcome in the Year 2018/19. President Elect Jo Gorman has negotiated for us to get a sumptuous buffet with three hot and three salad dishes, plus home made cake, all at the same price of $60.00 per person we had at Seaworld the last couple of years.  Drinks will be cheaper too, at club member prices. Capacity is 80 people and we expect a big crowd so be sure to book early!! 
Click on this link to book online: https://www.trybooking.com/VWMX
Changeover Luncheon 2018 - Have you booked yet? Franz Huber 2018-06-03 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Last Sunday 3rd June, President Elect Jo Gorman led a team of Surfers Sunrise Rotarians to the District Training Assembly at Skennar's Head (Ballina).  Jo was joined by Rosie Rocco, Mark Twyford, Andy Bell, Richard Smith, Mitch Brown, Chris Thurtell, Paul Seymour and your editor.  As you can see, we were all enthralled by the spirited, motivational speeches to the congregation of current and future leaders in our District.
Mark Twyford also presented a lecture to incoming Club Secretaries.  Your editor attended a lecture given by PDG Michael Irwing designed for incoming Club Administration Committee Chairmen. OK, so we have Andy Bell again in the Sergeant's position (fasten your seatbelts!). We'll have a new position on the Roster: Fellowship Officer, and unless somebody else challenges me for the Bulletin Editor / Webmaster job...
Last Sunday's District Training Assembly Franz Huber 2018-06-03 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Every now and then, being a Rotarian - and in this case, being a Surfers Sunrise Rotarian - gives one some quite exclusive "insider" information about what is going on. Many members have "the pulse" of the town, but it is uncommon for the Guest Speaker to have such intimate access to "the pulse" as Inspector Bruce Kuhn. You see, Bruce was in charge of controlling the Aboriginal protests at the recently held Commonwealth Games.  So, how do you deal with a bunch of Aboriginal protesters who are unrelated to the 'Yugambeh' tribe, the local indigenous people on whose ancestral lands the games were held? In particular in view of the Yugambeh having no issues with the games and indeed were dead set against this mob muscling in on their turf?  How do you deal with a bunch of protesters, many of whom are not Aboriginals themselves (but very much look like "professionals protesters")? The reporters and cameramen of the local and international media were just waiting for an opportunity to have a decent bust-up. Anything to break the dull monotony of following a baton relay stretching not just for kilometres of flat ground, but also for hours of, in essence, repetitive spectacle of the same baton handover from one well deserving and often high profile individual to another?  
On the last day before the games started, our very own District Governor Darrell Brown was one of the Baton Bearers affected by this unauthorized protest which blocked Seaworld Drive. Your editor happened to be there too. My personal attitude to this sort of disruption is somewhat more teutonic and thus, in retrospect, I have nothing but great praise for the way the Police handled the issue in a way that indeed did NOT create the incident the sensationalist media were hoping for.  150 police personnel were on the ground. Their job was not just to maintain order, but to ensure that the Gold Coast would be projected as anything but violent.  As those of us who also watched the evening news (or were at the Opening Ceremony) would know, the mob still kept agitating in the evening too.  Bruce's team was right on the ball.  There were no real ugly scenes. I dips me lid!
So, what is the real story? Much regret to say, but you should have been there yourself.  Since Rotary is on principle not political and is far more determined to promote peace than conflict, the details of Bruce's presentation will not be reported in this bulletin. Suffice to say that, upon your Editor's question of who finances the 'Stolenwealth Games' organization (yes, it is an organization. It costs money to fly people in from as far as Perth), Bruce's answer produced the proverbial "sharp intake of breath" as writers of conspiracy novels would describe it. The organization is related to the highest levels of a major parliamentary party. Except that this is not fiction.
Last week's Guest Speaker: Inspector Bruce Kuhn Franz Huber 2018-05-31 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Smith
Many thanks to Richard Smith for taking notes on my behalf! ☺  Franz.
Rev John Brook, from St John's Crisis Centre, spoke about his organization which helps with Alcohol and Drugs.  John was a psychiatric nurse and plays guitar to relax.  Alcohol has the greatest impact with only 5% of people who attend AA remaining sober.  He holds three narcotic meetings at the centre.
Of the people who attempt to give up smoking only 17.5% make it.  A pack of 25 cost $25 to $30 and a pack of 50 cost $50.  By 2020 it will be over $40 for a pack of 25 - John's view is that the government is exploiting addiction. Homeless Australians – (there are 116,427) with an increase of over 40% in the last 5 years.  The centre is required to advise the department of child safety if they find a child under 12 who is homeless. The largest causes of homelessness are domestic and family violence and family breakdown.  The latter being the cause of youth homelessness. John said 40% of Australians live below the poverty line and the New Start Allowance has not increased in 25 years. There were many more statistics given by John.
The Centre does Christmas lunches and hampers and our Club helps by providing toys. They also provide laundry, showers, toilets, shelter, and medical services and want to add legal assistance. He said that once a person gets a roof over their head half of their problem being either drugs or alcohol disappears.  Click here to obtain more information on the St Johns Crisis Centre, which also provides contact details.
Last week's Guest Speaker: Rev Jon Brook Richard Smith 2018-05-25 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
OK, so some of you may not even have heard of Instagram. Some, like your editor, have heard of it, but relegated it to "kids between 8 and 18 years old or so" and thus remained blissfully ignorant.  Wrong! Our incoming Membership Chair, Charles Thomasson is a young professional Stockbroker and Financial Advisor - and he is definitely not "18 or so". Charles knows that Instagram is one of the most effective ways to spread the word among young business people - our very target market for new members.
Our club's account is in the name of 'RotarySurfersSunrise'.  So, how do you go about getting started? Dead easy: on your iPhone, go to the Apple Store, on an Android phone, go to Play Store. Search for Instagram and just follow the prompts to get and install it.  Suggest you either use just your first name as a login - it will automatically assign a name and number combo, or use a shortened combo.  Charles promised he'll hold a brief training session soon.
Surfers Sunrise now on Instagram! Franz Huber 2018-05-20 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Should Charity begin at home?  Often misused by people who don't want to donate, nevertheless it is clear that there is a very pronounced need right here on our doorstep. 
A member of the Rotary Club of Brisbane CentenaryAndrew Rodgers (picture above left with President Elect Jo Gorman) heard a guest speaker from the Foodbank organization at their club.  Foodbank is Australia's largest non-profit distributor of food for the disadvantaged - they are a conduit between the industry's surplus food and the welfare sector. Andrew asked him how they get along for meat? "We never get beef!" was the answer. 
So Andrew and his club set out to organize 'Beef Bank'.  The concept is really simple: farmers, auctioneers, abattoirs, butchers, transport companies etc support the project by donating or supplying beef and their services at the lowest cost.  People donate money, participate in their annual Fun Run (coming up on 27th May 2018) and Beef Bank buys cattle.  In the 10 years since its inception, they have supplied nearly 500,000 meals! The statistics get better year on year: in 2016 they delivered 48,000, in 2018 they aim for 150,000 meals! Is it needed? More than ever: Just in the last 12 months, Foodbank reports an increase in requests by Community Support groups of 11%. On average, one out of 30 children go hungry.
One cow yields about 250 Kg of meat, which translates to about 2,500 meals, at 45 cents a serve. Beef Bank is a registered charity and any donations over $2.00 are fully tax deductible. Further, as is the case with most Rotary projects, there are no overheads since all directors and administration is done on an unpaid basis.
Download a full run down of the Beef Bank concept from the download section on the right.
Last week's Guest Speaker: Andrew Rodgers Franz Huber 2018-05-16 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Our daily news feed provides us rarely with a friendly face of our Police Services: either it is a violent crime or, worse an over eager reporter shows video of alleged Police brutality.  So it comes as a refreshing change to meet three Police Officers with big, hearty smiles: they are from the Gold Coast District Cross Cultural Liaison Unit.  Deliberately meant to be "cross cultural", the ethnic origin of the members are telling: whilst Sgt Lyndon O'Neill (centre) is obviously Caucasian, Officer Jasylyah Kadir (second from right) is from Singapore and Officer Saga (pron 'Sanga') Selesby (on right) is Samoan.
Lyndon had a well prepared PowerPoint presentation to outline his unit's work and purpose (you can download the full PPSX in the Download section on the top right). The unit has 5 key areas of focus:
  • Safety Presentations for newly arrived migrants, students and visitors,
  • Increase Media Engagement,
  • Develop and Implement Policing Education
Last week's Guest Speakers: Sgt Lyndon O'Neill & Team Franz Huber 2018-05-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Geoff Croad was at the door, Simon Brook was Chairman and Tania Laird was Sergeant.
We had apologies from Jim Blackburn, Gerald East, Chris Thurtell, Rosie Rocco and Ian Mayberry.
President Andy Bell welcomed all members and guests Michael Gambaro (guest of Doug Lipp), Honorary Member George Keily and our guest speakers Sgt Lyndon O'Neill, together with Police Liaison Officers Saga Selsby and Jasyiya Kadir.  For a demonstration of what Police Officers these days have hanging on their bodies, Andy called up Sgt Lyndon: Besides a heavy hand gun, there are handcuffs, pepper spray, Taser, Body Camera and a baton. Note: just in case you thought a small 30 cm long device couldn't hurt you very much: it extends to 3 feet in a flash!
District Treasurer Doug Lipp confirmed that the accounts of the recently held District Conference are definitely in the black, with some $22,000 surplus going to Australian Rotary Health, ROMAC (Rotary Oceanic Medical Aid for Children) and the Griffith Uni's Malaria Vaccine Project, bringing its fundraising to within less than $100,000 of the target of $500,000 .
Youth Director Tania Laird advised that we have now 4 candidates nominated for the RYPEN camp. 
President Elect Jo Gorman confirmed details about our upcoming Changeover Luncheon on Sunday 17th June at Kurrawa Surf Club (see separate article), and Secretary Mark Twyford confirmed that we now have an official lease for our Project Shed for (the maximum period) of 5 years.
Honorary Member George Keily provided an update on his collection of used spectacles: some 25 bags with a total of 600 pairs. Further, the ongoing support of our Wheelchair Project by Apple Marketing is much appreciated: 6000 used stamps and over $7,000 have been collected over the past 12 months.
Snippets of last week's meeting 090518 Franz Huber 2018-05-08 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Last Wednesday, after a 4 weeks break, was designated a planning meeting.  President Elect Jo Gorman led discussions, which ranged widely from introducing her board and committee chairs to issues of fundraising, general policy and - yes, to put it in Real Estate Agent's terms: location, location, location...
Since this bulletin is open to the public, not all the discussions can be reported.  However, of major interest was a very promising fundraising project proposed by Mario Fairlie, which involves not only our club members but also our volunteers at the Project Shed...  More as decisions are being made!
See in the Download Section (top right) the full PowerPoint presentation of our President Elect - it all makes sense!
Planning for 2018-19 Franz Huber 2018-05-04 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on May 02, 2018
Follow up from last month's article on the Wheelchair boys making the ABC National News:
Last Wednesday, Daryl received a parcel in the post with a nice letter written by David Handley AM, the founding director of Sculpture by the Sea (Bondi, NSW and Cottlesloe, WA)), together with a nice book, featuring his exhibitions.
Dear Sir,
I  am writing to congratulate you and your fellow Rotarians on the tremendous initiative of the Wheelchair Trust I have heard on the ABC Television News last night.
In response, I simply wanted to reach out to say well done and thank you. Our country needs more people like you. For my part I created these Sculpture Exhibitions within this book and I would like you to have a copy.
Yours sincerely,
David Handley.
Well, what can we add to that? "Legend" comes to mind...
Wheelchair Volunteers on ABC National News Franz Huber 2018-05-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
May is designated by Rotary International as Youth Service Month. Only one major youth event in May: the RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment) camp.  Click on this link for details and to book. 
RYPEN is for 14 - 16 year olds. The camp, over three days from 9am, Friday 25th May 2018 to 1pm, Sunday 27th May 2018 is designed to develop skills that will assist them in the transition to adulthood.  Participants are involved in a variety of workshops and activities, which provide an opportunity for them to personally develop, gain self confidence, communication skills, challenge themselves, build friendships, and develop life skills.
Do you know any potential member to nominate?  Contact our Youth Services Director Tania Laird - applications close 10th May 2018.
RYPEN camp (for 14 - 16 years old) this month Franz Huber 2018-04-28 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 28, 2018
Many of our members were very active during the games.  Some worked as unpaid volunteers, many others were manning the brooms and vacuum cleaners at the Athlete's Village.  The total earnings for District 9640 was over $220,000 (see full report in the  May edition of the District Newsletter).  You'll just have to wait till Wednesday, when President Elect Jo Gorman will reveal how much of that is apportioned to Surfers Sunrise... 
Photo: (from left) Adrian Crowe, DG Darrell Brown, Nick (team leader from Incognitus), Charles Thomasson, Peter Lyons from the PCYC of Toowoomba, Geoff Croad.
District 9640 volunteers earn over $220K on C'wealth Games Franz Huber 2018-04-27 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
OK, so we didn't have a "formal" meeting immediately after the games. That doesn't mean it could not be interesting and lots of fun.  Photo by Sergeant Tania Laird - note some very interesting visitors, by the looks of it, coming from the Commonwealth Games side.  And Ross Augustine, grand dad of Alissa Lott (see her update above) was there too (peeking out between Richard Smith and Jo Gorman).
Even casual meetings are good fun! Franz Huber 2018-04-27 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
OK, it's history now, but just because we didn't have a bulletin for the past 4 weeks doesn't mean that DG Darrell should not feature prominently...  Here he is, surrounded by his beautiful family. 
DG Darrell Brown ran in the Baton Relay Franz Huber 2018-04-27 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 28, 2018
Hi Rotary!
Here’s an update on my time in America. My first few months have been crazy busy, settling in to school and meeting people, and the time has flown by. I can’t believe it’s already been almost four months! Still, in that time I’ve done a lot. I love the snow, and I’ve learnt how to downhill ski which is super fun. Apparently this is the longest winter they’ve had in a while, even though it’s April and meant to be fall, we had a blizzard on the weekend and we’re getting more snow this Wednesday. Everyone here apart from me and my friend Cate, an exchange student from Spain that goes to my school is sick of it, but I think it looks magical! It looks like Christmas card weather. Here’s a photo of Cate and I in the snow! We were the only ones who actually wanted to go outside, and after the photos we took we ended up with snow all over (snowball fights are amazing)!
Our YE Student in the USA, Alissa Franz Huber 2018-04-27 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 02, 2018
This morning (02/04/18) our Wheelchair Trust Chairman Daryl Sanderson OAM was running (OK, walking... ☺) in the Commonwealth Games Baton Relay at Runaway Bay.  Here is a picture of Daryl in full colorful uniform, with some of the Surfers Sunrise members and Volunteers from the Project Shet cheering him on.  'On ya, Daryl!
Daryl Sanderson OAM in the C'wealth Games Baton Relay Franz Huber 2018-04-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
(Left): When you hear a good pun and you can't help it but smile...
I wish we could have state-of-the-art hospitals in every corner of the earth... but realistically, it's going to be a while before that can happen. But we can immunise every kid on earth, and we can prevent these diseases. It's only a matter of political will, a little bit of money and some systems to do it.
Seth Berkley, Scientist and founder of the International AIDS vaccine initiative.
Bread is like the Sun. It rises in the yeast and sets in the waist.

Inspirations - well, sort of... 040418 Franz Huber 2018-04-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 02, 2018
In view of the Commonwealth Games coming into full swing, this coming Wednesday 04th April as well as the following Wednesday 11th April, we won't have a 'normal' meeting, but instead we'll simply have a social get together at the
Bumbles Cafe,
Cnr River Drive and Pine Ave,
Surfers Paradise  QLD 4217
Usual time - 07:00 am. No meeting fee, simply place your own order.
This Wednesday we'll meet at Bumbles Cafe Franz Huber 2018-04-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
You would recall the visit by Charmaine Wheatley, the dynamic lady from the Rotary e-Club of South Africa, who presented at our club in early February (see bulletin of 14th February - it is still on the website - see left). Last Saturday, Charmaine visited our Project Shed to see our volunteers, our Associate Members, to give recognition of the work they do. Charmaine again presented on the deployment of our wheelchairs in South Africa. The picture above (by Al Sirovs) shows her surrounded - - talking about a rose among over a dozen thorns... ☺
Charmaine Wheatley presents to the volunteers at The Shed Franz Huber 2018-03-25 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Last Wednesday, we enjoyed a visit by Nasser and Nayer Kaviani (both members of the RC of Broadbeach).  Nasser is an expert Apiarist (Bee Keeper) and "runs" several hives to produce that most wonderful of nature's food, honey.  His presentation, entitled "The wonderful work of the bee" outlines in an easy, non-technical way the various types of bees, how bees are organized in hives, their life cycles, how they mate...
OK, we all know that central to the hive is the Queen. Then there are the Workers, who are the ones that collect the honey and the pollen. But did you know that the queen only mates with a Drone? Drones are the male bees and do nothing to help the Workers (which are infertile females). They congregate in a separate area high up outside the hive, waiting for virgin queens to visit for mating. Only a few get the opportunity to mate and, once their business is concluded, they simply die... The queen returns to the hive and from then on, the Drones are not permitted entry and usually die at the hive entrance on the ground.
Development depends on the type: it takes just 16 days to make a Queen, 21 days to make a Worker and 24 days to make a Drone. Their life cycle is between 5 and 7 weeks. There is no school for young bees - they know their job from day one.  There is so much interesting stuff... if I have to pick one, it would have to be the Waggle Dance.  Its purpose is to communicate with other bees where nectar and pollen can be found. Rather than me trying to explain it, why don't you just click on this link where it is all explained in detail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7ijI-g4jHg
The volume of honey produced is extraordinary: world wide, some 1,500,000 tonnes are produced, of which 462,000 tonnes is produced in China. Is the honey you buy in a supermarket the real thing? Well, not necessarily, so Nasser advised. Commercial honey sold in the supermarkets is heated to stop it crystallizing on the shelves. If this heating process is not managed well, all the mysterious goodies in the honey get wasted. So, raw and unheated honey is only the real one with all the goodies in it still intact. Nasser can supply you with just that! Simply contact the Editor and I'll forward your request on to him.
Last week's Guest Speaker: Nasser Kaviani -  'The wonderful work of the bee' Franz Huber 2018-03-24 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Now, was that a conference or what!?  Record numbers (some 580 registrations), very exciting speakers and superb fellowship. I've put up a small Photo Album on our website - it's on the right hand side. You will find a comment against each photo.
There is also a massive album up on the District Website www.rotary9640.org - just go to Photo Gallery (at the top) and it's all there.
Photo Album of our District Conference Franz Huber 2018-03-15 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 12, 2018
OK, time to allow our fingernails to start re-growing! After over a year of pre-preparations, dozens of committee meetings and hundreds, nay, thousands of email exchanges (just my small department of organizing the Registrations had well over 500 incoming mails outside the 580 registrations themselves!), we concluded the conference with a 'Paella in the Park' event. Regrettably, the weather was anything other than what one would visualize to go with Flamenco and Salsa dancers, but, hey! we still had a marvellous time out there. The wheelchair boys with help from all over erected the marquees, Graeme Isaacson was in several places at once, organizing the Paella chefs, the ice cream van and the Flamenco Guitar player... 
We had so many remarkable events, outrageously funny and inspiring keynote speakers, award presentations and good old fashioned Rotary Fellowship. So, why would I pick for this bulletin the only event that was truly affected by the rainy and blustery weather and where no grand speeches were held? Well, because there is no way I can report on the happenings of a three day conference in the space allowed in a club bulletin! Wearing my other hat as the DG's Newsletter Editor, I'll make a genuine effort to put together a reportage for the upcoming April edition of 'NINE Six FOUR Oh!' - it will be in your mailbox on or about 29th March. To Jo Gorman, her organizing committee and all the helpers and volunteers: you did a superb job!  Thank you.
Photo: Kate Kimmorley (RC of Gold Coast, who was an "inner cabinet" member of the committee), Tony Winwood (Jo's fiancee) is smiling - he might even again get to spend a few moments with his wife to be, District Conference Chairman Jo Gorman! And Des La Rance expresses what everyone thought about how successful the conference was! Bonza!
"Our" District Conference Franz Huber 2018-03-11 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Higgs on Mar 12, 2018
If by chance, you missed DG Darrell Brown’s District Conference on the weekend just gone, you missed a Biggy. Though the overall concept was far greater than the few words following, I would like to mention a small part.
You missed seeing speakers, whom you as members have supported and who are fabulous ambassadors of Surfers Sunrise. Honestly, you had to be there! To mention a couple that are directly associated with Surfers Sunrise:
  • our RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment) attendees Jessica Webber and Lucy Thorburn spoke in the Youth segment about their experiences at RYPEN. Both are recipients of the “Lutzy” Award Surfers Sunrise presents to awardees suggested by the Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club. Great presentation, girls!
  • Surfers Sunrise sponsored a Rotary Peace Fellow, Jackie Kauli, who gave an emotive and passionate presentation of how she was tackling domestic violence aspects of life in Papual New Guinea. She does this through drama sessions to the villagers. 
It was great to see a successful outcome, to what our Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise programs and support can achieve. Speaking of achievement, I’d like to extend my personal thanks to all my fellow Conference volunteers, as in working as a team, the best and most successful Conference (in my opinion), was achieved, and I was proud to be a small cog in that Rotary wheel. [Ray, among lots of other jobs, was in charge of program planning and execution. Just visualize: the Run Sheet, which details to the minute what will happen, exactly at what time, done by whom: 17 pages of spreadsheet, in small print with no big blank spaces! That is why the conference ran like clockwork. Ed.]
RYPEN attendees and Rotary Peace Fellows Ray Higgs 2018-03-11 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Last Saturday, our Youth Exchange Students Gigi (left) and Benedetta (right) visited our Project Shed to learn all about how to convert unwanted bicycles into wheelchairs.  Here they learning how to trim the plywood to the correct size. WH&S Inspectors: relax, pull your head in: no need for goggles, ear protection, steel capped boots: this was for show only, the machine was not even switched on.  [I hope. Ed.]  Photo by Al Sirovs.
Gigi and Benedetta visit the Project Shed Franz Huber 2018-03-03 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 03, 2018
This is going to be one of the biggest District Conferences ever. Chief Jo Gorman has been working her fingers to the bone. We have well over 500 registrations. But, together with the RC of Gold Coast, our club is hosting the conference. We provide the organization, the personnel, the know how, a lot of the volunteers.  YOU MUST BE THERE! All leave has been cancelled until the 12th March. 
But then, on the 14th, we have one of the most exciting Guest Speakers - a genuine one-off: Dr Dainis Zirovs (Al Sirov's nephew) will speak on the transformation of his native Latvia from Russian control to Western Democracy. See Upcoming Events section on the left.
This Wednesday 07 March: Get ready for the District Conference! Franz Huber 2018-03-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 03, 2018
Love Bites? Last time I looked, this meant anything but Domestic Violence! I recall, (some 50 years ago) one of my mates one day rolling up to work with one of them planted firmly on his upper neck. He suffered ribald and rude comments for the better part of a week...  Now, to the more serious issue of domestic violence: the statistics are... well, simply unbelievable: one in three females are suffering from Domestic Violence (DV) at some stage in their lives, one in 5 males... Unbelievable, so I jumped on Wikipedia, where it said just that. OK, perhaps a more sober place then: The Australian Bureau of Statistics. Officially, "no single agreed definition of Domestic Violence" it says. There they call it FDV (Family and Domestic Violence).  The ABS statistics for FDV, say that in just one year (2015) FDV related assaults range from 177 victims per 100,000 population in the ACT to a staggering 1,668 victims per 100,000 in the Northern Territory. Click on the link to read the whole report. Warning: the homicide statistics relating to DV are no less scary. Based on this very uncomfortable reality, the summary which Anne provided me for this bulletin (printed below) is rather tame and benign.  That does not mean it is less disturbing, just not as stark as the raw statistics are.  Ed.
The Love Bites Reference Group began on the Gold Coast 2013 as a collaborative approach in managing the delivering of the program using a model to include best practice given the sensitive content.
Love Bites is a Respectful Relationships Program that aims to provide a safe space to discuss relationship violence and sexual assault for year 10 students. It aims to educate youth regarding domestic and family violence and sexual assault supporting young people to develop respectful relationships, engaging young people in conversations about gender equality, valuing difference and anti-bullying, clarifying rights as a human being; how to assure safety, access support and also be aware of the consequences for actions.
Last week's Guest Speaker: Anna Vlamis - Love Bites Franz Huber 2018-03-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Last Wednesday, we presented a Pride of Workmanship Award to 6 well deserving people.  It was also a great social night, with the awardees and their partners joining with our club members and their partners.  Richard Smith,  in charge of Vocational Service at our club, presented the awards as follows:
NameNominated byVocation
Jody MurrayGraeme IsaacsonPost Office Operations
Dee JohnstonMark TwyfordLogistics Administration
Joel BurnsFranz HuberAir Conditioning Supply and Installation
Janusz RadzkiFranz HuberFurniture Upholstering and Restoration
Dr Stephen CoulsonGerald EastDentistry
Ken HildegrenGerald EastDental Technician
You can find the full citations in the Download Section on the right.
Photo below, from left: Richard Smith (convener), Mark Twyford, Graeme Isaacson, Dee Johnston, Jody Murray, Joel Burns, Gerald East, Ken Hildegren, Dr Stephen Coulson, Franz Huber, Janusz Radzki.
Pride of Workmanship Awards 2018 Franz Huber 2018-02-24 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Feb 25, 2018
You would remember Charmaine Wheatley who recently gave us a presentation of how our wheelchairs make a difference in her neck of the woods in the South African bush?  She will present again at the Project Shed on Saturday 24th March, 10:30 am, so our untiring volunteers also get a chance to see how their efforts make a difference. [And this time we hope to have the projector working for Charmaine... ☺ Ed.]
Charmaine Wheatley to present at The Shed 24. March Franz Huber 2018-02-24 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Feb 25, 2018
Well done to the gents at the project shed in helping to prepare our first Community Bike Sale. The young person in the photo took ownership of the bike through the Assistance of the Wesley Mission QLD program, Youth At Risk Alliance (YARA). This program assists vulnerable young people and their families in times of need. The young person has been identified as having future sporting potential and this is recognized by her School. A placement was offered to her to join the  AFL sporting excellence program. The bike will assist in not only her transport to and from school, building independence but also enhance her training program. What a great story to "kick" off this local community service program.
First bike for future sports star Franz Huber 2018-02-24 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Last Wednesday, District Youth Exchange Chairman Chris Thurtell introduced us to our latest YE Student from Italy: Benadetta Marniga. Benadetta comes from a small village called Borgosatollo, near Brescia in the northern area of Italy. She will be hosted by our club for the second half of her stay in Australia. Welcome to Surfers Sunrise, Benadetta!
Benvenuto, Benadetta Marniga! Franz Huber 2018-02-18 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Feb 16, 2018
"The average spend for logistics on a project is 3 - 5%. For a $10 Billion project, that equals to $300 - $500 Million. If we can save 10% on costs that equals $30 - $50 Million." Col opened up his presentation with. At that stage, your Editor (and I think most of his audience) still hadn't quite clicked on the enormous magnitude of the project.  Until his next point: There really are 3 projects, not just one: The Carmichael Mine, the expansion of the Abbot Point Terminal and the rail line from the mine to Abbot Point. Col briefly elaborated on why Mackay is the ideal entry port for the rail construction: not just the shortest distance to the mine site as well as to Abbot Point, but the port has already the infrastructure and experience to handle the type of materials required.
Still a bit foggy on the size of the project?  Well, just look at the rail project alone: 800 Km of tracks require 48,000 tonnes of rail, 198,000 tonnes of sleepers, plus bridges, signalling, rail clips, ballast material, estimated to total 988,000 tonnes of material. And how will they transport this? Road trains with 4 side tippers can handle 315 tonnes at a time. That therefore will require 3,136 trips. 
What about distances? Well, Brisbane to Sydney is 921 Km. Brisbane to the Carmichael site is 1237 Km! Even from Abbot Point, it is 457 Km.  And it is not all flat either: If you drive out there, you'll come across flood signs: not 1 metre - 3 metres!  And one needs to consider just how to get the equipment required out there: The Burdekin Bridge has a maximum dimension of 6.1 m high and 7.41 m wide.  Problem is that some of the gear is 10 metres wide.
And so it goes on... Adani will have an airport for fly-in/fly-out workers. 12 Km away, there will be a village with 2, 000 beds for construction workers... traffic management: 1 truck arriving for unloading every 9 minutes.  We have not yet started to discuss projected peak fuel requirement of some 300 million litres...
And just how would Col Laurenson know about all this?  Well, that was his job at Adani. One never ceases to be amazed at the Rotarians one meets at Surfers Sunrise.  Col's PowerPoint is uploaded - see Download Section on the right - 2 files.
Last week's speaker: Col Laurenson - Adani Logistics Franz Huber 2018-02-15 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Feb 16, 2018
This Wednesday,  21st February 2018, we'll present Pride of Workmanship Awards to several worthy recipients. It will be an evening meeting in lieu of our usual breakfast. Of course, bring your partners and friends along too! Several nominations have already been received, but if you have anyone in mind who deserves this award, simply contact Vocational Services Chair Richard Smith and provide him with details.
Surfers Paradise RSL Club
9 Beach Road
Surfers Paradise  QLD  4217
(you can park in the Bruce Bishop Car Park across the road)
6:30 pm for 7:00 pm start
$20.00 per person, includes dinner
Pride of Workmanship Award Evening Franz Huber 2018-02-15 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Feb 11, 2018
I keep coming back to this year's Rotary International theme: 'Making a Difference'. Here is a lady who is giving 110% to improving the lives of the disadvantaged members of her community in South Africa. Upon receiving some 120 wheelchairs donated by our Wheelchairs Trust, Charmaine Wheatley, a member of the Rotary e-Club of South Africa, made it a point to come and visit us all the way to say thank you and to give us an insight into how she applies her skills, her connections and her energy.  Even though we (regrettably) were unable to get her laptop to communicate with the projector at the SLSC due to a missing adapter, Charmaine's presentation was still very powerful. She concluded by presenting a certificate of appreciation, which Daryl Sanderson accepted on behalf of all the volunteers at the Project Shed. Equally relevant is Col Laurenson's Donations in Kind organization, which was instrumental in getting the wheelchairs shipped. A picture tells a thousand words.  Go to the Photo Album on the right side and see for yourself!
Note: Charmaine will visit the Project Shed on the morning of Saturday 7th April 2018. We'll make every effort to have a working projector ready! ☺
Last week's Guest Speaker: Charmaine Wheatley Franz Huber 2018-02-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Do you know that Surfers Sunrise has not just one, but two Baton Bearers running at the upcoming Commonwealth Games?  Here are the details:
DG Darrell Brown: 12:28 pm  
Date: 04/04/2018 Start time: 12:28 pm
Start Location:  200 meters after intersection of Doug Jennings Park Access Road on Seaworld Drive, Main Beach QLD 4217, Australia
End Location:    400 metres further on.
Daryl Sanderson OAM:
Date: 02/04/2018 Start time: 10:01 am  
Start Location: 172 Bayview Street, Runaway Bay  4216
End Location:   153 Bayview Street, Runaway Bay  4216
See you on location to give them enthusiastic applause!
Two Baton Bearers from Surfers Sunrise Franz Huber 2018-02-04 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Feb 05, 2018
Last Saturday, Ms Toni Kirton of AB Paterson College visited our Project Shed to discuss a new Community Service project her school will instigate. Ms Kirton, in her position of  Director of Positive Education and Leadership is a member of the Senior Leadership Team at the college. Des La Rance introduced her to the various aspects of our operation.  We understand that, initially, the college's students will make 5 wheelchairs for us.  This could be the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship between Surfers Sunrise Rotary and AB Paterson College!
(Photo provided by Al Sirovs)
AB Paterson College students to make wheelchairs Franz Huber 2018-02-04 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Our newest Rotarian will turn just 40 in a couple of months... Here is a professional in full flight of his career: by the time you read this, Charles will have taken over his business!  Congratulations!  But let's go to the beginning: he is an "original" Gold Coaster, having been born and bred right here.  His father (also a Rotarian) is a well known Veterinarian. After Trinity Primary School, Charles continued his education at TSS. Recounting a funny episode: visiting the Gold Coast and TSS by Peter Phillips (Princess Anne's son - that's him on the right), Peter was billeted at the Thomassons. As is traditional in such occasions, if there is no spare room, the guest sleeps on a mattress on the floor.  Charles' mum however thought that "one could not possibly ask a Royal to sleep on the floor", but tradition did indeed prevail: Peter did sleep on the floor (and was quite happy about it! ☺).  Following TSS, Charles attended University in Brisbane, studying Accountancy. 
Initially he worked in Brisbane, but then spread his wings to go to London.  His employer for the first three months, a major Hairdressing organization, happened to also employ a highly attractive young lady named Angela...  Yes, you guessed it, she became his wife in 2008. They married in Angela's home country, Wales. They now have two lovely daughters aged 5 and 7.  Charles moved quickly over to Finance, and upon return to Australia, to Stockbroking. His company, Wilsons Advisory, is a major national Financial Adviser organization. As mentioned, Charles has just taken over the local franchise.
And for leisure? Cricket, Rugby and Golf. His current handicap of 18 still has "room for improvement". And of course, regular trips to the family's holiday house on Stradbroke Island. 
Last week's speaker: Charles Thomasson, Man behind the Badge Franz Huber 2018-02-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 27, 2018
That's what is called dedication: Greg Beard, himself a Rotarian, has worked exclusively in the not-for-profit sector for almost 20 years. Whilst most of us would have heard about and seen the Mater Hospital in South Brisbane, few would be even aware of the extent of that organization: it comprises seven hospitals, Health Centres, the world-class Mater Research, as well as Mater Pathology and Mater Pharmacy.  Greg's section, Mater in the Community is the philanthropic arm. 
The story of Mater starts with a vision that remains as current today as it was in 1861 when the first group of Sisters of Mercy arrived on Brisbane and set up a 20 bed private hospital in North Quay. Check out this online video. This was the start of a tradition of providing compassionate care for the sick and the needy – which eventually led to the establishment of seven hospitals treating over 500,000 patients each year. Mater in the Community provides an opportunity to learn more about Mater today. Just a few salient facts: Mater Mothers Hospitals deliver more than ten thousand babies each year and providing specialist care for more than 2000 premature and seriously ill babies! Not just 'traditional' Hospitals: there is a Neurosciences Centre of Excellence including a Stroke Unit and an Epilepsy Unit,  the Mater Young Adults Health Centre Brisbane for people aged 15 - 24. They provide education, they tackle homelessness and refugee health.  
Did you know that Mater had the first Radiation Room in Queensland? Today, the technology certainly has changed: Micro Surgery, allowing operations which just a few years ago would have involved hospitalization for days and weeks, completed in a short time with keyhole surgery and the patient is on the way home in as little as 4 hours...
Last week's Guest Speaker: Greg Beard, Mater Foundation Franz Huber 2018-01-26 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
This picture, provided by Fred Hamblen shows "Colonel" Daryl Sanderson OAM addressing the troops at the Project Shed about how they have a container coming for 270 wheelchairs and they need to ensure they have that many ready when the container arrives 9 February...
Colonel Sanderson addresses the troops Franz Huber 2018-01-26 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
It all came about when I read a novel by William Forstchen 'One Second After'. It is the first volume of a trilogy which, in rather detailed form, outlines the physical as well as psychological effects of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP), caused by a nuclear strike above the atmosphere of the earth.  A novel, therefore it is fiction, isn't it?  Numerous other novels in the dystopian genre have been written: from classics like George Orwell's 1984, Aldous Huxley's 'A brave new world' to more recent, modern writers such as Veronica Roth with her 'Divergent' series or Suzanne Collins with her 'Hunger Games' series. But it's not going to happen, isn't it..! All those hypothetical situations would be preventable, had the people been vigilant and arrested the decline before it was too late. (Hmmmm... would they?)

But coming back to EMP: is it fiction?  I went digging a bit more and found numerous scientific references which clearly confirm what the underlying theme is all about. I give it to you in a nutshell: Should such an attack (or multiple attacks) occur, it will instantly (within seconds) totally obliterate everything that is electrical, electronic. Transformers will simply melt.  All of them.  Any device with electronics in them (transmission and communication equipment, motor vehicles, aircraft, ships, electric motors, just to list a few) are irretrievably damaged.  It will not affect living organisms, e.g. nobody
Last week's speaker: Franz Huber - Imagine: No electricity Franz Huber 2018-01-20 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Freshly uploaded into the Download Section on the right: Col Laurensen answers the 33 Questions.  [Gina Lollobrigida? Well before my time! NOT.] See if you can guess which one of his answers to Question 33 is correct?
Check out Col Laurensen's answers to 33 Questions! Franz Huber 2018-01-20 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
At last Wednesday's meeting, Assistant Governor David Baguley presented Past President (2016/17) Simon Brook with two banners from The Rotary Foundation (TRF) for our club's special achievements in his year. Our club was recognized for punching well above our weight when it comes to supporting The Rotary Foundation. Quoting from a letter from TRF's chief Philanthropy Officer, of a total of 35,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide, we are one of just 1,573 (4.5%) clubs scoring in the Top Three Highest in Per Capita Annual Giving, and one of only 5,034 (14%) clubs worldwide to attain status as an Every Rotarian, Every Year club. And we are one of only 4,136 clubs (12%) to become a 100% Foundation Giving Club. To achieve this, the club must achieve an average of giving US$ 100.00, with every member personally contributing US$ 25.00 or more to TRF.  Well done, fellows!
Surfers Sunrise gains international recognition Franz Huber 2018-01-18 14:00:00Z 0
RI President Elect Barry Rassin’s Theme for 2018/19   Franz Huber 2018-01-17 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Last Wednesday, in addition to the AGM, we enjoyed a brief presentation by Gigi, our Youth Exchange Student from the Netherlands.  We are "sharing" Gigi with the Broadwater/Southport club where she has been hosted for the past 6 months. Gigi showed us a number of slides from her home country: Tulips, dykes... Dad is in business, he is a Life Saver, Mum is a Mesologist (yes, I needed to look it up myself! ☺) and both are amateur acrobats...  
Your editor has patiently been waiting all week to receive Gigi's report, but...   Here is a photo provided by her host, our District Youth Exchange Chairman Chris Thurtell, who organized her a part time job at Seaworld.
Last week's Guest Speaker: our new Exchange Student Gigi Franz Huber 2018-01-14 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 13, 2018
Our spies are everywhere:  Last Saturday, our Wheelchair Trust Chairman Daryl Sanderson was sought out by a couple of attractive young ladies at The Shed. Daryl happily outlined to them the details of our various projects of course. Where did they come from? Your intrepid reporter understands that they are running a cooking class in the Community Centre next door and wanted to come over to check what all those interesting men did over there! Could we start some sort of a joint venture here?
(Photo by Col Laurensen)
A couple of attractive young ladies walked into a shed Franz Huber 2018-01-12 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 05, 2018
First 'real' meeting of the year this coming Wednesday 10th January at the Southport SLSC Club: AGM, President Elect Jo Gorman will be confirming the incoming Board and Committee positions for 2018/19, as well as forward planning, which, without doubt, also includes preparation for Darrell Brown's District Conference from 9 - 11th March at Seaworld, just 8 weeks away. We need you to be there! 
This coming Wednesday: AGM and Planning Meeting Franz Huber 2018-01-04 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 05, 2018
As is traditional for Surfers Sunrise, our first meeting of the year is a social event. This year we met at the famous Bumbles Cafe in Surfers Paradise (by the way: their home backed Fig / Nut bread toast is divine!) Good opportunity for our President Elect Jo Gorman to show off her sparkling new Engagement Ring: Tony proposed to her at Christmas! Oh, how sweet... ☺
Last Wednesday we had a social get together at Bumbles Franz Huber 2018-01-04 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 05, 2018
The Angus & Virginia Miller clan has a new heirloom: a ticket belonging to their family was the winning entry for Kerrie Brown's hand embroidered pillow. Kerrie selected ROMAC – Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children as her 'District Governor's Partner Project'. ROMAC flies severely disfigured or injured children to Australia for surgery.  All work by the surgeons and volunteers is provided at no charge. Now you normally expect District Governors to ask for money. This time expect the unexpected. We are giving you something for money. Fair deal? I hope so. Kerrie is aiming to raise $25,000 for an operation to save the life of a child. We call it “Stitches for Stitches”. She has made 54 embroidered cushions - one for every club in the district. Every one is unique. There are 10 hours minimum in each cushion and about $50 of material.
Kerrie Brown's cushion goes to the Miller clan Franz Huber 2018-01-04 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 16, 2017
It might have been a few moons ago when Ross Eastgate graduated from Duntroon and was assigned to the Signals Corps. Still, his dedication to his (now former) profession of being a soldier and an Army officer becomes quite clear when he states that, "when Whitlam withdrew from Vietnam, it was devastating for us". How come? Because this would, in the view of the recent graduates, rob them of the chance of seeing "real" action. But that didn't stop Ross being despatched to a number of different overseas postings.  For example, the Middle East, Jerusalem to be specific, with the UN peace keeping forces.  It was called an "Interim Force"...  but they are still there!

"Defence of the olden days was different to what it is today", Ross explained. "After Vietnam, we enjoyed a 20 years of 'Great Peace' - Australia didn't go anywhere".  Then came the various engagements: Namibia, Cambodia, PNG, Bouganville, East Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan. For the last 20 years, and in particular post 9/11, there have been constant overseas operations. "The current Australian soldier is the most experienced in history", Ross explained. Whilst today's soldiers are all volunteers,
Last week's Guest Speaker: Ross Eastgate OAM Franz Huber 2017-12-15 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 15, 2017
Recently, Kieran Power, our Youth Exchange Student in Germany, sat for a test to prove his knowledge of the German language.  He scored 1.6 (where 1 is best and 5 is worst) - well done, Kieran!  The photo on the left is of his (finally) presenting the Surfers Sunrise banner to his club.
Our YE Student in Germany scores high mark in German Franz Huber 2017-12-14 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 14, 2017
Hard on the heels of his recognition by the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) at the end of October, Col Laurensen was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow with double Sapphires for his services to Donations in Kind.  Col has been the chief organizer of Northern Region of this marvellous Rotary organization for donks.  Whilst he may have taken the CILT Award "on behalf of the team", this one is definitely for you personally, Col!
Picture below shows Col flanked by PDG George Grant (District 9600) and PP Ted Horsbrugh (RC of Toowong).  More pictures from this link: 2017-12-14 DIK Col's PHF
Col Laurensen gets PHF +2  Franz Huber 2017-12-13 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 11, 2017
La Rance alluded to it at our meeting a couple of weeks ago, but I didn't have an image to show you. But our 'Mr Reliable' Bob Harrison came to the rescue... You can download an image of the full article - go to the Download Section on the right.  
Read the full transcript, click on the article in the Download Section. It includes a correction - the reporter got the name of the Rotary Club wrong...
Samoa Project featured in Murdoch press Franz Huber 2017-12-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 11, 2017
Recently, Larry Murray and Geoff Croad went up to Brisbane to be presented with an award from RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness), in recognition of the ongoing volunteer work Rotarians do to assist throughout the year. In total, some 50,000 High School students undergo this one day training every year.  The "rose between the thorns" is Hannah Olsen, the program's Queensland Coordinator. Well done, fellows!
RYDA recognizes Rotary for our services Franz Huber 2017-12-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 11, 2017
Recently, Larry Murray and Geoff Croad went up to Brisbane to be presented with an award from RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness), in recognition of the ongoing volunteer work Rotarians do to assist throughout the year. In total, some 50,000 High School students undergo this one day training every year.  The "rose between the thorns" is Hannah Olsen, the program's Queensland Coordinator. Well done, fellows!
RYDA recognizes Rotary for our services Franz Huber 2017-12-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 06, 2017
Update: Alissa has arrived in Minnesota! Looking forward to her first report.
At last Wednesday's meeting, Matt Lott introduced his charming daughter Alissa to the club. Alissa has been selected to represent our club in Janesville, Minnesota for the 12 months starting end of January 2018. She is (was) a student at Emmanuel College, and naturally, she is very much looking forward to the experience. "To be given the chance to live in another country and culture and become a member of their community is a truly unique experience and I am so, so grateful for you giving me the opportunity to participate in this program". And what are her expectations (other than having a good time of course!)? Only a couple, she said: Go into the exchange with as an open mind as possible, be ready to try everything and become part of the community. Alissa epxects that it will "allow me to get out of my comfort zone". [you can bet on that! Ed.]
We are very much looking forward to receiving your reports, and don't forget, your Surfers Sunrise Bulletin Editor is always looking for quality material to publish! So, let's hear about it! ☺
Meet Alissa Lott, our 2018 Youth Exchange Student to the USA Franz Huber 2017-12-05 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Rosie McIntyre was at the door, Ian Mayberry was Chairman  and Tania Laird was Sergeant.
We had apologies from Des La Rance, Simon Brook, Gerald East, Mario Fairlie, Charles Thomasson, Daryl Sanderson, Jo Gorman and Darrell Brown.  
President Andy Bell welcomed all members and our guests Alissa Lott and her father Matt, as well as our Guest Speaker, Racing Driver Warren Luff. Andy emphasised that members should visit our Project Shed more frequently, even if only for a cuppa at morning tea time.  Our volunteers there, now officially 'Associate Members', much welcome members of the club visiting.  He also confirmed that the Christmas Breakfast will be at the Sheraton Mirage on 20th December 2017.  More details, including cost, to be advised.
Franz Huber briefly outlined his experiences at the RYTS (Rotary Youth Transition Seminar) dinner on Tuesday night. In brief: unbridled energy, very obviously huge fun for all participants... and ... very loud!! One wonders whether the fact that the Tyalgum Ridge Retreat is out of Mobile Phone Range and thus there is no texting, no mobiles hanging on everyone's ears has anything to do with it? [I'm betraying my age, I know... Ed.] See next month's edition of the District Newsletter for a full write up.
Col Laurensen referred to the article in last week's bulletin regarding George Keily and Heather Barnard's presentation for their efforts in collecting pre-loved spectacles for DIK (Donations in Kind).  Is DIK one of the best kept secrets in Rotary? 
Secretary Mark Twyford briefly referred to the renewal of the lease for our Project Shed with the Gold Coast City Council: Originally, we were expecting a 15 year lease, however, the formal documents still only show a 5 year lease. This is due to a specific policy ruling at the Council in relation to the control of Obnoxious Gases which does not permit a longer lease. However, we understand that renewal after 5 years should be a foregone conclusion provided the premises are used in the way it is intended.
Project Director Rosie McIntyre has been involved with the Mudgeeraba Special School: in order to demonstrate the practical aspects of Engineering, the school uses our wheelchairs as a good example who innovative design can lead to something useful being created from what other people may consider to be rubbish. Rosie also briefly referred to the Awards ceremony at the Coomera College and retrospectively presented Doug Lipp with a Certificate of Appreciation.  All the certificates were designed and printed by Neil Thurlow and his design elves at Accent Print & Copy.
Ian Mayberry will again invest the 'Coffee Club' money (about $400) into presents to be given to the St John's Drop-in Centre.  As we have done in the past, members are encouraged to also provide some presents.  Please DO NOT WRAP them.
Chris Thurtell, in his capacity as the District Chair of Youth Exchange, introduced Alissa Lott and her dad Matt. See separate article on Alissa's presentation. He has received another report from our outbound student in Germany, Kieran Power - the year is almost gone! He'll be back about the same time when Alissa will head off to the USA.  They recently had a "whole country exchange" when the incoming and outgoing students were matched by country of origin/destination.
Snippets of last week's meeting 061217 Franz Huber 2017-12-05 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 02, 2017
How can you compress 5000 years of culture into a 2 1/2 hour show? After all, the Chinese invented the compass, gunpowder, fireworks, the toothbrush, paper, tea...
Well, in 2006, the Shen Yun dance company was founded in New York, by practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline, with the aim to revive the essence of 5000 years of Chinese Culture, which it states "had been almost destroyed by the Communist Party Government".
It is based on three dynamics:  Form, Technique and Bearing.  Approximately 40 dancers of mostly Chinese ethnicity (there are one or two western dancers in Shen Yun) perform some 20 vignettes of classical Chinese dance - which has three basic components, form, technique and bearing - as well as ethnic and folk dances eg Tibetan and Mongolian ethnic dances. Shen Yun's overarching concept is Harmony: The accompanying Philharmonic Orchestra bridges the musical system of two cultures.  It includes several traditional Chinese instruments, such as the Pipa: four-stringed, it looks a bit like a mandolin (but that would be where the similarity ends...)
Shen Yun combines the traditional with modern technology: the background combines traditional landscape painting with digital animation. Add to that the dazzling display of some 400 costumes and hairpieces! No need to visualize: click here to watch a video.
Nina has offered a very special treat to members of our Rotary Club: for every two tickets purchased, you will also receive a free program book - she'll make arrangements with the Merchandise Desk at the Gold Coast Arts Centre - just send her an email with a copy of the tickets you purchased.  Psst: keep this under your hat!
OK, I admit to a fondness of oriental art, but regardless, I wouldn't miss that show for quids!  Ed.
Last week's Guest Speaker: Nina Smythe - Shen Yun  Franz Huber 2017-12-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 02, 2017
It all started off with Heather's father, Ken Ince, a Rotarian from Ashmore Rotary Club. He had the idea of collecting used spectacles from optometrists throughout the Gold Coast, to be forwarded to Donations in Kind (DIK), from where they could be despatched to developing countries.  Ken is now 97 and thus not as mobile anymore as he used to be... His daughter Heather picked up the baton.  She has since collected thousands of spectacles from Optometrists from Ashmore to Pacific Fair. Yes, thousands - approximately 2000 every two months, our Honorary Member George Keily (left in picture below) reports. 'People of Action'? You bet!
Last Saturday, President Andy Bell presented Heather with a Certificate of Appreciation for her services at The Shed. Congratulations, well done!
Heather Barnard recognized - 1000's of spectacles collected Franz Huber 2017-12-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 27, 2017
Last Sunday, Rosie McIntyre (first on left sitting on the bench) organized a 'Samoa Project Appreciation Ceremony' for the people who were instrumental in organizing, constructing and delivering the recently completed School for Samoa project. Attended by about 50 people, it was held at the Upper Coomera State College, one of the five schools who were involved in both fundraising as well as personally working on the project (the others are Helensvale High School, Coomera State High School, Pacific Pines State High School and the Pimpama State Secondary College). In addition to a number of our club's Rotarians and Volunteers, there were also teachers and students of the college there.  Many of these had personal involvement on-site to erect the pre-manufactured building in conjunction with the Samoa Victims Support Group in Apia, Samoa.  'On ya! Give yourself all a pat on the back!
Recognition for our School for Samoa team Franz Huber 2017-11-26 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Last Friday, starting at 07:00 am, we had another working bee at The Shed to clean up (and get rid of) some of the stuff that had accumulated over the past decade or so... Good news for girls: after removing half a ton of junk from the Ladies' Toilet, you have absolutely no excuse now to stay away! ☺  Guess it's a sign of old age: even though the pubs would have been open by the time we finished, we all opted for a cup of coffee... Picture below, from left: Geoff Croad, Col Laurensen, Andy Bell, Des La Rance, Robbie Bell, Angus Miller and Larry Murray.
Another clean-up working bee at The Shed Franz Huber 2017-11-24 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 25, 2017
Regrettably, our scheduled speaker was unable to make it, so at short notice, our President came to the rescue, giving us some valuable tips on Home Security. Most of us had heard him speak on his career and escapades as an Undercover Cop in his younger days. However, prior to retiring recently, Andy was managing a major Security Firm. "So, you want your home to be secured? So you go out and buy an Alarm System..." he thundered. "Well, let me tell you: it's a total waste of money... unless it is monitored. An alarm system will not stop burglars, as a matter of fact, when I was a young (uniformed) cop, if we came to drive down a street and heard an alarm going off, we'd do a 180 degree turn around..."  So, what is one to do?  Here are 12 of the major points Andy listed:
  • Build a fence or a wall, and of course ensure that your gate corresponds to the wall.  Make it difficult to enter. 
  • If you do have an alarm system, make sure that everybody knows. Display the sign of your security monitoring company prominently. They might just pick on another place.
  • Ensure you have deadlocks on your doors and window locks installed. Burglars might enter via a window, but they don't like to carry your TV out through a windows.  Did you know that the bathroom window is the most popular place of entry? (However, don't deadlock the doors during the night).
  • Install sensors, they work on detection of body heat difference but be aware that they only work from approximately 1 metre above the ground.
Last week's speaker: Andy Bell: Home Security Franz Huber 2017-11-24 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
I've uploaded a video which beautifully outlines what Rotary is all about. Go on, have a look at it. It's only a bit over 2 minutes, but very well done. Go to this link to view it:
Rotary: You're in a good place Franz Huber 2017-11-18 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
T'was the first Tuesday of November... a great time was had by some of our members at the Melbourne Cup party at Seaworld.  Congratulations to Sue Lipp who won best dressed!  Check out the Photo Album Section on the right for more pictures.
Photos by Jo Gorman.

And now in my dream it all comes back:
I bet my coin on the Sydney crack,
A million I've won, no question!
“Give me my money, you hooked-nosed hog!
Give me my money, bookmaking dog!”
But he disappeared in a kind of fog,
And I woke with “the indigestion”.

Last stanza in Banjo Paterson's 'A Dream of the Melbourne Cup'  Click here to read the full poem.

Melbourne Cup Party 2017 Franz Huber 2017-11-09 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 09, 2017

Jane Rushton’s inspires and motivates people by sharing her journey of her near fatal, head on car accident in Balcutha, New Zealand in 1992 where she was unrecognisable and had to learn to walk again. After many surgery’s Jane realised she had to make a choice to be a victim or to learn how to heal herself and accept the changes so she could create more balance, bliss and productivity in all areas of her life. With Jane's easy formula, "MIND TRICKS 5 KEY STEPS" Jane and her clients have discovered how to create more balance, bliss and productivity in their life's. Easily and effortlessly

Jane, a successful Author, 'Mind Tricks' Coach, Spiritual Healer, Pilates and Gym Instructor, as well as an International Netball Festival coordinator and Director of two companies, has been an entrepreneur since the age of twenty-four.

Jane’s has been inspired to share her vision, started over twenty years ago when she began her search to find direction in life to uncover her passions and work through life’s challenges. Jane 's say's "Life's a Roller-coaster it's good to learn how to reduce the dips in life". She has studied so many modalities in Personal Development, Natural Therapies, exercise and rehabilitation she has lost count.

NOTE: New venue: Pavilion, Southport Surf Life Saving Club.  Arrive early enough to order breakfast before meeting starts at 07:15 sharp. 

This coming Wednesday: Jane Rushton - Accepting Change Franz Huber 2017-11-08 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 02, 2017
This coming Wednesday 8th November we'll have a social breakfast at our new venue, The Pavilion at the Southport Surf Live Saving Club.  You can order the meal from their extensive menu (click here to read it) as you arrive, so if you prefer a toasted Croissant with Ham, Cheese & Tomato ($6.00) or a Bacon, Eggs & Cheese Muffin ($7.00), it's all there! 
This is the location: 
Pavilion Restaurant
Southport Surf Live Saving Club
Macarthur Parade,
Main Beach  QLD  4215
See you there at 07:00 am!
This Wednesday: social brekkie at new venue Franz Huber 2017-11-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 02, 2017
Arranged by District Treasurer and Public Accountant Doug Lipp who, in a parallel universe also runs racehorses, last Wednesday's guest speaker was Robert “Bob” Berryman. Bob lived in Melbourne for 48 years around the Flemington area.  He was a licensed stable hand at the Flemington track and held a Trotting trainers license.  He has a diverse knowledge of the Melbourne Cup and has developed a tape/cd of the greatest Melbourne Cup ever (in his opinion)  He is former Rotarian and has been involved in many Melbourne Cup "Calcuttas” for various clubs in the Gold Coast area.  
"Well, in my days if one lived near a race course, he would either own a horse or he would ride one..." Bob quipped. When he was about 15 or so, he was too heavy to ride. Owning a horse was not quite on the cards either, so he had to think of something else.  Well, Bob ended up becoming one of the most renowned Race Callers this nation has seen [or should I say "heard"?]
Over half an hour, Bob regaled us with one light hearted story after another of life "in the olden days" on Melbourne's race tracks and in their communities.  You know the style: "There we were on our way home from a Calcutta night, we found a loose horse on Racecourse Drive..." Stories of what may be perceived as "insider jobs". The enormous change of - well - everything over the past 5 decades, from the size of the horses (they used to be as high as 17 hands) to security on the stables.  
But the classic entertainment would be Bob's calling of 'The Greatest Melbourne Cup of ever run'.  The field includes 20 horses from Carbine (1890) to Phar Lap (1930) to Think Big (1974/75) and Makybe Diva (2003/04/05)...  [Your editor has been searching all over the Internet for a recording - unsuccessful, I'm afraid.  You should have been there!]
Last Week's speaker: Bob Berryman - Race Caller Franz Huber 2017-11-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 01, 2017
On Sunday 5th November, DG Darrell Brown and the District Training Chief, PDG Wendy Scarlett, will host an online Q&A session - 'All about Rotary'. Note: you need to register - there are a maximum of 50 seats.  Click on this link for more details and to register.
This Sunday: Q&A Session with DG Darrell Brown Franz Huber 2017-10-31 14:00:00Z 0
Col Laurensen's Donations in Kind wins major award Franz Huber 2017-10-29 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Higgs on Oct 30, 2017
Thank you to those that assisted with the Sat. 28th Oct 2017 Southport Library BBQ, from the To & From transporters in Daryl Sanderson & Mark Twyford, Croadie who was there in spirit when not able to be there, Franz Huber; Ian Mayberry; Andy Bell; with special mention to Robby Bell for her help under sufferance from Andy's infliction of loose tooth and mouth disfigurement from a "Medicine Ball" thrown during "Exercises" in the morning; also worthy of special mention is "Onion Supply & Cutter," Angus Miller, who came to setup and stayed till 12:00 and likewise with Al Sirovs who also came to setup and stayed till finish.
Your help is and was greatly appreciated to one and all.
BBQ at Southport Library Ray Higgs 2017-10-29 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 30, 2017
Shortly after I had attended the first provisional meeting of Surfers Sunrise in December 1986, I couldn't resist the urge to call my "most cosmopolitan" sister to tell her I'd joined Rotary (I was 41 at the time).  Her immediate reply: "Why would you join a bunch of old fuddy-duddies like Rotary??"  That was the perception of Rotary in the general public at the time.  Regrettably, it seems, not much has changed in he following 30 years.  Rotary still is at best an unknown quantity for most of the general public and, if somebody indeed knows more about us, the recognition is in relation to a bunch of generally elderly people sizzling sausages at Bunnings. In short: we know what we are all about. We know that Rotary does a lot of good in the world and has done so for over 100 years, but we are not very good at telling our story.  Well, now we have tools to tell our story.  For example, there are a couple of videos which you can forward to your prospective member. In particular 'Rotary - Making a World of Difference' is superb. Click on this link to download it. 

Enter Rotary's new Public Relations Campaign, based on the slogan "Rotary: People of Action". I had the pleasure of
Last week's speaker: Franz Huber - Rotary: People of Action Franz Huber 2017-10-29 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gerald East on Oct 22, 2017

I had to go into recovery mode after three hectic days devoted to the delights of The Rotary Foundation Fundraising Campaign.

This campaign required twenty-four two hour shifts manned by two people per shift, a total of forty-six man hours and two woman hours. I would like to extend my thanks on behalf of the Foundation to all who participated. Participants (in alphabetical order) were...(multiple shifts are in brackets)

Andy Bell, Darrell Brown, Geoff Croad (4), Adrian Crowe, Gerald East (6), Mario Fairlie (2), Jo Gorman, Bob Harrison, Ray Higgs, Franz Huber (2), Col Laurenson, Doug Lipp, Angus Miller, Daryl Sanderson.

I would also like to thank Geoff Croad for his assistance during my absence with distributing the roster and collecting the items needed from the Project Shed and returning them afterwards. Also thanks to Mario Fairlie for donating two new stands for the banners, and to Neil Thurlow for printing the two new banners at the correct  shopping centre height of 1.5 metres. None of these things just happen!

Donations collected this year totalled $1149-20. This was better than last year which was conducted a month later. Picture above right: District Governor Darrell Brown with a happy mum and daughter donor to the cause.

Since the inception of Rotary's Polio Plus campaign in 1985, Rotary has invested over $US 1.7 Billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize over 1.2 Billion children in 122 countries.  With the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation matching every Rotary dollar with two of theirs, our collection efforts will result in the vaccination of about 5,700 children.  So far this year, only a total of 11 cases have been reported: 6 in Afghanistan and 5 in Pakistan. Nigeria, which reported 4 cases in 2016, has remained free of Polio. Click on this link for details.


Very successful Polio Plus collection Gerald East 2017-10-21 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 19, 2017
Charles Thomasson, introduced by no other than our District Governor Darrell Brown, is a Finance Consultant with Wilsons Advisory. Looking forward to your 'Man behind the Badge' presentation, Charles!
Picture above: Charles (right) with DG Darrell Brown (centre) and President Andy Bell (left)
Meet our newest Surfers Sunrise Member: Charles Thomasson Franz Huber 2017-10-18 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Don't forget to wear your hat this coming Wednesday 18th October!
Australian Rotary Health every year finances various research projects into Mental Health. Remember, one of DG Darrell Brown's major goals is to raise $33,000 to sponsor a PhD Scholarship in Mental Health. Darrell also emphasized that we should support Rotary's own projects - well, this certainly meets the guidelines! 
Lift the Lid - Hat Day this Wednesday Franz Huber 2017-10-14 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 02, 2017
Our team has returned from Apia, Samoa, with lots of unforgettable memories and loads of pictures (bless the guy who invented smartphone cameras!).  Sincere thanks go to the members and volunteers who helped during the pre-construction of the building at The Shed and the team, including the students and teachers of the participating High Schools of the Northern Collegiate of Schools who went over to get it all erected.  Photo above by Al Sirovs (in hi-vis shirt at the rear) shows the completed school with students "trying it out". Project coordinator Rosie McIntyre has put started a photo album on Google Drive - click on this link.  As time progresses, photos from other participants will be added.  Below, Al Sirovs is directing the team in the early stages of construction (picture by Rosie McIntyre). The new Rotary slogan is 'Rotary - People of Action'.  Will this image depict action? Sure does!  Will it make a difference? You bet.
The school on Samoa has been completed Franz Huber 2017-10-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 25, 2017
To the uninitiated, last week's Guest Speaker Megan Blake turned out to be a surprise: There is no question that there is a strong resemblance of her face to that of our President Elect Jo Gorman (see picture left). No wonder: Megan is Jo's daughter! She is a Creative Team member at Manning Gottlieb OMD, one of the world's largest advertising firms.  Based in London, one of her tasks is to sell Renault, a French brand, to the British...
"So, what's changed since Mad Men?" she asked: Well, in the 'olden days', we had principally two sections: Creative and Media.  Today, we have the above, plus PR, Auditor, Experiential (no, not a typo: it means 'Events' etc), Digital, Data Agency, Customer Experience, Outdoor, direct mail, online, mobile, podcasts, Video on Demand, sponsorships, social ads, search ads, affiliates...  Get the drift?

Megan took us through a comprehensive set of steps of planning and executing a marketing campaign. From 'Product Insight' (e.g. Saloon market is declining,
Megan Blake: Life in the Fast Lane Franz Huber 2017-09-24 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 24, 2017
As President Andy's message in this week's bulletin states, the construction of the Samoa School is ahead of schedule!  Below is a picture by Al Sirovs (left), Tanya and Mark Twyford (3rd and 4th from left. Mark, without doubt, will win this year's 'Best Dressed Male' award.), and isn't the lady with the 'Breakfast at Tiffany' sunglasses our very own Rosie McIntyre?  There are more photos on Al's Facebook page.
Our DG Darrell Brown is over there now. And if you were wondering about the curved walls and beams: haven't you heard of the latest architectural designs?? ☺ 
Your news starved editor is looking forward to receiving an updated report!
Samoa School for abused children is almost built Franz Huber 2017-09-23 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 18, 2017
Just in case I haven't mentioned it: Our District Governor Darrell has quite a lofty goal for his year: double our Membership.  Yes, lofty it may be, but it is achievable! Our Membership Chair Paul Seymour wants you to generate a list of potential people you can take into closer consideration. Doctor, Dentist, Accountant, Lawyer, where you get your car serviced...  you name it!  Then let's invite them to join us for breakfast.
Got 10 minutes to spare? [Don't say no - nobody is THAT pressed for time!] In the September issue of Rotary Down Under (sent to you by mail last week) on Page 8 you find a letter from 1928, well worth reading. "... even 10 years ago there were hundreds of clubs... ...all largely composed of men in their middle thirties..."
In the recent District newsletters NineSixFOUROh (which are sent to all Rotarians in the district), you will find several articles on promoting membership.  If you have lost / deleted or simply ignored it: click on this link to download the latest edition, or here for the August edition.
By the way, have you recently visited the District Website www.rotary9640.org? Our new webmaster Denis Hallworth has continued to build on the massive work of his predecessor Teresa Dawson. It is kept current, smooth and tight, so why not go and have a look?
August was Membership Development Month. Are you developing? Franz Huber 2017-09-17 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geoff Croad on Sep 08, 2017
At last Wednesday's meeting, our former member Peter Baruch presented the second part of his amazing story of escape from the Holocaust via Japan. Download his story from the Download Section on the right, including some photos.
Peter Baruch: A life worth lived - stage 2 Geoff Croad 2017-09-07 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
At last Wednesday's meeting, President Andy Bell presented District Governor Darrell Brown with his new PHF Pin - with a Ruby in it. This depicts that a total of $US 7,000 has been donated to The Rotary Foundation in Darrell's name. Congratulations, Darrell! (Picture by Mark Twyford)
I take the liberty to hammer the incorrect view (and I know that our DG will join me), that a Paul Harris Fellowship Award  (PHF)"cannot be bought", but can only be bestowed on a member, because "it is designed to be awarded for a member's services to Rotary".  Certainly, it is indeed a superb recognition when a club (or other Rotary body) bestows a PHF on a member. My comment here certainly is not intended not diminish this type of recognition in any way. However, the very original purpose of a PHF is, and has always been, to make a donation to the foundation.  Over the last 100 years (yes, TRF was founded in 1917), the organization has become one of the biggest non-government charities of the world. It also is one of the very few major charities which have only very negligible overheads - according to Charity Navigator, an independent organization that rates charities, TRF has an overall score of 97.87 out of 100, which gives it the coveted 4 Star rating. So, if you are worried that a substantial portion of your donation ends up in graft or director's salaries, The Rotary Foundation is your answer!   Ed.
See Rotary Foundation Director Gerald East for more details.
DG Darrell Brown adds another stone to his PHF Franz Huber 2017-08-31 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geoff Croad
At last Wednesday's meeting, Peter Baruch, a former member and Past President of our club, presented the first segment of his family's escape from Nazy Germany and the holocaust, thanks to a Japanese diplomat.  You can download an extract from his publication in the Download section on the right.  Interesting reading indeed!  
Peter will present the second segment of his story on 6th September.
Peter Baruch: A life saved - a life worth lived Geoff Croad 2017-08-27 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
... judging by the photo, one could be excused to think that they have pushed so much stuff into the container that it bulged at the sides... No, it is just Al Sirov's special camera...
Now, my fellow club members are not exactly communicative, so this comes from our club's Facebook page.  Project chief Des La Rance wondering how the rest of the stuff will fit! Click on the link for more pictures. Yes, with some grunting, pushing and shoving, it was all managed.
Samoa School packed up and on the way Franz Huber 2017-08-20 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 21, 2017
Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
Rassin’s nomination follows Sam F. Owori’s death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary International president-elect.
For the full story, click here.
Barry Rassin elected to be Rotary International President 2018/19 Franz Huber 2017-08-20 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 08, 2017
I may have mentioned this before: Maintaining and expanding our membership is the responsibility of every member, not just the committee.
But perhaps we should look at some reasons why it is perceived that, in today’s world, there is less interest in joining a Service Club such as Rotary. Then, think about how we are going to address these reasons.  Some may be real, some imagined. This is an extract from a blog by Quentin Wodon – click on this link to read the full version:
  1. Lack of resources. Because of dues and other commitments, membership in clubs has a financial cost that not everybody can afford, especially during hard economic times.
  2. Lack of time. Life and work pressure keep people busy; membership in clubs may take too much time for some, especially under the traditional weekly meeting format.
  3. Less prestige. Membership may not have today the same prestige in local communities that it once had.
  4. Less professional networking opportunities. Membership may not bring the same professional networking benefits than in the past, or at least there are now more alternative ways to network professionally.
  5. Lack of vitality and size. Some clubs may not look attractive to younger generations; they may not be as vibrant as they used to be, especially when they are very small.
  6. Lack of interest in community service. This last factor is controversial, and personally I don’t believe that there has been a reduction over time in interest in service work, but some have suggested that this also has contributed to membership loss.
So, how are you going to address this?  Recently, our District Governor Darrell Brown inducted 5 new members into the Burleigh Heads Rotary Club. Whilst that in itself is significant, what is even more interesting is that of these five, four were below the age of 30! That much for “today’s young people… etc etc”!  Our club's recent board decision to cater for 'Associate Membership' certainly can assist!  But you need to start. Several decades ago, in a sales training manual, I came across the expression of the 'GOYA principle'. The acronym stands for Get Off Your... ah.... backside! - still as relevant today as it always was.
The GOYA principle Franz Huber 2017-08-07 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 04, 2017
August is Membership Development and Extentions Month. Can you remember when you were inducted into Rotary?  Have you considered why you were proposed by your sponsor? What made you to decide to join?  Did you feel a sense of pride, of achievement, to be invited to join an organization of the highest international repute?  Did you feel that your sponsor did “The right thing” by considering you to be potentially a good Rotarian ? Did you feel a little bit overwhelmed, sort of “am I really up to this?” You did? 
“The more hands Rotary has, the better and more effectively the ideal of service will be achieved.  Hence the importance of membership.”  These words, spoken by one of Japans foremost Rotarians, Kanejiro Matsumoto put the point very straight.   I put it even straighter: If we are to spread the workload of running this club, if we are to achieve our aims on the local scene (Youth Service, Vocational Service, Community Service), if we are to pull our weight on the International cart, we have an obligation to not only maintain, but increase membership. Whom have you asked lately to come along to one of our meetings?
Remember when you were inducted into Rotary? Franz Huber 2017-08-03 14:00:00Z 0
"Pre-loved" bicycles requisition form 2017-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 30, 2017
Hang on! Before you panic: no, not at all - the project is still very much on track! But now we are in the final stage before shipping and on-site erection in Apia, Samoa: Under the careful supervision of Project Chief Des La Rance, the school is being disassembled panel by panel, beam by beam and stacked into a container ready for shipping.  Last Saturday saw quite a number of our members on site at The Shed, helping to bring this largest of our club's projects in several years to fruition.  Picture above (by Al Sirovs): Secretary Mark Twyford and District Treasurer Doug Lipp loading panels.  Also present were Al Sirovs, Ray Higgs and several of the regular volunteers at The Shed.
School for Samoa pulled down. And... Franz Huber 2017-07-29 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 24, 2017
Our Youth Services Director (and Sergeant) Tania Laird organized a super Sausage Sizzle last Sunday at Bunnings, with over $1,250 raised to help finance Rotary's many worthwhile projects.  Your Editor was there for the second session of the morning, and by midday we had run out of sausages! I went shopping, bought another 18 dozen, and then we run out again an hour later... And would you believe, by 2 pm we sent Tania to go and buy yet some more! Many thanks to all the helpers on the day: "Onion King" Angus Miller, Ray Higgs, Mitch Brown, Geoff Croad (double shift), Fred Hamblin, Gerald East, Doug Lipp, Tania Laird, Adrian Crowe.  But a special thank you goes to Ken Hermann and his charming young daughter Lauren. Thank you for volunteering with Surfers Sunrise Rotary! The picture above shows Ken and Lauren serving one of the many happy customers we had on the day. Lauren studies at St Hilda's, a school which our club is well associated with through the international Youth Exchange Program.
Record Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings last Sunday Franz Huber 2017-07-23 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 22, 2017
Last Saturday 22th July, the team at The Shed, led by Des La Rance, together with a group of students from the Northern Collegiate of High Schools, including Helensvale, Coombabah, Coomera High Schools, were interviewed by Channel 7 (see picture above, by Al Sirovs).  The segment featured on Saturday evening's Gold Coast News.  To view it, click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/840702249361798/videos/1348880745210610/
The school is almost completed and just about ready to be disassembled and stacked into a container, to be shipped to Apia, Samoa, where it will be re-constructed in September.  Our team from Surfers Sunrise will be joined by a group of students from various schools from the Northern Collegiate, who have worked hard to raise funds - yes, the conventional way: movie nights, sausage sizzles...  Next time somebody gives you a whinge along the lines of "today's youth just aren't the same anymore", point them to this link: https://www.facebook.com/NCprojectsamoa/
School for Samoa featured on Channel 7 News Franz Huber 2017-07-21 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 12, 2017
At the same meeting we had the presentation of the Lutzy Award (see above), we also welcomed the three awardees to the recent RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment) awardees.

Jaali Hendy joined with the Lutzy Award winner Lucy Thorburn and last year's Lutzy winner Jessica Webber (picture left). [must be something in the water over there... ☺ Ed.] RYPEN is a weekend experience in the Gold Coast Hinterland for youth aged 14-16 years, designed to develop skills that
Surfers Sunrise sponsors three RYPEN awardees Franz Huber 2017-07-11 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 12, 2017
Photo above, from left: President of Surfers Sunrise Andy Bell, Jan Lutz, Lucy Thorburn and Surfers SLSC President Trevor Hendy.
At last Wednesday's meeting, Lucy Thorburn was presented with the annual "Lutzy" Award. No, it is not some plain certificate or plaque - it is a fully fledged rescue/paddle board!

The award, in honour of our Charter Member Keith Lutz who sadly passed away some four years ago, is determined in conjunction with the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club. Ray Higgs and Chris Thurtell from Surfers Sunrise team up with David Orchid and a selection committee from
Lucy Thorburn: winner of 'The Lutzy'  Franz Huber 2017-07-11 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
On a glorious first Sunday of July, we had our Changeover Luncheon in the salubrious environment of the Presidential Suite at the Seaworld Resort. (Now Past) President Simon Brook handed the reigns over to Andy Bell.
Now, anyone who has been in Rotary for longer than, say, three years, would have at some stage been subjected to one of those "oh groan' speeches - you know, where they have a lengthy sermon, preaching to the converted. Not so at Surfers Sunrise!
Special congratulations go to to the winners of the major Club Awards:
  • Mario Fairlie received a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his ongoing strong support of the various schools for Samoa projects
  • Quiet Achiever Award: Al Sirovs (Al regrettably was unable to attend) for his continuous and hard work at the wheelchair shed. Al is a big contributor to the wheelchair Project & Samoan School Project. 
  • Fellowship Cup: Tania Laird for her bubbly and contagious, outgoing personality, friendly, extra effort in welcoming guests, participating in fundraising and club event, great team player.
  • Doug Waller Trophy: Mark Twyford, not just the Club Secretary, but 'Minister for Everything', our club's representative on the Gold Coast Ramble committee and many other functions
  • Rotarian of the Year: Jo Gorman (picture) Not only is she a very active committee and board member, she continuously has her "shoulder at the wheel". But what a year of Guest Speakers we had!
In the Download Section on the right, you will find both the Changeover Report 2016-17 (President, Treasurer and individual director's report of the past 12 months) as well as a summary of what happened at the Changeover Luncheon. It contains transcripts of Jo Gorman's toast to Rotary International and DG Darrell Brown's reply.  Further on, in the Photo Album Section, you'll find some snapshots of "Who's Who" in Surfers Sunrise.
Changeover Luncheon with refreshingly "unboring" speeches Franz Huber 2017-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 03, 2017
At last Sunday's Changeover Luncheon, Andy Bell was given the President's collar by Simon Brook.  Here is a brief Bio provided by him:
Born in Scotland, moved to New Zealand as a child.  Served an electrical apprenticeship with the NZ Ministry of Defence before joining the Police.  During the time in the Police, I worked for 3 years undercover, predominantly in Narcotics, then went on to Major Crime Squad, Armed Robbery and Homicide.  Was seconded to Victoria Police for 6 months, to assist in the investigation of the murder of 2 NZ citizens.  After completion of the investigation, returned to NZ to continue working in Drug Squad.  In 1980, I relocated permanently to Melbourne, Australia, where I worked in Senior Management positions for a large international security company.  I then moved to Sydney, working in various senior roles within the security industry including chairing a number of Government and semi Government bodies associated with education and training.  During this time, I wrote and had published an autobiography relating to my undercover Police work.  8 years ago, I moved to the Gold Coast and continued my work within the security industry.  I am now retired and working on my second book.
For some light reading: download Andy's answer to '33 Questions' - see download section on the right!
Meet our new President, Andy Bell Franz Huber 2017-07-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 26, 2017
It all starts coming together... From last Saturday's working bee at The Shed:  chief designer and construction boss Des La Rance is re-checking the measurements. (Photo by Bob Harrison)
School for Samoa is taking shape Franz Huber 2017-06-25 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 12, 2017
What a pleasure to announce that our Wheelchairs Trust Chairman for 19 years, Daryl Sanderson, has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal in today's Queens Birthday Honours List, in recognition of running The Shed for almost two decades. Our heartiest congratulations, Daryl! Well deserved. And with you are over 8,000 disabled children throughout the world who have received the gift of mobility via one of the Surfers Sunrise wheelchairs.  Take a bow, my friend.
Congratulations: Daryl Sanderson OAM Franz Huber 2017-06-11 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 09, 2017
Let's begin with an important comment by Dr Danielle: "As a High School student I was sponsored by Rotary to attend the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) in Canberra. In consequence I decided that I didn't want to become a Medical Doctor but instead opted for a career in Science and Research". Meanwhile, she has become one of the leading scientists at Griffith University, working on the development of a vaccine for Malaria. Danielle's presentation, titled "Progress in the Hunt for a Malaria Vaccine" states the obvious: it is still work in progress, however, there have already been highly successful trials with mice and the first trials involving humans were conducted in March this year (see Grffith University Report here).  How big is the problem world wide? Well, there are up to 500,000 deaths annually that can be ascribed to Malaria.  There are approximately 214 Million cases, of which 90% occur in the Sub Saharan region. 40% of the world population is exposed to potential Malaria infection.  Is that a big enough reason?
So, what is the situation? Well, Malaria is not a single item: there are six species of Malaria.  Dr Danielle is working on the two most common ones: Plasmodium Falciparum (approx 75%) and Plasmodium Vivax (approx 20%). The virus is carried by the female Anopheles mosquito (we fortunately don't have those here on the Gold Coast). When they penetrate your skin, the virus infects red blood cells. It then lodges itself in the liver, where it multiplies thousand fold. "Interestingly, it is not the virus itself that makes you sick. It is the response by your Immune System which causes it", Dr Danielle explained. 
Now, if your Editor had only a tenth of the brain of Dr Danielle, you would find a detailed explanation of her discourse.  However...  A picture tells a thousand words: see on the right just one of her slides to outline the enormous complexity of the task...
Dr Danielle expressed her admiration for Rotary: she is a member of the recently formed Rotary Satellite Club of Griffith University. At a meeting last year, she explained the need to purchase a special magnet (I think the process is called Magnetic Fractionation - Ed.), costing $10,000. Shortly afterwards, the unit was financed. 
Last week's Guest Speaker: Dr Danielle Stanisic - Malaria vaccine Franz Huber 2017-06-08 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 01, 2017
A common Australian "sport" (quotation marks deliberate) is the derogatory comments about politicians. "Lazy, in it just for themselves, snout in the trough" are just some of the more civilized descriptions.  And when one reads the newspaper, in particular the boulevard press (and, I regret to say that even Brisbane's major paper just about meets all the criteria for this category), one frequently reads stories that may give justice to such remarks. But then, one meets the "real" person. A few years ago, I had the pleasure of working on a committee with two of them when helping to organize a couple of Mental Health Forums for Australian Rotary Health. One was Peta-Kay Croft, then the member for Broadwater, and Christine Smith, then the member for Burleigh. No problems working with us late into the night. Ask for anything within reason.  Whilst I have not had the opportunity to work with Sid Cramp, the sitting LNP member for Gaven, I can't help the feeling that Sid falls into the same hard working category.  
Before entering politics, Sid had worked for 14 years for the Queensland Ambulance Service. At the time of his switch to politics, he was Acting Chief Inspector. And in case you thought that conservative politicians are the proverbial "Tories", e.g. "us against them", I've got news for you: Being very unhappy with the (at the time) incumbent Union, Sid actually organized a new Ambulance Officer's Union, the Emergency Medical Services Protection Association. (They rather want to be known as a 'Professional Association' than a Union). This body now has some 1100 members in Queensland. "In 5 years I never lost a case, because we always worked with the management to resolve an issue" he said. 
Feel like you can't get access to your local member? Well, Sid challenges that 'tarring all with the same brush' concept. "My office is like Central Station", he quipped. "Yet, only 7% of my constituents actually come to my office at some stage. My challenge is to meet the other 93%".  So, he engages the community in meetings, heavily works towards preventing Domestic Violence and Bullying in Schools.  "Did you know that 95% of Domestic Violence victims are women and children?".  It is just one of his many areas of active engagement.  And, as an active member of Rotary (Nerang Rotary Club), he thus practices the theme 'Rotary Serves Humanity' on a daily basis.
Last week's Guest Speaker: Sid Cramp MP Franz Huber 2017-05-31 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on May 22, 2017
A couple of weeks ago, Jo Gorman (who is our Conference Chief), released the promo video for next year's District Conference at Seaworld.  
Holy Moley! Talking about removing even the last shred of 'stuffiness' from Rotary's image! The theme: 'Fun with Rotary'It is on the District 9640 Website:
Just click on this link: 
Registration will open on 1st June 2017 (link in next week's bulletin), so you have plenty of time to get your name in. There is also an updated Organization Chart - see Download Section on the right. Are you on Jo's team?  If not, better tell her now!
Fun with Rotary - Conference 2018 at Seaworld Franz Huber 2017-05-21 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on May 17, 2017
Note: No meeting next week. Instead In just 10 days, on Sunday 25th June 2017, "our" incoming District Governor Darrell Brown will accept the collar from Michael Irving.  The event will be held at a luncheon at Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club.  This is a "once in a lifetime" festive and ceremonial event when one of our own members takes the top job in the District. A must attend for all our members and partners.  
To register, click on this safe link: 
You can download the flyer from the Download Section on the right.
Have you booked for Darrell's DG Changeover yet? Franz Huber 2017-05-16 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Gorman
Cal Toft was introduced by Adrian Crowe who met Cal and his wife Beth at Bundaberg for the annual inner Wheel Conference (Beth is the President of Bundaberg Inner Wheel).
He spoke on two projects - the first being water wells in Cambodia. It all started when he was on holiday there and the cab driver (Chan) showed them a waterhole he had built  for 4100 for a village. Cal came back with the idea and together with a group of Clubs, has built some 32 wells over the last 4 years. These wells were built for villages, schools and even a maternity hospital which prior to that, had no clean water. They are relatively easy to construct as the water table is quite high. For $100, a village or facility can have lovey fresh water. The project has become a RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) Project. In one example, once fresh water was available, the village built a school and Rotarians helped sponsor teachers for the School - $100 per month for a teacher! $2400 for 2 teachers for 12 months - changes lives forever.
The second project: Prosthetic Hands for the thousands of victims of land mine explosions of the post Pol Pot era. Often children who are sent out to collect firewood and have their arms and hands blown off by unexploded devices. In the first year they fitted 203 and in 2014 they fitted 214. Cal told of a number of instances where victims had been spotted by the Rotarian volunteers - in cafes and on streets and they had been approached an fitted on the spot. This completely transforms lives. Build a hand. Change a life.
The prostethic hands are imported from the US in packs of 10 and are assembled by Rotarians. Cost of a pack is $5,000. Cal and the team have also taught the local University Rehab Centre to fit hands for people. He and Beth were joined by 13 Rotarians on their last trip.
Last week's Guest Speaker: Cal Toft - Prosthetic Hands Joanne Gorman 2017-05-14 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on May 08, 2017
She flies under the banner of 'The Coaching Godmother', as in Life Coaching. Well, if anyone ever clearly outlined that Nike's trademark 'Just do it' is not just for top athletes, or for that matter anyone running around in cross trainers and lycra - well, Margaret is your coach! 
Born in New Zealand, she landed in Darwin in the 1980, answering an advertisement to look after a Quadriplegic, a teenager not just quadriplegic, but also suffering an intellectual disability. She wasn't really prepared, she didn't understand the "personal care" aspect till then, except that she herself had suffered a personal breakdown. Well, that person in a wheelchair may have been severely disabled, but that didn't stop her from wanting to... skydive.  Skydive? How do you get a quadriplegic, wheelchair bound person into a tandem parachute harness? And then, to top it off, the plane isn't big enough to allow two people to jump, because Margaret had to help pushing her out?  But, it was a major item on her charge's "bucket list".  Never mind that in the excercise, she suffered two broken knees...
"Always take the road to the left of life" is Margaret's credo. She has worked with indigenous people, a paraplegic Rugby player, whom she accompanied as a fully paid carer to Canada and Los Angeles. On to Tijuana, where the owner of the Taxi she hired, a "huge, scary guy with tatoos all over him" unceremoniously lifted her ex Rugby player up and gently placed him in the car, then drove them to a huge meeting hall in the middle of nowhere, outside of which were parked some 300 Harley Davidsons...  The road to the left of life? More like it the entire road! ☺
Last week's Guest Speaker: Margaret Smith Franz Huber 2017-05-07 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on May 08, 2017
Well, if you missed it: too bad!  The District Conference over the last weekend was nothing short of superb. So much quality. So much emotion. Your Editor's view is expressed in my email to District Governor Michael Irving and his chief organizers Jodie Shelly and Col Lee:
G'day Michael, Jodie and Colin,
Just a note to congratulate you and your organizing team for a superb conference.  What amazing speakers!  What variety - mixing the likes of Bill Boyd and Noel Trevaskis with the deep end of journalism of Kerry O'Brien and flower arrangements of Mark Pampling. And then, I thought... ok, I would "suffer" Ita Buttrose, expecting that this really was more for my better half - how wrong can one be. To top it off, a man of the calibre of Noel Pearson's eloquence, telling it like it is...  How good is that!
Well organized, from our view as a guest, all ran like clockwork! Take a bow.
Thank you all for your combined effort.
Franz & Catherine Huber
What a District Conference that was! Franz Huber 2017-05-07 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on May 03, 2017
A couple of weeks ago, at our Surfers Sunrise meeting, our Guest Speaker Margaret Smith acted as the 'Lucky Ladybird' and drew the winning ticket (picture, on right). Since this article is public, we are of course not revealing the name of the winner, but your Editor is prepared to reveal that it is a family member of one of our longest serving members His/her initials are NM.  Looks like a good family holiday in Fiji is coming up! ☺.
The results:  in total 223 tickets were sold which raised a respectable $5,575 towards the cost of the School for Samoa.  Still short of the target of $12,000 though.  
You still can donate directly online:  click on this link 
which will connect you to the specific secure website Rotary Australia Word Community Service (RAWCS).  All donations are fully tax deductible.
Special thanks go to Neil Thurlow, whose company Accent Print and Copy provided all the printing of the tickets free of charge, and congratulations to Geoff Croad, who came tops in the sales department: he sold 6 books!  President Elect Larry Murray also emphasised the enormous work done by Rosie McIntyre (left on picture) who not only organized the prize itself from Bartercard, but also kept track of all the money collected and managed the online sales, and Mario Fairlie, in charge of all relations between our club, RAWCS, authorities and the Samoa Victims Support Group who are our representatives over there.
$4,500 Samoa School Raffle was drawn last week Franz Huber 2017-05-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 28, 2017
"I could talk  underwater with a mouth full of marbles" Hetty confessed...  Well, that may be so, but a lot of people who do that would well be advised to study the art of abridgment. Not Hetty! There would be few people who have never heard of Bravehearts [no Henrietta, I'm not referring to Mel Gibson's Brave Heart Movie.]  What I didn't realize is how long this organization has already been in existence.  Back in 1996, Hetty and her husband found themselves in the horrendous situation of their daughter having been sexually assaulted - - by a close relative. As Hetty later on pointed out, relatives are very commonly found to be the perpetrators. A dreadfully difficult decision had to be made: whom do we protect?, Ultimately, the choice was made to report him.  But then, Hetty found that there wasn't very much going relating to support services. "What are we doing as a society?" she asked. At the time, Hetty was the Queensland State Leader of the Australian Democrats party (then led by Cheryl Kernot). "I dropped everything", she informed us, "and we decided to found an organization where not only parents of abused children (or suspected of having been abused) could turn to, but much further reaching, to educate the children. She opened a counselling centre, she mobilized politicians from all sides, she got into the Education Department and ultimately all the schools, she got the corporate heavy lifters organized to not just sponsor her movement, but to arrange training events. "Children's safety is right up there with Workplace Health & Safety" she stated. And what about the "official" channels? Well... "Currently, the system itself is the most dangerous" she says, "do anything to avoid it!"  Huh?? Yes, children who get placed in 'institutional care' are, in essence, forced to live with known sex offenders. The recent case of a foster father being accused of the murder of a school girl and and his son being charged with incest indeed highlights Hetty's concern. 

"Children's Sexual Assault is preventable" Hetty stated. Not just by providing
Last week's Guest Speaker: Hetty Johnston AM Franz Huber 2017-04-27 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 28, 2017
Margaret Smith - The Coaching Godmother 
Margaret recently moved to the Gold Coast. She is an accomplished speaker and internationally accredited Life Coach, author and motivational speaker, currently working on P & O cruises . Her honest no nonsense approach to life is both refreshing and intriguing . Margaret will entertain us with her stories as a caregiver to the disabled.
This week's Guest Speaker: Margaret Smith Franz Huber 2017-04-27 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
What do you call a Policeman in bed? An undercover cop.... [ok, I know, I'm asking for it... ☺ Ed.].  But that is exactly what it would appear Andy's job was.  Back in 1969 in New Zealand, he got his first assignment to go undercover, with a princely expense allowance of $50 and a direct phone number to the head of the Drug Squad, to crack a major drug importing gang. But we are getting ahead of the story:  Andy, at the time a uniformed policeman, had a problem to go undercover: he had short hair which, in the late sixties and early seventies depicted you to be either Army or Police.  Unless... Andy gave himself out to have deserted from the British Army, then hiked from his native Scotland via Singapore.  Singapore, under Lee Kuan Yew, had no tolerance for long hair. And it worked! . Adopting the name of Adrian McKellar (always ensure your first name initial is the same as your real name!), he had found himself at the Waterloo Hotel, where he managed to attract serious interest from a barmaid, who worked at the pub that was suspected to be a major hub of the trade.  That then led to attracting the head lady of the organization named Jennifer Ann Wilkinson, who "appropriated" him entirely for herself...  Nicknamed 'The Hiker', his initial deployment within the gang was to shoplift "to order". Yup, place your order for whatever you want, and Andy's gang would procure it. Earnings: about $1,200 a trip - in 1971 (wages were about $90.00 a week then).
Not long after Andy graduate to distributing 'Buddha Sticks'. They were imported in 44 Gallon Drums, dumped outside the harbour from the importing ship and picked up by small vessels.  His cut: $1 per stick- which earned him a cool $30,000 a year when his annual salary was about $10,000!  Ultimately, Andy got the entire gang arrested...
Rather than retiring from undercover, Andy was soon assigned to infiltrate a gang threatening to cause serious disruption, including potential killings, during the upcoming visit of South Africa's Springboks Rugby team. Visualize Andy wearing appropriate clothing to get into a Hippie style gang: Seer sucker flares, platform shoes, lime green and maroon shirt, blue velvet jacket... The issue was serious enough that he was briefed by the Prime Minister of New Zealand and the Police Commissioner...  
There is much more to the story!  Andy has written a book about it: 'Adrenalin Rush - The Adventures of an Undercover Cop'. The Gold Coast Library has several copies.  Pick it up!
Last week's speaker: Andy Bell - Undercover Cop Franz Huber 2017-04-21 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 16, 2017
Note: this Wednesday we'll meet for Dinner, NOT for breakfast.  6:00 pm for 6:15 pm start at the RSL Club.  Guests most welcome. Still only $20.00 per person.  But if you would also like to have just a social get together for breakfast: meet at Bumbles Cafe, 21 River Dr, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217.
Guest Speaker: Mike Bennett - A life with the media
Hailing from the UK with a background as newscaster, cameraman and interviewer for ITV, Mike has regularly been asked to provide live camera for ITV national news and to supply interviews and packages for major news events. Interviews have included politicians, sports personalities, so called "celebrities" and, on some occasions, "real people!" From fire engine chasing to cats stuck up trees, Mike has filmed every type of local news story and interviewed anyone from emergency services to eye witnesses. He has also produced speedway programmes for Screensport, Motors TV and the ITV network.

Mike still hosts two radio shows and now runs his own media training business "Media Answers", here on the Gold Coast. 

Here with us to share his life with the media and some insights into how to handle the press for the celebrities among us, join us for this insightful and fascinating dinner.
Dinner Meeting this week - Mike Bennett Franz Huber 2017-04-15 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 09, 2017
The pre-construction of the School for Samoa, supported by Helensvale High School, has started.  The picture (by Bob Harrison) on the left shows 'Chief of Construction' and designer of the concept, Des La Rance with Al Sirovs at The Shed last Saturday.
The Samoa School Raffle will close this coming Saturday 29th April 2017.
Surfers Sunrise Rotary will build a school for disadvantaged kids in Samoa. Have you sold your tickets?  Or, if you prefer to buy on a secure website, see link below. Making a difference, that's what Rotary is all about. Our Club, Surfers Sunrise, will build a school for disadvantaged children in Samoa. We just need a few more dollars to raise the final funds, so we have organized a Raffle with a huge prize.
Only 500 tickets - Family Holiday in Fiji valued at AUS $4,522.  Closes 29th April 2017.
Full details on this website: Click here to go to a secure website to place your order: https://www.rafflelink.com.au/rotary4217
These tickets make a fantastic, quick and easy gift too. OK, Easter has just gone, but whom did you forget to buy an Easter Egg for?.  Would you help us to spread the message? Log on to Facebook, go to our club's page www.facebook.com/rcsurferssunrise and share the post. Come on, do it right now, before you forget!
Imagine how you would feel if you lived in a country where you couldn't afford to send your child to school? In Samoa there are many children who don't have the privilege our Aussie kids have of getting an education and creating a better life for themselves, as they live in extreme poverty. The Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise, in conjunction with the Northern Gold Coast Collegiate of schools, will build a cyclone ratified school for the Samoa Victims Support Group to provide a place for these children to learn for free.
We have plenty of experience, with similar buildings erected in Thailand after the 2006 Tsunami, Samoa after the 2009 Tsunami and the House of Hope in Samoa in 2012.  All labour is provided pro bono, there are no commissions, wages etc. Crikey! The construction crew even pays for their own airfares and accommodation!
Thank you for all your help.
Samoa School pre-construction has started Franz Huber 2017-04-08 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 09, 2017
So how does one cram a major leadership seminar into a 20 minutes presentation? It would have to be quite a difficult task indeed to do such a precis.  But Tania and Jo came up with a good summary.  “Start with Rotary and good things happen” – ok, perhaps the slogan is a bit corny, but – yes indeed! – this is what happens. Developed in the US in 1992, the Rotary Leadership Institute is designed to teach potential Rotary Club leaders about Rotary’s major aspects. It is a general education program rather than “job specific”, as many other programs are.  And the lecturers? They don’t come much more senior than District Governor Michael Irving (himself a former University Professor and Vice-Chancellor) and the Chairman of our District’s Rotary Foundation committee, Neil Jones.  The program goes over 3 major parts, but for the purpose of this article, let’s just concentrate on the first segment:
  • Insights Into Leadership
  • My Rotary World
  • Ethics-Vocation Service
  • Foundation I: Our Foundation
  • Engaging Members
  • Creating Service Projects
Jo and Tania specifically addressed a point all clubs, including ours, need to seriously concentrate on: Membership development and retention: Identify the target audience, Define how to go about it, Attract potential members, show them the value of potentially engaging with us and ongoing involvement.
Jo also provided a brief outline of The Rotary Foundation. Starting with a foundation capital of $26.50 (yes, no misprint), today it is one of the largest non-government charitable organizations in the world.
But perhaps we should go back to basics first:  Can you remember The Objects of Rotary? What about The 4-Way Test, in essence the 10 commandments distilled into 4?  Yes, we have seen them so many times, one gets a bit blasé about it. Keep reading below…
Last week: Jo Gorman & Tania Laird - Leadership Institute Franz Huber 2017-04-08 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Have you registered?  Not too late: click on this link.
The detailed program has now been released: click here.
Starting on Friday, but you can attend any of the sessions (except the College of Governor's Lunch, unless you have PDG, DG or DGE in front of your name...).  Hey, how about Professor Lyn Griffiths, the Biomedical Director at QUT (Saturday at 09:25 am).  Or famous TV journalist Kerry O'Brien (yes, of the 7:30 Report and 4 Corners) at 11:25 am.  Then, in the evening we have a bush dance: It will be held at the Alstonville Community Centre, just a 20 minute drive from Ballina, or if you prefer not to drive, a bus is organized. The band is Tallowwood Bush Band (yes, "No 96 to the snack bar please"...).  The line-up includes a swag of incredibly talented multi-instrumentalists who present folk music from around the world with a strong Celtic influence and an emphasis on preserving the Australian family bush dance that transports the audience through time and emotion leaving no doubt why this band has been the winner of so many music awards and been so popular at festivals and events throughout Australia. And for food? Master Chef Tony Koelner will have an open spit bar-be-que.
Conference attendance itself is free, but, fair enough, some fees apply if you want to get lunch, participate in the bush dance on Saturday night etc.
Wouldn't miss it for quids. See you there!
The District Conference is this weekend! Franz Huber 2017-03-28 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 27, 2017
As Simon Brook writes in his President's message, what a magic day! After the heavy rains of the previous days, a day of sunshine, pleasant temperatures and... lots and lots of enthusiastic participants, volunteers, helpers, and yes, even the family dogs participated! Considering that this is our first go at staging this major event, I have no doubt that it will become an annual major event.  Close to 60 teams registered, almost all dressed up in one way or another, some with very imaginative names such as 'Poodles and Oodles', 'Niopotamus', 'The Peach Fuzz', 'Coast Busters', 'Run like the Winded', just to name a few.
The 4 Hour section was deservedly won by 'Blues Clues', a team supporting the 'Beyond Blue' foundation. Our very own Rosie McIntyre, competing under the banner of 'The Annihilators' (!!) won the 2 Hour event, capably supported by her husband Andrew and daughter Trinity, (Picture right, courtesy of Harry Ellis). And President Simon rolled up with his 'The Elites' and took out the 'Best Costume' category. (Picture left).
Our club was also well represented in the volunteer section (however, there is still massive room for improvement...).  Special recognition must go to Mark Twyford, who had the Financials portfolio (including budget preparation), Ray Higgs, DGE Darrell Brown and Geoff Croad who each took on a Team Leader job, joined by Chris Thurtell, Graeme Isaacson,  Angus Miller, Paul Seymour, Richard and Sue Smith.  Your Editor's finger nails are starting to re-grow, after being chewed off worrying about the IT side of Registrations and checking them all in with the capable help and calming influence of Tania Laird (no major hick-ups though).  The Wheelchair boys - Daryl Sanderson, Des La Rance, Bob Harrison and Al Sirovs, had a display of our wheelchairs. (If I missed anyone: sorry, I didn't see you!)  But the laurels must go to the principal organizers: Assistant Governor David Baguley and his Broadbeach Rotary Club team and the Satellite Club of Griffith University.
We'll have a Photo Album shortly, once the photos from all the various snappers have been gathered together.
The inaugural Gold Coast Ramble: What a rip-snorter! Franz Huber 2017-03-26 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 12, 2017
Many of you would not be aware of Innerwheel, a Rotary organization exclusively dedicated to women (yep! you read this correctly! Just click on the link).  Fellow member Adrian Crowe and I accompanied our better halves to a big Innerwheel do at Bundaberg.  The men of course are never allowed into the inner circle of "secret women's business", so normally a "Men's Tour" is organized for Saturday afternoon.  This weekend we visited the Bargara Brewing Company and Bunda Ginga.  Both outstanding stories of success. Space only permits me to elaborate on the one: Bargara Brewery. By profession an Agronomist, Jack Millbank (that's him on the left) and friends started this enterprise not even 2 years ago.  The mission:
"To brew the best craft beer sustainably, while contributing to conservation projects that really matter, and are doing something, not just talking about it."
So we went to check them out. Jack gave us a comprehensive tour of the craft brewery he built from scratch, whilst we nursed a pot of one of his many variations. He explained the technical details of why a Pale Ale (their name: 'Drunk Fish' comes to taste differently to a "Hefeweizen" (their name: 'Phat Heffa'). Fortunately for us there wasn't an exam at the end of the lecture, but to be sure, we went back to the counter to make doubly sure that our initial impression of "bloody marvellous" was not in error...
So what's special? Well, Bargara Brewery has landed numerous Export contracts to sell their craft beer into South Korea, Vietnam and China shortly to follow. They are totally swept off their proverbial feet! So much so that they now have to farm part of their production, under license, out to a Sydney brewery which can handle the volume. So, I am asking the question: why is the Australian media not jumping on superb success stories like this instead of the never ending bitching between the political parties?
Now, I'm assured that some of Bargara Brewery's products are available in local Dan Murphy and First Choice stores. I'll check that out shortly.
The people one meets in Rotary: Jack Millbank - Bargara Brewery Franz Huber 2017-03-11 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 11, 2017
Sometimes I meet somebody who clearly demonstrates that there are people who are more switched on than me, and sometimes I meet somebody who makes me feel all nostalgic.  The latter happens when a guy starts to talk about periods when 16-bit CPUs and 8 Kb were the hottest stuff in computing (Kilobytes - NOT Gigabytes! We talk about 1985). But this was the first time I can recall when both these emotions happened to come at the one time:
Simon Schmidthe from Substation 33 (that's him on the left, holding a replica of a T-Rex skull he printed using one of his 3-D printers) demonstrated how his organization is engaging Work for the Dole and even disabled people to make 3-D Printers, using recycled computer components.  Yes, a 3-D Printer using a 16-bit CPU, some components such as rails and stepper motors pulled out of old printers.  The total cost is about $63.00.  Come again? Yes, $63.00. "The most complex component is the software" Simon elaborated, "but that is 'Open Source' software which is free". 

But they also make other stuff, such as an automatic sign which Councils can place in flood prone areas.  The device contains a floating mechanism which automatically causes a "Road Flooded" sign to flash and automatically notifies the Council computer and authorities that a particular road is now flooded and closed.  And what are you using for power? Wait for this:
Last week's Guest Speaker: Simon Schmidthe, Substation 33 Franz Huber 2017-03-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 09, 2017
Chris Thurtell was at the door, Richard Smith was Chairman and Andy Bell was Sergeant.

We had apologies from Gerald East, Larry Murray, Peter Morgan, Daryl Sanderson and Des La Rance. 
President Simon Brook welcomed all members and our guest speaker Simon Schmidthe (see his presentation above). In celebration of International Women's Day which was last Wednesday, he briefly referred to the struggle the first lady members had, back in about 1986: their club's Charter was withdrawn! [But it didn't take long.  On the Gold Coast, our club actually was the last club to be chartered, before Ashmore was chartered as the first mixed club here. Ed.] A board meeting will be held in two weeks' time, the Gold Coast Ramble will be on in two weeks, and on 19th April we'll have another 'Sunset' meeting - see Events section.  On 26th April, we'll have a Joint Meeting with RC of Hope Island.  
DGE Darrell Brown reported from his visit to the McLean Rotary Club and presented a banner - VERY Scottish indeed! Darrell also referred to the upcoming District Assembly (was the weekend just gone by), the District Changeover will be on 25th June 2017.  Darrell's better half, Kerrie is donating one of her quilts (see picture above). It is valued at least at $1,000 and will be the first prize in a raffle to be conducted over the District Assembly and Changeovers. Proceeds will go to the Australian Rotary Health fund. (Kerrie's own 'Partner's Project' will be ROMAC though). On 21st July 2017 will be the Australian Rotary Health Muster.  Broadwater Southport and us will change the normal meeting and have a Bar-be-que on the Broadwater Parklands.  Expect about 20 caravans to roll up!  More as we get closer to the date.
Rosie McIntyre (picture right) has scored a major prize for an Art Union: as reported by Mario FairlieBartercard is sponsoring a Family Holiday to Fiji, all expenses paid, worth $5,000! Hip Hip Hooray, Rosie!! The target is $12,000 which will all go towards our School on Samoa. Note, there will be a fundraiser for the Samoa Victims Support Group on Saturday 25th March 2017 - see flyer in the Download section. Our regular conduct with Samoa, Lina Chang will be there.
Doug Lipp advised, on behalf of President Elect Larry Murray on the upcoming District Assembly on this coming Sunday 12th March: all incoming board members and club executives need to attend.
Snippets of last week's meeting 080317 Franz Huber 2017-03-08 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 04, 2017
So how come we have a guy with a Swiss accent trying out Australian Bush Poetry? Well, it has for a long time been one of my most favorite pastimes. Some 40 years ago or so, I heard famous Australian actor Jack Thompson recite part of the last stanza of Banjo Paterson's 'The Man from Snowy River'. Of all things, it was for a TV commercial to promote the (then) early beginnings of the Clean up Australia campaign:
And down by Kosciusko, where the pine-clad ridges raise
Their torn and rugged battlements on high,
Where the air is clear as crystal, and the white stars fairly blaze
At midnight in the cold and frosty sky,
And where around The Overflow the reed beds sweep and sway
To the breezes, and the rolling plains are wide....
... don't rubbish Australia!
Well, it still is goose pimple stuff today, in particular if Jack Thompson recites it.  

In Australia, the art is well and truly developed.  Sure, everyone has heard and read the old masters: in addition to Banjo, for example, "In the days when the world was wide" by Henry Lawson.  Many however may not be aware that there was some quite fierce competition, if not antagonism
Last week's speaker: Franz Huber - Bush Poetry Franz Huber 2017-03-03 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 02, 2017
You might well ask: How the heck would a "heavy lifter" of the calibre of Rotary International President Elect, Ian Riseley, be enticed to join Rotary?  Well, guess what: another Rotarian asked him. Ian, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria since 1978, was an everyday practicing accountant.  One of his clients asked him to be guest speaker, on Taxation Matters of all things. He accepted. And so it evolved.  
You can read the full story and interview in The Rotarian magazine.  It is available online, but you need to subscribe to it.  Go to www.rotary.org and go to My Rotary.
Have YOU asked somebody to join Rotary recently?
How to attract Heavy Lifters like Ian Raisley to join Rotary Franz Huber 2017-03-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Feb 24, 2017
We had a grand time! Surfers Sunrise celebrated the 30th Anniversary of its charter, so instead of the usual breakfast, we met for dinner.  Lots of guests were there too, and quite a number of our members also brought their partners along.  (See photo album in the download section on the right).
Still, there was some "normal" club business, so here are some snippets:
Daryl Sanderson drew the short straw and was at the door, Paul Seymour was Chairman and MC and Andy Bell was Sergeant.
There was no call for apologies.  President Simon Brook welcomed all members and their partners, our Honorary Members, Charter President Bill Moir, John Ellemor, who was accompanied by his daughter Lynne Wright and her partner James, George and Natasha Keily, and in particular Jan Lutz, Carole Waller and her friend Lenie Johansen. Clive Edwards (RC of Young, NSW) was accompanied by his charming wife Margaret, and Ray & Valeria Higgs' guests were John & Rosemary Rowe.  To save time, members' partners were not individually introduced.  He asked all past Presidents of the club to be recognized.  Simon briefly summarized (have you noticed? in Surfers Sunrise, speeches are kept short!) a world of 30 years ago: There were no women in Rotary yet (that came in 1988), no internet, Bob Hawke was Prime Minister and Joh Bielke-Petersen was Premier, and Nicky Webster was born, the very first mobile phone was released ("the brick"), fuel was 52 cents a litre, [it is actually about the same today: according to Australian Government's CPI Index, we have had an inflation factor of 2.43 times since 1987, which would make 57 cents equivalent to $1.38 in today's value. Ed.(also known as 'Smart A...')]

Last Wednesday we celebrated Franz Huber 2017-02-23 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Feb 24, 2017
The inaugural Gold Coast Ramble will be on in a month's time, on Sunday 26th March.  
We need your help!

We need about 120 volunteers. We have 40 checkpoints with 2 volunteers on each checkpoint so about 80 volunteers on checkpoints from 10am to 4pm. At each checkpoint, the entrants use the Gold Coast Ramble App to download a challenge about the immediate area – this could relate to the heritage, the natural environment, street art or local infrastructure.

Other volunteers are needed between 7am and 10 am for site and checkpoint set up, and between 3.30 and 5pm for site and checkpoint pack up.  Three shifts are available - see registration. There is no cost involved.

Another team will manage registrations, marshalling at event start and other administration.  
Not running in the Gold Coast Ramble? Volunteer! Franz Huber 2017-02-23 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Feb 18, 2017
Yes, we were chartered some 30 years ago! In celebration, instead of breakfast, our "official" meeting will be for dinner at 6:00 pm for 6:30 pm - same place, same price of just $20.00 per person (bring cash please).  All members, guests and friends welcome.
Surfers RSL Club
9 Beach Road
Surfers Paradise  4217
You can park across the road in the Bruce Bishop Car Park.  Bring your ticket with you to have it pre-paid for you.
Do you have any memorabilia for general display? Photos?  Bring them with you!
But we'll still have a social meeting in the morning.  Meet at 07:00 am at
Bumbles Cafe (Budds Beach)
19 River Drive, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217
Please bring cash for your breakfast as there can only be one bill per table ( 2 or 3 tables will be set up).
This Wednesday 22nd Feb: 30th Anniversary Dinner Franz Huber 2017-02-17 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Feb 11, 2017
RI President Elect Ian Riseley (Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria) introduced his International Theme at the recent International Assembly in San Diego.  The event was attended by "our" incoming District Governor Elect Darrell Brown and his charming wife Kerry.
The President Elect gave a very good speech, executed in his relaxed Aussie style - well worth 18 minutes of your time. Go to this link: http://video.rotary.org/AUak/ian-hs-riseley-theme/ or you can download a PDF version of it.  Needless to say, that as an Australian (Ian will be the 4th Australian RI President), you won't have any problems with his accent!
Rotary International Theme for 2017/18 Franz Huber 2017-02-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Feb 11, 2017
Ian jumped in at short notice after our booked speaker Garry Green was unable to make it.  Now, just for those of you who don't know already:  Ian could - unkindly - be ascribed the tag of 'Petrol Head'. I say unkindly because he is not the 'Bogan' Petrol Head type - Ian has had an association with car racing going back for decades and, in particular in his younger days, has actively raced not just souped up touring cars but also 'open wheelers' (see picture on left).  He regularly serves as the 'Clerk of the Course' at major race meetings such as the Gold Coast Castrol 600.
So it came as no major surprise to learn that he recently shouted himself a ticket to the annual 'Goodwood Revival' Race Meeting in England. Revival? Well, they are not just displaying old racing cars, such as Jack Brabham's last Tasman Series, or $20 Million Maseratis. They are racing them! There are even people who go through the trouble of shipping a restored car worth millions from here to the UK, race it over there and ship it back again. And just in case you doubted that the event is for people who have more than just a couple of bob to rub together: the Ice Cream Van is a vintage Rolls Royce (picture on right). But wait, there is more...
Last week's Speaker: Ian Mayberry - Goodwood Race Meeting Franz Huber 2017-02-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 26, 2017
“Coming to an event like this is cathartic” Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd exclaimed on opening his address. Cathartic?  Your Editor made a mental note to look up the proper meaning: according to Wikipedia, it indeed means ‘the purification and purgation of emotions—especially pity and fear—through art or any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal and restoration’.  Thank you, Commissioner!  Perhaps we should invite more Policemen and women to join us for a Surfers Sunrise breakfast – one of the best stress relievers – we now have the Commissioner’s endorsement! ☺
Joining the Queensland Police Force over 30 years ago (remember the Fitzgerald Enquiry?), one can rightfully expect that there isn’t much to do with crime that Brian has not seen and experienced.  The audience would be forgiven to expect lots of content relating to terrorism, shoot-outs, drug arrests, coward-punch attacks, and with Melbourne’s Burke Street tragedy still fresh in our mind, nut cases driving cars. “On the Gold Coast”, he asked, “where do you think is the most dangerous place to be?” Yes, it is the home.  Domestic Violence, assaults, paedophilia.  “50% of assaults are Domestic Violence” Brian explained.  The officers loathe being called to a DV incident: Not only is it always a very tricky situation, but it can well be that both the perpetrator as well as the victim will turn against the officers. 
On the Gold Coast, a new approach is being trialled with considerable success. Officers wear Body Cameras, thus recording every second of what happened, who said what. “There has been a 48% increase in DV cases reported” Brian elaborated.  But he doesn’t believe that this is an actual increase.  The incidents were always there, they just did not get reported in earlier days.
 It has a severe effect on staff morale and even the officer’s mental health.  Which brings us to his next most important topic. What would you think is the leading cause for violent death in the age group of 15 – 44 years old? Judging by the daily news, it would have to be Bicycle / Motorbike / Car crashes?  Sorry, no. It’s Suicide.  “In Australia, we have over 3,000 suicide victims every year.  On average 8 every  day. That is double the road toll.  And, for every ‘successful’ suicide, there are 30 attempts. 
So, next time you are annoyed when you get pulled up, just keep in mind that the guy outside your car window may have just come back from attending a domestic, or worse.
Picture above: President Simon Brook gets a brief demonstration how one deals with miscreants... ☺
Guest Speaker extraordinaire: Assistant Police Commissioner Brian Codd APM Franz Huber 2017-01-25 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 21, 2017
As announced recently:  Andy Bell is our President Elect, taking over from Larry Murray.  Here are the duly elected members of Andy's 'kitchen cabinet' for 2017/18:
President Elect 2018/19, Director Club Administration: Jo Gorman 
Secretary: Mark Twyford
Treasurer: Mitch Brown
Director, Youth Services: Tania Laird
Director, Service Projects: Graeme Isaacson
Chairman, Wheelchair Trust: Daryl Sanderson
Vice President: Ian Mayberry
Director, Public Relations: Mario Fairlie
Director, Fundraising: Doug Lipp
Chairman, The Rotary Foundation committee: Gerald East
You can download the full list of the incoming committee on the Download Section on the right.
Introducing: President Elect Andy Bell Franz Huber 2017-01-20 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 08, 2017
New Year's Resolution: I'm giving up booze.  OK, I'll start exercise  Too hard.  OK, no more fatty Take-Away.  Yeah, Right. Groan, and it's only the second week of the year!
Here is a New Year's resolution you won't have any problem to keep:  
Find and introduce a new member to our club
It's easy to promote our club! Due to the heavy work by relatively few, our Wheelchairs and Schools projects are internationally popular and have won multiple Awards - the most recent one being the 2016 Public Relations - Single Event award for the TV exposure Chairman Daryl Sanderson organized.  But we have numerous other things to brag about, not least our continued involvement in Youth, with regular awardees to the major events of RYLA, RYTS, RYPEN and International Youth Exchange (YE), with our club's District YE chief Chris Thurtell and Youth Service Director Tania Laird pulling strings in the background. And our Darrell Brown is incoming District Governor.  So, what else do you need to brag about?
So, make it YOUR resolution: identify three friends / business partners / customers / suppliers / fellow members of another regular circle you are in / professionals (yes, your doctor, dentist, accountant, solicitor.... you get the drift.  Invite them to come along to a meeting.  There isn't a better one coming up than the 25th January, when our Program Chief Jo Gorman has arranged for the Gold Coast Police Commissioner Brian Codd to be our guest speaker.
New Year's Resolution: I'm giving up booze start exercise    Franz Huber 2017-01-07 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 05, 2017
This year, we "borrowed" a Youth Exchange candidate from the Warwick Rotary Club. His name is Kieran Power, an all-round high achiever. Not only academically, he also plays the lead in school musicals, plays the guitar and a whole swag of other things.  You can download an essay he wrote - see Download page on the right.  Below is a photo published by his school 'The School of Total Education'.  You can read the entire article at this link: http://www.sote.qld.edu.au/latest-news/rotary-exchange-to-Germany
"Our" Youth Exchange Student Kieran soon will be off to Germany Franz Huber 2017-01-04 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 03, 2017
OK, Christmas is over and so are the New Year celebrations.  But, since no bulletin was published since, it still is much worthwhile to show a couple of pictures provided by Larry Murray from the annual party at The Shed, .  Above left: 'The Three Amigos', from left: Wheelchair Trust Chairman Daryl Sanderson, Trust Treasurer Bob Harrison and Des La Rance, the overall acknowledged 'Chief Guru', whose design and project management skills are not just limited to the wheelchairs but also to the various schools and houses that were erected in Thailand, East Timor, Vanuatu and Samoa.  
By the look of the almost formal table setting, they could apply for a position in hospitality any time..! ☺
Christmas Party at The Shed Franz Huber 2017-01-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 12, 2016
On Monday this week, your Editor had the pleasure of introducing a group of 5 Youth Exchange Students to our magnificient Rainforest areas in Springbrook National Park, walking down to the base of Purlingbook Falls. The above picture shows them there - from left: Kieran, Ellie (at rear, from Italy), Sophie (at front), Kaho (from Japan) and Lachlan. Kieran, Sophie and Lachlan are outbound, leaving our shores in January.  What a great group! Thank you, Chris Thurtell, for organizing this!
YE Students visit Purling Brook Falls Franz Huber 2016-12-11 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 03, 2016
If a guest speaker, with lots of numbers and statistics, doesn’t roll up with a PowerPoint, but instead he blue-tacks a sheet of old fashioned easel paper on the wall, one can expect a presentation with a difference… And so we did. Tony came up with a hugely entertaining presentation on a very complex subject. But first the numbers:
The first number with lots and lots of zeroes is Two Trillion Dollars. Two Million Million Dollars.  That is the size of funds in Australian Superannuation Funds.  The $350 Billion is the unfunded liability of various Governments [about $195 Billion of that is Federal Government, according to Budget Papers. Ed.] That 2 Trillion is approximately 1/3rd of the total wealth of Australia, estimated to be about 6 Trillion according to Tony.  The Government collects taxes of about $7 Billion per annum.  So, what’s the problem?  Quite simply: we live too long. Or we don’t save enough.  Take your pick.  The figures are actually quite simple:
Last week's Guest Speaker: Tony Winwood on Superannuation Franz Huber 2016-12-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 26, 2016
... no, this is not some new TV Reality Show (which mostly are highly edited and highly tedious and nothing like reality). This is Real Life!  Last week's Guest Speaker, Sarah Cooper (Photo on left, with our 'on loan' Exchange Student Kaho Koizumi from Japan), is the mum of Felicity, one of our most recent outbound Youth Exchange Students to Finland. Sarah is 'an old hand' at this game. In her presentation, an opening photo (in Black & White) showed her as a 14 year old, the age at which she herself went on an exchange to France. "I had an absolute ball!" she enthused... [name me one 14 year old kid who wouldn't... Ed.]
Since then, Sarah and her husband Mark have hosted lots and lots of International Exchange Students, some organized via schools and some via Rotary.  And it wasn't always an easy ride: recalling a girl who came from Japan: "It almost turned out to be a disaster. She was shy, she couldn't speak English. We tried all sorts of things, including getting Japanese food..."  On the other hand, Sarah gave us recollections of several others, from France, Osaka (Japan), Emma from Toronto (Canada).  Emma had never been to the beach in her life before! Emmie, another Japanese girl.  "Emmie was always very quiet, appeared worried...  Then, upon her return home, we received a handwritten letter from her: 'I had the time of my life!' she wrote." Just goes to say... 
Of course, we all recall our very own Laura Burtscher from Austria (see photo right, cooking Goulash at Sarah's), whom the Coopers hosted whilst their daughter Felicity was in Finland.  "It's like having another family in another country. Everything in life is a circle - I have now 'daughters' all over the world".  
Sarah has agreed to return again in the new year to talk about the psychological aspects of Youth Exchange, both from the student's as well as from the host parents' point of view.  With herself and two of her daughters having done exchanges in foreign language countries and having hosted students from all corners of the world, who would be better qualified?  Looking forward to it!

Sarah Cooper: 'Swapping Children' Franz Huber 2016-11-25 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 21, 2016
Our Social Services chief Graeme Isaacson has organized the the "Bazaar Interactive Marketplace" located at the QT Hotel (previously named the Gold Coast International) on Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise. 
Meeting time: 06:45 am for fellowship with juices, tea & coffee on the lawn for 07:15 am move to our tables for a unique breakfast service. Free parking on-site.
Cost is $30.00 per person.
Full payment to be received into our club's bank account no later than Wednesday the 7th of December or cash to our Treasurer at the meeting on that day. All welcome to invite guests at the special members price of $30.00.
Our club's bank details for direct deposit:
BSB:      484-799
A/c No: 047306431
Or book online with Credit Card, click on this link:
Christmas Breakfast this Wednesday 14th December Franz Huber 2016-11-20 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 19, 2016
The temptation to quote stacks of statistics is hard to resist.  As Mayor in charge of a city with an annual budget of over 1.3 Billion dollars (the second highest in Australia), Mayor Tom Tate would have plenty of things to crow about. I leave the stats to Wikipedia, and the revelation of publicly available stuff to the Mayor's Facebook page.  OK, perhaps just a little bit: born in Vientiane, Laos, he entered Scots College in Sydney as an 11 year old. Like most boys, in order to "get out of studying, I subscribed to the Boxing Class", he said. In the first lesson, they tied the gloves on, but omitted to tell him that "boxing" in one of the top Sydney schools had no relevance to Thai Boxing... In those days, the resulting damage to his opponent's self esteem resulted in him being given a note to present to the head master. Thinking that he was about to be congratulated on his victory over a much heavier opponent, this instead was to collect a caning for not adhering to the Marquess of Queensberry rules... 
And it would appear that Tom's (may I call you by your first name, Your Worship?) career had much to do with a very positive attitude to win. "Right place, right time" is one of his mottoes. First elected in 2012, he found that there were just 2 cranes on the Gold Coast horizon, both on the (Queensland Government) Griffith Uni / Hospital project. "Tourism, Education and Construction is our core", Tom declared. Thus, he instigated not just the sacking of of the council's Chair of Planning, but also declared that there would be no Infrastructure Levies for the next 6 months. Vigorous lobbying of Chinese and Japanese developers brought up projects such as $1 Billion Jewels project after the much maligned Broadwater Wave Break Island Casino project got knocked back. Following Jewels is the announcement by Chairman Xin Wang of the Hong Kong based Forise Holdings of a 88 storey tower on the former Iluka site, topping Q1 as the tallest building. [It is the policy of Rotary, and of your Editor, to remain non-political, so no further comment. Ed.]
Other major endeavors are in the sector of Education. "Students are Tourists", Tom declared. "So, we cooperate with this 1.5 Billion Industry by facilitating their efforts with our Tourism Industry and Tourism Authorities".
And what will happen after the Commonwealth Games? "The 'Village' will be converted to a specialized medical industry precinct, manufacturing body parts" Tom enthused. And with the extension of the Light Rail to Helensvale, at a cost of some $55 Million to the Council (this is 17% of total cost), the ongoing expansion of the Gold Coast is not going to stop. "Our Town Plan is to promote 'going upwards instead of sprawling out" he said. This would explain why we can expect a substantial relaxation of the 3 stories limit, which apparently was originally set because that is the height of the trees...
Any politician who makes things happen, will always have opponents, usually more than one who doesn't. But, in 2016, Tom was elected with a majority of 73% of the two-candidate vote. This would indicate that our Mayor indeed has the backing of the bulk of the population.
Photo above: President Simon Brook presents a vote of thanks.
Last week's Guest Speaker: Mayor Tom Tate Franz Huber 2016-11-18 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 11, 2016
[Your Editor was quietly taken aside so the correct wording could be explained: it is 'Grouse' not 'Grouch', and it is 'Schouse', not 'Shout'...  The former is positive, the latter apparently is derived from a colloqialism in Scotland or New Zealand that describes a place where people are resorting to to tend to calls of nature...  Ed.]  Anyway, Andy's Grouse was the recent game where Ireland beat the All Blacks at Rugby, and his Shouse was South Africa beating just about everyone in the world from Cricket to Rugby [there are no reports on their performance in other sports such as Chess...]
Barry Lea, nice to see you. To no doubt, the fact that the omelette was strictly Halal would have had specific attraction... Richard Smith needed a solid 5 minutes of training to get on top of his gig as today's Chairman... Jo Gorman, no doubt the richest woman on the Gold Coast: Seen on Channel 7 parading with the winning Race Horse... Mark Twyford, quite respectable shoes today for a change, but what about the shirt! Peter Morgan, how's the knee? [very good, thank you...] Angus Miller had his birthday on Saturday.  Mate, for a 98 year old, you are not looking bad at all! Ian Mayberry at last night's board meeting, showed his appreciation of the Sergeant's Red Wine: just give him a bottle and a glass, and he won't leave anymore! Mario Fairlie has been doing it tough recently: down to his last 30 Million or so, he bought a $150 replica pen... Gerald East and Fred Hamblen: what a dress combination! A picture is a thousand words - see right... Darrell Brown in comparison is dressed downright dull...  Mitch Brown's nick name of Billbo Baggins from the Hobbits has been confirmed - he actually answers to the call... Simon Brook: that joke you told...
Last week's Sergeant: Andy Bell 091116 Franz Huber 2016-11-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 30, 2016
Membership in Rotary simply is the gift that keeps on giving… Where else would you have the opportunity to meet so many extraordinary people?  Past RI President Clem Renouf’s famous statement keeps coming to mind: “Rotary takes ordinary men and gives them extraordinary opportunities to do more with their lives than they ever dreamed possible.”
A couple of weeks ago, whilst in Sydney, I attended a meeting of the Brookvale Rotary Club.  If you met their guest speaker, Liz McDougall on the street, you may simply consider her to be an “ordinary” person.  Ordinary? Yeah Right. You’d change your view very quickly after hearing her speak for just a few minutes!  Liz is extensively involved with Fiji “outside of the tourist areas” and has visited the Ra Maternity Hospital at Navunibutu, at the head of Viti Levu Bay for almost 20 years. It serves the remote north coast and interior of Fiji’s main island. You may recall that the first 10 wheelchairs our club produced went to Fiji, documented in a video broadcast by Ray Martin’s A Current Affair, in August 1997 (see report in the Download section on the right). The huge devastation caused by Cyclone Winston in February 2016 is off the scale: 46 people were killed, tens of thousands of homes destroyed, 500,000 people left homeless.  Winston was the worst cyclone to ever hit the southern hemisphere, hitting the northern islands, as well as the northern parts of Viti Levu, the main island. But that is NOT where the tourists go, so the view from an outsider is that “everything looks quite normal”.
Well, in Clem Renouf’s words, Liz is one of those, "ordinary" people who achieve extraordinary results. Her full report, which also outlines some of her work with other Rotary Clubs,  is in the download section on the right. Go on, well worth your time to read it!
The people one meets when doing a Make-up Franz Huber 2016-10-29 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 13, 2016
How do you get the man who is in charge of running the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2018 Commonwealth Games to speak at your Rotary Club?  Easy. You wait till he comes over and asks you to lend him a hammer… ☺ Thus started the relationship between our DGE Darrell Brown and David Zolkwer, his neighbour across the road.  But David has had exposure to Rotary before: Some 20 years ago, on one of his many major assignments in London, the Rotary Club of Maidenhead was a major contributor of volunteer labour at one of the events he organized.  Today, David is Executive Vice President and Director of Public Events of Jack Morton, the multinational company that has organized events such as Opening Ceremonies at Olympic and Commonwealth Games for some 77 years.  They have won close to 100 major awards. But they are also involved in lots and lots of corporate promotions – some 10,000 (yes. Ten Thousand) events over the last 12 months.  Their client list reads like a Who’s Who of major brands: BP, Google, IBM, Nike and the list goes on.
Recently appointed to run the events at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (the fact that they also ran the Glasgow games and the London Olympics would not have been a disadvantage), David outlined an in principle timeline of staging.  And it is not easy, in particular where one deals with lots of people who have all their own view of what it is important.  “The list of what should and what shouldn’t be in the show is just about identical…” he quipped. [Hmmm… with ‘PowerPoint Pete’ in charge of the games, I’d love to be a fly on the wall… Ed.]
So where do you start? Well, with a principal concept of course. On Jack Morton's website, under ‘What we do’, they state “We create experiences that strengthen the relationships between brands and the people who matter most to them.” Sure. On the timeline David outlined, some 5 major segments are broken down into hundreds of steps.  And always, one is on the lookout to separate ‘Shock and Awe –v- Substance’, over-hyped and over-inflated statements.  “There is a difference between a good idea and the right idea”.
Last week's Guest Speaker: David Zolkwer - how to organize an event Franz Huber 2016-10-12 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 09, 2016
Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment - RYPEN
This is a weekend camp for 14-16 years old students. No specific qualifications are required.
The program is designed to develop skills that will assist them in the transition to adulthood.  Participants are involved in a variety of workshops and activities, which provide an opportunity for them to personally develop, gain self confidence, communication skills, challenge themselves, build friendships, and develop life skills

Applications Due: 21/4/17 - more information and an application form at this link: http://www.rotary9640.org/SitePage/rypen

Date: 9am, Friday 19/5/17
1pm, Sunday 21/5/17

Cost: $275.00

Venue: Bornhoffen PCYC

Chair: Dr Stewart Hase:
0417 255 995

Youth Service Programs:  RYPEN Franz Huber 2016-10-08 14:00:00Z 0
Wheelchairs - Totally Wild?  Yes! See Channel 11 show Franz Huber 2016-10-07 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 30, 2016
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)
This has been one of the most successful Youth Programs ever. It is a one week camp is specifically designed to develop leadership and promote personal and professional development.  It is for young people aged 19 to 28. Note: Leadership Development - don't hesitate to apply if you feel you have it in you - you don't need to be the proverbial 'Alpha Male' or 'Alpha Woman'. Throughout the week, awardees will participate in numerous exercises involving inspirational speakers, team building and goal setting. Check out their website at this link: http://www.ryla9640.org/. You can download a summary of all of District 9640's Youth Service program: click this link.

Date: 20th to 27th January 2017

Cost $550

Venue: Tyalgum Ridge Retreat

Chair: Peter Clarke
0401 754 411
Youth Service Programs: RYLA  Franz Huber 2016-09-29 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 25, 2016
Rotary Youth Transition Seminar (RYTS)
Saturday 3rd to Friday 9th December 2016
As foreshadowed in last week's bulletin, over the next few weeks we'll outline the major Youth programs which our club is involved in (and perhaps a couple which we have not yet been so far).
RYTS is a one-week residential camp for students who have just left school and are aged 17/18 years, and for Year 11 students who will be taking on leadership roles in their Year 12. 
The focus on the program is the development of skills needed to make the transition from school into post-secondary education and employment. RYTS provides practical advice on topics such as renting, budgeting, goal setting, career choice and self-confidence.
Click on the Download section on the right hand side to get a comprehensive 2 page brochure 'What is RYTS'.  Application forms are available on the left hand menu, and can be made online.

Tyalgum Ridge Retreat
783 Tyalgum Road
Tyalgum NSW 2484

Cost to sponsor:
$590.00 per awardee
Youth Service programs: RYTS Franz Huber 2016-09-24 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 25, 2016
When I think about the subject of Organ Donations, the vision before my mind is an emergency operating theatre, a police motorcyclist transporting a donor's heart in an Esky (ok then, a sophisticated Esky) arriving within the required maximum allowed time of 4 hours...  move to the final segment of a tired, yet smiling patient getting off his hospital bed...   Whilst this is most certainly a very valid scenario: it goes way beyond the Police Motorcycle; in Queensland, the Donate Life organization has priority access to the Government's Air Wing, e.g. the Premier's aircraft!  And, according the last figures available from the Qld Government website, as of December 2013, (sorry, looks like the current incumbents don't want you to know what their plane is being used for), 'Organ Transplant' made up over 20% of the jet's usage.
But it's not just the heart, kidneys, liver, lung, pancreas that can be "recycled".  A lot of other tissue of your body, from intricate bits such as heart valves, to skin, bone and eye tissue can be re-used...  And if you think that they are only interested in body parts from young persons (whatever the definition of "young" is): age is no issue! Bianca recounted a case a kidney donor 84 years of age!  But what about if your view is "they can have my heart, liver and kidneys, but I don't want my body to end up in a spare parts catalogue of sorts.  No problems, you can indeed stipulate which parts you want to donate upon your demise.  And yes, you need to be formally declared brain dead; just being in a coma doesn't allow them to start snipping off any items that are no longer considered to be of much use to you...
However, "Donation is a rare event", Bianca stated. In 2015, nationally there were just a total of 435 donors. But there were a total of 1241 recipients who benefited!
Still, it is a complex issue indeed.  You need to discuss it with your loved ones, and you need to do it when you are NOT in an emergency award, declared "brain dead". Very difficult to discuss your views with family members then. Interesting statistic: where a person has registered as a donor, consent rate is 91%.  Where the donor has not registered and the family doesn't know, it is not even half, just 42%. There is a stack of stuff on their dedicated website http://www.donatelife.gov.aincluding a form to register, either online or by downloading a form and mailing it.
Last week's Guest Speaker: Bianca Topp - Donate Life Franz Huber 2016-09-24 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 19, 2016
OK, our club has numerous times in the past supported RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment, for 14-16 year olds), RYTS (Rotary Youth Transition Seminar, for 17 - 18 year olds who have just left school, and RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award, a leadership training seminar for 19 - 28 year olds.  Last week, our Youth Service Director Tania Laird advised that these will be the programs we'll support this year, since we won't have an International Exchange Student this time.  
In the past we also have had several successful candidates for the National Youth Science Forum with the CSIRO in Canberra, and of course we are always actively engaged in RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) with multiple seminars held each year for senior students at local high schools.
Then, there is MUNA, Conoco Philips Science Experience, HESS, Earlyact, Interact, Rotaract...  Is your head spinning yet? Over the next few weeks, each program will be individually featured.  Meanwhile, keep your eyes open for potential candidates.  Our District Website www.rotary9640.org has a complete run down of all programs, including the dates, locations, qualifications required etc.  Meanwhile, you can find a well presented 1-Page outline in our Download Section on the right, as well as on - click here to get there directly.
Our Youth Services: let's get going Franz Huber 2016-09-18 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 17, 2016
Chantal Clarke informs us that the Rotary Club of Northbridge, District 9685 (Sydney) has kicked the first goal towards our Vanuatu School, following the first (personal donation) Behind by Arthur Morehouse from Nowra Rotary Club. (Sorry, this is the season of AFL finals...)  Their International Director, Elizabeth Gray, advised that her club has donated a total of $2,200 towards Chantal's projects in Vanuatu, of which $1,235.00 was allocated to the Dequeros Primary School project (RAWCS project 2016-16/70) school at Mantanas on Espirito Santos island.
Thank you, Northbridge Rotary! Quoting Clem Renouf: “Rotary takes ordinary men and gives them extraordinary opportunities to do more with their lives than they ever dreamed possible.” Clem's remarks were made in his year as Rotary International President 1978-79, when it was a male-only organization.  These days, read the names of the people behind it: Elizabeth, Chantal... do we need any more proof that women are well and truly included in his view?
Rotary Club of Northbridge kicks a goal towards the Vanuatu School Franz Huber 2016-09-16 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 17, 2016
The Salvo's - one of the most established and trusted charities.  A Household name, they have been at the forefront of quietly providing support services for the less fortunate in our community.  In the 'olden days' their efforts would concentrate on homelessness and alcohol related problems.  For the past decade or so, sadly, another major issue has been added to their list of programs: supporting people who have been caught in the trap of drug abuse.
Last Wednesday, Major David Rogerson outlined one of the signature projects of The Salvation Army: the Turning Points Admission Centre in Southport.  In 2015/16, they had a massive 6,300 enquiries, including 828 walk-ins.  This figure is actually much greater, with reception overflow calls and drop-ins not recorded. Whilst the 61% males are not necessarily surprising, it is of serious concern that the age distribution is unexpected: one would expect the bulk to be young people: Not so - 21% are under 29, almost 60% are 30 - 49 years and 20% are 50 years plus.  "Ice (Crystal Methamphetamine) used to be just about 17% pure. Today it is about 60% pure, which results in a much higher rate of serious problems" Major Rogerson declared. 
David's career in the Salvation Army goes back some 25 years, of which 15 years was in Rehabilitation, the last 5 years in the Fairhaven Recovery Program on Mt Tamborine. And to complete a total commitment in the family: his wife is in charge of the Coomera Mission. The initial step to getting admittance is to undergo a 1 1/2 hours assessment at the Southport Assessment and Referral Centre. This doesn't just involve the current status, but the applicatant is subjected to a full check of their history, including criminal history. Successful clients go the the Fairhaven Withdrawal Unit for detoxification.  This unit of 11 beds is fully funded by the Queensland Government. It includes round the clock nursing and training programs during the day.  If deemed successful, they go home, if not, they may be referred to another program.  Download a full outline of the Fairhaven Recovery Program, provided by Rowan Johnstone, from the Download Section on the right.
Following Major Rogerson, Rowan Johnstone, who is in charge of Fundraising and Public Relations, briefly outlined the functions of his department. He needs 3 helpers:
  • 1 for their online volunteer system (a web based app that will revolutionize recruitment of collectors, collecting and receipting donations from suburban streets, shopping centres and other high traffic areas and in workplaces
  • 1 for their community collection points throughout the city
  • 1 for their schools and service club program.
4 meetings a year (tops) and a commitment on the Door knock weekend (May 27 & 28, 2017) to be hands on to oversee its success. Interested (or know anyone that could be)? Please contact Rowan on 0407 142 014.

Last week's Guest Speaker: Major David Rogerson Franz Huber 2016-09-16 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 17, 2016
Many of you may not necessarily read the District Governor's Newsletter from start to finish...  Well, you should! In particular when our Wheelchair Trust Chairman, Daryl "Saint" Sanderson is featured with a full page.  So, if you haven't yet read the article written by DGE Darrell Brown, click to this link
There is lots more there - go to the District 9640 website www.http://rotary9640.org/ and browse.  By the way: the September newsletter has just been released.
A Rare Man: Daryl Sanderson Franz Huber 2016-09-16 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 12, 2016
Hot off the press:  "our" go-between in Vanuatu, Chantal Clarke, introduced a friend of hers, Annie Fuller, to our Wheelchair Shed. Annie picked up 3 wheelchairs, together with some toys from the Toyboys, to go to West Papua New Guinea.  Annie is with the Kilungga Foundation, an organization to help West Papuan refugees.  Photo below (by Al Sirovs): Annie, Chantal and our Wheelchairs Chairman Daryl Sanderson desperately trying to control his blood pressure....  There! if you want to experience some excitement, you have to be at The Shed on Saturday morning! 
3 wheelchairs and toys go to West PNG Franz Huber 2016-09-11 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 08, 2016
At last Wednesday's meeting, Rosie McIntyre was inducted into our club under the classification of 'Peak Performance Coach'.  Introduced by our Sergeant and Membership Director Andy Bell, Rosie has been a familiar face at our meetings for several weeks now.  The formality of the induction put "the cherry on the cake". Congratulations. and welcome to Surfers Sunrise, Rosie!  Our Program chief Jo Gorman has set aside a slot for 'Woman behind the Badge' speaker segment on 2nd November. We are looking forward to it!
Meet our newest Surfers Sunrise Rotarian: Rosie McIntyre Franz Huber 2016-09-07 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 05, 2016
The major official visit of the year:
This Wednesday, District Governor Michael Irving and his charming wife Roz [you did wonder what the Plus sign was all about, did you?] will join us at Surfers Sunrise.  See also more details of what you can expect in President Simon's message above.  Many of us have heard Michael speak before, last time at our club when he presented on his experience in a Research Team on Antarctica. Michael's professional career includes multiple Vice Chancellor positions, including one at a Middle Eastern (Oman) University. This is going to be good!
See you Wednesday at the RSL Club in Surfers Paradise!
This Wednesday: District Governor Michael Irving + Franz Huber 2016-09-04 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 27, 2016
The Rotary Club of Surfers Paradise is again organizing a Charity Race Day on the first day of the Spring Racing Carnival, Saturday 8th October 2016.  It will be held at 'The Dome' at the Gold Coast Turf Club.  Our club has supported the event last year.  Can we again get some 10 tables together? Cost per table is $700.00 (Note: correction from last week's typo).  Contact Fundraising Director Tania Laird.
Surfers Paradise Rotary Club Race Day Franz Huber 2016-08-26 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 27, 2016
At last week's meeting, Wheelchair Trust Chairman Daryl Sanderson called for helpers to unload a container loaded with 3,000 wheels... Well, the response was quite positive! The group photo below shows the team.  And, even though there are rainbow colours in it, your Editor is quite positive that this has nothing to do with supporting a certain political correctness movement, but is all about somebody's wish, such as receiving a wheelchair, coming true... ☺  Go to the Download section on the right for a whole lot more, provided by Jo Gorman, Tony Bird and Geoff Croad.  
Many hands make light work.... Franz Huber 2016-08-26 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 21, 2016
At last Wednesday's meeting, President Simon Brook presented District Governor Elect Darrell Brown with his 5-Sapphire Paul Harris (PHF) Fellow pin.
Darrell, like many other Rotarians throughout the world, is a member of the Paul Harris Society, whose members annually contribute US$ 1,000 (AUS$ 1,310) to The Rotary Foundation, the principal charitable organization of Rotary International.  A pin with 5 sapphires represents a total of $US 6,000 to date, which may have been made as a combination of a PHF being awarded to the recipient by the club or District, or by a donation having been made.
The Rotary Foundation is one of the most efficient major charities in the world, with annual contributions in the vicinity of US$ 269 Million, of which a mere 1.8% go into Administration overheads. You can download a summary what is a Paul Harris Fellowship from here:
and a summary of facts about the foundation from this website: 
DGE Darrell Brown collects his 5-Sapphire PHF pin Franz Huber 2016-08-20 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 21, 2016
It looks like our School for Vanuatu project has been hit with a snag (and we don't mean a Sensitive New Age Guy!)  we understand that Tursa employment has pulled the pin on their sponsorship of the project to the tune of $23,000 in materials and labour.
"This does not mean the project will be discontinued" said Mario Fairlie, our chief organizers of grants.  Mario advises that a school in Sydney has expressed interest to come to the party with some $10,000, and a major effort will be started to seek donations of both materials and dollars from corporate and individuals.
Can you help, or do you know anyone who can be involved?  Please email Mario (via the link on the right side under Committee - Public Relations).
School for Vanuatu project hits a snag Franz Huber 2016-08-20 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 13, 2016
Some guest speakers are definitely worth having double the members attending.  So we did double our numbers... Hope Island Rotary Club joined us, introducing their youngest Rotary Disciple Riley (Clinton & Amy Ford 's 6 months old daughter). And if ever somebody tells me that Rugby players have trouble stringing a sensible sentence together, I'll send them Mat Roger's way!  What a refreshingly smooth, eloquent and humorous presentation!
Mat, a former star Wallaby and Gold Coast Titans player, is manager of Volunteer Engagement for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. "Rio has 65,000 volunteers", Mat exclaimed, "but Rio has a population of 6.3 Million.  The Gold Coast, with a population of just 600,000, needs 15,000 volunteers".  This is the first time that such a major event has been held at a regional town.  And whilst they will receive applications literally from all over the world, preference will be given to locals, for a number of reasons, not least being that it is expected that availability of accommodation will be scarce.
But why would you want to volunteer? "There is no doubt that the volunteers are a crucial part of such an event", Mat said. "They made a lasting impact on the Sydney Olympic Games, as has been attested time and again. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You are the "face of the games", you will meet lots of interesting people, you'll be part of the biggest event in Australia in 10 years, you'll become an Ambassador for the Games."
So what are the pre-conditions? Not much other than what makes perfect sense: Be available from 4 - 15th April 2018 for a minimum of 10 days, 8 hours per day, as well as for 3 - 4 days of training. You'll need to pass a background and Police Check, be friendly and cheerful, flexible, have a 'can do' attitude, dedicated, resilient, motivated (anyone got a thesaurus? ☺)  There is a well laid-out website specifically dealing with the volunteering of the games, where you can register your interest as well as research an exhaustive list of Frequently Asked Questions: https://gc2018.com/take-part/volunteering
What is the timeline? Applications open in February 2017 - they expect about 40,000. Interviews will be conducted in the Q2 of 2017 with about 25,000 expected, in Q3 the offers will go out, in Q4 there will be 'role specific' training and in Q1 of 2018 will be 'venue specific' training.  You can email Mat, either at mat.rogers@goldoc.com or volunteer@goldoc.com. 
Last week's Guest Speaker: Mat Rogers - Volunteering at the Games Franz Huber 2016-08-12 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 06, 2016
Don't you sometimes despair when you follow the petty squabbles in the media, be they of a major international scale such as the current race (to the bottom??) about who will be the next President of the USA, the deplorable state of Australian politics based on personality rather than policy or the trumped up furore by the twitterati over Bill Leak's cartoon in the Australian Newspaper, telling nothing but the truth, so help me god?  
Well, let me give you a wonderful antidote: join Surfers Sunrise Rotary (or for that matter any Rotary Club) and hear and see what real people can achieve to help those less fortunate in the world, in areas where a safety net provided by the Government is not even thought of, where public health is unknown, where the youth, instead of getting an education, spends 3 hours of each day carrying dirty water from some waterhole to their shanty, so they can survive.  In the recent past we had Chantal Clarke with her project in Head Hunter territory of Vanuatu.  Last week we had Peter and Sharon Crean and their daughter Liz, the organizers of Beyond Water, all the way from Nairobi, Kenya.  They operate not just in Kenya, but also in Ghana and Rwanda. Peter is a member of the Rotary Club of Nairobi Lavington. Their life work is to assist the local population to get clean water from a proper well. This will free their young generation from the ridiculous time waste of carrying water instead of getting an education.  Clean water can also be achieved by installing guttering on their buildings so rainwater can be collected. Clean water has the obvious, but not necessarily apparent effect of a major improvement in health.  Health can be improved by having proper toilet facilities (no, I don't mean the flushing type with a bidet!).  
Whilst donations of materials etc can be effective, regrettably, this is not necessarily the best solution.  "Getting containers is not the problem. Getting them off the wharf is: I have to have about $10,000 in my pocket..." Peter advised.  So, to support their project, you are better off to go to their website www.beyondwater.org.au  and make a donation. The money will be used to pay for local labour and goods sourced locally.  There is stacks of additional information there about their humanitarian projects.
Program Director Jo Gorman, Sharon and Peter Crean: the toilet roll in Sharon's hand and Peter's coffee cup have a connection: you guessed it: for the cost of a cup of coffee a day, you can sponsor a major sanitary improvement in a village in Kenya.
Last week's Guest Speakers: Peter and Sharon Crean, Beyond Water Franz Huber 2016-08-05 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 30, 2016
About once or twice in a Rotary Year, there comes what President Simon Brook calls a Rotary Moment.  Simon's announcement that it's "all systems go" for our club, in conjunction with RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) to build, deliver and erect a school in the northern area of Vanuatu. The RAWCS project number has been formally assigned: 2016-17/70. Click on this link for details, where you can also donate funds. An awful lot of 'paddling under the surface' has already happened: You recall a few weeks ago, Chantal Clarke (Rotary Club of Currumbin-Tweed-Coolangatta) presented her RAWCS project to refurbish a Community and Health Centre in Port Orly, north of the tourist areas of Champagne Beach. 
The school, using Des La Rance's well proven design as has already been deployed in Thailand (2007) and again on Samoa (2010, 2012 - see picture above) was going to be pre-manufactured by a local company specializing in Work for the Dole and Disability Employment Services. They had committed $23,000 towards the project for the procurement of some materials, in addition to providing the labour at their factory. Regrettably, they now have pulled out.  So, our club will need to come up with substantial funds (about $40,000). All donations are fully tax deductibleOne of the major materials components will be the roofing panels (refrigeration type), estimated to cost about $7,500. Click on this link to donate.
The pre-manufactured components will then be shipped to Vanuatu and, similarly to the way it was done in the past, a team of volunteers will travel on site to organize the erection and hand-over of the building to the local people.

Des La Rance, who designed the concept of a 'Flat Pack' school that is not only inexpensive but also cyclone proof will lead the project, liaising with any local company that wishes to participate with labour and/or materials, RAWCS and Chantal Clarke.  
Mario Fairlie, who has had extensive experience in dealing with RAWCS (and other) grants, will be involved in that side.  "Members are invited to go to Vanuatu to assist in the building of the school there" Mario said. "Keep in mind, it will be rough! Not like on Samoa where there was a tourist hotel within an acceptable distance from the site."
An organizing committee will be formed shortly.  And to kick of the fund raising: our regular visitor Arthur Moorhouse presented a $50.00 note to President Simon. All donations over $2.00 are fully tax deductible.  Click on this link to donate (fully tax deductible).
Surfers Sunrise to build a school on Vanuatu! Franz Huber 2016-07-29 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 28, 2016
Well, considering Richard has a degree in Accounting, his presentation was remarkably invigorating! Anyone who hadn't quite caught up with him at the beginning, would have woken up when he mentioned "Three bears, three little pigs, three musketeers, three blind mice..."  Huh??  Well, it certainly worked: Richard referred to "the power of three", being a principle that, ultimately, "makes the speaker appear knowledgeable while being simple... - That's me, he declared..."
His family moved from Armidale to Toowoomba when he was 1 year old, where he remained until, with his charming wife Sue they recently decided to retire to the Gold Coast. (Wistfully, Richard wondered why the idea didn't occur to them earlier!) Schooled in Toowoomba Primary, then Grammar School studying Science, he found that that was not to his liking.  Nor was sport: Richard was diagnosed with Scheuermann's Disease, a degeneration of the bones. [Richard, just reading about it makes me shiver... Ed.]  Instead of sport, he opted for Scouting.  Still today, his then Scoutmaster is a perpetual idol to look up to.  On to Darling Downs Institute of Education (now University of Southern Queensland) to study Accountancy, graduating with a Bachelor of Business.
Does an Accountant have passions? Yes. Besides marrying his childhood sweetheart Sue (yes! girl next door across the road!) Richard learned to fly, getting his wings in 1976. Later, he progressed to IFR (Instrument Flight Rules).  "It is always a great feeling to come out of a cloud at the right place..."
So, coming to the third segment, Love... "Sue lived across the road when we were kids in primary school... ... we eventually married and now enjoy the the company of our children and grandchildren." Does it get any sweeter? Yes! Going to the Caravan & Camping Show last year to purchase some LED lights, they ended up coming back with an off-road camper trailer...
Read Richard's entire story in the Download Section on the right, together with a light hearted segment of his answers to 33 Questions.  As always, the 'Behind the Badge' talks are among the most interesting - one never ceases to be quite surprised and amazed at what is behind the persona of an individual.
Last week's Speaker: Richard Smith - Man behind the Badge Franz Huber 2016-07-27 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 21, 2016
"I ran for parliament because people said I couldn't do it..." John-Paul Langbroek [lets abbreviate this to JP for the remainder of this article, ok?] opened up.  Well, it would appear that the member for Surfers Paradise since 2004 much prefers to discuss just about anything other than his own very impressive personal background.  Go to the NLP's website, there is an almost painful absence of news younger than 2 months. Go to his personal webpage, you find only a brief mention about himself (but numerous photos), but plenty about his city, his constituents, his views and goals for Surfers Paradise.  But a quick look into Wikipedia reveals that, whilst born in the Netherlands, his family emigrated to Australia when he was only a few months old.  Prior to entering politics, JP, who holds an Honours Degree in Dental Science, ran a Dental Practice. [Useful, I'm sure, since getting the opposite members to actually answer a question would be similar to extracting teeth!  Ed.]
JP first ran in 2001, when Rob Borbidge resigned after he led the coalition to a landslide defeat, but missed out to Lex Bell, one of the most prominent personalities of the Gold Coast.  But in 2004, he won comfortably, and in 2009 became the leader of the recently formed LNP. Since then, an awful lot has happened in State Politics, and this is not the space to cover it...
Currently, he is Shadow Minister for Health & Ambulance Services and the Commonwealth Games.  If you want to put the various portfolios into context: Of a $54 Billion annual budget, Health & Services takes some 40% of the cake, with about 80,000 staff, or 1/3rd of the entire public service.  Compare that to Tourism, which as 100 staff!
So, why don't we hear more about what's happening?  The explanation is quite straight forward: "News depends on ratings. TV News generally have just one, 'highly polished' story per day" he says. For example, when he recently gave a 20 minute Press Conference on Child Safety issues, it didn't get reported at all!  Then there is the 'technique' of delaying news (or bringing them forward): An example JP cited was the recent Toowoomba By-Election, which was soundly won by the LNP.  But the State Government just happened to release the report into the Barrett Centre closure a solid 3 weeks after it was presented with it, so it would - oh, so conveniently - coincide with the By-Election.  
The mark of a Guest Speaker is always the level of interest in Question Time.  Well, just as well that JP allowed for half of his time! They came thick and fast!  What were the questions?  Well, you should have been there!
Last week's Guest Speaker: John-Paul Langbroek MP Franz Huber 2016-07-20 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 20, 2016
Your Editor has seen some unusual things happening in his almost 30 years in Rotary.  We have seen Presidents going AWOL after a few short weeks into the term (more than once - Vice President Ian Mayberry, who in his career as VP twice got caught up in such a situation, visibly got the jitters when he first heard about it..! ☺), but never before has a President been given the boot after just three weeks in office!  OK, 'given the boot' with a twist:  Regular visitor from Nowra, Arthur Moorhouse's better half had severely injured her foot some time ago.  Now, the 'Moon Boot' was no longer required, Arthur thought it would certainly become a useful item to be included with a consignment of wheelchairs...  Arthur hence presented the boot to an initially puzzled President Simon!  Never a boring moment at a Surfers Sunrise breakfast!
President Simon gets the boot - just 3 weeks into his term Franz Huber 2016-07-19 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 17, 2016
"We change the world through action. We teach them how to make things. The villagers teach us how to be humble". Profound words indeed.  Chantal's business, SUP Wilderness Adventures (SUP stands for Stand Up Paddleboard), can take you to places where you not only can experience the original way nature was before the tourism developers came along.  One of the segments of her company's offerings is 'Voluntourism'.  In essence, you take a holiday into a "rough" area, and while you are there, you help the locals with some volunteering work.  What a great idea!  Are there Headhunters? Ask Chantal. You might be surprised!  
Chantal's specific presentation was on one of her projects, the refurbishment and upgrade of a Health Clinic and Kindy at Port Olry, Vanuatu.  This is a fully approved RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) Project (#70) of her Rotary Club Currumbin-Tweed-Coolangatta and the Rotary Club of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu at the recipient's side.  
Espiritu Santu is the largest island of Vanuatu (albeit not the one where its capital, Port Vila, is located).  The project is located at Port Orly, quite a bit further on from the northern most point for tourists, Champagne Beach. 
So what sort of work is being performed? Lots, from refurbishing a Kindergarten through to the relocation of Sea Cucumber. Relocation? Yes, Sea Cucumber has been grossly over-fished by the Chinese.  This resulted in a massive disruption in the overall ecology, causing issues with algae, causing coral bleach, causing loss of the fish population.  
But one of the major aspects of the project is also to teach the locals how to carry out sustainable farming. This is done in conjunction with the Vanuatu Agricultural College. Kids can come along too: Chantal's daughter helped repainting the Kindergarten.
Two major stages are about to happen:  Stage 1 (August 2016) involves the refurbishment of the existing Health Clinic and Kindy facilities, Stage 2 (October 2016 - June 2017) relates to the establishment of occupational training workshops and sustainable economic development.
See a comprehensive outline of the project in the Downloads section on the right.
Last week's Guest Speaker: Chantal Clarke - Humanitarian Projects in Vanuatu Franz Huber 2016-07-16 14:00:00Z 0
'The Lutzy' - Presentation of the inaugural award to Jessica Webber Franz Huber 2016-07-09 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 07, 2016
What a cracker of a meeting to start off the new Rotary Year!  Lets first get to the routine stuff: Des La Rance was at the door, Graeme Isaacson was Chairman and Andy Bell was Sergeant.
We had apologies from Jo Gorman, Richard Smith, Tania Laird, Bob Harrison, John Franich and Neil Thurlow.
President Simon Brook, greeted all members, but in particular our special guests: Jan Lutz, Jessica Webber and her parents Peter and Sue, Paul Chapple, Managing Director of Major Sponsor Astute Projects, Craig Chapman, President of Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC), and a large entourage of members of his club.
In view of the special occasion of the meeting (see further on), Simon and the directors kept announcements to the minimum:  Simon outlined details of the upcoming Kokoda Challange, as well as foreshadowing that the meeting of 24th August will be at the Wheelchair Shed in Arundel.  More details coming up.
Wheelchair Trust Chairman Daryl Sanderson presented a brief report, announcing that a container of Wheelchairs will leave for Sri Lanka on 20th July, and some 10 wheelchairs each will be sent to Vanuatu and to Longbok (Indonesia).  A container with some 3000 wheels and tyres will arrive very shortly (help needed).  And, last, but not least: an donor wishing to remain anonymous has come up with a donation of $10,000 to the Wheelchair Trust!  Thank you!
But the main part of the meeting was all about the presentation of a very special award: The inaugural Keith Lutz Award, in memory of our esteemed Charter Member who unexpectedly passed away some 3 years ago, was presented to Jessica Webber.  Keith was a highly recognized and dedicated member of the Surf Life Saving movement.  The award is specially designed to meet the aims of Rotary's encouragement of young people to aspire to leadership on the one hand and continuing the profound positive effects "Lutzy", as he was affectionately known in the SLSC. 
See major report in this bulletin and on the website.
Snippets of last week's meeting 060716 Franz Huber 2016-07-06 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 06, 2016
This has been in the making for almost two years, but finally has come to fruition:  The inaugural Keith Lutz Award will be presented at this coming Wednesday's meeting at Surfers Paradise RSL Club.  Keith Lutz. a Charter Member of our club was also a high profile member of the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club.  The award has been created in his honour and will be presented by Jan Lutz to an outstanding young person from the Surf Life Saving movement, Jessica Webber - see photo on left.
"Keith Lutz Award" will be presented this Wednesday 6th July Franz Huber 2016-07-05 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 03, 2016
At the last meeting of last year, (now) Past President Paul Seymour inducted two new members:  Richard Smith (left) and Al Sirovs (right).  Richard transferred from Toowoomba Garden City (also a breakfast club) to the Gold Coast, and of course he joined Surfers Sunrise!  Al Sirovs, proposed by Doug Lipp, is a retired Electronics Guru.  Watch future bulletins for more details about these two fellows, as they do their Man behind the Badge and - coming up shortly, when they reveal their deepest inner selves with their answers to the traditional "33 Questions"!
Meet the two newest members of Surfers Sunrise Franz Huber 2016-07-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 02, 2016
The Glenn Miller Band had a major hit with Chattanooga Choo Choo. (Ok, so I'm betraying my age...) So what?? I hear you ask.  Well, that is where John Germ hails from! And one thing one can definitely claim without fear of being contradicted: he was no wallflower: As one reads his bio, it gets better with every line: Tennessee Young Man of the Year 1970, Engineer of the Year 1986, Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year 1992 and so the list goes on.  No need for me to rehash it all: just click on this link to get the full details from the RI Website: And at this link you find his first monthly message, well worth reading.
Meet the new Rotary International President - John F. Germ Franz Huber 2016-07-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 26, 2016
Last Sunday, Paul Seymour handed over the tiller to incoming President Simon Brook.  A good time was had by all - thank you, Chris Thurtell, for organizing the venue for us!
Past District Governor Sandra Doumani and her husband Sam were our guests of honour, representing Rotary International. 
President Elect 2017-18, Larry Murray was our Master of Ceremonies.  Only Larry knows how to keep an event, which really can be a quite formal occasion, in concert with the Surfers Sunrise tradition of also making it a relaxed good fellowship event without losing its sense of importance.
On behalf of DG Anne Egan, Sandra presented President Paul with a Governor's Recognition Certificate, in acknowledgment of our club's many achievements over the past 12 months.  DGE Darrell Brown, with a concise summary outlining the achievements of Rotary International over the past century and a bit, proposed a toast to Rotary International, responded to by PDG Sandra Doumani with an equally, refreshingly brief yet dignified response.
Besides the superb fellowship, the highlights of the day was a brief "Arrivederci!" address by our Youth Exchange Student Martina Missarelli, who by now has returned to her native Italy. And of course, the announcement of the club's awards:
Doug Waller Trophy for services to Rotary and in particular to the club: Mario Fairlie
Quiet Achiever Award:    Geoff Croad (regrettably, Geoff was unable to attend)
Fellowship Cup:    Gerald East
Rotarian of the Year:   Simon Brook
Congratulations to all!
A pictorial of the Award Winners is in the Download Section on the right.
Last Sunday's Changeover Luncheon: The Award Winners Franz Huber 2016-06-25 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 18, 2016
... the man obviously believes in fast track careers: At the tender young age of 33, Simon is Managing Director of one of the foremost Architectural firms in Queensland, Burling Brown & Partners (refer last week's summary of its former Managing Partner, DGN Darrell Brown).  On the Rotary side, Simon was selected to be on the Group Study Exchange (GSE) team to Wisconsin, USA.  In 2014, he joined Surfers Sunrise as its youngest member, and in 2016/17, he will be President of the club.
"Rotary means to me:
  • Personal Development
  • Business Development and Ethics
  • Friendship, Fellowship
  • Making a difference.
Why am I telling you that?" he asks. "Because I want everyone to focus on it!"
Simon explained that, in 2010, when he had his first experience at the Surfers Sunrise Club, he had a "Rotary Moment", when he saw a picture of a young orphaned child who benefited from the school that our club organized to be delivered and built in the tsunami devastated region of Khao Lak Beach in Thailand.
So, what's coming up in the next 12 months? Well, Simon's list is deliberately designed to be a bit ambitious, yet are quite achievable. You find a specifically designed flyer he designed on our download section of our website (on the right hand side).  There is something in there for everyone, including a possible expansion to a 'Surfers Sunset' segment for Friends of Surfers Sunrise. 
And, very important: "Our" District Governor for 2017/18 will need lots of support.  Simon's request is quite simple: "Every member to contribute and participate in the preparation and running of the District Conference 2018".  
"Have your own Rotary Moment" is Simon's advice: "Be a mentor.  And, in accordance of the Rotary International Theme for 2016/17: Serve Humanity".
Last week's speaker: President Elect Simon Brook Franz Huber 2016-06-17 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 12, 2016
For those of us who have lived on the Gold Coast for a while, or even have grown up here, Darrell's presentation evoked many nostalgic memories.  With a 40 year history of designing High-Rise buildings in this city, he can indeed proudly use the title "My Gold Coast" for his speech: Starting with The Anchorage in 1970 through a list of landmark buildings. HiHo, Pacific Plaza, "The Mara's" (there are three of them), Gemini Court...
Darrell channeled Sir Clem Renouf, Past RI President (1978-79) who said: “Rotary gives ordinary people, extraordinary opportunities to do more with their lives than they ever dreamed possible.” (Sir Clem was the principal instigator of the Polio eradication campaign, and again re-kicked it into action in 2010. Click here to see an ABC 7:30 report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scTIoeepZFg.) Too right! Darrell was selected in the 1972 GSE Team to Pennsylvania (yes - where the recent team came from).  And he never looked back.  Immediately upon his return he joined Rotary, where he met up with his future business partner, Ron Burling, to found the now world famous Burling Brown & Co Architects.
Silver Point, Contessa, Spinnaker, Rivage Royal, Belle Maison... and so the list (and evolution of design) goes on.  Not just High-Rise, but also schools (TSS, St Hilda's, All Saints, St Andrews). They include Resorts such as Greenmount Beach Resort.  Then came a quite different challenge: the Theme Parks, starting with Seaworld.  
And just to prove that the Gold Coast isn't the only town: Quite some time ago, Darrell was commissioned to design buildings in Darwin. Lots of them, to the extent that he has now become a regular commuter between the two cities.
"Architectural design today has changed" Darrell remarked somewhat wistfully.  Look at Q1, Soul and Surfers Paradise Jewel (see photo on right), a $1 Billion project, financed by a Chinese company.  You are not wrong, Darrell!  But, as Greek Philosopher Heraclitus (535 - 475 BC) said about 2,500 years ago: "The only thing that is constant is change".
Last week's speaker: DGN Darrell Brown: My Gold Coast Franz Huber 2016-06-11 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 12, 2016
Remember in September 2014, one of my personal friends, Joy Ord (she is the Gold Coast Region chief as well as International Manager of Girl Guides Queensland) gave us a presentation of one of her projects, "drown - proofing" young kids in Cambodia. She had conducted this type of project before, with great success. Yes! A very large percentage of kids in that country cannot swim, yet they face serious dangers since there is certainly no pool fencing around the numerous ponds that exist everywhere.  Surfers Sunrise provided Joy with $500 to conduct another one of these projects. , who has carried out this type of projects before, had planned to conduct another swimming school in February this year, but it had to be cancelled due to ... cold weather! [Hmmm... perhaps that's why they changed the terminology from 'Global Warming' to 'Climate Change'... Ed.].  It is now planned for August this year. A positive aspect: Because our donation was changed to $US, she got $US 451.00, not the $370.00 she would get today (and heavens knows what it would be in August!).
An interim report from Joy is on the download list on the right.  Check it out!
Franz Huber.
Girl Guides Qld - Swimming Lessons in Cambodia Franz Huber 2016-06-11 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 05, 2016
OK, so I have used one of the most profound German proverbs before: "Wenn einer eine Reise tut, so kann er was erzählen"  (When somebody has done a journey, he can tell a story).  And so was it certainly with Graeme Isaacson (picture on left, still a little bit jetlagged...), freshly returned from a cruise starting in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), going on to Jordan, Israel and Greece. Wot?? Deliberately going near the hot spots of the Middle Eastern war zones? The UAE (yes, "crimes" such as alcohol consumption and pre-marital sex are punished by flogging) is just across the Strait of Hormuz from Iran, Syria is to the West of Iraq, Israel doesn't need further comment.  And Greece... ok, not as physically dangerous. Only that the nation's debt problems have already become history there, whereas Australia's population is hoping it will go away all by itself, and their refugee crisis makes Australia's look like a Sunday afternoon walk in the park...
But the ship Graeme and Anne selected is, according to Graeme, "on the standard of the Versace Hotel".  Except that everything is included, from cocktails, 'vintage' wines and of course a cuisine which would be the equivalent of the Versace Hotel.  And, in contrast to most cruises, with this one there were 2-day on-shore stays, so one could not just sight-see but also "experience" the localities.
From Dubai to Jordan where one could see the Ruins of Tetra, now under UNESCO Heritage, onwards towards Israel.  Whether one is interested in religion or not, a visit to Jerusalem would have to be of major interest: the three primary 'Abrahamic' religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam are represented there (not necessarily living in peaceful harmony though...).  
Then on to sailing the Suez Canal.  Considering that Napoleon already considered building it (he didn't proceed because they were of the opinion that the sea levels on the Mediterranean side would be different to the Red Sea side), the concept only came to fruition 100 years after Napoleon's birthday, in 1869.  That despite the fact that the British opposed it.  From 1967 to 1975, whilst Egypt was at war with Israel, the canal was blocked by Egypt, leaving several ships stranded for the whole of 8 years.
Then on to Greece, where "not to pay tax" is a national tradition.  So, the country has 23% of GST - more effective indeed! 
What about security, in particular potential attacks by pirates?  Well, the ship had 8 Commandos on board, "for the comfort of passengers"...
Last week's speaker: Graeme Isaacson - From UAE to Israel to Greece Franz Huber 2016-06-04 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on May 30, 2016
Do Dolphins sleep at night? Obviously not! And I'd challenge anyone to tell me that they don't enjoy every minute of their performance!
Last Saturday, with Chris Thurtell's organization (ok, as a 'Big Wig' in Village Roadshow, he would have a couple of strings to pull which mere mortals don't even know are there!) we enjoyed a wonderful evening, enjoying the Dolphin show whilst being served unlimited food and drinks... How good is that!  It was also the "official" birthday party for Mario and Rae Fairlie, even though Mario had his birthday a couple of weeks ago and Rae will only have had it about now (some 40 tickets were paid for by him for the purpose).  So, a belated "Happy Biiiiirthdayyy tooooo yoooooou!"
The proceeds of the evening are going towards our Wheelchairs Project. Some 20 years after we started this, Daryl, Des and Bob, together with their helpers still can produce a wheelchair for less than $100.00.  Over 7,100 have been sent to underprivileged children on every continent of the world. Howzat!
Seaworld by Night - only with Rotary! Franz Huber 2016-05-29 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on May 28, 2016
George Essex wrote a very deep poem specially dedicated to 'The Women of the West'.
Well, not exactly in the case of Jenny: she didn't leave a mansion on the hill, she had returned from a stint in London, dressed in the latest European fashion (mini skirt etc). Not only was she a qualified Nurse, but her upbringing made her very well versed in the art of farming, a horse woman of outstanding skill. But what can come between two young lovers, who both have obvious capacity for such an enterprise as starting a farm literally in the middle of nowhere in the deep north of Queensland?
Last Wednesday, Jenny and Rick Old outlined their early years on McAllister, as their farm was named.  "It was a completely blank canvas - no homestead..." Rick started off building a shed. The "kitchen" consisted of a 44 gallon drum... Fencing, yard building took up all their time. After six weeks, Rick presented Jenny with an engagement ring: "Will you marry me?" OK, the ring was not exactly of Fifth Avenue standard. It was made out of fencing wire (see picture on left). But, as a symbol of enduring love, it would be dearer than a 5 carat diamond.  They had a formal wedding, under the theme of "Old Bull" (Jenny's maiden name was Bull).  Then came Bessy. No, not their first child. That is what they named their first car they bought when on their honeymoon in the city: an old Holden FJ, worth $80.00.  On the way back to McAllister, the Windscreen busted, so Jenny traveled with a pillow in front of her face to ward off the dust and the insects.  Then they had to take the bonnet off, because it kept boiling over...
Look, dear readers, I could write half a book just from the 20 minutes presentation Jenny and Rick gave us last Wednesday.  To get the full story, you'll just have to buy the book.  Just go to their website: www.jennyold.com where you find not only a link to buy the book, but also a stack of photos. Truly inspiring!  I started off with a poem, so perhaps it is fitting to finish off with a stanza of one of my favorites.  From Banjo Paterson's "Black Swans":
Oh! ye strange wild birds, will ye bear a greeting
To the folk that live in that western land?
Then for every sweep of your pinions beating,
Ye shall bear a wish to the sunburnt band,
To the stalwart men who are stoutly fighting
With the heat and drought and the dust-storm smiting,
Yet whose life somehow has a strange inviting,
When once to the work they have put their hand.
Last week's Guest Speaker: Jenny Old - McAllister Franz Huber 2016-05-27 14:00:00Z 0
Reflections of Group Study Exchange - by Simon Brook Simon Brook 2016-05-27 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
A special welcome to the parents of a very special person:  Our Youth Exchange Student from Italy, Martina Missarelli, welcomed her parents Gabriele and Rosanna to our shores.  A hearty welcome to you! We put out the best weather possible - enjoy!
Benvenuto a Surfers Sunrise! Martina's parents are here Franz Huber 2016-05-25 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Thurtell
Fellows, Girls! This is happening this coming Saturday!
Chris Thurtell who is the chief organizer of this event, urges you to be on time at 6:30 pm at the Seaworld Resort Hotel (formerly Seaworld Nara Resort).  The first show will start shortly after, so if you are late, you'll miss it!
Please spread this out on your Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and whatever other Social Media you participate in! This is only possible if you have a "big wig" of Seaworld in our club!  Chris Thurtell and President Elect Simon Brook have organized a cocktail party at Seaworld on the last Saturday in May.  See the flyer in the download section on the right.
Book and pre-pay online at this address: https://www.trybooking.com/LKDW
See you there!
Cocktails with the Dolphins - Seaworld - Saturday 28th May 2016 Chris Thurtell 2016-05-20 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on May 15, 2016
At the recent District Conference, Surfers Sunrise won the 'Best Public Relations - Single Event' award, in recognition of our Wheelchairs Project featuring on the ABC 7:30 Report.  This is just one of innumerable efforts of our Wheelchair Trust Chairman Daryl Sanderson.  Last Saturday, the inventor of the concept, Des La Rance OAM and Wheelchair Trust Treasurer Bob Harrison presented the award to Daryl, who accepted the award on behalf of his team. [C'mon Daryl, no need to be meek: organizing the ABC was your effort! Ed.]
Surfers Sunrise receives Best Public Relations Award Franz Huber 2016-05-14 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on May 15, 2016
Following our Bar-be-que on Wednesday night at President Paul Seymour's place, the GSE Team from Pennsylvania visited 'The Shed' on Saturday morning to learn about our principal club project, manufacturing wheelchairs, housing and schools for underprivileged children in developing countries. The inventor and major mover and shaker of the concepts, Des La Rance, presented a brief history of the first delivery of 10 wheelchairs to Fiji, the schools built in Thailand and Samoa and the major project, the 'House of Hope' on Samoa. From left President Paul Seymour, DGN Darrell Brown, Geoff Croad, GSE Team Leader Hector Ortiz (in red shirt), Des La Rance and Angus Miller (at the rear), at the front Jaime Arroyo-Milanes, Natalee Colon, behind her Zachary Zimmerman, President Paul's guest and nephew Sean (not part of the GSE team), Christine Fultz, Pauline Murray, Wheelchair Trust Chairman Daryl Sanderson.  Top left: the magic number 7147, the total number of wheelchair so far despatched.
Last Saturday's GSE Team visit to 'The Shed' Franz Huber 2016-05-14 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on May 09, 2016
Chris stood in at short notice for Tacha, the Polar Bear trainer at Seaworld.  There was a requirement to do some urgent maintenance work at the bear pit.  Tacha is not only the trainer, but also – on the very unlikely chance of the maintenance workers being attacked, the shooter…
So Chris, who has been with Village Road Show (the owners of Seaworld, Movie World and a swag of other Theme Parks) for decades, gave us a detailed presentation of what is really involved if you want to design a Theme Park.  Chris, by training is an Architect. By long term experience, he is involved in the entire sequence from planning to design to conclusion of a project.  And when it is completed, the cycle of coming up with new attractions begins. “In order to get the people to come back, one needs to have a new major attraction approximately every three years” Chris outlined.
By now, Theme Parks are firmly woven into the fabric of the Gold Coast.  A long way back, Seaworld, being the first one on the Gold Coast, was not much more than a lake. Chris became involved when the concept of Movie World emerged. The Di Laurentis Studios were up for sale. A representative of Warner Bros by the name of CD Wood came over to have a look at it.  It was by no means certain that the deal would proceed, but then they took him to the Oxenford Tavern for a bite to eat (and probably a couple of beers).  CD Woods declared that he had just been served “the best Cheeseburger ever”…  and bought it (the Studios, not the pub), together with the surrounding land. A master plan was created in partnership with Peter Lawrence (then owner of Seaworld).  The first meeting occurred way back in 1988.
There is an awful lot of thinking to be done. Theme Parks were not in the Australian culture; it was all in the US.  Why would you want to have one? “It has to be fun!” What theme do you want to use? Well, with Warner Bros behind it, Movies would come to mind.
Who would come? How much do we need to spend? In 1989, $AU 10 Million was committed.  A concept plan was designed. It was a Joint Venture between Warner Bros and ??? Leisure.  It is not just a question of building it, somebody needs to run it afterwards.  How much will you want to charge the public?
Then we get to the design detail: How are people going to get there? There was no Public Transport worth mentioning on the Gold Coast [not much has changed since… Ed.] So people will come by car. How will overseas visitors get to the park? By bus. So, 40% of the parking area is for buses.  How much power do we need, how much water? What are we going to do about sewerage, fire services, rubbish?  How do we get people to come back again? What balance do we need for young and old, so grandparents, parents and children are equally catered for?  How do we keep them occupied? (The park will be open for 7 ½ hours, of which at least 4 hours need to be “experience”. We’ll need souvenirs, T-Shirts… We’ll need food and drinks. (By the way: Chris iterated that food accounts for the biggest money maker in the group).  How do we cater for foreign language guests?  What will be our opening times (not too hard: planning laws prohibit opening at night).
What approvals are needed? Planning approval. Building and Height restrictions, Safety.  (Queensland Fire Services were heavily involved in assisting in the design of the facilities to keep people safe, in relation to evacuation plans etc).
And then comes the ‘Budget Check’: It is always over [Governments don’t seem to have these… Ed.] Then you scour the world for specialist personnel and manufacturers. Who can build all the gear that go with Special Effects? There are constantly the two opposing forces of Conventional Construction and Special Effects. What happens if it burns? The materials may be very difficult to inflame, but if they do, they might become highly toxic.  The manufacturers come from all over the world: Italy, China, the US.  Then come the Safety Tests: for example, if just a single seat belt is not fastened, the Roller Coaster simply won’t even start. And to be approved, it needs to have a minimum of 800 trouble free runs in a row. Something goes wrong on the 799th, start counting from 1!
Then there is staff hiring, training, emergency procedures, Public Relations.   What? No, there is much more to be done before we can open up…
Last meeting's speaker: Chris Thurtell - So you want to develop a Theme Park? Franz Huber 2016-05-08 14:00:00Z 0
See ya later - Farewell to the GSE Team - Saturday 14th May 2016 12:00 pm Simon Brook 2016-05-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 25, 2016
George Friend OAM, a member of the Broadwater Southport Rotary Club, is known for a number of major projects. Last Wednesday, George, a former came to bring us up to date on two major project of his: from 2015 - 2012, the Kokoda Memorial Wall in Cascade Gardens and before that, in 1995, commenced the building of the Kokoda Memorial Hospital.  There is no doubt that George has a lot of fondness for the area, for the 39th Battallion RAR and for Kokoda in particular. At the time as a member of the Australian Army, he walked the famous (infamous?) Kokoda Track in 1988. He trained in the Kokoda Barracks (these days known as Canungra Warfare Centre).  Some 20 years ago, he approached (then) Mayor (and now Councillor of Division 7) Gary Baildon to commission a memorial to the bloody battles which now have become major tourist attractions in Papua New Guinea. He traveled the country from Sydney to Melbourne, Perth and even to Japan to interview veterans of that era, including veterans of the Japanese Imperial Forces who, at the time, would have been the sworn enemies of the Australian Defence Force. In conjunction with the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments, Rotary and lots of volunteers, the hospital was built in 1995.
Later on, in stage 3, Bronze Statues were added to the Memorial Wall (see picture on right).
To close the presentation, our Terry O'Shea recited the poem 'Our Flag' - you can download it from here: http://www.monarchist.org.au/australian-flag.html 
Last week's Guest Speaker: George Friend OAM - Kokoda Memorial Hospital Franz Huber 2016-04-24 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 23, 2016
Martina has sent  an essay, outlining just one specific segment [just as I asked her to do, Ed.] of her journey of the Youth Exchange Safari.
It is in the Download Section on the right.  Download it now!
Bellissimo! Martina has returned from the YE Safari Franz Huber 2016-04-22 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 17, 2016
Simon Brook led the team from Surfers Sunrise in the Rotaract Trivia Challenge last Friday.  Some good pictures in the Photo Album on the right, also on our Facebook page.  Go on, go and have a look!
Great time was had by all at the Rotaract Trivia Night Franz Huber 2016-04-16 14:00:00Z 0
President Elect Simon Brook answers 33 Questions Franz Huber 2016-04-16 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 17, 2016
A notice from Brian Pearson of Broadbeach Rotary Club:  this would be worth going to!  See PDF flyer in the download section on the right.
Dear Friends,
In October 2015 we held our first Sizzle ‘n’ Swing for a polio free world, this event was a complete sellout with everyone enjoying the BBQ dinner plus dessert for a modest $25. The fantastic music of the 40’s to the 60’s provided by the “Chris Restom Swing Group” kept the Broadbeach Rotary Club Hub, humming all evening. We are now offering the same treat on Tuesday 26th April, Chris is bringing along his 5 piece band plus two great singers (also two members of the band singing) to the Broadbeach Rotary Hub once again.
The BBQ promises an enjoyable feed, we will also have a special wine raffle and Rock ‘n’ Roll competition, with all drinks at very modest prices.
I hope you will all circulate this information as widely as possible within your respective clubs and collect a list of those wishing to attend, I need final numbers by Friday 22nd April, tickets will be allocated on a first past the post basis – please don’t let your club miss out.
On a serious note we are definitely winning the battle against this terrible disease with the wild polio virus now only occurring in two endemic countries, with zero outbreaks outside of these. In 2016 up to 13th April, Afghanistan has recorded 2 cases (1 in same period 2015) and Pakistan 8 cases (21 in 2015). Since this disease can only be transmitted from human to human maybe we are in sight of the end. Much work remains in ensuring the continued decline and to avoid reoccurrence, immunisation programmes are happening in many countries at great expense, so our continued fund raising efforts, together with the generosity of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is of great importance.
I thank you for your assistance in this most worthwhile effort.
Best wishes,
Swing & Sizzle BBQ next Tuesday - Broadbeach Rotary Franz Huber 2016-04-16 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 11, 2016
Neil Thurlow and his team of graphics wizards has created an updated Newsletter for our Wheelchair Trust supporters.  It is in the Download Section on the right - download it now!
Updated Wheelchairs Newsletter Franz Huber 2016-04-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
If you never have looked at anything to do with the Winter Olympics, this would have missed out on one of the most remarkable stories of "flying" on skis: Eddie the Eagle.  Now they have made a movie about it, which also includes Hugh Jackman in a leading role.
This is another Polio Plus fundraiser, Gold Coast Arts Centre at tomorrow Thursday 14th April at 6:30 pm. Usual fee of $20.00 per head - first come first served!
See poster in the download section on the right.
Eddie the Eagle comes to the Gold Coast Franz Huber 2016-04-03 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 28, 2016
Our newest member, Jo Gorman, has agreed to answer the traditional 33 Questions! Download it now from the section on the right hand side. 
And this Wednesday, 06/04/16, Jo will give us an insight into her life so far in 'Lady behind the Badge'!
Jo Gorman answers 33 Questions Franz Huber 2016-03-27 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 20, 2016
Aaa-ten-shun!! Australian of the Year 2016, Lt General David Morrison AO secured as Guest Speaker at the upcoming District Conference 6 - 8th May 2016 in Murwillumbah. 
However you may want to describe him, General Morrison certainly cannot be described as a wall flower...  The former Chief of the Army first came to the attention of "ordinary" Australians with his public denunciation in 2013 of certain sexist elements in the Army. It is unknown at this stage what the theme of his speech will be, but whatever, certainly something to look forward to!
Have you registered yet? here is the link:
Quite simple: As President Paul points out in his message above, if you want to eat, you must register before 15th April 2016.
Lt General David Morrision AO secured as Guest Speaker at the District Conference Franz Huber 2016-03-19 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 20, 2016
Well, stone the crows!  We all remember Lyssia from her year with us in 2013/14 as our incoming YE student from Belgium.  Lyssia on Belgian TV, competing in that country's The Voice!  
Compliments of Isabelle Franich, our outgoing Youth Exchange Student to France 2014/15, here is the link to Lyssia's performance:
and here
"Our" former YE student Lyssia Demeulenaere on 'The Voice' Franz Huber 2016-03-19 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 14, 2016
What's the difference between a respected Public Accountant, a Race Horse Owner, a Rotary District Treasurer and somebody who entices people to come along to play cards whilst having a couple of beers or a glass of wine?  None. It is all one and the same person! 
Doug Lipp (without doubt with the capable assistance of his better half Sue) organized a very successful Crazy Whist night last Saturday. And President Elect Simon Brook brought along most of the Rotaract Club of Southport.  Obviously playing cards is not necessarily just for oldies!  Thank you Doug and Sue, well done!
Photo courtesy of President Paul's Facebook page.
The card sharks were out last Saturday... Franz Huber 2016-03-13 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 14, 2016
"Our" District Governor Elect Nominee, Darrell Brown, last week foreshadowed a BIG upcoming year in 2017/18.  In particular, the District Conference will require a massive manpower effort.  If you are a member of Surfers Sunrise, Darrell's list will be attached to your bulletin email.  If you are not a member, but would like to participate, please reply to the bulletin email, or send a message to franzhuber@onthenet.com.au to receive a list of current vacancies.
Is your name on DGN Darrell's list? Franz Huber 2016-03-13 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 13, 2016
On Saturday 16th April, the Rotaract Club of Southport (Yes, they were there in force at the recent Crazy Whist night!) will stage a "Tropicana" themed trivia night with games, raffles, bake stall and more.

Early bird (til Mar 31): $30/head or $220/table of 8
Regular: $35/head or $260/table of 8
Includes BBQ buffet and snacks. Drinks available for purchase.

Proceeds will go towards providing relief in Fiji, following Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston; their strongest cyclone on record. We, the Rotaract Club of Southport, are partnering with the Rotaract Club of Lautoka Sugar City, who are on the ground in Fiji providing much needed assistance to locals. This includes food packs, sanitary items, school supplies, building materials and more.
Simon Brook aims for a table of 10 people to participate.  Are you coming?
Rotaract Southport - Trivia Night for Fiji Cyclone victims Franz Huber 2016-03-12 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 13, 2016
2017/2018?  Loooong time in the distant future! Huh? Think again. It is only about 15 months away! "Our District Governor Nominee" already has a full time job preparing for the big year coming up: Leadership meetings every quarter, and - without doubt NOT! - Darrell's favorite activity: to create a budget. Hundreds of ways to spend money, but only very limited sources of income.gst the many segments of Rotary activity to be reviewed is the District's engagement with International Youth Exchange: in the "olden days" it was not uncommon to have 40 Exchange Students, now we have 7... Yet the results demonstrate every time that the program is very worthwhile. Is there a way we can promote this, perhaps by providing support for students who can't afford the expense?
Our club will be well represented on the District's Leadership team, with Chris Thurtell as incoming Youth Exchange Chair, with Gerald East as his Treasurer of the Youth Services committee.
There are lots of major events to be organized, including Pre-PETS (Presidents Elect Training Seminar), PETS and the District Assembly, which will be held in Lismore.  Goals will need to be set: one of the current major goals, to promote 'Donate Life' (Organ donorship) to be continued.  
Roz Irwing, DG Elect Michael Irving's better half, has nominated the Fred Hollows Foundation as her 'DG's Partner's Project'.  Kerry Brown is still evaluating potential contenders - feel free to make suggestions!
Darrell, himself a former GSE (Group Study Exchange) awardee, is checking out other districts in the world who may want to have an exchange with District 9640.  Possibly, first time ever, we may host a team from South Africa?
Then, there is the major event of the year, the District Conference. to start off, quite a challenge to set the date - the Gold Coast will host the Commonwealth Games around the same time! It will be held at the Seaworld Nara Resort. Our member Terry O'Shea has agreed to take the Chairmanship, and Geoff Croad will be Conference Secretary.  Chris Thurtell will organize the technology aspects (Sound, Video etc) - as a senior 'Mover and Shaker' of Seaworld, no doubt Chris knows a couple of people who consider this subject as a walk in the (theme) park... (pun intended).  A substantial number of senior positions have been filled by Rotarians from other clubs, but there are dozens of positions still to be filled.  Members will be sent a table with the most important ones listed.  Please put your name against one of the free areas!
Last week's speaker: DGN Darrell Brown: Towards 2017 Franz Huber 2016-03-12 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Feb 29, 2016
Gabrielle recently returned from her year in Minden, Germany.  The town of Minden, on the Weser river, goes back for centuries.  Famous for its bridge over a bridge (see picture), one of its major events in history was the Battle of Minden on 01 August 1759.  The locals call it Annus Mirabilis.  That, however, certainly is not what Gabrielle describes her year there. 
Her first host family’s cooking was all Vegan – Howzat for a completely new experience? She stayed there for 6 months, with the occasional ‘Sugar Craze’, or acute craving for a steak or at least a hamburger…  “I grew very close to my last host family”, Gabrielle reported. All in all, a very interesting and character building experience for her indeed.
She went to school at the Ratsgymnasium (no, nothing to do with Rats – pronounced ‘Raat’s’, from the German word ‘Rat’ as in Gemeinderat (Local Council Authority), and Gymnasium as in College or High School).
There was a lot of Rotary activity, firstly with the sponsoring Rotary Club of Minden – Porta Westfalica, as well as with multiple major excursions, not just around Germany, but internationally throughout Europe.  One of the local activities of the local club is ‘Baumpflanzen’ (tree planting): for every visiting student, a tree is planted.  They can then return at any time in the future and check how it has grown, and perhaps in another 40 years, bring your grandchildren there!
Gabrielle engaged herself in a new hobby: drawing and painting.  Good training for her intended career path: she will shortly commence a University course at the University of Queensland in Multi Media Design.  And to continue her involvement with Rotary, she’ll also join a local Rotaract Club in Brisbane, the Rotaract of Brisbane CBD.  And, just in case the brain is not stretched far enough: how about a course in Spanish?
Last week's Guest Speaker: Gabrielle Burey Franz Huber 2016-02-28 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Feb 29, 2016
Yes!! Jo Gorman joins Tania Laird as our second lady member! Last Wednesday, President Paul Seymour inducted Jo into our club, under the classification of Employment Services.  Welcome to Surfers Sunrise, Jo!  We look forward to your "Lady behind the Badge" presentation on 6th April.
Meet our newest member: Jo Gorman Franz Huber 2016-02-28 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Feb 14, 2016
Doug Lipp is organizing another one: Saturday 12th March 2016. Bring friends along.  Whilst for some the rules of the game may be somewhat "different", it all contributes to everyone having a good time. Lots of hilarious moments! See Events pages.
Crazy Whist night this Saturday 12th March Franz Huber 2016-02-13 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Feb 14, 2016
OK, nobody would ever have considered Felicity to be anything but confident.  Still, last Wednesday, she proved what "keeping it all together" means. Just think back the years when you were 18 years old (yes, a half century for many of us).  Now, imagine that you had planned your presentation all nicely on a Power Point.  After all, you had been to many meetings, and the laptop and projector were always there...  But not this time! Then you madly try to get it from your Smartphone, so at least you have the major bullet points, even if no pictures.  But that isn't happening either.  By then, your Editor would have crawled under the table and curled up in a fetal position.  Not "our" Felicity! With (at least outwardly) supreme confidence, she waltzed into it and started her presentation.  And with the self assurance of a seasoned politician being interviewed by Leigh Sales, after a relatively short time she opened up to questions from the floor.  And the questions came fast and thick!
Here are some of her major points: After her opening with a sincere statement of thanks - "it was the experience of a lifetime!" - she outlined how she came to arrive in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. "Helsinki doesn't feel like a city - it appears quite rural." How about coming in from a hot Australian summer into sub-zero temperatures of Scandinavia? "Going into the cold is easier than coming back! You can rug up.  There is no reverse possibility coming back into the summer heat!" What about communicating in Finnish? "Yes, the language is very hard.  But now I can understand and speak, but I still have some trouble in structuring sentences" she said. Felicity went to a local High School, where classes are (of course) in Finnish.  "School is really good, with lots of specialist areas. For example, I took Psychology.  And Economics - in Finnish; I even had trouble following it in English back home! But the end of the term, I was quite ok.  The major difference to the Australian system is that only the first 8 years are compulsory.  Then the choice is to move on to 3-4 years High School, or to go to a Trade College."
She kept very close to Rotary during her stay, visiting her host club just about every week.  It was within 15 minutes walking distance from School, so she went there for lunch.  Even though, in Finnish schools, the Government provides lunch for the students.
Felicity was hosted primarily by two families - you can see some photos on monthly reports (two of them are still on the Download section on the right).  And yes, they do have Saunas - apparently most houses have them.  And yes, they hacked a hole into the ice, for her to go for a dip...
Looking forward to your next presentation - we might even allow you to have a projector this time... ☺
For a humorous outline of the Finnish language from an expat's view, go to this link.
Felicity Cooper: what a difference a year makes! Franz Huber 2016-02-13 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Feb 14, 2016
Some of you may know that the "Father" of our club, Bruce Duncan OAM, recently passed away.  A memorial service will be held on Friday the 26th February at the Palmer Colonial Club, Paradise Springs Ave, Robina commencing  at 10.30am sharp, duration approx. 1 hour.  Venue is the restaurant in the main building.

Those who knew Bruce well are invited to speak briefly about those shared experiences. Should you wish to participate, please advise Jim Hawkings, Rotary Club of Broadbeach, in advance by return email so that I can pass that onto Bruce's daughter Fiona who is organizing the service.
Jim Hawkins jhawkins@abcom.com.au
Memorial Service for the "Father" of our club Franz Huber 2016-02-13 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Tania Laird advised that a fundraising event is organized to assist her Stepdaughter Shirani who is suffering from Breast Cancer(picture on right, with one of her three children Marli). The event will be held on Saturday, 27th February at Currumbin Surf Club.  $40.00 per person, finger food provided and the 'Dash' referred to in the poster is all about a beach race. (For you to place a bet on, not to race yourself.. ☺)  Download the full poster from the Download section on the right!
Tania's Fundraiser for Breast Cancer victim Franz Huber 2016-02-13 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 24, 2016
Assistant Governor David Baguley gave a brief presentation of a major multi club project his club, the Rotary Club of Gold Coast, is planning: The Gold Coast Ramble.  "I am a great believer in not re-inventing the wheel", David stated.  Perusing the pages of the Australian Rotary Magazine 'Rotary Down Under', he came across a project run by the Rotary Club of Mill Point in Perth WA.  He contacted the club, went over to have a personal look at it and was very impressed by what he saw.
The Perth Ramble is a multi club project, designed to be a Treasure Hunt and 4 hours family adventure.  Teams are encouraged to wear costumes, corporate teams are invited to compete.  The event is brought up to the modern era by running an App so people can get the questionaires via their tablets or smart phones at each station.  And just to ensure that there is no cheating: two teams arriving at the same time will not receive the same set of questions... The target audience is 19 to 49 year olds.  Sponsorship is available at each station, so local Restaurants and businesses can have a table setup right in front of their venue.
Over the past 5 years the event has been run, it has raised over $300,000.  Not to be sneezed at!  You can get more information about the Perth Ramble from this address:  www.perthramble.com.
Major Fundraising Event: 'Gold Coast Ramble' Franz Huber 2016-01-23 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 17, 2016
"Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration" said Thomas Edison.  You are running (or have been running) a company.  Over the years, you have incubated numerous ideas on how to present your goods and services in a better way, how to make it more attractive, easier to buy.  You have motivated and convinced your fellow directors and staff.  Yes! You have experience in stuff like this!  This Wednesday, it is this very one percent we are looking for: the inspiration.
But hey, isn't fundraising the job of the Fundraising Director? No! The job of the Fundraising Director is to coordinate the project.  To come up with the project and to put it on the map is the job of every member.  To then be involved is the job of every member.  To see it through is the job of every member.
So what is your big idea for a Big Project for 2016? Sure, we'll have a few sausage sizzles, the traditional tin rattles for Polio Plus etc.  But that won't cut the mustard.  To support the projects and charities we want to help, we need a new major fundraiser that brings it in in the multiples of $10,000.  The Rotarians of Surfers Sunrise have always been of the maverick kind.  So, time to put on your thinking cap as you read this.  Time to think outside of the square. Time to jot down a few notes to present it to your fellow members on Wednesday.
See you there!
This Wednesday: The big Fundraising Brainstorm Franz Huber 2016-01-16 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 14, 2015
"The children are our future."  Not necessarily the most original statement, in particular if you include politician's speeches over the past 100 years. (Remember a certain leader declaring that "no child will live in poverty by 1990"?)  Not original, until you connect to John's context: he refers to the families of the perpetually unemployed. "There are families which have, for the past 4 or 5 generations, experienced total unemployment, meaning that no member of the family ever worked." John declared. Strong stuff, almost unimaginable for Rotarians who, traditionally, would come from an environment of family internal motivation, fostering of values, encouragement to make a difference, and - most importantly - ensuring that their children become professionally successful. "All it needs is for one child to break the cycle. "He/she will get a job, will be able to afford things, will gain recognition, will gain self confidence". Simple recipe, but not necessarily simple to implement!
ETC, a Registered Training Organization (RTO) contracts to the Government to obtain employment for - yes - the unemployed.  And unemployables. Yet, "after gaining the contract" to start on 01/07/2015, within 6 weeks they had 7,500 "clients" in employment.  Pretty impressive, huh? They research prospective employers, prior to their client obtaining an interview.  That way, they generate some 40-50 vacancies per week. Interestingly, there appears to be a shortage of potential workers for the Commonwealth Games in 2018, in particular in the area of Security.  So they conduct training in these areas - common sense really, but perhaps not for some departments.
"Schools are grooming students for University rather than for work" John declared.  "If their students don't perform in the NAPLAN test, the school loses out." Hmmm... interesting to hear from the "unlistened to" side, from the people who are at the coal face of the real world at the other end of the scale.  I never cease to be amazed at the breadth and width of speakers that one can listen to in Rotary!
You can gain much more information about ETC from their website: http://www.etcltd.com.au where you will also find information about their services for disabled people, their Community Support Fund, advice for Small Business and much more.
Last week's Guest Speaker: John Duthie - ETC Employment Franz Huber 2015-12-13 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 07, 2015
Following hard on the October report, Gabrielle sent us her November epistle:  Handball, 1000 Km rowing race, Bratwurst and Reibekuchen, Weihnachts Markt...  download it from the Download section on the right now!
Read Gabrielle Burey's latest report from Germany Franz Huber 2015-12-06 14:00:00Z