'You Beauty!' Changeover at Edgewater

Last Wednesday we had our Changeover Breakfast at Edgewater Dining on Isle of Capri. It had to be moved from the originally intended Luncheon at Hope Island, as COVID restrictions meant that they would not have been able to accommodate our numbers until late August. And it was good! As they did last year, Edgewater Dining came up with a yummy breakfast, plate served. Here are the major points:
After MC Andy Bell's welcome, Secretary Mitch Brown proposed a toast to Rotary International. "Our" resident Past District Governor Darrell Brown responded, highlighting (now Past) District Governor Andy Rajapakse's major goal of increasing the membership from 1210 at the beginning of the year to a "moonshot" total of 1400. Impossible! they said. Well, that number was indeed achieved, but as is not unusual, at the end of the year, numbers slightly dropped to an excellent 1376. District 9640 can now boast of having the largest membership in our Zone.
(Now Past) President Charles Thomasson outlined a summary of the past 12 months' major highlights: The continued re-organisation of the Project Shed, the Italian Long Lunchand the Golf Day major fundraisers, the induction of new members. Our commitment to the X-Ray Unit for Vanuatu project, the new websites for the Wheelchair Trust and the Vanuatu projects. He foreshadowed that another Lutzy Award presentation coming up on 4th August.
Charles then moved on to present special recognitions:

'You Beauty!' Changeover at Edgewater Franz Huber 2021-07-21 14:00:00Z 0

Project Shed to re-open this Saturday

Unless new COVID rules appear before, our Project Shed at Arundel will re-open this coming Saturday 24th July 2021 and onwards every Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Note, you will need to check-in using the Qld Government Check-in App. All the usual COVID rules apply.
Project Shed to re-open this Saturday Franz Huber 2021-07-20 14:00:00Z 0

District 9640 Q&A Sessions

Do you want to hear about…
  • Planning effective projects?
  • Tips for Membership Retention? 
  • Being a diverse and inclusive Club?
Our District is holding a number of Q&A sessions, in lieu of the usual District Training Assembly. All sessions start at 09:00 for 09:30 am start and are expected to conclude by 2:00 pm, with social time afterward. 
The Gold Coast session is on 
Sunday 22nd August 
09:00 am for 09:30 am start.               
Mowbray Surf Club, Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
Bookings close -  Friday 13th August
Price of $20.00 includes a light lunch.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about effective project planning and creating a vibrant and inclusive Club through membership retention with members of the District Leadership team. There will also be plenty of opportunities to discuss matters raised by the on-line District Assembly presentations.
District 9640 Q&A Sessions Franz Huber 2021-07-18 14:00:00Z 0

This coming Wednesday 21st July: Breakfast at Edgewater

With the ongoing COVID restrictions announced, we could not secure a date within a reasonable time period with The Links Resort to accommodate our numbers for a Luncheon.
Thus, the decision was made to instead have a Changeover Breakfast next Wednesday 21st July 2021 (from 07:00 am, for 07:30 am start) at
Edgewater Dining
Shop 3 G7, Capri on Via Roma
Isle of Capri 4217
         (same place as last year).
We'll have the entire restaurant to ourselves, and the menu will again be a delicious pre-selection of
“The Halloumi” (Vegetarian)
Classic Benedict”
Tea, Coffee or Juice
The cost per person is $30.00. Bookings have closed and we have advised the restaurant of numbers. If you haven't booked, but would like to attend, please call convener Graeme Isaacson directly.
See you there!
This coming Wednesday 21st July: Breakfast at Edgewater Franz Huber 2021-07-16 14:00:00Z 0

Last week's Guest Speaker: Malia McMahon

Most people, even of mature age, tend to simply freeze up if they are put in front of a group of people whom they don't know personally and are asked to give a speech. If they are of school age, well…
So it came as a quite refreshing change to see Malia McMahon, just 14 years old, quite confidently get up in front of a bunch of mostly elderly, mostly unsmiling gentlemen [OK, I said mostly, there were some young members as well as ladies there too! ☺ Ed.] and give us a presentation about herself and particularly about her experiences at the recent RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment) camp. RYPEN is for 14 – 16 year olds, ‘designed to develop skills that will assist them in transition to adulthood. She was nominated by the Surfers Paradise SLSC as an emerging leader and sponsored by our Rotary club.
You can download Malia’s full speech, well worth reading, from the Download Section on the right, so I won’t rehash it. But one of the outstanding moments was when she briefly struggled with her emotions. “The CODID-19 lockdown in 2020 was one of the hardest things I’ve probably ever experienced. I experienced frustration… anger… tears… and for the first time in my life… a form of depression.”  Malia described the typical symptoms of depression she experienced: lack of motivation to accomplish anything, wanting to do nothing but sleep all day… With a bit of ‘physical close standing by’ from her mum, she quickly recovered herself though. And that is the hallmark of a future leader: the ability to recover, to regain control.
Thank you Malia. That was impressive indeed.
Photo: Malia (right) with the meeting's Chairman, Ashleigh Symes
Last week's Guest Speaker: Malia McMahon Franz Huber 2021-07-07 14:00:00Z 0

Gold Coast Makers Rotaract Club features in RDU

Just in case you were hiding under a rock for the past month (and who could blame you...): The Gold Coast Makers Rotaract Club, which was chartered in early June, has its "Head Quarters" at our Project Shed. Charter President Blake Foster (picture right), who is one of the many Rotaractors who regularly assisted on our projects, such as the X-Ray Unit for Vanuatu and our wheelchairs, managed to get a full page in this month's Rotary Down Under magazine (page 13). They meet on the first Wednesday of the month (ok, so last Wednesday they couldn't due to COVID restrictions). If you would like more details, click on this link to contact Blake by email.  They are also on Instagram.
Gold Coast Makers Rotaract Club features in RDU Franz Huber 2021-07-01 14:00:00Z 0

Excellent fundraiser at the Gold Coast Small Business Expo

Excellent fundraising effort last Wednesday and Thursday at the Gold Coast Small Business Expo. A big thank you to the Expo organiser Paula Brand for giving us the opportunity to have a stand and run the Gold Coin collection. 'Bump-in' on Wednesday afternoon, controlling car park traffic and manning the Gold Coin collection stand at the entrance certainly made it worthwhile: Total collection was roughly double that of last year. A big thank you to Darrell Brown for rounding us all up and managing our side of the bargain, and thank you to all who helped (just about half of the club members, as well as 'Honorary Queenslander' Ann O'Connor and Rotaractor Matt Hayward). The new format of changing the Gold Coin collection from the entry to the car park to the entrance door, and deploying a facility for Credit Card payment, certainly made a difference too. 
Picture: front Matt Hayward and organiser Darrell Brown; at rear Franz Huber, Adrian Crowe, incoming President Paul Seymour, Al Sirovs). Another couple of pictures on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rcsurferssunrise
Excellent fundraiser at the Gold Coast Small Business Expo Franz Huber 2021-06-26 14:00:00Z 0

Meet our volunteers: Jimmy Pearce

… “So you’re retired?” I asked him. Yeah, right! Jimmy is one of these people who will never be inactive!
He was born some 67 years ago in Invercargill, on the very southern end of the New Zealand South Island. (Yes, they breed them tough down there; there isn’t much between that town and Antarctica…) Jimmy's vocation - and passion - is Building Construction, and specifically, the management of major commercial projects. Jimmy is a citizen of the world: his career took him to places such as New Caledonia, Amsterdam, the UK. One of his major projects was with Jacobs Engineering Group in their Singapore branch, where he had a senior role in the construction of a major centre for a Pharmaceutical company. “That was not only one of the most remarkable projects I’d done, but I also learned a lot there about modern construction methods,” he said.
Today, he still keeps fully active, not just at our Project Shed, but he also is in charge of maintenance at the Tamborine Mountain College. But it’s not just large-scale construction: one of Jimmy’s hobbies is fine woodworking. He recently built his own guitar, and is now learning how to play it! To balance the physical work, he follows his other hobbies of Computer Assisted Design, listens to Rock: ”Uriah Heep, Jimmy Barnes (think Working Class Man… ☺) and the like”, and keeps fit. Very fit, working out at the Gym, Martial Arts, walking about 10 Km a day…
Unfortunately, some 5 years ago, Jimmy’s wife passed away quite suddenly, due to a severe Melanoma. “I’m still finding the transition to being single again quite difficult”, he said. His daughter lives in Invercargill, and he is the proud grandfather of four grandkids. 
Welcome to the Surfers Sunrise Project Shed, Jimmy!
Meet our volunteers: Jimmy Pearce Franz Huber 2021-06-26 14:00:00Z 0

Charles Thomasson: State of the Market

Last Wednesday, President Charles Thomasson (photo left, with meeting Chairman Johnny Bueti), wearing his hat as a Partner of Wilsons Advisory, gave us a brief run-down on how the stock market reacted after the 6-month reign of US President Joe Biden. As is customary, Charles opened up with Disclaimer – “not designed as specific investment advice”.
“Donald Who?” seems to be the expression not uncommon in his professional circles these days. “Historically, markets perform well under a Democrat President,” Charles said. Certainly, one cannot call it anything other than going strong (see graph on right). Had you invested 12 months ago (should that read: had you dared to invest), you would have had a return of 24% on the ASX, 33% on the S&P, or if you had just bought Iron Ore: 110%!  The reason? “There is no other alternative”, Charles quipped. Cash rates are so low (10-year Bond rates are at just 1.7%). Borrowing costs are low. Australians are spending their money locally (Harvey Norman, JB HiFi etc) or on online markets such as Amazon.  Charles elaborated somewhat on emerging markets, on the China situation (“the US and China owe each other a lot of money…”), the US Corporate Tax Policy (generally, they go up under a Democrat regime).
And what about our budget returning to Black? In Charles’ view, the handling of the Federal Government’s COVID crisis with ‘Jobkeeper’ made the big difference between massive unemployment, with the result of the economy crashing, vs employees retaining their jobs and businesses staying afloat. With the building and Real Estate industries going gangbusters, there are now substantial issues as a consequence: Building material prices have risen sharply, due to supply chain issues.
Some more detailed information can be downloaded from the Wilson Advisory website:  Click here and here.
Charles Thomasson: State of the Market  Franz Huber 2021-06-24 14:00:00Z 0

Wonderful feedback from South Africa

Last week we received some wonderful feedback from the Rotary Club of Port Alfred, South Africa.  This club has been in charge of distributing 20 of our "Rough Terrain" wheelchairs to worthy recipients. And they would have many more who are in need of them.
A copy of their report, as well as some photo compilations, can be accessed from the Download Page on the right. How good is that!
Photo above: Do we have an African model of our 'Happy' boy who is displayed on our promo material? smiley
Wonderful feedback from South Africa Franz Huber 2021-06-20 14:00:00Z 0

New Wheelchair Trust website bears fruit

Had an interesting call this morning from Valerie at Apple Marketing. (For those of you who don't know: Apple Marketing, over the years, has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for our wheelchairs project. Thank you!) Anyway, she had a donor on the line who wanted to donate $500, but wanted to be absolutely sure that it was tax-deductible (it always was), but to make it easy, she simply processed it via our new website. Howzat!
The sites are already live. Still, the main developers, Craig Parker (Digital Connections), Rotaractors Kristen 'KJ' Jewson and Matt Haywood continue to spend serious time on further enhancement. Click on these links:
A big THANK YOU! go to the dedicated development team, who all worked on a voluntary basis. Furthermore, Craig Parker arranged free Google Adwords advertising.  All going according to plan, this should assist us to raise much needed funds in support of our wheelchairs and building projects.
New Wheelchair Trust website bears fruit Franz Huber 2021-06-18 14:00:00Z 0

Inaugural Repair Café and Tool Library at our Project Shed

On Sunday, in conjunction with the newly formed Gold Coast Makers Rotaract Club and the Gold Coast Tool Library the inaugural Repair Café was staged at our Project Shed. In essence: volunteers from the Repair Café offer their services to repair your tool, or (once you have subscribed to be a member), you can borrow a tool, just as you can borrow a book from the library. Go to the Tool Library's website www.gctoollibrary.org.au for full details, including contact details.
Group photo: President of the GC Makers Rotaract club, Blake Foster (third from right) and Harrison Howick (4th from right). Second photo: Our treasurer Doug Lipp gets his edge trimmer fixed.
Inaugural Repair Café and Tool Library at our Project Shed Franz Huber 2021-06-12 14:00:00Z 0

Italian Christmas in July Long Lunch: Sold out!

All tickets for our 'Christmas in July' Italian Long Lunch have been sold well before the official closing date.
'On ya, Johnny Bueti, well done!
It's on Thursday 22nd July 2021, from 12:00 pm. No idea when it will finish, but don't expect too much change from the afternoon... ☺
There will be plenty of Italian style Christmas dishes. Johnny has secured a major sponsor: My Carte, and a number of corporate tables have been sold as well. The price includes all food, unlimited wine and beer, entertainment.  All proceeds go towards the X-Ray Unit and Blood Analyser for Vanuatu.  Note: COVID restrictions impose an upper limit of just 120 attendees.
Italian Christmas in July Long Lunch: Sold out! Franz Huber 2021-06-06 14:00:00Z 0

Repair Shop and Tool Library at our Project Shed

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Our Repair Shop is a free event where our volunteer menders and fixers invite the community to bring along their broken household items for repair. The owner of the item is encouraged to join in and together we endeavour to make a repair. This has many benefits including encouraging social connections in the community, as well as transferring the skills and knowledge of repair, which can often be an intergenerational sharing as frequently it is the older generation who has the experience in repairing items.
We will also have an extensive range of refurbished bicycles for sale.
We will also trial a Tool Library. For example: Need a drill for a weekend? We'll have a licensed electrician who volunteers and he is the only repairer who touches 240V items.
Why not drop by at the Project Shed (see map) on Sunday 13th June, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm?
Repair Shop and Tool Library at our Project Shed Franz Huber 2021-06-02 14:00:00Z 0

Neil Thurlow wants you to join him to ride 400 Km with him

Neil Thurlow wants to know if you'd like to ride 400 Km with him in his Multiple Sclerosis Society fundraiser? Do I hear replies along the line of "No, thanks. Too much action, too dangerous" or "Sorry, I sold my bicycle last week"? In that case, why not SUPPORT Neil Thurlow by donating to his goal of raising at least $1,000 (but the real goal is several times that!). Neil will ride 300 Km 'solitary cycling' over the period of a few days [I'm groaning just thinking about it... Ed.], then will ride in the 100 Km Brissie to Gold Coast You can "ride" with him from your lounge chair. This is the link to access his webpage directly: https://www.brissietothebay.com.au/fundraisers/neilthurlow. DO IT NOW.
Neil is our master printer who supports Rotary all year round by providing printing services either at no charge or at a ridiculously low price. Now it's your turn.
Neil Thurlow wants you to join him to ride 400 Km with him Franz Huber 2021-06-01 14:00:00Z 0

GC Business Expo 23 - 24. June: Helpers needed

We have again been offered to do the 'Bump-in' and 'Bump-out' at the Gold Coast Business Expo as well as for the Gold Coin collection post at the car park and at the door. Looking for helpers on both days:
Wednesday 23/06/21 at 2:00 pm Bump-in: some more people would be good
Thursday 24/05/21 at 3:30 pm Bump-out - need lots more
Thursday 24/06/21 Gold Coin Collection
08:00 am - 10:00 am - 3 people needed
10:00 am - 12:00 am - 3 people needed, tapering off to 2
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm - 2 people, tapering off to 1
Please email Darrell Brown directly the times you can be there, or call him on his mobile, thank you.
GC Business Expo 23 - 24. June: Helpers needed Franz Huber 2021-05-30 14:00:00Z 0

George Keily ongoing drive to collect spectacles

For the past couple of decades, our honorary member George Keily (picture right) has collected "superseded" spectacles from Optometrists all over town.  They are then collected to be despatched to recipients in developing countries, via  Donations in Kind, a division of the Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS). By now, the count would have to be in the ten thousands!  Main picture shows Shobha Srinivasan (Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads) collecting an entire car boot full. Good on ya, George and Shobha! Your good work will provide hundreds of people with clear sight. (Photo by George Keily)
George Keily ongoing drive to collect spectacles Franz Huber 2021-05-29 14:00:00Z 0

This Wednesday 26th May: KJ Jewson and Sasha Kimber

This coming Wednesday, Kristen 'KJ' Jewson and Sasha Kimber will give us a presentation on their experiences at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp they attended in January. 
See you at the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club, 07:00 am!  Grab your breakfast at the bistro downstairs and take it to the upstairs venue for some fellowship before the meeting starts at 07:30 am sharp.
This Wednesday 26th May: KJ Jewson and Sasha Kimber Franz Huber 2021-05-23 14:00:00Z 0

WHAT? Where is this leading to?

A young lady (yes, by Rotarian standards, being well below 40 definitely is young) will be District Governor in the oldest District in Australia (Melbourne). Yes, that is Amanda Wendt, a young business woman (“and I’m not about to retire”) who gave a hugely inspiring keynote presentation at last Saturday's District 9640 Conference. This was preceded by a Zoom presentation by Jason Browne (he looks a bit like Bob Marley, complete with dreadlocks - sorry, Gen Y and Millennials. Before your time!) from the US. This was followed by an interview of four young Rotarians, half my age, from newly chartered clubs (Gold Coast Passport, Gold Coast Corporate, Currumbin Beach, Lismore Networking). Then there was ROTEX, the Society of past Youth Exchange Alumni. Not meaning to whinge, but I'd have given my left arm for such opportunities when I was young... ☺
Over my last 34 odd years of Rotary membership, I’ve attended most of the annual conferences. This was the first time it was shortened to just one day, and thus some of the most enjoyable and important ingredients, such as the Friday and Saturday night events and their associated “deep” networking, were sadly missing.  But there was plenty of the conventional stuff too: The Entrance of the Flags, led by Angie Bell MP (she was an Exchange Student to Denmark), Dr Michael Pyne talking about the Koala Chlamydia epidemic, Prof Michael Good AO on the status of the Malaria Vaccine project which is massively supported by Rotary.
Attending a District Conference is somewhat akin to recharging the old “Rotary Enthusiasm” batteries. Or perhaps I could compare it to applying a good cut and polish: Presentations such as the interview by the District’s Youth Programs Chair, “our” PDG Darrell Brown, with four awardees of leadership development programs (picture above), reinforce one’s commitment “to the cause”. You should have been there!
WHAT? Where is this leading to? Franz Huber 2021-05-15 14:00:00Z 0

Last Wednesday's Guest Speaker: Vandy S Kamara

There are some 56,000 (!!) registered charities in Australia. Vandy Kamara's “private” charity, the Sonjor Community School, is not among them.  With “private”, I mean that Vandy finances this school, located in a remote region of Sierra Leone (West Africa), from his own and some of his friends’ savings. Extraordinary!
Located “about 3 – 4 hours’ drive from the nearest town”, the school provides education to underprivileged children. Since his presentation last year, the school has been expanded to cater for the increased enrolments. They have also invested in teacher training and provided learning materials and resources. Vandy is coordinating with the local village chiefs to source some building materials locally. But a lot of building materials such as cement and iron rods need to be imported.
Vandy, who works at Wesley Mission Queensland caring for homeless people in various areas all the way to Katherine in the Northern Territory, emigrated to Australia some 11 years ago. Talking about applying the proverbial Aussie "Have a go" principle! He holds numerous academic achievements, including a Master of Public Health and an Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management. Although last year his application to a World Peace & Conflict Resolution Scholarship was unsuccessful, our club nominated him again upon instigation by the Rotary Foundation to apply again this year.
Photo: Vandy’ (centre) with President Charles Thomasson, Rebecca and Tanya from Wesley Mission and Ray Higgs. Vandy's presentation is in the Download Section on the right.
Last Wednesday's Guest Speaker: Vandy S Kamara Franz Huber 2021-05-13 14:00:00Z 0

District 9640 Conference is this coming Saturday

On Saturday 15th May 2021, our District 9640 will hold its Conference at Twin Towns Conference Centre.  In view of the COVID situation, the format is a one day event. This brings the cost down to just $60.00 per head ($20 for Rotaractors and $10 for Interactors) which includes morning tea break and Lunch.  
Among the hugely interesting keynote speakers is Jason Browne (via Zoom), Public Image Co-Ordinator, Zone 28 & 29, Pennsylvania State University Rotary Club, on "Can we make M&M's in Rotary?"  Click here for more information and to book
Note: Officially, bookings closed on 1st May, but if you hurry, you might still be able to slip in...
District 9640 Conference is this coming Saturday Franz Huber 2021-05-08 14:00:00Z 0
This coming Wednesday, 12th May: Vandy S Kamara Franz Huber 2021-05-04 14:00:00Z 0

X-Ray Unit for Vanuatu will be "Completely Knocked Down"

Our Logistics Guru, Col Laurenson sent me this photo, with the comment that the 20' storage container will be used "to hold ckd building until ready..." Explain "ckd"? "Completely Knock Down".  Eventually, when we are able to travel on-site to erect it, we'll transfer it to the shipping container, together with all the other gear such as roof and wall panels, doors, hardware etc. 
X-Ray Unit for Vanuatu will be "Completely Knocked Down" Franz Huber 2021-04-30 14:00:00Z 0

May is 'Youth Services' month

OK, over the past 12 months, we haven't put a lot of emphasis on the Rotary International monthly themes, neither in our club media nor at District level. But Youth Service, the theme for May, is one of our very strengths: we support RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award, a leadership training seminar for 19 - 28 year olds - KJ Jewson and Sasha Kimber's presentation coming up in 4 weeks), RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment, for 14-16 year olds -3 candidates going into this month's camp), RYTS our club has numerous times in the past supported, International Youth Exchange (come off the boil in very recent times due to COVID though), but we had a successful candidate for the National Youth Science Forum with the CSIRO in Canberra (Briana Dorrough, in January), 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. 
In addition, this year Youth Services Director Darrell Brown has budgeted to support a candidate for MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly, happening this weekend!). Of course, we have met our Rotaractors KJ Jewson, Matt Howard, Blake Foster, Chumani Brookhouse, Harrison Howick and many other Rotaractors who helped on the Vanuatu project at the shed and on our new website.  Is your head spinning yet? Yes, Rotary has so much to offer. [In my next life, I might join a less hyperactive organisation, such as a Quilting Club, instead. What?? Rotary has a Quilting Fellowship? Ok, then perhaps Whisky Appreciation? Yes, Rotary has that too... ☺ Ed. ] Meanwhile, keep your eyes open for potential candidates.  Our District Website has a complete rundown of all youth programs, including the dates, locations, qualifications required etc.  Click here: www.rotary9640.org and select 'Youth Services' at the top menu.  Or ask Darrell Brown, there isn't much that he doesn't know about the subject!
This month's edition of Rotary Down Under magazine has a special feature on Youth Service.  Click here to access an online version of the magazine.
May is 'Youth Services' month Franz Huber 2021-04-29 14:00:00Z 0

Last Wednesday's Guest Speaker: Angie Bell MP

“You changed my world!” Angie enthused after outlining her early life experiences, being sent to Denmark as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student. [OK, you can now slowly come down off your high, but it’s nice to know that Rotary had a major influence in her career… ☺] She was nominated by the Rotary Club of Gawler (a suburb of Adelaide). But visualise: You are aged 17, you arrive in a non-English speaking country, you are hosted by a family where no one spoke English… Does this qualify to be put into the category of ‘being thrown in at the deep end’ or what? Studying to play the Tenor Saxophone, Angie came to the attention of famous Jazz Musician Don Burrows and scored a scholarship to study music at the Conservatorium. The resulting grounding is most unusual indeed for any member of parliament: she became a Professional Musician! But learning never stops: some 25 years later, she went back to Uni to study for a Business Degree.
There would be so much material to talk about. Angie selected her travel to Bangladesh in January last year, on behalf of the ‘Save the Children’ fund, visiting refugee camps. “I witnessed a small girl chopping off the nails of chicken feet to supplement the food in her mum’s wok” she graphically outlined the experience. The problems faced are immense. The camps total around 1.1 million people, some 750,000 recent arrivals alone people who escaped persecution in Myanmar. To accommodate the camps, virgin jungle is torn up, in the process seriously threatening the survival of wildlife, such as the Indian Elephant.
On the local scene, Angie works closely with Ministers Stuart Roberts and Karen Andrews on the ‘Re-imagine Gold Coast’ project. Space does not permit us to elaborate, but find out all about it: click on this link to download it all from Angie’s website.
In summary: Isn't it refreshing indeed to listen to a Member of Parliament who can fluently put some words together, speak freshly and coherently “off the cuff” and, most importantly, who talks sense!
Last Wednesday's Guest Speaker: Angie Bell MP Franz Huber 2021-04-27 14:00:00Z 0

More feedback from South Africa

It's always a great pleasure to receive news from "end users" of our wheelchairs.  Here is an update from Heather Howard of the Rotary Club of Port Alfred, South Africa, one of the clubs which was allocated about 40 from a container we recently sent there (refer bulletin of 27th January 2021 for last update):
Just in case you were wondering about our progress, we write to confirm that we have distributed almost all our 20 wheelchairs and have been given two extra by Kenton because we have found such a need here.
We have sourced the recipients through the local health clinics which has proved very effective, and have been travelling round delivering the chairs to excited and grateful people, young and old, or their carers. 
As soon as we have completed the distribution, we’ll be reporting to you with signed forms and the relevant photograph on each form, and also with a report.
In the meantime, we attach a newspaper cutting featuring the story. [You can download it for full viewing - see Download Section on the right. Ed.]
There is a good chance that we'll hook up to have a Zoom meeting soon - watch this space!

More feedback from South Africa Franz Huber 2021-04-23 14:00:00Z 0

This coming Wednesday 28th April: Angie Bell MP

This coming Wednesday, our Federal MP for Moncrieff, Angie Bell, will join us at our meeting at the Surfers Paradise SLSC. This is your once a year opportunity to meet with your Member of Parliament! As usual, order your meal at the downstairs bistro and take it to the upstairs venue for fellowship, with the meeting starting at 07:30 am sharp.
This coming Wednesday 28th April: Angie Bell MP Franz Huber 2021-04-23 14:00:00Z 0

Tash Price wins Bronze at National Championships

Howzat! Our member Tash Price wins the Bronze Medal at National Championships in 400 metres wheelchair race! This is special, when considering that just a few weeks ago, our fellow Surfers Sunrise Rotarian was in hospital. She put in a time of 1:30:35 in the final. Congratulations, Tash, and your coach, business partner and fellow Surfers Sunrise Rotarian Adam Sheppard (photo left) deserves a huge pat on the back!
Tash Price wins Bronze at National Championships Franz Huber 2021-04-18 14:00:00Z 0

Baton Relay - RC of Parkwood transfers to Surfers Sunrise

On Friday morning, members of the Rotary Club of Parkwood handed the baton to Surfers Sunrise.  Parkwood President Margaret Grummitt (picture left) paddled across the Broadwater by Canoe - Howzat! President Charles Thomasson was joined by a fair number of Surfers Sunrise members and associate members and paraded the baton with our 'Rough Terrain' wheelchairs along the Broadwater foreshore. The baton relay is organised in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first Rotary clubs being chartered in Australia and New Zealand. In addition, the theme of 'Rotary says NO to Domestic Violence' is depicted on purple coloured T-Shirts, worn by many members.

Baton Relay - RC of Parkwood transfers to Surfers Sunrise Franz Huber 2021-04-15 14:00:00Z 0

Great BBQ Breakfast at the Project Shed

Breakfast with a difference: instead of our regular venue at the Surf Club, this week we met at the Project Shed at the Arundel Community Centre.  We were joined by members of the Rotary Clubs of Broadbeach and Gold Coast, as well as our local Councillor, Ryan Bayldon. Thank you, Ryan, for taking the time, we appreciate your support.
For the benefit of our visitors, President Charles Thomasson briefly outlined our wheelchairs and building projects, in particular the current project to provide an X-Ray unit for the hospital on Pentecost Island in Vanuatu. Project Services Director Larry Murray provided additional detail, and particularly highlighted the contribution of our member Ben Illes, who arranged the donation of all timber by Paradise Timber & Trusses.  Thank you!  
President Elect Paul Seymour foreshadowed our Changeover Luncheon to be on Sunday 4th July 2021. Details to follow, but put into your diary now. 
Mario Fairlie has organised a meeting for this coming Saturday 17th April at 08:00 am at the Community Centre adjacent to the shed. Its principal purpose is to elaborate on the Global Grant application to be submitted to raise the total of $100,000 required for the X-Ray equipment for Vanuatu.
Photo: Wheelchair Trustee Peter Morgan, Volunteer Brian Mitchell getting served by our BBQ Chef Angus Miller
Great BBQ Breakfast at the Project Shed Franz Huber 2021-04-13 14:00:00Z 0

Tash Price in 3 events at the National Athletics Championships

This coming weekend, Friday 16th to Sunday 17th April, our member Tash Price (that's her, training in full flight) will represent Queensland at the Australian National Athletics Championships in Sydney.  Our best wishes, Tash!  Go for it, Queenslander!
Tash Price in 3 events at the National Athletics Championships Franz Huber 2021-04-11 14:00:00Z 0

This coming Wednesday 14th April: Breakfast at the Project Shed 

This coming Wednesday, 14th April, we'll meet at the Project Shed instead of the Surf Club, to receive an update on our X-Ray Unit for Vanuatu project (image on left).  Angus 'Onion King' Miller will have the Bar-be-que on full speed from 07:00 am onwards and cook a hearty breakfast for you! Guests and visitors welcome - why not invite a friend to come along?
But there is more!  See next story.
This coming Wednesday 14th April: Breakfast at the Project Shed  Franz Huber 2021-04-09 14:00:00Z 0

Nationwide Forklifts donates two Pallet Jacks

The Pallet Jack at our Project Shed has started to deteriorate. So, Geoff Croad and Ian Mayberry contacted Nationwide Forklifts. Managing Director Ron Layton quickly agreed to come to the rescue: the company donated not just one, but two almost new Pallet Jacks, valued at about $800.00, to our good cause, which were delivered last Wednesday. Thank you, Ron, thank you Nationwide Forklifts!  Photo (from left): Ian Mayberry, Bryan Tuesley, Robby (?) who delivered the goods and President Charles Thomasson, the two Pallet Jacks on the ute behind them ready to be unloaded. [Aren't they model citizens? Perfect social distancing, masks only taken off for the photo... ☺ Ed.]
Nationwide Forklifts donates two Pallet Jacks Franz Huber 2021-03-31 14:00:00Z 0

Tony Schaper delivers another load of... what??

Tony Schaper has been doing this for years. On Saturday, he dropped off another 4 bags of ring pulls he and his wife Sue have collected over the last 12 months. That's about  128 KG, estimated to be about 433,898  beer cans. (No, he didn't drink them all by himself! ☺☺) Tony has been collecting ring pulls for Wheelchairs for about 14 years. By now, he and his wife would have collected close to a ton. At current rates of recycled aluminium, this would amount to as much as $1,500 in total.  Thank you, Tony!
Tony Schaper delivers another load of... what?? Franz Huber 2021-03-27 14:00:00Z 0

Remember our "pocket rocket" from Italy?

Remember our "Pocket Rocket" Youth Exchange Student who returned to Italy in 2016?  Meanwhile, Martina Missarelli has graduated in Economics and Management - here is a photo of her, proudly displaying her Cartoon Well Done Stock Illustrations – 318 Cartoon Well Done Stock  Illustrations, Vectors & Clipart - Dreamstimegraduation certificate.  Congratulations, Martina, well done!
Remember our "pocket rocket" from Italy? Franz Huber 2021-03-27 14:00:00Z 0

Welcome to our newest member: Trent Belling

At last Wednesday's meeting, President Charles Thomasson inducted our newest member, Trent Belling, under the Vocational Classification of 'Information Technology'.  Proposed by Simon Brook, Trent holds both a Bachelor of Laws as well as a Bachelor of Commerce.  About 7 years ago, he joined Griffith University, where he works in an IT Management capacity. Before that, he worked in IT with UQ.  Watch this space - we'll advise when Trent will give us a deeper insight into his persona when he'll do his 'Rotarian behind the Badge' presentation.
Welcome to our newest member: Trent Belling Franz Huber 2021-03-17 14:00:00Z 0

Jeremy Bishop – The Realities of Rain

When I got up early on Wednesday morning and put on the kettle, my still foggy brain didn’t give the slightest thought on what makes it possible for me to simply turn on the tap. Nor dare I say did 99.99% of the 30-odd people present at our meeting, nor the 600,000 residents of the Gold Coast, nor the 3 Million people who are daily relying on SEQ Water to fully function. Turn on the tap and sweet water pours out. Yet, just visualise for a moment the consequences of the water not running, say, just for a couple of days. Not having your morning cuppa would be the least of your problems, particularly if you live in a high density area!
Jeremy Bishop, who describes himself as an ‘Engagement Advisor’, together with his co-worker Katrina Lambert, provided us with a very professional, concise presentation on the huge organisation which quietly ensures that such a nightmare scenario will not happen. In control of some $11 Billion worth of dams, water treatment plants and pipelines, SEQ Water doesn’t just provide drinking and bath water, but also irrigation water to 1200 farmers.
Remember the “Millennium Drought”? It wasn’t pretty. The Hinze Dam (at that time Stage 3 hadn’t been built yet), as well as overall dam levels in South East Queensland went on average to around the 20% mark.  Meanwhile, we have a Desalination Plant and Stage 3 of the Hinze Dam, built in 2011, doubled its capacity to over 310,000 Million Litres. Our ‘Water Grid’ boasts some 600 Km of bi-directional water pipeline.  Space does not permit to outline Jeremy’s seminar in detail, but on the Download Pages (right side) you will find a PDF of his PowerPoint which is very interesting reading indeed.
(Photo, from left: Chairman of the day, Peter Morgan, Katrina Lambert, SEQ Water, Jeremy Bishop) 
Jeremy Bishop – The Realities of Rain Franz Huber 2021-03-17 14:00:00Z 0

Neil Thurlow promotes Rotary in Ipswich

Neil Thurlow rode the 100kms Ipswich charity cycle event yesterday, organised by the Ipswich Lions club. He rode in his Rotary outfit to promote the Rotary brand!
'On ya, Neil!
Neil Thurlow promotes Rotary in Ipswich Franz Huber 2021-03-14 14:00:00Z 0

This coming Wednesday 17th March: The Realities of Rain

Jeremy Bishop is an Engagement Advisor for Seqwater.  His presentation will cover various aspects of one of our most important resources:

  • Current dam levels and how Seqwater responds to drought         
  • Future challenges to our long-term water security
  • Climate-resilient water source options, like desalination and purified recycled water
Following Jeremy, Ben Loots, Mario Fairlie and Dr Graham Sivyer (RC Broadbeach) will give us a brief update on the status of our X-Ray Unit for Vanuatu project. Oh, plus our newest member Trent Belling will be inducted into the club!
Big morning coming up! Members & Associates: Please wear your Club T-Shirt.  (KJ wants to take a photo of us for the new Wheelchair Trust website.)
This coming Wednesday 17th March: The Realities of Rain Franz Huber 2021-03-13 14:00:00Z 0

From Major General (Rtd) Susil Chandrapala: Thank you for the wheelchairs

It's not every day one receives a letter signed by a Major General. You may recall a post some time ago where we reported a load of wheelchairs and hospital beds going to Battaramulla, Sri Lanka. The arrangements were made by Adjit Abeywardena of the Rotary Club of Jindalee. Last week, we received a personal letter from Major General (Rtd) Susil Chandrapala MD, who is the Chairman of his Rotary club's Wheelchair Project. the 11 wheelchairs were delivered to the Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Hospital (RRH) in Ragamana, Sri Lanka.  
Quoting from his letter: "On behalf of the President and members of RC Battaramulla of RID 3220 Sri Lanka and Maldives, I wish to sincerely thank you and Members of your club for your generous contribution. These wheelchairs will be used by the poor and needy children who are being treated at RRH."
Thank you for the feedback, General. Good to hear that together we are all making a difference!
From Major General (Rtd) Susil Chandrapala: Thank you for the wheelchairs Franz Huber 2021-02-27 14:00:00Z 0

Meet our volunteers: Ben Loots

Ben spent his early years in Holland (Eindhoven), where he became a qualified Electrical / Electronics Technician and worked for the first 10 years with Philips, the giant international electronics company. At our shed, you’ll mostly find him up a ladder - he is the one who does anything to do with electrical work, as he holds a ‘Sparkie’ license. [Please don’t ask him “what’s the weather up there?”… he has heard it many times before… ☺ Ed.]
In 1983, he moved with his family to New Zealand (“for two years” – haven’t we heard that before!), where he worked in Industrial Automation for 7 years, then started his own company, specialising in Voice – Data – Radio communications. In 2002 he sold his business and came across the ditch to Australia, where he specialised in Nuclear Medicine, before coming to the Gold Coast in 2013, continuing in his technical career in keeping medical electronics working.
Ben’s interests are very wide: Firstly, he reads “anything to do with technology” [some people might call him a ‘Nerd’… Ed.] Electronics is not just his profession, it is one of his hobbies too. He is an avid photographer – “I have about four cameras... or so” he commented. Add to that Alternative Energy, Environmental Science (in 2014 he won a federal award for his work in cleaning up a waterway in the estate where he lives), even small scale food production. So it’s all technology? Oh no! Ben also sings in a choir (contemporary), and for relaxation listens to 60’s and 70’s Rock n Roll (Beatles, Clearwater Revival), reads good novels (Jeffrey Archer is his favorite author) and (ahem) books, internet posts and magazine articles on Nuclear Fusion, Particle Physics…
Meet our volunteers: Ben Loots Franz Huber 2021-02-27 14:00:00Z 0

Wheelchairs getting deployed in South Africa

You know that recently we despatched a container load of wheelchairs to South Africa, via the Rotary e-Club of South Africa. Here is some feedback: we received an email from the Rotary Club of Port Alfred, South Africa:
Dear “Surfers”
We have just taken delivery of 30 wheelchair kits, 20 for Port Alfred and 10 for Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea, (25kms from us along the Eastern Cape coast, halfway between Durban and Cape Town, both surfing centres).
We have so far made one prototype this week and were excited to see it taking shape;  very simple but clever design, sturdy and manoeuvrable when done.  It took us 50 minutes after a couple of false starts but we reckon 25 mins maximum now we know what we are doing!
We wanted to bring the story to our local press, our Rotary Africa Magazine and to Facebook so we have looked up the story on your webpage and would now like to attach a couple of photos taken during construction, just for you to see.  We plan to create a work party to do the others.  The men in the photos are PP David Hawkins and PP Martin Allison of Rotary Club of Port Alfred.
Distribution will be handled soon. There is such a need for this sort of robust conveyance that we shall have no difficulty in placing them. 
We thought of attaching safety belts, have you any ideas about this?
Thank you also for the knitted jerseys which we will distribute.  Do your Rotary Anns do these?
With congratulations on this great project, and best wishes
Heather Howard
for Rotary Club of Port Alfred.

Wheelchairs getting deployed in South Africa Franz Huber 2021-02-20 14:00:00Z 0

Tammy Richie: The Art of Limitless Living

When President Charles forwarded Tammy’s email offering to speak at our club, one part caught your Editor's attention: She became an aircraft maintenance engineer in the Australian Air Force – 27 years ago. Well, at that time, that would certainly have been unusual indeed. During her presentation she then also mentioned her training with the SAS, lugging 25 Kg packs around Kokoda. “A hard way to learn about yourself!” she claimed…  I’d say, there would be sufficient material in there for a book! 😊
Today, Tammy is an entrepreneur, a motivational speaker, a trainer. She created a training program with the theme of “How to jump over yourself”. She teaches teamwork, how to work together to achieve a better outcome than working individually, how to visualise their aims, how the choices you have made throughout your live affect your future. “But be careful what you ask for though!” Tammy cautioned [haven’t we learned that before - the hard way! Ed.] .
Another skill she trains is First Aid.  First Aid? “Well no, it’s not sexy” she laconically mentioned. But it is a skill she greatly benefited from when, some 16 years ago, she found her 16 month old toddler son floating face down in her swimming pool. Yes! He survived. 
Read more about the services Tammy offers on her websites: www.youcan2.com.au and www.firstaidyoucan2.com.au or to contact her by email, click here 
Tammy Richie: The Art of Limitless Living Franz Huber 2021-02-17 14:00:00Z 0

Meet our Volunteers: Bryan Tuesley

‘A genie gives you a single wish. What is it?’ is one of my standard questions when I interview somebody. Bryan’s answer, given without hesitation, was  “To regain my health”, which underscores his valiant health battle. The permanent illness, which affects his nervous system, was caused from work exposure to poisonous chemicals during his 40 year career as a Compositor and Photo Typesetter and all pre-press large format film and photographic paper processors.  [For those of you younger than 50: before electronic publishing, newspaper type was first set in lead blocks made on so-called Lynotype and Ludlow machines. The Compositor was the tradesman doing that type of work. No Henrietta, he did not compose any symphonies, nor operas... ☺ Ed.]
Born in 1952, Bryan is a proud third generation Southport citizen. (Yes! In 1920, his grandfather ran the Ferry Service from Carrara to Benowa!) He joined the Gold Coast Bulletin in 1968 as an apprentice. Some 40 years later, when he was forced to retire early due to health issues, he had been the longest serving staff member there.
Bryan’s involvement with Rotary goes all the way back some 48 years, to when he met his wife Lesley at a Rotaract event in Brisbane.  After some travel through Europe, they became engaged in 1979 and married a year later. Their two daughters are both professionals in Marine Biology and Aged Care respectively.
We all know Bryan as a sort of “Volunteer Foreman” at our Project Shed. But what does he do when he is not toiling there every Wednesday and Saturday (and often on other days too)? “I go camping!” he said. “Or I read a good book (Sydney Sheldon and Wilbur Smith are two of his most liked writers), or I listen to “good ol Rock n Roll”, Glen Campbell or… wait for it… Michael Jackson…” [Michael Jackson?? Bad? No, it's Off the Wall, probably Dangerous! What a Thriller!  Try and visualise Bryan moonwalking...☺ Ed.] And there is a big goal ahead: to travel our wide brown land! The Caravan is ready to roll… 
Picture below (provided by Bryan): Tuesley's Broadwater to Tippler's Ferry.
Meet our Volunteers: Bryan Tuesley Franz Huber 2021-02-14 14:00:00Z 0

Surfers Sunrise had two Awardees at this year's RYLA

Surfers Sunrise sponsored not just one but two RYLA Awardees at this year's event! Photo (curtesy Rotaract Burleigh Heads) shows the Rotaract team at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award a couple of weeks ago (click on link for details of next year's). KJ Jewson (back row right, next to DG Andy Rajapakse) and Sasha Kimber (front right). Looking forward to JK and Sasha's presentation on 31st March.
Surfers Sunrise had two Awardees at this year's RYLA Franz Huber 2021-02-11 14:00:00Z 0

Briana Dorrough: National Youth Science Forum

Our guest speaker last Wednesday was astounding. If you ever have prepared to do a presentation yourself, you can appreciate the amount of time and energy Briana would have invested to deliver with perfection: fluently, clearly, precisely and with good diction. She made it look all so easy, she had her audience nailed!  And quite uncommon for a teenager: not a single ‘Uhmmm’, ‘like’, ‘basically’, ‘ya know’ ...!
Our club sponsored her to attend the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF). Normally held in Canberra, this year COVID-19 forced it to go on-line. Still, so Briana enthused, it was very worthwhile indeed! “I found NYSF’s most valuable resource to be their range of STEM experts” she said. Among these were Professor Barry Marshall, Dr Carola Vinuesa and Professor Brian P Schmidt. Both Professors Marshall and Schmidt are Nobel Prize Laureates, Dr. Vinuesa is the co-director of personalised medicine at ANU.
Briana made it clear that attending the NYSF is not just about pure science but about live values, such as the value of perseverance. A point in case is Prof Barry Marshall, whose discovery of a cure for duodenal ulcers earned him the Nobel Prize. “There were over 20 years between his original discovery and his receiving of a Nobel Prize”, she said, then cited the Professor: “If you have the facts, you don’t have to worry if nobody believes you.”
Question Time, as expected, was boisterous. What are your future plans? she was asked. “I changed my initial intentions of a career in computer science or biomedicals to go for medicine” she said. Other than Science, Briana is involved in the Duke of Edenborough program, studies Literature, High Level Maths, Classical Singing (she participates in the choir), helps in Student Prep and Debating.
Briana’s PowerPoint presentation and her corresponding speech is available from the Download Section on the right. You should run the two concurrently, the text shows when to change slides. Photo, from left: President Charles Thomasson, Briana's father Michael Dorrough and Briana Dorrough.
Briana Dorrough: National Youth Science Forum Franz Huber 2021-02-03 14:00:00Z 0

Queuing up at the Australia Day Sizzle

They were queing up at the Botanical Gardens for a chance to get hold of a sizzling sausage cooked by the Surfers Sunrise Sizzle Team at the Australia Day event ! We were invited by David Baguley (RC of Gold Coast) who, with his better half Rana, organised the stand of the Friends of the Gold Coast Botanical Gardens. Thank you, David and Rana for offering this fundraising opportunity, and a big thank you to the sizzlers Adrian Crowe, "Onion King" Gus Miller, Geoff Croad and Andy Bell, as well as Shed Volunteer Ben Loots. Photo by David Baguley.  More photos on our Facebook page.
Queuing up at the Australia Day Sizzle Franz Huber 2021-01-30 14:00:00Z 0

Very special event last Saturday at the Shed

Very special event last Saturday morning at the Project Shed: President Charles Thomasson, Project Shed Chief Larry Murray and Des La Rance OAM (he designed the original concept of the Rough Terrain Wheelchair) presented Certificates of Appreciation to two highly deserving recipients. John Boucher (left image) has volunteered at the shed for years and years. Right image is with Albert Raffone, the artist who painted our "official" 10,000th Wheelchair. Congratulations! Photos by Al Sirovs.
Very special event last Saturday at the Shed Franz Huber 2021-01-30 14:00:00Z 0

This coming Wednesday 3rd Feb: Briana Dorrough

Our club sponsored Briana Dorrough to attend the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) course in Canberra - she has just returned.  The NYSF is a heavily contested with far more candidates applying than can be accepted. It is a 10 day course designed to give students with high STEM capabilities a broad understanding of their career choices.
This coming Wednesday 3rd Feb: Briana Dorrough Franz Huber 2021-01-27 14:00:00Z 0

Wheelchairs have arrived in South Africa

We have received a message from Charlie Panday of the ROTARY CLUB of RESERVOIR HILLS (near Durban, South Africa) to advise that our container of wheelchairs and other paraphernalia have arrived and are "being distributed as we speak".  Thank you to all who were involved, particularly our volunteers who manufactured them, Charmaine Wheatley who was our go-between with the South African Rotary Clubs, and Col Laurenson who organised the shipping and communication with his logistics counterparts in South Africa.  Well done all!
Wheelchairs have arrived in South Africa Franz Huber 2021-01-22 14:00:00Z 0

Last Wednesday's speakers: Adam Sheppard and Tash Price

So you think you have got a problem, huh? Well, visualise for a moment: you were born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (Adam). Or you are a professional dancer touring the UK and come down with a rare disease which, almost overnight, leaves you close to totally blind and paralysed (Tash). How do you proceed?
Last Wednesday, our new members Adam Sheppard and his business partner Tash Price gave us a good run down of what you can achieve, regardless of your disability. Let’s start with Adam: at 38, is happily married to Christy. They have a beautiful son Fletcher, aged 4. He was introduced to Rotary via RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment) and RYTS (Rotary Youth Transition Seminar) which he attended in 1998. Incidentally, that is where he met his wife… [OK, I've heard some enthusiastic reports from RYTS attendees before, but that takes the cake! ☺ Ed.] Adam has been involved in racing wheelchairs himself, as well as coaching both able bodied and disabled athletes for some 13 years now.  Tash is not only his business partner in InvincAble, but he is also her coach.
Tash Price not only had to overcome her paraplegia and blindness, but in addition had the challenges of diabetes, gastric paralysis, severe chronic pain and arthritis. That didn’t stop her from taking up wheelchair racing. She owned her racing wheelchair for just six weeks when she took out the Bronze Medal in her first competitive Marathon (yes, it’s 42 Km as well!) in July 2018. OK, go on..! in October 2019 she took out Gold in the Auckland Marathon!  Next target: representing Australia at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
I could go on, with heaps of inspirational anecdotes they recounted. But why not check out Adam and Tash’s PDF ‘Meet Team InvincAble’ in the Download Section on the Right. It’s a truly inspiring read and also has some great pictures! Needless to say, we are so stoked to have you both joining Surfers Sunrise Rotary!
Last Wednesday's speakers: Adam Sheppard and Tash Price Franz Huber 2021-01-21 14:00:00Z 0

This Wednesday 20th: Adam Sheppard and Tash Price

This coming Wednesday 20th January, our new members Adam Sheppard and Tash Price (that's them at their induction in November last year) will present a 'Rotarian behind the Badge' about themselves. Very much looking forward to it: did you know that Tash is racing wheelchairs at world championship level? And guess who is coaching her... :)  Grab your meal at the bistro of the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club, and take it upstairs for a bit of fellowship. Starting at 07:00 am for 07:30 start!  Guests and visitors of course are welcome!
This Wednesday 20th: Adam Sheppard and Tash Price Franz Huber 2021-01-16 14:00:00Z 0

Rotaractors make up the numbers at Bunnings BBQ

How good is that! At last Saturday's Bunnings Sizzle, "our" Rotaractors came to help on the the final shift, and so did our regular visitor, Ann O'Connor. Photo (by KJ), from left: Blake Foster, "KJ" Jewson, Matt Howard. In background, our regular visitor Ann O'Connor. Thank you all! We much appreciate your help! 😊
Rotaractors make up the numbers at Bunnings BBQ Franz Huber 2021-01-16 14:00:00Z 0
Join on-line - Rotary Network on National Day Franz Huber 2021-01-11 14:00:00Z 0

Ever heard about Rotary Action Groups?

About half a year ago, I wrote about Rotary Fellowships (using a title which should have made you look… 😊) There are dozens of them – the forementioned document has the links to every one of them.
Now here I am, a reasonably dedicated and committed Rotarian with almost 34 years of membership under my belt, quietly browsing the January issue of Rotary International’s monthly magazine, now re-branded Rotary Magazine. (Go on, click on the link! It’s very well done, way better than the old fashioned layout of The Rotarian). I was never aware that
Rotary Action Groups
existed! From Addiction Prevention to Clubfoot [no Henrietta, nothing to do with clubs, nor with people who suffer from "foot in mouth" disease… Ed.], Food Plant Solutions, Hearing, Multiple Scleroris , just to name a few of the 25 groups all up.  Well worth your while to browse. And you learn far more than if you hang around Facebook or Twitter…
Ever heard about Rotary Action Groups? Franz Huber 2021-01-06 14:00:00Z 0

January is Vocational Service Month

January is designated by Rotary International as 'Vocational Service Month'. Last year, Richard Smith spent heaps of time and effort to organise our Excellence in Workmanship Award night. But COVID prevented us to actually run it. We still can't make a decision yet whether we can hold it this year. So, what else can we do to highlight Vocational Service in our club? Well, how about we have a brief 3 minute presentation of 'What's new?' in their profession? Any volunteers?
But, on an all encompassing level, the old Rotary Vocational Service Objective is still as relevant in 2021 as it was 20, 50 or 100 years ago:
  • Adherence to, and promotion of, the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public.
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just your own or those that are pursued by Rotarians.
  • The contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.
January is Vocational Service Month Franz Huber 2020-12-30 14:00:00Z 0

Vale Dr Frank Mouser PHF

It is with great sadness I report that on Sunday 20th December, our Honorary Member Dr Frank Mouser passed away, aged 97. Frank, who was a Surgeon, was a Charter Member of Surfers Sunrise, transferring from his original club Surfers Paradise when we were chartered in February 1987.
Our sincere condolences go to the Mouser Family. Today Monday 4th January, Charter Members Peter Morgan and your Editor attended a brief commemorative gathering at Alambie Gardens to celebrate the life of this proverbial Rotarian.
Vale Dr Frank Mouser PHF Franz Huber 2020-12-22 14:00:00Z 0

Great Christmas Breakfast at Edgewater Restaurant

Great, yummy Christmas Breakfast this morning at the Edgewater Restaurant on Isle of Capri this morning. Thank you, Graeme Isaacson and President Charles Thomasson for organising this. Above expectance 46 members, partners, Rotaractors and guests attended this function, and a good time was had by all. (OF COURSE!! What did you expect when a bunch of Surfers Sunrise Rotarians get together?!?) Sergeant Ian Mayberry explained how our "fines" money he extracted throughout the year is invested in Christmas presents for St John's Crisis Centre, going to children who otherwise would end up... ... with no presents. Thank you all whose misdemeanours (true or otherwise) contributed to the funds, and thank you to all who brought a present along as well.
Great Christmas Breakfast at Edgewater Restaurant Franz Huber 2020-12-16 14:00:00Z 0

... and there are the LONG Italian Lunches...

There are lunches. There are Italian Lunches, and there are the LONG Italian Lunches... What an event! Johnny Bueti (second from left in picture) and his team organised last Thursday's hugely successful event at Gemelli's Italian Restaurant at Broadbeach. Pizza, Pasta, Calamari, Gnocci, Vitello Saltimbocca, Gnoccetti for desert. And - ahem - unlimited beer and wine... Entertainment included an Italian Tenor who brought tears to the eyes of serious opera lovers! It was a fundraiser to help us finance "Rough Terrain" wheelchairs (yes, we still can make them for about $100 each, and let me assure you, there isn't a cent of wages included - all volunteer work!) Thank you Johnny, Paul and the team, thank you to the generous sponsors of Raffle prizes! More photos in the Photo Album on the right!
... and there are the LONG Italian Lunches... Franz Huber 2020-12-11 14:00:00Z 0

This coming Wednesday: AGM and Planning Meeting

Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 09, 2020
This coming Wednesday 9th December at our usual location at the Surfers Paradise Surf Club, upstairs venue: AGM, President Elect Paul Seymour will be confirming the incoming Board and Committee positions for 2021/22 as well as forward planning. Secretary Mitch Brown sent out all the relevant documents to all members on 25/11/20.  If you don't have a copy: it's also on Clubrunner, in the Member's Area: Organisation, Documents, Secretary... (you need to log in). Or drop me a message l and I'll send you a copy. There are also a number of non-board positions to be filled too, so you need you to be there (or you might be "elected" in absentia! ☺).  There should also be some time to discuss other club business.
This coming Wednesday: AGM and Planning Meeting Franz Huber 2020-12-08 14:00:00Z 0

Meet Sasha Kimber, our second RYLA nominee

Youth Service Director PDG Darrell Brown has nominated Sasha Kimber to join Kristen "KJ" Jewson (see Bulletin of 25th November) at the upcoming RYLA camp in January 2021. Here is her brief Bio: "I'm a small-town girl born and raised in Emerald Central QLD. My first introduction to Rotary was in 2015 where I worked with The Rotary Club of Emerald Sunrise to establish the Central Highlands Interact Club. This gave me the amazing opportunity to be sponsored for a Rotary Youth Exchange which I completed in Taiwan for the duration of 2017. Now I am in the final year of my bachelor's degree studying Actuarial Science and majoring in Big Data. Following the completion of my degree, I hope to work in Data analytics and eventually transition into Crime Statistics. I am a member of the Burleigh heads Rotaract club and look forward to continuing to work with Rotary in the future."
Looking forward to meeting you soon at one of our meetings, Sasha! 
Meet Sasha Kimber, our second RYLA nominee Franz Huber 2020-12-01 14:00:00Z 0

Farley S Tolpen – Mediation

For most people, the need to consult a litigation lawyer brings up a feeling akin to the need to get a root canal on your front tooth. You know it will hurt (including at your hip pocket), it is unpleasant, time consuming, but… unavoidable. So it is most refreshing to hear a lawyer professing that his every effort is to keep you away from litigation.
Last Wednesday, Farley Tolpen presented on how to stay out of court. A lawyer for 36 years specialising in Mediation, his aim is to resolve a dispute amicably, rather than confrontationally. Why would Mediation work better? Well, for a start, it is faster than litigation, typically completed within 30 days. Therefore, it is less expensive – on average, about 9 hours of his time will sort it out. But most importantly, the outcome is agreed to by both parties, the conflict is resolved and thus there is a high chance that the relationship between the parties is retained and even improved. And all that contributes to you retaining your sanity.  There are other benefits: Staying out of court, confidentiality is retained, the process is not intimidating, and your chances of an agreed resolution are around 90%.
So how does it work? Initially, there are several serious telephone discussions, individually with both parties, so the Mediator can become totally familiar with each side’s position. All discussions are subject to confidentiality. The aim is to build rapport, to have a clear understanding of each side’s grievances. The Mediator will then arrange pre-mediation meetings, both private and jointly.  The aim is to obtain an agreement to mediate. Goals of what each party tries to achieve are set. In addition to the knowledge of the law, a Mediator must master various techniques and skills, particularly in relation to active listening, being non-judgmental, empathetic. As an example, Farley mentioned the 1970’s Detective Show ‘Columbo’: “I don’t quite understand… can you explain that again?” So, instead of saying “See you in court!!”, perhaps think “Let’s call Farley”. Click on this link to go to his website.  Photo: Farley accepts his "Speaker's Reward", a uniquely labelled bottle of red, from Gerald East.
Farley S Tolpen – Mediation Franz Huber 2020-11-25 14:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Surfers Sunrise, Adam and Tash!

Welcome to our newest members of Surfers Sunrise Rotary: Adam Sheppard and Tash Price.
This morning, President Charles Thomasson inducted two very special new members into our club: Well, this is real special: while we have, for some 25 years, been involved with "Rough Terrain" wheelchairs for underprivileged children in developing countries (10,000 of them - see below!), this is actually the first time we have members who... USE a wheelchair themselves!
Adam and Tash run a business named 'InvincAble Pty Ltd'. Well, the name says it all! We'll have more formal introductions later in the year or early next year, but let me spill some beans just a little bit: Tash Price won the 2019 Auckland Marathon (COVID prevented her from competing there this year) and is the 2020 Queensland State Champion in 100, 200 and 400 metres! And guess who is her trainer? ☺ Great to have you both in our club!
Photo: Adam and Tash, with Chairman of the meeting Gerald East and President Charles Thomasson.
Welcome to Surfers Sunrise, Adam and Tash! Franz Huber 2020-11-24 14:00:00Z 0

Final Update: Mark Twyford's ride for Misión México 

Today marks the end of Mark Twyford's fundraising challenge for Misión México, the charity which his daughter worked on last year? (That’s her on the right – click on this link to read the story again). Maggie continues to be involved with the Mission. This November will also mark the charity’s 20th anniversary. To celebrate, they are holding their biggest ever global event; the Move for Misión México - 20/20/20 Challenge: 20,000 kilometers on foot, bike, in the water, any way you can think of while working together to raise £20,000 for their education program. All money raised will go towards Mision Mexico's Education Program.
Mark has exceeded his aim of raising $AUD 1,000.00, committing to riding a minimum of 500Km in the month of November. As of today 30/11/20, he has cycled 520 Km and has raised $1,350.00! Well done, Mark, you deserve a big pat on the back! You can still support financially - just advise Mark on mark@bradendmdtaccounting.com.au so he can provide you with direct deposit details. Send him an email and he'll send you details. A tax receipt will be issued once funds are received. 
Final Update: Mark Twyford's ride for Misión México  Franz Huber 2020-11-22 14:00:00Z 0

Meet our RYLA candidate: KJ Jewson

Many of you already know Kristen "KJ" Jewson (she prefers to be called "KJ"). Together with her fellow Rotaract members, she is a regular at the Project Shed, working on the Vanuatu project and she has joined our meetings on Wednesday mornings a number of times. KJ will hold the Surfers Sunrise flag at the upcoming Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp at the end of January 2021. This is the introduction she wrote:
I'm Kristen, better known to all as Kj. I'm 26, and am in my 7th semester studying Digital Media Production at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremerhaven, Germany. 
My days currently consist of Work, Uni (albeit at 2am), and Rotaract. I'm president of the Rotaract Club Nordwest in Germany, a new member of the Rotaract Club of Burleigh Heads, and am involved in helping the newest club in the district, the Rotaract Club Gold Coast Makers come to life. Through Rotaract I currently have the chance to work on an international project with the Rotary Club Surfers Sunrise to build a hospital annex for clinic on Pentacost Island, Vanuatu. 
Rotary has been a part of my life since I was 14, I've been to RYPEN, RYTS, Youth Exchange to Germany in 2012, and since then have become a member of Rotex and Rotaract. Due to unforseen circumstances (COVID) I am back in the country for the moment, and RYLA just seemed like the next step. 
As I'm almost finished Uni, and now need to make the decision as to where I want to work and live in the world; I find myself at a crossroads, and think RYLA could possibly give me some clarity for the future, so I can't wait to go! 
Meet our RYLA candidate: KJ Jewson Franz Huber 2020-11-22 14:00:00Z 0

This Wednesday 25th Nov: Farley S Tolpen

Farley S. Tolpen is the founder and CEO of The Mediation Experts, a Brisbane based dispute resolution organization. Farley is an international mediator, arbitrator, trainer and lawyer with over 35 years experience mediating, arbitrating and litigating. His areas of expertise include Workplace, Employment, Family Law, Estates, Workplace, Commercial and Business Law, Real Estate and Construction. He is currently a mediator for QCAT and Queensland Small Business Commissioner (QSBC) for retail shop and commercial leases and Covid19 issues.

He will speak on the topic of  "Mediation - How and Why it Works". Farley advised that he will "make it interactive, with humour and some stories". Looking forward to it!

This Wednesday 25th Nov: Farley S Tolpen Franz Huber 2020-11-21 14:00:00Z 0

Meet our volunteers: Ron Crook

“I’m legally blind…” Ron explained.  Well, until you see the small tag he wears, you’d hardly notice; his severe Macular Degeneration certainly doesn’t diminish him being effective in his work!  Born in England’s County of Kent, he joined the Merchant Navy and trained to become a Ship’s Electrician. Coming to New Zealand in 1965, he decided to remain and stayed there for some 28 years. Although he gained a New Zealand Certificate of Electrical Engineering, Ron also worked in Forestry Products, supervising a team of draftsmen designing and implementing two major plants, each employing some 50 electricians.  By 1982 he became Divisional Manager, and ultimately moved to Equipment Sales. In addition to his professional achievements, Ron also built two of his own homes, from the design drafting, specifications, “I did it all, except the plumbing because one needed a licence for that!”
Then, come 1995, on a holiday to Australia, he decided to stay. Moving over here with Lyn, his partner of now 35 years, he bought - - a Convenience Store! Well, just to be different!
But it’s not all work: in his spare time, Ron enjoys music: “just about all except rap” he said. Elton John, classical music, ballads... [Ballads? One guesses, as a former Merchant Navy man, he’d know a few of them! Aren't they called Shanties? ☺ Ed.] In his younger days, he was a member of a Church Choir. Obviously, with his disability, reading is out. Not really: Audio Books are the answer. Sports? Yes, he plays Indoor Bowls.  So here is proof: don’t let a disability stop you being productive and enjoying life!
Meet our volunteers: Ron Crook Franz Huber 2020-11-19 14:00:00Z 0

We'll have another Bike Sale on 12th December

Last week's 10,000th Wheelchair celebrations, combined with a Bike Sale, produced a good number of sales.  But our volunteers have worked so hard, not only building wheelchairs, but also re-furbishing bikes which are simply too good to be wrecked for parts.  We have about another 50 to go!  So we'll have another one two weeks before Christmas!  Put it into your diary now, and tell your friends:
Saturday, 12th December
Big Bike Sale
Surfers Sunrise Project Shed
Arundel Community Centre, off Napper Road
Arundel 4214
We'll have another Bike Sale on 12th December Franz Huber 2020-11-19 14:00:00Z 0

Order Rotary Christmas Cakes by Wednesday 

This Wednesday 18th Nov 2020 afternoon is deadline to order! Mario Fairlie will place the order directly on behalf of all members and friends of the club. Please order directly with Mario by email (not verbally) to mario@fairlie.com.au. We have had them in the past - they are real yummy! And the cakes come in a tin, so they stay moist. Why not order right now?
Note, this is also a bit of a fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation: for every fruitcake or steamed pudding, a donation of $2.00 is made; $1.00 for the baked pudding.
Order Rotary Christmas Cakes by Wednesday  Franz Huber 2020-11-15 14:00:00Z 0

Our newest members active at the Shed

Good to see our newest members Natasha Price and Adam Sheppard join us on Saturday at the Project Shed. Picture shows them with the hyperactive Rotaractors from Burleigh Heads who come and help us with the Vanuatu project every week, and in the back row President Charles Thomasson, Al Sirovs, Angus Miller (is he really wearing his cap "Lleyton Hewitt" style?? C'mooon!!☺) and Wheelchair Trust Director Larry Murray. Oh, by the way, for those of you who don't know: both Adam and Tash ARE wheelchair bound. None better to appreciate what we do!
Our newest members active at the Shed Franz Huber 2020-11-07 14:00:00Z 0

This Saturday 14 Nov: 10,000th wheelchair celebrations

This Saturday 14th November, we'll have a big celebration at the Project Shed: on display is the 10,000th Wheelchair. We expect quite a number of dignitaries to to join us - Councillors, State Members and possibly even Federal Members of Parliament!. The celebrations officially start at 10:00 am.  But we need all hands on deck at 07:30 am to get ready! The celebrations are held in conjunction with a Big Bike Sale! Bring a few dollars with you to buy a Raffle ticket and/or a Sausage.  Members: please park at the top (behind the Community Centre) so the usual car parks remain free for visitors, thank you.
Photo: Bryan Tuesley (centre) organised an artist to paint some historical pictures on it. With President Charles Thomasson (left) and Wheelchair Trust Director Larry Murray (right). More pictures in the Photo Album.
This Saturday 14 Nov: 10,000th wheelchair celebrations Franz Huber 2020-11-07 14:00:00Z 0

This Wednesday 11/11/20: PDG Michael Irving - Climate Change

PDG Prof Michael Irving will speak on one of the currently most contentious subjects: Climate Change. Michael, who was our District's Governor for 2016-17, has held professorial appointments in Universities in Canberra, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, New Zealand, Oman and the USA. He has been University Vice-Chancellor in Wellington and Sohar, Oman.  Prior to his retirement, his field of expertise was in Biochemistry and Cancer Research.  However, he also spent time at Scott Research Station in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica.  Would this put him into that much debated category of "the science is settled" Scientists? You'll have to be there to find out! 
This Wednesday 11/11/20: PDG Michael Irving - Climate Change Franz Huber 2020-11-05 14:00:00Z 0

Pimpama College new Wheelchair design

Some time ago we reported that Pimpama State Secondary College is working with their students to develop a new wheelchair design.  Recently, teacher Stephen Robinson sent us some photos of their progress, showing students at high levels of concentration welding, grinding and assembling their design. Note: they will have a display at next Saturday's 10,000th Wheelchair celebrations! See more photos in the Photo Album on the right! Good on ya, fellows!
Pimpama College new Wheelchair design Franz Huber 2020-11-05 14:00:00Z 0

Burleigh Rotaractors pick up Hospital beds for Vanuatu

Last Saturday, a bunch of mildly hyperactive Burleigh Heads Rotaractors, organised by Dr Graham Sivyer and Harold Bush (Broadbeach RC), picked up a trailer load of hospital beds, destined for Vanuatu. Well done, guys!
Photo (by Dr Graham) shows (from left) Harold Busch (Broabeach RC + Rotaracters. Blake, Harrison, KJ, Matt and James. More photos in the Photo Album - see right hand side.
Burleigh Rotaractors pick up Hospital beds for Vanuatu Franz Huber 2020-10-31 14:00:00Z 0

Congratulations: Mario Fairlie gets his 7th PHF

At last Wednesday's meeting, President Charles Thomasson presented Mario Fairlie with his updated 'Ruby' Paul Harris Fellowship pin. A pin with a ruby stone embedded indicates that Mario now holds a total of seven PHF's!  Congratulations, Mario!
Congratulations: Mario Fairlie gets his 7th PHF Franz Huber 2020-10-29 14:00:00Z 0

Jo Winwood: Loneliness

Last Wednesday, we enjoyed meeting our Past President Jo Winwood again (she and Tony now live in Byron Bay). Jo, now a member of the Rotary Club of Byron Bay, is heavily involved with her project ‘Be Someone for Someone’. “In the last 5 months, there has been an immense increase in loneliness” Jo declared. Her company Feros Care is a leading Aged Care provider, supporting over 60,000 each year in 5 states and territories. “According the carers, this is now the biggest problem they face”, she said. Jo cited the example of a man suffering the loss of his wife: “In many relationships, it is the woman who makes the social arrangements. So suddenly, after she has passed away, he finds himself without much of a social life. Not everyone has social skills which enable them to find new friends”.
Download the PDF in the Download section on the right and see the slide “The Shocking Truth”. Let me pick just one of the facts: according to a scientific report, published by the US National Library of Medicine (J Holt-Lundstad, Brigham Young University), Loneliness increases the risk of premature death by 26%. Or the equivalent of smoking 26 cigarettes a day. The problem is acute world wide; in the UK, they have appointed a Minister for Loneliness.
So how can we help? Well, engage with people whom you suspect of being lonely. Your neighbour might be in that category. An invitation to join you for a cuppa is a good start!  Would you like to support financially? Feros Care will again run a Christmas Brunch for lonely people - see Download section - 'Be Someone for Someone - Corporate Support'.
Jo’s presentation can be downloaded from the Download section – see right side. TPhoto: Jo with Chairman of the meeting, Mark Twyford
Jo Winwood: Loneliness Franz Huber 2020-10-28 14:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Golf Day a huge success!

OK, we can't take the credit for the superb weather... after some quite heavy rains on the weekend, the Gold Coast enjoyed the most perfect day imaginable.  Today's Rotary Surfers Sunrise Golf Day turned out in the very best way imaginable.  We had almost 100 players (see President Charles' message above), made up from some 13 Corporate Teams and 6 Rotary Teams from other clubs. At this stage, no results are available yet.  But we have the two major winners: Overall winners were the team of Steve Hamilton, Dave and Daniel Bisker and James Dayton (picture above), the winner of the Rotary Challenge (only open to Rotary Club teams) was the Rotary Club of Currumbin - Coolangatta - Tweed, with Bev & Eric Rosser, Jan Robertson and Ian Petherick. A photo album will be uploaded shortly. - more details in next week's bulletin.
A big thank you goes to President Charles Thomasson and Treasurer Doug Lipp who were the principal organisers, to all the sponsors and competitors, as well as the superb turnout of our members - too many to list - who helped on the day.  Well done all!
Sunrise Golf Day a huge success! Franz Huber 2020-10-25 14:00:00Z 0

Geoff Croad's Seaquester Quays raises $2,150

In a recent newsletter to their residents, Geoff Croad announced that their Containers for Change project has so far raised over $2,150.  Not only will this have prevented some 21,500 bottles going to landfill, but it also has bought the materials for some 21 wheelchairs.  Great effort, Geoff and your team Ged and Graeme Stanyer! (Photo  - June 2020 - shows them receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from (then) President Mario Fairlie)
Geoff Croad's Seaquester Quays raises $2,150 Franz Huber 2020-10-24 14:00:00Z 0

Good to see some new faces at Surfers Sunrise!

Good to see some new faces this morning at Surfers Sunrise! Photo shows two potential new members (no pressure...! ☺) Adam Sheppard and Natasha Price. With them are former Rotary Youth Transition Seminar chairman Simon Brook, President Charles Thomasson and current District Youth chairman PDG Darrell Brown. Adam and Natasha are old hands at Rotary Youth programs, contributing by teaching that suffering a disability doesn't mean disablement. You see, both Adam and Natasha are wheelchair bound...
Good to see some new faces at Surfers Sunrise! Franz Huber 2020-10-20 14:00:00Z 0

Golf Day 2020 tomorrow Monday!

We have record corporate team bookings for this year's Golf Day which will be held tomorrow Monday, 26th October 2020.  It will be held at the same location as last year, the  Surfers Paradise Golf Club on Fairway Drive, Carrara.  We'll need both volunteers to man the course, and of course we need participating teams.  Check out the flyer in the Download section on the right.  We need some more prizes. Can you spare a nice bottle of wine, or convince your favorite restaurateur to donate a free dinner? Volunteers: please be there no later than 11:00 am.
Bookings are now open - click on this link: https://www.trybooking.com/BLJDK
Golf Day 2020 tomorrow Monday! Franz Huber 2020-10-15 14:00:00Z 0

PDG Graham Jones: US Presidential Elections

PDG Prof Graham Jones worked for many years as a Professor of Mathematics in the USA, and has a deep understanding of their electoral system. He is also deeply involved in the fundraising for the Griffith University’s Malaria Vaccine Project, and provided us with a brief update on this. But on to the US Elections:
A graph of US States’ results in 2016 (see Graham's PowerPoint slides in the Download Section) showed a sea of red (for Trump) of 304 Electoral College votes, against 227 for Clinton. “It was not even close” Graham outlined… “But have a look at the Popular Vote, and you see that Trump was 3 Million votes behind Clinton, yet Trump won the Elections.”  Graham went on to explain the US system of House of Representatives and Senate, somewhat similar to Australia’s, with the former represented on the basis of population (435 members), whereas the Senate has just two Senators per state (100 members).  So, for every House of Representatives and Senate seat, there is one Electoral College (EC) vote, plus 3 votes for the District of Columbia (Washington). Thus, in total there are 538 EC votes.  
Graham briefly went back to historical times of the first Presidential Election in 1789 when there were just 10 states, when George Washington won with 69 out of 138 EC votes. John Adams, who came second, became Vice President. (It’s not within the scope of this article to elaborate).
Now to the crux of the matter: Where does the people’s vote come in? Well, in all but two states (Nebraska and Mayne), all the Electoral College votes go to the winner of the popular vote. Thus, for example, were Trump to win California by just one vote, all of the 55 EC votes of that state would go to Trump. To win the Presidency, the candidate thus needs to win a total of 270 (half + 1) of 538 EC votes. Votes are cast by Electors (delegates) on 14th December. The winner is formally declared on 6th January.  
“But what if no winner can be declared, due to disputes, legal wrangling?” was your Editor’s question. Well, in that case Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Reps will take over temporarily, and if she is not available, the next in line is Senator Chuck Grassley, aged 87…
The meeting was recorded on Zoom.  If you would like a link (members only), please let me know. Ed.
PDG Graham Jones: US Presidential Elections Franz Huber 2020-10-15 14:00:00Z 0

GC Business Expo a success despite COVID

On Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday, a large numbers of our members helped with the setting up, manning the Car Park "Gold Coin Donation" gate and again in taking all the tables and chairs down at the end of the day.  Final figures will become known once Treasurer Doug Lipp has arm wrestled his friends at Suncorp Bank to put the bucket of coins through a counting machine. A big thank-you goes to all the helpers: Organiser PDG Darrell Brown, President Charles Thomasson, Karen Holland, Ashleigh Symes, John Chirio, Paul Seymour, Geoff Croad, Andy Bell, Angus Miller, Larry Murray, Johnny Bueti, Neil Thurlow, Franz Huber, our newest member Ramez Salib, as well as our 'Honorary Queenslander' Ann O'Connor and Associate Member Tracy Zimmerman and her Lutzy Award winning daughter Jazmin.   Many who took multiple shifts, and some, including Darrell and Charles, were there for the full time from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday evening. And particular thanks must go to Paula Brand, whose business staged the Expo, for providing us the opportunity for this fundraiser. COVID-19 caused massive obstacles for her business, but Paula beat all the negatives and still made it happen, against all the odds! Well done all!
Photo (from left): John Chirio, Larry Murray and PDG Darrell Brown blinking into the sun on Thursday morning at the "Gate".
GC Business Expo a success despite COVID Franz Huber 2020-10-15 14:00:00Z 0

This coming Wednesday: PDG Graham Jones - US Elections

This coming Wednesday 14th October, PDG Prof Graham Jones, who worked in the USA for several years and is intimately familiar with the convoluted process of the Electoral College system, will present again on the US Presidential Elections. This year probably more unusual than any time before - COVID means no mass rallies, the incumbent is probably the most unpredictable candidate ever and the challenger... [Sorry, Rotary must stay out of politics...] And yes, he is happy to take questions! Not to be missed!
Usual location, at the Surfers Paradise SLSC upstairs. Grab your breakfast downstairs and take it up for some fellowship before the meeting starts at 07:30 sharp.
This coming Wednesday: PDG Graham Jones - US Elections Franz Huber 2020-10-10 14:00:00Z 0

Last week’s Guest Speaker: DG Andy Rajapakse

Well, over that past 33 years, I have heard many inspiring District Governor’s presentations. I have also sat through some truly numbing experiences. All of them, in essence, extolled the high values of our great organisation, the virtues, benefits and duties of being a Rotarian, and exhorted us to increase our membership. In other words, without meaning to be derogatory, preaching - to the converted.  Not so Andy…
Instead of starting off with a prepared speech, Andy simply asked the question “What would you like to hear from the District Governor?” The requests from the audience were largely of general nature: ‘Overall, how is our District going?’, ‘How can we obtain money from the District?’ etc. Impressively, Andy deftly eased from a Q&A style to a relaxed summary of our District’s notable achievements. Membership growth was specifically addressed: “The District is doing very well, both in terms of membership as well as financially”, Andy said. “Did you know that 9640 has the highest increase in membership in Zone 8 (14 countries): since 1st July, we have had a NET increase of 45 members!” This is not the result of just the last few months, Andy accentuated, this is the result of the last 5 years of steady building up. New clubs were formed, some of quite different style, such as Gold Coast Passport. “Do you know that District 9640 has the largest percentage of family membership in Australia (34%, compared to average of 26%), partially due to no District dues applying to partners? We have the largest percentage of Under 40’s? A new club, ‘Corporate Centre One’ is in the process of being established, its potential membership based on about 40 companies whose offices are in that large office building. But it’s not easy! To increase membership, “you have to hit the street”, Andy said. You have to ask people to join. The competition is high: there are some 152 networking organisations on the Gold Coast!
So, after 33 years, I continue to be grateful for having been invited to join Rotary, to witness every year the leadership dynamics of a new Club President, a new District Governor, new Rotary International President.
Last week’s Guest Speaker: DG Andy Rajapakse  Franz Huber 2020-10-07 14:00:00Z 0

Welcome to our newest member, Ramez Salib

Delighted this morning to welcome our newest member, Ramez Salib, to Surfers Sunrise. And to make it even more special: District Governor Andy Rajapakse was there to formally induct him! Ramez, originally from Egypt, transferred from the Rotary Club of Varsity Lakes. His classification is 'Pharmacy'. Watch this space for a date to see him give us a 'Man behind the Badge' presentation. Just trying to tie up a suitable date.
(Photo, from left: President Charles Thomasson, Ramez Salib, DG Andy Rajapakse).
Welcome to our newest member, Ramez Salib Franz Huber 2020-10-06 14:00:00Z 0

Burleigh Heads Rotaractors helping with Vanuatu project

On Saturday, we had Burleigh Rotaractors Harrison Howick and Chumani Brookhouse, coming to the Project Shed to help us with the Vanuatu project. Photo shows them (in pink T-Shirts) with Angus, Des La Rance and Dr Graham Sivyer of the Rotary Club of Broadbeach.  The floor area of the X-Ray unit is starting to take shape!
Burleigh Heads Rotaractors helping with Vanuatu project Franz Huber 2020-10-02 14:00:00Z 0

Burleigh Heads Rotaractors help with Vanuatu project

Good to see two Rotaractors from the Rotaract Club of Burleigh Heads coming to the Surfers Sunrise Project Shed this morning to help with the construction of the X-Ray Unit for Vanuatu! Thank you Harrison Howick and Chumani Brookhouse! 
Burleigh Heads Rotaractors help with Vanuatu project Franz Huber 2020-10-02 14:00:00Z 0

VIP visit to the Project Shed

On Saturday, Division 7 GCCC Councillor Ryan Bayldon-Lumsden visited the Project Shed to check out what we are up to. President Charles Thomasson (left) and Project Services Director Larry Murray (right) gave him a guided tour. Great to see you taking an interest in our projects, Councillor!
VIP visit to the Project Shed Franz Huber 2020-10-02 14:00:00Z 0

Jade McMahon is this year's Lutzy Award winner

JADE McMAHON is the winner of the Lutzy Award 2020! This morning, we had a very special meeting at the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club: we presented the Lutzy Award. This special recognition, in memory of our Charter Member Keith Lutz, is given to an upcoming young leader and mentor, selected by the SLSC. In the words of David Orchard, "it was unanimous": Jade McMahon was selected in recognition of her ongoing demonstration of leadership and nurturing of younger members, as well as her efforts and dedication to the Surf Life Saving movement. The award includes a very special Surf Rescue Board, which this year was sponsored by Immediate Past President Mario Fairlie and Justin Benney of Advent Security.  Congratulations, Jade!
Some of the previous winners, Jessica Webber and Lucy Thorburn, went on to participate in our District's Youth programs and, of course, you may be aware that Lucy also spent a year in the USA as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student. 
Photo (from left): Immediate Surfers Sunrise Past President Mario Fairlie (sponsor), David Orchard, Jade McMahon, SLSC President Trevor Hendy, Jan Lutz, Justin Benney from Advent Security (sponsor), Surfers Sunrise President Charles Thomasson, Andy Bell.  Some more photos in the Photo Album section.
Jade McMahon is this year's Lutzy Award winner Franz Huber 2020-09-29 14:00:00Z 0
This coming Wednesday 7th Oct: District Governor's visit Franz Huber 2020-09-27 14:00:00Z 0

Three On-Line Zoom meetings this week re Polio Plus Train

Phil Fairweather, the District Rotary Foundation Chair, this week will be hosting three 40 minute Zoom meetings to explain and exciting initiative:  Train Ride to End Polio, which will be held on Friday 23 October (see Download Section to download a flyer)
Our District and your club have the opportunity to participate in an exciting initiative that has 5 objectives:
  1. Create awareness of the End Polio program and Rotary (Public Image)
  2. Raise funds through Sponsorship (Fundraising)
  3. Rotarian Engagement (Fellowship)
  4. Create a new challenge (Inspire)
  5. End Polio (Transformation)
The Zoom meetings will be held at 6pm on each of Monday 28 September, Tuesday 29 September and Thursday 1 October.
Zoom meeting details for all 3 are as follows:
Topic: Train Ride to End Polio
Time: Sep 28, 2020 06:00 PM Brisbane
          Sep 29, 2020 06:00 PM
           Oct 1, 2020 06:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
The meeting has a passcode. To obtain it, simply reply to this bulletin or contact the Bulletin Editor Franz Huber. (A separate invitation has been sent by direct email to all members).
Three On-Line Zoom meetings this week re Polio Plus Train Franz Huber 2020-09-27 14:00:00Z 0

Wheelchairs have arrived in PNG and Solomon Islands

Sometimes we might be a bit remote, a bit detached from the results of our work to manufacture the 'Rough Terrain Wheelchairs', raising the funds and the organisation of getting them shipped. So it is great to receive two separate messages, one from Papua New Guinea, one from the Solomon Islands, confirming that the goods have arrived and are being distributed. The photo on the left is from the Reverend Hoge Ramura from PNG, who wrote
"Good day to you all good Rotarians in Rotary club of Surfers Sunrise in Qld, Australia.
I am a retired Reverend, Hoge with my wife Vagahu Rabura of the Rotary Club of Port Moresby in Papua New.
We have great interest to volunteer in the Wheelchair Trust project in the your club...
I am 63 yrs old and my wife 58 yrs old.... We also do other social work like volunteering in the Prisoners Bible teaching, and are facilitators in HIV AIDS, TB, GBV, etc trainings.
But, our interest is in volunteering in the Wheelchair project..
Can we have a chat re the above request and please show me the correct form of communication...
Please see some of the wheelchair donations pictures, we did on behalf of Rotary club Port Moresby... within Port Moresby and outside...
There is great need for wheelchairs for all ages, we want thank your club again for such support.... Many thanks
Rev Hoge and Vagahu Rabura.
Shortly after, Col Laurenson forwarded a couple of photos from Honiara, Solomon Islands. They, as well as a lot more from PNG - see our Photo Album Section, together with a couple of photos sent from Honiara, Solomon Islands.  Fellows, give yourself a pat on the back!
Wheelchairs have arrived in PNG and Solomon Islands Franz Huber 2020-09-24 14:00:00Z 0

This Wednesday: Lutzy Award presentation

This Wednesday, on 30th September, our club will present the 'Lutzy' Award to a young emerging Surfing Club leader.  Ray Higgs and Graeme Isaacson have arranged for a VERY special deal with the caterers at the Surf Club: a plated meal for just $10.00!  But we need to advise your choice of 5 menu options: Acai Bowl (very healthy, gluten free, vegan), or either poached or fried eggs with either bacon or sausages and toast.  Of course, partners and friends are most welcome too. The online booking site has now closed. Any enquiries, please call Graeme Isaacson.
(Picture shows last year's winner, Jazmin Zimmerman)
This Wednesday: Lutzy Award presentation Franz Huber 2020-09-18 14:00:00Z 0

Meet our Volunteers: John Boucher

He might be 84 years old, but as the old Aussie expression goes: No flies on John!  And his dedication to the job is today just as strong, as meticulous and encompassing as it would have been some 60 years ago. Then, in 1960, just 24 years old, he started a 20 year career with The British Phosphate Commissioners on the island of Nauru (later the Nauru Phosphate Corporation). His background in his parents’ business served him well to take care of the Bulk Store. Just imagine what is required to cater for some 150 staff and about 1400 Chinese and Pacific Island labourers, with a 3 month lead time!  A mere 5 years later he was appointed to be Secretary to the Island Manager.
And just to prove that he was not just all about work: at the time there were just 3 single (Caucasian) women on the island. One of them, a young lady named Vana, was the manager’s stenographer. Anyway… they married… the wedding was organised by the company, right there in Nauru! [Knowing John’s commitment to his work, it is not known whether he took a honeymoon holiday or not… Ed. 😊]. One of their children was born on Nauru, the other in Melbourne. Among other duties, Vana was in charge of maintaining the Land Schedule, what appears to be somewhat similar to our Titles Registry Office.  Except that on Nauru a piece of land can have as many as 100 male owners. So the register is in the name of the women.  There is a complete separate story in there!
Comfortably retired now, other than volunteering at our Project Shed, John enjoys reading good novels (Jeffrey Archer, Wilbur Smith, Lee Childs etc), listening to traditional Jazz and Rock 'n' Roll and studying World War 2 History.  Ah, did I mention that, for 3 years in his youth, he also was a Cadet Midshipman? And heavily involved with the Sea Scouts movement?
Meet our Volunteers: John Boucher Franz Huber 2020-09-18 14:00:00Z 0

Dr Serge Macanovic: Age is just a number...

So you buy packaged food which is marked as ‘Fat Free’ in big letters? But does that mean that it won’t have any influence on gaining weight? Well, think again! Croatian born Dr Serge Macanovic, who is the Lead GP at Our Medical Home in Oxenford, begs to differ: 'No fat' doesn’t mean no calories. And it’s the unused calories which your body automatically converts to fat. “We were not made up when we were born”, Dr Serge elaborated. “We are the product of millennia of evolution. People had to work, to hunt for their food. Often they would go hungry…”

Opening with a quote by Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern that “Age is just a number, not a state of mind or a reason for any type of particular behaviour”, he emphatically pointed out a major link between health of your body and health of your mouth.  Yes… did you listen to your mother? Gum disease doesn’t just give you bad breath and causes tooth decay. It massively increases the risk of
Dr Serge Macanovic: Age is just a number... Franz Huber 2020-09-15 14:00:00Z 0

Vale John Ellemor, PHF

It is with great sadness I report the passing away of our Honorary Member John Ellemor.  He passed away peacefully, in palliative care, on Sunday. He was almost 93 years old. We are advised that, in view of COVID-19, no public funeral will be held, but a memorial service may be held in the future. 
John, a consumate inventor and industrial designer, joined Surfers Sunrise Rotary in 1992 after "retiring" to the Gold Coast from a very successful business career in Victoria. Around that time he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship. He is best remembered for his continued active participation in all our projects and was instrumental in organising the inaugural Education Expo on the Gold Coast in the early nineties. He was also recognised as one of the very few Rotarians worldwide who could boast 100% Attendance over a period of 50 years! This would have involved hundreds of 'Make-up' visits to various clubs throughout the world.
Our condolences go out to his family.

Vale John Ellemor, PHF Franz Huber 2020-09-13 14:00:00Z 0

Meet our volunteers: Bruce Pallesen

"I’m not really a sports person” was one of Bruce’s opening remarks, when questioned about his preference of sport. A bit later on, he revealed his passion: Theatre! Among other roles, he played the role of Samuel in ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ by Gilbert & Sullivan.  Yes, for some 30 years, Bruce had various roles, “both on stage and off stage” at the Gold Coast Little Theatre and the Spotlight Theatre.   But we are getting ahead of ourselves…
Born and raised in Palmerston North on the north island of New Zealand some 81 years ago, he underwent training to become a carpenter. In 1963, at 24 years of age, he married his sweetheart Maureen.
And then he off and went, by himself, to New Caledonia, to work for a French company, building houses for nickel miners…  Before you get excited: just for 3 months, and with full consent of his bride.  Shortly after his New Caledonia trip, they emigrated to this side of the ditch; for a brief time to Sydney, then to the Gold Coast where they have been living since. Bruce wasn’t just carpentering, he also drove fancy limousines for Japanese wedding parties and, for some considerable time, worked in Pest Control.
Meanwhile, Bruce and Maureen celebrated their 57th Anniversary. They raised a family, being blessed with two boys and ultimately with some 6 grandchildren. “I like observing people” he answered my question on ‘What makes you laugh more than anything else?’ – (hmm… I had better watch out!) For other pastimes, Bruce enjoys light opera, musicals, demanding plays and movies such as those starring Peter Ustinov. One of his favourite artists is Michael Crawford, and when pressed for an answer, he admits to a partiality to Audrey Hepburn as his favourite actress.
Now, if anyone again suggests that our volunteers at the Project Shed are ‘just elderly gentlemen’: eat your words!

Meet our volunteers: Bruce Pallesen Franz Huber 2020-09-11 14:00:00Z 0

New COVID Safe Plan for Project Shed

Last week President Charles Thomasson and Project Chief Larry Murray published our COVID Safe plan for the Project Shed, with immediate effect. Not only is this is to ensure we comply with government regulations, but of course its real purpose, to keep our members, associate members and the community safe and prevent community infections.  In short:
  1. You will need to provide your details for record keeping upon arrival
  2. You will need to use alcohol-based hand sanitiser upon arrival (supplied)
  3. You will stay at home if you feel unwell
  4. You will practice social distancing and good hygiene whilst at the Shed
  5. You will use disposable cups for water, tea or coffee
  6. You will be aware of signs and information in regards to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and staying safe
The plan is available for download from the Download section on the right.
New COVID Safe Plan for Project Shed Franz Huber 2020-09-04 14:00:00Z 0

We don't need no education...

'We don't need no education
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone.'
Roger Waters, Pink Floyd – The Wall (1979)
Two of my most favourite composers of classical music, Roger Waters and David Gilmour released this album over 40 years ago. [Classical? Yes, Henrietta, of course I’m serious! - - OK, let’s compromise: ‘modern classical’. Crikey! Must be getting old..!]
September is Rotary International’s ‘Basic Education and Literacy Month’. You now have an image in your mind, don’t you? And I bet that that image is something like a “developing country” classroom full of highly attentive, smiling kids with perfect teeth, sitting on the floor, or at best on old school benches and an early 20th Century style blackboard (possibly donated by Rotary). Correct? Last week, Vandy S Kamara demonstrated to us that just one man with serious determination can make a massive difference (see report above).
Now, I don’t for a moment suggest that those Rotary programs, which supply material, financial support and sometimes human resources, are not worthwhile. Are they ever! There is only one way to improve the lives of the impoverished people regardless of where they live and that’s Education. Starting with basic literacy and numeracy, it is indeed the only way. With Rotary’s concept of having a partner at the recipient’s end, our efforts also have a much higher chance of success. This generally is the policy of The Rotary Foundation, as well as – closer to home – the rule of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS).
But what about right here? the largest national peak body for adult and community education, Adult Learning Australia, published an OECD survey that found some 44% of adult Australians “lack the literacy skills required in everyday life. Of these, 1 in 7 (14% !!) have literacy levels which are so low they struggle with everyday tasks.” With numeracy skills, it is even worse. Is it because we are not spending enough of our taxes on Education? Personally, I don’t really think so. It goes much deeper than that. [Disclaimer: This is the author’s personal view and may not represent that of Rotary. Ed.]
It is not Rotary’s task to set Education Policy. But perhaps we could become involved in old fashioned Community Service. Remember? "In the olden days", Community Service used to be a Club Directorship all by itself. And perhaps we could arrange (or cooperate with) local adult learning projects, to the benefit of (now) adults who recognise the errors of their younger days?
We don't need no education... Franz Huber 2020-09-04 14:00:00Z 0

Last Wednesday's Guest Speaker: Vandy S Kamara

Vandy Kamara is approved and endorsed by our District as a candidate for the Rotary Peace Fellowship program. Last Wednesday, we had the pleasure of hosting Vandy to talk to us about his own, personal charity to provide schooling to underprivileged children in his native Sierra Leone, a country with a population of some 7 Million in West Africa. Like many countries in the region, Sierra Leone suffered from Civil War, major health issues including Polio. "I saw a lot of atrocities" he mentioned laconically. Vandy, who works at Wesley Mission Queensland caring for homeless people in various areas all the way to Katherine in the Northern Territory, emigrated to Australia some 10 years ago. Talking about applying the proverbial Aussie "Have a go" principle! He holds numerous academic achievements, including a Master of Public Health and an Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management. But that is not what he came to talk to us about...

Primarily it was about his charity, the Sonjor Community School which he founded in 2012. Its Mission Statement is 'To provide education and other related services for girls, that will lead to empowerment and sustainable livelyhood'. Another major underlying objective: 'To delay the prevailing early child marriages
Last Wednesday's Guest Speaker: Vandy S Kamara Franz Huber 2020-09-03 14:00:00Z 0

A big trailer load of bicycle tyres go to recycling

As we are "re-purposing" old bicycles to become Rough Terrain Wheelchairs, we remove the tyres from Aluminium wheels which become valuable recycling metal. Over time, the tyres pile up! On Friday, your Editor and four helpers loaded our big tandem trailer (10' x 6' x 4') to the rim with old bicycle tyres and took them to Molectra Technologies in Loganholme.  They recyle any tyres and make other products ranging from rubber sleepers, rubber mats all the way to punching bags. Check their website. Molectra has offered to wave the usual $1 fee per tyre - thank you John Dobozy! Photo shows our volunteers who helped loading and unloading at the destination (from left): John Hall, Bryan Tuesley, Ray Drowley, John Dobozy (MD of Molectra) and Don Ferguson.
A big trailer load of bicycle tyres go to recycling Franz Huber 2020-08-28 14:00:00Z 0

This Wednesday 2nd Sept: Vandy S Kamara

Ray Higgs, District Chair of the Rotary Peacebuilding & Conflict Prevention committee, has organised a speaker who is a candidate for this program.

Vandy S Kamara came to Australia 10 years ago from his native country, the civil war torn Sierra Leone on the west coast of Africa. He lived a great part of his life in 'Internally Displaced Peoples' camps [what a euphemism! Ed.] and various refugee camps. This gave him a strong belief in humanity and education. Vandy started his own Foundation, largely financed from his own savings. It started with providing water points for communities, funding vaccination for children and later a community school, which now has an enrolment of some 380 pupils.

Vandy currently works with Wesley Mission Queensland, supporting homeless people, young people and their families in the Logan to Ipswich region.

This Wednesday 2nd Sept: Vandy S Kamara Franz Huber 2020-08-26 14:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Surfers Sunrise, Johnny Bueti!

Last Wednesday, Johnny Bueti, who is the General Manager of Go Transit Media Group, became our "newest" member (although not new to Rotary - he transferred from the Burleigh Heads club to be closer to his work place). Picture (from left) PDG Darrell Brown, Johnny Bueti, President Charles Thomasson. Welcome to Surfers Sunrise, Johnny!
Welcome to Surfers Sunrise, Johnny Bueti! Franz Huber 2020-08-18 14:00:00Z 0

The GOYA principle

Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 17, 2020
Forgive me if I 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, but most are imagined. 
  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 in Rotary may not have today the same prestige that it once had.
  4. Less professional networking opportunities. Membership may not bring the same professional networking benefits as it did 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. [I don't really think we have this problem - I'd challenge anyone to tell me that Surfers Sunrise is not vibrant! But perhaps this is one of the best kept secrets on the Gold Coast!]
  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? This Wednesday, we'll "formally" meet two new members who transferred from Burleigh Heads club to be closer to their place of work. Whilst that in itself is significant, what is even more interesting is that of these two members are below 40! That much for “today’s young people… etc etc”!  Further, our club's recent decision to cater for 'Corporate 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'. Many of you know what the acronym stands for. OK, if you don't, feel free to ask me! It's still as relevant today as it always was.
The GOYA principle Franz Huber 2020-08-16 14:00:00Z 0

Flat out at first COVID period Sausage Sizzle

On Saturday, we had our first 'COVID period' Sausage Sizzle fundraiser at Bunnings Southport. We were very lucky with the weather - after all, it was expected to rain all day, and all we got were some very brief showers. Certainly nothing that would keep our customers away! Excellent result, this time also the first time with Credit Card facilities - thanks to Mark Twyford for lending us his gear!  Photo shows the first shift (07:30 - 09:30): from left: John Chirio (2 shifts), Ray Higgs, Angus Miller (3), Mitch Brown, Larry Murray, and capably supervised by Bunnings staff member Debbie.  Other shifts were crewed by Andy & Robby Bell (2), Col Laurenson, President Charles Thomasson (2), Gerald East, Neil Thurlow, Simon Brook, Geoff Croad, Karen Holland, Doug Lipp and your Editor (2). 
Special appreciation to Bunnings for their professional planning of this fundraising opportunity to ensure we conform to COVID laws and regulations, as well as for providing all the equipment and marquees and one of their staff for the entire day to assist us with compliance. Community organisations need to raise funds to enable them to operate. A sincere thank you!
Flat out at first COVID period Sausage Sizzle Franz Huber 2020-08-14 14:00:00Z 0
This Wednesday 12th August: Social meeting Franz Huber 2020-08-09 14:00:00Z 0

Good roll-up on Saturday at the Project Shed

"Many hands make light work" is the old saying... Well, last Saturday, Wheelchair Trust chief Larry Murray's call to help moving timber and other gear, destined for the X-Ray Unit in Vanuatu, was answered by a good number of members. Some came early, so by 9:30 am, the job was done and we all settled in for a bacon, sausage, egg and onion brunch, cooked by 'Onion King' Angus Miller with his usual competence. Picture, from left: at rear: Karen Holland, Paul Seymour, Darrell Brown, Mitch Brown. Front: Ray Higgs, Geoff Croad, President Charles Thomasson, John Chirio, Andy Bell. Also helping were Col Laurenson, Franz Huber and Immediate Past President Mario Fairlie [did you know that he buys his shoes to match the colour of his car? See picture right, taken by your Editor just in time before he closed the door...☺]
Good roll-up on Saturday at the Project Shed Franz Huber 2020-08-07 14:00:00Z 0

If you throw enough spaghetti against a wall...

In his inaugural District Governor’s newsletter last month, DG Andy Rajapakse announced a “crazy big goal” to grow District Membership to 1,400. According to our District Website, we’ve had 1,208 members at the end of June. So, the goal is an increase of 192 members, or 16%, or about 4 members per club on average. But if we used the End of May total of 1,297 members, we’d only require 103 new members, or just 8%, or 2 members per club. Actually, hadn’t we lost any of the 200 members who left over the last 12 months… well, we’d be there already!
“So, where are you going with this??” I hear you ask, “it’s normal to have a steep reduction in membership at the end of the Rotary year!” Normal? Sure, some of the 200 we lost may have left because they moved away. Some were called “to higher service”. But, the bulk of them decided that Rotary simply wasn’t “their thing”, not worth their time, effort and expense.

In business, losing a major account rings alarm bells. And unless they went bust, sold out or died, most likely it’s because they found your opposition more attractive. Your responsibility really. So what do you do? You go out to look for
If you throw enough spaghetti against a wall... Franz Huber 2020-08-07 14:00:00Z 0

John Paul Langbroek presents at Surfers Sunrise

Last Wednesday, our local State Parliamentarian for Surfers Paradise John-Paul Langbroek presented at our club. “JP”, as he is affectionately known to the locals (and with an electoral margin of over 20%, he is obviously very popular), gave a brief yet informative talk about his work of representing the people of his electorate. He particularly talked about his work as Shadow Minister for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2032 Candidature, as Shadow Minister Sport and Racing (that suits me well, quipped Chairman Doug Lipp, who is a well known identity in the Horse Racing game… ☺).  But most people would not be aware: He is an Honorary Rotarian (with the Rotary Club of Gold Coast). “I’m proud to be a Rotary Member” John-Paul iterated, “particularly now that the attendance rules have been relaxed, I’m able to participate”.

Recently, JP indeed was active in one of our club’s project, the ‘Sleeping Sanctuary’ (POD), where he met with Immediate Past President Mario Fairlie, Councillor Darren Taylor and others to address the important problem of homelessness on the Gold Coast. “This is not an easy problem to address”, he elaborated, “some people do not wish to be in permanent accommodation”. Of course, it’s not just
John Paul Langbroek presents at Surfers Sunrise Franz Huber 2020-08-04 14:00:00Z 0

This Saturday 8th August: Big job at the Shed

Project Shed Chief Larry Murray needs helpers this Saturday morning: Starting at 08:30 am (or earlier if you like), we need as many able bodied helpers as possible at the shed, so if any Rotarians know people like this perhaps they could encourage them to come. We will be shifting the lumber from the workshop to the 40’ container. Some of the larger planks weigh as much as 50 Kg, necessitating a 2 man/woman lift; well within the capacity of the average fit Australian. Once again this may involve our trusty Rotarians seeking the help of younger family members. This may necessitate the passage of some gratuities in the form of bribes or suitable inducements.
Should the members feel able to avail themselves for this task we recommend the following precautions should be followed to minimise the possibility of personal injury and/ or embarrassment.
  1. Please bring heavy duty gloves to avoid splinters, before putting on the gloves make sure nasal passages and other orifices are clear of debris, as excavations will not be possible whilst gloved up and in mid lift.
  2. Please wear suitable clothing, no bell bottom trousers high heeled shoes jewellery or loose clothing (flamboyant scarfs, flashy silk handkerchiefs or cummerbunds ) anyone with cross dressing tendencies will be restricted to making the tea.
  3. Suitable footwear is essential. Carpet slippers are a no go, the shed has a pair of heavy steel toed boots available, it may be necessary to share these, those with foot issues should in fairness to fellow Rotarians avoid exposing others to any contagious foot or feet conditions.
  4. Do not partner with a person stronger than yourself.
  5. Have about your person any pertinent medical details together with information on next of kin and details of any money bequeathed to the shed. ☺
  6. Please do not expect any financial reward, like most good things you do, it is best to be discrete, in the hope of a reward in the afterlife, if there is one (for those over 60 this is a good time to hedge your bets)
The work should only take 2 or 3 hours and will include light refreshments and interesting conversation.

This Saturday 8th August: Big job at the Shed Larry Murray 2020-08-02 14:00:00Z 0

Chris Thurtell gets special pin created by the YE Students

by PDG Darrell Brown - Current District 9640 Youth Program Chair)
When I first proposed Chris Thurtell  for membership to our club he indicated that he was interested in helping Youth. That became an understatement this year! Not only did he help Youth in our club but he took on the Chair of the Youth Exchange Program for the District 4 years ago. This year tested his skills
Over the time of his tenure he transformed the Youth Exchange Program with his caring attitude & dedication. Chris retired from the District Chair position last December and when his intended replacement was unable to fill his shoes, I was asked to take over the role until the end of the Rotary year. Thank goodness for Chris’s sense of responsibility. When I rang Chris for a briefing he said that he would stay in the role as it would take too long & be too difficult to become acquainted with the role for such a short time. Then COVID-19 struck. YEP became a minefield of problems dealing with countries closing down programs, arranging a safe environment for students & the logistical nightmare of getting students home. 
Chris deserves a medal and he got one. He was awarded his first Paul Harris Fellow at the District Changeover  a week ago in recognition for what he has achieved & the tumultuous time he has been through. The unfortunate aspect of all of this is that Chris has resigned from Rotary. I understand his feelings. His role was such an intense commitment to the Youth of our District that he needs a break from Rotary. He is exhausted. He hasn’t ruled out the possibility of returning to the fold in a year’s time but he needs to concentrate on his own family, his new job & to regain equilibrium. 
Chris Thurtell gets special pin created by the YE Students Darrell Brown 2020-07-30 14:00:00Z 0

$28,000 added to Malaria Vaccine Project fund

Many many moons ago (June 2017 to be exact), Dr Danielle Stanisic - see picture left - presented at our club on a major project at the local campus of Griffith University, aimed a developing a vaccine to eradicate Malaria. Over the past 12 months, this was also the 'District Governor's Partner' project; Shauna Bolton raised $18,965. In addition to that, it was suggested that people who were entitled to a refund of pre-payments for the cancelled District Conference donate it instead. This raised another $9,065, making the total over $28,000 for the year
PDG Graham Jones, who is the chairman of the Malaria Vaccine Project, expressed his delight in a recent letter to (now) Past DG Harry & Shauna Bolton. The project, which also attracted a grant of $500,000 from the Federal Government, is now in its 'Phase 1 - clinical trials in a non-endemic country' - yes! Australia.  Read more about it on their website.
By the way: Did you know that Dr Stanisic was sponsored by Rotary to attend the National Youth Science Forum, to which our recent guest Briana Dorrough (see bulletin of 29/07/20) also aspires to. Yes, Rotary sponsoring Youth works!
$28,000 added to Malaria Vaccine Project fund Franz Huber 2020-07-29 14:00:00Z 0

Ray Krebs, NBNCo: Getting the best out of your NBN

Ray Krebs’ official title is ‘Community Ambassador’. [Yes, it is, but nowhere near as much as what Microsoft calls a product specialist who is employed to spread their word: they are called ‘Evangelist’…☺ Ed.] Ray joined us via Zoom from Brisbane.  He started off by giving us a brief introduction: NBNCo is a wholesaler, meaning they only do business with Phone and Internet Providers.  It is owned by the Federal Government.  Ultimately, the National Broadband Network will replace most of the existing landline based phone as well as internet services. 

Ray outlined the various ways to connect (fixed line, WiFi, Mobile Internet - e.g. a “dongle”).  Did you know that in Australia the average household consumes about 258 GB of data per month? Viewing habits have changed – real time video streaming directly to your Smart TV now dominates as the No 1 data consumption. And it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon: between 2012 and 2019 consumption has increased by 820%! Anything else you can connect? Yes, you can have Smart Power Points, Smart Light Globes, Smart Fridges, Security Cameras, Watering Systems, temperature controlled toilet seats which also will
Ray Krebs, NBNCo: Getting the best out of your NBN Franz Huber 2020-07-22 14:00:00Z 0

The 10,000th Wheelchair loaded for despatch

On Saturday morning we loaded the 10,000th 'ROUGH TERRAIN' WHEELCHAIR despatched to various developing countries. It is destined for Honiara, Solomon Islands. Picture (by Angela Thomasson) shows some of our regular volunteers at our Project Shed, with Des La Rance (holding up the box), who has been the driving force behind the program since the mid nineties and our logistics guru Col Laurenson (in Hi-Vis Vest in front) "holding it up". Expect more "official" celebrations following later in the year! More photos in Photo Album section on the right.
The 10,000th Wheelchair loaded for despatch Franz Huber 2020-07-17 14:00:00Z 0

Qld Correctional Services Wheelchair Video 

How often do you hear something truly positive coming from a prison? Most of you would be aware of the long standing relationship we have with Palen Creek Correctional Centre, where inmates have been engaged in manufacturing wheelchairs from discarded bicycles for quite a number of years.  So far, they have made over 2000 of them. Recently, Queensland Correctional Services posted a brief video online of this program. Click here to view it.
By the way: this most precious wheelchair (picture right) was painted by one of their inmates. No, it's not for sale! ☺
Qld Correctional Services Wheelchair Video  Franz Huber 2020-07-16 14:00:00Z 0

Testing the new BBQ at the Project Shed

OK, so besides the wheelchairs work they have the PODs as well as the X-Ray unit for Vanuatu projects running, so there certainly isn't a case for "nothing to do".  But our brand new Bar-be-que needs to be tested before it is going to be used for many major events coming up in the next few months! From left: Bryan Tuesley, President Charles Thomasson, Ian Mayberry, Terry Donovan, Larry Murray. (Photo by Al Sirovs)
Testing the new BBQ at the Project Shed Franz Huber 2020-07-11 14:00:00Z 0

This Wednesday 15th July: Changeover at Edgewater

This coming Wednesday 15th July we have our Changeover Breakfast, at Edgewater Dining on the Isle of Capri. If you have not already booked, do it now - click on this link. The annual Changeover Report is on the website - see right hand side; of course there will also be some hard copies there on Wednesday morning.  
And it won't just be any old Rotary breakfast: we will be joined by some high calibre dignitaries - check this: District Governor Andy Rajapakse and the newly elected Councillor for Division 10, Darren Taylor. And lots of our partners have already booked too!
All details are on the booking site. See you Wednesday morning! Don't forget to book - bookings close Monday night. Remember: opens at 07:15 for 07:30 start.
This Wednesday 15th July: Changeover at Edgewater Franz Huber 2020-07-09 14:00:00Z 0

President Charles Thomasson: My vision for 2020-21

In "normal" times, the statement "we'll have more of the same we had in the last year" would not be the most inspiring articulation of a leader's vision. Unless one knows that the year just gone, under Immediate Past President Mario Fairlie, has been not "just good", it was "real good"! At our first 'formal' meeting for the new Rotary year, incoming President Charles Thomasson outlined his overall aims.  There isn't much purpose me listing them here; much easier if you download his PowerPoint (see Download Section on the right), where all his individual goals are outlined.
But the major segments certainly bear mentioning specifically: 
  • Rotary in Australia will this year celebrate its 100th Anniversary.  This in itself is a major milestone, but we are going to combine this with
  • Delivery of our 10,000th Wheelchair: in August 1997 we delivered the first 10 wheelchairs to Fiji, which was filmed and broadcast on Channel Nine's 'A Current Affair'. Our aim is to get Ray Martin, who was that program's host at the time, to participate in a special event to celebrate this major achievement.
  • The 'Sleeping Sanctuary' (PODs) is a definite goer. The aim is to involve all the clubs in Cluster 7
  • The X-Ray Unit for Vanuatu, a joint project with the Rotary Clubs of Broadbeach and Gold Coast which commenced in the previous year, is destined to be delivered and installed in June 2021
  • Youth programs (RYDA, RYTS, RYPEN etc), including the 'Lutzy Award' will continue, and so will other programs such as the Excellence in Workmanship Award
  • Some old, some new ideas in relation to fundraising, membership retention and development will be employed
So, download the PowerPoint and look at the details. Be assured, there won't be any boredom for our members, certainly no such thing as "I don't have anything to do!". In other words: Be involved!
President Charles Thomasson: My vision for 2020-21 Franz Huber 2020-07-07 14:00:00Z 0

RI Honolulu Convention: hardly anyone was there... ☺

Last Saturday week (20th June), the Rotary International Convention opened in Honolulu. Except that hardly anyone was there… You see, just like our District Conference, dozens of AFL and Rugby matches and ordinary club meetings, also this event could not be held physically. Modern technology allows the life streaming of the conference and this was the first ever where anyone could attend – free of charge! However, not everyone has the time (or inclination) to spend the better part of a week sitting at their computer, particularly if one of the most attractive components of any conference is missing: the coffee breaks, the lunches and dinners which allow you to network with fellow Rotarians from all over.
Enter ‘Post Conference Streaming’.  The whole lot is up on Youtube. You can watch the whole lot, or just selective segments.  Even better: not meaning to be derogatory, but you can fast forward or skip what I (in streamed business seminars) used to call ‘Corporate Gumph’…  Even better: if a speaker speaks (in your view) too slowly, you can run the video at 1.5 speed or even double speed. How good is that!
Click here to access the opening session on Saturday 20th June.  Whatever you do, don’t fast forward past the contribution of the Australian Pop Opera Quartet ‘Aria’, dedicating a Rotary version of the popular song The Prayer (think of Andrea Bocelli with Céline Dion) starting at 0:59:00.  Now, just in case it sounds somewhat weird: you probably need to set playing speed back to 'Normal'... ☺
RI Honolulu Convention: hardly anyone was there... ☺ Franz Huber 2020-06-26 14:00:00Z 0

Pimpama Fix-ed College designs wheelchair improvements

Surfers Sunrise Rotary's Projects are going beyond the international community: Fix-ed College, a project of the Pimpama State Secondary College, is cooperating with our Wheelchairs Project to design improvements.  Teachers Stephen Robinson and Dwayne Scicluna run it to inculcate their students in both design and physical work.  Well worth your while to jump to their website to learn more about it.  Here are a couple of photos (by Stephen Robinson): a draft design, a student is using a acetylene torch to cut it out. 
Plenty more photos in the Photo Album on the right!
Pimpama Fix-ed College designs wheelchair improvements Franz Huber 2020-06-24 14:00:00Z 0

Support Neil Thurlow's ride for MS

He is pedalling like mad - he is almost there! Just another 100 Km to go, and he'll make it easily. And it also looks like he is getting some support, including a few from our club.  So, don't hesitate to pull out your Credit Card and pledge a few dollars to his very worthwhile target to support Multiple Scleroris.
Our indefatigable printer extraordinaire, Neil Thurlow, is cycling 400 Km in lieu of the usual 'Brissie to the Bay' event, which due to COVID had to be cancelled. This is a fundraiser in support of MS (Multiple Sclerosis).  Click here to go directly to his website, or click on the image, or download the full brochure from the Download Section on the right.
Neil will organise something similar to raise funds for our various Rotary projects.  Stay tuned!
Support Neil Thurlow's ride for MS Franz Huber 2020-06-14 14:00:00Z 0

Broadbeach Rotarians help with X-Ray Unit for Vanuatu

On Saturday, we had 4 Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Broadbeach at the Project Shed, busily painting trusses destined for Vanuatu. Picture (by Al Sirovs) shows Harold Bush and Neil Jones, with Broadbeach President Dr Graham Sivyer and Uwe Seifert out of the picture...! Thank you, fellows!  For those of you who have come in late: The X-Ray Unit for Pentecost Island, Vanuatu is a joint project between the Rotary Clubs of Broadbeach and Surfers Sunrise. Pre-manufacturing has commenced recently at our Project Shed in Arundel.
Broadbeach Rotarians help with X-Ray Unit for Vanuatu Franz Huber 2020-06-13 14:00:00Z 0

Peter Morgan: Man behind the Badge

Some of our members simply keep under the radar… I wanted to find a picture of Peter on the web – there isn’t anything! How good is it then to get a bit of a deeper insight into the life of one of our Charter Members. Some of us would have known that he currently holds the position of Corporate Solicitor at Suncorp, the largest listed company in Queensland. Some would know that he is a family man through and through. But did we know of his extensive community service, outside of Rotary, with the Catholic Church’s Finance Board, or with the Life Education organisation?
His law career goes back to the early 1980’s, when he was a partner at Rapp Hickey & Morgan on Short Street in Southport. Peter elaborated on multiple projects: One of his major clients, Ron McMaster, was one of the largest Hi-Rise developers on the Gold Coast. A large number of houses in a target area would be bought up (sometimes at outrageous prices, such as a $200,000 house on the land where Bayview Harbour was to be built, for $600,000. Concurrently, public road closures resulted in crown land being converted to freehold. Apartments in the proposed development were sold off the plan, sometimes as far as two years ahead of the completion of construction. 10% deposit would secure a title; the obvious idea was to “flick it on”. Peter recalled one development where there were units that were re-sold as much as 8 times before completion! Profits of as much as $100,000 were realised. And that was before the Capital Gains Tax was introduced. Then, once the building was completed, settlement for all units was to be on the same day! Not just a massive project, also a massive legal job!
On to ‘Family’… He married Helen in their mid twenties and by 1986 there had two boys and a girl, all under the age of 3… Peter recalled with nostalgia when back in those days, the Sergeant would fine him with monotonous regularity for being ‘last in the door’.  Well, having to help organising breakfast and getting the kids to school would explain that!  Our Club Member/Trophy-Maker Barry Manteit (remember him?) even got him a special trophy ‘Just on Time’… Forward to 2010: the two sons married. Another 10 years on and there are 9 grandchildren! “So when they visit, the house is converted into a child care centre”.
Obviously, Peter enjoyed a high level of respect and trust in his church. In the mid eighties he was invited to join the Surfers Paradise Catholic Church’s Finance Board. Its task is to guide the parish priest and make decision on a wide range of finance aspects, including the decision on what to do if a Church – come Community Centre, such as the one in Surfers Paradise was, is to be renovated or whether a new church complex is to be built. Such was the case when by 1986 the new Catholic Church and primary school was built on 10 Hectares on Fairways Drive, opposite the Golf Course. Contrast this with the Broadbeach/Mermaid Beach Church, sitting on one acre on Hedges Avenue: where a 400 m2 block on the other side of the street sells for about $5 Million, do you sell and build somewhere else or stay? Big deliberations, big decisions, an awful lot of footwork.
Finally to Life Education: Peter’s involvement started in 1985. It was started in 1979 by Ted Noffs (of Safe Injection Rooms fame) started the movement. The principle is simple: Prevention is better than cure. Ted convinced two of Peter’s legal clients, Ron McMaster and Brian Ray to establish a Life Education Centre on the Gold Coast, based on the successful model employed in Sydney. A ‘Peppercorn Lease’ was established on Council Land. At the time, in 1986, in excess of $1 Million of work was performed Pro-bono.  Peter joined the Management Committee on establishment in 1987 and 5 years ago was appointed its Chairman. The organisation, which employs some 50 staff,  teaches Nutrition and the importance of healthy activity, Cyber Safety, respectful relationships and advises on legal and illegal drugs, including tobacco and alcohol. A staggering number of some 200,000 children are visited by Life Education every year.  Funding used to come from the Queensland Government – until Labor came to power, when “the tap was initially turned off”. (Luckily, it has been re-instated in recent years.) Fortunately, a benefactor bequeathed $1.2 Million, which was used to establish a ‘Regular Giving’ scheme. Today, they have some 6,300 donors who regularly contribute.
There was of course much more in Peter’s presentation than can be written up in the limited space of a club bulletin. Hearing his outline emphasises the fact that one of Rotary’s overriding concept is Vocational Excellence and Leadership. There is no doubt that Peter has, in his 33 years of membership, indeed lived up to that premise.
Photo above: Peter showed us ‘Healthy Harold’, the 2nd most recognised mascot after Ronald McDonald.
Peter Morgan: Man behind the Badge  Franz Huber 2020-06-10 14:00:00Z 0

Guess what's on on 4th July? Guess who is...

It was going to happen in April, but COVID came in-between. Angus Miller is again organising a "Guess who is coming to Dinner?" event. This is a great social evening with an air of mystery as neither the guests nor hosts know who is attending, respectively who will host. Gus advises that he has the volunteer hosts already set up, but would like a "reserve host", just in case we get more people participating than we expect. Regardless of whether you are hosting or not, he will need final numbers of attendees so we can make sure that we have enough hosts. Note: it is an 'impromptu, minimal fuss' affair: if you are hosting and you are an accomplished chef and want to show it off: by all means, slave over a hot stove and cook a five course dinner! At the other end of the scale, simply have a bar-be-que or some take-away pizza.  Or anything in-between!  The principal purpose is to have a great night!
For those who have not attended one of these dinners before: Firstly, you will all gather at a particular address (will remain secret until we get closer to the event) for a drink & nibble. The hosts' addresses for the evening will then be allocated, who will then make their way to that address for the dinner. Each host will have nominated the number of guests they would like, but they will not know who will come to dinner, nor will the guests know who else will be at that given address. The food is provided by the hosts, for which the guests will contribute $15 per person and provide their own drinks [and perhaps have a spare bottle for the hosts too..! Ed] .  The menu is entirely at the whim of the host, anything from caviar to take-away Chinese.
Angus needs to know who will be participating by this Wednesday 24th June. Please register your interest directly with him via email agjpmiller@gmail.com, advising how many people will participate and whether you can be a "Reserve Host".
Guess what's on on 4th July? Guess who is... Franz Huber 2020-06-07 14:00:00Z 0

Presentation of Certificates of Appreciation

Last Saturday morning, President Mario Fairlie presented a number of Certificates of Appreciation to people who were instrumental in providing their goods and services to the Project Shed.  Here are some:
Neil Aitkenhead, Premier Timber & Trusses: (above left) Neil's company not only provided the material for the Trusses for our Vanuatu project at no charge, they also manufactured them at their factory in Arundel and delivered them at no charge!  Thank you!
John Dodozy, Molectra Technologies: (above right) All the bicycles we collect to make wheelchairs with come with tyres, which we cannot use, nor can we dispose of them at the tip. John's company has a patented technology to recycle the tyres. He has by now collected several hundreds of them!  Thank you!
Brian Ross, Diesel Services Queensland: (below left)Brian's company recently provided a big truck at no charge to deliver a 40' container to our Project Shed. It will be used to ship the X-Ray Unit for Vanuatu. Thank you!
(below right) Mario also provided two certificates to recognise the services of Graeme and Jed Stanyer, who are instrumental in collecting the 'Containers for Cash' at Geoff Croad's residential complex.  Regrettably, the gentlemen were unable to be present on Saturday morning, so Mario presented them this Monday morning.
Other certificates awaiting to be presented are for AB Crane Hire and Sinclair Containers. 
Presentation of Certificates of Appreciation Franz Huber 2020-06-06 14:00:00Z 0

So why is there a Rotary LGBT Fellowship?

The discussion revolved around the current monthly theme of International Rotary Fellowships. “Isn’t Rotary supposed to be non-political??” The discussion among the group of young Rotarians started to become, even for young Rotarians, uncommonly heated. “Why is there a LGBT Fellowship?”
“Why not?” retorted a former Peace Fellow . “Rotary means business; it is totally non-political, non-denominational and, since about 1987, certainly non-sexist!”
So how come there is a fellowship for Singles but not for Marrieds? Or for that matter Doll Lovers, or Birdwatchers?” “Maaate!!” his colleagues yelled out, “we are not talking about that kind of dolls and birds!” [Yes, quite right, Henrietta, there is no need say anything!]
One of the stouter members joined in: “Ah, I’m more into the epicurean stuff, like Wine, Whyskey, Rum, Beer, Gourmet Cooking, even Bathhouses. I like antique cars, and I like hitching up the caravan to my 4 x 4 truck, then travel into the blue yonder and in the evenings study my rare books. I listen to Jazz, actually any music. And I’m probably the only male in hundreds of miles who makes quilts. My wife is much more into Italian and Latin Culture. And in this context she joined the Magna Graecia fellowship. “The Magna what?” several shouted out. “Well, it is based in Southern Italy, but you can join. Just look it up.”
“Ah, ever since I swapped my caravan for a big fat Recreational Vehicle, I’ve given up the caravan. The total quality of my Winnebago is just superb” said a Doctor. I can hook our bicycles on the back, tie my canoe and surf board on the top and I even can play Table Tennis on a fold out table. When I’m out in the sticks, I can join the meeting of my e-Club and thus maintain my Social Network. Evenings we study European Philosophy, Ethics and Cultural Heritage. We have close contact with an Honorary Consul whom we met on a Cruise and with whom we recently did a Home Exchange. Naturally, being Swiss, he is far more into Railways, Hiking, Curling and Shooting sports. He is a Past District Governor, intimate with Rotary heritage and global history, and he has a massive collection of Rotary Stamps and Rotary Pins. Of course, he goes to all the conventions. I joined him at one of his club meetings. Did you know that former Swiss Tennis great Martina Hingis is a Paul Harris Fellow and is closely involved with Polio Plus?
“Well, I’m more into the fitness stuff” said a Military Veteran, who now is in Law Enforcement. I like Scuba Diving, Fishing, Rowing, blue water Yachting, Skiing, riding my Motorcycle. I’m a Scout Leader, I run Marathons and Triathlons and I play Cricket. I listen to Heavy Metal and if ever I have a quiet moment, I study Russian culture.”
“Too hard for me!” retorted a Lawyer, and his fellow professionals, a prominent Editor and Publisher and an Educator, joined in. “As principals of our firms, we are constantly looking for better Corporate Social Responsibility, Strategic Planning, Social Networks, the Environment, Public Health and… Golf. And if I need solitude, I fly my Cessna...”
“Geez… isn’t there any group I can join where it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg?” I whimpered. “Most definitely!” came the answer. “There is Amateur Radio, Chess, Draughts, Photography, Esperanto or Genealogy. Even very general subjects as the Internet. But don’t be fooled: the group is very active in around 100 countries! And if you are into Eastern board games: Go.  Or you might want to become a Magician and if you need calming down, play Bowls or do some Yoga.”  So, with almost 90 different Rotary Fellowships worldwide, there truly is something for everyone!  Just click on the links!
So why is there a Rotary LGBT Fellowship? Franz Huber 2020-06-03 14:00:00Z 0

New Wheelchair Fundraising Poster

The print design magicians at Neil Thurlow's Accent Print & Copy have again created a new poster, designed to raise funds for our Wheelchairs Project!  It is in our Download Section on the right.  Thank you, great design!
New Wheelchair Fundraising Poster Franz Huber 2020-06-02 14:00:00Z 0

Project Shed reorganisation on full steam

Well, just have a look at this! If you knew what the shed looked like before, you'd hardly recognise it! Won't be long before we are ready for full production mode again.
Further to that, here is a brief outline from President Elect Charles Thomasson, referring to the recent meeting of the Wheelchair Trust's Board:
The Trustees of the Wheelchair Trust and President Mario met last Thursday. Did you know that the Surfers Sunrise Wheelchair Project is on target to ship our 10,000 Wheelchair in the 100th Year of Rotary in Australia? A wonderful achievement by all those involved. As such, the main focus of the meeting was to discuss the distribution of our current stock of over 400 manufactured wheelchairs and how to work with other Rotary Clubs to best get them to those most in need - we look forward to updating the Club soon. We also look forward to Wheelchairs being manufactured from ‘The Shed’ for many years to come.
Project Shed reorganisation on full steam Franz Huber 2020-05-30 14:00:00Z 0

Angie Bell - MP for Moncrieff

Great to have our local Member for Moncrieff, Angie Bell joining us on Wednesday morning for our regular On-Line club meeting.
Interestingly, Angie was a Rotary Exchange Student to Denmark in 1986. “This will tell you how old I am” she quipped [we know that anyway; your Bio is plastered all over the Federal Parliament’s website! ☺ Ed].  “Rotary Exchange changed my life” Angie enthused, “even though I haven’t been able to get a lot of use out of my Danish skills”. Angie outlined the importance of foreign aid.  Bangladesh (where in the past we have sent some wheelchairs to) has some 900,000 Rohingya refugees who walked across the border from Myanmar.  The Australian Government sponsored ‘Safe the Children’. “Amazing what can be done with quite a small amount of money” Angie said, “I think we are talking about approximately $160 Million for this humanitarian crisis. To put it into perspective: this is only about 1.7 Km of Light Rail… ” [☺ Ed.] She mentioned that another reason why we spend that money is that that region is quite important to Australia’s national security (Angie is on the Defence and Veteran Affairs Backbench Committee and also has defence history in her family).
In relation to Covid-19: In the early stages, Angie put together a ‘Community Cabinet’, consisting of leaders of various community and multi-cultural groups on the central Gold Coast. Among others, District Governor Elect Andy Rajapakse is one of the members. Angie emphasised how very important it is that everyone is downloading the Covid Safe App to our smartphones. Angie outlined in detail why it is important. In essence: should somebody become infected, other people who might have been in contact with that person can be traced.
There is little doubt as to where Angie stands when it comes to getting the Gold Coast’s economy back on its feet: she forcefully called for the Queensland border to be re-opened. Alas, so far all the meetings she and her fellow “movers and shakers” on the Gold Coast have had with the representatives of the Queensland State Government seem to have fallen on deaf ears.
Naturally, there would be so much else to elaborate on and to discuss. It is quite uncommon in our club that a speaker is allowed to substantially go over the allotted time, but with Angie we simply lost track of time! You can find out lots more on her website https://AngieBell.com.au – simply click on the Help menu.  Angie’s presentation has been recorded on Zoom. A link was sent out to all members – if you require a link, please email the Webmaster. To sum it up: I’m sure I speak for all members when I state that we all much enjoyed her refreshingly open and uncomplicated manner of keeping us up to date on what happens in Canberra and how she is fighting for the betterment of the Gold Coast.  By the way: Did you know that for quite some time, she was a professional Musician? Next time, we much hope that circumstances will allow us to insist that she brings her Saxophone along!
Angie Bell - MP for Moncrieff Franz Huber 2020-05-27 14:00:00Z 0

Working bee at the Project Shed

Last week, we had working bees on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at the Project Shed.  The main purpose is to re-organise the shed to have more working space. This will be achieved by moving the shelving to the outer walls and relocate the finished wheelchairs into the 40' container which was recently delivered.  Thank you to all members and volunteers who participated: Larry Murray, Angus Miller, Franz Huber, John Hall, Geoff Croad, Al Sirovs, Des La Rance, Bryan Tuesley, John Chirio, Darrell Brown, Laurie Roberts, Andy Bell, Paul Seymour and Charter President Bill Moir. Good to see you still active in Surfers Sunrise, Bill! More photos in the Photo Album on the right.
(Photo by Al Sirovs - maintaining Social Distance: everyone would if the other guy wields an angle grinder...! ☺)
Working bee at the Project Shed Franz Huber 2020-05-21 14:00:00Z 0

Containers for Change: New Account

In view of the Wheelchair Trust Deed's fairly strict limitations (money donated can only be spent on materials for wheelchairs and nothing else, not even for the shipment to their destination), we have registered an alternative account for Containers for Change.  If you deposit your empties directly, and wish to donate the proceeds to the Surfers Sunrise Rotary Club - General Account, please use this account code: 
(The account for the Wheelchair Trust is also still active: use C10199443 instead).
So, keep your soft drink bottles, stubby bottles, aluminium cans, milk cartons etc.  As a general rule, most drink containers between 150ml and 3L can be returned for a refund under Queensland's container deposit scheme. Containers should be empty, unbroken, lid-free and display a 10-cent refund marking on the label. Something like the image (right), but many others are simply marked as suitable for recycling. Note: they must NOT be crushed. See image above what is and what is not accepted. For details of what can / cannot be returned for cash, and where the locations are, click on this link
Containers for Change: New Account Franz Huber 2020-05-21 14:00:00Z 0

Roof Trusses for Vanuatu project arrive

Last week, Paul from Premier Timber & Trusses rolled up at the Project Shed with a load of trusses, destined for the X-Ray Unit at Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. Important to mention: the company not only donated the timber but also delivered it free of charge. Thank you!
Photo (by Geoff Croad) shows how things are done in modern times, with their lifting crane built onto the truck. How good is modern technology!
Roof Trusses for Vanuatu project arrive Franz Huber 2020-05-20 14:00:00Z 0

Maggie Twyford: Volunteering with Misión México

Some young people, to get a “challenging overseas trip”, go for a week to Bali. The more adventurous ones go to London. Our Guest Speaker Maggie Twyford, after 4 ½ years as a Junior Officer in the Australian Navy, decided she needed something a bit more outside the square. So she volunteered with Misión México, in Tapachula (population ~320,500), a border town close to Guatemala. The mission was founded in 2000 by Pam and Alan Skuse, a couple from the Sunshine Coast. Designed not to be an institution but a family home, Misión México caters for about 30 – 40 children and young adults on a permanent basis. Most of the children are orphaned or, in Maggie’s eloquently understated expression, “can’t be adopted”. The organisation includes a Community Outreach program, Education Scholarships, Life Skill Training, Work Training, English and swimming lessons. Plus ‘Misión Surf’ – yes, a surfing school. Their funding is entirely based on donations, which go directly to the organisation.

Just why would one choose Misión México? “They encourage long term volunteering and they are inexpensive compared to others (3000 Pesos, or about A$300) over 5 months, which includes accommodation and meals” Maggie explained. Further, the organisation doesn’t participate in the problematic industry of “Voluntourism”. Voluntourism? A modern term for ‘normalising’ access
Maggie Twyford: Volunteering with Misión México Franz Huber 2020-05-14 14:00:00Z 0

Additional 40' container arrives at the Project Shed

Last Monday, at the Project Shed an additional 40 foot container from Sinclair Containers was installed, for the principal purpose of temporary storage of goods while the shed is re-organised (see last week's bulletin). A special big Thank You! to AB Crane Hire, who provided one of their humongous mobile cranes at no charge to lift the container off the truck and place it in position, and Diesel Services Queensland, who transported it free of charge. Very much appreciated!
Additional 40' container arrives at the Project Shed Franz Huber 2020-05-13 14:00:00Z 0

So, whom would you consider to be the greatest?

On the weekend, the passing away of Little Richard made the news on just about all channels. ("Little Who??" I hear the younger ones among you yell out…) Well, let me tell you: he was one of the greatest! OK, I might be betraying my age now, but just to put you straight:  I don’t just listen to 50’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, I was a fan of Pink Floyd long before the Dark Side of the Moon!  Groan. Yup, another one from the Boomer period... Oh, well, still betraying my age then, I guess…  OK then, so whom do you think is the greatest entertainer of the last 100 years?  I would imagine your responses to be highly predictable and relative to your age:  Satchmo, Bing Crosby, Sinatra. JOK, Kamal, Barnsie, Farnham, Olivia, Kylie, Acca Dacca. Delta. Justin Bieber. SAINt Jhn …  
What the heck has all this got to do with Rotary?  Well, let me stretch your brain: excluding our founder Paul Harris and Arch Klump (the founder of The Rotary Foundation), whom would you consider the greatest Rotarian of the last 100 years?   ---??--- Having a blank?  But surely, in an organisation that covers over 200 countries and exceeds 1.2 million members, there must be somebody who pops up, who stands several heads taller than the rest?  Come on, quick!  We are an organisation that can organise the immunization of over 1 billion children and is within a whisker of reaching its target of eradicating Polio world wide. Surely we must have some all-time icons that are household names for everyone on the planet? 
Yes, of course there would be.  Hundreds and thousands of them. It’s just that they are not there for their own glory.  There is no big media, no Spin department, no Grammy or Aria Awards.  Is it relevant of whether a Rotarian is a fan of Opera, old crooners, Metallica, Muse or Funk?   Not at all.  But, to paraphrase Past Rotary International President Sir Clem Renouf: if you are a Rotarian, you have an organisation behind you that gives you, an ordinary person, the opportunity to do more with your life than you ever dreamed possible.
So, whom would you consider to be the greatest? Franz Huber 2020-05-10 14:00:00Z 0

IMHO U R ovreacting

Posted by Franz Huber
So u thnk todays youth has gone too far? Or is it bcs u dont want to undrstd it? SWYP? OMG not anotr boomer whng about 2days youth? Got news: AFAIK txt is new nrml. In 2days fast wrld, KISS!
OK, so we oldies have scratched our heads trying to decipher TXT abbreviations. (For those of you who are struggling with the above: IMHO = In My Humble Opinion, bcs = because, SWYP = So what’s your problem? OMG = Oh my god, AFAIK = As far as I know.  KISS has been used for decades. 
Of greater concern is the emerging bad habit of leaving out punctuation (and not just by young people!). The most popularly quoted case in point is ‘A woman without her man is nothing’. With punctuation: ‘A woman: without her, man is nothing.’ [Yes, Henrietta, you did tell me. Ad nauseam...] Or, as Shakespeare may have written:
‘Good Lementio, who calls at the gate?
‘My lord, a woman without; her man is nothing.
‘Bid her enter then, and show her man to the livery.
But I digress… May is Youth Service Month. Throughout the world, Rotary clubs expend serious time, money and effort on Youth projects. Seeing that modern youth seems to mostly ignore convention on many fronts, are our hard raised funds really well spent?
OK, let me go back a little, say 20 years. Young people (and those young at heart) embraced email with gusto. But there were still an awful lot of people who refused to participate in this novel method of communication and continued… faxing. Yes, they did!
Let’s go back another score years (well, almost): I recall, in 1983, being given a demonstration of that newfangled device, the facsimile machine. The salesman carefully placed the heavy $3,500 device (in 1984 dollars!) on a desk, laboriously connected it to a phone line, phoned his Sydney office to make sure they were ready to receive. He faxed one of our letterheads and 10 minutes later they faxed it back with a few added scribbles on it. My boss (then in his mid sixties) said: “No way! Who would spend that sort of money when you can buy a stamp and stick it in an envelope??”
Go back another generation. I studied for my Diploma of Commerce in Switzerland in the mid sixties. One of the “must master” items was correct formal business correspondence. Letters would start with “Sehr geehrter Herr [name]” (translated: Most honoured Mister [name]); this applied even if the addressee was anything but honourable. We young turks all rebelled about this ridiculously formal method of addressing but those were the rules. Today? Most emails start off with nothing but the first name, or, if you really want to be formal, Hi Jack, Hello John, Dear Mary…)
SWUP? Language and methods continually evolve, particularly as we move from the written to the spoken word - as in listening to podcasts or talking into our Smartphone “OK Google, what time is our Zoom meeting today?”
But what has changed very little over the decades, indeed over centuries, millennia, is leadership. Leadership can be learned. Leadership can be coached.  Rotary’s Youth programs are just as important today as they have always been. The current COVID crisis has stopped (for the moment) MUNA, RYLA, RYPEN and a dozen other acronyms. But -pandemics permitting- next year’s National Youth Science Forum in 2021 is almost certainly going to happen, so will other Youth events. According to the ABS, our target demographic (aged 14 – 24), make up 14% of our population. That’s 3 ½ Million people. Without resorting to platitudes, it is our responsibility to help the generation following us to maximize their leadership potential. Yeah – u rely dont get how awesome an opp u provide to young ppl and u shud all b very proud of ur work!
Franz Huber
Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise Inc
IMHO U R ovreacting  Franz Huber 2020-05-03 14:00:00Z 0

Last Wednesday: PDG Ross Smith - Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture

Whenever we visit a famous city, we admire the cathedrals, the opera theatres, the museums, the palaces, and often not just the buildings from decades or centuries past. We might even exclaim 'How the heck did they build that??' But are we ever considering who was the Architect, whose brain and imagination conceived the design and then translated it into reality? 
PDG Ross Smith, whose "real" career spans roughly 50 years of teaching and, as principal, managing High Schools, lists Architecture as one of his special interests. Ross' On-Line presentation last Wednesday revealed a deep love of this artistic profession. He picked one of the world's most famous Architects, Frank Lloyd Wright, as his subject. To give you an idea how famous: The UNESCO World Heritage last year added 7 buildings to its list. All of them were designed by him. "Architecture equals Form and Function, in our living and working lives" he is quoted as saying. 'Form' can be associated with 'Memorial', 'Function' as in 'Factory'.  Ross recalled his assessment of the High School building, when he commenced work as Principal; it was anything but functional!
Over the next 20 minutes, Ross introduced us to a number of Wright's extraordinary designs. Of the commercial buildings, the most outstanding one would be the Guggenheim Museum On New York's 5th Avenue. It is not just round, it is a spiral, wider at the top than at the bottom! (see photo right of Ross on the inside) Click here for a 'walk-through'. And, keep in mind, this was designed and built a long time before Computer Aided Design (CAD); all done by slide rule and log tables.  His private residence designs would be topped by 'Fallingwater', originally designed as... a holiday retreat! It is - literally - built over a waterfall. No garage, but 6 car ports...
In total, Wright designed over 500 buildings. Some designs are just a little bit unusual. For example, a grand piano was built into a wall where on the other side it hangs out above a hallway.  Some buildings, such as the Hollihock House on Sunset Boulevard, on the one hand were outrageously expensive to build, yet have never been lived in!
Well, what can I say! This came from left field. I knew that Ross was a highly accomplished and respected High School Principal. But also very well read in Architecture? The depth, the knowledge of our fellow Rotarians never cease to amaze me.
Last Wednesday: PDG Ross Smith - Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture Franz Huber 2020-04-30 14:00:00Z 0

Containers for Cash: are you in it?

Posted by Franz Huber
Some time ago, our "Minister for Everything" Geoff Croad has advised that he set up an account with 'Containers for Cash', which has so far has raised well over $1,100 for our Project Shed (Surfers Sunrise Wheelchairs Trust). Particularly now, when we cannot have fundraising events such as a Bunnings sausage sizzle, this would greatly help. So, why not collect the empties for us as well?
Our ID / Registration Code is C10199443
So, keep your soft drink bottles, stubby bottles, aluminium cans, milk cartons etc.  As a general rule, most drink containers between 150ml and 3L can be returned for a refund under your state’s container deposit scheme. Containers should be empty, unbroken, lid-free and display a 10-cent refund marking on the label. Something like this, but many others are simply marked as suitable for recycling. Note: they must NOT be crushed. See image above what is and what is not accepted. [No Henrietta, your wine bottles are not, but you still can recycle them in the yellow council bins...]  How do you go about it? Very straight forward: click on this link www.envirobank.com.au/locations which will show you where you can drop your containers off, using the above Registration Code. That is also where you can pick up their orange coloured Envirobank bags, suitable for 50 containers. When you drop off your bag, simply use the above Registration Code. Make a note of it now.  You have started setting all those containers aside, haven't you?
Containers for Cash: are you in it? Franz Huber 2020-04-28 14:00:00Z 0

Be Someone for Someone Campaign

At last week's meeting, Past President Jo Winwood (now a member of RC of Byron Bay), brought one of her organisation's major projects to our attention.  Appropriately named '1000 notes of friendship', the project aims to reduce loneliness, particularly for people who are in retirement and nursing homes. Write (best hand write) a note, a postcard or a letter to a 'mystery person' and post it (yes, by old fashioned snail mail) to Jo.  This is to safeguard privacy. Below is Jo's summary. There is also a PDF in our Download Section (on the right) and their website, click here. This will also be discussed in more details in the upcoming meeting this coming Wednesday.

Help 1,000 of our most vulnerable seniors by making them feel less alone with a simple note of well wishes / friendship.

Be Someone for Someone is Aged Care provider, Feros Care’s initiative to tackle loneliness– and never has there been a greater need for our help. Right now, millions of vulnerable seniors in Australia are in self-isolation, with no visitors and no chance of leaving their home.  We know that loneliness leads to anxiety, depression, chronic disease and worse. We want them  to know that they matter, and we are thinking of them. 

What you can do

Write a letter/note or card - leave the name section blank ( the part where you normally write "Dear" and Jo will personalise them for you.

Post the note to 

1,000 Notes of Friendship Campaign
PO Box 585
Byron Bay
NSW 2481  

The team at Be Someone For Someone will take care of the rest

PS: Include your address if you would like to encourage a response.

Now, is that a project worth supporting or not?

Be Someone for Someone Campaign Franz Huber 2020-04-18 14:00:00Z 0

Snippets of last week's meeting 150420

Our first On-Line meeting with a Guest Speaker! ☺(see separate article). President Mario Fairlie welcomed all members. We also had some visitors: Joanne Winwood (our Past President, now member of RC of Byron Bay), Pat Fleming (RC of Ashmore, Steve Garfein (RC of Poulsbo, WA, USA), ), as well as three colleagues of Dr Trent Lipp, Dr David Walker, Dr Sanjay Dhupelia, Dr Sean Lowry.  And last, but not least: our "disappeared" fellow Surfers Sunrise member Fred Hamblen, who joined us all the way from Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA. Good to hear you are still around, Fred! You are officially fined $100 for going AWOL - just deposit into our regular club bank account! ☺
On conclusion of our Guest Speaker, Dr Trent Lipp's presentation , President Mario invited Jo Winwood to talk about one of her projects of combating loneliness and isolation. This started well before COVID and Jo described it as 'a growing epidemic'.  Do you know that it is estimated that 1 in 4 adults suffer loneliness? This then has massive consequences in both mental and physical health.  Please see separate article in this bulletin on Jo's Project, which she has asked our club to become involved with. Overall, her project goes much further, but specifically, where Jo would like us to be involved in is for us to write to those people. She named it 'A Thousand Notes of Friendship' - click on this link to go to their website. There is also a PDF on our Download Section - see right side. (Note: this coming Wednesday's meeting, 22/04/2020, is dedicated to discuss this, among other topics). Jo also elaborated on her other project relating to 'Community Friendly Benches'. President Mario indicated that our club is very happy to be involved in this. One aspect of such a project is 'Sustainablity', e.g. that the facility is not only properly maintained, but that it is not ending up as a canvas for graffity or even an overnight sleeping bench. Wheelchair Trust Chairman Larry Murray confirmed that the volunteers are indeed able to build them, however, that finance needs to come from external sources. Jo confirmed that funding would be coming from her sources (Government as well as philanthropists).
Doug Lipp re-enforced Dr Trent Lipp's message that COVID vigilance is all important: Despite meticulously following precautions, one of his friends caught it, most likely from a neighbor who is an airline stewart. So, don't lower your defences!
Snippets of last week's meeting 150420 Franz Huber 2020-04-18 14:00:00Z 0

National Youth Science Forum: looking for candidates

As we won’t be able to participate in RYLA & RYPEN this year, NYSF is a possible alternative at this stage. We need a student going into year 12 next year to participate. At this Monday's meeting, this was approved by our Board; we do have approximately $1800 that we would have expended with (then now cancelled) RYLA & RYPEN camps. This would cover more than half the cost of NYSF (with the parent contributing the other half) if we gained a successful student.
For full details, (District Website) click on this link - for the NYSF website click here: https://www.nysf.edu.au/
Please contact Youth Services Director Darrell Brown directly if you know of a suitable candidate.
National Youth Science Forum: looking for candidates Franz Huber 2020-04-09 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary volunteers make full face masks for health workers Franz Huber 2020-04-06 14:00:00Z 0

Weekly fee, so we can meet the club's obligations

The COVID-19 situation has stopped any fund raising activities. Therefore, as mentioned in President Mario's message, a fee of $10.00 per week per member ($130.00 per quarter) is levied to ensure our club can meet its obligations.  $5.00 of this goes towards the compulsory contributions to Rotary International, the District and for the Rotary Down Under magazine. We are also committed to contribute $100.00 per member per annum to The Rotary Foundation. The other $5.00 goes towards us purchasing Christmas presents for the underprivileged children, which we donate via St John's Crisis Centre.
To lighten the workload of our Treasurer, please do a direct deposit of $130.00 for this quarter (April - June 2020), directly into the club's bank account:
Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise Inc
BSB: 484-799
A/c:  047306431
Please ensure you put your name into the reference field.
Thank you.
Weekly fee, so we can meet the club's obligations Franz Huber 2020-04-05 14:00:00Z 0

Project Shed definitely remains closed for now

There seems to be some ambiguity, so let us make this totally clear: we much regret it, but the Project Shed needs to remain closed until the Government lifts the restrictions.  We'll of course keep you all posted.  Also, please feel free to contact us by phone or email if we can provide you with assistance, or if you simply would like to have a good ol' chinwag! ☺
Project Shed definitely remains closed for now Franz Huber 2020-04-04 14:00:00Z 0

Our inaugural On-Line meeting keeps us in touch

OK, it was 1st April, but this was not an April Fools joke; this was very real [can a virtual meeting can be described as real??]. At 07:30 this morning, some 18 members logged on and, while not quite as good as meeting in person at the Surf Club (my suggestion to my better half to put on a buffet of bacon, eggs, sausages and baked beanz fell on deaf ears...), certainly much better than not meeting at all!  Some 18 members logged on - that much for the mistaken view that elderly gentlemen would be severely challenged by technology! The only one who seemed to have some issues was one of the "young 'uns", Simon Brook, whose Audio was all garbled up... ☺ We had apologies from Ray Higgs and Karen Holland, both already on building sites at 07:00.  Some key points:
President Mario Fairlie welcomed all. He briefly elaborated on the Vanuatu X-Ray building: 
  • A big thank you to Geoff Croad for arranging the donation of trusses by Premier Timbers & Trusses. So, if you need timber, please get in touch with them.
  • Ben Illes has been very active in organising building materials, most of which he reckons we can obtain by donations or at real 'mates rates'
  • The project is, however, on hold until the Covid-19 situation has abated and we are back to normal.  We also need to consider the time of the year when it will be implemented on site, due to seasonal weather and temperature.
Treasurer Doug Lipp presented the account balances of the General and Wheelchairs accounts. He also confirmed that a firm assessment has been done in relation to insurance cover at the Project Shed, both for the buildings as well as its contents.
Youth Services Director Darrell Brown advised that, in essence, all Youth Programs in the district had been suspended indefinitely, including the upcoming RYLA camp (we had a candidate lined up for it).  Spare a thought for our beleaguered District Chairman for International Youth Exchange, Chris Thurtell: Not only do our currently residing Overseas students want to come back early, the Japanese students who are with us at present (including our Ayana) don't want to return for the time being! 
On a much more pleasant note: District Treasurer Mark Twyford advised that he has become a Grandfather! Baby Charlotte May Rix and mum are all well.  Congratulations!  (Picture left)
Keeping up the club's finances: In "normal" times, we have a contribution of $10.00 per person, per meeting, plus any fines etc. Since, due to the general lock-down and social distancing rules, we are unable to conduct any fundraising events, not even the Bunnings Sausage Sizzles.  Yet, we still have our obligations, including our obligation to contribute $100 per annum / per member to The Rotary Foundation. Therefore, it was decided that for each member, for each week's  meeting, a contribution of $15.00 will be raised.  This is made up of $10.00 being the usual meeting fee, plus $5.00 to contribute to a monster raffle, to be drawn at a time to be advised.  President Mario indicated that he, for one, will donate a major prize towards this (do I feel a bottle of Grange Hermitage coming up??)  You can pay directly into the club's bank account - look out for an email  in your Inbox. 
The meeting concluded at 08:05 am due to the 40 minute limit for the free of charge Zoom subscription. We have now subscribed to the Pro version, which provides for unlimited time of up to 24 hours per meeting.
Our inaugural On-Line meeting keeps us in touch Franz Huber 2020-03-31 14:00:00Z 0

Donated Trusses for Vanuatu ready to go

The COVID-19 crisis is not going to last forever.  And when normal life resumes, the trusses for the X-Ray Unit to be built on Pentecost Island, Vanuatu are ready.  Last Thursday, Neil Aitkenhead of Premier Timber & Trusses advised that it's all ready to go!  OK, so they will need to remain in storage for a while, but that doesn't diminish the superb generosity of donating the timber for our project.  Thank you!  Picture shows Michael, one of the staff who assembled them.
Donated Trusses for Vanuatu ready to go Franz Huber 2020-03-25 14:00:00Z 0

This Wednesday: our first On-Line meeting!

Last week, we had a test meeting using Zoom with a few of our board members. It went quite well, and another training meeting will have been held on Monday night.  This coming Wednesday, 1st April at 07:30 am, we will run our inaugural On-Line meeting - no April Fools Joke!  Since this bulletin goes out to some 200-odd addresses (and for the first meeting we don't really want 200 people to join), a link and instructions on how to connect will be sent out to our members individually, under separate cover. Please advise if you have not received it.
So, what could one possibly do On-Line? Well, almost everything, except you can't shake hands, pat each other on the back (literally, but you can do so figuratively) and you'll have to prepare your own breakfast. President Mario will address the meeting, the Directors can report, even the Sergeant can have a session (we'll trust you to hold on to your fine until we have our first meeting!) - a record will be kept... And once we are comfortable with it, there is no reason why we can't have a  guest speaker.  With Zoom, the speaker's screen can be shared, and thus any PowerPoint presentation or 'White Board' can be displayed.  Let's work on this together and make it happen.  Please call Franz if you require assistance.
Well, another 'First' for Surfers Sunrise Rotary!
So, come on! It's not difficult. Join us!
This Wednesday: our first On-Line meeting! Franz Huber 2020-03-22 14:00:00Z 0

Last Sunday the Gold Coast Ramble was on

Last Sunday, the Gold Coast Ramble probably was one of the last "physical" events of the Rotary calendar for a while.  "Our" teams of Rosie Rocco (Action Heros - see photo left with Rosie's daughter Trinity and Lucas van den Elsen) and Ashleigh Symes (Surfers Stingrays - photo right, with Steven Symes, Richelle Roe, Jason Levy, Maddison Levy) came a very respectable 4th and 6th respectively.  As Rosie reports: "We started off at a 70point disadvantage for not hitting our fundraising goal. Clawed our way up from 7th starting out to 4th in the end." I suspect that the same applied for Ashleigh's team.  Great pity really, both supported a very deserving organisation - Rosie ran for the Australian Anti Ice Campaign and Ashleigh for the Orange Sky Laundry (they support the homeless people with a mobile laundry).
Last Sunday the Gold Coast Ramble was on Franz Huber 2020-03-21 14:00:00Z 0

A load of discarded bicycles - mothballed...

It might be a while before these are going to be used... Picked up a load of discarded bicycles from the Surfers Royale last Friday. Since all activities at the Project Shed have been suspended to protect our members and volunteers from COVID-19, they'll remain mothballed for the foreseeable time!  But when it starts again, rest assured there will be sufficient materials for our volunteers for a couple of weeks or so.
A load of discarded bicycles - mothballed... Franz Huber 2020-03-20 14:00:00Z 0

Confirmed: Gold Coast Ramble is still on!

Just received confirmation from the chief organiser, David Baguley: the Gold Coast Ramble this coming Sunday is still on.  They have modified it that, in essence, competitors and spectators won't be any more exposed to COVID-19 than if they simply went for a stroll.  There are no check point volunteers.  Therefore, would it be fair if I asked you to join me and support the two teams associated with our club? All donations go to major charities
One of our new corporate members, Ashleigh Symes (picture left) heads a corporate team from Wilsons Advisory
Last year's winner, headed by our former member Rosie Rocco (picture right)

Regrettably, this year Simon Brook is not competing at the Ramble; he is fielding a team at the Maximum Adventure Race on the Sunshine Coast which happens on the same weekend.
Confirmed: Gold Coast Ramble is still on! Franz Huber 2020-03-17 14:00:00Z 0

All club meetings and events suspended

As reported in last week's bulletin, the club's board has decided to suspend all club activities, including the activities at the Project Shed, for 28 days due to COVID-19.  This decision very shortly afterwards was affirmed by a directive from Rotary International. This is the resolution:
Motion to suspend Club activities because of the COVID-19 virus pandemic 
Resolved that: 
Effective immediately the Club suspend for a period of 28 days all activities including but not limited to: 
a. the Project Shed; 
b. formal Club meetings; 
c. the Excellence in Workmanship Awards ceremony; 
d. the Gold Coast Ramble 2020. 

Explanatory Note 
Because of the uncertainty surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, government recommendations regarding social isolation to assist in limiting its spread and the fact many of the Club’s members and Shed volunteers fall within the cohort of those most at risk in the event of infection, the Board believes that in discharge of the duty of care owed to members and volunteers that Club activities should be suspended for 28 days.
All club meetings and events suspended Franz Huber 2020-03-15 14:00:00Z 0

Covid-19 pandemic forces cancellation of District Conference

District Governor Harry Bolton and his committee have advised that this year's District Conference in Tenterfield had to be cancelled.  In his message to all members, DG Harry explained the principal reasons for making this difficult decision. Here are the most important ones:
  • Tenterfield is a reasonably small town with a population of less than 4000 people, with a high % of people in the High-risk category (70 years plus)
  • The town is only equipped with an 18-bed hospital with minimal services and facilities
  • The Tenterfield Rotary Club have 3 members who are integral staff members (nursing staff) of these facilities
  • Rotary is an advocate for disease control and eradication and must take the high moral ground on this issue
  • Most importantly – Tenterfield may be able to contain or deal with this virus if it doesn’t hit us hard, in other words - moves through the community slowly. By introducing the possibility of accelerating the spread of this virus throughout our community would have a disastrous effect on the community
  • Finally, and most importantly, I have a duty of care to my fellow Rotarians (many who are in the high-risk category) attending this conference and to the community of Tenterfield.  
The committee is currently working on organising to refund monies pre-paid to registrants.  As an alternative, a donation to Shauna Bolton's "DG Partner's Project", the Malaria Vaccination Project of Griffith University, of which Rotary is a major partner. Stay tuned!
Covid-19 pandemic forces cancellation of District Conference Franz Huber 2020-03-15 14:00:00Z 0

Bookings for the Excellence of Workmanship Awards close Sunday

Vocational Services chief Richard Smith is again organizing the annual Excellence in Workmanship Awards.  Social dinner night of course, so make sure your partners know about it too, and all friends and guests are welcome. Eight candidates have been selected and thus nominations are now closed.
Where?            Quality Inn (Lone Star Tavern), 
             97 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218
When?             Wednesday 18th March 2020,
                        06:00 pm for 6:30 start
Cost:                $35.00 per person.
Please book and pre-pay online. Bookings will close on Sunday 15th March, we need to provide exact numbers to the venue on Monday morning. Click on this link: https://www.trybooking.com/BIIBP
Bookings for the Excellence of Workmanship Awards close Sunday Franz Huber 2020-03-07 14:00:00Z 0

Our Associate Members: meet Terry Donovan

Often, one meets people, one walks past, says “G’day!”, perhaps have a brief yarn about… the weather. One doesn’t realise that the man with the generous smile before you has lived almost 30 years longer than originally expected. Come again?? Yes, Terry Donovan was just 50 years old, some 29 years ago, when he was the recipient of a heart transplant. No wonder, when asked what he is passionate about, he names that as the highlight of his life.  
In his working life, Terry was a Sales Engineer, traveling to mining sites. He lives in Carrara with his wife Nook (yes, correct spelling!). These days, besides contributing to our efforts at the Project Shed (he is a master at restoring bicycles that can be resold), his ‘Theme of Life’ is simply to be happy: being with his wife, the family and grandchildren (grandson Nathan was named after his heart donor), playing golf, listening to Country and Western music, reading (Lee Childs is one of his favorite authors) and admiring visual art, such as his granddaughter Abbie’s paintings…  And, only sometimes, indulging in his biggest vice: eating the “wrong” food.
So, at 79 years of age, does he still have stuff on his bucket list? “Yes!”, Terry replied, “Getting the OBE!” Getting the Order of the British Empire? “No, getting over bloody eighthy…!”
(Photo and interview by Al Sirovs)
Our Associate Members: meet Terry Donovan Franz Huber 2020-03-07 14:00:00Z 0

Be part of the Gold Coast Ramble!

In two weeks, on 22nd March 2020 the 3rd Gold Coast Ramble will be on.  This year it will start from Macintosh Island Park.  Organiser David Baguley (Rotary Club of Gold Coast) is looking for more teams, as well as volunteers to help on the day. There are some fabulous prizes on offer!
  • 2 exclusive nights at Spicers Hidden Peak Cabins, valued at $2,000
  • $1,500 sponsorship package on the Gold Coast's own 94.1 FM
  • One month's family membership of KDV Sport, valued at $800.00
  • Hop-on Brewery Tours, Distillery Tasting Tour, Professional Photography, Lunch at Southport Yacht Club, just to name a few.  See Download files on the right for a full list!
But you need to compete to have a chance at winning those!
Participants can choose to support any of 7 charities: Australian Anti Ice Campaign, Baby Give Back, Bravehearts, The Butterfly Foundation, Orange Sky Laundry, The Prostate Foundation of Australia and the Salvation Army.  Full details, and to register, please visit the website: www.goldcoastramble.org.au
(Photo: last year's winners, Rosie Rocco and her team)
Be part of the Gold Coast Ramble! Franz Huber 2020-03-06 14:00:00Z 0

District Conference starts in 3 weeks

This year's event is going to be a real country affair!  Here is another one of the speakers, Jo Taranto. Jo is one half of the dynamic grassroots campaigners behind ‘5 for Ryde’, a community initiative to fight a war on single use plastic in Sydney. She’s also Director of social enterprise start-up ‘Good for the Hood’ who’s mission is to inspire communities around the country to fight their own war on waste.  Waste crusaders. Connectors. Community Experts. We are a social enterprise that’s all about projects that help people and planet. We are not afraid to get dirty to make communities great. Please fill out this survey for Jo prior to District Conference.
Go to the Conference Website http://www.rotary9640conference.org.au and check out what's happening.  There you find the program, a brief summary of all the Keynote Speakers, and of course you can register.  But of course, one of the big attractions of attending a conference is always the deep feeling of Rotary Fellowship. Being in the country, formalities will be kept to a minimum. You have an opportunity to meet, eat and drink with other Rotarians and their partners from other places in the District, you'll meet overseas people, Exchange Students. But I know, you are all quite shy...  Not to worry! So far, our club has 9 people registered, so if worse comes to worse, you can always talk to one of us... ☺ 
District Conference starts in 3 weeks Franz Huber 2020-03-06 14:00:00Z 0

Ayana Sadaka, our YE Student from Japan

OK, so just visualize this for a moment: You are sent off to a country where the language has not even an infinitesimal similarity to the language you have been brought up with, the language of your parents, your school, your TV shows. To top it off, the letters of your new country’s alphabet have zero similarity. Compared to the magnificent calligraphies of Kanji or Hiragana, the letters of your new country would appear to be somewhat unsophisticated. So, are you starting to get sweaty palms yet? No? OK, now picture yourself being stood in front of a bunch of (generally very) adult people and told to give a talk in your new country's language... 
I never cease to be amazed at the relative ease our Youth Exchange students, particularly from Japan, manage to learn our language and alphabet in a few short months.  Today, Ayana gave us a brief insight into her family (we will hopefully meet them when they come over at the end of this month). Ayana comes from Gifu, in the Prefecture of the same name on Honshu island, population about 400,000.  She likes Taylor Swift and One Direction, and her plans for the future is to become an Immigration Inspector. 
“I love Australia!” she exclaimed… well, there is an excellent opportunity coming up in a couple of months, when she will participate in the traditional ‘Safari’ that comes up for international Youth Exchange Students in May.
Ayana Sadaka, our YE Student from Japan Franz Huber 2020-03-03 14:00:00Z 0

RYDA is on again

Geoff Croad is again looking for people who would like to assist with "herding" the students who attend the various RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) events.  These are the dates on which they will be held:
18th June - All Saints Anglican College
21st July - Australian Industry Trade College
29th July - Elanora SHS
25th August - Australian Industry Trade College
15th September - AB Paterson College
13th & 16th October - Pimpama State Secondary College

Please communicate with Geoff directly to advise which days you are available.  For those of you who have never experienced it:  The job is dead easy - just guide your group of students to the classroom where the next lesson will be presented, then signal the instructor as it gets close to the end of their allotted time.  By the way: the lessons are very interesting. It wouldn't do any harm to pay attention yourself, even if you have been driving for well over 50 years as I have! Of course, you'll also meet some interesting people, such as a Highway Patrol Police officer, and you are provided with a nice morning tea with cakes and a generous lunch.
RYDA is on again Franz Huber 2020-03-02 14:00:00Z 0

This Wednesday: Our YE Student Ayana Sakaka

Ayana has now been with us for quite a few months, and most of our members have met the quiet young lady from Japan, some of us had the pleasure of seeing her wearing the traditional Japanese costume at our Christmas party (no, she won't be wearing it this time; she's got to go to school immediately after the meeting!).  And if you have been out at our Project Shed, you would have had a good chance to meet her there helping with the packing of wheelchairs!
See you Wednesday morning. Grab your breakfast downstairs from the bistro and take it upstairs for some fellowship before the meeting starts at 07:30 am.
This Wednesday: Our YE Student Ayana Sakaka Franz Huber 2020-02-29 14:00:00Z 0

Gold Coast Ramble: support our teams!

We have two teams with close connections to our club competing at the Gold Coast Ramble on 22nd March:
One of our new corporate members, Ashleigh Symes (picture left) heads a corporate team from Wilsons Advisory
Last year's winner, headed by our former member Rosie Rocco (picture right)

Regrettably, this year Simon Brook is not competing at the Ramble; he is fielding a team at the Maximum Adventure Race on the Sunshine Coast which happens on the same weekend.
Gold Coast Ramble: support our teams! Franz Huber 2020-02-27 14:00:00Z 0

Last Wednesday: Paul Smith, "Have a go!"

Well, I’ve met people would claim that life dealt them a lemon right from the start: being born into a family of 9 kids, being raised on a pig farm, would entitle them to special treatment…  On the other hand, people such as our newest Corporate Member Paul Smith, have had the slogan “Have a go!” inculcated into their DNA from an early age.  In his teenage years, his father convinced him to save his money and - - buy a pig. “Well, I sold it for $250.00 and that paid for my first car, a Holden…!”  Thus was born an Entrepreneur.
“But when I was a young bloke, all I wanted to do was play Golf”, Paul declared. “We lived near a Golf Course in Queanbeyan (Canberra), and I got my handicap down from 27 to 9.” He completed a Golf Pro Apprenticeship for 3 years, then played in every major tournament in Australia.  Quite an achievement, considering that there were some 1,500 applicants and only 140 players can make it.

But professional golfing didn’t “keep body and soul together”, he said. His father decided to go into the Funeral Director business. He learned the trade in somebody
Last Wednesday: Paul Smith, "Have a go!" Franz Huber 2020-02-19 14:00:00Z 0

February is Peace & Conflict Prevention Month

This year, District 9640 had two applications for endorsement for Rotary Peace Fellow Scholarships: 1 from Pakistan; 1 from Nigeria. There were no local applicants. One application, from a Pakistani lady, was endorsed by the District Governor and was forwarded to Rotary International. She had also applied two years ago, when she was granted an ‘alternative’ position (read: put on a waiting list) and ultimately she would have been successful. Regrettably, she was unable to take it up since she had just given birth to her daughter.
Do you know someone that may qualify for a Rotary Peace Fellowship Scholarship? These scholarships are a valuable learning activity for a young adult up to study in overseas universities in that very subject. Basically, all expenses are paid for. Click on this link: Rotary World Peace Fellowships, or contact me if you know of a potential prospect.   
Ray Higgs,
Chair, Peace & Conflict Resolutions Committee
Rotary District 9640
February is Peace & Conflict Prevention Month Ray Higgs 2020-02-07 14:00:00Z 0

Sleeping Sanctuary displayed in Maleny

So I am at our Project Shed on Saturday morning, having a quiet coffee with the volunteers (including multiple pieces of purportedly totally calorie-free cake, urged on me with determined persuasion by Al Sirovs... ☺), when a gentleman whom I'd never met before stands up and starts a speech... He introduced himself as Alan Wilson (that's him on the right, but he was dressed a bit more casual...), Past President of the Rotary Club of Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Turned out that his club borrowed our Sleeping Sanctuary to display it on Australia Day and to demonstrate to their local community that Rotary is not just about having breakfast or dinner and sizzling sausages!  They displayed our prototype of the Sleeping Sanctuary on Australia Day!  Bewdy, Alan!
Sleeping Sanctuary displayed in Maleny Franz Huber 2020-01-31 14:00:00Z 0

Lovely Chinese New Year dinner

Excellent social event at last Wednesday's Chinese New Year dinner. Great food, great atmosphere, great fellowship!  Thank you Charles Thomasson for organising that!  We had 28 people there, including former member PP Peter Baruch and Tom, a Youth Exchange Student from France, currently hosted by Karen Holland and her husband Peter Zollig (foreground of picture left).
Lovely Chinese New Year dinner Franz Huber 2020-01-29 14:00:00Z 0

New Wheelchairs Flyer - see Downloads

Our super generous printer, Neil Thurlow and his very talented design artists at Accent Print & Copy have created a new flyer for our wheelchairs project.  He has also provided some 2000 printed copies, which will be sent out by Apple Marketing to their mailing list of previous donors.  It is uploaded to our Download Section (see right side), where you can download it and send it on to anyone whom you consider could be interested.
Thank you, Neil and your team!
New Wheelchairs Flyer - see Downloads Franz Huber 2020-01-27 14:00:00Z 0

Jeff Egan is District Governor Nominee for 2021-22

District has confirmed the appointment of Jeff Egan of the Rotary Club of Mt Warning AM as District Governor Nominee 2021-22.  Picture on right shows Jeff with his partner, Anne Egan, who was District Governor for 2015-16. Anne sadly passed away in November 2017, succumbing to a serious illness.
Jeff Egan is District Governor Nominee for 2021-22 Franz Huber 2020-01-27 14:00:00Z 0

RI President Elect Holger Knaack releases Theme 20-21

At this week's Rotary International Assembly, RI President Elect Holger Knaack released his Presidential Theme for 2020-21. Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, revealed the 2020-21 presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, to incoming district governors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, on 20 January.
"Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join, but rather “an invitation to endless opportunities,” said Knaack, who becomes President on 1 July. He emphasized that Rotary creates pathways for members to improve their lives and the lives of those they help through service projects. “We believe that our acts of service, big and small, create opportunities for people who need our help,” Knaack said. He added that Rotary creates leadership opportunities and gives members the chance to travel the world to put their service ideas into action and make lifelong connections. “Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere,” he said.
Read more about it: click here.
RI President Elect Holger Knaack releases Theme 20-21 Franz Huber 2020-01-24 14:00:00Z 0

Wayne Leathem: Medical Repurposing Network

Did you know that hospitals' medical equipment automatically gets shunted out as "unserviceable" after 10 years, regardless of whether it is still functional or not? And we wonder why our health budget keeps blowing out...
Enter the Medical Repurposing Network (MRN). Last Wednesday, we welcomed Wayne and Janet Leathem to speak about their organization. Wayne, a member of the Currumbin-Coolangatta-Tweed Rotary Club, outlined their three guiding principles: Repurposing - Sustainability - Responsiblity. So, when medical or educational equipment becomes redundant, ask yourself...
Repurposing: "Are there others who could benefit from it?"
Sustainablity: "Should I throw this away? What else can I do?"
Responsibility: "Does this really need to go into landfill? Am I polluting the environment?"
It all started off when Wayne participated in the Tour de Timor, a cycling event in the vicinity of Dili, East Timor. There, he was made aware of a severe shortage of hospital beds.  And once a Rotarian gets started... This was followed by 4 Ultrasound machines to the Philippines, 60 beds to a Children's Hospital in a remote region of Fiji...  But, one of the big aspects is the cost of shipping: it costs approximately $700 - 900 to ship an Ultrasound unit. Compare that to a new, Chinese manufactured, laptop based unit which costs around $2,500. 
Whilst in our country Tuberculosis is these days quite uncommon, in PNG, with >300 cases per 100,000 population, this is still a major issue. One of MRN's new project is the supply of Digital TB X-Ray screening system to remote regional areas of Papua New Guinea. The project's patron is the PNG High Commissioner to Australia, Mr Sakias Tameo, and the Enga Province Health Authority is on board. They have seed funding of $7,500 and are looking for 5 Rotary partners to donate US$5,000 each. Link - http://mrnetwork.com.au/x-ray-2019.html
But shouldn't we also look after our own? Yes! For outback remote Australian clinics, MRN is looking to supply 10 new Chinese made portable Ultrasounds, valued at $3000 each. These remote outback clinics are serviced by the Royal Flying Doctor service (RFDS) and not all aircraft carry Ultrasounds. While this may not change the outcome for some patients, being better informed and able to diagnose quickly and accurately will save delays and unnecessary trips to Alice Springs or Darwin.  Just one remote retrieval by RFDS and returning would equal the cost of one Portable Ultrasound. Click here for more And even in the very recent bushfire emergency saw MRN in action: via the RAAF, equipment was dropped into Mallacoota, which was totally cut off...
Wayne's PowerPoint Show has been uploaded to our website - see Download Section on the right, which also contains contact details.
Wayne Leathem: Medical Repurposing Network Franz Huber 2020-01-22 14:00:00Z 0

This week's Guest Speaker: Wayne Leathem

This Wednesday 22nd January, our Guest Speaker is Wayne Leathem from the Medical Repurposing Network
Medical Repurposing Network is a registered Australian charity that provides medical  equipment and supplies to recipients in needy communities, both within Australia and overseas, by repurposing or recycling medical equipment that is still in good working order. It supplements this activity by purchasing medical equipment where necessary. For the past ten years, MRN has worked closely with Rotary Australia and overseas to source and fulfill medical needs.  In view of our upcoming major project of the X-Ray Unit for Vanuatu, this will be of major interest for us!
This week's Guest Speaker: Wayne Leathem Franz Huber 2020-01-19 14:00:00Z 0

Lucy Thorburn returns to Oz

OK, so there is little resemblance between our Youth Exchange Student who spent the last 12 months in Minnesota, USA and Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. And the (Fire) Tornadoes happened over here not over there.  By now, Lucy would have returned to our shores. President Mario's message (see Bulletin of 22nd January) outlines an email from the Youth Exchange Director of Lucy's host club, Lynn Keilor, sent to Chris Thurtell, Chair of our district's Youth Exchange Committee.
We hear so often people making derogatory comments about "today's youth". Well, this sums up my view about the vast majority of "today's youth". Obviously, Lucy fulfilled her role as our ambassador for the Gold Coast and Australia in general with distinction and to our full expectations.  Thank you, Lucy, and welcome back! We look forward to greeting you at one of our club meetings in the near future to hear all about your experiences!
Lucy will speak at our club on 5th February - not to be missed!
(Photo by Lucy, when she experienced some of the not so hot climates of Minnesota...)
Lucy Thorburn returns to Oz Franz Huber 2020-01-15 14:00:00Z 0

Guilty as charged, your honour!

OK, first the good news: I’ve just read of the appointment of Dr Jesse Harman (picture left, with DGE Andy Rajapakse) of the Rotary Club of Wendouree, near Ballarat VIC, as “our” Zone Director to the Rotary International Board. [Yes, Henrietta, I just found out that DGE Andy had published this on his Facebook Page ages ago, but you insisted I that I tidy up the garage.] And yes, I now know she is not just a pretty face: Jesse holds a Doctor’s Degree (in Social Entrepreneurship, so don’t ask her about your ingrown toenail! 😊) and is Pro Vice Chancellor of Federation University Australia. And I’ve just learned that she was introduced to Rotary as a RYLA participant in 1987, and that she is a Past District Governor and Past just about every other high office that can be attained in Rotary.
So why do I sound a bit grumpy?  After all, Jesse will make a refreshing addition to a Rotary International Board overwhelmingly male (18 to 2 in the current board, actually), and it wouldn’t even surprise me if she ended up to be the first female RI President sometimes down the track. Again, why do I feel grumpy? Well, if I was to know of a person of her qualifications, of her calibre and high profile in society, I would not even have considered asking her to join my club. “Holding down her job, with a family and three kids, she wouldn’t have time to scratch herself!” would have been my excuse. Anyway, she certainly wouldn’t want to join a Breakfast Club…  Yes, your Honour, guilty as charged.
So, this being the period of the year when our New Year’s Resolutions start to conveniently fade into distant memory, perhaps now is the time to firmly commit to just the one: By the end of 2020, I will have witnessed the induction of a new member into my Rotary Club who was introduced by me. Doesn’t make a difference whether male or female though, but yes, a high profile lady like Dr Jesse would be great! So now, start thinking about whom you could contact, then… Just Do It!
Guilty as charged, your honour! Franz Huber 2020-01-11 14:00:00Z 0

So you need a list of Resolutions you can keep?

Posted by Franz Huber
So you need a list of New Year's Resolutions you can actually keep? No diets, no abstinence, no hard exercise, no mental strain, no time consuming study... This is compliments of a Sydney Rotarian, Evan Burrell.
So you need a list of Resolutions you can keep? Franz Huber 2020-01-02 14:00:00Z 0

A few more photos from Lucy Thorburn in the USA

Our Youth Exchange Student Lucy Thorburn, on her last month of Exchange in Minnesota, sent us some more pictures, one on the right with her host family making Christmas cookies. Head over to the Photo Album Section on the right - they are in her folder.
Hey all the snow has started to fall heavy and the temperatures keep dropping -23 Celsius. My family and I are ready for Christmas, I’ll be making a big pavlova, which my familly is really exited for! 
I wish you all an amazing, safe Christmas and a happy New Years!! I’ll see you all soon in person. 
Regards Lucy
A few more photos from Lucy Thorburn in the USA Franz Huber 2019-12-24 14:00:00Z 0

Wonderful Christmas Dinner at the Surf Club

Last Wednesday, the Surfers Sunrise Rotarians, their partners and guests enjoyed a beautiful Christmas Dinner hosted by the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club. Lots of partners and friends, including our "Honorary Queenslander" Ross Augustine (RC of Frankston Sunrise) with his wife Coryn and granddaughter Alissa Lott (last year's Exchange Student to the USA). President Elect Charles Thomasson and his partner Angela brought their two daughters along (first time in decades we had children at our Christmas do!),  David Orchid represented the Surf Club, accompanied by Jan Lutz, and Bryan Tuesley represented the volunteers from our Project Shed. With well over 50 people present, it was a truly social event, thus only very brief formalities: President Mario Fairlie, still a bit pale (he had only been discharged from hospital two days before), wished us all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
But, without doubt, our current incoming Exchange Student from Japan, Ayana Sadaka (picture left) stole the show, wearing traditional Japanese dress, a Kimono! Doesn't she look breathtaking? 
On the following Saturday, some of our members joined our volunteers at the
Wonderful Christmas Dinner at the Surf Club Franz Huber 2019-12-23 14:00:00Z 0

Last Saturday's Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings the biggest ever!

Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 16, 2019
Well, picture this: They were queuing up... Already by quarter to 12, we had run out of sausages and needed to arrange for Geoff Croad to rush out to get another Esky full, together with more of -- well, just about EVERYTHING.  Paul 'Springbok' Seymour ended up playing traffic cop, directing people to "pay ova' haa, then move ova' thaa to pick up yoa' saozage.." [he is ideally suited for this too. Ed.devil
As President Mario notes in his message, this was the biggest ever. And what was, from the organizational point of view, also very nice: including our YE student Ayana and her host Silvia Fairlie (see picture, front row), we had some 20 people all up helping. And they were needed too!  Special thanks to 'Minister for Everything' Geoff Croad who made arrangements with Bunnings and organized this all, and of course all the helpers (too many to list; you know who you are.)
Last Saturday's Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings the biggest ever! Franz Huber 2019-12-15 14:00:00Z 0

Looking for RYLA Candidates (19 - 29 years old)

Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 12, 2019
At the last board meeting, approval was given to sponsor two RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) Candidates for the upcoming seminar 14 - 19th April 2020. Our club will sponsor $550.00 of the total cost of $650.00 per person to attend this superb training camp.
What is RYLA? It is a premier youth leadership development program for people aged 19-28. During a week long camp designed to promote proactivity, personal and professional development through a range of inspirational speakers, team building exercises and leadership training. The development of communication and presentation skills, problem solving, conflict resolution, self-confidence and self-esteem are key objectives of this program. RYLA is one of those “once-in-a-lifetime” experiences which truly has a lasting impact on your life. The high intensity seminar is filled to the brim with Australia’s leading inspirational and motivational guest speakers, who give up their time purely based on the benefits they see every year for those attending. 
RYLA helps young people, the future leaders of the Australia to realise their full potential and ignites their passion for life. Whether you have a sister or brother, a son or daughter, a niece, nephew, cousin, friend, colleague or even an acquaintance within the age bracket, who you think may benefit from a week of personal discovery, professional development in an uplifting and infectiously positive environment, I urge you to send them along. It will be the greatest gift you could give.  Need more information?  Click here.
Do you know anyone who is a suitable candidate?  Contact Youth Services Director PDG Darrell Brown
Looking for RYLA Candidates (19 - 29 years old) Franz Huber 2019-12-11 14:00:00Z 0

Big Youth Exchange meeting last weekend

Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 09, 2019
Last Weekend, "our" District Youth Exchange (YE) Chairman Chris Thurtell and YE Treasurer Gerald East organized a meeting for the inbound and outbound YE Students of District 9640.  Photo shows (what is, judging by the number of badges on their blazers, assumed to be) the current inbound group. Our club's Ayana Sadaka front row, centre.
Big Youth Exchange meeting last weekend Franz Huber 2019-12-08 14:00:00Z 0

John Chirio is President Elect for 2021-22

Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 07, 2019
At last week's Annual General Meeting, the members unanimously elected John Chirio to be President Elect Nominee 2021-22, an appointment which John graciously accepted. Thus, again, our club is assured of a solid, steady leadership in the coming years.  Congratulations, John!
For a list of all the elected club officers 2020-21, please refer to the club bulletin, or login to our website and access the AGM minutes in the protected section, under 'Documents'.
John Chirio is President Elect for 2021-22 Franz Huber 2019-12-06 14:00:00Z 0

60 wheelchairs to DIK, 3 hospital beds for Vanuatu

Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 05, 2019
Last Thursday, Bren Milson and Shamus Davies (top) from the Burleigh Heads Rotary Club brought us 3 hospital beds, destined for our Vanuatu X-Ray unit to go to Pentecost Island and in turn picked up 60 Rough Terrain Wheelchairs to go up to Donations in Kind (a Rotary Australia World Community Service project) for distribution to various destinations in Oceania: East Timor, Solomons just to name a couple. That is how Rotary works, we work together to produce a result. That is why Rotarians are 'People of Action'. We DO, we don't just talk about it!
Photo, from top left, clockwise: Bren Milson, Shamus Davis, Des La Rance, Larry Murray.
Update from District RAWCS Chair Richard Crandon: "From this consignment, 6 wheelchairs have already been dispatched to go to the Ronton Hospital at Kiritimati (Christmas Island)." [No Henrietta! Not that Christmas Island! With the Millions of dollars the government is spending on that Christmas Island, they can well afford to buy their own wheelchairs! Kiritimati is on Kiribati, just about half way between here and Mexico. ☺ Ed.]
60 wheelchairs to DIK, 3 hospital beds for Vanuatu Franz Huber 2019-12-04 14:00:00Z 0

Surfers Sunrise awarded Rotary Citation

Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 02, 2019
Alright, sometimes the mills of such a large organisation like Rotary can mill a bit slowly...  Nevertheless, it's worth crowing from the rooftops: At the recent leadership meeting, "our" District Treasurer Mark Twyford and District Finance Chair Doug Lipp were handed a certificate to confirm that Surfers Sunrise was recognized with the 2018-19 Presidential Citation by (then) Rotary International President Barry Rassin. Give yourself a pat on the back, and particularly congratulations to Immediate Past President Jo Winwood! Come and see us again sometimes, Jo, it's only a bit over an hour's drive from Byron Bay!
Surfers Sunrise awarded Rotary Citation Franz Huber 2019-12-01 14:00:00Z 0

The Project Shed needs some more bikes

Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 24, 2019
Wheelchair Trust Chairman Larry Murray asks me to post a request for more bicycles to be donated to the shed. Yes, I know, we had to knock them back only a few months ago.  Meanwhile, we have properly tidied up the area. Numerous skippy bins of unsuitable bikes and bike parts were sent to Sims Metal for recycling, the tyres went to Molectra for recycling, some bikes were restored in preparation for the next 'Big Bike Sale' and those frames that are suitable to be used for wheelchairs have been stripped off.
So, could you please spread the message: We need some more bikes! They can be dropped of at our Project Shed any Saturday morning, 07:30 am till 11:30 am.  Drop us a message.
The Project Shed needs some more bikes Franz Huber 2019-11-23 14:00:00Z 0

Meet our Youth Exchange Student from Japan

Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 17, 2019
Ayana Sadaka has now been on the Gold Coast for quite some months, but still not all of our members have had the opportunity to meet this charming young lady!  Here is a brief outline, written by her recently, and there is a Photo Album which you can have a look at - see right hand side. [Editor's Note: I did NOT edit her report.  I challenge any of you to undertake Japanese studies and be as competent in just a few months as Ayana is in English! Well done, Ayana! ☺]
Hello everyone.
My name is Ayana Sadaka. I’m living in Gold Coast as an exchange student. My hobbies are listening to music, karaoke, playing and watching sports. I especially like basketball but since I came to Australia, I’ve also came to like netball. We are family of four. My mother, my father, my younger brother and I. And when I was in Japan, I was living in Gifu Prefecture. Since I came to Australia, I’ve experienced so many new thing, but I still have a lot of things that I want to do while I’m studying abroad. There are so many things that I want to do, but I especially want to play the Didjeridu, a traditional Australian instrument. I want to work at an international airport and be an immigration inspector in the future. To do so, I have to go to university that has a faculty of low and I need English skills. So, I’m studying hard now. I’ll do my best to achieve my goal. To be honest, I want to be in Australia when I am twenty-five years old. Because I was taken in by the charm of this country. I think there is no other country that has really beautiful nature and understands other cultures and multinationals. I wish I could be a citizen of this country in the future. Even If I can’t do that, I would like to come back to Australia. Thank you for supporting me. I’m a really lucky person who has been able to study in such a wonderful country. I’ll do my best for one year in response to your support. 
I especially like English songs, and my favorite artists are Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction. I also like classic music, and I like Gymnopédie composed by Erik Satie. When I do Karaoke, I often sing the song of Japanese singer “miwa” and “Miku Hatsune”. I have to go to university that can learn about law because I need to know to be an immigration inspector. Sorry I made a lots of mistakes.
Meet our Youth Exchange Student from Japan Franz Huber 2019-11-16 14:00:00Z 0

Greetings from Lucy Thorburn in Minnesota!

Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 16, 2019
Our Youth Exchange Student in Minnesota, USA, has touched base again with the "Mother Ship"... Lots of new photos on her Photo Album Page on the right hand side as well. This photo she is with Ian and Juliet Riseley, "our" Australian Rotary International President 2017-18.  
Hey everyone it’s me Lucy, sorry about the lack of updates lately it’s been busy over here. The snow has started to fall again coming into winter, temps of -16 already. I’m back at school after Summer break and living with my 3rd and last host family. They are amazing people and I’m enjoying being part of their family. I’ve been to a couple of cabins in this last month and on a lot of hikes! It was really beautiful to see a real Fall for the first time with all the leaves changing. I also got to experience my first real Halloween with the pumpkin carving, costumes and Trick or Treat. 
But the most exciting thing that’s happened lately was meeting Ian Riseley former president of Rotary International, whom I met this morning! It was great, I got to listen to his awesome presentation on Rotary International and I chatted to him and his wife Juliet after the presentation. They are really great people, it was great to talk to some fellow Australians it only made me miss Australia that much more! 
I hope all is well with everyone back home and that everyone's friends and families are safe from the bush fires! 
Regards Lucy.
Greetings from Lucy Thorburn in Minnesota! Franz Huber 2019-11-15 14:00:00Z 0

The Sleeping Sanctuary was on A Current Affair!

Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 11, 2019
OK, so they didn't display our website address - great pity! But you can watch it online: Click here.
Last Thursday, Associate Member Bryan Tuesley, Cr Dawn Crichlow, Kathleen Vlasic from Rosies and your Editor met with a reporting team from Channel Nine's 'A Current Affair' at Rosie's in Southport. There were interviews with all and our 'Sleeping Sanctuary' was filmed from all possible angles... and it is expected to be broadcast on Monday night - 7:00 pm.  Some of you members and fans of Surfers Sunrise would recall that, back in 1997, 'A Current Affair' accompanied us to deliver the first 10 Wheelchairs to Fiji. Will this become the next huge project of the Surfers Sunrise Wheelchair Trust?  Click on the yellow button to take you to a highly secure 'GoFundMe' page. Your donation will go to our Wheelchair Trust, an Australian registered charity.  Remember, all labour and administration is done by volunteers - we have no overheads!
A few days before that, Councillor Dawn Crichlow and Kathleen Vlasic visited our Project Shed last Saturday, accompanied by a reporting team from the Gold Coast Bulletin. And here it is published in last Monday's (11/11/19) edition!  Photo shows the two ladies, with Laurie Roberts (left) who built the prototype, and Des La Rance (right), who designed it. Looking forward to getting more traction on this great project, as is reported by Cr Crichlow in this reportage. For full text, please head to the Download Page on the right.  Click here to go directly to our Wheelchair Trust GoFundMe page!
The Sleeping Sanctuary was on A Current Affair! Franz Huber 2019-11-10 14:00:00Z 0
Play at the Surfers Sunrise Golf Day: 25th November Franz Huber 2019-11-10 14:00:00Z 0

This week's guest speaker: Manuela Boyle

Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 04, 2019

Manuela Boyle is a cancer therapy specialist. The topic of her talk is a simple and illustrative on what integrative cancer care therapies are available in Australia.

She describes her role as "to identify the underlying causes that may be responsible for your disease. I use evidence based and unique natural medicine based interventions that are non-toxic. I design lifestyle changes and individualized diets. These qualified interventions are drawn from thorough review of hundreds of published peer-reviewed research papers.

If required, I work cooperatively with your medical oncologists/radiation oncologists/oncology surgeons/urologist/ haematologist and your GP. I also collaborate with other health care practitioners such as acupuncturists, psychologists, osteopaths, massage therapists, naturopaths and nutritionists. At all times, drugs/herbs/nutrients interactions are carefully analyzed."

This week's guest speaker: Manuela Boyle Franz Huber 2019-11-03 14:00:00Z 0

Last weekend we hosted the RFE Team 

Posted by Franz Huber on Nov 04, 2019
What a weekend!  Last Friday, Surfers Sunrise welcomed the Rotary Friendship Exchange team from Seattle and British Columbia. After we took them up to Skypoint at the top of Q1,  Geoff & Carol Croad hosted a typical Aussie Bar-be-que at their resort, with the capable assistance of Angus 'Onion King' Miller in the role of chief bar-be-quer.
On Saturday, we first showcased our Project Shed (see picture), where Des La Rance gave them a good run-down on how the project evolved some 23 years ago, going all the way through to the total of well over 9,000 wheelchairs shipped since, plus numerous school buildings and the House of Hope in Apia, Samoa (see the Story of the Surfers Sunrise Wheelchair Trust in the Download Section on the right, or click on this link). A hearty Thank You! to Lee Smith and Pam Peterson, who donated $100.00 to the Wheelchairs Trust.  Then, we moved up to the Springbrook National Park for lunch.  And - after hardly any rain for the past two or three months, guess what! It rained. Well, a Rainforest is not really a Rainforest without rain, isn't it?
Sunday saw the entire group at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. They gave us a very healthy discount on the normal ticket price! Thank you Chris Thurtell, for activating some of your special connection there to get a nice area of their Cafe set aside, just for us.  Naturally, our guests from North America just adored the Koalas, the Kangaroos, the Bird Show, the Sheep Shearing, the huge size Aviaries...  In the evening, President Mario invited us to a dinner at one of the restaurants in Surfers. 
The RFE team has now moved on to their next hosts in Warwick. After that they'll be in Lismore for a few days, then come back to the Gold Coast.  There is another chance to meet them: the Broadbeach Rotary Club will host them at their club meeting on Tuesday 12th November, at the Lone Star Tavern in Mermaid Beach.  Are you joining us? (Note, we need to advise numbers!)
A huge Thank You! goes to the hosts: Geoff & Carol Croad, Karen Holland & Peter Zollig, Richard & Sue Smith, Chris & Marie Thurtell, to my darling wife Catherine, President Mario Fairlie and all the helpers and participants for the sterling effort to make our guests comfortable.  We have had nothing but very positive feedback; equally, on our side we enjoyed their company immensely.
A Photo Album will shortly be set up in our Download Section. If you have any photos that we can publish, please let me have them!
Last weekend we hosted the RFE Team  Franz Huber 2019-11-03 14:00:00Z 0

Welcome to our newest Corporate Members: Bank of Qld

Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 27, 2019
Last Wednesday, President Mario Fairlie had the great pleasure of inducting our latest Corporate Member, the Bank of Queensland - Southport Branch, nominated by President Elect Charles Thomasson [for those of you who are not aware of the general structure of the BOQ: in essence, every branch is a franchise, which is privately owned. Ed.]  Mario inducted Branch Manager Tara Werder and Lending Specialist Megan Davidson (see photo - Tara on the left).  Tara, whose career in banking goes back several years, including a 2 year stint as a branch manager in New Zealand, took on the BOQ Southport Branch Manager's position just over 12 months ago. Megan has been with the Bank of Queensland for some 21 years and has been lending to the Southport community for 7 years. They both expressed their team's great appreciation for being nominated.  Welcome to Surfers Sunrise! We are all very much looking forward to meeting you frequently at our meetings and activities.
Welcome to our newest Corporate Members: Bank of Qld Franz Huber 2019-10-26 14:00:00Z 0

Last week's Guest Speaker: Craig Thompson

Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 26, 2019
OK, with Bathurst just behind us and the Gold Coast 600 in full swing, we all have heard of the V8 Supercars. But what about Aussie Racing Cars?  Well, if you just give them a quick glance, they might appear to be just a smaller version. They might look like a Toyota Aurion, or a Ford Falcon or a Commodore. Alternatively, any classic shape such as the Holden EG, or a Ute. But actually, in physical size, they are only roughly half the size of a 'normal' car.  Under the skin is a purpose built tubular space frame chassis, with an internal roll cage. All up, the car weighs just 450 Kg all up, which provides an amazing power to weight ratio. Sure, but how big is the engine? Well, it is actually "borrowed" from a motorcycle. The standard engine is either 1.2  or 1.3 litre.  Come again? Yes, just 1.3 litre. And on the Bathurst straight they have been clocked at a staggering 230 Km/Hr, and they claim to do 0 - 100 Km/Hr in 4.9 seconds...
Craig Thompson, who in his business life runs a Hertz Rental Car franchise with some 2,200 vehicles, claims he got involved in Aussie Cars almost by accident. Some 5 years ago, having a bit of a chinwag, one of his mates mentioned that he was going to buy a new Aussie Racing Car and Craig casually mentioned "yes, sure, I'll have one too!" Then a few weeks later, he got a phone call to tell him that the car is now ready for pick up...  "You really need to take it seriously" Craig mentioned, "it needs lots of work, so you don't come last in every race..."  In the beginning though, the aim is to simply finish a race "without making a mistake".  What mistake? Well, rolling it and landing on the roof.  Multiple times...
So, what sort of financial commitment does one need to come up with to participate? "Not expensive" Craig mentioned laconically, "about $30,000 to enter a car for the year, about $60,000 to fund its upkeep for the whole year" he said. And, one would guess, you first need to actually buy a car - "from $65,000", according to their website.  The sport is certainly high tension all the way. The famous saying in Car Racing circles applies: There is no such thing as a comfortable lead".  Wanna have a ride? Click here to go for a round at the Gold Coast 600!
Last week's Guest Speaker: Craig Thompson Franz Huber 2019-10-25 14:00:00Z 0

A huge RYDA class last week

Posted by Franz Huber
Last Friday, your Editor was joined by Geoff Croad, Gerald East, Darrell Brown, Norm Coventry (RC of Ashmore) and a volunteer, Sue Geelan to assist with "crowd control" of one of the largest classes ever attended the RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) event at the Southport Community Centre.  All the students were from Marymount College in Burleigh Heads, and came in by bus.  And - hey! - if anyone ever again whinges about "today's youth" and their lack of decent behavior, I'll refer them to Marymount College! What a pleasure to have such a switched on, polite group of young people.
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. Well over 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.
Photo: Debriefing at the end of the day.
A huge RYDA class last week Franz Huber 2019-10-20 14:00:00Z 0

This coming Wednesday 23rd October: Craig Thompson

Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 19, 2019
Our resident Car Racing guru, Ian Mayberry has organised another major Super Car personality to present at our club: Craig Thompson runs some 7 cars in the Aussie Racing Cars series!  And as your Editor just found out today, Craig is also a regular philanthropist, having donated numerous self propelling, electric wheelchairs.  Join us this Wednesday for breakfast at the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club!
Craig started in Aussie Racing Cars in 2014 along with one of his business partners Michaeal Rinkin who was a motor dealer in the Hunter Region. He is a Hertz Licensee of more that 20 years standing and one of around 20 in Australia. He lives in Western Sydney and in recent years has set up Western Sydney Motorsport, which fields 7 cars in the 2019 Aussie Racing Car Series, now in its 20th year. The team is having a very successful year. Craig drives #72, his brother Grant also drives for the team and Justin Ruggier in car #8 is, in reality, one of the two drivers who can win the 2019 series.
This coming Wednesday 23rd October: Craig Thompson Franz Huber 2019-10-18 14:00:00Z 0

Truckload of Wheelchairs from Palen Creek Correctional Centre

Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 19, 2019
Now, just in case you thought that this is a one-off: no, this would have to be the umpteenth time we have received a load of completed wheelchairs from Palen Creek Correctional Centre. Our Wheelchairs Trust have been involved with them for years. They have a program which involves not only the production of wheelchairs, but in the process involves the inmates in learning maintenance skills.  Photo right: this piece of indiginous art wheelchair, which we strictly use for display purposes only, has been painted by one of their inmates.
Truckload of Wheelchairs from Palen Creek Correctional Centre Franz Huber 2019-10-18 14:00:00Z 0

Check - Check - all electricals are compliant

Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 12, 2019
In order to comply with Workplace Health & Safety regulations, our power tools and electrical equipment have to be regularly tested by a qualified and licensed Electrician. Last Saturday, Adam Kirkwood, of APK Electrical, came up all the way from Tugun to the Project Shed to do the testing, all pro bono!  Thank you Adam, we much appreciate your generous donation of your time!
No harm to give Adam a bit of a plug: APK Electrical specializes in Commercial installations - click here to go to his website. (Photo by Larry Murray)
Check - Check - all electricals are compliant Franz Huber 2019-10-11 14:00:00Z 0

This week: Polio Plus collection 9 - 11th October

Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 04, 2019
It's on this week: our annual Polio Plus collection at the Runaway Bay Shopping Centre.  We have three days, from Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th October inclusive, at our usual spot at the Runaway Bay Shopping Centre.  Gerald East maintains the Roster, so make sure you lodge your preferred time slot(s) with him. We urgently need to fill time slots on Wednesday, Thursday and particularly Friday.
For those of you who are young enough to be unfamiliar with Polio Plus: The Polio virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners use to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.  Rotary started a campaign to eradicate Polio in 1985. Since then, the incidence of Polio worldwide has been reduced by 99.9% - yes, it is virtually unknown in most regions in the world. Rotary has invested more than US$ 1.9 Billion (AU$ 2.8 Billion) and countless unpaid volunteer hours to raise these enormous funds. More than 2.2 Billion children in 122 countries have been protected. But until such time as there are no further incidences reported, we need to continue the effort! Rotary is committed to raise some US$ 50 Million per annum, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed to match Rotary's efforts with two dollars for every dollar Rotary raises.  More information: click on this link
And, by the way: if you meet an Anti-Vaxxer, you have my permission to give him/her a good piece of my mind!  Ed.
This week: Polio Plus collection 9 - 11th October Franz Huber 2019-10-03 14:00:00Z 0

Interested to visit Pennsylvania and Arizona?

Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 04, 2019
After Catherine and I participated in the recent Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) team to Seattle and British Columbia (BTW, we are hosting their reciprocal team in three weeks' time!), I can wholeheartedly recommend the concept!
District Chair for RFE, Wendy Scarlett has been approached by two districts in the USA and is looking for expressions of interest in exchanges with Pennsylvania and Arizona, leaving in September and October 2020 respectively. Just one of the many places of interest: the Martin Guitar factory and museum (Johnny Cash played one of them)... Contact Wendy directly by email - click on this link.
Interested to visit Pennsylvania and Arizona? Franz Huber 2019-10-03 14:00:00Z 0

Will you join us for the Melbourne Cup Luncheon?

Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 30, 2019
Our "Joint Chiefs of Social Events" Ray and Graeme, have organized for our members to experience that ultimate horse race that 'stops the nation', the Melbourne Cup.  We'll be at the Sensa Nome Restaurant in Main Beach.  No outrageous prices, just order off the menu, and it's bring your own wine too (they are also fully licensed if you prefer).  But bookings need to be firm, so a "booking fee" of $5.00 per person applies for your seats (yes, regrettably in the past it happened that some people booked but didn't turn up - somewhat embarrassing for the organizers! The booking fee will be pooled to pay for the nibbles on arrival. There is a limit of 20 people, so first come first served.  Ray Higgs and Graeme Isaacson will take your booking (and your booking fee).  Even if you're not a race follower, the atmosphere and conviviality enjoyed at our social functions will enlighten and brighten your day, not to mention the sights and scenes happening around Main Beach. 
Will you join us for the Melbourne Cup Luncheon? Franz Huber 2019-09-29 14:00:00Z 0

Meet our Youth Exchange Student from Japan

Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 30, 2019
For those of you who weren't there last Friday at the joint meeting with Broadwater Southport [or were there but didn't notice her; she didn't really make a lot of noise... ☺ Ed.]:  Meet Ayana Sadaka, our Youth Exchange Student from Japan.  Ayana is currently hosted by the parents of an outgoing student who at present is in Japan. She is enrolled at Robina High School. Her first report card is nothing to be sneezed at either: 'Excellent' in Japanese language (which can be expected of course), and very pleasing marks in most other subjects, including in English, with 'Excellent' or 'Very Good' in the 'Effort' column of all subjects! Howzat! 
We are looking forward to Ayana coming along soon to one of our Surfers Sunrise meetings.
Meet our Youth Exchange Student from Japan Franz Huber 2019-09-29 14:00:00Z 0

Join us for the Melbourne Cup Luncheon!

Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 30, 2019
Our "Joint Chiefs of Social Events" Ray and Graeme, have organized for our members to experience that ultimate horse race that 'stops the nation', the Melbourne Cup.  We'll be at the Sensa Nome Restaurant in Main Beach.  No outrageous prices, just order off the menu, and it's bring your own wine too (they are also fully licensed if you prefer).  But in all fairness to them, a booking fee of $5.00 per person applies for them to hold the table(s) free. There is a limit of 20 people, so first come first served.  Ray Higgs and Graeme Isaacson will take your booking (and your booking fee).  Even if you're not a race follower, the atmosphere and conviviality enjoyed at our social functions will enlighten and brighten your day, not to mention the sights and scenes happening around Main Beach. 
Join us for the Melbourne Cup Luncheon! Franz Huber 2019-09-29 14:00:00Z 0

Snippets of last week's meeting 270919

Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 27, 2019
Last week we had another joint meeting with the Broadwater Southport club, held at the Southport Yacht Club. Andy Bell helped at the door. We had apologies from Ray Higgs, Larry Murray, Gerald East, Mario Fairlie, Richard Smith and Neil Thurlow.  Good to see Karen Holland safely back from Switzerland, and one of our freshly baked Corporate members, Todd Cole from Wilsons Advisory joined us.  District Youth Exchange Chairman Chris Thurtell brought our new YE Student Ayana Sadaka (see separate article) along as well - looking forward to greeting Ayana again at one of "our" meetings soon!
In view of this really being a Broadwater Southport meeting, there wasn't much Surfers Sunrise business discussed.  Your editor invited all to participate in the upcoming Welcome Bar-be-que for the incoming Rotary Friendship Exchange team on Friday 1st November, and Charles Thomasson elaborated further on the Surfers Sunrise Golf Day on 25th November (see separate article).
We had an excellent Guest Speaker too: OK, with a headline "Speed Date an Architect", if presented by somebody of the calibre of Pia Willemsen (picture left), the Principal of Willemsen Architecture, many of the gentlemen present found it catchy all by itself... [no Henrietta, this it not a sexist comment, this is a compliment! ☺ Ed.] Pia presented on the upcoming Gold Coast Open House event coming up in October. Various private, corporate and public venues of particular architectural attraction and merit will be open for viewing by the public. Some are quite obvious, such as the newly opened Kurrawa Surf Club, to well known heritage buildings such as the Gold Coast Light Horse Museum in Mudgeeraba. But hey! Did you know that there is a Railway Tunnel in the Ernest Junction region of Ashmore? It is a remnant of the former South Coast Rail Line, which closed in 1964. 140 metres long, it is a walk way, but also is used for...  a Concert Hall...   There is far too much going on to list on this report, but you'll find it well worth your time to visit their website: www.goldcoastopenhouse.com.au. In total, you'll find well over 50 properties which can be visited, many of them only at specific times, by appointment.
Snippets of last week's meeting 270919 Franz Huber 2019-09-26 14:00:00Z 0

Surfers Sunrise Golf Day - Monday 25th November

Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 24, 2019
It's happening! On Monday, 25th November, we'll host a Golf Day at the Surfers Paradise Golf Club. It will be a 'Shotgun Start' at 12:30 pm (registration from 11:30 am). Several options:
  • Corporate Hole Sponsor (includes 4 players, signage and advertising)
  • 4-player Team
  • Single individual player
Chief organizer Charles Thomasson is looking both for players as well as helpers. If you and/or your friends, associates, customers, suppliers want to play: Bookings have now opened - click on this link https://www.trybooking.com/BFTYQ
Surfers Sunrise Golf Day - Monday 25th November Franz Huber 2019-09-23 14:00:00Z 0

The annual Movie night this Wednesday!

Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 23, 2019
It's on: this Wednesday 25th September, 6:00 for 6:30 pm, HOTA (Gold Coast Arts Centre), Bundall
This is our annual fundraiser for Polio Plus as well as a great social evening - note: all the Rotary Clubs on the Gold Coast are participating in this!  This year's movie is 'Ride like a Girl', the story of Michelle Payne, the first ever female rider to win the Melbourne Cup!  See attached flyer for more details.
The price is $20.00 per person, of which $10.00 goes towards the Polio Plus collection. Foundation Director Gerald East will organize the tickets. Please do pre-pay them by Direct Deposit to our club's General Account (we really don't want to collect cash on the night). Its only on for one night, so tickets are limited - first come first served. Banking details as follows:
Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise Inc
BSB: 484-799,  Account No: 047306431
Don't forget to put your name into the Reference section! Everyone is most welcome, partners, friends, volunteers...
The annual Movie night this Wednesday! Franz Huber 2019-09-22 14:00:00Z 0

Last week's speaker: Chris Thurtell - European YE Conference

Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 15, 2019
Last Wednesday 11th September, "our" District Chairman in charge of Youth Exchange, Chris Thurtell, reported on his recent attendance at the Europe, Eastern Mediterranean & Africa Youth Exchange Conference (EEMA), which he attended in Valencia, Spain. "The theme of the conference was “Look to the future with Youth Exchange” and that theme was evident with the subject topic sessions throughout the weekend, although in practice the subject matter was not telling us things we did not already know. We all know how good the program is but what we need are innovative strategies to cope with our rapidly changing world and the rapidly changing face of those we send on exchange. Challenges we face here in Australia are universal and not specific to one country" Chris advised. He elaborated on a number of very important segments, just to name a few:
  • ROTEX (yes, what is ROTEX? - Check it out!)
  • Technology and its impact and dangers
  • The Z Generation
  • Expanding Youth Exchange beyond the 'traditional' countries, for example, bring in students from the African regions outside South Africa?
  • The Flag Game (a highly disturbing development, a "worldwide secret of exchange students, dangerous and damaging, not only to students but to those around them")
and many others. A copy of the full presentation is ready for you to download - see Download Section on the right.
Our club has been very active in international Youth Exchange - it is important that you keep yourself up to date.
Last week's speaker: Chris Thurtell - European YE Conference Franz Huber 2019-09-14 14:00:00Z 0

Our very first Corporate Membership!

Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 14, 2019
At last Wednesday's meeting (11th September), Past District Governor Darrell Brown inducted our first Corporate Membership team: Wilsons Advisory Gold Coast got the guernsey.  Charles presented his fellow team members Todd Cole, Ashleigh Symes and Matthew Clayworth. (Photo - from left, Charles Thomasson on right). A hearty welcome to you all, and congratulations! We much look forward to greeting you at our upcoming breakfasts and functions. 
How do Corporate Memberships work?  In essence: All members are from the one company. At least one of the members is a "full" member (in this case, Charles Thomasson). The other members of the team can participate in any of the club's functions, but do not have voting rights and cannot stand for office.
Our very first Corporate Membership! Franz Huber 2019-09-13 14:00:00Z 0

Andrea Simmons – Australian Anti Ice Campaign (AAIC)

Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 30, 2019
Picture this: a young, vivacious, successful woman, with a successful business, a loving family. Andrea Simmons outlined in vivid detail how she was partaking in a bit of a knees-up at a swank hotel in town. Lots of good company, banter, laughter. Somebody suggests to her “take a puff of this, it isn’t going to hurt you…” and – literally – her world of success and love goes up in the proverbial puff of smoke.  A rapid descent into addiction, psychosis and other major health issues, her wealth destroyed. “I spent as much as $500 a day” she explained, “and I didn’t know any way I could get out”.
That is just one case. Do you know that every day, on average some 27 young people become addicted to “Ice” (Crystal Methamphetamines)? Do you know the method on how to make Ice is in plain sight on the Internet?” Only some 2% come out at the other side; if successful, the withdrawal period is an excruciating 18 months. The Australian market is totally flooded with the stuff: wastewater sampling tests show an increase of as much as 480% in the six years to 2016 and it has gone worse since then. Do you know that kids as young as 12 years old are given “free samples” and then, when they inevitably become addicted, are offered a “franchise distribution”? Do you know that availability is easy? Andrea outlined an instance where, when visiting the Gold Coast, she obtained a “pipe” with great ease, just asking for it.
We hear and read daily in the news and media of cases where people crazed by Ice addiction cause serious damage to property, go berserk in hospital emergency wards.  It has a massive effect across the board, from Mental Health to Police, Accident & Emergency to Hospital Services, with outrageous costs to the nation at large.  Statistics prove that 1 in 3 kids who go into child protection comes from drug addicted parents. The long term effects are much similar to Parkinson’s Disease, but this one is preventable.
The Australian Ice Campaign is a Not For Profit organization, providing education at the very grass roots level, by distributing education kits to schools, providing workshops at schools and clubs and, at the other end, provides support for victims to help them to get off.  A major, national fundraising event in multiple locations, ‘Walk Against Ice’ is held on Sunday week, 15th September. On the Gold Coast, it starts at 10 am at the Nikiforides Family Park in Broadbeach. Click here to book.
Photo (from left): Harold Bush (Rotary Club of Broadbeach), Leeanne Butcher, Andrea Simmons, Adrian Crowe.
Andrea Simmons – Australian Anti Ice Campaign (AAIC)  Franz Huber 2019-08-29 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary - Micro to Macro

Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 30, 2019
There’s a video on Youtube which in 75 seconds depicts the extremely large (as in the Universe) all the way to the extremely minute (as in sub-atomic). Have you ever thought of Rotary in a similar way? Come on, think about it: on the one hand, we have the extremely small (yes, YOU, rattling the Polio Plus bucket, running a mental health forum or removing graffiti), just one of about 1.2 million world wide. At the other end, you have the very large as, for example, The Rotary Foundation and within it, the Polio Plus campaign. At the Micro end, hundreds of millions of dollars collected via small “rattling the bucket” collections (visualize the granny giving her toddler granddaughter a coin to put into the Polio Plus bucket you are holding) through to giants of industry and commerce such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who, according to an article in Forbes Magazine in May 2019, have contributed some $US 3.7 Billion in total towards the eradication of Polio.
Whooaa Franz! Where are you going with this? Well, let me give you two examples of personal “Micro to Macro” experiences on the one day: Last Saturday, the day started off with a working bee at our club’s Project Shed. We loaded a 40’ container with over 200 wheelchairs, some 60 school desks and chairs, walkers etc, destined for PNG (ask Tanya and Mark Twyford how to stack so many in such a small place!).  At an even more micro level, the wheelchairs had been lovingly put together by our volunteers, who stripped old bicycles, cut plywood, spray painted. At the other end, they’ll be handled by the local Rotary Club “over there”.
The second example is less complex, yet qualifies equally for “Micro to Macro”: I got a call from a personal friend of mine whose disabled brother had passed away. He had an almost new wheelchair, two walkers, a perfectly good laser printer and other paraphernalia. He knew that “Rotary can find a good home for that stuff”. Yes, but our club doesn’t handle “western” style wheelchairs, but the Burleigh Heads club does, via Donations in Kind in Brisbane. One phone call, a quick trip to deliver the goods, and I could assure my friend that the goods will end up in a good place, without any “baksheesh” being collected by a corrupt official.  How good is it to be part of a “ready made” organisation like that? How good is it to be a member of Rotary?
Rotary - Micro to Macro Franz Huber 2019-08-29 14:00:00Z 0

10 years ago we launched RYDA

Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 26, 2019
"Geez, this has been going for a while...! " I thought when my trusty computer reminded me that this Wednesday, together with another 2 members of our club, I am committed to assist in "herding" young students at the RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) event at the Southport Community Centre.  So, I started digging through my old bulletin records and - lo and behold! - it started almost exactly 10 years ago.  Here is an extract from (then) President Darrell Brown's (yep, that's him on the right!) message in the bulletin of 16th September 2009:
The RYDA project is off with a bang! We have 4 schools committed to a week of training from 23rd to 27th November (Schoolies Week). Committed clubs are Mermaid, Broadbeach, Southport, Robina, Parkwood, Surfers & Gold Coast Central. There will be a lot of work to be done, distributed amongst the clubs with me being Committee Chair, Margaret Grummitt - School Bookings Coordinator, Michael Cullen - Presenters Coordinator, Graham Jones - Rotary Volunteers Coordinator, Ken Gosney & Lisa Lock - Fund Raising / Sponsorship / Media Coordinator, me - Secretary, Bob Harrison - Treasurer, Ian Mayberry - Day Manager, Graham Jones, Ken Gosney...
Since then, thousands of kids have undergone this one day instruction course on Road Safety, specifically designed for the 17 year old age group.  I'd dare to say it made a difference, probably saved numerous lifes. Proud to be associated with this great program. Give yourself a pat on the back, fellows!
Main photo above: some of the initial RYDA helpers in action 10 years ago (from left): Peter Baruch, Ray Higgs, Geoff Croad, Geoff McCoombe, Angus Miller, Ken Gosney.
10 years ago we launched RYDA Franz Huber 2019-08-25 14:00:00Z 0

Container loaded to the rim

Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 24, 2019
Last Saturday we had a huge working bee at the Project Shed. While our regular Associate Members followed their "regular" jobs, our principal task was to load a container destined for Papua New Guinea with wheelchairs, school desks and chairs.  We had very good numbers responding to the call and by 10:45 am the container was not only loaded to the rim, but we also assisted in dismantling some bicycles to separate the aluminium from the rest, pack up the old tyres for collection etc.  All in all, a very productive morning.  Good to see one of our newest members, Karen Holland, as well as our regular visitor Ann O'Connor participating very much hands on, and a big Thank You goes to Tanya Twyford, who, together with Mark, stacked wheelchairs, inside school desks, inside tables all morning! According to our Logistics Guru Col Laurenson, these are the numbers: 206 wheelchairs, 3 Wheelie Walkers, 59 School Chairs, 7 School Tables, 53 School Desks and 1 Teacher's Desk.  All into just the one 40' container! A huge Thank You! to all the people who helped: in addition to the people already mentioned, the following members rolled up their sleeves (in no particular order): Adrian Crowe, Geoff Croad, Al Sirovs (good to see you back, Al!), Mark Twyford, Larry Murray, President Mario Fairlie, Darrel Brown, Angus Miller, Andy Bell, Charles Thomasson, Doug Lipp and yours trulyPhoto (from left): Adrian Crowe, Andy Bell, Ann O'Connor, Mario Fairlie, Angus Miller.  More photos in the Photo Album - see right side)
Container loaded to the rim Franz Huber 2019-08-23 14:00:00Z 0

3 new members inducted into Surfers Sunrise

Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 17, 2019
At last Wednesday's meeting, three new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise: Karen Holland, whose vocation is 'Technical Services' (but she has just completed a law degree!), Ben Illes, who is in construction, and Doug Garvie, one of Southport's leading commercial leasing agents.
Congratulations and welcome to the club!
Photo (from left) Karen Holland, Ben Illes, President Mario Fairlie and Doug Garvie.
3 new members inducted into Surfers Sunrise Franz Huber 2019-08-16 14:00:00Z 0

People of Action alright!

Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 17, 2019
Last week, two of our members participated in the launch of our new Rotary "People of Action" Public Image Campaign, designed to expand our brand awareness and attract bicycle enthusiasts to Rotary, in Burleigh Heads. The Bicycle team members represent 4 of the largest Rotary clubs on the Gold Coast. People of Action alright!! [I'm getting tired just looking at those racing bikes! Ed.]
Photo (by DGE Andy Rajapakse) from left: Past District Governor Ross Smith of Burleigh Heads, Rowan Johnstone President of Gold Coast, Wayne Kirby President of Hope Island, and "our" District Treasurer Mark Twyford and Neil Thurlow of Surfers Sunrise.
People of Action alright! Franz Huber 2019-08-16 14:00:00Z 0

Councillor Dawn Crichlow on ABC Radio talks about our PODs

Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 12, 2019
This Monday morning (12/08/19), City Councillor Dawn Crichlow OAM was interviewed on ABC Radio 91.7 on the deplorable situation of the homeless people on the Gold Coast.  During that interview, she referred to the Rotary Surfers Sunrise 'POD', which Des La Rance and the volunteers at the Project Shed are building - refer to previous bulletins and articles on our website. It is well worth your while to listen to it: click here to access the broadcast (turn on your sound). The interview starts at Minute 4.18. 
Councillor Dawn Crichlow on ABC Radio talks about our PODs Franz Huber 2019-08-11 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Best Kept Secrets: RFE

Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 10, 2019
So, you want to travel overseas, yes?
And you are happy to stay in "affordable" accommodation (read: 3-star or worse hotels) and want to work out the hard way what is and what is not worth seeing? And you won't grumble about paying around $2,500 per couple for Travel Insurance, in case you'll need an ambulance when you're "over there" and your health fund - not to mention Medicare - won't cover you? Do I hear an emphatic "Nooo!!"?
So, here is the golden alternative - only available to Rotarians and their partners: Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE). Best if I give you a couple of details from my recent experience: I responded to an invite sent to all members by RFE Distric Chair, PDG Wendy Scarlett, to participate in an Exchange to Seattle and British Columbia. Against all expectations, my better half and I were accepted. After a couple of meetings and some online meetings, a team of 10 gathered at an agreed hotel in Seattle.  From then on, for the next two weeks, we were treated like royalty - hosted by 5 different Rotary Clubs and accommodated in private homes at all locations. The local Rotarians drove us to some of the 'secret' places of beauty
Rotary's Best Kept Secrets: RFE  Franz Huber 2019-08-09 14:00:00Z 0

Neil Thurlow rode in the MS Brissie to Bay 

Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 04, 2019
... the man is indefatigable...  Here is a picture of our club's Director for Public Relations, Neil Thurlow, in his brand new T-shirt, presented to him after cycling for a solid 100 Km in the MS Brissie to Bay event [I get tired just thinking about it! Ed.] . Neil raised some $1,320 sponsorship for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
'On ya, Neil! What a trooper!
[This actually happened a few weeks ago in June, but somehow, it slipped through your Editor's (electronic) fingers.  Simply can't trust those computers... ☺]
Neil Thurlow rode in the MS Brissie to Bay  Franz Huber 2019-08-03 14:00:00Z 0

Greetings from Lucy Thorburn in Minnesota

Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 26, 2019
Our Youth Exchange Student in Minnesota, Lucy Thorburn, has sent us some photos from her "Safari" tour in the USA. See Photo Album on the right. There are also some more in her Photo Album (see on right hand side). Here is her message:
Summer is in full swing here is Minneapolis. Our days are getting up to 33 degrees and very humid. About two weeks ago now I got back from my rotary East Coast trip. I left Minneapolis on June15th and drove
with 46 other rotary exchange students from both Minnesota and Wisconsin to the East Coast of America. We drove through 22 states and stop at 12 different city from St. Louis Illinois to New York City,
the trip was about 2 weeks long. By far this this trip has be the best part of my year so far. Some of the things we did ranged from River Rapiding in the Smoky Mountains, Line Dancing in Nashville, Touring a
Navy ship in Norfolk Virginia and visiting the city that never sleeps (and it’s true New York never sleeps). Now I’m back home enjoying the summer days with my friends on the lakes or hammocking in the

Hope all it well with everyone back home and that your not to cold too!
Regards, Lucy.
Greetings from Lucy Thorburn in Minnesota Franz Huber 2019-07-25 14:00:00Z 0

After crawling for 35 years...

Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 26, 2019
With almost 9000 Surfers Sunrise wheelchairs dispatched into all continents of the globe (except Antarctica), one could be forgiven for being a bit blasé... But a recent email including photo and video sent to us by Christopher Shadbolt of TTN Ministries (somewhere in Africa - sorry, will try to find out more info) brings the message home again with a thump.  The email subject was 'After crawling for 35 years'.  It depicts Regina, a young woman, now 39 years old, who is lame in her legs.  This is Chris' response to my query about her condition:
Hello Franz

I wish I could elaborate more on the condition but that reality of it is she has grown up and spent her  entire life in the village so actual details are non existent. At best it’s an educated guess.

This what we know: she is 39, the surviving twin just after her twin died she became lame (her family believe it is curse); my guess is polio that is what killed her (but that) is a guess.

But what I do know is she has never had the opportunity to have wheel chair, she moves by crawling- But beyond the disability it is clear she carries the pain of shame and has low self esteem and even lower self worth.

We thank Rotary and the team, the wheel chairs are so often a start to a different life.

For us we are in the process of see what funds we can raise for Regina and we are looking to purchasing a hand powered sewing machine (we have collection of materials etc and lady willing to travel to the village to train her) plus solar panel and battery with 12 volt clippers.

In short give her the capacity to generate funds by doing hair cuts (mainly for children) and sewing.

In His Grip
Christopher Shadbolt
Des La Rance also received a 'Thank you' message from the Rotary e-Club of South Africa One (see photo on right), thanking us for  our donation of 120 wheelchairs. There is little doubt that in addition to Regina mentioned in the story above, there are another 119 equally deserving disabled  people whose life will have substantially improved as a result of the work of our volunteers and Associate Members who are "slaving along" every Saturday at the Project Shed.
After crawling for 35 years... Franz Huber 2019-07-25 14:00:00Z 0

DG Harry Bolton & Shauna visit Surfers Sunrise

Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 22, 2019
At last Wednesday's combined meeting with Broadbeach and Gold Coast, we were honoured by District Governor Harry Bolton and his charming wife Shauna visiting Surfers Sunrise, coming all the way from Tenterfield. Rather than me trying to detail Harry's message, which really is applicable to all clubs, why not go to the District Website www.rotary9640.org and read Harry's inaugural and excellently edited DG Newsletter 'High Country Calling'? By the way: You should also have received in your Inbox if you are a registered member or have subscribed. In that edition, Harry also outlines his principal goals for the District. Read it! You'll be pleased to know that one of the goals we have already fulfilled: Shauna Bolton made the Malaria Vaccine Project at Griffith University her "DG's Partner" project.  Our club has made a donation of $1,000 - see photo of Shauna together with President Mario Fairlie. (Photo by Charles Thomasson).
DG Harry Bolton & Shauna visit Surfers Sunrise Franz Huber 2019-07-21 14:00:00Z 0

Gold Coast Passport Club Charter

Posted by Franz Huber
Hard on the heels of the new Varsity Lakes Club, chartered in September last year, another new club with a difference will be chartered next month: The Gold Coast Passport Rotary Club. "Passport"?  Well, your Editor is not entirely sure either what this entails, but looking at their website, it would appear that their members are all below the age of 45, and their meetings will be "Wine and Cheese" style.  The Charter night will be on Friday 16th August 2019, starting at 6:00 pm.  More details to follow.
[I wonder: will the wine and cheese be served on a small airline style tray...? ☺☺  Ed.]
Gold Coast Passport Club Charter Franz Huber 2019-07-15 14:00:00Z 0

"Late" Award presentations

Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 14, 2019
Last Saturday, President Mario Fairlie and Immediate Past President Jo Winwood presented three "late" awards to members who were unable to be present at our recent Changeover Luncheon in June.  Photos shown: 
From top left:
  • Larry Murray: Rotarian of the Year
  • Neil Thurlow: Quiet Achiever
  • Mitch Brown: Paul Harris Fellowship.
Congratulations to all, well deserved!
"Late" Award presentations Franz Huber 2019-07-13 14:00:00Z 0

Des La Rance awarded with Life Membership

Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 14, 2019
At last Saturday's meeting at the Project Shed, President Mario Fairlie and Immediate Past President Jo Winwood presented our Chief Designer, inventor and untiring worker, Des La Rance OAM, with a Life Membership.  Des of course is best known not only for his design and driving to fruition of our 'Wheelchairs from Bicycles' program (it started back in 1995) and various designs and completion of cyclone proof houses, schools in Phuket and Mataa'fa Village on Samoa, as well as the now famous 'House of Hope' in Apia, Samoa.
Congratulations, Des!
Photo above: President Mario, Des La Rance, Jo Winwood
Des La Rance awarded with Life Membership Franz Huber 2019-07-13 14:00:00Z 0

This week: Major Multi Club Project meeting

Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 14, 2019
This coming Wednesday 17th July we'll have the combined meeting with the Broadbeach Club, as previously advised.
When Mario Fairlie attended the President Elect Training Seminar (PETS), he met with the Presidents Elect of the Broadbeach and Gold Coast Rotary ClubsDr Graham Sivyer and Rowan Johnstone respectively.  Dr Graham indicated that he had identified a major need for a X-Ray Unit to be established in a hospital on the Espiritu Santo Island, in the Samna Province of Vanuatu. The hospital doesn't have one at all; travel to the nearest one that does have one takes over 5 hours. It needs more than just a X-Ray Unit: they don't have electrical power off the grid, so it needs to be solar / battery powered...
We all know that "there are no flies" on Des La Rance, our Chief Designer and Mover & Shaker at the Project Shed. He set to work and here is the preliminary draft.  To an extent, it is based on the very successful design of the Samoa Schools we have installed, with solar panels and batteries.  Next step is to obtain a District Grant as well as a Global Grant.  For the Global Grant, Mario will liaison with his friend who introduced him to Rotary, PDG Fred Hansen in Norway.
Jump over to the Photo Album Section on the right for more images of Des' design. 
This week: Major Multi Club Project meeting Franz Huber 2019-07-13 14:00:00Z 0

Our next major Project Shed item: a 'Pod'

Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 08, 2019
A what?? A Pod? Isn't that something to do with flowers? [No, Henrietta, nothing to do with pot plants. Nor with pot... ☺] Or with something that is detachable from an aircraft? 
No, it is a Mini-Accommodation on wheels for the homeless.  Our indefatigable President Mario Fairlie has had discussion with the equally indefatigable local City Councillor Dawn Crichlow about this potential new project which Surfers Sunrise might become involved with at our the Shed.  A picture tells a thousand words they say - so check out the attached image of the front page of a recent Gold Coast Bulletin article (you can expand it so you can actually read it - just press Ctrl + ). The estimated cost is $500 plus the bicycle to pull it.  And yes, Dawn will take it to the council.
At last Wednesday's meeting, Des La Rance gave us a good run down on how this will happen. See President Mario's message above.
Our next major Project Shed item: a 'Pod' Franz Huber 2019-07-07 14:00:00Z 0

Changeover 2019: The Awards

Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 27, 2019
A bit over a week ago, our club held its annual Changeover Luncheon, presided over by (now Past) President Jo Winwood and (now) President Mario Fairlie. The Changeover Report (there is a copy in the Download Section on the right for you, in case you didn’t get the specially bound first edition at the luncheon) outlines the various reports that were given, so I’ll refrain from rehashing it all. 
But on that occasion, we also had the presentation of the club's major annual awards to their well deserving recipients:
Rotarian of the Year:  Larry Murray. No doubt recognized by his peers for the sterling job he did taking on the role of running the Project Shed, organizing the Big Bike Sale, and keeping it all going.  Even though Larry is at pains to emphasize “I’m not the one in charge!” Yeah, right…
Quiet Achiever: Neil Thurlow. We mightn’t see him all that often at meetings, but be assured that Neil’s work behind the scenes, with his company Accent Print and Copy doing all the printing for our club as well as for a lot of the District, at no charge.
Doug Waller Trophy (also known as the ‘Just do it’ award: Angus Miller. Angus is of course also known as 'The Onion King', then man in charge of organizing not just the onions, but all the food and drinks and paraphernalia when we have a fundraising barbeque. The club owes you a big THANK YOU!
Fellowship Cup: Andy Bell. Well, what can I say? Mr Fellowship impersonated!
Changeover 2019: The Awards Franz Huber 2019-06-26 14:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellowship Award for Tanya Twyford

Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 27, 2019
It is always one of the big moments in Rotary, when a Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) is presented.  For those of you who are not yet familiar with this important recognition: For over 100 years now, Rotary International has run its own, highly recognized Charity, The Rotary Foundation (TRF). TRF is recognized not just within Rotary, but also by independent "valuers": Charity Navigator, the most recognized of these, has given TRF it's coveted (and very difficult to achieve) 4-star rating for over a decade in a row.  In a nutshell, it means that your hard earned money is not chewed up in Director's fees, "Administration Charges" (quotation marks deliberate), but ends up where it counts, be that the End Polio Now campaign, be that building clean water wells or sponsoring a Peace & Conflict Resolution student.  Click on the links above to find out more about TRF. 
But back to what a Paul Harris Fellowship is all about: Individuals can donate $US 1,000 to the foundation to receive a PHF, or to nominate another person  But so can any organization and to this effect, in addition to the awards shown in the story above, our club has selected an outstanding individual to be recognized: Tanya Twyford. While Tanya is not a member of our club (yet??), to no doubt her untiring work with the Wesley Mission makes her a highly deserving recipient. 
In recognition of their service to the club, Larry Murray, Andy Bell and Mitch Brown were also presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award. Congratulations to all!
Paul Harris Fellowship Award for Tanya Twyford Franz Huber 2019-06-26 14:00:00Z 0

Remember Jodie Chilby?

Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 15, 2019
Remember Jordy Chilby, the Design Student from
Woollongong who came all the way up to the Gold Coast to investigate how we make wheelchairs, using materials from discarded bicycles? (See Bulletin 6th February 2019)?  Well, she has finished it and - whaddya know?? - ended up on WIN News Illawarra! Ultimately, her wheelchair will end up in Tanzania...  Full story on our Facebook Page. How good is that!  Well done, Jordy!
Remember Jodie Chilby? Franz Huber 2019-06-14 14:00:00Z 0

Security System installed at the Project Shed

Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 08, 2019
Over the last weekend, our new security system was installed at our Project Shed. President Elect Mario Fairlie advises that Peter and Karen of PTS Security (the company has taken care of  Mario's home security for some 15 years) worked all day to get it professionally installed. Sensors which are located indoors, outdoors as well as on the Roller Doors (see picture right), are connected to a control panel and are ultimately monitored 24/7.
Security System installed at the Project Shed Franz Huber 2019-06-07 14:00:00Z 0

Surfers Sunrise Wheelchair Trust comes 'of age'

Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 08, 2019
Did you know that the Surfers Sunrise Wheelchair Trust was formally brought into existence exactly 21 years ago? Here is an extract from the last club bulletin of 1997/1998:
Our Club registers its own Charity Company
At last Wednesday’s Board Meeting, the formal go ahead was given to setup our own Charity Organization.  This was also necessary to ensure that the people donating to the Wheel Chair Project receive full Tax Deductibility, and that the materials purchased can be bought Salestax Exempt. [Yes, that was before GST! And yes, I still had hair then... ☺ Ed.] Jonathon Withers and Peter Presser have worked tirelessly to get this on the rails prior to 30 June.  The structure of the company will be that the members of Surfers Sunrise will always have total control of the Charity Company:  Its office bearers will always consist of both the current and past Presidents, plus another three directors as well as the Secretary and Treasurer are to be elected/confirmed annually to their positions by the club members.  The initial board of the Charity Company will be as follows:
President:                    Des La Rance
Vice President:            Phil Parry (Club President 1998/99)
Directors:                    Franz Huber (Immediate Past Club President)
                                    John Appleton
Secretary:                   Johathon Withers
Treasurer:                   Bob Harrison
The Wheelchair Trust has truly come of age! 21 years later: going stronger than ever!
Surfers Sunrise Wheelchair Trust comes 'of age' Franz Huber 2019-06-07 14:00:00Z 0

Visualize... Imagine a picture...

Posted by Franz Huber on May 24, 2019
OK, close you eyes… take a deep breath and regulate your heartbeat. Why? I’m about to ask you to deeply visualize. Visualize a bunch of close to 20 Surfers Sunrise Rotarians, Associate Members and their partners putting their shoulders to the wheel and their noses to the grinding stone at the Small Business Expo, where we were invited to assist and raise some badly needed funds. They were there the day before on Wednesday for “bump-in”. They were there on Thursday to man the Car Park to collect Gold Coin parking fees (as well as the equivalent in electronic form). They manned our display stand for the day, kindly provided to us by the Small Business Expo organizer, Paula Brand. And they were again there in force at the “bump-out” stage, removing and stacking up the tables, chairs and partitions.
The effort raised over $3,000, nearly double that of last year. Organizer Paula Brand (picture right) was so happy with our services that she increased the $500.00 fee for bump-in/out to $800.00 – just like that! Next year we’ll be moving the Sports & Leisure Centre next door, so it’s going to be bigger again!
So what is all that visualizing about? Simple: in the absence of your editor (he is still slightly damaged goods, albeit steadily improving), every one else was simply too busy to take photos..! ☺
A big Thank You! to all the participants and to Paula Brand and her team for inviting us!
Visualize... Imagine a picture... Franz Huber 2019-05-23 14:00:00Z 0

Surfers Sunrise joins Islamic Society for an Iftar

Posted by Franz Huber on May 22, 2019
Iftar?? In a nutshell: the Islamic Society of the Gold Coast has invited the members of our club to participate in a meal, celebrating 'breaking fast', at the location of the Gold Coast Mosque in Arundel. Here is an extract of their invitation:
"In this sacred month of Ramadan, we would like to take an opportunity to invite you and your team to have an Iftar (breaking fast) and dinner at the Islamic Society of Gold Coast....   ... In order to spread the spirit of goodwill and happiness, we look forward to your participation, we hope you will take part in the event to make it a great success."
But - but - but...  Isn't Rotary supposed to be non-denominational? Yes, indeed! But that doesn't mean that Rotarians are not permitted to practice their religion, or for that matter - as in this instance - communicate with members of other religions. Quite the opposite: The fourth Object Rotary is "The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service." (click here for the full text of the Objects of Rotary). The Islamic Society has in the past been instrumental of getting container loads of our wheelchairs into the war torn areas of Syria, Afghanistan etc. Yes, this is exactly what International Understanding is all about.
A fair number of our members and their partners attended (see picture, by Mark Twyford).  To no doubt, it is events of this nature which provide the means to break down barriers.  A sincere 'Thank you!' goes to the Islamic Society for the invitation.  
Surfers Sunrise joins Islamic Society for an Iftar Franz Huber 2019-05-21 14:00:00Z 0

Excellent Fellowship BBQ at the Twyfords on Saturday

Posted by Franz Huber on May 20, 2019
Last Saturday night, Mark & Tanya Twyford hosted a Surfers Sunrise bar-be-que at their home.  The deal was quite straight forward: Mark & Tanya did the "hunting and gathering" (read: we'll provide the meat) and the guest were expected to bring not just their own drinks, but to also provide a nice bottle of red for the hosts to enjoy on a quiet evening on another night. Very generous arrangement! ☺ Mark reports that the event was most enjoyable. 
No rest for the wicked though: as incoming District Treasurer, Mark was off at the crack of dawn to travel to Warwick to attend the first District Training Assembly!  A big Thank You! to Mark & Tanya for putting this on!  
Picture on left (by Mark Twyford): Mark, Sue Smith and President Jo enjoying the open fire in the court yard.  Ah, the old open fire just makes such a difference to the ambience!  More pictures on our Photo Album (see right side)
Excellent Fellowship BBQ at the Twyfords on Saturday Franz Huber 2019-05-19 14:00:00Z 0

Changeover Luncheon: Sunday 23rd June

Posted by Franz Huber on May 18, 2019
Set your diary (and your partner's) for this year's Changeover Luncheon:
President Jo Winwood and Elect Mario Fairlie invite all members, Associate members and their partners and friends to join them for our traditionally classy event.  This year it will be held at
Links Hope Island
Hope Island Road
Hope Island  4212
Price $30.00 per head for an elegant two course lunch.
Superb venue, easy parking.
Bookings have now closed. Please contact Graham Isaacson business@mainbeachpo.com if you require assistance.
Changeover Luncheon: Sunday 23rd June Franz Huber 2019-05-17 14:00:00Z 0

Greetings from our YE Student in the USA

Posted by Franz Huber on May 08, 2019
Update from Lucy:
"This month I haven't been doing much", Lucy Thorburn, our Youth Exchange Student in Minnesota, USA reports...  Besides attending school of course, just playing Badminton and building snowmen in April...  Here are a couple of pictures:  Left: Lucy (right) with some of her Badminton Team.  Below: Snow in April - possibly not an unusual occurrence in Minnesota!  Additional photos have been uploaded to the Photo Album Section on the right.
Greetings from our YE Student in the USA Franz Huber 2019-05-07 14:00:00Z 0

People of Action alright! Defibrillator training

Posted by Franz Huber on May 04, 2019
Rotarians are people of action alright!

Kerry Packer started it all, when in 1990 he financed the purchase of Defbrillators for all the NSW Ambulances, following his life being saved by just such a device. Recently, our club bought a Defibrillator which is now installed at our Project Shed. But how to use it? What do you actually do if somebody collapses in a heap and stops breathing, stops responding?
So, last Saturday, some 15 members and Associates underwent First Aid and Defibrillator training, provided by Cardiacsafethe supplier of the device.  We learned not only the principles of First Aid, but also how to deploy the Defibrillator. Let's hope we'll never need to use it, but as the frequently quoted saying goes: Hope is not a strategy!

By the way, did you know that the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest rises from 9% to approximately 75% if a Defibrillator is deployed within minutes?  And, by the way, cardiac arrests don't just happen to senior people.  It could just as easily happen to a competitor in a school footy game (or his dad getting over excited on the sidelines... ☺). 
Perhaps it's time for all of use to have a bit of a refresher on First Aid? The Australian Resuscitation Council has lots of information, guide lines and flow charts to assist.  jump to their website which has lots and lots of very practical and easy to follow stuff on the subject: https://resus.org.au/ And don't forget, the owner of Cardiacsafe, Tristan Hardwick, will speak at our club on 15th May.
People of Action alright! Defibrillator training Franz Huber 2019-05-03 14:00:00Z 0

Last Wednesday: Charles Thomasson on Election Finances

Posted by Franz Huber on May 03, 2019
It's quite bewildering trying to determine how the policies of the various political parties will affect one's own situation. If Franking Credits were removed, how will this affect the stock market and in particular that little nest egg you have squirreled away over the past several decades of working 12 hour days? What about the removal of Negative Gearing? What about the halving of the Capital Gains Tax discount? And most importantly: Whom can you trust??
One of the seldom mentioned benefits of belonging to a Rotary Club is that quite often there is an expert in a particular subject right among the members! Not only is he or she there, but you can be reasonably certain that trust is not misplaced. So, last Wednesday our very own Charles Thomasson, who is a partner at Wilson's Advisory, gave us a good run down on the major items one has to consider.  Keeping strictly within the boundaries (Rotary is NOT involved in politics), Charles addressed the major aspects. As he is, by law, compelled to do, Charles also made it quite plain that anything he says is general advice, not specific to anyone's personal situation: Here is the official wording:
Charles gave the example of how a portfolio of an investor with a ‘Balanced’ Risk Profile could look. A risk profile is an assessment of an investor’s tolerance to investment risk. It is a key aspect of portfolio construction and is critical to determining appropriate asset allocation, recommended investments and target returns. The Wilsons Risk Profile is attached. The advice contained in this document is general advice. It has been prepared without taking account of any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs.
So, how will the stock market react?  "Who knows?" was Charles' response, "but it is unlikely to make a big difference, simply because the policies of all parties have been out there for months beforehand, and generally the eventualities are already calculated in."  Of course, there was lots and lots of other questions answered. Questions kept coming, all where competently answered.  What? Sorry, you should have been there yourself!  But, once the dust has settled, Charles promised to come back and give us an assessment of what will likely be happening once we know who will (or attempt to run) our wonderful country for the next three years. Stay tuned!
On the Download Section (right hand side), you will find Wilson's Risk Profile summary.  Of course, you can contact Charles directly: Charles.Thomasson@wilsonsadvisory.com.au
Last Wednesday: Charles Thomasson on Election Finances Franz Huber 2019-05-02 14:00:00Z 0

Larry & Des demonstrate at the Blokes Lounge

Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 26, 2019
Blokes Lounge? Yeah, I've never heard of them before either...  ☺ According to their website, this organization "offers a friendly and welcoming environment where blokes from all walks of life can get together…".  Yup, there's no mention of blokettes, or Sheila's... 
Last week, Larry Murray and Des La Rance visited one of their meetings and not only demonstrated our wheelchairs project, but made them assemble one, which they successfully accomplished in 12 minutes flat! Larry, I'm sure with a tear in his eye, lamented that our club was short of finances and a quick passing of the hat raised a very creditable $333.70.  There is no evidence who donated the 70 cents! Thank you to all the blokes!
Larry & Des demonstrate at the Blokes Lounge Franz Huber 2019-04-25 14:00:00Z 0

The Small Business Expo just two weeks away

Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 24, 2019
Just two weeks to go till the Gold Coast Business Expo on 23rd May. Surfers Sunrise Rotary will have a stand as well, where visitors can learn all about Rotary and in particular about Surfers Sunrise.  We'll be collecting business cards with the aim to obtain contact details of people who might fit the required personality of a Rotarian.
And, hey, check out this flyer - download the full file from the Download Section on the right: they have some great speakers! Talking about powerful females...!  And this is just one part from noon to 1:30 pm!
The Small Business Expo just two weeks away Franz Huber 2019-04-23 14:00:00Z 0

Last week: Tahlia Fenech & Jacqui Wark on RYLA

Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 18, 2019
What a refreshing experience last Wednesday to hear Tahlia Fenech and Jacqui Wark speak about the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)! Tahlia, who works with the PCYC's Project Booyah! was sponsored by our club to attend RYLA last February. Jacqui is one of the leaders and organizers. As the name would suggest, the week long event is designed to promote personal and professional development, goal setting and communication through a range of inspirational speakers, team building exercises and leadership training. In our District, it is held every year in late January or early February.
The girls started the presentation off with a video, showing the awardees enjoying every minute by participating in activities as straight forward as sliding down a slippery water slide to team activity of constructing a raft and then “racing” it across the pond. You can catch a bit of that video on the RYLA website. Obviously, everyone is having a ball! Your editor remarked that, from the video, it would appear that it is simply a giant holiday camp?  “Far from it!” both the girls exclaimed, “I have repeatedly been taken way out of my comfort zone” Tahlia outlined. "One of the most beneficial items was to learn how to believe in myself" she said.
There are numerous activities which not only stretch the brain, but the various Keynote and motivational speakers really help the awardees to set goals and learn how to achieve these goals. 
RYLA, now a program run in numerous Rotary Districts throughout Australia and internationally, is truly home grown: it was originally started in Queensland, as far back as 1959.
Photo (from left): Our club's Chair of Youth Service, Tania Laird, Jacqui Wark and Tahlia Fenech. 
Last week: Tahlia Fenech & Jacqui Wark on RYLA Franz Huber 2019-04-17 14:00:00Z 0

Simon Brook & Jodie McClintock have a baby!

Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 15, 2019
This has not happened at Surfers Sunrise in decades: Simon Brook & Jodie McClintock are proud parents! Simon reports that this Monday morning at 07:05 am, Jodie gave birth to Lewis Lee, a healthy baby boy, 7 lb 13. Mum and Bub are doing well, and dad is slowly coming off the high of his life... smiley.
Our hearty congratulations to you both! 
Simon Brook & Jodie McClintock have a baby! Franz Huber 2019-04-14 14:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation - maximum effect

Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 07, 2019
You may be considering supporting a worthwhile charity?  And often, you just wonder how much of your hard earned money actually ends up at the "end user", rather than being gobbled up by Administration and Director's Fees? With some 55,000 Charities in Australia alone, whom can you trust?  Some, even the major ones, have outrageous overheads.  So it is comforting to know that, with less than 3% going in Administration Expenses,  The Rotary Foundation has again scored the coveted 4-Star rating by Charity Navigator, for the 11th time in a row!  If you would like to donate, and at the same time ensure that your donation is fully tax deductible, and is allocated against our Rotary Club you can do so directly from our District 9640 Website! If you allocate your donation to the Annual Fund, it means that part of your donation ultimately will come back to our District in the form of a District or Global Grant! Click here - it is plain and simple!
The Rotary Foundation - maximum effect Franz Huber 2019-04-06 14:00:00Z 0

The Defibrillator is installed!

Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 06, 2019
We have purchased a defibrillator for our hard working volunteers at the Project Shed! It was installed this week, and Des La Rance sorted out the mounting in a conspicious place. Professional training day on Saturday 4th May, 08:00 am. We have purchased a defibrillator for our hard working volunteers at the Project Shed! It was installed this week - - professional training day on Saturday 4th May - so would you kindly refrain from having a heart attack till then! 😊😊o would you kindly refrain from having a heart attack till then!  smiley wink
The Defibrillator is installed! Franz Huber 2019-04-05 14:00:00Z 0

Lucy Thorburn takes the plunge - at freezing temp!

Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 06, 2019
First feedback from our Youth Exchange Student in Minnesota, USA.  Never mind freezing temperatures - Lucy Thorburn takes the plunge into freezing water anyway - all for a good cause! Click here for video on our Facebook Page!

Good morning this is Lucy Thorburn, I wanted to send you a like update on my exchange so far it’s been a crazy two months already. So it start with the first week of me being here in Minnesota we had the Polar vortex temperatures of -38 degrees celsius, that week school was cancelled four days in a row due to the crazy cold temps! We’ve also had lots of snow this winter so I’ve been skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating and snowball fights with friends. I’ve already met some really awesome people, my rotary club here is very impressed with everything you guys do with your wheelchair program, they started a program two years back in India to help girls get an education, right now they are funding around nine all girls schools and have help thunderous of girls in the last two years!

A couple of my friends and I participated in The Polar Plunge which was a fundraiser for Special Olympic (it’s pretty much jumping into frozen lake water temps below 0, craziness I know!) We ended up raising $1,900 as a team, I’ll leave some pictures and videos down below.

I’m also playing badminton at school for my after school spring sports with a couple of friends. My friend Lucy and I are playing doubles ( and yes everyone has a little laugh that we are both named Lucy). We made the varsity which is the best team to be on so we are really happy about that! 

Photo on left: Menolly (host sister), Lucy Thorburn, Kelly (host mum), Brennan (host brother( and Bryce (host dad).  More photos in Photo Album - see right side.
Lucy Thorburn takes the plunge - at freezing temp! Franz Huber 2019-04-05 14:00:00Z 0

Last week's Guest Speaker: Des La Rance

Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 04, 2019
He is the inventor, designer and moving force behind our major International project, the wheelchairs, the schools and the orphanages our club has delivered into all continents bar Antarctica! It's now some 24 years ago since Des visited Fiji, where he witnessed crippled and disabled children literally dragging themselves through the dirt, and decided that something needed to be done about it. Two years later, the project was brought to the attention of Ray Martin, at the time the host of 'A Current Affair', who promptly agreed to send a reporter and film crew, and accompany us to deliver the first 10 wheelchairs to Fiji (see my report on our website, under the Wheelchairs Tab).
The original wheelchairs not only recycled part of the frame, but also the wheels.  As their tyres would go flat, this turned out to be not the optimal way, so new wheels and BMX style tyres with solid inner tubes have been deployed since. Since then, almost 9,000 wheelchairs have been manufactured from old bicycles, plywood and other components, at a cost of just $100.00 each.  The most recent batch of 280, loaded into a 40 foot container, is destined for Bangladesh.
For many people, an achievement of this magnitude would do nicely, thank you.  Not Des: visiting Vanuatu, he saw a family living under a bit of corrugated sheeting. "Something needed to be done about that" - the typical decision.  Des designed a low cost house, which not only was easily built, flat packed for shipment in a container, but was also designed to be cyclone proof (and verified to be, by our Charter President and Civil Engineer Bill Moir). From this design emanated a design for a school to accommodate children who were orphaned in the Tsunami that devastated Indonesia and Thailand on Boxing Day of 2004.  Just a few years later, in 2007, a tsunami hit Samoa.  Our club, using a similar design, manufactured, supplied and installed a Primary School in the Matafaa Village on the south coast of Samoa. This was followed by a massive project, in concert with the Samoa Victims Support Group, to supply and erect an orphanage in Apia, followed by delivering a second classroom in 2016.
So where to from here? No rest for the wicked, as they say: President Elect Mario Fairlie has had discussions with other Rotary Clubs in the Surfers Paradise cluster to supply a Radiology Unit to a hospital in Vanuatu. "They have the hospital, but no X-Ray Unit" Des explained. "No flies on him", as the common Australian colloquialism says: Des' design is ready. It is similar to the last Samoa school, based on a 40 foot container, which ultimately becomes a major structural component of the building, with 50 mm Refrigeration Panels, wooden frames, cyclone proof... 
Last week's Guest Speaker: Des La Rance Franz Huber 2019-04-03 14:00:00Z 0

The weekend that was the District Conference

Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 01, 2019
What an event! Starting on Friday and going through till Sunday midday, the Lismore Conference was - in simple terms: hugely successful. I'm still buzzing, almost suffering from 'Sensory Overload'. Some people claim that a Rotary District Conference is... soooo booooring.  Got news for you! Visualize the start of Friday night's dinner. A priest is called up to the rostrum to say grace. The MC warns him that he has no more than five minutes.... FIVE minutes??? For saying grace?  Groan, here we go, it's going to be a long night...  Well, take this from a guy who is not the most religious person you've ever met: in all the 3 score and ten years of my life, I've NEVER enjoyed the saying of grace as much! Glenn Samuel (formerly from Mudgeeraba Rotary Club and is now a minister in Lismore) presented grace in the format of a humorous poem. What's the...?  Sorry, you should have been there yourself!  But if you'd like a copy: let me know.
I've written an article in the most recent issue of the District Governor's newsletter.  Click on this link to access it
Ah, almost forgot: Surfers Sunrise won the Best Club Communications Award (picture right) angel.  And did I mention that the Rotary International President's Representative's (RIPR) - he's from Texas - speech was presented by singing it in Country Song style, complete with guitar? RIPPER alright!
The weekend that was the District Conference Franz Huber 2019-03-31 14:00:00Z 0

Last week's Guest Speakers: The Blenders

Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 25, 2019
Originally, when the group formed in 1988, they were called 'The Banana Blenders'...  Introduced by David Bonifant (Rotary Club of Broadbeach), four members of the famous A Capella choir joined us: Barry Mallett, life member (over 20 years), Roy Tomkinson - life member (since foundation in 1988),  Tony Egan and Rusty Lush, a former member of Surfers Sunrise. Roy started the show with a Video when they appeared on 'Australia's Got Talent' - click here to view it.  Even Karl Sandilands loved it! Roy followed up with a history of The Blenders over the past 30-odd years.  Today, the group has around 50 - 60 members. You can find a lot of information on their website - click here.

A Barbershop Quartett must strictly follow the rules of the Australian Association of Barbershop Harmony Convention.  Bit the choir progressed - to one of its pinnacles of achievement, appearing at the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2018.  "Every year, the songs get more complicated, but on the other hand, the learning materials also have become so much better, due to them being IT based", Roy advised.  And it's not just voice, tonal and vowel matching.  These days Choreography much comes into it too!

Barry Mallett followed up with a very interesting metaphor, comparing Barbershop style singing to Rugby... What?? Come again?  Yes, Barry called it "Rugby without the contact"... Further, learning songs is good for the brain - not to be underestimated, as - as one gets older - anything that improves brain power is good for you! "Singing Barbershop Harmony sort of makes your bones vibrate," Barry said, "it's similar to guided meditation, or [censured]..." [sorry, you should have been there... Ed.]  Reams of questions resulted in us literally running out of time.  What a pity!  An actual performance of one of their quartets would have put the cherry on the cake!
Last week's Guest Speakers: The Blenders Franz Huber 2019-03-24 14:00:00Z 0

Thank you from John Hall

Posted by Franz Huber
We received a lovely note from John Hall who recently sacrificed his Goldi Silver Locks for a good cause to support research into Leukemia (see last week's bulletin).  Since it is on a dark blue background, which makes it a bit hard to read from a photo, even in a large format. So, here is the text: 
Surfers Sunrise Rotary - To President Joanne
I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the generous donation you gave me with my recent sponsorship for the Greatest Shave.  Your donation helped me to reach my goal.
The reason this charity is so close is because my wife recently passed away due to cancer and we have had a few friends who passed with the same
By fundraising for the World's Greatest Shave, I have helped give families facing cancer the emotional and practical support they need and fund vital research to help more people survive. 
Kind regards
(signed) John Hall.
Thank you from John Hall Franz Huber 2019-03-24 14:00:00Z 0

Massive injection of funds into our District projects

Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 24, 2019
PDG Graham Jones outlined the fantastic achievement of the huge project our District supports at Griffith University: The development of a Malaria Vaccine.  Our Rotary District so far has raised over $500,000.  The program has now proceeded to the human trials stage.  And, to give the project a serious push up, here comes our local member for McPherson and Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, with the news that the Federal Government is topping this up with a further $500,000!
But wait, there's more!  Graham also advised that the program originally started by the Rotary club of Maclean (and now taken over by the District) into Human Brain Research has been given a major boost via a Global Grant by The Rotary Foundation of $90,000.  This will permit a second scholarship at the University of Queensland, specifically supporting the study of Parkinson's Disease. A fund has been setup within the Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS), which enjoys Deductible Gift Recipient (e.g. Tax Deductability) status. It is named The Rotary Australia Benevolent Society, or short RABS.  Graham is looking to our club to chair the group in our District.
Massive injection of funds into our District projects Franz Huber 2019-03-23 14:00:00Z 0

Best kept Secret: Botanical Gardens

Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 17, 2019
Last Wednesday, Ray Higgs and I visited the Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens to participate in one of their guided walks 'Indigenous Use of Bush Foods and Flora'.  So what?? I hear you ask, what's that got to do with Rotary? Well, one could say Ray and I were practicing good ol' fellowship (remember: this is one of Rotary's major objectives!), but most of you would not even be aware - or have forgotten - that a number of the Gold Coast based Rotary Clubs had a hand in the establishment of the Botanical Gardens. In the early years of the 21st Century, Past Rotary International Treasurer Brian Knowles instigated concerted efforts for local Rotary Clubs to be involved, and a number of planting days were organized. Over the last 15 - 20 years, those small tubers have grown into quite decent trees and shrubs!  Rotary is very much there too, with a Rotary Education Pavilion.
Back to the guided walks: honestly, despite your Editor's genuine interest in the Australian Bush, I had no idea these walks existed. And there are more, several times every week! Butterfly Walks, Native Bee Walks... Click on this link to get directly to the Friends of the Gardens own website..  And, either before and/or afterwards, have a nice cuppa at the Friends of the Gardens Centre.  And, as I couldn't, try to resist the urge to buy a jar of one of their special jams...
Best kept Secret: Botanical Gardens Franz Huber 2019-03-16 14:00:00Z 0

This coming Wednesday 20th March: The Blenders

Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 16, 2019

A meeting with a difference: pure entertainment! The world famous Barbershop A Capella group 'The Blenders' will join us! Can't miss that!

And to make it even more interesting: PDG Graham Jones will drop in to bring us up to date on the Malaria Vaccine Project our district is partnering with Griffith Uni.

Choose from the club's Buffet or from their extensive breakfast menu, or just have a cuppa.  Note: order in the bistro downstairs, then take your meal to the upstairs restaurant and enjoy the fellowship!

This coming Wednesday 20th March: The Blenders Franz Huber 2019-03-15 14:00:00Z 0

Surfers Sunrise to participate in Small Business Expo

Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 11, 2019
At last week's meeting, Paula Brand, the head of the Gold Coast Small Business Expo, gave us a brief presentation on the project.  As we were last year, we have again been invited to run a Fundraiser by setting up the day before and, on the day, run the Car Parking and, at the end of the day, take the tables and partitions down.  The Expo will run on 23rd  May 2019, so put that date, as well as the 22nd May into your diary now!
But this year, we have also been invited to run a booth ourselves! What a terrific opportunity for membership promotion!
You can find more information on the event on their website: www.smallbusinessexpos.com.au (don't be confused by the registration page popping up in your face - just close it to see the website itself.)
Surfers Sunrise to participate in Small Business Expo Franz Huber 2019-03-10 14:00:00Z 0

The Lismore District Conference starts this week!

Posted by Franz Huber
The conference starts this Friday, 29th March! Your Editor and his better half will go down on Friday for the three days and so are - at this point in time - 4 couples from our club attending. Registrations close this coming Sunday 24th March!
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.  Note: Registrations close this Sunday, 24th March.
The Lismore District Conference starts this week! Franz Huber 2019-03-10 14:00:00Z 0

23rd March 2019: Guess who is coming to Dinner?

Posted by Gus Miller on Mar 11, 2019
Saturday week, 23rd March.  Please register your interest with Gus Miller.
This is a great social evening with an air of mystery as neither the guests nor hosts know who is attending, respectively who will host. Gus needs about 4 volunteer hosts, but regardless of whether you are hosting or not, he will need final numbers of attendees so we can make sure that we have enough hosts. Note: it is an 'impromptu, minimal fuss' affair: if you are hosting and you are an accomplished chef and want to show it off: slave over a hot stove and cook a three course dinner! At the other end of the scale, simply organize some take-away pizza.  Or anything in-between!  The principal purpose is to have a great night!
For those who have not attended one of these dinners before: Firstly, you will all gather at a particular address for a drink & nibble. The hosts' address for the evening will then be drawn up, who will then make their way to that address for the dinner. Each host will have nominated the number of guests they would like, but they will not know who will come to dinner, nor will the guests know who else will be at that given address. The food is provided by the hosts, for which the guests will contribute $15 per head and provide their own drinks [and perhaps have a glass to spare for the host too..! Ed] .  The menu is entirely at the whim of the host, anything from caviar to pizza.
Gus needs to know who will be participating by the next meeting on the 20th March. Please register your interest directly with Gus Miller 0418 886 422 or email agipmiller@gmail.com.
23rd March 2019: Guess who is coming to Dinner? Gus Miller 2019-03-10 14:00:00Z 0

Visitors from Wisconsin, USA at the Project Shed

Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 02, 2019
Last Saturday morning, we had the pleasure to welcome a Rotary Friendship Exchange team from District 6250 Wisconsin, USA to our Project Shed.  The team is currently on the last segment of their two week tour of our District 9640, which officially ends on 04th March.  Photo above shows the team at the Project Shed, with their hosts from the Rotary Club of Gold Coast, Parkwood and Runaway Bay. 
'Rotary Friendship Exchange'?? It's just one of the many marvelous facets of Rotary.  How does it work?  Well, in essence, a team from one District is hosted by another District, and then, a few months later, vice-versa.  [Your Editor and his better half will participate in a team going to the very north of the USA (Seattle) and British Columbia in June/July, and in turn we'll host their team in early November.] The team members pay their own individual costs (flights, restaurants, tours etc), but are accommodated by their host clubs.  Interested? A team will visit Brazil in 2020. Click here for more details.
Update: Just a day later, we have received feedback from one of the members of the group, Tom Kaminski, reaching out to his contacts, both in Australia as well as in the US, who may be able to assist on obtaining materials at special prices and getting the wheelchairs to their ultimate destination.  Yes, that is the worldwide network of Rotary! 
Visitors from Wisconsin, USA at the Project Shed Franz Huber 2019-03-01 14:00:00Z 0

Excellence in Workmanship Awards: great event!

Posted by Franz Huber on Feb 22, 2019
Last Wednesday evening, we had dinner at the Quality Hotel (Lone Star Tavern) in place of our usual breakfast meeting. The event was to present an Excellence in Workmanship Award to six well deserving people.   The following awards were presented - from left in photo above:
Chad Elger, Duty Manager at Club Helensvale and Luke Wade, Head Greenkeeper at Club Helensvale with sponsor: Gerald East
Sponsor Mark Twyford with Kate Hooper, Manager of Gold Coast Pistol Club 
Shane Beacall, Operations Manager at Mission Australia with sponsor Tanya Twyford
Bonnie Graham, Service Manager at Frizelle's Southport, sponsor Col Laurenson and Chris Tompkins, Manager of Aus-Tech Electrical Services
More photos in the Photo Album Section on the right.  All photos by Charles Thomasson.
Excellence in Workmanship Awards: great event! Franz Huber 2019-02-21 14:00:00Z 0

Want to support the flood victims in Townsville?

Posted by Franz Huber
Whenever those horrendous weather or fire events happen, numerous appeals are being launched, by major organizations all the way down to the very small.  And frequently, one wonders where your hard earned money donation will actually end up. I recall having read reports of millions of dollars that still sat in somebody's bank account two and three years later, for example in relation to the Victorian bush fires a few years ago.  Well, this one you can be assured of will find its target: RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) has launched a national projectThey are working together with the Rotary Club of Townsville South West (District 9550) 
Project Number 75-2018-19: North Queensland Flood Relief Appeal
Description: A Relief Project to accept donations for those affected by the 2019 North Queensland Floods.
Sponsored by: RAWCS National
On-line donations can be made through the following link: