Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 19, 2018
On Wednesday,  21st February 2018, we'll present Pride of Workmanship Awards to several worthy recipients. It will be an evening meeting in lieu of our usual breakfast.  Several nominations have already been received, but if you have anyone in mind who deserves this award, simply contact Vocational Services Chair Richard Smith and provide him with details.
Surfers Paradise RSL Club
9 Bay Street
Surfers Paradise  QLD  4217
(you can park in the Bruce Bishop Car Park across the road)
6:30 pm for 7:00 pm start
$20.00 per person, includes dinner
Pride of Workmanship Award Evening Franz Huber 2018-01-18 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
At last Wednesday's meeting, Assistant Governor David Baguley presented Past President (2016/17) Simon Brook with two banners from The Rotary Foundation (TRF) for our club's special achievements in his year. Our club was recognized for punching well above our weight when it comes to supporting The Rotary Foundation. Quoting from a letter from TRF's chief Philanthropy Officer, of a total of 35,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide, we are one of just 1,573 (4.5%) clubs scoring in the Top Three Highest in Per Capita Annual Giving, and one of only 5,034 (14%) clubs worldwide to attain status as an Every Rotarian, Every Year club. And we are one of only 4,136 clubs (12%) to become a 100% Foundation Giving Club. To achieve this, the club must achieve an average of giving US$ 100.00, with every member personally contributing US$ 25.00 or more to TRF.  Well done, fellows!
Surfers Sunrise gains international recognition Franz Huber 2018-01-18 14:00:00Z 0
RI President Elect Barry Rassin’s Theme for 2018/19 Franz Huber 2018-01-17 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Last Wednesday, in addition to the AGM, we enjoyed a brief presentation by Gigi, our Youth Exchange Student from the Netherlands.  We are "sharing" Gigi with the Broadwater/Southport club where she has been hosted for the past 6 months. Gigi showed us a number of slides from her home country: Tulips, dykes... Dad is in business, he is a Life Saver, Mum is a Mesologist (yes, I needed to look it up myself! ☺) and both are amateur acrobats...  
Your editor has patiently been waiting all week to receive Gigi's report, but...   Here is a photo provided by her host, our District Youth Exchange Chairman Chris Thurtell, who organized her a part time job at Seaworld.
Last week's Guest Speaker: our new Exchange Student Gigi Franz Huber 2018-01-14 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 13, 2018
Our spies are everywhere:  Last Saturday, our Wheelchair Trust Chairman Daryl Sanderson was sought out by a couple of attractive young ladies at The Shed. Daryl happily outlined to them the details of our various projects of course. Where did they come from? Your intrepid reporter understands that they are running a cooking class in the Community Centre next door and wanted to come over to check what all those interesting men did over there! Could we start some sort of a joint venture here?
(Photo by Col Laurensen)
A couple of attractive young ladies walked into a shed Franz Huber 2018-01-12 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 05, 2018
First 'real' meeting of the year this coming Wednesday 10th January at the Southport SLSC Club: AGM, President Elect Jo Gorman will be confirming the incoming Board and Committee positions for 2018/19, as well as forward planning, which, without doubt, also includes preparation for Darrell Brown's District Conference from 9 - 11th March at Seaworld, just 8 weeks away. We need you to be there! 
This coming Wednesday: AGM and Planning Meeting Franz Huber 2018-01-04 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 05, 2018
As is traditional for Surfers Sunrise, our first meeting of the year is a social event. This year we met at the famous Bumbles Cafe in Surfers Paradise (by the way: their home backed Fig / Nut bread toast is divine!) Good opportunity for our President Elect Jo Gorman to show off her sparkling new Engagement Ring: Tony proposed to her at Christmas! Oh, how sweet... ☺
Last Wednesday we had a social get together at Bumbles Franz Huber 2018-01-04 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 05, 2018
The Angus & Virginia Miller clan has a new heirloom: a ticket belonging to their family was the winning entry for Kerrie Brown's hand embroidered pillow. Kerrie selected ROMAC – Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children as her 'District Governor's Partner Project'. ROMAC flies severely disfigured or injured children to Australia for surgery.  All work by the surgeons and volunteers is provided at no charge. Now you normally expect District Governors to ask for money. This time expect the unexpected. We are giving you something for money. Fair deal? I hope so. Kerrie is aiming to raise $25,000 for an operation to save the life of a child. We call it “Stitches for Stitches”. She has made 54 embroidered cushions - one for every club in the district. Every one is unique. There are 10 hours minimum in each cushion and about $50 of material.
Kerrie Brown's cushion goes to the Miller clan Franz Huber 2018-01-04 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 16, 2017
It might have been a few moons ago when Ross Eastgate graduated from Duntroon and was assigned to the Signals Corps. Still, his dedication to his (now former) profession of being a soldier and an Army officer becomes quite clear when he states that, "when Whitlam withdrew from Vietnam, it was devastating for us". How come? Because this would, in the view of the recent graduates, rob them of the chance of seeing "real" action. But that didn't stop Ross being despatched to a number of different overseas postings.  For example, the Middle East, Jerusalem to be specific, with the UN peace keeping forces.  It was called an "Interim Force"...  but they are still there!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $275.00

Venue: Bornhoffen PCYC

Chair: Dr Stewart Hase:
0417 255 995

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

Date: 20th to 27th January 2017

Cost $550

Venue: Tyalgum Ridge Retreat

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

Tyalgum Ridge Retreat
783 Tyalgum Road
Tyalgum NSW 2484

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

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

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

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

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

Those who knew Bruce well are invited to speak briefly about those shared experiences. Should you wish to participate, please advise Jim Hawkings, Rotary Club of Broadbeach, in advance by return email so that I can pass that onto Bruce's daughter Fiona who is organizing the service.
Jim Hawkins jhawkins@abcom.com.au
Memorial Service for the "Father" of our club Franz Huber 2016-02-13 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber
Tania Laird advised that a fundraising event is organized to assist her Stepdaughter Shirani who is suffering from Breast Cancer(picture on right, with one of her three children Marli). The event will be held on Saturday, 27th February at Currumbin Surf Club.  $40.00 per person, finger food provided and the 'Dash' referred to in the poster is all about a beach race. (For you to place a bet on, not to race yourself.. ☺)  Download the full poster from the Download section on the right!
Tania's Fundraiser for Breast Cancer victim Franz Huber 2016-02-13 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 24, 2016
Assistant Governor David Baguley gave a brief presentation of a major multi club project his club, the Rotary Club of Gold Coast, is planning: The Gold Coast Ramble.  "I am a great believer in not re-inventing the wheel", David stated.  Perusing the pages of the Australian Rotary Magazine 'Rotary Down Under', he came across a project run by the Rotary Club of Mill Point in Perth WA.  He contacted the club, went over to have a personal look at it and was very impressed by what he saw.
The Perth Ramble is a multi club project, designed to be a Treasure Hunt and 4 hours family adventure.  Teams are encouraged to wear costumes, corporate teams are invited to compete.  The event is brought up to the modern era by running an App so people can get the questionaires via their tablets or smart phones at each station.  And just to ensure that there is no cheating: two teams arriving at the same time will not receive the same set of questions... The target audience is 19 to 49 year olds.  Sponsorship is available at each station, so local Restaurants and businesses can have a table setup right in front of their venue.
Over the past 5 years the event has been run, it has raised over $300,000.  Not to be sneezed at!  You can get more information about the Perth Ramble from this address:  www.perthramble.com.
Major Fundraising Event: 'Gold Coast Ramble' Franz Huber 2016-01-23 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 17, 2016
"Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration" said Thomas Edison.  You are running (or have been running) a company.  Over the years, you have incubated numerous ideas on how to present your goods and services in a better way, how to make it more attractive, easier to buy.  You have motivated and convinced your fellow directors and staff.  Yes! You have experience in stuff like this!  This Wednesday, it is this very one percent we are looking for: the inspiration.
But hey, isn't fundraising the job of the Fundraising Director? No! The job of the Fundraising Director is to coordinate the project.  To come up with the project and to put it on the map is the job of every member.  To then be involved is the job of every member.  To see it through is the job of every member.
So what is your big idea for a Big Project for 2016? Sure, we'll have a few sausage sizzles, the traditional tin rattles for Polio Plus etc.  But that won't cut the mustard.  To support the projects and charities we want to help, we need a new major fundraiser that brings it in in the multiples of $10,000.  The Rotarians of Surfers Sunrise have always been of the maverick kind.  So, time to put on your thinking cap as you read this.  Time to think outside of the square. Time to jot down a few notes to present it to your fellow members on Wednesday.
See you there!
This Wednesday: The big Fundraising Brainstorm Franz Huber 2016-01-16 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 14, 2015
"The children are our future."  Not necessarily the most original statement, in particular if you include politician's speeches over the past 100 years. (Remember a certain leader declaring that "no child will live in poverty by 1990"?)  Not original, until you connect to John's context: he refers to the families of the perpetually unemployed. "There are families which have, for the past 4 or 5 generations, experienced total unemployment, meaning that no member of the family ever worked." John declared. Strong stuff, almost unimaginable for Rotarians who, traditionally, would come from an environment of family internal motivation, fostering of values, encouragement to make a difference, and - most importantly - ensuring that their children become professionally successful. "All it needs is for one child to break the cycle. "He/she will get a job, will be able to afford things, will gain recognition, will gain self confidence". Simple recipe, but not necessarily simple to implement!
ETC, a Registered Training Organization (RTO) contracts to the Government to obtain employment for - yes - the unemployed.  And unemployables. Yet, "after gaining the contract" to start on 01/07/2015, within 6 weeks they had 7,500 "clients" in employment.  Pretty impressive, huh? They research prospective employers, prior to their client obtaining an interview.  That way, they generate some 40-50 vacancies per week. Interestingly, there appears to be a shortage of potential workers for the Commonwealth Games in 2018, in particular in the area of Security.  So they conduct training in these areas - common sense really, but perhaps not for some departments.
"Schools are grooming students for University rather than for work" John declared.  "If their students don't perform in the NAPLAN test, the school loses out." Hmmm... interesting to hear from the "unlistened to" side, from the people who are at the coal face of the real world at the other end of the scale.  I never cease to be amazed at the breadth and width of speakers that one can listen to in Rotary!
You can gain much more information about ETC from their website: http://www.etcltd.com.au where you will also find information about their services for disabled people, their Community Support Fund, advice for Small Business and much more.
Last week's Guest Speaker: John Duthie - ETC Employment Franz Huber 2015-12-13 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 07, 2015
Following hard on the October report, Gabrielle sent us her November epistle:  Handball, 1000 Km rowing race, Bratwurst and Reibekuchen, Weihnachts Markt...  download it from the Download section on the right now!
Read Gabrielle Burey's latest report from Germany Franz Huber 2015-12-06 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 25, 2015
I can't help the feeling that, without some gentle persuasion by our resident Clerk of the Course Ian Mayberry, we may not have got anywhere near to hear this man speak. The archetypal engineer, Steve would have to be the quietest man in the (car racing engineering) background. Linked-in reveals nothing.  The company's website www.Tekno.com.au talks about cars, drivers, history... The only entry one can find on the big world wide web is an obscure mention in the Tekno company's Facebook page, going back some 18 months to February 2014. 
Considering that Steve (above right, with DGN Darrell Brown) has been immersed in high-octane fumes for the past 34 years, he appears to be in remarkably good health! His career encompasses some 27 years in Formula 1 racing, where he worked with some 10 teams and 4 manufacturers.  He was Ayrton Senna's race engineer at John Player Lotus in the early 80's, then moved on to McLaren where, as Head of Race Engineering for some 20 years, he again worked with Ayrton Senna. He was heavily involved with Ayrton's three World Driver Championships and later on Mika Hakkinen's two championship trophies.  He worked with David Coulthard and "The Iceman" Kimi Raikkonen. 
From an ignorant TV spectactor's (such as your Editor's) point of view, Formula 1 consists of ridiculously powerful cars being driven by men with cooling fluid rather than blood in their veins. So, when Steve stated that they are running on a 1.6 litre engine... What?? 1.6 litres?!? But that is where the similarity to a Hyundai Getz or a Holden Barina ends.
Steve took us on a journey through the early days of F1 racing, from the first race in May 1950, when the Alpha 159 (see picture on right) was the hot car. Italy totally dominated the scene. The evolution process brought us to the 1959 Cooper - Jack Brabham was driving one of them - with the engine at the rear. 1977 saw the first car with wings, the Lotus Type 78.  It had an underbody which generated airflow under the car, sort of sucking it to the ground.  1982 saw a major change in materials: Fibre...  
Today's cars are taking advantage of just about anything that saves weight, that saves power (electricity generation instead of braking, harnessing energy from heat).  They weigh just 700 Kg. [A Holden Commodore weighs more than double that.  But then it is designed to carry up to 5 people who, if they conform to average statistics, are somewhat overweight... ;-)]
How many people does it take to put a driver on the track? [No, nothing to do with lightbulbs!] Well, a team has approximately 650 personnel.  Plus the engine manufacturer has about 500 people in their team.  
Still, at man needs to have a change of scenery sometimes. So Steve switched to Nascars (US based super charged V8's). "There is nothing on the road like them" Steve enthused: They have 40 races every year. The V8 engine develops some 800 Horsepower at 10,000 RPM.  The rules constantly change to clip back performance - every season".  And it costs about $US 25 Million to run a team.
But ultimately Steve found his new niche with the V8 Supercars in Australia. "Only" 15 events per year, but multiple races in each event.  And on the weekend's Gold Coast 600, Steve's team won the first race and came 5th in the second one on Sunday!  Congratulations!
Last week's Guest Speaker 211015: Steve Hallam Franz Huber 2015-10-24 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 18, 2015
We all (and these days not just the men) sort of visualize ourselves driving a V8 Supercar around the circuit of Bathurst. And then, last weekend, the spectacular footage of Damian Flack spilling everything bar the frame of his car was plastered all over national TV.  
Ian, in a parallel life to assessing accident damage for Insurance companies, is high up the food chain in keeping drivers to keep to the rules [I think the official title is Clerk of the Court]. He explained that, after downloading the data from the car [huh?? AFTER the crash?  Same technology as they use in Airbus aircrafts?], he found that at the time Damian clocked 242 Km/hr.  Have another look at the video link and think again whether you would have wanted to be inside that car, or comfortably ensconced in your favorite chair watching it on TV...
Back to the more distant past... Ian brought to us his recollections when, as a young car racing enthusiast, he desperately tried to raise $1,000 to compete as a co-driver in the 1973 Bathurst 1000 (the first time it was called the 1000 - before it was the Bathurst 500 (miles).  Keep in mind that, in 1973, $1,000 would in today 's value be more like $10,000 - one could buy a very snazzy car, such as a Holden Monaro, for about $4,000.  It's a long story, but he did. They had a Valiant Charger which they actually drove from Melbourne to Bathurst (yes! it was registered for road use. Amazing what you can get away with if you know the right people!).  After the trial and elimination runs, Ian's team ended up... in Reserve! Yup. Not on the starting grid. Not in the race proper.  However, Ian's eloquent negotiation with the Clerk of the Court convinced the powers to be to at least let them run in the Warm-up Lap, just in case.  And the gods smiled upon the Charger Team: a Torana (sorry, if you don't know what this is, you were born far too late!) had broken down.  So, despite being in 58th position after the trials, Ian's team got a start after all.  A mad scramble to swap pits with the hapless Torana crew ensued, and, as they say, the rest is history: they completed a creditable 143 laps.  The car still exists today, apparently advertised in the Trading Post, now beautifully restored. And probably priced at about 20 times its original price. 
So you feel like competing in next year's Bathurst 1000? Your budget will be in the vicinity of $3 - 5 Million.  Per car.  Hmmm... I might still simply watch it on TV after all...
Last week's speaker: Ian Mayberry on Early Bathurst races Franz Huber 2015-10-17 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 11, 2015
Mercy Ship's Captain Mike Hughes and Managing Director Alan Burrell
Many of you would have come across the enormous good that is generated by Rotary Australia’s ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children).  ROMAC’s major function is to bring severely disfigured children to Australia, where a team of volunteer surgeons perform near miracle surgery to restore their faces and their bodies back to normalcy.  After their usually several months’ stay, they go back to their community. 
Mercy Ships tackles the same issue on a grand scale: a fleet of 4 hospital ships of sizeable proportions: Six operating theatres, recovery/intensive care, 82 patient beds.  Annual capacity of some 7000 surgical procedures per annum (that is an average of almost 20 each and every day!). All manned by volunteers from doctors, nurses right through to crew, caterers and cleaners, since its foundation in 1978, the organization has accomplished 576 port visits in 56 developing nations, treating in excess of 2.5 Million patients.  Read that again: 2.5 Million patients!.  As Alan explained, the ships are, in essence, “Hotel” ships, catering for patients to stay on board until ready to be released into their community again. 
As the saying goes, a picture is a thousand words.  A video is ten thousand… Alan, the Managing Director of the organization, started off with a brief video. (You can view them online: https://www.mercyships.org.au/ms-tv-and-videos.html)
But it is not just removal of tumors (such as shown in the picture on right), orthopedic surgery, dental care or eye surgery where Mercy Ships is involved: for example, they were involved in the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa which resulted in 28,448 reported cases and 11,311 people dead.
A new ship is in the process of being built. It comes with a sizeable price tag: $150 Million. So far, $85 Million has been raised.  There are people with visions. And then there are people with grand visions.  In the words of C J Dennis: “I dips me lid”.
Last week's Guest Speaker: Alan Burrell, Mercy Ships Franz Huber 2015-10-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Oct 07, 2015
Suppose you are a Year 8 Student. Suppose you feel you have talent to become a future top reporter.  So you write a reportage which makes the Gold Coast Bulletin.  Download the article written by AB Paterson College Student Olivia Slater on our club's Wheelchair Project.  It's all in the download section on the right hand side.
How to get your article into the Gold Coast Bulletin Franz Huber 2015-10-06 14:00:00Z 0
Read Felicity Cooper's latest report from Finland Franz Huber 2015-10-04 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Sep 27, 2015
Ladies, get your fascinators ready! Gentlemen, yes, it is ok to wear a brightly coloured silk shirt with a rosa coloured tie and a heavy gold chain, white slacks and shoes...
Our member and District Treasurer Doug Lipp (he is a race horse owner himself), in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Surfers Paradise, is organizing a Race Day at the Gold Coast Turf Club in October.  Further, the day is sponsored by our Sergeant Andy Bell's company Eximm too.  Tickets are just $70.00 per head, which includes a sumptuous buffet luncheon as well as afternoon tea and coffee.  Tables of 10 are available, so why not invite some friends or clients? 
Download the flyer, which includes the booking form, in the Download section on the right.
Alternatively, contact Doug Lipp or Darrell Brown.
Race Day is this Saturday, 10th October Franz Huber 2015-09-26 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Felicity Cooper on Sep 19, 2015
Download Felicity's July report - see download section on the right.   Salisbury, Stonehenge, Portsmouth... Huh?? I thought she was in Finland... (yes, she returned there after having a holiday in "the old country"!)
Felicity Cooper's July Report Felicity Cooper 2015-09-18 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Felicity Cooper on Sep 19, 2015
"... We also visited Muumimaailma- also known as the Moomin Land. Moomins are a..." A what?? You'll just have to read it yourself!  Download it from the Download Section on the right hand side.
Felicity Cooper's August Report Felicity Cooper 2015-09-18 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 23, 2015
Fellows! have you invited a friend to come along this Wednesday?
Terry O'Shea organized a top Guest Speaker, Lee Danaway of "Oz Harvest”. She is GC Operations & Special Projects Coordinator.
This Wednesday is a 'Bring a Friend' meeting Franz Huber 2015-08-22 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 23, 2015
"I am the real Andy Bell - Undercover", Julian, our man with the perpetual friendly smile and sunny disposition, declared in his opening statement. [Personally, even though he is no a Kiwi, I'd classify Julian as the only genuine 'All Black' I know in my circle of friends.. ☺ Ed.]  Not long after he was born in St Lucia, West Indies in 1960, Julian's father moved his family (mum, Julian, two brothers and one sister), to London - Hammersmith.
Julian's father was a Policeman, mum did "everything" to help make ends meet. "We were the only black family that didn't have any altercations with Police".  
"My focus was on music" Julian declared: at the tender age of 14, he played the lead in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat".  Julian performed in front of the Queen Mother, was in Motown at age 17, sporting a big Afro Hairstyle... [See photo on left with President Paul Seymour. Yes, try to imagine it!].  He had his own band "JC Price - The Love Crowd"...
Julian has a daughter from a previous relationship who lives in the UK, and in 2000 he married his wife Donna [we understand Donna comes from Collingwood - therefore without doubt obviously a lady of distinction.  Assumption is that, like your Editor, she is also a fellow sufferer, supporting the Magpies... Ed.] They have a daughter (15) with a serious leaning towards drama and a son (11) who is very strong in Hockey. 
But, one needs to generate some real income...  meanwhile, in Australia, in addition to his family, Julian has a very busy life indeed: he runs an organization named 'The Startup Club, "a place where passion meets perfection". It is a mentoring organization where members can pitch ideas to their fellow members. More details on their website. Julian works with a company called Belocal which specializes in the development of websites that indeed will attract some visitors. "A lot of people get ripped off by website crooks... " Having experienced receiving the promises but no tangible results whatsoever, I definitely concur with Julian: Don't they ever need an honest son of a Policeman to clean up that industry a bit!
Last week's speaker: Julian Price, Man behind the Badge Franz Huber 2015-08-22 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz on Aug 22, 2015
After Andy himself got framed by Tania Laird for not posting her apology the previous week, Andy rolled out his fines with his usual eloquence and aplomb:
Terry O'Shea, you really are a PITA, but then you also do a lot of nice things... Franz Huber still copped it for the display of the bulletin... Barry Lea, so lovely to see you again! Mario Fairlie, how do you feel? (Knee replacement at the end of September, on an upcoming trip to Amsterdam, Stuttgart).  Mario in turn cross-fined the Sergeant for the worst haircut he's ever seen... Pope in Waiting Des La Rance, you'd better be on stand-by for Mario... And Chris Thurtell was observed souveniring spoons...
And, last but not least: Who was truly sad last Saturday? Fellow Kiwi Geoff Croad was the only one excused from paying up. [for the uninitiated: a certain team named the All Blacks, coming from the other side of the ditch, apparently trampled all over a local team named The Wallabies. Your Editor has little knowledge of these events - at the time he was watching a Wagner Opera on DVD. Now, that is where some serious conflicts are apotheosized... ☺]
Last week's Sergeant - Andy Bell 190815 Franz 2015-08-21 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 22, 2015
Des La Rance was at the door (standing in for Conrad Martens), Terry O'Shea was Chairman (standing in for John Franich) and Andy Bell was Sergeant.
We had apologies from Fred Hamblen, Simon Brook, Daryl Sanderson, Angus Miller and Darrell Brown.
President Paul Seymour welcomed all members and our Honorary Member Barry Lea.  He congratulated Daryl Sanderson, Bob Harrison, Des La Rance and the crew at The Shed on their recent major TV exposure on ABC's 7:00 pm news (which, according to the only person I know who tunes in to ABC News 24, Mitch Brown, also appeared continuously on that program). Paul urged members to participate in the Wheelchairs project and go out to The Shed.
Des La Rance reported that Wheelchair Chairman Daryl Sanderson has suffered a back injury which stopped him coming in last weekend.  Des indicated that, as a result of the TV exposure they had a huge response, with offers of bikes. Des also advised that a further 36 wheelchairs came in from Palen Creek gaol. And on Thursday 27th August, The Shed will have a visit by Rotary's equivalent of Royalty: Rotary International Vice President Guiller Tumangan, accompanied by DG Anne Egan, Past District Governors and his entourage.  Considering that he is in the District for just 24 hours, no mean recognition! Guiller is hosted by the Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads, whose member Andy Rajapakse was highly influental in arranging for the container of wheelchairs which recently was shipped to Sri Lanka.
Doug Lipp reminded us of the upcoming Race Day (see download section).  We need at least 4 more people to fill up a table, as well as additional raffle prizes.  Top prizes for Best Dressed Lady, Best Fascinator etc!
Chris Thurtell reported on his recent interviews of candidates for the next National Science Forum in Canberra (we had a successful candidate with Maria Batcu in 2014). Very tough indeed - 39 candidates, only 16 can go through.  Chris interviewed 8, of which 4 got through.  However, there is an alternative Science program as well.  Do you know a potential candidate for 2017? (Year 12 student next year).  Chris also expressed his sincere thanks to Terry O'Shea for his offer of a "weekend away" for Chris, Marie and our Italian Youth Exchange Student Martina at Terry & Gillian's Hibiscus on the Beach Resort.
In view of our club's projector having given up its ghost, Mario Fairlie will donate his "old" projector. Thank you, Mario!
Tania Laird, the driving force of our club's fundraising efforts together with Doug Lipp, announced that we will be able to run a Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings Southport on 17th October.  We have also approached to do the same with Dan Murphy stores.
Snippets of last week's meeting 19th August 2015 Franz Huber 2015-08-21 14:00:00Z 0
Read Gabrielle's latest report from Germany Franz Huber 2015-08-15 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 15, 2015
A meeting with a difference last week: we met at the Hope Island Golf Club, a golfer's dream place! The meeting was conducted in most salubrious and highly civilized surroundings: white table cloth and serviettes, table service of a tasty breakfast of oven baked bacon, fried eggs, sausage, hash browns, fancy veggies...  All for $25.00!  [No, Henrietta, there was no option to choose scrambled eggs instead of fried! Ed.]  And in the middle of the room was a huge round fountain about 5 metres in diameter.  Any moment one expected somebody to jump into it, reminiscent of Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni in 'La Dolce Vita' (picture left)... (Sorry, before your time, I know.)
Other than the introduction of our members, there were no formalities relating to Surfers Sunrise. (We had apologies from Gerald East, Graeme Isaacson, Simon Brook and Fred Hamblen). 
Sam Doumany (former Qld Govt Minister and husband of Past District Governor Sandra) was in the chair.  An International Toast was proposed to the Rotary Club of St Denis on Reunion Island.  Hope Island President Clint Ford, well acquainted to us due to his strong support of the Suns Horizon programme, briefly addressed the meeting. Hope Island features as absolute number 1 in donations to the Polio Plus campaign (see District Governor's Newsletter).  District 9640 'Super Rotarian' Ian Yarker (Rotary e-club of NextGen) gave us a presentation of his club's philosphy of "What can we physically do for you?", outlining NextGen's work with the Flying Doctor Service and a recent organized trip to Cape York. Has there ever been a club who donated a bunch of Unicycles?  If ever there was an example of 'Be a Gift to the World'... Well done, fellows!
Snippets of last week's joint meeting with Hope Island Rotary Club Franz Huber 2015-08-14 14:00:00Z 0
Last week's joint meeting with Hope Island Rotary Club Franz Huber 2015-08-14 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 14, 2015
On Friday, 14th August, ABC 7:00 pm TV News featured a segment on our Wheelchair Boys. Click on this link for the transcript.  A very well presented segment indeed, even if I have to say so myself! Daryl Sanderson, the chairman of the Wheelchair Trust, appealed for additional bikes to be donated.  Can you help?  
The boys will be at 'The Shed' every Saturday morning.  If you can't make it at that time, you can contact Daryl via email - see list of Club Executives and Directors on the right (last entry).
Where do you find The Shed?  It is off Napper Road near the Arundel Community Centre, between Arundel Primary School and Captain Cook Drive (as you drive east).  See map below.  For direct contact, phone Wheelchair Trust Chairman Daryl Sanderson between 08:00 and 7:00 pm on 0408 729 118.
Surfers Sunrise Wheelchairs makes ABC TV 7 pm News! Franz Huber 2015-08-13 14:00:00Z 0
First 100 Wheelchairs hand-over in Sri Lanka Franz Huber 2015-08-08 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 07, 2015
"Just 15 Km off the Gunbarrell Highway, near the Giles Weather Station" is how Geoff describes the location of his home town where he runs the only local store within hundreds of Kilometres.  If one checks a bit further, you may find that it is not even on the Gunbarrell "Highway", about 750 Km as the crow flies from Kalgoorlie, but by road it is 1136 brain rattling Kilometres...
Rather than giving a speech, Geoff opted to simply have a Question and Answers session. The main difference to the Q&A program on ABC being that questions actually were answered rather than resorting political point scoring. And further, they may not have been absolutely politically correct... ☺ The settlement features some 38 tin-shed type houses allocated to the local indigenous population, maintained by local (non-indigenous) trades people who keep them in good repair. 
So, what does the Warakurna store sell? "Well, just about everything from groceries, fresh fruit & vegetables, clothing, bullets..."  Fresh fruit and vegies??  Yes, a refrigerated truck comes out from Perth every two weeks, and a mail plane comes in from Alice Springs every week.  And yes, they do have Internet connection (probably faster and more reliable than most of the Gold Coast) and mobile phone coverage.  And, to add to expected amenities, the town has two nurses full time and Police presence from both WA (where the town is officially located) and the Northern Territory.  Before you get excited though: there is absolutely no alcohol...  And, if that wouldn't deter you: "normal" people (meaning non-indigenous) are not permitted to come into town. But if you can get a job there, it is not only very well paid, your weekly working hours add up to 38.  Except if you run the local store, as Geoff does: make that 50 - 55 hours per week.  Somebody needs to re-stock the shelves.  Actually, the store is the only enterprise in town that is not fully government funded. But couldn't he employ some of the locals? Yes, if they want to come and work, definitely yes.  But ask the question "when are you going to start?" the answer is "Monday". (Hint: originally the term is commonly spoken in the Spanish language, also starting with the letter M).
Of the approximately 60 - 70 children in the town, on average about 45 attend school every day.  This massive improvement has been achieved upon the arrival of a new Principal.
Is there any mining in the area? "Not in Warakurna" Geoff remarked, "but just a bit further on."  The definition of "just a bit further on" being around 180 Kilometres...  And what do the indigenous inhabitants of the town do?  OK then, what could be done? There were quite a number of other questions and corresponding refreshingly straight answers, many somewhat disconcerting and depressing.  However, in view of which your Editor's policy to follow the Rotary guidelines of remaining non-political etc, I much regret that I have decided to leave this to the individual reader's imagination.
Last week's Guest Speaker: Geoff Carroll - truly from the Outback! Franz Huber 2015-08-06 14:00:00Z 0
Last week we had a social meeting - no formalities, no speaker, just a good chin wag at a different location.  We met at the Paradox Coffee Roasters, a cafe inside the Transit Centre in Surfers Paradise. Good to enjoy a change from the traditional Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Hash Browns and Mushrooms to exotic stuff such as a wide variety of Bread & Bagels, 'Proper Cheese and Toast', 'Fluffy Omelette from Free Range Eggs with Toowoomba Tomato', even a "Brekkie Salad, consisting of Poached egg with lemon dressed garden leafs, Byrons Bay crispy bacon, blistered tomatoes" [they walked all the way from Toowoomba wearing unsuitable shoes], "English style black pudding" [the Germans invented black pudding - they call it Blut Wurst (Blood Sausage) - far more descriptive in your Bulletin Editor's humble opinion...]
Host John Franich brought our recently arrived Youth Exchange Student from Italy, Martina Missarelli along.  And just to prove that one should never stereotype anyone: Not all Italians are living on Espresso, Capuccino, Latte or Macciato: the lady drinks tea!
There were other highly educational delights (that is, if you were fortunate to sit next to the right people): Ordinary plebeians, such as your Editor, would never notice what causes the heart rate of erudite artistic people such as DGN Darrell Brown to rise to ecstacy levels: the brassy colour of the lampshades matches the two tone cutlery, their shape matches the plates and to top it off, the brass and polished metal tables are not just for easy cleaning, they also match the colour of the cutlery.  It was very tempting indeed to souvenir a fork (the lamp shades being too high up on the wall), but on reflection, I opted for a serviette instead.
Last week we had a social meeting Franz Huber 2015-08-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 26, 2015
Your Editor is looking forward to a holiday... Hopefully, this time, it is definitely there now! President Paul is revealing his innermost secrets. 
Read all about it - you can download it now from the Download section on the right!  Hopefully, this time it stuck...!  Please send me a direct email if you still can't download it.  
President Paul Seymour answers 33 Questions Franz Huber 2015-07-25 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 25, 2015
Youth Director Chris Thurtell outlined his vision for the next 12 months.  This year, whilst we are hosting an incoming YE student, we are not going to send one out in January since we currently have two (Gabrielle and Felicity) overseas.  Our main focus will be on the other Youth Programs, in particular the "5 big ones": RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment), RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness), NYSF (the National Youth Science Forum) and of course Youth Exchange with our students currently stationed overseas and freshly arrived Martina from Italy.  "Our challenge is to find a candidate selected by us", Chris emphasised. This is in reference to the fact that in past years it was quite common that we would "inherit" a (nevertheless very worthy) candiate proposed by another club.
This is a weekend experience for 14 - 16 year old students, designed to assist them in their transition to adulthood.  The emphasis is on quality, safety, outcomes, communication, decision making.  Applicants don't necessarily have to be top academic achievers Click on the link above for more details, in particular read the 'About RYPEN' page.
RYLA is, as the name would suggest, a camp to develop leaders.  Designed for 19 - 28 year olds, it features numerous segments on personal development, leadership skills, citizenship skills, how to handle change.  Originally conceived in Australia in 1959, it was adopted world wide in 1971 and by 1998 is running in some 521 Districts.  More details on the above link.
Now, this is for the seriously brainy!  You may recall we were fortunate to have Maria Ciubuc-Batcu (picture on right) accepted in 2013.  Annually held in Canberra, this is a serious (but with lots of fun) 2 week excercise for aspiring scientists.
Just how many lives has RYDA saved over the years?  Nobody would know. But there would be almost nobody who has not, at some stage in their lives, been touched by the tragedy of a young man or woman suffering total disability or even death due to misjudging their driving ability, or worse, due to their mate's driving ability.  The loss is not just for the individual, but their families and friends are forever affected.  Our club, with the driving force of DGN Darrell Brown behind it, has a long standing involvement in this very important program.
Travel, Adventure, Opportunity... The leading program of its kind in the world. Our club was dormant for many years, until we revived this program again with great success.  Over the past few years, we had a strong involvement, culminating with our recent students Isabelle Franich (to France) and currently two students, Felicity Cooper (in Finland) and Gabrielle Burey (in Germany), and of course the very successful inbound students we have recently hosted: Lyssia Delameneure (Belgium) in 2013-14, Laura Burtscher (Austria) in 2014-15 and now, just arrived, Martina Missarelli (Italy).
So, how will we go about it?  "Schools are getting so many enquiries for participants in Youth programs" Chris said, "we will take alternative venues such as Sport and Surf Clubs". Our motto:
"Find your place in the world".
Last week's speaker: Chris Thurtell, our plans for Youth Service Franz Huber 2015-07-24 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 20, 2015
Benvenuti in Australia Martina!
Real early this Monday morning, our new inbound Youth Exchange Student Martina Missarelli from Italy arrived at Brisbane International Airport, where she was greeted by District Youth Exchange Treasurer Gerald East (picture left) and Youth Exchange Director Chris Thurtell (on right).  We understand that Martina's father is the local Volvo dealer in her home town of Pian Camuno (Brescia, Lombardy), so Martina would have felt right at home in Gerald's Volvo. (BTW, in Italy, Volvo drivers don't wear hats...! ☺)  Not sure if her father is aware that Chris has a stable full of Peugeots, including a RCZ...
Martina will be formally introduced this Wednesday at the Yacht Club - don't miss it!
Martina has landed Franz Huber 2015-07-19 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 05, 2015
Some speakers are interesting. Some speakers come from harsh backgrounds. Some have may have experienced discrimination, outright bullying, racism. Some have genuine charisma and charm, and on top of that are good looking.  Few have real presence. Perhaps, they have presence because all of the above applies.
Born in Auckland "sometimes in the 60's", Tania was born to a single mother. Unable to afford to bring her up, her mother had no choice but to foster her out into a "care environment" when she was 3 months old.  Then her foster parents separated. Tania was assigned to a new foster family who had 5 kids of their own plus 5-8 foster children, depending on the season.
Ultimately, Tania was adopted. It caused family-internal issues: "But why would you adopt a coloured child?" was the openly asked question (and perhaps the continued 'elephant in the room'). In primary school, Tania was one of only 3 coloured children.  We all know that children are naturally cruel, and thus she quickly learned and experienced what racism was all about.  Still, her personality would not let her down: she found two close friends.
On to 'Intermediate School', on to College.  And at 15, Tania left school to start a career in Retail.  Today, she is in charge of membership, Advertising, Sponsorship Sales at the Australian Security Industry Association.  And if you ever have met Tania, you are not even surprised. With a perennially engaging, positive attitude, really, the sky is the limit.  Can't wait for Tania giving us the second segment of her presentation!
Last week's Speaker: Tania Laird - Woman behind the Badge Franz Huber 2015-07-04 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 08, 2015
Barry Lea presented a detailed outline of a potential fundraiser for the club.  Instead of a big, expensive event, let's have a 'Back to Basics Friday Lunch'.  
"Rotary Goods & Services Auction Lunch"
for the benefit of Local Community Needs
  • Reasonable cost
  • No entertainment
  • "Men's Lunch"
  • Opportunity to purchase goods and services at very reasonable auction prices
  • Place: Burleigh Bears Sports Bar, Pizzey Park, Miami
  • Cost: $60.00 per head for Roast Lunch, Cheese Platter and Beer, Wine and Soft Drink package for 3 hours
  • Master of Ceremonies: a well known personality (not paid)
  • Auctioneer: A local identity
  • Auction Items: 200 Goods and Services to be auctioned over a time of about 1 1/2 hours
  • Raffle: an attractive prize 1st / 2nd / 3rd @$5.00 per ticket
  • 200 Goods & Service items to be sought by every member of the club (this equals to 7 items per member - not a big ask).  
  • Hold in a few months' time so we can properly plan it and obtain the 200 or so goods & services prizes we'll need
  • Priced at $60.00 per person, the aim is to sell 200 tickets.  No income to be made from the food and drinks - income from the auction and raffle prizes
  • Financial return at average of $50.00 per person would be $10,000, plus raffle $1,000 = total $11,000
  • Donor Acknowledgment - Certificate of Appreciation
Barry has already identified some 12 tables that would be taken up, so only about 8 tables to be sold.  So, what are we waiting for?
Barry Lea - Fundraising idea: 'Rotary Goods & Services Auction Lunch' Franz Huber 2015-06-07 14:00:00Z 0
As sometimes happens, other items took up time, so the presentations were limited to severe brevity before the meeting closed at its usual exact time of 08:30 am.
Simon Brook had attended the Membership segment. "Is the club ready to accept young members?" was the big question.  Simon outlined details of an alternative arrangement, successfully carried out by another club:  The Satellite Club.  In essence, a separate group is formed which administratively (and legally) runs under the banner of the main club, but has meetings at different times of the day and/or on different days.  There is also a new badge to be had for members who have introduced another member.
Tania Laird provided insight into the Youth program. "Develop strong strategies, involve them in your club" was the message. One needs to maintain positive communications channels. Since it it difficult to get into the schools directly, one can work with their P&C Associations, but personal contact is required.  One should also have a dedicated fundraising event, specifically for Youth projects.
Major points from the District Training Assembly 2015-06-07 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jun 01, 2015
Wheelchair Trust Chairman Daryl Sanderson (picture on right) announced last week that the recently sent container full of wheelchairs, destined for Sri Lanka, will be recognized by the incoming Rotary International President, K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran (see picture on left) who hails from Sri Lanka.  An extract from an email by Rotarian Andy (Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads) who is coordinating the project between the Surfers Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Colombo:
"The Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan and the children of Sri Lanka are most grateful to you and your club for this kind gesture. They will communicate with you directly once the container is cleared.  
It is simply fitting that when the Container of Wheelchairs for kids reach Sri Lanka on 1st July , Sri Lankan Rotarian Ravi Ravindran takes over as Rotary International President on the same day. We should call  this project, “To RI President Ravi, with Love from Surfers Sunrise, Australia."
Well done, Wheelchair boys!  
What a start for Ravi's theme for 2015/16:
"Be a gift to the world"!
Surfers Sunrise to be recognized by incoming RI President Ravi Ravindran Franz Huber 2015-05-31 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on May 31, 2015
OK, I understand that Michael doesn't want to be referred to as District Governor Elect (that means he will be DG in a month's 
time), but in the context of doing a presentation at a Rotary Club, in the opinion of your humble Editor, this needs to be mentioned.  In his professional life, Michael had a string of major University Executive appointments, including Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Gold Coast Campus of Griffith University, Vice-Chancellorial appointments in New Zealand and in the Sultanate of Oman. And he "spent some time" at Scott Research Station in the Ross Sea region in Antarctica, which was the subject of his presentation last Wednesday:
Did you know that the Great Dividing Range extends all the way to Antarctica?  If you ever explored the Rainforests of Springbrook, on the short, fully paved walk at 'The Best Lookout' and at a lot of other places, you will find the Antarctic Beech tree.  2000 years old. And if you look at the map of Gondwanaland (referring to the ancient land approx 510 to 180 Million years ago (see picture on right) - not the Jazzband...), you will find that at the time, Antarctica was sort of aligned with Australia (and New Zealand didn't even exist yet, and thus there was no argument about All Blacks -v- Wallabies, underarm cricket and the like)... ☺
Michael had lots of very interesting pictures, amongst which were the comparison of American versus New Zealand Bases: the buildings of the Kiwis (see photo on left) are all interconnected, one can move to any of them under cover.  And, so they have fresh vegetables all year round, they have a fully functional Hydroponics Farm!
The area of Antarctica is 350,000 Km2, and this roughly doubles in winter.  Growth of sea ice can be as much as 64 Km2 per second, so no wonder some people (even of recent origin - refer a "scientific" (read: tourist) ship in 2013) got caught with their vessels totally stuck.  So, what about Global Warming?  "The ice shelf in Antarctica and Greenland has increased", Michael advised, "Global Warming has nothing to do with the speed of the melting of glaciers". In essence, this is explained that glaciers flow because of the pressure from above, e.g. the amount of snow fall in the region, which determines the amount of ice at the top, which pushes the glaciers down.
If you want to go to Antarctica, you have to undergo some serious survival training.  One of the tricks is to learn how to light a Primus stove.  Not too hard, you say? Try it at minus 45 degrees...  No, it is not recommended to take your gloves off!
So, why would you want to go there at all?  Well, drilling down into the ice cap and into the solid rock below provides solid data of life on earth some 10 Million years ago.  But how can you drill when the ice shifts continuously?  Well, Russia applied the same technique already when they drilled in the Arctic for oil.  And this is how one discovers real data on what happened in the past. This is how professional Geologists such as University of South Australia Professor Ian Plimer can prove why, as Michael Irving declared, "you should not believe what they tell you on ABC about Global Warming".  You can read all about it in Ian Plimer's work 'Heaven and Earth' (the library has it and also his latest work 'Not for Greens - He who soups with the devil should have a long spoon').  You can also go back to your Junior High School assignment when you studied the Vikings who, roughly 1,000 years ago, were farming on Greenland.  The settlements ultimately perished because of Global Warming.  Sorry, I meant Climate Change...
Last week's Guest Speaker: Michael Irving - Life on an Antarctica Research Station Franz Huber 2015-05-30 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on May 25, 2015
Over the years, your Editor has attended quite a few District Training Assemblies, many left lots of room for improvement, some were excellent.  Sunday's assembly, held at Skennar's Head, I would, without hesitation, put into the latter category.  With District Trainer PDG Tony Heading and District Governor Elect Anne Eagan in charge, I have no doubt that enormous effort was put into making it very much worthwhile for the incoming officers of the 54 clubs in the District to sacrifice their Sunday.  Our club was well represented, with DGEN Darrell Brown and District Treasurer Doug Lipp both running training sessions, and President Elect Paul Seymour being joined by our inaugural lady member Tania Laird, Secretary Peter Morgan, Vice President Ian Mayberry, Club Service Director Graeme Isaacson, Youth Service Director Chris Thurtell, Fred Hamblen, Simon Brook and your Editor.
I attended one stream each in the morning and afternoon: firstly Darrell Brown's 'Putting Fun into Rotary Meetings', and, together with Paul Seymour, in the afternoon DGE Michael Irving's 'How to develop a Club Strategic Plan'. Both sessions were highly interactive, with lots of good ideas coming up from participants of what has worked in their clubs.  This article is not to steal our President Elect's thunder, so I'll refrain from being specific....  However, I warmly commend any member who wants to make a difference in our club to attend future District Training Assemblies.  What's the old adage? "The more I put into it, the more I get out of it." Or was that the other way round? I'm never quite sure...  The engines have been warmed up.  Prepare for take-off! [That doesn't mean sitting back and staring out of the window.  That means start flapping your wings!]
District Assembly 2015 - Skennars Head Franz Huber 2015-05-24 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on May 23, 2015
... we pick up from Andy's tales he presented on 29th April [see bulletin of 6th May - it is still on the website].  He had just sorted out a anarchist mob who wanted to cause serious havoc at an upcoming Springbok tour.  The tour was stopped...
"I was posted back to Auckland to do standard street work, to get me back to some normality of life" Andy started off. (With "street work" he didn't refer to directing traffic - he meant "standard" detective duties, catching "normal" crims, if there is such a thing...).  But it didn't last all that long before he was posted to Wellington with the aim of infiltrating a major drug ring who were importing Hash valued in the Millions of dollars. He selected the name 'Adrian McKellar' for himself. "Always use a name which starts with the same letter as your real name.  If you need to sign something and forget that you are undercover, by the time your brain has caught up, you can complete the signature with the false name." [I'll try to remember that next time I need to use a false name... Ed.] He landed a job as a barman at the Lion Tavern, where it was suspected that a lot of the action happened.  The place was heavily frequented by Japanese sailors, and their excessive "tips" (voluntary and involuntary) were shared with the girls.  This immediately put Andy (sorry, I mean Adrian...) on the right foot with the girls who would be a very likely source of information.
"What you have to have is luck!" Andy declared.  He did: he got into an altercation with the bar manager (who was also heavily involved in drug imports) and consequently not only got sacked but also banned from the pub.  Yet, Andy managed to become deeply involved in the inner circle of a Hashish importing organization.  He was offered a deal to buy some $400,000 worth of the stuff.  This caused some consternation back at Police Headquarters, since $400,000 (roughly NZ$ 5 Million in today's money) in a brown paper bag was not exactly straight forward to organize, even at the top echelons of Police. [Terry Lewis or Jack Herbert in Queensland at the time may have been able to assist... ☺ Ed.] But the money was raised.  Andy was going to meet with the king pin of the syndicate at the local Cenotaph.  Upon the goods being handed over, he was to press a beeper which was to alert his colleagues who then would swoop in and arrest "everyone".  But the guy didn't want to do the hand-over at the Cenotaph.  He wanted to move to a small alley next to the hotel.  OK, so they went there - Andy pressed the beeper.  And nothing happened.  Pressed it again - still nothing. So, what does a good cop do in such a situation?  He confesses: "I'm a cop" Andy declared, "and I'm going to arrest you!".  Amazingly, the guy didn't resist or flee! But Andy needed to phone in, so they went into the pub where there was a Public Phone.  "But you are banned!" the bar manager declared.  So Andy - sorry, Adrian - arrested him as well into the bargain...
But the next segment was the most outrageous one of the lot.  Move over James Bond! Andy was sent to Christchurch to infiltrate a syndicate there which was suspected of importing large quantities of heroin.  And what did Andy chose as his professional cover?  To be a Gigolo...! He inveigled himself with the syndicate bosses' wife Theresa, who then invited him to spend a weekend away from the hustle and bustle. "Ok, but you'll have to pay me!" Andy retorted. That obviously was no deterrent.  "We had lots and lots to drink" Andy recounted, "and then some more.  When it came to 'do the deed', .... [in view of this bulletin possibly being read by some people who may suffer from heart complications, the rest of the story has been redacted by the Editor.]  But it seems that this did not cause any long-term damage - via the boss' wife, Andy was able to work himself into the syndicate and ultimately sprung the trap, bringing a wide circle of criminals from various backgrounds including University lecturers before the courts. 
There is no doubt about it: there is plenty of material there still for a 3rd segment!
Last week's's speaker: Andy Bell - Undercover Cop - Part 2 Franz Huber 2015-05-22 14:00:00Z 0
This year's Changeover Luncheonwill be held on
Sunday, 14th June 2015
12:00 for 12:30 start
Presidential Suite
Sea World Resort
(not the water theme park)
Chris Thurtell organized a very special deal:
$50.00 per person
Please pre-pay by Direct Deposit to 
Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise
BSB 484-799
Account No 047306431

Changeover Luncheon this Sunday 14th June Franz Huber 2015-05-17 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on May 17, 2015
Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA)
The chart on the left shows it all.  Depicting crash statistics which include fatalities, the incidence of a P Plate driver in the first 2 years of his/her license looks like the Pareto Principle (80/20 %) in Marketing. Except that in this case you want to do anything to reduce the steep curve.  In 2013, Australia recorded 1193 fatalities.  About a quarter of these are young people in the 17-25 age group. One should also keep in mind that for road accidents, conventional statistics as apply to war casualties are vastly exceeded: For every 1 death there are 20 serious injuries.  The effect of each and every case on the families, the school and the community is immeasurable.
It is good to know though that statistics record a steady decline year after year, on average the trend is - 3.4% per year (Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics. This proves the effectiveness of programs such as the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) program.  Established in 2004, the program specifically targets 17-18 year olds, the most likely group to be involved.  It is treated as a 1 day school excursion, with each presentation made to some 150 students.
On the Gold Coast, PDG Graham Jones kicked the program off on the Gold Coast in 2004. Since then, throughout Australia, some 350,000 students h
ave attended RYDA, from some 500 schools at 90 venues. And not a lot of 'I speak, you sit there and listen': they run 6 interactive sessions during the day, such 
as the demonstration of stopping distances at various speeds.
And what do the participating students think?  Well, 82% gavie it the top rating in effectiveness, 95% say it should be compulsory, 99% agreed it increases student awareness. Yet, as always, there is the continued battle to get funding. It costs approximately $25 per person attending. Considering just the monetary side alone: "Road trauma costs the public purse about $27 Billion per annum" the report of Road Safety Education (RSE), the body which oversees the various programs, states.  Yet, Government contributes just 4%, with the balance funded by the community, including some sponsorship by Toyota in Australia and NZ Steel in New Zealand. The Insurance Companies? Whilst the first start was sponsored by Suncorp, at present they are not exactly standing out - very little if anything. Just how much would an insurance company save if they don't have to pay out a road crash? 
Last week's speaker: DGEN Darrell Brown - RYDA Franz Huber 2015-05-16 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on May 10, 2015
It took a very special person to break the ice...  Tania Laird is our very first Surfers Sunrise lady member.   Hot on the heels of the induction of Julian Price last week, Vice President Ian Mayberry inducted Tania last Wednesday. Introduced to our club by Sergeant Andy Bell (yes, he fined her already, "just to get used to it"...) Tania is a Sales Executive with the Australian Security Industry Association.  
Here she is pictured with Andy Bell, proudly affixing her shiny new Rotary Pin. 
Welcome to the club, Tania!
Now, let's hope it doesn't take another 28 years before the next lady is inducted... ☺
Historical event: Tania Laird is our first lady member in 28 years! Franz Huber 2015-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Darrell Brown on May 06, 2015
Good things come to those who volunteer.
RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) started up for the year on the Gold Coast with our club hosting the Australian Industrial Trade College from Robina. Isabelle Franich our past YEP student, George Keily our Honorary member & Past President, Geoff Croad & Darrell Brown manned the day. During the event, Isabelle was offered a job as a presenter, a paid position. Well done! Because the school has taken part in the event for the last three years & through circumstances, couldn’t be joined by another school to make up numbers, our Gold Coast RYDA subsidised the school to the tune of $455 - money well spent on the first day of a revised program. The next event with All Saints & another group from the Australian Trade College will be held on the 16th June. Because there will be 270 students, two venues - Runaway Bay Sports Complex & Southport Community Centre will need to be utilised with the Rotary Clubs of Gold Coast & Mermaid Beach manning the days.  
Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) Darrell Brown 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on May 03, 2015
Last Wednesday, Vice President Ian Mayberry had the pleasure of inducting our newest member, Julian Price.  Nominated by Gerald East, Julian's classification is 'Sales & Marketing'. Julian's specialty is in Website design.  Watch this space for more details!
Meet our newest member: Julian Price Franz Huber 2015-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Firstly I would like to apologize to my sponsor club as I have forgotten to tell them that I would be on Europatour for most of March and so I would be unable to do my monthly report for March. I went on Europatour 2015 for 22 days with 53 other exchanges from my district in Germany. The first night was hard as I didn’t know many people because I was unable to meet them all at the Rotex Wochenende in Paderborn but like always I was accepted into really good friends with some of the Brazilians and Argentinians. I had so much fun and I am sort of sad at the moment because it is over but I know that I will have more experiences like this in the near future :).

I have created a Powerpoint of my experiences on Eurotour. [See Download section on the right hand side]
Herzliche Grüße, 
Gabrielle Burey
Gabrielle Burey reports from Germany - Feb/March 2015 Gabrielle Burey 2015-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Apr 04, 2015
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
John 3:17-18
One does not necessarily need to be religious to recognize the above bible quote exactly meets Des La Rance's concept.  In the mid Nineties, Des visited Fiji as a tourist. He is not the type who simply wants to sip cocktails and fry himself on the beach, so he went a bit away from the beaten track. And what he came across triggered a sequence of events that, ultimately, led to over 6,750 crippled children in all continents receiving the gift of mobility in the form of a wheelchair. "There must be something I can do about this" was Des' single determination.  Out of this, the concept design of building a wheelchair from discarded bicycles emerged.The early days were difficult to say the least. Together with some of his fellow Surfers Sunrise Club members, Des toured the other Rotary Clubs to present his idea of making a low-cost wheelchair.  For a paltry $100 (they still cost less than $100 today - all labour is voluntary), he could help a disabled child in a developing country to come away from dragging themselves along the floor and become mobile. Ok, so a couple of hundred dollars were raised here, and another hundred there...
At the District Convention 1997 at the Royal Pines Resort, Ray Martin, the host of Channel 9's 'A Current Affair', was the keynote speaker (about the Fred Hollows Foundation).  Later that night, Ian Mayberry raked up the courage to invite Ray to come along to our wheelchair display at the conference.  In a short time, one saw Ray wheeling himself in one of our wheelchairs up and down the corridors of Royal Pines... This resulted in A Current Affair featuring the delivery of the first 10 wheelchairs to Fiji (see report in the Download section, bottom right hand side of our website), which in turn raised funds very much in the $6 digits. As the saying goes, the rest is history.  
Since then, Surfers Sunrise Wheelchair Trust, under the chairmanship of Daryl Sanderson, and key members Des La Rance, Bob Harrison, the late Keith Lutz and dozens of volunteer helpers, has supplied wheelchairs to some 31 countries, even to Russia (Chernobyl) where they experienced the ire of the Russian Mafia who didn't want to let the wheelchairs to come in free of charge. They bought an old Ambulance (it looked just like that one in *M*A*S*H*), and on back ways, the chairs were smuggled from Finland into Russia...
As time went on, the Wheelchair Trust branched out into providing buildings, starting off with East Timor during their struggle for Independence.  An orphanage desperately needed help - their building had been destroyed by the Indonesian Army.  In concert with the Army (including General Peter Cosgrove) and the Rotary Club of Doncaster (our regular visitor and Honorary Queenslander Graeme Trainor comes from there), materials were organized and, via the Australian Army, shipped from Darwin.
Then, on Boxing Day 2004, the devastating tsunami hit the West of Indonesia and the coast of Thailand.  Our club organized for a primary school and play gym to be erected in Phuket.  Another massive tsunami hit Samoa in September 2009.  Again, the Surfers Sunrise Wheelchair Trust organized for a primary school and play gym to be built at Mataa'fa village on the south side of Samoa.  This led to a major project, the 'House of Hope' in he capital of Samoa, Apia.  Some 32 abandoned, abused or orphaned children are now accommodated there.  And one of our members, Mario Fairlie who is an electronics communications expert, also financed  a video link to Apia's court house, so children did not need to appear in person and thus did not feel intimidated.  Each one of these stories deserves a major write up on its own.  On our website http://www.rotarysurferssunrise.org, on the right hand sidtowards the bottom of the Download section, there are some write-ups relating to the projects in Thailand and Samoa. 
What's next? A hospital in Papua New Guinea - using the 8 containers in which it is shipped as major structural components of the building.  It only gets better...
Last week's speaker 01 April 2015: Des La Rance Franz Huber 2015-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Gabrielle Burey and Felicity Cooper's February Reports are here! Franz Huber 2015-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Mar 02, 2015
Alex came to be involved with Rotary when his charming daughter, Maria (Photo on right) applied for selection in the National Youth Science Forum (almost impossible to get into the inner circle, not to mention being selected) and indeed was successful. Maria will be our guest speaker next Wednesday 11th March.  Last Wednesday, we were given a bit of an inkling from where Maria got half of her top level Scientists brain from: her father!
How many people do you know who have a double degree? (yeah, a fair number). But how many do you know who have a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and then later in life decided to obtain a degree in Medicine? Well, there you have just one aspect of Alex.
Aleandru Ciubuc-Batcu is his full name. Born in Romania, shortly after his country turned to Communism, deposing its King Michael I. His Grandfather was a Commander of the Romanian Army.  He thus took the blame, was sent to a labour camp where he was killed as "an enemy of the people". Yes, Alex doesn't leave any doubt that Mr Nicolae Ceausescu, Romania's Dictatorship ruler from 1965 to the end of his reign in 1989, is not his favourite person.  When one considers the hardship he, his family and his country have gone through, Alex displays a remarkable control over his emotions.  And since Rotary is not about politics, let's concentrate on his achievements: Lenin's motto of "Learn - Learn - Learn" went well with Alex's overall attitude (and aptitude).  School was extremely harsh and discipline was enforced in every way (inclusive physical punishment if you didn't present your home work the next day). But the psychological pressure would go beyond that: non-performers had to repeat their class, "and this would bring big shame onto the family".  
But 'learn - learn - learn' he did: Alex studied Mechanical Engineering, which consisted not just the expected subjects, but also Chemistry, Biology, Architecture, Art. "Being an Engineer requires you to be able to do everything, to create" he stated. He worked at a manufacturing plant of some 20,000 workers where they manufactured Locomotives. The Party established the targets: 1,000 Locos per year... [no further comment. Just read 1984 by George Orwell. - Ed]. Alex ultimately specialized in designing Simulators for all sorts of applications. For example, he constructed a simulator to test petrol tanks to see how much it took to make them burst.  Later on, in a rather unexpected departure from 'the line so far', he followed this up with a degree in Medicine - Yes! Medical Doctor.  And, if you consider how totally different the Romanian language is to English, one can't help to be impressed by Alex's adoption of our language.
Ultimately, in 1989, the Communist State failed. "The transition time was very hard - we didn't know what was Democracy".  Alex ran an automotive parts plant with some 300 employees. However, gradually he came to the realization that "I love Romania, but this country doesn't want me". He decided to emigrate, first to New Zealand (2002) and in 2011 came to Australia. And, as the saying goes, the rest is history.  Or is it? [I have no doubt that there would be another dozen 'Man behind the Badge' presentation in Alex without once repeating himself.  I look forward to it.  Ed.]
Last week's speaker: Alex Batcu - Man behind the Badge Franz Huber 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Not something your average Rotarian can achieve!  Most of our members prefer to take the lift... laugh
Congratulations, Simon and Tracey Fenemor, the winnder of the women's race.
On left: Simon Brook and the winner of the women's race, 
(Picture 'liberated' from Simon's Facebook page...)
Simon Brook wins inaugural Q1 Stair Climb! 2015-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
If you ever thought that RYLA isn't effective, think again Franz Huber 2015-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Jan 17, 2015
Another first for Surfers Sunrise: whilst we have in recent years again been very active on the International Youth Exchange Scene, thanks to the huge efforts of AG Darrell Brown and our current Youth Services Director Chris Thurtell, this year we are sending two!  Felicity Cooper (right in above picture) leaves for Helsinki, Finland and Gabrielle Bury (separate picture) will shortly land in Minden, near Hannover in Germany.  Thanks to modern communication technology, Gabrielle had a Skype link from her home in Moree in Northern NSW to Simon Brook's iPad and we had a brief farewell Video Phone chat.  Isn't modern technoloy wonderful?
Hyvää matkaa ! Felicity, und Gute Reise! Gabrielle.
And don't forget: we are all looking forward to receiving your monthly reports!
Meanwhile, Isabelle Franich (left on above picture) has last week returned from France, and of course we have our inbound student from Austria, Laura Burtscher (centre).
And, to top it up, last Wednesday Elliott Cox, whom we sponsored to attend a Rotary Youth Transition Seminar (RYTS) gave a presentation of his experiences - see separate report.
Surfers Sunrise farewells two Youth Exchange Students Franz Huber 2015-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 27, 2014
The competition for a place at the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is quite fierce: our last successful candidate was Maria Ciubic-Batcu (picture on right), she was one of some 67 applicants.  48 made it to be eligible for selection, a total of 16 only were selected...   
NYSF candidates are selected from Year 12 High School Students and similar schools, such as the Qld Government Health Sciences Academy (Griffith University) where Maria studied at the time.
The next forum will take place for a week in January 2017 (applications closed in June).  But give some thoughts to any potential candidate for 2018 - nominations will close in June 2017!
More details at this link: https://www.nysf.edu.au/
Our Youth Programs: National Youth Science Forum Franz Huber 2014-08-26 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Franz Huber on Aug 10, 2014
Can you visualize it? Most people don't make it to YouTube. But - the lord be praised - he didn't perform as a singer...
Doug Lipp recently took a wheelchair all the way to India, to donate it on behalf of Surfers Sunrise Rotary to the principal Sister Laila Francis of St. Francis College for Women. Here is a brief video of Doug's presentation.
At the same event, Doug's better half Sue was presented with a set of Hyderabad pearls for her work and in particular for her inspriational speech to the students.  Click here to see a video of the presentation to Sue.
Doug and Sue Lipp on YouTube Franz Huber 2014-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
You all recall the big effort by Madonna Brosnan and the Jesus Abandoned Charity, when they came down with a truckload of clothing to "fill in the empty gaps" in a container load of wheelchairs bound for Nigeria.
This video shows Fr Anthony Ananwa distributing Surfers Sunrise Rotary wheelchairs from Australia to residents of Nnewi district.
Surfers Sunrise Wheelchairs to Nigeria 2014-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
This short video was compiled for Gold Coast philanthropist Lance Hayward to showcase the amazing work done by the Surfers Paradise Sunrise Rotary Wheelchair Project that makes wheelchairs from reclaimed and recycled parts and ships them to impoverished people around the world. The video was posted on YouTube about 2 years ago.
Surfers Sunrise Wheelchairs Video by Lance Hayward 2014-08-09 14:00:00Z 0
Helensvale State High School to build Flat Pack School on Samoa Franz Huber 2014-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise Inc
P O Box 6695, Gold Coast Mail Centre QLD 9726
A great club for members and a fun club to visit