President's Message
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President’s Message
Our August 1 meeting was attended by 31 members and 6 guests. A big welcome to our two newest members, John Davis (Food Services) and Ana Alexander (Management Consultant). We are now 56 strong and I expect we will soon have 60 Gold Coast Rotarians actively connecting communities locally and internationally.
Our Member Behind The Badge presentations from Nico Alfaro, Assad Sarroff and Lea Rickwood gave us insight into  their lives and why Rotary is important in their lives. Eleven new members have shared their story and we look forward to hearing from all new and not so new members before the end of the Rotary year.
Our guest speaker Dr Charles Chabert certainly got our attention in his efforts to both save the lives of Gold Coast men and assist them to enjoy their lives as they grow older.
28 Members and 6 partners helped make the Botanical Bazaar a roaring success. David Baguley will report on this great achievement later this month however there is no doubt that this event will be a major part to Gold Coast Rotary’s public image and fundraising going forward.
I have received 20 completed Member Satisfaction Surveys with 36 to come. Members in attendance were given a hard copy to complete and either scan and email back to at or to bring with them to the August 15 meeting. If you prefer to do it online, click on this link, complete the survey, save it and email it to me.
August is Rotary’s Membership Month – what a great opportunity to invite a friend or work colleague who you think may be interested in joining us and becoming a Rotarian. Last meeting we had just two invited potential members and we will have membership applications from both before members this month.
I hear excuses like “my friends are too old” or “I retired and don’t have any contacts”. This club has four members,    40 years and under and fourteen 55 years and under. Most of us work either full-time or part-time and we all know people that we do business with and friends we socialise with. I encourage all members, new and not so new, to invite one person to attend their first meeting at no charge (as a guest of the Club) to our August 15 meeting. Make a call today, forward them this Bulletin and follow up. RSVP is August 8.  If you don’t ask, you don’t get. And the worst thing they can say is “no”. If they do, then invite them to the September 5 and 19 meetings. Remember a “no” is often  a “not yet”  not a “no forever” and remember you are asking them to join in an experience that you know and love.
I am hoping that all members and their partners and families can join me and my wife Rose for the President’s Welcome Brunch this Sunday, August 11 (10 am in the Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens Benowa).
RSVP by Thursday August 8 to with payment of $20pp to C Gazal BSB 064 430 Acc 00293833
And you can bring a potential member to this – a great way to introduce them to your fellow Rotarians.   
Look forward to catching up.
Rowan Johnstone
President 2019/20
M. 0421 915 818
This Meeting
Thursday, 15 August – Gold Coast Rotary Dinner Meeting
5.45pm for 6.15pm at Southport Golf Club, Slatyer Avenue, Southport                
Speaker- Carl Valerius on the little known story of Australia’s greatest war horse.
Members Behind the Badge – Luciane Sperling, Tammi Mayfield and Karim Gawor
$30pp for plated meal, tea or coffee and a raffle ticket.  Members inviting partners or friends @ $20 per person. Children’s meals $10 per person To prepay BSB 124 022 Acc No 21667645 Ref: Your Name
RSVP by Thursday, 8 August to or  0411 693 814
Other August Events
August 2019
Fri 9     Gold Coast Rotary Board – Lev 2, Kay House, Southport (1pm)
Sun 11 President’s Brunch – Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens, Benowa (10am)
Fri 23  Rotary & Southport Chamber of  Commerce Business Networking Forum – Southport Yacht Club (7am)
Australian Rotary Health
The latest news from Australian Rotary Health

Congratulations to ARH PhD Scholar

Congratulations to our Ian Scott PhD Scholarship recipient Dr Kate Young, who graduated last week with a PhD!

Time Warp Trivia Night

The Rotary Club of Monash raised nearly $1,000 for mental health research last Friday night at their Time Warp Trivia Night.
We thank them for their support!

Acknowleding Rotary Support

ARH Director Jane Cox (right) presented Rotary Club of Mt Gambier President Kathryn Weddell-Lucan with a certificate this week to acknowledge their support of Australian Rotary Health research.
An amazing effort! We are very grateful.

Supporting ARH in City2Surf

Dianne North from Rotary District 9675 is celebrating her 30th Sydney City2Surf this year and is hoping to raise $3,000 for Australian Rotary Health research.
Please support Dianne and share her fundraising page around!

North Ryde Fun Run 2019

Support youth mental health research by joining the North Ryde Fun Run on Sunday 25 August.

Lift the Lid on Mental Illness

Your support on World Mental Health Day (October 10) or anytime during Mental Health Month in October, can help us to fund more mental health research, and ultimately improve many lives.

You can help #LiftTheLid on Mental Illness by:
  • Hosting a Hat Day event
  • Fundraising at your local Bunnings store or train station
  • Asking your local coffee shop to donate $2 from each cup of coffee sold
To register your event or find out more, head to or contact the ARH office on (02) 8837 1900 or
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