Presidents Message 24 May, 2021
 Greetings fellow Rotarians! Unfortunately I was not in attendance at last week's meeting due to the dreaded annual cold making it's rounds at my home and I was disappointed not to be in attendance to hear from two very inspiring ladies, the Co-Founders of Manasprings in Kenya, Carey Westwood and Wanjiru (Chiro) Waithaka.
It's always amazing to see and learn about the work that goes on across so many different areas and places and to have the opportunity to meet the driving forces behind these multitude of projects that have such a huge impact on those that they come into contact with.
Next week's meeting, Thursday 03 June is a home grown event where we will have 2 Member's doing a Member Behind the Badge. Come along and learn more about the members of your amazing club as we hear from our most newest member Lindy Dupree and our current Youth Chair, Assad Sarroff.  
Until next time, please take care and if you need anything at all please feel free to contact me via phone on 0433 069 174 or email
Manasprings Charity Ball 
At last Thursday's meeting our guest speakers Carey and Wanjiru spoke to us about the great work their organization Manasprings does in Kenya providing respite to Carers.  They have a fundraising ball organised to raise much needed funds to which Carey has invited our members. Please see invitation and details below for booking and payment:
We are holding a Charity Ball on Saturday 5 June at the Southport Yacht Club, starting at 6.30pm, and we’d love to have you and fellow Rotarians book a table! The evening promises to be filled with great food and drinks, good conversation with old and new friends, an entertaining ‘live’ auction, and dancing (that is if you’re up to hitting the dance floor), with the aim of raising much-needed funds for Manasprings’ work in Kenya.
Carey is happy to extend the Early Bird ticket price of $140 should you book directly with Manasprings via bank transfer: Manasprings Inc. BSB:064486 Account No.: 10516798.
Otherwise bookings can be made via Humanitix - $150 pp or table of 10 - $1400. The link is below:
Change Over Lunch - New Venue
Come along and help to farewell the current Leadership Team lead by President Melissa Neilsen and welcome in a new one! 
President Elect Kathy Hogan will proudly introduce her team for the year ahead at the Southport Golf Club; details below:-
Sunday 27 June
12pm Start
Southport Golf Club
Slatyer Avenue, Southport
Cost is $55 per person with Cash Bar (card only)
To reserve your seat go to Try Booking 
See you there on the day! 
Botanical Bazaar - Now 2 day Event
Mark your diaries - this year's Botanical Bazaar will be held on 31 July and 1 August 2021 at Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang.  We will need all hands on deck and plenty of other volunteers on the weekend.  Check out our new website
The Botanical Bazaar has become the Gold Coast's premier Gardening and Sustainability Festival.  It is an interactive Gardening, and Sustainable living event aimed to educate and inspire all nature enthusiasts.
Botanical Bazaar is where naturally wild, urban gardeners and nature lovers connect.   Educating and inspiring nature enthusiasts of all ages. See around 90 green exhibitors plus celebrity gardener’s talks, demonstrations, botanical art, community groups and kids nature activities.  An exciting speakers program that includes several Gardening Australia personalities will be announced shortly.
Learn how to grow your own food, urban and small space gardening, and sustainable living concepts. Explore plant nurseries and landscape designs, garden materials and tools, organic beauty products and even botanical homewares.
A relaxing day at the Parklands with live music by groups such as Leopold’s Treat and delicious food, Market Stalls and more.
Time for a Laugh!!
  • Why was the picture sent to jail? It was framed.
  • My wife left me because of my obsession with horoscopes. It Taurus apart.
  • Two antennas got married.. the ceremony was ok, but the reception was excellent.
  • Why did the old man fall in the well? Because he couldn't see that well.
  • Did you hear about the claustrophobic astronaut? He just needed a little space

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