President's Message
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Gold Coast Rotary Bulletin – November 27 Edition
President’s Message
Our November 21 meeting welcomed 27 members and 16 guests to hear from Andrea Simmons from the Australian Anti Ice Campaign and Major David Rogerson from The Salvation Army’s Gold Coast Recovery Services. These two organisations are fighting together on the front line in the battle against drugs and alcohol addiction that adversely affect too many lives in our community and throughout Australia. Members and guests had an opportunity to ask our questions of our guest speakers. Our Club will look to continue our support for their important work.
Thankyou John Davis for sharing as our Member Behind The Badge and for your commitment to Rotary and Community Service. Members and guests can help John and members of the Gold Coast Salvos raise funds for The Salvation Army’s work on the Gold Coast by selling LED candles at the Broadbeach Christmas Carols on Saturday, 14 December, Coolangatta Christmas Carols on Sunday, 15 December or Carols on the Beach at Surfers Paradise on Sunday 22 December.  There is also an opportunity to man an aid station at the GC50 Running Festival at Broadbeach on Sunday, December 8.  If you are available on any or all of these days (the Carols events from 4pm to 7pm, the GC50 Running Festival for a couple of hours from 5am to 8.30am or 8.30am to 12 noon), please contact John Davis, Kathy Hogan or myself.
We need to confirm names by our Christmas Dinner meeting on Thursday, 5 December
At our Christmas Dinner on Thursday 5 December we will be entertained by The Gold Coast Salvos Brass Band on arrival from 6pm. We are celebrating a fantastic past 12 months of activity and achievements since our 2018 Christmas party, including 25 new members joining our existing 37 active members to make us the second biggest Rotary club in Queensland.
Now with 62 active members we are just 12 behind Townsville Sunrise.
We also recognise the anniversaries of members have achieved Rotary Service Above Self in inducted in the month of December in the year they joined Rotary and have maintained their membership since then.
1 year – Darren & Vanessa Glowaski & Tim Cayless        3 years – Rowan Johnstone
24 years – Chawki Gazal               31 years – Andre von Zeppelin
Please bring your partner and/or a friend or a potential member to join us. Dress theme is red and white. No "secret Santa" this year as we are raising funds for the Rotary District 9640 “Water for the West & Fires Appeal” so please consider making a donation online with your booking. Book online today at
Our final meeting before Christmas is Friday 13 December from 8am, our Gold Coast Rotary AGM Breakfast in the Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens, Benowa.
$25 for hot and or cold brekky with barista coffee or tea. Book online today
The Southport Long Lunch for 2019 will be staged by the Southport Chamber of Commerce (Gold Coast Rotary is a member) on Friday, 13th December on The Little Lawn, Broadwater Parklands, Southport. A three-course, Christmas themed lunch and four hour drinks package with paired wines throughout the afternoon. 12:30pm arrival for a 1pm seating to 4:30pm
If you are interested in joining a table of six for $110 per person, please let me know by Friday, 6 December and we will book a table or two.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Gold Coast Rotary have some great upcoming events and meetings. Mark these in your calendar, commit to attending and bring your partner and/or friend or a potential member with you.
Thu 5 Dec    Gold Coast Rotary Christmas Dinner - Southport GC (6pm)
Sun 8 Dec    GC 50 Running Festival – Pratten Park, Broadbeach (5am)
Fri 13 Dec   Gold Coast Rotary AGM Breakfast – GC Botanical Gardens, Benowa (8am)
Sat 14 Dec  Broadbeach Carols Salvos Candle Sales – Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach (4pm)
Sun 15 Dec  Coolangatta Carols Salvos Candle Sales - Queen Elizabeth Park (4pm)                                                             Sun 22 Dec  Carols on the Beach Salvos Candle Sales - Surfers Paradise Beach (4pm)
Mon 16 Jan  Gold Coast Rotary Dinner Meeting – Southport GC (5.45pm)
Thu 6 Feb     Gold Coast Rotary Dinner Meeting – Southport GC (5.45pm)
Sat 15 Feb     Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – Various Members Homes 
Thu 20 Feb   Gold Coast Rotary Dinner Meeting - Southport GC (5.45pm)
Sat 22 Feb     GC Rotary Vocational Visit/Tour/Lunch - Southport Coast Guard/Yacht Club
I look forward to catching up soon.
Rowan Johnstone President 2019-2020 
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Christmas with Friends
Southport Golf Club
Dec 05, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
GC 50 Run
Pratten Park
Dec 08, 2019
7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Breakfast at the Gardens
Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
Dec 13, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Broadbeach Christmas Carols
Broadbeach Park
Dec 14, 2019
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Coolangatta Christmas Carols
Queen Elizabeth Park
Dec 15, 2019
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Carols on the Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach
Dec 22, 2019
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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