Presidents Message 10 November
Greetings fellow Rotarians! Yes it's November already which means that dare I say it, Christmas is next month! For a year of lockdowns and lockouts, it certainly hasn't done anything to slow the time down. With Christmas and the New Year almost upon us, I'm sure you're all wondering about our Rotary meetings and whether these will be impacted. Great news, we will still continue to meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month for December and January. If there's one thing you can count on, it's Rotary :) 
We are in talks regarding the last meeting for Xmas but if you have any ideas that you would like to share to make this evening special please let me know, I would love to hear from you.
Thank you to all those members and guests who turned out at our meeting last week and a HUGE thank you to Sue Geelan, who at the last minute stepped up to the plate to give us all a very important insight regarding relationships, and some invaluable advice. Unfortunately, our scheduled speaker John McCann was not able to attend due to health issues, however he will be back in December. 
If you haven't seen this already in your inbox, please check for a very important email from David Baguley titled How and where can you help in 2020? This year has been challenging for everyone in many different ways and has affected our fundraising events, but we are moving onward and upward. Now is the time we need to start putting teams together to organise these events, so we can achieve the best outcome. Please take the time to read this email and answer the quick survey, so we can match you up with a project near and dear to you. 
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
Vocational Visits - We Need You
It's always interesting to experience first hand a behind the scenes look at how things tick which makes our Vocational Visits very popular with our club members. 
Unfortunately with COVID-19 this has limited the options available and just when the team has a fabulous idea, a new restriction stops us in our tracks so we are putting the call out to you all. Have you ever been somewhere and thought I wonder what goes on out back, how do they do that? Ponder now more! If you have an idea for a vocational visit we want to hear from you. You don't have to make any arrangements we can do all that, we just need a starting place. 
For all ideas, big or small please contact our Vocational Director or any of the Leadership Team:
•Chawki Gazal
•PH: 0410 002 403
Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise 10,000th Wheelchair Celebration - Saturday 14th November 9am
As mentioned at our last club meeting Surfers Sunrise are hosting a celebration/open day on Saturday 14 November from 9am to 12pm.
Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we are not going to be able to host a stand on the day as planned to promote our upcoming event, The Gold Coast Ramble to be held on 21 March 2021 however, we encourage as many members of our club to turn out on the day to help support Rotary as a whole. 
If you have a couple of spare hours this Saturday morning, why not dress up in your Rotary shirt and come along to this fantastic morning and enjoy some wonderful fellowship. Everyone is welcome! 
November is Rotary Foundation Month
This is a very special month as it is Rotary Foundation Month and there is a challenge for all members to become a Rotary Centurion by donating $143 (US $100) before June 30, 2021. The club will match the first $7,000 raised with the target of at least $14,000 raised for Rotary's work in disease prevention & treatment, basic education & literacy, peace & conflict resolution, maternal & solid health, economic & community development and water & hygiene.
So get involved, please donate and help our club raise some money for the amazing work that Rotary Foundation does!
Member Behind the Badge
At our meeting last Thursday, we had the pleasure of learning more about one of our most long-serving and dedicated club members.    Kathy Hogan volunteers her time on our Board as Director of Club Service, as well as overseeing the running of our Rotary Village. We are so lucky to have her support and efforts!
Here are a few things we learnt about Kathy:
Kathy moved to Australia when she was four and a half years old, and up until the age of 12, she lived in Tasmania. The family then moved to Adelaide, where Kathy grew up, got married, had her children and worked as a Human Resources Manager in a bank.
Whilst in Adelaide and at the age of 18 years old, Kathy was in a rock opera...perhaps we should get her to perform some of the show for us at our next meeting??
Kathy moved to the sunny Gold Coast 23 years ago and not long after, a new work colleague invited her to visit the local Rotary club. Kathy did not like that first meeting one little bit! It left her wondering if Rotary was really for her...
After visiting a few more clubs, Kathy was finally persuaded to join Rotary. And we are so glad that she did!
Kathy has now been in Rotary for over 20 years and has been President three times. She's been an active board member for most years and absolutely loves contributing to the community through the many positive activities that Rotary undertakes. 
Her active commitment, dedication and contribution to Rotary is outstanding. So thank you, Kathy, for all your hard work!
Brain Strain November
Riddle Me This, Riddle Me That; can you solve these brain strains? 
  • Every night I am told what to do, and each morning, I do what I am told. But still, I do not escape your scold.
  • I am something people love or hate. I change people’s appearances and thoughts. If a person takes care of themself, I will go up even higher. To some people, I will fool them. To others, I am a mystery. Some people might want to try and hide me, but I will show. No matter how hard people try, I will never go down. What am I?
  • It can't be seen, can't be felt, can't be heard and can't be smelt. It lies behind stars and under hills and empty holes it fills. It comes first and follows after, ends life and kills laughter. What is it?
  • You measure my life in hours, and I serve you by expiring. I am quick when I am thin and slow when I am fat. The wind is my enemy.
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