Presidents Message
I’m not sure about you but with all of the long weekends I am having trouble remembering what day it is. 😊
Another action-packed meeting with our Scholarship students in attendance, the Bromley Assoc family and Holly Bond from SolarBuddy.
The word privilege can be over used at times but it is the most appropriate word that comes to my mind when I witness the growth of the Scholarship students over the three years that they are with us. Andrew, Jayden and our newbie Trista gave us an update of where they are at with their Uni studies and personal life as well. Andrew plays down his achievements but he is quite amazing and even more so for a person with no sight. He is undertaking two solid Degrees, Law and Psychology, swimming in the Australian Championships and writing a book. 
After a long wait and a few stops and starts we were finally able to welcome our Bromley family. They were an absolute delight. The girls sat through the meeting with grace.  I have included below the email from the recipient of the holiday. Her email demonstrates the difference the holiday makes. Also, the student referred to in the email is Jayden. Her husband gave Jayden his card at the meeting.
Holly from SolarBuddy gave an excellent presentation about the lights that are also our DG’s partners project for this year. I would love to support this because they are much needed and it also involves local schools to put them together with a note from the student to the recipient.
I have a fun fundraiser to pay for these.  Natalie Jansson will announce the details after the Ramble.  Watch this space. I’m excited.
Is everybody ready to Ramble?
It’s not too late to register a team yourself or ask a business owner that you know to get a team together.
See you on Thursday.
No One Can Do Everything but Everyone Can Do Something
Hi Mark and President Kathy,
We just got home a short while ago. We left Queensland at the perfect time this afternoon. Just as we were sitting in the plane waiting to take off, the skies opened up.  Huge rain was pelting the plane on the tarmac. We had only beautiful weather the whole time we were in QLD, so felt quite lucky.
Can I please ask that if we are mentioned in Rotary’s social media, we please not be identified by our full names, so we can limit our footprint on the internet? I’m very conscious of the girls growing up in a world where their whole childhood can be tracked.  It’s a bit of a scary space and so different to how we grew up!
Some good news, GC Rotary’s sponsor student studying mechanical engineering sent Jud his cv as soon as he got home last night.  Jud said it read very well and this student is even more impressive with what he has achieved than what he lets on.  Jud has put him in touch with the Gold Coast office of the firm Jud works at, encouraging them to consider taking him on as a part time engineering student and team member.  He’s currently working as a building labourer in his spare time with very few contacts in the engineering field.  A job with an engineering company would help him so much more!
Finally, at the risk of oversharing, my ptsd is pretty bad and I have multiple nightmares every night, as I have for the past, unfortunately, 25 years.  While I was on the Ken Bromley sponsored holiday, you won’t believe it, but I was nightmare-free for six nights in a row.   Jud and I couldn’t believe it.  I don’t recall this ever happening before.   I think it was the fact that we were able to go on this beautiful family holiday, with no pressure to do anything, just to relax, reconnect with our little family and feel so ridiculously supported by your generous Rotary Club  (we don’t have any extended family support of our own, which can sometimes make us feel more isolated with what has happened).  Our Ken Bromley holiday made a profound world of difference on our sense of well-being and feelings of validation.  You have no idea how grateful we are. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you in Canberra.
Kind regards,

Guest Speaker - 05 May
The guest speaker for this meeting is
Roula Selinas - author, inspirational speaker and life coach. 
Roula‘s tenacity is evident as a double cancer survivor overcoming the odds, setbacks and complications to bounce back and thrive again. Roula was a finalist for Ms Australia International Qld 2022 and is passionate about raising awareness and reducing the stigma for mental health and suicide prevention. 
Her book Stronger, You Can Overcome and Bounce Back from Adversity shares steps and techniques that are backed by science and research and proven to work.  Her new book Maya, the Magical Forest is aimed at 5 to 9 year olds.
Roula has spoken at Ignite Brisbane, Herstory women’s empowerment conferences, libraries, radio and other platforms.  She was a finalist twice in Queensland’s prestigious Arch Williams, speaking competition. Roula as a life coach and counsellor obtained a Diploma of Life Skills Counselling HH (L.S.C.), Diploma of Counselling, Certificates in Small Business Management, Property and Administration. Roula is the administrator for Australia for Motivational Strips, the world’s largest online writer’s forum.  Her poetry and writing feature in online magazines.
For more information
This is a great opportunity to invite friends and partners.

Flood Fundraiser - Inner Wheel
Assisting residents in Lismore, Coraki, Broadwater & Murwillumbah
TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2022
THE CROATIAN Sports Centre
181 Nerang Broadbeach Rd CARRARA
6PM FOR 6.30PM

$5.00 per person & proceeds of raffles
direct to Rotary’s Flood Appeal.

5 Star 2 course meal
Alternate Drop:
Grilled Barramundi Fillet
Chicken Supreme & Avocado,
Dessert: Croatian crepes
VEGETARIAN pre ordered
An evening of Fabulous food, fun, raffles and entertainment.
Why not book a table of 8?
RSVP: Joan O’Keefe or 0411 126 691

By TUESDAY JUNE 7, 2022 please state any dietary requirements
Gold Coast Ramble - Tick Tock, time is running out!!!
This year's Gold Coast Ramble will be held on Sunday 15 May, 2022 at a Mystery location to be revealed to registered teams the night before event.
We will have a corporate event limited to 20 teams and challenge these teams to each raise a minimum of $1,000 for Rize-up.  Details of the Corporate Event are attached.
A family event will be held in parallel.
How can you help now?
1. Form a Rotary team and take up the challenge.
2. Identify one or two organisations you know or deal with and send a personal invitation to your contact to register a team.  What about the companies that participated in our vocational excellence and Heart of Australia awards?  Use the words in the attached invitation. 
3.  Source a prize for the event.

ROTARACT MS Fundraiser
ROTARACT - District 9640 has signed up for The May 50K to raise funds for research into MS (multiple sclerosis).
All Rotaract clubs in our district are joining this project as one Team and they need our support!
3 out of 4 people affected by MS are female and 10 people are diagnosed every week.
It strikes young people in the prime of their lives.
Right now, there are over 25,600 Australians living with MS and there is no cure.
Please make a donation and support this challenge to leave MS behind, where it belongs.
Click below to view their team fundraising page:
Your donation will support the work of MS Research Australia and fund research into MS to develop better treatments and find a cure for this cruel disease.

Bubbles, Brushes & Butterflies
Our next Vocational Event is here!
There are limited numbers and this one will fill very quickly. 
Come along and enjoy what will surely be a fantastic and fun filled evening.
Let your inner artist shine! 
Friday 10 June
7pm to 10pm
RQAS - Royal Queensland Art Society
25 Broadbeach Boulevard, Broadbeach
$45.00 per person
Supplies included in cost include paint, brushes, palette and art suggestions.
It doesn't end there though, it also includes Pizza and Wings! 
Limited number 20 
Get in NOW before you miss out on this awesome evening.
Bookings will open SOON - watch this space! 
Invitation to the Manasprings Charity Ball

Saturday 4 June  - Southport Yacht Club

6.30pm - 11.30pm

Formal Attire

Early Bird ticket price: $140 per person. Ends Monday 9 May 2022 or when tickets sell out. Includes one BONUS Lucky Door Prize ticket. 

Ticket price: $150 per person. Closes 19 May 2022.

Table of 10: $1,400. Closes 19 May 2022. Includes 10 BONUS Lucky Door Prize tickets. 

Corporate Sponsor Table of 10: $1,900. Includes 30 BONUS Lucky Door Prize tickets. Closes 19 May 2022. 

Manasprings is celebrating its third Annual Charity Ball on Saturday 4 June 2022. You'll get to hear from Founders of Manasprings - Carey Westwood and Wanjiru Waithaka, and experience a sensational evening with a delicious three course dinner, three drinks, music, dancing, and of course, the extraordinary 'live' auction to raise funds for Manasprings. 

The night promises to be filled with fun and laughter, as we join together in fundraising for a grassroots charity that supports and strengthens women who care for the poor and vulnerable in Kenya. Get your dancing shoes on, and fanciest frock or suit and tie, and prepare to participate in the 'live' auction, while experience a memorable evening. 

Find out more about Manasprings and the amazing work they do HERE

Click HERE For more details about this event and to make Booking 

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Cnr Slatyer Avenue and Poinciana Crescent
Southport, QLD 4215
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