Presidents Message 08 February
 Greetings fellow Rotarians! Another fantastic meeting was held last Thursday night with another very interesting guest speaker, Claire Baguley. We were lucky enough to go behind the scenes with Claire and learn all about the construction of 2 unique eco-camps situated at Spicers Retreat. 
At our next meeting on Thursday, 18 February we will be hearing from John McCann. John is a Positive Psychology Coach, Leadership Specialist and Organisational & Registered Psychologist, and will be helping us to identify our strengths and create positive change in our lives. This will be an interactive and fun night with John offering his insight and guidance that shouldn't be missed.
Thank you again to all those members who came out and supported Rotary and the Botanical Gardens on Australia Day. Everyone did a fantastic job of pitching in to promote the new Botanic Gardens Explorer app. The feedback was extremely positive and those participating had a fantastic time. If you haven't already, please go to this site and download the app and get out into nature and explore 
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
Gold Coast Ramble 2021 - Registrations Open
It is less than 4 weeks to this year's Gold Coast Ramble around Chevron Island, over the Green Bridge and around HOTA.  This year we will be supporting RizeUp and partnering with the Chevron Island Business and Residents Association and 94.1FM radio.
  1. To promote the event to all your contacts - family, friends, clients, suppliers, other Rotary clubs - It appeals to corporate, family and friendship teams.  Share the event on social media. - go to our Facebook page
  2. To either create a team for Sunday 21 March 2021 - so easy with new registration site - it costs $50 for a team of up to six members - then invite others to join your team and start getting some sponsors.
  3. We need prizes for teams - Random draw and best costume prizes reward participation. - vouchers for restaurants, tours, theme parks, other attractions, accommodation, sporting events etc are great.  Ask your contacts.
  4. Come along on Sunday 21 March - we will also launch 100 Years of Rotary Baton Relay on the Gold Coast - let David Baguley know if you can assist with set up and pull down.
The Ramble can best be described as a car rally / treasure hunt on foot (no running allowed), with teams of costumed participants exploring the parks, malls and streets of the Chevron Island, across the Green Bridge, around the HOTA Cultural Precinct and surrounding area, following clues to locate 25 to 30 checkpoints in 2 hours.  At each checkpoint, the team use the Gold Coast Ramble App to receive a question to answer about the immediate area – this could relate to the heritage, the natural environment, street art or current infrastructure.  What better way to discover and learn about the lesser-visited nooks and crannies of the City of Gold Coast?  Teams are directed to places of historical interest, to cultural precincts and newer developments, highlighting local stories and the diversity of each of the communities explored.
Public Image
The Public Image team tells the story of Rotary, who we are as a Club and what we do. They also promote the club’s projects and activities.

How Do We Do This?
This is done via many platforms of communication some of which include:-
•Twice Monthly Newsletter issued to Members via email – Bulletin
•Print Media eg: Newspapers, Flyers, Brochures
Would You Like to Get Involved in Public Image?
•Please contact Lori in person, on phone or email any time to find out more.
•Chairperson: Lori Bradley
•PH: 0410 929 310
Wonderful Australia Day Event
The weather was wonderful, the attendance was great, the food was excellent and our celebration of Australia Day could not have gone better.
On Australia Day we celebrated being Australian together with the theme Respect, Reflect and Celebrate so it was most appropriate to start the event with  Aunty Betty, an indigenous elder to give a most inspiring Address to Country.
For the last 10 years, Gold Coast Rotary has had a partnership with the Friends of the Gold Coast regional Botanic Gardens with a focus on education.  We constructed the Education  pavilion where the event was held to provide shelter for school groups and others doing programs.  
Our other main contribution has been the funding of wonderful interpretive signage throughout the gardens, which allows visitors to learn not only about the plants themselves abut also about how these plants were used by the traditional owners or why these plants might be endangered.
So we were proud to launch the Botanic Gardens Explorer App, which has been designed to lead users to different parts of the Gardens and answer challenges.  Many of the solutions to these challenges will be found on the interpretive signs.   It will allow visitors to self-explore, discovering interesting facts and for the competitive to compare their progress on a leaders’ board.  
Participants then returned to the start point for a sausage sizzle (served by Surfers Sunrise Rotarians) and the best lamingtons ever supplied by Martin and Jenny.  
Gift packs from the Friends Centre were awarded to the highest-scoring team and by random draw.
Check out the photos taken by Andrew Chan.
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.
Brain Strain 08 February
Can you solve these Brain Strains? 
  1. I Am Heavy And Hard To Pick Up, But Backwards I Am Not. What Am I?

  2. If You Have Me, You Want To Share Me. If You Share Me, You Don't Have Me. What Am I?

  3. A Red House Is Made From Red Bricks. A Blue House Is Made From Blue Bricks. A Yellow House Is Made From Yellow Bricks. What Is A Green House Made From?

  4. You're Escaping A Labyrinth, And There Are Three Exits. Exit A Leads To An Inferno. Exit B Leads To An Assassin. Exit C Leads To A Lion That Hasn't Eaten In Three Months. Which Exit Do You Pick?

A ton is equivalent to 2,000 pounds, but if you spell the word "ton" backwards you get N-O-T.
A secret
Exit C. If the lion hasn't eaten in three months, it definitely starved to death. 
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Gold Coast Rotary
Service Above Self
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Southport, QLD 4215
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