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Presidents Message 22 March
 
 
 Greetings fellow Rotarians! Well what a night we had last Thursday, so many wonderful events in such a small amount of time. We were honoured to have the Rotary Baton in attendance on the night, unfortunately due to personal circumstances Lord Baton wasn't able to be in attendance but he was in our thoughts as we travelled down memory lane via a slideshow of Lord Baton and our club members who have generously taken Lord Baton under their wing over the last few months. 
 
This was followed up by our line of guest speakers Hayley Sullivan who attended RYTS, Nicolle Edwards, CEO from RizeUp and Rebecca O'Connor, CEO from DV Connect.
 
Our next club meeting is at the Southport Golf Club on Thursday 15 April, so enjoy the Break and we'll see you back at the Club after Easter! Please take care over the Easter Break and if you are lucky enough to travel, please be safe on the roads.

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 melissaneilsen1979@gmail.com
 
 
Gold Coast Ramble 2021 - POSTPONED
UPDATE: Due to weather the date for The Ramble has been changed to Sunday 28 March, 2021 at 9am. This is great news for those already signed up as it gives you more time to raise funds and for those to donate. If you were thinking about getting a team together but weren't able to, you have an extra week to gather your troupes!
 
This year's Gold Coast Ramble will take place 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.
 
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW:
  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  https://www.facebook.com/goldcoastramble
  2. To either create a team for Sunday 21 March 2021 - Now postponed to Sunday 28 March - so easy with new registration site https://rizeup-ramble.raisely.com - 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 - Now postponed to Sunday 28 March - 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.
 
 
 
 
Guest Speakers - Thursday 18 March
Another fabulous night had by all in attendance made even greater by our Guest Speakers for the evening. 
 

Hayley Sullivan, a RYTS participant shared with the club the lifelong memories she experienced and friends she made during her time at camp.
 
Hayley really brought home to all of us just how important Rotary Youth programs are and the real difference they can make when helping to shape a young person's life. 
 
If you would like to know more about our Youth Programs please contact the Club's Youth Chair Assad Sarroff at assad.sarroff@gmail.com 
 
 
 
Keeping with the theme of the Rotary Baton in our District 'Rotary Says No to Domestic Violence', we were also lucky enough to be joined by CEO of RizeUp Nicolle Edwards and CEO of DV Connect, Rebecca O'Connor. Both of these amazing ladies are making a real difference to those affected by Domestic Violence. However, as we all learned on the night, there is a very long way to go and the work is never over. Thank you again to these inspirational ladies and if you would like to help out please contact the Club's Community Club Service Director, John Davis on john.davis@au.licensee.mcd.com 
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
 
 
It's time for another Guess Who's Coming To Dinner!
 
Date Claimer: 17th April 2021
 
Here's an explanation of what 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' is all about:
 
It is a dinner party. The only difference is that the hosts and guests for 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' are kept a secret.
 
I will ask for people to let only me know if they would like to host a dinner and how many people they would like to have.
 
I will also ask members to let me know (quietly) if they would like to be a guest.
 
On the day of the dinner, the 17th of April, around mid-afternoon I send a text message to the guests with the address they are going to.
 
The hosts do not know who is coming to dinner until their guests arrive. The guests do not know who their host is until they arrive.
 
In the spirit of 'Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner' the hosts need to be a secret.
 
'Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner' is a lovely opportunity to spend time with people who you may not know very well yet or may not know it all. 
 
It's a lot of fun so please put the date in your diary and please let me know whether you would like to be a host or guest.
 
The dinner is BYO and $30 per person. Put the money in an envelope and please hand this to your host when you arrive.
 
Please email Kathy Hogan at kathy@khresources.com.au ASAP to secure your spot for this fantastic event! 
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 https://www.botanicalbazaargc.com.au
 
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 Take 2
 
  • What do you call a guy with a rubber toe? Roberto.
     
  • I couldn't figure out why the baseball kept getting larger. Then it hit me.
     
  • How do you learn to be a trash collector? Just pick it up as you go along.
     
  • Why wouldn’t the shrimp share his treasure? Because he was a little shellfish.
     
  • My wife told me I had to stop acting like a flamingo. So I had to put my foot down.

     
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