President's Message
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Our 17th meeting of this Rotary year was online only via Zoom with 29 members and 6 guests attending.  The next day a link to a video of this meeting was on our Facebook page and Club Admin Chair Mark Urquhart included the link it in his email to members on 4 April.


So click on if you have yet to see this.            

9640 District Governor Elect Andy Rajapaske informed me that as at 31 March we are the largest Rotary Club in Queensland. I welcome all 69 members, your partners and guests to join us to celebrate our achievement at our next Gold Coast Rotary Club meeting next Thursday, April 16 online at 7.15pm (giving you time to have dinner before you join us) and our Chair Catherine Palin-Brinkworth will start the meeting at 7.30pm. To Join This Meeting click on  Club Admin Chair Mark Urquhart will email you a link to this meeting close to this event.
Our guest speaker last meeting Mark Hamawi shared The 10 Pillars of Effortless Leadership. This Club’s current amazing leadership team has this in spades.                
President Elect Melissa Neilsen is wanting to introduce her 2020/21 leadership team as soon as possible. If you have passions and skills you want to bring to this club as part of this leadership team, let Melissa know today so she can finalise this and start planning the year ahead, Rotary’s 100th Year in Australia, now just 10 weeks away.
This coming meeting is a Membership Information evening so invite a person you do business with, a friend or a family member you believe Gold Coast Rotary is an organisation that they would enjoy as much as you do. We will be showcasing the Projects and Programs we currently invest in and how they make a difference to the lives we impact.
Our Guest Speaker is Karen Phillips, a corporate communications expert who will present “Communications in an Online Only World”.
New Member Dan Stevenson, owner of Bordertown Films, will share his Member Behind the Badge story.  
Program Chairs have an opportunity to provide updates on club projects, programs and priorities. Members will have an opportunity to ask questions and opportunity to chat with fellow members 15 minutes before the meeting and 15 minutes after.
If you have not had a fellow member invite you to join them for this or if you are not sure how to, please call me on 0421 915 818 or email me at and we will make sure that you have the opportunity to connect with us. Guests of members and other Club Rotarians are welcome to join us.
If there is anything that you need that I can help you with, please let me know.
I look forward to catching up
Rowan Johnstone
President 2019/20
Gold Coast Rotary

Gold Coast Ramble 2020
Despite the cancellation of many other events, Gold Coast Ramble was still able to proceed as scheduled on Sunday 22 March 2020.  Due to CODIV-19 public health concerns, several teams did not compete and other teams lost some members but 13 teams collected their maps and had 2 hours fun completing the circuit.   Check out the photo gallery.
To allow the event to proceed the event was modified to remove all activities requiring teams to interact with volunteers, other teams or the public.  Once team captains had collected their map, the entire event was managed using the Goose Chase App.  Missions or challenges went live at 10am and were listed on the App for teams to plan their routes.  The challenges were in one of three formats:
  • Find a geographic location (confirmed by GPS)
  • Answer a question about a particular location (confirmed by correct answer)
  • Submit a photograph or video of the team at the required location.
During the event additional bonus challenges were sent out to the team that were not location based and tested the team’s observation and creativity.  Finally, to make the event ‘socially distant’, there was no congregation of teams to announce winners and draw random prizes.  This was done by email and announced on social media.  The App itself had maintained a leader board visible to all teams but adjusted by bonus and penalty points based on photographic submissions.
Looking back at previous Rambles we had volunteers manning every checkpoint and managing the logistics of setting these up was a major exercise.  In 2017 we had over 80 volunteers to run the event.  This year it could be run on the day with only one!  This is the power of technology and the functionality in a new App.
Almost $7,000 in prizes were made available by our generous sponsors:
  • Spicer Retreats
  • KDV Sport
  • Village Road Theme Parks
  • Lana Noir Photography
  • 94.1 FM Radio
  • ISR Training
  • Southport Yacht Club
  • HopOn Brewery Tours
  • Granddad Jacks Craft Distillery
We were able to balance the costs of running the event due to a generous donation from Kevin and Lindy Campbell so if you are looking for storage, please talk to Campbell’s Self Storage at Hope Island.
This year we used a registration site that provided an single easy-to-navigate registration and donation platform for participants. was able to handle the seamless transfer and receipting of team donations directly to the nominated charity at minimum cost.
Total proceeds for the event was $6,644, which included $1,350 in registrations.  Several teams campaigned hard to maximise their pre-event bonus points:
  • Niopotamus $1,045 raised for Bravehearts
  • Good Karma $913raised for Baby Give Back
  • Hinterland Heroes $870 raised for The Salvos
Disappointingly the 9 recipient charities only generated one or two teams with over 80% of team registrations coming from Rotarians or their connections.  With an average team donation of $300, this was an opportunity missed with Rotary running a fun event for their network to support.
International Projects -Pentecost Island Update
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu Update – 31 March 2020
Following the presentation on our current international projects at our last dinner meeting, there has been progress on construction of the Pentecost Island Vanuatu X-Ray and Pathology Building that will be constructed in flat pack form and shipped to northern Vanuatu for re-assembly.
After the call to members of the Rotary Clubs of Broadbeach, Surfers Sunrise and or club for donations in kind for building materials for the facility, Premier Timber on Brisbane Road in Labrador have donated the roof trusses as you see in the photo below with Michael who constructed them.
Thanks goes to Rotarian Geoff Croad of Surfers Sunrise club who asked Premier Timber if they would donate them.  As COVID-19 will restrict members of the joint clubs from constructing the building for the time being, the project is temporarily on hold unfortunately.
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