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President's Message

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Our first meeting in July was well attended with a look of great events to come this year. I gave an overview of important events coming up throughout the year ahead with a short video from our International President Jennifer Jones explaining how she developed the idea of our theme "Imagine Rotary"
 
2022 BOTANICAL BAZAAR - 6-7 August
David Baguley and Kate Kimmorley gave a presentation outlining their plans for our 2022 Botanical Bazaar, just 2 weeks away now over the weekend of August 6th and 7th. We have 94 sites booked for vendors and over a dozen food and coffee providers all ready to make our 2022 event our biggest ever!   We are looking for as many volunteers as possible to help over the two day event. If you haven't registered already please register as a volunteer through this link  https://forms.gle/XViwD9yvku53ZXceA
 
MEETING 21st JULY - GUEST SPEAKER: MORAG GAMBLE
Morag Gamble is quite a fascinating guest speaker for our meeting this week. I had the opportunity to hear her at our last Botanical Bazaar when she spoke about Permaculture.  Morage is the CEO of the Ethos Foundation and a global permaculture ambassador and humanitarian.  Morag’s work fits in with many of the works Rotary does Internationally. She is one of the speakers we will have at our next Botanical Bazaar however her presentation to the Club will be about the Ethos Foundation supporting free access to permaculture education across refugee settlements in East Africa (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania). They also support the creation of permaculture education centres, distribution of tools and seeds for home kitchen gardens, and the development of resilient food gardens in schools and on commons.  Not to be missed!
 
MEETING 4th AUGUST - GUEST SPEAKER: SEA WORLD FOUNDATION - Research, Rescue and Conservation
With the whale migration season in full swing, we are seeing too many whales being caught in shark nets off the Gold Coast beaches. The Sea World Foundation has been rescuing and releasing these magnificent mammals every season. We will have an interesting presentation of the work that the Foundation does in our local community rescuing marine animals and their stories. Not to be missed!
 
Hope to see you all at our next meeting but if you would like to speak to me, feel to contact me anytime on 0411 110444 or president@goldcoastrotary.org.au
 
"Doing Good in the World Together".
Stories
Bunnings BBQ and RAFFLE Fund Raisers
 
Bunnings BBQ and RAFFLE Fund Raisers
On the 12th of June we held our second BBQ, which was much more organised thanks to the suggestions of Lisa Locke (a lot of experience from Toowoomba Rotary BBQ’s). The day was extraordinarily successful due to everyone’s contribution to the event. Thanks to all the Members of our Club who worked well together and made for a fun day out. The weather was fantastic, and we resulted in raising $2201 for the Club and we sold out of everything! Well done everyone.
 
Another measure of the success was the camaraderie between all the Members coming together, working alongside each other, and getting to know each other better. We welcomed new Members Glen and Jessica Ryan who fitted in well.
The new Rotary BBQ aprons looked great and were a fantastic promotion for us.
 
Thanks to Nev Davis and Chris Glasgow for organising the drinks and ice early in the morning. Special thanks to John and Louise Davis for their corporate support, with a lot of materials and equipment needed to conduct our BBQs professionally.
If you want to be on the list of volunteers to help on the “Sizzle Team” for these BBQ’s, please contact Barry Lane (0414 453233) and let him know – he is always looking for helping hands!
 
Marion Simon is to be complimented for her initiative in arranging the inaugural “Raffle” just inside the front door of Bunnings – the raffle table, banners and Club flyers made for a professional table which allowed for more ways to interact with the public and promote our Club’s programs and events. The raffle raised $355 and was such a success that we have decided to have one each BBQ event.
 
There are a lot of generous people in the community and at the BBQ and Raffle, we experienced a lot of people giving us positive feedback about the work we do locally and donating to assist us further.      We Need your Help
 
If you are cleaning out cupboards, downsizing, tidying up or just getting rid of stuff, consider donating your bits and pieces to our “Rotary Raffle”.  Could be ornaments, trinkets, toys, pictures, soaps, perfumes, cards – anything that you think would enhance the basket of goodies that Marion tastefully boxes and presents professionally. Ask your friends, relatives, and neighbours for donations of items should they be having a clean out.
 
One lady recently donated a porcelain doll which had never been taken out of its box – it looked brand new. Melissa donated a diamond art picture and will continue to do one for each raffle.
Please either bring your items to our Club meetings or contact Marion Simon and Barry Lane to arrange collection of suitable items.
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Gold Coast Rotary
Service Above Self
Thursdays at 6:00 PM
Gold Coast Tavern
150 Bundall Road
Bundall, QLD 4215
Australia
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1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. Arrive from 5.30pm for 6.00pm commencement.
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