Presidents Message 24 August
Greetings Fellow Rotarians! A big thank you to all those members and guests that attended our meeting last Thursday evening. It was a fantastic night of fellowship and inspiration from our two very special guest speakers, Adam Sheppard and Natasha Price aka Team InvincAble. What an amazing pair of human beings proving that no matter what life throws at you, there is always a dream to chase down and achieve.
Some sad news came out on the night that due to the current situation we find ourselves in regarding COVID-19, border closures and changes in Council funding, we have had to make the very difficult decision to cancel this year's Botanical Bazaar Event. But out of this comes something very positive; we are looking to expand this event over 2 days next year, making it bigger and better than ever! A HUGE thank you to all those members who have worked tirelessly preparing for this event, which has paved the way for the success of the event in 2021. Without the hard work and countless hours put in by you for this event, none of this could be possible.
We definitely find ourselves in a different time at present, a lot of uncertainty particularly regarding holding events, which is a major contributor to how our club raises funds to help those in need. Keep reading below to find out how you can help make a difference and initiate change to help keep us moving forward.
Our next club meeting is at the Southport Golf Club on Thursday 03 September where we will catch up with the students from Griffith University who are currently receiving financial assistance through the two Scholarships funded by our Club. This is always a special occasion so make sure you don't miss it.  

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
New Path
Rotarians help people, it's just what we do and we are very good at it. We have also proven recently that we are very good at adapting and changing to our surroundings.

Change can be a time when we look at things from a different angle and perspective and this is where you come in.
As discussed at our first meeting back at the Golf Club now is a great time to look at new ways of doing things and new ideas. If you have an area that you are passionate about and have always wanted to help in some way but haven't been able to now is the time to bring that idea to the club.
All ideas, big or small are welcome so please feel free to discuss your ideas with a member of the Leadership Team today by phone or email and let's roll out a new path together.

If you're not sure where to start please contact the Club President who will happily point you in the right direction. 
Sergeant-at-Arms & Raffle
We live in a cashless society even more so these days which is totally understandable but this is taking away from our fun and it must stop! laugh
With the re-introduction of the Sergeant-at-Arms at our meetings, the ability to fine members and collect those fines is unfortunately hampered by our lack of cash on hand. 
It's all in the name of fun and the money is going to a great cause; Rotary!

So we are putting the call out to all members; raid your piggy banks, cash in some notes, do what is necessary to arrive with coins on the night! Let's make this part of our meeting more fun and interactive for everyone.
These coins will also come in handy for you if you wish to purchase extra raffle tickets at the door. As you know, everyone gets one ticket to go in the draw to win a bottle of wine and your chance to take home the Jackpot money. To increase your chances of winning and bump up the Jackpot amount, you now have the option to purchase extra tickets, one for $2 or 3 for $5.
Please note however the chances of getting change at the front desk are slim to none (in light of our cashless society) so please make sure you have the correct amount for your required purchase. 
We now have 2 fantastic reasons to bring coins on the night, can't wait to see you all there! 
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
Botanical Bazaar 2020 Cancelled
This week our committee made the very difficult decision to cancel Botanical Bazaar for 2020. 
Over the last few months we have been continually mindful of the developing conditions and the impact that this may have on our event, our exhibitors and participants.  Unfortunately the announcement by Queensland’s Premier earlier this week that the border would remain closed for months rather than weeks severely limits our ability to stage a quality event.  With several of our key note speakers and many of our exhibitors coming from interstate, attendance limited to meet Covid-19 Event Guidelines and the possibility of further restrictions in the lead up to the event, the risk was too great.
Gold Coast Rotary is committed to growing this event and making it bigger and better in 2021, perhaps even 2 days.  The several hundred hours of planning and pre-event expenditures has not been wasted as our organising committee has learnt a great deal and forged a team ready and willing to stage Botanical Bazaar 2021.  
Mark your diaries for the weekend of 1st August 2021.
Brain Strain
Can you solve these Brain Strains? 
A man who was outside in the rain without an umbrella or hat didn’t get a single hair on his head wet. Why?

What has many keys but can’t open a single lock?

It belongs to you, but other people use it more than you do. What is it?
I have branches, but no fruit, trunk or leaves. What am I?
What gets wet while drying?

What is always in front of you but can’t be seen?


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Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
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