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Presidents Message 24 November
 
 
Greetings fellow Rotarians! Thank you all for those members who turned out to our most recent club meeting last Thursday. If you weren't there you missed another fantastic gathering of some wonderful people. 
 
We welcomed a new member, Alex Lang and our very own Lori Bradley hosted an Elevator Pitch night that really got everyone thinking about how to promote Rotary and what we do. This was all wrapped up with another competitive game of Trivia and a laugh from our Sergeant on the night, Andy Csabi. 
 
Continuing on with showcasing the great talent in our own club, our next meeting on Thursday 03 December David Baguley will be hosting a Projects Night following on from the recent survey that was distributed to members regarding how we can all help Rotary in 2021. With 2020 being over run with COVID-19 here's to 2021 for a bigger and better year than ever! 
 
On a sad note, a long standing member and close friend to many of the club Caroline Mercer passed away Sunday, 22 November. Funeral arrangements are being made and will be announced once they come to hand. Please keep Caroline and her family in your prayers and thoughts during this very sad time. 
 
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
 
 
RizeUp Christmas Gifts
 
 
As you all know, for Christmas this year instead of giving each other gifts we are going to give gifts to the fantastic organisation our club is supporting, RizeUp. 
 
RizeUp helps to support victims of Domestic Violence and a special request has been made by the RizeUp group to provide gifts suitable for teenagers.
 
The club put its thinking caps on last Thursday night and a few great suggestions were thrown into the ring including hats and gift vouchers however it's free choice for whatever you would like to give.
 
Please bring your gift into the next meeting on Thursday 03 December and help support a great cause. Can't make it to our next meeting? Don't worry, we have another one on Thursday 17 December when you can bring your gift then.   
 
Let's get behind this great organisation and help bring some happiness to a young person this Christmas. 
 
 
November & December B'Days & Anniversaries
 
 
Please come and celebrate with us
ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT-PIZZAS
Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 6 PM at Mantra at Sharks - The Aviary Rooftop bar, Melia Court, Southport
 
Let's celebrate November/December birthdays and anniversaries with an All-You-Can-Eat Pizza on the Rooftop!
 
For $25 per person, eat pizza to your heart’s content for 3 hours at the Aviary Rooftop Bar situated on top of the Mantra at Sharks hotel and a part of the Southport Sharks Precinct.
Chef Stefano creates amazing traditional, handmade pizzas. There are gluten-free and vegan options available at no extra charge.
 
Aviary Rooftop Bar - An escape from the everyday…
Picture you and your Rotary friends sipping on a delicious wine, enjoying handmade Italian pizzas on a rooftop bar (the desert pizzas are to die for!) with sweeping views of the iconic Surfers Paradise skyline in one direction and the Gold Coast Hinterland the other.

The bar is an enclosed rooftop space with large windows offering an open-air experience (rain = no problem). For those seeking a truly open-air experience, we have The Nest, a green space on the rooftop, where you can soak up the sunset and stars.
 
Please RSVP to John D'Anna as soon as possible to avoid disappointment at dannajp@gmail.com 
 
 
How and where can you help in 2021?
 
 
A recent survey was sent out inviting all members to indicate areas of interest within our Club.
 
With 2020 certainly being somewhat of a strange year, this information is vital in helping to start the new year off on the right foot.
 
This year's Rotary Theme is Rotary Opens Opportunities and that is just what this survey is hoping to do, open opportunities for all members to do what we came here to do; help others. 
 
Our club is diverse in members and in the options available to our members in helping others are plentiful. We are blessed with such variety and there truly is something for everyone so if you haven't had the chance yet to complete the survey please jump into the email from David Baguley and click on the link. You may find something of interest you weren't aware of and a BIG thank you to those that have already completed it. We are well on our way to a fantastic 2021!
 
 
 
Rotary Gold Coast Elevator Pitch
At last Thursday's meeting, we spoke about creating an elevator pitch that we can all use when talking to people about our Rotary club, and what we do. We had a bit of fun doing a team challenge, trying to very quickly come up with an elevator pitch. However, despite great efforts by all, it was a hard task to achieve in a short space of time!
 
Therefore, we thought it would be fantastic to extend a competition for a few weeks and ask people to submit their best version of an elevator pitch for the club. Then we'll choose the best one and there will be a fabulous prize for the winner! 
 
Please send your entry to loribradleynz@gmail.com.
 
Just remember the following guide, keeping your elevator pitch to 30 seconds max:
 
1) Describe what our club does. Think about our mission and purpose, and why it is important.
2) Outline the problems we solve in our club - who do we help? Where do we help? How do we help?
3) Explain what is unique about Rotary and our club.  Why should people join Rotary and why should they join OUR club?
 
As a HOT TIP, try using a question to start or end your pitch!
 
Entries close on Wednesday 16 December and the winner will be drawn at our meeting on 17 December. Happy pitching! 
 
Member Engagement Opportunities
2021 Activities – Where do you wish to assist?
 
 
Teams needed to plan the following Events
  • 26 January 2021 - Australia Day Awards Event (multi-club)
  • 21 March 2021 - Gold Coast Ramble 
  • 19 March to mid-April - Rotary 100 years Baton relay
  • First half of 2021 - Vocational Excellence Awards
  • 31 July / 1 August 2021 - Botanical Bazaar 
  • Possible Charity Auction Event
  • Vocational Visits / Social Gatherings / Birthday Celebrations 
     
More information at Meeting on 3 December 2020.
 
A recent survey sent out asking all members to indicate what areas they would like to get involved in. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N3PWJMZ
 
If you haven’t already, please take the time to complete this. 
 
Community
 
Join other club members as volunteers to assist in a Home Set-Up for Rize-up. (Supporting victims of Domestic or Family Violence)
  • Takes between 2 to 3 hours depending on the size of the family and number of volunteers.
  • Basically, your team transforms an empty shell of a house into a home filled with love, care and compassion.
  • Our truck drivers will deliver all the furniture and packs requested by the family to the house on the day of the Set Up.
  • Volunteers where able assist in the unloading of the truck and assembly of furniture and “dress” the home with the household items, linen, soft furnishings and homewares etc. provided.
  • The experience should be fun for everyone concerned and have you all wanting to come back and do it again and again. 
See John Davis about how to register as a volunteer.
 
REMINDER
Donate Christmas Gift for a teenager – bring to the meeting on 3 December
 
Rotary Youth Transition Seminar (RYTS) for school leavers
9 to 13 January 2021
Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly (RYLA) for 19 to 29 year-olds
26 to 31 January 2021
 
See Assad Sarroff if you have a nominee.
 
Brain Strain November Part 2
Riddle Me This, Riddle Me That; can you solve these brain strains? 
 
  • How high would you have to count before you would use the letter A in the English language spelling of a whole number?
  •  A window cleaner is cleaning a window on the 25th floor of a skyscraper when, suddenly, he slops and falls. He has no safety equipment and nothing to soften his fall, and yet he is not hurt. How can this be?
  • A doctor and a bus driver are both in love with the same woman, an attractive girl named Sarah. The bus driver had to go on a long bus trip that would last a week. Before he left, he gave Sarah seven apples. Why?
  • The sun bakes them, the hand breaks them, the foot treads them, and the mouth tastes them. What are they?

     
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