President's Message
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President’s Message
Our July 4 Dinner Meeting - what a great way to start the new Rotary year!
53 people at the Southport Golf Club including 34 members, 1 honorary member and 13 guests.
A big welcome to Nev Davis, transferring from Mackay North RC to become our 51st member, inducted by District Governor Harry Bolton who joined us with his wife and Rotarian Shauna.
President Rajit Gupta and three fellow members of the Rotary Club of Faridabad Sanksar in Northern India joined us and presented Gold Coast Rotary Club Leaders, DG Harry and RC of Surfers Paradise President Adrian Smallacombe with gifts of friendship.
Treasurer and Executive Secretary David Baguley combined with Club Service Director Kate Kimmorley to give a snapshot of the Club’s Direction and projects for the year ahead.  Our July 18 meeting will be our “Programs and Projects” meeting to begin implementing our plans to make Gold Coast Rotary not only the biggest but most importantly the best Rotary Club on the Gold Coast. Hear what Club projects, fundraisers, events and programs you can get involved in and help make a real difference to the lives of  those we will be connecting with in 2019/20.
Our goals to achieve this includes;
  • Build on and strengthen our welcoming and friendly club environment and invite current and potential Rotarians, friends and family to join us at meetings and events.
  • Better encourage our members in service projects, meetings, vocational and social activities.
  • Continue to stage community events that raise the clubs profile and impactful causes, partnering with other Rotary clubs and other organisations wherever possible.
  • Develop future leaders for our club and our community
  • Attract and retain more active business people as members
  • Continue our support of Rotary’s Youth Development Programs and scholarships and build stronger and longer term links with recipients.
This edition also showcases our Handover Dinner held on June 20. Immediate Past President John D’Anna reports on what those in the room experienced, a wonderful way to celebrate the end of  a memorable year that saw increased membership, increased attendance of and engagement in meetings and events of members and guests and increased funds raised and distributed to many worthwhile projects.
Rowan Johnstone
President 2019/20
M. 0421 915 818
This Meeting
Thursday, July 18 - Gold Coast Rotary Dinner Meeting
5.45pm for 6.15pm at Southport Golf Club, Slatyer Avenue, Southport
Our second meeting in July will be our first “Programs and Projects” meeting for 2019/20.
We develop and begin implementing our strategic plan for this year.
Member Behind the Badge – Catherine Palin-Brinkworth
$30pp for plated meal, tea or coffee and a raffle ticket.  Members inviting partners or friends @ $20 per person. Children’s meals $10 per person To prepay BSB 124 022 Acc No 21667645 Ref: Your Name
RSVP by Friday, 12 July to or  0411 693 814
RSVPs received by this date but decline after this date may be charged for meal cost if the club is charged for meals. RSVPs received after this date may not be allocated a meal.
August Meetings
Thursday, 1 August – Gold Coast Rotary Dinner Meeting
5.45pm for 6.15pm at Southport Golf Club, Slatyer Avenue, Southport                
Speaker- Dr Charles Chabert on the prostate cancer machine helping to save the lives of Gold Coast men
Members Behind the Badge – Nicolas Alfaro, Assad Sarroff & Lea Rickwood
Thursday, 15 August – Gold Coast Rotary Dinner Meeting
5.45pm for 6.15pm at Southport Golf Club, Slatyer Avenue, Southport                
Speaker- Carl Valerius on the little known story of Australia’s greatest war horse.
Members Behind the Badge – Luciane Sperling, Tammi Mayfield and Karim Gawor
Botanical Bazaar Update
We have closed applications for exhibiters with over 75 sites booked, along with about 15 food vendors.  Our speakers’ program is full with over 20 presentations in 3 locations over the day. Our workshops are filling up with on-line registrations.
Our promotions for Botanical Bazaar received a boost this week with confirmation that Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia will be joining our speaking program and also entertaining the kids.  Don’t forget to vote for him for Gold Logie in and share with friends.  Other well-known speakers include: Stephen Ryan, a previous Gardening Australia host, radio horticulture experts, Annette McFarlane and Kate Heffernan and permaculture guru, Morag Gamble 
Next week, we will be advertising the event with the above image on the billboard heading west on Reedy Creek Road out of Burleigh Heads and we will be looking for members to visit other Rotary clubs to distribute flyers.  15,000 flyers will be letter box dropped later in the month.  Everything points to a record crowd of well over 5,000.
Some members have accepted key roles in the preparations for and during Botanical Bazaar.  These are roles to manage different areas or sub sections of the event or preparation.  
We will need more volunteers to assist with set up on Friday 2nd, and Saturday 3rdas well a swarm of yellow shirts during the event on 4thAugust. There will also be a clean-up on Monday 5th.  This is definitely a fun event and a great opportunity to showcase Rotary.  I hope you can all assist.  For insurance purposes, we need all volunteers to register, sign on and sign off so please go to our website look for Volunteer to register. 
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Gold Coast Rotary
Service Above Self
1st and 3rd Thursday of month at 5.45 for 6.15pm
Southport Golf Club
Cnr Slatyer Avenue and Poinciana Crescent
Southport, QLD  4215
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Dr Charles Chabert - Prostate Cancer Treament
Southport Golf Club
Aug 01, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Country Paradise Parklands
Aug 04, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Carl Valerius - Bill the Bastard
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Aug 15, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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