President's Message
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Our October 3 Empowering Youth Forum saw 56 people join us to hear from a number of young Gold Coasters our club has invested in. 27 members, 8 “potential” members and 21 guests were inspired by the youth that presented.
Thank you also to John Campbell, Julian Field and Gareth Hunt for sharing your passions for Rotary Youth Programs
Thank you to our Youth Team Suzy Foskett, Melissa Neilsen & Kathy Hogan who coordinated this event and with the support of other members including Lyn MacArthur who have driven our youth service activities. To those who have put up their hand to help make this happen, thank you and to those who have to commit to a project or program, if you would like to join fellow members in our Youth Service program to make lasting change that is good for all those youth we connect with, do it today.
Thursday, October 17 is our Rotary International & Rotary Foundation Forum. John D’Anna and Tammi Mayfield are coordinating this. Great opportunity for all members and potential members to hear how the Rotary Foundation is funding Rotary programs and projects to have maximum impact around the word. We will also hear about Shelterbox and the role it plays proving emergency relief following natural disasters around the globe.
We will also hear from Members Behind The Badge Ana Alexander and Andrew Beshara providing a snapshot of their life and career and why Rotary is important to them.
And we will be inducting 2 new members to bring us to 60 members strong. I am hoping that all 60 members can join us to celebrate this milestone. RSVP by Friday, 11 October to or  0411 693 814
Applications close for our Vocational Excellence Awards on October 12 which will be celebrated at our November 7 dinner meeting. These awards provide employers with the opportunity through Rotary to recognise and acknowledge the efforts and contributions of an employee who consistently achieves an overall high personal standard and work performance.  The recipient is recognised at the Awards Night in front of their employer, fellow team members and family. All nominees receive an impressive Glass Plaque. Gold Coast Rotary will cover the cost of dinner for the awardee (everyone else its $45 for a two course meal, tea or coffee).  There will be a cash bar.                                                          
For nominations forms, please contact Kathy Hogan at or mobile 0417 634 029 or click on the link below
Saturday, 12 Oct is the  Rotary Surfers Charity Race Day at the Gold Coast Turf Club (11.30am).
Hot and cold buffet lunch, cash bar, entertainment, prizes . $85pp with all profits to The Malaria Vaccine Project
Catherine Palin-Brinkworth is putting together a table and there are a few places left. Call her on 0419 221 916
Friendship Exchange is an international program for Rotary members and friends allowing participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs.  It broadens international understanding, builds enduring friendships and provides opportunities for project support and partnerships. In 2020 our club will host Rotarians and partners from District 3040 India for three nights.  There will be ten in the group.  The dates are April 16, 17 & 18.   If you would like to participate in some of the activities or are able to host one or two guests during this period, please advise Gold Coast Rotary Team Leader Lea Rickwood on 0412 871 071or email
To assist and encourage all members to get involved in club projects, I provide the names and phone numbers of Project Leaders for you to contact this week. They would love to hear from you.
Club Service - Nev Davis  Mob 0418 185 128
Vocational Service - Luciane Sperling Mob 0405 255 169
International Service - Tammi Mayfield Mob 0490 101 199
Community ServiceJohn Davis Mob 0411 373 722 
Youth Service – Suzy Foskett Mob 0418 763 036
Botanical Bazaar & Gold Coast Ramble -  David Baguley  Mob 0411 470 947
Gold Coast Rotary have some great events and meetings scheduled for the rest of this calendar year.
Mark these in your calendars and bring a friend, work colleague or someone you do business with you.
Look forward to catching up.
Rowan Johnstone
President 2019/20
M. 0421 915 818
This Meeting
Thursday 17 Oct  Gold Coast Rotary Foundation & International Forum – Southport GC (5.45pm for 6.15pm)  
Guest Speakers:  Phil Fairweather & Mike Greenslade Members Behind The Badge: Ana Alexander & Andrew Beshara
5.45pm for 6.15pm at Southport Golf Club, Slatyer Avenue, Southport            
$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, 11 October to or  0411 693 814
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Friday, 11 Oct         Gold Coast Rotary Board – Lev 2, Kay House, Southport (1pm)
Saturday, 12 Oct     Rotary Surfers Charity Race Day – Gold Coast Turf Club (11.30am)
Thursday 7 Nov      Gold Coast Rotary Vocational Excellence Awards – Southport GC (6pm)
Sunday, 10 Nov      Grandad Jack’s Craft Distillery Vocational Visit /Lunch at North Burleigh Surf Club
Friday, 15 Nov       Gold Coast Rotary Board – Lev 2, Kay House, Southport (1pm)
Thursday 21 Nov   Gold Coast Rotary Anti Drugs & Addiction Recovery Forum - Southport GC  (6pm)
Thursday  5 Dec     Gold Coast Rotary Christmas Dinner - Southport GC (6pm)
Sunday, 8 Dec         GC 50 Run Festival – Pratten Park, Broadbeach
Friday 13 Dec         Gold Coast Rotary AGM Breakfast – Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens (8am)
Saturday 14 Dec    Broadbeach Christmas Carols Salvos Candle Sales – Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach  (4pm)
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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