President's Message
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President’s Message
Our July 18 Programs & Projects meeting was an inspiring evening and a great way to start the new Rotary year!
32 members and 6 guests heard from Executive Secretary David Baguley on what is planned for the next 12 months and the roles needed to be filled to achieve this.
July is Rotary’s Month of New Leadership. 29 members have put there hand up (a good number put it up a few times) to play a role/s in 2019/20, including all our new members . Program Managers will be in touch with you to begin work on the projects and programs you have expressed interest in getting involved with to make a real difference to the lives of those we will be connecting with in 2019/20.
To those 22 members not with us last Thursday, do not worry, you have the opportunity to choose your role/s by contacting David Baguley or myself or the Program Managers in the next two weeks. If you don’t call us, we will call you. I am hoping we can have all members actively involved in at least one program and project by our next meeting on August 1.
Club AdminMark Urquhart (Program, Format, Schedule, Member Communications, Social)
Membership Kathy Hogan (Recruit, Retain, Educate & Engage Members, Corp Partners)
Public ImageJennifer Bailey (Media, Website, Bulletin, Advertising & Marketing)
Service ProjectsKate Kimmorley (Vocational, Community, International, Club Projects)
Rotary Foundation & FundraisingJohn D’Anna (The Rotary Foundation, Polio, Malaria, Grants)
Youth - Suzy Foskett (RYLA/RYPEN/RYTS/NYSF/RYDA/Youth Development)
A big welcome to our three newest members, Aldwyn Altuney, Sue Geelan and David Geelan. We are now 54 strong,
with another three membership proposals to be in front of members in the next couple of weeks.
This year we are continuing with our Member Behind The Badge presentations at Dinner meetings. Catherine Palin-Brinkworth gave us a snapshot of her amazing life, her plans for the future and why Rotary is important in her life.
In August we continue with our new members sharing their stories. From September, we will be hearing from a mix of new members and not so new members each meeting which I am very much looking forward to.
I ask all members to set aside 5 minutes this week to complete the Member Satisfaction Survey. The power of our club lies in our members. I want to know what you like and don’t like about your club experience so we can develop an action plan that builds on what members like and stop or change what members aren’t satisfied with.
Click on this link, complete the survey, save it and email it to me at If you prefer, print out the attached PDF, complete this and bring with you at the August 1 meeting.
August is a big month for Rotary on the Gold Coast. Our Botanical Bazaar at Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang
(Sun 4 August), President’s Brunch at Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens Benowa (Sun 11 August), Gold Coast Rotary Dinner Meetings at Southport Golf Club (Thursday 1 and 15 August) and a Combined Rotary & Southport Chamber of Commerce Breakfast at Southport Yacht Club (Friday 23 August). See details below.
August is also Rotary’s Membership Month – what a great opportunity to invite a friend, work colleague or family member who you think may be interested in joining us and becoming a Rotarian. I encourage all members to invite one person to attend their first meeting at no charge (as a guest of the Club) to either or both of our August meetings. Make a call today, forward them this Bulletin and follow up. RSVP for the August 1 meeting is July 26. 
Rowan Johnstone
President 2019/20
M. 0421 915 818
This Meeting
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
$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, 26 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.
Next Meeting
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
$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, 9 August to or  0411 693 814
Other August Events
August 2019
Sun 4   Botanical Bazaar – Country Paradise Gardens, Nerang 
Fri 9   Gold Coast Rotary Board – Lev 2, Kay House, Southport (1pm)
Sun 11 President’s Brunch – Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens, Benowa (10am)
Fri 23  Rotary & Southport Chamber of  Commerce Business Networking Forum – Southport Yacht Club (7am)
Botanical Bazaar Update
Less than 2 weeks to the Big Event
​​​​​​​Thanks to all who have volunteered.  If you cannot make it on the Sunday, we will need help on Friday 2nd to mark out site and pick up some items.
​​​​​​​If you missed out on volunteering, paying customers are most welcome and bring your family, neighbours and friends.
Here are some points of interest to promote to all your contacts
  • Thousands of Plants for sale
  • Nearly 100 green inspired exhibitors
  • Botanical Art
  • Bee Zone
  • Garden Bar
  • Over 20 Educational Talks included in ticket price ($15 Adults, kids free)
  •  2 Host's from Gardening Australia attending - Costa Georgiadis and past host Stephen Ryan
  • Local Gardening Expert Kate Heffernan speaking about 'Tastes of Australia' Bushfood for Home Gardeners'
  • Aiming to be a waste free festival, with Eco-Angels helping to educate people and sorting the waste 
  •  Big focus on Sustainable living concepts
  •  Popular 'Kids Hub' with animal farm, snake education, pony rides, heaps of free nature education activities
  •  Expecting upwards of 6000 people to attend
  •  Not for Profit festival, coordinated by Rotary Gold Coast - fundraising for green initiatives on the Gold Coast
  • 4th Year of the Festival
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Handover Dinner Report - John D'Anna
Meeting Roster
New President Brunch Flyer
Rotary Race Day
Bill The Bastard Flyer
Member Satisfaction Survey
Club Information
We welcome visitors to enjoy great fellowship at our club meetings and memorable fund-raising events 
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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Upcoming Events
Dr Charles Chabert - Prostate Cancer Treament
Southport Golf Club
Aug 01, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Botanical Bazaar
Country Paradise Parklands
Aug 04, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
President's Brunch in the Gardens
Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
Aug 11, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Carl Valerius - Bill the Bastard
Southport Golf Club
Aug 15, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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