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Greetings fellow Rotarians and welcome to a brand new year. The new leadership team and I are all excited and very humbled to help steer our club over the next 12 months doing what we do best; service above self. Please join me in extending a huge thankyou to Immediate Past President Rowan Johnstone and his team for the fantastic work they did.
We will strive to continue upholding the highest of standards in all that we do.

If you didn’t make it to our first meeting under the new team on Thursday via Zoom you missed a great night but don’t worry, you can catch all the highlights by clicking on the following link https://youtu.be/5Nd3MGcplUQ

 
Amongst our guests was Jan Sky who gave a very informative and interactive talk about how to Break the Stress Cycle, a definite must watch if you missed it.
It was a tie for our trivia game with Glenn Wran and couples team John and Louise Davis both coming up with a perfect score! Congratulations your bottle of wine awaits you. Meanwhile, some of us have some studying to do…..

Be sure to join us for our next and last Zoom meeting on Thursday 16 July for another fun and informative evening and don’t forget our first official get together in person will be
our Change Over Dinner on Saturday 25 July starting at 6pm so be sure to clear your calendar. The official invitation has now been sent but to make life easier, please see a copy of the invitation below with a link to the Try Booking web site. 
This is a double celebration; changing over to the new team and freedom from lockdown (with restrictions of course).

Hope to see you all next Thursday 16 July on Zoom but if you would like to speak to me beforehand please feel to contact me on 0433069174 or melissaneilsen1979@gmail.com
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Bus Trip to District Conference
 
TENTERFIELD ROTARY CONFERENCE - DISTRICT 9640 27th – 29th March, 2020
 
Rotary International District 9640 Conference at the RSL Memorial Hall in Tenterfield. The Conference theme, in concert with the Rotary International theme for this year, is 'Rotary Connects Communities'
 
FRIDAY – 27.3.2020 Pick up at the Southport Golf Club at 7.30 am and leaving the Gold Coast for Lismore where we will have a stop off to stretch our legs. Arriving at Tenterfield at approximately 12.00pm, we will embark on a Tenterfield sightseeing tour allowing time to grab a bite to eat. After checking in there are options to have free time to yourselves, book in for conference or revisit any spots of interest from earlier on. In the evening, conference people who are attending the international dress theme welcome dinner or other activities will be dropped to the venues and picked up at a prearranged times. Those not attending an organised conference event for dinner can organise a group meal or do their own thing (at own cost).
 
SATURDAY – 28.3.2020 – (B) Up for breakfast , those attending the conference will be dropped off before the remainder of us spend the day exploring Stanthorpe and surrounds, maybe a winery or two. We will firm up activities on the day with input from participants, a list of activities to pick from will be provided which can be supplemented from attendees. In the evening, conference people who are attending activities will be dropped to the venues and picked up at a prearranged times. Those not attending an organised conference event for dinner can organise a group meal or do their own thing (at own cost).
 
SUNDAY - 29.3.2020 – (B) Arising to our last Tenterfield morning – those not attending the conference can have a little sleep in before breakfast. Conference attendees will be dropped to any events. A couple of hours will be set aside to see sights of Tenterfield or simply free time. Departure from Tenterfield will be 12.00 pm with a comfort stop at Lismore and an arrival time back at Southport Golf Club of approximately 4.30pm.
 
INCLUSIONS: Luxury coach with driver and host included commentary, 4-star plus accommodation wherever possible, Meals as advised (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, MT: Morning Tea).
 
TOUR PRICE - $249.00 per person which includes 2 night’s accommodation (twin share) including breakfasts and all transfers. Any other meal expenses are at individuals cost.
 
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Planting signs not Plants
 
5 club members braved the showery weather to install the latest set of interpretive signs that our club funded for the Botanical Gardens.  These signs allow visitors to learn more about the 'World of Trees' - mostly mature trees in the collection and not necessarily native to SE Queensland.
 
Walking around the Gardens, as thousands have been doing during COVID-19 lock downs, Gold Coast Rotary is well acknowledged on large and small signs we have funded over the last 6 years. If you have been for a walk around the Gardens then it is worth a visit, if only to see our signs such as those that edcuate about Indigenous Plant Uses. 
 
Gold Coast Ramble 2020
 
Despite the cancellation of many other events, Gold Coast Ramble was still able to proceed as scheduled on Sunday 22 March 2020.  Due to CODIV-19 public health concerns, several teams did not compete and other teams lost some members but 13 teams collected their maps and had 2 hours fun completing the circuit.   Check out the photo gallery.
 
To allow the event to proceed the event was modified to remove all activities requiring teams to interact with volunteers, other teams or the public.  Once team captains had collected their map, the entire event was managed using the Goose Chase App.  Missions or challenges went live at 10am and were listed on the App for teams to plan their routes.  The challenges were in one of three formats:
  • Find a geographic location (confirmed by GPS)
  • Answer a question about a particular location (confirmed by correct answer)
  • Submit a photograph or video of the team at the required location.
During the event additional bonus challenges were sent out to the team that were not location based and tested the team’s observation and creativity.  Finally, to make the event ‘socially distant’, there was no congregation of teams to announce winners and draw random prizes.  This was done by email and announced on social media.  The App itself had maintained a leader board visible to all teams but adjusted by bonus and penalty points based on photographic submissions.
Looking back at previous Rambles we had volunteers manning every checkpoint and managing the logistics of setting these up was a major exercise.  In 2017 we had over 80 volunteers to run the event.  This year it could be run on the day with only one!  This is the power of technology and the functionality in a new App.
Almost $7,000 in prizes were made available by our generous sponsors:
  • Spicer Retreats
  • KDV Sport
  • Village Road Theme Parks
  • Lana Noir Photography
  • 94.1 FM Radio
  • ISR Training
  • Southport Yacht Club
  • HopOn Brewery Tours
  • Granddad Jacks Craft Distillery
We were able to balance the costs of running the event due to a generous donation from Kevin and Lindy Campbell so if you are looking for storage, please talk to Campbell’s Self Storage at Hope Island.
 
This year we used a registration site that provided an single easy-to-navigate registration and donation platform for participants.  Raisely.com was able to handle the seamless transfer and receipting of team donations directly to the nominated charity at minimum cost.
Total proceeds for the event was $6,644, which included $1,350 in registrations.  Several teams campaigned hard to maximise their pre-event bonus points:
  • Niopotamus $1,045 raised for Bravehearts
  • Good Karma $913raised for Baby Give Back
  • Hinterland Heroes $870 raised for The Salvos
Disappointingly the 9 recipient charities only generated one or two teams with over 80% of team registrations coming from Rotarians or their connections.  With an average team donation of $300, this was an opportunity missed with Rotary running a fun event for their network to support.
 
 
ANDRE'A AND HER BEST DRESSED TEAM FROM AAIC
International Projects -Pentecost Island Update
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu Update – 31 March 2020
 
 
Following the presentation on our current international projects at our last dinner meeting, there has been progress on construction of the Pentecost Island Vanuatu X-Ray and Pathology Building that will be constructed in flat pack form and shipped to northern Vanuatu for re-assembly.
 
After the call to members of the Rotary Clubs of Broadbeach, Surfers Sunrise and or club for donations in kind for building materials for the facility, Premier Timber on Brisbane Road in Labrador have donated the roof trusses as you see in the photo below with Michael who constructed them.
 
Thanks goes to Rotarian Geoff Croad of Surfers Sunrise club who asked Premier Timber if they would donate them.  As COVID-19 will restrict members of the joint clubs from constructing the building for the time being, the project is temporarily on hold unfortunately.
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