Presidents Message 20 June, 2021
 Greetings fellow Rotarians, sadly for the last time as your President. It amazes me how quickly these last 12 months have gone by and just how much we have achieved even under the COVID-19 restrictions.  
A massive thank you to all those that attended last Thursday's meeting. It was something a little different but also a lot of of fun and I hope you all enjoyed the evening as much as I did. Our guest speaker for the evening was Wayne Butcher. He is acting as an ambassador for Kids Hope which provides mentoring to primary school children. He is just about to embark on a mammoth trip around the country in his Helicopter raising awareness and visiting schools lucky enough to receive this fabulous assistance. 
Also on the evening Celeste Nutley told us all about her experiences at the recent RYPEN event she attended. Rotary offers so many different Youth Programs and we love sponsoring young people and hearing about the positive changes these events have on their lives. 
The next time we see each other will be at our Change Over Lunch on Sunday 27 June at 12pm which if you haven't heard has had a change of venue. We will now be meeting on the outside deck of the Southport Golf Club. I've checked the weather and it's set to be a beautiful sunny day so if you haven't booked your ticket yet there is still time to do so. 
Our next club meeting is at the Southport Golf Club on Thursday 01 July and will be under the new leadership team lead by Kathy Hogan. Stay tuned for more details of what's coming up. Once again a HUGE thank you to everyone in the club for your ongoing support over the last 12 months. I am so humbled to have been your President and look forward to many more years together. 

As always, please take care and if you need anything at all please feel free to contact me via phone on 0433 069 174 or email
Change Over Lunch - New Venue
Come along and help to farewell the current Leadership Team lead by President Melissa Neilsen and welcome in a new one! 
President Elect Kathy Hogan will proudly introduce her team for the year ahead at the Southport Golf Club; details below:-
Sunday 27 June
12pm Start
Southport Golf Club
Slatyer Avenue, Southport
Cost is $55 per person with Cash Bar (card only)
To reserve your seat go to Try Booking 
See you there on the day! 
Rizeup Australia
Help Rebuild Lives for Victims of Domestic Violence
As most of you know, our club is very involved with helping this fantastic organisation with fitting out homes for victims of domestic violence.
There are so many different ways that you can help from putting flat packs together to stocking kitchen cupboards and dressing up bedrooms.
Help turn a house into a home and make a life lasting impact on those who will live there. 
For more information on how you can get involved please contact the Club's Community Director, John Davis at or your Club President.  
Botanical Bazaar - Now 2 day Event
Mark your diaries - this year's Botanical Bazaar will be held on 31 July and 1 August 2021 at Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang.  We will need all hands on deck and plenty of other volunteers on the weekend.  Check out our new website
The Botanical Bazaar has become the Gold Coast's premier Gardening and Sustainability Festival.  It is an interactive Gardening, and Sustainable living event aimed to educate and inspire all nature enthusiasts.
Botanical Bazaar is where naturally wild, urban gardeners and nature lovers connect.   Educating and inspiring nature enthusiasts of all ages. See around 90 green exhibitors plus celebrity gardener’s talks, demonstrations, botanical art, community groups and kids nature activities.  An exciting speakers program that includes several Gardening Australia personalities will be announced shortly.
Learn how to grow your own food, urban and small space gardening, and sustainable living concepts. Explore plant nurseries and landscape designs, garden materials and tools, organic beauty products and even botanical homewares.
A relaxing day at the Parklands with live music by groups such as Leopold’s Treat and delicious food, Market Stalls and more.
Time for a Laugh!!!
  • An old grandma brings a bus driver a bag of peanuts every day.
    First the bus driver enjoyed the peanuts but after a week of eating them he asked: "Please granny, don't bring me peanuts anymore. Have them yourself.".
    The granny answers: "You know, I don't have teeth anymore. I just prefer to suck the chocolate around them."

  • A wife hangs up after about a half-hour on the phone.
    The husband is surprised, "Wow, that was quick - usually you women are at it for two hours at least!"
    "Yeah, well, it was a wrong number."

  • A student at a management school came up to a pretty girl and hugged her without any warning.
    The surprised girl said, “What was that?”
    The guy smiled at her, “Direct marketing!”
    The girl slapped him soundly.
    “What was that?!” said the boy, holding his cheek.
    “Customer feedback.”


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