Presidents Message
We have missed a few regular faces since the start of this year for various reasons and it was lovey to see Sue Foskett back from Sydney, Lynda Montgomery for the second meeting in a row (I know it depends on your roster), Assad Sarroff and Dan Stevenson.
The Golf Club committee have had to review their costings and from the 1 April we will be charged for a minimum of 30 pax. They gave us a small reprieve and have also made other allowances in our favour that they will be charging other clubs etc for the use of the facilities.  I fully understand that as a business they have overheads and they can’t run at a loss.  Other suitable venues across the Coast are charging a minimum of 30 plus room hire. So far this year we have not reached 30 in attendance and the Club cannot make up any short fall.  There is nothing to be gained by us changing venue however would please you help by attending regularly.  Attending and not eating doesn’t help with the numbers so please consider this as well if you possibly can.
Dan O’Connor, Bell Legal, enlightened us on all things Estate Planning at the last meeting. Judging by the rapt attention he received, the number of questions and there were no complaints that he went over time, I think he provided valuable information that many weren’t aware of.
The Ramble is a fun event but to be successful it needs your help. Please ask David what you can do to help.
District Expo is only 2 weeks away. You can still book and enjoy the fun.
There were many celebrations held worldwide for International Women’s Day last week on the 8 March and Rotary has no shortage of amazing women who do much in their community to help others. The Rotary Foundation empowers women by helping communities provide high-quality care to vulnerable mothers and children. We honour women who are working as frontline heath workers, including those administering the polio vaccine, who are critical to our goal of eradicating this disease. And we support projects like Jhoole, a fair-trade cooperative that helps women in Maheshwar, India, achieve economic independence.
The Polio Plus fund raiser Movie Night at HOTA has been cancelled by the Rotary Club that was hosting it. I am a bit disappointed but will go to see The Duke anyway when it is released.   
One thing you can’t call our speaker at this week's meeting is boring. District Governor Nominee Dave Harmon is energetic and passionate about growing his club and sharing how he did it. David and his wife Robyn joined the Rotary Club of Ballina on Richmond in 2014. As President of the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond in 2019 and 2020, Dave, together with his team, initiated and led the club’s dynamic membership growth of attracting 18 new members in 18 months.
DGE Karen Thomas will be paying us an early visit before she takes up the role of DG.
See you there.
No One Can Do Everything but Everyone Can Do Something

Guest Speaker - 17 March
This is a meeting you certainly won't want to miss. Our club is lucky enough to be hosting District Governor Nominee, Dave Harmon. 
In case you missed it in the President's Message, District Governor Nominee Dave Harmon is energetic and passionate about growing his club and sharing how he did it.
David and his wife Robyn joined the Rotary Club of Ballina in Richmond in 2014.
As President of the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond in 2019 and 2020, Dave, together with his team, initiated and led the club’s dynamic membership growth.
Together they attracted 18 new members in 18 months! What an achievement. 
This is a fantastic story of how one person with a clear vision can make a real difference. 
Rotarian's are great at helping others including building each other up. Come along for a night of inspiration and fellowship.
We hope to see you all there. 

The School of St Jude
Have you heard the news? The very first St Jude’s educated doctors have graduated from university!
Perhaps you’ve already heard about it on our social media, but I couldn’t help spilling the beans. It’s truly wonderful to see St Jude’s students fulfilling their potential in this way – with determination, commitment and support from donors and sponsors across the world!
In this newsletter, read all about St Jude’s students fulfilling their potential, including;
Jesca, a Community Service Year volunteer teaching physics to over 350 government school students.
The Malihai Club and its passionate members.
Girls excelling in STEM and the teachers who inspire them.
On the podcast this month, we have something a little different for you. Form 3 students, Teresia and Irene, have borrowed my microphone to host the podcast! They interviewed Geovin, who recently came first in all of Tanzania in his Form 2 National Assessment.
Thank you all for helping St Jude’s students and scholars reach their potential
Rotary District Expo 20200 (a la District Conference)
Join us in Tenterfield in March 2022 at District 9640's first Rotary Expo. Enjoy a weekend in the high country, meeting new friends and hearing from world class speakers. 
The 2022 Rotary Expo will focus on fostering new friendships, connecting with other clubs and Rotarians and exploring the beauty and wonder of Tenterfield. Highlights include the House of Friendship, Sideshow Alley (showcasing club projects), getting hands-on with a service project and headline speakers from all walks of life. 
Social highlights include a welcome evening at the historic Railway Museum on Friday and dinner on Saturday evening. Choose your Sunday morning adventure with a sunrise champagne breakfast at Bald Rock or a Heritage walk around Tenterfield.
Registrations open now, book your tickets now to avoid missing out:
Please note there has been a change of venue - the Rotary Expo will now be held at the Tenterfield Show Pavilion, Manners Street.
Too find out more about about the Expo click the link District Conference | District 9640 (
Gold Coast Ramble, 2022  
Fantastic news! The Gold Coast Ramble will be back for another year.
The date has been set, Sunday 15 May! 
If you would like to be on The Ramble
please contact David Baguley asap
at or 
This is a great opportunity to get involved in one
of our clubs main events. 
Don't leave putting a team together for the day
too late, 15 May is less than 9 weeks away!!
Set yourself a goal and start spreading the word NOW with friends and family that this wonderful group event will be back for another year. 
  • Form your team
  • Get creative
  • Theme your group
  • Dress up
  • Come up with a catchy name
  • Raise as much money as you can
  • Have FUN
Get ready to go on the race of a lifetime all in the name of fun knowing that you are helping others
at the same time! 

Bunnings Southport BBQ 
We need your help for our first Bunnings Southport BBQ to be held on Sunday the 27th of March. 
We require a team of Rotarians to operate this BBQ from 7am to 3.30pm, as a fund raiser for our Club. Rotarian John Davis is to be congratulated on his success in achieving this date, as it was a cancellation which enabled our Club to take it. 
The down side of this date is that it coincides with the District Conference at Tenterfield, on the same weekend. So if you are attending the District Conference, then you cannot assist.
If you are not going to the District Conference and can make yourself available, please reply to me at your earliest convenience, to let me know that you can assist. The more names we get, then the workload is shared.
We need a team of 3 people per shift for the BBQ - the more Rotarians we have, then we can compile a roster, which in turn will be forwarded to you. Many hands make light work.
To join the team please contact Barry Lane at or 0414 453 233
Come on "People of Action" - lets show our Club spirit and let's do this!
Rize-Up Onboarding Process
As you are aware, our club is very involved with Rize-Up. This is an amazing organisation dedicated to providing families with a new and safe start. 
The personal satisfaction and feeing you will get from being a part of this is overwhelming.
While the team tries to provide as much advance notice as they can, due to the circumstances this is not always possible. This is why it's very important that if you wish to become involved in this project that you are registered and ready to go when called upon for help. 
The volunteering onboarding process is a simple three step process:
Step 1 – Completion of the online volunteering application
Step 2 – Submission of a current Police Clearance certificate required to be renewed annually.*
Step 3 – On receipt of a cleared Police certificate you will receive an email from me asking you to send a friend request to our  Facebook page. On receipt of this request I will add you to two private Facebook Groups “Homes” and “Rizers” where you can find all things to do with Homes and RizeUp activities.
*Due to the security processes and procedures we have in place to protect our client families we require all volunteers to have a current police clearance certificate even if they already have “Blue” and “White” cards.
Most organisations choose to assist in a Home Set Up, which can be a good team building opportunity, please find the following details on what this entails.
Typically an average Home Set Up:

Takes between 2 to 3 hours depending on the size of the family and number of volunteers.

Basically your team transforms an empty shell of a house into a home filled with love, care and compassion.

Our truck drivers will deliver all the furniture and packs requested by the family to the house on the day of the Set Up.

Volunteers where able assist in the unloading of the truck and assembly of furniture and “dress” the home with the household items, linen, soft furnishings and homewares etc. provided.
The experience should be fun for everyone concerned and have you all wanting to come back and do it again and again.
For more information please contact Community Direct, Louise Davis at
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