Presidents Message
As we get into the swing of things in this Rotary year, I thought it timely to be reminded of the Object of Rotary and the Mission and Vision of our Club. These are the cornerstone of our actions in Rotary and how clubs operate.
Rotary Club of Gold Coast
Our Mission
We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Our Vision
That our members actions today influence and engage the Gold Coast community of tomorrow, making a real difference to the lives we impact on both locally and in the world, we connect with.
Rotary International
Guiding principles
These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.
Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
  • FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
The Four-Way Test
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and non-sectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and some clubs recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
If you haven’t already, please register for Barefoot Bowls this Thursday. Should be a lot of fun. If you haven’t done so already please contact Melissa if you are able to attend the ROTARY - Polio Train/Tram Ride - Friday 22 October, 2021.
•            Friday 22 October, 2021 - 7.30am
•            We will be meeting at the Helensvale Tram Station at 7.30am for a group photo
•            Make sure you wear your Rotary attire and a big smile on the day
Guest Speaker - 04 November
Our next meeting at the Golf Club on Thursday 04 November will see another fabulous Guest Speaker attend and share their story with us.  
We are very pleased to advise that Tom Pirie will be in attendance, though you may know him as 10 Cent Tom. 
Born in 2002, Tom has faced and overcome a number of health issues. 
Tom started collecting bottles and cans from his neighbours a few years ago, he found this a great way to connect and communicate with people whilst doing something he enjoyed.
Today people across Australia and internationally  know him as 10 Cent Tom.  He decided once graduating from school that he wanted to turn his passion of recycling into a career.  Tom has placed over 120 wheelie bins across the Gold Coast and all the money he receives from the bottles and cans is saved towards opening up his own 10 Cent Tom Recycling Depot and employing people with disabilities.
Invite a friend and come along and be inspired by this wonderful individual who is making a real change. 
Train Ride to End Polio 
The 2021 Rotary Train Ride to End Polio will take place on Friday, 22 October.
This year's route will include only the Gold Coast’s main train stations starting at Varsity Lakes and finishing at Helensvale station.
Our club will be helping to promote Rotary and all the fantastic work that Rotarians do including helping to eradicate Polio worldwide by attending the Helensvale Tram Station this Friday at 7.30am.
Thank you to all those members who have already put your hands up to attend on Friday morning. Please see below a summary of details below:-
Friday 22 October, 2021
Make sure you wear your Rotary Shirt and a big smile! 
You can choose to ride the Tram if you wish or treat yourself to a Breakfast afterwards at 3 Sixty Restaurant and Bar at Grand Hotel in Labrador 
If you are able to attend on the day please let Rotary Foundation Chair Melissa Neilsen know by emailing 
Barefoot Bowls - Thursday 21 October
Our next Celebration and Vocational Event is happening on Thursday, 21 October at Broadbeach Bowls Club. The fun will kick off at 5.30pm, about the same time you will be kicking off your shoes! 
The night will start with a friendly and let's face it, competitive game of Barefoot Lawn Bowls followed by dinner and drinks. 
There is no charge for the bowling and you simply pay for your own food and drinks on the night. 
There's still a chance to secure your attendance but please be quick and email Marion ASAP! 
Please email Marion directly to confirm your attendance by this date at 
This event will be in place of our normal club meeting due to be held that night and as always, invited guests and partners are welcome to come along and join in the fun on the night. If you've been thinking of bringing someone along to a meeting what better time to do so! 
Member Behind The Badge 

Melissa Neilsen
Where were you born? 
Parkes in Country NSW
Why did you join Rotary? 
I joined Rotary to help people. I have always wanted to surround myself with people who have the same vision and I have definitely found that with this club.  
How long have you been on the Gold Coast?
I have been here for about 20 years now and couldn't see myself living anywhere else.
About your family
I live with my son Dawson who just turned 8. 
Do you have any pets?
Not at the moment but we are in discussions  about possibly getting one later on down the track. Dawson can't decide between a cat or a dog - any suggestions?
What do you currently do for work or used to do?
I work in finance doing home loans and have been with the same company for about 19yrs now. Obviously they know a good worker when they find one! LOL 
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Like many women, I changed my mind constantly :)  
Do you have a hidden skill or talent that not many people know about? 
I'm pretty sure I do but it's currently hidden from me but when I find out what it is I'll let you know! :)
Youth Science Tour
Doctor Sami was a Guest speaker at our club at our last meeting where he talked about the different approaches he is using to help his patients manage Pain. 
Before coming along to our meeting two of our members, Assad Sarroff and Chawki Gazal took some young and very enthusiastic students to Dr Sami's Pain Management Clinic. 
They spent a few hours learning and discussing the many aspects of regenerative medicine as well as practical considerations.
The feedback from the students on the day was extremely positive.
We are so proud to be a part of this  experience helping to shape the lives of local youth in a positive and unique way. 
A big thank you to Chawki for being the guinea pig on the day! 
Personalised Wine Offer - Club Fundraiser
Here is your chance to stock up on some wine for Christmas, add a personalised label for your family or business and raise some funds for our club projects.  Great gift for staff or clients.
Each year Jindalee Rotary Club conducts their wine labelling project.  It is proving a very successful COVID-19 fundraiser as well.  It is also a fundraiser with no financial risk to the club.  
The selected wines have been tried and tested over the last few years, with great success.  
The quality has remained at a high standard.
Jindalee Rotary are offering a $30 per carton rebate for all orders received from our club.   
We did it a few years ago and members also sold wine to their clients.  Last year some of our members brought wine and were impressed with quality.  I have attached a copy of the club labels we used last year.  If you would like to order using the labels please let David Baguley know at
Orders need to be received by 31 October 2021.  Place your orders directly with Jindalee Rotary.
Rotary Race Day 
Did someone say Spring Racing?
The Surfers Paradise Rotary Race Day is back this year and will be held on
Saturday 23 October 2021. 
The cause of the day is helping to raise funds and awareness for the Malaria Vaccine Project. 
Everyone is invited to come along and support Rotary and this wonderful cause.
Attached is a copy of the invitation with all the details to come together as Rotarians and help support the Surfers Paradise Rotary Club in their fundraising efforts.
The cost per person is $85 which entitles you to a hot and cold buffet lunch. 
Tickets can be purchased by either clicking on the Try Booking link or by scanning the QR code.  And of course, there are prizes for the best dressed male and female categories along with best hat and plenty of raffle draws. 
So what better time to dust off the suits and pull out the fascinator's for a wonderful day out at the races.
If the event is cancelled due to COVID, full refunds will apply.
Christmas Cakes & Puddings
It's that wonderful time of year, Christmas.
That can mean only one thing, where are the Christmas Cakes and Puddings?
Don't worry about cooking dessert Christmas day, we have got you covered! 
Stuck for a gift idea for someone who has everything? 
Wish someone would buy you something you really like? 
Don't panic we are on this and will do our best to get your favourite Christmas desserts to you in time to share with your family, friends and loved ones over the Christmas period.
Details will come to you shortly on how to order your favourite Christmas Desserts so watch this space. 
In the meantime if you have any questions please contact your Foundation Chair Melissa Neilsen at 
Merry Christmas Everyone 
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