President's Message
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Our September 5 meeting had 56 in the room, 35 members and 21 guests. I know our guests enjoyed the evening and I am hoping they will join us again on Thursday 19 September for our next dinner meeting and consider Rotary and membership of our Club is for them.
We welcomed our 57th member, Louise Davis (Occupational Therapist) and heard from Members Behind The Badge Sue and David Geelan who provided a snapshot of who they are and why Rotary is important in their lives. Thank you David Baguley for the wrap up of our first and very successful Botanical Bazaar. We connected with over 75 local exhibitors, 15 food and beverage vendors, over 3,500 patrons and over 50 volunteers, including more than half our Club members, Nerang Rotary Club and a few members of the new Gold Coast Passport Rotary Club. And net profit was $31, 863.
And to Kate Kimmorley, Lucy Sperling, Tammi Mayfield, Kathy Hogan, John Davis and Nev Davis,  Gold Coast Rotary Leaders who shared what this Club’s plans are for our Projects and Programs in 2019/20 and beyond, thank you for your leadership and commitment to connecting members and those individuals and communities we will impact on.
Our September 19 meeting will hear from Members Behind the Badge Tammi Mayfield, Nev Davis and Past President Kate Kimmorley. We have 1 new member to induct (welcome Andrew Beshara) taking us to 58 members. We will be further developing our Club Projects and Programs planned for 2019/20.  
I am hoping we can involve every member in at least one project this year. 30 members to date have expressed interest in getting involved. To assist all members, I have provided the names and phone numbers of Project Leaders for you to contact before our next meeting. They would love to hear from you.
Club Projects - Nev Davis  Mob 0418 185 128
Botanical Bazaar & Gold Coast Ramble -  David Baguley  Mob 0411 470 947
Vocational Service - Luciane Sperling Mob 0405 255 169
Vocational Excellence Awards  - Kathy Hogan Mob 0417 634 029
International - Tammi Mayfield Mob 0490 101 199
Community ServiceJohn Davis Mob 0411 373 722 (overseas Sept) Contact me on Mob 0421 915 818
Each week I catch up for coffee with either a member or potential member and chat about life, work and Rotary. If you and I haven’t done this yet, please call me on 0421 915 818 and we can arrange this.
Last week over a coffee Niko Alfaro shared with me that under the Australian working holiday visa he has that provides him with full rights to work in Australia for a year, to extend this to a second year he must undertake specified work for 88 days. Due to his Chilean passport he can only work in hospitality and farming. These jobs must be done outside major Australian cities. He would love to undertake farm work around the Gold Coast or Brisbane areas.  If not he must head off to Central or Northern Queensland to work in hospitality. If you know of someone that could have work, please contact Niko immediately on 0450 548 356 as he plans to head North on September 25 if he can’t land work locally.  Niko will be attending our September 19 meeting.
This Sunday 15 September we are joining other Rotarians and Gold Coasters for the “Rotary “Walk Against Ice” in Broadbeach with the $10 entry fee going to the work of the Australian Anti-Ice Campaign. We are also celebrating our club’s achievement of staging the inaugural Gold Coast Marathon in 1979 on its 40th Anniversary as we walk around Broadbeach and then lunch at the Kurrawa Surf Club after this to welcome the 24 new members who have joined us in the past 13 months. Click to find out more and book your walk.
To reserve your seat for lunch, email Chawki Gazal at or call 0410 002 403 today.
And on Wednesday 25 September the End Polio Movie Night for 2019 is on at HOTA Gold Coast (6.30pm) This is the advanced screening of “Ride Like A Girl”, the incredible true story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. Tickets are $20 each and will go quick so grab a partner or a buddy and book online at
Look forward to catching up.
Rowan Johnstone
President 2019/20
M. 0421 915 818
This Meeting
Thursday 19 September  - Gold Coast Rotary Club Projects & Programs Dinner Meeting
5.45pm for 6.15pm at Southport Golf Club, Slatyer Avenue, Southport
Members Behind the Badge – Tammi Mayfield, Nev Davis & Kate Kimmorley
$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, 13 Sept to or  0411 693 814
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Friday 13 Sep  Gold Coast Rotary Board – Lev 2.  Kay House, 35 Scarborough St Southport (1pm)
Sun 15 Sep  Walk Against Ice & 40th Anniversary GC Marathon – Broadbeach (Walk 10am/Lunch 1pm)
Wednesday 25 Sep “Ride Like A Girl” End Polio Movie Night –HOTA Gold Coast  (6.30pm)
Thursday 3 Oct       Gold Coast Rotary Youth Forum - Southport GC (5.45pm for 6.15pm)
Thursday 17 Oct    Gold Coast Rotary Foundation Forum – Southport GC (5.45pm for 615pm)     
Thursday 7 Nov     Gold Coast Rotary Vocational Excellence Awards – Southport GC (6pm)
Friday 15 Nov         Gold Coast Rotary Board – Lev 2, Kay House, 35 Scarbourough St Southport (1pm)
Thursday 21 Nov  Gold Coast Rotary Anti Drugs & Addiction Recovery Forum - Southport GC  (6pm)
Thursday  5 Dec    Gold Coast Rotary Christmas Dinner - Southport GC (5.45pm for 6.15pm)
Friday 13 Dec         Gold Coast Rotary AGM Breakfast – GC Regional Botanical Gardens (8am)
Saturday 14 Dec    Broadbeach Christmas Carols – Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach  (4pm)
Botanical Bazaar Update
We have closed applications for exhibiters with over 75 sites booked, along with about 15 food vendors.  Our speakers’ program is full with over 20 presentations in 3 locations over the day. Our workshops are filling up with on-line registrations.
Our promotions for Botanical Bazaar received a boost this week with confirmation that Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia will be joining our speaking program and also entertaining the kids.  Don’t forget to vote for him for Gold Logie in and share with friends.  Other well-known speakers include: Stephen Ryan, a previous Gardening Australia host, radio horticulture experts, Annette McFarlane and Kate Heffernan and permaculture guru, Morag Gamble 
Next week, we will be advertising the event with the above image on the billboard heading west on Reedy Creek Road out of Burleigh Heads and we will be looking for members to visit other Rotary clubs to distribute flyers.  15,000 flyers will be letter box dropped later in the month.  Everything points to a record crowd of well over 5,000.
Some members have accepted key roles in the preparations for and during Botanical Bazaar.  These are roles to manage different areas or sub sections of the event or preparation.  
We will need more volunteers to assist with set up on Friday 2nd, and Saturday 3rdas well a swarm of yellow shirts during the event on 4thAugust. There will also be a clean-up on Monday 5th.  This is definitely a fun event and a great opportunity to showcase Rotary.  I hope you can all assist.  For insurance purposes, we need all volunteers to register, sign on and sign off so please go to our website look for Volunteer to register. 
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