President's Message
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Our October 17 meeting of 26 and 16 guests were inspired by the work of The Rotary Foundation and Shelterbox. Thank you Phil Fairweather and Mike Greenslade for your passion and commitment.
This club will continue to invest in both to further develop our club’s connection with other communities around the world. In 2018/19, Gold Coast Rotary invested $29,000 in international programs and projects.
In 2019/20 we have budgeted $47,000 which includes the Vanuatu project we undertaking with the Rotary Clubs of  Broadbeach and Surfers Sunrise.
We welcomed Marion Simon  as our newest and 59th member and special mention of hubby Chris for traveling all the way from Botswana just to be here for this.
Our meeting on November 7 we will be inducting 2 new members,  Terry Aronson & Ivan Knez .
This will take us to 61 members strong. the most active members in the club’s 42 year history, having surpassed the 60 active members at the amalgamation of the two Surfers Paradise clubs to form Gold Coast Rotary in June 2011.
I am hoping that all members, both active and honorary, can join us to celebrate this milestone.
This meeting is our Vocational Excellence Awards on November 7, coordinated by Kathy Hogan.
These awards provide employers with the opportunity through Rotary to recognise and acknowledge the efforts and contributions of an employee who consistently achieves an overall high personal standard and work performance.  The recipient is recognised at this Annual Awards Night in front of their employer, fellow team members and family. All 14 nominees receive an impressive Glass Plaque. Gold Coast Rotary will cover the cost of dinner for the awardee (everyone else its $45 for a two course meal, tea or coffee).  RSVP and payment by this Friday, 31 October to ensure your place and meal click on There are no payment facilities on arrival.
Next meeting is our "Anti Drugs and Addiction Recovery Forum" on Thursday, 21 November.
Andre'a Simmons from Australian Anti Ice Campaign and Major David Rogerson from The Salvation Army Gold Coast Recovery Services will present the challenges and opportunities of this growing crisis on the Gold Coast and answer questions from the floor. Local, State and Federal government representatives and members of all Rotary clubs on the Gold Coast and Tweed are invited to join us (5.45pm arrival for 6.15pm start at the Southport Golf Club.
$30 pp for plated meal, tea and coffee and a raffle ticket. RSVP and payment by Friday, 15 November to ensure your place and meal click on
Friendship Exchange is an international program for Rotary members and friends allowing participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs.  It broadens international understanding, builds enduring friendships and provides opportunities for project support and partnerships. In 2020 our club will host Rotarians and partners from District 3040 India for three nights.  There will be ten in the group.  The dates are April 16, 17 & 18.   If you would like to participate in some of the activities or are able to host one or two guests during this period, please advise Gold Coast Rotary Team Leader Lea Rickwood on 0412 871 071or email
Gold Coast Rotary have some great events and meetings scheduled for the rest of this calendar year (see below).
Mark these in your calendars and bring a friend, work colleague or someone you do business with you.
Look forward to catching up.
Rowan Johnstone
President 2019/20
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Upcoming Meetings & Events
Thursday 7 Nov      Gold Coast Rotary Vocational Excellence Awards – Southport GC (6pm)
Sunday, 10 Nov       Grandad Jack’s Craft Distillery Vocational Visit /Lunch at North Burleigh Surf Club
Thursday 21 Nov   Gold Coast Rotary Anti Drugs & Addiction Recovery Forum - Southport GC  (6pm)
Thursday  5 Dec     Gold Coast Rotary Christmas Dinner - Southport GC (6pm)
Sunday, 8 Dec         GC 50 Run Festival – Pratten Park, Broadbeach (morning)
Friday 13 Dec         Gold Coast Rotary AGM Breakfast – Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens (8am)
Saturday 14 Dec    Broadbeach Christmas Carols Salvos Candle Sales – Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach  (4pm)
Sunday, 15 Dec      Coolangatta Christmas Carols Salvos Candle Sales - Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta (4pm)                                                             Sunday, 22 Dec      Carols on the Beach Salvos Candle Sales - Surfers Paradise Beach (4pm)
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Southport, QLD  4215
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Upcoming Events
Vocational Excellence Award Night
Southport Golf Club
Nov 07, 2019
6:15 PM – 8:30 PM
Vocational Visit - Grandad Jack's Craft Distillery
Grandad Jack's Distillery
Nov 10, 2019
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Gold Coast Rotary Anti Drugs and Addiction Recovery Forum
Southport Golf Club
Nov 21, 2019
6:15 PM – 8:00 PM
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