Presidents Message
I thank our club Directors who are doing a great job of keeping you updated on their area of responsibly.
Our meeting this week will feature an induction and will also have a Youth theme. Barry Lane will introduce our successful National Youth Science Forum applicants, Sophie Castles and Adam Li.
I am looking forward to hearing from District Rotary Youth Leadership Awards representatives Nathan Draman and Trevor Beverley update us on the latest RYLA information.
President Elect Nominee Barry Lane may give a brief presentation on the Rotary Leadership Training that he attended last weekend.
District Governor Jeff and his partner Kaileen will make a visit to our club via zoom on the 2 December. You are welcome to invite your partner to join you at this meeting.
Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) to Rotary District 9830 Tasmania – 26th April to 6th May 2022. Rotary Friendship Exchange is open to all Rotarians and partners. The exchange is for 11 days , with the team members being hosted with Rotarians from Tasmania.
You can apply to be part of a team of up to twelve, to participate in this great Rotary experience of friendship and hospitality from 26th April to 6th May 2022. Hosting will be provided in 3 areas - North West Tasmania, Launceston and Hobart.
The exchange could provide a great opportunity to visit other parts of Tasmania either before or after the exchange.
Rotary travel insurance will cover the exchange plus up to 21 days private travel. Please note that pandemics including COVID 19 are not covered under this insurance policy.
The incoming visit to our District by Rotarians from District 9830 will occur 16th to 26th May 2022 and outbound team members clubs are expected to host the inbound team, during their 11 days experience within District 9640. Please discuss your desire to be part of the team with your club to obtain their consent to possibly host the inbound team from Tasmania.
Requests for a Team Membership Application should be directed to
RFE Chair Wendy Scarlett  0400 715 207 or email: 
Completed Applications are to be submitted to the District Rotary Friendship Committee by
30th November 2021.
Guest Speaker - 18 November
Our scheduled Guest Speaker for this Thursday is sadly unable to attend however a new guest speaker is currently being sought.
In the meantime we have great news!
We are very lucky that we have 4 very special guests representing the wide variety of Youth Programs that Rotary has on offer coming along to this weeks meeting. 
From NYSF (National Youth Science Forum) we have applicants whom our club is sponsoring being:-
  • Sophie Castles
  • Adam Li
We also have District Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) representatives:-
  • Nathan Draman
  • Trevor Beverley
If you haven't already RSVP this weeks meeting please do so ASAP.
We'd love to see you there on the night.

Polio Movie Night 
The Rotary Club of Coomera Valley has organised the End Polio Movie Event fundraiser-  THE DUKE - which will be on show at the Coomera Event Cinemas on Thursday 9th December 2021.
This Movie is not due for release until Boxing Day however as a Rotary Fundraiser a pre release has been organised for 9th December. 
Not only is this a fundraiser for the eradication of Polio around the world, it is also a good opportunity to support our local cinema's who have done it tough during COVID.
We need a minimum of 80 people to attend this event so please share the attached flier with family and friends and lets make this a great night.
If you would like to attend and support a wonderful Rotary cause, please use the link on the attached flyer to secure your seat or CLICK HERE.
If you have any question at all please contact your clubs Foundation Chair, Melissa Neilsen at 
Next House - Saturday 27 November, Southport 
It is the Christmas season and for most this is a time of love and goodwill for friends and family. However at this time of year unfortunately the terrible community issue of domestic violence is on the rise. Thus the houses will be happening more regularly.
Also, I wanted to use this opportunity to send a huge thank you to the Rotary Volunteers who have assisted so far in setting up houses. You are everyday heroes to me.
Please join us and spread the Christmas spirit and volunteer for the next Rizeup house on the morning of Saturday the 27th November.
At this time of year I feel the joy we can provide to families who have experienced violence and adversity has a very special meaning and helps promote healing through the promotion of the fact 'we care'.
Please email me if you can assist with this house. I would love to welcome new Rotary on-boarders to the Rize-up family of volunteers.
Please email me if you need further instruction on the process of Rize-up onboarding.
Louise Pearce Community Director
District Governor's Newsletter

On behalf of District Governor Jeff Egan, enjoy reading the November edition of the DG Newsletter, ‘9640 News from the Coast to the Range and Beyond.
This edition includes:-
  • Donating to the Rotary Foundation
  • Nominations for District Governor 2024/25
  • District Governor Club Visits
  • Polio Train Ride
  • Hope Springs Rotary Centenary Charity Competition 
  • And much more 
Member Behind The Badge 

Chawki Gazal
Where were you born? 
Damascus Syria
Why did you join Rotary? 
I joined Rotary for the wrong reasons and stayed for the right ones
How long have you been on the Gold Coast?
Since 1984 that’s 37 years 
About your family
Married to Ann four Children Amanda, Anton Andrew and Addison and 5 Grandchildren 4 girls and one boy
Do you have any pets?
Lost three over the years and just got Poppy a cavoodle 
What do you currently do for work or used to do?
Retired, clothing manufacturer then importer
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I don’t know but now I am a grown man, I wish I was a kid 
Do you have a hidden skill or talent that not many people know about? 
No what you see is what you get 
Rotary District Expo 2022 (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.
For more information visit the District 9640 Expo Website
Friday 25 March 2022 9:00 AM - Sunday 27 March 2022 12:00 PM (UTC+11)

Location: Memorial Hall
96 Molesworth Street, Tenterfield NSW 2372

To book go HERE


RYLA is Happening!!
We need your help in finding suitable candidates, as applications close at the end of December.
The RYLA Camp is a life changing event for the attendees which sets them in good stead for the rest of their lives.
The highly rated leadership programme for 19 to 29 year old’s, will take place at Camp Bornhoffen, 3510 Nerang Murwillumbah Rd, Natural Bridge Qld 4211 from January 22 until January 30, 2022.
Please look out for candidates and encourage them to register on line on the District web site
Alternatively candidates can contact our Youth Chair Barry Lane at or mobile 0414 453 233
Rotarians and Rotaractors 29 years old or under, friends, relatives, employees, acquaintances, returned YEP students and former youth programme attendees are all eligible and welcomed to attend RYLA.
They can be sponsored by our Club, or their employer, or other corporate sponsor or fund themselves. The important thing is they attend.
Christmas Cakes & Puddings
Thank you to all those members who put their Christmas Cake and Pudding orders in.
Great news, the bakers have been advised and my sources tell me that your Cakes and Puddings are being baked for you and your family to help make your Christmas that much more special.
Please expect your delivery in person to be at our Christmas Dinner on Thursday 16 December. 
A special thank you to John D'Anna for helping to get the word out about the Christmas Cakes and Puddings. Santa will be making a stop at your house this year! 
Details of the Christmas Dinner to come shortly so stay tuned. As always it will be a festive evening shared by Rotarians and loved ones. 
If you haven't already, put that date in your diary and bring along your family and friends to help us all celebrate the festive season together.
Thursday 16 December, 2021.
Merry Christmas Everyone!!
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