Presidents Message
Another fun meeting last week. The guest speaker Ben Southall did not disappoint. His story of how he got to the point in his life when he applied for and won Tourism Queensland’s Best Job in the World competition was very entertaining.
We had our monthly Board meeting prior to the last Club meeting and other than the Directors and Project Leaders reports the only significant item to mention is that we are applying for a Grant to help us support the Gold Coast Youth Service (GCYS) education program.  Louise has put a lot of effort into writing a winning grant application. It just needs a few finishing touches and we can send it off before the end of the month deadline. Please everyone, keep everything crossed for a positive outcome.
Whenever we have held a Club Opinion Survey one comment came up almost every time and that was that members felt that they do not know what is happening in the club. In particular they don’t know what projects are current.  With that in mind I have from day one of this Rotary year asked the Project Leader to report on one of their projects at every meeting and add a brief note in the Club Bulletin. Over all I believe they are doing this very well. Please ask if you don’t understand something or if you would like to know more. The project leaders would love to answer them. This is a group effort.
We have had a few resignations after following up a few of the newer members who haven’t been attending meetings and haven’t paid their club dues.
I am very much looking forward to meeting Amani Matamu from Gold Coast Youth Service (GCYS) at our next meeting. Amani will be talking to us about the work they do with homeless youth.  With Amani will be a young person with a lived experience of homelessness, being supported by GCYS and now on a pathway to success. Also on the night, we will hear from our 3 Ernie Hicks Memorial Scholarship students so it’s sure to be a great evening.
See you on Thursday.
Guest Speaker - 16 September

Make sure you are attending this Thursday's meeting where we will be joined by a representative from Gold Coast Youth Service, Amani Matamu. 
"Operating on the Gold Coast since 1980, Gold Coast Youth Service is a not for profit, specialist youth support & homelessness organisation. We help all young people and their families in the Gold Coast Region who may be marginalised, disadvantaged or homeless.
They offer assistance in areas such as:-
  • Housing & Homelessness Support
  • Reconnecting with Family & Education
  • Living Skills Education
  • Leaving Care
  • Street Safe Spaces
  • Advocacy & Advice
  • Basic Needs

Come along to this meeting to hear more about this fantastic group that is helping our Youth on a Local Level and find out how Rotarians can also aid in their mission.
Ernie Hicks Scholarship
Great news! It's that time of year where the recipients of the Ernie Hicks Memorial Scholarship attend one of our Rotary Meetings.
This weeks meeting on Thursday 16 September, all 3 of our current students will be in attendance.
They will provide our club with an update on how their studies are going and what's been happening in their lives since we last saw them earlier this year.
The Ernie Hicks Memorial Scholarships was set up in honour of a past member of our club, Ernie Hicks. 
It is designed to reward and support a student who has just graduated from High School and has been accepted to enter their first year of University on a full time basis all the while having overcome a personal adversity. 
This scholarship runs over a period of 3 years and during that time the students visit our club twice a year. It's always a favourite for our members and we hope to see you all there on the night. 
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. 
Final numbers for this fun filled evening are required by no later than Monday 18 October. 
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
Peta Wolff
Where were you born? 
Corinda Hospital in Brisbane
Why did you join Rotary? 
 I was very generously invited to become a member after working with the incredible Botanical Bazaar team for 3 years now … and only one actual event :) 2022 is going to be our year!
How long have you been on the Gold Coast?
I moved here from Brisbane in 2011 … so have clocked up 10 wonderful years.
About your family
I live with my partner (Andrew Foskett!) and our 2 doggies.
Do you have any pets?
Yes … who wouldn’t?  Cindy is our 7 year old Australian Sheppard/Cattle x … and Wally – our 8 month old staffy puppy … who is slowly chewing his way through our shoe rack.
What do you currently do for work or used to do?
I’ve been running my own business for over 7 years now – I’ve Got Time for That.  I’m a self-employed, remote Executive Assistant providing high quality administrative support to leaders who are accelerating their own successful small and medium sized businesses.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A vet – then my mum told me that I’d sometimes have to put animals down and that was the end of that.
Do you have a hidden skill or talent that not many people know about? 
Yes – but it’s hidden!
Polio - We are Winning the Battle

Rotary joined its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to mark the first anniversary of a historic public health milestone: the World Health Organization’s African region being certified free of wild polio.

The anniversary was celebrated on 25 August during a WHO Regional Committee for Africa meeting, which also addressed current challenges to eradicating polio and new tactics to achieve a polio-free world.

Africa’s milestone has already benefited children’s health and public health across the continent.

The infrastructure and innovations that helped the African region become free of wild polio are playing an important role in the COVID-19 pandemic response and are available to use in future public health emergencies. Polio workers also now conduct other routine immunizations, deliver medicines, and provide other health care services.

The achievement in Africa is the result of a decades-long effort by millions of Rotary members, health workers, government officials, religious leaders, and parents.

Since 1996, when wild polio paralyzed an estimated 75,000 children across Africa, health workers have administered more than 9 billion doses of oral vaccine, preventing 1.8 million wild polio cases.

Rotary members have contributed nearly $920 million toward eradicating the virus in the region, advocated for support from their governments, mobilized communities around National Immunization Days, and conducted events to raise funds and public awareness.

Five of the WHO’s six regions, representing more than 90% of the world’s population, are now free of the wild poliovirus.

The School of St Jude
Gold Coast Rotary is a long time supporter of St Jude's School in Tanzania. We love helping this wonderful organisation and even more so, we love to receive updates from them such as the below. 
Dear Viv and all at Rotary Club of Gold Coast,
The role of any school is to nurture its students, but of course, each school goes about this important task differently. At The School of Jude, we’re nurturing future leaders who are ready to lead with Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Kindness.
In this month’s newsletter, read about the many ways in which we nurture leadership…
As always, my thoughts are with those of you who are facing lockdowns and their accompanying challenges. So, why not follow us on Facebook or Instagram, where we’re always posting good news stories from around the school?
Stay well,
Getting the most of your Rotary Membership

Membership Chair Glenn Wran

1. Find the projects that float your boat

Rotary is full of the most amazing projects - from building playgrounds, to mentoring young people, to providing clean water in remote villages and saving the world’s children from polio. Find the project that floats your boat and get involved. Help others get involved too.

2. Say ‘Yes’

Rotary is like so many things; the more you put in, the more you get out in return. Saying ‘Yes’ opens so many opportunities, not only to giving back to your community, but also to developing your confidence, your speaking skills, your project management and leadership skills, making friends and associates for life. I know you’re busy – but in Rotary, good things happen to those who say ‘Yes’.

3. Share your ideas

No matter how long we’ve been part of Rotary, we’re constantly on the lookout for new ideas for service, new ways to communicate our impact, new strategies for growth. Share your ideas with other members; bring your experience to the fore and make a difference in your club. Strengthening Rotary is everyone’s responsibility.



Youth Science Tour 

This Tuesday 14 September, 2021 as part of our ongoing dedication to Youth Services our club is holding a Science Tour for some very lucky Science and community-minded students.

The tour will take place at the Brisbane Pain Management clinic and is designed to give our youngsters a hands-on experience as well as an insight into Science & Medicine in the service of patients.

The students will have the opportunity to meet the Doctor and support staff as well as observe some of the medical practices used in this clinic.

This is a very unique and special experience that we are very honoured to be a part of made possible by long term relationships between Rotary Members and the Science community.

This is a very unique Youth project that we hope will become a regular event.

In short, our aim is to encourage students to develop practical life skills, survival attitudes & become streetwise !!!

 For more information please contact our Youth Chair, Assad Sarroff at

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