Presidents Message 08 September
Greetings Fellow Rotarians! What a special night we had at our last meeting, with our guests of honour being the recipients of the Ernie Hicks Scholarship from Griffith University. This was the first visit to the club in person for some of our students, as the earlier meeting they attended was via Zoom. It was extra special as we bid farewell to our 3rd year student Wisam Omer, but thankfully I don't think that is the last we will see of him.
It was a double act last Thursday with another special guest joining us, Lord Baton. To celebrate 100yrs of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand next year, our Club has purchased a special Baton, which we have affectionally named Lord Baton. He will be passed from member to member, who will treat Lord Baton as one of the family - take him home, on outings, show him the sights and sounds of our beautiful part of the world, all supported with photographs. More importantly, Lord Baton will be used as a way to ignite discussion and awareness about Rotary and our Club, with all of those that we come into contact with. Lord Baton is currently on his first leg of the relay and will be coming to a home near you soon. 
Our next club meeting is at the Southport Golf Club on Thursday 17 September where we will catch up with Lord Baton and welcome our guest speaker for the evening, former Rosies contributor Kathleen Vlasic, to discuss Homelessness on the Gold Coast. Kathleen has vast experience and knowledge in this area, that can only be obtained by working directly with those on the streets, so please join us on this night to learn more about this issue and to find out how we as a club can help those in need. 

Until next time, please take care and if you need anything at all please feel free to contact me via phone on 0433 069 174 or email
Hat Day in October

Every October, Australian Rotary Health encourages Rotary Clubs, businesses, and individuals to get involved in Hat Day as part of ‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness’, our national fundraising and awareness campaign for mental health research.
This October our Club will be holding a Hat Day at our Meeting on Thursday 15 October, 2020. 
It's time to get creative and start putting together ideas and build your special Hat to wear on the evening. The most impressive hat on the night will win a prize! 
Not feeling creative? No problem! Just wearing a hat and donating on the night is still a great way to contribute. 
Each participating member is asked to wear a hat and donate $2 towards this great cause. In addition to this all funds raised from the Sergeant at Arms pot on the same night will also be donated. 
Did you know that almost one in five Australians will experience a mental illness every year, and nearly half of the population (45%) will experience a mental illness at some stage in their lives? What better reasons to join and help out. 
See you on the night in your hat!
Invite a Friend
At Rotary we love it when new friends come to visit our club, even more so when they leave with a smile on their face and a desire to come back again.
There have been a lot of questions regarding the cost for bringing family and friends to meetings and this was discussed at our last Board Meeting on Thursday 03 September, just prior to our normal club meeting. 
Moving forward, it has been decided that the cost of attending a meeting for all guests is $20 (except Guest Speakers whose cost of a meal will continue to be covered by the Club). 
Should a guest wish to join our club and become an official member of this fantastic group we know as Rotary, on their special Induction night the cost of their meal will be covered by the Club. All attendance from then on by the new member will be at the normal cost of $30. 
We hope this clears up any confusion and creates an easy to follow guide. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact your Club President, Melissa. 
District 9640 DG's Centenary Cup
Be one of the 100 Rotarians to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia by joining this special Golf Event.
Date: Thursday, 08 October 2020
Venue:  Hills International Golf Course, Johanna St. Jimboomba
Format:  Four-person Ambrose
Registration:  Registration from 7:00am 
Cost: $65.00pp  (Golf Cart not included. Contact Pro Shop to book CART on 0755 479 639. Ensure you tell them you are part of the event)
Commemorative Photo:  Aerial photo of 100 Rotarians & Club Banners at 7:30am sharp
Tee Off:  Shotgun Start at 8:00am
Finish:  All players must be in by 12:30pm
Breakfast - from 7:00am Bacon & Egg rolls for sale, proceeds to our Interact Club          
Lunch - Lunch Burger (included in Registration)
Prizes: The ‘Cup’ and USD $1000.00 for a PHF, Great prizes for 2nd and 3rd as well as various other prizes determined on the day
Enquiries Contact: President David Parkins 0400 914 149 or                                 
RSVP 24.09.20
Brain Strain 08 September
Can you solve these Brain Strains? 
What month of the year has 28 days?
What is full of holes but still holds water?
What question can you never answer yes to?
I’m tall when I’m young, and I’m short when I’m old. What am I?


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