Presidents Message 17 May, 2021
 Greetings fellow Rotarians! What a fabulous meeting we had last Thursday. We were lucky enough to be visited by our 3 Ernie Hicks Scholarship recipients from Griffith University. It is always a special evening when the students come along and this meeting was no exception. If you weren't able to make it, never fear! The students will return again later in the year. 
Keeping with the theme of Youth related, we were also visited by a National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) student that our club sponsored, Gabby Booth. Gabby shared with us her time at the NYSF and how this experience has helped to make her future path that little bit more clearer. 
We also inducted our newest member into the club, Lindy Dupree. It was great to see everyone welcome Lindy with open arms. 
At our next meeting on Thursday 20 May we will be visited by the Co-Founders of Manasprings in Kenya, Carey Westwood and Wanjiru (Chiro) Waithaka. Come along and hear how these two amazing women are making a positive change in the lives of so many people through empowering women. 
If you haven't already, mark this date on your calendar; Sunday 27 June 12pm because it's Change Over! More details to come in this newsletter. 

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
Botanical Bazaar - Now 2 day Event
Mark your diaries - this year's Botanical Bazaar will be held on 31 July and 1 August 2021 at Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang.  We will need all hands on deck and plenty of other volunteers on the weekend.  Check out our new website
The Botanical Bazaar has become the Gold Coast's premier Gardening and Sustainability Festival.  It is an interactive Gardening, and Sustainable living event aimed to educate and inspire all nature enthusiasts.
Botanical Bazaar is where naturally wild, urban gardeners and nature lovers connect.   Educating and inspiring nature enthusiasts of all ages. See around 90 green exhibitors plus celebrity gardener’s talks, demonstrations, botanical art, community groups and kids nature activities.  An exciting speakers program that includes several Gardening Australia personalities will be announced shortly.
Learn how to grow your own food, urban and small space gardening, and sustainable living concepts. Explore plant nurseries and landscape designs, garden materials and tools, organic beauty products and even botanical homewares.
A relaxing day at the Parklands with live music by groups such as Leopold’s Treat and delicious food, Market Stalls and more.
Change Over Lunch - New Venue
Come along and help to farewell the current Leadership Team lead by President Melissa Neilsen and welcome in a new one! 
President Elect Kathy Hogan will proudly introduce her team for the year ahead at the Southport Golf Club; details below:-
Sunday 27 June
12pm Start
Southport Golf Club
Slatyer Avenue, Southport
Cost is $55 per person with Cash Bar (card only)
To reserve your seat go to Try Booking 
See you there on the day! 
Time for a Laugh!
  • What's orange and sounds like a parrot? A carrot.
  • A woman walks into a library and asked if they had any books about paranoia. The librarian says "They're right behind you!"
  • As I suspected, someone has been adding soil to my garden. The plot thickens
  • Two cows are standing in a field. One cow says "Did you hear about that outbreak of mad cow disease? It makes cows go completely insane!". The other cow replies "Good thing I'm a helicopter".
  • What did one hat say to the other? You stay here. I’ll go on ahead.


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Southport, QLD 4215
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