Presidents Message
On behalf of all members, I extend a warm welcome to our newly inducted members Michelle Caterson and Natalie Jansson and I look forward to enjoying many happy times with you along your Rotary journey. It is always a thrill to induct new members as each new member enriches our club with their personality, experience and passion.
As our DG’s visit was to be via Zoom I enlisted the help of David Baguley and Mark Urquhart to set up the technology as best we could to make it feel like DG Jeff and Kaileen were in the room for them and for us.  We had two laptops and an Ipad set up to capture different sections of the room and podium. Greg Bowler also assisted on the night and I believe it worked well.
DG Jeff’s presentation was down to earth, topical and he personalised much of it which was very inclusive.  I would like our club to take up Kaileen’s pet project the Solar Buddy. The thing I love about it is that we can include one or more schools to put them together.  The kids then write a note which is included in the Solar Buddy for the recipient.
Solar Buddy three core principles
Illuminating the futures of all children is as hard as it sounds. One of the biggest obstacles we
face is extreme energy poverty. It is a complex challenge, impacting the health and well-being,
educational outcomes and economic stability of the communities experiencing it as well as our
But we are motivated by big challenges, and the impact we can make by focussing on our three
core principles.
Education is core to the solution. It helps to build local awareness and understanding of extreme
energy poverty, creates better global citizens and is the most important factor in creating
equitable opportunities for a child.
Sustainable innovation shapes our solutions. We design with people as our focus, ensuring that
everything we create is simple, socially impactful, environmentally sustainable and makes a
difference for a decade, not a day.
Connected communities are joined at the heart and united by need. When we share ownership
of the problem, we lighten the load. The more hearts who join us, through donations, support and
advocacy, the more positive outcomes we can create.
We will never stop creating new ways to fight this challenge. We see a brighter future for all
children, and by learning, creating, and working together, we light the way there.
I thought it was a very enjoyable meeting with meeting Chair Kate who as always ran a professional meeting.
See you at the Christmas Dinner on Thursday. I have heard a rumour that we are getting a visit from the jolly man in the red suit.  Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas.
Member Behind The Badge 
Andre’a Simmons 
Where were you born?
Brazil rio de janeiro 

Why did you join Rotary?
To join with like minded people who are helping community like myself but find myself overwhelmed with work this year and have not managed to get to many meetings sorry 

How long have you been on the Gold Coast?
21 years 

Please tell us about your family
Married 2 kids 5 grand kids 
Do you have any pets?
No time for pets 
What do you currently do for work or used to do?
CEO of the AustralianAnti Ice Campaign we help bring lived experience education to people specialising in educating kids about the real dangers associated with drugs 
spearheading the drug ICE  and open up conversations and intervention support for those wanting to break the devastating cycle of addiction . We also run a transition house for woman and men 
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An actress/singer 

Do you have a hidden skill or talent that not many people know about?
I sing and am a recording artist 
 RYLA - Participants Needed
We need your help in finding suitable candidates, as applications close on
22 December, 2021.

At this stage, we are well short of the formal numbers of applications required to allow the camp to proceed. 
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 Dinner - Thursday 16 December, 2021
Not many sleeps now until our annual festive dinner meeting to celebrate the end of the year.
For those attending, you will be in the company of family and friends for what's going to be a fun night of frivolity and fellowship starting at 6pm.
Remember to bring an unusual/funny gift up to maximum of $20. In case you forgot, please see below the scrumptious menu on offer for the evening.
Slow Cooked Turkey Breast
Roast Pork
Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Chats
Creamy Potato Mash
Green Beans with butter and Flaked Almonds
Baked Pumpkin Honey Carrots

Vegetarian meal
Stuffed Christmas Pumpkin with walnuts, brown rice, onions, lentils,
and spinach.
served with honey carrots, green beans with butter, flaked almonds
and white sauce.

Pavlova with Mixed Berries and fresh Cream
Plum Pudding and Brandy Custard
AGM NOTICE for the Rotary Club Of Gold Coast.
Please see below details of the Annual General Meeting for the Rotary Club of Gold Coast:-
Date: Thursday 16 December, 2021
Time: 6pm
Location: Southport Golf Club 
The meeting will take place before the Christmas dinner from 6pm to 6.15pm
Attendance of all active members is required.
See you on the night just prior to the meeting. 
Christmas Cakes 
Santa has come early this year in the form of Rotary Christmas Cakes and Puddings. 
If you were lucky enough to get your order in, great news.... they have arrived! 
Your delicious Rotary treats will be available for pick up at this weeks Christmas Club meeting on Thursday 16 December, 2021.
Thank you to all those members who put their requests through and have waited very patiently for their orders to arrive. 
The wait is almost over! 
See you all Thursday night. 
Community Update

Another Rize-Up house was completed on Saturday 13th November. Just wanted to say a huge thanks to the following Rotary Members that assisted: Lindy Dupree, Glenn Wran (great truck driving!), Barry Lane and Mark Urquhart. It was again a very rewarding day setting up a house for a Mum and her son. As always I love working with Rotary Members on these houses and find it not only rewarding in a real concrete sense of seeing a bare shell of a house become an inviting home complete with a Christmas tree and presents but it is also a lot of fun working with the Rotary family. There was another house planned for the 27th November but this was postponed as the Rize-Up client could not get the keys on time from housing. However, please watch out in the following weeks for a call out for Rotary member volunteers, for more Rize-Up houses to assist those escaping Domestic Violence in our community. Please onboard with Rize-Up if haven’t already.

In other news unfortunately we found out last week that we did not get the Balwyn Grant for laptops for Homeless Youth.

Balwyn Grant proposal
In other news unfortunately we found out last week that we did not get the Balwyn Grant for laptops for Homeless Youth.

Louise Davis
Malaria Vaccine Project
From the Chairman, Malaria Vaccine Project
It is my pleasure to present this final Newsletter for 2021 to all our cherished supporters of the Malaria Vaccine Project.
In spite of COVID, It has been an exciting year for both the vaccine development and for our fundraising. Professor Good and Dr Danielle Stanisic have completed excellent animal studies with the cryo-preserved form of PlasProtecT® and are planning clinical studies for this field-deployable form in 2022.
In this Newsletter, they talk  about these developments and the endorsement of the vaccine Mosquirix by WHO.
Thanks to all of your incredible support, I expect that we will reach $1,340,000 by the end of December with $130,000 having been generated in 2021.
These totals have been boosted by some marvellous support from the Rotary Club of Hope Island Black-tie Dinner and the Rotary Club of Surfers Paradise Race Day.
To read the final newsletter for 2021, please click on the link below

Rotary District Expo 2022
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

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Gold Coast Rotary
Service Above Self
Thursdays at 6:15 PM
Southport Golf Club
Cnr Slatyer Avenue and Poinciana Crescent
Southport, QLD 4215
1st and 3rd Thursday of month at 5.45 for 6.15pm
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