President's Message
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Our 20th meeting of this Rotary year was online only via Zoom with 31 members and 12 guests attending.  If you missed it click on and hear and see what those who joined us experienced at our gathering on May 7.
Our guest speaker Member Andrew Beshara presented “Covid 19 Government support for business owners, organisations and their staff”.  Melissa Neilsen and Kathy Hogan introduced our four Ernie Hicks Scholarship students who shared who they are and the importance of these scholarships to their tertiary education and futures careers.
President Elect Melissa introduced her 2020/21 Board and Leadership team. Link to Leadership team.
I welcome all 69 members, your partners and guests to join us at our next Gold Coast Rotary Club meeting this Thursday, 21 May online at 7.15pm giving you time to have dinner before you join us and chat with others online. Our Chair Catherine Palin-Brinkworth will start the meeting at 7.30pm.
Our guest speaker is Mrs Mona Nielsen, Chairperson Gold Coast Homelessness Network on  “The Challenges of Homelessness on the GC and how Rotary can help?”
We will hear from a Member Behind The Badge and from Chairs and Directors on proposed club activities. Members will have an opportunity to ask questions and opportunity to chat with fellow members 15 minutes before the meeting and 15 minutes after.
Throughout the year we recognise the anniversaries on the month that current active members were inducted and celebrate the number of years they have continuously achieved Rotary Service Above Self.  Thursday evening we will acknowledge and congratulate the following members who joined us in the month of May; 
Jenny Bao – 12 years               Carol Allan – 15 years
Jill Ellis – 16 years                    John Lander – 17 years
Kevin Campbell – 28 years    Philip Rosenberg – 42 years
To join this meeting click on
Club Admin Chair Mark Urquhart will email you as a reminder with the link to this meeting closer to this event. If you need any assistance to join us for this please call me on 0421 915 818 or email me at and we will make sure that you have the opportunity to connect with us. Guests of members and other Club Rotarians are welcome to join us.        
If there is anything that you need that I can help you with, please let me know.   I look forward to catching up.
Rowan Johnstone
President 2019/20
Gold Coast Rotary
0421 915 818

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Botanical Bazaar Update
Our Committee has been meeting weekly to monitor the situation regarding public event restrictions and whether these might be relaxed in time to stage The Botanical Bazaar. 
The latest Queensland program for relaxation of restrictions means that our original date of 2 August is no longer viable.  We have tentatively booked the 1st weekend of October, which is the Queen's Birthday long weekend as an alternative. Please mark your diaries as we will need plenty of volunteers to manage physical distancing and hygiene.
In the meantime, many of our wonderful guest speakers have agreed to speak on our virtual gardening Zoom meetings.  Gardening Australia's Jerry Coleby-Williams was our first presenter on the topic of Seed Saving.  Almost 50 registered for the event and about 35 participated.  The event was recorded and can be viewed here
Watch our Facebook page for announcements of future speakers.
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Gold Coast Rotary
Service Above Self
1st and 3rd Thursday of month at 5.45 for 6.15pm
Southport Golf Club
Cnr Slatyer Avenue and Poinciana Crescent
Southport, QLD  4215
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