President's Message
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Our first meeting for 2020 was attended by 35 members and 14 guests. We welcomed our newest Club members Glenn Wrann and Andre’a Simmons, thank you both for choosing Gold Coast Rotary to continue your Rotary journey.
Kathy Hogan shared what members and their partners can look forward to at the Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner evening on February 15. Lucy Sperling promoted our  vocational visit to the Southport Coast Guard and lunch at the Southport Yacht Club.
If you haven’t booked yet, check your calendar and do it today.
David Baguley provided opportunities for members to get involved in Gold Coast Ramble on March 22 and Botanical Bazaar on August 2. Still plenty of roles that we need members to play so we can maximise the funds raised from these two events.
Lea Rickwood provided highlights of the Rotary Friendship Exchange visit to the Gold Coast on April 17-19 by Rotarians from District 3040 India. They will be joining us for our Thursday night dinner meeting at the Southport Golf Club (April 17) and a Friday night dinner and show at Outback Spectacular (April 18). Contact Lucy Sperling for details 0405 255 169.
Peter Duffy shared the work of the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia and its 2020 Club 54 campaign and the opportunity for our club to get involved.
Our only dinner meeting for February is on Thursday, 6 February (5.45pm arrival for 6.15pm start). Our Members Behind the Badge are Louise Davis and Glenn Wran sharing who they are, their plans for the future and why Rotary is important to them. Member Kathy Hogan will be sharing with us what the Rotary Village is, why we run it, its impact on the community and the funds it raises for our community projects.
Confirm your seat at by this Sunday, 2 Feb (6pm).               Details below and in Latest News on the website
On Friday, 28 February we are staging a networking breakfast, this replacing our scheduled 3rd Thursday of February dinner. Thank to Member Andy Csabi members of the Gold Coast Central and Southport Chambers of Commerce and Rotary Clubs on the Gold Coast will join us at this joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Broadwater-Southport. We will hear guest speaker Gemma Sisia, founder and CEO of The School of St Jude in Tanzania. Our club and Rotary Clubs around Australia are supporters of this so we expect a full house 6.30am for 7am at the Southport Yacht Club.  Confirm your seat at Details below and on the website
February has 2 social events for members, partners and friends of Gold Coast Rotary.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner evening on February (Kathy Hogan  0417 634 029)
Southport Coast Guard Tour and Southport Yacht Club lunch on February 22 (Lucy Sperling 0405 255 169). Confirm your booking  Details below and in Latest News on the website.
March is also a busy month
Dinner meeting Thursday, 5 March (5.45 for 615pm) we have invited Mayoral Candidates for the March 28 Gold Cold City Council elections to share with us who they are and their vision for the Gold Coast
Thursday 19 March (5.45pm for 6.15pm) is Gold Coast Rotary Homelessness Forum 
Gold Coast Ramble on Sunday 22 March where we need all members involved
Rotary District 9640 Conference Tenterfield Friday 27 to Sunday 29 March.
There is no cost for Members to attend the Conference. We are hoping that as many members and their partners can join us. Coach travel, accommodation and breakfast package is available for $249 pp twin share with Carefree Tours.
Details below and in Latest News on the website.
What’s On in February/March, 2020
Thu 6      Gold Coast Rotary Dinner - Southport GC (5.45pm)
Sat 15     Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – various Members homes from 6pm
Sat 22     Gold Coast Rotary Vocational Visit/Lunch - Southport Coast Guard/Yacht   
                  Club (10am)
Fri 28     Rotary/Chamber of Commerce Breakfast – Southport Yacht Club (7am)
Thu 5     Gold Coast Rotary Dinner - Southport GC (5.45pm)
Thu 19  Gold Coast Rotary “Homelessness to Housing Forum”- Southport GC (6pm)
Sun 22   Gold Coast Ramble – Main Beach/Surfers Paradise (morning)
Fri 27 - Sun 29   Rotary District 9640 Conference – Tenterfield (all days)
I look forward to catching up soon.
Rowan Johnstone
President 2019-2020 
Gold Coast Rotary
Mobile    0421 915 818  
RIP Past President Kerry Crawford, Rotary Club of Gold Coast Central
Kerry was a very generous man and most welcoming to one and all. He was president of the club for two consecutive years and held most of the roles in the club during his years of service. If anything needed to be done Kerry was there. He was a very active member of the Club. Kerry donated $500 to the club whenever a member or their family bought or sold a car through him. Kerry was always laughing, he had a firm handshake, a hearty slap on the back for the men and a warm hug for the ladies. Sincere condolences to Kerry’s family. K Hogan
Family and friends of Kerry Crawford are warmly invited to attend a Celebration of Kerry’s Life at :
Burleigh Golf Club
Gold Coast Ramble Charities Announced
Participants in this year's Gold Coast Ramble will have plenty of worthy causes to choose to support with 7 charities already signed up.  Registrations will open soon so start promoting event to your clients, family and friends.
February Vocational Visit + Birthday Lunch
Southport Volunteer Coast Guards
Board the new Coast Guard vessel at the Southport Yacht Club for an easy cruising along the Broadwater to the Seaway, then to the Coast Guards’ base at Loder’s Creek. Take a tour of the facilities and the radio room and then return to the Yacht Club for yummy lunch.
Departure time may change according to the number of people registered, we may have 2 teams. 

PLEASE BOOK: BY 19th February

ENQUIRIES: Luciane Sperling     Mobile 0405255169


Bus Trip to District Conference
Rotary International District 9640 Conference at the RSL Memorial Hall in Tenterfield. The Conference theme, in concert with the Rotary International theme for this year, is 'Rotary Connects Communities'
FRIDAY – 27.3.2020 Pick up at the Southport Golf Club at 7.30 am and leaving the Gold Coast for Lismore where we will have a stop off to stretch our legs. Arriving at Tenterfield at approximately 12.00pm, we will embark on a Tenterfield sightseeing tour allowing time to grab a bite to eat. After checking in there are options to have free time to yourselves, book in for conference or revisit any spots of interest from earlier on. In the evening, conference people who are attending the international dress theme welcome dinner or other activities will be dropped to the venues and picked up at a prearranged times. Those not attending an organised conference event for dinner can organise a group meal or do their own thing (at own cost).
SATURDAY – 28.3.2020 – (B) Up for breakfast , those attending the conference will be dropped off before the remainder of us spend the day exploring Stanthorpe and surrounds, maybe a winery or two. We will firm up activities on the day with input from participants, a list of activities to pick from will be provided which can be supplemented from attendees. In the evening, conference people who are attending activities will be dropped to the venues and picked up at a prearranged times. Those not attending an organised conference event for dinner can organise a group meal or do their own thing (at own cost).
SUNDAY - 29.3.2020 – (B) Arising to our last Tenterfield morning – those not attending the conference can have a little sleep in before breakfast. Conference attendees will be dropped to any events. A couple of hours will be set aside to see sights of Tenterfield or simply free time. Departure from Tenterfield will be 12.00 pm with a comfort stop at Lismore and an arrival time back at Southport Golf Club of approximately 4.30pm.
INCLUSIONS: Luxury coach with driver and host included commentary, 4-star plus accommodation wherever possible, Meals as advised (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, MT: Morning Tea).
TOUR PRICE - $249.00 per person which includes 2 night’s accommodation (twin share) including breakfasts and all transfers. Any other meal expenses are at individuals cost.
CONTACT GREG AND TEAM: 0428 188866 OR 1300 188866 EMAIL:
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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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Action Packed Club Meeting
Southport Golf Club
Feb 06, 2020
5:45 PM – 7:45 PM
Coast Guard Vocational Visit + Birthday Lunch
Southport Yacht Club
Feb 22, 2020
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Fighting Poverty through Education - Gemma Sisia
Southport Yacht Club
Feb 28, 2020
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
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