President's Message

Mitch Brown
member photo
Menbā ichidō
Last Saturday we had the honour of hosting at the Project Shed a visit by members of the Rotary Club of Kasaoka, Japan. The delegation viewed the wheelchair operations at the Project Shed and the Mauna x-ray unit building.
The Rotary Club of Kasaoka has generously contributed funds towards to cost of acquiring the actual x-ray machine to be commissioned in Pentecost x-ray facility.
The Club has also received donation pledges from the Rotary Club of Sooke (Canada) and the Rotary Club of Surfers Paradise towards funding a container to send our wheelchairs overseas.
Social meeting this Wednesday morning at 7.00 am and beverages at the Benowa Tavern on Thursday, commencing at 4.30 pm.
To top off the excitement, the next formal meeting on 7 December is dedicated to the Club’s AGM – see you all then!
Mitch Brown
District Governor Karen Thomas – Club visit 23 Nov 22
Has anyone dug a bit deeper into the concept of this year’s Rotary International Theme logo ‘Imagine Rotary’ (see picture right)? Did you get an inkling too that it has an Aboriginal feel to it? Correct, that was certainly very deliberate. Designed by an Australian artist, Riki Salam, the design is reflecting Aboriginal culture: the circle signifies our connection to one another, and the dots around it represent people; seven because of Rotary’s areas of focus, the solid line underneath is a digging stick. The colours green, purple and white are not necessarily connected to aboriginal culture. You can read all about it – click on this link.
“I worked in the medical field since I was 17 years old”, Karen stated with justified pride. She is a registered intensive care nurse but has worked in several areas in her field. Hence, her personal projects are related: At the top is ‘Liveblood’, the campaign to donate blood. Did you know that people undergoing Chemo require blood products every two days? There is a distinct shortage, which can even result in the doctors needing to decide on a triage-type process.
Karen highlighted the upcoming District Conference at Yamba, from 10th – 12th March 2023. There will be several hugely interesting keynote speakers – watch this space in upcoming bulletins, or go to the District website www.rotary9640.orgRegistrations are now open.
But a major point of emphasis for this year is ‘DEI’ (yes, another Rotary acronym…): it stands for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion. Yes, we’ve all been pounded with the ‘flavour of the period’ [my remarks, not the District Governor’s. Ed.] But Karen highlighted a hugely important point: Not all disability is visible. Have you thought about people with hearing difficulties? Allergies (think gluten)? Chronic pain? Intellectual? [no, please don’t start. It’s not funny.] No, neither did it pop up in my mind first off.
Thank you, DG Karen. As our meeting chairman, Adrian remarked: “I’ve actually learned something at a DG’s club visit.”
Visitors from RC of Kasaoka , Japan
Last Saturday 26th November, we enjoyed a visit by members of the Kasaoka Rotary Club from Japan at our shed. This club is one of the donors who financially support our X-Ray Unit for the Mauna Health Centre Hospital on Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. Welcome, Rotarians President Akira Matsuo, Secretary Yoshikazu Yamamoto, Kyokei Edaki, Hasanori Kuga and Nao Hiirano. Our visitors are hosted by the Rotary Club of Broadbeach, which, together with the Rotary Club of Gold Coast, is one of the major partners in this project.
Photo by Geoff Croad, with Des La Rance (centre, in yellow Tshirt) and members of the Broadbeach Rotary Club.  See more photos in the Photo Album on the right as well as on our Facebook page 
Rotary Foundation Movie Night this Thursday 1 Dec
Christmas Breakfast at the Marina Mirage
Our "Social Convenor" Graeme Isaacson has wrangled a very special deal with the Marina Mirage Resort for our Christmas Breakfast.    
When:Wednesday, 14th December 2022, 06:50 am
Where: Sunset Bar & Grill,
Ground Floor Marina Mirage
74 Seaworld Drive,
Main Beach Australia 4215
Free parking under the building, enter from the southbound side of Seaworld Drive
Welcome ‘Fruity Fusion’ cocktail on arrival
Three choices, See Trybooking Website below
Barrista coffee served at tables
Cost: Just $30.00 per person
You MUST book – no walk-ins please. To book, click on this link:
Bookings are open now and will close when we have reached the maximum allowed capacity.
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change - please check every week.  Note: Fellowship duty also is expected to be at the Project Shed on the Saturday following the meeting
DateDoorChairmanFellowship/Project Shed (following Saturday)
30/11/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Ian Mayberry (Saturday, 3rd December at the shed)
07/12/2022Fred HamblenAngus MillerLarry Murray 
14/12/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Peter Morgan (Saturday, 18th December at the shed)
21/12/2022No meeting  
28/12/2022No meeting  
04/01/2023N/A (Social MeetingN/A (Social MeetingPaul O'Neill
11/01/2023Paul SeymourTash PriceAdam Sheppard
Inspirations - well, sort of... 301122
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“Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” – Verna Myers, author
“In philosophy seminars, the choice is usually between good and evil. In the real world, however, the choice is often between a bad guy and a worse guy.” Dinesh D'Souza, Letters to a Young Conservative
My body is a temple. Ancient, crumbling and probably haunted.
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