President's Message

Mitch Brown
member photo
Mitglieder ein und alle,
Last week’s guest speaker Maria Leebeck outlined the important work being done by Gold Coast Youth Service in trying to alleviate the impact of homelessness on young people in our community. There is an obvious and growing need for such services on the Gold Coast and that need may well afford our Club an opportunity to expand its community service focus while also dovetailing into our youth programs. Something to think about.
Board meeting this Wednesday morning and refreshing beverages at the Benowa Tavern on Thursday afternoon starting at 4.30 pm.
Mitch Brown
Maria Leebeck, Gold Coast Youth Service
“We supply them with tents because there is nowhere else to put them”, was one of the stark statements we heard from our guest speaker, Maria Leebeck, last Wednesday morning. She is the President of Gold Coast Youth Service, an organisation that primarily is set up to care for the homeless and destitute young people on the Gold Coast. And yet, they are not allowed to set up those tents in Council owned caravan parks…
“Currently, there are roughly 250 “rough sleepers” on the Gold Coast we know by name” she said. They come from all types of backgrounds, but most are young people who are ‘still at home’, but don’t want to live there, due to issues such as

Domestic Violence. The primary age group is from 12 – 16, but their clientele is not exclusively in that age group. In addition to accommodation, Maria’s organisation provides emergency relief, one-off assistance, and ‘Chill-Out’ spaces at major events such as the Schoolies.One of their major accommodation venues is “The Foyer”, a block of units on Smith Street, Southport (photo right). With an annual budget of about $4,000,000, the organisation is mainly funded by government and philanthropists, but just to give an idea of the scale: a grant of $200,000 for the purpose of helping families was all exhausted by hosting them in Motels. They also work with Anglicare to get housing. But, if one is New Zealand born, they are not eligible. Over the past year, they have supported some 1,800 people.
A copy of her PowerPoint presentation is in the Downloads Section on the right. More information can be obtained from their website:
Photo: Maria Leebeck (centre) with Matthew Clayworth and Ashleigh Symes from Wilsons Advisory, one of our Corporate Members
4 days left to order Christmas Cakes
Mario Fairly is again organising the purchase of the ever-popular Rotary Christmas cakes for our members, associate members and friends. And even if I say so myself: they are YUMMY!
Note: orders must be placed NO LATER than Friday 18th November.  Please place your order directly with Mario by email to
Payment can be in cash or by Debit/Credit Card on pick-up, either at one of our meetings or at the Project Shed. You will be advised when they have arrived.
Photo Album of Surfers Sunrise Golf Day uploaded
We had a great Surfers Sunrise Golf Day last Monday, at the Surfers Paradise Golf Club, in perfect sunny weather. The winning team: Tim Crouck, Cooper Stevenson, Aiden Pennell and Lincoln Grant. (apologies if the spelling is incorrect - their handwriting on the scorecard is rather "professional" (as in doctor, lawyer... ☺) Congratulations! And a big Thank You! to the organisers Doug Lipp and Charles Thomasson, all the helpers and the generous donors of prizes.
A photo album has been uploaded - see Photo Album section on the right. 
Snippets of last week’s meeting 091122
Geoff Croad was on the door and Ross Augustine was Chairman. We had apologies from Simon Brook, Graeme Isaacson, Gerald East and Ray Higgs.
President Mitch Brown welcomed all members, our guest speaker Maria Leebeck and Charles Thomasson’s guest Matthew Clayworth, one of the team at our corporate member Wilsons Advisory.
After Mitch’s customary acknowledgment of country and brief lesson on the origin of the name of ‘Clagiraba’, a suburb north-west of Nerang, he pronounced the recently held Golf Day an outstanding success and thanked the organisers Doug Lipp and Charles Thomasson, as well as all the players and helpers on the day. Mitch also invited all to participate in the 50th anniversary of the Broadbeach Rotary Club. The function will be held at Emerald Lakes Golf Club on 26th November.
Mitch also reminded us of the recently adopted Strategic Plan. At a meeting in March 2023, the individual chairs will be asked to bring us up to date on the progress made. Wheelchair Trust – legal advice by two barristers: On the instigation of President Mitch, Mr M Eastwood and Mr S English, provided formal advice to our club in relation to how the money donated to the Wheelchair Trust can be spent. The two documents are uploaded to the protected area of our club’s ClubRunner website under Organisation, Documents. Click here to access it (you will need to login).
Following the presentation by our guest speaker Maria Leebeck (see separate article above),
  • Mario Fairlie advised that the deadline for Christmas Cake orders had to be brought forward one week to 18th November (see article above for more details).
  • Treasurer Charles Thomasson was happy to announce that the total proceeds from the Golf Day amounted to a healthy $6,500.
  • Youth Services Chair Ashleigh Symes reminded us that several youth programs are coming up in January 2023 (click on the links for details): RYTS (age 17-18), RYLA (age 19 – 29). In May 2023, there will be RYPEN (age 14 – 16). Our club has the budget for candidates in these programs!
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)
16/11/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Graeme Isaacson (Saturday, 19th November at the shed)
23/11/2022Mario FairlieAdrian CroweFranz Huber
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)
Inspirations - well, sort of... 161222
On the occasion of the US Mid-term elections, I decided to teach my kids all about democracy. We all voted on what movie to watch on TV and what sort of pizza to order.  I then picked up the pizza and paid for it, as I'm the one who has the money.
You need to associate with people that inspire you, people that challenge you to rise higher, people that make you better. Don’t waste your valuable time with people that are not adding to your growth. Your destiny is too important.     Joel Osteen, American Televangelist
Man may have discovered fire, but teenagers have discovered how to play with it.
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Rotary District 9640 Flood Appeal
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