President's Message

Mitch Brown
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Ciao Membri,
Another sterling effort last Saturday at the Bunnings fundraiser with almost $2,000.00 net being raised. Special thanks to Ross, Angus and Franz for their work both before and after the main event. More information can be found on the Club’s website homepage.
At last week’s formal meeting the Club resolved to adopt the proposed 2022 – 2024 strategic plan. A Club assembly will be held in early March 2023 so committees can report on their progress in implementing their identified goals.
Next Monday, 7 November, is the annual golf day. The Golf Day Raffle is one of the Club’s big fundraisers, with this year’s prize pool valued at over $2,000.
Prizes can be won by anyone who has bought a ticket – you don’t have to be a golfer playing and you don’t have to be in attendance on the day to win. If you want to be in it to win it, please see Charles on Wednesday at the Social Meeting or contact him if you would like to purchase some tickets before next Monday.
Major Prizes include;
  • a $500 Coles Myer Voucher (just in time for Christmas) donated by Wilsons Advisory
  • a $400 Voucher to be spent at the Surfers Paradise Golf Club Pro Shop donated by L1 Capital
  • a putter up to the value of $300 donated by Advent Security
  • plus many other prizes including vouchers for  various restaurants, fine wines and whiskeys.
If you would like to donate a prize please let Charles or Doug know asap! 
Beverages this Thursday at the Benowa Tavern starting at 4.30 pm.
Mitch Brown[
Capo di tutti capi] 
Ian Mayberry: Bathurst 1973 -v- Today
Sometimes, when someone tells me about “how good it was in the good ol’ days”, I counter with my assessment of modern dentistry compared to then. But, really, car racing in the seventies was better, wasn’t it? In 1973, one saw all sorts of cars on the circuit, from the big Holden and Ford muscle cars (which invariably won) to the Morris Cooper S and – wait for this – a little Datsun bubble. But even then, it was not cheap to compete: Ian, who has had a lifelong association with Motor Racing, recounted when he was asked if he'd be interested to drive in a Valiant Charger which one of his friends had prepared from a standard model. “Yes, I’ll be in that!” Ian replied. “That will cost you two grand,” his mate replied. $2,000 was roughly what one paid for a small 4 cylinder car, e.g. the equivalent of about $25,000 today. Long but captivating story (sorry, you should have been there yourself!), but ultimately Ian ended up being appointed Team Manager. They scored the 1st Reserve… And lo and behold, one of the Torana’s broke down on the first warm-up lap. Result: Ian’s team came 11th!
Compare today’s Supercar races, as in Gold Coast 600. For a “middle of the road” car, your budget would need to be in the vicinity of $5 Million per car, per year. A “top car” will set you back in the vicinity of $10 Million. That is provided that you actually get in – places are very limited. “Compared to the seventies, there is nothing in a modern race car that has any similarity to a street model,” Ian said. And, according to Ian, it is the only sport where the participants, as well as the manufacturers as well as the people watching it pay. “The only way to make a fortune out of Motor Racing is to start with a large one…” Ian quipped
Hmmm… might have to stay with my favorite pastime after all: Bushwalking…
Golf Day Raffle ticket sale is now open
The Golf Day Raffle prizes are now valued at over $2,000 and can be won by anyone, not just golfers playing on the day. Please see Charles on Wednesday at the Social Meeting or contact him at if you would like to purchase some tickets before next Monday. Major Prizes include;
- a $500 Coles & Myer Voucher (just in time for Christmas) donated by Wilsons Advisory
- a $400 Voucher to be spent at the Surfers Paradise Golf Club Pro Shop donated by L1 Capital
- a putter up to the value of $300 donated by Advent Security
- plus many other prizes including vouchers for  various restaurants, fine wines and whiskey’s
- finally, if you would like to donate a prize please let Charles or Doug know asap!  

Surfers Sunrise Golf Day is just a week away
The Surfers Sunrise Golf Day is only a week away! On Monday, 7th November, we'll again host a Golf Day at the Surfers Paradise Golf Club. It will be a 'Shotgun Start' at 12:30 pm (registration from 11:30 am). Several options:
  • Corporate Hole Sponsor (includes 4 players, signage and advertising)
  • 4-player Team
  • Single individual player
Chief organizers Doug Lipp and Charles Thomasson are looking both for players, helpers as well as Raffle Prizes. If you and/or your friends, associates, customers, suppliers want to play.  Secure online booking site is now open. Click on this link, or scan the QR Code:  Bookings close on 1st November.
Excellent fundraiser sausage sizzle last Saturday
Excellent sausage sizzle fundraiser at Bunnings today in ideal weather conditions. Thank you to our new organiser, Fundrasing Director Ross Augustine for putting this all together, Angus "Onion King" Miller for procuring all the food and chopping the onions, and the cooks and helpers on the day: our "retired" member Brian Pearson and Uwe Seifert (Rotary Club of Broadbeach), Mitch Brown, Gerald East, Mario Fairlie, Fred Hamblen, Andy Bell, Darrell Brown, Doug Lipp, Charles Thomasson, Ben Loots and yours truly (giving myself a pat on the back). Photo was taken at changeover time at 10 am, from left: Past President 1999/2000 Neil Beattie bought a sausage, Gerald East, Mario Fairlie, Angus Miller, President Mitch Brown cooking and 'Honorary Queenslander' Anne O'Connor who rolled up at 07:00 with freshly washed and ironed aprons and, as far as I can see, was on the job all day... And, last but not least: thank you to Cathy from Bunnings to invite us to take this slot.
Another 500 specs on the way to PNG
Our Honorary Member George Keily has done it again: over 500 pairs of spectacles are on the way to Papua New Guinea, via RAWCS Donations in Kind. Over the years, George would have collected in the 10,000's of unused glasses from various Optometrists and Pharmacies. It's easy to imagine the effect this has on someone in an underprivileged region who has bad eyesight: ever mislaid your glasses? You feel like a fish out of water, don't you?  Thank you George.  Photo shows Shabaya Srinivasan from the Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads, who picked them up for on-forwarding.
Time 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 25th 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.
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)
02/11/2022N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Ray Higgs (Saturday 5th November at the shed)
09/11/2022Geoff CroadRoss AugustineMario Fairlie
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... 021122
Seeing that our esteemed President has opted for an Italian theme this week, here's a relevant quote:
Un giorno, e quel giorno potrebbe non venire mai, ti chiamerò per fare un servizio per me."
Translation: "Some day and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me." Vito Corleone in The Godfather) ☺]
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Page 10: 'You’re beautiful the way you are'. 
Page 11: 'Black Forest Cake Recipe'

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