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Mondays at 6:30 PM
The Wattle Hotel
1 Reserve Road
Upper Coomera, QLD 4209
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Monday 6.00pm for 6:30pm start
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2020/2021 CLUB CHANGEOVER DINNER 

 At the end of every Rotary year, a Changeover Event is held where the incumbent Club President officially hands the leadership over to the incoming President. At our dinner this year, we came together to enjoy a fabulous dinner at Stanley’s Barn and Restaurant, Upper Coomera, part of the Gold Coast Motor Museum, great supporters of our Club.
 
Outgoing President Tony Lines handed the reins to incoming President Des Lacy, for his fourth stint as Club President. One of Tony's last duties as President was to award a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) to Rotarian Joe Martinovic. Paul Harris Fellow awards recognise exemplary work in community service and Joe earned the award for all his efforts alongside Tony to establish and further develop our new Rotaract Club. A well deserved award – congratulations Joe!
 
As well as awarding the PHF, Tony inducted two honorary members into the Club – Rob and Shirley Stanford. Rob and Shirley have been long time members and supporters of the Club but are unable to commit to membership currently – Congratulations Rob and Shirley! So very well deserved and we love having you as part of the Club. 
 
Des then, as incoming President, also inducted two honorary members himself - Kerry Dunn and Jo Lines. As wives of existing members, both Kerry and Jo go way above and beyond for the Club – always willing to roll up their sleeves and help out wherever needed, and this selfless service has not gone unnoticed. We are delighted to have you as honorary members Kerry and Jo!  
Once the formalities were over, we enjoyed an evening of fellowship and socializing whilst enjoying the delicious meal and great surroundings.

ANZAC DAY 2021

We were delighted once again to be able to stage our (usually annual) Anzac Day March and Service at the Cenotaph in Upper Coomera. The turn out from the community was fantastic and it was particularly awesome that so many of our younger members of the community were in attendance either with their family or their school or community groups to pay their respects.
 
The event consisted of a march led by current and past service personnel and with over 20 school, community, church and scout/guide groups wearing their individual uniforms and carrying their own banners. The march participants were accompanied by the Surfers Paradise Brass Band and drumline groups - Gold Coast Drumline and Saint Stephen's College Drumline, as well as the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (QMI). The march concluded at the Cenotaph where a formal remembrance service followed, closing with the Last Post and a minutes silence, both of which were impeccably observed.
 
This year's service was attended by over 2,000 community members. Next year, we are hoping to reinstate the community BBQ after the event, as well as the ANZAC display prior to the march in the School of Arts in Gawler Place. 
 
This Anzac Day event would not have been possible without the support of our local members - Mark Boothman MP, Cllr Donna Gates and Cllr William Owen-Jones and the help of the Coomera Valley Rural Fire Brigade and Queensland Police Service.

FREE - Question Persuade Refer (QPR) online training for suicide awareness

Many of us are in regular contact with people who are at risk of suicide without knowing it. People who are experiencing suicidal thoughts may not be able to communicate their distress directly, and so warning signs may be missed or misinterpreted.  
Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) is giving away a limited number of online training licences to Gold Coast residents, at no cost to participants.
Learning Outcomes:
 - How to Question, Persuade & Refer someone who may be suicidal
- How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing Change suicide
- The common causes of suicidal behaviour
- The warning signs of suicide
- How to get help for someone in crisis
 
Club News
We were delighted to recently hear back from Kat Cacavas and Karyn Johns with an update on the work with the orphans in Sierra Leone. The plans for 2020 have obviously been impacted due to COVID-19 but Kat and her team have many plans for 2021 and beyond.
 
Many children in Sierra Leone are orphaned due to war and/or disease and Kat supports these children to attend the Sierra Leone marathon.
 
Dr Peter Logan from The Prince Charles Hospital, Chermside, QLD (formerly the RBH) recently presented to us regarding his humanitarian trip to the Philippines. Dr Logan is travelling to the Philippines to provide medical PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to the medical profession there, as well as additional training as required. He is visiting the Oriental Mindoro province, which until 2018 did not have a Department of Health ambulance service and even now only has two medical vehicles – with only one configured for advanced life support.
Anzac Day - Upper Coomera Cenotaph
 - The Fallen - World War 1 - Lest We Forget
 
 
Anzac Day - Upper Coomera Cenotaph - The Fallen - World War II - Lest We Forget
 
 
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