Broadwater Southport Gold Coast Queensland
"Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves."
Meetings & Upcoming Events
Our club meets for breakfast each Friday at 7:30am at the Southport Yacht Club located at 1 MacArthur Parade, Main Beach, Queensland. You can view a map by clicking hereOn occasion we may vary this for social events, vocational or community visits, or meetings with other clubs.  Please refer to our calendar for up to date meeting details or check out some of our upcoming events below.

What's Happening
During the stay home phase caused by Covid-19 our Club initiated online meetings for weekly Club meetings, Board meetings and for keeping in touch. Once a month we have a Cocktail meeting on a Friday evening to share what's been happening in each member's life and family. These have been particularly successful, especially for sharing jokes and the Mug of the Month (coffee mug not face!).
The weekly meetings have had some wonderful Speakers, and we thank them all sincerely. Some of the videos can be viewed on our Facebook page: @BroadwaterSouthportRotary
We also started small buddy groups for support and these have met online or by phone. 
We welcome you to attend our meetings to find out more about our Club and how we support the Community.
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This year, District 9640 had two applications for endorsement for Rotary Peace Fellow Scholarships: 1 from Pakistan; 1 from Nigeria. There were no local applicants. One application, from a Pakistani lady, was endorsed by the District Governor and was forwarded to Rotary International. She had also applied two years ago, when she was granted an ‘alternative’ position (read: put on a waiting list) and ultimately she would have been successful. Regrettably, she was unable to take it up since she had just given birth to her daughter.
Do you know someone that may qualify for a Rotary Peace Fellowship Scholarship? These scholarships are a valuable learning activity for a young adult up to study in overseas universities in that very subject. Basically, all expenses are paid for. Click on this link: Rotary World Peace Fellowships, or contact me if you know of a potential prospect.   
Ray Higgs,
Chair, Peace & Conflict Resolutions Committee
Rotary District 9640
An excellent social event at Wednesday's Chinese New Year dinner, held at Benowa Highlands Restaurant. Great food, great atmosphere, great fellowship!  Thank you Jenny Dees for organising the night and sourcing such novel raffle prizes with the theme of the Year of the Rat!  We had 30 people there, all of whom enjoyed an outstanding Lion Dance by Mantis Kung Fu.
All who paid the Lions will have exceptional good luck this year!
This year's event is going to be a real country affair, being held at Tenterfield on 29 to 31 March 2020! 
Go to the Conference Website and check out what's happening.  There you find the program, a brief summary of all the Keynote Speakers, and of course you can register.  But of course, one of the big attractions of attending a conference is always the deep feeling of Rotary Fellowship. Being in the country, formalities will be kept to a minimum. You have an opportunity to meet, eat and drink with other Rotarians and their partners from other places in the District, you'll meet overseas people, Exchange Students.
Here is just one of the speakers you wouldn't want to miss:  Bernie Shakeshaft.  Bernie didn’t quite fit in as a kid. He struggled with his schoolwork and was often caned by his teachers. As an adult, Bernie went to the Northern Territory to become a jackaroo. While working on vast cattle properties, he picked up skills as a tracker from some of his Aboriginal co-workers.
Later, Bernie got into youth work, and today he runs a youth service in Armidale, Northern NSW. At BackTrack Youthworks Bernie welcomes kids who are a bit like his former self. He meets teenagers falling into a life of petty crime, and sometimes incarceration. As soon as they show up, they’re given full responsibility for a working dog....

Joan McEwan is a Leadership, Health and Wellbeing Coach and was an inspiring speaker at today's Rotary breakfast. Joan told us about her life from Scotland to Australia, and talked about Mental and Physical Health and how to "Show UP" and take personal responsibility around our Health and Wellbeing.

The 3 key takeaways were: -
1. Nurture yourself - self care is critical to personal and professional development. Take time to connect your body, mind and spirit. Take yourself out of your comfort zone and be vulnerable - that is when the growth happens
2. Nutrition - eat nutritionally rich food, clean food and filtered water. This will help strengthen and detoxify your body. Raising the body vibration and amplifying your energy
3. Capacity - Manage your professional and professional workload. Check in and see if your workload aligns with your vision, purpose and values! Clear out what is no longer working or useful and make space for the "New". Develop a "growth focus"

Joan's message to us all was: What changes are you ready to make to "Show UP" on your Health and Wellbeing Journey?

Thank you Joan!

Our Club is looking to sponsor two RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) Candidates for the upcoming seminar 14 - 19th April 2020. Our club will sponsor the total cost of $650.00 per person to attend this superb training camp.
What is RYLA? It is a premier youth leadership development program for people aged 19-28. During a week long camp designed to promote proactivity, personal and professional development through a range of inspirational speakers, team building exercises and leadership training. The development of communication and presentation skills, problem solving, conflict resolution, self-confidence and self-esteem are key objectives of this program. RYLA is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences which truly has a lasting impact on your life. The high intensity seminar is filled to the brim with Australia’s leading inspirational and motivational guest speakers, who give up their time purely based on the benefits they see every year for those attending. 
RYLA helps young people, the future leaders of the Australia to realise their full potential and ignites their passion for life. Whether you have a sister or brother, a son or daughter, a niece, nephew, cousin, friend, colleague or even an acquaintance within the age bracket, who you think may benefit from a week of personal discovery, professional development in an uplifting and infectiously positive environment, we urge you to apply. It will be the greatest gift you could give.  Need more information?  
Do you know anyone who is a suitable candidate?  Contact Youth Services Director Leon Schutt 
RI President Elect Holger Knaack released his Presidential Theme for 2020-21, Rotary Opens Opportunities. Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, revealed the theme to incoming district governors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, on 20 January.   
"Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join, but rather “an invitation to endless opportunities,” said Knaack, who becomes President on 1 July 2020. He emphasized that Rotary creates pathways for members to improve their lives and the lives of those they help through service projects. “We believe that our acts of service, big and small, create opportunities for people who need our help,” Knaack said. He added that Rotary creates leadership opportunities and gives members the chance to travel the world to put their service ideas into action and make lifelong connections. “Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere,” he said.
Read more about it: click here.
Today we heard from Brian Heaton about Australian Rotary Health, it's history and the medical research it funds. ARH funds research projects across a broad range, mostly to do with mental health disorders.
The results of the research, though funded in Australia, benefits people worldwide. For more information and to make a donation go to
Donald James Waters OAM
Sep 24, 2021
Australian Contemporary Artist & Gold Coaster
PRM Engineering Services, 2020 Award Winner
Oct 01, 2021
The use of smart control systems for the design of safety systems
Terry Morris
Oct 08, 2021
Founder of Carrara Markets and Sirromet Wines, Morris International
Rotarian Mike Gosling
Oct 15, 2021
An Update on the Broadwater Southport Rotary Club's Website
Vocational - Fund raising dinner for Polio Plus
Oct 23, 2021
Rotary Foundation Fund Raising Event
Diane Estreich & Linda Hahn
Oct 29, 2021
Homelessness & Older Women