The Rotary Club of
Hope Island
Edition 2016-016
Welcome to the 16th edition of my regular President's update, The Hope Soap.  I hope everyone is settling in to new year routines and not breaking too many resolutions ! 
I hope everyone is enjoying the variety on offer at our new venue.  If you have any questions about the ordering process please contact Sandy or Jo-Anne.
There is lots to update on this week with plenty of events coming up and opportunities for members to participate. 
Last Week

At last weeks meeting it was great to be able to welcome Matt Gates as a new member through the Corporate Membership program, representing Ray White at Sanctuary Cove.  Corporate membership allows business to be part of the Club with one nominated member being inferred with full membership rights.  It also allows substitute members to come along and represent the business if the primary member is not available. 
We also heard a wonderful presentation from Isabella Bevan and Carmel Martin on Zephyr Education Inc.  Their group provides support for children who are victims of Domestic Violence primarily through the provision of school uniform items and other materials and textbooks.  I and a number of other members were happy to donate to their cause on the spot and if you would like to as well or simply want to read more you can visit their website at  I know also that Karin and Sandy are looking at helping them promote their cause at the upcoming District Conference in Ballina during May.
This Week

This week is a Club Assembly and we will be hearing updates on a number of items -
Scooter Project - We now have 5 participants across the Northern Gold Coast that we support with Ross and Christianne leading the liaison team for us and we will hear a quick update tomorrow.
Malaria Project - A number of club members are involved in work on this and we will hear an update from Sam and Gerard on what work is being done at tomorrow's meeting with some exciting partnerships in place.
Pride of Workmanship - We have had great success with this in the past and a Committee will be in place to help work through this shortly and more details will be provided to members on how you can help.  We are currently planning for a presentation sometime in March this year, possibly as a dinner.
Gold Coast Ramble 2017 - this new initiative by a number of clubs in our District is on 26 March 2017.  We have been provided an opportunity to help promote Disaster Aid Australia which our Club is a long time supporter of and for whom our own Jim Elmslie is the District Representative.  We will be needing around 4 volunteers on the day to help man a checkpoint promoting this.  Timing to be confirmed but we will need to do some setup beforehand and the checkpoint will need to be manned from 11am to 3:30pm after which packup will be required.   If you think you might be able to help then please let Jim or I know. 
Sanctuary Cove Boat Show 2017 - This may be in May but preparations for this will need to start shortly.  I'll be pulling together a Committee in the coming weeks to start preparations.  If you are interested in participating in this great event please let me know.
Golf Day - We have finalised our distributions of the profits from our Golf Day and Clint will be giving us an update on the worthwhile causes the great efforts of those involved will support.   We will also be looking to commence preparations for the 2017 Golf Day which will be in September.  Again, I will be looking at pulling together a Committee for this soon so if you are interested please let me know as soon as possible.
Black Tie Dinner - We ran a very successful fundraiser last year with a donation of $14,000 towards the Human Brain Research Foundation.  Due to other commitments in the District and Club Calendar this is likely to be deferred until around August - more information will be provided when it comes to hand.
Youth Program Updates

I received an email during the week from Chriselle D'Mello who we sponsored for the RYLA program thanking us for our support and for the opportunities it provided her.  I have passed on her details to Sandy and we will look to hear directly from Chriselle at a mutually convenient time.
District News
A few important District updates to share since my last update -
  • District Conference Bookings NOW OPEN ! - As mentioned last week and by Jo-Anne in her email to members this week, the bookings for the District Conference from 5-8 May are now open and can be made via the following link (  I know a few members have booked already but let's aim to get the highest number of attendees.  Even if you can only stay for some of the time it will definitely be worthwhile !
  • Raising the Spirits Charleville Trip - For those of you who attended District Governor Michael Irving's visit to our club last year you will have heard all about the trip to Charleville undertaken last year under the Outback Links Project to which our club contributed $1,000.  An opportunity to join in the next organised trip to Charleville from 24-31 March is now available.  More details can be found by clicking on this link.  Expressions of interest close on 1 March 2017.
  • Black Tie Charity Dinner for Polio - The Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads is hosting a dinner at the Marriot Surfers Paradise on 18 March 2017 with the aim of raising $100k.  Tickets cost $199 each and are available at The key note guest speaker for the evening is Olympic Gold Medallist, Steven Bradbury who most of us would remember as the epitome of never giving up.
.. and finally

I hope to see as many of you as possible on Wednesday morning !
Yours in Rotary
Gareth Hunt
President 2016/17
Rotary Hope Island
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Coming Up
Club Assembly
Sanctuary Cove Country Club
Feb 01, 2017
6:45 AM – 8:15 AM
08 Feb 17 Meeting
Sanctuary Cove Country Club
Feb 08, 2017
6:45 AM – 8:15 AM
15 Feb 17 Meeting
Sanctuary Cove Country Club
Feb 15, 2017
6:45 AM – 8:15 AM
22 Feb 17 Meeting
Sanctuary Cove Country Club
Feb 22, 2017
6:45 AM – 8:15 AM