BURLEIGH TO THE WORLD: Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads' Allan Barnett has taken to the virtual world, spreading the word about his club's and the area's benefits, as well as finding out about clubs around the globe.
BURLEIGH TO THE WORLD: Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads' Allan Barnett has taken to the virtual world, spreading the word about his club's and the area's benefits, as well as finding out about clubs around the globe.

Club Zooms in on a world of mutual pride

ZOOM - it's a word many of us had never heard of before COVID-19, but what a difference it has made to lives, clubs and businesses operating in isolation.

For Rotary club members it has literally opened up the world - something Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads immediate past president Allan Barnett is taking full advantage of.

On the morning Seniors News spoke to him, he had already "attended" a meeting in Hawaii and a "Happy Hour club in the States, so while they were having drinks I was having breakfast".

"What surprised me was that club has members from all over the place - Russia, Japan, mainland USA, the UK, Greece, France, Shanghai, as well as Hawaii," he said of the Hawaiian e-Club.

During the past three weeks, he has made a good friend from a US club in Casper, Wyoming, who was doing similar "drop-ins".

The pair exchanged contact details after repeatedly finding themselves in the same meetings, and Michael Howe has since been guest speaker at Burleigh Heads' meeting.

Allan compared Burleigh's 42 members - still the second or third-largest club on the Gold Coast - to Casper's more than 100, and the Coast venue versus the landlocked, mountainous Wyoming.

However, he said he had been surprised overall to discover the similarities in ideas of members and the community causes Rotary clubs supported around the world.

To find out more, go to @burleighheadsrotary1 on Facebook, or phone 0438 225 820.


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