President's Message
member photo
28th March, 2019
Dear Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Club,
The Club Assembly meeting on 18 March saw sixteen members and five guests, a number of whom are likely soon to be members, enjoy presentations by committee chairs on our membership, activities and finances, all of which are progressing well. Graeme Whitmore also spoke to his suggestion the Club pursue a major project which would be delivered in time for our Centenary in 2023. Graeme’s proposal is that we arrange construction of a substantial accommodation building for the “Young Care” Charity and he encouraged us with a practical plan to achieve this goal. Although we did not quite have a quorum for the second half of the Board meeting when we discussed Graeme’s proposal, those present were all very positive about it.
I received a very friendly email from Prof. Bernie Degnan, thanking us for our hospitality. Bernie obviously greatly enjoyed his visit and has offered to return in about two years to give an update on his research and the situation with the Crown of Thorns starfish at that time.
Jillanne Myers and James Delahunty are currently out of action following surgery. We wish them all the best for a trouble free recovery and look forward to their return to the meetings.
The Rotary Peace Fellows Peace Seminar will be held on Saturday 13 April at Univ  of Qld Women’s College. This promises to be a most interesting day with the Peace Fellows sharing their experiences and exploring how building substantial peace is possible through everyday practices. It is also the University’s way of thanking Rotary for its contributions, support and funding of the Peace Fellowship Program. All are invited and paticipation is free including complimentary lunch, tea and coffee and your first drink and finger food at the cocktail hour following the seminar. To register please visit or contact Mark Williams. The opportunity also exists to act as the local contact for one of next year’s Peace Fellows, a very rewarding and valuable exercise. Any members interested should also contact Mark Williams.
Unfortunately Max Winders has to postpone his presentation, originally scheduled for Monday 25 March, but there will be a review of the District Conference to replace this. Please also note the presentation on 29 April by James Peterson on living a mentally healthy lifestyle.
Cameron Gibson is in the process of arranging a public appeal for North Qld. in the Macarthur Centre and volunteers will be needed to cover three to four hours a day over three days. The Club will doubly match any donations and they will be evenly split between “Blaze Aid” for the rural areas and “St Vincent de Paul” for Townsville. Club members and friends can make tax deductible donations through the club.
The District Conference was excellent with a great variety of speakers and presentations which were all very interesting, and often inspirational and entertaining as well. The Club had seven representatives and Keith Watts, Dan Adler, Dymphna and myself each gave a short talk on our experience of the conference at the meeting on Monday 25 march. All of us were very positive. I strongly recommend attendance at the 2020 conference as a way to see a much bigger picture of Rotary as well as to enjoy the company of many of your fellow Rotarians.
Please consider attending the Dinner with Prof. Alex Haslam on Wednesday 15 May and joining the Golf Day on 14 June or contributing a donation or sponsorship for the Golf Day.
There will be no lunch meeting on Monday 1 April but the usual social gathering will be at the United Service Club on Friday 5 April. Please go to Club Runner website to book for the social evening.
Yours in Rotary
Chris Muir


We have 2 events that need volunteers coming up:

Collection for NQ Flood Appeal

Dates - TBA

Rtn Cameron Gibson has once again volunteered to coordinate the collection, and the Macarthur Central Shopping Centre has once again kindly offered to allow us to conduct the collection on their premises. email Mark Williams or Cameron Gibson to indicate your availability for this.

Million Paws Walk

Sunday 19th May

The club has agreed to run a BBQ Breakfast for the RSPCA “Million Paws Walk” on Sunday 19 May and we will need volunteers for this.

Vol. 96 No. 21
3 April, 2019

Upcoming Speakers
Apr 08, 2019 12:30 PM
My time as a Peace Fellow

Morgan Marks is a Peace Fellow at the UQ Rotary Peace Centre and RCoB is her host club. Morgan will talk about her time so far as a Peace Fellow and about her Applied Field Experience project working with indigenous gropups in Canada.

Apr 29, 2019 12:30 PM
breakingFree - Living a mentally healthy lifestyle
Apr 29, 2019 12:30 PM
Eddie's Van
May 13, 2019 12:30 PM
RC Sunnybank Projects in Samoa
May 15, 2019 6:00 PM
Groups for Health
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Meeting Responsibilities
8th April - Meeting
RYAN, Peter
Minutes Secretary
DE LACY, Jaqui
15th April - Meeting
Minutes Secretary
29th April - Meeting
Minutes Secretary
DE LACY, Jaqui
13th May - Meeting
Minutes Secretary
Upcoming Events
Lunch Meeting - Brisbane Club
The Brisbane Club
Apr 08, 2019
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
UQ Peace Centre Peace Symposium
The University of Queensland
Apr 13, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Lunch Meeting - Brisbane Club
The Brisbane Club
Apr 15, 2019
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Rotary Club of Taipei Tatung 35th Anniversary
Apr 16, 2019 – Apr 18, 2019
Lunch Meeting Cancelled - Easter Monday
Apr 22, 2019
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Lunch Meeting - Brisbane Club
The Brisbane Club
Apr 29, 2019
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Lunch Meeting Cancelled - Labour Day Holiday
May 06, 2019
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Cocktail Meeting - United Service Club
United Service Club
May 10, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Party Like Gatsby - RC Newfarm
Gatsby Bar, Brunswick Hotel New Farm
May 10, 2019
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Alex Haslam Dinner
United Service Club
May 15, 2019
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Being a Rotarian is not ok!.

Ok is comfortable. 

Ok is the status quo. 

Ok is not the reason we serve, it's not the reason we donate, it's not the reason we spend our time helping our community and our world. 

We are not in Rotary to be comfortable. 

We are here to change things. We are here to build a better world for everyone. 

Being a Rotarian is not ok. 

Being a Rotarian is awesome!! 

Be Fun, Be Positive, Be the Inspiration.
Meeting Notes 18th March, 2019
Chair for the day was Ryan Muller, who opened the meeting with grace and toasts before inviting President Chris Muir to the podium to welcome guests and deliver his weekly address.
President Chris warmly greeted a large contingent of guests, including Suri Portra, Edwina Sullivan, Colleen Middlemas, Matt Christopher, Paul Gades and Mark Scanlan and his report is reproduced in full above.
Club Assembly:
  • PN Dan Adler reported that he had been working closely with DGE Darryl Iseppi on logos and publicity for Darryl's transition to the role of DG on 30th June.
  • PP Graeme Whitmore reported on initial publicity for the annual golf day and proposed that the surplus from the golf day be donated to Youngcare who provide appropriate accommodation for disabled people who would otherwise be accommodated in aged care centres.
  • Graeme also proposed to members that a project in conjunction with Youngcare would be a very suitable major project to coincide with RoCB's 100th anniversary in 2023. The kind of project he had in mind was to build an accommodation facility on purchased or donated land that would be operated afterwards by Youngcare. Graeme went into some detail of the feasibility of the project based on his expertise as a quantity surveyor. The proposal was met with some enthusiasm from members present and it was referred to the club board for further discussion and due diligence.
  • Sec Mark Williams urged members and guests to seriously consider attending the district conference on March 22-24 and the annual Peace Fellows' seminar on Saturday 13th April.
  • Mark also gave a brief summary of finances on behalf of Treasurer Warren Walker who was unable to attend the club assembly.
  • PP Keith as membership chair reported that the club currently had 35 members of whom 5 were women. Likely new members include Mark Scanlan, Katrina Roetteler and Michael Roetteler all of whom had submitted applications to the board and Celia Grenning, Matt Christopher and Colleen Middlemas who have told us they intend to apply.
  • Ryan Muller gave a brief report on foundation activities which currently mostly centre on our sponsorship of two RI Peace Fellows. There is also a pending application for a global scholarship from Dr Nicolò Di Tullio who wants to study in Brisbane which is currently pending.
There being no time for a sergeant's session, members were asked to contribute to the urns and we went straight to the drawing of the raffle. Chris Muir had the winning raffle ticket, but the joker eluded him so the raffle jackpots again.
Meeting Notes 25th March, 2019
Chair for the day was Tony Pilkington, who opened the meeting with grace and toasts before inviting President Chris to the podium to welcome guests and deliver his weekly address.
President Chris reported that he had received apologies from Jillanne Myers, Jaqui De Lacy, Phil Little and James Delahunty and hoped that Jillanne, Jaqui and James would be up and about at the earliest possible date so that we could see them again. Chris also welcomed Katrina Roetteler whose application for membership has already been approved by the board.
Business for the day was a series of spots by members who had attended the District conference on the previous weekend. Dan Adler, Chris Muir, Dympna Muir and Keith Watts all spoke about their impressions of how the conference went. Over the 3 days, 7 members and soon-to-be members attended the conference, and all were impressed by the quality of the events and the presentations. Some photographs from the conference are shared below.
PN Dan Adler with Rotarians Andrias Okun from RC Nondugl and Benjamin Kaukia from RC Kimbe in PNG
Topics covered ranged from modern slavery to moving with the times. Many Rotary programmes had booths in the exhibition.
Dan Adler also reported on a very successful vocational evening held by the Rotaract Club of Brisbane Rivercity on Wed. 20th March at which he and Rtn Luke Marshall served on the team of advisors.
Dan Adler at the Rotaract Brisbane Rivercity vocational evening.
Sergeant Pilko of the 3rd armoured pocket-reaming corps did his job well and much dosh was transferred from members' pockets to the club coffers. The raffle was drawn and the joker deemed AWOL. The raffle duly jackpots to next week.
Cocktail Meeting 6th April 2019
The cocktail meeting on the 6th of April at the United Service Club was a pleasant affair with 16 attendees including 4 very welcome guests - Matt Christopher who we hope will be joining our ranks very soon, Catherine Seton who is looking the club over, and Sabine Connolly and her partner Isaac who are committed to community service and investigating Rotary as an avenue for service.
Rotarians Bend Backs for Donations in Kind
Donations in Kind is a program by which Rotary receives hospital and school equipment, books and much more that is being upgraded within our schools and hospitals and then sends them by container to our near neighbours in PNG, the Solomons and other Pacific Islands Timor L'este and sometimes as far as India. It is dependent on community-minded staff in schools, hospitals and other organisations who alert Rotarians to the fact that there is still-useful equipment that is to be sent to the dump. Rotarians then donate their time to collect and transport the material to the DIK warehouse in Kingston and later to pack it into containers to be sent to destinations that need it. Donations in Kind in Queensland was originally a project of the Rotary Club of Brisbane but has now expanded across the whole state and is managed under the umbrella of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS).
The Rotary Club of Brisbane has appointed Rtn Paul Choy as their Donations In Kind convenor in recognition of the importance of the Donations In Kind Programme has in the activities of Rotary in Australia and the Rotary Club of Brisbane in particular. Paul has been in the job for barely 2 months and already we have been busy.
Paul Choy (far Right) and Keith Watts (back to camera) loading a container for PNG on 9th March.

Club Officers

President                   Chris Muir
Vice President           Keith Watts
Secretary                   Mark Williams
Treasurer                   Warren Walker
Imm. Past President  Daniel Vankov
President Elect           Michael Stephens
Sergeant-at-arms       Luke Marshall
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Brisbane City Cluster Assistant Governor

Lisa Bateson

District Governor

Wendy Protheroe

Rotary International President

Barry Rassin