President's Message
13th February, 2019
Dear Fellow Rotarians and Friends of Rotary
We have had two excellent meetings already in February. The U.S. Club social evening was well attended and very happy with our District Governor, Wendy Protheroe, District Governor Elect Darryl Iseppi, and visitors from the Brisbane High Rise Club contributing to discussions on a multitude of topics as well as the cheery and genial ambience of the evening. The lunch meeting on the Monday was also a great success with many guests ,thanks to Dan Adler and Keith Watts, and an excellent presentation by Dan Adler on his evolving plan for membership development titled  “A Rotaryship Discovery Session”. The meeting was topped off with lots of laughter courtesy of Sergeant “Pilko” who then proceeded to garner $210 from Michael Stephens in a spirited auction for a “Tambo Teddy” named “Rumleigh Roger”. Rumleigh, a most aristocratic bear, was donated to the Club by the Western Qld. Drought Committee in recognition of  our recent major donation.
The Club this month has also made the following donations:-
              $1500 to the Royal Flying Doctor Mental Health Unit
              $1500 to Australian Rotary Health Mental Health
              $2000 to Gaba Gaba village in PNG.
The Village’s farm and fishing operations were destroyed by Cyclone Penny and  the villagers are desperate for clean  water, rice and canned  fish. Once the school has been rebuilt we will send a large consignment of children’s books which Graeme Whitmore has collected.
Congratulations to Denise Schellbach on completing another Christmas Holiday “Eddie’s Van” tour of duty with her usual seamless organization and many thanks to the Club members who assisted Denise. We are now looking for volunteers for our Club’s rostered day at Donations in Kind on Saturday 9 March as well as assistants for Paul Choy and Graeme Whitmore in transporting a truck load of donated items to the DIK warehouse on a date to be advised. Please see a separate notice in this newsletter concerning these DIK volunteering opportunities.
 I had hoped to accompany Denise on a visit to present Stan Francis with his “Paul Harris plus 2” badge but had to give my apology at late notice and was very grateful to Denise for accepting this pleasant duty. Stan phoned me that evening to say how pleased he was and that if conditions allowed he still hoped to attend an occasional meeting. Denise’s generosity in support of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research was recently recognized with a plaque on the Wall of Appreciation at the research facility.
Clean up Australia Day is the 3rd March and we need a coordinator and volunteers to help with this. Please see the separate notice in the bulletin.
The annual District Conference will be held in Brisbane at the Grand Chancellor Hotel from 22-24 March and this is an excellent opportunity to meet fellow Rotarians and see what the wider world of Rotary is doing.
We have world leaders in two very different areas of research from the University of Queensland who have agreed to talk to us in the coming months. Professors Bernie and Sandy Degnan will discuss their research on “Crown of Thorns” starfish at our lunch meeting on 11 March. These starfish are in plague numbers on significant areas of the Great Barrier Reef and cause massive devastation. Guests who may be interested will be very welcome but we will need to know numbers for catering.
Prof. Alex Haslam is a global leader in the wide ranging benefits to mental and physical health and longevity of belonging to community organisations like Rotary. We are herd animals and isolated individuals who have lost their attachment to their “herd or tribe” are much more likely to  perish prematurely. Rotary is an excellent tribe to belong to. Prof  Haslam will be our guest speaker at an evening dinner at the United Service Club on Wednesday 15 May-please save the date.
Yours in Rotary,
Chris Muir
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We have 2 events that need volunteers coming up:

Clean Up Australia Day - March 3

RCoB has in the past participated in this event. President Chris is looking for a volunteer coordinator and volunteers to assist the coordinator.

Sign Up HERE  Or email Sec Mark or Pres Chris

DIK Working Bee - March 9

We need at least 6 and preferably more to help with loading containers at the new DIK Warehouse in Kingston.
Sign up HERE or email Pres Chris or Sec Mark.

Vol. 96 No. 18
15 February, 2019

Upcoming Speakers
Feb 25, 2019 12:30 PM
Cooperatives – Where Used - Purpose and Procedures under the Queensland Legislation

Ray is a Principal Business Services Officer in the Office of Fair Trading in the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General and he is located in George Street overlooking the new Casino excavation site.

He has 42 years’ experience in dealing with legislation governing Queensland based legal entities including building societies, credit unions, friendly societies and cooperative housing societies, prior to their transfer to new supervision schemes from 1992 to 1995.

Ray began administering cooperatives legislation in 1978 and has participated in National Working Party officers’ teleconferences since 1996 and is currently the longest serving participant.

Ray acted as Executive Manager of Registration Services during the transition of REVS, bills of sale and business names to the Commonwealth in 2012.

He is currently in charge of a team which deals with the registration of cooperatives and limited partnerships, the review of funeral trust account audit reports, the receipting of OFT mail payments, and    enquiries about incorporated associations, charities and bodies incorporated by letters patent or Act of Parliament.

Mar 06, 2019
Achieving diversity, the experience of the Queensland University of Technology
Mar 06, 2019
Achieving diversity, the experience of the Brisbane City Council
Mar 11, 2019 12:30 PM
Crown of Thorns Starfish and its impact on the Great Barrier Reef
May 15, 2019 6:00 PM
The enormous benefits for mental and physical health and longevity of belonging to community organis
View entire list
Meeting Responsibilities
18 February 2019 - Meeting
Minutes Secretary
25 February 2019 - Meeting
Muir, Dymphna
Minutes Secretary
11th March - Meeting
Minutes Secretary
DE LACY, Jaqui
18th March - Meeting
Myers, Jillanne
Minutes Secretary
25th March - Meeting
Minutes Secretary
8th April - Meeting
RYAN, Peter
Minutes Secretary
DE LACY, Jaqui
Upcoming Events
Lunch Meeting - Brisbane Club -Board Meeting after
The Brisbane Club
Feb 18, 2019
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Lunch Meeting - Brisbane Club
The Brisbane Club
Feb 25, 2019
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Clean Up Australia Day
Mar 03, 2019
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lunch Meeting Cancelled - Cocktail Meeting Friday
The Brisbane Club
Mar 04, 2019
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
2019 Rotary International Women's Day Breakfast
United Service Club
Mar 06, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Cocktail Meeting - United Service Club
United Service Club
Mar 08, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Donations in Kind Working Bee
DIK Warehouse
Mar 09, 2019
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lunch Meeting - Brisbane Club
The Brisbane Club
Mar 11, 2019
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Lunch Meeting - Brisbane Club -Board Meeting after
The Brisbane Club
Mar 18, 2019
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
District 9600 Annual Conference
Grand Chancellor Hotel & Events Centre
Mar 22, 2019 – Mar 24, 2019
Meeting Notes - 11th February, 2019
Chair for the day was James Delahunty who kicked off the meeting with the usual grace and toasts before inviting President Chris Muir to welcome members and guests and deliver his presidential remarks for the week.
President Chris's remarks are delivered in full in the President's message above, but it was a very big day for visitors. Pres. Chris welcomed:
  • Guests of PP Keith Watts who are checking us out for potential membership
    • Professor Alastair Blanshard – University of Queensland
    • Mark Scanlan – Origin
    • Katrina Roeteller – Accountant
  • Guests of PN Dan Adler:
    • Nick Chapman – Chapcon 
    • Amanda Fox – Retire Australia
    • Matthew Christopher – Applied Mind Academy
    • Kristie Fankhauser – Kanvas4
    • Andre van der Merwe – Verity Consulting
    • Hans Swartz - IPA
Following the welcomes and the President's address, it was time for spots:
  • IPP Daniel Vankov had a number of items to report to members:
    • Registrations for the International Rotary Women's Day breakfast are progressing will, with 56 registrations so far. Members are urged to get in now while they can.
    • We so far have one applicant for the RYLA places we are funding. Members, if you know somebody who might be interested, then by all means put them forward.
    • An application to the EU for a project in relation to youth employment has been made. At this stage we have missed the deadline for the driver simulation/RYDA application but other sources can be explored.
  • Paul Choy, newly appointed DIK coordinator for the club introduced himself and said that he and PP Graeme Whitmore would be calling for help on DIK activities.
After spots, we moved directly into our speaker for the day, PN Dan Adler. Dan gave members an update on the club's current membership engagement and member development activity named "Rotaryship". His presentation developed on the theme of his presentation from December last year which explored the "why" and touched on the "how" of Rotaryship to introduce some very concrete recommendations on the "how" developed by Dan and the Membership Committee and the ad-hoc committee working on the Rotaryship project. Members were impressed and highly supportive that work on the project continue apace.
After a short break for fellowship, it was time for the Sergeant-at-Arms. Pilko, in his maiden performance, raised a record sum for his stint, in part because it included the auctioning off of a very fine "Tambo Bear" kindly gifted to the club by the Western Drought Appeal in recognition of our recent large donation to their Longreach appeal. PE Michael bested Sec Mark in the frantic bidding war to secure the bear for only slightly above retail price, but more importantly he secured visits from a young relative when he is consigned to a retirement home. The bear is gorgeous.
The raffle was won by somebody who could not draw the special card and hence the jackpot for the raffle has increased to $213.
President Chris closed the meeting with the singing of the national anthem at 13:45.
What a Rotary club can do with even a little bit of money

By Joi Burton, International Service Chair for District 6170 and member of the Rotary Club of North Garland County, Arkansas, USA

Joi Burton takes a drink from a new well during a trip to Kenya. A grant project between District 5790 and Homa Bay, Kenya, provided the well.

I have always had a dream of going to Africa. Soon after I joined Rotary in 1991, I noticed an article in The Rotarian that a Rotary club from Eugene, Oregon, was going to Kenya to work on some projects. They were inviting people to go with them, and when I contacted them they accepted my offer. We visited several Rotary projects and a Rotary Club in Nairobi. That was the beginning of a long and productive relationship between my club at the time, Arlington South, Texas, and the people of Kenya that demonstrated the impact even a small club can have through the magic that is Rotary.

I enjoyed the Kenyan people so much I decided I wanted to go back and live with them for a few weeks.

A fellow Rotarian introduced me to his friend from Bondo, Kenya. The friend said if I was willing to go to her village, she would make the arrangements and have a relative, Moses, pick me up at Nairobi airport, and that I could stay in her house.

Before I went, the Rotary Club of Arlington South gave me $500 to do a project in her village. It took a day’s drive from Nairobi to reach the village. We arrived at night and were met by all of the villagers, each with a lantern. This was an area with a few houses, several huts, a school, and a church, but no electricity, no water and several miles from the nearest road.

The next day I told Moses I had “a little bit of money” from my club and asked if there was something they needed. They told us they needed concrete to replace the floors in the school, as the children were getting their uniforms dirty from having to sit on the floor all day. Moses and I went to the nearest town and purchased gravel, sand, and cement. After it was delivered, the villagers completed the floors in all the rooms.

Bondo primary school

At Left: Bondo primary school, teachers and students.

Each weekend, Moses would come from Nairobi to see if I needed anything. The second week I again let Moses know I still had “a little bit of money” and asked if there was something else they needed. They wanted glass to replace windows of the school, all of which had been broken. We bought large plates of glass. They were able to cut and fit all the windows of the school.

The third week, Moses informed me the villagers wanted some metal paint to paint the tin roof of the school as it had rusted. Having some of that “little bit of money” left, we purchased paint and brushes and they were able to make ladders with sticks and rope and painted the roof.

On the last week I approached Moses to let him know I still “had a little bit of money” and asked what they needed. They said they needed books for the school. They had only a few. We were able to go to a larger city, an overnight trip, to purchases some text books. We were able to purchase one teacher textbook and one student textbook of every subject for every grade kindergarten to eighth grade. With our last few dollars we purchased two cases of chalk. We had the back of the pickup truck completely filled with school books. What a wonderful time the students and teachers had as we drove up into the school yard. We later learned they were completely out of chalk.

This experience built the foundation for other efforts. The Texas club and Rotarians in the district went on to put together other grant projects to benefit the people of Kenya including two grants that provided wells for drinking water with the Homa Bay club. Several members made their own visits to Kenya after that initial outlay of $500.

What a difference one small, 30-member Rotary club can make with “a little bit of money.”

Learn more about putting together a service project in Rotary 

Source: Rotary Voices

How to master Rotary’s public image campaign

By Pat O’Donnell, Rotary Club of Olathe, Kansas, USA

The People of Action campaign is all about showing and telling the public who Rotary really is – a group of people that unites for good and actually roll up their sleeves and do meaningful projects that help their communities.

I know a little about getting the message out, having worked in broadcast journalism. So I naturally got excited when, as the public image chair for my district, I had the chance to coordinate a People of Action media buy covering four Rotary districts in my home region of Kansas and northwest Missouri, USA.  

The district governors wanted more exposure to Rotary – to tell the public what the clubs do and why they might consider joining us. And I was tasked with bringing it to life.

Like any worthwhile Rotary project, this one had its challenges. Our region spans vast rural areas but also includes urban Kansas City, which hadn’t covered Rotary much in the media. And we wanted to reach our audiences at peak times while adapting the People of Action campaign with local flair.

161 clubs working together

Rotarians all speak the same language when it comes to networking. I didn’t have to spend too much time convincing clubs of the importance of what we were trying to do. After a few phone calls, we soon had 17 clubs on board who had pledged $28,000 to purchase billboards, do paid social media, and place radio and television ads during the morning and evening drive.

We downloaded People of Action materials and ads from the Brand Center and tweaked them to include local information. And then I worked with the media, and we launched our campaign.

In two months, 161 clubs told a collective story, seen by 4.7 million people on billboards, Instagram, TV, radio, and on ballpark JumboTrons. We built awareness, and we got inquiries from the public. Clubs called me, too, saying this was best Rotary project that they had seen in years.

Lessons learned

We learned a few lessons along the way. To deliver our message of how Rotary connects and transforms communities to the public, we must first connect and communicate with each other as Rotarians. One Rotary club might put a People of Action billboard up in a community, but a different neighboring club might get the questions about it. All of a region’s clubs and its governors need to be talking to each other, so we’re all on the same page. And when you do a public campaign, each Rotarian has to be ready to respond when the public reacts and asks questions about Rotary.

It isn’t hard to get involved in the campaign. In fact, much of the work has already been done for us and is waiting in the Brand Center to be used by clubs. And you don’t have to be a media or marketing professional to get started.

All we have to do is get organized – just like when we unite to do community service projects – and tell the world what we already know about ourselves. That we are People of Action.

To me, it’s as important as any other project Rotary does, and it’s a story well worth telling.

Source: Rotary Voices

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
The Rotary Club of Brisbane Inc.
ABN 75 152 438 499
GPO BOX 2909 Brisbane Qld 4001
District               9600
Club Number   17787

Brisbane City Cluster Assistant Governor

Lisa Bateson

District Governor

Wendy Protheroe

Rotary International President

Barry Rassin