No Meeting Mon 3 December
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President's Message
Dear Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Club,
We had an excellent meeting on 26 November, anchored by the visit  from DG Wendy Protheroe. Wendy gave a very interesting report on her year to date with  a particularly heartfelt review of her recent trip with DG elect Darryl Iseppi to Papua New Guinea.      She also presented John Smerdon with his inaugural  Paul Harris Fellowship badge and certificate as well as PHF + 1 badges to Michael Stephens, James Delahunty, and Keith Watts, and PH+3 badges to Wal Bishop, Graeme Whitmore and Denise Schellbach. There is also a PH +2 badge for Stan Francis and I will deliver this to Stan personally as he is rarely able to attend   meetings. Congratulations Stan! Daniel Vankov and myself felt that these recipients had gone “above and beyond” in their work and support for the club over many years and we pooled our points to add to those already accrued by the recipients in order to award these honours. Congratulations All!
DG Wendy also briefly mentioned the coming consolidation of our Rotary district with those immediately to the south and north of us into the new District 9620. She assured us that this would create a lot more work for the District Governor but have a negligible affect on  individual clubs.
As well as DG Wendy there were seven other guests at the meeting. The ever hard working Assistant District Governor, Lisa Bateson, along with DG Wendy, attended early in order to see a presentation by Dan Adler on his novel concept for club membership development and both were very impressed although they made us aware of a number of necessary steps required in order to be approved by Rotary head office. We also welcomed Rose and Con O’Brien who were guests of Keith Watts, my guest Johanna Pidik from Rabaul PNG, Nicholas Alfaro from Chile, Rhys Williams who gave a short presentation on his RYLA week in May, and were especially pleased to have Colleen Middlemass as a club guest. Colleen is the manager of the Macarthur Centre building and very generously facilitated the public drought appeal along with Cameron Gibson. Our Club appeal ends on 30 November and with the added contribution from the PAF will enable at least $15000 to be donated to the Western Queensland Drought Appeal. Well done all!
We and our partners have been invited by the Rotary Club of Taipei Tatung in Taiwan to help celebrate their 35th Anniversary on 16-18 April 2019. Previous visits to the Club by our members have been enormously enjoyable and this will be another rare opportunity to enjoy the best of Taiwan escorted by the very generous members of our sister club. Please see the details elsewhere in the newsletter.
Please remember there is no meeting on Monday 3 November. Our Christmas Function will be on the Terrace at the United Services Club on Friday 7 December at 5.30pm and family and friends are most welcome. There will be no dinner afterwards but a very generous supply of canapés has been ordered and I will shout the first round of drinks. The cost is$20 and numbers are required by Wednesday 5 December. Please reply to our secretary Mark Williams if attending.
Yours in Rotary
Chris Muir

Vol. 96 No. 13
2 December, 2018

Meeting Responsibilities
10 December - Meeting
Minutes Secretary
17 December - Meeting
Minutes Secretary
Upcoming Speakers
Dec 10, 2018 12:30 PM
Member in the spotlight/Club Planning
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
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Upcoming Events
Lunch Meeting Cancelled due to Cocktail Meeting
Dec 03, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Christmas Celebration - United Service Club
United Service Club
Dec 07, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
2019 Rotary International Women's Day Breakfast
United Service Club
Mar 06, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:45 AM
District 9600 Annual Conference
Grand Chancellor Hotel & Events Centre
Mar 22, 2019 – Mar 24, 2019
UQ Peace Centre Peace Symposium
The University of Queensland
Apr 13, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Rotary Club of Taipei Tatong 35th Anniversary
Apr 16, 2019 – Apr 18, 2019
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Meeting Notes 26th November, 2018
Chair for the day was Cameron Gibson, who opened the meeting with toasts and grace before inviting President Chris Muir to deliver his weekly address. Details from the address are in the report above. Chris welcomed guests DG Wendy Protheroe, AG Lisa Bateson, Colleen Middlemas, Rose and Con O'Brien, Johanna Pidik from PNG, Nicholas Alfaro from Chile and our RYLA Alumnus, Rhys Williams.
An important event for the day was the presentation of 8 Paul Harris Fellowships for meritorious service, to John Smerdon, Graeme Whitmore, Michael Stephens, Wal Bishop, James Delahunty, Keith Watts, and in his absence, Stan Francis. District Governor Wendy Protheroe did the honours presenting the awards.
District Governor Wendy Protheroe presents PHF awards to Wal Bishop, Graeme Whitmore and Denise Schellbach
The only spot was from Denise Schellbach, who reported on her visit 2 days before to Rotarian Don O'Donoghue. She also reported that she had received a thank you letter from Brigadier Bruce Scott of the Rotary Club of Townsville in relation to our recent sponsorship of 2000 kits 4 kids in Timor-Leste. A full report on that activity can be found in the story below.
RCoB's RYLA almnus, Rhys Williams was in attendance at the meeting. It took us a few months to arrange for Rhys' attendance, since he attended the RYLA camp in May this year. Rhys suggested it may be a good thing that there was a delay in his report to the club, because after 6 months he can tell us what really stuck and changed his outlook on life about the RYLA camp. There were a few of these aspects, but Rhys concentrated on one particular address which impressed on attendees that every situation you find yourself in life involves a personal choice by you. Rhys said that at first he thought that was rubbish. You cannot control all the circumstances of your life. However, as time goes by, he has discovered that no matter where he has found himself, a choice of more or less difficulty could have changed that. You can be in control of your life if you are willing to make choices. If life gives you lemons, consider moving out from under the lemon tree.
Our guest speaker for the meeting was District Governor Wendy Protheroe on her annual visit to the club. Wendy's speech covered a lot of ground, from the benefits of RYLA through the 5 Rotary core values of Leadership, Fellowship, Integrity, Diversity and Service to some amazing stories from her recent trip with DGE Daryl Iseppi to PNG. Wendy also talked about the recent outbreak of Polio in Papua New Guinea and the ongoing process of consolidating Rotary districts 9600, 9630 and 9640 into a new district 9620 to commence on July 1st, 2021.
At the end of a very busy meeting, there was just time to draw the raffle. Your correspondent does not recall who was lucky enough to have the "winning" ticket, but he does recall very clearly that the joker was not snagged.
President Chris closed the meeting with the singing of the national anthem just after 13:45.
RCoB Sponsors Educational Materials for Timor-Leste

A Veterans and Rotary activity in Timor-Leste.

A group of Australian veterans recently conducted an 11 day Veteran Health program distributing 2,000 Kits 4 Kids in remote rural areas of Timor Leste. The program also involved a range of physical activities involving daily walks, some cycling, stretching and discussions on a range of physical activity options suitable for veterans. It also included inputs on nutrition, nurture of the mind, the soul and relationships, as well as developing a future life purpose.
Kits 4 Kids is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Townsville and the Veterans Care Association based in Brisbane. Old Army buddies Bruce Scott from Rotary in Townsville and Gary Stone from Veterans Care Association arranged for the participants in the Timor Awakening rehabilitation programme to pack and deliver, in person to each child, a small education kit . The kits themselves are organised by the Rotary Club of Townsville and the costs are covered by various sponsors. The Rotary Club of Brisbane is proud to be the sponsor of a delivery of 2000 kits in September 2018.
Veteran's Care volunteers distribute kits 4 kids sponsored by the Rotary Club of Brisbane to students in Timor-Leste
Rotary Club of Taipei Tatung 35th Anniversary Celebrations
Our sibling club, the Rotary Club of Taipei Tatung will celebrate its 35th charter anniversary from Tuesday 16th April to Thursday 18th April, 2019 and all members of RCoB are invited! Several of our members attended their 30th Anniversary celebrations 5 years ago and by all accounts it was a very enjoyable event. Click on the invitation card below to view the event on our calendar. Soon you will be able to register your intent to attend if you are a member of the Rotary Club of Brisbane.
Mixing food, fun, and Rotary service in Nagoya

By Tetsuzo Fukuda, Rotary Club of Nagoya-Wago and polio plus committee chair for District 2760 (Japan)

Judy Ongg, actress, singer and Rotary celebrity ambassador for polio eradication, takes part in the festivities.

We held our sixth annual World Food and Fureai Festival 27-28 October in a park in downtown Nagoya (fureai is a Japanese word meaning interaction). Under a beautiful autumn sky, more than 70,000 people gathered for an outdoor food festival featuring foods from around the world, presentations about Rotary’s humanitarian work, and entertainment. We broke our record for ticket sales and onsite donations.


One of the great things about this event is that all the Rotary family in our district participates and collaborates to make it successful, which draws us all closer by the end of the event. We had about 50 “This Close” photo displays scattered around the park to help us enhance Rotary’s image in our community.

Judy Ongg, actress, singer, author and Rotary celebrity ambassador for polio eradication, played a significant role this year. She not only made an inspiring speech on stage, but also joined us at our End Polio Now booth encouraging the public to make a contribution to eradicate polio. She also attended our charity dinner, which attracted more than 200 Rotarians, including members from Pakistan, the Philippines, and Indonesia.

Every year, we have been donating the proceeds to help eradicate polio and for humanitarian aid for children in Asian countries like Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines. This year, we are dividing the proceeds between the PolioPlus Fund and “Health and Education Units” in Pakistan. These units are equipped with 1,500 books, an LED screen, White Board, tablets equipped with Skype, and refrigerated units to store polio vaccine.

Our district is also grateful to past governor Faiz Kidwai from District 3271 Pakistan for his presentation about the work to eradicate polio in Pakistan during the charity dinner. All of us are deeply impressed with knowing how hard and determined the Rotarians in Pakistan are working to eradicate polio. Yes, we are “This Close.”

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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