President's Message
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11th April, 2019
Dear Fellow Rotarians and friends of Rotary,
Dymphna and I missed the social meeting on 5 April and the following Monday lunch meeting but can recommend Rottnest Island for a short holiday, especially if you are with children.The beaches, safe bicycle travel and quokkas provide for endless entertainment. We will also be in Taiwan for the meeting on 15 April and this is consequently a short report,
We have been asked to try to find accommodation for two young Danish women who will be doing an internship at Mitchelton Special school from 28 May to 15 November. Please contact me if you can help.
The presentation by Prof Alex Haslam at the United Service Club Dinner on the evening of 15 May will be both entertaining and informative regarding the advantages of being a member of Rotary and I strongly encourage your attendance. Please see Club Runner to book.
I look forward to the meeting on 29 April where James Peterson will speak on mental health. James comes with an established reputation as an excellent presenter.
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.

Meeting Responsibilities
15th April - Meeting
WATTS, Keith
Minutes Secretary
GIBSON, Cameron
29th April - Meeting
Minutes Secretary
DE LACY, Jaqui
13th May - Meeting
Minutes Secretary

Vol. 96 No. 22
11 April, 2019

Upcoming Speakers
Apr 29, 2019 12:30 PM
breakingFree - Living a mentally healthy lifestyle

James Peterson is the founder and CEO of breakingFree

breakingFree is an innovative mental health charity that educates and encourages people to live mentally healthy lifestyles, in order to prevent mental illness and improve mental health.  We focus on teaching people how to make mentally healthy choices, how to form mentally healthy habits and to how to develop a mentally healthy mindset; as well as breaking down the stigma often attached to mental illness and encouraging people to seek help early.

At breakingFree our primary activity is giving mental health presentations and running mental health programs at schools, universities and businesses, aimed at teaching people how to be more mentally healthy.  In essence, we are an educational platform, whose objective is to provide people with the knowledge, tools, techniques, ongoing resources and motivation, so that they can improve their mental health and happiness.  We strongly believe that prevention, by teaching people how to be mentally healthy, is the best approach to reducing the rates of mental illness within society.    

breakingFree is starting a movement by educating and encouraging people to base decisions and their lifestyle around what is best for their mental health.

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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Upcoming Events
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
Lunch Meeting Cancelled - Cocktail Meeting Friday
The Brisbane Club
Jun 03, 2019
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Meeting Notes 8th April, 2019
OPENING: The meeting was opened by Peter Ryan, Chairman, at 12.45pm.
Peter asked the Members & guests to stand for Rotary Grace and toasts to the Queen & People of Australia and Rotary International
He invited Acting President, Keith Watts to address the meeting.
Apologies from President Chris, Dymphna Muir, Michael Stephens,  Dan Adler, Presidents’ Elect & Past President Daniel Vankov
Keith reminded Member of three upcoming events-
  • Rotary Peace Fellows Seminar to be held on 13 April at  Womens ‘ College, University of Queensland from 10amto 5pm. No cost, includes lunch
  • Rotary Club of New Farm hosting a Gatsby function at the Brunswick Hotel on 10 May at 7pm- tickets $50.
  • 2023 Rotary International Conference will be held in Melbourne from 27-31 May, 2023. 2023 is the Rotary Club of Brisbane 100th Celebration year.
  • Keith said that Tony Pilkington will chair a session at our next meeting on 15 April  “How to make our Club Irresistible”
  • No meeting on Easter Monday, 22 May.
  • On 29 May, James Peterson will be our guest speaker on “Story about Mental Health’, particularly in youth which Denise Schellbach has sent reminder for all to attend.
In the only spot, Past President Graeme Whitmore said more players were needed for the Golf Day on FRIDAY 14 JUNE. Flyers were on the tables..Please support this important annual Club fundraiser.
Secretary, Mark Williams introduced our guest speaker, Morgan Marks, a Rotary Peace Fellow studying for a Master in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland. He said Rotary International sponsored 2 major long-term projects, Polio and 10 Peace Fellows annually from around the globe to each of 5 major peace centres spread around the world. Our Club mentors 2 of these Fellows.
Morgan gave a very thoughtful presentation of her work in Canada with the First People and what she hoped to achieve as a Peace Fellow sponsored by Rotary for which she was most grateful.
Morgan Marks, UQ Rotary Peace Fellow 2018-19
Morgan answered question from Members before thanks from Peter and acclamation from group.
Peter then drew the raffle won by Katrina Roetteler who did not draw the joker from the pack, so the raffle jackpots.
The meeting was then closed with the customary singing of the National Anthem @1.40pm.
Young people can make their mark through Rotary

By John Hewko, Rotary International General Secretary

The desire to give back, become involved in your community, create connections, and use one’s skills to benefit others is a cornerstone of civil society. But how can young people find these opportunities while facing the challenges of a widening skills gap, lost personal connections through digital isolation, and an uncertain future?

Let me begin with a description of a young person who may sound familiar.

A young person alone in a big city. A young person looking for friendship, looking for connections with other professionals from diverse backgrounds.

A young person looking to make an impact but unsure where to begin. That man was Paul Harris, Rotary’s founder.

Back in 1905 when Paul started the organization we know today, he was only 36 years old.

He certainly had that spirit of youthful innovation that we must try to emulate. Because, to those early Rotary members in the first Rotary club in Chicago, Rotary was like an oasis in the desert.

And over a century later, our Rotaractors are part of a generation that grapples with its own challenges and deserts, in a world of increasing social and political upheavals.

Many graduated during a global economic depression, and perhaps had to struggle to get that first job or pay off student loans.

Many have witnessed rising social inequality and political polarization. Many are disenchanted with business practices that don’t meet our high ethical standards.

It is not time to lose hope – because we want Rotary to be your oasis in the desert. A place where new ideas can be explored, friendships are made, opportunities are realized, and your talents are used to improve lives.

The Chicago in which Rotary was born is not so different from the environment we exist in today. Paul Harris experienced first-hand the struggle between the forces for positive social change and the aggression of a fast-growing city. It was a place of stark contrasts, between astonishing wealth, abject poverty and high unemployment.

But innovators like Paul, looking at first for nothing more than friendship and business connections, began to turn the corner. What started as a fellowship of four people grew into a large and thriving service organization of 1.2 million members and nearly 200,000 Rotaractors who carried out 111 million volunteer hours of work last year in communities at home and around the world.

The myth that Rotary cannot be a place for young people to make their mark on the world is just that – a myth. Through Rotary, you are able to create lasting connections, discover new experiences, and make a positive impact.

Learn more about Rotaract and find a club near you.

Source: Rotary Voices

10 things we can all do to grow Rotary

By Gary Bennett, past president of the Rotary Club of Kelowna and current member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

I read with great interest what President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney had to say about growing Rotary in the March issue of The Rotarian. He is spot on. Healthy membership is the life blood of any organization and Rotary is no exception. Because we all benefit from a thriving membership, all of us share a responsibility to help grow Rotary and bring in new members. President-elect Mark’s emphasis on growing Rotary is a welcome reminder of our opportunity to help.

When you think about why people stay or go, it really isn’t that complicated. People have many competing commitments in life. No one is required to be a Rotarian; it is voluntary. People will seriously consider joining if they perceive the net benefits they receive exceed the costs. Members will stay if that experience proves true. And it follows logically that the reverse is true. A person will not join if they think the net experience will not be positive, and they will leave if the experience has not been beneficial.

Fortunately, The Four-Way Test and the Rotary Code of Conduct, can help us in building that positive experience. They are all about treating people fairly, building better friendships, and creating goodwill. These principles go far beyond Rotary. They are the backbone of judicial systems around the civilized world and the envy of anyone living under totalitarian rule. These are the things people are drawn to. If our clubs are perceived to operate under these principles in our community, people will be drawn to us.

Here are ten things every member can do to create a positive experience:

  1. Apply The Four-Way Test and Code of Conduct in your lives and in your club proceedings. Before judging or expressing a point of view, sending an email, taking any action, find out the facts of a situation. After doing that, determine if an action is fair to all, will build goodwill and better friendships, and will be beneficial to all concerned. If not, don’t act.
  2. Become an advocate for policies and practices that are based on truth, fairness, inclusivity, and diversity.
  3. Always greet members with warmth and interest.
  4. Treat members with the respect you would like to get.
  5. Take the time to listen and evaluate diverse opinions and defend the right of members to express a view different from yours.
  6. If you have a concern with another member, speak to them personally. Don’t send a complaining email.
  7. Before you send an email or communicate with others, make sure the assertions you are making are based on fact. Always use an appropriate tone. Ask yourself, is it fair and will it build goodwill and better friendship?
  8. Get involved and spread the news about Rotary’s good work.
  9. If someone expresses a concern about Rotary, listen and see what you can do to correct the situation.
  10. None of us are perfect. We all can display poor judgment at times. If you find you’ve made a mistake or offended someone, apologize as soon as possible. Not only will your action be good for Rotary, but you will gain respect for doing so.

The above is not an all-inclusive list; you may have ideas to add to it. Share your ideas with others.

I believe if we as individual Rotarians all adopt the strategies above, we will gain enormous respect and fondness from our Rotary peers, and each of us will be much happier being part of an organization that operates in this manner. Moreover, our club’s reputation for being welcoming and fair will spread throughout our communities. This will result in people gravitating toward Rotary who are seeking fellowship and an opportunity to serve their community. Getting and keeping members will become much easier.

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       Tony Pilkington
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