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Meeting Responsibilities May
Venue Setup and Reception Captain
Marr, Douglas
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McPhee, Angie
President's Message
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President’s Message for March & April 2019 Bulletin
Welcome to the 2nd Bulletin in 2019, a combination of March and April.
For people who like our club bulletins, I apologise for the delayed update.
I flied to Dubai on the 31 March after the district PET conference and travelled to Greece, Italy, France and England in April. We had a great time in Europe and have to spend couple of days to overcome the jet lag.
Firstly, I would like to thank John Leddy for being Acting President in April and updated me with the club meetings by email.
I am also thankful for our Service Director and President Elect Hugh Springer and other board members for working hardly to make decisions on youth projects and other club matters.
Here is the summary for what our club have achieved in March and April.
We had a very busy March both in our club and in our district.
  • 5 March: Ron Baker from Stones Corner club talked about Brisbane river part 2 to our club. Ron knows Brisbane river so well that he talked 30 minutes about Brisbane river without a note. He got everything in his mind. We also enjoyed pancake as desert for the “Pancake Day”.
  • 12 March: Our guest speaker Jeremy Scott talked about his 2 ½ year, 51,916km bicycle ride from London to New Zealand. Many members enjoyed the speech. It was very inspirational.
  • 19 March: Our club hosted a “Happy Night” to welcome 11 PETs and 2 AGs from PNG. We also welcomed Incoming DG Darryl and his partner Laura. Rotarians from Albion club, Airport club and AG Judy also joined us. It was a great night to share Rotarian fellowship.
  • 26 March: Our annual Ivan Holm Award event. This year's recipient was Lee Desjardine, who is about to enter his third year apprenticeship to become an Electrician. We also had the honour to have Peter Holm, son of Ivan, shared stories about his father. Our Vocational Services officer Marilyn Horneman did a great job again.
  • 22-24 March: District 9600 Conference. It was a great event with many inspirational guest speakers and fellow Rotarians sharing their projects and successful stories. District 9600 again awarded our club the Australian Rotary Health Perpetual Achievement Award for contribution to ARH. Thanks for the members for their contribution.
  • 30-31 March: District President Elect Training seminar. Our incoming president Hugh Springer attended the meeting. We look forward to his leadership in the 2019-20.
In April, we had couple of special meetings as I read from John’s email.
  • 2 April: Youth Night. Club Youth Officer Mike Byrne chaired the meeting. NYSF graduate 2019, Amelia Stapley (from St Margaret’s) gave an excellent presentation about her NYSF experience. St Margaret’s Head of Science Mr Chris Dunn also attended the meeting. Phil Gough of the Rotary Club of Stones Corner presented Solar Buddy project. Mr Liam Bray, Principal of Hamilton State School, attended the meeting and will introduce Solar Buddy at his school, and looked forward to furthering his school’s relationship with RC Hamilton. Well done, Mike!
  • 9 April: Membership night. Nicole McPhee, daughter of our member Angie and Peter McPhee, conducted a “Membership Development workshop”. The meeting was different from usual, was all good fun and a very worthwhile exercise with a useful conclusion. Trust this workshop will help our club gain new members. Our two 2019 RYLA participants Tiana Meikle and Damian Vejnovic also attended the meeting.
  • 16 April: Colonel Duncan Schultz spoke on the Australian army. A great event organised before Anzac Day.  Our guests Terry Fenner and Mel Lillicrap enjoyed the night as all the members.
  • 30 April: Job talk. Our member Graham Billinghurst talked about his journey from a developer to a banker last time. In the 2nd part, Graham will continue his story after 18 years as Vice President of Citibank Ltd. Graham started his own consulting business and sits on many company and charity boards as well. It was a pity I missed his 2nd part presentation. It must be very exciting for sure.
We have plenty to do in May.
Key dates:
  • 13 May: Art Show Opening Night. This year is the 40’s anniversary of Rotary Art Spectacular. It will be a great night. Please invite your friends and buy your tickets on line and come and enjoy the cocktail party. If you do not have time to come on 13 May, please come and visit or help with the roster. Thanks Pam, Hugh and Travis for organising the opening night, looking for sponsorship and working on the roaster.  
  • 28 May: Site visit – 3rd Space. 3rd Space Brisbane is a drop-in centre where homeless people find practical support, friendship and dignity. Located in Fortitude Valley, 3rd Space helps hundreds of people every year – assisting some with simple things such as a shower or a meal and a cup of tea, others with a program of support for more complex needs. CEO Sara will show us around the facility and give us a speech. Dinner will be supplied as well. I have invited our cluster clubs and Fortitude Valley club to join us. More information will be sent later. Please reserve the date. It will be great if you can bring your partner.
  • 20 June: Art show presentation at Brisbane High Rise Club. Details will be sent later.
  • Colleen recovered well and will attend club meetings. Wish her a fully recovering soon.
  • Gary Fenner and Hugh Springer are travelling in May. Norm Wilson will be back in June.
  • We have potential new members. Please bring your friends to the meeting as a part of district membership development project.
Main Projects:
  1. Sailability Shorncliffe – John Leddy is leading the project to help with their shed extension.  
  2. Youth Projects: Mike Byrne is working with local schools to promote youth projects – Solar Buddy.
  3. Senior Citizen project: Gary O’Connor talked with Men’s Shed North Shore to support them with a used shipping container.
  4. Albion MOW: Support 5 Eskies for hot foods.
District & Cluster:
Rotary International Calendar:
  • 1-5 June: Rotary International Convention, Hamburg, Germany.  
  • March is Water and Sanitary Month (We had a “SPA TAP” evening on 12 February by Mary Grant)
  • April is Maternal & Child Health
  • May is New Generation. We had our Youth night in April.
Birthdays & Anniversaries:
Happy Birth Day in May to John Sexton and Carol Springer.
Congratulations to all. 
Until next month, yours in Rotary Service.
Yours in Rotary Service
Rutian Mi
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