Chloe Shines at Luncheon

The club’s Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Belgium, Chloe Bury along with ROTEX and the other Inbound Students hosted todays annual “Tastes Of The World” luncheon.

The function is design mainly for the students that are applying to go on exchange in 2016.The prospective students have the opportunity to visit the displays manned by our current overseas students and ask questions.They then get to have a sampling of traditional foods from their countries.
The day is designed to help next years student to decide which destinations they wil list on their final applications.

Thank you John.

Special thanks to last nights guest speaker, Dr John Arvier, the renowned Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who spoke of his two recent tours into Africa with his Rotary Club (Brisbane High Rise).John presented on the work the team carried out and their trips to several schools.The highlight was a stop at the School of St Jude where several of their members sponsor individual students.

Report from St Judes.

This week we received an email from The School of St Jude in Tanzania.
This is part of that email we received.
Parts of it could not be reproduced for privacy reasons.

Parking Deal Sealed!

President Ted Crowe has announced the completion of the agreement for our club to assist with Car Parking as marshalls at the home games of winter sports at the St Joseph;s College Sports Grounds in Vivian Street, Tennyson for The Gregory Terrace school.
We have responsibilities at 10 home games during the 2015 Winter Sports Calendar, which covers all of their home ground games.
We will require 4 people on each of our rostered games, from about 7.00am.
Our Home Game Roster is for;April 25th (Anzac Day) 12 noon start.May 2ndMay 16thMay 23rdJune 13thAugust 1stAugust 8thAugust 22ndAugust 29th andSeptember 12th.
President Ted will outline further information to the club very soon.

The Cycle Continues.

Congratulations to Georgia Newton on her graduation from the District 9630 Youth Exchange Program.
Last night at the Graduation Dinner Georgia was one of the three keynote speakers.
The first two speakers used PowerPoint presentations but Georgia was able to convey the highlights of her year in Germany with words, her enthusiasm and passion.

The commitment to the Rotary Youth Exchange Program is for three years.Georgia has now completed two of these.
The first year consists of their application, interviews, selection and training.The second year is their overseas exchange.The third year, which Georgia has just entered, is the give back year. Georgia, along with the rest of her cohort yesterday attended their Debrief Session where they sat with the District 9630 YEP Committee and hold discussions on their year away.Discussions cover everything good, bad and ugly. This allows the committee to make program and training changes as required in specific areas.
The cohort will attend District Conference where they will play a support role in looking after and mentoring our current overseas inbound students.They will also attending the District Interviews for prospective 2016 Outbound students and then attend the September training camp.

The 2014 YEP Rebound Cohort during one of their debrief sessions with District 9630 YEP Chair, PP Wendy Howitt.

Georgia with the complete 2014 Outbound Cohort.

The Taylor Bridge contingent (Minus Charli Newton) paying close attention.

Georgia and her Dad, John Newton post graduation.

Hawiian Ocean Canoes to visit Brisbane.

The Rotary District 5000 from Hawaii is proud to let us know of a great adventure coming our way.
Two traditional ocean sailing canoes will visit Brisbane in 2015.
The voyage, named “Halama¬†Honua” which translates to “to care for our Earth” departed Hawaii in 2013 and before it is completed it will travel over 47,000 kilometres and visit 85 ports in 26 countries.

An exciting educational trip by a group of Hawaiian sailors will see two of their fleet visit Brisbane later this year.

The Hokule’a was built in Hawaii in 1975. She is 62 feet long and 20 feet wide, and her name is Hawaiian for the star, Acturus.

The Hikianalia was built in Auckland and then sailed to her home in Tahiti in 2012. She is 72 feet long witha beam of 23 feet.
The fleet sailed into Auckland in December 2014 and is currently navigating around their stops “across the ditch”.Arrival dates in Australia are not yet known as the timetable is still a bit fliud. The wind conditions and tides play a large role in the progress.
They got a warm traditional welcome into New Zealand……

………and hopefully they will feel as welcome here.
Check out all of the information and the voyage highlights and progress at

Welcome Deb.

There is no greater joy for a Rotary Club President, than inducting a new member to the club.
President Ted had the pleasure of inducting Deb Calder into the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge.Deb has been attending off and on but decided not to join until she had completed her Master Degree in Commerce.
Study over – Rotary joined, SNAP.

Thanks Junya.

The members at tonight’s meeting gathered for a picture with the sweet treats sent to us by our past YEP Exchange Student, Junya Nitta from Japan.Chocolate covered rice wafers with almonds, yum!

First Focus Meeting For 2015

Tonight President Ted Crowe chaired the clubs first focus meeting for the year.
Many subjects were discussed and a summary will be tabled next week at the Board Meeting for consideration.

RYTS Camp a huge success!

The 2014 Rotary Youth Transition Seminar, held in December 2014 was another huge success.

The 2014 RYTS cohort celebrate.
The camp, held over 7 days in December seeks to inform school levers about the challenged they may face in both the short and long term after leaving school.It deals with social issues as well as budgeting and other areas these teens will need to know about.Our club attendee, JAYDEN PAYNTER will be our guest speaker on Tuesday March 17th so come along and learn something about another fabulous Rotary program.