QCWA, Still Relevant?

Tonight we heard from Norma Lovelace, a longtime member of the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA). 
Norma has a long history with the QCWA, which was established in 1922. Norma outlined the history, growth and role of the CWA in Australia.
The Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) is the largest Women’s NGO in Australia with over 17,000 members. Its objective is to advance the rights and equity of women, families and communities in Australia through advocacy and empowerment, especially for those living in regional, rural and remote Australia.
Its membership is diverse and includes women from all age groups; from urban and rural areas; from indigenous, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities; both working and retired.
For more information, there are several publications available and most could be found in your local library. 

Past President Jamie Knowlman thanked Norma for her time and insight into the QCWA and their worldwide affiliates.

Massive Community Based Meeting

Tonight we had an action packed and very full program at our weekly meeting. Recently the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge sent a team to a remote region in Papua New Guinea. The P.N.G. Gulf Association sought our assistance with refurbishing a very rundown kitchen area and dining hall at the Malalaua School. In September 2018 our team visited the school to assess the scope of works. Through our partnership with the P.N.G. Gulf Association we were able to supply funding and expertise to see the project completed.

At the meeting, Zillah Carius, the President of the P.N.G. Gulf Association spoke of the difference this project had made, the gratitude of the students and staff, and she presented President Steve Bennett with a Certificate of Appreciation from her association.
We were also joined by Michael Reynolds from our local Oxley Men’s Shed.

Michael updated the meeting on the expansion of their premises, and the new activities they do.
Following Michael we welcomed Roger Crawfoot from Australian Rotary Health, the major recipient of our recent Trivia Night.

Presient Elect and organising committee chair, Mary-Ellen Nielsen, presents Roger with a cheque for $3500 to help with Mental Health Research.
Also in attendance were one of our very generous event sponsors.

Georgina Gill, our event Raffle coordinator, presented David and Cassie Kitchen from Ballistic Brewing with a Certificate of Appreciation, for their ongoing support.

It’s Summertime!”

With summertime upon us again, it’s time for swimming lessons. This week our club made a donation of 120 pairs of new swimming goggles to The Milpera  State High School in Graceville so their stuents don’t have to share this year.”Milpera State High School”  is a special purpose state high school which teaches English language across curriculum areas. It also provides settlement services to newly arrived immigrant and refugee background young people to prepare them for living and studying in Australia. The average number of students at any one time is about 200 but, as there are continuous enrolments and exits, approximately 500 students will attend Milpera during the course of one year.

This picture shows President Steve Bennett, President Elect Mary-Ellen Nielsen along with Franz Sauter from our club presenting the goggles to staff and some of the students at MSHS.
A huge thanks to Peter McMahon from McMahon’s Swim Centres for his assistance in sourcing the googles.

A Trivial Story

Tonight was the running of our Trivia Night, in support of Australian Rotary Health (ARH) and other community projects. ARH has a focus on funding research into mental health.

The venue was our meeting place in Corinda.

Past Presidents Ted Crowe and Margaret Willis where into the theme of the evening which was “Cluedo”, a board game from deep in my past.

Also very much in character were our President Elect, Mary-Ellen Nielsen (Miss Scarlett) and Fernanda (Mrs White).
Thanks must go to our naming sponsors “The Clue Detective Puzzle Agency” and everyone who contributed goods, services and time to make the event a huge success.

The round winning teams were treated to a wonderful basket of goodies, along with overall prizes for the top three teams.There were the usual raffle draws and the 


The eventual winning team on the night, representing The Rotary Club of Brisbane Centenary, captained by their President, Craig Carson.

August – A Busy Month.

August has been an extremely busy month for us at the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge. We have introduced another new member, been on a dinner visit and a great guest speaker.

We welcomed Frank Sauter to our roster. Frank, who is originally from Lucerne in Switzerland,  was previously with the Rotary Club of Rocks Riverside before it was RC Oxley and eventually closed.

Later in the month we had dinner at the Danish Club in Newstead. Pictured in the foreground of this picture with our Danish YEP student, Nicolai isanother Inbound YEP student, Carla. Carla is hosted by the Rotary Club of Paddington in D9600. She is on exchange from Greenland, which is a Danish colony.

Last night Kat Bhathena from Group 61 spoke to us about their work on recruiting Companions to spend regular time with our isolated and lonely friends. Kat was thanked by Rosemary Brady on behalf of the club.

Welcome to our Newest Member, Lachlan

Last night we welcomed our newest member, Lachlan Clarke, who has transferred to us from the Rotary Club of Greater Springfield.

Lachlan was welcomed into our club by President Steve Bennett.
Last night’s guest speaker was Frank Sauter, previously with the Rotary Club of Oxley, who spoke to us about his recent journey as a member of a Rotary Donations In Kind team, delivering donated goods to schools and medical practices in Timor-Leste.

Frank spoke with passion about the trip, the island and the gratitude of the people when receiving the 40 foot shipping container full of much needed supplies such as desks, chairs, computers and microscopes, to name a few, for the schools as well as beds and linen etc, for the medical teams.

To round off a very busy meeting, President Steve Bennett presented our Rotary Exchange Student, Nicolai Borup his club shirt. Next week, on August 6th, Nicolai will be our guest speaker and will share a little of his life in Denmark.

Pushing Barriers

Tonight we were fortunate to have Tracey Tucker, co-founder of “Pushing Barriers” speak to our club. “Pushing Barriers” was set up to support migrant students and assist them to start their participation in structured sport within the local communities.

Rotarian Robert Hartley presents Tracey with a Certificate of Thanks for her time to address us tonight. You can find more information on “Pushing Barriers” at www.pushingbarriers.org 

Welcome Nicolai

This afternoon we greeted Nicolai Borup, our new Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student. Nicolai arrived from Sydney with three other students bound for Paddington in 9600, Marochydore in 9600 and Townsville in 9550. These students were a part of the Danish team for Australia.

The Danish YEP team prior to departing Copenhagen for Sydney.

Nicolai says goodbye to mum, Charlotte and younger brother, Tobias.

After a long flight via Dubai and an overnight stay in Sydney, Nicolai is met by his first host parents, Craig and Debbie Clarke.

The Rotary Wheel keeps on turning.

With our 2018/2019 Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Veronika Musilova, having departed our shores, and safely arrived home in the Czech Republic our attention moves to welcoming our 2019/2020 Inbound Student, Nicolai Borup from Denmark, who will arrive in Brisbane on Sunday July 21st at about 2.00pm. Right now Nicolai will be saying his goodbyes to family and friends before he departs Copenhagen, and flies via Dubai and into Sydney on Saturday. After an overnight stay he will fly up to Brisbane where we will meet him. The members of the club will be able to get acquainted with Nic at our meeting on Tuesday evening.

Bon Voyage Veronika

All good things must come to an end. Last evening we said goodbye to our 2018 -2019 Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Veronika Musilova from the Czech Republic. Veronika was jointly hosted by the Rotary Club of Greater Springfield.

Veronika, pictured here, was wished Bon Voyage by her two sets of host parents, PP Craig Clarke and Debbie, President Steve Bennett and Chris as well as PP Stephen Ganko and a large contingent from Greater Springfield.