Changeover Breakfast

This morning the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge held its Annual Changeover Function. This year President Elect Steve Bennett decided on a breakfast meeting, held at the Brisbane Golf Club, Yeerongpilly. PP Margaret Willis did a sterling job as the MC for the function which was attended by the majority of our members. We were also joined by family and friends, and members from neighbouring Rotary Clubs. Special guests were our Immediate Past District Governor, Jitendra Prasad and his wife Nim, and our Assistant Governor, Wendy McIntosh. Prior to the Induction of the New President, the outgoing Presidential Team recognised some of the members for their contributions during the 2018/2019 Rotary Year.

Past President Stephen Ganko applauds a stunned Past President Ted Crowe when he is recognised with an additional Sapphire for his Paul Harris Fellow for his outstanding contributions throughout the year.

Past District Governor Jitendra presents Ted with his new PHF.

A member of the Presidential Team, Debra Calder (L) presents Mary-Ellen Nielsen with the Community Service Award for her work with Milperra School, Australian Rotary Health (ARH) and Rotary Overseas Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC).

2018/2019 President Jamie Knowlman present Steve Bennett with the Rotarian of the Year Award for being in almost everything, as well as keeping the books in good order.

Following the award presentations, Jamie inducted Steve as the President for 2019/2020. Steve then shared his vision for the coming Rotary Year, and introduced his board for the year.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients, and to Steve and his wife Chris, for putting together a great function.Photographs courtesy of Lachlan Clarke.

2019 District 9630 Changeover

This afternoon, Debbie and I attended the D9630 Changeover luncheon at Picnic Point, in Toowoomba. The event was attended by more than 100 Rotarians and “Friends of Rotary”. The guests heard addresses from DG Jitendra, DGE Ros Kelly and several others, all kept to a disciplined timetable by the MC, PDG Elwyn Hodges.

Outgoing District Governor, Jitendra Prasad, gave a spirited and emotional closing address which earned him a standing ovation from the guests.

Past District Governor, Nick Curry was presenting President Nim a 3rd Sapphire for her PHF, an award she will probably never wear, because at the same time he presented both Jitendra and Nim diamond pins for reaching the level of Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation. 
Our Past President, Stephen Ganko was on hand to receive his 2019  -2020 Assistant Governors badge. Congratulations Stephen, on you selection for another year.
I aopolgise for the picture quality. It was a difficult venue with a lot of backlight.

Farewell Veronika

Tonight, Veronika Musilova visited the club to give her final presentation to the members. Veronika, who is our Rotary Youth Exchange student from the Czech Republic who returns home in a couple of weeks. During her exchange she has been co-hosted by the Rotary Club of Greater Springfield.

Veronika entertained us with tales of her host families, school and her travels.

I bet this is a first!

This evening, Debbie and I had the honour of attending the Annual Changeover for the Rotary Club of Brisbane International. This club, as we know is the home of the District Governor, Jitendra Prasad. Nineteen clubs from within District 9630 were represented to welcome the new club President and Board.

Pictured here, new RCBI President, Nim Prasad, soon after being inducted by her husband, DG Jitendra. How often would that happen.
Also pictured with Jitendra and Nim is President Catherine Smith from the Rotary Club of Wellington Point (D9630). We believe (but as yet unconfirmed) that Catherine is the youngest of the 35,000+ Club Presidents in the world.
Congratulations to all.

Youth Exchange Graduation

Earlier this afternoon the District Rotary Youth Exchange Program held their 2018 – 2019 Inbound Student Graduation Ceremony.They couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for the function held at Darling Point Park, Lower Esplanade in Manly.This cohort of YEP Inbound Students will head home in early July, and the 2019 – 2020 Inbound cohort will arrive later in July, where we will welcome Nicolai to our club.

Veronika received her Graduation Certificate from District Governor, Jitendra Prasad, and D9630 YEP Chair, David Bray.

She also received a novelty award from D9630 Rotex.For her outgoing nature and her ability to make new friends, her adventurous spirit, and because she is comfortable in any environment she was selected as the student “Most likely to run away and join the circus”.

Thank You Benawarra

Thank you to Sandiellen and Paul from the Benawarra Community Development Association for speaking to the members present tonight. It was a most informative and interesting presentation which could lead to further collaboration in the future.

Past President Jamie Knowlman presents a Certificate of Thanks to Sandiellen Black and Paul Devine from The Benawarra Community Delvelopment Association.

Members Forum/Training Day

Last Sunday some of our incoming club management board attended the 2019 Members Forum at Rotary Headquarters, Bostock House – Wacol.As well as the 2019/2020 board members, the day was open to all Rotarians, especially newer members looking to gain a greater understanding of the workings of Rotary International.

Thanks to the incoming board members and new members that attended from clubs all over the district.

Youth Protection Training

Tonight our club was privileged to have the District 9630 Youth Exchange Committee Chair, David Bray, visit our meeting and talk to the membership about our responsibilities and requirements in relation to our work with young people within our club projects.

David (Pictured) spoke on all facets of Rotary Youth Programs in relation to the application of the Rotary International Youth Protection Policy.

Welcome to our Newest Member, Fernanda

Tonight the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge welcomed a new member.

Membership Director, Margaret Willis (Left) welcomes our new member Fernanda (Fefe) Serra de Queiroz to the club.

Helping Troubled Youths

Last night Kate and John Butler spoke to us about their charity organisation, Vitae, which was formed in 2006 to redirect young males who are heading down a pathway to delinquency.

These boys are not yet criminals, but are on the verge and need intervention. Generally, they lack a good male role model and this is what Vitae seeks to provide.

The Vitae Challenge is a 12-month program directed to 11 – 13 year-old boys and relies on school counsellors to identify those boys who are at risk.

Generally, these youths are mostly on the south side of the river and mainly in the Logan area.

The Challenge costs about $2,500 per child and consists of 2 phases; Bush and Mateship.

The Bush phase is 2 x 5-day sailing trips to Stradbroke Island, spaced about one month apart, which separates them from external influences and develops a sense of self-worth, self-reliance and teamwork.

The Mateship phase provides the boys with an alternate older male role model who can act as a mentor and requires that person to spend about 6 – 8 hours per month, keeping in contact with the boy by phone or other electronic means weekly and by a face to face monthly meeting which could be a simple chat, a meal or attendance at a sporting match or other function or activity—the range of activities is unlimited as long as the activity does not expose the boy to any danger or illegality.

For further detail please visit their website

Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge member, Coreen Auld, thanks John for their presentation to the meeting.