Happy Birthday RCBTB

Tonight’s club meeting was a celebration, marking seven years since the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge was chartered on May 7th 2012.

Several charter members were on hand for the celebrations.(L to R) Past member Damian Ebzery, Stephen and Rhonda Ganko, Steve Bennett and the Charter mentor, Graham Osterfield from the Rotary Club of Brisbane Centenary.

Thank You from Australian Rotary Health.

Last night, Roger Crawfoot, the District Chair for Australian Rotary Health (ARH) visited our club.

He presented President Debra with a certificate celebrating that our club has attained a contribution level to ARH equal to $250 per member.

Well done to all, but a great thanks must go to Mary-Ellen and her team, for their drive and passion throughout her organisation of our 2018 Trivia Night.


Put this date in your calendar, April 16th 2019.
It is our Annual Small Business Forum.
A panel, moderated by Graham Young and featuring Kate Carnell, the Australian Small Business Ombudsman and other small business powerhouses.

This is a FREE event but we will ask for a gold coin donation at the door.Booking details with Trybooking are on the flyer.

2019 District 9630 Conference

Last weekend, a group of our club members attended the 2019 Rotary District 9630 Conference at the Royal International Convention Centre in Bowen Hills.

Past President Craig Clarke, the Conference Registrar, along with the other organising committee members, from many clubs in our district, spent 18 months putting the conference program together.

PP Craig is pictured here in the “Bunker” prior to the start of the conference with PDG Chris Wright and DG Jitendra Prasad.
Speakers at the conference included

Craig Challen SC, OAM who spoke to us regarding his involvment in the rescue of the young footballers and their coach from the flooded cave system in Thailand.

Mark Huddleston and Michael McQueen, seen here swapping their latest publications.

Evan Burrell who spoke on the use of social media to lift and enhance the profile of you Rotary (or any club).Evan tells us that not all hero’s wear a cape.
Mark (Seaford, SA), Michael (Crows Nest, NSW) and Evan (Tunnmarra, NSW) are all Rotarians, and more information about them can be be found on their websites. 

Taylor Bridge Win!

Winners are grinners, and the team from the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge were all smiles after winning the 2019 Western Cluster Challenge Cup at Club Oxley.

Left to right, Jill Divola, a friend of our club is pictured with two of our members, James Halliday and Georgina Gill and also the event convenor, Frank Sauter from the Rotary Club of Jindalee.

They come in, they go out!

As the cycle of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program continues, we say farewell to Xavier Cichero. Xavier has departed this afternoon for his 12 month exchange in Austria.

Xavier, pictured here, is sponsored by Brisbane Taylor Bridge, ready to go, along with Josephine Stockdale who is sponsored by Greater Springfield..
33 students from several Rotary Districts boarded SQ236 to Singapore where they met another big bunch of students from Sydney and Melbourne.
In Singapore, the Rotary escort volunteers need to get them into their correct groups for their onward fights to European countries.
The concept of “Herding Cats” is quite similar.

Trivia Night Helps Mental Health Research

Tonight, Roger Crawfoot, the Chair of D9630 Australian Rotary Health attended our meeting to collect a cheque for some of the proceeds from our 2018 Trivia Night.

Roger addressed the meeting on where to research funds are directed.

Welcome Home James

Debbie and I went to the International Airport to welcome home James Goss.

James has spent the last 12 months on the Rotary Youth Exchange Program in Sweden.
It was a noisy bunch at arrivals, four students from our district, as well as several from as far away as Gladstone landed on the same plane.
Greater Springfield also had a large presence as James’ father is a member there.

2019 – 2020 Board Elected

The the club Annual General Meeting tonight, the Board to lead the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge through the 2019 – 2020 Rotary year was elected.The Office Bearers elected were;
President – Steve Bennett

President Elect – Mary-Ellen Nielsen

Secretary – Robert Hartley

Treasurer – Debra Calder

Club Administration Director РJamie Knowlman

Public Image Director – Craig Clarke

Membership Director РJames Halliday

Rotary Foundation Director – Warren Floyd

Youth Services Director – Craig Clarke

This board will take the reins on July 1 2019.

Bush Opera shines for our Country Cousins

Tonight a small group of wonderful people made a big difference to the lives of our Country Cousins on the land.A little over 90 generous soles attended the “Bush Opera” function hosted by the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge and the Boulevard Gardens Function Centre in Indooroopilly.

President Jamie Knowlman and Jackie.

Past President Stephen Ganko and Rhonda.

Mary-Ellen Nielsen & Lester Drew.

Kev Clayton keeping “The Boss” honest.
The event was held to raise much needed funds for the Rotary District 9630 Drought Relief Program, which has been operating for five years. Our Drought Relief Program has raised and distributed in excess of A$1.6 million to struggling farmers in Southern Queensland. The success of this Program has been assisted by the contributions from “Hand, Heart Pocket”, the charity arm of the Australian Freemasons, and a contribution from the Channel Nine – National Farmers Federation Appeal.

“The Tatty Tenors” and the “Brisbane Opera” kept the guests entertained, and the Master of Ceremonies, Mr Ben Davis from Network Seven kept the program flowing.

Winners are grinners, Rhonda & Stephen search for that ticket. They found it.
After the auction was completed and the raffles drawn it was time to tally up the proceeds.
At the conclusion of the formal proceedings the event organiser, Past President Ted Crowe, was able to present the Drought Relief Program Chair, Past District Governor Phillip Charles with a cheque for $14,500 to assist with their great work out west.A huge thank you goes out to Ted Crowe and all who supported him in the coordination and hosting of this event, and in particular Tom and Shirley, our hosts from the Boulevard Gardens Function Centre.

Ben Davis, with Past President Ted Crowe and Past President Margaret Willis.
Thanks also to our MC, Ben Davis and all of our fabulous entertainers, who donated their time and talent to make this event so succes