Small Business Forum

Small Business Forum a Huge Success

By all reports, the Small Business Form sponsored by our Club was a resounding success. In the style of the ABC’s Q&A program, the four guest panellists were asked to respond to various questions posed by the moderator, Graham Young, a well known journalist, pollster and political consultant. The panel included prominent guests, Kate Carnell (National Small Business Ombudsman), Terri Cooper (Small Business Manager, Brisbane City Council), Wilma James (Innovation Adviser, Profitable Innovation) and Gerard Murtagh (Businessman and Telstra Small Business Award Finalist 2017). 
The forum promised to be informative and entertaining and it certainly lived up to expectations. The topics covered included the many challenges faced by small business; the qualities and practices of successful businesses; the need to adapt to changing times; the issues around industrial awards; the failures of universities to prepare students for the real world, and much more. Most stayed afterwards to chat with the panellists and for general fellowship.
The Forum was organised by the Club in support of local and nearby businesses, in recognition of their importance to the community and the economy at all levels. 

Welcome Home Jacqui

It seems like only yesterday that Jacqueline Rashad left our shores to embark on her adventure as a Rotary exchange Student in Solthurn in South Central Switzerland.

It was in fact almost 12 months ago.
Last night Jacqui jetted back into Brisbane to complete her exchange year.Met by her family, friends and President Craig Clarke at the airport, the first thing she commented on was the heat.Jacqui left -12 celsius temperatures 24 hours earlier, so it was a shock.
Also on the same flight from District 9630 were five other returning students.

Left to Right: Kate from Roma (France), Katie from Morningside (Sweden), Casey from Bayside (Denmark), District YEP Chair Wendy Howitt, our Jacqui, Laura from Toowoomba (Switzerland) and Lachlan from Tennyson (Germany).

Congratulations President Margaret

This morning, members and friendsof the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge gathered for the Annual Changeover function.At this function the 2017 – 2018 Club President, Margaret Willis, was inducted.

Immediate Past President, Craig Clarke, passes the “Chain of Office” to President Margaret during her induction.

Newly inducted President Margaret Willis addresses the gathered members and friends.

President Margaret introduces the members of her Board od Directors, that were present at the function.

Bon Voyage Emily!

Yesterday we farewelled Emily Relf. our Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student who is heading to the Slovak Republic for 2017.

Pictured here at the departure gate at Brisbane Airport Domestic Terminal with her father Adrian, her mother Natasha and sisters Isabel and Charlotte as she was catching her flight to Sydney to meet up with the rest of her student cohort who are travelling to the same area of Europe as she is.
Also leaving on the same flight where three other students from our district.

Pictured (Left to Right) here with District 9630 Youth Exchange Program Chair, Wendy Howitt, are Jarrod Pretorius (Redlands Bayside) who is heading to the Czech RepublicEmily Relf, Ellie Richards (Chinchilla) heading to Spain and Ehlayna Jacob (Beenleigh) who is off to Austria..

Be informed on Community Issues

Senior Constable, Ben Harm, who is the officer in charge of the Centenary North Police Beat, visited us again recently to speak about crystal meth, more commonly known as ICE. Believe it or not, it is not a new drug. It has been around since the early 1900s and has had many uses before now. The key issue today is the increase in ICE usage as it is of a higher quality and more pure thus it is more addictive. The effects of ICE are not pretty, with many users losing weight, having sleep problems, initial euphoria followed by a big down which results in violence. It is a poison so it also has significant effects on skin (lesions), teeth etc.If you suspect someone is on ice or that someone may be having an unusual or dangerous reaction to it ring 000. On ICE people can overheat, dehydrate, have fits/seizures, collapse, panic and suffer from paranoia/psychosis. Encourage them to take a break – eat, drink, sleep, encourage them to seek treatment. Don’t forget, if you see anything suspicious, no matter how big or small, tell the Police, they want to know. You are NOT wasting their time. Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Policelink 131444 (non urgent)

Rotary Fun Run helping Wesley Choices

Presentation of a $7000 cheque to Janine Porter-Steele from Wesley Choices Program, by Graham Osterfield on behalf of the Centenary & Taylor Bridge Rotary Clubs. The funds were raised at the Rotary Fun Run held in May.

Farewell Elisa

Club Secretary, Elisa McDonald is taking a Leave Of Absence until mid 2017. Elisa, and her husband Cameron are expecting their first child in early December and we wish them the very best.On her final night, Elisa hosted a group of our members at her workplace, the Corinda Compounding Chemist in Oxley Road.

During this visit, Elisa introduced us to the lab and some of the equipment used to make compounded medicines.Surprisingly in this time of technology and mechanisation, a great deal of compounding chemistry is still done manually, as our Youth Exchange Student, David from Switzerland, found out.

   The evening was very intriguing and informative, thanks Elisa.

Our District Governor Visits

What a big week, we had our District Governor Doug St Clair and his wife Sue, visit us. Doug spoke to us about how Rotary is Serving Humanity and that one good work at a time is all we can do. Doug also inducted our newest member Bill. Bill comes to us from Toowoomba. Doug pointed out that one new member could have that one new idea that could change the world. No pressure Bill 🙂 To see more visit

Our RYLA attendee

This week, we heard from Ben, who recently attended the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) leadership camp. Ben spent the week learning important life and leadership skills and finding out more about himself. He admitted that at the camp he found out he was impatient and at times intolerant and closed minded. Through the team building and trust activities he learnt to be more open minded and tolerant. Ben has promised to share what he has learnt with others and ensure this enlightening experience is beneficial to more than just himself.