Meet Rosie – another of our newest members.

Rosie comes to us from the Lockyer Valley club and has a long association with Rotary. She was fortunate enough to go to the US on Youth Exchange a few years ago and that YEP year in Missouri began her appreciation for Rotary. Rosie was in the Lockyer Valley, in Grantham, when the floods of 2011 hit and it was through this all consuming experience and seeing the devastation and hurt left behind that Rosie helped the Rotary Club of Lockyer Valley to raise money for those directly affected. Rosie then became a member of the club. Rosie has a 3 year old son, who is the love of her life and she is currently on the District Youth Exchange Committee. Welcome Rosie.

Welcome to our newest member

Welcome to our newest member, Robert. It was an exciting night with Robert’s induction. He is keen to give back to the community through Rotary and the club is looking forward to what Robert can bring on board.

Welcome David, with your stories from Switzerland

This week, we heard from our Youth Exchange Program (YEP) student, David. He has come to Australia from Lucerne in Switzerland.
David has hit the ground running; helping out with car parking and the CTK Fun Run on the weekend.
He showed us pictures of his family, his mum and dad and brother, lots of skiing shots and the view from David’s house is amazing.
At 16 he is an exceptional young man who speaks German, English, French and a bit of Italian. David filled us in on Swiss politics, national military service and much more.To see more visit

QLD Police visit our meeting

Last night our guest speaker was Senior Constable, Ben Harm, who is the officer in charge of the Centenary North Police Beat. Ben spoke to us about local crime in both our area and gave us lots of advice. Call Policelink on 131444 if you see anything suspicious (non-urgent) , no matter how big or small or you can even use the Policelink app or online. Call 000 for emergencies and life-threatening issues.
More on this can be found on our Facebook page

Our First International Project

At our dinner meeting held at O’Tooles Corinda last week, members were briefed on the Nepal Chicken Project, the Club’s first international service project to be undertaken in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Redlands Bayside and Cleveland together with the Bentham Foundation.
The Bentham Foundation was established in 2012 to assist the Hetaunda region of Nepal, particularly the Chepang people. Rotary’s involvement will be to construct a chicken farm to ensure children living at the hostel established by the Foundation (eventually 500 children) are provided a source of protein and sustainable income from the eggs and poultry meat produced. It will also benefit the local community in terms of the supply chain required to support the industry.Our Club has been approved for a District Grant for the project amounting to $5,500.
Pictured (left to right) are: Ritchie Andit & David Bray (Redlands Bayside Rotary), Mick Bentham (Founder) and Lachlan Howland.

Meet David

On Wednesday July 22nd at 6.50am, David Siegrist will arrive from Lucern in Switzerland for his 12 month Rotary Youth Exchange with the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge. Debbie and I were lucky enough to be hosted by his family for a couple of days.

Switzerland and Youth Exchange

Hello Taylor Bridge.
Since last we spoke Debbie and I have had the pleasure of visiting Jacqui Rashad, our Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Switzerland.
Thanks to Jacqui’s family for hating us for dinner last night. 


Members were enthralled listening to the background and the journey of Ali (Alice) Mabin, BEFA Asia Pacific 2015 Female Entrepreneur of the Year.
Al mainly spoke about the cattle drive in 2013 where 18,000 cattle were moved around 2,000kms from central Qld to southern NSW. This drive is depicted in her book ‘The Drover’ featuring many beautiful photographs of the epic journey, including the hardships experienced along the way. Al gave an autographed copy to Dee as a prize for the upcoming Girls Day Out event. Thanks Al.
Al’s next book, to be published next week, is called ‘The Driver’. It will be about Australia’s transport industry and features personalised stories about individual businesses that rely on the industry for their survival. Look out for it.
The theme of her presentation to our Club was ‘follow your passion’. We got the message … thanks Al.
Photo shows Ali Mabin chatting to Rotarian Euan Brown.


The Youth Services Director, PP Stephen Ganko and the Youth Exchange Program Officer, PE Craig Clarke are very pleased to announce the Emily Relf has been selected to progress to the next level the process.

Emily is a Grade 10 student at Lourdes Hill Girls College in Hawthorne.She now progresses onto the District 9630 Student interviews on June 4 & 5, and if successful there she will head to the September Training Cap.
Congratulations Emily, we hope to see you at the club really soon.  

Guest Speaker on St Jude’s School, Tanzania


Guest speaker at this week’s meeting was Noella Phillips from Brisbane Highrise Club. Noella spoke about the amazing St Jude’s School in Tanzania, founded by a young Australian Gemma Sisia. The school opened its doors in 2002 with 3 students and 1 teacher. It now provides a solid education to 1,900 students from impoverished families. Rotary in Australia has been heavily involved from the start, with many clubs providing financial support and/or volunteers during construction and in the school’s operations.