Guest Speaker on St Jude’s School, Tanzania

SCHOOL OF ST JUDE’S 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.

Community Garden Project

Thanks to a determined group of our members lead by Elisa McDonald and Susan Richmond, after encountering some obstacles our Community Gardenis finally coming together.

The Community Garden looks amazing. Check it out at the Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre in Thallon Street, Sherwood.

Congratulations Cindy

Our warmest congratulations to our Rotary Exchange Student, Cindy Wu from Taiwan, who along with her cohort and partners celebrated at the District 9630 ROTEX Youth Exchange Formal last Saturday evening.

Well done to everyone that was involved, a wonderful time was had by all who attended.

Bon Voyage Jacqui!

Yesterday saw President Kirsten, Cindy, Debbie and myself at the Brisbane International Airport for the departure of our2016 Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Jacqueline Rashad, who is spending her 12 months away in Switzerland.

Jacqui was out the front followed by Katie Sand from the Rotary Club of Roma and Casey Barton from the Rotary Club of Redlands Bayside.
Jacqui’s parents, Maurice and Patricia were very grateful to our club for making it possible.

New Years Eve Fellowship.

Youth Exchange Student Cindy Wu from Taiwan and President Elect Craig Clarke catch up with Rotarian Laureen Vanderwolf from the Rotary Club of Warwick Sunrise at the “Gladfield Driver Reviver” on the Darling Downs between Cunninghams Gap and Warwick.What a fabulous job the service clubs and other volunteers do at these establishments.

Trivia Night 2015

ROTARY TRIVIA NIGHT RAISES FUNDS FOR DROUGHT APPEALThe Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge held its annual Trivia Night recently at the Sherwood AFL Club, raising over $5,000 to help Queensland farmers cope during the drought.Over 130 attendees were thoroughly entertained and challenged by Quizmaster, Kirsten Binnie (Club President). The theme for the night was ‘country’ and everyone went dressed appropriately, the prize for best dressed going to the Dis-Graceville Hillbillies (pictured, left to right, Lauren Ryan, Carmel Floyd & Jo Butterworth). Prizes and auction items were generously donated by Club members and local businesses.Funds raised will go to the Rotary District 9630 Drought Appeal, where drought affected farmers are given vouchers to purchase essentials from local businesses, thereby helping not just the farmers and their families, but also the local businesses that rely on the farming community. 

Meet Cindy

Cindy gas arrived from Taiwan and is looking forward to meeting everybody.

She was met at the airport by YEP Chair, Wendy Howitt.

The Lucky Soup Story

‘LUCKY SOUP STORY’ EVENT A BIG SUCCESS
An audience of around 200 listened intently to the ‘Lucky Soup Story’ at Corinda State High School recently. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge and compered by Kelly Higgins-Devine from ABC Radio, the captive audience heard about the lucky escape by the group of 8 Australian trekkers during the earthquake in Nepal on 25 April.
Stephen Ganko, one of the trekkers and a member of the Rotary Club, talked about the lead up to the trekking expedition, the training and meticulous preparation for the quite demanding planned trek to Base Camp. Beginning full of excitement and trepidation, the party trekked for several days until reaching a point just short of Base Camp when their Sherpa guide insisted, despite some mild protest, they stop for a rest and some potato and garlic soup. A stop that in all likelihood saved their lives.
After resuming the final leg of the trek, they were about 30 minutes from Base Camp when the earth started to rumble, then shake quite severely to the extent that they could hardly stand up. A deafening roar followed, described like being surrounded by jet engines. Above them up the mountain they could see the huge white cloud of snow rumbling towards them. It became very clear that they were about to be engulfed in an avalanche.
Dashing for any cover they could find, particularly a large boulder nearby, the members of the party experienced fierce winds and driving snow, the force being severe enough to blow the lenses out of one of the trekker’s glasses. Visibility was non-existent. Breathing drew snow into their lungs. After what seemed to be an eternity but probably only minutes, it passed. In another twist of luck, the avalanche’s progress was slowed by a valley in front of the trekkers’ location. They were fortunate that only the fringe of the avalanche reached their place of refuge. 
Miraculously, there were no real injuries. After dusting themselves off and confirming that each member was OK, it was decided, again at the insistence of the Sherpa, they should not go any further and should head down the mountain instead. A very wise decision as it turned out.
Backtracking, the severity of the earthquake soon became apparent. Death and destruction were witnessed. Historic buildings now in ruins. Nepal had suffered a major earthquake, the worst in about 80 years. The death toll amounted to over 8,500 with 17,000 seriously injured. The earthquake left Nepal in disarray. In addition to the human casualties and the destruction of thousands of homes, the economy is also in ruins. At the heart of Nepal’s economy is tourism, now drastically curtailed due to the earthquake. Livelihoods have been destroyed along with the local infrastructure.
Accompanying Stephen Ganko on a Q&A panel moderated by Kelly Higgins-Devine, were the 7 other members of the trekking party.  Special guest for the evening was Michael Groom, the very accomplished mountaineer who led the trekking party. In 1995, Groom became the fourth person ever to summit the four highest mountains in the world without the aid of bottled oxygen. He has been to the top of Mt Everest twice. Michael gave a short talk about Nepal and its beautiful people.
The main aim of the ‘Lucky Soup Story’ event was to raise funds to assist the Nepalese people. Rotary has committed to building 1,000 low cost shelters as well as social infrastructure such as schools. Each shelter costs about $US3,000-5000. Our ‘Lucky Soup Story’ evening raised around $10,000 in ticket sales, donations, raffles, etc. These funds will go direct to Rotary in Nepal to assist in the recovery efforts. Clearly, more funds are needed. If anyone wishes to donate to the cause, please contact Ted Crowe, Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge, on 0415 515 000.

Congratulations Taylor Bridge.

Congratulations are due to Past President Ted Crowe upon the recognition of his team at Brisbane Taylor Bridge by the Past District Governor, Phillip Charles, for the direction the Rotary Club is moving.

At the District Changeover dinner the Club’s new President, Kirsten Binnie, was on hand to collect the District Governor’s Award for the club he considers best upheld the Rotary ideals during 2014-15.
WELL DONE TEAM TAYLOR BRIDGE.

Au Revoir Chloe.

As sad as it maybe, this morning President Kirsten, Immediate Past President Ted with Margaret, Jamie, Debbie and I said au revoir to Chloe as she boarded her flight for her home in La Loviere in Belgium.

As she departed, she once again sent her thanks to the club, especially her host parents, Stephen and Rhonda, Ted and Margaret, John and Susan, Jamie and Jackie and their families.

We here at Brisbane Taylor Bridge would like to thank the YEP Chair for District 9630, Wendy Howitt and the country coordinators for Belgium, David & Anna Bray for their support to both our club and to Chloe through her exchange year.

Wendy says goodbye to Chloe.