Our Mission is to provide resources, people, financial and technical, for designated community projects within the CBD, specific RI programs within selected geographical areas, and to be a forum for fellowship of members.

The History of Our Club

1935 Brisbane visit by Paul Harris, Club President WB Darker on the right and ER Issacs on the left.

1935 Brisbane visit by Paul Harris, Club President WB Darker on the right and ER Issacs on the left.

Peter Macgregor

Charter President Peter Macgregor

The Rotary Club of Brisbane  was the first club in Queensland, it was not sponsored by another Club but was formed under the old system
of aRotary Commissioner travelling to a town and getting together community leaders.In the case of Brisbane, the Commissioner was Henry Braddon (later Sir) from the Rotary Club of Sydney.
The Club was chartered on 29 May 1923 with a membership of 16. The Charter President was Peter B Macgregor – a leading Barrister.

1935 Brisbane visit by Paul Harris the founder of Rotary, Club President WB Darker on the right and ER Issacs club Sergeant at Arms on the left.

The Club has been responsible for the sponsoring of the following Clubs: Mackay and Townsville in 1926-27 (with the involvement of Immediate Past President Tom McWilliam in conjunction with Rotary Commissioner

Sir Henry Braddon of Sydney Rotary Club), Ipswich, Bundaberg (1929-30), Toowoomba, Maryborough, Lismore (1931-32), Fortitude Valley, South Brisbane, Brisbane North, Brisbane West, Brisbane Mid-City.



Rotary Family Tree North Eastern Australia and the Solomon Islands

  • As part of the Club’s 80th anniversary celebrations in 2002-03, culminating in an international dinner during World Convention 2003, the family tree showing all the branches of the family of Rotary clubs originating from the Rotary Club of Brisbane was developed and displayed at the World Convention 2003. This is designed to be printed on A4 sheets for each branch of the Rotary family.
  • The club celebrated its 90th anniversary at an international dinner attended by delegations from its international sister clubs in June 2013.

Constitution and Bylaws

  • 2010 Constitution and Bylaws adopted by the club and registered with the Office of Fair Trading.
  • 2015 – Constitution 2013 and 2015 bylaws adopted by the club April 2015 and submitted to the Office of Fair Trading for registration.

Admission of Women into the club

  • Motion in favour 1989-90 without dissent. Two female presidents so far.
  • RI Distinguished Club Awards in 2000-01 and 2001-02.
  • Awards were received both years.
  • Perhaps the most important outcome for 2001-02 was to welcome 27 new members into the club, including a group induction of nine members on 27th May 2002. This was the culmination of our “Club within a Club” project, a very successful promotion. Mentors were appointed, and a New Member Retention and Mentoring Committee was set up to “love our new members to death” in fostering their introduction into the club. At year end 2001-02 the club had 100 active members and 10 honorary members.

Sister Clubs and Matched Club:

  • Matched Club with the Rotary Club of Port Moresby, D 9600 PNG 2000-01
  • Rotary Club of Tsim Sha Tsui East, D 3450 Hong Kong, 2000-01
  • Rotary Club of Taipei Tatung, D3480 Taiwan 2001-02
  • Rotary Club of Charleston, D 7770 USA 2007-08
  • Rotary Club of Amsterdam-International D1580 The Netherlands 2004-05
  • Rotary Club of Kobe East, D 2680 Japan 2008-09

Club Vision and Core Values


“Our Vision for the Rotary Club of Brisbane is to be a high profile, dynamic service organisation within the Brisbane Central Business District, actively involved in worthwhile community projects, which make a difference in the lives of all involved.

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In support of this Vision, our Core Values are:-

1. Ethics

We will operate in an ethical manner, displaying honesty and integrity in dealing with others, as reflected in the Rotary Four Way Test.

2. Leadership Image

Our corporate behaviour will reflect the Club’s leadership role within the Rotary community in the CBD and the District.

3. Focus

Club functions will be focused on CBD-specific and designated RI projects, that will really make a difference in the lives of others.

4. Responsiveness to Members

Club services will respond to members’ needs and expectations, with support mechanisms available to assist members in need.

5. Communications

Members will be informed regularly of Club developments and community projects in which they can become involved.

6. Fun and Fellowship

Activities will be designed to inform, and provide members with fun, fellowship and social stimulation.

7. Accountability

Members are encouraged to become actively involved in all aspects of Club life.


The Rotary Club of Brisbane Public Ancillary Fund (PAF)  

This is a perpetual public charitable trust with a charitable trust deed under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. The purpose of the fund is to “provide money, property of benefits to or for such Designated Charities, or for the establishment of such Designated Charities, as the Trustees determine form time to time” (Trust Deed Clauses 3.1 and 1.1). It was originally established using a bequest under the will of our late member Rotarian Lionel Walpole, and the capital has since been built up by gifts from members .

Gifts made to the PAF are allowable deductions under Division 30 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.