The meeting was well attended with 29 people there.
 
Jaqui De Lacy chaired the meeting and began with a welcome to members, visitors and visiting Rotarians: Peter Morley from Redcliffe Sunrise, Michael Evans and Lisa Bateson from Mid-City, Greg Beard and Nigel Harris from Albany Creek and finally Wendy Protheroe, our District Governor.
RCoB Rotarian Denise Schellbach with incoming District Governor Wendy Protheroe
 
Apologies – Don O’Donoghue, Mark Williams, Terry Kung, Tony Pilkington, Clive Shepherd, PDG John Lane, Bo Mourse, Dan Adler and Jillanne Myers.
After Rotary Grace and toasts to Australia and Rotary International, Wendy Protheroe addressed the room and spoke about the value of gathering together in fellowship as Rotarians, celebrating the achievements of Rotary International and taking the time to reflect on the impact that Rotary International has on so many people’s lives.
(Last Week) Incoming President Chris Muir Received PP Daniel's final bottle of wine award. (Take this cup from me.....)
 
Daniel then delivered his 2017/2018 report to a backdrop of 450 photos of highlights from his year in the presidency.
 
 
The 20017/2018 Board then gathered for a photo.
2017-18 Board Members. L-R: Denise Schellbach, PAF Chair John Smerdon, President Elect Chris Muir, Treasurer Warren Walker, President Daniel Vankov, Secretary Michael Stephens, PP Wal Bishop, PP Graeme Whitmore, PP Keith Watts. Absent: Exec Sec Mark Williams.
 
Daniel, John Smerdon and Chris Muir then presented a $25k cheque to Pastor Andy Gourley from Red Frogs. Andy shared some interesting statistics: Over 70k Red Frog call out cards were distributed to School leavers, Red Frog responded to 89 overdose calls and 83 mental health call outs. Andy also shared two stories of young people that Red Frog had been able to assist, one whose life was saved. He went on to say that Rotary should be proud of the impact it has had on so many young Australians, not just through the Red Frog sponsorship but through the many other programs run in the community.
The Sergeant, Luke Marshall quizzed everyone on the flags resulting on fines for most, including Luke. The raffle was won by Chris Muir and the Joker remains in the pack.
(Last Week) Chair Jacqui Page presents Jayani Amarasinghe with a certificte of appreciation for all her hard work in preparing the 3-year strategic plan.
 
In spots, almost-PP Daniel noted that:
 
Last week John Smerdon used his magic finger and helped the Club achieve one more goal for the 2017/2018 Rotary year. This way we have achieved 23 out of 27 goal given that we started the year with 20. 
My Annual report is updated to reflect what happened until the 30th of June. If you would like to know what that additional achieved goal is, please, have a look at the report to find out.
 
With permission from President Chris I would like to offer members of the Club an opportunity for contributing volunteer hours in community work. From 16th to the 27th of July (weekend excluded) I will be collecting data with the virtual reality driving simulator you saw at the Queen Street Mall for our anniversary. I will be at the QUT Garden Point Campus, Block P, level 3 (the lobby of the Library) every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m . If you would like to give me a hand and around lunch time I will certainly be able to benefit from some help, please, let me know.
 
Graeme Whitmore then took the stand and announced the retirement of Jacqui Page from Rotary, he spoke about her enormous contributions to Rotary over the years and the impact she has had on the club and its members. She will be sorely missed.
 
Graeme thanked Daniel for his outstanding service as the club’s president. He credited Daniel for the vigour he has brought to the club in spite of the challenges he faced in juggling the presidency with his young family and academic commitments. Daniel was then presented with a past presidents’ pin from Graeme’s personal collection.
 
Graeme then introduced Chris and called on the club to support Chris in his efforts over the coming year. Chris thanked Graeme and said that it is not without “trepidations” that he assumes the role of president. Chris also expressed his displeasure with Daniel saying that he will be a hard act to follow. Having never used a computer, Chris said that the acceptance of his lovely wife as a member of RCOB would be key to his success as president. Chris will be travelling to New Guinea with his wife in the coming weeks and hopes to be able to fill the club in on his main international project for the year upon his return.
 
The hardware was handed over and the new president of RCOB, Chris Muir, closed the meeting.
Sergeant-at-arms Luke Marshall filling the brass bowls again.
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