Upcoming Events
Cocktail Meeting - United Service Club
United Service Club
Sep 07, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Lunch Meeting
The Brisbane Club
Sep 10, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Lunch Meeting - Club Assembly before Board Meeting
The Brisbane Club
Sep 17, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Burnett Cup - City vs Country in Mundubbera
Mundubbera Golf Club
Sep 22, 2018
12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Lunch Meeting
The Brisbane Club
Sep 24, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Lunch Meeting Cancelled - Public Holiday
The Brisbane Club
Oct 01, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
BBQ Meeting - Mark Williams' Place
Oct 05, 2018
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Lunch Meeting
The Brisbane Club
Oct 08, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Lunch Meeting - Club Assembly before Board Meeting
The Brisbane Club
Oct 15, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Lunch Meeting
The Brisbane Club
Oct 22, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
President's Message
Dear fellow Rotarians and friends of the Club, 
20th August, 2018
The inaugural Club Assembly, providing an opportunity for all attending Club members to consider and discuss items on the monthly Board Meeting Agenda, was held on 20 August. I believe this was a successful start although there were a number of topics which could not be presented due to time constraints. There was however, some good discussion from the floor, and as these Assemblies will continue to be held on the third meeting of every month, prior to the Board Meeting, there will be plenty of opportunity to fine-tune the arrangements.
There is strong support from within the club to provide financial assistance to communities suffering from the drought and a number of very generous donations have already been promised by club members. The board has agreed to doubly match club member donations on a two for one basis up to a maximum of $10,000 from the club. Any member donations can go through the PAF and be tax deductible. We are also still considering setting up a RCOB Drought Donations Stand in Macarthur Building but a final decision has yet to be made.
A late email was received from the CEO of “Keep Australia Beautiful (Qld.)” advising that this week (20-26 August) is Keep Australia Beautiful Week but there was insufficient time to arrange a Club Cleanup Event. Individual members however could participate and the website is
I must apologize for not mentioning in a previous report that Roisin O’Neill and Jane Hillyard, President and Vocational Director respectively of the Rotoract Club of Brisbane Rivercity, made a special effort to attend a recent meeting in order to present Luke Marshall and Mark Williams with certificates of appreciation for their contributions to the Club Professional Development Evening. They were very lucky to have such talented and experienced contributors and it is great that Luke and Mark were prepared to support future Rotarians in such a practical way.
Please join with me in congratulating Paul Choy and Dymphna Muir whose applications for membership of our club were approved by the Board today. I look forward to inducting them into the worldwide Fellowship of Rotary and I have no doubt that they will be very valuable members
In closing please consider attending our first Friday evening cocktail hour meeting at the United Service Club, 5.30pm on 7 September and remember that relatives and guests are very welcome. A number of us will stay on for in the Club Dining Room but I need to have numbers for this by 4 September so please let Mark or myself know if you would like to join us. Dress for men in dining room is jacket and tie but these are not required if not dining.
27th August, 2018
Acting Senior Sargeant Vicki Campbell from the Qld. Police Fraud Squad entertained,  informed, reassured and worried us, in approximately equal degrees, ,concerning cyber, and other crime,  at Monday’s meeting. Anyone connected  to the internet  or with a phone or a letterbox is at risk, including the most IT expert amongst us. The risk of violent personal crime has, however, significantly decreased although if you are aged between 18 and 25 years it is probably wise to avoid The Valley at 3 am on  Sunday mornings. We hope to arrange a second presentation by Vicki as she was unable to present all her material due to time constraints.
 The board have agreed that the Club will match donations given to the Club for the Rotary Australian Disaster Fund, for drought relief , on a two for one basis up to a maximum of $10,000. We already have a generous donation from Wal Bishop and others are promised. We are also progressing with arrangements for an appeal to the public in Macarthur Centre and hope to have two of our members on the site for four or five hours on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in a week yet to be determined.
Warren Walker has advised that he was very impressed with a trip to the Caloundra Races recently and there will be a Rotary Charity Race Day there  on Sunday 9 September . For further information please contact Mark Mitchell -0420906608-or Warren has suggested we consider arranging a similar day in a joint venture with Sunshine Coast Rotary Clubs on a Town meets Country Theme. Any feedback on this idea would be welcome.
In concluding I remind members that the next club meeting is at 5.30 pm in the Queensland Room, 4th floor United Services Club, followed by a gathering in the Military Bar with bar food provided. If you are attending please confirm through the Club Runner website and pay the $15 meeting fee. The drinks in the Military Bar are on a buy your own basis. Family and guests are welcome and anyone wishing to join Dymphna and myself for dinner in the dining room afterwards is asked to let Mark Williams or myself know by Tuesday 4 September. Men’s dress in the dining room is coat and tie but elsewhere in the U.S. Club these are not necessary although smart casuals expected with a buttoned, collar shirt  and business style trousers. The normal Monday meeting will be held at the Brisbane Club on 10 September.
I will be away in Europe from 11 September to 13 October and Mark Williams has generously offered to host a BBQ meeting, with award winning Mundubbera sausages, at his residence on Friday 5 October. There will also be a “Social Evening” meeting on Friday 9 November at a venue to be determined and therefore there will not be a Monday meeting on 1 October and 5th November
Yours in Rotary,
Chris Muir

Vol. 96 No. 6
5 September, 2018

Upcoming Speakers
Sep 10, 2018
Leading a Not-For-Profit in a challenging environment

Nigel Harris is the Chief Executive Officer of Brisbane based Mater Foundation, one of Australia’s largest health care Foundations. He has been with the Mater for 22 years and has worked in fundraising for 34 years, specialising in the health and disability sectors.

Holding an MBA as well as qualifications in Public Relations and Marketing, Nigel is also a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). In 2012 he was recognised as the Arthur Venn Fundraising Professional of the Year. He is a Fellow and past Chair of Fundraising Institute Australia, a former CFRE International Board member, and is on the Advisory Board of the Centre of Sustainable Philanthropy at the University of Plymouth. 

Nigel is currently a director of Act for Kids. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Albany Creek. He has been active in community and sporting organisations for over 40 years.

Sep 24, 2018
Advancing our knowledge of PTSD in Defence Force Veterans
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Meeting Notes - 27th August, 2018
Wal Bishop chaired the meeting and began with Rotary Grace and Toasts to the Queen and Rotary International.
President Chris welcomed the 11 members and guest. Trish Dunn (guest of James Delahunty). Trish was presented with a certificate of appreciation for her efforts in assisting with the James Delahunty lunch.
Chris noted that
  • Arrangements are being finalised regarding the drought relief project stall to be set up at the MacArthur building. Two people per day would man the booth for 4 hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There would be a Rotary Club of Brisbane banner, a bale of hay and a press release. The Rotary club of Brisbane will match donations received on a dollar for dollar basis up to a maximum of $10,000.
  • Warren Walker went to the Caloundra races and is proposing a race day provided that several clubs are willing to participate.
  • There will be no meeting next Monday because on Friday, 7 September at 5:30 PM at the United services club there will be a special club event. Members have to book through Clubrunner and pay the $15 and be aware that there is a dress code. Pres Chris will be staying on for dinner after the event and members are welcome to join him provided they advise him beforehand.
  •  Keith - the next club event on Friday night in October will be a barbecue hosted by Mark Williams.
  • Daniel – the Rotary Club of Brisbane strategy document will be the subject of an article in the Rotary Down Under magazine
Sgt Vicki Campbell from the Queensland police gave a presentation entitled “R U in control” about cyber scams. She noted that
  • In Queensland the crime statistics were relatively low
  • Despite the fact that assaults in the valley are well publicised, the risk is very low and it is usually relates to men between the ages of 17 and 25 and the assault is usually the result of an acquaintance or friend after an argument.
  • For older people, the risk is mainly around elder abuse and financial crime
  • She went on to describe the sources of financial crimes that are around today due to the rise of technology and social media. Examples were given of email and text scams.
  • It is important that people caught up in these computer crimes report the issue to police on ACORN without feeling ashamed or silly because otherwise this widespread issue cannot be addressed.
  • Members were advised to review their privacy settings on social media and to ensure the list of friends could not be advertised.
  • Members may not be aware that digital photos now contain a location so if they are put on social media then the predators can determine where the photo was taken.
Sgt Vicki Campbell accepts the RCoB certificate of appreciation from Chair Wal Bishop
There was no Sergeant. The raffle was won by Chris Muir. The Joker is still (unfortunately for Chris) in the pack.
The President closed the meeting.
Rotary in the Move Newsletter - September
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Date Claimer: 22nd September Burnett Cup City vs Country Golf

The Annual Burnett Cup City vs Country Matchplay event is on again. This year charity funds from the event are being donated to charities that work in the mental health field, specifically the Royal Flying Doctor Service Mental Health Unit and Australian Rotary Health, which supports an active research programme in mental health.

Dan Williams sponsors the green fees and trophies each year, and asks that each city player make a donation of at least $50 to the charity collection.

Tee off is by shotgun start at 12:30pm on Saturday 22nd September. Since Mundubbera is 4.5 hours' drive from Brisbane, many city players make a weekend of it. We start with a strategy meeting and informal dinner at the Royal Hotel, starting with first arrivals around 6:30pm and continuing until late. The Royal Hotel serves meals until after 9pm. The golf is followed by a quick presentation at the Golf Club and a BBQ at Mark Williams' place for the city players. Some City players stay on for Sunday to play in the Monthly Medal competition starting at 12:00noon registration and 12:30 tee off.

For accommodation we recommend the Billabong Motor Inn or the Mundubbera Motel. Both are between the Royal Hotel and the Golf course and close to both. (Everywhere in Mundubbera is close to both.)

You can register your intent to take part by signing up at the link below or by emailing, phoning, carrier pigeon or semaphore to Mark Williams.

How accessible is your club?

By Shogo Williams-Matsuoka, president-elect, Rotary E-club of Western Australia

Shogo Williams-Matsuka, left, attends a club event in 2016. Williams-Matsuka says he joined Rotary partly to improve the representation of people with disabilities in community groups.

My life as a Rotarian began in 2014, when I became a member of the Rotary Club of Cockburn in Western Australia. Since then, I have joined the Rotary E-club of Western Australia and am the current president-elect for 2019-2020. My involvement in Rotary is motivated by the need to do more to improve the representation of people with disabilities in community organisations. Often people with disability are portrayed as the passive recipients of charity, undermining our capability to provide meaningful contributions to society.

The inclusion of people with disability holds specific importance for Rotary. Many Rotarians are advanced in years. As people age, they are more likely to develop impairments that require adjustment to their physical and social environments. In addition to our existing Rotary membership, an inclusive Rotary must accommodate the needs of the 15 percent of the global population living with some form of disability (according to the World Health Organization’s World Report on Disability).

We also need to ensure that Rotary is reflective of contemporary attitudes towards disability as other community organisations embrace the benefits of diversity. Contemporary attitudes recognise that disability is more than a medical impairment, it is also impacted by social and physical barriers.

The first step to including people with disability is to recognise the barriers that preclude people with disability from becoming members of Rotary. The barriers that could potentially limit the involvement of people with disability go beyond the physical barriers most commonly associated with disability. Our ability to attract and retain Rotarians with a disability is also determined by how we perceive their ability to meet the expectations of being a Rotarian. Therefore, we must suspend judgement of what a person is capable of before we begin getting to know them.

Physical barriers for prospective or current Rotarians are not limited to wheelchair accessible parking, ramps or toilets. Many people with visual or auditory impairments require accessible information to join or participate. Ensuring that your website and social media meets basic accessibility standards is one way of providing accessible information. There are many website accessibility tools that you can learn about through a quick Google search. Likewise, there are various resources available online for ensuring that your club events are accessible.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of posts celebrating Membership MonthGet tools to measure how well your club is meeting member needs and reflecting your community, including the six-page worksheet, Diversify Your Club.

Source: Rotary Voices

How we set up a Rotaract club in a refugee settlement

By Francis Xavier Sentamu, District 9211 (Uganda) governor-elect

When I first saw a story on BBC in the spring of 2016 about the Nakivale Refugee settlement, I didn’t give it much thought. It was distant to me. Somewhat coincidentally, I attended a “changemaker” event that November organized by the American Refugee Committee, where 13 youth from the Nakivale Refugee settlement were being honored for their project ideas to impact the refugee community.

Sam Owori (who passed away in July of 2017), was at the event as RI president-nominee and was so impressed by the enthusiasm and determination of these youth that he got the idea right at that moment of organizing them into a Rotaract club.

Together with Angela Eifert from the Rotary Club of Roseville, Minnesota, and staff at the American Refugee Committee, we took on the challenge. Both Angela and I began our Rotary journey as Rotaractors. And I saw the opportunity to impact and mentor youth who are critically in need.

I was even more encouraged by the zeal I saw in them. I must say, it was exciting to see young people who refused to be held back by their status as a refugee, but were determined to change their lives and serve their community.

Nakivale Rotaract Club

Members of the Nakivale Rotaract Club participate in a service project.

One young man who particularly stood out for his charisma and leadership skills was Paul Mushaho. Paul ended up playing a key role in mobilizing his peers and in June of 2017, with a membership of 54, the club was officially chartered. I was thrilled to personally present them with their certificate. It was truly a Rotary moment for me, because I have never heard of a Rotaract club in a refugee settlement before.

My goal during their first year was to ensure that they grew to understand the core values of Rotary and particularly how they can benefit from Rotaract as they work in their community. Members of the Rotary clubs of Kiwatule and Mbarara, Uganda, and Roseville, USA, have supported and mentored these youth in developing their leadership skills while participating in some of their projects.

The success of this club has energized me, and other Rotary members, to start planning other Rotaract clubs in refugee camps. I believe the Nakivale Rotaract Club could be an idea that spreads to other clubs in hard to serve areas, while also extending Rotary’s reach as these young adults eventually return to their home countries.

Read more about this club on

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of posts celebrating Membership Month. A successful Rotaract club depends on a dedicated sponsor Rotary club. Learn more about starting a Rotaract club in the Rotaract Handbook.

Source: Rotary Voices

Club Officers

President                   Chris Muir
Secretary                   Mark Williams
Treasurer                   Warren Walker
Imm. Past President  Daniel Vankov
Sergeant-at-arms       Luke Marshall
The Rotary Club of Brisbane Inc.
ABN 75 152 438 499
GPO BOX 2909 Brisbane Qld 4001
District               9600
Club Number   17787

Brisbane City Cluster Assistant Governor

Lisa Bateson

District Governor

Wendy Protheroe

Rotary International President

Barry Rassin