Save The Date

New Farm Rotary Club are holding a movie night at New Farm Cinema in aid of Polio Plus. 

Sundowner: It's Back!

The first Sundowner Fellowship Meeting of 2019-20 will be held at the United Service Club at 5:30 on Friday October 18. Cost is $15 and payment is by booking on this site.

Lift the Lid on Mental Illness

The Rotary Club of Brisbane Mid-City are hosting this year's Lift the Lid ball. For more information and ticket bookings,

Vol. 97 No. 2
15 September, 2019

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May 23, 2022
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Membership Update August 2019
This is Membership and New Club Development Month.  See articles in this month’s RDU focussing on this. 
As at 18 August 2019, With death of Stan Francis we are 37 Members, 30 M (81%) 7F (19%).  One application from Ms Chi-chicheery Keister has been approved by board and with no objections from members, the next steps will be Payment of administration fee and half-year dues and her induction. 
There are 68 active prospects in ClubRunner membership success page, follow up is required and we need additional members in the committee to do this.  Membership Engagement Campaign Concept “Rotaryship” why and how was presented by PE Dan Adler to Rotaract meeting Sunday 11th August as part of a mentorship program.  Matthew Christopher has joined the committee and will take the role of New Member Orientation and will develop and implement a new member orientation program. 
Dymphna Muir has joined the committeeWe Propose to explore the challenge from RI President Mark Daniel Maloney (RDU August 2019) to take a new approach to membership, one that is more organized and strategic “I am asking every club to from an active membership committee consisting of people from different backgrounds who will look methodically at the leadership of the community.  Growing Rotary is all about taking the connections that make our organization unique in the world and strengthening and multiplying them”.  Wanted:  additional members for the committee to meet RI President Mark Daniel Maloney’s challenge for a new approach to membership.  Jobs open are nurturing and following up current and new prospects and developing and implementing the corporate membership program.
PP Keith Watts
Membership Chair
20th August, 2019
Meeting Notes August 5th 2019
Chair for the day was Mark Williams


  • Peter and Julie Lindsay. Peter is currently a Peace Fellow at the University of Queensland Rotary Peace Centre, and Jillanne Myers from our club is his counsellor.
  • Ch-chi Keister
  • Ted Horsborough


  • Warren Walker gave an update on the proposed raceday fundraiser. The date chosen is Sunday 29th March, 2020. We need to look into a publicity event on Melbourne Cup day, possibly at the Pig and Whistle?
  • Daniel Vankov proposed a project to build a shed for the Jindalee Scout troop and apply for a district grant to help.
  • Chris Muir gave a report on his and Dymphna's arctic trip.


  • Peter Lindsay treated members to a short history of how he became a Peace Fellow. His earliest carrer was in the military, leading to a time in a leadership development consultancy in Denver, Colorado. Peter also spoke about his serious bicycle accident that almost stopped him from taking up his Peace Fellowship and which still makes it difficult for him to concentrate for long periods. 
  • Ted Horsborough addressed members about his time with Donations in Kind.

Sergeant and Raffle

  • Due to time constraints, there was no sergeant session at the meeting. The winning raffle ticket was drawn by James Delahunty, but it didn't do him any good, because the Joker was not to be found.
President Michael closed the meeting at 13:45
Meeting Notes, 12th August 2019

Member in the Spotlight

Member in the spotlight on August 12 was recent inductee Matthew Christopher who talked about his life growing up in a family of Greek heritage but 100% Australian character and how he came to his present profession as an HR consultant.
Member in the Spotlight, Matt Christopher
Meeting Notes 2nd September, 2019
Chair for the day was Jillanne Myers who opend the meetings with grace and toasts.


  • Brendan Worrell


  • Clive Shepherd bid us a fond farewell as a member, since he lives mostly on the Sunshine Coast these days and has joined the Buderim Club. Our loss is their gain and Rotary is still the winner.
  • Daniel Vankov informed members that he has finally submitted his Ph.D. Thesis at QUT. Congratulations Daniel!
  • Keith Watts drew members' attention to an article in the latest Rotary on the Move which outline new Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney's strategy for membership development.
  • Denise Schellbach gave details of some upcoming speakers.


The 2nd September meeting saw the first induction of president Michael's term, and members were able to give a heartfelt welcome at last to Ch-cicheery (Chi-chi) Keister who has the classification of real estate development, hails from Sierra Leone, and is already a veteran humanitarian charity organiser. We are delighted and feel very lucky to have Chi-chi on board!
President Michael presents RCoB's newest Rotarian with the traditional new members' information pack.

Guest Speaker

Guest speeker for the meeting was Queensland's Auditor-general, Brendan Worrell who gave us a very interesting talk about the activities and aims of the Auditor-general's department and how it has changed its activities and focus over the years. Members were interested to hear that the AG's department is one of the oldest organs in the state, having been formed in 1860, just after Queensland achieved statehood. 
Meeting Notes, 9th September, 2019
Chair for the day was Daniel Vankov, who opened the meeting with grace and toasts before inviting president Michael to the podium. Pres. Michael welcomed Members and guest Pat Boland who is a veterinarian and works with poultry production in Malawi.


  • Rick Tamaschke reported on an enjoyable evening at the District Polio event the previous week. He and Dan Adler had represented the RCoB.
  • Daniel Vankov gave some updates on the developing project to build a shed for the Juindalee Scout troop, informing us that he would be attending a meeting of the Jindalee club i the coming week to try to get them aboard as well.
  • Denise Schellbach reminded members that this year's Lift the Lid Ball in aid of Australian Rotary Health's mental healt initiatives was coming up on October 12. (See above for booking information!)
  • Keith Watts spoke to members about the club's committee structure.

Member in the Spotlight

From time to time, rather than having a guest speaker, we invite a current member to speak to the club about themselves, their profession, or something of particular interest to them. This week's member in the spotlight was Celia Grenning who gave the club a quick history and roundup of the activities of the Kyeema Foundation, of which she is CEO. Members were interested to learn that the Kyeema Foundation started life as an organisation focussing on the distribution of a new vaccine for Newcastle Diseas which devastates poultry production in Africa and Asia. More recently, Kyeema (and indeed the Rotary Club of Brisbane) have been working on village chicken projects in Papua New Guinea and is also helping witn Coral reef conservation and reconstruction projects in PNG.
Mock interview project benefits more than just job seekers

By Cathy Bisaillon, President & CEO of Easterseals Washington, and a member of the Rotary Club of Silverdale, Washington, USA. Video and photos by Steven Boe, Rotary Club of Silverdale

Members of the Rotary Club of Silverdale interview a job seeker (left, back to camera)

When I shared with my fellow Rotarians last fall that 70 percent of people with disabilities are unemployed or under-employed, in spite of a national labor shortage, we decided to take action. Our club has a diverse membership, and it values a diverse workforce. By pulling from District 5030’s Partners for Work Program, we organized a high-energy mock interview  during our club’s meeting on 31 January.

In the months leading up to the project, I reached out to organizations in our area that assist people with developmental disabilities in finding employment. They all knew one or two job seekers who were ready to work, but who needed help talking to people and connecting with employers. “If they can just sit at the table with business leaders, they will convey their value,” my colleagues urged.

At Right: A member of the club introduces a job seeker and shares the job seeker’s strengths with the club.

I prepared our club members for the mock interviews by having them sit at seven tables, one for each of the job seekers we would be helping. I told them to approach the interviews in the same way that they do in their businesses, but to be ready to repeat questions and to allow ample time for responses. The employment consultants at the different agencies coached their job seekers on appropriate interview attire and prepared them for specific questions. Everyone was ready.

The event began with a buzz. The seven job seekers were dressed for success, and they were welcomed to the tables by smiling, enthusiastic Rotarians. After 30 minutes of interviews, a Rotarian from each table introduced his or her job seeker, highlighted their strengths, and asked business leaders in the room to consider hiring them. The job seekers left with newfound confidence, a certificate of completing the program, and a list of their strengths. Rotarians later submitted forms with constructive feedback and encouragement.

The day produced many benefits. Seven adults with barriers to competitive employment were respected, valued and appreciated. They left with interview experience and business cards. And at least one job seeker landed an interview for an open position in a Rotarian’s business. What we didn’t necessarily anticipate was the effect the event had on our club members.

Comments included:

 “My eyes have opened to the challenges that people with disabilities face.”

“This was an incredibly engaging and rewarding event that I hope that we replicate again and again.”

Since January, we have taken the model to other clubs in the area, and our club is slated to hold another mock interview later this year.

I am happy to share details of our event with any club that wants to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Email me at

Source: Rotary Voices

3 ways to make your club more inclusive

By Katey Halliday, Rotaract Club of Adelaide City and the Rotary Club of Adelaide Light, South Australia, Australia

Rotary recently adopted a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement that sends a strong message that we embrace inclusivity. Rotary has clubs all over the world and reaches a broad range of people with our service projects. So we are already diverse, but a second ingredient, inclusion, is the key to unlocking and maintaining the full benefits of that diversity. How inclusive is your club?

Verna Myers, founder of the Verna Myers Company and vice president of Inclusion Strategy at Netflix, has explained the difference between the two concepts as “Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance.”

In the context of Rotary membership, this means it is not enough to invite people from diverse backgrounds to our meetings and events. We need to include them in club planning and decision making, and value their contributions.

Below are some ideas for cultivating inclusion:

Make your club accessible

  • Do you meet in a convenient location for everyone? If not, consider meeting in more than one venue.
  • Can people find information if they are unable to attend?
  • Does the time of your meeting work for the demographic you are trying to attract? You could provide options, such as some morning and some evening meetings. Not every meeting needs to include a meal.
  • Are there any unnecessary costs that block some from attending, such as the cost of a meal? A limited menu can also create unintentional barriers for those with dietary restrictions. Also consider providing the choice of not eating at all.
  • Can you bill for fees on a monthly or quarterly basis instead of annually, for those who would manage better this way? You could set up a small premium to cover the added cost.

Give all members something meaningful to do

This requires club leaders to understand why each member is there and determine what activities would fulfill their passion and purpose for joining. It is sometimes easier to do a task yourself then delegating, but handing tasks over to someone new is a great way to include them.

Provide diversity and inclusion training

Every club can benefit from an honest discussion about these topics. I have received feedback from many members and have heard in consulting with districts that some people hesitate to join because of inappropriate comments or behavior they have experienced. Bring in a speaker or conduct a training session on any of the following topics:

  • Using inclusive language: Learn about the effects our words have on creating a culture of normalised behavior. Gendered language, for instance, is a barrier toward achieving gender equality. To achieve the goal of having women comprise 30 percent of membership and leadership by June 2023, we need to take positive action in this arena.
  • Detecting and avoiding unconscious bias and discrimination. Sometimes people can unintentionally be treated unfairly because of a personal characteristic.
  • Understanding and avoiding sexual harassment. The “me too” movement has raised awareness of sexual harassment. Bring in an expert to raise your club’s awareness of the issue and what they can do to prevent it.
  • Calling out inappropriate behavior as a bystander. David Morrison, retired Lieutenant General of the Australian Army, and current chair of Diversity Council Australia, notes “the standard you walk past is the standard you accept.”
  • Participate in International Women’s Day, Harmony Day, your local Pride celebrations and other days that celebrate diversity.

There are many strategies your club can employ. But for any to work, you must accept that change is vital to Rotary’s continued success. We can admire Rotary International for approving the diversity, equity, and inclusion policy. Now it’s up to members to work it down to the club level. Learn what your club can do about diversity.

About the author: Katey Halliday is a past president and charter member of the Adelaide City Rotaract Club and recently joined the Rotary Club of Adelaide Light. She has also served as a team leader, coordinator, and trainer for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). She is a project officer and training facilitator in the Diversity and Inclusion Branch of the South Australia Police.

Source: Rotary Voices

Club Officers

President                       Dan Adler 
Secretary                       Mark Williams
Treasurer                       Warren Walker
Imm. Past President      Michael Stephens
President Elect              Mark Williams
Sergeant-at-arms           Phil Gresham
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Brisbane City Cluster Assistant Governor

Rutian Mi

District Governor

Neil Black

Rotary International President

Holger Knaack