Upcoming Events
Testimonial Luncheon for James Delahunty
Victoria Park Golf Course
Apr 29, 2018
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Lunch Meeting Cancelled (due to Luncheon on 29th)
Apr 30, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Rotaract Rivercity Prof. Development Workshop
May 02, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Lunch Meeting with Police Commissioner Ian Stewart
United Services Club
May 14, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch Meeting
The Brisbane Club
May 21, 2018
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
95th Anniversary Celebratory Event
Queen Street Mall Stage Area
May 28, 2018
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Rotary Club of Brisbane Golf Day
Virginia Golf Course
Jun 15, 2018
7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Rotary International Convention 2018
Jun 23, 2018 – Jun 27, 2018
Club Changeover Meeting
Brisbane Club
Jun 25, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Burnett Cup - City vs Country in Mundubbera
Mundubbera Golf Club
Aug 18, 2018
12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Meeting Roster

30 April 2018

No Meeting

7 May 2018

Labour Day Holiday

14 May 2018

Meeting held at United Services Club

21 May 2018

President              D Vankov
Chair                    L Marshall Minutes                M Williams
Front Desk           D Schellbach/
                         J Smerdon

28 May 2018

President              D Vankov
Chair                    C Muir Minutes                M Williams
Front Desk           D Schellbach/
                         J Smerdon
Upcoming Speakers
May 14, 2018 12:45 PM
Security and the Commonwealth Games
Jun 04, 2018 12:30 PM
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President's Message
member photo
President Daniel is travelling in the Orient so there is no President's message this week. Danial did however send us a postcard on LinkedIn proving that he did in fact make up one meeting at the Rotary Club of Shanghai:
President Daniel exchanging banners with the President of the Rotary Club of Shanghai, Motohiro Yamane
You can see more about Daniel's visit on his LinkedIn page:  Photo and a quite impressive conference video.
Meeting Notes: 19th April, 2018
Terry Kung chaired the meeting and began with Rotary Grace and Toasts to the Queen and Rotary International.
President Daniel is still away for another week, so Graeme Whitmore welcomed members.
There were apologies from Pres Daniel, Don O'Donoghue and Jaqui De Lacy. The club welcomed the following visitors:
  1. Mary-anne Daubermann from Kimberley of the Northern Cape of South Africa, who later exchange club banners.
  2. Carmel Delahunty, who was attending with James.
  3. Rhys Williams, who was attending as one of our RYLA students.
  4. Morgan Marks, "our" Rotary Peace Fellow.
Graeme noted that this was to be primarily a fellowship meeting. Members were reminded that next Mondays meeting had been cancelled and the following Monday was a public holiday, so the next get-togethers were:
  1. April 29 - the Testimonial Lunch for James Delahunty at Victoria Park Golf Course from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
  2. 14 May - the police Commissioner Ian Stewart will be making an important presentation to the club at the USC. Members are asked to advise Denise in advance whether or not they will attend and if attending to pay the $65 lunch cost by TT into the club’s bank account to allow the club to provide the USC was a good estimate of the numbers attending and to simplify cash administration on the day
  3. Jun 15 - the golf day at the Virginia Golf Course between 7:00 AM – 2:00+ PM.
Acting President Graeme exchanges club banners with Mary-anne Daubermann, visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Kimberley South, District 9370
  1. Mark Williams advised that he and Robyn attended the Rotary District Conference on Friday last, where the theme was Peace and that there were several presentations there made the trip well worthwhile and future conferences were recommended to members.
  2. Denise advise members that Don O'Donoghue was back in hospital, but hopefully only for the day
  3. Terry advised that district 3409 in Taiwan was organising a nine-day charity bike ride around Taiwan.  Peter Russell was attending and wondering whether other Rotarians would like to join him. Those interested should advise Terry, who will have the details.
Rhys Williams introduced himself to members and thanked them for the opportunity to attend the Ryla Camp on 5 May at Coolum. He was hoping to learn a lot from this camp.
RCoB 2018 RYLA Awardee, Rhys Williams introduces himself to Members
Sergeant Luke tested everyone's knowledge about what was in the Bulletin. The raffle was won by Phil Little.   The Joker is still in the pack.
The Acting President closed the meeting.
Taiwan Charity Bike Ride
Rotary District 3490 (Taiwan) is organising a charity bike ride and photography tour around Taiwan.
The ride is from 19th through 28th October, 2018 and participants need to be in Taipei by the 18th October. Peter Russo, the state member for Toohey and several other business people from Brisbane will be taking part.
Official closing date for enrolment is 28th April, 2018, but if you contact Terry at or 0413 588 168 he should be able to get you in even after this date. Please contact Terry as soon as you can if you are interested and he'll help you with completing the registration.
Some more details below:
  • 4 main focuses: 

  1. Bike ride and photography tour;
  2. Bespoke 9 days and 8 nights around the island tour;
  3. Professional support team and tour-guide provided;
  4. Hiring or buying Merida bikes
  • Tour interests:

  1. Fun, safe touring through cycling
  2. Experience local culture with stay-overs in high value landmarks across major cities of Taiwan
  3. Safe roads selected
  4. This tour is safe enough for families and teenagers 
  5. High level accommodation selected
  6. Certificate and trophy on completion of the course
  •  Tour Cost:

  1. Single room NTD $41500 ($1805AUD) pp, twin share: NTD $31500 ($1370AUD) pp, trip share: NTD $29500 ($1283AUD), quad share:  NTD $26800 ($1165AUD).
  2. Will include one bike shirt, one polo shirt, one towel each rider
  3. 4 support cars including drivers, 1 coach including driver, 14 support guides, altogether a team of 19 personnels to run the event.
  4. Includes accomodation, lunch and dinner, train tickets, helmet hire.
  5. Insurance for medical and public liability
  6. Drink bottle, certificate, trophy, travel guide, photography, drone videos, DVD video of the trip.
  7. Pre-event cycling training
  • Does not include:

  1. Bike
  2. Bike accessories if bringing own bike
  •  Bike hire:
  1.  Merida Speed 93, to buy $12000NTD ($522 AUD), to hire $1000NTD ($43.50AUD)for 9 days
  2. Rikulau Audax Hercules flat-bar road bike, to buy $38000 ($1652 AUD), to hire ($196AUD) for 9 days
  • Tour guide qualification:

  1. Professional riders
  2. CPR & AED qualified
  3. Proficient in English and Mandarin
  4. Tour guide qualified
  5. Photography and videography proficient.
Clubrunner Corner: Website and Bulletin Sponsorships NOW OPEN
Following an exhausting series of market studies and focus groups, the board of the RCoB has spoken. Website and Bulletin sponsorship is go!
There are 6 sponsorship slots available, and the price is $100/half year for not-for-profit organisations or businesses associated with RCoB members and $200/half year for other commercial organisations. Funds raised through sponsorship will be put to defray administrative costs for the Rotary Club of Brisbane - in particular costs associated with running the website and the Clubrunner administrative applications.
So what do you have to do to take advantage of this wonderful offer? First, you need to send a 150x150 pixel logo along with a URL for the page you want to have opened when your sponsorship logo is clicked to Mark Williams. Don't worry if your logo is not exactly 150x150 pixels. Just try to make it as close to square as possible and we'll do the rest. Second, you need to cross Treasurer Warren's palm with silver. Or at least send him $100, $200, or $400 depending on what sponsorship package you are requestinng and for how long.
And what do you get? Your logo will be displayed in rotation (i.e. an image carousel) on the top right hand side of every page of the RCoB website. Also, one logo will be displayed each week in the RCoB bulletin. When the logos are clicked, viwerers will be taken to the website of your choice.
No checks please! Better photos tell better stories
By Chris Offer, Rotary Club of Ladner, Delta, British Columbia, Canada (District 5040)

I was recently at a Rotary conference in Karachi, Pakistan. One session was a series of short presentations on club service projects. Most of the presentations were in Urdu, which I don’t speak. Fortunately, several speakers had very good slide presentations. I could understand the presentations. Photos of children at computer terminals with smiles or women at a clinic told me about the projects. I missed details but not the main ideas.

You can express more with photos that show action.

When photographs are used, they tell better Rotary stories. More photographs are being taken today than at any other time. Photos can show the impact of your club’s work, reach a wide audience outside of Rotary, and describe the lives we change.


When telling a Rotary story, you can express more with a photo that shows action. Show the children and people who benefit from Rotary service. Make photos of them involved in the project. Avoid photos that present a stereotype of Rotary or of people. Your photos should show the diversity of your club and your community.

Show the children and people who benefit from Rotary service.


A common Rotary photo is the “big check” presentation. I am sure every week in my local newspaper there is a charity big check photo. It is good to tell the community about the funds Rotary donates to other groups. But I think we can do it in a more exciting way.

Instead of an oversized check, have people hold up numbers to show the donation.

Pictures on social media and the newspaper need to tell a story and be appealing to make you stop and read more. Posed people shaking hands over a big check presentation, smiling in front of a Rotary banner isn’t enough. The big check is focused on dollars, not on what those dollars do.

Step away from the oversize check photo and make your fundraising story more interesting. As the donor of money, Rotary can say thank you and recognise the effort made in more creative ways. If children are involved, present the check to them. Have people hold up the numbers to show the donation and involve the recipients of the funds not just the managers of the organization. Children holding a sign saying thank you or hanging upside down from a playground swing is more appealing than the cliché big check shot.

Your photos should show the diversity of your club.

Be creative in the photos you use to show Rotary as People of Action.

More resources

If you’re attending the 2018 Rotary Convention in Toronto 23-27 June, consider attending the following breakout session:

Inspire with Images: Telling Rotary’s Story with Photographs
Monday, 25 June 2018, 13:00-14:00, Room 701, Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Whether you use your phone, a basic camera, or a DSLR, you have the ability to inspire with your lens. Come learn the art of storytelling through photos – from setting up the right shot to choosing the best image – from this panel of experienced photographers.

You can also find photo tips and Rotary’s People of Action public image campaign guidelines in the Brand Center.

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Club Officers

President                   Daniel Vankov
Secretary                   Michael Stephens
Treasurer                   Warren Walker
President Elect          Chris Muir
Imm. Past President  Graeme Whitmore
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

John Lane

Rotary International President

Ian Riseley