Priority Project Tracker
November 10, 2020
Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Club, in dedication to our mission, we will continue to work on the agreed priority projects below:
  • Sponsordea launches! Now it's time to circulate far and wide. Initial distribution will start through universities, social media, and  a press release to the media (President Dan Adler)
  • Peace Poles project for the R100 Rotary Down Under Centenary  (Matt Christopher)
  • Youth Employment and Social Entrepreneurship Project, in partnership with the European Union, QUT and international Rotary clubs (Daniel Vankov)
  • Melbourne Cup Trifecta fundraiser (Mark Williams)
  • Race Day Caloundra 2021 - Agenda set. Further discussion at next meeting (Warren Walker)
  • Sergei Polunin Dance Consortium Proposal (Mark Williams, Beck Phillips and Joel Burke)
  • International Women’s Day Breakfast 2021 (call for volunteer).
  • Charity Ball (Gala Committee) - Proposal created with venue, date and charity. Waiting for Board approval. 
  • Charity Gala - Pollio and Jelly Beans (Gala Committee)
  • Dialysis machine for Mundubbera hospital (Mark Williams)
  • Signature project for the District 9600 through The rotary Foundation (Bruce McNaught, John Smerdon)
  • Mental Health project (John Smerdon)
  • Mental Health Youth Suicide prevention (Denise Schellbach)
  • Eddie's van (Denise Schellbach)
  • Charity ball for the R100 rotary Centenary celebrations
Excellent work on progress so far. 

Introducing Grow 

GROW is a community-based organisation that helps Australians with their recovery from mental ill-health through a unique program of mutual support and personal development.
Our peer-to-peer Grow Program is based on a 12-step program of personal growth, mutual help, and support, and draws on many principles for mental, social, and spiritual health. At each meeting, members share about how they came to GROW and how they are exploring self-improvement strategies on their road to recovery. It’s not a straight road, and that’s where the support of other GROW members helps – everyone in the group has opportunities to share their experiences of coping with mental wellness.
Joining a Grow group is free and does not require a referral or a doctor’s diagnosis. Groups are confidential and members can choose to remain anonymous.
Other programs provided by GROW Australia include:
Growing Resilience
Growing Resilience is a one hour per week, 6-week video conference course that help individuals with their personal resilience, and has been designed in response to COVID-19.
Our eGrow Groups run the same as the Grow Program, with participants meeting online using Zoom.
Grow Residential Rehabilitation and Recovery Services (NSW/ACT)
Personalised support through holistic and stepped care approach towards treatment.
Get Growing Schools Program
10 week facilitated peer group program for early intervention and prevention of mental illness delivered in schools.
To find out more please go to, or call 1800 558 268.
Upcoming Events
Working Meeting @5:30pm
United Service Club
Nov 09, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Lunchtime Club Meeting
The Brisbane Club
Nov 16, 2020
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
Working Meeting @5:30pm
United Service Club
Nov 23, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Lunchtime Club Meeting
The Brisbane Club
Nov 30, 2020
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
Lunchtime Club Meeting
The Brisbane Club
Dec 07, 2020
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
Lunchtime Club Meeting and RCoB AGM
The Brisbane Club
Dec 14, 2020
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
Club Christmas Recess (No Meetings)
Dec 15, 2020 – Jan 17, 2021
Lunchtime Club Meeting
The Brisbane Club
Jan 18, 2021
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
Working Meeting @5:30
Jan 25, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
No Meeting - Easter Monday
Apr 05, 2021
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
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Upcoming Speakers
Nov 16, 2020 12:30 PM
My Polio Story

My name is Suzanne MacKenzie.  I contracted polio at age 2 in 1948 followed by 2 years in a Crippled Children’s Home in Auckland, NZ. I had many operations to alleviate the effects of polio on my right leg and wore a calliper until age 13

Despite my career choices being limited I had interesting and varied career roles, initially as a teacher and then into sales rising to television station Manager and finally to setting up and operating 2 retail stores. 

Over past 5yrs I have taken an active role in Polio Australia, speaking to many Rotary Clubs (approx. 20) and holding functions including Walk With Me (2), raising much needed funds ($50,000) and raising awareness of the needs of Post Polio people

In 2014 I was appointed to the Board of Polio Australia.  In this role I helped initiate funding from Spinal Life Australia.

In 2017 I became a member of the Rotary Club of New Farm and am now a Board member.

In 2018 I organised successful fund raising for the Rotary Club of New Farm to support local charities including Polio Australia. 

In 2018 I have joined the District 9600 Rotary Foundation Polio Committee, helping to raise funds for Rotary International ‘End Polio Now’ program and to maintain and broaden Rotary International connection to Polio Australia.

Prior to joining Polio Australia I had:

  • Established ‘Make A Wish’ foundation in Mount ISA enabling 2 wishes (approx. $20,000) to be granted.
  • Rolled out the Pay TV operation for Austar in Mount Isa.
  • Managed Queensland Satellite TV (Channel10).
  • Established a very successful direct selling franchise in Queensland (top sales in Australia)
  • Recruited, motivated and trained 150 sales representatives for an International Skin Care & Cosmetics company.
Jan 18, 2021 12:30 PM
Supporting Young Social Entrepreneurs Globally
Mar 01, 2021 12:30 PM
Beddown: Everyone deserves a bed to sleep in.
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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
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

Rutian Mi

District Governor

Neil Black

Rotary International President

Holger Knaack