Upcoming Events
Rotary Peace Fellow Seminar
May Hancock Auditorium
Mar 24, 2018
10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Lunch Meeting
The Brisbane Club
Mar 26, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Lunch Meeting
The Brisbane Club
Apr 09, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Lunch Meeting
The Brisbane Club
Apr 16, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
District 9600 District Conference
Maroochy RSL Events Centre
Apr 20, 2018 6:00 PM –
Apr 22, 2018 12:00 PM
Testimonial Luncheon for James Delahunty
Victoria Park Golf Course
Apr 29, 2018
12:00 PM – 3:00 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 – 1:45 PM
Rotary Club of Brisbane Golf Day
Virginia Golf Course
Jun 15, 2018
6:00 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
Upcoming Speakers
May 14, 2018 12:45 PM
Security and the Commonwealth Games
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Meeting Roster

26 March 2018

President           D Vankov
Chair                 J Frew
Minutes             C Shepherd
Front Desk        D Schellbach/                        J Smerdon

2 April 2018

Easter Monday - No Meeting

9 April 2018

President              D Vankov
Chair                    P Gresham
Minutes                M Williams
Front Desk           D Schellbach/
                           J Smerdon

16 April 2018

President              D Vankov
Chair                   G Holtmann
Minutes                C Shepherd
Front Desk           D Schellbach/
                           J Smerdon

23 April 2018

President              D Vankov
Chair                    T Kung
Minutes                M Williams
Front Desk           D Schellbach/
                         J Smerdon
President's Message
member photo
Dear Fellow Rotarians & Friends of the Club
It is my great pleasure to share with you that the Rotary Club of Brisbane qualified for a Rotary Citation (three months before the "deadline"). Well done everyone who contributed so far!
It was an interesting path so far and especially in the last two months when I was trying to get an answer from Rotary International why some of our activities do not get recognised in our Citation dashboard. It came out that the Rotary Citation Achievement Guide was incomplete and missing some instructions. Now it is more comprehensive and last week shortly after it informed me of the missing information RI issued a reminder reinforcing information on the Citation and the relevant deadline which was kindly shared with the Club by Secretary Michael. Although the outcome is definitely positive I asked myself the question: "Am I the only one doing it?!" Probably not! It is a worthwhile recognition but there is no time for long celebrations as more work lies ahead. Take out your diaries, please:
  • April 29th: James Delahunty Testimonial Lunch at Victoria Park. If you have not done so, yet, please, book your spot at In relation to this event the regular meeting on the 30th of April is cancelled so members are encouraged to attend.
  • May 14th: The Club will welcome the Queensland Police Commissioner, Ian Stewart, as a guest speaker at the United Services Club with Rotarian Denise leading the exercise.
  • May 29th: Our 95th anniversary!!! We are looking at opportunities how to best celebrate the occasion. There is currently a suggestion being explored for us to make an official presentation of the Salvation Army trailer, we sponsored, during an event at the Queen St Mall. PP Phil is leading the communication with the Salvation Army.
  • June 15th: Our 2018 Golf Day with Rotarian Graeme leading the exercise.
  • June 25th: Club changeover.
As promised in the last Bulletin issue here are some exciting insights from our last Board meeting:
  • Membership:
    • We are looking into designing a membership path for future applicants. The path will be intended to better prepare future members before they actually join so that we can avoid potential disappointments with quick resignations due to misunderstanding of expected commitments on behalf of both members and the Club.
    • The $100 admission fee is re-instated but is it still waived for applicants under 40, former Rotarians and Rotaractors.
  • RYLA: The Club is sponsoring two RYLA participants this year - Matt Murden and Rhys Williams. Matt is proposed by Rotarian Jacqui and Rhys by Rotarian Mark.
  • Rotary tree planting: The Club will support the Cluster tree planting project with up to $300.
  • District grants application: The Board approved to sponsor a District project proposal for building a chicken-breeding farm in PGN with a maximum project budget of up to $7,500 with 1/3 coming from the Club and 2/3 coming as a District grant. The endeavour is subject to Kyeema Foundation preparing the paperwork.
Phil Gresham is "Member in the spot light" on the 26th of March. Our strategy consultant, Jayani Amarasinghe, will also attend the meeting. If someone would like to "brainwash" her that would be the perfect opportunity. I look forward to seeing you there.
President Daniel
Queensland Commissioner of Police Ian Stewart to be Guest at RCoB Meeting
Queensland Commissioner of Police Ian Stewart has been generous with his time in the past, and this year we are honoured that he will address a meeting of the Rotary Club of Brisbane that is also open to Rotarians from other clubs and like-minded members of the public.
The meeting will be held at 12:30 for 12:45 on Monday, 14th May 2018 at the United Services Club on Wickham Terrace.
Commissioner Ian Stewart is the 19th Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service taking up this position on 1 November 2012.  Commissioner Stewart is a career Police Officer with over 40 years of service having held numerous senior positions across a broad range of portfolios within the QPS. This year he will be talking to us about the upcoming Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and the challenges it presents for policing.

Places are limited and this event is likely to fill up, so it is important that if you wish to attend, you let event organiser Denise Schellbach know of your intention to attend.
Proposal to Merge Districts 9600, 9630 and 9640
PP Keith Watts reported on this proposal at the meeting on March 12 and advised that our club had abstained from a vote among clubs in District 9600 because we received the information too late to meet the voting deadline. 
QUT Ideas Factory - Looking into the Mirror
The Rotary Club of Brisbane was, is and should continue to be the motor behind major community initiatives in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and beyond. Our duty as members of the Club is to ensure that it will not only continue to that but also to expand its impact.
It is not easy to identify key strengths and weaknesses on which we can build. For a human a simple mirror does the job but for an entity it is hard to observe from the inside. We had to create proper mirror for the Club to have a look at itself.
Launched in 2016, the Queensland University of Technology "Ideas Factory" provides future business leaders, Executive MBAs and MBAs, with an opportunity to leverage their experience, insight and collective efforts to solve real world industry problems. At the Rotary Club of Brisbane we quickly recognised the potential synergies. Are not those future leaders our target group or the people we would like to see as members? We seized the opportunity and challenged a room full of people with the question:
How do we promote community engagement amongst Brisbane CBD professionals through the Rotary Club of Brisbane?
23 participants, divided in five groups and supported by two facilitators and four Rotarians, pushed their collective brain power to the limit for a day. All involved sacrificed their weekend to make sure the Rotary Club of Brisbane will prevail in its mission. A structured process ensured that participants arrive at a result to offer. Club summary, which includes membership data, club history, club strategy and other relevant information was made available to them well in advance. President Daniel presented Rotary in general and the Club in particular. He also had to answer quite a few tricky questions which paved the way for fruitful and creative work later on.
President Daniel briefs the QUT Ideas Factory on the problem at hand.
Each of the five groups had its own "cave" to look for the "light". Our Rotary team had the task to move between the groups and answer all questions that came up in the working process. The results were impressive. Luckily they were also video recorded and are currently being shown to the Rotary Club of Brisbane members one per regular meeting. As a result every meeting we learn something new about what the world around us thinks and believes both about Rotary and about our Club.
David Ferguson from QUT gives one of the 5 detailed and insightful presentations of findings.
Even if that may sound as a good end to the exercise, actually it is just the beginning. What was learned will be turned into a comprehensive Strategy plan for the Club. A strategy consultant has been recruited to assist. She will be working in close cooperation with 1) our President-Elect and President-Nominee to embed their views and aspirations for the forthcoming two years, 2) the Ideas Factory participants themselves and 3) all Club members as well as some that have resigned. We will grow together with the people we serve!
Dinner and a Tree Planting Ceremony with RI President Ian Riseley
During the past week or so, Rotary International President Ian Riseley has been in his home country of Australia. The main event for the trip was the Rotary International Presidential Peacebuilding Conference held in Sydney, but we were lucky enough to have him in Queensland for a few short days before he boarded his plane for Singapore and points beyond.
Rotary International President Ian Riseley (with shovel), PDG Juliet (at his left) with participants in the tree-planting ceremony.

Dela's Roast - An Invitation from the Roastee
Dear Friends,
This is a special date claimer for a luncheon  on Sunday 29th of April 2018.
Click on the Image above to reserve your Seat!
This is your chance to get your two bobs worth in but there is a small catch and it's for a great purpose!
Yes it is  a fundraiser! (Now don't close your eyes just yet!!!)
Rotary Club of Brisbane Golf Day - It's On Again!
The 2018 Rotary Club of Brisbane Charity Golf Day is on again, on Friday June 15. This year, proceeds will go to aiding our ongoing project to help train rural medical practioners and nurses to perform endoscopies so that patients do not have to travel to large cities to have these procedures.
Click on the image below to get your entry form now!
Rotary’s amazing capacity to bring people together

By Gabriel de Jesus Abade, former Rotary Youth Exchange Student

Exchange students from District 6990 get together.

When I was 16, like most teenagers, I was focused on my own life. I hadn’t really thought about joining a service club or dedicating myself to helping others. But that changed when a high school friend began talking to me about Rotary, and its local and global actions. I was captivated and wanted to learn more. So I took my first steps in Rotary as a member of the Interact Club of Lauro de Freitas. Through the club, I was able to contribute in small ways to changing my community for the better.

Gabriel de Jesus Abade, right, reconnects with his exchange counselor, Richard Bates, during the 2015 Rotary International Convention in São Paulo.

It was also there that I first came into contact with the Rotary Youth Exchange program through exchange students who lived in my district. It aroused something inside of me, and I felt an urge to also go away and experience something new. I took part in a youth exchange to Freeport, Bahamas, in District 6990 and it changed my life in so many ways I can’t explain. It is still shaping many of my current decisions. A lot of what I do today is related to the change I went through nine years ago. The exchange opened my eyes to a world bigger than my own neighborhood, city, state, and country. And there was no turning back.

I returned to Brazil with a sense of duty. Rotary impacted my life and I felt I needed to “pay it back” somehow. My mom felt the same way. She even became a Rotarian. I became a member of the Rotex in my district, a group of youth exchange alumni who assist new inbound and outbound students during their exchange, from 2010-15. We hosted five exchange students and received countless others for shorter stays. During carnival, which is a huge event in my hometown of Salvador, exchange students staying in other cities in Brazil would come to our home to experience carnival with Rotary supervisors.

A perfect picture of Rotex, special people, special moments, and lots of laughter.

My sense of needing to give back also prompted me to become a Rotaract member. The club, Salvator-Aratu, is a very active one, and we were able to impact our community in a rather impressive way. Our projects included distributing food to the homeless, supplying hospitals with mattresses, organizing medical clinics, and funding tutoring for public school students. There I made some wonderful memories and friends, with whom I still keep in contact. I guess that’s precisely how I feel about Rotary: it’s a big international family. Among Rotarians, I feel at ease, at home.

In 2015, I decided to attend Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in Germany to study the European legal system. I participated in the local Rotaract club and met some fascinating people. During my first meeting, I met a lovely girl named Julia, and we’ve been dating for over 2 years now. That’s precisely what amazes me about Rotary: this capacity of bringing people together despite their historical or geographic backgrounds, overcoming cultural barriers and creating this special art of global thinking/belonging.

I’m currently in Brazil and preparing to defend my bachelor’s thesis. I’m not quite sure what is yet to come once I’ve graduated. But one thing I’m sure of: whether in Brazil, Germany, or elsewhere Rotary will always be a part of my life.

Learn more about exchange opportunities through Rotary

Water flows from new borehole in Basari Akura

By Johnson Pewudie, Rotary Club of Hohoe, Ghana

Villagers in Basari Akura use a newly installed pump.

Basari Akura is a predominantly farming community in the Volta region of Ghana. The nearly 1,000 people that live there lack access to sufficient clean water, undermining health, education, and productivity of both adults and children. My club, the Rotary Club of Hohoe, is working with USAID and the government to extend the benefits of the Rotary-USAID Partnership water, sanitation and hygiene program in Ghana to Basari Akura.

On 27 July, I visited Basari Akura with the partnership program leaders in Ghana: Ako Odotei, chair of the project management committee and Theophilus Mensah, the project manager. We were also joined by a member of the Rotary Club of Ho, the other Rotary club in the Volta Region, and a local representative from our USAID partner, Global Communities.

We went with community leaders to the site of a new borehole that Rotary and USAID are drilling about 500 meters from a stream that inhabitants depend on for water. The project manager made us aware that the water test and pump test results were satisfactory. The chair of the community’s water and sanitation committee (WATSAN) who was with us expressed his joy at the addition of a new water source, which in his words, will ease the pressure and struggles for clean water.

We learned that the 935 people living in Basari Akura depend on an existing borehole, which was insufficient for the number of inhabitants. Squabbles and even fights erupt due to misunderstandings about whose turn it is to use the borehole. Students spend most of their after school hours fetching water instead of studying.

The stream that supplies the current bore hole.

The slow-flowing stream that supports the current borehole, as a source of water, is very bad. The water was greenish. We saw and heard frogs around, as well as cattle foot prints in the mud. We were told that the stream dries up in the dry season. I would have never imagined that, within the same country, some have to resort to frog-infested water, which they share with cattle, while others, especially in urban centers, enjoy clean tap water.

The community leaders told us that they used to suffer from Guinea worm until the arrival of the existing borehole. The most common current ailments are malaria and diarrhea.

Despite the challenges, we noted that the community has a very good WATSAN committee of nine members, five of those women. The committee has a good accounting system, collecting a monthly fee from users of the existing borehole, depositing it in a bank, and using it for maintenance. They had already designated two people to be their pump maintenance personnel.

By the end of our visit, we had the rare privilege of witnessing the first flow of water from the new borehole funded by the Rotary-USAID Partnership. It was clean and flows well. It is our intentions and hope to continue working in collaboration with our partners and Basari Akura to ensure that the community maintains good management practices of the water facility, and also explore other avenues we can to make life and health better for the community.

Learn more about the Rotary-USAID Partnership

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