Congratulations to all the students who are graduating from Primary School into High School, like my own son is. Congrats to all the parents for surviving this far! I’m discovering school students just seem to get more expensive the older they get. But hey, we love them and just want the best education and experience for our kids.
I was recently contacted by a parent who asked me what should they do with the old uniforms and school books? Is there a way we can give these to disadvantaged kids, perhaps to third world countries? I reached out to our Rotary International club members and discovered ‘Donations in Kind (DIK)’ George and Mary Grant have been collecting goods for the last 5 years, and sending all sorts of things like hospital equipment and supplies, school furniture, books and school uniforms in shipping containers to places like Nauru, Solomon Islands, PNG, and other islands in the Pacific.
So, YES – you can send your goods to George and Mary Grant, who will be on site at 23 Mary St Kingston near Logan, from 8am - 12pm every Thursday from 9th Jan forward in 2020, and they will collect, pack and ship your goods to kids in need. If you have any questions, please email me, President Elect, and together we’ll make a difference in the world. That’s the Rotary International reason for being. Merry Christmas
Donations in Kind needs your Old School Uniforms and Textbooks! 2019-12-03 14:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Brisbane received the sad news on 27th July that its long-serving member, Stan Francis had passed away peacefully with his family that morning. Stan was a member f Rotary for over 45 years, more than 40 of those with the Rotary Club of Brisbane. A stalwart of the club, Stan was instrumental in the establishment of Donations in Kind in Queensland and a long-time supporter and organiser for Rotary's Youth Exchange Programme just to name some highlights. Generations of Brisbane Rotarians learned the Rotary way of cooking sausages for fundraisers from Stan. Stan will be sorely missed at meetings for his gentle but sharp sense of humour. It is fitting that Stan's Rotary In Memoriam be written by our longest serving member, Wal Bishop AM.
Stan is a legend to me in his time and one of the most loyal supporters I have had the pleasure to number among my many business supporters, Associates and friends.
Stan joined me at Wallace Bishop when I advertised for Watchmakers.  He and Pauline moved from Charleville with 3 very young boys to help with the Workshop overload.
My first shop outside the Brisbane CBD was in Toowoomba and Stan moved there as Manager for the shop.  Joining Stan was Len Clyde, a member of Rotary Club of Toowoomba who soon got Stan involved in Rotary.
From there Stan and Pauline moved to Brisbane to Manage our shop on the corner of Queen and Edward Streets and Stan moved his Rotary Membership to Rotary Club of Brisbane where he became involved in and interested in Rotary’s International activities with the exchange student programmes.
Stan helped so much with the growth of Wallace Bishop and assumed the role of General Manager which he fulfilled very well for many years until his retirement.
I missed his help very much and although Wallace Bishop went on to grow from strength to strength, Stan’s legacy and natural understanding for business were of immense value to me personally and the business.
I thank Stan and Pauline for their support, loyalty and friendship over the many years of our wonderful association.
Wallace Bishop and Rotary are the better for Stanley James Francis being involved.
Thank you Stan – may you Rest In Peace.
Vale Stan Francis 2019-08-03 14:00:00Z 0
July 1st 2019 marked the changeover of the Rotary year, with outgoing president Chris Muir passing the reins to incoming president Michael Stephens. It is satisfying to look back on a year of steady but constant achievement. 
As some of you may have realized, I was somewhat reluctant to succumb to the Presidency but the persuasive skills of Graeme Whitmore, honed in the rugby scrums in New Zealand, and Keith Watts , master deal maker, finally prevailed. I look back, however, on a very interesting and enjoyable year in which I have met many good people with valuable ideas and life experiences whose paths I would otherwise never have crossed as well as learning  a lot more about Rotary and, I hope, having vacated the position with the club in a reasonably healthy state.
The Club’s strategic 3 year plan, initiated by Daniel Vankov, provided a framework of evolution which prompted a number of changes, the value of which remains to be fully assessed. To encourage members to contribute to the direction and activities of the club we have instituted a club assembly, on the third Monday of the month, at which directors reports can be discussed before they are presented to the board meeting, and a number of these have witnessed some spirited discussion while others have been non-controversial.
Another Solid Year for the Rotary Club of Brisbane in 2018-19 2019-07-06 14:00:00Z 0
April 13th was the date of this year's annual Rotary Peace Fellow Seminar. The theme this year was "Everyday Peace: Processes, Perspectives and Potential". 
Class XVI Peace Fellows in a celebratory mood after the 2019 Peace Symposium
The Peace Fellows Seminar is a vital component of the Fellow’s activities in the Rotary Centre – as it facilitates the building and maintenance of links between the Rotary Centre and Rotarians. The Seminar is a platform for our Fellows to share their experiences with Rotarians first hand, to hear about how their learning has progressed, and the journey they have embarked on both as scholars and practitioners. It is also the University’s way of thanking Rotary for its contributions, support and funding of the program and indeed for its enlightened decision some time ago to work towards world peace, justice and understanding. These values are jointly shared by the University of Queensland, and are reflected in our substantial commitment to the School’s teaching and research program in peace and conflict resolution.

It was heartening to see a full house at The Women's College auditorium again this year. About 140 Rotarians and other guests gathered to to hear the Class XVI Rotary Peace Fellows "Show and Tell" us about their focus in study and activities.
Rotary Peace Fellow Seminar Examines Everyday Peace 2019-05-18 14:00:00Z 0
For the 18th year in a row, Brisbane Rotarian Denise Schellbach is operating Eddie's Van on weekdays during January. Eddie's Van is a project of St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace ( Eddies' Van - 17 years and still going strong ) and during the long school holidays Denise gives staff and students a break by operating the van with the help of members of the Rotary Club of Brisbane and other friends. 
Eddie's Van 2019 2019-01-14 14:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Brisbane is pleased to call for applications from people who will be aged between 18 and 27 in May 2020 to attend the 2020 Rotary District 9600 RYLA training seminar, fully sponsored by the Rotary Club of Brisbane. 
The 2020 Rotary District 9600 RYLA training camp will be held from May 2nd to 8th 2020 at Luther Heights Youth Camp at Coolum Beach, an engaging venue with ocean views and friendly staff who are dedicated to creating the best opportunities and experiences for you. Transport to RYLA will be facilitated via bus, departing Brisbane Saturday morning and returning Friday evening. Interested candidates should get in touch with Mark Williams, Rotary Club of Brisbane secretary, before submitting a Motivation letter and a short CV to be considered. Applications to the Rotary Club of Brisbane should be lodged by Friday, 7th February, 2020.
Rhys Williams (photo above) was one of the RCoB's sponsored attendees at RYLA 2018 and he recently reported to the club on his experience. Rhys was very positive about the motivational atmosphere and content of the RYLA camp, and reported that even after more than a year, several of the learnings had stuck with him and impacted his life.
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Call for applications - RYLA 2020 2018-12-12 14:00:00Z 0 Call for applications,RYLA,leadership,young people
Posted by Daniel VANKOV
The Rotary Club of Brisbane is pleased to call for applications from people who will be aged between 18 and 27 in May 2019 to attend the 2019 Rotary District 9600 RYLA training seminar, fully sponsored by the Rotary Club of Brisbane. 
The 2019 Rotary District 9600 RYLA training camp will be held from May 4th to 10th 2019 at Luther Heights Youth Camp at Coolum Beach, an engaging venue with ocean views and friendly staff who are dedicated to creating the best opportunities and experiences for you. Transport to RYLA will be facilitated via bus, departing Brisbane Saturday morning and returning Friday evening. Interested candidates should get in touch with Mark Williams, Rotary Club of Brisbane secretary, before submitting a Motivation letter and a short CV to be considered. Applications to the Rotary Club of Brisbane should be lodged by Friday, 15th February, 2019.
Rhys Williams (photo above) was one of the RCoB's sponsored attendees at RYLA 2018 and he recently reported to the club on his experience. Rhys was very positive about the motivational atmosphere and content of the RYLA camp, and reported that after 6 months, several of the learnings had stuck with him and impacted his life.
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Call for applications - RYLA 2019 Daniel VANKOV 2018-12-12 14:00:00Z 0 Call for applications,RYLA,leadership,young people
Endoscopy training of rural GPs at the Princess Alexandra Hospital is already starting to make a difference to rural Queenslanders. The project was initially the brainchild of RCoB's Professor Gerald Holtmann who also happens to be the Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
 Dr Jennifer Wharton from Thursday Island at the PAH Rural Endoscopy Training Centre observed by Prof Gerald Holtmann, Director of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, PAH and Dr Derek Holroyd from Proserpine.
Gerald was concerned about the amount of travel required of rural patients who generally need to travel hundreds of km to regional centres for endoscopic examinations. This is not a problem that can be solved simply by spending money to locate equipment in far-flung locations. Trained personnel need to be on-hand to perform the procedures, and they just are not available in rural areas. Gerald brought a proposal for the training of rural generalists in endoscopic procedures to his Rotary Club, who agreed to seed-fund a start-up project to the tune of $20,000 in collaboration with the Princess Alexandra Foundation and Queensland Health.
Rural Endoscopy Training Makes a Difference 2018-08-08 14:00:00Z 0
Life must be hard in the financial planning industry, because our very own Luke Marshall recently took a break from it to compete in the Canungra Challenge, a gruelling exercise based on the torture undergone by our service men and women in training to serve our country. It represented an opportunity for civilians to put the JPs on the other feet, so to speak, and serve the families of service personnel who have seen active service by supporting Legacy Australia.
Luke wore a tasteful floral number to the Canungra Challenge.
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Luke Dons Dress for Legacy (and raises $2500) 2018-08-06 14:00:00Z 0 Fundraising,Legacy,Peopleofaction
Posted by Graeme WHITMORE
The Rotary Club of Brisbane Charity Golf Day was again held in fine sunny weather at the Virginia Golf Club this year on 15th June, the course was in good condition, and fairways were a bit more forgiving. quality of greens was generally good.  The club’s golf co-ordinator, Andrew Halliday had all the necessary paperwork and sponsors' banners in place, motorised carts all individually named, with the help of John Smerdon selling raffle tickets and myself attending to the registration of players, the pre-game issues of the day were quickly attended to. Breakfast was served, bacon and egg muffin with coffee, and players were briefed on the day, its purpose and method of scoring. The clubs golf co-ordinator then identified where the special prize holes were, advised there was a map of the course on scorecard and then directed the field to the respective start holes.
This year we again had a grand raffle as well as our multi draw prize table with some great prizes.
It is important to note that several of our clubs’ members helped with prizes on the day and these include:
Rotarian Georgina Bishop for providing two beautiful bangles which would have pleased some players mother, girlfriend or partner when they got home, one was on the raffle table and one was allocated for ladies nearest the pin.  
Rotarians: Michael Stephens, John Smerdon, Don O’ Donoghue, Gerald Holtmann, Graeme Whitmore all of these members provided cash donation’s, I sincerely thank them for their generosity and financial support to our day, where practical these cash contributions were paid into a PAF for future use, and finally to Price Line Pharmacy ( James Delehunty) & Jacqueline Page ,for raffle prizes.
This year we also received cash donations from persons outside the club, and they included Mr Paul Wall, Mr Derek Morell, & Mr Earl & Marg Ryan, these have been acknowledged by the issue of certificates which have been delivered or posted.
Attendance report:
 This year we keep the day to a Friday morning, hoping that this would increase the numbers along with a return to Virginia Golf Course. Attendance this year was better, with 59 players finally teeing off, the good thing is that we only had one defection, and mor importantly ten ladies were in the field. The challenge for day was a four-person Ambrose event, with a special double Perrier system of handicaps. This makes the scoring fair as the handicaps for the day are taken on six hidden holes selected by the club.  This was the second time in eight years that I have played and was intending to defend our teams title, but alas it was not to be. Part of last years’ winning team with some new players (two ladies) teamed up, and were close but not quite there, although they took out a few of the major prizes.
Most importantly, a good day was had by all and in excess of $8000 was raised for doing good in the world.
2018 Charity Golf Day Breaks Records Graeme WHITMORE 2018-07-27 14:00:00Z 0

27 Rotarians were at DIK last Saturday 23rd June.

 This was the wrap up of DIK’s time at Durack.  This is because the owner wants his property back, and gave 6 months’ notice last November.  From our club Brisbane Rotary, there were 6 members – Denise Schellbach, Keith Watts, James Delahunty, Jacqui Page, Robyn Burridge and John Smerdon.
Rotarians Bend Backs for Donations in Kind Keith WATTS 2018-07-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel VANKOV
The Rotary District 9600 Changeover event took place on the 17th of June at the Old Petrie Town. Past District Governor John Lane reported on a very successful Rotary year with numerous achievements as examples before passing the collar to District Governor Wendy Protheroe.  The Rotary Club of Brisbane was the only Club to get two awards at the event: the Alan Ward Memorial Shield for outstanding activities in vocational service and the Herrington Shield for best club bulletin.
Rotary Club of Brisbane President Daniel Vankov with the two trophies, the Alan Ward Memorial Shield and the Herrington Shield, at the Changeover event together with District Governor Wendy Protheroe.
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Most awarded club in District 9600 Daniel VANKOV 2018-06-16 14:00:00Z 0 Awards,Bulletin,District Changeover,Rotary
The Rotary Club of Brisbane was chartered on the 29th of May, 1923, becoming the third club in Australia after Melbourne and Sydney. We celebrated our 95th anniversary one day early in the Queen St. Mall on 28th May. Since it was not a major anniversary, the celebrations were low-key, but nevertheless it was an important event for the club both in terms of the visitors who came to celebrate with us and the culmination of a significant service project.
(From Left) Visiting Rotarian from Kobe East Masaki Sawada, Pres. Daniel Vankov, DG John Lane, Pres. Elect Chris Muir and Past President Keith Watts at the 95th Anniversary Celebrations.
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RCoB Celebrates 95th Anniversary in Queen Street Mall 2018-05-29 14:00:00Z 0 95th Anniversary,Rotary,Rotary Club of Brisbane
On the evening of May 2nd, The Rotaract Club of Brisbane Rivercity held the culmination of a multi-week professional development workshop at the Pig'N'Whistle. 
The focus of the workshops were three skill areas particularly valuable to young professionals - interview skills, public speaking skills and conflict management skills. To that end, Rotarians attended meetings of Rotaract Rivercity over a number of weeks to impart theoretical knowledge in these three areas, and then on the evening of the 2nd May, about a dozen Rotarians from the city cluster clubs, including RCoB's own Luke Marshall and Mark Williams came together with Rotaracters to put the icing on the cake with practical exercises. Cluster Assistant Governor Lisa Bateson was also present, underlining the importance of the event.
Rotaracters and Rotarians Come Together for Professional Development
Rotaract Rivercity Puts on a Good Night 2018-05-24 14:00:00Z 0
Each year our speaker coordinator Denise Schellbach organises one or two "special event" speaker meetings at the United Services Club for the RCoB, other city clubs and invited guests from the general public. For the last couple of years Police Commissioner Ian Stewart has featured to acclaim. This year was again a sell-out function with over 90 Rotarians and guests attending. 
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart gave an entertaining address on "Project Sentinal" and security around the Commonwealth Games. The United Services club once again did us proud with the lunch, service and venue and President-Elect Chris Muir did a great job as last-minute emergency MC. Many thanks Denise for all the hard work that went into this event. It was a corker!
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart with event organiser Denise Schellbach and President Danial Vankov
Police Commissioner's Visit Tops Charts 2018-05-19 14:00:00Z 0
Sunday 29th April saw 134 guests including about 50 members, past members, family and friends of the Rotary Club of Brisbane converge on the Victoria Park Golf Club Ballroom to celebrate 46 years of hard Rotary-ing by one James "Dela" Delahunty in a testimonial "roast" luncheon.
James "Dela" Delahunty (centre) with master roaster Phil Gresham (left) and President Daniel Vankov (right)
The event was held to support the Donations in Kind programme of Rotary in Australia which ships serviceable furniture, equipment and supplies that are no longer needed in Australia to destinations such as Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands that have need of them. To date, thousands of containers of goods worth an estimated $52M have been shipped.
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Dela's Roast a "Burning" Success - Raises $10,000 for Donations in Kind Dela Delahunty 2018-04-30 14:00:00Z 0 News
When he took office in July, 2017, Rotary's global leader, Rotary International President Ian Riseley challenged all Rotary Clubs across the world to plant one tree per Rotarian as a sign that Rotary is committed to sustaining and improving the environment. Rotary District 9600, to which the Rotary Club of Brisbane belongs, took up the challenge with project "Target 1414" to plant at least one tree for each of the 1414 Rotarians in the 65 clubs throughout the district.
Rotarians from District 9600 present and ready for action in project "Target 1414".
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RCoB Takes Part in "Target 1414" Tree-Planting Project Dan ADLER 2018-04-30 14:00:00Z 0 News
The Rotary Club of Brisbane was chartered on the 29th May, 1923. We will be celebrating that event in the Queen Street Mall stage area at 11am on the 28th May with the official handover of a mobile kitchen trailer built with a grant of $30,000 raised by the Rotary Club of Brisbane to the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army Emergency Services runs a small fleet of emergency trailers that are positioned around Queensland for early response to natural disasters and other emergency events. Please join us in the Queen Street Mall on the 28th May for this and other celebratory activities.
$30,000 Mobile Kitchen donated by the Rotary Club of Brisbane to the Salvation Army Emergency Services.
RCoB 95th Anniversary Celebration - Save the Date! 2018-04-13 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robyn BURRIDGE
The Class of cohort XV presented their studies and Applied Fieldwork at The Rotary Peace Fellows Seminar on Saturday 24 March, 2018 at The University of Queensland. 
Peace Fellows of cohort XV who presented their research on March 24. Photo: Norihiro Fujimoto
Topics ranged from Building inclusive communities, Columbia national and local peace, Modern slavery in the 21st century, The current situation and future of humanitarian action, Deconstructing bias in international development and how to apply to become a Peace Fellow. 

Rotary Peace Fellow Seminar 2018 Robyn BURRIDGE 2018-03-27 14:00:00Z 0
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 12:00 for 12:30 on Monday, 14th May 2018 at the United Services Club on Wickham Terrace.
Queensland Commissioner of Police Ian Stewart to be Guest at RCoB Meeting 2018-03-21 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel VANKOV
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.
QUT Ideas Factory - Looking into the Mirror Daniel VANKOV 2018-03-20 14:00:00Z 0
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.

Dinner and a Tree Planting Ceremony with RI President Ian Riseley 2018-03-20 14:00:00Z 0
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 Club of Brisbane Golf Day - It's On Again! 2018-03-14 14:00:00Z 0 News
Your correspondent admits that the title of this story is slightly misleading. As part of their Campus Ministry, students, staff, parents and Old Boys of St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, supported by friends and community groups, conduct a Big Brekkie for homeless people (and those merely hungry) in and around the gardens of the inner city each weekday morning. The van is affectionately named after Edmund Rice, Roman Catholic missionary and educationalist, founder of the Congregation of Christian Brothers and the Presentation Brothers and it has in fact been operating for well over 20 years.
Eddie's Van: 17 Years and Still Going Strong Mark WILLIAMS 2018-03-14 14:00:00Z 0
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!!!)
Dela's Roast - An Invitation from the Roastee 2018-03-13 14:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Brisbane held its inaugural Rotary International Women's Day Breakfast Seminar with the theme of "Breaking Down the Barriers" at the United Services Club on the 1st of March. The seminar was well-attended with a total of 41 attendees including our 2 keynote speakers, 14 RCoB members and 7 Rotarians supporting us from other clubs including the Brisbane Mid City, Pine Rivers Daybreak, Brisbane Planetarium and Fortitude Valley clubs, one UQ Rotary Peace Fellow and a goodly leavening of guests and other people interested in the theme of the event.
Keynote Speakers Wendy Protheroe and Julie McDonald OAM (Photo: Lauren Panrucker)
Rotary International Women's Day Seminar off to a Strong Start Mark WILLIAMS 2018-03-09 14:00:00Z 0
Led by Terry Kung, a team of 4 Rotarians from the RCoB took part in the annual Clean Up Australia Day.
Terry, Michael Stephens, Luke Marshall and Keith Watts participated at the Hamilton Reach site which was coordinated by Leon Hays, MD of Solar Bins Australia.
In the Words of Terry Kung, " We collected quite a bit of rubbish especially along MacArthur Ave.  It was a morning of hard work under strong sun but well worth it."   It was also a good networking opportunity to meet other people who like to put something back into the community and as usual, Membership Chair Keith picked up some strong leads.
RCoB Members Help Clean up Australia 2018-03-09 14:00:00Z 0
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