Michael Stephens chaired the meeting and began with Rotary Grace and Toasts to the Queen and Rotary International. Michael welcomed back to the Club Tony Love.
President Daniel is away for two weeks, so Graeme Whitmore welcomed members.
Pres Daniel provided Graham was the following messages to members:
  1. Thank you to all members who have worked with Jayani, our Strategy Advisor, and provided insights towards the new Club Strategic Plan. I am sure this will make the job of our incoming Presidents, Chris Muir in 2018/9 and Michael Stephens 2019/20 a lot easier.
  2. On behalf of the Club, Daniel submitted an application to the Rotary Foundation District 9600 Grants Committee for the chicken breeding project idea that was presented to club members earlier. Let's hope the application will be approved for funding, which will allow President-elect Chris Muir to do more work in his favourite location, the Islands, during his year as President.
  3. Chris and Daniel had a meeting with a couple of young enthusiasts who would like to enable Indigenous Australians in remote communities to secure healthier and affordable food that they produce themselves, through the use of innovative greenhouse technologies. Luke Marshall introduced them. It is an interesting concept and somewhat similar to a chicken breeding project, although the focus is on vegetables. We have requested some more background work to be done before we bring the idea more formerly to the attention of the Club.
  4. In relation to the organisation of the Club's 95th anniversary, Jacqi Page and Daniel visited the Queen Street Mall Stage. A representative of Brisbane marketing was there to answer all their questions. The Salvation Army trailer and the CARRS – Q small driving simulator are confirmed for the event. Denise is working towards confirming the Brisbane Lord Mayor's attendance. The event is booked between 12 noon and 2 PM on 28 May, instead of our regular meeting, so please put a note in your diaries. It shall be something different to experience.
  1. Jackie reminded everybody of the Testimonial Lunch and for James Delahunty at Victoria Park Golf Course on Apr 29, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
  2. Denise reminded everybody that on 14 May the police Commissioner Ian Stewart will be making an important presentation to the club at the UWC.
  3. Graeme reminded everybody of the golf day at the Virginia Golf Course on Jun 15, 2018 between 6:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
  4. Mark Williams gave a short demonstration of the club's new website the purpose of which is to publicise activities and attract new members.
  5. Denise advise members that Don O'Donoghue was still in hospital, although feeling a little better.
Today Jacqi Page was our Member in the spot-light. Jacqi gave a short talk on her family and a trip she did in 2008 of the China Silk Road.  The photos were excellent and very enlightening.
Jacqui Page takes us down the Silk Road
With no Sergeant, Tony Love returned to his former duties and extracted significant financial penalties. Members now know more about Sir William Glasgow. Members cannot afford to have Tony attend every week! The raffle was won by Clive Shepherd.   The Joker is still in the pack.
The Acting President closed the meeting.