Chair for the day was Wal Bishop who gave us all a masterclass in how a meeting should be chaired. After the loyal toast and toasts to the people of Australia and to Rotary International, Chair Wal invited President Daniel to deliver the President’s message for the week.
President Daniel welcomed our guest speaker, Professor Narelle Haworth and guest Robyn Burridge who was visiting us to observe the RCoB. Apologies were received from James Delahunty, Stan Francis, Don O’Donoghue, Denise Schellbach, Michael Stephens and Phil Gresham. If you have got this far in the bulletin, you have already read Dan’s message!
Chair Wal then invited members with spots to the podium:
  • PP Keith Watts explained some new developments from the membership committee and board. Effective immediately, the admission fee of $100 has been re-instated, since taking on new members does involve real costs to the club and waiving the fee has not proved to be a key factor in attracting new members. Furthermore, induction will now not be able to take place until the admission fee and first period’s club dues have been paid.
  • Mark Williams announced that Rotary Peace Fellow Morgan Marks has arrived in Australia and moved into her accommodation at St. John’s College. Morgan is an impressive person and we are lucky to have her hosted within the club while she completes her 18-month Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. Morgan is a former Peace Corps volunteer to Zambia and is an expert on mediation who has been working in equity issues in Montana. We look forward to seeing her at Rotary functions throughout the next 18 months.
After a short period of fellowship, Chair Wal invited Dan Adler to the front of the room to present the first of the “Member in the Spotlight” segments we have seen in a while. Dan then proceeded to mesmerise members with a multimedia presentation introducing the team and some of the projects at his advertising services company, Next Thursday. From a mass media video ad for Broncos membership through a complete re-image for Amart Furniture to a highly-targeted direct-mail campaign to 40 key decision makers in the marine insurance industry, all were impressed by the depth of thought and heights of creativity to be found at Next Thursday. Dan also announced that he was prepared to reward members’ referrals that resulted in net new business at a rate of $1000 each.
 
Direct mail as you have never seen it: A Broker's Pack for Marine Insurance
 
Direct mail as you have never seen it: A Broker's Pack for Marine Insurance
 
Following Dan’s presentation, Wal introduced Professor Narelle Haworth, director of CARRS-Q at QUT who was our guest speaker for the day.  Narelle brought members back to earth with a very practical discussion of the issues around autonomous vehicles and why we might not be seeing as many of them on our roads as soon as many commentators are telling us. Behind the hype there are many thorny issues that will need to be solved, ranging from how autonomous vehicles will communicate their “intentions” to pedestrians and other users of the road to the “moral-philosophy-ex-machina” issue of exactly what an autonomous vehicle should do when all else has failed and there is no non-harmful choice that can be made. At the end of the presentation, Chair Wal thanked Narelle for her enlightening and in some cases disturbing words and presented her with the traditional framed certificate of appreciation.
 
Professor Narelle Haworth details the issues behind the hype on autonomous vehicles.
Professor Narelle Haworth details the issues behind the hype on autonomous vehicles.
 
Following the guest speaker, SAA Luke quizzed us all on our knowledge of the upcoming winter Olympics. We didn’t know much and the club is now that much richer. The raffle was “won” by Peter Ryan, but once again the Joker escaped. The raffle prize has now jackpotted to the extent that the eventual winner could get two timeshares in Mundubbera, not one – according to Treasurer Warren Walker.
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