President Peter's Musings
And so, this is it, my final week of a busy year as President of our great Club.
I must say, I've thoroughly enjoyed the experience and at the same time am consciously grateful for the assistance and support received from others.
I'll be the first to admit that I was still a raw recruit when thrust into the top job.  It's been a learning curve along the way, however I can safely say we have achieved some great things as a Club.
Obviously I will elaborate more in my end of year Report, but suffice as to say, I'd like to say a huge thank you to all the Members of the Board.  Your participation in our Meetings and with your relevant committees and projects is what has kept our Club the success it is.
Unfortunately, due to a career change and subsequent working away, I've been unable to attend a number of Meetings at the back end of the year.  Let me assure you, however, I've had my nose to the Rotary grindstone in the background.
I would however, like to especially thank our President Elect, Bernie, who has stepped up to the plate in my absence.  I'd like to also take the opportunity to wish Bernie, a successful year as President when she takes over in July.  Bernie has had numerous years of experience in Rotary and that, along with the support I know she'll receive, will ensure our Club continues to grow in strength.
I'd also like to thank each of you, our Members, without whom we would have no Club.  Thank you for you support at Service Projects, attendance at Meetings and Socials and any other contribution you've made to Rotary and in particular to our Club.
As you know, we are currently undergoing some changes, in consultation with all Members, via recommendations from the Board, to safeguard the future of our Club.  The most frightening factor we are faced with is the fact that less than 20% of our Members are under 60 years of age.  As our older Members become non-active, we have to come up with ways to attract new Members. 
The Board is involving all Members in the discussion forums we've had so far.  We are taking all options into account and will continue to work on the best solution for the Club, going forward.  The fact that we are listening and not implementing change without consultation, demonstrates transparency and the solidarity of our Club.
Thank you again for a special year, and I'll see you at the Changeover Dinner, where we hand over the reins to Bernie.
Next Tuesday's Meeting

Darryl Iseppi will be District Governor for the 2019-20 Rotary year.  He will be joining us on 3 July as District Governor Elect.

Currently he is District Rotary Foundation Chair for 2016-19 overseeing fundraising and grant activities for The Foundation in our District.  An important part of that role is educating clubs and club members on the importance of supporting Our Foundation and how it works.  More information here.


Rotary International Convention opens in Toronto
The Rotary International Convention will travel to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where there’s Inspiration Around Every Corner, 23-27 June.
Toronto is a diverse city with lots to offer, including vibrant cultural, art, entertainment, and culinary scenes.
Those attending will learn about new ideas, hear different perspectives, and gain new skills through engaging speakers, breakout sessions, and exhibits in the House of Friendship.
In the words of one member: “I became a true Rotarian after attending my first convention. It was a magical moment during which the word international took on its full meaning.” 
Learn more
Register for Presidents' Changeover Dinner
Heads up : Our regular club meeting is being held on 3 July but there will NOT be a meeting on 10 July.

The Reel

26 June
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Next Tuesday
Laing, Darryl
Registration Desk
Lombard, Jim
Speaker Intro
Ward, Mark
3 Minutes on Me
Milligan, Chris
If you are unable to fulfill your duty, please arrange a replacement - the full roster is on the website
Jul 03, 2018
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation
Jul 10, 2018
Jul 17, 2018
Finance & Meetings - Part 2
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Upcoming Events
Queensland Air Museum
Jul 07, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tree Planting at Sugar Bay Rd Bushland Reserv
Sugar Bag Road on left heading west past Alexander Street
Jul 07, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Presidents' Changeover Dinner
Pelican Waters Golf Club
Jul 07, 2018 6:30 PM
Queensland Air Museum
Jul 08, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Judy Clark
June 24
Mark Ward
July 19
Spouse Birthdays
Mai Tsukimori
June 6
David Lang
June 20
Shirley Laing
July 8
Lexley Roberts
July 20
Join Date
Merv Paddison
June 1, 1987
31 years
Genta Tsukimori
June 8, 2010
8 years
Graham Baker
June 8, 2010
8 years
Pam Snyman
June 8, 2001
17 years
Iain Nye
June 30, 1997
21 years
Alan Still OAM
July 1, 1970
48 years
Roger Todd
July 1, 1999
19 years
Chris Milligan
July 11, 2013
5 years
Gordon Hamilton
July 14, 2015
3 years
Sue Robinson
July 19, 2016
2 years
Gerry Swan
July 26, 1989
29 years
Greetings from Switzerland
From the Rotary Club of Neuchatel, Switzerland's bulletin:
We had the pleasure of welcoming Rotarian Jim Lombard of the RC Caloundra in Australia and his wife. Jim is a native of our region and was called at the time Jim Liegme, name hardly pronounceable in Australia, because of this change of name which cost him $20!!! Jim tells us about his (Men's) club (about 80 members) and actions carried out, one of which is quite original: "The Caloundra Men's Shed"
It is an association that provides the people of the region with workshops equipped under the direction of Rotarians in order to realize or repair objects at lower cost with materials financed by the association. This project was born out of the idea of some members of Rotary who wished to continue to put their competence in the service of the community beyond the age of retirement in order to care and stay active. This project is recognized as public utility by the main city of the region and thus is financially supported. The workshops are open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The association has also created community gardens. The Club gives him our flag as a sign of friendship at the end of his presentation. More info on the attached PDF (in English!)
As the discussions went on, Jim realized that he had been on school benches with Jean-Daniel Clottu and that they had  "400 hits " Together about 60 years ago... Only emotions and the world is small!
Last Tuesday's Meeting
Mark Ward had a big job as today's Chair and Presenter!  Of course he did well.
Alan Still OAM ably proposed the International Toast to the Rotary Club of Port Vila, Vanuatu.
Then Bernie - soon to be President - highlighted a number of issues:
  • Congratulate Megyn Carpenter on her acceptance of the role as Program Director for 2018-19
  • Continue to uphold Lyn & Lex Roberts
  • The Tree Planting and Open Cockpit Day on 7 July - apparently volunteers need to be on deck from 9am until 2.30pm
  • Thanked Megyn also for facilitating the Open Forum discussion
  • Donations in Kind - DIK is closing down on 30 June and needs volunteers to help shift remaining items into storage.  See the story in this edition of The Reel.
After Mark & Deb had presented the financial proposition for next year, Megyn then facilitated a lively discussion on the budget and the proposed meeting program.  A separate summary has been emailed to members.
Polio outbreak in PNG, 18 years after the country became polio-free
Papua New Guinea health authorities confirm that the country is experiencing its first polio outbreak in 18 years, after one case of the virus was confirmed in the country's second-largest city.
District Governor, John Lane said: "the latest news from Papua New Guinea is not good, WHO has confirmed the first case of Polio since 1996. Not Wild Polio but VACINE Derived. 
"The Health Department and WHO will undertake a vaccination and testing program.
"We are in contact with the Clubs and will advise of any support or other assistance required shortly.
"Please keep our members of the Rotary family and Papua New Guinea in your thoughts and prayers whilst they handle this situation."
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DIK Newsletter
Download the final June DIK newsletter
For many years - though a group of dedicated Rotarians - we have  collected, stored, loaded and shipped hospital, medical educational equipment and goods to our island clubs and others from Donations in Kind (DIK)

Through the generosity of the state government and others we have been able to operate from various properties for negligible costs.
However as time goes by the owners of these  properties have decided to redevelop or sell them and we have had to move.
This has happened to our current 'home' and on 30 June 2018 we will vacate the current Durack property.
Amongst other things this will deny some of our efforts to support the Islands with most needed resources for their communities.
We are looking for a suitable location to transfer our operations, but at this stage we are closing down Donations in Kind, hopefully for only a short while.

My sincere thanks to all the Clubs and regular workers that have supported DIK over the years lets hope we can get a new home soon

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