Our final meeting for 2019 was held tonight, and we had the pleasure of welcoming our Assistant Governor, Dr Wendy McIntosh.
 
We heard from Sophie & Lee Julian.
Sophie, who works for "UV Solar" in our local area. UVS have a number of complete Solar Electricity packages which no longer attract Australian Government Subsides, and are therefore of little value to them.
UVS are prepared to donate six complete packages, along with the cost of shipping them to Tonga, for fitting to six High Schools in that country. They also have several electricians and their apprentices willing to head to Tonga, at their own expense, to install and commission these units at the schools.
 
The Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge has agreed to partner with UVS to register this project with Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS), apply for a District Simplified Grant from D9630 and develop a working relationship with a Tongan Rotary club, to try and remove the cost pressures from those willing to travel as volunteers to facilitate this program.
We are very excited about moving this forward in 2020.
 
 
Last night also drew to a close our involvement with the "Be An Elf" campaign.
Under the guidance of the Rotary Club of Brisbane River City, our members sourced and donated Christmas gifts for 15 children who otherwise may have received nothing.
 
 
A huge thank you to all the members, their families and friends who donated a host of treasures to make their Christmas quite special.
 
As usual, it's just another case of "Service Above Self", our ever present motto in Rotary.